Now you can spend more on your storage subsystem than you do on graphics

Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM |

MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache.  What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display.  In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size.  In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different.  Check out their pretty pictures right here<

Source: Madshrimps

This little brother is worth watching

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 12:47 PM |

Sitting somewhere between $300 and $350, the GTX 285 isn't a mid-range card, but it is not quite at the power level that the GTX 295 and HD4870 X2 are.  At Legit Reviews there are two different models of 285 up for review, PNY's GeForce GTX 285 is a stock card with 648MHz core, 1476MHz shader, and 2484MHz memory.

Josh's semi-conducting crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM |

Josh spent his weekend pondering what we know about the upcoming RV790 architecture that will take the Radeon series into it's next iteration.  The big question is whether it shall be simply a speed optimized RV770 chip, or if it will truly be a change from it's predecessor like the RV770 is a huge improvement from the R600 even though it is very similarly constructed.  Read his full article for a look at AMD/ATI's past and it's possible contributions in the near future.


Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 11:54 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (March 9, 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 GeForce GTX 285 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

The BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2O 1GB graphics card features a totally silent, exceptionally efficient BFG ThermoIntelligence copper water block.

ASUS Begins Shipment of Eee Top ET1602 in North America

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2009 - 11:46 AM |

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (March 9 2009) - ASUS, the award-winning innovator of the Eee series products, today announces immediate availability of the Eee Top ET1602 touch-based computer. Designed as an intuitive Internet device and central communication hub, the Eee Top integrates a 15.6" touch screen, an Intel Atom based system, and an easy to use graphic interface making today's computer a transparent, user-friendly experience for the entire household.

Source: ASUS

Thecus N3200PRO &amp; N4100PRO, Powerful NAS Server, Only 50% of Energy Consumption at Home/Office

Subject: Storage | March 7, 2009 - 03:23 PM |

03/06/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity.

One hour of your weekend is being revoked

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:58 PM |

Overclocking is a tried and true past time for members of the PC Perspective Forums and the reason that the overclocking forum exists and is so popular.  For some it is the challenge of

Check out these huge cans

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 02:13 PM |

If you want good bass from a pair of headphones you might want to look at Sony's MDR-XB700 headset.  They are very large, thanks to the 50mm driver in the headphones which supply the bass.  On the other hand, from the testing at Hardware Zone, the drivers they used might not have been of the best quality for they found significant distortion at high volumes. 

It's great grandfather used to crush cars

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2009 - 01:00 PM |

The Thermaltake SpinQ CPU has a very unique look, one that seems more like an industrial strength rotating rock crusher than a heatsink.  It's odd shape means you are unlikely to be able to install your own fan if you are looking for more powerful cooling, but also lends its self to efficiency.  The noise this cooler produces is fairly low, which makes this cooler great for those not looking to overclock and are more interested in a qu

Alone in the darknet

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM |

File sharing is sitting in the limelight right now, with the spectrial in Sweden, Lars downloading his own songs and the RIAA are all in the headlines.  There is also talk about darknets, though not so much in the mainstream media.  If you haven't been keeping up with the protean world of torrents and filesharing, you can

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective 16 from TWiT Live

Subject: Editorial | March 6, 2009 - 10:46 AM |

In case you missed my live show with Leo Laporte on TWiT Live yesterday, don't worry!  We have a copy of it here for you peruse at your leisure.
If you want to skip some of the pre-show matrerial, just jump to 18:15 or so.

Are all Core i7 CPUs shipping unlocked?

Subject: Processors | March 6, 2009 - 01:53 AM |

Part of the reasoning behind the higher cost of Intel's Extreme Edition processors, like the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, is that only these processors are "unlocked".  Only unlocked CPUs allow you to adjust clock multipliers up rather than down from the CPU default and only unlocked CPUs allow you to adjust the memory frequency on the new integrated memory controllers on the Nehalem architecture.


Source: Maximum CPU

Viva la 50 degrees of Revolution

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2009 - 06:04 PM |

A PSU sitting in the megawatt range is no longer enough to raise eyebrows, they are becoming a common site in high end rigs.  A PSU that breaks one megawatt at 50C is a little more impressive, especially when that power is coupled with the long list of features that the Enermax Revolution85+ 1050W PSU does.  There is really nothing to add to Lee's review, he has done his usual stellar job of t

OCZ's huge RAID

Subject: Storage | March 5, 2009 - 05:08 PM |

It may look like a dual GPU graphics card with an all enclosing heatsink, but in reality it is a full terabyte of SSD storage that you plug into a PCIe slot.

Source: engadget

Grab a mouse with a Swedish accent

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 03:06 PM |

Mionix is a newcomer to the enthusiast market and they are leading with a gaming mouse and a mousing surface.  The Saiph 3200 mouse has a nice black finish and a curved shape that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a gaming mouse.  It also sports multiple buttons including the essential on-the-fly DPI changing and also ships with a set of small weights to allow you to reach the perfect weight for your mouse.  The Alioth 400 is a mousepad that measures 400mm x 335mm, and sports a nice rubber backing to keep the pad in place. 


Grow six more heads in one easy step

Subject: Displays | March 5, 2009 - 02:02 PM |

Check out the HIS Multi-View DVI, maybe the easiest way to set up multiple monitors for those who haven't switched to a 64bit OS.  It supports up to 1600 x 1200 or 1680 x 1050 if you use widescreen monitors and you can send that signal to 6 different monitors if you are so inclined.  Bjorn3D loved it for extending desktops and allowing huge amounts of space for windows and menus, it was not so impressive for gaming or for watching movies.&nbs

Source: Bjorn3D

It's the net connection that makes it great

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM |

Personal Video Recorders are not that expensive compared to a year ago and most cable companies support them and are more than happy to give you a layaway plan on your monthly bill to get you to pick one up.  That has left the HTPC in a little bit of a bind, seeing as how there is a pre-assembled alternative that can do most of what the HTPC was for.  ExtremeTech is looking for the remaining advantages the HTPC has over the PVR, including the obvious benefit of being able to pick your hard drive s

Source: Extremetech

Window Steam blog?

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 11:47 AM |

[H]ard|OCP has posted a link to where you can get the new Vista/Server 2008 SP2 release candidate.  The first and most important step to take is to remove the beta version of SP2 if you have installed it, skipping that step may well ruin your day.  The stand alone package is about 300MB for x86 and 500MB for the x64 version.  There are numerous compatibility issues fixed ranging from POP3 support for ZoneAlarm to support for VIA 64bit processors.  If you do try it out, bookm

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Update: Upcoming Catalyst 9.3 last to support R500 and below

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2009 - 12:00 AM |

I just found out with the upcoming release of the Catalyst 9.3 driver (sometime in mid-March), ATI will officially stop supporting Radeon cards based on the R500 architecture and earlier with the monthly driver releases.  Instead, those older GPUs will be supported on a quarterly driver release schedule.  (Note: Catalyst 9.3 will support ALL Radeon GPUs - 9.4 and beyond will implement "legacy status" on the aforementioned cards.)