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Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus Pro61s
is a 15.6" notebook sporting a C2D T5850, 3GBs of DDR2-800 and an HD4870. The full size keyboard will come in handy if you decide to use this as a gaming machine, the DVD RW is handy if you are more into watching movies. R&B Mods found in their testing that the battery is good for over 2 hours, so while it last longer than a lot of notebooks with this kind of design, it won't last you on a long flight. See it here.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009- The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced an agreement with NVIDIA under which the two companies plan to develop new Fortran language support for CUDA GPUs.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those who've never heard of it before they read this review on [H]ard|OCP, Computer Vision Syndrome would be that headache you pick up after a long day of working at a PC followed by an evening of surfing, fragging and other activities. A company called GUNNAR thought they saw an opportunity and have developed Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear
to relieve you from the suffering caused by staring at millions of little pixels for more than
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips. Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process. Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010. Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies
Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today Intel and Nokia announced an expanded partnership with the goal of creating a "new class" of Intel-Architecture mobile computing device. Details on what exactly that means were scarce, but there were a couple of specific points brought up during this morning's conference call.
Subject: Editorial | June 22, 2009 - 11:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a move we are hoping to make a regular feature for the podcast, we
now have a more "polished" version of the podcast recording on VIDEO
for you to view/listen to. Just a warning: we aren't pretty and the
content is unedited so there MIGHT be the occasional flub up! We'll
start posting the video along side the audio at our new URL: http://pcper.com/podcast
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, the name GMC X7 X-Station makes you think of hybrid station wagon or
maybe one that can go off-road, but it is indeed a PC case, or more specifically a gaming case. It sports some features that might make you scratch your head, like a pair of power buttons and the ability to swap 3.5" bays for 5.25" bays, but in a way these features do add to the overall usefulness of the case. Hardware Bistro thought it resembled the Bulldozer case from the same manufactures, not to say that it is a bad thing.
Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance. Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus. Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup. From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground. My
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lee is at his test bed again, this time with a review of the OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700WPSU. It sports a single 12V line, not that you will have problems with load as it can handle 56A and it claims 80+ certification
so it shouldn't add too much to your electrical bill. Find out how it picked up a PC Perspective Gold Award in the full review.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time. Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend. AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade. Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMDs drive to produce a new graphics driver has resulted in some lackluster updates for users. In many cases it is not worth the reboot to install the new driver and in some cases it might actually hurt your performance in specific games or CrossfireX setups. June has brought the Catalyst 9.6 to the public and again those using Radeon cards are scratching their heads wondering if they should install it or not. X-bit Labs has your answer right here, as they examine the performance im
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Currently there is one motherboard available, the ASUS M4N82 Deluxe, which uses nVIDIA's 780a 980a chipset. That is it, there are no others for sale and it seems very unlikely as that board is an AM2+ board, not even an AM3 and we have heard in an interview with Jen-Hsun Huang that nVIDIA has abandoned the AMD platform completely. That may not affect you as a gamer directly, but it certainly af
Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $199, the iPhone 3GS is twice as expensive as the basic 3G model and from AnandTech's testing it seems be about 50% faster. Part of that reason is because the ARM chip that they are using runs at 600MHz as opposed to 412MHz, but the speed bump is not the only reason. The ARM Cortex A8 sports twice the L1 cache and also has a 256KB L2 cache, something that is completely missing from the ARM11 chip that the 3G uses. It also manages to beat out the Pre.
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the sake of the argument, assume that adding an onboard NIC adds $5 to the cost of a motherboard. That is certainly high, but let that slide. For
only $129 you can pick up the EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro and see your ping times drop by a good 3 to 5ms, and you might even see a slight increase in average frames per second in multiplayer games. For a measly 2500% price increase you will see about a 10% increase in network speed. Check Hot Hardware's revi
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs. At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc. We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.
Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is well worth hunting down a new Core i7 975 EE as opposed to the older 965 for several reasons that might not be noticeable at first glance. The 975 clocks in at 3.33 GHz, which is only 130MHz faster than the 965 and they both use the same 1333MHz bus speed. The power tells a different story, the 975 uses 1.15V compared to 1.35V on the 965. That translates directly into less heat being produced, and tied in with the superior design
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Many people, including myself, scoffed when reading this article over at 1UP.com that hypothesized a new Xbox console would be coming along with the Project Natal motion sensing technology as soon as next year.