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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2007 - 11:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
At GDC this week, NVIDIA unveiled a major update to their suite of developers tools. Having built developer tools for over five years now, and investing millions of dollars into the program according to NVIDIA themselves, these tools allow game developers to work faster and more efficiently, getting us games faster. With DX10 gaining in popularity, slowly but surely, the need for more advanced tools is increasing.
And because using their tools helps to sell NVIDIA graphics cards, all of these developer tools are FREE. NVIDIA took some time t
Subject: Processors | March 7, 2007 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware has published their "Seriously Easy E6400 Overclocking Guide". All it takes is a E6400 and a P5N-E SLI, and you can get overclocking. They offer 2 ways even, one that lets you leave the memory alone and a second that shows you how to pump up the memory as well. It just doesn't get any easier without getting someone else to do it for you.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the name implies OZC's Flex XLC Watercooled memory is quite flexible. The heatsinks on them are able to function as waterblocks to theoretically give you more room to overclock, but are also quite happy to cool passively without any water at all. As HotHardware discovered, the cooling does dramatically change the temperature, but not the maximum speed. It is very likely that the cooler temps achieved by watercooling would significantly increase the lifetime of the DIMMs, so it is not a meaningless feat
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lian Li is a recognizable name when you are talking about cases, but not so much when talking power supplies. Their new 600W HPC PSU has an 84% efficiency rating, 3 12V rails with a total of 440W and amperage ranging from 14 to 23. It's neatest trick is it's ability to hook into a second power supply, and have both function simultaneously off the same power button. Get more info and a look at this PSU over at SPCR.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone had a chance to see the new Sony Walkmans that are to be released soon. The NW-A800 series comes in 3 flavours; 2, 4 and 8 GB, with a sleek design and 2.0-inch LCD. The NW-E010 series comes with the same 3 varieties, but sacrifices the LCD for it's tiny size. This little player is 3.3" by 0.9" by 0.6" and weighs about one ounce (29g).
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get your fix from Uclue, a new service by the researchers involved in what once was Google Answers. One of the first questions they answered is how Uclue will differ from Google Answers. It is currently in beta, so it is hard to get a perfect grasp of what the service will do. This article on Ars Technica may help you to figure out what it is all about.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- March 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its strategy to enable visually stunning and immersive games and multimedia content optimized for handheld devices powered by AMD's next-generation graphics technologies.
Subject: Systems | March 6, 2007 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeMhz has published the Extreme HTPC Guide. They did quite a thorough guide, covering 3 pages of hardware choices that focus on telling you what options are out there, and which you might want, as opposed to giving you a choice of one or two cards. The software section continues along the same vein, offering an overview of the software available, and the options, letting you decide what you need. Drop by to see a great guide on building your dream HTPC from scratch.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2007 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has done a full update of their 'Recommended Fans' list. They cover 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fans, ranging from the 120mm NEXUS REAL SILENT CASE FAN D12SL-12 @ 36 CFM, 1,000 RPM and 22 dBA to the hard to find 80mm MECHATRONICS A8025S12D @ 25 CFM, 1,500 RPM and 21 dBA. If you are trying to keep your system quiet, as well as cool then memorize this list.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Saitek has released a new input device for the gamer in you, the Pro Gamer Command Unit. Offering 20 buttons, plus a shift button, as well as a tiny joystick under your thumb. Head to techPowerUp to get the full review, but be careful ... they liked this device so much they've tossed away the keyboards on their gaming machines.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No, pigs haven't sprouted wings, nor has the permafrost extended that far down ... it's not DN4ever. The Inquirer has seen a port of Duke Nukem 3D onto portable phones, allowing to you lay the mighty foot down old skool style. If you have a BREW compatible phone, this is worth checking out, and the port of Prey as well.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A great experiment has taken place at [H]ard|OCP. A member has just spent 30 days using the 32- and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu on 2 different computers on fairly new and one a year old. Everything from the installation to normal everyday use like email, IM and DVD burning, as well as a foray into getting a graphics editor like Photoshop to work, and even a little gaming. Take a look, you might be tempted to switch, yourself.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCI Express is the defacto choice for graphics cards and other high speed components, like physics processing. It caught on for mainstream consumers, while PCI-X has been relegated to business applications like SCSI cards, and Gigabit LAN cards in servers.
Well, I spent the weekend in bed taking meds for a sinus infection and dreading going to work today, but I made it. I am getting 'better', but to some folk, that's debateable!
OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews.
Subject: Processors | March 5, 2007 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 — Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Intel has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's ten-year term. The companies also have agreed to continuing discussions and evaluation of AmberWave's ongoing technology research and development efforts.
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has been busily updating the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard. Every system has been tweaked, and in some cases the performance increased and the price decreased.
The new superclocked 8800's appear in both the Dream System and the High End System. The Mid Range and Budget systems have new motherboards that offer good features.
Check them out!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB. By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card. It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has revamped some of their testing methods, and revisit some quad-core desktops that they've reviewed previously. Among the many changes, they switched to Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition, so drop by and see what effect that has had on these systems performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan. It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise. The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power. Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.