At Computex Taipei 2002, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demonstrated a four-way multiprocessing server, based on its upcoming eighth-generation AMD Opteron™ processor. The demo marks the first-ever public showing of a four-way multiprocessing platform by AMD, and illustrates AMD’s unwavering commitment to the 64-bit server market.
If ever there was a time to invest in one of these processors it is now, the 1GHz milestone is a new era for these chips, they finally have the power that we have come to expect in this day and age. Ok so it might not match the Athlon's and P4's for raw power but have you ever heard of a passively cooled Athlon XP running at sub 50°C !?!
Drawing on old-school methods to splice cable TV lines for unauthorized use, hackers say they can buy a splitter at the local electronics store and easily run an additional line from the cable modem line for the computer into the television. Without a set-top box, the result is free, basic, analog cable; with an illegal converter or set-top, hackers say they have access to premium channels such as HBO and Showtime.
HP will use a 1GHz version of Transmeta's Crusoe TM5800 processor for the Evo, making HP Transmeta's first North American PC customer. The vote of confidence is an important one for Transmeta, which is still battling chipmakers Intel and Via Technologies for business. The chipmaker is also working to recover from delays with its original 800MHz TM5800 chip.
The Xabre is all about bringing features to a crowd that has not had this level of performance or features before. As we've seen here, this GPU is clearly not aimed at the hardcore gaming user or PC enthusiast. GF4 Ti 4200's and ATI 8500LE's easily outclass the Xabre 400. Performance switches between the GF4 MX 460 and Xabre 400 depending on the game you're playing and the features or quality settings used. What the Xabre 400 is good at is bringing features like Pixel shaders to the crowd that the GeForce4 MX 460 is aimed for. It's very easy to see that the Xabre 400 has more features than the GeForce4 MX 460. Performance right now however isn't the same story. I think that once the drivers are better optimized, it will help put the Xabre 400's performance over that of the GeForce4 MX 460.
If you're thinking of investing in a Pentium4 processor right now, the best path to take would be to considering buying a Northwood B, one that natively runs at 133FSB. Now, quite a few motherboards have the ability to run at 133FSB without undue difficulty, but only a few are officially ratified to do so, the MSI 645E Max-LRU being one of them. If you want a feature-laden, stable, fast and relatively inexpensive motherboard to complement your Pentium4, the MSI should really make it on to your shortlist.
The fireLINE Pocket HotDrive 30GB performed very well and its versatility definitely gives it some favor compared to other drives that are limited to only one interface, the only drawback we saw was its slightly higher price than say the La Cie PocketDrive 30 GB which runs about $260 at time of review. Other than the slight drawback in price, which is also justifiable because of the additional features we feel this is a product we can recommend to those looking for a convenient way of transferring data to and from an office or simply faced with the problem of being out of room for additional IDE devices. Overall fireLINE Pocket HotDrive 30GB a very solid piece of hardware which will greatly compliment any PC.
Gigabyte has put out another attempt at a Socket A board with the 761 Northbridge from AMD. I am a fan of the 761 and its utter lack of issues, so I don't mind running slightly slower, if more stable technology, and am pleased with the performance of this product overall. I think that Gigabyte is a little behind the KG7 RAID's performance, but it is still a stable, high quality board with excellent performance and not too many faults. So while I still love the KG7, there is a place for this board... Right now it is providing the leverage under the 1800+ chip running in my system.
For the small purse, the Videologic Vivid!XS is the right choice. Itself modern games are playable with this graphic card. Who do not and looks absolutely for the newest graphic cards does not see any alternative in nVidia & ATI, should reach for the Videologic Vivid!XS.
Only two things I do not like that much. First, the fact that the cables do not bend easily is a small minus, but can be overlooked. The other "problem" is the choice of colors, actually the fact that you can't make that choice, Cooler Master made it for you. The cables only come in one color, yellow for the floppy cable, green for the PTC-A18 and red for the PTC-A24. I am sure most of you would like more colors, especially those of you that use case windows. I also would like dark gray or black cables instead of red, maybe in the near future Cooler Master will also add new colors.
Shuttle has a big advantage on the DIY market because of their prices. As of this writing, the AK35GT2 board can be found online for around $75! If you want the RAID version, the AK35GT2R, that can be bought for under $100. At those prices, the other manufacturers such as MSI will have to depend on the extra features like USB 2.0 to bring in their customers.
The new weather system will improve forecasting, NOAA Chief Information Officer Carl Staton said in an interview. Today's system forecasts a week into the future. The new system will improve the detail and accuracy of those forecasts through better physical models and the incorporation of more data, and ultimately, Staton said, the system will be able to forecast two weeks in advance. And in other news, we had a Tornado warning here today... Nothing happened.
The software, called EinsTuner, lets IBM chip designers build more-refined products without having to spend as much time hand-tuning them, said Leon Stock, senior manager of design automation at IBM Research. This could swing for hardware or software...
With the processor, Transmeta will switch to a 256-bit VLIW (very long instruction word) which will allow the computer to carry out twice as many instructions in one clock cycle as current processors. Energy efficiency will see a 47 percent improvement and performance will be between 2 and 3.5 times better than the company's current chips, according to Ditzel.
Flaws in silicon can cost chip firms millions if they're not fixed quickly, or, even worse, get into the wild and are then discovered by journalists.
The machines cost around US$1 million and the newspaper says that they will be installed in facilities in Texas, Singapore and California.
The company plans to push the new, faster C3 chip for use in low-price PCs sold mainly outside the United States. The C3 is also used in "white box" PCs manufactured in the United States. The white-box market is made up of small, local manufacturers that build computers for consumers and small businesses.
Once again, Soltek provide a pleasant surprise. This board does lack the extra features of, say, Asus's A7V333 - no RAID controller, no USB2.0, no FireWire - nothing onboard apart from the sound, in fact. However it's very stable, certainly no slouch speedwise and it seems, as far as I can test, to be a pretty good overclocker with the latest BIOS. There are some layout gripes but no killer ones - I used a GF4 Ti4600 for plenty of testing on this board, and the tall components do get in the way a bit, but you can work around it. Things like the Anti-Burn Shield and their RedStorm Overclocking feature are definitely handy inclusions. Where the Soltek really streaks ahead is pricewise, though - Altech list the A7V333 at $264 RRP ($330 with RAID), while the Soltek is a mere $185! If you're already running a DDR SocketA system such as KT266A, there's not a lot of reason to make the move to KT333 just yet. But if you're thinking about going to DDR SocketA without wanting to blow a heap of cash on a lot of features you don't need, the Soltek SL-75DRV5 looks like an unmissable opportunity. Recommended!
At 180 MHz FSB for instance we found that the 8K3A+ could barely beat Epox's own 8KHA+ at 175 MHz FSB. This is not a fault of the motherboard, rather it is tied in with the dividers in the KT333CE chipset. With the 2/5 AGP divider kicking in at 166 MHz the AGP is no longer getting as much bandwidth as before plain and simple.
Not to long ago I was having a conversation with someone who very much wanted to mod their box but was under the impression it was extremely difficult and expensive to do. Most of us know that this is incorrect but I wanted to try and illustrate how easy and economical someone can buy the case mod accessories to create a really nice box.
Warp has the info on the new OpenGL library for all ATI cards![PAGEBREAK] It is interesting that the new version is 126.96.36.19940 compared to 188.8.131.5264 which was delivered with the original 6071 driver set. As speculated for quite some time ATI is working on a new driver set that will improve performance by rumoured 5-10 percent. The huge leap in version numbers could be a little indicator for some progression in driver development.
While we were not terribly blown away by the performance scores, we have to admit working with the Shuttle SS50 barebones system was a pleasure. This small wonder is packed with features, is very stable and delivers exactly as advertised. Shuttle has not targeted this product to the hardcore performance-minded enthusiasts, but rather to the user looking for a system to fill specific tasks, where a "full blown" system may be overkill. The Shuttle SS50 barebones system can be used in so many different ways, its almost impossible to list them all. LAN gamers looking to get in on a little action without lugging around a full sized system will love the SS50, providing they add a higher performing PCI video board (No AGP slot! Ugh!). Pick up a 15" Flat Panel and some headphones and LAN gamers will have themselves a modest system that will fit in a large backpack! Someone looking to use a PC as the centerpiece for a home theater will fancy the SS50's classy looks and diminutive size. Even DJ's looking to have a mobile MP3 collection without having to shell out a sizable chunk of change for a decent laptop will appreciate the portability and capable integrated sound. Heck, if you're just someone looking for a PC with a tiny footprint, the SS50 is for you! Based on it's innovative design, affordable price (under $340 US as of the time of this writing) and decent performance, we give the Shuttle SS50 mini barebones system a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...7.5
Okay, so we have Turbolinux, Caldera, SuSE, and Conectiva joining forces to (rule the planet!) make a better Linux. They promise to promote better compatibility and other things. Or is it to try to knock Red Hat off the thrown?[PAGEBREAK] The UnitedLinux name is something of a misnomer because the group conspicuously neglected to invite Red Hat until the day before the announcement, and few expect the Raleigh, N.C., company to sign on. Also missing are MandrakeSoft, whose software is used on PCs and higher-powered servers, and Sun Microsystems, which plans to unveil a Red Hat-based version of Linux in the summer.
Intel began shipping XScale prototype devices to manufacturers this spring, and the first handheld computers using the chips are expected to appear on the market as early as June. The XScale line will replace Intel's StrongARM line, with Intel promising that they will consume one-quarter to three-quarters less power than the StrongARM SA-1110, while delivering faster clock speeds.
Aside from allowing access to greater storage capacity, IBM researchers say using centralized storage instead of internal drives can help companies cut PC maintenance costs, saving on procedures like software upgrades for PCs. And, they say, iBoot could eventually boost server performance by letting manufacturers build thinner, diskless servers that can be stacked more closely together in a rack. iBoot also lets companies remotely boot PCs, without making changes to Windows or Linux software
"They've created a version of their body armor that is not only protecting the individual but includes support and protection for the computing device," said Xybernaut spokesman Michael Binko. "It can stop a .44 Magnum round or a 9mm full-metal jacket, which covers a good portion of what you might face if you're a soldier or a police officer on patrol.". Cool, so a cop could browse the internet while getting shot at...