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Subject: Motherboards | March 14, 2005 - 02:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
Geoff of The Tech Report has a review up on the new VIA K8T890-based Soltek motherboard. This board is the first retail K8T890 board I have ever seen, and the gang at TR concurr. What do they have to say about the board?
Unfortunately, the SL-K890PRO-939 doesn't have the luxury of living in a vacuum. Its world is populated with nForce4 motherboards that serve up faster chipset-level Gigabit Ethernet and more robust RAID capabilities than VIA's dated VT8237 chipset provides.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2005 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalrock has a new case in the market, the Oceandome, and it is one that is worth checking out if you want good ventilation, while keeping the noise under control. R&B Mods takes you on a tour through the case, so make sure to pay them a visit today. They also noiticed that there is plenty of room for watercooling, if the 80mm fans aren't your style.
"We have heard about Thermaltake before, but today we will look at a case from Thermalrock which is a fairly new company on the market.
Subject: Editorial | March 13, 2005 - 06:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
1. 512 MB 6800 Ultra
2. Dual 6800 Ultra on a single card
3. Dual 6600GT on a single card from Asus
4. ATI's dual GPU chipset motherboards on display
5. An ECS board that allows you to have AMD or Intel processors
6. Dual core Athlon 64 live, working, with benchmarks
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2005 - 03:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
With still more CeBit coverage, Hexus has visited the Asus booth and found more than a few interesting tid bits for you all to read about. The most note worthy is a spotting of the ATI MVP technology for dual GPUs in a single system. They also have the dual 6800 Ultra and 6600 GT cards pictured, the Intel 955 motherboard and a Pentium M board on display as well.
MVP supports split frame rendering using supertiling, where the screen is split up into tiled areas with each tile processed
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2005 - 03:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Have you checked out the VIA Grease Monkey service yet? It offers users a way to easily find out what patches they are missing on their games and keeps them constantly updated with the lastest mods, downloads and drivers related to their installed hardware and software. The gang at PCStats has reviewed the service, so check it out.
We're of two minds about the VIA Grease Monkey software.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2005 - 02:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
You need to stop by HardOCP to see the updated, hi resolution photos they have coming in from CeBIT of the Asus dual 6800 Ultra card -- two 6800U GPUs on a single card??? Outrageous.
Notes on this are that the card uses 512MB of DDR3 (256 per GPU) and will require a special motherboard. Of course we saw Gigabytes dual 6600 require a special motherboard, but it did run on our ASUS SLI board just fine. So time will tell.
Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2005 - 02:55 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like ECS is going to try to bridge the gap between Intel and AMD motherboards by allowing a user of their PF88 board to use...BOTH. I have a couple of Asrock boards here sporting both 754-pin and 939-pin Athlon 64 sockets, and the results have been somewhat lacking, but we'll see what ECS has to offer.
The mainboard has 4 slots for DDR2 667, a 1066FSB, SATA2, GigaLAN and 1394a Firewire.
Subject: Processors | March 13, 2005 - 02:52 AM | Ryan Shrout
An Italian site called HWUpgrade.it has apparently benchmarked a 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 dual core processor in the Cinebench test, with some interesting results. The site is in Italian, but the images are universal, so give it a look.
Subject: Chipsets | March 11, 2005 - 12:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today ATI is announcing their new Radeon XPress 200 chipset for the Intel platform. It isn't going to be aimed at the hgh end enthusiast market like the current Xpress 200 chipset for the Athlon 64 platform is, but some manufacturers may end up going that route.
MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2005-- ATI Technologies Inc.
Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you remember, we brought you the very first pictures of this board from our VIA meeting in January. But now, the launch is official:
The VIA EPIA DP-310 Mini-ITX mainboard is powered by two power-efficient 1GHz VIA Eden-N(TM) processors featuring advanced in-built hardware security, while the acclaimed VIA CN400 digital media chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and an extensive array of high bandwidth I/O, high-speed storage and connectivity options afford an unprecedented level of integration for server and em
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This Vapochill Micro from Asetek may look like it's more of an aircooling solution, but it may well be something that can be incorporated into a full water system, once it is readily available. Pop on over to bit-tech, and see what you think!
"We have the first pictures on an in-action VapoChill Micro unit from Asetek.
Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM | Ryan Shrout
At CeBIT in Germany, The Inquirer heard that Microsoft was touting the EP3 movie was being rendered on beta versions of Windows 64. What's more exciting to me though is that I saw the new trailer on TV last night for the movie, and you can download it today as well! (Edit: take that back -- only if you PAY to subscribe to the website can you download it right now...grrr)
This version of Windows is almost ready to meet all the Athlon 64, FX, Pentium Four and Celerons which support it and this is just a start
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 11, 2005 - 11:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Fudo at the Inquirer seems to think so...
Anyway ATI has its marchitecture ready and we learned that you will be able to do ATI Multiple VPU with two different cards. You will be able to plug one X800 and one X850 cards together and faster card will downscale to the slower and will work simultaiously with it.
ATI is showing of its motherboard supporting ATI Multiple VPU powered with two Radeon X850 XT PE cards or should we use R480 codenames.
Subject: Mobile | March 10, 2005 - 08:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Our buddies over at Anandtech have done a little write up on the recently announced AMD Turion 64 technology, so head on over and give it a read if you are interested in the next AMD mobile products.
AMD doesn't have the resources of Intel, that's plain and simple. They have done an excellent job with their K8 architecture, but for AMD to devote additional resources to developing another architecture, strictly mobile oriented, it's just not possible at this time. At the same time, AMD's Athl
Subject: Chipsets | March 10, 2005 - 08:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Oops, I guess the beans have been spilt. NVIDIA decided to go ahead and publicly say the new name of the Intel nForce chipset after so many of their vendors had it on display for them! :)
CEBIT 2005â€”HANNOVER, GERMANYâ€”MARCH 10, 2005â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced the Company will preview its upcoming NVIDIA nForce4 core-logic solutions for Intel CPUs which includes support for NVIDIAÂ® SLI™ graphics techn
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2005 - 08:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA is announcing two new items for the GeForce 6000 series of products today at CeBit. The first of them is low-cost AGP version of the GeForce 6200 card. The other is a 512 MB version of the 6800 Ultra. Talk about a different in GPU power! In related stories, our buddies at Hexus.net have a short look at TWO of these beasts running in SLI mode, for a total of 1 GB of video memory, holy crap!
Subject: Chipsets | March 10, 2005 - 08:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
VIA Area, a popular destination for VIA support, has published an article look at the relationship between AMD and VIA that existed for quite some time.
In the previous month, March 1997, VIA and AMD had embarked on a closer relationship with the signing of the Chipset Technology Agreement paving the way for VIA to provide premier support for the latest AMD processors. With the launch of the AMD K6 Processor, VIA brought to market the VIA Apollo VP2 and VP3 chipsets.