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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 08:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been playing or thinking of playing World of Warcraft, otherwise known as WoW, then you'll want to read what Anand has put together as a performance guide. He has looked at both GPU and CPU performance in the game.
The balance between GPU and CPU performance isn't all that matters to World of Warcraft. Memory size is also a very important factor in building a smooth running WoW box. As with any high end gaming box, less than 512MB of memory is simply unacceptable for WoW.
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 07:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
I guess Abit sent out quite a lot of these boards, eh? Here' is yet another Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard reviewed.
The rundown of the Fatal1ty's performance and overclocking potential is definitely exceptional. While the board lacks great VDIMM options, the BIOS allows other great voltage ranges and many memory adjustments. I'm pretty sure that most of you are interested in the comparison against DFI's Ultra-D, and our review of that motherboard will arrive soon.
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 07:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
All in all, ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 mainboard makde a very good impression.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 07:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at PCStats is looking at the new Powercolor branded Theatre 550 TV tuner card today.
As you've probably guessed by now, the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro works as a TV-tuner ought to. Its combination of great image quality and perfect frame rates made us very happy campers indeed. ATI appears to have the makings of a hit on their hands with the Theatre Pro 550 chip.
We were less thrilled with the bundled Cyberlink PowerCinema 3 software.
Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2005 - 07:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
It has been a stressful couple of weeks for me here; both on the site and off the site. As I mentioned before, I am building a house in Florence, KY, to which I will hopefully move sometime this summer.
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
In my IDF coverage, I mentioned how healthy the 65nm technology from Intel looked, but I didn't think they would be bumping up time tables, but it looks like that may happen.
The interesting bit is that Intel is now telling people that it may pull the 65 nanometre launch forward by a few months, maybe as early as late Q3. This would mean Cedar Mill, Presler, and possibly Yonah wukk arrive much earlier than anyone thinks.
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Gamer's Depot has put up an article comparing four SLI motherboards today. They look at options from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and DFI. You can also check out my reviews by looking in our motherboard section.
We firmly believe that the importance of SLI has been properly communicated amongst many gamers and certainly ATI — I guess it's easy to talk-down a technology you don't have out on the market eh?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has come back to the table with an updated look at the status of SLI gaming. Since we last heard from them on this topic, a new driver has been released that promised additional SLI support for everyone! Did it happen?
We are still very concerned with the frequency of driver releases and bug fixes, however. As you can see in our gameplay testing, this driver has quite a few problems. Right now, there is a temperature issue bug, and a bug with Coolbits not allowing overclocking in SLI.
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Scott over at The Tech Report has taken a good, detailed look at the current state of the 64-bit world by comparing the Athlon 64 and the new Intel EM64T processors against each other in several series of benchmarks.
For PC enthusiasts and gamers, moving to 64 bits may not present as many obvious advantages in the near term, but there's also very little apparent penalty in going with Windows XP Pro x64, even if it's only to run 32-bit applications.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2005 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, just how important is the choice of fan nowadays? There used to be quite a bit of difference between the performance of fans, but now it seems that the size of the fan is your most important consideration. Mikhailtech compares 6 80 and 92mm fans, 2 Panaflo's and 4 Delta's. Go see who comes out on top.
"Make no mistake about it, this is the ultimate 92mm fan you can get. Rated at an astounding 126.48CFM, it also sounds like it.
Subject: Storage | March 23, 2005 - 02:31 AM | Mark McKee
Check out this review of Samsungs TS-H552B 16X DVD-R/RW over at Verum Media.
"As you can see from the selection above, Samsung has offered up a solid product package and software suite for the TS-H552B. This drive is quite cheap, ranging in the mid $60 range shipped. Anything offering high speed burning and a software suite at a price like that needs to be given a good look. Now that we've seen what Samsung offers with the TS-H552B, let's take a quick look some data and write times obtained in our tests.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2005 - 12:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have a couple of GPU reviews here for you tonight.
First, PenStarSys has reviewed the Sapphire Radeon X800 XL. Though he over enthusiastically points out a $299 price point, the card is still a good performer.
Next, the gang at HotHardware are looking at a pair of cards from HIS: the X850 XT and the X800 XL.
Subject: Systems | March 22, 2005 - 12:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
Bringing the nForce4 chipset to the SFF market isn't a small feat, but Shuttle has managed just that with the new SN25P model of their XPC line.
I have to admit that I've become very fond of the SN25P after playing around with it for couple weeks. It really is an amazing little system packed full of features you would never expect, not to mention far more stable than older versions of the XPC. It appears that Shuttle has finally overcome the heat issues that have plagued SFF systems.
Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2005 - 11:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
The DFI NF4 Ultra has been getting a lot of play recently, this time in the overclocking arena.
The DFI will run very stable at 300 x 8 using TCCD 512x2 @1T, achieving 300 x 9 with simple air-cooling credits to how well the BIOS, memory controller and the quality of this board to work in concert with each other. This board is simply splendid in reaching the best possible performance.
Subject: Processors | March 21, 2005 - 11:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you think you might want to change that old 478-pin motherboard over to a 479-pin Pentium M platform, then you may want to look at the Asus CT-479 that will do just that. This article does little more than give you a vague look at the product, but more a more complete look is coming soon here at PCP.
The CT-479 seen above actually has a quite a bit more to it than one might expect. Since the adapter will not allow a standard socket 478 heat sink to be used ASUS provides one with the kit.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2005 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There's been a nice spread of case reviews over the past week, from silent to stormy and from fancy to frugal. A True Review looks at one right in the middle, the XPER X-Armor ATX Case. A nice inexpensive box, with good 120mm powered cooling and a 420W PSU.
"With all the mid-range cases on the market, it's hard to find one that has great airflow. We all know 120mm fans are the way to go, but they're reserved for higher priced cases, right? Wrong!
Subject: Systems | March 18, 2005 - 08:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to drop a note to everyone that I have updated the Hardware Leaderboard again to reflect some changes in the PC market. Enjoy!
There is a big change in the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard: in this edition, all three systems are using PCI Express motherboard and graphics cards. I have finally seen prices drop on the new platforms to a level where I feel they are ready for entry into every segment of the DIY market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2005 - 07:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
Definitely one of the lesser known GPU vendors, the Club 3D X800 XL PCIe card is being reviewed by the gang at Viperlair today.
I've not had a chance to look at a Club-3D product before; I've seen them in the shops occasionally along with other brands but for some reason I've not actually picked one up.
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2005 - 07:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
DFI really set the stage for tweakers and overclockers with this board and are now reaping the benefits of its hard work and research. As of today (March 18), fifteen of the top twenty systems in the 3DMark05 hall of fame use DFI SLI systems!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2005 - 07:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Scott Wasson of the Tech Report has a bit of an editorial on the price gouging on vendors and the new ATI video cards. It turns out, it may not completely be the vendors fault after all...
The moral of the story, it seems to me, is clear: ATI's second set of lower pricing numbers for the X800 and X800 XL was essentially incorrect. In reality, in the market, the 16-pipe Radeon X800 XL competes with the 16-pipe GeForce 6800 GT.