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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96 processors & 192GB RAM in a Desktop

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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So you figure you've got a good desktop?  Well try this box from Orion Industries, if you can be spending the $100,000 to buy it.  Currently the 'puter is running Transmeta chips, but Orion is looking into support for other chips as well.  If you could cool it, imagine what 96 AMD 64 Bit, dual cores could do for your Seti@Home, Einstein, Folding or Find A Drug production!


"It's a new phenomenon for desktops.

Case Reviews, Articles & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Aspire's new X-Plorer has some interesting features, like a nice top blowhole with a good fan cover.  But you would much rather hear about it from the reviewers at Pimprig, right?  More case reviews follow, as usual, but at the bottom are 2 articles and a gallery.  The casemod competition might read a little easier through babelfish, but the pictures are worth 1000 words, whatever your mother tongue!

"A big bonus for the design of the case is the inclusion of a removable motherboard tray.

Source: PimpRig

Sony's PS3 Cell Processor Demo

Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 10:53 AM |
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Toshiba demonstrated the power of the new cell processor that is going into the Playstation 3 console recently.  It decoded 48 standard defiinition TV format MPEG-2 streams and then projected them on a 1920x1080 display divided into 8x6 cells each with a different video stream. 

In the demonstration, Toshiba used an operating system environment that it had developed to increase efficiency in the Cell software development.

Source: General

Might AMD Move to DDR500 Officially?

Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 10:43 AM |
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The change from DDR400 to DDR500 as the official memory standard for AMD would be quite a feat, being as no JEDEC standard exists for DDR500 at all.  But none the less, CoolTechZone thinks it might happen.


Before making the switch to other memory standards, the chipmaker has decided to extend support for DDR even further. The source said AMD would most likely support DDR500 with its Venice core microprocessors.

Source: CoolTechZone

Abit Helped by Large Investment

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2005 - 10:37 AM |
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I am sure many of you remember the trouble that Abit found itself in financially when they came under investigation by the Taiwan version of the SEC, but now things seem to be looking up for the motherboard manufacturer.  A new investor in the form of the CEO of the largest transportation group in Taiwan, has put in enough of of his own money to become a majority share holder.  Now, I don't know what affect this is going to have on the company in general, their product lines or anything, but we'll be meeting with them extensivel

Source: The Inquirer

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Officially Live

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2005 - 10:32 AM |
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Well, the wait is finally over.  Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is finally, a real live, non-beta, official software release today!