October 1999 - Wednesday
Disk Drive 21:54
pm - Kan
whipped up a review on those 120MB Imation
Super Disk Drive. 120 MB is good for small
frequently updated files, but a CD-R still rules for
archiving of data.
with most external drives, hardware installation is
just a few simple steps. Imation went the extra mile
to include a detailed Quick Start Guide to show how
to hook up the drive in 6 easy steps. First, make
sure the computer is off. Then connect the curved
end of the parallel port cable to the back of the
drive, and plug the other end into the back of your
computer. Next, plug the power supply into the back
of the drive. Then, turn off your computer. I also
thought that the pass-through parallel port on the
interface cable was a great addition, just in case
you wanted to hook up a printer or scanner to your
computer. That's all there is to it for hardware
TNT2 with P90
pm - Kan
Slapped right in front of HardOCP
is a TNT2 with a P90 heatsink on it. Not too bad as
the TNT2 is able to run at nearly 150 Mhz, an increase
of 30 Mhz from the default stock 120 Mhz!
what are the results? Well, I used PowerStrip
to crank it straight up to 140MHz and tried a little
Q3Test action. It was rock-solid. So I
bumped it up to 150MHz and let it run a Q2 demo loop
for 30 minutes or so. Still, no problems.
Up to 160MHz, up above a lot of the TNT2 Ultra cards
out there, for a little more Q2 demo loop action.
After a good half-hour, it still hadn't crashed or
locked, but it was playing the "on a very bad
acid trip" version of the Q2 demo loop.
Trippy. I bumped it back to 150MHz and,
without rebooting, immediately ran Q2 again.
III on Coppermine Core 21:46
pm - Kan
Our buds from iXBT-Hardware
finished writing an editorial about the Intel Pentium
III on Coppermine Core. The usual one page article is smacked
Coppermine has a 256KB L2 cache instead of 128KB as by
Celeron. And although L2 cache became twice as small
as that of Pentium III, its working frequency has
nevertheless doubled. The BSRAM microchips used in
former Intel Pentium II and Pentium III processors
proved unable to work at the full core frequency that
is why their working frequency was twice as low as
that of the CPU. And now that L2 cache is integrated
into the processor core its working frequency reaches
processor full frequency. Developing the idea of
drawing analogies between Celeron and Coppermine, we
have to prevent you from identifying them: the
latter's cache is of better latency that's why even
the latest Intel Pentium III can boast higher L2 cache
bandwidth than Intel Celeron.
New Articles Down At osOpinion 17:50
pm - Yingzong
read this refreshing article
down at osOpinion.
Chew on this first :
background in the fast food industry taught me one
important fact, "The consumer is not always right
but s/he does demand satisfaction" - even if they
only spent 29 cents on a bag of fries. Most computer
users in a corporate environment spend nothing,
they just run whatever software someone put on their
computer and expect it to work. But they still demand
satisfaction if something goes wrong.
of wisdom aren't they? Wished that everyone had a
clear idea of this. For those who have installed Linux
and wonder why the whole world isn't using it, check
this out :
my mom can install Linux without a Linux geek at
her side, it's a dead issue. And the next person
who says, "You're not a real Linux user until you've
compiled your own kernal", will be shot. Pah-lease,
I just want to use it, I don't want to make love
to it. I just want to type, save and print a document.
anyone tell me why no Linux distribution that I
know of has a brain dead application as straight
forward and as easy to use as Windows' NOTEPAD?
Don't bother arguing with me that you can make vi,
ed or emacs do the same thing. Why should I have
to "make" them do anything? It's a dead stupid program
but when I run it, it does exactly what I expect.
How They Did
IT At Thresh's FiringSquad 17:40
pm - Yingzong
everyone doing it? Hell of course everyone's doing
it! Else how in the world can there be... Oh wait.
Wrong news front. *Ahem* The guys at FiringSquad
have has just put up a new GeForce 256 overclocking
article. Like they said, the "dirty deed"
was done and it's "spilling over with benchmarks".
saw that most of the overclocking only yielded small
performance gains. In Quake 3, gains averaged around
%10. The gains were higher in the high resolution,
high quality settings, but the low frame rates at
those high settings make the gains almost useless.
We did see the overclocked SDRAM board hold its
own against the DDR board in Quake 2, but we have
to wonder how much frame rate improvement we would
see if we could get the engine core higher than
130MHz. We'll probably see cards that can handle
higher speeds as NVIDIA improves GeForce 256 yields,
but for now we can only wait.
originally thought the boards were stable at 135MHz,
but extended use proved us wrong. Sounds like we
need to operate on the GeForce's heatsink and fan
solution, but we'll have to make up a plausible
explanation for Mr.Perez first.
ATA-66 Controller Review 17:30
pm - Yingzong
I know it's in the department of redundancies department(!)
to have Ultra66 and ATA-66 together in the same heading.
has given us the low-down
on the Promise ATA-66 Controller. Here's a brief look
you're looking to take advantage of your ATA 66
hard drive, but your motherboard doesn't support
ATA 66, then the Promise Ultra66 is for you. The
addition of the card will guarantee you a very nice
performance boost, especially with the latest ATA-66
drives that run at 7200 RPM, and increase your IDE
drive support from 4 IDE devices to 8 IDE devices.
more and more motherboards begin to support ATA
66 onboard, the need for the Promise Ultra 66 will
disappear. However, there now becomes two distinct
paths of upgrading, either purchase an ATA 66 adapter
card like the Ultra66, or buy a completely new motherboard
that provides ATA 66 onboard. The decision is up
to you, but the Ultra66 from Promise, provides the
performance boost related to ATA 66 and does so
at a decent price of $69.
CPU Cooler Review 17:25
pm - Yingzong
Tech Zone has dropped us a CPU cooler review.
This one's on the AMK-2X60, a rig-up meant for your
PII and PIII monsters. Touted as a serious competitor
to the GlobalWin VEK32, it looks like a fine piece
of work. Here's a blurb :
fans used in the 2X60 are the same ones used in
the Global Win VEK32. They come with finger guards
on them. While this is a nice touch, it's not really
needed. The fans are rated to move an impressive
26CFM of air each. AMK's reasoning is that if the
heatsink on the 2X60 is already bigger than the
Global Win VEK32, adding the same fans the VEK32
use should make it perform better. That's the theory
EA NHL 2000
pm - Yingzong
Intelligent Gamer (IGamer)
has done a brief review
of Electronic Art's
NHL 2000. For the hockey fan in you, you might want
to check it out.
And gentlemen are you ready for hockey night Y2K
its here and its a killer. I never really got into
sports but i was having a lot of fun with NHL2000.
you will be glad to know that you'll be able to
see your self in the game playing as Who else but
you yes you all you need to do is scan a pic of
you cute little face and import the pic. Then tada
your in the game. The game is a blast and all you
hockey fans will agree that the game play is smooth
and reaction of the players are rather fast. I didn't
get to scan a pic of myself but i will, I'm just
wondering if you'll be able to see it in multi player
internet play but i would think so.
MAX Review 17:00
pm - Yingzong
Newslink has gotten their hands on one of the
babes from Matrox,
the G400 MAX. Where does it stand now? I was hoping
for it to be a hit but unfortunately, the impact wasn't
there. Anyhow, check out this review
far, the G400 Max is the most appealing video card
I have had the opportunity to test. It is a rounded
solution, providing everything from next-generation
features (256bit bus, EMBM) to hardware DVD decoding,
from multiple-display and TV-Out capabilities to
great D3D and OpenGL performance. One should not
forget the enhancements offered by the Matrox drivers
and PowerDesk utilities, the incredible 2D and 3D
image quality, and the good CPU scalability –useful
if you plan to hold on to your card for a while.
the price of this card is steep (around $240, the
price of a Creative GeForce), bear in mind that
you can find single-head and dual-head vanilla G400
boards with 32MB or 16MB memory – the cheapest of
them for around half the price of the G400 Max.
But even at $240 I find the Max terribly attractive,
especially since it has a few extras to offer besides
sheer speed and other gaming-related features.
Slot 1 to Slot
2 Converter 03:25
am - Kan
smacked a short blurb on the Slot
1 to Slot 2 converter. Pretty interesting, so
if you are interested in popping your P3 into a Slot2
motherboard, take a look at the review.
up Slot 2 adaptor cards were laughably easy.
All you need to do is simply plug the
adapters into the Slot 2 connectors and away you go.
Before investing in a Pentium III Slot 2
combo, make sure that your BIOS has support for
Pentium II/III CPU’s -- in most cases all that is
required is a BIOS update.
Kryotech Athlon 800 03:22
am - Kan
Hardware just posted a review on the Kryotech
Athlon 800 Mhz system! Woohoos!
opening up the box, I found a respectable looking
system encased in the generic beige color of PC’s
today. When I first heard that this system was
running 800 MHz, I half expected something of a
beast to jump out of the box. Once pulled from the
box, the first thing the eye is drawn to is the
enlarged base with the LCD, the foot for the mid
size case that would house the innards of the
NT Game Palace
am - Kan
pals over at NT Game Palace just sent note that the
site is now called NT
Compatible (remember to bookmark the new site).
So, if you are looking for the latest info on Windows
October 1999 - Tuesday
|Interview With Kan 23:29
pm - Wilfred
right! In your wildest dreams! =P SystemLogic
posted an interview with Alex
'Sharky' Ross, webmaster of your popular
SharkyExtreme site. I like this snip particularly...
Other than computers, what do you like to do in your
working full-time in this industry, I used to have a
life. That's changed somewhat. I used to like
Rave's, Clubs, playing football, films etc... and
especially travelling. I still travel a lot but it's
not the same thing anymore.
Poll #30: The
pm - Wilfred
yeah, the beast in you? Nah, your PC! So let's see
what most of our readers have beating in the box. Wow,
I can only suppose everyone visiting here are
enthusiasts (duh?!)... there are more Athlon than
Pentium users. A sizeable number of you have fat
wallets, and are already using Pentium IIIs (unlike
poor me on Celeron). Whaddaya think?
Kings: Epson's New Photo Printers 23:36
pm - Wilfred
bangs head against wall> Arrghh... dammit! Did I
tell you I just got myself an Epson Stylus Photo 750?
Right, I can only say it's virtually 'pixel-less'
already. So what more can we expect from Epson? Kok
Leong has a blurb
about a new range surfacing in Japan, coming with
better speeds, quieter printing and an even smaller
drop size of 4 picoliters! Check it all out at Digital
Flanker 2.0 Preview 18:27
partners in crime over at FiringSquad
brought to us a preview on SSI's latest simulation
the old Flanker-A continued to be used for
electronics and engine testing, the newly designed
Flanker-B or "T-10S" flew for the first
time on April 20th, 1981 or nearly 10 years after
the introduction of the first production McDonnell
Douglas F-15A. The newly designed Su-27 was thought
to finally be superior to the American made F-15 and
so production of the new "Flanker"
(designated Flanker-B) was accelerated. While Moscow
did not know it yet, the Su-27 was to be become
Russia's most feared fighter aircraft ever.
interrogated 3Dfx's public relation's manager Brian
Burke on topics like T-Buffer, FXT1 etc. Take a look
3D content creators can use FXT1 texture compression
as it allows them to use more and higher resolution
textures in their content, without incurring the
performance bottlenecks associated with uncompressed
textures. When too many textures are required to
render a given scene and they cannot be transferred
efficiently from memory, a bandwidth bottleneck
occurs which dramatically limits the fill rate
performance of the 3D accelerator.
DiamondMax 40 18:21
sent us a note on their review on the Maxtor
DiamondMax 40 which comes with a whopping 41 GB of
hard disk space and ATA-66 interface. Woohoos!
Maxtor DiamondMax 40 is the successor to the
DiamondMax 36, a drive that, strangely enough, has
not yet been reviewed at StorageReview.com. Through
a series of factors that we have yet to understand,
Maxtor has delivered us an evaluation unit of the
DiamondMax 40 before we've even gotten our hands on
the DiamondMax 36. The DM40's 10.2 gigabytes per platter
(!), however, delivers a platter capacity that seems
to be standard across the lines of drives
forthcoming from all major manufacturers.
VIA Apollo Pro 133A & VCSDRAM 12:40
posted a new article covering VIA
Apollo Pro 133A & VCSDRAM (future of SDRAM?).
Here's some juice:
new chipset isn’t really new at all;
instead, it is a somewhat modified version of the
North Bridge we've seen in VIA's Apollo Pro 133 thus
justifying the small change in the name of this
chipset solution. The part has been dubbed the
Apollo Pro 133A and is essentially identical to the
Apollo Pro 133 in every aspect except it adds the
support for AGP 4X, making it a true competitor to
Intel's 820. Why even bother with anything other
than the i820? Intel has always produced high
quality and high performing chipsets in the past,
why even consider VIA?
Promise FastTrak RAID Controller 11:42 am -
just dropped us a line of their latest review on the Promise
FastTrak ATA-66 RAID controller. Throw in two IBM
22GXP and you will be rocking away!
I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised.
I found the FastTrak66, two UDMA66 cables, two
floppy disks and a very thick manual. The
manual is what caught my eye. No wimpy little
book here! This manual is thicker than most
motherboard manuals! It is well laid out and
filled with all the information needed to properly
install and set-up the card. The detailed FAQ
is sufficient to troubleshoot most any problems you
may encounter while setting up your RAID array.
Cooler Roundup 11:40 am -
cool your hot hard disks? TheTechZone
just finished their hard disk coolers roundup on 5
best performing hard drive coolers were the AMK HD-3
and the Global Win King Kong cooler. The King Kong
had the lowest temp reading on top of the Quantum
while the AMK HD-3 had the lowest reading on the
bottom of the Quantum. To rank these coolers
overall, I looked at cooling performance, price and
Microsoft Fights IE Holes
09:16 am - Sniper
was just telling me last nite that he came across a
web site that seems to be scanning his hdd. Well this
could most probably be the cause of the problem.
My advice? Use Netscape, it works.
Last week, Microsoft acknowledged that Internet Explorer 5.0 was vulnerable to a Guninski exploit that let malicious Web site
operators view visitors' files. The exploit bypassed Microsoft's security measures by running the
script from within a frame--a smaller window in a Web site--where the security checks did not apply.
09:09 am - Sniper
managed to get rid of his "ball". Well
I just want to get rid of my cables lying around, hope
could fulfill my wish.
Canon has developed a wireless version of the IEEE 1394 bus capable of
transmitting data at a rate of 100Mbps, Japanese newswire Nikkei reported today.
1 GHz Mad
08:57 am - Sniper
Register has two articles about 2 sworn enemies trying
to out race each other to get the first 1 GHz x86 chip
out by this by winter. The Athlon
and the Willamette.
Sources close to AMD's plans have said that the company is likely to intro a 1GHz
Athlon early next year.
Intel knows in its heart that Coppermine just can't cut it in the race against
Athlon, so Chipzilla has a little surprise up its sleeve - the next generation of IA32 processor,
codenamed Willamette, could be here a staggering nine months early.
Creative GeForce and Platinum Launch
06:48 am - Kan
pals over at Alive!
written a very good writeup on the Creative
GeForce and SB Live! Platinum launch which was
held on 15th October. Hardware One was there too
*wave* (and boy, are we glad we were there :) )
day began with Mr Sim's presentation on Creative in
the Next Millennium - the challenges and
its roots in the PC hardware and peripheral
business, Creative finds itself in a very low profit
margin market. Virtually every product in the
marketplace is falling in price very quickly, as new
and more advanced solutions are introduced at
breakneck pace. One example is the graphic card
business, which goes through major changes in a
matter of months.
06:30 am - Kan
chewed a bite on the Marvel
G400 TV-Review. I sure won't mind getting my hands
on one of these!
video quality from the TV tuner is as good as or
better than any consumer standalone card we have
seen. Color fidelity is fine and color bleeding is
minimal. The sharpness is quite good. The underlying
tuner software is superb and this is an area where
many tuner suppliers fall far short. Like most,
Matrox uses a remote control metaphor for punching
up channels, changing inputs, etc., but the options
behind it are very thoughtful for the video grabber.
Screen caps can be handled by assigned hot-keys and
sent to incrementally numbered image files in .BMP
or .JPG formats.
06:22 am - Kan
is really getting popular nowadays. USB
Workshop also posted a review on the Intelimouse
Explorer. One thing I will like to share with you
guys is that the Intellimouse 3.0 software does not
support Windows 2000 yet! Darn!
it in, point, scroll and shoot.
Windows 98 SE, instantly recognizes the new
Intellimouse Explorer in either USB or PS/2 mode.
According to the small, (8) page, installation
pamphlet, the Explorer mouse is also Win98, Win95,
NT and Mac compatible.
I chose to use USB mode and removing the PS/2
adapter from the end of the mouse plug, I installed
the mouse via the onboard USB port of a new MS
Natural Keyboard Pro. The top buttons of the mouse
are enabled and right, left and scroll, function
perfectly, right out of the box.
Natural Pro Keyboard
06:20 am - Kan
must have left it out yesterday but nevertheless
AGN Hardware posted a review on the Microsoft
Natural Pro Keyboard.
the Natural Pro requires at least a PS/2 connection
and USB is optional. You can connect just the USB
plug but some of the features will not work like the
volume control and mute keys and keyboard will
sometimes be unavailable during bootup, so be sure
to connect both. The keyboard will work fine at this
point but to get the full use you need to install
Microsoft’s Intellitype Pro software. With that
installed you can then use the 19 hot keys across
06:18 am - Kan
dropped us a line that they have some preliminary
specifications for the new Elsa
Gloria II graphics card. Woohoos, 64MB of memory
and AGP4X support sure is the next thing to go for.
ELSA GLoria II is the latest and most powerful
graphics solution for use in demanding
professional graphics. Uncompromising 3D
graphics performance for high-end CAD,
visualization, animation and digital content
creation are combined with rapid 2D acceleration
for image processing and all standard
05:47 am - Kan
reviewed two Socket7 motherboards from Soyo, the 5EMM
and 5EMA+ v1.0. Here's an excerpt from the review:
SY-5EMA+ and the SY-5EMM are Soyo's current offer of
ATX motherboards for Super7 users. Both boards are
built around the mysterious ETEQ chipset which, in
case you did not know already, is nothing other than
a remarked VIA MVP3, revision CE. The lesser 5EMM
has in fact a microATX layout. In practice, this
means that the board is considerably smaller than
the normal ATX version but a little larger than the
average AT board. The more expensive 5EMA+ is a
05:46 am - Kan
posted a review on the new ABIT
BF6 motherboard which comes with 6 PCI slots, 1
ISA slot as well as a AMR slot.
construction of BF6 is similar to that of BE6,
except for some details. As already said, BF6 and
BE6 rev. 2.0 are based on the same PCB and you can
see this looking at the preset for Highpoint HPT366
chip and the two additional EIDE channels available
in BE6 rev. 2.0. The components are set as any Slot
1 motherboard in ATX format: on the upper part the
are the Slot 1, the three DIMM memory Slots, the
north bridge of Intel 440BX chipset, the connectors
for EIDE channels and Floppy drive, the ATX power
connector and I/O ports (with different colour to
match PC99 specifications).
05:45 am - Kan
Review sent note on their review on SuSE
6.2. Still haven't tried out Linux before? Read
the review and hopefully you will be convinced. :)
6.1 was an impressive release; it came on five CD's
and included almost close to 1000 applications...
what could they have done to improve it? Let's look
at Suse 6.2; starting with the packaging.
front cover highlights the inclusion of StarOffice
5.1, and mentions that SuSE 6.2 comes with 1,300
applications, KDE 1.1.1, and kernel version 2.2 on
six cdroms with a 430 page manual, boot disks and 60
days of installation support.
05:42 am - Kan
those people who have been visiting High Performance
PC Guide, the whole site has been revamped and is
currently called Active-Hardware.To
kick off with the new site, the guys posted a review
on the Shuttle
AV61 Slot1 VIA Apollo Pro133 motherboard. There's
also a new review on Alpha
Coolers for Socket7/Socket370. So, take a look!
concerns the AV61's configuration, things are a bit
different. Effectively, the installer is faced with
two choices. First of all, an array of jumpers for
configuring clock frequency, memory frequency, clock
multiplier, and the processor's core voltage. Nest,
all these functions - but the core voltage function
- can also be performed from a menu within the BIOS
named "CPU Speed Settings". Finally, a
function within the "Chipset Features
Setup" menu permits the adjustment of the
memory frequency synchronous with that of the system
bus by adding or subtracting 33Mhz from the former.
For example, you may set your system bus to 133Mhz,
and by subtracting 33Mhz, operate PC100 memory
October 1999 - Monday
21:56 pm - Wilfred
Time will tell. Anyway, VoodooExtreme
released a preview
about the technologies to be found in the much hyped
Glaze3D chip from the BitBoys...
Glaze3D looks to be one of the first graphic
accelerators to truly harness the power of embedded
DRAM. A 9.6GB/sec bandwidth should be more than
enough bandwidth for even the most bandwidth intense
operations (1600x1200x32bit color gaming, for
example). Even though 9.6GB is more than enough
bandwidth, Glaze3D still supports texture
decompression on the fly. This further reduces
bandwidth requirements and allows for many more
Glaze3D features to be employed without worries of
bandwidth bottlenecking. In other words, all the
math stuff is crude approximation.
DRAM is expensive and since it is embedded in the
silicon, adds to the heat dissipation of the
processor. According to BitBoys, 9MB eDRAM is enough
for 1024x768x32bit color rendering. (front buffer,
back buffer, and zbuffer = 96bits * 1024x768 =
exactly 9MB. (9MB = 9x1024x1024, NOT 9x1000x1000).
According to BitBoys, not enough gamers will play at
1600x1200x32 (due to monitor restrictions, for
example) to warrant more than 9MB of eDRAM. Note
that the Glaze3D supports higher resolutions, but
not all the buffers will be stored in eDRAM.
21:49 pm - Wilfred
posted a review
on a pre-modified Athlon 500Mhz that's clocked to
650Mhz and sold for a little extra cost. Looking for
the best bang? The answer can only be overclocking...
has again impressed me with their Athlon it
extremely overclockable and rock solid. The FAK7X2B
is a God sent, it really tamed the 650 during many
of hours of use. I would highly consider it, if I
was in the market for a Athlon. And I"m sure
ComputerNerd is going to offer the FAK7X2B and
Athlon 500 @ 650 as a kit very soon.
as shown above the Athlon was able to run with the
CoolMaster but at a much higher temperature and that
will add up to a shorter CPU life span. Which is
really something you must think about when running a
21:40 pm - Wilfred
it's not the BE6-II yet. HardwarePros
has a review
on the very successful Abit BE6 board, recognised as
one of the best ATA66 capable BX mobo available. Still
a decent choice!
Abit BE6 is definitely a very capable motherboard.
With decent overclocking capabilities and built-in
Ultra DMA/66 support, this board has everything most
users will need. So if you're a regular user
looking to upgrade your system to a Pentium III, and
you want Ultra DMA 66 support, this is a great
motherboard with a good price. However, for
the power users and those who want to be on the
cutting edge, there are better options out there,
most notably from SOYO and Abit's next generation
motherboards, the BF6 and BE6-II. We are also
on the verge of Intel releasing the i820 chipset and
some users will want to upgrade to an i820
motherboard (provided all the problems are worked
20:34 pm - Kan
to juice you up today is the review on the SB
Live! X-Gamer and MP3+ soundcards by AGN
first advantage that the Sound Blaster Live! X-Gamer
offers to the most picky music fans is support for
true digital audio, thanks to a digital Din connector
on the back of the card. This will allow you to
hook up your FPS 2000 in digital mode, DTS or AC3
supporting receiver or whatever other options there
may be. This move to true digital audio is something
that only the full version of the Live! supported
before, so the trip to a $99 sound card is a welcome
3D GeForce Review 20:23
pm - Kan
pals over at FiringSquad
smacked a review on the Guillemot
Prophet 3D GeForce card. Here's how it
overclocking results were somewhat disappointing.
We were only able to get the card up to 130/180
from the default core/memory speed settings of 120/166MHz.
At first, we thought the card was stable at 135MHz,
but framerate would eventually halve after extended
use at 135MHz. We were surprised with the 180Mhz
max on the memory - when Vanguard says 5.5ns, they
really mean 5.5ns.
shouldn't really complain about these overclocked
numbers (they're pretty respectable), but we've
been spoiled by the highly overclockable Voodoo3
and TNT2 cards. We have to remember that any increase
in core speed has a larger effect on fill rate because
of the GeForce's quad-pixel pipeline.
20:21 pm - Kan
posted Part two of the Full
Tower Case Roundup in which they compared
between five different casings. Here's some juice:
first looks, this case is a monster. It's the largest
one that I reviewed and probably will be the largest
one that I will ever review. However, along side
of it's gargantuan footprint, there is a very well
designed case. On the front bezel, we have a big
'door' with a lock to the right. This lock opens
the door that opens the world of expansion possibilities
and much more. Once open, there are nine total 5.25"
drive bays ready for use. At the very top, there
is an LED panel with a two buttons. Those two buttons
are for power and resetting the computer. There
is a total 11 LED lights
20:19 pm - Kan
took a look at the Labtec
LCS-2414 speakers. The 4" subwoofer
definitely looks good and it cost less than US$50
LCS-2414 box design doesn't differ from the rest,
nothing to savvy but definitely very professional
looking. First thing that struck my mind when laying
eyes on the box was how small the box was and opening
the box didn't make things better. Indeed, the LCS-2414
are very small, the satellite speakers are no bigger
than those found in the Cambridge Soundworks' Four
Point Surround package. The 4" subwoofer comes
in a sturdy wooden cabinet and is of the down-firing
design. Although not a very large wood cabinet,
the subwoofer oozed with great Labtec quality.
20:18 pm - Kan
sure I get it right this time. Anyway, Overclockin.com
reviewed the Alpha
P125 heatsink for your Slot-1 Celeries.
heatsink was tested with a very thin coat of heatsink
compound between the heatsink and the processor.
I used standard Radio Shack silicone heatsink compound
(Catalog # 276-1372). The ambient temperature
readings were taken with an indoor/outdoor digital
thermometer from Radio Shack. The internal
system temperatures for the tests were taken using
the built-in system temperature sensor as well as
the thermistor included with the ABIT BX6-2.
The thermistor was placed in contact with the processor
core in order to get a consistent reading on all
KX 27.3 GB
15:07 pm - Kan
another hard drive review by Tech-Review
on the Quantum
Fireball KX 27.3 GB hard disk. A good chance to
see whether the Quantum or the Western Digital hard
drive is faster.
bigger the hard drives get, the bigger our appetite
becomes for larger and larger storage capacities.
When we first heard about the 27.3 GB hard drives
that all the major manufacturers were releasing,
our jaws dropped. Finally a hard drive large enough
to manage every program and game we ever wanted
to use. As we continue our examination of the latest
and greatest large capacity hard drives, we take
a look at the new Quantum Fireball KX, which provides
a whopping 27.3 GB of storage space.
27.3GB Hard Disk
15:03 pm - Kan
pals over at 3DSpotlight
posted a review on the Western
Digital 27.3GB hard disk. Hmm, I sure won't
mind such a big hard disk in my casing.
outside of the WD 27.3GB drive looks very similar to
that of IBM drives. This is because Western Digital
licensed a lot of IBM’s drive technology. This is
good for Western Digital, IBM and for us.
Digital Drives are available almost everywhere,
while IBM drives are not and IBM drives, in the
past, were the fastest drives around. Now, when you
buy a Western Digital drive you can expect to see
performance near that of IBMs and that is what I
expected from my 27.3GB Western Digital drive.
12:40 pm - Kan
also posted the review on the Microsoft
Intellimouse Explorer. Life without balls sure
is smooth going :). Here's an excerpt from the
can also create a problem if you have anything less
then Windows 95 OSR 2. If you don't know if you
have OSR2 or higher, the general rule is if you
bought your system in the year 1997 or after, and
it has USB ports, then you have everything you need
to get this mouse working. If you are still unsure,
press start, settings, control panel, system, and
if it says B after your windows version then you
12:35 pm - Kan
pals over at iXBT-Hardware
just popped a review on the Matrox
G400 Max. Dual-head and bump mapping definitely
are the strongest selling points for the card. But how
well does it perform? Check it out:
let's return to Matrox Millennium G400 MAX. After
Matrox Millennium G400 16MB we managed to get hold
of a similar card with 32MB memory and without DualHead.
However, it didn't show any remarkable results and
the only difference was the possibility to use the
resolution of 1024x768x32 in OpenGL. We didn't consider
this 32MB version worth our particular attention.
But now when we got Matrox Millenium G400 MAX we
will undoubtedly make use of the results achieved
by that Matrox Millennium G400 32MB, which will
be taken for a starting point of our comparison.
12:31 pm - Kan
at 3DRage, the guys
posted their thoughts on the game Driver.
If you like NFS type of gameplay, check this out:
is the latest game developed by Reflections and
published by GT Interactive which pits you as a
deep undercover cop investigating one of the most
infamous crime orginizations in the US. This is
probably the first game that involves racing a vehicle
through the streets that I have purchased for the
computer, as I've never been an avid racing fan,
but hopefully Driver will change all that. Technically,
Driver is not a racing game, but a game in which
you must dodge cops and beat the clock to reach
your destination without wrecking your car, a mix
between Midtown Madness and Grand Theft Auto. Read
on to see if Driver can live up to the hype.
III S540 Xtreme
06:26 am - Kan
had another new review, this time on the Diamond
Stealth III S540 Xtreme card peppered with
Savage 4 Pro powered Diamond Stealth III 540 was
good enough to earn an overall score from us of
eight back in May. Now they've whipped up a faster
card using the Savage 4 Pro Xtreme chip, with surprisingly
high 160MHz graphics clock and 166MHz memory frequency.
This is a nice bump up from the regular Stealth
III 540's 125MHz graphics clock and 143MHz memory
frequency. The Xtreme also has an even more surprisingly
low price of $99 after a $30 rebate, which is the
same price as the original. We decided to put the
Xtreme to the test to see how good the "low-end"
06:24 am - Kan
sent note on their review on Descent
Freespace 2. If you haven't lay your paws on
this game, you should!
designs are pretty good, there are the basic escort
missions seen in such games as X-Wing Alliance,
Wing Commander, but also some massive battles against
Shivan and NTF Capital Ships. These Capital ships
are massive, probably the biggest ships I have seen
in any space shoot-em up simulation. The AI of the
enemy is pretty good, not perfect as many of the
ships still like to fly into you but there is very
little in the way of bad points I can make about
the enemy AI. It is also nice to see some intelligence
from my Wingmen during the game too, shooting asteroids
so that other ships wouldn't crash into them etc,
but they do seem to like to get killed by capital
ships far too easily.
October 1999 - Sunday
IntelliEye Mice -
We have a new
review for your consumption. les and Kan had lots
of fun with Microsoft's latest range of optical mice,
and together they've given their verdict if these balless
rodents are worth your extra dough. Here's a peek at
the Explorer's cute butt! =)
the Intellieye optical sensor, the mice are capable
of scanning surfaces at a rate of 1,500 times per
second to track movement. There are two types of
digital camera technologies used widely today; The
first being the popular CCD technology and the other
uses CMOS technology. The Intellieye uses CMOS technology
akin to a tiny digital camera, taking a whopping
1,500 pictures per second on the surfaces beneath
the mice. After taking the pictures, the 18 MIPS
digital signal processor will analyze these pictures
and translate the movement of the mouse to reflect
the cursor position on the monitor screen. With
"image correlation processing" techniques,
the mice provide smoother and more precise pointer
movements than ever before.
pm - Wilfred
has a write
up on the 9.1Gb Quantum Fireball KA HDD. It is
Quantum's first ATA/66 drive featuring an average
seek time of 8.5ms and a 512Kb buffer.
real world gaming situations, the drive performs
great. I was always among the first to get onto
a each Quake 3 level. I also notice a nice speed
increase from Unreal Tournament. With my old drive,
which only spun at 4,500 RPM, Unreal Tournament
was very choppy. The choppiness disappeared with
the Quantum drive.
performance, great price, good warranty and lots
of storage space. There's isn't much missing from
drive. The icing on the cake is the Quantum KA is
very quiet for a 7,200 RPM hard drive. With a street
price of about $180, I can't see how you can lose
going with the Quantum 18 Gig KA.
pm - Wilfred
Mechanic posted a short
review on the above gadget, which will allow you
to share a DSL/cable connection with up to 262 PCs
within your office or home. The device also doubles
up as a 4-port Ethernet hub.
feel, that because of it’s whopping price tag of
around $250-$300 US, it’s only affordable for small
business, and home users that really want a server,
but don’t want to spend $2000 US just to share their
high speed internet connection.
For the small business, its only real use
is to share Internet access.
If your business grows, it might need a File
server, and maybe even a print server, which the
XRouter does not do.
When your business grows to the point where
you do need a server, you also want the control
a server gives you, such as user logins, and file
am - Kan
updated their monthly Hardware
Buyer's Guide and added new stuffs including the
Athlon 700 Mhz as well as GeForce graphics cards.
poking and prodding our various Athlon-powered PCs
for over two months we've come to the conclusion
that they're very powerful, as well as stable, x86
the release of the Athlon 700MHz CPU, AMD has vaulted
into the high-performance realm usually reserved
for workstations and the brute force of the chip
has won us over versus the slower performance of
the rival Intel Pentium III 600 CPU.
Cambridge Roundup 10:12
am - Kan
promised, the thrash-out between the Klipsch
and Cambridge DTT 2500 speakers are out over at
These two pair of speakers are superb for your home
computer and you won't go round getting any one of
sound quality here is just superb. The bass will
knock your socks off in comparison. I think the
mids and highs are even more clear than the Cambridge
due to a couple of things: they separate the mids
and highs by using a horn for highs and a 3"
driver for the mids; and, the fact that there is
so much power to play with means you don't have
to drive the electronics so hard to get ear-blistering
levels. The subwoofer is, of course, powerful. But
beyond the power, the bass is punchier here and
clear due to the twin 6.5" drivers and the
6th order enclosure.
am - Kan
it's out for quite some time now, but Exxtreme3D
smacked a lengthy review
on the history of Command and Conquer right up to
the gameplay of Tiberian Sun. Here's an excerpt:
new Command and Conquer is even better than the
Though it has a lot more new units and building,
and the graphics and realism have increased, but
the great story line, involving the NOD and the
GDI is back too.
I loved the aliens in it too.
The way the alien space craft was just laying
there in the bottom of that pit, with all the search
lights, and NOD excavation equipment around it.
That was great.
I never play a better game by Westwood.
am - Kan
it's not a review on the Skyline GTR but rather the
Twin Turbo fans reviewed by our pals over at FPS3D.
good fan, by definition, is one that does it's job,
and does it well. 3DCOOL has developed a reputation
for the latter, and for the last half year, has
been introducing some of the most effective yet
still sweet-looking cooling devices on the planet.
One of their latest products, the Twin Turbo, aims
to continue this reputation. Of course before I
say anything else, check out some pics of this honey.
October 1999 - Saturday
Hitachi Superscan 19" Monitor 23:05
pm - Kan
reviewed the Hitachi
Superscan 19" monitor. It comes with a
18" viewable distance but has an impressive depth
of 15.5" only. This is a pretty good monitor so
check it out:
they were common until Hitachi NSA added the
SuperScan CM761U 19" monitor to their family of
SuperScan displays. With 18 inches of viewable area
and an overall depth similar to a 15" display,
the CM761U can save you precious workspace while at
the same time provide you with superb image quality,
flicker-free refresh rates at high resolutions, and
also exceptional contrast at the corners and edges.
Price Watch 23:05
pm - Kan
the time of the week again where SystemLogic
updated their Hardware
Price Watch. Well, it's encouraging to see RAM
prices dropping again. :)
for prices, you will see a huge price drop in Athlon
processors, as well as 133MHz Pentium III
processors. Also known as the PIIIB series.
The Xeon 500 with 1MB cache, also had a significant
price drop. One great thing we are seeing is a
drop in RAM prices this week. Actually it's a
huge drop, considering prices went as much as $50
lower, hopefully this whole RAM price boost is over!
AOpen AX6BC Pro 20:49
pm - Kan
Australia just finished their review on the AOpen
AX6C Pro Slot-1 motherboard. Though it's out for a
long time already, this board is still renown for it's
stability under overclocked conditions.
core voltage can be raised in +0.1V steps to a
maximum of 2.2V for 0.25 micron cpu's. Core voltage
adjustment is also supported for both 0.18 micron
and 0.35 micron cores, to a maximum of 0.2V over
specification. There are no negative voltage steps
available. If you're using a socket370 CPU, you
could always use a slocket such as the MSI 6905 v1.1
which allows you to adjust the voltage
ATop Vs SuperMicro Casings 19:21
pm - Wilfred
posted a review
on the two casings. If you're going to splurge, you
might as well be more careful. These are not cheap
dudes you can pick up just anywhere.
power supply is one of the best features that
this case has. At a bold 300W, running out of
power should not be a problem for any user.
Yet, this is a power supply with a redundant
cooling system in it. In a nutshell, as the
case temperature gets hotter, the power supply
will get hotter. As the power supply gets
hotter, the fan in the power supply speeds up,
cooling it down faster by blowing the air out
of the case at a faster rate. That's not all
second feature is
thermometer that is connected to an internal
speaker and LED light on the front bezel.
Whenever the case's internal temperature
exceeds 68 degrees Celsius (about 154.4
degrees Fahrenheit) an alarm will sound and
the LED will be lit up. There is a switch on
the back to shut off the alarm, but the LED
will remain on until the temperature is
brought down. This is a great feature for the
overclockers out there. With a solid power
supply and these two features, this PS setup
was one of the best I've seen.
Motherboard RoundUp 19:13
pm - Wilfred
has a short
roundup of 3 available Athlon mobos retailing out
there. Sure you know the Athlon is a hot babe, but
you've got to find it a suitable companion. Have a
it seems as though our weight has shifted over to
the Gigabyte motherboard. The MSI board also is a
quality board in all respects, and the FIC is too,
if you're running under 650 Mhz. FIC has told us
there will be a BIOS to fix this problem, and when
it's released we'll adjust this review accordingly.
Also, word is that they're adding a new chip on
their motherboards that will squash the 650+ mishap,
and that will be shipping in their latest batches of
motherboards. When we get one, we'll test it out and
let everyone know how it runs. We've tested boards
in-house that allow for overclocking, and are higher
quality than all of these boards tested, but
unfortunately they won't be going onto the
production lines for another few weeks. For now, the
real gamers choice would have to be either the
GigaByte or MSI boards, both are compact and
well-designed, and allow your system to harness the
true power of the Athlon.
Athlon Production Next Week 19:04
pm - Wilfred
Register has news
that AMD will begin production of their 1GHz copper
Athlons next week, at their Dresden fab. Way to go...
has an unpleasant history of not quite managing to
get its production schedules together, but so far
Dresden doesn't look at all bad. It's the first
plant outside of the US capable of using a copper
process, and as it comes into commission this year
it seems to have been hitting its targets.
production is intended to be at 0.18 micron, with a
maximum Fab capacity of 5,500 wafers a week, and 300
Athlons per wafer. That's a lot of Athlons, but the
big question now will be yield - if AMD can get this
up fast, it could be sitting pretty at last.
Will Hurt Windows 19:00
pm - Wilfred
has an editorial
about the penguin and devil duel, this time written by
a Microsoft Certified Professional. Seriously, if this
sums up the views of qualified network guys out there,
Microsoft really has to wake up. Have a read:
been an MCP for about three years. I started
learning about Windows NT because I thought NetWare
was on it’s last legs, and I wanted our shop to be
on the latest and greatest. I don’t want to get
into an emotional debate here, but Windows NT was a
good thing. It forced Novell to wake up and put some
real improvements in their product, as well as
implementing a pricing model that real companies
could live with. It was good from an industry
standpoint. From a technical standpoint, well, it
left a bit to be desired.
Microsoft’s credit, they made NT pretty easy to
use. User and device management were way beyond
NetWare’s tools for ease of use (NetWare would
later surpass NT, and has superior tools to this
day) and that made it a cinch for a bunch of
simpletons raised on Windows to administer servers
for the first time.
was only one problem with NT. It crashed. Alot.
Microsoft would go on to improve it, add features
such as a more fully functional GUI, a web server
that was actually useful, drivers for just about
every device under the sun and so on. But it kept on
I came from IBM’s System/36 (and later AS/400)
world, where logging wasn’t just a fact of life,
it was life. If something went wrong, there
was so much information written that tracing exactly
what went wrong was trivial. If something
went wrong. It was rare. IBM doesn’t call the
AS/400 bulletproof for nothing.
those rare occasions when something did go wrong, it
was easy to trace the sequence of events that caused
the problem. Executives were used to getting
absolute explanations as to what went wrong and what
was being done to fix it. Not so with NT.
Explanations frequently amounted to "uh, we
think it might have been the antivirus
program." We were never sure.
pm - Wilfred
to this report
at ZDNet, Microsoft will delay (again, yes) the launch
of Windows 2000 to February next year, abandoning
their 1999 date. I know no one is surprised and those
of you blue in the face for holding your breath should
have known earlier than be so silly. After all, Steve
Ballmer said "We're
going to take our time and make sure the thing is
absolutely, positively right." =)
officials maintain the product will release to
manufacture, or RTM, this year -- sources say Dec. 5
is the latest target -- and therefore Windows 2000
would technically ship this year, even though users
won't have the software in hand for six to eight
weeks after RTM.
even Microsoft seems resigned to the idea that,
given Year 2000 issues, shipping a product at the
end of this year is not an ideal strategy.
joke and tell [CEO] Bill [Gates] that this is the
worst time in the last couple hundred years to ship
a new software product," said Brian Valentine,
vice president of Microsoft's Business and
Enterprise Division and head of Windows 2000
development under Senior Vice President Jim Allchin.
Klipsch ProMedia v.2 - 400 10:36
am - Kan
high end, but what
a weird model name for a pair of speakers, but AnandTech
reviewed this pair
of speakers and gave their thoughts about it:
there was ever a company that, throughout audio
history, have helped define "Sound
Quality", it is Klipsch. The ProMedia speakers
are a shining example of high-end computer audio.
The speakers reproduce sound in the most clear and
accurate manner I have heard to date from PC
speakers. When a set of speakers come out and rival
$1000+ sets of home audio equipment, people stop and
listen. As usual, when testing speakers, I used a
Creative SoundBlaster Live. I played probably over
200-300 songs over the past week and just can't turn
these things off. I also watched some DVD movies and
the speakers sound fantastic, only lacking a decoder
and an extra speaker to experience 5.1 AC-3 sound.
Gaming sounds nothing less than immersive.
Gamepad Extreme 10:32
am - Kan
Hardware reviewed the Logitech
Gamepad Extreme (which looks similar to the
Microsoft Gamepad Pro). Here's some juice:
that fiasco was over with, the Gamepad Extreme
really performed well. I expected the tilt feature
to be lacking like the Microsoft Freestyle, but it
turned out to be surprisingly accurate.The included
partial version of Rogue Squadron worked great with
near joystick accuracy. Using a tilt sensitive
gamepad is quite impressive, as the usual resistance
that a joystick has when turning is totally gone.
Instead you have a virtual joystick that you move in
3D space to convey your movement.
i810 Mainboard Review 10:30
am - Kan
took a bite at the Transcend
i810 Mainboard. Well known for their RAM
solutions, especially in the notebook industry, here's
how the board performs:
Sharky Extreme is taking a look at Transcend's
cost-sensitive, value-orientated i810 mainboard, the
TS-UWH31. With integrated sound and video as well as
a small size and good overclocking potential, the
UWH-31 may be the right board for users seeking more
work potential than entertainment capacity from
this board right for your needs? Lets examine the
UWH31 in more detail and attempt to answer that very
Soyo Motherboards 10:18
am - Kan
right in front of HotHardware
are some juice on the new Soyo boards they are
coming out with.
is coming -- In time for COMDEX there will be a
new family of Athlon boards. the first generation
will feature AMD chipsets, the next gen will have
VIA chipsets. Even though this is
"6-layer" technology, Soyo will come in
at a price point that will make both sytems
integrators and endusers drool.
Soyo boards with VIA chipsets will support 4x AGP.
Soyo's SY-6VBA 133 with its 2x AGP support is a
sound board. However, in time for COMDEX or for
upgrade freaks who want to put a little extra
graphics performance under the Christmas tree will
be Soyo models to support VIA 4X AGP.
& RAMBUS -- stay tuned here. Obviously some
retooling had to be done on these forthcoming
motherboards. We expect to have models that be
have either SDRAM or RAMBUS. I'm not certain on
the ship dates as of today.
Linux 2001? 10:15
am - Kan
the guys wrote an interesting
editorial on what will happen if Windows 2000 is
delayed. Well, this could give Linux the chance to
finally catch up with the consumers market.
5.0 / Windows 2000 is already late; pushing the
delivery date into 2000, even if the delay was to
increase compatibility and reliability (which is
laudable) the delay certainly won't help Windows
2000 gain market acceptance.
wonder what is causing the delay? It must be quite a
problem for Microsoft to accept the bad publicity
inherent with such a delay; the anticipated fallout
from whatever is causing the delay (had Windows 2000
been released with the hypothetical problem) must be
considered to be worse than taking the delay's PR
CAD Benchmark Results 10:13
am - Kan
take a look at nV
News on their CAD
benchmark results ran on the GeForce 256.
mentioned this morning, I have conducted a series of
tests with the GeForce 256 using the Indy3D MCAD
OpenGL benchmarking software suite. Indy3D's
rating is based on 4 tests known as MCAD 40, MCAD
150, Animation, and Simulation. I've included
results for a few other other CAD graphics
accelerators that appear on the official
benchmarking table at Sense8. The GeForce
256 test results can be viewed here.
am - Kan
check out FullOn3D
interview with S3 on the new Savage2000
graphics card (hope it comes out soon!).
When will S3 have review silicon ready?
In the region of about four weeks, but I can’t say
for certain because I haven’t been given that
information. I know that we go into production in
October and that retail cards should be available by
the 1st November. We expect them to sell for around
$150 to $250, bearing in mind that Geforce cards
will cost between $300 & $400.
Live! Platinum Review 10:04
am - Kan
like our buds over at 3DsoundSurge
beat us into it. Anyway, they've 'orchestrated' their
thoughts on the Platinum
soundcard and here's how it sounds:
actual optional Digital Output Module will connect
to the external digital mini-jack on the Live! card
itself. The card also has the same digital connector
as the original full version of the Live but most
likely you will be using this for the Live!Drive.
However, the LiveDrive itself has an internal
digital expansion connector that is the same as the
connector found on the cards so you can check out
add on boards from Hoontech with optical in and out
as well as the possible optical I/O board from
DiamondMax Plus 27.3GB 10:01
am - Kan
smacked up a review on the Maxtor
DiamondMax Plus 27.3GB hard disk. This hard disk
is smacked full of goodies like 7,200RPM, 2MB buffer
as well as ATA66 support. Here's how it
a look at the scores reveals the Maxtor's superior
Business Disk mark in both Windows 98 and NT. In
Windows 98 the Maxtor lead the WD by 6% and by an
even greater 17% under Windows NT. Falling behind in
the High End disk mark under Windows 98 by 12%
compared to the Western Digital, the Maxtor fights
back under NT overtaking the WD by 10.5%. Maxtor's
Dual Wave technology can partially be responsible
for its high performance, in conjunction with the 2
MB of 100 MHz cache.
ABIT BP-24S 09:55
am - Kan
guys, I know how hard it rocks to have a 8-processors
Celeron motherboard, but it ain't true. =( Below is
just a pic manipulated using Photoshop. Thanks to TheTechZone
for telling us! Nice work though! =)
reliable source whose identity I'm not at liberty to
disclose has passed along to me some information that
was leaked to him by an Abit employee. Apparently Abit
is working on a 8-way server motherboard based
on Celeron processors. I got some preliminary specs
but these may change. The board features two sets of
specially modified Intel BX chipsets, three 64-bit
66MHz PCI slots and 4 regular, support for 2 AGP
graphics cards, 3 GB of ECC RAM, and accommodates 8
socket-370 Celerons. It's called the BP24-S.
Supposedly it's overclockable
too. 8-way server on the cheap? Whatever you do, don't
Cooling Guide 09:48
am - Kan
released the 4th part to the Peltier
Cooling Guide and described the benefits, how
it works and the dangers they post to us. Here's an excerpt:
a Peltier Cooling unit can cool your CPU substantially
more so than a standard heatsink and fan combo, there
are many more dangers when using a peltier unit. As
mentioned before, the peltier element works by making
one side very hot and one side very cold, but because
of the extreme temperatures of the hot side of the
peltier, you must have a high powered fan to dissipate
the heat. If this high powered fan gives out or
breaks, then your CPU could fry under the extremely
Apollo Pro 133A Review 09:46
am - Kan
the gurus posted a review on the VIA
Apollo Pro 133A chipset. Lots of benchmarks are
slapped into the review as well.
Apollo Pro133A design is almost identical to that used
for its predecessor Apollo Pro133. The only thing that
distinguishes the newcomer is the support of a
high-speed protocol AGP 4x, which is not yet supported
by any other chipsets. Hence Apollo Pro133A inherited
all the positive features of the previous chipset
version such as 133MHz system and memory bus support.
VIA Apollo Pro133A is completely asynchronous that's
why the processor and system memory bus frequencies
are set independently from each other. It implies that
you can still squeeze the maximum out of PC133 memory
even if you don't have a 133MHz processor (with index
B). And vice versa: the old PC100 system memory can be
used with the processors intended for a 133MHz bus.
Athlon 650 Mhz 09:44
am - Kan
pals over at HardOCP
penned down some of their thoughts on the new Athlon
650 Mhz processor. Also, they have some exclusive
info on the new Coppermine processors. Be sure to check
will be two version of the Coppermine CPU that I know
of so far. One
is SC242 (Slot-1); the other is FC-PGA (Socket 370).
The FC-PGA version of Coppermine has changed
it's pin out definition compared to Celeron, so the
current Celeron Socket370 boards will not run the
Current Coppermine architecture.
But this does not mean that only the 810e
platform can run the FC-PGA Coppermine.
Our Slot-1 Coppermine was VERY much at home on
our BX chipset board.
Once the pin configuration is worked out we
might very well see BX Chipset boards able to run the
Coppermine in a Socket370. Also it seems as if
slower than 666MHz Coppermines will run at 1.6 volts
while the faster CPUs will use a 1.65 voltage.
October 1999 - Friday
Toshiba PDR-M5 11:03
am - Wilfred
Digicams posted a user
review of Toshiba's latest 2.1 MegaPixel digital
camera. Offering 3X Optical Zoom, 1600x1200
resolution, and a sophisticated DSP for superior
shooting speeds, this is one stylish camera bursting
And BF6 Press Releases 10:55
am - Wilfred
they have the press releases of the BE6-II and the BF6
splashed over the news page. Go
and have a look!
new BF6 has One AGP, Six PCI and 1 ISA slot to
handle all of your expansion needs. It also offers
official support for Intel's newest Pentium®III and
Celeron® processors and completely supports Pentium®IIs
and earlier Celerons® as well. Furthermore, it
comes with the following features: all the
specifications for AGP spec Rev. 1.0 for improved 3D
graphics performance at a lower cost, APM/ACPI power
management, USB, PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors,
CPU auto-detect, AWARD write protect anti-virus,
Wake On LAN, Suspend to RAM, and hardware health
monitoring. APM is there also which stands for
Advanced Power Management. It is a feature rich
power management function for a more energy
efficient P.C. It includes Soft Power On/Off, Sleep,
Suspend and Stand-By mode, Real Time Clock (RTC)
Alarm and RTC Power On, and Modem Ring On. The
networking standards Wake On Lan (WOL) and Wake on
Ring are also supported.
am - Wilfred
Scientist has an interesting
article about the existence of time. I dunno about
you, but I will be really glad if it didn't! But wow!
You definitely should read it.
seems to be the most powerful force, an irresistible
river carrying us from birth to death. To most
people it is an inescapable part of life, a
fundamental element of the Universe.
I think that time is an illusion. Physicists
struggling to unify quantum mechanics and Einstein's
general theory of relativity have found hints that
the Universe is timeless. I believe that this idea
should be taken seriously. Paradoxically, we might
be able to explain the mysterious "arrow of
time"-the difference between past and future-by
abandoning time. But to understand how, we need to
change radically our ideas of how the Universe
GeForce Review 10:41
am - Wilfred
that at Tom's
Hardware, an update
to their full review is published. He included tests
of the integrated T&L engine such as, benchmarks
of Dagoth Moor Zoological Gardens (WXP's technology
demo) running on the GeForce. nVidia must be waiting
for that killer game to showcase their GeForce to the
things haven't really changed significantly since
our first review of GeForce. The T&L-engine is a
great feature as long as an application makes use of
it and GeForce was able to show its muscles quite
well in Dagoth Moor Zoological Gardens. However, the
performance of the rendering pipeline really doesn't
knock me off my feet, especially when single data
rate memory is used on the card. It constrains the
rendering pipeline with its low memory bandwidth
with IntelliEye 06:53
am - Kan
at AGN Hardware,
the guys reviewed the new Microsoft
mouse with the optical technology. Personal
experience - Life withOUT balls is pretty cool! :)
feeling a little frustrated about your mouse?
Thinking that it's time for a change? Before
you run out and buy another mechanical mouse, you
should check out the new IntelliMouse Solid State
with IntelliEye technology. Microsoft claims
that this is the best advancement in mouse
technology in 30 years, but how does it stack up?
Watch the video to find out!
Rogue Spear 06:49
am - Kan
Spear, the sequel to the popular Rainbow Six. If
you ever wanted to be a SWAT member but didn't make it,
this is the closest you can get! :)
game Rainbow Six put you in the shoes of the
antiterrorist group of the same name - you had to
zip around the world to carry out hostage rescues,
terrorist hunts, and more. R6 utilized squad combat
from a first person perspective, but what really
made Rainbow Six stand out from the rest is the
amount of realism built into the game from the
ground up. All real weapons were included in the
game - everything from submachine guns to shotguns
and pistols with real specs were part of your
arsenal. One shot kills were the rule, not the
Force Feedback Racing Wheel 06:47
am - Kan
Get ready for the Interact
V4 Force Feedback Racing Wheel reviewed by Speedy3D.
Momo-like wheel makes driving even more
was a snap, taking less than 5 minutes. All you have
to do is snap on suction cups, screw on clamps and
plug in connectors. Interact has even included extra
long cords with this wheel to reduce wear and tear
on them. This is also very helpful if you are
attempting to plug the wheel into a far away socket.
Installing the drivers from the provided CD went
smoothly. Windows 98 detected the new wheel once I
booted up and drivers installed smoothly from the
PCSC-100 Cooler Review 06:43
am - Kan
reviewed the Vantec
PC System Cooler which is basically a cooler which
plugs into one of your PCI slot drawing hot air out of
Vantec PC System Cooler 100 is a slot cooler
designed to exhaust hot air from your computer case.
The first thing you'll notice about the PCSC-100 is
the high air flow rating. 42CFM is a lot for a slot
cooler. Vantec claims this is up to 5 times higher
than their competition.
PCSC-100 gets its great performance from it's
uniquely designed blower setup. Instead of using a
fan like most slot coolers, the PCSC-100 uses a
bunch of blower blades. It looks very much like the
squirrel blowers you get from the local Radio Shack.