Intel Reduces Barriers To ISV And IHV Certification

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2004 - 05:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 14, 2004 - Intel Corporation today cut costly red tape for enterprise server OEMs with the formation of a program to precertify server platforms based on Intel® architecture processors with the offerings of major hardware and software vendors.

Currently, server OEMs that want to incorporate the hardware and software offerings must individually submit their new IA-based systems to those vendors for independent certification.

AMD Announces Technology Milestone

Subject: Processors | June 14, 2004 - 05:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 14, 2004 --Today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced a technology milestone with the completed design of its AMD64 dual-core processors. AMD plans to deliver high-performance dual-core products to the x86 server market in mid-2005 and introduce dual-core solutions for high-end client PCs in the second half of 2005.

To meet customer and partner needs, AMD has been developing its multi-core processors for several years.

Source: AMD

AMD Unveils Evolutionary Design for Latest AMD-8000 Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | June 14, 2004 - 03:37 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 14, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled details of the latest addition to the AMD-8000™ series of chipsets, the AMD-8132™ HyperTransport™ PCI-X® 2.0 tunnel.

Source: AMD

PC Case or cell phone accessory & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2004 - 01:13 PM |
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Convergence just keeps on coming.  Overclockers Australia looks at this case from COMSCOM.  It has a fan controller, thermal monitoring, and keeps your fans spinning for ~3 minutes after shutdown.  It also has a mobile phone charger?!?  Take a look and decide if it's too much for you, or if it is the case that finally has everything you need.

"This front panel also has an LED to show when the mobile phone charger is operating.

Socket 939 PIBs and More Getting Cheaper

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2004 - 10:42 AM |
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I was looking through our Pricegrabber engine today and noticed that some of the prices for Socket 939 processors were going below the AMD 1KU pricing already.  The Athlon 64 3800+ Retail is for sale for around $710, while the Athlon 64 3800+ OEM is for sale for $696 or so in some places.  The other 939-pin proce

Friday's Frigid Fluids Fare & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 11, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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A look at 2 different, and powerful watercoolers.  Xtreme Resources really gave their Flukes a workout, as there are a lot of temperature readings from key spots in the evaporator, as well as the temperature of air giong in and out.  A True Review gives you another look at Fluid XP, and much more for you to discover.  Unless you're just in a partyin' mood tonite...


"If you want the lowest temperatures you can get on

Socket 754 roundup &more

Subject: Motherboards | June 11, 2004 - 01:07 AM |
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If the initial prices on 939 boards and chips has you scared off, you might take a look at this roundup of 5 of the more affordable socket 754 boards. Going through the review you'll no doubt notice the similar performance on benchmarks.

AMD bags Chinese giant

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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Wednesday 9th June 2004 23:21 GMT --- AMD has worked its way into the heart of the Chinese computer market, announcing a deal today with leading manufacturer Lenovo.


Lenovo is set to roll out the Feng Xing V series of consumer PCs running on AMD's Athlon 64 and Athlon XP processors. AMD, for the first time, joins Intel as a supplier for Lenovo - the largest PC maker in China.

Source: The Register

PCPer! you heatsink too small!! enlarge it with new product!!! & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2004 - 04:07 PM |
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Is that a heatsink or a jet engine?  Heatsinks designed for the Prescott seem to prove that AMD no longer deserves to be though of as the producer of the hottest chips around, and Legit Reviews shows off some displays from Computex.  Another round-up of Prescott heatsinks, an new company just starting out and a neat little device from Logisys round out today's cooling news.


Quote: "One of the first things noticed about the new socket, LGA775, is the size of the heatsinks used to cool the new prescotts w

AMD Athlon(TM) 64 FX Processor Honored As 2004 'Product Of The Year' By PC World

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- June 8, 2004 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor family was honored by PC World with the 2004 World Class Award for Product of the Year. The World Class Award winners were announced in the July 2004 issue of PC World (now available online and on newsstands June 15).

Custom made for performance-hungry users like gamers, prosumers and enthusiasts, AMD Athlon 64 FX processors continue to push the boundaries of cinematic computing with the world's highest-performance PC processor on the market today.

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Intel, Shanda Work To Advance The Digital Home

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:11 AM |
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SHANGHAI, China, June 8, 2004 - Working to develop the next generation of interactive entertainment solutions for the burgeoning online industry in China, Intel Corporation and Shanda Networking today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on software development for the digital home. The MOU outlines efforts the companies will undertake to advance interactive gaming and digital entertainment in the home.

China's online gaming and entertainment industry is growing robustly, with industry analyst firm IDC estimating up to 54 million gamers by 2008.

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IBM, Intel Announce Mobile Workstation Pilot For Design Engineers

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:09 AM |
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DESIGN AUTOMATION CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 7, 2004 - IBM and Intel Corporation today announced their collaboration on a new Linux-based mobile workstation pilot designed to increase the productivity of engineers working in one of today's most demanding computing fields -- Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The new platform combines the strengths of Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology, IBM ThinkPad notebooks and Cadence Design Systems software.

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AMD Set To Deliver New Processor Family That Redefines Everyday Computing

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2004 - 04:06 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 7, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will introduce a new brand of PC processors to be named AMD Sempron™. The AMD Sempron processor family is expected to redefine everyday computing for today's value-conscious buyers of desktop and notebook PCs.

AMD Sempron processors are being developed to meet the evolving day-to-day needs of home and business PC users. Basic computing is no longer just about email, Web browsing or word processing. Today it's also about downloading and playing music, or sending pictures to family and friends.

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Lian Li turns their box upside down & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2004 - 01:22 PM |
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Lian Li has a released a different kind of box layout, and Dan at Dan's Data takes you on a guided tour.  Then take a look at some of the others, and see if your next, must have upgrade is just a click away.

"The PC-V1000 is the first of Lian Li's new V-series cases to make it to market, and it's a corker. For years now they've been making 101 variants of the PC-60, but this thing's all-new, and pretty much all good.

Source: Dan's Data

Computex Motherboards &more

Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2004 - 02:41 AM |
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Anandtech has put together this photo review of what was on display at Computex. You might be seeing a lot of these systems for sale this year. Don't forget to check out our coverage of the Via Technology Forum that took place as well.

Quote: "...As the showcase for all the stuff that's coming, Computex is a sea of new motherboards.

Source: AnandTech

Friday, so it must be watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2004 - 03:39 PM |
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hard-h2o looks at a silent external passive water cooling kit, the Xice-e900.  MODTHEBOX reviews a bundle of cooling supplies from Arctic cooling, and even more.

"With this external watercooling system we can get more than average temperatures, even if we overclock the processor. And best of all, it is noiseless. Without any doubt this is a great choice to become initiated in water cooling.

Source: hard-h2o

Is a see-through case vapourware? & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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SystemCooling takes a look at an acrylic case from Logisys.  While it may not be the kind of case to haul around to LAN parties, it is definately not a case to hide.  Also featured are some Small Form Factor cases, compatible with EPIA, micro-ATX and other smaller motherboard designs.

"The Logisys CS888CL has changed my opinion of acrylic cases considerably.

Alienware Launches "ALX" Brand

Subject: Systems | June 3, 2004 - 07:22 AM |
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Today, Alienware launches its new premium "ALX" brand of high-performance gaming systems. Complete with a custom watercooling system and the latest and greatest hardware money can buy, these new systems are certianly worth taking a look at.


Alienware ALX systems feature performance-enhanced hardware to provide more speed, power, and responsiveness than ever before. High-performance hardware is carefully engineered and configured to define and deliver a brand new class of high-performance systems.

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Why everyone hates BTX @ anandtech

Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2004 - 06:47 PM |
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Conspracy theories surround the proposed new format for motherboards, BTX or Balanced Technology eXtended.  It is not very popular with many people, and this article gives some of the reasons.


There are other complaints about BTX, one major one being that Intel seems to be the only one interested in pushing it, which further supports the conspiracy theory that it's just a way to deal with their extremely hot p

Source: AnandTech

Bits & Pieces

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2004 - 06:21 AM |
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Welcome to this edition of Bits & Pieces™! Looking for my latest ramblings? Head to the latest edition of the Inside Perspective! :)

Source: General