Gaming companies have an idEA

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 03:59 PM |

Source: Shacknews

LIVE! PC Perspective Podcast #62 on TWiT Live!

Subject: Editorial | June 24, 2009 - 10:00 PM |

Every Wednesday you can watch the editors of PC Perspective host our weekly podcast on live streaming video.  We should be starting it about 10pm ET or so! You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!

Spend time working more on the performance than the name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 10:00 PM |

Thermaltake's new line of coolers all bear similar names, the ISGC-100, 200 and now the 300.  That last model, the Thermaltake ISGC-300 is the subject in Think Computers testing today.  At well over a pound and a bit over 6" tall, this cooler comes with the universal warning all Core i7 coolers seem to, make sure it is not to big for where you are trying to stick it.  The extra bulk does prove effective on this cooler, as it does with t

Tag teaming Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2009 - 07:34 PM |

With the amount of hardware flowing through PC Perspective it is inevitable that the same product can end up on two different review benches, as was the case with the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P 790FXmotherboard.  In this instance Steve got to do a lot of the initial hard work, with a Phenom X3 780 BE and 2x2GB of OCZ's DDR3-1600.  The testing went well and covers storage, gaming, graphics and overall system performance.  His overclocking saw al

A peek at Propus

Subject: Processors | June 24, 2009 - 05:05 PM |

Drop by Silicon Madness for a look under the cover of the new Propus core, with no L3 cache which should hopefully be hitting the streets in the fall as the AMD Athlon II X4 600 series.  You can also expect to see Rana, which will be a pared down Propus core and be sold as the AMD Athlon II X3 400 series. 

Slow day at work?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 04:44 PM |

You can always find a fun web based game to while away the hours stuck in your chair, since doing actual work would just be silly no matter how bored you are.  How about trying a persistent player versus player web based fighting game that goes by the name of Disciple.  It is totally free apart from one small special area and even the quests are based around finding various players to slaughter.  You can hunt NPCs if you wish, but all the quests can also be completed by killing other players.  Ta

Source: Gamepyre

AMD has a vision; but it is a secret

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 03:50 PM |

If what DigiTimes has heard from an unnamed source is correct, come September AMD will have a new open platform strategy for their mobile lineup.  The introduction of Tigris will see Better By Design, the sticker that comes on AMD based mobile devices replaced by three tiers of Vision branding.  There is a good chance you will see this new branding on Gateway mobile PCs as well as HP's products.

Source: Digitimes

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces New Fab 2 Executive Leadership Team

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 03:30 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company's next semiconductor fabrication facility, or "fab," at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York.

No price too high for performance

Subject: Memory | June 23, 2009 - 09:59 PM |

The OCZ Blade 3x2GB PC3-16000 isn't just about raw speed, though 2GHz memory certainly does that, it is also about not sacrificing timings, and at 7-8-7-20 they have achieved that goal too.  The sacrifice that did need to be made is the price; at $450 the entry fee is pretty steep.

AMD still keen on the importance of DX11 in 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2009 - 09:42 PM |

It would seem that AMD execs are still out for blood when it comes to the pending battle for Windows 7 and DX11 gaming.  In a story posted over at the Inquirer, AMD's Rick Bergman is quoted as saying that developer support for DX11 will be much quicker than the adoption of DX10 and should come even before the end of the year. 

Intel working on 320GB SSDs for Q4

Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 08:33 PM |

According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter.  Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology.  While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can

Source: Fudzilla

This power supply looks funny

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM |

Following in the spirit of the 2new diversified market in which every company strives to make at least one of every possible product on the planet, Overclockers Online introduces the Enermax Aurora Premium & Aurora Micro Keyboards.  Both are made with brushed aluminium and use a patented SCISSORS switch for their keys.  These are serious keyboards, the Micro weighs almost 2lbs and the Premium almost 3lbs, so they are not about to move

It's not all about the Eee

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 06:02 PM |

The Asus Pro61s
is a 15.6" notebook sporting a C2D T5850, 3GBs of DDR2-800 and an HD4870.  The full size keyboard will come in handy if you decide to use this as a gaming machine, the DVD RW is handy if you are more into watching movies.  R&B Mods found in their testing that the battery is good for over 2 hours, so while it last longer than a lot of notebooks with this kind of design, it won't last you on a long flight.  See it here.

PGI and NVIDIA Team To Deliver CUDA Fortran Compiler

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 04:49 PM |

Fortran support for NVIDIA CUDA GPUs to be incorporated into a new version of the PGI Fortran compiler

Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009- The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced an agreement with NVIDIA under which the two companies plan to develop new Fortran language support for CUDA GPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

Do you suffer from the heartbreak of CVS?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 04:43 PM |

For those who've never heard of it before they read this review on [H]ard|OCP, Computer Vision Syndrome would be that headache you pick up after a long day of working at a PC followed by an evening of surfing, fragging and other activities.  A company called GUNNAR thought they saw an opportunity and have developed Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear
to relieve you from the suffering caused by staring at millions of little pixels for more than

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's a crisi-tunity

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 04:20 PM |

While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips.  Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process.  Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010.  Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies

Source: The Inquirer

Intel and Nokia partner on new mobile devices

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 04:00 PM |

Today Intel and Nokia announced an expanded partnership with the goal of creating a "new class" of Intel-Architecture mobile computing device.  Details on what exactly that means were scarce, but there were a couple of specific points brought up during this morning's conference call. 

PC Perspective Podcast #61 video finally available!

Subject: Editorial | June 23, 2009 - 03:02 AM |

In a move we are hoping to make a regular feature for the podcast, we
now have a more "polished" version of the podcast recording on VIDEO
for you to view/listen to.  Just a warning: we aren't pretty and the
content is unedited so there MIGHT be the occasional flub up!  We'll
start posting the video along side the audio at our new URL:

Not that GMC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 10:53 PM |

At first glance, the name GMC X7 X-Station makes you think of hybrid station wagon or
maybe one that can go off-road, but it is indeed a PC case, or more specifically a gaming case.  It sports some features that might make you scratch your head, like a pair of power buttons and the ability to swap 3.5" bays for 5.25" bays, but in a way these features do add to the overall usefulness of the case.  Hardware Bistro thought it resembled the Bulldozer case from the same manufactures, not to say that it is a bad thing. 

Hitting the big time

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 10:08 PM |

Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance.  Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus.  Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.