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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2004 - 04:19 PM | Andrew Kaiser
With the NDA lifted, a flurry of information about ATi's next gen card has been unleashed upon the web. I'll let the reviews speak for themselves, but it is certain that neither side dropped the ball this time around. The back-and-forth battle that has become so familier continues!
"Under the Pixel Shader 2.0 test from 3DMark03 We are seeing much great performance differences between the boards than in previous test The X800 XT PE is up to 65% higher performance than the X800 PRO and very close to being 3 times the performance of the 9800 XT!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2004 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Want to extend the life of your laptop, or just dropped a lot of cash on a LAN-party worth notebook and need to keep your cool? Take a look at this little USB device from Coolmax, reviewed at Extensiontech.
"Overclocking enthusiasts love to keep their desktop PC's cool. But what about us laptop users? Sure, many companies have done laptop cooling pads, but here is one design I haven't seen before. COOLMAX has created an X shaped dual 60mm fan laptop cooler.
Subject: Motherboards | May 3, 2004 - 08:51 PM | Geoff Baker
T-Break has a review of another Nforce3 250 GB, the Gigabyte K8NSNXP. Interesting how different vendors are configuring their boards. For example, looks like this 250 GB is not using the Integrated Gigabit functionality. Appears that they have decided to use it on the PCI bus to simplify the production of their various models of Nforce3. Not as though you are likely to be able to use Gigabit much anyway, but still...
Quote: "What made us wonder was why Gigabyte chose the lower-end version of thenF
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2004 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is certainly a vast selection of case makers out there, and they are doing their best to keep the fresh ideas coming. Here is a batch of reviews that appeared over the weekend. Enjoy!
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 3, 2004 - 06:32 AM | Andrew Kaiser
Gainward made my first aftermarket video card. I remember well the elation of getting it for about 30% under standard street price, yet it was a while before I found out about overclocking. When I finally became brave enough to try it, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it boost my 3DMark scores higher than systems that cost twice as much at the time, but I was getting higher clock speeds than I was told to expect as a maximum for the card! Needless to say, I was quite satisfied.
Subject: Chipsets | May 1, 2004 - 08:42 AM | Ron Goldin
Although the feature set may still reign with the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset, it seems VIA's next Socket A chipset, the KT880, may in fact outperform the aging Ultra 400 chipset from nVidia. Beating nVidia's chipset in most application benchmarks is not exactly easy, but it does say that VIA is not done with Socket A and I suspect niether is nVidia.
At the end of the day, the KT880 is a faster and generally more capable chipset than the nForce2 Ultra 400.
Subject: Shows and Expos | April 30, 2004 - 10:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are in or near Toronto and data and/or tele-communications is your thing, you might want to consider it. Price dependant on what you want to do.
'We've assembled a group of high-level speakers who will not only provide expert analysis of the state of C
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2004 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a writeup of a silent PC over at trustedreviews, that covers a lot of the theory behind the noises the PC makes. For those of you who have sworn off air, and gone back to living in the water ... you're covered too!
Have a great weekend.
"It doesn't even have to be a particularly loud sound to be distracting - a relatively quiet noise containing a strong tonal component such as a high frequency whine or a low frequency hum can be just as irritating to some people.
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2004 - 02:36 AM | Geoff Baker
In contrast to X-Bits earlier report of the new Via dual channel memory board for 32 bit XP, the Tech Report has the KT880 winning the review over the venerable Nforce2. Many are waiting for these to hit the shelves...
Quote: "Simply being a viable alternative to the nForce2 wasn't good enough for VIA, itseems. The company has rolled out a new KT880 chipset for Socket A processors, andthis one features a dual-channel memory controller.
Subject: Processors | April 30, 2004 - 12:59 AM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CA - April 29, 2004 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that AMD president and chief executive officer Hector Ruiz was appointed chairman of the board following its annual stockholders meeting. AMD co-founder and former chairman of the board W.J. Sanders III was elected a director and appointed chairman emeritus in honor of his three decades of leadership. Mr. Sanders also advised his colleagues that he was retiring from the Board of Directors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2004 - 08:43 PM | Andrew Kaiser
With games like FarCry pushing the envelope of 3D gaming, enthusiasts are scrambling to tweak their system in order to get playable frame rates. Here's one welcome way to milk that last ounce of performance from current gen video cards :)
Quote: "The 256MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro is probably the least popular ATI graphics card. It is a lot more expensive than the 128MB variant and the extra 128MB of memory proved rather useless. But while you may think that it is a sheer waste of money, it may actually turn out to be a real steal! Why?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 29, 2004 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Never been a fan of thursdays ... feels like I'm just blowing hot air around.
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Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2004 - 03:42 PM | Drew Poland
Two of the most worthy and reasonably priced handhelds I've seen in awhile. The Zire 72 is incredibly feature packed for its competitive price.
PalmOne unveiled two new handheld devices in its popular Zire line on Wednesday, the Zire 31 and Zire 72.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2004 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Here's a case, there's a case, everywhere a case, case!!!
Be it for looks, or because you need better airflow, or a horrible, disfiguring dremel accident, we all end up looking at PC Cases. Here are some of the newer ones you can find, from bargain to premium.
Subject: Mobile | April 27, 2004 - 01:59 PM | Drew Poland
This is great news for Digital Photographers that carry a iPod, I'ts time to ditch that bulky storage wallet. Now you can listen to your tunes and backup your images with this Digital Camera Link from Belkin.
Belkin has released the Digital Camera Link for the Apple iPod portable media player. It simply connects with a USB cable to PTP-compliant digital cameras.
Subject: Editorial | April 26, 2004 - 07:30 PM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Going up? You just never know when you get on the elevators in my office building. I've been in some slow, temperamental elevators in my time, but the two around here take the cake. For starters, they're never going to win any speed races. It's almost faster to walk up the stairs to my floor than it is to ride the elevator. Seriously. And of course, this means you have to wait a good bit of time for them to show up after you push the button. And wait. And wait. Because see, there's another little problem with them.
For starters, they're never going to win any speed races. It's almost faster to walk up the stairs to my floor than it is to ride the elevator. Seriously. And of course, this means you have to wait a good bit of time for them to show up after you push the button.
And wait. And wait. Because see, there's another little problem with them.
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2004 - 05:29 PM | Geoff Baker
You may have seen Hardocp's review earlier on this much anticipated board. MSI is leading the way this time and by all accounts they certainly have something to show off.
Quote: "Since the MSI K8N Neo is the first shipping board with the nVidia nForce3 chipset, we don't know whether it is the harbinger of the great things to come, or whether the K8N Neo Platinum is just a unique and stunning motherboard..."
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