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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 10:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 14, 2007 - The much anticipated ATI Radeon(tm) HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX® 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate HD experience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2007 - 11:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a few minutes you'll start to see reviews of the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, previously known as R600. Mine won't be ready for some time due to some server down time that decided to happen in the middle of my testing and write up time.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes. In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans. In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you. The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2007 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP picked the new sub $100 board, the EVGA 650i Ultra to find out how it compares to the 680i. By paring out almost every optional feature, including SLI, they have created a value class motherboard that is perfect for those consumers who just want a basic board and are unconcerned with overclocking or tweaking. If you know someone who wants a PC just for surfing, this may be per
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles. ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM | 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 - 05:25 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 - 02:34 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 - 02:27 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 - 01:35 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 - 11:57 AM | 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 - 11:45 AM | 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 - 10:00 AM | 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 - 06:49 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 - 04:55 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 - 04:13 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 - 03:40 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 - 12:04 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 - 11:48 AM | 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.