In terms of raw performance, the ABIT KX7-333R puts up a very good fight against the much more expensive Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra, and the speedy EPoX 8K3A+. For around $115 US you too can own the KX7-333R, a price that really puts it in the budget category. On a feature scale the KX7-333R doesn't offer much at all except RAID, but that is precisely why ABIT offers a feature-rich alternative KT333 board we talked about earlier - the AT7 MAX. The 4 DIMM sockets on the KX7-333R are a good idea, but may fool people into believing the board supports up to 4GB of DDR memory. Onboard audio and USB 2.0 would have also been nice, but you can't expect these luxuries without paying for them in the end. Overall an excellent board with plenty of room for expansion, overclocking and optimal performance - did I mention a great price? ($115 isn't budget IMHO).
Now that the review is drawing to end I simply have to give my opinion on the AT7. This is pretty difficult as it's been a mixed bag. First of all Abit must be congratulated for putting out a truly innovative design. The inclusion of USB 2 and Firewire as standard is a nice touch, retaining USB 1.1 for your mouse and keyboard and other USB 1.1 devices is obviously a good move as USB 2 hardware is not currently widely available. I must say a quick thank you to uplandscomputers for the loan of a USB Keyboard. However I must admit that the loss of the PS2 ports is a bit of a mistake. Whilst USB mice and Keyboards can be bought for around £10 each in the UK, it was the reluctance of Win98SE to run without a PS2 mouse which caused a lot of problems. I had to move to WinXP to overcome this problem. Others have not been so lucky as I have seen on the forums.
Unfortunately I do not think SmartFan's intelligence is that high. When at room temperature, the fan is still looks and sounds like it is going full speed. What is special about a SmartFan that is not idling down? Antec has a great concept, but hopefully they will fix these problems and the next generation of fans will indeed be smarter.
EPoX was chosen as the all around champion for the fastest board available for AMD Athlon XP Processors. If this company continues to improve on their current designs by adding more features, Gold will almost continuously be in their future. The 8K3A+ is priced very well and is built for the highest performance available. Put your hands together for EPoX and their McLaren F1 in a bright green box.
The P4X333, however, is a substantial leap over both of those releases. With the P4X333, VIA has not only produced what is arguably the best performing Pentium 4 chipset available today, VIA has also future-proofed it by packing in such features as AGP 8X and USB 2.0 before most users are even asking for them. This forward-thinking attitude will serve VIA well, and if the redesigned PCI implementation can exorcise Darth VIA once and for all, it should make even more people happy.
So you want to improve the lagging performance of your hard drive and don't know which defrag utility to use? X-Bit Labs has a review of defraggers run on some of the more popular hard drive manufacturers.
I was at my Dad's store today to help move some stuff around. Some guy took a whole bunch of expensive items (Asprin and Advil...) and ran off out of the store with them. We chased after him but he got away, and dropped a whole load of stuff while running. We filed a police report, but that doesn't do much.
It is not surprising why my Dad is forced to give up his store, people rob him all the time. I haven't witnessed anything like this before though, this opened my eyes. How horrible a human can be.
Multi-monitor displays have been part of PCs for going on ten years now, but most of them tend to come in even-numbered configurations: two, four, sometimes even eight. And while Nvidia, ATI, and Matrox have all made big noises about their respective multi-monitor display technology trouncing the competition, none of them to date had much use in 3D games. Why? Several reasons: for starters, it would likely involve going back and tweaking game code to support a feature that isn't widely deployed and won't net the game maker many incremental sales. Game developers will sometimes implement features they think are cool for that reason alone, but with the game business being more bottom-line-oriented than ever, and with engineering man-hours tight, feature support for its own sake is increasingly rare. Secondly, and this is the show-stopper, most 3D GPUs simply didn't have the horsepower to drive two (or more) displays owing to both increased fill-rate requirements, and the memory management issues of the multiple display surfaces.
One such "off the shelf" solution for modded cases are the Xoxide modded cases. Xoxide has come into the market with pre-modded cases fairly recently and in the short time that they have been in the game they seem to have made themselves a permanent niche in the hardware community. Some reasons for this are the vast selection on the modded cases, customization, low prices and general high quality and good service. Today we present the budget case of them all, the Z-40 Insight case and we are here to find out if this sub $50 case is worth your hard earned money.
One of the most exciting features beyond frames per second performance (which we never saw a benchmark) is "Surround Gaming". Basically a three monitor spread that opens up your field of vision (FOV) in first person shooters and games such as flight simulators. We did get to experience this playing Jedi Knight 2, Quake 3, and MS Flight Sim. It seems as if the technology should pretty much work with any Quake 3 engine game plus many others. I'm sure Matrox will be giving us an updated list soon.
Utilizing an innovative architecture that stores two full and distinct charges within a single memory cell, AMD's MirrorBit architecture breaks the traditional tradeoff between cost and performance, by coupling uncompromising reliability and performance with the industry's leading cost structure.
Wow! Obtaining 376 MHz at CAS 2 and 402 MHz CAS 2.5 at only 2.5V is very impressive for this large of a memory stick. Considering it only required 2.5V for 402 MHz, I'm sure this stick can obtain more...much more, unfortunately I may have to wait for the KT400s to come out to find out how fast this memory stick can go.
So you put all that money into your computer to turn it into a super stereo system, only to have the big record companies put copy protection on those CD's so you can't play it any more? It may be easier undone than you thought. But with a magic marker or a post-it note? Check out the article over at The Inquirer.
You may find the link there needs a translator, so here's one from Google.
Well folks, Matrox has now unleashed the reviewers to do reviews and deliver the juicy details we've all been waiting for, concerning this new video card. Will it have the current kings of the pixel, nVidia and ATI sweating? All I can say is don't drool on that keyboard. Check out the Matrox Parhelia at Hartware.net
The first games to take advantage of online GameCube play will be two new versions of Sega's "Phantasy Star Online," the first major console game to offer online play, through Sega's now-defunct Dreamcast console. GameCube versions of "Phantasy Star Online I" and "Phantasy Star Online II" are set to be available this fall. The service will work with most ISP (Internet service provider) connections. I will be interested to learn if this really works out. I like online gaming on my PC, but something about a controller in my hands rather than a mouse and keyboard seems a bit different.
As you can see, they're virtually identical with the exception of the manufacturing date and ES mark. Both chips are marked -6ns which means 166.67MHz clock speed, 333.33MHz data rate because these are DDR chips. The DIMM has 16 of these chips, 8 on each side and it is a double sided module, for a total of 256MB, which means that each chip can store up to 16MB (128Megabits or 16MegaBytes) each.
For those of you who have ever heard the term CMOS, but didn't know quite what it is or what it does, this article, The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of gives a bit of an explanation into what CMOS or Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor is and does. It's a bit technical at times, but does give some insight into how important this CMOS is and how it has changed our world.
Leadtek, this is a name definitely not known for its motherboards but more for their high end graphic cards. When nForce came around the opportunity arose for them to get involved in the motherboard market and this they did, this is because nForce incorporates Nvidia graphics chip and in this case it uses the Integrated GeForce 2 MX GPU. Considering that this is onboard this actually is a pretty good graphics processor. Though these days new technologies are coming out fast and new motherboards and motherboard companies monthly so now is to find out if Leadtek can keep up with the big boys and provide us all with a quality product at a good cost.
To sum up what we've observed from these tests, Corsair's XMS PC3000C2 is without a doubt some of the most high performing and overclockable memory you're going to find on the market. Not only does it overclock very well but it does so while maintaining aggressive memory settings, which is just as important to overall memory bandwidth and performance as a high FSB. Crucial's PC2700 performed well overall, edging out the XMS PC2700. However, you really can't utilize its full overclocking potential unless you decide to use conservative timings. If high quality RAM is all you need, either one of these sticks will definitely fit the bill. If killer overclocking is what you crave, then Corsair is definitely the way to go.
The results may vary between drives, but the difference in performance from ATA100 and ATA133 is negligible. In some instances the results were very close, while in others like the High-End Winmark tests, mode 6 DMA took the lead. I was also quite surprised to see that ATA133 was actually beaten in the HD Tach tests when in ATA100 mode. ATA133 should theoretically be 33% faster than ATA100, but my results basically didn't show much of an improvement at all. If you're thinking about upgrading from ATA100 to ATA133, I say keep you cash and wait for something better - there's always SCSI too!
Given that the changes in PCB don't effect things too much, you should be able to expect a similar distribution out of Ti 4200 cards. Our particular Ti 4200 managed to overclock from the stock 250/444MHz clock to 330/540MHz, an improvement of 32% and 21.6% in core/memory clock speed respectively. Considering that we just pointed out the relationship between overclocking headroom and default clock speeds, these promising numbers make a lot of sense. Wow.