June Gets Busier

Subject: Editorial | June 6, 2005 - 03:47 PM |
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I already knew that June was going to be a busy month for me, with a final walk through on my new house tomorrow and a closing on the 14th.  Plus we are planning on moving in by the end of June if at all possible.  Other than that, we have birthdays, graduations, outtings and other friend and family obligations that are right in the middle of of everything as well.  Did I mention we are going to have a lot of products being announced or briefed this month as well?  Both NVIDIA and ATI are going to be touting their next gen GPUs over the next 60 days, so stay tuned for al

ATI Announces X800 XT Mobility GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2005 - 03:39 PM |
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Today ATI announced the release of the X800 XT Mobility GPU for notebooks.  I was briefed on this technology but am expecting a notebook sample to review soon so will hold off any paper release notes and wait for the product to reach the lab.

MARKHAM, Ontario, Jun 06, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ATI Technologies Inc.

Computex Coverage Online

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2005 - 03:33 PM |
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I just finished posting my Computex 2005 coverage from the driver's seat of a car headed towards Columbus, Ohio.  Man, you have to love wireless data services.  ;)  In any event, you should give the article a read over and you might some interesting things being shown.  My personal favorite is the Gigabyte iRAM which uses standard DDR memory to make a solid state storage device that is much faster than other storage options.  There are some drawback of course, but we'll learn more about it very soon.

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Apple to Officially Move from IBM to Intel Processors

Subject: Processors | June 6, 2005 - 03:26 PM |
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This is really a blow to the stomach for AMD with Steve Jobs officially announcing that they are going to Intel for their Mac line of computers.  So many times we thought we had seen AMD nearly sign up with Apple for this exact deal, but it would seem that AMD's smaller fab capabilities are holding it back yet again. 


One interesting point though is that with the Intel chips in Macs, that means an official x86 version of Mac OS X should be released soon, so maybe AMD users that build their own systems can still get the Mac experience if they wish to?


Source: General

Wierd & Wild Cases from Computex & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 6, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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Pistons, pyramids or snail?  Virtual-Hideout has a look at some interesting new form factors and case shapes from Computex.  If those are a little too wierd for you, perhaps a more vanilla case, or some good old case mods will be more to your taste. 


"Whenever a new form factor comes out, it means a new opportunity. We saw several new form factor designs on the show floor of Computex 2005 May 31-June 4.

That's not a scanner, it's an EXOS-2 & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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Got a hot computer, but no room for a reservior or pump?  Look to Koolance for the answer, and LegitReviews for the scoop.  Not only is this an well designed solution, the video card cooler is essentially a box that seals your entire card away from ambient air, and surrounds it with cool water instead.

"Today, we take a look at the latest and greatest from Koolance, one of the premier players in system cooling, the Koolance Exos-2.

Intel, Yoshimoto Kogyo Collaborate To Accelerate Digital Content Distribution

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2005 - 10:46 PM |
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TOKYO, June 1, 2005 — Intel K.K. and Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. Ltd. today announced that they will collaborate to promote the wider utilization of digital home content, turning Intel's digital home vision into a reality. Intel and Yoshimoto plan to work together to expand rich content available to consumers over broadband infrastructure best enjoyed when using high-performance digital home PCs built on Intel® Pentium® D processor-based platforms and Intel® Centrino™ mobile technologies that feature high-definition audio and video capabilities.

Intel's Corporate Social Responsibility Highlighted In Fourth Global Citizenship Report

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2005 - 05:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA , Calif . , May 31, 2005 — Intel Corporation's ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability is evident in its fourth annual report on corporate social responsibility efforts and results. The goal of the recently released Global Citizenship report, titled 'Continuity and Commitment,' is to offer a balanced summary of Intel's economic, environmental, health and safety, and social performance in 2004 and to outline the company's priorities and commitments in these areas for the future.

Mozilla Firefox Deer Park Alpha 1

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2005 - 03:06 PM |
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The folks over at Mozilla have released a new Alpha version of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla Firefox Deer Park Alpha 1 is now available for testting purposes only.

Deer Park Alpha 1 is now available. Deer Park Alpha 1 is an alpha release of our next generation Firefox browser and it is being made available for testing purposes only for developers and the testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.x should not download or use Deer Park Alpha 1.

Source: Slashdot

Air cooling for summer & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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It weighs the better part of 2lbs, and moves 54 CF/M, what is it?  Thermaltake's Big Typhoon, as reviewed at LAN Addict.  If you think you can fit in your case without incorporating too many new blowholes, try it out!

"Yes, it is a big heatsink and requires that you have some room (OK, a lot) around your CPU socket, but the Big Typhoon's design keeps it from have any clearance problems with components on the motherboard.

Source: LAN Addict

Intel Donation To Help Improve K-12 Science And Math Teaching In California

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2005 - 04:52 PM |
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IRVINE, Calif., May 31, 2005 — The Intel Foundation today announced a $2 million grant to the University of California in support of California Teach, an initiative to help improve science and math education in the state.

AMD Showcases Wide-Ranging Motherboard Support For Dual-Core AMD64 Processors

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2005 - 08:54 AM |
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- May 31, 2005 --Following the introduction of the world's first dual-core AMD64 processors, including the first x86-based dual-core server and workstation processor, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announces close alignment and support from the world's premier motherboard manufacturers. AMD and partners have shown a sustained commitment to AMD64 technology with dual-core support for the world's highest performing x86-based 32- and 64-bit processors.

Source: AMD

AMD 'Shatters The Hourglass' With The Arrival Of The AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2005 - 08:53 AM |
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COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- May 31, 2005 --Completing the world's only broad dual-core client and server processor line-up, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is poised to deliver an experience unmatched in the industry, targeting prosumer and digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications simultaneously.

Source: AMD

ATI CrossFire Previews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2005 - 11:59 PM |
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I got into Taiwan just in enough time to write up a

Computex or ... bust?

Subject: Editorial | May 30, 2005 - 11:35 PM |
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I guess up until this point, I have been pretty lucky.  For more than 5 years I have been attending conferences and shows like Computex without much of a hassle.  Oh my, how this year has been different.

Why AMD is less expensive, and less well known.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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The Register posted an article from Forbes, about the release of the A64 X2, and why the PC market isn't jumping all over the release date.


"Intel, with $34 billion in sales, can afford to pay for a lot of advertising - $2.1 billion in 2004 to be exact. A sizable chunk of that goes to a co-marketing program called "Intel Inside." The company doesn't disclose how much it spends on Intel Inside, but in its 2004 10-K filing with the U.S.

Source: The Register

Analogue Case Pride & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Sunbeam's Trio comes with a fairly strong PSU, a 120mm fan and a nice looking front panel.  Read about it in LANAddict's review.  Plus more news about the BTX from factor, if you haven't already seen enough, and an interesting looking case from Antec, that SilentPCReview hasn't finished testing yet.

Sunbeam has done a pretty outstanding job with the Trio! Although it is a steel case, its size helps keep the weight very manageable without sacrificing strength.

Source: LAN Addict

Taiwan Bound

Subject: Editorial | May 29, 2005 - 03:04 PM |
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I just finished up packing for my trip to Computex in Taipei, Taiwan and I head to the airport in less than an hour.  The total travel time for one way on this trip: 26 hours.  Oh ye haw. 


I have a very busy 5 days planned, even having several meetings the day before the show starts, which is unusual for me.  I'll try to keep you all updated as much as I can in the form of articles, news posts and blog entries.  Keep checking back!


Tubing in 1/2 or 3/8 & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2005 - 11:49 AM |
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GruntvillE has 2 12V pumps up for testing today.  The PolarFLO TT is the larger, prettier one, with barbs for both 1/2ID and 3/8ID tubing, and the Swiftech MCP-600 is the smaller, quieter performer, built only for 1/2 inch.  See which is right for you, then consider build flexible LED leads to highlight it.

Source: GruntvillE

Ever Want a 16 Core Opteron System?

Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 10:38 AM |
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Yeah, me too.  But in the mean time you can look at this website that has some benchmarks from one of them.  How does a SiSoft CPU benchmark results of 171167 Dhrystone and 72739 Whetstone sound to you?  Did I mention the system had a 128 GB of memory???

Shortly after WinHEC 2005, IWill (the maker of some great motherboards and sweet sff products) generously allowed me to touch their highest performing Opteron system.  This was not your everyday dual or quad opteron system - it was an 8-way

Source: General