Some Graphics Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 10:08 AM |
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I have a few video card reviews that were sent into me this weekend for posting, so I'll finally get them up today.  Enjoy!


Source: General

Cases for Spring & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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Sooner or later we will all be using BTX cases, but the change is coming slow.  Currently we have several of the innovations being touted for BTX being incorporated into our current ATX form factor, though we are still waiting to see if the "You got chocolate in my peanut butter" idea will work as good for tech as it did for snacks.  In this Enermax case that PureOverclock reviews, a wind tunnel to isolate the CPU fan is the biggest innovation brought from BTX, although maybe not for DFI users.  Read on to see w

Chaintech motherboard give away!

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 09:45 PM |
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Chaintech is giving away a VNF4 Ultra Socket 939 motherboard! All you have to do is drop by this thread and post your input on what you think would be the ideal motherboard. You must be a member of the PC Perspective forums and submit your entries to this thread by posting. Contest ends on April 15th. Good Luck!

 Chaintech wants to know what improvements their fans would like to see on future Chaintech motherboards.

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A Trip to Chaintech

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 09:34 PM |
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One of our very own Moderators, UncleBob, was invited to Chaintech America in Fremont, CA. to take a tour and discuss their products. UB details his visit and recounts what they discussed, including the S1689, the VNF4, dual core support and more.

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ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Series with Exclusive Features

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 02:11 PM |
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*UPDATE* I just got this photo in an email from Asus.



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A quick once over of this board shot shows some interesting stuff, like the external, rear SATA channel by the audio output connectors.  The passive heastsink on the north bridge is pretty dang big, as is probably needed for the heat the NVIDIA NF4 Intel chipse

Venice Core Seems all the Rage

Subject: Editorial | April 8, 2005 - 12:44 PM |
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It seems my Venice core article has gotten quite a few links in from around the web and has gotten a lot of reads over the last couple of days.  I have gotten a lot of positive emails and the discussion in the forums is good as well.  I'm glad to see people excited about these parts again, as I know a lot of the online media is too.


I've still got a few articles in the pipeline, two of which are based around the Pentium M and two of which are graphics c

Pair of Watercooling Reviews & no More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2005 - 11:37 AM |
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Sorry guys, I've only manged to spot 2 Watercooling reviews, and no phase changed ones ...  but hey, it's quality, not quantity, isn't it?


Danger Den's Maze 4 Waterblock was built with AMD in mind, and GideonTech takes a look.  They had to put a little extra work into it, but the temperatures they got made it well worth it!


"To connect the Maze 4 block to the CPU socket using the 4 holes in the motherboard, the kit comes with an unusually large selection of threaded rods, nuts, thumb nuts, washer
Source: Gideon Tech

Corsair Unleashes XMS2 6400

Subject: Memory | April 8, 2005 - 06:17 AM |
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Fremont, CA (April 8, 2005) - Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today unveiled the industry's first DDR2800 MHz memory modules optimized for the latest NVIDIA®

Shuttle SN25P nForce4 SFF Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 06:43 PM |
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Another review has surfaced of the nForce4 powered Shuttle small form factor box, the SN25P.  Below is a list of some of the things they liked about it:


  • TeraCube - easy to install over 1 TB of storage in a SFF system

  • NF4 chipset brings top notch performance

  • Looks great!

  • Smart fans are really smart

  • Excellent fit and finish

  • Integrated 8-in-1 memory card reader

  • Wonderful audio controller

  • Seamless installation, perfect fit & finish i

Source: hardCOREware

New Cat 5.4s are Out!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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I saw over at HardOCP that new Catalyst 5.4 drivers are now online, so head on over and pick 'em up if you need them.  Below is a partial list of fixes:

 Fixed in this driver:

  • 3DMark2001: A black screen is no longer displayed when launching 3DMark2001 after launching Aquamark3 when the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER is installed

  • Pacific Fighters: Playing the game after playing any track for a short period

Fatal1ty AN8 nForce4 Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 06:36 PM |
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HardOCP has reviewed the Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra (AMD Edition) chipset.  Have a gander at what they have to say, and if you need a comparison, you can look at my review as well.

However, the lack of integrated peripherals on the board itself was disappointing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE Intel Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:28 AM |
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It seems that reviews on Intel-based motherboards are still harder to come by than AMD solutions, but here is one for you based on the Intel 925XE chipset. 

Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE — is specially designed for professional gamers who have heard of Johnathan Wendel.

Source: Digit Life

VIAArena Looks at 9 K8T890 Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:26 AM |
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VIA Arena is taking a very brief look at the features and layouts of 9 different K8T890 motherboards.  What is even more odd about this is that fact that I haven't seen a SINGLE retail board come to me from any vendor.

The K8T890 of course features support for PCI Express video cards. All of the boards feature one 16x PCIe slot and at least one PCIe x 1 slot for PCIe peripheral cards like networking, audio etc.

Anandtech Looks into Dual Core: Part II

Subject: Processors | April 7, 2005 - 10:24 AM |
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In this second installment from Anand, he is looking at the less expensive 2.8 GHz dual core Pentium D processor.

Source: AnandTech

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI NF4 SLI Intel Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:19 AM |
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PCStats seems to have the first production motherboard reviewed based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset. 

The physical layout of the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard is excellent but we've come to expect that from Gigabyte. It's nice to see that Gigabyte includes everything end users would need with the motherboard as well, why can't more manufacturers follow Gigabyte's lead?

Source: PCStats

CNN's Chris Morris Talks about E3

Subject: Shows and Expos | April 7, 2005 - 10:16 AM |
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I've had the pleasure of meeting Chris Morris a couple of times and I can tell that even though he works for the mainstream media, he knows his stuff.  In this weeks edition of "Game Over" he discusses the implications of this year's E3 show.


The new consoles will get the lion's share of the spotlight, for obvious reasons. But software publishers have a few surprises up their sleeves that may shift the focus back to games by the time the show wraps up.

Dual Core Opterons Closing in on the 21st

Subject: Processors | April 7, 2005 - 10:13 AM |
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It looks like the Inquirer believes that AMD is going to release their dual core Opteron parts on the 2nd anniversary of the original Opteron release.  That would be ideal, wouldn't it?

CHIP FIRM Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will likely ship two members of its four/eight way dual core family on the 21st of April, bang in time for the second anniversary of its Opteron launch.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair XPERT Memory TwinXP1024-3200XL Review

Subject: Memory | April 7, 2005 - 02:21 AM |
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If your in the market for some overclocking memory, you might want to check out this review of the Corsair Xpert TwinXP1024-3200XL review over at OCTools.com.

 "Performance wise, the Corsair TwinXP1024-3200XL XPERT modules isn't only beauty and brains. It's also muscles. The results can speak for themselves. Armed with ultra low latencies, the modules showed extreme performance and stability in all the test we have thrown at it.

Source: OCTools

Corsair Demonstrates Industry Leadership by Introducing World's Fastest DDR2 Memory

Subject: Memory | April 6, 2005 - 11:45 PM |
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 Fremont, CA (April 7, 2005) - Corsair ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today launched the world's first DDR2 memory that delivers a guaranteed clock speed of 675 MHz at extremely low latency settings of 3-2-2-8-1T.

This weeks AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:44 PM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- March 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today for the first time publicly disclosed key elements of its 'Pacifica' virtualization technology, at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas.

Source: AMD