Top Gun Video Card Shootout & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2004 - 03:36 AM |

Chances are in recent years you have encountered the mentality that the OEM brand doesn't matter, and that the GPU the card is outfitted with is all that matters. While in sectors such as storage brands suddenly become quite important based on their reliability records, for the most part this is a non-issue with video cards these days. Really, how much difference can there be?

Source: bit-tech

E3, WinHEC 2004, & CeBIT Australia

Subject: Shows and Expos | May 19, 2004 - 07:22 PM |

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Source: General

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2004 - 06:00 PM |

Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my latest ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

AMD Establishes Advanced Micro Devices (China) Co., Ltd.

Subject: Processors | May 19, 2004 - 06:45 AM |

BEIJING - MAY 19, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has established AMD (China) Co., Ltd., and co-hosted an inaugural ceremony with officials from the Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing, where the company will be headquartered.  AMD (China) Co., Ltd. is registered as a foreign-invested holding company, managing all AMD investments in China and enabling it to conduct an increased scope of business operations in the country.


LAKS USB Memory Watch & More

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2004 - 06:45 AM |

Yep, you guessed it! A Watch you can store files in. :)

The USB Memory Watch takes a logical step into combining these very handy devices and your own jewelry, in this case an item of jewelry you don't often, if ever, take off.

Additional Mobile Links from around the Web:

Source: GeekXtreme

Introduction to DDR-2 & More

Subject: Memory | May 18, 2004 - 08:08 PM |

PCStats has done an excellent job of explaining the upgrade from DDR to DDR2.

What is DDR2? Well, it's a new memory standard, as defined by JEDEC (Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council), whose members include many of the major computer memory and chipset manufacturers. JESD 79-2A to be exact.

Source: PCStats

Are you a fan of quiet?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2004 - 01:26 PM |

The Register has a few hints on how to keep your system cooling from drowning out your speakers.  2 round ups from Madshrimps, and 3 reviews of a Coolermaster heatsink.  Silent PCReview takes a look at ducting, and among other things, shows how lower rotation speeds limit suction, regardless of the CFM rating.

"If you're tired of the racket your PC is making, you have two choices before you.

Source: The Register

ATI's Answer to MXM

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2004 - 10:16 AM |

Those who thought NVIDIA's new MXM mobile PCI-Express module would make life a bit easier for laptop vendors are in for a suprise. Apparently, ATI is on the verge of announcing their own module.

Source: Digitimes

Kanguru Wizard USB Security Key & More

Subject: Storage | May 18, 2004 - 06:31 AM |

Talk about a cool gadget! You know me and my tastes for new or unusual items. Well, this Security Key is the first one I've seen.

The Kanguru Wizard is a USB security key, which allows you to create multiple encrypted virtual drives on existing systems that have the drive space. It does not actually partition existing drives.

Opteron 150 and 250 processors &more

Subject: Processors | May 18, 2004 - 02:53 AM |

They are bumping them up again. It's the X50 2.4Ghz model of Opteron. You should have a pretty good idea of how they perform by the time you get to the end of this massive benchmark comparison. Haven't seen these in the price engine yet, but curious what an 850 will go for. Yikes.

Quote: "TODAY AMD IS LAUNCHING its Opteron 150, 250, and 850 processors.

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2004 - 08:00 PM |

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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Cases of the Monday

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2004 - 02:02 PM |

Monday morning, and the caffiene is still trying to plug the holes in my spinal column.  I have just about enough mental dexterity to conglomerate a list of case reviews for you all.  Without further mumbling,  I bring you ...

Here are some Case reviews from around the web:

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Worlds First Purpose-Built 64-Bit 300mm Manu Facility

Subject: Processors | May 17, 2004 - 08:45 AM |

DRESDEN, GERMANY - 17 May 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) marked an important milestone in the construction of its next-generation 300 millimeter (mm) manufacturing facility, AMD Fab 36, with a "topping-off" ceremony held today.

Source: AMD

Tornado GeForce FX 5700 Ultra GDDR3 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2004 - 05:17 AM |

It's simply amazing how speedy the development cycle operates at in the IT industry. Here GDDR3 has hardly been out, and GDDR4 has already been revealed! Check the link below to read Guru3D's article.

Don't forget to check out Alienware's Dual PCI-Express technology!

Quote: "Why the use of third generation DDR memory? Simple, it has certain advantages over DDR1/2. First of all, lower voltage is needed to juice up the silicon. Less juice means less heat, so it can be clocked higher.

Source: Guru of 3D

ECS 755-A2&more

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2004 - 04:57 PM |

Moving up to the newest hardware isn't always expensive. This T-Break review shows that you can get the high performance basics without selling the family car.

Source: t-break

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | May 14, 2004 - 06:52 PM |

Welcome to the Inside Perspective!

[vent mode]

At work, one of my team's daily duties is to go through the incoming mail and get checks ready for processing. Many of these checks come to us in business reply envelops that we provide as a service to our customers.

Today, I opened one such envelope and was left shaking my head in bafflement and disgust. Someone had used our business reply envelope, which of course we have to pay postage for, to send us a religious tract. Hello?!?!?!?

Source: General

A cool dip in the water & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 14, 2004 - 11:59 AM |

Here's a nice little article at PC Stats that covers the basics of cooling. It covers the 3 main ways of cooling, air, water, and fire ...

Source: PCStats

Gateway FMC-901X & More

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2004 - 09:14 PM |

System's are not my forte, but even I could tell there was something unique about the Gateway FMC-901X. It's certainly worth a peek. :)

The FMC-901X is a great system for those wanting to try something new.

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2004 - 08:43 PM |

Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my latest ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

Sun completes 'Niagara' chip design

Subject: Processors | May 13, 2004 - 06:42 AM |

Looks like Sun is finally making strides towards the x86 market, even while they adopt Opteron servers into their foray of products.  The question is, just how far can they go to be a top of the line competitors of today's x86 market.  If some of the uniqueness of their x86 processor line is as accurate as described below, its possible they will give everyone a run for their money.

Niagara is notable for an unusual design that includes eight processing engines, or cores, each of which is capable of handling four instruction sequences called threads.