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Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2010 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Corsair Dominator GTX2 PC3-18000 CL8
DDR3 memory kit is flexible thanks to having 2 different stock speeds and timings. For the AMD user, DDR3-1900 @ 6-6-6-18
will be the base speed and for the Intel user the more impressive DDR3-2250 @ 8-8-8-24. Hardware Canucks took advantage of the variable timings available to see just how many ways they could tweak the memory by tightening the timings on an Intel P55 machine and an X58 system as well.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2010 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Around about $100 the graphics market gets a little crowded, with several nVIDIA cards and quite a few AMD cards. The newest is the HD5670 also at the $100 level,
Subject: Storage | February 2, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SSDs are quickly maturing now that they have hit the market; one of the latest companies to put out a second revision of their drive is Kingston with their SSDNow V+ Series (Rev 2.0) 128GB drive. They utilize different flash memory inside but the big difference is a new controller, which changes the rated as well as observed speeds. Once Futur
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much to the dismay of companies like Acronis and Norton, every single version of Windows 7 comes with a built in system image disk utility. Hidden away in the Control Panel, under System and Maintenance is a Backup and Restore icon which gives you access to the utility. The first time you use it you run the Set up backup to create your first image and specify its location, after that the back up is incremental, Windows 7 will back up the changes to your system, not require you to invest the time needed to make a new image. You can also create a system repair disk from the sam
Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 10:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
During CES, Dell made a buzz by announcing an Alienware branded netbook. The buzz wasn't so much that it was a netbook, but the fact it really wasn't much of a netbook at all. The Alienware M11x is more of a subnote sporting a Core 2 SU4100 processor, 2GB RAM (upgradable to 8GB!), and a NVIDIA GT335M GPU which is more than capable of running HD content and games on the 1366x768 LED backlit screen.
Regardless of the netbook / subnote classification, it's certainly one of the fastest performing systems for the size.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2010 - 09:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
Straight from the horse's mouth:
GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 will be the names of the first two GPUs
shipped based on our new GF100 chip!
Subject: Storage | February 1, 2010 - 09:43 PM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are differing models of the Asus UL50-V Laptop, one Core 2 Duo and one a Celeron but both have nVIDIA's G210M with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
powering the 1366x768 15.6" LCD. The one option that seems to be lacking is ability to choose an SSD, all they offer are 5400RPM drives in three different sizes. The model that R&B Mods tested utilizes the C2D Su7300 which did not fare well against the C2D T6400 based Samsung R720 but it comes in as a fair deal at the ~$800 price mark.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2010 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mountain Mods Ascension Crystal Ship is a Create Your Own Case, a part of their new program that lets you spec out a case before you buy. At 24" x 18" x 18", the version that techPowerUp picked will happily hold a full system and a complete water cooling setup and still leave you plenty of room. A mixed construction of aluminium and acrylic ensures both a strong case and a really sharp look. The case is on the expensive side for many, but if you are looking for something unique and useful
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a little something for Valentine's Day, then Thermaltake can help you. They have a contest that will give you a chance at winning one of three small form factor PCs with some solid hardware inside and a Valentine's Day theme on the outside. Scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the rules so that you don't miss your chance.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment. If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components. Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr
Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new revision of the ASUS Maximus III Gene has landed at [H]ard|OCP and they loved this little trooper. It can handle both Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, a pair of PCIe x16 slots as well as 7 SATA ports, 1 eSATA port, 14 USB ports
and a more; all on a uATX board measuring slight less than 10" square. They described the manual overcloc
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing. The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah. You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory. If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ
Subject: Storage | January 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM | Allyn Malventano
Intel and Micron had planned on a Monday morning release, but a leak resulted in the cat being out of the bag so here's a tidbit for those curious. Intel and Micron will be announcing a die shrink of their flash memory. What used to be so-called '2x nm' flash as a future stepping stone is now officially 25nm. This puts Intel and Micron significantly ahead of the competition in terms of die shrink and capacity.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen. Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component. For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it? The point of our forums is to offer you a place where
Subject: Processors | January 29, 2010 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The days of the ridiculously easy to overclock Celerons may have passed but the Celeron line does live on. Take the Intel Celeron E3300 for instance, at $66 it is not expensive and it runs at a decent 2.5GHz on an 800MHz FSB but iXBT Labs gave it a bump to a 1066MHz FSB for an overclocked speed of 3.33GHz. You miss out on a lot of new features and the
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2010 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown took a look at the new Catalyst from AMD, technically the 10.1 driver but actually labelled 9.12. It seems AMD might have been a bit rushed trying to get a new driver for the users of their graphics cards and instead of offering big changes and new features they set up a few bug fixes and marched it out the door. The performance differences are barely noticeable unless you are using the beta Hemlock driver for the HD5970 there is no real reason to up
Subject: Storage | January 29, 2010 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Agility 60GB tries to straddle two worlds of SSDs. At $200 for 60GB it is rather inexpensive and thanks to the use of the Indilinx controller it is not crippled for speed or features. When Neoseeker ran it through their battery of tests they found that while the drive did not live up to the advertising it came close and the difference betwe
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip. AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.