ASUS trims the performance as well as the price in their new laptop

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 06:12 PM |

There are differing models of the Asus UL50-V Laptop, one Core 2 Duo and one a Celeron but both have nVIDIA's G210M with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
powering the 1366x768 15.6" LCD.  The one option that seems to be lacking is ability to choose an SSD, all they offer are 5400RPM drives in three different sizes.  The model that R&B Mods tested utilizes the C2D Su7300 which did not fare well against the C2D T6400 based Samsung R720 but it comes in as a fair deal at the ~$800 price mark.

A stylish see through case with a serious amount of space

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2010 - 03:31 PM |

Mountain Mods Ascension Crystal Ship is a Create Your Own Case, a part of their new program that lets you spec out a case before you buy.  At 24" x 18" x 18", the version that techPowerUp picked will happily hold a full system and a complete water cooling setup and still leave you plenty of room.  A mixed construction of aluminium and acrylic ensures both a strong case and a really sharp look.  The case is on the expensive side for many, but if you are looking for something unique and useful

Source: techPowerUp!

Be Thermaltake's Valentine and get a chance to win one of 3 pink SFF systems

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:32 PM |

If you are looking for a little something for Valentine's Day, then Thermaltake can help you.  They have a contest that will give you a chance at winning one of three small form factor PCs with some solid hardware inside and a Valentine's Day theme on the outside.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the rules so that you don't miss your chance.

Source: Thermaltake

This receiver will run you more than your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:19 PM |

If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment.  If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components.  Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr

The Maximus III Gene is a real charmer

Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2010 - 12:20 PM |

The new revision of the ASUS Maximus III Gene has landed at [H]ard|OCP and they loved this little trooper.  It can handle both Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, a pair of PCIe x16 slots as well as 7 SATA ports, 1 eSATA port, 14 USB ports
and a more; all on a uATX board measuring slight less than 10" square.  They described the manual overcloc

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A change of process; it is all about trimming off those nanometres

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 12:05 PM |

Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing.  The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah.  You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory.  If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ

Intel and Micron to announce 25nm flash memory

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM |

Intel and Micron had planned on a Monday morning release, but a leak resulted in the cat being out of the bag so here's a tidbit for those curious.  Intel and Micron will be announcing a die shrink of their flash memory.  What used to be so-called '2x nm' flash as a future stepping stone is now officially 25nm.  This puts Intel and Micron significantly ahead of the competition in terms of die shrink and capacity.

Celebrating 124 years of traffic

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 06:53 PM |

At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen.  Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component.  For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it?  The point of our forums is to offer you a place where

The Celeron is neither gone nor forgotten

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2010 - 02:30 PM |

The days of the ridiculously easy to overclock Celerons may have passed but the Celeron line does live on.  Take the Intel Celeron E3300 for instance, at $66 it is not expensive and it runs at a decent 2.5GHz on an 800MHz FSB but iXBT Labs gave it a bump to a 1066MHz FSB for an overclocked speed of 3.33GHz.  You miss out on a lot of new features and the

Source: iXBT Labs

Wait for 10.2 unless you are running an HD5970

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2010 - 12:19 PM |

Tweaktown took a look at the new Catalyst from AMD, technically the 10.1 driver but actually labelled 9.12.  It seems AMD might have been a bit rushed trying to get a new driver for the users of their graphics cards and instead of offering big changes and new features they set up a few bug fixes and marched it out the door.  The performance differences are barely noticeable unless you are using the beta Hemlock driver for the HD5970 there is no real reason to up

Source: TweakTown

60GB of SSD for $200 - Correction, make that $170!

Subject: Storage | January 29, 2010 - 12:07 PM |

The OCZ Agility 60GB tries to straddle two worlds of SSDs.  At $200 for 60GB it is rather inexpensive and thanks to the use of the Indilinx controller it is not crippled for speed or features.  When Neoseeker ran it through their battery of tests they found that while the drive did not live up to the advertising it came close and the difference betwe

Source: Neoseeker

Intel tries a fast one: Diamondville and Pine Trail

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 12:06 PM |

We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip.  AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.

Source: AnandTech

Anyone want dual LGA1366 sockets?

Subject: Motherboards | January 28, 2010 - 03:03 PM |

EVGA hit the motherboard market with nVIDIA's chipset but they are not suffering from nVIDIA's licensing woes.  Newest is their W555, set up to handle two LGA1366 processors on a board designed for overclocking, not server applications.  Now, this may cause some problems as consumer level dual processor board are not always the most forgiving and stable platforms, but they are worthwhile once set up.  Drop by Overclock3D for a preview.

Source: Overclock3D

ABS' new power supply is trying to fight above its weight class

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2010 - 02:16 PM |

The kilowatt PSU market, which didn't even exist until very recently is getting quite crowded and unfortunately a lot of that crowd is really not good at their jobs.  ABS has entered the fray with the humbly named ABS Majesty MJ1100-M 1100W PSU, with a claimed 87% efficiency.  It has six 6+2pin PCI-E 2.0 and twelve 5-Pin SATA connectors which ought to keep most enthusiasts happy especially with 996W on

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Form over function in Zalman's new mid-tower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2010 - 02:04 PM |

Steve Grever has just finished up a review of the Zalman MS1000-HS2 Mid-Tower a mid-tower case that will set you back about $175.  Preinstalled are two 120mm fans and one 92mm fan space left to double that amount, or mount a radiator if you choose watercooling.  There are extra features like sound dampening panels, dust filters, spring loaded removable HDD covers and tool-less installation. 

Galaxy wants to sell you some cables

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2010 - 01:51 PM |

Ever had the need for a cable or adapter that you thought for sure you had but simply couldn’t find anymore?  Or just need another HDMI cable and could use some extras along with it?  The gang at Galaxy has obviously had that feeling just like the writer’s at PC Perspective have and decided to offer a solution for it. 

A different look at AMDs new processors

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2010 - 06:17 PM |

When Josh looked at AMDs new CPUs, he emphasized
the value they offer.  They aren't the fastest, but new silicon that is under $100 is great news.  PC Stats took a different take, examining the highest end of the new releases, namely the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition.  It is the fastest going @ 3.2GHz and since it is a Black Edition CPU you can expect that the unlocked multiplier is going to be used.  Drop by and see how it did in their t

Source: PCStats

Apple develops its first CPU: the Apple A4

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2010 - 05:10 PM |

Yesterday I theorized that Apple would be using its first in-house computing architecture for the just announced Apple iPad (tablet device) after learning that Apple was definitely NOT using the NVIDIA Tegra technology.  Well that did in fact come to pass:

Matrox Announces Multiple Graphics Expansion Module (GXM) Support

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2010 - 05:00 PM |

It wasn't long ago that if you wanted to use three or more displays at a time, Matrox was the professional's weapon of choice. But with AMD's Eyefinity on the scene, suddenly the consumer has more choice on which vendor they selected for multiple display systems.  AMD even showed off an Acer netbook running triple monitors using an external GPU during CES 2010 earlier this month (read the story here) which leaves Matrox competing on two fronts.

Source: Matrox

These kids and their mulit-touch gaming Surface

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
Tagged: surface

Back in the days when pen and paper were king and LCDs were limited to your watch, the sound of people gaming involved dice rolling not keyboards clicking.  Then came the days of Origins and SSI and gamers started migrating to a new platform.  For those who miss those days when role playing meant a bit more than clicking dialogue options, Microsoft Surface and the boys at SurfaceScape have a little something for you.  Surface, if you do not recall is a new bit of tech from Microsoft, a combi

Source: Vimeo