Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | August 25, 2005 - 08:56 PM |
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PC Stats put together a review of the Epox-9NPA+ SLI motherboard based on the nForce4 SLI chipset. Check it out.

"The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The Epox EP-9NPA+SLI motherboard adds on to this capability with an on board PCI Express-based Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II controller.

Source: PCStats

Intel Sees More 'Aware' Technologies That Can Adapt To People In The Next Decade

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 08:51 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 25, 2005 - Intel Corporation today outlined long-term research to make electronic products smarter, safer and capable of adapting to the way people use them around the world. These "user-aware" platform technologies could be used to build systems that intuitively respond to people and their ever-changing needs.

Unwired Australia To Receive Aud$37 Million Investment From Intel Capital

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 06:50 PM |
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SYDNEY, Australia, Aug. 24, 2005 — Unwired Australia, a wireless broadband carrier, and Intel Corporation announced today that Intel Capital has agreed to invest in secured convertible notes issued by Unwired with a face value of AUD$37 million (approximately US$27.9 million at present exchange rates). The investment is part of the companies' efforts to advance the deployment of WiMAX networks.

Technology Innovation Accelerated Award Winners Announced

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 06:49 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 25, 2005 - Lenovo's demonstration of its ThinkPad* X41 Tablet captured top honors at the inaugural Technology Innovation Accelerated Awards held at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Feel like Trying Windows XP 64-bit?

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2005 - 12:30 AM |
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The fine folks over at VIAArena have put together an article that that outlines their experiences using the new Windows XP x64 Edition OS.

After installing Avast I transferred my emails that I had saved from my previous system, into Microsoft Outlook Express. Microsoft Outlook Express comes bundled with WinXP x64. I always run spell check before I send an email. But as soon as I hit spell check, I received an error message… Error. Spell Check could not run.

Source: General

More Intel Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2005 - 07:33 PM |
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Zalman's CNPS9500 Standing Tall & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 24, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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If you can fit all 125mm (5 inches) in, the CNPS9500 LED will certainly satisfy you.  X-Bit Labs has the numbers to show just how well this thing cools.

"We would like to introduce to you a real masterpiece of the air cooling art designed by Zalman. This new baby, which was first showcased at the Computex 2005 has now reached our lab and simply impressed us with its cooling potential.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Interesting IDF Thus Far

Subject: Editorial | August 24, 2005 - 11:46 AM |
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Even though I wasn't able to make it out to this fall's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, I was still able to get a hold of the same information being presented to those in attendance.  Intel is introducing the world to a totally new micro-architecture that replace both the desktop NetBurst and mobile Banias architectures in the second half of 2006.  This new architecture looks like it is taking the best from both of Intel's current architectures and melding them into one that will be more than competitive with AMD's K8

HyperThreading Goes the Way of the Dodo

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM |
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More info from IDF for you at the Inquirer; it looks like Intel's much touted HyperThreading technology is NOT going to be implemented into their next generation core technology.  What?  You mean HT isn't all it was cracked up to be???

THERE WAS ONE THING that did not make the cut for the Merom cores, and for some reason Intel isn't shouting about it.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel CEO Outlines New Platform Directions

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2005 - 03:57 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 23, 2005 - Noting that high-tech companies are growing again as a result of delivering exciting new products, Intel Corporation CEO and President Paul S. Otellini said the industry is on a new "performance per watt" course that will deliver powerful Intel-based computers that are increasingly smaller, sleeker and more energy-efficient.

More on New Intel Architecture

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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Charlie over at The Inquirer has a bit more information and analysis on the new Intel architecture for you to look over. 

The basic structure is a four issue wide core, without going into specifics, they said the Merom cores can keep up a sustained 4 ops from issue to retire. This probably has a bunch of caveats, addenda and asterisks, but it is clear that wider is the course for the day. Each pipe is a full pipe versus the old P6 derived simple and complex pipe structures.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Reveals Bits of New Architecture

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Anandtech has some early coverage from IDF that goes over what little Intel has released about their new, upcoming core architecture arriving in late 2006.  So far the highlights include a much shorter pipeline, shared L2 cache between dual cores and a single architecture between mobile, desktop and server platforms.


You can also catch what Scott at Tech Report has seen on this information, here


The new architecture will featu

Source: AnandTech

AMD Challenges Intel To A Dual-Core Duel

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 09:52 AM |
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Live Shoot-Out to Focus on Server Workloads and Energy Consumption

SUNNYVALE, CA -- August 23, 2005 --In the spirit of fair and open competition, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors.

Source: AMD

MORE POWER !!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:41 PM |
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At 1000 Watts of power, the Enermax Galaxy is the Toolman's dream PSU.

Currently in final production at the time of writing, the two samples in the photos are engineering samples so we couldn't get out hands on one for testing, but having run the figures past Rys, they add up to just a little over 1000W output, drawing 1400W from the mains… so no need for a dimmer switch in the lounge anymore!

Source: Hexus

BTX case with an ATX centre & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:20 PM |
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Antec's P180 will give you a classy look in the BTX style, while still accepting the installation of ATX boards.  Washable filtres and 4 120mm fans make it a top air cooler to start with, and the extra space inside could easily fit a pump and reservior, if you were so inclined.  The full story is at Legit Reviews, go read it.

"In the end, the P180 is one of the finest cases I've ever seen.

AMD Turion(TM) 64 Mobile Technology Is A Fierce Contender For Mobile Gaming

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 22, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today revved up the performance of AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology with the introduction of two new models, MT-40 and MT-37. These new additions to AMD's popular 64-bit mobile processor family are expected to be available in new ENVY Featherweight and ENVY Middleweight notebook computers from VoodooPC.

Source: AMD

AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2005 - 10:13 PM |
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Intel Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2005 - 10:02 PM |
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Waterchill Complete Kit & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Asetek has a WaterChill 3/8" ID Power Kit, which includes CPU, GPU and NB Waterblocks with a 120mm Radiator cooled by 3 fans.  The CPU waterblock is designed for Intel's LGA 775 (Socket T), thought the GPU block should fit almost any card.  Read the full review at PimpRig.

"My initial expectations of this kit is that in it's complete configuration it will provide very reasonable performance but that better performance could be achieved with a little "tw

Source: PimpRig