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

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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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PolarFlo SF Water Block Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:37 PM |
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X-Treme Modz has posted a look at the Polar Flo water blocks.  Check out the performance they get as compared to a couple of air coolers, the Aerocool and the Gladiator 3.


"A year or so ago who would have thought that an unknown (to the PC world) machine shop in
Montana would be such a force in the PC water cooling market. Up until the last year if you
asked someone about water cooling hardware there were only a couple of names that came to mind,
boy has that changed..."
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Announcing Fedora Core 1 for AMD64

Subject: Processors | March 5, 2004 - 05:32 PM |
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Fedora is now what Red Hat Linux USED to be -- the free, open source distribution of Linux for end-users.  This is good news for anyone with an Athlon 64 powered machine.

Red Hat, Inc. and the Fedora Project today announced the availability of a port of Fedora Core 1 to AMD64 - the first 64-bit port of a Fedora Project core release.


The Fedora Project is a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project that promotes rapid development of innovative open source software through a collaborative, community effort.

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HP and AMD Form Relationship to Power Server Innovation and Performance

Subject: Processors | February 24, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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HP and AMD Form Relationship to Power Server Innovation and Performance

 

New AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant servers offer customers greater standards-based choice and value

PALO ALTO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2004 - HP and AMD today announced an expanded collaboration to broaden HP's standards-based server portfolio with the introduction of AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based systems in the HP ProLiant server family.

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