Intel, Shanda Work To Advance The Digital Home

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:11 AM |
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SHANGHAI, China, June 8, 2004 - Working to develop the next generation of interactive entertainment solutions for the burgeoning online industry in China, Intel Corporation and Shanda Networking today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on software development for the digital home. The MOU outlines efforts the companies will undertake to advance interactive gaming and digital entertainment in the home.

China's online gaming and entertainment industry is growing robustly, with industry analyst firm IDC estimating up to 54 million gamers by 2008.

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IBM, Intel Announce Mobile Workstation Pilot For Design Engineers

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:09 AM |
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DESIGN AUTOMATION CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 7, 2004 - IBM and Intel Corporation today announced their collaboration on a new Linux-based mobile workstation pilot designed to increase the productivity of engineers working in one of today's most demanding computing fields -- Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The new platform combines the strengths of Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology, IBM ThinkPad notebooks and Cadence Design Systems software.

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AMD Set To Deliver New Processor Family That Redefines Everyday Computing

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:06 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 7, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will introduce a new brand of PC processors to be named AMD Sempron™. The AMD Sempron processor family is expected to redefine everyday computing for today's value-conscious buyers of desktop and notebook PCs.

AMD Sempron processors are being developed to meet the evolving day-to-day needs of home and business PC users. Basic computing is no longer just about email, Web browsing or word processing. Today it's also about downloading and playing music, or sending pictures to family and friends.

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Lian Li turns their box upside down & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2004 - 01:22 PM |
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Lian Li has a released a different kind of box layout, and Dan at Dan's Data takes you on a guided tour.  Then take a look at some of the others, and see if your next, must have upgrade is just a click away.

"The PC-V1000 is the first of Lian Li's new V-series cases to make it to market, and it's a corker. For years now they've been making 101 variants of the PC-60, but this thing's all-new, and pretty much all good.

Source: Dan's Data

Computex Motherboards &more

Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2004 - 02:41 AM |
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Anandtech has put together this photo review of what was on display at Computex. You might be seeing a lot of these systems for sale this year. Don't forget to check out our coverage of the Via Technology Forum that took place as well.

Quote: "...As the showcase for all the stuff that's coming, Computex is a sea of new motherboards.

Source: AnandTech

Friday, so it must be watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2004 - 03:39 PM |
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hard-h2o looks at a silent external passive water cooling kit, the Xice-e900.  MODTHEBOX reviews a bundle of cooling supplies from Arctic cooling, and even more.

"With this external watercooling system we can get more than average temperatures, even if we overclock the processor. And best of all, it is noiseless. Without any doubt this is a great choice to become initiated in water cooling.

Source: hard-h2o

Is a see-through case vapourware? & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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SystemCooling takes a look at an acrylic case from Logisys.  While it may not be the kind of case to haul around to LAN parties, it is definately not a case to hide.  Also featured are some Small Form Factor cases, compatible with EPIA, micro-ATX and other smaller motherboard designs.

"The Logisys CS888CL has changed my opinion of acrylic cases considerably.

Alienware Launches "ALX" Brand

Subject: Systems | June 3, 2004 - 07:22 AM |
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Today, Alienware launches its new premium "ALX" brand of high-performance gaming systems. Complete with a custom watercooling system and the latest and greatest hardware money can buy, these new systems are certianly worth taking a look at.


Alienware ALX systems feature performance-enhanced hardware to provide more speed, power, and responsiveness than ever before. High-performance hardware is carefully engineered and configured to define and deliver a brand new class of high-performance systems.

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Why everyone hates BTX @ anandtech

Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2004 - 06:47 PM |
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Conspracy theories surround the proposed new format for motherboards, BTX or Balanced Technology eXtended.  It is not very popular with many people, and this article gives some of the reasons.


There are other complaints about BTX, one major one being that Intel seems to be the only one interested in pushing it, which further supports the conspiracy theory that it's just a way to deal with their extremely hot p

Source: AnandTech

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2004 - 06:21 AM |
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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! :)

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AMD, others unveil new wares at Computex

Subject: Chipsets | June 1, 2004 - 07:01 PM |
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There will be a new provider for AMD 64 platforms.  Broadcom recently bought Serverworks, who provided chipsets for Intel based servers, only.  Under Broadcom they will develop chipsets to handle the new AMD chips, thus continuing Broadcom's sordid history with Intel.

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Intel Invites Industry In Design Of Technology To Succeed Bios

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2004 - 06:13 PM |
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Looks like the BIOS is on it's last legs, and a replacement is in the works.   Added bonus, can you spot the non-sequiter in the quote.


More than 20 years old, the BIOS (Basic Input-Output System) is the oldest software technology in PC platforms. It operates in the "pre-boot environment," which is the first few seconds after a PC is turned on, and before the operating system loads.

Air cooled northbridges, warm coffee & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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It's June, and time to find out if your new motherboard likes heat and humidity.  MyWorldhardware takes a good look at a very functional chipset cooler from Thermaltake.  There are a few other things to get the air moving inside your case, and a fun little device that keeps your morning brain lubrication warm.

"Mainboard chipsets are often forgotten when it comes to cooling.

Socket 939 CPU's

Subject: Processors | June 1, 2004 - 05:11 AM |
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And here they are, the Socket 939 CPU's. Top performance, a little confusion over naming, but looking good. Now we just need motherboards.

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A mixed bag of cooling supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2004 - 01:50 PM |
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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).

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MSI K8N Neo Platinum Edition &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2004 - 04:07 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.

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Socket 754 Roundup: Comparing Generation 2

Subject: Chipsets | May 28, 2004 - 09:57 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

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MCW6000 from the inside @ More watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2004 - 06:07 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 - 05:44 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 - 11:49 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.