A picture is worth 1000 words (minus exchange rate)

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |

Some of our more perceptive members may have noticed avatars springing up in the forums beside the names of our mods, admin and staff.  Every member is invited to join in the fun, just head to your User CP, double check that avatars are turned on under your options, and then go to edit avatar and either link to an online one, or upload one from your own computer.  Keep


MSI's quiet Platinum motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2007 - 04:17 PM |

MSI's P6N SLI Platinum incorporates some nice features into a fairly inexpensive board.   With solid state capacitors, there is little chance of a leak, the supported 8GB of RAM helps this board run Vista, and it supports a FSB of up to 1333MHz, which gives it some future proofing.  Gigabit NIC, 2 Firewire ports and a 7.1 HD onboard audio by Azalia round out those features.  4 3GB/s SATA channels, 2 IDE channels and an eSATA port on the back give you plenty of ch

Source: PCStats

Interview with Moderator lidistick

Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2007 - 02:49 PM |

Well, it's Friday. I've been working on the Mods to belly up to the interview bar and have actually been making some headway. Thanks, guys! Here today is a fella I rather enjoy having fun with, let's hope you find him as entertaining as I do....oh, he's one heck of a whiz in Audio Corner as well. As far as being a "Sheep shagger"....well, I hear he's getting help with that....not sure how it's working out, however!

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.

Even more from CeBit

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 23, 2007 - 01:13 PM |

Hardware Zone continues their posts covering CeBIT and the nifty new items seen there.  In this installment they cover Albatron, Enlight, and quite a bit from Zalman, among several others.

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Bioware's Jade Empire

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |

Gamepyre has been spending some time in the Jade Empire, a game originally for the Xbox that has been ported to PC.  There are several different styles of character to choose from, allowing you the ability to replay the game and still get some enjoyment out of it.  They found it better than your average ported game, so head over and see what you think.

Source: Gamepyre

Dissecting an Apple TV

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 11:47 AM |

AnandTech has cut open a brand new Apple TV with only their fingernails and a Torx bit.  Get a good peek at the hard drive, motherboard, wireless card and other goodies they've hidden under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

PCIe RAID card

Subject: Storage | March 22, 2007 - 06:18 PM |

Now that most motherboards come with built in RAID capabilities, the once ubiquitous RAID controller card seems to have died out.


Mid range graphics showdown

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2007 - 03:11 PM |

MSI's 7900 GS is up against a Radeon X1950 Pro in this review at [H]ard|OCP.  The MSI card has twice the memory, but the Radeon is clocked faster.  The cards are priced within ~$50 of each other, but you may want to read carefully before you lean towards spending a little less.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Self Stabilizing Oil-pressure bearing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 22, 2007 - 01:53 PM |

SSO is a fancy name for a way to make a fan that is very quiet.  OCMODSHOP reviews Noctua's NF-S12 (120mm) and NF-R8 (80mm) fans.   47cf/m for the 120mm and 31 for the 80mm at 17dBA, and a slower setting that moves about half the volume but runs at 7dBA.


More CeBit 2007 action

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 22, 2007 - 12:14 PM |

X-Bit Labs has been quietly touring CeBit, and now share what they have seen in a 3 part article.  In part 1, they get a good look at new DX10 cards from nVidia and Sapphire.  Part 2 covers a 2kW PSU, 1400Mhz RAM and a few other interesting new parts.  In part 3 is an amazingly HUGE TV with a 205" diagonal viewing area as well as graphic

Source: X-Bit Labs

Guess who's 14

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 12:01 PM |

Back in the days when Cyrix and Wang were big names, and it was uphill to the store both ways, and snow was up to the tops of street signs, a new chip appeared that made a huge difference.  The original Pentium was a huge step up from the past series, and really pushed a lot of power for it's time.  Of course, the introduction of a math co-processor was both a good and a bad thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Killer NIC's Network Processing Unit Can Now Download Files While You Game

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 11:35 AM |

AUSTIN, Texas — March 14, 2007 — Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today introduced FN Torrent, a hardware offloaded peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows users to download files with zero impact to CPU utilization. With FN Torrent, gamers have the power to download the torrents they want without impacting their online game play.    

Source: BigFoot

Adding new features to an old friend

Subject: Mobile | March 21, 2007 - 06:10 PM |

The ASUS A8J offers a 14" widescreen LCD, a pair of stereo speakers, a 2 GHz C2D T7200, 1 GB of DDR2 and a ATI Mobility Radeon X1700, plus more peripheral ports than you can shake a stick at.  At ~5 lbs (2.4 kilos) it is very easy to carry around and a reasonable battery life, this laptop impressed X-Bit Labs and it might impress you too!

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 05:53 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — From today through April 19, people can visit www.intelchallenge.com and vote for their favorite concept PC design. Voters get to choose from designs submitted by companies competing for $1 million in the industry Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge.

Largest Intel Developer Forum in China Kicks Off 2007 Schedule

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 21, 2007 - 05:51 PM |

The first Intel Developer Forum (IDF) of 2007 and the largest ever held in China aims to drive innovations and foster powerful collaborations through vision, training and networking opportunities.

Making noise at SPCR

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 02:47 PM |

It was with great trepidation that SPCR fired up the Enermax Galaxy EGA1000EWL-DXX02.  In the search for quiet systems, a kW PSU isn't going to fit in very well, but it will support quad core and quad video card setups, as well as having two sets of electrically isolated 12V transformers, to give it 5 12V rails.  It may not reach the 80% efficiency rating they claim at most power levels, but with essentially no ripple or voltage fluctuation, it is one solid performer. 

Intel Releases Energy Star(R) Implementation Guidelines

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 02:18 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — Intel Corporation announced today that it has released a new implementation guide, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that helps PC manufacturers and system integrators deliver ENERGY STAR*-qualified PCs based on Intel microprocessors and other system components.

techPowerUp! goes wild at CeBit

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 21, 2007 - 01:04 PM |

techPowerUp! really did the laps at CeBit, I don't think there was a single vendor they didn't hit.

Source: techPowerUp!

Think Max Payne, only shorter

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:23 PM |

You probably haven't heard of Infernal, created by a company called Metropolis Software.  DriverHeaven certainly hadn't before they wrote this review.  It is billed as an HD game, and it's screenshots are certainly good looking.  It fully supports Vista, as well as Ageia PPUs to give you a very interesting gaming experience as you make your way through the story as a fallen angel.  The biggest drawback to the game, apart from it's obscurity, is how short it is.  Hopefully this engine will spawn more game