Having trouble holding onto your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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After gaming for 12 hours straight, do you find the mouse slipping out of your grasp, and getting you killed?  If you don't want to buy the weird mouse with the fan in it, take a look at what Think Computers found, Mouse Grips V2.0.

A Power Supply built for 2 (GPUs)

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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TweakTown tests OCZs claim that the 600W GameXStreme Multi GPU PSU does what it's name implies.  Not only does it have the connectors for multiple video cards, there are also 6 SATA power connectors.

Source: TweakTown

One core or two core, the GPU is in question

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2006 - 01:02 PM |
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TechPowerUp! pits the GeForce 7900GTX against the 7950GX2. While this might seem unfair at first, it lets them show what difference a second core makes, even if that second core is running slightly slower than it's single core competitor.

Source: techPowerUp!

Go 4x4-ing with AMD

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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AMD has released new information about their new 4x4 systems, 2 dual core CPUs and 4 GPUs.  Now you will be able to encode DVDs and play UT2007 at the same time, with no noticable slowdown.  Get the full story at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

A warning for those a little slow on the patching

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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With patch tuesday now immediately followed by explot wednesday, getting those Windows updates has become a little more pressing.  CNET has some info on the 2 newest proof of concept vulnerabilities, so patch before they find their way into the wild.

Pricegrabber's got Core 2 Duo

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Just follow the link, and you can be the first one on your block with a Core 2 Duo Extreme x6800 @ 2.93GHz, 4MB & 1066MHz FSB!

Thermaltakes cool behemoth

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 25, 2006 - 05:33 PM |
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Based around a 12cm fan, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon works very well, if you can fit it in your case.  Take a look at techPowerUp!'s review for an idea just how big it is, and what you need to do to be able to install it.

Source: techPowerUp!

The sweet sound of ... neodymium?

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2006 - 03:23 PM |
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Think Computers gave a listen to Altec Lansing's VS2321 Powered Audio System.  It is a 2.1 system that really doesn't take much space even less money, which sounds and looks good.

Intel and Micron Sample Industry's First 50 Nanometer NAND Flash Memory Devices

Subject: Storage | July 25, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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BOISE, Idaho, and SANTA CLARA, Calif.,
July 25, 2006
— Demonstrating their commitment to move quickly up the
technology leadership curve, Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel
Corporation today announced they are sampling the industry's first NAND
flash memory built on industry-leading 50 nanometer (nm) process
technology. The samples were manufactured through IM Flash
Technologies, a joint development and manufacturing venture from Micron
and Intel.

SLI and PPU, read to play, no effort required

Subject: Systems | July 25, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The Systemax Wildcat SLI Gaming PC is pretty impressive for it's $4499 price tag.  You get 2 BFG GeForce 7900GTX 512MBs in SLI and an Ageia PhysX 128MB GDDR3 Physics Accelerator Card, all ready to play GRAW.  Head to Hot Hardware to see it in action.

Source: HotHardware

If you haven't met NTFS, now would be the time

Subject: Storage | July 25, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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If all you know about NTFS is that you like FAT32 better for some reason, get over to OCMODSHOP to familiarize yourself with it.  Up until now, you have had a choice, but Vista wants NTFS, and nothing but.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Kate 3.0b shows off Linux with a mission

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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TECHGAGE looks at a new beta for a distro of Linux release by a team of Polish programmers, called Kate.  Very colourful and running Xfce4 to display the desktop.  Although a lightweight distro, it comes with Open Office, The Gimp, Super Tux and more.  The attention getter is updateos, a very easy way to upadte the entire system.

Source: TECHGAGE

Too hot to handle?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2006 - 05:49 PM |
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HotHardware has had some problems with factory overclocked GeForce cards, and they aren't the only ones.  Today they look at the XFX GeForce 7900GT 550M Xtreme VIVO, with a close eye on the temps, and any possible video anomolies.

If you are looking at picking up a PPU, don't do it before you've read Ryan's full review of Asus PhysX P1 Physics Accelerator PCI Card.

Source: HotHardware

The next winning case at ExtremeTech

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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The fourth winner in ExtremeTech's case modding contest was inspired by Star Wars and a certain frozen smuggler-pop.  If you find yourself inspired to mod your own case, don't forget our own Member Gallery here at PC Perspective.

Source: Extremetech

Gigabyte's Core Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 24, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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The Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Intel P965 offers support for the newest Conroe Core Duo chips from Intel.  Drop by Hexus to see how a 965 motherboard you can go out and buy performs.

Source: Hexus

Taking control of Vista's image based install

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Slashdot has linked to an article examining Vista's new way of installation.  Instead of many .cab files and other compressed data, the Vista disk is an image of a fully functional OS install.  Read on to find out what tweaks you might expect to be able to ad to it.

Source: Slashdot

AMD takes a knife to their prices

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor  PI

Source: AMD

AMD and ATI Acquisition

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Today, in a $5.4 billion deal, AMD and ATI announced their plans to combine forces to become an industry processing powerhouse. AMD's leadership in CPUs, combined with ATI's leadership in graphics and digital media processing technologies, will enable significant new product innovations, resulting in more integrated, open standards-based solutions to address customers' needs. AMD aspires to re-invent the industry as the customer-centric technology leader and partner of choice.

Source: AMD

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 5)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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Neoseeker continues the benchmarking and performance analysis of the 6 multi-GPU systems by trying out some of the most popular multiplayer games going right now.

Source: Neoseeker

Centrino Duo in the newest ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | July 21, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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The newest Lenovo ThinkPad, the T-60 contains an Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), 1GB of DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (2 DIMMs) and a 14.1" TFT with SXGA+ (1400x1050) resolution.  The Tech Report found that when it is put onto maximum battery power saving, you can surf for over 9 hours or 5.5 hours watching DVDs on a single charge.