New clothes for your PC & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2004 - 11:48 AM |
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Here are a few cases, ranging from a HTPC box from Silverstone, to Yeou Chih's classically designed server box.  First have a look at Antec's Aria case, and see if it might just be a new look you want for your PC.   Just look, don't spill your coffee on it!

"The optical drive bay is stealthed and it uses a system that we have seen with the AOpen and Soltek cubes where an external button on the case itself presses against the CDROM eject button.

Source: Neoseeker

AMD Rev E Dual Core CPUs Info

Subject: Processors | August 15, 2004 - 01:25 PM |
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Well how did I miss this?  I suppose they are going to fire me, but here it is, two days late, an early look at some of the first steps into dual core land.  Read on, at Virtual Zone.

 AMD is going to release the 90nm AMD64 processors soon for mobile, desktop and servers and these are based on Revision D cores. According to some docs we have seen, there is another major silicon revision change on the AMD64 processors taking place next year with Revision E.

Source: Virtual Zone

LGA775 ABIT AA8 DuraMAX @ HEXUS.net

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 13, 2004 - 04:15 PM |
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Time to put up some more Intel reviews for inquiring minds.

Source: Hexus

First Abit Fatal1ty Motherboard Shots

Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2004 - 02:01 PM |
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After doing some snooping around the Abit booth here at Quakecon, I came across a motherboard that I definitely didn't recognize.  What I had was the first prototype of the Abit Fatal1ty motherboard.



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The quick and dirty basics I got on the board were that it was a 925X-based Intel 775-pin platform (obviously) with some added twea

Liquid cooled PC's have no sharp blades & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 13, 2004 - 11:59 AM |
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I got a few review links saved up for you all today.  Start off with ProCooling.com's JayDee116 showing off his newest DIY waterblock which beats his previous one by a nice margin.  Zalman, Poseidon and Asetek are all represeted, along with various others, including Part 2 of Watercooling for Everyone.


PC Perspective at Quakecon

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2004 - 02:33 PM |
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Well, I am here now at the Gaylord Texas Resort, preparing for Quakecon 2004.  The show is still under construction as the cables are still getting wired and the power is getting routed.  If you are going to be there, look for me in an Amdmb.com Tshirt (old school style) and if you aren't going to be there, then just check out the Quakecon website.


UPDATE (8/12/04, 12:15pm): Well, the gamers are still setting up and the show booths are getting settled in as we speak.  There are already a ton of people playing gam

My heatsink threw my back out again & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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Tweaknews takes a look at one of the heaviest heatsinks you'll probably ever want to use.  It should keep your CPU cool, if it doesn't squash it like a bug!

"Here is where I conclude my love/hate relationship with the Coolermaster's Hyper 6. There is very little middle ground with this cooler. All the good and bad points are exceptional and should be definitely considered if you are thinking about purchasing this heatsink.

Source: Tweaknews

AMD64 Is The Force Behind Star Wars: Episode III 'Revenge Of The Sith'

Subject: Processors | August 10, 2004 - 04:54 PM |
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SIGGRAPH, LOS ANGELES -- August 10, 2004 --At Siggraph today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that AMD Opteron™ processor-based servers and workstations are providing the digital backbone for the final Star Wars prequel, Episode III: 'Revenge of the Sith.' The AMD64 digital processing pipeline at JAK Films, the production company for Star Wars: Episode III, includes pre-visualization and pre-postproduction, which involves 3-D match moving, 3-D modeling, lighti

Source: AMD

Thinking cool thoughts outside the box & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2004 - 02:24 PM |
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I stumbled upon this story in Scientific American and needed to pass it onto those of you who's PC's are in direct sunlight, and overheating.  Hopefully it will be available soon, and not just in the "

somewhat unattractive yellowy brown color" style.  Also available for today ...

Corsair Offers $20 Rebate with Doom 3 Purchase

Subject: Memory | August 9, 2004 - 08:42 PM |
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If you bought Doom 3 and found you might need a boost in your system memory, you really can't pass up this deal.  Corsair offers some of the best memory around and getting $20 back just because you bought Doom 3 is quite the nice touch.  :)


Fremont, CA, August 9, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced a $20 rebate on selected memory modules when purchased with the DO

Corsair Announces 1 GB CAS 2 Modules

Subject: Memory | August 9, 2004 - 08:41 PM |
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Corsair announced their 1 GB modules today with support for Cas 2 latencies.


remont, CA, August 9, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS 3200 speed 1 GByte modules supporting CAS-2 latencies. Following the success of the company's 1 GByte PC3200 CAS-3 modules, these new products offer the same speed and density but support lower latencies and improved performance.

AMD Fortifies PC Security Protection

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2004 - 06:14 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- August 9, 2004 --Bringing a new level of security to desktop and mobile PC computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that with the release of Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) can now be enabled on all AMD Athlon™ 64 processors.* This unique hardware and software combination is designed to keep computers protected against certain malicious viruses, computer worms and Trojan horses.

Source: AMD

Cases and Cooling: The Return & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 9, 2004 - 01:30 PM |
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I'm back, and have quite the pile up of reviews to post.  Expect to see longer lists of reviews this week, as I try to dig my way out of this pile o' emails.  Up today is most of the case reviews that popped up while I was happily goofing off.  Featured today is a funky looking case with an even funkier name.


Quote: "The aesthetic appeal of the AeroCool Jetmaster Jr Gaming Case is achieved when the system is completely powered on and the lights are turned off.
Source: MODTHEBOX

Buffalo Firestix FSX5000V DDR Memory

Subject: Memory | August 8, 2004 - 11:12 AM |
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As a response to the increased competition in the high-end memory market, Buffalo Technology have introduced their new Firestix memory modules. Clothed in bright-red heatspreaders, the Firestix come in both PC3500 & PC4000 flavours.

Source: PCStats

LG Flatron L1810B LCD review @ Hexus

Subject: Displays | August 6, 2004 - 12:03 PM |
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 "LG e

lectronics enrich your life, making it more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable." 


Source: Hexus

Thursday SFF Fix

Subject: Systems | August 5, 2004 - 10:46 PM |
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For those SFF addicts out there, get your fix here with three reviews to keep you going!

Source: bit-tech

Bumps in the Road: Intel's Recent Delays in Perspective

Subject: Processors | August 4, 2004 - 02:15 AM |
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Intel has announced that the P4 4GHz will be delayed until 2005.  Surprise surprise...







Intel's announcement last week that the P4 4 GHz would be delayed into 2005 may have been no surprise to those of us who follow the industry, but it can't have improved the mood in Santa Clara.  It's the latest in a recent set of hiccups and roadmap adjustments for Intel, whose had to recall early board

Source: Sudhian

Red Flag Delivers First Commercial Version Of Linux Compiled With Intel Compiler

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2004 - 08:06 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3, 2004 - Intel Corporation and Red Flag Software Co., Ltd, today announced that Red Flag is the first company to use the Intel® C++ Compiler 8.0 for Linux* to compile a commercial version of its Linux operating system. Red Flag used Intel's tools to optimize its Red Flag Server 4.1 series products. Red Flag will include 60-day evaluation copies of the Intel Compiler in its distribution to enable customers to use the tool to optimize their own applications.

Western Digital Ships Large Capacity Hard Drives For Servers

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2004 - 05:26 PM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Aug. 3, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced WD Caviar® RAID Edition (RE) hard drives, which are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards for high reliability in a host of server applications including e-mail, file, video and Web servers, and demanding environments such as scientific computing, enterprise backup, document image management, engineering data management.

AMD Announces Support For Enterprise Server Virtualization

Subject: Processors | August 3, 2004 - 05:13 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO -- August 3, 2004 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that VMware ESX Server, virtual infrastructure software that enables enterprises to partition, consolidate and manage systems in mission-critical environments, is qualified on AMD Opteron™ processor-based platforms from HP and IBM.

Source: AMD