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Sunday Evening (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-September-2005  18:54:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Xbit looked at dual-core opterons in a dual processor workstation. Secondly, we will be able to evaluate the prospects of the quad-core systems in terms of the performance gain they get from the two additional cores in the today’s most complex software packages.

TechPowerUp have some info from NVIDIA explaining what they feel are the shortcomings of ATI's CrossFire. PenStarSystems have some musings about whether their use of Silicon Image's Sil1161 receiver chip is that significant. There's more about this issue in this thread in our Video Cards forum.

Here's an interesting one: apparently if you can hear someone typing, you can recreate what they wrote. The researchers said they recorded people typing on computer keyboards, then fed the audio into a computer, and used an algorithm to recover up to 96 per cent of the original text.

There's an interview here with Bill Gates about Google, Vista, the new Office and other things. At any point in our history, we've had competitors who were better at doing something. Novell was the best at file servers. Lotus was the best at spreadsheets. WordPerfect was the best at word processing.

HWAnalysis have some early benchmarks and details of ATI's R520, their next-generation GPU. There seems to be some bad blood between them and ATI, with some more info here.

Dopefish sent in this very strange story about a human capacitor."As he got out of the car there was this loud bang again, and that was when he realised it was him," Mrs Clewer said.

Eroda sent word of a new Revolution controller from Nintendo, with some interesting ideas. Two small sensors placed near the TV and a chip inside the controller track its position and orientation, allowing the player to manipulate the action on screen by physically moving the controller itself.

There's another nail in Itanium's coffin, with Dell dropping the CPUs from its server lineup. Where on Earth do you go to buy an Itanium box these days if you can't go to the only top-tier OEM vendor who still displays an "Intel Only" sign around its neck?

Hexus have a three-way roundup of i955X motherboards. All three motherboards here carry additional SATA support from Silicon Image, FireWire800 connectivity, and in the case of the ABIT AW8-MAX and Gigabyte Royal boards, dual PCIe Gigabit LAN ASICs from Broadcom



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