Intel standard cooler not really good enough

“ IT’S BEEN A a little while since we first saw Intel’s 775 Pentium 4 stock cooler. As you know, as soon as Intel launched the LGA775 socket, cooling manufacturers had to come up with some new ideas. The final shipping cooler is mounted on four holes in the motherboard, and the cooler works using a …more

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2MB L2 caches in store for Opteron?

“ THE GUYS over at Siliconinvestor.com have an eye for anything AMDish, particularly so because they track stock like we run out of stockings. And so to this German page at the forums of Deluxxpc.de, here, which lists all sorts of Athlerons on the way, with different sockets, cache sizes, wattage and the like. Yes, an …more

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Abit USA announces 2004 results

Abit Computer Corporation (USA), a manufacturer of PC motherboards and graphics cards, has announced strong sales growth in the US market in 2004.  Things are really looking up lately for ABIT.  The stock price was nearing just one dollar even per share and has already bounced back to $2.84 a share today on the stock …more

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Getting to grips with Sony’s PSP

The Sony PSP is catching some news headlines today.  I didn’t know that it would have an 8 person multi-player mode that operates via wi-fi!  Looks more and more interesting every time I look at it! “In just over four years since the PS2 was launched, the technology that went in to that version of …more

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Here’s a shout out to our Chinese friends in wishing them all a very Happy New Year! Today marks the year of the Rooster! For information on the Chinese New Year, check out some of these links off Google’s News search engine! “” None

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Nforce 5, C19 to arrive in April

While everyone is referring to it as NForce 5, we have it on good authority that this isn’t the case. Expect some sort of NForce 4 nomiclature “ AT LEAST some Nforce 5 motherboards should be available in April. We looked at some secret plans and mysteriously saw C19 based motherboard scheduled for April. This board, …more

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Hewlett-Packard Dismisses Fiorina

“Hewlett-Packard announced Wednesday that its board of directors has dismissed Carly Fiorina as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Fiorina, who has been HP’s CEO for the past six years, is to be replaced on an interim basis by HP’s current chief financial officer, Robert P. Wayman, the company says in a statement. Wayman, …more

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Google pushes to stay king of the hill

I’m not sure what you guys think, but this new map service from google looks pretty sweet. “In its latest play in the ongoing search wars, Google on Tuesday quietly launched a beta site for a new map service. Google Maps offers maps, driving directions and the ability to search for local businesses. The search …more

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AMD loses dual core race

“ AMD IS ABOUT TO LOSE the race to dual cores, or so it would seem. It is quite the turnaround from last September when it had a dozen or so of the beasties up and running while Intel was faking it on stage. Word has it that Intel is catching up fast, and Smithfield class …more

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Intel confirms launch of 6XX desktop chips

“ CHIP FIRM Intel confirmed our earlier reports of 2MB L2 cache 6XX desktop processors. These also have power saving Speedstep stuff built in, and provide “headroom” for the future. They come out at the end of the month, it appears. In a conference call for analysts and the press, the firm said that the NX …more

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Intel to detail dual-core Itanium at conference

“A member of the Itanium family of server processors, Montecito will contain 1.7 billion transistors, making it Intel’s first chip to crack the billion mark in transistors, and run at 2GHz, faster than existing Itaniums, according to Nimish Modi, vice president of the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel. Montecito, however, will sport a thermal ceiling, …more

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Nvidia tight lipped about next gen core

“ WE STILL DON’T know the codename of next generation Nvidia card but we know its definitely not NV48 or NV50. Someone denied it was called the NV47, but then again someone at Nvidia it as an option perhaps just to confuse us. A core similar to NV50 will come later, possibly in 2006, or at …more

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Windows XP Pro 64 RC1 download available

If you are running a 64 bit system and feeling a bit adventerous…here it is Windows XP Pro 64 RC1 “” None

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This week in PCs: Quieter PCs

SSSHHHHHH  I thought I heard my PC fire up!  As the trend swings to quieter PCs, companies are looking for better ways to put the hush on the PC “BUZZ”. “Once a minor annoyance, noise from PCs has become a growing concern as ever-more-powerful computers require stronger and often noisier cooling systems–especially with PCs moving …more

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