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#1396| source: by maximum3d on Fri Sep 26 2003 
Athlon 64 FX-51 Battle Pentium 4 Extreme
Sudhian Media has posted a comparison review between AMD's Athlon 64 and Intel's Pentium 4 "Extreme Edition"
#1395| source: by maximum3d on Fri Sep 26 2003 
Athlon 64 Notebook PC Review
The notebook weighs about 2.5 kg. Judging by a powerful battery and a bulky cooler AMD's new processor is not a competitor for the Intel Pentium M. It's not that light and slim. Well, the mobile Athlon 64 differs from the desktop one only in a metallic cover on the die, that is why the Mobile Athlon 64 3000+ consumes up to 85 W. This particular sample consumes 81.5 W. As a result, the AMD Mobile Athlon 64 is targeted at powerful notebooks like DTR (desktop replacement) and universal models, i.e. the models which actually work in the steady-state conditions and which, if necessary, can function in the offline mode. Hence its main competitor will be the Intel Pentium 4-M.
#1394| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Zoom Player Standard (Beta) 3.20
Zoom Player Standard a flexible feature rich Media Player that for all its features and goodness remains bloat-free. And Zoom Player Professional, which on top of being a great Media Player, incorporates the most powerful DVD Front-End you could imagine (and is even a few features you didn't think of imagining).
#1393| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Turn AMD Duron Into AMD Athlon XP
If you take a closer look on AMD Duron and AMD Athlon XP processors you will notice only tiny difference: the L2 bridge is not locked on the Duron processor. If you lock it again, everything should work and the processor will have an L2 cache of 256KB!
#1392| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
How to remove IHS on P4
The Madshrimps let us know they have published a how-to for removing the IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) from the Pentium 4 processor.
#1391| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Alienware Mousepad Review
Its the mouse mat surface that really makes the difference... The smooth side of the mouse mat is made of fUnc Industries sUrface 1030, ideal for surfing the net and basic computer functions, but the rough textured side of the mat is ideal for gaming and desktop publishing as it has a precise and solid feel to it.
#1390| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Ximeta 80 GIG NetDisk review
The Ximeta NetDisk is not only an 80 GIG 7200 RPM, USB 2.0 external hard drive, it is also an Ethernet drive.
#1389| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
NV40 Rectifications
NV40 Rectifications: supports FP32, FP16 and FX16 natively. Whether there is any performance difference between FP16 and FX16 is unknown, and whether there are any truly non-FP32 units is also unknown. 175M transistors, 600Mhz core clock, 1.5Ghz effective GDDR2 ( Samples already shipped to nV - 16 memory chips per board ); Not taped-out yet, or if it did, tape-out failed. To tape-out sometime this month.; 8 pipelines, Speculation: probably 8x2 and no 16 zixel trick ( not worth it with 4x+ AA, which is really a minimum with 48GB/s of bandwidth ) - Maybe such a bypass path for low-end models ( NV42/NV43 )
#1388| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Gainward CoolFX
During the Cebit - Eurasia which happened this week in Istanbul, the chaps over at DarkHardware managed to took some detail photos of the Gainward's oncoming CoolFX 5900 Ultra product. As far as we know, these are the first shots of the CoolFX showing the underside of the card, as well as the water pump and the reservoir.
#1387| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 09 2003 
Bugpower, the energy of the future
This sci-fi scenario may lie in the not-too-distant future, thanks to a pair of US-based scientists who say they have invented the world's first efficient "bacterial battery." In a Pentagon-backed project, University of Massachusetts researchers Swades Chaudhuri, an Indian, and Derek Lovley, an American, say the battery's source is an underground bacterium that gobbles up sugar and converts its energy into electricity. Their prototype device ran flawlessly without refuelling for up to 25 days and is cheap and stable.

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