PC Perspective 9

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PC Perspective
Episode 9


  1. GeForce GTX 285 Released today
    1. New fastest single GPU graphics card
  2. NVIDIA Ion Platform
    1. Benchmarks and short video and images
    2. TINY!
  3. NV 3D Vision video review online – tested it at best buy
    1. People seemed to think $199 wasn’t too bad – didn’t really bring in the cost of new monitor/TV into it===
    2. Complaints by some of NVIDIA abandoning older 3d solutions
    3. Hacked driver for use on 60 Hz monitors?
  4. Phenom II X4 940 CPU Reviewed
    1. Compare to Phenom 9950, Core 2 Q9550
    2. Overclocking: 3.0 GHz stock to 3.5 GHz no voltage changes, 3.8 GHz at 1.45v
    3. The Phenom II X4 940 will likely be a short lived part at the apex of AMD’s product line, as we expect to see AM3 based processors hitting the market within the next two months. These will feature DDR-3 support as well as the slightly faster HT/memory controller speed. The 940 runs its HT/memory/L3 at 1.8 GHz and the AM3 parts are expected to run at 2.0 to 2.2 GHz. This should give a small performance boost to those AM3 parts, as well as the extra bandwidth that DDR-3 1333 memory provides. For users that do own a current AM2+ board, the Phenom II will be a drop in replacement, and the ability to reach 3.4 to 3.5 GHz with relative ease will persuade some users to stick with AM2+ a little longer.
  5. CES Coverage
    1. Corsair Peltier memory cooler
    2. Thermaltake Xpressar cases
    3. BFG Phobos system
    4. ASUS Eee Keyboard, touch screens, tablet Eee


  • Contest winner of ASUS 4870 TOP graphics card: Kris (Xnor email address)
  • New contest! This week: Diamond sound card!

Non-show notes!

  1. Palm Pre questions?
    1. Missed point: converting current web-based apps to Palm Pre is easy.
    2. No games? FLASH
  2. Jaiku now open source?
    1. http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2009/01/changes-for-jaiku-and-farewell-to.html
    2. Answer to your problems maybe?