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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2005 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SystemCooling reviews the ThermalRight SI 120, a much more compatible version of the XP 120, with almost no performance difference. If you want your A64 to run at under 40C, but couldn't fit the XP 120 into your PC, then this may be the cooler for you.
"The new Thermalright SI-120 heatsink is a redesigned XP-120 that offers greater motherboard compatibility while still accommodating a 120mm fan of your choice.
Subject: Systems | September 14, 2005 - 11:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
What's this? A Gateway review at HardOCP? That's right, they are evaluating the new Gateway system that packs a dual core Pentium D and a 6800 Ultra.
I carry much more disdain for the mouse. Not only is it uncomfortable and not very functional, but it's also actually difficult to operate. It sounds ridiculous, but the effort required to push down the buttons is beyond what should be asked of someone. Besides the monitor, the consumer interfaces with the mouse more than any other item on the computer.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2005 - 11:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you would like to get all the juciest information on the R520 before it gets released later next month, you can head over to Anandtech's "pre-NDA Extravaganza" and read up on a lot of it. The meat of it is that we will only see a 16 pipe version of this core despite older rumors and that clock speeds on the XT (top model) are going to be at 600 MHz core and 700 MHz memory! Oh and we will now have two more cards with 512 MB memory configurations stock from ATI by the looks of it.
At the top end is the Rad
Subject: Chipsets | September 13, 2005 - 01:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to Digitimes Intel's upcoming 975X chipset will support both SLI and CrossFire dual graphics solutions, throwing yet another wrench into the world of multi-GPU systems. Now perhaps an Intel platform for a gaming box looks a little better?
Intel's forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia's SLI and ATI Technologies' 'CrossFire' dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
Subject: Editorial | September 12, 2005 - 06:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history. Chances are even if you didn't remember it on your own you were reminded by the shows on TV and the flags at half mast. I ran into a suprisingly high amount of people over this weekend that seemed completely oblivious to what importance this date had for us.
Though I don't want to get into a political rant here, but I can remember on the first anniversary of 9/11/01 how the country had changed in the course of one year. In the months after 9/11 everyone was involved
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2005 - 05:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, all in the name of science at least... The reviewers at ArsTechnica put the iPod Nano through an abundance of tests including a stress test that included being thrown from a car at 50 mph!
Last Tuesday, Apple's solution came in the form of the iPod nano, a mini-mini-version of their current iPod color line. That's right, it's more miniature than the iPod mini, and the display is color!
Subject: Systems | September 12, 2005 - 05:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sun has released a new series of Opteron servers today, going to a lower cost market with server setups starting under $1000. The gang at Anandtech has a hands-on-preview of these new machines up today as well.
Another interesting position of Sun's new direction includes the prospect that end users will probably reconfigure the hardware (particularly the entry level components), as soon as they get them.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...
Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.
Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2005 - 05:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is an interesting turn of events; due to Intel's recent chipset shortage, Intel has started buying RC410 chipsets from ATI in order to fill in the gaps in their 915 chipset market.
Intel has placed orders for PCIe-enabled RC410 chips from ATI Technologies in order to maintain its supply of 915-based motherboards as the chip giant is reportedly to phase out its 865 and 915PL/GL chipsets in the fourth quarter and exit the entry-level chipset market, the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported t
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole.
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.
As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Miss one Monday, and a dozen new reviews come out. First up today we have the MGE Titanium at Think Computers, a case that seems to incorporate every new innovation in case design from the past year into one case. It is roomy, it still has enough space for a watercooling setup, and all that, and a price tag around the $100 mark. If that's not the case you're looking for, there are almost 20 other reviews to choose from!
'Pre-mod computer cases, it se
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've never heard of Wintsch, they are a company making waterblocks with thermoelectric cooling built in. I'm not sure if you are comfortable running something that makes ice in your box, but as Pimprig found in their tests, it can give you a bit of room for overclocking ...
Subject: Processors | September 7, 2005 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is surprisingly big news coming from AMD today. A press release hit my email box just today that discusses Phil Hester, the new CTO of AMD and mentioned very briefly is the "departing CTO Fred Weber." Fred being the primary designer of the K8 architecture that has brought AMD such success, I can't help but wonder why AMD would have let him go and how this will affect future products.
Prior to joining AMD, Hester was the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas based Newisys
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 03:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inq believes that the upcoming R520 will still require the use of a master graphics card and won't be able to sell just a single GPU as NVIDIA is doing.
ATI SIMPLY didn't have enough time to remove the necessity for the master—slave card concept in R520 and the other R5xx cards. We learned that a handful of R520 master cards should be available at launch date and that customers will get them a few weeks after the launch.
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 03:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.
Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2005 - 03:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well not really, but you can expect to see lots of devices coming out like this new Samsung player that plays both the upcoming Hi-Def video standards: Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.
Samsung will bring out a DVD machine next year capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD DVD if backers of the rival standards fail to agree on a unified format, a newspaper said.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2005 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Newegg sent along word about their latest Case Mod contest winners. The winner built a PC in a Ford Bronco model
So I started making a model out of clay and spent about 3 months getting it right. I found a 12.1'' LCD screen on EBay for $100 that was just the right size for under the hood. After the clay was done and all measurements checked out I made a rubber mold.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs takes 4 coolers from Thermaltake,
the Big Typhoon, Silent Tower, PIPE101 Rev.2 and Sonic Tower, and sees which comes out on top as the best cooler from Thermaltake right now.
"Today we are going to witness a breath-taking race among four processor air coolers from Thermaltake Company.
Intel Pledges 1500 PCs, Wireless Access Points, Technical Support For Hurricane Katrina Disaster Rel
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2005 - 08:59 PM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 2, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced it is coordinating the donation of 1,500 laptop personal computers to the American Red Cross for distribution to shelters in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. In addition, Intel will donate 150 wireless Internet access points to enable wireless local area connectivity in all permanent shelters and is providing fifty Wi-Fi transmitters for installation in the New Orleans downtown and airport area.