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Daily News Round #4 for November 8, 2003

Daily News Round #4 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for November 8, 2003

By Steve Dougherty on Nov 8, 2003 at 10:56 pm CST - 2 mins, 37 secs reading time

- Epox 8HDA3+ K8T800 Athlon64 Motherboard

EPoX have released a motherboard for use with the 754-pin variants of the AMD Athlon 64. It's a fully-fledged, packaged motherboard that is hitting the retail streams as i type this, providing another solid platform for the AMD Athlon 64. The fellas over at PCStats have kindly put this board through the hoops for us.

One has to wonder if VIA is hoping for some sort of redemption of their chipsets with the Athlon64... After all, the companies' core logic took quite a beating when we think back to the AthlonXP, falling far from grace against nVIDIA's almighty nForce2 chipset. Subsequent VIA/K7 chipsets were unable to really match the nForce2 in terms performance or features, but opposite to what you might expect, we are approaching the VIA K8T800 with a great deal of excitement. The reason is simple enough, while VIA may have faltered late in life with the K7, the K8T800 is currently the fastest performing Athlon64 chipset, bar none. Rumour has it that nvidia are planning a new nForce3 250 chipset, but that isn't exactly out now is it? With the fresh taste of enthusiast friendly motherboards in our minds, you can imagine that expectations are quite high for the brand new Epox 8HDA3+, a VIA K8T800 and VT8237 based motherboard. The AMD Athlon64 processor was released in two pin configurations, the first socket 754 and second socket 940. While there are an abundance of socket 754 motherboards making their way to the retail channels ever so slowly, the handful of socket 940 motherboards seem to be taking an even slower route. The Athlon64 FX-51 may be available if you look very closely, but its lifespan is short, and I don't expect there to be much of a rally behind motherboards which support it in the face of an upcoming socket 939 version.

- OCZ Dual Channel DDR PC-3200

NextGenElectronics have aquired a matched pair of OCZ PC-3200 modules and run them through a series of tests. If you're keen to upgrade to some quality, reliable, yet affordable sticks? these might just be the answer.

The memory market right now is at an all time high in competition. Undoubtedly there's questions in the consumer's mind about which company offers the best quality of product, as well as who is reliable for future sales, and who isn't. Many people out there are also fed up with the old stand-by mainstays who have been in the memory market for so long, but have been giving the customer a bad deal because of monopolistic conditions.

Fortunately, companies like OCZ Technology came around and made upgrading your computer fun again. Good products at a competitive price is their motto - which is extremely admirable, but is it true? We'll find out.

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- CMI BMW Case & PS @ Monster-Hardware
- Crucial 256MB 'Gizmo' USB Hard Drive @ PCStats
- PC Modders Contest @ Comp-Shop
- Vantec Nexus NXP-305 3.5" Rheobus Kit @ Gruntville
- Epox 8KRA2+ vs. SOYO KT600 Dragon Ultra @
- Designtechnicas Guide to DVD Media @ DesignTechnica
- Zippy, the New Illuminated Keyboard @ Tom's Hardware

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