5K coding challenge

And other tasty morsels from our favourite hardware sites

Thanks to Ars technica, we can bring you the results of the 5K code challenge. The premise: What if coders only had 5K of space to write in, how much cool stuff could they make? Some of these are really cool, and have that whole retro feel to them. We like numbers two and four best.

Storage Review has got its mitts on an IBM Deskstar 75GXP DTLA-307045. This was awarded the site's "safe buy" tag, which basically means you won't regret buying one, but it isn't the best around.

From JC's page: CPU Scorecard rates all CPUs on the same benchmarking system against each other. Go here of this is your kind of thing. The site amused JC since, as he points out, Intel's own benchmarking program puts it in second place to AMD.

Via Hardware has begun a series of pieces about the Via chipset, kind of like an ultimate FAQ. So, if you had a question about Via and were too afraid to ask, maybe this link will have the answer.

FullOn3D has posted a review of the MSI/Microstar BX Master here. It is based on the Intel BX chipset with a Slot 1 connector with 6 PCI slots, 1 ISA, 1AGP and an onboard Promise ATA66 controller. Despite a couple of niggles, they were happy enough with it that the list of pros was longer than the list of cons. Can't say fairer than that.®