Temps are risin! Break out the Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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Grace at Xtreme Resouces took a Prescott and Revoltec's Liquid-Icer Rev. 2, to see what she could do with it.  Well, the short answer is this!

New Look, New Features at Newegg

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2005 - 12:40 PM |
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Newegg.com has today launched a completely new design on their website.  They put in a lot of work setting up the website to make shopping easier and faster, so head on over and see what's changed at one of PC Perspective's longest sponsors

ATI Leverages Dual Core Opterons for their Server-based Products

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2005 - 11:27 AM |
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Read the full release on ATI.com.


ATI Leverages Breakthrough AMD 64 Dual-Core Technology to Drive Graphics Industry Forward


MARKHAM, ON

April 21, 2005 To mark the 2nd anniversary of the AMD Opteron™ processor platform, ATI Technologies Inc., (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) affirms its ongoing support of AMD's (NYSE : AMD) industry-leading initiatives

Info on the Athlon 64 X2 Parts

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:31 AM |
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It looks like AMD is planning on having 4 models of the Athlon 64 X2 when it is available, from the 4200+ to the 4800+.

The more interesting introductions are the dual Athlon 64s. There are four models: The 4200+, 4400+, 4600+ and, wait for it, the 4800+. These are 2.2GHz frequency processors with 2x512K cache for $537, and the same with 2x1MB for $581. A 2.4GHz CPU with 2x512 cache will set you back $803, and $1001 for 2x1MB. Is the $1001 just a random number, or is AMD playing numerical games? I vote games.

Source: The Inquirer

Dual Core Opteron and Athlon 64 X2 Tested

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:23 AM |
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While the title may be a bit misleading, Anandtech did not get any true Athlon 64 X2 parts to review, instead they used their Opteron 875 processor to simulate an Athlon 64 X2 4400+. 


The final problem we had was that there were significant issues with regards to memory compatibility and performance on this Tyan board with the dual core BIOS.

Source: AnandTech

Tech Report Evaluates Dual Core Opteron

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:18 AM |
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You really should go read this article, Scott over at Tech Report has a done a great job on evaluating the performance of the new dual core Opteron processors against singel core Opterons, dual and single core Pentiums, Xeon and more. 

AMD's dual-core Opteron processors are extremely well executed on all fronts, based on what we've seen. AMD's dual-core design has a technical elegance that Intel's can't match, and that design brings superior performance.

VIA Announces Chipset Support for Dual Core AMD CPUs

Subject: Chipsets | April 21, 2005 - 10:14 AM |
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VIA is touting their complete support for dual core AMD processors with their K8 line up of chipsets, even though the Opteron was solely launched so far today.


VIA Announces Chipset Support for AMD Dual-Core Technology


Offering comprehensive support for AMD's latest Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors, VIA K8 Series chipsets ensure full compatibility with next generation processing solutions


Taipei, Taiwan, April 21 2005, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a l

Sun, HP and IBM Showcase dual-core Systems

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:12 AM |
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Again, the full release is here on the AMD.com website.

Key OEM Customers Announce Support For Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors

— Sun, HP and IBM showcase dual-core platforms based on dual-core AMD64 processors; Leading server solutions providers to begin offering AMD Opteron processor-based systems —

NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --In support of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, the industry'

AMD Announces Dual Core Opteron Processor Line

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:11 AM |
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You can read the full press release here.

AMD Announces World's First 64-Bit, x86 Multi-Core Processors For Servers And Workstations At Second-Anniversary Celebration Of AMD Opteron™ Processor

— AMD launches Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors for server and workstations and unveils AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for consumers and business users —

NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --Charting

First Dual Core Article Online

Subject: Editorial | April 20, 2005 - 05:05 PM |
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After a couple of late nights of work, and an early start this morning, I finally have published the review of the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor.  It was a lot of work, and the most of it was involved with coming up with the new testing style to at least TRY and take advantage and properly test dual cores.  After all, I for one know that my normal computer usage patterns do not amount to running a single application at any given time, be that MP3 encoding, web browsing or anything else.  There are always num

Athlon 64 X2 To Launch Tomorrow as well?

Subject: Processors | April 20, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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Is this true?  I don't know yet, but if it is, it will probably be only a paper launch on desktop parts until closer to June.  But hey, at least you can see a potential X2 logo!

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA SLI Ships 750,000 Units

Subject: Chipsets | April 20, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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NVIDIA is touting the success of their SLI technology today, boasting sales of 750,000 so far as well as the new SLIzone website

SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 20, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that it has shipped more than 750,000 NVIDIA nForce™4 SLI media and communication processors (MCPs) for the AMD64 market in the past five months.


Additionally, NVIDIA has started shipping its newly-announced NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCPs desi

Air Cooling Bonanza & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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Today I've got a mixed bag to share with you.  First up is air cooled heatsinks, like the Thermaltke K450 that Bjorn3D reviewed.  It's not the fanciest on the market, but it can certainy cool an FX-51 or 55.  After considering the other CPU heatsinks, move onto the GPU coolers for that extra kick on your games.  Increase the life of those Raptors with the HDD enclosures, and wrap it all up with multifunction control panels that do more than just tell you the temperature and let you change the speed of your fans

Source: Bjorn3D

Asus Announces P5WD2 Based on Intel's 955X Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2005 - 09:40 PM |
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Another motherboard being announced tonight, this time from Asus, and based on the Intel 955X chipset.



Taipei, Taiwan; April 18, 2005 — ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the P5WD2 Premium motherboard based on the newly released Intel 955X chipset.

AOpen Shows Pentium M Motherboard based on the Alviso Platform

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2005 - 08:45 PM |
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This could one of the most exciting motherboard releases in a while and might truly bring the Pentium M to desktop computing.  How would the Pentium M perform with PCI Express graphics, dual channell DDR2 memory and natvie SATA support?  Below is the PR release and a photo!



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AOPEN UNVEILS NEW PENTIUM M MOTHERBOARD FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

Oh Holey Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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What do you get when you cross a PC Case with a Wiffle ball?  Well, some might say you'd get something that looks an awful lot like the R105SH that CREATIVEMODS reviewed.  It looks like airflow couldn't be better, though it might not work so well in an environment with furry pets.  Read on to see if it's right for you!

"The R105SH computer case from 3R System features a rather unusual airflow design.

Source: CREATIVEMODS

Bad Things to see on your Batter Backup Device

Subject: Editorial | April 17, 2005 - 12:59 AM |
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If you don't use a battery backup, and you still use your PC for any number of even SEMI-important things, may I recommend that you look into buying one.  Mine has saved me countless times in the past year or so on power outages and hiccups. 


However, this is something you hopefully won't have to see on your monitoring application:



My APC unit is rated at 1500VA and 865 watts of power.  That should be more than enough right?  Well, based o

U.S. agencies ordered to be brand neutral

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD coming to a Government office near you, and maybe a bigger tax return!


The White House told federal agencies this week to stop specifying brand names in procurement contracts, a practice it says leads to higher prices for everything from paper clips to PCs and hurts the livelihood of smaller vendors.

Silent Watercooling with class & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 15, 2005 - 11:34 AM |
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Its gorgeous, it's cools very well, and it's so passive and silent you may feel the occasional need to check that it's still running.  Guru3D got their hands on The Aquabox, and if the amount of pictures they took is any clue, I think they liked it!

"Initially I was a little skeptic about the design concept as I worried a little how well a passively cooled system can cool down a modern CPU, in our case an Athlon 64 4000+, but what if I tell you that we never ever topped 35 Degrees C with this kit, in complete silence and

Source: Guru of 3D