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Subject: Processors | March 18, 2004 - 11:49 AM | Joe White
AMD Press Release
"HANNOVER, GERMANY -March 18, 2004 - At CeBIT, AMD announced that it is sending computer enthusiasts on another thrilling, high-performance ride with the worldwide introduction of the AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-53 processor.
The AMD Athlon 64 FX processor delivers what no other PC processor can: the best performance to drive demanding 32-bit applications, and the power of 64-bit computing for the next wave of head-spinning software.
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 11:32 AM | Joe White
"SUNNYVALE, CALIF.- March 17, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the new low-power mobile AMD AthlonTM XP-M processor 2100+ for thin and light notebooks in mainstream and value markets. Like existing AMD mobile processors, this new low-power offering is designed to provide excellent computing performance on the go, extended system battery life enabled by AMD PowerNow!TM technology, and the benefit of full wireless compatibility with many of today's most popular wireless solutions."
Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2004 - 03:48 AM | Geoff Baker
GruntvillE is looking at the Albaton K8T800 board for A64. they've run it through the benchmarks, and do a little (very little) overclocking at the end.
"The K8X800 Pro II uses the same blue PCB we liked so much in both of our
past Albatron reviews. The overall layout of the board is much better than
the KX18D Pro II. The ATX power connector is in the upper right hand corner
of the board allowing for much better wire management but the 4-pin 12V
connector is still located on the left hand side of the board.
Subject: Chipsets | March 17, 2004 - 03:46 AM | Geoff Baker
Hexus has posted a review of the much anticipated Nforce3 250 although just a sample board with socket 754. They too are getting impatient. And we still don't know about those bus locks. :(
"...It's been an almost insufferable wait for the second generation of Athlon 64 and Opteron chipsets from AMD's chipset partners..."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:45 AM | Geoff Baker
The Madshrimps are exited as Alpha comes forward with a heatsink for Intel socket 478. See if it is still a top performer.
"Alpha has delivered a solid solution for the P4 with their new updated release
of the PAL heatsink. A few minor adjustments
to the pins (height/form) has brought the performance on par with other high end
products while mounting system could have benefited
from an overhaul as the installation is still quite a time consuming process."
Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2004 - 03:41 AM | Geoff Baker
Aselabs is checking out the SiS655TX and liking it.
" With a new memory controller andsome tweaks, this evolution to the 655FX proves to
be faster indeed. This is the new chipset to buy for the Pentium 4 boards. Find out
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 03:35 AM | Geoff Baker
GeekXtreme takes a turn with the Mobile XP's. They are going a little further than some earlier reviewers.
"...took a good 30 minutes planning how I wanted the watercooling parts
located. It takes a little planning. Then I placed the items in their locations and
measured off tubing to fit leaving a bit of extra length just in case."
Subject: Systems | March 17, 2004 - 03:32 AM | Geoff Baker
For lovers of gizmos, Overclockers Cafe has a review of an interesting SFF system. No more going into bios to overclock, just twist the dial on the front of the case.
The last rock solid overclock was at 2.95GHz which is nothing to laugh at.
I posted the 3.2GHz screen shot just because faster is cooler to look at.
Even though it wouldn't stand up to the benchmarks, I actually ran the
system at 3.2 for about three hours surfing the net, so not too shabby I'd
have to say. One more thing about the EZ-Clock.
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 03:28 AM | Geoff Baker
OCFAQ has an A64 3000+ review that does the benchmark comparisons with the XP3200, and an FX. Take a look if your looking to upgrade, but wanting to buy wisely.
" So is the 3000+ the budget chip to get? The question really depends
on what is currently in your system. As well as the 3000+ performs, and
as overclockable it can be, it is hampered by less-than-stellar
motherboards, and Socket 939 looms like a dark cloud over its future.
Within a month the dual channel unbuffered RAM supporting Socket 939
motherboards will start to surface.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:25 AM | Geoff Baker
OCIA has posted a review of this cooler for the Intel socket 478. They are getting some decent performance for the price, and it looks cool too.
"Installtion of the 4ProL was one of the easiest I've ever done, even
easier than Intel's retail P4 heatsink, which has been praised by many,
including myself. Installation of the 4ProL was as easy as adding some
thermal compound to the processor, placing the heatsink between the
retention bracket, and pushing the 4 clips onto the 4 retention posts.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:21 AM | Geoff Baker
Have a look at how 3Dextreme did with the tall glowy Gigabyte sink with the long name that you can use on just about any processor.
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the newly released and
innovative Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra Cooler-Ultra Heatsink. We'd like to
thank our friends over at PCPartsLeader for providing this Heatsink for
review. The Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra Heatsink is a unique heatsink
featuring a heat pipe design and provides '360 Degrees of Cooling'..."
Subject: Processors | March 16, 2004 - 10:46 AM | Joe White
It looks like IBM chose to run AMDs Opteron CPUs in their IntelliStation A Pro line of workstations. Read on for more information.
SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-March 16, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Opteron(tm) processor will power a new line of workstations from IBM, the IntelliStation A Pro.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 09:23 PM | Geoff Baker
FrostyTech looks at this cooler for Pentium 4. Though its brother might work out for your AthlonXP, this one doesn't seem to make the grade.
Evercool CUW8-715 is a carbon copy of the Evercool
CUF-715 for the AthlonXP, it will be interesting to see how the former
performs when faced with the increased thermal interface of the Pentium 4
synthetic temperature test platform."
Subject: Processors | March 15, 2004 - 09:18 PM | Geoff Baker
The mobile processor overclocking goes on. Bring your pop-up blocker and see how Neoseeker did with theirs.
"Pushing the envelope on an XP-M gets easier because as you increase the
Front Side Bus and increase the unlocked multiplier you are required to add
more power to the CPU by increasing the Vcore; since the default Vcore of
the X-MP is 1.45V you have much more room to play with. Now that we have an
understanding of the potential, we'll test the theory by running stock tests
and then overclocking the XP-M and XP and comparing results. "
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.
Subject: Editorial | March 15, 2004 - 06:24 AM | Kristie Goldin
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!