AMD Announces Dual Core Opteron Processor Line

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 07:11 AM |
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You can read the full press release here.

AMD Announces World's First 64-Bit, x86 Multi-Core Processors For Servers And Workstations At Second-Anniversary Celebration Of AMD Opteron™ Processor

— AMD launches Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors for server and workstations and unveils AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for consumers and business users —

NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --Charting

First Dual Core Article Online

Subject: Editorial | April 20, 2005 - 02:05 PM |
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After a couple of late nights of work, and an early start this morning, I finally have published the review of the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor.  It was a lot of work, and the most of it was involved with coming up with the new testing style to at least TRY and take advantage and properly test dual cores.  After all, I for one know that my normal computer usage patterns do not amount to running a single application at any given time, be that MP3 encoding, web browsing or anything else.  There are always num

Athlon 64 X2 To Launch Tomorrow as well?

Subject: Processors | April 20, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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Is this true?  I don't know yet, but if it is, it will probably be only a paper launch on desktop parts until closer to June.  But hey, at least you can see a potential X2 logo!

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA SLI Ships 750,000 Units

Subject: Chipsets | April 20, 2005 - 09:24 AM |
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NVIDIA is touting the success of their SLI technology today, boasting sales of 750,000 so far as well as the new SLIzone website

SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 20, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that it has shipped more than 750,000 NVIDIA nForce™4 SLI media and communication processors (MCPs) for the AMD64 market in the past five months.


Additionally, NVIDIA has started shipping its newly-announced NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCPs desi

Air Cooling Bonanza & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2005 - 08:58 AM |
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Today I've got a mixed bag to share with you.  First up is air cooled heatsinks, like the Thermaltke K450 that Bjorn3D reviewed.  It's not the fanciest on the market, but it can certainy cool an FX-51 or 55.  After considering the other CPU heatsinks, move onto the GPU coolers for that extra kick on your games.  Increase the life of those Raptors with the HDD enclosures, and wrap it all up with multifunction control panels that do more than just tell you the temperature and let you change the speed of your fans

Source: Bjorn3D

Asus Announces P5WD2 Based on Intel's 955X Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2005 - 06:40 PM |
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Another motherboard being announced tonight, this time from Asus, and based on the Intel 955X chipset.



Taipei, Taiwan; April 18, 2005 — ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the P5WD2 Premium motherboard based on the newly released Intel 955X chipset.

AOpen Shows Pentium M Motherboard based on the Alviso Platform

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2005 - 05:45 PM |
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This could one of the most exciting motherboard releases in a while and might truly bring the Pentium M to desktop computing.  How would the Pentium M perform with PCI Express graphics, dual channell DDR2 memory and natvie SATA support?  Below is the PR release and a photo!



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AOPEN UNVEILS NEW PENTIUM M MOTHERBOARD FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

Oh Holey Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2005 - 08:52 AM |
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What do you get when you cross a PC Case with a Wiffle ball?  Well, some might say you'd get something that looks an awful lot like the R105SH that CREATIVEMODS reviewed.  It looks like airflow couldn't be better, though it might not work so well in an environment with furry pets.  Read on to see if it's right for you!

"The R105SH computer case from 3R System features a rather unusual airflow design.

Source: CREATIVEMODS

Bad Things to see on your Batter Backup Device

Subject: Editorial | April 16, 2005 - 09:59 PM |
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If you don't use a battery backup, and you still use your PC for any number of even SEMI-important things, may I recommend that you look into buying one.  Mine has saved me countless times in the past year or so on power outages and hiccups. 


However, this is something you hopefully won't have to see on your monitoring application:



My APC unit is rated at 1500VA and 865 watts of power.  That should be more than enough right?  Well, based o

U.S. agencies ordered to be brand neutral

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2005 - 08:56 AM |
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AMD coming to a Government office near you, and maybe a bigger tax return!


The White House told federal agencies this week to stop specifying brand names in procurement contracts, a practice it says leads to higher prices for everything from paper clips to PCs and hurts the livelihood of smaller vendors.

Silent Watercooling with class & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 15, 2005 - 08:34 AM |
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Its gorgeous, it's cools very well, and it's so passive and silent you may feel the occasional need to check that it's still running.  Guru3D got their hands on The Aquabox, and if the amount of pictures they took is any clue, I think they liked it!

"Initially I was a little skeptic about the design concept as I worried a little how well a passively cooled system can cool down a modern CPU, in our case an Athlon 64 4000+, but what if I tell you that we never ever topped 35 Degrees C with this kit, in complete silence and

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA Detonator 71.89 Driver Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 07:41 AM |
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I got word of this last night, but NVIDIA posted a new graphics driver today, version 71.89.  Get 'em if you need 'em, or just want them.  Or whatever.

Release Highlights:



  • Support for the GeForce 6200 with TurboCache™, NVIDIA PureVideo™, and NVIDIA SLI™
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 1.5 support
  • Resolved problem with overclocking not working when running GPUs in SLI mode. 

A Couple X850 XT Reviews and more

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 07:34 AM |
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There were quite a few of them in my inbox over the last two days:


Source: General

nForce4 Intel Edition Review

Subject: Chipsets | April 14, 2005 - 07:29 AM |
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Xbit Labs has finally decided to take the NVIDIA nForce4 Intel Edition chipset for a spin.

Although the performance of the new NVIDIA solution with the DDR2-667 is very attractive, it is not its primary advantage. The major pride of nForce4 SLI (Intel Edition) is its rich functionality.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD to move to 1207 pin Socket?

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2005 - 07:25 AM |
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The Inquirer is saying that another website seen here is pointing towards future AMD processors using the M2 1207 pin socket.  I may have some more information for you on this soon. 

Chips codenamed Manila, Orleans and Windsor are scheduled to be released in Q1 of next year - these are claimed to be Semprons, Athlon 64s and Athlon 64FX dual core chips.

This web site also suggests that they will support "Presidio" and "Pacifica" security and virtualisation tech, and DDRII-667.

Source: The Inquirer

Turion Prices Added to AMD.com

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2005 - 07:23 AM |
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AMD has made some updates to their pricing page this morning including adding in the Turion processor line up.







AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 $827

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Moves Dual Core Launch to this Monday!

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2005 - 07:21 AM |
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It looks like in response to AMD's upcoming dual core Opteron launch, Intel has moved their dual core Pentium launch up a bit.

CHIP COMPANY Intel plans to reveal its next generation dual core CPU line next Monday on the 18th of April. Our knowledgeable sources confirmed that Intel moved the date forward and decided to get it over with soon. Or beat up AMD ahead of its dual Opteron launch on the 21st, if you're absurdly cynical.

Source: The Inquirer

Cedar Mill to lower Power Dissipation?

Subject: Processors | April 13, 2005 - 02:07 PM |
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X86-Secret is telling us today that they learned the new Cedar Mill processors will run at power levels closer to that of the Northwood than the Prescott.  Take the Babelfish with you!

 Indeed, serious to the die-shrink, CedarMill passes from 115W (for Prescott), with "only" 86 Watts. That is to say approximately same thermal dissipation as Northwood.

Source: General

Turion Photographed for Sale

Subject: Processors | April 13, 2005 - 02:03 PM |
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The Asian news is on top of things today.  Here are some photos of the sale of Turion processors.  Thanks to HardOCP for the heads up on this one. 

As for Turion 64 for Mobile of the AMD64 architecture adoption which the AMD announces formally in March with new model CPU, electric power consumption is lined up the ML series of the 35w and the MT series of the 25w.

Source: General

Dual Core Opteron Benchmarks Hit

Subject: Processors | April 13, 2005 - 02:01 PM |
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We knew it would happen soon, and the Japanese website HKEPC has gotten it first.  I can't understand a word of it, but the benchmarks seem to be readable

Source: General