New MSI Wind offers both SSD and standard HDD

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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Color me confused, but I just don't get all the excitement I am seeing online today for the announcement of the new "hybrid" storage solution Wind U115 netbook.  The system is nice enough:

  • 10" LED back lit LCD
  • 1024x600 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Source: Mad Penguin

Intel and Yahoo widgets on TVs this CES

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As CES approaches, more and more companies are going to start "leaking" information about what will be on display at their booths attempting to drum up some enthusiasm.  One such "leak" comes from the gang at Dailytech that is reporting that many TVs will be on display that use the Intel and Yahoo technology first demonstrated back at IDF in September. 

Source: Daily Tech

Panasonic prepares new powerline networking gear

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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Powerline networking is still getting a lot of attention in various segments of the market and even I have been smitten by the idea of no-new-wires communication that is more reliable and than traditional Wi-Fi.  However, my previous experiences with the latest powerline networking technology from Cisco/Linksys were pretty disappointing and I would be hesitant to actually recommend it to anyone. 

Source: engadget

VIA accounts for as much as 15% of the netbook market

Subject: Mobile | December 29, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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An interesting report over at Digitimes, quoting a Chinese tech news source, claims that VIA accounts for as much as 10-15% of the technology shipped in netbooks through 2008.  That's pretty much all there is to the news - but I am personally surprised to see this number so high and yet VIA's profits have continued to fall into the red over the last sevaral quarters. 

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft Windows 7 leaks out

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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As if there was any other way this would pan out...  Microsoft gave out copies of an early build of Windows 7 to developers and media this month and now, *gasp*, copies of the OS have found their way online at torrent sites, etc.  What?  No way? 

Source: Daily Tech

By Grabthar's Hammer... What a Savings

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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With the Holiday Season winding down, the word on the street is that sales were far lower than even the some of the worst estimates.  Luckily we are all still afloat, and what is about to happen could benefit a lot of us.  Already prices on computer parts have taken a small dive, and we can expect them to go even lower as retailers look to get rid of excess stock before the typically slow Q1 and Q2 quarters.

Athlon X2 7750s Hit the Street

Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM |
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After its rather quiet release two weeks ago, the Athlon X2 7750 is now available from several online retailers (Newegg and Mwave).  I was expecting these products to be available right at launch, but that was not to be the case.  Perhaps the Christmas rush was causing the orders to be pushed back a bit?  Regardless, there are now products on shelves and the pricing is hitting right where expected.  Mwave has the 7750 for $79 while Newegg is offering it for $74.99.  Undoubtedly these prices will further erode, and all of AMD's dual core offerings are very nicely priced

AMD CPU schedule outted - AM2 Phenom II to have short life

Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 09:08 AM |
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A new post on Digitimes has some interesting information about AMD's upcoming CPU schedule for 2009.  First, the post claims to know that AMD will offer six 45nm processors under the Athlon brand including the X4 615 and 605 as well as a triple core Athlon X3 420 and 410 - frequencies are not listed. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel pretends to let NVIDIA in on the Atom action

Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2008 - 08:56 AM |
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Earlier in the week we posted a new story looking at the NVIDIA Ion platform, an attempt by NVIDIA to enter the netbook market with a low power version of their GeForce 9300M chipset.  However, rumors are persisting that Intel was preventing that partnership by forcing companies to buy a 945 chipset along with every Atom processor sold, effectively locking out NVIDIA from getting a foot in the door. 

Source: engadget

ECS apparently reorganizing for a marketing push

Subject: Motherboards | December 26, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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According to a story at Digitimes ECS is going through a restructuring in the new year that will allow it to focus on the channel portion (retail) of its motherboard business as well as there consumer PC and notebook divisions.  An executive from Foxconn will be taking over control of the motherboard division.  What will this mean for their products?  Maybe a stark increase in overall quality we can hope!?!

Source: Digitimes

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 25, 2008 - 07:56 PM |
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I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday - regardless of what you celebrate!  We will be taking the day off most likely, though I will be beavering away at some behind the scenes programming that needs to be done later in the evening. 

Thank you to all of our readers for making PC Perspective and its community so great!

Source: 3DCenter

Quad SLI with a pair of GTX 295s tested in 3DMark Vantage

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM |
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Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500.  Wow.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD RV740 40nm taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740.  It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009. 

Source: Digitimes

World of Warcraft population exceeds that of Ohio

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM |
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You have to love statistics when they are put into a frame like this: by reaching 11.5 million registered users, World of Warcraft has now surpassed the population of the state of Ohio.  Maybe now Azeroth will get the duly deserved Electoral Votes to help move this country forward.

Source: General

HP puts the Firebird 803 on my Christmas list

Subject: Systems | December 23, 2008 - 11:50 PM |
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If you were on the look out for a tiny new computer, maybe something along the lines of the ASUS Eee Box, then perhaps you should take a gander at what HP has just announced: the Firebird 803 infused with "Voodoo DNA" or something like that.  What in fact we are seeing is a tiny replica of the HP Blackbird 002 chassis infused with a small form factor PC that is has impressive specs and is damn sexy to look at. 

Source: engadget

Why you need a dual-screen notebook computer

Subject: Mobile | December 23, 2008 - 03:01 AM |
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Okay, I really can't justify this one at all, but damn if it isn't freaking cool!  Lenovo has made official plans for the W700ds notebook that includes both a 17" primary display as well as a 10.6" secondary display that slides out of the primary monitor.  I'm not making this up:

Source: engadget

Intel starts shipping 160GB X25-M SSD - your wallet cries

Subject: Storage | December 23, 2008 - 02:48 AM |
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If you thought the idea of shelling out nearly $600 for one of the impressive-looking Intel X25-M 80GB solid state drives was a holiday wish that wouldn't be met, wait until you hear the latest news: Intel has started shipping the 160GB version as well.  No official word on pricing yet, and its not actually for sale anywhere I could find, but expect to write that check for $1000+.

AMD Phenom II sold and benchmarked early

Subject: Processors | December 23, 2008 - 02:45 AM |
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A curious thread over at HardOCP seems to indicate that at least one lucky fellow was able to buy an AMD Phenom II processor a bit earlier than he was supposed to.  Luckily for you, he has posted some specifications, benchmarks and just general impressions of the product over there as well, so check it out.

Sorry for making another thread, not sure if it is the right thing to
do but anyways, here is what I have for a system to test things on.

Cooler -OCZ vendetta 2

Source: [H]ard|OCP

iMacs and Mac Minis likely to get NVIDIA chispets next month

Subject: Systems | December 23, 2008 - 02:42 AM |
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After our correct assertion that Apple would adopt the NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 chipsets in the newest MacBook and MacBook Pro, it seems more and more likely that NVIDIA will dig itself further into the world of Apple.  This time around it looks like the Mac Mini and the iMacs are the most likely rumored products to transition to NVIDIA-based chipsets.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Answers Questions on Avivo Converter Issues

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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While NVIDIA is pushing Badaboom!

Source: AMD