A mixed bag of cooling supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2004 - 10:50 AM |
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A few articles touching on just about every aspect of keeping your system cool, quiet, or both.  Hitachi gives The Inquirer a sneak peak at their new quiet watercooling offering.

"The prototype exclusively pictured here, is installed in a customised Shuttle Small Form Factor PC and is capable of dissipating 150W at <34dB(A) and 120W at <28dB(A).

Source: The Inquirer

MSI K8N Neo Platinum Edition &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2004 - 01:07 PM |
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Hexus has put up a review of the MSI version of the Nforce3 250 GB. Some may want to wait for the next socket, but for the value conscious, there is no time like the present. Check out this review for the story.

Quote: "MSI's K8N Neo is the second motherboard retail nForce3 250Gb motherboard to pass through HEXUS. Reference board examination hinted that NVIDIA had finally gotten it right. The K8N Neo shows just how potent a default performer the chipset can be.

Source: Hexus

Socket 754 Roundup: Comparing Generation 2

Subject: Chipsets | May 28, 2004 - 06:57 PM |
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The future of AMD Processors revolving around the upcoming 939-pin versions of the Athlon64 will undoubtedly raise the bar in performance for AMD.  Give it a little bit more time before we start to see just how far the bar is raised, with its pending release.  This insight to the latest chipsets for the current and soon to be released versions of AMD processors, is what Anandtech's review is all about.

While all the boards in today's test are Socket 754, please keep in mind that both nF3-250 and K8T800 Pro

Source: AnandTech

MCW6000 from the inside @ More watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2004 - 03:07 PM |
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The folks over at procooling have reviwed the Swiftech MCW6000.  After that, one of their forum members tore one apart to look at the insides.  Have a great weekend.

"The low flow rate performance (0.75GPM and less) of the MCW6000-A is the best I've seen in my testing.

ATi to Release .11-micron X300 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2004 - 02:44 PM |
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ATi certainly isn't sitting back and letting nVidia dominate the budget market. Digitimes has some information on ATi's new budget cards.

People are still having a hard time getting their hands on Radeon X800 XT boards, and someone has already discovered how to turn an X800 Pro into an X800 XT.

Source: Digitimes

AMD talks media center with HP, Gateway

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2004 - 08:49 AM |
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Bit of news via c|net this morning.  HP, Gateway and eMachines are all mentioned as interested in selling the media centres, based on the cool'n'quiet athlon64's.  May the market share be with you, AMD!

Advanced Micro Devices is talking with Hewlett-Packard, Gateway and others about developing media-center style personal computers based on AMD's Athlon 64 chips, an AMD official said on Thursday.

A plea, Some cooling tools & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2004 - 03:09 PM |
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I beg of you, my fine readers, to never ever do this to a machine.


Unless it was really naughty and deserved it.


" NeuHausPlatz Computer Systems is proud to announce: The NHP 200NC, a lightweight caseless PC the world has never seen before."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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New PriceGrabber Items -- X800 and 939-pin Athlons

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2004 - 08:04 AM |
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Our Pricegrabber engine has a few new additions tha I thought I would point out this morning to you all.  First up, there has been a lot going around about the new ATI X800 series of graphics cards, in particular the new X800 Pro card.  This card can now be found on Pricegrabber, for prices listed around $360 or so.&nbs

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | May 27, 2004 - 01:59 AM |
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As you might have figured from the link I posted in my last Inside Perspective, I'm spending a bit of spare time shootin' the breeze with some fellow book lovers. One of the things they do is highlight a book of the month that everyone can read "together" and comment on. So, in an effort to get in the spirit of things, I decided to tackle the book of the month (well actually in this particular case it's months) for May and June.


The highlighted book this time around is War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Now, mind you, I knew it was big, but I had no idea just how big.

Source: General

Contest: Win a Chaintech Zenith VE VNF3-250 motherboard!

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2004 - 09:24 PM |
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Chaintech is giving away an Athlon 64 motherboard, and some tee-shirts. Check out this thread on our forums for more info!

"Tell us which is your favorite Chaintech motherboards, and why. You don't even have to own one, just whatever you've heard or read about Chaintech motherboards, that caught your attention. Remember, 1 entry per person. We will be picking the best one, according to our sole preference.

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Corsair Announces Xtreme Low Latency DDR Modules

Subject: Memory | May 26, 2004 - 12:27 PM |
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Fremont, CA, May 26, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced a new family of "XL" memory modules that supports 2-2-2-5 latencies at 400MHz, making the XL family the highest performing PC3200 memory in the world.

Selection of Thermally Energetic Gas Transfer Motivators

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2004 - 10:50 AM |
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I am not too sure what a Pentium 4 heatsink is, how it differs from an Athlon64 heatsink, or why it is becoming standard to see thermal solutions being branded to a specific chipmaker.  I never want to get a Windows error that reads "Incompatible Heatsink detected, please contact your system administrator.  The system will now shut down."


Here's a 3 way shoot out, and some other reviews from 'round the net.


"Not too long ago when the Pentium 4 was released it w
Source: Club OC

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2004 - 05:51 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my latest ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

NVIDIA Criticizes ATi's X800 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2004 - 01:10 PM |
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Some leaked internal slides intended to be used by NVIDIA's sales teams have been posted on 3DCenter's forums. Kyle at HardOCP has verifed that these slides are indeed real.
"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" comes to mind.

Source: 3DCenter

Big Storage ... Little Storage ... Removable Storage & More

Subject: Storage | May 25, 2004 - 12:26 PM |
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Noticed a huge influx of Storage Reviews popping up this month, especially at extremetech.  Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye.

"V-TEC's FotoBar is an innovative 8-in-1 memory card reader that also doubles as a CD-RW (24X)/DVD-ROM (8X) combo drive. Targeted at digital photographers, the drive lets you transfer data from all the major memory cards to your computer via USB 2.0 or directly to a CD.

Source: 3DChip

A case of the 70's & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2004 - 09:17 AM |
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Have you ever wondered what a Mod'ed PC would look like?  Do you think Pete Townsend has one?


"The front bezel, I am pleased to say, is a big hunk of thick aluminum adorned with color and flashy lights. The first of two doors… yeah, I said two, is decorated with color, knobs, LED's, and knobs. These two big knobs up front are actually fan controllers.

AMD Announces IBM and Oracle Support...

Subject: Processors | May 25, 2004 - 06:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-May 25, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced additional enterprise software support from IBM and Oracle with availability of AMD64 product optimizations. The migration of these core business applications to the AMD64 platform will help ensure enterprise customers have access to x86-based 64-bit software optimized for improving e-business and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

The new solutions represent offerings from the industry's leading database and ERP companies.

Source: AMD

MSI Making ATI-Based Cards As Well?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2004 - 01:05 PM |
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In the past, MSI has created some controversey by producing a limited amount of ATI-based cards specifically for Europe. Going with the current trend as of late in offering cards based on both NVIDIA and ATI chipsets, MSI is finally making their full product line public.

Source: Email

Nforce3 Southbridge Performance &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 11:42 AM |
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With the Nforce3 GB, Nvidia has finally caught up with Via and integrated RAID support into the Southbridge chip. The remaining question is whether or not the Nvidia performance will be up to the standard set by Via. Ace's attempts to answer this question and more in this K8T800 vrs. Nforce3 GB shootout. Good news or bad?

IWill's ZMAXdp Pics

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 08:24 AM |
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The guys over at Hexus have somehow managed to take some exclusive photos of the dual-processor SFF from Iwill which has received so much attention as of late. Regardless of how the system fares in the marketplace, it is certainly exciting to see a vendor take a chance on a wild product like this.

"Firstly, a little information on the custom form-factor ZMAX-DP motherboard.

Source: Hexus