AMD APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO ELIMINATE DUTIES ON MULTI-CHIP PACKAGE (MCP) SEMICONDUCTORS

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 3, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced support for the draft agreement finalized at the Governments/Authorities Meeting on semiconductors (GAMS) in Seoul, Korea that is intended to eliminate duties on multi-chip package integrated circuits beginning on January 1, 2006.

Source: AMD

S3 Graphics Announces ChromeS20 Series PCIe GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:05 AM |
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Today VIA/S3 announced a new candidate in the mid-market graphics world with the release of a new ChromeS20 series of PCI Express GPUs.  These cards are going to be made by Fujitsu's 90nm technology and offer a significant performance/watt advantage over current NVIDIA and ATI offerings.  I should have some contact with these parts soon so I'll be able to get a more in-depth product analysis up later in the week.


Features on the chip include improved HDTV output, 700 MHz core clock, DDR3 memory and support for an SLI-l

New Advertising Campaign Showcases Benefits Of Intel Technology For Businesses

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 06:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation this week launched a worldwide advertising and marketing campaign that showcases how Intel's standards-based platforms are a catalyst for success for businesses worldwide.


With a theme of 'When Intel is built in, success is built in,' the campaign shows how Intel technology helps drive success in areas that matter most to businesses of all types and sizes and includes case studies to demonstrate this.

Network attached ... USB?

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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http://www.everythingusb.com/usb@nywhere.html.  You install the server software on one PC, and the client on another, and you can now use the USB devices over a WAN or LAN, on the cheap.

"Hi, we found a nifty software called USB@nywhere that lets you share USB devices on the Internet.

You basically only need to install 'Device workstation' on the PC with the USB devices you want

to share, and 'Remote workstation' on the PCs where you want to access the remote USB hardware.

Able to cool 7 cpus with one radiator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2005 - 03:56 PM |
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The Asetek Xtreme KT12A-12VX Triple Radiator Kit can remove a lot of heat from a system.  According to Xtreme Resources findings, about "2445Kcal per hour (9702 BTU), which roughly translates to 680W", with all 6 fans running on the radiator!

"When Asetek first entered the PC watercooling market with the introduction of the initial

Waterchill kits, their good value and excellent performance made them loved within the enthusiast

circles.

Size doesn't always count

Subject: Motherboards | November 2, 2005 - 01:41 PM |
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Think Computers reviews the Biostar M7VIG-400 Combo micro ATX board, that comes with a Mobile Athlon XP 2600+ Barton.  Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it lacks power.  It's able to run 

Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron, and Sempron at 200, 266 and 333 FSB speeds, has built in video (with an AGP expansion slot as well), built in audio, and a NIC as well.  This might be the board to base your first HTPC on.

'Well, today we have somethin

Intel Opens Leading-Edge 65nm, 300mm High-Volume Wafer Manufacturing Facility In Arizona

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 01:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2005 — Intel Corporation has re-opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Chandler, Ariz., converting it to a leading-edge 300mm, 65nm process factory. Called Fab 12, the factory is Intel's second volume-production fab using 65nm process technology produced on the industry's largest wafer size (300mm), which provides the Intel fab with the potential to generate the world's highest microprocessor output at the lowest cost.

73 lbs of pure bassy goodness

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 12:13 PM |
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At roughly 1ft * 2ft * 2ft, the Behringer Truth is 360 Watts of sub woofer, that might just be what you need to make the ground shake as the artillery starts to fall in a frantic BF2 session.  Tech Connect does all the tests, so you don't have to wonder what this sub can do.


Then come back and read John Hung's review of Creative Labs' Sound Blaster X-Fi.


"Do you feel the noise? DO YOU?

More bulging capacitors, the video card version

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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I really hope that this is a one time problem that The Inquirer had the bad luck to run into, but checking your video cards capacitors might well be a good idea.

"The symptoms included corrupted graphics, and then repeated rebooting of the GPU, sometimes up to

once a minute, it was really odd. So, if you have problems like this, check the caps on your

cards, and let us know if you see any.

Source: The Inquirer

This card is begging to be overclocked

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2005 - 06:26 PM |
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PimpRig has a look at the Sapphire X800 GTO2 Limited Edition 256MB PCIe Video Card.  It's a slightly faster X800, with great overclocking potential, and more.  It has 12 pipelines, as you'd expect, but with a flash, you can mod it into a 16 pipleine card, like the 850's, at about half the price.  Then you overclock that, and end up with an X800 than outperforms a vanilla X850.  You really want to read the whole article!

"The Sapphire X800 GTO2 was modestly launched recently

Source: PimpRig

Taming the heat of a P4, Asus style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2005 - 03:13 PM |
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It's a big, bad, powerful cooler, but it only fits on P4 systems (LGA 775).  Motherboards.org reviews the Asus VR Cooler, which tames the heat of the Prescott, even overclocked.

"For our closing remarks, I'd have to think that our comments on the performance will more than

suffice - wow. At a great price with great performance, there's almost nothing not to love about

this heatsink, apart from the disappointing lack of cross platform mounting.

All you wanted to know about HTPC ....

Subject: Systems | November 1, 2005 - 02:37 PM |
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Big Bruin finishes off the HTPC guide they started today, with the second part.  You know all about the audio and video, this guide covers the rest of the components and issues you could have. 

"In the first of a two-part series of Tech Tips on getting started with a Home Theater PC, or

HTPC, we looked at the two most basic features to be considered: audio and video.

Source: Big Bruin

Intel Launches Next Wave Of Multi-Core Server Platforms

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2005 - 12:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Originally planned for early 2006, Intel Corporation's first dual-core, hyper-threaded processors for servers with four or more processors started shipping today. The processors deliver record levels of performance2 and are optimal for multi-threaded applications such as database, supply chain management and financial services software.


'With a current installed base of over 30 million, Intel Xeon processor-based servers are the proven platform of choice,' said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group.

ABS unleashes some Mayhem into the laptop market

Subject: Mobile | November 1, 2005 - 12:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP plays with the ABS Mayhem G4 Gaming Laptop.   They take you through everything from buying the system over the web, to initial use, to contacting tech support. 

"The chassis was truly impressive. I'm not a laptop man, but this system has made me think twice

about them. The widescreen, high-resolution display is beautiful and the chassis has shown that it

can put up with a lot of gaming and stay comfortable. The internal build quality was also smart.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Double the Cache, Double your fun

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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The Tech Zone reviews Western Digital's new Caviar SE16 400 GB HDD.  Unlike many of the 400GB HDD's coming out, WD's Caviar sports a 16MB cache, giving you some impressive performance.  As well, it is a quiet drive, as you would expect from WD's higher end drives.

"400GB hard drives seem to be somewhat of a median at the moment, they are not overly expensive

for the amount of storage you receive.

Beware! Poison .bats ahead!

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2005 - 11:49 AM |
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CNet reports on a vunerablility affecting many popular Anti-Virus programs.  They describe a "magic bit" that could be added to a .bat file, that will make your scanner completely ignore the file instead of scanning it.


"By adding some data to a file, an attacker could trick virus scanners into letting a malicious

executable file pass through, security researcher Andrey Bayora wrote in an advisory last week.

The Phantom Always Knocks Twice

Subject: Systems | October 31, 2005 - 06:59 PM |
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2 reviews, one powerful powersupply.  Start with Club Overclockers look at the Antec Phantom 500 ATX Power Supply, and once you've digested it fully, read our own Robotech's take on it.  After that, you should know everything there is to know about this made for SLI PSU.

Got SLI?

Source: Club OC

When 1600 DPI just isn't enough

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2005 - 06:46 PM |
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... you get the Razer Copperhead 2000 DPI Laser Mouse.  Big Bruin gives you the full run down on all it's bells and whistles.

"Razer has packed a lot of features into a mouse with great looks.

Source: Big Bruin

2 Gigs big, 1T fast

Subject: Memory | October 31, 2005 - 06:38 PM |
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Corsair's newest, their TWINX2048-4000PT Platinum Series gets a workout at Think Computers.  They are impressed by the timings, and the speeds they could get when manipulating the the timings.

'Hot off the heels of the last Corsair review, we have another Corsair review for you. Corsair has

done it again, they are leading the pack in memory technology advancements, by releasing yet

another quality high performance memory product.

MP3 Player Madness - Just which one do I want?

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2005 - 02:31 PM |
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R&B Mods offers some advice to those who are finding the MP3 Player market a little confusing.  With the dozens of main brands, each having dozens of models, finding the right player to put under the tree might not be as easy as you first though.

"I have worked at an Mp3 company before, (not to mention any names) and I have somewhat of an idea

of what to look for when it comes to an mp3 player. I worked as support crew which gives me an

idea what people are looking for in general.