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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC. ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100. Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2008 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lee is at it again, this time pitting the Zalman ZM1000-HP 1,000W Power Supply against our abusive teting policies, to see just how much it can take. As it turns out, this PSU has a lot going for it, deserving the 80+ rating it received and keeping the temperatures and sound level reasonable, even at full load. That comes partly from the fact that the HP part of it's name signifies that this PSU uses heatpipes to
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution.
Subject: Memory | February 27, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
R&B Mods looks at G.SKILL's DDR2 PC2 8500, which have been constructed a with a little more attention to detail that some other modules we've seen. It's stock speed of 1066 @ 5-5-5-15 really isn't all that impressive but 4-5-5-13 @ 285 FSB isn't too bad, and they manged to hit 300Mhz with loose timings. Maybe you can pick up a kit and do even better
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs picked up a Santa Rosa based Apple MacBook Pro, and for some reason they installed Vista on it. Not only did it work, they compared it to an ASUS Lamborghini VX2S in several benchmarks. The Apple even beat out the Lamborghini in all gaming tests except Crysis. The pairing isn't really that strange if you compare the price of the
Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced expanded offerings for embedded market segments with new processors with extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server. The processors, based on Intel's revolutionary high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company's 45-nanometer (nm) process, include the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5200 Series.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
As frequent readers of PC Perspective know, we have been very interested in the work of on Daniel Pohl, now an employee at Intel, that developed some of the first modern ray tracing gaming engines. Daniel has written a couple of articles here on PC Perspective on the subject including Ray Tracing and Gaming - Quake 4: Ray Traced Project and Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later. I have also covered a lot of the technology behind ray tracing such as the Terascale pr
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not convinced that nVIDIA's new 9600GT is one of the best budget cards around? Check out the Tech Report's review, where they overclock it to the point that it is beating the 8800 GT, never mind the HD3850. It's one Achilles heel is it shaders, but we probably won't be seeing games with shaders that are so complex that the card starts to slow down for a while.
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2008 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has finished his review of a very handy little product, the Thermaltake BlacX SATA USB docking station. This dock is a little different than ones we have seen before, it is designed to let you stick in uncovered drives into the slot at it's top. No screws, no buttons or clips, you just slide it in and away you go. Keep reading to find out more.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica spent some time at this years GDC, which had a lot of new independently
created titles on show. Ranging from customized controllers to games for all the consoles as well as the PC, there is a lot happening this year in gaming. Microsoft will have a huge impact on what makes it big, if you are designing a game for the PC or the XBox, you are already working with Microsoft. Check out the big hits from the GDC here.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, it will not be easy to get our hands on a triple-core Phenom. All of their stock is going to OEMs to go inside full systems. This move is not unprecedented, but it is worrying when you think about the rumours of low yields with the B2 stepping.
Subject: Systems | February 26, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance with the latest technology and innovative features, all in sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.
Gamers won't outgrow the XPS 630 as since it's based on a standard ATX chassis, making future upgrades easy. It's ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI-ready, and will support Corsair memory and Intel Extreme processors. Gamers can tweak performance by overclocking processor and memory through the control panel.
Subject: Systems | February 25, 2008 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has put together a green system guide, for those energy conscious PC users out there. They cover a lot of the basics and also offer a pair of systems builds. The first is for the gamer, and while it doesn't have Crossfire or SLI, it should still be able to handle almost anything you throw at it. The second is a more extreme system built around an EPIA processor, but with a draw of 58.4-97.3W, it certainly won't add onto your power bill, or your carbon footprint.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next step in the eternal search for the perfect input device comes to us from Sandio, with their 3D O2 Gaming Mouse. It promises keyboard free gaming, as well as better control over 3D programs like Google Earth and Sketchup. BCCHardware was brave enough to try it out, even risking their reputation with some online gaming.
Subject: Displays | February 25, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soyo used to be a major motherboard manufacturer, although they have moved on many have fond memories of their Dragon series. Now, in a venture with Honeywell, they have released the Soyo Topaz S 24" LCD, a 1920x1200 TFT display with a 6ms refresh. ASE Labs tried it out and found it to have no problems gaming or playing DVDs, or with Linux as the used Ubuntu to test it.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 25, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Lian Li PC-A17 and the B model (which is black), is the new case from this popular manufacturer, and OCIA has only one thing bad to say about it, no tool-less construction. Fortunately, not all of the luxury features have been removed; there is a removable motherboard tray and plugs for watercooling setups. The case itself carries on the look of the previous model<
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive. Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted. Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away. Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are not familiar with application virtualization,
you are not alone. As with many IT solutions that are offered by multiple vendors, the definition changes depending on who you are talking to. At it's very core, the idea is to be able to distribute complete programs in such a way that they are self contained and need no installation, as well as ensuring the program runs with an isolation layer between it and the OS preventing any opportunity the program might have to damage the OS. AnandTech can
Subject: Memory | February 25, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you were curious what Fred Weber is up to these days, as the former CTO of AMD, look no further than to a company called MetaRam that is promising 4x the current capacity of memory modules with little to no price hike or performance penalty. According to this engadget post, MetaRam "uses a specialized "MetaSDRAM" chipset that effectively bonds and
addresses four cheap 1Gb DRAM chips as one, tricking any machine's
memory controller into using it as a 4x capacity DIMM."
Subject: Processors | February 25, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
Information has hit the web courtesy of some clumsy IT at Sun Microsystems that shows Intel's plans for a 6-core (or Hexa-core) processors based on the existing Penryn core. Codenamed the "Dunnington", perhaps in a nod to what they are hoping AMD will be after its release (get it, "done"-ington?), the CPU will feature three seperate dies each with their own dual-core setup and each with their own 3MB of L2 cache. All six cores will then share in a 16MB portion of L3 cache, setting up a cache hierarchy much like that of AMD's Barcelona CPUs.