Things are looking up for AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2009 - 11:39 AM |

According to DigiTimes, the low price of the Phenom II processor has made the company a lot more popular.  So popular that motherboard manufacturers are expecting a big jump in market share, their prediction is 30%.  Computex will also bring about some more interest in AMD, with the rumoured release of the 780G+ chipset.  They will pair that with the new Athlon II processors in a platform named Pisces, which undoubtedly will be cheaper than a Dragon platform.

Source: Digitimes

Internet: Meet Your New Processor - Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series

Subject: Processors | March 30, 2009 - 05:08 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2009 - Intel Corporation introduced 17 enterprise-class processors today, led by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. They are Intel's most revolutionary server processors since addressing the market with the Intel Pentium Pro processor almost 15 years ago.

The new enterprise-class chips can automatically adjust to specified energy usage levels, and speed data center transactions and customer database queries.

NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS Empowers World's First Virtualized Graphics Workstation

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 30, 2009 - 05:06 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA-MARCH 30, 2009 - NVIDIA, the inventor of the GPU, today introduced NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that allows users and visualization applications, for the first time, to take full advantage of multiple NVIDIA Quadro GPUs from a single graphics workstation in a virtualized environment.

This new technology delivers a faster, more efficient workflow to maximize productivity and lower the total cost of ownership for professionals in markets such as: digital content creatio

Source: NVIDIA

My, you're a big boy

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 03:50 PM |

The OCZ Behemoth Large Gaming Mouse is, as the name implies, a rather large mouse you would use for gaming.  The size isn't a complete gimmick, the mouse sports two lasers allowing 3200 dpi accuracy and it sports a weight compartment as well; both features require a bit of extra space.  Even more attractive is the price of this mouse, at $30, it is one of the least expensive gaming mice around.

AMD wants to sell cards in two packs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 30, 2009 - 01:15 PM |

Looking at the current pricing on Pricegrabber, for a

Source: X-Bit Labs

Thermaltake's new inspiration

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2009 - 12:25 PM |

Join Steve Grever's return to PC Perspective with his review of the Thermaltake Element S mid-tower.  This stylish case may draw inspiration from the 2009 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod Special, as they both bear a highly polished black finish and red trim.  Unfortunately it may also take a cue from older Harley models, there is a certain amount of noise and vibration cause in the case due to the lack of rubberized mounting.  If that

La raw bee, an aperitif

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 11:49 AM |

Intel is piecing out the portions of information on Larrabee in tiny little tastes, trying to whet the appetite of an already well fed crowd.  The Corei7 launch is barely in the past, the Core2 launch is also still fresh in peoples memories and the Phenom II is offering fair competition in certain scenarios on AMD's side.  That rich feast of new architecture lies heavy on the belly so Intel has a bit of work ahead of them to get users hungry for more.  If you feel you have the space, you can see the newest information on the structu

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 19

Subject: Editorial | March 28, 2009 - 11:58 PM |

If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (
with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now
available for you here.  In this episode we discussed Windows 7 gaming performance, the Caustic Graphics ray tracing accelerator, AMD and Havok showing off OpenGL physics, Bigfoot Networks Xeno card and the Fusion Render Cloud server-based gaming systems.  Guest starring Paul Thurrott!

A brief history of NVIDIA and Intel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 28, 2009 - 01:30 PM |

Inspired by a recent Facebook post I saw, I give you "A brief history of NVIDIA and Intel."

Step 1:

The case mod of EVIL!!

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 06:27 PM |

One of the most popular threads in the Cases'n'Cooling forum is the making of an incredible case mod, both in video form and still pictures.  The case its self is jaw droppingly amazing for anyone who doesn't feel an instinctual revulsion to anything designed by H.R. Geiger, and the details in the making of may lead you toward some modding ideas of your own.  You will also spot some nice finds for those looking for a unique case, without the metal and Styrofoam work. 

Tips for the non-disgustingly techy

Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2009 - 01:55 PM |

Pulling out and replacing motherboards stands near the top of the list of time consuming and fiddly tasks upgrading or repairing PCs will give you, right up there with swapping heatsinks.  ExtremeTech want's to share the benefit of their long experience of playing with motherboards by offering up 30 tips to keep in mind while working with your motherboard.  Having a container handy to put the screws in may not sound like a huge revealation, but it can really help.

Source: Extremetech

Big things come in small packages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2009 - 12:04 PM |

BFGTech is going big with their new PSU, the 1200W EX.  For $250 you can have enough power to run any PC you might have a mind to build, and you won't have to worry about heat, noise or size.  Guru of 3D didn't actually have a stress tester powerful enough to load this beast to 100%, but in the testing they did do, the PSU remained cool and quiet.  Also worth mention

Source: Guru of 3D

How about a nice game of CounterSue

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 11:46 AM |

It is a good time to be an IP lawyer in the semiconductor industry; there is a legal free for all going on.  The newest case is Intel versus nVIDIA and nVIDIA versus Intel, as they are both suing
each other over the cross licensing agreement that may or may not be changed.  As it stands, Intel is planning on denying nVIDIA access to the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the Nehalem processor, while nVIDIA feels that Intel's current IGP as well as Larrabee both
utilize nVIDIA patents.  Follow

Source: Digitimes

Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.

Source: VIA Arena

NVIDIA mulling VIA stock purchase

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2009 - 05:47 AM |

In what can only be called a "yeah, we knew this was coming" moment, Digitimes has word about a potential start to an NVIDIA and VIA merger. 

AMD Demonstrates Optimized Executions of Havok Middleware on AMD platforms

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2009 - 06:25 PM |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD, Inc. and Havok, the premier provider of interactive software for physics simulation and content development, are presenting new, optimized executions of Havok's physics middleware on AMD platforms at the 2009 Game Developers Conference. The demonstrations include the first OpenCL supported execution of Havok Cloth.

Source: AMD

ATI FirePro V7750 From AMD Delivers Blazing Application Performance, Freeing Professionals to Create

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 06:22 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of the ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator for the high-end market, ideally suited for graphics professionals working in engineering, digital content creation and scientific fields. These professionals need a 3D graphics accelerator that can quickly handle large models and shader-intensive applications, while delivering accurate color reproduction and superior visual quality.

Source: AMD

Tough decision

Subject: Storage | March 26, 2009 - 03:02 PM |

For $140 you can pick up the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB flash drive or for $100 you can pick up a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive.  For the latter, you can't really expect it to hold up to being carried around in your bag or swapped around with friends.  For th


The new father and son project

Subject: Systems | March 26, 2009 - 01:37 PM |

Soapbox derbies are frowned upon in this risk averse society and build a CB radio is passe, perhaps the best way to get your kids into electronics is building an HTPC.  You are into TV, and it's guaranteed that children are too, so harness that addiction into something constructive.  Not only does it involved TV, but the cases and components offer you a lot of choice, with enough limits from the form factor to stop those choices from becoming overwhelming.  Take a loo

Source: TweakTown