15 June 98 - 21 June 98
Highlights within this period includes:
  • Cheetah 9 Review
  • Intel Katmai
  • How to Cool Your CPU
  • Mail Bombing in Outlook Express
  • Cyrix M-II 333 Mhz
  • Netscape 4.5
  • Canopus to support Riva TNT
  • Toshiba 800 Mhz Rambus Dynamic RAM
  • Best of Asia and the Pacific
  • Cheats for World Cup 98
  • LG Electronics 4X DVD-ROM Drive
  • Microsoft Carnival
  • Matrox Unified Bios Update
  • Intel Xeon Pictures
  • #9's Press Release
  • Descent Freespace - WC Killer?
  • Canopus Pure3D Drivers
  • Future of RAM
  • Tom's Back!
  • Asus 40X CD-ROM Drive
  • Intel's New Plans
  • Review on K6-2 333 Mhz
  • Wing Commander Secret Ops
  • RIVA Drivers for 3DNow!
  • AMD K6-3
  • Riva TNT
  • More 'bout Netscape 4.5
  • HyperSnap DX-Pro V3.13
  • DMA - To Enable or Not?
21th June 1998 {Sunday}.
DMA - To enable or not?  21th June 21:12 pm

Well, I'm pissed off (urine?) with some site that is circulating wrong information on Microsoft Windows support for Ultra DMA. To quote from a particular site:

I would advise all users not to use the DMA function of Window 95/98 internally on a Ultra DMA/33 motherboard. If you enable the DMA Function in WIndows 95/98, it will cause your system to hang up because Windows 95/98 only supports the BUS Master DMA function not the Ultra DMA/33 function. There are instances that some reviewers found out that by enabling the DMA Function, the CPU Utilization of a CDROM decreases from about 50+% to 8+% but they also did not reveal that the hang ups of the system also increases. In conclusion, are you willing to sacrifice stability for low CPU utilisation. I guess the choice is pretty obivous.

Let me briefly explain. Ultra DMA "widens" the path to the hard drive by transferring twice as much data per clock cycle. The net effect is that the maximum burst data transfer rate from the disk drive increases from 16.6 Megabytes per second (MB/s) to 33 MB/s. Hard disk drive manufacturers can now bring higher performance products to market that will scale with the rest of the PC platform (faster hard drives to feed faster processors, memory and graphics).

Bus Mastering technology can also be implemented with Ultra DMA disk drives. Similar reductions in CPU utilization will be experienced when Bus Mastering drivers are installed.

In addition to speed improvements, the protocol brings new data integrity capabilities to the ATA/IDE interface. Improved timing margins and the use of Cyclical Redundancy Check (CRC), a data protection verification not implemented in legacy ATA modes, help ensure the integrity of transferred data.

Below is an independent test ran by Andy Drake :

Windows 98 - DMA Off Windows 98 - DMA On - Default Busmastering drivers Windows 95 OSR2 - Intel 3.01 Busmastering drivers Windows 95 OSR2 - Tyan 3.10 Busmastering drivers
Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 3.87. Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 5.56. Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 4.39. Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 4.51.
CPU Utilization was 61.86 percent. CPU Utilization was 22.50 percent. CPU Utilization was 20.87 percent. CPU Utilization was 25.93 percent.
Data Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 3.56. Data Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 5.33. Data Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 4.45. Data Transfer Rate (MB/sec) was 5.33.
CPU Utilization was 61.69 percent. CPU Utilization was 20.71 percent. CPU Utilization was 24.55 percent. CPU Utilization was 26.69 percent.

In Windows 98 and OSR 2.1, it supports the Intel 82371AB/EB bus master controller. The Intel chipset heralded the introduction of the PIIX4 component. PIIX4 was supposed to take away the processor intensive load of disk I/O away from the CPU and onto the chipset. PIIX4 contains support for Ultra DMA synchronous DMA compatibile devices. Since Windows 98/OSR 2.1 support PIIX4, that means it support bus mastering as well as Ultra DMA.

Now, about all these misinformation about Microsoft Windows 95/98 only support 'Bus Master DMA function' and not Ultra DMA and that enabling DMA will make your system unstable. I have only one suggestion. Read your news from a reliable source.

For some people who are unlucky enough to get the AOpen 36X CD-ROM drive, this drive does not support DMA properly under Windows. You need to disable the DMA checkbox under System Properities. That is to say, this CD-ROM drive does not support Ultra DMA as advertised. This is not due to Windows unable to support Ultra DMA or whatever nonsense some site stated. Contact AOpen for an updated firmware on the CD-ROM drive.

That brings me to another point. You do not have to believe every word I said. Try it out for yourself. If it works, that is good for you. If not, then it's too bad... :)

HyperSnap DX Pro V3.13  21th June 18:24 pm

This is the new version of Hyperionics' HyperSnap screen-capture utility. With this tool, you'll be able to snap screenshots from your favourite games or stuff off your Windows Desktop. The Pro version, which supports more features as well as over 20 graphic formats, is available for download on our Utilities page.

More 'bout Netscape 4.5  21th June 12:37 pm

CNet did a review on the Netscape 4.5 beta.

The beefed-up Communicator 4.5 is actually a smaller download (6MB) than the preceding 4.05 version, thanks to some serious housecleaning by Netscape's programmers (they integrated Collabra newsreading functionality into Messenger, and removed Conference and Netcaster entirely). And, once you install it, you'll find it's easier to maintain. Say goodbye to 5-to-15MB patch downloads. Communicator 4.5 supports byte-level patching, so you update only those portions of the code that have changed, rather than entire files.

20th June 1998 {Saturday}
RivaTNT  20th June 19:43 pm

Unrealised just did a review on the RivaTNT. Here are some of the juicy parts.

The TNT stands for Twin Texel, which is a fancy way of saying that the TNT is capable of applying two textures at once. If that doesn't sound impressive, remember that all of these fancy effect you hear about require multiple passes to render each texture on top of the other. Things such as reflections, bump-mapping and environment mapping. In a single pass, the TNT can apply two textures. With two passes, the TNT is capable of applying up to four texture effects. This is one area where TNT draws its speed from.

Voodoo2 SLI level acceleration - Although currently faster than the Voodoo2, the additional speed increase from finalized drivers could put the TNT in the dual Voodoo2 range, performance wise. In fact, if current estimates are correct, the TNT will be faster.

New Look  20th June 14:40 pm

Well, we are updating the look of the page. It's partly completed. Hope you like it so far. :-)

AMD K6-3  20th June 12:40 pm

HRC did a preview on the upcoming AMD K6-3 with is slated for release late 1998 with an initial speed of 350 MHz and 400 MHz.

The K6-3, formerly known as the K6+3D, is equipped with several key optimizations, which will allow it to better compete with Intel's future offerings.  Some of the most notable enhancements are:  The inclusion of 256 kilobytes of L2 cache on the chip itself, a fully pipelined CPU, and increased floating point performance, which is expected to be at, or above that of a similarly clocked Pentium II CPU.  Another key element of the K6-3 is the backwards compabability with current Socket 7 motherboards; allowing people on a budget to forego the process of upgrading to a new mainboard

After the release of the K6-3, the K7 will be introduced at a later date.  This processor will use Slot-A, which is similar to Intel's slot one, but capable of running at front side bus speeds in excess of 200 MHz.      

The K6-3 without 3DNow! instructions will supposedly run as fast, or faster than a Pentium II.  Performance with 3DNow! enabled should be almost twice as fast as a similarly clocked Pentium CPU.    

19th June 1998 {Friday}
RIVA drivers for 3DNow!  19th June 21:15 pm

nVidia released the new Riva 128 drivers that are optimized for 3DNow! However, there are several limitations in the new drivers :

  • No TV Out support
  • AGP support only
  • Optimized for DirectX 6.0

You can download them from here

Wing Commander Secret Ops  19th June 20:44 pm

For all those die hard Wing Commander fans, Origin is coming out with the Secret Ops for Wing Commander Prophecy. Go to Secret Ops for more information.

Secret Ops will be a stand alone product with 56 new single player missions split into seven downloadable episodes. This method of releasing game content online in an episodic fashion is unprecedented in our industry. Certainly it emphasizes ORIGIN's commitment to breaking new ground in the creation and delivery of game content on the Internet. ORIGIN will post a new Secret Ops episode on the Wing Commander website, http://www.secretops.com, each week beginning later this summer. On the days leading up to each episode, ORIGIN will post new fiction from the Secret Ops story which will set the stage for the downloadable missions. Each set of missions will be the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, adrenaline-pumping action you've come to expect from a Wing Commander game. But this time it will only be available via the Internet.

Review on K6-2 333 MHz  19th June 11:08 am

Hardgame had done a review on the K6-2 333 MHz. It's quite comprehensive and even explains what is 3DNow! etc.

Benchmarks of the K6-2 333 MHz is somehow disappointing without the 3DNow! Compared to the Pentium II 300 MHz, it's slower in all benchmarks, especially the FPU which the Pentium II is 36% faster.

HPC also did a review on the IBM 6x86MX PR333 processor.

The IBM 6x86MX PR333's performance is somewhere between a 300 MHz Pentium II and a Pentium II 400 when running Windows 95. Anyone that predominantly uses Microsoft Office, Netscape, Eudora, or other common Windows applications will be just as happy with the IBM 6x86MX PR333 as they would have been with the much more expensive Pentium II 333.

If you already have a socket 7 based system, and you spend most of you time running Windows applications, the IBM 6x86MX PR333 is clearly the best choice for you, besting the AMD K6-2 and the fastest Intel Pentiums. On the other hand, if you are a die hard Quake 2 junky or you have already gained a solid addiction to Unreal, you should probably look into the AMD K6-2 or Intel Pentium II.

There is also another review on the IDT WinChip 2 3D.

The IDT WinChip 2 3D is IDT's second generation CPU that follows in the footsteps of their inexpensive WinChip C6 product. The major changes to the WinChip 2 3D include 3DNOW! support, a pipelined FPU, and of course, higher clock speeds. While the review sample was only a 225 MHz part, IDT will be delivering a 300 MHz version sometime around the end of Q398 (September or October). The 225 MHz version uses a .35 micron fabrication process, but the future 300 MHz version will use a .25 micron fabrication process

Intel's new plans  19th June 10:55 am

It seems like Intel is reviving the socket architecture. Intel next Celeron processor, the Mendocino will include 128K of internal cache, as opposed to the cacheless Celerons available now. It will be available in 300 MHz and 333 MHz in early 1999.

It will be available in two versions. One which uses the Slot 1 architecture, another one which uses the 370 pin socket. Intel stated that the performance in the two architecure are identical.

This move is to cut the cost of the Celeron even more by manufacturing the socket version. As all of you know, Slot 1 architecture are more costly than the socket architecture.

"People will get confused," conceded a spokesman. "They assumed that sockets have more limitations than slots. The socket means nothing -- it's just a piece of plastic. It's the bus that is important, and this processor will use our P6 bus."

He added that "all we're doing is offering two options, in the same way that we offer different packaging options for the mobile (Pentium II). The bottom line is, we're trying to continue to offer ways to lower the total cost of the basic PC platform."

Asus 40X CD-ROM drive  19th June 00:42 am

Asus introduced the new 40X CD-ROM drive with a maximum transfer rate of 6000 KB/s and a spin speed of up to 8900 rpm. Now, the CD-ROM is even faster than most hard disks spinning at 7200 rpm, minus the Cheetah of course. :)

With innovative technologies the new ASUS CD-S400 sustains high-speed data transfers with accuracy and stability. The unique DDSS (Double Damping Suspension System) anti-vibration design on the CD-S400 overcomes the vibration occurred when the motor rotates up to 9000 RPM and the heat dissipation associated with spindle motor and driver IC, and it enables the new ASUS CD-S400 to offer unparalleled performance demanded by high-end systems, eliminating data reading failures that occur due to unreliable stability.

18th June 1998 {Thursday}
Tom's Back!  18th June 23:34 pm

We haven't heard from Tom for quite awhile and he's back. Excited? He's wrote at length about his E3 trip and blah... but I've sieved out some interesting bits:

About Banshee "We had a nice presentation of Voodoo Banshee but pretty much all was under NDA. The only thing I want to say is that it will be an interesting product for the 2D/3D card market, it will not be Voodoo2 but it will certainly also not be another Voodoo Rush. I guess there's a lot more already on the web from others right now, but I maybe the first one to supply you with some hard testing data of the Voodoo Banshee very very soon."

About RivaTNT "Instead of letting us sign another annoying NDA, NVIDIA didn't only show TNT, they even let me play a bit Quake2 at 1600x1200 resolution. Wow!! The chip ran only at 70 MHz, hence a lot less than the final 125+ MHz, but Quake2 ran pretty cool at this ultimate screen resolution. It maybe wasn't smooth enough for Thomas Pabst AKA [F3] T-Bone to play a DM, but I would estimate that it ran at about 15-18 fps. This would make a 27 to 32 fps at 125 MHz, maybe even more, so that I look forward to playing Q2 at 1280x1024 as soon as receiving a final TNT board. I'm a big believer into high resolutions in Quake2, since there's nothing nicer than sniping an opponent with the rail gun whilst he can't even see you. Currently I'm playing with two Voodoo2 boards at 1024x768 and the idea of playing Q2 at 1600x1200 simply blows my mind. The quality of Quake2 was outstanding as well. Are there any other games worth talking about? Well, Motorhead ran at 1280x1024 at outstanding quality as well. Why am I not talking of Unreal?  NVIDIA didn't show it and the multiplayer abilities of Unreal aren't appealing to me as well, so that I still have to ask if there's anything else than Q2 really. Anyway, TNT rocks and I cannot see any other upcoming 3D graphic chip that would reach the TNT by any means at the current date."

About Asia & Women "I'm still taken by the magical impression Asia always has on me. I really love Asian culture and I can't help but being enchanted by the beauty of Asian women each time I get there."

In Conclusion It seems pretty obvious that the next hot products will be 3Dfx' Voodoo Banshee and particularly NVIDIA's hot RIVA TNT, which doesn't have any officially known competitor so far. Let's hope that there will be a wide and reliable range of Super7 platforms for the K6-2 available soon, creating faith into this new CPU. I want to warn you making any too quick decisions generated by other publications, the Super7 platform is unfortunately not in a mature state yet. Slot 2 systems will be available soon, but this workstation and server platform won't be of interest to the vast majority of users out there, so don't lose your pants about this topic.

[Give me the Full Story Now!]

Taking it Slow Today  18th June 23:25 pm

Yap. We're taking it slow today. A breather. Deep Impact anyone? It was a little sobby and draggy at times, but it was a spectacle to see the tidal waves. Not a bad show to catch if you got some time - better than Gozilla definitely. Hmm...

The Future of RAM  18th June 07:56 am

Slasher's Tech had written an article on the future of RAM. Included in his article is the new RDRAM (Rambus RAM) I had been talking about.

Rambus, Inc. is developing a new kind of RAM, which is based on this concept.  RDRAM's data path is either 8-bit or 16-bit, very small compared to current standards.  But this channel (dubbed the "Rambus Channel") is very narrow, and the seek times are considerably lower than that of SDRAM.  Whereas bandwith is based on how many MB or GB per second, seek times are based on the time it takes for one byte.  Older SDRAM (66 MHz) has a seek time of 10 nanoseconds (billionths of a second), whereas the new versions (100 MHz) will have a seek time of 8.  However, RDRAM will have a seek time of only 2 nanoseconds, and the narrow structure is suited for multichanneling.  When you consider 4 channels of 16-bit data paths running at 800 MHz, you will get 6.4 GB/s.

17th June 1998 {Wednesday}
Canopus Pure3D Drivers  17th June 20:55 pm

Canopus Corp has released a new set of drivers for its favourite Pure3D line of Voodoo 3D accelerators. This is hot! Version 1.60.04 dated 160698... featuring the Canopus Application Launcher and Quick Control. (damn! wished I had gotten the Pure3D in the past!). The file is available on our Video Drivers page.

Descent Freespace - WC Killer?  17th June 20:32 pm

OGR whips up a review of the highly anticipated title from Volition - Descent Freespace! All you XvT and WC fans have another cool title to immerse yourselves with till your favourite sequels arrive. I've got some snapshots to whet your appetites (heh!).

#9's Press Release  17th June 20:20 pm

Number Nine announces in their press release their Revolution VI. This new powerhouse will feature 16mb SDRAM utilising the new 128-bit Ticket-to-Ride IV chip. Here's the tit-bits about its benchmark on a pre-production board:

Using a pre-production Revolution IV running Ziff Davis’ 3D WinBench 98, the board has already scored over 950 3D WinMarks on a Pentium® II 400 MHz. computer, while delivering the highest possible 3D image quality. Under Windows NT 4.0 and Number Nine’s own OpenGL ICD (Installable Client Driver), the Revolution IV scored a 46 when running the Viewperf CDRS-03 OpenGL 3D benchmark (when tested at a resolution of 1024 x 768 at 65K colors).

Here's the specifications of the Revolution! (I've included a .pdf spec sheet of the RivaTNT for your comparison, pls download)

  • 2.0 GB/second onboard frame buffer bandwidth.
    • Pipelined memory read and writes.
  • Multiple 128-bit 3D/Video and 2D Engines.
  • Proprietary 128-bit WideBus Architecture.
  • Integrated 250 MHz. Palette DAC.
    • 128-bit CRT Controller.
    • Multiple Color Look-up Tables.
  • 128-bit Video Engine allows smooth, full-screen, full-motion MPEG playback at up to 1280 x 1024 at 16.8 million colors - without dropping video frames.
  • A Front-end Color Space Converter de-compresses and converts MPEG I / II color data from YUV to RGB. MPEG video clips can be scaled to full-screen resolutions - even when in true color display modes.
  • Advanced 3D Pipeline Features:
    • A built-in 3D rendering engine, tightly coupled to an IEEE 754 floating point 3D rendering setup engine that runs at 430 MFLOPS (million floating point operations per second).
    • 3D pixels processed at up to 32-bit color for precision 3D rendering.
    • Precision 32- and 16-bit Z-buffering support processes up to 16.7 million Z-steps. This High Precision Z-buffering significantly improves 3D imagine quality. It reduces texture seams and unsightly artifacts that are present in 3D game-oriented chips, which offer less precision.
    • 10 Levels-of-Detail Per Pixel Mip-Mapping.
    • Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing
    • An 8KB on-chip texture cache.
    • Palletized textures at 8, 4, 2 and 1 bpt.
    • Atmospheric effects for specular lighting, interpolated fogging and alpha blending.
    • Support for perspective corrected texture mapping with bi-linear and tri-linear filtering.
    • Complete DirectX 5.0 and 6.0 support.
    • Optimized Direct3D and OpenGL ICD 3D support.
  • AGP 2X data transfer rates allow for data throughput up to 533 MB per second to system memory.
    • 4x increase over PCI transfers.
    • Sideband AGP support.
  • Full-screen, 30 frames per second, MPEG-II playback.

Intel Xeon Pictures  17th June 20:12 pm

Saw these pictures from cpumadness on the new Intel Xeon. Click to enlarge the pictures.

Notice the size of the Xeon processor? It's twice as large as the Pentium II processors. You probably need a new casing for this chip to fit in.

This is the visual comparison between the Slot 1 and Slot 2.

Now, take a look at the new motherboard. It features a whopping 6 PCI slots and 1 ISA. Yes, you need a new motherboard for the Slot 2 design which the Intel Xeon is using.

Now, I cannot imagine someone buying 4 or 8 of these Xeon and running on SMP. What kind of motherboard do you need ? One that is as huge as your computer table? Hmm...

Matrox Unified BIOS update  17th June 17:49 pm

Matrox has released a new unified BIOS, version 3.40. It contains the following BIOS updates:

Productiva G100 AGP BIOS rev. 1.30
Millennium II PCI BIOS rev. 1.40
Millennium II AGP BIOS rev. 1.30
Mystique 220 BIOS rev. 1.80
Mystique BIOS rev. 1.80
Millennium BIOS rev. 3.00

Rainbow Runner
Millennium II PCI rev. 1.4 (Rainbow Runner)
Millennium II AGP rev. 1.3 (Rainbow Runner)

Description of issues fixed in this release:

Restoration of boot logo on Millennium II and Productiva boards.
DOS corruption on some Productiva G100 boards.
Rainbow Runner BIOS updates.

The file is available for download in our Drivers section.

Anyway, rumours that the Matrox G200 will be out in July. Estimated selling price is US$149 for the 8 MB version.

Microsoft Carnival  17th June 17:27 pm

There will be a Microsoft Carnival on 26th - 28th June at Suntec City to celebrate the official launch of Windows 98.

  • Windows 98 for just S$98 for the first 980 customers from 6.30pm, Friday,
    June 26 (limited to one copy per customer) while stocks last!
  • Radio contests where you could win FREE Windows 98. You'll also be able
    to meet your favourite radio deejays Joe Augustin & Dasmond Koh at the
    Windows 98 Carnival
  • Great prices on games - try out the latest & coolest
  • Insane offers from 20 participating partners to blow your mind away
  • Lucky draw where there's a winner every hour on the hour & a mysterious
    grand draw prize

LG Electronics 4X DVD-ROM  17th June 13:26 pm

LG Electronics, launches a new generation of DVD-ROM drive technology with the announcement of the DRD-840B.

This 4X DVD-ROM drive supports CD-Recordable (CD-R), DVD-Recordable (DVD-R) and CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) as well as DVD-ROM and CD-ROM on personal computers running Windows 95/98, Windows 3.1x, NT 4.0/5.0, MS-DOS 3.1 and higher.

Using Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) technology, the DRD-840B has a data transfer rate of 5.4MB/sec with DVD media, 4X the performance of first generation drives on the market. In addition, the DRD-840B reads CD-ROM discs at up to 32X (4.8MB/sec). The drive achieves an average access rate of 120ms (80ms when reading a standard CD-ROM disc) and features 512 kilobytes of cache memory. Burst speed is 16.7 MB/sec, using the industry standard E-IDE/ATAPI interface.

The new drive supports DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18, CD-ROM Mode 1&2, CD-DA, CD-XA (Mode 2, Form 1&2), CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, CD Plus, CD Enhanced, CD-Bridge, CD-I, FMV, Photo-CD (Multi-Session).

"LG Electronics takes multimedia performance to the next level with the DRD-840B," said Bennett Norell, Marketing Manager for LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. -- Information Systems Products Division. "The DRD-840B meets the demand of the enduser who requires a drive offering maximum performance and the flexibility for use with various media formats."

16th June 1998 {Tuesday}
Cheats for World Cup 98  16th June 21:39 pm

Football craze? No? Well if you're playing EA's World Cup 98 and would like to learn the cheat codes available for this fantastic game... click here to look at what Adrenaline Vault put up! Codes to enable past classic matches, make the players run around with big heads, or have them make silly moves, it's all here!

Best of Asia and the Pacific  16th June 20:17 pm

Yes. We are proud to receive the Best of Asia and the Pacific award from Sintercom. Thanx for your support. We'll continue to improve this place!

Toshiba 800 MHz Rambus Dynamic RAM  16th June 13:31 pm

Toshiba announced that it has shipped functioning direct Rambus Dynamic RAM (RDRAM) silicon that runs at 800 MHz. Forget about the PC100 SDRAM which runs at a mere 100 MHz.

The company said this would make its chips the first such devices to operate at that speed. Its samples are now undergoing system testing and chip set validation.

"Rambus, Inc., has confirmed that our 72-Mb RDRAM devices were the first to complete functional tests," said Jamie Stitt, manager of DRAM marketing at Toshiba. He added the next-generation memory samples performed read/write operations, initialization procedures, and power management operations, and in some cases moved data at speeds exceeding 2 gigabytes per second. This surpasses the 1.6-Gb-per-second rate that Rambus has targeted for its initial high-speed memory designs. "With plenty of margin at such an early stage, we're confident we can ramp production to meet the industry's needs in 1999," Stitt said. 

Canopus to support RIVA TNT  16th June 13:27 pm

This is hot. Canopus announced that they will be supporting the RIVA TNT.

Canopus Corporation today announced support for NVIDIA Corporation's new RIVA TNT 3D processor. Canopus plans to extend its line of award-winning graphics products and develop its next generation of 3D graphics accelerators based on the RIVA TNT 3D processor technology.

This announcement continues the successful relationship between Canopus and NVIDIA. "Canopus proved their innovation by integrating outstanding video capabilities with NVIDIA's performance 3D in the Total3D 128V," said Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA. "The dramatic performance increase offered by the RIVA TNT suggests another winning product by Canopus."

Netscape 4.5  16th June 13:25 pm

Netscape is also gearing up to compete with Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 5.0.

Communicator 4.5 will include features that Netscape has already announced, such as its "Smart Browsing" technology that links the Web browser more closely with its Netcenter portal site. Other browser enhancements include features that will make it easier for users to "roam," or share computers between home, work, and elsewhere through automatic personal configurations.

Netscape's Smart Browsing initiative includes a number of ways to help users, particularly neophytes, find what they are looking for on the Web.

"Any time you eliminate a mode or a step in the search process, you have greatly simplified the process for the masses," said Vernon Keenan, analyst with Zona Research.

Cyrix M II-333 MHz  16th June 13:15 pm

Today, Cyrix announces the Cyrix MII-333 MHz processor.

Internal testing indicates that the M II(tm)-333 processor continues the upward performance trend of Cyrix's processors, providing performance comparable to 333 MHz Pentium II processors. The M II(tm)-333 allows system manufacturers to offer low-cost solutions at high performance levels - enabling fully featured multimedia systems at entry-level PC prices.

"The speed enhancements of our newest processor enable the kind of workstation-class performance you wouldn't expect at entry-level prices," said Richard L. Sanguini, senior vice president, National Semiconductor's Cyrix Group. "With systems using the M II(tm)-333, OEMs don't have to compromise their profit margins in order to offer state-of-the-art performance at affordable prices to their customers."

Mail Bombing in Outlook Express  16th June 13:08 pm

NEWS.COM just posted a article on the possibility of sending thousands of mails to a single receipent using Outlook Express. Here's the juicy part :

Microsoft's email program includes a feature that allows users to break down large email attachments, which are sometimes blocked by Internet service providers. These files, which can be as small as 16k, are then sent individually to the same email account.

If an extremely large file is sent out as an attachment, it could be broken up into thousands of small files, according to BugNet editor Bruce Brown, who sent out an alert about the potential problem this morning. Although there are no cases yet of actual "mail bombing" using Outlook Express, he said the potential to cause havoc exists.

"This is a very useful tool for someone who would wish to do ill to someone else," Brown said. "It's a really effective way to send a lot of email very quickly, if your purposes are malevolent."

15th June 1998 {Monday}
How to Cool your CPU  15th June 19:09 pm

Again, Hardware One gives you tips on cooling your CPU. Click here for the full review.

There are two methods to do that :

  • Install a good heat sink with fan and ensure proper ventilation of the casing
  • Software method

What I will be touching on is the software method. In case you are not aware of, there are software available in the market like CPUIdle, Rain, Waterfall which make use of the HLT command to reduce the temperature of the CPU. The HLT command is a simple instruction that tells the CPU to 'sleep'. This way, it consumes less power and hence generate less heat.

Intel Katmai   15th June 10:33 am

Hope over to CPUMadness about the new Intel Katmai. This chip will be out Q1 1999 and will be running on a initial speed of 500 MHz.

The thing about this chip is that it will feature the KNI instructions, which is to compete directly with AMD 3DNow! technology. Featuring 70 instructions vs 21, it is speculated that the Katmai will trash the K6-2.

Cheetah 9 Review   15th June 00:36 am

Wow! Another review? This time, Hardware One gives you the review of the Cheetah 9 UW drive.

  • Industry's highest-performance 10,000-RPM 3.5 inch disc drive
  • Average seek times as fast as 5.2 msec
  • Seagate's second-generation Cheetah™ : new low power
  • Unsurpassed formatted data rates of 14.5 to 21.3 Mbytes per second
  • High-Performance Ultra2 SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces

[Beam me to the previous news archive!]

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