The fresh smell of ASUS

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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The ASUS N50Vn is a 15.4" notebook with a native 1280 x 800 resolution and comes with a "Air Ionizer" button.  Push the button and the notebook will purify the air around you, though it won't clean up what you choose to display on the screen.  Inside the model that InsideHW reviewed you will find a C2D T5850 @ 2.16GHz, 4GB of DDR2 and a nVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT, all

Source: InsideHW

'Little people' GPU wrestling

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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In one corner you have AMD's fast card, the $200 Radeon HD 4890 1GB and in the other corner a pair of
HD 4770s that together add up to $220
.  The pair of cards have access to more shaders, while the single card has better memory bandwidth making the contest look inter

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Come see our travel slide show

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The pictures are up from PC Perspective at Quakecon and you can see them all here.  There are shots of just about everything you could imagine, starting with a quick look at the BYOC event and a new game from id that had a lot of people excited.  Two different breeds of modders showed up, one who excel at designing modifications to cases or simply creating their own from scratch.  The second group were much cooler, seeing as how they are carting around exotic cooling liquids as they search for the highest overclock.  The hu

A great addition to any HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2009 - 05:14 PM |
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The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card is a PCIe card, giving it that extra bandwidth necessary for HD video.  It can handle both digital and analog signals, in case you have elderly appliances that are not up to handling digital input.  Its dual nature comes from the ability to let you watch one program while recording another to your PC or a TiVO and other PVRs. 

Source: Gamepyre

The ASUS Superhighway

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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The ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard sports an incredible seven PCIe 16x slots along with a $450 price tag, making it attractive to only a few of the most driven enthusiasts.  In order to manage that feat ASUS placed two NF200 chipsets
on the board to provide the extra PCIe lanes.  The gaming performance of those NF200s did not impress [H]ard|OCP overly, what

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It's not all about the frags, you have to have style too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2009 - 04:04 PM |
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Legit Reviews offers a quick look at the case mods which appeared at QuakeCon's BYOC event.  15 different mods running from barbecues to Lego, there are some interesting sights to see.  There are inexpensive mods like the system in a milk crate design to the expensive Quad in One system which houses four complete systems in one oversized box.  Drop by for a look.

Micron's miniaturization

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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Micron will be undergoing a lot of product changes over the next year as they switch from their current 68nm process in favour of smaller technologies.  In 2010 you should expect to see both Micron's direct products as well as the chips from Inotera, their joint venture with Nanya, move to a 50nm process.  The year after that they will make the move to 40nm.  That move will help reduce their manufacturing costs as well as bringing down the heat produced. 
Hopefully they will avoid the problems we h.ave seen in other companies 40nm process. 

Source: Digitimes

Of Peace, Love, Rockets and the Gaylord

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The most interesting topic in the forums this weekend is, and will continue to be, Ryan, Josh and Steve representing PC Perspective at QuakeCon 2009.  Ryan already has some shots up from John Carmack's keynote speech and a look around of the first full day of QuakeCon.  Even more popular is Ryan's post in the forums about the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, with a list of the prizes he his giving out.  The list is a little short,

ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Driver - Everything you want to know and why you should care

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 05:58 PM |
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With five months of ATI Catalyst driver blogs under our belt, we are seeing a growing engagement from the community via this blog site. Please keep up the great comments and suggestions and we will endeavor to answer as many as we can. So, without further ado – let me introduce the ATI Catalyst 9.8 Driver Release!

Game Optimizations: ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Driver

Source: AMD

AMD demos DX11 hardware at QuakeCon 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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UPDATE: We have embedded a video we showed at our workshop for a video preview of DX11 in action!!

UPDATE 2: I have also added the trailer for DiRT 2 shown at QuakeCon 2009, a game that will be utilizing DX11

Cause your own brown outs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2009 - 03:07 PM |
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At 1500W, the new SilverStone Strider is for the seriously power hungry machine and believe it or not, it has a 80 PLUS Silver certification.  It weighs in at 4.2kg (9.25lbs) and is 220mm (8.5") long, so make sure you are not going to put this beast in a microATX case.  Pure Overclock was disappointed with SilverStone in one particular area, this PSU comes with a 3 year warranty instead of the more common 5yr warranty.  Apart from that the build is solid and this is a PSU that could even cause jealousy.

Pretend you need it for school

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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Having just updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard early this week with various components like MSI's new flagship X58 motherboard, a sub $200 HD4890 and some incredible deals on DDR3; it seems only appropriate to offer other choices.  PC Stats has finished updating their three system recommendations.  Their budget and mainstream PCs are both AMD machines, the X2 245 powering the $500 machine and the X4 920 inside of the $1000 build.  The $2000 machine is where

Source: PCStats

The most popular kid at the Prom

Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions.  This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller.  A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is.  This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the

Source: BCCHardware

Drop us a hint, will ya?

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's chipset business may not be doing as badly as we thought.  They are still providing chipsets for Apple's products and it seems that Jobs' crew is quite happy with what nVIDIA has provided as they are going to be picking up two new ones.  Three MCPs are expected, a pair for Intel based systems including those Apples and a single solution for AMD systems.  The information is pretty sparse, DigiTimes has the parts of the story we know.

Source: Digitimes

LIVE at QuakeCon 2009 - opening presentation and John Carmack Keynote

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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UPDATE: The live event is over, of course, but you can see the saved videos on UStream.  There is a span

Cry Havok and let loose the PhysX war

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2009 - 02:58 PM |
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In one corner is the CPU calculated physics software called Havok and in the other corner is what used to be Ageia's and is now nVIDIA's proprietary GPU physics program, PhsyX.

Source: Tech ARP

This dragon doesn't require a treasure trove

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 13, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Value cases have certainly changed in recent years.  What once was a cream coloured case with 2 5.25" bays and an 80mm exhaust fan has changed to cases like the  ~$50 Lancool DragonLord PC-K56.  Tool less design, 120mm exhaust and intake fans, 5 5.25" bays, 8 vented expansion slots in the back and even rubber grommets for watercooling.  Check out this value priced case at Pro-Clockers.

AMD has a new gift for their fans

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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The Deneb based Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor is AMD's new top of the line product.  The core is running at a nice and speedy 3.4 GHz, but the memory controller, HT link, and L3 cache are untouched, still  running at 2 GHz.  AMD has set the price at $245, a nice attractive price for a drop in upgrade.  Josh tests this 140W processor as far as it can go and a bit bey

Still down with the ACC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 13, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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Advanced Clock Calibration, what can't it do?  First it was the dual and triple channel Phenom IIs seeing their unused cores being unlocked and forced to become useful.  Then as people got wind of that ability there was a huge upswing in returned CPUs as everyone tried to find a CPU whose disabled cores were flawless.  Now it turns out that the Semprons  know the same trick.  The $40 Sempron 140 can

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair Launches World’s Fastest High Capacity USB Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | August 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive.

The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory.