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Subject: Motherboards | July 26, 2005 - 02:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has posted a review of the ECS KN1 Extreme board based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset for the AMD platform. We are working on a board review of this solution as well.
Let's preface this by saying that this is the first ECS motherboard review we have ever completed. In the past, we have tried to review ECS' boards but they have failed so miserably in our testing that we did not see the reason to spend the resources to complete a review on them. That was, however, several years ago.
Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD hit a big milestone recently according to this News.com article that shows AMD has hit 11.2% of the server marketshare.
The milestone is important in that server chips sell for more than desktop ones. An increase in sales of Opteron servers also gives AMD an opportunity to sell chips to manufacturers of business desktops and servers. To date, the vast majority of AMD desktop and notebook chips have gone into consumer computers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2005 - 01:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Beyond 3D has posted a review of the BFG 7800 GTX card that comes default overclocked.
The BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GTX OC is clearly a great 7800 GTX solution, offering more speed than the default configuration and a lifetime warranty as well. If you are faced with the choice between a board at the reference clocks verses the BFG board and they are still at similar prices then it appears to be a no-brainer which option to go for!
Subject: Editorial | July 24, 2005 - 10:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
I've been working on a lot of things behind the scenes recently and have been getting used to the new surroundings at the house. Anyone that has moved into a new home can tell you all the "small" things that suddenly are required to keep on going. I'll have some more updates for you tomorrow as things pick up yet again here.
Just wanted to make sure everyone knew I was here! :)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2005 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte enters the watercooling market with the 3D Galaxy. It's the usual pump/reservoir/rad/waterblock solution for cooling CPU's, and the water block is designed to fit both the newer AMD and Intel processors. Based on 1/2 ID tubing enough water flows to allow more headroom in overclocking. Get the full review at InsaneTek.
"Gigabyte continues to amaze us with their cooling advancements.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2005 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tuniq tower is monstrous, it weighs in at 798g, and is 131mm (W) x 108mm (H) x 153mm (D), so you may want to take measurements before you run out and buy one. All that heatsink does serve a purpose though, so head over to Big Bruin to see how well it cools ... and what it looks like installed.
"The overall size no doubt plays a significant role in the Tuniq Tower's performance, but I think it may actually be too big.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gaming Bomb 2 is a full size aluminium case with a huge list of features inside, including integral handles for carting it to your next LAN party. Read the review at Bjorn3D to get the full list of cooling and assembly tricks incorporated into it.
"When Chenbro released its design for the second generation Gaming Bomb, I wasn't interested in it because I figured it would only be a slight change from the first GB. Much to my surprise, I was totally wrong.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 15, 2005 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Koolance's new Aquian ICM looks to be a powerful, self contained, all in one watercooling setup. It may be a little loud at it's higher settings, but it will keep your CPU cool. If you don't believe it, head on over to SystemCooling and read the review.
"The Aquian ICM-505+CPU is an all-in-one liquid cooling system designed to provide quick and easy installation inside your favorite case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 13, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cool Scraper SX1 is a CPU cooler than speaks softly, and is like a big stick, being the better part of 6" tall (15cm). Read the review at Xtreme Resources to see how it performs.
"Summer usually brings many kinds of pleasures, but it also brings something really unpleasant for computer enthusiasts; heat.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2005 - 10:24 PM | Chuck Smith
Cooler Master is giving away 30, Musketeer 3 sound quality controllers in their Creative Idea Contest & Lucky Draw.
To introduce such wonderful invention to the public, Cooler Master has prepared 30 free Musketeer 3 for giveaway! Simply answering a few questions and sharing your most creative ideas on function panels with us, you will be eligible to participate in the lucky drawing to win an all new Musketeer 3.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2005 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may not thing of your PC Case when someone mentions Gigabyte, but you may keep them in mind after reading the review at Bjorn3D. 3 120mm fans keep the case cool and quiet, and it has enough room to easily fit a watercooling rig, if that is your preference. The installation of components is completely tooless, and it has blue LED projector so you can show off a logo if you wish.
"Lately, it seems like I have been changing my computer cases almost as often as I have been changing my oil.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2005 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've heard the term brazing before, but aren't sure how to do it, perhaps this article from PimpRig can give you the basics. Brazing is usually used in phase change, but it could certainly make a water cooling system look unique.
"Zennzzo, our resident phase-change expert, has written up a really quick intro guide to brazing and the process involved.
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2005 - 06:43 AM | Joe White
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- July 7, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that it is an official technology partner and sponsor of 'Austin City Limits' public television program, America's longest running live music television broadcast which airs nationally on more than 300 PBS stations every week. AMD is also announcing it is co-sponsoring the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual three-day music festival that is one of America's favorite outdoor live music events, attracting an estimated 65,000 attendees per day.
Subject: Processors | July 8, 2005 - 06:41 AM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif, July 7, 2005 — Based on internal testing by Intel Corporation, a system based on the forthcoming dual-core IntelÂ® ItaniumÂ® processor codenamed 'Montecito' demonstrated a 60 percent performance increase over a previous technical computing benchmark posted by a four-way RISC-based system.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2005 - 05:21 PM | Joe White
CORNING, N.Y., July 6, 2005 — Intel Corporation and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) have entered into an agreement to develop ultra low thermal expansion ULEÂ® glass photomask substrates required for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology. These substrates are needed to develop low defect EUV photomasks to enable 32nm node high-volume production using EUV lithography.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2005 - 05:21 PM | Joe White
SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 6, 2005 — Revelations Entertainment and Intel Corporation today announced the formation of a new digital entertainment company focused on distributing premium movies directly to consumers over the Internet, connecting filmmakers to film fans worldwide.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2005 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Time for take 2 of the Golden Orb, aptly named the Golden Orb II, and reviewed at Overclockers Cafe. It is much bigger, as it is based around a 100mm fan, but it is also almost silent. Read on for more...
"A successful product or movie cannot go long without a sequel. Sporting a similar design but much larger body size, the Tt Golden Orb II looks to make an effort to continue the Orb's name here in 2005.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The CoolerMaster Stacker or CM Stacker has been around for quite a while in various forms. It has always been one of the better choices to build a high powered 'puter in, but the price is steep ($200 +). The newest incarnation is on the dissecting table at X-Bit Labs, and it is able to work with both ATX and the new BTX form factor.
"We reviewed an interesting system case for wealthy PC enthusiasts from CoolerMaster.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2005 - 06:30 PM | Joe White
AMD takes the next step in its lawsuit by sending out discovery requests to companies asking for their cooperation. 9 companies so far have agreed to cooperate. Stop by The Inquirer to read the full article.
Fourteen of the companies have already responded and nine have said they will work with AMD. Best Buy agreed to comply without limitations. Toshiba acknowledged receipt and refused to negotiate.
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2005 - 07:53 PM | Joe White
Sorry for the delay everyone. Been pretty crazy on my end with work and the new version of vBulletin currently in beta.
Here are some press releases from AMD and Intel that have built up in my inbox. One that is of particular note, and interest, is AMD's antitrust complaint against Intel. I'm sure many of us are anxious to see what comes of this. I'll do what I can to get developements of this up as soon as possible.