ASUS' new 750a board

Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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For just $135 you can pick up the Asus M4N72-E 750a which handles DDR2-1200, has a pair of PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and a long list of enhancements to the power and thermal characteristics of the board.  Bjorn3D found that the overclocking potential of the board may not be as strong as others from ASUS, which can be an important factor in some peoples decisions.  On the other hand, if you are looking for a solid,

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The visible HTPC

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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If you are looking for an HTPC case that stands out more than it blends in you might want to consider the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC case.  Sure the acrylic build requires a lot of care when assembling it or changing components and picks up fingerprints quicker than a CSI, but when you can see all your fancy components lit up with the blue LEDs it makes it all wor

Storage might not be free, but it's the next thing to it

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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The Western Digital Black 1TB HDD can be yours for a smidgen over
$100, or about 10 cents a gigabyte if you would prefer to think of it that way.  This is a Black drive, which puts performance above long lifetime or low power consumption and with an average transfer rate of 86MB/sec in OCIA's testing, it certainly seems to qualify as a high end platter based HDD.  Drop by to see the actual benchmark numbers.

Source: OCIA

Tell me more about cherries and afterglow

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras.  In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed.  This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver.  It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark. 

Source: VR-Zone

They are nice guys, really

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Ray Tracing has become a bit of a theme here at PC Perspective, from two years ago.

Western Digital releases enterprise class 2TB RE4-GP series drive

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM |
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Western Digital has released their new RE4 series of the Green Power line of hard drives.  The new release advances the RE series to include 2TB capacity, 64 MB cache, and dual processors, and also feature advanced RAID specific features such as TLER (Time Limited Error Recovery) and RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward). 

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 21

Subject: Editorial | April 17, 2009 - 07:25 PM |
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If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/)
with
Leo
Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now
available for you here.  In this episode we discussed the first pictures of a Larrabee wafer, Nero getting a CUDA-enhancement, Intel profits drop but they think they have hit bottom, the updated X25-M firmware and we are giving away a water-cooled BFG graphics card!!

Houston, we have a problem

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 06:41 PM |
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You might think that increasing your network speed with a simple switch of a router is a great thing, but what if that new router is wireless? 

DIY on a smaller scale

Subject: Mobile | April 17, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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OCZ has been selling DIY laptops for a while now, you buy a shell lacking a processor, hard drive, memory, or an operating system.  You then get to pick which components you put into the machine, ending up with a laptop built to your specs and for less than buying it full assembled from a retailer.  They've now moved onto netbooks, offering up a little kit about twice the size of a game case, with a 10" screen and an Atom N270 1.60GHz, the HDD and DDR2 choices are left to you.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at

X marks the spot

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM |
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XFX has taken their love of factory overclocked cards and applied it to their HD4890 XXX and priced it only $20 above their reference model.  The overclock is not huge, a mere 50MHz which pushed the core clock from 850 to 900, which gives a small but noticeable bump to it's speed. 
Along with that bump comes a copy of HAWX and assorted connectors for the graphics card.&n

Is the Core i7 too good?

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 02:03 PM |
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Josh has been spending a lot of time thinking about the Core i5 and the choice needed to be made by Intel about Penryn and Nehalem.  You can pick up a lot of good info on Nehalem, like how the 16 PCI Express lanes that are integrated into the chip and the proper usage of dual channel memory.  The bad news from his prediction is that we won't be seeing these new parts for longer than was originally thought, in part because the Penryn is just too successful.  Read on at the top of the page to see the rest of his arguments.

Remember the days before PSUs were cool?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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Now that everyone and their brother is producing PSUs, the market has changed and features are king.  Those companies that continue to use lower quality components are eschewed, quality is something that is necessary to get to the qualifying round, after that it is all up to the extras.  Corsair's new TX850 has the solid quality you expect from your PSUs and it does stand out thanks to the bright yellow finish on the casing.  That is all well and good, but does it have the extra features that turn an acceptable PSU into one that stands out? 

Phiaton, take me away

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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Sure they cost $300 before tax, but if you are looking to be able to completely ignore the world around you as well as listening to your favourite sounds then the Phiaton PS 300 Noise Cancelling headphones are what you need.  Sure the economy might be suffering from a horrible disease, it won't matter so much if you can't hear the constant bad news.  Head on over to ExtremeTech to see how these headphones became their favourites.

Source: Extremetech

BFG LS-450 power supply is only $49.99 with FREE GROUND SHIPPING

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 01:11 PM |
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Is $49.99 with free shipping a good deal? We think so!

Use coupon code, "LS450SAVE" during checkout.

BFG LS-450 Power Supply

  • 80 Plus Certified
  • Quiet 120MM Fan
  • Rated at continuous output at 40C

The more you know

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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With a name like the Cobra Cooler, it seems obvious what the favourite toy of one of the engineers at Xigmatek was.  It's odd design doesn't mean that the cooler performs poorly, indeed it is a significant improvement on the stock cooler.  It will work in smaller machines thanks to a fairly compact design and the 92mm fan it uses.  Drop by DriverHeaven to see this cooler.

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The difference between a leak and an announcement ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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HEXUS has picked up on two interesting bits of information from our two favourite chip designers.  Intel's Paul Otellini has been talking about Westmere and what it will be.  As of now, it seems that we should expect a die shrunk Nehalem with some architectural upgrades, but nothing earth shattering like Larrabee.  Don't take that as bad news, Intel is also pushing up the release date and we should be seeing silicon before the snow starts flying

Source: Hexus

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Officially Discloses Plans for 28nm Technology

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 11:12 AM |
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EAST FISHKILL, NY - 16 April 2009: In a move that signals a firm and ongoing commitment to advanced semiconductor technology leadership, IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have defined and are jointly developing a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

Go Hardcore, Go Extreme with The World's Most Prestigious Overclocking Competition: GO OC 2009

Subject: Shows and Expos | April 15, 2009 - 06:48 PM |
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City of Industry, Calif., April 15, 2009 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is pleased to announce today its North America Regional Finalists for the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009 (GO OC 2009), the largest and the most prestigious overclocking competition in enthusiast communities across 26 countries.

Nero Move It brings GPU acceleration with CUDA

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Today we had a chance to talk with Nero about an upcoming update to their Nero Move It software that will enable quite a few new features as well as support for accelerated transcoding using NVIDIA GPUs.

The Nero Move It software is an application set that allows a user to collect, organize, publish and transcode multimedia files to and from various devices.  It works with your desktop as well as numerous portable devices like the PSP, Blackberry and iPhone.  The update for the software, free to existing owners, will introduce CUDA support. 

 

The X58 catches up with DDR3

Subject: Memory | April 15, 2009 - 05:19 PM |
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When Think Computers tried testing Kingston's HyperX DDR3-2000 3GB Triple Channel kit they ran into a small problem, the sample Core i7 chip, as well as the three motherboards they tried could simply not run the memory at full speed.  This time around, the board and chip had no problems supporting DDR3-2000 @ 9-9-9-27.