400GB hard drive makes Hitachi the capacity king

Subject: Storage | March 15, 2004 - 12:28 PM |
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Hitachi's newest 400gb hard drive puts them at the top in storage capacity. Here is a quick snip.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10, 2004 — Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced the world's highest capacity 3.5-inch ATA hard drive, the 400GB Deskstar 7K400. The new drive has been designed for audio video (AV) and ATA nearline environments, where large capacities and a lower per-gigabyte cost are key requirements.

Source: Hitachi

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | March 15, 2004 - 06:24 AM |
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Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Does the name of this editorial column make more sense now? Back when Ryan asked me to split up the B&P and my "off topic" chatter, I asked him to help me come up with a name for this new column. Is he smart, or what? ;)

I like the look of the new site. When Ryan first starting tinkering with design, he started with Blue and Orange as the two basic colors. We talked him into changing the Orange to "AMD" Green, just to help us keep a tad bit of our roots in the scheme of things.

So, the colors are cool, and that logo is fantastic!

Source: General

Albatron PX875 Pro Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 03:09 AM |
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Here's TECH-PC tasking a look at an Albatron i875 board.  Let's see if it they think it can stand out in a crowd.

Overall the Albatron doesn't put in a bad showing, beating the IC7 in a few instances and not too far behind in others. The SiSoft Sandra Arithmetic results are slightly odd but don't seem to be reflected in any other test results so can just be put down as one of those things, perhaps a new BIOS will sort things out

Source: TECH-PC

Chaintech 9PJL Apogee P4 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 03:02 AM |
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Here's R & B's first write up on a Chaintech board, check it out.

This is our first Chaintech motherboard review. It's nice to review a new brand and to see what it goes for. Chaintech has made themselves very known lately for quality boards that perform very well. We have one of their P4 boards called 9PJL apogee that we will have a closer look at so stay tuned.

WinXP SP2 coverage

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2004 - 02:54 AM |
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IANAG were bored for a weekend and decided to delve into some Microsoft documents to see what they could find out about the upcoming SP2 for Windows XP.

Windows XP SP2 should only be a few months away from public release. The more I use it the more I like it! On top of what I've found just by using it I read alot of Microsoft's 200 page document and found some additional goodies that will kick in in the future.

Aerocool HT-101 HSF

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 02:47 AM |
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This is just one of those items that just looking at it makes me cringe.  I would not suggest a heatsink design like this for a LAN party case at all.  Frankly, just its size alone to me looks like it would put undo strain on the cpu socket clips on any tower case.  Desktop model pcs that lay flat only, would be the only place I personally would put a heatsink of this design in.  You be the judge, better yet, shoot me an email about your opinion of this heatsink.

The single fan performance is slightly better (1-2°C) than I've seen with a Thermalright SLK-800 and

Source: VIPERLAIR

Rambus in Hindsight, Part II: The Intel / Rambus Partnership.

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2004 - 02:38 AM |
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Here is an ongoing article from Sudhina in regards to the Rambus fiasco, what happened, where it went, how it got there, and where it might be going.

In Part I of this series we discussed the history of Rambus's partnership with Intel (and the disastrous consequences of 1999 / 2000).  Part II will focus on the terms of the 1997 contract between Intel and Rambus, the effect of those terms, and why RDRAM failed in the marketplace.  Part III will discuss the Rambus lawsuits (both those initiated by  and against the company) while Part IV discusses the future of RDRAM

Source: Sudhian

Asus SK8V Athlon 64 FX-51 Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 02:34 AM |
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Asus offers a Athlon64 series CPU board for the FX series processors from AMD.  Here is a review of that board.

There is very little to wish for apart from the already included features and this makes the SK8V a very good base for a high-end PC. In terms of BIOS and software features Asus has added a few tweaks of its own including voice diagnostics (yes, the motherboard will tell you what has gone wrong), automatic fan adjustment and you can even create your own BIOS logo.

Global Win Silent Stream water cooled heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 02:29 AM |
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Let's see what putting water through a heatsink is all about.

Using our New heatsink test rig we review the super Global Win SilentStream water cooled heatsink so that you can see how well it works using our new heatsink test rig.

We are also adding our own dual-80mm fan radiator we used with the latest Thermaltake Aquarius III to see how much of an improvement in cooling adding this radiator to the Global Win SilentStream makes.

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2004 - 10:09 AM |
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Here is the latest and greatest to keep you occupied this Sunday...Kristie did such a good job yesterday, I was lucky to find anything new to post!  ;D


Click Here to go to Cases & Cooling  CASES & COOLING

Source: General

Removing the MHz Myth, Again

Subject: Processors | March 13, 2004 - 10:16 PM |
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This article posted over at Anand's states that Intel is following AMD's lead once again this time in the nomenclature of its future processors. 


News broke earlier today that Intel will most likely change its current "Megahertz" strategy in favor of a more subdued "Model Name" approach. This does not necessarily mean Intel will change its processors to a PR rating, like "3000+".
Source: AnandTech

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2004 - 10:03 AM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: General

Thermalright SLK-948U Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:17 PM |
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Here is a review of the Thermalright for A64/FX and Pentium 4. Check out the comparisons against the Thermaltake competition, the Venus.

Cooling is one of the major concerns for an enthusiast. We like to
overclock our processors to ultimate speeds but for those of us who
can't afford water-cooling kits, it's hard to reach the unbelievable
speeds. For affordable thermal solutions, we turn to air-based
heatsinks. We want something that works just as well as some of the
affordable water-cooling kit.

Source: CoolTechZone

Evercool CUF-715 Socket A Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:13 PM |
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Big Bruin has a review posted of an Evercool for Athlon XP that might be an alternative to the stock cooling. Not for overclockers it looks like.

"One very nice surprise is the mounting clip. Not only does it take
advantage of all three lugs on both sides, it is hinged on the tool side and proved
very easy to use. Latch the first side down under the three lugs, insert a flat
blade screwdriver into the capture, and just hinge the second side onto the lugs.
One of the nicest socket mount clips I have ever used. Should become the standard,
it is that good."

Source: Big Bruin

Evercool "Magic Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:06 PM |
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3DXtreme has a quick review of this Evercool heatsink that will work with your XP, P4 or A64 processor.

"Today at 3DXtreme we have the great pleasure of reviewing the "Magic
Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink by Evercool. Yet again Evercool has given us the
chance to voice our opinion about one of their new products in their
product line. The MAG-01 is versatile enough to carry out multiple CPU
applications while keeping performance differences to a minimum.

Source: 3DXtreme

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2004 - 08:47 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: General

VIA KT880 Chipset Review

Subject: Chipsets | March 11, 2004 - 11:54 AM |
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Hexus has a review of the long awaited VIA dual channel KT880 for Socket A XP processors. Will it be an Nforce2 killer?

"nForce2 Ultra 400 has been around since July 2003, some sevenmonths. Plain nForce2 has been around for over a year.

Source: Hexus

AMD Athlon 64 Model 3000+ Review

Subject: Processors | March 10, 2004 - 08:44 PM |
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So you want to get the A64 thing going but want to do it cheaply.  Will that A64 3000+ do what you need?  Take a look at this article from Hexus as they do the benchmarks with the 3000+ vrs the other A64's as well as the P4 3.0, 3.2, 3.4 competition.

"The Athlon 64 Model 3000+ was a much-needed CPU in AMD's
performance lineup. All we now ask for is a 1.8GHz 512kb L2 cache
version priced at around £140. That would cover Intel's present
Prescott and Northwood range admirably. We've only evaluated the
32-bit side of the processor.

Source: Hexus

Thermaltake Aquarius III WaterCooling Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:42 PM |
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Modsynergy takes their turn at the Thermaltake Aquarius III Watercooling kit.


There are many ways of cooling your processor. First, there is air-cooling, which
is the most common approach. Second, there is Peltier-cooling, which is not commonly
used yet because it requires massive power. Third, we have water cooling used
extensively by the overclocking and computer enthusiast crowd. Water-cooling has
gained popularity and looks to become mainstream soon, for even non-computer geeks
have been talking about it lately.

Source: ModSynergy

Aquarius III final high-performance Mods

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:39 PM |
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Man the Thermaltake reps have been busy.  Many reviews lately, maybe more to come.  A-1 Electronics performs some mods on their sample, adding some radiators and such.


" We now conclude our reviews on improving the cooling performance of the super
Thermaltake Aquarius III water cooled heatsink system.
Here we try fitting an additional radiator to the inside of the Thermaltake Aquarius
III cooling unit that you can buy easily at many computer parts suppliers and try
adding a dual 80mm fan size external radiator to the Thermaltake Aquarius III system
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