VisionTek XTASY X850 XT Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2005 - 01:10 AM |
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HardOCP has reviewed the VisionTek branded X850 XT GPU today and though they seem to like the card, availability is STILL an issue.

The MSRP on the VisionTek XTASY X850 XT is $499. Searching various online stores we did find the VisionTek XTASY X850 XT at one retailer on sale for $488 but it was out of stock. At other online retailers we did find it in stock and found the price to be anywhere from $499 all the way to $614 at one retailer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A Look at the VIA EPIA-SP Mainboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2005 - 12:43 AM |
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VIA Arena has just sent out news of an article they have on the new VIA EPIA-SP mini-ITX motherboard. 

Take a reasonably large hard drive, a stick of DDR400 memory, a tiny ITX case along with a wireless keyboard and mouse and there you have it, the ultimate home theater system. Of course you will need to back this flashy little computer up with some impressive audio and a killer television, but I will leave that part of the buying process up to you.

Source: General

Welcome to PC Perspective v2.0!

Subject: Editorial | March 15, 2005 - 12:27 AM |
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Well, if you are here already you no doubt have seen the changes we made tonight to the entire PC Perspective website.  The forums have had a preview of this new design for some time, but it has taken us quite a long time to work out all the bugs and kinks with the site formatting to get it where we were ready to present it to you all.  Before I get into the new features and what has changed in the new PC Perspective v2.0, I'd like to take this chance to publicly and completely thank Joe White (The Wise One

Intel First-Quarter Business At High End Of Expectations

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2005 - 09:30 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 10, 2005 -- Intel Corporation expects revenue for the first quarter to be between $9.2 billion and $9.4 billion, as compared to the previous range of $8.8 billion to $9.4 billion.

The first-quarter gross margin percentage is expected to be approximately 57 percent, plus or minus a point, as compared to the previous expectation of 55 percent, plus or minus a couple of points, primarily due to lower than expected 65nm start-up costs and microprocessor unit costs. All other expectations are unchanged.

Enhanced Intel® Wireless MMX2(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2005 - 09:28 PM |
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CTIA, New Orleans, March 15, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced enhanced technology to provide mobile handset users with a better multimedia experience, including clearer graphics, faster video, and improved power efficiency.

Intel® Wireless MMX2™ technology offers advanced features to simplify the development of feature-rich audio, video, graphics and voice applications, providing users with innovative, reliable communications solutions that can run the latest multimedia content.

Asus Z80K Notebook Review

Subject: Mobile | March 14, 2005 - 02:29 PM |
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Andrew Ku of Hot Hardware has published a review of the Asus Z80K notebook based on the Athlon 64 processor.  Coming in at over 8 pounds, they think it may not be a great system for every day travel.


So what's the bottom line?  Why buy this notebook over Dell's or HP's desktop replacements? Well, given that our sample was priced at $1,744.99, Asus is offering a quality notebook at a very competitive price point.

Source: HotHardware

Soltek SL-K890PRO Motherboard Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | March 14, 2005 - 02:26 PM |
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Geoff of The Tech Report has a review up on the new VIA K8T890-based Soltek motherboard.  This board is the first retail K8T890 board I have ever seen, and the gang at TR concurr.  What do they have to say about the board?

Unfortunately, the SL-K890PRO-939 doesn't have the luxury of living in a vacuum. Its world is populated with nForce4 motherboards that serve up faster chipset-level Gigabit Ethernet and more robust RAID capabilities than VIA's dated VT8237 chipset provides.

New case makers, old stand-bys & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2005 - 11:38 AM |
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Thermalrock has a new case in the market, the Oceandome, and it is one that is worth checking out if you want good ventilation, while keeping the noise under control.  R&B Mods takes you on a tour through the case, so make sure to pay them a visit today.  They also noiticed that there is plenty of room for watercooling, if the 80mm fans aren't your style.

"We have heard about Thermaltake before, but today we will look at a case from Thermalrock which is a fairly new company on the market.

CeBit News and More

Subject: Editorial | March 13, 2005 - 06:53 PM |
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Well, from the news that I have been posting over the past couple of days, it really looks like I should have gone out to CeBit in Germany this year after all. What have we seen out there that is interesting thus far? Let's see if I can remember it all:

1. 512 MB 6800 Ultra
2. Dual 6800 Ultra on a single card
3. Dual 6600GT on a single card from Asus
4. ATI's dual GPU chipset motherboards on display
5. An ECS board that allows you to have AMD or Intel processors
6. Dual core Athlon 64 live, working, with benchmarks
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ATI Multi-GPU Technology and More from CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2005 - 03:10 AM |
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With still more CeBit coverage, Hexus has visited the Asus booth and found more than a few interesting tid bits for you all to read about.  The most note worthy is a spotting of the ATI MVP technology for dual GPUs in a single system.  They also have the dual 6800 Ultra and 6600 GT cards pictured, the Intel 955 motherboard and a Pentium M board on display as well.

MVP supports split frame rendering using supertiling, where the screen is split up into tiled areas with each tile processed

Source: Hexus

VIA Grease Monkey Review

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2005 - 03:00 AM |
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Have you checked out the VIA Grease Monkey service yet?  It offers users a way to easily find out what patches they are missing on their games and keeps them constantly updated with the lastest mods, downloads and drivers related to their installed hardware and software.  The gang at PCStats has reviewed the service, so check it out.

We're of two minds about the VIA Grease Monkey software.

Source: PCStats

More Dual 6800 Ultra Pics!

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2005 - 02:57 AM |
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You need to stop by HardOCP to see the updated, hi resolution photos they have coming in from CeBIT of the Asus dual 6800 Ultra card -- two 6800U GPUs on a single card???  Outrageous.

Notes on this are that the card uses 512MB of DDR3 (256 per GPU) and will require a special motherboard. Of course we saw Gigabytes dual 6600 require a special motherboard, but it did run on our ASUS SLI board just fine. So time will tell.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel and AMD Processors on a Single Motherboard?

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2005 - 02:55 AM |
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It looks like ECS is going to try to bridge the gap between Intel and AMD motherboards by allowing a user of their PF88 board to use...BOTH.  I have a couple of Asrock boards here sporting both 754-pin and 939-pin Athlon 64 sockets, and the results have been somewhat lacking, but we'll see what ECS has to offer.

The mainboard has 4 slots for DDR2 667, a 1066FSB, SATA2, GigaLAN and 1394a Firewire.

Source: Hexus

Dual Core Athlon 64 Benchmarked

Subject: Processors | March 13, 2005 - 02:52 AM |
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An Italian site called HWUpgrade.it has apparently benchmarked a 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 dual core processor in the Cinebench test, with some interesting results.  The site is in Italian, but the images are universal, so give it a look.

ATI Launches Industry's Most Powerful DirectX 9 Integrated Chipset for Intel Platforms

Subject: Chipsets | March 11, 2005 - 12:26 PM |
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Today ATI is announcing their new Radeon XPress 200 chipset for the Intel platform.  It isn't going to be aimed at the hgh end enthusiast market like the current Xpress 200 chipset for the Athlon 64 platform is, but some manufacturers may end up going that route.

MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2005-- ATI Technologies Inc.

VIA Brings Dual Processing to Mini-ITX with the New VIA EPIA DP-310 Mainboard

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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If you remember, we brought you the very first pictures of this board from our VIA meeting in January.  But now, the launch is official:


The VIA EPIA DP-310 Mini-ITX mainboard is powered by two power-efficient 1GHz VIA Eden-N(TM) processors featuring advanced in-built hardware security, while the acclaimed VIA CN400 digital media chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and an extensive array of high bandwidth I/O, high-speed storage and connectivity options afford an unprecedented level of integration for server and em

Phase changing, Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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This Vapochill Micro from Asetek may look like it's more of an aircooling solution, but it may well be something that can be incorporated into a full water system, once it is readily available.  Pop on over to bit-tech, and see what you think!


"We have the first pictures on an in-action VapoChill Micro unit from Asetek.
Source: bit-tech

Star Wars Episode III Rendered on Windows 64

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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At CeBIT in Germany, The Inquirer heard that Microsoft was touting the EP3 movie was being rendered on beta versions of Windows 64.   What's more exciting to me though is that I saw the new trailer on TV last night for the movie, and you can download it today as well!  (Edit: take that back -- only if you PAY to subscribe to the website can you download it right now...grrr)

This version of Windows is almost ready to meet all the Athlon 64, FX, Pentium Four and Celerons which support it and this is just a start

Source: The Inquirer

Is ATI Close with Multi GPU Technology?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 11, 2005 - 11:34 AM |
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Fudo at the Inquirer seems to think so... 

Anyway ATI has its marchitecture ready and we learned that you will be able to do ATI Multiple VPU with two different cards. You will be able to plug one X800 and one X850 cards together and faster card will downscale to the slower and will work simultaiously with it.


ATI is showing of its motherboard supporting ATI Multiple VPU powered with two Radeon X850 XT PE cards or should we use R480 codenames.

Source: The Inquirer

Information on AMD's Turion 64 Platform

Subject: Mobile | March 10, 2005 - 08:21 PM |
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Our buddies over at Anandtech have done a little write up on the recently announced AMD Turion 64 technology, so head on over and give it a read if you are interested in the next AMD mobile products. 

AMD doesn't have the resources of Intel, that's plain and simple.  They have done an excellent job with their K8 architecture, but for AMD to devote additional resources to developing another architecture, strictly mobile oriented, it's just not possible at this time.  At the same time, AMD's Athl

Source: AnandTech