Thinking out of the box when testing equipment

Subject: Systems | November 15, 2005 - 05:27 PM |
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If you've wondered how forum members are testing components without setting up a new PC, or getting a mobo to boot while it is outside of the case, and has no power button, give this guide at Adrian's Rojak Pot a read, it will give you most of the tips and tricks.

"This quick guide will show you just how to power up a standalone PSU for quick and easy tests of

accessories and other components that require electrical power.

Source: Tech ARP

Behind the graphics - nVidia 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2005 - 03:32 PM |
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You've probably read at least a half dozen reviews of the 7800 by now, but not too many touched on why it was made now, and what thought processes went into designing it.  PenStar Systems comes to the rescue of those curious souls, who wish a closer look at what goes into designing and produing a top end graphics card.

"So how did the 512 MB 7800 GTX come into existence?

Mice get firmware upgrades too

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 03:09 PM |
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CoolTechZone has published a brief article on what Razer has done to their mice to fix a tracking problem found in their mice, and Logitech's response to the same issue.

"If you've read our interview with Logitech, you'll realize that Razer remedied much of the

surface tracking problems by issuing a firmware upgrade, which is currently not possible with

Logitech mice due to quality assurance issues, according to Logitech.

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD in supercomputing

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 02:53 PM |
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As you know, this is a big week for High Performance Computing and Supercomputers.  With the release yesterday of the most recent list of TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, Bill Gates' keynote this morning at SC|05, and a host of companies making announcements from the show, I'd like to provide you with some interesting points that concern AMD in Supercomputing




    • Sun and AMD announced today a major supercomputing win
Source: AMD

Intel Establishes $50 Million Venture Fund For Middle East And Turkey

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 02:52 PM |
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RIYADH, Nov. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced the establishment of a US$50 million venture capital fund to invest in technology companies developing innovative hardware, software and services in the region covering the Middle East and Turkey.

Is the PC Gaming industry suffering from console-itis?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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HardwareHell has published an article on the history and future of computers and gaming, specifically x86 gaming.  It covers much more than just the current market, so read on to see if they think this next generation of consoles will put a bigger dent in the industry than previous generations have.

"Since PCs are used for gaming, and consoles are getting more and more PC-like abilities, it is

likely that this may end up as a battle between the two different approaches to computer design,

wit

Source: HardwareHell

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.