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Subject: Motherboards | March 2, 2010 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are finally witness to the release of a new chipset from AMD, the 890GX, which brings several new innovations to AMD systems. The most noticeable and also the most disappointing is the support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. In Josh's testing the SB850 southbridge would not recognize his SATA 2 HDD properly and limited it to SATA 150 and even still that performance was not up to Intel's. On the plus side there is now a pair of PCI-E 2.0 lanes
ensuring plenty of bandwidth for USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, once they sort out the issues. To find out more about the transfer rate
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
We love us some USB 3.0 accessories - ever since we first started testing the data transfer and connectivity standard back in October of 2009 we have been scouring for each and every product using the standard. Today Super Talent is announcing a new USB 3.0 flash drive that will offer speeds up to 240 MB/s (!!) allowing you to transfer a 600MB movie in just about 7 seconds. The drive
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2010 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Micron is really starting to push its new processes as we will see mass production of 25nm parts in the middle of this year, keeping them in a race with Global Foundries. The impressive step is that their sub-25nm parts are currently scheduled to appear only 1 year later, in 2011. They are also working on a new type of NAND memory, EZ-NAND which should act more like storage media than volatile memory and incorporate ECC directly on chip, easing the load on the storage or memory controller. Drop
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 04:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thinksound offers eco-friendly audiophile quality sound with their Rain canal headphones. Before you react to the eco-friendly part too much, what they are implying is that the earbuds are housed in wood, not plastic. That gives them a very unique look while the 9mm driver with
20Hz to 20 KHz response gives them a very nice sound.
Subject: Memory | March 1, 2010 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $225 for 4GB, the G.Skill Pi Series PC3-17600 is a little pricey and at DDR3-2200 speeds and 7-10-10-28 timings it is more than a little fast. Designed to work as dual channel RAM for a Core i7 860 or 870, and with support on a number of P55 boards, this is definitely a kit aimed at those looking for the top performance around. The kit comes with G.Skill's Turbulence Cooling Fan, a shroud type fan that attaches
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2010 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Enermax Modu87+ 500W is so named because this PSU is rated to 87-92% efficiency, otherwise known as an 80+ Gold rating. The PSU its self is modular and sports a nice array of cables for a 500W model, the 140mm fan should keep it relatively quiet as well. If you are building a multi GPU rig, or are planning on picking up a GTX480 when they become available then this PSU is not quite up to the task, you should look in the 600W range as a minimum. For those not going that route, drop by Pure Overclock for
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Basic black is always stylish, even if you don't spend a lot on the material. That is the thought behind Thermaltake's V3 Black Edition, a case which is retailing for $49.99 and which sports a basic black look inside and outside. Constructed of metal and deep enough to manage all but the largest of coolers, it is a little spartan of features, but up to four 120mm fans do ensure reasonable airflow through the case. If you are loo
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unboxings and sneak previews might not be your favourite thing, as they do tend to be a bit light on content but HEXUS may have found one you might like. A lesser known partner of nVIDIA, Colorful, has let their GTX 480 box design slip out. That box helpfully lists the stats of the card inside, giving us a good look at what to expect. 1,536MB of GDDR5 comes onboard, the card will require a 6-pin and and 8-pin PCIe power connector and you are recommended to have a PSU of at least 600W with 42A on t
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2010 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Much has been said about the problems that TSMC, the foundry partner to both ATI and NVIDIA, has had with its transition to 40nm technology. When the Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and the rest of AMD's Evergreen family of GPUs first hit the market back in early October there were quite a few notable periods of shortages of the the cards. Shortages obviously feed on the demand to raise prices and as we saw for the first two months of the 5000-series availability, prices where higher than the estimated pricing originally fed from AMD'
Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:20 PM | Jonathan Hung
Earlier this month Ryan took a very detailed look at NVIDIA's Optimus technology and discovered that the graphics switching technology worked really well and produced some significant battery conservation while providing the necessary performance when needed. For those of you who have been itching to get your hands on an Optimus enabled notebook, your time has come. NewEgg has made available the Asus N71JV-X1, a 17.3" unit sporting the Intel i3 350M and a GeForce GT 325M.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a bit of bad news on the PC Perspective Forums this week, as it seems that interest in the Fragging Frogs is flagging. There is good news though, you can help revive this friendly circle of gamers if you want.
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have seen or listened to this weeks PC Perspective Podcast, you heard Ryan talk about Corsair's Padlock 2 USB thumb drive. At $52 it is more expensive than your average 8GB thumb drive, with the extra cost coming from some rather impressive security features. A combination of up to 10 keys can be set to protect your data, but make sure not to forget the combo because the only way the
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2010 - 12:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
Corsair is finally coming out of the seemingly silent void it was in over the last couple of months and is announcing new products including a pair of SSD lines today. The Reactor series of solid state drives will utilize the new JMicron JMF612 controller and a 128MB DDR2-based caching system for stutter-free performance and a reasonable cost. The drive will be available in both 60GB and 120GB capacities with performance as high as 250 MB/s read and 170 MB/s on writes for the larger model. You'll be able to pick up the 60GB Reactor SSD for about $185 or the 120GB model for $3
Subject: Motherboards | February 26, 2010 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are browsing for a new LGA1366 board, Gigabyte has a new X58A-UD3R
out. Now, the X58 chipset has gone through a few revisions as you can see by the "A" in the model name, which in this case means support for DDR3 2200, a pair of SATA 6Gb/s ports and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There are also quite a few additional SATA 3Gb/s and USB 2.0 ports but it is the new generation of data transfer standards that grab the enthusiasts eye.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core i7 920 won't be around for long as The Inquirer has spotted the i7 930 in Europe, 2 days before the official announcement. It will be a 45nm CPU @ 2.80GHz, essentially the same as the 920 just at 21x instead of 20x. It seems there will be new features, all related to low power states, Enhanced Halt State, Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State, Deeper Sleep State and Deep Power Down are all supported on this CPU.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 25, 2010 - 04:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting story over at Digitimes is reporting that with the upcoming launch of the Fermi-based GF100 graphics cards (GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470) only a select few of NVIDIA's partners are going to have product available at launch. The story tells us that only that select few have even received complete reference platforms as of today even though the launch of the product is going to be on March 26th (as NVIDIA has publicly stated).
Subject: Processors | February 25, 2010 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taking on what seems a monumental task, iXBT Labs is compiling descriptions of all of the available features and how they effect actual performance. This particular piece concentrates on the memory subsystem and how it will work for you with gaming, video processing and more. The model they are examining is the Intel Core i7 950. Prepare yourself for quite a few benchmarks and numbers.
Subject: Systems | February 25, 2010 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we would prefer you to use the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, it is not your only source of information for possible builds. The Tech Report puts together four recommended builds including a double stuff work station for those doing creative and productive work on their PCs along with the usual delimitations of performance. You will even find a Core i5 in their recommended media machine.