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Subject: Shows and Expos | January 14, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI table had a lot to show off at the recent CES. There were two new lines of laptops, the X-Slim series, which bears a strong resemblance to the Macbook Air. Thanks to the 8 cell battery, you can expect up to 10 hours of run time before you run out of juice. The G series is the polar opposite, weight and battery life are sacrificed in order to make these notebooks attractive to gamers. Breaking 10,000 in 3DMark06 isn't top shabby for a notebook. Think Computers also saw so
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2009 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP took advantage of the chance to speak with Jonathan Schmidt, an Intel employee, about his experiences with the new SSD drives being manufactured by Intel. The questions cover a lot of ground, from the environmental impact of SSDs to the tendancy of flash memory to degrade over time. Defragmentation is also discussed, as the storage techniques used in SSDs do not benefit from standard defragmentation. Take a look at the interview here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2009 - 10:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolIT Domino is a self contained CPU water cooling apparatus that can be had for under $100. It sports an LCD displaying temperature and fan speed, it can be switched between three cooling modes and you can feel safe using it thanks to a very loud alarm which will sound if anything goes wrong. The Guru of 3D was very impressed by the cooling power of the Domino, as well as by it's low noise generation. For the price of a high end air cooler, and with roughly the same install process,
Subject: Motherboards | January 13, 2009 - 08:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has been spouting a line about "True 3 way SLI" and how without the nForce 200 MCP present on a motherboard, you are not getting the real deal. [H]ard|OCP had a chance to test out an X58 board with the nForce 200 MCP on it and compared the performance to one without the MCP. As you can clearly see in the video and the chart that they have posted there is a difference, though probably not what nVIDIA was expecting. Any takers on a bet about rushed driver revison?
Subject: Motherboards | January 13, 2009 - 07:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just days after Asus revealing its line-up of AM3 motherboards, Gigabyte's first AM3 motherboard gets ousted and although it doesn't come with too many surprises, it does at least indicate that Gigabyte is serious about bringing its 2-oz copper PCB to the AMD platform.
The GA-MA790FXT-UD5P as it's called, features the new UD3 design with blue and white slots and the new titanium and blue heatsinks. There's also a heatpipe helping to cool the chipset.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In only three short years the mouse attached to Apple computers has undergone a complete revolution. Back in 2005, the first two button mouse for the Mac appeared on the market, offering an alternative to the single button mouse that has been used since the Mac's inception. Now Razer has released a gaming mouse for the Mac, from it's DeathAdder line. Five buttons and an 1800 dpi sensor are now available with this new mouse and
Subject: Processors | January 13, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Josh Walrath
For the past several podcasts (thanks to those folks for listening) we have lamented the fact that we have seen so few VIA Nano based products on the market. The CPU has been out for 9+ months now, and the promise and potential of these products was nearly unlimited considering how netbooks and low power/inexpensive PCs are some of the fastest growing markets in the PC industry. While a few manufacturers have adopted the VIA Nano, it has been pretty unspectacular when considering uptake and media coverage.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 13, 2009 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Reporting 'live, as it happens', especially at an electronics trade show, does have some drawbacks. You benefit from the feeling of being there and capturing the moment and get to see a lot of cool new kit for the first time without waiting for a full write up. That quickness does tend to make the reporting a little more shallow since there simply isn't time to full cover all the details. Ars Technica has revisited a lot of what they covered at CES in a more indepth fashion, which you can see h
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 04:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the new Seagate 7200.11 drives, particularly those with the terabyte model, have something to worry about. There is a new firmware update to
fix the problem before it occurs, but because of the thoroughness of affected drives death, you cannot update the firmware after the fact. Also, it looks like many customers are seeing high failure rates due to other issues with the disk that have nothing to do with the 'self-bricking' feature. Read more at The In
Subject: Processors | January 12, 2009 - 11:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The competition between AMD and Intel has heated up thanks to the new Phenom II, though perhaps not in exactly the way people wanted. The performance crown still rests firmly on Intel's head, the Phenom II just can't reach that high. The value crown is pretty much glued to AMD's head, as it has been for a while now. It's just that the increased performance of the Phenom II coupled with the limited price increase compared to previous models has settled it even more firmly on AMD.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 09:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
I know that during the first few days of the review being online, the video we provided to accompanying the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review had some issues for some people. For those of you that missed it, or even watch it again, I have provided a streaming Viddler version in the review and posted here as well.
Let me know what you think of the new format!
Subject: Memory | January 12, 2009 - 08:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are setting up an i7 system, the Patriot Viper PC3-12800 6GB Triple Channel kit should appear on your wish list. The timings are 9-9-9-24 @ 1600MHz and the kit will set you back about $250, offering a good value for performance when you consider the price tag DDR3 can come with. Virtual Hideout can give yo
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD did get there with their new generation of cards first, it has taken nVIDIA a long time to come out with a dual GPU card like the HD4870 X2. Now that they have, it seems that the wait was worth it as their hybridized GTX 295 is incredibly powerful. Tech Spot shows this card beating a pair of 260's in SLI across the board and leaving the 4870 X2 in the dust. Right now, only $
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 12, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the videos that Ryan posted over the weekend still haven't satisfied your desire to see everything that was on display at CES 2009, follow the links below and you can pretty much be guaranteed to have caught as much coverage as is humanly possible. You can start off by taking a look at the current tablet for the OLPC project as captured by The Tech Report. It isn't a powerful gaming laptop by any means, it's a fairly simple Atom based tablet with a 60GB hard drive that only weighs 2.8lbs, perfect for a child
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica gets up close and personal with the current build of Windows 7. It shares a lot in common with Vista, the hardware requirements are not any lower and the UI is very much the same as Vistas overall look. Other components have undergone changes, such as UAC and the way Windows 7 will organize your media files. UAC is now bright enough to determine whether a program was activated by the user or via software, reducing the annoyance of telling Vista that you do inded want to run th
Subject: Memory | January 10, 2009 - 05:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
Corsair was showing off a handful of new products in their suite during CES this week including some new DDR3 memory modules and a Pelletier memory cooler for the stupid-extreme overclocker. The new DDR3 memory kit will sell as a triple-channel package for Core i7 systems and will be rated at 2000 MHz and a 7ns CAS latency. You can expect them to be expensive and you expect them to be pretty rare – so rare in fact that Corsair will be selling these kits directly to the end user rather than through the Newegg's and MicroCenter's of the world. There will be a slightly slower ki
Subject: Mobile | January 10, 2009 - 04:39 AM | Ryan Shrout
I am sure you have already read about NVIDIA's Ion platform, the company's attempt to pair their GF9300 chipset with the Intel Atom processor to make a higher performing netbook or low-cost PC design. And while you might have seen images of it seeing the video below should put things in perspective: the entire platform is TINY! In the video you'll see the chipset and CPU (with the Atom being the smaller chip on the right) with integrated HDMI output, networking support and more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2009 - 04:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
Thermaltake is one of the few companies in the case/cooling/power industry for the PC that continues to try new things and innovate on a regular basis. Even with a slightly smaller space at this year's CES show it had a lot of products being shown off; some we have seen before, others we have not. For example, while we wrote about the Xpressar refridgeration system during Computex in June, Thermaltake also had a new version that was more flexible and fit inside four (yes 4!) 5.25-in drive bays to work with a larger selection of system configurations. Another new low cost chas
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2009 - 04:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been following our news page over the last couple of weeks you have likely seen news that one of favorite NVIDIA graphics card partners is moving into the system builder business with a new product called Phobos.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 11:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the members of our BOINC team have been enjoying the holidays and relaxing, their PCs have been working overtime. The team has been participating in the Formula BOINC Challenge, a friendly competition between the users of all the various BOINC projects to see who can get the most work done. The hard work by Big Red and all the gang propelled the PC Perspective team into 6th place by the end, a very healthy showing. Drop by the BOINC forum to congratulate them and maybe join in on a few projects