Computex 2009: Thermaltake Level 10 Chassis on Video

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2009 - 05:23 AM |

Earlier this week I posted a photo preview of the new Thermaltake Level 10 chassis - a very unique design that you will either completely fall in love with or ...not.  I personally am pretty much in love with the looks and am curiously hesitant on the performance and function of the unit.

Now you can see a walk through on the design on video with help from Thermaltake's Ramsom Koay.

LIVE! This Week in Computer Hardware with Ryan Shrout and Leo Laporte

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 06:00 PM |

Every Thursday at 6pm ET you can watch me, Ryan Shrout, host a show with Leo Laporte of TWiT and The Screen Savers fame on PC hardware.  You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!

Corsair's powerful new flagship

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 03:03 PM |

Corsair has finally filled the gap between their 620W and their 1000W PSUs with the release of the Corsair HX850W
Not only does that fit them into the sweet spot for enthusiast power needs, it also signals a change in the internals of the PSU.  Previous models failed to impress [H]ard|OCP very much, they did the job but at a lower level than other PSUs of similar wattage.  Now we are seeing CWT's DSG platform inside, as opposed to t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

At least the technology is mature

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 01:46 PM |

It has been going on long enough to have become a new tradition.  Intel has new chips to release, but they sit on them until AMD is scheduled to announce a new CPU and within hours of that announcement Intel is trying to steal back everyones attention by finally letting those chips loose.  The X2 250 and X2 550 were big releases, they are a big improvement from the previous architecture.

Holy monkey bladders, it's Monkey Island!

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 12:44 PM |

Guybrush Threepwood is back in two completely different ways, three including a cameo in a certain Civ4 mod. The first of the games being release is The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which is a remake of the 1990 classic.  Updated graphics, music and voice-overs from the original cast should keep those with no memories of the Island of Melee interested while the rest enjoy a little nostalgia.

Source: Offworld

Titillating Tessellation

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 3, 2009 - 12:16 PM |

At first glance, more news about tessellation in games raises very little interest; we have been hearing that it is just around the corner for almost a decade now.  A second look reveals that not only are they right this time, but AMD has the fully DX11 compliant 40nm silicon to prove it.  Sure the current generation of GPUs from AMD can do tessellation in benchmarks, but no games support the technology.  With DX11 we will finally see the arrival of tessellation as well as some other interesting improvements.  You can find pict

A good gaming case for around $100

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 04:02 PM |

Comparing the Antec 900 gaming case to the AZZA Solano 1000 seems fair, as both will run you the same amount of money, barring rebates.  The outside look is very similar, with top mounted buttons and inputs as well as a fan, but inside you can't help but notice some differences, like the 230mm side fan.  The intake fans are b

Great idea; lousy follow through

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 02:41 PM |

At first glance the ASUS W90Vp looks like one incredible laptop; you get a Q9000, dual 320GB HDD, and 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM @ DDR2-667. The LCD is a high quality 1080p display
which makes sense as there are a pair of mobility HD4870's in Crossfire inside this beast.  Unfortunately, those cards will lead you to discover something horrible about the state of AMDs mobile driver, as AnandTech realized when testing this laptop.  Check out this 12lb powerhouse here.

Source: AnandTech

Say goodbye to an old friend

Subject: Processors | June 2, 2009 - 01:39 PM |

The Brisbane core has been with us for quite a while now, powering the majority of new AMD builds and now it is finally time to retire.  New on the stage is the 3GHz Athlon II X2 250, the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X2 550 (Black Edition), and last but not least is the Phenom II X4 905E.  Not only are we seeing new chip designs; we are also seeing a new manufacturer, as this is our introduction to chips fabbed my Global Foundries.  To get the bad news out of the way, when Josh tested it against the 3.16GHz E8500, the Intel chip still maintained a performance lead.

Sing along with Jen-Hsun

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 2, 2009 - 12:49 PM |

"C is for CUDA, that's good enough for thee!"

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Nano Processor Powers New Tongfong Thin and Light Notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:53 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform by Tongfong, one of China's leading notebook providers, for their new Tongfong S30A 13.3" thin and light notebook.

The Tongfong S30A includes the high performance yet power efficient 64-bit 1.3GHz+ VIA Nano U2250 processor coupled with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics for an HD video proficient, DirectX 10.1 certified notebook.


Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |

COMPUTEX 2009 - TAIPEI - JUNE 2, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation and industry partners today unveiled 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, the world's smallest and lowest power computer-on-a-chip. These new Tegra-based devices, which include netbooks and tablets, deliver desktop-class Internet browsing with Flash video and animation acceleration, and up to 1080p video playback.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel and AMD CPUs Just Got Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 11:32 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., June 2, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today debuted the new Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 high-performance CPU cooler at Computex 2009.

Working in concert with ASEtek, a worldwide leader in liquid cooling systems for high-performance computing, Corsair has developed an eas

Corsair launches Obsidian Series 800D high-performance chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 11:25 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., June 2nd, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today at Computex 2009 announced its entry into the PC chassis category with the launch of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D.

Flexible, roomy and sturdy, the Obsidian Series 800D full tower chassis was designed exclusively by Corsair and incorporates features demanded by the enthus

UCP 900W is certified 80 Plus Gold!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 11:20 AM |

May 26th 2009 - Cooler Master proudly announces the 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving a typical efficiency of 90.05% .

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed. Today, marks a new era in the company's foray into the market of power supplies. With the UCP reaching new 80 Plus Gold specifications, Cooler Master has put itself at the cutting edge of PSU design.

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows 4890 OC and 4650 AGP cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 11:10 AM |

While wandering around the nearly-deserted Hall 1 of Computex, we ran into some friends at Gigabyte that had a couple of interesting things to show us. 

First up was a custom built Radeon HD 4890 1GB graphics card that will come overclocked to 900 MHz compared to the 850 MHz stock frequency.

Computex 2009: NVIDIA gives away 3D Vision, but not really

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 06:33 AM |

Imagine my excitement when I heard the words "free 3D vision" muttered by the CEO of NVIDIA at a recent press conference!?!  After all, in my testing of the active-shutter glasses-based 3D Vision gaming accessory I found the experience to be simply awesome and I urged every user to give this technology a try for themselves, even if it meant hunting down a demo.  And now to get it for FREE??

Unfortunately what NVIDIA was referring to was this:

Computex 2009: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Chassis Revealed!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 05:39 AM |

Though this isn't the first unveiling of the Corsair Obsidian 800D case, it might be the first time any of you have seen it.  The chassis is due out in late June / early July and shaping up to be one of the most impressive components for an enthusiast system we have seen in a while. 

The case is BIG and it is HEAVY - but has all the fit and finish to make me want to transfer my components on over to it.  And I will in fact be doing that this summer.

Computex 2009: NVIDIA and Adobe finally announce GPU-accelerated Flash!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 02:09 AM |

In what will likely be one of the biggest boons for the ION platform and the netbook/nettop market, NVIDIA and Adobe just announced a partnership for GPU-accelerated Flash content: both games and video.

Computex 2009: ASUS shows off new EeeNAS, EeePC Tablet and Eee Seashells

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2009 - 11:09 PM |

ASUS is having a press event today to announce a host of new products focused on the Eee brand as you might have guessed. First up  is the touch screen tablet EeePC, the T91: