Alcatel And Intel Collaborate On AdvancedTCA® Platforms

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2005 - 03:08 AM |
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PARIS and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 24, 2005 — Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement to improve time to market of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture® (or AdvancedTCA) platforms for mobile service providers. Both companies will further work together on the design and development of AdvancedTCA subsystem building blocks to increase standardization and component interoperability across the mobile telecommunications industry.

AMD Releases "Pacifica" Specification For AMD64 Technology

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2005 - 03:06 AM |
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NEW YORK -- May 25, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the general availability of the full specification of its virtualization technology, 'Pacifica,' at the LinuxWorld Summit. 'Pacifica' is designed to enhance 64-bit client and server virtualization technologies for x86-based servers, workstations, desktops and mobile computers.

Source: AMD

Cornucopia of Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2005 - 08:50 AM |
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NZXT's Trinity is a nice open case, that can be set up to be very breezy.  Head on over to ExtremeMhz and read the full review.  Then keep looking down, there are over a dozen reviews, and one of them might just be the case you're looking for.

'When it comes to gaming cases, NZXT has quickly taken the interest of many in the gaming community thanks to their highly unique product line. Their cases certainly do stand out from a majority.

Source: ExtremeMhz

AGIEA PhysX Article Online

Subject: Editorial | May 24, 2005 - 07:10 AM |
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I have just let loose the AGEIA PhysX preview article I was alluding to yesterday.  I think you'll find this article to be among the better out there on the subject as we take a much deeper look into what work AGEIA has to do before this idea can take off, and unfortunately for them, its a lot of work.  With a long development cycle on PC games getting only longer, the amount of time that will pass before we see anything substantial making use of this suprisingly expensive

AGEIA PhysX Processing Unit Preview

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 07:09 AM |
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PC Perspective takes a look at the upcoming release of the AGEIA PhysX physics processor add-in card. With claims of revolutionizing the way games are played, AGEIA has set a high bar they need to reach. In this preview we look at the hardware specifications as they are known today as well as what kind of work AGEIA has gone through thus far to get their software implemented in game engines.

A Bunch of ATI GPU Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 07:02 AM |
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I got a few video card reviews in my mail box this morning, and here they are in no particular order:



  • Digit Life looks at the MSI based X800 XL PCI Express graphics card

  • The guys at HotHardware are reviewing the Asus X800 XL card, also in PCI Express form

  • As if it isn't enough X800 XL to go around, HardCoreWare has a look-see at the Gigabyte X8
Source: General

Integrated Graphics: Xpress 200 vs GMA 950

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 06:56 AM |
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If for some reason you are interested in comparing the performance of integrated graphics solutions of ATI and Intel, now is your chance.  Anandtech has the feature!  ;)


These numbers serve to show that spending 50 to 75 USD on an add-in card can actually make the difference between a good gaming experience and a mediocre one.
Source: AnandTech

Gigabyte K8N-SLI AMD Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 06:54 AM |
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The gang at Sudhian has reviewed the Gigabyte nForce4 SLI AMD chipset motherboard and seemed to be pretty impressed.  You can see my review of a similar Gigabyte SLI board with more features here

It might sound odd coming from a reviewer, but I'd like to give this board a better score.  I like the feature set, I like the price, and I like how Gigabyte is obviously t

Source: Sudhian

Overclocking the Venice Core

Subject: Processors | May 24, 2005 - 06:52 AM |
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Overclockers is claiming that the initial round of Venice overclocking results may have put too good of a picture on the Venice core.  The results in our processor and overclocking forums seem to be pretty close what I saw initially though.

One characteristic of these chips is that they'll often do fine with default voltage or a smidgen above up to 2.5

Asus Breaks Ground on Another China Plant

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 06:49 AM |
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It looks like Asus is readying to see motherboard productions go even higher. 

Asustek Computer yesterday broke ground for its new manufacturing site in Nanhui, Shanghai, with the plant set to be ready for volume production in the middle of 2006, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Source: Digitimes

Kingston Auctions Rare Memory for Charity

Subject: Memory | May 24, 2005 - 06:48 AM |
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Kingston is taking out some rare Winbond B memory modules that run at super speeds (enthusiasts know what these are) and auctioning them off.  Not to get the most they can for them, but to help out a charity organization.  Stop by and see if you this memory might be worth it to you!


Here is your chance to get your hands on discontinued Kingston HyperX DDR400 KHX3200 modules while helping those in need.

Pat Gelsinger To Head Digital Enterprise Group

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2005 - 06:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 23, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced that Abhi Talwalkar, co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, is leaving Intel to pursue another opportunity. Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger, who was appointed co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group when it was formed in January, will assume sole responsibility for the group.

Western Digital Releases 16MB Cache Caviar

Subject: Storage | May 23, 2005 - 03:03 PM |
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While at E3 I met up with the folks at Western Digital to discuss their future plans for the enthusiast market.  They were obviously very happy about the success of the Raptor drive in the market and were looking on towards the next step in their high-RPM drives.  Perhaps we'll see some higher capacities soon?


In other news that we can discuss, WD announced a 16MB cache part to compete against Maxtor's drives that have been out for a few months re

Source: General

Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 Specs Comparison

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2005 - 02:59 PM |
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It looks like Microsoft has written a little article comparing the specs of the Xbox 360 against the Sony Playstation 3.  Guess who came out on top?  Take all this with a grain of salt...

We decided to put this Microsoft-provided information up undigested. Thus, enclosed is a Microsoft-made comparitive analysis. We have not altered, added, or tinkered with the data. We have not interpreted the specs. We have cut and pasted this information from the email into our site and formatted it.

Source: General

HardOCP System Guide 1000

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2005 - 02:55 PM |
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Keith over at HardOCP has put together another HardOCP 1000 article that finds the best upgrades a user can get for a $1000 at Newegg.com.


After deciding on a CPU, we turned the next few hundred dollars of our money toward a motherboard. There are several boards on the market that could fill our needs for out-of-the-box usability, stability, and performance, but future upgradeability is also a top requirement for us. It is important to target purchases that maximize our investments.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get Your E3 Coverage in HD

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2005 - 02:51 PM |
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If you want to see all of what happened at E3 this year, head on over to FileShack to see it all in video format.  If you are a subscriber, then you can get all these files in HD format as well!

FileShack is proud to bring FileShack members E3 2005 coverage from the Expo in L.A.! FileShack is the only site in the world bringing you true High definition resolution videos from E3 so you can check out all the latest games in amazing high resolution.

Source: General

MSI P4N Diamond nForce SLI Intel Board Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2005 - 02:49 PM |
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The gang at Hexus.net has a review up of the MSI motherboard powered by the Intel Edition of the nForce4 SLI chipset. 

The SLI performance problem that the likes of Dell would inevitably gloss over, but has been graphically (pun intended) shown on the previous few pages is squarely down to Pentium 4s' relatively weak gaming performance that's exhibited at lower resolutions and/or with games that rely on masses of subsystem grunt.

Source: Hexus

Back from E3

Subject: Editorial | May 23, 2005 - 02:43 PM |
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I got back from E3 late last night, and unfortunately fell straight to sleep.  There wasn't a lot of excitement going on there from a hardware point of view, especially with both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 missing in action for playable demos.  I am putting the finishing touches on an article I think you'll find very interesting, though it falls outside the boundes of what current technologies are out there.  It should be up in the morning tomorrow. 


I think I might have enough info on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 GPUs to get a short article comparing the

FIA/AMD Formula One Survey 2005

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2005 - 10:00 AM |
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Monaco -- May 20, 2005 --At the beginning of 2005, the FIA initiated a consultation on the future of Formula One. A timetable for the consultation has since been published with an open invitation to all of the stakeholders to participate.

The FIA has always considered the fans of Formula One to be an essential part of this process. As a result, the FIA, backed by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., (NYSE: AMD) a global technology leader, is launching a new survey to gauge public opinion and to help shape the future of the sport.

Source: AMD

AMD Geode(TM) LX 800@0.9W Processor

Subject: Processors | May 23, 2005 - 05:50 AM |
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AMD announced the availability of the new Geode™ LX 800@0.9W Processor today. Hop on over to AMD and check out the press release!

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. today announced availability of the AMD Geode™ LX 800@0.9W processor,* enabling consumers to experience full-featured, desktop-style computing on a new generation of x86 architecture-based embedded and mobile devices.

Source: AMD