Doom 3 Hardware Guide

Subject: Systems | July 29, 2004 - 02:50 PM |
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Doom 3. The very name can send chills up the spine of the most hardcore gamers. It is probably one of the most anticipated games of the day, but how well will it fare on your system? Can your box handle the Doom 3 experience or is an upgrade in order? id Software and HardOCP have teamed up to bring you up to speed on how your hardware (or similar configurations) will perform, and what upgrades you might be in need of. If you're getting into the Doom 3 craze, this is definitely worth a read.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair, Intel® partner for Cyberathlete® E.W.C.

Subject: Memory | July 28, 2004 - 09:47 PM |
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Fremont, CA, July 28, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced their collaboration with Intel® Corporation to supply the official gaming tournament systems for the Cyberathlete Extreme world Championships in Grapevine, Texas this week.

AMD Sempron 2800+ & 3100+

Subject: Processors | July 28, 2004 - 06:23 PM |
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Techware has gotten ahold of some AMD Sempron processors.  Results are anything but expected...

AMD has just released its latest processor line, the AMD Sempron. The Sempron is designed to replace the Duron line of lower-performance, inexpensive processors aimed at home and business desktop users. Available in both Socket A and Socket 754, the Sempron offers good performance for its price, and has good potential for overclocking."

AMD Redefines Everyday Computing With AMD Sempron

Subject: Processors | July 28, 2004 - 05:48 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- July 28, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of AMD Sempron™ processors, a new family of processors that redefine everyday computing for value-conscious buyers of desktop and notebook PCs. The AMD Sempron and Mobile AMD Sempron processors are designed to deliver best-in-class performance and a full-feature set to meet the evolving day-to-day computing needs of home and business PC users.

Source: AMD

SGI To Build New NASA Supercomputer

Subject: Systems | July 28, 2004 - 01:43 AM |
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NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has chosen SGI (Silicon Graphics Inc.) to build a new supercomputer based on Linux, and powered by 10,240 Intel Itanium 2 processors. This new beast will focus its attention on the areas of space exploration, global warming, and aerospace engineering.

Opteron CPU Drives Powerful New Enterprise Servers

Subject: Processors | July 27, 2004 - 09:51 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- July 26, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the AMD Opteron™ processor will power the 4P Sun Fire V40z server as well as the 1P Sun Java workstation W1100z and 2P Sun Java workstation W2100z, the latest in a family of AMD Opteron processor-based products from Sun Microsystems. The first offering from the AMD and Sun alliance, the Sun Fire V20z, began shipping last April and is one of the top performing two-way x86 servers available today.

Source: 3DCenter

Intel 925X Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | July 27, 2004 - 06:01 PM |
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Bit-tech.net lays out a nice informative review on the current Intel 925X chipset.

Source: bit-tech

The Tech Report Reviews Shuttle's XPC SB81P

Subject: Systems | July 26, 2004 - 02:14 AM |
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Scott "Damage" Wasson has put together another solid review as he takes a look at Shuttle's XPC SB81P. How does this box stack up to the rigorous testing of Damage Labs? Read on and find out!

Shuttle's designers, ever vigilant, apparently weren't daunted. They've redesigned the XPC from a clean sheet of paper. The result is Shuttle's new P-series chassis, the first incarnation of which is the XPC SB81P.

Kingston Technology HyperX PC3200 CL2 1GB DDR Kit Arrives

Subject: Memory | July 25, 2004 - 10:30 PM |
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Despite the advent of DDR2 memory, there appears to be no slow down in the sales of traditional DDR. In fact, the choices keep getting better. Until recently, one of the drawbacks with the faster DDR was often its high latency.

Source: Gideon Tech

Abbiecomp LCD ViewMaster - Adjustable Screen Mount

Subject: Displays | July 24, 2004 - 10:25 PM |
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Ever thought that it would be possible to reduce the footprint of that lovely LCD monitor even further? Enter Abbiecomp Space Management with a new and intriguing take on an old idea. You may be familiar with gas suspension on your car or motorbike, but now its found its way onto your desktop! Curious?

Sharp AQUOS 20' LC-20B4U LCD Television

Subject: Displays | July 24, 2004 - 05:53 PM |
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With the next generation of displays here today, can Sharp's Ultra Thin, Ultra Light AQUOS 20" LCD Television become tomorrows object of desire? Its sleek, its discreet and its silver, but how impressed were the guys over at Bytesector?


"More and more people want quality over quantity, results over size; LCD televisions are the outcome of these new desires.
Source: Bytesector

Saturday System Round-Up

Subject: Systems | July 24, 2004 - 02:42 PM |
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Today I have rounded up two SFF reviews and a digital music system preview (for something a little different). Enjoy!

The ability to listen to music throughout the house is an audio enthusiast's dream.

Source: CoolTechZone

Get yer watercool on! & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 23, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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I present a review of Swiftech's solution for users who use 1/2" ID tubing. Plus many other manufacturers current offerings in the ways of phase change goodness.  I'm on holidays for the next 2 weeks, so you'll have to read 'em slow.  Great weekend all.


"If you are using a high pressure pump then the MCW6000 will likely perform better than the MCW6002.

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro And AMD Develop Computing Solution

Subject: Processors | July 22, 2004 - 08:57 PM |
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MILANO, ITALY -- July 22, 2004 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the Formula One racing team, has implemented a server cluster based on the AMD Opteron™ processor with Direct Connect Architecture in order to advance its essential aerodynamic research and development. The servers based on the AMD Opteron processor represent the highest-performing computing solution ever employed by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

Source: AMD

Official Doom3 Benchmarks at HardOCP

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2004 - 03:15 AM |
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These are the first official, final benchmarks from the retail Doom3.   Kyle has one-upped the rest of the industry here with this exclusive!

Talking to John briefly about his overclocking comments made some things clear to us that many enthusiasts will need to be aware of. When he speaks of "new usage patterns" he is literally talking about transistors on some of new GPUs that are going to be used for the first time when you play DOOM 3 on your video card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hump-day Heatsinks & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 21, 2004 - 11:39 AM |
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Just a few quick links to help you keep your cool today folks. 


"The Swiftech name has been associated with quality heatsinks for as long as I've been an Overclocker. Continuing their excellent tradition, the MCX line of heatsinks represent the very latest and finest in Swiftech heatsink technology. The entire line of MXC coolers all benefit from the Patented Helicoid pin design which takes air cooling to a whole new level.
Source: Club OC

Misc SFF Reviews

Subject: Systems | July 21, 2004 - 11:34 AM |
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Here are a few SFF reviews to keep you going as we push through the middle of the week.

Alienware Broadens Its Horizons

Subject: Systems | July 20, 2004 - 11:34 AM |
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The Inquirer is reporting that Alienware is branching out into larger markets and will be shooting for more than just an enthusiast circle.


FORMERLY SPECIALIST PC company Alienware said it is spreading its wings and will sell a number of ranges of machines aimed at the government, workstation, and small and medium markets.
Source: The Inquirer

Alienware Prepares Athlon 64 Notebook for Gamers

Subject: Mobile | July 19, 2004 - 06:57 PM |
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This looks to be a kick ass gaming machine, and I happen to think one is headed my way very soon for testing.  :)  These babies include an nForce3 chispet, Radeon 9700 mobility and special gaming LCDs!

Regardless of which feature you examine, every aspect of the new Aurora-m64 is custom tailored around maximizing the gaming experience.

DesignTechnica Reviews Home Theater System From Gateway

Subject: Systems | July 19, 2004 - 01:28 PM |
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DesignTechnica has taken a look at the Gateway KAS-303 Home Theater System and likes what they have found (even snagged an Editor's Choice Award)! Check out the review and see for yourself.


Gateway's KAS-303 home-theater is a 6.1 channel, 750 watt system that incorporates some innovative features into a compact, yet powerful system.