Intel® Teach To The Future Program Expands

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2004 - 04:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - To help students develop higher-level thinking skills, Intel Corporation has introduced a new workshop series to teach K-12 educators how to effectively use new Web-based tools to engage students and enhance learning. The workshops are an expansion of the successful Intel® Teach to the Future Essentials Course.

Intel Delivers Breakthrough PC Technologies

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2004 - 03:59 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - In one of the most significant PC platform changes in a decade, Intel Corporation today announced products that usher in a range of audio, video and other capabilities previously found only on specialty PCs. In addition to making the PC experience more entertaining and productive, these technologies pave the way for such emerging capabilities as High Definition (HD) video, 7.1 surround sound and robust file protection for office and home users.

What does PCI Express mean to AGP & a Catalyst Comparison

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 21, 2004 - 01:18 PM |
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Sudhain takes a look at the bandwidth needed for graphics cards, to determine just what you can expect to see from PCI-Express.  Also, Legionhardware compares Catalyst drivers to see what has changed over the past few iterations.

"My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate just how much AGP bandwidth affected modern game and application performance, and, by extension, how much PCI-Express is likely to improve it.  While we won

Source: Sudhian

A batch of case reviews to brighten your monday & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2004 - 01:10 PM |
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Take a gander at these cases, with names from Armor to Z-Alien.  Maybe one of them will hold you off until the BTX form factor gets going as the new standard. 


"At first glance, the A600 does not seem to be a "stand out from the crowd" type of case. There is no crazy pre-painted design, no elaborately cut window, but this is exactly what I liked about the case. So many cases today are too "XTREME!!!" for me ... Once opened up, the A600 is a dream. The A600 sports four 5.25" drive bays as well as two external and six internal 3.5" bays.
Source: Bjorn3D

Opteron-Based Installations See a Sevenfold Increase

Subject: Processors | June 21, 2004 - 12:33 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - JUN. 21, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that 30 AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based systems are listed among the world's highest-performing supercomputers, as determined by the TOP500 Organization (www.top500.org.) Building on an impressive debut on the TOP500 list in November 2003, AMD Opteron processor-based systems appear three times among the top 20 on the most recent list.

Source: AMD

Zalman's and phase change & more ... oh my!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 18, 2004 - 06:28 PM |
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A member of the pimprig forums walks through the change from aircooling to watercooling, and 3 different sites look at Zalman's Fanless Reserator.

"Our own unaclocker, ZENNZZO, has a first quicky article up on phase change cooling as he makes the initial transition from water cooling: "This is all new to me, and by no means is a bible or the end all on the subject. There are many HVAC engineers that build Phase change units.

Source: PimpRig

More on the death of the BIOS

Subject: Motherboards | June 18, 2004 - 06:16 PM |
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The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is being proposed as the new alternative to the old BIOS.  The BIOS sufferes from many limitations, which have been spotlighted by the advent of more readily available 64bit proccessors.  kernelthread.com takes a look at the issues and benefits of this new firmware interface for motherboards.

 

In a "modern" setting, the old-fashioned BIOS has severe limitations, even though it has seen numerous tweaks, impr

Source: kernelthread

HardOCP Overclocks the A64 3000+ to a 272 MHz Bus

Subject: Processors | June 17, 2004 - 09:52 PM |
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Kyle has just posted an article on HardOCP that shares his experience with taking the Athlon 64 3000+ processor and coupling it with a Abit K8T800 Pro motherboard with a locked AGP/PCI bus.  The results are quite impressive, and apparently easy to do.

Keep in mind that all Athlon64 CPUs have "Cool n' Quiet" technology.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair Announces Value Select DDR2 Memory

Subject: Memory | June 17, 2004 - 05:36 PM |
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Fremont, CA, June 17, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new DDR2 Value Select memory modules. These products are ideal for the budget conscious consumer who would like to take advantage of the new features and bandwidth that DDR2 has to offer.

Opteron Processor Powers Formula One Team

Subject: Processors | June 17, 2004 - 06:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- May 17, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Sauber Petronas will implement a server cluster based on the AMD Opteron™ processor with Direct Connect Architecture. The cluster is designed to deliver increased performance for the Swiss Formula One team as part of their aerodynamics research and development efforts.

Source: AMD

Asus and Abit temperature readings examined closely & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2004 - 01:03 PM |
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BleedinEdge drills a hole in a stock heatsink, inserts a temperature probe into it and looks at the differences in temperature readings from the motherboard's sensors, MBM 5 and their temperature probe.  If reading the article makes you want to upgrade your CPU cooling, well here's a list of solutions.

Source: BleedinEdge

Intel Reduces Barriers To ISV And IHV Certification

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2004 - 05:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 14, 2004 - Intel Corporation today cut costly red tape for enterprise server OEMs with the formation of a program to precertify server platforms based on Intel® architecture processors with the offerings of major hardware and software vendors.

Currently, server OEMs that want to incorporate the hardware and software offerings must individually submit their new IA-based systems to those vendors for independent certification.

AMD Announces Technology Milestone

Subject: Processors | June 14, 2004 - 05:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 14, 2004 --Today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced a technology milestone with the completed design of its AMD64 dual-core processors. AMD plans to deliver high-performance dual-core products to the x86 server market in mid-2005 and introduce dual-core solutions for high-end client PCs in the second half of 2005.

To meet customer and partner needs, AMD has been developing its multi-core processors for several years.

Source: AMD

AMD Unveils Evolutionary Design for Latest AMD-8000 Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | June 14, 2004 - 03:37 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 14, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled details of the latest addition to the AMD-8000™ series of chipsets, the AMD-8132™ HyperTransport™ PCI-X® 2.0 tunnel.

Source: AMD

PC Case or cell phone accessory & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2004 - 01:13 PM |
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Convergence just keeps on coming.  Overclockers Australia looks at this case from COMSCOM.  It has a fan controller, thermal monitoring, and keeps your fans spinning for ~3 minutes after shutdown.  It also has a mobile phone charger?!?  Take a look and decide if it's too much for you, or if it is the case that finally has everything you need.

"This front panel also has an LED to show when the mobile phone charger is operating.

Socket 939 PIBs and More Getting Cheaper

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2004 - 10:42 AM |
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I was looking through our Pricegrabber engine today and noticed that some of the prices for Socket 939 processors were going below the AMD 1KU pricing already.  The Athlon 64 3800+ Retail is for sale for around $710, while the Athlon 64 3800+ OEM is for sale for $696 or so in some places.  The other 939-pin proce

Friday's Frigid Fluids Fare & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 11, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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A look at 2 different, and powerful watercoolers.  Xtreme Resources really gave their Flukes a workout, as there are a lot of temperature readings from key spots in the evaporator, as well as the temperature of air giong in and out.  A True Review gives you another look at Fluid XP, and much more for you to discover.  Unless you're just in a partyin' mood tonite...


"If you want the lowest temperatures you can get on

Socket 754 roundup &more

Subject: Motherboards | June 11, 2004 - 01:07 AM |
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If the initial prices on 939 boards and chips has you scared off, you might take a look at this roundup of 5 of the more affordable socket 754 boards. Going through the review you'll no doubt notice the similar performance on benchmarks.

AMD bags Chinese giant

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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Wednesday 9th June 2004 23:21 GMT --- AMD has worked its way into the heart of the Chinese computer market, announcing a deal today with leading manufacturer Lenovo.


Lenovo is set to roll out the Feng Xing V series of consumer PCs running on AMD's Athlon 64 and Athlon XP processors. AMD, for the first time, joins Intel as a supplier for Lenovo - the largest PC maker in China.

Source: The Register

PCPer! you heatsink too small!! enlarge it with new product!!! & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2004 - 04:07 PM |
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Is that a heatsink or a jet engine?  Heatsinks designed for the Prescott seem to prove that AMD no longer deserves to be though of as the producer of the hottest chips around, and Legit Reviews shows off some displays from Computex.  Another round-up of Prescott heatsinks, an new company just starting out and a neat little device from Logisys round out today's cooling news.


Quote: "One of the first things noticed about the new socket, LGA775, is the size of the heatsinks used to cool the new prescotts w