September 1999 - Tuesday
Poll #26: What You Hit Your Shift Key With 19:59
we regret not offering more options for which some of
you hit your shift keys with. Not too surprising that
most people use their right finger to tap the shift
key. Yupz, that's all to last week's poll, now check
out Kan's latest idea... Fast Food? Hahahaha... tryin'
to understand your tastes better.
Deskstar 34GXP 19:41
did a review
on the hotly anticipated monster from IBM, the
Deskstar 34GXP that boasts 34.2Gb of storage, 7200
rpm, 9ms seek time and a 2Mb buffer. Seriously kicks
Deskstar 34GXP begs to be compared with, of course,
the WD Expert WD273BA. Such comparison yields
virtually indentical results in the Business Disk
WinMark 99 run in either Windows 9x or Windows NT.
In both cases, the victor "triumphs" by a
margin of only 0.3%! The High-End Disk WinMark
exhibits more difference, relatively speaking. Here
the Deskstar pulls ahead of the Expert by about 3%
in either operating system. Yes, a margin ten times
as large as the difference in Business WinMark
scores, but still hardly something one should expect
interesting to note are the low-level results turned
in for the two drives. Though both units sport
nigh-identical transfer rates, the Deskstar
consistently finishes with a slightly faster access
time. Interesting, especially in the light of the
common wisdom that states all things being equal,
the drive with the heavier actuator (i.e., more
patters) seeks more slowly.
reigning 7200rpm drive, however, is not the Expert
but rather the Maxtor
DiamondMax Plus 6800. Here the Deskstar edges
past the DiamondMax in the Business Disk WinMark run
under Windows 9x by 1%. The IBM drive underscores
the glaring weakness of the Maxtor, however, when it
comes to the High-End WinMark in Win9x. Here the
Deskstar whallops the DiamondMax by a margin of 22%!
NT, however, allows Maxtor to flex its muscles. Here
the Deskstar trails the DiamondMax by 15% and 9%
respectively in the Business and High-End Disk
Ultra Overclocking Project 19:30
put together their latest article they termed 'TNT2
Ultra Overclocking Project'. They're still trying
to push the envelope with some major additions of huge
fans and stuffs. How about waiting another month for
the GeForce? =)
Response To Linux 19:23
sent along a note pointing to this interesting
column they published yesterday. It analyzes
strategies Microsoft adopted against Linux and what
more we can expect.
think that what Microsoft has done so far is a
first-rate example of a typical quick-fix: try some
FUD, dismiss the "problem" in disparaging
terms, try not to let it gain credence in the minds
of the captive customers and hope and pray that it
will just go away. The latter - hope it goes away -
is usually a good tactic. Seasoned managers the
world over know that this works well about ninety
percent of the time. It's commonplace for this
month's panic to be evaporate of its own accord a
few weeks later. A policy of relative inaction is
often a good one.
difficulty is that Linux is far from going away, but
gaining visibility by the day. Linux is by no means
their only problem either; their attempts at
domination of the handheld and PDA markets are
struggling, the mobile phone manufacturers are
proving very awkward, sales of desktop systems (and
hence software) are flat, NT penetration has
levelled off and the press seem to sense a wounded
giant. The news is not good.
In Taiwan 19:14
of you may have learnt
about the quake that just hit Taiwan. Apart from
the imminent surge in PC component prices with the
damage done to many of Taiwan's IT related industries,
news has it that death toll is rising rapidly, with
the last official count at 800. Our condolences to the
masses rose and sunk, life came and went and time wore
away mountains. It seemed like ages I last coughed and
nobody missed me huh? =) Been terribly terribly
terribly busy, but I thought I should post something
lest you guys forget my existence! Oh, since most of
you know of my latest
toy, here's a pic I snapped several hours ago.
Diamond Stealth III S540 08:18
whipped up another new review, this time it's the Diamond
Stealth III S540 Savage4 graphics card.
all the hype of the upcoming "high-end"
graphics cards, we feel that we should also look
into the important area of the low and medium ranged
graphic boards. Not everyone can afford the higher
price tag on most of the big performers out in the
market right now so we felt it was time to bring you
word of one of the new players in the
price/performance oriented market. The main
competitors of the S540 Xtreme in my opinion are
NVIDIA M64 based cards, i752 graphics boards,
Voodoo3 2000, and products with the ATI Rage 128
BP6 Review 08:15
about the BP6, my BP6 failed to POST after flashing
the beta BIOS from BxBoards.
Oh well, when will I finally learn my lesson?! (see,
see, I told you!) Anyway, High
Performance PC Guide posted a review on the ABIT
BP6. Catch some of the juice over there:
new Abit BP6 is the first Dual socket 370
motherboard available at this moment and chances are
that it'll be the only one for a long time if not
forever. Taking advantage of the SMP capability of
the Celeron PPGA processors, Abit took the chance to
built this motherboard even if Intel said that the
SMP capability of the Celeron PPGA would be
disabled. We all know that Intel didn't disabled the
SMP capability of the Celeron PPGA even if they
printed on the box that these processors were
designed for single processor use only. As a fact,
it would have costed way too much money to Intel to
modify the Celeron in order to make them not
ompatible for multi-multiprocessor use.
ADS 1394 Firewire Card 08:13
reviewed the ADS
1394 Firewire card (my last impression on Firewire
is that they are DAMN expensive!). They also have a
new review on the A-trend
recently Firewire capture cards have been due to
their high prices exclusively found in the high end
consumer and low end professional set ups. With the
recent explosion of sales of DV camcorders a market
has sprung up for Firewire devices that just wasn't
there a short while ago, thereby driving prices down
into the mainstream market. Now the market has split
into two types of Firewire capture devices those
with hardware compression chips and those that
compress with software routines instead. The only
difference being the hardware based ones can render
your final video files in close to real-time while
software ones take more time.
Matrox Millennium G400 08:08
those who like the G400, take a look at PC
Paradox's review on it. Dual head capability is
pretty impressive (just saw a live demo yesterday) and bump mapping technology sure brings
realism to another level. Catch the rest of the review
256-bit DualBus technology is best explained by
going back to my old favorite, the
pipe/straw/freeway explanation (It sounds tricky but
it isn't ;) To begin, lets talk about the bus
itself. The graphics card has to talk to the
processor and the rest of your system, SO, it has a
"Bus" which connects it to everything else
in the system. The bus can be thought of as a
freeway, and most graphics cards have a freeway, but
Matrox has a really nice one. Most other freeways
are one-way freeways and thus the information, or
video if you will, can only travel in one direction
(talk about traffic jam). Now what Matrox has done,
is developed a two way freeway. Now there are other
cards that use this two way system, but most of them
use a 4 lane per side freeway (64 bit both ways),
while Matrox has upped the lanes to 8 for EACH side
(128 bit buses).
Lightfax 56K USB Modem 07:59
took a look at the Lightfax
56K USB Modem. USB modems are actually not bad as
you don't need a power brick and they are small and
convenient to carry around. But then again, make sure
your OS support USB modems properly.
problem with all software modems is that they only
work on platforms - in this case, Windows - which
have drivers for them. They also cause a performance
hit, because the CPU has to think about modem
functions, although with modern PCs with their
processors, this is not much of an issue. The
Lightfax hardware recommendations specify a 200MHz
Pentium-class processor, which will indeed run the
Lightfax all right; anything slower will be having a
hard enough time with Win98 by itself.
Soyo SY-6BA+ III 07:56
we have the press release of the new Soyo SY-6BA+ IV
today, our pals over at 3DHardware.net
posted a review on the Soyo
SY-6BA+ III motherboard.
board itself looks pretty much like any other
well-designed board out there. A little surprise was
the lack of PC99/97 colour coding, which all new
boards from Soyo (apart from this one, obviously =)
have had. The floppy/IDE connectors are placed just
the way I like them, but Soyo missed out on one
biggie, the power cord is placed on the ‘other
side’ of the processor. This is a completely
unnecessary complication of things, which I thought
Soyo had abandoned (they’ve had boards before with
absolutely PERFECT board design). Anyway, this
‘feature’ won’t kill you, but is definitely an
irritant. As a patch for the wound Soyo have
included a little green LED that goes on as soon as
the ATX power connector is plugged into the
motherboard. This is helpful when error-checking a
Soyo SY-6BA+ IV 07:54
sent note on the press-release of the Soyo
SY-6BA+ IV motherboard. The new one comes with
ATA-66 support as well as supporting up to 4 IDE
today announced a new 100MHz Front Side Bus (FSB),
Slot 1-based motherboard that features new
components and software-driven management, which
have been designed to maximize the performance of
both Intel Pentium III and Celeron CPUs.
SOYO’s SY-6BA+IV motherboard has been reengineered
to include an onboard ATA66 controller to power next
generation high-speed hard drives. With its on-board
ATA66 support, system builders now have a total of
four IDE disk drive channels (two with Ultra DMA 33
and two with Ultra DMA 66 support). Soyo’s new ATX
footprint motherboard also features a new clock
generator that allows the CPU Frontside System Bus (FSB)
and PCI bus clock to be configured 29 different ways
-- from 66MHz-155MHz -- in order to fine-tune the
system bus speed for performance-oriented
applications such as 3D modeling, animation or
gaming. The new design also protects overclocked
systems from crashes, particularly when using PCI
bus add-in cards, because the redesigned SY-6BA+IV
automatically sets the PCI bus clock to a safe level
when the CPU FSB is set. When users overclock the
CPU FSB, the PCI bus clock will be automatically
clocked to a safe level.
Acer Ergo Keyboard 07:48
we have a keyboard review today. Speedy3D
dropped us a line on their review on the Acer
Ergo keyboard (it's one of those 'Transformers'
keyboard which splits itself into 3 parts).
I will cover the most important issue on a keyboard,
its comfort. I found this keyboard to be incredibly
comfortable. It far outpaces any other keyboard on
the market in this area. I have not ever used a
keyboard that has been more comfortable than this
one. Never. The ergonomic design was perfect for me.
Some people might find the keys to be a little big,
but since I have big hands, the keys were great for
me. That’s another thing, if you do have big hands
then I would particularly recommend this keyboard to
September 1999 - Monday
Matrox G400 14:39
pals over at 3DSpotlight
posted another new review on the Matrox
Millennium G400 graphics card. I guess dual-head
capability and bump mapping are the strongest selling
point of this card.
this are good news for overclockers since 5ns memory
can run at 200mhz with no problem at all. Anyway the
core and memory speeds were clocked at 125/166mhz
respectively, which is Millennium G400 manufacturer
I noticed the card had a fan connector on-board which
shouldn’t be present in the normal Millennium since
it uses a plain heatsink as a cooling solution, this
connector is present in MAX cards however. Apparently
this card was a MAX that didn’t make it in Matrox
testing labs for running at those high speeds. I
noticed several messages on Matrox forums from people
that also got a card with faster memory, it seems that
I was one of the lucky guys =).
Montego II 13:38
new review from SharkyExtreme
today. The TurtleBeach
Montego II is actually rather popular with vendors
like Dell. So, let's take a look at how it performs:
the Quadzilla is powered by a standard Vortex 2, the
way Turtle Beach has chosen to outfit the supporting
gear around the chip differs from their competition.
off, Turtle Beach opted to off-load the dual rear
channel out port of the Montego II onto a second PCI
card, or daughtercard, along with adding a digital S/PDIF
port to the mix.
may seem like this is a strange move compared to the
solutions that both Creative's SBLive! and Diamond's
MX300 products currently use, which is to include both
dual channel speaker outs (for a total of four
independent channels) on the primary audio card
gigantic casing review over at TheTechZone
on the AMK
810 casing. If the price (US$258) doesn't kill you
first, the 24 inches of thickness (err..height) will.
AMK-810 has to be the wildest case I've ever seen.
First built as a one of a kind test model, it is now
being considered for production. If you're looking for
the highest performing case money can buy, the AMK-810
may very well be it. The 810 in the name stands for
the amount of air this case moves in one minute. 810
cubic feet! With this kind of air movement, I bet it
can cool down your room as well as the case.
of you who follow my projects will note that I always
make modifications to the case. This is because most
cases were not designed to house an overclocked
system. AMK cases were designed for overclocked
systems however. The AMK-810 is a case that needs no
mods what-so-ever to produce proper air flow. All the
needed mods (the fans and "blow holes") are
done for you. In this case, they may have done too
reviewed the RPG game Darkstone.
If you like Diablo type of gameplay, then this game may
be for you. Here's some juice:
of monsters, Dark Stone is populated with wonderfully
rendered and imaginative creatures. Expect much more
than tired old undead and skeletons. Some of the
highlights include swarming wasps, poisonous spiders
and scorpions, lumbering ogres and trolls, lizard men,
man-sized rodents (wielding two-handed meat cleavers),
and Skeleton Captains (armed with lightning bolt
crossbows, blood-sucking vampires, and mini
fire-breathing dragons). Better still, there are often
variations of one monster. For instance, you'll face a
white, yellow, red, and blue Skeleton before you meet
the Skeleton Captain around level 15.
Dragging Us Down? 13:34
interesting piece of article over at FPS3D
Intel Dragging Us Down. Well, I won't be surprised
if there's one called Is Microsoft Dragging Us Down. :)
today: Pushing roadmaps, rushing fabs, hustling
motherboard manufacturers, and slashing prices. It's
all part of Intel's daily regime these last few
months. But even if Intel were to die (hey it could
happen), they would die anything but slowly... But the
question is, are they dragging us down with them?
Let's dive into the issue.
Mushkin Black ATX Case 09:58
just finished their review on the Mushkin
Black ATX Casing. It ain't cheap ($126) but it even
comes with a hydraulic door!
you can see in the above picture, the case is quite
roomy. I was really impressed in how well everything
went into this case. The motherboard is easily placed
in, and secured down with your standard procedures.
Because everything is out of the way, installing the
processor is a breeze. One of the most innovative (and
very simple) features of this box is that the metal
covers over unused card slots are attached at the
bottom of the slot, not the side. This makes it much
easier to remove the metal covers from the card slots.
A-Trend Savage4 Pro 08:06
review over at SharkyExtreme
on the A-Trend
Savage4 Pro graphics card.
seem to be some bugs with Quake3 and the default
drivers, causing graphical glitches when switching
resolutions from within the game. Also, upon loading
the game, everything is visible, but after a few
seconds, the gamma correction "feature"
kicks in, lowering the gamma to unacceptable levels.
the only apparent difference from the Diamond Stealth
being the RAM speed, we would expect a small price
decrease in the A-Trend card. After all, 125MHz RAM is
still cheaper than 143MHz RAM and why would you switch
and take the performance hit if it didn't save money?
buds over at iXBT-Hardware
told us they have the ABIT
HotRod 66 review ready. Check it out!
have already mentioned several times in our reviews,
manufacturing of hard disk drives with Ultra DMA/66
(Ultra ATA-66) interface began earlier than the
manufacturing of mainboards supporting it. Besides,
the storage devices strive for perfection (i.e.
cheapness) in a really impressive tempo. That's why
most of us, users, are now the happy owners of HDDs
with Ultra DMA/66 interface and are also enjoying a
mainboard based, shall we say, on BX chipset, which is
exactly what we need in all possible respects but
unfortunately doesn't support the data transfer rate
of 66MB/sec. Of course, there is always a way-out and
you can change your mainboard but again we would like
to remind you of the minimal gain you get to the data
Socket370 Motherboard 08:04
motherboard reviews over at AnandTech.
This time the gurus reviewed the Freetech
P6F107 Socket370 motherboard.
ATX specification is also closely followed with all
major components strategically placed to minimize
cable clutter and provide the most room to work around
the board. All HDD/FDD connectors are located where
they should be, right at the front of the board, so
that no cables are forced to run over the CPU and/or
memory. The ATX power connector is unfortunately
located at the back of the board, next to the
Socket-370. That means that the power cable will have
to run over the CPU and memory, reducing airflow to
the CPU and cluttering up the inside of the system.
The front panel connectors will prevent the use of a
full length card in one ISA slot, while one PCI slot
is blocked by a fan connector.
whipped up a review on the 3Dfxcool
hddHO. Basically, hddHO (stands for Hard Disk Drive
Output) is a powerful hard disk cooler. Here's some of
the extraction from the review:
that it comes with 2 20mm thick fans. That provide us
with some serious horse-power to cool your entire hard
drive effectively. After getting all that for $30 some
people would call it a “bargain.” Now I get to
talk about how this cooler performed, which is what
really matters. By using a heatsink to take the heat
off the top of the drive and 2 fans to blow the hard
drive’s hot air out of the case, it has put it self
in a good position. This cooler cools the whole hard
drive effectively. The first that I have come across
that can lay claim to that. Reducing the entire
temperature of the whole hard drive, that is. With no
cooling at all the hard drive was hot to the touch
after I ran several benchmarks on it for 30 minutes.
your Own Rig Part 2 07:55
let us know that they released Building
your Own Rig Part 2.
on the amount of RAM you've bought, you may have from
1 up to 4 seperate DIMM's. Find the DIMM slots on your
motherboard, once you've found them, insert the DIMM(s)
in the slot(s) and push down on them (not forcing
them) until the levers on both sides come in to lock
the DIMM(s) in place. And shazam, that's all there is
to it! This will complete the installation of the RAM.
Make sure to check all connections before continuing
to the next section.
Gamepad Pro 07:50
review on the Microsoft
Sidewinder Gamepad Pro. It looks cool!
SideWinder Game Pad Pro has a new kind of look for
Microsoft Hardware (The new MS IntelliMouse
Explorer also has the same scheme). The Game Pad
now has a cool silver finish, it has a total of
nine buttons (Including the shift button, which
allows you to program up to two game actions for
each of the game pad's buttons and triggers) and a
slightly newer look Directional Pad.
Glide Fix 07:48
pals over at NT
Game Palace sent note on the release on the fix for
Voodoo and Banshee cards for Windows 2000 RC2.
Pro v6 07:46
Resources dropped us a line on their new review on PaintShop
Pro v6. Hmm, how does it pit against Photoshop?
Check out some of the juice:
text tool in PSP6 has been completely revised, and a
new entry dialog created to support all the new
features. Text can now be created as a vector object,
which allows for the editing of properties like
content and color. The new dialog now includes options
for leading and kerning which provides additional
formatting control for the designer. Jasc Software has
also finally decided to implement a text on path
feature which allows you to place text on a path
corresponding to an object. Once it is created, the
path can be edited at any time and the text will be
automatically redrawn to follow the new path.
September 1999 - Sunday
Savage2000/Viper II Preview 14:11
posted a sneak preview of the Viper
II based on the Savage2000 chipset.
what about Diamond's own plans for this chipset? For
starters, it will be based on the Savage2000
chipset, making it a very end piece of equipment,
considering all the features I just listed before.
There will be 32MB of onboard high-speed video
memory for plenty of demanding calculations that
need to be made to get the job done. The Savage2000+
will be able to render polygons four to ten times
faster than the fastest current-day applications
will allow. Of course, when they say four to ten
times faster, that means it's tentative due to CPU
speed. If you're running an Athlon, I would suspect
that this card would be practically on fire.
Intel Camino 820 10:36
those who like to live on the edge, check out ReviewZone
review on the Intel
Camino 820 chipset.
what it comes down to, doesn't it? Toys.
Getting the latest and greatest, the fastest processor,
the best new video card, the quickest hard drive...
it's what drives the industry. Well, on September
27th, Intel will release its newest baddest toy,
its answer to the EV6 based K7, the Camino chipset
motherboard, otherwise known as the i820.
Just under two months later, the Coppermine CPU
will debut, with 133mhz Frontside Bus speed and
256k of full speed on die L2 cache. Side note:
I'm willing to bet Intel's sweating the Athlon pretty
badly. Chances are, they'll push their
timeline up as much as possible.
review over at Digital-Clips
on the Zerotech
MP2000 soundcard which supports A3D 1.0 and EAX
1.0. Hmm, don't look like a high-end soundcard to
were rather unimpressed at first. The included manual
turned out to be no more than a shiny piece of 5”
by 12” paper, with a bare description of the MP2000,
a useful diagram of the various ports and jumpers,
, barebone installation instructions and a screen-capture
of the included utility software. It’s light years
from the comprehensive, detailed and well laid-out
manuals we’re used to from OEMs like Asus, FIC etc.
guys over at Speedy3D
reviewed the game Warmonkeys
which is a totally wacky strategy game. Here's some
is sadly not a game like SimLife or SimCity which
revolves around the simulated life of monkeys =),
surprisingly it’s quite the opposite. The name does
however have a certain ring, a ring that tells me
the developers were on some hard drugs when they
thought up the name, but a ring no less. Ignore
the Monkeys and what do you have? A much happier
on-line reporter? Nope, or a game revolving around
Notebooks the Way of the Future? 02:45
an piece of interesting news
down at ZDNet UK
about the increasing popularity of radio wave LAN
cards. Wireless appears to be the direction our notebooks
are heading in the future. In fact, it seems that
one of our local universities here in Singapore actually
use Lucent wireless LAN cards in the campus! Great!
Here's a snippet:
have Lucent cards... and we also have Aironet cards
working in campus buildings," said Tim Peters general
manager of Dell's Latitude business. "We see the
benefits of (wireless LAN) and the usability. At
the same time the performance and the cost have
come in line."
this month will begin shipping wireless LAN cards
with its Latitude notebook PCs. The company will
make Aironet Wireless Communications's 4800 series
wireless LAN card a factory-installed option on
Latitude notebooks. The cards, which utilise using
direct sequencing, 802.11 compliant radio transmitters,
allow for wireless network access from up to 300
feet from a network access point. The cards slide
into the notebook's PC Card slot and sport a small
WinTV USB TV Tuner Review 02:25
got this short article
down at Hot
Hardware about the new USB TV tuner by Hauppauge.
For those of you who lug notebooks around and complain
of not being able to watch your favourite sitcoms
while at work or in school, this might be what you
need! Just remember to bring your little satellite
dish along with you... Here's a titbit for that couch
potato in you :
So if you can spare a little desktop space or want
a tuner you can take anywhere, you should look into
this USB tv tuner. Most new computers now have USB
so it can be installed withing 5 minutes on any
Win98 machine equipped with USB.
the tuner on my DSS satelite system worked well.
In windowed mode the 2 different TV applications
worked like it's PCI version does. The only drawback
is the video seems to pull a lot of system resources.
The opening of other applications running in the
background seem to slow down the video playback.
The image quality is decent also. But if you switch
to full screen mode, then the speed of playback
and quality of the image will decrease. Based on
my experience, this device is best run in small
600 Review with PIII-600 Comparison 02:10
sure many of us have heard that the Athlon range of
chips outperforms similarly clocked Pentium III chips
by quite a margin. GamePC
has finished a review
of the AMD Athlon
600MHz CPU and has done a couple of benchmarks on
a PIII-600 as well. From the numbers, it appears that
the Athlon is a winner. Check it out :
you can see from the results, the Athlon really
is a step ahead of Intel, but not as big of a step
as we had hoped for. After reading review after
review of the Athlon on the web, we had some pretty
high expectations. It definately is faster than
an exact-clocked Pentium III unit, which is no easy
feat, but the margin of difference between the two
chips isn't that big.
closer at the results, you can see the largest margin
difference in performance was using a TNT2 Ultra
board, which edged out 20 FPS in Quake3 : Fastest,
for the exact same clocked processor, that's a hefty
difference. Also in all three tests, you can see
the huge difference in the 3DMark CPUMark scores,
which have a large difference between the two processors.
You should note also, the Pentium III 600 also performed
really well in these tests, and it's still a top-notch
processor, but it seems AMD has one-upped them,
September 1999 - Saturday
Slow Day And Lazy Me! 23:41
I'd been very caught up with work and my latest
acquisition, the Olympus Camedia C2000Z digital
camera. Woohoos!! It was after long deliberation,
plenty of recommendations
and temptation that got me to splurge my life savings.
It is widely recognised to be one of the best in its
class, and I can't fault it but my own amateurish
skills! =) Fortunately in this case, the tool more
than made up for the carpenter. You'll catch it in
Linux, Buy Sun & Dump Windows? 22:32
you, but this is a writer's suggestion to Microsoft.
You can read the article
at The Register.
It's not quite absurd if you'll consider this:
are based on a pretty fair analysis of Microsoft's
current situation. Its Win2k and after development
roadmap looks unconvincing and increasingly difficult
to execute: "The difficulty of further product
development [after Win2k] is extreme; a 30 million
lines of code tarpit has been created." Its
desktop dominance is threatened by PDAs and appliances,
and "the whole concept of 'desktop' could become
an anachronism - perhaps within as little as five
Hot Rod 66 23:16
you may have noticed, UDMA/33 HDDs are almost extinct,
so for those of you with older motherboards, adding a
UDMA/66 controller card represents the only way you
can utilise the additional speeds of the new breeds.
There are a couple options in the market, but iXBT
has a review
on Abit's, check this out!
the situation appears rather paradoxical: the higher
is the data transfer rate, the slower is the transfer
itself. In fact, there is nothing to be surprised
at. The thing is that in order to win relative independence
from the operation system cache, the test uses very
long files (doubled by the system memory size -
in our case 256MB). So, Ultra DMA/66 brings almost
no gain to the general performance. And the losses
can be explained by the fact that the integrated
controller works much better with the multithread
II Quadzilla 23:00
has a review
on the above sound controller from Turtle Beach. Sound
cards are cheap these days, but still you shouldn't
end up with a dud. In this case, the guys seem to be
suitably impressed with its performance.
launched up a game of Quake, and I was quite surprised:
Perhaps it's just my young ears, but I was surprised
at how much more crisp and clear this card was in
comparison to my SBLive! Value card! The environment
around me seemed to be right with me. I may have
to attribute this to messing with the equalizer
enough on this thing, but it was still a pleasant
motherboards roundup over at TomsHardware
with brands like ABIT, ASUS, Gigabyte, Biostar and
only have a few complaints with the ASUS P3B-F.
Although the IDE labels are better marked than the
ABIT board, I would like to see ASUS use different
colored connectors for the floppy and primary IDE
connectors (such a white). This allows for a quick
identification, of which connector is which. Regarding
layout, I wish ASUS wouldn't have placed the floppy
connector in front of the PCI slots. Routing the
floppy cable around and over a full length PCI card
makes the system look a bit cluttered.
Workshop reviewed the Kodak
DC240 digital camera. Though it's not the
highest end, it's sufficient for beginners like me.
controls capture settings (everything users can
set in the camera through camera top buttons and
in the the camera menu, displayed in the camera-top
LCD: eg. self timer, flash type, quality, resolution),
and camera settings (other settings including date/time,
sharpness, auto-exposure metering, video out format
and memory card. It also allows capture (zoom set,
status and a bit strange in the simple interface
that allows only taking, pre-viewing in a small
window, and deleting just the current viewing picture).
Omega Notebook 07:51
reviewed the Wintec
Omega Notebook which is powered by a whopping
Pentium II 400 Mhz.
we first took the Wintec
OMEGA Notebook for a test drive back in
June, it came with a Pentium II 333MHz, which, at
the time, was close to being at the high-end of the
scale. Gaming was more than just possible in D3D and
coupled with the Rage Mobility 3D accelerator, the
machine was the first laptop on which we'd ever been
able to play any 3D games properly.
with Intel 07:45
this is one hot interview
with Intel as SystemLogic
bring to us some news they gathered from Intel:
How much of an advantage do you see AGP 4x bringing
to gamers? And 133MHz bus speed? Which will have
more of an advantage?
AGP4x capability brings a 2X graphics bandwidth
improvement over AGP2x. ISVs that take advantage
of this bandwidth can provide applications with
richer graphics capability. Moving to a processor
with a 133MHz front side bus (FSB) provides additional
compute bandwidth for nearly all application types.
Both of these bandwidth improvements enhance the
PC experience, the one with the greater impact will
need to be assessed on an application-by-application
in DRAM Prices 07:40
the usual hot stuff over at HardOCP
smacked right in the frontpage.
DRAM manufacturers have been monitoring their
memory production levels to determine the most
appropriate capacities needed to maintain a constant
equilibrium between supply and demand. They are
capable of higher production levels however, they
are currently not producing at full capacity. This
lower capacity has not allowed room for the extra
demands the market is currently experiencing.
Application Protocol 07:35
a new article touching on the Wireless
Application Protocol is available. Surfing the
net thru your mobile phone?
you'd like to think that the Internet, or essentially
the Web, is the only one of it's kind, but that's
wrong. Another communications revolution has been
taking place concurrently with the web-boom, namely
the cellular phone revolution. From the beginning
of the 1990's, when the cell phone lost it's yuppie-stamp
(80's cell-phones often came along with owners with
the hairstyle of Billy Idol, white socks in black
leather shoes and a red Ferrari Testarossa), they
have penetrated the society, and as of today, there
are countries (not talking Singapore, Japan or other
space-colony nations folks, but European counties
and parts of the US here...) where a MAJORITY of
the population owns a cellular phone.
buds over at NT
Game Palace dropped us a line that RC2 will be
free for all CPP customers.
will proactively ship RC2 to all CPP customers
who either ordered direct from Microsoft, or who
attended the Windows 2000 Live events. All other CPP
customers can order RC2 by calling the toll-free
number 1-888-219-1310. Note, there is no cost to CPP
customers for the RC2 code. Please allow 3-4 weeks
to receive your copy of RC2.
RC2 for MSDN subscribers: Windows 2000 RC2 is now
available at the MSDN subscriber download page (http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/).
here's some juice for the official support of Voodoo
cards in Windows 2000:
Toste send word that Direct3D on Voodoo 3 is now
official supported but Glide and OpenGL ICD doesn´t
work longer with Windows 2000 on 3Dfx based cards
(Voodoo Graphics, Voodoo 2, Voodoo Banshee &
Vault Reviews Tiberian Sun 02:40
appears to be giving TS a piece of their mind and
The Adrenaline Vault
has just laid theirs down. The guys have written a
of the game. I personally thought the game was one big
hype that really disappointed expectations. Below's a
little of what the article says :
The anticipation for C&C2 may not have been quite
that strong, but there have been hordes of strategy
gamers salivating over this one since the final
scene of the teaser trailer that appeared at the
end of the original Command & Conquer. That was
four years ago, almost an eon in the incredibly
fast-moving world of PC gaming, where trends rise
and fall within the space of a few months. But as
the game approached release, the pre-orders piled
up and hordes of rabid RTS junkies (myself included)
clamored for any and all information about it. When
it was announced that C&C2 had gone gold, the tidal
wave of anticipation reached its zenith. It came
crashing down with full force on a cloudy day in
September when this sequel to a title that many
believed helped jump-start the real-time strategy
revolution finally reached store shelves.
Performance PC Guide Mobo Reviews 02:25
these motherboard reviews down at The
High Performance PC Guide. The dudes there have
done a review
of the GA-6BXDU, a dual Slot 1 motherboard by Gigabyte.
Here's a slice :
GA-6BXDU motherboard is a very impressive piece
of equipment in as much as in terms of dimensions,
as it is in terms of performance and functionality.
One gets a sense from it of assurance and stability
from the first instant of use. Everything seems
to have been considered in a polished design that
rises above the vulgar uses of a game platform...
On the other hand, it's unfortunate that the Dual
BIOS system developed by Gigabyte was not integrated
into this board.
addition, they've also done a review
on the EPoX
EP-6VBA slot 1 VIA Apollo Pro + 133 (Damn, that's a
monthful.). Here's what the guys have to say about it
EPoX EP-6VBA motherboard - while less than pleasant
to install, due to the reasons mentioned above -
is nothing less than an excellent motherboard. It
must be noted that once all the connections have
been done, this argument loses all its significance;
as there is no longer a necessity to touch them
again. On the other hand, the numerous functionalities
of the EP-6VBA's integrated sound card, ATA66, and
PC133 memory, more than make up for its few faults.
All in all, the EP-6VBA seems to be a sure value
for those looking for fine products.
Palm Vx Set for Release 02:15
sent word that 3Com
will release the Palm Vx, soon to be the newest member
in the Palm Computing family. It is touted as the
successor to the popular Palm V. The prices for the
Palm IIIx and Palm V will also be cut to pave the way
for the new Palm Vx. Yes!! Here's the news
in brief :
October 4, Palm Computing will release the Palm
Vx, sources close to the company say. The release
of the much-anticipated successor to the Palm V
comes at a momentous time for Palm specifically
and for the industry as a whole.
new Palm Vx will feature the same slim design of the
Palm V, but with expanded memory. While the existing
Palm V offers 2MB of memory, the new Palm Vx will
feature 8MB of RAM, sources say. The Palm Vx will be
priced at $449, while the Palm V will be cut to
$399. The Palm IIIx is expected to be discounted to
September 1999 - Friday
buds over at 3DsoundSurge
reviewed the Aureal
SQ2500 soundcard based on A3D 2.0.
of us following the sound card industry raised a few
eyebrows when Diamond and S3 announced their merger,
especially given that S3 had once ventured into the
audio market only to later drop that side of its
business. Until recently, we had no idea what that
merger might mean to Diamond Multimedia’s future
in the sound card market. When Aureal first shared
the news of their move to the retail market a few
weeks ago we speculated that it was one more sign
that Diamond was getting out of the sound card
market. We also speculated that this would have
played a large part in Aureal’s decision enter the
retail market, given that Diamond is currently the
major retail presence for Aureal, at least in North
America. For this reason, as well as the other
benefits noted above, it makes sense for them to
shore up their market, as any setback in retail
presence could be disastrous in the cut throat PC
4224 CDRW 18:38
posted a review on the Creative
4224 CDRW drive. Hmm, with only 4 Write and 2
ReWrite, it doesn't seem to be a cut above the current
drives available in the market.
where does Creative step in? Just this year Creative
made their first stab to the RW market (they did
have a CDR but it wasn't in the public eye for very
long if at all). In general CDRs and RWs are
becoming a lot more affordable, and public awareness
is at an all-time peak. In a survey recently
conducted, 7 out of 10 people own or plan to buy a
CDR in the next year. The first steps to really make
a widespread market for them came from HP with their
"Easy Writer" series. They were just as
the name expressed.
the guys posted an article analyzing the sharp
increase of SDRAM prices we are seeing lately.
manufacturer's were taking a beating; not making as
much as they wanted to on 64Mbit parts. Everybody
was making them, in ever increasing numbers. Why?
Due to the ever increasing size of software (what
happened to writing efficient code?) and operating
systems PC manufacturers have been increasing the
amount of memory supplied with computer systems.
those gals who have a fetish for peltiers, our buds
over at FiringSquad
posted a review of the MC1000
Peltier which cost a whopping 100 bucks!
Swiftech unit has two "Military Specs"
60x60mm fans that spin at 6850RPM and each can push
33CFM (cubic feet per minute) for a combined total
of 66CFM. These fans are the best we've ever seen.
Most good single fan setups only move 10-15 CFM. One
fan from the Swiftech unit is more powerful than
many of the dual fan setups out there. Of course,
the Swiftech fans are also very loud, clocking in at
43dB, the same as an average refrigerator or a
P3-D5030 Cooler 14:30
there's a new review on the Vantec
P3-D5030 Pentium III Cooler. Needless to say, the
cooler is gigantic!
P3-D5030 heat sink came to us in a nifty black,
retail box. Its contents included the aluminum heat
sink which is extruded in a fashion that utilizes
maximum surface area for heat dissipation. The block
is comprised of individual fins which are serrated
for better efficiency. Mounted to the front of the
sink are two large 50mm x 50mm x 10mm, ball bearing
fans capable of putting out 4,600 RPM. These fans
operate very quietly at 29.8 dba. The cooler also
has a very impressive and innovative fan guard that
looks like something from the Starship Enterprise.
with 3Dfx 07:03
posted an Interview
with 3Dfx where they talked about the Voodoo4,
FXT1 and T-Buffer and stuffs like that.
lot more information is now available about the
GeForce so we’ve been able to form much stronger
opinions on it. In summary, the GeForce appears to
be a couple of TNT2 raster engines coupled together
with a new geometry engine bolted on top. We give
nvidia a lot of credit for being first to market
with a geometry accelerator, but we do disagree with
their decision to emphasize geometry over fill-rate.
The reality is that the announced fill-rate for
GeForce is not going to allow it to remain
competitive with our next generation products for
games which run at high resolution and high color
Natural Keyboard Pro 07:00
sent note on their new review on the Microsoft
Natural Keyboard Pro. Sorry, my standard keyboard
keyboard uses two connections to attach to your
computer. One goes into the traditional PS2 keyboard
connector that is standard on personal computers.
The other connector attaches to a Universal Serial
Port (USB), if your computer has one. You don't need
to use the USB connector if you don't want to, but
one of the nice features of this keyboard is that it
has two USB connectors built into it that allow you
to daisy-chain other USB devices. I currently have
my USB Zip drive connected to one of the ports in
the keyboard and it works fine. The documentation
states that if your computer's BIOS supports a USB
keyboard, you can actually connect only through the
GS350 LX 06:58
this is one hell of a review. The gals over at AGN
Hardware reviewed the Intensor
GS350 LX force-feedback chair!
you were to purchase the first Intensor chair with
the optional chair base you were in for a treat too,
as putting it together was a task in itself. Getting
the armrests in place would try your patience, and
took a little re-bending of the tubular metal
framework offered, and just getting the base screwed
onto the bottom of the chair was work too. See the
holes where the screws were to go, weren't tapped
very well at all, so if you didn't have a socket set
and a little elbow grease you'd be in trouble when
it came time to put it all together.
dropped us a line telling us that the new Microsoft
IntelliMouse Explorer (yeah, the one with the optical
sensor) is available with prices starting from
- The precise IntelliEye optical sensor tracks
movement on just about anything. All the sensor
needs is a surface with a small amount of detail,
including wood, plastic, or even your pant leg.
Internet navigation - The two thumb buttons act as
forward and back buttons in your browser.
- No moving parts, so your mouse is smooth and
precise and there's no need to use a mouse pad.
great in your hand - This mouse is designed to
support your hand and fingers. The rubberized
sides make the mouse easier to grip and more
comfortable to use because it requires less effort
vs PC133 06:49
case you didn't catch it yesterday, TheTechZone
whipped up a comparison article between PC100
vs PC133 SDRAM modules.
conclusion is this. Good quality PC-100 RAM will be
enough for most overclocked system. You should look
at the CPU you're running and buy your RAM according
to that. In the case of my Celeron that runs at
605Mhz, even average PC-100 RAM will do as the bus
speed will only be 110Mhz (110x5.5=605Mhz). If
you are using a PIII-450 or another low multiplier
CPU, then you should get high quality PC-100 or
September 1999 - Thursday
Alpha Cooler Review 19:36
is really mad about cooling as you can see. 2 in a day!
Take a look at this and you will soon realize you ain't
know nothin' about huge CPU cooler bricks yet! Size
doesn't matter if it doesn't satisfy (gosh! I think
I'm negatively influenced by Kan and gang, but in case
you misunderstood, I'm NOT describing my inadequacies!
=P), yet this giant fixture really cools - in fact it
managed a good 8 deg lower than TennMax's offering and
7 deg against the Vantec. And Da Man has this to say
when comparing it with the ALREADY IMPRESSIVE coolers
we are making a Mercedes 500SEL to Ford Crown
Victoria comparison. While the Crown Vic is
still a nice ride to get the family to church
in on Sunday, wouldn't you rather show up in
a new Benz?
You Think Playing With Fire Is Bad... 19:23
just don't get it! It's not about shooting yourself
in the foot or head, but mankind just enjoys living
on the edge - and living is not really of concern
to these all-too-clever chaps. 'Look Mom, this is
a black hole I made in my lab!'. Methinks you have
a fighting chance in Half-Life's scenarios but if
a black hole is what you're creating... I'm getting
incoherent... you read
is preoccupied with what he regards as the most
dangerous event in human history: an experiment,
scheduled for November, at the Brookhaven National
Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. Brookhaven has a device,
called the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, that
has the world’s physicists tremendously excited.
Scientists believe they can use the collider to
duplicate the conditions that prevailed milliseconds
after the Big Bang, when the universe consisted
of a primordial soup called the quark-gluon plasma.
Brookhaven scientists think that by colliding gold
ions at extremely high speed, they can create a
tiny, fleeting version of quark-gluon plasma to
gain a better understanding of the origins of the
like fun. The only problem, according to David Melville’s
panicky e-mail, is that, “It has been theorized
by Steven Hawking that from this quark-gluon plasma
other forms of matter are also produced. The most
dangerous being a black hole.”
Tournament Preview 19:15
is one game whose graphics had my jaws on the ground,
and that was only the beta I saw. Hmm ok... let's
just say I'm not exactly into fragging, so you may
want to read FiringSquad's
preview of other aspects such as gameplay and
the multiplayer side, Unreal Tournament boasts a
wide variety of different game types aside from
straight deathmatch. Built in support is included
for team deathmatch, Capture the flag, and other
games like Assault, Domination, and Last Man Standing.
What's interesting is that Unreal Tournament uses
a GUI menu system to allow players to tweak their
settings, preferences, game types, and everything.
Buys Visio 19:10
FYI headline you might just want to KNOW. The deal
went for US$1.3 billion worth in Microsoft stock swap,
and so now the Redmond giant effectively gained a
highly profitable company with great software for
technical drawings and the likes. The
The BX Chipset On The BP6 19:04
heard it before, and this is the first time I read
it in a formal
endorsement put up by none other than Gonzo at
As you may know, the BX chipset on your BP6 undergoes
enuf stress running 2 CPUs (when it was designed for
1), so the effect is doubly strenuous if you attempt
to overclock your dual setups (who doesn't?!). The
tremendous amount of heat generated will put a cap
to the maximum speeds and overall system stability,
which is why there exist this article!
can happily say this particular system has been
considerably more stable since I slapped some custom
cooling on the BX chipset. In the 7 days since I
performed this procedure, I have been able to run
this machine at 550MHz (5.5 x 100) with no problems
except for one day that I left the air conditioner
off and it was over 80°F in my computer room. Even
then it ran at 522MHz without any problems at all,
even while playing Q3A extensively. Of all
of the BP6 machines in the Ars Labs, this one was
the most finiky, but now it was on par with the
others, as far as I was concerned.
S370 Alpha Cooler 18:56
has a review
of the above cooler from 3DfxCOOL. It looks quite
similar to the GlobalWin Alphas, but how does it perform?
Alpha is by far one of the best coolers, even for
the Socket 370 CPUs. You can tell that there was
some major research done in design the design of
the Alpha. 3DfxCOOL make this heatsink and fan combo
available at a reasonable cost. The
package also includes a tube of high quality MPU
3.7 heatsink compound and a converter for the power
connector on the fan, which is always a welcome
Hollywood DVD Decoder 18:51
an email from
Overclockers.COM that pointed me to their new
review on the a/m card. With prices so affordable,
it is a matter of time before I grab my own DVD kit.
Well, this is a damn fine card if you asked us, and
our reviewer, Boon Kiat, stands
by it! =)
EM8300 MPEG-2 Decoder provides full screen high-resolution
jitter-free movie playback, utilising a 10-bit video
DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) for crystal clear
TV output to either NTSC or PAL systems - the playback
system being selectable from within the player application.
It will decode both DVD-video as well as MPEG-2
and MPEG-1 interactive titles (those V-CD's you've
been hanging on to), at a sustainable input channel
data rate of up to 20 Mbps. Most 3rd generation
DVD drives have transfer rates that max out at around
8 Mbps with averages around 6 Mbps - this decoder
has way more than enough grunt to handle it.
Overclocked Dual Celeries Systems 18:45
an 'IN THING' now - well, at least for geeks like
us, to assemble our own dual Celeron systems given
the convenience provided by boards like the Abit BP6.
The guys at SystemLogic
has an article
for you if you intend to build one yourself. Check
EN-8950 Casing 06:37
Anand reviewed another casing, the Enlight
EN-8950 server casing. Powerful stuffs, it even
comes with wheels.
with most server cases, the 8950 does offer built
in electrical chassis intrusion detectors as well
as the dual locking front door as mentioned before
as two types of prevention against unauthorized
case access, which is much more of an important
issue when dealing with server cases than with your
home computer case. Another feature commonly
found with server cases are the four wheels present
on the 8950. The two front wheels feature
a locking mechanism that effectively prevent the
case from rolling when you don't want it to.
Magic Theater Pro Review 06:35
released another new review on the Skywell
Magic Theatre Pro.
DVD video playback on the PC becoming more commonplace,
Skywell obviously saw the need for a capable Dolby
surround compliant audio solution that could easily
be connected to your PC. One that didn't cost an
arm and a leg either. The Magic Theater Pro kit,
which has an estimated retail price of US $180 consists
of a 5.1 speaker setup, a Dolby surround compliant
audio board, the Magic Sound Live! (which is also
available separately) and the necessary cables for
hooking up the speakers to your computer.
MP3 Player 06:33
Hardware reviewed the Creative
NOMAD MP3 Player. Heh heh, watch out for the NOCRAZY
MP3 player from us (nah, just joking).
MP3 market was bound to the PC only a short time
ago, but now MP3s are also headed toward everything
from the car to your pockets. The new Creative Labs
NOMAD is one of those pocket players, with a miniscule
size and weight that is sure to fit perfectly in
a pair of tight jeans without much of a pocket.
NOMAD is more than just small size though, they
have also done a great job of delivering massive
features as well. When armed with a NOMAD in your
pocket, you can use everything from MP3 playback
to Voice recording and to FM radio as well. You
can also program your songs into MP3 using Creative's
EAX options, that is true to bring a new level of
quality to your MP3 playback.
PC-133 SDRAM 06:30
posted a review of the Corsair
PC-133 SDRAM. RAM prices are not exactly what
you call cheap now, so hold off your purchases.
there is no motherboard out that truly supports
the 133MHz FSB (upcoming Athlon boards will support
it). So the benefits of PC133 SDRAM won't be realized
by the average computer users who buy it now. Only
the few hardcore overclockers out there that are
overclocking their CPU and using a 133MHz FSB are
going to truly benefit. This isn't to say you shouldn't
go out and buy it now. There's still some performance
gain from using PC133 SDRAM over PC100 memory as
you'll see in the benchmarks. The other benefit
is if you're overclocking to FSBs above 100Mhz.
If you're experiencing trouble overclocking successfully,
using PC133 memory just might do the trick.
piece of review over at 3DHardware.net.
IRMan is a blackbox which you hook up to your
serial box and it is able to receive infrared red
signals from any remote controller (e.g. TV, LD, DVD).
Hmm, Windows Update thru your TV remote controller?
connecting the IRMan to your PC, it's time to install
the software. As I said none was shipped with the
IRMan, (which in other words doesn't need any drivers),
but like any true brink-of-the-millennium company
should, Evation offers a huge list of compatible
software, all free for download in either free or
shareware versions on their website. The utility
that's easiest to use and will probably be the one
you install first if you buy the IRMan, is the remote
control WinAmp plug in
Pilot V Review 06:21
those Palmsters out there who use Palm Pilots, ActiveWin
dropped us a line that they have the Palm
Pilot V review ready.
you need to charge up the Palm Pilot V for 3 hours.
The Palm V comes with a Lithium-ion battery that
can be recharged every time you place the organizer
back into its cradle, you never need to do a battery
replacement and it only needs a few minutes a day
to get a full recharge. While the Palm V is charging
up you can start to install the Palm Desktop software
that comes in the package.
I nearly fell off from my chair when I saw the BP6
Cooling article at our pals over at HardOCP.
This is what I call hardcore cooling. Kids, don't
try this at home unless you are specially trained.
are actually two different systems here. The
first is a bit tricky and I wouldn’t recommend it
to newbie ductheads. It
does however work with the Global Win units that
are a bit cheaper than the Alphas. The
“GW” fans blow down onto the heat sink, which dumps
hot air all around the base of the socket, and without
proper direction, back thru the fan again. (not
manifold wraps around three sides of the twin hs/f
set and uses a 92mm/70cfm fan to suck that hot air
port in the side of the case gives vent to that
fan while three 80mm/36cfm fans bring in fresh air.
RC2 Launched! 06:10
actually can get so excited with some beta OS (oh
well, it's all along beta-ware anyway). Spotted this
over at BetaNews
on the official launch of Windows RC2.
RELEASE - Steve Ballmer announced at Windows Strategy
Day today that Windows 2000 Release Candidate 2
for the Professional, Server & Advanced Server
editions will be available this week. Microsoft
is very excited about this important milestone to
deliver Windows 2000. As Microsoft gets closer to
launching Windows 2000, they are pleased to announce
the anticipated system requirements as well as reiterate
the upgrade path. While Windows 2000 has been feature
complete for some time now, Microsoft has continued
to make key fit and finish adjustments and improvements
to the code based on customer feedback. Below is
a list of what beta customers can expect from RC
2 as well as important information about system
requirements and upgrade paths.
September 1999 - Wednesday
Gamer Cougar 22:10
other sites busied themselves with first pics of
Leadtek's GeForce256-based card (everyone received the
same pic simultaneously!?) or writing about 3dfx's
FXT1, a quiet notice from Guillemot
slipped into my mailbox. This card won't appeal to the
high-end, but at least it is wallet friendly!
QUEBEC - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 - Guillemot
is showing its claws with the new Maxi Gamer Cougar(tm)
graphics card based on the NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 M64(tm)
chipset. The card will offer unrivalled visual quality
and ultra-fast 3D graphics for only $99.99 after a
as well as home PC users will get the best deal from
the Maxi Gamer Cougar. With 32 MB of RAM, this cards
offers excellent 3D and 2D resolutions and high-speed
frames and refresh rates," says Parth Shukla,
Product Manager for Guillemot. "The new card
offers high image quality and the ability to play
the latest and next generation games at their best
and at a very affordable price."
With an attractive set of features and an unbelievable
low price, the Maxi Gamer Cougar will appeal to customers
wishing to upgrade their systems without spending
a fortune. It offers the best visual quality with
photo-realistic 3D and razor sharp textures in the
most demanding 3D games, as well as fast frame rates
for unparalleled 3D acceleration. Using TwiN-Texel(tm)
architecture with 32-bit rendering allows for high
definition resolutions and extraordinary fill rate
results as well as advanced single-pass multi-texturing
effects such as fogging, lighting and fully operating
bump mapping. The 32-bit Z-buffer also provides higher
depth details. In 2D applications, the 300 MHz RAMDAC
supplies outstanding resolutions up to 1920 x 1200
in 16.7 million colors.
The Maxi Gamer Cougar features:
- 128-bit 3D
processor for ultra-fast frame rates.
- 32 MB on-board
RAM with over 1 GB/s bandwidth
- AGP 2X/4X
interface with full AGP texturing support
- 125 MHz core
OpenGL® ICD and Direct 3D(tm)/Direct X(tm) hardware
3DRage just cooked
up their very own overclocking
guide, so newbies... catch this first before you
accidentally fry that chip of yours! It's lengthy and
covers a great bit, so check it out!
most important element of cooling your CPU is the
heatsink/fan combo that is utilized to cool your CPU.
This is one area in which you cannot be too frugal.
The retail heatsink and fan that comes with the Intel
line of CPU's is ok for overclocking one or maybe
two levels up, but any more and you will be best off
purchasing a better heatsink and fan. Some people
may opt for a peltier cooler, which will cool even
better, but it does have some dangers, and they cost
more too. The bigger the heatsink the better, this
is a basic rule.
Pic Of Leadtek WinFast GeForce 256 18:12
be fair, the first mail came from SystemLogic
about a shot
of the card that will soon be hitting shelves. I
know many can't wait already!
To Linux At The FiringSquad 18:09
buds at The FiringSquad
can't seem to stop churning out review after review,
article after article - now they bring you their Introduction
to Linux. Here's a clip:
three biggest draws to Linux are it's stability, versatility,
and raw performance. When compared to the OS's most
people are used to, Linux is an extraordinary stable
system. It is very rare for a well-administered Linux
system to crash in a way that necessitates a reboot.
Even for people without system administration experience,
Linux is definitely more stable than Windows NT, and
almost indescribably more stable than Windows 9x.
MC1000 Cooler 18:02
sent note of an expensive
review on the heavy-duty peltier CPU cooler from
Swiftech (expensive coz they accidentally blew a PIII
chip in the testing!). Ouch!!
RC2 To Be Released 11:26
is good news for people running Windows 2000 now. BetaNews
posted this little widget:
today, Microsoft posted the second Windows 2000
Release Candidate to the NTBeta FTP. As
reported, Microsoft first declared Release
Candidate 2 late last week, whereupon it went through
last minute testing from independent service vendors,
bringing the build number up to 2128. As stated early
this month, Microsoft will officially launch RC2
tomorrow at DevDays '99, where all attendees will
receive a copy of the build. Windows 2000 testers are
expected to receive download access sometime tomorrow.
Release Candidate 2 will be the last major pre-release
of Windows 2000 before it goes RTM (Release To
Manufacturing) on November 15th.
pals over at ArsTechnica
posted a review and HOWTO on the NAT
software SyGate. Basically NAT is a protocol which
allows you to share your cable/ADSL with multiple users
in your internal LAN.
is a Win32 application and runs fine on 9x and NT
both. If you're a Linux type or just feeling
adventurous, there is definitely something to be said
for procuring an inexpensive box, throwing Linux on
it, and starting up IP Masquerading. If you've
already got an unused machine on hand, that would
be a good way to put it to use. However,
not everybody has the time or the spare hardware to
put such a solution together. SyGate can run
fine on a Win32 machine that has other uses as well
and, as we'll see, the time investment is practically
10X DVD Drive 06:51
10X of pure madness available now. AGN
Hardware reviewed the Pioneer
10X (13.5 Mb/s) IDE DVD Drive. This drive is
equivalent to a 40X CD-ROM drive. Woohoos!
down and imagine two years back and the type of games
that were available for the PC. Those games were quite
low in image quality, with very limited 3D support
and much slower frame rates. The reason for the more
impressive quality games we are seeing now is the
popularity of impressive 3D supporting video cards.
The months and years of technological advancement
for the 3D video world, has allowed software developers
to provide games with higher quality graphics that
can still work properly on a large selection of computers.
Hardware News August Edition 06:48
buds over at iXBT-Hardware
consolidated their thoughts in the IT scene and
published it into the Monthly
Hardware News August Edition. Take a look at their
course, most attention was drawn to two processor
cores, which fell into the company's hands - Gobi
and Mojave. The future of the letter looks pretty
doubtful in the present day conditions. VIA sincerely
complains about the fact that there is still enough
work to be done with this processor, it is far not
ready yet, and the salaries of American engineers
are incredibly high. In this respect certain economizing
measures were taken: according to the agreed terms
VIA got only 160 specialists out of about 330 Cyrix
employees and National was so kind to fire all the
rest. Moreover, in August it suddenly appeared that
even those lucky guys from Cyrix, who were taken on
staff to VIA won't manage to retain their jobs over
there and that they are very likely to follow the
footsteps of their dismissed colleagues in a month
or two after the launching of Gobi.
Dual Strike 06:27
pals over at ActiveWin
brought us a review on the new Sidewinder
Dual Strike gamepad. Totally awesome!
up I plugged the Dual Strike into my USB port
on my PC. Almost straight away Windows 98 recognized
the USB device as the Microsoft Sidewinder Dual
Strike, it began to setup the drivers and then
asked me to insert my Windows 98 CD. Once it had
grabbed a couple of files off of the Windows 98
CD, it ejected the CD and I was ready to go.
juice on the recently announced 3Dfx's FXT1
technology over at HotHardware. Excitement,
anticipation and drool, that's what happens each time
new tech is announced!
do you get more large textures cranking through a
3D Graphics Chip? You guessed it, compression. 3dfx
has a new compression algorithm for their next generation
product. Like S3, 3dfx realizes that there are significant
bottle necks in processing the large textures in today's
3D game. 3dfx will introduce this new algorithm with
their next generation 3D processor and it will be
resident on chip. In addition, they have taken the
approach that S3 has taken, to the next level. Here's
what we were told...
dropped us a line of their new review on the Mototech
Dual E-Switch 8 port switch. Hmm, this switch is
pretty affordable too!
proper eight port 10/100 duplex compatible switch
for about the same price as a an eight port 10/100
hub sounds like a misprint. Switches are supposed
to be big and black and expensive, as befits their
network-accelerating function (see the sidebar to
the right, if you're wondering what exactly that function
is). But this one's the size of a hub with the same
number of ports, runs from a mains plugpack just like
a cheapo hub, and only costs $240 (Australian dollars).
Rojak Pot posted a review on the IBM
22GXP 7200 rpm hard drive. Prolly we'll witness
the 5400 rpms being phased out in no time.
with the ever faster processor speeds and increased
RAM bandwidth, the hard drive was increasingly
becoming a major system performance bottleneck.
Evidently, 5400rpm drives are not very suitable for
today's high bandwidth multimedia requirements. Try as
many hard disk manufacturers will, they will not be
able to squeeze much more out of their 5400rpm drives.
So, the obvious move would be to migrate to a faster
spindle speed - 7200rpm.