Geode GX SOM-144 Reference Design Kit Provides Low-Power, High-Performance Solutions

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:23 PM |
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AUSTIN, TX -- December 13, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the AMD Geode™ GX SOM-144 Reference Design Kit (RDK), a low-power, high-performance System-On-Module designed to speed development and functionality of the next generation of industrial computing products, such as embedded controllers, point-of-sale terminals, information appliances and kiosks. The RDK is a small form factor reference design tool that includes both hardware and software specifications.

Source: AMD

AMD, IBM Announce Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Breakthrough

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2004 - 05:20 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA and EAST FISHKILL, NY -- December 13, 2004 --AMD and IBM today announced that they have developed a new and unique strained silicon transistor technology aimed at improving processor performance and power efficiency. The breakthrough process results in up to a 24 percent transistor speed increase, at the same power levels, compared to similar transistors produced without the technology.

Source: AMD

Stocking Stuffers for Overclocker's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 16, 2004 - 12:04 PM |
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AeroCool is offering a snazzy front panel with fan control, LED temperature readout, a Card reader, even SATA connections.  Read all about it at Club OC.  If a silently cooled video card, or a chillin' hard drive is more your style, read on to see what's new.

"The Cool Panel is a UNIVERSAL controller which means it will work with any computers system out there, as long as the system actually has USB, SATA and so on...

Source: Club OC

Huge heavy heatsinks having heatpipes & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2004 - 11:36 AM |
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Today bigger is better in the eyes of mainstream air cooled heatsinks.  With the heat generated by the Prescott's, and to a lesser degree, the A64 series, I can certainly understand why.  Overclockers Austraila looks at 5 of the biggest, baddest coolers out there, so pick which one to put in your stocking.

"OCAU looked at five coolers for P4 CPUs, in the "this is getting silly" size range.

ABIT Fatal1ty Time Trials(TM) @ CPL Winter 2004

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2004 - 02:06 AM |
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ABIT Fatal1ty Time Trials™ @ Source: Email

A case with it all & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2004 - 11:41 AM |
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Silverstone is now designing special heatsinks designed to keep the noise down in their new upside down case, and it comes with a windtunnel too.  SilentPCReview looks, and listens to see how good this case is.

"The flagship model from Silverstone is a tall mid-tower aluminum-steel hybrid with a host of unique features: Upside down mounting of the motherboard, a "wind tunnel" duct that directs the airflow of two 120mm fans in push-pull mode across the CPU area, separate thermal zones, a hinged front bezel, etc.

'Tis The Season For Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2004 - 09:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2004 - While some time-honored holiday traditions never change, the 2004 holiday season is increasingly going digital with notebooks amongst this season's brightest sellers.

According to consumer retail figures from The NPD Group, notebooks are becoming as popular as TVs. During "Black Friday," the name retailers give for the day after Thanksgiving, consumer notebook sales exceeded the sales of all types of TVs.1 Analyst firm Gartner expects both U.S.

Watercooling, now in premade and DIY

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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Danger Den is a very well known watercooling company, and their TDX series shows why.  Club Overclocker takes you through the performance of a socket 939 cooler.  Or, if you are feeling adventurous, why not build your own heatcore.  Enjoy the weekend!

"Some people think that water cooling can be dangerous, hard to put together, and unreliable, but Danger Den has been active in the water cooled PC market for years, and speaking from personal experience I have yet to experience any kin

Source: Club OC

Corsair Announces Entry Into Flash Media Market

Subject: Memory | December 9, 2004 - 07:13 PM |
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Fremont, CA, December 8, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced the company's entry into the flash media market with new families of USB 2.0 flash drives and Secure Digital (SD) cards.

AMD Press Releases - Week of 12/6/04

Subject: Processors | December 9, 2004 - 07:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- December 6, 2004 --AMD today announced the editors of Maximum PC magazine have named the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor 'Best CPU' as part of the publication's 'Gear of the Year' awards. Maximum PC recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its unparalleled performance and stellar gaming benchmarks. Currently in its ninth year of existence, Maximum PC's editorial board gives the 'Gear of the Year' awards for products that the magazine has tested and verified as the best of breed for the year.

Source: AMD

Western Digital Answers Customer Call...

Subject: Storage | December 9, 2004 - 07:00 PM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Oct. 4, 2004 - Addressing a large and fast-growing segment of the storage industry and demand for notebook-class hard drives from independent, high-volume suppliers, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its WD Scorpio™ high-performance, low-power 2.5 inch hard drive for notebooks and other portable digital devices. With its new product, WD is delivering the features and industry-leading specifications that offer the greatest benefits to its customers: high reliability, low power and fast performance.

Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | December 9, 2004 - 02:00 AM |
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Those of you interested in ATI's motherboard chipset, might want to take a look at a review of the Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L motherboard. You can find it over at Extreme Overclocking.

Air cooled CPU's, GPU's and Northbridges & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2004 - 01:13 PM |
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Heatsinks are growing in size at an unbelievable rate, just check out this Zalman that Systemcooling just reviewed.  If you are happy with the cooling on your CPU, maybe your HDD's, RAM or graphics card could chill a bit.

"The CNPS-7700 Cu is Zalman's latest (and largest) addition to their line of radial coolers. This monster measures 5 3/8"/136mm in diameter, and stands 2 5/8"/67mm tall yet masses only 2.0lbs./0.91kg.

Asus A8V-E using VIA K8T890 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2004 - 09:20 PM |
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Despite what other might be saying, it would seem that Asus is indeed still making their K8T890-based 939-pin motherboard for Athlon 64 processors and PCI Express GPUs.  Specifications are below from this link at Asus.com





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NVIDIA to Bring Back SoundStorm?

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2004 - 05:42 PM |
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I am sitting here at the NVIDIA Editor's Day and we have some interesting information that no one told me we couldn't share yet, so I'll pass it along. 

First, the opening discussion with Jen-Hsun, CEO of NVIDIA, brought about some interesting news about SoundStorm audio.  Without any of the usual pestering from the media in the room, he specifically mentioned that there was "still a lot of room for innovation" in audio technologies, "trust me."  He also stated point blank that they had continued development of SoundStorm audio and that rebuilding it was "going to be awesom

Coolermaster Hyper48 Copper Heatpipe Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2004 - 12:19 AM |
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For those of us that overclock, there is a never ending battle to keep the cpu stable and the temperature low. It looks like Coolermaster has an addition to the selection of heatsinks and fans we use to battle high temperature. What is Coolermaster's answer to the battle on temperature? Introducing the Hyper48 Copper Heatpipe Cooler.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester Review

Subject: Processors | December 7, 2004 - 12:09 AM |
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There is a new review of the Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester over at Hexus. For those of you considering a Winchester based cpu, this article is for you!

Our off-the-shelf sample was utterly stable at just under 2.4GHz, cooled only by the supplied reference heatsink. All it took was a slight rise in core voltage and a motherboard capable of scaling with the processor's heightened driven clock.

Source: Hexus

Silent PC Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2004 - 12:00 PM |
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So what if you made a huge heatsink, and hollowed it out that your entire system could fit in it, and then filled most of the remaining space with heatpipes?  You'd have Zalman's TNN500AF case, and X-bit Labs does a great review on it.  My only warning about it is the price, a quick look shows the cheapest price to be around $1000.00.

"The new system case from Zalman, the TNN500AF model, beats its precursor, the TNN500A, in every respect. The new system is more efficient, functional and easier to assemble and use.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Raidmax Cobra 822 Case Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2004 - 07:42 PM |
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Check out the Raidmax Cobra 822 case review over at Overclockers Online.

It isn't often that you see a case of this type turning up on our
desks. Indeed, I have never personally owned one and could not see the lure
to the bright lights, odd styled windows, and themed bezels. I'm talking
about heavily pre-modded cases; Thermaltake, Raidmax, Cooler Master, Antec,
and so many more all do it in some form. These are the cases that were built
to grab attention.

AMD Announces Broad Enterprise Support For The AMD Opteron(TM) Processor

Subject: Processors | December 4, 2004 - 07:18 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif -- December 2, 2004 --With 25 percent of the Fortune Global 100 now using AMD Opteron™ processor-based systems, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced broad enterprise support for the AMD Opteron processor, the world's first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture. Since its introduction more than one year ago, Fortune 500 companies from industries including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, automotive, and energy have selected AMD Opteron processor-based systems to run their critical enterprise applications.

Source: AMD