Longhorn graphics engine exposed

“ THERE IS HUGE interest over Microsoft’s next generation Windows Longhorn operating system and people are just as interested in its graphic engine. It’s called Avalon and will represent the next step forward in graphic engines, the Vole believes. Avalon consists of a display engine and a managed code framework. For the first time, Avalon will …more

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ATI’s R520 to arrive in May

“ ATI PLANS to introduce its brand new R520 technology exactly a year after it announced its R420. Despite the news that ATI might even be ready with R520 for CeBIT, it seems that the company wants to hold its breath and try to release the silicon in May. We already said that the R520 taped …more

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Monday’s reviews from around the web

Today’s Must Read Review:  Looking for a good after market cooling solution for your video card? Adrian’s Rojak Pot  has just posted the Zalman VF700-Cu GPU Cooler Review. When Nate and I were in Dallas for the Winter CPL, these seemed to be the cooler of choice for all the display systems, as well as …more

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Windows 64 to arrive in April

“ SOURCES CLAIMED Microsoft is planning to introduce its 64 bit operating system for Intel and AMD processors (iAMD64) on the 29th of April. The sources are close to Microsoft. It appears there will be a release to manufacturing version of WinXP 64 in March. That’s the stage before the CDs get stamped out and the …more

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DDR2 great says Crucial: AMD disagrees

“ WE’VE HAD the diamond geezers from Crucial on the blower today, telling us that their new Tracer memory is now available in DDR2 667 and DDR1 500 speeds. The Tracer line of Ballistix modules from Crucial, a division of Micron, features top-specced RAM with funky flashing LEDs on top. The RAM is low latency, making …more

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Intel indicates prices for Smithfield, 64-bit 600 CPUs

Some great news on these prices! Budget builders will be able to get one of these dual-core Pentium ?’s for under US$250! Now, if only AMD could leak some news like this… “Three versions of the dual-core CPU, with clock speeds of 2.8, 3.0 and 3.2GHz, will be available at US$241, US$316 and US$530 as …more

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TV Celebrity Johnny Carson Dies at 79

“(CNN) — Johnny Carson, host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for nearly 30 years, died Sunday of emphysema. “He passed away this morning,” Carson’s nephew, Jeffrey Sotzing, told CNN. Carson, a longtime smoker, was 79 and had announced in 2002 that he was suffering from the disease.” CNN

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Weekend Update…News and Reviews from around the web.

Today’s Must Read Review:   “Overclocking the Pentium M: Silent Powerhouse”  I’m personally thinking Intel’s “Dothan” CPU is going to be a hot topic over the next month or two as this processor is showing some pretty incredible results.  “One of Intel’s latest CPU runs at 1.6ghz, no there is no typohere, the Pentium M normally intended …more

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Via Shows First dual processor Mini ITX board

Today at the VIA meetings i have seen a bunch of stuff I can’t talk about till next week, but I can show off the first ever Dual CPU Mini ITX board!  In the forums I posted up pictures and some info on the new dual CPU board.  I’ll bring you more updates over the …more

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Linux bites Windows hard

“AN ARTICLEBusiness Week tracks how Linux is doing against Microsoft Windows and concludes it’s biting the Vole, hard. While Microsoft is throwing gazillions into a campaign to counter Linux, the report claims that a number of events have conspired to make the cooperative venture stronger, rather than weaker.“ The Inquirer

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AMD readies Taylor, Trinidad and Socket S1, M1

“ CHIP FIRM AMD said in documents seen by the INQ that while its Lancaster 25W and 35W mobile socket 754 is scheduled for Q1 of this year, it has some other product offerings on its table. Never forget that Turion – known as [Cen]Turion to the INQ – has a similar flying glyph to the …more

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Abit reaches tentative agreement with creditor banks

Believe it or not today ABIT stocks went up!  For the first time in over a week ABIT stocks regain some of the ground lost over the past couple months. ABIT stock rose to $1.59, which is a +6.71% net gain on the overall stock price.  One of the factors as to why the stock price …more

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Intel Says New Mobile Chip Equals High-End Pentium 4 in Performance

“During this week’s launch of the Sonoma Centrino technology, Mooly Eden, vice president and director of marketing of Intel’s new Mobility Group, demonstrated a video game on a new Sonoma laptop and compared its performance to that of the same video game running on a Pentium 4 desktop PC. The Sonoma design contains the Pentium …more

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Intel times 64 bit CPUs to arrive with WinXP Pro X64

“ IF YOU ASK either Intel or AMD when Microsoft will launch WinXP Pro X64, executives from both firms will look at you for a little while, tilt their eyeballs slightly upwards, and then look at you straight in the eye and intone the mantram: “You will have to ask Microsoft about the release of its …more

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