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 Wednesday, 10-October-2001  10:46:38 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Owning a car's not everything it's cracked up to be people. My car that's barely 3 years old (and just out of warranty, wouldn't you know it) cost me $1500 today - admittedly $800 of it was for tyres, but the other $700 is for new drive shafts, as the CV joints have decided to crap out on me. Gotta love that. Though it does mean I get a day off work (it's time in lieu, for working on a Saturday). And hence, I'm doing a news update. :)

Hmmm, is that the sound of a falling NDA I hear? AthlonXP reviews on Anandtech, OCPrices, AMDMB.com, [H]ard|OCP, The Tech Report, Computer Source Magazine, Newsforge, Radeonic and Hardware-TEST.dk - and that's just the ones who emailed us! DeezNutz also wrote in to let us know that some Australian retailers are already listing the AthlonXP parts, though whether that's for pre-ordering, or if they actually have them in stock, available for purchase now, remains to be seen. I have to say (and I'm not the only one to say it, several of the reviews I just listed agree with me) that I'm quite disappointed that AMD have gone with a "performance rating" (they call it Quantispeed I believe) product naming convention with the AthlonXP - I think it's a cop-out by their marketing division - again, I've seen a new ad on TV lately for the Intel Pentium 4, but when it comes to AMD, there's not a thing to be seen. Ah well, they've gone ahead and done it, and to be fair, the reviews tend to indicate that the AthlonXP, dodgy naming convention or not, is a seriously good processor.

Electic.com are reporting that AMD AthlonXP processors will, according to AMD (who have a marketing partnership with Microsoft, enhance your Windows XP experience. That's OK though, because having an Intel Pentium 4 processor makes the Internet better as well. No, really, it does! Just ask Intel! Yes, that's right, you guessed it - I'm dubious of their claims.

If you're considering creating a water-cooling setup, Kucho thinks you should do it properly. This link comes to you courtesy of the Overclockers Australia PC Database. Have you added YOUR PC to the PCDB yet?

I'm sure a lot of you know that the Bathurst 1000 was on last weekend. TuNeS was in attendance, and thought he'd share some photos he took while he was there.

Some of you (who are old enough) may remember the game "Tron" (based on the movie of the same name), way back in the days when Atari and Commodore 64 computers were popular. Well, it's been updated to 3D, and it's freely available from this site. Thanks to McNugget for the heads-up.

On a humourous note (or several), this URL got posted in IRC the other night. Consider it a public service announcement - drinking and acting like an idiot is bad for your social standing, mmkay? Aaron sent word of a wicked case mod done by a furniture store. Several people wrote in to let us know of a report that being a Jedi Knight is now officially recognised in the UK as being a member of a religeous group.

Shuttle SV24 Barebones System review on ClubOC.
Silver Mountain HSF review on DangerousDog.com
VisionTek GeForce 3 review on Overclockers Online.
Unex Wireless Networking Kit review on ExtremePC UK.

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