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It Costs You, Too . . .

Over the past couple years, those who have been making computer components have been jacking up the prices on high-end equipment. Now it seems that those selling the equipment are getting into the act. We’ve seen the spectacle of resellers increasing the price of Opterons right after AMD decreased it.… Read More

Climate Change . . .

There’s a chipmakers’ conference going on, and one speaker told them that clock speeds would only double or triple over the next 10 to 14 years. Now there’s a Christmas present for a speed demon! And it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Sarcasm aside, this isn’t a drought, this… Read More

A64's at 3GHz On Air? . . .

The Inquirer mentioned the other day that AMD will be launching new A64s. This was based on an Asrock BIOS update, and the same change can be found for other mobos, Epox being one. Currently, all A64 processors have an OPN like this: ADA3200DAA4Bx. These new processors will have codes… Read More

How I Quieted My Northbridge

Ever since I installed my MSI K8N-Neo4, the Northbridge has been the loudest fan in my system. The fan always spins at a very whiny 6800 rpm no matter what the case airflow was. I decided to fix this problem by replacing my Northbridge fan with a passive heatsink that… Read More

Copper Foam Heatsink

SUMMARY: Metallic foam structures have interesting properties as a heatsink material. The fan pictured above is 70 mm x 10 mm. I happened to come across a potentially new heatsink material – copper foam. This is derived from a very interesting fabrication process which turns various metals into what looks… Read More

3GHz On Air? . . .

Well, as I said yesterday, I went looking around to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and this is what I’ve come up with so far: This Is Not Bogus We are not dealing with a few lucky chips here. There is something better about this Opterons. Even the… Read More

3GHz On Air? . . . 2303

Over the past few weeks, some intrepid souls have found out that single-core Opterons have more going for them than just price. Some of them are overclocking rather better than the Athlon 64s. What’s “somewhat better?” Well, if you get the right type, you have at least a decent chance… Read More

They Fought The Law . . . And The Law Won . . .

Another One Bites The Dust First, a guest editorial: You notice certain things about this statement. Notice they use the term “illegal” a lot, as in “The United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that using this service to trade copyrighted material is illegal,” and “Copying copyrighted motion picture and music… Read More

Dropping . . .

A few places have pointed out that the Opteron 165 (which is essentially a 1.8Ghz/1Mb cache x2) is selling for a bit less than $300. That’s nice, but for those of you who find x2 one too many at the moment, prices have dropped on another 1.8GHz. About two weeks… Read More

Lost One of Our Own . . .

For those of you who have been around a very long time, I am sad to report that we recently lost one of the originating spirits of our forums, Maddman, aka Patrick. He passed away from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 43. First, the forum threads where this… Read More