June 1999 - Monday
released their extremely thorough review
of the G400Max. Oh dear, I think I must really
start saving up for this one. Oh dear! Oh
dear! Oh dear! =0
am very impressed with the Millennium G400
MAX, Matrox have produced a very high
quality piece of hardware. It has surprised
me, I as many others were thinking it would
just be more of the same from Matrox, great
image quality and 2D performance but with 3D
performance again one step behind the
leaders. In fact they have produced a card
which takes the 2D performance one step
ahead of the competition again, superb image
quality in both 2D and 3D, a wealth of added
extras with DualHead and it's high quality
DVD playback and very fast 3D speed.
many people were truly expecting the G400's
to compete with or dare I say it, outperform
the Voodoo 3's and TNT2's. I don't have
samples of either of those boards so I can't
say for certain that the G400 MAX does
either but from what I've seen on paper the
G400's will be giving both of them a run for
Video Accelerator ShootOut
Sharks posted a video
accelerator shootout with 6 participants,
but concentrating on the "money is not an
objection" category. First place went
jointly to the Hercules Dynamite TNT2 Ultra
and the Guillemot Xentor 32 Ultra. Hmm..
actually I beginning to like the G400Max quite
a bit. It's actually their top scoring card in
virtually every aspect! Wowzers! (Don't miss
the 1024x768 32-bit colour benchmarks)
most "futureproof" card available
today, provided your budget is futureproof
as well. We highly recommend the Millenium
G400 MAX, and consider it to be a fantastic
step forward in terms of performance and
Launches Pager & Cellphone Service
MSN Mobile is in place. My! My! Perhaps
they will come and take a bite of our small
Singapore mobile market too? Perhaps you won't
get "The subscriber you called is
currently available" but a nice
incomprehensible GPF message? =)
launching service for pagers, cell phone By
Martin WolkMoving aggressively to stake a
claim in the wireless Internet market,
. will roll out a service Monday that pushes
stock quotes, sports reports and other
information to pagers and digital phones.
Microsoft's MSN Mobile ultimately will be
broadened to other wireless devices and
additional data including electronic mail,
said Yusuf Mehdi, marketing director in the
software giant's consumer and commerce
Savage/MX Mobile Preview
preview of the upcoming mobile chip from
S3 at Sharky
Extreme. Err.... mobile 3D graphics
accelerator capable of true performance? Grrrr!!
Why is it coming after I'd grabbed my
notebook!!!???? You mean I can play NFS on my
this new breed of entertainment juggernaut
rolls our way Sharky Extreme will be fully
analyzing and reviewing the various
3D-capable laptops that we manage to obtain.
With DVD, multi-monitor support, 3D
acceleration, and 450+MHz of power, laptops
are finally beginning to truly live up to
the "desktop replacement" moniker.
We're glad to see it.
October 6 October 6 October
is that? Nothing, just to drill it in you the tentative
launch date of Windows 2000. Actually,
better don't waste your brain cells
remembering this date. It's more worthwhile
spending the time considering 'Where Do You
Want To Go Today?' =)
has pencilled in Oct. 6 as the day it will
launch Windows 2000. Although the date is
not absolutely definite, Microsoft said it
was confident enough with the development of
the operating system's Beta 3 that this
wouldbe the launch date. This also should be
preceded by a release of Windows 2000
Release Candidate 1 in the first week of
on the Value edition of the SBLive! can be
found at CPU
Review. They even tested it under Linux!
Whoa! Check this out!
am happy to report that Creative Labs is
writing device drivers for Linux; and even
though the 2.2.5 kernel module for the Live!
card does not appear to support Midi
playback yet, the mixer applet works (I was
able to use the KDE CD player applet to play
music through my system) and WAV files can
also be played.
some reason the KDE system sounds don't work
properly with the current driver (I am not
surprised that there are some problems; the
driver is an early beta version meant for
the 2.2.5 kernel - and I was forcing it to
run on a 2.2.9 kernel).
Encore 6X DVD
Stop tempting me! I'm not grabbing one.
No!!!!! Anyway, 3DSoundSurge
has sent this evil mail to say that they've
done a review
on it. They gave it a 52.5/100 but justified
that the kit would score a 90 once new drivers
ironed out some problems.
a suggested list price of $250 and street
prices as low as $200 the Encore 6X kit is
an inexpensive way for anyone that want to
experience DVD, and together with a DD 5.1
system like Creative's Desktop Theater 5.1
you will have the best movie experience
possible in your home. It's not much cheaper
than the cheapest stand alone player, about
$300 in US, but for those wanting to watch
movies on their monitor or TV the $100 saved
together with the advantage of using the
drive as a CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drive close by
the kit offers a lot for your money.
FiringSquad has thrown up a preview
on Blizzard's hotly anticipated Diablo 2. You
gotta grab it when it comes out. You will,
won't you??? Check out the snippet:
ton of RTS games and RPG titles are coming
out and Blizzard is right in the middle of
the fray. When I asked Bill Roper about what
he felt the biggest competition of Diablo 2
was, he replied that he felt it was
satisfying the fans of Diablo 1. While
Diablo 1 was a huge hit, Roper said that the
programmers left out a lot of stuff that
they wanted in there. They put that stuff
into Diablo 2 and hope that the fans will
enjoy it as much as they have.
Storm Platinum Gamer's Pack
has delivered a review
on the Xitel Storm Platinum Gamer's Pack.
Considering a Vortex2-based soundcard (Read
our review on the SonicVortex2)?
This one comes with a set of 'force-feedback'
Xitel's packaging implies, the Storm
Platinum is definitely aimed at the gamer
and is fit to be included in a Gamer's Pack
as they have done. The Vortex 2 has taken
the majority of the gamers in the market for
a soundcard, and the Storm Platinum is an
excellent example of such a card. The force
feedback headphones in the Gamer's Pack are
pretty cool and probably worth the extra $20
if you don't already have a pair of good
has sent along some links to their excellent
editorial pieces. If you're feeling a little
drained reading reviews and benchmark numbers,
hop over now!
World Is It Anyway? Man Vs Machine
"First, man tried to bring computers
into our world. Now we are now expected to
enter theirs. The dependence of man on
machine continues to strengthen. Is the day
near when we will have to seriously ask: Can
we live without them? Are they far from
taking over our lives? It is becoming more
likely as we humans become hopelessly
entrenched in the world of digital
Win32-only Web Plugin Raises Serious
"There is a new piece of Windows only
software called Third Voice. It is a browser
plugin for MSIE 4.0.x which allows it's
users to post messages to any website,
secure or not."
works with the browser. It makes an
"overlay" of whatever site you are
looking at. Users can highlight any text or
graphic, and post a comment."
of the posts are nothing more than grafitti.
Others are helpful comments, others are spam
with links to other sites, even some porno
Toolkit 6.1 Review
Upgrade Center has done a short
review on the MKS Toolkit 6.1. This
software brings you the power of the UNIX
command line within your Windows environment
Toolkit is a great tool. I find it
useful for script development and the
commands themselves. For people like myself
who are using both the GUI interface and
UNIX on a daily basis this is a great tool.
I'm constantly trying to type UNIX commands
in the GUI environment. I'd say the
best overall feature of this product is it's
came out with an
article explaining what-the-hell is the
first specification set to touch the PC
industry was actually the one to create it.
The decision to allow outside companies to
work with it's PC computer standard IBM
created what later turned out to become the
easily biggest and fastest developing
computer standard around. Back then the
requirements weren't much more different to
the ones we can see now, though very lesser.
I remember that companies used to advertise
their systems as being 100% IBM PC
compatible, something that always gives me
the laughs while browsing in early-eighties
computer magazines. Something even funnier
was that very few of these systems were
actually able to run all IBM PC programs
flawlessly, a thing that blessed us by
disappearing as IBM gradually lost most of
it's authority as a specifications
coordinator and creator in the early 90's,
with the emergence of Wintel as the strong
Steering Wheel Controller
two new articles over at Avault.
HandHeld Steering Wheel controller as an
Q&A on the most common and interesting
questions the guys received.
is one of the biggest providers of gaming
accessories, especially in the console
market, and you can always depend on them
regardless of what system you own. The
UltraRacer 64 is a hand-held steering wheel
for the Nintendo 64. The concept seems
simple enough, but the execution works
extremely well. One hand grasps the slick
little unit's base, while the other grips
the top-mounted mini steering wheel. A
trigger underneath is placed precisely where
your middle finger is and is used for
accelerating or braking. There are plenty of
buttons on top to correspond to all of the
normal N64 controller buttons, plus a slider
to put the controller in a mode for
navigating game menus. Due to its symmetric
design, it is easily handled by left or
right handed drivers.
Audio Immersion posted a review on the Creative
FPS2000 speakers. The guys gave it a 98%
rating. Pretty good stuff...but then again, I
prefer to get a decent AV system.
was on the same level as gaming. Playing
songs from No Doubt (New), Sarah McLachlan,
Orbital, Enigma, and other artist, I felt
that I covered the range of frequencies that
you should encounter. I didn't notice any
distortion of any kind playing at normal
listening levels, and even at louder levels,
distortion was at minimum. The speakers gave
a nice feel to the music, and didn't sound
muddy or shallow, they were warm and full
sounding. Definitely speakers you can sit in
front of for hours working on a paper.
(Note: The digital CD spdif on the Live!
made these speaker scream!) While testing, I
ran the speakers through the test CD (the
same one that Mark from 3DSS uses) and got
these babies down to 35hz, which is great
for the size of the sub, with no noticeable
Monitor v4.07 08:28
posted a review on Motherboard
Monitor v4.07. Right now, mine is showing
39 degrees Celsius and things are getting
kinda hot over here now. Surprisingly the file
is available for download from our Downloads
section as well.
for additional setups. Depending on the type
of motherboard you have MBM is capable of
monitoring CPU temperature as well as RT2
for Abit boards which typically is a
thermister probe that is affixed to the CPU
heatsink or any piece of hardware within the
case that the user chooses. This setting
adjustment is done via the
"System" tab in the MBM top menu
bar. As you can see from the picture bellow
after a few quick selections the MBM screen
is displaying our case temperature, etc.
posted a review on one of my favorite games, Delta
Force. Too bad the Voxel engine sucks by
today standards, or it can really blow your
the graphics are blocky I havenít figured
out yet, however why companies even bother
with them is known to me. Itís thanks to
the fact that you can create vast open
terrainís without using to much hardware.
For example, if this game had have used
standard techniques, it would have had to
have been either A: Fogged, meaning you
wouldnít have been able to see so far or
B: You would have needed a supercomputer to
be able to play without the fog. However
just because it uses Voxels doesnít always
mean itís an ugly game, in this game, if
you bump the resolution up high enough, (say
800*600) it looks very nice, however it lags
itself to death at this speed as soon as a
character comes up on screen. Now Novalogic
and some other companies are still using
Voxels in their games
Stealth Fighter 08:21
Stealth Fighter coolers for the Voodoo3
over at Voodoo3.net.
High speed and high quality fans, these
Stealths pack a powerful punch in cooling your
cooler came nicely packaged and included
easy to understand installation directions.
First off, I opened up my computer case and
took out the Voodoo3 3000. In
order for me to install the cooler, I had to
remove the heatsink that is already on the
V3 3000. That was pretty easy, but you
must be "gentle" with it. You have
to push the pins out from the backside of
the board. Then, you can just twist
the heatsink off. 3dfx has put on some
thermal tape to add a better adhesive
between the heatsink and chipset. For the
most part, the tape came off with the
heatsink, but there was still a bit of the
tape left on the chipset.
June 1999 - Sunday
Homefree Phoneline Review 19:08
the babes are hard at work and brought you
another two new reviews today. They are the Diamond
Homefree Phoneline kit as well as the
review on Rage's
want a home LAN, but you don't want to run
networking cable all over the house.
Fortunately, there are new networking
technologies that don't require cat5 or
coaxial cabling. Diamond Multimedia has
adopted two of these new technologies in its
Homefree line of alternative networking
products, Homefree Wireless and Homefree
Drivers for Non-Creative Cards 19:06
Prophecy sent note on getting the Creative
Unified Drivers 1.12 to work on
Non-Creative TNT/TNT2 cards. Ain't this cool?
Stealth Fighter 14:11
ComputingPros sent word of their latest
review on the TennMax V3 Stealth Fighter.
Got a Voodoo3? Better grab a good fan too! =)
ask that question because after I measured
the Fighter, it was amazing to see the
difference. The monitoring program measures
the Voodoo3 at 60/140F. What does this mean
for you? Well for those with good memory on
their Voodoo3, I'm positive you can reach a
stable 183 which is what the Voodoo3 3500 is
clocked at. Even with my crappy Siemens-board
equipped Voodoo3 I was able to get to 183,
albeit unstable due to memory problems.
a reduction of over 20 degrees fahrenheit,
this tiny mighty mouse of a heatsink/fan
truly reinforces the idea that it's quality
that matters, not quantity. That's also
something 3dfx will hopefully learn too.
On Trial: Developments 14:00
sorry wrong choice of word. It's not exactly a
development. Just more juices. =) The Register
has 2 more reports on the ongoing trial. First
on how the Win95
deals were cut to stifle OS/2, and second
irate at IBM's Lou Gerstner.
was evidently peeved that Gerstner had not
come to kowtow at his court during the
summer of 1995, despite several requests
from Microsoft that were orchestrated by
Kempin, who seemed to be taking on himself
the mantle of chief of protocol. IBM
suggested that a Thoman-Gates meeting as a
first step. Dean Dubinsky from IBM's
Kirkland, Washington office recorded current
sentiment in an email to Norris in November
1995: "Neither IBM or Microsoft is
satisfied with the current relationship as
it stands. Microsoft believes that IBM is
out to annihilate Microsoft, and this
perception, (reality), has made any
co-operation almost impossible. At a
minimum, Microsoft would like IBM to stop
'disparaging their products in
public'." Pepperman dwelt on this,
trying to suggest that this was Dubinsky's
belief, rather than a report of what
Dubinsky had found out from Microsoft. Judge
Jackson called 'time' and told Pepperman he
thought he had "exhausted that line of
Ultra TNT2 13:48
Extreme did the Creative
Ultra TNT2 today. Apparently, they'd
received a bad part which does not overclock
very well. If you haven't the tendency to run
things beyond their defined limits, the
Creative could be a worthwhile choice.
heard the expression that "less is
more"? Well we really wish we could
tell you that in the 3D Blaster UltraTNT2's
case that less 'was' indeed more. But with a
board priced at $30 more than the rebated
price of Guillemot's MAXI Gamer Xentor
UltraTNT2, which comes with DVD software and
a games bundle, there's really little reason
to recommend it. Well, we've given you the
facts and the choice is still yours. Or, for
a little more money, you could go for
Dynamite UltraTNT2 from Hercules, which
overclocks extremely well. Whilst it may not
be the world's greatest UltraTNT2 'package'
we'll gladly remind you that Creative's
board is utilizing superb 2D/3D architecture
from NVIDIA. The benchmarks (when stable)
were very impressive and compared well to
all other UltraTNT2 parts that we've tested
at the default speed.
You Wait For The K7? 13:36
you haven't asked that question before, PC
World has today. I'm just waiting for AMD
to deliver on their promise and give Intel a
real wallop for once! So much potential from
them, but Intel still stands strong. Bring on
the competition again!
the K7 design looks pretty solid,"
Gwennap adds. AMD plans to hit the 1-GHz
plateau in 2000. At a dinner sponsored by
MicroDesign Resources on Thursday night,
AMD's vice president for engineering, Dirk
Meyer, discussed the K7 development process
and offered a technical review.
to those in attendance, Meyer claimed that
K7 chips deliver approximately 40 percent
better performance than PIIIs running at
equivalent clock speeds, as measured on the
who heard him say Meyer reports that the
K7-550 ranges between 106 and 146 percent
faster than a 550-MHz PIII Xeon in the
the issue is whether AMD can build it in any
kind of volume," Gwennap says. Once AMD
starts manufacturing on 0.18-micron
architecture, it can dramatically accelerate
K7 production, Gwennap says.
NV10 Preview 13:33
put up a short preview of nVidia's next killer
chip, the NV10 - the successor to the popular
TNT2. Check out the new specs:
graphics processor is expected to deliver
approximately four times the graphical
performance of the TnT-2. It will bring a
new level of realism to computer generated
images by integrating acceleration for
hardware transformation and lighting
Pages Of Viper 770 Ultra Goodness 13:27
pages on the Diamond Viper 770 Ultra? Yes,
review on the Diamond's flagship product.
Scoring about 40fps for Kingpin and Crusher
benchmarks at 1024x768 32-bit colour, this is
really impressive stuff.
was very impressed with the Viper V770
Ultra, especially with the increased
performance it provides over the Viper V550
in both 16-bit and 32-bit color. All
benchmarks ran without problems even at an
overclocked speed of 175MHz core and 200MHz
Diamond's InControl Tools 99 are a step in
the right direction in the area of
performance tweaking, although the
combination of NVIDIA's reference drivers
and Powerstrip offer more features.
The catch is that to take advantage of
InControl Tools 99, you have to use Diamonds
Those of you in the market to purchase a new
Pentium III based system should consider the
Viper V770 Ultra. I would expect
Pentium III processors to provide and
additional 10-15% increase in performance
over the Pentium II-450 I tested with.
BIOs Adds 1/4 Divider 133Mhz FSB 13:15
sent word that the new Abit BX6-2 KU BIOs
available (only) on the FTP
site added the 1/4 divider to the 133Mhz
FSB setting. Those of you with PC133 SDRAMs
may be interested to try this out? Thanks
June 1999 - Saturday
Response To 3dfx's Suit 18:05
has captured Creative's
response to 3dfx's lawsuit and here's the
gists of it.
tell us how Creative Labs feels about this
lawsuit, and does 3dfx even have a case
is baseless and they have no case. John
added and explained, that the wrapper's code
is completly different than 3dfx's and their
is no copyright infringement issues
do you feel 3dfx has gone through with this
lawsuit, even though, by the look of it,
they have no chance to actually win?
to shore up their marketing campaign (and
perhaps stock price) now that they are being
faced with more advanced technology from
Virus Continues Devastation 18:00
heard about the Worm.ExplorerZip virus
yesterday. Today, there are reports of its trail
of destruction. Listen to this:
major international advertising agency,
Minneapolis, said it had been basically shut
down for two days after receiving the virus
from a client.
Thursday, 14,000 files were wiped out, said
Guy Martin, head of new media at
Minneapolis's London office. Through help
from one of its major clients -- Microsoft
-- and a team effort from sister companies,
Martin said the company managed to eradicate
the worm by the end of Thursday. However,
the company was reinfected Friday morning,
bringing systems down again for most of the
said the agency's IT systems were
"struck to death" after the virus
spread with dramatic speed throughout its
partner network. Affiliated media planning
and buying companies were also infected
along with Microsoft, he said.
their systems around the world have got
it," he said of the Redmond,
Wash.-based software company.
Erazor III Extreme Review 17:08
new stuffs over at FiringSquad.
Erazor III Extreme review as well as the
in point: The Elsa Erazor III. Granted, the
Erazor III is no slouch at speed. Based on
the TNT2 (non-Ultra), but with 32MB of RAM,
this card is ready to perform in 2D and 3D.
Adhering to nVidia reference specs, it comes
at the default TNT2 clock speeds of 125MHz
core speed, and 150MHz memory speed. It is
based on 32MB of 7ns RAM - a bit on the slow
side. While there is room for improvement on
the clock speed side, a little tweaking
might work some minor wonders.
with Cooling 17:07
missed this out. HardwareCentral
also has an article on Fooling
with Cooling. Right over there, they did
some reviews on heatsinks and explained to you
all the magic about'em.
do you recognize a good heatsink from a poor
one, and more importantly what makes a
heatsink work. Is it the material used, the
way it is built, or simply how powerful its
fans are? These questions come around quite
often, I get numerous mails on a regular
basis from people asking if they should
spend that extra cash on a heatsink made out
of some special silver alloy or even copper.
Is there any performance gain if your
heatsink is made out of copper? Does this
really affect performance that much? Iíll
try to shed a different light on things and
give you the lowdown on how to recognize a
good heatsink from a poor one. Iíll also
throw in a review of some of the most used
Pentium II / Pentium III / Celeron Slot 1
and Slot 370 / Socket 7 heatsinks as well
and suggest which one is the best available
at the moment.
Stylus 900 13:13
Stylus 900 Professional printer review
over at AnandTech.
Pretty high performance with 12 ppm black and
10 ppm color. That's a far cry from my good
old Stylus Color capable of god-knows-how-fast
pages per minute.
technology in these printers has been
evolving over the years, and Epson has been
neck and neck with the best of them. Unlike
many other manufacturers that use a thermal
printing method, Epson uses their own
technology, termed "Micro Piezo".
"Micro Piezo" technology uses
electronic impulses to force the ink through
the print head onto the paper, resulting in
crisp dots that form sharper images and
text. Now, how is this different than most
of the other manufacturers'?. Well most of
the others use the thermal method, which
means boiling the ink and then forcing it
through the print head, resulting in some
stray bits of ink or
"splattering". The image below
depicts the difference between the two
Super Slot Cooler 11:40
over at BxBoards
they have a new review on the 3dCool
Super Slot Cooler. Talking about mine, I
think I'm gonna stick The Vacuum <tm>
into it and suck all the juice (err...dust)
out of it. Getting kinda dirty recently.
Cooler is fitted into the case as if you
were fitting an ISA or PCI card. Screw in
the bracket, connect up the power supply
(which uses a pass through cable so you can
power a hard drive and the cooler from one
socket) and away you go. It really is that
simple and is no more than a 2 minute job at
with the hottest video cards I could lay my
hands on, which a TNT-1 and i740 based card
winning the dubious honour. The Creative
Labs TNT Blaster, with its passive heatsink
and 0.35 die size, throws out heat like its
going out of fashion! I let the test system
run for 1 hour with the cooler, and 1 hour
without. Prime95 was run for to ensure 100%
CPU utilization in the test system. After 1
hour, 3dMark was looped 10 times to ensure
the video card also pumped out heat.
MSI-6163 Slot-1 11:31
reviewed the Microstar
MSI-6163 Slot-1 motherboard. Nothing to
say on the board, except that it's pretty good
6163 should be very reminiscent of the ABIT
BH6 in terms of its layout. The actual
footprint of the motherboard is the same as
the ASUS P2B and the ABIT BH6, and does
provide for the now commonplace 5/2/1 (PCI/ISA/AGP)
expansion slot configuration. The
three DIMM slots that populate the board are
missing a fourth cousin as to keep the costs
of the 6163 manageable in order to meet the
target market for a board of this class.
The SC242 interface (Slot-1) is bordered by
a relatively cheap built-in Pentium II
retention bracket, however it will accept a
SECC2 (P3) or SEPP (Celeron) CPU with a bit
Optical Digital I/O 11:29
new stuffs over at AGN
Hardware. The guys have a review on the Creative
Encore 6X DVD kit as well as the Creative
Optical Digital I/O kit.
doing my last review of the Encore 5X kits,
I was attacked with email after email about
the problems that people were having with
that kit. It seems that the DXr2 hardware
decoder card had lived past its limit and
people were complaining about the cards
image quality and more. After figuring out
that they had outlived the life of the DXr2,
Creative moved up to the DXr3. Word on the
street is the DXr3 is nothing but a
Realmagic Hollywood Plus, something that I
found to be true. But then again is it bad
to use one of the most popular hardware DVD
decoder cards on the market with your own
SY-6IBM 440BX 11:28
reviewed another motherboard, the Soyo
SY-6IBM 440BX which includes onboard 2D/3D
ATI Rage 128 as well as a 3D audio sound chip
obviously realized this when they designed
the SY-6IBM, as they chose the Rage128VR
video accelerator to propel the graphics
system of the board. We've reviewed the
Rage128 family of products at length the
past six months and have found them to offer
strong performance at a good price. In fact,
the Rage128VR that's equipped on the SY-6IBM
fares well when compared to other stand
alone mainstream video accelerators like the
nVidia TNT or S3 Savage3D.
Abit Bios 11:26
kindly sent note on new BX6-2/BH6 BIOS hitting
Abit FTP site. Gee, you know, my
friend just suffered a BIOS failure recently and let me
tell you, it's a pain-in-the-ass trying to
find a shop to reflash the BIOS for you.
Enhancement for V3 11:23
did a review on the Slipstream
Enhancement for V3. This thing looks good
and they were able to overclock the V3 to 200
slipstream enhancement pack is a simple
device designed to cool your graphics card
much better then any other fan/heatsink
combo currently on the market. Instead of
just making a good fan/heatsink, they also
send along custom drivers for whatever video
card you own, in this case the Voodoo3 3000.
The drivers make overclocking the cards much
Zero Interview 11:21
just finished their Slave
Zero Interview with Accolate/Infogrames'
Slave Zero Producer, Matt Powers. Hmm, all
these games are keeping me away from updating
the site. Duh!
What 3D positional sound API have you
decided to use, EAX, A3D, DirectSound3D? And
We support all three of the API's that you
mentioned. We have worked closely with
Creative Labs and Aureal on supporting EAX
and A3D. We also support DirectSound3D for
those gamers that don't have the Creative
Labs or Aureal hardware. Our goal is to
support as much available hardware as
possible, so every consumer will get a great
game experience (audio and visual).
Mhz Celeron vs 1GHz Pentium III 11:18
sent note on some supercooling
benchmarks on the 633 Mhz Celeron vs the 1
Ghz Pentium III. Come on, tell me how fast
this baby cracks RC5!
we really took it to the extreme with all
the supercooling stuff these last couple of
days, but many of you might have asked
yourselves the question whether or not you
will really gain that much performance from
a supercooled CPU. Iíll try to shed some
light on all that supercooling stuff and
give you the lowdown on a 633 MHz Celeron
vs. a 1GHz Pentium III, so you know what you
can expect when you decide to overclock your
CPU using a supercooler.
Sued Creative Over Unified 08:57
don't need to be a prophet to know that this
was coming. 3dfx filed for copyright
infringement and breach of contract against
Creative Labs. Have a look at the press
Interactiveģ Inc. (Nasdaq: TDFX
today announced that it has filed suit
against Creative Labs, Inc. and Creative
Technology, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF
in the Federal Court for the Northern
District of California. The suit asserts
claims for copyright infringement and breach
of contract. 3dfx claims that Creative
breached a licensing agreement and infringed
3dfx copyrights by incorporating 3dfx Glideģ
source code into Unified, its recently
announced technology designed to run
``Glide-only'' software titles on Creative
TNT and TNT2-based graphics accelerator
products. The license agreement prohibits
the use and modification of any 3dfx source
code to operate with non-3dfx acceleration
technology. 3dfx also asserted a claim
against Creative Technology for unpaid
amounts owed for 3dfx products.
interesting sideline: Creative just released a
new beta of its Unified drivers for the TNT
& TNT2. =) Grab
Accoustics Media Theater 3 Piece 08:49
HardwarePros sent mail about their new
review on the Boston
Accoustics Media Theater 3 Piece speaker
system. Looking for other alternatives to the
Cambridge SoundWorks speakers? This system has
a built-in Dolby Pro Logic decoder.
first thing I want to talk about is the
Dolby Pro Logic/Dolby Virtual Surround Test.
As I mentioned before, I turned the
subwoofer volume all the way done to
initiate the test mode. The sound
started playing from the left, then center,
then right and then rear. I was
absolutely amazed at how perfect the center
channel sounded. It honestly felt like
the sound was coming from my monitor when it
was playing the center channel. The
rear channel sounded ok, it definitely felt
like it was coming from somewhere else other
than the front speakers but not truly behind
you. As you can imagine, its pretty
hard to really hear sound from behind you
when there are no speakers there. Overall, I
was extremely impressed with this sets
ability to do surround sound, especially
since it only has 2 satellites!
off the bat, I must tell you that the
quality of the sound these speakers produce
is amazing!!! These speakers easily
outdo any other speakers I've had the
opportunity to listen to!
Microsoft <The Glass Maker> 02:20
this! Can't avoid my daily three doses
from my newly found favourite site - osOpinion.
There isn't a short snip, you must not miss
any part of it. Simply hilarious!
day a young punk, a vandal, passes by and
heaves a huge brick right through the
baker's display window, smashing it to bits.
The vandal runs away and is never found.
the sound of glass breaking draws a crowd.
The baker has come out of the store and is
complaining to the town sheriff. "He
broke my big glass window. That's going to
cost me $200!! Who will pay for it? Can't
you try to catch that little twerp and make
sheriff, a relaxed and slow-witted fellow,
tries to find a way out. He doesn't like
work; he just prefers to sit back in his
chair and have his deputies pick up drunks.
Meanwhile, some smart alec in the crowd
pipes up: "Hey, Mr. Baker, don't worry.
That young man has done a good deed! Now
there's $200 more business for the glass
maker down the street!"
the crowd busts out in laughter, and the
sheriff slowly ambles down the street. Then
another voice chimes in, "You know, the
fellow's got a point there. Why, Mr. Glass
will be able to hire another helper now.
This is really going to get the economy
going!" Others in the crowd murmur
their approval. A few brave souls even begin
to call the vandal a hero, and they hope he
sneaks back into town and throws a few more
bricks so the economy will really get
moving. Visions of progress and prosperity
begin filling the little town, and over the
next few weeks, windows all over town begin
to be smashed. Soon the glassmaker hires all
the small boys in town and begins teaching
them the glassmaking trade.
VR-100 LCD 3D Glasses 01:55
sent word of a new
review at Dan's
Data on the Asus VR-100 LCD 3D Glasses.
The verdict in short: It SUCKED.
of this pain pretty much cancels out the joy
of such a cheap 3D solution. If you paid
hundreds and hundreds of dollars for the
VR-100 setup you'd be justified in marching
on the ASUS headquarters with torches and
pitchforks, demanding the head of the
programmer responsible. As it stands, most
buyers will probably just shrug and figure
that you get what you pay for.
I refrain from my usual coughs this time in
the morning. Now listening in to the Ego Trip
on 98.7FM and all the usual farnie crapola.
Well, swapped a new motherboard into my system
couple of hours ago... not without giving the
contents of my tower a good 'overhaul'. Shoved
a vacuum cleaner to wipe out the dust that's
collected over the months. Feels good!
June 1999 - Friday
Meltdown '99 Report
Hardware also posted their coverage
of Microsoft's annual conference. Since you've
heard the juice from S3 just now, here's some
of all, DirectX 7 has been optimized as
expected, and now offers a 20-50%
performance increase over DirectX 6. One
interesting point about DirectX 7 is that it
was designed to be a "clean break"
from DirectX 6, since it uses no of the
older DX6 interfaces. While DirectX 7 will
support all legacy DirectX 6 interfaces, for
the developer to use any of the new DX7
features (T&L, Cube Mapping, Vertex
SkinningÖ), old DX6 interfaces will have
to be scrapped for the new design.
Gamer Xentor 18:42
posted a review on the Maxi
Gamer Xentor Riva TNT2 graphics card. The
guys seem to like this card a lot, giving it a
9.5/10 rating. Check out their 9 pages review
they added on an on-board fan, the card
would be a lot more appealing I
believe. That way people that
would like to overclock their card can.
As for the drivers that came with the card,
they were pretty much the generic NVIDIA
drivers, with some changed graphics. A
feature that I would have liked would be
some kind of slider to let me change the
clock of the card. Although, since
Guillemot did not need to really mess around
with the drivers, it is saving the user
money since the money to develop new
features like that would come out of the
pockets of those purchasing the card.
another installation of the 3D
Guide over at FiringSquad.
Along with that, the guys also posted a
preview/interview of Eidos' upcoming 3D RPG, Revenant.
the triangle setup engine takes the load off
the CPU, why don't you get the same 3D frame
rates on my p200mmx as your p3 500? Well,
the CPU still has to perform transform and
lighting tasks, but future 3D accelerators
are also going to move T&L onto the
video card. Nvidia's upcoming NV10 chip is
going to feature onboard T&L, and you
can expect that any other competitive next-gen
products (3dfx and s3) will as well, on top
of other performance-enhancing features.
debate over at Gamewire
where the guys are arguing on Patches.
Yup, those patches where you will eagerly
download everytime they are out.
gamers know this by now, that every game
that comes out right now, will have some
patch to update it, some patch to fix a bug
or a crash, some bug to fix something that
was passed over through the beta stages.
This is coming from a disgusted gamer, about
how patches donít cut it, and how games
should be done. Its simple, really.
off, any game that takes its time in
production, should do well, being that it is
an interesting concept that is fresh, and
consumers eat it. If it doesnít do well,
it means one thing, they werenít
Riva TNT2 Ultra 18:23
just finished their staggering 12 pages review
on the nVidia Riva TNT2 Ultra card. Catch all
the glory of the TNT2 and read how they
compare it against the Voodoo3
this review, we won't be talking much about
other video cards except the TNT2 Ultra, and
the Voodoo3 3000. The Voodoo3 3500 isn't
currently on the market, so we get the
luxury (probably in nVIDIA's favor) of not
benchmarking the Voodoo3 3500. The reason we
will not be benchmarking any other video
cards is not due to time restraints but due
to the lack of requiring them. The TNT2 and
the Voodoo3 are by far the fastest video
cards on retail shelves right now. Of course
other video cards are planned to be this
fast, but they aren't out yet, so we just
don't care. We review current technology,
not future technology.
Digital Approach To Black & White 11:28
out the portfolio
of Ron Harris over at the Digital
Darkroom. Down here, he described the
entire process of getting the final print of
picturesque images onto paper - oh yes, in
traditional black and white.
may be surprised to learn that superior
black-and-white prints result from
printing black-and-white as
"color" images. If
"monochrome" is chosen in the
printer driver, only the black ink
cartridge gets used. Shades of gray are
achieved by spacing the black dots printed
on the paper, resulting in
empty space in the printed image. If
"color" is chosen, all six
inks are used, essentially filling the
print with colored dots. These
overlapping does generate the subtle
shades of gray necessary for a fine
print, and generate more detail in the
image. Epson printers are capable of
producing very round dots, particularly
on their glossy and film papers, which
results in superior prints.
Melissa-like Worm Virus Outbreak 11:17
has a new
report of a new Melissa-like virus that's
spreading across the Internet. Tentatively named
"Worm.Explorer.Zip", this virus is
pretty malicious and this is the message
delivered by the virus to your mailbox. Better
be on the alert!
[Name] ! I received your email and I shall
send you a reply ASAP. Till then, take a look
at the attached zipped docs. bye."
message comes along with a zip file named
Zip_files.exe, which if activated, will show a
fake error message to the user. An executable
file will then alter the Win.ini file,
instructing the client to run an explorer.exe
file which is delivered by the virus in place
of the standard operating system when the user
reboots. The worm then searches the local file
drive for the following file types and deletes
them: .c, .cpp, .asm, .doc, .sls, and .ptp,
thereby deleting Microsoft Word, Excel, and
it will do is it will search through the C
through Z drives and select randomly a set of
files of varying extensions, and then it will
zero out or kill the contents of an arbitrary
extension of those files"
guys over at AbsolutePC
got their hands on the Creative FPS2000
4-pt surround speakers. Hey, does this
thing come in WHITE?
that you have everything out of the box, you
set the bass level on the sub and stick it
under your desk like I said before. Next,
get each of the four cubes and attach the
cables to them and the subwoofer. Pull off
the cover over the wire and attach it to the
corresponding connection point (red to red
and black to black). Put the stand on,
threading the cable through the little hole
for it in the back of the stand. Be sure to
use the five-meter cable for the rear and
the 3 for the front, or you will likely run
into problems when you get to positioning
2000 Release Date 09:18
there's an article on the release date of Windows
2000. Set for worldwide release on October
6, I guess it's time to assemble one of those
dual Celeron rigs soon. :)
has pencilled in Oct. 6 as the day it will
launch Windows 2000. Although the date is
not absolutely definite, Microsoft said it
was confident enough with the development of
the operating system's Beta 3 that this
wouldbe the launch date. This also should be
preceded by a release of Windows 2000
Release Candidate 1 in the first week of
MeltDown99 Seattle 09:15
Extreme did a coverage on Microsoft
MeltDown99. MeltDown99 is the event where
software and hardware developers meet together
to thrash out their ideas. Some of their juice
a nutshell what this does is allow for a
much larger texture to be placed on a
smaller space. This is cool because it means
you can have beautifully textured scenes
without having to take the huge performance
hit of the higher resolutions. So for
instance you could play Q3 @ 640x480 and it
still looks great like in 1280x1024, and
believe me it does. Chipsets like the
Savage4 can handle huge textures like
2048x2048 and it's allowing the use of
photographic quality goodies! So instead of
a cheesy "wood grain" texture some
guy spent 20 minutes making with photoshop
and looks like the inside of a double-wide,
they can use a real picture of wood.
3D Revelator Glasses 09:10
just sent note on their review on the Elsa
3D Revelator Glasses and mind you, this is
the infrared version.
downside is all about hardware. First is the
troublesome issue of compatibility. You need
to have one of the listed Elsa graphics
accelerator cards to use these glasses. This
is great news to those who already have one
of those cards, and unpleasant hearing for
everybody else, since the choice of
available Elsa graphics cards currently is
in conflict with most peopleís preferred
high-end upgrade path of a Voodoo 3500 or an
Ultra TNT2. (Though there is a possibility
of Elsa bringing out an Ultra TNT2 card
somewhere along the line, which would
seriously change the outlook on the
Revelator glasses.) Thereís also the
probability that not all up-to-date games
will deliver good performance with some of
the older Elsa cards available for the
Revelator glasses. A comparatively minor
issue is that you need a good monitor- if
you already have one, thatís not a
problem, but if it canít handle a refresh
rate of at least 100MHz at the resolution
you want to play at, then you have a
Coughs About Palm Overclocking 02:06
a whole bunch of emails from many many people
since posting the overclocking report some 22
hours ago. Thanks for all the support,
feedback, comments and inputs. If need be, I
will try to write a short addendum (that is if
I've the time). Palm
Overclocking - Empowering the Palm, empowering
a little hooked onto osOpinion
lately. Here's another hilarious
editorial found on the site. The author
has penned down and expressed some of my
thoughts and frustrations in his writing.
must the user do the
"housekeeping", e.g., file
organizing, defragging, partitioning, empty
the waste basket, deleting old temp and log
files, duplicate files, perform disk
error-checking? I don't want to think about
these things. They are really mundane.
are too many prompts; can the OS not watch
our answers and learn to profile the user?
Give the expected response once a degree of
certainty is reached? I don't mean I want
the computer to compose all of my e-mail for
me; I am thinking on a more basic level.
E.g., how many times have I answered Yes
To All in Windows 98 when copying or
deleting files, yet still it asks me again,
IE370 Motherboard 01:52
posted a review
on the Iwill IE370 mobo which has an
integrated A3D audio chip. Need a good
socket-370 board? Take a peek at this review
for you that wants to run your computer at
the speed that it's intended to run at so is
this motherboard a really good buy with the
integrated Aureal A3D sound chip. The
motherboard is also extremely easy to
install and I havenít had any problems at
all with it so if you want to go for a
really stable board, you should go for this
June 1999 - Thursday
Atlas IV 23:01
another Quantum hard drive review over at Storagereview.
IV is a 7200 rpm SCSI drive running on the
Ultra160/m SCSI interface and comes with a
whopping 18.2 GB of space.
it's 10k rpm brother, the Atlas
10k, the Atlas IV is an Ultra160/m SCSI
unit. Though supposedly backwards-compatible
with "legacy" SCSI host adapters,
featuring an Adaptec 2940U2W SCSI host
adapter, required "hard
termination" via a jumper shunt on the
board itself. No LVD Ultra2 SCSI drive,
including the Atlas III, ever required such termination
to operate reliably.
Cooler Review 21:21
check out HardOCP
review on the Tennmax SECC2 cooler. Lots of
pics on this baby and you can see the new High
Rise Cooling fin modules as well.
badboy was extremely easy to put together
and held very sturdy once it was mounted.
I had my doubts at first but the dang thing
really proved itself. Pretty soon I
had my PIII 450 up and running at 558
(4.5x124) and it seems pretty stable.
The P3TF was pulling all kinds of heat off
Pirates. A Long Story 20:53
has a very long feature article
about software/game pirates. Yes, so before
you all subscribe to the immoral practice of
supporting those tattooed pirates (at SLS?!) -
read & repent! ;) Here's a good snip to
remind us of the good 'ol days:
first, copy protection schemes were
relatively simple - typing in a number or
word that appeared somewhere in the manual,
for instance. But all it took to get past
that hurdle was making photocopies of the
manual, a step that actually made it even
easier for people to play an illegally
copied game since they now had instructions
to go along with their pirated game.
ushered in a period where copy protection
schemes grew so complex - forcing consumers
to align bizarre symbols on coded wheels,
pore over charts with black type on a red
background that were impossible to photocopy
(and nearly impossible to read), slide cards
under colored gels.
I'm A Net Addict! 20:47
speak for myself and the rest of you reading
this page. Ha! Check this worrisome
editorial on osOpinion.
Are you an addict yet? No?!! Resistance is
realization came to me after analyzing my
own Internet behavior. I am what many might
affectionately deem "a completely
waking up in the middle of the night to use
the bathroom, I'm always compelled to check
to see that my connection hadn't dropped.
Constant network activity is somewhat of a
soothing reassuring feeling. I can't explain
it, but I've heard that this is not
necessarily an uncommon behavior for net
others hobbies and interests might include
baseball, fishing or horseback riding, mine
fall more along the lines of IRC WWW and
e-mail is a piece of art, and a net addict's
dream. I have each piece of mail categorized
and sorted by sender, pen name, web e-mail,
IRC e-mail, Usenet mail, and several others
of which would be to long a list to mention
here without boring you.
To Come On 28 June at 600Mhz? 20:40
Register had it from their sources
that AMD will launched it's K7 this 28 June at
a speed of 600Mhz. Here's some juices:
said that AMD will formally introduce its K7
processor on the 28th of June and will have
one processor running at 600MHz. There will
also be 500MHz and 550MHz flavours, as
Processors will ship to system integrators
on the 3rd of August. In the first two weeks
of August, there will be volume shipments of
the product, and at introduction time, AMD
will also have tier one vendors demoing
machines based on the K7.
1.16 To The Rescue 20:27
Thanks to a pal who sent me this URL.
Yes, go ahead and read
what it's about. You must have thought you're
very good at covering the traces of Internet
sites you've visited? It's high time you think
are that you have frequented several web
locations maybe checking your stocks, or
maybe doing some online banking. You are
confident that you cleaned out your history
files and dumped any sign of surfing the
That is if you are using Microsoft Internet
Explorer 3.0X for Windows 95 or Windows NT,
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0X for Windows
9X and possibly Windows NT, as a result
hereof also Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.0 and
greater, Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft
Windows NT 4.0 (all SP). It is also reported
using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0Ŗ. You
watch as the MS person slips a disk in your
computer and recalls all of your visited
sites. At this point you are just
dumbfounded because you are pretty good with
the computer and you are wondering how this
could have happened.
Why & How CE Will Save Microsoft 20:21
has gotten a little more worth reading. It now
stays in my inbox for more than 5 mins. The story
today, Jesse Berst shares his opinion on when,
why and how WinCE will actually save
Microsoft's butt. Yeah, read on to find out!
years ago I was talking with Bill Gates, and
even then he had a clear vision of what
handheld computing would entail.
Windows CE has drawn a lot of criticism and
is underdog of the Windows family. But
Microsoft is hardly a Johnny-come-lately to
the wireless space. Wireless has been and
will continue to be a major initiative --
and I believe Win CE will save Microsoft's
collective butt in this space.
GXB-M Dual Slot-2 Xeon 19:18
not for the weak hearted. Anand
reviewed the Epox
GXB-M Dual Slot-2 Xeon motherboard as well
as the Epox
S2C Slot-1 to Slot-2 Adapter.
Extended ATX form factor of the GXB-M is
essentially a requirement of the Intel Xeon
processor, the space required for a single
SC330 (Slot-2) interface is noticeably
larger than that of a SC242 (Slot-1)
interface, not only that, but you aren't
taking into consideration the extra
capacitors and resistors that such a design
calls for over the good ol' Slot-1 interface
of the Pentium II/III and Celeron
processors. Because of that, the GXB-M,
as well as all other Xeon boards are only
available in an Extended ATX form factor.
The board is equipped with the same 5/2/1
expansion slot configuration that make the
old BXB-S stand out among the more
conventional 4/3/1 designs of previous
30GB Digital Drive 19:12
is for people with lots of porn on their hard
Hardware whipped up a review on the Onstream
30GB Digital drive which is capable of
backing up to 30GB of compressed data in a
single cartridge. This baby is also able to
dump 45 MB of data every minute. This is fast!
main reason to get the Onstream drive is so
that you can backup all of your data in case
of an accident, drive failure or if your
wife throws the computer out the window. Ok,
so maybe the wife throwing your computer out
the window may be too much, but it is nice
to know that your data is secure.
internal IDE version of the drive that I was
sent for testing has 30GB of data storage,
giving me enough space to backup several
different hard drives of data. The included
Echo software is very easy to use and
provides backup scheduling and more that
even a monkey without training could manage
to perform. One of my favorite features of
the software is the ability to backup a
network drive by mapping the drive into the
Echo software. You can also schedule backup
times so that every night when you sleep it
backs up the system to keep your data in
3D Revelator 19:10
niffy review on the Elsa
3D Revelator glasses. Will you get
nauseous putting on these glasses?
glasses have a unique way of plugging into
the video card also. Unlike the Asus glasses
which plugged directly onto a video out port
on the card, Elsa designed a splitter cable
that connects to the video card and has two
ends. On end connects to your monitor and
the other to your glasses. I also noticed
that the Revelator's shutter mechanism
doesn't activate until you activate it
through software and start your game. ASUS's
on the other hand are ON as soon as you plug
2000 Riva TNT2 Drivers 19:08
Gaming Palace sent note on the new Riva
TNT2 drivers posted by AOpen for Windows 2000.
You can get'em from
Dynamite TNT2 Review 19:05
fiery boys over at FiringSquad
put up a review on the smokin' Hercules
Dynamite TNT2 card. By the way, this one
is clocked at 145/170.
Dynamite Ultra TNT2 card by Hercules was one
that we were impressed with, due largely in
part to its high clock speed and
overclockability. What about those of us who
don't need the extra RAM, or don't care
about a TV-out? Not everybody has a cool
$200+ to spend. What are the options? Well,
Hercules has exclusively given us the little
brother of its Dynamite Ultra card, which
would be the "vanilla" version of
the TNT2 card. Believe us, there's nothing
plain about this card!
Full Frontal Assault On Microsoft 15:54
Well, something like that. osOpinion
has an excellent
editorial about IBM's latest strategy to
knock Microsoft off its pedestal - and keep it
off. A good read!
the whole picture is still somewhat fuzzy
(this is probably a testament to IBM's new
found strategic skillset brought on by
Gerstner), it is becoming clearer by the
day. IBM wants to knock Microsoft off its
pedestal - and keep it off.
those of us old enough to remember, IBM used
to rule the computing world, and Microsoft
was just another bit player. But those roles
changed in the late 1980's and early 1990's,
when Microsoft pissed off IBM a little too
much. First they split with IBM on OS/2 -
you might say Microsoft stabbed IBM in the
back. Microsoft then threatened
IBM's rates on Microsoft products, quadrupling
the rates IBM had to pay in order to resell
Windows from $40 to $220 million per year.
Needless to say, IBM has been itching to get
Microsoft back ever since.
To License Creative's EAX 15:48
has got a scoop
of Microsoft's announcement to license
Creative's Environmental Audio eXtensions.
Another win for Creative?
today announced a licensing agreement with
Creative Technology Ltd. for a number of
recording-studio-quality audio effects found
in Creative's Environmental Audio Extensions
(EAX), an application programming interface
(API) used to add environmental sound
effects to 3-D games. The licensed effects
include flange, chorus, EQ and environmental
plans to incorporate these EAX effects into
its next version of the Microsoft DirectX
API, the multimedia technology behind the
Windows operating system. Creative's EAX API
is a popular environmental audio standard
among developers and is supported in more
than 50 PC games currently shipping.
Combining EAX technology from Creative with
applications written to the Microsoft
DirectSound and Microsoft DirectMusic APIs
will allow developers to take audio to a new
level of realism in multimedia applications,
encouraging the proliferation of
high-quality PC audio.
to be an expert on the topic of texturing?
Err... better finish your high-school first!
Check out Beyond3D's
latest in-depth discussion about texturing.
the advancements in 3D rendering there have
come a lot of new effects like bump-mapping,
anisotropic filtering, and others which most
cards will support. There is a difference
though, between the two main cards which are
sure to dominate. Voodoo3 and TNT2 fans have
been debating the merits of the 16/22 VS
24/32 bit output, and the support for
256*256 VS 2048*2048 large textures.
been thinking a lot about the last
discussion, and I wanted to see with my own
eyes what the difference was between 256*256
and 2048*2048, and what S3TC (S3 Texture
Compression) and Vector Quantization Texture
Compression were. To test these things, I
used Quake III Arena as a reference point. I
have had the test running here for a while
now (Linux) and Iím sure many of you are
now playing the Windows version. Quake III
Arena (Q3A) uses textures up to 512*512*24.
Dynamite TNT2 15:33
has a review
on the Hercules Dynamite TNT2 card. I'll love
to get my hands on one of these TNT2 cards
soon, more specifically the Ultra versions. =)
of the other manufacturers spoke of shipping
their TNT/2 cards at any of a wild variety
of speeds over Nvidia's specifications, but ONLY
Hercules has kept all of their high speed
promises. Although they allow for
overclocking within their drivers, they
shipped either at Nvidia default speeds, or
lower than their original claims. This was
sad as far as I am concerned.
you are a gamer on a budget, I would have to
seriously consider this card. Without some
overriding reason to need 32mb of memory,
this card is the ticket. The only areas that
32mb really makes a difference is handling
large texture amounts, and triple buffering
at higher resolutions. Even as fast as this
card or any other of this generation is,
resolutions over 1024x768 still are not
quite "great" for play unless you
are running the fastest of processors.
1024x768 and under, I don't think the
difference in 16mb vs 32mb is noticeable in
too many games. The only other things this
card is lacking is TV out, and a game
bundle. To me, the TV out rarely has gotten
used on the cards that did have it. Game
bundles have always been questionable as
well. If by chance a game in the bundle
interest you then great, but often they are
titles that either you already own, or don't
Best CPU For Your Software: Part 1 15:25
often are we blinded simply by the thirst for
power? I mean, thirst for raw CPU power? Often
enough, we need nothing more than a general
use Pentium machine to run our word
processors... while some required tremendous
speeds for their 3D modelling work. Ace's
Hardware posted a first parter of their article
to recommend just the right CPU for your
you read CPU reviews on the internet, it may
seem that PC's are nothing more then
expensive play consoles: most reviews show
quickly a winstone or two and then they
elaborate on pages and pages about the 3D-
game performance. This is quite normal, as
the desktop CPU industry is driven by the
development of new, more demanding games.
Without those new performance gobbling
softies, a lot of PC enthusiasts would not
feel the need to upgrade their PCs at home.
professional users can not select their CPU
based upon their needs; it is decided above
their heads (and let me tell you those
decisions are not always token with great
care, I have seen a lot of people struggle
with a Pentium MMX and 32 MB running Office
97 on Windows NT 4).
SR440BX Mobo Review 15:17
pals at iXBT
Hardware reviewed the Intel
SR440BX Mobo that sports integrated
RivaTNT graphics and SoundBlaster PCI64 audio.
it looks as if Intel SR440BX were the best
mainboard with integrated Riva TNT for those
who don't care for overclocking. Frankly
speaking, it isn't surprising at all. The
mainboards from the chipset and CPU
developer must be perfect."
Speed Test 15:12
here and be patient while they analyse the
speed of your connection. =)
Matthew Hanson-Weller 15:10
has posted their interview
with The Weapons Factory's head soundman,
Matthew Hanson-Weller. Here's a snippet:
Factory (WF) is a multi-player, team
oriented mod for Quake 2. It builds on the
standard capture the flag (CTF) game patch
from id Software, incorporating features
from the popular Quake I mod Team Fortress
and its own unique features.
was the custom
sounds and radio system that first
caught our attention with Weapons Factory.
The following description was taken from the
Weapons Factory website: "Weapons
Factory has a large bank of audio clips
built into it. These sounds were added to
the game to facilitate communication between
players. As such, they naturally break down
into two categories: sounds you direct
toward your teammates (strategic information
-- we call them radio sounds), and sounds
you direct toward the enemy team (taunts,
epithets, editorial comments). We've
organized the sounds for your reference here
using these categories, although in
actuality, you can use any of the sounds in
Palm Overclocking Report 02:59
dreamt it was possible to overclock your 3Com
Palm devices? Thanks to Jean-Paul's
Afterburner, overclocking is no longer meant
for the desktops only. Check out our report
on overclocking the Palm III, Palm IIIx as
well as Palm V!
a 20Mhz Palm III would about just match the performance
of the Palm IIIx and Palm V at default speeds. I was able to
push my Palm III quite a bit further to 26Mhz, obtaining a
143% relative timing to a IIIx. Not bad indeed!"
Maxi DVD Theater 01:48
Maxi DVD Theater kit review over at 3DHardware.net.
This one comes with a 4X DVD drive as well as
a RealMagic Hollywood Plus decoder card.
firstly instead of using the red laser beam
a CD player uses, the DVD player uses a blue
laser. If you managed to stay awake in
physics class you might remember that the
wave Ďheightí of blue light is smaller
than the same of red light, thus allowing
for smaller pits, and so more stored
information. Secondly, the DVD can store the
data in two layers on the surface of the
disc, and thirdly, the 17,2Gb DVDís have
data stored on both sides of the disc.
Users Will Get Unmetered Net Access 00:57
this at The
Register! Users in the UK will have
unmetered Internet access within 3 months, for
a flat-rate fee. Not bad huh?
UK will get toll-free access to the Internet
within the next three months, The Register
can reveal. Conservative MP Ian Bruce said
this afternoon that telcos are working on a
service that would give users access to a
single toll-free number of their choice.
Although users would have to pay a premium
for this service -- a flat-rate fee -- it
would mean they could use the number for as
long as they liked without incurring
additional line charges.
Such a move would mean that millions of Net
users in the UK could surf the Web without
having to watch the meter.
shortly. I hate my ADSL bills. I wish for a
flat-rate fee also. I want. Can we work
something out SingTel
Alliance Review 00:47
Our good bud at Tech-Junkie
has reviewed LucasArts' X-Wing Alliance. Gotta
access this from their main
page... Nevertheless, don't miss out on
AI of X-Wing Alliance pilots has improved
alot from the previous Balance of Power (XvT
addon); your wingmen aren't that dumb any
more. I notice it may seems much easier to
take down a Star Destroyer than a Marauder
escort corvette, guess must be the turbo
lasers, slower rate of shooting or am I too
good? Its a worthly game for all I would
say, with nice graphics, great 3D sound
effects, excellent storyline and superb
gameplay, X-Wing Alliance should be a hyper
buoy for anyone to jump in.
Maxi Gamer Xentor 00:43
did a review
on a 16Mb TNT2-based Maxi Gamer Xentor card.
Damn good, just about everything is damn good.
Gimme a clear choice, TNT2/G400/V3/Savage4??!!!
Oh, what a conclusion!
love this card. With its blazing fast 2D and
3D rendering, the Xentor 16MB is a terrific
performer for a low price of $129, and will
satisfy any hardcore gamer who knows not to
waste too much money for a technology that
changes so rapidly.
final note to our Canopus readers: it is
hard to recommend purchasing a $350 Canopus
Spectra 5400 from Japan when you can order a
32MB Xentor for $150 less (with no huge
speed difference). Times are changing...
Linux To The Internet 00:32
easy enough? Nah... you better read this. BYTE.COM
has a column
teaching you just that. Check it out!
this article, we'll connect our Linux
systems to the Internet. This is normally
one of the first things that most Linux
users want to do and certainly a logical
step for an operating system born on the
Internet. This first article will establish
the network connection only and not
configure any other services.
June 1999 - Wednesday
ActionLink Home Networking Kit 17:57
there's a new review on the ActionTec
ActionLink Home Networking Kit. This one
runs on standard copper wire and support up to
until recently, a network in the home was
simply not very feasible. Ethernet cards
cost too much, hubs cost even more, and then
there was the problem of running all the
wiring. Times have changed greatly -
ethernet cards are cheap and hubs are cheap,
but the wiring issue still remains. Nobody
wants to run new cables through their house.
Fortunately, a variety of new technologies
are emerging that allow in home networks
without any new wiring. The two most popular
options are wireless technologies and those
that run "on top" of existing
By the way,
you get to see some photographs of Anand's new
BMW M Roadster. Now, in this cowboy town
where I am, my COE probably cost more than the
Roadster. Sometimes, I wonder why I am still
driving a puny car instead of a Ferrari.
Kingdoms Preview 17:54
over at FiringSquad
they have a preview on Total
Annihilation Kingdoms, the sequel to the
popular Total Annihilation. Also, the guys
posted a review on Aliens
vs Predator as well.
four unique sides represent each of four
elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. The
Earth side will have units that mainly focus
on land defenses, and offenses like cannon,
catapults, etc. The Water side has a great
number of different ship types. Air has a
lot of flying units, while the Fire side is
evil and relies a lot of dark magic and evil
spells. Joe also noted for me that the
builder or factory units of the Zhon (Air
race) are completely mobile - they have no
static production buildings.
2.2 Rivals Windows NT 4.0 11:39
Magazine has an article
about how version 2.2 of the Linux kernel
rivals that of NT 4.0. Read how the
comprehensive list of features give
Microsoft's OS a serious run for the money...
in fact... for FREE.
2.2 rivals Windows NT 4, boasting a
comprehensive complement of features,
capabilities, and compatibilities -- even
running on x86-based machines. What's more,
it's free. Linux and Apache remain an
attractive choice for web servers compared
with Windows NT.
2 Sneak Peek 11:34
just threw out a sneak
peek at Volition's Freespace 2. Whoppee!
Get in ON!!!! Give it to me!
sort of like World Wars I and II," said
Volition founder Mike Kulas. "England,
France, and the United States fought Germany
[both times], but they were very different
wars. There are certainly parallels in
FreeSpace 2, but they don't diminish its
value." That point is further amplified
by the fact that Volition hired a writer for
FreeSpace 2, whereas a programmer and an
artist wrote the original game. "The
story is more coherent, we tell it better,
and the dialogue is much improved,"
Kulas said. Much of the dialogue occurs in
lulls during missions, when your
squadronmates fill in salient details about
the back story. Instead of 12 minutes of
intense dogfighting, which can get
"relentless and boring," said
Kulas, "the dialogue adds life to the
Shows Their True Colour 11:13
has an article
about the new Easy PC initiative taken by
Intel and Microsoft. It talked about how this
will advance the market penetration of PCs
within homes. To get what I mean, check out
the pics at Intel's
50 percent of the US population hasn't
bought their first computer yet,"
Sullivan said. "What's it going to take
to get them into the market? We think
combining easy-to-use technology with a look
that's exciting is the key."
and Microsoft expect the new Easy PC designs
-- which resemble a stripped-down network
computer in a variety of colors -- to be
distributed by resellers such as Dell and
Gateway by year's end. The small boxes will
replace legacy connections with USB and
IEEE.1394 ports and will make use of Intel's
miniscule FlexATX motherboard, which
measures a mere 190 by 216 millimeters.
Winfast S320 II 10:38
posted a review on the Leadtek
Winfast S320 II graphics card. Full AGP 4X
support and 32 MB of SGRAM is enough to keep
do you really care? Okay, I know you do.
This board has 2D performance beyond the
vast majority of available monitors. With a
300mhz RAMDAC and the 32megs of SGRAM you
get sharp 32bit color support until the cows
come home. Windows ran crisply and even my
anal-retentive photoshop usage seemed just
fine. Image quality is top-notch. Suffice it
to say, we are hovering around that
theoretical maximum 2D performance with this
Savage/MX Mobile 3D Accelerator 10:35
were quick enough to take a bite at the new S3
Savage/MX Mobile 3D Accelerator. Gee,
imagine playing Quake on your 15" TFT
the regular PC market with video cards which
are based largely on performance and
consumer needs, the recipe for a good laptop
video accelerator is defined solely by the
like voltage, wattage, electro-magnetic
interference, heat and cost dominate the OEM
video checklist of the laptop manufacturers,
while items like "performance" and
"color depth" aren't priorities if
they're even on the need list at all.
Lansing ADA 305 Speaker Set 10:30
Lansing speakers review over at HardwarePros.
You know, it seems like we have the 2nd
generation of speakers now and my old
Cambridge looks kinda outdated now.
most interesting feature is what Altec
Lansing calls True Digital Audio. When
you use the provided USB connection, the
speakers will be completely controlled by
the USB bus and Windows 9X. The funny
thing is, you don't even need a sound card
to use these speakers. That is why its
called true digital audio. When
digital audio is passed to a sound card, it
is always converted to an analog signal
using a DAC. This is done so that the
card can process the sound, add effects,
adjust amplification, etc.
CX 13 GB 10:28
CX 13 GB UDMA 66 hard drive review over at
Catch'em before they get burnt out.
Drive technologies seem to leap frog
themselves faster than any other techonolgy
in the PC Hardware Arena. What is leading
edge technology today will be "old
hat" in a matter of months when the
next level of performance or density is
surpassed and brought to the marketplace. It
seems as if 6 month design cycles are common
place for drive makers. One of the main
bottlenecks in traditional drive systems is
the bus interface. SCSI has its advantages
over EIDE and vice-versa.
Encore 6X 10:25
finished a review on the Creative
P-DVD Encore 6X. This is the new kit with
a 6X DVD-ROM as well as the new Dxr3 decoder
are read the same way as CDs, with laser
that detects "pits" and tracks.
The secret behind the DVD storage capacity
is a laser with a shorter wavelength - a
CD-ROM uses 780 nanometers and a DVD
uses 650 nanometers. This makes the DVD
capacity better, since data can be stored in
greater density (makes it possible to use
smaler "pits" and less space
between tracks) resulting in a greater
storage capacity.The maximum size of Data
that can be stored are 17GB (using double
layers and both sides of the disc) DVD gives
you a better quality of both the picture and
Dreamcode GameBoard 10:17
buds over at iXBT-Labs
posted a reviewed on the PowerColor
Dreamcode GameBoard. It comes with
integrated video on Riva TNT 16MB and
integrated sound Yamaha 724/740.
we have cleared out the application of
PowerColor DREAMCODE, let's take a closer
look at its exterior. The board is made
extremely carefully and neatly. However, the
integrated Riva TNT together with the
graphics memory had to be moved to a farther
edge of the mainboard so that to reduce the
influence of the electric field and to fight
the image quality worsening. As a result the
engineers were forced to sacrifice several
PCI and ISA slots, and there remained only 4
of them: 1 ISA and 3 PCI. Though such scant
amount of slots is quite enough, actually.
ISA-cards are a pretty rare thing nowadays,
and are likely to totally disappear in a
while. And as for PCI-devices, it seems
rather complicated to run out of PCI-slots
with the already integrated sound and
graphics if you are not demanding anything
very special from your system.
We Can Learn From Porn 01:08
I think this is the MOST interesting header I
posted in years! ZDNet's Jesse Berst's
Anchordesk has an attention
grabbing article about the US$1 billion a
year industry. Ohmigawd! Decadence!!!!
not here to rehash pros and cons of
pornography; you've heard it all before. I
do believe porn is a problem; I don't
approve of its excesses. I think it's a
danger to children. Despite these negatives,
we can learn from online pornography's
successes. Ironically, it's been a proving
ground for techniques that have gone on to
40% Of Business Software Are Pirated 01:00
Register has some
data obtained from the BSA and SIIA who
found that over 40% of installed business
software are pirated. I hope this doesn't
a survey conducted jointly by both trade
organisations, an estimated 615 million new
applications were installed across the globe
last year, 231 million of them unlicensed.
Ultra TNT2 00:42
Hardware just put on garnishes on their Creative
Ultra TNT2 review. This card looks like a
superb choice for overclocking!
Creative TNT2 Ultra seems to be just fine
for the overclocking loving public, by
offering the ability for 183MHz for the core
and 210MHz for the memory. Creative only
offers a slider for adjusting the memory
timing with their drivers, but access to
Powerstrip or any other tweaking program
with support for the TNT2 can change that. I
played around with Powerstrip and had the
core up to 190MHz and the memory up to 220,
a speed that seemed to have been working.
This turned out not to be true though as I
was left with a lockup while running 3Dmark
99Max. I then moved down the speeds to
183MHz/210MHz, speeds that proved to be
Day Uncle Bill Screamed At Big Blue 01:00
Register was both 'chucklish' and
infuriating. Hear more of how Bill Gates used
Windows licensing to pressure IBM to drop
SmartSuite and OS/2.
timing, the volume and the subject of Gates'
phone call make it clear that he was
inextricably bound up in the whole matter.
He'd mailed his OEM sales chief Joachim
Kempin in March 95 asking if SmartSuite
"should become an issue in our global
relationship with IBM," and Kempin had
responded: "I am willing to do whatever
it takes to kick them out."
This is the sort of email exchange that
makes Bill so forgetful when he's on-camera.
He's clearly suggesting the possibility of
global linkage, screwing IBM in other areas
until it dropped SmartSuite, but isn't
actually saying 'go do it.' Kempin's
understanding of his meaning does however
seem firm, and he says he'll use the PC
relationship (the part of the MS-IBM
relationship he owned and owns) to apply
Norris says Kempin suggested IBM drop
SmartSuite for six months in exchange for
settlement of the audit. An August email
from Norris' boss, Tony Santelli, confirms
this: "Joachim offered to accept a
single payment and close all outstanding
audits." He suggested IBM not bundle
Lotus SmartSuite on our system for a minimum
of six months to one year."
That didn't happen, and Microsoft ran IBM's
negotiations over a Win95 licence right up
until the product launch. According to
Norris, this inflicted massive damage on
IBM, and the company realised it would have
to deal. As a Microsoft exec told Norris,
Windows was "the only game in
Viper 770 Review 00:27
chums at CGO has a Viper
770 review up. So with so many TNT2 cards
out now, is there a clear choice yet? Hmm...
I'm still TOTALLY undecided. =)
got a real winner with the Viper V770 Ultra.
It's a quality part that operates well at
high clock speeds, has great drivers and
software, and like other TNT2-based cards,
looks great and works with just about all
modern games. It's a bit on the pricey side,
retailing for $249 with no TV-out
capabilities, but that price isn't
completely out of the range of other 32MB
TNT2 Ultra based cards.
2000: Worth The Upgrade? 00:22
is from yesterday's mailer from Jesse Berst's
Anchordesk. Well, the most serious competitor
to Microsoft's Office 2000 is actually Office
97. Issit worth the upgrade? I think you
president Steve Ballmer launches Office 2000
today, the much ballyhooed (if delayed)
upgrade to the Microsoft Office 97
here to tell you, Office 2000 is pretty d***
so is Office 97.
BW2000 Speakers 00:15
stuff if you ask me. How about a pair of these
to match your classy LCD monitor? Hear them
out at Tech-Review!
something new and exciting to jump out at us
from the flat panels, we were dissapointed at
what we heard. While the spread of the sound
was nice, the overall quality was lacking. In
fact, the satellite range was not very wide.
When we turned the bass all the way down, the
satellites did their job and produced the high
frequencies. However, when turning the bass
back up, we noticed that the subwoofer fills
in the mid and low ranges instead of just
handling the low frequencies. The satellites
also sounded a bit tingy, or tin like, instead
of producing more natural sound.
June 1999 - Tuesday
Guide #2 22:18
installation of the 3D
Guide is available at FiringSquad.
This time, the babes covered topics like
texture filtering, shading and lighting.
with textures is tough. They may seem pretty
simple when you're just staring at a 128 x
128 mipmap, but they tend to get difficult
once you apply them to polygons in a 3D
environment. There, the polygons are no
longer the easy-to-calculate square mipmaps.
More often than not, you end up with a
screenful of irregular triangles, and these
triangles aren't easy to texture.
happens when a 3D calculation gives a textel
an impossible location, where the x and/or y
coordinate isn't an integer? You can't just
place the textel in its calculated position;
you can only plot whole points.
madness over at ActiveWin
where the guys reviewed Microsoft's latest
Madness. You know, I've been practicing
real hard trying to knock down the pedestrians
and I concluded that it's just not possible.
They always seem to somersault away at the
last moment. Wow.
in Midtown Madness is easy to get the hang
of thanks to the first couple of courses
really being training runs before the action
really heats up later on. While racing
around the city you come up against a number
of city environments that try to slow you
down, they include traffic: the cars actual
follow the road laws by stopping at traffic
lights and driving down the correct lanes.
who chase after you at every opportunity you
give them, once they catch up with you they
will do everything they can to smash you off
of the road and then arrest you. In the
event that you smash into any of the
oncoming traffic then damage starts to show
up on your vehicle, if you crash into enough
cars then your vehicle will turn into a
steaming wreak and your game will end.
interview over at Gamers'
Crypt with Magnus Hogdahl on the game new
game takes place in a world, where magic is
a very essential part of life. The story,
roughly, is to free the continent of a
curse, that has made the most important of
mages, the Archmages, mad, and they spread
chaos and destruction all over the
continent. The player has to defeat these
mad mages, and then find a cure to the
curse, as well as beat the one responsible,
Empress Aderel. The story is very important
to the overall game, as the gameplay is
affected at how the magic is divided in
different Guilds, as well as the central
role the player will take. The main
character as it is now is chosen by the
player, including appearance, name, and
starting attributes, all in the manner of
RPGs. This provides for a personal touch,
especially as the player will be able to see
himself/herself in the inventory screen and
throughout the game, as in mirrors, and
to Enter Broadband Market 19:42
like Creative is also jumping
into the Internet market. Creative
Technology will start to offer internal and
external ADSL G.Lite modems from the third
quarter of this year. Here's the juice:
G.Lite offers speeds of up to 1.5 mbps and
do not require visits from the phone company
to install the service. They are always
connected, and users can simultaneously have
a phone conversation while browsing the
Internet, using only a single phone line.
Creative chief executive Sim Wong Hoo:
"Creative's goal is to build better
vehicles for the Internet information
highway. These broadband solutions will
deliver on this promise and enable a host of
exciting audio and video enhanced Internet
services and applications.
is our intent to be a leader in this new
Lucent Technologies WildWire modem chipset,
Creative will offer a combined ADSL G.Lite
and V.90 modem on a single PCI card. This
will allow people to use V.90 now and switch
later to an ADSL connection.
will also use Centillium's Optimizer chipset
to produce an external ADSL G.Lite modem
with Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface.
products will be sold on retail shelves and
to original equipment manufacturers and
Games, When is Real Too Real? 18:37
two new articles over at GameWire.
First one is called Racing
Games, When is Real too Real? The other
one is a exclusion coverage of the Microsoft
Extreme seminar few day ago.
next game they showed us is NFL Fever 2000.
The game has very good graphics from the
looks or it. It is also supposed to be much
more realistic than other games similar to
this. The tackles look very realistic in the
way the people get tackled. They just
donít stop in one spot and fall down like
in other games. When they get tackled they
do flips, roll over, and spin around. Sounds
like what a dog would do huh? Anyway,
another feature in the game is the
strategies. The computer helps you a lot for
plays. There is a section where you can pick
from a selected category of plays for
special situations. You also canít keep
passing or repeatedly doing the same things,
or the computer will pick up on it and get
you. The game will have all the NFL teams
and players. You will also be able to
download the updates to the teams as the NFL
season goes on. It will be released when the
í99 NFL season starts.
Astra 1220U 18:33
have a UMAX
Astra 1220U scanner review over at WickedPC.
I was looking at the latest models just now
and was surprised how slim and cheap they are
have changed in regards to scanners. The old
days of Hewlett Packard running the show are
pretty much over, as competitors around the
world are fighting hard to take the
grandfather seat. One relatively new
contender to the marketplace is the
ever-growing UMAX. UMAX has been quite
significant in scanner sales, as well as
other fun items like laptops and full
computers. In the current world, we see a
bunch of low cost scanners selling in
Wal-Mart or CompUSA for $80 or so. These
scanners are typically targeted towards the
small time home user or a business that
never scans anything. The price is tempting,
but usually you will be stuck with a
parallel port scanner or a scanner that
doesn't scan anything for the price of
beans, or something that doesn't even
function properly or scans awful slow. The
solution? UMAX's ever popular 1220 series.
BD100Plus BX Slot-1 18:32
motherboard review over at AnandTech
on the Iwill
BD100Plus BX Slot-1 motherboard.
the ABIT BX6 Revision 2, the AOpen AX6BC,
and the ASUS P2B-F, the Iwill BD100Plus is a
second generation model of Iwill's first
single processor BX boards, the BD100. The
BD100Plus, like the aforementioned
competitors, is a symbol of changing times.
While the original board did feature the now
mainstream 5/2/1 expansion slot
configuration (PCI/ISA/AGP) most of the
first BX motherboards that hit the streets
featured a now outdated 4/3/1 configuration.
The BD100Plus does feature the 5/2/1
configuration, coupled with 4 DIMM slots
that are placed very close to the 443BX
north bridge controller of the BX chipset in
order to keep trace lengths short and
maintain stability when all 4 DIMM slots are
Loop Dual Celeron 450 MHz Kit 10:02
did a close look on the Outside
Loop Dual Celeron 450 Mhz kit. Bundled
with a Epox KP6-BS Dual Processor board with
two Socket-370 Celeron 300As, this baby can
indeed give a powerful punch.
of the kit was actually relatively simple,
but not might be for someone without years
of technical experience. Unfortunately, the
kit came with no printed setup guide, which
definitely should be taken into
consideration if you're not familiar with
building systems. There is a setup guide
available on Outside Loop's website, but if
you're building a system from scratch and
you don't have access to another system,
that could present a bit of frustration.
After trying to install Windows 2000 Beta 3
and Windows NT 4.0 unsuccessfully on a clean
hard drive, it finally came to my attention
that it's nearly impossible to properly
install an operating system on overclocked
dual processors, as the processors have to
synch data together, which overclocking
messes with to a certain extent.
this one out. Over at Avault,
the guys discussed on stuffs that determine
CPU and memory prices and the reasons why
good prices are rarely available
prices follow a fairly predictable pattern
-- Intel originally sets the higher prices,
then cuts them. AMD follows the price drops,
living under the umbrella Intel creates.
sells most of the chips it makes directly to
the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
such as Dell, Micron, or Compaq. These
companies buy enormous numbers of
processors, so they get prices quoted in
lots of 10,000. The costs of handling,
packing, and shipping chips in massive
quantities are less (and production more
easily scheduled), so in return the major
buyers pay a price considerably less than
you should expect to pay buying one or two
chips at a time.
Dynamite Ultra TNT2 09:56
Depot done a review on the Hercules
Dynamite Ultra TNT2. If you are looking
for the fastest TNT2 out there, this is the
reason we chose to use the latest reference
drivers on both cards, was to get down to
the hardware as close as possible.
This way everything is the same, except for
the cards. As you can tell from the
scores, the Hercules card is a
no-holds-barred, ass stomping card, that
should be on the top of any gamers list as a
"must have". I've personally
never seen a faster TNT2 product of any
kind. One thing to note in the crusher
demo, is how the CPU became the bottleneck.
This is evident by how we couldn't
break into the 60FPS range even with the
higher default clock rates on the Hercules.
We're also hopeful that Hercules will keep
up with the end user by releasing up to date
Erazor III TNT2 09:55
reviewed the new Elsa
Erazor III TNT2 graphics card.
the 32MB TNT2 based ERAZOR III "ViVo"
is CURRENTLY their top-of-the-line offering.
The layout is neat/clean and harbors four
8MB SDRAM memory chips. The TNT2 graphics
clock is set at 125MHz whilst the memory
frequency is set to 150MHz (the default
speeds as suggested by NVIDIA). With only a
heat sink to help cool the chip, we weren't
able to successfully overclock the ERAZOR
III (it didn't run for long periods of time
at increased frequencies) but we understand
that some of you might be lucky enough to do
so. It's a case of 'luck of the draw'.
Multimedia Leopard Pocket USB Modem 09:52
by our pals over at Hardware
Extreme, this cute and portable
modem is probably what I will get soon to
replace my ageing cable modem. Talk about
technology advancement in this cowboy town.
few things to bear in mind is that the modem
is very very compact and it is stripped off
some features found on external modems.
First, you lose your usual 7 or 9 LEDs and
get it replaced by one. Second, you lose the
built in speaker which means the the modem
uses a software speaker emulator which uses
your PC's speakers to emulate the noise that
the modem makes when connecting to the
internet. For me I found this to be rather
annoying as it uses quite a lot of CPU power
to dial up (tsk tsk, that's why it needs a
to Video Card Recycling 09:49
the guys over at FPD3D
on how they recycle
their video cards. Hmm, by putting them
into the oven and blender? Totally hilarious!
the release of all those expensive phone
gadgets for your PC, you start to wonder if
there is another way to communicate via
computer. Well we found it! Using your old
Banshee or TNT, you can communicate with all
your buddies! You simply put the heatsink up
to your ear and listen for hours of
enjoyment! You can even toggle between
"video phone" mode and
"explicit" mode! We got it running
stable for a full hour, then I overheard
something about Glenn and his manhood...?
Desktop Equivalent Mobile 3D Accelerator 09:47
what's all this about? SystemLogic
sent note on the press release for the new S3
Savage/MX and Savage/IX 3D mobile
accelerators for your laptops.
the Savage architecture to work within a
mobile environment, without sacrificing
performance, is a major milestone in S3's
effort to drive the PC graphics industry in
new directions," said Dr. Andrew Wolfe,
chief technology officer for S3
Incorporated. "We expect the mobile
Savage family to not only move S3 forward,
but to move PC computing forward as well --
delivering no-compromise graphics and
no-compromise mobility for the first time
research indicates there is a rapid
expansion in the deployment of 3D
controllers in portable computers,"
said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie
Associates (Tiburon, CA) the leading market
research firm tracking digital media. In
Q1'98, we saw 3D represent over 20 percent
of the market, and 3D graphics performance
on today's notebooks is far from adequate.
S3's mobile Savage will dramatically change
that by leapfrogging many of the existing
notebook graphics technology."
vs Predator 09:44
a pretty niffy review over at 3DRage
on the game Alien
graphics in Alien vs Predator are very good,
but not Half-Life quality. The alien
environment has a dark, futuristic feel to
it. But that was one problem I had with the
game. You have to spend too much damn time
in special and infrared vision modes just to
make it through a level. The 3D engine
incorporates rain, reflective surfaces,
in-game video, and dynamic lightingjust to
name a few. But, a good thing about the
darkness is it gives the game an atmosphere
that is frightening to the player. You
always have a feeling that an alien is going
to sprint out of the dark and tear you to
shreds. When walking through a level as a
predator I sometimes just look at the
motions of his appendages as I press for the
shoulder cannon or any weapon.
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