Intel 3GHz on the Horizon Hi,
This week saw
the release of Intel's 2.8GHz Pentium 4, and several good signs that the
fabled 333MHz AthlonXP is slowly coming out from the smoke. Abit sent us a
little notice for instance that one of their motherboards will support
333MHz FSB. AMD has been pretty tight lipped on the matter, but if the
mainboard manufacturers are starting to promote it, you have to wonder how
soon the chip will follow.
This week we have Albatron's P4X845E Pro mainboard, Soyo's venerable P4S
Ultra Dragon and a few other things I think you might find interesting.
Abit's MediaXP bay for example, brings a tone of features to their line of
legacy free boards - but unfortunately doesn't mix with anyone else's.
Lastly we have a quick look at an 80GB HDD from Samsung which prides
itself on its low noise properties. Till next week, enjoy the last long weekend of the summer!
With the recent release of the 533 MHz based
Pentium 4's obviously comes a whole slew of new chipsets to support the
new bus speeds as well. The "new" i845E is basically the i845D that
officially supports 133 MHz FSB and nothing else. Actually almost all
i845D based boards could hit 133 MHz+ FSB's no problem and in fact if you
search MadOnion's database you'll see several hundred i845D systems that
are at 133 MHz FSB or well over!
The P4X845EPro is one of the most feature
rich motherboards out there, Albatron threw in everything but the kitchen
sink with this motherboard. There's one 4x AGP (with 1.5V lock), six
32-bit PCI slots onboard Ultra/133 IDE RAID, 5.1 audio, 10/100 LAN, three
DIMM slots, four USB 2.0 and a CNR for good measure. Next thing to do is
give their motherboards a pretty coloured PCB and they'd be
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The P4S Dragon Ultra itself is a very colour
oriented system board; the PCB is black, and each of the components has
been colour coded for ease of installation. The PCI slots are all purple,
the IDE-RAID connectors are yellow while the primary and secondary are
blue and white respectively. The memory DIMM's and FDD connector are both
black, while the 4X AGP is brown and the socket 478 Beige.
The Soyo P4S Dragon is based on the SiS 645
chipset which was one of the first to bring DDR capabilities to the Intel
Pentium 4 platform. With a bus speed of 400MHz, and support for up to 3GB
of DDR333/DDR266/DDR200 memory there is plenty of room for power. Add to
that the onboard 5.1 channel audio, and 6 PCI slots and you have one very
fully featured motherboard. IDE RAID is taken care of with the highpoint
controller chipset, and unlike some earlier mPGA478 mainboards only one
extra 4-pin 12V power connector is required.
Abit Max Series MediaXP Bay
||Samsung SP8004H 80GB-7200RPM HDD
Abit recently stunned the world with the
release of their MAX line of motherboards. The MAX line of
motherboards are what they call "legacy free" motherboards which
means they have no serial, parallel or PS/2 ports. The MediaXP bay fits into a
regular 5 1/4" drive slot and has two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire, a
SPDIF output, a headphone jack, a microphone jack, a compact flash,
memory stick, and secure digital card reader, and as if that weren't
enough already, it even has an infrared port for a remote control.
Not bad eh?
Like most things, Samsung knows that
diversity is the spice of life. From monitors LCD or CRT, to memory
and even hard drives, if it has something to do with computers
Samsung is usually close behind. Today we're looking at their 80 GB
7200 RPM Ultra/100 SP8004H hard drive which retails for $180
CDN.Samsung like most other hard drive
manufacturers has not jumped on the Ultra/133 bandwagon rather
they're going to be focusing on the new upcoming Serial ATA that's
why their SP8004H is not Ultra/133 compliant. Still it does boast
quite an array of impressive specs, the hard drive spins at 7200
RPM, uses two platters with an areal density of 40GB and has 2MB of
|Colin's Weekly Tech Tips
By: Colin "3DMark" Sun
Dummy Programs giving you problems?
Do you have dummy (a dummy program is a program that is unistalled but is still in your "add/remove" options) installed programs in Add/Remove? It can be rather irritating especially when you're trying to keep track of what you have installed and what is not installed.
You can remove these entries with a bit of simple registry editing. Simply click the "Start" button then go to "Run". After type "regedit" and press the "Ok" button. After go to this location "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\Uninstall". Expand the "Uninstall" directory and find the dummy entry's folder. After it's located, simply delete it.
If you do remove dummy entries this way, you'll notice that they're no longer in the "Add/Remove" options!
Please be very careful with this tweak, if you delete the folder of an installed program you will not be able to uninstall via the "Add/Remove" option.
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|The High Tech Low Down
With C. Angelini
The most recent round of salvos has been
fired in the ongoing battle between Intel and
AMD. With a bit of strategic marketing,
AMD launched the Athlon XP 2600+ with only one
catch - the processor will not be available until sometime in
September. The new chip fares very well against
Intel's 2.53GHz processor, but the flagship 2.8GHz Pentium 4 remains the performance leader.
Both the Athlon XP 2600+ and 2.8GHz Pentium
4 are products of a revised core. AMD's "Revision
B" Thoroughbred core is showing strength up to 2.4GHz, while samples
of the "C1" stepping Northwood core are exceeding 3GHz in
an overclocked environment. Intel is clearly on track to officially hit 3.06GHz by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, AMD will
concentrate on pacing with the Pentium 4 until the K8 architecture
is ready. To begin with, the 333MHz front side bus will debut sooner
than expected - the upcoming Athlon XP 2700+ reportedly supports the
333MHz bus speed (introduced with the NFORCE2 chipset). Of course
AMD needs to first concentrate on supplying Athlon
XP 2600+ processors to eager enthusiasts. For the time being,
AMD's fastest product is little more than a good idea. Hopefully, the situation will change come next month...
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