7 January 1999 - Thursday

1998 in Review! 21:45 pm - Wilfred
Our friends at Hardgame just pooped a interesting look back at the year 1998. Read this "review"!

Products of the Year

Nvidia TNT Intel Celeron A

3D Games Compatibility Chart 21:33 pm - Wilfred
I just went 'wow' after seeing this link on Voodoo Extreme. Check out Carsten's incredible chart that has got about a zillion games and their supported APIs... graphics and sound as well!

Hayes Not Dead. I'm Confused. 21:29 pm - Wilfred
After we posted MaximumPC's news that Hayes was shutting down, a few concerned readers mailed us about the contrary. Here's what Ed of CoolInfo pointed me to:

"The U.S. reports are wrong: We're still here," said Croisdale, adding that he had been in conference calls with American colleagues all day. "What is true is that we have gone through a significant downsizing exercise in the U.S., which has resulted in significant job losses, but we do have our core team." Still, Alan Adamson, a product manager at Hayes in the U.S., said that Hayes in the U.S. had "ceased operations." Indeed, despite Croisdale's denials, one analyst said Hayes' end was near. "They have been struggling for quite a long time," says Stephen Baker, an analyst at PC Data in Reston, Va. "It comes as no surprise that they are going under." Baker said that the modem market was a tough place to make money, and said 3Com, Diamond Multimedia Inc. (Nasdaq:DIMD) and Zoom Telephonics Inc. were swallowing Hayes' market share.

So yes, they are still hanging in there. I think. Whew!

Colour CE Devices 21:11 pm - Wilfred
Hmm.. caught this piece of news from CoolInfo. Oh yes, colour screens for palm devices will finally make it into the mainstream (I hope!).

Microsoft said it plans to preview enhancements to its Windows CE operating system for palm-sized PCs (P/PCs) at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. Although not a full upgrade, the enhancements, code-named Wyvern, will bring color display capabilities to the OS as well as development components including Visual Basic, Active Development Objects, and Microsoft Foundation Classes, Microsoft said.

Wyvern will support the same applications and setup as the current P/PC OS, the software giant said. The color-enhanced product, based on the CE 2.11 core OS, will probably be released this spring, according to officials at the Redmond, Wash.-based company.

Palm-sized PCs, like Casio Computer's Cassiopeia and Philips Electronics' Nino, compete with 3Com's wildly successful PalmPilot. Hewlett-Packard will be hosting the technology preview. One source speculated the Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor plans to release a palm-sized PC in the United States, though HP declined to comment. The vendor already announced in November that it would release a palm-sized PC, the Jornada 428, in China this month.

Now I qualify to tell the new generations that I own a fantastic monochrome palmtop.

Falcon 4 Review 19:18 pm - Kan
SharkyExtreme had done a review on my all-time favourite Falcon 4.0. Okay okay, I admit I don't have a copy yet... :(

The privilege of piloting an F-16C is usually reserved for a select few. It takes physical and mental strength, determination, sharp reflexes and a stomach of steel to be even considered as a fighter pilot candidate. 4 years of college, 6 weeks of boot camp, 11 months of Officer Training School, a 10 year commitment, 20/20 vision and a passed physical are the absolute minimum requirements to sit behind the stick of a Fighting Falcon. Even those who graduate first in their class are placed on a long waiting list. The US Air Force takes every step necessary to ensure that the only people who pilot their multi-million dollar multi-role tactical fighter/bombers are the crème de la crème.

AMD K6-2 380 MHz CXT 19:14 pm - Kan
LostCircuits posted a rare review on the AMD K6-2 380 MHz with the CXT core. Anyway, on a side note, the BH6 + 300A combo is selling for less than US$180. Wow!

The AMD K6-2 380 CXT is the one CPU that everybody seems to have forgotten, standing somewhere in the middle between the 366 MHz version and the 400 MHz flagship of the latest variation of AMD K6-2 processors. Like all middle children, it suffers from chronic under-representation and therefore there is hardly any information on this second fastest SS7 CPU available. So, where does this CPU really stand and how does it actually perform? This article is not supposed to further polarize the readers and add food to the ever present AMD vs. Intel conflict, rather I simply want to fill the gap in the information and further give you some thoughts about this particular CPU.

Intel Eight-Way Server 19:10 pm - Kan
According to an article from EETimes, Intel is planning for a eight-way multiprocessing system for the upcoming Katmai-generation processors.

The Katmai New Instructions are expected to first appear in Intel's server chips in March, when the company rolls out its Tanner CPUs. Intel has documented some of the floating-point enhancements in those new instructions that will benefit multimedia functions such as graphics and voice recognition. However, Intel revealed that Katmai New Instructions will also include “a couple of things still under non-disclosure that will improve performance of some business applications . . . with instructions and enhancements optimized for database environments,” said John Miner, vice president and general manager of Intel's Enterprise Server Group.

3D Accelerator Cards Roundup 19:06 pm - Kan
Stratics Network did a 3D accelerator cards roundup.

The contenders in the shootout consist of the Quantum Raven AGP, baring 3Dfx's first 2D/3D chipset, the Banshee. 3Dfx's flagship chipset, the Voodoo 2, is also present in the form of the PCI Diamond Monster 2. The Creative Labs Graphics Blaster TNT AGP sporting the nVidia Riva TNT chipset. Also participating in the review was Hercules' Terminator BEAST AGP, a card based on S3's Savag3 3D chipset.

Times have changed since then, and we can now see cards on the horizon with 32MB of onboard memory on them, incredible! AGP texturing has become a strong recommendation for future games using mega-bytes of textures. In this shootout, four of the 3rd generation cards are tested in the areas of card specifications, pure speed, and a small discussion on image quality.

Western Digital Caviar 19:01 pm - Kan
Just caught it off from Storagereview that they had a new review on the Western Digital Caviar AC313000 13.0 GB ATA-66 hard disk. Oh boy, IDE drives are slower catching up with SCSI drives.

According to WinBench 98, the AC313000 is one fast drive. Even when compared to the "revised" figures of the Maxtor DiamondMax 4320, the Caviar sails by the Maxtor by a margin of 15% with a Business Disk WinMark 98 (Win95) score of 1890. Keep in mind that this is just a hair less than the figure turned in by the original Seagate Cheetah! The WD's High-End WinMark score also nudged by the Maxtor by 6%. Maxtor drives always perform very well under Windows NT, however. Here the WD lagged its red-boxed competition by up to 16%. Even so, however, WinBench 98 NT figures were quite respectable. The Caviar's performance in ThreadMark under Win95 was also commendable, edging past the previous ATA champ, the DiamondMax Plus 2500.

TNT Cards Roundup 18:57 pm - Kan
Where else but at TomsHardware. Tom reviewed several TNT cards and had a large section devoted to the additional performance you can gain when overclocking.

TNT cards are usually running at 90 MHz chip clock and 110 MHz memory clock by default, but in many cases it's possible to successfully overclock the TNT. The chart above shows that a RIVA TNT overclocked to 120/125 MHz can easily surpass ATI's upcoming Rage 128 and it is getting pretty close to the 3D performance of two Voodoo2 cards in SLI mode. All in all the TNT is certainly the most attractive 2D/3D solution available today, so that you only need to know which particular TNT card to get.

There are currently seven card makers who supply a 2D/3D card with the RIVA TNT, six of them are represented in this test. The only missing card is from Canopus, it was unfortunately not available to me for this test.

How Fast is Intel Celeron? 18:53 pm - Kan
GameSpot had an article on the new Celeron 366MHz and 400MHz vs the more powerful Pentium II 350MHz and 400MHz processors. It may seem that the Pentium II will win the Celerons with its larger cache as well as 100MHz Frontside Bus. But benchmarks show otherwise.

PC Week Labs' tests of two Celeron-based systems released this week show that the once-gutless--no L2 (Level 2) cache--Celeron chip with a consumer focus has been transformed into a serious contender for corporate desktop PCs. Buyers will now find Celeron-equipped systems as powerful as Pentium II machines for hundreds of dollars less.

So what's the catch? Well, Intel sees the Celeron and Pentium II processors as serving different markets. The Celeron, company officials have claimed, is for the "value-conscious" buyer, whereas the Pentium II is for buyers who demand the most powerful system on the market.

Preview of IA-64 18:46 pm - Kan
Ars-Technica has a new article previewing Intel's upcoming IA-64 64-bit CPU architecture.

You've been hearing the hype for a while now.  Maybe you've seen one or two previews that drop some buzzwords and leave it at that.  EPIC, IA-64, predication, speculation, superscalar, etc., have all been bandied around, but you really only care about one thing: performance.  How is all of this stuff going to make my machine run faster?  We here at Ars Technica always write with performance in mind.  We take you behind the buzzwords and show you how the latest and greatest features will add horsepower to your system.  That's what this article intends to do for Intel's upcoming line of 64-bit processors.  I'm going to talk about performance bottlenecks in existing architectures, and then I'll show you what IA-64 will do to overcome those bottlenecks.

6 January 1999 - Wednesday

iMac Colours Will Be Spruced Up 23:57 pm - Wilfred
Also found at MaximumPC, they reported that Apple will be sprucing up the colours of the iMac line. Oh how nice... "Collect All Five Colours!". Cosmetics aside, there will be some upgrades too! Read:

imac010599.jpg (5270 bytes) If nothing else, Apple's iMac translucent, blue case certainly looks cool. Don't like blue? How do you feel about blueberry, strawberry, tangerine, grape, or lime?

No, we're not joking. Starting today, Apple

will introduce five new fruity flavors of the iMac--blueberry, strawberry, tangerine, grape, and lime. In addition to the zany color schemes, the new iMac's will also get a much-needed hard drive boost up to 6GB, and a speedier processor--a 266MHz G3.

Hayes Winds Up for Good 23:48 pm - Wilfred
Thanks to Wy Mun who pointed me to MaximumPC today. Well, the formal king & inventor of PC modems and telephony equipment will be winding up for good. Tears well up in my eyes, but I still have to report this:

"Despite the company's best intentions to stay alive, Hayes Corporation announced it has suspended operations. Permanently."

"The demise of the company is doubly sad considering Hayes--and company founder Dennis Hayes--was the original inventor of the PC modem."

New Era: Release Dates of Games 22:57 pm - Wilfred
Oh yes, for once we don't have to constantly pop down to Sim Lim Square to check if our favourite titles are released.

Having visited our new games sponsor with Ee Siang of Alive!, not only have they provided us the games that we shall review shortly, but they've also furnished us with details of product arrivals in Singapore. Below are the tentative dates you can find them:

January 99
Baldur's Gate (Interplay) - Most probably 9 Jan
Turok 2 : Seeds of Evil  (Acclaim)
Virtual Deep Sea Fishing (Interplay)
Battle of Britain  (Talonsoft)
War of the Worlds (GTi)
Wizardry (Sirtech)
Links Xtreme (access)
Pool Shark  (Gremlin)
Heavy Gear II  (Activision)
Fighter Squadron (Activision)
LucasArts' Archives IV (Lucasarts)

February 99
Interstate '82 (Activision)
Civilization : Call to Power (Activision)
Legend of the 5 rings (Activision)
Rayman 2  (UBI Soft)
South Park (Acclaim)
Machines (Acclaim)
Mordor 2 (Interplay)
Gunboat Diplomacy (Ripcord)
Adventurer's Paradise (Ripcord)
Jagged Alliance 2 (Sirtech)
Tribal Lore (Gremlin)
Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

Yap, Baldur's Gate should be hitting the shelves pretty soon. Better be waiting outside the shops before they open. =) We will keep you updated with any new information.

3DSoundSurge Moves 22:49 pm - Wilfred
Our all time favourite 3D sound site has shifted and reopens with a new look, new domain name and most of all... new reviews.

Finally :) It's taken a while, but we have made the jump to www.3dss.com. You will see quite a few changes in the layout, but the old news for the next little while will continue to be linked to the old site. We now have a collection of press releases, reformatted soundwaves page etc..

Check out the site along with their latest Skywell Magic 3D Sound card and Cambridge SoundWorks 4 PointSurround speakers reviews.

HyperSnap v3.30 Final 22:40 pm - Wilfred
Thanks to the post at Voodoo Extreme, I've upgraded my beta HyperSnap to the final version (a long last). Coincidentally, a reader mailed me for this yesterday... yoo hoo... a new version is out today!

Labtec USB Speaker Review 21:26 pm - Kan
NetExcite posted the Latec LCS-1040 USB review.

Perhaps the easiest part is its installation. Our test system is equipped with Windows 98 which will provide full support for USB without any patches. All we did was plug the speaker into a open USB port and Windows 98 immediately recognized the LCS-1040. The USB bus would not provide enough power for the speakers so we have to plug in an AC adapter. Without doubt, we began testing by first playing a 10 sound clip. Generally the quality of the speakers were average when comparing to higher end analog speakers such as the MidiLand/S2 4100. However, at high sound levels the 'hiss' noise seems to be slightly softer. Also if your CD-ROM does not support digital audio extraction, you are in big trouble. You will not be able to listen to music CDs on your system because there is no way that you can connect the line out from your CD-ROM to the speaker internally.

Guillemot Maxi-Gamer Phoenix 21:16 pm - Kan
PCPowerhouse brought us another Banshee review, the Guillemot Maxi-Gamer Phoenix.

The Maxi-Gamer Phoenix is the latest high performance 2D/3D video card from Guillemot, and priced to sell. Using 3Dfx's newest graphic chipset, the Banshee, which is esentially a Voodoo 2 based accelerator (sans one of its texture processors) merged with an excellent 128 bit 2D video core. 3Dfx has also bumped up the clock speed of the Banshee to 100MHz, vs. the Voodoo 2's 90MHz. So the lack of the second texture unit ( while playing games like Quake2, Unreal, Half-Life, etc) would result in a lower performance than that of a Voodoo 2 card. However, the higher clock speed of the Banshee, provides greater speed in games that don't require the second texture unit.

Gigabyte GA6BXE 21:11 pm - Kan
Been quite a long time since we last heard from BXBoards. Anyway, Andy had a new review on the Gigabyte GA6BXE Slot 1 motherboard.

The GA6BXE supports the popular combination of 5 PCI slots and 2 ISA slots. With PC99 specs. banishing ISA cards on new systems the day of the ISA card is numbered, especially as viable alternatives to the old traditional ISA cards, such as PCI modems and sound cards are now well established. With USB peripherals also finally becoming a reality (the board supports 2 USB ports), ISA should soon be a thing of the past. Nevetheless the 2 ISA slots provide welcome support for legacy peripherals. While many boards featuring the 5/2 combo cut corners with the number of DIMM slots, the Gigabyte supports 4 slots, allowing up to 1024 megabytes of onboard. The layout of the board is sensible, with the IDE and floppy connectors position to the side of the board, next to the DIMM slots. System stability is enhanced with 8 large size capacitors spanning the length of the CPU slot. The CPU retention mechanism comes boxed, and neeeds to be fitted by the user, unlike many boards which come ready assembled with a fold-down retention clip.

Overclock your Laptop 21:07 pm - Kan
Dr Damage posted another short note on whether it's possible to overclock your laptop.

The answer is definitely yes, at least in isolated cases. One example I know of is the Toshiba Libretto, which has an overclocking guide.    The later issues of the Libretto 50CT,in particular, are a safe bet for overclocking; when Intel stopped making mobile Pentium 75's, Toshiba just stuck in mobile P-120's and underclocked them to 75 so the 50CT wouldn't compete with the higher models in the Libretto line. These machines can be clocked up to 120 without even exceeding the rated speed of the processor. The guide also reports model 100 Librettos being overclocked from 166 all the way up to 266MHz--quite impressive.

Another plus here is, based on the information on the Libretto page, it appears Intel hasn't put any sort of multiplier lock on the mobile chips, meaning you don't have to make do with bus speed changes to experiment with overclocking.

DES Test Contest 21:00 pm - Kan
In case you are not aware of, the DES test contest had started. You can download the latest client from :

It's nice to see the client cracking DES instead of RC5 blocks. :)

5 January 1999 - Tuesday

TNT vs G200 20:50 pm - Wilfred
Our good friend Kyle has put up a spanking new comparison between the TNT and the G200. Taking 3 cards, the Skywell Magic TNT, Matrox Millenium G200 and the Creative TNT, he's put up a small roundup with much to say about their overclocking abilities.

I played both of these games at 1024x768 resolution on the G200. At default G200 speeds, the card is a dog. But when you OC the mutha, it is a totally different experience. I can sit here and tell you that the visual quality of the G200 is none short of awesome. It is right there with the TNT visual quality, but you already knew that probably if you have been readin up on Vid stuff. But what you really wanna understand here is that the G200 speed of play seems equal to the TNT when you are in the game. No stutters, no jumpy BS, the damn Matrox was VERY PLAYABLE in Half-Life.  I would have said my system is funky, but this claim has been substantiated by some local dude named Randy Siggers that uses a G200 every day.  You can play Half-Life on a G200 card at 1024x768 resolution as long as you have the latest drivers from Matrox. 

TennMax StealthV2 Review 20:47 pm - Wilfred
TheTechs have written a review on TennMax's StealthV2 cooler for the Voodoo 2. Check this one out!

The bright idea that TennMax had was to push air away from the board, not try to use the air to cool down the chip. Unlike some others, the fan acts more like a suction fan, pushing the unwanted heat out of the area. The cooler only stands 1 inch, 1 millimeter tall... being one of the smallest in its class. This allowed me to have the two SLI boards on top of one another, so little space... but very convenient.

Post-Revamp Rant 20:42 pm - Wilfred
While most people have been very encouraging and the response had mostly been positive, there has been sporadic protests etc. Consolidating some of the feedback we've received since we launched the revamp site, here's some of the points raised and we'll like to thank everyone of you who's mailed us. Points:

  1. Cleaner & more professional looking
  2. Layout too similar to The Firing Squad
  3. Pages taking too long to load
  4. Much enhanced forum

I'll classify point 1 & 4 as positive, 2 and 3 being less so. While the fact that the new layout was largely inspired by the Firing Squad (which of course we like a lot, that's why), we hope the protests on this subject will end here (or soon? =P). We have worked very hard to come out with matching artwork and stuff.

Over to point 3, we'll reduce the filesizes as much as possible within the next week or so. Please bear with this for a little while.. and Point 4, yes enjoy the new forum. Thanks for all the encouragement and support from you guys! =)

3D Blaster Banshee Reviewed 20:28 pm - Wilfred
Need another review on Creative 3D Blaster Banshee card? Pop into AGN3D's latest review now who gave it a 8/10 star rating. Here's a snippet:

There a few other nice features about the card that are *Creative Exclusives*.  For starters, the 3D Blaster Banshee comes with support for resolutions of 1152x864, 1792x1344, and 1856x1392.  These resolutions may seem odd to some of you, but others will recognize these resolutions as industry standards.  For example: 1152x864 is designed to be able to view exactly 2 full page documents on the same screen.  This is a nice touch considering that most other Banshee boards skip this resolution and go from 1024x768 to 1280x1024.

Another Creative exclusive is the Glide Switcher, which is available from the SoundBlaster web site here.    "Glide switcher?" you may ask. Well, this fixes a problem that roots back to 3Dfx.  It seems that Voodoo 2 owners cannot install a Banshee based board without overwriting the existing Glide and OpenGL drivers for the Voodoo2.  The Glide Switcher allows the user to switch between the two devices without re-installing the drivers for either.  Naming the device driver files with the same name was either an oversight on the part of 3Dfx, or an attempt to get users to buy both a Banshee for 2D and a Voodoo 2 (or SLI) for 3D. Either way, Creative has found a way to easily switch between the two...leaving the choice up to you as the consumer.

Of course, I mustn't forget to point you to Hardware One's very own review on this card. (Read it here!)

Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 Suite 20:12 pm - Wilfred
Caught this link to this PCWeek article from BetaNews.COM. It mentions the upcoming office suite from Corel that might just put them back into the game. Of course, by the recent releasing of Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux, they also started a brand new ball game.

Recognizing that Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite has the lion's share of the market and that Lotus Development Corp.'s SmartSuite has its own loyal following, Corel has made its suite more compatible with rivals while offering enough new features to retain users. Based on our examination of a beta version, PC Week Labs believes that WordPerfect 2000 is a must upgrade and will certainly keep Corel in the game.

SGI Visual Workstations Reviewed 19:44 pm - Wilfred
This one is a good read for you to drool at the immense power put into these incredible workstations. The Ars-Technica team went for a testdrive today. Read this:

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The Visual PC also has an adapter board option for the now-infamous SGI Flat Panel 1600SW display.  From the looks of the board, this is not the same Number 9 card being marketed for other PCs.  It's actually significantly smaller and custom-formed for the SGI case.  There are a couple of possibilities as to why the card is smaller, with the two most obvious being that the lack of need for video RAM on the board itself means a smaller board footprint, and/or that SGI built some of the necessary technology into the motherboard itself.

There are two open drive slots in the case, one for an internal drive and one for a removable media or internal drive.  And to round it out, there are three open PCI slots.  One of the slots is designated as 32-bits wide (thus 133Mbit/sec), the other two are 64-bit (theoretically, 266Mbit/sec) slots.  In the SCSI versions of these units, one of the slots is filled with an internal/external SCSI controller card (Ultra2 SCSI only). 

Rounding out the more interesting features inside of the box is the RAM configuration.  The Visual PC 320 has a maximum of 1GB of RAM, while the 540 will handle up to 2GB.  Getting to full RAM capacity means filling two groups of 6 slots each with 48-pin DIMMs.  Yes, you read that correctly: 48-pin DIMMs.

Singularity Launched 19:30 pm - Wilfred
Our fellow S-One friend Red Dawn has mailed us about the launch of his new gaming extravangza site to be named Singularity. Promising to be a whole new non-profit site totally devoted to games alone. With its launch, they also feature a whole selection of reviews right here:

Shogo
Thief
Half Life
European Air War
Fallout 2
Heretic II
StarCraft: Brood Wars Expansion Pack
PowerSlide

US$200 Budget Shopping Guide 19:30 pm - Wilfred
Couldn't be more relevant to us with a limited budget, PCPowerhouse has just posted a very straightforward article to advice you on your next low-cost upgrade. Interesting way they put it:

This article is for all you real folks out there. The ones with the mortgages, kids, and college loans. I see you scratching your head when you read these gaming articles. Everyone and their mother has Pentium II’s at no less than 450mhz. They talk about their two hundred dollar gaming investment this month, and the two hundred dollars they will spend next month as well. Obviously no one in their household needs braces or new tennis shoes, and so this article is for you guys, the ones who might get to spend two hundred dollars for the next six months to a year on your already outdated gaming rig.

How to Buy Hardware Cheap 19:26 pm - Wilfred
It must have been our site design that Thresh caught wind of, and decided to mail us some news along with words of encouragement. Anyway, Thresh's Firing Squad has written another article which should appeal to people (esp US residents) looking for a steal! Check this out!

4 January 1999 - Monday

Microsoft Freestyle Pro 21:20 pm - Wilfred
Thresh's Firing Squad has put up a late review on the Microsoft Freestyle Pro controller. They hadn't found the high-tech toy very useful in games other than those in the racing genre.

How comfortable are you spending over fifty bucks on a controller for motorcycle games? It would be a lot easier to recommend the Freestyle Pro if it had decent digital control. As it is, this controller is something of a black sheep in the gamepad family-it really only does one thing well. Unless you are an avid motorcycle racing fan, or if the tilt mechanism really appeals to you for a particular game, I would have to give this one a pass.

MultiProcessors Systems 11:24 am - Kan
Another new article article: Multiprocessor Systems from AnandTech. Anyway, have you ever seen a dual UltraSPARC 300 MHz churning DES blocks at a rate of 14,000kk/s (each CPU is capable of more than 7,000kk/s).

The first requirement of a multiprocessor system, is of course, a motherboard capable of accepting two or more processors. This requirement stems primarily from the capabilities of the chipset on the motherboard, for example, the Intel 440BX chipset is capable of supporting up to 2 Pentium II processors, with the Intel 450NX chipset supporting up to 4 Pentium II Xeon processors. Higher end Digital and Sun solutions even allow for systems to have up to 64-way multiprocessing capabilities, however you won't find any of those systems selling for anything even remotely affordable for a single user.

The price difference between a single and a dual processor motherboard is generally 30 - 40% due to the added components necessary for a multiprocessor motherboard. You have to remember that there must be some logic on the motherboard itself that will tell which processor to perform what operations, otherwise you'll have two equally powerful processors, with nothing to harness that power.

AMD Slashes Prices 09:53 am - Kan
According to an article in The Register, AMD slashes prices (yahoo!) as Intel officially launches the 366MHz and 400MHz Celerons.

Over the last two weeks, AMD has briefed its distributors and dealers about the price drop, which is intended to take the wind out of Intel's sales.

The public clash between Intel and AMD hides a bitter battle behind the scenes. As exclusively reported here at the beginning of December, Intel dropped the prices of its 300MHz and 333MHz Celerons in a bid to shift inventory and prepare the market for the January price war.

Cyrix and some distributors made the claim that Intel was dumping its stock of Slot One Celerons as it prepared to push Socket 370 processors into the marketplace.

Xenotech 09:44 am - Kan
I missed this out for a while (we have better things to do like babes watching etc), but GaGames posted an interesting article Xenotech: A 3D Revolution or Another Virtual Memory. The title sounds profound though.

Dynamic Digital Depth is engineering a new 3D viewing experience. With superior technologies for large screen cinema complexes and theme park attractions. For international broadcasters, communications and cable companies. And for arcade game manufacturers.

The technology delivers stereo 3D images to each player by tracking their head position precisely. An infra red sensor built into the console locates the players eyes and tracks the movement of their heads while they play the game. Two images are then projected onto a retro reflective display screen allowing the players to view the game in 3D without any special glasses or headset.

MX300 09:39 am - Kan
Ars-Technica had my favourite Diamond Monster Sound MX300 review. Right now, I have my faithful ISA AWE64 which simply rocks (er, slow down) the computer when playing games.

A3d 2.0 is simply the most advanced 3D audio spec available for the mass market gaming community.  A3d 2.0 supports wave tracing, reflection, and occlusion, stuff that gamers three years ago couldn't tell apart from stale cheese.  Now, I won't reinvent the wheel here by explaining what A2d 2.0 can do for you.  If you want to get in the know, check out Aureal's homepage - it's good reading.  For our purpose, I'll just say that the practical upshot of all this badass processing power is that the Vortex 2 can make sounds appear to be coming from around a corner or through another object on the fly (more on this in a bit).   Unfortunately for the impatient, all this coolness took a long time to get going, and the MX300, which was supposed to ship at the end of September, just arrived on December 17th. 

TransMeta in 1999 09:34 am - Kan
Ace's Hardware posted an article called Transmeta in 1999.

Rumors suggest Transmeta is developing a microprocessor designed to execute foreign instruction sets, and their patent lends some credence to these rumors. A product capable of running all of the software available on all other platforms (or at least the biggest ones) could become the defacto standard on which other semiconductor companies base their designs. Imagine Intel developing x86 microprocessors by using technology from Transmeta. Another possibility is that Transmeta will market such a product directly to the end user, selling OEMs and VARs a chip that can run anything and everything. There are problems with this theory, however. By all accounts, the successful emulation of another instruction set is more time consuming than the direct execution of that instruction set in hardware. For example, Digital's FX!32 is slower than genuine x86 hardware.

Kenwood 40X 09:28 am - Kan
That's another KenWood 40X Multibeam CD-ROM review over at 3DXTC.

Computer hardware is constantly becoming faster and faster. So are CDROMs, now reaching speed up to 40X and above. Kenwood has taken a step into the opposite direction and actually lowered the rotation speed to approx. 12X with their new Multibeam 40X. So you can say they made it slower but still faster. And how does that fit? Well, utilizing TrueX technology from Zen Research, the Mutlibeam 40X, as the name reveals, is first in the world to use multiple syncronized laser beams, 7 of them actually, to read data from the disc. Giving a performance equivalent to around a 60X CDROM.

Kryotech Cool K6-2 500 09:02 am - Kan
Looks like Sharky also posted a review on the Kryotech K6-2 500.

By developing and marketing an advanced CPU cooling system that's housed in the base of an ATX mid-tower case, KryoTech is able to offer overclocked systems that are both fast AND stable. Currently KryoTech offers two systems for sale, one based on an overclocked version of the AMD K6-2 400 CPU, and one based on a speedy DEC Alpha CPU.

The unit were looking at today is called the "KryoTech Cool K6-2 500MHz Workstation". Propelled by an AMD K6-2 400MHz CPU that's been cooled to a chilly -40 Celsius and subsequently overclocked by Kryotech to 500MHz, the Cool K6-2 500 offers performance that's superior to anything in AMD's stock lineup.

Inauguration of New 1999 Look 00:14 am - Wilfred
Yes. I hope we didn't shock you with this. Many of you must have heard this revamp revamp thing a zillion times and wondering if we were just hyping. Well no...

We hope you like the NEW LOOK. We have tried to be careful with the links and all, but we expect there will be occasional problems. The old archives still remain unmodified coz' we will surely go mad porting the immense pile of news (remember we have been working very hard the last 6 mths? =P )

What's New? We've introduced a GameZone section which we hope to bring you the LATEST games previews/reviews around, as well as a spanking new Q&A Forum.

Before I leave you to explore, Kan and myself would like to thank Krank who's the key person that helped us out in this revamp... for bearing with our DEMANDS.. Heh! (Sorry pal!).

Yap that's all for now, mail us if you come across any glitches and we'll be most pleased to patch it up asap.

3 January 1999 - Sunday

Celeron 366 Socket 370 21:40 pm - Wilfred
Yes, you do see SL Square selling one of these babies and surely you must be interested if it can give you that same amount of overclocking love the Celeron 300A provided. Thresh's Firing Squad has put up a preview on this latest Intel CPU, check it out (especially the part they got lucky with it at 550Mhz!)

Our 366Mhz chip is an engineering sample, and thus didn't have any overclocking protection on it. However, the shipping versions are very likely to be multiplier-locked. Several of the Socket370 motherboards we've seen contain multiplier settings ranging from 4.0x to 8.0x, and we've received mix statements from these manufacturers about whether or not they would be included in the shipping versions of their products.

For testing purposes, we limited our overclocking experiments to bus frequency overclocking, from 66 to 100Mhz. This allowed us to push our Celeron 366 at a toasty 550 MHz, not unheard of for current Pentium II or Celeron processors, but definitely in the top echelon of the performance scale. According to the hardware monitoring circuitry on the motherboard, the Celeron never exceeded 49 degrees Celsius while operating at 366Mhz, or 53 degrees while clocked at 550Mhz.

WinAmp 2.08 21:00 pm - Kan
Another new version of WinAmp v2.08. The file is also mirrored in our local S-One site.

  • New in 2.08: Justin stops smoking crack to fix the high CPU consumption in 2.07.

Celery Report 14:01 pm - Kan
AnandTech posted The Celery Report: Overclocking the Celeron. There are some information on how to overclock the Celerons as well.

Not long after the introduction of the cacheless Celeron’s, Intel produced the "A" version of the chip with 128K of L2 cache residing directly on the die of the CPU. It came first in 300Mhz (300A) and then in 333Mhz (333A). The second of these is not worth buying. More on that later. Once again, Anand was right on top of this release with his excellent report.

This was a performance-enhancing feature both for the fact that the chip now had cache and the fact that this cache was operating at full chip-speed. But, many in the "Geek" community assumed that this would reduce, or even, eliminate the overclockability. Add to this the fact that Intel has clock-locked these chips, and many of assumed the run was over.

WinAmp 2.07 13:56 pm - Kan
Another new version of WinAmp, bringing it up to v2.07. You can download them from here. Fixes include:

  • New in 2.07: Stupid VC++ 6 bugfix (caused preferences crashes on some systems)
  • Experimental Gapless Playback (a.k.a. continuous playback) support via new output plug-in.
  • Improved CDDB support.
  • New info-on-demand reading mode. Faster for HUGE playlists.
  • New bar analyzer mode for built-in visualization. Rocks!
  • Better directory and drive adding support (you can add a whole audio CD by typing the drive letter, i.e. 'd:\')
  • Added SHOUTcast title reading to Nitrane.
  • Improved HTTP streaming (non-blocking)
  • Made http:// optional in URL location for you lazies out there.
  • Built with VisC++6, faster and smaller than previous Winamps.

Montego II 13:47 pm - Kan
PlanetHardware put up a review on the Montego II soundcard based on the Vortex-2 chipset.

Turtle Beach decided to go two ways with this board, creating a lower-cost OEM based version along with a bigger better retail version to come later on. In this reviewer's eyes, this was meant to try and get the first Vortex-2 board out on the market, and they nearly succeeded. The Monster Sound MX300 started showing up on store shelves only days before the shipments of the OEM version of the Montego II shipped. We still have yet to see any real information on the full-fledged Montego II retail version, but we do have the OEM version (also known as the White Box version) to check out what they've got up their sleeves.

I was a bit surprised to see the design when I first got a glimpse of it, it being almost one hundred percent exactly the same as the original Montego board, just with the Vortex-1 chip replaced with the Vortex-2. The board comes with no documentation, only a sheet stating it's specifications and features, as it is geared to OEM buyers who don't need that. So if you're new to computers and need an installation guide, this board isn't for you, or you might find yourself on the phone with tech support.

DES-III Test 11:03 am - Kan
The contest was postponed and will begin at 1700hrs GMT.

This time will allow us not only to further test the new proxy and master code, but will also give Bovine time to further coordinate activities with Deep Crack. In the mean time, please upgrade your clients to ones that are aware of "DES Quickstart" among other things.

The new clients are available at ftp://ftp.distributed.net/pub/dcti/v2.7103/

Chipset Future 03:29 am - Kan
Ace's Hardware had a short article on future chipsets after the popular Slot 1 and Super 7. Slot A looks great, but it will be a hefty investment to upgrade to that platform. You need DDR-SDRAM coupled with a Slot A motherboard and the K7 processor itself.

When Intel shut the door on the Socket 7 market, it opened the door to x86-compatible hardware clone makers everywhere. Intel, with it's increasingly outdated TX chipset, no longer commanded a dominant position over competitors like ALi, AMD, VIA, and others. AMD has proven the K6 line of microprocessors to be extremely successful, but what about the hardware on which the K6 and other microprocessors rely? The processor is just one component in a myriad of complex circuitry.

AOpen AX6B Review 03:26 am - Kan
HardwareCentral posted the AOpen AX6B Slot 1 motherboard. It comes with 4PCI/3ISA/1AGP and features 4 DIMM slots. Actually, I still prefer my BH6. :)

AOpen, Acer’s OEM division, is probably familiar to most readers of this review. But others who mainly see names such as ASUS, Abit, and Intel may have overlooked them. AOpen makes high quality components for the OEM market. They manufacture cases, motherboards, optical drives, video cards, and anything else you would need to build a system. Lately they have been making a very large name for themselves in the ever-increasing motherboard market. Their latest motherboard that is based on the Intel BX chipset, the AX6B, is no exception. The general appearance of the motherboard is of high quality design and build.

Another Elsa Erazor II 03:23 am - Kan
Another review of a Elsa card, this time is the Elsa Erazor II TNT card by PlanetHardware. It comes with a CPU fan, much alike the Spectra 2500. However, there is no TV-Out.

The board itself is actually quite small for all the power it holds, and is noticeably smaller than the STB Velocity TNT board, to put it simply, you'll have no trouble finding room for this little morsel. Mounted on the TNT chipset is an incredibly small powered fan and heatsink combo, one thing I love about this board, since TNT is one of the hottest (temperature wise) chipsets on the market today. The board is mounted with 16 megs of SGRAM, which seems to be standard, although Elsa went with EtronTech 125MHz memory modules. 4 on front, 4 on back, 8 2MB modules to be exact. Elsa also decided to cut off TV-out from their end product, as some other companies have done as well, as most people never get around to utilizing it (including myself). But hey, if you want TV-out, there are plenty of other boards out there if you look.

Elsa Victory II 03:21 am - Kan
3DHardware.net posted a review on the Elsa Victory II Banshee card and this baby comes with 4 2MB Samsung 8ns/125MHz SGRAM.

One of the manuals is a generic installation manual that is included with every Elsa card. The other is a spiral bound manual specifically for the Victory II. The manual is not huge, but most manuals do not actually give you much information. Elsa seems to have realized this and starts it off by explaining to you that they are not going to waste your time with this particular manual. And they were right - there are some useful explanations of various terms and features. I definitely learned a thing or two from this manual!

The CD includes DirectX6 and drivers for Elsa's entire line of cards under Windows 95/98 and NT4. Elsa's own Winman graphics utility suite is also included and installs with the rest of the drivers.

2 January 1999 - Saturday

WinSecure 2.0 12:08 pm - Kan
Ever wanted to protect your younger sisters from those innocent JPGs ? Nicksoft just released WinSecure 2.0, a program which can lock your whole PC or even individual files. Finally, some sense of security when running Win95/98. :)

WinSecure is a great security program that features a LOCKDOWN feature that disables use of your PC until you enter your login and password for WinSecure. This program is great for people at work who don't want other nosey co-workers using their systems, or to keep your kids off your PC! New in v2.0, you now have the ability to lock down individual files throughout your entire system!

Pentium II 333 MHz @ 515 MHz 12:06 am - Kan
Got news from Overclockers' Workbench that they cranked the Pentium II 333 Mhz SL2TV all the way up to a whopping 515 Mhz.

First allow me to give you some background on my motives with respect to overclocking. I am a speed freak. I intend to push my hardware as far as it will go without damage to the components. Some people are value freaks. They want the most horsepower for their buck and are concerned about cost. While cost is an issue sometimes for me, I just want to push the envelope within a reasonable budget. So while some have used a Celeron 300a or P2-300 SL2W8s for overclocking, I opted for the P2-333 for my overclocked gaming rig. This option is a little more risky due to the fact that the P2-333 is multiplier locked at 5X. So, if your CPU won't do 500 Mhz. then you're stuck at 415 (5X83) or less…

Kert On Diamond MX300 11:15 am - Wilfred
Since I mentioned his name, you must be thinking it is no ordinary review on the MX300. Kert discussed in his review the features and most importantly how A3D 2.0 works, but also eat up CPU cycles. Some points he raised:

"Wavetracing does not come free; the CPU needs to compute early reflections and occlusions. In the Halflife blowout timedemo, there is a 8.8% drop in framerate with geometry processing turned on. Interestingly, Sound Blaster Live! has a healthy 1.4 framerate lead even when MX300 is not tracing early reflections and occlusions."

"Wavetracing is a very novel concept but its time may not have come yet; a fast CPU is a necessity. Developer implementation of wavetracing has a relatively steep learning curve as well; so widespread adoption is an issue."

Creative RivaTNT Review 11:09 am - Wilfred
Adrian has put in a new spicy review into his Rojak Pot. This round, he takes apart Creative's Graphics Blaster RivaTNT card giving you the good and bad side of this baby.

Personally, I think the Creative Labs Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT card is a great buy. It's cheaper than most other RIVA TNT cards while offering equal if not better performance, excellent driver support and a reasonably good shot at overclocking. Creative appears to be giving the RIVA TNT its personal touch and I think that's good news for Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT users. Finally, someone cares enough to take a product and make it better where it counts most.

S3Tweak and New Gainward Drivers 10:56 am - Wilfred
You rarely find me posting about Savage3D these days. But I just gotten myself a new Savage3D to play with. S3 Planet has mentioned that a new version 1.01u of the nifty S3Tweak is available for download. Click here.

I for one came across version 6.13.06 of Gainward's Cardex GX3 Savage3D card. It solved many of the display flaws of the previous version. Grab it too!

SuperMicro Sold Here 10:42 am - Wilfred
Hey! It pays to ask! Mr Fock sent word that AMCOM Singapore does carry the SuperMicro SC-750A casing. Ho ho! If you're searching for the perfect casing, maybe you oughtta go take a look. Here's the URL: www.amcom.com.sg.

Labtec 4620 Speakers 10:40 am - Kan
Thresh's Firing Squad had just released a new review on the Labtec 4620 Speakers.

Competing in the PC audio business is starting to resemble the rest of computing industry - massively cut-throat. If you've been around for a few years, you've definitely noticed the disappearance of those previously ubiquitous un-amplified sound card package-ins. Nowadays, companies like Cambridge Soundworks, Altec Lansing, and Labtec have been touting the benefits of high-quality audio systems for home PCs. As faster processors and increased storage have allowed for the transport of higher fidelity sound effects, the standard satellite/subwoofer combo is quickly increasing in popularity.

Cyrix Jalapeno 10:37 am - Kan
Caught it from from VE (of all places <tm>) that JC posted a preview on the upcoming Cyrix Jalapeno.

Dual issue, fully pipelined fpu - The feature which brings a smile to the faces of 3D gamers. Ideally, a fully pipelined dual issue fpu peaks at a performance level of two operations per cpu clock cycle, which translates to 1GFLOPS at 500MHz. While the Jalapeno has the highest number of latencies of the seventh gen chips, we've discovered that in 3D games and apps the throughput is more important. In this respect, the Jalapeno performs much like the K7. We'll go over how the two processors exactly differ and how that may affect your gaming experience.
More on-chip cache - Jalapeno contains a smaller L1 cache than Cyrix previously had with its M2. In fact, the L1 may be of lesser effect to the cpu considering that it is not only half the size of the M2's L1, but it follows a different architecture. The M2 had 64k of Unified L1 cache, meaning it could be used to cache both data and instructions. Some have suggested this is why the M2 excelled at integer performance. The Jalapeno only has 32k total L1 cache, and on top of that it uses the standard "Harvard" architecture, meaning that half of that cache is exclusively devoted to caching instructions while the other half caches only data. To make up for this loss, Cyrix stuck 256k of 8-way associative (rule of thumb: the higher the "wayness", the fewer number of times the cache makes a mistake) L2 cache on top of it.

Understanding K6-3 Updated 10:34 am - Kan
Ace's Hardware posted an updated article on Understanding the Performance of the K6-3. If you want to know why K6-3 is so fast, take a look at the article.

Both the PII and the K6 are post-RISC CPUs. They are programmed by CISC (Complex instruction Set) x86-instructions but decode those instructions into "RISC" (Reduced Instruction Set) instructions. This happens in the decode stage. 

X86-instruction can be small (<8bytes) or large (>16 bytes), and the instruction set contains a lot of instructions that a programmer will almost never use. A RISC instruction has always the same size and the instruction set is smaller. Therefore RISC is more efficient and uses less die size. The extra die size can be used for other things like an integrated L2 cache!

1 January 1999 - Friday

SuperMicro SC-750A 22:53 pm - Wilfred
Ars-Technica scored another here with a review on the SuperMicro SC-750A casing, which the author says is the BEST casing in the world. Looking mighty spacious and reportedly sturdy, this should be one casing you should set your eyes on (do they sell it here? I'll buy this next!)

For the airflow and cooling purist, the SC-750A is a cool Colorado stream. It's cool even with a p1mped-out Celeron huffin' at 504 MHz. It's air circulation features are truly outstanding. I've never see this kind of cooling in a standard PC case. Can I stop raving? Wowsa!

Just to kick off the absurdities: believe it or not, thing even has a removable, washable air filter in the front! What kind of psychopath goes this far to clean their stuff?!  Considering that this case holds an obscene amount of fans, having a cleanable filter is a good idea. How many fans? You can plausibly get as many as 12 in the case, depending on how you want to set it up.

Roll over straightaway for their full review.

ATA/66 Harddisks To Become Standard 22:38 pm - Wilfred
Ars-Technica has posted a large scoop on Quantum's new ATA/66 to be pushed as the standard that'll replace ATA/33. Backward compatibility? Apparently yes!

As you read earlier, the Ultra ATA/66 spec requires an 80-pin conductor cable be used.  Nevertheless, this cable is "plug-compatible" with existing ATA connectors.  So, PCs without the Ultra ATA/66 will still be able to use these new new drives, but only in the legacy ATA/33 mode, which still offers 33.3 megabytes per second.  That'll satiate you whilst you save for that new mobo. And maybe a new case, perhaps?  If you don't want to upgrade, you should be able to go out and buy an 80-conductor cable and an Ultra ATA/66 adapter card to start the fun rollin'.  Perhaps most importantly, new mobos that are built on this technology can still use your non-ATA/66 EIDE drives at their expected speeds. 

Overclocking Your Voodoo2 16:27 pm - Wilfred
Dan of Tweak3D has posted yet another of his tweak articles, this time about overclocking your Voodoo2 card. He's achieved some very enviable speeds overclocking his Creative Voodoo 2 at up to 109Mhz with proper cooling.

These results should show you that everyone should overclock their voodoo2, assuming your CPU is faster than a P133, you want the performance, and have the proper cooling. The speed increase is incredible in most cases. It may give you that little extra kick you need on slower systems, or assure you that everything will always be running smoothly.

I can't be sure if that is stretching the card a little too much coz I had never gotten my CL V2 (World Cup Celebration Edition) above 105Mhz to complete any benchmarks - even with pretty good cooling. At 100Mhz, I can already detect minor artifacts and corruption.

Powerstrip 2.30.07 16:24 pm - Wilfred
Ok, this is another update for Powerstrip bringing the last beta version up to 2.30.07. Grab the file from EntechTaiwan here and read what I ripped off from VE about this update:

For your convenience, the latest PowerStrip build supports optional command-line parameters that allow you to shift clock speed(s) via an ordinary Windows shortcut. Syntax is as follows: pstrip.exe /clk MClk SClk, where MClk is a mandatory integer specifying the new memory clock, and SClk is an optional integer specifying the new core clock where asynchronous PLLs are available. Examples: pstrip.exe /clk 110 100 sets the memory clock to 110MHz and the core clock to 100MHz, while pstrip.exe /clk 125 sets the memory clock to 125MHz. Note that changes take effect in real-time, and there are no confirmation prompts, so use with caution

New WinAmp 2.06 Available 16:20 pm - Wilfred
It's out. Has the constant updates made you giddy yet? This is version 2.06 just made available on WinAmp.Com. Here's the list of improvements:

  • Experimental Gapless Playback (a.k.a. continuous playback) support via new output plug-in.
  • Improved CDDB support.
  • New info-on-demand reading mode. Faster for HUGE playlists.
  • New bar analyzer mode for built-in visualization. Rocks!
  • Better directory and drive adding support (you can add a whole audio CD by typing the drive letter, i.e. 'd:\')
  • Added SHOUTcast title reading to Nitrane.
  • Improved HTTP streaming (non-blocking)
  • Made http:// optional in URL location for you lazies out there.
  • Built with VisC++6, faster and smaller than previous Winamps.

MP3 Gadget ShootOut! 13:52 pm - Wilfred
C|Net has surprised me with a MP3 Gadget shootout between the Diamond RIO and the MPMan F-10 by Korean Saehan Information Systems. Yeeah... wait till we have more manufacturers joining the fray! Then it'll really be an orgy of a shootout.

They're so small! Both the Rio and the MPMan are smaller than a pack of cigarettes, and fit easily inside a front shirt pocket. Rio's LCD screen is twice as big as the MPMan's, and its circular control panel is self-explanatory; but the MPMan's elegant silver finish is much more stylish. Too bad that Eiger Labs, MPMan's U.S. distributor, decided to paint its logo on the front in bright orange--it's more reminiscent of the Izod alligator than the Nike swoosh.

The Penguin On The Internet 10:25 am - Wilfred
In another editorial of The Penguin's Game over at The Adrenaline Vault, they've written this long overdue article to help budding Linux users actually GET ONTO THE INTERNET (via their ISPs of course!). If you are using Red Hat Linux, you're in luck coz' you will find here step-by-step instructions to get your modem configured.

Up to now, we've assumed your Linux machine is either completely standalone or on a LAN with Internet access. It's time for that to end -- this week we're going to show you how to get Linux connected to your ISP and up on the Internet.
In line with our goal of explaining Linux for Windows users, we're going to use graphical configuration tools included in Red Hat Linux. Look for similar tools on your system if you used one of the other Linux versions.

Now somebody teach me how to get my ADSL modem and ATM card to work with Linux?!? I'm not counting on Magix for this!

Dreamweaver 2.0 Review 09:36 am - Wilfred
Saw over at BetaNews.Com that they've done a (very short) review on Macromedia's Dreamweaver 2.0. Well, sounds like a very exciting web authoring tool to use (somebody ask them to send us a copy, please?).

The reason Dreamweaver is so special is because it has full support for Dynamic HTML (DHTML), and new in this version is the same amount of support for XML and many other new web technologies. Just about the only problem with Dreamweaver is its interface. Most of the icons are undecipherable, and only in 2.0 are there tooltips to tell you what you are clicking into. Despite that, you can get a lot done in very little time.

Happy New Year 09:31 am - Wilfred
Haven't wished you guys yet. Hmm.. haven't been around whole of yesterday, so now I'll take the opportunity to wish you people, on behalf of the whole Hardware One team, a very incredible year in 1999. Good health and many smiles!

OCP Moves 09:28 am - Wilfred
The site on a constant verge of hysteria has moved. Kyle sent word that he has shifted Overclocker's Comparision Page right here to http://ocp.agn3d.com. Yap, update your bookmarks!

Number Nine Revolution IV 09:25 am - Wilfred
As a parting gesture for 1998, AGN3D thrown up a review on the Number Nine Revolution IV card. While the card seem armed to the teeth with impressive specs, it has failed to capture the hearts of the general gaming population. 128-bit architecture, 32Mb WRAM, 250Hz RAMDAC, AGP 2X... blah... at least for those with a taste for crisp rendering at super high resolutions of 1600x1200 should consider this high quality card for your Windows. (Full Review)

"The Revolution IV offers a breakthrough in 2D technology that has to be seen to be appreciated.  In fact, the board is aimed for business and high end graphics professionals who demand the highest image quality possible at very high resolutions. Ever stare at PhotoShop for hours on end, and wish your images could be a bit clearer at 1600x1200?  Any professional that is involved with image editing can tell you that even the best of the 2D/3D cards on the market fall short at high resolutions on a 21" monitor."

"No other board can provide images as clean, clear, and crisp at these high end resolutions, making this board a must have for anyone who uses such resolutions for any period of time."

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