Taiwan Bound

Subject: Editorial | May 29, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
Tagged: blog

I just finished up packing for my trip to Computex in Taipei, Taiwan and I head to the airport in less than an hour.  The total travel time for one way on this trip: 26 hours.  Oh ye haw. 


I have a very busy 5 days planned, even having several meetings the day before the show starts, which is unusual for me.  I'll try to keep you all updated as much as I can in the form of articles, news posts and blog entries.  Keep checking back!


Intel Releases 820 and 670 Processors

Subject: Editorial | May 26, 2005 - 01:06 PM |
Tagged: blog

Today Intel officially released the Intel 820 processor which is a dual core Smithfield CPU running at 2.8 GHz.  It has 2 x 1 MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz FSB.  Performance on it so far looks to be right where we expect it to be: low on single threaded apps, acceptable on multi threaded apps, and really good for multitasking machines as well.  I currently have mine in our 945G reference board for testing, hopefully it will be done in time that I can write the review on the flight to Computex.


The other CPU released was the Intel 670 processor that runs at 3.8 GHz on a P

AGIEA PhysX Article Online

Subject: Editorial | May 24, 2005 - 07:10 AM |
Tagged: blog

I have just let loose the AGEIA PhysX preview article I was alluding to yesterday.  I think you'll find this article to be among the better out there on the subject as we take a much deeper look into what work AGEIA has to do before this idea can take off, and unfortunately for them, its a lot of work.  With a long development cycle on PC games getting only longer, the amount of time that will pass before we see anything substantial making use of this suprisingly expensive

Back from E3

Subject: Editorial | May 23, 2005 - 02:43 PM |
Tagged: blog

I got back from E3 late last night, and unfortunately fell straight to sleep.  There wasn't a lot of excitement going on there from a hardware point of view, especially with both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 missing in action for playable demos.  I am putting the finishing touches on an article I think you'll find very interesting, though it falls outside the boundes of what current technologies are out there.  It should be up in the morning tomorrow. 


I think I might have enough info on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 GPUs to get a short article comparing the

Off to E3

Subject: Editorial | May 17, 2005 - 08:42 PM |
Tagged: blog

Well, in about 6 hours I'll be on a plane to LA for this years Electronics Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as the mecha of the gaming world.  While the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Revolution announcements have all already been shown, now its time to get the nose on the floor and hunt out information on the hardware behind these beasts!


Look for updates in my weblog and on the main site during the show!


Fighting With Dual Core

Subject: Editorial | May 16, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
Tagged: blog

I happen to come across an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor in my mail box today and am currently engrossed in attempting to test it.  I say attempting because the motherboard I am using and the one I have an updated BIOS for is giving me fits.  Somehow, when using the X2 processor, any use of the USB bus locks the system, but with the same board, bios, bios settings, etc and an FX-55 or a 3700+, the system is just fine with USB usage.  I have no idea what is going on, but I am pretty sure we have a BIOS issue not a processor issue.


In other news, I found out that my clos

Some Random Updates

Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2005 - 09:03 AM |
Tagged: blog

First, it looks like I will be getting an Athlon 64 X2 processor to review, just not from AMD.  I've had to go to various other sources to get the hardware I need for testing, and under the cover of secrecy to do so, but my readers will soon get to see what I make of AMD lastest processor announcement. 


Also, you may have noticed my review of the first retail nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard, the Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe.  As far as I know its the first review of the board on the web, and it liv

AMD X2 Review??

Subject: Editorial | May 9, 2005 - 07:51 AM |
Tagged: blog

Today you may have noticed some AMD Athlon 64 X2 reviews on the web, like this one here at HardOCP.  You may also have noticed while looking at the front page of PC Perspective, that we do NOT have a review/preview online.  Not only do I not have a review online, but I also never got any processors from AMD.  AMD seems to have turned their backs on me and PC Perspective and my readers.  The reasoning for this is still up in the air, but running AMDMB.COM and AMDFORUMS.COM for o

Another Day, Another Article

Subject: Editorial | May 6, 2005 - 08:32 AM |
Tagged: blog

Well, that's not exactly true, else I'd have a whole lot more content up on the site!  My Budget GPU Comparison article is online and I compare NVIDIA's 6200 TurboCache cards against ATI's X300 SE HyperMemory card.  In the end, the real winner is going be the GeForce 6600 and ATI X700 cards -- I just can't recommend the ultra-budget cards to anyone that is actually going to be playing games on their system. 


I will have my Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe motherboard review up either Monday or Tuesday o

512 MB GPUs are Here

Subject: Editorial | May 4, 2005 - 08:17 AM |
Tagged: blog

Well, with the release of the ATI Radeon X800 XL 512 MB card today, a new stage has been set for games and gaming.  I'm not trying to tell you that you need a 512 MB card today, or even next month, as that is obviously not the case.  But, you can be sure that the next-gen graphics cards are going to have 512 MB of frame buffer and maybe, just maybe, by the end of the year you'll actually be using it all!


Also, in case you missed, I finally got that