QuoteThe bill approved by Barton's committee would require software makers to notify people before loading new programs on their machines that can collect information about them. Violators could face millions of dollars in fines.
QuoteAsus finally has a Socket 754 motherboard based on the Nvidia chipset, and it is a good one. They include the usual excellent features like the unique RAID 5 and 10 support, 8 channel audio, 6 SATA ports, and GigE. While we would like to see the wireless card included as it stands the K8N-E Deluxe is the top Socket 754 motherboard we have seen so far based on the nForce 3 250GB chipset.
QuoteToday we are looking at the PowerColor RADEON 9800 Platinum Edition. For those that don't know, Tul owns the PowerColor brand and is the third largest provider of ATI-based graphic cards. The company makes very competitive products that are known all over the world. Although the RADEON 9800 has been around for some time now, this card is something totally different -- and I do mean it.
QuoteSo you know you have the lowest timings available with these, but what about overclocking? Well if you plan on OCing, you're going to have to bump the timings up a bit. But once you do, you'd be amazed at the headroom you have with this memory!
QuoteWhen you purchase RAM, you normally receive the sticks in a simple OEM anti-static bag or a plastic container. However, when purchasing Ultra Products high-end modules, you now receive them in a mahogany box. Does this RAM really deserve to be packaged in such a pristine container, and can it compete with big name manufacturers like Corsair, Mushkin, and OCZ? At Phoronix we will be checking out the Ultra Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory (2 x 512MB) - Premium Wood Box.
QuoteThe overclocking ability of this card is really what impressed me the most. Achieving more than a 20% gain in core and memory clock is nothing to sneeze at. I'd be very interested in finding out just how much higher these cards could go if given some more powerful cooling and something to cool the rear memory chips.
QuoteThe OCZ PC3200 Revision 2 memory delivered slightly faster speeds than the Corsair XMS 3200XL at DDR400 (2-2-2-5) and costs significantly less (around $280 vs. $315). This difference in cost may be the single most determining factor for someone that is shopping for DDR400. Keep in mind that with slightly looser timings operation up to DDR500 should be easily possible making this memory the perfect compliment to any system from an AMD64 based rig to an overclocked Intel P4 based rig. We award the OCZ PC3200 Revision 2 Memory the 3DXtreme Editors Choice Award based on the performance and price of this product."
QuoteToday, RAM comes in many flavors varying in speed, bandwidth, and size. Finding the right RAM solution for one's needs can be a tedious process; with a vast number of companies barraging the public with proposed solutions and complicated jargon, one is often overwhelmed and uninformed regarding the best solution at the best price. Today we review of one of the most impressive high-end solutions available, namely Corsair's CMX512-4000PRO.
QuoteMike has checked in with a review of the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor today which is based around the new Socket 939 platform. After taking a quick look at what the processor has to offer in terms of features we get down to the real issue and see how the expensive beast can really perform in today's current games such as Doom 3 against an older overclocked Athlon XP processor.
QuoteIn this review PCstats will be looking at the GA-8KNXP Ultra-64. Although this board is impressive across the scale, it does seem as though Gigabyte's engineers simply adapted the already successful GA-8KNXP Ultra motherboard for extra duty; tossing in two 64bit PCI slots and an Adaptec SCSI controller into the mix. Obviously based on the reliable and proven i875P chipset, the GA-8KNXP Ultra-64 motherboard supports the usual assortment of Socket 478 Pentium 4 processors from 533MHz to 800 MHz FSB...
QuoteAnother PCI-express video card has arrived to our test bench. This is different from the others as its a ATI card. Sapphiretech were nice and sent us their latest X600 video card. We will compare it to the Nvidia PCI-E cards and see which one performs the best.
QuoteOverall, I'm fairly pleased with the performance of the ULT31022. For the price you would normally pay, this actually surpasses my expectations. This does not mean however that there isn't room for improvement!
QuoteThe war between the graphics giants will go on and on for eternity at this point, so the biggest news is always who has the biggest weapon at the time. There always seems to be someone with a bigger gun, but finding out just how much more heat the competitor is packing is becoming more and more of a challenge. Enter NVIDIA's big gun -- the 6800 series of video cards.
QuoteThe fact is, Intel changed a lot at the beginning of this Summer with the 915/925 release, and it required a lot of manufacturers to come up with compelling products that take advantage of all these new features, and at the same time, provide an enjoyable computing experience. We think ASUS did just that with the P5AD2 Premium.
QuoteEpox includes some great features with the 8RDA6+ Pro. You will rarely find an Athlon XP board featuring the Gigabit Ethernet and SATA RAID from Nvidia. You also won't often find 6 SATA ports on an Athlon XP board. Epox also includes Firewire, SPDIF audio output, and plenty of accessories like rounded cables, a screwdriver, and small heatsinks for components.
QuoteIn this review, PCstats is testing a brand new Socket 939 motherboard from Gigabyte which is priced at around $350 CDN ($240 US). The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 is powered by the nForce3 Ultra chipset, and includes an onboard Serial ATA RAID controller, IEEE 1394b Firewire, Gigabit LAN, a 10/100 NIC, 7.1 channel audio, dual BIOS chips and Gigabyte's proprietory Dual Power System (DPS).
QuoteThe K8NS Pro felt every inch the solid Gigabyte mainboard that they're famous for. It didn't miss a beat during testing, BIOS operation was flawless and stability was excellent. After that, and given that the ASUS K8N-E is just as good at those things, it's the feature set that determines what you purchase for your Athlon 64 CPU these days, with performance being so derivative and tied to the CPU itself.
QuoteThe company, which filed for bankruptcy to liquidate its assets under Chapter 7 of U.S. Bankruptcy Code, has also faced lawsuits from some of its top licensees, including ones from teen superstars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and biking legend Dave Mirra. Acclaim is the second well-known company in the business to go bankrupt in recent times, after 3DO Co. in 2003. It was not immediately clear what would happen to Acclaim's properties, including upcoming games like "100 Bullets" as well as new entries in the "Worms" franchise.
QuoteWhat we've seen today is a very flexible TV tuner, that is both easy to use and offers excellent image quality. If you're a notebook user or an enthusiast with limited expansion port real estate, and you'd like some TV-In capabilities, the ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 is worthy of your consideration.
QuoteThe Albatron PX915P proves a worthy solution that is both affordable and a solid performer for anyone looking to migrate to the new PCI Express/LGA 775 platform. The features provided in this solution are numerous and give the enthusiast options for improving the performance of their stock setup through added tweaking.
QuoteGaming performance is mid range which is what the card is designed for. Modern games will run at about 1024x768 very happily with mild AA and AF applied. Older games will have no trouble, but the latest games such as FarCry and Doom III will push the card to its limits. If you are serious about playing either of those two then you would be better served by looking at a higher specification card.
QuoteAll of the eight memory modules are passively cooled with shiny aluminum heatsinks. With all this metal, HIS makes sure that you will be getting most out of your purchase and allow you to get some pretty impressive overclocking results in the process.
QuoteAlthough its current processors are not quite outperforming the ability of these interfaces, Intel Corporation decided recently that it was time to introduce a new package for their flagship Pentium 4 line of processors in order to get ahead of the curve a little bit. The engineers at Intel chose a design that is quite different than any other mainstream CPU available today. The processor design itself has not changed; the packaging of the processor is what has changed. Intel is still using the recently released Prescott core (replaced Northwood) for their Pentium 4 line-up.
QuoteThe X600 XT has proven itself in our benchmarks and comes at a much cheaper price than the X800 Pro. The card turned out to be very overclockable which is great news for all of the tweakers out there. The X600 XT comes a with blue LED lit cooling system which makes the card look very sharp. The software included allows for great video editing and recording ability using the ATI Rage Theater. The Excalibur X600 XT is a very all around solid graphics card and is why I highly recommend it if you are looking to get a bang for your buck.
QuoteHardware Avenue have today reviewed ASUSs high end ATi solution, the ASUS Radeon X800XT PE AGP Videocard. Naturally, the main selling point is the raw power of the X800XT, but does ASUS have the touch to make their implementation standout?
QuoteWhile I recommend spending at least $150 or $200 on a video card if you want to really get into games, what about those of us who aren't into the gaming scene as much, and whose gaming endeavors may be limited to playing the occasional round of UT or Quake 3? What if you don't even care about games, and just want a video card with a few nice features for a cheap price? Why should those people spend $150-200 on a video card? That's why today we're looking at ATi's Radeon 9250, on a board made by our friends at PowerColor.
QuoteTop notch stability is the thing that impresses me the most about the SK8T800 motherboard. While the "non-pro" release of the VIA K8T800 chipset isn't known for its overclocking ability, the chipset does have a very up-to-date feature list, which includes Serial-ATA 150 with RAID-0 and RAID-1 capability. Chaintech has adopted the chipset onto a solid workstation/entry-level home PC motherboard that is second to none in value. With an available market price of $64, it couldn't be more affordable to put a 64-bit processor on your desktop!
QuoteA new trend is forming, memory companies are starting to back away from ludicrous overclocking speeds, and starting to concentrate on making non overclocking memory that is better and faster. We've taken a looks at some incredible PC3200 in the last couple weeks from companies such as OCZ, Corsair and Crucial, now we take a look at what PQI (formerly PMI) has to offer!
QuoteI was pleasantly surprised with the decent showing of PDP System's Patriot PC3200. Though not aimed towards the over-clocker, the Patriot PC3200 is quite a contender among value RAM. The Patriot PC3200 retails around ~$70 a 512MB stick, but is often on sale for ~$50, at which the memory is a steal. While not as solid a performer as the OCZ Premiere PC3200, for half the price, the Patriot PC3200 is a can't miss for builders on a budget. Not to mention a 165MHz over-clock isn't that bad for budget RAM. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this memory to someone on a budget or someone who doesn't need the best performing RAM on the market.
QuoteThe design is much like ATIs reference board, except they went with a blue PCB and a cool little thumb rest at the top of the card to assist in card insertion. The good thing about this design is that the entire card only takes up 1 slot. A cool feature that this card has is the thermal sensing fan on its heatsink. When the card is not in use the fan will slow down and you will not hear it. When the GPU gets hot, you can hear the fan getting louder.
QuoteWell it's been a long time coming, but over the last 70 days, we have finally collected enough motherboards to make up a "shootout" review! Okay, so we have a grand total of FOUR, but that pretty much represents the entire 925x market right now. We look at all the high-end boards from Abit, Gigabyte, and Foxconn. And we have also included the latest version of DFI's Lanparty! The 925x-T2! Our 'shootout' review is more like four separate motherboard reviews put together, so you won't miss out on anything! Check it out for 21 pages of high end motherboard goodness!