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Subject: Mobile | April 24, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up an Alienware Area-51 m17x, the chances are you will pick up a hard case made of DU, a killer gaming mouse, LED lights and random USB gadgets and generally just pimp the smeg out of it.
A netbook on the other hand is lucky if it is not just tossed into a gym bag, with no protection and no funky accessories at all. Why not change that by taking a look at this kit from Targus that Futurelooks just reviewed. Doesn't your netbook deserve a little bling?
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has pegged the MSRP for the upcoming OCZ Z-Drive, that array of SSDs in a PCI-E 4x slot. The 250GB version will be 950BP, say $1400USD, for ony $2150 you can double that storage, but of you want the big 1TbB model, you'd better have over $3300 kicking around. To full enjoy the extra bandwidth, you should also pick up a regular SSD for your OS drive. Not only will that help the transfer rates on your swap file and OS, there are not too many motherboards out there with a boot from PCI-E option.
Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 10:41 PM | Allyn Malventano
You might have seen glimpses of the OCZ Z-Drive around the internet. As of today, it's official. OCZ has taken 4 Vertex SSD's and ganged them up with a PCI-Express RAID controller to form a behemoth of an SSD. We will be putting one of these beasts through its paces just as soon as it arrives. Sequential speeds should reach 500 MB/sec, and available capacities will be 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB (!). Some quick searching revealed pricing at ~$1200, ~$2000, and ~$3000, repsectively.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2009 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Big Typ 14 Pro is a big cooler, 156mm x 155mm x 128mm to be exact, with a 140mm fan to provide the cooling. In some cases it lacks features, for instance there is no back plate and it's shape can interfere with
larger DIMMs, both problems for extreme overclockers, but not for those looking for a mild overclock. As Bjorn3D points out, this cooler is specifically for those who want a small overclock without sacrificing their eardrums. Check out the review to see how well Thermaltake did.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores. Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.
Subject: Systems | April 22, 2009 - 06:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
Although I am still working on the written review of the Digital Storm 950 Si system, I thought I would go ahead and release the video version. This is the first of MANY new video projects being worked on here at PC Perspective so let me know what you think!!
Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD has announced their Q1 2009 results, and it was not nearly as bad as what the street was expecting. Analysts expected revenues around $977.8 million, but actual revenues came out at $1.177 billion. AMD still posted a significant loss for the quarter, but this is not a surprise. Losses were pegged at around $416 million. Due to tough economic conditions, and a large volume of inventory that was brought over from the traditionally strong Q4 of last year, AMD took some big hits due to factory under-utilization. AMD has been working hard internally to decrease spe
Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just $135 you can pick up the Asus M4N72-E 750a which handles DDR2-1200, has a pair of PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and a long list of enhancements to the power and thermal characteristics of the board. Bjorn3D found that the overclocking potential of the board may not be as strong as others from ASUS, which can be an important factor in some peoples decisions. On the other hand, if you are looking for a solid,
Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an HTPC case that stands out more than it blends in you might want to consider the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC case. Sure the acrylic build requires a lot of care when assembling it or changing components and picks up fingerprints quicker than a CSI, but when you can see all your fancy components lit up with the blue LEDs it makes it all wor
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Western Digital Black 1TB HDD can be yours for a smidgen over
$100, or about 10 cents a gigabyte if you would prefer to think of it that way. This is a Black drive, which puts performance above long lifetime or low power consumption and with an average transfer rate of 86MB/sec in OCIA's testing, it certainly seems to qualify as a high end platter based HDD. Drop by to see the actual benchmark numbers.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras. In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed. This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver. It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark.
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
Western Digital has released their new RE4 series of the Green Power line of hard drives. The new release advances the RE series to include 2TB capacity, 64 MB cache, and dual processors, and also feature advanced RAID specific features such as TLER (Time Limited Error Recovery) and RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).
Subject: Editorial | April 17, 2009 - 07:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/)
Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now
available for you here. In this episode we discussed the first pictures of a Larrabee wafer, Nero getting a CUDA-enhancement, Intel profits drop but they think they have hit bottom, the updated X25-M firmware and we are giving away a water-cooled BFG graphics card!!