Evercool CUF-715 Socket A Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:13 PM |
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Big Bruin has a review posted of an Evercool for Athlon XP that might be an alternative to the stock cooling. Not for overclockers it looks like.

"One very nice surprise is the mounting clip. Not only does it take
advantage of all three lugs on both sides, it is hinged on the tool side and proved
very easy to use. Latch the first side down under the three lugs, insert a flat
blade screwdriver into the capture, and just hinge the second side onto the lugs.
One of the nicest socket mount clips I have ever used. Should become the standard,
it is that good."

Source: Big Bruin

Evercool "Magic Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:06 PM |
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3DXtreme has a quick review of this Evercool heatsink that will work with your XP, P4 or A64 processor.

"Today at 3DXtreme we have the great pleasure of reviewing the "Magic
Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink by Evercool. Yet again Evercool has given us the
chance to voice our opinion about one of their new products in their
product line. The MAG-01 is versatile enough to carry out multiple CPU
applications while keeping performance differences to a minimum.

Source: 3DXtreme

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2004 - 08:47 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: General

VIA KT880 Chipset Review

Subject: Chipsets | March 11, 2004 - 11:54 AM |
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Hexus has a review of the long awaited VIA dual channel KT880 for Socket A XP processors. Will it be an Nforce2 killer?

"nForce2 Ultra 400 has been around since July 2003, some sevenmonths. Plain nForce2 has been around for over a year.

Source: Hexus

AMD Athlon 64 Model 3000+ Review

Subject: Processors | March 10, 2004 - 08:44 PM |
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So you want to get the A64 thing going but want to do it cheaply.  Will that A64 3000+ do what you need?  Take a look at this article from Hexus as they do the benchmarks with the 3000+ vrs the other A64's as well as the P4 3.0, 3.2, 3.4 competition.

"The Athlon 64 Model 3000+ was a much-needed CPU in AMD's
performance lineup. All we now ask for is a 1.8GHz 512kb L2 cache
version priced at around £140. That would cover Intel's present
Prescott and Northwood range admirably. We've only evaluated the
32-bit side of the processor.

Source: Hexus

Thermaltake Aquarius III WaterCooling Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:42 PM |
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Modsynergy takes their turn at the Thermaltake Aquarius III Watercooling kit.


There are many ways of cooling your processor. First, there is air-cooling, which
is the most common approach. Second, there is Peltier-cooling, which is not commonly
used yet because it requires massive power. Third, we have water cooling used
extensively by the overclocking and computer enthusiast crowd. Water-cooling has
gained popularity and looks to become mainstream soon, for even non-computer geeks
have been talking about it lately.

Source: ModSynergy

Aquarius III final high-performance Mods

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:39 PM |
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Man the Thermaltake reps have been busy.  Many reviews lately, maybe more to come.  A-1 Electronics performs some mods on their sample, adding some radiators and such.


" We now conclude our reviews on improving the cooling performance of the super
Thermaltake Aquarius III water cooled heatsink system.
Here we try fitting an additional radiator to the inside of the Thermaltake Aquarius
III cooling unit that you can buy easily at many computer parts suppliers and try
adding a dual 80mm fan size external radiator to the Thermaltake Aquarius III system
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PolarFlo SF Water Block Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:37 PM |
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X-Treme Modz has posted a look at the Polar Flo water blocks.  Check out the performance they get as compared to a couple of air coolers, the Aerocool and the Gladiator 3.


"A year or so ago who would have thought that an unknown (to the PC world) machine shop in
Montana would be such a force in the PC water cooling market. Up until the last year if you
asked someone about water cooling hardware there were only a couple of names that came to mind,
boy has that changed..."
Source: Email

Announcing Fedora Core 1 for AMD64

Subject: Processors | March 5, 2004 - 05:32 PM |
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Fedora is now what Red Hat Linux USED to be -- the free, open source distribution of Linux for end-users.  This is good news for anyone with an Athlon 64 powered machine.

Red Hat, Inc. and the Fedora Project today announced the availability of a port of Fedora Core 1 to AMD64 - the first 64-bit port of a Fedora Project core release.


The Fedora Project is a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project that promotes rapid development of innovative open source software through a collaborative, community effort.

Source: Email

HP and AMD Form Relationship to Power Server Innovation and Performance

Subject: Processors | February 24, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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HP and AMD Form Relationship to Power Server Innovation and Performance

 

New AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant servers offer customers greater standards-based choice and value

PALO ALTO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2004 - HP and AMD today announced an expanded collaboration to broaden HP's standards-based server portfolio with the introduction of AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based systems in the HP ProLiant server family.

Source: Email

Corsair Announces New XMS2 Product Line

Subject: Memory | February 18, 2004 - 01:10 PM |
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San Francisco, CA, February 18, 2004 ? Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced their new XMS2 family of xtreme performance DDR2 memory modules.


The first product in this family is the Twin2X1024-4300, a matched pair of 512MB 533MHz 240-pin DDR2 modules. This product has been tested extensively on several different DDR2-based motherboards and is expected to be 100% compatible with the newest DDR2 chipsets and motherboards.

Microsoft Broadens Commitment to 64-Bit Windows

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2004 - 12:29 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Feb. 17, 2004 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco that its Windows® operating systems for 64-bit extended systems will be fully compatible with Intel Corp.’s newly announced processors with 64-bit extension technology. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer encouraged testers, developers and hardware manufacturers to prepare to take advantage of Windows for 64-bit extended systems, saying Microsoft had released its latest Windows to 5,000 members of its technical beta community.

Source: Microsoft

NVIDIA Introduces Industry's First Top-to-Bottom Family of PCI Express GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2004 - 12:28 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER CONFERENCE-SAN FRANCISCO -FEBRUARY 17, 2004-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today unveiled the industry’s first top-to-bottom family of PCI Express graphics processing units (GPUs), all designed to take full advantage of the additional bandwidth and features that this new I/O interconnection standard delivers.

Source: NVIDIA

AMD Launches New Opteron HE and Opteron EE CPUs

Subject: Processors | February 17, 2004 - 01:13 AM |
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AMD has launched two new Opteron processors today aimed at the lower power consumption sector.


AMD EXTENDS NEW CLASS OF SERVERS AND WORKSTATIONS WITH LOW-POWER AMD OPTERON(tm) PROCESSORS

-New processors deliver the most performance per watt of any processor in their class-


SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-FEB. 17, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an expansion of its awarding-winning AMD Opteron(tm) processor family, featuring low- and mid-power products.

Source: Email

Ultimate Workstation Round-up

Subject: Chipsets | February 2, 2004 - 01:00 AM |
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Always fun to read these. Sudhian has a round up of workstations running single and dual processors from Barton 2800's to FX's and Xeon's.

"This is an article designed for the professional workstation user considering a high-end investment in a modern system. We’ll be weighing the value of two high-end single-CPU configurations as well, in order to examine the situations in which a second CPU is valuable—and in which it is not."

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Soyo CK8 K8T800 Athlon64 Review

Subject: Motherboards | January 31, 2004 - 02:13 PM |
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Here's a little perspective from The Tech Report on AMD's TPI initiative in its current state, or lack there of as it were. I think there is a lot of sentiment, even in the AMD enthusiast community, that TPI has not done its job nor has the numbering/rating/ranking system of current AMD products be totally accepted by 'Joe Consumer'. The enthusiasts of AMD are here and are here to stay, that doesnt mean all of us agree that AMD's current marketing plan is the right choice for them or the market.

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ABIT AN7 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | January 31, 2004 - 02:10 PM |
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If last weeks A7N8X "E" review at Hardocp left you flat, sorry. Things are certainly not looking any better with the new Abit Nforce2 with the uGuru chip.

"Well, even champions will occasionally trip and stumble, and that is exactly what the AN7 appears to be doing..."

Source: [H]ard|OCP