Get your heatsink pimped out & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2005 - 08:40 AM |
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Come on, you know you want it!  A nice big chunk of gold, sitting in the middle of your case, LED lights glinting off of it, as everyone stares in envy.  Mikhailtech reviews the Aerocool GT-1000, and finds that not only does it look good, but it will do so in just about any system, SocketA, S939 & S754 or the P4 478 & LGA775.    Plus, it cools your CPU too!

"As you may have guessed, the entire heatsink is gold plated. This is more of a cosmetic feature, but it doesn't hurt performance either.

Source: Mikhailtech

VIA Releases new Hyperion 4.56 Drivers

Subject: Chipsets | April 12, 2005 - 07:16 AM |
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VIA has released new chipset drivers for in the form of a Hyperion v4.56 release.  Catch them over at VIA Arena.

VIA Hyperion drivers are suitable for any VIA chipset and all Microsoft Windows 32 bit Operating Systems. Please read the information about all VIA chipset driver choices, however, so that you chose the drivers that can best be recommended for your system.

Source: General

VIA Releases Linux Open Source Driver Source Package

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2005 - 07:14 AM |
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VIA Releases Linux Driver Source Packages


Freely available driver source code eases the development of tailor-made applications for the latest Linux distributions


Taipei, Taiwan, 12 April 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the extension of its open source support with the release of driver source codes for specific VIA hardware.


Of particular interest to the growing number of Linux enthusiasts and customers utilizing VIA EPIA mainboards, is

Source: General

Shuttle XPC ST20G5 XPRESS 200 SFF

Subject: Systems | April 12, 2005 - 07:12 AM |
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Tech Report has written up a review of the Shuttle XPC system based around the ATI Xpress 200 chipset for the AMD platform. 

Unfortunately, the box isn't perfect. The ST20G5's USB and Gigabit Ethernet performance are disappointing, and our sample's VGA signal quality had some issues above 1024x768 at 75Hz. The BIOS also needs a little work, most notably support for higher HT link speeds and 0.5x CPU multipliers for overclocking.

Intel Moves up Release of Dual Core Extreme Edition

Subject: Processors | April 12, 2005 - 07:10 AM |
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In a move that will definitely confuse many, Intel has decided to move UP the release of the dual core Extreme Edition processors and the corresponding 955 chipset.  Being as I don't even have a sample of the product yet, its really hard for me to even tell you if this is good or bad, but weighing in the difficultly Intel had getting parts out to the press, I can't imagine this being a very wide release at all...

Intel will move up the launch date of its dual-core series Pentium Extreme Edition 840 CPU

Source: Digitimes

Some Graphics Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 07:08 AM |
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I have a few video card reviews that were sent into me this weekend for posting, so I'll finally get them up today.  Enjoy!


Source: General

Cases for Spring & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2005 - 08:52 AM |
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Sooner or later we will all be using BTX cases, but the change is coming slow.  Currently we have several of the innovations being touted for BTX being incorporated into our current ATX form factor, though we are still waiting to see if the "You got chocolate in my peanut butter" idea will work as good for tech as it did for snacks.  In this Enermax case that PureOverclock reviews, a wind tunnel to isolate the CPU fan is the biggest innovation brought from BTX, although maybe not for DFI users.  Read on to see w

Chaintech motherboard give away!

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 06:45 PM |
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Chaintech is giving away a VNF4 Ultra Socket 939 motherboard! All you have to do is drop by this thread and post your input on what you think would be the ideal motherboard. You must be a member of the PC Perspective forums and submit your entries to this thread by posting. Contest ends on April 15th. Good Luck!

 Chaintech wants to know what improvements their fans would like to see on future Chaintech motherboards.

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A Trip to Chaintech

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 06:34 PM |
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One of our very own Moderators, UncleBob, was invited to Chaintech America in Fremont, CA. to take a tour and discuss their products. UB details his visit and recounts what they discussed, including the S1689, the VNF4, dual core support and more.

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ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Series with Exclusive Features

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 11:11 AM |
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*UPDATE* I just got this photo in an email from Asus.



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A quick once over of this board shot shows some interesting stuff, like the external, rear SATA channel by the audio output connectors.  The passive heastsink on the north bridge is pretty dang big, as is probably needed for the heat the NVIDIA NF4 Intel chipse

Venice Core Seems all the Rage

Subject: Editorial | April 8, 2005 - 09:44 AM |
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It seems my Venice core article has gotten quite a few links in from around the web and has gotten a lot of reads over the last couple of days.  I have gotten a lot of positive emails and the discussion in the forums is good as well.  I'm glad to see people excited about these parts again, as I know a lot of the online media is too.


I've still got a few articles in the pipeline, two of which are based around the Pentium M and two of which are graphics c

Pair of Watercooling Reviews & no More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2005 - 08:37 AM |
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Sorry guys, I've only manged to spot 2 Watercooling reviews, and no phase changed ones ...  but hey, it's quality, not quantity, isn't it?


Danger Den's Maze 4 Waterblock was built with AMD in mind, and GideonTech takes a look.  They had to put a little extra work into it, but the temperatures they got made it well worth it!


"To connect the Maze 4 block to the CPU socket using the 4 holes in the motherboard, the kit comes with an unusually large selection of threaded rods, nuts, thumb nuts, washer
Source: Gideon Tech

Corsair Unleashes XMS2 6400

Subject: Memory | April 8, 2005 - 03:17 AM |
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Fremont, CA (April 8, 2005) - Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today unveiled the industry's first DDR2800 MHz memory modules optimized for the latest NVIDIA®

Shuttle SN25P nForce4 SFF Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 03:43 PM |
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Another review has surfaced of the nForce4 powered Shuttle small form factor box, the SN25P.  Below is a list of some of the things they liked about it:


  • TeraCube - easy to install over 1 TB of storage in a SFF system

  • NF4 chipset brings top notch performance

  • Looks great!

  • Smart fans are really smart

  • Excellent fit and finish

  • Integrated 8-in-1 memory card reader

  • Wonderful audio controller

  • Seamless installation, perfect fit & finish i

Source: hardCOREware

New Cat 5.4s are Out!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 03:39 PM |
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I saw over at HardOCP that new Catalyst 5.4 drivers are now online, so head on over and pick 'em up if you need them.  Below is a partial list of fixes:

 Fixed in this driver:

  • 3DMark2001: A black screen is no longer displayed when launching 3DMark2001 after launching Aquamark3 when the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER is installed

  • Pacific Fighters: Playing the game after playing any track for a short period

Fatal1ty AN8 nForce4 Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 03:36 PM |
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HardOCP has reviewed the Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra (AMD Edition) chipset.  Have a gander at what they have to say, and if you need a comparison, you can look at my review as well.

However, the lack of integrated peripherals on the board itself was disappointing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE Intel Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 07:28 AM |
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It seems that reviews on Intel-based motherboards are still harder to come by than AMD solutions, but here is one for you based on the Intel 925XE chipset. 

Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE — is specially designed for professional gamers who have heard of Johnathan Wendel.

Source: Digit Life

VIAArena Looks at 9 K8T890 Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 07:26 AM |
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VIA Arena is taking a very brief look at the features and layouts of 9 different K8T890 motherboards.  What is even more odd about this is that fact that I haven't seen a SINGLE retail board come to me from any vendor.

The K8T890 of course features support for PCI Express video cards. All of the boards feature one 16x PCIe slot and at least one PCIe x 1 slot for PCIe peripheral cards like networking, audio etc.

Anandtech Looks into Dual Core: Part II

Subject: Processors | April 7, 2005 - 07:24 AM |
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In this second installment from Anand, he is looking at the less expensive 2.8 GHz dual core Pentium D processor.

Source: AnandTech

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI NF4 SLI Intel Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 07:19 AM |
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PCStats seems to have the first production motherboard reviewed based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset. 

The physical layout of the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard is excellent but we've come to expect that from Gigabyte. It's nice to see that Gigabyte includes everything end users would need with the motherboard as well, why can't more manufacturers follow Gigabyte's lead?

Source: PCStats