Athlon XP-M 2400 Overclocking Potential

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 03:35 AM |
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GeekXtreme takes a turn with the Mobile XP's.  They are going a little further than some earlier reviewers.

"...took a good 30 minutes planning how I wanted the watercooling parts
located. It takes a little planning. Then I placed the items in their locations and
measured off tubing to fit leaving a bit of extra length just in case."

Source: GeekXtreme

Syntax EZ-Clocker Small Form Factor System Review

Subject: Systems | March 17, 2004 - 03:32 AM |
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For lovers of gizmos, Overclockers Cafe has a review of an interesting SFF system.  No more going into bios to overclock, just twist the dial on the front of the case.

The last rock solid overclock was at 2.95GHz which is nothing to laugh at.
I posted the 3.2GHz screen shot just because faster is cooler to look at.
Even though it wouldn't stand up to the benchmarks, I actually ran the
system at 3.2 for about three hours surfing the net, so not too shabby I'd
have to say. One more thing about the EZ-Clock.

Athlon 64 3000+ FX and XP Comparison

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 03:28 AM |
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OCFAQ has an A64 3000+ review that does the benchmark comparisons with the XP3200, and an FX.  Take a look if your looking to upgrade, but wanting to buy wisely.

" So is the 3000+ the budget chip to get? The question really depends
on what is currently in your system. As well as the 3000+ performs, and
as overclockable it can be, it is hampered by less-than-stellar
motherboards, and Socket 939 looms like a dark cloud over its future.
Within a month the dual channel unbuffered RAM supporting Socket 939
motherboards will start to surface.

Source: OCFAQ

Arctic-Cooling Super Silent 4ProL Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:25 AM |
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OCIA has posted a review of this cooler for the Intel socket 478.  They are getting some decent performance for the price, and it looks cool too.

"Installtion of the 4ProL was one of the easiest I've ever done, even
easier than Intel's retail P4 heatsink, which has been praised by many,
including myself. Installation of the 4ProL was as easy as adding some
thermal compound to the processor, placing the heatsink between the
retention bracket, and pushing the 4 clips onto the 4 retention posts.

Source: OCIA

Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:21 AM |
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Have a look at how 3Dextreme did with the tall glowy Gigabyte sink with the long name that you can use on just about any processor.

"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the newly released and
innovative Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra Cooler-Ultra Heatsink. We'd like to
thank our friends over at PCPartsLeader for providing this Heatsink for
review. The Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra Heatsink is a unique heatsink
featuring a heat pipe design and provides '360 Degrees of Cooling'..."

Source: 3DXtreme

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2004 - 09:26 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: General

AMD Opteron Processors Power New Line of IBM Workstations

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2004 - 10:46 AM |
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It looks like IBM chose to run AMDs Opteron CPUs in their IntelliStation A Pro line of workstations. Read on for more information.

SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-March 16, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Opteron(tm) processor will power a new line of workstations from IBM, the IntelliStation A Pro.

Source: AMD

Evercool CUW8-715 Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 09:23 PM |
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FrostyTech looks at this cooler for Pentium 4.  Though its brother might work out for your AthlonXP, this one doesn't seem to make the grade. 


Evercool CUW8-715 is a carbon copy of the Evercool
CUF-715 for the AthlonXP, it will be interesting to see how the former
performs when faced with the increased thermal interface of the Pentium 4
synthetic temperature test platform."
Source: Frosty Tech

Mobile Athlon 2500+ Overclocking

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2004 - 09:18 PM |
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The mobile processor overclocking goes on.  Bring your pop-up blocker and see how Neoseeker did with theirs.


"Pushing the envelope on an XP-M gets easier because as you increase the
Front Side Bus and increase the unlocked multiplier you are required to add
more power to the CPU by increasing the Vcore; since the default Vcore of
the X-MP is 1.45V you have much more room to play with. Now that we have an
understanding of the potential, we'll test the theory by running stock tests
and then overclocking the XP-M and XP and comparing results. "
Source: Neoseeker

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2004 - 08:32 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the day? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective!

Source: General

Bits & Pieces Special Focus -- Cases & Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 08:27 PM |
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Welcome to this Special Focus edition of Bits & Pieces™ -- Cases & Cooling Galore!

Source: General

400GB hard drive makes Hitachi the capacity king

Subject: Storage | March 15, 2004 - 12:28 PM |
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Hitachi's newest 400gb hard drive puts them at the top in storage capacity. Here is a quick snip.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10, 2004 — Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced the world's highest capacity 3.5-inch ATA hard drive, the 400GB Deskstar 7K400. The new drive has been designed for audio video (AV) and ATA nearline environments, where large capacities and a lower per-gigabyte cost are key requirements.

Source: Hitachi

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | March 15, 2004 - 06:24 AM |
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Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Does the name of this editorial column make more sense now? Back when Ryan asked me to split up the B&P and my "off topic" chatter, I asked him to help me come up with a name for this new column. Is he smart, or what? ;)

I like the look of the new site. When Ryan first starting tinkering with design, he started with Blue and Orange as the two basic colors. We talked him into changing the Orange to "AMD" Green, just to help us keep a tad bit of our roots in the scheme of things.

So, the colors are cool, and that logo is fantastic!

Source: General

Albatron PX875 Pro Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 03:09 AM |
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Here's TECH-PC tasking a look at an Albatron i875 board.  Let's see if it they think it can stand out in a crowd.

Overall the Albatron doesn't put in a bad showing, beating the IC7 in a few instances and not too far behind in others. The SiSoft Sandra Arithmetic results are slightly odd but don't seem to be reflected in any other test results so can just be put down as one of those things, perhaps a new BIOS will sort things out

Source: TECH-PC

Chaintech 9PJL Apogee P4 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 03:02 AM |
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Here's R & B's first write up on a Chaintech board, check it out.

This is our first Chaintech motherboard review. It's nice to review a new brand and to see what it goes for. Chaintech has made themselves very known lately for quality boards that perform very well. We have one of their P4 boards called 9PJL apogee that we will have a closer look at so stay tuned.

WinXP SP2 coverage

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2004 - 02:54 AM |
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IANAG were bored for a weekend and decided to delve into some Microsoft documents to see what they could find out about the upcoming SP2 for Windows XP.

Windows XP SP2 should only be a few months away from public release. The more I use it the more I like it! On top of what I've found just by using it I read alot of Microsoft's 200 page document and found some additional goodies that will kick in in the future.

Aerocool HT-101 HSF

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 02:47 AM |
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This is just one of those items that just looking at it makes me cringe.  I would not suggest a heatsink design like this for a LAN party case at all.  Frankly, just its size alone to me looks like it would put undo strain on the cpu socket clips on any tower case.  Desktop model pcs that lay flat only, would be the only place I personally would put a heatsink of this design in.  You be the judge, better yet, shoot me an email about your opinion of this heatsink.

The single fan performance is slightly better (1-2°C) than I've seen with a Thermalright SLK-800 and

Source: VIPERLAIR

Rambus in Hindsight, Part II: The Intel / Rambus Partnership.

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2004 - 02:38 AM |
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Here is an ongoing article from Sudhina in regards to the Rambus fiasco, what happened, where it went, how it got there, and where it might be going.

In Part I of this series we discussed the history of Rambus's partnership with Intel (and the disastrous consequences of 1999 / 2000).  Part II will focus on the terms of the 1997 contract between Intel and Rambus, the effect of those terms, and why RDRAM failed in the marketplace.  Part III will discuss the Rambus lawsuits (both those initiated by  and against the company) while Part IV discusses the future of RDRAM

Source: Sudhian

Asus SK8V Athlon 64 FX-51 Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 02:34 AM |
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Asus offers a Athlon64 series CPU board for the FX series processors from AMD.  Here is a review of that board.

There is very little to wish for apart from the already included features and this makes the SK8V a very good base for a high-end PC. In terms of BIOS and software features Asus has added a few tweaks of its own including voice diagnostics (yes, the motherboard will tell you what has gone wrong), automatic fan adjustment and you can even create your own BIOS logo.

Global Win Silent Stream water cooled heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 02:29 AM |
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Let's see what putting water through a heatsink is all about.

Using our New heatsink test rig we review the super Global Win SilentStream water cooled heatsink so that you can see how well it works using our new heatsink test rig.

We are also adding our own dual-80mm fan radiator we used with the latest Thermaltake Aquarius III to see how much of an improvement in cooling adding this radiator to the Global Win SilentStream makes.