One size fits all?

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 03:31 PM |

On paper, the Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Adapter sounds like a brilliant idea.  A 95W power adaptor with 8 different plugs and a USB socket on the side that can provide a variety of Wattage and Amperage to charge all your USB and mobile devices, including phones.  Unfortunately, the model shipped to Tweaknews for testing had some incompatibilities, some that could be overcome and others that could not.  Along with the problems they had, they were also disappointed that there was no pricing information. 

Source: Tweaknews

The mysterious Samsung ION notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 02:53 PM |

We know very little about the Samsung ION notebook, apart from the fact that it could be a serious help to nVIDIA getting the ION platform recognition as a competitor to the Intel-made chipset for Atom, even with the sales incentives that Intel offers.

  • Model name - unknown

  • Specs - nVIDIA ION processor

  • Pricing - unknown

  • ETA - sometime soon

Source: NVIDIA

A bit better than a double sided floppy

Subject: Storage | June 29, 2009 - 02:38 PM |

Now that Blu-Ray burners and re-writers are sitting near the $200 mark, the DVD seems to be on its way to extinction.  It is not just the sheer size of storage on this optical media, the disks themselves are much more resistant to scratching and a rewriteable disk will not become useless after just a few uses.  Even more attractive than the first generation of disks are the new single and dual-layer BluRay discs;


OCZ presents the PCP&C UPS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 29, 2009 - 12:57 PM |

PC Power & Cooling has expanded its lineup into UPSs with the Pro-Source 1500.  As you might expect this is a pure sine wave UPS, and it provides up to 12 minutes of backup power at a 600W.  Bjorn3D thought this was a perfect time to hook up an insanely powerful PC to see just how this UPS performed.  They took a Corei7 965 running at 3.74 GHz and three GTX-285's all with a 50MHz GPU overclock for a gran

Source: Bjorn3D

This side up

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
Tagged: surface

We have been seeing demos of Microsoft Surface at most trade shows for the past while.  Microsoft is rightly proud of this new multi-touch interface; they've come up with a complete replacement for the mouse and keyboard.  This does present a lot of challenges when designing a GUI for the Surface if you intend to do more than just offer a virtual keyboard and mouse.  Ars Technica has an interview with a design team that is using Surface and goes over some of the obstacles

Source: Ars Technica

Five years without DOS support and it is still going strong

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 06:53 PM |

To get the most important forum thread out of the way first, PC Perspective is giving away a Smooth Creations system.  You have 7 different ways to enter and Ryan has already disqualified Allyn, Josh and myself so you have no excuses not to enter and win even if you live in Outer Elbonia.  This machine is not just pretty on the outside inside you will find a Phenom X4 955, a pair of HD4890s, 4GB DDR2 on a Foxconn 790FX, and dual VelociRaptors, all

Stuck in a tight space?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2009 - 02:29 PM |

Using an LGA775 or AM2 chip in a case that doesn't allow you to have a 6" tall cooler?  At only 47mm (1.8") tall, the Thermaltake MeOrb might be the perfect solution for you.  As it is so small, the cooling that it provides does not beat the big boys, it does however beat the stock cooler which is the important goal.  BCCHa

Does that colouring affect performance?

Subject: Motherboards | June 26, 2009 - 01:43 PM |

DFI's newest X58 boards is the DFI UT X58-T3eH8, packed with all the little extras that have earned DFI such a devoted following.  It is becoming difficult to stand out with extra features, most motherboard manufacturers are including a lot of them, such as power and reset buttons on the motherboard that can also clear the CMOS or much more efficient onboard cooling systems.  Perhaps one way that DFI distinguishes its self is that their p

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fatal1ty has competition

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches.  This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma

Lucid has a clear vision for the future

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM |

As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago.  The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support.  Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering.  Each card

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS and Intel tussle over motherboards, markets

Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2009 - 04:47 PM |

A very interesting and detailed editorial over at The Inquirer seems to be shining some light on an internal, inside baseball type fight raging behind the scenes of the Intel motherboard market.  The story can be summed up like this: Intel apparently isn't fond of how big ASUS has gotten in terms of OEM (to HP, Dell, etc) and ODM (ASUS-branded boards) sales and that the motherboard giant can push back when proded by Intel.  Intel doesn't like being pushed at all - we

Source: The Inquirer

AMD releases TWKR branded Phenom II CPUs for...tweaking

Subject: Processors | June 25, 2009 - 04:25 PM |

Do you overclock your CPU with any form of liquid gas?  If not, this product isn't really for you.  Which is good, because according to The Inquirer, these CPUs are going to be REALLY hard to get a hold of...

AMD has pushed out a very select few processors with the "TWKR" brand on them meant for the highly specialized art of extreme overclocking.  We aren't talking a few hundred MHz here, we are talking about a couple GHz. 

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair Launches New 128GB and 64GB Performance Series Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 04:24 PM |

Fremont, CA. June 25th, 2009.

Windows 7 pricing announced, totally awesome (for a while)

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM |

Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple.  Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it.  It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early.  Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99.  Nor

Ubuntu puts on a tie

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 02:33 PM |

The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped.  That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme.  Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu.  Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.

Source: Phoronix

You don't need a theme or a CNC machine to make a great system

Subject: Systems | June 25, 2009 - 01:35 PM |

It is not just a pretty face, the Guru of 3D's rig of the month also sports a Q9650 over clocked to 4.2GHz
thanks to some serious TEC cooling, and a GTX295 that has been pushed fairly hard as well.  The case its self has not undergone any heavy modifications, you don't need to know how to drill out acrylic to make something this nice.  Head to the Guru of 3D for some serious inspiration.

Source: Guru of 3D

Take it, it is Your Book now; or else!

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 12:28 PM |

Looking nice in shiny white and standing all of 6.7" tall, 3.9" wide, and 6.3" deep, the Western Digital My Book World Edition II
might just help save your sanity.  Since it is easy to use, looks relatively attractive and is small enough to hide if necessary, this NAS might be just the thing to get your friends and family members to actually do a back up of their important stuff.  Just a few minutes

Gaming companies have an idEA

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 11:59 AM |

Source: Shacknews

LIVE! PC Perspective Podcast #62 on TWiT Live!

Subject: Editorial | June 24, 2009 - 06:00 PM |

Every Wednesday you can watch the editors of PC Perspective host our weekly podcast on live streaming video.  We should be starting it about 10pm ET or so! You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!

Spend time working more on the performance than the name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 06:00 PM |

Thermaltake's new line of coolers all bear similar names, the ISGC-100, 200 and now the 300.  That last model, the Thermaltake ISGC-300 is the subject in Think Computers testing today.  At well over a pound and a bit over 6" tall, this cooler comes with the universal warning all Core i7 coolers seem to, make sure it is not to big for where you are trying to stick it.  The extra bulk does prove effective on this cooler, as it does with t