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Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you happen to have three PS3s sitting around, you can do what these guys did and set them up to run a real-time ray tracing demo. The link goes to a video on YouTube showing the processing in action.
Curious about ray tracing? You should definitely check out an article published on PC Perspective that looks into the technology by Daniel Pohl -- who was just recently hired by Intel!
Subject: Processors | April 6, 2007 - 04:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel is supposedly developing a new UMPC platform according to some slides seen by the folks at HKEPC. Engadget has posted some pics and information on the subject including a smaller footprint and doubling of current UMPC battery life.
Known only by its codename "McCaslin," the chipset will reportedly occupy a space of 975 square millimeters (as opposed to the relatively enormous 2915 square millimeters of today's models) and feature power-sipping 600MHz and 800MHz proces
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA recently released a new set of drivers for users of their GeForce 8800 cards and Windows XP: 97.94. Get them at the NVIDIA.com site now. A brief list of fixes is below:
Supports GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS GPUs.
Game and application compatibility fixes. For more information on this driver, please view the Release Notes.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 12:04 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know we have been behind on this for a while now, but we are finally rolling out the much-asked-for RSS feeds for you all to add to your daily reading lists. We are going to have two lists: one for news and one for reviews and articles:
Subject: Mobile | April 4, 2007 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t Notebook offers the same features you would expect from this manufacturer, encased in a titanium shell (with a $20 upgrade). XYZ Computers puts this rather expensive model through it's paces, and the C2D T7200 performs perfectly. Cheaper models do exist, mostly due to slower C2Ds, but if you are interested in this model, the titanium shell is a defin
Man, it's Wednesday and a week has already passed, man time flies. It's getting harder and harder to get living, breathing interviewees! But, we are really in luck today. This fella is a true gem, a personal friend and one of the nefarious Uncle B's as well.
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.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at MAKE:Blog is a link to a very interesting mod for iPods. It's not easy, nor is there a full explanation of how it worked, but it is do-able. If you have the time and skill you can upgrade any iPod to use Compact flash cards. They go up to 128Gb, and it will remove all the moving parts in the iPod so your battery life will soar.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 4, 2007 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX is up for review at HotHardware. Along with an included bundle that has some interesting and useful additions, you get one of the fastest cards on the planet. It runs at 575MHz Core and 1.8GHz memory out of the box, and HotHardware managed to push it to 625MHz core and 1.9GHz memory, just shy of the XXX version. Drop by to see what else they liked abou
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The hallmark of the Command & Conquer series is the scads of full motion video throughout the game. GDI and Nod are still fighting it out, but the arrival of the alien Scrin adds to the variety of the missions you will find in the single player game. Head to Gamepyre to get a look a several other new surprises in the newest C&C installment.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse. After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience. They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.
Subject: Displays | April 3, 2007 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ViewSonic VX2235wm 22-inch HD Widescreen LCD offers DVI, VGA, and audio connections, with cable management on it's back. The controls are hidden on the base, which trims up the look of the casing around the monitor, but also means the base is fixed. Get a better look at this monitor at Think Computers.
Subject: Processors | April 3, 2007 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How does SuperPi 1M in 9.844 seconds sound? At -145.4Â°C MADSHRIMPS managed to get the x6800 hit 5200Mhz, and earned them 31st in the World Ranking at HWBot.org! Carrying on to the point of instability, but still being able to boot, they pushed it to 378.9 Bus with a 14x multiplier. That gave them a FSB of 1515.7MHz and a core of 5305MHz. Gives you something to aim for, eh?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan takes a look at CoolIT Systems RAM Fan. An aluminium housing clips onto the same notches that the RAM clips attach to, with one 60mm fan rated at 17.74 CFM
@ 4200 RPM and 31.6dBA. While it does help keep the RAM cooler than it would be without the extra airflow, the performance doesn't blow 3dGameMan away. As well, the instructions are a bit vague, and if you don't install it properly, you can damage your RAM, as you can see in the article.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works. Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4. As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra X-Pro 600W EE is the next PSU to face [H]ard|OCP's electrical obstacle course. With an 85% efficiency sticker (at 300W load), and a 135mm fan it does fit the bill as an energy efficient PSU. It's 600W total may be why it has an odd classification at SLIZone when it comes to powering an SLI setup. Find out what happened when [H] stressed it out (though it's not as nifty as what Lee did to the Miller Electric).
"This Ultra PSU falls into a category that is drawing more
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor. Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors. Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM. Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2007 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200 is first AMD RD600 based motherboard around, and it is for Core 2 Duos! Strange as it sounds, this is an AMD chipset running an Intel processor and it does it fairly well. It offers 3 PCI3 16x slots, allowing Crossfire and a PPU to run at the same time. The major downfall is the lack of overclocking ability, but it is a solid performer with a lot of other good features.
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2007 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year.
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads. They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,
Subject: Storage | April 2, 2007 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Betamax is dead, VHS victorious. Now we have a new battle begin fought between Blu-ray and HD-DVD. [H]ard|OCP takes a look at their recent battles, and tries to figure out who loses and why. Blu-ray holds more on a disk, but 50GBs isn't really much space for HD programming, but it does beat the 30GB of a dual sided HD-DVD. They carry on to look at which format studios are supporting, as that will probably the largest influence.