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 Monday, 1-May-2006  03:00:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's some preview info on MSI's K9N SLI Platinum motherboard using AMD's upcoming AM2 socket here on Pro-Clockers and here on HWZone. By the time Socket AM2 processors are launched in June, it is expected that DDR2-800 memory will not only be in good supply, but will come in at an attractive price, working well for AMD. Remember, Intel is also set to launch official support for DDR2-800 around the same time, so by the second half of this year, you can expect a high demand for DDR2.

One'' spotted this video of a scanner playing Fur Elise, which reminded me of a video of a (Honda?) F1gp engine playing "When The Saints Go Marching In" from a few years ago. I can't find it, can anyone else? I did find this Renault mp3 which is similar.

A British hacker was apparently looking for info on UFOs when he hacked into United States military computers, which may land him in jail. Joining our SETI@Home Team is a much safer way to look for little green men. :)

NewScientist have a few snippets on some interesting new patents, including an all-seeing screen from Apple. A large LCD screen filled with image sensors would be ideal for videoconferencing, Apple suggests, as participants would always appear to look straight into the "camera".

Here's an interesting tutorial on making realistic grass in Photoshop.. amazing result.

PCStats cover some common ways to kill your PC. In our reader survey, power issues accounted for over 30% of all dead-PC tales, and after working in a computer store for a few years I'm surprised it wasn't actually higher.

LegionHW walk us through an affordable upgrade for an older PC. The idea of the upgrade was also to future proof the system for upcoming operating systems that require DirectX 9 compliant graphics and 64-bit processors. This was obviously never going to happen with an original GeForce graphics card and a Pentium III processor.

Bjorn3D experimented with mixed vendor 7900GTX SLI. In other words, with ForceWare 81.94 and later, you can use a GeForce 6800 GT from manufacturer A with a GeForce 6800 GT from manufacturer B in your SLI system. Or, you could pair a Leadtek 7900 GTX Extreme with an XFX 7900 GTX XXX, which is just what we happen to be testing today.

Guru3D have an interview with ATI's Neal Robison. He's ATIís global Director for Developer Relations and despite his very busy schedule we have managed to get Neal to agree to Q&A session. We talk a little about the afore mentioned features, gaming in general, consoles, and as we are both in this industry .. the future of gaming.

Some snippets from DVHardware: The next-generation Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest processors will be launched respectively in July, August and June. We also got some info on their performance per Watt ratings. Intel also shared details on its upcoming architectures. In 2007 we can expect the new 45nm Nehalem architecture and by 2010 the company plans the 32nm Geisher architecture.

From Mauzl: Just thought you'd like this for the news, its a new little game called Gridwars 2. It's very oldschool, and very intense to play.

Interesting Forum Threads:
5GHz on P XE 965 in Intel Hardware.
An interesting read :) in AMD Hardware.
New Mod I am planning. Bullet PC in Modding & Electronics.
REVIEW: VIA's first C7-based EPIA (EN15000) in VIA Hardware.
AGEIA PhysX results online in Video Cards.
Share trading for a living in Career, Education and Finance.

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