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

Phase Change Phriday, DIY Reservoirs & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2004 - 01:57 PM |
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Here's a guide on building your own reservoir at a signifigant discount compared to store bought.  Of course, once you've built that, you'll be looking for other phase change components to keep your PC cool'n'froody during the summer.

"Today, I'm going to help you keep a little bit of money in your wallet by showing you a step-by-step guide on how to build your very own reservoir for your water cooling system.

Corsair Announces 667 Mhz XMS2 Modules

Subject: Memory | June 30, 2004 - 10:53 PM |
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Fremont, CA, June 30, 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. Today Corsair introduced four new products in this family of ultra-fast modules. These memory modules offer the incredibly fast speeds of DDR2 5300 and the low latencies of 4-4-4-12.

Xeon Processor Family Ushers In New Technologies

Subject: Processors | June 28, 2004 - 06:48 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 28, 2004 - Intel Corporation today announced availability of a new Intel® Xeon™ processor-based platform and a host of new products and technologies for its Intel Xeon processor family that significantly boost performance, memory and graphics capabilities for workstation platforms.

Trek Bicycles Turns to AMD64 Technology

Subject: Processors | June 28, 2004 - 12:40 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- June 28, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that at the upcoming Tour de France, the United States Postal Service (USPS) Pro Cycling Team, which is presented by Berry Floors, will use a series of Trek bicycles designed on workstations based on the AMD Opteron™ processor with Direct Connect Architecture. The USPS team is led by five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who Saturday will begin his quest for a record sixth straight Tour title.

Source: AMD

Clear cases, red cases, silver cases and rubber fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2004 - 12:14 PM |
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Today I give you a link to a nice looking case for a home theatre PC, incase anyone is planning on building their own PVR.  Also a mix of aluminium, steel and acrylic cases.  Be sure to check out the little USB fan/Down near the bottom.

"Cooler Master has outdone themselves, actually thinking about what would make an excellent HTPC (Home Theater PC) case. Style wise it matches, layout wise it is awesome, and cooling wise it's effective.

Source: VIPERLAIR

NVIDIA Reintroduces SLI Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2004 - 10:50 AM |
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HardOCP has a little write up on the announced NVIDIA SLI technology.  Rather than spit out just another rendition of this article on PCP, I decided a link to this quality work would suffice.  The major points are all hit on there and you can see the slides from the presentation that we were shown. 

That said, SLI is coming. We are going to see 6800Ultras in the market for sale this year and we can bet on dual X16 PCI-Express boards to surface as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New 64-BIT Applications Demonstrate Performance Increases

Subject: Processors | June 28, 2004 - 09:09 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - June 28, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that 64-bit versions of software applications Crafty and The Panorama Factory running on the beta version of the upcoming Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP 64-bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems demonstrate significant increases in performance, up to 57 percent for the Panorama Factory, compared to 32-bit software versions. Crafty is an open-source, high-performance chess program scheduled to compete in the World Computer Chess Championship this July.

Source: AMD

AMD Strengthens Mobile Computing R&D

Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2004 - 05:01 PM |
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TOKYO -- June 24, 2004 --Underscoring its commitment to mobile computing customers, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that it has opened an engineering laboratory housed in AMD Japan's Tokyo headquarters. The AMD Japan Engineering Laboratory plans to hire 15 to 20 engineers over the next 12 to 18 months. The new lab is expected to contribute to AMD's mobile processor platform design activities to achieve an expanded presence in thin and light notebook PCs, as well as consumer electronics and communication devices that require extremely low power.

Source: AMD