Paper just too old school for you?

Subject: Mobile | March 17, 2009 - 03:01 PM |
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The original Kindle failed to light up the hearts of most users and now they have released a successor, the Kindle 2.  For $360 you can have a 6" piece of electronic paper, at a resolution of 800x600 and with 16 stunning shades of grey.  There is enough storage onboard for about 1500 books, and a memory card slot will allow you to expand it.  Probably the biggest feature is it's WiFi connection, which allows you to subscribe to various perio

Western Digital tries out the home theatre

Subject: Systems | March 17, 2009 - 01:13 PM |
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Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player.  Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick.  On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out.  What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy.  Perhaps so

All ears for ASUS' upcoming release

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model.  At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample.  It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo

Source: Guru of 3D

Attacking the weakest link

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down.  There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network.  It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse.  For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86

Source: The Register

Power supplies should be seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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As SPCR rightly points out, a 430W PSU isn't really a low power PSU.  Most PCs run without CrossfireX, HybridSLI or a dozen case fans, and those are the only ones that require 1000W PSUs, or even 800W PSUs.  AMD and Intel are both on power savings pushes, RAM voltage isn't that much nor is the power to most platter based HDDs and all SSDs.  If you aren't putting in one of the new high end dual GPU cards, then picking up a 800W+ PSU is a choice, not a requirement.  One bonus to using a PSU that doesn't require extra amperage from your mains is the noise. 

The sound of NAS thinking

Subject: Storage | March 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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VIA is not out of the business of providing computational power to shoebox sized tech, even with the competition from Intel and nVIDIA.  One of their newest products is a network attached storage device that includes a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D CPU to extend the functionality of the ARTiGO A2000 beyond what you might expect from an NAS.  Consider the audio ports on the back, something you wouldn't really expect to see in a NAS, but well within the power of the ARTiGO.  Drop by Think Computers to see how

Overclocking the Phenom II, one part at a time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2009 - 01:36 PM |
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Madshrimps have done a lot of heavy lifting with the new Phenom so that you don't have to.  They have been testing almost every variable in the system to pinpoint the proper targets for overclocking.  The HT Link was a bit of a disappointment; as it cannot go beyond the frequency of the NB that is not too much of a worry.  Memory frequency increases helped benchmarking and little else, while bumping up the integrated memory controller provided more satisfaction.  Read the full article to see mo

Source: Madshrimps

Hanging out with the cool kids

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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Believe it or not, the key to being really cool is modelling clay; that is if we are talking dry ice or liquid nitrogen.  In extreme overclocking tests, the exotic cooling setups used do provide serious cooling but also require a some planning and setup before they are safe.  It is not as simple as pouring LN over top of your current cooler, nor can you just attach a reservoir and start pouring if you want the motherboard to survive.  Legit Reviews shows their technique in hitting serious negative temperatures here

Let's talk Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2009 - 11:38 AM |
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The saga of Larrabee and ray traced graphics has been a topic on PC Perspective for quite a while now, not only in discussions on the board and podcasts, but even Ryan's chat with John Carmack.  On Friday he posted some new information about Larrabee's architecture, specifically the name of the new vector instruction set, aptly called 'Larrabee new instructions'. If you missed out on Friday due to other interests, take a look now.

When fast is just not fast enough...

Subject: Storage | March 14, 2009 - 07:46 AM |
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By splicing two ioDrives together on a single card, Fusion-io has shown the scaleability of their uber-fast flash technology by simultaneously doubling the throughput and capacity of their ioDrive line.  As if 3/4 GB/sec was not enough, the new boards (dubbed ioDrive Duo) promise to deliver upwards of 1.5GB/sec speeds.  Capacity is also increased from the prior 80/160/320GB to 160/320/640GB, with the possibi

Source: Fusion-io

New details on Intel Larrabee architecture and development coming

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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We at PC Perspective are about as familiar with the upcoming Intel Larrabee technology as anyone outside of Intel can be; we have covered it at various stages of the development process since early 2007.  For those of you unfamiliar, Larrabee is a future graphics technology from Intel based around a many-core x86 architecture.  Our coverage thus far:

Hot Threads at PCperspective

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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It is a stellar time to be an HTPC enthusiast, or to consider becoming one, thanks to AMD's new business model.  They've really opened up the bottom end of pricing in the market, you get to choose between multiple CPU architectures with prices well under $100 and with a list of features that wouldn't have been available on the top end CPUs in the recent past.  You can pick up one of

Why engineers are more interesting than marketers

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2009 - 04:06 PM |
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As Ryan posted earlier, there is a page to advertise the new ASUS Rampage II Gene Micro-ATX motherboard that is more than a little strange.  Hit that page and you might think that you are actually buying a genetically engineered supersoldier that supports LGA1366 CPUs.  On the other hand, if you are curious as to what the actual product is, you may be happier at ExtremeTech where they have an actual board in for review, supersoldier not included.

Source: Extremetech

PC Perspective 17 on TWiT Live!

Subject: Editorial | March 13, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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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.

Which memory will serve your Phenom II properly

Subject: Memory | March 13, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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AMD hasn't been in any rush to switch to DDR3, the new Phenoms are the first to support it.  That does make sense, DDR2 keeps getting cheaper and faster and the timings keep getting tighter, so it is still a very viable product.  Perhaps the biggest caveat is Triple Channel DDR3, all the tests are done in dual channel.  You can see how DDR2-1066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 and DDR3-1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 compare the full review at Tweaktown.

Source: TweakTown

This monitor proudly displays a PCPer Gold Award

Subject: Displays | March 13, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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The ASUS VW266H looks perfectly normal at first glance, a 25.5" LCD that runs at 1920X1200 and has a 2ms grey to grey response rate is a common sight now; the $350 price tag is unique.  You aren't limited to using this as a PC monitor either, with HDMI plugs and S/PDIF out, it is perfect for gaming consoles or even attached to an HD cable box or PVR.  The only caveat that Ryan found is present on all TN matric LCDs; the viewing angle sucks and you had better plan on sitting directly in front of the monitor.  Check out his full review at the top of the page.

"The ASUS VW266H and VK266H offer an outstanding combination of features, screen size and price to really put a stamp on the LCD monitor market. If you are a gamer on a budget or just a PC user looking for a display that can also be used for your console gaming or DVR set top box, then definitely give this ASUS monitor a shot!"

Here are some more Display articles from around the web:

  Displays

Browsing at full speed

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 11:31 AM |
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In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice.  To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey.  If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.

ASUS Rampage II GENE Motherboard is Core i7 mATX

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2009 - 01:40 AM |
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The gang over at HardOCP has some cool pictures of an upcoming motherboard from ASUS, the Rampage II GENE.  What makes it so damn special?  Its an X58-based mATX motherboard with all the features and options you'd expect on a full sized enthusiast motherboard. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Caustic graphics threathens with ray tracing acceleration card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 01:24 AM |
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Quoteth the wikipedia:

In optics, a caustic is the envelope of light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface or object, or the projection of that envelope of rays on another surface. Caustic can also refer to the curve to which light rays are tangent, defining a boundary of an envelope of rays as a curve of concentrated light.

More interesting GPU moves coming from NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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After the release and rebranding of the GeForce GTS 250 graphics card this month, it appears that NVIDIA might have some more "new" products coming down the pipeline.  And by "new" I mean "not really new at all."

Source: Fudzilla