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Subject: Editorial | December 20, 2004 - 07:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you haven't read my NVIDIA PureVideo article yet, it will probably interest you if you find video image quality important at all. The new driver (publically available soon) will actually enable that video processor that exists in all the 6-series graphics cards from NVIDIA, with the exception of the WMV9 hardware decode that is still broken on the NV40 and NV45 chips.
I was interesting for me to delve into the world of high defintion DVD and all the different standards that are fighting for dominance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2004 - 10:22 AM | Chris Wiles
|Not everyone needs or wants a top of the range graphics card and there are some good mid range alternatives on the market right now. One alternative to consider is one of the Radeon X700 series graphics cards, based on ATI's RV410 GPU. The X700 Pro is a smart looking little card, with a compact dual exhaust cooling solution.|
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2004 - 02:50 AM | Mark McKee
For those of you looking into watercooling, you might want to check out a review of the ThermalTake Aquarrius 3 watercooling kit. You can find it over at PimpedOutCases.net
" The Aquarius III is a unique little unit. The previous Aquarius models
were a series of parts one had to install into their PC case, including a separate water block, reservoir/pump combination, and radiator. They
took quite a time investment to install properly and effectively.
Subject: Memory | December 18, 2004 - 04:16 PM | Chris Wiles
During the last year PQI have begun to make a name for themselves as a manufacturer of high quality memory. They may not be at the top of the tree yet, but they have certainly begun to make a name for themselves within the overclocking community.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 17, 2004 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Aquagate from CoolerMaster that OCTools reviews one of the few watercooling related links I found this week. To fill the rest up you have 2 air coolers and a run of nice looking cases. I'll be back in January, so to all I wish a Merry Christmas & happy New Year, and to the rest, enjoy your Hanukkah,
Kwanzaa, O Shohgatsu, Diwali, Soyal, Tongji or Winter Solstice!
"The Cooler Master Aquagate Liquid Cooling System is
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2004 - 11:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just got this in an email from Gigabyte, and it looks damn cool. We are looking at a dual 6600GT card (that's right, one card) with 256 MB of DDR3 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, running at a memory clock of 600 MHz and a core clock of 500 MHz (each, I assume). I have included the 1 page PDF file as an image they sent out below.
What is still left to be determined is how exactly this is working! My first theory is presume that the card itself is splitting the PCIe bus into two buses, one going to each chip seperately and with a direct connection between
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:28 PM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2004 - Intel Corporation today reached an agreement with HP to hire HP's IntelÂ® ItaniumÂ® processor design team based in Ft. Collins, Colo. The deal strengthens Intel's investment in the Itanium architecture and bolsters the development of multi-core processors. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:26 PM | Joe White
On Jan. 6 at the 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel Corporation CEO Craig Barrett will present the opening keynote, focusing on how digital transformations, both within and outside the home, continue to impact the lives of people around the world. Barrett will outline Intel's continued plan to drive silicon innovations that support the PC and consumer electronics industries as they work together to create new categories of products, technologies and specifications.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:25 PM | Joe White
DALLAS, TX — DECEMBER 13, 2004 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processor, today announced its plans for the CyberathleteÂ® Extreme Winter Championships, a premier competitive gaming competition and gathering place for gamers from around the world.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:23 PM | Joe White
AUSTIN, TX -- December 13, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the AMD Geode™ GX SOM-144 Reference Design Kit (RDK), a low-power, high-performance System-On-Module designed to speed development and functionality of the next generation of industrial computing products, such as embedded controllers, point-of-sale terminals, information appliances and kiosks. The RDK is a small form factor reference design tool that includes both hardware and software specifications.
Subject: Processors | December 16, 2004 - 05:20 PM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CA and EAST FISHKILL, NY -- December 13, 2004 --AMD and IBM today announced that they have developed a new and unique strained silicon transistor technology aimed at improving processor performance and power efficiency. The breakthrough process results in up to a 24 percent transistor speed increase, at the same power levels, compared to similar transistors produced without the technology.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 16, 2004 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AeroCool is offering a snazzy front panel with fan control, LED temperature readout, a Card reader, even SATA connections. Read all about it at Club OC. If a silently cooled video card, or a chillin' hard drive is more your style, read on to see what's new.
"The Cool Panel is a UNIVERSAL controller which means it will work with any computers system out there, as long as the system actually has USB, SATA and so on...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2004 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today bigger is better in the eyes of mainstream air cooled heatsinks. With the heat generated by the Prescott's, and to a lesser degree, the A64 series, I can certainly understand why. Overclockers Austraila looks at 5 of the biggest, baddest coolers out there, so pick which one to put in your stocking.
"OCAU looked at five coolers for P4 CPUs, in the "this is getting silly" size range.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2004 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silverstone is now designing special heatsinks designed to keep the noise down in their new upside down case, and it comes with a windtunnel too. SilentPCReview looks, and listens to see how good this case is.
"The flagship model from Silverstone is a tall mid-tower aluminum-steel hybrid with a host of unique features: Upside down mounting of the motherboard, a "wind tunnel" duct that directs the airflow of two 120mm fans in push-pull mode across the CPU area, separate thermal zones, a hinged front bezel, etc.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2004 - While some time-honored holiday traditions never change, the 2004 holiday season is increasingly going digital with notebooks amongst this season's brightest sellers.
According to consumer retail figures from The NPD Group, notebooks are becoming as popular as TVs. During "Black Friday," the name retailers give for the day after Thanksgiving, consumer notebook sales exceeded the sales of all types of TVs.1 Analyst firm Gartner expects both U.S.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2004 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Danger Den is a very well known watercooling company, and their TDX series shows why. Club Overclocker takes you through the performance of a socket 939 cooler. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, why not build your own heatcore. Enjoy the weekend!
"Some people think that water cooling can be dangerous, hard to put together, and unreliable, but Danger Den has been active in the water cooled PC market for years, and speaking from personal experience I have yet to experience any kin
Fremont, CA, December 8, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced the company's entry into the flash media market with new families of USB 2.0 flash drives and Secure Digital (SD) cards.
Subject: Processors | December 9, 2004 - 07:09 PM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CA -- December 6, 2004 --AMD today announced the editors of Maximum PC magazine have named the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor 'Best CPU' as part of the publication's 'Gear of the Year' awards. Maximum PC recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its unparalleled performance and stellar gaming benchmarks. Currently in its ninth year of existence, Maximum PC's editorial board gives the 'Gear of the Year' awards for products that the magazine has tested and verified as the best of breed for the year.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Oct. 4, 2004 - Addressing a large and fast-growing segment of the storage industry and demand for notebook-class hard drives from independent, high-volume suppliers, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its WD Scorpio™ high-performance, low-power 2.5 inch hard drive for notebooks and other portable digital devices. With its new product, WD is delivering the features and industry-leading specifications that offer the greatest benefits to its customers: high reliability, low power and fast performance.