AMD's chosen path for the next year

Subject: Processors | November 17, 2005 - 12:05 PM |
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The Register has a look at AMD's roadmap for the upcoming year, and spots things like L3 cache, DDR2 and and Pacifica.

"Hester also pointed to chipsets containing L3 cache, which also harks back to Ruiz' April

prognostications - he too hinted AMD might one day return to the chipset market.

Source: The Register

The rare albino Sapphire motherboard spotted

Subject: Motherboards | November 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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The Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 is a very distinctive looking board, built around the

ATI 200P chipset.  With one x16 PCIe slot, 2 normal PCIe, 2 PCI 2.2 slots, and built in audio, LAN and firewire, this board seems to have everything you would need.  Read the full review at BigBruin.

"Tell me, isn't that one of the purdiest boards you've seen seen since the Soyo Dragon KT400

Platinum?

Source: PimpRig

First generation replicator

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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Dan of Dan's Data has posted a look at the state of 3-D printing.  If you can afford one of the printers, you can have just about anything you can imagine.  Or if it works out like he is thinking, a trip to Kinko's or Office Depot may be a bit more interesting in the future.


"In The Beginning of "additive" 3D printing (as opposed to the old "subtractive" milling machines

that cut a shape out of a block of source material), there were stereolithography machines, that

UV-lasered a slowly growing resin prototype o

Source: Dan's Data

AMD ADDED TO DOW JONES INDEXES THAT TRACK PERFORMANCE OF SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANIES

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - November 16, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has been added to the recently launched Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North American) and the Dow Jones Sustainability


United States Index (DJSI United States). These indexes track best-in-class companies in the U.S. and throughout North America based on social, economic, and environmental criteria, such as corporate governance, climate change, eco-efficiency, and labor practices.

Source: AMD

RAIDing throughput to the Max(tor)

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2005 - 05:24 PM |
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HotHardware has done a lot of testing on the DiamondMax 10.  Not only do they try 3 different RAID types, but they also try different stripe sizes to see what effect that will have on the drive's throughput.  If you are looking for a new hard drive, or just wonder what the different RAIDs do, and how well they do it, spare them a few minutes of your time.

"We're writing to let you know that we've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com entitled,

Maxtor DiamondMax 10: Exploring NCQ &

Source: HotHardware

The ice have it?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2005 - 04:20 PM |
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PrimoChill's PC Ice is a liquid coolant that is touted as a better cooler than water, which is supposed to be both non-conductive and to lubricate your water pump as it moves through your system.  Head over to Think Computers to see how it performed.

Quote: 'I've been into liquid and water cooling for almost a year now, you may think that that isn't a long time, but trust me it is. I've learned A LOT in that short amount of time about the various aspects of liquid cooling.

Achieve The Most From Your High-Performance Computing Platforms With New Intel(R) Software Developme

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2005 — Intel Corporation today began shipping five new software development tools that make it easier to create the distributed applications used in high- performance computing (HPC) clusters.


Currently, more than half of the world's Top 500 HPC systems are based on Intel® processors**. Intel® Software Development Products greatly improve the scalability and help maximize the performance of those systems.

Stuff your stocking with silicon

Subject: Memory | November 16, 2005 - 02:14 PM |
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RAM choices are plentiful this year, and I don't just mean the choice of companies.  With several ranges of performance, and DDR2 as well, it can be hard to figure out what kind of memory to base your system around. Think Computers can help, with a comparsion of 3 companies offerings, at various speeds and timings.

'Tis the season for you to go and spend your hard earned money on things you most likely don't

need, or the person you are getting it for doesn't need either, but we still do

3 Million Teachers Help Students Learn To Develop 21st Century Skills

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2005 - 12:59 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2005 — A major milestone was reached by Intel Corporation today in its worldwide effort to help students and teachers develop 21st century learning skills. Three million teachers have now completed training through Intel® Teach to the Future, a professional development program designed to help teachers effectively integrate technology with learning.

Playing find the bottleneck

Subject: Processors | November 16, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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X-bit Labs wanted to know if you really need a 2+Ghz A64 as a minimum for the newest games.  If the CPU is really slowing down the performance of the graphics card, will a top of the line FX chip do anything noticable to the performance?  They took 13 chips, a spread between Intel and AMD, both top of the line, and bottom of the barrel, and benchmarked at high quality.  This is part 2, part one is just below, and involves 28 CPU's at various qualities.

"We decided to write an update to our

Source: X-Bit Labs

Getting close to that season

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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Either you've got a list, and have emailed to everyone you know a dozen times, or you have no list and are struggling to figure out what you'd like ... apart from that $10,000 72" HDTV, of course.  Well, The Tech Zone has compiled a list, that may help you shop for someone else, or for telling someone what to get for you.


"Finding the perfect gift for the person in your life can be tricky. That's made even more so when

the person you're buying for happens to be a techie.

The cure for being a laptop noob

Subject: Mobile | November 15, 2005 - 06:46 PM |
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You may sound like a pro when you are dealing with desktops and servers, but are you afraid to talk about laptops for fear of being labeled a noob?  Read up on all the new laptop terminology at The Tech Zone, and never fear again!

"For the ordinary computer user keeping abreast of all these new technologies and inventions can

be a major chore if you're considering buying a laptop in the next little while.

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.