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Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year. Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights. See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the gang at CoolIt is going to have some impressive new items to show at CES next week. I am already setup to meet with them at the show so you can be sure we'll have coverage of it.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks. It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz. If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.
Subject: Storage | January 3, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users now have the ultimate solution for storing, transporting and backing up large amounts of personal and professional data. Whether using the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager or the aluminum-encased water-proof Flash Survivor, the large amounts of data on the drive will be safeguarded for users with an active lifestyle. Corsair USB drives provide the added ruggedness and performance not found in other storage drives utilizing rotating media.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Waturbo tries out something a little different, taking a hint from the Caramel bar. The center of their copper heatsink is filled with some liquid coolant that is stirred at the same speed as the 92mm fan on top thanks to a magnet and a fan inside the coolant chamber. From the exterior it looks like most other Socket 775 cooler, as the pictures from Frosty Tech show. Read on to see how well they did at cooling with this new design.
Subject: Chipsets | January 3, 2008 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Even though we more or less KNEW this was coming, it is sad to see the official end of an era over at VIA. According to this Digitimes report, the chipset division, responsible for such masterpieces as the KT266A and KT133A, is being bundled in with the CPU division.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX runs at almost the exact same clock speeds as the more expensive 3870, and offers a few benefits as well. It is designed to draw less power, especially when it takes advantage of the several PowerPlay states that the Guru of 3D discovered, and thanks to the inclusion of some powerful 3rd party cooling, it runs cooler as well. The price is very much in line with the 3870, and the factory overclock is not the limit to
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Josh Walrath
Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512. This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS. Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3. The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective). The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight. I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news. Thanks guys!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger. Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!
Subject: Editorial | December 31, 2007 - 09:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Happy New Year and to ask you all to please be safe with whatever you are doing to celebrate!
Here's to a great 2007 and an even better 2008!!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already. If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked.
Subject: Displays | December 31, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
DisplayPort is coming, and very soon. Dell is going to be one of, if not THE first to get a high quality DisplayPort capable monitor on the market in the form of an updated 30" display. The Dell 3008WFP adds more than just a DisplayPort connection though; it combines the 30" and 2560x1600 resolution with the features of the multimedia-based 24" monitors released in 2007.
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality. The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance. This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection. More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec. Still, this
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
Not exactly, but more or less. This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.
Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think... Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???
Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2007 - 11:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looking forward the absolute ONSLAUGHT of product announcements at this year's CES? You can get an early start by checking out Dailytech's coverage of a few Penryn-based notebooks that will be shown.