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

AMD and Havok demo OpenCL accelerated physics

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 12:15 PM |

One of the more exciting
technologies we have been in continuing discussion about here at PC Perspective is OpenCL (and DirectX Compute) and how it will change the paradigm for heterogeneous computing.  At the Game Developer's Conference this week AMD and Havok teamed up to offer up some short demonstrations of what I believe is the first publicly shown implementation of cross-processor OpenCL.  It is definitely the first that we are excited about if nothing else.

Value priced laptops worth peeking at

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2009 - 12:03 PM |

Before you completely ignore them, realize that the 17" Acer eMachines G520 runs just over $500 and the G620 model is only a bit more.  Both are capable of 1440x900 resolution and have 2GB DDR2, a DVD-RW and a 160GB HDD, the differences lie in the chipsets and CPUs used.  The 520 has a 2GHz Celeron M 575 running on an Intel GL40 chipset with Intel X4500MHD powering the graphics.  The G560 hides a 2GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 on a nVIDA 9100M.  Niether one will beat any speed records, but at a similar price to a netbook and without any of the eyestrain,

Source: InsideHW

Much better than squinting and using your imagination

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2009 - 11:23 AM |

nVIDIA card owners now have an application that performs a similar task to AMD's Badaboom, which was released not that long ago.  It is provided by the same company that created FixMyMovie in days gone by, but promises to be more effective.  vReveal harnesses nVIDIA's new CUDA programming environment to offer a magic 2x button, which promises to take your crappy 320x240 phone cam pictures and upscale it to 640x480.  Don't expect to be able to use that on pictures with above 576 lines nor make use of SLI while you are upscaling, but it still beats the fuzzy alternative. 

Cool, quiet, cheap ... pick any two

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2009 - 05:30 PM |

Prolimatech Megahalems is a large name, which befits a 790g heatsink that has six heatpipes.  Prolimatech is a new comer to the cooling market, so it is appropriate that in it's first review on X-bit Labs it is accompanied by over a dozen other well established coolers.  Not only can you see how this new cooler performs, which is impressive, but you get a round up of all of the top Core i7 heatsinks.  Which one comes out on top is revealed at the end, though it isn't terri

Source: X-Bit Labs

The change is only skin deep but still impressive

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2009 - 01:40 PM |

Looking at the raw stats, the MSI R4870 MD1G is just a normal 4870, there is no factory overclock.  Looking at the card, the lack of an enclosing assembly really stands out, instead it is the oval shaped heatsink and fan that grab your eyes.  MSI claims that the change in cooler should allow the GPU to operate about 20C cooler than the normal heatsink assembly you see.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP and you can see how the cooler does and how this card can perform against other HD4870s

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, Orcs do not get a health plan

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 12:03 PM |

Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a Star Wars Battlefield style game, you can play in first person or third and even control others during the game.  It has two single player campaigns, one following the familiar story of a hobbit and his ring, the second a parallel evil campaign allowing you to try to succeed where Sauron failed.  All the major battles and landmarks are to be covered in the single player campaign and the screenshots and promo movies seem to capture the ambiance of Tolkien's
Middle Earth.  There is also a multiplayer aspect, allowing for Conquest, Capture, the Fl


Deworming a router

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:43 AM |

Before you decide to panic over the Psyb0t worm's new ability to go after Linux powered modems and routers, you should read this quick checklist

  • Your device is a mipsel (MIPS running in little-endian mode, this is what the worm is compiled for) device.
  • Your device also has telnet, SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN, and
Source: The Inquirer


Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:14 AM |

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE (GDC) - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 25, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced NVIDIA APEX, a dramatic new capability to its PhysX technology development software development kit (SDK), that provides artists, level designers, and game developers with a set of easy-to-use tools that streamline the process of implementing scalable physics across multiple platforms for next-generation titles.

With NVIDIA PhysX technology, game developers can design worlds that literally come

Source: NVIDIA

AMD Announces Next-Generation, Platform-Agnostic Tools for Increased Game Development Efficiency

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:09 AM |

SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 25, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free, platform-agnostic, next-generation AMD graphics application development tool for game developers, obtainable through a closed beta program. GPU PerfStudio 2.0 has been designed from the ground up to easily integrate with existing projects, and help to identify and resolve performance issues early in the development cycle.

Source: AMD

The second wave seems a little lower

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM |

Looking at the pricing for the

They called the click wheel crazy too

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 04:02 PM |

The new 3rd generation iPod shuffle has a number of interesting features, such as it's tiny size and 4GB of storage for the same price as the previous 2GB model.  The battery life is down a little from 12 hours to 10 or more hours.  The biggest change is the buttons, or at least the lack thereof, as the only buttons to be found are on the headset.  What does this mean for your ability to control the music and how will you ever replace the Apple headphones with ones that actually fit in your ear and sound the way you want? 

Source: Ars Technica

MotionDSP VReveal puts "CSI"-style Video Enhancement software in consumers' hands

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 01:58 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - March 24th, 2009 - MotionDSP Inc. today released vReveal, an easy-to-use Windows application for PCs that fixes common problems afflicting consumer-generated video.

vReveal features patented "CSI"-style super-resolution technology adapted from the forensic applications used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Using the massively parallel processing power in NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, vReveal instantly cleans up videos that are shaky, dark, noisy, or blurry.

Source: NVIDIA

Still the reigning champion

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2009 - 12:17 PM |

SSD drives are narrowing the field, and the evolution of onboard RAID controllers is bringing the performance and safety enhancements of RAID to the casual user, but that still can't beat the old record holder for fast storage, unless you have gobs of money.  There is nothing like hooking up eight or so 15,000 RPM SAS drives onto a solid hardware RAID.  For example, check out the results that Bjorn3D sees with the

Source: Bjorn3D

You'd best make yourself comfortable

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 12:00 PM |

If you are curious as to how the public beta of Windows 7 compares to Vista SP1, then Ryan has about 28 pages worth of material that you have to read.  There are four tiers of system that he tested running from the low end of the spectrum to the best money can buy, and compared the performance of both nVIDIA and AMD cards at all tiers.  There is an incredible amount of information and while it may not show the true face of the final Windows 7, you can certainly get a feel for the OS.  Once the release candidate arrives, revisiti

AMD Demonstrates Live Migration between Three AMD Opteron Processor Generations

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 11:33 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 24, 2009 - Continuing its momentum and leadership in virtualization technology, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Source: AMD

AMD ready to demo Havok physics on its graphics cards

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 05:02 PM |

If there was nothing else to look forward to at the GDC, which really isn't the case, one of the most interesting presentations will be from AMD.  After starting work with Intel's new purchase, the phsyics acceleration company Havok, we will be seeing the fruit of the last 9 months labour.  Along with OpenCL and ATI Stream we should be seeing the first AMD cards able to process physics with this new process.  Keep your eyes open for more info, for now you can visit TGDaily to catch up on the back story.

Source: TG Daily

DDR3 and the AM3

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2009 - 02:19 PM |

ExtremeTech dug out a slew of DDR2 and DDR3 memory and paired it with a Phenom X4 810, in order to determine at what point switching to DDR3 makes sense.  DDR2 is cheap but the prices of DDR3 are plummeting for the lower frequency DIMMs.  Drop by for a look at the impact overclocking the CPU and switching between DDR2-1066 and 1333 versus DDR3-1600.  The

Source: Extremetech

Something seems a little out of proportion

Subject: Memory | March 23, 2009 - 01:39 PM |

If you want the fastest DDR3 around you have to go for 2000MHz and be willing to pay.

Source: Guru of 3D

Mutant mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM |

Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front.  Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode.  Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col

Source: Arm3D