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 Wednesday, 14-June-2006  03:07:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anandtech have a server CPU shootout, comparing Intel Woodcrest, AMD's Opteron and Sun's UltraSparc T1. This article compares a Woodcrest based Intel server with its closest rivals: AMD Opteron based servers such as the HP DL385 and MSI K2-102A2M and the UltraSparc T1 based Sun T2000 server.

MadShrimps chucked some phase change and dry ice cooling onto their FX-57, to see which helps it overclock the best. I already had a modified phase change cooling but was interested to see what a few blocks of dry ice could accomplish. I bought an AMD FX-57 (2.8Ghz) for a good price with the aim to overclock it as far as possible.

At the other end of the market, LegionHW overclocked an AM2 Sempron 2800+ CPU. Given DDR2 technology has really struggled to out perform the original DDR memory standard over the past few years, should you really expect a huge leap in performance from the newly adopted DDR2 memory type?

TheTechZone report on the 2006 AMD Microsoft Tech Tour event, as did Virtual-Hideout. AMD and Microsoft put some heart and soul in to this event with the mind set of showing us new applications and new ideas.

HWSecrets take some time to explain RAM timings. Learn in details what numbers like 2-3-2-6-T1, 3-4-4-8 and 2-2-2-5 after the memory specification mean.

Hexus compared some ATI-based video cards here. PowerColor Radeon X1900 XT 512MB, SAPPHIRE Radeon X1900 XT & X1900 XTX 512MB.

From Bern: Google have released a new beta version of Google Earth with native linux support. Release 4 - Beta information page here. Download page here.

DailyTech spotted a 10TB fileserver in a standardish tower case. The high densities, low costs and low power requirements for 2.5" drives make the drives perfect for corporate environments where reliability and density are the focus.

ArsTechnica are the latest to ponder a potential AMD-ATI merger. Ars takes a look at the possible deal from both a technical and a financial perspective, with an eye to what a merger would mean for consumers and the market.

Net Neutrality stuff from Graham: "The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejected the concept of Net neutrality on Thursday, dealing a bitter blow to Internet companies like Amazon.com, eBay and Google that had engaged in a last-minute lobbying campaign to support it." Also, "A new proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives takes the concept of mandatory net neutrality that companies like Amazon.com, eBay, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have publicly embraced--and extends it to, well, those same companies." Which is kind of missing the point which is no surprise since the politicians probably don't actually understand the concept of net neutrality. They probably just vote how their party tells them. Anyway, they (news.com.com) have a main page for net neutrality articles here.

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