Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Subject: Editorial | December 25, 2005 - 08:00 PM |
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Just thought I would make a quick post here to wish all of our readers a very merry holiday season, be it Christmas or whatever.  Thank you for making PC Perspective a part of your life and keeping it a part of ours.

ECS / Intel Giveaway Two Pentium D 830 Processors

Subject: Processors | December 25, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Open only to PC Perspective Forum users, ECS and Intel have teamed up to give away a pair of Pentium D 830 processors to two lucky readers.



Source: PC Perspective

Holidays and Work Schedules

Subject: Editorial | December 23, 2005 - 04:24 PM |
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While the benefits of working from home and owning your own business are well known to those who don't share in this world of ours, sometimes the problems associated with working at home and/or owning your own business are not.  For example, are you eagerly awaiting a box of components to continue testing equipment with over the next four days so you can be ready for an article launch on the 27th?  Do you find yourself NEVER without your CRACKberry answering emails and trying to set up meeting times for an upcoming convention even while sitting at dinner with friends?  Maybe

NVIDIA & ULi Acquisition Interview

Subject: Chipsets | December 23, 2005 - 04:09 PM |
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Firing Squad has cornered NVIDIA's chipset guru, Drew Henry, in an attempt to get more information on the recently announced acquisition of ULi by the green giant.

If I was forced to speculate, I would suggest mobile chipsets and SATA-II. Although NVIDIA offers nForce3 mobile chipsets, they've been unusually quiet for the last few years. From this interview, we now know that 2006 will be the year that NVIDIA will return to the mobile market in greater force.

Source: Firing Squad

Sapphire Pure CrossFire RD480 Board Review

Subject: Motherboards | December 23, 2005 - 04:04 PM |
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Lost Circuits has posted a review of the latest motherboard out of Sapphire, the RD480-based Pure CrossFire

That does not mean that even a homogenous platform is trouble free, on the contrary, there were initial problems with nVidia's SLI platform and there are certainly some issues with ATI's Crossfire. We got our hands on a sample of Sapphire's Pure Crossfire PC-A9RD480 board, based on ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset, and the road to success was somewhat rocky.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Another Xbox 360 Review

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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Been salivating over trying to find an Xbox 360?  Then this probably won't help any...

Well, one launch down and two more to go. All in all, the Xbox 360 is an impressive piece of hardware. Microsoft has really succeeded in pushing forward the technology in game consoles. With High Definition, wireless remotes, and state of the art technology, the Xbox 360 is a definite winner. However, we suggest waiting it out until the PS3 and Revolution are released, and then choosing the best console.

Source: t-break

Valve Announces 64-bit Source Engine

Subject: Processors | December 23, 2005 - 04:02 PM |
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Another big win for 64-bit processors in general, Valve just announced support for 64-bit processors and OSs in their latest Source engine update. 

Bellevue, WA. — December 22, 2005 — Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today.

Source: General

Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity Still Churning

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you haven't heard of the Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity before you really owe it to yourself to head on over and read about how you can contribute to one of many children's hospitals across the county this holiday season.  They have just recently passed the $420,000 mark in donations and are looking to break half a million this year!







Source: General

Gingerbread Computer!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 23, 2005 - 03:56 PM |
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I saw this one over at HardOCP this morning and thought I would share it with you all as well.  How would like to build your very own gingerbread computer!






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Source: General

ATI Radeon X1800 XL Overclocking

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2005 - 03:54 PM |
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Legit Reviews has an article online today that looks at overclocking an ATI X1800 XL well past its 500/500 stock speed.

First and most obvious you're going to need an X1800XL. We are using the reference board sent to us by ATI. All of the R520 GPU's come from ATI and that's the only thing that we can promise. It's up to the board partners on what type of memory will be used and how closely they will follow the reference design set by ATI. This is very important to keep in mind as this will affect your results.

The Year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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You think you're sexy? Go and check out this year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks of 2005 and see if you're on that list! I haven't heard of most of the people listed there, but I'll take their word that they're qualified to be nominated.


The story is work safe, though some of the wording is suggestive.... how naughty! :)


Geeks are sexy. Big, powerful, lubricious, restless brains are just about as hot as it gets -- the brain *is* the biggest sex organ in the body, after all.

Source: boingboing

Holiday Buyers Guide

Subject: Systems | December 22, 2005 - 02:42 PM |
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The gang at HotHardware has posted a Holiday Buying Guide for your viewing pleasure.  Of course, you can view our Hardware Leaderboard as well. 

Before we begin, it makes sense to outline our approach and illustrate what we're trying to accomplish.

Source: HotHardware

RAR Leaves Symantec Vulnerable

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.

Drivers in Red and Blue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM |
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New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.


Source: NVIDIA

Motherboards Under the Tree

Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2005 - 10:30 AM |
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Hoping for a motherboard in your stocking or under the tree this Holiday? Bit-tech takes a look at the well-endowed Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. In typical Asus fashion, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with a whole whack of accessories including a turbine style fan.


Not to be forgotten is EPoX and their latest Intel 945P offering.

Source: bit-tech

ATI Posts Increased Revenue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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ATI has posted some positive financial news today with Q1 revenues climbing 26% from Q4 2005.

Seagate Buys Maxtor

Subject: Storage | December 21, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Looks like Seagate is buying Maxtor for $1.9 billion. This will increase Seagate's position as the world's largest hard drive manufacturer, followed by Western Digital.

Source: The Inquirer

ThermalTake's Unconventional Radiator-Waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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Pro-Clockers takes a look at the Thermatake Big Typhoon heatpipe cooler. This heatsink is an absolute monstrosity when it comes to size, but how does it perform? nvNews tackles another Thermaltake product, the Volcano 4005. This cooler is an odd waterblock with an integrated radiator and weighs almost 1kg with a fan.

Source: NVnews

Response Time Compensation LCD Displays

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM |
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XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.


What is UDI and why should you care?

Source: X-Bit Labs

Bill Buxton - Usability Icon Joins Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft