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  Intel's New 2.4GHz Pentium 4 Northwood 200MHz more, like a walk in the park By, Dave Altavilla April 2, 2002 When Intel released it's 2GHz and 2.2GHz Northwood Pentium 4 Processors, we were here to show you the finer points of increased on chip cache sizes and a few more MHz to play with.  At that point in time, did you ever think that a mere three months later, we would be back to show you Intel's flagship take another 200 steps in the right direction?  Well, to be honest, we've been in possession of the 2.4GHz variety of the Pentium 4 Northwood for about a month now.  So in all truth, Intel was yielding these chips even quicker than at a quarterly cycle rate.  We're... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 2.2GHz. and 2.0AGHz. Processors "Northwood" Enters The Arena By, Dave Altavilla January 7, 2002 Intel and AMD's perpetual GHz. race continues in the new year, at a fevered pace that is almost more than the sluggish PC Industry can absorb.  Soon new machines from the major OEMs, will line the shelves of various retailers, hoping to lure potential customers with the promise of earth shattering performance and features that no one should live without.  Frankly, with the myriad of choices, flavors and clock speeds available to the consumer, it's no surprise that the average prospective PC customer now looks at only a few data points on which to base their... Read more...
The Gainward Titanium Series Line-up Pure Performance By - Marco Chiappetta January 3, 2002 We have stated on numerous occasions that with the video card market in it's current state, differentiating one product from another has become increasingly more difficult for both manufacturers and consumers.  Now that the ATi Radeon 7500 and 8500s have arrived and have matured nicely, there are finally other legitimate, high-performance alternatives out there.  If you have an NVIDIA based video card in mind however, choosing one manufacturer's card over another is a confusing task.  Due to the fact that, virtually all NVIDIA powered boards are based on standard reference designs and use... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 2GHz. Socket 478 Processor Breaking through the 2GHz. ceiling with ease By, Dave Altavilla August 27, 2001 Alright, I'll admit it...  I was a William Shatner fan.  That is to say, when old Bill played the all powerful James T. Kirk, I couldn't help but admire his swagger and command of the situation.  Unfortunately, times change and old Bill finds himself stooping to the level of lame Priceline.com commercials.  He's merely a shell of the man he use to be.  Ahh, but I can still hear the words echoing in my head, "we must have more power Scotty!"  Yes sir, ol' Bill sure did know how to command attention, back in the day. Well, much... Read more...
Intel's "Tualatin" Pentium III 1.20GHz. Processor Encore From a Classic By, Jeff Bouton July 31, 2001 Not long ago, the rumors of a new Pentium III processor called "Tualatin" began circulating around the internet.  The occasional article claiming information or pictures of the "yet to be announced" processor would crop up, offering us a little glimpse of what was to come.  Some of you may have heard of the new .13 micron process, or maybe that it required less voltage than previous Pentium III's.  For me, my first glimpse was a screenshot of a 1.26GHz. chip from Taiwan with 1.475V stamped on it and a large silver shield hiding the die.  Information... Read more...
Asus V8200T5 Deluxe and V8200T2 Deluxe GeForce3 Titanium Series Hot Hardware - nVidia Titanium - Light and Strong By Dave Altavilla 12/3/01 Titanium, named after the mythological Greek Titans in reference to its strength, is an extremely light weight metal that is often used in alloys with Aluminum and Ferrocarbons.  Discovered in the late 1700s, Titanium is used especially in aircrafts for fire walls, outer skin, landing-gear components, hydraulic tubing, and engine supports.  Light weight tensile strength are key attributes that make this metal and compositions of it, in valuable for designs that need to be nimble, sleek and strong.  Nimble, sleek and strong...  It seems... Read more...
  Shuttle's AV40 VIA P4X266 DDR P4 Motherboard RAMBUS, watch your back, DDR comes to the P4 By, Dave Altavilla October 15, 2001 Here's a vocabulary word for you, "litigious".  Good one isn't it?  Before you get nervous that this is some sort of creative writing lesson, let me explain, as this word is very fitting for this article.  Stemming from the root word "litigate", a synonym for the word litigious would be "controversial".  As you are aware, "litigate" speaks of legal actions and law suits.  By now I think you see where I am going here.  The company RAMBUS and the DRAM technology it invented, has been a huge source... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-8TX - i850 Pentium 4 Motherboard No frills performance By Dave Altavilla 1/10/2001   The beautiful thing about a new processor platform is that with it is born a whole new architecture and motherboard platform to go with it.  Pentium 4 motherboards are flowing fairly freely now from various vendors and the second P4 / i850 based product we have up to bat is from one of the largest Taiwanese vendors in the market, Gigabyte.  You probably didn't know this but Gigabyte is in the top echelon of manufacturers in this space and they ship about a million motherboards a month.  That my friends, is a lot of product.  They do well in the OEM sector which is where... Read more...
Asus P4T Pentium 4 i850 Motherboard Beyond Intel's Reference Design By Dave Altavilla 12/19/00   The maturation process has begun with respect to Pentium 4 Motherboard offerings.  The first wave of product from various major manufacturers is beginning to hit the streets.  The designs are improving and with them the performance and configurations of the various models.  There is a long road ahead for the Pentium 4 and what we are seeing now in support hardware is still in its infancy. This is our take on a new Pentium 4 motherboard from Asus, the P4T.  It is based on the only chipset currently available for the Pentium 4, that being the Intel i850.  The first board... Read more...
Pentium 4 - Adventures In Over-clocking Pushing the limits with the help of Asus' P4T i850 Motherboard By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 12/11/00       Once in a while we get a product into the lab here at HotHardware that is just plain fun to work with.  As a result, we like to take our time with a full review of the product so we have plenty of time to "live with it" before passing judgment.  We have been working and living with Asus P4T Motherboard for about a week now and we have been able to do some pretty interesting tricks with it while having a lot of fun in the process.This is a quick peek into the netherworld of over-clocking with the Pentium... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 1.8GHz. Processor Yielding additional gains in performance By, Dave Altavilla July 2, 2001 You may have heard this before but as the old saying goes, "image is everything".  When it comes to microprocessors, MHz./GHz. speeds are typically what draw a consumer to a product.  At this stage of the game, Intel seems to have that part of the routine down cold.  Our latest lab test of the Pentium 4 Socket 423 Processor clocks in at 1.8GHz., a full 400MHz. ahead of their rival (now nemesis) AMD.    Even though the numbers don't lie, so to speak, clock speed only paints half the picture.  As such, in an effort to get you on the inside track,... Read more...
The Matrox Millennium G450 - 32MB Dual Head New Levels Of Integration for the Multimedia Fanatic and Corporate User By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 9/5/00 As technology moves on, new markets are exploding for Personal Computing.  The Business and Corporate Sector was the dawn of the information and computing age and it is still a very large portion of the over all market. Now, many of today's latest technologies in the PC space, are targeted towards the Personal User.  As of recently however, there has been a resurgence in products targeted towards the Business User and the Graphics Card Market is contributing its fair share. This is a look at a new product that falls into this category... Read more...
Matrox In The New Millennium       Over the past few months Matrox has introduced new products which have been scoring very well as top performers in 2D, 3D and Multimedia. Based on their new G400 chipset, these products were a bit of a pleasant surprise, in terms of their raw power and image quality, to the hard-core gaming community. We decided to have a quick chat with Kamran Ahmed - Product Marketing Manager at Matrox, about their robust technology and what the future holds.       Dave: We'd like to understand the product life, that Matrox views is left in the current technology, namely the G400 series. We've heard about the Marvel G400-TV, your multi-featured... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Titanium Series Line-up Taking Graphics to the Next Level By - Jeff Bouton November 1, 2001 Just in time to compete with the long awaited new Radeon's from ATI, nVidia has release their latest version of the popular GeForce GPU's named "Titanium."  By now, it is fairly obvious that when it comes to competition, nVidia doesn't like to be in second place, and with their latest offering being released in such a timely fashion, their position should be safe.  By fine tuning the existing manufacturing processes of both GeForce2 and GeForce3 GPU's, nVidia has been able to remain extremely aggressive in the graphics processor market. One of the first manufacturers... Read more...
  Dual Pentium II Setup @ 515 MHz.!   So you're thinking to yourself, "self" you say... "why would Davo bother with a Dual Pentium II rig"? Well, besides feeding my ego saying it can be done, SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) is the wave of the future! Sun, Alpha, SGI and many other high end platforms have been doing this for years with multithreaded operating systems. With the advent of Windows 2000 (word is it will be released this year) the "WIntel" platform will be moving this way as well! Already we have heard of Quake 3 Arena and Falcon 4 support for SMP. So I ask you, why play the MHz. game when you can just add another processor and increase your processing power exponentially?... Read more...
The Intel Pentium III 933MHz. Filling the gap between 866MHz. and 1GHz. June 22, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Technology marches on at a relentless, blindingly fast pace.  The high end technology of today will quickly be the main stream "bread and butter" product of tomorrow.  In the Semiconductor space, tomorrow often comes VERY soon.  Semiconductor manufacturing technology seems to advanced in "light year" increments with each new iteration of process enhancement.  I can remember days back less than 10 years ago when 1 micron or .8 micron IC Fab technology was bleeding edge.  Who would have thought companies like Intel would be manufacturing parts... Read more...
The Pentium 4 Bench Test  Architecture and Performance Charting Of Intel's New Flagship By Dave Altavilla - November 20, 2000   An eternity has passed it seems, since Intel has released a processor based on an entirely new architecture.  In actuality, it's been 5 years to be exact, since the P6 Micro-Architecture was introduced in 1995.  Against the backdrop of the perpetual design cycles of the Semiconductor Industry, in 5 years a lot can change. However, mainstream processor base cores are not trivial to design.  Also, Intel has a pretty good knack of leaving themselves the hooks in the technology that will allow roadmap products at higher frequencies with more ... Read more...
The Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz. Processor The "Hyper Pipelined" CPU takes it up a notch By Dave Altavilla - April 24 2001    IC Engineering, it's an exacting science.  When a Design Engineer or Engineering Manager sits down to architect his or her next chip, there are a myriad of decisions that must be made that will affect the outcome of their efforts.  Designing a modern day microprocessor is a daunting task.  When you are doing things from the ground up, as did the Intel design team with the Pentium 4,  you need to design not only with more than just current application and performance expectations in mind but with insight many years into the future. ... Read more...
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