The Silent PC & More Watercooling options

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2004 - 07:03 PM |

There is a writeup of a silent PC over at trustedreviews, that covers a lot of the theory behind the noises the PC makes.  For those of you who have sworn off air, and gone back to living in the water ... you're covered too!

Have a great weekend.

"It doesn't even have to be a particularly loud sound to be distracting - a relatively quiet noise containing a strong tonal component such as a high frequency whine or a low frequency hum can be just as irritating to some people.

VIA KT880 Chipset &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2004 - 02:36 AM |

In contrast to X-Bits earlier report of the new Via dual channel memory board for 32 bit XP, the Tech Report has the KT880 winning the review over the venerable Nforce2. Many are waiting for these to hit the shelves...

Quote: "Simply being a viable alternative to the nForce2 wasn't good enough for VIA, itseems. The company has rolled out a new KT880 chipset for Socket A processors, andthis one features a dual-channel memory controller.

Hector Ruiz Appointed Chairman of the Board

Subject: Processors | April 30, 2004 - 12:59 AM |

SUNNYVALE, CA - April 29, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that AMD president and chief executive officer Hector Ruiz was appointed chairman of the board following its annual stockholders meeting. AMD co-founder and former chairman of the board W.J. Sanders III was elected a director and appointed chairman emeritus in honor of his three decades of leadership. Mr. Sanders also advised his colleagues that he was retiring from the Board of Directors.

Source: AMD

Radeon 9800 to Radeon 9800XT Mod & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2004 - 08:43 PM |

With games like FarCry pushing the envelope of 3D gaming, enthusiasts are scrambling to tweak their system in order to get playable frame rates. Here's one welcome way to milk that last ounce of performance from current gen video cards :)

Quote: "The 256MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro is probably the least popular ATI graphics card. It is a lot more expensive than the 128MB variant and the extra 128MB of memory proved rather useless. But while you may think that it is a sheer waste of money, it may actually turn out to be a real steal! Why?

Source: Tech ARP

Is that a Heatsink in your pocket, or ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 29, 2004 - 04:27 PM |

Never been a fan of thursdays ...  feels like I'm just blowing hot air around.

Here are some Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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PalmOne releases new additions to Zire Handheld line

Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2004 - 03:42 PM |

Two of the most worthy and reasonably priced handhelds I've seen in awhile. The Zire 72 is incredibly feature packed for its competitive price.

PalmOne unveiled two new handheld devices in its popular Zire line on Wednesday, the Zire 31 and Zire 72.

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2004 - 09:05 PM |

Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective!

Source: General

Cases Galore

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2004 - 02:39 PM |

Here's a case, there's a case, everywhere a case, case!!!

Be it for looks, or because you need better airflow, or a horrible, disfiguring dremel accident, we all end up looking at PC Cases.  Here are some of the newer ones you can find, from bargain to premium.

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Easily backup images with your iPod

Subject: Mobile | April 27, 2004 - 01:59 PM |

This is great news for Digital Photographers that carry a iPod, I'ts time to ditch that bulky storage wallet. Now you can listen to your tunes and backup your images with this Digital Camera Link from Belkin.

Belkin has released the Digital Camera Link for the Apple iPod portable media player. It simply connects with a USB cable to PTP-compliant digital cameras.

Source: MobileMag

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2004 - 07:31 PM |

Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General

Inside Perspective

Subject: Editorial | April 26, 2004 - 07:30 PM |

Welcome to the Inside Perspective!  Going up? You just never know when you get on the elevators in my office building. I've been in some slow, temperamental elevators in my time, but the two around here take the cake.

For starters, they're never going to win any speed races. It's almost faster to walk up the stairs to my floor than it is to ride the elevator. Seriously. And of course, this means you have to wait a good bit of time for them to show up after you push the button.

And wait. And wait. Because see, there's another little problem with them.

Source: General

MSI K8N Neo nForce3-250Gb Review &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2004 - 05:29 PM |

You may have seen Hardocp's review earlier on this much anticipated board.  MSI is leading the way this time and by all accounts they certainly have something to show off.

Quote: "Since the MSI K8N Neo is the first shipping board with the nVidia nForce3 chipset, we don't know whether it is the harbinger of the great things to come, or whether the K8N Neo Platinum is just a unique and stunning motherboard..."

Here are some more Motherboard reviews from around the web:


Source: AnandTech

Non-standard cooling equipment

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2004 - 04:12 PM |

Here are a few links encompassing cooling solutions for parts of your computer not usually covered everyday.  Everything from an odd, powered heatsink, to a case that takes convergence persoanlly.

Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2004 - 07:22 PM |

Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my ramblings and/or the highlighted link of the week? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective!

Source: General

Samsung SyncMaster 173MP 17" & More

Subject: Displays | April 23, 2004 - 05:04 AM |

While this monitor doesn't have the ultra-low refresh rates gamers prefer, it looks like a pretty nifty device to me. It is certainly a lot less clunky than a 21" CRT and a PCI TV tuner!

Quote: "Samsung has been delivering products of superior quality in
their Syncmaster product line for some time now! Their latest product, the
SyncMaster 173MP is no exception. This product has the same distinguished
aesthetics we have become accustomed to from Samsung and is a sister model
of the 192MP. This 17 inch, HDTV-ready flat screen monitor is going to make
some noise in the market.

Source: Bytesector

Waterblocks - DIY, Premade & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2004 - 06:20 PM |

Over at, there is a member by the name of #rotor.  If you are into watercooling, the name is probably familiar, and here is #rotors latest project, with plans on his website, and at procooling too.

'In the style of open source software, #rotor has produced a thriving community of "open source" shade tree machinists by making his waterblock de

AMD Launches the AMD64 Masters Group

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2004 - 06:57 AM |


NAB, LAS VEGAS, NV-APRIL 20, 2004-AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the formation of the AMD64 Masters Group comprised of digital production masters from the entertainment industry. Members include Grammy Award-winning and nominated audio professionals Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Rory Kaplan, Chuck Ainlay, Fred Maher, and Robert Hill and Dan Gregoire of JAK Films, pre-visualization supervisor for Star Wars: Episode III.
Source: AMD

Four-Way AMD Opteron CPU-Based Servers from HP

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 06:51 AM |

Sunnyvale, Calif.-April 21, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
AMD Opteron(tm) processor powers the new, industry-standard HP ProLiant DL585 server. The four-processor server, which became available today, was first announced in February 2004 as part of an expansion of HP's standards-based server portfolio.

Designed to support multiple applications, tasks and critical databases, the four-processor system is ideal for compute-intensive workloads and complex applications.

Source: AMD

AMD to Webcast Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 06:48 AM |

SUNNYVALE, CA - APRIL 21, 2003 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at The W Hotel in San Francisco, California. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

AMD Expands Microprocessor R&D

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2004 - 06:43 AM |

BANGALORE, India, April 22, 2004 - As part of its expanding microprocessor design program, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today it is opening an engineering design center in Bangalore. The AMD India Engineering Centre Private Limited, which is expected to open in July, will contribute to the design of future generations of AMD microprocessors. The standalone facility will occupy approximately 38,000 square-feet and will be located in the central business district of Bangalore.

Source: AMD