AMD INTRODUCES 'EMERALD' CLUSTERING ENVIRONMENT FOR MULTI-CORE APPLICATION TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 11:27 AM |
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Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor-based Cluster Broadens AMD Developer Center Resources, Provides Solid Example of Partnering


SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Nov. 15, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled its Emerald cluster installation. The AMD Developer Center's Emerald is its newest and largest system, as well as its first publicly-available cluster based entirely on Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors with Direct Connect Architecture.

Source: AMD

PC Perspecive Is Growing

Subject: Editorial | November 14, 2005 - 11:44 PM |
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Ever since Amdmb was launched way, way back in the year 2000 I have had the goal of growing the site into one of the top online tech media in the US.  When I was prepping to graduate with my Bachelor's Degree in CS and start working on the website full time, PC Perspective was launched in order to provide the platform that I felt was needed for the site to succeed at the levels I envisioned.

Blu-ray versus HD

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2005 - 07:13 PM |
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In the original Star Wars, you could always tell the good guys because they shot blue lasers.  It may not be as clear cut with CD ROMs, as you may find the The Tech Zone's article, but still ... laser beams are cool.

"We've been challenged numerous times to give an "educated" guess as to how the blue laser war

will end, and when. It has come to a point where it is no longer about the technology nor the

consumer.

Source: 3DCenter

Sounds good, but can it play Counterstrike

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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R&B Mods tests a Creative X-fi Fatal1ty soundcard out.  If you are in the mood for a new soundcard, and are looking for one of the best, you've found the most likely suspect.

"Today we are taking a look at one of the new Creative sound cards from their new X-fi series. We

recieved their Fatal1ty card which is the middle card out of three different price classes.

Source: 3DCenter

What's next in heatsinks? Gold plating!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 14, 2005 - 03:12 PM |
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Not only is AeroCool GT-1000 Heatsink gold plated, it cools well, and does it quietly.  Club Overclocker gives this big beautiful tower style heatsink a job cooling a 3600+.

"Since 2002, AeroCool has been providing innovative thermal cooling solutions to the high-end PC

enthusiast. Today we are going to take a closer look at their GT-1000 CPU cooler.

Source: Club OC

Day of the 7800's

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 14, 2005 - 02:56 PM |
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This monday, everyone who has been playing with a 512M version of the 7800GTX gets to release their findings.  While you may not be able to afford to run out and buy one (or two) you can certainly live vicariously through the reviews, and dream of a card as powerful as the one Bjorn3D reviews.


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Source: Bjorn3D

How to - Virtual Private Networks

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 02:34 PM |
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If you have been having difficulty setting up, or evenjust understanding VPNs, PC Stats has a posted a guide that is sure to help.  They also cover the security aspects of having one running on your network.


"This article is intended to deal with creating Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to connect a home

network with the outside world.

Source: PCStats

Intel Delivers New Era For Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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CRAY TO BASE NEXT-GENERATION SUPERCOMPUTERS ON AMD OPTERON PROCESSOR PLATFORM

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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SEATTLE, WA, November 14, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Cray Inc, (Nasdaq NM: CRAY) today announced that they have signed an agreement that extends their successful relationship through the end of the decade.  Cray will continue to use AMD Opteron(tm) processors for the microprocessor-based supercomputer products Cray develops during this period.  In addition, the two firms will actively collaborate on Cray's mid-2006 proposal for Phase 3 of the federal government's DARPA HPCS  (High Productivity Computing Systems) program.

"After an extensive review of marketplace alternati

Source: AMD

AMD AND THE GRAND OLE OPRY HARMONIZE AT CARNEGIE HALL

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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NEW YORK CITY-NOVEMBER 14, 2005-AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that the Grand Ole Opry, the world's most venerated name in country music, will be capturing live performances tonight at Carnegie Hall using AMD64 processors. The special Carnegie Hall event commemorates the 80th anniversary of live Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and will feature performances by many of today's top musical artists. The performances will provide content for a planned 5.1 surround sound DVD.

Source: AMD

How to build your own laptop

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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The fellows at Legit Reviews take you step by step through ordering a whitebox laptop chassis from ASUS, and turning it into a powerful little machine.  If you've held off buying a laptop because none of them have all the components you would have chosen, consider foing it this way.

"The performance capabilities of the Centrino package are amazing. The ASUS

Z63A is as fast as my overclocked Pentium-4 desktop in almost all computing

tasks.

Foxconn adds SIS's Mirage

Subject: Motherboards | November 11, 2005 - 05:27 PM |
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The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S includes the newly released IGP from SIS, The Mirage.  Read the full review at PC Stats to see how it stacks up to the N4 boards, both in price, and performance.


Don't forget to read Ryan's review of the A8N32-SLI either.


"The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard is based upon a new chipset from

SiS which has a couple media-friendly assets.

Source: PCStats

ATI's new driver supports the X1800XL & XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 11, 2005 - 05:10 PM |
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TweakTown analyses the new ATI Catalyst 5.11, and checks the difference in performance between the sample drivers for the 1800's and this first official release.

"We did mention in our regular Catalyst performance analysis earlier in the day

that one of the most important additions to the Catalyst 5.11 drivers was the

inclusion of the X1800XL and X1800XT.

Source: TweakTown

Gotall's got mods

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2005 - 04:59 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods has a gallery of the modded cases they will be taking with them to Dreamhack.  Now you can see all their hard work, even if you can't make it to the LAN Party.

"Our modder Gotall is taking of to Dreamhack in a few weeks. Dreamhack is the

world biggest LAN party with over 6000 people.

A different kind of Windows install

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2005 - 04:51 PM |
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Pro-clockers has a guide on how to install a window into your PC.  If you've got the tools and the time, it can really make your case look unique.

"Nowadays, there are countless numbers of computer cases available with panels

that have been pre-fabricated with windows. Two of the most popular methods of

window mounting are gluing and riveting, both of which work quite well but

leave something to be desired aesthetically.

GIGABYTE Unleashes GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2005 - 04:34 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan November 11th, 2005—GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, has launched GIGABYTE GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal, the world first SLI technology enabled motherboard equipped with four PCI Express X16 slots. Based on the NVIDIA® nForece4™ SLI™ Intel® Edition and NVIDIA® nForece4™ SLI™ chipsets, the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal is designed for gamers who lived by ultimate performance and ultimate scalability.

Pinless Socket F

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2005 - 11:50 PM |
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There is a link on PC Stats leading to pictures of an upcoming socket F AMD server processor.


It's translated from Dutch here.


"Tweakers.net have some leaked photos of what is apparently a new  AMD Opteron Socket F  server mainboard, and in particular its LGA1207 pinless processor interface.
Source: PCStats

Barracuda leads with a burst of speed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2005 - 07:06 PM |
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500GB of performance drive is BigBruin's findings on Seagate's SATA Barracuda 7200.9.  If you are looking for a large capacity drive that has good speed, and a great warrantee, this may be the solution!

"Taking a look at the burst results honestly made me say "WOW"! The Seagate

Barracuda 7200.9 not only outscored the RAID 0 array of SATA 1.5 Gb/s drives,

but it also blew away the Hitachi SATA 3 Gb/s 500GB drive by over 20 MB/s.

Source: Big Bruin

Creative Labs speaks up on the X-Fi and nForce 4 issue

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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Since publishing our review of the X-Fi sound card, i've heard about incompatibilities with the X-Fi and certain nForce 4 motherboards.

7800 reasons to get silent cooling

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2005 - 04:09 PM |
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nVidia's 7800 series stock cooling solutions can often be loud, and in some cases limit your overclocking abilty.  InsaneTek looks at the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev3, built for cooling 7800's, and doing it very quietly.  If you have one of these cards, you owe it to your ears to read the review.


"Arctic Cooling has done it again. The NV Silencer 5 Rev3 made for the Geforce 7800 series is an

excellent cooler that performs in dead silence.

Source: InsaneTek