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 Saturday, 14-December-2002  20:54:32 (GMT +10) - by Mred32

Theres not a lot happening in the news department at the moment, but I managed to find a few bit 'n pieces for you.

I like RPG type games. So do many other people. A big part of the fun is trying to get enough game money together to buy the thing you need, to survive in the game. A new game called "Project Entropia" takes this idea one step further, using real money. I'm not sure if this will be a good thing or a bad thing but I don't think my wife is going to let me find out. Read more on New Scientist.

In case you missed it (how could you), we reviewed the latest incarnation of the Asetek VapoChill Mk2 Premium Edition on Friday. [H]ardOCP have also reviewed it here. Have a read and see what they think.

Some faster AMD chips have recently been released and although we are yet to see them on the shelves some reviews are beginning to be seen. The Hardware Review have had a detailed look at the Athlon XP2700+ with some impressive results.

nVidia have announced that they will be releasing a new set of drivers aimed at fully supporting Linux with all of their products. This includes the GeForce, GeForce Go and NVIDIA Quadro family of graphics solutions, as well as the NVIDIA nForce. Great news.

Bean tells us that the old "Delete this file. it's a virus" hoax is getting around again. If you receive an email telling you to delete a file called "Jdbgmgr.exe", send it to your recycle bin. The file "Jdbgmgr.exe" is a part of the windows operating system and is in no way a virus. This one has been around a while but pops up every now and then just to annoy us. If you are not convinced, then have a look at the Symantec Security Report and decide for yourself.

X-Bit Labs have been playing with a ATI RADEON 9700 PRO. Their aim was Extreme Overclocking. With some added cooling and some hardware voltage tweaks they achieve their aim. Its worth a read.

We mentioned the Abit Giveaway a few days ago but they have now decided to extend the competition, as well as put more prizes up for grabs. Go and follow the instruction to be in the running.

Some of you will find this funny. For some of you it will bring back memories. For the rest of you, well, just read it. Sent in By TonyR.

If you have been following the development of IBM's PowerPC range of processors, then you will want to know about the PowerPC 970. From IBM: "With the introduction of the PowerPC 970, IBM has taken PowerPC performance to new heights. At up to 1.8 GHz, the PowerPC 970 is the fastest PowerPC yet introduced. But the 970 employs much more than frequency to answer the demands of high-performance computing customers. The 970's multiple execution units including an AltiVec compatible vector processor are fed by an up to 900-MHz processor interface bus, which can deliver data at a rate of up to 6.4 GBps". I like the sound of that.

iSuppli have released their list of the Top 30 chip companies in 2002. Look who's all the way down at number 16!

If you are after a new Digi-Camera for Christmas, have a read of Digit-Life's review of the Nikon Coolpix 4500. Get me one while you're at it.

If you have just got hold of GTA: Vice City, and plan on using the vehicle cheats (who cheats in games?), then have a read of what nEoLIthIc has to say in this forum thread.

Thermaltake Aquarius II Water Cooler Kit at Overclocker Café
Swiftech MCW50 GPU Water-block on OCAddiction
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