Computex 2009: Enermax shows 80+ Gold power supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2009 - 01:06 AM |
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According to some of more intelligent people we know in the power supply business, making efficient power supplies is more difficult at lower wattage levels.  And while most power supply vendors were showing 80+ Gold rated PSUs for the first time (rated at 90% efficiency at 50% wattage level), Enermax was showing off a set of 450w, 550w and 650w models that will be available in Q3 of this year.

Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more

Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM |
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Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:

With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.

Spotted at Computex: We're all screwed

Subject: Editorial | June 8, 2009 - 12:17 AM |
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Gulp.

Be prepared.

Apple has been keeping the sun away for 22 years now

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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One thing that is often missed when overclocking is the actual effect on system performance.  The raw numbers are always bigger, for instance a Q9450 bumped up to 3.2GHz is faster than stock, but what happened to the system.  It might feel more zippy, or maybe you have just fooled yourself because of the time you spent watching it hang during unsuccessful settings.  Here at PC Perspective our reviews give hard numbers as opposed to subjective feelings, and you can do the same at home.  That is not to say simply run 3DMark over and over, but instead to pick a game and benchm

"B.J." Blazkowicz would be proud

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2009 - 02:22 PM |
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Over at motherboards.org comes a new case mod, this time dedicated to the Wolfenstein series.  Not only do you get a great overview of the tools needed to do mods like this and a look at a beautiful modding job, there is a bonus.  The case being modded is the yet to be released NZXT Panzerbox, a name very apropos to the mods theme.  Either as a voyeur, as someone planning on getting into modding at some point or

What's the best way to stress out a GTX 275

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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Knowing that an nVIDIA GTX 275 can hit a Core of 702MHz from the 633MHz stock speed, that it's GDDR3 can reach 1296MHz from a 1134MHz stock and that the Shader clock goes all the way to 1656MHz from 1404MHz is good, but it doesn't tell the full story.  Overclocking everything as far as it can go can be an effective method, but it lacks finesse.  Doing so makes it hard to judge which part has the most impact on performance or if overclocking that part has done nothing whatsoever.   AnandTec

Source: AnandTech

The main theme was what Microsoft no longer calls a netbook

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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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

Source: Digitimes

Steve is going to be peeved

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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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.

Source: Hack a Day

Pure clicking satisfaction

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM |
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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

Petrified Computer

Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM |
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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

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


Noteworthy items:

It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Taipei is your tech target

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 4, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Ryan isn't the only one running back and forth between Nangang and the Taipei 101 tower, though he did post two new videos for you to check out.

Somebody is going to be awfully upset

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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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.".

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel to Acquire Wind River Systems for Approximately $884 Million

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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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.

Computex 2009: ASUS demos a possible future vision of technology and communication

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:30 AM |
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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!

Computex 2009: Thermaltake Level 10 Chassis on Video

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2009 - 05:23 AM |
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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.

LIVE! This Week in Computer Hardware with Ryan Shrout and Leo Laporte

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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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!

Corsair's powerful new flagship

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

At least the technology is mature

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 01:46 PM |
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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.