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! :)

Source: General

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.

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | May 12, 2004 - 08:08 PM |

Welcome to the Inside Perspective! You get another special treat today! Mjollner, one of our newer Moderators, shared an e-mail with us that his father had sent to a Pressure Cooker manufacturer. It was so funny, I just had to get permission to share it with y'all. Enjoy!

From: "Dad"

Source: General

NVIDIA's nForce2 Ultra 400Gb Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | May 12, 2004 - 05:43 AM |

Athlon XP is not a EOL unit quite yet, not with VIA and nVidia still kicking new life into it with their latest chipsets.  nVidia being the more recent as you can see in Ryan's review of their nForce2 Ultra 400Gb chipset.  The Tech Report's review of this chipset came to many of the same conclusions,  it's no longer the performance being the deciding factor of chipset purchases but in fact the feature set, which is something

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2004 - 08:22 PM |

Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: General

Suffer from enclosure envy?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2004 - 04:24 PM |

Do you brag all day about your components, only to have people point and laugh at your beige box?  Still punching holes through the backplate with a screwdriver to try to get one more fan inside?   Just want a stoned Cylon staring at you while you mass murder pixelated people?  Well, relax, PCP can help you.

Here are some Case reviews from around the web:

Click Here to go to Cases & CoolingSource: PC Perspective

Prolink PlayTV@7000 & More

Subject: Displays | May 11, 2004 - 04:49 AM |

If you are an enthusiast or not, if you have a newer computer, chances are it's got more connections than you can shake a stick at. USB, IEEE1394, SATA, Ethernet, the list goes on and on. But one thing that is seldom seen is the A/V connectors commonly seen on TVs. It makes perfect sense to have them in place. With a TV tuner/PVR card, you can copy, play, and record audio and video between live TV/radio, VCR, DVD player, cassette player, digital video camera, security camera, and many other gadgets. Sounding better yet?

Source: Bjorn3D

Air cooling of the quiet kind & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2004 - 03:44 PM |

It used to be that an SK-6 with the biggest, baddest, and loudest Alpha fan you could find was the penultimate air cooling solution.  Now, not only do we expect good heatsinks to keep the heat down, but we also demand a reasonable noise level.  Here are a few of the "Silent" cooling options I've seen over the past week, see if any of them have the qualities you look for in a cooling solution.

Here are some Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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NVIDIA Intros the Ultra 400 Gb chipset for the Athlon XP Market

Subject: Chipsets | May 10, 2004 - 09:26 AM |

Here's the full PR from NVIDIA.


Company's Award-Winning Native Gigabit Ethernet Controller and Firewall Security Solution for AMD Athlon 64 Platforms Now Available in NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb MCP


SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 10, 2004— Leveraging the award-winning innovative networking, storage, and security technologies unveiled in the Company's NVIDIA nForce™3 250Gb media and communications processor (MCP) for AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-

Source: Email

5 Way Athlon64 VIA K8T800 Roundup &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2004 - 09:53 PM |

If you've waited long enough, might check out this roundup of K8T800 boards. In this review, the Techseekers not only give you the benchmarks, but some good shots of the boards including the backplanes. Compare their Abit KV8 Max results with our review.

Quote: ""It is pretty evident from the performance tests, that the K8T800
performs equally well no matter what board its on.

Source: Techseekers