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The quest for the highest clock speeds will never stop, and neither will the quest for the best performing thermal compound. OCModShop has taken a look at the TherMax Tech XFlux-GA, which looks to be an all around winner with price and performance. "Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that heat can pass through. Over the past few years there have been several different thermal paste technologies, each of them trying to efficiently transfer heat away from the processor. One of the best electrically... Read more...
Sounds like a simple operation, right? Well if you've never done it before, it could be a little difficult. I've personally seen a few processors covered with an entire tube of paste, and it's not a pretty sight. Depending on who you ask, you might get a few different answers on how the goo should be applied. Hardware Secrets throws in their 2 cents, with a 12 page guide on how to correctly apply thermal grease."With processors working at higher and higher clock speeds, a certain concern with thermal dissipation is necessary, because the higher the clock used, the higher the heat produced. To give you an idea, a 486DX2-66 dissipated something between 3 and 6 W, while a modern Pentium 4 processor... Read more...
Looking to use that spare CD/DVD Rom drive you have laying, but you have no more room in your computer? It's a common problem, with an easy solution. PimpRig takes a look at the Enermax Laureate USB 2.0 Series 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure, which aims to be a quick problem solver. "The Laureate has to have both the power cord, and the USB plugged in for it to function. The power cord measures close to 10.5', and USB cable is 6.5', which is ample length. The look is very streamlined and clean once all setup. Simply plugging in the USB to my PC and turning on the enclosures power button, WinXP detected the new device and I was ready to move... Read more...
Remember when SLI was the answer to all your performance dreams? You know, you get a couple of great cards, throw them in your system, and nothing could be better... right? Well actually yeah, things can get better, with Quad SLI! If you need something to drool over tonight, make sure to skip on over to PC Perspective to check out some information and pics on Quad SLI. "There is a new chip on the card that NVIDIA developed that acts as a physical PCI Express bus splitter. It takes the single physical X16 PCIe slot that is fed to the card and splits it into two full X16 PCIe connections; one to each GPU. This logic is then responsible for the... Read more...
AMD Zone has gone ahead and updated their benchmarks of Quake 4's 1.05 dual core patch. A new set of benchmarks have been added using ATI's Radeon X1800XL, comparing it to their 7800GT numbers. Do ATI's drivers really offer much better dual-core support than Nvidia's current release?"For now we see that there are indeed some positive benefits for the patch with ATI in the clear lead for now. We are working on additional testing including Pentium 4 single and dual core results. We are also waiting on updated drivers from Nvidia that will provide other fixes." ... Read more...
Anandtech has posted the second installment of his preview of Intel's new Yonah mobile processor. With some healthy performance increases in nearly every application, it appears as though Intel might have hit a homerun with Yonah. However, the gaming performance of the plaform still remains somewhat lackluster and could possibly result from the lack of an onboard memory controller.The problem with the Core Duo is that its clock speeds aren't going to be quite high enough to be competitive, on the very high end, with AMD. Luckily for Intel, Conroe should be able to offer higher clock speeds without much of a performance penalty thanks to its 4-issue core. It is always interesting to note that... Read more...
And interesting product has found it's way into the PimpRig labs, a new type of thermal paste. Liquid Metal is the name, and it looks like, well, liquid metal. It's also a bit hard to spread around, as PimpRig found out. They got the paste from a seller on e-bay, so does this stuff actually perform well? "I was shocked when I pulled the cap off the syringe and saw that the needle was still there. I had no idea how the thermal interface material could get through an opening that small until I pressed the plunger slightly over the CPU. A drop of the material came out with no problem and sat there like a ball on the CPU. It was at that point that... Read more...
Tweaknews has a look at Thermaltake's Swing VB6000SNS ATX Computer Case.  This case aims to have an elegant appearance without sacrificing performance.  Personally, I think the case is pretty sharp, with good looks, a decent feature set and it's priced to sell.  If you're looking for an affordable mid-tower case, this puppy may fit the bill."For a mid-tower case competing in the mainstream market, this is an incredibly solid release. Packed into the small frame of the Swing case we're able to find enough room for everything and more, and virtually all the features of a full tower in a space that doesn't seem cramped. If the interior of the case is a solid point, the exterior of... Read more...
Well, as Designtechnica reports, Blue-ray seems to be gaining more acceptance and support. With backers like Sony and various movie studios, this format certainly isn't going away. The other contender in the HD department is HD DVD, which is backed by Microsoft."At Twentieth Century Fox Studios on November 29, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) gave an update on their blue laser technology. BDA felt that it was time to highlight its progress in bringing "the new high definition format" to market. Andy Parson, Senior Vice President of Advanced Product Development for Pioneer Electronics, opened the meeting by giving an overview of the state of Blu-ray development." ... Read more...
Another driver release, another performance review. ATI has recently released their last driver set of the year, Catalyst 5.12. Today, TweakTown benchmarks the new Catalyst driver against last months version, and reports on some interesting results."As we near the end of the year, we see the final official Catalyst release from ATI under the 5 series name. Next year we will have the 6.1's and start all over again as long as ATI keep up with their promise for monthly driver releases, which has remained true for a long while now."... Read more...
Thermaltake has a new case out, "Swing". It's pretty fashionable for a $60 case, which is good if you're on a budget. The curved face plate might be a turnoff to some though. "Yet another case has been released by Thermaltake, and it goes by the name of Swing. Moving away from the recent trend of strong aluminum cases, Thermaltake created the Swing with a plastic face plate which is reflective enough to be a backup mirror. The case may look nice on the outside, but does it live up to the typical Thermaltake standards on the inside? Is it tool-less? What types of features are loaded into the case? How does it compare to other cases?... Read more...
Those of you looking for a beefy GPU cooler, without sacrificing PCI slots, will want to check out the Thermalright V-1 Ultra reviewed at OCIA. It's got a unique "wrap-around" design, with heat-pipes and an oversided fan. The guys at OCIA seemed to like it too; so much so that they granted it their "Seal of Approval".The overall thinness of the V-1 Ultra is designed to minimize intrusion of the cooler into adjacent components. The portion on the front of the card is thinner than most stock coolers, however the addition of the fins and fan on the back of the card may inhibit its use in an SLI configuration. ... Read more...
Though Microsft Windows is the most widely used OS, the Linux community is still very much alive, and full of gamers. Nvidia hasn't left the Linux gamer's out of the loop, and today Phoronix takes a look at the recently released Nvidia 1.0-8174 Linux drivers. "Earlier today, the NVIDIA 1.0-8174 Linux display drivers were finally released. Among appending SLI support these Rel80 drivers feature the new nvidia-xconfig utility. With our first performance article for this new driver series, we are seeing just how well the 1.0-8174 drivers fair in combination with a NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX 256MB."The performance gains are there, but nothing that would... Read more...
How would a well lit Doom 3 run on your average computer? Well, we found the answer to that with Quake 4. Unfortunately, many of us also found our FPS slowing to a crawl. If you're looking to get the most out of your Quake 4 experience, FiringSquad's Quake 4 Optimization Guide will help narrow down the right balance between performance and image quality. "Disappointed with your performance in Quake 4? If so, today's Quake 4 Optimization Guide may help. Stathi goes over all of Quake 4's video settings with a range of budget, mainstream, and semi-high-end PCI-E and AGP graphics cards. See the performance impact of each setting, as well as screenshots... Read more...
Microsoft has finally decided to open up it's office document formats. Complying with the request from government and other agencies, Microsoft will offer it's Excel, Word, and PowerPoint formats as open standards. "Microsoft has been facing increasing pressure from governments and agencies that have insisted on standards compliance for their software. Microsoft executives confirmed that the move would help the company win contracts from public authorities that want software based on open standards."... Read more...
ZDNet has an article running on how Intel's Hyperthreading hurts server performance with certain applications.  There have been instances reported with SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server where under heavy load, performance degrades with HT enabled.  A Microsoft SQL Developer reported performance degrading and documents the details.  Apparently, the problem lies with the on-die cache being unable to keep up with a flurry of multi-threaded requests.  "With both SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server installations, HT-enabled motherboards show markedly degraded performance under heavy load. Disabling HT restores expected levels, according to reports from within the IT industry." ... Read more...
Intel Launches High-Performance 90-Nanometer Multi-Level-Cell Nor Flash Memory For Multimedia Handsets SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced it is shipping in volume the industry's first 90-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NOR flash memory device. The new Intel StrataFlash(R) Cellular Memory (M18) delivers faster performance, higher density and lower power consumption than the previous 130nm version to meet the increasing demand for feature-rich cell phones equipped with cameras, color screens, Web browsing and video. "Flash memory is one of the driving technologies in enabling the next generation of cell phone applications," said Darin Billerbeck,... Read more...
Hey folks! Some interesting news that's been circulating around recently, is the idea that Wikipedia might one day be available in printed form. There's also some talk about changing how things work with the web site. Check it out. And how is Apple doing with their iPod's new video capability? Apparently they're doing OK, with their iTunes service selling a million videos in less than 20 days. Not bad eh? ABS Mayhem G4 Laptop @ [H]ard|OCP "The widescreen, high-resolution display is beautiful and the chassis has shown that it can put up with a lot of gaming and stay comfortable. The internal build quality was also smart. Dual fan intakes directed airflow right onto the Pentium M chip and... Read more...
Hey folks, it's time for us to wrap up Monday's headlines. Goodnight all, enjoy the news! Intel Invests $650 Million In U.S. Manufacturing Site Company to Add 300mm Wafer Capacity at New Mexico Fab SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest $650 million in the company's existing manufacturing site in New Mexico. The investment will be used to increase the capacity of the 300mm wafer fabrication facilities in Rio Rancho, N.M., called Fab 11X. "Today⬙s announcement signals another important addition to one of Intel's pre-eminent U.S. manufacturing sites, and better positions us to meet customer requirements," said Intel President and CEO... Read more...
Well folks, the weekend is over and everything is getting back to normal. If your looking for something different to read, The TechZone has written a piece about being in "The Zone". I'm sure a few of you can relate to the article... personally I've spent days working on just parts of my own personal projects. Almost nothing beats the feeling when it's 4am and your code is finally working. The only problem is no one else is awake to see your accomplishment. Anyway, I've got some work to do, goodnight all! Lite-On SHW-1635S 16x DVD -RW 8x Double Layer Writer @ ExtremeMHz "Lite-on has finally released a new DVD drive set to compete with a variety of other next generation high-speed... Read more...
If you read our comprehensive review of ATI's new X1K Family of graphics cards, you know how we felt about ATI's new line-up at launch.  If you haven't read our review, however, here's the gist of it. We thought ATI's X1K Family of products were a technological step forward, and at the high-end the Radeon X1800 XL and X1800 XT were competitive with NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT and 7800 GTX in D3D applications, but in OpenGL based applications NVIDIA's counterparts had an advantage. This particular performance breakdown may be about to change though. ATI has recently posted a "HotFix" driver that addresses OpenGL performance. ATI claimed performance improvements in the neighborhood... Read more...
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard @ Tweaktown: Today we've got a brand new motherboard on the chopping block from ASRock, a sub division of ASUS who produce value orientated motherboards. The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard is based on ULi's new M1695 chipset and offers many innovative features. It has many features such as PCI Express and AGP support and upgradeability to upcoming AMD processors - it's an upgrader's dream." Thermaltake Swing Series Case @ ThinkComputers.org: "Today for review we have another Pre-mod PC case. This one comes from a company that has become very popular and well known for lots of reasons. Thermaltake is considered a big name in the PC community, they make lots... Read more...
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