A case of the 70's & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2004 - 12:17 PM |
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Have you ever wondered what a Mod'ed PC would look like?  Do you think Pete Townsend has one?


"The front bezel, I am pleased to say, is a big hunk of thick aluminum adorned with color and flashy lights. The first of two doors… yeah, I said two, is decorated with color, knobs, LED's, and knobs. These two big knobs up front are actually fan controllers.

AMD Announces IBM and Oracle Support...

Subject: Processors | May 25, 2004 - 09:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-May 25, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced additional enterprise software support from IBM and Oracle with availability of AMD64 product optimizations. The migration of these core business applications to the AMD64 platform will help ensure enterprise customers have access to x86-based 64-bit software optimized for improving e-business and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

The new solutions represent offerings from the industry's leading database and ERP companies.

Source: AMD

MSI Making ATI-Based Cards As Well?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2004 - 04:05 PM |
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In the past, MSI has created some controversey by producing a limited amount of ATI-based cards specifically for Europe. Going with the current trend as of late in offering cards based on both NVIDIA and ATI chipsets, MSI is finally making their full product line public.

Source: Email

Nforce3 Southbridge Performance &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 02:42 PM |
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With the Nforce3 GB, Nvidia has finally caught up with Via and integrated RAID support into the Southbridge chip. The remaining question is whether or not the Nvidia performance will be up to the standard set by Via. Ace's attempts to answer this question and more in this K8T800 vrs. Nforce3 GB shootout. Good news or bad?

IWill's ZMAXdp Pics

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 11:24 AM |
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The guys over at Hexus have somehow managed to take some exclusive photos of the dual-processor SFF from Iwill which has received so much attention as of late. Regardless of how the system fares in the marketplace, it is certainly exciting to see a vendor take a chance on a wild product like this.

"Firstly, a little information on the custom form-factor ZMAX-DP motherboard.

Source: Hexus

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2004 - 10:29 AM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my latest ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

IWILL ZMAXdp - Dual Opteron SFF Design for workstation

Subject: Systems | May 22, 2004 - 05:03 PM |
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The power of Dual Opterons in a SFF package.  Who would have thought IWill of all manufacturers would be the one with baby.  Not me, its been a very long time hearing about AMD products from IWill.  Now its time to see what they have been doing in the quiet corners of their R&D room.  This baby needs to be sitting next to my desk!

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Going to QuakeCon?

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2004 - 03:25 PM |
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It is a given that QuakeCon is one of the most overwhelming and incredible gaming experiences to be had. With this year's QuakeCon quickly approaching (Aug 12-15), Ryan and I are trying to see how many of you will be joining us at the event.

Source: General

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | May 21, 2004 - 07:11 PM |
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As the words were coming out of my mouth this afternoon, I knew I was going to be in trouble. Some of us were talking about car problems in the office today and I just HAD to speak up and confirm someone's comment that Dodges tend to break down.

Not only did I have to agree with her, but I also had to add in my own two cents worth and tell them that my '93 Mustang was in the shop less than his '98 Dodge Stratus was. The Stratus must have overheard me. 


I get out to the car, start it up, crank up the AC and feel nothing but hot air blowing out the vents.

Source: General

Danger Den TDX Nozzle Testing & More Wet Cooling Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2004 - 01:16 PM |
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Friday, and a long weekend for us Canuks!  Here are all the watercooling links that have come my way this week.  Have a fun friday evening. 

"It is clear that for all the pumps tested that using the #4 or #5 nozzle results in improved temperatures. It also becomes apparent that, for nozzles #4 and #5, the gain from changing to the more restrictive #5 nozzle is offset by the accompanying decrease in flow rate.

Do You Trust Me?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2004 - 12:28 PM |
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Tech-Report has just posted an excellent article outlining the tactics behind the recent optimizations discovered within ATI's drivers.

ATi Releases 64-bit Drivers

Subject: Displays | May 20, 2004 - 07:30 PM |
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Users of WindowsXP 64 bit have been after ATI to release drivers for some time now. Word was that ATI wasn't going to release anything until a final version of XP 64 was released. However, here are some Betas. Make your image backups and proceed with caution!

Source: General

Top Gun Video Card Shootout & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2004 - 03:36 AM |
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Chances are in recent years you have encountered the mentality that the OEM brand doesn't matter, and that the GPU the card is outfitted with is all that matters. While in sectors such as storage brands suddenly become quite important based on their reliability records, for the most part this is a non-issue with video cards these days. Really, how much difference can there be?

Source: bit-tech

E3, WinHEC 2004, & CeBIT Australia

Subject: Shows and Expos | May 19, 2004 - 07:22 PM |
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Click Here to go to Shows & Expos  Shows & Expos

 


E3

Source: General

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2004 - 06:00 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my latest ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

AMD Establishes Advanced Micro Devices (China) Co., Ltd.

Subject: Processors | May 19, 2004 - 06:45 AM |
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BEIJING - MAY 19, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has established AMD (China) Co., Ltd., and co-hosted an inaugural ceremony with officials from the Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing, where the company will be headquartered.  AMD (China) Co., Ltd. is registered as a foreign-invested holding company, managing all AMD investments in China and enabling it to conduct an increased scope of business operations in the country.

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LAKS USB Memory Watch & More

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2004 - 06:45 AM |
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Yep, you guessed it! A Watch you can store files in. :)

The USB Memory Watch takes a logical step into combining these very handy devices and your own jewelry, in this case an item of jewelry you don't often, if ever, take off.







Additional Mobile Links from around the Web:

Source: GeekXtreme

Introduction to DDR-2 & More

Subject: Memory | May 18, 2004 - 08:08 PM |
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PCStats has done an excellent job of explaining the upgrade from DDR to DDR2.

What is DDR2? Well, it's a new memory standard, as defined by JEDEC (Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council), whose members include many of the major computer memory and chipset manufacturers. JESD 79-2A to be exact.

Source: PCStats

Are you a fan of quiet?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2004 - 01:26 PM |
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The Register has a few hints on how to keep your system cooling from drowning out your speakers.  2 round ups from Madshrimps, and 3 reviews of a Coolermaster heatsink.  Silent PCReview takes a look at ducting, and among other things, shows how lower rotation speeds limit suction, regardless of the CFM rating.

"If you're tired of the racket your PC is making, you have two choices before you.

Source: The Register

ATI's Answer to MXM

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2004 - 10:16 AM |
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Those who thought NVIDIA's new MXM mobile PCI-Express module would make life a bit easier for laptop vendors are in for a suprise. Apparently, ATI is on the verge of announcing their own module.

Source: Digitimes