Not perfect. but still useful

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 13, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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SilverStone's new Element 700W hits an 80+ Silver rating, putting it above 85% efficiency, at least at normal room temperature.  When [H]ard|OCP put it on the torture rack at 45C, the efficiency dropped below that mark.  That wasn't the only disappointment for [H], externally they were less than impressed with the cables and inside was even worse.  One lonely solid capacitor and a questionable power filtering method caused some frowns as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Worthy of its name

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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The MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition 1792 MB DDR3 is an example of a company going all out trying to get a flagship card to the enthusiast.  Using 10 phase power with 'military' spec capacitors they pushed the card's GPU and DDR3 up by 100MHz each, once InsideHW was done with

Source: InsideHW

It's ribbons all the way down

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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With the fun and easy to understand changes to the UI of the Microsoft Office Suite in the 2008 version still fresh in the minds of students and office workers everywhere, the release of Office 2010 is being looked at with a bit of trepidation.  Thanks to a bit of an early opening, you can catch screenshots and movies of the office at HEXUS.  Over at The Inquirer is a brief summary of the changes to Office and to Microsoft's business model, as

Source: The Inquirer

Have you hugged your Tesla coil lately?

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 06:14 PM |
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The internet is great, bringing you a broad variety of information and entertainment, some of which you want to see and some of which you wish you could bleach out of your brain.  Either way, when the tap runs dry or even just starts to falter a little, it can be a real brain teaser trying to track down the problem

The P45 is not dead yet

Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2009 - 02:39 PM |
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ASRock has released the P45X3 Deluxe, a $100 Intel P45 motherboard.  It has four DDR3 DIMMs that can support up to 1600MHz in dual channel, the Intel ICH10
handle sound and there are two PCI-Express 2.0 16x slots and a host of PCI-E 1x and PCI slots as well.  The performance met or beat other P45 boards; the onl

All in one, or all in none?

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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The AKAI AISS010 All-In-One Entertainment System claims to be able to handle any input, and the list of acceptable inputs is fairly impressive; MP3/iPod/CD/DVD/Up-sampled DVD/USB/SD Flash cards/FM radio/Karaoke along with a HDMI output for up-sampled DVDs.  Tweaktown put those claims to the test as well as checking on the quality of the sounds.  In the end it was hard for them to determine how well received this system will be, there are some who may find

Source: TweakTown

Both big and flexible

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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When you look back upon the days when CPUs had heatspreaders built onto them, heatsinks weighed a couple of dozen grams and a single 20mm fan was more than enough cooling, it seems unlikely that within a scant few decades we would be cooling our processors with a chunk of aluminium weighing a full kilogram.  With the advent of the Core 2 family, we now see stock coolers weighing in excess of 500g and heatsinks like the Source: PC Perspective

A Corsair is only as good as his word

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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Corsair has been in the news recently for two issues, the first is the hold that has been put on Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT modules.  The
second is the relabelling of PSUs from 80+Gold to 80+Silver because not all units could reach the 87% efficiency under full load that is required in order to meet a Gold rating.  HEXUS sits down with them to discuss the difference 2% can make as well as alternatives to Elpida to get the Dominator GT modules into production again.

Source: Hexus

PC Perspective Podcast #64 and TWiCH #31 Video versions now live!

Subject: Editorial | July 9, 2009 - 04:17 PM |
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The video versions of both the PC Perspective Podcast (episode #64) and This Week in Computer Hardware (episode #31) are now available!  If you haven't subscribed to our audio version of the podcast in your favorite RSS reader or iTunes, you should do that! 

ION Rocks

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM |
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Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does.  Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways.   The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test. 

This thing eats netbooks for breakfast

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life.  The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories.  Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target

Source: Extremetech

7 + 4 = FAST!

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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While you are still not going to see a PC capable of an instant on, SSD RAID performance on Windows 7 in quite spectacular.  In their testing of the instant on capability [H]ard|OCP discovered that you are much better off with a single drive to get the fastest boot times.  The converse is true for those looking for the best performance once booted up, the more drives the better.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Deep thoughts, by Vint Cerf

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Vint Cerf, Ray Kurzweil and Ray Merkle all spoke at a recent NASA event dealing with the near future of technology and the way it changes how those who use it interact with the world.  Vint Cerf touches on the future of the internet, social networks and how networks like Twitter, or whatever replaces it, will affect peoples lives.  Ray Kurzweil talks about consciousness and the implications of not being able to define or measure consciousness in any concrete manner.  Ray Merkle delved into the world of microbiological and nanotechnological self assembly, of which he is well acqu

Source: Slashdot

Are you a fan of overclocked video cards?

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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The Galaxy GTX 275 OC
that Ryan reviewed back in the beginning of June
, the one with with a 650 MHz core (vs. 633 MHz stock), a 1475 MHz shader (vs. 1404 MHz) and 1200 MHz memory (vs.

Analyst predicts that GPGPU computing will be important in the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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An interesting little article over at The Inq takes some time to analyze the opinions of research firm "GC Research" that has decided to comment on the growing trend of GPU computing.  Let's look at some excerpts:

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA 40nm desktop variants show on...nvidia.com!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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It looks like the rumors about future 40nm desktop GPUs from NVIDIA were sped up and you can actually find a couple of them on NVIDIA's website TODAY.  Thanks goes to Tech Report for spotting this.

Breakin' the law ... breakin' the law!

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 04:27 PM |
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If you want a fast, extremely sensitive gaming mouse, then you have to put up with a cord.  That's been the rule, until Razer decided to introduce the Mamba Wireless gaming mouse.  Even though it is wireless, this mouse provides 5,600 dpi of resolution, 1 ms latency and a 1,000 Hz polling rate.  You can even use it while recharging it, as it will function as a wired mouse while connected.  Could Hardware Secrets tell the differen

Radeon's illegitimate offspring

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Hexus has gotten a hold of an very interesting card from Sapphire, the HD 4730 512MB.  It is priced a little lower than the HD 4770 even though in some cases it is actually a faster card.  Its memory clock is faster than the 4770, giving it a 6.4GB/s advantage over its more expensive brother.  The saving comes in with the render and fill rate units which are halved when compared to the remainder of the current Radeon line up.  Check out its performance here.

Source: Hexus

In GAR, the AI works for you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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If someone was to talk to you about a game learning from the player, you might think back to games which claimed to adjust the difficulty on the fly depending on the players skills.  You might also remember not noticing it having any effect on the game.  In that case, the AI was working against the player, but in Galactic Arms Race, the AI is working with you.  It is a neural net that monitors your usage of weapons and evolves them according to your actions.  All the guns in the game are computer generated, as opposed to having stats coded into the game. 

Source: Slashdot

Feel the rays

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Not that it has ever been mentioned before, but we at PC Perspective are very interested in the future of graphics in general and Ray Tracing in