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Introduction, Campaign Testing

Introduction

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As you might have noticed, we’re a bit excited about Battlefield 3 here at PC Perspective. It promised to pay attention to what PC gamers want, and shockingly, it has come through. Dedicated servers and huge multi-player matches are supported, and the browser based interface is excellent.

If we’re honest, a lot of our hearts have been stirred simply by the way the game looks. There aren’t many titles that really let a modern mid-range graphics card stretch its legs, even at 1080p resolution. Battlefield 3, however, can be demanding - and it looks beautiful. Even with the presets at medium, it’s one of the most attractive games ever.

But what does this mean for laptops? Has the resident laptop reviewer at PC Perspective, I know that gaming remains a challenge. The advancements over the last few years have been spectacular, but even so, most of the laptops we test can’t run Just Cause 2 at a playable framerate even with all detail set to low and a resolution of just 1366x768. 

To find out if mobile gamers were given consideration by the developers of Battlefield 3, I installed the game on three different laptops. The results only go to show how far mobile gaming has come, and has far it has to go.

Continue reading our article on mobile Battlefield 3 performance!!

Just Delivered: Rosewill RK-9000 mechanical keyboards

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2011 - 03:57 AM |
Tagged: RK-9000, mechanical keyboard

This afternoon, I received a 17 lbs. box at the door branded by the good ‘ole Newegg.

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Despite knowing the contents, I could not help but crack it open for all to see. Inside a tree’s worth of brown paper are stacked four Rosewill RK-9000 keyboards. Each keyboard contains a different mechanical switch -- one blue, one red, one brown, and one black; together, they make up the entire RK-9000 product line.

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The Rosewill RK-9000 was in its first revision, and I believe still is, manufactured by CoStar. CoStar also produces, and is most famous for, the majority of Filco's mechanical keyboards. They are known to be typically high quality as was the original RK-9000; the difference is that now there is more choice in how we want the keyboard to respond.

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Awww, a family photo. Jimmy, stop slouching!

There is not much else to say about the delivery except to keep your eyes peeled for a roundup in the near future. What’s your favorite color? Find out soon.

Remember it is important to keep your interns well oiled

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2011 - 06:29 PM |
Tagged: friday, oily ken

Maybe it is the upcoming Black Friday sales, maybe it is the Christmas season starting up but it seems a lot of members are out shopping.  From a new gaming mouse to heatsinks and partial upgrades or tablets the forums are in a buying mood, except for one Grinch-like SSD

The Processor Forum is buzzing with talk about the new Sandy Bridge E chip but the cool kids are hanging out in the Cases'n'Cooling Forum.  The observant might have noticed a strange thread appear, where our fearless leader is soliciting members opinions of Antec.  You can bet there is a good reason for that, so toss in your two cents. 

In the Storage Forum, the SSD experiment hits its third week,  while another user is shopping for a SATA 6Gb/s add in cardYou might hear crickets chirping in the Gaming Forum, but between Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, who has time to post! 

You should be able to see the PC Perspective Podcast video by now, it seems a lovely little group called Symbolic Digital Movies beleives they own the bucket head video and so claimed copyright and had the video blocked.  Hopefully at some point they remove their heads from a completely different place.

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Corsair offers your ears two kinds of Vengeance

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2011 - 12:47 PM |
Tagged: audio, gaming headset, corsair, vengeance, vengeance 1300, vengeance 1500

The Vengeance 1500 USB gaming headset is the higher end model of their newly released headsets, with 5.1/7.1 channel sound, a 50mm driver and Dolby Digital support.  The Vengeance 1300 uses analog plugs, not USB but still offers 5.1 surround and 50mm drivers.  As the 1300 is analog it does not require drivers whereas the 1500 does require software in order to emulate 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound.  From Neoseeker's findings, you need a discrete sound card that supports Dolby Surround in order to get the most out of the 1300, while the 1500 will sound the same regardless thanks to its USB connection and software.

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"We've got two of Corsair's newest headsets in the Neo labs today, the Vengeance 1500 and Vengeance 1300. The higher-end model, the Vengeance 1500, supports audio formats such as Dolby Digital and Virtual 7.1 Surround. The Vengeance 1300 on the other hand is an analog headset that performs best when paired with a high-end audio card that can push the unit to its threshold. Find out if any of these options are suitable for your audio headphone needs while you're camping in front of the computer (or in your game)."

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Source: Neoseeker

More rumours on AMD's multi-aliased next generation GPU

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2011 - 12:22 PM |
Tagged: amd, GCN, southern islands, HD7000

 Over at SemiAccurate you can find some information on AMD's next generation of GPU, some call it Graphics Next Core, HD7000 is likely and Southern Islands is common parlance as well ... just don't call it Tim.  The biggest news is the 384-bit memory bus which continues AMD's opposition to NVIDIA's lowered RAM size; there will be 3GB cards for those with monitors large enough to benefit from the larger memory size.  They also have pricing; subject to much change of course.

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"AMD logoIt looks like AMD (NYSE:AMD) is planning on launching desktop HD7000 GPUs in January, and SemiAccurate just got a few more bits about them. There isn’t much new, January launch for Tahiti XT, followed by Tahiti Pro a month later, then Pitcairn XT in March, Pro in April."

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Source: SemiAccurate

Microsoft's Surface is almost here and it is less than $10,000

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2011 - 01:09 PM |
Tagged: surface

You may remember news about Microsoft's Surface, a large sized touchscreen PC intended originally for use as a point of sales device, drop a smart device on Surface and it would bring up all the available information on that device.  It didn't take long for the rest of us to realize just how incredibly spiffy this large scale table was.  From taking pen and paper role playing games to a level old DMs have only dreamed of to bringing a Star Wars game to the next level.

Well, according to DailyTech you can start making preorders for the 40" Microsoft Surface at the low low price of $8,400.   It looks to be a big win for AMD, this Surface is powered by a Athlon X2 245e, a 2.9GHz low power chip and the graphics are provided by an HD6570M.  It is running Windows 7 and Surface 2.0 software though surely future products will sport a Win8 interface.  No word on the shipping date unfortunately.

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"Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) surface multi-touch slab (slab = huge tablet) first showed up in prototype form in May 2007, more than a year before Apple, Inc. (AAPL) was rewarded a patent for multi-touch gestures, and a full three years before the market launch of the iPad.

But the device is finally here (dubbed the "SUR40"), and you can buy one for the lowly price of $8,400 USD (roughly 17 10-inch iPads)."

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Source: DailyTech

Free Stuff Wednesday: Gigabyte G1 Assassin X58 Motherboard Giveaway!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Motherboards | November 16, 2011 - 03:12 PM |
Tagged: X58, giveaway, gigabyte, contest

We have been on a roll recently, trying to clear out as much stuff give away as much stuff to our readers as possible!!  We handed out a free copy of Skyrim and linked you to a contest for a Radeon HD 6870 from XFX just last week. 

Next on our list is a high-end enthusiast level motherboard from Gigabyte, the G1.Assassin X58!!

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This is a great board to upgrade your current LGA1366 system or a great start to build a new one at prices that are likely lower than you expect. 

What do you need to do enter to win this motherboard?  Couldn't be easier!!

  1. Make a comment on this post thanking Gigabyte for this kick ass contest!!  That's pretty simple right?  You don't have to register, though we would appreciate it!
  2. Like Gigabyte on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTE.US
  3. Like PC Perspective on Facebook: http://facebook.com/pcper
  4. Follow PC Perspective on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pcper
  5. Circle PC Perspective on Google+: http://gplus.to/pcper
    1. (Another hint, comments on our G+ post about this contest get another entry!)

We will pick a random winner in our pool of entries on Friday, the 18th of November in the afternoon, EST!  Sorry, US and Canada residents only for this one!  If you don't have a Facebook/Twitter/Google+ account commenting here will still enter you.

Thanks for reading PC Perspective and good luck!!!

UPDATE: We have a winner!!!!  After a quick stop to Random.org the person going home (or at least getting shipped) the Gigabyte X58 G1.Assassin motherboard is...."slugbugg55"!!!  Congratulations, an email is on the way to asking for your shipping information!!

Stay tuned to PC Perspective as we head into Thanksgiving week for more contests and giveaways!!

Need For Speed: The (30fps) Run

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2011 - 01:13 PM |
Tagged: skyrim, need for speed, gaming, games, elder scrolls V, consolitis

[H]ard|OCP has been having a hard go of it with recent game releases.  CoD Modern Warfare 3 was described as being useless for benchmarking as any mid range GPU can play at maxed settings even at high resolutions.  That discovery came after the Rage incident, when benchmarked it hit 60fps and refused to move, no matter what hardware was thrown at it.  Picture the expression on the reviewers face when they fired up Need For Speed: The Run expecting the Frostbite 2 engine of Battlefield 3 fame to torture their test bench only to find a similar result to Rage, except locked at 30fps.

Thankfully for the continued sanity of their review team, [H] also got hold of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to benchmark.  Benchmarking this game was much more productive, especially in multi-GPU setups and it also revealed a small oddity with the games auto-detection of graphics settings.

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"Need for Speed: The Run was released today, utilizing the Frostbite 2 engine, same as Battlefield 3, it should have some pretty good graphics. However, after we dove into this game this morning, we found that it falls rather flat for a PC game. We'll talk about performance and image quality in this article."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bulldozers at Knights Corner; duelling server chips

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2011 - 12:36 PM |
Tagged: xeon e5, xeon, servers, opteron, knights ferry, knights corner, interlagos, hp, dell, bulldozer, acer

As you would expect, no sooner does AMD release news on its new line of Bulldozer era Opterons, Intel follows suit with news on their next generation of server chips.  AMD hit the news and the server room first thanks to interest shown by Dell, HP and Acer.   These vendors have based a series of 2U servers on AMD's new chip as well as a family of blade servers.  Dell's Poweredge C6145 was probably the most ambitious, with 4 sockets you can have 128 cores and 1TB of DDR3 in a 2U rack mount server and FusionIO was suggesting the inclusion of their 1.2TB Iodrive Duo card to ensure your storage media can keep up.

Intel also spoke with The Inquirer and other news sites about their new Xeon E5 processor family as well as providing more information about Knights Bridge. Intel has reached out to a different set of clients for the new Xeon, focusing on NVIDIA's latest target market of High Performance Computing (that HPC acronym you see hanging around Fermi).  They tout over 10,000 chips sold, some of which are sitting pretty in the TOP500.  Also on display was their Knights Ferry accelerator board, again targeted for the HPC crowd that NVIDIA has been courting.

So this processor generation we have Intel and NVIDIA fighting it out for HPC customers, while AMD seems to be without major competition in high density computing, although ARM has certainly been making inroads into that market.  

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"AMD's partners have shown a small but impressive array of Bulldozer Opteron kit. Dell's 2U eight socket beast was arguably the most impressive of the lot on show in Munich, but AMD will know it needs more than just one vendor in its fight against Intel. Thankfully it has the might of HP also showing that its traditional rackmount and blade servers can make use of AMD's Bulldozer silicon."

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Source: The Register

The Intel 32 in 32 Challenge on Facebook

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2011 - 03:28 PM |
Tagged: newegg, Intel, contest, 32 in 32

Win an Incredible Intel Unlocked PC & More On Facebook

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32 in 32 Challenge Win weekly unlocked prize packages from Intel and Newegg starting November 14. Take home the grand prize and you'll fly to Newegg HQ for a chance to build your own Intel Enthusiast PC valued at over $5,000. Weekly prize bundles include Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, Intel Desktop Boards, Intel Solid-State Drives, and other system components.

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Each week is a chance to win a different unlocked prize package. To win the grand prize, create and submit a video explaining in about 32 seconds why you deserve to a chance to build your ultimate unlocked PC.

For complete rules and entry details, check out Intel’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Intel?sk=app_151472421569461

Source: Intel