HWRoundup Dead Athlons and how to build an MP3 box
The good the bad and the broken
CPU Review sends out a bittersweet warning to all Athlon users out there. The hardware community seems to adhere to the principle that if you gotta go, at least let the next guy know what killed you. Or your CPU, in this case. If you would like to avoid a dead Athlon, this is a must read.
Sharky takes a peek at a 32MB Radeon, which it puts through the same battery of tests as it did the 64MB version. And then, for your edutainment (sorry, I really am), they have done a "contrast and compare" of synchronous and asynchronous overclocking. Go here for more details.
The good doctor Tom strikes again with a round up of ten mainboards on his site. AMD comes out of this one smelling of roses, and I quote: "Platforms with VIA's KT133 chipset are now more cost effective than boards for Intel processors. Currently the Duron offers the best price/performance ratio. Additionally, the Athlon is the winner of the performance competition." I think that kind of says it all really. Get yerselves over there and have a read.
The newly dot-netted Hexus has taken a look at Arctic Silver. Apparently this stuff is very useful. Having scanned the article, I must however take issue with the notion that air is only good for breathing. I have found it useful in combustion exercises too, and thought I ought to mention that. But enough of my arsonist tendencies, and over to Hexus.
Game PC gets down and dirty, or possibly not, with Gigabyte's new 6VDX7 motherboard, a dual-flip chip Pentium III board based on VIA's Apollo Pro 133A. Did that get your attention? Good. Follow the yellow link road to the emerald city that is a head to head with MSI's 694D Pro dual processor board.
Maximum PC has had a bit of a think about it, and come up with an 11 step plan to build an MP3 box. You never know when you might need one of these things, so if you feel like cutting and keeping, this is where to go. ®
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