The difference a BIOS can make

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 01:17 PM |
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Overclockers Online reviewed the ECS K1A MVP before it was available, and were not impressed with the overclocking potential.  Now that the board has been through a few BIOS revisions, they revisit the board to see what effect a more mature BIOS will have.

VIA Launches First Single-Chip Embedded Chipset, the VIA CX700, at ESC 2006

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2006 - 01:01 PM |
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Fremont, California, 4th April 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA CX700 digital media IGP chipset for the VIA C7® and Eden® processor platforms, the most advanced x86 embedded chipset that integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including rich video graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATA II support, into a single, compact and highly power-efficient package.

37" of Widescreen HD

Subject: Displays | April 4, 2006 - 12:59 PM |
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Sceptre has struck again, with one of the biggest HD LCD's you can get on the market.   Read the full review at HotHardware to get an idea how much screen real estate is available on this beast.

Source: HotHardware

Intel, Red Hat Launch Global Solution Acceleration Program

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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LINUXWORLD, Boston, April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation and Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading
provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced the creation
of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize
their deployments of Linux solutions. The program will be the first of
its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focused on
developing and disseminating tools for virtualization of enterprise
computing.

Intel First With 65nm NOR Flash Memory Chips

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation is the first to sample NOR multi-level cell flash
memory chips at 1-gigabit density using its advanced 65-nanometer (nm)
process technology. Intel's NOR Flash memory chips are used in devices
such as cell phones to manage critical phone operations, handle
Personal Information Management data and to store photos, music and
videos.

A multipurpose HTPC with style

Subject: Systems | April 4, 2006 - 09:39 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's newest system review examines a fully built HTPC, the Polywell Mini-Box2 939NP.  Not only does the case masquerade as a stereo component, this little guy will play 3D games with AA enabled.  Check it out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Microsoft and AMD, conspiring together?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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Steve Balmer and Mark Hurd met with AMD after the results of an AMD survey revealed a growing concern with power hungry servers and PCs.  Head to The Inquirer to find out more about the survey and the event.

Source: The Inquirer

WD Ships Highest Capacity, Highest Reliability Enterprise-class SATA Hard Drive

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. Apr. 4, 2006 Addressing a growing enterprise market for high capacity, highly reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500 GB SATA hard drives. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for improved performance in multi-user, random I/O environments.

Mobile monsters from Alienware

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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Stop by Hot Hardware for a review of the Alienware Area-51 m5500, a perfect blend of portability and power.  A 2.0 GHz Pentium M, with choice of the built IGP or a 6600 Go (either 128 or 256M), 533Mhz DDR2, and a 15" display, weighing just over 6 pounds.  Read the full review to get a feel for the newest mobile Area-51.

"As one of the pioneers of the gaming notebook, it comes as no surprise to see Alienware coming

to the table with yet another innovation.

Source: HotHardware

Cooler Master Centurion 534 Review and Giveaway!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 02:52 PM |
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That's right, Bob Dyl has reviewed the Coolermaster Centurion 534, and now that he is done with it, it is being taken away from him, and given to a lucky PC Perspective member.


If you could do with a free, stylish case, all you need to do is head to this thread and follow the instructions!

Intel Capital, PIPEX Create Broadband Wireless Company In The UK

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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LONDON, April 3, 2006 — Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital investment organization, and PIPEX Communications PLC, a major United Kingdom-based telecommunications provider, announced today that they have jointly formed PIPEX Wireless, a wireless operator which will provide broadband services in major metropolitan areas.

A watercooler built for two

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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Thermaltake comes to the rescue of overheating SLI rigs with the Tide Water Plus kit.  PC Modding Malaysia reviews this kit that was designed specifically for rigs with 2 video cards.  Read on to see if it is superior to jury-rigging your own.


If you are in the need of a futuristic case, then Bob's review of the newest case from NZXT should be right up your alley.


"All in all, the Tide Water Plus water cooling solution is yet another ingenious dual GPU cooling

8GB of storage for your favorite shutterbug

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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Futurelooks reviews an 8 gigabyte compact flash compatible photo storage micro hard drive from Seagate Technologies.  This card would seem to be the current record holder for biggest commercially available flash card, and there is no way you could fill it in just one sitting.  If you know someone with 4 or 5 small flash cards for their camera, then you may know what to get them the next time they deserve a present.

"Sitting in a beautiful brand new plastic blister package was an 8 gigabyte compact flash

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Source: futurelooks

Multi-talented RAM

Subject: Memory | April 3, 2006 - 10:07 AM |
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The Patriot Memory PDC22G8000+XBLK DDR-2 is designed specifically to run at different speeds depending on the CAS latency you choose, and that is before you start tweaking for the best OC.  Add to that the fact that it performs well at all the speeds it is rated for, this is a really well designed DIMM.  The only bad news is that PC Stats got a sneak peek at them, you can't actually but them yet. 


"" What sets this pair of PC2-8000 DDR2 memory apart from the competition is that it's capable of
Source: PCStats

We used to call a 12 inch IBM 729 reel portable ...

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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...  the kids these days have no idea how easy they have it.  The Tech Zone explores the history of portable data, from the floppies that you were amazed could fit 1.44 Mbs of data to the USB flash and HDD based drives of today.  Read through it and some of the jokes old sysadmins crack might start making more sense.

"History of secondary storage is quiet interesting, as it has seen the use of papers to silicon

to optical medium.

Intel Launches 'Discover The PC' Initiative

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 'Discover the PC' initiative to make the benefits of PC technology more broadly available to people in developing nations. The initiative focuses on delivering products and technologies that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of people in developing countries.

Take your notebook to the races

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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X-bit Labs grabbed a hold of a fast new notebook from Acer Labs, the Ferrari.  It has a very attractive finish, and even has the Ferrari logo emblazoned on the cover.  Of course the price also reflects the branding, though you certainly won't be dissapointed by the performance.

"We would like to introduce to you a superior notebook on AMD Turion 64 processor from Acer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Tiny TV to take travelling

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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The Compro VideoMate U900 is a tiny TV tuner that accepts coax and antenna signals, and hooks up to a PC or laptop.  While being able to carry a device to eceive a TV signal in a pocket sounds great, read the full review at [H]ard|OCP before you run out and buy one.

"The thing about the two is that, traditionally, people want larger television screens and

smaller electronics.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tell your plexi to get bent

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 01:09 PM |
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Modders-Inc has posted a how to for bending plexi and other plastics for case modding.  If you are into modding cases and want to build something really twisted, this will tell you how, and what tools you need to do it right.

"Master Modders Sheldog23 show us one of his secerts for making a custom modded case. Quote: I

get asked all the time "How did you bend the Plex for your UTMod?".

Source: Modders-Inc

The Monarch Rebate Countdown continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Monarch Computer's rebate countdown continues ... not that much time left to wait.


Keep an eye on this page, or you will miss some amazing deals!