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Subject: Processors | March 23, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech dug out a slew of DDR2 and DDR3 memory and paired it with a Phenom X4 810, in order to determine at what point switching to DDR3 makes sense. DDR2 is cheap but the prices of DDR3 are plummeting for the lower frequency DIMMs. Drop by for a look at the impact overclocking the CPU and switching between DDR2-1066 and 1333 versus DDR3-1600. The
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front. Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode. Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission. According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back. Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.
Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
It has been more than 2 years since the release of the first Killer NIC product, the world's first network card aimed at gamers, and PC Perspective was one of the few outlets to get our hands on the product for a write up. There were then, and remain to this day, a lot of questions about the need for and technologies behind the Killer-line of network cards but hopefully soon we will have more answers from Bigfoot, the company behind it all.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2009 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (March 23, 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 BFG EX-1200 modular power supply with Frequency Conversion Technology, which emulates virtually any size power supply and is at least 80% efficient, even with loads as low as 10% of the unit's maximum capability.
The BFG EX-1200 modular power supply is rated at 1200 watts continuous at 40°C (140°F) and features 98 amps on the 12 volt
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card. Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix. If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak. Give our 49th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2009 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apparently one of the features of the In Win X-Fighter Case is it's 'Star Wars Design'. Now it is obvious to most fans that an X-Fighter is not something found in the Star Wars universe, unless perhaps it is the result of a very unique and powerful collision. It's 'Dancing LEDs' are a nice feature, but are more reminiscent of a certain indestructible Trans Am, the visor of the not quite so attractive Cylons or the bridge of a famous ship that bore 'No bloody A, B, C, or D'.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
There has been a LOT of news coming out of NVIDIA about its PhysX engine finding its way into the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and now, a couple of iPhone games. In just the last week we heard that NVIDIA had gotten the PhysX engine into the Playstation 3 development platform and also on the Ninte
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs took the new 9.3 drivers from AMD on a quick spin to see how they compare to the previous 9.2 version. The two big pieces of news from this new release are support for Windows 7 and improvements to video playback on Vista. Of course, gamers are more interested in frame rate improvement, and that was what X-bit Labs focused on. From their testing it seems that while there is no reason not to install the new driver, unless you are playing Lost Planet you won't have much to
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature. The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down. In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool.
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
Depending how you view the terms of "delay" and "soon", you can either take NVIDIA at their word that the NVISION show for 2009 is just going to be a bit behind schedule or you can take the logical step to think that with the economy (and NVIDIA's stock) in the position it is now, the event just won't happen. Here's the quote from the above article:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2009 - 11:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
If the news over at Fudzilla is true, and we believe that it is, then if you have any interest in the Radeon HD 4830 graphics cards, you better get them while they are still available. The Radeon HD 4830 was original
Subject: Mobile | March 19, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Convertible Classmate PC doesn't really sound all that interesting, but it is definitely worth a look. It's an Atom powered netbook, with a display that not only swivels but can be reversed and flipped down to make this into a tablet PC. The carrying handle doesn't do much for the aesthetics, but this is no Macbook Air as the colour scheme should give away. It is more of a Fisher Price theme, designed to work well and put up with the abuse a young child dishes out everyday. Drop by The Tech Repor
Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability. There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room. If that do
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that John J. Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc., and Frank D. Yeary, vice chancellor of the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), have been elected to serve on Intel's board of directors. The company also announced that Carol A. Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!
Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive. To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies. Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew. At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w