SingTel Expan Deploys The AMD Opteron(TM) Processor For Data Center Management

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:35 AM |
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SINGAPORE -- February 3, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Singapore Telecommunications Limited ('SingTel'), one of Asia's leading communications companies, has deployed HP ProLiant DL145 servers powered by the AMD Opteron™ processor for the company's Singapore EXPAN Data Centers, which provide managed hosting services for customers across the Asia Pacific region.EXPAN is a pan-Asian chain of data network centers built on SingTel's own network infrastructure, providing a world-class, robust and secure hosting environment for customers.

Source: AMD

AMD And Microsoft Partner To Move Enterprise Customers To 64-Bit Computing

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:33 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 3, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will partner with Microsoft to bring the first x86-based 64-bit servers to Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC) worldwide. Microsoft plans to deploy and use enterprise-class HP ProLiant DL145 and DL585 servers powered by the AMD Opteron™ processor at MTC locations in North America, Europe and Asia. These systems will enable MTC customers to migrate, test and validate 64-bit applications while preserving their investment in 32-bit applications.

Source: AMD

AMD Appoints Morton L. Topfer To Board Of Directors

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA. -- February 7, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the appointment of Morton L. Topfer, formerly executive vice president of Motorola and vice chairman of Dell Computers, to its board of directors. Topfer, 68, was elected at AMD's most recent board of director's meeting.

Source: AMD

AMD Announces ASI Corp. As AMD Processor Distributor In North America

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- February 8, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today a distribution agreement with ASI Corp., a leading distributor of computer components and peripheral products in North America, to deliver the full range of AMD processors for desktop, mobile, server and workstation computing. With this agreement, AMD is building on its success in the channel serving partners and customers throughout North America.

Source: AMD

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 3, 2005 — The Intel Corporation board of directors has declared a $0.08 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on March 1, 2005 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2005.

Bank Negara Indonesia Adopts More Than 10,000 Intel-Based PCs

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2005 - 07:26 AM |
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 7, 2005 — To deliver better customer service across its 800 branches nationwide and offer new integrated banking services in future, Indonesia's oldest state-owned bank, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), is upgrading its computing infrastructure with more than 10,000 Intel-based PCs. More than 12,000 employees will use the new high-performance Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® 915G chipset-based PCs to serve tens of thousand of customers each day.

Intel and QinetiQ Collaborate On Transistor Research

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:24 AM |
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The results of a two-year joint research programme by Intel Corporation and QinetiQ into new transistor technology that could become a promising candidate for making microprocessors in the middle of the next decade was made public today. Transistors are the tiny switches in microprocessors that process the ones and zeros of the digital world.

Hybrid Watercooling Based Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 11, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Systemcooling reviews the Koolance PC3-725BK.  This isn't your everyday water cooling kit, this is a case designed with watercooling as it's raison d'etre.  Tubing, coolant and splitters are included, as well as several smaller accesories, but no waterblocks, you can choose your own favorites.  The cooling system integrated into the case is rated to dissipate 700W of heat, so there is some serious cooling.  If the step to phase change cooling isn't in your plans for the weekend, maybe

Introducing the IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell Processor — Part I: the SIMD processing units

Subject: Processors | February 9, 2005 - 05:38 PM |
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Another article from Hannibal at Ars Techinca, this time covering the up and coming Cell proccesor.  If you are curious just what this chip is all about, then get a fresh cup of coffee and dig in!

"The Cell proccesor consists of a general-purpose POWERPC processor core connected to eight special-purpose DSP cores.

Source: Ars Technica

The Cure for a Hot, Hot, Hot CPU & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews a heatsink that comes in 3 flavours (sockets- 939/754, 478 & 775) only weighs 460g, has several heatpipes and a unique fan.  It is fairly tall, so putting it into a smaller case may not work, but it is less likely to block RAM slots that are close to the CPU, or make you gently bend capacitors out of it's way.

"The Scythe Freezer 64 does a great job at cooling, and the only negative is also a plus for it.

Source: Big Bruin

Intel Announces Dual-Core Production Has Begun

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2005 - 01:00 PM |
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It looks like Intel may yet get the first foot hold in the dual-core arena against AMD -- today they announced they have started production on a dual-core processor.  They also announced that they will have two dual-core processors available in the 2Q of this year: one a "Smithfield" and the other based on the "Extreme Edition" technology.  The EE dual-core CPU will also have HyperThreading for a total of four concurrent threads being able to run on the system!


You can catch the official PR release

Cases full of fresh air & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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In the search for a quiet PC, many companies are taking their own proprietary methods and improving them.  Such is the case with Arctic Cooling's Silentium T2.  A very wide PSU, with large fans, an upside down case and a unique airflow design make this case worth checking out.  Silent PC Review has some new tools to display the sound coming from a PC, and they pull out all the stops for today's review.

"The masters of clever, co

Watercooling made even easier & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 4, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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Is it easier to install a 2 pound chunk of aircooled copper, without crushing your core, or setting up watercooling without frying your mobo, or yourself?  Well, your answer may change after you read this review from The Guru of 3D.  If you are already a watercooling maniac, read further down, see if you need to pump yourself up.

"The fun thing about it is that within the hour you have everything up and running without drilling, modding, cutting and stabbing yourse

Source: Guru of 3D

Corsair ships XPERT modules

Subject: Memory | February 2, 2005 - 10:52 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 1, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, again raises the bar on enthusiast memory, with an intelligent memory module that monitors and displays critical performance parameters.

Inside AMD's Hammer: the 64-bit architecture behind the Opteron and Athlon 64

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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A good technical article posted at Ars Technica, on the inner workings of AMD's 64bit architecture, and how it works.  It describes the differences between x86's 64 bit Hammer and it's K-7 predecessors as well as the PowerPC 601.

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n my previous work, I've looked in some detail at the x86-64 instruction set, but I've never talked about the microarchitecture of processors that implement it.

Source: Ars Technica

Powerful heatsink with a catch & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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So, are you secure enough to have a butterfly named Vanessa in your case, or to install it in someone else's?  Titan has released a new heatpipe based heatsink, and Big Bruin has a look at it.  The cooler performs fairly well, but it is in a very odd shape, with a faceplate you can add, if you are brave enough.  Perhaps your CPU will one day be a little more dressy, that biohazard fan grill may not be in style soon.

"Getting away from the plain square heat sinks make the Vanessa truly unique.

Source: Big Bruin

Cooling Miscellanea, Fan Controllers & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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These cooling tools aren't always in everybodies case, but more and more it seems that inntermittent errors are plauging our forum members.  Often the cause is heat, or power.  Well, if your RAM is a little hot under the collar, see if the review Phoronix posted of Prime Cooler's new heatspreaders help it cool off.  Or maybe Seasonic's PowerAngel will help you prove that your house power mains are the reason for your headache.

"Remember four, five, six years ago when we hardly thought about cooling, much

Source: Phoronix

Abit Announces the Fatal1ty AN8 nForce4 Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 31, 2005 - 09:28 PM |
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ABIT Unleashes Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard

The Ultimate AMD Platform from the Ult1mate Gamer


January 31, 2005 - Since the release of the Intel-based Fatal1ty AA8XE motherboard, ABIT's Fatal1ty Hardware Series has been taking the PC hardware

Muchos Boxen Today & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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Enermax has a new case out, and 3DXtreme puts it to the test.  If that doesn't seem like what you want then keep readin, there are server cases, aluminium cases, upside down cases, even an 8 way comparison.  If you are still confused, Big Bruin published a guide to buying cases, that may help you out.

"We enjoyed reviewing this Case, some of the high points are the screwless drive rails, top USB ports, quiet 120 mm cooling, LCD with temperature and RPM readout and the overall classy, stylish look

Source: 3DXtreme

SLI Motherboard Availability!!

Subject: Motherboards | January 31, 2005 - 01:00 AM |
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I was just looking around tonight and found that we now have three SLI motherboards available in our PriceGrabber engine. 



  1. Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe - starting at $181

  2. Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI - starting at $184

  3. MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum - starting at $189

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