QuoteThe DDR Booster is an incredible device. Even at stock voltage of 2.9V, what I realized was when the DDR Booster was in the slot and running the DDR would overclock 2 FSB more than when it is not on the slot. This maybe OCZs patented PowerClean Technology at work. The PowerClean Technology gives the memory a cleaner and more stable power supply, resulting in more stable DDRs. Highest stable overclock speed on the Mushkin Level II was 252FSB (504MHz) with a 1:1 divider.
QuoteAs you can imagine, the choices can be confusing with new technologies, and that is why today we are going to be testing out a pair of Crucial PC4200 DDR-2 DIMM's which have just rolled off the production line. Each module is 256MB in size, and the FBGA DRAM (the small back memory chips) are rated to run with 4-4-4 memory timings, at 200 MHz, while drawing just 1.8V.
QuoteAOpen has achieved a low price by running with a completely reference card in every way, shape and form. The associated bundle, however, is non-reference. AOpen manages to bundle in a couple of reasonable retail games. That's more than can be said for a number of NVIDIA's other partners. Benchmark performance, by dint of the card's default 350MHz core and 1000MHz memory clocks, was also strictly reference, although reference equates to a massive step up from the previous generation's cards. Purchasing the second-highest card in the range often leads to decent overclocking results, as it often uses the same technology and setup as the premier card but runs at slightly slower speeds. That was the case here. 411MHz core and 1100MHz memory put the Aeolus GT above a default Ultra's clocks.
QuoteIf you consider yourself a tweaker and like to muck around overclocking, you'll appreciate the Port 80 diagnostics card. Using numbered codes, it displays information about memory errors, problems with the CPU, or even faults relating to the videocard. In fact, after using a board with the Port 80 card, it's often difficult to move back to a motherboard without it!
QuoteThe first thing I did was set it up for 400MHz at CAS2 to ensure there was no problem with that, there wasn't. I compared my Sandra Memory test results at 400MHz against a GB of PMI RAM at the same settings and the results were within 3 points, so I knew the speeds of the Ultra RAM were valid.
QuoteThe card on the review bench this time is the Sapphire Toxic X800 Pro VIVO, and it is an entirely different kind of beast. Under the hood, it's still a X800 Pro of course, but Sapphire has tweaked more than just a couple things that will undoubtedly make you raise an eye-brow or two. For those of you keeping track at home, the Sapphire Ultimate series is out, and the Toxic series is in.
QuoteThe Gigabyte GV-NX57128D video card is a PCI Express x16 solution that is based on the GeForcePCX 5750 GPU. The blue-PCB card is backed up by 128MB of TSOP-II 3.6ns Samsung DRAM, and it supports S-Video out, DVI and analog connections. The card doesn't require any extra power connectors incidently.
QuoteI always admire companies that try to do something special with their products. HIS is one of those companies. With their IceQ line of ATI cards, they have gained a very good reputation. Today, I am looking at the king of their cards, the HIS Excalibur X800 XT IceQ II VIVO LIMITED EDITION. Yes, a long and complicated name, but somehow it does fit with this card since it is anything but simple.
QuoteIntel's 900-series of chipsets attempt to modernise motherboard design from almost every angle. The cost of such modernisation is mediocre speed and, perhaps, limited overclockability. ASUS has done a good job in releasing a couple of boards that are packed to the rafters with useful features, from dual Gigabit LAN to integrated WiFi. Given the P5GD2 Premium's P5AD2 Alderwood-matching performance, it has to be the pick of the two. So if you absolutely want to run the latest cutting-edge kit, it's a good a choice as any. My reservations, however, lie more with Intel's chipset than with ASUS' efforts.
QuoteBuilt upon the 9500 VPU, this card should also be quite able to handle those late night jaunts into the gaming world. If youre tight on money or just cant justify spending a months car payment on the latest and greatest for a little extra eye candy then youre reading the right review. At just over one hundred dollars this little DX9 capable beauty just may be what youre looking for.
QuoteOne thing that the site or the packaging neglects to explain is the timings on the Nitro series RAM. I received an e-mail during the review, listing the timings as 2.5, 3, 3, 7. Since this is performance RAM, I would like to see the timings added to the site at least so that people could research what they are buying.
QuoteHow do the old but not forgotten Winbond BH-6 chips stand up against the competition? Thanks to the Mushkin PC3200 Special Series we were able to find out. Want to know how it feels to put all the memory options in your BIOS to the most aggressive setting?
QuoteI'd imagine not a whole lot of you are ready to drop $1200 for a CPU, motherboard and video card combo. For the price of the Socket-939, you can pick up an A64 3000+, K8T800 based motherboard, and a decent mid-ranged video card. For gamers on a budget, I think the choice is obvious.
QuoteAt $94 a stick from NewEgg, I was able to get an easy 300MHz overclock resulting in a noticeable performance gain. For those who don't OC, I had no problems running the RAM at more aggressive timings. The Premiere line is a welcomed step up from most Value RAM while keeping an affordable price-tag.
QuoteIn this review, we have some new and exciting technology to cover as PCstats.com reviews the PCI-Express x16 Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V videocard. Built around the solid Radeon X600XT core, the Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V offers quick performance figures for a mainstream card, and takes over right where the Radeon 9600XT left off. The Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V is equipped with 128MB of Hynix 2.5ns DDR DRAM, a nice little heatsink, and Video in / Video out. Gigabyte has bundled in a few extra's, such as a DVI-to-analog converter (for dual monitors), a full version of PowerDVD 5 and Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. The VIVO cable is about 120cm in length, so its easy to hook up the PC to a TV. It's a much better option than having those small VIVO boxes that stick out only a few cm from the computer.
QuoteOCZ didn't give up though. They spent some time researching various timings which would give the best results. The resulting product is their new "Enhanced Bandwidth" line, to replace the "Enhanced Latency" line. We take the newest PC3500 EB DDR kit, and put it up against the PC3500 EL kit. You might be amazed at the results of some of the timings used!
QuoteThe maximum core speed we were able to achieve was 536MHz and the maximum memory speed was 1.202GHz. This was an increase in core clock speed of 66MHz and an increase in memory speed of 302MHz. These are by far the highest clock speeds we've achieved with a Radeon X800 Pro card, and we'll be using these overclocked speeds in our performance tests.
QuoteWhat you will be seeing today is the next edition of HIS's IceQ line called the IceQII. Utilizing ATI's next generation X800 video processors, HIS intends to pick where the initial 9x00pro based videocards left off and continue dominating the market with a videocard which is matched by none and envied by many.
QuoteCorsair is a well trusted name in the enthusiast community. Corsair's products are almost always one step ahead of its competitors. From the enthusiast tested memory to technical support, Corsair almost always leads the way. A recent discovery of Samsung's low latency chips has caused excitement in the PC3200 memory arena. The PC3200 market was once thought to be dull when considering the same latencies and speeds that were being achieved by enthusiast rated memory modules.
QuoteAMD recently launched its socket 939 processor, which incorporates a dual channel memory controller and a host of other features. The 939 is targeted at high-end gaming and intensive workstation applications. TechwareLabs tests the 3800+ and answers the question everyone will ask: does the Socket 939 deliver the high end performance it promises?
QuoteWhile we have looked at many of Corsair's XMS modules over the past couple years we have yet to review any of their value memory. Seeing how many consumers cannot afford or are not in need of the Corsair XMS line they often opt for Corsair's Value Select memory due to brand loyalty and price point. To help give our budget & mainstream builders some prime time press coverage we recently ordered...
QuoteEarlier in the spring, Nvidia and ATI updated their product line with their X800 and 6800 product lines showing a massive leap in performance from the pervious generation of cards. With some time since then, most vendors have had their cards based off those reference designs out, but that for the most part it is simply a bunch of look alike video cards that all perform the same. However, as time has moved on since the initial launch, it has given the vendors the opportunity to adjust ATIs reference designs and tweak the cards out to the maximum to get every bit of performance and distance themselves from their competitors. Today we look at a card that attempts just that, Sapphires Toxic X800 Pro, with an amazing game bundle with full versions of Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow on DVD, VIVO, silent cooling, temperature monitoring, and performance enhancement software all for an MSRP of $469 to see if they can pull off making one of the best X800 Pro cards on the market.
QuoteAs the Intel computing world becomes more familiar with PCI-Express, expect more high end, and native PCI-E solutions to crop up. Before we get to far ahead ourselves, let's focus in on the card PCstats.com is testing in this review; the MSI PCX5750-TD128 videocard. The MSI PCX5750-TD128 is a PCI-Express x16 solution based on the venerable nVidia GeForcePCX 5750 core, and comes with 128MB of standard DDR memory running at 500MHz. The bright red card supports S-Video output, and of course comes with all the necessary cables in the box. An additional DVI-to-analog converter is included so users can configure dual monitors if they prefer as well.
QuoteAMD has just released its latest processor line, the AMD Sempron. The Sempron is designed to replace the Duron line of lower-performance, inexpensive processors aimed at home and business desktop users. Available in both Socket A and Socket 754, the Sempron offers good performance for its price, and has good potential for overclocking.
QuoteOverall this motherboard is fantastic, it's much better than my IC7 and im looking forward to see motherboards exceeding the qualities this motherboard had, and im sure those are there already but if you want to check out some of those reviews on the latest motherboards, check out toms hardware or hexus, or any other site out there on the planet. This is a motherboard packed with stability, it's highly overclockable with the right cooling and it's still good enough to play around with the new sockets. Overall a very nice product for a nice price.
QuoteComing into this review I had high hopes for the AV8's overclockability, primarily because of the success I've had with the KV8-MAX3 and the NF7-S Rev 2.0. Luckily, I did not leave dissapointed. With our Athlon 64 3800+ processor, we were able to achieve a stable overclock of 265MHz, an overclock that was 74MHz higher than what we were able to achieve with our MSI K8T Neo2-FIR board. We ran our Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness tests to see how the board performs when it overclocks.
QuoteWhat strikes me most is the performance difference the entire range of product from both IHVs has over the outgoing generation of parts. They all make 9800XT and 5950 Ultra look very very silly indeed. Something for everyone from £200 upwards.
QuoteIf you\'re looking for a card that will allow you to capture video from anything with an S-video or composite video connection and do a little gaming on the side, then you should consider the Excalibur 9550 VIVO Edition. With its 256MB of DDR RAM you get smoooth playback of DVD movies and video clips, plus very few dropped frames during video capture.
QuoteIf the best of the best is what you're looking for, the Aeolus's no-nonsense approach translated into a keen price, makes the performance, features, image quality and noise seem very very attractive.
QuoteThe Mushkin PC3200 222 Level II Ver.2 (L2V2) 1Gb Dual Pack is another example of fine DDR modules coming out of tested and proven memory manufacturers. Expect this new entry from Mushkin to deliver the maximum performance for your system at DDR400. If its ultra low latency you want, then the L2V2 wont disappoint.
QuoteHi guys, our turn to look at NV40 technology and feed it through our testing grinder. DOOM III results, lots of waffle, lots of naked board pictures. You know the routine.
QuoteOverclockability has been a key selling point of the ATI Radeon 9600XT over the last 10 months. The card has a great amount of overclocking headroom, and since the Radeon X600 XT is essentially the same card under the hood, we expected it to be a decent overclocker as well. Our results weren't disappointing; we were able to get an overclock of 60MHz from the core and 50MHz from the memory of the Radeon X600 XT, giving us a final core speed of 560MHz and memory speed of 840MHz.
QuoteIf I learned anything from this article it's that it doesn't pay to take your eye off the mid-range sector, even just for a second. You do so, concentrating on all that's shiny and new and when you glance back you've got dual-DVI boards aplenty. It's a mini paradigm shift that the market has been waiting for for some time, so it's nice to see it finally taking effect, even if it's just from one or two vendors.
QuoteLeadtek is one of the oldest NVIDIA board partners around. They actually have been working with NVIDIA since the GeForce 256 back with their WinFast GeForce256 DDR. We at Bjorn3D are always excited when we get a board from Leadtek since they have always offered a good board with custom cooling and a decent bundle.
QuoteWhile I would have liked to seen an integrated audio solution (like the Soundstorm system integrated into nForce2), we can't blame Gigabyte as NVIDIA did not include one in this round of chipsets. That's not to say the Realtek ALC850 audio controller is a slouch in the audio department. This 8-channel (7.1) audio codec is fully AC '97 2.3 compliant and features 16-bit, 8-channel audio with auto-jack sensing which basically auto detects the speakers/devices currently plugged in and adjusts output accordingly; no more guess work.
QuoteWhile the price sits artificially high since it's a brand new generation of GPU and performance, even at £323 it's nearly tempting me into making a purchase of my own for my own PC. My only hesitation is with the (hopefully) imminent introduction of NVIDIA's 6800 GT variant into mass market retail. Benchmarking the 6800 GT reference board indicates greater than X800 PRO performance in a number of tests.
QuoteIf you're going to be running at PC3200 speeds, in which case we've always recommended lower latency modules, you CAN tweak the HyperX PC4300. At PC3200, I managed 2.5-3-3-5 timings, which isn't super, but it isn't too bad either.
QuoteHardware Avenue have today reviewed Nvidias Geforce 6800 128MB (non ultra) reference sample. Coming in at an expected RRP of $US 300, they compare the 6800 to ATis 9800XT, which is not only less impressive feature wise and generally slower, but is also still more expensive than the 6800. Find out why the 6800 makes previous 3D chip generation leaders irrelevant in todays videocard market in their review!
QuoteWhat happens when two different companies use the same IC on their modules? Is there a huge performance difference? Find out as I take my new Gigaram sticks out for a test drive.
QuoteThe Madshrimps take Corsair latest memory for a spin on an Athlon 64 and Intel Prescott system. Do tight timings still provide the best performance? Read on to find out.
QuoteIt's quite amazing to realize the extent to which Nvidia and ATI dominate the mainstream computer graphics market. Easily 95% of video cards reviewed over the past four years are using technology from one of these two giants. Since the death of 3DFX, only a few blips from Matrox, Savage and SIS have registered on our radar. Now XGI Technology has spawned itself from the ashes of SIS's graphics division and launched into the competition for the 3D graphics throne.
QuoteShould you decide the 9550 is for you, then you really can't go wrong with the HIS Excalibur 9550 ViVo Edition, and since the iFan version doesn't add to the sound levels at all, that's the version I would personally go for. HIS have a great overall package here, a decent card and without useless software/games added, everything included is actually useable.
QuoteEvery time I hear the name BFG, two things come to mind: the gun from Doom/Quake and a company that makes great video cards. BFG has been making video cards based on NVIDIA GPUs since the days of the GeForce Ti4600, and after talking with their marketing folks, it sounds like they plan on staying with just NVIDIA for the foreseeable future. This is a good move for BFG because NVIDIA is smart enough to make sure they take care of their loyal AIBs (AIB= Add-In-Board manufacturer).
QuoteCrucial(R) Ballistix(TM). Yes, you heard right! Crucial, the company youve always relied on for high-quality, stable memory, is now offering DDR and DDR2 modules made just for enthusiasts! Youve never seen higher speeds or lower latencies from Crucial--ever. And for the first time in Crucials history, each module comes with a double-sided aluminum heat spreader. No, that is not a type-o, I said "heat spreader"!
QuoteA few months ago this video card would have been considered top of the line or close to it, but with the emergence of the ATI X800 series and GeforceFX 6800 series it has been bumped into the mainstream market. As such, pricing for this video card is not much more than that of the NVIDIA 5700 or ATI 9600XT making it an even more attractive buy considering its performance.
QuoteASUS has waved its deluxe wand over a socket-939 motherboard with encouraging results. Deluxe means a horde of useful goodies. ASUS obliges with Gigabit Ethernet, 54g Wireless, FireWire400, on-chip and discrete SATA and decent sound. Packaging and presentation is usual ASUS, that is, first class. We were also pleased to report that the board ran flawlessly with the strictest memory timings. Performance, as our graphs have shown, was excellent, so much so that S940 is firmly relegated into third place, behind our test Model 3800+ and the S939 FX-53