While reinstalling my burner software and having to take a trip over to the Adaptec site to download the latest ASPI software, I noticed they have a new version 4.71 available. This new version corrects the following-
Previous versions of aspi32.sys for Windows 2000 and XP may not return the proper Maximum Number of Targets (HA_MaxTargets) in reponse to Host Adapter Inquiry (HA_INQUIRY).
Ypu can download it for free over at the Adaptec site. The new version supports all windows versions except Win 95 which you need to use version 4.60
Cnet has made a very interesting article on cheaters in MMOGs.[PAGEBREAK] The theft happened in the virtual world of "Ultima Online," one of the first popular online role-playing games, but it was a headache nonetheless and an example of the kind of cheating likely to thwart game publishers as they try to push more customers online.
Thanks to some stupid movies Intel has made in the European market, AMD's stock is now under $10 which is said to be a very good deal and is expected to reach about $20 before the end of the year. Read more from CNet.
The balance tilts in favor the Shuttle board, but only 0.1FPS difference between AK35GT2R and 8K3A+. All these benches show that Shuttle has done it again. Based on the very good layout of the AK35GTR, the AK35GT2R not only brings support for DDR333 and ATA133, but also lives up to the name of it's predecessor. (The benchmarks were ALL about the same)
The C3 series of processors is a unique offering from VIA. If they can get performance up to par with other processors from Intel and AMD while maintaining the small die size and low power consumption, it should be quite an interesting story in the processor market.
HP has lowered some desktop models up to $100 in the past two weeks, while others such as Sony have made more modest $50 cuts, according to ARS, a firm that tracks retail sales. These new lower prices are a direct reversal of the round of PC price hikes seen earlier in the year.
Leadtek has come to the forefront of video cards by offering high quality cards based on high powered GPU's. Leadtek is also known for their agressive styling and cooling methods, and this card is no exception. Obviously not everyone in the world can afford a GeForce4 Ti4600, but for those with the means it is the only card that can claim to be the fastest gaming card on the planet. This card has been such a great performer that it has become the standard card in AMDZone motherboard tests. Check out SocketA.com for all the tests with the WinFast A250 Ultra TD.
To sum up, if you're after a solid Ti 4600, from a respected manufacturer, with a comprehensive warranty, and have no real need for VIVO functionality, the ASUS V8460 Ultra Geforce4 Ti 4600 really should make it on your shortlist.
What, then, is there to sway the customer into a purchase? Surely, the NV25 chipset is a selling point in its own right, offering the most power in a GPU. At $400 dollars, however, there needs to be something special offered. The craftsmanship of the card was good, but the GPU was not completely covered with thermal paste, thereby leaving room between it and the HSF. This could have caused problems after long use since proper heat dissipation would not occur. While there was a helpful manual and installation CD, there were no bonuses in the box to whet my appetite. Based on the small difference in the scores between the two Abit GF4 cards, it was hard to say that the $200 difference in price was well spent. It’s still a great card, but there is room for improvement, and my score for the Abit Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4600 will be a 7.5 on the HotHardware HeatMeter.
It seems AMD has been very conservative in regard of its first Hammer processors at 800 MHz. They are optimized on stability for hardware and software developers and not really on performance results. An indication: While testing the system the aluminium heatsink with its relatively quiet fan didn't even get hand-hot. That says something about the low power consumption of the rather small die.
So, what's the final verdict? Is the KT3 good, bad, somewhere in between? The answer is up to whoever wants to buy it and what the needs are. There is no support for the Memory Stick or the Secure Digital media, there is no real hardware audio, there is no integrated network controller. Instead, there are RAID, AC97 and USB 2.0. And there is some potential ...., quite honestly, I personally like the KT3.
Of all the three sticks of memory that we tested which are at or above the PC2700 speed, only the Crucial PC2700 is JEDEC compliant; the others, the KingMAX and OCZ PC3000 are both compatible. If one was to buy memory right now the Crucial PC2700 is the best bet since it's damn fast, damn cheap, and pretty damn good!
The ABIT AT7 MAX is innovative in its design, offers great performance when compared to earlier generation chipsets and it has a grip of features chucked onboard. ASUS, with the A7V333, offers even better performance, a tried and true approach to the board layout, outstanding stability and a handful of onboard devices. The AT7 owns the comparison where overclocking is concerned, as it offers greater tweakability of the system BIOS, and at the end of the day was able to push our chip the farthest. ASUS does offer overclocking toggles in their BIOS but not to the extent that the AT7 offers. The A7V333 was, however, a much more stable board in our testing, but this may be a case of just a bad board from ABIT and not indicative of a standard off the shelf retail AT7. Speaking of stability, on a couple of instances we lost power to the AT7's USB bus and thus we were unable to access the BIOS because there are no legacy PS/2 keyboard or mouse ports. So if you find yourself in a situation where your USB input device fails, you can not just slap in an older keyboard or test the USB ports functionality by swapping the keyboard to the legacy port.
Although, as we've reported earlier, you can find boards at many places at the Computex show, two separate sources at chipset companies have told us that the Clawhammer, for example, is far from ready and may be delayed even beyond December. One said that realistically we were talking nine months from now. If that's true, this will be a real blow not only to people waiting for the uniprocessor systems but also to AMD.
There's a little writeup over at THG about the newly released 1Ghz C3 from VIA. Looks to me like this little cpu is starting to catch on with the masses, in an era of high powered and albiet noisy PC's these days.
In an effort to quell the nine US states seeking the demise of Microsoft, the company is releasing a new service pack that has many option that (basically) bog down the OS. You'll go to even remove Internet Explorer!!![PAGEBREAK] The service pack will introduce four options for managing, customizing or removing Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine, and competing so-called middleware from other companies. The States have not considered this action as retribution just yet.
Compared to ALL other unmodified power supply units I have used, the Seasonic SS-300FS is about the quietest. These other units include 2 models of Enermax, SH, Zalman and many generic power supplies. Despite the slightly quieter noise level of the Zalman ST-300BLP, my sample's rapid speedup to a much higher noise level makes it significantly more intrusive than the Seasonic, overall. As mentioned before, this is the same behavior observed in the Enermax and SH models, as described in detail in my previous PSU articles. The new Antec True Power PSU appears to suffer the same affliction.
The test between the SMP rig and the KT333 rig is more complex. Clearly there are some applications where you will see a definite benefit from that extra processor. Just as clearly there are situations where the 760MPX's dated memory controller will hold you back. The logical decision comes down to what software you run, and how much multitasking you do while running it.
SCSI by definition is the Small Computer Systems Interface (typically pronounced scuzzy--although some people take offense at this). However, as the SCSI architecture has evolved over the last several years, especially with the advent of SCSI-3, this definition has become misleading. When SCSI began in the very early 1980's, computers and computer peripherals were far from being mainstream and during this nascent age the definition fit like a glove. Like any good standard, SCSI has evolved over time to (1) keep pace with the ever-increasing options available for computers as well as to (2) keep up with the increasing demands for performance and stability that are now expected not only of servers, but also from home PCs and higher-end workstations.
As I said on the last page, the performance offered by the Leadtek Winfast A250TD is excellent. with excellent overclocking capabilities, pushing this Ti4400 card into Ti4600 performance territory isnt much of a struggle at all.
The microscopic machines, technically known as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS, do the work of current components such as radio frequency receivers. However, they are smaller and often more efficient than those components, said Jennifer Lund, a MEMS researcher in IBM's Research division.
Throughout all of our benchmarks we can clearly see that the PC1066 memory that the Intel i850e supports comes out with a win, but one that is not exceptionally stellar by any means. The better choice when basing conclusions solely on the performance is the choice of PC1066. However, what about the price of this new RAM? Currently it would cost you about $80-90 or so to purchase 256MB (2 X 128MB) of PC800 RDRAM. This price has fallen a lot since the initial release of RDRAM, and is now a solution that doesn't cost much, if any more than DDR. But if you look for pricing on PC1066, to buy the same amount of RAM it would cost $160-200, over twice that of the PC800, and the PC1066 definitely doesn't offer twice the performance. Still, the RAM is very new and the price should drop but as it stands now I don't think that PC1066 is worth this price premium. PC800 still performs very well, and with the new 533MHz FSB and 512K of cache, the new Pentium 4 CPU's should leave you very pleased with their speed.
I have to admit that Tuesday at the show was not as exciting as Day 1, so this might seem a bit tame. We can continue to show you the same chipsets hanging on different walls at different booths but will instead try to cover something new.
While the first day of Computex was stolen by AMD's Hammer announcements today's events were spread out much more evenly among a handful of companies. Through the sweltering heat while drowning in humidity in Taipei we managed to grab photos of ATI's R300, NVIDIA's nForce2 and learn even more about the omnipresent Hammer platform from AMD.
Computex is certainly shaping up to be a very exciting event. In yesterday's coverage we brought you information about AMD's 8th generation processors (Opteron and ClawHammer) as well as detailed information about upcoming products from VIA. Yesterday's conferences left us barely any time to take a proper look at what the companies were displaying on the show floor. Today, however, our schedule was slightly more relaxed so we took the opportunity to head out onto the show floor.