Tasty eye candy, or just molasses?

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:56 PM |

Crysis has been beaten to the punch for the first retail DX10 game by Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions.  Now that the final (barring patches) version is available, [H]ard|OCP tries out some of the latest graphics hardware to see if DX10 makes it worth switching to Vista for gaming.  We already know that performance takes a hit under DX10, but the quality should increase.  Take a look at their comparison shots, and see what you think.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The curse of the HD 2x00 series

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:31 PM |

AMD is having incredible luck with their HD2x00 series, all of it bad.  From the lackluster performance of the top end, to the confusion about UVD, and now it turns out that some of the 2400 and 2600s that hit the market are defective, due to an error in the BIOS.  Read more about this latest chapter in the sad story of AMD's new graphics series at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Occlusion and obstruction obfuscation

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 04:35 PM |

The Tech Report has been try to get a hold of Realtek to discuss some missing EAX features for quite a while now.  The original inquiry was back in November, and they revisited it in May with the 1.66 driver.  There was no change in the driver's EAX implementation in that version either.  Today they try the 1.71 driver, so you can find out if Realtek has addressed their concerns.

Breaking the 4GB barrier

Subject: Memory | July 31, 2007 - 03:10 PM |

OCZ's DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Dual Channel is not limited to Vista, but it is limited to 64-bit systems.  They are sporting OCZ's Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreaders and the timings are relatively tight at  5-4-4-12 making these DIMMs easily overclockable.   Rea

Source: HotHardware

A very active 12V rail

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 01:33 PM |

OCZ's ModXStream 780W gives you a very feature rich, as well as powerful, power supply.  OCZ's EZMod cable management system makes for a clean install and the black mesh will fit in with the interior of most PCs.  Four 20A 12V rails, with a max 755W will ensure that even multiple graphics cards get enough power, and the overall efficiency is good.  Modders-Inc will take you through a tour

Source: Modders-Inc

Cooler Master Introduces the CM 690 PC Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 01:11 PM |

When it comes to PC chassis, no one does it better than Cooler Master. For years now, Cooler Master has been on the leading edge of PC chassis design. Today, Cooler Master is pleased to announce its latest creation - the CM 690 PC chassis. By utilizing a unique mesh design, the CM 690 effectively blends together both form and function, offering users a mid-tower chassis without compromise.

When looking at the CM 690, it's easy to be taken in by its bold lines and superb styling.

Linebacker might be more appropriate

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 12:22 PM |

Sunbeamtech's Quarterback case seems a little larger than your average Quarterback, but it is a great case to build a system with.  It weighs just over 9kg, and has four 120mm fans to go with the large openings in the front of the case.  It is also very inexpensive for a tool-less case, but Big Bruin had some concerns about being able to use the core fan setup and longer graphics cards at the same

Source: Big Bruin

Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot powered by VIA

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 11:59 AM |

The BEAR from Vecna Robotics is a 6 foot tall tracked robot that is designed to retrieve casualties from areas too dangerous for medics to enter.  It is currently powered by a VIA EPIA M10000G with a C3 processor, and there are plans to make this robot semi-autonomous.  Currently it is remotely piloted by a human, as we are still much better at decision making, but it may well be that the first Terminator ends up being a combat medic.  Read more about it at the repository of all things VIA, VIA Arena.<

Source: VIA Arena

ATI's elephantine graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM |

Just how much graphics memory do you need?  The Tech Report does their best to determine the answer, by testing Diamond's 1GB HD 2900 XT.  The theoretical memory bandwidth tops any card out there, the sheer amount of memory on the card is unique to consumer graphics, which makes it seem like this card can take on all comers.  The question is, can the so far disappointing GPU take advantage of the memory?

Semi-portable heavyweight

Subject: Mobile | July 30, 2007 - 02:51 PM |

At 8lbs, and enough high powered components to drain the battery in no time the Alienwaire Aurora m9700 notebook isn't terribly portable.  As a desktop replacement however, this notebook has more than enough power for any gamer in it's most expensive configuration.  The Tech Lounge couldn't resist picking one up to review, and you just know they didn't get the basic model.

Intel Endorses Industry Specification to Simplify Blade Server Design

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 02:39 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation joined more than 40 server technology providers
today in support of the new Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI)
industry specification for modular server platforms. The Modular Server
Specifications simplify and lower the cost of product development by
providing design guidance that enables server builders to develop
compliant and interoperable building blocks at the blade, chassis and
manageability software level.

Wireless NAS with extras

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2007 - 01:09 PM |

OvisLink's AirLive WiFi NAS handles SATA and PATA drives, and lets you use them over it's 802.11g WiFi connection.  It comes bundled with software that can turn it into a perfect BitTorrent server or an FTP downloader, as well as functioning as a normal NAS.  Unfortunately it cannot function as a FTP server.  techPowerUp! decided that this is a great value for Bit Torrent users, as well as anyone wanting a wireless storage solution. 

Source: techPowerUp!

The Ars System Guide goes gaming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2007 - 11:58 AM |

Ars Technica has designed a pair of gaming boxes to satisfy gamers everywhere.  One is a bit price conscious, weighing in at ~$1200, and the go all out for the ~$3000 performance box.  It is worth the time to look if you are thinking about picking up a PC, or just figuring how long you will have to live on Mr. Noodles to buy one.

You can always contrast their choices with our own PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, to see which setups you prefer.

Source: Ars Technica

Speed up your Vista installs

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 11:48 AM |

Vista has added an interesting feature to the installation progress, similar to loading a RAID driver but with much more flexibility.  You will be able to choose more than just one driver to load, and you are not stuck using floppies to keep the files on.  Read through the warning that ExtremeMHz provides at the end of the article to save yourself some frustration.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Summertime at the PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 06:11 PM |

Media seems to be a topic on everyones minds lately, this week it is Betamax versus VHS round 2, aka HD DVD versus Blu-Ray.  Do you have a preference?  Let us know what it is and why you feel that way.  If arguments aren't your thing, you can find a statement that can't be argued with in this thread, and maybe you can share a shocking story or two yourself. 


The low cost chipset with an attitude

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

The MSI P6N SLI Platinum and Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI are very similar boards, with dissimilar prices.  The MSI based on the 680i SLI and the Abit on the 650i SLI.  The main difference between those 2 chipsets is the third PCI express slot, and the 650i's being limited to 8x as opposed to 16x, not that there is any benefit to be gained from the 16x PCI ex

Source: HotHardware

Getting the right size

Subject: Displays | July 27, 2007 - 02:28 PM |

The Planar PX2611W offers an 26" alternative to the huge 30" widescreens for those with smaller desks, or pocketbooks.  Benchmark Reviews found this 1920 x 1200 wide gamut monitor to be perfect for gaming.  You can find out just how good it is by reading the full review.

Make mousing a breeze

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2007 - 01:08 PM |

CoolTechZone has a look at LogiTech's new Wii inspired Cordless mouse.  It is unlikely that gamers will adopt it as a replacement, and besides they have the actual Wii to game with.  However, if you are using a projector to show off a presentation or controlling an HTPC, this mouse suddenly makes a lot of sense to use.

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD lifts the veil

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:53 AM |

A lot of news about AMDs plans for the near future were revealed by their executives at the Technology Analysts Day.  Catch [H]ard|OCP's coverage of their plans for multipurpose processors, new core structures, including a  mysterious Bulldozer core that is touted to be able to share the work of a single thread amongst it's cores ... something no AMD or Intel Dual or Quad core can currently manage.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

European Commission Charges Intel with Antitrust Violations

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |

BRUSSELS/SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - July 27, 2007 -The European Commission (EC) today confirmed that it has charged Intel with violating EU competition laws by abusing its dominant position in the global microprocessor market. The Commission said in a press briefing today that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers." http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm.

Source: AMD