Intel Developer Forum Spring 2005 - Early Notes

Subject: Shows and Expos | February 28, 2005 - 05:47 PM |
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I just got back from registering for this springs Intel Developer Forum and as usual they handed out a bag with some information in it for the press.  After the short walk back to the hotel, I found two items of interest to me in the pack, which usually doesn't happen.


First up, Microsoft and Intel were partnering to hand out copies of the evaluation version of "Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition:"



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ATI Announces X800 XL and X850 XT in AGP Form

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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This is quite a surprise announcement from ATI this morning -- they are now announcing that they have AGP parts based on the X800 XL and X800 XT GPUs.  These cards use an ATI bridge chip that converts the PCIe bus to the AGP bus.  Here's some more information in the official PR:


ATI Extends its Line of High-End Graphics Cards


RADEON® X800 XL and RADEON® X850 XT now available for AGP customers


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February 28, 2005

The Ultimate Graphics Card Kit?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2005 - 02:24 PM |
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If this new kit from Gainward isn't the ultimate graphics card upgrade kit, it has to be pretty damn close. The thought of two watercooled GeForce 6800 Ultras with 512MB of memory (each) in SLI should be enough to put a smile on any gamer's face. Can you image the benchmark scores from this SLI kit with 1GB of total VGA memory?


Source: X-Bit Labs

512MB NVIDIA Layout Changes?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2005 - 02:17 PM |
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A few images on an engineering sample 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra have been floating around online today. Although the additional 256MB is an obvious benefit, there are some rather drastic layout changes to the board which should certainly raise an eyebrow. Taking a glimpse at the image below, you'll see that the memory is not cooled in any way here and that the traditional passive heatsink assembly seen on 6800 Ultras will not fit.

Source: General

AMD Announces Specification For Open Platform Management Architecture

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 28, 2005 --AMD (AMD: NYSE) today announced the release of the Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA) specification that defines a common hardware interface between the server platform and its server management subsystem. This specification will provide hardware vendors with a more flexible approach to system management when designing their commercial grade server products.

Source: AMD

A case with some new tricks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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Check out the Thermaltake Armor Case at Overclocker Cafe.  It incorporates so many different features into a unique looking case,  you may toss out your old box for the upgrade ... make sure to pull out the motherboard first!

Also, I recieved a sales pitch for wooden cases outta the orient.  It isn't a review, nor have I been able to find them reviewed anywhere.  I know almost nothing about them, and am not backing them in any way, but I thought you all should get a chance

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (a users experience)

Subject: Systems | February 27, 2005 - 09:49 PM |
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A couple of our MSI users have just recently put together new systems based on MSI's new K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard. They decided to do some benchmarks and tests to put together an article to compare their respective systems and to give users an idea of what to expect from some of the newest PC technology available. The article can be found in our MSI forums sticky section.

RAM Mod Review

Subject: Memory | February 27, 2005 - 03:16 AM |
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For those of you who enjoy spicing up your computers, you might want to take a look at this mod for your RAM over at A True Review.


 "A relatively new SoCal company, Razotech, who specializes in high performance PC gaming cases, PC modification accessories, and much more has provided us with an interesting mod. Today, we take a look at their Ram Mod. "

Watercoolin' on a friday morn & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 25, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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Why just get a plain-jane waterblock when you can have one with customizable nozzles.  That's the question Danger Den asked when they made the RBX, and OCMODSHOP got a chance to see how it performs.  If you are leaning more towards picking up a new radiator, keep reading, we got you covered.

"The accelerator nozzles on the RBX are a very interesting concept. They allow the end user to adjust the water flow through the block to best suit the rest of the cooling system.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Announces Intent To Acquire Oplus Technologies, Inc.

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2005 - 08:31 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Oplus Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of video processing products and technologies for digital television and digital displays. The acquisition would provide Intel with access to valuable technology, expertise and products that complement the company's offerings of standards-based silicon and software for the growing consumer electronics market segment.

AMD To Help Make Bono's wish a reality

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2005 - 08:30 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Feb. 25, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it will provide significant support to legendary musician Bono of U2 to make his wish of accelerating Internet connectivity to hundreds of thousands of Africans a reality. Bono's wish to connect every hospital, health clinic and school in Ethiopia to the Internet is one of three wishes granted to him by Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) as part of the 2005 TED Prize.

Source: AMD

512MB Graphcis Card Eye-Candy

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 24, 2005 - 10:28 PM |
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Those with systems that have 512MB of memory or less should avert their eyes as images of ATI's 512MB "proof-of-concept" graphics card have found their way online. Try not to think of the cost and instead focus on the performance boost the extra memory could lend in something like Doom3.

Anand's Take on Mobile 6800 Ultra

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2005 - 10:22 PM |
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The guys at Anandtech also had the opportunity to take the new GeForce Go 6800 Ultra for a spin on Dell's new flagship gaming notebook. Is this latest mobile graphics module truly worthy of the "Ultra" branding? Per usual, there's only one way to find out.

Today, Dell is introducing their Inspirion XPS Gen 2.

Source: AnandTech

New XPS Notebook with 6800 Ultra GPU

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2005 - 07:06 PM |
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I'm not sure how this slipped through the cracks, but Dell has released the second generation of its mobile powerhouse Inspiron XPS notebook. HotHardware has the scoop on this new speed demon, including a detailed look at the rig's NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra graphics module. If you want to see some insane benchmark results from a notebook in all the latest games, head over and take a look.

Source: HotHardware

AMD Continues Multi-Core Momentum...

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 23, 2005 --After garnering rave reviews for its multi-core server and workstation demos at LinuxWorld last week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) gave an encore performance today by demonstrating a dual-core AMD Athlon™ 64 processor, manufactured on 90nm technology. The demonstration took place at the company's Sunnyvale facilities. AMD has now publicly showcased its broad portfolio of multi-core AMD64 technology, ranging from server and workstation to client systems.

Source: AMD

AMD To Present At Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2005 - 06:38 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- February 17, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium at 3:30 p.m. MT (5:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday, February 24, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Intel Desktop Processors Get 64-Bit Support

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:35 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of five new processors for desktop computers that deliver entertainment and IT benefits for consumers and businesses. When coupled with the widely adopted Intel® 925/915 Express chipset family, the processors can help enable improved performance and more rapid response times for computing platforms.

New Embedded Processors To Be Foundation For Devices...

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM |
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EMBEDDED WORLD, NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 22, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced that recently introduced processors and a corresponding chipset are now available for embedded market segments such as communications infrastructure, industrial box and panel PCs and in-car infotainment. Today's announcement demonstrates Intel's commitment to provide modular standards-based building blocks such as embedded processors to a wide variety of industries in addition to providing cost-effective and faster time to market solutions.

Athlon 64 Dual Core to Debut

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 02:31 PM |
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Looks like AMD is showing that they TOO are on the ball for desktop dual-cores very soon.

CHIP FIRM AMD showed off a dual core Athlon 64 chip at its Sunnyvale plant yesterday, as the noise caused by the battle between the two firms, sometimes compared to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, becomes a blinking cacophony and racket.

Intel encouraged its staff at a sales conference last week to go "ga ga" for Smithfield, its desktop bi-cameral microprocessor which it is expected to show off at a Developer Conference in California next week.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI Offers A Sneak Peak at 512 MB Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2005 - 01:46 PM |
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ATI Invites Gamers to Tweak Their PCs With the PROs and Get a Sneak Peek at the World's First 512MB Gaming Card


ATI sponsors the Ultimate LAN at Texas Gaming Festival


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February 23, 2005 Gamers from around the world are invited to join ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) and its marketing partners at the Ultimate LAN, held in association with the Texas Gaming Festival in Dallas, February 25th to 27th.