The EVGA P55 FTW motherboard takes a bow

Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2009 - 03:42 PM |
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The gang over at Anandtech have posted a preview of the EVGA designed P55 FTW motherboard for the upcoming Lynnfield platform.  I'm going to just post a single picture here to wet your appetite but you should over to their site for all the details. 

Source: AnandTech

Catalyst 9.8 to be previewed at QuakeCon 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:35 PM |
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It looks like AMD GPU fans attending QuakeCon 2009 (and you really should) will get a bit of an early dig into the world of the Catalyst 9.8 drivers.  According to this post on Catalyst driver lead Terry Makedon's twitter page, users interested in getting the first taste of 9.8 should be following him:

SLI coming to P55 chipset and Lynnfield CPU, but what about 3-Way?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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A couple of days ago news began to spread that (surprise!!) SLI support was coming to the world of Lynnfield and the P55 chipset.  Why this was a shock to so many people was confusing to me as motherboards had been advertised with "SLI Support" since Computex in June.  We saw examples from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte as well as several other brands.

Lucid HYDRA chip could be coming on high-end MSI motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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The gang over at techPowerUp! got some VERY interesting images of an upcoming motherboard from MSI codenamed "Big Bang".  This motherboard not only sports the upcoming Intel P55 chipset for Lynnfield processors, but also includes the LucidLogix HYDRA chip that we have discussed many times before. 

Source: techPowerUp!

Time for a road trip!

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 12, 2009 - 02:58 PM |
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As the more astute of you know, PC Perspective is going to be a part of Quakecon this year.  Judging case mod contests is just a part of it, as is figuring a way to rig the contest so that one of our members can drive home in the new Shelby GT.  There will also be a both with tons of t-shirts and prizes to be won.  Enough prizes that Ryan has had to resort to extreme measures to get them all there. 

Is it all in the chips?

Subject: Memory | August 12, 2009 - 02:51 PM |
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For some, simply the brand name, possibly the series name and the frequencies are all that is important when choosing RAM.  Others try to get under those heatspreaders to see which company made the ICs which are the heart of the RAM.  One particular reason for checking under the hood is the recent problems with Elpida made ICs causing difficulties for DDR3 users.  Madshrimps has received a number of different RAM kits using Elpida's new chips and tested them out to see what, if any, improvement has been made. 

Source: Madshrimps

Delayed Loadable Content

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Console users have already had a chance to explore the other areas available in the Fallout 3 expansions, but for PC users DLC means something a little different.  If you have not tired of the Capitol Wasteland and are looking for a chance to get away from it all; why not try an alien abduction?  DriverHeaven takes a look at Mothership Zeta, the newest extension to Bethesda's take on the post apocalyptic world.  Probe the add on for yourself.

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They're back ...

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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As you may have noticed from Allyn's post, Intel has fixed that little BIOS password problem.  If you already have one of the 2nd generation X25-M drives, you can flash it yourselves.  For the rest of us who patiently await the arrival of these disks back in the channel again, hearing the official word from Intel via The Inquirer is a good thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Does this sound negative to you?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There are many times when a PC just does not need that beautiful 7.1 speaker system plugged into it, and many people who are not terribly enamoured of headphones; which is why we still have 2.0 speaker systems around.  Many are absolute garbage, especially if the are made by a company you have never heard of and are handed out free with the purchase of anything.  Others, like the Eagletech ET-AR302-BK 2.0 soundstage speakers
are a pleasant surprise.  For only $20 you get a pair of desktop speakers that Elite Bastards describe as 'acceptable quality for office or decidedly causa

BFG Launches EX-1000 -- 1000W Modular Power Supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2009 - 05:22 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL – August 11, 2009 – BFG Technologies, a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce the new EX-1000, 1000 watt modular power supply. The EX Series ushers in a new approach to power supply design, utilizing BFG’s proprietary Frequency Conversion Technology. Frequency Conversion Technology drastically improves low load efficiency by emulating a lower sized power supply. This allows the EX-1000 to remain at least 80% efficient, even with loads as low as 10% of the unit’s maximum capacity.

A mouse this big might be a rat

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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If you are looking for a new game mouse, or are perhaps wondering if you should try one, the $25 OCZ Behemoth might just be the answer you seek.  It sports 5 buttons, two lasers, removable weights, on the fly DPI switching from 800 to 3200 with an LED that tells you which DPI you are on as well as a bit of memory so that you can have different profiles for different games.  Mouse reviews are very subjective, but

Source: Guru of 3D

A few problems at the start, but a nice finish

Subject: Systems | August 11, 2009 - 03:17 PM |
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nMEDIA has been making a name for themselves making HTPC cases, with their 2000B model being up for review at The Tech Report.  The B in this model name denotes a black finish, there is also an S model if silver is more your thing.  Standing 17" x 16.4" x 6.6" should give you enough room for cooling and components without being so large as to look awkward in a living room entertainment centre and they use drop down pan

3 Bits are Better Than 2

Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected:  3 bit per cell flash memory.  This is significant on many levels (pun intended).  SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc.  The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC.  This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.

DFI irons out the kinks from the P45

Subject: Motherboards | August 11, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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While other sites are previewing P55 motherboards that support the currently unobtainable i5 processor series.  Hardware Canucks is instead reviewing a new take on an old chipset.  The Blood Iron P45-T2RS Elite
is for those still using LGA775 chips like the C2D Xeon E3110 they used to benchmark the board.

It had to be a matrix called Neo

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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The newest kids on the street from AMD have arrived and promptly embedded themselves in the Atom's market.  They use a ball grid array design which gives away the fact that they are designed to be embedded.  The 18W power draw hints at the small size of the products you are likely to see powered by the Turion Neo X2 L625 and Athlon Neo X2 L325 and the 3W demanded by the matching M690T
and M690E
chipsets back that hint up.  They will both support dual channel ECC-enabled U-DIMM DDR2-667, sport 64KB L1 cache and 512KB L2 cache and have one 16-bit link supporting up to 800MHzHype

Source: AMD

New Kingston SSDNow V+ series drives

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:52 PM |
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Kingston has informed us of a new addition to their SSDNow V series line.  The new "V+" series incorporate Samsung RBB controllers and will be available in the usual Samsung sizes (64 / 128 / 256 GB).  They will also sport a 3 year warranty.  This will add Kingston to another section of our SSD Decoder during its next update.

Intel X25-M G2 updated firmware is now available

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:39 PM |
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For those who managed to sneak an early purchase of an Intel X25-M G2 series SSD, there is now a firmware update available for your downloading pleasure.  Please ensure you update prior to updating or removing any BIOS HDD password you might have set since your purchase.  Once updated, you are free to do whatever you wish with said password (except forget it, of course).  This u

As seen on The Best of SNL

Subject: Systems | August 10, 2009 - 05:27 PM |
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SmoothCreations is gaining a big name in the enthusiast crowd, as most systems are done just right.  Quality builds with seriously powerful components are just part of the parcel, there is also the incredible paint jobs that grace the outside of their cases.  New at the Guru of 3D is the LANShark, sporting a skull motif and side panel made entirely of acrylic.  Inside you find an i7 965, a GTX 295 and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1600 and a Rampage II Gene motherboard, though you can customize the parts if you plan on ordering one.  The CPU is cooled via a Cool It Pure H2O
and the res

Source: Guru of 3D

Tall, white and slim

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2009 - 03:22 PM |
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Ikonik's Ra series of cases are large sized and usually focused on water cooling.  The newest, the Ikonik Ra X10 SIM does not come with a water cooling setup, it is for the air cooling control freak.  This case is 20lbs of aluminum and comes with a a single 140mm, a pair of 120mm, and 10 80mm fans.  The SIM part of its name denotes the software which allows you to control all of the fans in various mods, such as Silent for those loving quiet, to Performance mode for you overclockers out there.  The review of this fancy white fu

That's waste management to the other PC types

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Allyn has been hard at work on the new OZC Vertex custom Indilinx firmware
which enables garbage collection, perhaps one of the most interesting features an SSD can have.  Think of it as a way for SSDs to heal themselves from the damage of file transfers and deletions that defragmenting took care of on platter based drives.  Allyn subjects the poor drive to his custom made SSD killing test and watched in amazement as the drive healed its self over time without his needing to repair it.