Secondly, the overclocking. While Albatron does give you a heap of options, there are still a few extra options and additions I would like to have seen made. Firstly, I would have preferred higher memory voltage options; 2.8v is just not enough for pushing high memory frequencies, especially if this board is going to have DDR-400 dividers in the next BIOS. Secondly, there are no AGP/PCI dividers to control. When overclocking, its nice to be able to know and set your PCI and AGP frequencies manually. Finally, on the overclocking side, AGP voltage adjustments would have been nice. Overclocking the video card requires some extra power on the AGP and Albatron's KX400+ just doesn't give the option.
Still I was pretty sure that ATI would not go for CG since this is Nvidia's thing and if it adopted it, this would make it look like a follower but not the leaders.
Nvidia will allow anyone to use this language at no charge, but it still seems to be the only one ready to go for it big time.
But this could cause problems because if ATI designs its own shading language, this would put developers into an invidious position, as they would have to decide which language they should use.
The Winfast upgrade kit Number 2 include a K7N415DA mobo using the Nforce 415 chipset, which is being bundled with a Geforce 4200 based Winfast A250 card.
And number one is a cheaper bundle which includes the Winfast A250 LE TD, a card which uses the Geforce MX460 technology.
The firm is also bundling three games, Quanox, Master Ralley und Rogue Spear-Black Thorne, it says here as well as some demo CDs.
The impending implementation of MS's Palladium technology looks to be very Orwellian in nature. Palladium if implemented would essentially place control of any hardware and/or software that you might want to use on your PC solely in control of the respective vendors, as you would have to get 'permission' from them to use something YOU bought. This includes something as simple as just booting your PC! You can also be assured of being charged an access fee to get 'permission' to use the item, once enough of this technology is spread. This will be a hardware based item with eventual implementation based on the CPU itself.
The 250,000-square-foot facility was the smallest of four manufacturing plants that Compaq acquired from Inacom in January 2000. The facility was used for final assembly and some manufacturing of desktops, notebooks, servers and handhelds ordered from Compaq's Web site.
At present, if the Apache worm tries to spread to any non-FreeBSD system, it will likely crash the session on the server to which the worm had connected. That's not so bad, said Maiffret, but it could cause many servers to crash if the worm develops into an epidemic.
The server market remains one of the prime growth areas for companies like Intel, Microsoft, Dell Computer and, now, AMD. Although PC-based servers--or servers that use chips based on designs originally from Intel--have been around for years, the traditional RISC/Unix server manufacturers like Sun Microsystems continue to snatch the bulk of the revenue and dominate the upper echelons of the market.
There are a few ways you can look at these boards to determine who the ultimate winner was. One way is to judge the boards on a feature vs. price ratio; another is a performance vs. price ratio. Or ideally, a performance vs. features vs. price ratio. Since all three boards feature the same chipset, performance vs. price won’t be an issue. However, features vs. price will be, and performance will obviously be considered. It is hard to pick a winner based on features, as MSI and SOYO both packed their boards with all the goods. ECS on the other hand are the obvious losers here, and the $20 US price difference between the ECS and MSI 645DX board will not save them. Performance wise, MSI dominated and retailing for around $100 this board seems too good to be true. MSI have made it difficult for ECS to compete as their “Lite” version of the 645E Max2 retails for around $80 US. SOYO also have a real winner on their hands with the SOYO SY-P4S-645DX Dragon Ultra, as it combines great features, overclocking and performance however, the board is said to retail for an insane $160 US!?!?!? If this is correct, which I believe it is, you just cannot justify purchasing this board when MSI have a very similar product for $60 US less.
The board even with its overclocking issues was a strong performer and had it not been for the RAM slot issues, would have be an OK desktop workstation candidate. Still, you are not going to come close to hearing us suggest you buy this board when there are so many other solid candidates on the market. When fully populated RAM slots do not recognize all your memory, there is a serious problem somewhere and one that you are most likely to find out about when the board is way out of warranty. Not a good problem to have.
"The plaintiffs contend consumers' software programs cannot lawfully display pop-up windows while a consumer is surfing the Internet. This flies in the face of the very nature of the Windows operating system and is ridiculous," McFadden said. "It would mean that AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Microsoft Outlook and dozens of other software applications that automatically display information in separate windows are illegal."
The P4S8X , A7V8X and A7N8X are based on SiS’ 648, VIA’s KT400 and NVIDIA’s latest chipset, respectively. One of the main features of these motherboards is the advanced Serial ATA storage interface. Different from the traditional Parallel ATA, Serial ATA offers lower voltage (500milivolts peak to peak), thinner and longer cables, lower pin counts, simpler cable routing and smaller connectors for smaller form factor design, system stability and robust data transfer at 150MB/s. They also have AGP 8x.
PCFX has constructed a well made small form factor system based on a chipset that provides far better than average integrated video and sound along with good overall performance. The TV and FM tuner features combined with DVD playback make it a good choice for a dorm room or any situation where space is at a premium. It will be interesting to see whether this concept of a small form factor multiuse computer will take off. It uses the nForce 420-D.
KD Computers has an especially nice prize this week for their winner. It's a pair of Thermalright heatsinks, one being the SLK600 which I recently installed in my very own XP 2100 system and have been extremely satisfied with it's performance. Even with a low-performance fan, this heat-sink works really well. Enter the contest here.
Because of the pure stunning performance offered by this card both at default speeds and overclocked, Hexus.net give it a VERY rare editors choice award. If Gainward would allow it we hope to use this for future reviews when testing various hardware. I personally would like to see it in a case with a window and neon lighting.
I have melded the two sites into one once again. Software and Hardware go together to much to have two sites. I don't know what to do with the second site. I have to do something with it , any ideas just fire off an email to me. If you have a good idea and would like to help out, that would be great.
PowerStrip 3.19 provides advanced, multi-monitor, programmable hardware support to a wide range of graphics cards - from the venerable Matrox Millennium I to the latest Radeon 8500DV and GeForce4 Ti4600. It is in fact the only program of its type to support multiple graphics cards from multiple chipset vendors, simultaneously, under every Windows operating system from Windows 95 to XP. A simple menu that pops up from the system tray provides access to some 500 controls over your display hardware, including sophisticated color correction tools, period level adjustments over screen geometry, and driver independent clock controls!
Right from the start, the ABIT KX7-333R impressed us, and continued to do so through out the review process. ABIT has chosen to forego the expense of building a board that has a colorful PCB and numerous extras, instead focusing on what matters most. The end result is a well-crafted motherboard of excellent quality that has demonstrated first-class performance in all phases of testing. The KX7-333R is complimented by one of the most complete BIOSs we've seen on a KT333 system. With an exceptional collection of settings, the KX7-333R is one of the most tweakable systems around. We feel that the PC enthusiast looking for a high performance board with a lot of potential may find what they are looking for with the KX7-333R.
Due to their high density, graphics chips are usually the product that companies use to test advanced processing. Judging from SiSs product roadmap, its Xabre II, which is set to be launched in the fourth quarter, is likely to be SiSs first product manufactured with 0.13-micron technology. Its Xabre 600 graphics chip, scheduled to hit the market in the third quarter, should still adopt the older process.
Here we go again folks. Another day another patch for the nasty bugs that ail you. This time it's a cumulative patch for Windows Media Player 6.4, 7.1 or the Windows XP version. Get it while it's hot, over at Microsoft.
I believe that the Tbred was just a move by AMD to make sure their .13 micron process works. From roadmaps I have, the Barton core will be introduced in the second half of this year, leaving hardly anytime for Tbreds to seep into the market.
Look for Barton Athlons with 512K of cache and most likely a FSB boost. And yet even after Barton, the Clawhammer will be right on its toes.
According to our sources, the 128-bit implementation will make multitexturing applications look better and you will be able to have 32-bits per colour. This is amazing since it enables you to have 16.7 milion combnations per colour. In current 32-bit color you just have 8 pixels per colour, giving just 256 variations of colors. All this means also is more video memory is needed to store this.
To put things into one paragraph, the ASUS P4S533 costs around $100 street price and offers about everything one could wish for except for hardware add-ons like front panel USB and audio. The software bundle is relatively small compared to what you get from e.g. Soyo, mostly because ASUS has not included the free download versions of programs x, y, and z, we see on many other CDs. The P4S533 is extremely well-behaved, that is, we have thrown about everything we had at the board, regardless of what it was, it installed without problems, regardless of what program we were running, it didn't crash and regardless of the speed we overclocked to, the system kept purring away.
The real value that we see in integrated boards, besides the obvious features you get to enjoy, is what it allows you to do when you tire of the system and are looking for that next upgrade. The 845 Max adds value beyond the grave. When you go get rid of your integrated product you have something that is truly valuable for a change. Moving the 845 Max into a non-gaming desktop box is a no-brainer and could be very cheap to boot! A stick of bargain ram and a bargain bin CPU to match give you a system that can easily be turned into a server for yourself or an email/web browser box for Aunt Sally or your little sister.
Silent PC Review is conducting a short survey designed to answer the question "What is a Quiet or Silent PC worth to you?" There is a draw for some prizes -- performance heatsinks and a high quality, noise-reduced power supply unit. What is your opinion about PC noise? Whether it drives you nuts or don't notice that it exists, we're interested in your opinion. One entry per person. Results will be posted periodically on our site.
I'm running out of space on my Digicam and I can't really upload them to my laptop, so once I get those pics, I'm off back to home. Good thing too, the traffic was insane getting home yesterday. I waited almost an hour to move 2 blocks.