Thursday, August 31, 2006

Tech Link (Processor): Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Overclocking Adventure

I know that you have seen lots and lots and lots of reviews and overclocking spree about the new processor, but hey, if you're a regular visitor here, then you're a FanBoy like me and we just can't get enough of these babies (ok, I am doing some white lies, I do get tired from time to time). In any case, if you're craving for more, go give this review from VirtualHideout a spin. Expand for more.

Ok now that you're back, let's get on to checking out the new Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 in more detail. I say that because I see most sites just want to show you the bare CPU and that's it. What If you can't afford a new CPU cooler with your Core 2 Duo and you want a good look at what heatsink comes with it? Well you're in luck as I have plenty of pictures and information for you there. Do I need to show a bunch of specifications on the Intel Core 2 Duo at this point in time? Nah! You can get 5 pages of specs and nonsense anywhere else. All you need to know is; It's Amazing! Buy One Now!

Source:Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Overclocking Adventure

Press Release: August 28, 2006: Corsair Introduces Revolutionary Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) Memory Technology

Corsair* released an awesome DDR2 memory. This is the fastest memory to date, oozing with 1111MHz of frequency with CAS latency of 4! Now that's a lot of FSB, imagine, 555MHz FSB 1:1 will be a reality. And oh, I almost forgot, these babies now come with what they call DHX (Dual-path Heat Xchange) for better cooling and of course, better overclockability!!! Expand for more...

Corsair unveils the latest innovation in high performance module design, Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHXTM) technology. This performance and reliability enhancing technology will be available in the latest memory product line from Corsair also launched today, the DHX XMS2 DOMINATORTM Series. The advances provided by DHX enable the world's first PC2-8888 C4 (1111MHz at CAS Latency 4) speed rating on a production pair of 1 GByte modules.

Source:August 28, 2006: Corsair Introduces Revolutionary Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) Memory Technology

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Press Release: Dual-Core Intel Xeon® processor 7100 series Intro Continues ‘Summer of Servers’ Push

There has been lots of coverage with the new launch of Intel server processors codenamed Tulsa. This is really nice, scalable up to 32-way capable, massive 16MB L3 cache and broke several world record benchmarks such as SPECjbb™2005* and TPC™-H*. Expand for more...

New High-End Intel® Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership
Dual-Core Intel Xeon® processor 7100 series Intro Continues ‘Summer of Servers’ Push
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006 – Intel Corporation today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon® 7100 series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously codenamed “Tulsa,” the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 processor series offers up to twice the performance1 and nearly three times better performance per watt2 over previous Intel Xeon MP processors, boasts greater performance headroom than competitive offerings and delivers the reliability and scalability Intel-based servers are known for throughout the industry. These processors are also socket compatible with the currently shipping platform, speeding deployment and reducing qualification costs and validation times.

Using the SPECjbb™2005* benchmark, the Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY RX630 S3* server based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140M processor broke the previous record with a score of 178,201 business operations per second.3

A Dell PowerEdge 6800* server based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 71400M smashed another world record by scoring 16,320 QphH4 using the TPC™-H* benchmark, which measures database performance.

Servers based on these platforms are an excellent choice for server consolidation—particularly in virtualised environments—and for running demanding enterprise workloads such as database, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce applications. Servers based on the Dual-Core Xeon 7100 series processors are expected to be available from more than 40 system manufacturers worldwide starting today.

“Today's introduction continues an historic 'summer of servers' for Intel where we have now delivered a record 23 new processors in three market segments in less than 100 days,” said Tom Kilroy, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. “The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series is the best choice for demanding enterprise workloads based on new world record benchmarks, significantly outperforming the industry in key areas while not compromising on the reliability and investment protection that is so critical.”

Built on Intel’s industry leading 65nm manufacturing process, the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors boast more than 1.3 billion transistors and 16MB of shared cache in an innovative architecture that features Intel® Cache Safe Technology for optimal reliability. Systems scaling to 32 processors will be available.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series feature numerous Intel-led innovations that enhance datacenter effectiveness including Intel® Virtualization Technology (originally introduced last year) that can help lower the total cost of ownership by assisting with consolidation of different software applications.

“Dell is focused on extending its leadership in server price-performance and performance per watt, while delivering enterprise solutions that reduce complexity. This combination is helping our customers turn their IT operations from a cost center to a competitive advantage.” said Neil Hand, vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing, Dell Product Group. “The improvements in performance and power consumption in our PowerEdge* 6800 and 6850 with Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series give our customers an advantage in running their business-critical database and enterprise applications and continue Dell’s drive to deliver the most robust enterprise products in the industry.”

“With the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 Series on HP servers, customers can benefit from industry-leading performance delivered through a balanced system architecture and leading infrastructure management tools,” said Paul Miller, vice president, marketing, Industry Standard Servers and HP BladeSystem. “With a nearly 62 percent performance gain over previous models, the new platforms are ideal for virtualization and maximizing the performance of business-critical applications.”

“In collaboration with Intel, IBM has set the standard for commercial processing performance with its System x* servers based on IBM X3* Architecture,” said Susan Whitney, general manager, IBM System x. “IBM continues to drive x86 performance leadership with its X3 Architecture and enables a uniquely scalable x86 platform as demonstrated by our top benchmark result for System x3950 in an SAP landscape. We look forward to expanding our System x portfolio with the Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series to offer clients unparalleled performance for their most demanding enterprise resource planning, database processing and server consolidation needs.”

IBM has posted its 100th number-one benchmark result with an IBM System x3950* 8-processor score of 3,350 SAP SD Benchmark users on the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD)* Standard Application Benchmark.5

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series is compatible with the existing Intel® E8501 chipset that was introduced last year and designed for dual-core processors. The 95 watt dual core option offers up to 40 percent less power consumption than the previous generation processor, providing increased power efficiency and lower energy costs.

Intel’s 65nm ramp is proceeding extremely well with production already exceeding the company’s total 90nm volume. This manufacturing ramp is enabling Intel to drive a fast Dual-Core Xeon Processor 7100 series ramp. Intel’s manufacturing strength has allowed it to substantially revise prices for higher end Intel Xeon Processors delivering new levels of price/performance.

Supporting the Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 7100 series are the 4-Processor Intel® SR4850HW4x and SR6850HW4x server systems offering outstanding performance gains, and providing an optimal fit for database, ERP, enterprise class computing. For more details on the performance characteristics of the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series please visit Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 7000 Series Server Performance.

Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140M processor
3.40GHz 16MB 800MHz

Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7140N processor
3.33GHz 16MB 667MHz $1,980.00
Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7130M processor
3.20GHz 8MB 800MHz

Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7130N processor
3.16GHz 8MB 667MHz $1,391.00
Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7120M processor
3.GHz 4Mb 800MHz

Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7120N processor
3.GHz 4MB 667MHz $1,177.00
Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7110M processor
2.60GHz 4MB 800MHz

Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7110N processor
2.50GHz 4MB 667MHz

Source:Dual-Core Intel Xeon® processor 7100 series Intro Continues ‘Summer of Servers’ Push

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tech Link(Industry): Core 2 Duo Arrives for Notebooks

Sorry about the late news posting. It's just that, I really missed this one. In any case, while AMDTech says there's really not much fanfare about the release of this baby, well, it is not entirely accurate since when the new uA was launched last July for the desktop, there was a lot of worldwide events. And since all processor flavors from server, desktop and mobile is now unified, then the event really does include this processor. Now imagine this, does every release of processor based on the same uA really needs separate worldwide events? I don't think so. Anyway, expand for more....

Today Intel is expected to officially launch the Core 2 Duo processor for mobile platforms. Based on the Merom core, Core 2 Duo is arguably the industry's most anticipated mobile processor launch of this year. Judging from performance comparisons of its desktop counterpart, Conroe, Core 2 Duo should deliver some very impressive performance benchmarks in notebooks, which will also be announced this week. While Intel had a launch party for Core 2 Duo earlier last month, today marks the official day when products with Core 2 Duo processors become available. Expect major manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, Sony and others to release notebooks based on the new platform.

Source:Core 2 Duo Arrives for Notebooks

Monday, August 28, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Sony Batteries

To all the people who thinks Dell* makes laptops that "explodes" or "selt combust", it's not entirely Dell*'s fault at all. In fact, Apple* just recalls their batteries as well. It appears that Sony* may really be the reason here but in any case, it just proves that it's not really Dell or Chipzilla product causing such accident/incident (however you want to look at the issue).

Ten days after Dell's record-setting notebook battery recall, Apple Computer Inc. told its customers Thursday to return 1.8 million batteries that could cause their Mac laptops to overheat and catch fire.

Both recalls involve lithium-ion batteries made by a Sony Corp. subsidiary in Japan, where the manufacturing process introduced metal particles into battery cells. Makers of battery cells strive to minimize or eliminate the presence of such particles, which can cause computers to short circuit, or, in extreme situations, catch fire.

In its recall announcement, Apple said it has received nine reports of lithium-ion battery packs overheating, including two cases in which users suffered minor burns and some involving minor property damage. The Apple recall only applies to older notebooks - not the just-released MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

On Aug. 14, Dell Inc. recalled 4.1 million faulty laptop batteries - the largest involving electronics in the history of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Sony Energy Devices Corp. said the Dell and Apple batteries were configured in slightly different ways. In a statement, Sony said the problems arise "on rare occasions" when microscopic metal particles hit other parts of the battery cell and lead to a short circuit.

Sony said the recalls will cost it between $172 million and $278 million. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said its recall was not expected to materially affect the company's results. Dell has said the recall would not affect earnings.

Apple shares closed Thursday at $67.81, up 50 cents. Dell shares closed at $21.78, up 14 cents.

Spokespeople at other large computer makers, including Hewlett-Packard Co., Gateway Inc. and Lenovo Group, the Chinese computer maker that bought IBM's PC business, said Thursday they did not expect to have problems with their batteries.

Although Lenovo uses Sony batteries, Lenovo engineers configured their battery packs differently than Dell or Apple. They also rigorously tested the battery packs with Sony engineers, and they're "highly confident" the laptops aren't going to overheat.

"Lenovo designs its battery packages a different way," said Lenovo spokesman Bob Page. "How close the battery pack is it to a heat source, how evenly can you keep the heat in battery cells, the basic geometric arrangement of the cell - all those things affect whether there will be problems."

Analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said investors wouldn't likely blame or punish Apple for the battery recall.

"When you view Apple, you've really got to see a company that's doing well on all levels of products," he said. "You've really got to judge them on the whole. Like with any company, you might have a hiccup here and there. What I really would have had a problem with was if they had covered it up."

Consumers may have a different opinion about whether the Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics maker is at fault in the recall.

For years, the electronics industry has been aware for years that lithium-ion batteries could short-circuit when subjected to the fierce power consumption demands of laptop computers. In May 2005, Apple recalled 128,000 laptop batteries made by LG Chem Ltd. of South Korea because of overheating problems.

But the newest recall is much more far-reaching. The Dell recall affects less than 20 percent of the Dell laptops sold at the time, whereas the Apple recall affects more than 30 percent of the total number of laptops Apple sold in the period affected by the recall, according to IDC analyst Richard Shim.

The fact that Dell volunteered to recall its laptops nearly two weeks before Apple's recall could harm Apple's image as consumer-friendly and proactive in the face of problems, said Chris Le Tocq, an analyst with Guernsey Research.

"There's a follower image here that's potentially an issue," Le Tocq said. "Apple's position as a leader says they should have gone to market first with this. Dell comes out of the gate first, Apple is now second, and the conclusion is, 'We're not quite as consumer-friendly as Dell.'"

Apple's recall covers 1.1 million rechargeable batteries in the 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4 laptops sold in the United States from October 2003 through August 2006. The recall also covers an additional 700,000 batteries in laptops sold abroad, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall affects only laptops that run PowerPC chips built by IBM Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. It does not affect Apple's Intel Corp.-based models, including the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Apple notebook owners were told to stop using the batteries and to remove them from their laptops. The machines can continue to be used as long as they're plugged into an AC power source.

Apple asked customers to consult a Web site or call a toll-free hot line, 1-800-275-2273, to determine whether they have a battery that is covered by the recall. A free replacement will be shipped to affected customers.

Dell's recall covers about 14 percent of the Latitude, Inspiron, XPS and Precision notebooks sold between April 1, 2004, and July 18 of this year.

Source:Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Sony Batteries

Tech Link (Mobile): Compaq V5207 Cel-M 410 15.4"Wide-CSV DvD±Rw WiFi Xp

A friend have posted a very nice write up of the Intel Celeron M processor-based laptop. If anyone is going for value for money and requires mobility, this is one of the answer if not the only answer out there. COOLTOYZ* is a company I know and trust when it comes to laptop and if you are located here in PH, check out his website and all the things he is offering: all great bang for the buck mobile systems. Expand for more...

This notebook is clearly a multimedia focused notebook. Whether you’re watching a DVD or editing some photos, the 15.4-inch WXGA Brightview screen is sure to please. You will see more with this notebook's large 15.4-inch High-Definition Widescreen panel with 16:10 aspect ratio (compared to 4:3 for standard displays). The cinematic Widescreen display offers 1280x800 pixel resolution, and is great for viewing two applications side by side, working with digital imaging, creating multimedia presentations, working on extra-wide spreadsheets, or watching DVD movies.

Source:Compaq V5207 Cel-M 410 15.4"Wide-CSV DvD±Rw WiFi Xp

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): HardwareZone now in PH!

I am not sure if this is really anything new, but I have been a long time visitor of HardwareZone and while I do notice the Philippine flag, I never really noticed any "specific" content targetting PH audience.

Well, it may just be me actually, maybe they have really been supporting PH but I just didn't notice it before. In any case, they have some price info there from several known PC vendors so it should be interesting on how things will turn out in the future. Maybe if resellers found out that there's a side-by-side comparison of pricing from a single site, they'll be lowering their prices to compete or worst, maybe they'll remove their pricing and just put there "call for price" hehehe. Anyway, visit the site and maybe give some feedback on how they can better support our beloved country.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Tech Link (Mobile): AMD's Dual Core Laptops Have Arrived: Introducing the Turion 64 X2

"Summary: Second Choice, If At All" woah, what a load crap Turion 64 is. It's up to you if you still like to read that article, but surely, that "quote" is enough "conclusion" for all of us Chipzilla boyz.

...compared to an Intel platform based on the Core Duo and the company's own GM 945 chipset, the combination of AMD CPU and ATI chipset is inferior in terms of battery time and multitasking performance. Therefore, under equal conditions, it can only be regarded as the second choice - if it is worth getting at all. The Core Duo 2, Intel's next generation of laptop processors is already at hand, and first measurements show that the Core Duo 2 is even more powerful while not consuming more power.

Source:AMD's Dual Core Laptops Have Arrived: Introducing the Turion 64 X2

Brag: My anniversary, 8months and still rolling!

Well, what do you know, I made it thru in my eight month anniversary! Looking back, I might as well continue doing this even if AMDroids continue to plague my comment section with dumb ass reply not even having a clue that I control publishing them. So yes, keep it up AMDroids, whatever suits you, go ahead and post crap, they won't go public. Again, happy 8th month anniversary to me, and let's all meet at the Mall today and chat about our favorite product. See you there..


Friday, August 25, 2006

Tech Link (Motherboard): ASUS P5B: New BIOS Adds Unlocking & Improved Overclocking

Asus* has just done it again. They did it before on their Asus P4GD1, Asus P4C800-E Deluxe with an Intel® Pentium® M 700 (Dothan) series of processor coupled with an Asus CT-479 adapter. Now, your Intel® Core™ 2 Duo based processor can now be unlocked, and amazingly, both up and down! I have to give it to Asus* for finding a way to open it. AMDTech has the full scoop on it, expand for more.

So is there a catch? The answer is yes and no. The X6800, as stated, is unlocked up and down, allowing the flexibility to do anything you wish with the outstanding head room of the Core 2 Duo architecture. The rest of the Core 2 Duo chips are hard-locked up and down, which greatly limits the flexibility of the head room which often runs 1000MHz, 1500 MHz, or more - depending on the CPU and motherboard. You could only access this extra power at the stock multiplier. This is actually a big negative compared to AM2 processors, where all chips are at least unlocked down.

Source:ASUS P5B: New BIOS Adds Unlocking & Improved Overclocking

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tech Link(Motherboard): ASUS P5NSLI: Core 2 Duo and SLI on a Budget

AMDTech has an article targetted for the so called "budget" segment, SLI, and the new Chipzilla CPU. This just ratifies that the new processor is really for the masses, and not just for those who have the $$$ to spend on extravagant things. Expand for more.

This quote by noted writer and practicing engineer Samuel C. Florman describes our initial thoughts about the ASUS P5NSLI motherboard. There has been much fanfare over the past few weeks surrounding the release of Intel's impressive Core 2 Duo lineup of processors. Up until now the only motherboards available that supported this CPU series have been sporting chipsets from Intel or VIA. (ASUS also offers the P5N32-SLI Deluxe SE which has Core 2 support, although that uses the older nForce4 chipset.) In fact, we are just now seeing additional Intel chipsets such as the 945P, 945G, 946PL, and 865 being launched, with the G965 and Q965 products on their way in September. After the wave of 975X and P965 products introduced at launch we are witnessing these products maturing from a performance viewpoint. Everyone has been wondering if, when, and what type of chipsets NVIDIA and ATI would bring to market to support Core 2 Duo.

Source:ASUS P5NSLI: Core 2 Duo and SLI on a Budget

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Brag: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo @ the "Malls"

If you are in the Philippines, or planning to visit the country, I got heads up that there will be a series of Mall events for the the new Chipzilla products. There will be some promo items, and I heard, some "selling" too. If you still don't have these wonderful babies or ran out of luck to get one, then visit the event and you may end up buying one for yourself for that special treat. Expand this news post for locations and date of events.

Experience first hand the power and efficiency of the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo at the following malls:

Ayala Center-Glorietta on August 25-27
SM Megamall on September 1-6
SM Cebu on September 7-9
SM North Edsa on September 22-24
SM Mall of Asia on September 29-October 1

There will be "Experience Zones" where usage models will highlight the best features of the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 invades AMD territory on price/performance chart

TG Daily has an analysis (or so it seems) on the current CPU price in the market. They have a pretty nice graph in there showing price/performance. I would love to see it in a price/performance/watt as a killer graph. In any case, check it out by expanding the news post.

Santa Clara (CA) - The latest round of seasonal CPU charts updates from Tom's Hardware Guide reveals what we expected, now that we've had a chance to test Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 dual-core CPU: At $247 average selling price, according to today's figures from PriceGrabber, it could be the most powerful CPU you can buy today for the fewest least until figures from the E6300 are tallied.

Source:Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 invades AMD territory on price/performance chart

Monday, August 21, 2006

Tech Link (Motherboard): ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP

I have stopped visiting [H] quite a long time ago. Before, I am a loyal reader, not necessarily a fan, but a regular visitor to the site because I used to love their articles. However, as years passed by, their appeal seems to die down on me and they become more and more "commercialized" like AMDTech and THG. But hey, I am not blaming them, things change and I'm sure there's a reason why [H] also changed their format. Anyway, if you like to read the review, expand the news post and read more..

ASUS ASUS has been delivering quality motherboards for two decades. ASUS motherboards are some of the most stable, reliable, and well featured available today. ASUS is diversified in the market place offering notebooks, optical drives and other products. Still ASUS has been and always will likely be known best for their innovative motherboard features and designs. Today we are looking at the ASUS P5B which is based on Intel's P965 Chipset. This board is a mainstream part and while lacking in some high performance features such as SLI/Crossfire support, it does have everything else going for it in the feature department.

Source:ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Article: Intel® D975XBX EPP [Extreme Processor Profile]? (Uber Motherboard for Intel® Core™-based Processor)

If an overclock on X6800 (266x11) with 333x11 (3.66GHz) will quickly fail with all settings on default, but rock stable at 266x14 (3.72GHz) and the motherboard is also stable on different processors E6300 (333x7=2.33GHz) and E6700 (333x9=2.99GHz), with all components being the same what could be the culprit? If you are interested to find out, expand this post or click here.

The Intel® D975XBX is the first motherboard used by enthusiasts to really push processors based on on Intel® Core™ better known as Conroe or Core 2 Duo or C2D and C2 for the extreme variant of Intel® Core™. It is the best, the cream of the crop, best of the best, baddest motherboard in town during the early pre-release days of Conroe and second to none. This motherboard is not for everyone looking for value, this is geared towards the top end, only for those who have the courage and money to spend.

Source:Article: Intel® D975XBX EPP [Extreme Processor Profile]? (Uber Motherboard for Intel® Core™-based Processor)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tech Link(Processor): Intel Core 2 Duo Family review

I managed to give TechSpot a visit today and saw that they already have a Chipzilla processor up for review for quite some time already. If you still hunger for reviews or just want to pump up your Fanboy ego and see how the new processors rocks, then check it out and expan this news post.

After much hype and anticipation, the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors are now available in stores with prices starting at $180 all through $530. You can now also find motherboards featuring Intel's newest P965 Express chipset becoming more readily available starting at around $150, with the more exotic versions costing up to $250.

Source:Intel Core 2 Duo Family review

Tech Link (Mobile): Alienware Aurora m9700

The folks at LegionPCGamers gave a not-so-new Alienware* laptop a review, and since this site caters for gamers, the laptop in the test bench is geared for gaming. The author seems impressed at how good he can play games on such a laptop, and why not, a mobile Chipzilla processor has always been strong, in fact, the new Conroe CPU uA borrowed a lot of its strength from such mobile CPU uA. Expand for more...

Admittedly, up until recently I’ve never really viewed notebooks as being worthy gaming platforms. The reasons for which I’d maintained that belief have always centered around a perceived lack of performance, typical presence of heat build up and overall awkwardness created by small monitors and oddly shaped and or positioned keyboards. In fact, these issues have bothered me for so long that until a couple of months ago, I’d proudly traveled through life without ever owning one. And with a beast of a desktop rig sitting in my office, I’d never really felt like I was missing out. That was until I started going on more and more overseas business trips, which ironically, was also around the same time that I started frequenting the weekly LANs at the Legion Labs. And without a car with which to commute to them (limited to riding my motorbike) it became a logistical nightmare to drag my machine there. With those considerations, a good and capable notebook started to look more and more appealing.

Source:Alienware Aurora m9700

Tech Link (MoDT): Shuttle XPC X100 (Core Duo)

A pretty nifty systems is up on the testbench over at HardwareZone. And since this is armed with an Intel® Core™ Duo processor (aka Yonah, aka new Apple* processor), you can expect great turn out of performance for such a system. This little baby packs a whooping performance per watt, very very very nice for office and productivity and even good for gaming too since it is armed with an ATi Mobility Radeon X1400. The only problem I can see with this baby is a measly 512MB RAM (2x256MB DDR2-533 SODIMM), but that can be remedied (but SODIMM is pricey) if you have the moolah. Give it a spin and expand this posting.

Ever since the PC started encroaching into the living room space with the convergence of digital media and broadband, we have all been waiting for its Holy Grail - that perfect blend of style and performance which acts as the indispensable hub of your home entertainment system. Parallel developments like Microsoft launching its Windows XP Media Center Edition and the rise of AMD to challenge Intel in the processor arena in terms of cheaper and cooler chips have helped to drive this trend.

Source:Shuttle XPC X100 (Core Duo)

Press Release: OCZ Technology Group Remains Performance Leader with World’s First 1100MHz Memory Solution

My used-to-be favorite RAM manufacturer has released the fastest memory with the fastest memory modules in it. Using OCZ takes away the guesswork in overclocking and ensures high performing memory. They really have a bunch of highly technical support people and they really know what they are talking about. Go ahead and shoot them a technical support email or inquiry and be amazed at how fast and accurate they answer. Now, on to the press release, expand for more...

Sunnyvale, CA—August 15, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first ever production DDR2-1100 modules, developed for the latest processors from AMD® and Intel®. The new OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition will offer computer enthusiasts and gamers unparalleled performance and the piece of mind they are guaranteed to produce the world’s fastest memory speeds within their personal desktop or gaming system.

With AMD AM2 and Intel Conroe processors both supporting DDR2, consumers are now concerned with fast, high speed DDR2. The PC2-8800 Gold Edition is not only optimized for the latest CPU architectures, but demonstrates OCZ’s commitment to consistently offer customers the innovative solutions they demand while forging ahead of platform technology and inevitably challenging the industry to develop higher performing DDR2 platforms.

“DDR2 speed grades evolve faster than anybody would have thought to be possible,” commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology Group, “and we are proud that OCZ has played a major role in this push for new performance superlatives. The result of our constant effort to fine-tune components and maximize their performance, once again pays off in our release of the world’s first 1100 MHz DDR2 system memory modules.”

OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition modules are rated to run at 5-6-6 timings and will be available in dual channel 2GB (2x1024) kits. The unique design used in the award winning OCZ XTC heatspreaders optimizes the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow than conventional heatspreader designs. All OCZ Technology memory is backed by an industry-leading Lifetime Warranty and direct Technical Support.

For more information on the OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition, please visit our product page here.

Source:OCZ Technology Group Remains Performance Leader with World’s First 1100MHz Memory Solution

Tech Link (Processor): Intel Core 2 Duo Voltage Boost

The guys that have shown us that removing IHS off the new LGA775 processor is darn near impossible by killing quite a few CPU in the process is now back with a vengeance. This time around, they manage to go about with their "operation" succesfully and has cool pin mod to give a few voltage boost for your system if your motherboard doesn't have such setting.

Of course, all this pinmod will be useless if you are not overclocking, so your motherboard should at least have an FSB adjustment to make full use of it. But the author mentioned that they will be adding FSB pin mod as well, though I am guessing it's just a bootstrap option change (i.e. 533MHz, 800MHz, 1066MHz, 1333MHz or 133MHz, 200MHz, 266MHz, 333MHz).

The Core 2 Duos bring the joy back for the Intel Overclockers with their easy to handle heat and ample of overclock head-room. However, the overclocking capacity depends as much on the motherboards paired with them. Some of the enthusiasts on a tight budget are stuck with a limiting motherboard , particularly in the voltage department. (ASRock Motherboard Users come to mind ;) ) Well now here's a way out for you!

You can basically over-ride the default voltage of 1.325v inherent on many of the Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, E6300 to X6800, with a simple "pin-mod". Well yes, there are no longer pins on these LGA packaged processors... in fact that makes them easier to modify! All you need is some electrical insulation tape and some conductive ink!

Source:Intel Core 2 Duo Voltage Boost

Tech Link (Industry): E3: R.I.P.

Sad, I used to be basing my game purchase plans for the future by checking out the latest and greatest E3 reviews. While I can agree on some of the author's POV, I still feel a bit of pain for having to see this once great show end up like that, a small get together catered for select few businesspeople, and media. Anyway, if you're interested, expand and read up more.

Word on the street is top execs at leading hardware/software manufacturers – Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Electronic Arts – had finally had their fill of overspending on the event and seeing scant return on investment. The upshot: Each proceeded to then pull out of attendance, which in turn sparked a chain reaction amongst smaller publishers, who began to question their own involvement.

Source:E3: R.I.P.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Press Release: abit launches AW9D Series

abit, a world-reknowned motherboard manufacturer seems to have regained their strength and joined the slew of motherboard supporting the new Chipzilla processors. They are really focusing on developing an overclocking board, and they are touting it at this press release. I am getting my hands on it in about a month's time or so my contact said.

August 16 th , 2006 – Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to please. The benchmarking has been exceptional in typical abit style and our tweakability and overclocking features have exceeded even our own expectations:

Mark, a bright new star in the abit engineering department, says: "I really like abit's µ Guru overclocking features on this board and playing with the engineering samples I've managed to OC to 470 FSB using a 6800XE Core™ 2 Duo. The BIOS has plenty of options for adjusting FSB, tweaking voltages and controlling stability. It's truly an amazing overclocking motherboard ... I love it!"

Source:abit launches AW9D Series

Tech Link (Processor): Chipzilla strikes back !

Guru3D may be late but better late than never in posting a really nice review. They reviewed a wide slew of processors from Chipzilla and not just the Extreme edition. Give it a spin and do yourself a favor, indulge on more of Conroe goodness!
Core 2 Duo E6600, E6700 and X6800 processors tested.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - E6700 & X6800 reviewSo if Conroe "sounds" new to you .. have you been living under a rock ? Hey all and welcome to another Guru3D review. Today we'll be taking some new Intel processors for a test-drive. Intel is smiling .. really really smiling ! They have achieved something really good for the processor market. The Pentium 4 brand is being ditched and Core 2 Duo has recently been introduced. Specifically the Core 2 Duo processors with the "Conroe" processor core really hit the market aggressively. They are energy friendly and offer a stack load of performance and if that isn't enough .. you can buy them relatively cheaply.

Source:Chipzilla strikes back !

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): Typical PC Assembling Problems

HardwareSecrets just finished loading a very nice info for noobies. It should be applicabel to anyone, but noobies will be the market that this guide aims to. I suggest you give this site a spin, and read up on their article. Expand for more.

Preventing Overheating
If you want to ensure that you won’t face overheating, random crashes (resets and the infamous “Blue Screen of Death”) and performance issues with your PC you should check whether it is assembled 100% correctly or not. In this tutorial we will show you where to look for assembling errors on your PC.

Source:Typical PC Assembling Problems

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): Intel Core 2 Duo in short supply and priced above list

ZDNet blogger George Ou says that demand for the new breed of processors is outstripping supply, pushing the price higher than the typical listed price. Wow, if I were you, I'd be getting one as soon as the hot baby drops in your favorite store. Conroe FTW!
There are only a few places that I have seen carry the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz processor. The E6600 processor has a list price of $316 but is selling as high as $459 at major online retailers and even then they can't maintain any in stock. Computer superstore Fry's is selling the 2.13 GHz E6400 with an Intel Desktop motherboard for $499 when the CPU itself only lists for $224.

Source:Intel Core 2 Duo in short supply and priced above list

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tech Link (Processor): Intel's Core 2 Processors - E6700 and X6800 against the rest of the world

LostCircuits has an article on Chipzilla's best and second best. From the looks pf it, seems like MS, the author, has been swayed to the green side for far too long. Expand for more...

After years of senseless netbursting against a frequency wall, Intel is finally going back to real processing with their latest creation dubbed Core 2 architecture. Based on the original design of the Pentium3 with the additional features of dynamic wide execution and a cache that is truly shared between cores, the new processor family has at least on paper what it takes to overcome some of the legacies of the PSB interface. Intelligent prefetching of data further masks some of the memory access latencies and smart power management does the rest to indicate a 180 degree turnaround from the klutzy P4 architecture we had to endure for half a decade.

By the end of the day (or this review), we have some real CPU power measurements that put the Conroe a.k.a. Core 2 Duo at the very top of processing efficiency with performance improvements over the Smithfield core of up to 560 %. In the wake, even AMD's most efficient CPUs bite the dust. If this sounds unrealistic, we have the data to back up our claims.

Source:Intel's Core 2 Processors - E6700 and X6800 against the rest of the world

Monday, August 14, 2006

Tech Link (Processor): Intel Core 2 Extreme: 1333MHz PSB and Beyond

Hardwarezone posted a write up on making the current Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 even more Extreme. From the looks if it, the author also suffers into thinking that the Extreme series is just a clock frequency bump and discounted the fact that it has full 4MB L2 cache versus 2MB on two mainstream market segment processors (Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6300/E6400), and upward open multiplier versus locked frequency on the other two performance market segment processors (Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600/E6700). Heck, it's like having a free upgraded CPU by just changing the multiplier from 11x to 12x for a 3.2GHz, and 3.4GHz with a 13x multiplier. No more tweaking the RAM ratio, RAM timing, locking this and that, but just change the multiplier for instant clockability. Expand if you would like to read more...

Putting 'Extreme' back into the Extreme
In our Intel Core 2 (Conroe) Performance Review article, we briefly mentioned about the initial rumors of the Core 2 Extreme clocks. There was talk about it debuting at 3.33GHz on a 1333MHz PSB, but of course that didn't happen. While we're in no position to pout about the Core 2 Extreme X6800, especially after seeing its performance, we couldn't get rid of that nagging feeling that the X6800 just wasn't extreme enough since it was just a multiplier increment over the regular Core 2 Duo E6700.

We wanted to satisfy our curiosity as to how the Core 2 Extreme would perform if it did meet the speculated specifications on release. Our overclocking platform of choice - Gigabyte's GA-965P-DQ6. At the present moment, we find that many initial Core 2 motherboards' BIOS do not properly detect Core 2 processor capabilities, sometimes restricting multiplier selection and others lack the necessary voltage and tweaking selections. The GA-965P-DQ6 happens to be one of the better boards to support the unlocked X6800 and possess great voltage granularity, a perfect combination for our overclocking efforts.

Source:Intel Core 2 Extreme: 1333MHz PSB and Beyond

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Article: Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 Preview (World's Best Gaming Processor)

I finally got out of my lazy butt and posted my own results. Bah, I know I am late, but hey, it's not like everyone has this processor in their hands and I just have to brag it before I deleted all these filess of my hard drive and proceeded to benching Kentsfield. All this new technology stuff is just tiring, after my stint this week, training a lot of India folks about this new micro architecture, I am just so exhausted. In any case, if you would like to read a review from a FanBoy, all you have to do is expand this article.
"Extreme dominance built-in. You've hard-core battled your enemies in this world and beyond, but never like this. With the Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor, you get the best unrivaled performance in the universe. So let them challenge you and let the annihilation begin."

When "Extreme" is an understatement.
"It's not about playing the game. It's about dominating and winning the game. Designed for extreme power, the Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor for desktop PCs features the latest arsenal of performance-rich technologies, including up to 4 MB of shared L2 cache and up to 1066 MHz Front Side Bus."

Source:Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 Preview (World's Best Gaming Processor)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Tech Link (Technology): LGA Processor Heat Spreader Removal

If you have a thing for destroying things or just very much curious about how things are working, or really have a knack for prying things open and spilling out the innards, VR-Zone has an article up that will be fitting for you. They have an article on how to tick off the IHS of your LGA processor. If this is your thing, expand for more...

In our endless attempts to squeeze out the last MHz from our processors, some of us have resorted to removing the integrated heat spreaders (commonly refered to as IHS among enthusiasts) on our processors in a bid to improve thermal efficiency, to garner that 2-3 degrees, and trade it for that final 10MHz.

This is not a major roadblock for the AMD processor overclocker since the contact between the heatspreader and the core is made with thermal paste. This is a major problem however when it comes to the Intel LGA socket users. The LGA socket processors use a solder thermal interface between the core and the heatspreader so removing it involves more than just cutting past the rubber linings. In many cases, users have ripped off the entire core as they pry desperately.

Source:LGA Processor Heat Spreader Removal

Friday, August 11, 2006

Tech Link (Motherboard): GIGABYTE 6-Quad / DS / S-series Core™2 Duo Ready Motherboards

Not sure if anyone noticed, but Gigabyte* has motherboards based on the older i945 Express Chipset that supports Conroe. It is clear that chipset is not a problem, but more about conforming to voltage requirement of the Conroe-based processor. And with this barrier already lifted off, Gigabyte* launched a slew of new motherboards that supports Conroe. Great! Check it out..

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Press Release: AquaCube - Revolutionary Compact Liquid Cooling Technology for PCs

A new cooler has just been released, the EBM-Papst AquaCube. It is a pre-filled self-contained water cooling system for all processor form factors. The unit consists of a water block, tubing, fluid reservoir, and heat exchanger with cooling 92 mm fan/hermetically sealed pump.

The AquaCube is the latest addition to ebm-papst's line of cooling components. It is an exciting option for OEMs of high performance computers and servers. Maintenance free, pre-filled, and ready to install, this unit is extremely adaptable for all applications.

ebm-papst's AquaCube consists of two modules: the liquid cooling cube and the heat absorber. The liquid cooling cube, containing the heat exchanger along with a new patented pump and fan, can be mounted several ways to accomodate a wide array of application needs. The heat absorber uses a highly conductive copper heat pickup and optimized fluid mechanics for maximum heat transfer. This cutting edge design makes the AquaCube extendable to integrate more heat absorbers, cool multiple CPUs, or to cool multiple components in one chassis.

ebm-papst integrated its advanced winglet fan technology to produce the quietest operation at high air performance, such that it eliminates the need for any other housing fan in most applications. Contact ebm-papst to learn more about the innovative AquaCube: 860.674.1515,

Source:AquaCube - Revolutionary Compact Liquid Cooling Technology for PCs

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Tech Link (Processor): Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 - Small Budget, Big Overclocker

HardwareZone has a pretty good article about the overclockability of the processor. It's no secret, this CPU is just too good with overclocking, even the earlier one I've tested just fly! Give it a look...

Shoestring Budget CPU's Hidden Potential

"Core" is fast becoming a catch phrase everywhere in the tech circles as Intel pulls the plug on the Pentium processor and overhauling the mobile, desktop and server space with their latest microarchitecture. As tested by and other technology publications, the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors for the desktop space have set new milestones in processor efficiency, performance, power and heat dissipation, so the Core 'fever' is quite expected.

Source:Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 - Small Budget, Big Overclocker

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Tech Link (Platform): Mac Pro, new Xserve will feature dual Intel Xeons, will start shipping today

I saw an internal communication about the new platform from Apple* that runs Chipzilla CPU and so I did quick Google and stumble on this on THG article. It looks pretty good, at least, the prototype I've seen looks really "Appleish" if you catch my drift. Expand for more..

San Francisco (CA) - Attendees at today's Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference, some of which included bloggers posting live news direct from the floor, were introduced by Apple senior marketing vice president Phil Schiller to the latest and last Macintoshes to receive the Intel upgrade. The Mac Pro series is being launched today, according to floor reports, for prices starting at $2,499 for a 1 GB DDR2 system with 2.6 GHz processor and Apple's SuperDrive.

Source:Mac Pro, new Xserve will feature dual Intel Xeons, will start shipping today

Monday, August 07, 2006

Tech Link (Processor): THG Tuning Test: Core 2 Extreme vs. Athlon 64 FX-62

I happen to drop by over at THG, and stumbled upon a head-to-head battle between top of the line Chipzilla and top of the line A* processor. Well, you know how things will turn up, so I never really bothered to look at the benchmark results they have and jumped in straight at the conclusion and it's a sweet short fanboy-stroking conclusion. Expand for more...

The benchmark charts will surely cause many readers' eyes to light up. What we show you here applies to high-end systems for 2007.

We put the AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 up against the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor. With careful optimization, the performance of an Intel Core 2 Extreme system can be increased by a substantial average of 16.8 percent (though this is where a look at our test applications is required). The Athlon 64 FX-62 only managed a performance jump of less than half that figure, 7.2 percent, with equally careful optimization. When compared head-to-head, the overclocked Core 2 Extreme outperformed its AMD counterpart by nearly 30 percent across the board.

A quick look at the power consumption we measured during our testing also shows that an overclocked Intel system under heavy load requires 29 fewer watts than the AMD unit, while delivering 30 percent more performance. The strengths of the overclocked AMD system showed up at the other end of the usage spectrum under light or idle loads. In that case, the AMD system consumed 29 fewer watts than did the Intel Core 2 Extreme.

We also took a look at our lab engineers' notebooks. Raising the FSB and memory clocks on the Intel system increased memory throughput from 5.7 to 7.3 GB/s. AMD's integrated memory controller enabled memory throughput for the Athlon 64 FX-62 to increase from 9.3 GB/s to a record-breaking value of 10.7 GB/s.

Want an comparison of a more mundane, everyday sort? Try this on for size: the overclocked Intel system compressed an entire 2.5 hour movie on DVD in under 6 minutes! This involved converting from DVD9 to DVD4.7 formats. The real strengths of the Intel Core 2 clearly lie in the video realm: the Intel system converts a 2 hour movie into the well-known DivX format in 93 minutes, whereas the AMD system takes 155, or just more than one hour longer, to complete the same task.

Source:THG Tuning Test: Core 2 Extreme vs. Athlon 64 FX-62

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Tech Link (Processor): Mobile CPU Wars: Core 2 Duo vs. Core Duo

Wow, I guess it's clear I don't visit AMDTech. Ok, I'll let you on a secret, the AMDtech newspostings I post are always coming from friends who sent me links and a quote. If the article looks ok, i visit the site. But I really don't like that site anyway, not as much as despise TheINQ, just that, they reek of fanboyism. Anyway, when I got the tip about this, I realized that it was just under the memory review they made (which I posted yesterday). I guess, that gives out clue that I really don't visit there, not that it matters. So anyway, if you're interested with this review, go get there or expand this to see a little more quotes from the article.

While the world has been focused on the launch of Intel's desktop Core 2 Duo, codenamed Conroe, Intel has been readying its mobile counterpart also called Core 2 Duo. With only a few changes to its desktop counterpart -- mainly its lower clock speeds and FSB frequency and thus lower power -- there's no reason to call the mobile version anything but Core 2 Duo.

There hasn't been much interest in Core 2 Duo on the mobile side for two major reasons; for starters, unlike on the desktop, Intel already had a very competent mobile CPU - the Yonah based Core Duo processor. Seeing as how Core Duo is the predecessor to Core 2 Duo, you can already expect that Intel's current mobile performance is quite good.

Source:Mobile CPU Wars: Core 2 Duo vs. Core Duo

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Tech Link (Memory): Corsair and OCZ: New Standards in Fast DDR2

An article posted over at AMDTech pits two memory giants head to head. OCZ* and Corsair*, both of which I love, has been known to provide quality memory to enthusiasts. DDR2 really has come a long way, and it has matured already, with frequency offering that DDR1 can only dream of.
It is fair to ask which is better, the Corsair 6400C3 or the OCZ Ti Alpha PC2-8000? The answer depends on what you are looking for. Performance on both of these top memories is all but identical, and it is equally outstanding. We have to look elsewhere for differences. We find that difference in voltage requirements. The Corsair 6400C3 requires less voltage at almost every speed to reach the same performance level. In fact the Corsair generally requires less voltage at each speed than any of our previously tested High-performance DDR2. Some will see this as a great advantage for Corsair 6400C3 and we would agree.

The other side of the coin is the fact that OCZ binned their VX2 memory for higher voltages, and the fact that a bit more voltage is required at each speed should not be a surprise. Offsetting this is the reassurance from OCZ than you can run their VX2 memory up to 2.525V without affecting your Lifetime Warranty. We could find no case in our testing where higher voltage on VX2 gave us more performance than the Corsair, but we were testing with air cooling and an extra fan. Those who can cool their memory with more effective solutions may find they can squeeze a bit more performance from the OCZ VX2.

It is remarkable to us that Corsair and OCZ took such different approaches when using the same Micron memory chips and yet ended up with such similar performance. The Corsair CM2X1024 6400C3 and the OCZ Ti Alpha PC2-8000 VX2 are currently at the top of the DDR2 performance pyramid. Either can provide results that is the best available in DDR2. Beyond that you will need to compare price and how you will use the memory to reach a decision between the two. Neither of these stellar performers is a good choice in an average system as they are both far too expensive to deliver good value. However, if you demand the best, either of these top-performing memories will deliver the goods.

Source:Corsair and OCZ: New Standards in Fast DDR2

Friday, August 04, 2006

Article: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 Preview (Fastest Non Extreme Money Can Buy)

The Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 Processor is currently the fastest processor in the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6000 series of processor. It is only topped by the baddest processor in town, which is the Intel® Core™ 2 X6800. This processor is an attractive one since it has full 4MB of L2 cache. There is no doubt about it, this is one great processor, but the price may be a but unreachable for most except a relative few who are willing to shell out the bucks. Expand for more or go here for the full preview..

Currently, users are already enjoying the power of simultaneous computing found in earlier Hyperthreading-enabled system then via dual-core processor with the Intel® Pentium® D processor. An Intel dual-core processor delivers consumer value by providing additional computing resources that expand the PC's capabilities and provide platform-level advancements for consumers in the form of higher throughput and simultaneous computing. With an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor, users may perform multiple tasks such as digital rendering and gaming all while running virus scan or other background tasks seamlessly, and they are doing it with less power consumption. It has great features for digital home computing, such as support for EM64T to enable the system to address more than 4GB of system memory and advance security functionality thru Execute Disable Bit that can prevent certain classes of malicious "buffer overflow" attacks when combined with a supporting operating system, and with lots of new features found only on CPUs based on Intel® Core™ microarchitecture.

As stated earlier, this processor is slated at the middle line up of Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6000 series that is based on the LGA775 socket. And as such, can perform well even on stock settings and still suited for overclocking. Time to get this baby going, but first, let's lay down the details of this processor.

Source:Article: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 Preview (Fastest Non Extreme Money Can Buy)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Press Release: Advanced High Performance Power Supply for the Most Demanding PC!

This is great, a new player in the PSU business. Hopefully, this new addition will increase the pressure on all sides of the competition, driving the price lower than what it is now. With the launch of new Chipzilla processors, this one looks very interesting to partner it with. Woot!

From the manufacturer of the "World's Most Awarded Memory" comes the Corsair HX Series Power Supply. With that same legendary focus on the performance and reliability, Corsair has engineered the HX Series to support even the most demanding of systems. The Corsair HX Series incorporates the most advanced technology to deliver reliable, continuous, and efficient power to all critical system components. The HX Series is the ideal power supply for high performance and gaming PCs, Audio/Video workstations, and file servers.

Corsair HX Series Features:

Supports the latest ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 standards and is backwards compatible with ATX12V 2.01 systems.
Guaranteed compatibility with dual-GPU configurations.
Double forward switching circuitry design offers high efficiency, up to 80% under wide load range.
Active Power Factor Correction with PF value=0.99 provides clean and reliable power to your system.
Universal AC input 90~264V automatically scans and detects the correct voltage. No more hassle of flipping that tiny red switch!
Ultra quiet 120mm double ball-bearing fan delivers excellent airflow at an exceptionally low noise level by varying the RPM in response to temperature.
Guaranteed to deliver rated specifications at 50ºC.
Triple 12V Rails provide independent reliable power to the CPU, video card and other components with a combined rating of 50A (40A on 520W) maximum! Advanced circuitry design that automatically enables power sharing between the triple +12V rails in an event of overload on any single +12V rail.
Powerful +5Vsb rail with 3A rating.
Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection, and Short Circuit Protection provide maximum safety for your critical system components.
105ºC rated industrial grade capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliability, delivering 4 times the lifespan of conventional 85ºC rated capacitors.
Enhanced modular flexible cables enable easier cable routing and increased airflow in the system.
Gold Plated connectors provide oxide free ultra low-resistance contact between the power supply and your critical components.
8 Serial ATA connectors (4 on 520W).
Dimension: 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) X 5.9"(L)
150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 150mm(L)
MTBF: 100,000 Hours
Safety Approvals: UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, CCC, C-tick.

Source:Advanced High Performance Power Supply for the Most Demanding PC!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tech Link (Industry): The Insider: Microsoft rolls out Windows Vista, the soft drink

Wow, this one is very interesting, a bit on the funny side. I mean, is it one of those act of supreme fanboyism? Maybe. But it sure is nice to have one, and I'm going to save it. I mean, it's like a special edition softdrink, so I'll keep it somewhere safe and hopeful to retain the thing for as long as I can: antique!

You won't find Windows Vista in stores this year -- but on the Microsoft campus, it's already in the refrigerators.

Special-edition cans of Talking Rain sparkling water, sporting the logo for the upcoming operating system, have been stocked among the other free sodas available to the company's employees. It's a promotion for the preliminary version of the program, pointing employees to an internal Windows Vista site.

Presumably, the actual operating system won't be available in lemon-lime.

Source:The Insider: Microsoft rolls out Windows Vista, the soft drink

Rant: I am getting ready to leave..again

Oh well, preparing for a travel is always a tough thing for me, I am going to miss my kids :(....

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tech Link (Platform): Vadim Fusion Cetus Overclocked Core 2 Duo System

<Hexus has review posted on a factory overclocked system. I am not familiar with the manufacturer, but the specs is pretty good. I wish I'd get one here too, just to test drive and do some benchies. They overclock an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 @ 3.40GHz (340MHz FSB) (2.67Ghz, 4MB L2 cache). Expand for more...

We've seen a number of quality systems pass through HEXUS.labs in the last few months. It seems as if system integrators have finally learnt how to construct quality boxes without skimping in crucial areas.

The recent release of Intel's excellent Core 2 Duo/Extreme processors make for the perfect base around which S.I.s can construct the ultimate PC. Vadim Computers took the opportunity offered by Core 2 Duo and sent us a base unit that, it reckoned, was faster than anything seen at HEXUS. Read on to find out if that's true....

Source:Vadim Fusion Cetus Overclocked Core 2 Duo System