AMD's new Socket M2 spotted in the wild

Subject: Processors | October 21, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted 2 pictures of an upcoming AMD Socket M2 processor.  One is of the pinout, and one an actual part of a boot screen.  You know you want to see it!


"Here are two pictures of AMD's working Socket M2 processor. This particular unit is running at

2.4GHz. You will notice the "extra" M2 pin bringing the total pin count up to 940 (from the

current 939).

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Brand New PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard

Subject: Systems | October 21, 2005 - 12:57 PM |
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'After a longer than expected delaly, we finally have a new Hardware Leaderboard online for everyone to view.  We have several notable changes and trends we are seeing, starting with the apparent staleness of AMD's processor prices.  Since our last update on August 31, none of the 4 AMD processors we used before had gone up or down in price on Newegg.com.  We are hearing news that AMD is planning a big price break soon, but there is no telling how much and which models will be affected.'

Jump into HTPC's with this primer

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2005 - 12:55 PM |
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Big Bruin can answer all of your HTPC video and audio questions in this first installment of their HTPC primer.  If you are thinking of putting together a SFF system, or incorporating an HTPC into your multimedia system, give it a  read!

"HTPCs don't have to be much different than your typical computer, but a few key areas do need to

be addressed.

Source: Big Bruin

Hot Pinouts gone wild, everything revealed

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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The Hardware Book is "The Internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable descriptions."  If you have trouble remembering how to splice an S-Video into a composite wire, or how to build a Serial to PS/2 mouse adapter, then you will spend hours on this site.

"The Hardware book is the internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable

descriptions. All pages have the same style of presentation.

Source: MAKE: Blog

EQS's Crossfire Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2005 - 06:09 PM |
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HEXUS has had the EQS A72K9-CF for a while now, but haven't had an ATI Master card until now.  Now that they do have it, you can read their review in full.

"EQS enabled HEXUS with its EQS A72K9-CF CrossFire Edition mainboard literally weeks before we got

our grubby paws on the ATi Master graphics board required to complete the platform for our

analysis on the launch of the CrossFire platform.

Source: Hexus

Dual layer DVD's, in stores now

Subject: Storage | October 20, 2005 - 05:52 PM |
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X-Bit Labs reviews 2 DVD±RW Dual Layer burners, the Pioneer DVR-110D and Toshiba's SD-R5472.  While Blu-Ray and HD DVD are still a while away, dual layer DVD's will let you store more data than a run of the mill DVD.

"As new DVD media types emerge, the DVD burners become more and more affordable in price. Today we

are looking at the solutions from two well-known optical drives makers: Toshiba and Pioneer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD OPTERON PROCESSOR TO POWER KOREA'S NATIONAL EDUCATION INFORMATION SYSTEM

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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SEOUL, Korea-Oct. 20, 2005-AMD (NSYE:AMD) today announced the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development of Korea has selected the AMD Opteron(tm) processor to power its server systems for the National Education Information System Project (NEIS).


The NEIS project, establishing an online education information system to improve teachers' working environments and increase efficiency of national educational administrations, is the largest IT project in 2005 in Korea and will service over 10,000 schools and education offices nationwide.

Source: AMD

iPod goes multimedia

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 20, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
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DesignTechnica takes a good look at the iPod Video.  While they may not get to the point of tossing it out of a moving vehicle, but they definately give it a serious examination.

"So what makes the new iPod better than previous versions? Well for starters it includes a larger

2.5-inch QVGA color screen and is capable of video playback. The player is slimmer as well,

measuring in at less than half an inch thick — that's 45 percent slimmer than the previous model.

I'll see your X2 3800+ and raise your FSB by ...

Subject: Processors | October 20, 2005 - 01:24 PM |
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Neoseeker pushes an X2 3800+ to the farthest limits they could manage.  Read the article to see what kind of overclocking results they managed to get.

"The 3800x2 overclocked suprisingly well; I am quite certain that I would have been able to push

it further with a better cooling solution - and I may try doing just that in a few weeks.

For the best performance I was able to achieve, I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V

with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings.

Source: Neoseeker

A Fatal1ty heatsink for your Fatal1ty motherboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 20, 2005 - 01:10 PM |
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It's big and loud, and it does it's job very well.  The Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler from Zalman is a 5.5" wide, 2 pound chunk of copper, with a 120mm fan to move the air.  See what Tweak News makes of it here.

"Fatal1ty has partnered with Zalman, among other companies, to market high-end products to the

computer gaming community.

Source: Tweaknews

Do you have what it takes to play with the Strogg?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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Hardware Zone got their hands on Quake 4, and a bunch of high end video cards.  See what you need to be able to enjoy your assault on the Strogg's!

"The latest installment of the legendary Quake series has arrived and we put it through our lab

tests to find out how it fares with various graphics hardware. Though based on the Doom 3 game

engine, we've found that Quake 4 needs much more juice.

Intel Named Best Workplace For Commuters

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 - Intel Corporation is the nation's best workplace for commuters for the second year in a row, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Intel's commute reduction program is meant to improve the environment and reduce impact on local communities by offering Intel employees alternatives to driving alone in their cars to work.

AMD MOMENTUM BUILDS AS INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO EMBRACE AMD TURIONT 64 MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:55 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF - October 20, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Falcon Northwest has joined the ranks of computer manufacturers and system builders supporting AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology.

Source: AMD

She canna' take much more ...

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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It may be being used for armouring tanks, instead of a whale tank, but Transparent Aluminium is here.

"Many of us remember the scene from Star Trek IV where Scotty barters the formula for transparent

aluminum for a small run.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Makes Multimedia Services Faster, Easier And More Affordable

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced new hardware and software products that will simplify the deployment of multimedia solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) services such as Voice over IP (VoIP) in pure IP and hybrid enterprise networks.


Telecommunications service providers offer multimedia services such as adding video to voice and text applications to help increase revenues, improve end user experiences and more effectively compete around the world.

Put a Tiger in your box

Subject: Systems | October 19, 2005 - 02:56 PM |
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The E Power Tiger 550W Power Supply is a nickel plated modular PSU, with one low noise 120mm fan.  It may not be above the 80% efficiency mark, but it is certainly more efficient than a lot of the older PSUs you still find in people's systems.

"E Power Technology has released two new power supplies in their Silent Engine series. The new

Tiger 550W and Tiger 650W Silent Engine power supplies feature dual +12V outputs, dual PCI-Express

connectors, and a quiet, variable speed fan.

Intel's Next-Generation Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco Compatible Extensions

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 01:48 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced that it will support the latest version of Cisco* Compatible Extensions in Intel's next-generation Wi-Fi solution, providing enterprises the assurance that Intel-based devices have been designed to interoperate with Cisco Wi-Fi access points.


Intel is the first vendor to achieve Cisco Compatible Extensions 4.0 certification, with the Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection.

Discount X850XT appears, the X800GTO

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
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With the release of the expensive X850XT, ATI has found it's self with extra R480 cores.  The solution they came up with was to use the same core in their X800GTO, a card that costs roughly half as much.  TweakTown can give you the whole story on what this card can do.

"With all the hype surrounding the new generation ATI graphics cards, there are people who don't

have that kind of money to spend.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Announces Record Revenue Of $9.96 Billion

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced record revenue of $9.96 billion for the third quarter, up 18 percent year-over-year and up 8 percent sequentially.


Third-quarter operating income was $3.1 billion, up 31 percent year-over-year and up 17 percent sequentially, and includes the impact of a legal settlement discussed below. Net income was $2 billion, up 5 percent year-over-year and down 2 percent sequentially.

USB Gaming Console Controllers coming to a PC near you

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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If you are jealous of all the console systems cool controllers, then this review from Think Computers will make your day.  They look at the USB Nyko Airflo EX, a programable game controller that will let you play just about any PC Game, but still get the feeling of a controller.

'Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years,

they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative

peripherals to enhance