OCZ gets DDR2-667 out of its box

“TWO BITS FROM OCZ today, one old and one new. The new is its PC2-5400 DDR2 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum line, and like the rest of the enhanced bandwith parts, it promises lower latency. With Via being the first to have “official” DDR2-667 support out of the box with the 880/894 northbridges, this could not be …more

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Via presses grease monkey into gaming service

“ TAIWANESE CHIP FIRM Via said it has introduced a desktop app which keeps gamers up to date on patches, drivers, maps and other info they’d have to search for online. Grease Monkey scans the games on users’ machines and generates the info as well as allowing for direct downloads of updates that are selected.” The …more

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Pentium 4 630 slower, more expensive claim

“ EVEN THOUGH Intel hasn’t yet released its Pentium 4 6XX series, nor the Exscream Edition running at 3.73GHz, cheeky French web site X86 Secrets has reviewed them. We revealed last year that the 6XX series will have a bigger level two cache but the web site is claiming that the processor offers little performance boost. …more

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Firefox 2′s roadmap released

“AFTER YESTERDAY announcing that he was a little slow in getting Firefox 1.1 out, lead engineer Ben Goodger has released a new roadmap for version 2 of the open source browser. Goodger, the lead engineer for Mozilla Firefox, said that the new roadmap will have a Developer Preview (alpha) in March and a Preview Release …more

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New VIA PT Series Chipsets Launched!

Today VIA allows us to talk openly about their new chipsets and what the offer for consumers.  The new chipsets are the PT 880 Pro, PT 894 and PT 894 Pro chipsets for the Pentium 4 processor. The new chipsets will produce a new generation of motherboards featuring unique PCI Express and AGP Graphics support and …more

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Security company pokes hole in WinXP SP2

Patch is available, but some experts advise against installing it. “Russian security company Positive Technologies has released a patch to a security hole it said it discovered in Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 2 last year. “We found two small flaws that a programmer could use to go around the SP2 mechanism Data Execution Protection …more

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Chip sales hit by high gas prices

“THE SEMICONDUCTOR Industry Association (SIA) reported that global chip sales amounted to $213 billion, fuelled by high demand. But George Scalise, who is head of the trade association, said that high gas prices could damage sales this year. PCs, wireless chips and DRAM were the major contributors to the massive figure of chip sales. China …more

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Why Tivo will thrash HP, Microsoft

“ HP HAS been trying to launch an “entertainment center” platform since 2000. Someone call Carly and tell her it’s time to shoot the dog. Its first attempt launched in 2001 was a Linux-based device dedicated to playing music, hooked into an HP-proprietary “walled garden” for content and listed out at $1000 for a Celeron-based boxed …more

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Socket 939 Has a Good Lifespan Ahead

“While Advanced Micro Devices is reportedly preparing a new socket for 2006 introduction, the company?s current 939-pin infrastructure is likely to live a long life, the company says. But it is unclear how long processors in current form-factor continue to evolve. ?We strive to provide our customers with a stable computing platform for as long …more

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Firefox 1.1 to be delayed

“THE LEAD developer on Firefox, Ben Goodger, has told fans that the next version of Firefox is going to be a bit late. Version 1.1 was set for a March release, however on Goodger?s blog, here, he says this is a bit unrealistic. There is apparently too much needs to be done and he has …more

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Steam comes out of Half Life 2 players’ ears

“Recent downtime on Valve’s Steam Subscriber service has caused aggravation for Counter Strike players and increased calls for a change in the way Half Life 2 authenticates its single-player mode. Currently, players of Half-Life 2 must log in to the Steam service when playing single player. If the service is down, Half-Life goes with it. …more

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Sunday Night Reviews

Today’s Must Read Review: Looking for a new game? Bored with HL2, Far Cry, and Doom3?  Bytesector.com  has a trio of reviews covering Prince of Persia : Warrior Within, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, and Mario Power Tennis.  “Prince of Persia : Sands of Time marked a tremendously successful andequally surprising rebirth of an age-old …more

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World’s First PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller Makes It to Retail

“Leading graphics chip companies ATI Technologies and NVIDIA Corp. adopted the PCI Express x16 interconnection type rapidly and were able to ship their products for Intel?s latest PCI Express platforms immediately after the giant chipmaker formally lifted the wraps off the i915- and i925X-series chipsets nearly half a year ago. However, designers of other add-in …more

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Intel Corp. Says Vanderpool Can be Enabled on Single-Core Chips

“While dual-core and eventually multi-core processors can do a lot in terms of making multitasking and virtualization more-efficient, dual-core chips are not required for Intel?s forthcoming desktop virtualization technology called Vanderpool.” X-Bit Labs

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