Intel 975X Chipset to Support Both SLI and CrossFire

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2005 - 10:19 PM |
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According to Digitimes Intel's upcoming 975X chipset will support both SLI and CrossFire dual graphics solutions, throwing yet another wrench into the world of multi-GPU systems.  Now perhaps an Intel platform for a gaming box looks a little better?

Intel's forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia's SLI and ATI Technologies' 'CrossFire' dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Source: Digitimes

Take the Time to Reflect

Subject: Editorial | September 12, 2005 - 03:11 PM |
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Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history.  Chances are even if you didn't remember it on your own you were reminded by the shows on TV and the flags at half mast.  I ran into a suprisingly high amount of people over this weekend that seemed completely oblivious to what importance this date had for us. 


Though I don't want to get into a political rant here, but I can remember on the first anniversary of 9/11/01 how the country had changed in the course of one year.  In the months after 9/11 everyone was involved

iPod Nano Thrown From Car

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2005 - 02:58 PM |
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Well, all in the name of science at least...  The reviewers at ArsTechnica put the iPod Nano through an abundance of tests including a stress test that included being thrown from a car at 50 mph! 

Last Tuesday, Apple's solution came in the form of the iPod nano, a mini-mini-version of their current iPod color line. That's right, it's more miniature than the iPod mini, and the display is color!

Source: Ars Technica

New Low Cost Sun Opteron Servers

Subject: Systems | September 12, 2005 - 02:51 PM |
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Sun has released a new series of Opteron servers today, going to a lower cost market with server setups starting under $1000.  The gang at Anandtech has a hands-on-preview of these new machines up today as well.


Another interesting position of Sun's new direction includes the prospect that end users will probably reconfigure the hardware (particularly the entry level components), as soon as they get them.
Source: AnandTech

Abit AN8 Ultra Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 02:46 PM |
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HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset.  Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...

Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Buys Entry Level Chipsets from ATI

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2005 - 02:40 PM |
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This is an interesting turn of events; due to Intel's recent chipset shortage, Intel has started buying RC410 chipsets from ATI in order to fill in the gaps in their 915 chipset market. 

Intel has placed orders for PCIe-enabled RC410 chips from ATI Technologies in order to maintain its supply of 915-based motherboards as the chip giant is reportedly to phase out its 865 and 915PL/GL chipsets in the fourth quarter and exit the entry-level chipset market, the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported t

Source: Digitimes

Mobo Shipments for Big Four Up

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 02:39 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole. 

First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.


As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,

Source: Digitimes

Computer Case Cornucopia & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2005 - 09:17 AM |
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Miss one Monday, and a dozen new reviews come out.   First up today we have the MGE Titanium at Think Computers, a case that seems to incorporate every new innovation in case design from the past year into one case.  It is roomy, it still has enough space for a watercooling setup, and all that, and a price tag around the $100 mark.  If that's not the case you're looking for, there are almost 20 other reviews to choose from!


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Icy Cold TEC Waterblocks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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If you've never heard of Wintsch, they are a company making waterblocks with thermoelectric cooling built in.  I'm not sure if you are comfortable running something that makes ice in your box, but as Pimprig found in their tests, it can give you a bit of room for overclocking ...

Source: PimpRig

Fred Weber Leaves AMD

Subject: Processors | September 7, 2005 - 04:23 PM |
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This is surprisingly big news coming from AMD today.  A press release hit my email box just today that discusses Phil Hester, the new CTO of AMD and mentioned very briefly is the "departing CTO Fred Weber."  Fred being the primary designer of the K8 architecture that has brought AMD such success, I can't help but wonder why AMD would have let him go and how this will affect future products.


Prior to joining AMD, Hester was the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas based Newisys

R520 Spy Pics?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 04:05 PM |
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It looks like some pics have finally leaked of the upcoming R520 product along with specs on possible card line ups. 


The card you are seeing is the R520 XT.

Source: techPowerUp!

Master Card Requirement to Stay in R5xx Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 12:25 PM |
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The Inq believes that the upcoming R520 will still require the use of a master graphics card and won't be able to sell just a single GPU as NVIDIA is doing.

ATI SIMPLY didn't have enough time to remove the necessity for the master—slave card concept in R520 and the other R5xx cards. We learned that a handful of R520 master cards should be available at launch date and that customers will get them a few weeks after the launch.

Source: The Inquirer

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 ULi 1695 Review

Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 12:14 PM |
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Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.

Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.

Source: AnandTech

Future DVD VIdeo Wars Compromise?

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2005 - 12:11 PM |
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Well not really, but you can expect to see lots of devices coming out like this new Samsung player that plays both the upcoming Hi-Def video standards: Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.

Samsung will bring out a DVD machine next year capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD DVD if backers of the rival standards fail to agree on a unified format, a newspaper said.


Newegg Case Mode Contest Winners

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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Newegg sent along word about their latest Case Mod contest winners.  The winner built a PC in a Ford Bronco model

So I started making a model out of clay and spent about 3 months getting it right. I found a 12.1'' LCD screen on EBay for $100 that was just the right size for under the hood. After the clay was done and all measurements checked out I made a rubber mold.

Heatsink Shootout & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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X-Bit Labs takes 4 coolers from Thermaltake, 

the  Big Typhoon, Silent Tower, PIPE101 Rev.2 and Sonic Tower, and sees which comes out on top as the best cooler from Thermaltake right now.


"Today we are going to witness a breath-taking race among four processor air coolers from Thermaltake Company.
Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Pledges 1500 PCs, Wireless Access Points, Technical Support For Hurricane Katrina Disaster Rel

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2005 - 05:59 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 2, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced it is coordinating the donation of 1,500 laptop personal computers to the American Red Cross for distribution to shelters in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. In addition, Intel will donate 150 wireless Internet access points to enable wireless local area connectivity in all permanent shelters and is providing fifty Wi-Fi transmitters for installation in the New Orleans downtown and airport area.

AMD To Power The Governing Body Of World Motorsport

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2005 - 04:09 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- September 2, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it will become the Official Technology Partner of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the international non-profit organization concerned with automotive, motoring and mobility issues and the governing body of world motor sport.

Source: AMD

AMD Comments on Intel's Answer to AMD's U.S. Federal District Court Antitrust Complaint

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2005 - 05:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 1, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding Intel Corporation's answer to AMD's complaint filed in U.S. federal district court in the district of Delaware on June 27, 2005, which asserts that Intel committed illegal antitrust violations to exclude competition.

"Intel's response is not surprising considering what they are trying to hide, but the facts of illegal monopoly abuse are clear and undeniable," said Thomas M.

Source: AMD

Intel Files Response To AMD Complaint

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2005 - 05:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 1, 2005 - Intel Corporation today filed its response to a lawsuit recently initiated by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) regarding Intel's business practices. In the response, Intel refutes AMD's claims and states that its business practices are both fair and lawful.