AMD Processor Pricing Update

Subject: Processors | May 8, 2004 - 08:28 AM |
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Well, looks like AMD has once again slashed prices to sell their product.  Updating their site on May 6th with prices for 800 series Opterons looking the sweetest of all.  I mean c'mon, an 844 model for under $700 combined with Tyan's Thunder K8QS 4-way Opteron board.  Talk about some Distributed Computing power!

Source: AMD

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2004 - 09:10 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Be sure to check out Ron's very first Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

A few new water toys reviewed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2004 - 06:29 PM |
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Ron's Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | May 7, 2004 - 09:05 AM |
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I just read a linked page I saw on [H] that just has me very very saddened.  It took me to Leo Leporte's website where it was announced by Leo that the TechTV channel, its employees, and station itself based in San Fransisco, are to move to LA along with the entire current staff to be let go with 60 day notice.  Now, I'm not one to usually go into a topic like this, but this one bugs me a bit and to be honest, I just wanted to tell someone and well..  consider yourself the sucker for me to spew off on for

Source: General

VIA's New K8T800Pro Previews

Subject: Chipsets | May 7, 2004 - 08:09 AM |
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Surprisingly, there seems to be very few previews of this chipset on the web.  Even today, the day after it was released publicly.  I'm not sure why that is.  I don't recall a time that a new chipset release was so quiet as such as this one.  I think the one thing that may be holding things back is the fact this new chipset adds a lot of new features, but not the giant performance gains the market and enthusiasts want.  [H]ard|OCP has posted about some of the impending prowess of the overclocking abilities of

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Opteron Powers Customer Apps for Leading Italian Insurer

Subject: Processors | May 7, 2004 - 06:05 AM |
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MILAN, ITALY―May 7, 2004―AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Genialloyd, the e-commerce division of Italian insurance company RAS and member of the Allianz Group, has deployed an AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based IBM eServer 325 platform to better manage customer data and more accurately analyze risk selection.

Source: AMD

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2004 - 08:48 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

AMD to Present at Schwab Soundview Semiconductor Conference

Subject: Processors | May 6, 2004 - 05:40 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - MAY 06, 2004 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Director Investor Relations, Michael Haase, will present at the Schwab Soundview Semiconductor Conference at 4:00 p.m. GMT (9:00 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at Trinity House in London, England. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

AMD Chip Leaks!?! 130/90nm chip info.

Subject: Processors | May 6, 2004 - 11:48 AM |
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Some info on the upcoming chips being offered by AMD - 130 nm and 90 nm ...  hope they're accurate!


The 130nm Athlon 64 with 512KB of on-die L2 cache, 'Newcastle', has a 150mm 2 die size. Its 90nm equivalent, 'Winchester', is just 83mm 2, the site reveals thanks to a reader who glimpsed an AMD presentation on the subject.

Source: The Register

AMD Fuels New Mobile Processors With 64-Bit Performance For Sleek Notebooks

Subject: Processors | May 6, 2004 - 11:28 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA -- May 6, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced two new low-power mobile processors designed to offer outstanding computing performance and true mobility for thin and light notebooks. The new low-power mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processor models 2800+ and 2700+ further expand the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 processor family, offering a powerful 32-bit computing experience today with a seamless transition to 64-bit applications.

Source: AMD

VIA Launches the K8T800 Pro Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | May 6, 2004 - 10:56 AM |
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Today VIA launched the K8T800 Pro chipset and we already have our review of it up and online for you to read.  Be sure to give it a read!

Taipei, Taiwan, May 6, 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA K8T800 Pro, further expanding its range of market-leading chipset solutions for the AMD64 processor platform.

Source: Email

AMD Sponsors Top-Rated Counter-Strike Team

Subject: Processors | May 6, 2004 - 06:03 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-MAY 6, 2004-AMD (AMD: NYSE) announced today that it has become the lead sponsor of Team NoA, a globally-ranked,
North American-based Counter-Strike squad. Counter-Strike is one of the most popular PC gaming titles among professional gamers. As part of the sponsorship, Team NoA will use AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor-based gaming systems during its 2004 tournaments.

Source: AMD

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | May 6, 2004 - 05:17 AM |
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Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Two years and two days. That's how long I've been doing the B&P. I swear it feels like yesterday when Ron sat me down and showed me how to post news for the first time. LOL

When Ron turned the B&P over to me, he told me to try and get about 12 links before posting so that we don't just post a few links here and there, but can offer up a good sized list for y'all to enjoy. There were days when a B&P didn't get posted because I hadn't found those 12 links to share.

Source: General

Athlon 64 Powers Cinema-Quality Entertainment for the Living Room

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2004 - 02:03 PM |
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SEATTLE-MAY 5, 2004-At WinHEC this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is showcasing media center PCs built by Shuttle, ZT Group International, and First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) featuring the AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor. The media center PCs offer consumers a breadth of features to manage audio and video home entertainment, and are quiet and sized to integrate into the living room. With Cool'n'Quiet(tm) technology, the AMD Athlon 64 processor enables computers to run cooler and quieter so consumers can enjoy a cinema-quality entertainment experience.

Source: AMD

ATi's X800 (R420) Series Previews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2004 - 04:19 PM |
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With the NDA lifted, a flurry of information about ATi's next gen card has been unleashed upon the web. I'll let the reviews speak for themselves, but it is certain that neither side dropped the ball this time around. The back-and-forth battle that has become so familier continues!

"Under the Pixel Shader 2.0 test from 3DMark03 We are seeing much great performance differences between the boards than in previous test The X800 XT PE is up to 65% higher performance than the X800 PRO and very close to being 3 times the performance of the 9800 XT!

Source: Beyond3D

A fan for your notebook & More air cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2004 - 03:08 PM |
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Want to extend the life of your laptop, or just dropped a lot of cash on a LAN-party worth notebook and need to keep your cool?  Take a look at this little USB device from Coolmax, reviewed at Extensiontech.

"Overclocking enthusiasts love to keep their desktop PC's cool. But what about us laptop users? Sure, many companies have done laptop cooling pads, but here is one design I haven't seen before. COOLMAX has created an X shaped dual 60mm fan laptop cooler.

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Gigabyte K8NSNXP (nF3-250Gb) &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 3, 2004 - 08:51 PM |
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T-Break has a review of another Nforce3 250 GB, the Gigabyte K8NSNXP.  Interesting how different vendors are configuring their boards.  For example, looks like this 250 GB is not using the Integrated Gigabit functionality.  Appears that they have decided to use it on the PCI bus to simplify the production of their various models of Nforce3.  Not as though you are likely to be able to use Gigabit much anyway, but still...

Quote: "What made us wonder was why Gigabyte chose the lower-end version of thenF

Source: t-break

A Plethora of Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2004 - 05:02 PM |
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There is certainly a vast selection of case makers out there, and they are doing their best to keep the fresh ideas coming.  Here is a batch of reviews that appeared over the weekend.  Enjoy! 


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Gainward FX5900XT 128mb Golden Sample & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 3, 2004 - 06:32 AM |
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Gainward made my first aftermarket video card. I remember well the elation of getting it for about 30% under standard street price, yet it was a while before I found out about overclocking. When I finally became brave enough to try it, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it boost my 3DMark scores higher than systems that cost twice as much at the time, but I was getting higher clock speeds than I was told to expect as a maximum for the card! Needless to say, I was quite satisfied.

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2004 - 10:39 AM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General