Heatsinks on growth hormones & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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Big.  Not much else you can say when you see these heatsinks in a store next to the small aluminium cube that until sometime last year, you used to call your heatsink.  But if you want to run the faster AMD & Intel chips, and especially if you want to OC it, then get out a two pound hunk of copper and attach a 120mm fan to it, like Zalman did for their 7700, which Silent PC Review puts to the test.

"The new Zalman 7700 heasink/fan is a natural extension of the radial concept of the successful 7

MSI K8N Diamond (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI)

Subject: Motherboards | January 11, 2005 - 07:22 AM |
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MSI K8N Diamond (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI) @ Hardware Zone


Here's a taster of features taken directly from the MSI Press Centre:

The MSI K8N Diamond motherb

Saitek R440 Force Feedback Wheel and Pedals

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2005 - 06:54 AM |
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Saitek was founded in 1979 when they launched their first Chess Computer. They entered the gaming market back in 1993 and since then have been producing gaming peripherals such as keyboards, joysticks, game pads and steering wheels.

Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Drive 256MB

Subject: Memory | January 11, 2005 - 05:59 AM |
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There's lots of USB flash drives on the market these days, so are Corsair just relying on the name to assure sales, or is their actually something about the Voyager that sets it apart from the competition. Well for a start it seems that the Voyager may even be washing machine proof!

Source: OCTools

Quiet Cases, Pretty Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2005 - 12:11 PM |
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Silent PC Review gets a look at Antec's new silent case.  If you like sleek aluminum sides, and a case you look at, not listen to, then this might be the case your looking for.

"One of the most exciting things not to be shown at CES is a new case that will soon be coming from Antec. Rather than a booth at the CES, Antec have a hotel suite nearby where press and customers are invited for a private gander at new products.

AMD Jions HP As The Exclusive Partner Of The "You + HP Experience"

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2005 - 09:59 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF - January 10, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the company will join HP as the exclusive partner of the "YOU + HP Experience," powering HP desktop and notebook PCs featured on the tour with AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor technology. The "YOU + HP Experience" features custom, hands-on demonstrations that showcase the versatile power of AMD64 technology for music, photography, video, home/office computing solutions and gaming.

Source: AMD

AMD Powers Hebei Province, China Long-Distance Education Project

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2005 - 09:53 AM |
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 Beijing -- January 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Lenovo, Dawning and AMD have jointly won one of China's most ambitious long-distance education projects — the Hebei Long-Distance Education Project. As part of the win, AMD, Lenovo and Dawning will provide over 26,000 AMD processor-based systems, including AMD Sempron™ processor-based Lenovo Qitian M 6200M PCs and AMD Opteron™ processor-based Dawning Tiankuo A Series i200-A servers, to Hebei Education Bureau.

Source: AMD

AMD Promotes New AMD Holographic Label And Security Features

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- January 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an educational campaign focused on the security features of AMD boxed processors (also known as Processor-in-a-Box, or PIB) in order to help ensure high customer satisfaction. By promoting a newly designed AMD holographic label using one of the most secure authentication technologies available, AMD is committed to helping customers more easily authenticate AMD PIB products.

Source: AMD

Amd Kicks Off New Year With Mobile Performance Personified

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2005 - 09:35 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - January 10, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will usher in a new era in mobile computing. AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology was unveiled by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong at an AMD event at the International CES 2005 show in Las Vegas.
Source: AMD

AMD64 Processors Power Digital Home

Subject: Processors | January 9, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALF. -- January 5, 2005 --Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced support for the upcoming DivX Connected Certification Program from DivXNetworks, Inc. The DivX Connected Program is a comprehensive technology initiative that connects digital media from the PC to consumer electronics products throughout the home.

Source: AMD

New CE-ATA Storage Interface Building Steam

Subject: Storage | January 9, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES), Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2005 - CE-ATA, the storage interface for next-generation handhelds and portable consumer electronics devices, has reached a number of milestones that underscore progress made with the specification and the industry since the initiative was launched at the Intel Developer Forum in September.

VIRTUAL PRESS KIT -- 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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 Intel Corporation CEO Craig Barrett teams with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler to sing "Walk This Way" during a demo of new music-mixing software from Cakewalk at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Cakewalk's UMIXIT software, tied to a track on Aerosmith's latest album, 'You Gotta Move,' is optimized for PCs based on the Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology, and gives users the power to transform their PC into a virtual music studio.

The Holidays are Over, and so is CES

Subject: Editorial | January 9, 2005 - 12:00 AM |
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With both holidays and this years CES show under my belt, its time to move on and start back to the regular old, day to day kind of work at PC Perspective. That means reviews and articles all kinds of fun things for you guys to read and participate in.

Speaking of participation, I almost on the verge of opening up a vote for PCP's Reader Awards of 2004. What do you all think of the idea of having forum readers vote on subjects like the best chipest and video card of 2004?

Mushkin 1GB PC2-5300 (667) DDR2 Dual Pack Review

Subject: Memory | January 8, 2005 - 04:42 PM |
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It looks like Mushkin has come up with some great ddr2 memory. Check out a review of the Mushkin 1GB PC2-5300 (667) DDR2 Dual Pack at OCTools.

"We were able to take Mushkin's PC2-5300 up to 706MHz DDR2 at CAS 4-4-4-11 and up to 760MHz DDR2 at CAS 5-5-5-12 with the memory voltage set at 2.0v".

Source: OCTools

Get a first start in watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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Jumping into watercooling doesn't mean you'll have to buy the tubing, reservoir, pump and blocks all seperately today, there are now many complete watercooling kits available, like the Evercool Kit that Overclockers Cafe reviews.  Are you ready to make the jump into water?

"The Evercool WC-202 has a lot going for it to include universal CPU application, almost universal VGA application, trim clean looks on the exposed bezel, lots of copper pipes and fins throughout and all for about $100.

Pioneer DVR-S806 16x Dual-Layer DVD Writer

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2005 - 10:01 AM |
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  • External DVD writer capable of recording at up to 16x write speed on DVD-R or +R discs (use Pioneer-recommended 8x discs or media that are designed for this recording speed

  • Up to 4x write speed on DVD+R DL (double-layer) discs (use Pioneer-recommended 2.4x discs)

  • Pioneer's original "honeycomb structure" and other improvements to the internal structure have dra

Source: CoolTechZone

Quick links for a rainy day

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2005 - 09:49 AM |
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To start us off lets take a look at the D-Link Express EtherNetwork DI-604 4-Port Ethernet Broadband Router reviewed in brief at PC-Base


"The D-Link Express EtherNetwork DI-604 4-Port Ethernet Broadband Router is a wise choice with its no-brainer setup wizard and easily configurable features such as IP and MAC address filtering, domain and URL blocking and a robust firewall at an extremel
Source: PC-Base

The Cooler Master Centurion 5

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2005 - 09:20 AM |
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Coolermaster are probably one of the best case designers in the world. If you want crazy and whacky designs and colours, then you'll have to look elsewhere I'm afraid. Coolermaster concentrate on functionality, coupled with sleek lines and a high quality finish.

This heatsink lost weight for New Years & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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120mm cooling is becoming very common, especially if you are running the newest, hottest cores.  Some builders want to keep their heatsink from reaching a pound or more, and the Thermalright SI-97 that OCIA reviews may just be right up your alley, it's still built around 80 & 92mm fans, and only weighs in at 280g.

"Definitely nothing to block the airflow through the fins. The SI-97 is fairly large, but with its design, it will fit nearly all Athlon XP based motherboards.

Source: OCIA

Albatron PX915G4 Pro - SLI for Socket 478

Subject: Motherboards | January 5, 2005 - 05:24 AM |
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Albatron decided to stick with the current Socket 478 processors on this model. This allows existing P4 users to migrate over to   the PCI-E world without having to buy a new processor.