Sapphire Radeon x800, MSI K8N Neo Platiunum, Logitech Z5300's and More
Good morning friends, N.J. here with yet another edition of the H.H. Times. If you managed to miss last nights news shot, AMD just released their new 939-pin AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 and Athlon 64 3800 processors. If AMD is your cup of tea, you won't want to miss-out Marco's thoughts of the new core... Marco's Review
PRESS RELEASE - "AMD Ices Competition"
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - June 1, 2004 - At Computex, AMD today raised PC performance to new heights with the launch of four new processors in the award-winning AMD Athlon™ 64 processor family featuring the exclusive Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) capability for desktop and mobile computing when enabled by the upcoming Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Service Pack 2. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 and AMD Athlon 64 processors 3800+, 3700+ and 3500+ provide businesses and consumers world-class performance and a more secure computing environment. The AMD Athlon 64 processors are also the only desktop processors to offer an innovative power-management capability with AMD's Cool'n'Quiet™ technology.
The AMD Athlon FX-53 processor and AMD Athlon processors 3800+ and 3500+ are now available in AMD's new 939-pin package, a platform designed to provide customers with enhanced performance and longevity.
AMD64 processors also feature the exclusive Direct Connect Architecture. Direct Connect Architecture directly connects the memory controller and I/O to the central processor unit, improving overall system performance and efficiency. Direct Connect Architecture helps eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in older, competitive technologies that feature a front-side bus. In fact, Direct Connect Architecture provides up to 1600MHz, while the competitor's current technology runs at 800MHz.
Only AMD64 technology addresses the need for virus protection in x86 processors by providing the capability for a more secure environment with Enhanced Virus Protection when enabled by the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP SP2.
Microsoft Corp. most recently discussed their vision for 64-bit computing on the desktop during Bill Gates' keynote at WinHEC on May 4, 2004. Microsoft's next operating system, expected in the next two years, will be based on 64-bit instructions and company officials continue to underscore the arrival of pervasive 64-bit computing.
The award-winning AMD Athlon 64 desktop processors also feature Cool'n'Quiet technology, an innovative system-level feature that lowers the power consumption of the PC when maximum performance is not needed. A PC with AMD's Cool'n'Quiet technology can consume less power, and run cooler and quieter on most applications, making AMD Athlon 64 processors the ideal solution for PCs that run Microsoft Windows Media Center.
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"The bundle Sapphire offers is a bit of Been There, Done That, and it's not anything 9800 owners should run out and purchase. Sapphire has done a good job hardware wise and has put out a solid product, but they do need to change up the software bundle a bit of they want to avoid looking like every other X800 out there. Still, those with cards that are starting to stutter at 1024 x 768 who don't want to spend 500 bucks should really take a look at Sapphire's X800 Pro. I liken it to back in the day, when users went after the Geforce 2 Pro over the faster Ultra, because the overall performance was close enough at a much better value. The X800 Pro is in that same exact boat, bridging the gap between the budget card and the top of the line. Unless you just have to have the most expensive piece of PCB on the planet, the X800 Pro will be a very strong value for a while to come."
"If you've been holding out on the Athlon 64, particularly the more consumer based Socket 754 version, the K8N Neo Platinum is as good a reason as any to jump on board now. With the great performance, stability and system level firewall, you won't be disappointed with it."
"An even bigger heist now in progress makes the Great Train Robbery pale by comparison. And guess who's being robbed? You are! A group of corporate squatters are sitting on something you own - the public airwaves - and may be doing so long after they promised to give a large portion of that spectrum back to the government - your government. In doing so they are looting the U.S. Treasury of hundred of billions of dollars.""
"Today at the GamePC Labs, we've written up an in-depth look at Silverstone's new Lascala LC-04. This chassis just hit the shores of the U.S a week ago, and is one of their most anticipated new cases to date. The LC-04 combines high-end component compatibility with an incredibly small footprint and good looks, making it perfect for gaming or HTPC usage."
"Logitech is no stranger when it comes to making great speakers. In this case, they deserve a pat on the back for making an affordable and equally powerful set of 5.1 THX certified speakers."
That is all for the moment friends, I will catch you later :) - Cheers