ATI Raises Prices on GPUs??

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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Scott Wasson of the Tech Report has a bit of an editorial on the price gouging on vendors and the new ATI video cards.  It turns out, it may not completely be the vendors fault after all...

The moral of the story, it seems to me, is clear: ATI's second set of lower pricing numbers for the X800 and X800 XL was essentially incorrect. In reality, in the market, the 16-pipe Radeon X800 XL competes with the 16-pipe GeForce 6800 GT.

Quick dip into Watercooling News & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 18, 2005 - 08:45 AM |
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Not too much is happening on the watercooling front.  However, that doesn't mean the quality of the products is declining, as Legit Reviews can show you with their look at Corsair's new COOL.  Have a great friday! 

"With the majority of today's processors becoming hotter water cooling is something that is becoming more mainstream. Corsair has been doing watercooling for years with the Hydrocool 200 and has decided to bring out a new product called the COOL to replace their old unit.

Abit Fatal1ty AN8 Review @ Tech Report

Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Geoff (that's pronounced "Jeff" for us Americans) of The Tech Report has posted his review of the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard today.  In case you also want to read what I had to say about it, you can read my review as well.


In addition to OTES exhaust coolers, Abit also bundles an OTES RAMFlow memory cooler with the board.

Reusing Defective Chips

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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I saw this post on HardOCP about an article at Wired.com that discusses fab companies being able to use chips that fail stringent quality tests for other uses.  Rather than quote the article, I am going to quote Steve of HardOCP's joke instead!  :)

There is an idea circulating that maybe some of the chips that are tossed in the trash every year by big companies can be 'good enough' for other things.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Understanding the Cell Microprocessor

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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If you have heard anything about the recent announcements of the PS3 and the development of something called a "cell processor", then you'll want to read Anandtech's article on the architecture.  Anand finds out some damn detailed info on the new processing sytle, and what it might mean to you, very soon.

Cell's architecture is similar to the next version of Microsoft's Xbox and upcoming PC microprocessors in that it is heavily multithreaded.

Source: AnandTech

Seventeen Magazine Offers Teens The Chance To Win

Subject: Mobile | March 16, 2005 - 06:59 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-March 15, 2005- Keeping in line with St. Patrick's Day's lucky green color scheme, this week Seventeen Magazine is giving away a modded AMD processor-based Averatec notebook in its monthly sweepstakes offering. The custom-painted green notebook is profiled in Seventeen's Freebies sweepstakes found in the print and online March issue, reaching more than 2.9 million teenagers. The lucky winner of the Mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor-based Averatec notebook will be selected Sunday, March 20.

Source: AMD

U.s. Environmental Protection Agency Honors Amd

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 16, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded AMD's Cool'n'Quiet(tm) technology with an ENERGY STAR(r) Certificate of Recognition for advancing computer energy efficiency. All AMD Athlon(tm) 64 desktop processors have the innovative Cool'n'Quiet technology, a system-level feature that lowers the power consumption of a computer whenever maximum performance is not needed. AMD received the certificate on March 15 in conjunction with the 2005 ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Source: AMD

Intel Honors 17 Companies With SCQI Award

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:52 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 17 winners of its Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2004. The SCQI, the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif. on March 15.

Intel Honors 26 Companies...

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced that 26 companies will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2004. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that worked with Intel last year. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif. on March 15.

David Vigliarolo Bauer Of New York Named Top High School Scientist

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:48 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2005 - Intel Corporation awarded a $100,000 scholarship to David Vigliarolo Bauer of Bronx, N. Y. He is the first-place winner of the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.

Bauer, 17, of Hunter College High School, designed a new method using "quantum dots" (florescent nanocrystals) to detect toxic agents that affect the nervous system. Bauer believes his research could save thousands of lives by rapidly evaluating individual exposure to these agents.

SLI Transforms 3DMark05 Leaderboard

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 16, 2005 - 08:50 AM |
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Today NVIDIA sent out a press wire stating "NVIDIA® SLI™ TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMS THE PC ENTHUSIAST SEGMENT" and I thought after reading that, hot damn let's see what's new.  This was the subtitle: Award-Winning Dual GPU Solution Sweeps 3DMark05 Hall of Fame.


Now I'm not against using the 3Dmark genre for testing, or for benchmarks, or even for comparison, but to say that because of SLI on the top of the 3DMark05 Hall of Fame NVIDIA has "transformed the enthusiast segment" is a bit much...



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Air cooling goes retro & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2005 - 08:43 AM |
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Just because your heatsink is huge doesn't mean it has to look like a plain old copper square.  Take the new Beetle from Thermaltake, as reviewed by Overclockers Cafe.  This heatsink would look great in the middle of a fully lit, fully modded case ... especially if you went with a plush theme!

"When I first saw the new Thermaltake Beetle Cooler, I thought of beetles all right. Not the four winged type that eat roses but more of the 72' or 73' variety.

Gigabyte K8VT890-9 K8T890 Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2005 - 08:43 AM |
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Hardcoreware.net has reviewed the Gigabyte K8VT890 board based on the VIA PCI Express chipset.  They seem to find problems with the overclocking optins in the BIOS, but I wonder if they know the "Alt F2" Gigabyte trick?

Here is the "Advanced Chipset" section, this is where the memory tweaks SHOULD be. Nothing to be found; in fact, I just set up the benchmarking platform to double check that I had the CMOS is "Advanced Mode" when I took these pictures. Sure enough, these are all the tweaks you'll get.

Source: hardCOREware

ATI Mobility Radeon X700

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 16, 2005 - 07:59 AM |
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The gang at HardOCP have written up a bit on the ATI Mobility Radeon X700 core using an Acer Travelmate notebook. 

For the class of notebook that this is the Mobility Radeon X700 is at the top of its game. It allows the highest level of playable quality settings we have seen yet for this class of notebook. Though the gaming experience isn't going to be as great as a desktop replacement laptop you can still have a whole lot of fun on the go gaming with this notebook.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA To Re-enter Integrated Graphics Market for AMD

Subject: Chipsets | March 16, 2005 - 07:57 AM |
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It looks like FIC may have spilled some beans at CeBit this year, as they had a motherboard at the booth touting the use of an "NVIDIA C51G" chipset. 

While NVIDIA is tight-lipped over the core-logic code-named C51, some details about the chipset are still available. The C51G is a two-chip value solution for AMD Athlon 64 market.

Source: X-Bit Labs

R.I.P. Voodoo Extreme's Billy Wilson

Subject: Editorial | March 15, 2005 - 10:38 AM |
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If you didn't know who Billy Wilson was, then you weren't into gaming.  If you never went to VoodooExtreme.com in its hayday, then you didn't know what you were talking about.  News reached me today that he passed away at the age of 33.  Wow, really makes you think about your own life, doesn't it? 


I talked with Billy numerous times over the years, and in conclusion, I'll leave you with a portion of an email that just shows what kind of humor this guy brought to the industry.  :)


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Source: General

Some Random GPU News

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2005 - 09:42 AM |
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The Inquirer has some interesting GPU-based news this afternoon.  First, they found the NVIDIA is looking into

Source: The Inquirer

Intel to Cut Pentium M Prices

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 09:36 AM |
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It looks like Intel is going to dropping prices on the current Pentium M processors, but not until July 24th.  The price drop comes with the launch of a new processor, the 780, but the 765 price will drop by 50% to $423!  This is good news, but I wish the price drop would occur sooner as I am actually working on a P-M desktop article.


Intel plans to cut the prices of its 700-series Pentium M processors on July 24, to take on Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) newly launched Turion 64 mobile CPUs, according
Source: Digitimes

VIA C7 Processor Coming this Summer

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 09:34 AM |
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According to the French folks at X86-secret.com, VIA is going to be launching a new processor at this summer's Computex show in Taipei.  The new C7 processor is going to be based on the current 478-pin package.  You'll need to take the Babelfish with you to read it though, heh.

C'est étrangement au CeBIT que nous avons obtenu confirmation du lancement des CPUs VIA C7 et C7-M lors du Computex de Taiwan.

Source: General

Motherboard Basics

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2005 - 09:30 AM |
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Ever wonder what some of the basic components on a motherboard actually are?  Ever looked at a board layout and been confused?  Then you should check out the motherboard basics article at Big Bruin today.

Many motherboards now include features onboard that were once only available as expansion cards to be purchased separately. A typical motherboard will now include stereo sound capabilities, a 10/100 LAN connection, and a few USB 2.0 ports on the back panel connection.

Source: Big Bruin