7 August 1999 - Saturday
Voodoo Drivers for Windows 2000 15:41 pm - Kan
BetaOS told us they have some brand new Voodoo Drivers for Windows 2000. The new drivers support all Voodoo cards from the Voodoo1, Voodoo2, Voodoo3, Rush and Sigma 5. You can download them from here.

QuakeCon'99 Photos 15:38 pm - Kan
QuakeCity sent note on some photos the gals took during QuakeCon'99 as well as some snapshots of the Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. Check it out!

InWin Full Tower Casing 15:37 pm - Kan
Today is Casing day as 3D Alpha also reviewed a casing, the Inwin Q500-300A Full Tower Casing.

When I had bought a new computer about a month ago, the case I specified to come with it was the InWin Q500-300A case. It's a nicely equipped case, with a whopping 300 watts of power supply to power your computer. Quite a nasty piece of juice to get hit with if you plan on opening the case without turning the switch off. The expansion slots are broken down into two categories: Internal and external slots. The external slots consist of five 5.25" bays, and one 3.5" bay, and the internal slots are five 3.5" bays. The size of the case is what'd you expect from a full-tower ATX case: Big. The InWin Q500-300A could double as a companion for your three-year old if he/she is into imaginary friends. Of course, if they get into tea parties, it's time to lock up your computer room during the daytime.

A-Top X-Lucent ATX Midtower Casing 15:34 pm - Kan
ReviewFinder sent note on their exclusive review on the A-Top X-Lucent ATX Midtower casing. 

Top made it very easy to remove the side panels by providing thumb-screws - a thoughtful touch. I might actually put the screws back into this case now, instead of leaving them out like I do with my other cases. The side panels also have plastic pull-tabs to make it easy to pull them off. Rather than sliding all the way back like with one of my other cases, you only need to slide the sides back about a half an inch and then they just pop off quite easily.

They've also made it so that the entire motherboard chassis can be pulled out of the back of the case. You'd first have to remove all connecting wires, of course, but it makes the motherboard accessible without having to remove the cards and unscrew it. 

Windows and System Optimization Guide 15:32 pm - Kan
AbsolutePC also posted a Windows and System Optimization Guide. Check out what are the ways to speed up your Windows.

These instructions will better tweak your computer to higher levels of optimization. After doing these, I freed up 12% RAM usage in Windows, and my CPU ran  a good bit cleaner. Seeing the performance gain, I couldnít help but tell more people about this.

Before I begin, I want to say that I wonít be held responsible if something goes wrong on your computer. I say this, because with an audience as big as this, someone is bound to screw up, and I donít want to be blamed. So continue at your own risk.

Evergreen Celeron Card 15:29 pm - Kan
AbsolutePC sent note of the appearance of the Evergreen Celeron Card. This is a PCI card with a 433 Mhz Celeron as well as 64MB of memory. Pretty interesting!

AVB FF Wheel 15:26 pm - Kan
TheTechZone reviewed the AVB CC-FBW1 Force Feedback Wheel. Gee, this sounds fun!

I don't know about you but I love racing games (I guess you can tell that by my nick name :-)). Use to go to the arcade all the time to play Indy 500 against all my friends. Getting behind the wheel of that machine and doing some side by side racing was a great way to kill off a boring afternoon. One of the best things I like about that arcade machine was the force  feedback steering wheel. It really added a level of realism to the game. Coming home to play Indy 500 on the PC and keyboard was never quite the same, until now.

MX300 Review 15:24 pm - Kan
3D Alpha sent note on their latest review on the Diamond Monster MX300 soundcard. 

Now, I must admit this is a rather unscientific method of testing a sound card. However, in my humble opinion, the only proper test of a sound card is to try it yourself, as everyone hears things differently. The Diamond MX300 simply blew me away. I have slowly become accustomed to the incredible effects of surround sound on gaming, and in those games which do not support A3D 2.0, I feel as though something is missing. Surround sound is as drastic an improvement to gaming as hardware acceleration of graphics. This card will spoil you, but I do believe that's a small price to pay.

Soyo Socket370 Motherboard 15:23 pm - Kan
HotHardware posted a review on the Soyo SY-7IZB+ Socket370 motherboard.

When it comes to stability, I'd have to say that this board has plenty of it. I was able to run my 300A CPU at 495MHz without any voltage tweaks. That CPU usually requires a little extra juice. I bumped up the speed to 540 MHz and almost got into Windows 98 before my Seagate HD decided to make scrambled eggs out of my data on the spinning platters. That HD didn't like the higher system bus speeds. One interesting feature I noticed in the BIOS, was the IRQ assignment setting for the PCI slots. You can manually set which PCI slot gets which IRQ. This is a very nice feature for fixing IRQ conflict problems.

6 August 1999 - Friday
What Makes PC Fast? 23:52 pm - Wilfred
CNet has an interesting article for your reading. It's about the considerations we all make when selecting the appropriate parts for our PC. Take a look!

These technologies lead to some obscure questions for the PC buyer. Will your PC have a 66-MHz, 100-MHz, 133-MHz, or faster, bus? Will it come with synchronous DRAM or RDRAM? How large is the on-chip cache? Does the graphics technology come close to true 3D performance or is it really 2D clothed in 3D marketing hype?

Many consumers may not care about these issues, but they will be increasingly important. Most of these technologies are used now--or are going into personal computers soon--and can impact performance as much as any AMD or Intel processor.

Aliens Vs Predator 23:44 pm - Wilfred
Digital-Clips just put up a review on Aliens Vs Predator. Whoa! The boys really can't keep their hands off the game. 93% overall rating!

Hats off to Fox and Rebellion for giving us one hell of a game.  In fact, its one of the best FPS shooters to grace the shelves this spring/summer, and one to not miss out. If you are a chicken livered nerd, this game isnít for you. This game isnít for the weak hearted as well. And if you play this game, donít play with your friends, because theyíll catch you screaming like a girl. If you like Quake, youíll love AvP. If you like Duke Nukem, youíll love AvP.  If you like Heavy Gear 2, youíll love AvP. Basically, if you love FPS shooters, AvP is the game for you.

Buddy List For Your HandPhone? 23:39 pm - Wilfred
Wah! I'm speechless. I can imagine the fun, and the disturbance as well. =) Check out this article at ZDNet about such a technology under development.

Instant messaging is going mobile. Web directory and software developer InfoSpace.com is developing a version of so-called "buddy list" services that will let users send and receive instant messages via digital cellular telephones and handheld computers.

Such an application could significantly broaden the usage of buddy list services, essentially enabling individuals to exchange text messages whether they are sitting at computers or carrying wireless communication devices.

Tom's 32 Card Zillion Pages Summary 23:33 pm - Wilfred
It slipped my mind yesterday to post up this huge gigantic part 1 of his 32 card review summary. Ok, I admit I haven't read it from first page to the last... it is basically a summary of the basket full of cards. Check out this mammoth at Tom's Hardware and wait for the real meat that's to follow.

Neon 250 Interview 23:28 pm - Wilfred
3DSpotlight scored an interview with Videologic regarding their Neon 250 card. Interesting card to watch, though once again, don't hold your breath waiting...

Q: How do you think the Neon 250 will be doing it against the TNT2, Voodoo3 and G400 in terms of performance?

PowerVR's unique architecture means that for the latest cutting edge 3D games like Quake 3  we perform VERY well indeed, often better than chips you've mentioned - and we are less expensive than our competitors' high performance boards

Corona PC Killer? 23:25 pm - Wilfred
Seems like Sun has some secret PC killer project underway. Corona is its name and it's going to try to do what the JavaNC failed terribly in - to make PCs obsolete. Perhaps I'm exaggerating, but read this!

Sun has developed an "ultra-secret PC-killer", just when everyone was thinking that JavaStation NCs had been killed by inexpensive PCs.

Codenamed Corona, the new device will ship probably next month for $499. When volume sales kick in, the price is expected to fall to under $400, according to Forbes

The Corona has an Ethernet card but no local storage, embedded Java and the X-Window system. It also has a smart-card slot so users can insert their smart card to restore their work securely.

A-Trend ATC-6240 23:23 pm - Wilfred
BXBoards wrote a review on A-Trend's ATC-6240 Rev 2 motherboard. Andy gave it high praise, rating it amongst the best boards available. Aren't we spoilt for choice now?

A-Trend first revision of this board was not for overclockers, and indeed A-Trend themselves would be the first to admit that this. Revision 2 is a very different animal to revision 1 and really is excellent. Indeed so much work has been done between revisions, I would place it right up there with the best right now. Praise indeed.

Alpha Heatsinks for Pentium III 21:06 pm - Kan
SysopSolutions just sent note that the long-awaited Alpha heatsinks are finally available for Pentium III processors! 

Some good news for all our fellow overclockers who have been waiting patiently to see Alpha bring a PIII heat sink to market in the last two months. I received word from their PR guy indicating that these sinks will ship within the next few weeks. Costs are still undetermined however we are guessing that we are looking at a price increase here.

Some of the features of the new sink include a copper heat spreader that will greatly help to dissipate heat and a new air intake for the L2 Cache. (Can you tell we are a bit excited by all this?).

Here is a pic for your viewing pleasure. I have also included a link to the new spec sheet on the product. Pricing information will be released as soon as we know more.

PowerColor Sniper 2 19:03 pm - Kan
I think I like the name more. Anyway, CPU Review reviewed this card based on the TNT2 M64 chipset and it even cost less than 100 bucks!

As usual, I tried to get a good feel for the performance of the Sniper 2. I ran a number of popular benchmarks, whose results are reported later in this review. Please note, these are the same benchmarks I've been running for my other video card reviews, so you can compare the results shown in the different reviews on my site.

Unlike previous versions of the TNT2 drivers, I had no problems with the nVidia Detonator 2.08 drivers that I used for this review; AGP worked without any problems on my Super 7 test-bed.

System Shock 2 19:00 pm - Kan
Those snipers over at FiringSquad brought us another new preview today - System Shock 2. Wow, games just keep getting better and better.... :)

You see, in System Shock 2, like in the original, things move slowly. If you complained about Quake II being slow, you haven't seen anything yet. At the run setting, your character in SS2 moves about as fast as the Quake marine sneaking around so as not to make footsteps. Your jumps are agonizingly slow and small. Your attacks will come at a deliberate pace - at its fastest, the wrench attack in SS2 was about 2/3 the speed of a Half-Life crowbar swing.

Sony F400 19" Monitor 18:57 pm - Kan
Darn, I will love to have one of these. Anyway, Tech-Review reviewed the Sony F400 19" monitor and the guys gave the monitor a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating. 

The latest generation of Sony's high performance monitors has arrived with the F series. As the monitor industry has evolved, Sony has always been at the front of the pack when it comes to image quality and features. The F series looks to put all other monitors to shame with its completely flat screen rated at a true .22 mm dot pitch over the entire screen. Here we take a look at the 19" flavor of the F series, the F400. The F400 takes the 19" monitor sector to a new platform and takes the price with it. This monitor isn't cheap by no means when considering other 19" monitors can be had for more than half its price. Yet, the F400 seeks to be the best in the class, and that usually comes at a cost.

Logitech Quickcam Pro 18:56 pm - Kan
Another new review from SystemLogic as they bring you their thoughts on the Logitech Quickcam Pro USB.

The first thing that's offbeat about this installation is that you can't install the camera before installing the camera. You have to install the software, power down, then do a cold boot with the camera plugged in. Being as stubborn as I am, I didn't look at the documentation - I just popped the CD right in, if I had looked I would have seen the large piece of paper saying "DO NOT INSTALL CAMERA PRIOR TO SOFTWARE" which later smacked me in the forehead like a mac truck. I had to call up their techsupport and be told that I was the idiot in this case... Oh well, I can take it. Besides that, the installation is pretty easy. Install software, restart with camera plugged in, and you're ready to go. The Quickcam application that's installed rests in your quick launch bar right next to Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. The other titles aren't installed by default.

System Optimizaton Guide 18:54 pm - Kan
ComChip whipped up another article on optimizing your system

Ever get tried of waiting for your system to boot up? Want to make it faster? Look no further as there are many ways to make your system bootup faster without spending a cent more!

Most of the tips requires changing your BIOs setting so make sure you remember your old setting so you can go back to it at anytime.

FIC VB601 18:52 pm - Kan
Overclockin.com finished their review on the FIC VB601 Slot-1 motherboard. So, what do they think of it? Check it out:

Like the other VB601 motherboards (the VB601-V and VB601-Z), the VB601 will auto-detect the CAS level of your memory.  The BIOS may be set so that it auto-detects the CAS level and defaults  to the reported value (i.e. if you have CAS2 memory, the system will detect that and set the timing for CAS2 memory) or you may manually set the values to be used.   Another nice feature that the board has is the ability to have different CAS timings for each DIMM slot.  I didn't use this feature because the memory used for testing was CAS2, but it could be a nice feature to have if you have two different types of RAM in the system.

Hardware-One: Intel Celeron 300A SL36A 11:25 am - Wilfred
Oh yeah, this is one of the greatest discovery in the past month - at least in Singapore! This limited batch of OEM Celeron 300A SL36A hit town and created quite a buzz. Of the 3 samples we tested, 2 made it to 527Mhz at 2.0V while the last one managed 558Mhz at 2.3V! Enough rambling, check out our investigation!

I'm sure by now, many of you have heard rumours of a very limited stock of Celeron 300A (S-type SL36A) in the Singapore market right now. In fact, this batch of Celeron chips have become quite a topic in our forum. Well, we at Hardware One have managed to get our hands on a few of these precious gems and a number of us have run these chips for more than 2 weeks. This ad-hoc article is meant to be an honest account of what we feel about them.

Intel stopped manufacturing the 300As in their boxed form for the general market. But apparently, the chips are still being manufactured for the OEM market. Thus enters the SL36A. It seems that this batch was somehow "conveniently leaked" into the market.

Videologic Press Brief - Neon250 11:21 am - Wilfred
3DHardware.net posted about their visit to Videologic and what they saw of the Neon 250 in action. Oh yeah, some very impressive benchmark numbers they witnessed...

Although the Neon 250 is debuting rather late it still fares well against the current competition. It wonít most probably be the fastest out there, but it certainly will thrash just about everything that runs at the same clockspeed of 125MHz. The OpenGL performance is extremely satisfying at the moment, and it might just get better. Direct3D isnít up to its full potential just yet, due to the very early drivers, donít fret though as that will be fixed until the shipping of Neon 250 around late August.

Intel Celeron 466Mhz 11:04 am - Wilfred
WickedPC did a review on the Intel Celeron 466Mhz as well as the MSI-6905 1.1 converter card. The best deal in town? A surprise review at Hardware-One will debut in a few mins...

For overclocking we found the Celeron 466 samples to reach two different levels, 525MHz and 583MHz. Each CPU we tested was fitted with a Socket Sinker from 3DCOOL.COM for optimal temperatures, and tested for a few hours. The first CPU we tried worked great and stable at 583MHz, but the second wouldn't go stable above 525MHz. This goes to show that heat isn't the only factor limiting the CPUs, as the Celeron core is almost maxed. If you get over 583MHz with the 466 in any case, we would be quite surprised. The yields of the Celeron 466 are coming out pretty steady though, and 525MHz seems to be the keynote for over 2/3 of the Celeron 466s on the market today.

HomeWorld Preview 10:57 am - Wilfred
The chums at GameWire delivered a preview on HomeWorld. Looks like a really interesting game to grab! More on this 3D RTS game...

Researching is not a newcomer to the RTS arena, but the way it is done here is. You build research ships, up to 6, and each one can research a separate field, OR you can have all of your research ships research the same subject to make it go faster. It took me a while to figure this out. You can Ion Cannon Frigate rush pretty quickly now that you know this (keep it to yourself). It takes no money (except for the research ship's cost) to advance yourself, only time but time is a valuable commodity. You'll find yourself wishing you could research faster so you could build the counter to your opponent's forces.

Grand Canyon MS Flight Simulator Add-On 10:50 am - Wilfred
DemoNews mailed about their review on Wilco's Grand Canyon, Microsoft Flight Simulator add-on. MS FS fans, gotta check this!

Grand Canyon uses a 3D modelling system of unrivalled quality. The technological developments in the Reality Flights series allow the virtual pilots to feel the sensations of a visual flight, precisely and faithfully reproduced. Imagine you are moving 200 knots at a height of 500 feet when suddenlt the ground falls away to reveal the majestic canyon, the most spectacular in the world! The Grand Canyon add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator & Combat Flight Simulator has the most realistic terrain ever, at least out of my experience.

ATI Rage Fury Pro 06:15 am - Kan
Today is Fury madness day as SharkyExtreme also posted their thoughts on this card.

ATI doesn't disclose their product's internal core speeds publicly, but since the time of its release Sharky Extreme has known that the initial Rage Fury card's core clock speed has been set to run at 105MHz.

Simple math puts the new Rage Fury Pro's internal core speed at a 140 - 150MHz level, which sources inside ATI have verified (off the record) as an accurate estimate.

It's difficult to predict the performance gains in real-world applications from only core clock speed increases, so we researched and obtained a few early benchmark results from ATI's software engineers on the new prototype Rage Fury Pro.

MC1000 and MC2000 Peltier Review 06:05 am - Kan
AnandTech posted another review, this time it's the MC1000/MC2000 Peltier review.

The method used in the design of the MC1000 and MC2000 is referred to as the "Peltier Effect". The "Peltier Effect" was first discovered in 1834 by Jean C. Peltier. The "Peltier" principle basically states that when electrical current flows through two dissimilar conductors, heat transfer will occur from the "cold junction" to the "hot junction". The image below illustrates how this basically works without having to get into a very long and extremely boring "Professor Jason" lecture on sub-atomic theory.

ATI Rage Pro Interview 05:59 am - Kan
Over at AGN Hardware, there's also an interview on the ATI Rage Pro card. Looks like this card is creating a storm lately...

One of the most important features of the Rage 128 Pro line of boards is the fact that we have added a new Rage Theater chip, that will allow us to have video-in and video-out capability with the Rage Pro boards. Users can not only get the Tv-Out function that they had with the Rage Fury, but now they have got one more feature that was added to the list. This includes the ability to capture video, take part in video conferencing, capture still video, hook up your game console or more. It is not as robust of an implementation as the AIW128 products, but it does give you full fledge video-in capability for the Rage 128 Pro market.

Interview with VIA 05:45 am - Kan
Our buds over at iXBT scored an interview with Sean Davidson, marketing manager of VIA. Here's some of their juicy chatter:

Q: At first we would like to ask you a question that has been attracting public attention lately, namely we would like to ask you about the recent deal with Cyrix. How will it influence the marketing strategy of your company and the company's business in general?

A: Exciting stuff indeed. But there is not a lot I can disclose right now due to the fact that we only announced an LOI (letter of intention) to purchase Cyrix. Details of the agreement will be disclosed in the near future. Obviously Cyrix rounds out our product portfolio very well and provides us a clear hedge into the future integration trend. We will market Cyrix processors; but at the same time our chipsets will be engineered and marketed to optimally support AMD, Intel and other processors in the marketplace.

Misc'O Love 05:42 am - Kan
CRUS posted some beautiful screenshots of the racing game Interstate 82.

Also, Rage3D sent note on the press release for the new ATI Rage Fury Pro. Check it out.

The RAGE FURY PRO answers the growing demand by PC enthusiasts and gamers for a video add-in card that handles the most complex games with leading performance but does much more, including video-in. The RAGE FURY PRO allows the capture and editing of home videos, videoconferencing and the ability to set up web cams. Additional benefits of the video-in port include hooking up a video game console to the PC monitor and therefore freeing up the family TV. Video-in will become a standard feature with next generation PCs.

5 August 1999 - Thursday

SB Live! vs Vortex2 19:00 pm - David
The guys over at Ars Technica put up a comparison between the SB Live! and the Aureal Vortex2 SuperQuad. Check it out:

While both the Sound Blaster Live! and the Aureal Vortex SuperQuad are good sound cards for the indiscriminate Windows 98 user, Ars readers demand more from their hardware.  You want multi-OS support, and multi-OS doesn't just mean Windows 95, 98 and NT, it means Linux and BeOS.  With some sweet games becoming available for both platforms, you aren't just missing the beep when you get an email anymore. Let's begin tallying a score.  

256Mb Or 128Mb? Is More Better? 17:43 pm - Wilfred
Once again, we can trust the guys at The TechZone to do some investigation that simplifies our buying decision - yeah, at least when we're on a limited budget. So the question on RAM - is more necessarily better? Find out!

The hard drive is the slowest part of the computer. The main point of getting more RAM is to keep all the needed instructions within the L1, L2 and system RAM. Any time your comp has to go to the hard drive for instructions, you take a big performance hit. This is sometimes referred to as hard drive thrashing.

So the more RAM the better, right? Well, to a point. There is such a thing as going too far. It also depends on the applications you run. Programs like PhotoShop eat RAM for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This article will take a look at how RAM affects game performance, since that's what really counts. Who care how fast you can scroll a MS Word document?

Vantec PIII Cooler 17:40 pm - Wilfred
Whoa! HardOCP reviewed this snazzy cooler for your Pentium III CPU. Perhaps the best CPU deserves the best cooling huh? Just look at the sleek fan enclosure...

I will just smack it down to you here. The Tennmax units temperature wavered 113 to 115 degrees F under a load, while the Vantec unit never once got above 109 degrees F.

I would have to say that if both units were sitting side by side on the shelf and within a couple dollars of each other in price, I would purchase the Vantec. The Vantec P3-D5030 is a very well constructed heatsink & fan combination that will help you cool your PIII to very comfortable levels without spending an arm and a leg.  

I think the fact that the units mounts much more steady and solid would keep me from wondering if it was still mounted properly or had been jostled loose. Also running the same exact CPU under identical conditions, and keeping it 5% cooler is certainly worth your piece of mind. 

AMD To Create Athlon Family 17:37 pm - Wilfred
News at ZDNet reported that AMD plans to announce a family of Athlon products, with versions for high-end PCs as well as consumer pieces. What's this about Professional and Ultra variation?

AMD is expected to elaborate on these and possibly other brand names on Monday, sources said. The company will announce then, "Here's what AMD knows needs to go into [the chips]," said one source.

While the Athlon Professional will be aimed at desktops, Athlon Ultra chips, with support for multiprocessing, will be used for workstations and servers. AMD will position the chips as alternatives for corporations that have standardized on hardware that uses Pentium brand processors from Intel Corp.

3DCool Double Whammy 17:34 pm - Wilfred
Yeah, the folks at FPS3D reviewed the 3DCool Double Whammy coolers for PIIIs and Slot-1 Celerons. Still feeling the heat? =)

They work extremely solidly, quietly, and are backed by the reputable 3DCool name. If you want great cooling at a great price for your Pentium III or Celeron, the Double Whammys fit in just about anyone's budget. Of course there is bigger, louder, and more expensive cooling equipment out there, but for most overclocking jobs the Double Whammy is definitely the way to go.

Classic Software Gets Reborn On Web 17:31 pm - Wilfred
Hehe... Don't be mistaken that there's no time for nostagia in the world of computing. There is! And a good reason for it. Check out this TechWeb article about the rebirth of some classic programs now available for free from the Internet.

In some cases, these classic applications can teach modern-day developers a few things, including interface design and how to cram a lot of functionality in a very small footprint, said Dave Winer, president of Userland Software, in Burlingame, Calif.

Monsoon MM1000 17:28 pm - Wilfred
A new review over at AnandTech on the Monsoon MM1000 flat panel speakers. So Is it all form and no substance? Here's a snip:

While the Benwin's provide a very space filling sound where it's hard to tell the speaker's location, the Monsoon's goal is the exact opposite. As mentioned above, Planar Focus technology is designed to direct the sound at the listener and that it does very well as the MM-1000's are very directional. Turning the speaker to its side it feels like half the sound (mids and highs) just disappears. Again, this was done in order to minimize reflections and eliminate crosstalk that will hopefully increase the effectiveness of sound cards that project 3D sound from just two speakers. And the best part is it really works!

Homeworld Hands-On Preview 17:24 pm - Wilfred
FiringSquad threw up a preview on Homeworld - a new era of 3D RTS games? Surely a killer title to watch for this September!

All in all, Homeworld looks like its living up to the hype it inadvertently created for itself. Although our hands - on beta was multiplayer only, it's important to note that a full 16 mission campaign will be available for single player fans. Multiplayer online is handled through Sierra's Won.net matchmaking service, and the chat/game creation interface was refreshingly clean and uncluttered. Once they work out some connection bugs, we're sure Homeworld is going to be a fun game to play online. Look for this 3D strategy title to rocket to the top of the sales charts come September.

More SBLive! Value 17:21 pm - Wilfred
3D Alpha Hardware also did a review on the SoundBlaster Live! Value edition. Yup, if you're still torn between a Vortex2 and Creative card, perhaps reading this might help?

I was personally pleased by all the options that SB Live! Value had to offer, as well as it's top notch performance. It delivers crisp and clear sound, without compromising options or performance. The drivers that are released for it periodically help make sure that the card doesn't go obsolete right away after purchase. This sound card generally sells for under a hundred bucks (Prices below review), and for the money, it's well worth the options and features, as well as the power behind it.

Philips Pronto Intelligent Remote Control 17:17 pm - Wilfred
The Tech-Review wrote a review about this remote control of all remote controls... a nifty IR device that will remember all the control settings of your various remotes and be operated by a simple touch-screen. Cool? =)

While consumer touchscreen remote controls are fairly new to the market, the Pronto does a good job of including features that make this remote a very nice addition to your audio/video arsenal. First off the "high-resolution" 320x240 LCD touchscreen is large and easy to see in any sort of lighting condition. The screen also becomes backlit with an indigo type light each time it is touched, making sure you can easily see which buttons you would like to touch. In addition, the Pronto menus are animated and move in and out according to which menus you are accessing which definitely adds to the Pronto's appeal.

Creative Webcam III 17:13 pm - Wilfred
The Review Zone posted a review on Creative's Webcam III. Small glitches aside, the cute camera is quite highly recommended:

Video capture was also quite smooth. Assuming you don't have any other background activity and your hard drive and CPU are up to par, you will be capturing video to AVI files without any problems. The image quality was not the best I've seen. It is, however, good in relation to the price and should not be a reason to put you off unless you want to use the input for professional work.

Just as it was beginning to seem that all is rosy and well with the WebCam III, I have to mention one very annoying problem. On some machines (I have not yet located the exact reason for this) the WebCam III would refuse to be detected on a reboot. But it is detected if the computer has been powered off for a while and then powered back on. This does not seem to happen if it is attached to a powerd USB hub. It is possible that some component within the Webcam is not initializing on the restart since power is being continuously provided. It can be fixed without a shutdown by unplugging the USB cable and re-plugging it, but this is annoying especially if your USB ports are in the back of the computer. Creative is aware of this (reports of the problem have been posted on their support news group, news.creative.com) but has yet to issue a fix.

FIC VB601-V Mobo 17:10 pm - Wilfred
Overclockin.com reviewed the VIA Apollo Pro Plus based FIC VB601-V, Slot-1 Mobo. Looking for an alternative to BX? Hmm... then check this out!

The FIC VB601-V board is a good all around board with a price that is hard to beat. It is very surprising to find a board with this set of features (even if you are unable to overclock your Celeron with it) for a price that low. If you are looking for a board for your PII or PIII or don't plan to overclock your Celeron, it is a decent choice.  However, if you are planning to use a Slot1 Celeron or a PPGA with a Socket 370/Slot 1 adapter that doesn't allow you to force a 100MHz FSB, then you may want to look elsewhere. There are several other boards available that will allow you to easily overclock your Celeron. 

A Hilarious Story 17:07 pm - Wilfred
ZDNet tells of this amusing challenge issued by Microsoft to hackers, to try break its Windows 2000 security system. Was anybody impressed? You better read this:

In an attempt to burnish its tarnished reputation for network security, Microsoft issued an open challenge on Tuesday to the hacking community. But potential testers barely got a chance to attempt to break Windows 2000's security system, as the test server Microsoft offered crashed, then remained down for most of the past 24 hours.

Power4 Processor 09:04 am - Kan
Looks like IBM cooked up a mighty powerful processor, err...actually two processors on the same die along with the L2 cache using .18 micron design.

The Power4 is the first IBM processor design to include two processors and an L2 cache on the same die, taking advantage of the transistor densities possible with 0.18-micron design rules.

The CPU design is the first by the design team here that will be able to run either the AS400 OS or the AIX version of Unix used in IBM's RS/6000 workstations and servers, including an RS/6000 SP system sold into the supercomputer market. Earlier Power3 designs from IBM's team in Rochester, Minn., were able to run either OS.

"With a 0.18-micron process and copper interconnects, there are a much larger number of transistors available to the designers. One way to put them to use is to put two processor cores on the same die, and take advantage of the very high bandwidth possible between them," Anderson said.

Savage4 Pro Xtreme 08:59 am - Kan
SharkyExtreme posted a 'Hands-On' preview of the Savage4 Pro Xtreme.

Now before you all get your knickers in a twist thinking the Savage4 Pro Xtreme (huh?) is a 'next-gen' or 'high-end' chip- it isn't. Sources close to Sharky Extreme have told us that later on in the year, when S3 does release their next generation part, currently known as the GX4, it will have complete hardware support for Transformation & Lighting. The way T&L works by offloading the geometry transforms and lighting calculations from the CPU, it could work to S3's advantage if they are following their recent traditions and going after the more competitively priced markets. Thus, rather than dubbing the Savage4 Pro Xtreme as a 'new' chip altogether, it's more accurate to think of it as exactly the same that's come before with the original Savage4, only faster (and here comes the hook) yet at the same price. 

Reviews @ AGN Hardware 08:56 am - Kan
Check out AGN Hardware where the babes posted two new reviews. The InBusiness Fast Ethernet Hub as well as a smashing interview about the AMD Athlon Interview.

I think that is the important part, AMD has managed to come out with a chip that is bypassing Intel for a change. How did you manage to come out of this starting point with this massive performance? Did you design all of this yourself or did you buy the technology like you have in the past?

For the K7 core, this is really our ground up design. So this combined all of the learning from the more then 100 million X86 processors that we have built over the years. So the reason that you are going to see such a dramatic performance increase over the previous products from our competitors is because we have a very capable design team and we listen to our customers and what they need and require. Then we build those needs into the product, to deliver what they need. One of the advantages for us with the Athlon is because we built it from scratch, we did not have to incrementally improve the performance. Instead we were able to go from the start and creative a chip that provides all of the needs from the beginning. 

SoundBlaster Live! Value 08:53 am - Kan
SystemLogic posted their thoughts on the wonder card (at least in my opinion) SoundBlaster Live! Value. Here's some of what they said:

Right out of the box, the Live! Value looks like any other sound card, but looks can be deceiving. The Live! Value has four plug-ins on the card labeled Line In, Microphone In, Line Out (for front speakers), Line Out (for rear speakers) as well as the Joystick/Midi 15-pin connector. But what makes the Live! Value such a powerful card, is the EMU10K1 processor. At an estimated 2 million transistors, the EMU10K1 can do 1,000 instructions per second! With the EMU10K1's use of 8 point interpolation, combined with 32-bit, 48kHz rates, the Live! Value is able to produce very smooth and clear sound. Although the Live! Value is geared more for a four speaker setup, it can use a traditional two speaker setup.

Bleem! Review 08:46 am - Kan
The guys over at 360Degrees whipped up a review on Bleem! - the software which emulates the Playstation on your PC.

In software mode, the game looked like your average Playstation games onÖwell on a Playstation.  Most games are very compatible in software mode, (thatís not saying all games work) but itís really nothing much to talk about. Now lets get to the good part, the D3D graphics. For the game that works in D3D mode, wow!! The Polygons are sharp; textures are colorful and no more ugly pixels, Playstation games as never looked so good. You can finally play Playstation games in high resolution, Bleem can go up has high as your card can handle but off course that slows the game down.  People who have 3D cards that support 32bit colors will be happy here, Bleem has the ability to render at 24/32bit colors (some time you have to use 32bit color for the game to work), so you TNT/TNT2 owners can laugh at the Voodoo lovers once again.  With all the good stuff said, here comes the bad. Although the games looked great, just not that many game work all that well in D3D mode.

4 August 1999 - Wednesday
HW1: TennMax TNT Detonator Cooler 21:26 pm - Wilfred
Right guys! A pal of ours, Kai Ping, sent us his review on the TennMax TNT Detonator Cooler. Tested on his Creative Ultra TNT2 card, you may want to check out his level of success in o/c-ing!

The TNT2U chip surface temperature however was markedly cooler Ė from 43.4 degrees C with the original cooler (at 165MHz core) to 38.6 degrees C with the TennMax cooler (at 170 MHz core) i.e. 4.8 degrees C cooler.

Challenges For The Industry 21:19 pm - Wilfred
More editorial goodness at osOpinion! This time Sj12fn posted some challenges for some of the mammoths of computer industry to accomplish. Here's a quote:

Next, my hardest challenge, to Microsoft. I challenge you to open up the Win32 (and when it comes Win64) API. Don't give me that crap about already having it open. Show me the API that gives me the Office 2000 save as dialogue boxes, for starters. Opening up the API will foster innovation, as you say you want, in the computer industry. This move would also help along the WINE and TWIN Windows emulators, thus allowing Office, IE, and your other programs to open up to the new Linux market. I know it would hurt your Windows sales, but it would be a good thing for Office and IE to have them on one more platform (note to Bill: if IE is part of Windows, why does it run on Mac?).

ATI TV Wonder 21:15 pm - Wilfred
Rage3D has up on their site what is supposed to be the first review of the ATI TV Wonder on the Internet. Interesting high-end offering from ATI - all the frills. =)

Overall, this is a very good tuner card. I really like its features and ease of use. The only bad thing about this card is that the supposed driver with support for WebTV for Windows hasn't come out yet. So every time you start the program for WebTV, it will lock up your computer. Hopefully the new drivers will be come out soon. ATi TV Wonder should not disappoint most people. It is a great card if you are thinking of watching TV or capturing video on your computer.

Asus P3B-F 21:12 pm - Wilfred
HardwareCentral posted round 2 of their BXBoard roundup, this one on the Asus P3B-F. Yeah, the 6 PCI slot thingy you always wished!

The Asus P3B-F proved to be a really stable motherboard and a consistent performer; it was able to run the PPGA Celeron 366 at 550MHz with a Powerleap PL-PII, something we could not accomplish with the Asus P2B rev. 1.10.

If we look at the performance and stability it offers, the PC-99 compliance and the added Ďjumperlessí CPU voltage and busspeed selection, we can only conclude that this motherboard is very appealing.

W2K - To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade? 21:07 pm - Wilfred
BetaOS posted an interestingly simple chart for a not too simple decision you will soon have to face once Microsoft releases W2K... Roll over to see if you should make a move soon.

Darkstone 21:03 pm - Wilfred
ComChip reviewed Delphine's new action/role-playing game - Darkstone. It plays like Diablo, so does it interest you now? =)

What can I say here, it's just a direct copy of Diablo. If you've played Diablo, you know exactly how this one plays. You run around, hit hit hit and run around some more. The belt, points to add to your attribute when you gain a level, the blocks where you store your equipment, etc etc. are all the same, no big deal there.

Glaze3D 17:40 pm - Kan
Looks like 3DHardware.net posted a first looks on the Glaze3D chipset.

Time passed, and as always with stuff that is promised but not delivered it all became a joke. Glaze 3D became the 'donut chip' and no one believed the deadline of Q499 that was initially set. Until today, the 2:nd of August. We had already had some small hints of what was coming by mail this summer, but no one actually wanted to believe it. Today we were presented to a set of features that not only makes the T-Buffer look a little paler, but might even make nVIDIA executives sleep badly. A 1.5 million transistor chip that is set to become available for the bulic in Q1 2000 is, according to the Bitboys, able to produce 1.2 Gigapixels per second , quad texturing and all the graphics features you could ever dream of. This is something nVIDIA and 3dfx haven't dared to say about their 20 million transistor monsters coming up around the same time...

Cooler Master CoolDrive 17:38 pm - Kan
Yup, our pals over at ArsTechnica reviewed the Cooler Master Cooldrive cooler. Here's a paragraph of what they said:

First and foremost, you'll want to consider this bad mamma because it cools down your hard drive in a major way.  Perchance you've not noticed, most of the new drives out there (7200 and 10k rpm) are getting pretty freaking hot!  The high-RPM drives tested in this review were, when running at their normal operating temperatures, very unpleasant to hold or even touch even after only moderate usage.  Said drives are engineered to withstand such temperatures of course, but let's be realistic - the drive is going to have a longer running life at lower temperatures, and the integrity of the platters will be much greater as well.  Not to mention the fact that things like a lack of proper case ventilation or no home A/C in a hot summer can ratchet things up even higher. 

Prince of Persia 3D 17:34 pm - Kan
3drage sent note on their review on Prince of Persia 3D. Darn, I still remember playing this game in CGA mode and controlling the figure with my paws using the keyboard. Pretty fun at that time.

In 1989, a man by the name of Jason Mechner soley created a game that revolutionized the gaming industry, that game was Prince of Persia. With its never-before-seen animation, compelling storyline, and rich graphics, Price of Persia set a new standard by which all action/adventure games of its time were based upon. The game brought joy and pleasure to fans of of any system, whether it be a PC, Mac, Gameboy, Super Nintendo, and the list goes on. It was the first game to integrate the health bar, which resulted in less frustrating play, and brought about the idea that the storyline could absorb the player into the action, and brought on the saying "just one more level". The last installment in the series was Prince of Persia 2, which like its predecessor, received rave reviews and set an example of how a sequel can live up to its hype.

Savage4 Xtreme 17:31 pm - Kan
This is hot as well! FiringSquad managed to get hold of the Diamond III S540 Xtreme graphics card as well as some info on the next coming GX4 chipset from S3. Woohooos...

Today, S3 and Diamond are announcing the Stealth III S540 Xtreme, based on the S3 Savage4 Pro Xtreme chip. Diamond is once again targeting the budget minded consumer, but don't let that "budget" label fool you. The Stealth III Xtreme has the goods to compete with the TNT2 and Voodoo3.

We had the opportunity to talk with S3's PR Manager Paul Crossley and 3D Marketing Manager Mark Hirsch about the Stealth III Xtreme. We even managed to get the marketing boys to give us a little info about S3's super-secret next generation "GX4" chipset.

Athlon vs Pentium III 17:29 pm - Kan
Check this out. Our pals over at FiringSquad posted an article comparing the Athlon vs the Pentium III at 600 Mhz. Boy boy, this should be interesting to read.

One important point to remember is that 600MHz doesn't mean any testing is "apples to apples." Quite literally, look at Apple's top of the line G3 450Mhz. While a test against a similarly equipped P2-450 might be an apt comparison for some, who would be satisfied by any results? We've got the P3-600 now, and you can probably get it loaded for the same price as Apple's 450MHz blue and white tower.

In short, it may be nice to say "product x has the fastest architecture," but if it can't deliver in yield or scalability, raw MHz are going to take the cake, both in psychology and performance. This is exactly what Intel did against Apple and PowerPC, and it's why you don't hear anything anymore about the speed of RISC or PowerPC's newest chips, at least on the PC side.

Game Interview 17:27 pm - Kan
Exxtreme3D scored an interview with game designer Kevin Lambert on the game Sanity from Monolith. Here's some juice:

Me: What was the inspiration for the development of Sanity?

Kevin Lambert: The games that most inspired Sanity are Magic: The Gathering, a board game called Wiz-War, Diablo, and The Legend of Zelda. We wanted to take our favorite elements from each of these games and try to effectively combine them into a single game. Sanity is the result of this experiment. :)

Guillemot MaxiGamer Xentor32 17:25 pm - Kan
Check out our buds over at 3DSpotlight with their latest review on the MaxiGamer Xentor32 TNT2 graphics card.

The Xentor 32 card looked pretty spiffy when I opened up the Fed-Ex box. It came with its own cooling fan (A definite plus), a TV-Out for DVD playback or games on your television (NTSC and PAL TV output), three CDs (A driver's CD, Kingpin: Life of Crime, Speedbusters, and other demos), one fifty-six page long manual, a thirty dollar rebate card (good until November 30th '99), and an advertisement for High-IQ. The card's RAM is clocked at 5.5 nanoseconds, faster than most NVIDIA cards, being beaten by only a couple cards, one being Creative Labsí 3d Blaster TNT2 Ultra.

Xentor 32 bundle wasnít bad I must admit, it came with the full version of UbiSoftís Speed Busters, an OEM version of Interplayís Kingpin, XingDVD Player 2.01 for some DVD madness and some other game demos such as Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2, SCARS and Tonic Trouble. As you can notice all these games (with the exception of Kingpin) are from Ubisoft, which is also owned by Guillemot, thatís why.

3 August 1999 - Tuesday
Glaze3D Preview 23:59 pm - Wilfred
3D Alpha also scored a preview on the BitBoys' Glaze3D chip, the card's features and powess suggest that it's going to be a freeakin' big time success when the chip hits the shelves! (The Register has news about it's unveiling)

Today, the world was shocked by the news that Bitboys Oy will actually hit the target timeframe for the Glaze3D graphics processor. Many critics felt that the Glaze3D would never see the light of day. However, it seems that not only will it arrive, but it will give the top 3dfx and NVidia products a real run for their money. The most impressive feature by far is the capability of this chip to deliver 1200 million texels per second. The current top of the line cards can't even hit a third of that rate.

Bitboys also took a hint from 3dfx's SLI technology, which allows two Voodoo II graphics cards to run in tandem. The Glaze3D allows up to four chips working together. This provides for an incredible ammount of 3D horsepower by any standard. The chip includes 9MB of embedded memory, which allows for a 9.6 GB/s bandwidth. This allows the Glaze3D to access textures much faster than other graphics chips. The Glaze3D also includes support for up to 128mb of off-die memory, running at 143, 166, or 200mhz, which allows for a bandwidth of up to 3.2 GB/s. In comparison, the memory of the TNT2 and Voodoo3 is limited to 2.9 GB/s. Bitboys didn't forget about AGP, either, as they have included full AGP 4x support for up to 128mb memory.

The Glaze3D can actually take advantage of so much memory thanks to the 4096x4096 texture size limit. When you factor in the 32-bit color support with textures that size, the memory requirements skyrocket.

Hardware - Weekly Dose 23:51 pm - Wilfred
Tech-Review just put up their first edition of their Weekly Dose - an article about the latest developments in the computer scene.

Memory Guide - Part 5 23:46 pm - Wilfred
Sharky Extreme whipped up Part 5 of their Memory Guide. This time the article talks about system timing. Check it out!

New memory solutions are attempting to address the bandwidth issue. D-RDRAM is the one Intel is banking on. One problem with increasing the bus speed is the 'ringing', or noise on the circuit. Rambus has addressed this with a 16-bit interface and a point-to-point protocol. While the maximum bandwidth is increased to as high as 1.6GB/sec, the initial latency is actually a bit worse than SDRAM. Turnaround latency, however, is better than current solutions. With a projected cost increase of up to 50% over current solutions, it is not very attractive at this point.

PC133 will increase the bandwidth from 800MB/sec to 1.06GB/sec, but will do nothing for initial latency or turnaround latency. DDR SDRAM will increase the maximum bandwidth even further, to as much as 2.1GB/sec, but the latency issue still limits the effective bandwidth.

Microsoft's OS Strategy Shift? 23:34 pm - Wilfred
CNet has an article speculating some strategy shift in Microsoft's future OS releases. The talk mainly revolved around Windows 2000 and the upcoming Millennium. Hmm... 

"I think Millennium is just something they threw together to ooh and ahh the audience with this developer release," Hilbert said, adding that he does believe that the core of the operating system is based on Windows 98, as Microsoft has said. "I believe the guts, or kernel of the operating system, is still Windows 98 based, although a good portion of [Windows] Explorer does show signs of being Windows 2000."

"There's no reason to invent whole new code--but that doesn't affect the fact that they're based on completely separate kernels," she said, explaining that using different code is merely a shortcut for the development team. "It shouldn't be necessary to reinvent the wheel. They can use the efforts of other groups."

But testers assert that the situation affects far more than an isolated dialogue box or two. Justin Jenkins, Webmaster of BetaLabs calls Millennium "Windows 2000 skin over Windows 98, as far as I can tell."

Interview With Cirrus Logic/Crystal Audio 23:30 pm - Wilfred
3DSoundSurge sent note of their interview with the Product Marketing Manager of Computer Audio Products, David Crowell, of Cirrus Logic/Crystal Audio. They spoke about new products from the semi-conductor giant.

3DSS: Why did you choose Sensaura for your 3D audio software technology?

David: They offered support of industry standards A3D and EAX, as well as some great new technologies such as their 4-channel HRTF solution.

3DSS: Will your new four-channel DSP solution supports AC-3 decoding?

David: Crystal currently sells many DSPs for AC-3 decoding, but they go to the audio receiver market. With these chips and our PCI DSP, we can offer a complete board-level solution for a sound card with AC-3 decoder (plus we offer DTS decode).

VIA And AMD To Finalise Chipset Deal 23:25 pm - Wilfred
According to this news at The Register, VIA will officially announce their new chipset for the AMD K7 Athlon on 10 August. So watch out for it! Here's a snip of the blabber:

According to the VIA source, AMD is already incorporating one of VIA's south bridge chips in a provisional chipset for the Athlon CPU -- used mainly for testing purposes. However, said the VIA source, VIA's new chipset "has many more high-end features than AMD's chipset".

The chipset's specs include AGP 4x, PC133 memory, UDMA-66 and a lot of other integrated features, said the source. "It's got the same features as say, the MVP4." The VIA MVP4 chipset includes integrated 2D/3D graphics and AC-97 audio.

VIA's Athlon chipset was relatively easy to design, said the source. "Basically all we did was take an upcoming [Intel-compatible] chipset, and just put in an AMD EV-6 front side bus, every other feature is the same."

WordPerfect 8 For Linux Review 23:15 pm - Wilfred
CPU Review posted a rare review on WordPerfect 8 for Linux. Here's a short blurb on the product from Corel.

WordPerfect 8 is a high quality, professional word processing package. It does a good job of importing Word documents, and provides more printer drivers than you can shake a stick at...

Copper K6s? 22:32 pm - David
According to The Register, AMD succeeds in producing copper K6. Hmm, will they overclock better? Read on:

The director of AMD's Fab 30 in Dresden said today that the company had succeeded this month in producing a K6 using its copper technology. 

But success with the K6 in copper is merely a warm up for production of the K7 Athlon, according to Hans Jeppe, who runs the facility, 

He confirmed that the fab was capable of producing 5,500 wafer starts a week, but declined to say how many of the dies would be good ones. There will be 300 K7 Athlons per wafer at .18 micron. 

Voodoo 3 3500TV 22:22 pm - David
Anand has done a review on the V3 3500TV, will you get this board? Check out what Anand has to say:

Had the Voodoo3 3500 been released with the rest of the Voodoo3 line earlier this year, it would've been an easy recommendation to make.  However now, close to the year's end, a "go out and pick one up" recommendation is very difficult to make.  The 3500 will set you back at least $200 with the current estimates at cost being around $250, and even for a gaming solution, that is pushing the budget quite a bit.  If you do happen to have $250 to kill, here's another thing you need to take into consideration: the true "next-generation" graphics accelerators are going to begin shipping before the year's end, we've all known about this and it should come as no surprise, so investing $250 in the fastest 3dfx product today will most likely take you out of the running for spending $250 in 2 - 3 months on a product that'll most likely give you 2 - 3x the gaming performance.

Dual Celeron Retro 06:55 am - Kan
Yup, this is actually my favorite. Our buds over at ArsTechnica wrote a wonderful article called the Dual Celeron Retro explaining all the myth on these wonder chips. Take a look at'em!

Itís important for each processor to know what its own agent ID is, because it uses this knowledge to request the bus. Remember how I said that a 386 would just assert its BREQ# pin if it needed the bus?  Well, since each Celeron has two bus request pins, it needs to know which one to use when requesting the bus. Whether it uses BR1# or BR0# depends on what Agent ID it was assigned. If a CPU has Agent ID 0, it uses BR0# to request the bus; likewise, if it has Agent ID 1, it uses BR1#.  All the agents keep track of the current bus owner, and they all cooperate to pick the next bus owner in the round-robin scheme.

ATX Casing Review 06:51 am - Kan
Freak! reviewed the CS-299PX ATX Casing. Check out the shots of the casing taken by the girls!

Aside from my requirements, the case also offered a few other value-added features. Since the right side is curved, the designers were smart enough to include a set of four plastic standoffs that connect to the mainboard tray to aid in installation. The case also features a cable rack in the rear next to the expansion slots. Pretty nifty in that it even comes with its own cable management. Cool! Some of the newer cases are also starting to feature this, a SLEEP button. I've grown to love this function as when I'm done with the computer, I no longer have to power it down and then wait for it to bootup the next time I need it. All I need to do is press the SLEEP button, and the CPU throttles down and power consumption crawls to a minimum as even the hard drives power down.

Interview: Hangsim 06:48 am - Kan
Speedy3D sent note on their interview with lead programmer Kevin Perko on the free flying game Hangsim.

KP: How long has Hangsim been in development?

LP: It took about a year and a half to develop Hangsim, the initial development phase took approximately six months. At that time it was clear to us that the initial product would be a success (both the idea and the software itself).

ActionTec ActionLink USB Starter Kit 06:46 am - Kan
WickedPC reviewed the ActionTec ActionLink USB Starter Kit. Hmm, I will prefer the good old Ethernet.

Getting the ActionLink kit to work was not a problem at all. The installation was one of the more unique ones, however still something that anyone who can read a Quick Installation manual can handle with ease. The way it works, is you install the software on each PC first, and then connect the cable between them second. Installation time will be about 15 minutes for both computers, and that includes getting the PCs talking to each other and sharing files and playing games. The software installed provides troubleshooting help if things go wrong, and the software itself sits in your system tray.

64MB vs 128MB 06:44 am - Kan
AGN Hardware posted part two of their 64MB vs 128MB RAM comparison article. Hmm, more is better isn't it?

When it comes down to it, gaming enthusiasts will pay almost any price to pick up a hot new video card, input device or 3D soundcard these days. One thing most gaming enthusiasts overlook is system RAM. Today most PCs come with 64MB standard, and some gaming machine vendors know better and include at least a 128MB (and even up to 256MB in some cases). Most games today claim 32MB of RAM is required, while under the recommended requirements 64MB is listed. Quite frankly, 128MB of RAM is where you want to be if you're a gaming enthusiast.

TweakAll 1.2 06:41 am - Kan
DemoNews sent note on a new version of TweakAll, bringing it up to v1.2. TweakAll is a graphic card tweak that can tweak your 3dfx card and your TNT card.

  • Modem Tweaking (MTU settings) have been added.
  • 3dfx Voodoo 3 Gamma and refresh rate controls have been added
  • Support for the new Video and Alpha blending settings for the Voodoo3 (latest Voodoo3 drivers required).
  • 3dfx Banshee Support Added
  • Control Over Windows Stack Pages
  • Use Explorer as Default
  • Control over icon on Shortcuts
  • Edit button on 'Run Programs' tab
  • Shutdown/Reboot/LogOff added to TweakTray (with optional confirmation)
  • Web Based Update
  • Regedit compatible registry export

Diamond V770 TNT2 06:39 am - Kan
360 Degrees wrote down their thoughts on the Diamond V770 TNT2 OEM graphics card. 

Before biting the bullet and jumping on the TNT2 bandwagon my system was chugging among on a Riva128 ZX. I missed the boat on the whole V2 craze and opted for a Riva. My mistake. Although the Riva128 was a decent chip, offering me playable frame rates in Q2 - what it had in speed was severly hampered by its down right crappy image quality. Once called "Mr Ugly" by the long since revered Tom Pabst, it looked like shit. In any event, the image quality of the TNT2 is leaps and bounds above the quality of my previous card. I wish I had kept the card around to do some comparison shots, but take my word for it. It's like night and day. For visual quality examinations I've posted some 16bit vs. 32bit shots and various other screens to show off the TNT2 excellent IQ.  

Transcend ABX1103 06:38 am - Kan
CRUS posted a review on the Transcend ABX1103 motherboard. Spotting the same layout as the BH6, it comes with no less than 15 FSBs for you to play with.

Included on the CD is also Hardware Doctor. Hardware Doctor is a program that controls the temperature of the computer through the Winbond W83977EF chip on the motherboard. It monitors the CPU and system temperature through thermistors on the motherboard. It also monitors the different voltages of the computers power supply and the core voltage of the CPU. This is a very useful tool for providing you with information that could help you make your system more stable when overclocked (telling you if the CPU needs better cooling is a good example).

Boostaroo Headphone Amplifier 06:36 am - Kan
Hey, check out Dan'sData with their review on the Boostaroo Headphone Amplifier (I love the name). 

The Boostaroo gives you 4dB gain over the input level on each of its output channels, which are completely separately amplified - you get the same volume from the headphones on one channel even if there are headphones connected to one, or both, of the other sockets.

The Boostaroo adds a weeny bit of hum, but you've got to be listening for it - if you're using the Boostaroo to punch your headphone volume up past the rumble of the bus you're sitting on or the crash of the nearby waves, there's no way you'll notice it. The Boostaroo gets harsh at very high volume levels, but it drove the Sennheisers cleanly well into the headache zone.

3Dfx vs nVidia 06:34 am - Kan
Check out the new revamp site 3dWars as well as their latest article 3Dfx vs nVidia

Over the course of 3D Acceleration, these companies have grown with games. Starting with the Voodoo and the NV1 they set a new threshold of computer gaming. Looking back at the cards, they were nothing spectacular. Yet, to many consumers at the time, these products were a new breed of gaming. They have changed the way that we will play and feel about games forever. Both companies have grown from start-up groups to multi-million dollar corporations. While being located in the same region, the companies have come to grow with the rest of the "Hi-Tech" world.

2 August 1999 - Monday
MS Beefs Up W2K For Servers 22:23 pm - Wilfred
According to this report at CNet, Microsoft is developing new networking and security software for Windows 2000 Server editions. Hmm... hopefully, they are also making plans for their five (or six?!) service releases in the months to come. =)

A Microsoft spokeswoman would not comment directly on the Comet technology, calling it "premature to discuss." But she added: "Microsoft continues to work with independent software vendors to innovate in areas such as firewall, caching and telephony."

Firewalls are a combined hardware and software buffer that many companies put in place between their internal networks and the Internet, while data are cached, or temporarily stored, in a computer when a Webpage is downloaded.

Nate Mook, BetaNews.com's Webmaster, said he believes the firewall, proxy and caching technology will become the successor to the Proxy Server 2.0 available today.

Microsoft bundled the security and networking software together for easier beta testing, but the company may ship the technology separately, Mook said.

Intel Won't Disable SMP In Celerons? 22:12 pm - Wilfred
Kyle has some good news to spread, that Intel won't be disabling the Celerons' SMP ability for cost reasons. Take a look at this blurb:

The AN15 pin which "controls" the ability for the Celeron to function as a SMP CPU, must have a signal that is either "high" or "low". Simply disabling the AN15 pin would in short disable the entire processor, so the AN15 pin must be supplied with 2 Volts. If the AN15 trace was cut, the CPU would cease to function. The pin that supplies the 2 Volts is on the opposite side of the die and would require major retooling in order to get a "new" trace around to the AN15 pin to supply power. The cost of doing this is extremely expensive and would probably cost more than allowing the current Celeron to infringe a bit on PIII SMP sales. 

Intel is a shrewd business company and will do whatever is more effective for them to maximize their profits in the current situation. If it will cost them more profit dollars to disable SMP in Celerons, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will not be done.

Toshiba Combines DVDROM & CDRW 22:09 pm - Wilfred
There's something at CNet about Toshiba's latest drive which combined both DVD-ROM and CD-RW technology rolled into one.

Toshiba's new SD-R1002 drive from is one of the first to offer both technologies, according to the company.

Although a dual-purpose drive may appear to be overkill, DVD and CD-RW serve different purposes, Toshiba says. DVD is a high-quality video and audio read-only technology optimized for movies and games, while CD-RW is a more cost-effective way to record and playback music and to backup data.

"CD-RW and DVD-ROM are poised to be two of the fastest growing technologies over the next few years," said John Freeman, president of strategic marketing for Toshiba, in a statement. "Today, users have to choose between CD-RW writability or DVD-ROM compatibility."

The Toshiba drive is backwards compatible with older DVD-ROM and CD-ROM discs, according to the company, and will work with desktop, notebook, and workstation computers.

Poll #21 22:05 pm - Wilfred
You waited long for us to take this poll down, and here's the results. The masses mostly picked their ISPs for low prices, hmmmm... Actually, I signed up for speed!

Keeping Your Online Privacy 19:33 pm - Wilfred
ComChip posted an article with some advice on how to keep your online privacy. Yeah, man... there should be mountain loads of information about my digital footprints all over the web. =)

Although there is practically no way that you can secure your privacy online, you can try to reduce it to a minimum. Most of us are good citizens and don't spam, it is just the few of the bad ones that ruins it for the rest of us. So if you know someone that spams, warn him and if he keeps on doing it, then report him.

Werewolf - The Apocalypse Preview 19:27 pm - Wilfred
3DRage.com previewed Dreamforge's upcoming title, Werewolf - The Apocalypse, a third-person perspective shooter game that has looks interesting enuf to warrant an investigation when it's released.

With the array of third person perspective games coming out focusing on a strong and immersive backstory, the first person shooter will have a hard time keeping up in the single player race. Also, multiplayer in several of the upcoming third person games will be offering a more unique and strategic experience than that of first person shooters, but saying that these third person shooters will dominate the multiplayer scene is quite a stretch, especially with games such as Tribes II, Quake 3, and Unreal Tournament looming over the horizon. I do think however, that these third person games will sell just as well as several highly anticipated first person shooters, and I hope FPS fans will find that these new third person games will offer a new experience with a high fun factor that will be a wonderful addition to their gaming library. As for Werewolf: The Apocalypse, it looks be of a more story-driven nature than anything else, with linear gameplay implemented intentionally to enable the player to fully experience the story. The graphics will be taken to the next level and you can expect the system requirements to reflect the fact.

Symantec Hacked 19:03 pm - Kan
Looks like Symantec falls prey to the latest hacking spree which is quite rampant lately. Hmm, did you see the RC5-69 challenge icon at the bottom of the screen? 

Asus P5A 17:40 pm - David
For Super 7 users, 3D Alpha has posted a review on the Asus P5A ATX motherboard. Check it out.

Well, we've all gone through the motherboard game I assume. Well, I guess I also assume that most of the readers of this review are quite literate with computers and usually build theirs from scratch. I could be wrong too. However, if you're reading a review on a motherboard, you've either got to be building a new computer, or getting a newer and more flavorful motherboard. Well, I wish I could review all the aspects of the motherboard game, but it seems that I can only give you a small glimpse on the Socket7/Super7 side of the motherboard market. So small, I can only review one motherboard for you folks, so let's get this show on the road.

Even though you're just shopping for a Socket7/Super7 based motherboard, that still leaves a rather large array of options for you to choose from, thus, there's plenty of room to make a bad choice. Well, fortunately, there are several brand names you can always rely on for great equipment that's not only cost-effective, but gives you more even more bang, for even less dough. One such company is a Taiwanese based company named ASUSTeK.

Celeron to use 100 Mhz FSB 16:54 pm - Kan
According to an article from The Register, it looks like Intel finally decided to adopt the 100 Mhz FSB for future Celerons.

After humming and hawing throughout the year, Intel has now decided to introduce Celeron processors which will use a 100MHz front side bus (FSB).

(See 466MHz Celeron, 810 chipset launched at last and earlier stories)

The first parts to support the faster bus speed will be the 400MHz, 433MHz and 466MHz parts in Q3 of this year, which will depend on the i810 chipset.

They will be followed towards the end of this year with the 500MHz Celeron at 100MHz FSB, which Intel will introduce tomorrow in its 66MHz FSB recension.

And in the first quarter of the year 2000, Intel will introduce Celerons with even higher clock speeds, sources very close to the chip giant said today.

Pentium III 600 Mhz Review 16:52 pm - Kan
More Pentium III 600 Mhz madness as our buds over at FiringSquad posted their thoughts on this screamer. 

The P3-600 doesn't feature any big changes. It's based on the same .25 micron Katmai core as all the other P3 processors. It features 32KB of L1 cache running at the core clock speed and 512KB of external L2 cache running at 1/2 core clock speed. The processor is only available in the slot-1 compatible SECC2 form factor. Once Coppermine moves the L2 cache on-die, Intel will be able to manufacture the P3 in a 370-pin PPGA format. For now, the external L2 cache makes the slot-1 cartridge a necessity.

MechWarrior 3 16:50 pm - Kan
Gamers'Crypt reviewed the award winning game MechWarrior 3. 

The gaming experience begins as soon as the plastic shrink-wrap has been torn loose, and the seal broken from the side of the box. The 66 page manual, BattleMech Technical Reference booklet, and laminated keyboard reference card that slide from the box are not only satisfyingly thick and in-depth, but well written, packed full of useful and relevant information, and keeping in theme with the BattleTech universe itself. The game begins with a typically explosive introductory sequence depicting giant 30ft 'Mechs of the 31st century locked in mortal combat thought the burnt-out husks of a desolate city. The short movie is not at all dissimilar to the intro of its predecessor, and could easily follow on from the dying ebbs of MechWarrior 2, however, this time around, the AVI video sequences pale in comparison to the in-game graphics themselves.

Sony Noise Canceling Headphones 16:47 pm - Kan
Ah, this sounds good. AbsolutePC reviewed the Sony MDR-NC6 Noise Canceling Headphones. So, do you still get to hear anything after canceling the noise? Okay okay, I know this is a lame joke. :) Anyway, here's some of the juice:

Impressive sounding. And thatís just how these headphones soundÖdamn impressive. I was surprised at how much sound it really does cut out. This is without anything playing through the headphones, once you get it hooked up to your computer or CD player, you canít hear a thing happening around you. People can stand in front of you and talk and you wonít hear anything they say. This provides for a very high quality playback of your music. When I go on a trip and get used to the music being played through them it just doesnít sound the same when I play it on my normal home theater system or anywhere else.

3dfx Technology Summit 16:45 pm - Kan
Over at HotHardware, the girls posted an article on the 3dfx Technology Summit aka T-Buffer article.

What makes a Technology Innovator vrs. a follower is something you can't package, market or sell. What makes up an innovator is something called "vision". Since their start in 1994, the people at 3dfx have had a vision and passion for their work that has made them the true innovators they are today. The next innovation of 3dfx's horizon is the essence of the caption you see above. 3dfx intends to bring us one step closer to the Real-Time "Hollywood" Digital Animation and Interactivity. They believe they can make the gaming experience as realistic as watching one of today's high tech digitally animated films, like "A Bugs Life" and "Toy Story".

Pentium III 600 Mhz 16:42 pm - Kan
ReviewZone posted a review on the Pentium III 600 Mhz. Darn, it's too expensive and you will be better off with a Celeron if you are on a tight budget.

Unfortunately, this isn't the Coppermine processor that all of us were waiting for. Instead, Intel just took the original design of the Pentium III processor and slapped it around a bit to get it at 600MHz. This is quite possible with the current 0.25-micron process, because the Pentium III 550 reaches the 616MHz mark with ease. So Intel came up with this to fill the time gap between now and November (the scheduled launch date for the Coppermine processor) while still keeping the present Pentium III lineup on a roll. Not to mention, of course, the fact that AMD plans to crash Intel's PIII party next month with their new Athlon processor, though it remains to be seen if AMD can deliver the chips on time and in greater quantities. Needless to say, this is also partly the reason behind the release of the 600MHz PIIIs- to compete with the Athlons.

MPIO 16:40 pm - Kan
Over at iXBT, our buds posted a review on the 2nd generation MP3 player from Daewoo. Check it out!

The sample we got for testing was the so called presale sample. It meant that Daewoo manufactured a number of MPIO players and sent them to its distributors for tests to see if the thing was really worth it. The companies usually resort to measures like that when they need to estimate the commercial potential of the product and to get the customers' response and comments about the quality of the device. It may even happen that the test shows some functional drawbacks or construction defects of the player that's why the manufacturer will be able to improve them and to launch the enhanced version into mass manufacturing and into retail.

Quantum Fireball CX 09:47 am - Kan
More hard disk reviews as Storagereview brings you the latest Quantum Fireball CX hard disk weighing a hefty 20.4 GB and it also comes with a ATA-66 interface.

The CX also features a rather standard and bland 9.5 millisecond seek time. Interestingly, Quantum is sticking to its guns when it comes to buffer size; the company is maintaining all ATA lines at 512k. Even the upcoming Fireball Plus KX and the CX's successor, the Fireball LCT, remain 512k drives. Some may recall that the old Fireball SE (2.1 gigs/platter, circa late 1997 for you newbies) was the last holdout in moving up from a 128k buffer when competitors were reaching 256k and even 512k sizes. Even so, the drive was among the top of the pack when it came to performance, being bested by only the IBM Deskstar 5. Combine this with the evidence in a recent article of ours and it's clear that cache size is not all it's cracked up to be. The Fireball CX features a three-year warranty.

Racer Shoot-Out 09:21 am - Kan
Our buds over at SG-Gaming just whipped up a Racer Shoot-Out comparing Midtown Madness as well as Need for Speed: High Stakes. Even though Midtown is pretty interesting, but the game sucks! :)

Both Midtown Madness and Need For Speed High Stakes support a myriad of 3D cards for driving their advanced 3D engine. NFSHS supports software mode but even if you have a sub-450mhz class machine and an extremely fast AGP 2d card, don't expect anything short of jerky graphics. All the common 3D features like multitexturing, dynamic lighting, shadowing effects, lens flares, car chroming and other eye candy effects are all here for the show. Midtown Madness features a more lifelike depiction of what you would see in Chicago. Tall skyscrapers, busting traffic, pedestrians running about and so on. NFSHS has more of a fantasy theme with beautifully sculpted scenery. Both games have photo realistic models of real life cars. Midtown Madness has more "normal" vehicles while NFSHS has a whole bunch of super expensive sports cars. I'd say the cars in NFSHS look better though as the texturing, modeling and overall effect is better.

Alive! With FPS2000 Review 00:54 am - Wilfred
Alive! is back and kicking, with a spanking new revamp as well as a new review to start the ball rolling! Take a look at Ee Siang's review on the Cambridge SoundWorks FPS2000!

I'm sure what everyone is concerned about here is does this system adds to the positional audio experience ? Yap, it definitely does. I tried games like Episode 1: Racer ( a A3D 2.0 minus wavetracing title) and X-Wing Alliance ( DS3D ) and all positional cues sound crisp and excellent. Racer rocks hard especially and sometimes with the Jedi theme playing in the background, I thought I was Anakin Skywalker!

Additionally, I noticed that this baby brings Environmental Audio ( EAX ) titles more "Alive!" ( pun intended ) as it flawlessly executed the environment immersiveness that you are supposed to experience in an enclosed environment. Try Descent 3 if you don't believe me....

So what else is good about the FPS 2000 besides it's audio quality? Well for starters, that irritating Auto-Power Off feature that is present in FPS 1000 has disappeared in this system. For another, there is a volume control knob that let's you turn off/on the power and adjust the front/rear speaker balance directly.

Linux Improvements = Mass Appeal 00:49 am - Wilfred
Don't hope for Linux to become a widespread desktop darling any time soon, but the Penguin mascot is steadily creeping up your window!

The new version will add support for Universal Serial Bus, improve Linux's abilities to use infrared ports, and benefit from better video system, according to Linux chronicler Joe Pranevich, who has posted a description for discussion at Linux Today.

The new version of the core parts of the Linux operating system, called the kernel, is tentatively scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter, said Linux Today's Dave Whittinger.

Singapore Palm User Group Meeting 00:43 am - Wilfred
I've retired from being a called a Palm enthusiast, though I'm still very fond of the device. Here's a piece of info Jason, from SPUG, wanted me to tell the rest of you. So don't you miss out this coming organised meeting if you're a hardcore Palm user (like I once was...)

Singapore Palm UG Meeting
Date: Tues, Aug 3rd, 1999
Place: Ingram Micro Asia Limited
           205 Kallang Bahru
         Singapore 339341
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM

AGENDA The agenda is very simple. We'll mill around aimlessly for a while until more or less everyone's arrived. Then I'll say my two cents' worth on group plans. 3Com will talk for a while about future Palm developments.  Ingram Micro or 3Com will say a few words about all the cool 3rd party hardware that's available, while our pals from St Hamilton will talk about software. Then 3Com comes up again to cover common user problems and the solutions, and the floor is then open for anyone to ask anything he or she wants.

Rest assured that pushing sales is not on the agenda; I've made that clear to everyone. The main item on the agenda, of course, is getting to know each other. GOODIES FOR ALL There will be door gifts for everyone, and Ingram Micro will be having a sale of its products. So come on down with your hand and wallets open, may be a great time to get that modem or leather case.

Last but not least, its FREE!  For more details, go to http://spug.webjump.com

Asus V3800 TVR 00:35 am - Wilfred
3D Alpha Hardware has a short review on the Asus V3800 TVR TNT2 card. Here's a snip from their report:

By now, you're just screaming your head off for the bottom line. Well the bottom line is, this card is well worth every dollar. ASUSTeK has succeeded yet once more at delivering a great hardware product. With the neat little extras like TV out, and the upgradable features, (not to mention D3D support for some of the best games out there, and a cooling fan for the chipset if conditions happen to get TOO heated), it would be far from a mistake to buy this card. The 2D options are quite nice too. In most cases, you'll find that, for the first time, your video card will be limited by your monitor.

1 August 1999 - Sunday

Even more T-buffer stuff 13:53 pm - David
Anandtech posted a review of 3dfx T-buffering technology.

3dfx talking about improving image quality? The same guys that brought us the Voodoo3 with largely the same core as the original Voodoo Graphics? The same Voodoo3 that fought in the trenches of the 16-bit vs. 32-bit and frame rate vs. image quality battles all over the net? 

At first glance, it seems like 3dfx, the company that has traditionally said that image quality means nothing if the frame rate is compromised, are now jumping on the image quality bandwagon. However, 3dfx maintains the position that "frame rate is king" and that 60 fps is necessary for the best gaming experience. They view 1024x768 as the new standard resolution for gaming and intend to deliver all of their new effects without compromising that goal.

Celeron 500 preview 13:40 pm - David
Hardware Extreme has posted a preview on the Celeron 500

I managed to clock the Celeron 500 @ 622MHz using a 83MHz bus on the ABIT ZM6 mainboard. The voltage had to be bumped up to 2.3v and needless to say, this is one real hot CPU ! It crashed many times during the benchmarks using the stock Intel heatsink fan so I used a much bigger cooling method. First, I mounted two 80mm SUNON case fans around it. One to suck air in and one to blow out. The room temp was at 30 degrees celcius and the system temprature is at 31 degrees celcius after the cooling was applied.

Cambridge Microworks 09:58 am - Kan
AGN Hardware posted a review on the Cambridge Microworks speakers. 

With the subwoofer positioned the next thing to do is connect the speakerwire to the sub and satellites. The Microworks system uses real 18-gauge speakerwire and springclips for quick connections. At a certain level of performance those 1/8" plugs that cheaper systems use, become a liability. There's a reason that regular stereo systems use speakerwire and it's not a big surprise to see a system like this use it. The wires come labeled with red tape on the positive lead to make connecting the wires easy and the wire is also pre-stripped for convenience. Just pull off the small bit of loose sheathing, twist the bare wire and insert into the springclip. 2 lengths of 12' wire are supplied to allow lots of distance between the satellites and the subwoofer.

More T-Buffer 09:56 am - Kan
More 3Dfx's T-Buffer madness as GameSpot also posted an article on this latest technology.

The T-Buffer technology is a proprietary visual special-effects engine that 3dfx hopes will blur the line between the graphics you see on most PC games today and those found in Hollywood blockbusters. While that hope might be slightly out of reach for now, T-Buffer technology does bring real-time computer graphics a step closer to the prerendered cutscenes found in many of today's games.

In layman's terms, T-Buffer technology will enable 3dfx's next-generation card to execute five distinct visual effects previously unavailable to other 3D accelerators. These effects are: Full-scene Anti-Aliasing, Motion Blur, Depth of Field Blur, Soft Shadows and Soft Reflections. Let's take a closer look at T-Buffer. 

T-Buffer @ SharkyExtreme 09:27 am - Kan
Over at SharkyExtreme, there are two articles relating to 3Dfx's T-Buffer technology. First, it's an interview with Scott Sellers, Chief Technology Officer and the 2nd article is an in-depth analysis of the T-Buffer. Check'em out!

Exceptionally fast 16-bit color but with a 256x256 texture size limitation wasn't quite the leap we were hoping for. We craved 32-bit color, higher resolution textures and improved image quality features. 3dfx feels that their next product release, scheduled for Q4 of this year (you'll be able to buy it this Xmas), will curb criticism and put them back 'in front of the rest of the pack'. They're banking on their proprietary T-Buffer technology to revolutionize the look of consumer real-time 3D graphics in similar fashion to the speed splash made by Voodoo Graphics.

InWin Full Tower Review 09:25 am - Kan
Our buds over at FPS3D posted a review on the InWin Full Tower. It certainly does look big!

The InWin full tower case has five 5.25" bays, which is more than your average case. A regular ATX case has about 3, the InWin has two more. The spaces for the drives inside the case were big and spread out.

The cables connecting to the drives have more than enough room to get to the motherboard, and they don't just end up tangled all around the place like in a normal ATX case.

SB Live! Value Review 09:23 am - Kan
Exxtreme3D reviewed the SB Live! Value soundcard. Cheap and good is what I called this soundcard.

Creative Labs have been pushing their Sound Blaster Live! line of sound cards along with the PCWorks FourPointSurround speakers from their partner, Cambridge SoundWorks, for some time now. In fact, a new advertising campaign known as "The Difference Will Amaze You" should be debuting within the next couple of weeks. The series of boards was introduced some time ago in the hopes that Creative might be able to secure itself a place in the world of 3D sound. So far, they have been able to accomplish that, with over fifty titles that support EAX standard.

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