Fatal1ty has competition

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches.  This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma

Lucid has a clear vision for the future

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago.  The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support.  Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering.  Each card

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS and Intel tussle over motherboards, markets

Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2009 - 04:47 PM |
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A very interesting and detailed editorial over at The Inquirer seems to be shining some light on an internal, inside baseball type fight raging behind the scenes of the Intel motherboard market.  The story can be summed up like this: Intel apparently isn't fond of how big ASUS has gotten in terms of OEM (to HP, Dell, etc) and ODM (ASUS-branded boards) sales and that the motherboard giant can push back when proded by Intel.  Intel doesn't like being pushed at all - we

Source: The Inquirer

AMD releases TWKR branded Phenom II CPUs for...tweaking

Subject: Processors | June 25, 2009 - 04:25 PM |
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Do you overclock your CPU with any form of liquid gas?  If not, this product isn't really for you.  Which is good, because according to The Inquirer, these CPUs are going to be REALLY hard to get a hold of...

AMD has pushed out a very select few processors with the "TWKR" brand on them meant for the highly specialized art of extreme overclocking.  We aren't talking a few hundred MHz here, we are talking about a couple GHz. 

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair Launches New 128GB and 64GB Performance Series Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 04:24 PM |
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Fremont, CA. June 25th, 2009.

Windows 7 pricing announced, totally awesome (for a while)

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM |
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Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple.  Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it.  It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early.  Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99.  Nor

Ubuntu puts on a tie

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped.  That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme.  Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu.  Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.

Source: Phoronix

You don't need a theme or a CNC machine to make a great system

Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well.  The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice.  Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.

Source: Guru of 3D

Take it, it is Your Book now; or else!

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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Looking nice in shiny white and standing all of 6.7" tall, 3.9" wide, and 6.3" deep, the Western Digital My Book World Edition II
might just help save your sanity.  Since it is easy to use, looks relatively attractive and is small enough to hide if necessary, this NAS might be just the thing to get your friends and family members to actually do a back up of their important stuff.  Just a few minutes

Gaming companies have an idEA

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Source: Shacknews

LIVE! PC Perspective Podcast #62 on TWiT Live!

Subject: Editorial | June 24, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Every Wednesday you can watch the editors of PC Perspective host our weekly podcast on live streaming video.  We should be starting it about 10pm ET or so! You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!

Spend time working more on the performance than the name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Thermaltake's new line of coolers all bear similar names, the ISGC-100, 200 and now the 300.  That last model, the Thermaltake ISGC-300 is the subject in Think Computers testing today.  At well over a pound and a bit over 6" tall, this cooler comes with the universal warning all Core i7 coolers seem to, make sure it is not to big for where you are trying to stick it.  The extra bulk does prove effective on this cooler, as it does with t

Tag teaming Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2009 - 03:34 PM |
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With the amount of hardware flowing through PC Perspective it is inevitable that the same product can end up on two different review benches, as was the case with the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P 790FXmotherboard.  In this instance Steve got to do a lot of the initial hard work, with a Phenom X3 780 BE and 2x2GB of OCZ's DDR3-1600.  The testing went well and covers storage, gaming, graphics and overall system performance.  His overclocking saw al

A peek at Propus

Subject: Processors | June 24, 2009 - 01:05 PM |
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Drop by Silicon Madness for a look under the cover of the new Propus core, with no L3 cache which should hopefully be hitting the streets in the fall as the AMD Athlon II X4 600 series.  You can also expect to see Rana, which will be a pared down Propus core and be sold as the AMD Athlon II X3 400 series. 

Slow day at work?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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You can always find a fun web based game to while away the hours stuck in your chair, since doing actual work would just be silly no matter how bored you are.  How about trying a persistent player versus player web based fighting game that goes by the name of Disciple.  It is totally free apart from one small special area and even the quests are based around finding various players to slaughter.  You can hunt NPCs if you wish, but all the quests can also be completed by killing other players.  Ta

Source: Gamepyre

AMD has a vision; but it is a secret

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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If what DigiTimes has heard from an unnamed source is correct, come September AMD will have a new open platform strategy for their mobile lineup.  The introduction of Tigris will see Better By Design, the sticker that comes on AMD based mobile devices replaced by three tiers of Vision branding.  There is a good chance you will see this new branding on Gateway mobile PCs as well as HP's products.

Source: Digitimes

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces New Fab 2 Executive Leadership Team

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 11:30 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company's next semiconductor fabrication facility, or "fab," at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York.

No price too high for performance

Subject: Memory | June 23, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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The OCZ Blade 3x2GB PC3-16000 isn't just about raw speed, though 2GHz memory certainly does that, it is also about not sacrificing timings, and at 7-8-7-20 they have achieved that goal too.  The sacrifice that did need to be made is the price; at $450 the entry fee is pretty steep.

AMD still keen on the importance of DX11 in 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2009 - 05:42 PM |
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It would seem that AMD execs are still out for blood when it comes to the pending battle for Windows 7 and DX11 gaming.  In a story posted over at the Inquirer, AMD's Rick Bergman is quoted as saying that developer support for DX11 will be much quicker than the adoption of DX10 and should come even before the end of the year. 

Intel working on 320GB SSDs for Q4

Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 04:33 PM |
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According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter.  Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology.  While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can

Source: Fudzilla