Gigabyte GA-8S655FX Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:33 PM |
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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
pose a
threat to Intel's mainstream i865 platform with its value pricetag.
From the
benchmark results, SIS's 655FX Chipset does hold some solid ground
on the
Pentium 4 platform. It's about time that an alternative showed up
to give
Intel some deserving competition."

Accelenation 3.4GHz Pentium 4

Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 09:28 PM |
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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
with them."

Source: Accelenation

Tweaknews Prescott 3.4E Processor Review

Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 09:24 PM |
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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.

Source: Tweaknews

Albatron PX 875P PRO Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:08 PM |
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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.

GIGABYTE GA-8IPE100 Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:05 PM |
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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.

Abit AN7 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 08:57 PM |
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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.

Aerocool HT-101 CPU Cooler Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 08:53 PM |
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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
DP-102?

Spire WhisperRock IV Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 08:50 PM |
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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
it's near-silent."

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2004 - 08:27 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the week? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

Bits & Pieces Special Focus -- Games

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2004 - 08:23 PM |
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Welcome to this Special Focus edition of Bits & Pieces™ -- Games! 



Click Here to go to General Tech  GAMES

Source: General

Piecing together the puzzle - NV40 and R420/423 investigated & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 08:14 PM |
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Click Here to go to Video Cards  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

Leading Game Developers are Blown Away by A64 CPUs

Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 05:50 PM |
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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.

Source: AMD

MSI FX5900XT Review & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 10:25 AM |
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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?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Antec Super Lanboy Review & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 09:27 AM |
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Like most people who consider themselves PC enthusiasts, I think I know a fair lot of what cases should be and how they can improve their designs. Thats probably one reason I have done case reviews here previously at AMDMB. Not only did I have a fair bit of knowledge walking in the door, I also learned a lot. One thing I know is taller is not always better. One of my favorite reviews that I have had the pleasure to do was the Chenbro Junior server case.

Source: Icrontic

AMD Silently Releases the Athlon 64 2800+

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2004 - 11:06 PM |
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I caught this link over at HardOCP.com, where at Newegg.com they have a Athlon 64 2800+ processor for sale for $173.  It is a 1.8 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache processor, closely related to the 3000+ part we saw soft launched a month or so ago. 

Specification
Model: AMD Athlon 64 2800+
Core: ClawHammer
Operating Frequency: 1.8GHz
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/ 512KB
Voltage: 1.5V
Proce

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I want to know what YOU want to see

Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2004 - 12:56 PM |
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I have added a new post to my online weblog asking YOU for your opinions on what you want to see at the new PC Perspective.

With that in mind, what else do you want to see? A lot more cooling? Peripherals? Memory testing? Storage? How would you like to see the news covered? Are press releases interesting to you?

Bits & Pieces -- SPOTLIGHT!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 22, 2004 - 09:26 PM |
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Click Here to go to Cases & Cooling  As you can probably understand, after almost two years of doing Bits & Pieces™, it takes a lot to suprise me, or even catch my eye.

Source: General

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2004 - 09:16 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

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | March 22, 2004 - 08:43 PM |
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Welcome to the Inside Perspective! I need a Flash Memory card for my brain. You know, some place to store an idea or thought you have that you don't want to forget, but aren't in a position to nab a pad and paper and jot it down. Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and buy a dictaphone to carry with me everywhere. My luck I'd have an idea and the batteries would be dead...

What is it about good ideas that they only pop up when it's next to impossible to get them set down in writing? Probably the worst is when I'm in the shower. That hot water really seems to stimulate my thinking.

Source: General

Athlon 64 FX-53 and 3.4 GHz P4 EE: Premium CPU Shootout

Subject: Processors | March 22, 2004 - 09:52 AM |
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Looking for the best desktop processor money can buy? Well look no further as you have two choices. That's right, the top of the line for both processors are so close there is no straight up winner in processing power, at least not yet. But this time Intel has the lead in pricing, coming in about $200 cheaper as of this writing. Although, I dont expect that large difference to last long, nor the current processing power of these bohemoths to remain stagnant. Its that time, for both to ramp up as both are about on equal footing and there is no cut and dry winner.