Mushkin PC2-5300 (DDR2)

Subject: Memory | December 20, 2004 - 08:56 PM |
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How fast?! Mushkin Enhanced Memory is definitely one of THE choices for the discerning computer fanatic, as well as being a really good choice if you're looking to build your first PC, or even just upgrading.

Time to start getting ready for the holidays

Subject: Editorial | December 20, 2004 - 07:15 PM |
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If you haven't read my NVIDIA PureVideo article yet, it will probably interest you if you find video image quality important at all. The new driver (publically available soon) will actually enable that video processor that exists in all the 6-series graphics cards from NVIDIA, with the exception of the WMV9 hardware decode that is still broken on the NV40 and NV45 chips.

I was interesting for me to delve into the world of high defintion DVD and all the different standards that are fighting for dominance.

ATI Radeon X700

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2004 - 10:22 AM |
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Not everyone needs or wants a top of the range graphics card and there are some good mid range alternatives on the market right now. One alternative to consider is one of the Radeon X700 series graphics cards, based on ATI's RV410 GPU. The X700 Pro is a smart looking little card, with a compact dual exhaust cooling solution.

ThermalTake Aquarius III Watercooling Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2004 - 02:50 AM |
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For those of you looking into watercooling, you might want to check out a review of the ThermalTake Aquarrius 3 watercooling kit. You can find it over at PimpedOutCases.net

" The Aquarius III is a unique little unit. The previous Aquarius models
were a series of parts one had to install into their PC case, including a separate water block, reservoir/pump combination, and radiator. They
took quite a time investment to install properly and effectively.

PQI PC4000-1024DBL TURBO

Subject: Memory | December 18, 2004 - 04:16 PM |
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During the last year PQI have begun to make a name for themselves as a manufacturer of high quality memory. They may not be at the top of the tree yet, but they have certainly begun to make a name for themselves within the overclocking community.

CoolerMaster gets into watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 17, 2004 - 11:37 AM |
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The Aquagate from CoolerMaster that OCTools reviews one of the few watercooling related links I found this week.  To fill the rest up you have 2 air coolers and a run of nice looking cases.  I'll be back in January, so to all I wish a Merry Christmas & happy New Year, and to the rest, enjoy your Hanukkah,

Kwanzaa, O Shohgatsu, Diwali, Soyal, Tongji or Winter Solstice!


"The Cooler Master Aquagate Liquid Cooling System is
Source: OCTools

Gigabyte Previews dual-chip 6600GT SLI Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2004 - 11:21 PM |
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I just got this in an email from Gigabyte, and it looks damn cool.  We are looking at a dual 6600GT card (that's right, one card) with 256 MB of DDR3 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, running at a memory clock of 600 MHz and a core clock of 500 MHz (each, I assume).  I have included the 1 page PDF file as an image they sent out below.


What is still left to be determined is how exactly this is working!  My first theory is presume that the card itself is splitting the PCIe bus into two buses, one going to each chip seperately and with a direct connection between

Intel Strengthens Investment In Intel® Itanium® Architecture

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2004 - Intel Corporation today reached an agreement with HP to hire HP's Intel® Itanium® processor design team based in Ft. Collins, Colo. The deal strengthens Intel's investment in the Itanium architecture and bolsters the development of multi-core processors. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Intel CEO Craig Barrett to Speak at International Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 6

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:26 PM |
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On Jan. 6 at the 2005 International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel Corporation CEO Craig Barrett will present the opening keynote, focusing on how digital transformations, both within and outside the home, continue to impact the lives of people around the world. Barrett will outline Intel's continued plan to drive silicon innovations that support the PC and consumer electronics industries as they work together to create new categories of products, technologies and specifications.

Nvidia 'gets Its Game On' At The Cyberathlete Extreme Winter Championships

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:25 PM |
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DALLAS, TX — DECEMBER 13, 2004 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processor, today announced its plans for the Cyberathlete® Extreme Winter Championships, a premier competitive gaming competition and gathering place for gamers from around the world.

Source: 3DCenter

Geode GX SOM-144 Reference Design Kit Provides Low-Power, High-Performance Solutions

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:23 PM |
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AUSTIN, TX -- December 13, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the AMD Geode™ GX SOM-144 Reference Design Kit (RDK), a low-power, high-performance System-On-Module designed to speed development and functionality of the next generation of industrial computing products, such as embedded controllers, point-of-sale terminals, information appliances and kiosks. The RDK is a small form factor reference design tool that includes both hardware and software specifications.

Source: AMD

AMD, IBM Announce Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Breakthrough

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2004 - 05:20 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA and EAST FISHKILL, NY -- December 13, 2004 --AMD and IBM today announced that they have developed a new and unique strained silicon transistor technology aimed at improving processor performance and power efficiency. The breakthrough process results in up to a 24 percent transistor speed increase, at the same power levels, compared to similar transistors produced without the technology.

Source: AMD

Stocking Stuffers for Overclocker's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 16, 2004 - 12:04 PM |
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AeroCool is offering a snazzy front panel with fan control, LED temperature readout, a Card reader, even SATA connections.  Read all about it at Club OC.  If a silently cooled video card, or a chillin' hard drive is more your style, read on to see what's new.

"The Cool Panel is a UNIVERSAL controller which means it will work with any computers system out there, as long as the system actually has USB, SATA and so on...

Source: Club OC

Huge heavy heatsinks having heatpipes & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2004 - 11:36 AM |
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Today bigger is better in the eyes of mainstream air cooled heatsinks.  With the heat generated by the Prescott's, and to a lesser degree, the A64 series, I can certainly understand why.  Overclockers Austraila looks at 5 of the biggest, baddest coolers out there, so pick which one to put in your stocking.

"OCAU looked at five coolers for P4 CPUs, in the "this is getting silly" size range.

ABIT Fatal1ty Time Trials(TM) @ CPL Winter 2004

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2004 - 02:06 AM |
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ABIT Fatal1ty Time Trials™ @ Source: Email

A case with it all & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2004 - 11:41 AM |
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Silverstone is now designing special heatsinks designed to keep the noise down in their new upside down case, and it comes with a windtunnel too.  SilentPCReview looks, and listens to see how good this case is.

"The flagship model from Silverstone is a tall mid-tower aluminum-steel hybrid with a host of unique features: Upside down mounting of the motherboard, a "wind tunnel" duct that directs the airflow of two 120mm fans in push-pull mode across the CPU area, separate thermal zones, a hinged front bezel, etc.

'Tis The Season For Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2004 - 09:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2004 - While some time-honored holiday traditions never change, the 2004 holiday season is increasingly going digital with notebooks amongst this season's brightest sellers.

According to consumer retail figures from The NPD Group, notebooks are becoming as popular as TVs. During "Black Friday," the name retailers give for the day after Thanksgiving, consumer notebook sales exceeded the sales of all types of TVs.1 Analyst firm Gartner expects both U.S.

Watercooling, now in premade and DIY

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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Danger Den is a very well known watercooling company, and their TDX series shows why.  Club Overclocker takes you through the performance of a socket 939 cooler.  Or, if you are feeling adventurous, why not build your own heatcore.  Enjoy the weekend!

"Some people think that water cooling can be dangerous, hard to put together, and unreliable, but Danger Den has been active in the water cooled PC market for years, and speaking from personal experience I have yet to experience any kin

Source: Club OC

Corsair Announces Entry Into Flash Media Market

Subject: Memory | December 9, 2004 - 07:13 PM |
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Fremont, CA, December 8, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced the company's entry into the flash media market with new families of USB 2.0 flash drives and Secure Digital (SD) cards.

AMD Press Releases - Week of 12/6/04

Subject: Processors | December 9, 2004 - 07:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- December 6, 2004 --AMD today announced the editors of Maximum PC magazine have named the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor 'Best CPU' as part of the publication's 'Gear of the Year' awards. Maximum PC recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its unparalleled performance and stellar gaming benchmarks. Currently in its ninth year of existence, Maximum PC's editorial board gives the 'Gear of the Year' awards for products that the magazine has tested and verified as the best of breed for the year.

Source: AMD