Look like Intel has another round of price cuts up.
The biggest price drop in the Pentium 4 family is the 2.20GHz/512K chip, which falls by 25 per cent to $423 from $562. The $562 remains the price of the 2.40GHz/512K Pentium 4.
The 2.0A drops 22 per cent from $364 to $284, the 2GHz/256 from $342 to $262 (23%), and the 1.90GHz P4 drops seven per cent to $225 from $241. - The Inquirer
This is from Warp2Search. Seems like a newcomer in the case field but the case looks nice. I wonder how much it'll cost. Get the best prices on cases
The AL-555 from GSM-International is a very special high-end case. The case is build for design focused customers, as well as for the geek who needs a good case for overclocking reasons. The case looks similar to products from Lian Li, but it has nice additional features which make the case unique. The case is made of an aluminium-magnesium alloy which guarantees a very good thermal dissipation. - Warp2Search
IIS Lockdown Tool Version 2.1 IIS Lockdown Wizard version 2.1 works by turning off unnecessary features, thus reducing attack surface available to attackers. To provide multiple layers of protection against attackers, URLscan, with customized templates for each supported server role, is integrated into the IIS Lockdown Wizard.
Serious Sam: SE source code The public source code for Serious Sam: the Second Encounter is now available, offering everything budding mod coders need to get tinkering with Croteam's fast-paced first-person shooter sequel. The SDK contains header files, templates, libraries, debug binaries, .ini files, and more.
Wolfenstien source code Activision sends along the public source code for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, offering mod authors everything needed to create new variations on the first-person shooter by Gray Matter and Nerve Software. Included is the source code to both the single- and multi-player sides of the game.
I probably missed a bunch of stuff. I'm working on an easy way to send in news also.
Mikailtech, Epox 8k3A+ Get the Best Prices on the 8K3A+ The KT333 has been one of the most controversial chipsets ever, and this is mainly VIA's fault for not disclosing any information about the chip and for allowing the rumors to spread. Initially, the plain KT333 was supposed to be only a KT266A with DDR333 support, as it is in its current version. The KT333A, an improved version of the KT333 was to follow shortly, featuring AGP 8X, a new southbridge, VT8235 with V-Link 533MHz and USB 2.0 support, and, of course, improved performance. Later on, this year, the KT400 were to be the final chipset for AMD Athlon series, with support for DDR400 memory and AMD Thoroughbred (that's AMD Athlon XP manufactured in 0.13 micron technology). Before the actual launch, KT333A was renamed to KT333CE but the features didn't change.
AMD3D, Shuttle AK35GTR 2.2 Get the Best Prices on the AK35GTR Following it's predcessor's footsteps, the AK35GTR revision 2.2 from Shuttle is a great performing board. If you own the original AK35GTR ... I wouldn't rush ahead and buy this board. As I've already said in my other KT333 reviews, the performance between the KT266A and KT333 is only marginal ... not enough to warrant an upgrade. However, if you're on a tight budget and thinking of upgrading from the older KT133/133A, and want to use an Athlon XP with DDR ram ... then this is the board to go for.
AMDWorld.co.uk, Corsair and Crucial PC2700 and PC3000 Memory Get the Best Prices on PC3000 memory Drawing a conclusion for these two modules falls into two categories, firstly the PC2700 modules from both manufacturers offer the best performance in memory terms widely available what may dictate your choice is availability and reasons.
AMDZone, Falcon NW Mach V Athlon XP 2000+ Get the best prices on computers Falcon NW started building high end gaming systems way back in 1992 that are custom made to order. Today Falcon is one of the top computer makers focused on the gamer market. So what is the secret to the success of Falcon? They build the fastest PCs based on the latest technology without the use of assembly lines. Yes, actual computer technicians build every box that comes down the line instead of temp or inexpensive overseas labor. Falcon has provided us with one of their Mach V custom systems for testing. This system is based on the Asus A7V266-E and the Athlon XP2000+. Don't fret however as the Asus A7V333 with the Athlon XP 2100+ is already available from them.
EL Custom Shop adds in a lot of features that you don't typically see, like customized labels for the retailer, or in this case GideonTech. A fold out brochure with package contents, specs, installation instructions, and a few location suggestions.
Planet Savage, Chaintech 7VJDA VIA KT266A Get the Best Prices on the 7VJDA The variety of KT266A boards really gave AMD a nice opportunity to popularize themselves in the market. The various Socket A chipsets gave users more options but in the end, VIA would again take the crown for the best performing chipset. Like the KT133A is to the KT133, so is the KT266A to the KT266 which is basically an improvement from the previous chipset. The KT333 is out but the performance gains are not that big yet since the FSB of AMD CPU's is still at the most, only at 133MHz DDR. As it stands right now, the KT266A is still a very good option to go for and now that the KT333 is out, expect prices of KT266A boards to become more affordable.
Tweaker's Asylum, Epox 8K3A+ Get the Best Prices on the 8K3A+ After looking at the diagram above, it's probably fair to say the "new" KT333 chipset is just a "tweaked" KT266A chipset. As a matter of fact, quite a few VIA KT266A based motherboards were able to hit 333 MHz and come back to tell about it. Luckily for VIA, the KT333 chipset doesn't appear to suffer from any major bugs, but then again performance could (and probAbly will) be better.
I already told you that a Northwood P4 doesn't show that much of a difference compared to an older Willamette CPU, but then again, there are some major differences that we would like to discuss in this review. We'll also have a look at how the Northwood stacks up in our benchmarks. And what do you think about having a look at the architecture?
Mike @ Silent PC Review has emailed me about an article that has been posted on his site.
Dan Quinlan of Lucent Technologies predicted in January 1999 that hotter chips and the accompanying need for forced air cooling would increase noise in electronic equipment by "10-20 dB in the next 5-10 years." - Link.
Looks like the launch date for AMD's next core launch is starting to solidify to around a mid May-June date according to The Inquirer. This horse will start to gallop at a pace of 1.8Ghz (2200+) with a core drop to 1.65 volts. Take note overclocking fans, this could shape up to be a good candidate for ramping up those speeds.
Hardcoreware has a review of Abit's AT7 motherboard, which is one of thier MAX series of motherboards. It comes with a plethora of onboard connectors, such as ethernet, firewire, 5.1 sound, etc. thereby eliminating the need for a full spread of PCI slots.
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Mods4ME shows you how to turn a car/boat battery into a UPS. The concept is quite simple really, get a battery put an inverter on it and away you go. It is very interesting and I may have to build on of these for myself. I can think of a few ways to improve the design, like to always run off the battery and inverter (and have a clean line of power also). You wouldn't have to even worry about the power going off because your always on batteries.
How about 10 hours or more of power for around $200? or even $250? Yes, you heard me right... 10 HOURS of power for the same amount of money. Well, I suppose right now you'll be going crazy and asking me to explain how to get this done, no?
I'll just make this a big news post. Here is all the stuff I found floating across the net.
The Inquirer, VIA CPU roadmaps The C3 in Socket 370 form factors at produced at .13 micron goes from speeds ranging between 800MHz to 1.1GHz, while its EBGA package, aimed at low cost notebooks, scales from 666MHz to 800MHz.
I believe VIA is sending me some stuff on its new Eden platform, wait and see.
Via Hardware, Looking at OSX--from the x86 side One of the topics that's been continually discussed ever since Apple launched OSX is whether or not the company would ever port an x86 version of it. Even a year after its launch, there remains definite interest from the technical community in an x86-compatible version, but unfortunately, discussions on the topic are rarely complete or unbiased. We've analyzed the current positioning of OSX and looked at both the potential positive and negative impacts a successful OSX port could have on Apple.
AMDZone Back in January we broke the news about the following AMD trademarks.
Now Mark let me know that AMD had also trademarked these names.
Legion Hardware, KT266A roundup A few weeks back now I published a KT266A roundup based on boards from Abit, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. In my conclusion of this article it said goodbye to the KT266A chipset, stating that there will be no more KT266A reviews seen on Legion Hardware. Well I was wrong, today the KT266A makes a quick comeback in the form of Acorp, DFI, Shuttle and SOYO. If you wondering why I have decided to reopen the KT266A chapter? Well it’s because I was forced to, I had no choice. There were upset manufacturers who missed out on the first roundup and there were the fans of these manufacturere who wanted to see there favorite boards compete. So here we are once again for what I imagine will be the last time we review four more KT266A boards.
P4 1.6a GHZ overclocking To many hardware enthusiasts, overclocking is an art form – a science, if you will. To the uninitiated, overclocking is a mystery – a seemingly dangerous pastime with the potential for disaster. To me, overclocking is a hobby – a way to ensure every last bit of reasonably accessible processing power is fully exploited. I’ve taken the Celeron 300A above 450MHz, the Pentium II 400 above 533MHz, and the Pentium 4 1.5GHz to 1.8GHz within a week of the processor’s launch. I don’t use nitrogen, I don’t use water, and I rarely use Peltier coolers. Instead, I tackle overclocking with layman’s tools – a good motherboard, a good processor, a heatsink, and some thermal grease.
There is probably more, but I have chem lab in 25 minutes.
I told you it would happen, my partnership with Deal-Time has allowed me to move this process quicker than I thought. Yes, it all boils down to the money that I didn't have. Remember also, the more you click on the dealtime links, the more you support the site.
Anyway, the new domain will be http://www.asetools.com. It will go live in the coming weeks. All software things will be brought over to the new site, with a new look as well. We may need some help with the new site also.
I'm glad that this site is moving on to different areas. It really makes me happy to see the site successful. I would really like to thank a few people (In no order): AA, Niscenus, and cjones. So pick up that beer and chug it down! Let's Party!
Later this quarter, Intel will qualify 845G platforms for the 533MHz front side bus, and in the second half of this year will position the 2.26GHz, 2.53GHz and 2.40GHz Pentium 5s with 533MHz FSBs as offering the best price/performance and longevity. The 2.26GHz will be an entry point for the 533MHz front side bus machines.
Microsoft Personal Security Advisor (MPSA) is being replaced by the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), released in April 2002. MBSA is a standalone application that scans Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems for common security misconfigurations. MBSA includes the same security checks as MPSA, but adds value by scanning local and remote machines, as well as both Windows servers and workstations.
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The Inquirer has a story about the possibility of Apple bringing the famous OS X onto an AMD based x86 system. Details aren't known, but it could likely be a x86-64 system so their arch nemisis intel can't grab that part of the market too. This would be an incredible leap for both AMD and Apple.
I don't have a problem with the Mac OS, just the hardware, and if hardware support for OS X manages, then Microsoft could be looking at problems as well as intel. Of course, Apple moving into a OS with diverse hardware could be bad, but we'll have to wait and see.