Intel Pentium XE 840 Review

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 10:28 AM |
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The gang at Tech Report have gotten around to reviewing the Intel Pentium Extreme Ediition 840 processor, the fastest dual core offering from Intel. 

Probably the most direct competitor for the Pentium Extreme Edition 840, in terms of pricing and technology, is AMD's Opteron 175, which is also a dual-core chip and also priced at a princely $999.

Land of the Giant Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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What do Igloos, Typhoons and Beetles all have in common?  They are all huge, and all being reviewed at 3D Velocity, that's what.  Find out whether bigger means better when the temps are rising.

"Prior to recent developments like strained silicon, low-k and reductions in die sizes, temperatures seemed to be spiralling out of control, and the continued use of air as a suitable method for cooling seemed less and less likely with each new processor.

Source: 3DVelocity

Windows x64 Edition Gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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HardOCP has written up an article looking at the current state of gaming on the newly released 64-bit version of Windows XP.  They did find that Splinter Cell refused to play in the new version of Windows...

Number 4 is the key here. The application or game itself be written to take advantage of what your 64-bit CPU has to offer. Without this, there isn't going to be any benefit in game performance on an x64 platform.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

512 MB GPUs are Here

Subject: Editorial | May 4, 2005 - 11:17 AM |
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Well, with the release of the ATI Radeon X800 XL 512 MB card today, a new stage has been set for games and gaming.  I'm not trying to tell you that you need a 512 MB card today, or even next month, as that is obviously not the case.  But, you can be sure that the next-gen graphics cards are going to have 512 MB of frame buffer and maybe, just maybe, by the end of the year you'll actually be using it all!


Also, in case you missed, I finally got that

ATI's Radeon X800 XL 512 MB GPU Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 09:21 AM |
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After you have looked at my review of the Radeon X800 XL 512 MB GPU from ATI, then you should have a look at what these other websits are saying about the latest video card releaes. 


Two More Venice Core Reviews

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2005 - 12:51 PM |
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We have to new articles up on the AMD Athlon 64 Venice core upgrade, that I first took at look at here


HotHardware has reviewed the the Venice 3800+ model processor, but didn't find a lot of overclocking room. 


Lost Circuits takes a much more detailed look at the power consumption of the new core in their review of the 3800+ model


At the same speed, the dual
Source: General

Koolance EXOS-2 Water Cooling Kit Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2005 - 12:42 PM |
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Koolance is back with a brand new top-loading water cooling unit, called the EXOS-2.  It is a replacement for the EXOS-Al, so let's see if they have improved on the technology any.  HardOCP has the review

Speaking of expense, the EXOS-2 is far from inexpensive. In fact, it is downright expensive weighing in at over US$400 after adding a water block (not including shipping and possible sales tax). Then again, the EXOS-2 is built like a brick house with nearly enough cooling for one.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Alienware Star Wars PC Debut

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2005 - 12:37 PM |
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I got this interesting email this morning, from both NVIDIA and Alienware, touting the new Star Wars PC.

The new Alienware Aurora: Star Wars Edition is the first-ever officially licensed Star Wars PC.  This high performance machine is based on NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCPs and offers a GeForce 6600 or two GeForce 6800 Ultra GPUs running in SLI mode.  It is packed with exclusive Star Wars content such as movie soundtracks, wallpapers, and desktop skins.

Forum changes Complete

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2005 - 10:38 PM |
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Looks like the changes we made took far less time than was anticipated. The forums are back and the changes are complete. Please refer to the following forum announcement for details on what has changed.

Scheduled Forum Down Time

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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We are going through yet another set of changes to our forums. We will be creating a new forum that we hope will benefit all. Work has already begun on this new forum and will have tons of useful information so keep an eye out for it!

We will also be moving some forums around and combining others. Another announcement will follow this one when all the changes are done.

In order to do some of the changes we need to do, we will be forced to close the forums down.

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Boxing Boxen & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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The A-Top Technology Gladiator Mid-tower, as reviewed at Xtreme Resources may not be filled with 120mm fans and other power cooling, but it is ceratinly well built.  A-Top gave much more focus to being seen than on being heard.

"A-Top has been one of the long standing leaders in the computer case market by offering innovate new designs or supporting base models for OEMs.

Abit Silent OTES Technology

Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2005 - 11:29 AM |
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Abit is announcing a new technology for their motherboards called Silent OTES that will offer the same cooling benefits that we saw on their previous boards withouth the hassle of additional noise.

April 25, 2005 - ABIT Engineering has done it again; but unlike the high performance coolers like OTES™, OTES AeroFlow™ and Dual OTES™ before it, this one won't be making a sound.

Watercooling your way to a win & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 29, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Now I'm not saying you are guaranteed to win the PCPer/Corsair contest with these watercooling kits, but it certainly can't hurt!  Try Alphacool's new 12V NexXoS, reviewed at MODTHEBOX.  It's good at cooling and powerful, as in 30W of 12V, so make sure your powersupply still has a bit of overhead on it, you don't want that pump shutting down!

"One of the key components included with this kit is the Alphacool NexXxoS XP Water Block which measures approximately 2"x 2" x 0.75".

Source: MODTHEBOX

Heatsink reviews, a contest & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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There's a contest over at 3D Extreme to win Spire's KestralKing, and a review of it as well.   It's a good heatsink if you aren't planning to overclock, but want better performance than the packaged heatsink/fan.  Also included are 3 VGA cooler reviews, including a two-fer from GruntvillE.

"Spire has always made some decent coolers and the KestrelKing VI ranks among their better ones.

Source: 3DXtreme

Are VIA and ULi Going to Adopt SLI?

Subject: Chipsets | April 27, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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According to this article at Digitimes, it looks like both VIA and ULi are going to obtain rights to use dual-graphics technology from both ATI and NVIDIA.  You'll remember that PC Perspective was one of the proponents of the SLI technology from NVIDIA being available to other chipset vendors, but at the time, NVIDIA claimed it was all a quality control issue.  Perhaps this shows that it was really a money issue after all?

Taiwan-based chipset makers including VIA Technologies and ULi expect to obt

Source: Digitimes

Venice Core Processors in stock at Newegg

Subject: Processors | April 27, 2005 - 10:53 AM |
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I was looking through our forums this morning and saw a link to a Venice core Athlon 64 3500+ processor, priced at $272 as of this posting.  Get 'em while they're hot!

Specifications
Model Brand AMD
Series Athlon 64
Model ADA3500DAA4BP
CPU Socket Type Socket 939
Tech Spec Core Venice
Name Athlon 64 3500+
Operating Frequency 2.2GHz
FSB 1GHz
L1 Cache 64KB+64KB
L2 Cac

ECS Announces Boards based on ATI's XPRESS 200 Chipsets

Subject: Motherboards | April 27, 2005 - 10:48 AM |
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ECS sent over an email with some news that they are releasing boards based on both the RS400 and the RS480 chipsets, so they will have boards for both Intel and AMD platform with ATI chipsets.  Is this preliminary for having ATI Multi VPU support?

Fremont, CaliforniaSource: PC Perspective

Xbox 360 is Backwards Compatible

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2005 - 10:45 AM |
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It looks like the new Xbox 360 will be able to play the last generations Xbox games, a trend started by the PS2 console.  I can't imagine how this would be really difficult though as the Xbox consoles are so close to a PC in their technology.

Xbox Live is an online gaming service that works across both the current Xbox system and the future Xbox 2. You will be able to play online and compete against others across both consoles.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's Multi VPU Technology to Work on Intel Chipsets

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2005 - 10:43 AM |
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At least, that is what the Inquirer is saying

We saw some Intel 955 motherboards with two PCIe graphics slots and when we asked around it turns out that you will be able to use ATI's cards in those boards. That is, when ATI officially reveals its marchitecture.

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective and Corsair Memory Overclocking Contest

Subject: Memory | April 26, 2005 - 03:03 PM |
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Today PC Perspective is proud to announce that Corsair Memory has agreed to sponsor our first Overclocking Contest in the PC Perspective forums.  You can win some great prizes including 1 GB Corsair memory kits as well as Corsair COOL water cooling setups.  All you have to do to enter is overclock your memory bus and post it in the thread!  All the details can be found in the contest thread here.

DDR Competition Prizes

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