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Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a world of mobile tech that is trending towards lighter and lighter devices, the ASUS W90 18.4" Notebook
almost seems to not fit in. There is a subset of mobile users who are quite willing to tote around 12lbs or more of laptop if it is powerful enough. The W90 certainly has that power, an HD4870 X2 powers the graphics and a C2Q 9000 along with 6GB of DDR2-667 power the rest of the notebook. Techgage took it gaming, and it had no problems with current generation
Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 01:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently AMD isn't the only who thinks that Intel is playing dirty in the world of technology. Just a few days after Intel was hit with the largest fine in history from the EU For anti-competitive practices, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is telling the world that Intel is pulling the same stunts with them.
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN. Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids. Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision. Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset. These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU. Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm.
Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform in the latest high-density server product from Dell's Data Center Solutions Division.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS ENGTX260MATRIX
might be an incredible value, dependant on the price tag that comes with it. The dual fans allow ASUS to pump this card
to a 576MHz core with 999MHz memory, the maze of heatpipes that are underneath the fans certainly help as well. What that translates into is performance similar to the heavily overclocked MSI Black Lightning Edition GTX260, within a few fps of the performance of a stock GTX275. It is possible that a true GTX275 might have a bit more overhead when it comes to overclocking, but for those who would rather leave things alone
Subject: Storage | May 19, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the highly anticipated Summit Series 2.5" Solid State Drives, tailored to meet the stringent demands of business professionals, enthusiasts, and entry-level enterprise applications.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you pick up a higher end headset and mic combo, it tends to be based on a USB connection. Not only is it handy to have one single plug to find, the USB connection usually allows the use of that headset without having to install any drivers. Unfortunately some rigs have problems with audio over USB, and an older style TRS plugs are the way to go. While the Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset doesn't have a high end microphone, it will give you s
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
- Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
- BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2009 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Editorial | May 15, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 http://Live.Twit.tv/. Not only should you be subscribed to our podcast for y
Subject: Processors | May 15, 2009 - 05:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?&
Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2009 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2009 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
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