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[H] Enthusiast Archives: March 2004Archive Listing

Wednesday March 31, 2004

[H]ardNews - Blair's Tech Ed.

Final DOS Update:

DOS is getting its final update this week. DOS people can rejoice and mourn at the same time becasue even though it is being updated, this will be the last one.

DeviceLogics, keeper of the DR-DOS code base, released this week what might be the final upgrade to the 17-year-old DOS operating-system variant. At the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco, DeviceLogics took the wraps off DR-DOS 8.0, the first update to DR-DOS since 1999.

Vodka Powered Cell Phone:

A vodka powered cell phone? Can you drink your battery after it goes dead?

Imagine powering up your cell phone's battery with vodka and having the charge last for a week. An area seed-money group was so taken with the idea of turning hooch into juice that it invested $400,000 in cash and in-kind services with the St. Louis company that is developing the technology.

New Nanotube Transistor:

More nanotube news for all you nanotube freaks out there. Nanotube this, nanotube that...anyone else notice that there is a ton of nanotube news lately?

Duke University researchers exploring ways to build ultrasmall electronic devices out of atom-thick carbon cylinders have incorporated one of these "carbon nanotubes" into a new kind of field effect transistor.

Laundry E-Mail System:

We’ve talked about laundry e-mail notification on campuses like this for a long time. Seems to be a renewed interest in hearing *bing* “You’ve Got Laundry!”

Technology is taking laundry from the clothesline to online. Carnegie Mellon University is testing a Web-based system that sends e-mail to students when their laundry is done and allows them to log on to an Internet site to check the status of machines.

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

ATI Pulls HL2 Coupons:

Jason Hayes emailed us with information that ATI boxed video cards are showing up with no Half Life 2 coupons any more. We have confirmed with ATI that the 9600 series cards will no longer carry the "freebie." The game will be now be limited to the 9800XT. The boxes are clearly marked as to which cards have them and which cards do not.

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

Music Swapping Legal:

Music swapping is legal…in Canada. Holy cow, check out this ruling from the federal courts in Canada:

"No evidence was presented that the alleged infringers either distributed or authorized the reproduction of sound recordings," von Finckenstein wrote in his 28-page ruling. "They merely placed personal copies into their shared directories which were accessible by other computer users via a P2P service."

[H]ardNews 8th Edition

MSI FX5900XT VTD128:

Gruntville has a MSI FX5900XT VTD128 in house for a round or two of benchmarks. Nice card, good bundle and inexpensive. You can also see our review of this video card right here.

MSI has definitely put together what can be easily be argued as one of the most comprehensive software bundles that you'll ever find in a video adapter. And what's even better is that it won't decimate your wallet.

PixelView Plasma Display Fan II:

Check out this PixelView GeForceFX 5900XT Golden Limited card that sports a unique cooling system. The Plasma Display Fan II cooling system uses a small LCD integrated into the HSF to monitor and display temperatures, fan speed and more.

This cutting-edged cooling fan is based on the combination of LCD and LED in terms of providing the game enthusiasts the best technology of controlling, protecting and detecting their VGA card and PC system. PixelView PDF II™ is "The super Cooling System with Blue Icy Crystal Display", which embraces the excellent benefits of the first PDF technology, plus 3 best view angles Display functionality and an additional 5 1/4" bay of front panel.

Intel HSF Comparo:

Dark Tweaker has a few heatsinks from Zalman, Akasa and AeroCool duking it out for the title of coolest socket 478 cooler.

This month we have started a big socket 478 heatsink roundup. Altogether we have tested 9 models in 3 parts. Today we will show you the first part, the first 3 Models, very expensiv and strong. The samples are Zalman CNPS 7000 AlCu, Akasa Copper King, AeroCool HT 101.

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

Prescott 3.2GHz:

Bit-Tech looks at the 3.2GHz Prescott CPU today. The fellas do their best to explain who this CPU is for and what it has to offer. You can see our review here for comparison purposes.

I always try and look for the best in a situation and this one nearly had me stumped. I can't see how Intel can justify releasing a CPU which is slower in the majority of benchmarks unless they had something up their sleeve.

Shuttle XPC SB75S:

Tech Report has one of those Shuttle XPC SB75S SFF computers on the review block today. The latest SFF from Shuttle is just as powerful as previous SFFs, just better looking.

The SB75 Type-S demonstrates why Shuttle has owned the small form factor barebones world since the day the first SV24 rolled off the assembly line. The SB75S oozes refinement, from its automotive-grade finish to its pre-routed cables and quieter power supply.

aTuner Update:

The popular video card tweaking utility, aTuner, has been updated to version The biggest change in the utility is that it no longer works with Win98 or WinME.

The support for Windows 98 and ME is cancelled. If you are using Win98 or ME, do not download the new aTuner, because you are not able to start itanymore! In few days, a no-longer-supported, but still running aTuner for Windows 98/ME will be offered for downloading.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition


KY Ho makes way for Dave Orton to become ATI's CEO on June 1 of this year. KY Ho will retain his Chairman position.

“ ATI has never been stronger than it is today,” said KY Ho. “It is now time for me to focus on the Chairman role, particularly with regards to our strategic customer and supplier relationships. To a large extent, this announcement merely formalizes the existing situation – Dave has done a great job spearheading the success ATI enjoys today.”

Our kudos to Dave as he has done some really great things with ATI since his joining the organization in Y2K.

ATI Reve-news:

ATI has announced that its revenues for its second fiscal quarter, ending February 29, were up 47.8% compared to last year. Total revenue as $463,300,000. Yes, US Dollars. Gross margin up almost up to 35%, more than 5 points better than the same quarter last year. There outlook is strong with the PCI-Express transition coming up. Read the whole PDF here.

[H]ardNews 5th Edition

Ohio Sues PeopleSoft:

PeopleSoft may have bitten off more than it can chew when it promised to revamp the Cleveland State University student administration systems in 1996. Naturally, Ohio sued.

The state of Ohio has charged PeopleSoft and its consulting partner with fraud and breach of contract for their role in a software project at Cleveland State University. The attorney general of Ohio, who filed suit Jan. 30 in Ohio state court, seeks combined compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $130 million.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

Galaxy Zeus 5900XT:

If you are a NVIDIA fan, the best bang for the buck is the recently released 5900XT. Guru3D has a review of the Galaxy Zeus 5900XT for your viewing pleasure. Never heard of a Galaxy Zues 5900XT? You aren't alone.

You know what, this product is what the GeForce 4 Ti4200 is compared to the GeForce 4 Ti 4600. Pure value versus really good performance, yet this a DirectX 9 class product.

ASUS P4R800-V:

The Radeon 9100 IGP has made a nice splash in the mainboard market. People on the look out for a decent P4 mainboard with good integrated graphics will want to check out this ASUS P4R800-V at T-Break.

Overall, we are impressed with the ASUS P4R800-V Deluxe. For the money, it doesn’t get any better than this. The 9100 IGP will be enough to satisfy the needs of a casual gamer. To date, the 9100 IGP is the only integrated Direct X 8.1 solution available.

Mainboard Sales Flat:

Digitimes is reporting that March mainboard sales are flat this past month. ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS all showed little movement when compared to the previous month.

Taiwan’s first-tier motherboard makers estimated that shipments would remain flat on-month in March due to reduced OEM orders and sluggish sales in domestic channels amid political uncertainty, according to sources at the companies.

[H]ardNews - Mods & Ends

Case & Power:

Super Flower ATX Case @ Tech Dreams - Silverstone HTPC Case @ Walibe - Mountain Mods U2-UFO Case @ Tech-Mods - Jaguar 450 PSU @ ClubOC - Silverstone Gloria SST-TJ04 @ My World Hardware - NZXT Guardian ATX Case @ ClubOC


Dr. Thermal 7025 Cooler @ The Crucible - Vantec Spectrum Fan Card @ ViperLair - Star Tech Hard Drive Cooler @ Bjorn3D


Vantec EZ-Swap @ A True Review - StarTech 11Mbit Wireless Cardbus @ ipKonfig - Plantronics MM Headset @ Guru Review

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Intel Model Numbers:

Following a posting on a Chinese website last week, AnandTech now follows suit and posts what they are told will be the new Intel model numbering scheme.

One does beg to question what Intel's strategy is once/if speeds get up into the 4.6GHz range. Either this is not a very forward looking nomenclature, or Intel has some other ace up their sleeve.

I find it very interesting that Intel has designated their low-end Celeron with the same "3" series that AMD uses for their mainstream parts. Mistake? I don't think so.

Spammer's Boxster:

I saw on TheScreenSavers last night that AOL was going to auction off a Porsche Boxster that had been obtained in a settlement with a spammer that AOL had a lawsuit with.

AOL obtained the car in settling a lawsuit against "a guy who by our estimates made more than a million dollars from spamming," said Randall Boe, AOL executive vice president and general counsel.

This beckons the question, "If you had a million spam bucks, would you buy a Boxster?"

NV40 Cooling Rumors:

TheInq's Fuad wags his tongue the way of the new NVIDIA NV40 technology one more time...but I am sure it is not the last.

Our friend confirms that NV40 is going to be a two-slot card, but it won't be noisy one, we're assured. Nvidia will use a similar approach as it used with its NV38, Geforce FX 5950 Ultra card; that was a two-slot solution as a reference design. But we heard that this time around it won't be so easy to modify the cooling to get such a fat card into a single PC slot.

NVIDIA's own pages exclaim that they are having the usual suspects out for an "Analyst Day" on 4/1/2004. And don't forget that they have also announced that they will be having a LAN Party to launch their "next gen" part as well on the 13th of April. Guess they got tired of the leaks and figured they might as well do it themselves.

IBM Amends Suit:

IBM has amended its counterclaim with a Declaratory Judgment action against SCO looking for a resolution to the current Linux lawsuit that is pending.

By seeking a declaratory judgement, which a judge could issue as soon as the discovery process is over and before the case goes to trial, IBM appears to be indicating that has conducted an internal analysis of SCO's claims and has found them to be without merit, said Jeff Norman, an intellectual property partner with the Chicago law firm Kirkland Ellis LLP.

This is basically the same thing HardOCP has done with Infinium Labs.

Bennett's lawsuit seeks a declaration from the court that the article did not constitute unfair business practices or competition, trademark infringement or dilution, common law or trade libel, trade disparagement or tortious interference.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition - Press Releases

SiS Gets New CEO:

Silicon Integrated Systems Corporation (SiS), a leading supplier of core logic chipsets, announced today that its Board of Directors has named Mr. Daniel Chen to replace Michael Chen as President & CEO of SiS. Michael Chen has decided to leave the position so that he can better focus his attention on research and development as the company’s Chief Technology Advisor. The reorganization will be effective from April 1, 2004.

VIA & General Software:

VIA Technologies, Inc. and General Software, a leading BIOS vendor focused on deeply embedded applications, will show General Software's EBIOS and Firmbase operating environment and development tools leveraging the VIA PadLock Random Number Generator (RNG) and VIA PadLock Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) built into VIA Nehemiah core processors, at the Embedded Systems Conference, 2004.

Tuesday March 30, 2004

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

Kingston HyperX PC4300:

If you are searching for some good memory for your PC, check out this review at Ohl’s Place of Kingston’s HyperX PC4300 memory. We use a fair amount of Kingstons stuff around here with great results.

If you want to push you Intel board to the next level you're going to need memory to do it with and I can see no better choice right now that Kingston HyperX PC4300 memory. It's fast and besides that it's dead sexy looking to.

AOpen EZ65 SFF:

Rodney Reynolds has another video review posted, this time around you can learn about the AOpen EZ65 SFF...well, as much as you can learn in 8 minutes. The review has a few 3D benchmarks but doesn’t show temperatures, no motherboard benchmarks, no application or hard disk benchmarks either. The complete review is a 16mb download.

The AOpen EZ65 SFF XC Cube Mini Barebone System is loaded with the latest technology. It uses the AOpen UX4SG-1394 motherboard which is based upon the i865G chipset.

Asetek Antartica:

Grab your translator and head over to OC Zone and read their Asetek Antartica water block review. We have a review of this block coming very soon as well.

Asetek released one more waterblock to the market, named by Antartica waterchill, it gives you superior performance, stylish look and good lapping, its a very good solution for those who want watercooling of ease mounting and great performance!