Systems from the Guru

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2007 - 12:08 PM |

The Guru of 3D has three gaming system build to recommend, from a budget PC that should keep your old system in the game to a high end one that is built in the hopes it will be able to handle Crysis.  Read through them, and compare PC Perspective's own recommendations from our Hardware Leaderboard.

Source: Guru of 3D

New embedded 64-bit processors

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:51 AM |

The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers.  It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.

Source: Ars Technica

A tale of two P35s

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2007 - 05:06 PM |

When HotHardware reviewed ASUS' P5K3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6, they found that the benchmarks lined up with each other, with only a 1 or 2% difference.  When two boards perform so similarly it comes down to the features each manufacturer can get on the board, and how far you are able overclock it.  Find out what these two boards can offer you.

Source: HotHardware

Big storage in a small box

Subject: Storage | August 20, 2007 - 02:28 PM |

Overclockers Club reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external HDD.  Offering a huge amount of storage, the entire unit is comparable in size to a pair of CD jewel cases, which means you won't be giving up a lot of desk space for electronic storage, leaving you room for piles of papers and USB beverage coolers, etc ...  An included adapter makes sure you can still use this device if you don't have eSata or other less common interfaces.

Tame your cables

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 01:57 PM |

When you go shopping for a few things for your PC, you tend to think of hard drives, RAM or graphics cards.  At Tech Connect Magazine, they have posted a review of something everyone needs, but very few have, cable ties.  They review Akasa's reusable Velcro ties, which will let you organize the spaghetti in your case and behind your desk in moments.

AMD Launches Athlon X2 6400+ Black Edition

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM |

AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?

In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it.  Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).

Waiting on K10

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM |

In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models.  X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Asus to Launch X38 Express Motherboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 09:47 AM |

I'm sure we all knew that Asus was going to get this out sooner rather than later, but Dailytech has some new information on the availability of the upcoming Asus P5E3 motherboard:

Source: Daily Tech

Intel Unleashes new Graphics Drivers for G965

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM |

Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders.  Finally!  Sorry, Windows XP only for now.

New SiSoft Sandra XII (2008) Released!

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM |

If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer. 

So what's in it for you:

Dell Offers XPS 700 Motherboard Upgrade

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM |

Get suckered into buying a Dell XPS 700 system?  This news is for you!  :)

The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.

The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset.

Source: Daily Tech

BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Tested

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM |

I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look.  Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.

The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

id's Todd Hollenshead and Tim Willits talk RAGE

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM |

Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.

Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.

Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Source: Shacknews

Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs for the desktop

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:41 PM |

Digitimes is reporting that nine 45nm Penryn-based processors are going to be launched for desktop users.  The amount of quad-core processors is going up with nearly half of the nine running with three of their buddies.  The report also indicates a return of the 0.5x multiplier to allow for more CPU choices (and more overclocking with us!).

Within the nine CPUs, five will be dual-core processors (Wolfdale) and the remaining four will be quad-core (Yorkfield).

Source: Digitimes

VIA Introduces 1W Eden Processor

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:37 PM |

The CPU developers at VIA Technologies are about to introduce a new product in their ultra low voltage lineup: a 500 MHz frequency chip at 1W.

VIA Technologies is about to introduce a new addition to its Eden ULV (ultra low voltage) processor lineup, the company announced at a press conference yesterday (Aug 16).

Source: Digitimes

Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM |

My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther

Antec Launches the VERIS Series of Media Components

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 05:05 PM |

Fremont, CA - August 14, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global
provider of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade
and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched its VERIS series of media components.

The VERIS series features the Fusion Black 430, an updated version of
Antec's original Fusion home theater PC (HTPC). It boasts an IR
receiver compatible with Microsoft WindowsR MCE and VISTA to enable
the use of a remote control. In addition, the LCD display remains
bright and accessible even in a darkened home theater.

Source: Antec

Evolving faster and faster

Subject: Memory | August 16, 2007 - 03:36 PM |

Kingston's new Low Latency DDR3 DIMMs run at 1375MHz @ 5-7-5-15 and 2T, the lowest stock latency on DDR3 modules yet.  Legit Reviews spent quite a bit of time overclocking it to various degrees, one of the most impressive being 1411MHz @ 5-7-4-14 and 1T.  DDR3 is evolving rapidly, but it's pricing still remains in the neighborhood of the now defunct RD-RAM.

Ambient level cooling is for suckers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 02:12 PM |

Thermoelectric cooling offers a very powerful way to cool your PC, but it does come with a hefty price.  OCIA looks at a scaled down version of the Freezone, the CoolIT Systems EliminatorThey found the installation to be totally problem free, although the power draw that the TEC needed when the system was at full power added to the overall noise.

"The idea behind thermoelectric co

Source: OCIA