Give your RAM a good blow, and make it feel pretty

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2004 - 12:13 PM |
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There is an area of the PC I seem to have been neglecting to cool properly, and now that summer has come, it is actually a problem.  Well, GruntvillE has taken a look an active RAM cooler that is good at keping things cool ...   and it's got blinking lights too!

"I find it funny then that for the most part our memory has been left to the feeble protection of thin heat spreaders. I spent some serious cash on my memory and I imagine you did to.

Source: GruntvillE

Crucial Technology Launches Ballistix High-Performance Memory

Subject: Memory | July 14, 2004 - 11:39 AM |
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Crucial has just officially thrown its hat into the ring on high performance memory.

Meridian, Idaho, July 14, 2004 — Crucial Technology, a division of Micron, and one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers, today introduces the Crucial Ballistix™ high-performance memory line, designed specifically for computer gamers and power users seeking maximum system performance and stability at a competitive price-point.

Review - AOpen GeForceFX 5900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2004 - 11:21 AM |
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The battle between the 9800 camp and the 5900 troop continues into the newly drawn mainstream arena where last years "High End" GPUs can now be had for under $180 USD.

Source: 3DXtreme

AnandTech Reviews the Shuttle SK83G SFF

Subject: Systems | July 14, 2004 - 01:01 AM |
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The guys over at AnandTech have put together another solid review as they take a look at the Shuttle SK83G. Head over and check it out!


You knew it was coming, and indeed it has. Today, we bring you a Shuttle SFF review as part of our effort to bring you more SFF articles. Read on to find out if Shuttle's latest Athlon 64 SFF, the SK83G, is what you've been looking for.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Second-Quarter Revenue $8.05 Billion

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2004 - 07:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2004 - Intel Corporation today announced second-quarter revenue of $8.05 billion, approximately flat sequentially and up 18 percent year-over-year.

Second-quarter net income was $1.8 billion, flat sequentially and up 96 percent year-over-year.

Review - HIS Excalibur X800XT IceQ II VIVO LE

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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Hightech Information System {HiS} Excalibur x800 XT IceQ II VIVO 256 MB GDDR3 (Limited Edition) - Watch jaws drop as you run that card name past your next LAN party. Guru3d runs one of the current "cream of the crop" cards through its paces, as well as answer any questions pertaining to the purchase of a card with the MSRP of $575.00 USD.

"...According to HiS, IceQ-II cooling will bring you a 11 °C lower temperature compared to the reference cooling solution.

Source: Guru of 3D

New AMD64 Processors May Deliver Higher Performance

Subject: Processors | July 12, 2004 - 11:37 PM |
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It appears that two new Athlon 64 processors, codenamed Oakville and Winchester are reportedly faster than current versions.  Though AMD is pretty hush hush about the whole thing, it seems that 90nm fabrication process may see light of day in these two cores.  AMD has yet to disclose any time frames on these new developments.

The new Athlon 64 microprocessors with code-named <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Oakville and Winc

Source: X-Bit Labs

Monday Case Reviews

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2004 - 04:07 PM |
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MODTHEBOX takes a look at the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case.  Coolermaster certainly believes that bigger is better when it comes to case fans, and they have also included some very interesting features.  Take a look!

"A single 80mm exhaust fan resides at the top portion of the CM Stacker STC-101 Aluminum Case. A square vent comes pre-installed with a dual ball bearing 80mm fan that allows for warm air to be drawn out of the case.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Review - ATI Radeon X800 XT PCIe

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2004 - 01:12 PM |
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The X800/R420 GPU series from the ATI camp is winding up for a great summer. But before we get too far into the decision process of buying a new video card - dont forget to check out the differences between the R420 and its little sister, the R423 PCIe.

"...at texture sizes of 1024x1024, which will certainly require some texture addressing over the bus, the PCIe X800 XT manages to outperform the AGP boards by a fairly significant margin..."

Source: Beyond3D

AMD and Linux: Reaching For The 64-bit Trophy

Subject: Processors | July 12, 2004 - 02:39 AM |
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Without a viable 64-bit Windows operating system, 64-bit enthusiasts have turned to Linux to provide a possible solution.  Anandtech has taken the two largest 64-bit Linux distros, and the Windows 64-bit OS for a test drive.  The test machine being driven by none other than the Athlon 64 3500+ Secket 939.  The results may surprise you. 


One quick note, make sure you pay attention to what means better performance on the graphs, on several of them, the best performers had the smallest numbers.  e.g.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Ships 3.60GHz Processors

Subject: Processors | July 10, 2004 - 05:01 PM |
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Intel has begun shipping its Pentium 4 3.60GHz processors as of two days ago, though most had not reached most vendors until yesterday or today.  The Processors, also known as Pentium 4 560 features HT (Hyper-Threading) and SSE3 technologies and is comes in LGA775 form-factor.  Though it is selling for $720 and up, stock is not readily available.


On a completely unrelated note, I am your new Processor news poster.  Worry not though, Im sure all the vet's of news posting will keep me 100% o

Source: X-Bit Labs

Review - 12 Pipeline Nvidia GeForce 6800

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2004 - 04:57 PM |
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The referance model of Nvidias newest GPU - the GeForce 6800 series - leaves a definite impression upon those wanting the cutting edge technology as well as remain on a budget.

"...The GeForce 6800 is a 12-Pipeline version of the NV40. It has all of the same features as the 6800 Ultra, minus 4 pixel pipelines, and its core and memory are clocked considerably lower at 325MHz / 350MHz (700MHz DDR). But with fewer pixel pipelines and lower clock speeds also comes a lower price.

Source: HotHardware

Security News

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2004 - 09:45 PM |
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We are adding this news section to keep our readers informed on a more routine basis, of the latest information about virus, software and spyware risks. By way of the mentions you see below, I'd like to thank the various security sites and their employees and contributors who attempt to make the internet a safer place. At the same time, our readers will know the caliber of information we will bring to you.

Review - BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2004 - 02:26 PM |
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 - Just in time for the fresh GPU battle about to begin this summer, BFG once again produces a top-notch Nvidia-based card aimed at taking the Best-Bang-for-your-Buck catagory.

"...the BFG 6800 GT OC is nearly perfect- single slot solution, single molex connector and 6800 Ultra level performance (and beyond if overclocked)..."

Source: Neoseeker

Your PC wants more money spent on Phase Change

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2004 - 12:18 PM |
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If you haven't heard, nVentiv (one of the 2 bigger names in watercooling) is no more.  That hasn't slowed Aseteck down at all, take a gander at this guy, "tuned for an optimal 240W of heat removal".  Have a good (normal length) weekend all.


"The brilliant mounting mechanism, peerless cooling performance (now unmatched since the Mach II GT is no more) and stylish enclosure allow Asetek to raise the commercial phase-change CPU cooling bar."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling

Source: Hexus

Corsair Announces XMS2 DDR2 5300 Pro Modules

Subject: Memory | July 9, 2004 - 08:23 AM |
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Fremont, CA, July 6, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS2 5300 speed modules at low latencies. These memory modules offer the incredibly fast speeds of DDR2 5300 and the low latencies of 4-4-4-12 with the added benefits of the Pro Series heat spreader and memory activity LEDs.

ATI Releases Catalyst 4.7 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2004 - 09:39 PM |
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ATI has released the new Catalyst 4.7 drivers, with some fixes and performance improvements of course.  No word on whether this release fixes the issues with the FarCry 1.2 patch yet.

This release introduces a new feature called Temporal Anti-Aliasing. OpenGL and Direct 3D applications will benefit from this feature when custom settings for Anti-Aliasing are used, and Temporal Anti-Aliasing is enabled.

Thermalright NB-1C Chipset Recursive Reference & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2004 - 01:04 PM |
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Our own Lee Garbut, AKA robotech, has reviewed the upcoming Copper Thermalright Chipset cooler.  If you haven't yet, read it now!! :)  Then look at some of the other reviews, like a remote controlled fan controller.

"The NB-1C chipset cooler lives up to the reputation many have come to expect from Thermalright. The NB-1C exhibits excellent quality and workmanship in a small package.

July 4th Holiday Case Roundup & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2004 - 12:14 PM |
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Enjoy your day off, fellow PCP'ers slightly to the south.  While your kickin' back and relaxing, why not browse through some of the newest cases you might want to have under your desk.  Including this attractive 20 pounder.

"There is a new contender in the case market, Opus Technologies, Inc. The company offers various PC components such as power supply units, cooling fans, heatsinks, and computer cases.

Source: CoolTechZone

Abit KV8 Pro &more

Subject: Motherboards | July 2, 2004 - 05:30 PM |
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If you are needing an upgrade, but the prices of a 939 cpu put you off, you might want to check out this review of a relatively inexpensive Socket 754 solution. Decent overclocking and great game performance doesn't require a fortune.

Quote: "We've just posted a review of Abit's K8T800 Pro powered socket 754
motherboard, the K8V Pro.

Source: HotHardware