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Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match. It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness. The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors. In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise. The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer. The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make. Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code. Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it. Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express graphics card is the pinnacle of consumer graphics technology and will excel against any competition in the market. With unparalleled performance, courtesy of NVIDIA's revolutionary unified architecture, the 8800 Ultra packs the power of 128 stream processors operating at 1500MHz which are supported by an amazing 103.7GB/s of memory bandwidth. For users with water cooled systems, BFG is continuing to lead the way by bringing the first 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition to market with a custom single slot copper water block co-d
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think. We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview. Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.
Subject: Memory | May 4, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan has posted a review of Mushkin's new 4GB kit of PC2-6400 memory with timings of 5-4-4-12. These kits aren't just for gaming, although you will benefit from it, it also helps you to run Vista with better response. If you are an overclocker, there is something even nicer about these DIMMs, they bumped the voltage to 2.2, kept the timings the same and managed to hit 1068MHz.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DX10 is new and will add a lot to your gaming experience ... eventually. You won't be seeing games using right away, so if you are in the market for a cheap card the 8600 series may not be the way to go. Legion Hardware proves that a 7900 GS can be turned into a better card that the 8600 with a bit of overclocking. Read on to see just how much better in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Can't afford several hundred dollars to invest in protection gear and paintball guns? Sick of AirSoft and people pretending that you didn't just hit them several times? Check out what Techware Labs has discovered, a game called Hard Knocks. Sort of like Laser Tag in that there are no projectiles, but instead using an infrared light that can go significantly further than the laser can. The guns look great, and they offer various scenarios reminiscent of CounterStrike and Team Fortress. Plus
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an effort to make recharging you gadgets easy and unobtrusive, researches have found a way to make a small sheet of special material into a charger that uses electromagnetic induction. The sheet is made of copper and pentacene, and is tiny, but any device placed on it with a special receiving circuit starts getting charged. Slashdot has a link to the original story.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
I wanted to drop a quick note here to let as many PC Perspective readers as possible know that we have officially started podcasting today. Basically, the podcast is an outlet for our editors to talk about their reviews and general tech news in the industry and let you in on the conversation. You can get all the information by heading over to my weblog here: http://www.pcper.com/weblog.php
You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here: http://www.pcper.com/rss/podcasts.rss
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Subject: Editorial | May 3, 2007 - 11:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
So, it's been a LONG time since I last posted to the weblog, but we have some great news for you here: we are starting a PC Perspective podcast!
Subject: Storage | May 3, 2007 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware rounds up 4 of the newer flash drives available on the market. Ranging from a modest 1GB up to a 16GB from OCZ, they test the transfer speeds to see what they are made of. Transfer speeds are a big influence if you plan to use these sticks to enable Vista's ReadyBoost, so it can make a big difference now. If you want size, sometimes you have to sacrifice speed, but as this article shows; that is not always the case.
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. â€” May 3, 2007 â€” AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Las Vegas.
A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available at www.amd.com/InvestorRelations. A replay of the webcast will also be available for 10 days after the event.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs reviews 6 1000W PSUs from 6 different manufacturers. Every single one has the power to run even the most cutting edge performance PCs, and they do so within acceptable electrical parameters. One of the deciding factors turned out to be the fans. Those that were cooled by 80mm fans tended to become uncomfortably loud when stressed, but the 2 models with 135mm fans were quite acceptable. This review covers a lot of tests for each PC, so make sure you have some time to read throu
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV. They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware caught a glimpse of Intel's 8 core processor, the motherboard that it will sit on, and a few benchmarks as well. Luckily they brought a camera so they can share. Except for memory bandwidth, this new multicore CPU cleans up with Sandra benchmarks. It obciously has a lot of power behind it, it can do a Cinebench rendering pass in 2/3's of the time it takes a C2E QX6800.
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The buzz at Mix'07 is focused on Silverlight, that Microsoft hopes will replace Flash; but there have also been some hints dropped about IE8. As you might have suspected RSS, CSS, and AJAX support are all high on the list of features. As well, there will be no interim versions of IE7 ... apart from security patches, the next big jump will be straight to IE8. Ars Technica has more.
AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD TurionT 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technolog
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom joined AMD (NYSE: AMD) to showcase the 3D graphics, wireless, battery life, and compute performance advantages of next-generation AMD mobile platforms at an event held in San Francisco today. Based on superior technologies from the AMD Better by Design program -- including next-generation 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA, and leading wireless networking solutions from Broadcom -- these mobile platforms deliver a superior Windows(tm) Vista experience for end-users.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2007 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a brand new overclocked E6300 for it's test-bed, and the first cooler that gets to try and tame it is Thermalright's Inferno FX-14. It's shape is a little bizarre, but it does allow you to install 2 120mm fans if you so desire. The size could lead to some problems though, at 6.3'(160mm) tall x 5.75'(146mm) wide x 4.8'(122mm) deep and 790 grams it is huge. It also performs well, keeping that C2D at room temperature when idle and the load temps within 15Â°.