Peltier cooling, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 02:35 PM |
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The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today.  The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement.  While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.

Source: Extremetech

There goes the main reason to buy Windows Vista

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10.  According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games.  Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.

Source: The Inquirer

It's a Digtial Life

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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HotHardware visited New York and the Digital Life show.   They brought back a lot of pictures and sneak peeks at upcoming tech from AMD, Nokia, nVIDIA and much more.

Source: HotHardware

Corsair Expands Flash Memory Line with New 2GB microSD Removable Card

Subject: Storage | October 16, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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 Fremont, CA (October 16, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched a new line of microSD™ removable flash memory cards to further expand the company's award-winning line of flash products.

Gems of wisdom from our forum this week

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 05:25 PM |
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One of our members is off to college, so the planned $2000 desktop has become a laptop, with less of a budget, and the advice on a good system just keeps coming.  The guys in our overclocking forum are helping another member get the most out of an A64 3800+.  UncleBob, a moderator and resident old fart here at PCPer feels the cases these days are too small, so he built his own.  At 36" wide x 68" hig

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Sneak Peek at the upcoming nForce 680i SLI for Intel

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI.  Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions.  Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now? 


Source: NVIDIA

Mobile Graphics Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX.  Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950  GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX. 

Source: HotHardware

ATI Shareholders Approve Acquisition by AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:36 PM |
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MARKHAM, Ontario - October 13, 2006 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) shareholders voted overwhelmingly today to approve the proposed acquisition of all outstanding common shares of ATI by an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). More than 99 per cent of the votes cast by shareholders were in favor of the transaction. No ATI shareholders have exercised rights of dissent in connection with the proposed acquisition.

ATI will seek final court approval for the arrangement at a hearing on October 17, 2006.

Source: AMD

How memory hungry is Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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BCC Hardware sets out to reveal that by benchmarking many games in a system.  They benchmark the system with 2GB of RAM and and with 4GB.  Drop by to see what effect it had on the FPS.

Source: BCCHardware

New features revealed in Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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These new features, according to a link on Slashdot, will really help you out when you are using your computer.  The home versions won't let you install via virtual machines, the migration policies are even tighter than XP's and an equivalent to WGA comes pre-installed.  Read the full article to get a better idea what this will mean, apart from higher sales of Ultimate Edition.

Source: Slashdot

AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES APPROVAL UNDER INVESTMENT CANADA ACT

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has
been approved by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada
Act, satisfying one of the conditions to the closing of the acquisition.
"We are confident that our plans for the combination of AMD and ATI will
deliver world-class customer-centric solutions and will benefit Canada
and its future role in the technology industry," said AMD Chairman and
CEO Hector Ruiz.

Source: AMD

The new, even more improved PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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Ryan has a brand new 1U server from Tyan with dual AMD Opteron 275 dual cores.  Follow the link to find out what else is in it that has made browsing the forums better recently.

Sapphire Announces new Water Cooled X1950 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 02:03 PM |
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Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards.  Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.

Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.

Source: Daily Tech

Intel's Woodcrest CPU Still without Chipsets

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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It seems that the Woodcrest processor, the server / workstation version of the ever popular Core 2 Duo from Intel, is having trouble gaining ground without a solid high performance chipset. 

Intel's own Greencreek platform does allow for a single PCI-E X16 slot - sufficient for a typical midrange workstation. But that is far from enough for 3D powerhouse workstation systems, where SLI or CrossFire may be mandatory to get the 3D performance required.

Source: The Inquirer

Dell to Allow Overclocking on Core 2 Duo Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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Well, not on all of them, but on some of them it seems; namely the new XPS M1710 notebook that we reviewed back in July.   This new model will feature the Core 2 Duo T7600G or T7200 CPUs and 512MB GeForce Go 7950 GTX or 256MB GeForce Go 7900 GS cards from NVIDIA.  And if you get the daddy-mack configuration, Dell is going to give you the keys to overclocking that dual core processor all on yo

Source: engadget

Transmeta Suing Intel Over Patents

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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Way back in the day, Transmeta was the first processor company to push performance per watt indicators at the technology leaders.  Of course, no one really listend to them, so look what we have now...  The Crusoe processor was released in 2000 and found mild success with some vendors, but it quickly evaporated.  Now they plan on cashing in on patents, like some other nit-wits we have seen. 

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Transmeta alle

NVIDIA Announces GeForce Go 7950 GTX

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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DIGITALLIFE—NEW YORK, NY—OCTOBER 12, 2006— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) has once again raised the bar for notebook graphics performance with the release of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU)—the world's fastest notebook GPU on the marketi. Notebooks with the new GPU are available for order from select top gaming notebook makers in North America and Europe. Gamers can experience the power of this new GPU in Dell notebooks at DigitalLife 2006 in New York City.

Source: 3DCenter

Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 01:47 PM |
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VIA has a couple of new announcements today, the first on the C7-M processor powered SafeBook notebook


The second is on VIA's partnership with UK system builders for the first carbon-free personal computer


Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Secure SafeBook looks to dri

AGEIA PhysX at Digital Life in New York

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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Digital Life, one of the smaller shows for the tech community, opened today in New York City.  I just got an email that AGEIA is on-site there with some new annoucements and showing off some new technology.  They have some software on display, as well as the first public showing of the PCI Express version of the PhysX card.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.October 12, 2006 AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.