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#1296| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
AMD claims Intel cause system crashes
Chip firm AMD has quietly dissed its much bigger competitor Intel by claiming that the latter's 845G/GL chipset crashes peoples' machines. According to a competitive notice on its website, aimed at its resellers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Intel's "extreme graphics" technology "struggles and even fails" to run some popular software packages.
#1295| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
400MHz FSB Athlon XP launch in April/May
Japanese Web site PC Watch has posted what it claims is the latest iteration of AMD's roadmap. Essentially, AMD will launch the Barton-based Athlon XP with 512KB of L2 cache and a 400MHz FSB late April/early May. Performance ratings will range to at least 3200+. AMD has already announced it will launch the 64-bit Opteron (aka Sledgehammer on 22 April). Barton-based uni- and dual-processor Athlon MPs will a appear sooner: we should see them before the end of March, the roadmap suggests.
#1294| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
AquaMark 3 Site Launched
JoWooD Productions announced today that their subsidiary, Massive Development, has today launched an official website and trailer to show off their upcoming PC tool AquaMark3. AquaMark3 allows PC users to easily measure and compare the performance of their systems. It provides a reliable benchmark to help PC users to configure their systems for the best gaming performance, through the use of a real-life game simulation.
#1293| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
DirectX 9.0a download
A new DirectX 9.0a End-User Runtime download has appeared on the Microsoft website. This updated version resolves an issue with DirectX 9.0 where some multiplayer games or MSN Messenger may not work correctly. A number of minor bugs were also resolved.
#1292| source: c|net by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
MS told to drop 'misleading' ad
Microsoft claimed in an advertisement that its software is so secure, it will make hackers extinct. As it turned out, it was the ad which bit the dust. This controversial advertisement, which was published in the November issue of Time magazine and tech digest ITWeb Brainstorm, featured three extinct animals--a dodo, a woolly mammoth and a saber-tooth tiger--as well as a caricature of a hacker.
#1291| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
Best AMD XP for Overclocking
Make sure you have AMD Athlon XP Thoroughbred processor with B0 core stepping. To determine it, check the CPU ID of your chip with appropriate software, such as WCPUID by H. Oda. If the CPU ID is 681, then you have the Athlon XP processor based on the Thoroughbred B0 core. If it is not, it means you have something else. The information below seems to be correct only for AMD Athlon XP Thoroughbred processors with B0 core stepping. Note that microprocessors based on Palomino core or Thoroughbred A0 core are rather poor for overclocking.
#1290| source: by crossbow on Fri Mar 21 2003 
Intel Delays Springdale Chipset
Intel has pushed back the i865PE chipset till May 20th, giving more time to distribute chipsets to retailers.

#1289| source: by crossbow on Wed Mar 19 2003 
Via's KT400A Has No Support for 400 FSB Bartons
[I]Following the recent launch of its K7-based KT400A chipset, VIA is planning to release one more product, the KT600, for the AMD platform in May. According to sources, the KT600 (codenamed KT400A-CE) is pin-to-pin compatible with the KT400A (codenamed KT400A-CD), but is designed to support a 400MHz FSB. The KT400A only supports a 333MHz FSB.[/I]

Sucks if you just bought one of their new boards.

#1288| source: by crossbow on Wed Mar 19 2003 
Rice it Up With Sound Powered Cathodes!
Better then Winamp Visualization with Techno, this bad boy lets you pulse your entire case lighting scheme to a variety of it music, quake...or all those "videos" you have on your computer.

Its got some negatives though, so read on and find out!
#1287| source: by crossbow on Wed Mar 19 2003 
Thinner Beats Wider...Serial-ATA Drive Roundup
The gang over at tech-report take a look at some serial ata drives. Of course their the only ones really looking at them, cause due to the rarity of serial-ata, they're the only ones WITH any serial ata drives. Sure will be nice once these things show up in the mainstream.

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