As with almost everything else in the world today, it is obvious that quality costs money, but over the long haul, if you can continue to recycle your case every time that you build a new system you will not only help the environment, but have a case that is more like an old familiar friend that you have come to count on.
Well, in the computer enthusiast crowd, you have two types of people. One that likes to hack there computers up into a piece of computational art, and the others that would like to have a unique case, but just don't have the manual dexterity to undertake an overhaul of their computer. Well, Xoxide helps the latter by doing the work for them. And in this case (no pun intended), they do it rather cheaply. When you factor in the work and materials involved in the modifying of this case, $139.99US (not including power supply) is not a bad deal at all.
"It's really a juggling act. We've had some luck (ie, Mark Hachman, EBN, and PC World editors) with tough love approach, telling them they'll get more access to us if they are more objective and less sensational/negative in their articles.
The EPIA-5000 integrated motherboard is a bold new product well suited for its role as an inexpensive, quiet, small computing appliance. The potential applications for this little machine are limited only by the imagination. With a PCI MPEG decoder card, it could easily become a multimedia entertainment box. In a Mini-IPX box with external power supply, it has the capacity to fit almost anywhere, going quietly where no desktop PC has gone before. It is the only real challenge to Transmeta's Crusoe processor. In our view, the fact that VIA's offering is almost a complete system on a single board makes the EPIA-5000 and the EDEN platform undeniably attractive for system integrators, OEMs - for just about anyone wishing to build a small, quiet PC.
IBM researchers also said they have discovered that the carbon nanotube transistors produced more than twice the transconductance per unit width of top-performing silicon transistor prototypes. IBM said it is taking carbon nanotubes--the strongest and most conductive fibers known--another step closer to becoming a viable option for replacing silicon transistors in future devices.
The good news is today, Intel has launched their i845E and i845G series chipsets for 533Mhz FSB Pentium 4 processors and consumers have more choices to make when acquiring a new Pentium 4 processor. The MCH (Northbridge) of the Intel 845E isn't at all exciting except for its official support for 533Mhz system bus but the ICH (Southbridge) is upgraded to support features like six USB 2.0 ports and 6 channels 20-Bit AC97 audio codec. Intel 845G chipset, on the other hand, is slightly more exciting than Intel 845E as it integrates graphics into the MCH (Northbridge) and becomes GMCH. Intel is all excited about this new integrated graphics technology and called it Extreme Graphics featuring new technologies such as Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT), Zone Rendering Technology (ZRT), Rapid Pixel and Texel Rendering Architecture (RPTR) and Intelligent Memory Management Technology.
Paid content will invade the Kazaa file-swapping network Monday in a major commercial test of a service that until now has lured millions of people with free music, video and other digital files.
Along with finding search results that point to unfettered MP3s, Kazaa users will begin to see links to songs for sale from record labels and advertisements linked to keyword searches. WTF???[PAGEBREAK] News.com has more BS
It's quite clear that the Xabre is not ready for prime-time. SiS have a lot of work on their hands if they are to target the Xabre as the Geforce4 MX killer as they're positioning it to be. Triplex informed us that a new batch of drivers should be arriving later this month and we will surely come back to the card once we receive the updated drivers.
Intel has been a bit behind in releasing a chipset with integrated video, but what they did release is a very good product. Overall I would have to say that it performs right alongside the SiS650. It wins some tests, and loses some as well, but it does a very good job with the memory bandwidth it has available, and excels at office and content creation tasks. The i845G is even suitable for the casual gamer, though you will need to lower some settings in the games in order for them to run acceptably. This is true about every integrated video solution however.
Performance metrics have been in the crossfire lately. We have MHz, IPCs, QuantiSpeed and PR ratings and all of them are somewhat arbitrary definitions of performance. To add to the list of metrics, we propose a novel metric and that is Power Per Cubic Inch or PpCI. According to the PpCI rating, and I don't see why we should not use this metric, the SS50 is beyond any doubts a performance megastar of galactic proportions.
In an article to be published on Monday in the journal Applied Physics Letters, IBM researchers outline how transistors made of carbon nanotubes--long, thin strands of carbon molecules--delivered more than twice the amount of electrical current at a faster rate than cutting-edge transistors made from silicon and metal, the basis for chips today.
Increased current leads, potentially, to faster transistors and integrated circuits. And since transistors and integrated circuits are the building blocks of chips, the results imply that carbon could someday become the foundation for tomorrow's computers.
In terms of performance, the ABIT board was superb. Beyond the expected insane framerates afforded by the Ti4600, we were very pleased with the overall 2D and 3D image quality. Because of this, we are happy to award the SILURO a score of 5 / 5 for the Performance category. When we discuss the reliability of the ABIT board we must make mention that we were quite impressed with the build quality and overall stability present with the SILURO. Of course the category of Reliability and Stability is really a catchall for many different facets of our evaluation, such as included drivers, available technical support and ease of installation. While ABIT does come up smelling like roses with their excellent build quality, they fall well short of the industry standard for technical support, and their drivers on the CD are not based on the most recent WHQL'd Nvidia drivers. After considering these factors, we scored the SILURO a 4 / 5 for Reliability and Stability. (Don't they know what a paragraph is?)
DirectX 8 hardware is about to become a necessary component because of the long awaited games coming up, so we think Nvidia may well introduce this new MX part by the end of the year. It would also make sense to assume that this chip will be launched side by side with the NV30, that we expect to see being introduced in late summer or early autumn.
With everything at stock speeds, the KT333CE performs about 1-5% faster then the KT266A chipset which is what we expect. The tide turns once the FSB is upp'ed to 166 MHz! With the 1/2.5 AGP and 1/5 PCI dividers kicking in at 166 MHz FSB the VIA KT333CE based boards and all the peripherals in the computer (HDD, Videocard, soundcard, etc) are all running at default speeds while the VIA KT266A chipset based motherboards are overclocking them all. 3D Performance suffers quite badly from this, office based benchmarks don't seem to have a big problem though.
X Bit Labs has put up a little test of some hard drive makes using the PCMark2002 benchmark in order to see if this new benchmarking tool from Madonion which is fast becoming a popular tool among a lot of reviewing sites these days is really a reliable test. See for yourself in the PCMark2002 as Hard Disk Drive Test.
Many who have heard about a serious bug in Microsoft's "MSN Chat" ActiveX control have ignored the warnings because they don't use Microsoft's instant messaging services. But alas, you don't need to be a user of MSN Chat to have your computer taken over via this recently disclosed security vulnerability. All you must do is use Microsoft Internet Explorer to visit one specially crafted Web page, and your system may be history.Use MSN? Read this story.
We managed to get hold of the AMD processor OPN tables for the month of May. OPN, Ordering Part Number, stands for the marking of the AMD processors available for ordering via the distributor network. Besides the processor marking, the OPN tables list their major specifications, such as: core clock frequency, bus frequency, Vcore, core type and packaging type. This way, if you take a closer look at the data in an OPN table, you will be able to get highly detailed info about the already shipping and upcoming CPUs from AMD.
PC makers will launch a slew of new desktop PCs next week that will pair Intel's newest 1.7GHz Celeron chip, announced Wednesday, with two new versions of its 845 chipset, dubbed the 845G and the 845GL, that include built-in graphics and Universal Serial Bus 2.0, a high-speed connection for digital cameras and other devices.
At the same conference in Monaco where AMD has been showing off it's Opteron silicon, VIA has been leaking info on it's next chipsets. They will be incorporating a version with graphics and one without. They will also be using 800Mhz hypertransport connection. You can read about it here at The Inquirer.
Also of further interest in this article I noted some news that VIA will be bumping up the cache of it's 'Nehemiah' core C3 to a healthier 256k.
In summary, I have to give the performance award to Crucial. They have produced an excellent PC2700 stick, and are one of the few companies that waited until JDEC approved the DDR333 standard. The best value award is going to Apacer for their PC2100 product, which has some great overclocking potential and performs pretty much on par with the Kingmax module at 166MHz. As for looks, the OCZ PC2700 scoops up this one as the only company that includes those cool copper heatspreaders - despite having no effect on performance. I would like to thank Apacer, Crucial, Kingmax and OCZ for providing Tweakers Australia with the samples, and I hope we get the same opportunity next time. Stay tuned for more memory inclusions in this roundup, and part two which will focus primarily on overclocking.
Altec Lansing has been at the forefront of personal computing speaker systems for many years now. As a matter of fact, even as far back as the 1920s when the company was first founded - making them one of the longest operating companies in the entire PC industry, let alone home entertainment sector, which, along with a couple other companies, they have been the king of for years.
History shows, each year, we see an extensive range of new speaker systems released by Altec Lansing. I have personally been a follower of Altec Lansing for the past few years and am yet to be disappointed by any of their products. For example, the Altec Lansing ADA890 speaker system which we reviewed several months ago has been my personal speaker system performing flawlessly. I didnt think it was possible for sound quality and clarity to be improved much more than what I was already experiencing.