Audio Video News April 2008

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XFX GeForce 9800GX2 1GB Review

Inside HW :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
…” DualGPU systems are very trendy in recent time and whole story begun with ATi “Gemini” project. Idea was born long time ago, when two graphics processors were integrated into one graphics card, but that idea didn’t get much popularity until now. On the other hand, ATi Radeon HD 3870X2 turned out as accessible to most users and at the same time very powerful solution. So all doubts in making investment in such card can be shattered in pieces.”…

Gigabyte GeForce 8800GT 512MB Review
Club Overclocker :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Has there ever been a more confusing time to buy a video cardATI cards are still pretty straight forward, even after their dual card. It was team nVidia that threw us for a loop, spiking the 8800 series cards with a new GPU core and moving things around within the model naming scheme. nVidia gave us a sneak peak at the new G92 core on two cards; the 8800GTS and the 8800GT. At the same time, there are also cards available that use the original G80 core with the same name. Today we test Gigabyte’s GeForce 8800GT based on the G92 GPU coupled with 512 Megabytes of on board GDDR3. With this card, the Windows Vista Aero Desktop will be no problem! Let’s take a look at what the NX88T has to offer.

Not impressed with 9800GTX
t-break :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
When we took the initial look at the 9800GTX from nVidia, we were far from impressed. Over its previous counterpart- the 8800GTX, there was not much improvement in performance while the prices were about the same as AMD’s dual GPU based 3870 X2 cards which we preferred.

HTPC Build Guide
Missing Remote :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
As I eluded to above, a couple of ways around a high price tag is to use what you already have. Did you recently upgrade to a quad core CPU and have a perfectly good older dual core CPU and motherboard now just lying around? With a video upgrade, a case, and some storage upgrades, you could have a perfectly great HTPC to use. Perhaps looks aren’t a concern and you have a mid-tower case that can be stuffed out of the way. Great! Buy a few hundred dollars in parts with the advice given below and you should be good to go.

Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT Turbo Force Edition Video Card
Viper Lair :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“Gigabyte customized their Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT Turbo Force Edition by increasing the clock speeds of key areas on the card, but they did not stop there. Ultra Durable2 is a fab process they use to increase the durability and longevity of their products. Ultra Durable2 is featured on both their graphics hardware as well as their motherboards. Lower RDS (on) MOSFET Design, Ferrite core chokes, and Lower ESR Solid Capacitors are the three main components of their design. These components will create less wasted energy, lower power consumption and last longer.”

DX10 gaming on a HD3450
Neoseeker :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“X3 ran quite well. With texture and shader quality set to ‘medium’ (and no AA or AF) the game had no absolutely no problems at all. Framerates would generally ranged from the low 30’s to the high ’50s. This was at a resolution of 1280×1024. Of all the five games we looked at, X3 was the game that ran the smoothest. So, if space-trading, dog-fighting, Elite/Privateer-type games are your thing, you can get away with not spending over a $100 on a video card to fly a starship. Check out this video of the HD3450 in action…”

Directx 11 to Reveal a New Era of Graphics
PC Mech :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“It has been announced that DirectX 11 will include a completely new type of graphics rendering called ray-tracing. Wait a minute. It’s not new. In fact, it’s been around since the 80’s. How come it took so long to be implemented for public use? How does it work? What advantages does it have over current-gen graphics? These questions are about to be answered.”

3DMark Vantage Review
Club Overclocker :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
If you have been involved with PC gaming or GPU overclocking at all in the last few years, then you are familiar with the name “3DMark”. Starting with 3DMark 2001, Futuremark has essentially been the name in GPU benchmarks. However, many things have changed since 2001, and so Futuremark must keep up with the times. How well does it manage to stay relevant?

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Review 
OCC :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
“Futuremark has done it again. The company has effectively come out with a benchmark that makes some of the latest hardware feel oh so inadequate. The upside to this is that it is upgrade time, and this is just another reason to do so, if for nothing more than bragging rights. This time, I think Futuremark has come up with a better mousetrap, to coin a phrase. The preset feature allows all levels of players (enthusiasts, benchmarking gods) to step up and take a swing for the fences to see how well their systems perform.”

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage 
Legit Reviews :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
“With the ASUS PhysX card installed on the test system the CPU Test 2 score increased to 25.73 operations a second with seven gate pairs. This also boosted the CPU score and the overall 3DMark score as you can see from the image above. The CPU score alone went up by 2177 points or 21.4%. This won’t impact rankings online as the AGEIA PPU must be switched off for the results to be approved as a default result. The ASUS PhysX P1 card retails $149 plus shipping, so it was nice to see the performance boost…”

Venturi Mini Car Audio System
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This Bluetooth accessory lets you stream tunes from your phone and talk hands-free–if you have a compatible phone.

Directx 11 to Reveal a New Era of Graphics
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It has been announced that DirectX 11 will include a completely new type of graphics rendering called ray-tracing. Wait a minute. It’s not new. In fact, it’s been around since the 80’s. How come it took so long to be implemented for public use? How does it work? What advantages does it have over current-gen […]

Asus EAH3850 Trinity
Overclock 3d :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“With three HD3850’s on one board and a release date of….never, the Asus Trinity is one interesting bit of kit.”

Pre NDA Futuremark Vantage Scores
Chile Hardware :: Monday, April 28, 2008
We just released a small news with scores from NVIDIA and ATI high end video cards running Futuremarks Vantage benchmark. The results are quite interesting you can see NVIDIA with a huge performance advantage but they are almost identically on a Price/Performance Ratio.

DIAMOND Radeon HD 3650 1GB Graphics Card
Tweak Town :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“What’s different about the Diamond HD 3650 from Diamond is that it carries with it a massive 1GB of memory. We’re not really big on huge amounts of memory added to a mid-range card, but we’ll have to see if Diamond is able to do anything with the HD 3650 here today that impresses us.

Diamond does something that is quite common when companies increase the amount of RAM on lower end models. Instead of using 1GB of GDDR3, they’ve dropped back to GDDR2.”

Honeywell 22-Inch LCD Monitor MT-SY-HWLM2216
Benchmark Reviews :: Monday, April 28, 2008
Honeywell is brand new to the LCD monitor industry, which is why they called upon the expertise of SOYO. After making giant waves in the market with their 24-Inch DYLM24D6 ultra-affordable widescreen LCD, SOYO was put to work building an up-scale version with premium features. The end result of their work became the Honeywell Arius product line, which features an integrated webcam, microphone, speakers, and USB ports. The Honeywell Arius MT-SY-HWLM2216 22-Inch WSXGA+ widescreen LCD monitor boasts a quick 2ms response time. Benchmark Reviews has be fortunate enough to test this monitor in our labs, and we find out just how well it performs for hardcore gamers and casual PC users alike.

3D Mark Vantage
Technic 3d :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“Every year anew this does not exclusively refer to Christmas, but also to new benchmarks from Espoo, Finland, where the Futuremark guys come from. After releasing the last 3DMark in 2006 and starting a new category of benching with that combination of high performance graphics scenes, they today launched the new top of the class-benchmark with the 3DMark Vantage.”

Head-Direct RE1 Earphones
techPowerUp :: Friday, April 25, 2008
Head-Direct has just released their RE1 earphones which are quite different compared to all the other in-ears on the market today. The special thing about them is that they are based around some very unique performing drivers that scale particularly well. The better your amplifier is, the better their sound, leaving the competition behind in the dust – if you have a good amp.

Samsung SyncMaster 2263DX Dual Display
Digital Trends :: Friday, April 25, 2008
“The Samsung SyncMaster2263DX provides a more reasonable balance between screen size and price by offering an enormous 22-inch widescreen monitor coupled with a more modest 7-inch side display to handle the screen overflow. Like the heads-up display in a car, the 2263DX gives users a convenient way to keep an eye on a handful of side programs without distracting from the main task at hand.”

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card Review
Hardware Canucks :: Friday, April 25, 2008
ASUS has heard the call for a product aimed at this budget-priced market and they are back from the drawing boards and off to market with another addition to their new line of PC soundcards: The Xonar 7.1 DX. They recently started to apply their considerable design talents to cement a solid name and reputation for themselves among PC audio fans with high spec, high quality soundcards even though the new Xonar DX 7.1 is clearly aimed at the entry level markets with a lower price tag and no-frills bundle.

Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Headset Review
OCIA :: Friday, April 25, 2008
“Earlier this week we tested out the Stinger Gaming Mouse from Cyber Snipa. During this time we’ve also been using Cyber Snipa’s Sonar 5.1 Headset as well. With a USB connection, eight speaker sound and adjustable boom mic, the Sonar 5.1 looks to have a lot going for it as well.”

Samsung SyncMaster T220 Widescreen 22 Inch LCD Monitor Review
Futurelooks :: Friday, April 25, 2008
If there’s one thing that you’ve got to hand it to the people at Samsung is that they know what it takes to make a seriously stylish product. We’re talking dollar sign bling action here! The company has been working hard to create a very distinctive style to the entirety of their product line and it’s really starting to show. Taking a look at their cell phones, you will inevitably find that the majority of those handsets have a piano black finish and a remarkably slim profile. Hopping over to the television department, you’ll discover the same glossy black finish and the same slender physique. Even when you look at some of the Samsung printers, they’ve got piano black finishes there too. This is why I was taken aback upon opening the box for the Samsung SyncMaster T220 LCD monitor.

Asus 9600 GT TOP Videocard Review
RB Mods :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Today we take a look at a new videocard from Asus. It this in the middle class segment on the market but the question is how it actually performs. We are goint to compare it vs the 8800GT and Asus 3850 videocards to see what type of performance we can expect.

Edifer E3350 PC Speaker System Review
Digital Trends :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
With so many computer 2.1 speaker systems on the market today, it’s easy to be turned off from anything starting at under $100. But at the Consumer Electronics show earlier this year, the buzz was all about Edifiers new E3350 lifestyle speaker systems. People were assuming that with such rich sounds, and well built speakers, they would be in the $250 or higher price range. Coming in at just $99.99, the new E3350 speaker system combines award winning design with practical affordability.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 2400 XT Review
OCC :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
“Like I mentioned above, the Gigabyte HD 2400 XT uses a unique cooling method called “Screen Cooling”. This takes a fan-less heatsink and extends it past the width of the PCB, making the card essentially a full size ATX card. This gives the video card a wider and thicker look, while effectively cooling it with zero noise level, from the lack of fans. This design also protects the VGA connection, which uses a ribbon cable to extend the port on the PCI bracket, from snagging or damage. By removing the outer connection bracket we can get a better look at the fins of the heatsink and the holes which allow air flow from the case to pass through them and cool the card.”

Foxconn 9800GTX-512N Extreme OC Video Card Review
Futurelooks :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
It’s that time again; time for one of the two remaining video card manufacturers to reveal what they’ve been cooking up since their last product release. Today we’re seeing green, and testing the new nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX video card. This is being done by way of a board from Foxconn.

LiveWires T1 Custom IEMs
techPowerUp :: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
LiveWires T1 is the name of some new custom earphones that cost about half of its main rivals. They are built exactly to fit your ear with additional customization options like colors. These in-ears use two balanced armatures and play in a completely different league compared to whats usually available in this price segment.

Asus GeForce 9800GTX videocard
Madbox PC :: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
“Based on Nvidia’s G92 (same as 8800GT, 8800GTS and 9800GX2), feauring 3 way SLI, hybrid power and a new multimedia decoder is the most powerful single-gpu card available at this time”.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 
Modders Inc. :: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The GeForce 9800 GX2 combines the two GeForce 9800 GPUs in a single graphics solution, which offers 256 processor cores and a frame buffer of 1 GB (512 MB per GPU). It also allows a user to take advantage of the second-generation Quad SLI technology.

Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review
Futurelooks :: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saitek is an established leader in the area of PC gaming accessories and their latest line of products — the Cyborg line — is absolutely top-notch. In addition to things like gaming keyboards and mice, they’ve also got the Saitek Cyborg 5.1 headset. This certainly isn’t the first set of headphones to offer the 5.1 experience, but I must say, these are some of the best headphones I’ve used in quite some time.

ASUS Radeon HD 3850X2 1 GB Review
Inside HW :: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
” At first, ATI popularized MultiGPU solution with Radeon HD 3870X2. As this model turned out as great solution it was natural that ATI create similar model which should be accepted by most users. HD 2600X2 was the first model with graphics chip R6XX but unfortunately users didn’t embrace it, which only means that low-budget MultiGPU solution has not appear yet.”…

Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide
Tech ARP :: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Covering 343 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 18 different specifications for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide.

We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates.

Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB Video Card Review
Legit Reviews :: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
“First and foremost, if you’re playing at extreme resolutions of 2560×1600 a single ATI Radeon HD 3870 is clearly not going to cut it. It is able to provide playable frame rates in some situations but is bested by the Nvidia 8800 GTS in most of those same situations. When it comes to performance compared to a standard 3870 with 512MB, our 1GB version really didn’t show much improvement in our short battery of test, but I believe that the performance is being held back more by the actual GPU than an increase in memory bandwidth and size can help. Our testing at such a high resolution should have given the Diamond 3870 1GB a chance to shine…”

Palit GeForce 9800GTX Review
Gamepyre :: Monday, April 21, 2008
Palit has done a good job with the reference 9800GTX video card in that they have included a game bundle and their entry into the US is most welcome since the video card market needs more players bringing better competition to the retail market place for the video card dollar. Palit support needs to update their drivers as NVIDIA has released the 174.74 Forceware and the drivers on Palit’s website are based upon 169.32. The 9800GTX is the fastest single chip video card I’ve ever tested. Having said all the positives on the 9800GTX, the 9800GTX is not much of an upgrade over the 8800GTS 512MB that was released last year and is in fact just an overclocked version of that card with more power requirement and a higher price. It is rather disappointing from a technical point of view to see NVIDIA stuck in a rut. It has been over two years since the release of the 8800GTX and the 9800GTX just doesn’t live up to the GTX moniker as something special, its just another fast NVIDIA card.