What to get your little bundle of joy

Subject: Mobile | April 24, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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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?
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Source: futurelooks

1.00 = 1.47, for today at least

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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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.

Source: Hexus

OCZ Technology releases the Z-Drive

Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 10:41 PM |
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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.

This better not be one long escort mission

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 05:29 PM |
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If you haven't played BioShock yet, then stop reading, go pick it up, play it through to the end and then come back.

OK, finshed?

Source: Wired News

Stick with a single or go for the pair?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2009 - 04:15 PM |
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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fast and silent in one big cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2009 - 02:39 PM |
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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.
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Source: Bjorn3D

AMD's plans for today

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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It will be a long 8 month wait for the next generation of processors from AMD; not long at all for the current generation. 

AMD's plans for tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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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.

Video Review: Digital Storm 950 Si Core i7 Gaming Rig

Subject: Systems | April 22, 2009 - 06:57 PM |
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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!!

Istanbul Die Shot and Info!

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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Here it is!

Istanbul had an amazingly fast development from first tapeout to final production.  Apparently no major respins or redesigns were required to get Istanbul production ready.


Source: AMD

OCZ Technology announces Vertex EX series SLC-based SSD

Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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OCZ has recently announced a new SLC based Vertex series.  Dubbed 'EX', these new drives boast considerably faster write speeds, and should theoretically be on par with Intel's X25-E series of drives.  Read on for the goods.

AMD Earnings and Istanbul News

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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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

Source: AMD

ASUS' new 750a board

Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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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,

Source: Bjorn3D

The visible HTPC

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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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

Storage might not be free, but it's the next thing to it

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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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.

Source: OCIA

Tell me more about cherries and afterglow

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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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. 

Source: VR-Zone

They are nice guys, really

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Ray Tracing has become a bit of a theme here at PC Perspective, from two years ago.

Western Digital releases enterprise class 2TB RE4-GP series drive

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM |
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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). 

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 21

Subject: Editorial | April 17, 2009 - 07:25 PM |
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If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/)
with
Leo
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!!

Houston, we have a problem

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 06:41 PM |
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You might think that increasing your network speed with a simple switch of a router is a great thing, but what if that new router is wireless?