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Daily News Round #1 for October 20, 2003

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for October 20, 2003

By: Cameron Wilmot from Oct 20, 2003 @ 21:58 CDT

- ATI on dead monitors

Over the past few days quite a few folks have been reporting dead monitors and video card overheating due to what they are saying are ATI's latest drivers, Catalyst 3.8. Terry Makedon and Chris Hook from ATI have posted an official response over at Driver Heaven on the subject.

We have spent a great deal of time trying to reproduce this problem and analyzing our driver code. There is nothing in our driver code that has changed since CAT 3.7 to CAT 3.8 that could possibly cause this behaviour. We believe that our drivers are not causing these alleged problems.

We do not currently believe these stories are valid. We have already confirmed that of the nearly 100 OEM customer programs have asked for and received this driver, we have received no reports on any such problem from the OEMs. We have also run comprehensive QA tests on the driver before releasing it and have had no cases of failed monitors.
Since we announced CATALYST 3.8 on October 8th, we have recorded hundreds of thousands of downloads, and thus far there have been absolutely no reports whatsoever to ATI's Customer Support department to report monitors failing.

- Artic Silver 5 Announced

Artic Silver has announced their latest addition to their series of thermal pounds called Artic Silver 5. DV Hardware has the scoop.

Artic Silver 5 is the successor of Artic Silver 3. Why 5 and not 4? Well Japan is one of the biggest markets for Artic Silver, and the number 4 is associated with death in Japan. Because they did not want the Japanese to associate this new thermal compound with dead hardware they called it Artic Silver 5. Seems logical. It is sold in 3.5gram and 12 gram tubes. With the 3.5gram tube you should be able to cover 15 to 25 small cpu cores (like the AMD Athlon XP's) or 6 to 10 large CPU cores like the Pentium 4 and Athlon 64's. At a layer 0.003" thick, the 3.5 gram tube will cover approximately 16 square inches. These Norwegian already published a review in which they tested the Artic Silver 5 against AS3 and Shin Etsu G-751.

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