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Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station. The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours. There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size. The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 09:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse. With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to. It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g. The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.
Subject: Editorial | May 10, 2007 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The second ever PC Perspective Podcast is up on Ryan's weblog ... and ready for you to listen to. John Hung, Ryan and I spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out what Ageia can do to encourage people to pick up a PPU, beyond the release of Cellfactor. Santa Rosa and nVIDIA's new mobile processors just came out and were a topic, as well as a couple of forum threads and Ryan's Hardware Leaderboard update.
Subject: Memory | May 10, 2007 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gone are the days when there was a 4GB limit on addressable memory because of the limitations of 32-bit processors. WinXP and Vista both come in 64-bit version which has a theoretical limit of 16,000,000 GB of RAM
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the limited edition nVIDIA 8800 GTX hit's the street, you are going to see something you never have before ... a graphics card that wants an 8 pin power connector. Before you get the wire cutters out, read about the new PSU from Enermax, the Galaxy 1000W DXX. Guru3D has a full write up of this PSU, that is a must have if you are looking at purcahsing the Limited Edition 8800GTX.
Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2007 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech looks at the new Centrino, aka Santa Rosa. It has been in development for a long time now, and many believed that it would be a huge jump in power savings. It includes a draft 802.11n WiFi interface which may end up influencing the IEEE's decision as to the final implementation of the new wireless standard. Read on to find out what they thought of the new chipset, and don't forget Ryan's look at it either.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco. While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java. Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.
Subject: Editorial | May 10, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
This week we talk about the release of CellFactor for AGEIA's PhysX cards, our updated hardware leaderboard for your system component choices and Intel's Santa Rosa laun
Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 10:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 — Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.
Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 08:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build. With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it. In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating. Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2007 - 08:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T Acrylic case is much cheaper than most acrylic cases, coming in at under $100. It's shape is a little odd, at 11.8" x 11.61" x 14.96", and that is assuming you assembled it correctly as it comes in about the same shape as IKEA furniture ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2007 - 07:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a brand new set of mobile graphics chips that were unveiled today by nVIDIA. Although the 8800 series doesn't have a mobile equivalent, the rest of the 8000's are represented so you can get DX10 goodness on your laptop. Head over to HotHardware to get the lowdown on their specs and see how they perform.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson. There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL). Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures. For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade. If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.
Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CAâ€”MAY 9, 2007â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA QuadroÂ® professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for professionals who require uncompromised mobility.
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Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 08:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the newest episode of HEXUS.tv, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF. From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.
Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD. Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently. With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone. At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for. It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere. At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.
Subject: Memory | May 8, 2007 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif.-May 7, 2007-OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled a unique memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new
PC2-5400 Titanium modules were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2 platform
and are custom-tailored to the extended column address range of the AM2
memory controller. With a doubled page size, access penalties are reduced to
ultimately improve system performance.