Some Random Updates

Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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First, it looks like I will be getting an Athlon 64 X2 processor to review, just not from AMD.  I've had to go to various other sources to get the hardware I need for testing, and under the cover of secrecy to do so, but my readers will soon get to see what I make of AMD lastest processor announcement. 


Also, you may have noticed my review of the first retail nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard, the Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe.  As far as I know its the first review of the board on the web, and it liv

Xbox 360 Launches

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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Sure, the product won't be available until sometime in November, and yes, the 30 minutes special on MTV last night just sucked, but there is still a lot of good information circulating on the new Xbox console this morning. 


My personal favorite so far is this article titled Xbox 360 Dissected that attempts to look at the Xbox from a hardware perspective.  They go into some rumor mill detail on the processor and GPU (from ATI) and go over some of the new features and technology used in it.&

Liquid Cooling Oddity & no more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 13, 2005 - 11:35 AM |
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Sorry, I got nothing in the way of watercooling or phase change reviews today.  However, if you will bear with me for a minute, I'd like to show you one of the oddest liquid cooling methods I have ever seen.  I can't postively say that this works, but I think you all should see it ...


 

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Source: boingboing

NVIDIA G70 To Show at Computex

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2005 - 07:19 AM |
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It looks like NVIDIA will be showing off their next GPU technology at Computex this June.  According to this report, it should be twice as fast as the 6800 series of GPUs and will be made on the 0.11 micron process.  Apparently, the R520 from ATI will be on the .09 micron process.

Since the G70 is currently under non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Nvidia, motherboard makers declined to provide more details about the product.

Source: Digitimes

Blowin air for CPU's and GPU's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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Fan controllers, multifunction panels, and air cooling for your CPU and GPU, it's all here.  First, start off at 3DVelocity, and see a fight between a Turbine and a Kamaboko.  Neither will take the air-cooling performance crown, but they are ceratinly interesting to look at.  Also check out the various flavours of panels, and the 3 GPU cooler reviews at the bottom.

"I'm not quite sure if the recent surge in CPU coolers is due to some kind of upsurge in air cooling or if it's just one of those unexplainable coincidences that we have to put down to some strange, latent

Source: 3DVelocity

DDR2 Will be 50% of DRAM Output

Subject: Memory | May 11, 2005 - 11:04 AM |
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For those of you that might have questioned AMD's move to DDR2 for their next processor, you should know that current reports are showing DDR2 to account for half of all DRAM in production by the end of this year.  So we should see DDR and DDR2 memory prices close to equalized or maybe even see DDR2 cheaper by Christmas time.

Samsung Electronics, Elpida and Infineon Technologies saw their DDR2 output account for over 30% of their total DRAM ou

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA to Release 128 MB TurboCache in Q3?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2005 - 11:01 AM |
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Currently, NVIDIA only has 16, 32 and 64MB TurboCache products on the market while ATI has a 32 and a 128MB configuration in their HyperMemory products.  You can see my recent review of them here.  Well it looks like this summer NVIDIA might be launching a 128MB version of their TC product.


Nvidia plans to introduce a new version of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache that includes 128MB of on-board memory for the mainstrea

Source: Digitimes

Abit Launches Fatal1ty X800 XL 512 MB and SLI Boards

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2005 - 11:33 AM |
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Abit announced late last night that they were releasing a Fatal1ty branded X800 XL 512 MB video card that features vGuru options.  For those unfamiliar, vGuru is much like uGuru, only for video cards instead of motherboards, and allows users to overclock their video cards much more easily. 


Also announced last night, were two Abit motherboards supporting SLI technology.  The AN8 SLI uses the nForce4 SLI AMD Edition chipset and the NI8 SLI uses the

NVIDIA Preps C51 Chipset for K8 with Integrated GPU

Subject: Chipsets | May 10, 2005 - 10:29 AM |
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Digitimes is reporting that NVIDIA is readying its C51 chipset to enter the mainstream segment of the K8 market, both S939 and S754.  Apparently there are going to be two versions of the chip that will have two different graphics cores.  The report also says that NVIDIA may be lowering prices on their SLI chipsets.  If the prices Digitimes claims ATI is going to release their chips for are true, NVIDIA may be in a lot of trouble!

In addition, Nvidia plans to reduce the prices on its current l

Source: Digitimes

Anandtech Analyzes new Far Cry 64-bit Patches

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:24 AM |
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Anandtech has beat me to the punch by writing up a bit on the newly released Far Cry 64-bit patch.  They did see a few FPS performance increase, as well as detailed textures and a further draw distance.  But the conclusion Anand leaves you with is the exact one I left you with on our Shadow Ops article.  The difference being this time the AMD team didn't make claims they couldn't back up.

AMD's goals are quite admirable, but the fact of the matte

Source: AnandTech

AMD and Crytek Release 64-bit Version of Far Cry

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:09 AM |
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I just got a press release in my email box about AMD releasing an upgrade to Far Cry that enables 64-bit support.  Even though we have seen these claims with a previous software title, this time around the marketing team seems to have gotten things right, by not trying to scam any consumers.  The example screenshots they have look like reasonable upgrades and I am currently downloading the files to test for the changes

AMD Uses The Force At The Intergalactic Premiere Of 'Star Wars: Episode III Revenge Of The Sith'

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2005 - 06:12 AM |
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LONDON, ENGLAND -- May 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that in addition to being the computer processing force behind the making of Star Wars: Episode III, it is also the technology sponsor of the Star Wars: Episode III 'Celebration Day' event taking place Monday, May 16 in London's Leicester Square.

Source: AMD

AMD Athlon X2 Previews

Subject: Processors | May 9, 2005 - 02:17 PM |
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A number of previews have finally surfaced about the long awaited AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor. How does it compare to Intels dual core chip?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cases, Cool Stuff & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Start off with this review of the Antec TX1088AMG at Overclockers Online.  At 35lbs, it's a cooling heavyweight, with 1 120mm fan and 2 80mm's, plus an optional 92mm CPU duct.  If a new case isn't on your list, how about some greating modding stuff, or a nice multi-function panel?

"As you can see, there was a dramatic drop in temperatures when I shifted cases. Over 10 degrees Celsius in the load temperatures!

AMD X2 Review??

Subject: Editorial | May 9, 2005 - 10:51 AM |
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Today you may have noticed some AMD Athlon 64 X2 reviews on the web, like this one here at HardOCP.  You may also have noticed while looking at the front page of PC Perspective, that we do NOT have a review/preview online.  Not only do I not have a review online, but I also never got any processors from AMD.  AMD seems to have turned their backs on me and PC Perspective and my readers.  The reasoning for this is still up in the air, but running AMDMB.COM and AMDFORUMS.COM for o

A new forum at PC Perspective!

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2005 - 05:12 PM |
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We have a new forum we just went live with today. It's called Spyware, Trojans, and Viruses. This forum is meant to bring you the latest in how to rid your system (as well as it protect it from) all the nasty spyware and other junk running rampant on the WWW. We have assembled a team of mods who really know their stuff and will be able to help you with almost any issue.

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Coming Soon - Liquid Metal Cooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 6, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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It's been a while since we've seen a unique new cooling liquid, for watercooling setups.  Non-conductive and UV-reactive fluids are great, but they don't offer that much performance benefit over plain old distilled water.  Well, a company called NanoCoolers might just change all that, look at the

Source: techPowerUp!

Another Day, Another Article

Subject: Editorial | May 6, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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Well, that's not exactly true, else I'd have a whole lot more content up on the site!  My Budget GPU Comparison article is online and I compare NVIDIA's 6200 TurboCache cards against ATI's X300 SE HyperMemory card.  In the end, the real winner is going be the GeForce 6600 and ATI X700 cards -- I just can't recommend the ultra-budget cards to anyone that is actually going to be playing games on their system. 


I will have my Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe motherboard review up either Monday or Tuesday o

nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Not Living Up to Claims?

Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2005 - 11:14 AM |
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The Inquirer seems to have reason to believe that the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition is living up to claims NVIDIA made for it and increased gaming performance.  They are also asking for retail motherboard reviews, which I will have one here for you on Monday or Tuesday.  I am going to have to disagree with their statements though, as our game testing on NVIDIA's SLI technology on the Intel platform did in fact show some reasonable performance gains.&nb

Source: The Inquirer

Tier 1 Motherboard Vendors Readying for ATI MVP

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:10 AM |
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It looks like Gigabyte, Asus and MSI are all gearing up for ATI's upcoming multi-GPU technology by preparing motherboards based on ATI's chipset.  The interesting part is that ATI will have a chipset for BOTH AMD and Intel platforms, so who will go with what is still a mystery. 

Tier two motherboard companies are still considering and evaluating these chipsets but most of the companies don't want to start a conflict with Nvidia, as Nvidia might give them hard time if they start using ATI chipsets all of a sudden.

Source: The Inquirer