Apologies for ... our most recent GF100 update

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 11:35 AM |

The Inquirer noticed an update on nVIDIA's Twitter feed that pegs the launch of Fermi to March 26th, just a bit over a month from now.  Most likely we will see them first at this years PAX as the first date of Gabe & Tycho party coincides with that date.  Hold out hope that they are useful for more than running the Heaven benchmark and cooking a roast simultaneously. 

Source: The Inquirer

Monuel MonCaso, a castle for your HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2010 - 05:19 PM |

If you are looking for a unique and compact HTPC case you should consider Moneual's MonCaso 600.  If you are not into building SFF PCs you may have never run into Moneual before as their entire line up is based around that.  This case includes a 350W TFX form factor PSU, a good idea as the long skinny PSUs can be difficult to find.  At 3.8 x 16.9 x 13.8" you will not be fitting anything other than an mATX board inside (perhaps the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 LGA Steve just reviewed) and any extra cards you want to add will have to be s

Lenovo to Update ThinkPad X100e with 10.1" screen and Atom 450? Seems Likely.

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2010 - 03:34 PM |

The sharp-eyed folks at Netbook News have spotted that Lenovo has listed a new variation of the Thinkpad X100 netbook which includes an Intel Atom 450 processor, and a smaller 10.1" screen. This in itself is interesting and exciting news for those seeking an above-average netbook, or those with a ThinkPad fetish.

Source: Lenovo

Choosing an H55 or H57 to house your new Intel CPU

Subject: Motherboards | February 22, 2010 - 02:49 PM |

AnandTech would like to help you choose the best H55/H57
motherboard for your needs
; a good thing considering how many there are.  This second roundup brings the total amount of boards they've compared to eight, from a wide variety of manufacturers.  They came up with three recommendations as they didn't feel there was a clear winner.  They do warn that all these boards need to be flashed to the newest BIOS in order to enjoy a pain free experience.

Source: AnandTech

Tiny little TX3 from Cooler Master

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2010 - 02:14 PM |

The Cooler Master Hyper TX3
is a small cooler that costs less than $20, putting it in an entirely different class than the 1kg $60 high end coolers.  It can compete with some of the other third party coolers but the big benefit is how much better it cools than the stock CPU cooler.  It also does it very quietly, even with the PWM controller cranked up to maximum.  At 90 x 51 x 139mm, it is tiny enough to fit just about any case you

Samsung's SyncMaster F2380; a display for Mom and Dad

Subject: Displays | February 22, 2010 - 11:34 AM |

Panel technology is something that should get more recognition that it does now.  Shopping for a new display tends to be a simple process of picking a size of display and then looking for a good deal, but doing your research before buying a monitor is just as important as researching any other part in your machine.

Source: PCStats

Score a GTX480

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2010 - 11:17 AM |

Somehow Charlie has managed to get his hands on information on the new nVIDIA graphics cards that will be coming out ... sometime.  You can see what he found out in full at SemiAccurate, but the short answer is that in supervised testing the GTX480 is about 5% faster than the HD5870 when it comes to performance; the GTX470  was not allowed to be tested, even under supervision.  The numbers stand at 512 shaders, with clocks @ 600MHz - 625MHz when in energy saving mode and 1200MHz - 1250MHz going at full speed.  The original GPGPU design and the extra math processing power just is not cutting it as a GPU alone.

[H]ard|OCP did spot a way for you to pre-order the card, if you want to pay $679 for $409 worth of performance.

"Now that you know the raw clocks, how does it perform? It is a mixed bag, but basically the cards are much below Nvidia's original expectations publicly stated as 60 percent faster than Cypress. The numbers that SemiAccurate were told span a variety of current games, all running at very high resolutions. Here is where we can't list specifics or the Nvidia Keystone Kops might find their first SemiAccurate mole. We will bring you the full spreadsheets when the cards are more widespread."

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Tech Talk

Source: SemiAccurate

It's Chaoflux, do you know where your golden apple is?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 06:20 PM |

There are many tools for keeping track of the temperatures in your system, a great tool not only for those that overclock but vital in determining if you have proper contact between your heatsink and PSU as well as proper air flow through the case for your other components to stay comfortable.  The problem is that sometimes they produce erroneous results which can lead to you questioning your sanityOf course that is nowhere near as

Apple MacBook Pros likely to implement NVIDIA Optimus technology

Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2010 - 03:49 PM |

In a story that will likely come as no surprise to those who read our full Optimus technology review from last week, AppleInsider is now saying that Apple has new "next-generation MacBook Pros that can switch between their integrated
and discrete graphics processors automatically". 

Source: General

Nobody will mistake this XFX 650W PSU for a generic unit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2010 - 02:40 PM |

If you are a big fan of the black and tent caterpillar guts green colour scheme that is the hallmark of an XFX product then you will love the XFX 650W XXX Edition.  The PCB is a product of PC Power & Cooling, Overclockers Club even spotted the blacked out Silencer silk screening on the board.  The quality of PCP&P shows through when this PSU went through their testing, easily passing everything they threw at it.  There was only one sad note, the 80+ Bronze rating that it carries does not seem to b

Dump your onboard sound for a Xonar DX 1

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 01:50 PM |

Onboard sound has really gone up in quality since
the advent of the Soundstorm southbridge on nVIDIA's motherboards; 7.1 HD audio is now common on high end boards.  This is convincing a lot of people to stay with the sound chip on their motherboard and skipping the sound card altogether.  The $88 ASUS Xonar DX 1 might change your mind though, especially if you play movies from your PC. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Sapphire's HD 5850 Toxic Edition: Poison or poultice?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2010 - 11:43 AM |

Usually, but not always, the decision to buy a factory overclocked graphics card comes down to the math.  A regular Sapphire HD 5850 can be had for $309 while the new Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic Edition will run you $339.  It costs you almost 10% extra to buy an extra 5-10% performance inc

Source: AnandTech

Oh noes, my physical memory is actually doing something

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 11:16 AM |

Yesterday you may have seen a link to some research done by the XPNet community which described how Windows 7 is a memory hog and that 86% of Windows 7 machines were using at least 90% of their available RAM.  Hopefully being the intelligent PC Perspective regulars you are, you took a second to think before reacting.  Maybe you remembered hearing about the SuperFetch feature in Windows 7, maybe you are running a Win7 box and checked your Task Manager to see just what was goi

Source: Ars Technica

Kingston's new low cost SSDs

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2010 - 04:58 PM |

Before there is a chance for a negative impression of Kingston's new SSD Now kit, it is worth noting that an SSD, even one referred to as slow, is significantly faster than a platter based hard drive.  That is something you must keep firmly in mind when this kit is referred to as having middling performance.  That is one of the reasons why Allyn was impressed by this SSD that will cost you about $2/Gb.  Perhaps the other major reason was that it was completely immune to his SSD killing test, the one that destroyed the first generation of Intel's SSDs. 

LG offers a laptop for those on a budget

Subject: Mobile | February 18, 2010 - 12:36 PM |

If you are stuck on a limited budget for your mobile computing but find a netbook simply too limiting the LG 14" Haier R450 barebones notebook might be an option.  Inside you will find what has become a rare beast, a chipset from SiS, specifically the SiS 672/968 with graphics handled by the SiS Mirage 3 which is tcehnically an AGP solution which takes 256MB from the system's 2GB DDR2-667 RAM.  An Intel T4400 CPU @ 2.20GHz does make this much more powerful than a netbook even with the dated graphics solution. 

Source: t-break

RIP: The Linux Razer project

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

Phoronix posted a bit of sad news for those who want a high DPI mouse on Linux, at least from Razer.  Recently they tested the Razer DeathAdder 1800DPI, a version of the

Source: Phoronix

If you are one of the few who do, don't trust TPM anymore

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:28 AM |

Microsoft Palladium, or Trusted Platform Module as it is in its current state is a certification a piece of tech can receive if it follows certain security procedures, mostly to prevent copying.  The main purpose is to enable checking if other components in a particular loop also conform to TPM and to be able change their behaviour based on whether they are or not.  For instance a loop could be motherboard, GPU, audio and display; if all conform to TPM then you get to watch true 1080p content with HD audio.  If on the other hand all components do not conform, then you might be t

Source: The Register

VIA Demos Dual GPU S3 Graphics Card at Digital Signage Expo 2010

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2010 - 10:59 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 18 February 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its participation at Digital Signage Expo 2010, Feb. 24 - 25, Las Vegas.

Corsair announces Obsidian 700D case - loses the hot-swap bays and $50

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2010 - 09:28 PM |

Great news for readers that loved the look and function of the Corsair Obsidian 800D case but not the price - Corsair just announced the upcoming Obsidian 700D that includes most of the great features of the original like the slick black finish, intuitive and easy cable routing scheme and compartmentalized cooling structure with a lower price.

Pegatron, a new player in the ION game

Subject: Motherboards | February 17, 2010 - 05:36 PM |

Not surprisingly, the Pegatron IPX7A-ION/330 has an ION 330 processor on an ION board with an interesting trick.  The single PCIe 16x slot on this board is also compatible with PCIe 4x and PCIe 1x which gives you a lot of options if you are considering an addon card like a graphics accelerator or a TV Capture card.  The integrated GeForce 9400 is fairly powerful in its own rights, so that addition is purely optional.  The nVIDIA board is hard to customize fro companies and in this case

Source: X-Bit Labs