Athlon 64 FX-57 Review

Subject: Processors | June 24, 2005 - 09:11 AM |
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I forgot to post this last week, but GDHardware has a review of the new Athlon 64 FX-57 processor that will be announced on the 27th of this month.

The real target audience for the FX-57 is going to be the ultra-gamer who insists on nothing but the absolute fastest gaming CPU money can buy. It simply crushes everything in its path in game performance and handles most of today's common applications with power to spare.

Source: General

Hardware Discussion: Xbox 360 and Sony PS3

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2005 - 09:04 AM |
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Anandtech has a published an article that goes into some detail comparing the Sony PS3 and the Xbox 360's hardware specifications including the CPU and GPU. 

On a purely hardware level, ATI's Xbox 360 GPU (codenamed Xenos) is quite interesting. The part itself is made up of two physically distinct silicon ICs. One IC is the GPU itself, which houses all the shader hardware and most of the processing power.

Source: AnandTech

Asus to Make Dual 7800 Card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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It seems almost crazy to hear, but it just might happen.  After news about the cancelled 6800U dual chip card hit the streets (as we expected) the rumors are starting about Asus' next move.

Instead, the company is looking forward to utilize two GeForce 7800-series chips on a single graphics card targeted for hardcore enthusiasts. The cancellation of the project is suggested to be the launch of the new-generation GeForce 7800 GTX graphics processing units.

Source: X-Bit Labs

HardOCP Upgrade Guide

Subject: Systems | June 24, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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The gang at HardOCP has posted a quickie guide called the "HardOCP 1500" that looks at what system they could buy with a $1500 budget today.  They ended up choosing nearly the same components as I did in our High End System Leaderboard

While holding true to our upgradeability that has become the cornerstone of our guides, we have built the ultimate gaming upgrade that $1500 can buy.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD to officially sanction overclocking

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2005 - 06:33 PM |
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The FX57 is geared towards gaming and the X2 will cater for those engaged in Content Creation. AMD will put even more emphasis in the future on this segmentation so that there is no overlapping of the two products in people's minds. The FXers will always be the best for gaming: designing games, distributing them and playing them.

Source: The Inquirer

Cooling the GeForce 7800

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2005 - 12:09 PM |
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AMDGamer has some pictures of Innovatek's brand new Cool-Matic G70, and a link to Innovatek for more info.   The G70 is a water based cooler (block) for both the GPU and the memory on the just released 7800.  Before you ask, there are pictures of what look to be a 2 card SLI setup, so the G70 takes full advantage of the card's smaller footprint to make sure both cards can be cooled with 2 seperate G70's.

"Parallel to the upcoming Launch of the new Nvidia G70 Graphic Card -Monster (Geforce

Source: AMDGamer

Cooling Cramped Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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Coolermaster has re-imagined the classic Hyper 6 into a Hyper 6+, and it is put through some testing at Insanetek.  Not only does it provide some respectable cooling power, but it is small enough to fit into most cases, unlike many of the other high performance heatsinks that have come onto the market recently.  If it's your videocard that's overheating, you can find help here too!

"The Hyper 6 is probably considered Cooler Master's first high performance cooler.

Source: InsaneTek

GeForce 7800 GTX Availability

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2005 - 09:40 AM |
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For the first time I can remember, we have availability of a new GPU on launch day!  Below are some press links to vendors supplying them. 


Here are some places where you can buy these cards right now!

GeForce 7800 GTX Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2005 - 09:34 AM |
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After you have perused my GeForce 7800 GTX Review you can head on out and check out some other site's take on this new GPU release.  More as they come in...

NVIDIA Announces GeForce 7800 GTX

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2005 - 09:30 AM |
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You can read the entire release at NVIDIA.com.

NVIDIA REDEFINES HIGH-END PC GRAPHICS WITH NEW-GENERATION GEFORCE 7800 GTX GPU Redesigned Architecture Delivers Stunning Image Quality and More than Twice the Pure Graphics Performance of its Previous Generation's Top GPU


SAN FRANCISCO, CA—JUNE 22, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processing, today unveiled the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU), the new flagship of the NVIDIA GeForce GPU line-up.

Logitech USB headset w/boom mic on the block

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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Everything USB gives the Logitech Premium 350 the close eye.

Techspot Previews Quake 4

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2005 - 08:17 AM |
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TechSpot has a few tidbits about Quake 4 for your viewing pleasure.


You can discuss the article in our own forums.

The Quake series is undoubtedly one of the most popular in the first-person-shooter (FPS) genre ever.

Source: Tech Spot

Elite Bastards has something to F.E.A.R.

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2005 - 06:12 PM |
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The folks over at Elite Bastards have a little something to say about the new F.E.A.R. Multi-Player demo that was released recently.
But really, if it was made by Monolith, it must be good ;)


You can discuss the F.E.A.R. MP demo in our very own forums.


The guys at Monolith have found a new way to approach the traditional first person shooter genre.

Actively Cool Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2005 - 11:45 AM |
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Maybe you have heard of Sytrin, and their Nextherm ICS 8200 airconditioned case, but if you haven't InsaneTek has a review you should read.  The Nextherm has a thermoelectric cooler sitting on its intake, and has a significant impact on the temperatures in the case, including the video card.  Of course, the case will also have a significant impact on your wallet, but think what you can save by overclocking.

"Summer is around the corner an

Source: InsaneTek

Phase Change in the air & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 17, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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Extreme Cooling Technologies new Mach II GT might sound like a razor, but it is the coolest thing in phase change technology.  It will let COC run an A64 3500 at a stable 2991Mhz, and do it with an average core temp of -18C!  It's not cheap though, the MSRP is $949.  If that's a little too rich, a review of Titan's economically priced Bianca is just b

Source: Club OC

Intel Roadmap Details

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2005 - 10:58 AM |
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Anandtech is looking at the near future of Intel's roadmaps including the Presler and Cedar Mill cores.

As we mentioned earlier, two Cedar Mills running at lower clock speeds will compose a Presler dual core processor (Smithfield's replacement). HyperThreading, EIST, XD and EM64T are enabled on all of these new processors. Furthermore, all Cedar Mill chips will also receive VT technology, with the exception of the Pentium 4 631. The Pentium 4 631 and 633 are identical except the absence of VT in the 631.

Source: AnandTech

ATI All-in-Wonder X800 XT Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2005 - 10:52 AM |
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I missed this one yesterday, but our friends at Tech Report have posted a review of the X800 XT All-in-Wonder card that offers a healthy does of gaming performance along with great video input and output capability. 

ATI used digital tuners back in the days of the Radeon 8500DV, but switched to analog tuners from Philips for more recent All-in-Wonders. For the AIW X800 XT, ATI has returned to silicon-based digital tuners, which supposedly offer higher quality and quicker tuning.

Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 Tested

Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2005 - 10:49 AM |
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If you ever wanted a super fast, and super hot notebook desktop replacement part, this looks like it could be it.  The Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 is powered by a Dothan core Pentium M processor but that is countered by the use of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra GPU! 

Considering that this is a notebook that is supposed to be mainly running on AC, we were pleased with the results.

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA Cuts Budget GPU Prices

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2005 - 10:45 AM |
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NVIDIA has just cut their budget GPU prices according to Digitimes today perhaps an indication of their upcoming new GPU launch this month.  Hopefully we'll see the same kind of price reductions on the 6800 series of cards soon too.

Nvidia recently lowered the price of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache by US$15, according to sources at Taiwan graphics-card makers.

Source: Digitimes

Extreme GPU Chillin' & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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Battlefield 2 is just around the corner, and so are summer temperatures.  If you don't want to turn your expensive new PCI-X card into melted slag at the bottom of your case, and are unwilling to back off even a little on the overclock that was stable in the middle of February, then has SystemCooling got a review for you!  The ThermalRight V1.  With 2 fans on this heatsink, you will get temps that are comparable to a watercooled card.  Only two caveats, one being that 6800 users may find the HS doe