Speculating on the HD5830

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2010 - 03:14 PM |
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AMDs next graphics card will be the HD5830, with performance in between the HD5770 and HD5850 and a price to match.  eTechnix speculates that it will be a downclocked HD5850 with a 128-bit memory bus using GDDR3 instead of GDDR5. 
Hopefully it will sit right around a $200 price point, making it easier to upgrade your card or to slap in a second card for a Crossfire rig.

Source: eTeknix

The Crysis suit did make you feel a bit like an Elemental

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM |
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MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground.  It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own.  The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons.  Currently

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Waiting for the first Windows 7 service pack?

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM |
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If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when.  The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista.  Whether

Source: Slashdot

Thermaltake's efficient new PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2010 - 05:55 PM |
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Thermaltake's new line up of power supplies are all called TR2 RX and are available in a wide spread of wattages.   At Pro-clockers they have taken a look at the 750W model, showing off the clean design and some of the key features that this design encompasses.  They also take a look at the voltages provided at idle and at load, which you can see right here.

Razer joins the Roman army

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look.  That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot.  The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program

Source: MetkuMods

It's romantic when a CPU and GPU die together

Subject: Mobile | January 12, 2010 - 01:36 PM |
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The ASUS K42F is a 14" 1366x768 notebook with an Intel Core i5 540M powering it and comes with some nice features, like a Blu-Ray drive.  Legit Reviews contrasts it with an HP Pavilion DV4-1555dx
which is powered by a C2D P8700.  Between the HyperThreading, Turbo Mode and the on die Intel HD graphics, they saw a 40-50% performance increase from the older HP system.  Also worth noting is the battery life; you might expect the older and slower machine to come out on top but again it is left behind the new Arrandale machine. 

Remember when we described RAM in terms of megabytes?

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems.  The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts.  Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G

Source: Bjorn3D

A matter of stability and compatiblity

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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The Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate arrived on Friday, with many users considering it a minor upgrade and screams from some add-on developers.  The improvements come in the way of improved javascript performance, support for the WOFF font format, HTML 5, CSS, DOM web technologies, full screen open and native video and poster frames as well as one stability upgrade that has a few people up in arms. 

Source: The Register

Your own personal theatre

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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Picking up a 100W+ 5.1 surround sound system is guaranteed to make your ears happy and likely to occasionally make the ears of those around you upset.  Of course, just because your neighbours are unhappy is no reason to abandon positional audio in either gaming or while watching movies.  That is why products like the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset are popular.  PC Shop Talk takes a listen to these gaming headsets, which even feature a switch to tog

Source: PCShopTalk

Physical graphics and chicken tossing

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2010 - 12:02 PM |
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Get a stereo view of nVIDIA's new Fermi based GF100 card that was demonstrated at CES 2010.  A system with three of these cards was shown off with the running of a rocket sled.  Mostly a physics demo, but partially a game, the rocket sled demo shows off how physics cards can allow the interaction of an engine as it tears its self to pieces due to extreme G-forces.  Legit Reviews has a close up of the monitor or you can always check out Ryan interviewing the demonstrator

It is a bit like a swine flu mask for your server

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS.  TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change.  VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money. 

Source: Ars Technica

CES 2010: Consumer Electronics Show Wrap-Up

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2010 - 01:41 AM |
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Ryan and Allyn spent some time discussing the awesome hardware we saw at CES with Leo Leporte from TWiT.tv. Check out more info on our PC Perspective's weekly podcasts that are hosted on TWit.tv at http://pcper.com/podcast.

CES 2010: ASUS unveils new ROG motherboards, graphics cards

Subject: Motherboards | January 11, 2010 - 12:26 AM |
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The guys at ASUS pulled out all the stops on their massive booth at CES this year and brought with them tons of new netbooks, notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, and even some conceptual products from their Waveface line.

CES 2010: NVIDIA outlines new Tegra 2 products, next-gen GF100 features

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 11:45 PM |
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Our good friends at NVIDIA took us around their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to show us some new tablets that included their new Tegra 2 CPU as well as give us a demonstration of their next-gen GF100 graphics processor. Ryan and the rest of the PC Perspective team also got a quick overview of D-Link's new Boxie Box and checked out Electronic Art's game called Need for Speed SHIFT using NVIDIA's 3DVision glasses and the GF100 with Fermi architecture.

CES 2010: Pepcom Digital Experience Press Event

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2010 - 10:38 PM |
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More than 100 companies showcased their latest products and innovations at Pepcom's Digital Experience press event. Hundreds of media members got to preview new products from companies like BlackBerry, Canon, Energizer, Epson, Garmin, Google, HP, Intel, Kodak, Lenovo, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Microsoft, and ViewSonic. We hand picked a few products that were pretty innovative and interesting at the same time. 

Think you might have missed something?

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2010 - 06:52 PM |
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If you have been following the PC Perspective front page during CES then you have seen a lot.  From the

CES 2010: NVIDIA demos Fermi-based GF100

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 04:38 PM |
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Even though the next-generation GF100 GPU is not rumored to be available until March, NVIDIA was showcasing the technology and what it can do.  We have discussed NVIDIA Surround in a basic manner already and we'll have more later but I wanted to show our readers another demonstration that we captured on video from the show floor.  In it you will see a system based around a Fermi GPU do some impressive GPU compute simulations in a game-style settings.

CES 2010: Gigabyte motherboard product line preview

Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2010 - 03:00 PM |
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UPDATE: We have posted a video walk through of the Gigabyte product lineup hosted by Gigabyte's Tim Handley.

CES 2010: Thermaltake showcases new BlacX Duet USB 3.0, performance cases, heatsinks, and PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2010 - 02:40 PM |
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We stopped by Thermaltake's suite this week at the Consumer Electronics Show and saw two test benches on showcases the read/write speeds of their new BlacX Duet dual hard drive docking station that includes USB 3.0 support. They were using Patriot 128GB SSDs and getting phenomenal speeds through USB 3.0 versus USB 2.0.