The dangers of impulse laptop buying

Subject: Mobile | August 3, 2009 - 04:20 PM |
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With a display of 11.6", both the Aspire One 751 vs. Gateway LT3103
are a touch too big to be called netbooks, even if the Acer does use an Atom processor.  The Aspire depends on the Atom Z520 along with 2GB DDR2-667 and
the same GPU that powers the iPhone, regardless of how it is branded.  In comparison the Gateway offering is powered by an A64 L11, 2GB DDR2-667 and an ATI Radeon X1270.  When The Tech Report started the all important HD video playback testing, well ...

Diamonds are cool!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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If you have a few carats of 60,000 mesh diamond dust handy, and surely most of you do, why not make some thermal paste.  There are probably other uses for diamonds that other members of your household might subscribe too, but how can a sparkly ring compare to he incredible cooling results you can get because of its thermal properties.  Cheese and toothpaste might be fine for some, the rest should head straight to Hack a Day for the recipe.

Source: Hack a Day

If you are playing Crysis on it ... you're doing it wrong

Subject: Motherboards | August 3, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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The new 785GM-E65 AMD board matches the 790G with one big exception, the presence of an integrated graphics processor.  This is no old and busted IGP, this is a DX10.1 & SM4.1 compliant Radeon HD 4200 running at 500MHz with 4 ROPs, 8 Texture address units, 4 Texture filtering units
and some new tricks with its shared memory.  Motherboards.org tried it out on some new games and the performance was bang on with an HD 3200, maybe a smidgen better thanks to the memory changes.  Those not loo

They grow up so quickly

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2009 - 02:21 PM |
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You may think of SSDs as a very new technology for mainstream users; something that is only true compared to platter technology.  Intel has already hit their second generation and one of the biggest improvements was the price; not to take anything away from its performance numbers.  Now it is OCZ's turn, with the third generation of their Vertex series.  The newest is a 120GB Vertex Turbo drive which

Wondering if your smart phone is bright enough to protect its self?

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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Now that everything is on the web, from your refrigerator connecting via uPnP and printers that can order your ink, it is time for a change in vectors of attack.  VoIP phone systems will certainly come up soon, but it is the juicy cellphone with all its open ports that is the current target.  Black Hat took a sniff at smart phones, as with what is already out there in the wild, communication can be a little scary.  Hack a Day, being the folks that they are,

Source: Hack a Day

Intoducing Tiger 1200W Modular Power Supply for Graphics Cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2009 - 01:46 PM |
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Topower, a leading manufacturer of gaming and mainstream power supply systems, for desktop workstations, servers and Laptops, introduced today, and are proud to announce the Topower Tiger 1200 Watt Quad graphics card power supply.

This Topower 1200 Watt power supply is unique and robust. It was designed to handle Nvidia's 295 GTX in Quad config and AMD's most powerful graphics cards, Rick Lee, Product Manager for Topower.

Source: Topower

Sorry for the delay: PC Perspective Podcast #67 is live - and on video!

Subject: Editorial | August 2, 2009 - 02:47 AM |
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Apologies for the delay this week, but the PC Perspective Podcast, episode #67, was posted up yesterday after a lengthy upload process.  I am on vacation with the Mrs. (actually packing for the trip home now) but was still able to record, edit and post the darn thing for you!  How's that for dedication / lunacy?!?

In any event, be sure to check out the audio version at http://pcper.com/podcast and subscribe if you haven't already.  And I have included the video version below as well!

Only 147 shopping days left!

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 06:45 PM |
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The agitation of the world markets has had an impact on the bottom line of PC component makers as well as boutique shops.  Going by

Egg cooking attachment sold separately

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2009 - 03:05 PM |
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Armed with only a hacksaw, the intrepid gamers at Bjorn3D have completed a successful heatsink transplant, the patient, one GTX275 that had a severe fever is now doing much better thanks to the Thermalright HR-03 GTX
As the cure only required an investment of $50 and could be done in home, the procedure went ahead without delay and they are pleased to announce that what was a life threatening temperature of 86C has been reduced to a

Source: Bjorn3D

You see an Orc; roll for initiative

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2009 - 02:19 PM |
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If you think that the AMA Orc bears an odd name, you should see the actual heatsink its self.  The usual heatpipe assembly is there, but the black spikes and red claws are certainly unique.  As a Core i7 cooler it seems to prefer the heat, as it has the highest idling temperature but performs fairly well under a full load.  It will certainly leave a lasting impression on anybody who sees it displayed in your system.  Overclockers Club will be handing out experience points after you finish examini

Could it really be, or will the same discussion be going on in a year?

Subject: Mobile | July 31, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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Could it be a funky netbook?  A monstrous iTouch?  A Kindle killer?  A glorified resurrection
of an old, much beloved childhood toy?  It is hard to say what goes through the mind of Steve Jobs at the best of times and predicting what a product that as been talked about and opined on as this little device which may or may not have a possibly upcoming release date sometime in the near future is almost impossible.  Cyril at The Tech

Paying for long distance calls again? Inconceivable!

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future.  eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss.  That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.

Source: Slashdot

OCZ Technology Announces the Immediate Availability of the Z-Series Gold Power Supply Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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San Jose, Calif.-July 30, 2009-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today announced the immediate availability of the Z-Series power supplies, the latest high-end enthusiast offering excelling in both performance and ultimate efficiency. Featuring industry-leading 80+ Gold Certifications, the Z850 and Z1000 PSUs offer the highest efficiency on the market combined with a power output to meet exceptional system demands.

It's a photo finish!

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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PhotoFast may not sound like a big name in storage, but believe it or not, their G-Monster V5 256GB is one of the fastest SSDs on the planet, though also one of the most expensive, at $1000.  Tweaktown tested it out on an 8 core Opteron system and found that the system its self was a bottleneck for the drives performance.  Even so, the G-Monster V5 has hitting almost 250 MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds.

Source: TweakTown

No, yer a dip switch!

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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The little MSI AMD 785GM-E65 is a micro-ATX board with some nice features and a predicted MSRP of well under $100.  There were a few corners cut to make the board truly affordable as a basis for an HTPC, such as only a 4+1 phase array instead of MSI's Dr.MOS technology and the use of an SB710 southbridge which does not support RAID5.  If you are planning on building an HTPC using RAID5, you are doing it wrong.  Check out Josh's preview to see the old school overclocking dipstick that can be found on a motherboard for the first t

Do you love your circuits?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Cooler Master's new 900W PSU bears the acronym UCP, which stands for Ultimate Circuit Protection.  It is compliant with ATX 12V V2.3 and EPS 12V V2.92
and it is rated 80+ Silver for efficiency.  Driver Heaven had a real problem finding a negative about this PSU as it handled everything they threw at it and it only costs $160, a great deal for a high end 900W PSU.&nbsp

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What do you want to do tonight Brain?

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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As mentioned earlier this month, the encryption scheme used on the iPhone is about as useful as fishnets for hiding your assets.  That pales in comparison to what is going to be released as a proof of concept attack on Thursday.  Those pesky security researchers have discovered a way to gain complete control over your iPhone, with just a simple series of 256 SMS messages.  Now, when they say complete control, what they mean is that the remote attacker will be able to dial the phone, visit Web sites, turn on the device's camera

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Do not miss this cool new trend

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2009 - 06:43 PM |
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A new type of product is starting to become a common sight amongst enthusiasts, the self contained water cooling device.  Previously it was Corsair's Hydro H50 water cooler, with its compact size it could fit in a system the size of a shoebox.  New is the CoolIT Domino ALC water cooler, 14.0 x 12.5 x 15.5 mm
of high quality cooling.  It is dead silent and powerful enough to take heat almost completely out of the equation when you are overclocking Core i7s and Phenoms.  Con

Priced to sell

Subject: Mobile | July 29, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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Inexpensive netbooks have really put a dent in the sales volume of the lower cost small laptops.  The Atom might not have the power of a mobile dual core processor, but add in a decent onboard graphics solution and that Atom has no trouble playing back BluRay quality video.  Laptop makers are left with a choice of focusing on netbooks as a replacement for their smaller laptops and not producing any laptops under 17" or they could slash costs on their smaller laptops.  AnandTech has taken a peek at those laptops which have been reduced to under $500, from vendors like WalMart and

Source: AnandTech

Everyones favourite $50 find

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage
is a rather sweet deal.  You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3" midrange and 1" tweeters and a 5.25" subwoofer with a peak power of 70W. 
These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper.  Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.