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Cool as Ice

ult33050-main.jpgWhen using high-performance CPUs, problems of overheating may sometimes arise. This is because powerful CPUs transfer and process data at very high speeds, and in very high volumes which lead to excessive heat – especially in poorly cooled PCs. Most modern processors already come pre-equipped with a fan and a heatsink. However, the problem usually lies in the PC’s case itself and the other components that generate additional heat, such a video cards. The combination of a PC with high-performance, heat-generating components, and a chassis that does not allow for enough airflow can magnify a CPUs heat problems to the point of eventual CPU meltdown. If not addressed immediately, this may cause your PC to under perform, or even worse, cause the Processor to fail.

Fortunately, all of those can be easily remedied with an Ultra X-Wind High Performance CPU Cooler PC cooling system; which turbo charges the cooling capability of the CPU.

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It’s So Powerful It’s Scary!

core2xe_quad.jpgAny computer enthusiast in the know will be drooling over Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor. This processor simply is one of the most advanced, most powerful, and most efficient computer processors in production today.

The fact that the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Processor is the world’s first ever quad-core desktop processor should clue you in as to how advance its technology really is. Made using cutting-edge 45nm manufacturing technology and featuring the latest Intel cooling solutions, this processor is able to reach higher clock speeds, processing capabilities and overall performance while consuming less energy and producing less heat. All of these factors result in a CPU that is ready for our steadily increasing computing needs and for stress-heavy multitasking workloads.

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Power at an Affordable Price

amd-adx6400czwof-cp1-am2-2.jpgThe AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ processor holds it ground as a superb CPU fit for handling most of our everyday computing needs. True, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ processor may not be breaking any speed records, but with its affordable price tag, that shouldn’t even matter. What is important is that it is capable of smoothly running most if not all office programs, Internet applications, DVDs, music files and to a certain extent, games. In this regard, you will find the real value in this processor.

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Coming Soon – Intel Atom & Intel Centrino Atom

ComingSoon… Intel Announces Intel® Atomâ„¢ Brand for New Family of Low-Power Processors

Intel’s Smallest Processor Built Using World’s Smallest Transistors Designed for New Internet Devices, Low-Cost PCs, is coming soon!

The Intel Atomâ„¢ processor will be the name for a new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year. Together, these new market segments represent a significant new opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel silicon, using the Intel Atom processor as the foundation. The company also announced the Intel Centrino Atomâ„¢ processor technology brand for MID platforms, consisting of multiple chips that enable the best Internet experience in a pocketable device.

The Intel Atom processor is based on an entirely new microarchitecture designed specifically for small devices and low power, while maintaining the Intel® Coreâ„¢ 2 Duo instruction set compatibility consumers are accustomed to when using a standard PC and the Internet. The design also includes support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness. All of this on a chip that measures less than 25 mm², making it Intel’s smallest and lowest power processor yet. Up to 11 Intel Atom processor die — the tiny slivers of silicon packed with 47 million transistors each — would fit in an area the size of an American penny.

Intel® Atom™ processor Intel® Centrino® Atom™ processor technology

These new chips, previously codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, will be manufactured on Intel’s industry-leading 45nm process with hi-k metal gate technology. The chips have a thermal design power (TDP) specification in 0.6-2.5 watt range and scale to 1.8GHz speeds depending on customer need. By comparison, today’s mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors have a TDP in the 35-watt range.

"This is our smallest processor built with the world’s smallest transistors," said Intel Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Sean Maloney. "This small wonder is a fundamental new shift in design, small yet powerful enough to enable a big Internet experience on these new devices. We believe it will unleash new innovation across the ndustry."

With personal computing increasingly going mobile and the computer industry rapidly developing new classes of products to connect the next billion people to the Internet, the Intel Atom processor offers customers the unique ability to innovate around the new low-power design. In addition to the MID opportunity, Intel believes the demand for a new category of low-cost, Internet-centric mobile computing devices dubbed "netbooks" and basic Internet-centric desktop PCs dubbed "nettops," will grow substantially over the next several years. The Intel Atom processor is perfectly suited to meet these new market segments.

Intel said the Intel Atom processor also has potential for future revenue opportunities in consumer electronic devices, embedded applications and thin clients.

Intel Centrino Atom Processor Technology

The Intel Centrino Atom processor technology brand represents Intel’s best technology for MIDs. Formerly codenamed "Menlow," Intel Centrino Atom processor technology includes the Intel Atom processor, a low-power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, and thinner and lighter designs. Together, these components are designed to enable the best mobile computing and Internet experience on these new devices.

Source: Intel

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Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180:Casual Overclocking, Beyond Everyday Computing

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 ProcessorTo some people’s surprise, four cores are not the only game in town when it comes to overclocking. The Pentium Dual Core E2180 presents a challenge to the more cerebral overclocker. The numerous tweaks and adjustments on a sub-$100 CPU are seen as chess moves. It’s not how expensive it is, it’s the flexibility and performance potential. That is what you get with the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180. While some pat themselves on the back for their ultra-sheik CPU flavor-of-the-month purchase, you smile away as your overclocked dual core wonder performs at the same level, for a quarter of the cost.

Intel Pentium Dual Core In the BoxThe Pentium Dual Core E2180 is an excellent choice for overclockers on a low budget. It is based on the popular Core 2 (Conroe) architecture, and supports FSB 800MHz, 1MB cache and will work at 2.0GHz, at default. Due to their low frequency and small Level 2 cache, the Pentium E2180 is extremely energy-efficient. Now, the point in budget overclocking is to avoid any type of cooling that requires more than just air. To the casual overclocker, 3.0GHz will be a breeze to accomplish – air cooled. With a standard HSF and voltage bump, you’ll see the 3.0GHz pushed further still (3.60Ghz is doable).

Mind you, this CPU has MO stepping, which is much better for overclocking than L0 stepping. Plus, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology allows your system to dynamically adjust processor voltage and core frequency, enabling decreased power consumption and heat production. And since less heat means less fan noise, you’ll also experience improved acoustics – yet, another plus. Reports show very little perceivable performance difference between an identically clocked Pentium E2100-series CPU and a fully-fledged Core 2 Duo. Add support for 64-bit instructions, Execute Disable and SSE3, you have a sub-$100 chip that’s a Core 2 in disguise.

Designed from the ground up for revolutionary performance, Intel® dual-core processors enable exceptional productivity enhancing features and rich multimedia experiences. An increasing number of software applications are now designed for dual-core processors enabling the user to be more creative and productive in the home or the office. When combined with an Intel® Express Chipset based board, you enjoy exceptional audio quality and a smooth visual experience with integrated Intel High Definition Audio and Intel Graphics Media Acceleration (GMA.) The flexible platform options bring an array of new capabilities like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or the colorful world of digital photography.

In addition, you get the protection of built-in Execute Disable Bit designed to help keep your PC safe from viruses, worms and other malicious attacks. The need for security and virus protection often means running more than one application at a time and the Pentium dual-core processor has the power to run them simultaneously. As you can see, this chip has features comparable to pricier dual-core models.

Don’t pass this up. It’s one of the best processor deals of the moment.

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Wolfdale Entrance – Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPUThe new CPUs manufactured with 45nm process boast a lot of advantages. They run fast, run cool and squeeze less power off of today’s struggling power supplies. Yet, aside from the thermal benefits and great power efficiency, the best benefit is the relief to our wallets – price drops are our friend. The perfect example of this would be Intel’s new kid on the block, Core 2 Duo E8400. But lets go back to what caught my eye to begin with and the possibilities it presents in terms of overclocking – the new 45nm architecture. Let’s examine the specs and see why this new CPU should impress us.

Wolfdale’s introduction brings forth higher clock speeds, larger L2 cache and a number of other improvements. The obligatory speed bumps are a necessity for those that need that higher GHz number to feel like they’re purchasing something that matters (I know I feel better). The E8400 comes in a nice speed of 3.0GHz, which leaves a small inkling that we can push this chip a bit faster.

The new 45nm architecture also brings native support 1333MHz front side bus, a feature many new motherboards now support. But with 45nm, Intel introduced more than just a die shrink, the E8400 supports SSE4 instructions set including 47 new commands that can speed up 3D graphics and video processing – by far one of the biggest features that most people will be interested in. Are you one of those people? If not, surely everyone else is in the face of the youtube, myspace, yahoo era.


Now lets talk about the worst kept secret…Core 2 Duo’s have been some of the best overclocking chips for the past year and a half. The fact that we’re dealing with Dual core chips, we don’t face the same conundrum in heating a quad-core shows-offs (like me) purchase. The cooler the temps, the more headroom we have for overclocking. New production technology uses a new hafnium based material with a property called high-k. This allows increasing processor clock frequencies further without raising their heat dissipation and power consumption. We all like the sound of that.

I’ve heard reports of up to 3.80GHz stable operation with the Core 2 Duo E8400. For those who want to push the envelope and experience raw performance, 4.23GHz is not out of the question – we’re talking air cooled, folks. However, we’ve all tempted fate and fell flat on our pale, sunless faces, so you didn’t hear that from me ;-) As more motherboards with higher FSBs hit the market, the casual overclocker will have plenty of fun with the Core 2 Duo E8400.

Performance information for the E8400 CPU

For those who don’t require the flexibility of a Quad-Core, Dual-Cores still prove to be a great choice. They run fast, run cool and suck less power. If you are in the market for a computer upgrade or want to make the move to 45nm, the E8400 is a superb choice and will no doubt become the most popular 45nm Dual-Core model. We happen to have many in stock, so click the following link and act fast.

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Greener PCs: New Power-Efficient Isaiah Chips

200801035_1.jpgVia introduces its latest technology in the new Isaiah chip. This new release was considered as “an extremely significant milestone in Via’s processor business,” commented Wenchi Chen, President and Chief Executive at Via. In achieving these new levels of functionality and performance, Isaiah provides the ideal complement to our industry-leading family of low power Via C7 processors and will enable us to extend our presence in the global x86 processor market. Via claimed that the range offers the best performance-per-watt on the market, helping in the production of green, silent and small form-factor desktop PCs.

Not limited to businesses, these chips will also be designed for home media centers, ultra-thin/light notebooks and ultra-mobile PCs. Isaiah has been designed from scratch by Via’s US-based processor design subsidiary, Centaur Technology. The team consists of fewer than 100 first-class engineers we have created the world’s most power-efficient x86 processor architecture with state-of-the-art features, outstanding performance and flexible scalability. It is based on 65nm CPU technology and includes a 64-bit micro-architecture, multimedia computation and new virtual machine architecture.

The first generation of Isaiah-based products will also be pin-compatible with the current Via C7 family in order to provide an easy upgrade path for system. The company’s C7 range has proved popular for products that have low heat and power requirements, but which do not necessarily need the power of today’s high-end CPUs. Processors built on the new architecture are expected to start shipping in the first half of 2008.

In achieving these new levels of functionality and performance, Isaiah provides the ideal complement to our industry-leading family of low power Via C7 processors. This will enable us to extend our presence in the global x86 processor market.”

Contributor: Flare Rico, TigerDirect Correspondent

Source: Via Processors

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Multi-Core Memory Through Parallel Access to Memory Chip Bit Cells

ocz-platinum-series.jpgMuti-core CPU? Check. Multi-core RAM? Check. Wait, what? Imagine this being part of your checklist as you customize your PC to your liking. Typically when you hear the term multi-core you immediately think CPU right? Well, think again.

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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650: Take the Plunge into Quad Core Computing

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 ProcessorReady to dive into the Quad-Core arena?
If yes, the choice is simple – Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX9650!

Described by Time Magazine as one of “The Best Inventions Of The Year”, Intel has jumped over the 45nm hurdle and came up with amazing results. As Intel’s first 45nm desktop processor, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Processor is clocked at 3.0GHz with 1333MHz front side bus and 6MB of L2 Cache (per core die), making 12MB in total.

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How Fast is Your System? Learn How to Benchmark Your Rig!

40.jpgOverclocking is now a mainstream term in the computer world. Every gamer either has an overclocked system or wants and overclocked system.

There are two reasons that benchmarking is important. You want to know the speed and you need to test the stability. Below are the programs that I use to benchmark every part of my system.

Let’s start with the CPU. The real stress test is Prime 95. This will calculate prime numbers and tax the heck out of your CPU. If you have a dual or quad core you might need to open multiple instances and configure them to run on a different core.

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