Rack 'em up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2009 - 04:16 PM |
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Up for review by Lee are the Seasonic SS-400H1U & SS-460H2U.  As their naming scheme implies, the 400W model is designed to fit in a 1U space and the 460W into a 2U, making them perfect for not only lower power servers but also for HTPC builders.  Lee was so impressed by the quality of the power that these two units put out that he gave them a PCPer Gold Award.  These sub $100 PSUs may not find a home in your gaming PC, but if you are planning on building a very small system in the near future you should not miss this review

Is it a CPU or a VPU

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 04:06 PM |
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Nothing makes hardware fetishists madly speculate about new technology than a fuzzy picture like this one.  As we discussed on this weeks PCPer Podcast, there appears to be appears to be 32 cores paired with 32 vector processing units although it is hard to be exact.  That the picture isn't clear is not the only problem, new architecture can bring significant changes to the structures on the die and the only tools we have are to compare them to previous generations, like the P2 tha

Intel more concrete with 2010 Larrabee release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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An interesting article posted over at c't magazine is the first to verify with Intel a more concrete release time frame for the company's upcoming Larrabee CPU/GPU hybrid.  Intel's Joseph Shultz indicated that the first Larrabee product release would hit in the first half of 2010, finally squelching the discussion of a late 20

Source: TG Daily

Not intended for use on a rainy day

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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iUnika, a very green laptop maker in Spain has been showing off some interesting little netbooks.  Made with a starch and cellulose casing, the casing is biodegradable, but one might rightly assume that the CPU, motherboards and other components are not.  Some models sport a solar panel, allowing the laptop to recharge while shut down, a feat made possible by the fact that these netbooks will be in the 3W to 4W power range.  Check them out at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

MSI goes against the flow

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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While the old 8800GTS was a little odd with 640MB of RAM and a 320-bit interface was a bit odd, the GTX 260 is even stranger with the reference model sporting 896 MB of RAM with a 448-bit interface.  MSI decided that the card could be made even stranger by doubling the total RAM to 1792MB in their GTX 260 Lightning Black Edition.  It is also factory overclocked almost to it's limits, the Guru of 3D could only manage to hit 680/145

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA Releases World's First Stereoscopic Driver for Windows 7

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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Today, we released the new NVIDIA 3D Vision CD v1.08 driver kit, which includes the GeForce driver v185.85 and the 3D Vision driver v185.85.

This driver release marks the world's first stereoscopic 3D driver for Windows 7, available only from NVIDIA. This driver release also supports Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.

Driver download links

Full CD Kits

Source: NVIDIA

Gene storage unit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 14, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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If you want great performance from a LAN box, without having to lug around 40lbs of case and motherboard, you probably look at microATX cases and boards.  With the advent of the

Source: Bjorn3D

Globalfoundries' secret plan for domination

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Much speculation has been made about how AMD's recently spun off manufacturing capability can manage to compete with such long standing and very large manufacturers like TSMC.  We've speculated that innovations like Advanced Process Management as well as process shrinkage, but it looks like they have other shoes in the fire.  They've poached a senior director from TSMC and a past VP from one of their major clients, Altera.  DigiTimes also feels they have

Source: Digitimes

LIVE! PC Perspective Podcast #56 on TWiT Live!

Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2009 - 09:50 PM |
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UPDATE: Shows over folks!  Thanks to those who watched.  And if you missed it, tune in next week on Wednesday at 10pm ET to watch us record the podcast LIVE!  And you should subscribe to our podcast feed so you don't miss an episode!

The Proving Grounds

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 05:25 PM |
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Handy little storage device

Subject: Storage | May 13, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Don't let the name discourage you from looking at Cyber Snipa's Dog Tags.  It is in fact a USB drive of up to 4GB, that has been designed to be fairly resistant to abuse.  In addition to the drive is an LED light, star and flathead screwdrivers a bottle opener, pliers and a nail file. 
If having a multi-use USB drive of limited size appeals to you, dr

Detailed Larrabee die shot shown, cores counted

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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The first (slightly) detailed image of Intel's upcoming Larrabee architecture was shown today at the opening ceremonies for the Visual Computing Institute of the Saarland University in Germany.  Website PC Games Hardware was on hand at the event and snapped up this image:

AMD Delivers the World's First 1 GHz Graphics Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.

Source: AMD

Crank your 7 up to an 11

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech is working on taking Windows 7 (RC1) to new heights of performance with their new system build.  The build list is done, a EVGA X58 SLI and Core i7 920 along with a pair of 6GB OCZ DDR3-1600 kits and an HD 4890 provide the power for this build, with a variety of other expansion cards and storage devices as well.  At this point the components have all arrived and are ready to be assembled.   See the pictures and tips by following the link.

Source: Extremetech

A new look at a popular game

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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When Dawn of War II first came out, we heard all about the new take on RTS that it provided, along with the inclusion of Boss battles.  We saw a lot of performance data on the game, with most of the cards that were current at the time being tested.  Since then, both AMD and nVIDIA have been churning out cards at an incredible pace, with a new generation of cards having never seen a benchmark of DoW II performance.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You're outta here!

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Against all advice, be it legal, political or otherwise, France has decided to implement it's 3-strikes law against copyright infringers. 
Call it "Creation et Internet," or "Loi Olivennes" or HADOPI, this law makes it punishable to not 'secure your internet connection', for public WiFi operators to allow access only to a "white list" of acceptable sites and don't even mention file sharing.  The third strike, after an email and registered letter is the disconnection of your ISP account for 3 months to a year, to let you have time to think about how horrible you have been.

Source: Ars Technica

EC Ruling: Statement by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:

"Intel takes strong exception to this decision. We believe the decision is wrong and ignores the reality of a highly competitive microprocessor marketplace – characterized by constant innovation, improved product performance and lower prices. There has been absolutely zero harm to consumers. Intel will appeal."

Nothing but the basics

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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Picking up a high end gaming mouse for your office PC might be amusing, but it really isn't necessary.  Likewise, picking up an incredibly fancy wireless keyboard to run your HTPC is not ideal either.  I-ROCKS RF-6572A 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse are a much wiser choice.  Solid wireless performance with enough channels to ensure you encounter no interference and a nice neat design are this combos qualities.  The mouse has five buttons, you won't be forced to give

Source: Tweaknews

nVIDIA continues to split the Atom

Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2009 - 04:27 PM |
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nVIDIA's experiments with the Atom processor have come a long way since the reference model that appeared back in January.  That reference model has birthed 4 models, the IONITX-A-U the IONITX-B-E the IONITX-C-U
and the IONITX-D-E.  Ryan had the luck to test out the IONITX-A-U, the flagship of this fleet of all in one motherboards.  See what new tricks it can do in his full review.