Monday, April 30, 2007

Brag: I have tickets to Spiderman 3 Premiere!

I am so happy, I already have four tickets reserved for Spiderman The Movie 3. I am a big fan of the past two movies, and I am off to watch it tomorrow. Philippines is lucky to air it early compared to other countries and geos. Woot, I can't wait. Here are the tickets in all its glory, yay!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Misc: Web Face Lift!

I finally got the time to put up the new look of the site. It's been a long standing pending task and I never got to do it. Porting my old articles to look like the previous layout was a pain, and frankly, I never really got to finish it.

Anyway, today I officially launch FanBoyReview 3.0! There's not much fireworks and party nor any grand press release, but just this simple post to officially mark the day I changed my site (though I have been doodling with it for the past several days). I have started playing with the settings since January, and I was targetting second week of February to launch this new look but I just can't really find any appealing design for the site.

But now, after my noobie web skills and knowldge have increased by 0.000001 percent, I can now happily say that I am proud with this transition. And hey, there's some video goodies link too, that's the newest addition to the site.

And oh, I plan to remove cbox chatbox as it's rarely used anyway. Though my visitors have breached a break-neck volume of 20k this month, not so many seems interested to post a shout out. I don't really know, meebo was a hit back then, I don't know why cbox isn't.

Anyway, enjoy the new look, and expect a few tweaks here and there, to further speed up the loading. Till next...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Article: The Journey with Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6320, Breaking The Norm (Part III)

This is the third part of the article about overclocking the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6320, and it picks up where the the second part left off. If you haven't seen it yet, you may also want to check out the first part of the article. Expand to read the continuation...

After the successful 75% overclock, which translates to 465MHz from the stock of 266MHz, I decided to try and see if I can still push the system. At this overclock of the motherboard, and processor, I am also overclocking the memory for about 16%. System memory aren't really known to overclock beyond 10%, but this is no ordinary memory, and I will rely on this memory to help me push my overclock further. With the limitations at hand, the processor and motherboard at 75% overclock, RAM at 16%, I set my eyes to reaching the coveted 500MHz. At this settings, the overclock will hit an astounding 88% for the processor and motherboard, and it will be 25% overclock on the system memory.

::Overclocking and Benchmarking Notes::
At this settings, the RAM can not work with full stability if the voltage is not set to 2.3vDIMM. I also have to loosen the timings to CL5. I know that this will significantly increase latency, and may affect benchmark scores. However, I am not after an improved benchmark score in terms of effiency, but more of how far I can push the processor before it bends on its knees.

At first, 500MHz which translates to 3.5GHz and DDR2-100MHz, it would seem really impossible. I am against all odds with such a limited parts in my arsenal, an unmodded motherboard, a RAM that runs at DDR2-800MHz and an aging Thermalright XP90. Couple that with an ambient temperature hovering at 35c to 36c, I am just pushing this baby with mere guts and passion for overclock. Like what I mentioned on the first part of the article, I am changing my stance now and ready to give this processor all that I've got.

While I push the FSB 10MHz at a time, I eventually reach 500MHz. But this doesn't come without a price, 1.38vCore is needed to make it fully stable. While it doesn't seem like a whole lots of voltage, the impact on the core temperature is overwhelming. The system is now idling at 44c, and full load at 67c, my Thermalright is working at full speed, and I can feel all of its four heatpipes brimming with heat. Adding a fan to cool these heatpipes did helped, but there's only so much that this solution could work. But luckily, the system held well, and unbelievably, completed all benchmarks like its nothing. The memory, processor, and motherboard are all working fine and dandy. As such, I can now show more benchmarks and results. Check them out...

Doom3: Low Quality-640x480

3DMark Benchmarks:
3DMark01: Overall

3DMark03: CPU

3DMark05: CPU

3DMark06: CPU

Aquamark03: CPU

Multimedia/Multitasking/Multithreading Benchmarks:
Cinebench: Render Score

Cinebench: Render Time

PCMark05: Overall


SANDRA: Multimedia

wPrime: 32M

SuperPi: 1M

Memory Benchmarks:
SANDRA: RAM Bandwidth



Loaded Temperature Screenshot

::Closing Thoughts with 88% Overclock::With how things are going, I know that it won't be long till hit the ceiling. Whether it's the processor, memory, or motherboard, I still have yet to see. For now, things are going well, but a little over the edge already. If you plan on overclocking your system at this settings, a good aftermarket cooler can really help. I still plan to overclock it even further, and I hope you'll come back again to accompany me with my journey. Till next...

Brag: Unreleased VGA Cooler (Thermalright V2 VGA Cooler)

Wow, is it me or is it Thermalright being very open about their unreleased product? The cooler looks very very nice, and a good reminder of the powerful Thermalright SP-94 in its golden days. Expand to read the full features of tis unreleased product..


4 heapipe design in all copper structure
Works with any 92mm of 15mm or 25mm width fan (not included)
No-tool easy installation without hassle
Compact in size and light in weight
Vast compatibility supporting multiple types of video cards
SLI/Crossfire compatible for serious gaming enthusiasts
Supports SLI/Cross Fire and perfect for HTPC form factor taking up only one slot

Technical Spec:

L116.2 x W95.6 x H27.6mm (heatsink only)

290g (heatsink only)

Source:Unreleased VGA Cooler (Thermalright V2 VGA Cooler)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Press Release: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme NEWS Release

I guess this is inevitable, Thermalright released their newest cooler to the public. I always love their design, simple but effective. Check out the full Press Release...

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme NEWS Release

In 2006, Thermalright released the Ultra-120 and ever since then it's been classified as one of the top air cooling heatsinks for many high end systems. With its large cooling capacity, vast compatibility across multiple platforms, and easy installation; it's easy to see why. But at Thermalright, it's never our intention to stop when success has been reached, so we keep pushing the envelope. In 2007, Intel and AMD came out with new quad core CPUs and our response? Ultra-120 eXtreme!!

Ultra-120 eXtreme inherited all the advantages of its predecessor and increased its ability to absorb heat faster and better by having 6 heatpipes. It doesn't matter which processor you use; a Socket 775 processor (single core, Core 2 Extreme or Core 2 Quad) there is nothing our Ultra-120 eXtreme cannot handle. Of course, that also applies to all Socket AM2 processors. Just as for Intel platforms, the Ultra-120 eXtreme also includes spring loaded bolt screws to ensure a tight and secure heatsink installation on the socket.

In addition, we took care of the concerns expressed by our users in regards to Ultra-120 backplate. For the eXtreme version, we added a non-conductive plastic padding to shield all electrical contact in preventing a short circuitry. So go ahead and choose any type of motherboard you want; whether chips by Intel or Nvidia's 680i series. It is sure to be safe with Ultra-120 eXtreme.

Right before this formal announcement of Ultra-120 eXtreme, it was tested by one of the most revered hardware sites as they validated our claim that you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars when the Ultra-120 eXtreme can cool your CPU just as good, if not better, than your average water-cooling system.

So you think your current heatsink cooler has reached its limit? Thinking about switching to water cooling? Before you do anything, test out an Ultra-120 eXtreme. You will see that records are meant to be broken as new records and standards are set.

Source:Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme NEWS Release

Tech Link (Web): A Farewell to [H] Consumer

Well, I'm not really a fan of [H] anymore, ever since they announced before that they have become more commercialized. I can't really blame them, fans just want to whine how the site transformed into what [H] is now today, but reality is, running a website is tough and a big business too! So while I never liked [H] anymore because of their decision in the past, their reasons are more understandable, and this article is actually a solid testament to that.

A Farewell from [H] Consumer

As some of you may have heard, [H] Consumer will be closing its doors by the end of the month. [H] Console is also shutting down. This post is to hopefully clear some things up and give our millions of readers an explanation.

First, we would like to express our great gratitude to the faithful readers of [H] Consumer. All of your forum posts and emails were validation that we were doing something special. We appreciate your readership and your support. It means more to us than words can describe.

So, to get right down to it, [H] Consumer is shutting down for one reason alone – money.

When Kyle, Chris Morley, and I were talking about how this was all going to run two years ago, we knew that we were learning to swim by jumping into the deep end of the pool. Even though it took us a while to really get our rhythm and writing style down, it was clear from the first few articles that we were doing something special – something that might even make a difference. In short, we were offering something new, something unique, and something that people were going to want. With our collective business acumen, we knew something like that would have NO problem attracting the attention of advertisers and financial supporters.

We were wrong.

It took months and several articles to get people interested in our program, much less interested in throwing thousands of dollars at us monthly to help us stay operational. As our program developed and we accepted more integrators in to the program, we had faith that the ad buys would come. They didn’t.

We had a fundamental problem.

It turns out that our articles were so thorough, that the integrator’s greatest benefit in dealing with us is that they got a full audit of their operation quarterly for the mere cost of a system. That was a far greater asset than putting an ad on our pages where the integrator runs the very tangible risk of receiving a bad evaluation on their next go-around. If they faltered and received a rating of anything other than “9” or “Recommended,” their ad dollars were wasted that month. Why not sit back, let us point out all the problems they had, pass our evaluation around to their employees, and shore up their operation on the cheap? Even if they junk the system that they sent us (which they don’t), they’re getting the best independent audit in the business for a fraction of the cost of an ad buy.

Our business model was not paying the bills.

Before any of you blame Kyle for “giving up” on Consumer, I can say with full confidence that Kyle busted his ass trying to keep [H] Consumer alive. We talked to every ad agency in the developed world trying to find someone who could bring us advertisers. Promises from those agencies came and went. They wanted more page views, we gave them more page views, and they flaked. Imagine our frustration after two years of this. Throughout it all, Kyle was a rock and he had enough faith in what we were doing for three people. He just told me to keep churning out content – if we don’t keep going, then it’s going to be even harder to find an advertiser. So we kept going.

Because of security concerns, we needed an office. Chris and I initially worked out of our houses, which explains the shoddy photography. We knew that if we wanted to ramp up our article output, we would need a centralized location to store our article files and software – not to mention the multi-thousand dollar computers we were working on. As more people were hired, the credit card bills started to soar. At any one time, we would have as much as $50,000 in computer equipment sitting out of pocket. Because it takes well over a month to buy, receive, evaluate, and return a system, we couldn’t get a refund by the time the credit card statement hit, so we had to pay off the bill every month.

The office, the computers, and the writing and editing fees were all out of pocket expenses. In total, it cost us tens of thousands of dollars every month to run the office.

Finally, we came to a point where so much money had been invested in [H] Consumer that we had to stop the bleeding. I won’t put an exact number on it, but we were literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hole. The only reason we were able to stay operational is that we were literally living off of [H] Enthusiast ad money and taking potential reinvestment and expansion opportunities away from them. Still, we were losing money every month.

So, there it is. We’re currently exploring some opportunities in private consulting as some integrators might like to have us help them out by more discreet avenues. It was with a heavy heart that Kyle made the final decision to shut things down here. We assembled some of the best technical writers in the industry and amassed a very large, faithful readership. We produced content unlike anything else on the Web, the quality of which is not likely to be seen again. We enjoyed doing the evaluations and bringing something of value to the [H] faithful – new and old.

We bid farewell to the great WWW and wish all of you the very best. We still have a couple of articles that will appear on [H] Enthusiast, which is now just [H] again. We hope that you’ll enjoy them.

Warmest Regards,

Managing Editor

Source:A Farewell to [H] Consumer

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tech Link (Motherboard): ASUS Bearlake P35 Chipset DDR2 P5K Deluxe and DDR3 P5K3 Deluxe

AndreYang of XS manage to get his hands dirty with an upcoming Asus* motherboard. It looks really nice, with a new chipset from Chipzilla and supporting DDR3. AndreYang posted lots of pictures, but not benchmark results due to NDA. Be ready for some pic loving post over at XS, check it out...

Source:ASUS Bearlake P35 Chipset DDR2 P5K Deluxe and DDR3 P5K3 Deluxe

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rant: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Performance Benchmarks

Ok, this is not a Tech Link for a reason, and it's just my random rant. I happen to stumble upon this AMDtech news bit (yes, yes, I know it's DailyTech) from XS. It is about AMD's upcoming video card, and no, that's not my rant, but before I post my rant, let me quote part of the news bits:

Onto the benchmarks. The tests were conducted on an Intel D975XBX2 BadAxe2, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 and 2x1GB DDR2-800 MHz. The operating system on the test system was Windows XP, with a fresh install before benchmarking each card. Testing of the AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT was performed using the 8.361 Catalyst RC4 drivers, while the GeForce 8800 GTS used ForceWare 158.19 drivers.

I bolded the items which I wanted to emphasize. So here's the rant: why would AMD used a Bad Axe 2, of all the boards capable of CrossFire? And didn't ATi already have their very own chipset that supports CrossFire with an AMD CPU? Or if I am mistaken, I know there's a board for Intel that has an ATi chipset that can support Crossfire and quad core (Fatal1ty F-I90HD) so why not this one instead? And even if they really prefer i975, why not Asus for such demo?

I know that they can use anything they like, but I just find it odd that of all the possible alternatives, they end up with a competitor's board, and chipset, not to mention, processor.

Update (04/26/2007): Apparently, DailyTech is the one running the benchmark. I am really not sure, because their first paragraph is as clear as mud and can be very easily mis understood:

After several delays, AMD plans to launch its long-awaited R600 graphics processors. AMD is currently briefing select members of the press on its R600 architecture in the Tunisia, but there is no embargo date on the R600 for DailyTech -- we can show you benchmarks now.

Anyway, here's the update that makes it much clearer now:

* Our benchmarks for Half Life 2: Episode 1 showed an abnormal framerate for the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS card that scaled with lower resolutions -- we believe there was a copy error. We reran the tests this morning and achieved 119.2 frames per second with the GeForce 8800 GTS.

Tech Link (Mobile): Intel Centrino Pro - Robson demonstration

It's a slow news day today, and I thought it'll be an exciting week because of the much hyped Barcelona announcement last Monday. Anyway, since I have not much analysis going on, I figure I'll share a good demo about Intel® Robson technology or Intel® Turbo Memory as it is officially named. Hexus.Tv has a good video up and running, just be sure you have a good net connection to enjoy it without interruption.

So what exactly can a gig of built-in Flash memory do for your notebook? Intel gave us a sneak peek - and you will be surprised how much extra performance Intel Turbo Memory (aka Robson) can provide.

Source:Intel Centrino Pro - Robson demonstration

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Press Release: OCZ Technology Announces the Ultra-Quiet StealthXStream 600W, a Best-in-Class, Gamer’s Power Supply

OCZ* is on a press release spree. They have introduced so many products already, just this year alone. Among the few, they have released the Reaper memory, SLI ram, a ModXSTream PSU and FlexXLC ram. Way to go OCZ! Check it out...

OCZ Technology Announces the Ultra-Quiet StealthXStream 600W, a Best-in-Class, Gamer’s Power Supply

Sunnyvale, CA—April 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply. This new 600W PSU features a conservative look with a sleek, black case and fan. Designed for the value-minded consumer seeking simple, quiet performance, the StealthXStream includes OCZ’s acclaimed reliability and feature-sets with a lower price point.

Ideal for system builders and enthusiasts who prefer a low-key PSU, the StealthXStream focuses on performance, quality, and quiet operation. Even at peak loads, the 600W StealthXStream remains virtually silent and excludes flashy LEDs ensuring the power supply is not seen or heard.

The StealthXStream is kept supremely cool with a large 120mm fan features a standard ATX power supply form factor resulting in a compact footprint to accommodate virtually all computer towers. With a sustained output of 600W and four +12V rails to provide uniform distribution of power, the StealthXStream is well-suited for and driving today's higher end systems. The rock solid StealthXStream is built to provide sufficient output to power dual GPU and CPU platforms, complete with two PCI-Express cables and a 4/8 CPU auxiliary connector which are wrapped in a flexible mesh promoting a tidy environment inside the case.

“Fueled by the requests from gamers for a high performance yet aggressively priced PSU, our engineers developed the new StealthXStream PSU,” said Alex Mei, Executive VP, OCZ Technology Group. “The new StealthXStream is designed with all of the features that gamers asked for including an ultra quiet fan, a high quality core that is very efficient and able to power serious components, Active PFC, and plenty of connectors to support future upgrades. When it comes to the perfect balance of performance, features, and value the SXS is a true Best-in-Class solution.”

The OCZ StealthXStream provides Universal Input and Active PFC (Power Factor Correction) to effectively regulate input voltage across worldwide power grids and maintain an economical, yet stable supply of power.

All OCZ StealthXStream power supplies come backed with an industry-leading three year OCZ PowerSwap Warranty for the ultimate peace of mind.

For more information on the OCZ StealthXStream Power Supply series, please visit our product page here.

Source:OCZ Technology Announces the Ultra-Quiet StealthXStream 600W, a Best-in-Class, Gamer’s Power Supply

Press Release: OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

OCZ* just ups the ante with theor Flex XLC (Xtreme Liquid Convection) DDR2 series of memory, and pushed it from DDR2-800MHz to a whooping DDR2-1200MHz. Wow, this is just crazy fast and the only caveat is that it runs at CL5 with 2.35v as stock vCore. But hey, it looks good and if it's from OCZ, I can only assume it still has room for overclock! Check it out...

OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

Sunnyvale, CA—April 17, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-9600 Flex XLC series. The latest edition to OCZ’s esteemed enthusiast lineup implements the proprietary Flex XLC design and is engineered to produce extreme speeds with rock-solid stability. The PC2-9600 Flex modules are guaranteed to run at 1200MHz with ease thanks to the supreme component screening and thermal management of “Flex.”

The new DDR2-1200 modules feature OCZ’s original Flex XLC (Xtreme Liquid Convention) heatsink which delivers superior heat dissipation via a hybrid copper and aluminum design alterable between passive air or water cooling. The Flex XLC module was engineered with this unique “flexible” design to give enthusiasts the option to run the modules passively or water cooled via the integrated liquid injection system. The concurrent use of both technologies (water-cooling) promotes maximum heat dissipation. Thanks to OCZ’s Flex XLC heat management solution, the OCZ PC2-9600 operates with an optimal balance of extreme speeds and low latency without the high temperatures that inhibit or damage the module’s ICs.

“Memory performance is the key to system performance,” commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. “In the complexity of today’s workloads, both speed and density are important factors when it comes to choosing memory solutions. The PC2-9600 Flex XLC kits satisfy both needs by providing 2GB of blazing fast DDR2 for even the most demanding applications. Moreover, the flexible cooling solution that can be adapted to either water or air cooling guarantees thermal balance even under extreme data traffic conditions.”

The PC2-9600 Flex XLC modules are optimized for the latest cutting edge platforms and will be available in 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits. As part of OCZ’s line-up of premium memory, the DDR2-1200 series is backed by a Lifetime Warranty and industry-leading technical support. Harnessing the performance of high speeds and leading-edge heat dissipation, the unparalleled design of the OCZ PC2-9600 Flex XLC is a complete, all-encompassing solution for today’s performance-chasing enthusiasts.

For more information on the OCZ PC2-9600 Flex XLC Series, please visit our product page here.

Source:OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

Monday, April 23, 2007

Press Release: Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Exciting times indeed, MIDs or Mobile Internet Devices will invade the consumers next year. MIDs, in a simple terms, is bigger than a smart phone but a lot smaller than laptop, making them fit in the middle (pun intended, yay). Check out the full press release straight from the source, Intel.

Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Innovation, Processing Performance and Cooperation Key to Moving Forward Faster
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 18, 2007 ? Describing the latest trends in mobile computing at the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel Corporation executives said that personalization and content are key drivers behind increased demand for notebook PCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

"The Internet is one of the driving forces in today's PC market and there is a desire for the Internet to be mobile," said David (Dadi) Perlmutter, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Mobility Group. "Intel is serving the market today with notebook PCs, and will expand its reach by adding WiMax to notebooks as well as small form factor MIDs in 2008."

Perlmutter continued by discussing the importance of high-performance processors to enable users to have mobile access to the internet. Intel continues to provide high-performance processors based on innovative silicon technology that delivers energy efficiency and great battery life needed by users on-the-go including the next generation Centrino processor technology "Santa Rosa."

Due in May, Santa Rosa processor technology is comprised of a next-generation Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, the Mobile Intel® 965 Express chipset family, Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Network Connection, Intel® 82566MM and 82566MC Gigabit Network Connection, and optional Intel® Turbo memory. Perlmutter demonstrated how Intel Turbo Memory decreases resume time from notebook hibernation, thus increasing productivity and reducing system power consumption.

In the first half of 2008, Santa Rosa will be refreshed with Intel's innovative 45nm Hi-k dual core mobile processor, codenamed "Penryn." Later in 2008, Perlmutter said Intel will deliver "Montevina" processor technology, also with Penryn, for greater performance and energy efficiency. With approximately 40 percent smaller components, Montevina will be ideal for mini- and sub-notebooks, and will include integrated hardware decode for high-definition video.

For the first time, Intel will make its integrated Wi-Fi/WiMAX solution available as an option with Montevina-based notebooks, enabling people to connect to Wi-Fi and WiMAX networks worldwide. Mobile WiMAX provides multi-megabit speed, greater throughput and wider range versus other wireless broadband technologies, which is crucial as consumers increasingly want to access user-generated content, high-definition videos, music, photos and other large data files while on the go.

Redefining Mobility with Innovation, Integration
Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Ultra Mobility Group, described the evolution of the personal mobile Internet, outlined changes in Intel's silicon roadmap that will create radical reductions in power requirements and innovative new packaging technology, and disclosed a range of leading industry players Intel is working with to establish the MID and ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) categories.

Chandrasekher introduced the Intel® Ultra Mobile platform 2007 (formerly codenamed "McCaslin") for MIDs and UMPCs and said systems will be available over the summer from Aigo*, Asus*, Fujitsu*, Haier*, HTC* and Samsung*. The Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 is based on the Intel processor A100 and A110, the Intel 945GU Express Chipset and the Intel ICH7U I/O Controller Hub.

"Today's environment is primed for a truly personal, mobile Internet experience and the Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 combines the flexibility of a PC with the mobility of a handheld device," said Chandrasekher. "But we will not stop here. In 2008, Intel will deliver an entirely new platform based on Intel?s 45nm low-power microarchitecture designed from the ground up to let people to carry their personal mobile Internet in their pocket."

Pulling in the schedule by half a year, Chandrasekher said Intel will deliver its next-generation platform for MIDs and UMPCs ? codenamed "Menlow" ? in the first half of 2008. While demonstrating the world's first working Menlow-based prototype, he said it will be based on a new 45nm Hi-k low power microarchitecture-based processor, codenamed "Silverthorne," and next-generation chipset, codenamed "Poulsbo."

Chandrasekher also announced the formation of the Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance. Together, alliance members will work on engineering challenges, including power management, wireless communications, and software integration, that are associated with delivering the full Internet in ever-smaller MID form factors.

45nm High-k Metal Gate Transistors Technology Leadership
Intel's next-generation processors for the ultra-mobile, mobile, desktop, workstation and server segments will be based on the company's leading 45nm silicon process technology that uses its revolutionary high-k metal gate transistors.

During his Technology Insight presentation, Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr said the company now has working versions of its Silverthorne processor based on its 45nm Hi-k low power microarchitecture for MIDs and UMPCs. Silverthorne joins already working versions of its 45nm Hi-k Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Intel Xeon family of processors. Today, Intel has more than 15 different 45nm Hi-k product designs in various stages of development, and will have two 45nm manufacturing fabs in production by the end of the year, with four in production by the second half of 2008.

Intel's long-standing research and technology pipeline has led to innovative advances in silicon technology that in turn allow the company to continuously deliver the cost and performance benefits of Moore's Law. In 2003, Intel was the first to introduce strained silicon technology to greatly increase the speed of its transistors on its 90nm process.

Intel is already working on technology for 32nm, 22nm and beyond. Bohr described several options that Intel is researching for future technology generations, including tri-gate transistors, Indium Antimonide quantum well transistors and carbon nanotube interconnects.

View Intel Developer Forum Day 2 news disclosures.

View product information for the Intel® Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 at

View the complete Intel Developer Forum press kit at

Source:Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Rant: and dm's score...

I figure instead of answering some private messages and a couple of emails, I'll just post my thoughts here. Anyway, the general question is my entry at, and why my score suddenly dropped. I know that some are wondering, but worst, some are insinuating a not-so-good idea. Just to clear things up:

  1. I already stopped benching for after I won at the XS competition. So, I'll never be able to bump my rank anymore. However, I am trying something out with OCZ Team, but that's another story.

  2. I am really not an overclocker, so I am really not interested to attain a certain benchmark score or overclock. Heck, I use a laptop, so that'll explain why I don't submit score on my own personal whim.

  3. And last but not the least, hwbot had ceased to allow PCMark04 as part of their official list of acceptable benchmark software. That significantly impacted my score, and hence, the big drop out from being Top 6 to my current standing.

So that's how it goes. And oh, I don't hate, that site is great, it's just that, it's not my cup of tea. I'll bench, overclock, and tweak not because I like to be number one, but because I have a goal. And I met that goal, and even excels and won the contest. That's enough for me, end of story, and I am willing to join and submit score again at hwbot, if there's a need ;)...

Till next ramblings...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Tech Link (Motherboard): Intel's Next Extreme Series Motherboard: DX38BT Bone Trail

FCG of TheTechRepository has posted an upcoming enthusiast board from Chipzilla. Among the highlights is that this board will support the upcoming processors based on 45nm, and PCIe 2.0 specifications. Expand to read the full scoop, and you may also want to register at their forum and join the discussion.

The successor the the highly successful D975XBX2 (Bad Axe 2) will be DX38BT (Bone Trail). Be aware that Penryn/Wolfdale/Yorkfield requires VRM 11.1 specification support; this means that EVERYONE (unless you are smart enough to know how to mod your board yourself... )will need to buy a new motherboard to support 45nm CPUs from Intel. This could be a simple revision refresh (as we saw when Conroe was released in June 2006) or an entirely new model based on the next-generation Intel 3-series chipsets.

DX38BT Product Highlights:
Based on the next-generation X38 Express chipset (MCH)
Intel Duo/Quad/Extreme (dual and quad) Core support at up to 1333MHz FSB, dual channel DDR2/DDR3 memory support with Fast Memory Access technology
Intel ICH9 southbridge, 12 USB ports, supporting up to 6 additional PCI Express 1.1(a) lanes [physics card upgrade support], GBit LAN
2x PCI Express 2.0 16x ports (backwards compatable with PCI Express 1.1 specification), Crossfire is supported
6x SATA 3.0GB/s ports, Intel Maxtrix Storage Technology (RAID)
Intel High Definition (HD) Technology
Full overclocking/overvoltage options via BIOS and NEW Windows GUI utility for overclocking, including auto-tune capabilities

Source:Intel's Next Extreme Series Motherboard: DX38BT Bone Trail

Friday, April 20, 2007

Tech Link (Industry): AMD: Blood In The Streets, Gross Margin At 31%

I have nothing to add, I'll just let AMD*'s CFO deliver the message, expand to read the WallSt source article.

“After more than three years of successfully executing our customer expansion strategy and significantly growing our unit and revenue base, our first quarter performance is disappointing and unacceptable,” said Robert J. Rivet, AMD’s chief financial officer

AMD: Blood In The Streets, Gross Margin At 31%
AMD (AMD) rallied like a house afire, closing the regular session at $14.28. up 2.7% on over 50 million shares, about double its normal volume.

AMD reported revenue of $1.233 billion and a GAAP loss of $504 million. In the quarter a year ago, revenue was $1.33 billion and the company had a profit of $259 million.

Gross margins fell to an unbelieveable 31%. In the same quarter a year ago, they were 59%. In Q4 06, 40%.

The company expects the next quarter to be flat.

The company's cash dropped to $1.167 billion from $1.541 billion at the end of last year. Receiveables dropped from $1.14 billion to $667 million. Never a good sign.

Advanced Micro Devices was expected to report a loss of 48 cents per share for the first quarter. Analysts on average, expect AMD to report a 5 percent sales decline to $1.26 billion

The company this month forecast sales of $1.22 billion after last month saying it was unlikely to meet its previous target for sales of $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion.

Douglas A. McIntyre

Source:AMD: Blood In The Streets, Gross Margin At 31%

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Press Release: Thermalright HR-09 NEWS

I am not too fond of this cooler, but hey, it looks like it's going to be useful. If you are overclocker who likes to push things, this might be something you'd like to add on your mosfets. Check it out...

Thermalright HR-09 NEWS

As many hardware enthusiasts would know, there are three major heat sources from your computer system; CPU, north and south bridge chipset, and PWN-IC which is also known as MOSFET.

The increasing density of MOSFETs on an integrated circuit is creating problems of localized heat generation that can impair circuit operation. Circuits operate slower at high temperatures, and have reduced reliability and shorter lifetimes. MOSFETs are at risk of thermal runaway. As their on-state resistance rises with temperature, the power loss on the junction rises correspondingly, generating further heat resulting in destruction of the device.

For the above reasons, many motherboards now have their own heatpipe cooling system designed by the motherboard manufacturers. But during our research test, we found out that the northbridge chipset can run especially hot and when you increase voltage, the temperature increased many times over. The heatpipe cooling system just does not have enough surface area to cool those hot devices equally AND sufficiently.

Many end-users also have written to us in regards to the above issue. They got tired of gimmicks and low grade thermal solutions. What they needed was something real, something that actually cools the MOSFET, and so we went to work and developed a new product called HR-09 (from High-Riser series) MOSFET cooler.

The HR-09 MOSFET cooler with its patented design will expand your system’s life expectancy and creates a stable condition not only during normal operation but also when you increase the frequency and voltage to overclock. Now heat is no more an issue.

The HR-09 comes in two distinctive designs and types (sold separately); HR-09U and HR-09S. The difference lies in positioning and orientation of the fins and heatpipe. For HR-09U, which fits most major motherboards, sits upright. It is the choice when you have no obstacles to hinder the installation of HR-09U. As for HR-09S, which sits at a slant angle, would be the choice when you have a big CPU heatsink such as the SI-128 and have limited space on your motherboard. But whatever the choice you make between HR-09U and HR-09S, know that you have nothing but the best quality and performance…now working for your MOSFET.

Source:Thermalright HR-09 NEWS

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Article: The Journey with Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6320, An Uphill Battle! (Part II)

This is the second part of the article I started a couple of days ago. If you haven't seen it yet, I suggest to check it out as I have put in lots of information in there. I have also submitted my 3DMark06 score over at, and sadly, it never really got too far.

While the previous overclock reached was 50% above nominal, the score is not enough to be a stand out. Compared to other processors, it would seem that 50% is still relatively conservative. However, with the current memory that I have, the default speed it runs is at DDR2-800MHz. Apacer* really worked well, and it served me well till I hit a wall at 450MHz FSB or DDR2-900MHz. No matter what voltage and cooling I tried, it won't get stable enough to complete 3DMark06. At 2.4v with timing of CL5-5-5-18, stability is a big question. For this reason, I am forced to change strategy and tore open an OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum Revision 2 Dual Channel memory.

Memory: While I always drool for two sticks of 1GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-7200 Special Ops Edition, lack of $$$ and availability prohibited me. If not for FUGGER of XS, I would have not been able to acquire this memory, free of charge. Thanks FUGGER and XS, you and the forum rocks! Anyway, back to the memory, it has a pretty good timings of CL4-4-4-15 at DDR2-800MHz at 1.9v. It'll be the first time I'll be using this memory and it's fresh right out of the box. I am expecting it to perform much better than Apacer Value RAM. As such, let me report the new test set up:

Test Set Up
Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6320(1.86GHz) Dual Core
Motherboard: Asus® P5B Deluxe BIOS 1011
Memory: OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum Rev2 2x1024MB(CL4-4-4-15 SPD)
Hard Drive: Seagate* Barracuda 120GB SATA RAID 0
Video Card: Asus® 7900GTX 512MB v93.74
Power Supply: Delta 670W EPS12V (server grade)
Chassis: N/A
Ambient Temperature: 35c

::Overclocking and Benchmarking Notes::
After reaching 50% overclock, the next target would be 75% overclock of 465MHz FSB. At this stage, overclocking is already beyond all the nominal settings, from the processor, to motherboard, to memory. Previous settings of 399MHz still puts the memory at its nominal speed, and at this speed, the memory will now run way above stock of DDR2-930MHz from DDR2-800MHz. The processor and motherboard is overclocked by ~75%, while the memory is running ~16% at this settings.

While it would seem that the system is holding out, the main challenge is the ambient temperature which is now hitting 35c to 36c which is way too hot. This will definitely be interesting to see if the 75% overclock on the motherboard and processor, and 16% overclock on memory will survive the rigorous benchmark runs.

Aside from adjusting the vCore manually to 1.3v, the vDimm is also set at 2.1v. All other settings on the motherboard are still left at their default or "auto" values.

Doom3: Low Quality-640x480

3DMark Benchmarks:
3DMark01: Overall

3DMark03: CPU

3DMark05: CPU

3DMark06: CPU

Aquamark03: CPU

Multimedia/Multitasking/Multithreading Benchmarks:
Cinebench: Render Score

Cinebench: Render Time

PCMark05: Overall


SANDRA: Multimedia

wPrime: 32M

SuperPi: 1M

Memory Benchmarks:
SANDRA: RAM Bandwidth



Loaded Temperature Screenshot

::Closing Thoughts with 75% Overclock::It is clear that all the components in my possesion are a gem to behold. The processor is holding out at such 75% overclock, with a mere 1.3vCore and aging Thermalright XP90 cooler. The motherboard never seems to be giving any hiccups and has been a stable platform. And the memory is just showing its fangs at overclocking. Stay tuned as I continue to push this processor, motherboard, and memory! Till next installment, enjoy the benchmark results...