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We decided to reload our overviews of interesting news and reviews around the web. From now on we will have our X-bit Watch issues coming your way three to four times a week bringing you the creams of the hardware and technology related articles and reviews.

With AMD ramping up its 64-bit Athlon 64 processors and Intel preparing its EM64T push, the era of mass 64-bit computing seems to be just around the corner. Until now, the majority of reviews covering 64-bit hardware was about the microprocessors, however, there is certainly loads more information to discuss about the forthcoming transition. AnandTech web-site published a review of graphics cards featuring previous-generation graphics processors from NVIDIA and ATI running game benchmarks using beta 64-bit drivers as well as Windows XP 64-bit Edition.

Firingsquad decided to discuss a very hot topic about the demos launched with every new graphics processor to promote its power and functionality. The demo-scenes supplied with new graphics cards truly became state-of-the-art during the last four years, however, making one requires tremendous skills and even consulting with artists from Hollywood. Make sure you check out the article “The Art of the Tech Demo” at Firingsquad as this is not only an interesting read, but also the last article by famous writer Alan Dang.

In case you like looking back as well as anticipate the future, make sure you read “Makeover Times for PCs” feature at BW Online that covers evolution of personal computers since early eighties till our times and looks what is going to happen next. 

Water cooling is becoming increasingly more popular not only amongst hardcore overclockers, but also among typical enthusiasts of personal computers.  Not only does water cooling provide the utmost in cooling potential, short of refrigeration, but it can also quiet things down significantly. With today’s processors producing upwards of 100W of heat energy, cooling them down has becomes a difficult and noisy task. For those who are starting to look at variety of water-cooling options it is definitely recommended to look at Asetek’s WaterChill Antarctica Water Cooling Kit review at HotHardware

Tom’s Hardware Guide is trying to save everybody from becoming deaf. Their fresh review covers fifteen fan controllers. See yourself how beautiful the silence can be.

Just in case you thought that DDR has gone for good, think again. On the 26th of May Corsair announced the availability of its new 3200 XL modules. Please welcome the return of the CL2 2-2-2 timings at high working frequencies of the DDR memory family. Examine how the new memory influences performance of Intel’s and AMD’s CPUs at AnandTech.

Looks like virus worms are chasing not only personal computers, but start to treat mobile phones too. During the week a new type of worm that replicates in Symbian operating system was discovered. While now the worm does not bring any risk to mobile phones, experts are sure that this is only a “test drive” and the trend is that mobile phones are in danger, Financial Times reports.

EETimes brings some interesting read to those interested in design and manufacturing of semiconductors in their “Choosing the Right Silicon Solution-Part 1”. From the coverage you will be able to read detailed case studies of design teams who have implemented system designs requiring highly integrated silicon solutions, learn how to evaluate the business and technology trade-offs and see what drives the decision to choose one solution over another.  

BusinessWeek once again raises question about the rationality of Apple’s decision to establish its own retail outlets in the USA. While now the “Think Different” company’s business is on the rise because of astonishing success of iPod players and stable demand for Macs, for the true success mass products should be sold everywhere, not just in selected stores, as Apple wants to. has a nice coverage of notebooks at different price-points for variety of usage-models. In case you a looking for a mobile computer that should substitute your desktop or become your reliable business partner, you should probably pay attention to the Notebook Top 15


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does the X-Bit Watch have an email address websites can send news to? ;)
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