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See you at QuakeCon 2009!
At this summer's Quakecon 2009 LAN party and enthusiast gaming expo, we are hosting our first PC Perspective Hardware Workshop! At the event we will have live demos of brand new gaming hardware, an overclocking demonstration, case mod contest finale and of course, we will be giving away lots and lots of prizes ($20,000 worth!!!). Come in and see when it is, where it is and how you can be involved!
Introduction, Registration, BYOC waiting line, Shelby GT500 unveiling
More than 2,600 gamers (and counting) rushed the doors of the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas today to kick off North America's largest computing gaming event dubbed Quakecon 2009. More than 3,000 gamers are expected to fill the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) section to capacity by the end of the three-day event. Check out all the action from Day 1 of Quakecon 2009.
200 MHz Here, 200 MHz There, Pretty Soon We are Talking Real Performance!
AMD has released another high end processor into the fray, and Intel had better watch out. Sorta. While aimed at the Q9550 and Q9650 parts, the X4 965 is priced at a competitive $245, thereby pushing all of the previous Phenom IIs before it into much more affordable territories. Not all is perfect with this chip, but does its imperfections cause it to fall when facing the competition? Read on...
Allyn has spent the last few days thrashing a pre-production firmware for the OCZ Vertex. This is OCZ's first crack at rolling their own firmware, and they aim to address some of the issues Indilinx has not been able to correct on their own. Can OCZ pull it off? Come on in and find out!
Introduction, GPGPU history, ATI Stream and CUDA overviews
Since our initial review of five of NVidia's CUDA-enabled applications back in June, we've been chomping at the bit to get our first real look at ATI's entry into the GPU computing ring called ATI Stream. Both of these platforms use parallel computing architectures to utilize their GPU's stream processors, in tandem with the CPU, to significantly increase any system's video transcoding speeds. Today, we are going to discuss both of these technologies as well as benchmark a couple video transcoding applications from Cyberlink that actually support both CUDA and ATI Stream.
Seashells by the seashore in Cheboygen
The ASUS 1005HA Seashell netbook is not only one of the better looking designs for the ultra-portable PC market but also offers some unique features that other vendors are not. Though still based on the Intel Atom processor and platform, the addition of 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 make this a worthy addition to the Eee lineup.
AMD's latest broadside in the integrated graphics war may not be over the top, but it certainly adds a lot of zing to a relatively boring market. You still can't play Crysis with it, but users will be pleasantly surprised by the total package offered by the 785G.
Does not lay comfortably on its side...
This particular case is nearly unique when it comes to the HTPC market. While most others are designed to blend into a typical component stack in the home theater, this case stands by itself in terms of style and capabilities. Will it fit in with the HTPC crowd? A very good question.
Good Things, Small Packages, Cliche Cliche
FedEX has been busy as of late delivering to my house, and today I received a gem from them. This micro-ATX motherboard based on the unreleased AMD 785G chipset is a shockingly complete motherboard with many high end components. Stuff usually relegated to full size ATX boards. Will this be the latest power-user micro-ATX board, and furthermore be the board of choice for HTPC users? More testing is needed to confirm that, but the first look is certainly impressive.
Layout and Features
ASUS is at it again - showing off yet another upcoming P55 motherboard, this time the P7P55D Deluxe aimed a user that is looking for both competent overclocking options as well as an easy-to-use experience. We are also learning about ASUS' upcoming Xtreme Design initiative that offers consumers a host of new features and options including the return of the TURBO BUTTON!
Features and Specifications
CoolIT Systems has built a reputation for bringing liquid cooling to the masses. With its various, integrated, sealed-unit liquid coolers, it has removed the need for amassing radiators, hoses, reservoirs, water blocks, and other miscellany and then assembling them into a working system free of air and contaminants.
Introduction and Features
Thermaltake continues to evolve their Toughpower line with the XT Series, which adds LED status indicators and a fan delay feature. This new PSU delivers excellent voltage regulation and good efficiency but struggles with AC ripple under heavy loads.
We received a review sample of Intel's next generation Solid State Drive just this afternoon. Allyn promptly put the drive through its paces and has posted a review for your viewing pleasure. I think you'll find the speed increases, though modest, coupled with the price decreases, will make this drive more than worth your time.
Water cooling for the masses
Corsair's new Hydro H50 cooler isn't really a new development in the world of water cooling - completely contained, no maintenance water cooling systems. But with Corsair pushing the H50 brand along, users have another option for their system cooling needs. The H50 is just as easy to install as most high-end air coolers but offers improved performance. Check out our video review inside!
Introduction, Features, Specifications
Today, we have the second revision of NZXT's Zero case called the Zero 2. NZXT went back to the drawing board and developed a steel chassis to give the case a lot more stability and rigidness that most PC builders look for when building a new system. The new chassis uses 1.0mm steel, which bumps the entire weight of the case to 10.2 kilograms, which is roughly 22.4 lbs. That's a pretty big different from the original Zero that weighed in at 7.35 kilograms or 16.2 lbs. Let's see if the extra durability is enough to entice consumers to this full tower case.
A quick preview of this fall
We got the new ASUS P7P55D EVO motherboard in over the weekend and spent some time putting together a video preview of the platform for you today! Based on the P55 chipset, this is the first motherboard we have had in-house supporting the upcoming Intel Core i7/Core i5 Lynnfield processors due out in very early fall.
Introduction and Features
With several different CPU socket types currently on the market, it maybe difficult to find a decent third-party heatsink that will meet a power user's overclocking and cooling needs. While there are numerous cooling solutions available, Zalman's CNPS10X Extreme might be one to consider with its support for LGA 1156, 1366, 775, AM3, and AM2+. They also threw in a removable fan controller that can be mounted outside of the case. Let's see if this heatsink can take the air cooling crown away from its older brother the CNPS9900 LED.
CausticGL Ray Tracing API
Caustic let us peruse a new technical brief it was working on that describes in much more detail the software side of its CausticRT ray tracing platform. Based on OpenGL ES 2.0, CausticGL aims to do for ray tracing what OpenGL did for rasterization and the company even hopes to gain Khronos Group standardization for its custom API.
Introduction and Specifications
Gigabyte's MA770T-UD3P is a sub $100 AM3 motherboard with a single x16 PCI-E slot, dual channel DDR3 1666 memory support, and decent overclocking functions. It's price should entice many budget consumers to look hard at this board for their next upgrade. But, how will it match up against other boards almost double its price?
Introduction and Features
The new SilverStone ST70EF PSU is designed for user's who are looking for high efficiency along with quiet operation. It can support multiple high-end graphics adapters and features a full compliment of fixed cables.