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#12| source: AnandTech by crossbow on Mon Mar 12 2001 
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20010312S0007
A tier one company announces AMD Server Line (IBM)



CPU Image


New Amd Chips have a new packaging. Wiring which was originally in place
possibly for additional l2 cache (to accomadate a larger core)
has been removed. Does this make a performance difference? Most likely not.
(Image taken from www.aceshardware.com)
#10| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Fri Mar 09 2001 
http://www.hardocp.com/new_img_01/mar/030801b.html
New Audigy Line of Soundblaster Cards. Includes some new nifty processor
etc...
#8| source: AnandTech by crossbow on Wed Mar 07 2001 
http://www.templeoftech.com/articles.cfm?ArticleID=50&PageID=1
Article explaining differences between DDR and Rambus
#7| source: www.maximum3d.com by crossbow on Wed Mar 07 2001 
http://www.maximum3d.com/reviews/gtxp1.htm
(Hercules XP theater)


Got sound cards? Creative is starting to get some competition. On of my
friends has one and is giving it pretty good marks. Especially since
live cards have an apparent lack of SMP support in win2k.
#6| source: Greg Hess by crossbow on Wed Mar 07 2001 
http://www.resellerratings.com/
Buying something online? Remember to check this site out for information on
the company your ordering from. A must for pricewatch users.



Where does Greg get his prices? (Make sure to use resellerratings before ordering)


www.pricewatch.com


www.streetprices.com


www.pricescan.com
#5| source: AnandTech by crossbow on Wed Mar 07 2001 
http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1430
Massive heatsink reviews. Looking at pretty much all the availble socket
A/FC-CPU coolers available on the market today.
Remember, cpu cooling gets more and more important the higher the clock
speed of the unit. Most Amd cpu's are putting out over 50
watts of heat. (I post heatsink reviews cause I get alot of requests for
them)
#4| source: Tom's Hardware Guide by crossbow on Wed Mar 07 2001 
http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/01q1/010306/index.html
Massive heatsink reviews. Looking at pretty much all the availble socket
A/FC-CPU coolers available on the market today.
Remember, cpu cooling gets more and more important the higher the clock
speed of the unit. Most Amd cpu's are putting out over 50
watts of heat. (I post heatsink reviews cause I get alot of requests for
them)
#3| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Mon Mar 05 2001 
http://www.rivastation.com/msi822_e.htm
How will a gf3 effect max4 performance? If the viewports aren't coded for it, it should perform near a gf2 ultra.



March 5th Amd price Cut


Current prices BEFORE shipping



1.333 $309


1.3 $306


1.2 $221


1.13 $219


1.1 $192


1.0 $169




Man its a good time to be in the biz.



(Prices from pricewatch.com for oem deals. 266 processors are a bit more expensive, add 20-30 dollars)
#2| source: www.maximum3d.com by crossbow on Mon Mar 05 2001 
http://www.thetechzone.com/display.asp?i=13&p=1
Memory tweaking guide. Why buying high quality ram is important. Yadda Yadda Yadda



Asus unoffically recalls their A7V266/AMD 760 Motherboard. Its just disappearing. Other DDR boards are still on target, and haven't reported any bugs or bad yields.



Second batch of Gf3 reviews are upcoming. Over 90% of them are stating not to buy the card, as the performance gap between it and the gf2 ultra is
almost non existent. The general trend once again is "Wait until nvidia drops the price some, and wait until something is actually released that is optimized for the gf3"
#1| source: Greg Hess by crossbow on Mon Mar 05 2001 
http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2001q1/p4-vs-athlon/
(1.2 Ghz tbird DDR system vs 1.5 Ghz P4 System)
[This is an ass wuppin if I ever saw one]



"The combo of a 1.2GHz Athlon, 266MHz bus, and DDR SDRAM make up the heart of the fastest you can buy at present. The Pentium 4 isn't far behind, but
in a broad majority of our tests, the Athlon DDR system is fastest. If money is no object and you want the fastest PC on the block, buy or build yourself an Athlon DDR rig. Factor price into the equation, and it's an even easier
call to make. At 1.5GHz, Pentium 4 processors run about $600 from bargain-priced mail-order vendors. A 128MB RIMM of PC800 RDRAM currently costs about $160. By contrast, a 1.2GHz Athlon will set you back around $300, and DDR SDRAM costs about a dollar per megabyte-or about $130 for 128MB. For TR readers looking to build their own systems, the Athlon is simply a better deal. No question about it." (On a side note Crucial sells pc2100 128 meg dimms for 60 USD)

 
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