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Subject: Editorial | March 29, 2004 - 07:51 PM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Last week was a week I just as soon forget. So, instead of re-living my week of torture, I figured I'd spend today talking about something much more pleasant. How about M&M's? :D
Over the holidays this past year, my Secret Santa gave me an M&M Dispenser. It's really a cool little toy. You press a button and you get rewarded with three or four M&M's -- unless you get lucky and the button gets stuck, in which case you can wind up with a fist-full!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2004 - 03:55 AM | Geoff Baker
3Dxtreme has posted a quickie review of the Aerocool "Hightower" for Socket A or P4. They'll show you how it stacks up against the Volcano 12 and a stock AMD cooler.
"The HT-101 tower cooler is a large cooler when you first take a look at it,
but it is designed to compensate for that larger size. The cooler does come
with one blue UV LED fan that can be mounted on one side of the cooler;
however AeroCool has included the ability to mount a fan on each side.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2004 - 03:53 AM | Geoff Baker
A1 is testing an Evercool fan and sink for A64. If you can pick out the right colors in the graph you can see it is an OK, but not outstanding performer.
" We were hoping for better performance from this EverCool K802-715 all
copper heatsink compared to the EverCool Magic Cooler we reviewed earlier
which is Aluminium with a Copper insert. It must be remember that both these
EverCool heatsinks are much smaller and lighter than the other heatsinks
Subject: Processors | March 26, 2004 - 03:50 AM | Geoff Baker
Techtastic gets on the bandwagon and overclocks a Mobile 2500. They only get theirs to 2500 or so...but with PC2700.
Lately, some enthusiasts in the overclocking world have discovered that the
Mobile Barton processor has great
potential as a good overclocker in desktop computers. Claims of overclocking a Mobile
Barton 2500+ (1.83 ghz) to 2500-2700mhz
are quite common. We got our hands on a Mobile Barton 2500+ to see if we could achieve
Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2004 - 03:48 AM | Geoff Baker
OCFAQ has reviewed the Nforce3 board fom Gigabyte, the K8N Pro. They take a look at the package, run the benchmarks, then overclock it some and run some more. Give it a look.
The main theme behind what Gigabyte has done is to take a less than
spectacular chipset and make the best of it. Through excellent overclocking,
solid reliability, and every onboard option one could desire, the K8N Pro
goes a long way torwards distinguishing itself as a leader in what is a
mostly leader-less platform. The usual Abit/Asus domination is not present,
blame first generation technology.
SUNNYVALE, CA-MARCH 25, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced attendees at last week's System Builder Summit event in Dallas, TX awarded AMD in three out of four eligible categories. AMD was crowned the winner for Best System Builder Program or Promotion, Best Hardware Product and Best Vendor Overall for both the System Builder Summit and VARVision events.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:33 PM | Geoff Baker
Over at myWorld Hardware there is a new review posted of the Gigabyte board using the SIS 655FX chipset. Take a look as the performance is compared to an Abit IC7 and an Epox Epox 4PCA+.
"The GA-8S655FX Ultra is an excellent performing board and it does
threat to Intel's mainstream i865 platform with its value pricetag.
benchmark results, SIS's 655FX Chipset does hold some solid ground
Pentium 4 platform. It's about time that an alternative showed up
Intel some deserving competition."
Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 09:28 PM | Geoff Baker
Accelenation has a review of Intel's new flagship. See how this CPU performs as compared to its brethren.
"Another day another speed bump. Unless you do a lot of office and
content creation work, it's hard to recommend any Prescott. The
extended 31 stage pipeline of the Prescott is still acting as a
handicap. In gaming tests the Athlon 64 3200+ beats out both the
3.4E and 3.4C, which indicates that the 3400+ should wipe the floor
Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 09:24 PM | Geoff Baker
Yesterday Tweaknews posted an article on the Prescott 3.4E that you may have missed. Check out how the benchmarks work out and the kind of heat this cpu brings to the game.
"It's honestly a tough call on the new Prescott core and Intel's
new flagship CPU.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:08 PM | Geoff Baker
Motherboards.org takes up two slots on the News page today as they submit another of their dual reviews. First up is the Albatron 875 Pro.
So what do I like about the Albatron PX 875P PRO motherboard? It's
based upon Intel's 875P chipset which fully supports Prescott and
Extreme Edition CPUs without need for BIOS upgrade like some early
875 motherboards might.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:05 PM | Geoff Baker
The second of two reviews today from Motherboards.org. This one has the Gigabyte 865 with Wifi.
Today we take a look at the GA-8IPE100 Pro2-W one of the latestboards for the P4 platform to be released from the folks at GIGABYTEthat once again features the most recent technologies builton-board. One of the excellent features of this new board is itsWi-Fi function that enables user's access to a wireless netenvironment. This technology is something that should really starttaking off this year as more and more people make the switch form awired to a wireless LAN.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 08:57 PM | Geoff Baker
The Tech Report takes a look at the Abit AN7 and all the uGuru flash. Paired up against an A7N8X, the benchmarks are all here.
IT MAY NOT HAVE THE FLASH of its 64-bit brethren, but there's still
performance potential left in the Athlon XP. This point was certainly proven
by our recent look at overclocking the Athlon XP-M 2500+, in which we managed
2400MHz without much difficulty.
Of course, taking advantage of that potential requires the right equipment,
and that starts with the motherboard.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 08:53 PM | Geoff Baker
Here's a review about the Aerocool HT-101 for your Socket A or Pentium 478 cpu. While the tall design makes me nervous, they get some good performance numbers here.
Aerocool is rapidly making a name for itself in the
performance air cooling market. They have been very
successful in the past with their use of super conductor
tubes (Heatpipes). Back in January I looked at the Deep
Impact DP-102, and today we will be looking at another
unique super conductor tube based heatsink, the High Tower
HT-101. Can Aerocool repeat the success they had with the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 08:50 PM | Geoff Baker
AllHardwarezone has a review posted of this inexpensive heatsink for Athlon XP. Though you wouldn't want to overclock with it, it looks to be a pretty good performer for a great price.
"Marketed as a product for computer users looking for a quiet cooling
solution with competitive cooling capabilities, the WhisperRock
performs exactly as Spire claims it to. While I wouldn't recommend
this cooler to overclockers, it is a fine cooler to put in any other
computer. The build quality was great, it has an attractive look and
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2004 - 08:23 PM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to this Special Focus edition of Bits & Pieces™ -- Games!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 08:14 PM | Kristie Goldin
As always seems to happen when we approach the release of nVidia and ATi's latest and greatest, there's always so much hype on the net that the facts tend to get lost in the shuffle. So it was with great joy that I came across this article that endeavors to lay out the facts about the upcoming NV40 & R420/423.
Here at Elite Bastards, we don't profess t
Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 05:50 PM | Joe White
SAN JOSE, CALIF.-MARCH 2004-At Game Developers Conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that gaming heavyweights Crytek, Epic Games, Havok, Jolt, Super Computer International, Valve and Zombie, Inc. have embraced the AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64 FX, and AMD Athlon 64 processors to create a complete AMD64 gaming pipeline.
"AMD64 processors are allowing some of the gaming industry's most respected players to lead a new dimension of creativity," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 10:25 AM | Ron Goldin
One thing in the Video Card world that always makes me laugh is they are just like processors. The 2 big boys trade blows back and forth for performance and pricing. But with this new 5900XT, Im not sure where Nvidia planned to put it in the market. With this review from [H]ard|OCP, it's hard to imagine where they wanted to put it. ATi's 9600XT pricepoint and quality certainly gives it a nod from me when reading this review.
Quote: "So then what makes it different?