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Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2008 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's flashy X48T-DQ6 board gives you a great way to set up a stable PC and have some pretty colours to point out in your case. The stock performance of this board impressed [H]ard|OCP, as did it's ability to stay rock solid even when the case temps headed north of 61C. On the other hand, don't try pushing this board into overclocking territory,
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in case the OCZ NIA doesn't catch on quickly, the Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard could fill the needs of gamers until they are ready to blink and twitch their way to the top of the scoreboard. It certainly doesn't hurt that the keyboard is over $100 less expensive than the headband, not that they keyboard
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
USB should be getting a bump in speed soon, as Intel presents version 0.9 of the USB 3.0 draft specs. Capable of handling up to 50Gb/s, attached storage should receive a nice bump in speed. They plan to first release it as a modified version of the familiar USB plug, but soon hope to include optical transmission as well. The Register has more here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crysis has been a serious glove slap for the graphics companies, as they watch their top of the line graphics cards struggle desperately to provide reasonable framerates with high resolution and details. The 4870 X2 release yesterday offered a nice response, a card with enough power to get Crysis looking as it should, especially in Crossfire configurations. Madshrimps was curious about the wide variance in the Crysis benchmarks that were published, so they decided to get to the bottom of it.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new bit of action going down in our trading post, thanks to the efforts of PC Perspective members and the fine folks of Tiger Direct. We are pleased to bring new exclusive deals, starting today.
Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
There is a story on Digitimes today that talks about Intel's upcoming desktop processor plans including new additions like the Core 2 Quad Q8200 that runs at 2.33 GHz for $224. But sneaking in just at the bottom are the prices and plans for the newly-branded Core i7 Nehalem CPUs:
Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Stories of AMD's business being split into a processor company and a separate manufacturing company have been around for quite a while but it looks like the movement is picking up steam. Will AMD be cut in half this year and what part does Hector Ruiz play in all this? Rumors are swirling that he might head up the new manufacturing portion that remains.
Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Results are in, and there are some big winners and some not-so-big winners in the world of motherboard manufacturers. Looking at ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS, everyone saw good month to month growth with ASUS taking the lead with 15% over June results. Looking year to year, the only company to take a backwards step in units sold was Gigabyte with a 4.28% drop in sales. ASUS on the other hand grew 36% - obviously they are big winner.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 12, 2008 - Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games be depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to "feel" as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customized physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting with his review of the HD4870 X2, Ryan has included Race Driver: Grid in the PC Perspective benchmarking suite. Until he gets some screen shots up, you can see some at AnandTech, along with a full review of the game. The game is a mix of rally and street racing, with some features to make it less frustrating compared to some of the other racing games that are currently available. Add multiplayer and impressive physics to those features and you have an interesting combination.
Subject: Systems | August 12, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What could be better than a Skulltrail system? bit-tech answers that question with their work log of a Cosmos Sword-S modified to accept watercooling for all of the parts that make up this Skulltrail system. The final result is impressive, both in it's aesthetics and the power of the components within.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 03:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting bit of editorial came across my desk today from none other than the big green company known as NVIDIA. As a whole NVIDIA has not been shy in their attacks on Intel what with the "cans of whoop ass" and the like; but this time NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to send the media a document detail "questions" about Intel's Larrabee on the day the architecture gets detailed at Siggraph.
Subject: Mobile | August 12, 2008 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently, laptop enthusiasts have been seeing a lot of action in the mobile graphics world. Not only are there built in chipsets, but the mobile offerings from nVIDIA and AMD have been expanding at an incredible rate. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with the changes, TechARP has compiled a list of 138 mobile GPUs and their respective stats. Take a look and save yourself a lot of searching.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.
"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.
Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2008 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has positioned their DX48BT2 motherboard as the board for enthusiasts looking to get the most from their hardware. [H]ard|OCP's testing shows a different side to this board. Miserable overclocking and a death due to tweaking RAM settings have caused them to recommend that you give this board a pass.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint.
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive. Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.
Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Depending on the construction materials being used in your home, wireless networks can be almost useless thanks to interference, and not everyone will agree that drilling holes and dragging cables all over the house is absolutely necessary
for one's peace of mind. The 200Mbps Powerline AV Fast Ethernet Adapter Kit may be your solution, allowing you to turn your main power into network ca