A bit disappointed with performance overall compared with the other i845E solution from ASUS, the P4B533-E, as well as the other boards that were compared. Although the Soltek SL-85DR2 is nowhere near as integrated as some i845E platforms, it does serve the lower end of the market quite comfortably around the $220 AUD or $120 USD mark, nearly halving the retail price of the ASUS P4B533-E. The design of the board is great, and the silver PCB is pretty unique in its own way. It was a shame that Soltek didn't incorporate 'unofficial' DDR333 asynchronous operation or AGP/PCI bus speed selection into their BIOS, but perhaps it will be made possible with their next BIOS update.
Even with all of the impressive features the SS40G already comes with, there are a few I would like to see eventually added. An available AGP port would definitely make the SS40G a more complete "All In One" system. I know with the limited space I'm probably asking for the impossible, but it would definitely be a HUGE plus for the SS40G. I have seen cube PCs that have a AGP slot. It isn't impossible.
After individually reviewing so many KT333 boards, it has become clear that performance plays a very small part. This is because the frame rates between the fastest and slowest KT333 boards are insignificant. Those seeking the very best performing KT333 boards, even if it means getting every last frame, would be seeking something along the lines of an Abit KX7-333R or ASUS A7V333. Those who appreciate onboard features and of course value, will be looking for something more like the Shuttle AK35GTR v2.2 or GigaByte 7VRXP. Although I am unaware of the price range in which the KX400+ sits, I can still comment on the boards overall value. The Albatron KX400+ is clearly no speed demon and really does not offer the features of say, a SOYO KT333 Dragon Ultra! or Abit AT7 MAX motherboard. The only feature that drew me in to review the KX400+ is the memory overclocking feature, giving the user the ability to run memory at DDR400 speeds. Though after testing the board I am not 100% convinced this is the case as I explained in my BIOS overclocking section.
Initial results from the ATI A3 based FIC AT31 Fusion are mixed. While 2D and 3D quality and DVD playback are excellent, 3D performance definitely lags behind the 420 chipset. Overall performance is greater than in the 3D realm comparatively, but it is certain that at this stage memory bandwidth needs to be increased. I'm sure a BIOS update and some fresh drivers will help.
The Kazaa Lite website is back[PAGEBREAK]
The website for the famous spyware-free version of Kazaa, Kazaa Lite's official website has just come back online after over a week of being down. See for yourself (link to Kazaa Lite site).
Battery life has been a key issue in previous generations of devices using Pocket PC 2002, according to Kevin Burden, an analyst with research firm IDC. The new iPaqs will use Intel's 400MHz XScale PXA250 processors, which should improve power management.
As is the case with most Asus boards, the P4T533-C was no disappointment. Quite the contrary -- the P4T533-C demonstrated excellent performance, and solid support for PC1066 memory and the benefits it brings. All our tests ran without any problems, with the P4T533-C never flinching or breaking a sweat. In our opinion, the P4T533-C is well-equipped to sit at the center of a high-performance PC -- preferably in the company of a 533MHz FSB 2.53GHz Pentium 4, and loads of PC1066 memory. And why not? After all, the 4.2GB/sec transfer rate of the 533MHz FSB P4 is well matched with the 4.2GB/sec of bandwidth of PC1066 memory. In short, we're proud to award the Asus P4T533-C motherboard our highest distinction, and warmest recommendations.
Gigabeat will cost about $405 (50,000 yen) in Japan, including a 5GB hard drive. Drives will also be available separately in 2GB and 5GB models, costing $162 and $324. Toshiba said the device would eventually be sold in the United States and Europe, but representatives were unaware of a European launch schedule.
The ECS K7VTA3 revision 3.1 packs a lot of punch for a budget KT333 board. For around $70 you get RAID, LAN, and USB 2.0 along with excellent performance. For someone looking for a powerful system on a budget it would make an excellent choice. Overclockers will be left wanting more than ECS has provided, but those one a budget will definitely take notice.
According to sources, the upcoming RV250 is an updated version of the Radeon 8500 chip. However, given that it integrates the TV-out decoding function, the chip is smaller in size, thus reducing the production costs of both chip and graphics card manufacturers. Other features like the four-pipeline architecture and AGP 4x support remain unchanged. The difference between AGP 2x and 4x isn't that much because the CPU needs to do less work than before (with all the added features of the GPUs). Therefor, less bandwith is needed, but more is always better .
The Geforce 4 Ti4200 is a fantastic chip and if you have the money to spend on the more expensive variants you should still give it consideration. X-Micro's Impact T4200 is what many people have been looking for in a GeForce4-based board. Great stock performance, video in/out capabilities, 128MB of memory, and a decent price tag to match. Truly, these Ti4200 cards are what the GeForce4 MX should have been. And I fully agree.
As we've mentioned before, there's not much to get you excited when talking about the Athlon MP 2100+; it's a 66MHz clock speed increase that we've had on the desktop side for three months now. The performance boost that you get in dual processor environments over the "old" 2000+ is around 4% in some of the best case scenarios, which were illustrated by our database server tests. It's not the Athlon MP 2100+ that we should be focusing on however, it is AMD's strategy going into 2003 that requires our attention. (By the way, the Xeon 2.4Ghz won in all tests except the forum database test)
It is easily said that the performance of this card sits exactly where it should be. Taking up position in between that of it’s big brother the Ti 4400 and the previous generation champ, the GF3 Ti 500, this card will provide all but the most fanatical of hardcore gamers exactly what they need to play their way through whatever games they desire. And, not only will it run games at excellent frame rates, it will do so with it’s battery of image quality enhancing features enabled. As I have previously stated, once you play for a while with AA and AF enabled you simply will not be able to go back to the blurred textures and jaggy polygon edges of old.
I'm up so early today due to the fact of a bad fire alarm. The unit has malfunctioned due to steam from the shower (that my Mom was taking). It has done this in the past as well. Needless to say we ripped the thing out of the ceiling. I can't get back to sleep so I'll post some news...
What really astounded me about this board was not just the performance, it was not the extensive features, but it was more the value this KT333 solution offered. For just $130 US this board can be purchased online, which is a pretty damn good price compared to other KT333 boards. You may have seen this coming, but we at Legion Hardware have decided to give the ASUS A7V333 our Performance Award. It has clearly been earned and we think that ASUS have really found their hole with this one!
In other words, it's difficult to find anything wrong with the IT7 Max -- especially since it flew through all our tests. As a result, we can do nothing less than give the Abit IT7 Max our highest honors, and our heated recommendations.
Otellini said Intel is not planning chips that can handle both 32-bit and 64-bit code. Bilingual chips, such as rival AMD's forthcoming Opteron, could be cheaper and easier for corporations to adopt, analysts have said, because much existing software will work on them.
I was able to finally see that demo running on an Athlon 2100+ with 256Mb of system Ram even though its recommended to have at least 512Mb and of course we used Nvidia George 4 TI 4600. Since we like to try different things we tried the same demo on a Gainward George 4 TI 4200 power pack and we were amazed.
And now we are left with the same very basic problem that I was going to attempt to unravel at the start of this article. With the three processors Ive seen and tested based on the new Thoroughbred core, I have overclocked one by 117 MHz, one by 200 MHz and another by over 300 MHz. What is our statistical norm then? What would consumers see when purchasing their own Thoroughbred processor? In order to know with degree of credibility, we would have to do a lot more testing on hundreds, if not thousands, of processors. That is obviously not something we can just sit down and do here at Amdmb.com. It will take months, probably, for enough product (based on the Thoroughbred core) to get out into the hands of the users so we can begin to see results from that many processors. It looks like we will have to wait until then to get a good consensus on the power of the initial release of the Thoroughbred processor.
Unfortunately, ASUS forecasts a price of more than $300 for the P4T533. Though the board does include a 256MB RIMM 4200 module, the price is still lofty for a motherboard and 256MB of memory. We all know that the price of performance is steep, so expect to pay for the extra memory bandwidth exposed by the latest RAM technology. ASUS has stepped out onto a limb as the first to adopt 32-bit RDRAM and we'd like to see the technology succeed, not only because it is blisteringly fast, but also because the ongoing battle between RDRAM and DDR SDRAM results in lower prices and an increasing number of options for the end user, you. Availability currently suffers, but innovation and performance earn the P4T533 a solid 'nine' on the Hot Hardware scale.
To sum up the case with one word: incredible. The expansion is awesome, the *quiet* cooling works surprisingly well and pretty much every aesthetic feature has been included, from the side window to the blue door to the lighted strips and LEDs. I wonder what Coolermaster is going to come up with to combat this bad boy. $229 may seem a bit steep, but consider: Coolermaster's ATC series costs a tad more but doesn't even come close to offering everything I've seen with the PC-6089A. Some things keep this from being a perfect case but since there can't be a perfect case I'll always find something wrong with it.
AMD has produced a minor speed bump in the MP line again with the 2100+. Unfortunately it is not the Thoroughbred core, and even if it was there are no architecture changes. The price of the Athlon MPs has dropped dramatically over the past few months as is evident with the 2100+ retail price. When AMD shifts to the Thoroughbred core with the MP line, likely at the next bump up to 2200+ they will enjoy the cost savings of the smaller die size, but performance increases won't be realized until Barton based MP CPUs arrive with the much anticipated 512KB L2 cache, double the amount the current Athlon enjoys. Till then not much is expected to change on the MP front.
With the performance of the board above average, this board is not trying to hide behind its color. It is well situated for most systems, especially tweakers. Of course if purple is your favorite color, do not look any further this board will not disappoint you and you will not have to sacrifice color for performance.
If you prefer your sound card to be the latest in highend end equipment, you should check out the review of the Maya 7.1 and 7.1 Gold sound cards over at Hardware Masters. These puppies boast 7.1 channels of sound output. Just what you need.... more wall to wall speakers to shatter windows and bother neighbors right? Then again......... =)
There is a new update posted for SiSoft Sandra. Just use the update wizard in the program to download and install SP1. Or if you prefer you can peruse the SiSoft Sandra page. They have added a few new modules and updated the comparison cpu's, chipsets, etc.[PAGEBREAK]
Sandra 2002 SP1 Released: The new Sandra has been released. It contains a wealth of new features and improvements, most notable being a new benchmark, benchmark result saving, and 6 new modules. Most known issues with the previous version have been resolved in this version. Here's a breakdown:
Full compatibility with Windows XP/.Net.
Native NT/200X/.Net Unicode versions available.
Support for advanced SMP and SMT/HyperThreaded hardware with multiple chipsets.
80 Total; 6 New Modules (Cache/Memory Benchmark, Modules Info (NT/200X/.Net), Installed Programs/Applications, Registered File Types, Event Log).
Dynamic data refresh.
Fixed various issues with detection (chipset, system monitoring chips, etc.) See FAQ for details.
Matrox said they would not be sending us a review unit on the same schedule as other sites and then revealed some interesting reasons. Matrox stated that due to the nature of our testing that they were not comfortable with sending us a Parhelia card. They seemed to think that we would be a bit too rough on the Parhelia and possibly show some issues that the enthusiast might identify as weaknesses. Logic would dictate that this of course means that Matrox thinks that the hardware review sites getting the first round of Parhelias would not expose those weaknesses. I had to take that as a compliment. Still, you might keep this in mind when you see the initial reviews hit and we will of course make sure you are aware of them as we always want to keep our readers up to date with current information. Interesting to see the 'other' sites that get the ca