A long month

Subject: Editorial | February 18, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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If you have been following the site at all this year, you'll have noticed that since the last day in January, my name has not been attached to any articles. My sincere thanks go to Jon and Lee for keeping some fresh content on PC Perspective. Of course, this is not to say I haven't been working at all in these past two weeks, just that it isn't "overt" work that I am doing. The grunt work that needs doing is getting done, and thanks to Joe, very soon we should have that new design I promised a couple months back. I am really looking forward to it.

ATI rolls out new notebook chipset

Subject: Mobile | February 17, 2005 - 04:49 PM |
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Graphics chip maker ATI on Thursday rolled out a new chipset for notebook PCs with Advanced Micro Devices' processors.

Keeping your CPU & GPU chillin & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Heatpipes are already popular quiet cooling solutions, but built in case ducting is only now hitting the mainstream.  The Thermaltake Silent 775 takes advantage of both ideas, but puts the ducting directly onto the heatsink, so the fan's efforts are funneled right to where it matters, and for ~43 CFM at 21dBa, reading the full review at Techtastic is worth it. 


If your CPU is already swinging in the breeze, make sure your graphics card doesn't get jealous, below are 4 reviews it doesn't want you to miss.
Source: Techtastic

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Review

Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2005 - 12:14 AM |
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Hexus.net has a review of the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI that can be found here.

"The GA-K8NXP-SLI oozes of being an enthusiast's motherboard, and it shows throughout, from the thoughtful packaging which doubles
as a test bed for the board through to the comprehensive set of overclocking features available in the BIOS. Performance is also
generally on a par with other nForce4 boards we've seen, and the whole system was rock-solid stable throughout.

Source: Hexus

A Nonchalant Box & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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Much like children in a previous age, many people want their PC to be seen, but not heard.  Arctic Cooling has released a new case, called the Silentium T2, which follows that belief.  A True Review sees just how cool and quiet this case is.

"There are many factors to consider when building a computer system; things like power, price, and looks are among the most prominent factors. Another important factor, though not everyone may have in mind but can all appreciate, is noise.

SingTel Expan Deploys The AMD Opteron(TM) Processor For Data Center Management

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:35 AM |
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SINGAPORE -- February 3, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Singapore Telecommunications Limited ('SingTel'), one of Asia's leading communications companies, has deployed HP ProLiant DL145 servers powered by the AMD Opteron™ processor for the company's Singapore EXPAN Data Centers, which provide managed hosting services for customers across the Asia Pacific region.EXPAN is a pan-Asian chain of data network centers built on SingTel's own network infrastructure, providing a world-class, robust and secure hosting environment for customers.

Source: AMD

AMD And Microsoft Partner To Move Enterprise Customers To 64-Bit Computing

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:33 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 3, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will partner with Microsoft to bring the first x86-based 64-bit servers to Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC) worldwide. Microsoft plans to deploy and use enterprise-class HP ProLiant DL145 and DL585 servers powered by the AMD Opteron™ processor at MTC locations in North America, Europe and Asia. These systems will enable MTC customers to migrate, test and validate 64-bit applications while preserving their investment in 32-bit applications.

Source: AMD

AMD Appoints Morton L. Topfer To Board Of Directors

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA. -- February 7, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the appointment of Morton L. Topfer, formerly executive vice president of Motorola and vice chairman of Dell Computers, to its board of directors. Topfer, 68, was elected at AMD's most recent board of director's meeting.

Source: AMD

AMD Announces ASI Corp. As AMD Processor Distributor In North America

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- February 8, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today a distribution agreement with ASI Corp., a leading distributor of computer components and peripheral products in North America, to deliver the full range of AMD processors for desktop, mobile, server and workstation computing. With this agreement, AMD is building on its success in the channel serving partners and customers throughout North America.

Source: AMD

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 3, 2005 — The Intel Corporation board of directors has declared a $0.08 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on March 1, 2005 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2005.

Bank Negara Indonesia Adopts More Than 10,000 Intel-Based PCs

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:26 AM |
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 7, 2005 — To deliver better customer service across its 800 branches nationwide and offer new integrated banking services in future, Indonesia's oldest state-owned bank, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), is upgrading its computing infrastructure with more than 10,000 Intel-based PCs. More than 12,000 employees will use the new high-performance Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® 915G chipset-based PCs to serve tens of thousand of customers each day.

Intel and QinetiQ Collaborate On Transistor Research

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:24 AM |
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The results of a two-year joint research programme by Intel Corporation and QinetiQ into new transistor technology that could become a promising candidate for making microprocessors in the middle of the next decade was made public today. Transistors are the tiny switches in microprocessors that process the ones and zeros of the digital world.

Hybrid Watercooling Based Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 11, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Systemcooling reviews the Koolance PC3-725BK.  This isn't your everyday water cooling kit, this is a case designed with watercooling as it's raison d'etre.  Tubing, coolant and splitters are included, as well as several smaller accesories, but no waterblocks, you can choose your own favorites.  The cooling system integrated into the case is rated to dissipate 700W of heat, so there is some serious cooling.  If the step to phase change cooling isn't in your plans for the weekend, maybe

Introducing the IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell Processor — Part I: the SIMD processing units

Subject: Processors | February 9, 2005 - 05:38 PM |
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Another article from Hannibal at Ars Techinca, this time covering the up and coming Cell proccesor.  If you are curious just what this chip is all about, then get a fresh cup of coffee and dig in!

"The Cell proccesor consists of a general-purpose POWERPC processor core connected to eight special-purpose DSP cores.

Source: Ars Technica

The Cure for a Hot, Hot, Hot CPU & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews a heatsink that comes in 3 flavours (sockets- 939/754, 478 & 775) only weighs 460g, has several heatpipes and a unique fan.  It is fairly tall, so putting it into a smaller case may not work, but it is less likely to block RAM slots that are close to the CPU, or make you gently bend capacitors out of it's way.

"The Scythe Freezer 64 does a great job at cooling, and the only negative is also a plus for it.

Source: Big Bruin

Intel Announces Dual-Core Production Has Begun

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2005 - 01:00 PM |
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It looks like Intel may yet get the first foot hold in the dual-core arena against AMD -- today they announced they have started production on a dual-core processor.  They also announced that they will have two dual-core processors available in the 2Q of this year: one a "Smithfield" and the other based on the "Extreme Edition" technology.  The EE dual-core CPU will also have HyperThreading for a total of four concurrent threads being able to run on the system!


You can catch the official PR release

Cases full of fresh air & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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In the search for a quiet PC, many companies are taking their own proprietary methods and improving them.  Such is the case with Arctic Cooling's Silentium T2.  A very wide PSU, with large fans, an upside down case and a unique airflow design make this case worth checking out.  Silent PC Review has some new tools to display the sound coming from a PC, and they pull out all the stops for today's review.

"The masters of clever, co

Watercooling made even easier & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 4, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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Is it easier to install a 2 pound chunk of aircooled copper, without crushing your core, or setting up watercooling without frying your mobo, or yourself?  Well, your answer may change after you read this review from The Guru of 3D.  If you are already a watercooling maniac, read further down, see if you need to pump yourself up.

"The fun thing about it is that within the hour you have everything up and running without drilling, modding, cutting and stabbing yourse

Source: Guru of 3D

Corsair ships XPERT modules

Subject: Memory | February 2, 2005 - 10:52 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 1, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, again raises the bar on enthusiast memory, with an intelligent memory module that monitors and displays critical performance parameters.

Inside AMD's Hammer: the 64-bit architecture behind the Opteron and Athlon 64

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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A good technical article posted at Ars Technica, on the inner workings of AMD's 64bit architecture, and how it works.  It describes the differences between x86's 64 bit Hammer and it's K-7 predecessors as well as the PowerPC 601.

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n my previous work, I've looked in some detail at the x86-64 instruction set, but I've never talked about the microarchitecture of processors that implement it.

Source: Ars Technica