La raw bee, an aperitif

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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Intel is piecing out the portions of information on Larrabee in tiny little tastes, trying to whet the appetite of an already well fed crowd.  The Corei7 launch is barely in the past, the Core2 launch is also still fresh in peoples memories and the Phenom II is offering fair competition in certain scenarios on AMD's side.  That rich feast of new architecture lies heavy on the belly so Intel has a bit of work ahead of them to get users hungry for more.  If you feel you have the space, you can see the newest information on the structu

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 19

Subject: Editorial | March 28, 2009 - 11:58 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 Windows 7 gaming performance, the Caustic Graphics ray tracing accelerator, AMD and Havok showing off OpenGL physics, Bigfoot Networks Xeno card and the Fusion Render Cloud server-based gaming systems.  Guest starring Paul Thurrott!

A brief history of NVIDIA and Intel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 28, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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Inspired by a recent Facebook post I saw, I give you "A brief history of NVIDIA and Intel."

Step 1:
CUDA


The case mod of EVIL!!

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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One of the most popular threads in the Cases'n'Cooling forum is the making of an incredible case mod, both in video form and still pictures.  The case its self is jaw droppingly amazing for anyone who doesn't feel an instinctual revulsion to anything designed by H.R. Geiger, and the details in the making of may lead you toward some modding ideas of your own.  You will also spot some nice finds for those looking for a unique case, without the metal and Styrofoam work. 

Tips for the non-disgustingly techy

Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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Pulling out and replacing motherboards stands near the top of the list of time consuming and fiddly tasks upgrading or repairing PCs will give you, right up there with swapping heatsinks.  ExtremeTech want's to share the benefit of their long experience of playing with motherboards by offering up 30 tips to keep in mind while working with your motherboard.  Having a container handy to put the screws in may not sound like a huge revealation, but it can really help.

Source: Extremetech

Big things come in small packages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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BFGTech is going big with their new PSU, the 1200W EX.  For $250 you can have enough power to run any PC you might have a mind to build, and you won't have to worry about heat, noise or size.  Guru of 3D didn't actually have a stress tester powerful enough to load this beast to 100%, but in the testing they did do, the PSU remained cool and quiet.  Also worth mention

Source: Guru of 3D

How about a nice game of CounterSue

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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It is a good time to be an IP lawyer in the semiconductor industry; there is a legal free for all going on.  The newest case is Intel versus nVIDIA and nVIDIA versus Intel, as they are both suing
each other over the cross licensing agreement that may or may not be changed.  As it stands, Intel is planning on denying nVIDIA access to the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the Nehalem processor, while nVIDIA feels that Intel's current IGP as well as Larrabee both
utilize nVIDIA patents.  Follow

Source: Digitimes

Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.

Source: VIA Arena

NVIDIA mulling VIA stock purchase

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2009 - 05:47 AM |
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In what can only be called a "yeah, we knew this was coming" moment, Digitimes has word about a potential start to an NVIDIA and VIA merger. 

AMD Demonstrates Optimized Executions of Havok Middleware on AMD platforms

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2009 - 06:25 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD, Inc. and Havok, the premier provider of interactive software for physics simulation and content development, are presenting new, optimized executions of Havok's physics middleware on AMD platforms at the 2009 Game Developers Conference. The demonstrations include the first OpenCL supported execution of Havok Cloth.

Source: AMD

ATI FirePro V7750 From AMD Delivers Blazing Application Performance, Freeing Professionals to Create

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 06:22 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of the ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator for the high-end market, ideally suited for graphics professionals working in engineering, digital content creation and scientific fields. These professionals need a 3D graphics accelerator that can quickly handle large models and shader-intensive applications, while delivering accurate color reproduction and superior visual quality.

Source: AMD

Tough decision

Subject: Storage | March 26, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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For $140 you can pick up the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB flash drive or for $100 you can pick up a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive.  For the latter, you can't really expect it to hold up to being carried around in your bag or swapped around with friends.  For th

Source: MVKTECH.NET

The new father and son project

Subject: Systems | March 26, 2009 - 01:37 PM |
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Soapbox derbies are frowned upon in this risk averse society and build a CB radio is passe, perhaps the best way to get your kids into electronics is building an HTPC.  You are into TV, and it's guaranteed that children are too, so harness that addiction into something constructive.  Not only does it involved TV, but the cases and components offer you a lot of choice, with enough limits from the form factor to stop those choices from becoming overwhelming.  Take a loo

Source: TweakTown

AMD and Havok demo OpenCL accelerated physics

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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One of the more exciting
technologies we have been in continuing discussion about here at PC Perspective is OpenCL (and DirectX Compute) and how it will change the paradigm for heterogeneous computing.  At the Game Developer's Conference this week AMD and Havok teamed up to offer up some short demonstrations of what I believe is the first publicly shown implementation of cross-processor OpenCL.  It is definitely the first that we are excited about if nothing else.

Value priced laptops worth peeking at

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Before you completely ignore them, realize that the 17" Acer eMachines G520 runs just over $500 and the G620 model is only a bit more.  Both are capable of 1440x900 resolution and have 2GB DDR2, a DVD-RW and a 160GB HDD, the differences lie in the chipsets and CPUs used.  The 520 has a 2GHz Celeron M 575 running on an Intel GL40 chipset with Intel X4500MHD powering the graphics.  The G560 hides a 2GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 on a nVIDA 9100M.  Niether one will beat any speed records, but at a similar price to a netbook and without any of the eyestrain,

Source: InsideHW

Much better than squinting and using your imagination

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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nVIDIA card owners now have an application that performs a similar task to AMD's Badaboom, which was released not that long ago.  It is provided by the same company that created FixMyMovie in days gone by, but promises to be more effective.  vReveal harnesses nVIDIA's new CUDA programming environment to offer a magic 2x button, which promises to take your crappy 320x240 phone cam pictures and upscale it to 640x480.  Don't expect to be able to use that on pictures with above 576 lines nor make use of SLI while you are upscaling, but it still beats the fuzzy alternative. 

Cool, quiet, cheap ... pick any two

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Prolimatech Megahalems is a large name, which befits a 790g heatsink that has six heatpipes.  Prolimatech is a new comer to the cooling market, so it is appropriate that in it's first review on X-bit Labs it is accompanied by over a dozen other well established coolers.  Not only can you see how this new cooler performs, which is impressive, but you get a round up of all of the top Core i7 heatsinks.  Which one comes out on top is revealed at the end, though it isn't terri

Source: X-Bit Labs

The change is only skin deep but still impressive

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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Looking at the raw stats, the MSI R4870 MD1G is just a normal 4870, there is no factory overclock.  Looking at the card, the lack of an enclosing assembly really stands out, instead it is the oval shaped heatsink and fan that grab your eyes.  MSI claims that the change in cooler should allow the GPU to operate about 20C cooler than the normal heatsink assembly you see.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP and you can see how the cooler does and how this card can perform against other HD4870s

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, Orcs do not get a health plan

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a Star Wars Battlefield style game, you can play in first person or third and even control others during the game.  It has two single player campaigns, one following the familiar story of a hobbit and his ring, the second a parallel evil campaign allowing you to try to succeed where Sauron failed.  All the major battles and landmarks are to be covered in the single player campaign and the screenshots and promo movies seem to capture the ambiance of Tolkien's
Middle Earth.  There is also a multiplayer aspect, allowing for Conquest, Capture, the Fl

Source: OCMODSHOP