Form & function in PC Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Pimprig checks out Mutant Mods' stylish new acrylic case.  You know they mean business when the case comes complete with gloves to use when you are installing your pieces.  It is also a little smaller and thinner than most cases, so if you are looking at any of the larger CPU fans, then you may want to reconsider your cooling ...

Source: PimpRig

Deep into the Night...

Subject: Editorial | March 29, 2005 - 01:57 AM |
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Still plugging away at two seperate test setups trying to get them far enough along that I don't feel like I failed the entire day to complete something.  If anyone has any skills writing some complex Windows scripting to help me with some more automated testing than I already have, please email me!  Anything you want can be yours!  :)  It looks tomorrow will be pretty busy as well as I have to send a couple parts BACK to where they came in time for overnight shipping, which means by 5:30pm here.  Everything needs to be done by then, so sleep will come at the bottom

A Week Cut Short

Subject: Editorial | March 28, 2005 - 11:33 PM |
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It's a Monday night and I've been sitting in my office pretty much non stop since 10:30am.  Anyone who said the life of an online reviewer was all glam and glory, is sadly mistaken.  But at least I have all the comforts of home here, so I can't complain too much. 


I've been trying to mix up the article content that I am writing, getting away from just motherboard reviews and trying to branch out into newer, more exciting and different PC items.  The DFI 855 Pentium M article was the first in that department

AMD Announces 7.75 Percent Senior Notes Exchange Offer

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2005 - 08:38 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CA -- March 23, 2005 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has commenced a registered exchange offer to exchange up to $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.75 percent Senior Notes due 2012, which have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for all outstanding 7.75 percent Senior Notes due 2012 which were issued and sold by AMD on October 29, 2004 in a private placement offering.

Source: AMD

Two Executives To Leave Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2005 - 08:36 AM |
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 SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 23, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced that two senior executives are leaving the company to pursue other interests. They are John H.F. Miner, vice president and president of Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investment arm; and Pamela L. Pollace, vice president and director, Corporate Communications Group.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2005 - 08:35 AM |
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 SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 24, 2005 - The Intel Corporation board of directors has declared an $0.08 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2005 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2005.

Epox EP-5NVA+ nF4 SLI Intel Edition

Subject: Motherboards | March 25, 2005 - 10:32 PM |
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Epox sent over a PR release on their upcoming nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard.  You can see the image below, or see all the specs that I posted in our forums to avoid the long post here. 

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3DLabs Wilcat Realizm 300 MultiGPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:13 PM |
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Anandtech is looking at the 3DLabs Wildcat Realizm 300 multi-GPU setup today.  They only test SPECviewperf, so you might not get a whole lot of this for an enthusiast user. 

We are very interested in comparing this solution to NVIDIA's SLI option. If NVIDIA is able to adapt their SLI profiles to workstation applications effectively, we could see some very impressive numbers. NVIDIA isn't choosing to focus on performance as the main selling point of Quadro SLI though.

Source: AnandTech

Asus CT-479 Pentium M Upgrade Kit

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2005 - 10:09 PM |
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Legit Reviews has another look (with actual benchmarks this time) of the Asus CT-479 Pentium M upgrade kit. 

The idea to put Intel Pentium M — the chip originally designed for mobile computers — into desktops has been around for a quite while, and Legit Reviews sees the trend staying around in the future.  With Intel seeing companies selling Pentium-M adapters and desktop boards it may be only time till Intel jumps on board and designs a mobile desktop solution.  If corporate buyers pic

BFG Tech Announced 512 MB 6800 Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:07 PM |
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It looks like the first comany to announce a product on NVIDIA's 6800 Ultra reference platform is none other than home-grown BFG Tech. 


Lake Forest, IL — ( March 24, 2005 )— BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphic cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they will offer an overclocked 512MB PCI Express™ version of their award-winning BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ graphics card.


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Foxxcon Winfast nForce4 Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 25, 2005 - 10:04 PM |
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Viperlair has reviewed the Winfast NF4 Ultra motherboard from PC manufacturering giant, Foxxcon. 

This board is priced significantly cheaper however than many other nForce 4 boards, somewhere in the region of $103 US as compared to many boards with SLI that cost at least $60 more.

Source: VIPERLAIR

New Info on ATI's Multi VPU Rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:27 AM |
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Not a whole lot new here, and you never know if its going to be accurate when the products launch, but Fudo at The Inquirer is telling us about some news he heard on ATI's answer to SLI.  Apparantly it will use a method called "Super Tiling" that breaks up the screens into squares like a chess board and that each card will be connected to the monitor via the DVI port.  We'll see how this pans out.

One graphic card will act as a master while the second one will act as a slave and both card will be connected to an in

Source: The Inquirer

Various Video Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:06 AM |
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There are several GPU reviews that I got wind of this morning -- I'll list them all here for you to read.



  • Firingsquad reviews 6 different X800 XL cards and compares them

  • HardwareZone has a 5-way X700 card shootout

  • PCStats takes a look at the ATI X800 XL card from Gigabyte

  • The Albatron 6600 PCI Express card gets a poke and a pr
Source: General

Sony PSP Launch Day

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2005 - 09:56 AM |
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In case you didn't already know, today is the launch date of the new PSP, portable Playstation unit.  Mine should be delivered sometime this afternoon, but if you want one I suggest you head out to the stores ASAP to have a chance at one.  The guys at Engadget covered the PSP launch party in New York, where some people like Carson Daly showed up.  At the launch in Toronto, Wayne Gretzky was there, and ByteSector was on hand to cover the event

Source: General

World of Warcraft Performance Guide

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 08:06 PM |
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If you have been playing or thinking of playing World of Warcraft, otherwise known as WoW, then you'll want to read what Anand has put together as a performance guide.  He has looked at both GPU and CPU performance in the game. 

The balance between GPU and CPU performance isn't all that matters to World of Warcraft. Memory size is also a very important factor in building a smooth running WoW box.  As with any high end gaming box, less than 512MB of memory is simply unacceptable for WoW.

Source: AnandTech

Yet Another AN8 Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 07:59 PM |
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I guess Abit sent out quite a lot of these boards, eh?  Here' is yet another Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard reviewed. 

The rundown of the Fatal1ty's performance and overclocking potential is definitely exceptional. While the board lacks great VDIMM options, the BIOS allows other great voltage ranges and many memory adjustments. I'm pretty sure that most of you are interested in the comparison against DFI's Ultra-D, and our review of that motherboard will arrive soon.

Source: General

Another Abit Fatal1ty AN8 Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 07:56 PM |
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XBit labs has reviewed the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset.  It's a big one at 15 pages!  You can check out my review of the board for comparison as well. 

All in all, ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 mainboard makde a very good impression.

Source: X-Bit Labs

ATI Theatre 550 Pro Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 07:54 PM |
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The gang at PCStats is looking at the new Powercolor branded Theatre 550 TV tuner card today. 

As you've probably guessed by now, the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro works as a TV-tuner ought to. Its combination of great image quality and perfect frame rates made us very happy campers indeed. ATI appears to have the makings of a hit on their hands with the Theatre Pro 550 chip.

We were less thrilled with the bundled Cyberlink PowerCinema 3 software.

Source: PCStats

Coming up at PC Perspective

Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2005 - 07:51 PM |
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It has been a stressful couple of weeks for me here; both on the site and off the site.  As I mentioned before, I am building a house in Florence, KY, to which I will hopefully move sometime this summer.

Might Pressler and the 65nm Intel CPUs Be Early?

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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In my IDF coverage, I mentioned how healthy the 65nm technology from Intel looked, but I didn't think they would be bumping up time tables, but it looks like that may happen


The interesting bit is that Intel is now telling people that it may pull the 65 nanometre launch forward by a few months, maybe as early as late Q3. This would mean Cedar Mill, Presler, and possibly Yonah wukk arrive much earlier than anyone thinks.

Source: The Inquirer