September 1999 - Thursday
Pawns. Huh? 23:59
Just to clarify the
posted another interesting
read which I shall point you to. It discussed some strategies and guessed at what Big Blue is up
to and capable of. Don't be mistaken by the snip,
it's not about chess! =)
any good chess player knows, pawns are often the key
to victory, despite their miniscule power and range
in comparison to other pieces on the chessboard. A
well-arranged set of pawns can reinforce one another
and block access by opposing pieces; a single pawn
pushed to the end of the board can become a queen or
another piece, as needed, and may shift the balance
of power dramatically. Pawns stacked around a king
can keep it protected from numerous assaults.
Selects S3 Texture Compression 23:54
Register, it is said that Nintendo
chose to license S3's S3TC technology for use in Dolphin - their next console to replace the N64. It
is curious to note that the Japanese firm would rather
pay than use 3dfx's currently open-sourced FXT1
marks to S3 for rushing out a release informing us
all of Nintendo's decision to license its S3TC
texture compression technology in Dolphin, the
in-development successor to the Nintendo N64.
Nintendo will have to wear the dunce's cap and stand
in the corner for paying S3 for technology it could
have got from S3's rival, 3dfx, for free.
couple of weeks back, as
we reported here, 3dfx unveiled its FXT1 texture
compression technology under an open source licence,
allowing anyone, including rival 3D vendors, to use
it in their own products.
3dfx claims FXT1 is superior to S3TC, and indeed its
use of multiple compression algorithms depending on
the nature of the texture to be compressed and its
smaller compressed-texture format (check out our previous
story for the full specs.) make it seem a better
choice than S3TC, quite apart from its open source
Hat Preps Linux Upgrade 23:49
According to TechWeb's
report, Red Hat is readying version 6.1 of its
Linux OS for Monday's release. It shall feature a
couple of worthy updates. Read this:
Hat Linux 6.1, scheduled to be unveiled Monday, will
feature a streamlined installation, online software
updates, and enhancements for managing distributed
computing architectures, according to company
Overclocking Tests 23:41
This must be
relevant to some of you. In our forum, I've read of
posts asking which Celeron processor to procure for
best overclocking results. Well, FiringSquad
should have the answer
for you. Take a look at their tests performed on the
range of Celeron CPUs available.
our limited exposure to several Celeron chips, the
average maximum speed that we're beginning to see
for all of the new Celeron chips is somewhere
between 550MHz and 600MHz. Okay, so which Celeron
should I get? The results of our tests has us
leaning towards the Celeron 366 or 400.
relatively low 5.5 and 6 multipliers of the 366 and
400 let us use the 90-100MHz bus speeds. On the Abit
BP6, the 1/3 PCI Bus divider doesn't kick in until
you reach the 92MHz bus speed. The Celeron 433 and
466 force us to use FSB speeds in the mid eighties
with a 1/2 PCI divider, and that PCI bus speed in
the 40s won't be good for stability. We'll stick
with the Celeron 366 or 400 and our hard disks will
appreciate the mild PCI bus.
V3800 Ultra Deluxe TNT2 23:35
TechZone posted their review
on the Asus V3800 Ultra TNT2 card. What surprised me
was the tremendous success they had at overclocking
the card... a whopping 195Mhz and 245Mhz for the core
and memory respectively. Wowz! Amazing indeed! Check
Asus V3800 is a great card to overclock. The stock
heatsink comes off very easily and having all the
RAM chips on one side of the card makes them easier
to cool. With the cooling system I made for the
V3800 I was able to overclock the card to a
blistering 195Mhz core and 245Mhz memory!
a long day for most of us here at Hardware-One,
partying or otherwise =P . Hope you have enjoyed
reading the reviews we put up in the past weeks.
much to say, you people have been great in the support
of our forum as well as our RC5 efforts... so a big
thanks for building this 'community'. Heheh, another
important group of people to thank is our sponsors.
They have been a patient lot man! Firstly, waiting for
lazy bums like us to actually get down to writing and
completing the reviews... then having to accept our
not-always-thumbs-up opinion of their products. They
are most understanding of our situation. Of course, we
recognize that our readers are no fools, you deserve
to know the truth, for we are but users ourselves.
The Cars of GT2 12:01
FTO, GTi, WRX and Bettle too!!! Kan must be
drooling over this. IGN
has an article
featuring all the cars in the upcoming Gran Turismo 2.
Bottom line, the cars are pretty much everything an auto fan could ask for.
From classic sports and musclecars of the '60s and '70s, through
modern-day daily runarounds and supercars, to yet-to-be-released
concept cars like the Chrysler Phaeton, the roster is simply incredible. The
game even includes the loony Espace F1 -- a mini van which Renault
engineers thought that they'd soup up by taking out the passenger seats
and replacing them with an 800 horsepower Renault Formula One engine.
Personally, I can't wait to test out a minivan that does 0-60 in 2.8 seconds
and can go nearly 200 mph.
Is No More 10:26
has this piece of news
that Thrustmaster has been sold to Guillemot Corporation for $15 million cash.
ThrustMaster's shareholders have approved the sale of
the hardware business and the new company name, CenterSpan Communications Corporation. The company also announced it
expects to close the sale of the hardware business to Guillemot Corporation for $15 million cash within the next five business days. Beginning today, the company is focusing exclusively
on its Internet community, collaboration and communications software business.
Elsa Erazor X GeForce 256 Benchmarks 08:54
translated a piece of benchmark article originally
posted at C't Magazine. So does it please you to
know that Quake III will run impressively with all the
bells-and-whistles turned on? However, it does seem
that the GeForce 256 is fillrate limited on a
PIII-500mhz system after T&L acceleration put to
games can already use the T&L acceleration of
the 3D chip. Quake3 Arena 1.08 using maximal texture
detail and lightmaps produced 63 fps at a resolution
of 1024x768 in 16bit colour, 16 bit textures and
bilinear filtering (TNT2 only manages 33fps). When
we increase to trilinear filtering the results
dropped to a still impressive 60 fps.
T&L acceleration pushes the GeForce card
continuously against its fillrate limit on the
P3-500Mhz system. We can conclude this from the fact
that the framerate drops every time we increase the
image quality. If we increase quality by selecting a
32bit frame buffer the performance drops to 42 fps,
if we add 32bit textures we end up at 37 fps (TNT2 =
32 fps). The filter quality remained Trilinear.
Increasing the screen resolution to 1280x960 really
hurts the GeForce fillrate since the framerate drops
to only 22 fps.
To Release Wearable PCs 08:42
you think carrying your PDA is way cool, let it be
known that the future is prolly not that mm'kay? IBM
said they will be releasing their portable
PC, so small they clip onto your belt and weigh
four sticks of butter. Better still, the price is
expected to be more human at US$2500.
latest device comes with an eraser-sized mouse that
works like a miniature joystick and a headset that
holds speakers and a monitor. The monitor, about
half the size of a pen cap, sits about an inch from
the eye, giving the user the illusion of reading a
14-inch screen at normal viewing distances. The PC
can also hook into a desktop monitor. Users can
attach a keyboard but can also direct the PC through
speech-recognition software that is included.
PC could accommodate a satellite-driven Global
Positioning System, which would allow the computer
to locate its position on Earth and display maps for
like a miracle of a creation if it ever comes to
shipping, noticed over at Voodoo
Extreme this piece of information translated from
Glaze3D chip is at the moment in the last stages of
the silicon implementation, and when ět is done,
the database goes to Infineon for processing. We
will get the first prototypes in the very beginning
of the next year. We have at the moment a 100%
accurate simulation model of the chip, which can do
nanosecond accurate runs. From these we have been
able to "calculate" that to draw one
Quake3 frame takes 3-5 nanoseoconds, which means
200-300fps on behalf of the graphics card."
Data Reviews VRJoy 3D Glasses 08:17
reviewed a pair of VR
Standard VRJoy 3D glasses and compared it to Asus'
competing product. I'm still skeptical on the use of
VR products at this juncture, they give me splitting
is a 3D glasses kit that is touted to work with
pretty much any PC that has a CRT monitor (as
opposed to an LCD flat panel). Not being tied to a
particular brand of video card is attractive, and
the VRJoy's price isn't ridiculous, either; $US79
for US buyers, or $US110 for overseas shoppers,
Fibre Cut Pauses East-West Traffic 08:20
that a fibre cut which put out four OC-192 lines in
Ohio placed a stopper on traffic. Sources have blamed an
unidentified gas company for the cyber-disaster.
news is sending shockwaves through the networking
community, with many carrier operators struggling to
understand why, all of a sudden, their traffic is
routed through London and Denmark. At least four
Internet service providers are being affected by the
outage. Various online sources have named AboveNet;
GTE Internetworking; and MFS Communications, a
WorldCom subsidiary, as ISPs hit the worst.
September 1999 - Wednesday
Hardware-One: Logitech Cordless WheelMouse - Wilfred
whipped up a review
on his month-old cordless wheel mouse from Logitech.
Trivial? Well, given the right price and performance,
I'm certain many users will make the switch to
'wireless' rodents. The man is happy, check it out!
wireless mouse features the use of digital radio
technology for the communication between the mouse
and the compact receiver.
Apparently, digital radio technology allows
for better reliability for the communication between
the mouse and the receiver. Digital radio
communication is supposed to be less susceptible to
interference from other sources of radio signals.
The digital communication between the mouse
& the receiver has a range of six feet.
Logitech claims that objects between the
mouse and the receiver do not affect the mouse
Assorted Gaming News 19:32
has wind that Panzer
General Assault 3D is now shipping. This may be no
news to some, but I haven't told you I liked
this game. Next, I
chanced upon GameSpot's
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun game
guide, so for those of you on this game, be sure to sharpen those tactics
before taking on multiplayer challenges!
SuperMicro SC750A 17:25
is the casing I once had my eyes on - SuperMicro
SC750A. Check out AnandTech
review on this giant if you happen to be shopping
for a casing now.
most motherboards lack a turbo LED output these
days, this LED can be used for any other function,
such LAN activity, overheat warning, or any other
LED outputs that your system may have. Plenty of
ventilation holes allow for excellent airflow into
the front of the case. The back of the bezel features
a washable air filter that prevents the uptake of
dust into the case - a serious issue for a machine
that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tournament Editorial 17:20
Quaker Thresh, who walks on the surface of the earth,
wrote a special Unreal
Tournament Editorial. Be sure to catch it if you
are a FPS fan!
software is taking the approach of refining deathmatch.
They've taken the best elements from each of their
games, and have combined everything into what could
be described as "pure deathmatch experience."
With more than 3 generations of FPS engines, weapons
and play balance, and network code, there's no doubt
that id software is the powerhouse incumbent in
this battle. With a proven track record and a majority
of FPS players, it's their position to lose.
to BetaOS, here's
article pertaining to Windows 2000 RC2. An excerpt
goes like this:
2000 RC-2 is arriving in front of Windows 2000 CPP
customers as you are reading this now. Some
have already obtained a copy and are running it
now. But for those of you who have not received
a copy yet and are planning on upgrading to Windows
2000 RC-2 from RC-1 or Beta 3, there are a some
"issues" you should know.
of all, you
should check Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility
List for the most up-to-date list of supported hardware.
Your Windows 2000 CD includes a copy of this
that was accurate as of the date Windows 2000
was released. Or - you can download the actively
updated copy of the HCL.txt file from Microsoft's
i820 Preview 17:16
on the new Intel i820 chipset as HardwareCentral
bring us some
juice on it:
main hub of the i810 is the GMCH (Graphics and Memory
Controller Hub). The i820 uses a slightly different
hub. The i820’s main hub is referred to as only
MCH (Memory Controller Hub). The reason for this
is simple--the i810 was designed as a value chipset,
and included on-board video. The i820, however,
does not include such video, and thus has no need
for the graphics controlling abilities of its younger
brother. The MCH of the i820 is a comparatively
basic design, responsible for controlling the processor
(system bus), memory bus, and AGP bus. Of course,
this chipset will support 133 MHz front side bus,
so inherently, a ˝ AGP divider has been instituted
on the i820. At this point, it is believed that
Intel will NOT include a 66 MHz FSB option on the
i820, so current Celeron and Klamath Pentium II
users may be out of luck. As well, the AGP 4X specification
is supported, more on that later.
3 Articles At osOpinion 14:00
3 more computer editorials available at osOpinion.
This time, they have one on the subject of Y2K titled,
Warped Perspective ". It's about the general
awareness of computer users concerning the problem.
sellers don't like admitting that they don't know
something. It ruins the false impression that they
are all-knowing gurus who have all the answers.
It ruins the pleasant, mindless atmosphere of casual
acceptance of everything "new" as automatically
"better" by a brainwashed populace. You know, the
people who believe evolution is fact because it's
"obvious" or because "everybody else believes it."
You know, the people who think that technology can
only get better, never worse. You know, the people
who equate clever marketing with technological excellence.
If you calmly and rationally explain that this attitude
is self-deception and that the people in the computer
industry are not really as sharp and all-knowing
as they appear, you will likely be branded as a
"dangerous person" who must be harassed and shut-up.
Here's an interesting
piece called, "The
Hatchet Job". It's about biased journalistic
views by product reviewers.
review is a perfect example of being "penny wise
and pound foolish." No doubt a large percentage
of the two trillion dollars spent on information
technology in the last few years by U.S. companies
is another such example. I suppose that kind of
stupidity is one reason why WindowsNT is still used,
despite the fact that OS/2 WarpServer is actually
a less-expensive solution. That's right, if you
count the cost of doing business instead of just
the price on the label, OS/2 is far cheaper. The
real problem here is that the reviewer is fooled
by the unrealistically low entry cost of the Windows
platform, and fails to recognize that a network
is more than just the sum of its parts.
IBM Deskstar 37GP Review 13:40
in storage news, StorageReview,
has done a write-up
on the IBM Deskstar
37GP DPTA-353750. This is a 5400rpm ATA-66 drive which
packs a whopping 37.5GB of storage space over 5 platters.
Yeah, baby! More bang for the buck! Check it out :
Blue, however, like Maxtor, has chosen to barrel
ahead with a flagship 5400rpm design incorporates
just as many platters as its 7200rpm units. The
Deskstar 37GP's 5 platters, each weighing in at
an impressive 7.5 gigabytes, yields an incredible
top capacity of 37.5 gigs. The 37GP is the second
largest hard drive around, yielding only to Seagate's
11-platter 1.6" Barracuda 50 (a SCSI drive, of course).
drive's seeks are rated at a very standard 9.0 milliseconds.
Like it's predecessor, the Deskstar 25GP, the 37GP's
top-capacity models are equipped with a two megabyte
buffer. It should be noted, however, that the two
smaller units in the series (22.5 GB and 15.5 GB)
are equipped with a 512k buffer. Nevertheless, it's
likely that the smaller buffer doesn't significantly
impact performance. IBM protects the drive with
a three-year warranty.
pals over at ArsTechnica
whipped up another two new articles on optimizing
your NT system. First is the Disabling
extra subsystems (don't ask me what that is) article
and the second one is Disabling
paging of the NT Executive. Not for the faint
hearted, here's some juice:
What is POSIX, and what is this subsystem for?
Well, the POSIX (Portable Operating Subsystem Interface
for Computing Environments) Subsystem was designed
to enable POSIX.1 applications to run on NT--applications
that, typically, would utilize C API calls between
the OS and an that application. Such API calls
are based on UNIX system calls. Do you need
the POSIX subsystem? Probably not. The
vast majority of NT applications are written for
Win32 (thankfully), so only those of you who are
using very special software would need to worry
about this. The rule of thumb is that the
subsystem is unnecessary, and should be removed
off of any hardcore tweaker's box.
review on two Athlon motherboards (FIC SD11 and
BMC QS750). Here's a short blurb:
these K7 boards, it reached over 100fps!! Talk about
bang for your buck. Both boards offer rock-solid
performance. I was able to run all applications
repeatedly without a hitch, and reboots were quick
and painless. The SD11's AMIBIOS boots substantially
faster than the AWARD PCII (non-Phoenix) BIOS on
the QS750, but shutdown was almost immediate on
both boards, since ACPI is supported on both. The
SD11 is slightly larger than motherboards I have
recently seen, so it took just a little juggling
to get it seated in my case. The QS750, on the other
hand, has a proprietary speaker connector which
requires a two-pin wire.
this from BetaNews
on a new release of Winamp 2.50D. You can download
the file straight from our
FTP server or thru Nullsoft.
has posted yet another version of Winamp for download.
Not yet on the web site, you can download it from
the Nullsoft FTP. Here is what's new in this popular
up CDDA plug-in and fixed a few bugs
10/100 Switch 09:08
posted a review on the Linksys
10/100 switch review. So how does the performance
fare against our own reviews on the DLink
DFE-910 and DFE-905?
to put it very simple, when using a hub all users
on a network share the bandwidth of the hub (for
example 10 or 100Mbits) and if there’s a lot of
users connected to the hub, you’ll get some really
poor performance (try copying some files over a
network while your friends are playing a game over
the same hub. You’ll run out of friends.)
whipped up an
article teaching you how to cool down your computer
to acceptable levels.
people are under the impression that adding a huge
CPU-cooler to their CPU is going to solve all of
their heat problems. Well, that might hold true
to some extend, but we must not forget that even
the biggest CPU-cooler can only bring the CPU down
to case temperature.
if a high case temperature is holding you back from
running your system reliably, you might want to
consider cooling your whole system, or the peripherals
within the case.