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Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Zone has written a review of the brand new Creative Zen 5. There are 2 main varieties, the Zen and the Zen Plus, with the difference being the Plus' ability to recieve FM radio. Available in 1, 2 and 4 GB models, this could certainly be an alternative to the iPod Video.
"Creative has launched the latest ZEN V PLUS - an extremely small and hardy audio player that features
video playback on a rich 1.5-inch OLED screen."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech sits down with Chris Donahue and David Blythe to talk about Vista's new Direct X. Take a peek at the power behind Shader Model 4, which will be used in DX10, the graphics pipeline model, and more.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2006 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take an X1900 XT CrossFire Edition video card paired with an X1900 XTX on an ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe, attached to a Dell 3007 WFP 30' LCD. Then take two retail BFGTech GeForce 7900 GTX OC video cards in SLI (and later, two GeForce 7950 GX2's in SLI) running on an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe, and test the 30" monitor with those.
Once you are done, post an article describing your experiences on [H]ard|OCP, and let everyone who thought they had a fun weekend turn green with envy.
Subject: Processors | June 26, 2006 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation today introduced its dual-core IntelÂ® XeonÂ® Processor 5100 series, previously codenamed 'Woodcrest,' for the high-volume server, workstation, communications, storage and embedded market segments.
Subject: Storage | June 26, 2006 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer found a bullet-proof USB drive! I can only imagine the fun the product testers had while determining if a keychain sized USB drive could be made to be bullet-proof. Go out and buy one to test for yourself.
Subject: Motherboards | June 26, 2006 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP put a lot of effort into pushing the Foxconn C51XEM2AA to the fastest FSB they could. While it can reach 250, it was far from stable, and while not an amazing overclock, when you consider this is a brand new chipset, it speaks well of the potential for the nForce 590 as it matures.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's Aguila is a hefty beast, that is designed to be set up either as a normal ATX system, or a BTX. It has plenty of space in HDD bays for hiding your cabling, and good airflow. On the other hand, it will be difficult to place a Bigwater 735 and a large video card into the case, at the same time.
If you want a more spacious interior, check out Lee's review of Thermaltake's new Armour Jr.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer starts off the week with an overview of the new Office 2007 Suite, Beta 2. More than just an aesthetic change, this Office incorporates several new ideas like ribbons. Drop by for this overview, and keep an eye open this week as they test each application individually.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 04:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has discovered AMD's answer to Conroe, and have posted a bit of information on what their upcoming plans may be.
If you are unfamiliar with Conroe, and the idea of IPC, read Ryan's preview, right here on PC Perspective.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2006 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the arrival of Ageia's PPU at The Tech Report, they quickly loaded up Cell Factor and Ghost Recon Adavanced. Not only do they talk about the experience, and show frame rate effects, they also have some very telling pictures, showing the extras you get from Ageia.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The case mods are starting to arrive at ExtremeTech. Drop by to look at the competition, and sumbit your own if you have 'em. Don't forget we have our own Member Gallery here at PC Perspective to show off your mods too!
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report snuck out of Computex to get some real work done. Take a look at the pictures of the ECS factory and what they learned while looking at the process of making motherboards.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jump into the cockpit, and get ready for some high-flyin' XBox360 action. Blazing Angels is the pretty much the only flight sim game for the XBox and [H] thinks they did a fair job on it ... if your thumbs are itching to fly, grab a copy.
"Fly up to 38 planes in single-player and multiplayer missions. Jump right into air combat action in
planes such as the famous P-51 Mustang and the British Spitfire. Grow from an innocent rookie to a
battle-scarred ace as you and your wingmen fight World War II's most legendary air battles.
Subject: Memory | June 23, 2006 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced two low latency
PC2-6400 memory solutions prepared to deliver enthusiasts the performance
they demand on the latest DDR2 platforms. The new PC2-6400 Platinum Revision
2 Edition is rated at 4-4-4 and the new PC2-6400 Titanium Alpha Edition is
rated at 3-4-3-9 making this dynamic duo an exciting new addition to the
acclaimed OCZ memory line.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hands free input devices, such as head tracking devices are steadily improving. Drop by PDAToday to look at Natural Point's newest offering, the Track IR Pro 4, and see if you are ready to eveolve past the mouse & keyboard.
Subject: Motherboards | June 22, 2006 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by AnandTech for a look at 2 AM-2 boards, both using the nForce 590 chipset. They can help you decide between the feature rich Foxconn, or the well laid out Gigabyte offerings.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LEIXLIP, Ireland, June 22, 2006 — Extending its leadership in chip making technology, Intel Corporation today opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Ireland.
Subject: Storage | June 22, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech managed to find a real, live Blu-ray DVD burner, the Pioneer BDR-101A. Drop by and find out just how long it takes to burn 25GBs onto a DVD, and if you feel like paying the ~$1,000 to get one for yourself.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Windows XP has a lot of services the run by default, many with names you may not recognize, or understand what they do. While disabling svchost is not the best of ideas, maybe you don't need UPnP running in the background. Drop by PC Stats, they've just published a guide on understanding and tweaking the services WinXP runs.