Small Form Factor, not just for HTPCs anymore

Subject: Systems | October 4, 2006 - 05:42 PM |
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Ars Technica has published a guide to Small Form Factor PCs.  While the main usage for that footprint still lies in home built HTPCs, it has matured to the point where it can make an attractive and powerful system.  Now that most of the major features come built into the motherboard, and you can buy smaller video cards that are every bit as powerful as the larger versions, you really can consider SFFs for gaming and other computer tasks.

Source: Ars Technica

World War 2 gaming, Version 429, with a twist

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 03:21 PM |
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The twist being that Company of Heroes is a RTS, not a FPS.  From the awesome sounds of mortar fire and the soldiers reactions to it, to the rag doll physics and fully destructable terrain thanks to the Havok engine, you have to agree with Gaming Illustrated ... this game has serious potential.

Intel gets a bigger Imagination

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 03:00 PM |
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Imagination Technology Group works on systems on a chip, including graphics and video chips, and are now working closely with Intel.  HotHardware has an article containing thoughts on what this means, in the light of the recent AMD-ATI merger.  It almost looks like nVIDIA has to get into the CPU business by themselves.

Source: HotHardware

Viewsonic's non Multi-functional display

Subject: Displays | October 3, 2006 - 05:52 PM |
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Viewsonic's VP2330wb is a monitor, plain and simple.  No HDTV connectors, no S-Video, no speakers, just a well designed 23" TFT type LCD.  It boasts an 8ms grey to grey response time, 250-nit brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio and .258mm dot pitch, which DriverHeaven has found to be accurate, and not just a boast.  Read more about it in their full review.

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OCZ Technology Announces PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules

Subject: Memory | October 3, 2006 - 04:10 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-October 3, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the next addition to OCZ's line of NVIDIAR certified Platinum DDR2
memory modules. The new PC2-8500 series is SLIT certified ensuring ultimate
breakthrough compatibility for advanced SLI platform performance.

620 rock sold Watts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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Corsair has moved into the PSU market with the same panache as they display with their memory.  The HX620W Modular PSU really impressed TweakTown with the stability of it's rails, a .01 V difference between idle and load. 

Source: TweakTown

Crossfire on a LanParty

Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2006 - 01:56 PM |
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DFI's new LanParty UT CFX 3200-DR is a feature rich CrossFire board.  With 2 x16 PCI-E slots, 2 PCI Express x1 slots and three PCI slots, you have more room for cards than you will need, considering the onboard sound and gigabit ethernet.  Hot Hardware pits it against the nVIDIA based ASUS A8N.

Source: HotHardware

These new drives can store as much as you can dish out

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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It really wasn't that long ago that a 500Mb drive was a pretty impressive thing to have, but now you would be hard pressed to fit just an OS on that disk.  Now 500Gb drives are becoming common, and today The Tech Lounge is comparing 3 of the top brands.

So much for Firefox beinga "complete mess"

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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It seems that the reports of Firefox's vulnerability have been greatly exaggerated.  The javascript vulnerability is an old flaw, that is well known, and nobody as yet has managed to use it to successfully run code.  Ars Technica has more on information on the story.

"Mozilla has been able to reproduce a DoS issue based on the information, according to a new post on the Mozilla Developer Center.

Source: Ars Technica

OCZ Technology Unveils the 8-Gigabyte Ultra-Slim Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2006 - 11:17 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-October 22, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the Mega-Kart, a ultra-high capacity USB flash drive. With 8GBs of
memory, the OCZ Mega-Kart series is the ultimate data storage solution for
today's computer enthusiasts and business professionals on the go.

Pretty on the inside

Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2006 - 05:39 PM |
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As Hardware Zone accurately describes the F3JM, from the outside this ASUS laptop is no-frills and nondescript.  On the inside it shines.  From DVI out to support for Core 2 Duo up to a 2.13GHz T2600, 1GB of DDR2 memory and a GeForce 7600 Go with 512MB, this laptop hides a lot inside it's shell.

Windows and Linux SDKs coming for AGEIA PPUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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AGEIA PhysX SDK v2.6 Brings
Dynamic, Interactive Realism to Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit & Linux
Environments

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Quality versus Quantity, The Frames per Second conundrum

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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Take two of the fastest cards available, the nVIDIA 7950 GX2 and the ATI X1959XTX, and the speed difference at default  levels really isn't that huge in most games.  That isn't what X-bit Labs wants to find out though.   They are far more interested in maxing out AA, FSAA, Anistropic filtering and various other newer graphical improvements, first to look at the effect on FPS, and secondly to determine if it actually improves the look of the game.

Source: X-Bit Labs

NBC Universal and Intel to Deliver Series Premieres on Intel Viiv and Intel Centrino Platforms

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2006 - 01:40 PM |
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NBC VIP Access to provide Viiv™ and Intel® Centrino® users with a broad range of on-demand entertainment and sports content, including access to the two new shows, 'Heroes' and 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'


Bloody huge turbine powered heatpipe cooler, and it runs underwater

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 12:37 PM |
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The Antazone AS-C1000 Universal Heatpipe cooler is built around a 95mm fan that provides 49.8cfm @ 25dBA and a speed of only 2200rpm, plus they claim it can run underwater ... not that I'd recommend testing that with a running system.  Big Bruin gives it a run against the XP120.

Source: Big Bruin

They might be exaggerating a bit, but be careful around Java

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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The Inquirer links to a story on ZDNet, which claim that the Java flaw discovered in Firefox makes the entire browser irreparably insecure.  Firefox's Window Snyder beleives that that reaction is FUD, and that a patch can remove the Java vulnerability.  Either way, I'd suggest avoiding strange Java for a bit.

Source: The Inquirer

Ageia RealityMark

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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If you want a little more physical reality in your games, Ageia's PPU is what will give it to you.  Short video clips and comparisons of games with and without hardware physics give you some idea what the card can do, but their upcoming benchmarking tool, RealityMark, shows it better than anything has yet. [H]ard|OCP has a clip from that benchmark, that is worth watching twice to catch everything that goes on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A perspective on current events in our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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Having once been AMDMB, a lot of the members of PC Perspective feel a little protective of AMD, which has lead to speculation on what AMDs response to the Core 2 Duo.  In the mean time, Meridian is trying to even out the score by showing everyone "nauseating detail over the overclocking of my new AM2 rig".  Ryan and members of the forum are very exitied about ASUS' new Crosshair board, even if it is 2

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Get SLI on a DFI nForece Ultra-D

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2006 - 02:27 PM |
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OCC has posted the steps to mod your non-SLI Ultra-D into and SLI-D.  All you need is some time and

  • Silver conductive paint
  • Scalpel / X-Acto / craft knife
  • A bright source of direct light
  • Cotton buds / Q-tips
  • IPA (Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol)
  • 40mm spacer (optional)

Get over there and check it out.

ATI helps cure Alzheimer's, makes commitment to Stream Computing

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 01:57 PM |
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ATI is commited to the Folding@Home on a GPU that they officially launched at the IDF.  Three press releases have come out, giving details on what they did do design this, and how.

ATI pioneers new Stream Computing technology

Stanford University's Folding@home uses ATI stream computing to squeeze three years worth of disease research into just one month

Source: ATI