Dual and quad socket goodness from Tyan for 16 core Bulldozers

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2011 - 05:50 PM |
Tagged: tyan, opteron 6200, bulldozer

SemiAccurate has a picture of a nice looking serverboard for the new Opteron 4200 series of processors from AMD.  The new server chips are designed for use in multiples of either two or four and as they have up to 16 cores each that gives you a very respectable amount of processing power for your server, which could be the only home for the Bulldozer.  Plenty of new power saving options are available, from two different ways of implementing Turbo Core to a BIOS setting which allows you to set the maximum power draw from the server, which it will stick to by downclocking or turning off unused cores.

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"AMD (NYSE:AMD) has again leapfrogged Intel when it comes to the number of cores in a single server processor. The latest Opteron 6200 series has versions available with up to 16 cores and supports 4 sockets per board, whereas the 4200 series supports a maximum of two sockets with 8 cores each."

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Source: SemiAccurate

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sells 6.5 Million Copies In 24 Hours

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2011 - 02:43 AM |
Tagged: modern warfare 3, gaming, call of duty

The Call of Duty franchise has always sold well, especially on the consoles.  The Modern Warfare series specifically has managed to pull off some impressive sales numbers.  The previous release, Call of Duty: Black Ops managed to make $350 at launch, and the series' latest first person shooter has made a record 400 million dollars in the first 24 hours of its release.

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It seems that despite the lackluster graphics, the issue of the Call of Duty Elite service, and being more of the same game, Call of Duty is still something that gamers are willing to play and shell out top price for.  According to Giant Bomb, the latest Modern Warfare game has more explosions than a Michael Bay movie and the gun-play is still sharp, so there are some positives to be had.  Those positives make the game desirable for a lot of people with Activision selling 6.5 million copies at launch!

What do you guys think of the latest Call of Duty?  Let us know in the comments!

More Free Stuff Friday: XFX Radeon HD 6870 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2011 - 09:27 PM |
Tagged: radeon, giveaway

I think I just created a new thing for us here at PC Perspective: Free Stuff Friday.  After our contest for Skyrim, I thought I would let you know about another completely free contest you can enter.  The prizes:

  • 1 x XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition
  • 2 x Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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All you have to do to enter is visit our friend Terry Makedon's blog and vote on your Game of Year selection! 

Nov 8 2011 - What is the best PC game of 2011? Simple - it is the one that gamers vote as their favorite. I always hated "game of the year" articles that were written by editors or  self appointed experts because they don't necessarily reflect the people's choice. What gave anyone the authority to decide what was the best game of the year? Realistically those articles should be called "My Opinion On Game of the Year". To really find the game of the year, I wanted to have a long running poll for gamers that will have a large sample size. This should undeniably put the "Best PC Game of 2011" question to bed.The other point of this article is to make sure you, the gamers are aware of the best games of the year (as voted by other gamers) so that you can try them out. VOTE AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE

Head on over and put in your vote, follow him on Twitter and get in on the action for a free graphics card or a free copy of DE:HR!!

Source: TMakWorld

Win a Free Copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim from PC Perspective

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 11, 2011 - 05:09 PM |
Tagged: skyrim, giveaway, contest

Want to play Skyrim?  Want to play Skyrim...for FREEE??  Well to celebrate the release of the new The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game this week we are giving away a free retail Steam code for it right here on PC Perspective.  

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What do you have to do to enter?  There are a handful of ways:

  1. Make a comment on this post.  That's pretty simple right?  You don't have to register, though we would appreciate it!
  2. Like PC Perspective on Facebook: http://facebook.com/pcper
  3. Follow PC Perspective on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pcper
  4. Circle PC Perspective on Google+: http://gplus.to/pcper

If you do all four, you'll have four entries into the contest.  If you already follow @pcper on Twitter, then you are already entered.  (And likely you'll be entered for future contests as well!)  If only do one or two, then you are still entered, just with fewer shots at the goal.

The contest will run through tomorrow (November 12th) at 4pm EST so get your entries in SOON!!  Good luck!

UPDATE!!  We have our winner.  Picking from a random.org number between 1 and 3850 (combined entries on comments, Google+, Facebook and Twitter) the winner was....Jared H!!!  Congratulations!  I have sent off an email to verify and pass on the Steam code.

Make sure you stay tuned for Monday morning when we should have another BIG contest starting around a certain processor launch...

The Ultrabook promises to be really big ... in about a year

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2011 - 05:16 PM |
Tagged: ultrabook, Intel, asus, acer

Ah, the Ultrabook; Intel's attempt to meet Apple on its own territory and playing by Apple's established rules.  Since there has been so much news and speculation about the new ultramobile platform from Intel some of the information we have been given has degraded into noise.  The original run was very limited, with about 50,000 units ordered by the major manufactures like ASUS.  There seems to have been a second order placed with a much more respectable quarter million units requested by ASUS and Acer, though we don't know about the other players.  However with the products launch resembling an attempt at flight by an under-powered, yet aerodynamically shaped chunk of metal these numbers have been reduced to under 200,000.  DigiTimes predicts that this time next year the Ultrabook might be significantly more attractive, not just because of Ivy Bridge but also because of the release of Windows 8 which seems almost custom built for the Ultrabook.

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"Asustek Computer and Acer have recently reduced their ultrabook orders from 250,000-300,000 units originally to 150,000-180,000 units by the end of 2011 due to the unsatisfactory sales during the initial month after their launch, according to sources from upstream ODMs.

Currently, Asustek is offering four Zenbook series ultrabook models in the retail channel, priced between NT$36,000-49,000 (US$1,194-1,625), while Acer is competing with its S3 series models with prices at NT$31,500-42,000. Because global notebook demand still has not yet seen any recovery, ultrabooks, which have a rather higher price range compared to mainstream models, did not see as strong sales as expected, causing Acer and Asustek to both drop their product orders by 40%."

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Source: DigiTimes

Something's fishy about these Modern Warfare 3 reviews

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2011 - 06:27 PM |
Tagged: gaming, cod, modern warfare 3

The new CoD incarnation has arrived to every possible platform and is hoping to steal Battlefield 3's thunder.  The series is held in the same esteem as Halo, which can be good or bad depending what type of gamer you are talking to.  The reviews are a perfect example of the complaints heard about the games review industry.  HEXUS rounded up some examples, where an 80 is the lowest score, with comments like "Modern Warfare 3 doesn't do anything new ..." accompaning a score of 90. The general consensus seems to be that if you like Call of Duty, then you already like this game and probably pre-ordered it.

For those expecting something new, [H]ard|OCP has perhaps the most concise review you will see, "We’ve looked into Modern Warefare 3 and I don’t think we should do any articles on it, would be a waste of our time. The game runs at 150 FPS on a GTX 570 at 2560 4X AA and max settings. It is the same old engine we’ve seen in previous Call of Duty games, DX9, low quality textures, created for the xbox and ported to PC, nothing special about it, no need to waste our time writing an article on performance in it."

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"After a year of anticipation, and with pre-order numbers toppling those of 2010’s mega-seller Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has finally launched worldwide.

In conjunction with the release of Activision’s blockbuster first-person shooter, dozens of reviews have hit the web and, by and large, reaction has been extremely positive with many critics praising the game for its signature thrills and entertaining gameplay, though some have expressed a little disappointment at the lack of innovation over previous games."

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Source: Hexus

More industry fallout from the flooding in Thailand

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2011 - 05:43 PM |
Tagged: asus, gigabyte, ECS, asrock, msi, market share

With HDD shortages come a reduced demand for most PC components as shipping a system without a hard drive tends to be frowned upon.  This will be hitting motherboard makers fairly hard over the last quarter of 2011.  DigiTimes reports an estimated 20% drop for Gigabyte; MSI, ECS and ASRock are expecting around a 10% decrease and ASUS projects somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5-10%.  We can certainly hope that there will be discounts offered in the attempt to focus on upgraders.  A nice price on some of the new motherboards that have just come onto the market might draw the attention of those who already have a fully functional PC but are considering a possible hardware refresh.

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"Motherboard makers have been impacted by HDD shortages arising from flooding in Thailand since mid-October, and are expected to see their fourth-quarter shipments decrease 10-15% on quarter, according to industry sources.

Gigabyte Technology may see shipments falling 20-25% from five million in the third quarter to below four million in the fourth."

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Source: DigiTimes

Good news storage fans, the motors are revving up again

Subject: General Tech, Storage | November 8, 2011 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: thailand, nidec, hdd

While Western Digital is still nowhere near the point where they can think about cleaning up their factory and getting started on the road to recovery there is good news for other HDD manufacturers from Thailand.  Nidec, a company which provides about 75% of the global supply of motors for HDDs, also has quite a bit of their manufacturing capacity in Thailand, in the neighbourhood of 62% according to DigiTimes.  Two of their Thailand based plants are back in business and they are redistributing quite a bit of workload to their Philippines manufacturing plants, in the hopes of increasing the supply of these critical motors.

Seagate, Fujitsu and other major HDD manufacturers desperately need these parts in order to help meet the demand from the market before we can even think to see prices begin to return to previous levels.  This is not going to be a quick return since Western Digital and its subsidiaries accounted for about 50% of the HDD market and they have much more work to do in order to repair their factories than Nidec.

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"Nidec currently has 10 production bases in Thailand with eight of them have been damaged by the floods. As water started to recede, Nidec announced its Rangsit plants, which stopped operation on October 13, already resumed production on October 25, while Ayutthaya plants also started operating normally on November 4.

Nidec's two plants in Philippine will also see their monthly capacity rise from 15 million units originally to 25 million units with capacity in China plants also increase from 10 million units to 15 million units. However, the total capacity in the fourth quarter will still drop close to 30% from 140 million units in the third."

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Source: DigiTimes

Google Launches New Google + Pages for Brands and Businesses

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2011 - 09:19 AM |
Tagged: google, Internet, social networking

If you've spent any time using Google's new Plus (+) social network for the past few months, the lack of business and brand pages has likely made itself readily apparent.  While Google has been working on a method for allowing businesses and brands to join in on the Google + fun for some time now, it has been in a very limited capacity.  Until yesterday, that is.  The big G has finally taken the velvet ropes and training wheels off of the business pages, and opened up a new Pages feature to everyone.  What this means for you, fine readers, is that we are finally (unfortunately I was never able to pester Google enough to allow us beta access ;) ) able to fill that small void in your Google + world with your very own Official PC Perspective Google + Page!

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Now do you see why I'm excited?  It's PC Per on your Google + (what could be better?)!

What the new business pages bring to the table is the ability for cool things that are not people to finally join the social network, obviously.  The Pages are then able to represent the brand in much the same capacity as a person is able to interact with the service by adding and following others, starting and joining hangouts, and sharing text, photos, videos, and links with people in the group's circle(s).  Where the business pages differentiate themselves from a normal user is in the new +Direct Connect service.  This allows people to jump straight to any brand (with a Google+ Page) they want simply by searching Google with a plus (+) sign followed by the name of the brand they want to connect with.  For example, users are able to jump straight to the Angry Birds page by typing "+Angry Birds" into a Google search.  Pretty neat.  The new feature is only available for certain brands right now but will roll out to every Google + page shortly.

Vic Gundotra, the Senior VP of Engineering stated that although the Google + Pages are now live, they still have a slew of new features to implement before they will be complete and the programmers can get some rest.  "Stay Tuned," he ends.  What sort of additional functionality would you like to see in Pages?  Feel free to head over to the PC Perspective page and let us know what you think!

Source: Google

Best Buy Shutting Down All UK Big Box Stores

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2011 - 08:37 AM |
Tagged: best buy, workforce, UK, retail

Best Buy is one of the few major big box electronics stores still standing in the United States. Despite the retail chain’s history of annoying tech enthusiasts and pushing services, there system is no doubt profitable in the US. Unfortunately, the “big box” modus operandi is not working out as well on the other side of the Atlantic. The company opened up 11 of its big box stores in the UK on April 2010, and employs 1,100 workers. These 11 stores are only a drop in the bucket compared to the 2,500 small box stores specializing in mobile phones. These 2,500 stores are owned as a 50/50 joint venture between Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse. The smaller stores are proving to be more popular and profitable with UK consumers than the big box, more generalized electronics approach.

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Image courtesy Loudrocksurfer via Wikimedia Creative Commons

Due to the profitability disparity, Best Buy has decided to refocus its efforts and will be closing all 11 big box stores in the UK. Fortunately, Best Buy has stated that it is committed to keeping the “vast majority” of the 1,100 affected workers employed in the company by shifting them to positions in the new small box stores. The new stores will specialize in cell phones and other mobile technology including tablets.

Do you think Best Buy is backing away too soon, or is the big box, brick and mortar retail electronics store just not as popular overseas? Let us know in the comments. I feel that it is also worth mentioning that our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those affected by the store closures.

Source: Best Buy