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Tech-PC have posted a review of the AMD Athlon XP1800+ CPU combined with the VIA KT133A Chipset and this maybe of interest to some out there.
In the second of our budget upgrading features we answer another question many people pose to us looking for cheap extra performance, "Is it worth running an XP1*00 in my older mainboard?"More information at Tech-PC
It has been nearly two years now since VIA introduced the KT133a chipset. The KT133a added support for the 266 MHz FSB (133 MHz double pumped) front side bus, for the AMD processors. Also the KT133a still kept support for the 200 MHz FSB (100 MHz double pumped) front side bus. This let the user have the options of running either the older first and second Generation Thunderbird processor, or the Duron processor and now the new AthlonXP processors.
Hardware Extreme has posted a preview of the new AMD Opteron "Hammer" Processor. Processors based on Hammer technology are expected to ship in the forth quarter of 2002.
AMD believes that the AMD Processors based on Hammer technology which is targeted for both desktop home user & enterprise will be priced affordably compared to other competitive brands and will dominate over 50% in the competitive positioning in year 2004. According to them, the AMD Processors based on Hammer technology is designed to allow Microsoft's operating systems to use the capabilities and full performance of 32-bit and 64-bit applications. This means that it's 100% backward-compatible with 32-bit software and no changes are required for existing software. AMD also stated that the AMD Opteron processor-based servers are expected to be among the highest performing 32-bit and 64-bit servers for enterprise environments.More information at Hardware Extreme
AMDZone takes its first look at the new ATI IGP 320M mobile Athlon chipset with integrated video. It comes in the form of the new Compaq Presario 900 series laptop, and is the mobile equal to the FIC AT31 Fusion IGP 320 powered motherboard.
It has taken a while, but finally AMD fans can have a laptop with quality 3D and 2D graphics with the ATI IGP 320M and the Compaq Presario 900 series. Testing has shown that the new ATI mobile video solution far out distances the next best competitor, the VIA S3 Twister KN133. In addition it also holds up well against the desktop SiS 740 based ECS desknote. ATI has provided best in class 3D performance while also adding great DVD playback support, and continuing their tradition of excellent 2D graphics.More information at AMDZone
X-bit labs has a look at the VIA P4X400 and SiS648 P4 chipsets.
The situation in the chipset market is changing fast nowadays. New chipsets used to become available to mainboard makers a few times a year, but now I have to review them monthly. And not just one but several products are often to be reviewed. So what's happening to the market? Why are the manufacturers trying to smother the market in their new wares?More information at X-bit labs
Neoseeker has a guide up on how to tweak your AMD 762 Chipset (MP/MPX), for those lucky enough to have one.
In this article we are going to look at improving the performance of the AMD's 760MP/MPX chipset which is designed for multi processor use. We have been digging into the white papers on this chipset over the past week to try and find out every last thing we could about this chipset and then figure out how all of you power hungry madmen with the duallies can make it run even faster! If you've been around this site for very long you know all about chipset registers by now.More information at Neoseeker
Over at Techware Labs they have posted a review of the Cooler Master HSC-V62 Auto Speed CPU Cooler.
With constant increases in processor clock speeds, and the growing trend of high processor overclocking, heat can become a serious issue, while the sound produced by some products can be overwhelming. Cooler Master has not only combined a masterfully crafted copper heatsink with a smart fan technology to maximize cooling, while minimizing the resulting sound.More information at Techware Labs
Our friends over at VIA Hardware have got a preview up of the new SiS 648 chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 which brings full AGP 8x, 533FSB, onboard ethernet, USB 2.0, Firewire and more.
With the launch of the 648 chipset, SiS hopes to build on the momentum they've established in the past year as a quality "alternative" chipset provider and become the primary option for any high-performance buyer looking for a top-shelf product. That's an ambitious goal for any company, but particularly so for a designer that hopes to challenge the established product bases of both VIA and Intel. On the other hand, SiS has already demonstrated an ability to offer a much-improved product line while keeping overall consumer costs low-a definite plus in a depressed, cost-conscious, market. Will the SiS 648 be the chipset to own for the Pentium 4 as it moves towards 3 GHz?More information at VIA Hardware
The Tech Report has SiS's latest 648 chipset up for evaluation today.
TODAY SIS IS OFFICIALLY letting loose its new 648 chipset for the Pentium 4, and we're welcoming it by testing the 648 against six of its closest competitors in a total of 11 different configurations.More information at The Tech Report
Yes, our skin is pasty white, and sunlight hurts our eyes.
But you get to benefit! We'll show you just how this new chipset contender, which packs a wallop with AGP 8X and unofficial DDR400 support, stacks up.
A lot of people out there are wondering which chipset to use with a 533MHz FSB Pentium 4 as well as which memory. Well X-bit labs maybe able to help you make a decision then.
X-bit labs has posted a Roundupcalled "Pentium 4 Chipsets Supporting 533MHz Bus".More informatiom at X-bit labs
We have already reviewed in detail the available Intel chipsets that allow building 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus systems. However, other chipset makers offered their own solutions for Pentium 4 with high-speed bus. In this article we will discuss the current chipset market situation and learn more about non-Intel products.
The NDA for the i845G chipset has just recently expired and some sites (including ours), although not as many as usual, have posted some various reviews and looks at the new 533Mhz FSB Pentium 4 chipset with onboard graphics, USB 2.0 and so forth. Below are a list of reviews which I'll keep updated as they emerge:
We'll have our actual i845G chipset review posted shortly!