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Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+. HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review. One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor. They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.
"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.
The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."
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Subject: Displays | February 19, 2007 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The days of the 15 pin VGA connector are numbered. DVI is the choice of many users of LCD screens, HDMI is becoming less rare and UDI and DisplayPort are getting ready to make an appearance. If you don't want to end up buying the perfect monitor, and have it be incompatible with your perfect video card, give this article at ExtremeTech a thorough read.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2007 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware examines the effect of processor power on graphics. The 8800 can currently handle anything thrown at with ease, but if the processor can't keep up then you won't get the performance you expect. They test a series of AMD Athlon64 X2s, the 3800+ , 4200+, 4600+ and the 5000+ and also Intel Core 2 Duos, the E6300, E6400, E6600, E6700 and the X6800. Find out what effect a slower processor will have on your dream graphics card.
Subject: Motherboards | February 19, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP P965 Express has a name as long as the list of features on the board. Based around the Intel P965 Express and ICH8R, with 'Azalia' audio, dual Gigabit LAN plus 802.11b/g, Firewire, optical SP/DIF audio output, and Serial ATA II RAID support. It also has two 16x PCIe and one 1x slot, head over the PC Stats to see what else they included.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2007 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The InWin F430 is indeed themed off of the Ferrari model, and that caught the attention of Think Computers. Sporting a very bright red finish and a sound effect when you first start the machine up will get racing fans eyebrows up. Add to the creative exterior a very roomy interior with removable hard drives and 120mm fan cooling and this is more than just a gimmick case. No word on how temperamental it makes your PC.
'When I hear F430 I instantly think of one of my favorite exotic cars, the Ferrari F430.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives. Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are. Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 19th February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Ainkaboot, a London-based company designing cluster servers for high performance computing (HPC) and high availability computing, is shipping the first ultra compact Octimod MPC7-1500 cluster modules powered by VIA EPIA EN15000 mainboards.
OK, by now you know the drill: Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better.
I'm workin on getting another Mod interview published tonight. First I have to catch my breath after watching the finish of the Daytona 500! OK, I must tell ya, I was screaming, hoopin, clappin and dancin....all trying to help Mark Martin win......he just missed it!
All in all it was a fantastic race.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are still looking for info on Vista one of our members has compiled a list of links that should cover almost any question you might come up with, so go visit Ezzo's Vista thread, and don't forget to thank him. That doesn't mean we have given up on older OSes and we won't, because we know so many tips and tricks we would hate to see them disappear (well except for ME). If you have troubles getting a CD ROM to work under Win2K, then read through here.&nbs
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2007 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are picking up a high powered PSU, of 1kW or so, you may notice that it is longer than the power supplies you are used to. Some are large enough to give troubles installing it in certain cases. OCZ comes through with their ProXStream 1000W PSU, and HotHardware has the review. It will fit in your case, and the 4 12V rails with 20 amps each will keep your graphics happy.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2007 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CAâ€”FEBRUARY 16, 2007â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today released a public beta of the NVIDIAÂ® CUDA™ Software Developer Kit (SDK) and C-compiler for computing on NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs). GPU Computing with the CUDA SDK is a new approach to computing where hundreds of on-chip processors simultaneously communicate and cooperate to solve complex computing problems.
Subject: Systems | February 16, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Gene has created an HTPC case that gives you a little more room to move when creating your perfect system. Virtual-Hideout has posted a review of the Mini, a box shaped HTPC system that is still small enough to fit in a livingroom without standing out, but bigger than most HTPC systems. It still uses a mATX board, but gives you 295x235x350mm (roughly 11x9x13inches). Read on to find out what other features are incorporated in this case.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it. Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled. It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge! If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge. Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth. The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.
Subject: Storage | February 15, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Dual 1GB SD card is a pretty handy little storage device. It offers the benefits of a Secure Digital card, and by removing a cap it becomes a USB memory stick. While the speed doesn't quite match up to the fastest SD cards out there, the multiple interfaces balance that out. Head to techPowerUp!
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2007 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has a firm grip on the performance crown, but ATI has kept hold of the performance for price. The 7950GT is their attempt at taking the price/performance crown away. [H]ard|OCP is the judge in this contest with the ~$260 7950GT in one corner and the X1900XT, weighing in at ~$