iBUYPOWER versus [H]ard|OCP

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2006 - 10:58 AM |
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The next retailer on [H]'s list is iBUYPOWER.  Opting to buy the same system they purchased from Cyberpower, this reivew focuses on the experiences they had with the original purchase and shipping of the system, as well as the Tech Support they used after the box had arrived.  Find out if they met [H]'s expectations or not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair Expands Popular XMS PRO and XMS XPERT Product Families

Subject: Memory | June 27, 2006 - 09:12 AM |
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Fremont, CA (June 27, 2006) —Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of two new DDR2-800 low latency 2GB kits. Designed with the advanced users in mind who demand performance, aesthetics and functionary in one package, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 memory kits are optimized for the current AMD® socket AM2 platform and the upcoming Intel® platform.

Has Creative managed to wound Apple?

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 09:10 AM |
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The Hardware Zone has written a review of the brand new Creative Zen 5.  There are 2 main varieties, the Zen and the Zen Plus, with the difference being the Plus' ability to recieve FM radio.  Available in 1, 2 and 4 GB models, this could certainly be an alternative to the iPod Video.

"Creative has launched the latest ZEN V PLUS - an extremely small and hardy audio player that features

video playback on a rich 1.5-inch OLED screen."

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Getting a look behind the scenes of DX10 development

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 08:48 AM |
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ExtremeTech sits down with Chris Donahue and David Blythe to talk about Vista's new Direct X.  Take a peek at the power behind Shader Model 4, which will be used in DX10, the graphics pipeline model, and more.

Source: Extremetech

An evening with some high powered graphics systems

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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Take an X1900 XT CrossFire Edition video card paired with an X1900 XTX on an ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe, attached to a Dell 3007 WFP 30' LCD.  Then take two retail BFGTech GeForce 7900 GTX OC video cards in SLI (and later, two GeForce 7950 GX2's in SLI) running on an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe, and test the 30" monitor with those. 
Once you are done, post an article describing your experiences on [H]ard|OCP, and let everyone who thought they had a fun weekend turn green with envy.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Unleashes New Server Processors That Deliver World-Class Performance And Power Efficiency

Subject: Processors | June 26, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation today introduced its dual-core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100 series, previously codenamed 'Woodcrest,' for the high-volume server, workstation, communications, storage and embedded market segments.

Try testing the warranty on this one!

Subject: Storage | June 26, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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The Inquirer found a bullet-proof USB drive!  I can only imagine the fun the product testers had while determining if a keychain sized USB drive could be made to be bullet-proof.  Go out and buy one to test for yourself.

Source: The Inquirer

This board goes to 240

Subject: Motherboards | June 26, 2006 - 10:58 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP put a lot of effort into pushing the Foxconn C51XEM2AA to the fastest FSB they could.  While it can reach 250, it was far from stable, and while not an amazing overclock, when you consider this is a brand new chipset, it speaks well of the potential for the nForce 590 as it matures.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This case swings both ways, and likes the water ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 09:31 AM |
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Thermaltake's Aguila is a hefty beast, that is designed to be set up either as a normal ATX system, or a BTX.  It has plenty of space in HDD bays for hiding your cabling, and good airflow.  On the other hand, it will be difficult to place a Bigwater 735 and a large video card into the case, at the same time.

If you want a more spacious interior, check out Lee's review of Thermaltake's new Armour Jr.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Office 2007 - Worth the time it takes to install?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 09:15 AM |
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The Inquirer starts off the week with an overview of the new Office 2007 Suite, Beta 2.  More than just an aesthetic change, this Office incorporates several new ideas like ribbons.  Drop by for this overview, and keep an eye open this week as they test each application individually.

Source: The Inquirer

AM2's secret weapon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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The Inquirer has discovered AMD's answer to Conroe, and have posted a bit of information on what their upcoming plans may be.

If you are unfamiliar with Conroe, and the idea of IPC, read Ryan's preview, right here on PC Perspective.

Source: The Inquirer

Physics 101 at The Tech Report

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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With the arrival of Ageia's PPU at The Tech Report, they quickly loaded up Cell Factor and Ghost Recon Adavanced.  Not only do they talk about the experience, and show frame rate effects, they also have some very telling pictures, showing the extras you get from Ageia.

The TGIF Mod Squad

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 10:41 AM |
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The case mods are starting to arrive at ExtremeTech.  Drop by to look at the competition, and sumbit your own if you have 'em.  Don't forget we have our own Member Gallery here at PC Perspective to show off your mods too!

Source: Extremetech

Sneaking out of Computex to see ECS' factory

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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The Tech Report snuck out of Computex to get some real work done.  Take a look at the pictures of the ECS factory and what they learned while looking at the process of making motherboards.

Take to the skies

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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Jump into the cockpit, and get ready for some high-flyin' XBox360 action.  Blazing Angels is the pretty much the only flight sim game for the XBox and [H] thinks they did a fair job on it ... if your thumbs are itching to fly, grab a copy.

"Fly up to 38 planes in single-player and multiplayer missions. Jump right into air combat action in

planes such as the famous P-51 Mustang and the British Spitfire. Grow from an innocent rookie to a

battle-scarred ace as you and your wingmen fight World War II's most legendary air battles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Announces New Low-Latency DDR2-800 Kits

Subject: Memory | June 23, 2006 - 08:30 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced two low latency
PC2-6400 memory solutions prepared to deliver enthusiasts the performance
they demand on the latest DDR2 platforms. The new PC2-6400 Platinum Revision
2 Edition is rated at 4-4-4 and the new PC2-6400 Titanium Alpha Edition is
rated at 3-4-3-9 making this dynamic duo an exciting new addition to the
acclaimed OCZ memory line.

Source: Email

Look Ma! No hands!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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Hands free input devices, such as head tracking devices are steadily improving.  Drop by PDAToday to look at Natural Point's newest offering, the Track IR Pro 4, and see if you are ready to eveolve past the mouse & keyboard.

Source: PDAToday

AM-2 Boards from Foxconn & Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 22, 2006 - 12:38 PM |
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Drop by AnandTech for a look at 2 AM-2 boards, both using the nForce 590 chipset.  They can help you decide between the feature rich Foxconn, or the well laid out Gigabyte offerings.

Source: AnandTech

High-Powered Shoot Out

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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Legit Reviews grabbed 8 SLI/CrossFire PSUs, none less than 550W.  Drop by to find out who makes the cut.

Intel Opens Third High-Volume 65nm Manufacturing Facility

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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LEIXLIP, Ireland, June 22, 2006 — Extending its leadership in chip making technology, Intel Corporation today opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Ireland.