QuoteSapphire's Radeon X800 Pro has proved its self as an excellent video card for the gaming enthusiast, with a great bundle, outstanding performance, in a smaller, more power efficient, and cooler package. Never the less it comes up whether or not this is the right card for you. If you're currently using a card such as Radeon's 9800 Pro, you probably don't need to upgrade once more to the X800. While there is a definite improvement, it'd probably be wise to wait for the next generation of video cards. However, for those using more dated technology who want to keep up with such graphically intense games as Far Cry or those building a new system, Sapphire provides a wonderful solution with the Radeon X800 Pro featuring a game bundle that simply can not be beat.
QuoteAsus has done a great job as usual packing the board with features. Switching to a PCI 802.11g card is a great improvement over the proprietary connector they had previously. The board is feature rich with enhanced audio connectors, Firewire and USB ports a plenty, and SATA RAID and GiGE to boot. They also include plenty of documentation, and all the connectors you will need. The bios is also one of the best with a plethora of settings, and lots of overclocking options. Performance right now also looks good, and stability was great with the 3800+ and the FX53.
QuoteDuring the Socket 940 FX's reign of terror, many computer enthusiasts saw how much kick ass power the FX 51 had as well as the FX 53. Most people shuttered hearing the early FX chips had to use Registered/ECC RAM because that type of RAM is slower than the regular unbuffered RAM. Today we will be examining the Socket 939 FX 53.
QuoteThey thought it couldn't be done, they laughed at the idea, but Corsair did it! Again we're seeing Corsair Memory push limits above and beyond the competition. Corsair has released its fastest memory to date along with the fastest memory on the planet. Striking a deal with Samsung, Corsair was able to obtain memory modules capable of hitting extreme low latency.
QuoteWe have another FX5950 Ultra card for you guys today. Chaintech sent us a sample of their fastest card. We will compare this sample to one we got from MSI awhile back and also vs a normal 5900XT card to see the difference in performance. We will test the card in heavy gaming and also overclocking tests.
QuoteThe most unique feature of the IC7 MAX3 is the inclusion of the OTES cooling system. This system comprises an air duct with an exhaust fan that pulls hot air away from the capacitors and MOSFETS.
QuoteThe GeForceFX 5700 Ultra is already a pretty decent mainstream videocard, but that hasn't stopped nVIDIA from trying to sweeten the deal by including GDDR3 to the mix. GDDR3 (Graphics Double Data Rate3) is a new type of DDR memory, one which has been specifically developed for use with graphics card. As PCstats tests out the Albatron GeForceFX 5700 Ultra GDD3 videocard, we'll take a closer look at GDDR3, and what it means to gamers and overclockers.
QuoteNow Microsoft has begun its response, forming its High Performance Computing team and planning a new OS version called Windows Server HPC Edition. Kyril Faenov is director of the effort, and Microsoft is hiring new managers, programmers, testers and others.
QuoteObviously not satisfied with the less than stunning performance of the half-moon Waterchill, Asetek borrowed a design from a proven winner, the Little River White Water. (Currently being produced by Dtek) Simply put, the Antarctica is a White Water clone. Its not the first, Logic Coolings blocks are based on the White Water design, and so are the popular Danger Den RBX and the TDX as well as many others. And it wont be the last. Its a cost-effective design that has proven to work very well.
QuoteFirst, I like how all of the cables coming off of this board will be to one side, the front. The Floppy, ATX Power, both IDE, and even the PWR/RST/SPKR cables will all run right off the front of the board without covering up other components. The AGP slot also features an AGP retention clip. While almost all AGP cards are designed for this, most manufacturers leave it off of the motherboard. Also, even though this is a small form factor, Foxconn still managed to squeeze in three PCI slots.
QuoteFrostytech has reviewed several of Verax GmbH's ultra-quiet heatsinks in the past, and while the heatsink and fan have remained pretty much identical throughout, the company always manages to mix it up a little. The Verax CAIRdB fan design is unarguably one of the most revolutionary on the market, though it can really be a struggle to get acclimated with the when moving from traditional vaneaxial fans. As always, Verax place their focus on quiet, then cooling... I'd expect the newly released Intel Pentium 4 (willamette) / Socket 603/604 Xeon Verax P17CuX heatsink to be a little on the warm side when it comes to testing. So far though, the Verax heatsinks always manage to keep the test system within reasonable levels, all the while with virtually no noise. The P17CuX heatsink breaks away from Verax's past flirtation with CGDS technology, and instead employs a massive copper plate bolted to the base of their signature aluminum extrusion. A thin la! yer of common white silicon thermal compound fills out the voids between the two surfaces, but other than that, it's a pretty low-tech add-on.
QuoteWe just need a revised BIOS that allows the enthusiast really push the board to the limit. The AGP/PCI lock is in place but it's of questionable value when multiplier support is broken. As it stands, it's a damn fast board at or near-default speeds.
QuoteThis card is what we would classify as an entry model (and given NVIDIA's current product structure, this seems to be their idea also), and compared to both last year's entry and mid-range offerings, the FX5200 and FX5600 respectively, the Albatron FX5700P Turbo will run circles around them.
QuoteThe VIA EPIA MII-12000 is the same as the EPIA MII-10000, except for two small changes, the 1GHz Nehemiah CPU has been replaced with a 1.2GHz C5P version of the Nehemiah CPU, and the Padlock security system has been updated to provide additional security features..
QuoteIt seems that Corsair has been developing a new line of memory for their successful XMS Series of memory! They have managed to keep it a secret up until today! The new series of memory is going to be called Corsair XMS-XL.
The reason they kept the new product on the down low is because of the specifications that the memory is coming out with: 2-2-2-5 memory timings!
QuoteToday 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the Super Talent Memory Module Cooler. A lot of time and energy gets spent nowadays on cooling your CPU, Chipset or Video card but it can be equally important to make sure that your RAM stays cool. When overclocking the enthusiast has a tendency of increasing RAM voltage for stability but this has the added effect of raising the current levels and thus the temperature of the RAM. Super Talent has developed this cooling solution for just such applications. Lets have a look at this product a little closer and see if it delivers
QuoteThere's good reason for this, namely that Albatron has taken it upon themselves to produce some of the best overclocking videocards we've ever tested. Even their mainstream graphics cards tend to have a higher level of "excitement" than most other brands on the market. I guess it's just the "Albatron" touch... In this review, PCStats is taking the Albatron GeForceFX 5700P Turbo videocard for a spin around the block. We'll be looking to see if this blue 8X AGP card lives up to expectations. Will the FX5700P Turbo blast out pixels and jaw-droping FPS, or just putter along like an old Amiga? Feel free to jump ahead to the benchmarks, or sit back and relax as we take you though the features of this $150USD FX5700-based card.
QuoteThe ABIT KV8-MAX3 is indeed a hell of a board, and it did perform very well during testing. The OTES system has proven itself to be a very good cooling solution for overclockers, and the µGuru provides a user-friendly interface to monitor and administer your system. From the 6 SATA ports to the 4x RAID support, this board is built to grow with your 64bit system.
QuoteYou do have an up-to-date backup, don't you? You don't? Well don't wait until you lose your data to learn this important lesson. Make backing up painless with CoolMaxs XTREME FILES.
QuoteDanger Den's RBX Power kit does exactly what it promises, it gives the end-user the best water cooling gear out there, all components are of high quality and the performance is high even when running the pump and fan at lower voltages.
QuoteData is becoming increasingly important in today's world now that almost everything is stored on your computer. While backing up to Floppy, CD, or DVD are options for those that don't have much data to back up, costly solutions like tape backup or mirrored raid arrays are the only solutions for those that have large amounts of data that need to be saved. The HD Guard Pro from eksitdata is an alternative solution to keeping your hard drive safe, and it won't break your wallet either. Instead of storing a complete backup of your data, the HD Guard Pro records only the small changes to your hard drive and claims it can record up to 12GB in only 1.33MB of data.
QuoteA quick look shows us that 256MB MP3 players run from $120 to $200. The quality will be a crapshoot, but several reviews of the MuVo 2 have been quite positive regarding sound quality. Considering I picked up the kit for $40, and added a 50$ 256MB CF card, this was quite a bargain. If you have access to a larger CF card, even better.
QuotePart IV of the Watercooling Introduction series is regarding the selection of appropriate tubing for your system. Tubing configuration, sizing, material selection and recommended brand names shall all be discussed during the course of this article.
QuoteIt's hard to recommend XGI's top card with the current driver set. The company needs to bolster image quality before concentrating on all-out performance, really. A promising product that's severly let down by inadequate image quality.
QuoteOne of the unique design aspects of the Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case is the front bezel that will remind consumers of the "Spiderman" comic book character. The front bezel features a unique web pattern that is replicated from the top portion to the bottom. The pattern consists of silver and red plastic pieces sealed with a plastic overlay. In the center of the front bezel design; Nikao has included a circular mounted LCD temperature display. The temperature display allows consumers to monitor the temperature of system components as well as set alarm temperature thresholds. To the left and right of the LCD display is the location for the Power and Reset buttons.
QuoteWhen Intel introduced the i865PE/i875P chipsets over a year ago, the Pentium 4 overclocking changed, but many enthusiasts seem to have forgotten that the rules stayed the same. Latency is just as important as bandwidth, for the average overclocker/gamer latency is actually more important! And so in this day and age, pretty much everyone reviewing high-speed memory, except us, has been praising the introduction of high speed DIMM's. Sure they let you go higher than ever before, but only at a very steep price.
QuoteDo you happen to have a 2.5" drive lying around the house that you just can't find a home for? Well I just may have a solution for you. Bytecc's HotDrive 2.5" USB Drive Enclosure. It's a sturdy little aluminum box which even the most inexperienced computer user can turn into a very handy external drive for your home or office. With support of up to an 80 GB sized drive you should not be left wanting for space.
QuoteCold cathode lighting kits are one of the simplest ways to modify your case. The problem is that with so many companies putting out lighting kits today, it can become difficult to determine which kit is best for you.
QuoteRAM is one of the most easily upgradeable parts inside a computer, but even though it may be easy to upgrade, it isnt as easy to choose the best RAM for your system. To help you make that decision, we will be investigating the Mushkin 1GB Dual Pack PC4000 DDR RAM to see if it stands out amongst the rest.
QuoteThere are a couple reasons why the VT2DR256 stands out among other Geforce FX 5700 cards. The dual DVI capability is an awesome feature to have, and the included software is probably one of the best packages we have seen come with a card in this price range. If you are looking for the best gaming card in this price range, we recommend that you check out ATIs Radeon 9600XT. You can find the 9600XT for about $30 dollars cheaper than the MSI VT2DR256 and its gaming performance is much better.
QuoteWhile I can almost guarantee that you are using or have used a Foxconn product at some time, you probably wouldn't know it. For 20 years or so, they have been making the various connectors and cables that companies such as Abit or Gigabyte would use on their motherboards.
QuoteThe AcoustiPack soundproofing kit definitely helps Acousti Products achieve their goal of providing the ultimate noise reduction solutions for the computer industry. The noise reduction achieved on my already quiet system was impressive, and I am confident that a louder system would benefit even more from the installation of this kit.
QuoteSince our P5A we have been Asus fans. Yes, that is some time ago. We are always excited to see a new Asus board delivered to the Zone. Their latest is the Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro based A8V Deluxe that miraculously showed up shortly after our KT8T800 Pro preview stated waiting till a 939 comparison to the nForce 3 250 was needed before we concluded which was our favorite slice of silicon to secure you CPU next to. We can't offer a review with 939 benchmarks as of yet, and instead offer this tantalizing first look.
QuoteWhether youre in the market to replace the hulking CRT that is making your desk sag or youre planning on purchasing a laptop, some knowledge of LCD technology will help you make a better decision. Unfortunately, the contradiction of todays Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology is that bigger often means smaller. And as a result, consumers who think a bigger screen will be easier on their eyes are often disappointed in their purchase.
QuoteTonite we will look into a barebone from MSI. We got a sample of their Mega180 AMD Xp system. This might be something for those that can't afford a AMD64 system yet. We will benchmark and see what features this small barebone really has. I think this already looks like a nice computer but we have to take a closer look.
QuoteWell, I went in slightly skeptical, not wanting to be disappointed, and I was blown away. This case is fantastic. I've left it running for hours, checking on it periodically to see what the temperature inside the case is, and it always remained cool. Even the acrylic felt cool to the touch. This design is superb.
QuotePersonally I love it. I'm a geek, I appreciate a £650 server CPU in my laptop. I appreciate being able to swap the GPU. I like having a 4x DVD+RW on the move with 1GB of memory and a 60GB HDD to feed it. I like 108Mbit WiFi without even having the means to use it.
QuoteSearching for the perfect AMD64 Motherboard? TWL has the K8X800 Pro II in the labs for a round of testing. Built around the VIA K8T800 chipset, the Albatron motherboard aims to please both the enthusiast and the average consumer, while delivering ample performance and a wide feature set. How does the Albatron K8X800 Pro II fare in testing? Come to Techware Labs and find out.
QuoteDFI's LanParty motherboards have become well known through out the enthusiast's community and the value packed accessories that are included in each motherboard hasn't hurt their cause either. Today we are taking a look at the LanParty PRO875B, which we found after our testing to be just about as much motherboard as anyone person could possibly ask for.
QuoteNow, almost a year after 64-bit AMD Athlon64 processor was introduced, we're getting a taste of nVIDIA's new nForce3-250Gb chipset. It comes care of the very well equipped MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard which is based on this latest nVidia chipset. In terms of goodies, the K8N Neo-FIS2R Platinum boasts onboard native Serial ATA/RAID, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 1394, an onboard 7.1 audio controller and of course, MSI's well known "CoreCell technology." We'll dive deeper into the technology behind the NF3-250Gb a bit later in the article
QuoteToday I will be reviewing Epox's latest edition to their i865PE (Springdale) based motherboards. The EP-4PDA5+ is not your everyday Springdale motherboard. Although it is not targeted towards the enthusiast market, you will see in the upcoming pages that if you didn't know what chipset this motherboard was powered by, you would swear it was a Canterwood.
QuoteSpring 2004 is heating up with new AMD64 chipsets from both VIA and Nvidia. Almost simultaneously we have seen samples of the VIA K8T800 Pro (not K8T800A) and the Nvidia nForce 2 250GB. These new chipsets up the performance and feature stakes for AMD's flagship CPU line. In today's article we will look at Socket 940 chipset performance. It is true that Socket 939 is around the corner, but that doesn't mean 940 is dead. 940 will live up with Opteron to retain the registered memory support server and workstation platforms need. The first new chipset in socket 940 format we have seen is the VIA K8T800 Pro demo board. Let's take a quick look at this board.
QuoteHi guys, let me take this opportunity to apologize for our temporary news blackout. As soon as we get our email system back, I'll be back in the posting game. Luckily I send out these flyers via my own ISP, so I hope you will continue to post them in good faith. Speaking personally, it's been quite nice to get back to a bit of testing.
QuoteThe new Intel 915+ICH6 chipset supporting the upcoming Socket 755 is scheduled to debut in about a months time. Some information about this chipset has been making rounds on the Internet, like the lack of an AGP interface and Win 9X drivers. Today, we try to put together different pieces of information we have on this chipset- some of the technologies that this chipset will bring with itself. We know that Intel will offer this chipset in discreet as we well as their G flavor- with the integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 3 display technology.
QuoteI have a case here that will hit almost every case modders palate. The Limited Edition X-Turbine Skull Case from Xoxide. What Xoxide has done here is take their popular X-Turbine case and made it better. The X-Turbine is a great case, with 6 fans and a lot of windows, what more could they do? They applied a theme to it, a skull theme to be exact. Pay attention boys and girls, let the modding begin.
QuoteI find the Silverstone Nimiz case to be a spectacular one! What's there not to like? The case is anodized, Type II, and retains all the best qualities of an aluminum case. Aluminum provides integrity similar to a steel case, without the extra weight, and surprisingly, the Nimiz was so light with the system specifications listed above, I nearly fell over onto my back when I lifted the system off the floor. Never have I lifted such a computer that weighed so little. At one time, when I owned a Lian Li PC-60, that case was just as heavy as a steel enclosure. I love every aspect of the Nimiz case not only were there no sharp edges in the inside of the case but also its size. This case is huge, and there was plenty of room, unlike the Sonata case. If I were to choose purchasing between the two I would go for the Nimiz because it rivals the Sonata in terms of quietness. The Nimiz does not even specialize in silence, but maintains that. The only drawback between these two is the price.
QuoteWith configurations costing upwards of $8,000, this system may be out of reach for most consumers. But taking all of the high-end components and custom features into account, the price is quite reasonable.
QuoteNVIDIA's biggest chance of success with MXM comes from the Go variant of their new GeForce 6 series of GPUs. Strong performance and a solution based around it that's attractive to ODMs (cost and support wise), taking away some of the shine from ATI and M2x, their next-generation FLEXFIT (ATI's own V-MAP style spec for pin-compatible GPU replacement) PCI-Express parts, will help drive acceptance of MXM into the mobile space.
QuoteSo, you want to cut a cool looking design, but you think you dont have the right tools or the skills to actually cut it? Well get ready to learn a few Dremeling techniques that will greatly improve your skills, and help you to make those cuts on small, challenging curves. You are going to learn about how to cut, and how not to cut. You will learn all my little secrets that will help you along the way in your Dremeling adventures
QuoteA shell icon is sort of like a file type (ex: .doc, .txt .bmp etc) but it is made for a system feature. For example, the recycle bin. The recycle bin, unlike allot of your desktop icons, is not a shortcut. It is a shell icon. "My documents", "my computer" , "internet exploder" are other shell icons.
QuoteWith newer, more powerful processors being released every few months, more people are looking to push their existing CPUs to the limits through overclocking rather than shelling out more money. The problem is that with stock coolers, you usually can't push the CPU past it's stated speed, so you have to look at other means of cooling. The first thing you can do is to invest in a copper heatsink, this can lower your temperatures a fair bit, but for some people, this is not enough.
QuoteForrester also increases its near-term estimate of lost jobs by 240,000 in its new report, projecting that a cumulative total of 830,000 positions will have moved offshore by 2005. The research reinforces earlier Forrester findings that were cited by Sen. John Kerry, before he became the all-but-official Democratic presidential nominee, in introducing legislation last year to regulate the call-center industry.
QuoteThe video card market can really cause a lot of aggravation for the casual gamer that really enjoys playing the latest and greatest titles, but simply can not afford to keep up with the seemingly monthly release of new silicone. Considering a budget level video card does not necessarily mean that you'll be stuck with horrible performance at the expense of supporting the latest technologies. Albatron has added yet another FX5700 chipset video card to their mid-level line-up, with a price that rings in under $130 US. Given a little bit of Overclocking, performance can be increased even further to add longevity to your purchase decision.
QuoteAre you in the market for a new graphics card, but are baffled by all the different makes and models on the market? If so, we will help you sort through this clutter when we look at the PixelView Geforce FX 5900XT Golden Limited.
QuoteATI has been a strong presence in the multi-function market. Basically, a video cards main function is to put on the screen visual code from the program most importantly to many is to display games at an acceptable frame rate. But what about if you want to make your computer a home-theatre system? You could spend a thousand dollars on those retail systems running Windows XP Media Center Edition. But ATI has provided for a long time a different solution: the All-In-Wonder line of graphics cards. These cards allow you to do many things, from playing DVDs, to watching and even recording television shows. Here at Modsynergy we got a chance to see what the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9600 128MB video card can do.
QuoteThe ATi Radeon X800 series may very well be the best video cards money can buy right now, but what will happen to the cards that were the best just a couple weeks ago? As crazy as it sounds, those cards are now considered mid range. Normally, I almost never run right out and purchase a video card as soon as it is released. I usually wait and purchase that top end card when prices fall due to the next generation of video cards being released. Now is one of those times. We all know the Radeon 9800 series has been the champ for a long time now, so the best of the best would be the Radeon 9800XT series.
QuoteDay 2 of our E3 booth babe hunt brings us the E3 Access Babes, the Dead or Alive girls, nVidia babes, Hooters girls, SRS Racing babes plus a whole lot more!
QuoteWith so many manufacturers producing heatsink/fan combos nowadays, one gets the impression that a lot of copycat designing is happening instead of innovation. That is until recently, as Thermaltake has released there newest creation the Silent Tower. This new HSF is compatible with all cpu types, has heatpipes, and an option for a Dual Fan Setup. Not to mention it's also one of the largest HSF's i've come across.
QuoteAs GPUs become faster and hotter, cooling has become a real problem. One solution is the sandwich cooler that uses heatpipe technology. One such cooler is the Giant III from Thermaltake. This baby is a no-holds-bared solution to cooling your graphics card. As the names suggests, the Giant III is GIANT. Due to it's size, it may not be the best solution for everyone, but let's take a look at this mega cooler and see if it's worth the Overclocker's time and money.
QuoteWithin the last few weeks we've seen a huge amount of drama hit us in the video card sector. Both ATI and nVidia have debuted new cards that flat out cook. Scores of 10,000 pts on 3DMark 2003 are now a reality for the air-cooled crowd, and running full eye-candy is now something you can do at higher than 1024x768 resolution. Of course this power comes with a price, and even though both ATI and nVidia admit that their new cards use less power than their predecessor's, nVidia was rumored to need at the minimum a 460W power supply. Well, some of us out there are still using 300W, and if you are one of those people, and you're wanting to dwell into the insane world of 400fps in Q3, than you are going to need a new power supply. Luckily, we have a newcomer on the table today, and its hardly a budget unit, although it is very affordable, and once testing this PSU, we'll try and see if its advisable to shell out some cash for it. Lets take a look at this new company and what it has to offer us overclockers...
QuoteOn the Nokia n-Gauge, we were delighted to see The Elder Scrolls Travels:
ShadowKey. Set in the famous Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games (Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind), this first-person role-playing game offers landscapes that reminded this reporter of the dozens of hours spent in the first title of the series (where the role-playing elements were a step beyond most of the competition, but the rich and complex world of intrigue for Daggerfall and Morrowind, as well as the refinements of the engine were not yet in) where combat was king. The graphics, even on the small screen (or perhaps, because of the small screen), were better than those remembered from Arena and even the Alpha version we saw was not crashing in the dungeons (an infrequent, but not unlikely problem in the first game).
QuoteNow updated for use with SP2. For those of us who have been hearing about all the Big Brother characteristics of Windows XP, it is glad to hear the end user still has some control. Ever since Windows 95 we have all been staring at the word Start in the corner of our monitors. It made sense at first, but now it almost seems annoying. How many of you actually use the start menu every time you want to start something?
QuoteECS has been producing boards based on SiS chipsets for the longest time. What sets these motherboards apart is the bang you get for your buck. These boards are usually priced at a lower end and provide all the needed features onboard along with reasonable performance. The ECS 755-A2 pretty much falls into that category as well boasting the SiS 755/964 chipset for the AMD Athlon64 line of processors.
QuoteI'm left wanting for a better display, DDR400 SODIMMs, 802.11g, some slight keyboard tweaks and a nice rucksack to carry it around in. It looks good, it performs well, the bundle is excellent and you get 64-bit computing on the move. Battery life isn't as shocking as you'd think either.
QuoteIt may pay to see what NVIDIA have to offer in the same price range and we'll be evaluating 6800GT performance in the near future, but in isolation against the ATI products that sit above and below it, the X800 PRO is highly recommended if you have the money to spend.
QuoteNow off to the fun part, what we will be doing is branching off a new cable directly from the telephone box outside, specifically for your DSL. This will prevent your modem from having to go through the house cabling; instead, it will go directly to the external phone connection outside. By doing this, the line quality will improve a great deal, especially if you live in an old house with old wiring. With an improved connection to the external phone line, your modem will get a much clearer signal, and therefore your internet connection speed should increase.
QuoteThe key thing in terms of the support is that overclocked CPUs are not covered by warranties. We have our processors are locked at their frequency, in terms of their multiplier. People of course are going out there and doing stuff with the voltages and FSB, and we know this but as always "do this at your own risk."
QuoteProcessing at 64 bit is currently thought of as the future brought to us in the here and now. AMD was the first to market with a consumer level serious 64 bit processor. Shortly after, FIC released an AMD 64 motherboard aimed at the mainstream market that would bring 64 bit computing to consumers at a price that was well below the competition.
QuoteWith an onboard graphics core and decent performance from Athlon XP, the N2VIEW makes a lot more sense as a MagicTwin platform, compared to the PT800TWIN. Low cost processors, no need to initially purchase a compatible graphics card and low cost make things that bit more bearable.
QuoteWhat happens then to those consumers who don't want fully loaded motherboard? Why should they spend the extra money for features that aren't really needed? For example, my main PC has an IDE RAID controller, onboard 5.1 channel audio, IEEE 1394 and onboard CSA Gigabit LAN... but they all sit idle. They're nifty features to have, but if I could have gone with a motherboard without them for a lower price, I would have
QuoteAs the latest and the greatest is always better, performance wise, I have decided to take a look at a card by Asus sporting the Geforce FX5900 with the NV35 GPU. I opted for the 256mb version because when newer games come out that can utilize 256mb's I will be ahead of the game. The V9950 Ultra is the 256MB version of the V9950.
QuoteWhen you build a computer you have the ability to customize it to what you like. However, a common idea that a builder can forget about is that a case is just as important as the components it houses. For that reason today, I am going to look at a case built by one of the most revered case companies in the industry, Lian Li. First I'd like to thank Xoxide.com for supplying us with this marvelous Lian Li 6077 case...
QuoteThe FMC-901X is a great system for those wanting to try something new. Gateway was the first to incorporate a computer into the home theater with the introduction of their Destination series systems, and the FMC-901X shows how well this genre has evolved. The FMC-901X is a very powerful system capable of playing the best video games, editing home movies and watching television. The system design is clean and attractive and should look good in most home theater setups. Gateway can still improve upon the FMC-901X by adding quieter cooling, integrating WiFi and adding more internal expansion. But as far as Media Center PCs go in the mainstream computer market, the Gateway FMC-901X is a serious contender.
QuoteToday we have the great pleasure of reviewing Soyo's latest Pentium 4 motherboard offering, the P4I875P Dragon 2 v1.0 Black Label. This board is based on the very successful and powerful Intel Canterwood (875P) chipset and comes with many extras. Soyo is especially known for their Intel based motherboards lets see how well this motherboard performs.
QuoteWe liked the look of the Biostar, and were happy that it provides space for two drives for easy RAID setup. We were happy to see Gigabit Ethernet, 6 channel audio, and the easy one step heatsink removal. It is also handy that the panels can be removed individually. The price is also a bit lower than the Shuttle.
QuoteThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Apple a patent for its media player software interface on May 4, along with several other features of the company's high-profile products. Other parts of the iTunes software, including the ability to stream songs over a network to another copy of the program, had been the subject of earlier patents.