ABIT Unleashes the AX8 Motherboard with PCI Express

Subject: Motherboards | October 19, 2004 - 06:23 PM |
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It looks like Abit is going to be the first out of the block with a retail AMD PCI Express motherboard, using the VIA K8T890 chipset.

October 19, 2004

Leading Chipset Partners Extend PCI Express Support

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2004 - 05:54 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- October 19, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced PCI Express support from leading chipset manufacturers, offering performance-hungry customers additional graphics bandwidth and improved I/O for gaming and multimedia applications. PCI Express is a next-generation graphics-to-chipset interface which dramatically increases throughput capability, providing added bandwidth for tomorrow's graphic-intensive applications.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Releases the nForce4 Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | October 19, 2004 - 09:12 AM |
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Well, here is our second product launch of the day!  Be sure to read my preview of the nForce4 Ultra and SLI chipsets, and THEN you can check out the list of reviews I am starting below.

AMD Launches the Athlon 64 FX-55 and 4000+

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2004 - 01:04 AM |
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Be sure to read my review of the FX-55 and 4000+ processors released today from AMD.  In the meantime, I'll also post some other reviews from around the web.

testing, sorry!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2004 - 03:54 PM |
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"Imagine a computer whose memory is exponentially larger than its apparent physical size; a computer that can manipulate an exponential set of inputs simultaneously; a computer that computes in the twilight zone of space. You would be thinking of a quantum computer. Relatively few and simple concepts from quantum mechanics are needed to make quantum computers a possibility. The subtlety has been in learning to manipulate these concepts.

Source: 3DCenter

Monday Morning Case Reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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Couple of differently styled cases for you to look at today.  The Raidmax that Big Bruin reviews is fairly flashy, and the Silverstone Wind Tunnel will help out of you are more into speed than looks.  Or maybe you just don't have enough Spiderman stuff yet. 

"The Raidmax Cobra 822 is a great bargain for a gaming case. Its paint job is superb and it has a striking appearance that is sure to stand out at any LAN party.

Source: Big Bruin

2 Waterkits & No More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2004 - 11:35 AM |
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Quiet again this week, only 2 watercooling reviews to offer you, but then it's the quality, not the quantity that counts, right?  The Asetek kit that Big Bruin reviews, based on 1/2 inch tubing, should keep your A64 nice and cool while you crunch SETI numbers or frag friends.

"The added heat created by overclocking the Athlon 64 really didn't do much to stress the WaterChill system. Temperatures rose by nominal values across the board, from mere fractions of a degree to a couple degrees maximum. Very nice!

Source: Big Bruin

Google for your Desktop

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2004 - 05:19 PM |
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I installed this Desktop Google on my machine this morning and have been VERY impressed with this thus far.  It basically takes the same technology that Google for the web uses and applies it to the data on your hard drive.  It makes an index of all the contents of all the files and supports the MS Office line of products and well as AOL IM and others. 

Give it a shot and let us know what you think in this thread of the forums

Intel Cancels the 4GHz Prescott

Subject: Processors | October 14, 2004 - 04:45 PM |
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I saw this posted on a couple of sites just a bit ago, and HardOCP even has an official company memo on this to verify the data.  It would seem the end of the GHz race is finally here, with Intel pulling back on their speed rush.  It was inevitable I think that would happen as we have seen the heat and power consumption on the Prescott core going up and up.  Even their latest processor release coming next month will stay below the currently available processors' frequencies. 

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Intel Corp.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Releases SLI Benchmarks

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2004 - 11:55 PM |
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NVIDIA sent us these benchmarks a couple days ago, and since they are up and about on the web already, we were allowed to go ahead and post them.  In addition to this table, I can personally vouch for the D3 and Halo numbers as I was in the room when the results were run and confirmed. 








6600 G

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Third-quarter Revenue $8.5 Billion

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2004 - 07:05 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 12, 2004 - Intel Corporation today announced third-quarter revenue of $8.5 billion, up 5 percent sequentially and up 8 percent year-over-year.

Third-quarter net income was $1.9 billion, up 8 percent sequentially and up 15 percent year-over-year. Earnings per share were 30 cents, up 11 percent sequentially and up 20 percent from 25 cents in the third quarter of 2003.

AMD Enables Cinematic Computing For Digital Media Enthusiasts

Subject: Processors | October 13, 2004 - 06:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- October 12, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor has been integrated into the new HP Media Center PC m1160n Photosmart PC, featuring Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005. AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems are an ideal choice for Media Center PCs, providing improved technology for games, movies, and streaming audio and video.

Source: AMD

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Announces Intention to Offer Senior Notes

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2004 - 06:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- October 13, 2004 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it intends to offer $600,000,000 in principal amount of Senior Notes due 2012 pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

AMD intends to use the net proceeds generated from the offering, together with existing cash, to prepay the full amount owed by the company's indirect wholly-owned German subsidiary, AMD Saxony Limited Liability Company & Co. KG, under its existing term loan.

Source: AMD

Heatsink Roundups & More new products

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 13, 2004 - 11:53 AM |
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Silent PC Review looks at a new offering from CoolerMaster, OCModShop looks at a heatsink designed for the Prescott, and there is a 7 way round up at bit news.  Hope you don't have any deadlines today.

"The Ultra Vortex is a recent addition to CoolerMaster's enthusiast HSF line, one that addresses the quiet market -- at least in the promotional material and packaging. It is also one of an increasing number of cross-platform HSF. This one works for socket 478 and the AMD K8 sockets.

A case that could last a lifetime & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2004 - 11:49 AM |
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I was far too full of turkey to post these yesterday, so the case reviews for this week come a day late.  Everthing from the budget MGE ECO L4 to the more heavy duty Temjin that 3DX reviews is worth a look. 

"The SilverStone TJ05 is just a monster of a Case, it's spacious and rigid. The quality behind this Case was never and will never be questioned. If you are looking for a LAN Party Case, look elsewhere.

Source: 3DXtreme

Easy Make Watercooling Kits & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2004 - 11:45 AM |
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Overclockers Online puts a Swiftech Watercooling Kit to the test, A1-Electronics compares 3 heatsinks built for 1/4 inch hoses, and even more from GruntvillE.

"The Swiftech H20-120-P Water Cooling Kit we examine today is everything a user needs to jump into water cooling. This kit is made for Socket 478 Pentium 4 users, but most of the material covered should apply well to the other kits using similar parts.

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2004 - 09:26 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA -- October 7, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported sales of $1.239 billion and net income of $44 million for the quarter ended September 26, 2004. Net income amounted to $0.12 per diluted share.

Source: AMD

Air cooling is still in style & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2004 - 11:34 AM |
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Bit News has posted a good old fashioned heatsink round-up.  Also, ExtremeMhz and OverClockersClub look at the Thermalright XP-120, and there is more ... cooling solutions for your VGA, chipsets and an air conditioner to boot.

"AMD's socket A may be one of the oldest sockets that's still selling, but it is alive and kicking; Sempron processors are flying out of the shops.

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Collaborates With Nokia, Symbian...

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2004 - 10:47 PM |
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SYMBIAN EXPO, London, Oct. 5, 2004 - Intel Corporation, Nokia Corporation and Symbian Ltd. announced today a collaboration to bring smartphones based on the Nokia Series 60 Platform to market using Intel technology as part of Intel's recent membership in the Nokia Series 60 Product Creation Community. Also, Intel and Symbian have agreed to invest in the joint development of a reference platform to enable a new class of 3G devices based on Symbian OS™ and Intel® XScale® Technology.

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Cooperates With Japanese PC, CE And Content Industries

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2004 - 10:43 PM |
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TOKYO, Oct. 5, 2004 - Intel Corporation called for the importance of industry-wide cooperation based on industry specification-based technology, including content copyright protection, in order to promote the use of premium content to create a new digital home market segment to provide products and services that meet the needs of consumers.