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Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2006 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XYZ computers has started practicing safer browsing, without having to fully install Linux on their Windows box, or play with dual booting. Thanks to virtualization, they can have the security that comes from browsing on a much less commonly attacked OS. Check out Player, the free version of VMWare's Workstation.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have heard music, live or recorded, through an old tube amp, then motherboards.org review of the Cooler Master Musketeer III Tube Amp will interest you. If you haven't heard music through a tube amp, you're missing out. By placing the vacuum tube in the front panel, the heat produced shouldn't be too much of a problem, as it was on a particular motherboard released not too long ago (the AOpen AX4GE Tube-G).
Subject: Storage | August 16, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Big Bruin found a secure thumbdrive from Transcend, the JetFlash 210. It comes in 1 and 2 Gb sizes, and you can set it up so that accessing certain secure partitions require your fingerprint. Check out how well it managed that, and take a peek at the other features on it.
Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD. They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly. HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP really likes Dead Rising for the XBOX 360. The open playing style allows you to go almost anywhere, assuming the zombies don't eat you. Everything can be used as a weapon, from bowling balls to heated cooking oil, and there are other ways to amuse yourself, like playing dressup with a live zombie. There is a lot more to the game, go check out the review.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The announced Killer NIC coming from Bigfoot, guaranteed to reduce lag for online gaming seems to have a bit of FUD surrounding it. gD Hardware has compiled an article featuring the main questions Slashdot members, and Bigfoot's responses. Head over to get a clearer idea of what this NIC is going to do.
Subject: Memory | August 16, 2006 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first ever
production DDR2-1100 modules, developed for the latest processors from AMD
and Intel. The new OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition will offer computer
enthusiasts and gamers unparalleled performance and the piece of mind they
are guaranteed to produce the world's fastest memory speeds within their
personal desktop or gaming system.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't think that PCPerspective is just the front page. If you haven't visited the forums, or have just not been visiting as much as you used to, you are missing out. Get advice to help you decide between a Pentium D or an AMD X2. Perhaps an older system's RAM isn't working quite right, and you can't figure it out. If you are looking to blow up some friends online, the Fragging Frogs are always
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A True Review tries out the SteelPad 5L, a mousepad with many layers. Hard plastic, foam, rubber and cloth are all combined in an attemy to give you the accuracy benefits of a hard surface, and the comfort of a soft pad. Find out if they can make it all come together, or if it makes as good a mouse pad as 5 layer dip would.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Alex Marsters
The Hardware Zone got their hands on a brand new Cooler Master Mystique 631, a case that may look a little like a Wave Master with new tricks. At 6.3 kilos, made of brushed aluminium, with an included 120mm fan, and even 2 drainage outlets if you use watercooling, this case is worth a look.
Subject: Memory | August 15, 2006 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers reviews Crucial's new DDR2-5300, running at 667 Mhz. Since it is part of their Ballistix line, it comes with Gold coloured heatspreaders and black PCB. With the low latencies at stock speeds, overclocking reveals some interesting results.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (August 15th, 2006) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North America and European supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that the company has had over 100,000 unique users play on its free to the public gaming servers hosted by Insomnia365 since the company launched the community in December of 2004.
"BFG is a company of gamers building products for PC enthusiasts and gamers throughout North America, Europe, Australia andparts of Asia," said Scott H
Subject: Motherboards | August 15, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The recent purchase of ATI by AMD, and the merger of Gigabyte and ASUS are very much in the news. DigiTimes has noticed another, much quieter deal. It looks like Flextronics has purchased Iwill. Just what could this all mean to the consumer?
Don't miss out on Ryan's review of the new Socket AM2 motherboard from ASUS, the Crosshair.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2006 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There IS such a thing as a Rocket Belt convention! MAKE:Blog can tell you where to sign up, and for $85.00, how can anyone near NY resist?
"The Rocketbelt convention 2006 is September 23 - 24 @ the Niagara Aerospace Museum, New York and
looks to be an incredible event! I have a thing for rocket belts, it's a Maker doing what we all dream
about - flight."
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Subject: Systems | August 14, 2006 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report points out the pricing of the Core 2s, and AMDs price cuts, have made it fairly cheap to set yourself up with a new system. Check out the 4 system recommendations they offer, and their subsititions for those who don't like the basic setup.
Don't forget we have our own Hardware Leaderboard here at PCPerspective, with links right to New Egg to buy all the components.
Subject: Processors | August 14, 2006 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews takes a socket AM2 4200+ from it's default 2.2 GHz, all the way up to 3.1. They went most of the wasy with aircooling, but to get that last bit, they slapped on a Corsair Nautilus 500. It has been a while since we have seen AMD chips that can be overclocked almost 50% from stock, a free 900MHz is nothing to sneer at.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2006 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire TOXIC X1900 XTX offers you all the benefits of watercooling, with none of the extra work usually associated with setting one up. [H]ard|OCP has the full review of the card, and the reservior/pump/radiator that fits right into a PCI card slot.
Subject: Mobile | August 14, 2006 - 01:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
Asus will officially unveil their newly designed Lamborghini notebook computer at this year's Concorso Italiano on August 18th. We have some of the official PR and specs already lined up before the show starts. This partnership between Asus, Automobili Lamborghini and Intel will be the first in a series from the group of officially licensed products. We first saw this notebook in Taiwan at the annual Computex show; see our article here for more picture
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a debate about the effect using modular wiring on the voltages coming out of a PSU. There are those who claim that the connectors cause much more resistance that a foot or two of wire, and others that laugh at the suggestion. Armed with a digital multimeter, motherboards.org gets to the bottom of this debate.
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2006 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Remember Mozilla, the predecessor to Firefox? The web browser suite is still alive, being maintained by fans of the extra functionality who call it Seamonkey. NewsForge has tried out the newest version to see what has changed, and how well it can compete with Firefox.