Two very capable board brothers

Subject: Motherboards | December 15, 2009 - 12:49 PM |
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The Asus M4A785TD-V EVO and M4A785TD-M EVO AM3
share very similar designs; the "V" is a full ATX board while the "M" is a mATX.  Both use the AMD 785G
chipset with an SB710
southbridge and support up to 16GB of DDR3-1800; perhaps the most noticable difference is the lack o

Careful with those pdfs

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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Yet another zero day exploit has appeared, taking advantage of a flaw in the way Acrobat and Acrobat Reader parses JavaScript.  Adobe found out about the problem Monday so it is likely that exploits are already running around the net.  Even better, most antivirus programs cannot spot the problem yet.  For now the advice Slashdot offers is your best defence, disable JavaScript in Acrobat.

Source: Slashdot

Corsair Launches 24GB Dominator DDR3 Memory Kit for High-Performance Computing Applications

Subject: Memory | December 15, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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FREMONT, California, December 15, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a 24GB Dominator triple-channel DDR3 memory kit designed for high-performance desktop and workstation computing applications.

Corsair's 24GB Dominator DDR3 memory kit has been rigorously tested in high-performance platforms based on the Intel X58 motherboard chipset for Intel Core i7 [Bloomfield] processors.

VIA Nano Processor Readies VIA EPIA Boards for Next Generation Embedded Applications and Windows 7 T

Subject: Systems | December 15, 2009 - 11:35 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, December 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the latest VIA EPIA-M800 Mini-ITX and VIA EPIA-N800 Nano-ITX boards.

Kaspersky utilizes CUDA computing for virus scanning

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2009 - 07:51 PM |
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An interesting news release crossed my inbox this evening that has some very compelling implications.  Kaspersky and NVIDIA want us all to know that Kaspersky is "leveraging CUDA
with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to dramatically improve the performance of their
security software solutions by 360 times when compared to a Core2 Duo."

A well known company making a powerful new first impression

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2009 - 05:35 PM |
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XFX has diversified their product line by introducing a new power supply, the 850W Black Edition.  It's rather eye catching black and tent caterpillar
guts green colouring seems very appropriate for a PSU made by a company far more well known for its graphics.  The components inside are very high quality, in [H]ard|OCP's testing they saw efficiencies between 84.61% to 87.49% at 120v and the DC output quality 'ShamWow'ed them ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Enermax thinks big with their Phoenix Neo case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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Enermax really wanted some serious airflow in their new Phoenix Neo case, which is why you will find a pair of 120mm fans along with a 250mm fan on the side.  They even included openings for watercooling if you want to keep your components even cooler.  The case offers a mix of features for $70, though some of the higher end tricks, like a removable motherboard tray are absent.  OCMODSHOP can give you all the details in their full review.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Give the gift of flexibility and light pockets

Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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The networked mobile worker of today is still very much tied down with recharging cables for all the various devices that they use.  About the most flexible recharging option is the USB cable, but even though many devices can be recharged that way there are a number that can't.  This has lead to a market in rechargers capable of delivering a variety of amperage and voltage along with a number of connectors to fit the varied plugs.  Legit Reviews checks out the

Accept the ribbon, or else!

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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Users of Office 2003 that have been avoiding the change to 2007 were in for a nasty surprise over the weekend. If their company uses Microsoft’s Rights Management Service to protect their documents then thanks to an expired security certificate then when a file was accessed, instead of the file opening they were greeted with "Unexpected error occurred.

Source: 3DCenter

Practice safe mobile computing this Christmas

Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2009 - 11:14 AM |
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Thieves are always looking for an easy target, but the following two stories show that law-enforcement's efforts in prevention and tracking stolen laptops is getting equally crafty.

In the UK, a woman has been sentenced to jail for stealing a laptop thanks to evidence provided by a keylogger that was loaded and running while the thief was using the stolen goods. This in itself isn't newsworthy since we've heard about keyloggers catching thieves before.

Source: TG Daily

Ponzi thought small, the Madoff scheme is superior

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 04:24 PM |
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We here at PC Perspective are nothing if not topical, for instance those of you living far enough from the equator that water occasionally turns solid and falls from the sky in a strange white power can certainly benefit from Jon's latest contribution to the front page.  If you don't end up stuck in a snowbank because you stayed at home, there are still things you can do to increase your comfort and productivity.  It is not just about personal improvement,

Who needs a mouse when you can have a 'sword of the giant'

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 02:11 PM |
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The new Mionix gaming mouse is called the Saiph 1800, strangely it is indeed an 1800DPI mouse, with 7 buttons and oversized Teflon feet.  It is fairly large, about the same size as the Razer Death Adder
and the 2m cord should allow you free movement while gaming.  Hi-Tech Reviews took it out for a spin and were impressed with the mouse its self, but were a little unhappy at the lack of a dead tree manual or a driver on optical media in the box with the

There are heatsinks almost as big as this case

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2009 - 01:28 PM |
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The Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 case is specifically built for miniITX boards, which in this case you can read as made for an ION based system.  This means that the case can be built to a much smaller scale, 12.5 x 10.6 x 2.8 inches, just enough room to fit a system in and also remain inconspicuous in a living room.  Motherboards.org takes you on a tour of the case as well as one possible system build to place inside the case in their latest review.

Nice ... if you can find one

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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It has been said before and it will be said many times again, while AMD has some incredible graphics cards out there, it is almost impossible to get your hands on a 40nm process 5000 series card.  If you can find one in stock though, you will not be disappointed.  The HIS Radeon 5850 will set you back about $315 and offers 2 dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort
on the back, sending 1080p signals

Google gets into carbon sinks

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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As hard as it might be to believe, Google Earth can be used for more than just spotting flying cars, inter-dimensional portals, Chinese nuclear subs, giant

Source: Ars Technica

Western Digital introduces 'Advanced Format'

Subject: Storage | December 11, 2009 - 05:04 AM |
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I was recently briefed by the fine staff over at Western Digital about their new 'Advanced Format' partitioning scheme.  This is a new format method they will be incorporating into their various drive lines.  Advanced Format represents a new way for their drives to handle data internally.  Instead of each individual sector having its own Sync/header and ECC, the new format will move to larger physical sectors, in this case 4k.  This results in an overall net gain in storage efficiency, so much so that Western Digital was able to save on wasted space even after shifting to a

Noctua's new fan sandwich

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2009 - 04:00 PM |
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Noctua's NH-D14 is one of the biggest coolers around, large enough that there is a 120mm inside the heatsink as well as a 140mm fan on the side and weighs in at 1.24kg.  At 130x140x160mm you had better make sure that not only is your case big enough to fit it but that your motherboards DIMM slots are positioned in a way not to be crushed or shoved out of position by the cooler.  For such a large cooler it is rather quiet, rated about 40dB of noise.  [H]ard|OCP put it

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A little more information would be nice, Seagate

Subject: Storage | December 10, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Seagate announced their entrance to the SSD market with their new Pulsar drive.  The details are very spotty, we do not know what controller they will be using nor what type of flash memory.  We do know what size drives they use and AnandTech has a good guess as to how many channels the controller will have and that the useful lifetime of the drive should be 5 years.  You can find the details, at least those that are known, here in the full article.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Brings Enhanced Windows 7 Desktop to Life with World's Most Power Efficient DX10.1 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VN1000 digital media chipset for next generation desktop and all-in-one PCs, offering a world-class HD multimedia entertainment platform compatible with the advanced desktop features of Microsoft Windows 7.

The VIA VN1000 is the most power efficient DX10.1 digital media chipset available today, making it the perfect solution for next gener

ASUS looks to beat Apple to the punch on a tablet PC

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Yes, the Apple tablet doesn't really exist yet, but can't we all just assume that it will in the not too distant future?  Even if that "distant" is like 2011?  And even though a non-item has been making the world of tablets exciting again, at least there is something new cooking up.  The JooJoo tablet (ugh) seems to be making a big splash after ripping of the TechCrunch guys and we at PC Perspective are all for innovative new mobile designs. 

Source: engadget