Albatron could acquire Chaintech

“ CONSOLIDATION may be on the way for a number of the Taiwanese second and third tier players. Earlier today we reported that Palit is likely to snap up graphics firm Gainward, and now we’ve heard a fresh rumour out of Old Taipei. That is that Albatron is interested in acquiring the business of Chaintech – …more

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Phel Threatens WinXP SP2

There is another Trojan out there called Phel that exploits how help files are called from web pages. There is still no patch for this exploit, originally found a couple months ago by a Chinese security company. The program–dubbed Phel, an anagram of ‘Help,’ by antivirus firms–infects visitors to a maliciously-created Web site through Internet …more

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More CPU Facts & Fantasy

“ For those of you AMD Athlon FX fans, it does not look that we will see much core speed scaling in the coming year, although we are hearing rumors of a possible 250Mhz FSB Athlon FX. AMD roadmaps show to be sticking at “FX-57″ through Q4’05. I would assume this to be a 2.8GHz part. …more

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PlayStation 3 GPU: NV40 and NV50 Hybrid with XDR DRAM, Says Report

“Some peculiarities of the PlayStation 3 graphics processing unit developed at NVIDIA Corp. showed up on the web. It appears, that the visual processing unit will merge NVIDIA?s present and future generation architectures and will have built-in memory controller that supports Rambus? XDR DRAM. PlayStation 3 GPU Details Materialize A report over Japanese web-site PC …more

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Intel pre-announces Centrino Sonoma

“ CHIP GIANT Intel is briefing the US press about the introduction of its Sonoma microprocessor for notebooks. VP Anand Chandrasekher, VP of Intel’s mobile group, told the Wall St Journal that it will use next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to set out its notebook stall. Chandrasekher told the Journal that third party firms will …more

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Intel: EM64T and AMD64 the same, practically

“ THERE’S ONLY one difference between AMD64 processors and EM64T processors, according to Intel documents seen by the INQUIRER. Referring to its competitor – by which Intel means AMD – the chip giant makes the clearest statement we’ve seen yet on the similarities. In a paragraph intended to aid Intel customers market desktop processors which will …more

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3DMark 05 dissected

“ Digit-life ponders on the ins and outs of 3DMark 2005, which together with Sandra is slowly pushing away the Winstone Brothers. DL articles are generally, very documented; and so is this one. Read it and you will find why it considers it as a success. “ The Inquirer

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Taiwan makers start delivering Pentium M motherboards

“ DFI, a Taiwan-based motherboard maker, has started delivering its Pentium M motherboard, the 855GME-MGF, for desktops to its channels in the US, Japan and Europe, although not in large volumes, said a spokesperson for DFI. The spokesperson stated that DFI could ramp up production of its 855GME-MGF motherboards, if the supply of Intel 855GME chipsets …more

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Intel introduces iWindscreenWiper?, iChef? and iFlexyDesktopMobos?

“ SOURCES SAID Intel is likely to introduce its 6XX family of desktop processors in week nine of 2005. As we’ve revealed before, the first processors will be at speeds of between 3GHz to 3.6GHz. The chip giant is hoping to introduce the 3.8GHz version in the second quarter. All these processors have 2MB of level …more

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RAID 0 Under Fire

“It has come to our attention that RAID 0 has recently come under fire by some of the major PC enthusiast publications. StorageReview.com and Anandtech.com have both published articles purporting that RAID 0 is unnecessary for the desktop computer. Fastsilicon.com begs to differ, to some extent. Read on for our interpretation of RAID 0 and …more

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ABIT AV8 Under Fire

“Many Abit motherboard users didn’t have a quite so merry christmas this year according to the Abit support forums. There seems to be a problem with the new Abit AV8 motherboard for the socket 939 Athlon64. From what I’ve read in the numerous forum posts it appears to work fine with the old 130nm Newcastle …more

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DDR2 vs. DDR: Revenge Gained

“DDR2 memory tests, which we have performed earlier, showed that its higher latency is exactly the reason why it gets defeated by the regular DDR SDRAM. However, now the situation is changing. The leading memory manufacturers offer DDR2 modules with improved timings, which make DDR2 look completely different from what it used to be.” X-Bit …more

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Presler ? Intel?s Mainstream Dual-Core Desktop Chip

“While Intel?s code-named Smithfield microprocessor set to be released in mid-2005 will open the doors to dual-core computing on desktops, the mainstream market will only get chips with two processing engine in 2006, along with the microprocessor code-named Presler. Presler ? < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Smithfield with Vanderpool, LaGrande? According to a report from …more

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Dual everything PC makes for dual wonders

“ HKEPC, one of the leading chinese PC websites has a review of the new kid on the block, the Geforce 6200 TC. It pitted a 32-bit version of it against a 64-bit one, a plain Geforce 6200 and an ATI X300SE. The results are here here and even if they are in chinese tell you …more

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