AMD to upgrade memory controller

“ ONE MORE BIT ABOUT AMD and memory to expand on yesterday’s DDR2 story. One of the biggest updates to the E0 step Athlon64s that will be announced soon is the memory controller. The new parts support double sided DIMMs in all slots at DDR-400. Previously you had to drop to DDR-333 or take your chances. …more

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Intel’s dual-core CPUs to set new record

“ Intel’s upcoming dual-core processors once again will test the limits of power consumption. According to documents seen by Tom’s Hardware Guide, the Smithfield CPUs are rated at a thermal design power of 130 watts, an increase of 13 percent from today’s Prescott processors. “ TechConnect Magazine

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ATI to launch R481 soon

“ EVEN THOUGH RIALTO should be ready in the next few days, ATI decided to make one more AGP high end chip. We were surprised when we saw a R481 chip listed but it hasn’t taken us long to find out more about it. R481 is a R480, for the Radeon X850 with an AGP interface. …more

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Throttle Watch 2.0 released

Panopsys has released a new version of Throttle Watch. The utility now monitor’s AMD64 CPU’s as well as Pentium-4, Pentium-M, and Xeon. Download the free version here. “ThrottleWatch? is a Windows utility for detecting and reporting CPU throttling activity in Pentium 4, Xeon, Pentium M, and Athlon 64 processors.   New version 2.0 also graphs (and optionally …more

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Dual core Intel chips like Bunsen burners, almost

“TOM’S HARDWARE Guide claims it’s seen internal Intel documents that show Intel Smithfield dual core chips have a thermal design rated at 130 watts. That’s 13 per cent more than Intel’s current 5xx Prescott range, claims The Pabster. Supply current, said the site, will go from 119 amps to 125 amps, while the processors will …more

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Logitech readies top gaming mouse

I’m actually in the process of finishing up an article on the MX1000 Laser Mouse for gaming. Look for that toward the end of next week. “LOGITECH IS ABOUT TO CHANGE gaming peripherals once again with a new mouse. One of the things it did not announce at CES was the new 518 mouse. This …more

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AMD holds off on DDR-2 support

“AMD HAS BEEN RUMOURED to be coming out with DDR2 in Q2, and documents floating around the i915/925 launch said as much. AMD basically said ‘we could do it now, but why’, and followed it up with numbers proving that it made little sense until DDR2-667 hit. Well, as they say about the best laid …more

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Get your desktop ready for Winter-een-mas

Are you ready for winter-een-mas? … No! Well show your spirit with winter-een-mas wallpaper. “Thanks to the magnificent Texan splendor that is my good friend Xero, the first Winter-een-mas wallpaper is up in the downloads section of the WEMas website.” Winter-een-mas

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Dual-Layer Standard May Disappear Soon

Dual-Layered (DL) DVD writers may be affordable, but the question of concern is the media prices. The price per DL media averages out to $10.00, which is shockingly high. We talked to manufacturers at this year?s CES about prices and what they thought about DL media in general. The replies we received were far from …more

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Anti P2P software developed

“A US p2p monitoring group reckons that it has come up with software that can identify and trace file-traders. BayTSP uses a technique called software “spidering” to determine which user first uploaded a particular file for trading. The software, called FirstSource, sends out multiple requests for a file extremely quickly. It deduces the original file …more

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Microsoft ponders multiple Longhorns

“SOFTWARE FIRM Microsoft is gazing at its navel pondering how to release its long awaited next generation of operating system codenamed Longhorn. According to Information Week, here, the ever expanding Vole hill at Redmond is all a twitter with a cunning plan that will see multiple versions of Longhorn being freed on a bemused public. …more

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Weekend Reviews

Today’s Must Read Reviews: I say review”s” because the topic of the day seems to be the 6600GT PCI-E video card. check out multiple reviews around the web if you are in the market for a mid range graphics card for your PCI-Express based system. Albatron PC6600GT @ Bytesector Albatron GeForce 6600GT  @ The Overclocker Cafe Albatron Trinity …more

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Thursday Night Reviews Around The Web

Today’s Must Read News Item: FBI may scrap $170 million project It is always good to know that a $170 million dollar project is so inadequate and outdated that a new one will have to be built from scratch.  Americans have to love what the governement is doing with their tax payer money! “A $170 million …more

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New Intel Pentium 4 Chipsets from VIA to Be Announced This Month

“ About a month ago we have already shared with you some details regarding the upcoming Pentium 4 chipsets from VIA (see this news story for details). At CES 2005 in Las Vegas more interesting details about the situation in the chipsets market and VIA?s plans appeared revealed. Of course, VIA representatives specifically stressed their increasing …more

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