Bringing home twins

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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ATI's Radeon HD 4730 uses a 700MHz 55nm RV770 GPU, not the 40nm tech that the HD4770 does, though the RAM is GDDR5 on both cards.  This makes the HD4730 a bit of an odd duck, as it is more a bridge between the 4800 series and the 4770, a spot well filled by the HD4850.  The HD4850 can be had, right now, for about $100; the 4770 has not yet arrived on the market but is expected to sell for around $80.  Drop by InsideHW to see if a pair of these cards is worth picking up or i

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Have you lost weight recently?

Subject: Displays | July 16, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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The Samsung SyncMaster P2370
is a 23", 1920x1080 LCD which is about 1.25" thick.  The stylish design is the main focus of this display, The Tech Zone didn't spot ghosting but they didn't sound convinced it would be there for a hard core gamer.  The brightness and colour contrast were certainly acceptable, so this display might be best used to watch movies.  With it's ability to show true 1080p quality and its stylish design, it would satisfy most HTPC enthusiasts.

This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH) #32 Video Available

Subject: Editorial | July 16, 2009 - 01:51 PM |
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Yesterday's TWiCH show (This Week in Computer Hardware) is now available for streaming right here on PC Perspective.  TWiCH is a weekly live show usually hosted by Ryan Shrout of PC Perspective and Leo Laporte of This Week in Tech and airs Wednesday's at 6pm ET / 3pm PT on http://live.twit.tv/

EVGA Introduces InterView Dual-Display

Subject: Displays | July 16, 2009 - 01:28 PM |
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BREA, California - July 16, 2009 - EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge graphics cards and motherboard manufacturer, today announced the availability of the InterView, with two rotatable super-thin high resolution 17" TFT LCD displays supported by one desktop stand.

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Huge storage space, tiny power needs

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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Although it will cost you a bit of a premium, the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TBgives you huge amount of storage in a single 3.5" HDD thanks to 4 500GB platters.  The LP denotes a low power drive, in this case the drive is designed to run at an odd 5900RPM.  That slightly increased platter speed, along with the 32MB cache ensure that this drive is not left eating the dirt of a 7200RPM drive.  While it's performance did lag behind the

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As seen on TWiT.tv

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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Those of you who have seen last nights live podcast will have heard of the hardware and software problems with the Marvell chip implementation of 6.0Gbs SATA.  ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI are all either delaying boards or removing the chips and support for the new SATA standard altogether.  We heard from Marvell during the podcast and Ryan read their statement live.  You can see the text version here, discussing the issue and what legacy support of PATA might or might not have to do with the problems.

Corsair SSD additions and changes

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 10:37 AM |
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Corsair has updated their SSD pages to include the new Indilinx controller based Extreme Series.  While their stated spec of 240 MB/sec read and 170 MB/sec write seems very nice, we can expect them to perform like the other Indilinx-based units out there without the use of the special Indilinx TRIM tool.

UPDATED: SATA 6G launch delayed to do tech issues on nearly all P55 boards

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2009 - 01:00 AM |
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This Syren has a nice pair

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 06:13 PM |
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MSI, feeling discontented with only having motherboards, laptops and mice has expanded their product line up to include speakers.  The MSI SyrenSpeaker Mini
2.0 are an awfully cute 50x50x50mm box shape and weigh in at only 170g, so they are perfect for a mobile system or your desk at work.  They won't stand up to a 7.1 surround sound system, but at a 1/10th of the cost, they really are not designed to.  Check them out at Verdis Reviews.

Intel to open up fab facilities with task-specific designs

Subject: Processors | July 15, 2009 - 05:51 PM |
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If what Semiaccurate is saying holds weight, this could be a very big move in the microprocessor manufacturing world.  Apparently during an analyst meeting this morning the company's Senior VP Anand Chandrasekher made a small note during a presentation that could have dramatic effects on how Intel and the silicon production markets function.

Source: General

Intel Lynnfield and P55 Launch rumored as September 8-11

Subject: Processors | July 15, 2009 - 05:50 PM |
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I don't know if I've ever seen a variable launch date for a processor before, but Digitimes is reporting that Intel is planning to release the much anticipated Lynnfield processors (known as BOTH Core i7 and Core i5) along with the accompanying P55 chipset in mid September. 

Desktop-based Lynnfield CPUs and P55 chipsets will be announced between September 8-11.
Source: Digitimes

Petite PC accessory

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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The body of the EnerMax Aurora Micro Aluminum Keyboard is one solid piece of aluminium with matte black plastic keys with what Enermax claims to be 'Everlasting key top printing', in a compact form factor. 
This means that while it does keep the solidity of the design, anyone who finds that one-size-fits-all gloves do anything but fit are going to have troubles with the some of the tiny keys.  If you do have hands on the small

Which flavour is your netbook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2009 - 02:03 PM |
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If a company wants to bring down the price of a netbook, one of the easiest ways to accomplish that is to remove the Windows license from the machine and install Linux or another open source OS.  By not installing Windows you can sell a netbook for a noticeably
lower price and in some cases Linux will allow the netbook to perform better.  The question of which distro of Linux to use still remains, so Phoronix loaded up a Dell Inspiron Mini with OpenSolaris and then with Ubuntu to see which is the better OS for this application. 

Source: Phoronix

Dibs on the Marauder

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 12:52 PM |
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FASA has released its MechWarrior IP and one of the original creators of the PC games, Jordan Weisman has started a new company called 42 Entertainment which will be reviving the franchise as a multiplayer game.  His plan is to have a CoD4 like perpetual world with an upgradeable skill set to ensure that those who spend a lot of time in a favourite Mech will be rewarded.  There are also hints that the skills will apply to weapons as well.  You can check out the teaser video and get some

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Faster than a speeding RoadRunner

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 12:25 PM |
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Show a little maturity

Subject: Memory | July 14, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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There is no question that DDR3-200, aka PC3-16000 DIMMs are very fast, even with the timings at higher values than slower DIMMs.  There is a question about their reliability as many review sites, such as AnandTech are seeing frequent deaths during testing.  In some cases overvolting is to blame, when the voltage heads over 1.65V to allow better overclocking performance, the chances of failure also increase.  Seeing deaths at 1.50V is another thing altogether.  AnandTech gathered together a represe

Source: AnandTech

GlobalFoundries teases with customer announcements pending

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2009 - 03:54 PM |
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GlobalFoundries has a couple of interesting news bits for us today as SEMICON West starts up in California this week.  First up was a call from GF to drive development on the existing 300mm wafer technology rather than hastily move to 450mm wafers as many in the industry are calling for.

Designed instability

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2009 - 03:27 PM |
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Drop by Madshrimps for an indepth look at Back to Back CAS Latency timings in your Core i7 motherboard.  It is a tale of strange instabilities, low clock challenges and memory behaving a bit oddly.  By the end you will have a grasp on a BIOS setting that if used properly could increase your systems speed or give you a way to increase stability at the cost of a bit of speed.  Check out another important new BIOS setting Intel's new architecture has brought us in this article.

Source: Madshrimps

Sneaking a peek at an i5 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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It is really a bit of a tease, but a preview of an upcoming Gigabyte board that will power Core i5 processors is still worth looking at.  We know some of the stats, like the 24 power phases feeding the CPU, SATA 6Gbs and the mega back plate, but for now you can't see any benchmarks.  There are plenty of pretty pictures at The Tech Report to feast your eyes on.

Who you calling four eyes!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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At under $100, the NZXT Zero 2 is a rather decent bargain.  A fairly flashy front panel door in a mirror finished black, with LEDs to highlight it for those who prefer a lit case on one hand.  Four side panel 120mm fans, a pair of 120mm fans on the back panel, a top blowhole and one up in the front offer serious air movement.  It is 8" deep, so even with those side panel fans you should still be able to fit