Mozilla Firefox Deer Park Alpha 1

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2005 - 12:06 PM |
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The folks over at Mozilla have released a new Alpha version of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla Firefox Deer Park Alpha 1 is now available for testting purposes only.

Deer Park Alpha 1 is now available. Deer Park Alpha 1 is an alpha release of our next generation Firefox browser and it is being made available for testing purposes only for developers and the testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.x should not download or use Deer Park Alpha 1.

Source: Slashdot

Air cooling for summer & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2005 - 08:44 AM |
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It weighs the better part of 2lbs, and moves 54 CF/M, what is it?  Thermaltake's Big Typhoon, as reviewed at LAN Addict.  If you think you can fit in your case without incorporating too many new blowholes, try it out!

"Yes, it is a big heatsink and requires that you have some room (OK, a lot) around your CPU socket, but the Big Typhoon's design keeps it from have any clearance problems with components on the motherboard.

Source: LAN Addict

Intel Donation To Help Improve K-12 Science And Math Teaching In California

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2005 - 01:52 PM |
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IRVINE, Calif., May 31, 2005 — The Intel Foundation today announced a $2 million grant to the University of California in support of California Teach, an initiative to help improve science and math education in the state.

AMD Showcases Wide-Ranging Motherboard Support For Dual-Core AMD64 Processors

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2005 - 05:54 AM |
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- May 31, 2005 --Following the introduction of the world's first dual-core AMD64 processors, including the first x86-based dual-core server and workstation processor, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announces close alignment and support from the world's premier motherboard manufacturers. AMD and partners have shown a sustained commitment to AMD64 technology with dual-core support for the world's highest performing x86-based 32- and 64-bit processors.

Source: AMD

AMD 'Shatters The Hourglass' With The Arrival Of The AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2005 - 05:53 AM |
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COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- May 31, 2005 --Completing the world's only broad dual-core client and server processor line-up, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is poised to deliver an experience unmatched in the industry, targeting prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously.

Source: AMD

ATI CrossFire Previews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2005 - 08:59 PM |
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I got into Taiwan just in enough time to write up a

Computex or ... bust?

Subject: Editorial | May 30, 2005 - 08:35 PM |
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I guess up until this point, I have been pretty lucky.  For more than 5 years I have been attending conferences and shows like Computex without much of a hassle.  Oh my, how this year has been different.

Why AMD is less expensive, and less well known.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2005 - 09:01 AM |
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The Register posted an article from Forbes, about the release of the A64 X2, and why the PC market isn't jumping all over the release date.


"Intel, with $34 billion in sales, can afford to pay for a lot of advertising - $2.1 billion in 2004 to be exact. A sizable chunk of that goes to a co-marketing program called "Intel Inside." The company doesn't disclose how much it spends on Intel Inside, but in its 2004 10-K filing with the U.S.

Source: The Register

Analogue Case Pride & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2005 - 08:57 AM |
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Sunbeam's Trio comes with a fairly strong PSU, a 120mm fan and a nice looking front panel.  Read about it in LANAddict's review.  Plus more news about the BTX from factor, if you haven't already seen enough, and an interesting looking case from Antec, that SilentPCReview hasn't finished testing yet.

Sunbeam has done a pretty outstanding job with the Trio! Although it is a steel case, its size helps keep the weight very manageable without sacrificing strength.

Source: LAN Addict

Taiwan Bound

Subject: Editorial | May 29, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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I just finished up packing for my trip to Computex in Taipei, Taiwan and I head to the airport in less than an hour.  The total travel time for one way on this trip: 26 hours.  Oh ye haw. 


I have a very busy 5 days planned, even having several meetings the day before the show starts, which is unusual for me.  I'll try to keep you all updated as much as I can in the form of articles, news posts and blog entries.  Keep checking back!


Tubing in 1/2 or 3/8 & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2005 - 08:49 AM |
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GruntvillE has 2 12V pumps up for testing today.  The PolarFLO TT is the larger, prettier one, with barbs for both 1/2ID and 3/8ID tubing, and the Swiftech MCP-600 is the smaller, quieter performer, built only for 1/2 inch.  See which is right for you, then consider build flexible LED leads to highlight it.

Source: GruntvillE

Ever Want a 16 Core Opteron System?

Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 07:38 AM |
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Yeah, me too.  But in the mean time you can look at this website that has some benchmarks from one of them.  How does a SiSoft CPU benchmark results of 171167 Dhrystone and 72739 Whetstone sound to you?  Did I mention the system had a 128 GB of memory???

Shortly after WinHEC 2005, IWill (the maker of some great motherboards and sweet sff products) generously allowed me to touch their highest performing Opteron system.  This was not your everyday dual or quad opteron system - it was an 8-way

Source: General

Good News for DIY Builders Look at Win64

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2005 - 07:33 AM |
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This may have been posted before, but I think it is worth another mention.  It looks Microsoft has changed its mind and will now allow users who merely built their systems to get the free upgrade to Windows x64 as well. 

BETA NEWS reported yesterday that Microsoft has tweaked its upgrade programme and has now entered a world closer to reality.

According to the site, Microsoft will now give users an upgrade to the 64-bit version whether or not they bought or built their PC.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Launches the C7 Processor

Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 07:27 AM |
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I highly suggest you all head over to the VIA C7 features webpage if you are at all interested in an ultra lower power processor.  There are some interesting bits of information, such as a comparison of the performance per watt against an Intel Pentium M.  And how does a total design power of 12 watts sound for a 1.5 GHz CPU?


Taipei, Taiwan, 27 May 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the ne

Corsair Leads Industry in DDR2 Transition with Launch of XMS2-8000UL

Subject: Memory | May 27, 2005 - 06:56 AM |
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Corsair raises the memory frequency bar to 1GHz with the launch of XMS2-8000UL.

Corsair Memory today unveiled XMS2-8000UL as its latest addition to the high performance XMS family of products.

Intel Only Going to Make 500k Pentium Ds in 2005??

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2005 - 11:02 PM |
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It looks like Intel may be having more problems than we might be seeing at first glance.  Yesterday we reported that Intel was having some chipset shortages that the motherboard vendors were reporting, and today we are hearing that a shortage of Pentium D processors is going to hit as well.  But this time, because of low demand.  At Computex, many Intel dual core capable boards will be on display, but with a maximum of 500,000 procesors by years end available in the market (this includes Dell, etc) end users may not

Source: Digitimes

Intel Delivers New Features For Home And Office PCs

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2005 - 06:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA , Calif. , May 26, 2005 — Intel Corporation today unveiled two new platforms for home and office PCs. The new platforms, which combine key hardware and software technologies, are designed to provide consumers the ability to do more with their digital content simultaneously, and better allow businesses to enhance PC security, system management and collaboration capabilities.

Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2005 - 02:39 PM |
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For those of you looking for an Nforce 4 board, you might want to check out the review of the Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE over at MBreview.

 "Overall, we were pleased with the BIOS that Chaintech has chosen to utilize with the VNF4 Zenith VE. Given that the board really isn't geared towards the high-end crowd, I was slightly surprised to see the voltage adjustment capabilities that we found.

Source: MBreview

Intel Releases 820 and 670 Processors

Subject: Editorial | May 26, 2005 - 01:06 PM |
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Today Intel officially released the Intel 820 processor which is a dual core Smithfield CPU running at 2.8 GHz.  It has 2 x 1 MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz FSB.  Performance on it so far looks to be right where we expect it to be: low on single threaded apps, acceptable on multi threaded apps, and really good for multitasking machines as well.  I currently have mine in our 945G reference board for testing, hopefully it will be done in time that I can write the review on the flight to Computex.


The other CPU released was the Intel 670 processor that runs at 3.8 GHz on a P

Intel 820 and 670 Processor Reviews

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2005 - 09:09 AM |
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There are only a handful of the Intel 820 (2.8 GHz dual core) and 670 (3.8 GHz single core) reviews on the web this morning.  I am still in the middle of benchmarking my set of CPUs, I should have an article up during Computex next week.


Source: General