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Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2009 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes saw a lot of vendors as they toured Computex this year, but the main thing they noticed was the focus on portability. Most of the first part of their look at this trade show is taken up
by mobility products along with some interesting entertainment devices from MSI. The second part features the huge V10 cooler from CoolerMaster and even more mobility products. The digital picture frame with built in scanner is
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Palm Pre has been heralded as the second coming of the iPhone and has had gadget freaks squealing in anticipation of its arrival. It has arrived and already rumours are flying, shells are being stripped off and all of the wonderful engineering inside is exposed to the world. It was thought that hiding in the code somewhere was a little something special and Hack A Day has confirmed it. The Pre can pretend to be an Apple iPod and connect to iTunes.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have fond memories of the sound and feel of the IBM Model M keyboard, R&B Mods has a treat for you; the rest of you membrane fans can pretty much skip their review of the i-Rocks Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard. This 97 button keyboard uses mechanical switches for key depression, but not a buckling-spring keyswitch, so it isn't quite the same but still offers feedback. It is a shiny black USB board however, and it sports a pair of USB plugs and blue LEDs under the three lock keys, which does make it a lot more modern looking. Take a look and
Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent. There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink. An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed. Drop by for a look at t
Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense. With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays. They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance. Check out the full review.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in March, former AOL head Jon Miller was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Hulu and has he got an announcement for you! He "envisions a future where at least some of the TV shows and movies on Hulu ... are available only to subscribers.".
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 4, 2009 - Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, under which Intel will acquire all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:30 AM | Ryan Shrout
In what can be compared to the work Microsoft is doing with Surface devices, ASUS was demonstrating a mock up of a tabletop system that the company envisions the direction of technology and ubiquitous communication between cell phones, notebooks, cameras and even your dinner plate!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2009 - 05:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week I posted a photo preview of the new Thermaltake Level 10 chassis - a very unique design that you will either completely fall in love with or ...not. I personally am pretty much in love with the looks and am curiously hesitant on the performance and function of the unit.
Now you can see a walk through on the design on video with help from Thermaltake's Ramsom Koay.
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Every Thursday at 6pm ET you can watch me, Ryan Shrout, host a show with Leo Laporte of TWiT and The Screen Savers fame on PC hardware. You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has finally filled the gap between their 620W and their 1000W PSUs with the release of the Corsair HX850W.
Not only does that fit them into the sweet spot for enthusiast power needs, it also signals a change in the internals of the PSU. Previous models failed to impress [H]ard|OCP very much, they did the job but at a lower level than other PSUs of similar wattage. Now we are seeing CWT's DSG platform inside, as opposed to t
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been going on long enough to have become a new tradition. Intel has new chips to release, but they sit on them until AMD is scheduled to announce a new CPU and within hours of that announcement Intel is trying to steal back everyones attention by finally letting those chips loose. The X2 250 and X2 550 were big releases, they are a big improvement from the previous architecture.
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Guybrush Threepwood is back in two completely different ways, three including a cameo in a certain Civ4 mod. The first of the games being release is The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which is a remake of the 1990 classic. Updated graphics, music and voice-overs from the original cast should keep those with no memories of the Island of Melee interested while the rest enjoy a little nostalgia.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 3, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, more news about tessellation in games raises very little interest; we have been hearing that it is just around the corner for almost a decade now. A second look reveals that not only are they right this time, but AMD has the fully DX11 compliant 40nm silicon to prove it. Sure the current generation of GPUs from AMD can do tessellation in benchmarks, but no games support the technology. With DX11 we will finally see the arrival of tessellation as well as some other interesting improvements. You can find pict
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Comparing the Antec 900 gaming case to the AZZA Solano 1000 seems fair, as both will run you the same amount of money, barring rebates. The outside look is very similar, with top mounted buttons and inputs as well as a fan, but inside you can't help but notice some differences, like the 230mm side fan. The intake fans are b
Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance the ASUS W90Vp looks like one incredible laptop; you get a Q9000, dual 320GB HDD, and 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM @ DDR2-667. The LCD is a high quality 1080p display
which makes sense as there are a pair of mobility HD4870's in Crossfire inside this beast. Unfortunately, those cards will lead you to discover something horrible about the state of AMDs mobile driver, as AnandTech realized when testing this laptop. Check out this 12lb powerhouse here.
Subject: Processors | June 2, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Brisbane core has been with us for quite a while now, powering the majority of new AMD builds and now it is finally time to retire. New on the stage is the 3GHz Athlon II X2 250, the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X2 550 (Black Edition), and last but not least is the Phenom II X4 905E. Not only are we seeing new chip designs; we are also seeing a new manufacturer, as this is our introduction to chips fabbed my Global Foundries. To get the bad news out of the way, when Josh tested it against the 3.16GHz E8500, the Intel chip still maintained a performance lead.