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#1088| source: Warp 2 Search by maximum3d on Mon Nov 18 2002 
Sentinel Visual Style
You'll never look at Windows XP the same way again once you've seen it with this amazing skin! This new version is creative, fast and beautiful. 14 color schemes included. A must download.
#1087| source: ABC News by maximum3d on Mon Nov 18 2002 
'Smart Displays' Allow PCs From Any Room
At the annual Comdex trade show to be held in Las Vegas next week, Microsoft and computer display makers will show off so-called "smart displays." Outwardly, they are similar to the flat-panel LCD devices that are becoming popular among PC users as thin and lightweight alternatives to traditional glass-screened computer monitors. But the key difference with these new display units is buried inside.
#1086| source: Angelic-D by crossbow on Sun Nov 17 2002 
Badest Motherboard of Them All
You just gotta see this thing to believe it. Its got a secondary voltage controller.

#1085| source: Angelic-D by crossbow on Sun Nov 17 2002 
Dual Channel DDR P4 Benchmarks
Ocworkbench has their claws on an Asus DCDDR board...and they pitted it up against a variety of systems. Its nice to know we can finally get Rambus bandwidth, without all the negatives. :)

#1084| source: Adam Barody by crossbow on Fri Nov 15 2002 
Sony DRU500 Firmware Update
A firmware update increases read/write performance, with a future update promising 4x writing support!

#1083| source: Intel by maximum3d on Fri Nov 15 2002 
Intel Chipset Installation Utility
This utility allows the operating system to correctly identify the Intel chipset components and properly configure the system. The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs specific Windows INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as AGP, USB, Core PCI, and ISA PnP services.
#1082| source: Inquirer by maximum3d on Fri Nov 15 2002 
Epox offers KT400, unlocked
Epox recently announced a BIOS for its KT400 boards, branded as the 8K9A, that offers a feature for those wanting to overclocking Athlons without changing the processor itself. This makes it an easier task to overclock AMD chips, given that there's always a danger of losing the warranty on the microprocessor if you dabble too much. Epox has made it possible to have processors that are multiplier unlocked on AMD retail Athlons. This means you will be able to overclock your CPU just by plugging in it into the board, and then overclocking at will, because of the voltage and other settings Epox includes. The BIOS works for all Thoroughbred processors -- including revision B -- that support FSB 333. All processors from 2200+ up to the still unavailable 2800+ are supported.
#1081| source: detnews by maximum3d on Fri Nov 15 2002 
87gigabytes DVD soon?
Boston College researchers have found a way to store about 19 times more data on a disk than a common DVD can hold, using optical media made with common products, the December issue of Nature Materials reports. An epoxy glue sold at hardware stores and a glass-like substance were formed into a DVD-size disk able to hold about 87 gigabytes, equal to 87,000 paperback books. A typical DVD holds about 4.7 gigabytes. The discovery is unique because the materials remained stable, keeping data intact, the project's leader said.
#1079| source: ATi by maximum3d on Fri Nov 15 2002 
ATI Introduces Next Gen IMAGEON 3200
ATI today introduced IMAGEON 3200, the most advanced multimedia co-processor for handheld electronic devices such as PDA and the new generation of data-enabled Mobile Phones. It integrates an advanced 2D graphics engine and an MPEG/JPEG decoder alongside a powerful and versatile set of peripheral I/O functions.
#1078| source: DigiTimes by maximum3d on Fri Nov 15 2002 
AMD postpones 90nm products to 2004
Affected by the delayed launch of K8-core processors, the introduction of 90-nanometer (nm) products by AMD will be pushed back to the first half of 2004, the company's latest roadmap showed. Originally, AMD scheduled to roll out its 90nm, SOI (silicon-on-insulator) process-based Athens core (for servers and workstations), San Diego core (for desktops) and Odessa core (for notebooks) in the second half of 2003, following its introduction of 0.13-micron K8 products from the end of 2002 to the first half of 2003.

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