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Subject: Editorial | May 2, 2009 - 05:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Well, here you go folks - your chance to see the ugly mugs behind the content you read on PC Perspective and the voices on the PC Perspective Podcast. We have started streaming our podcast recording session live on the TWiT network - episode #54 is our first with a proper video recording.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 10:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is little more annoying than a PC that is convinced everything is fine, even though it isn't working properly. Imagine if you will a nice little network connection icon in the task bar which reports a successful connection at 100mbs, but yet for some reason refuses to connect to the Net. Wouldn't that just make your day?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2009 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is week 3 of ExtremeTech's Case Mod extravaganza, with more wild and crazy cases. There is R2-D2, a case that resembles a Victorian style cabinet, even one built mostly from cardboard and duct tape. You can also check the two previous weeks for cases you missed and to find out the previous winners.
Subject: Storage | May 1, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are really starting to catch on in a big way. As the name implies they offer storage that is easily communicated with over a network, much like Storage Attached Networks (SAN) that are common in enterprise level networks. A NAS is much easier to use and set up, being a stand alone box with wizard driven menus for setup. The Synology DS109j is a single bay, making it smaller and more economical co
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Offloading is the new merger for today's electronic manufacturers and it is TSMC that is reaping the benefit. They already handle AMD's 40nm process chips, at least until Global Foundries finds its stride, as well as working with Intel on developing a 'System on a Chip', which will be a smaller, less power hungry Atom. Now it is Fujitsu's turn, as they are passing at least some, but quite possibly all, of their chip manufacturing to TSMC. As well They are selling off their HDD business to Toshiba, a merger mimicking
IBM's glomming onto Hitachi.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2009 - 10:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We've already discussed how incredible a deal the HD4770 currently is for it's price. Legit Reviews wants to show you how to make it even better with this overclocking guide. Using only RivaTuner, no voltage mods and no changes to the cooling they we
Subject: Systems | April 30, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has updated their Systems Guide for the summer, reworking all three tiers of their recommendations. The budget box, sans OS, will set you back less that $700 and will handle any game you throw at it, if you stick with a 22" screen. For about $1600 their Hot Rod will give you blazing speeds on a 24" monitor and would probably have the power to handle a 30" screen. The God Box is only $12,623.68 right now, but considering that almost every c
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X58 naming schemes have gotten a little aggressive, for instance the Foxconn Blood Rage. They have also released a hot new X58 bearing the moniker Flaming Blade, which TweakTown is pitting against it's older brother and meekly named ASUS OC Palm. Does the fierce naming scheme
translate into savage performance, or can ASUS perform some sleight of hand?
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As it stands right now, the Windows 7 RC1 will be active into 2010 making it a viable OS for the next year. Right now you need to be a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, but that will change on the 5th of May when it becomes available to everyone. That Release Candidate will likely be one of the more expensive flavours of Windows 7, not some emasculated Home-lite version, which may have you hooked on the equivalent of Ultimate Edition for when you do have to purchase it in June of 2010. You can
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announces the VIA VB8002 Mini-ITX board targeted at media server markets.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 09:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just because you stood in line for a week for the release of Wrath of the Lich King, and gathered a lot of stares and comments about how waiting that long was completely unnecessary; someone with a WoW moded case, mouse and mousepad set is going to beat you when it comes to fanaticism. Take heart from SteelSeries, for they will provide a factory made version so that you don't need to mod one all by yourself. The SteelSeries WOW Mouse and Mat set will put you over the top of the rest if the fans at LAN parties, so
Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2009 - 07:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP's new Pavilion dv2 straddles the line between netbook and notebook. It's keyboard is 93% of the normal size, it weighs just under 4lbs and it's measurements never break the foot mark at 11.5" x 9.45" x 0.93-1.29. It's size makes you think netbook, but it's internals are a little different than your normal Atom powered netbook.
Subject: Displays | April 29, 2009 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For raw stats, the 24" Soyo Pearl TFT LCD sports a native 1920 x 1200 resolution with a 2ms response time and a 1000:1 contrast ratio; though as with all LCDs, the exact definitions and measurements may be other than you might expect. R&B Mods spent a goodly amount of time taking pictures of the various display tests the
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has some information to share about a WW2 shoot 'em up with a bit of a twist. Instead of being a solo member of one of the large armies involved in the conflict, you work in occupied France with members of the French Resistance and Allied forces to sabotage the Nazis who occupy France. It sounds like a mix of stealth and action, along with big explosions and vehicles to hijack for added mayhem. Check the preview for some game information, but not the release date, which has yet to be annou
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship really hit it's stride in 2009, with a lot more press coverage at wider number of sites compared to previous years, including PC Perspective. Our own Steve Grever headed to LA with camera in hand to capture stills and videos of the best overclockers strutting their stuff. LN tended to be the cooler of choice, but there were a wide variety of rigging, extra fans and insulation, including one competitor who went with full mineral oil submersion. Check out the
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 09:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, I've never really done this before, but I couldn't pass up sharing this offer with you guys. I know we just posted our review of the Radeon HD 4770 512MB card today and it sells for $99 after rebate - a great card at that price.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 08:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Underwater Hunters in U-Wars Take Aim at NVIDIA PhysX Technology
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2009 - 07:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having a colony of ants set up in your PC is generally considered a bad thing; unless you put them there on purpose like the featured case in week two of ExtremeTech's Case Mod Contest. Thanks to a little ingenuity,
a lot of creativity and two panes of glass there is now an Ant Farm PC on this planet. Check out pictures of the mod, as well as others, it is not to be missed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 07:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA-April 28, 2009-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market share for the first calendar quarter of 2009.
Graphics chips (GPUs and IGPs) are the leading indicator of the PC market. The GPUs go into a system before it becomes a PC and gets into the hands of the customer.
Subject: Processors | April 28, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD Athlon X2 7850 can be had at PriceGrabber for $75; the Intel Pentium E5300 for $80. AMD's offering is a dual core 2.8GHz CPU with 64KB L1 data cache, 64KB L1 instruction cache, a 512KB L2 cache per core and 2MB of latency ridden L3 cache.