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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Dual core Opteron speeds, power revealed

“ SOURCES TOLD the INQ this week the likely power specifications and other specifications of dual core Opterons AMD will release in 2005. AMD has already sampled some dual core chips to a select few of its customers. HP is a favoured case in example, but some members of the X64-32 coding community are believed to …more

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Microsoft readies burst of 2005 products

“ A WEB SITE has published a list of products and projects Microsoft is readying for 2005. The report is lengthy and according to Steven Bink, who runs website bink.nu, the list is based both on facts and on assumptions. Highlights include Antivirus and Antispyware 2005, Longhorn Server beta one and the client beta, Office 12 …more

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ATI to introduce X300 with Hyper Memory

“ ATI TOLD US ALL about its Hyper memory marchitecture quite some time back. Nvidia was the first to present its Turbo Cache marchitecture but ATI’s approach is slightly different. ATI told us first about it but Nvidia showed an actual product first. Digitimes has claimed that ATI will present the X300 version with Hyper Memory …more

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ATI’s X850, X800XL available in weeks

“ AS HAPPENS in this business, companies are preparing first batch of sample cards for the press, the ones that are suppose to boost its card sales later. Consumers get the next batch. In this light, one of the Taiwanese companies is doing the last touches to X850XT PE cards. The company has the R480, X850 …more

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The XP Service Pack 2 Survival Guide

“ Give me a choice between chopping onions and installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, and I’ll be in the kitchen in a nanosecond–either way I’ll be crying. I finally managed the upgrade, but not without a few bumps that I’ll show you how to avoid. There are enough good things about SP2 to make …more

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The Top Tech Stories of 2004

“If there were any lingering doubts that we are in the post-PC era, several big stories this year should have cleared them up. The sale of IBM’s PC business to China’s Lenovo Group and the death of Comdex were powerful reminders that technology is in a transitional stage.  Here are the top 10 IT stories …more

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ASUS targets 10-12 million videocards for 2005

“¬†Asustek Computer’s goal of shipping 10-12 million graphics cards in 2005, up about 33-62% from the 7.4-7.5 million units estimated for this year, will mean more competition for OEM and clone orders among Taiwan graphics-card makers in the coming year, market sources said. If realized, Asustek will replace Micro-Star International (MSI) as Taiwan’s largest graphics-card …more

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Google worm targets AOL, Yahoo

“ Days after Google acted to thwart the Santy worm, security firms warned that variants have begun to spread using both Google and other search engines. The Santy problem originally flared up a week ago as bulletin board Web sites found their pages erased and defaced by the worm’s own text. The worm spread by targeting …more

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Linux found under the tree

“ IF YOU received a TiVo (www.tivo.com) DVR or a Linksys (www.linksys.com) router for Christmas, the open source people should sing praises to your name. Linux is appearing in households around the world in millions of nice devices and is so well-hidden under GUIs and web interfaces that the average user doesn’t even know it is …more

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Intel rushes to fix Alviso bug

“ THERE IS A MINOR, and I mean mino,r bug in Alviso that won’t be fixed before launch. The DDR subsystem doesn’t like to power down the way it should, so if you look at the initial numbers, DRR2 will end up looking much better than it really is. I say this is a minor problem …more

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Intel to keep lead on notebook technology

“ 2005 IN LAPTOPS WILL NOT be the steamroller of a year many predict for Intel, but it will be close. Intel has far and away the best laptop chip out there, the Pentium M. It also has some nifty marketing and branding campaigns surrounding it when you bundle it with the wireless chip. If I …more

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