AMD To Present At A.G. Edwards' Computer/Microprocessor Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 28, 2005 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Marty Seyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Business Unit and Performance Computing, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, will present at the A.G. Edwards' Computer/Microprocessor Technology Conference at 9:10 a.m. ET (6:10 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 1, 2005 in New York City.   Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Logitech has a flash of inspiration

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 06:45 PM |
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According to CoolTechZone, Logitech has reversed their previous stand on the tracking problems in their G5 and G7 mice.  If you are having problems with your G5, head on over to read the article, and get the update.

"There's finally some good news from Logitech in regards to laser technology in its G5 and G7

laser mice, and the surface tracking issues they were prone to. On November 24th, Logitech issued

a firmware upgrade for G5, the wired counterpart to the cordless G7.

Source: CoolTechZone

Extreme Air Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2005 - 06:15 PM |
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ClubOC has a look at the AeroCool AeroEngine II, a case with turbine enhanced cooling.  If you aren't getting the cooling you need, and don't want to get your feet wet with liquid cooling, this might be the solution.

"For those who think they need something close to a jet engine to force enough air through their

case to keep their cool, but don't want their machine to look like Frankenstein's monster in the

process, AeroCool presents the AeroEngine II."


Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: Club OC

Good graphics on a budget

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 28, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 (256M).  While the DDR2 certainly gives this card a boost, it doesn't really benefit from the amount of memory, as it just can't process the graphics with a high enough quality setting to make it worth it.  However, as it doesn't really make this card more expensive, you just might want this in your box.


"There have been a lot of new announcements, launches, and evaluations to do in the video card

arena as of late.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Crucial's take on DDR2

Subject: Memory | November 28, 2005 - 12:58 PM |
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DriverHeaven has posted a review of Crucial's Ballistix PC2-8000.  While it might be a little early to plan an AMD rig around it, there are plenty of Intel systems just begging for these sticks. 

'It took quite some time for DDR-2 to take a considerable piece of the market, but eventually it did. Although AMD seems unwilling to support it up to today, most Intel based systems seem to require it, especially after the release of the latest chipsets which do not support DDR at all.

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Tech Style Goes Tactile

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 12:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2005 — The laptop PC is finally ready for its close-up. Previously confined to a world of monotone grays and blacks, touchable laptop PCs are now poised to break into the fashion spotlight.


Intel Corporation and Toray Ultrasuede (America), Inc., innovative leaders in technology and fashion, today unveiled 'ultrafashionable' concept laptop PCs.

Duel of the Dual-Cores

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a showdown hosted by News.com between AMD's and Intel's dual core CPUs.  The results were a little one sided.

"News.com pitted AMD versus Intel dual core CPUs and tested areas including day to day computing,

gaming, multitasking, photo editing, MP3 encoding, video encoding and bangs per buck, or price

performance as others call it. That's seven rounds of the "prizefight".


According to this, out of a total points of 100, AMD got 100 and Intel got zero.

Source: The Inquirer

Asus and ATI, high power without the high price

Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2005 - 05:21 PM |
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AnandTech received a nice surprise whe reviewing the entrance level ATI chipset based A8R-MVP from Asus.  While this board is farily inexpensive and targeted at entrance level users, the features on the mobo and it's overclocking ability are impressive.  The likely suspect in this case being the use of the ULi M1575 southbridge.

"If we always went with our assumptions, there would be no reason at all to test motherboards, and

thankfully, our first opinions are often proven wrong in the actual testing.

Source: AnandTech

A case of design clarity

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2005 - 03:49 PM |
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MODTHEBOX has a review of the& Mountain Mods Bob Slay Acrylic Cube Case, one of the most unique pre-made cases I have sen recently.  Not only does it have the looks, the setup allows for very efficient cooling.

"The Bob Slay is an American made laser cut 1/4" cast acrylic custom case. It features a stainless

steel carry handle for portability, and has ample room for all your full size components.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Friday Game Roundup

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 02:23 PM |
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"I bought the retail version of NFS:MW today and finally got the chance to update my Need for

Speed: Most Wanted Tweak Guide. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should give it

a try.

Source: Tweak Guides

A DVD that will be hard to fill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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Imagine being able to do a 1:1 backup of your main computer onto one DVD.  The Inquirer has found that Ricoh is developing a 200GB disk, which won't be ready for a few years, but will certainly make backing things up much easier.

"Japanese firm Ricoh believes it will be able to release a 200GB optical drive by 2008, according to today's Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

The technology will use eight layers rather than the two promised by Sony's Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD tech."


Here are some more Storage reviews from around the

Source: The Inquirer

Play your Xbox for more than 360 seconds

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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A simple workaround to the crashes on the Xbox360 has been discovered, and The Inquirer is there to tell you about it.  The power is once again a problem, though hopefully not to the extent of the original release.


"Dan, from Duluth, or 'goldeneyemaster' as he is known, told the game spot forum here that he

thinks the main reason that the xBox 360 freezes is because the power supply overheats.

Source: The Inquirer

Crossfire's got legs!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 06:57 PM |
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VR-Zone has some news about ATI's Crossfire, as it applies to mobility chipsets.   Any guesses how long before Alienware starts putting out new notebooks?

"ATi has something up their sleeves and is going to challenge SLI on mobile front with their

mobility Crossfire.

Source: VR-Zone

New ATI card, possible 2006 release

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 05:42 PM |
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There is a new ATI GPU coming, hopefully in the first quarter of 2006, and hopefully about the same time as the motherboards, according to DigiTimes.

"ATI Technologies is currently in the final stage of testing its R580 graphics processor units

(GPUs) with customers, sources at Taiwan graphics card makers indicated, adding that the graphics

chip vendor expects to launch the flagship chip in early 2006.

ATI will also be enhancing its entry-level GPU product line on the 80nm production node, with new

Source: Digitimes

Prebuilt SFF with watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2005 - 01:46 PM |
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GruntvillE has posted a review of VoyeurMods' PrimoChill X-Qpack H2O.  It's an SFF case, which comes with one of several different options of wtercooling setups.  If you are looking for a box that will be very quiet, and not take up a lot of real estate, consider this for your next build, unless you were going to use SLI, then you might have some space issues.

"When you order the X-QPack H2O from VoyeurMods you have the option of adding blocks, a different

radiator and many other things.

Source: GruntvillE

A Happy Thanksgiving to All

Subject: Editorial | November 24, 2005 - 01:43 PM |
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Today, as I sit on the couch having just finished watching the Macy's Day Parade and now viewing re-runs of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, I am indeed very thankful for what I have.  Over the past year PC Perspective has grown larger and better than where it started, and I owe that to the many people that are behind the site with me.  Jon, Lee, Joe and Jeremy have helped me beyond what I can express, as have the other moderators and admins at the forums.  And of course I have to thank our readers -- because without you we wouldn't be

Happy Thanksgiving

Subject: Editorial | November 24, 2005 - 01:28 PM |
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From everyone here at PC Perspective, I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday.  It means a lot to all of us that you are here, especially on days like today. 


If you are sitting around looking for something to do today, you can always check out the PC Perspective Forums and you'll surely find some like-minded people to talk tech, or anything else for that matter. 


MP3 Sunglasses 2: The Return

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:58 PM |
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Oakley has just put out the Thump2, the followup to the original MP3 player in a pair of shades.  If you completely missed the first release, The Tech Lounge takes the time to compare the originals to the new edition.  Love 'em or hate 'em, you should probably at least be able to recognize them.

"From California -- Lil' John's Thump sunglasses have been combined with Arnold Schwartzenegars

Terminator shades in Oakley's sequel of their original smash hit of MP3 playing eyeware in Thump

2, Revenge of the

ATI announces another uncoming chipset

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer caught ATI talking about a new chipset that might be ready to launch in the first quarter of 2006, called the RS485.  It will be made to handle the upcoming M2 AMD processors, though it will not support Crossfire, it will support DDR2.

"The chipset is called the RS485 and it supports one single graphic slot only. It's designed over

a new reference motherboard as it has to accommodate new AMD DDR 2 CPUs. Those CPUs will bring a

lot of memory and socket changes but they won't surface before sometime in Q2 next year.

Source: The Inquirer

Who cares about stock speeds anymore?

Subject: Memory | November 23, 2005 - 06:43 PM |
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Sure most DDR modules are running about 400Mhz out of the package, nowadays it's about the timings.  Take the Geil RAM that NGOHQ reviews for example.  The CAS timing of 1.5 allows a lot of room to loosen the timings, and bring the speed up significantly, which allows for much better performance overall.  Even if you don't plan on overclocking, the tight timings on this RAM won't slow you down.

"GeIL is a modest manufacturer that was founded in 1997.

Source: NGOHQ