Fighting With Dual Core

Subject: Editorial | May 16, 2005 - 04:35 PM |
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I happen to come across an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor in my mail box today and am currently engrossed in attempting to test it.  I say attempting because the motherboard I am using and the one I have an updated BIOS for is giving me fits.  Somehow, when using the X2 processor, any use of the USB bus locks the system, but with the same board, bios, bios settings, etc and an FX-55 or a 3700+, the system is just fine with USB usage.  I have no idea what is going on, but I am pretty sure we have a BIOS issue not a processor issue.


In other news, I found out that my clos

Albatron Release AGP to PCI Express Adaptor?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 01:40 PM |
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I saw this thread in our forums this morning and tried to dig up some more info on it, but came up empty thus far.  Albatron has apparently released something called the "ATOP" that allows current AGP video card users to upgrade to a PCIe motherboard without buying a new video card.  Based on the photo I see on the Albatron website, this is not giong to be a universal option for AGP cards at all.  The AGP video card that is shown is very

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Slow News Day - Venice for Sale

Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 01:24 PM |
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Its an oddly slow news day from a hardware review perspective.  Maybe everyone is recovering from all the Xbox 360 crap that went on last week?  In any event, until something crosses my wire, I only have an update on finding some Venice core Athlon 64 processors for sale in our Pricegrabber engine.



  • Athlon 64 3000+ Venice - from $149

  • Athlon 64 3200+ Venice -

Big Brushed Box & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2005 - 11:08 AM |
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Mountain Mods U2-UFO Brushed Aluminum Case is not like too many other cases out there.  It is a basic box that is just beggin to be modded and tricked out.  Plus, as SystemCooling shows in it's review, adding any type of cooling system to it is almost ridiculously easy.

"For the computer enthusiast and modder there never seems to be enough room inside your computer case.

Dual Core Will Not Increase Mobo Sales

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2005 - 10:59 PM |
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It looks like some motherboard vendors are predicting a stagnant market even with both AMD and Intel pushing dual core processors to anyone and everyone.  With the AMD X2's only needing a BIOS update and Pentium D platform pretty high on the price scale, this makes a lot of sense. 

However, AMD's new dual-core Athlon64 X2 CPUs will be Socket 939 solutions, and can be supported by current K8 motherboards, which will only need to have their BIOS upgraded, the makers said.

Source: Digitimes

Teen Scientists And Inventors From Around The World Awarded $3 Million In Scholarships And Prizes

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2005 - 07:13 AM |
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PHOENIX, May 13, 2005 — Projects on a navigational system for the blind, possible discovery of an ancient coastline on Mars and a lower-cost technology to analyze compounds used to protect against disease were the student projects that won top awards today at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).

Some Random Updates

Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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First, it looks like I will be getting an Athlon 64 X2 processor to review, just not from AMD.  I've had to go to various other sources to get the hardware I need for testing, and under the cover of secrecy to do so, but my readers will soon get to see what I make of AMD lastest processor announcement. 


Also, you may have noticed my review of the first retail nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard, the Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe.  As far as I know its the first review of the board on the web, and it liv

Xbox 360 Launches

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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Sure, the product won't be available until sometime in November, and yes, the 30 minutes special on MTV last night just sucked, but there is still a lot of good information circulating on the new Xbox console this morning. 


My personal favorite so far is this article titled Xbox 360 Dissected that attempts to look at the Xbox from a hardware perspective.  They go into some rumor mill detail on the processor and GPU (from ATI) and go over some of the new features and technology used in it.&

Liquid Cooling Oddity & no more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 13, 2005 - 11:35 AM |
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Sorry, I got nothing in the way of watercooling or phase change reviews today.  However, if you will bear with me for a minute, I'd like to show you one of the oddest liquid cooling methods I have ever seen.  I can't postively say that this works, but I think you all should see it ...


 

welcome to oilcomputer.com


Source: boingboing

NVIDIA G70 To Show at Computex

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2005 - 07:19 AM |
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It looks like NVIDIA will be showing off their next GPU technology at Computex this June.  According to this report, it should be twice as fast as the 6800 series of GPUs and will be made on the 0.11 micron process.  Apparently, the R520 from ATI will be on the .09 micron process.

Since the G70 is currently under non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Nvidia, motherboard makers declined to provide more details about the product.

Source: Digitimes

Blowin air for CPU's and GPU's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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Fan controllers, multifunction panels, and air cooling for your CPU and GPU, it's all here.  First, start off at 3DVelocity, and see a fight between a Turbine and a Kamaboko.  Neither will take the air-cooling performance crown, but they are ceratinly interesting to look at.  Also check out the various flavours of panels, and the 3 GPU cooler reviews at the bottom.

"I'm not quite sure if the recent surge in CPU coolers is due to some kind of upsurge in air cooling or if it's just one of those unexplainable coincidences that we have to put down to some strange, latent

Source: 3DVelocity

DDR2 Will be 50% of DRAM Output

Subject: Memory | May 11, 2005 - 11:04 AM |
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For those of you that might have questioned AMD's move to DDR2 for their next processor, you should know that current reports are showing DDR2 to account for half of all DRAM in production by the end of this year.  So we should see DDR and DDR2 memory prices close to equalized or maybe even see DDR2 cheaper by Christmas time.

Samsung Electronics, Elpida and Infineon Technologies saw their DDR2 output account for over 30% of their total DRAM ou

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA to Release 128 MB TurboCache in Q3?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2005 - 11:01 AM |
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Currently, NVIDIA only has 16, 32 and 64MB TurboCache products on the market while ATI has a 32 and a 128MB configuration in their HyperMemory products.  You can see my recent review of them here.  Well it looks like this summer NVIDIA might be launching a 128MB version of their TC product.


Nvidia plans to introduce a new version of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache that includes 128MB of on-board memory for the mainstrea

Source: Digitimes

Abit Launches Fatal1ty X800 XL 512 MB and SLI Boards

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2005 - 11:33 AM |
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Abit announced late last night that they were releasing a Fatal1ty branded X800 XL 512 MB video card that features vGuru options.  For those unfamiliar, vGuru is much like uGuru, only for video cards instead of motherboards, and allows users to overclock their video cards much more easily. 


Also announced last night, were two Abit motherboards supporting SLI technology.  The AN8 SLI uses the nForce4 SLI AMD Edition chipset and the NI8 SLI uses the

NVIDIA Preps C51 Chipset for K8 with Integrated GPU

Subject: Chipsets | May 10, 2005 - 10:29 AM |
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Digitimes is reporting that NVIDIA is readying its C51 chipset to enter the mainstream segment of the K8 market, both S939 and S754.  Apparently there are going to be two versions of the chip that will have two different graphics cores.  The report also says that NVIDIA may be lowering prices on their SLI chipsets.  If the prices Digitimes claims ATI is going to release their chips for are true, NVIDIA may be in a lot of trouble!

In addition, Nvidia plans to reduce the prices on its current l

Source: Digitimes

Anandtech Analyzes new Far Cry 64-bit Patches

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:24 AM |
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Anandtech has beat me to the punch by writing up a bit on the newly released Far Cry 64-bit patch.  They did see a few FPS performance increase, as well as detailed textures and a further draw distance.  But the conclusion Anand leaves you with is the exact one I left you with on our Shadow Ops article.  The difference being this time the AMD team didn't make claims they couldn't back up.

AMD's goals are quite admirable, but the fact of the matte

Source: AnandTech

AMD and Crytek Release 64-bit Version of Far Cry

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:09 AM |
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I just got a press release in my email box about AMD releasing an upgrade to Far Cry that enables 64-bit support.  Even though we have seen these claims with a previous software title, this time around the marketing team seems to have gotten things right, by not trying to scam any consumers.  The example screenshots they have look like reasonable upgrades and I am currently downloading the files to test for the changes

AMD Uses The Force At The Intergalactic Premiere Of 'Star Wars: Episode III Revenge Of The Sith'

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2005 - 06:12 AM |
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LONDON, ENGLAND -- May 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that in addition to being the computer processing force behind the making of Star Wars: Episode III, it is also the technology sponsor of the Star Wars: Episode III 'Celebration Day' event taking place Monday, May 16 in London's Leicester Square.

Source: AMD

AMD Athlon X2 Previews

Subject: Processors | May 9, 2005 - 02:17 PM |
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A number of previews have finally surfaced about the long awaited AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor. How does it compare to Intels dual core chip?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cases, Cool Stuff & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Start off with this review of the Antec TX1088AMG at Overclockers Online.  At 35lbs, it's a cooling heavyweight, with 1 120mm fan and 2 80mm's, plus an optional 92mm CPU duct.  If a new case isn't on your list, how about some greating modding stuff, or a nice multi-function panel?

"As you can see, there was a dramatic drop in temperatures when I shifted cases. Over 10 degrees Celsius in the load temperatures!