NVIDIA Reintroduces SLI Technology

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

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

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

Opteron CPUs Power New Enterprise Apps. Center

June 24, 2004 - 04:54 PM |
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PARIS -- June 24, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Fujitsu Systems Europe (FSE) has chosen AMD Opteron™ processor-based cluster solutions for its first worldwide enterprise center in Toulouse, France.

In response to increasing requests for access to AMD Opteron processor-based systems in Europe, FSE has put together the world's first fully AMD Opteron processor-based lab designed to meet the demanding application testing and benchmarking needs of enterprise users and software partners.

Source: AMD

AMD Explores Eenterprise IT Management Challenges

June 23, 2004 - 05:23 PM |
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NEW YORK -- June 23, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the completion of its third annual CXO Summit. More than 100 senior IT executives from Fortune 1000 companies joined AMD executives to discuss how technology solutions are helping enterprises address IT management challenges. Held on June 22, 2004, in New York City, the summit focused on computing infrastructure investments that help businesses address today's challenges and support future growth.

Source: AMD

Intel Expands Intel® Centrino Mobile Technology Line

June 23, 2004 - 05:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 23, 2004 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Pentium® M processors 715 and 725**, expanding its mobile processor offerings and enabling a broader range of Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology-based mobile PCs at lower price points.

The new chips round out the Intel Pentium M processor line, which also includes the recently introduced Pentium M processors 735, 745 and 755. The Pentium M processor is a key component of Intel Centrino mobile technology - Intel's best technology for mobile computing.

Bad News - Organizer cancels Comdex 2004

June 23, 2004 - 03:01 PM |
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Computer trade show Comdex, once the biggest event on the tech calendar, has been canceled this year, a victim of the growing interest in shows emphasizing consumer electronics and specialist IT gear.

Fancy Fan roundup, 6 Thermaltake reviews & more

June 23, 2004 - 12:08 PM |
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A round up of prettyfied fans at Madshrimps to start off, with duelling Thermaltake reviews to follow.  Also available are memory coolers, and fans that are a bit shy about making noise.

"When you want to add extra cooling to your case, you can go for performance, silence or good looks.

Source: Madshrimps

Intel LGA775 CPUs and Motherboards

June 23, 2004 - 11:14 AM |
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I know that Intel has been getting a lot of flack during their new platform launch, the same Alderwood chipset and Socket 775 release we covered, and most it is deserved in this case.  However, one thing that can be said that Intel did correctly, was getting the right processor releases into the channel. 


Currently, you can find these processors for sale in the channel, just 5 days after the weekend release of the platform:



Socket 775 Alderwood / Grantsdale & more

June 23, 2004 - 03:16 AM |
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X-Bit labs has posted this article comparing the new Intel socket and Alderwood/Grantsdale chipsets to the competition. Be sure and check out our review for comparison.

Quote: "During this test session we will study the performance of the new LGA775 platform from Intel and will compare the speed of new LGA775 processors running on i925T Express platform with that of the Socket 478 processors running on an i875P platform.

Source: X-Bit Labs

More Than $2 Million Presented To 20 U.S. Schools

June 22, 2004 - 06:45 PM |
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NEW ORLEANS, June 22, 2004 - At an awards ceremony last evening, 20 schools were named as Intel/Scholastic Twenty-First Century Schools of Distinction Award winners. The winners were chosen from more than 1,200 applicants around the country.

Key Telecom Companies Adopt Intel-Based Modular Communications Platforms

June 22, 2004 - 04:57 PM |
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SUPERCOMM, Chicago, June 22, 2004 - Intel Corporation announced today that Huawei Technologies and Korea Telecom are developing Intel-based modular communications solutions for wireline and wireless network infrastructure. This adds to the growing list of telecommunication equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and service providers that have moved away from specialized and costly proprietary systems toward adopting standards-based platforms to deliver new services with faster time-to-revenue at more affordable costs.

More Than Half Of World's Top 500 Supercomputers Now Running Intel CPUs

June 22, 2004 - 04:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - More than half of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world are now based on Intel® Itanium® or Xeon® processors, reflecting the trend away from deploying proprietary, one-of-a-kind supercomputers toward a building-block approach that takes advantage of standards-based, off-the-shelf components to build these powerful machines.

Intel Corporation's platforms, whose influence in supercomputing has been gaining ground rapidly in recent years, laid claim to 286 sites in the "TOP500" list of supercomputer sites released t

Intel® Teach To The Future Program Expands

June 21, 2004 - 04:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - To help students develop higher-level thinking skills, Intel Corporation has introduced a new workshop series to teach K-12 educators how to effectively use new Web-based tools to engage students and enhance learning. The workshops are an expansion of the successful Intel® Teach to the Future Essentials Course.

Intel Delivers Breakthrough PC Technologies

June 21, 2004 - 03:59 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - In one of the most significant PC platform changes in a decade, Intel Corporation today announced products that usher in a range of audio, video and other capabilities previously found only on specialty PCs. In addition to making the PC experience more entertaining and productive, these technologies pave the way for such emerging capabilities as High Definition (HD) video, 7.1 surround sound and robust file protection for office and home users.

What does PCI Express mean to AGP & a Catalyst Comparison

June 21, 2004 - 01:18 PM |
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Sudhain takes a look at the bandwidth needed for graphics cards, to determine just what you can expect to see from PCI-Express.  Also, Legionhardware compares Catalyst drivers to see what has changed over the past few iterations.

"My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate just how much AGP bandwidth affected modern game and application performance, and, by extension, how much PCI-Express is likely to improve it.  While we won

Source: Sudhian

A batch of case reviews to brighten your monday & more

June 21, 2004 - 01:10 PM |
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Take a gander at these cases, with names from Armor to Z-Alien.  Maybe one of them will hold you off until the BTX form factor gets going as the new standard. 


"At first glance, the A600 does not seem to be a "stand out from the crowd" type of case. There is no crazy pre-painted design, no elaborately cut window, but this is exactly what I liked about the case. So many cases today are too "XTREME!!!" for me ... Once opened up, the A600 is a dream. The A600 sports four 5.25" drive bays as well as two external and six internal 3.5" bays.
Source: Bjorn3D

Opteron-Based Installations See a Sevenfold Increase

June 21, 2004 - 12:33 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - JUN. 21, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that 30 AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based systems are listed among the world's highest-performing supercomputers, as determined by the TOP500 Organization (www.top500.org.) Building on an impressive debut on the TOP500 list in November 2003, AMD Opteron processor-based systems appear three times among the top 20 on the most recent list.

Source: AMD

Zalman's and phase change & more ... oh my!

June 18, 2004 - 06:28 PM |
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A member of the pimprig forums walks through the change from aircooling to watercooling, and 3 different sites look at Zalman's Fanless Reserator.

"Our own unaclocker, ZENNZZO, has a first quicky article up on phase change cooling as he makes the initial transition from water cooling: "This is all new to me, and by no means is a bible or the end all on the subject. There are many HVAC engineers that build Phase change units.

Source: PimpRig

More on the death of the BIOS

June 18, 2004 - 06:16 PM |
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The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is being proposed as the new alternative to the old BIOS.  The BIOS sufferes from many limitations, which have been spotlighted by the advent of more readily available 64bit proccessors.  kernelthread.com takes a look at the issues and benefits of this new firmware interface for motherboards.

 

In a "modern" setting, the old-fashioned BIOS has severe limitations, even though it has seen numerous tweaks, impr

Source: kernelthread