How AMD cools the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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If you have been wondering what AMD has been using to cool it's Socket AM-2 displays and reference setups, it's called the AVC Z7U7414001.  Frosty Tech reviews it here, so take a look as it is probably the fan that will be included in retail AM-2 packages.

Source: Frosty Tech

The pre-view from up here

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Ars Technica takes a comprehensive look at the second beta for Vista.  Covering everything from the new IE and Media Player to Aero and Windows flip.  Take a look at what Microsoft has in store for it's next OS.

Source: Ars Technica

Dell XPS M2010 Reviewed - Fork Lift Included!

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2006 - 10:49 AM |
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CNet has posted a review of the Dell XPS M2010 portable computer that was first spotted at E3 a few weeks back. This computer isn't quite a laptop considering it comes with a large base unit and a bicep-popping 20 pounds with the AC adapter! It has some sexy specs though...

Is 1900 bigger than 7900?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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Hardware Zone pits nVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT against ATI's X1900 GT.  Find out if it is capable of winning, or have they crippled the 7900 XT it is based on by too much for it to show up nVIDIA.

In a different test, Ryan puts the BFG 7900 GT OC against just about every new graphics on the planet.

The UMPC shows off it's stuff

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2006 - 04:13 PM |
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The first Ultra Mobile PC, the VIA Oragami, is put on [H]ard|OCP's examination table.  Join them as they find out whether it is just a big iPod Video, or if the inclusion of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition allows you to get enough done to make it stand out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

There is an AM-2 for everyone

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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AMD has offered no shortage of choice with Socket AM-2 offerings.  From the Sempron 3000+ 1.60GHz with a 256KB Cache at $75.00 to the top of the line Athlon 64 FX-62 Dual Core Processor, running at 2.8GHz, with a pair of 1MB caches, and a 1G

AMD-ATI Merger Looks Likely ... ????

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2006 - 12:40 PM |
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This news hit me like a ton of bricks -- is this even remotely possible?  According to this article at Forbes.com, AMD (yes the processor designer) might be looking into buying ATI (yes the graphics company).  According to the article it would be a move that would "benefit the overall graphics industry," though I don't immediately see how.


Another quote in the article that is suspect is this:



What's new with Windows Media Player 11

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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Windows A to Z! examines the new Media Player from Microsoft.  Find out what improvements have been made to this player, and if it might drag you away from your favorite open source player.

Thinkpad with a Sempron?!?

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2006 - 11:55 AM |
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In what is probably a totally unforseen consequence of the sale of IBMs hardware division to Lenova, it looks like we may be seeing the old IBM brands with AMD chips inside.  The Inquirer gives a bit more information on the possible change here.

Source: The Inquirer

Whoops!

Subject: Editorial | May 31, 2006 - 12:20 AM |
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Okay, okay, I think that is my longest gap between blog posts....man I just suck at this don't I?  With everything else going on in work and in my personal life, getting here to update this just keeps getting passed over.  I apologize to anyone that gives enough of a sh*t about this page for my lack of updates!!!


As you have probably already read, the new AMD platform known as AM2 was finally released on May 23.  I have coverage up of the

More power!!! Overkill edition.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 06:24 PM |
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Having power troubles?  Then do what PC Stats did, and get the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW PSU.  Just see if you can get enough drain on this beast to make your system unstable, I dare you ... I just hope you can afford to pay the electrical bill.

If you are looking for something a little less overwhelming, but still powerful, Lee's review of the SilverStone Zeus 750W PSU might just be the thing!

Source: PCStats

ABIT of renewel for their motherboard lineup

Subject: Motherboards | May 30, 2006 - 04:08 PM |
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ABIT's newest socket 939 motherboard, the AN8 32X puts some spark into the 939 socket.  With AM-2 just hitting the streets, this board instead utilizes the improvements upon the NForce 4 chipset, and has an incredible amount of features.  [H]ard|OCP has the full review, what are you waiting for?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

They make a good server case, can they do the same with mid-towers?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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I-StarUSA has been making server cases for quite a while, but the S-8 Storm Chassis is the first Mid-tower they've produced.  With a fairly minimalistic design, tool-less installation it may seem run of the mill, but when is the last time you bought a case made of real steel?  See what ClubOC thought here.

Source: Club OC

Gaming on a widescreen?

Subject: Displays | May 30, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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UK Gamer puts aside their big, low reponse time gaming LCD to try out Viewsonic's VA2012w 20.1" Widescreen Monitor.  With dual and triple head capable displays, and enormous sized monitors out there, is this 20.1" widescreen with 8ms reponse time a good cheap alternative?

Source: UK Gamer

AMD Live! system specs

Subject: Processors | May 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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It looks like Daily Tech has scooped AMD on it's own Live! announcement.  Drop by to see exactly what the expected system specs will be.

Source: Daily Tech

Good graphics for under $100

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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ATI's X1600 Pro is available for under $100.  It probably will not impress the hard core gamer with it's results, especially if you are used to anti-aliasing, but a casual gamer may well love it.  It is a VIVO card that lets you output to TV's, so drop by [H]ard|OCP to see what else it can do.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Not so mobile desktop replacement

Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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The Saiger 9750-C that [H]ard|OCP ordered is a very powerful laptop, but it is fairly heavy, and the battery really won't last long.  Considering the components they chose, including an X2 4200+, 2 Gigs of RAM and a GeForce Go 7800GTX, that really isn't a surprise.  Drop by to see just how powerful a laptop it is.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hard drive basics served up on a platter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:55 PM |
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If you find yourself confused about hard drives, the RPM speeds available, and the difference between various ATA, SATA and SCSI interfaces, then worry no more.  The Tech Zone has put together a guide that should answer all your questions.

Lamptron will sell you a rubberized screw replacement

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Screw replacements that reduce vibration noise, fan grills tight enough to act as filters and keep you clean, and other noise reducing fan add-ons are their specialty.  Think Computers gives Lamptron's products a try, so check out how it worked out for them.

Google's got a file system

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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OS Weekly takes an introductory peek at what would seem to be a file system designed and used by Google.  It's not likely that a Google OS is included in with all the other projects Google is working on, this is probably just the biggest distributed file system going.

Source: OS Weekly