ATI Launches Industry's Most Powerful DirectX 9 Integrated Chipset for Intel Platforms

Subject: Chipsets | March 11, 2005 - 12:26 PM |
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Today ATI is announcing their new Radeon XPress 200 chipset for the Intel platform.  It isn't going to be aimed at the hgh end enthusiast market like the current Xpress 200 chipset for the Athlon 64 platform is, but some manufacturers may end up going that route.

MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2005-- ATI Technologies Inc.

VIA Brings Dual Processing to Mini-ITX with the New VIA EPIA DP-310 Mainboard

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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If you remember, we brought you the very first pictures of this board from our VIA meeting in January.  But now, the launch is official:


The VIA EPIA DP-310 Mini-ITX mainboard is powered by two power-efficient 1GHz VIA Eden-N(TM) processors featuring advanced in-built hardware security, while the acclaimed VIA CN400 digital media chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and an extensive array of high bandwidth I/O, high-speed storage and connectivity options afford an unprecedented level of integration for server and em

Phase changing, Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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This Vapochill Micro from Asetek may look like it's more of an aircooling solution, but it may well be something that can be incorporated into a full water system, once it is readily available.  Pop on over to bit-tech, and see what you think!


"We have the first pictures on an in-action VapoChill Micro unit from Asetek.
Source: bit-tech

Star Wars Episode III Rendered on Windows 64

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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At CeBIT in Germany, The Inquirer heard that Microsoft was touting the EP3 movie was being rendered on beta versions of Windows 64.   What's more exciting to me though is that I saw the new trailer on TV last night for the movie, and you can download it today as well!  (Edit: take that back -- only if you PAY to subscribe to the website can you download it right now...grrr)

This version of Windows is almost ready to meet all the Athlon 64, FX, Pentium Four and Celerons which support it and this is just a start

Source: The Inquirer

Is ATI Close with Multi GPU Technology?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 11, 2005 - 11:34 AM |
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Fudo at the Inquirer seems to think so... 

Anyway ATI has its marchitecture ready and we learned that you will be able to do ATI Multiple VPU with two different cards. You will be able to plug one X800 and one X850 cards together and faster card will downscale to the slower and will work simultaiously with it.


ATI is showing of its motherboard supporting ATI Multiple VPU powered with two Radeon X850 XT PE cards or should we use R480 codenames.

Source: The Inquirer

Information on AMD's Turion 64 Platform

Subject: Mobile | March 10, 2005 - 08:21 PM |
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Our buddies over at Anandtech have done a little write up on the recently announced AMD Turion 64 technology, so head on over and give it a read if you are interested in the next AMD mobile products. 

AMD doesn't have the resources of Intel, that's plain and simple.  They have done an excellent job with their K8 architecture, but for AMD to devote additional resources to developing another architecture, strictly mobile oriented, it's just not possible at this time.  At the same time, AMD's Athl

Source: AnandTech

NVIDIA Announces Naming of nForce4 SLI Intel Edition

Subject: Chipsets | March 10, 2005 - 08:11 PM |
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Oops, I guess the beans have been spilt.  NVIDIA decided to go ahead and publicly say the new name of the Intel nForce chipset after so many of their vendors had it on display for them!  :)

CEBIT 2005—HANNOVER, GERMANY—MARCH 10, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced the Company will preview its upcoming NVIDIA nForce4 core-logic solutions for Intel CPUs which includes support for NVIDIA® SLI™ graphics techn

NVIDIA Shows 512 MB 6800 Ultra @ CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2005 - 08:09 PM |
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NVIDIA is announcing two new items for the GeForce 6000 series of products today at CeBit.  The first of them is low-cost AGP version of the GeForce 6200 card.  The other is a 512 MB version of the 6800 Ultra.  Talk about a different in GPU power!  In related stories, our buddies at Hexus.net have a short look at TWO of these beasts running in SLI mode, for a total of 1 GB of video memory, holy crap!

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VIA on the VIA / AMD Relationship

Subject: Chipsets | March 10, 2005 - 08:05 PM |
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VIA Area, a popular destination for VIA support, has published an article look at the relationship between AMD and VIA that existed for quite some time.

In the previous month, March 1997, VIA and AMD had embarked on a closer relationship with the signing of the Chipset Technology Agreement paving the way for VIA to provide premier support for the latest AMD processors. With the launch of the AMD K6 Processor, VIA brought to market the VIA Apollo VP2 and VP3 chipsets.

Source: General

AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2005 - 02:04 PM |
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Source: AMD

Intel Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2005 - 01:52 PM |
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Ultra PC3200 XL Memory Review

Subject: Memory | March 10, 2005 - 11:37 AM |
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Overclocker Cafe have just posted a review of Ultra Products PC3200XL 1gig Memory Kit.

DFI LANPartyUT NF4 Ultra-D Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 10, 2005 - 01:16 AM |
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For those of you looking for an NForce 4 board, you might want to check out the review of the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 Ultra-D over at Legion Hardware.


 "Clearly, DFI have focused heavily on delivering what is possibly going to be the best nForce4 motherboard. For those looking for an nForce4 Ultra motherboard, the search is over. The LANPartyUT NF4 Ultra-D is irresistible, especially given the price tag of just $140 US.

S3 Graphics Announces Availability of GammaChromeS18 PCI Express Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2005 - 06:36 PM |
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S3 Graphics Announces Availability of GammaChromeS18 PCI Express Graphics


GammaChrome GPUs boast native support of PCI Express and Hi-Def(TM) HDTV, bringing the latest graphics and video technologies to the mainstream


Fremont, 9 March 2005 Keeping pace with the latest developments in the graphics arena, S3 Graphics today announced the availability of GammaChromeS18, the first in the GammaChrome line of GPUs targeted at the mainstream graphics market, featuring full DirectX 9.0 hardware, a native PCI Express interface and S3G's signature Hi-Def(TM)

ATI X800 XT All-In-Wonder Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2005 - 03:31 PM |
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The 'blokes' at Hexus.net are serving up a review of the ATI X800 XT-based All-In-Wonder card today.

Otherwise, and I'll ignore my issues with MMC's interface, since I'm assured it's being worked on, it's a standout multimedia product. It's the definitive, best-of-breed combination 3D and video product for AGP systems, by quite some margin.

Source: Hexus

AMD Processors and DDR2/3 Memory

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:29 PM |
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I don't think we hear often enough from the likes of Penstarsys, but I found this little bit of an editorial on their site that discusses their thoughts on what direction AMD is going to take on memory specs on their future processors.


So, I would expect an official PC4000 spec for DDR before we see AMD support DDR-2.  If you remember back in the day when Intel was all over RAMBUS and AMD was the driving force for DDR.  Many scoffed at AMD, but in the end they were proven right.  DDR was the right technology at t
Source: General

AMD Embedded Performance: Geode GX vs. VIA's C3

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:27 PM |
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Sudhian today is taking a look at what makes AMD's Geode processors tick and compares them to VIA's current offerings in the embedded system field.

Ask a computer enthusiast or industry follower to name an AMD product and chances are you'll hear about the Athlon 64 or AthlonXP.  Those who've followed Sunnyvale for an extended period of time may rattle off the K6, K6-2, or even the K5 as examples of earlier products, but one microprocessor line you aren't likely to hear much about is Geode.  The AMD Geode is Sunny

Source: Sudhian

Intel Matrix RAID Tested

Subject: Storage | March 9, 2005 - 03:23 PM |
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The fine folks over at The Tech Report have written an article that shows the benefits to Intel's new Matrix RAID technology, currently available only on the ICH6R south bridge chip.  Is the technology that makes moving to RAID cheap enough for all of us?

Based on the results of our testing, Matrix RAID volumes appear to be every bit as fast as their traditional RAID counterparts.

Clean your old heatsink, buy a new one & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2005 - 11:33 AM |
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Over in our tech talk forum, a common topic is how to go about removing leftover thermal goop from a heatsink.  Arctic Silver is a common brand to use, and they now have their own cleaning solution.  Mikhailtech reviews it, and you should read it if you are wondering just how to remove that old paste from your heatsink.

"Given the minor time investment in cleaning the heatsink, I was pleasantly surprised by ArctiClean's ability to get rid of the leftover compound.

Source: Mikhailtech

Ageia PhysX Chip - Interview

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 8, 2005 - 01:06 PM |
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Duane from Gamers Depot let me know that he has posted an interview with the CEO and COO of Ageia, the compnay responsible for all the hype around physics processing units. 

The PPU is different from but complementary to the CPU/GPU as follows: It is dependent on the nature of application for which the processor has been optimized.

Source: General