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Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 02:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
*UPDATE* I just got this photo in an email from Asus.
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A quick once over of this board shot shows some interesting stuff, like the external, rear SATA channel by the audio output connectors. The passive heastsink on the north bridge is pretty dang big, as is probably needed for the heat the NVIDIA NF4 Intel chipse
Subject: Editorial | April 8, 2005 - 12:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
It seems my Venice core article has gotten quite a few links in from around the web and has gotten a lot of reads over the last couple of days. I have gotten a lot of positive emails and the discussion in the forums is good as well. I'm glad to see people excited about these parts again, as I know a lot of the online media is too.
I've still got a few articles in the pipeline, two of which are based around the Pentium M and two of which are graphics c
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2005 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sorry guys, I've only manged to spot 2 Watercooling reviews, and no phase changed ones ... but hey, it's quality, not quantity, isn't it?
Danger Den's Maze 4 Waterblock was built with AMD in mind, and GideonTech takes a look. They had to put a little extra work into it, but the temperatures they got made it well worth it!
"To connect the Maze 4 block to the CPU socket using the 4 holes in the motherboard, the kit comes with an unusually large selection of threaded rods, nuts, thumb nuts, washer
Fremont, CA (April 8, 2005) - CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today unveiled the industry's first DDR2800 MHz memory modules optimized for the latest NVIDIAÂ®
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 06:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Another review has surfaced of the nForce4 powered Shuttle small form factor box, the SN25P. Below is a list of some of the things they liked about it:
- TeraCube - easy to install over 1 TB of storage in a SFF system
- NF4 chipset brings top notch performance
- Looks great!
- Smart fans are really smart
- Excellent fit and finish
- Integrated 8-in-1 memory card reader
- Wonderful audio controller
- Seamless installation, perfect fit & finish i
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
I saw over at HardOCP that new Catalyst 5.4 drivers are now online, so head on over and pick 'em up if you need them. Below is a partial list of fixes:
Fixed in this driver:
- 3DMark2001: A black screen is no longer displayed when launching 3DMark2001 after launching Aquamark3 when the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER is installed
- Pacific Fighters: Playing the game after playing any track for a short period
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 06:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra (AMD Edition) chipset. Have a gander at what they have to say, and if you need a comparison, you can look at my review as well.
However, the lack of integrated peripherals on the board itself was disappointing.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
It seems that reviews on Intel-based motherboards are still harder to come by than AMD solutions, but here is one for you based on the Intel 925XE chipset.
Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE â€” is specially designed for professional gamers who have heard of Johnathan Wendel.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
VIA Arena is taking a very brief look at the features and layouts of 9 different K8T890 motherboards. What is even more odd about this is that fact that I haven't seen a SINGLE retail board come to me from any vendor.
The K8T890 of course features support for PCI Express video cards. All of the boards feature one 16x PCIe slot and at least one PCIe x 1 slot for PCIe peripheral cards like networking, audio etc.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
PCStats seems to have the first production motherboard reviewed based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset.
The physical layout of the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard is excellent but we've come to expect that from Gigabyte. It's nice to see that Gigabyte includes everything end users would need with the motherboard as well, why can't more manufacturers follow Gigabyte's lead?
Subject: Shows and Expos | April 7, 2005 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
I've had the pleasure of meeting Chris Morris a couple of times and I can tell that even though he works for the mainstream media, he knows his stuff. In this weeks edition of "Game Over" he discusses the implications of this year's E3 show.
The new consoles will get the lion's share of the spotlight, for obvious reasons. But software publishers have a few surprises up their sleeves that may shift the focus back to games by the time the show wraps up.
Subject: Processors | April 7, 2005 - 10:13 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the Inquirer believes that AMD is going to release their dual core Opteron parts on the 2nd anniversary of the original Opteron release. That would be ideal, wouldn't it?
CHIP FIRM Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will likely ship two members of its four/eight way dual core family on the 21st of April, bang in time for the second anniversary of its Opteron launch.
Subject: Memory | April 7, 2005 - 02:21 AM | Mark McKee
If your in the market for some overclocking memory, you might want to check out this review of the Corsair Xpert TwinXP1024-3200XL review over at OCTools.com.
"Performance wise, the Corsair TwinXP1024-3200XL XPERT modules isn't only beauty and brains. It's also muscles. The results can speak for themselves. Armed with ultra low latencies, the modules showed extreme performance and stability in all the test we have thrown at it.
Fremont, CA (April 7, 2005) - Corsair Â® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today launched the world's first DDR2 memory that delivers a guaranteed clock speed of 675 MHz at extremely low latency settings of 3-2-2-8-1T.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:44 PM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- March 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today for the first time publicly disclosed key elements of its 'Pacifica' virtualization technology, at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:27 PM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif, March 29, 2005 - Intel Corporation today added to its portfolio of 64-bit offerings with a platform that increases application performance, improves server uptime and the ability to manage large sets of data, and can lower utility costs. Targeted at the mid-tier enterprise market segment, the platform consists of five new processors for servers that use four or more processors, and a new chipset.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2005 - 08:26 PM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 29, 2005 - Intel Corporation's Software and Solutions Group today announced the creation of the IntelÂ® Software Network, a collection of software development products, tools, training and expert advice designed to help software developers bring more innovative products to market even faster on Intel platforms. The announcement was made during the introduction of the company's high-end IntelÂ® Xeon™ processor MP line.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2005 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a hardcore overclocker who likes having to wear earplugs when sitting at your computer, then this isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for peace and tranquility, consider a fanless CPU Heatsink. XYZ examines the Thermaltake Fanless103. It isn't the coolest or the lightest, but you can't beat fanless if you want a silent running PC.
"If you are looking to quiet down your system there are a lot of options available.
Subject: Editorial | April 5, 2005 - 10:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
I'm sorry, but isn't that about the coolest toy you have ever seen? And the name, "Darth Tater"?!? Who comes up with this? :)
I've been caught red handed, I am a huge Star Wars fan. As if the Mr.
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