Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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For those of you looking for an Nforce 4 board, you might want to check out the review of the Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE over at MBreview.

 "Overall, we were pleased with the BIOS that Chaintech has chosen to utilize with the VNF4 Zenith VE. Given that the board really isn't geared towards the high-end crowd, I was slightly surprised to see the voltage adjustment capabilities that we found.

Source: MBreview

Intel Releases 820 and 670 Processors

Subject: Editorial | May 26, 2005 - 04:06 PM |
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Today Intel officially released the Intel 820 processor which is a dual core Smithfield CPU running at 2.8 GHz.  It has 2 x 1 MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz FSB.  Performance on it so far looks to be right where we expect it to be: low on single threaded apps, acceptable on multi threaded apps, and really good for multitasking machines as well.  I currently have mine in our 945G reference board for testing, hopefully it will be done in time that I can write the review on the flight to Computex.


The other CPU released was the Intel 670 processor that runs at 3.8 GHz on a P

Intel 820 and 670 Processor Reviews

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2005 - 12:09 PM |
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There are only a handful of the Intel 820 (2.8 GHz dual core) and 670 (3.8 GHz single core) reviews on the web this morning.  I am still in the middle of benchmarking my set of CPUs, I should have an article up during Computex next week.


Source: General

Intel Chipset Shortage Remains

Subject: Chipsets | May 26, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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In other chipset news, it looks that even though Intel is saying no chipset shortage exists, the motherboard vendors in Taiwan have very different opinons

Intel recently stated that the tight supply has improved, as the company is able to meet both shipment and lead-time goals for most motherboard makers.

Source: Digitimes

ATI's MVP "CrossFire" Will Boost ATI Chipset Sales

Subject: Chipsets | May 26, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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File this one under, duh.  Digitimes is reporting that when ATI launches their upcoming multi-VPU technology at Computex, the demand for their chipsets that support this technology will increase dramatically.

ATI Technologies, which reportedly is set to roll out its long-anticipated multi-VPU 'Crossfire' technology at the upcoming Computex Taipei, may see a boost in its chipset shipments as well, local motherboard makers predict.


The new multi-VPU Crossfire will be a comparable technol

Source: Digitimes

IPod Plug-In Sets Music Free

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2005 - 10:00 AM |
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Good news for IPod owners today, Wired News reports of a new plugin that allows IPod users to bypass ITunes and manage their music collection with Winamp instead.

The plug-in, called ml_iPod, allows iPod users to bypass iTunes and manage music collections in Winamp instead. The iPod is supposed to work with iTunes only. A new version of the software was released Monday.

Source: Wired News

Foxconn Roadmaps Leak Upcoming Chipset Info

Subject: Chipsets | May 25, 2005 - 09:55 AM |
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I found these roadmaps in my inbox this morning that appear to have come from a Foxconn presentation of some kind. 



First up is the Intel roadmap; we can see that the NVIDIA chipsets are in red, the Intel chipsets in blue and the SiS chipsets are in green.  NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI is shown here as the Q2 2005 product and if you look to Q4 of 2005, you'll see another product called C60G and C60D.  These are very likely the upcoming integrated g

Corsair Unveils New High Speed Additions to its Family of Flash Products

Subject: Memory | May 25, 2005 - 09:52 AM |
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Corsair unveiled today, new high speed additions to its award winning family of flash products.

Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today is pleased to announce expansion of its popular flash memory products. Adopting the industry's popular speed designation, the new Corsair Secure Digital (SD) and type I Compact Flash (CF) media are now rated at blazing fast 60X (9 MB/sec) or 80X (12MB/sec).

Alcatel And Intel Collaborate On AdvancedTCA® Platforms

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2005 - 06:08 AM |
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PARIS and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 24, 2005 — Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement to improve time to market of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture® (or AdvancedTCA) platforms for mobile service providers. Both companies will further work together on the design and development of AdvancedTCA subsystem building blocks to increase standardization and component interoperability across the mobile telecommunications industry.

AMD Releases "Pacifica" Specification For AMD64 Technology

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2005 - 06:06 AM |
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NEW YORK -- May 25, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the general availability of the full specification of its virtualization technology, 'Pacifica,' at the LinuxWorld Summit. 'Pacifica' is designed to enhance 64-bit client and server virtualization technologies for x86-based servers, workstations, desktops and mobile computers.

Source: AMD

Cornucopia of Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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NZXT's Trinity is a nice open case, that can be set up to be very breezy.  Head on over to ExtremeMhz and read the full review.  Then keep looking down, there are over a dozen reviews, and one of them might just be the case you're looking for.

'When it comes to gaming cases, NZXT has quickly taken the interest of many in the gaming community thanks to their highly unique product line. Their cases certainly do stand out from a majority.

Source: ExtremeMhz

AGIEA PhysX Article Online

Subject: Editorial | May 24, 2005 - 10:10 AM |
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I have just let loose the AGEIA PhysX preview article I was alluding to yesterday.  I think you'll find this article to be among the better out there on the subject as we take a much deeper look into what work AGEIA has to do before this idea can take off, and unfortunately for them, its a lot of work.  With a long development cycle on PC games getting only longer, the amount of time that will pass before we see anything substantial making use of this suprisingly expensive

AGEIA PhysX Processing Unit Preview

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 10:09 AM |
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PC Perspective takes a look at the upcoming release of the AGEIA PhysX physics processor add-in card. With claims of revolutionizing the way games are played, AGEIA has set a high bar they need to reach. In this preview we look at the hardware specifications as they are known today as well as what kind of work AGEIA has gone through thus far to get their software implemented in game engines.

A Bunch of ATI GPU Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 10:02 AM |
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I got a few video card reviews in my mail box this morning, and here they are in no particular order:



  • Digit Life looks at the MSI based X800 XL PCI Express graphics card

  • The guys at HotHardware are reviewing the Asus X800 XL card, also in PCI Express form

  • As if it isn't enough X800 XL to go around, HardCoreWare has a look-see at the Gigabyte X8
Source: General

Integrated Graphics: Xpress 200 vs GMA 950

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 09:56 AM |
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If for some reason you are interested in comparing the performance of integrated graphics solutions of ATI and Intel, now is your chance.  Anandtech has the feature!  ;)


These numbers serve to show that spending 50 to 75 USD on an add-in card can actually make the difference between a good gaming experience and a mediocre one.
Source: AnandTech

Gigabyte K8N-SLI AMD Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:54 AM |
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The gang at Sudhian has reviewed the Gigabyte nForce4 SLI AMD chipset motherboard and seemed to be pretty impressed.  You can see my review of a similar Gigabyte SLI board with more features here

It might sound odd coming from a reviewer, but I'd like to give this board a better score.  I like the feature set, I like the price, and I like how Gigabyte is obviously t

Source: Sudhian

Overclocking the Venice Core

Subject: Processors | May 24, 2005 - 09:52 AM |
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Overclockers is claiming that the initial round of Venice overclocking results may have put too good of a picture on the Venice core.  The results in our processor and overclocking forums seem to be pretty close what I saw initially though.

One characteristic of these chips is that they'll often do fine with default voltage or a smidgen above up to 2.5

Asus Breaks Ground on Another China Plant

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:49 AM |
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It looks like Asus is readying to see motherboard productions go even higher. 

Asustek Computer yesterday broke ground for its new manufacturing site in Nanhui, Shanghai, with the plant set to be ready for volume production in the middle of 2006, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Source: Digitimes

Kingston Auctions Rare Memory for Charity

Subject: Memory | May 24, 2005 - 09:48 AM |
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Kingston is taking out some rare Winbond B memory modules that run at super speeds (enthusiasts know what these are) and auctioning them off.  Not to get the most they can for them, but to help out a charity organization.  Stop by and see if you this memory might be worth it to you!


Here is your chance to get your hands on discontinued Kingston HyperX DDR400 KHX3200 modules while helping those in need.

Pat Gelsinger To Head Digital Enterprise Group

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2005 - 09:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 23, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced that Abhi Talwalkar, co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, is leaving Intel to pursue another opportunity. Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger, who was appointed co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group when it was formed in January, will assume sole responsibility for the group.