Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2004 - 04:31 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

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Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | April 26, 2004 - 04:30 PM |
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Welcome to the Inside Perspective!  Going up? You just never know when you get on the elevators in my office building. I've been in some slow, temperamental elevators in my time, but the two around here take the cake.

For starters, they're never going to win any speed races. It's almost faster to walk up the stairs to my floor than it is to ride the elevator. Seriously. And of course, this means you have to wait a good bit of time for them to show up after you push the button.


And wait. And wait. Because see, there's another little problem with them.

Source: General

MSI K8N Neo nForce3-250Gb Review &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2004 - 02:29 PM |
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You may have seen Hardocp's review earlier on this much anticipated board.  MSI is leading the way this time and by all accounts they certainly have something to show off.

Quote: "Since the MSI K8N Neo is the first shipping board with the nVidia nForce3 chipset, we don't know whether it is the harbinger of the great things to come, or whether the K8N Neo Platinum is just a unique and stunning motherboard..."


Here are some more Motherboard reviews from around the web:


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Source: AnandTech

Non-standard cooling equipment

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2004 - 01:12 PM |
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Here are a few links encompassing cooling solutions for parts of your computer not usually covered everyday.  Everything from an odd, powered heatsink, to a case that takes convergence persoanlly.

Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2004 - 04:22 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the week? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective!

Source: General

Samsung SyncMaster 173MP 17" & More

Subject: Displays | April 23, 2004 - 02:04 AM |
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While this monitor doesn't have the ultra-low refresh rates gamers prefer, it looks like a pretty nifty device to me. It is certainly a lot less clunky than a 21" CRT and a PCI TV tuner!

Quote: "Samsung has been delivering products of superior quality in
their Syncmaster product line for some time now! Their latest product, the
SyncMaster 173MP is no exception. This product has the same distinguished
aesthetics we have become accustomed to from Samsung and is a sister model
of the 192MP. This 17 inch, HDTV-ready flat screen monitor is going to make
some noise in the market.

Source: Bytesector

Waterblocks - DIY, Premade & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2004 - 03:20 PM |
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Over at procooling.com, there is a member by the name of #rotor.  If you are into watercooling, the name is probably familiar, and here is #rotors latest project, with plans on his website, and at procooling too.

'In the style of open source software, #rotor has produced a thriving community of "open source" shade tree machinists by making his waterblock de

AMD Launches the AMD64 Masters Group

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2004 - 03:57 AM |
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NAB, LAS VEGAS, NV-APRIL 20, 2004-AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the formation of the AMD64 Masters Group comprised of digital production masters from the entertainment industry. Members include Grammy Award-winning and nominated audio professionals Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Rory Kaplan, Chuck Ainlay, Fred Maher, and Robert Hill and Dan Gregoire of JAK Films, pre-visualization supervisor for Star Wars: Episode III.
Source: AMD

Four-Way AMD Opteron CPU-Based Servers from HP

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 03:51 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif.-April 21, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
AMD Opteron(tm) processor powers the new, industry-standard HP ProLiant DL585 server. The four-processor server, which became available today, was first announced in February 2004 as part of an expansion of HP's standards-based server portfolio.

Designed to support multiple applications, tasks and critical databases, the four-processor system is ideal for compute-intensive workloads and complex applications.

Source: AMD

AMD to Webcast Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 03:48 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - APRIL 21, 2003 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at The W Hotel in San Francisco, California. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

AMD Expands Microprocessor R&D

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 03:43 AM |
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BANGALORE, India, April 22, 2004 - As part of its expanding microprocessor design program, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today it is opening an engineering design center in Bangalore. The AMD India Engineering Centre Private Limited, which is expected to open in July, will contribute to the design of future generations of AMD microprocessors. The standalone facility will occupy approximately 38,000 square-feet and will be located in the central business district of Bangalore.

Source: AMD

AMD Opteron(tm) Processor Transforms the Enterprise

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 03:40 AM |
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New York-April 22, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today celebrates the one-year anniversary of the AMD Opteron(tm) processor, which transformed the enterprise with groundbreaking architecture, world-class 32-bit performance and an ecosystem committed to the development of an industry-standard 64-bit solution.

Source: AMD

AMD Joins Open Source Development Labs

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 03:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-APR. 22, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its membership in the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), demonstrating a continued and strengthening commitment between the development community and AMD.

AMD also announced recognition of the leadership role taken by the open-source community to optimize software that allows customers to deploy the powerful performance of the AMD OpteronÔ, AMD AthlonÔ 64 FX, and AMD Athlon 64 processors.

Source: AMD

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2004 - 06:00 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the week? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

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How hot was it ... & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2004 - 03:46 PM |
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We all know it gets hot inside a PC, but it isn't always easy to know exactly how hot or where exactly the hotspots are.  Maybe you are just wondering if the OC you have managed means you should get a fan for your northbrige, or Hedgehogs for your VRAM.  Well, how about this handy little tool, the Raytek MT4 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometre.

"For computer users heat can be anything from a minor byproduct to a brick wall that halts our overclocking plans dead, and how you deal wi

Source: 3DVelocity

ASUS A7V880 Mainboard Review &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2004 - 10:56 AM |
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Here is X-Bits first look at an actual retail product based upon the Via KT880, the Asus A7V880.  This board has a lot for your 32 bit XP CPU:  native SATA, 8 USB ports, native Gigabit, dual channel memory controller, overclocks nicely.  If you were waiting for Via to finally put out the Nforce2 killer, they didn't quite do it, but it's close. 

Quote: "VIA KT880 chipset with the dual-channel memory proves the fact that Athlon XP shouldn't be pushed into oblivion yet.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2004 - 05:47 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the week? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective!

Source: General

Personal Cooling, Heatsinks, Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2004 - 01:16 PM |
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As we head into summer, temperatures are rising, and the new hardware you bought over the winter may start heating up, unless your air conditioning is set to deep freeze.  Here are a few links to get the heat away from your components, and out of the PC.  Of course moving all that hot air may turn your computer area into a mini sauna.  Well, here is an accessory from ThermalTake that our friends at overclockercafe reviewed.  The XJOG USB Fan/Light Accessory ca

AMD Launches Two New APM Innovation Centers

Subject: Processors | April 19, 2004 - 12:40 PM |
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AUSTIN, TX AND DRESDEN, GERMANY - April 19, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that it has formally opened two new Automated Precision Manufacturing (APM) Innovation Centers located in Austin, Texas and Dresden, Germany.

Source: AMD

AMD FAB 36 Topping Ceremony Scheduled for May 17th

Subject: Processors | April 19, 2004 - 12:29 PM |
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DRESDEN, GERMANY - 19 April 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) has announced today that it is planning to hold the topping off ceremony for its AMD Fab 36 in Dresden, Germany on May 17, 2004. Among the expected guests of honor are Germany's Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Prof. Georg Milbradt, the Minister President of the Free State of Saxony, and Hector Ruiz, the President and CEO of AMD.

Source: AMD