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Tuesday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-December-2004  13:48:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

3Dvelocity have an interview with Futuremark about their benchmarking technology. How can you ever hope to convince people that results from a synthetic benchmark are as valid as those from a "real" retail games title? The stock quote (that) keeps appearing is that "people play games, not benchmarks".

AMD announced that Opterons will include PowerNow! technology, allowing them to vary their speed and power output on demand. This is important for rack-dense servers.

Meanwhile, Sudhian looked at the E0 Prescott stepping. So far Prescott-based P4's have been heat monsters, but the E0 stepping promises to run cooler. Xbit looked at this CPU at 3.8GHz also.

Ripnet have a guide to blowing bridges. That's the AthlonXP kind, not the World War 2 movie kind.

Microsoft reminded everyone that NT4 support will cost you after the end of this year. "My recommendation is that if you haven't done so already, begin your migrations immediately," Houston said. Those who need more time should take part in the custom service program, he said.

Xbit report that Asus have no plans to use K8T890, VIA's PCI-Express A64 motherboard chipset, because it feels NVIDIA's nForce4 is more efficient.

Lycos have abandoned their antispam screensaver project. He said that the company had reviewed "Make love not spam" before deciding not to bring it back.

MadShrimps have a hardware recap of 2004.

DesignTechnica report on the DVD format war, wondering why we didn't learn from VHS/Betamax.

TCMagazine have some interesting utilities: a cooling patch for nForce2 motherboards and a USB sample rate increase for WinXP SP2.

Trend Micro are giving away antivirus software for mobile phones, thanks Timbot.

Holiday gift guides seem to be the theme of the day, with Bjorn3D, TheTechLounge and HWLogic all offering ideas.

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