Penryn is out, Reviews show promise

Intel released it new (and expensive) Core 2 Extreme CPU yesterday, the QX9650. The stock clock speed comes in to just 3ghz, but as reviews have already shown, this chip has more power hiding under the hood than first meets the eye.

TomsHardware (UK) writes:

Finally, we attempted to reach the magical clock speed of 4 GHz. This time, we reverted to the 333 MHz FSB and used a 12x multiplier, giving us a clock speed of exactly 4 GHz. In our first attempt, we were just barely able to glimpse the BIOS POST before the motherboard froze.

Since the board wouldn’t even boot with these settings, we knew that we would have to increase the voltage further – a lot further. With a heavy heart we set the voltage to 1.4375 V in the BIOS, which amounts to an increase of 0.1875 V. At this high voltage, we were not only able to get the QX9650 to boot, but also to complete the Prim95 stability test.

4ghz, 4000mhz, on a Quad core, on air cooling. This is simply amazing! To put that into perspective for you non-geeks, the current Conroe “Core 2 Quad” Q6600 runs at about 65C on all four cores under full load at 3.6ghz – with water cooling. In TomsHardware.co.uk’s review, the full load temperatures at 4ghz were merely 60C – with air cooling!

These exciting times really bring out the geek in me, but at $1000 a chip, I’m waiting for the “mainstream” Penryn release in Q1 of 2008.

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How to Waste $400. . .

I just spent $400 on an 8800GTS 320MB video card and a water cooling block for it. . Now Nvidia is releasing this monster mid-range card, the 8800GT tomorrow and it’s KILLING the video card I just bought and it cost less. I’m not a happy person, but I know where my next $400 computer upgrade is going. . . two 8800GTs and some water blocks anyone? 😀

 

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ET: QW Is Not Battlefield

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars has been out for a while now, and not a lot of people are happy with it, myself included. It’s a good game and all, but there are just a few things that don’t make me want to play it for 8 hours non-stop. I’ll write about that later though.

What I want to write about it why I am increasingly frustrated with bad reviews of ET:QW by people who seem to miss the history behind the game. THIS GAME IS NOT BATTLEFIELD! It was never supposed to be, and the fact that the developers of the game put so many little Battlefield-like features in the game should be bad enough, but now the game is getting slammed by reviews and users because they wanted Battlefield 2 with a little dash of Quake.

There is a history behind the game, something that both the developers and the battlefield players seem to miss. The game title itself holds reference to that history; “Enemy Territory: Quake Wars”. The game was built with the game play style of Wolfenstien: Enemy Territory inside the Quake story line. There’s all kinds of whining about how it just doesn’t stack up to Battlefield 2, how it won’t replace that game, and I agree, it wasn’t supposed to in the first place.

Link: Build Your Own Sputnik

Something really cool on Propeller yesterday, submitted by Jordan. This is a BBC News artcile that gives the reader great insight into how much technology has really changed in the past 60 years. To sum it up, Sputnik was state of the art stuff back in 1957 when the Soviets launched this baby into space (October Skies anyone?) and now, most of the “state of the art” equipment that went into making Sputnik work can be found in everyday appliances laying around your pad. Pretty cool, eh?

[Link] How to Build Your Own Sputnik

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Future Life As A Web Developer. . . I Think

I’m nearing the age of 19. Last year in December I graduated early from a high school in Florida, and nearly a year later I still have not even applied for college. I keep putting it off, thinking “Oh, I’ll do that next week.” or “I need a little more time to decide what courses I want to take,”. Well boys and girls, my time is nearly up. At the end of November I will have missed the dead line for application at the local community college and I still haven’t decided what I want to do.

I’ve always known that I will end up in some form of computer-related career, but I couldn’t put my finger on which exact science I wanted to focus my studies around. I’m a huge fan of computer hardware, I have built many computers and spent thousands of dollars tinkering and tweaking. On the other hand, I’ve always loved web development. I’m no good with Photoshop, but give me notepad, a couple of hours, and I’ll have you a basic XHTML/CSS standard web page. So, which end do I choose?

I’m thinking web development. It’s a great line of work to get into, with lots of jobs out there for people with the required skill. Of course, I’d need some updating and some fine tuning to my current short-list of skills, but that is what school is for right?

So, in thinking I might want to become a web developer someday in the next 5 years, I decided to start a little side-project. “This Is Web” will be my web dev blog. I have a long learning process to go through, and I think having a place to showcase my progress will give me a since that I’m making it towards my goal.

It’s still in the early stages of work, but I should have it up and running by the end of October. I think my first step will be getting some more intimate knowledge of CSS under my belt. I know the language, but I’m very rusty and haven’t really garnered the proper techniques to call my knowledge “mastery”.

Still Waiting. . .

I’ve had my (monsterous) new radiator since the end of last week, but unfortunately I’m still not running it in my water cooling loop just yet. I’m still awaiting a package from a member at Overclock.net that contains the top to the DDC pump I purchased, but once that arrives this week I should be ready for business.

My main concern is that my CPU temperatures will still be negatively effected with the GPU being cooled in the same loop, but tests have shown that this radiator can handle a lot more heat than I think I would be able to supply it. Even with a future upgrade to SLI 8800GTS, I won’t be reaching the theoretical 1000W limit of heat dissipation.

Upgrading My PC Water Cooling

Last month I bought myself a GeForce 8800GTS 320MB video card. This is one of the top of the line GPUs on the market today and I had been itching to get one ever since their release last year. Though, now that I have the video card installed, I have a slight problem – this video card emits heat equivalent to that of a small space heater! Not only does the heat it radiates give my room an uncomfortable temperature, the card is always running just below the operating temperatures I feel safe having. So to fix my problem, I decided to water cool my video card just like I do my CPU.

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