ION Rocks

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM |
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Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does.  Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways.   The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test. 

This thing eats netbooks for breakfast

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life.  The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories.  Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target

Source: Extremetech

7 + 4 = FAST!

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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While you are still not going to see a PC capable of an instant on, SSD RAID performance on Windows 7 in quite spectacular.  In their testing of the instant on capability [H]ard|OCP discovered that you are much better off with a single drive to get the fastest boot times.  The converse is true for those looking for the best performance once booted up, the more drives the better.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Deep thoughts, by Vint Cerf

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Vint Cerf, Ray Kurzweil and Ray Merkle all spoke at a recent NASA event dealing with the near future of technology and the way it changes how those who use it interact with the world.  Vint Cerf touches on the future of the internet, social networks and how networks like Twitter, or whatever replaces it, will affect peoples lives.  Ray Kurzweil talks about consciousness and the implications of not being able to define or measure consciousness in any concrete manner.  Ray Merkle delved into the world of microbiological and nanotechnological self assembly, of which he is well acqu

Source: Slashdot

Are you a fan of overclocked video cards?

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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The Galaxy GTX 275 OC
that Ryan reviewed back in the beginning of June
, the one with with a 650 MHz core (vs. 633 MHz stock), a 1475 MHz shader (vs. 1404 MHz) and 1200 MHz memory (vs.

Analyst predicts that GPGPU computing will be important in the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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An interesting little article over at The Inq takes some time to analyze the opinions of research firm "GC Research" that has decided to comment on the growing trend of GPU computing.  Let's look at some excerpts:

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA 40nm desktop variants show on...nvidia.com!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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It looks like the rumors about future 40nm desktop GPUs from NVIDIA were sped up and you can actually find a couple of them on NVIDIA's website TODAY.  Thanks goes to Tech Report for spotting this.

Breakin' the law ... breakin' the law!

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 04:27 PM |
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If you want a fast, extremely sensitive gaming mouse, then you have to put up with a cord.  That's been the rule, until Razer decided to introduce the Mamba Wireless gaming mouse.  Even though it is wireless, this mouse provides 5,600 dpi of resolution, 1 ms latency and a 1,000 Hz polling rate.  You can even use it while recharging it, as it will function as a wired mouse while connected.  Could Hardware Secrets tell the differen

Radeon's illegitimate offspring

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Hexus has gotten a hold of an very interesting card from Sapphire, the HD 4730 512MB.  It is priced a little lower than the HD 4770 even though in some cases it is actually a faster card.  Its memory clock is faster than the 4770, giving it a 6.4GB/s advantage over its more expensive brother.  The saving comes in with the render and fill rate units which are halved when compared to the remainder of the current Radeon line up.  Check out its performance here.

Source: Hexus

In GAR, the AI works for you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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If someone was to talk to you about a game learning from the player, you might think back to games which claimed to adjust the difficulty on the fly depending on the players skills.  You might also remember not noticing it having any effect on the game.  In that case, the AI was working against the player, but in Galactic Arms Race, the AI is working with you.  It is a neural net that monitors your usage of weapons and evolves them according to your actions.  All the guns in the game are computer generated, as opposed to having stats coded into the game. 

Source: Slashdot

Feel the rays

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Not that it has ever been mentioned before, but we at PC Perspective are very interested in the future of graphics in general and Ray Tracing in

BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC and GTX 285 OCFU announced

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the launch of two new additions to BFG’s GeForce family, the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution and BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCFU graphics cards that both offer outstanding PC gaming performance.

The BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution features a custom single

Logic to rest of world: NVIDIA working on successor to ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 11:49 PM |
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In what can only be described as "blatantly obvious" news, Fudzilla is reporting that NVIDIA is in fact working on a successor to the wildly popular ION chipset.  Here's the deets:

Source: engadget

Mobile 720p for $720

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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As far as the stats go, the Acer Aspire Timeline has an Intel Core 2 solo SU3500 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 320GB of storage, and a 14-inch 1366 x 768 powered by the Intel GMA 4500MHD.  It is very mobile, at 3.5lbs and not much more than an inch thick; not quite as thin as a Macbook Air, but nowhere near the price either.  Acer claims an 8 hour battery life, a claim that I4U checked out using Battery Eater with all the Aspire's battery saving features off.  Even with that abuse they were seeing a 4 hour lifespan

Source: I4U News

Big sound from a small card

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 03:56 PM |
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It might be stretching the point a bit to say that the Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile
sound card
is the first designed for music, HTPCs and gaming, but it certainly has a talent with small form factor systems.  At barely 2" wide and 6" long, as well as lacking EMI shielding
the card looks minuscule
next to its bigger X-Fi brothers, a good sign for HTPC builders. 

Source: Overclock3D

Standing tall and cool

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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If you are running your RAM just a little over volt, feeling that temperature is holding your overclock back or just want to try to keep it alive a little longer then Kingston has a HyperX product for you; the Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN fanAs you can see in Tweaktown's review, the cooler stands quite a

Source: TweakTown

You'd better look twice

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2009 - 01:50 PM |
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The last motherboard we saw for review by Steve and Josh was a huge hit with both of them and now Steve returns to look at Gigabyte's AM3 MA770T-UD3P AMD 77.

For those still using ActiveX

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Another ActiveX vulnerability has reared its ugly head on the net, this time a specific exploit targeting Microsoft Video ActiveX Control
which can give the attacker the same rights as the current user of the target PC.   If you are running Windows 7, Vista or Server 2008, you are perfectly safe as both immune as they do not pass data via this particular ActiveX control is protected, users of previous OSes might want to take a look at the workaround.  More information is available t

Source: The Register

A solid upgrade

Subject: Storage | July 6, 2009 - 06:06 PM |
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The Tech Report takes a quick peek at an upgrade kit designed to get you up and running with the Intel X-25M SSD.  The kit includes adaptors for a home system, which you would not need in a mobile system.  They ran some quick tests, avoiding the amount of benchmarking that Allyn has done; much to the dismay of those trying to sell SSD drives.  The mobile performance increase is noticeable at a glance, while we are all familiar with the performance on a desktop.

Free to be green

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2009 - 03:09 PM |
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Looking for a relatively powerful PSU that has a high efficiency and a green theme?  You might want to try something other than the Enermax Liberty Eco 620W
PSU
because in [H]ard|OCP's testing, the Enermax MODU82+ 625 simply does better.  On the other hand, if you are looking for seriously solid 12V power and a price that sits a few dollars above $100, then

Source: [H]ard|OCP