Right now, the only concern is that the Xabre drivers aren't anywhere mature enough to compete with NVIDIA drivers. In some games, Xabre cards are not well optimized enough. Also SiS right now has to really build up their relationships with the game developers to optimize their future GPUs and drivers for games since SiS is trying to capture some of the mid end market share now which they previously weren't able to. ECS is always behind supporting SiS by producing cards based on Xabre 400 GPUs and this time their ECS AG400 is a neat card with good features such as TV-Out and 3DVR Connectors.
Aces Hardware has put up an article going over the various multi cpu systems that are available now or in the near future. It covers quite a wide range of platforms from the upcoming AMD Hammer to the tried and true P3. This is a very extensive guide and long read. There latest and final installment is located Volume Multi-Processor Systems: Part 3. If you'd like to start from the begining, you can go here to Part 1 and Part 2.
On top of the performance issues, we were also disappointed with a few kinks that are present in the i-Buddie XP. Although the fan in the AC adapter may not seem like a big deal, it did get quite bothersome quite quickly. Also problematic was the heat that the i-Buddie XP with its 2100+ processor produced. The CPU was never bothered by the temperature of the system (meaning that the cooling solution works well) but our laps were (meaning that perhaps the cooling solution works too well). Obviously going with a slower Athlon XP processor or a Duron would decrease the heat produced by the system.
The performance of the MS-8870 Ti4200 is fantastic, running neck in neck with the other top performing Ti4200s we have reviewed and coming out on top of the majority of tests we ran today, even when tested against the 128MB version of the Ti4200. The faster memory helped edge out the competition while leaving a lot of leg room for the overclockers out there, an added bonus. After all, no one wants a fast card when it is at its ragged edge already. Most of us enjoy the 'room to play'.
As the personal choice of this reviewer, Soyo has definitely redeemed themselves. It seems that any lack of performance is obviously the direct result of a BIOS issue. Surely, as the company receives more feedback, the SY333 Dragon Ultra Platinum will continue to become better. There may not be any fire, but this is a hot product and a great buy.
So, in order to benefit from the the expected performance gains DDR-II will bring, AMD will need to re-engineer the northbridge controller, which, on Hammer, is embedded on the chip to permit faster memory throughput.
Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron said changes in the new nForce are likely to focus on chipset functions--including support for new connection technologies such as USB 2.0--rather than graphics enhancements. "There are a number of new technologies that are making inroads in the market, and they have to incorporate those," he said.
Processing the Enermax air fans is very good. The potentiometer is a meaningful complement, these it does for the buyers' groups not disturb, that the air fan settlement is connected with some expenditure. With a price of approx. 13 Euros the Enermax air fans are actually favorable. Temperature regulated air fans cost usually more.
Unlike your typical "vanilla" boards, the Max2 series come stacked with features. The i845E chipset is here of course, and along with it comes USB 2.0, ATA100, and a 133 FSB, quad pumped. Also present on the board is RAID ATA133 support, 6-channel sound, LAN, and a surprising entry, Bluetooth support.
As for performance, we learned that cards based on the 9700 should deliver a magnificent 15,000 3DMarks and will be able to beat Nvidias fastest offering for this summer by a few thousand in this very popular test. Nvidias best performance is between 10,000 and 11,000 depending on the configuration.
However, if we were forced to pick a winner, the choice wouldn't be hard. Gainward's extremely-long-named GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750 XP Golden Sample card is the best Ti 4600 card we've seen, either in this comparo or anywhere else. Its unique dual-DVI output capabilities make it a true bargain. (You might have to buy a Quadro to get dual DVI outputs otherwise.) Gainward bundles everything you'd expect with a $300-plus video card, including robust video editing abilities. This is a do-everything, workstation-class graphics card that will be at home inside of any enthusiast's system.
Nonetheless, there is a ton of possibilities left to play with, add a Matrox G550 PCI or a GeForce 4 MX PCI card, add extra blow holes and stick a GPU cooler fan onto the CPU heatsink just to move this stale hot air and lower the temps further.
The Asus A7V333, with RAID, FireWire and USB2.0 has genuinely "extra" features. If you need them, the A7V333 is a sensible choice - underneath the extra features is a very good motherboard. If you don't, then you'd be paying a premium for bits you don't need. Such is the problem with feature-packing a board: you raise the price and limit the market that the board appeals to. Given Asus's strong following to date though, I'm not surprised to find that this board has been a popular choice among our forum-goers.
Yet in situations where servers are stacked atop one another, vibrations can disrupt other hard drives in the stack. The Ultrastar hard drive compensates for the shaking and works to cancel it out, IBM says. The new 146GB drive offers a speed of 10,000rpm.
Microsoft will start to come out with an Itanium 2 version of Windows Advanced Server next month but won't issue a version of Windows XP for workstations until the first quarter of 2003. Windows.Net enterprise and data-center servers for Itanium will ship to manufacturers this year but likely won't be in customers' hands until next year.
UnitedLinux, a consortium of Linux developers that includes SuSE and Turbolinux, said a version of the Linux OS designed to run on a variety of Itanium 2 machines will come out in the second half of the year.
Cooper said the cross-border nature of the Internet was also creating strange alliances, such as between white supremacists and Islamic extremists over a perceived common Jewish enemy. Many groups had used images of the burning World Trade Center towers to criticize U.S policy and condemn Jews or to oppose Muslims.
The Impact T4200 is definitely one heck of a performer. The T4200 ran the applications I used to benchmark it a shade faster than the direct competitor, VisionTek's Xtasy Ti 4200 every time. Not only that, when overclocked, the card will darned near take out a default clocked Ti 4600. That is seriously impressive as the 4600 is currently the fastest gaming solution available. This card would seem to be exactly the low cost screamer that gamers were hoping for. I almost had to give out a perfect ten here but that would leave me no room to move should the next 4200 I test be a little faster. Kinda like the whole figure skating judging thing. One can only give a perfect score to the very last competitor just in case the next competitor does a little better.
When you buy from Crucial, you're buying the same top-quality RAM that leading PC makers install in the systems they sell. As a division of Micron, Crucial is the only place consumers can buy memory upgrades direct from the manufacturer. And that's the truth.
ChainTech Apogee is a stable motherboard with loads of overclocking features and accessories. This is not a bad entry for ChainTech but it will not earn any awards from me. The overclocking potential is severally reduced with the use of 100/133/166 jumpers. The performance of the board is below other KT-333 boards tested.
The problems I encountered are very common. I actually went to the Lindows.com Tech support area and the Insiders forum and searched for answers for those specific errors so this review would be more realistic. This installation took 42 minutes. After knowing what needs to be changed on your particular computer to get LindowsOS to install, from start to finish you can be surfing the internet in approximately 7 minutes. Installing the OS is really a no brainer. Very little user intervention is required. I don't know how many readers of this review noticed in the installation screen shots that you don't have the ability to select partitions or enter users. Lindows will only load on partition1 of the first hard disk and everything is run as root. Sure takes the *nix out of Linux.
Also I have yet to focus on the noise levels of this system, primarily because there are none! Throw those Delta's away because the only real noise is at startup where the main unit's fan is most active. Thankfully Prometeia's fan is only activated when needed most and will auto adjust to a slower speed when not needed. Even when the fan is rotating at full speed, the noise is a lot quieter than a standard case with three case fans. There is a whine from fans at times but it's never intrusive. I'm very impressed at just how quiet this system really is.
PayPal will continue to offer its service as an independent brand, eBay said. PayPal, which went public earlier this year, allows consumers to make and accept payments over the Internet without using a credit card. The bulk of its business comes from eBay auctions.
To wrap up this article it all boils down to cost and what you get in comparison to other manufacturer offerings and whilst the Gainward NVIDIA® GeForce4 PowerPack Ultra/650TV Golden Sample TI-4200 is not busting out with bundles and extra add-ons it does give you an optimized product for all needs in today's hardware computing arena. You have to ask why buy a TI-4600 when something along the lines of the Gainward NVIDIA® GeForce4 PowerPack Ultra/650TV Golden Sample TI-4200 can offer something close as it can get at almost half the average selling price.
PowerStrip 3.20 provides advanced, multi-monitor, programmable hardware support to a wide range of graphics cards - from the venerable Matrox Millennium I to the latest Radeon 8500DV and GeForce4 Ti4600. It is in fact the only program of its type to support multiple graphics cards from multiple chipset vendors, simultaneously, under every Windows operating system from Windows 95 to XP. A simple menu that pops up from the system tray provides access to some 500 controls over your display hardware, including sophisticated color correction tools, period level adjustments over screen geometry, and driver independent clock controls.