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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2007 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For ~$150, the Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT has some pretty good power behind it. With 6 pixel shaders, 12 ROPs, and 8 vertex shaders, a 500MHz GPU and a memory clock of 1.2 GHz (GDDR3). What you lose in theis model, compared to the Pro, is AVIVO support. [H]ard|OCP puts the screws to this card and a 7900 GS as well, to see who cracks first.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet. We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs. Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.
No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming.
Subject: Memory | February 22, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CAâ€”February 21, 2007â€”OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Series. This 2GB dual channel kit features the proprietary OCZ Reaper HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) heatspreader, engineered to deliver superior silent heat dissipation over traditional heatspreaders.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might want to take notice of a new forum member ... Newegg Deals. If you keep your eye on this thread here, you will see some very nice deals appearing. For example right now you can get an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor for $314.00 + Free Shipping.
Hi there. Uncle Bob here again, a Mod here at PC Perspective. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better.
Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
USB 2.0: 1.5GB/sec, SATA: 3 GB/sec ... which speed would you prefer? The Kingwin JET external HDD casing offers both, giving those with e-SATA a huge speed benefit while still remaining useful to anyone. The included 80mm fan helps keep the drive alive, drop by Virtual-Hideout and get the full story.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe. Compression kills dynamic range. In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed. Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2007 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Soundgraph UltraBay is a multifunctional display that takes up two 5 1/4" bays, and offers an amazing variety of display options. Head over to techPowerUp for the full review, you can't really grasp what this display can do without seeing it in action.
Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700. They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while. Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer. The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches. Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category. There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database
Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (February 20, 2007) — CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Secure Digital (SDTM) card family with the new 4GB SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards. Based on the SD Association 2.0 specification and tested to be fully compliant with SDHC host devices, each Corsair 4GB SDHC card blends Class 2 performance and high capacity to offer expanded storage for rich digital media.
Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2007 - Underscoring its commitment to
delivering the right products at the right time, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
introduced desktop processors designed for users seeking the ultimate in
energy-conscious or high-performance computing. The new energy-efficient
45-watt AMD Athlon(tm) 64 single-core processors 3500+ and 3800+ can
help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP. They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience. This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-February 20, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,
today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal
solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be
used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIAÂ® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world's first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A teaser trailer of the new RyderMark benchmark is now available over at FileShack, in addition to the screenshots below.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When it's a Trackbar Emotion. ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal. It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel. This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.
Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+. HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review. One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor. They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.
"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.
The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."
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