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Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2005 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech received a nice surprise whe reviewing the entrance level ATI chipset based A8R-MVP from Asus. While this board is farily inexpensive and targeted at entrance level users, the features on the mobo and it's overclocking ability are impressive. The likely suspect in this case being the use of the ULi M1575 southbridge.
"If we always went with our assumptions, there would be no reason at all to test motherboards, and
thankfully, our first opinions are often proven wrong in the actual testing.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2005 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MODTHEBOX has a review of the& Mountain Mods Bob Slay Acrylic Cube Case, one of the most unique pre-made cases I have sen recently. Not only does it have the looks, the setup allows for very efficient cooling.
"The Bob Slay is an American made laser cut 1/4" cast acrylic custom case. It features a stainless
steel carry handle for portability, and has ample room for all your full size components.
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"I bought the retail version of NFS:MW today and finally got the chance to update my Need for
Speed: Most Wanted Tweak Guide. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should give it
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2005 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Imagine being able to do a 1:1 backup of your main computer onto one DVD. The Inquirer has found that Ricoh is developing a 200GB disk, which won't be ready for a few years, but will certainly make backing things up much easier.
"Japanese firm Ricoh believes it will be able to release a 200GB optical drive by 2008, according to today's Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
The technology will use eight layers rather than the two promised by Sony's Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD tech."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A simple workaround to the crashes on the Xbox360 has been discovered, and The Inquirer is there to tell you about it. The power is once again a problem, though hopefully not to the extent of the original release.
"Dan, from Duluth, or 'goldeneyemaster' as he is known, told the game spot forum here that he
thinks the main reason that the xBox 360 freezes is because the power supply overheats.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VR-Zone has some news about ATI's Crossfire, as it applies to mobility chipsets. Any guesses how long before Alienware starts putting out new notebooks?
"ATi has something up their sleeves and is going to challenge SLI on mobile front with their
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new ATI GPU coming, hopefully in the first quarter of 2006, and hopefully about the same time as the motherboards, according to DigiTimes.
"ATI Technologies is currently in the final stage of testing its R580 graphics processor units
(GPUs) with customers, sources at Taiwan graphics card makers indicated, adding that the graphics
chip vendor expects to launch the flagship chip in early 2006.
ATI will also be enhancing its entry-level GPU product line on the 80nm production node, with new
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2005 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GruntvillE has posted a review of VoyeurMods' PrimoChill X-Qpack H2O. It's an SFF case, which comes with one of several different options of wtercooling setups. If you are looking for a box that will be very quiet, and not take up a lot of real estate, consider this for your next build, unless you were going to use SLI, then you might have some space issues.
"When you order the X-QPack H2O from VoyeurMods you have the option of adding blocks, a different
radiator and many other things.
Subject: Editorial | November 24, 2005 - 01:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today, as I sit on the couch having just finished watching the Macy's Day Parade and now viewing re-runs of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, I am indeed very thankful for what I have. Over the past year PC Perspective has grown larger and better than where it started, and I owe that to the many people that are behind the site with me. Jon, Lee, Joe and Jeremy have helped me beyond what I can express, as have the other moderators and admins at the forums. And of course I have to thank our readers -- because without you we wouldn't be
Subject: Editorial | November 24, 2005 - 01:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
From everyone here at PC Perspective, I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday. It means a lot to all of us that you are here, especially on days like today.
If you are sitting around looking for something to do today, you can always check out the PC Perspective Forums and you'll surely find some like-minded people to talk tech, or anything else for that matter.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Oakley has just put out the Thump2, the followup to the original MP3 player in a pair of shades. If you completely missed the first release, The Tech Lounge takes the time to compare the originals to the new edition. Love 'em or hate 'em, you should probably at least be able to recognize them.
"From California -- Lil' John's Thump sunglasses have been combined with Arnold Schwartzenegars
Terminator shades in Oakley's sequel of their original smash hit of MP3 playing eyeware in Thump
2, Revenge of the
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer caught ATI talking about a new chipset that might be ready to launch in the first quarter of 2006, called the RS485. It will be made to handle the upcoming M2 AMD processors, though it will not support Crossfire, it will support DDR2.
"The chipset is called the RS485 and it supports one single graphic slot only. It's designed over
a new reference motherboard as it has to accommodate new AMD DDR 2 CPUs. Those CPUs will bring a
lot of memory and socket changes but they won't surface before sometime in Q2 next year.
Subject: Memory | November 23, 2005 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure most DDR modules are running about 400Mhz out of the package, nowadays it's about the timings. Take the Geil RAM that NGOHQ reviews for example. The CAS timing of 1.5 allows a lot of room to loosen the timings, and bring the speed up significantly, which allows for much better performance overall. Even if you don't plan on overclocking, the tight timings on this RAM won't slow you down.
"GeIL is a modest manufacturer that was founded in 1997.
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Try high accuracy mice on a variety of surfaces and you may smell a rat. The manufacturers are not trying to weasel you out of your money, they are trying to find a solution, so try not to be too shrewish, and constantly badger them with complaints. In fact, you otter head to CoolTechZone, to read up on their findings from 2 compaines, Logitech and Razer, to see just what is up.
"In a brief commentary, Razer confirmed that the current variant of laser technology does indeed
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 23, 2005 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Giving tech support to people with only a passing familiarity to PC technology can be a huge source of stress. Software like SiSoft's Sandra, or WCPUID can give you some of the info you need, but a lot of times the question is simply "Can I play this game?", and with the usual limitation being the graphics card, Sandra can be a bit of overkill. PC Mechanic has found a program called Everest Home Edition, a freeware program that ID's video cards, so drop in for a visit if it sounds like a program that could help.
Subject: Editorial | November 23, 2005 - 04:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Despite the fact that the Xb0x 360 was being released Tuesday morning, there was something slightly more exciting that I was looking forward to that day.
Play Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Begals in Madden 2006.
I won a contest at the local Best Buy to play Chad Johnson during the Xbox 360 launch at the store.
Of course I couldn't let an oppurtunity like this pass me by without having a little fun...
Subject: Storage | November 23, 2005 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Losing a Jumpdrive can be really annoying, especially if it happens to have info on it that you'd rather not share. While the JumpDrive Secure II can't help with your memory, it can ensure that any files deleted off of that jumpdrive stay deleted. EverythingUSB is the place to go to read more about it.
"In today's world of corporate espionage, identity theft and general paranoia, it's vital that any
portable documents are secured in case the flash drive they're stored on is lost or stolen.
Subject: Systems | November 23, 2005 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Continuing on in their series of pre-built PC's, and the stores that sell and support them, [H]ard|OCP has a look at Puget Systems Dual Core Custom system. The box they put together certainly has power, but how well did Puget Systems tech support and buying process stack up?
"Can $2600 get you a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, a top-end video card, and backing from a
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Ageia PhysX card should be available in February, according to this article by CoolTechZone. Still no word on the bus it will use, or an actual date though.
"We are all aware of AGEIA and its desire to bring a PhysX processor for physics processing in
order to make games look and feel more realistic. We all want the characters to move and act
realistically, and that's exactly what AGEIA's PhysX will accomplish once it debuts.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2005 - 07:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Beyond 3D has a good run down of what you can expect from Sapphire'sRadeon X800 GTOÂ² and X800 GTO Ultimate Editions. Both are certainly powerful cards, with the both the GTO2 and the and the Ultimate Edition's bandwidth weighing in at 31.4 GB/sec, the Ultimate stands out because of the ginormous heatsink that wraps around the entire card.
'Those of you who are familiar with previous designs from Sapphire's range of Ultimate Edition
boards will find no surprises here - just like these previous eff