|Motherboard Monitor 3.82
and 2.1 Lite 23:24 pm - Kan
Read from BetaNews that a new version
of Motherboard Monitor is
available. You can download them from here.
- Added the function "RestartLM78"
which I had removed in 3.8, on some machines the LM78/79 would not initializise without
Understanding K6-3 23:11 pm - Kan
Ace's Hardware posted an article on 'Understanding the
Performance of the K6-3'.
The die is cast, the K6-3 finally shows the
potential of the powerful K6-core. Anand treated us to some very interesting benchmarks,
showing the impact that a full speed L2 cache has, but there is more to the K6-3
performance than meets the eye. Let me take you on a journey in to the transistors of the
K6-3. I promise you there is a lot to discover under the hood of this interesting and
speedy piece of silicon!
CnC2 Tiberian Sun Preview 23:02 pm - Wilfred
has just thrown up their latest
preview on CnC2: Tiberian Sun. Noting that with all NEW games, graphics are always
spruced up but is that all that excites you? Read this:
Perhaps the most exciting part about the
upcoming Tiberian Sun is the extreme interactivity of the environment. Units can move both
over and under objects, so be careful - someone might bring that bridge crashing down over
your head. Random effects will also be part of the game, like ion storms which disable
your high tech units, and destructive meteor showers that can deform the landscape,
creating craters to hide inside. Objects will also obey a real world kind of physics, so
the explosive discs thrown by some GDI infantry will bounce differently depending on where
Judging from the preview, Westwood may stand a
chance to reclaim some lost ground in the RTS genre.
Exhilarating Day 22:55 pm - Wilfred
This might be titled another "Wilfred Coughs"
section, but it has been an exhilarating day for Kan and myself. We went out to meet some
folks and discussed some truly earthshaking stuff about Hardware One (earthshaking for
us!). Something beyond our upcoming revamp. I can't tell you more yet since nothing has
been finalised. Oh anyway, thank Kan for "dedicating" the latest Intellimouse
drivers to me (as if he wrote them? =P) and did I read "Hackers Sentenced to
Death?". Wah! *shudder!*
T-Leader 3D Review 15:45 pm - Kan
posted a new gamepad review, the T-Leader
The T-Leader from Guillemot is quite
similar in appearance to the Nintendo 64 controller. It does resemble a T as
the name implies but in general its modeled after the N64 gamepad. This is certainly
not a problem since the N64s design is excellent and makes for a very comfortable as
well as functional controller. There are 6 buttons for the right hand in a 3 over
3 layout, with buttons at the top for the index fingers as well as an extra
trigger-like button underneath. Overall that makes for 9 buttons but the trigger button
duplicates the 5th button and the 2 index finger buttons duplicate buttons 5 and 6.
Basically this lets you use buttons in different locations which might be useful for
pinball games or other non-standard games. The T-Leader 3D also has a digital D-pad as
well as a mini analogue joystick. As well, the gamepad has 2 buttons in the upper-middle,
which toggle the mode of operation and auto-fire for the buttons.
OCP Contest Winners 12:16 pm - Kan
For those who took part in OCP 3DMark99 Benchmark Rodeo, do you know
that the results are out? Gosh, how did
those guys get those astonishing results? Anyway, congratulations to the winners!
Hackers Sentenced to Death 11:01 am - Kan
Don't you just love China? Accordingly to News.com, two
hackers had been sentenced to death for breaking into a bank computer network and
transferring 260,000 yuan electronically.
The Yangzhou Intermediate Court in Jiangsu
province also confiscated 40,000 yuan ($4,830) from Hao Jinglong, formerly an accountant
at the Zhenjiang branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and his brother
Hao Jingwen, the newspaper said.
The two opened 16 accounts under various
names in a branch of the bank in September and later broke into the branch to install a
controlling device in a bank computer terminal, the newspaper said. They used the device
to electronically wire 720,000 yuan ($86,975) in non-existent deposits into the bank
accounts. Afterward, they successfully withdrew 260,000 yuan from eight different branches
of the bank, the newspaper said.
Dungeon Keeper II Preview 10:33 am - Kan
OGR posted a preview on Dungeon
If you somehow missed it the first time
around, the original Dungeon Keeper was basically an anti-hero strategy game: instead of
playing the forces of good, you played the forces of evil or, rather, you were the leader
of a force of evil: you were a Keeper, out to build yourself a nice nasty underground pad
while taking on all-comers, both in the form of your "brother" Keepers and those
absolutely awful ne'r-do-bads, the pompous "Forces of Good." The original
original Dungeon Keeperthe game as initially conceivedhad you as a Keeper
designing a dungeon that other human players, acting as Good, could then invade, but that
just didn't happeninstead, multiplayer had other humans act as competing Keepers
(keep it within the family, you know), and that's how it's going to be for Dungeon Keeper
II as well. Nick Goldsworthy, the game's producer, tells us that setting up playable
Forces of Good would require creating a whole Good game structure as well; currently these
supporting characters pretty much walk in from off-stage, digging into Keepers' dungeons
to rid them of evil and plunder their gold (plunder gold? Maybe those Forces of Good
aren't so good after all, which is good
Asteroids 10:27 am - Kan
AVault posted a
review on Asteroids.
||1998 has been a banner year for clones of
the classic video hit Asteroids, first unleashed upon us way back in 1979. Earlier this
year three small companies -- Logicware, Reflexive, and Shepherd's Worlds -- released Astrorock
2000, Swarm, and Juggernaut Corps, each
of which represents an excellent effort to update and enhance the original graphics,
sound, and gameplay to entice the more sophisticated and demanding audiences of the 1990s.
|Astrorock 2000 has fun rock
music and funky lighthearted swirling obstacles and pick-ups; Swarm has a dark foreboding
reptilian mood and stunningly detailed visuals and lighting effects; and Juggernaut Corps
has injected highly creative enemies, such as those that look and act like gnats, and
highly original weapons, such as those whose projectiles ricochet off the side of the
screen to get you. Each has its own well-developed personality, and each goes well beyond
the boring task of simply blasting away large space rocks that are headed your way.
Rule 10:21 am - Device
According to a article from Techweb, Microsoft's antitrust trial won't be the only trial grabbing the
headlines next year: The Federal Trade Commission's suit against chip maker Intel is
scheduled to begin in February before FTC administrative law judge James Timony.
A government win in the Intel case could
have a greater impact on the technology industry than the outcome of the Microsoft case.
But in any event, the two cases are inextricably linked, since the government may use an
Intel executive's testimony in the Microsoft trial to bolster its case against Intel.
In June, the FTC charged Intel with violating
antitrust regulations, saying it had used its monopoly in the microprocessor market to
deny three of its customers and potential competitors access to technical information
needed to develop products based on Intel's chips.
Diamond C400 Mobo 10:20 am - Kan
Read from AGNHardware
that UpgradeCenter posted a review on Diamond Micronics
C400 BX motherboard.
documentation on this board is fairly sparse, mostly because the manual is in a PDF file
on the driver CD. I dislike this compared to a printed manual since its much easier to use
while installing the board, but its adequate. The board also comes with a sheet explaining
the different connectors and jumpers on the board.
Expansion: 1 AGP slot, 5
PCI slots and 2 ISA. While this configuration was once something of a luxury, it is now a
bare necessity as more components become PCI. This allows for a variety of PCI components
to be installed on the board, such as VooDoo2 cards, a SCSI card, a DVD decoder, etc.
MS Intellimouse Drivers 10:17 am - Kan
Dedicated this piece of news to your favourite editor
Wilfred that new Microsoft Intellimouse Drivers are available for download
K6-2/333 Upgrade Module 10:11 am - Kan
Read from HPC
that Steel Dust did a review on a AMD
K6-2/333 CPU replacement unit for Socket 5/7 motherboards.
Our new CPU package incorporates a PowerLeap PL-Pro/MMX
Plus! adapter with an AMD K6-2/333 CPU running on a 66 MHz bus with a 5.0 internal
multiplier. The K6-2/333 is normally spec'd to run on a 95 MHz bus with a 3.5 multiplier.
The 66x5.0 is noticeably slower (see Tom's
Hardware for a comparative discussion of the K6-2/300 at 100x3.0 vs. 66x4.5), but in
this case I was willing to sacrifice some performance for ease of installation (see here
for more discussion).
SB Live! 10:00 am - Kan
did another review on the SB
Live!. You mean you haven't read our exclusive review on SB Live!?
With their SoundBlaster series of sound
cards, Creative Labs' products have always been known for their widespread support.
However, what Creative Labs was never really know for was innovation. The differences
between one of their first sound cards - the SoundBlaster 16 and the last years
Awe64 (which is still on the market) were minimal. However, with the new SB Live!,
Creative has turned the tables. The SB Live! is definitely the best and most innovative
sound card that Creative Labs has ever developed.
Falcon 4 Review 09:56 am - Kan
GameOver just did
a review on Falcon 4.
||I'm not going to start with the graphics
because everyone does that, and with a game like Falcon 4.0 they are not really as
important as, well everything else. The game is very broad ranging in its appeal. It has
many different settings for difficulty and realism which allow the user to vary the degree
of AI, and how the plane handles. Obviously the higher the realism setting, the more
realistically the aircraft will fly.
|There are lots and lots of
training missions to go through dealing with everything from how to roll the aircraft, all
the way up to using short, medium and long range offensive weaponry in both air to air and
air to ground roles. I definitely suggest playing the training missions before even
considering the campaigns.
Chipsets 09:54 am - Kan
According to an article from EETimes, Philips just launched their new 2D/3D graphics
Squarely targeting the Internet and
Windows-terminal market, Philips Semiconductors has launched an integrated video and
2-D/3-D graphics chip.
The SAA9730 integrates PC-level graphics
capabilities, I/O functions and high-speed Internet-interface and accessfeatures.
The chip is designed to interface with a
MIPS R5000 or X86 CPU, and includes an NTSC/PAL encoder.
The chip is suitable for system OEMs
looking for easy-to-use, low-cost Internet solutions, according to Rodger Sykes, director
of marketing for the Windows systems group at Philips Semiconductors, based here. Several
system vendors are working to deploy solutions that are similar to but differentiated from
WebTV, he added.
The SAA9730 comes with the ability to
flexibly interface with either a modem or Ethernet communication interface, so it can be
used not only within regular homes but also in hotels, schools or in any other thin
client environment where an Ethernet communication port may be preferred, Sykes
3 Speakers Compared 09:49 am - Kan
That is a 3 speakers comparison review
over at GamersDepot. Compared speakers are
Microsft DSS80, Labtec APX-4620 and Midiland 4030.
As both sound cards and game music/sound
effects keep getting better and better, it has become even more crucial to have a speaker
system that can keep up. With that said, we decided to do a "round-up" of
3 different speaker systems in the $150-$200 price range, from 3 well-known leaders in the
industry. One thing to keep in mind, is that when it comes to an individuals
hearing/listening tests, that it is very subjective. In other words what may
sound good to me, might sound like crap to Tom or any of the other staff, and vice-versa
as we all have a different set of ears, and have different preferences on what we each
think something should sound like.
Hercules BEAST Supercharged 09:43 am - Kan
re-reviewed the Hercules BEAST
video card based on the Savage3D chipset. This time, the SuperCharged Savage3D are
modified to pump up the core speed.
First, Hercules is screening the Savage3D
chips they're using for the Beast Supercharged, in an effort to be able to provide a
better foundation for overclocking the part's MHz speed. The standard Hercules Beast ran
at a fixed core speed of 100MHz. We're not allowed to give the exact number that the Beast
SuperCharged's Savage3D chips are screened at, but an educated guess along with our
testing would indicate that 120MHz is the right number
Second, the revised Hercules Touch drivers
are greatly improved and streamlined over the version we tested three months ago. The best
improvement this edition includes is the "HercuMeter" slider, which allows a
user to set their Beast SuperCharged's core MHz speed anywhere from 100MHz to 130MHz.
Thanks to the Savage3D screening mentioned previously, SharkyExtreme was able to run,
play, test, and torture the Beast SuperCharged at the HercuMeter's maximum setting of
130MHz. As the Mossad says folks: "Not too shabby."
#9 Revolution IV 32MB 09:39 am - Kan
posted a review on Number
Nine Revolution IV 32MB video vard. This video card is based on #9's Ticket to Ride IV
Number Nine has held a close grasp on 2D
image quality, and care about that as the number one issue on the board. In this crazy
world of 2D/3D boards, companies might not focus on 2D as much as they should (S3's
Savage3D comes to mind), but rather focus on 3D speed as much as possible, because sadly,
that's what sells. Larger companies have produced chipsets with great 2D, along with fast
3D. Companies like Nvidia, Matrox, and 3Dfx's all have great 2D image quality built on,
but still are pushing their way into 3D. Number Nine has put 3D speed in the background to
2D quality on this board, and that shows quite a bit.
K6-2 350 vs Celeron 300A 09:36 am - Kan
Hardware posted a comparison between a AMD K6-2 350 MHz vs a Celeron 300A.
ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE!?
That seems to be the question posed by the monsters of the CPU world today.
Each day thousands of computer users, both novice and pro, must make a tough
decision. Which CPU should I use for my next system. Do I stick with Socket 7
and use the AMD K6-2 3DNOW! processor, or perhaps throw caution to the wind and jump into
the Slot 1 world of computing. Each platform has its definite perks and quirks, but
no one really knows what is the best for them. Hopefully, this little experiment
will clear up some misconceptions and shed some light on which route may be best for you.
So sit back, relax and get ready to be knocked off your rocker, cause here we go.