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Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been seeing demos of Microsoft Surface at most trade shows for the past while. Microsoft is rightly proud of this new multi-touch interface; they've come up with a complete replacement for the mouse and keyboard. This does present a lot of challenges when designing a GUI for the Surface if you intend to do more than just offer a virtual keyboard and mouse. Ars Technica has an interview with a design team that is using Surface and goes over some of the obstacles
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To get the most important forum thread out of the way first, PC Perspective is giving away a Smooth Creations system. You have 7 different ways to enter and Ryan has already disqualified Allyn, Josh and myself so you have no excuses not to enter and win even if you live in Outer Elbonia. This machine is not just pretty on the outside inside you will find a Phenom X4 955, a pair of HD4890s, 4GB DDR2 on a Foxconn 790FX, and dual VelociRaptors, all
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2009 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Using an LGA775 or AM2 chip in a case that doesn't allow you to have a 6" tall cooler? At only 47mm (1.8") tall, the Thermaltake MeOrb might be the perfect solution for you. As it is so small, the cooling that it provides does not beat the big boys, it does however beat the stock cooler which is the important goal. BCCHa
Subject: Motherboards | June 26, 2009 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI's newest X58 boards is the DFI UT X58-T3eH8, packed with all the little extras that have earned DFI such a devoted following. It is becoming difficult to stand out with extra features, most motherboard manufacturers are including a lot of them, such as power and reset buttons on the motherboard that can also clear the CMOS or much more efficient onboard cooling systems. Perhaps one way that DFI distinguishes its self is that their p
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive.
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches. This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago. The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support. Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering. Each card
Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2009 - 04:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
A very interesting and detailed editorial over at The Inquirer seems to be shining some light on an internal, inside baseball type fight raging behind the scenes of the Intel motherboard market. The story can be summed up like this: Intel apparently isn't fond of how big ASUS has gotten in terms of OEM (to HP, Dell, etc) and ODM (ASUS-branded boards) sales and that the motherboard giant can push back when proded by Intel. Intel doesn't like being pushed at all - we
Subject: Processors | June 25, 2009 - 04:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
Do you overclock your CPU with any form of liquid gas? If not, this product isn't really for you. Which is good, because according to The Inquirer, these CPUs are going to be REALLY hard to get a hold of...
AMD has pushed out a very select few processors with the "TWKR" brand on them meant for the highly specialized art of extreme overclocking. We aren't talking a few hundred MHz here, we are talking about a couple GHz.
Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA. June 25th, 2009.
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple. Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it. It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early. Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99. Nor
Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped. That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme. Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu. Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.
Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well. The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice. Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.
Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking nice in shiny white and standing all of 6.7" tall, 3.9" wide, and 6.3" deep, the Western Digital My Book World Edition II
might just help save your sanity. Since it is easy to use, looks relatively attractive and is small enough to hide if necessary, this NAS might be just the thing to get your friends and family members to actually do a back up of their important stuff. Just a few minutes
Subject: Editorial | June 24, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Every Wednesday you can watch the editors of PC Perspective host our weekly podcast on live streaming video. We should be starting it about 10pm ET or so! You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's new line of coolers all bear similar names, the ISGC-100, 200 and now the 300. That last model, the Thermaltake ISGC-300 is the subject in Think Computers testing today. At well over a pound and a bit over 6" tall, this cooler comes with the universal warning all Core i7 coolers seem to, make sure it is not to big for where you are trying to stick it. The extra bulk does prove effective on this cooler, as it does with t
Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2009 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the amount of hardware flowing through PC Perspective it is inevitable that the same product can end up on two different review benches, as was the case with the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P 790FXmotherboard. In this instance Steve got to do a lot of the initial hard work, with a Phenom X3 780 BE and 2x2GB of OCZ's DDR3-1600. The testing went well and covers storage, gaming, graphics and overall system performance. His overclocking saw al
Subject: Processors | June 24, 2009 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Silicon Madness for a look under the cover of the new Propus core, with no L3 cache which should hopefully be hitting the streets in the fall as the AMD Athlon II X4 600 series. You can also expect to see Rana, which will be a pared down Propus core and be sold as the AMD Athlon II X3 400 series.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can always find a fun web based game to while away the hours stuck in your chair, since doing actual work would just be silly no matter how bored you are. How about trying a persistent player versus player web based fighting game that goes by the name of Disciple. It is totally free apart from one small special area and even the quests are based around finding various players to slaughter. You can hunt NPCs if you wish, but all the quests can also be completed by killing other players. Ta
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If what DigiTimes has heard from an unnamed source is correct, come September AMD will have a new open platform strategy for their mobile lineup. The introduction of Tigris will see Better By Design, the sticker that comes on AMD based mobile devices replaced by three tiers of Vision branding. There is a good chance you will see this new branding on Gateway mobile PCs as well as HP's products.