The cleanest keyboard going

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2012 - 06:51 PM |
Tagged: input, logitech, washable, K310, keyboard

It doesn't sport fancy mechanical switches, LEDs or movable macro keys like many keyboards sold today; this Logitech is special because it is washable.  You may have seen this product around before but if you haven't you can check out The Inquirer's review here.  The key design is unique looking and functional too as a spill will be directed around the keys and the bit that does get through will exit through the back.  Once you have spilled on the keyboard you just unplug it, take it to the sink and give it a thorough cleansing. Once it has dried you can plug it back in and get back to what you were doing before your beverage took a nose dive.  This may not be the sturdiest design or the best type of keys you have encountered though at $40 you really shouldn't expect that from this board, instead enjoy having the cleanest keyboard in the neighbourhood.

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"Pulling the Logitech keyboard out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is its bright blue underbelly that we assume is meant to connote the keyboard's friendly relationship with water. Lined around the edges on the back are drain holes, for spilled liquids or cleaning water to run out of."

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Source: The Inquirer

GeForce GTX Call of Duty Rivalries competition ...and more

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 15, 2012 - 04:05 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, call of duty, black ops 2

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NVIDIA will be celebrating the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II by launching the first-ever “GeForce GTX Call of Duty Rivalries” competition which pits top colleges against each other in Call of Duty: Black Ops II four-person, last team standing multiplayer matches. Participants in the first round of competition include the storied rivalries of Cal vs. Stanford, USC vs. UCLA and UNC vs. NC State. Two additional wildcard colleges from any accredited college in the United States will also be chosen by the Facebook community to field teams. See details on GeForce.com or visit NVIDIA’s Facebook page on how you can walk away with a Maingear gaming rig.

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In addition to the contest NVIDIA also released the GeForce 310.54 beta driver with specific benefits for players of Black Ops 2, specifically the inclusion of TXAA.

  • Delivers up to 26 percent faster performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and up to 18% faster performance in Assassin’s Creed III.
  • Provides smooth, shimmer-free graphics with NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed III.
  • Improves performance by up to 16% in other top games likes Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and StarCraft II.

As always, our new driver includes new profiles for today’s top titles, increasing multi-GPU performance.

  • Hawken – Added SLI profile
  • Hitman: Absolution – Added SLI profile
  • Natural Selection 2 – Added SLI profile
  • Primal Carnage – Added SLI profile

You can grab the driver and read about all the improvements right here.

Source: NVIDIA

Deals for November 15th - Dell Vostro Core i5 IVB Desktop for $459

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2012 - 02:28 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Dell Vostro 270s Core i5 Ivy Bridge Slim Tower Desktop for $459.00 with shipping @ Dell (normally $849.00).

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Laptops

11.6" HP ENVY x2 Dual-core Notebook/Tablet for $849.99 with free shipping @ HP

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R 3rd Gen Core i5 17.3" Laptop w/ Windows 8, 1TB Hard Drive for $649.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $779.00 - use 12% coupon code 5J8MMN12$3H?DZ).

Desktops

Apple Mac mini Core i7 Ivy Bridge (newest model) + Parallels Desktop 8 for $794.00 with free shipping @ B&H (normally $800)

Computer Components

Samsung 840 Series 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5" SSD for $380 plus free shipping (normally $400).

Western Digital 2TB My Book Live Personal Cloud External Drive for $144 with free shipping (normally $160 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

WD Elements 2TB External Hard Drive for $90 with free shipping (normally $110 - Use coupon code JPF76591 and Use this form).

Entertainment

40" Samsung UN40EH5300 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + $100 Gift Card for $599.98 with free shipping (normally $700).

50" Sceptre X508BV-FHD 1080p LCD HDTV for $499.99 (normally $800 - use coupon code: LLG77005).

47" Panasonic VIERA TC-L47ET5 3D 1080p 120hz LED HDTV for $749.99 with Free Shipping (normally $1040 - use coupon code: STL73852).

Portables

Apple iPod 64GB 5G Blue Touch (MD718LL/A) for $389.00 with free shipping (normally - use coupon code: passthesavings10).

Dyson Air Multiplier 10" Bladeless Fan (AM01) for $239.99 plus free shipping (normally $299.99 – use coupon code 70694869).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS 16.1MP Digital Camera for $129 plus free shipping (normally $179).

Source: LogicBuy

Podcast #227 - Golden Z77 Motherboard from ECS, High Powered WiFi from Amped Wireless, Supercomputing GPUs and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2012 - 02:10 PM |
Tagged: titan, thor, tesla, s1000, podcast, nvidia, k20x, Intel, golden board, firepro, ECS, dust, Amped Wireless, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #227 - 11/15/2012

Join us this week as we talk about a Golden Z77 Motherboard from ECS, High Powered WiFi from Amped Wireless, Supercomputing GPUs and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

  • iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the iTunes Store
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 1:07:04

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Join us for the Hitman: Absolution Game Stream
  2. Week in Reviews:
    1. 0:02:00 ECS Z77H2-AX Golden Board Motherboard
    2. 0:07:00 Amped Wireless R20000G Router and Adapter
    3. 0:12:20 Intel says USB 3.0 and 2.4 GHz don't get along
  3. 0:18:00 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
  4. News items of interest:
    1. 0:19:00 A renaissance of game types that have been sadly missing
    2. 0:24:00 You missed our live Medal of Honor Game Stream - loser!
    3. 0:26:12 NVIDIA launches Tesla K20X Card, Powers Titan Supercomputer
    4. 0:30:15 AMD Launches Dual Tahiti FirePro S10000
    5. 0:38:00 Some guy leaves Microsoft - is the Start Menu on its way back??
    6. 0:41:40 AMD is apparently not for sale
    7. 0:46:05 ECS joins the Thunderbolt family with a new Z77 motherboard
  5. Closing:
    1. 0:54:00 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
      1. Ryan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 for $75
      2. Jeremy: Form over function or vice versa?
      3. Josh: A foundation worth donating to
      4. Allyn: ArmorSuit Military Shields
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Your wireless signal getting tangled? WiFox might be the cure

Subject: General Tech, Networking | November 15, 2012 - 12:49 PM |
Tagged: WiFox, wireless

The short blurb at Slashdot makes WiFox sound more impressive than the actual implementation will be, but for anyone who has attempted to connect to WiFi at a tech show would love to see this new software appear on wireless access points.   Once a channel becomes crowded by multiple users, especially if they use devices which like to have a constant connection, the network will hit a point of saturation and the performance of every device on the network will suffer; not just the most recently connected devices.  WiFox is a piece of software which can monitor channel saturation and when it is reached it will immediately assign all available bandwidth to the WAP and allow it to transmit all backlogged data before then allocating bandwidth back to the devices ... clearing the tubes as it were.  It sounds like this will be easily added to existing WAPs instead of only being available to the next generation of devices so while your WAN will not suddenly become 700 times faster, the WiFi at next conference you go to might just be usable for a change.

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"Engineers at NC State University (NCSU) have discovered a way of boosting the throughput of busy WiFi networks by up to 700%. Perhaps most importantly, the breakthrough is purely software-based, meaning it could be rolled out to existing WiFi networks relatively easily — instantly improving the throughput and latency of the network. As wireless networking becomes ever more prevalent, you may have noticed that your home network is much faster than the WiFi network at the airport or a busy conference center. The primary reason for this is that a WiFi access point, along with every device connected to it, operates on the same wireless channel."

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Source: Slashdot

Deals for November 14th - WD 1TB Live Hub Media Center for $170

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2012 - 03:43 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Western Digital 1TB HD Live Hub Media Center for $170 with shipping @ Dell (normally $185).

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Laptops

12" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Core i5 Ultraportable Laptop for $764.72 with free shipping @ Lenovo (normally $979 - use 12% coupon code THINKSAVINGS).

15.6" Lenovo ThinkPad T530 Core i5 Ivy Bridge Business Laptop for $701.10 with free shipping @ Lenovo (normally $779.00 - use 12% coupon code THINKSAVINGS).

14" HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14z-b000 AMD Dual-core Laptop w/ Windows 8 for $424.99 with free shipping @ HP (normally $500 - use $75 coupon code NB3521).

Desktops

Dell XPS One 27 All-in-one Core i5 "Ivy Bridge" PC for $1,199.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1,400 - use $100 coupon code TPX4C28JV8F9MR).

Computer Components

ASUS PA248Q 24.1" IPS LED-backlit LCD Monitor w/ 1920 x 1200 Resolution for $300 plus shipping (normally $340 - Use this form).

22" Dell S2240L 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $149.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $220).

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard for $69.99 with free shipping (normally $80).

Refurb Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender/Bridge for $38 with free shipping (normally $90 - Use coupon code HSDISH5).

Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5" SSD (MZ-7PD256BW) + Free Assassins Creed 3 for $269.99 with free shipping (normally $340).

Entertainment

55" Samsung UN55ES6003 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $997.91 with Free Shipping (normally $1,599.00).

Sony BDV-F7 WiFi Blu-ray Disc System w/ Soundbar for $258.00 with free shipping (normally $500).

Source: LogicBuy

Let the difficulty of Dark Souls torment you, not the lousy resolution

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2012 - 03:06 PM |
Tagged: Dark Souls, dsfix, console port, gaming

If you are interested in grabbing the PC version of Dark Souls from Steam then you must read through the tips and the graphics mod over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  The DSfix mod from Durante will let you choose resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 which will make the game look far more attractive.  As well they offer .ini tweaks such as setting the game to a borderless fullscreen, uncapping the framerates and which ports to open when playing multiplayer.  While they do have a mod to help with smoothing the mouse and a cheat sheet for keyboard mappings, the game is still best enjoyed using a controller something common to direct console ports such as this is.

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"Dark Souls’ existence on PC is a story of hope and disappointment. Petitioned by over 90,000 fans to bring the game onto PC from consoles, around the time that the Doublefine Kickstarter was gaining momentum, it seemed like a golden age when game developers were finally listening and giving gamers exactly what they wanted. However, fans were disappointed that even after all of the petition’s noise and success, the Dark Souls developers weren’t able to deliver anything more than a functional PC port, where traces of the game’s console origins remain in plain sight."

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AMD won't be selling its self whole for now

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2012 - 12:59 PM |
Tagged: fud, amd

AMD did not refute The Register's report that they are in talks with J.P. Morgan, only that there are no plans to sell the company right now.  The possibility that some intellectual properties might be for sale to the right bidder at the right price was not completely refuted though.  AMD is not just tasked with keeping PC users interested in their company they also have shareholders to answer to, who recently have had less to thank the company for than the enthusiast crowd have.  Recent announcements for new chips for the server room as well as the integration of an ARM processor into future AMD chips could be good news for AMDs bottom line in the future but for short term gain they may need to look at new licensing agreements or selling off some assets.

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"Soon after we clicked Publish on this story, we received a comment from an AMD spokesman. "AMD's board and management believe that the strategy the company is currently pursuing to drive long-term growth by using AMD's highly-differentiated technology assets is the right approach to enhance shareholder value," he wrote. "AMD is not actively pursuing a sale of the company or significant assets at this time.""

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Source: The Register

AMD's new FirePro S10000 sports two GPUs

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 13, 2012 - 01:17 PM |
Tagged: amd, Intel, firepro, firepro s10000, HPC, Xeon Phi, 3120A, 5110P, Knight's Corner

AMD's new Tahiti based FirePro S10000 sports a little more than just a GPU upgrade it sports two GPU updates as this is a dual GPU card.  According to The Register it should run about $3,600 and need 375W to perform, numbers which make it a more efficient card than the S9000 even though it needs significantly more cash and power to run.  It is a 2 slot card, a necessity in the server and workstation world and while it does not support CrossFire it does support EyeFinity with its DVI port and four Mini DisplayPorts.

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The Register also got some news about Xeon Phi, Intel's answer to the HPC cards on offer from AMD and Intel.  Knights Corner is the evolution of Larrabee into an actual product, in this case two 62 core cards though not all of the cores are active. The passively cooled 5110P has 60 cores running at 1.053GHz, while the 3120A has 57 cores clocked slightly higher at 1.1GHz and sports a fan.  Both cards produce just over a teraflop of double precision floating point math, compared to the 1.48 teraflops offered by AMD's S10000 or the 1.3 offered by the Tesla K20x. Check out more on these coprocessors at The Register.

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"With the FirePro S10000, not only is the GPU geared down to 825MHz, but the memory is similarly downshifted to 5GHz. The memory interface is 384-bit wide on each GPU, with two blocks of GDDR5 memory yielding a total of 6GB. (This could be a little skinny on the memory for some HPC workloads, given that the S9000 card has 6GB of memory for one Tahiti GPU.) Each GPU can access 240GB/sec of memory bandwidth linking to each 3GB chunk of GDDR5 memory.

Because the card is double-stuffed, it can deliver a very impressive 5.91 teraflops SP and 1.48 teraflops DP in peak floating point oomph."

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Source: The Register

Deals for November 13th - 27-in Samsung Series 9 2560x1440 Monitor for $999

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2012 - 12:30 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

27" Samsung Series 9 LED-Backlit PLS Display (S27B970D) w/ 2560x1440 High Resolution for $999.99 with free shipping @CompUSA (normally $1,300).

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Laptops

Pre-order: Dell Latitude 10 64GB Windows 8 Pro Tablet for $599.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $964.00 - use $50 coupon code 5$D?1BVB5Q6QL9).

Dell Coupons on Laptops and Desktops

Desktops

Alienware X51 Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" mini Gaming PC w/ 16GB RAM, GeForce GTX 660 for $1,149.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1350 - use $50 coupon code 7J3GG34FKRBWWP).

Computer Components

27" ASUS PB Series PB278Q 5ms LED-Backlight Monitor w/ 2560 x 1440 High Resolution for $699 with free shipping (normally $760).

OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $115 with free shipping (normally $130).

Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD (CT256M4SSD2) for $180 with free shipping (normally $250 - Use coupon code DigFallSave5).

HDTVs

60" Sony Braiva KDL-60EX645 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $1,479.00 with free shipping (normally $1,700).

Accessories

Canon imageCLASS MF8380CDW Color Laser Multifunction Printer for $376.45 with shipping (normally $600).

Western Digital 1TB Elements SE Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive (WDBPCK0010BBK) for $79.99 plus free shipping (normally $100).

WD My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (WDBACW0030HBK-NESN) for $79.99 plus free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Olympus TG-1iHS 12MP Waterproof GPS Digital Camera w/ 16GB Card, Case & more for $349 with free shipping (normally $408).

Gaming

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3) + Free $20 eGift Card for $59.99

Source: LogicBuy

Breaking News: Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft Immediately

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems, Mobile | November 12, 2012 - 10:02 PM |
Tagged: windows rt, windows 8, microsoft

Our regular viewers know that I am not too fond of Microsoft’s recent vision; I will get that out of the way right at the start. I am a major proponent of open platforms for uncensored art with perpetual support and Windows 8 shows all the signs of Microsoft turning its back on that ideology.

And Steven Sinofsky, the one who allegedly came up with that vision, is no longer with Microsoft: effective immediately.

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Not much in the line of reasoning is known about why Steven Sinofsky parted ways with his long-term career as head of Windows division. He had a clear and concise vision for his products and it was evident both in Windows 7 and in Windows RT.

Rumors exist that his fellow executives were not on pleasant terms with him. All Things D claims to have sources which suggest that his colleagues were unhappy with his conduct in terms of collaboration.

But that is all hearsay.

What it means for Microsoft is that the face that set sail is no longer at the helm. Microsoft could revert back to their twitchy attempts to appease everyone and abandon their vision. On the other hand it is entirely possible that the company could continue off on the last bearing set by Sinofsky.

No-one knows, but I stand behind my previous assertions that the PC industry will get messy in the next few years as things boil over at Microsoft.

Source: All Things D

Deals for November 12th - Samsung 840 256GB SSD for $177

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2012 - 05:00 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Samsung 840 Series 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5" SSD for $177.99 with free shipping @ BuyDig (normally $260).

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Laptops

14" Dell Alienware m14x r2 14" Core i5 Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop w/ 8GB RAM, GeForce GT 650M for $949.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1,074.00 - use $50 coupon code 7J3GG34FKRBWWP).

15.9" HP ENVY dv6t-7200 15.6" Quad Edition Ivy Bridge Core i7 Laptop for $799.99 with free shipping @ HP(normally $900 - Use coupon code 100PC).

14" HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14z-b000 AMD Dual-core Laptop w/ Windows 8100PC for $479.99 with free shipping @ HP(normally $500 - Use coupon code 20LOGICBUY).

Desktops

Alienware X51 Core i3 Gaming PC for $649.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1,200.00 - use $50 coupon code 7J3GG34FKRBWWP).

Computer Components

Seagate GoFlex 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive for $xx with shipping (normally $100 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Samsung 840 Series 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5" SSD for $359.99 with free shipping (normally $700).

Samsung 840 Series 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5" SSD for $97.99 with free shipping (normally $139.99).

HDTVs

50" Samsung UN50EH6000 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $797.99 with free shipping (normally $1,150).

60" Sharp AQUOS LC60LE600U 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $899.99 (normally $1,100).

Klipsch WF-35 Subwoofer for $269.99 with Free Shipping (normally $400 - use coupon code: EMCYTZT2513).

Accessories

Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (Blu-Ray) for $17.99 (normally $49.99).

Realspace Calusa Mesh Task Chair for $79.99 plus free shipping (normally $179.99 – use coupon code367597258).

Cell Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note II 5.6" Smartphone [AT&T] for $299.99 with free shipping

Source: LogicBuy

NVIDIA Launches Tesla K20X Accelerator Card, Powers Titan Supercomputer

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2012 - 06:29 AM |
Tagged: tesla, supercomputer, nvidia, k20x, HPC, CUDA, computing

Graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA launched a new Tesla K20X accelerator card today that supplants the existing K20 as the top of the line model. The new card cranks up the double and single precision floating point performance, beefs up the memory capacity and bandwidth, and brings some efficiency improvements to the supercomputer space.

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While it is not yet clear how many CUDA cores the K20X has, NVIDIA has stated that it is using the GK110 GPU, and is running with 6GB of memory with 250 GB/s of bandwidth – a nice improvement over the K20’s 5GB at 208 GB/s. Both the new K20X and K20 accelerator cards are based on the company’s Kepler architecture, but NVIDIA has managed to wring out more performance from the K20X. The K20 is rated at 1.17 TFlops peak double precision and 3.52 TFlops peak single precision while the K20X is rated at 1.31 TFlops and 3.95 TFlops.

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The K20X manages to score 1.22 TFlops in DGEmm, which puts it at almost three times faster than the previous generation Tesla M2090 accelerator based on the Fermi architecture.

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Aside from pure performance, NVIDIA is also touting efficiency gains with the new K20X accelerator card. When two K20X cards are paired with a 2P Sandy Bridge server, NVIDIA claims to achieve 76% efficiency versus 61% efficiency with a 2P Sandy Bridge server equipped with two previous generation M2090 accelerator cards. Additionally, NVIDIA claims to have enabled the Titan supercomputer to reach the #1 spot on the top 500 green supercomputers thanks to its new cards with a rating of 2,120.16 MFLOPS/W (million floating point operations per second per watt).

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NVIDIA claims to have already shipped 30 PFLOPS worth of GPU accelerated computing power. Interestingly, most of that computing power is housed in the recently unveiled Titan supercomputer. This supercomputer contains 18,688 Tesla K20X (Kepler GK110) GPUs and 299,008 16-core AMD Opteron 6274 processors. It will consume 9 megawatts of power and is rated at a peak of 27 Petaflops and 17.59 Petaflops during a sustained Linpack benchmark. Further, when compared to Sandy Bridge processors, the K20 series offers up between 8.2 and 18.1 times more performance at several scientific applications.

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While the Tesla cards undoubtedly use more power than CPUs, you need far fewer numbers of accelerator cards than processors to hit the same performance numbers. That is where NVIDIA is getting its power efficiency numbers from.

NVIDIA is aiming the accelerator cards at researchers and businesses doing 3D graphics, visual effects, high performance computing, climate modeling, molecular dynamics, earth science, simulations, fluid dynamics, and other such computationally intensive tasks. Using CUDA and the parrallel nature of the GPU, the Tesla cards can acheive performance much higher than a CPU-only system can. NVIDIA has also engineered software to better parrellelize workloads and keep the GPU accelerators fed with data that the company calls Hyper-Q and Dynamic Parallelism respectively.

It is interesting to see NVIDIA bring out a new flagship, especially another GK110 card. Systems using the K20 and the new K20X are available now with cards shipping this week and general availability later this month.

You can find the full press release below and a look at the GK110 GPU in our preview.

Anandtech also managed to get a look inside the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Labratory, where you can see the Tesla K20X cards in action.

SilverStone Launches Massive Nitrogon NT01-Pro CPU HSF

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2012 - 06:00 PM |
Tagged: Silverstone, nt01-pro, nitrogon, hsf, heatsink

SilverStone recently launched a new air cooler called the Nitrogon NT01-Pro. At 140mm (W) x 97mm (H) x 120mm (D), it looks to offer up some impressive cooling potential. The cooler is aluminum with a copper base-plate and a total of six heatpipes.

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Interestingly, the cooler can be used passively without fans or be paired with two 80mm fans to allow for faster processor overclocks. While 120mm fan support would have been ideal, with a bit of modding, you could have four 80mm fans in a push-pull configuration. It would sound like a jet engine, but would give you a great deal of cooling power.

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Other specifications of the air cooler include six 6mm heatpipes and a net weight of 470g without fans, which translates to just over 1 pound. One issue with the cooler is that it will likely cover up the top PCI-E slot when it is mounted vertically due to its 140mm width.

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The Nitrogon NT01-Pro supports both AMD and Intel processors. Specifically, it can be used on motherboards with the LGA775, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 sockets on the Intel side and the AM2, AM3, FM1, and FM2 AMD sockets. It will cost €50.90 (or approximately $65 USD). More information can be found on the SilverStone website.

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What do you think of the Nitrogon NT01-Pro?

Source: SilverStone

The Content Industry Will Never Get It

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems | November 10, 2012 - 04:47 PM |
Tagged: piracy, kinect

We do not like straying from our usual topics into the music, movie, and console gaming industries although I will make an exception for this. It has a computer hardware angle, I assure you.

So I came across an article this morning regarding a patent which Microsoft filed about a year and a half ago. This patent describes a process where a device can monitor the number of people viewing a copyrighted work and permit “remedial action” should that number increase beyond some arbitrary level. In other words, the technology would prevent or adjust the price of consuming content based on the number of people in your private residence.

Hey if you want to bring your significant other over -- that’ll cost you!

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Hey did I tell you about this awesome DRM we're working on? Huge success.

It routinely frustrates me when people side with the content industry because they know that one-or-so unapologetic pirating acquaintance who they feel is ripping off the whole system. The problem is that all evidence which I have seen to suggest whether or not a pirate has actual damages actually shows sales increases or is wholly based on junior high school-level statistical errors.

The content industry does not demand for you to pay them for their content: they demand that you pay them for their content under specific conditions. There were no less than two services present at CES 2011 which allowed users to input a movie title to find out where it is legally available. If it was in Vudu, Hulu+, Netflix, in Theatres, which theatre, what show-times, as a DVD or BluRay on Amazon, on TV soon, and so forth.

Everyone I discussed those services with, thus far, were amazed with how useful that would be.

I then ask them: Why is it so hard to give them money that we need services to instruct people how to legally license content?

What if the person watching the content at a friend’s house ends up purchasing it? They are attempting to open up extra streams of revenue by controlling the system more aggressively. When the system gets too convoluted for users to abide by they blame that loss in revenue on piracy.

You could imagine this occurring for video games as well: what if a publisher decides that split-screen gaming is a premium service to be licensed on a per-controller basis? The content industry is attempting to focus their licensing arrangements as granularly as possible. This is bad for you, it is often bad for them, and it is terrible for society.

Do not assume that a copyright holder will act sensibly. It is not about cheap people. It is often not even about revenue despite whether they believe it is or not. Just look at Ubisoft’s DRM “success”. An exodus of 90% of your customers should never be called a success and yet they genuinely believed it was.

Source: Mashable

PCPer Live! Medal of Honor Warfighter Game Stream - Win FREE Games!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 9, 2012 - 03:40 PM |
Tagged: video, tahiti, radeon, never settle, live, amd

UPDATE: Did you miss the live stream yesterday?  Well don't fret - you can still watch the single player and multi-player action of Medal of Honor Warfighter in the video below.  Sorry, all the prizes have been handed out though but check back in at pcper.com for two more upcoming game streams!!

This afternoon on our PC Perspective Live! page we will be streaming some single player and multi-player game action of latest title to use the Frostbite 2 engine, Medal of Honor Warfighter.  You can stop in and watch us take on a bit of the campaign in the game and then view my likely repetitive demise in some multi-player matches as well.

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Medal of Honor Warfighter Game Stream

12pm PT / 3pm ET - TODAY

PC Perspective Live! Page

The stream today will be sponsored by AMD and their Never Settle game bundles which we previously told you about here.  Depending on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPU that you buy this holiday season you could get as much as $170 in gaming content including:

  • FREE Sleeping Dogs
  • FREE Hitman: Absolution
  • FREE Far Cry 3
  • 20% off Medal of Honor Warfighter

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AMD's Robert Hallock (@Thracks on twitter) will be joining us via Skype to talk about the game's technology, performance considerations as well as making fun of while I get sniped from the windows.

Of course, just to sweeten the deal a bit we have some prizes lined up for those of you that participate in our Medal of Honor Game Stream today as well. 

  • 3 x Complete Never Settle Bundles (Sleeping Dogs, Hitman, Far Cry 3, 20% Off MoH)
  • 5 x Sleeping Dogs keys
  • 5 x Hitman: Absolution keys
  • 5 x Far Cry 3 keys

Pretty nice, huh?  That's a LOT of games and all you have to do to win is be present on the PC Perspective Live! Page during the event as we will announce both the content/sweepstakes method AND the winner!

Stop in today for some PC gaming fun!!

Deals for November 9th - EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB for $200

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2012 - 02:45 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Evga GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 Video Card for $200 with free shipping (normally $230 - Use coupon code PMX76648).

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Laptops

14" Dell Inspiron 14z 14" 3rd Gen Core i3 Ultrabook w/ 32GB SSD, Windows 8 for $549.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $639.80 - use $50 coupon code 7J3GG34FKRBWWP).

14" Dell Alienware m14x r2 14" Core i5 Ivy Bridge Gaming Laptop w/ 8GB RAM, GeForce GT 650M for $949.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1,074.00 - use $50 coupon code 7J3GG34FKRBWWP).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 270 Core i3 Mini Tower w/ 21.5" LCD Monitor for $472.15 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $588.00 - use 15% monitor coupon code B?1B0BLVLDMQT?).

Computer Components

27" Samsung 850 Series LED-Backlight PLS Monitor (S27A850D) w/ 2560 x 1440 High Resolution for $849.99 with Free Shipping @ PC Nation (normally $1000).

WD My Passport Essential 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $90 with free shipping (normally $100 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Buffalo MiniStation 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive for $68 with free shipping (normally $76 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN)..

HDTVs

47" LG 47G2 Google 1080p 3D 120Hz Dual Core LED HDTV + $100 Restaurant Gift Card for $1,033.18 with free shipping (normally $650 - use coupon code LOGICBUY15).

Sony SAVS310 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System for $199.99 with Free Shipping (normally $500).

Accessories

Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Speaker System for $64.59 with free shipping (normally $75.99 - Use coupon code P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R).

Logitech Washable USB Keyboard K310 for $34 with free shipping (normally $40 - Use coupon code P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R).

Centon DataStick 128GB USB Flash Drive for $65 with shipping (normally $84 - Use coupon code BHS76636).

Tablets

12.5" Dell XPS 12 Convertible 1080p Tablet w/ Windows 8 for $1,149.99 with free shipping (normally $1,199.99 - Use coupon code 7J3GG34FKRBWWP).

Source: LogicBuy

And the mobile IE10 makes three versions

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 9, 2012 - 12:51 PM |
Tagged: win8 mobile, win8, IE10

We already know that Windows 8 essentially has two versions of IE10, the one you launch from Metro and the one you launch from the desktop with the desktop launched version possessing more features.  Today Microsoft detailed (to some extent) what IE10 will be like on Win8 powered phones.  They told The Register that the mobile version will not support inline video, multi-track HTML5 audio, drag-and-drop APIs, pinned websites and other features available on the full version.  However thanks to the presence of hardware acceleration for graphics the majority of the graphical features you want will be supported by the phone OS.  Check out more here.

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"SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has detailed the differences between its Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) web browser for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ahead of the release of the mobile operating system (OS) in the US today."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

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Source: The Inquirer

Podcast #226 - Dual GTX 690 System from Origin, Intel's new SATA6 controller, Piledriver-based Opeterons and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2012 - 01:33 PM |
Tagged: ssd, sata6, podcast, piledriver, pcper, origin, opeteron, nvidia, Intel, genesis, corsair, amd, 690

PC Perspective Podcast #226 - 11/08/2012

Join us this week as we talk about a Dual GTX 690 System from Origin, Intel's new SATA6 controller, Piledriver-based Opeterons and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

  • iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the iTunes Store
  • RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader
  • MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file

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

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 1:21:17

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Join us for the MoH Game Stream!
  2. Week in Reviews:
    1. 0:04:30 Corsair Vengeance C70 Case
    2. 0:07:30 ASUS P8Z77 WS Motherboard
    3. 0:12:20 ORIGIN Genesis Dual GTX 690 System
    4. 0:16:40 Silverstone 450 watt SFX Power Supply
  3. 0:19:30 This podcast is brought to you by MSI
  4. News items of interest:
    1. 0:20:25 Intel Crystal Forest Communications Platform
    2. 0:23:30 Google Nexus 10 tablet
    3. 0:27:00 Corsair Hydro H100i and H80i coolers
    4. 0:34:00 New Corsair AXi series power supplies
    5. 0:36:30 Intel DC S3700 Enterprise SSD
    6. 0:46:30 AMD Launches Piledriver based Opteron 6300 chips
    7. 0:51:10 Get Assassin's Creed III for Samsung SSD
    8. 0:52:45 Limited Linux Steam Beta starts
    9. 0:56:15 Zotac AD06 with new AMD APU
    10. 0:58:30 Mouse.. DRM!?
  5. Closing:
    1. Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
      1. Ryan: Corsair Vengence MM200 and MM400 Mouse Mats
      2. Jeremy: Movember and Is this thing on or did it crash? or NewEgg
      3. Josh: Everyone needs a mouse
      4. Allyn: Shure SE315-CL and CBL-M+-K
  1. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  2. http://pcper.com/podcast
  3. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  4. Closing/outro

Be sure to subscribe to the PC Perspective YouTube channel!!

 

Upping the ante on tenable celluar signals

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2012 - 01:20 PM |
Tagged: antenna, 4g, LTE, 3g, GSM

The duties of a mobile phone have changed drastically over the past decade, starting as a simple voice communications tool and evolving into today's video phones, movie players and occasionally productivity tools.  There is one thing inside every cell phone which has not changed at the same pace but is vital to the functionality of the phone, the antenna.  As the expectations of fast transfer speeds rise with the advent of new communication standards like LTE, phone manufacturers are faced with two growing problems.  The first is the diminishing tolerances allowed on the antennas, while less than perfect tuning was acceptable for GSM you cannot let the tuning slip with higher bandwidth standards.  The second is the growing electronic background noise which is omnipresent and growing each year, causing degradation of your cellular signal. The solution might be RF-MEMS ( Radio Frequency Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems) antennas with software controllable tuning which could ease the difficulties of providing tighter tolerances and boosting signals.  The Inquirer covers two companies working on this technology here.

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"Smartphones nowadays come with big screens, megapixel-packed cameras and, thanks to apps, many, many more features than anyone could have dreamed of in the early days of mobile telephony. It has even reached the stage where making telephone calls is just one small part of a modern phone. And yet the need to support all the radio technologies punters expect to be able to use, for voice and for data, ensures that wireless communications is still the hardest part of a phone’s design to get right."

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Tech Talk

Source: The Register