MSI Denies Rumors Floating Around the Web

Leading mainboard maker Microstar International said Wednesday it commenced significant shipments of its mainboards based on ATI RADEON XPRESS 200-series chipsets two weeks back, a bit later than expected, and denied rumours about product recall. Sources close to the company added that they suspected rivals to be behind the buzz. “” X-Bit Labs

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First BTX Motherboards Hit Shelves

“Though Intel has been promoting the spec for a while, the company only recently rolled out its first retail BTX boards. It expects to offer three variants (all 10.5 inches long): standard BTX, with seven or fewer PCI Express slots (up to 12.8 inches wide each); MicroBTX (pictured, up to 10.3 inches wide), with four …more

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AMD Readies Socket M2 for Forthcoming Processors

“ Advanced Micro Devices has always been very reluctant to change mainboards infrastructure for its processors, but the things may change when the company introduces its next-generation Socket M2 next year, two years after it brought Socket 939 out, according to the slides over the Internet that resemble AMD?s roadmap. The Socket M2 is set to …more

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Intel’s Recently Registered Patents Cause Disputes

“ Intel Corp., world?s largest maker of microprocessors, recently applied for its new trademarks that various observers called mysterious ? Intel Inside VIIV and Intel VIIV. No one truly knows what the mystifying letters VIIV mean and different versions mean very dissimilar things: from 64-bit computing to dual-core CPU designs or even platfoms with certain technologies implemented.  ?Intel …more

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Kingmax makes mint out of ancient memory

“ THERE’S GOLD in ten-year-old technology, according to memory module manufacturer, Kingmax. Despite offering cutting-edge DDR-II and mainstream DDR-I modules, Kingmax is still able to generate about 20 percent of its revenue from the truly ancient SDRAM. The reason, says sales and marketing VP, Lawrence Chang, is that hardly anybody else is making them. As a …more

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Pocketful of porn

“Is that a porn star in your pocket, or is it just your phone ringing? Wow. In hindsight, maybe we should’ve seen this coming. Last week we reported that adult film star Jenna Jameson was featured in print ads for iRiver’s portable media players. Now it seems the entrepreneurial starlet is charging forth with a …more

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nForce 4 TCQ Data Corruption Issue?

“ It appears there might be a data corruption problem when enabling TCQ on the nForce 4 chipset at least with the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe. Check out this forum post for more detais. I’ve yet to try TCQ as all of our Western Digital Raptors are in a server. You can learn about TCQ in this …more

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ATI is Worlds Biggest Graphics Supplier for 2004

“ New Mercury Research market share numbers released today for Q4 2004 show ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) was the world’s largest discrete graphics supplier in 2004. ATI continues to move forward with six sequential quarters of year over year growth – shipping over half of the world’s discrete graphics. “With a virtual clean sweep …more

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AV firm warns of fresh Bagle variant

“ SECURITY FIRM F-Secure said it has issued a level two alert for a variant of Bagle which it said is propagating like crazy across the world. The firm said Bagle.AT is a polymorphic worm arriving in emails and with a number of different headers. It’s similar to the other Bagles around, and attaches itself to …more

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DoJ to investigate Longhorn

“ US FEDERAL and state antitrust regulators are to meet with Microsoft to have a quiet word about some of the antitrust problems that might arise if Vole releases Longhorn. According to PC World magazine, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is apparently hoping to see off a repeat of the long-running US DoJ vs Microsoft antitrust …more

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AMD readies launch of Sempron 3300+ 754

“ IT’S NO SECRET that AMD is set to convert all of its cut down Sempron microprocessors to a 754 pin format during the course of this year. But our information is that a 754 pin Sempron 3300+ is rolling out this quarter, while it will also produce a Sempron 3200+ using 939 pins for certain …more

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The mid-week review roundup

Today’s Must Read Review: Insanetek has a nice write up of OCZ’s PC3200 Enhanced Latency Platinum Edition Revision 2. Does the performance match the impressive name?  “Today we have OCZ’s Enhanced Latency Platinum Revision 2 PC3200.OCZ’s EL series focuses on low latencies at all of their rated speeds,making it an overclocker’s dream.  The Platinum series …more

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Microsoft extends grip on Windows XP licensing

“ SOFTWARE FIRM Microsoft is taking further steps to protect its intellectual property by cutting down on upgrades available for pirate copies of Windows XP. The firm announced its plans in the USA yesterday, confirming our earlier story from last October. Its “Genuine Advantage” scheme means that non legitimate version of XP won’t get any upgrades …more

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Athlon 64 FX55 Named Best Desktop Processor

“ AMD announced today that high-tech market research firm In-Stat selected the AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-55 processor as best desktop processor of 2004. In-Stat Microprocessor Report recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its superior performance, feature-rich architecture, support for 32- and 64-bit capability and Enhanced Virus Protection. The newsletter from In-Stat is now available …more

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