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June 2000
Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-June-2000  23:22:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, I just spent an hour or more typing up the news, and IE crapped out on me. So, no news - blame the evil Dr Watson. Next buncha stuff tomorrow..


Thursday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-June-2000  22:32:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ArsMasters have a big article up on heatsink technology.. fairly introductory but worth a read as always.

PC-Roddin' will give you VD for free. Grrreeat. They also review the IWill VD-133, a slot1 Apollo Pro 133 non-A motherboard, but I dunno if that's related.

Apparently APC are giving away UPS's?! As if free SurgeArrests wasn't enough. I've not seen it, but a few people have said there's an ad in Australian PC Magazine for it.. oh well, can't hurt to go here, enter the code 48131K and see what turns up in the post this time..

AthlonOC have reviewed the Asus K7V..

More do-it-yourself copper heatsinks on FrostyTech..

It's always good to see a crappy case review to remember why you shelled out the big bucks for a good one.

Heh, www.expertsexchange.com has to be the most embarrassing domain name mistake.. link snarfed from the WebMonkey mailout.

FryingSpuds have a preview of the GeForce2 MX, the latest chipset from NVIDIA, which could well be an excellent cheapish video option..

Anand's reviewed the Intel i815 chipset..

Elsa Gladiac GTS2 reviewed on ChicksHardware..

Dan has reviewd an Acer Scanner which he quite likes, with a few caveats..

Version 4.0 of Opera, the "other" web browser, is out now. You can get it from Opera, but they seem to be unavailable, perhaps swamped with downloads.

iXBT have reviewed the Gigabyte GA-7ZM, a KT133 mobo for yer SocketA Thunderbirds and Durons..

New RAMBUS 2 - sucks twice as hard! Or perhaps not.



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-June-2000  21:52:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Willamette is officially launched, of course now it's called the Pentium 4. To any Intel employees reading this page, I've set aside a little space on my workbench for a long-term review unit with motherboard. Just so you know.. there's no issue with space or anything. Plenty of room, in fact. Alrighty then.

Jim Baker has put the pricing for the group purchase of Corsair PC133 CAS2 RAM into the forum thread .. if you haven't seen the Sandra memory benchmark I put up, go check it out!

The new CardCooler is a freakin' monster of a thing. TweakTown have a pic and some info..

TechDungeon have an article on swapping out your power supply..

PCExtremes have a review of the ASUS AGP-6800 Deluxe up. This is a GeForce DDR card with lotsa features..

Oracle admitted to hiring investigators to check up on Microsoft's apparent attempts to disrupt the anti-trust trial. Microsoft, unsurprisingly, are really pissed off about it.

You can download the beta of DirectX 8 now.. dunno if that's officially sanctioned, might get rudely yanked soon.

Tweaktown have their impressions of DirectX 8 up, in case you're wondering before you download.

TweakTown also have some info on Seti@Home.. remember we have our own team here..

InsaneHardware have more info on VIA's chipset roadmap.. VIA are really having a run of it lately, well done to them..

Hmm, some BP6's have problems with constant lockups, related to the VTT, but there's a do-it-yourself fix here.. soldering required.

Classic TheOnion stuff here - Neuroses Projected on Dog.. :)

HardAvenue have reviewed the Diamond ViperII 32MB.. because they're using frames (evil!) I can't link directly to the article - click the "reviews" button and look for it on that page.

CPUReview have an article titled Stop Remarking and Unlock the Clock! .. a little history on remarking and why Intel locked the multiplier.

Pull up the comfy chair and the double expresso, ExtremeHardware have a 24-page review of the ASUS V6800 Deluxe .. they go off on all kinds of wild tangents including GTS2 comparos, game benchmarks, overclocking.. man, I need a drink.

Nice looking case reviewed on SysReview.com, the Addtronics 7896a..



Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-June-2000  22:11:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCTools got around to doing something interesting with their Flourinert.. only took 'em 4 days and 16 pages. There's an amusing thread in the forums here about this news item. :)

FrostyTech have a use for all those old XT cases you have lying around - convert them into testbeds..

VIA made a statement today confirming that they think DDR SDRAM is the way to go (ie, RAMBUS isn't).

For more info about RAMBUS and the whole Hitachi-Toshiba thing, read this article.. thanks to SiliconAngel for the link.

VIA also made an announcement about their new SouthBridge chips, ATA-100 etc.

Interesting site comparing seti times, thanks Clonex.

Contest to win some stuff here, open to everyone, thanks again Clonex.

Monster water-cooled rig here, no results yet but certainly looks the goods!

More news here, will post it tomorrow night, gotta get up early tomorrow!



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 27-June-2000  23:32:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've been playing with a 128MB stick of Corsair CAS2 PC133 RAM over the last few days - Jim from Realtime Systems was kind enough to lend it to me. On the KA7 the results were quite frankly spectacular! A Sandra memory score of over 500..

Someone pointed out in IRC (I forget who, doh!) that you can now buy the potato-powered web-server .. [psst: it's a fake]

Monster case conversion here on OCShoot. We're not talking a couple of blowholes here, this is a full conversion to VapoChill..

LiquidCool.org (damnit, shoulda thought of that URL :) ) have reviewed the Hercules Prophet II, a GeForce2 GTS-powered video card.

PCPoopScoop have reviewed the AMD Thunderbird..

Big pics of a dual FC-PGA mobo here.. interesting how the Sandra benchmark says he's not running in SMP mode. Odd indeed.

The ArsMasters have updated their Recommended Systems Guide .. go dribble for a while. :)

WindowsME is incapable of making boot disks, apparently.. thanks Morgan.

Also from Morgan, an unverified memo saying RAM prices will be going waaaaay up soon.

Jonathan pointed out that even Intel admit that RAMBUS is stupidly expensive.

JSI are giving stuff away again..
some fairly cheapy coolers only, sadly.

FiringSquid have changed their minds, the AOpen GTS2 card doesn't suck anymore.

MicroSoft attempts to distract the entire western world from it's world takover plan by announcing a new programming language..

Not entirely sure what they mean (not read it fully yet) but IBM have invented some kind of memory doubling cache system..

The rampaging russians have reviewed the Creative GeForce GTS2 ..



Forums (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-June-2000  23:44:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Seems there were a few messages lost during the transfer of the forums from the old server to the new one. Not many, just those logged during a couple of hours between parts of the process. Sorry about that - had to be a bit of a rush job due to running out of disk space on the old box.

I'm sure the benefits of the new server will far outweigh your having to repost a message or two. If you think a message of yours has vanished, that's probably why. Feeback on the speed of the new server has been VERY positive. :)

New server address: http://61.8.3.18/cgi-bin/oc/ubb/Ultimate.cgi?action=intro



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-June-2000  23:41:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Optus have had another fibre cut in one of their major bearers (seems to happen about once a week to those guys) .. it's between Perth and Sydney, but most of their international traffic goes via Perth. So if things are acting strange, that's why. They say it'll be fixed at about 3am. I noticed the Perth oz.org server was being kicked out of the network pretty often..

PCInsight checked out the Rage Fury Pro 32MB Vivo .. not bleeding-edge, but a cheapish card with a few interesting options. In my experience ATI have always let themselves down with the drivers unfortunatley..

TE have reviewed the Plextor 12x/10x/32x CDRW.. it'll burn a CD before you've even decided what to put on it.

VIAHardware reviewed the Tekram S3-Pro Au, an Apollo Pro 133A, FC-PGA motherboard.

CPU-Burn's doing it. SysReview's doing it. Even iamnotageek.com's doing it. Doing what? Giving away FREE STUFF!

Before that next long car drive, print this out to settle any arguments.. thanks Jeremy.

Pacific Internet will be doing ADSL from July 1, apparently..

I really hate Andy Drake from BXBoards.. why? He has an unlocked P3-933 engineering sample. Lucky bastard. Now you hate him too..

They also have a KA7-100 review up.

Kurt pointed out this (german) article on Slockets for Socket-A chips. Had to happen eventually. Using babelfish, it seems to work better on AMD750 boards than KX133 boards.. but it's promising.

P1aGu3 advises that the Tyan Tiger 133, a dual Slot1 Apollo Pro 133A motherboard (and apparently quite a nice one) is now in Oz.. Chips'n'Bits got a shipment today and if you ring 1300 134833 they will tell you a local supplier.. I knew I shoulda kept that other P3-550E.. dang. :)

Part 3 of Mission Submersible is up on OCTools.. I dunno what happens though, because I'm damned if I'm going to wade through parts one and two again to discover 2 pages about them pouring something into a box and promising to do something interesting tomorrow.

This is apparently a funny pisstake of the GST ads video, but I've not seen it yet.

There's apparently a Asus V7700 review on ClubOC but I can't get to it.. maybe because of the Optus outage.

Review of some silver thermal paste here..

Durons, Thunderbirds and RAMBUS, oh my! All these get a mention in PCCritix's latest editorial..

Finally, HardwareCorner have a thingy up on cooling and clocking yer TNT2..



FORUMS ARE NOW ON THE NEW SERVER! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-June-2000  22:04:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kiss goodbye to those 500 errors.. I hope. :)

The new temporary address:

http://61.8.3.18/cgi-bin/oc/ubb/Ultimate.cgi?action=intro

Of course, the old www.overclockers.com.au addresses will start working again when the domain transfers over.. a week or so probably.

Not _everything_ is loading from the new server (the ads are still coming from the US) .. so some bits will still be a little sluggish. But it shouldn't give any errors anymore, and the disk-space axe that's been hanging over my head all last week is finally gone..

For future reference, http://www.overclockers.com.au/forums will ALWAYS bounce you to the correct address for the forums, no matter what server they're on. I expect to be on this one for a good long while now though..



Forums temporarily down.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-June-2000  20:47:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

..while they transfer to the new server. Shouldn't be too long. I'll let everyone know the new address when they're working there.


Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 25-June-2000  23:41:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

iXBT have checked out the AMD Duron 650..

Game.ARS have a roundup of things happening in the gaming scene..

Woo, Optus ADSL .. thanks Geo.

The IRC channel on oz.org is now #overclockers - I've been in there a few times, seems to be mostly happening from about 8pm onwards. Good to see some of the forum regulars in there. :)

OCTools have managed to get their hands on some Flourinert.. mmm! They'll be immersing their PC in it.. shame they're farming out the review so much, but I guess if you spend $1000 on your cooling fluid you're entitled to some page-whoring.

G3D are giving away logitech goodies..

Robots, potholes and silly patents.. all this and more in this week's issue of ZZZ Online.

Review of Superbike 2000 on GameDen. I've yet to see a bike racing game that didn't suck.. maybe this is it.

Hmm, preview of a new space shooter game.. looks pretty cool.

Can't afford a CD-Burner? Use a microwave! That'll burn 'em reeeel good.

Not much else happening tonight.. stuffed myself stupid at the local Thai place tonight.. feel like I'm gonna barf. :) Mmmm.. thai..



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 25-June-2000  01:00:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechDungeon have an Upgrading to a Celly2 article up.

ExtremeOC have a C2-566 at 1148MHz.. not bad at all.

Hypothermia are giving away a Killer Gaming Rig.. doesn't say if it's open to international or not.

Cole3D have an article on transistors, what they are and what they do..

NetKills have a review of Return to Wolfenstein..

AthlonOC have a 3-way GFD Shootout happening.

Thunderbird and Duron action on TomsHardware. A very interesting read .. no multiplier locking on the Duron, kids!

Kinda interesting, a 4WD simulation game..

Dan has a great article on IDE RAID up.. a huge, quality read full of biting sarcasm as usual. :)

PC-Roddin' (hehe) have a review of a LinkWorld ATX Midtower case..

Making an alcohol still using a PC.. clever stuff. DON'T do this at home, kids, and definitely don't drink the alcohol you make.. get your temperatures wrong and you'll end up with methanol which will send you blind, crazy and dead in no time.

HardCoreWare have checked out the Elsa Gladiac, they try the new "leaked" 5.30 drivers on it..

FlyingSquid have reviewed the 3D Prophet II 64MB .. GeForce2 video card.

PCIndex have an Athlon 600 @ 800MHz..

UkGamer have reviewed the Afterburner GFD, this is the one with twiddly dials instead of dip-switches.

PCNewsCentre have a revew of the MSI BXMaster motherboard. We'll have a review of this mobo up soon, too.

TweakTown check out the Globalwin CAF-12, bigass slot cooler.



Non-Free Willy (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 24-June-2000  15:10:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Clonex pointed out this Willamette for sale on Ebay .. bargain price, too!


Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-June-2000  23:30:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

New box is on the net! Woo! Still lotsa testing and some more configuration to do, but it's all happening.

Tech-Junkie have an interview with some people from Kyro, the surprise entrant in the videocard game..

More rumours about Edge Technology (see post from yesterday), seems Pickles WON'T be handling the auction. They may be selling the gear from stores [?] and then auctioning the rest, perhaps DAC Computer Auctions in Victoria? Authenticity of this info is NOT guaranteed. If you're in the right place at the right time there may be some VERY cheap h/w on offer, though..

Another Aussie gaming/hardware site, www.netkills.com..

Speaking of cheap H/W, a guy from APC rang me up today (remember the free powerboards) .. asked if I got the info, if I was interested in buying an APC UPS (I said no) .. no pressure, just seeing if I had any questions etc. We got chatting - apparently APC Australia have sent out "over a thousand" of the free boards. Great marketing move in my opinion, cetainly made a few friends around here. So expect a call soon if you got a freebie. :)

German review of a Duron cooler from Taiso on ExtremeCooling.de. Looks like it would fit any socket5/7/370 chip, actually.. seems AMD followed the mounting specs for the socket, sensibly enough.

ExtremeHW have reviewed the Voodoo5 5500. Gotta love that box art.

Thanks to the people who pointed out you can make the symbol for British pounds with either ALT-156 () or ALT-0163 () .. look the same to me.

Win a Soltek KX133 mobo by signing up for forums here on PCInsight.

The Ars-Masters have given the Duron a good going-over..

Mind-wobbling screenshots: a 600TB (terabyte) folder on a 500MB HDD here and a Mad Lad from Japan hits 190MHz FSB (1.6GB core) here (scroll down)..

TacoMuncher.. err, sorry, TechnoMancer, have an "upgrading to a Celly2" article up, benchmarks etc. Aussie site, too.

TweakTown have reviewed the Leadtek GeForce2 GTS card..



Thursday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-June-2000  21:48:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rass has shared his experience with an Abit KA7-100 and a Thunderbird 700 here in the KA7 forum, an interesting read..

Also in the forums, Manaz is still hooking up a group purchase of stuff from the US..

Anand has a review of the GeForce2 GTS with 64MB.. performance comparisons when overclocking, showing the bottlnecks etc. Interesting.

DreddNews have a review of HotBurn a new and apparently fairly funky CD-burning proggie. One of the features he goes on about is how it's "skinnable".. ie, you can change the colours of the interface, stick a picture in the background etc, like WinAMP. I really don't get the whole skinning thing. I see all the WinAMP skins etc.. and I just don't care.. I don't really see the point, seems a lot of trouble to go to for pretty much no reason. Anyway. Also no "disk at once" option in HotBurn, so audio CD's get a pause between tracks.. eeew.

Wolvie3985 (no, I don't know either) have a review of the Celly2-667 .. hmm, I think Zip's DNS is screwy tonight, I can't get to that site either.

iXBT have checked out the Kenwood 72x TrueX CDROM.. things things seem to be pricing themselves out of the market at the moment. Still, a quality 1-page read as usual from the Russians.

G3D show a reader getting his Athlon 500 to 800MHz..

Itchin' for a gig? Overclockers UK are selling pre-tested and guaranteed-to-1GHz Athlons for GBP-350.. that's 350 pounds, what's the ASCII code for the pound symbol!? :)

Some interesting Athlon Overclocking results from a reader in Italy..

Woah! I'm about to be blown off the top of the OC_Aust SETI@HOME Team by Joey .. better get my machines cranking!

There's also now a non-official OC_Aust IRC channel, details here in the forums.. might see if I can drop in there this weekend sometime.



Solano @ HardOCP (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-June-2000  21:14:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kyle over at HardOCP has put up a review of the Intel i815E "Solano" chipset, by way of the Abit SE6. Much to everyone's surprise, the i815 follows in the footsteps of the i810 and i820 and hence pretty much blows hot salty chunks performance-wise:

Again we see the i815E get "embarrassed" by the BX and only come into basically a tie with the VIA 133A. Are you thinking what I am thinking by now? Why did Intel even go to the trouble of developing a new chipset. Hell, they probably could have saved money by giving away a free vid and sound card with every BX chipset they sell.

Oh dear. Full review and screenshot frenzy here.



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-June-2000  20:02:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Neoseeker have put up a summary of their last few socket cooler reviews..

CPUBurn have a CD-Labeller Shootout! .. hmm, I wonder if they cover the "scribbling with a dodgy felt pen" option.

Kinda bizarre one.. a BIOS with a web browser built in ..

Manaz pointed out that FAT Computers (?) also have Supermicro cases in Oz.

The Microsoft case has gone directly to the US Supreme Court.. it'll still be years before anything actually happens.

Cole3D have a preview of DirectX 8.0 up.

ArsTechnica (seem to be down at the moment?) apparently have an article on the KLAT2 - I linked to this a while ago, it's an ultra-sexy Beowulf cluster using Athlons and some clever networking..

Interesting philosophy-of-overclocking article on FeedMag. Probably a Must Read for most of us.. :)

More in a bit..



Edge Technology go pop! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-June-2000  19:35:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ahh, I knew there was something I meant to post last night - thanks to those who reminded me.

Edge Technology have gone bust, according to this article on ZDNet.au. This to me is not too surprising - my experience with Edge over the last 7 years has not been great. Edge were a wholesaler and distributor - they sell to the shops Normal People buy from. Years ago when I was doing support and selling PC's from home, Edge pretty much epitomised the "Dodgy Asian Computer Dealer" ideal and I had a recent dealing with them that led me to think little had changed.

Now, I'm not saying all dodgy computer shops are run by Asians, or that all computer shops run by Asians are dodgy - not at all. However, there is certainly a culture of fly-by-night suspiciously-cheap computer vendors in Sydney, and many of them have direct connections back to Asia. There's also a big culture of dodgy Iranian computer dealers in Sydney - probably other cultures too. My main point is nothing to do with race, just that Edge were, a few years ago in my observations at least, one of the major suppliers of a swathe of fairly shonky shops. That said, businesses must of course sell their products to whever will buy them. Whether or not Edge themselves were shonky is a matter for the auditors now.. however, let me quote:

According to the receiver, Armstrong Wiley and Co., Edge's debts total somewhere around AU$40 million, while its assets are estimated at AU$4.5 million.

..and, more pointedly..

According to one of the major creditors at the meeting, the current whereabouts of the founder and director Johnson Wang is unknown to the receiver.

It is likely that the receiver will review some recent transactions to ensure that the company was not trading whilst insolvent. One such transaction, which was brought to light at the creditors' meeting was described as "a non-standard transfer of inventory to Edge New Zealand".


I just hope that none of the genuine businesses that stick around for a few years, comply with the tax laws and uphold their warranty statements were burned by this..

RUMOUR ALERT: This is completely unconfirmed and I won't name my source, but their old stock may be being auctioned by Pickles in Newcastle, with talk of KT133 boards going for $30.00..?! Could be completely wrong though.



Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-June-2000  23:32:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

On http://www.dollars.com.au, in the "Cool Tools" section, under "Financial Calculators", they have a GST Income Tax calculator, which shows you how the amount of income tax you pay will change when GST comes in on July 1. Very interesting. You have to enter your email address, but there's a "don't spam me" box..

Hmm, the Democrats are pushing for a complete overhaul of Australian data-casting laws.. cheers Andrew.

Another day, another Outlook security hole, another worm..

Another day, another GeForce2 GTS review, too. This time, the Creative Annihilator 2 on Guru3D.

FlyingSquid have previewed the Kyro video technology that HardOCP looked at a couple of weeks ago.

CTNews checked out the BIOStar M7MKE, KX133 mobo fer yer Athlon.

Cole3D hacked their Alpha so it could be mounted on a naked Athlon.

OCWorkbench checked out the K7T-Pro, something to stick your Duron into.

GU previewed BreakNeck a new fast-paced driving game..

TE checked out Download Accelerator, a peice of software that overclocks your net connection.. hmm. Seems to really work (surprised expression).

iXBT were unexcited about the Elsa Gladiac, pretty much a reference GeForce2 GTS video board.

OCMax are creeping ever closer to the magic 10,000 3DMark2000 points!

In-depth look at the x86 architecture on TweakMax.

TE have a thing on Internet Law..

New box goes on the net tomorrow, new box goes on the net tomorrow! ..providing Zip don't drop the ball. Might be able to move the forums over pretty soon.. hmm.

Damn! Forgot to eat dinner again. :)



Spotted Willy (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-June-2000  23:18:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, some Willamette sightings recently - firstly Clonex pointed out this thread in HardwareCentral's forums, then I think Fullon3D got the same guy in for a more detailed look..

That sandra memory benchmark is truly mind-wobbling.

JC's has a nice summary and further info.

Methinks someone's going to get slapped around with an NDA soon..



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-June-2000  22:59:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I know, the server is crapping itself. Lots of reloading, lots of 500 errors. Tell your friends that vservers.com suck. New server should be on the net this thursday afternoon, domain transferred over early next week.. cross everything you've got 2 of.

Been working on the new server config, so quick news tonight:

That's all, good night! :)



Buy a motherboard, win a trip to Europe! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-June-2000  23:02:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, if you've been putting off buying a P3V4X or CUV4X, now might be the time to do it.. here's some info from the Asus distributor about a new competition they're running:

As authorised distributors for ASUS we serve numerous computer dealers Australia wide and in turn we support them in selling ASUS to their customers/end-users. The competition is simple, buy the ASUS P3V4X or the CUV4X from one of the ASUS computer dealers who purchase their ASUS from Achieva Technology. Fill in the official entry coupon and send it back to Achieva for their chance to win one of the London, Paris or Rome holiday of 5 nights accomodation. The twist is that as the P3V4X or CUV4X end-user fills in the entry coupon , which asks to also fill on who they bought the ASUS from, well if that coupon is drawn, not only does P3V4X or CUV4X end-user win the holiday but also the ASUS computer dealer win exactly the same prize!

Here's a banner you'll see on the site from time to time, it links to the official website:




Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-June-2000  22:29:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Got my freebie APC SurgeArrest powerboards today! Woo. A few people have been asking after them, just go read this thread that explains how to grab your own..

A couple of people sent in this link to a new database of faults, itsnotworking.com.. gotta love URL's with "snot" in them.

Some Duron info at CPUReview.

AMD have woken up to the fact that not making any more SlotA Thunderbirds would be a really bad idea.

Competition over at PCExtremes .. they ask what country you're in, so looks like it's open to international..

If I told you to go buy me a "Spressa", would you know it's an IDE CD-RW drive? No, you'd come back with a steaming cup of hot caffeine, wouldn't you?

GU have reviewed the Tornado 1000 midtower case..

Alpha FC-PAL35 reviewed on FrostyTech..

iXBT got their Celly2 667 to 1GHz.. and still think it's kinda sucky.

Hexus have an article, how to install a proxy in Linux..

Whenever I see these things I really want to write "someone's reviewed a pooper-scooper for the PC".. but that would be Bad. So, I won't. HardWarePros have reviewed the 2CoolPCPlus, an AIR scoop for your PC.. we checked one of these out a few months ago, quite useful.

For the Gothic look, try painting your monitor black.



Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-June-2000  23:42:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

G3D have another contest.. gotta pay shipping.

Overclocking Manila have some clear case photos up.. looks like a pretty sweet rig actually.

The Rampaging Russians at iXBT look at chips that clock to 1.5x their rated speed.. some huge performance comparison graphs, definitely worth checking out.

Duron mobos in Japan, doo-dah, doo-dah..

Funny Kyle-vs-Tom pic on InsaneHardware.

Another funky case, this time the AMK 333333333333336 on GameDen. I may have an extra '3' there.

Manaz is organising a group purchase of stuff (Panaflo fans at the moment) from the US here in the forums..

How does Optical storage work? I don't know either.. but FlyingSquid do.

Kinda rambling technical editorial summary article about lots of stuff here on CTNews3D. Nice camera, burns images onto CD-R's..

Another rambling editorial about everything and nothing here on PCCritix. Is this becoming a trend?

You don't need another Daikatana review to tell you it sucks. I've never even seen it, and even I can tell you that. Hey.. wait a second, they give it 4.5 out of 5 stars..

This can't be right either. InsaneHardware publishing a review? Sexy Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 video card..

GlobalWin's FDP-32 gets the going-over by UKGamer..



New Server Info (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-June-2000  22:52:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, the new server is 99% set up. Just need to get it on the network and do some testing before moving the domain over.

In case you're wondering, it's:

2x C366 @ 550MHz (this site will be served from an overclocked box, how cool. :) ) These CPU's are the best of 60 or so that went through my hands - 100% stable, sanded to full copper with FEP-32's on them. They've both done 682 with monster cooling so 550 is nothing for them.
Abit BP6 motherboard
256MB PC100 RAM
Adaptec 2940UW PCI UW-SCSI2 card
2x IBM 9.1GB UW-SCSI2 7200rpm drives (one dedicated to web-page storage, so separate spindles for system/logging and web data)
DDS-3 (12GB native) SCSI DAT tape drive

Debian Linux
Apache webserver
..etc. This machine is a kick-ass linux box and massively over-engineered for what we need right now.. which is good.

Might do a proper article on it.. probably not, maybe just a summary page, "server info" or something. Hmm.



New Banner Script (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 17-June-2000  23:46:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Testing a new banner script tonight and Sunday.. I'd appreciate any feedback you have on errors, load times etc. I know the site's a little sluggish at the moment anyway.. :(

This all means you will see more relevant ads on this site soon.. ie, Australian and/or hardware related.



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 17-June-2000  21:26:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Site seems to be intermittently available at the moment. Stick it through for a week or so then the new box will be up and things should be sweet again.

Ian pointed this out in the forums, a thread about how to recover from the dreaded "oops" in fdisk.. very useful.

TweakTown have reviewed the socket GoldenOrb.. their results show the Globalwin FKP-32 beating the Alpha PEP66 by 3.5 degrees C..? Something is not right there..

AthlonOC check out the AOpen AK72 .. nice and stable but they don't like it much.

OcMax have started a 3DMark2000 ladder .. some impressive scores.

Relive the classics with OCManila's review of the Abit BF6..

FrostyTech have some tasty Lasagna BGA cooling for you..

VR-Zone have reviewed the EPOX EP-BX7+ .. a new FC-PGA i440BX board. They like it a lot.

Seems a few people have gotten free SurgeArrests from APC, according to this thread in the forums. Cool! Now, where's mine? :)

Hmm, serious things happening behind the scene with RAM manufacturers, check out this and also (more detail) this on TechReport. Another crap product trying to be shoved down our throats in the courtroom..

G3D have reviewed the Elsa Gladiac.. GeForce2 video.

GU have reviweed the Tyan TA64-B, an FC-PGA Apollo Pro 133A motherboard..

Dan's checked out a Samsung laser printer..

HotHardware review the Soyo SY-6VCA .. an Apollo Pro 133A board.



Friday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-June-2000  22:49:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

News script is getting something of a workout tonight. :) You'd think we all had nothing better to do on a friday night..

Portable watercooling rig here, very serious looking.

Overclockers.com have compiled some reader data into a cb0 survey, interesting P3 info.

VERY interesting rant from Courtney Love about the music industry.. yeah, she says, piracy is rampant - but NOT from Napster-type programs..

RAM is probably going to get more expensive.. info here and here. Jim Baker from Realtime Systems (Australian Corsair distributor) has already been advised of a 10% increase by his US supplier.. :(

AnandTech have more Computex2000 info, motherboards this time, part one and part two.

We are starting to see a bit of a backlog of content.. once the new server comes up there will be a few reviews/articles in rapid succession. Good stress-test for the new box anyway. :)



Friday Night Interests (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-June-2000  22:15:33 (GMT +10) - by YYK

I got my Cable today! YAY! I waited just under a month for it.. simply amazing!

An interesting article about tethers being used in space;

Recent news about the laser weapon that destroys missles, but the interesting bits about it was the other systems they're planning;

Chris S. has sent me a very amusing review from SimHQ on the classic game Gunship. Review includes a Haiku and a Gunship activity pack which cites the warning "When handling sharp objects, please get a grownup to help.";

Ever thought "I wonder how fast i can make these bar stools go?" or "i wish these bar stools would take me to the toilet..." If that's been playing upon your drunken mind, here's just the thing for you. Thanks to Wai!!!

Off to play with my cable



Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-June-2000  22:11:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

New box is coming along well, just compiling the kernel for SMP now.. :)

A bunch of people sent this in today.. finally, a guide to overclocking we can all understand, from JeffK of SomethingAwful.com. :) I can't decide if that guy makes me want to laugh or just hit things..

Another Taisol heatsink on ExtremeCooling.de (german) .. looks a LOT like the Globalwin FKK-50, hmm.

Another funky LCD Display for Linux here.. thanks Clonex!

A review of the CyrixIII / Samuel processor from VIA..

FiringSquad have reviewed the Leadtek GeForce2 GTS card.. this is the one with monster heatsink as stock.

HotHardware have checked out the KingMax TinyBGA ram.. this stuff is pretty common in Oz..

Interesting thing in the SMH about the completion of the Human Genome Project. They're finished now, but was it all hype?

This is just plain weird (and maybe a little freaky for the easily-disturbed among you) .. a cat with two faces ..

Back on topic, iXBT have their Monthly Hardware Roundup up.. an interesting (if lengthy) read as always.

Another steering wheel review, this time the PC GTO Wheel on GamingIn3D..

UGHardware have a thing on FSAA.. focussing on image quality, rather than performance.

A little more info on remarked Athlons at InsaneHardware..

In case you're wondering what to get me for Christmas (you can never start planning too early :) ) .. HardOCP have pics of 1GB PC133 SDRAM DIMMs ..

TweakMax have added Quake3 benchmarks to their CAS2 vs CAS3 article..

FiringSquad have managed to squeeze another FSAA article out.. this time, how it fares with a Thunderbird processor..

Heh, Sniper pointed this out.. look on BXBoards, scroll down a bit for the "Data Condom Technology" .. the product is really called that. :)

ThoughtShell have reviewed the Celly2 566..



APC board arrived! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-June-2000  20:50:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You may remember a few weeks ago Agg put a link up about APC offering some free surge protectors to people just for doing their short survey. Mine arrived today, woohoo! Other people that registered should receive theirs soon as well, if they haven't already.


Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-June-2000  21:29:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PCExtremes have reviewed something called the "AVB MagTurbo Force GC-FBW7" .. it's a steering wheel. Has funky Formula1-style gear flippers.

ClubOC have reviewed the Golden Orb for Athlon..

If you think Blizzard should make an Australian server for Diablo II, then go sign this petition.

Electic.com have reviewed the Tyan Tiger 133A .. this is a dual-slot1 Apollo Pro 133A board!

CPUBurn have checked out a new AOpen slocket..

Mouse with no ball on TweakTown, the Intellimouse Optical.

Hmm, another interesting one on Ars-Technica.. "The Future of x86".

Clash of the Internet Keyboards on NeoSeeker..

OCTools have an article on lapping .. my article on lapping, nearly a year old now and still pulling a lot of traffic, is here..

Wow, apples in space..

On VR-Zone, a Thunderbird 700 o/c to 990.. details here.

HardCoreWare have checked out the SuperPower Polaris .. nuclear missile or full-tower case?

Hmm, another funky mp3 player..

CTNews3D have also reviewed the Pioneer 16X DVD..

Tom sent in an interesting link.. "How a USB port works".

SiliconAngel pointed out this monster heatsink in the forums..

Woo, NASA have a new rocket engine that can get people to mars in only 3 months. Save up your holiday leave!

Naked Thunderbird frolics on this german page..



Wednesday Night Jive (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-June-2000  01:00:42 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Well my incompetent high school science teacher of yesteryear might have been correct in her bold statement in that the moon emits light

Evidence to show that Neanderthals were a vegan's nightmare

Submarine sends email via sound waves… which means my excuse of I was on a nuclear sub is now invalid… oh well, there's the rocket Aurora…

Speaking of auroras… the lucky people of the Siberia has been seeing some great ones … like how I tied that in… no? Ok I admit it was pretty lame! Now that you've put me in downer, I'll tell you that they're in decline..

Poyee tells me of a site that sends ring tones to your mobile… now you can be the coolest at school… your station in life will change so much that people will be throwing themselves at you, or maybe garbage



No news tonight (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-June-2000  00:27:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sorry guys, been ripping machines apart to build the new web box, just got my workstation reinstalled.. off to bed.

Expect a double-dose of news tomorrow night. :)



Damnit (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-June-2000  08:07:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, I got word from the current hosting company this morning.. basically the site is killing their server and they want me to either get a dedicated box with them or sod off. :)

So. [deep sigh] .. movin' time again. I am building a dedicated box which I will co-locate with an ISP or someone in Sydney. The cool thing about this is that I will own the box, so [a] it will be a kickass box and it will have pretty much unlimited disk space, memory, utilization etc. I am also working out an "unlimited" bandwidth deal.. (turns out that "unlimited" means about 500mb/day with the current company, with the KA7 review we did about 1.2GB yesterday). This should also be well over-spec for what this site needs, so it should stay there for a long time.

At the moment it looks like I will host the machine on Zip's network.. if you know of any other companies in Sydney that offer co-location (ie, you give them a box to put on their LAN with bigass internet connection), drop me a note, thanks..

I think I've bought myself about 2 weeks to get off the current provider. Don't worry about using the forums or anything, the normal daily traffic is fine, it's just the big peak days from new reviews that are a problem. So no more new reviews until we move. They have also capped the bandwidth that the server can use.. sigh.. so I don't know if this will lead to any outages or drop in performance during those two weeks.. we'll have to see.



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 13-June-2000  22:11:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, got that "forgot something important today" feeling..

Hey, there's going to be a Russian Space Shuttle sitting on a pier in Sydney Harbour.. (checks watch) nope, not April 1st, they must be serious .. [??]

HardOCP have discovered a new videocard that is both cheapish and fastish. Cool.

New Aussie hardware site, HardAvenue .. they certainly have the largest buttons in the industry.

PCCritix have a review of the Leufken Alpha P3125 Peltier PIII cooler..

Hey, this is cool. Jabber is an open-source ICQ -AND- AOL IM client.. and can be configured to work with other instant-message systems, too..

ArsTechnia have checked out the Soyo SY-6VCA. They certainly slap it around a bit on the first page.. sucky layout indeed.

AthlonOC have reviewed another KX133 motherboard, this time the Soyo SY-K7VIA..

Weird 3D-LCD review on freaky-backgrounded site here ..

If you were AMD, kickass-CPU manufacturer extraordinaire, you think you'd be able to crank out some pretty decent heatsinks, yes? Well, actually, you'd get someone else to make them for you.. and that someone else might make other heatsinks and sell them separately.. and this site has reviewed one! In German.. but you can still look at the pictures and graphs, ja ja.

3DFX must've fixed the probs with the Voodoo5, because they're apparently on sale in the UK now.

Dan's been playing with a little projector from Acer..

Woo! Is this the first major sign of the restrictions placed on MicroSoft? IBM have announced that Linux is now a standard option on their laptops..

HardwareCorner has a socket cooler shootout ..

PCStats have reviewed a KX133 board from Gigabyte.. the GA-7VM.

Coupla interesting things on AnandTech.. firstly a roundup of the chipsets on display at Computex2000.. also a High End Systems recommendations guide..

Whoops, missed this on Anand's site a few days ago too, the Creative Annihilator 2 ... mmmm, 2 gigatexels.. [rubs nipples]



Abit KA7 Motherboard Review! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-June-2000  23:29:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Alright, I've been threatening you with this one for a while now. Well, I spent pretty much all of this long weekend on it, and it's turned into a monster. Lots of info, some spectacular benchmarks, comparisons to the K7V.. the works!


Click here for the full review!

Also, I've made a forum for the KA7 - I think it invites the same level of discussion as the P3V4X, being similarly tweakable and a little quirky with the potential for serious performance. So if you're a current KA7 owner or thinking of becoming one, feel free to jump in!



Sunda... Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-June-2000  23:22:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Public holidays always confuse my internal clock. :) Hope you all had a good one, shame about the weather in Sydney..

Interesting article from the ArsMasters, an interview with the ex-editor of a PC/Gaming print magazine..

FiringSquid have put up the second part of their "How Memory Works" article ..

Alright! A contest that favours Australians! Go TweakTown! .. you need some artistic ability.. soo.. aww, crap.

JC has an article up, AMD - A year ago today" .. they announced the Athlon. Interesting read, touches on Athlon's roots in the DEC Alpha processor, something I've read about before.

Dastardly Dan is double-dipping! But I'll let him get away with it. He's updated his Thunderbird article.. he suddenly remembered the whole GFD thing, from the looks of it. :)

OCManila have taken a P3-700E to 1GHz.

There may or may not have been another earthquake in Taiwan. Winbond felt it but nobody else seems to have..?

MWP pointed out this guy in the forums.. I read it and was severely humbled at just how hardcore I am not. Amazing stuff.

My quest for Linux-based winbond-monitoring may be at an end, BF pointed out this, also in the forums. Looks good, will check into it..
Morgan sent along some interesting info from iXBT.. Tyan announcing a motherboard with DDR266 SDRAM support (!), among other things..

OCMax have a review of the Creative GeForce2 GTS video card.. mmmm.

Win stuff over at BigFoot .. you have to pay shipping.. sheesh.

iXBT have also checked out the Voodoo5-5500 .. not too fast but visuals are good.

TweakTown have a GeForce2 GTS Overclocking Guide up.. as if they're not fast enough already.. what am I saying?!

PCExtremes have reviewed a thermal warning device that will alert you if you ever accidentally leave a hairdryer pointed into your case. Okey dokey. Thanks guys.

CPUBurn have checked out the FKP-32 and IStormII.. details here ..

JSI have reviewed the Soltek SL65KV motherboard.. their site's as slow as hell so I can't see what it is. I imagine you stick a CPU into it somewhere.

ChipOnline have reviewed a Sony 8x4x32 CD-RW.



Sunday Mornin' (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 11-June-2000  11:34:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Bit of a rant here on CTNews about the cost of being on the bleeding edge.

Couple of P3V4X-related things on Overclockers.com - firstly, slocket seem to play a part in the false temp readings .. also they have a user's experience with cooling the clockgen chip.

TweakMax discovered that raising the VIO voltage let them overclock their V3 higher. So that's what that little jumper is for..

General editorial roundup article over at PCCritix.

FastPC-UK have an article up about cracking open your Athlon.. I think this is the only article I've seen that shows the correct way to get the heatplate clips off.

HardCoreWare have some golden orbage action happening.

Dan's got some good news about Thunderbirds..

Geronimo2000 (?) have an article on using WCPREDIT to tweak your BX board..

Actually, on their home page, they have the solution to something that's been irritating me for ages about MS O/S's.. no filename completion in DOS boxes! Why can't you type a bit of the filename then hit TAB to get the full thing, like you can in dang near any UNIX machine? Well.. according to the info on that page (not tested it yet), in Win2K you can, by making a little registry modification. Cool.

Finally, here's a little Sunday morning brainteaser for you in the forums. :) Blame YYK.



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 10-June-2000  23:55:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Spent a little time watching the V8 racing on TV today.. that Canberra circuit is lunacy, soo tight and twisty, yeeghs!

Rass sent in the link to this cool anti-spam story.. worth a read, what happens when spammers pick on the wrong guy.. :)

Sniper sent word that he had no end of troubles with an AWE64 PCI sound card on his Abit KA7, until he turned on the "memory hole" option in the BIOS. It would work until trying to make sound and then lock up. Something to keep in mind..

Thunderbirds are Go! In japan, that is.

Hexus.com have their KA7 review up now.. mine should be ready early next week, did a lot of work on it today. Actually, to whet your appetite a bit, check out this Sandra memory score I got last night:


That's fairly heavily tweaked, of course, but it shows what the board is capable of.. and people say VIA chipset memory bandwidth sucks!

Good to see Bill doing an old sleight-of-hand trick.. distract the audience from the real action..

Nice-looking water jacket reviewed on G3D..

PCInsight have reviewed the 2CoolPC Plus, the plastic air-scoop thingy..

TweakTown have reviewed the Asus V7700, a GeForce2 video card..

FiringSquad have an interesting article up, all about RAM..

ExtremeHW have checked out the latest force feedback wheel from Logitech. I love driving games, should get myself one of these things..



where is hdtach? (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 10-June-2000  12:12:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

First person to mail me the URL for hdtach gets to see their name in lights. :)

UPDATE: YTM wins! Dwight was a very close second. Thanks guys! In case anyone else is wondering, the URL is: http://www.tcdlabs.com/hdtach.htm



Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-June-2000  22:45:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I bought a jazz album today. I liked it. Be afraid.

No links to the microsoft story from me today. I promise. You've seen 'em everywhere else today.

Samuli sent in some cool linux info - people have been discussing hardware monitoring under Linux in the forums. Well, this shows you how to hook up an ultra-funky LCD display with system info and this is kinda like MBM for X.

What I'm after is something that you can poll, or get it to write to a text file it can email or stick into a web page or something, so I can monitor a machine from remote. Drop me a note if you have any ideas..

Oooh yeah. Bigass rewriteable media.. 4.7GB big.

Antivirus software for your Palm. Okey dokey.

AusPCMarket also have some info on Computex2000. Looks like everyone went to Taiwan except me!

Ahh, I love getting emails like this:
Dear whom,
Could you pleasse tell me how to overclock my computer?
Thanks
From dn
_______________________________________________________
Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com


Another quality review from Dan.. this time he looks at the KA7-100.

TweakTown have an article up.. how to install a NIC!

Coupla silly things stolen from HardOCP .. if you flirt online, you're going to hell .. so go fling a cow instead..

All you lucky BH6 owners now have a FAQ page to call your very own.. on an Aussie site, too!



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-June-2000  23:13:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

FiringSquad have a Thunderbird test rig (bastards) and have done some experimentation with the latest video chipsets from Nvidia and 3DFX..

NeoSeeker have an IDE RAID roundup..

CPUBurn have checked out a USB mouse from Data Plus..

iBXT have reviewed the Asus AGP-V7700, their GeForce2 offering..

I hinted at this a couple of weeks ago, but now they've announced it.. Abit are now making speaker systems for desktop theatre.

A company called Kentron have announced their cheapy PC133 ram.



Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-June-2000  23:01:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Silly X-Files tonight. :)

Guru3D have an interview with 3DFX's head PR guy ..

Darkstar sent word of a bizarre webpage/mobile phone virus..

Hey, a review of Daikatana that doesn't just say "IT SUCKS" in big letters.. they managed to wait until page 5 before telling you to buy something (anything) else. I want to see a copy of this game, I just can't fathom something this terrible. :)

Kadzy from the forums has written up a couple of things he thinks you'll find useful.. firstly "How to build a water-cooler" and secondly "How to make a fanbus".. cool.

Ooh, faster than light, faster than light! Not just a bit faster, but 300 times faster. Thanks Scott!

TE have a thing up about ATA-100.

OCWorkbench have a fair bit of stuff up from Computex2000 in Taiwan.

The scoopsters over at InsaneHardware have pics of Willamette this is Intel's 7th generation core..

Hexus.com have a review of the Soyo SY-7VCA .. this is an Apollo Pro 133A mainboard, Socket370.

JC's has some very interesting info about multiplier locking (and the defeat thereof) on the new AMD chips..

HotHardware have checked out the Elsa Gladiac now.. GeForce2, 32MB DDR.

Arne let me know that MadOnion.com, makers of super-funky benchmark 3DMark2000, are giving stuff away..

TE think June is going to be a big month in the hardware scene..



AllAdvantage cough up again.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-June-2000  22:15:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Another cheque from AllAdvantage arrived today..



Thanks guys! I hope cheques arrived for all of you today too..



New Forum! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-June-2000  19:53:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As suggested by ArakniD, I have created a forum specifically for "Extreme Cooling" .. all the crazy stuff we do to get our PC's as cold as possible. Go crazy! :)


a very short quickie (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-June-2000  22:29:25 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Can you have a long quickie?

Anyway, from the BBC an article that shows that blackholes sometimes blows.

Russians, according to CNN, are stealing metal from Baikonur, which ain't too good for the space industry.

Sony are selling it's P2 chips to other companies.

Place your terrorist webserver here. An offshore internet data haven.

The ban on offensive domain names in NZ has been lifted

A picture of the new wave of portable offices

And a new way of looking at the news site is here



Tuesday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-June-2000  22:22:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BTW, Optus had a major bearer severed (again) today, so if you can't get to some sites or are finding it slow, that's probably why.

ArsTechnica are getting all excited about the prospect of an "Open" PlayStation2.

Bigass fans at the TechZone.

CardCooler shootout at JSI Hardware. Nice fuzzy photos, yergh, but interesting comparison of the different types out there.

Dan, ever the master of sarcasm, has reviewed a pen scanner .. you know, run it along text and it OCR's it for you. Neato, but not cheapo.

Wow. If you've read Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon (great book BTW), then this will be very spooky to you.. a bunch of cypherpunks have made a sensitive-data-haven in a remote, tiny country..

PCExtreme have reviewed a TVM 19" monitor.

GlideUnderground have reviewed the QuickCam Pro USB..

CTNews checked out the Hercules Prophet II GTS..

TweakTown also sent word of a new Kryotech press release involving the funky new Athlons.. mmm!



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-June-2000  21:50:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The only thing I hate more than early shift is early shift in winter.

Reaper got his hands (briefly) on some of that sweet new CAS2 PC133 RAM from Corsair, check out how it fared in the forums..

Jeff McLuckie sent in another review, this time the Belkin USB Busport. This lets you add 2 USB ports to your machine..


Click here for the full review..


PCInsight have checked out the Elsa Erazor X2 DDR.. this is a GeForce-based video card.

VIA introduced a low-power version of their Cyrix III (Joshua) processor at Computex today, for laptops etc..

TweakTown (hmm, can't get to the site at the moment) have reviewed the MSI-8809 AGPhantom .. a GeForce-based adapter with 32MB of SDR memory.

Some info sent in by Andrew - thanks dude, firstly Intel have delayed Timna, Hollywood is rewriting history again and irritating Britain in the process and finally, Britain's Ministry of Defence have admitted to mislaying 67 laptops over the last few years..

Wow, a tiny USB drive, a bit larger than a matchbox, 256MB.. thanks mr bill! Yes, wake me when the 1GB version is available. :)

This is amazing. A huge ship, absolutely massive, continuously circling the globe, full of people living there for tax reasons.. far out.



Monday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-June-2000  21:24:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MagicTorch have slapped a bigass cooler on their GeForce..

FiringSquad have taken a break from FSAA comparisons (damn, just when they were getting interesting) and have reviewed.. AOpen's GeForce2 GTS card.

Bwhahaha, the band "The Offspring" are selling unlicensed, ie pirated, Napster tshirts and hats from their website..

A bunch of people wrote in to say there's a new version of PowerStrip, the funky videocard overclocking utility. I just use the Detonators with coolbits. Ahh well.. go get it here if it's your thing!

Let a little Borg into your life with this Australian site about wearable computers..



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-June-2000  19:58:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD's Dresden plant has shipped the first batch of Athlon processors.. these are the funky ones with on-board L2 cache, available in SlotA and SocketA.

CPUBurn have an interesting article, building a multimedia server. Basically, an MP3/DVD-serving machine with remote control.. neato.

ArsTechnia have an article up on BeOS R5.

If you're looking for a spanish-language Overclocking site, try Overclockers Chile..

Samuli pointed out this site, which has info and files for NVIDIA-based cards.. drivers, BIOS flashing info and images.. good stuff.

ipKonfig have an article on overclocking and lapping your Voodoo3 3500..

3DXtreme have mirrored the leaked V3 + V5 drivers..

TweakMax have some info on CAS2 vs CAS3 and the overall effects on performance at various FSB's..

iXBT have a great article up, a huge roundup of KX133-based Athlon boards. Quality stuff as usual from the rampaging Russians..

ArsTechnica have also reviewed the game Hidden and Dangerous..



Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-June-2000  23:11:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

uuurghh.. pool.. vodka..

Darkstar pointed out something cool here in the forums.. an expansion on the famous promise hack .. this time doing it to motherboards that have the promise cards built in..

Win yourself a cd-burner by signing up for a newsletter here.. you can also win stuff on ClubOverclocker. Neither of those mention international.. hmm.

These are NOT the first pics of the Thunderbird/Duron on the web, but Tweaktown have a bunch of new ones for you, very interesting..

Some musings on fan placement here (click "CPU Cooling" on left menu) ..

This is a fake. Athlon with 1MB L2 cache. Xeon Athlon? Ohhhh yes. :) Scroll down a bit on that page for the link, actually..

TweakTown also have a thing on ATA-33 vs ATA-66..

Article here .. "Overclocking the P2-233 on a budget" ..

I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but I'm a little scared. I see a BP6.. some tubing.. a socking great airconditioner..



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 3-June-2000  22:20:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BXBoards have reviewed the Soltek 77KV, their new KX133-based Athlon mainboard..

A stupid law in Pennsylvania.. you can go to jail for getting a macrovirus like Melissa and spreading it. Still, it'll teach you to keep your virus protection up to date..

Yet another comparo of the VOS-32 and Alpha P7125..

MyKomputer have reviewed the Athlon 1GHz..

Interesting read on GameSpot about Daikatana, John Romero etc.. bit of a slog, I've not finished reading it yet..

iXBT have taken a look at the coppermine P3-933E..

GlideUnderground have reviewed a Mellenger video card cooling kit..

PCStats have reviewed the MSI K7 Pro, another KX133 Athlon board..

If MP3's are so Evil and are hurting the record industry so much, how come they keep breaking sales records?

Hexus obviously had their weetbix today - firstly a review of the afterburner GFD, then they checked out the GlobalWin 802 case and finally a review of the Alpha P7125..

Logitech have made a mouse that looks suspiciously like some of Microsoft's more recent offerings and Dan has reviewed it.

Interesting article on FiringSquad, basically debating whether video card fill rate or sheer CPU grunt is the most important thing for a gaming system.. this will help you make upgrade decisions. They even got John Carmack to answer a few Q's about how games use hardware..

You can (maybe) win a digital camera here. Doesn't say if it's open to international or not..

Interesting rant here about how 3D games suck at the moment because, according to the author, they're all show and no gameplay.

Hey! Hexus have snuck another review in, jeez. This time it's an alpha socket370 comparo.

Soyo have updated the documentation for some of their motherboards..

The Alpha P7125 is pretty much the ultimate Athlon air-cooler.. but it'd be even better if you could mount it directly onto the CPU core.. well, AthlonOC show you how!

PCIndex.com.au have some Athlon Overclocking Tips for you.. interesting article actually, well done.

OcShoot are still having fun with their Vapochill..

In this funny thread in the forums, Browny dares you to stare at this page for 5 minutes. I confess, I failed. I take no responsibility for any kind of psychological or physical damage you suffer if you take up the challenge. :) Lots of flashing lights involved.



Voodoo 3 3000 + Peltier = Bad (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-June-2000  23:13:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

P1aGu3 sent this in, the kind of thing you never want to see happen to your gear:


Click here for the full story..


Amazingly, the patient survived..



Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-June-2000  23:08:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's no denying that Dremels are cool. I keep looking for things to hack to peices with mine.. I kinda get nervous using it though, I have visions of it twisting out of my hands and lopping an arm off.. anyway, if that's not your thing (the Dremel, not accidental amputation, that's nobody's thing) try these other tools on for size.

I finally got sick of Win2KPro's stupid internet connection sharing dying every few months and installed this instead, Analog-X, it's free, simple to install and works fine.. cool. Thanks to Sandman for pointing it out in the forums (ages ago now)

TE have a thing on Win2K vs WinME.. actually, something that really irritates me is the way MS is dumbing down all the operating systems. I mean, "Computers Near Me" is where you look for network devices? Give me a break, I wonder how many confused support calls that causes - it's hard enough trying to explain why people have to click on the "My Computer" icon .. "what..? click on YOUR computer? from here?" .. "No, where it says MY COMPUTER on the screen" .. "Yours?? But you're on a different floor?!" .. argh! Anyway, this is bugging me because I wasted a fair amount of time fiddling with network settings on my Win2K and a couple of Win98 boxes this evening (before installing Analog-X) .. stupid wizard things keep popping up, just let me change the freaking settings!

(ahem)

There should be a setting when you install an operating system .. "Do you know what the hell you're doing?" .. if you say yes, it doesn't install all the stupid wizards and autoconfiguration bollocks. I can use the disk space for other stuff, thanks Bill.

Ok, ok.. rant over.

Overclockin.com got their Celly2-533 to 852.. not bad at all.

Hmm, the IWILL VD133 Pro (Apollo Pro 133A mobo) looks pretty good, a review here on Overclockers.com, another on VIAHardware and another on HardwareCentral. What's so special about it? Well, onboard IDE RAID isn't something you see every day..

Another international contest, this time from PCHardware Romania. Go here and enter your details, maybe win a motherboard!



Intel i815 Delayed? (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-June-2000  22:57:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Is this old news? Or big news? I can hardly tell these days.. :

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has delayed the launch of its 815
or Solano chip set from June 5 until June 19, according to sources
close to the chip maker.

It is not yet clear whether the delay indicated a road map revision
or a technical flaw with the chip set. Lately, Intel has delayed
certain Xeon microprocessors to maximize yields and satisfy its OEM
customer base.

The 815, however, is seen as an important product release for Intel
because it mixes a native interface to PC133 SDRAM with the latest
performance-enhancing features that OEMs covet.

While the 815 is targeted at the low-end "value" segment of the PC
market, it will support both the 133-MHz front-side bus of the
Pentium III plus the 66- and forthcoming 100-MHz bus of the new
Celeron microprocessors that use Intel's Coppermine core. A source
confirmed that Intel is de-emphasizing support for the older,
0.25-micron Mendocino versions of the Celeron, long prized by
hobbyists that overclock the chips to faster frequencies.

A spokesman for Intel in Folsom, Calif., declined to comment on the
release date or specific features of the forthcoming chipsets, as
they have yet to be formally announced. He did say, however, that the
815 will support both the Celeron and Pentium III product families.

Intel has delayed two chip sets from June 5, the Intel 815 and the
Intel 815E. The latter differs from the 815 in that it uses the
second version of Intel's I/O Controller Hub, or ICH-2. According to
previously disclosed road maps, the ICH-2's key feature is its
inclusion of the ATA-100 storage interface.

However, no problems with the ICH-2 have been reported, and the first
new chip set to use the technology, a derivative of the existing
Intel 820 or Camino chip set, is still on track to launch on June 5,
sources reported. The Intel 820E, as it is called, uses an interface
to Direct Rambus memory.


I got it from a distributor, who got it from a contact inside a motherboard manufacturer..



Free Surge-Suppressor Powerboard! (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-June-2000  22:50:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I got this flyer thing in the snailmail today and I thought I'd share it. Go here http://promo.apcc.com within the next week, enter the code 48114k, enter your details and they will (apparently) send you [a] a brochure telling you about a new rackmounted UPS a lottery ticket [c] a free "SurgeArrest", that looks from the photos like a spike-arresting powerboard made by APC. All 3 are apparently sent if you sign up within 10 days (of today), not one randomly. There's probably a limited number so you might not get anything. Or maybe they have some kind of tracking thing and will only send one. I don't know. Can't hurt to try, I guess! No, I don't get anything from telling you this, isn't not an affiliate thing.


500 registered forum users! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-June-2000  23:46:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Special greets to MRPiGoiL, the 500th registered user of our new forums.. :)


Acer F51 15" LCD Monitor Review (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-June-2000  23:41:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Bah, had to give the LCD monitor back. :) It was nice, but had some typical LCD-specific niggles and wasn't entirely suitable for my kind of usage..


Click here for the full review..



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-June-2000  23:23:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A bunch of people sent in the news that Telstra made an announcement about their ADSL service today, you can now check to see if your area will be included in the August trial..

A bunch more people let me know that the Detonator 2 drivers are out now for NVIDIA's cards.. get them from here but it looks like their server is down for now, too much load I suspect. Hmm, their webfiles end in .nsf, don't tell me they're using Domino to serve their site? Anyways, I had a look at these drivers, they look like they're based on 5.22.. cool.

UPDATE: Working mirror here.

BXBoards got the scoop with the first review of an i815 board. Time to change the domain name guys! :) Anyway, it's the Abit SE6, reviewed here .. a hint: the word "slothful" is present.

They've also checked out the Plextor Plexwriter 12/4/32 SCSI CDRW .. 12X CD-R! Wow.

ThoughtShell [hmm] have reviewed the Gigabyte GA-7VM, it's a KX133 Athlon mobo..

Text in German, but good pics here of converting an Alpha P7125 (Athlon cooler) to a PPGA peltier cooler..

TweakTown have put up a GeForce Overclocking guide, focussing on using PowerStrip..

Intel slashed their prices, but the K7-700 is still cheaper than the P3-550E.. in the US, at any rate.

GU checked out the Zip 250.. and didn't like it much.

Heh, technical people going to microwave oven training .. :)

Intel have made it official, they're moving away from mendocino support. i815 hasn't got it, apparently.. :(

G3D have reviewed a 55W peltier kit..

Dan checked out the Asus V7700. He wasn't exactly blown off his feet by the awesome wonderfulness of it.. a good read as always.

Mr Bill sent this in, Hitachi's new 1GB flash PCMCIA card.. wow! They also have a 448MB CompactFlash card.. my digital camera would store over 1500 pictures at maximum quality level, 1024x768, on one of those.. :)

I've no idea what this does, but it's described as a kinda volume control for Maxtor hard drives.. must adjust the timing or something to make them quieter? I said I don't know, ok? :)

InsaneHardware have reviewed a Seagate UDMA/66 drive, 28GB, 7200rpm, fully buzzword-compliant. :)



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