Not everyone loves the cans

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads.  Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system
.  They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.

Microsoft's curvy mobile mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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As a mobile user, you have either mastered the touchpad or you hate it with a passion and cart around a mouse.  Many mobile mice have appeared on the market, shrunken little wireless versions of desktop mice.  For about $30, Microsoft has an interesting alternative that they have aptly named the Arc mouse.  Its USB wireless receiver fits into a socket built into the mouse, which folds to protect the USB dongle as well as shrinking th

Source: InsideHW

Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge - Will Your Vision of Tomorrow Rock the World?

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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WHEN: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14, 2009.

WHERE: Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest: www.intelcorechallenge.com

Where do we go now

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Ryan has been spending some time thinking about nVIDIA and what their plans are in the near future and has collected his thoughts into a new editorial on the front page.  The company has done a huge about face compared to just a few years ago.  Previously they were having success beating ATI in the graphics card market and then managed to take advantage of the reorganization necessary to bring ATI into the fold at AMD.  They were producing THE enthusiast chipset with the nForce2 and even showing up other onboard audio solutions

NVIDIA and Adobe announce GPU acceleration for Flash 10.1

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2009 - 02:35 AM |
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This news has been building for a long time - we first saw word that GPU-accelerated Flash video was coming back in June at Computex.  Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 will take advantage of the GPU to accelerate not just video but all Flash applications.  This could be, in my mind, the killer feature that finally pushes GPU computing into the mainstream.  Netbooks and nettops based on the NVIDIA ION chipset will now have a significant performance advantage over vanilla Intel-based netbooks in a widely used and important applic

It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition ...

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM |
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Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors.  Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market.  The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well.  Not only are there new techniques to try out w

AMDs collection of choices for the 785G

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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Neoseeker has gathered a five 785G based AMD motherboards, all of which are priced under $100 to see which board shall rule.  For the IGP, it seems that it is the existence of DDR3 sideport memory
that makes all the difference in performance.  Power consumption and overclockability are manufacture based and with ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS and MSI boards to choose you have a choice of different blends.  It will take you a while to get through but if you plan on building an AMD system with integrated graphics,

Source: Neoseeker

Afterburners and Big Bangs, MSI is loud and proud

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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MSI wants you to get the most out of your motherboard so they have stuck an afterburner on it.  You won't have to worry about your fuel-air mix as it is all software but you will have a new way to overclock your graphics card.  The hardware monitoring interface is rather attractive and having various overclocking profiles available at the touch of a key is rather handy.  Does it have a shot at unseating the king of GPU OC tools, RivaTuner?  Read on at the Guru of 3D and find out.

Source: Guru of 3D

Google, a productivity killer? Couldn't be.

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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The Google Wave has hit to a mixed reception in the tech community.  Hailed as the new communications medium it seems that it's blending of Twitter like comments and threads along with an email-ish layout turns out to be a lot like having email and Twitter, only more distracting.  Not too many of the folks at Slashdot have tried it, but if you follow the links in the body of the post you can hear from those who have.

Source: Slashdot

One of the many members of ASUS' mobility lineup

Subject: Mobile | October 1, 2009 - 06:24 PM |
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Even with years of past models to catch up on, ASUS is soldiering along attempting to produce a wider variety of notebooks than motherboards.  The latest review of one of the many ASUS mobility products comes from InsideHW, a member of the Versatile Performance series, the F50Sv.  It is a 16" model with a 1366x768 LCD, hiding an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 on a SiS 671DX+968
chipset with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 210M
to power the graphics.   While that mix of components will not win it any pri

Source: InsideHW

Zalman isn't all about flowers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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The enclosure business just keeps getting more and more crowded as companies that never had anything to do with chassis building jump into the market.  Up for review this time is a company that made its name with floral patterned CPU heatsinks,

Source: BCCHardware

Corsair goes to the movies

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Corsair has put together a two part video on putting a system together; specifically how to assemble a system using Corsair parts. Parts like the Corsair H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler
as well as memory and a PSU, placed into their Obsidian chassis. 

Just trim off a few nanometres and maybe a core or two

Subject: Processors | October 1, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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If you still haven't had enough news about Intel's new 32nm processors after reading Ryan's article and listening to us gab about it on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, then head to X-bit Labs!  They get up close and personal with Clarkdale and its architecture in their new preview.  They talk about Intel's infamous Tick-Tock strategy that drives their current product roadmap and al

Source: X-Bit Labs

The unsung hero of IDF

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak.  A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures.  USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i

Source: Extremetech

Another good day to love the GPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2009 - 06:50 PM |
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Two big news items today, one of which has been kept secret and one that we knew was coming.  First from AMD we have the HD5890s little brother, the HD5850.  In many ways it is similar, 1GB of GDDR5 and support for EyeFinity are the most important features it has kept.  The differences come in the sheer power available which is less than the 5890 but still far ahead of the HD4890.  See for yourself in Ryan's full review.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New Supercomputer

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New
Supercomputer

Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".

Source: NVIDIA

Patriot's solid disk technology

Subject: Storage | September 30, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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Patriot's Torqx 128GB MLC SSD uses the familiar Indilinx Bigfoot controller and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB flavours.  The 128GB model is what is up for review at Legit Reviews, compared to all the other SSDs they have had a chance to test.  We know that this drive will support TRIM in Windows 7 but they did not have a chance to test that particular feature.  You can be guaranteed that all the other features are covered in their full review.

LIVE from the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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PC Perspective is LIVE at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose and we will be covering the opening keynote that starts at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.  Check back just before the show gets started!

Use the BatPhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX.  They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates.  They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is.  Drop by and see the results.

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Of Javascript, blips, waves and sandboxes

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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Google is looking to replace the old standby for email, SMTP, with a high performance javascript program called Wave.  It would even seem that the much maligned Chrome Frame plug in for IE was specifically to allow use of Wave, as Microsoft disbelieves in providing a high speed javascript rendering engine for its browser.  Wave bears more resemblance to a threaded forum or Twitter, but it is server and client based, so can be used in large networks but at the same time it is decentralized and can be run independently of
Google. 

Source: Ars Technica