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#1589| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
High-End CPUs from AMD and Intel Compared
As you can see from the past few pages of benchmarks, AMD's Opteron looks to be the clear winner in terms of webserver and file server performance. If given the choice between these two CPU's to go into our servers, we would certainly choose the Opteron. The combination of the Opteron's memory controller, dedicated memory busses, and high-bandwidth HyperTransport system board links appears to propel the Opteron in to the lead over the Xeon. Frankly, the Apache benchmarks were the kicker for us, as when we first recognized how much more efficient the Opteron was processing data in compared to the Xeon. The difference was quite noticeable, and certainly cemented the Opteron as a very potent server CPU in our minds.
#1588| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
WD Raptor WD740GD Available Capacities
The Raptor WD740GD delivers a measured average access time of 7.8 milliseconds. Subtracting 3 ms to account for the rotational latency of a 10,000 RPM spindle uncovers a measured seek time of 4.8 milliseconds. As a result, the final sample manages to shave half a millisecond off of the score delivered by the pre-release unit. The WD740GD's actual seek time weighs in about 0.3 milliseconds higher than Western Digital's claim- off, but still quite close, especially for WD's frequently optimistic figures
#1587| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
GeForce FX5900 to FX5950 Ultra "Flash Mod"
"The default clocks on the 5900's are 400Mhz core and 850Mhz memory. The clocks on the 5950 Ultra are 475/950. My first thought was that my BFG FX5900 card will overclock to 483/936 without artifacts, so how much would I gain? The forum posts I found claimed that the 5900 using the 5950u bios will overclock even higher than before the flash. Common knowledge is that the 5950u is the same card as the 5900 and uses the same GPU, but has 256mb of faster memory on board. The memory difference is not an issue because the bios will recognizes the 128mb as "normal" and works fine. Being one that likes a challenge and has a bit of nerve, (and a Radeon 9700 Pro to fall back on) I looked into this further."
#1586| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Gigabyte GV-N595U 256MB (GFFX 5950 Ultra)
Apart from the above-mentioned drawbacks, if you have got a big bonus to splurge on the best in the consumer graphics card industry, the Gigabyte GV-N595U 256MB is a good choice. At an SRP of S$899, the GV-N595U 256MB might seem a little steep for liking, though it's on par with other GeForce FX 5950 Ultra graphics cards and the original ATI RADEON 9800XT 256MB.
#1585| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT Ultimate Edition
All in all, the 9600XT Ultimate Edition is a card designed for a specific purpose; good graphics performance with no noise. Even with the glitches in 3DMark2001SE, it took very little air across the card to drastically drop the temperatures under load. Innovative cooling, a great hardware and software bundle, very good performance, a mid-range price, and an indication that it can hit some fairly high overclocks makes this a PimpRig Approved product.
#1584| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Intel Chipsets to Lack AGP Support?
In the past, Intel has stated that the PCI Express transition will be very fast, and their chipset strategy seems to be supporting that goal. Reading through the Intel roadmaps and chipset specifications that are available, none of the 925X or 915 chipsets list an AGP interface as a part of their specification.
#1583| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
How fast are 8X DVD burners?
Even after more than half a decade of relentless innovation, DVD writers continue to advance at a breakneck pace. Where once creating a full 4.7GB DVD disc took more than 30 minutes, the new crop of 8X DVD+R drives can do it in about 8 minutes.
#1582| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Samsung announces three new DDR2 products
Samsung Electronics announced it will add 1Gbit DDR2 chips, 2GB (512MbitW32) DDR2 registered-DIMM and 1GB (512MbitW16) DDR2 unbuffered-DIMM to its product lines, according to a company press statement on January 28. With the new products, Samsungs DDR2 solutions now include 1Gbit, 512Mbit and 256Mbit DDR2 chips operating at 400, 533 or 677MHz and 19 DDR2-based module combinations. The three new products are in the sampling stage while the existing ones have been in mass production. Samsung also said it is transferring 0.10-micron 1Gbit DDR2 production to its 12-inch Fab 12 in Hwasung-kun, South Korea.
#1581| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Intel 64-bit Yamhill Technology Soon
Intel President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini on Wednesday said the world's largest chip maker would likely give its 32-bit microprocessors an upgrade to 64 bits once supporting software becomes available. "You can be fairly confident that when there is software from an application and operating system standpoint that we'll be there," Otellini said, responding to a question about 64-bit technology, in an interview with a Wall Street analyst that was broadcast over the Web. Otellini said regular computer users were unlikely today to spend thousands of dollars for computer memory for PCs that can cost as low as $699. Eventually, however, as memory prices drop and software becomes more complex, he said, breaking the 4-gigabyte memory limit will make sense.
#1580| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Lindows offers software free over P2P
The Linux software seller plans to distribute its LindowsLive operating system, which retails for $29.95, for free via peer-to-peer networks.

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