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February 2003

MSI Utilizing ATI
In "sucks to be you" news, Nvidia lost MSI as a client to ATI.
NVDA has lost a large design win at Micro-Star (one of its largest customers) to ATYT; firm now believes that other designs at Micro-Star are at risk, given that they had been an NVDA-exclusive customer; additionally, firm believes NVDA's new GeForce FX line will ramp more slowly than expected due to low yields on both discrete and board-level products
Yes, ATYT is ATI and while it sucks to be Nvidia, it sure is great to be ATI. Smile

RAM In The News
Our good ol' friend random access memory is in the news a couple times today.

EnvyNews has taken a good hard look at some Crucial PC3200 256MB DualDDR RAM but they got tired of looking and decided to review it.

Next up, ExtremeOverclocking has posted their GeIL PC3500 Ultra Platinum Series RAM review. Now remember, this is Ultra Platinum as opposed to regular platinum so becareful out there (in case you didn't get it, that was a joke).


Corsair TWINX Memory Kit
Hexus.net has posted a review of the Corsair TWINX memory kit.
So, just to recap, the TWINX range of memory modules offer high native speeds, low latencies (always a good thing in my eyes), a very aggressive pre-programmed SPD to ensure your motherboard applies the best settings, and, importantly, the verification that the pair of modules will run flawlessly as a pair in a dual-channel environment. The dual-channel verification interests me the most here. We'll have to investigate if it has some real merit to it a little later.
I'm a huge fan of Corsair memory; so, I strongly recommend reading this.


Hercules 3D Prophet 9500 Pro
Guru3D has posted an enormous 16 page review on the Hercules 3D Prophet 9500 Pro. This is one of the value series cards. It's pretty much the same as 9700 Pro but with only a 128bit memory bus. It's not too shabby of a card either.


UT 2k3 Mapping. Pt.3
Part 3 of DeviantPC's Unreal Tournament Mapping guide was posted a couple days ago. I thought I would post it for those of you who are interested in Unreal map making.

Zalman ZM80-HP VGA Cooler
CaseJunkies.com has posted a review of the Zalman ZM80-HP VGA Cooler. I should note, this is in no way a high performance cooler. But it is an alternative solution to stock cooling for those of you looking to make a quiet PC.


You know that wonderful email "opportunity" that promises you millions of dollars if you help some senior Nigerian official send money out of the country by sending your bank account number? This is one of the oldest scams in the book, but people are STILL FALLING FOR IT (shakes head in disbelief)!! One of the "victims" of this scam (and I use the term loosely) was an elderly Czech gentleman who tried to get his money back by repeatedly visiting the Nigerian Embassy: Wired.com recently featured a story that described this man's last visit to the African diplomats. I only wish he had found the person who actually sends these emails!

Nigerian Slain Over E-Mail Scam


Philips DVDRW228
DesignTechnica has reviewed the Philips DVDRW228 DVD+R/RW. This drive uses the DVD+R and DVD+RW formats as compared to DVD-R and DVD-RW. If you don't know what that means, read the review. Anyway, the drive seems pretty cool and it is worth a look if you are in the market.


TurboTax Writes To Boot Sector
In 'Holy Shit You Son-Of-Bitch' news, ExtremeTech.com has verified that TurboTax writes to the boot sector of your hard drive to make sure you have a legal copy of their software. It's not that big of a deal in actuality, but that's bullshit in my book. I'll stick with my current tax software.


Valentines Lovin' 4 Geeks
Someone at Slashdot has posted a thread with a bunch of links to guides for guy geeks (and girls who want geeks) on how to too hook up with the opposite sex. I particularly like A Girl's Guide to Geek Guys. Here's an exceprt:
Why Geek Dudes Rule
They are generally available.
Other women will tend not to steal them.
They can fix things.
Your parents will love them.
They're smart.
It's true! I can verify this information, sadly.

ATI's All-In-Wonder Line
ExplosiveLabs has put up, what I'm going to call, a weird article. For no reason I can find, they decided to review ATI's All-In-Wonder Line. I thought I'd paste for those of you looking for a quick look back.


DMCA Put To Use
Remember the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act)? Well, it's being put to use. Allegedly, seventeen people have been arrested for creating a DirecTV hack that allows them free cable and supposedly cost DirecTV 'millions' in lost revenue. I suppose this is a good application of the DMCA, but I still think the whole law is bogus.


VGA Heatpipe Cooler
A review of the Zalman ZM50-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler has been posted over at FrostyTech. This is a 'fan-less' solution so it might be ideal for those of you wanting an ultra-quiet PC.


AMD Barton Core Lovin'
Apparently AMD has released the hounds (A.K.A. Their NDA) on their new Barton code XP's. So, here are all the reviews I have amassed so far:
  • Sudhian's Review

  • Hexus' Review

  • DeviantPC's Review

  • HardOCP's Review

  • Xbit Labs' Review

  • Extreme Tech's Review (Our name copying, well funded counterpart)

  • AnandTech's Review

  • 2-9-2003

    Thermal Paste Help For Newbs
    In my time I've seen many different people apply thermal paste (some of which were quite scary). Well, if you're unsure about your thermal paste application skills or you're just curious to see how other people do it, check out EliteCool's Tutorial Video. I'm mirroring the video for them, so if you would just like to download the video now, you can do it straight from this site. [Divx and WMV]


    Bubye Says Dell to the Floppy
    Apparently, Dell is going to stop supplying floppy disk drives (FDD) by default with new orders. CNN has the scoop on the 'stop order'. I think it's a step in the right direction; but, I'm still holding on to my nostalgic FDD because I never know when it might be useful. Don't fret Dell customers, you can still get them, they're just options now. Smile


    Sun Releases Solaris 9 for Intel
    Over at Slashdot there is an article up about Sun's release of Solaris 9 for Intel. It's open source and free for non-commercial use. It appears it's an attack at Microsoft. How, you ask? $99 a copy sound good?


    John Carmack Interview
    A John Carmack Interview has been posted at Beyond3D.com. Having a little bit of background understanding video hardware and software would be helpful, but you can still learn stuff even if you're dumb as a rock. Smile


    Soyo SY-P4I 845PE
    A Soyo SY-P4I 845PE has been given the once-over at WorldOverClockers.com. This review isn't too long so you won't fall asleep reading this one, unless you are Narcoleptic. Smile

    Aquarium Side Panel
    Some products verge on the word stupid and some are just completely stupid. OverClockersOnline has review a product called the Lian Li Aquarium Side Panel. I'll let you decide if it is infact stupid or just really close.


    A Commodore 64 For The New Millenium
    A post about a Commodore 64 For The New Millenium is up over at Slashdot. They're calling it the CommodoreOne. I'm sure a lot of you are going to think this is worthless but some of you might actually buy one.

    Bitspower Modding Products
    It's not really a review, but more of a 'look over' of some Bitspower Cold cathodes and UV fans has been posted over at BurnOutPC. The writer seems to like the products and gave them a very high rating.

    Altec Lansing 5100's
    TweakNews has a review of the Altec Lansing 5100 5.1 Surround Sound PC Speaker System. They're stylish but not perfect. If you're looking for some speakers I would check this review out.

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