|Sony Maximum Performance Upgrade Kit - Part 1
By Toh Boon Kiat
What Comprises The Upgrade Kit?
- Sigma Designs REALMagic Hollywood Plus
(DVD/MPEG-2 Playback Card)
- Sony DDU220E DVD-ROM drive
When Wilfred asked me if I wanted to review the Maximum
Performance Upgrade kit, featuring REALMagics Hollywood Plus MPEG-2 playback card, I
almost fell over, literally.
Up till that moment, all my
reviews have been on hardware that I had to purchase with my own hard-earned cash. =) And
here was a chance to review a highly recommended system for free!
I quickly took him up on the offer and
met Michael from Convergent Systems which distributes the DVD upgrade kit in Singapore.
The system I tested it on is as follows:
- Celeron 300A (overclocked to 450MHz)
- ABit BH6 motherboard (FU BIOS)
- 128MB PC100 SDRAM (TI 3rd Party)
- Asus 2740/TV (i740 AGP 2x VGA card with TV input and output)
- Aureal Vortex1 (8820) reference design soundcard
- Samsung SyncMaster 17GLi
- Creative/Cambridge SoundWorks Desktop Theater 5.1 system
(my Encore DVD system was removed for the purpose of the review)
Encore, the RM does not use a conventional VGA passthrough. A special cable, much like
Canopus WitchDoctor connection, plugs from the DB15 of your VGA card to a special
DIN input on the RM card.
|I was a
little intrigued by this device and wondered if it will improve the quality of your
existing VGA card, since the Encore was plagued by serious degradation."
However eager I was to review the unit, I
was unable to do so, as I had just started work in a new department which left me very
little time to tinker with my PCs. As it turned out, the new job took a lot more out of me
than I expected, and this review was delayed for far longer than I would have preferred..
Since I already have an Encore DVD kit, I will also be comparing the
two PC-DVD upgrades in this review.
But enough with my preliminaries already. Lets get on with the
Special Thanks to Mr
Michael Tan of Convergent Systems
for the provision of the Sony DVD Upgrade Kit