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Subject: Editorial | May 14, 2004 - 06:52 PM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to the Inside Perspective!
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?!?!?!?
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2004 - 09:14 PM | Kristie Goldin
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.
Subject: Processors | May 13, 2004 - 06:42 AM | Ron Goldin
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.
Subject: Editorial | May 12, 2004 - 08:08 PM | Kristie Goldin
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!
Subject: Chipsets | May 12, 2004 - 05:43 AM | Ron Goldin
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2004 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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:
Subject: Displays | May 11, 2004 - 04:49 AM | Andrew Kaiser
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?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2004 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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:
Subject: Chipsets | May 10, 2004 - 09:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
Here's the full PR from NVIDIA.
NVIDIA BRINGS NEW NETWORKING, SECURITY, AND STORAGE SOLUTIONS TO AMD ATHLON XP MARKET
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, CAâ€”MAY 10, 2004â€” 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-
Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2004 - 09:53 PM | Geoff Baker
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.
Subject: Processors | May 8, 2004 - 08:28 AM | Ron Goldin
Well, looks like AMD has once again slashed prices to sell their product. Updating their site on May 6th with prices for 800 series Opterons looking the sweetest of all. I mean c'mon, an 844 model for under $700 combined with Tyan's Thunder K8QS 4-way Opteron board. Talk about some Distributed Computing power!
Subject: Editorial | May 7, 2004 - 09:05 AM | Ron Goldin
I just read a linked page I saw on [H] that just has me very very saddened. It took me to Leo Leporte's website where it was announced by Leo that the TechTV channel, its employees, and station itself based in San Fransisco, are to move to LA along with the entire current staff to be let go with 60 day notice. Now, I'm not one to usually go into a topic like this, but this one bugs me a bit and to be honest, I just wanted to tell someone and well.. consider yourself the sucker for me to spew off on for
Subject: Chipsets | May 7, 2004 - 08:09 AM | Ron Goldin
Surprisingly, there seems to be very few previews of this chipset on the web. Even today, the day after it was released publicly. I'm not sure why that is. I don't recall a time that a new chipset release was so quiet as such as this one. I think the one thing that may be holding things back is the fact this new chipset adds a lot of new features, but not the giant performance gains the market and enthusiasts want. [H]ard|OCP has posted about some of the impending prowess of the overclocking abilities of
Subject: Processors | May 7, 2004 - 06:05 AM | Joe White
MILAN, ITALYâ€•May 7, 2004â€•AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Genialloyd, the e-commerce division of Italian insurance company RAS and member of the Allianz Group, has deployed an AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based IBM eServer 325 platform to better manage customer data and more accurately analyze risk selection.