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Daily News Round #4 for August 28, 2003

Daily News Round #4 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 28, 2003
By: Cameron Wilmot | Posted: Aug 29, 2003 1:48 am

- nVidia launching new GPUs at Computex 2003?


X-Bit Labs claim that nVidia will launch their NV36 and NV38 graphics processing units next month at Computex in Taiwan. These are the follow-up products to the GeForce FX 5600 and GeForce FX 5900. Whatever the case, we will be there to report all the breaking news from the showfloor.


In case NVIDIA and its add-in-board partners only showcase the NV36 and NV38 products in late September behind closed doors, we will only see the actual products powered by these graphics processors in October or later. This leads us to conclude that there will be no next-generation NV40 products this calendar year since no NVIDIA's AIB partners want to release two high-end products in one quarter due to very obvious business reasons. Additionally, we should also remember about 6-month product cycle followed by both leading graphics companies.


- Intel Desktop Control Center


Intel are set to release a program called Desktop Control Center for their series of Desktop brand motherboards which allow you to monitor your system and fine tune your system in Windows without the need to reboot.


It's fantastic to see Intel doing this (finally), it just goes to show how much enthusiasts are affecting companies bottom lines in the positive way these days. Stand up and be proud!


Now you have control over your desktop PC-- You can easily tune, customize, cool, stress, quiet, or test the system. With Intel® Desktop Control Center you can improve system stability, enhance performance, and control cooling and acoustic characteristics. Available only on performance and enthusiast Intel Desktop Boards, this dynamic application allows you to do more with your desktop board than ever before.


- nForce2 Overclocking


There is a basic guide to overclocking nForce2 based motherboards over at the Future Mark forums. If you're new to overclocking and own an nForce2 based system, spend a few minutes and check it out.


There are essentially two types of overclocking - front side bus and multiplier. Motherboards have a clock chip that generates a signal. This signal controls how fast the board's circuits run. This speed is measured in millions of cycles per second, or Megahertz. Today's current crop of motherboards run at stock speeds anywhere from 100Mhz to 166Mhz. Additionally, there is circuitry that enables the computer's processor, or CPU, to run at a multiple of the board speed, hence the term multiplier.


- Reviews from around the Web


Soltek KT600-R motherboard @ AMDZone - Shuttle XPC SB61G2 @ Hardware Extreme - Quiet PC Radial Fin CPU cooler @ RipNet-UK - Silverstonetek HTPC Case @ Ase Labs


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