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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink. What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards. It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate. The new architecture does reveal some improvement
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Day 2 of CES 2008 has started off, and some sites are catching up on yesterdays news, while others are already trying to get the new finds from today up and published. Legit Reviews started off their Tuesday at Foxconn's table looking at an extended ATX motherboard with the codename F1 or Transformer. The most arresting feature of this board is the four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT all hooked up in Crossfire, and thanks to the larger form factor, the cards are spaced apart nicely. Take a look!
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07. Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive. Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.
Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES. It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling. All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past. The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.
Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself. If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at the ASUS table you can see a scratch 20" proof monitor, apparently Ryan talked them into hitting it with a storage box several times, and it suffered no ill effect. There is also an pre-built HTPC with a built in amplifier as well as a shot of the digital Xonar D2X.
Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's new 22" Crystal display gives you a rather attractive way to watch HD content and to game, check out Ryan's pics from the floor of CES.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2008 - 04:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new acrylic Water Box Plus case and cooling kit from Danger Den are simply marvelous. Not only have they created a rather sharp looking acrylic case, but all the water blocks are edged in acrylic and the tubing also fits in, giving it a nice look very reminiscent of Orac. Even better, 3dGameMan reveals that the high level performance you expect from Danger Den was not compromised while they were working on the aesthetics
Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest surprise in Intel's announcement about their 16 new processors is that over half of them will be available very soon. The actual specs are a little light, but you can read about all that is know about them at [H]ard|OCP as well as several other sites. We do know that they are 45nm and the soon to be released C2D CPUs will run betwen 2.10GHz to 3.16GHz. You will have to wait a while for the new quad cores.
Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2008 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 7, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today unveiled its new ASUS G70 notebook featuring powerful dual-graphics based on the highly acclaimed NVIDIA SLI technology, as well as the support of dual hard drives and 8GB of system memory for optimal transfer rates.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 7, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today announced its plan to unveil a rich assortment of new products at this year's CES. Taking center stage is the new Nova P22 mini desktop PC that delivers whisper-quiet operations (25dB) with unprecedented 802.11n + Bluetooth connectivity and multimedia playback capabilities. Joining the award-winning LCD product line is the upcoming 24” MK241H.
Subject: Memory | January 7, 2008 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology
Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
mean nothing to VIA Arena. Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets. VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.
Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of AMD Xilleon panel processors designed to provide unrivaled visual quality in liquid crystal display (LCD) digital TVs. AMD's new panel processors deliver advanced motion compensation and frame rate conversion technology for excellent image processing, resulting in a rich, immersive entertainment experience.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008. If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.