The anticipation grows

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 12:04 PM |

The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson.  There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL).  Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures.  For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.

Source: The Inquirer

Delaying an extinction event

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 11:48 AM |

The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade.  If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.

Source: The Register


Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 11:03 AM |

SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 9, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA Quadro® professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for professionals who require uncompromised mobility.

Source: NVIDIA

Interview with Mod Meridian

Subject: Editorial | May 9, 2007 - 10:20 AM |

It's a Wednesday morning and I have a few minutes to post. My work life has completely inundated me recently, I miss this place! Hopefully it will all wash over sooner than later.

M is one hard working Mod here at PCP. It took considerable wrassling to hold him down long enough to answer a few questions. I'm bushed, so here ya go, number 20 in the series: Meridian

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.

Grilling Intel on Penryn and Nehalem

Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 04:55 PM |

In the newest episode of, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF.  From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.

Source: Hexus

NAS made easy

Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 02:23 PM |

The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD.  Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently.  With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud. 

Source: Bjorn3D

An almost disposable MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 01:38 PM |

Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone.  At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for.  It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere.  At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.

OCZ Technology Announces the Worlds First AM2 Optimized Memory Kit

Subject: Memory | May 8, 2007 - 01:00 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif.-May 7, 2007-OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled a unique memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new
PC2-5400 Titanium modules were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2 platform
and are custom-tailored to the extended column address range of the AM2
memory controller. With a doubled page size, access penalties are reduced to
ultimately improve system performance.

ASUS remodels their Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | May 8, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

ASUS has followed up their original Lamborghini laptop with the VX2, updating the hardware and adding features as well as improving it's already well designed aesthetic.  TECHGAGE was lucky enough to get one to test out, and enjoyed every minute of it.  The added bonuses run from a webcam to a finger print reader just go to show how well thought out this laptop is; although perhaps designed more for the car fana


UMPC goes Pro

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM |

VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with.  The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black.  Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.

Source: VIA Arena

New NVIDIA 8800 GTX to use both 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2007 - 10:16 AM |

An interesting product announcement hit my inbox just now that I thought I would share with you all.  From PNY, a new 8800 GTX "Limited Edition" card that is highly overclocked will be available NOW or very soon.  Here are the specs:

  • 621 MHz core versus 575 MHz stock

  • 1.45 GHz shader core versus 1.35 GHz stock

  • 2.0 GHz memory speed versus 1.8 GHz stock

  • 96 GB/s memory bandwidth versus 86.4 GB/s stock

  • 39.7 billion pixels/s fill rate versus 36.8 billion pixels/s

  • MSRP of $579.99

Considering that the

Big is not always beautiful

Subject: Displays | May 7, 2007 - 05:44 PM |

The Viewsonic VX2435wm is under examination at 3dGameMan.  As the name hints it is a 24" widescreen LCD, with a resolution of 1920x1200 and 8ms gtg and HDCP support for HDMI and DVI.  They found the text to be perfectly sharp but had some problems with the brightness being too high, which is a good thing for some viewers.  Unfortunately, the size slows down the response rate to the point where ghosting is

Source: 3dGameMan

Getting more bang for your buck

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2007 - 03:14 PM |

PC Stats has decided to test out a question many value minded gamers are wondering.  Which is better, a single 8800GTX or a pair of 8800GTS' in SLI?  You pay pretty much the same price for either setup, although the single GTX does allow you to install a second card down the road ... when you can afford it.

As the tests show, it is a matter of choosing between great performance now, or really good performance now and astounding performance in the future.

Source: PCStats

Gigabyte goes all out with 680i

Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 01:44 PM |

The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match.  It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness.  The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.

PCs should be seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM |

At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors.  In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise.  The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer.  The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make.  Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.

Competition in an open source world

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM |

Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code.  Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it.  Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.

Source: Mad Penguin


Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 04:22 PM |

The BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express graphics card is the pinnacle of consumer graphics technology and will excel against any competition in the market.   With unparalleled performance, courtesy of NVIDIA's revolutionary unified architecture, the 8800 Ultra packs the power of 128 stream processors operating at 1500MHz which are supported by an amazing 103.7GB/s of memory bandwidth.  For users with water cooled systems, BFG is continuing to lead the way by bringing the first 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition to market with a custom single slot copper water block co-d

Lend us your ears

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM |

We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think.  We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview.  Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.


4GB kits are becoming more common

Subject: Memory | May 4, 2007 - 01:31 PM |

3dGameMan has posted a review of Mushkin's new 4GB kit of PC2-6400 memory with timings of 5-4-4-12.  These kits aren't just for gaming, although you will benefit from it, it also helps you to run Vista with better response.  If you are an overclocker, there is something even nicer about these DIMMs, they bumped the voltage to 2.2, kept the timings the same and managed to hit 1068MHz.

Source: 3dGameMan

A better investment?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 12:06 PM |

DX10 is new and will add a lot to your gaming experience ... eventually.  You won't be seeing games using right away, so if you are in the market for a cheap card the 8600 series may not be the way to go.  Legion Hardware proves that a 7900 GS can be turned into a better card that the 8600 with a bit of overclocking.  Read on to see just how much better in their full review.