CeBIT in a day

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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R & B Mods only had a day to pack in everything they could about CeBIT.  There are 9 pages of photos that cover almost every area of the show, and give you a great tour.  A warning, if you are still using dial-up, it may take you a day to see their whole tour as well.

"Everyone that has some type of computer interest knows that Cebit is one of the worlds biggest

exhibitions. I had the pleasure to go down to Hannover Germany this year to take a part of this

huge event.

Is 512MB better than 256 yet?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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PureOverclock ran some tests comparing a standard 256MB 7800GT and a 512MB version.  With some judicious use of NiBiTor, all clock speeds were rendered equal.  Read on to see if paying for that extra RAM is really worth it.

"Does a 512MB framebuffer make any difference?

A gaming keyboard that works easily

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away!  It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys.  It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.

"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features

the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.

Source: 3DXtreme

Intel's Robson aims to speed up harddrives

Subject: Storage | March 13, 2006 - 02:51 PM |
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Extremetech is sharing some info they have gathered about Intel's upcoming chipset add-on, Robson.  It will be a flash based "intelligent" prefetcher, and will attempt to store some of the required data between the HDD and the CPU, in an attempt to reduce latency.

"Intel proposes that the flash memory cache should be located on the motherboard. It's unclear

whether it should be permanently installed or could be another type of memory socket.

Source: Extremetech

Pictures, leaks and more from CeBIT

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 13, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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With 2 major shows going on right now, IDF and CeBIT, there is a lot of info about the upcoming products for this year.  With pictures and more, start with Guru of 3D's look through CeBit, then try to keep your jealousy under control as you follow all of the other tours.

"Guru3D.com just posted an article on the CeBIT 2006 exhibit that is taking place in germany as we

speak. CeBIT is easily one of the biggest IT exhibits that takes place in Europe every year.

Source: Guru of 3D

IPTV, coming to the small screen near you

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Sure we have all streamed video over the net using TCP/IP, but webTV with the same technology has never seemed to catch on.  The newest incarnation is IPTV, and Ars Technica can explain how it is supposed to work, and just why the Telco's are interested in broadcasting it.

"IPTV describes a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of

Internet Protocol packets. If you've ever watched a video clip on your computer, you've used an

IPTV system in its broadest sense.

Source: Ars Technica

MAINGEAR Quad SLI Beast

Subject: Systems | March 13, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Union, NJ - March 9, 2006 — MAINGEAR, renowned manufacturer of award winning, record breaking, top performing gaming PCs, unveils the fastest, most powerful gaming PC in the world. The BEAST SLI is the ultimate in gaming hardware and now with NVIDIA QUAD SLI, gaming will never be the same.

Source: Maingear

Get to know Conroe better

Subject: Processors | March 10, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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Find out even more about the star of the IDF on The Tech Report.  Conroe is certainly receiving a lot of hype, and based on the benchmarks we've seen, it deserves it.


You can find out even more in Ryan's article here.


"We were among a select group of publications here at IDF to get a chance to do some hands-on

testing with Intel's next-generation desktop processor, code-named Conroe.

Swiftech can cool your whole system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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The Swiftech Apogee, MCW-30 and MCW-60 Cooler are all reviewed at motherboards.org today.  This inexpensive watercooling setup will give you blocks to cool your CPU, GPU and chipset, and it will do it without breaking a sweat, even when you overclock.  They compare it's preformance on both Intel and AMD systems, give it a view.

"As with all of Swiftech's goods in their time, the blocks look great and perform just as well.

The 7900 reviews of new video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP gives a you a good rundown of the technology behind nVIDIA's new cards, and what you can expect to get from them.  More than jsut benchmarks, you are in danger of learning something by reading this.


"The big news for NVIDIA today is that their high-end GPU has gone 90 nanometers. This actually

isn't their first 90 nanometer GPU, the GeForce 7300 GS is built on the 90 nanometer process.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Giving an old game a new look

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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It has probably been a while since you last played Quake 3, but there are still people who are.  Maybe you aren't impressed that they can only get around 15 fps, and have to turn off some of the lighting effects to get it that high, but what if they were doing it on 24 monitors?  The Inquirer links to pics of that, and a Warcraft 2 setup which shows the entire game map.


"A Bunch of techies at www.plastk.net have been playing around with a 24 monitor display wall and

managed to get a game of Quake Three runn

Source: The Inquirer

Intel has plans of domination for 2006

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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While AMD has held the performance crown for a while now, Intel has never been out of the game.  At the IDF they revealed the core architectures they hope will regain the speed title for them.  Designtechnica has posted their views on the IDF, and what it is that they took away from it, drop by and see what you missed.

"Clearly, Intel has been in a funk lately. AMD has been hitting them so regularly that the old

Intel Bunny Men are looking more like punching bags than mascots.

14 hour fuel cell for laptops

Subject: Mobile | March 9, 2006 - 05:13 PM |
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CNET reports on a new product to help those with an on the go lifestyle.  The UltraCell will last you for a cross Pacific flight, as they are expecting about 14 hours worth of power.  This may be the first Fuel Cell application for PC's, and probably not the first.

"A start-up called UltraCell is showing a 2.2-pound fuel cell prototype at the Intel Developer

Forum that can power a laptop computer for 14 hours.


Production models will be available in

Conroe and FX strive for dominance

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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HEXUS compares the newly released Conroe against the FX-60.  Head over to see if the Conroe is really as much of an AMD killer as advertised.


You can get even more info about Conroe's architecture from Ryan's article.


"These are interesting results for a number of reasons, we are comparing the mid range Conroe CPU

against that of the future top of the range FX62."


Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:

Source: Hexus

ATI fires an answering salvo

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 01:29 PM |
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In response to nVIDIA's product launch today, ATI has struck back with the X1800GTO.  Read the review at Hot Hardware to see if ATI's newest can compete with the shiny new nVIDIA cards.

"ATI reacts quickly this morning to NVIDIA's hard launch of GeForce 7 refreshes, with a launch of

their own for the performance mainstream sector of the market.

Source: HotHardware

Meet America's Brightest Young Scientists at the Intel Science Talent Search

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:48 PM |
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The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition. Take a glimpse into the future of science in America as 40 of the brightest young scientists assemble in Washington, D.C. to showcase research that examines human audio processing, which can be applied to speech recognition technology and cochlear implants; a study of mosquito-borne equine illnesses; development and optimization of a remotely piloted Micro Air Vehicle; and a new method for determining the age and mass of brown dwarf stars.

nVIDIA's Big Day

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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nVIDIA came out swinging this morning, with the release of the new 7900 and 7600 cards.  Start at Hot Hardware, who have revied both the budget oriented 7600, and the powerful 7900.  Then, just keep going as there are a lot of sites working hard to give you a good look at these hot new models.


Don't forget to stop back here at PC Perspetive, as Ryan has reviewed everything nVIDIA released today.


'Our personal favorite card
Source: HotHardware

If you don't buy it, it won't come

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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In an editorial on Malware, PC Mechanic hits on the real solution to spam and adware.  Those pop-ups appear because someone is hoping to make money, and if everyone stops buying from spammers and pop-up ads, they just wouldn't exist.

" "My computer is running really slowly and I'm getting tons of pop-ups." It probably wouldn't be

hyperbole to say that this is the most commonly uttered computer-related comment.

Source: PC Mechanic

This monitor knows a few tricks

Subject: Displays | March 8, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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The Tech Zone reivews Samsung's new SyncMaster 910MP multifunction panel.  Not only a respectable gaming LCD, it's an HDTV, and more.  Check it out before you buy another monitor or TV.

"The Samsung SyncMaster 910MP is a multifunction 19" LCD panel. This display combines such

features as a TV Tuner, IR Remote, Secondary Inputs, and HDTV compatibility. All these features

are crammed into a monitor that has a 8ms pixel response time, providing for excellent desktop PC

and gaming performance.

The difference a driver can make

Subject: Motherboards | March 8, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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X-bit Labs was not impressed with the A8N32-SLI the first time they looked at it.  Once they fixed the settings in the BIOS, and utilized the newest nForce4 drivers, their opinion changed.  Not only is the board worth a look, you get an idea just how difficult it is to ensure everything is tested right when you are reviewing a product. 

"In our recent review of the Nvidia nForce4 SLI X16 chipset and of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe

mainboard based on it we met a nu

Source: X-Bit Labs