A magical mouse with momentum

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:25 PM |
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Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again.  It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating.  The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling.  For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse. 

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Of AMD's price drops, EOLs and newbies

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs.  AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550. 
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs. 

Source: Digitimes

Futuremark P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing Announces First Ever 10K 3DMark Challenge

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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SARATOGA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark Corporation today announced a new challenge for PC overclockers everywhere. Utilizing INTEL and GIGABYTE P55 hardware, contestants worldwide will compete in two segments for the overall "OverclocKing" title within multiple prize award categories.

"This is the second annual worldwide OverclocKing competition with over 16,000 entries last year. We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support GIGABYTE overclockers everywhere with this community building competition"

Source: FUTUREMARK

Highpoint announces SATA 6Gb/sec add-on host controllers

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 01:57 AM |
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Highpoint recently announced availability of their SATA3 / SATA 6Gb/s host adapters.  While their introductory price seems a bit high as compared to other offerings we've recently reviewed, it is still great to see new tech catching on at full speed.

Their official press release appears after the pic.

Watch out for bored ex-Multics admins up to mischief tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums.  If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters.  It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one!  Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en

ROG's Formula for success with AMD

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Not having quite as many features as the Extreme Series, the ASUS Crosshair III Formulamotherboard is still one of the better implementations of the 790FX chipset from AMD.  The biggest feature for most will be the dual PCIe 16x slots, giving you some serious potential for multi-GPU setups.  [H]ard|OCP does recommends using AMD's OverDrive utility as opposed to the TurboV from ASUS,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lynnfield's memory condition

Subject: Memory | October 30, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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iXBT Labs explores the new world of Lynnfield's onboard memory controller and its abilities and disabilities.  For instance the controller can do more with single bank modules than with the more common dual bank DIMMs.  They examine just how increasing the frequency of the memory compares with increasing the amount of memory available to the processor.  Drop by for some interesting results; it seems the days of the 32bit operating system were just yesterday, but it seems that they ended a while

Source: iXBT Labs

Photos of upcoming Radeon HD 5970 dual-GPU card leak

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 30, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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Website Alienbabeltech.com got a hold of some photos and information on the upcoming Radeon HD 5970 graphics card - a dual Evergreen GPU part.

 
The reference card shown here is a big and power hungry as you can see from the 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors located above the fan. 
Source: General

Oops, TSMC did it again

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer.  The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth.  For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping

Source: Digitimes

MSI to Unleash Big Bang Gaming Series Mainboards

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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[City of Industry, CA] MSI, a leading high-performance mainboard company, unveil its first gaming series mainboards in Intel P55 platform featuring awe-inspiring graphics and audio functionality to offer serious gamers immersive gaming experience.

The state-of-the-art gaming line is inspired by the mighty Big Bang. Unique and innovative, the all-new Big Bang series will deliver the shock and awe of unprecedented experiences and expand into its own collection of galaxies.

Source: MSI

Corsair goes the extra mile with their new PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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Corsair's HX750W Professional PSU comes with a rather nice nylon bag.  It holds the large array of modular cabling, cable ties, screws and even a badge.  That's not all, it is an 80+ Gold rated PSU and delivers serious amperage on the 12V line to keep your GPUs happy and well fed.  Tweaknews handed it a Top Rank Award and you will see why it deserves such an accolade if you read the full review.

Source: Tweaknews

ASUS and SATA 6G; a swing and a miss

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2009 - 01:17 PM |
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On paper the PEX PLX8613 PCIe bridge chip, which allows the Marvell 9123 SATA controller to use a single PCIe 2.0 x1 lane  to connect to a SATA 6G drive for a maximum bandwidth of 500 MB/s, looks like a great idea.  It doesn't allow for the full 600MB/s that the SATA 6G specs allow for but certainly sounds faster than the previous 300GB/s maximum.  As listeners of the live Podcast last night heard, the reality is not as nice.  Using system RAM as a cache, along with no actual indications of increased transfer rates has disappointed Ryan sorely. 

Dimples on your heatsink will make you smile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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3Rsystem's Iceage 120 Boss II Dimpled-Fin heatsink takes advantage of several unique features to put it at the top of the Top 5 list of recommended coolers from FrostyTech.  The first is the crossing heatpipes, they do not travel along the edges but instead cross in the middle of the cooler as well as the middle of the airflow thus enhancing its ability to dump heat.  The second is that the fins of the heatsink are not smooth, instead they are dimpled to increase air turbulence within the heatsink.

Source: Frosty Tech

Print yourself a circuit, stick LEDs on your Coors

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius. 
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board.  Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech.  Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.

Source: Hack a Day

Be smug with your smog mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI.  The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic.  Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest.  Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.

Pushing the HD5870, the easy way

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2009 - 04:29 PM |
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As if the HD5870 wasn't impressive enough, the ASUS model that [H]ard|OCP tested came with SmartDoctor which allows you to adjust the Vcore.  This ended up netting them an additional 60MHz on top of the 100MHz overclock they managed with the Catalyst Control Center alone.  It also sucked up about 80W more, topping out the systems load at 426W.  Check out this impressive Gold Award winning card in their full review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A second opinion on the state of recommended systems

Subject: Systems | October 28, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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If the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard doesn't quite meet your standards or if you are simply looking for a second opinion on recommendation, The Tech Report has just updated their system setups, specifically for Windows 7.  You will notice several similarities, especially in the graphics subsystem, though their top of the line rig doesn't sport three HD 5870s.  Check out the systems, peripherals and alternatives.

A fresh autumn Eve

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW.  Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs.  NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect.  Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview.  Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.

Source: Bjorn3D

Cable bills too high, internet too slow. Light up your own!

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it.  Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network.  Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network.  That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no

Source: Ars Technica

Intel and Numonyx announce vertical Phase Change Memory

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2009 - 01:00 PM |
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I just got off of a conference call with Intel where they announced reaching a development milestone in the area of Phase Change Memory.  PCM is exciting tech to me because it has the fast access times of RAM and the non-volatility of Flash memory.