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Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-August-2006  02:05:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech-Report checked out three new Core 2 motherboards from ASUS. The P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP Edition, for example, is Asus's first stab at Intel's new P965 Express chipset. The P5W DH Deluxe relies on an older 975X Express chipset, but it boasts a suite of new "Digital Home" accessories in addition to CrossFire support. For those who prefer their multi-GPU graphics tinted green, there's the P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe, which leverages Nvidia's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset for what may be the fastest desktop graphics platform around.

They also covered two CrossFire AM2 boards from ECS and MSI. A few months have passed since the CrossFire Xpress 3200 launch, and the chipset is finally starting to appear in retail motherboards from ATI's partners. A couple of board samples have also appeared in our labs in the form of ECS's KA3 MVP and MSI's K9A Platinum.

Sniper spotted this article about what not to do in a server room. Some server rooms are nothing but living examples of bad planning and worse execution.

TheNek spotted a new version of CPU-Z, which has better support for Conroe and a few other improvements.

What do bored geeks do with 4000 AOL CD's? Construct a throne, of course.. thanks HoJo. The nearly 4500 CDs involved were collected in a span of about two months.

GameHelper have some hefty coverage of the recent Penny Arcade Expo. Something else I thought was touching happened during the Q&A session with Gabe and Tycho. A brave gamer: Shawn, proposed to his girlfriend and she accepted. /cheer!

SiliconAngel spotted the world's largest consumer hard drive! In 1998. IBM's (in)famous Deskstar, but that's not what everyone ended up calling them.

Jen sent in this cool video of XGL on Fedora Core 5, showing off some of the cool multi-desktop features. Guest starring VNC, VMWare running XP, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, MPlayer showing episode 6x15 of The X-Files ("Monday"), and a funky GDM theme (available on gnome-look.org).

From Chris: I linked a review about the Addonics 5-to-1 port multiplier in this thread. I think asking for a method to connect multiple HDDs externally using eSATA (which is being included as a new feature on motherboards) will become increasing common. The review is here. Crikey, that AMUG site made me flash back to the AMiga User Group I used to go to in Burwood about a million years ago.

Two quick spams: Ashley has a Nintendo DS homebrew site, and Kim has a Western Australian PSP site.

Here's an interesting one, a virus that attacks AMD CPUs, thanks KP. The last large scale outbreak of a chip level threat dates back to 1998. The CIH/Chernobyl then embedded itself into the flash-BIOS of several million computers and on the 13th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in the city destroyed all data. Chernobyl originated in South Korea, where it was estimated to cause US$250m in damages.

Tweaktown overclocked some Core 2 CPUs from Intel. Not only does Core 2 show a good overclocking curve, even from these early samples we have, but the amount of heat generated per MHz over its default is less than half of what the Pentium 4 generated. Virtual-Hideout have an article on their experiences overclocking an E6400, too.

A few people sent word that Universal Music are planning to allow legal free music downloads (online ad funded).. info here and here. Seems to be North America only at first.

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