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 Tuesday, 2-June-2009  14:00:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HotHardware report on AMD shipping 6-core "Istanbul" Opterons today. Hailed as the world's first six-core server processor with Direct Connect Architecture for two-, four- and eight-socket servers, this chip has up to 34 percent more performance-per-watt over the previous generation quad-core processors in the exact same platform. Over the next few weeks, systems will begin to creep out from Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems, and support from motherboard and infrastructure partners will follow suit. Tech Report have their thoughts too.

SBS is pushing for unmetered access to their online content. SBS's online technical director, Matt Costain, said the broadcaster was working with a group of internet providers to find ways to make its online content available to their customers without consuming their download allowances.

Rezin spotted an article on HostingFu about our recent relocation. Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks on that topic.

People are reporting lots more free disk space after upgrading to Vista SP2. My assumption is that the Vista SP2 installer automatically runs compcln.exe, but we have yet to receive an official explanation from Microsoft. Once we do, though, I'll pass it along. Obviously your milage may vary depending on your system, but I think it's safe to say that most everyone will welcome more free disk space.

Microsoft's Bing search engine is now online. Seems fast enough, but what does it really bring that Google hasn't already? Discussion here. Can't really see myself saying "I must Bing that when I get home", either.

The Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia has a new mobile version. The mobile phone version isn't just a simplified stylesheet and layout applied to the existing website, its a custom build for mobile devices. We've kept the interface as simple as possible, the pages are incredibly light to milk that mobile bandwidth for all its worth (no unnecessary white space or even carriage returns) and the maps are all generated from the source data in real time and at the correct size for the particular users mobile device. The mobile phone doesn't need to support java, javascript or cookies. If the phone can handle basic HTML it'll work.

XbitLabs checked out 3-way SLI and CrossFire. Contemporary multi-GPU technologies allow combining more than two graphics processors into a single graphics configuration. Many gamers are curious about the performance of systems like that that is why we are going to talk about these unique, rare and pretty expensive solutions in our today’s article.

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