A new chip needs a new chipset

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2010 - 02:40 PM |
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The new Core i3 chips from Intel have necessitated the release of a new motherboard chipset and as usual Intel is using a tiered offering, the H55, H57 and X57 chipsets to Intel's line up with the H55, H57 and X57 to choose between.  So far it is the H55 based boards which are appearing on reviewers test benches, such as the ASRock H55M Pro board at Elite Bastards.  The performance is very similar to the previous P55, perhaps the biggest bonu

Cooler Master adds another case to their stack

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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CoolerMaster has a new low cost case on the market, which comes in two flavours, the CM690 II Standard for about $80 and the Advanced for about $100.  The differences between the two are the inclusion of a VGA card support bracket, SSD adapter, and SATA hard drive dock in the Advanced version.  There are a total of 10 possible fans that can be installed, from an 80mm fan positioned near the graphics

The newly kindled lust for electronic ink

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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Call it mobile computing or ubiquitous computing, the fact is that people want smart devices which can connect to the internet, carry around huge amounts of data and don't weigh much.  One of the last analog holdouts is the book, but thanks to significant changes in technology the e-book is now here to stay.  They have been around in various configurations previously but never caught on; Amazon changed all of that a few short years ago.  Ars Technica postulates that 2010 will be the year of the e-book and from the examples we have been seeing this week at CES and from press rele

Source: Ars Technica

Razer Announces new XBOX 360 Peripherals - More Evidence of PC Gaming Decay?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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Razer, the company best known for their PC peripherals for gamers, has announced two new products for the XBOX 360: the Onza gamepad, and the Chimera headset. The Onza is particularly interesting as it is a wired controller and does away with the D-Pad in favour of a 4-way button set. Being a USB peripheral, I wonder if it will work successfully on Windows?


Source: General

CES 2010: AMD Shows us Eyefinity on a Netbook

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2010 - 11:49 PM |
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Today was launch day for the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 9000 series GPU, and in my write-up of the technology I expressed some concerns over how vendors would implement Eyefinity if at all (read it here).

CES 2010: New Motherboards from EVGA, ECS, and Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | January 7, 2010 - 11:13 PM |
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While CES has been dominated by hot new mobile devices and notebooks, many of your favourite motherboard manufacturers are announcing new products too. Most new boards are Clarkdale based (Intel H55 to be exact), there are some AMD releases too. Here's today's round-up of new motherboard releases from ECS, EVGA, and Gigabyte.

EVGA:

  • Three new motherboards - H57, H55, and H55V all using the Intel H55 chipset.
Source: EVGA

Keeping up with the nVIDIAns

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 05:00 PM |
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If you want to keep up with all of the latest updates from CES 2010 that pertain to nVIDIA then there are some great ways to do so.  The best way is to keep your eyes on the front page of PC Perspective as we have several members on site providing live blogging as well as news posts.

Source: NVIDIA

New tablet powered by NVIDIA Tegra puts 1080p Web experience just one touch away

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2010 - 04:11 PM |
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2010 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (South Hall 4 – Booth #35912), LAS VEGAS — Jan.

Source: NVIDIA

New NVIDIA Tegra Processor Powers The Tablet Revolution

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2010 - 04:02 PM |
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2010 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (South Hall 4 – Booth #35912), Las Vegas - Jan. 7, 2010—NVIDIA today launched its Next Generation Tegra, the world’s first processor for the mobile web, specifically designed for the high-resolution needs of tablets.

Consumers have been waiting for a truly portable, high-resolution, no-compromise Internet experience.

Source: NVIDIA

Crucial's little SSD

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2010 - 03:10 PM |
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The 64GB Crucial M225 Solid-State Driveis up for review at R&B Mods.  At $214 it really won't break the bank compared to some SSDs, especially considering that they are using the Indilinx Barefoot controller.  That should put them up near the top of the performance heap as only the Intel controller tends to beat out the Barefoot.  It is also nice to see that the latest firmware supports TRIM, helping keep the per

Source: NVIDIA

LIVE from CES 2010: NVIDIA Press Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 01:32 PM |
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While we may be late thanks to awesome traffic and bad shuttle drivers in Las Vegas, we will be LIVE at the NVIDIA press conference where we plan to hear about NVIDIA Surround, Tegra 2 and more!

Spring Design Unveils Alex Dual Screen Android-Based eReader at CES 2010

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2010 - 01:22 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif, -- January 7, 2010 - Spring Design will take the wraps off the Alex, the only dual-screen Google Android-based eReader to fully integrate web browsing and reading, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 7-10, 2010.

Source: Email

A shining and bright look at the new multi-GPU option

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 12:51 PM |
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We have been waiting with baited breath for the arrival of a LucidLogix Hydra board that is freely tested and reported on and now thanks to AnandTech we do.  The MSI Big Bang Fuzion is ready for launch and it seems that the delay was unquestionably necessary.  The performance numbers are not awful, but neither do they beat the native multiGPU solutions from nVIDIA and AMD.  There were also issues with games that were on the supported list, something that is never endearing to a consumer.  Drop

Source: AnandTech

CES 2010: OCZ Techology shows off SSDs in both SATA and PCIe form

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2010 - 12:38 PM |
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CES 2010 is in full swing and we spent some time with OCZ and the company's new SSD product manager.  At the suite they had the new Vertex 2 SSD based on the Sandforce controller (Allyn is already planning the review!) as well as a SO-DIMM based PCI Express SSD called the Z-drive P88
that includes up to 8 SSD controllers and capacities up to 2TB!

Check out our interview with OCZ and an overview of their entire current and future line up of solid state drive!

CES 2010: HP Snapdragon-based netbook prototype

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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Never heard of the Snapdragon platform?

Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform offers an unprecedented combination of processing performance and optimized power consumption for the new generation of smart mobile devices. With Snapdragon chipsets, devices are always connected and aware and can offer all the communications users demand, including 3G mobile broadband, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Snapdragon-based devices are thin, ultra-portable and easy to use, with an intuitive user interface and mobile OS.

CES 2010: NVIDIA shows Tegra-powered tablet PC with Android

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2010 - 12:09 PM |
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During a pre-show event last night, we spent a few minutes with Bill Henry of NVIDIA who showed us a prototype tablet computer based on the Tegra platform.  You know about Tegra from our previous discussions on it and likely from all the hype surrounding the Microsoft Zune HD. 

Intel Unveils All New 2010 Intel Core Processor Family

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2010 - 12:06 PM |
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INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan.

Who ever would have guessed developers put shortcuts in for themselves?

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:54 AM |
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If you are annoyed by the moniker 'God Mode' when it comes to the string that you can add to a folder name to create a super charged control panel then you may have forgotten your gaming history.  So called 'Cheat Codes' exist because developers have always allowed themselves back doors and shortcuts in order to test their programs.  It was hard to see how a level looked overall without no-clipping and looking for textures that don't match can be hard without God Mode enabled.

Futuremark Sells Mobile Division to Focus on PC Performance Software and Games

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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HELSINKI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark today announced that it has sold its Mobile and Embedded business unit to Rightware, a new spin off company set up to accelerate the development and marketing of Futuremark’s benchmarks for the mobile and embedded industries.

Source: FUTUREMARK

Millions of DirectX 11 Graphics Processors Shipped by AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 11:38 AM |
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LAS VEGAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its two millionth DirectX 11-capable graphics processor to its technology partners, cementing AMD graphics as the standard for DirectX 11 computing. This millions-shipped milestone comes just three months after the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series, the first DirectX 11-capable graphics products from AMD.

Source: AMD