AMD OPENS NEW 300MM FAB 36 IN DRESDEN, GERMANY

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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-New Facility Will Help AMD Nearly Double its Output in the Next Three Years, Meet Growing Demand for AMD64 Processors and Achieve Aggressive Growth Objectives-


DRESDEN, Germany-Oct.

Source: AMD

When Keyboards Meet Mr. Potato Head

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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The Ergodex DX1 is a very unique input device.  It is basically a square, upon which you can place keys, where ever you want.  Then you use the bundled software to assign the commands to the keys you've placed.  If WASD is getting you down, head to PimpRig and read all about it.

""To place a key, first you peel off the protective cover off of the adhesive, then press it down firmly on the DX1 pad. To remove the key, simply twist it off.

Source: PimpRig

No noise, no hassle; watercooling from Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 13, 2005 - 06:03 PM |
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Thermaltake's Silent Water Kit is incredibly easy to install, and as the name implies, very quiet.  Overclocker Cafe can give you all the reasons to consider this setup for your next rig, so give them a visit.

"The Thermaltake Silent Water has lots of good points. The first of these is the absolute ease of installation. When a water cooling kit requires no more effort to install than does any higher quality air cooler, you know you really have something special. Second is the performance.

Intel Donates $1 Million In Support Of South Asia Earthquake Relief Efforts

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 04:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2005 — Intel Corporation's philanthropic arm, the Intel Foundation, will donate $1 million for disaster and humanitarian relief efforts related to the South Asia earthquake. The Foundation will also match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions in support of the relief effort through November.

One motherboard that fits Socket 939 or 754!

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2005 - 04:42 PM |
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ECS + PC Chips = One bloody bizarre motherboard.


The ECS PF88 is based on an incredibly flexible SiS chipset.  I can handle Pentium 4 or Athlon64 chips, your choice.   Read all about this innovative board at hardCOREware.


"Not many people noticed when two of the most boring Motherboard OEMs merged last summer. ECS and PC Chips were never really known for making amazing or innovative products, instead focusing on low end, mainstream hardware. But they assured us, times were changing.
Source: hardCOREware

iPod Video discussion ... via Podcast of course!

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 02:51 PM |
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Designtechnica presents both a talk back article and a podcast of some predicitons and impressions about the iPod video.  See what they have to say, and listen to the podcast to see if they are right on the money, or out in left field.

"Based on the expectations set for the video iPod, today's announcement was disappointing given it didn't really provide the same kind of user experience with video as the original iPod did with audio.

You can teach an old webcam new tricks

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 02:40 PM |
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Hardware Zone takes a look at the Creative WebCam Live! Motion.  Not only is it a decent webcam in terms of quality and looks, but it's motorized.  You can even set it in smart mode, and see the camera follow your movements, just like that old horror cliche, with eyeballs in a creepy portrait.

"The Creative WebCam Live! Motion promises to change your expectations of a web camera, equipped with a silent motor and ultra-wide angle lens.

New ATI driver ... worth installing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2005 - 02:31 PM |
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Tweaktown has posted a comparison of ATI's newest 5.10 against the previous 5.9.  Read the review to see if you should do the driver installation.


Plus, Ryan has a full review of the Asus N7800GT DUAL 7800.


"It's that time again! The folks over at the ATI HQ in Canada have just released a new set of Catalyst drivers for users of Radeon graphics cards.
Source: TweakTown

It's a Corsair Double Feature

Subject: Memory | October 12, 2005 - 06:30 PM |
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Guru3D looks at 2 of Corsair's top of the line RAM kits.  You can choose the 667 MHz DDR2 with some very firm 3:2:2:8 timings, or the 800Mhz DDR2 with 5:5:5:12, just make sure you read the review before you do.


"As you all probably know, Corsair is well known manufacturer with it's primary focus on a
Source: Guru of 3D

The Silicon Jungle ... or ... Where's Waldo?

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2005 - 03:57 PM |
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Engineers, like most humans, are weird, and they can get bored.  So what do they do when they get bored?  Would you believe they etch micron scale icons and cartoons into processors, and other integrated circuits?  CNet has a story up with Micheal Davidson, who runs a website called the Silicon Jungle, a collection of all the examples he has found.

"Davidson suspected at first that the tiny design he saw

She's gone from suck to blow!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2005 - 03:20 PM |
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You've heard all about 3rd party video card cooling, or mayve just seen the reviews for heatsink add-ons to video cards that allow for better overclocking.  If you are a little worried about disassembling your shiny new card, then TECHGAGE has the review for you.  The Antec VCool Video Card Cooler is easily mounted into 2 PCI slots.  It is a big fan that can be setup to either suck in external air and blow it onto the card, or to exhaust hot air from around the card out the back of your PC.

"You have

Source: TECHGAGE

Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weenie, Micro MP3's are keenie

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 01:45 PM |
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The MobiBLU DAH-1500i is a tiny square MP3 player, designed to hang off your neck liek a locket, while you are listening to it.  10 hours of battery life, either 512MB or !Gb storage, and good playback quality, with an iPod-like interface.  See what CoolTechZone makes of it here.

"We've all had it with standard sized MP3 players; after all, what's so special about them anymore? The same old features and audio quality are the norm these days.

Source: CoolTechZone

At a loss when it comes to gaming LCDs?

Subject: Displays | October 12, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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Have you managed to get a handle on dot pitch as it applies to CRT's, only to get baffled by LCD's with 2 different dot pitches on the same display?  Wondering what a 500:1 contrast ratio is, or just how fast a response time you need to avoid whatever "ghosting" is?  Head on over to The Tech Zone, and they shall illuminate you.


"The LCD monitor isn't just for spread sheets anymore.

Driven to frustration in 64 bits?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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Did you turn in your 32bit WinXP for the 64bit version when Microsoft first offered the trade in, and are now starting to regret the decision?  Think Computers wants you to know that you aren't alone.


'Well, Windows Xp 64 has been out for quite a while now, I for one have already upgraded and there is a noticeable difference, better in some respects, while not better in other. The 'not better' part is driver support.

Kingston Launches 667-MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory

Subject: Memory | October 11, 2005 - 06:15 PM |
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Fountain Valley, CA (October 11, 2005), Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of ValueRAM DDR2 667-MHz (PC2-6400) memory modules to support next generation notebook and mobile systems. The new Kingston ValueRAM 667-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SO-DIMM modules are available in 256-MB, 512-MB and 1-GB capacities, shipping immediately in limited quantity.

AMD REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2005 - 05:18 PM |
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- EPS of $0.18 Driven by All-Time Record Sales of $1.523 Billion -


- 44 Percent Year-on-Year Sales Growth in Microprocessors Highlighted by Accelerated Mobile Processor Sales -


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct. 11, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported sales of $1.523 billion and net income of $76 million, amounting to $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 25, 2005. Third quarter sales were up 23 percent compared to the third quarter of 2004 and increased 21 percent from the second quarter of 2005.

Source: AMD

Processing Physics - Pentium 4 = 12 GFLOPS; x1800XT = 83 GFLOPS

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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The Tech Report has an article about a different use for ATI's x1000 series GPUs.   Not only can they provide incredible graphical performance, but they are also much quicker at processing phsyics than your main CPU.   Read the full article if you want to know how texture memory can be used for general storage, and what pixel shaders can really do.

"One of the more surprising aspects of ATI's Radeon X1000 series launch is something we didn't get a chance to talk about in our initial review of the graphics cards: ATI's eagerness to talk about using its GPUs for no

Bigger drives with bigger cache

Subject: Storage | October 11, 2005 - 03:49 PM |
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Seagate's newest drive line, the 7200.9 is fully SATA 2.5 compliant, and comes in many flavours.  They run from 40GB up to 500GB, with caches from 2MB up to 16MB!  They are significantly hardier when it comes to bumps and bruises and also run quieter.  Read the full story at Anandtech.

"Today, Seagate officially announces the joining of the 7200.7 and 7200.8 drives with its 7200.9 line of hard disk drives.

Source: AnandTech

Full sized power in an HTPC box

Subject: Mobile | October 11, 2005 - 03:38 PM |
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Shuttle's XPC SD31P is based around the Intel 945G chipset, with 7.1 audio built in and it has one x16 PCIx slot.  Xtreme Resources puts it to the test, see how it stands up against a full sized system based on an Asus P5LD2.

"After the release of new CPUs and technologies, every company had to evolve their products and refresh their line-up.

A new PSU so good it's a Sin(Tek)

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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BigBruin does a full review of SinTek's new 500W PSU.  It's got modular connectors, as in you only plug in however many wires are needed.  It has a 120mm LED fan, and you can overvolt your memory and PCIx by 5%, right on the PSU.  To see what else it can do, read the whole review.

"SinTek has a real quality unit on their hands here.

Source: Big Bruin