Soyo SY-6BA+IV 20:33
pm - Kan
not forget that 3DHardware.net
also posted a review on the Soyo
SY-6BA+IV motherboard. Here's a lick from the
only thing that separates the loose tuff in the
SY-6BA+IV box from the loose stuff in it's
predecessor's box is a single flat cable. With a
slightly darker shade of gray and 40 more wires in
it's flat body, the cable enables your hard disk
drive to use the higher bandwidth that UDMA66 allows
for. More on this later though. Apart from the above
cable, the box holds the two standard cables
(40-wire IDE cable and floppy cable), the usual Soyo
installation CD and something that Soyo only
recently started bundling with their boards, a
software pack consisting about which you can read
more in our SY-6BA+III review (the 'In the Box'
section at the bottom of the first page).
FIC KA6110 20:30
pm - Kan
reviewed the new FIC
KA6110 motherboard based on the Apollo Pro
chipset and supports the new Coppermine processors.
FIC KA-6110 is a high performance board geared
towards the 133 MHz bus speed to achieve its full
performance and that translates into "Coppermine".
The BIOS is tweaked towards optimal performance,
which causes the board to behave a little on the
capricious side without being unstable per se. The
overall performance is above average. The main
argument brought forward against the KA-6110 is the
lack of a manual override of the CPU settings in
form of a jumper / dip switch to enable the 100 /
133 MHz clock. This omission is the main reason for
failure of the current PPGA Celerons to boot on the
KA-6110, with the caveat that this may depend on the
slotket used. No problems are observed with the SEPP
line of Celeron except that the 100 MHz clock cannot
be accessed even by pin taping.
Mhz Athlon 20:27
pm - Kan
posted their thoughts on the Kyrotech
900 Mhz Athlon! Woohoos! We are real close to
breaking the Ghz barrier in a single processor now.
one reading this article likely needs to be told
that, as CPU speeds increase, more wattage and heat
are produced which dramatically limit the maximum
frequency that the CPU can maintain while retaining
system-wide stability. After 14 months writing about
overclocking CPUs, we doubt you need a refresher
course from us on these basics.
what if you had the ability to cool your CPU down to
the -40 to - 44 degrees Celsius range, would that
safely increase your CPU's ability to run at higher
Optimization Guide 20:23
pm - Kan
Rojak Pot just dropped us a line on the revised BIOS
Optimization Guide, bumping it up to version
took a break from the new Speed Demonz article to
update the BIOS
Optimization Guide with the following new BIOS
66 IDE Controller
Savage2000 Party Report 20:19
pm - Kan
babes over at FiringSquad
posted a Savage2000
Party Report. So, what the heck is the Savage2000
week ago we received an invitation to what can be
described as an S3 Savage2000 benchmarking party.
The "invitation invited members of the press to
an "exclusive pre-comdex showing of S3's
well, just another "look but don't touch"
technology demonstration -or so we thought. While
reading down the activities list, we found these two
lines: "Run benchmarks on the new
products" and "Booze and schmooze with the
new S3/Diamond team." Woohoo! Benchmarks and an
open bar! Drunken benchmarking anyone? It's time to
visit S3 again.
we can see from the benchmarks that the GeForce DDR is
still the fastest card around. Apparently S3 is
dropping the specs of the S2K by quite a lot, from the
original 175 Mhz (700 Megatexels) core to 125 Mhz (500
Vortex2 SQ2500 20:17
pm - Kan
sound guru pals over at 3Dsoundsurge
posted a review on the Aureal
Vortex2 SQ2500 soundcard.
different is it includes what Aureal is referring to
as a "new optimized Vortex2 chip", has a
coaxial S/PDIF out instead of optical and a new
expansion header. The specs also mention an
improved s/n ratio of 98 dB (vs the 95 dB listed for
the SuperQuad). Taking a look at the SQ2500 board we
see that following the AU8830 on the Vortex 2 chip
is a new letter sequence of "B0" instead
of the "A2" that is on all other Vortex 2
chips. This is how you know it's one of the new
optimized Vortex 2 sound processors. The chip
optimizations are significant enough that
reflections are handled in a different manner than
with the previous silicon which caused some problems
for us when we did our preview but with the new 2.25
a3d drivers included with the shipping 2040 drivers
it has not been a problem.
CNet Special : Top 10 Subversive Hacks 14:28
pm - Sniper
in the world of hacking? CNet
has this special report
on the top 10 subversive hacks of all time.
Hackers. You can't even use the word without ticking someone off. Upholders of the status quo hate that the existing state of affairs is
being undermined by sociopathic cybervandals. Old-school hackers think of their work as exploratory and prefer to call people
who break into servers for mischief crackers.
But it's those mischief makers who get attention. Their hacks make the front pages of world newspapers and cause fear and hysteria.
Among these types of hacks, there are gradations of severity. Some hacks pose a threat to national security; some hacks are
merely an annoying form of political activism.
FIFA 2000 Review (PC) 12:46
pm - Wilfred
You bet this is the sequel I'm waiting for this
season! EA Sports is not letting anyone else play this
game better, have a look at The Sports Gaming
review on the game!
controls are easier to perform. Headers, bicycle
kicks, and others happen with only a click. It is
difficult because of the added aggressiveness of the
AI to get most of the lobs and corner kicks to your
player in front of the goal. FIFA 2000 has a set
play feature for free kicks, corner kicks, and
throw-ins. This is a good idea, but need some
improvements to be a full enhancement.
movements have some improvements; the goalie will
snatch any passes close to him, such as passes from
the outside of the box to the front of the net.
Breakaways by your forward do not fully guarantee a
goal either; the goalies have become much better
one-on-one. Some of the bugs that plagued FIFA 98
and 99 still remain. Shots from the end line are
still unable to be grabbed by the goalie causing the
shots to bounce off him into the net. Some lobs that
the goalie should be catching in mid-air are going
over his head to that awaiting forward behind him.
to players have increased; many games we have played
see two and three players getting injured during the
match. This adds realism and can add frustration on
your part. You can be playing an easy team and have
the game won but you know ahead of time the next
match you play is a tough one. A couple of slide
tackles can have your star forwards injured leaving
you with no offense for that tough next match. Who
said life was fair?
pm - Wilfred
don't find any of Soyo's boards in Singapore, but
judging from the rave
reviews they always receive, this is one
manufacturer doing things right! Errm.. how about more
catchy names for a change?
to start with the raves about this board? Firstly,
its super stable, at all bus speeds save 155Mhz. Its
fast, and posted the fastest ever BX board benchmark
we've obtained - breaking the 34 point Winstone 99
barrier for the first time with a Pentium III/BX
combination. The UltraDMA/66 controller works well,
and due to the design (the BIOS "thinks"
its a SCSI device!), it is bootable too. Nice job!
The BIOS implementation is superb and is wonderful
for overclockers, with no need to delve inside the
case at any time.
have clearly taken a leaf out of Abit's book in the
development of their latest boards - with L2 latency
and UDMA/66 on BX, previously a Abit only feature -
making a surprising but welcome appearance. Soyo
seem to have deposed the old masters for now - their
boards overclock just as well, but are faster,
higher quality and more stable at higher bus speeds.
This is praise indeed, and the SY-6BA+ IV is the
best BX board we've seen to date.
you've checked out BXBoard's Soyo mobo review, they
also have another one on Shuttle's
56X CDROM drive.
Announces Rugged DS-260 Camera 12:27
pm - Wilfred
course I mean digital camera! Over at Digital
Photography Review, they've html-ed the announcement
of Fuji's latest ruggedized megapixel model for the
outdoors. Most of all, it features a fast RISC
processor for quicker snaps. Fuji is aggressive boy!
DS-260 HD can handle most weekend warrior excursions
with ease. Its protective shell resists impact
damage while special seals and gaskets keep dust,
debris and rainwater away from the camera's vital
image-capture components. The aforementioned 1.5
million-pixel CCD has RGB filters for truer color
reproduction while offering resolutions as high as
1280 x 1024. The 7.4-22mm range of the DS-260 HD's
3x optical zoom is equivalent to the 35-105mm range
of a 35mm camera and, in addition to a new lens
design tailored specifically to the camera's CCD,
the DS-260 HD's lens coatings improve color quality
by reducing the glare and reflections that can
degrade an image.
pm - Wilfred
seen the kickass FreeSpace
2. Now Digital Anvil will have you oogling at Freelancer
come Q4 2000 (long time huh?!). Better start saving up
NOT only for the box, but prepare for an upgrade of
your PC as well (as did most Chris Robert Wing
Anvil's version of space incorporates a sense of
scale and attention to detail that will most likely
set a new standard for virtual worlds. At one point,
we flew around and through an enormous research
station that seemed about 100 times the size of our
ship. We also flew through a gorgeous,
purplish-gassy, lightening-strewn nebula that
created a particularly eerie effect. And in a scene
that illustrated the amount of detail being put into
the game, we flew past a fully operational
ore-mining unit. As we flew up close, we could see
the ship doing its ore-crunching - the large pincer
hands breaking off chunks of ore, which were then
sucked into the craw of the ship.
pm - Wilfred
people swear by Gigabyte, maybe we have to find out
Upgrade has a review
for you. Where stability counts, Gigabyte is
is a Slot 1 motherboard specifically designed for
users who take care of the performance which search
for specific features (such as bus frequencies other
than the specifications and Dual Bios), but who don’t
want to renounce to the operating stability. This is
the main feature of the GA-BX2000 motherboard,
making it a better solution than other Slot 1
motherboards and a perfect solution for those
situations where the operating stability is a must.
Temperature Increase = Coke Price Increase 10:47
am - Sniper
better plan in advance and stock up my supply of coke
next time. Plans
are underway at Coke to peg its vending machine prices
Coca-Cola Co is working on a vending machine that
automatically increases the price of the soft drink when the temperature rises.
am - Sniper
came back from viewing the Webcast, one significant
point made during the Webcast is Intel's drive towards
the new FC-PGA packaging. With yesterday's report from
2cpu regarding the
possible end of SMP for the FC-PGA, is this the end of
the road for cheap SMP from Intel?
Intel Future Plans In Webcast 09:15
am - Sniper
is expected to make a webcast
with its high ranking officials detailing its future
plans today. Details are here.
Diversity will likely be one of the major undercurrents of the two-hour teleconference which will be broadcast over the Internet. Last
April, the company formally reorganized into four distinct, relatively autonomous business units as part of a plan to become the
"building block" supplier of the Internet. The largest unit controls the development of all PC-centric products.
Flexible Transistor 09:08
am - Sniper
to CNet, the guys
and gals over at IBM manage to develop a form of
transistor that one day may lead to displays that can
be rolled up. The transistor can even be sprayed onto
it. I'd say, check this out!
Their new transistors are made out of very thin layers of
materials that can be laid down onto plastic. "You might be able to
basically build devices on something that is flexible," Kagan said.
Corsair 256MB PC133 Press Release 05:25
am - Kan
dropped us a line on the press
release of their new Corsair 256MB PC133. *drool*
Slapped 3 of these sticks into your PC and you will be
literally flying in all the apps you can throw at it.
PC133 compliant motherboards are designed to support
up to 768Mbytes of memory. The
Corsair 256Mbyte PC133 module allows these
motherboard to be fully populated with the maximum
amount of allowable memory. Because
the Corsair module is built with high density PC133
128Mbit DRAM components, the modules can remain ‘Unbuffered”
and can be used together with 64Mbyte and 128Mbyte
Matrox G400 05:23
am - Kan
sent note on their review on the Matrox
G400 in which they covered topics like cooling,
overclocking as well as using the new TurboGL drivers.
Here's a summary:
order to see if it was possible to noticeably lower
the operating temperature of the G400, I worked it
for a period of an hour for each test. The tests
were conducted under Windows 98 and Quake 2, with
the Demo2.dm2 demo running for an hour straight. All
tests were performed with the casing closed. The RT2
thermal sensor supplied with the Abit BX6 revision
2.0 motherboard was used to measure temperature,
with the aid of the Hardware Doctor program. The
fans used were those previously mentioned.