Windows 7 is out the door today, assuming you have access to volume licensing

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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The PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, which you should keep an eye on for updates in the near future, is a great way to look at what parts are out there that can assemble a great PC at several price levels.  Some enthusiasts need a bit more detail, like which southbridge can handle which flavour of RAID; others need a bit more guidance to welcome them into the world of the DIY PC.

Just what every case needs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 7, 2009 - 02:59 PM |
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At $53 the Aerocool Touch 2000 Touch Panel offers quite a bit to the enthusiast that wants a front panel both stellar looking and functional.  One e-SATA and two USB plugs plus mic and headphone
jacks accompany a touch interface that lets you control four fans and monitor temperatures in four different places inside your case.  If that sounds like something that would interest you,

Quick content creation on Linux

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2009 - 12:37 PM |
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The AMD FirePro V8750 has arrived, bringing with it the first incarnation of Crossfire Pro, the equivalent of Crossfire X for production level cards.  It is not quite as flexible, allowing only a pair of cards to be used and the cards must match exactly, though you do not need a V8750, the V5700, V7750, and V8700
will also benefit from having a twin.  The big question on Phoronix's mind is how this card performs under Linux, specifically Ubuntu 9.04.  Their first disappointment was the lack of Crossfire Pro support; on the plus side the card was recognized immediately.  <

Source: Phoronix

Down with the RC

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The version of Windows 7 available via TechNet or MSDN subscription is now missing the Release Candidate part of its name, the final code has been spit and polished and sent out the door to make its way in the world.  As well, today is the day that volume licensed customers get their hands on Windows 7.  They are the first to get their hands on the official version of the software and the first valid keys.  Of course, those customers never tend to see a disk, so we still can't see the box art in the flesh, if you are into that type of thing. 

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Builds SDK for OpenCL on x86 CPUs

Subject: Processors | August 6, 2009 - 11:37 PM |
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News is coming out of Siggraph that AMD has released an SDK for OpenCL programming on x86 CPUs.  This might at first seem to be confusing as we are usually referring to GPUs when talking about OpenCL, but keep in mind that OpenCL's goal has always been for heterogenous computing across different processor platforms, not just for graphics cards.  ArsTechnica is calling this a "reverse of the n

Source: Ars Technica

NVIDIA's DX11-based GT300 tapes out and gets some company

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2009 - 11:18 PM |
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Earlier this week we heard reports on Semiaccurate that NVIDIA's next-generation GPU part, known as GT300 around here, had actually taped out.  That means the designers think and hope they are done and the results are handed off to the manufacturer (TSMC) for the initial run of silicon.  Typically we'll see the time between a tape out and a first prototype graphics card to be about 10 weeks:

Source: General

Windows 7 upgrade paths revealed in easy-to-read chart form

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 10:57 PM |
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Okay, so it's not really easy to read, but it is a chart.  And actually it gives users looking to break into the world of Windows 7 right away a good idea of what to expect.  Basically, if you want to know what TYPE of installation you will be allowed to do with your new copy of Windows 7 based on the version of Windows Vista you have, this is for you:

AMD is not a one chip(set) pony

Subject: Motherboards | August 6, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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The 785G is rightly making headlines all over the tech review community, but do not let this interesting new chipset and its IGP overshadow the chipset many AMD enthusiasts are using.  The 790FX, specifically the MSI 790FX-GD70is a sub-$200 motherboard with a boatload of features and a rather snazzy design.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A bargain SSD?!?

Subject: Storage | August 6, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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You can thank Intel for the sudden drop in SSD prices as their second generation X25 series has forced the competition to drop prices or suffer.  A perfect example is the OCZ Agility SSD 120GB, which will run you $300.  On paper it reads up to 230 MB/s
writes at 135 MB/s
and sustained writes of 80 MB/s.  The Guru of 3D tests those claims in their new review, so

Source: Guru of 3D

ShamWow finally finds a use polishing Seashells

Subject: Mobile | August 6, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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As some of you may have seen on the live version of PC Perspective Podcast #68 last night, the subject of Ryan's newest video review is the ASUS 1005HA Seashell.  Available for less than $400, the stylish mirror finish looks great as long as you carry something to occasionally wipe
off your fingerprints.  Check out the full review to see what this netbook has inside it and some handy upgrade tips her

Two heads are not always better than one

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 6, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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Corsair's new Professional HX850 is an 850W PSU with the usual black styling with blue highlights.  It has a massive single 70A, 840W 12V rail that will keep todays power hungry graphics cards satiated under heavy load, and the modular cabling is very handy.  The PSU not only provides a significant amount of power, it does so with enough efficiency to rate an 80+ Silver rating; which

It's like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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The pricing on the new Intel Core i5 has slipped out and hit the news over at The Inquirer.  At $232 or $244 on release date, it sits below the i7 920 by a nice $30 and you can expect that price to drop.  The LGA1156 motherboards are expected to be a little less expensive than their LGA1366 sisters, which may lead the value conscious AMD fan astray with promises of higher performance.  The trouble is that while we do know the price of the Core i5's, we still have no official id

Source: The Inquirer

You can have the case for cheap, but the PSU will cost you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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Enermax is getting into the budget case business with their Enermax Staray, a case that will set you back all of $60; letting you save a bit of money to so you can pick up a high end Enermax PSU presumably.  The $60 version is the one with a single 120mm fan with blue LED included, the 3 fan version will run a bit more if you really want to pick it up.  As the case remains exactly the same, the only change being the number of included fans,

Don't count your chickens

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Creative's new offering for mobile entertainment uses their Zii Plaszma OS to power the Creative Zii EGG.  Sporting a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth an accelerometer and a potential 64GB storage capacity, half onboard and half in external memory cards, it does a lot more than the Zen ever thought of doing.   Capable not only of HD video playback it can output 1080p video to a suitable display.  Unfortunately, Hardware Zone seems to imply this incarnation is a proof of co

More power!

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 5, 2009 - 02:17 PM |
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The biggest change to the ASUS EAH4890 TOP is not the cooling system, instead it is the power system.  The dual fans and heatpipes are good, it is the Super ML capacitors and the ability to adjust the cards VCore through bundled software.  [H]ard|OCP found themselves amazed at the 960MHz GPU and 4.5GHz GDDR5 final overclock, with no tweaks, tricks or other chicanery, they hit that speed straight out of the box.  Those capacitors
certainly made a difference which is good news as

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This is not the military sim you are looking for

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:55 PM |
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Operation Flashpoint ... if you remember it you will either be seeing red and foaming at the mouth with pure hatred, or you will smile and recall those days of no save points; spending 2 hours straight infiltrating an enemy base, destroying convoys and stealing compact cars with which to run people over.

Source: Gamepyre

Everybody's onboard the OpenCL train

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to the first official version of OpenCL, the programming API that promises to run on just about any modern processor, be it CPU, GPU or DSPs.  It is open source and royalty-free and with AMD already fully on board and nVIDIA designing CUDA to play nicely with OpenCL you are likely to see a lot of new programs utilizing it.  The GPGPU may become much more of a reality once this standard spreads to those programming for AMD and nVIDIA GPUs.  Get on board before the discussion leaves you beh

They may be DIMM, but they have fans

Subject: Memory | August 4, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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It is a good thing that the Core i7 memory controller limits RAM voltage to 1.65V, otherwise you would never fit anything on a motherboard save your DDR3 DIMMs, the heatspreaders that are attached to the ICs and the fan assembly needed to cool them.  As it is, once low latency DDR3 hits the 1600MHz mark, the cooling apparatuses take up enough space that case choices and CPU heatsink choices are affected by them.  For instance the Kingston Hy

A processor worth considering

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2009 - 04:21 PM |
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The Intel Pentium E6300 is a 45nm, $82 dual core processor running at 2.8GHz with a 266MHz FSB which can easily be bumped up to the speed of the $270 E8600 which is 3.3GHz at a FSB of 333MHz.  Madshrimps thought that was interesting, but that something was lacking, therefore they tried pumping the FSB up

Source: Madshrimps

The difference $30 makes

Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2009 - 03:22 PM |
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The new 785G chipset is bringing a lot of fun to the low cost, IGP bearing motherboard market.  The specific target for Josh's testing was the MSI 785G-E65, chock full of 55 nm based parts manufactured by TSMC.  Designed with the low cost system builder in mind, more specifically the HTPC builder, this board has eight PCM audio streams for true 7.1 audio
as well as the new version of their Universal Video Decoder and accelerated video transcode, it is incredible what the 785G chipset has to offer.  You have to see it to believe it,