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Manufacturer: Antec

Welcome to The Inside Perspective

Welcome!  The Inside Perspective is a new series on PC Perspective that will take you further behind the scenes of the industry than we typically go, with interviews of industry personnel.  I hope you find these discussions to be both informative as well as eye opening into the world behind the reviews, behind the press releases and the marketing speak that everyone sees on a daily basis.  http://pcper.com/tip

 

The Inside Perspective 001 - Antec's Jessie Lawrence

Antec was at one time the leader in enthusiast and gamer case design and much of what the company built years ago, like the P180 series, has endured years of modifications to remain relevant and these chassis remain some of the favorites of our staff.  However, in the past several years, the case world has seen new entrants, new designs and new feature sets that Antec has been slow to adopt and as such they have fallen out of the leaders position in the mind-set of enthusiasts, even if they haven't in sales in revenue.

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With the release of the new P280 and Eleven Hundred cases though (the former of which we have already reviewed) Antec is hoping to make a resurgence into the enthusiast market.  And while I definitely was impressed with the P280 there is still some work to do and, luckily, Antec knows it and is moving forward in the right direction. 

Recently, Antec's Communications Manager Jessie Lawrence stopped by the office and we sat down for a small interview to ask him about the new case designs, what he likes about working in this cut throat industry and how Antec plans to stem the tides against the competition.

 

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Host: Ryan Shrout

Guest: Jessie Lawrence, Antec

Program Length: 13:49

Program Schedule:

  1. 01:08 Introduction
  2. 02:15 Questions about new P280 and Eleven Hundred Cases
  3. 04:40 Target audience for each new case
  4. 05:50 Background with Jessie Lawrence
  5. 09:20 Memorable moments in the industry
  6. 11:20 How can Antec return to enthusiast roots?
  7. 13:45 Conclusion

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD

MIA or Simply Retired?

It is awfully hard to deny the value proposition of the AMD HD 6970 graphics card.  The card overall matches (and sometimes exceeds) the NVIDIA GTX 570 at a slightly lower price, it has 2 GB of frame buffer, and AMD is consistently improving not just gaming performance for the new VLIW 4 architecture, but also adding to its GPGPU support.  Throw in the extra happiness of a more manageable power draw, pretty low heat production for a top end card, and it is also the fastest single GPU card when it comes to bitcoin mining.  With all of these positives, why hasn’t everyone gone out to buy one?  Simple, they simply are hard to come by anymore.

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¿Dónde están las tarjetas gráficas?

Throughout Winter and Spring of this year, the HD 6970 was an easy card to acquire.  Prices were very reasonable, supply seemed ample, and most every manufacturer had one in a configuration that would appeal to a lot of people.  The HD 6950 was also in great supply, and it was also in a few unique configurations that adds more for the money than just the reference design.  This Summer saw the pool of HD 6970 cards dry up, not to mention the complete lack of HD 6990 cards in retail altogether.

Continue reading about where all the Radeon HD 6970s have gone!!

Carmack Speaks

Last week we were in Dallas, Texas covering Quakecon 2011 as well as hosting our very own PC Perspective Hardware Workshop.  While we had over 1100 attendees at the event and had a blast judging the case mod contest, one of the highlights of the event is always getting to sit down with John Carmack and pick his brain about topics of interest.  We got about 30 minutes of John's time over the weekend and pestered him with questions about the GPU hardware race, how Intel's intergrated graphics (and AMD Fusion) fit in the future of PCs, the continuing debate about ray tracing, rasterization, voxels and infinite detail engines, key technologies for PC gamers like multi-display engines and a lot more!

One of our most read articles of all time was our previous interview with Carmack that focused a lot more on the ray tracing and rasterization debate.  If you never read that, much of it is still very relevant today and is worth reading over. 

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This year though John has come full circle on several things including ray tracing, GPGPU workloads and even the advantages that console hardware has over PC gaming hardware.

Continue reading to see the full video interview and our highlights from it!!

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Boring but Profitable

NVIDIA posted their latest results following the quarter ending on July 31, 2011.  Unlike 2010 at this time, NVIDIA posted a strong quarter.  Technically this is Q2 FY 2012 for NVIDIA.  Last year’s results were pretty dismal with $811 million in gross revenue and a net loss of $140 million.  This quarter was much stronger with $1.016 billion in gross revenue, and a healthy $150 million in net income.

This quarter was also up sequentially from last quarter’s $962 million gross revenue and $135 million net income.  The only truly interesting thing about the increase is that there really was not very much interesting about it at all.  All of the product groups showed either flat performance, or a marginal increase.  The largest increases came from the mobile sector, which saw discrete mobile GPUs in laptop sales take a significant gain.  Consumer desktop stayed pretty even, though NVIDIA has a much stronger mix of cards stretching from the $100 US mark to above $750 with the GeForce GTX 500 series.

Read the rest of the article after the break.

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Subject: Editorial, Mobile
Manufacturer: Qualcomm

Meet Vellamo

With Google reporting daily Android device activations upward of 550,000 devices a day, the rapid growth and ubiqutity of the platform cannot be denied. As the platform has grown, we here at PC Perspective have constantly kept our eye out for ways to assess and compare the performance of different devices running the same mobile operating systems. In the past we have done performance testing with applications such as Quadrant and Linpack, and GPU testing with NenaMark and Qualcomm's NeoCore product.

Today we are taking a look at a new mobile benchmark from Qualcomm, named Vellamo. Qualcomm has seen the need for an agnostic browser benchmark on Android, and so came Vellamo. A video introduction from Qualcomm's Director of Product Management, Sy Choudhury, is below.

 

With the default configuration, Vellamo performs a battery of 14 tests. These tests are catagorized into Rendering, Javascript, User Experience, Networking, and Advanced. 

For more on this benchmark and our results from 10 different Android-power devices, keep reading!

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD

The Dirty Laggard

 

It may seem odd, but sometimes reviewers are some of the last folks to implement new technology.  This has been the case for myself many a time.  Yes, we get some of the latest and greatest components, but often we review them and then keep them on the shelf for comparative purposes, all the while our personal systems run last generation parts that we will not need to re-integrate into a test rig ever again.  Or in other cases, big money parts, like the one 30” 2560x1600 LCD that I own, are always being utilized on the testbed and never actually being used for things like browsing, gaming, or other personal activities.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a “woe-is-me” rant about the hardships of being a reviewer, but rather just an interesting side effect not often attributed to folks who do this type of work.  Yes, we get the latest to play with and review, but we don’t often actually use these new parts in our everyday lives.

One of the technologies that I had only ever seen at trade shows is that of Eyefinity.  It was released back in the Fall of 2009, and really gained some momentum in 2010.  Initially it was incompatible with Crossfire technology, which limited it to a great degree.  A single HD 5970 card could push 3 x 1920x1080 monitors in most games, but usually only with details turned down and no AA enabled.  Once AMD worked a bit more on the drivers were we able to see Crossfire setups working in Eyefinity, which allowed users to play games at higher fidelity with the other little niceties enabled.  The release of the HD 6900 series of cards also proved to be a boon to Eyefinity, as these new chips had much better scaling in Crossfire performance, plus were also significantly faster than the earlier HD 5800 series at those price points.

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Continue on to the rest of the story for more on my experiences with AMD Eyefinity.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged: podcast

Episode #150 is ready!

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This week we talk about the MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard, ASUS N53S Notebook, IE10 running on NVIDIA Tegra, Viewer Voicemails, Questions, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more!

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PC Perspective Podcast #150 - 4/14/11  

This week we talk about the MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard, ASUS N53S Notebook, IE10 running on NVIDIA Tegra, Viewer Voicemails, Questions, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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Hosts:  Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their new  Sandy Bridge motherboards! 

Program length: 1:25:30                                            

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PC Perspective Podcast #149 - 4/07/11  

This week we talk about the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case, AMD shipping Llano, the Intel 320 SSD, Radeon HD 6790, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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Hosts:  Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their Big Bang XPower Motherboard 

Program length: 1:14:22                                            

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PC Perspective Podcast #148 - 3/31/11  

This week we answer a variety of questions from the TWiT Live chat room!

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Hosts:  Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom and featuring Burke McQuinn

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their Big Bang XPower Motherboard 

Program length: 1:02:12                                            

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     Due to some technical difficulties involving a certain ISP in Canada, this week's podcast turned into an impromptu Question and Answer session involving the TWiT Live chatroom. While this is different than our usual format, it turned out to be an informative, and entertaining to say the least, podcast.

 

 

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PC Perspective Podcast #147 - 3/24/11  

This week we talk about Overclocking the HD6990, the MSI HS6950 Twin Frozr II, PCMark 7, Viewer Voicemails and Emails, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their Big Bang XPower Motherboard 

Program length: 1:13:19                                            

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PC Perspective Podcast #146 - 3/17/11  

This week we talk about the NVIDIA GTX 550Ti, Lucid Hydra Performance testing, OCZ acquiring Indilinx, a Dual GTX 460 card, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their Big Bang XPower Motherboard 

Program length: 1:14:18                                                  

Program schedule:

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Don't get too enamoured with your fancy, long term plans...

Process technology is hard. It only seems like Intel can get it right, and it can only do it right because it has more money and more Fab space than anyone else in the world. For guys like AMD and NVIDIA, they are at the mercy of lower funded 3rd party Fabs who struggle to keep up with the giant. Sometimes their delays hit the bottom lines of their customers... like what is happening today.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: BFG Tech
Tagged:

Looking Pretty Spry... Considering it was Stillborn

Rumors of BFG Tech attempting to move over to AMD production after an apparent split with NVIDIA have been swirling for months now. Today, we received proof that this partnership almost sprang wings. Come see the first pictures of the BFG Tech Radeon HD 5750, may it rest in peace.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

When is a Profit not a Profit?

AMD recently released their quarterly financial reports, and things were pretty stellar for the company as compared to previous performances. Questions were raised though about their competitiveness in the CPU market with Intel starting to churn out significant numbers of 32 nm parts. We look at their past performance, their current standing, and where they sit when looking towards the future.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Tagged:

About... Damn... Time

AMD has had a stranglehold on the DX11 market, but with Fermi NVIDIA has seemingly loosened the grip. Today's Dirt takes a look at what prices have done for the past 9 months, and what kind of chain reaction we expect to see this month.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

A Summer Cruise Through Shaded and Tessellated Waters

The summer is about to heat up again in the graphics world, and we are taking the first step in letting you know where it is all heading. NVIDIA and AMD are both preparing major products, and we take a look behind the curtain as to why the GF100 is such a hot and hungry beast, and why the GF104 could be this generation's G92. Plus a quick look at what kind of changes to expect from AMD's Southern Islands.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Introduction to AV Receivers

In Part 2 of our Building a Home Theater series we will introduce you to the all-important AV Receiver (including how to assemble your own high-power receiver), and look at some of the various source components that feed signals into the AVR.Welcome to Part 2 in our series: Building a Home Theater!  In this segment we will introduce you to the all-important AV Receiver (including how to build your own high-end/high-power receiver from off the shelf components), and look at some of the various source components (DVD players, etc) that feed signals into the AVR.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Introduction

In Part 1 of our new Building a Home Theater series, we will introduce you to the basics of Home Theater and take a detailed look at some fundamental design goals, room layouts, and component placement options.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: Belkin
Tagged:

Survive and thrive

When disaster strikes, will you rise to the occasion? PC Perspective gives you this (questionably) insightful guide into surviving a snowed-in car, while still maintaining your ability to work or play with your gear.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Tagged:

Not Dead, but Certainly not Thriving

NVIDIA chipsets for the AMD market have not been significantly upgraded for the past year+, and even their "latest" 980a product is a rebranded 780a from last year. I dug around to see if NVIDIA was in fact abandoning the AMD platform, and SLI for the latest Phenom II along with it.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

AMD Q4 2007 Analysis, Page One

We take apart AMD's Q4 financial results and see what the company has in store for 2008. Not only do we look at how AMD almost broke even this quarter but also how their future product plans will affect the company.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

The Lovefest that is AMD Marketing

Curious as to how a company that merges CPU and GPU teams can cope with internal struggles and tactics for product positioning? Nah, us either, but this article is interesting none the less!

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Not going to happen

id Software and Epic Games have both declared PC gaming second rate, if not dead altogether. I happen to know why they are both dead wrong.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Their Story

A happy day at PCPerspective.com! Please join us as we congratulate Kelly and Ryan on their marriage and wish them the very best as they continue their life long journey together.