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Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 09:52 AM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 mainsâ€¦ so no need for a dimmer switch in the lounge anymore!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2005 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2005 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rojakpot examines why exactly the ASUS P5AD2 Premium, based on the old i925X chipset, constantly out performs the A
BIT AW8-MAX, based on the new i955X chipset.
"It's no secret that ASUS motherboards perform very well. But what's their secret to success? Great engineering? Or something more than that?
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
This article at The Inquirer points to an interview with Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, David Kirk, saying that because game developers will no be spending more time working on utilizing the multiple cores of the CPU, improvements in graphics and the utilization of the GPU will slow down. Interestingly, this is a very similar statement to what we heard echoed by John Carmack at his recent keynote at this year's Quakecon event. Citing the use of multiple cores in the consoles a
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Anandtech has spilled the beans on the upcoming release of ATI's next generation GPU series, the R5xx. Unfortunately, with the dates they have listed at least, things still aren't looking up quite yet.
You'll first notice that ATI is releasing their cards slightly out of order this time around. ATI's approach may be to corner off NVIDIA before a next generation replacement for the 6200 series shows up.
Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors.
With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX sent over word that they have increased the warranty coverage of their video cards; new AND old! This warranty is retro-active and is good on all GeForce 6 and 7 series cards.
Here's the deal: We will repair and service your 6-Series or 7-Series Graphics Card for as long as you own it. All you have to do is register the card with us online. And, should you sell or transfer the card, we'll honor the warranty for the card's second owner, too, as long as they register it with us online.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
That being said, here is what we recommend. If you still don't have Battlefield 2 and want to get a good 7800 GTX with BF2 bundle, then definitely go with the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked (with BF2 bundle), which is available for about $550 right now.
Subject: Chipsets | August 17, 2005 - 04:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
VIA has announced the first chipset for the new mobile VIA C7-M processor.
VIA today announced the VIA VN800, the first chipset solution for the VIA C7-M™ processor with DDR2 memory support for fast and efficient system memory access and hardware MPEG-2 decoding for flawless DVD playback.
Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2005 - 04:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
The company will sell a high-end Xbox 360 model that will come with a standard 20-gigabyte hard disk drive for $399.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Weighing in at only 334 grams, and
around 7.5 - 8 cm a side, the Nexus AXP-3200 is tiny compared to most heatsinks available today. MODTHEBOX has a full review of this low noise CPU cooler, see how it performed in their tests.
"The AXP-3200 introduces Nexus's new SkiveTekÂ® technology which involves the process of shaping materials to produce high fin density thermal solutions. The AXP-3200 includes patented V-shaped fins which optimize the airflow and prevent air obstruction.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalrock has released the Eclipse chassis, and Phoronix has a good look at it. Along with some interesting additions, this case has the tool-less assembly and 120mm fans that are almost standard in PC Cases this year.
"ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, has diverted away from the design of traditional ATX cases in favor of offering a new level of innovation with such things as CD storage on the front bezel.
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