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Subject: Processors | May 31, 2006 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has offered no shortage of choice with Socket AM-2 offerings. From the Sempron 3000+ 1.60GHz with a 256KB Cache at $75.00 to the top of the line Athlon 64 FX-62 Dual Core Processor, running at 2.8GHz, with a pair of 1MB caches, and a 1G
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2006 - 12:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
This news hit me like a ton of bricks -- is this even remotely possible? According to this article at Forbes.com, AMD (yes the processor designer) might be looking into buying ATI (yes the graphics company). According to the article it would be a move that would "benefit the overall graphics industry," though I don't immediately see how.
Another quote in the article that is suspect is this:
Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Windows A to Z! examines the new Media Player from Microsoft. Find out what improvements have been made to this player, and if it might drag you away from your favorite open source player.
Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2006 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In what is probably a totally unforseen consequence of the sale of IBMs hardware division to Lenova, it looks like we may be seeing the old IBM brands with AMD chips inside. The Inquirer gives a bit more information on the possible change here.
Subject: Editorial | May 31, 2006 - 12:20 AM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, okay, I think that is my longest gap between blog posts....man I just suck at this don't I? With everything else going on in work and in my personal life, getting here to update this just keeps getting passed over. I apologize to anyone that gives enough of a sh*t about this page for my lack of updates!!!
As you have probably already read, the new AMD platform known as AM2 was finally released on May 23. I have coverage up of the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having power troubles? Then do what PC Stats did, and get the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW PSU. Just see if you can get enough drain on this beast to make your system unstable, I dare you ... I just hope you can afford to pay the electrical bill.
If you are looking for something a little less overwhelming, but still powerful, Lee's review of the SilverStone Zeus 750W PSU might just be the thing!
Subject: Motherboards | May 30, 2006 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ABIT's newest socket 939 motherboard, the AN8 32X puts some spark into the 939 socket. With AM-2 just hitting the streets, this board instead utilizes the improvements upon the NForce 4 chipset, and has an incredible amount of features. [H]ard|OCP has the full review, what are you waiting for?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I-StarUSA has been making server cases for quite a while, but the S-8 Storm Chassis is the first Mid-tower they've produced. With a fairly minimalistic design, tool-less installation it may seem run of the mill, but when is the last time you bought a case made of real steel? See what ClubOC thought here.
Subject: Displays | May 30, 2006 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
UK Gamer puts aside their big, low reponse time gaming LCD to try out Viewsonic's VA2012w 20.1" Widescreen Monitor. With dual and triple head capable displays, and enormous sized monitors out there, is this 20.1" widescreen with 8ms reponse time a good cheap alternative?
Subject: Processors | May 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like Daily Tech has scooped AMD on it's own Live! announcement. Drop by to see exactly what the expected system specs will be.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2006 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ATI's X1600 Pro is available for under $100. It probably will not impress the hard core gamer with it's results, especially if you are used to anti-aliasing, but a casual gamer may well love it. It is a VIVO card that lets you output to TV's, so drop by [H]ard|OCP to see what else it can do.
Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2006 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Saiger 9750-C that [H]ard|OCP ordered is a very powerful laptop, but it is fairly heavy, and the battery really won't last long. Considering the components they chose, including an X2 4200+, 2 Gigs of RAM and a GeForce Go 7800GTX, that really isn't a surprise. Drop by to see just how powerful a laptop it is.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you find yourself confused about hard drives, the RPM speeds available, and the difference between various ATA, SATA and SCSI interfaces, then worry no more. The Tech Zone has put together a guide that should answer all your questions.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Screw replacements that reduce vibration noise, fan grills tight enough to act as filters and keep you clean, and other noise reducing fan add-ons are their specialty. Think Computers gives Lamptron's products a try, so check out how it worked out for them.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OS Weekly takes an introductory peek at what would seem to be a file system designed and used by Google. It's not likely that a Google OS is included in with all the other projects Google is working on, this is probably just the biggest distributed file system going.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Please join me in welcoming Monarch Computers as a sponsor to PC Perspective. He brings with him amazing daily deals and specials from Monarch Computer Systems, and you can find out about them before anyone else just by keeping an eye on the thread.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP likes the idea of the idea of buying GeForce 7900's that come overclocked from the manufacturer. Of course, as many have discovered, this means there is an abnormal amount of casualties, as some manufacturers may have pushed the cards too far. Join them as they examine how the various companies have dealt with the issues that arise from the 7900 series.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2006 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member of PC Apex has designed a case mod themed on an Inquisitor from the tabletop game Warhammer 40K. Everything, right down to the Seal of Purity is included, so get over there and look at it, or else you are a spawn of Chaos.
"This mod is based on the Inquisitor characters in the warhammer 40000 universe. For those who have no
idea what I'm talking about, it's a table top miniatures wargame from a british company called Games
Subject: Processors | May 26, 2006 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the A64 FX-62 and the X2 5000+ at PC Stats. They are impressed by the performance, calling the FX-62 the fastest processor they ever tested.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2006 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vista news is becoming much like a Soap Opera, with new characters and devious plots introduced almost weekly, and a story line that could drag on for years. So switch your channels to XYZ computing, and check out what's new on Linux.