Get to know Conroe better

Subject: Processors | March 10, 2006 - 03:45 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 - 12:48 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 - 11:19 AM |
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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 - 09:11 AM |
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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 - 08:58 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 - 02:13 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 - 12:14 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 - 10:29 AM |
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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 - 09:48 AM |
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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 - 09:26 AM |
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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 - 09:00 AM |
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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 - 03:03 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 - 01:15 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

Going on a RAID

Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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If you have never set up a RAID, for whatever reason, Bjorn3D has posted the first article (of 3) for you.  No longer do you have to spend $1000's on HDDs, or find a RAID controller card to set one up.  Once you have mastered the basics, you may be amazed how easy it is.

"The use of RAID, a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, up until a few years ago was pretty much

limited to servers and high end workstations; this was primarily due to the cost of the controller

and the accompanying hard drives.

Source: Bjorn3D

Get some cooling onto cluttered chipsets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 10:45 AM |
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The Jing Ting Force chipset cooler, reviewed by Big Bruin, is designed specifically for upgrading the cooling of chipsets that are in a very tight space.  As cases and motherboards get more cluttered, with muliple oversized vidoe cards or large CPU heatsinks, smong other things, it is very hard to upgrade the cooling for the actual chipsets.  Give them a read, and see how well this cooler really works.

"With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the ph

Source: Big Bruin

Intel Disclose Technologies To Make The Internet More Personal And Mobile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 10:13 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney today outlined Intel's mobile future, announcing significant innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless. As consumer and business demand for Internet applications on the go continues, Maloney for the first time disclosed details of the next—generation Intel® Centrino® mobile technology—based platform, as well as a single chip Wi—Fi/WiMAX radio and an Intel—branded mobile WiMAX PCMCIA card.

Gaming Network Accelerator in the works

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag?   A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3.  Read more about it at The Inquirer.

"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag

for online video games.

The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the

McCombs School of Business at

Source: The Inquirer

Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel NextGeneration Enterprise Platforms

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 08:26 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership.

Intel & Microsoft Outline Plans for Advancing Benefits of New Management and Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 08:24 AM |
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NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation today outlined plans to connect computer network management technologies and also to work together to advance promising virtualization technology that will bring businesses new capabilities and cost savings.


In a move to bring unique management benefits to the broad number of users of Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) for the first time, Intel plans to connect its new Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel®

Energy-Efficient, High Performing and Stylish Intel-Based Computers to Come with Intel® Core(TM)

Subject: Processors | March 8, 2006 - 08:21 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today disclosed details of its forthcoming Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, a new industry—leading foundation for Intel's multi—core server, desktop and mobile processors for computers later this year.