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  Daily Column, July 2nd 
  Jul 02, 2001, 03:00pm EDT 
 
By: Sander Sassen

Good afternoon. Hope you had a good weekend. I actually didnít do much this weekend, other than trying to get the Tyan Thunder K7 motherboard up and running. Which was unsuccessful, as I didnít have a suitable WTX power supply, the one I used was underpowered and couldnít sustain the current load required for the motherboard to work properly. But Iím getting a nice 460-watts power supply somewhere this week, I just couldnít resist trying to see whether the power requirements for the AMD 760MP platform are really that steep, which they are I can now safely say.

I also went to see a movie, The Mummy returns, which didnít get such a good review at Slashdot and was actually getting quite some critique for having no storyline and bad acting. Well, if you donít expect a masterpiece or something off the hand of Spielberg such as Raiders of The Lost Arc or any other Indiana Jones episode it is a good movie by all means. It has some really funny and nicely done scenes and great special effects in some cases. Parts of the movie were rather impossible, but Iíll leave it up to you to decide that. All in all a good family movie and something thatíll for sure give you a few good laughs and an enjoyable evening.

Speaking of movies, one that Iím definitely looking forward to is Final Fantasy, the spirits within, the work that has gone into that movie is in one word impressive. To my knowledge it is the first full CGI movie that hits the big screen and judging by its trailer and the bits and pieces of info I could find across the net itíll be a true masterpiece. But Iím biased as Iím hooked on Sci-Fi, so your mileage may vary.

On a different note, I spoke with a couple of people at MSI today and weíll be looking into the Via KT266 chipset in the form of their new K7T Pro 266-R and possibly a nForce motherboard but thatís not for sure yet. Iíll also be getting in an Abit TH7-RAID motherboard to see how far we can push our Pentium 4 engineering sample to see what upcoming speed grades of Pentium 4 have in store for us. We have a number of high-quality heatsinks here and the means to cool a CPU down to sub-zero temperatures so we might even be able to break the 2GHz barrier.

Sander Sassen

 

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What southbridge on KT266? Robert Kropiewnicki 3 replies Jul 04, 2001, 09:04am EDT

 

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