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AMD Athlon64 FX-51 [Processors]
ABIT IC7-MAX3 [Intel Mainboards]
EPoX 8RDA3G nForce2 Ultra 400 [AMD Mainboards]
Triplex REDai Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB [Graphics Cards]
Hercules 3D Prophet 9600 256MB [Graphics Cards]

Athlon 64 @ HEXUS!

Posted on Tuesday, 23 September, 2003 by Ryszard

Yep, we got one just like everyone else. FX-51 is todays flavour (more to come soon), Tarinder was the lucky recipient of the AMD press kit. Here's a snip.
It's difficult to ascertain the 64-bit qualities of the FX-51 right now. Limited OS support and limited driver support make any tentative benchmarking perilous. I'll leave that up to Mr. Technical, a.ka Ryszard. What we can say, though, is that in 32-bit mode, the Athlon FX-51 currently has no performance peer. Thanks to a number of sensible core improvements, of which an on-die memory controller, larger L2 cache and SSE2 support are notable, especially with respect to gaming. The AMD Athlon64 FX-51 is a force to be reckoned with. It'll be hugely expensive, but that's kind of expected. We'd put our money on a cheaper model in the hope of overclocking it to FX-51 levels and above. We can't recommend the FX-51 solely due to its mammoth price, which is reckoned to be around £700, but if you want the fastest x86 CPU going, this is it.
Check it out in full, here.

New Review @ HEXUS!

Posted on Tuesday, 23 September, 2003 by Ryszard

Best consumer Intel motherboard on the planet? ABIT would like you to think so, so who better than Tarinder to validate their claims.
What's clearly evident is that the ABIT IC7-MAX3 is an extremely fast board that packs a hard performance and benchmarking punch. Whether it's for you depends upon your needs. If you're looking for a board that will almost definitely do 250FSB with ease, has a robust feature set and BIOS, and includes some nice extras, the MAX3 would be a good choice. Our reservations in awarding the MAX3 top marks stem from its price and a few niggles. However, it's a solid board that'll sell well. Kudos to ABIT for trying something a little different than most. We'd have liked some form of IDE RAID, on-board power and reset switches, a guarantee that it'll reach 250FSB and a cheaper price. That would have made it untouchable. It's damn good as it is.
Check it out, here.

Computex...

Posted on Monday, 22 September, 2003 by David

Well it is 6:40 am and I am up, I am working on Day 1 coverage, we have some very interesting scoops for you guys about certain graphics card vendors. Anyway that will all come soon.

We have seen several companies today and consumer a fair bit of alcohol. Today we have a busy line up but I will get some coverage up for you for sure.

Later today one of the guys will go live with a new article for you - on the ABIT IC7-MAX3.

Until then have a good one.

Monday News Roundup

Posted on Monday, 22 September, 2003 by Ryszard

Computex 2003 is underway in Taiwan as we type. David, our fearless leader, has jetted off to represent our humble site so I'll leave Computex news and nonsense to him when he's found his way out of the bar. Until then, here's todays news.

Shuttle SN85G4 Athlon 64 Barebone @ AMD Board
Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer @ Rip Net
Zalman CNPS6000-Cu Heatsink @ Furious Tech
Highpoint e.SATA Kit @ Mod Synergy
FIC KT-748 @ MBReview.com
How to install and secure a BSD system @ Little White Dog
Zalman cnps7000a-cu Heatsink @ Tech Tastic
SilverStone Strider SST-ST360 Power Supply @ Voided Warranty
MSI FX5600-VTD128-J @ Hardware Zone
Abit IC7-MAX3 @ Hot Hardware
ABIT KV7 KT600 Motherboard @ OC Addiction
Gateway 200XL notebook @ Design Technica
Albatron 865PE/PE Pro II Motherboard @ Club Overclocker
JetAudio iAudio CW300 MP3 Player @ Tech Lounge
BlueTake Wireless LAN 802.11b BW101 USB Adaptor @ Modtown UK
Thermaltake Ducting Mod @ BiT Tech
Aerocool Aeropower II Titanium PSU @ Viperlair
Swiftech MCW5002-P Waterblock @ GruntvillE

Finally, while I have your attention, tomorrow is 64-bit Tuesday for us, with an Opteron article that I've been gagging to complete and kick out of the door and our official coverage of AMD's new consumer baby from our review maestro.

And last but not least, a friend of mine has a hand in a new site based here in the UK that purports to be the best IT and technology site in all of the land. I don't know about that, they didn't hire any of us, but things are looking good for them. They've got some familiar faces writing for them if you are au fait with UK magazine and broadcast tech journalists, so check out Trusted Reviews if you get the chance.

Quick Post

Posted on Monday, 22 September, 2003 by David

Just thought I would let you all know this has been a busy weekend at HEXUS. One marriage, one baby, and 15 hours of flying! One of our Forum Admins - Cocopops getting married, and Iain our avid, skilled, webdeveloper has just had his first child. After 5 days of waiting (well don't forget the 9 months!) He has had a baby girl, both the mother and daughter are doing well. So from all at HEXUS we would like to offer a congratulations to them both and I am sure that you would all like to drop Iain an email!

Live from Computex : Hush Technologies - Full ATX solution

Posted on Monday, 22 September, 2003 by David

Well, it is 8:30AM here in Tapei and I have a scoop for all of you avid silent PC seekers out there. We have just had a look at the new 'Hush' system which offers far more power and options, including an ATX mainboard, P4, Athlon, AGP graphics.

Read more over here

Sunday News Roundup

Posted on Sunday, 21 September, 2003 by Ryszard

Hope you're having a more exciting Sunday than I am. These should help if you aren't. Be sure and check out the laptop heatsink review, how odd.

Corsair TwinX1024 4000 Pro Series Memory @ ipKonfig
iRiver iFP-395T MP3 Player @ Hardware Zoom
ICEMAT Mouse Pad @ GruntvillE
GigaByte Radeon 9800 Pro @ OC-Zone (translated to English)
Sunbeam Blue Meteor Light Kit @ Mod The Box
Vantec Ion 400W @ R&B Mods
iRock 730i @ Subzero Tech
SIS 648FX Chipset Overview @ Gaming In 3D
Chieftec BX Full Tower Chassis @ Viperlair
Danger Den MAZE4 Water Cooling Kit @ Tech-Mods.net
Antec Notebook Cooler @ Club Overclocker
Vantec Iceberq4 Pro Premium VGA Cooling Kit @ 8BallsHardware.com

users.HEXUS.net

Posted on Saturday, 20 September, 2003 by David

Many of you buy and sell online, and many of you already know about our 'trust' system which was the FIRST system available to rate people for the online transactions.

The initial system was deployed with the thought around 25 people signing up. We couldn't believe the success of the system. Anyway now we are here with around 2000 sign-ups and a brand new system which we deployed last night.

We have migrated all of the old accounts and comments to the new system, however you will not show up until you have activated your account - Everyone on the system has been sent an email about 're-activating' there accounts. If you do have an account which the email address in was wrong please contact support.

We have launched this new secure system as phase 2 of our site design. So far in the 6 hours since we emailed all of you over 160 people have already re-activated there trading profiles. This system is the most trusted, and most useable ratings system on the Internet - you can now post a response to someone’s 'trading' comments.

We hope you all like the new system - we do, we have been working on this one for a while and the full integration is finally allowing us to offer a better solution. Please also note your email and contact details are now encrypted within the site, so people can contact you via it, but not steal your details. This prevents web robots from harvesting addresses.

I would like to say an extended thank you to our web god Iain for all his work with this phase, it is his new baby (Well he will have a 'baby' soon in Real life - so congrats!).

Anyway check out our new 'Users' system over at http://users.HEXUS.net.

New Review @ HEXUS!

Posted on Friday, 19 September, 2003 by Ryszard

A new review for you all from the human HEXUS review machine. What did the mighty Tarinder think of EPoX's lightweight nForce2 Ultra 400 offering, the 8RDA3G?
Excepting a couple of idiosyncratic features exhibited by the sample board (FSB fluctuation in Windows and under-volting), the 8RDA3G is an decent introduction into nForce2 power. If your budget is tight and you don't necessarily need all the features that some boards arrive with, this one deserves to be on your shortlist. A solid performer, once again.
Check it out in full, here.
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