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Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Josh Walrath
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.
Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM | Josh Walrath
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
Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 09:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2008 - 08:56 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Motherboards | December 26, 2008 - 08:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
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!?!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 25, 2008 - 07:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
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!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Systems | December 23, 2008 - 11:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 23, 2008 - 03:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Storage | December 23, 2008 - 02:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
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+.
Subject: Processors | December 23, 2008 - 02:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Systems | December 23, 2008 - 02:42 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2008 - 12:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
Do you like free stuff? Do you want some? Thermaltake has some things they would like to just HAND TO YOU and all you have to do in return is run through a simple survey asking such difficult questions as "Name", "Gender" and "Age". Can you handle THAT?
Subject: Memory | December 19, 2008 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
OCZ sent over word that they have launched a new series of DDR3 memory modules called "Blade" that will offer DDR3 memory speeds of 2000 MHz with timings of CL 7-8-7. The kit will come with three modules for triple channel goodness and top performance with Intel's Core i7 processors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
You might have heard about this new NVIDIA technology called "Ion" - which is interesting because I hadn't. Apparently this is NVIDIA's answer the world of netbooks and Intel's Atom processor - NVIDIA is pushing Intel's partners to push Intel to allow third party chipsets as thus allowing NVIDIA to make a push into these systems.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday Corsair sent out word that a new power supply with the TX branding was being announced, the TX850W. Try and guess how many watts its rated at? 650? No, you're fired.
The TX850W offers 850 watts of power and a dedicated 70A on a single +12V rail. Both CrossFire and SLI are supported with four 6+2-pin PCIe cables and the unit offers more than 80% energy efficiency.
Subject: Processors | December 18, 2008 - 07:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel's upcoming Lynnfield core is based on the Nehalem architecture but adds in an integrated PCI Express 2.0 hub thereby officially nixing the north bridge from the world of PCs going forward. The PCIe configuration can be setup as a single x16 connection or a pair of x8 ports for SLI and CrossFire solutions. Lynnfield will still feature quad-cores running with HyperThreading to support eight total threads but the memory controller will be limited to dual-channel DDR3 rather than the triple-channel control we know of on the Core i7 parts.