AMD Unleashes AMD ATHLON 64 FX-53 Processor

Subject: Processors | March 18, 2004 - 11:49 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2004 - 08:57 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: GeekXtreme

AMD Packs Performance With Mobility...

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 11:32 AM |
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"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."

Source: AMD

Albatron K8X800 Pro II Athlon64 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2004 - 03:48 AM |
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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.

Source: GruntvillE

NForce 3 250 Review

Subject: Chipsets | March 17, 2004 - 03:46 AM |
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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..."

Source: Hexus

Alpha S-PAL8952 Intel Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:45 AM |
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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."

Source: Madshrimps

SiS655TX Chipset Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2004 - 03:41 AM |
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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
why... "

Source: Aselabs

Athlon XP-M 2400 Overclocking Potential

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 03:35 AM |
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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."

Source: GeekXtreme

Syntax EZ-Clocker Small Form Factor System Review

Subject: Systems | March 17, 2004 - 03:32 AM |
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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.

Athlon 64 3000+ FX and XP Comparison

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2004 - 03:28 AM |
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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.

Source: OCFAQ

Arctic-Cooling Super Silent 4ProL Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:25 AM |
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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.

Source: OCIA

Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:21 AM |
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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'..."

Source: 3DXtreme

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2004 - 09:26 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™!

Source: General

AMD Opteron Processors Power New Line of IBM Workstations

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2004 - 10:46 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

Evercool CUW8-715 Heatsink Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 09:23 PM |
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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."
Source: Frosty Tech

Mobile Athlon 2500+ Overclocking

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2004 - 09:18 PM |
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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. "
Source: Neoseeker

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2004 - 08:32 PM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the day? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective!

Source: General

Bits & Pieces Special Focus -- Cases & Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 08:27 PM |
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Welcome to this Special Focus edition of Bits & Pieces™ -- Cases & Cooling Galore!

Source: General

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