PCs can be cute too

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM |
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Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks.  All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user.  The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing.  When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar. 

Source: futurelooks

The high end of AM3 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | June 15, 2009 - 03:01 PM |
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The price of the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe might seem a little steep compared to some AM3 boards at around $180 when other boards sell for about 1/2 as much, which prompted motherboards.org to investigate.  The build is solid, with four PCI-Express x16 slots, 8+2 phase power and the bundled tools are nothing to sneer at either.&n

ATI Catalyst 9.6 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
  • Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Source: AMD

Masochistic mobility

Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U.  Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose.  You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to. 

Source: I4U News

Leaving some room for improvement

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM |
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The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations.  It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible.  Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co

So, about that part we recommended

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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There are two very obvious facts that have been realized about the HD4770; it is an incredible value, and it is incredibly hard to find.  HEXUS has been doing some digging trying to find even a single card for sale, let alone the pair you need for CrossfireX which can really make this card shine and as it turns out they are sold out across Europe and North America.  It seems the problem lies with TSMC's volume of 40nm chips, which hasn't been able to keep up with unexpected demand.  We did hear that t

Source: Hexus

Intel plans updates to Core i7, Celeron and Atom lines for Q4

Subject: Processors | June 15, 2009 - 01:11 AM |
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Reports are coming in from Digitimes that Intel has laid plans for its processor updates pending for Q4 of this year and they include changes not only to the low-power Atom lineup but Celeron and even Core i7 CPUs. 

Source: Digitimes

Digital TV, it's not just a suggestion anymore

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 06:57 PM |
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Of the many joys that our PCs offer, from shotgun troubleshooting to BSODs claiming your IRQ is some sort of lesser being, there is one process guaranteed to put a chill down your spine ...

Intel planning a 6-core Nehalem part for desktops this fall

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2009 - 04:48 PM |
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If this story turns out to be correct, it looks like AMD isn't the only one planning a 6-core processor for this fall.  According to Bit-tech's sources, Intel not only has plans to release a 6-core derivative of their Nehalem architecture (codenamed Westmere) in a few months but that it will be aimed at the desktop market and will work in existing LGA1366 X58 motherboards with a simple BIOS update.

Source: bit-tech

Gold plating with platinum highlights maybe?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W
sits right at the bottom end of over the top systems requirements; powerful enough to handle multiple graphics cards and a large number of HDD without heading up into the 1kW range.  At a shade over $200 it does seem a little pricey compared to other PSUs in that wattage range.  [H]ard|OCP decided to see just why this PSU costs twice as much as the competition by hooking it up to their PSU to

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sneak Peek: MSI P55-GD65 motherboard spotted

Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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Earlier this week I received some interesting spy shots of an upcoming MSI P55 motherboard that was NOT on display anywhere at Computex last week.  The MSI P55-GD65 looks like it could be a very compelling option for users upgrading to a new Intel Lynnfield system this fall.


Not as one sided as you might think

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 02:51 PM |
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At first glance, The Tech Report is being very unfair in testing air cooling versus water cooling as we all know that water is more efficient at moving heat around.  The custom built rigs with more than one radiator, wide tubing and powerful pumps tend to beat anything but LN cooling.  However there is a point to the exercise as those custom cooling designs will run you hundreds of dollars.  What if the tests were only done with self contained coolers costing less than $100?  Suddenly when you bring value into the equation, the playing field levels out a bit.

MSI hosting Master Overclocking Arena contest

Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 02:50 PM |
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MSI is gearing up for a summer overclocking contest known as the MOA - Master Overclocking Arena!  While the gears are still in motion for the official debut of the rules and regional sites, it looks like it is shaping up to be a very interesting event.

Here's how the event will break down for time lines:

PC Perspective Podcast #60 on Video

Subject: Editorial | June 12, 2009 - 01:24 PM |
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In a move we are hoping to make a regular feature for the podcast, we now have a more "polished" version of the podcast recording on VIDEO for you to view/listen to.  Just a warning: we aren't pretty and the content is unedited so there MIGHT be the occasional flub up!  We'll start posting the video along side the audio at our new URL: http://pcper.com/podcast

CPU versus GPU in a transcoding free for all

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 01:11 PM |
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ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA.  The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology.  The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media.  This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?

Source: ExtremeMhz

Smooth moves from Project Natal

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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If you don't recognize the name Johnny Chung Lee, get thee self to You Tube for some background, like this video, or this one

Source: engadget

AMD lowers prices for ATI Radeon HD 4000-series GPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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Right now on NewEgg you can grab a 512MB version of the HD4870 for $125, the 1GB model for a whole $20 more. 
If that isn't enough power for you, go all the way up to $185 and you can

Source: Digitimes

Boy, the way Glenn Miller played ...

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 05:45 PM |
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Back in the days when the mid range ruled, and digital was only for recording studios, the record was king of media.  The scratch of a dull diamond coming through speakers that were birthed before Dolby made its appearance, and huge stacks of vinyl and decorated cardboard sleeves dominated the homes of every audiophile.  Now those records are collecting dust, or are accumulating scratches through heavy use, but hopefully not sitting beside a furnace.  If this sounds familiar, and you have a lot of old vinyl that you want to listen to, but don't want to hurt it nor buy a CD to re

Source: TweakTown

Not a laptop!

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs.  According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has

"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"

A new hit from an old master

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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Anyone who has used a tablet for anything in the past, and quite a few who have never played with one, know the name Wacom.  If you have used their Intuos3 tablet you will probably be excited about the new Intuos4 Professional Pen Tablet, available in several sizes.  The price is still high and so is the quality, in this case the new version is all about more little extras.  For instance the programmable LED shortcut keys to the side of the tablet n

Source: TECHGAGE