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Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 09:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out more reviews of the hot new QX9650 at TweakTown. If you aren't convinced that the Penryn will raise the bar that Barcelona has to push past get over and read on. Memory benchmarks are still AMD's territory but as to the rest ...
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 08:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Ars Technica for all the details of getting started with analog to digtal audio conversion. Sure there is a lot that you need to learn to get it just right, but it is better than paying an audio shop to do it for you. They also include links to previous articles in the AudioFile series to get you well aquainted with all the terms and processes you should get to know.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 08:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have caught yourself smiling in the reflective Apple logo as you look at a new iMac or one of the MacBooks, as you admire it's sleek white lines. Those who cannot resist straying from the world of PCs may find themselves in a strange land where nothing works quite as expected. PC Mechanic can offer advice for those poor soles, in this guide on common confusions for the recently assimilated.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 08:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't joined up with the Folding@Home crew here at PC Perspective, there are plenty of good reasons. A great explanation of just what this project is, and what the processing power you donate does, check out this short video on YouTube. If you have more questions about how F@H helps the problems mentioned in the clip, Stanford and members of the F@H software team have a Talklet site where you can find out more about the history of the project and general questions about the project as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2007 - 07:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan - November 12, 2007 - Cooler Master Co. Ltd. proudly announces the support of Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), an industry wide initiative to integrate communication between PC components, thereby improving user control of enthusiast systems.
Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 06:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2007 - Built using an entirely new transistor formula that alleviates the wasteful electricity leaks that threaten the pace of future computer innovation, Intel Corporation today unveiled 16 server and high-end PC processors. In addition to increasing computer performance and saving energy use, these processors also eliminate eco-unfriendly lead and, in 2008, halogen materials.
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 10:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The release of the 8800GT sparked a lot of controversy from 8800GTS owners when they realized a cheaper card could out perform the one they just purchased. It doesn't end there however ...
Subject: Mobile | November 9, 2007 - 09:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you head over to X-bit Labs, you can learn a lot about Santa Rosa. They start off by covering all the features included on Intel's new mobile platform and how laptops that conform to their standard should operate. Then they jump straight into real life testing, with 3 Santa Rosa notebooks, so you can see how this standard actually performs.
Subject: Storage | November 9, 2007 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If 4 and 8GB flash drives just don't cut it for you because of the size and amount of data you carry around, Hardware Logic has a review that will make your day. How would you like a 160GB in a small 6oz package that should be tough enough to live in the bottom of a bag? Head over and read all about the SimpleTech SimpleDrivePS.
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Horror fans will be glad to see the release of Clive Barkers' Jericho, a single player FPS that takes you through the ruins of of Al-Khali and pits you and your AI controlled team against the Firstborn. If you head over to Gamepyre, you can get a look at more screenshots as well as reading through their impressions of the game.
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rumours flying around that Hector Ruiz is stepping down as head of AMD to be replaced by Dirk Meyer are exaggerated. The Inquirer has been snooping around and bothering their usual sources, and no one except for those who don't have any inside sources, seem to put any faith in the rumours.
Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2007 - 10:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds has posted a review that is not short on choices by any means. Seven P35 based boards are reviewed, with ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all represented. If the price of DDR3 and an X38 chipset is scaring you away from a Christmas upgrade, then peek through these boards, you are bound to find at least one that tempts you to pull out your wallet.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 07:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change. Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now. AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2007 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface offers a way to control fans and plug USB and audio etc ... into their sockets without needing give your PC a reacharound. It even gives you an eSATA plug for easing high speed removable storage swapping. Benchmark Reviews couldn't find a kitchen sink attachment, but it can certainly do everything else.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC. The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics. The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage. Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f
Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2007 - 04:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Once again, those Chilehardware fellows have managed to sneak some pictures of upcoming products, this time the reference design for the AM3 chipset from AMD. Slashdot has a link to both there and an English site that is easier to understand than using Babelfish to translate the Spanish forums. AMD is certainly looking at expanding their onboard audio and video solutions with the reference board used to make the diagram.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2007 - 05:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
This looks like it could be a coup for AMD's GPGPU area -- as NVIDIA has said their own double precision floating point hardware won't be around until mid-2008.
Visit http://www.amd.com/ for more info.
AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision
Floating Point Technology
AMD FireStream 9170 and supporting Software Development
Kit unlock Stream-based Accelerated Computing
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2007 - 08:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FSP has been making power supplies for other brands for a long time now, but have never really sold them by themselves. The Everest 1010 PSU is a break from that tradition, and unsurprisingly it is a well executed kilowatt power supply. It has plenty of 12V power, modular cabling and it was able to take what the Guru of 3D threw at it without displaying increased heat, or noise
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We know the prices of the 8800GT and 8800GTS are rather far apart, but the performance is not. nVIDIA has tried to remedy that by releasing a special edition GTS that has 112 shader processors, as opposed to the original 96, but still remains on t
Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has gathered RAM at several different speeds and latencies to see how well DDR3 is doing at taking over DDR2s spot in the hearts of enthusiasts. You shouldn't expect to see a clear cut victor though, even though DDR3 has jumped from 1333MHz to 1800MHz in a very short time, many tests depend on low latency, and that doesn't begin to touch on the current pricing of 1800MHz modules.