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August 2000
Thursday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-August-2000  23:59:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

GamePC have an SDRAM Shootout: Beyond 160MHz article up.

Wouldn't that annoy you? You write up a big 1.13GHz Pentium3 review, and on the day you're going to launch it, Intel recall the processor. D'oh! What do you do? Well, if you're SharkyExtreme, you post the damned review anyway.

Heh, seen this one before, but for those who haven't - Firemoth sent in this BIG Blue Screen Of Death picture.. :) I seem to recall people saying that it was shot in Melbourne somewhere, last time it was drifting around..?

Hypothermia are still giving away their Killer Gaming Rig.. doesn't say if he'll ship it to Oz or not.

Junkz has some case mod pics here..

Apparently the latest version of Powerstrip was broken, but it's fixed now. Video-card overclocking thingy, non-free.

Buzzwords a-plenty at ChicksHardware. PCI-X, Ultra320.. but what does it all mean?! Faster disks, which can't be bad.

Heh, tales from Tech Support Hell over at Maximum3D. Been there, done that.. for 7 years now!! [breaks down and cries openly]

Some crazy suggestions for modding the Big Kahuna case in the forums. I especially like the options of [a] converting it into a flower-drying rack (?) or putting an engine into it and racing it around. :)



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-August-2000  23:15:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

FiringSquad have got some serious grunt under the hood. A 1.1GHz Athlon at 1.2Ghz, a GeForce2 Ultra at 290/500 .. yeeghs. Strap on your 5-point safety harness and check it out.

Sick of dropping your minitower all over LAN party halls? Maybe you need a case carrying harness as reviewed on ChicksHardware..

Remember the BE6-II? Version 2 of the BE6, right? Well, now there's a BE6-II Version 2.. so.. is that a BE6-IV? I've no idea. Probably a kickass motherboard, though. ATA-100 onboard, o'course.

Hmm this sounds really horrible.. MS have released a new version of IE, integrating hotmail, media player and a browser in one.. sounds like more GumbyWare.

However, they're now facing a class action suit, based on their recent monopolistic-tactics finding. Thanks Morgan.

OCMelbourne apparently have a (their first?) review of the Asus V6800 Deluxe DDR GeForce video card.. but their site is mind-numbingly slow at the moment, and I got to page 4 without seeing anything except spec sheets, so I bailed.

JC's has a bigass picture of Willamette's bigass die. Mmmmm, preety colours, but NFI what it all does. Thanks Junkz.

2CPU have some Big Willy Information.. that's the Pentium4, o'course. Ahh well, keeps Intel's lawyers off the streets, I guess.

Ratpad review on ReviewNews.

PCCritix checked out the Asus A7V..

The ArsMasters have a big guide to RAMBUS up, completing their RAM Guide.

The ultimate in convenience.. you can now pay your speeding tickets online, in NSW anyway. I discovered this URL on the back of a parking fine I paid today.. d'oh!

More in a bit. :)



Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-August-2000  12:47:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OcArena have checked out the Agilent Arcticooler..

OCWorkbench have a review of the Soltek Talking Motherboard.

John sent in a link to his mineral-oil experiment, nice one! Funny page and good pics.

Dan's checked out the funky Lian Li PC-60 aluminium case. Light on weight, big on features, mind-wobblingly expensive.

GAHardware have an editorial up, titled Overclocking: Right or Privelage?

PCNewscenter have reviewed two Internet Scanners. Good for when you want to.. umm.. scan the Internet. 'mazing.

BXBoards have updated their Overclocking Tips section. Even you old-timers can learn yerselves a thing or two there, I reckon.

FrozenSlugs have a writeup on the Pentium IV..

Chick's has a review of the Azzo PT-815TX motherboard, socket370, i815e..

Old news but cool, Term sent word of the pizza-box server..



KingMax PC133 v1.2 and PC150 SDRAM Review (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-August-2000  01:27:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today I've taken a 3-page look at KingMax's v1.2 PC133 and PC150 SDRAM. I have full benchmarks comparing the previous revisions of their PC133 (v1.0, v1.1) and these 2 new sticks, and some comparison to the Corsair CAS2 PC133 too. Impressive performance from these lower-cost chips.

Also, I cover the compatability problems with the earlier revisions on
certain motherboards - gladly, they seem to be fixed on the v1.2 sticks - and a little info on their TinyBGA packaging.


Click here for the full review!



AllAdvantage pay again.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-August-2000  18:29:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope you all got your cheques too. Money for nothing, I say..


This goes a long way towards the monthly hosting costs for this server. Thanks guys!



Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-August-2000  17:57:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Since this morning I've had about 30 emails from frantic people thinking the Big Kahuna is going to be ditched into a dumpster somewhere. Well, it's not. :) I've decided to bring it home again and mod it. I've started a thread for monster case mod suggestions in the forum, give me some inspiration. :)

Morgan pointed out a bunch of interesting stuff on Bjorn3D.. they don't have much in the way of evidence (quoting a mystery "conference call") but if their info is accurate, 3DFX are [a] bailing out of the GFX card business (and only making chipsets, like NVIDIA), looking to OEM makers to produce their boards in future and [c] in enough financial trouble to be considering selling some of their buildings. Hmm.

A couple more case mods have been posted into our forum, firstly VooDoo's HQ08 with LED's, fans and bound cables, then H2GO Flasher's fully enclosed water-cooling system..

Tech-Report have some info on a very cool Car MP3 player..

The ArsMasters have checked out an oddly-named Tablet PC, the Aqcess Qbe Cirrus.

BXBoards have checked out the MSI K7T-Pro.. SocketA, KT133.

Adrian's Rojak Pot have completed their bios guide.. find out what all those mysterious settings mean.



The Big Kahuna! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-August-2000  00:43:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Heh, just a silly little "out of interest" thing for you guys. We have a huge monster case that's been doing various things at work for the last few years, but is going to be retired soon. I thought I'd put up some pics+info on it, sort've a testament to it's passing.. :)


Click here for pics+info!



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-August-2000  00:25:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I missed this on the weekend, but just noticed Anand has a very interesting article up on the servers behind their site.. how they deal with their monster traffic load. This reminds me, I still haven't done the article on our new server here.. I'd be willing to bet we're the only hardware/overclocking site being served from an overclocked machine.. :)

Kenwood admit there's something wrong with their True40X CD-ROM drives.. a class-action suit against them forced a recall/refund.

Electic send word that there is a new BIOS for the Soyo SY-6VBA-133.. this was one of the first Apollo Pro (non-A) boards, I still have one here, still going strong despite the low memory speed..

This news story brings new meaning to the phrase "drinks like a fish"..

ChicksHardware have a review of the ATI Radeon 64MB DDR video card..

Guru3D checked out a bizarrely-named sound card.. the Mushroom Siren Audio 1.

PlanetHardware overclocked their 1.1GHz Tbird, as you would. How high did they get? Pretty damned high.. :)



Tuesday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-August-2000  18:49:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Coupla big news stories tonight, firstly: NVIDIA are suing 3DFX over patent infringements. Tech-Report have some details and links to the patents in question.

Only days after AMD announced their 1.1GHz Athlon, Intel announce they are recalling the 1.13GHz Pentiums.. owch.

Qboll has put up pics and info on his peltier-cooled system right here in our very own Extreme Cooling forum.

ChicksHardware reports that Micron are suing Rambus..

For a change, 2 companies are being friendly. 3COM and VIA are working together to integrate 3COM ethernet adapters into VIA's south bridge products.. cool.

G3D have reviewed Abit's SlocketIII cpu adapter.

HardAvenue have a storage guide up.. it worries me that they say The castlewood orb 2.2gb is also good for the person with a large amount of confidential files that are very important and are irreplaceable if lost. Overall a great investment in storage. Umm, Orbs are also famous for disintegrating with no warning and destroying all your data.

Hexus have an article on KX133 Win2K compatability..

HardCoreWare checked out the MSI K7T Pro..

There's a 56k head-to-head on PCMech..

Hypothermia have a contest happening, design a less sucky-looking site for them and win some cool stuff. :)

This is interesting. Major mobile phone manufacturers, responding to consumer concerns, will start marking phones with radiation labels detailing how much they emit.

OCTools have an article up titled Thermal Acceleration Extreme.. apparently a dual P3 @ 1.2GHz, -59C. Nice one..

PCInsight reviewed the Soyo SY-6VCA mobo.

Interesting little GeForce Utility on Guru3D, sits in your taskbar and lets you turn on/off features like anti-aliasing etc..



Tues Morn - Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-August-2000  11:42:52 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Ello…

I watched American Psycho (which was terrible… go and read the book… it’s much more … disturbing), High Fidelity (which was pretty good… go and read the book… it’s much more … enriching), and Road Trip (pretty funny… but thank god there’s no book)

Anyhow, researchers are absolutely shocked… They're passing huge amounts of solids when they found out that users on the internet use fake email accounts… OH MY LORD!!!

Here’s a new way to get a job in the IT world. Write a virus, cause huge amount of global damage. That’s what Mr. Love Bug did…

The all knowing Murdoch jr., not the one with the tattoo, says that you better start learning Hindu, cause English is not going to be the “dude” on the net for long.

Why did the fridge cross the internet? Or should that be, what do you get if you cross a fridge with the internet?

Wanna buy a satellite? How about 88? The ongoing sad saga of Iridium continues…

Speaking of sad stories, Syndey Airport, yes, the one in the Olympic city, is still having problems… But don’t worry they have 17 days to fix it… lucky we have competent people working on the Olympic management team!

Speaking of the sad case of the Olympics. You can get kicked out of the Olympics, for wearing the wrong t-shirt. So here’s the plan: let’s give one to every tourist at Sydney airport, tell ‘em it’s an aussie thing!

Adrian showed me a site that states Cthulhu is not evil, just misunderstood.. riiight….

Rom countered back, screaming inanely “I see your Cthulhu and raise you… Pikathulhu! I chose you!” Or something like that... Is it just me or people are upping their crazy dosage?

Jade told everyone to stop fighting cause she’s an aussie and we all know that aussies are tops. Ooooh… This is gonna hurt in the forums!

Joe tells be that the list of the 50 least most influential movies is inaccurate as it cites a movie with Mr. T in it. Um… ok…. Set phasers to kill…

He then pointed me to an interesting article where awoman got kicked off a site for having the wrong name.

Apparently the gals of London want to have a bath with Ronan and the guys want Britney. Of course I would want to have a bath with… YOU!

Sick of people dissing your Windows box? Want to know the real truth about Linux? Do you hate lamers talking about Linux when they have no idea? No? Ok…. Fine!

I’ve heard the rumours but apparently
a film version of this great English sci-fi comedy is in the works. London's
Evening Standard paper reports that Director Ed Bye has signed on to helm the film slated to begin production around May next year for an Easter 2002 release. Charles Armitage, chairman of Grant Naylor Productions has revealed he's aiming to get all the original cast members back for the film - Craig Charles (Lister), Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewlyn (Kryten) but could depend upon their availability

Oh and if you’re Sydney, make sure you go and check out the Dead Sea Scrolls…



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-August-2000  23:32:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

FlyingSquab (thanks Sciby) have a review of the Athlon 1100MHz.. just like all the others, but a bit faster.

ChicksHardware are giving away a VapoChill unit.. you'd be impressed if you won that.

TweakMax have reviewed the Asus CUSL2.. i815e-based mobo.

CPUReview have reviewed the MSI 8809, a GeForce256 card..

The ArsMasters have a technical article on SDRAM vs RAMBUS..

Andrew sends word of another defense supercomputer.. using mostly Compaq gear, Alpha CPU's, Compaq StorageWorks arrays etc..

HardOCP have an almost non-review of the 1.13GHz..

Old news, but hackers can now make your computer go bang.. umm, yeah, right. :) Thanks again Andrew.

You have got to be kidding.. monster water-cooled action on HardOCP. :)

HotHardware checked out a Quantum Atlas 10K HDD.. big scsi monster.

AthlonOC reviewed the A7V, SocketA, KT133 mobo..

Rizenet reviewed the CardCooler.. this is the little one, not the pet-inhaling XT one.

In case you're wondering where BXBoards went, it's now here while they sort out some server issues..

Fast-MHz also have some case mod action in their gallery..

Hehe, Pete sent a interesting screenshot from during the SUSE Linux install.. not very clever to take the default at that point..



Monday #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-August-2000  17:31:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HardwarePro's have checked out the Altech CM25 slim copper heatsink. Seems to beat the golden orb in the size/performance stakes..

ClubOC have reviewed the P3-800E and attempted to take it to the magic 1GHz.. they also have a little thingy on fan guards.

Morgan sent word that these folks in Japan have pulled apart a G4 Cube for your viewing pleasure..

Dan has reviewed the Epson Stylus Photo 1270 a sexy A3 photo printer. He liked it so much.. he bought it.

GA-Hardware checked out the Hercules/Guillemot GeForce2 MX card..

According to this recent ruling, domains aren't property and therefore can't be stolen. Soo.. you can sell them, and buy them, but if you steal it back from the person you sold it to, you're not really stealing it, because neither of you actually owned it in the first place. Another triumph of the US justice system.

Adrian has a review of the 3DLabs Permedia3 Create!, a professional video card.

FrostyTech reviewed the Gigabyte 60MM7, an i815E integrated mobo, kinda sucky for overclocking.

PCStats checked out some Infineon PC133 SDRAM..

Tweaktown have some more case mods posted in their gallery.

OCAddiction have a reader's home-made HDD cooling .. pretty simple stuff.

Hmm, remind me never to loan any expensive hardware to Tech-Junkie.. zappity zap!

Akiba have some cool stuff, Japanese text but good pics. They note that Maxtor's 80GB HDD is now on sale in Japan. They also have a tiny PC case and the bottom link here is to a very funky-looking twin-fan copper socket cooler..

UKGamer have reviewed the Tweeking Device, a tiny GFD..

Still more to come. :)



Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-August-2000  15:53:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, some of this is from the weekend..

Kurt sent a link to anteresting article on ZDNET about CPU's, AMD and others. It is expected that, between now and early next year, AMD will introduce new clock speeds every five to six weeks. A 1.2GHz Athlon is waiting in the wings, and AMD's publicly stated goal is to hit 1.5GHz early next year.

Dr Damage has a tale of woe involving a savage-chipset video card.. some interesting advice there.

PCCritix.com have reviewed the 16X DVD-ROM drive..

VIAHardware have info on VIA's 2000 roadmap. These things are always "subject to revision" though.. ie, scribbled on a post-it note and thrown out the window every few months.

Hexus have a (very) little info on a new dual FCPGA board from Abit - could this (finally) be the replacement for the BP6? Don't like the sound of the integrated Savage4 video, though..

PCMech reviewed the Quantum Fireball LM Plus..

They also have a mini-rant about high PC service fees.

Hypothermia have more video cards to give away again..

More silly stuff on ZZZ Online .. 3D-ROM, electronic nose, multiuser coffee machine.

A "bug" has been discovered in PGP that can (maybe) let someone's encryption be less secure than they think it is.

JSI Hardware have reviewed the Golden Orb.

More soon..



Finally.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-August-2000  13:35:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Uuurgh. Last night marked my third 16-hour day in a row. Not pleasant. The new computer room is up and life continues.. I'll get some news happening now, try to summarise most of the interesting stuff that happened in the scene over the last few days.


News (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-August-2000  19:03:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

No news tonight most likely, and possibly not tomorrow, either. A big project at my Day Job is going to suck up most of my weekend beginning now. This is the culmination of my project of the last few months, relocating our Computer Room between two floors. This weekend we will shutdown, relocate and recommission the majority of our equipment. Maybe a bumper news posting on Sunday, back to normal from Monday onwards. Have a great weekend guys, and think of me when you're down the pub!


Post-vote Forum changes (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-August-2000  19:00:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've posted a message here in the forums detailing the changes to the forums based on the feedback in the recent voting thread. Nothing too drastic. :)


Tbirds now locked! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-August-2000  08:21:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aargh! Soltek sent word to BXBoards and Hexus (among others):

We received some CPUs from AMD (T-bird), and we found
that the multiplier change function (the pin) has been removed. If this will be the same to all up-coming AMD Tbirds, the on-board multiplier change switch will be deemed to be useless. You can test it again for new AMD CPU.

Waiting for your result.

B. Regards,

Krystale Jean
Soltek


Bummer. Hopefully we'll have some more info on this soon..



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-August-2000  21:57:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Interesting pics on Akiba (japanese text), new ALi DDR266 mobo. Seems to be in 2 separate PCB's connected with some kind of proprietary connector.. weird. The AGP slot is raised too.. is this going to need some kind of special case?

Dan has checked out some Dirt Cheap Digicams..

The GeForce->Quadro page has been updated, some info on maybe a similar hack for turning your TNT2 Vanta / TNT2 into a TNT2 M64 / TNT 2 Ultra..

Spode has a review of a Drive Silencer.. quietens your HDD, but the cost is greater heat.

JSI, however, have a drive cooler from CoolerMaster..

G3D have reviewed some Koss Headphones.. I've got a pair of Koss StudioPro/4 AAA Plus's that have lasted me for about 6 years now, very nice headphones. I think my next pair will be some Sennheisers, though..

Intel are still not game to commit to Rambus.. Andrew points out that their 870 server chipset will support DDR SDRAM and RAMBUS..

InsaneHardware have some interesting shots of a Serial ATA drive..

TechReport have a CPU Heat Dissipation table thingamajig.

PCMonkey have some info on a new browser in the making, called K-Meleon..

NeoSeeker have checked out a new ATA-100 controller card from IWill..

Guru3D have reviewed the Corsair CAS2 PC133 SDRAM.. here's our recent review for comparison..

TweakTown have a review of the FIC AZ11 happening.. this is a SocketA, KT133 mobo for your Tbird or Duron..

Another SocketA board on PCRoddin, they have the Asus A7V..

HardAvenue have checked out the Leadtek GeForce2 GTS video card.. nice graphs. :)



Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-August-2000  22:37:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

UngratefulNinja (?) pointed out that Intel have demonstrated a 2GHz P4. Interestingly, they say it "used no artificial cooling" .. what, no cardboard cutouts of peltiers? I think they mean it was air-cooled.

PsiKnight sent along a link to "The Computer of 2010", an article in Forbes.. beware, written for gumbies.

Apparently there's a yobbo uproar brewing about drag queens being in the closing ceremony of the Olympics.. sigh, someone wake me when it's over..

FallingStones have an MP3 guide up..

TE have compared 2 custom-built machines.. Alienware vs Falcon Northwest. Both US companies, but interesting boxes..

TweakTown checked out the MS Sidewinder Gamevoice.. thingy that lets you send voice commands to your PC.. you earthlings may also refer to it as "a microphone". Has speakers and a control pad thingy, too.

OCTools have a 3-way Slocket Shootout up..

ARSTechnica checked out a pre-modded case.. 11 fans!

GideonTech have reviewed some Silver Thermal Paste..

This could be big - Manaz points out that this site has a pic of a SocketA to SlotA slocket adapter!!!!

TechWatch have reviewed the Logitech Wingman Gaming Mouse..

SysReview have System Guides up.. 4 different levels.

PCMonkey open themselves up for flaming with another Consoles - the end of PC Gaming? article..

PCStats checked out the Kenwood 72X CDROM..

G3D reviewd the Slot 1 Golden Orb..

TechGear have a review of the SBLive Platinum.

Guru3D checked out the Soyo SY6-VCA.. Slot1, Apollo Pro 133A mobo.

PCMech compare ATA-33 and ATA-66.



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-August-2000  01:03:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HardOCP have a review of the AOpen MK33.. they like it.. a bit.

Also, they have some Tbird vs Duron stuff happening.

TE have an interesting interview with some big names in the FPS game industry..

PCExtremes have a 2CoolPC review. Dunno about you guys, but I stopped reading these things AGES ago..

TweakTown have some Chrome Orb action happening.. ooooooh. Also a SocketA Cooling Guide..

VIAHardware have reviewed the Asus CUV4X.. Socket370 version of the P3V4X everyone's talking about.. :)

HardCoreWare have checked out the Card Cooler XT..

AthlonMB have reviewed the GigaByte GA-7ZM mobo.. not so good for overclocking, sadly.

Apparently, the FIC ZD11 is the first mobo approved by AMD for their 1.1GHz Tbird. So now all you people with these chips lying around the house can get something to put them into.. :)

Araknid has put together a thingy on modding your PSU to give 16V. First link on that page gets you to the article (bloody frames)..

FlashingSkirts have put up a big Athlon price/performance guide.. USD prices of course, but an interesting indication..

Sync_Array advises that Intel have released the specs for their CC0 Pentium3 stepping.. PDF's here and here.. hopefully it's as nice an improvement as CB0 was!

XWing.net have an article on securing your cable-connected box/network..

AnandTech have checked out the Asus A7V, SocketA mobo..

Some interesting user-submitted utils here on Overclockers.com.. cpu temp calculations, etc.


Sprung!!!



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-August-2000  22:53:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Don't forget to go cast your vote about registration in the forums.

PCRoddin have checked out the Elsa Gladiac 64MB DDR..

FlamingSquirrels have reviewed the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon..

Now this is just bizarre. A mouse that does force-feedback based upon the surface it's on.. umm, hard to explain. Here's a quote: "Run this computer mouse over an image of a tennis racket and it gives a series of small twitches, as if hitting the racket's hard plastic cords. Guide the iFeel MouseMan mouse over a picture of an ice cube, and it seems to glide more smoothly across the middle."

ClubOC have some copper heatsink action happening..

TE have checked out the MS Internet Keyboard Pro..

Interesting interview on ChicksHardware with the founder of Red Hat, Linux distributors..

BXBoards reviewed the Iwill KV-200-R Socket A RAID motherboard..

TweakMax have reviewed the Mushkin CAS2 PC133 SDRAM.. CAS2 @ 160MHz is impressive indeed.

NeoSeeker have a review of the Globalwin FanDuct.. this seems to be the duct that's included in the "Plus" version of the VOS-32, by itself. Hmmm..

GA-Hardware have reviewed the MadKatz Panther XL Joystick..

TechWatch have checked out the Digital Doc, a funky little monitoring gadget that sits in a 5.25 bay..

PCMech have a guide to Upgrading your PC.. quite comprehensive from first looks, might be good for pointing those annoying relatives at.. :)

They also have some info on software piracy..

InsaneHardware have checked out a Quantum Atlas V, Ultra160 SCSI HDD..

Manaz dropped a quick note: You may remember that I had a Celeron2-566 running @ 850MHz, 2.0v on an IWill Slocket II. I now have it running @ 850MHz, 1.8v on an Abit Slocket III. It appears that there may be some truth to the rumours I've been hearing about the IWill Slockets having shitty voltage settings.... - something to consider if you're having probs.

iXBT have reviewed the AOpen MK33 mobo.. this is a KT133 board without much in the way of overclocking..

More interesting bits of fluff in the latest issue of ZZZ Online..



Registration Required in Forums? Your vote counts! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-August-2000  19:42:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Please go to this thread and cast your vote. Either YES, forums should require registration or NO, unregistered people can continue to post. Thanks!


Sunday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-August-2000  23:14:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Go read my SlotA Showdown article.. :)

TomsHardware is stuck in another of those weird temporal vortexes.. today they announced their AOpen AX6BCPro II Millennium Edition review.. WTF? If you recall, we had the world scoop on that board back in November 99, and followed it up with a full review shortly thereafter. Probably the best of that era of BX boards..

OCWorkbench pointed out these very cool macro photos of a P3-700 that has been cut in half, you can see the layers etc.. ooh, aaah.

There's another version of Netscape out.. 4.75.

RadPadz review on PCStats..

They've found a gene for Alzhiemers disease.. interesting.

OCManila have reviewed the Socket Golden Orb..

Clonex pointed out a cooling kit for Dreamcasts..

HardwareCentral have checked out the Abit Siluro GeForce2 GTS..

Some more NVIDIA-related grumpiness on Hypothermia.. turns out he's not giving away quite as many GeForce2's as he thought..



Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-August-2000  22:37:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

JAB sent word that Realtime Systems have info on a new cheaper type of Corsair memory, hopefully available here soon.

The Britney Spears Guide To Semiconductor Physics is site of the day on BluesNews.. :) Serious technical site with nice pictures.

KngtRider pointed out Useless Info.. surprisingly interesting site. However, if you spend too much time there, www.netaddiction.com may be more useful to you, thanks primz.. :)

Hart-Core.de (German) have pics of a new water-block.. very slow to load, though.

ClubOverclocker also have some new waterblock pics up..

Heh, new BBSpot article: Hour Lost Explaining Computer Terms To Mom..

AthlonOC have an article up comparing the Thunderbird and Duron at various speeds..

TrainWrecker.com have revisited their TBird Compatability article..

Apparently Transmeta and AMD are going to get a deal happening..

HardAvenue have a DVD PC guide thingy up..



SlotA Showdown! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-August-2000  19:00:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

With AMD's recent moves towards a pure SocketA CPU line, I thought it might be interesting to review the 3 major types of SlotA processors. This simple plan turned into a 5-big-page monster, with a couple of pages on identifying the different types of CPU's (both physically and via software), performance comparison of "A", "C" and Thunderbird SlotA CPU's and some artificial benchmarks highlighting the effect of the smaller, faster L2 cache on the TBird.

Finally, a few notes on getting it working on the KA7 - in fact, I was able to run stably at 124MHz FSB and even POST at 133MHz, which is well higher than I am able to with either of the Classic Athlons here. I thought Thunderbirds were supposed to be LESS compatible than Classic Athlons on KX133 boards? :)

Anyway, lots of pics, lots of benchmarks, lots of info. I hope you enjoy it!


Click here for the full article!



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-August-2000  00:27:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Spent all day at work today.. :(

AllHW have a huge P3 motherboard compendium.. specs, pics and review links for 146 P3-compatible motherboards!

The GeForce->Quadro page has been updated.. buncha more info there.

PlanetSavage have a review of the Inno3D Tornado GTS..

Hmm, wearable computing going mainstream? Philips and Levis are getting together to make e-clothes.. could be expensive if you absentmindedly do the laundry one weekend..

FastMHz have checked out the Sony Spressa, a 10x4x32 CDRW..

Matrox just won themselves a bunch of friends by being the first to offer single card, dual monitor support under Linux..

Bizarre 3d-printer thing on TekFront. Big pictures, be warned.

Hardware Corner have emerged from a bizarre temporal vortex.. they brought back with them a TNT2 Ultra review. :)

TweakMax checkked out the Logitech Optical Mouse..



Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-August-2000  23:35:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dan The Man Who Can has a huge guide to sticking coolers on your cpu's without doing anything silly like, for example, breaking important, expensive bits off them.

Komson has his P3-500E @ 995MHz.. work it out, that's 199MHz FSB and almost a 100% overclock.. far out.

VIAHardware have checked out the DFI CS65 815E motherboard..

TechWatch have reviewed the LiteOn FS020 case.. big fans!

Guru3D have reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce2 GTS card..

Microsoft are ramping up their efforts to stop piracy of their products..

TweakMax have some case mods happening.. that first HX08 looks wicked.

TE have some info on the new "pumped up Crusoe" chip..

PCCritix compare the Duron and P3..

I'm not sure what happened just before this photo was taken, but I bet it was really loud..

G3D have a guide to making a keychain from a retail HSF unit .. umm, drill hole, run chain, attach keys?

This is Bad. A judge has ruled that source code is not speech and therefore is not covered by free speech laws.. this is a Bad Thing, trust me.

Electic.com have a couple of interesting links.. an analysis of Intel's P4 platform roadmap, and a comprehensive study of RDRAM (on i840) vs DDR SDRAM..

GideonTech have a case painting guide..

JSIHardwar have checked out the Chaintech 7AJA motherboard, KT133..

GAHardware have an interview with a Matrox person..

Adrian claims to have the Difinitive BF6 Review.. good for him.

Something we always knew (or said, anyway) .. video games may be good for you..



Friday Morn: Bored@Work (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-August-2000  10:23:26 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Ello...

I saw Eye of the Beholder and boy the more I think about it, the worse it gets, nice cinematography though.

Al Pacino is next going to do a bedroom scene with a computer. Big Al's to star opposite a virtual actress. Let's just hope it's not Jar Jar

Japan has new ways of preventing piracy. It seems that piracy, (as in prepare to be boarded, roger the cabin boy, or a boat full of seamen) is still rampant in these modern times. Something I never really thought about, shiver my timbers!

A new
concept game is out on the net. It’s called Reality Run, it’s a bit like the Running Man (the novel, not the movie), where people on the net try to catch the runner and win US$10,000. It sounds like a good idea... i think cabbies will have the advantage in this.

NASA is going to test a new device that cleans up the space debris for the ISS. Space debris is a real problem that the engineers have to factor in, where I work (yes, we throw garbage at them constantly), and I’ve been told that debris the size of a paint fleck can cause huge amounts of damage.

Yet another country cloning a mammal, this time it’s the Japanese and they’ve cloned a pig. This is something that should be examined very carefully, but lets not get into that argument. Funny thing is that they’ve called the piglet, Xena. Not sure what type of statement they’re trying to make.

It seems that Panasonic is about to release a DVD recorder. It seems it will only set you back a measly US$3,999 and a blank disc for US$34.99. But we all know that DVDs are just a phase! ;)

Scientists are racing to build anti-matter atoms and then ‘cage’ the poor things up. What are anti-matter atoms? Why it’s obviously the opposite of matter. Or is it what those crazy kids of the starship Enterprise constantly flee from. Who will join me to free the atoms?!?

To throw his two cents worth, Prince says that Napster is the greatest thing since sliced bread.



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-August-2000  00:15:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anand have a review of Visiontek's GeForce2 MX card..

iXBT have checked out the Gigabyte GA-6OXM7E .. i815E mobo.

ClubOC have some DDR memory pics.. no mobo to put the sticks into. :)

Interesting new Australian site - pricecrawler.net, aims to keep an independent index of PC hardware prices in Australia.. sounds good.

Sciby sends word of an interesting article on TheRegister about a new quantum computer..

Also, they're setting themselves up for a flaming by asking "Are 1GHz PC's just penis extensions?"..

CPUBurn have reviewed the Apex Super Case..

Worried about RSI? I am.. anyway, check out this site for some interesting RSI stuff.

NeoSeeker have checked out the GlobalWin FLK50 Athlon cooler..

Clonex mentioned that CpuCentral have their Celeron566 at 1148MHz.. cor!

Hmm, this site claims to have an PowerMac G4 running at 1200MHz.. single-CPU. I am dubious to say the least..

OCAddiction have reviewed the VisionTek GeForce2 GTS..

XWing.net have a keyboard painting thingy..

Wow, the world's last known WWII POW was release recently after 53 years in a psych hospital .. (ie, jail). What a waste of a life.. :(

Would you prefer to work for Intel or AMD? What if I told you that AMD just gave away 28 Million bucks to it's employees..?

AMD also did a little bit of bitch-slapping today.. video only, so slow-link peeps like me are left in the dark.

Hexus have some water-jacket design info, interesting stuff.

Maximum3D have checked out the Prophet II MX..

InsaneHardware have updated their A7V FAQ..

iXBT have their Monthly Hardware Roundup.. these are usually a long but good read.

FiringSquad have reviewed the Abit KT7..

Damn, I must be tired, can't even think up a silly name for FiringSquad.. off to bed. :)



Thurs Night Quickie (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-August-2000  23:18:51 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Ello all...

Want a robot to serve you drinks, vacuum your house and then patrol the corridors? Yes please... but can it climb the stairs?

Check out the Antique Vibrator Museum. Don’t ask me why… I don’t make these sites!

Think of this. You see this person you like and want to know their email addy. Some Swiss guy designed clothes with …
your email address on them. And stalking becomes the first step...

Ever listen to the radio and thought “hey great song! I wonder who sings it”. Sony and Xenote are separately developing a little device that will take note of the radio station and the time and find out for you. I think these ideas are great and innovative!

Want to secure your files via a fingerprint password? I do! Sony are developing one of these as well!

If you happened to be in Melbourne Australia, don’t forget to check out the Robocup at the Exhibition Centre from Aug 26 - Sept 3



Wednesday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-August-2000  23:56:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, bad surprise today, AGNHardware is closing. They have posted a lot of our news in the past, I even get a (small) mention in the sad news post on their front page. Always sad to see someone no longer able to do something they obviously enjoy. Good luck guys, with whatever you do from here on..

In other news, the FBI are having trouble cracking a new code.. called 133t 5p34k.

Overclockers.com have a cool water-cooling guide up..

UKGamer have reviewed the Juno P6 case..

PCRoddin have a thing up about Overclocking your GeForce2 MX..

Hmm, seems the Asus A7V has a similar overheating ICS chip problem to the P3V4X.. thanks Manaz.

Seems some of them have broken clips, too..

PCCritix have a LeadTek GeForce DDR vs GeForce2 GTS head-to-head..

TweakMax have info on Intel and AMD's 64-bit future..

Interesting stuff on RE about GeForce2 Ultra and Det3..

HotHardware have checked out the K7T Pro motherboard..

Dan has checked out the Asus V7700.. GeForce GTS2 ..

Argh, this is really annoying with piles of rizenet SPAM arriving by the minute.. I've just deleted all my inbound mail for now. If you sent something important and didn't get a reponse, resend it.. hopefully Rizenet will sort themselves out by the morning.



Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-August-2000  21:18:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aaaaarrggh... rizenet.com have some error with their mail server, it has been sending me an email every few seconds for about the last 12 hours.. I got 700 emails in the time it took me to ride to work this morning. :( Here's a shot of my inbox now:


The annoying thing is, that "Apology" email is from their ISP's main tech dude. He sent that email out to apologise for spamming us.. but of course, he sent it throught the same screwed-up server, so I have now received his apology about 6000 times.. [shakes head]



New Senfu Naked Athlon Water Jacket Mounts! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-August-2000  01:28:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've checked out some new mounting clips for Senfu's water-cooling system. These let you attach their existing water-jacket design to a naked SlotA Athlon:


Click here for the full review!



MSI BXMaster Review (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-August-2000  23:57:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

JimX has completed his look at MSI's BXMaster motherboard. This board, probably the last of MSI's BX offerings, features 6 busmastering PCI slots, UDMA/66 support, 4 DIMM slots and MSI's unique D-LED diagnostic LED system. Click here for the full review!


Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-August-2000  22:14:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently that Crucial competition is for US-based readers only. Bah! A few people pointed this out.. some politely, some not so politely. :)

Term, Soc and some of the forum regulars have put together a Top 20 page.. a regular Top 20 list. Today's is Top 20 Reasons why the Russian sub sank .. even we get a mention. :) In all seriousness though, I hope the sea calms soon so they can get those guys out of there and back home safe ASAP.

Yay, Debian 2.2 is out. This is the distribution of Linux that runs on the server that is serving you this page. :) For those who don't know, this server is an Abit BP6 motherboard with 2x Celeron 366 overclocked to 550MHz (of course), with 256MB of RAM. It's been running without a reboot for 53 days now..

There's a new aussie overclocking site, OC Melbourne. Not much there at the moment, but something to keep an eye on..

Iamnotageek have checked out the ATI Radeon 64MB.. challenger to the video card throne.

TechReport have checked out the Detonator3's in Win2K..

Mmmm, Creative have announced their GeForce2 Ultra based card.. definitely high up on my dribble list.

Detonator 6.18, or Detonator 3 as they're being called, are officially out. That link is to our forums, with some people's experiences with the new drivers already listed..

PCMonkey have a review of the Razor Boomslang up. JimX, our resident mouse fetishist, has been writing the Saga Of The Boomslang for quite some time now.. should see it hopefully in the coming weeks. :)

Hmm, interesting thing on Wired today... planning on making a site about how much some company sucks? Here are some legal tips to avoid being thrown in the slammer. Hmm, maybe I better quickly register aggsucks.com..

PCReview have checked out the SL-65JVB-X mobo..

Awwww, Athlon is 1 year old today. Isn't it cute? To celebrate, AMD announced their 1.1GHz Thunderbird.. mmm.

Hmm, Sony laptops (VIAO) won't be using Intel chips no more. AMD and Transmeta only..

PlanetSavage have a review of Diamond's Stealth S540 Extreme.. Savage4 video card.

StorageReview have a 7200RPM IDE HDD roundup..

Overclockers.com have some Water-Coolin' Musings up.. about flow rates and such.

ArenalineVault have a review of ASUS 50X CDROM.. I got one of these months ago in Bangkok, nice and quick but can be a little loud..



Monday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-August-2000  23:49:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, get ready for a bucketload of GeForce2 Ultra stuff:

Here is Sharky's review.. thanks Mike.

FlingingSquids have a review.. they also have Detonator 6.16 info.

HotHardware have a review..

Never one to be left out, Anand has a review too.. and also some Detonator 6.16 info. These are the Detonator3 drivers, apparenrtly.. ooooh.

TomsHardware also has a review..

That ought to keep you busy for a while. Although, I don't know why you're bothering to read all the reviews - you already know you want one! :)



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-August-2000  22:13:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just saw "American Beauty".. hmm, very cool film.

VIAHardware have a texture compression comparison happening..

Electic have some info for Asus V7700 owners.. a bios flash proggy..

ChicksHardware have a Celly2 600MHz overclocking guide up..

TweakTown have cranked out an MSI K7T review.. this is a SocketA, KT133 mobo.

Manaz sends word that Crucial are giving away a PC and USD$1000 worth of RAM.. doesn't say if it's international or not.

Orthello has put down the shears for long enough to crank his P3-700E to 1156MHz! That's pretty fast, eh? Someone give this guy some decent RAM.

The ArsMasters have summoned 3 ASUS boards into the Dojo for a Chipset Challenge.. BX vs Apollo Pro 133A vs i815E.

Hehe, Abit reckon their boards really are the coolest.. in more ways than one. :)

Wow, flashing your BIOS over the web sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Tech-Junkie have some serious cooling happening.. alcohol, cooled by evaporating dry ice in it. So cool, they got linked to from SlashDot today.. lucky bastards! :) Unfortunately the results were not as spectacular as you might hope, but a gold star for effort, guys!

Intel has announced plans to extend the P3 well into 2001, and they're calling the new model Tuarata... Tratarai.. Treluate.. umm, something beginning with T. Way to go, Intel Marketing Dudes!

Alphanumeric.org have some info on CAS2 vs CAS3.. memory settings, o'course.

GeForce2 GTS just not fast enough for you? NVIDIA feels for you.. and announced the GeForce2 ULTRA. You're excited?? Feel these nipples! UPDATE: Damn, those Sharky guys are fast. They apparently have a full GeForce2 Ultra review on their site.. but I can't find it.. probably behind a dodgy proxy or something.

GothMog sends word that Halo has in fact been officially confirmed as coming out on the PC. So no need to sign the petition from yesterday's news..

AthlonOC have reviewed the MSI K7T too..

The latest issue of ZZZ Online is full of weird stuff as usual..

Hypothermia are giving away another GeForce2 GTS.. bah, too slow, Ultra only for me I'm afraid. :)

NFS have some PEP66 + Peltier goodness happening.

XWing.net (cool domain) have a Beowulf Experiment up.. shame you couldn't use all that clustered power to make some decent-looking HTML, Geoff. :)



Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-August-2000  23:47:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Guru3D have checked out the Detonator 6.16 drivers.. speed increase, another free upgrade for NVIDIA-based cards.

They also have a review of the Elsa Gladiac MX up..

ClubOverclocker have one of those pet-inhaling CardCoolerXT's happening..

K7OC have been playing with dry ice.. click the first link on that page to see the article (bloody frames)..

TweakTown have opened a time-capsule and discovered their K7V review.. ours from months ago here for comparison.

InsaneHardware have put up a page for A7V info.. they're also slapping heatsinks onto sound cards.. no, i've no idea why either. :)

TweakMax have some info on the future of 32-bit computing.. AMD and Intel info.

PCReview have a Case Choosing Guide..

Clonex sent an email that simply said "Yeeeeeeeeeee! http://www.myst3.com/" .. I guess Myst3 is out, or coming soon, or something. :)

Trainwrecker have a mouse pad comparo..

Submariner pointed out this very cool site with all kinds of technical fan info..

NZA sent word that Halo is apparently not going to be made for the PC anymore, consoles only. If you think that sucks, sign this petition..

Ahh, I can sure sleep easy knowing that nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are controlled by Windows NT.. ooooh yes.

HardwareCorner have reviewed the MSI 6195.. some strange statements there, tho.. As you already know K7Pro is going to be phased out soon due that the newer AMD 750 chipset uses VIA's KX133 chipset which offer support for 4x AGP and PC133. This is a SlotA, AMD750 chipset mobo, anyway.

Electic have reviewed the Quantum LM 30GB hdd..

TechWeb report that the Pentium IV's chipset is called Brookdale..

G3D have checked out the RDJD K701 cooler..

TheCoolRepublic have some info on that massive lan party in Finland recently.. plus a very messy looking but kickass system..

This just snuck in in time, InsaneHardware are living up to their name with a bit of wild ranting about how Burn-In doesn't exist. Well, fine. Maybe they should read this thread in our own forums..



AllAdvantage cough up (finally!) (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-August-2000  23:20:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

They've been kinda dicking me around for a couple of months, seems one of my signups was being somewhat dishonest.. but anyway, another AllAdvantage cheque turned up..


Many thanks to those who have signed up under me, this has certainly helped ease the move to the new server. Of course, you need to get a few signups yourself before you start making decent money with AllAdvantage. But hey, getting paid for something I was going to do anyway is fine by me..



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-August-2000  21:56:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Special greets to Major Delight, registered user #1500 in the forums!

SharkyExtreme has an article up about DirectX 8.0..

Anand has checked out Abit's KT7-RAID SocketA motherboard..

TomsHardware has an interesting article about NVIDIA-based 3D under Linux..

They also have a budget mobo chipset roundup..

Not a whole lot else happening, as I see it.. so here's a little image Mike sent along. He can't remember where he got it.. but it's cool.


:)



Saturday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-August-2000  17:29:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I think Intel's HQ must've sprung a buncha leaks overnight.. info on their new products here on INQST.com, Hexus.com have some roadmap scoopage and AkibaPC have roadmap info too, text in japanese but english-readable images here for CPU's and here for chipsets..

Slop pointed out that ReactorCritical have Detonator 6.11 drivers for Win9x posted..

Far out, now people are modding GFD's..

Sciby sends word that IBM have their sights on a .01 micron process..

InsaneHardware have checked out some Aussie Burn-in Software..

HardwareAvenue checked out some Altec Lansing speakers..

ReviewNews have some Socket370 Golden Orb action..

Speaking of things that've been reviewed a zillion times, there's an Everglide Giganta review on UKGamer.net.. hmm, I bet there's a 2CoolPC review out there somewhere today, too.

Clonex sent along this painted cases gallery, Finnish text but funky pics! Some PlayStations there, too.

Hacked your GeForce into a Quadro? There's now a database of people who have..



Got a crappy Diamond Viper II? (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-August-2000  17:24:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sick of your dog-slow card and lack of driver support for the Savage2000 chipset? Well, if you contact this guy by Monday the 14th (that's THIS MONDAY) you will be able to swap it for a TNT2U.. a Diamond Viper V770U 32MB AGP, to be precise. Yes, the TNT2U card is almost certainly slower.. but it works.


Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-August-2000  23:28:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Oooo, alpha heatsink goodness for your video card..

Chick's have checked out the P3-850..

Stator pointed out this page listing AMD's recommended coolers for Athlons, and this page listing the full technical documents..

PCCritix have checked out AMD's Duron..

Interesting mini-article on thinking machines on ZDNet.au..

Netscape 6 Beta 2 is out now..

Wondering what to buy the kid in your life for Christmas? Well, how about his own electric chair, complete with felon to fry?

PCMonkey have some Voodoo3 water-cooling action..

They also have a review of the Abit KA7..

HardOCP has a big page of case mod action from QuakeCon 2K.

Anand has an article up on AMD's new K8 processor.



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-August-2000  23:47:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

News is a little late tonight, been spending some quality time with my GF.. she hardly recognized me. :)

Turns out FallingStuff's theories about Duron batch selection for unlocked multipliers were wrong.. they've posted an updated/corrected guide..

OcTools have a guide to total condensation prevention for you peltier peeps. Interesting info there.

FlingingSpears also have a review of two logitech optical mice..

PCRoddin' have reviewed the Innovalue Tornado GeForce2 MX..

Here's something I didn't know, that "B Digital" mobile phone company is a spinoff of the Seven network.. seem to be doing ok for themselves, too. Thanks Andrew.

Kyle of HardOCP is now a daddy.. aawwww. He says Mum and the kid are both doing well, I told him to kiss goodbye to a decent's night sleep for the next 2 years. :)

Andrew also pointed out that Telstra has opened a Multimedia Laboratory in Tasmania..

OCAddiction have some blowhole action happening..

Neoseeker have reviewed a socking great Athlon cooler from GlobalWin..

A few people pointed out that I missed Anand's KT133 SocketA Motherboard Roundup.. thanks guys!

Dominic pointed out this article, a guide to troubleshooting boot problems..

That sound you just heard was an NDA lifting.. AMD announced their 64-bit technology today. Press-release thingy on Electic Tech - an in-depth article here on CPUReview apparently, but I can't get to it at the moment, maybe they've been Slashdotted. Anyway, isn't this AMD's SledgeHammer CPU? Seems they're just calling it Hammer now.. maybe Peter Gabriel sent them a rude letter.

Abit's BX133-RAID gets the going-over at PCScoop..

ClubOC check out a HDD cooler from Vantek. in my experience, this kind of product is usually crap..

GideonTech have an article on cooling the P3V4X's ICS clock generator chip.. of course, this hack was first revealed in our own P3V4X forum a few months ago..

Nooo! You can't take all my old computer gear away! I know one day I'll need that 486 motherboard, don't send it to the computer recyclers!!! A new venture in Victoria is looking at an environmentally-friendly way for corporations to offload all their old stuff.. (I know, give it to me!)

Ahh.. ahh.. ahhh... FSAA!!!. Bless me. Part 2 up at JSI Hardware.

Hexus.net claim to have the Ultimate Supercooling writeup.. you'll have to decide for yourself.

Teeny-tiny GFD action on AMDPower.com..

InsaneHardware have some info on GeForce2 incompatability problems on certain motherboards..

Ahh, Geoff jogged my memory about the wristwatch-linux thing I couldn't remember yesterday. It was here that I saw it first..



Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-August-2000  23:05:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TweakTown have reviewed the 2CoolPC.. I dunno, maybe they didn't like it because now they're giving it away..

HardGeek have a cool article up, all about RAID.. did you know RAID has ten different levels: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 30 and 50..? I didn't.

These guys are just begging for a flaming.. UKGamer ask is overclocking worth the hassle?.. sheesh!

ClubOC have checked out some silver paste.. that's thermal, not tooth.

Cole3D have a 3-way GFD comparo happening. If you're in the market, don't miss our 6-way one from a little while ago.

Just what the music industry needs.. more lawsuits. But this time, the big record labels are being sued! 28 US states are accusing them of price fixing.. could this mean cheaper CD's coming soon?

Hold me back, I got emailed today with an invite to go see Bill Gates live in Australia.. umm, yay. Go here if you want to register for it..

What a strange idea.. TE have checked out a force feedback mouse.

TheGibbon pointed out that IBM have set up linux on a wristwatch.. hmm, actually, I'm sure I saw a screenshot recently with someone else having done this.. can't remember where, dang. What we really need is a way to stick flashram in our heads so we never forget important stuff..

There's a new KA7 bios here.. not sure what it fixes/breaks yet. :)

VIAHardware want to tell you which chipset is best for Celeron overclocking..

A few people sent word that SETI@HOME has been given a new lease of life, a funding donation that will keep them going for at least another 2 years.. remember, join our hunt for little green men here. Or, if you'd prefer to spend your idle CPU cycles cracking codes, go here to sign up for our distributed.net team.

Guru3D have reviewed the Voodoo5 5500 AGP..

ChicksHardware have updated their case mods section.

Hmm, interesting thing from Benjamin Leung.. Aopen have a BIOS rescue thing.. as they say, it lets you protect your data ROM molesting. .. errr, right. :)



Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-August-2000  21:15:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, the 4 people who won the passes to the Melbourne exhibition courtesy of KingMax Australia are:

Daniel E from Kew
Andrew M from Hawthorn
Leith W from Greensborough
Ashley L from Ascot Vale

So stop mailing me now. :)

Woo! Aussiegamer have some info on Driver 2! Driver was one of the coolest games I've ever played, can't wait for the sequel!

JustRight pointed out this link in the forums, a potential aid to stability for AGP cards, run the fan off a motherboard header instead of sucking power through the AGP slot.. makes sense, gotta be worth a shot.

TweakMax have their Professional System Recommendation up.. what to spend if you have $4k USD lying around the house.

CPUReview have checked out the Gigabyte 7ZM Duron mobo..

Tech-Report wanna tell you how to clean up Win98..

FoldingSquares have info on choosing an unlocked Tbird or Duron..

SimRacingNews have a GP3 Review... mmm.. thanks Auenf.

Phoenix sent in an interesting link, a VCR that uses a HDD instead of tapes.. also, it updates the programme guide itself and knows when your favourite shows are on, cool. :)

Hmm, the cenral NSW town of Orange is getting interactive TV.. thanks NZA.

Heh, someone mailed me today asking where they can buy our Ultimate Athlon Board, the JB-8000.. sorry dude, it's a fake. :)

OCMAX have a P3-800 at 1155MHz! Hmm, those Sandra CPU scores don't seem high enough, tho..

iXBT have reviewed the MSI Star Force 815 video card..

Haven't seen one of these in a while, OCShoot have put up an EverGlide review..

Mike pointed out that Mushkin have PC150 SDRAM too..



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  23:42:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tickets to the Melbourne thing all gone.

AkibaPC have a review up, in Japanese but with english-readable benchmarks, of the 1.13GHz P3..

ChicksHardware have a review of the Inno3D Tornado GeForce 2 GTS..

VIAHardware have reviewed the same card.. spooky.

JSI have an article on that mystical video card property, FSAA..

PCCritix.com have a review of a sound card that's NOT made by Creative Labs or Aureal.. spooky indeed.

FlyingSquids have a WinME vs Win98 thingy up.

OCWorkbench have reviewed the Abit BX133-RAID mobo..

The Ars-Masters have reviewed a Fong Kai case.. it's very fongkai! err, funky.. get it? Arrgh, I'm off to bed. :)



In Memorandum - Sir Alec Guinness (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  22:39:29 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Actor Sir Alec Guinness, whose roles in a 66-year career ranged from Hamlet to Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars," has died, a hospital spokesman said Monday. He was 86.

Full story here on the BBC and here on News.com.au.



KingMax RAM Assortment (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  22:06:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I thought you guys might find this interesting. I was over at KingMax's Australian HQ this afternoon checking out some of their RAM. I took a photo of 8 different types of KingMax memory and I explain what each one is:


Click here for the full pic & info!

BTW, the first 4 people FROM MELBOURNE who email me with the words "GIMME GIMME GIMME" in the subject of their email will get a free pass to enter the "@Interact + IT2000" exhibition in the MELBOURNE Exhibition Centre, 29th August - 1st September 2000. This saves you the $20 entry price, courtesy of KingMax Australia.



Telstra Announce ADSL Pricing! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  13:57:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent in the link from News.com.au .. direct link to the story here but here's a little snippage:

The plans available to Telstra home customers include:

$78 a month for flat rate access, limited 256kbps downstream and 64kbps upstream
$89 a month for flat rate access, limited 512kbps downstream and 128kbps upstream
Like Telstra's cable service, business users face volume limits on the new service:

$73 a month for up to 250Mb, limited to 256kbps downstream and 64kbps upstream
$84 a month for up to 500Mb, limited to 512kbps downstream and 128kbps upstream
Customers using another carrier for their regular telephone service would be charged a $16.50 premium.

Subscribers on the minimum three-month contract also face an installation charge of $399. It is reduced to $189 for customers who sign for 18 months.


Apparently Telstra's ADSL Page has been updated, but it looks the same to me..



Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  12:44:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dan's checked out a funky new digicam from Sony, it burns the photos onto a little CD-R.. cool. Shame the camera is so damned ugly! :)

Turning your TV on by thinking about it, and a PC the size of a matchbox. No idea where he digs this stuff up, but it's all in the latest ZZZ Online..

Squishy mouse-pad gets the going-over at PCReview..

Hypothermia are giving away GTS2's.. cor.

Speaking of which, I'm getting some stuff together for a giveaway. Got any ideas for a competition? Let me know.. also, if you're a vendor who reads this site and wants to donate something (you'll be credited of course), drop me a note..

InsaneHardware have updated their A7V modding guide..

TrainWrecker (I've no idea either) have reviewed the Plextor 12/10/32 CD-RW.. you can probably burn 640MB onto a CD faster than 1.4MB onto a floppy with one of those things.

Upsilon Technologies have announced their 1THz (Terahertz) processor! .. there's a catch. :)

Andy from BXBoards has burrowed out of the woodwork grasping his Gigabyte GA7ZM review .. a Gigabyte board that's overclocking-friendly? Wow. SocketA, KT133 chipset..

He also checked out the Abit KT7-RAID.. another KT133 SocketA jobbie for your Tbirds and Durons.

IPKonfig have reviewed the 2CoolPC, the plastic air-scoopy thing, goes inside your PC. We checked out the "Plus" unit a while ago..

BTW, I have updated the Article and Review Archive to include the latest stuff (been a couple of months or so since I updated that page).. go check it out if you're idly surfing, plenty to read there..



(late) Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  01:29:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

WCPUID 2.8 is out.. get it from H-Oda as usual.. this is the best CPU-identification proggy around, all kinds of CPU, cache, AGP info etc etc..

TweakTown have some super-scoopage (as opposed to pooper-scoopage) on ADSL in Australia..

AgentOrange has info on what he calls his "half-arsed" overclocking attempt.. P3-700, a few fans, 1022MHz.. too easy.

Silly article on DailyChronic about beating the heat..

OCMax have reviewed the Slot1 P3-700E..

Overclockers.com have an interesting article up, cooling the A7V clockgen.. similar to the P3V4X fix revealed in our forums a couple of months ago.



Janne's water-cooled machine! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2000  00:18:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Janne from Finland sent in some cool pics and info on his water-cooled pelter machine. A K6-2/450 at 630MHz is nothing to sniff at..


Click here for the full article!



Sunday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-August-2000  18:01:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not going to bother putting "NEW SERVER" messages up anymore. The old server will still say OLD SERVER. Nobody is mailing me to say they're still on the old one though.. which is good.

..unlike the Japanese Playstation2, which is apparently fairly sucky at present.. or at least, the available software is. Maybe they'll have to use it to control cruise missiles after all!

Run out of drive bays? GideonTech have a neat little article on adding extra bays using backing plates as mounts..

Morgan pointed out this water-cooled rig.. check out the copper coiling on the Voodoo5!

A neurologist is suing Motorola because he feels that using a mobile phone gave him a brain tumour..

ExtremeOC have reviewed the GlobalWin FOP-32 socket cooler..

MrBill pointed out an interesting site with X-Box info..

Hmm, seems all is not well with Durons and Golden Orbs, even with the new Duron-approved clip. I've heard a few accounts of them still killing Durons.. for example, this copy from Jon in Brisbane that I was cc'd on, sent to Thermaltake:

Hello

Your products have succesfully destroyed 2 of my Durons. They are both the "approved" Socket A versions of the Golden Orbs and were installed correctly as per the instructions. They do not sit correctly on the rubber feet laid out at the corners of the Durons chips. as a result of this there is one contact point that exists between the CPU and the Orb and very little in the way of support This grinds down the CPU over a period of time and whats more the Fan is impossible to remove.

Your fans are the biggest load of junk I have used for cooling so far and have cost me 400 dollars Australian in 3 days. I would like some reply to this email as soon as possible.

Regards
Jon
Brisbane Australia


Hopefully we'll hear something positive from Thermaltake soon..



Creative Labs 3D Blaster GeForce 2 GTS Review! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-August-2000  00:22:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, I promised you some reviews this weekend and here's the first. This is the video card that got me (briefly!) to 4th place on MadOnion's "World's Fastest Webmasters" ladder. I've got the usual benchmarks and overclocking info, go check it out!


Click here for the full review!



Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-August-2000  00:19:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

THIS IS THE NEW SERVER.. I think everyone is seeing the new box now. I'll keep updating news on the old server for a week or so before taking the site off it.

We now have an RC5 team, thanks to Moldy!

This japanese page has Dual 1GHz P3's happening on an MSI board.. nice!

Anand has checked out the Voodoo5 5500 PCI..

They also have a 10-board i815E motherboard roundup.

Electic.com have re-reviewed the Tyan Tiger 133A.. this is a promising dual FC-PGA board based on the VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset, but it flopped bigtime due to stability issues. Electic are revisiting it with the new "F" revision to see if it's any better..

TweakMax have reviewed the Hercules 3D Prophet II.. a 64MB GeForce2 GTS video card.

Hmm, AMD have sold off their communications arm, apparently..

OCWorkbench have pics of 1GHz unlocked Tbirds on sale in Singapore..

HardAvenue have an article up discussing 3d game engines..

ClubOC have reviewed a ram heatsink kit..

GeekExtreme are running an overclocking competition..

GameSpot have a thing on governmental regulation of violent computer games.. USA info of course.

PCInsight have a review of the Elsa Gladiac..

FlamingSquirrels also have a review of the Voodoo5 5500 PCI..

They also have a review of the Asus A7V SocketA mobo.

Wow, bigass cooler for your socket chips here on overclockzone.. thanks R.Erbacher!

They also have their Duron 600 at 1120MHz!



Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 5-August-2000  00:40:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

THIS IS THE NEW SERVER!

Some LAN party stuff for you. First up, there's a 4000-person party in Helsinki, Finland happening soon.. slightly closer to home, there's one in Melbourne, too.

InsaneHardware have their own A7V mod guide up..

Heh, stileproject.com has been hacked by JeffK apparently.. probably just some publicity stunt thing. Warning, potentially offensive content on that site..

iXBT have reviewed the Intel CeleronII 533..

PCStats have checked out a 13GB PCMCIA hard drive .. perfect for taking your MP3 collection along with your laptop..

NeoSeeker have reviewed the RDJD K701 cooler.. for yer SlotA Athlons..

Hmm, Diamond is pretty much dead, S3 announced they are dropping the Diamond brand..

Crucial have DDR266 SDRAM pricing up.. much cheaper than RAMBUS. Thanks Reaper!

Rizenet have reviewed the Leadtek GeForce2 GTS card..

New P3V4X bios! New P3V4X BIOS!.. v1006_01. Thanks Scarifier!

PCHardware have reviewed the HotRod 100 Pro RAID card..

More CardCoolerXT reviews.. here on Guru3D and here on TweakTown..



Thursday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-August-2000  23:00:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NEW SERVER!

Dr Tom has a 1.13GHz P3 in his hands.. but he's not happy! SiliconAngel points out he also refers to Intel's hometown as "Satan Clara".. interesting slip. :)

Peter sent along an interesting thing, apparently Win2K does NOT support ATA-100.. that page has a patch for it, not sure if it was included in Service Pack 1 or not.

TweakTown have some Whistler (Win2001) vs Win2K benchmarks..

GU have checked out an Absolute Multimedias Outrageous
3D GeForce 2 GTS
card.. absolutely outrageously silly name for a video card, imho.

Make a tshirt, get taken to court.. amazing.

iXBT have reviewed the FIC AZ11.. SocketA mobo.

PCStats have posted their Asus CUV4X mobo review. FC-PGA, Apollo Pro 133A.

Blah blee blada blee blah blee, blue heatsink bada blee blada blee blee blooo. FCPGA, even.

FastMHz have checked out the Sunon 80mm high-speed fan..

Clonex sent this along: users using i386-winnt-cmdline.exe version of seti can see their progress by adding -verbose as a parameter to the command line executable will display the processing progress of your work unit... cool!



Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-August-2000  22:43:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

THIS IS THE NEW SERVER!

Hey, if you're still getting the old server, please drop me a note and let me know where you are in the world and your ISP.. thanks!

First up, HardOCP have taken a look at Abit's K7T, their new SocketA motherboard for Tbirds and Durons. Suffice to say Kyle was impressed by this board.. check out the 1200MHz POST screen for his TBird! :)

Got a multiplier-locked Duron? Got a pencil? Well then, your Duron is not multiplier-locked anymore.. this looks like the cheap hardware hack of the year. :) Thanks Peter!

Been thinking your PC is haunted..? Maybe it's just a wierd BIOS. Term stole the link from slashdot and sent it along.

Term also sent word that VirginBlue, Australia's newest airline, is supposed to be coming online today.. hmm, not from the looks of their website.

NeoSeeker have a review of the Athlon Freezer Pro.. no, it's only a passive cooler. But apparently a non-suckful one.

There's a bios update for the Tyan Tiger 133A out now.. some people been waiting for this one for a while.

Tech-Report have reviewed the fastst CD-ROM in the universe, the Kenwood 72X..

FearingSkillz have posted their review of the ASUS V7700 Deluxe GeForce 2 GTS
..

Fast-MHz have reviewed the Gigabyte GA-6OXM7E Intel 815E ATX Socket 370 mobo..

I know a few of you use the Analog-X Proxy program, be advised there are some new security issues with it - some Denial of Service attacks. Details here..

If you're trying to seal up your colder-than-ambient cooling gear, RTV Silicone is great stuff.. OCTools wanna tell you all about it..

UKGamer have checked out the Alpha PAL6035 uber-cooler..



Wednesday Night (early Thursday morning) (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-August-2000  01:09:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

THIS IS THE NEW SERVER!

Well, seems a lot of people are seeing the new server already! If you're still seeing the message "THIS IS THE OLD SERVER" then don't panic, you're not missing anything as the sites are identical except for that message at the moment. Everyone should be seeing the new server by the weekend.

The Tweakerinos have put up a guide to enabling AGP 4X in Win2K and Win9x on a range of VIA chipsets..

InsaneHardware have some sneak pics of some new SIS Athlon boards.. weird SlotA placement, but might be a good idea.. also, they have pics of a possible new geforce cooler, looks pretty serious.

I missed this a little while ago, Term pointed it out - TomsHardware have info on the AMD K6-2+ .. a Socket7 CPU with onboard L2 cache and some very decent core speeds (550MHz) ..

HardwareAvenue have reviewed the JustCooler FC900L.. slot-type cooler.

Clonex pointed out that HardwareCentral have Part II of their SETI@HOME Guide up..

FlingingSpuds have an article comparing FSAA on the Voodoo5 and ATI Radeon..

Doesn't say if the competition is open to international readers, but TechExtreme are givin' away a Gigger Athlon..

PCRoddin' have checked out the Alpha PAL35T cooler.. for yer FC-PGA CPU.

Sniper sends word that VR-Zone have AMD Mustang Specs posted.. also, if you scroll down a little on that page, they have a thing where they want experts to guess what some photos are of.

VIAHardware have reviewed the Inno3D GeForce2 MX..

PCScoop have reviewed the Hedgehog Copper Heatsink..

GU have checked out what looks like a very cool screensaver..

Dan the Man has reviewed the Leadtech GeForce2 MX..



Thurs Morn - For those on #overclockers (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-August-2000  00:44:22 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Very quick one for tonight to fill the hours

A quick look of a cross-section of the American trailer dwellers and their scary little lives

Apparently this is not a joke, someone please tell me it is. Please

They might smear honey on you the next time your in the hospital. Not that I'm complaining... Yum!

Paul Allen buys a slice of the SETI action

On set clips from the movie The Mummy Returns. It's the sequel to the Mummy starring Brendan Fraser

Hope this keeps you guys awake a little longer in the wee hours of the morning on #overclockers - special thanks to MWP




Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-August-2000  21:26:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

(THIS IS THE NEW SERVER!!!!!!)

Oooo, 1GHz RAMBUS.. gasp in amazement at the incredible speed that it sucks money out of your bank account!

Sheep-shearin' (and sheep-scarin') Shannon, aka Orthello from NZ has hit 1084MHz with his P3-700E.. on a BH6! Phwoar.

TweakMax have reviewed the IBM 75GXP sexy ATA-100 HDD.

Tech-Report have an in-depth review of the Abit KA7 and KA7-100.. as they say, KA is for Kick-Ass!

Manaz pointed out Microsofts Official Win2k Service Pack 1 page.. for those of you wondering what you're getting in that 83MB download. Remember we have a local mirror on the forum server here, should be quicker for Oz people..

PCInsight have reviewed the Soyo SY-6BA-IV.. BX board with ATA/66.

OCTools have reviewed the Intel P3-700E..

Dan the Man has updated (again!) his A7V Review.. this time he touches on a little Duron gorbage..



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