Very flexible, quite cool and totally affordable

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2009 - 12:54 PM |

Budget priced heatsinks can be a great value, or a complete bust for regular PC users.  In some cases it makes almost no sense, like a budget Core i7 cooler.  The price tag attached to the Core i7s price it well beyond most people's views of budget and even if they scrimped and saved to pick one up, they are likely to use the stock cooler.  We at PC Perspective are a little strange and

Source: Guru of 3D

GF and T-Ram talk collaboration

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

Global Foundries is one of the biggest stories in tech right now and not just because of the licensing lawsuit.  This new fab company that Ryan visited in northern New York state has a jump on the next process transition and a lot of contracts coming in.  Josh fleshed out the overview late last week with his in depth article here.  He explains just why this new company has received such a
warm welcome in what is usually a very tight knit industry.  They have the backing of one of the richest plac

Source: The Inquirer

HyperThreading to get a boost in Windows 7

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2009 - 06:18 PM |

News is circulating around the web today about some comments a Microsoft representative by the name of Bill Veghte made about performance on Windows 7.  He stated:

Source: Daily Tech

Two new PC Perspective Videos for your weekend

Subject: Editorial | May 15, 2009 - 05:48 PM |

Since I know you want to spend your weekend with the tech writers of PC Perspective but we won't give you our phone numbers or the time for the cookout, how about you get your groove on with a pair of videos for the time between now and Monday instead?  First up is the LIVE (not really anymore) video recording of 56th PC Perspective Podcast that streamed on  Not only should you be subscribed to our podcast for y

Fujitsu claims to have world's fastest processor

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2009 - 05:41 PM |

When you think of the "world's fastest processor," does the name Fujitsu immediately come to mind?  Likely not - at least it wouldn't for me.  However a new CPU codenamed "Venus" is apparently able to best Intel's, er, best, in terms of calculations per second by 2.5x, up to 128 billion floating point operations per second (128 GFLOPS).  It is built on a 45nm process with an 8-core design and an integrated memory controller according to the

New hardware problems? Find new solutions in our Forums.

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM |

A Net connection has become a necessity
for a lot of people, even if it is a basic feed via a cell phone.  There are many threads in the PC Perspective forums that deal with dodgy network cable, broken NICs, both driver and software issues all in an attempt to ensure that our forum members can keep their Net connection healthy.  One piece of hardware has been neglected in comparison; how do you go about fixing the actual modem?&

Smaller and less expensive but no missing features

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2009 - 05:00 PM |

The ASUS Rampage II Gene is a very odd duck, it is an X58 board that supports Core i7 processors, has six DDR3 DIMM slots, and dual PCI-E 16X expansion slots for either CrossFireX or SLI, but it is a micro ATX board.  It is only 9.6" by 9.6", shorter than a GeForce GT

Rack 'em up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2009 - 04:16 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Handy little storage device

Subject: Storage | May 13, 2009 - 02:32 PM |

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 |

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: