Intel Announces Dual-Core Production Has Begun

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2005 - 10:00 AM |
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It looks like Intel may yet get the first foot hold in the dual-core arena against AMD -- today they announced they have started production on a dual-core processor.  They also announced that they will have two dual-core processors available in the 2Q of this year: one a "Smithfield" and the other based on the "Extreme Edition" technology.  The EE dual-core CPU will also have HyperThreading for a total of four concurrent threads being able to run on the system!


You can catch the official PR release

Cases full of fresh air & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2005 - 09:17 AM |
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In the search for a quiet PC, many companies are taking their own proprietary methods and improving them.  Such is the case with Arctic Cooling's Silentium T2.  A very wide PSU, with large fans, an upside down case and a unique airflow design make this case worth checking out.  Silent PC Review has some new tools to display the sound coming from a PC, and they pull out all the stops for today's review.

"The masters of clever, co

Watercooling made even easier & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 4, 2005 - 08:56 AM |
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Is it easier to install a 2 pound chunk of aircooled copper, without crushing your core, or setting up watercooling without frying your mobo, or yourself?  Well, your answer may change after you read this review from The Guru of 3D.  If you are already a watercooling maniac, read further down, see if you need to pump yourself up.

"The fun thing about it is that within the hour you have everything up and running without drilling, modding, cutting and stabbing yourse

Source: Guru of 3D

Corsair ships XPERT modules

Subject: Memory | February 2, 2005 - 07:52 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 1, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, again raises the bar on enthusiast memory, with an intelligent memory module that monitors and displays critical performance parameters.

Inside AMD's Hammer: the 64-bit architecture behind the Opteron and Athlon 64

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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A good technical article posted at Ars Technica, on the inner workings of AMD's 64bit architecture, and how it works.  It describes the differences between x86's 64 bit Hammer and it's K-7 predecessors as well as the PowerPC 601.

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n my previous work, I've looked in some detail at the x86-64 instruction set, but I've never talked about the microarchitecture of processors that implement it.

Source: Ars Technica

Powerful heatsink with a catch & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2005 - 08:51 AM |
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So, are you secure enough to have a butterfly named Vanessa in your case, or to install it in someone else's?  Titan has released a new heatpipe based heatsink, and Big Bruin has a look at it.  The cooler performs fairly well, but it is in a very odd shape, with a faceplate you can add, if you are brave enough.  Perhaps your CPU will one day be a little more dressy, that biohazard fan grill may not be in style soon.

"Getting away from the plain square heat sinks make the Vanessa truly unique.

Source: Big Bruin

Cooling Miscellanea, Fan Controllers & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2005 - 08:52 AM |
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These cooling tools aren't always in everybodies case, but more and more it seems that inntermittent errors are plauging our forum members.  Often the cause is heat, or power.  Well, if your RAM is a little hot under the collar, see if the review Phoronix posted of Prime Cooler's new heatspreaders help it cool off.  Or maybe Seasonic's PowerAngel will help you prove that your house power mains are the reason for your headache.

"Remember four, five, six years ago when we hardly thought about cooling, much

Source: Phoronix

Abit Announces the Fatal1ty AN8 nForce4 Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 31, 2005 - 06:28 PM |
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ABIT Unleashes Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard

The Ultimate AMD Platform from the Ult1mate Gamer


January 31, 2005 - Since the release of the Intel-based Fatal1ty AA8XE motherboard, ABIT's Fatal1ty Hardware Series has been taking the PC hardware

Muchos Boxen Today & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2005 - 08:52 AM |
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Enermax has a new case out, and 3DXtreme puts it to the test.  If that doesn't seem like what you want then keep readin, there are server cases, aluminium cases, upside down cases, even an 8 way comparison.  If you are still confused, Big Bruin published a guide to buying cases, that may help you out.

"We enjoyed reviewing this Case, some of the high points are the screwless drive rails, top USB ports, quiet 120 mm cooling, LCD with temperature and RPM readout and the overall classy, stylish look

Source: 3DXtreme

SLI Motherboard Availability!!

Subject: Motherboards | January 30, 2005 - 10:00 PM |
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I was just looking around tonight and found that we now have three SLI motherboards available in our PriceGrabber engine. 



  1. Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe - starting at $181

  2. Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI - starting at $184

  3. MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum - starting at $189

Enjo

Corsair Announces COOL

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2005 - 08:06 AM |
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Yesterday, Corsair Memory announced COOL, a new 120mm PC liquid cooling kit. 


Fremont, California, January 27, 2005:  Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced a water cooling kit that enables greater overclocking performance by cooling Intel and AMD processors far more efficiently than conventional heatsink/fan air cooling units.


Branded simply "COOL", this kit was designed for ultimate ease of installatio

That's not water in my reservoir & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2005 - 08:55 AM |
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Plain old clear conductive water got you down?  How 'bout antibiotic and anti-corrosion green slime that cools as well as water?  Check Pimprig's look at the MCT 5 and 40 fluids from Danger Den. 


Just in case you are wondering how much $$$ "Danger Den has 32 ounce bottles of MCT-5 and MCT-40 for $20.99 and $21.99 respectively. The only competition in this market, Fluid XP sells for $30-$50 for 32 ounces. "


"As might be expected, both of the MCT products have a chemical smell.
Source: PimpRig

Corsair Announces 2GB USB Flash Voyager Drive

Subject: Storage | January 27, 2005 - 08:04 PM |
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Fremont, California, January 18, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced immediate availability of a new 2GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 flash drive.

Intel's Worldwide Reseller Channel Program Turns 10

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2005 - 08:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced the 10-year anniversary of its reseller channel program, a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, dealers, local integrators and sales teams that has helped drive a dramatic increase in markets served and sales of Intel-based solutions. Collectively, sales from this organization now account for approximately one-third of all Intel processor sales.

Onkyo To Issue 760 Million Yen Convertible Bond To Intel Capital

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2005 - 07:59 PM |
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Intel and Onkyo to Cooperate in Audio and Visual Technology Development to Accelerate PC and CE Convergence

TOKYO , Jan. 24, 2005 -- Onkyo Corporation announced today that its board of directors has approved the sale to Intel Capital of a convertible bond having a face value of approximately ¥760 million (approximately US$7.4 million at present exchange rates).

Teen Scientists Move To Finals In Prestigious Competition

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2005 - 07:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA , Calif. , Jan. 26, 2005 — Intel Corporation today recognized the 40 finalists who will vie for more than $530,000 in scholarships in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), America 's oldest pre-college science competition for high school seniors.

'These finalists reflect the best accomplishments of solid, project-based, curiosity-driven education,' said Intel CEO Craig Barrett.

The AMD Athlon(TM) 64 Fx-55 Processor Reigns As Best Desktop Processor Of 2004

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2005 - 07:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- January 25, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that high-tech market research firm In-Stat selected the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor as best desktop processor of 2004. In-Stat Microprocessor Report recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its superior performance, feature-rich architecture, support for 32- and 64-bit capability and Enhanced Virus Protection.

Source: AMD

AMD Donates AMD Athlon(TM) 64 Processor-Powered Computers To Carnegie Mellon University

Subject: Systems | January 27, 2005 - 07:51 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- January 24, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the company has donated AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based high-end computer systems to a senior capstone design lab in Carnegie Mellon University's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. AMD donated the systems as part of their University Campus Team, an ongoing program to forge strong relationships and technical partnerships with select U.S. universities.

Source: AMD

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter And Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2005 - 07:49 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- January 18, 2005 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported record sales of $1.26 billion and operating income of $20 million for the quarter ended December 26, 2004. The fourth quarter net loss of $30 million, or $0.08 per share, includes charges of $49 million, or $0.13 per share, largely associated with the conversion and retirement of debt.

Source: AMD

P4 heatsink shootout & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2005 - 08:44 AM |
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Been a while since we've seen a shootout, so the six way heastink battle Overclockers Australia set up seemed appropriate.  These guys are built for P4 Socket 478's, so if you are looking for a SocketA or 939 solution, scroll down just a bit, you won;t be dissapointed.


"Clockwise from top left we have Thermalright's XP-90, Titan's Siberia, Cooler Master's Jet 4, two versions of Vantec's AeroFlow and Spire's SP450B0 CoolGate.