PC Perspective Podcast #61 video finally available!

Subject: Editorial | June 22, 2009 - 11:02 PM |
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In a move we are hoping to make a regular feature for the podcast, we
now have a more "polished" version of the podcast recording on VIDEO
for you to view/listen to.  Just a warning: we aren't pretty and the
content is unedited so there MIGHT be the occasional flub up!  We'll
start posting the video along side the audio at our new URL: http://pcper.com/podcast

Not that GMC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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At first glance, the name GMC X7 X-Station makes you think of hybrid station wagon or
maybe one that can go off-road, but it is indeed a PC case, or more specifically a gaming case.  It sports some features that might make you scratch your head, like a pair of power buttons and the ability to swap 3.5" bays for 5.25" bays, but in a way these features do add to the overall usefulness of the case.  Hardware Bistro thought it resembled the Bulldozer case from the same manufactures, not to say that it is a bad thing. 

Hitting the big time

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance.  Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus.  Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.

The sweet sounds of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup.  From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.

Source: TweakTown

LucidLogix Hydra chip shows up in ELSA Japan Remote renderer

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM |
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It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground.  My

The branding of power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 02:06 PM |
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Lee is at his test bed again, this time with a review of the OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700WPSU.  It sports a single 12V line, not that you will have problems with load as it can handle 56A and it claims 80+ certification
so it shouldn't add too much to your electrical bill.  Find out how it picked up a PC Perspective Gold Award in the full review.

True plug and play?

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM |
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Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time.  Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend.  AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade.  Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and

Source: Extremetech

Never a dull moment

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM |
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When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't

Worth installing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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AMDs drive to produce a new graphics driver has resulted in some lackluster updates for users.  In many cases it is not worth the reboot to install the new driver and in some cases it might actually hurt your performance in specific games or CrossfireX setups.  June has brought the Catalyst 9.6 to the public and again those using Radeon cards are scratching their heads wondering if they should install it or not.  X-bit Labs has your answer right here, as they examine the performance im

Source: X-Bit Labs

One motherboard does not a market make

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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Currently there is one motherboard available, the ASUS M4N82 Deluxe, which uses nVIDIA's 780a 980a chipset.  That is it, there are no others for sale and it seems very unlikely as that board is an AM2+ board, not even an AM3 and we have heard in an interview with Jen-Hsun Huang that nVIDIA has abandoned the AMD platform completely.  That may not affect you as a gamer directly, but it certainly af

Friendlier percentages

Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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At $199, the iPhone 3GS is twice as expensive as the basic 3G model and from AnandTech's testing it seems be about 50% faster.  Part of that reason is because the ARM chip that they are using runs at 600MHz as opposed to 412MHz, but the speed bump is not the only reason. The ARM Cortex A8 sports twice the L1 cache and also has a 256KB L2 cache, something that is completely missing from the ARM11 chip that the 3G uses.  It also manages to beat out the Pre.

Source: AnandTech

Mythical performance

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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For the sake of the argument, assume that adding an onboard NIC adds $5 to the cost of a motherboard.  That is certainly high, but let that slide.  For
only $129 you can pick up the EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro and see your ping times drop by a good 3 to 5ms, and you might even see a slight increase in average frames per second in multiplayer games.  For a measly 2500% price increase you will see about a 10% increase in network speed.  Check Hot Hardware's revi

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce 200M GPU Update - Power numbers and efficiency

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 06:20 PM |
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Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs.  At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc.  We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.

A step in the right direction

Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 06:07 PM |
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It is well worth hunting down a new Core i7 975 EE as opposed to the older 965 for several reasons that might not be noticeable at first glance.  The 975 clocks in at 3.33 GHz, which is only 130MHz faster than the 965 and they both use the same 1333MHz bus speed.  The power tells a different story, the 975 uses 1.15V compared to 1.35V on the 965.  That translates directly into less heat being produced, and tied in with the superior design

Source: futurelooks

Pretty much official: new Xbox coming in 2010

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 05:14 PM |
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Many people, including myself, scoffed when reading this article over at 1UP.com that hypothesized a new Xbox console would be coming along with the Project Natal motion sensing technology as soon as next year. 

Source: TG Daily

Enermax gives you wings

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 18, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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If you are looking for a large case that can manage a watercooling system, but only want to spend around $100, consider the Enermax Phoenix Neo Aluminumcase.  It has an eye catching 250mm fan on the side, which offers some serious air flow, and Enermax was nice enough to ship it without the LED hooked up.  You can enable it quickly if you so desire.  There was plenty of room for Techware Labs to fit a test system in, and at 216mm deep most c

Serial SSD killer

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world.  He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel.  His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller.  Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.

In for the Win?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 18, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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It takes some serious chutzpa for a relative newcomer into the PSU market to price their PSUs up with the big names.  This is exactly what In Win has done with their $210 Commander 850 850W Power Supply.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Industries Golden Child

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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For a very recent spin-off company, Global Foundries is doing well.  AMD's 40nm process guarantees them work today, while their 28nm looks after tomorrow.  T-RAM, who are working on a new type of transistor called a thyristor are working with them, they are a member of the IBM Technology Alliance and now they are in talks with nVIDIA.  TSMC has been supplying nVIDIA's 40nm chips and while they have had yield problems in the past, they now claim to have fixed them.  Since AMD's plan is to skip 4

Source: The Inquirer

Details of Intel Core i7, i5, i3 branding finally shown

Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 12:05 AM |
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Earlier today Intel announced some non-news about officially revealing the branding of the Intel Core i5 and Core i3 processors - but with basically NO details on what was going to be what.  Well our good buddy Anand has fixed all that by showing us how the breakdown will be made.

Source: AnandTech