Sweet 333; DDR and now AthlonXP's!
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In this week's newsletter we have a few rather
impressive bits of technology to serve up. The first, and foremost is obviously
the newly announced Athlon XP 2700+ & 2800+ which operate on a 333MHz FSB.
Colin sinks his teeth into that processor and the results should be enough to
quench anyone's thirst for speed, and power. Speaking of which, today's Tech Tips has reminded me of a
really good article called Fast Boot Tips! that is a
MUST read, especially for co-workers complaining of slow computers.
Colin has officially broken 18077 3DMarks, and to find out some of his tricks,
we had this little document prepared to give you a helping hand.
Moving right along, a nice 17" Viewsonic LCD display has crossed the test bench,
and the results are posted here. Aslo, in the tradition of spending the
least money for the best gear
, we tried out an LG
32x10x40 CDRW to see how well it performs.
Since I'm currently working on a review of an 867MHz Crusoe based Fujitsu P2000
notebook, I think you might like to check out our look at
the very nifty NEC Versa UltraLite Notebook which is also powered by a Transmeta Crusoe chip. If not, then scoot on over to this comparison of RDRAM vs. DDR RAM. Until next week!
AMD came out with their guns blazing for the August
announcement of the AthlonXP 2400 and 2600+ even though it was largely a
paper release. The new chips brought the company to the forefront of
performance once more, and with today's release of the AthlonXP 2700+ and
XP 2800+ processors, AMD is "upping the ante" against big blue Intel once
more.Our look at AMD's AthlonXP 2400+ told us that the new Thoroughbred core
revision was an excellent performer, and that AMD was back within grasps
of the processor performance crown.
AthlonXP 2700+ and AthlonXP 2800+ run on a 333MHz Front Side Bus!
We are really excited to see
what the new AthlonXP 2700+ can do because the 266MHz FSB was becoming
a bottleneck for what the rest of the processor could scale to. Boosting
the FSB from 133MHz (266MHz) to 166MHz (333MHz) gives new life to the
AthlonXP and much loved DDR memory combo.
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S ince the LG 32x10x40x isn't the newest
CDRW on the block, it's not going to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, we
bought this OEM drive for a little over $80CDN, which is quite a deal.
With a top listed CD-R speed of 32X, a CD-RW write speed of 10X, and a
CD-ROM reading speed of 40X, this LG drive should be good for most normal
duty. After all, do you really need the fastest burner to make a back up
of your MP3's, or just something to get the job done on those $0.99 cheap
CD-R's we all gravitate toward? It's alright, you don't have to answer
that one. ;)
The Viewsonic VG700 should be of great interest to anyone
looking for an LCD display on a budget. With its' 17" screen size, the unit
retails for a competitive $700USD. Displays like the VG700 tend to be easier on the
eyes after an extend period of time
writing, or doing other types of work on the web
or in office applications. If not correctly set, a CRT with a low refresh
rate can quickly tire the eyes, or cause headaches. LCD's don't suffer from the same parameters that can cause that
kind of eyestrain, they draw a substantially lower amount of power, and
they take up just a few inches of desk space. But you know all that, so we
won't bore you with the details of why LCD's are worth switching to.
one of the few regions in computers where the products actually look good,
and in some cases downright sleek and sexy. Now if notebooks can look this
good just imagine where sub-notebooks are going in terms of style!
The NEC Versa
UltraLite for example, is positively sleek and amazingly slim, measuring in at a
mere 1.06" thick - your average glazed donut isn't even that thin! The
software based TM5600 Crusoe processor comes packing Long
Run power management which gives it the ability to adjust to the demands
of the system hundreds of times a second. Long Run scales back
power consumption without putting the system in a position where performance
suffers. Add to that the Versa UltraLite's massive little 20BG hard drive,
128MB of memory and 10.4" 1024x768 pixel resolution XGA LCD display and
you have one deadly little silver bullet of a computer.
RDRAM vs. DDR RAM; Does it make a
The Pentium 4 craves memory bandwidth, something
which can often keep it from performing up to its potential.
Often a P4 equipped with SDRAM,
running at similar clock speeds could not beat a P3 at 1 GHz in
terms of performance! DDR alleviated the memory bandwidth bottleneck
somewhat with the i845D, delivering 2.1 GB/s worth of bandwidth as
opposed to the 1.08 GB/s SDRAM offered. That is still a far cry from
the 3.2 GB/s RDRAM can supply though, and today we're going to take
a look at whether the i850 "RDRAM" chipset is that
much faster then the i845D "DDR" chipset.
There are several, very simple
tweaks that can be performed that will significantly decrease the
amount of time it takes your computer to boot up. Not only that, but
several of them will also increase the speed of your system as well.
To begin with, there are four main files which all versions of
Windows use to a varying degree while booting up. These four files
are autoexec.bat, config.sys, system.ini, and msdos.sys. For the
most part, unless you are running a command-line virus scanner,
autoexec.bat should be empty. However, the other files can be
modified to increase system boot time and performance.
| Colin's Weekly Tech Tips|
|Written By: Colin "18077 3DMarks" Sun|
Faster Booting, Faster Computers
Even though WindowsXP is a fairly fast OS, I often hear people complain about how long it takes to boot up. Not to worry though, there's a simple registry tweak that can dramatically speed up your WinXP boot times! [Ed: Also have a look at our "Fast Boot Tips!" article for more tips on this subject]
Click the Start button then go to "Run" and type in "Regedit". Now follow this string HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> SessionManager -> MemoryManagement -> PrefetchParameters.
Once inside, find the Prefetch string and change the value from 3 to 5. Since the value's are so low, it doesn't matter if you're using Hexadecimal or Decimal.
this little tweak, WindowsXP should load up between 5-10 seconds faster! 5 seconds doesn't sound like a lot of time, but when you're waiting for a computer to load, it can feel like an eternity!=)
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|The High Tech Low
At long last, AMD has
unveiled the anticipated Athlon XP, operating in conjunction with a
333MHz front side bus. Of course the new bus setting requires a
supporting platform, so the occasion is also being used to reveal
the first benchmarks taken with NVIDIA's NFORCE2 platform.
The processor itself is operating at 2.25GHz
- still significantly less than Intel's current 2.8GHz offering.
However, the Athlon XP 2800+ is surprisingly competitive considering
the apparent disadvantage. Consider also that the Athlon XP 2800+
centers around the revised Thoroughbred core, so rumors that the
2800+ would include an extra 256KB of Level 2 cache have obviously
been quelled. As the new Athlon XP 2800+ and 2700+ processors
launch, there will be two platforms that initially support the new
front side bus settings: NVIDIA's NFORCE2 and the
KT400. Interestingly enough, while NFORCE2 also supports DDR400 memory, the chipset actually runs faster with DDR333 operating synchronously.
There is an important question that begs to
be answered, though. When will the Athlon XP 2800+ hit the retail
market? The 2600+, which was launched two months ago, is only just
starting to become available for public consumption and
has made no indication that the situation will change this time around.
Meet the Radeon 9700, motherboards galore, and.... oh we can't tell you yet ;-)
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