HP Pavilion DV6T Gaming Laptop

Modern day laptops today are coming out with higher specs not just for business and mobile professionals. They have now become the new device that gamers use, thus needing to increase areas like video cards and processor capacity. While the standard desktop is still there, it just remains that many users today want to access or play their favorite games regardless of where they are.

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes and normally, specs are important over the outer features. Apparently the HP Pavilion DV6T is a makeover from the previous DV7T laptop that was released last month. And the new offering is certainly enticing considering its specifications.

That includes your choice of 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 or 1GB HD 4650 graphics, which have edged out the previous NVIDIA options, although the rest of the specs seem to have remained largely untouched, including the usual range of Core 2 Duo processors, up to 8GB of RAM, a max 500GB hard drive, and an unfortunately lackluster 1366 x 768 resolution on that 16-inch display.

You can also now get the laptop in your choice of Espresso Black or Moonlight White color schemes, although there seems to be a $25 premium over the $679.99 base price for the latter option


Upgrading Video Cards for Competency

If you are a gamer, you will notice that through the years, each video card advances by the day. The reason behind this is not really for bragging rights but more of satisfying the demand for gaming requirements set forth by game developers for the resolution requirements to fully enjoy a worthy entertaining game.

Many of the desktop computers purchased in the past two years can still play games fairly well with even the chance of running at higher resolution provided they get a video card upgrade.

Graphics or video cards have made some outstanding performance gains the the past year that allow them to play games at higher resolutions and detail than ever before. With monitor prices dropping for larger 24-inch displays with their 1920×1200 resolutions, gamers will probably find older PCs having a harder time keeping up frame rates or even playing at these resolutions.

Thankfully, it is very easy to upgrade a computer’s graphics cards. If you are looking to give your system a boost in the 3D graphics arena, check out my selections for the best performance graphics cards if you are looking for higher resolutions or my best budget 3D graphics cards if you are looking to do some upgrades but spend a bit less.


S3 Affordable Home Theater Graphics Card

It looks like graphic card manufacturers may have to consider another twist when developing video cards these days. Not only for gaming, home theater requirements have grown through the months and it looks like S3 has developed the right formula in bringing together price and quality in one setting.

The latest addition to S3’s power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, the 850MHz DDR3-based Chrome 540 GTX GPU. The new GPU is capable of handling dual-stream Blu-ray and HD videos. It features a DisplayPort digital interface and HDMI and dual-link DVI and therefore supports connectivity to the latest digital monitors and HDTVs.

The new 540GTX GPU supports DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 for both Windows and Linux platforms. However, the card only can handle non-gaming rendering graphic applications well.

The card will ship bundled with WinDVD 8 for Blu-ray playback at no extra cost. Video cards based on the new GPU are now available with prices that vary depending on configuration. Nevertheless, they will cost much less than the higher priced cards from vendors such as Nvidia or ATI.


Mobility Radeon 4870 X2 Graphics Chip

It looks like laptops are expanding their use and it has become a preference even for people who want a laptop mainly for gaming. And though laptop manufacturers would want these mobile gadgets mainly for business use, it is one demand aspect that is certainly hard to pass up.

So the solution here is to really try and gear up the internal peripherals from the motherboard, memory and video card requirements to adhere to the demand of mobile gaming geeks. And it looks like the long rumored release of the Mobility Radeon 4870 X2 is why such has been announced.

Initially shown at this year’s CES as part of the performance powerhouse Asus W90 notebook, the Mobility Radeon 4870 X2 should become AMD’s top performing part in the mobile world, most likely surpassing Nvidia’s current mobile performance king, the GeForce 9800M GTX SLI.

This new Radeon notebook friendly graphics chip ships features core and memory clocks of 600 and 900MHz, respectively, with 1GB of graphics memory available to its disposal.

The Asus W90Vp notebook just became available today on newegg, confirming earlier rumors of this GPU release. For $2200, Asus packs a Core 2 Duo T9600 processor, a huge 18.4″ Wide UXGA screen, 6GB of memory and a single 320GB hard drive. A DVD superdrive and multiple connectivity options become obvious additions in this large, 11+ lbs. heavy chassis.


Nvidia Quadro NVS 420 Graphics Card

Here is another of the many graphic cards being released in the market. The Quadro NVS 420 Graphics Card is said to be able to support up to four monitors with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels each.

The Quadro NVS 420 is designed for smaller desktop systems that require multidisplay support. The graphic card has a total of 16 processor cores on two GPUs and a total of 512 MB of memory with a bandwidth of 11.2 GB per second per processor.

What makes this new graphics card from Nvidia is that it only consumes 40 watts of power. The card supports either Intel’s or Advanced Micro Devices’ microarchitectures as well as Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems. The NVS 420 is expected to be available next month with a suggested retail price of $499.

Nvidia has customarily been strong in the high end of the graphics market but has recently announced plans to release products in the middle of the year that would fit in low-cost mini-laptops, a fast-growing segment of the PC market.

That bit of news is surely something many PC geeks are sure to love.


XFX GeForce GTX 295 and 285 Video Cards

To uphold the growing graphical requirements of PC gamers today, XFX has launched two new graphics cards, XFX GeForce GTX 295 and 285. The XFX Nvidia GeForce 285 graphics card, which is targeted toward gamers, delivers 10% greater performance with a 648 MHz core, 1476 MHz shaders and 2.48 GHz of memory.

The dual-GPU-on-a-single-card set-up of XFX GTX 295 includes second generation Nvidia unified architecture, DirectX 10 support, PureVideo HD technology, PCI-Express 2.0, Nvidia HybridPower, Dual-link HDCP capability, and Nvidia PhysX and Nvidia CUDA technology.

Initially released in India, expect these video cards to spread over the global market in the next couple of months. Gaming and graphics are not as simple as before and hence, the need for advanced graphics cards with better technology is certainly something that is an obvious need.

XFX GTX 285 features dual DVI, S-video output, HDTV, 1GB GDDR3 graphics memory, and 240 stream processors. The XFX GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285 will be available through Rashi Peripherals at an estimated street price of Rs.39,000 and Rs.35,000 respectively with 3 years warranty.

So with that said, gamers are going to be awaiting the availability of this graphics card in their region. With a wide population of gamers, this new video card is certainly a welcome note and enhancement to their gaming requirements for optimum performance.


Nvidia Unveils GeForce 3D Vision System

3D is the new battle cry for most game enthusiasts and with the new wave of graphical requirements today, Nvidia is not about to be the last one to come up with graphics card to accommodate that growing specifications as far as gaming is concerned. And to enhance the 3D gaming experience, PC users who purchase this new video card from Nvidia get a pair of glasses as well.

Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision system ($199) consists of software and special glasses that connect wirelessly to your PC. This approach is called stereoscopic because the computer sends separate images to each eye. Objects in the two images are slightly offset from each other—a gap the brain interprets as depth, resulting in a compelling 3D illusion.

This development was expected. As games become more sophisticated with their vast improvement as far as graphics of in-game play is concerned, it is apparent that video card manufacturers have to adhere such a need.

The price for this latest installment by Nvidia graphics card may be a bit hefty for the hardcore gamer but basing it on experience, such a price is practically a non-issue. PC enthusiasts and gamers will go at nothing to spend for their gaming requirements and at a set price of $199, it is practically nothing as long as they get the fulfilling game experience.


Hip Replacements via Computers

Computers have been known to play an important role in medical technology these days. We see computers being used in getting results from laboratory exams and digital imagery through radiological services. And it seems that medicine is making another statement as far as bone replacement is concerned as computers are once again called to aid doctors and physicians into making the proper assessments prior to actually making hip replacements to patients that require it.

Engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Dresden and the University of Leipzig are trying to automate a computer to predict where best to place screws in a given patient’s bone tissue.

Hip replacements are not a simple measure and place methodology. Medical factors that include assessing and closer monitoring of where they can be safely placed is a need. Thanks to computers, this can be done with the close-ups and digital imaging, avoiding problems that can lead towards improper replacements and cause a lot of pain as far as medical attention to patients is concerned.

Medical technology has made it easier for all of us. Rather than purely a logical alternative, computers have lowered the issue of assessments and marginal room for errors. Though not 100% accurate, you can just imagine the breakthrough that people have done as far as aiding medical technology. However, rest assured that medicine can expect more technological assistance from computers in the following years.


NVIDIA ION aims to Boost Atom-based PCs

Here is something that most graphics aficionados are bound to love. We all know that PCs are being dragged towards providing better graphics resolution and while some PC types like Atom-based PCs seem to be having issues with some gaming solutions, the NVIDIA Ion seems to have this area covered as well.

It promises to boost up to 10x the speed for graphics and video transcoding in netbook and All-in-one PCs with Atom CPUs and integrated video. With the advanced development of programs and latest improvements to graphics rendering software for pictures and videos, it looks like most PC users will not take long to check out this new technology offered by NVIDIA, a known brand name in the world of graphic cards and quality rendition.

Just check out the new NVIDIA Ion features:

The new Ion features:

• Full support for Windows Vista Premium as well as Windows 7, Premium DirectX 10 graphics with advanced digital display connectivity
• CUDA technology unlocks the processing power of the GPU to accelerate video transcoding and run the most compute-intensive applications
• Premium 1080p HD video with true-fidelity 7.1 audio

So for the millions of PC users that have this Atom-based PCs, here is a good solution to your computer graphic woes. It is bound to provide you with better visualization and PC performance, particularly the ones who have to make do with the current technology that they have as far as graphics rendering is concerned.


Loose PC Peripherals Contribute to PC Crashes

At times, PC parts such as our video cards, sound cards and network cards can have a bearing if they are not properly plugged in. Especially if your computer is not the traditional packaged computer set which we normally get from vendors like IBM or Dell, chances are there will be errors or overlooked placements when we assemble or buy cloned PCs.

To some, it may be a matter of checking out the loose peripherals but at times, they do have a bearing as far as blue screens and PC crashes are concerned. There is no definitive explanation but perhaps one aspect that contribute to it is the conductive nature. If the slots are not properly fitted towards the cards we install, chances are the processors and the software we use will malfunction due to erroneous reading or even because of lose threads that need to be properly installed to function properly.

It may sound mediocre in nature but they do have a part. When you notice your PC hanging or suddenly showing you the blue screen, you are limited only to the software or hardware issue. Most of the time it points to the software for most as pirated or bugged software can really be a pain in the neck. But after successive installations and you still get the same errors, open your CPU and start checking those pins and slots. The problem may be because of some loose connection that you have failed to consider in the first place.