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Well, I've been off my feed for a few months and I have a backlog of
interviews to get out. It hasn't helped that my new year started with a
schedule change (after 25 years of the same schedule!) has got me doing
72 hours a week till tomorrow. Enough excuses, here we go!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 11:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem our buddies at HardOCP have the scoop on some upcoming NVIDIA hardware: the 9800 GX2 card. According to Kyle's information, the card sports a pair of G92-based GPUs with 128 SPs each on two separate PCBs. It also appears to have a total of 1GB of memory on-board and will be the new "flagship" card from NVIDIA taking the highest priced spot from the 8800 Ultra card.
Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2008 - 10:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 3, 2008) - ASUS, today announced plans to launch its award-winning GPS smart phone in the United States early this year.
The P527 took home the prestige of CES Innovation Design and Engineering award for 2008. This latest cellular innovation from ASUS is designed to provide users with simple access to the latest GPS technology. Among the host of versatile functions, Travelog and Location Courier have been crowned as the most unique features on the P527.
Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2008 - 10:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 3, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook PC design and manufacturing, today unveiled the world's first one-terabyte notebook in collaboration with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
ASUS announced that the new Travelstar 5K500 (500 GB 2.5 Inch hard drive) from Hitachi has been integrated into the ASUS M series multimedia notebook PCs. The new ASUS M50 and M70 will ship with two of the Travelstar 5K500 to provide unprecedented storage capacity for high definition media and personal data.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 10:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year. Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights. See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 08:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the gang at CoolIt is going to have some impressive new items to show at CES next week. I am already setup to meet with them at the show so you can be sure we'll have coverage of it.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 07:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks. It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz. If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.
Subject: Storage | January 3, 2008 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users now have the ultimate solution for storing, transporting and backing up large amounts of personal and professional data. Whether using the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager or the aluminum-encased water-proof Flash Survivor, the large amounts of data on the drive will be safeguarded for users with an active lifestyle. Corsair USB drives provide the added ruggedness and performance not found in other storage drives utilizing rotating media.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Waturbo tries out something a little different, taking a hint from the Caramel bar. The center of their copper heatsink is filled with some liquid coolant that is stirred at the same speed as the 92mm fan on top thanks to a magnet and a fan inside the coolant chamber. From the exterior it looks like most other Socket 775 cooler, as the pictures from Frosty Tech show. Read on to see how well they did at cooling with this new design.
Subject: Chipsets | January 3, 2008 - 05:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Even though we more or less KNEW this was coming, it is sad to see the official end of an era over at VIA. According to this Digitimes report, the chipset division, responsible for such masterpieces as the KT266A and KT133A, is being bundled in with the CPU division.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX runs at almost the exact same clock speeds as the more expensive 3870, and offers a few benefits as well. It is designed to draw less power, especially when it takes advantage of the several PowerPlay states that the Guru of 3D discovered, and thanks to the inclusion of some powerful 3rd party cooling, it runs cooler as well. The price is very much in line with the 3870, and the factory overclock is not the limit to
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 05:04 PM | Josh Walrath
Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512. This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS. Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3. The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective). The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight. I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news. Thanks guys!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 04:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger. Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!
Subject: Editorial | January 1, 2008 - 02:11 AM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Happy New Year and to ask you all to please be safe with whatever you are doing to celebrate!
Here's to a great 2007 and an even better 2008!!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 07:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already. If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked.
Subject: Displays | December 31, 2007 - 07:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
DisplayPort is coming, and very soon. Dell is going to be one of, if not THE first to get a high quality DisplayPort capable monitor on the market in the form of an updated 30" display. The Dell 3008WFP adds more than just a DisplayPort connection though; it combines the 30" and 2560x1600 resolution with the features of the multimedia-based 24" monitors released in 2007.
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 06:38 PM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality. The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance. This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection. More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec. Still, this