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Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has beat me to the punch by writing up a bit on the newly released Far Cry 64-bit patch. They did see a few FPS performance increase, as well as detailed textures and a further draw distance. But the conclusion Anand leaves you with is the exact one I left you with on our Shadow Ops article. The difference being this time the AMD team didn't make claims they couldn't back up.
AMD's goals are quite admirable, but the fact of the matte
Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
I just got a press release in my email box about AMD releasing an upgrade to Far Cry that enables 64-bit support. Even though we have seen these claims with a previous software title, this time around the marketing team seems to have gotten things right, by not trying to scam any consumers. The example screenshots they have look like reasonable upgrades and I am currently downloading the files to test for the changes
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2005 - 06:12 AM | Joe White
LONDON, ENGLAND -- May 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that in addition to being the computer processing force behind the making of Star Wars: Episode III, it is also the technology sponsor of the Star Wars: Episode III 'Celebration Day' event taking place Monday, May 16 in London's Leicester Square.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2005 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Start off with this review of the Antec TX1088AMG at Overclockers Online. At 35lbs, it's a cooling heavyweight, with 1 120mm fan and 2 80mm's, plus an optional 92mm CPU duct. If a new case isn't on your list, how about some greating modding stuff, or a nice multi-function panel?
"As you can see, there was a dramatic drop in temperatures when I shifted cases. Over 10 degrees Celsius in the load temperatures!
Subject: Editorial | May 9, 2005 - 10:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
Today you may have noticed some AMD Athlon 64 X2 reviews on the web, like this one here at HardOCP. You may also have noticed while looking at the front page of PC Perspective, that we do NOT have a review/preview online. Not only do I not have a review online, but I also never got any processors from AMD. AMD seems to have turned their backs on me and PC Perspective and my readers. The reasoning for this is still up in the air, but running AMDMB.COM and AMDFORUMS.COM for o
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2005 - 05:12 PM | Joe White
We have a new forum we just went live with today. It's called Spyware, Trojans, and Viruses. This forum is meant to bring you the latest in how to rid your system (as well as it protect it from) all the nasty spyware and other junk running rampant on the WWW. We have assembled a team of mods who really know their stuff and will be able to help you with almost any issue.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 6, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a while since we've seen a unique new cooling liquid, for watercooling setups. Non-conductive and UV-reactive fluids are great, but they don't offer that much performance benefit over plain old distilled water. Well, a company called NanoCoolers might just change all that, look at the
Subject: Editorial | May 6, 2005 - 11:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
Well, that's not exactly true, else I'd have a whole lot more content up on the site! My Budget GPU Comparison article is online and I compare NVIDIA's 6200 TurboCache cards against ATI's X300 SE HyperMemory card. In the end, the real winner is going be the GeForce 6600 and ATI X700 cards -- I just can't recommend the ultra-budget cards to anyone that is actually going to be playing games on their system.
I will have my Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe motherboard review up either Monday or Tuesday o
Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2005 - 11:14 AM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer seems to have reason to believe that the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition is living up to claims NVIDIA made for it and increased gaming performance. They are also asking for retail motherboard reviews, which I will have one here for you on Monday or Tuesday. I am going to have to disagree with their statements though, as our game testing on NVIDIA's SLI technology on the Intel platform did in fact show some reasonable performance gains.&nb
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Gigabyte, Asus and MSI are all gearing up for ATI's upcoming multi-GPU technology by preparing motherboards based on ATI's chipset. The interesting part is that ATI will have a chipset for BOTH AMD and Intel platforms, so who will go with what is still a mystery.
Tier two motherboard companies are still considering and evaluating these chipsets but most of the companies don't want to start a conflict with Nvidia, as Nvidia might give them hard time if they start using ATI chipsets all of a sudden.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
Legit Reviews is taking a look at the Albatron 6200 TurboCache video card today. Don't expect to be very impressed with the performance though, these are the cheapest of budget cards. If you want another view, you can look at my comparison between TurboCache and ATI's HyperMemory technology posted today as well.
When I first was looking to take the socket 939 plunge the first thing I noticed was the need for a new video card.
Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2005 - 11:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
Damn, I feel important just reading a Royal motherboard review! The board reviewed here is based on Intel's 955X chipset that supports dual core processors as well as the latest single core products. l
Regarding the 8I955X-Royal, Gigabyte certainly has a board that's big on features and great on stability. We thought that the performance was a bit lacking in some areas and overclocking wasn't as great as we've experienced with other boards in the past.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Hexus seems to be ready to "exclusively reveal details about ATi's dual-card technology" for SLI-type, multi-GPU solution. From the information here, it looks like anyone with a current ATI PCI Express graphics card will be able to use it in a dual card configuration as long as you update to a card capable of handling the "master GPU" position, presumably the R520 and up.
Nothing kinky here folks, the 'Master/Slave' reference tells you which card is in control of assembling the final image in its frame buffer.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2005 - 06:25 AM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 5, 2005 - Today 60 schools will be named finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The schools will compete for $230,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies to be presented at an awards ceremony this October.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2005 - 06:24 AM | Joe White
Overland Park, Kan. and Santa Clara, Calif. - May 5, 2005. Sprint (NYSE: FON) and Intel Corporation today announced an agreement to engage in joint efforts to advance the development of IEEE standards-based 802.16e WiMAX mobile technology, which can provide high capacity wireless broadband coverage and services throughout metro areas and an enriched multimedia user experience.
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
This is true according to a report on Digitimes that bases their information on some motherboard vendors information. The most interesting part listed though is that it says the Opteron 152 will be the last 940-pin Opteron 1xx CPU, and all future one will have 939 pins. This could turn out to be very interesting if it's true, though I don't see much point in it. The Opteron processors have usually been a step behind the fastest FX processor in terms of clock speed, and I would assume the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 processors would run at the same speeds of an
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2005 - 11:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like at least one online vendor has started selling Windows XP Professional x64 Edition in OEM format. The price is $142, but you have buy a piece of hardware with it to make it "legit." They even have a $1.99 keyboard as an option!
Notes: (1) You have three ways to qualify to purchase this OEM product: (a) Buy them in multiple of three. (b) Buy it with any hardware. Yes, ANY hardware. You can be creative here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 10:58 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like if this rumor is true, we'll have a pair of new GPU technologies to look at this June for the Computex show.
Though we could not get other specific information like the pricing, availability and final specifications of the GPUs, the information does seem to be rather authentic when referring to previous product launches.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 10:56 AM | Ryan Shrout
Here are some random video card reviews found throughout the web today.
- PCStats reviews an MSI 6600GT card
- ViperLair looks at the 6200 TurboCache card from Albatron -- expect to see my budget GPU comparison up tomorrow
- Digit Life looks at a pair of Radeon X850 XT cards
- Gamepyre reviews a 256 MB version