|"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'"
- Theodore Roosevelt
Sorry to everyone who tried to visit this site yesterday. There were some
problems beyond my control at my web host's servers.
Abit has a new BIOS update
for the BP6. But, you can download it from
HardOCP, so if you need it he's got
I just love a company that supports it's hardware even after it is released! I hope Kyle
doesn't get mad that I linked directly to the file :)
Thresh's Firing Squad
has a quick review on the
Diamond Viper II.
has a quick look also, but Firing Squad's review is better. Why? Firing
Squad Overclocked it, that is why. If you have read up, you'll know that the original
Savage 2000 was supposed to be 700 (175MHz) to 800 (200MHz) MTexels/sec. Savage
reported bad yields and dropped the clocks all the way down to 125Mhz. This is ok, why?
With just a heat sink, TSF was able to get it stable @ 166MHz Chip and 183MHz RAMDAC.
Unfortunately, no benchmarks were able to be completed while overclocked, still a good
1000Mhz = 1GHz, 1GHz = KryoTech SuperG!
Yes, the "goal" a lot of us have looked forward too has been reached. KryoTech
has got their Athlon cool enough to get up to 1GHz at -40ºC. "In every single
one of our tests it managed to beat out the very best that the competition had to offer,"
says Tom's Hardware Guide,
which has a review on the beast.
ZDNet News has a cool gizmo
that is being shown over at Comdex in Las Vegas. Which is where,
I'm sad to say, I'm not at. This "watchphone"
can give you up to 90 minutes of interrupted phone use. How do you dial? A company named
Conversa out here in Washington is using their own voice recognition software. Samsung
is the proud owner of this super gizmo and has slated it's release for sometime late next
year. It would suck if you got your wrist slammed in a door though, BAM! oh darn there
goes $200+ "watchphone." Thanks to Mr.X for the link. (I don't really know
the speculated cost.)
AMD is announcing a new "platform design" called
EasyNow!. It appears they
have been working on making their AMD systems easier to use. It states that AMD
has been working with BIOS vendors and Microsoft to make the PCs more friendly.
I found only one thing of real interest; they reported that work was done on a
"Instant On" system in an effort to get your computer to load faster.
See for yourself, check out AMD's news release.
I received a few complaints and flames from people saying that I was too hyped up
on the PR from 3Dfx's newest card, based on my little news blurb yesterday. So,
in accordance, I put what I had typed earlier about not believing the PR in italics
so you flame crazy people could calm down. No, I don't know for sure if the technology
released will have those exact specs, but I'm sure most of us are hoping for that. Oh,
and there was an estimated price tag for the Voodoo5 6000 at $600.. OUCH!
Gadfly of the hardness itself, HardOCP, has some important info for you all who share
the same dilemma that will be approaching us socket 370 users. In short, the PPGA
Coppermines will not fit into the Celeron slots and work properly. They got the scoop,
I just checked on prices for the GeForce to see how low they could go, and
the cheapest I found was $208 over at
If anyone knows of a cheaper place, email me and I'll post it for the people.
"Magic People, Voodoo People"
3Dfx's new beasts are, according
to them at least, going to kick some major arse! Why? Well we could start with the
1.33 Gigapixel fill rate, which can be defined in "GeForce Terms" as 1330
Megapixels. The GeForce gets like 480 or some measly number like that. How do they
do this you might ask? Duh silly, 4 VSA-100 chips. Yep, for the whole scope stop by
3Dfx, and watch the intro, it's cool!
Their calling the beast of a card the Voodoo5 6000. What happened to the Voodoo4?
It's there, it's just called the Voodoo4 4500 and it's "lower" quality.
Oh and as a small side note, you people out there who are equipped with non-AGP boards,
don't worry, the made the Voodoo4 in PCI and the Voodoo5 5000 in PCI. Voodoo5 5000 PCI
still has almost double the fill rate of the GeForce, so
3Dfx has you in good hands. Don't
get your hopes up too much, remember what happened with the Savage 2000! Nothing,
and it looks like the Savage is gonna suck =(
Uh oh, it looks like the Savage 2000 isn't going to be as cool as I once thought.
Sharky's got a quick review on the Diamond Viper II showing it taking a beating, in some
cases, from a TNT2! Ouch!
In case you are still in the dark, the new Quake 3 Arena Demo Test is out, long name!. Get the
Win32 version here.
There is no Linux or other versions available right now, but I'm sure there will be soon.
Enjoy, just make sure you get some sleep, ight? Ok, skip the sleep.
Here is a
cool "reviewish" thingy. The guy over at overclockin.com got a 500MHz Athlon
to 800MHz. I wish he would have tested it for more than 2 hours though, so that he could
show some stability. Thanks to Ars Techinca
for existing so I could jack this link.
According to The Register, Intel is going to
"bundle" RAM with their RAMBUS motherboards. Bundle, to be more definitive,
in this case, means that they are going to build the RAM right in the motherboard. I
think their just doing this to compete with the fact that DDRAM is superior.
Check this out! 3Dfx is announcing when they are going to
officially announce their "Gigapixel 3D Graphics Product!"
That's pretty weird if you ask me, but check it out any way. It tells you a lot
about the product.
Got to lend a hand to the boys at Project E.U.N.U.C.H. They
managed to get a 486 SX to 247 MHz! Yeah, that is pretty impressive,
Check it out, they've got lots of pics too!
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