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Subject: Graphics Cards | April 4, 2004 - 11:12 PM | 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 - 08:38 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 - 08:20 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 - 01:09 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 - 01:08 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 - 05:28 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 - 02:53 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 - 02:23 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.
Subject: Processors | March 31, 2004 - 07:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
My buddy Kyle at HardOCP posted a quick overclocking test of the 2.4 GHz Prescott processor. Using just stock cooling and voltages, he was able to get this baby to 3.2 GHz but with some liquid cooling, he was able to get it to 3.7 GHz, which is quite impressive. Even the temperature numbers seemed better than expected.
Quite frankly, we were expecting to have to get out the fire extinguisher, but that was not even close to the case.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2004 - 03:14 AM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to this Special Focus edition of Bits & Pieces™ -- Modifications! Of all the catagories I post news on, Mods has to be my favorite. I love seeing all the cool things you can do to make your computer stand out in a crowd. So, enjoy today's Special Focus on Mods -- I enjoyed gathering the links! :)
Subject: Mobile | March 30, 2004 - 03:03 AM | Kristie Goldin
The soft-shell mobile phone is flexible and can wrap around the users arm.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2004 - 01:09 AM | Geoff Baker
If you are looking into re-doing your cooling, lots to look through today.
Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2004 - 12:31 AM | Geoff Baker
Some motherboard reviews for you today. Here is an Epox with an 865PE Northbridge and the ICH4 Southbridge, and some Aopen A64 boards, both Nforce3 and K8T800, with looks by Hexus and Overclocker Cafe.
For processor articles we have an A64 vrs.
Subject: Editorial | March 29, 2004 - 04:51 PM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Last week was a week I just as soon forget. So, instead of re-living my week of torture, I figured I'd spend today talking about something much more pleasant. How about M&M's? :D
Over the holidays this past year, my Secret Santa gave me an M&M Dispenser. It's really a cool little toy. You press a button and you get rewarded with three or four M&M's -- unless you get lucky and the button gets stuck, in which case you can wind up with a fist-full!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2004 - 12:55 AM | Geoff Baker
3Dxtreme has posted a quickie review of the Aerocool "Hightower" for Socket A or P4. They'll show you how it stacks up against the Volcano 12 and a stock AMD cooler.
"The HT-101 tower cooler is a large cooler when you first take a look at it,
but it is designed to compensate for that larger size. The cooler does come
with one blue UV LED fan that can be mounted on one side of the cooler;
however AeroCool has included the ability to mount a fan on each side.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2004 - 12:53 AM | Geoff Baker
A1 is testing an Evercool fan and sink for A64. If you can pick out the right colors in the graph you can see it is an OK, but not outstanding performer.
" We were hoping for better performance from this EverCool K802-715 all
copper heatsink compared to the EverCool Magic Cooler we reviewed earlier
which is Aluminium with a Copper insert. It must be remember that both these
EverCool heatsinks are much smaller and lighter than the other heatsinks
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