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Archive for December, 2019

Coverage of AMD’s 4×4, new mobile core @ Tech Report

Tech Report’s Scott Wasson?has written up a couple of reports from AMD’s Technology Analyst Day.? The first is about AMD’s new "mobile-specific" CPU core currently in development, with some explanation of what makes this CPU specific to mobile applications–and what doesn’t.? This could be the processor that makes AMD competitive in ultraportable laptops and even smaller devices. New AMD mobile CPU core revealed @ Tech Report The next is a more detailed look at AMD’s new "4×4" effort to convert the Athlon 64 FX into a dually platform.? Included is an explanation of what the move into licensing coherent HyperTransport could mean for future high-end gaming rigs (think killer coprocessors) and a minor digression about how DIYers are getting the shaft.? Sort of. AMD ‘4×4’ dually enthusiast platform detailed @ Tech Report

Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Review @ Techgage

Snip: Finally, our 18 month wait is over! We once again take the role of Gordon Freeman, and have a return of our friend Alyx. Together, we will flight from City 17. The big question is… was it worth the wait? Full review @ Techgage

Liveblogging Half Life 2: episode one @ Bit-tech

Snip: Erk, this is actually really scary and quite explicit. I’m making my way underground, and I’m taking on Combine zombies with headcrabs attached to them – as Alyx calls them, ‘Zombines’. (Yeah, she’s hilarious). There is an incredible amount of gore, and you’re in pitch black save for your flashlight. The Zombines are pretty suicidal, running at you with grenades. I finally got a gun! Hurrah! Only two hours into the game. I’ve never been so happy to see a trusty pistol. Despite the horror gameplay, it’s very much linear – run through this room, take out these guys, move onto the next room, wait for enemies to attack, take them out, flick switch to go into next room – I’m sticking with it because I’m praying for some storyline progression pretty soon. Full blog thingy @ Bit-tech

ATI’s new RD600 chipset details

In the next few days ATI are set to announce their new Intel Crossfire platform, RD600. It will be compatible with Intels new Conroe processor and support some tasty new features. ATi RD600 also provides Automatic PCIe Over clocking technology, which is similar to the Boostlink function of nVidia nForce 590SLi. When X1800 or X1900 is detected, the FSB of PCI-E would be raised to 125 MHz or even 150 MHz from 100 MHz automatically. On the mean while, ATi would release ASM for Windows platform, like the nTune by nVidia, providing tweaking options including FSB, Memory Clock, PCIe Clock, Memory Timings and Voltage Adjustment. Furthermore, it has 48 PCI-E Lanes and supports for 3 PCI-E slots, 2 for CrossFire and 1 for Physics Acceleration. More details for ATi Physics Acceleration will be announced during Computex 2006. For the south bridge, SB600 will be used and it may eventually be coupled with SB650. Now we have no more news for SB650 and RD600 is expected to be launched in the summer.

Razer Krait MMO/RTS Mouse @ Techgage

Snip: We are taking a look at Razer?s new Krait mouse aimed specifically at gamers who focus on real time strategy and massive multiplayer online games. Their approach is a simple one. Gamers who play RTSs and MMOGs don?t need a ton of buttons, just a set few. Full review @ Techgage

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard @ Motherboards.org

Snip: This board has a lot to offer the user as it has anything you might need to get up and going including a Wireless Wi-Fi connection that in today’s world is a real plus feature. Everything you can ask for in a board is available on the M2N32-SLI Deluxe and it leaves little to be desired to the hard-core enthusiast user or gamer. Full review @ Motherboards.org

Thermalright Ultra-90 K8 CPU Cooler Review @ MTB

Snip: When enthusiasts and overclockers think of high performance CPU air cooling solutions, one name is mentioned quite often in the various forums and modding sites, and that name is Thermalright. With its largely successful line of XP series of coolers Thermalright has taken the lead in the aftermarket CPU cooling race. About a month ago Thermalright introduced two new CPU coolers called the Ultra-90 and Ultra-120 (soon to be released), which are similar in design to the passively cooled HR-01. Both of these coolers use heat pipe technology to transfer heat from the nickel plated copper base to an array of aluminum fins. Full review @ MTB

Mushkin Redline DDR2 announced

Mushkin today have announced a new addition to the Redline series, Mushkin?s enthusiast line of memory modules synonymous with overclocking.

AMD announces dual-socket enthusiast targeted “4×4” platform

At it’s technology analyst meeting today, AMD announced something rather extreme to fight off Intel’s new ray of light, Conroe. The counter-attack is a new dual socket desktop platform called 4×4 which will allow end-users to run two dual-core socket AM2 processors in tandem. Unlike dual-Opteron motherboards, 4×4 will use mainstream unbuffered DDR2, but will still retain AMD’s Direct Connect architecture, which provides a dedicated channel from each of the CPU cores out to the system memory. The 4×4 name/brand appears to have come about because of the potential to run two dual-core CPUs (the first digit 4) and two dual-GPU video cards (the other digit 4). Those crazy marketing lads at AMD, eh? This new platform is squarely aimed at enthusiasts with deep pockets. While this is not true Conroe competition (too expensive i bet), it does appear that 4×4 will continue to keep alive AMD’s reputation as a company who recognises us enthusiast are important. Nice to know someone cares 🙂

ATI’s R600 and Direct X 10

Ukgamer have a short peice?about ATI and the direction they’re heading with R600 and unified shaders. I missed this meeting in London (long story)! Full article?@?UKGamer

AVC Z7U7414001 AM2 Reference Heatsink @ Frostytech

Snip: Want to know what heatsink AMD rely’s on for its socket AM2 Athlon64 FX and Athlon64 X2 reference platforms? The AVC Z7U7414001 heatsink. While this cooler certainly lacks a catchy name, for an OEM heatsink it packs a big punch in a little package. The AVC Z7U7414001’s thermally responsive fan enables the heatsink to automatically adjust its fan speed as ambient case temperature dictates, thus decreasing noise output as much as possible. Full review @ Frostytech

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW Power Supply @ PC Stats

Snip: The new PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1 Kilowatt power supply is easily the baddest power supply on the market. This power supply has the ability to deliver 1kW of power continuously, and has a peak rating of 1.1kW! The PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1 Kilowatt power supply has three +12V rails with the ability to deliver 66 Amps of continuous current (70A peak). Full review @ PC Stats

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