Viva la revolucion

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2008 - 01:32 PM |

Palit's new Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 stands out among other X2s thanks to it's 3 slot design.  They have thrown a large overclock on this already hot card and kept the temperatures within reason by adding a huge cooler to the card.  They didn't waste that extra space on the back, in addition to a pair of exhaust vents there is a VGA connector, Display Port, HDMI and a single DVI.  Check out the performance at Overclockers Online, who never broke 72 degrees Celsius in their testing with

A big win for DX10

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

FarCry 2 is a showcase for DX10 and what it can bring to gaming if used properly.  From their previous testing, [H]ard|OCP showed that the performance in DX10 does not bog down as it has in previous titles.  Now they set off to display the visual differences you will see between ultra high settings in DX9 and ultra high DX10.  Lighting effects, shadows and antialiasing all show the biggest differences, and though they may be hard to spot during intense action, they certainly

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Which kind of tape works the best?

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

With a just a piece of paper and some tape, doctors maybe be able to make a diagnosis for many diseases.  While you might not be terribly impressed if House was to pull that trick on prime time TV, it might be more impressive in the middle of a tropical country that doesn't have all those nice modern medical devices, especially if you happen to be visiting there. 
There is even a link to the original article in the Slashdot comments if you want to learn more about the processing power of a pie

Source: Slashdot

If you have to take it all with you

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 05:48 PM |

If you are a data pack rat, and can't imagine reducing the size of your absolutely needed data to a mere 64GB so that it will fit on a thumb drive then Seagate has your answer.  The

It's only a dirty word if you don't know what you are doing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 9, 2008 - 03:37 PM |

Audiophiles are really getting a bad name thanks to the influx of buyers with a lot of dollars and almost no sense.  For instance, there is a company that sells magic rocks for your amp, audiophile grade wall warts and $7000 cable that claims to have stabilizing technology analogous to the shocks on your car.  For those who are simply looking for the best a

Source: AnandTech

Exactly what you would expect from Lian Li

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 9, 2008 - 02:54 PM |

Lian Li has entered the PSU market, with one of their flagship models being the Maxima 750W Power Supply.  From the results of the tests at Overclockers Online, Lian Li provides PSUs at a level of quality equal to their enclosures.  Thanks to that attention to quality, you can also expect to pay a premium for the PSU just as you do for their enclosures.  It is nice to see that you do get what you paid for.

6GB of triple channel RAM is within your reach

Subject: Memory | December 9, 2008 - 12:44 PM |

G.Skill is really pushing it's new PC3-12800 CL9 6GB kit, you can get it on Newegg for just over $200.  Straight out of the box you will be running 1600MHz @ CAS9-9-9-24, or run it at 1333 and tighten the timings to 8 or tighter if you reduce the speed even more.  Check out this triple channel kit at Legion Hardware.

The next big thing in digital cameras?

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 12:08 PM |

Digital SLRs have dropped in price over the past few years, but still remain a big investment.  The trade off is ability to use a selection of lenses for different pictures, something that is especially attractive to someone who has a large collection of lenses from a non-digital SLR.  A company called Micro Four Thirds System might just have a solution that falls in between compact digicams and the SLRs, giving you the size and technology used in the compact cameras and providing you with the ability to swap lenses.  Digital Trends tried out their first offering and were quite

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |

SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).

OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.

Source: AMD

22" widescreens are the new entry level monitor

Subject: Displays | December 8, 2008 - 03:57 PM |

Envision isn't a big name in monitor, but that didn't stop OCIA from trying out their Envision G218a1 22" professional monitor.  The stats look good, 1680 x 1050, a response time of 5ms, brightness of 300 nit and the contrast ratio is 700:1.  In testing, it did offer enough quality that it would pass for most gamers wanting more screen for less money, but make sure you find it at the $160 price that OCIA did.

Source: OCIA

Maybe the next model will come with a blower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2008 - 03:21 PM |

Lee has just finished his review of the rather stylish CoolerMaster V8, the first heatsink in their new series to be tested here at PC Perspective.  One of the highlights of the cooler is it's very unique shape, which also has some drawbacks as Lee discovered when trying to use other fans on the cooler.  Don't let that stop you from reading the review, even with that small problem this cooler


Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 12:39 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a
development platform which will be available for EA's studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX
technology is the world's most pervasive development platform for physics acceleration in
interactive entertainment.

"PhysX is a great physics solution for the most popular platforms, and we're happy to make it
available for EA's development teams worldwide," said Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer
of EA's Redwood Shores Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

One crowded backplate

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2008 - 12:33 PM |

The 790GX chipset from AMD looks like a veritable Swiss Army knife for outputs, the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

H(er)Ding skateboards and cat videos

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

Broadcasters have taken such liberties with High Definition that it is no longer a definition, it's more of a suggestion.  Cable companies can't agree on a standard and slap the name HD on feeds that barely improve on SD and Blu-ray struggles as most people have no interest in fixing the video feed so that their TV is actually receiving and showing their movie at proper resolution.  Now we have YouTube doing the same thing, calling a sligthly higher bit rate and widescreen support HD.  While it is nice that our videos of silly human tricks will be higher quality, unless Google i

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective forums; more fun that Christmas shopping!

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM |

In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action.  The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter.  The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were.  Together, these two

How big of a bang was it?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM |

Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving.  Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help.  Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.

Story time with the ASUS Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | December 5, 2008 - 01:43 PM |

When you buy a high end laptop, you expect extras.  I'm not convinced that anyone expects a story book, a leather interior and engine noises to be included in those extras, but they are there in the ASUS Lamborghini VX3.  Not included is a top of the line mobile GPU or an SSD, which seems odd in a $3000 laptop.  It still does have some serious power, and will floor any Lamborghini fanatics out there.  Check out t-break to see why.

Source: t-break

You might want to wait for the second revision

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

Danamics have just entered the cooling market with their LM10, a liquid metal cooler with an electromagnet.  Using a solution of sodium and potassium, both of which have an interesting reaction to water and almost guarantee a nice light show if the cooler ever leaks.  The metals are magnetic, which is why the LM10 moves the NaK with an electromagnet, perhaps not the best choice inside a PC.  NordicHardware pitted it against the Thermalright Ultra 120-Extreme, which soundly beat this new type of c

Evil monkey

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 11:35 AM |

In case you haven't seen the story yet, there is a new trojan wandering the web looking for unsuspecting Firefox users.  Once it gets onto your system, either disguising it's self as a valid extension install file or through a vulnerability that will allow it to sneak an install by you, it starts tyring to harvest your usernames and password for a long list of financial institutions.  The Inquirer has heard no news of a fix, but if you never installed Greasemonkey and sudden

Source: The Inquirer

A pair of contests from Intel

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 06:50 PM |

The first of these two new contests asks you to guess the number of reinvented transistors Intel has shipped since the beginning of the year.