The gift that keeps on giving

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM |

It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission.  According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back.  Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m

Source: Slashdot

Intel Ships New Tools that Boost Game Performance

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM |

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.

Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.

Bigfoot returns; with a new gaming network card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM |

It has been more than 2 years since the release of the first Killer NIC product, the world's first network card aimed at gamers, and PC Perspective was one of the few outlets to get our hands on the product for a write up.  There were then, and remain to this day, a lot of questions about the need for and technologies behind the Killer-line of network cards but hopefully soon we will have more answers from Bigfoot, the company behind it all.


Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2009 - 11:27 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (March 23, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG EX-1200 modular power supply with Frequency Conversion Technology, which emulates virtually any size power supply and is at least 80% efficient, even with loads as low as 10% of the unit's maximum capability.

The BFG EX-1200 modular power supply is rated at 1200 watts continuous at 40°C (140°F) and features 98 amps on the 12 volt

Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz ...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM |

A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card.  Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix.  If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak.  Give our 49th

Guess we will take your word for it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2009 - 03:19 PM |

Apparently one of the features of the In Win X-Fighter Case is it's 'Star Wars Design'.  Now it is obvious to most fans that an X-Fighter is not something found in the Star Wars universe, unless perhaps it is the result of a very unique and powerful collision.  It's 'Dancing LEDs' are a nice feature, but are more reminiscent of a certain indestructible Trans Am, the visor of the not quite so attractive Cylons or the bridge of a famous ship that bore 'No bloody A, B, C, or D'.

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 18

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 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 the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!

Win, lose or draw?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2009 - 01:59 PM |


Source: [H]ard|OCP

PhysX now on the iPhone...why?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 01:58 PM |

There has been a LOT of news coming out of NVIDIA about its PhysX engine finding its way into the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and now, a couple of iPhone games.  In just the last week we heard that NVIDIA had gotten the PhysX engine into the Playstation 3 development platform and also on the Ninte

Source: TG Daily

A quick peek at Catalyst 9.3

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 12:19 PM |

X-bit Labs took the new 9.3 drivers from AMD on a quick spin to see how they compare to the previous 9.2 version.  The two big pieces of news from this new release are support for Windows 7 and improvements to video playback on Vista.  Of course, gamers are more interested in frame rate improvement, and that was what X-bit Labs focused on.  From their testing it seems that while there is no reason not to install the new driver, unless you are playing Lost Planet you won't have much to

Source: Hexus

Nothing to see here, move along

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM |

Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature.  The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down.  In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool. 

Source: Ars Technica

NVISION Conference likely not going to happen this year

Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM |

Depending how you view the terms of "delay" and "soon", you can either take NVIDIA at their word that the NVISION show for 2009 is just going to be a bit behind schedule or you can take the logical step to think that with the economy (and NVIDIA's stock) in the position it is now, the event just won't happen.  Here's the quote from the above article:

Source: Ars Technica

Radeon HD 4830: Get 'em while they're hot!

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2009 - 11:13 PM |

If the news over at Fudzilla is true, and we believe that it is, then if you have any interest in the Radeon HD 4830 graphics cards, you better get them while they are still available.  The Radeon HD 4830 was original

Source: Fudzilla

Ruggedized laptop/tablet

Subject: Mobile | March 19, 2009 - 05:59 PM |

The Intel Convertible Classmate PC doesn't really sound all that interesting, but it is definitely worth a look.  It's an Atom powered netbook, with a display that not only swivels but can be reversed and flipped down to make this into a tablet PC.  The carrying handle doesn't do much for the aesthetics, but this is no Macbook Air as the colour scheme should give away.  It is more of a Fisher Price theme, designed to work well and put up with the abuse a young child dishes out everyday.  Drop by The Tech Repor

A small battery would be nice

Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM |

The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability.  There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room.  If that do

Heavyweight roundup

Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM |

Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive.  To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies.  Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew.  At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w

Source: X-Bit Labs

Not to be used with Catalyst 9.3

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM |

While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work.  Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements.  The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now.  You can get more information v

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA In-Vehicle Platform for Driving Next-Generation Car PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.

The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro

The quiet success of NXZT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 18, 2009 - 02:55 PM |

NZXT has a talent for making quiet cases with plenty of room, starting with the smaller Hush and now with the larger Whisper.  A full sized ATX case, with four fans, rubber grommets and noise reducing foam keep your components cool without becoming noticeably loud.  You can find out more, including details on exactly how much noise you can expect by