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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
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report have gotten around to reviewing the Intel Pentium Extreme Ediition 840 processor, the fastest dual core offering from Intel.
Probably the most direct competitor for the Pentium Extreme Edition 840, in terms of pricing and technology, is AMD's Opteron 175, which is also a dual-core chip and also priced at a princely $999.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What do Igloos, Typhoons and Beetles all have in common? They are all huge, and all being reviewed at 3D Velocity, that's what. Find out whether bigger means better when the temps are rising.
"Prior to recent developments like strained silicon, low-k and reductions in die sizes, temperatures seemed to be spiralling out of control, and the continued use of air as a suitable method for cooling seemed less and less likely with each new processor.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has written up an article looking at the current state of gaming on the newly released 64-bit version of Windows XP. They did find that Splinter Cell refused to play in the new version of Windows...
Number 4 is the key here. The application or game itself be written to take advantage of what your 64-bit CPU has to offer. Without this, there isn't going to be any benefit in game performance on an x64 platform.
Subject: Editorial | May 4, 2005 - 11:17 AM | Ryan Shrout
Well, with the release of the ATI Radeon X800 XL 512 MB card today, a new stage has been set for games and gaming. I'm not trying to tell you that you need a 512 MB card today, or even next month, as that is obviously not the case. But, you can be sure that the next-gen graphics cards are going to have 512 MB of frame buffer and maybe, just maybe, by the end of the year you'll actually be using it all!
Also, in case you missed, I finally got that
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 09:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
After you have looked at my review of the Radeon X800 XL 512 MB GPU from ATI, then you should have a look at what these other websits are saying about the latest video card releaes.
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2005 - 12:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have to new articles up on the AMD Athlon 64 Venice core upgrade, that I first took at look at here.
HotHardware has reviewed the the Venice 3800+ model processor, but didn't find a lot of overclocking room.
Lost Circuits takes a much more detailed look at the power consumption of the new core in their review of the 3800+ model.
At the same speed, the dual
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2005 - 12:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Koolance is back with a brand new top-loading water cooling unit, called the EXOS-2. It is a replacement for the EXOS-Al, so let's see if they have improved on the technology any. HardOCP has the review.
Speaking of expense, the EXOS-2 is far from inexpensive. In fact, it is downright expensive weighing in at over US$400 after adding a water block (not including shipping and possible sales tax). Then again, the EXOS-2 is built like a brick house with nearly enough cooling for one.
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2005 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got this interesting email this morning, from both NVIDIA and Alienware, touting the new Star Wars PC.
The new Alienware Aurora: Star Wars Edition is the first-ever officially licensed Star Wars PC. This high performance machine is based on NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCPs and offers a GeForce 6600 or two GeForce 6800 Ultra GPUs running in SLI mode. It is packed with exclusive Star Wars content such as movie soundtracks, wallpapers, and desktop skins.
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2005 - 10:38 PM | Joe White
Looks like the changes we made took far less time than was anticipated. The forums are back and the changes are complete. Please refer to the following forum announcement for details on what has changed.