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Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2009 - 01:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2009 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.".
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:30 AM | Ryan Shrout
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!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2009 - 05:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.