Thursday Reviews part 3

Posted on Thursday, July 17 2003 @ 16:32 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck

Exclusive details about 5 upcoming Tyan Opteron motherboards
The Thunder K8S Pro server model shares the features of the K8S, but adds an additional 4GB of memory support, a 10/100 Ethernet port in addition to the dual Gigabit, and a Qlogic hardware monitoring chip. It also doubles the Serial ATA RAID support from 2 devices to 4. This board looks to be aimed where the Newisys board is at.
Review Link : AMDZone

Thermal paste shootout - All Against AS Céramique
The latest product in Arctic Silver's "white-coloured" compound line. Just like AS Alumina it's easy to clean off and apply + it fits the need of phase-changed folks!

Review Link : Madshrimps

Benchmark optimizations or what NVIDIA was keeping silence about
Anyway, the thing is that in Code Creatures Anti-Detect found out that speed of all GeForce FX cards was "optimized" by cheating, as Code Creatures is not a game, but a pure benchmark. E.g., FX 5900 shows 46 fps (1024x768, 32bpp), but only 33 fps with Anti-Detect. And the newly leaked 44.90 beta doesn’t seem to contain any optimizations, as we obtained the same fps values on the same card at the same resolutions, as 44.03 and 44.65 versions had provided with Anti-Detect. We’ll continue checking the situation, and it will be very good if optimizations have really been removed from other tests as well!
Review Link : Digit-Life

DDR2: Could it be used to expedite it's own Implementation?
So what does this have to do with JEDEC and DDR2? Well I find it ironic overclockers become so frustrated with the snail's pace of JEDEC's approval process. Especially when you consider the 300 or so companies who comprise JEDEC are "businesses" in every sense of the term. Remember this, we as overclockers, are very fortunate. Although it does cost a premium to have the fastest hardware, and cutting edge technologies, we're fortunate there are so many companies, who cater just to us. I think it's a fascinating time to be a 'geek'.
Link : Madshrimps

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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