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08/27/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

I just got my internet access back so I'll be posting more later. See ya.

08/27/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

G3D has some helpful stuffs for you guys. They give you the basics on becoming a MCP or an MCSE. There's lots of moolah to be made on the System Admin scene so I suggest giving this article a thorough read if you're ever wanted to get a job like that.

08/27/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Virtual Hideout gives us the lowdown on how we can power up an ATX power supply without a mobo. Why we'd wanna do that? Beats the hell outta me. ;-) Go read to find out why.

08/27/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Got word from Insane Hardware that they've updated their Q4 Via Roadmap here.

08/27/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Here's a link to an AMD press release stating that they're in cahoots with browser maker, Opera Software. Check it out for the whole shebang.

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Here's a blurb from AMD's local distro, Asiantech. Would you guys be interested in getting some SLOT-A Thunderbird 700 action? Yeah? Well, they'll be available locally around August 25th but they'll only work on mobos based on AMD's chipsets and not Via's. Irongate users rejoice!!!

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Overclockers Arena sends word that they have a new review of the Articooler Model CA. They compare it to some of the more popular models around.

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

KISS: Psycho Circus? What the...???

Must be some game about psycho babes smooching on the trampoline while playing with knives. Check it out here.

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Hmmm... I think I'll let The Tech Report email do the talking on this one:

The ongoing cycle of CPU die shrinks and growing transistor counts makes cooling a chip more and more difficult over time.  Yes, smaller chips can require less power.  But these shrunken chips also produce more heat over a given surface area.  Pretty soon, you've got a blowtorch the size of a pinhead--or even worse, an AMD Duron.  And overclocking compounds the problem, because turning up the clock means turning up the heat. 

Not to fear, though.  The Tech Report's amazing new CPU heat dissipation doohickey will show you exactly what kind of a pickle you're in when it comes to cooling and cranking up that racy new processor of yours.  (Heck, even if your new processor is an ancient K6 or a sexy 0.5GHz G4, it's in the database.)  This thing has all the vital stats, too, including transistor counts, die size, transistor counts, feature sizes--the works. Check it out right here:


http://www.tech-report.com/cpu/

And yes. "DOOHICKEY" is prolly the most technical term I know.

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Insane Hardware has some scoopage on the Seagate's SerialATA here. Neat stuffs!!! At least on paper anyway.

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Jodo baby over at G3D says they have a new review up. I didn't believe it till I saw this:

"When I decided I needed a high performance set of headphones to go with my computer, I realized I had no idea what I was getting into, but I did know what I wanted. I needed a full closed-cup set of headphones with a mike attached for Roger Wilco and Battlecomm use as well as hands free typing (which is really handy if you can get it to work, but I haven't found a good program yet)."

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

TechGear, where they mix tech with, uhhhh, gear, has a review of the Logitech Wingman Formula Force. Why a steering wheel would be called a "Wingman" is beyond me. Let's go check it out.

08/24/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Dan's Data has the low-down on a cheapass digital camera from AIPTek. Cheap doesn't always mean it's gonna suck so read on to find out if it does.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Anyone want a Geforce MX video card from Leadtek? Yeah? Cool. Head on over here for details from AllHW.com.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Tweaktown has another exclusive. This time, it's about the Microsoft Sidewinder Game Voice Headset and Control Pad. Having actual conversations while playing with the dudes is certainly cool. I want one.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

SysReview.com has some system guides for you. If you still can't figure out what to do, I suggest you check this out. Intel fanatics be warned, these are all AMD-based rigs. ;-)

High-End System: http://www.sysreview.com/articles/highend/index.shtml
Mid-End System: http://www.sysreview.com/articles/midend/index.shtml
Low-End System: http://www.sysreview.com/articles/lowend/index.shtml
Dirt-Cheap system: http://www.sysreview.com/articles/dirtcheap/index.shtml

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

In the market for a new Slocket? Great! You definitely should check out this comparo over at OCTools before you go out and buy one. It'll give you some idea of what's available at the very least. Well, 4 of what's available anyway.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

G3D has a review up of the Slot-1 Golden Orb here. Personally, I like the Slot-1 format since I can use bigger coolers with the darn things.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Here's something I found in my mailbox that might interest you guys. Is the PC dead? I don't think so. I can still type news on mine. 

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Man!!! Does this look cool or what? It's chrome. It's round. It's one badass HSF. Tweaktown has the goods on the new Chrome Orb here.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

PC911, always looking for some dweeb computer users to rescue, tell us about the difference between network hubs and switches here. I know a lot of you are gasping for air on this subject so I suggest you give it a good read.

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Athlon OC has some great stuffs to give away. So they missed a week, who cares? As long as I get myself some 1Ghz. action.

1st: Tbird 1000m (socket CPU overclocked to 1Ghz)
2nd: Duron 1000m (another CPU overclocked to 1Ghz this time of the Duron
flavor ;)

Well? What are ya' waitin' for???

08/23/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Mark over at Fast-MHZ sends word that they now have over 30 case mods to show off. If you have a sweet looking case, send it to them.

If you do, make sure you include the following info:
  • Your Name:
  • E-Mail Address:
  • A Short Quote Of Your Case Project:
  • Two Photos Of Your Case: (Two Angles)
  • Website Home Page If You Have One

 


08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

hardCOREware.net has a review of prolly one of the coolest (literally) video card coolers money can buy. WTF am I blabbin' about? The Card Cooler XT of course. Get the goods here.

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

For those of you who own, or are planning on getting, Abit's Solano-based SE6 mobo, check out this FAQ sent over via their press release.

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Wow!!! I'm not really one to look at a site's hits, but I'm glad to inform everyone that we've broken the "100,000 hits" mark. Thanks for the support guys. You know we love ya'!!! Not that I'm gonna start kissing any of you guys and I'm prolly not even gonna hold hands. Heh...

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Tweaktown shows us the money. Well, gold in this case. They have a Socket A Golden Orb Guide for you guys to read. You might want to check the Chrome Orb pics while you're there. Personally, Chrome looks much cooler than Gold.

Which reminds me, I'm off to take pics. More later...

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Overclock Solutions has a PaloAlto PA600 review up and about. I don't think you can get these locally. I haven't read it but I suggest you keep your translator handy just in case it's in some language that we didn't even know existed.

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

BABE ALERT!!! If hot-looking babes offend you, do not click on the following links!!! You've been warned.

Chick's Hardware has an interview with Red Hat, the guys who bring you one of the better Linux distributions. I don't know about you, but I'm gonna head over there just to ogle. ;-)

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Our buds over at the Athlon OC send word that they have an Athlon vs. Duron thing going on. Read this if you think I'm telling lies:

"Well guys we ALL know the Duron is a sweet performer for the price. The big thing AMD is doing to prevent the low cost Duron from cutting into the much more expensive Thunderbirds high end market share is keeping the Duron clocked considerably lower than the high end Tbird. The Duron also only has 128k L2 cache in comparison to the Tbirds 256k. Ok now what exactly does this mean? That's what I'm hoping to show you here."

See??? I told ya' so.

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Hey, this is cool stuffs from Virtual Hideout. If you've been reading the Chicago Tribune and a tweaked out computer case caught your eye, it's because their Case Gallery was featured on there recently.

Personally, I'd wanna see my site in some, more tasteful piece of "Literary Art" like Hustler or Penthouse Magazine. ;-) Don't know what those are? Me too. Just saw them on some news stand. Yeah...

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Speaking of the FIC AZ11, Insane Hardware has gone ga-ga once again to bring us news that FIC has approved this Socket A mobo to be used with AMD's 1.1Ghz. Thunderbird processors. Are you in doubt? Check it out here.

Oh. And while you're there, you might wanna give their latest review a read. It's on a sweet, lil' Quantum Atlas-V SCSI-160 HDD.

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Got an email from one of the local distros and have some good news and, well, some bad news too depending on how you see it. The good news is that we'll be seeing high-quality PC100 Memory from Micron hit the local stores. These are known to be great overclocking parts so we should start thanking God and stuff. Bad news is that these prolly won't come cheap. Still, with the performance we're bound to get from these babies, that shouldn't be our main concern.

Aside from that, some FIC AZ11 mobos should be available too for those who own or want to own any of the new AMD processor offerings.

08/22/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Ugh. Talk about freaking out. Sorry for the lack of updates. I had to rush around town with my daughter who came down with this new illness called the "Kawasaki". Doctor's say it happens when your body's immune system over-reacts to some infection. Symptoms are peeling skin on the tips of the fingers, chapped lips and a spotty tongue. If your kids have this, go see your pediatricians immediately since this has been known to affect the heart and cause cardiac arrests or heart attacks. Whew!!!

Anyway, she's safe now which is a VERY good thing.

08/21/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

I've received 2 comments about my Golden Orb Review. One said that it covered his Celeron fully. The other said that it was only a few millimeters off. Then, there was like 12 more saying they liked my review and I was right on. What's up with that? I don't know. Still, I don't think we all can have different size sockets or even processors for that matter. But just to make sure, lemme see if I can get some pics of what I saw when I did the review.

More later...

08/21/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

My favorite site featuring everything about Hemp has a rant going. A rant? Hmmm...

Anyhoo, this is the first installment regarding Dr. Evil's OS (Any relation to Bill? Beats me...), Win-ME.

08/21/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Hey!!! It's Monday!!! You know what that means.

Oooohhhh-la-la!!!
Yeah, baby!!!
Hubba, hubba!!!
Gimme some o' that!!!
I think I wet my shorts!!!

Ok, ok. Those are just some of things you might say when you check out our new "Babe of the Week". Now can someone please tell me if those are nipples or just shadows???
 

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08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Here's a nice modification I did for a client a few weeks ago.

Just added 2 80mm. Fans to the side taking cool air in (the black things are filters) and another 80mm. up top to blow. Not seen in the pic is the rear exhaust fan where I stripped off the grill. And in case you're wondering, that's a Smiley Case available locally from most everywhere. Nice and neat. Gotta love this hobby. :-)


08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Athlon OC has an interesting comparo up. They pit an AMD Duron against it's big bro, the Thunderbird. Who'll win out? I'm betting on the TBird since it sounds like a smart move. Click here

08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

This may be a bit late but I just had to get it up here. ;-)

Here's a guy who overclocks a P3-500E all the way to 995. That's a whopping 199Mhz. FSB for all you non-number-crunching weenies. There's another post on there about him using an EPoX BX7+ mobo but I don't know if I'm ever gonna see one of those here in the lab. Anyway, go check it out.

08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Well, that's pretty much what was left of my once mighty inbox. More later...

Oh yeah, before I forget, Planet Savage has posted their review of the Inno3D Geforce2 GTS video card. They seem to like it. Get one before it's too late!!!

One last thing, I truly love my EPoX BX6 SE mobo just because it runs my P3-700E at 1Ghz., as well as my P3-750 that I couldn't get to run reliably on any other.

08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Tweaktown says that they have 10 new case mods featured. Are they telling a fib? Click here to find out if it's true.

08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Our favorite babe site which recently added babes (Finally!!!) has updated their UK CPU & Video Card Price Guide. If you like shopping for babes with mega-CPUs and vid cards, and you're in the UK, click here for the cheapest ones.

08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

AllHW.com has a roundup of 146 mobos. Holy Guacamole. That's a lotta stuffs. Go here if you want to find out which board is what and which might be best for you.

08/20/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Finally got my rig back together from a failed hard drive. With that out of the way, let's get to the news biz with what I was able to salvage.

Mark over at Fast-MHZ has a review of the Sony Spressa Professional 10/4/32X CD-RW. Pretty impressive numbers if you ask me. But then, you prolly don't give a crap about what I say so click here for the full shebang. 


08/19/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Pardon our dust. I've been working my butt off in The Lab to get a couple of reviews out for you guys.


Speaking of which, we take a look at Thermaltake's Golden Orb FC-PGA Cooler here, as an update to our Socket Cooler Roundup.


08/17/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Hmmm...

I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I'm on a new rig and I kick huge ass. :-) The bad news is that I forgot to backup all the mail I received, including news to post so I can't post 'em. Grrr...

More later.

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Insane Hardware has modded their, uhhhh, Creative Sounblaster Live!!! Huh???

Placing heatsinks on your soundcard doesn't make a lot of sense to me but then, it might help. ;-)

Go check it out.

Also new on their site is the ASUS A7V Resource Central. If you own one of these babies, head on over there and bookmark the thing.

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

AllHW.com has a review up!!! I'm all excited because it's been a while and it's always nice hearing from them. So, if you're into the networking thing, go check out their Linksys Cable/ DSL review here.

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Still in the market for a Slot-A mobo? Check out Hardware Corner's review of the MSI K7PRo here.

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

G3D is COOL!!! Well, that's only because they review cooling hardware like RDJD's K701. Get the goods here.

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Wondering which view is best to kill opponents with? First person, third person or any other person for that matter? If so, check out this article over at FragPipe.

While you're there, you should look at their "They Hunger 2" review, their Half-life walkthrough and HL mod reviews. Hmmm. Now "I HUNGER".

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Athlon OC, where they OC, errr, Athlons, has a guide up on how to mod out your OCZ GFD. If you're like me and you're wondering what the heck that is, click here.

08/13/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Now why is it that whenever I see those Planet Savage people, I feel all sick. ;-)

Anyway, I went with them today over to the Axis Global HQ to do some introductions and they got to bring home a nVidia GF2 GTS-based video card from Inno3D to review. Should be up soon. I think these video cards are a great bargain for the performance.

As an aside, you won't believe all the pr0n (READ: Private Joyce) we got today.

Nothing in the news box yet so I'll be back later...

08/12/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Tweaktown has some pics of a new pr0n surfing device, Microsoft's Xbox. Ok, ok, ok. So it isn't for finding nekkid ladies (but then again...). It's actually a gaming console that a lot of people seem to be waiting for. Don't know why? Me too. What do we do? Click here and at least know what it looks like so no one will think we're dumb.

08/12/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Feel the need to cool some Pringles down? Flipchip has a review of Vantec's chip cooler bundle. Yum!!! True geek food for sure.

08/12/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

OCTools is giving away 3 (yep, three!!!) Dow Corning kits. All you have to do is register here and you're in.

08/12/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Insane Hardware is burning stuff up!!! They check out Passmark's burn-in software here. Hot is what that is. ;-)

08/12/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Chick's Hardware, the site which recently added some chicks, has a review up of an Intel P3-850 processor right here. I haven't read it, but if it's got babes, it's gotta be good.

Aaaand, to prove to you that they aren't lazy bastards, they also have an interview up with Constellation 3D. Who are they? Well, they're coming up with storage in the terrabyte capacity range, that's who they are.
 

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08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

BTW, thanks go out to the guys who thought about nominating OCManila for the Philippine Web Awards. I don't think we'll win but at least we tried. ;-)

Later...

08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Last, but definitely not the least. Little White Doggy-style has an article outlining how they got Win2k to run on a BE6 / BP6 while using the ATA66 Controller. There was an issue? I've been running the BP6 rig on Win2k since forever with no probs. Hmmm. Anyway, here are some symptoms to look out for:

1. Do you get "INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE" after setting up an ATA/66 compatible hard drive on an ABIT BE6 or BP6 motherboard?

2. Does your computer get the blue screen of death when it boots up after installing an ATA/66 compatible hard drive on an ABIT BE6 or BP6 motherboard?
3. Do you get the blue screen of death when installing Windows 2000 from scratch when you press F6 and install the HPT366 ATA/66 Controller driver?

Read the full scoopage here.


08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

PC Critix takes a look at the AMD Duron here. It's unlocked and kicks a lotta butt. Don't think so? Read this:

"I initially shot for 750MHz, to play it a little conservative, and the Duron got there without trouble, but I needed 1.7v to keep it stable. After checking the temps, I tried to go a little higher. Next was 850; the Duron needed 1.8v, but it never skipped a beat. While keeping the same voltage, I went up to 900MHz. It still seemed happy there, so I tried to take it up to 950. Nothing, nada. I upped the voltage to the max of 1.85v, and the Duron sprang back to life. Unfortunately, it was a little unstable, and I would get occasional BSOD's. I dropped it back to 900MHz, but kept the voltage up. I think if better cooling was available, I may have been able to get 950 stable. I did fiddle with FSB overclocking a little, but you'll have to wait for the full review for those results."

08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Cool!!! Tweaktown has a new section up showcasing soem neato case mods. Check 'em out here

08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

LONG POST ALERT!!! LONG POST ALERT!!!

Are you guys still wondering about AMD's x86-64? Check out this FAQ if it interests you.

Question:
What is the AMD x86-64™ architecture? 
Answer:
The AMD x86-64™ architecture is an AMD innovation that extends x86, the industry's most widely supported instruction set, and is designed to enable 64-bit computing while remaining compatible with the existing x86 software infrastructure and industry experience. AMD’s 64-bit strategy allows the latest in processor innovation to work smoothly with the existing installed base of 32-bit applications and operating systems, while establishing an installed base of systems that are 64-bit capable. This allows the industry to advance software development on all fronts, with x86 compatibility, while providing the capability of delivering 64-bit technology benefits. 

Question:
Why is 64-bit technology important? What applications benefit from 64-bits? 
Answer:
The need for 64-bit technology is driven by applications that address large amounts of physical and virtual memory, such as high performance servers, database management systems, and CAD tools. AMD’s evolutionary approach to 64-bit technology allows the gradual software transition from 32-bit to 64-bit. Only those applications that benefit from the features of 64-bit technology need to be ported. 

Question:
How does 64-bit computing relate to/compare to 32-bit computing? 
Answer:
Some classes of applications require larger amounts of memory than can be addressed by 32-bits. Using 64-bit technology allows these applications to take advantage of a larger memory model with more addressing space. 

Question:
Will users running 32-bit applications benefit from the underlying 64-bit architecture or just from processor speed advances? 
Answer:
No. 32-bit applications do not utilize 64-bit extensions. Processor speed advances will help both 32-bit and 64-bit applications and operating systems at the same time. 

Question:
Does the x86-64 technology implement a 64-bit virtual memory address space? 
Answer:
Yes. AMD’s x86-64 technology implements a 64-bit virtual memory address space. It is also a flat memory model, as opposed to a segmented memory model, making it more straightforward and easy to use. 

Question:
Will the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit take as long as the transition from 16-bit to 32-bit? 
Answer:
The good news is most applications don’t need to transition to 64-bit and the x86-64 architecture fully supports this model. The transition from 16- (286) to 32-bits (386) was complicated by the addition of an entirely new memory management scheme. It took several years for OS vendors to incorporate protected mode paging into their operating systems. The 32-bit to 64-bit transition is much simpler, at least for AMD’s x86-64 technology. 

Question:
Will all current applications run without modification? 
Answer:
The AMD x86-64 architecture is designed to be fully compatible with the legacy x86 instruction set used by today's applications. It was designed to be able to run current x86 OS and current x86 applications without modification and without a performance penalty. 

Question:
How does 64-bit computing relate to/compare to 32-bit computing? 
Answer:
Some classes of applications require larger amounts of memory than can be addressed by 32-bits. Using 64-bit technology allows these applications to take advantage of a larger memory model with more addressing space. 

Question:
What is the first AMD processor that will feature x86-64? 
Answer:
AMD plans to introduce the x86-64 features in the processor family codenamed “Hammer.” 

Question:
At what clock speeds will this architecture run? 
Answer:
AMD’s x86-64 architecture is designed to enable industry-leading clock speeds. 

Question:
Has AMD changed the introduction schedule for the family of processors codenamed “Hammer”? 
Answer:
No. AMD has not altered its timetable for introducing devices based on the x86-64 architecture since the “Hammer” design effort was announced at Microprocessor Forum in October 1999. AMD plans to announce the first “Hammer” processor at the end of 2001. 

Question:
Is AMD working with other developers outside of the Linux community? 
Answer:
AMD will be working closely with key partners to enable widespread support for our x86-64 architecture. AMD and its partners will disclose further details when appropriate. AMD has and is engaging the community at large. 

Question:
Does AMD have any plans to design an IA-64 compatible processor? 
Answer:
AMD has no plans to develop an IA-64 compatible processor. 

Question:
Does AMD have any plans, or objections, to license x86-64 to other CPU designers? 
Answer:
AMD has not disclosed any plans for licensing the technology. 

08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Here's a link to an AMD press release regarding the x86-64T:

AMD RELEASES x86-64™ ARCHITECTURAL SPECIFICATION; ENABLES MARKET DRIVEN MIGRATION TO 64-BIT COMPUTING

Great stuffs indeed...

08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Also on the HDD cooler scene, G3D has a review up of a Spire HDD Cooler. Wondering what exactly that is? Click here for the full deal.

08/11/2000
- Posted by Head Geek

Club Overclocker announces Week #11 of their Summer Giveaway. What's up for grabs? Well, it's a KD Computers Ultimate HDD Cooler. Go enter to win yourself one.

Oh yeah. While you're there, you might want to check out their review of the GPack III Xtreme. Don't know what that is? Check this pic:

 

 

  

 

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