Gigabyte 955X Royal Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 07:31 AM |
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HardwareZone has a review up of the Gigabyte 955X motherboard, dubbed the "Royal". 

Performance-wise, the GA-8I955X Royal was able to perform as well and in some cases outperform the Intel 925XE Express reference board, meeting our expectations for the new chipset. It also showed some exceptional performance in the hard drive subsystem testing.

Athlon 64 Venice 3800+ Review

Subject: Processors | May 17, 2005 - 07:16 AM |
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The gang at Tech Report have a review up of the 3800+ Athlon 64 Venice core processor. 

Perhaps we saw relatively lackluster results because we used Prime95's stringent torture test with small FFTs, which will cause a shaky CPU to throw an error even when it will run other programs with no apparent problems. We also used Windows XP x64 Edition for testing, which make uses of transistors that would be dormant in a 32-bit OS, potentially exposing a problem. Or maybe our chip was just a dog.

High-Def E3 Movies at Shack

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2005 - 07:07 AM |
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You have got to

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NVIDIA Has Breakthrough GPU at Playstation 3 Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 05:37 PM |
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You can get the whole PR at the NVIDIA site.


NVIDIA PRESENTS BREAKTHROUGH NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS AT SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT'S PLAYSTATION®3 PRESS CONFERENCE


SONY PICTURES STUDIOS

—CULVER CITY, CA—MAY 16, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, provided a first look at the power

Playstation 3 Launch!

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2005 - 05:34 PM |
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Gamespot has some good coverage of what has happened in the Sony Playstation 3 launch thus far.  The specs for this piece of console hardware look just as impressive as the Xbox 360!  3.2 GHz Cell processor, Blu-Ray Disc support, 256 MB of XDR system memory running at 3.2 GHz (4 x 800 MHz) and 256 MB of GDDR3 at 700 MHz. 


Update: Here are some photos of the system! 

Source: General

Intel Opens 100th Computer Clubhouse

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2005 - 02:48 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2005 — Intel Corporation today opened the 100th Computer Clubhouse, a milestone for the unique, technology-based learning program which has served more than 50,000 youth since it began in 1993. Fueled by a $32 million investment by Intel in 2000, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network has continued to grow to 100 around the world. 'The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network offers youth access to computers, but its uniqueness lies in its learning model,' said Intel CEO Craig Barrett.

Fighting With Dual Core

Subject: Editorial | May 16, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
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I happen to come across an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor in my mail box today and am currently engrossed in attempting to test it.  I say attempting because the motherboard I am using and the one I have an updated BIOS for is giving me fits.  Somehow, when using the X2 processor, any use of the USB bus locks the system, but with the same board, bios, bios settings, etc and an FX-55 or a 3700+, the system is just fine with USB usage.  I have no idea what is going on, but I am pretty sure we have a BIOS issue not a processor issue.


In other news, I found out that my clos

Albatron Release AGP to PCI Express Adaptor?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 10:40 AM |
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I saw this thread in our forums this morning and tried to dig up some more info on it, but came up empty thus far.  Albatron has apparently released something called the "ATOP" that allows current AGP video card users to upgrade to a PCIe motherboard without buying a new video card.  Based on the photo I see on the Albatron website, this is not giong to be a universal option for AGP cards at all.  The AGP video card that is shown is very

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Slow News Day - Venice for Sale

Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 10:24 AM |
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Its an oddly slow news day from a hardware review perspective.  Maybe everyone is recovering from all the Xbox 360 crap that went on last week?  In any event, until something crosses my wire, I only have an update on finding some Venice core Athlon 64 processors for sale in our Pricegrabber engine.



  • Athlon 64 3000+ Venice - from $149

  • Athlon 64 3200+ Venice -

Big Brushed Box & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2005 - 08:08 AM |
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Mountain Mods U2-UFO Brushed Aluminum Case is not like too many other cases out there.  It is a basic box that is just beggin to be modded and tricked out.  Plus, as SystemCooling shows in it's review, adding any type of cooling system to it is almost ridiculously easy.

"For the computer enthusiast and modder there never seems to be enough room inside your computer case.

Dual Core Will Not Increase Mobo Sales

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2005 - 07:59 PM |
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It looks like some motherboard vendors are predicting a stagnant market even with both AMD and Intel pushing dual core processors to anyone and everyone.  With the AMD X2's only needing a BIOS update and Pentium D platform pretty high on the price scale, this makes a lot of sense. 

However, AMD's new dual-core Athlon64 X2 CPUs will be Socket 939 solutions, and can be supported by current K8 motherboards, which will only need to have their BIOS upgraded, the makers said.

Source: Digitimes

Teen Scientists And Inventors From Around The World Awarded $3 Million In Scholarships And Prizes

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2005 - 04:13 AM |
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PHOENIX, May 13, 2005 — Projects on a navigational system for the blind, possible discovery of an ancient coastline on Mars and a lower-cost technology to analyze compounds used to protect against disease were the student projects that won top awards today at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).

Some Random Updates

Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2005 - 09:03 AM |
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First, it looks like I will be getting an Athlon 64 X2 processor to review, just not from AMD.  I've had to go to various other sources to get the hardware I need for testing, and under the cover of secrecy to do so, but my readers will soon get to see what I make of AMD lastest processor announcement. 


Also, you may have noticed my review of the first retail nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard, the Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe.  As far as I know its the first review of the board on the web, and it liv

Xbox 360 Launches

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2005 - 08:36 AM |
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Sure, the product won't be available until sometime in November, and yes, the 30 minutes special on MTV last night just sucked, but there is still a lot of good information circulating on the new Xbox console this morning. 


My personal favorite so far is this article titled Xbox 360 Dissected that attempts to look at the Xbox from a hardware perspective.  They go into some rumor mill detail on the processor and GPU (from ATI) and go over some of the new features and technology used in it.&

Liquid Cooling Oddity & no more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 13, 2005 - 08:35 AM |
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Sorry, I got nothing in the way of watercooling or phase change reviews today.  However, if you will bear with me for a minute, I'd like to show you one of the oddest liquid cooling methods I have ever seen.  I can't postively say that this works, but I think you all should see it ...


 

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NVIDIA G70 To Show at Computex

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2005 - 04:19 AM |
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It looks like NVIDIA will be showing off their next GPU technology at Computex this June.  According to this report, it should be twice as fast as the 6800 series of GPUs and will be made on the 0.11 micron process.  Apparently, the R520 from ATI will be on the .09 micron process.

Since the G70 is currently under non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Nvidia, motherboard makers declined to provide more details about the product.

Source: Digitimes

Blowin air for CPU's and GPU's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2005 - 08:40 AM |
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Fan controllers, multifunction panels, and air cooling for your CPU and GPU, it's all here.  First, start off at 3DVelocity, and see a fight between a Turbine and a Kamaboko.  Neither will take the air-cooling performance crown, but they are ceratinly interesting to look at.  Also check out the various flavours of panels, and the 3 GPU cooler reviews at the bottom.

"I'm not quite sure if the recent surge in CPU coolers is due to some kind of upsurge in air cooling or if it's just one of those unexplainable coincidences that we have to put down to some strange, latent

Source: 3DVelocity

DDR2 Will be 50% of DRAM Output

Subject: Memory | May 11, 2005 - 08:04 AM |
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For those of you that might have questioned AMD's move to DDR2 for their next processor, you should know that current reports are showing DDR2 to account for half of all DRAM in production by the end of this year.  So we should see DDR and DDR2 memory prices close to equalized or maybe even see DDR2 cheaper by Christmas time.

Samsung Electronics, Elpida and Infineon Technologies saw their DDR2 output account for over 30% of their total DRAM ou

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA to Release 128 MB TurboCache in Q3?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2005 - 08:01 AM |
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Currently, NVIDIA only has 16, 32 and 64MB TurboCache products on the market while ATI has a 32 and a 128MB configuration in their HyperMemory products.  You can see my recent review of them here.  Well it looks like this summer NVIDIA might be launching a 128MB version of their TC product.


Nvidia plans to introduce a new version of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache that includes 128MB of on-board memory for the mainstrea

Source: Digitimes

Abit Launches Fatal1ty X800 XL 512 MB and SLI Boards

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2005 - 08:33 AM |
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Abit announced late last night that they were releasing a Fatal1ty branded X800 XL 512 MB video card that features vGuru options.  For those unfamiliar, vGuru is much like uGuru, only for video cards instead of motherboards, and allows users to overclock their video cards much more easily. 


Also announced last night, were two Abit motherboards supporting SLI technology.  The AN8 SLI uses the nForce4 SLI AMD Edition chipset and the NI8 SLI uses the