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Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2004 - 02:41 PM | Andrew Kaiser
Things are set to get interesting in the world of computer graphics, with nVidia expected to launch NV40 by April 15, and ATi launching their X800 Pro (formerly known as R420) on the 26th of this month. While early reports indicate that NV40 will greatly raise the performance bar, only time will tell if ATi can match. At any rate, the continuing war is nothing but good for us, the buyers :)
Quote: "The HIS Excalibur 9600 was no slouch when it came to game benchmarking.
The 9600 basically tied the FX5600 Turbo, winning two benchmarks, losing
two and tying one.
Subject: Memory | April 7, 2004 - 05:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
I actually just received my DDR2 memory modules from Crucial this afternoon.
CRUCIAL TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES DDR2 MEMORY AVAILABILITY Micron's next generation memory technology available to system builders and end users
Meridian, Idaho, April 7, 2004--Crucial TechnologyÂ®, a division of MicronÂ® and one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers today announces immediate availability of PC2-3200 (DDR2-400) and PC2-4300 (DDR2-533) synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) modules on the Crucial Web site at www.crucial
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2004 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Running out of space, but still addicted to First Person Shooters and other 3D games? How about a Small Form Factor PC that can get 80 FPS in an Unreal Tournament 2003 Botmatch at 640*480?
As the SFF PC movement has gained momentum, companies from Abit to MSI, and Soltek to AOpen have each introduced their own varying models onto the market.
Subject: Shows and Expos | April 7, 2004 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Highlights of the Game Developers Conference, for those who couldn't save $1,750 for a full GigaPass. Pictures from the CTIA show, focusing on wireless and wearable technology at the Game Developers Conference Homepage .
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2004 - 04:34 AM | Geoff Baker
If it is part of your job to spec a new workstation down at the office, might want to look over this thorough comparison at the Tech Report. The most hardcore enthusiasts among you might actually be interested in picking one of these up for home. Mmm, Numa :)
Quote: "IT TOOK what seemed like forever for AMD to release its Opteron processor for servers and workstations.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2004 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A round-up of several of the up'n'coming cases, powersupplies and heatsinks you can expect to drool over this spring, including power supplies by OCZ. Anyone familiar with Kokanee brand beer may have some suspicions as to the inspriation of CaseArts featured artwork.
Over the last few months, Purav and I have been keeping an eye on new technology across the case and cooling industry.
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2004 - 10:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
Our friends at Abit have opened up the registration for their worldwide gaming event titled ACON4. You can register for your local events and perhaps earn the oppurtunity to play for your country at the finals in an all-expense paid trip to Shanghai for the finals. Listen up gamers!!
ACON4 is a global gaming event held in 20 countries and territories worldwide.
Subject: Processors | April 5, 2004 - 03:52 PM | Geoff Baker
We've been seeing the Mobile Barton XP's and their high overclocking potential for some months now. But maybe you have an MPX sitting around that could use a serious refresh without a big investment. In our Forums, Caprid shows the details of setting up these wonderfully flexible CPUs to make a powerful workstation running 2 x 2600 Mhz.
Quote: "With the new 'CG' stepping of the FX53 and the newer A64s, 2.5 -2.6Ghz on air isn't uncommon, the same holds true for the Mobile Athlon XP. But will they run in SMP on the Dually?
Subject: Processors | April 5, 2004 - 09:31 AM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CA-APRIL 5, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its chief technical officer, Fred Weber, and the AMD64 design team have been awarded EDN Magazine's Innovator of the Year for a significant advance in technology. The AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor was chosen as Innovation of the Year in the processor category.
Subject: Processors | April 5, 2004 - 09:18 AM | Joe White
CLUSTERWORLD, SAN JOSE, CA-APRIL 5, 2004-AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the availability of AMD Core Math Library (ACML) version 2.0, an advanced tool that allows software developers to further exploit the large memory space and ground-breaking performance enhancements offered by the AMD64 architecture.
Subject: Storage | April 5, 2004 - 02:59 AM | Andrew Kaiser
I can clearly remember the days when CD writers were so expensive I couldn't justify the costs just for some relatively unimportant backups. My, how things have changed! 8x8 DVD Rewriters are swiftly becoming the de facto optical storage medium, largely because prices continue to drop like a stone. Envy News takes a look at the latest device from the perpetual favorite in this sector, Liteon.
Quote: "To have some high-quality internals you've come to expect from a company
such as Sony at a price you've come to expect from a value leader such as
Lite-On is a tough mix to beat.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2004 - 02:12 AM | Andrew Kaiser
3DChip has taken the time to put together the information and tools needed to flash a GeForce FX 59x BIOS to FX 5950 Ultra, resulting in a reasonable performance boost. If you can get over the translation, it makes excellent reading :)
Quote: "The theme was and is still discussed a lot: The Flash of a FX5900 (Ultra) to a more powerful FX5950Ultra. We took time to write a litle toturial
which includes a 3DChip-Flashkit with same bioses and flashtools and tells you how to flash your videocard.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2004 - 11:38 PM | Geoff Baker
From our Forums comes word of a new Audio How-To. Last month we were Converting our Vinyl to digital. This time we have a step by step for ripping that perfect MP3 Collection from TitanMan.
Quote: How would you like a streamlined, high quality MP3 collection? Imagine a flawless, organized, and tagged compilation of all your music. Sounds painstaking, doesn't it?
Subject: Processors | April 4, 2004 - 11:20 PM | Geoff Baker
Hardocp has a Prescott review that you may want to check out, looks like it might be a runner after all. Surprisingly enough, in spite of the heat worries, the 2.4A turns out to be a good overclocker. However, if you go shopping, better be sure of what you are buying.
Quote: "...What you see above is a 900MHz stock overclock...So all in all, our stock OC numbers should represent what just about any enthusiast should be able to accomplish with the right motherboard and the right temperature conditions.
Subject: Displays | April 4, 2004 - 05:09 AM | Andrew Kaiser
3DVelocity takes a look at one of the first 12ms LCDs available. Has Samsung finally created an LCD that everyone will agree is superior to existing CRT technology?
Quote: 16Ms LCD's are fairly common today but in the case of the Samsung 172X, they are pushing the envelope with an impressive 12ms response rate.
Samsung is one of the leaders in consumer electronics today and are well known in the LCD industry. I personally have used many of their products from graphics card memory to system memory and optical drives.
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2004 - 04:08 PM | Geoff Baker
While the Socket 939, 754 Debate rages on, you just want a new fast system. If you want the best bang for the buck right now, This PCStats article is an example of what is available. With top gaming power, features and stability being the norm, as well as reasonable prices, not much reason not to go Socket 754. The incoming sockets likely still won't give the buyer on a budget anything more than you can get today, and you can bet they will be pricey.
Quote: "So what exactly makes Abit motherboards special?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 2, 2004 - 08:28 AM | Ron Goldin
It's nice to see case manufacturers take to heart some of the requests seen on older case reviews, like, why cant you have 120mm fans instead of 80m fans. More and more cases are being designed around these larger fans. That means good news for everyone. Those who like quiet can enjoy the relative quiet of most stock fans to come in these systems and the overclockers can purchase their windtunnel fans to replace the stock ones without having to do any modifications. The best of both worlds.
Subject: Storage | April 2, 2004 - 05:53 AM | Ron Goldin
I have been looking into getting a USB thumb drive recently so I can carry some data around with me. But of course, it can't be too small with MS Service Packs the size that they are. But sometimes it would be nice to be able to move around A LOT of data. An external, portable hard disk drive is such a way. This review from Legion Hardware fits that bill. Fast, clean, and easy to setup and plug in is what Im always looking for.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2004 - 05:23 AM | Ron Goldin
Being in the position I'm in here at PCP for as long as I have, people even in real life are always asking me about choices for upgrades. One of the biggest categories for upgrades folks are looking to make is video cards. With all the choices on the market today, its hard to keep up with them all. Luckily this guide from Adrian popped up just when I could use it most. I hope its as accurate as Adrian's work has been in the past.
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