Audio Video News February 2008

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ASUS EN8800GT TOP 512MB Review

Techgage :: Thursday, February 28, 2008
If building a new computer or simply upgrading, you likely want to make sure your GPU decision is a good one, all while making sure not to break the bank. We are taking a look at the EN8800GT TOP which fits the bill. Even better, it’s pre-overclocked, to improve performance even further.

ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! HDMI Video Card 
Benchmark Reviews :: Thursday, February 28, 2008
When you think of discrete graphics, your probably don’t think low-end. It’s very common, as with most things we can buy, for people to immediately shoot for the stars. In the video card world, this usually means discussing only the best money can buy, and this is the start of a bigger mistake. Very recentlyNVIDIA released their newest addition to the GeForce family: the 9600 GT. While it offers solid performance for the lower mid-range of discrete graphics, NVIDIA’s 9th generation of video cards has only one offering thus far. Essentially, the latest is by far not the greatest.

Since the remaining heavyweights are soon to be replaced by the upcoming GeForce 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 in just another month, there seems to be a gaping hole left in the new lineup. This is where the market will continue to cling onto the tried and true mid-range solution: the GeForce8800 GT. Not so long ago here at Benchmark Reviews, we offered a very unique comparison of the GeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX. In this article, it was shown that a more affordable 8800 GT could easily beat an overclocked 8800 GTS and compare to the far more expensive 8800 GTX. Well now we can do one better because ZOTAC offers an 8800 GT that not only directly competes with the 8800 GTX, but it goes places nobody else in the 8800 series can: HDMI digital audio and video output.

Zalman ZM-DS4F Dual Speaker Headset/Headphones Review
Tweaknews :: Thursday, February 28, 2008
“I can definitely say these headphones would be a fine upgrade from a pair of earbuds included with mp3 players. They are light, durable, and music sounds crisp and clear no matter how loud the volume is. The fold up design allows for portability and the $30 US price tag won’t break the bank either.”

Installing DirectX 9 Can & Will Kill DirectX 10
Tech ARP :: Thursday, February 28, 2008
“At first, I thought it was the new version 1.1 patch because the other DirectX 10 games I installed worked. So I reinstalled BioShock without applying the patch. Still no go. It still hung when I ran it. Once again, I did an intense search online that didn’t really reveal much.”

XFX Triple SLI – 8800 Ultra’s in 3 Way SLI
Overclock 3d :: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
“Take 3 x XFX 8800 Ultra’s, 1 x XFX 780i SLI motherboard, some 3D benchmarks and add a load of games….Tri SLI hits Overclock3D”

Radeon HD 3870 X2 Round-Up: Asus & HIS
Hot Hardware :: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
We’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware. In the article, we take a look at three Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards, two from Asus and one from HIS, the EAH3870 X2 1GB, the EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP, and the HIS Radeon HD 3870 X2. A pair of the cards are much like AMD’s reference design, but one of them is hardly recognizable as a Radeon HD 3870 X2 – at least not at first glance. Head on over to the site and check them out…

Club3D 9600GT
Technic 3d :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
“The new Club3D NVIDIA 9600 GT arrived Technic3D. The Graphic Card with DirectX 10 and a small price better than other Graphic Cards? Technic3D will see the G94 Chip in the following Review with 1920×1200 up to 1280×1024.”

Biostar GeForce 9600 GT 512 MB V9603GT52
techPowerUp :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Biostar’s new GeForce 9600 GT follows the specifications of the NVIDIA reference design to the letter. Even the cooler is unchanged. This does not have to be a bad thing. The card should be available earlier than any “special” models and also come without a price premium for overclocking you can do yourself.

Nvidia’s GeForce 9600 GT graphics processor reviewed 
Tech Report :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Nvidia’s GeForce 9600 GT looks to topple the Radeon HD 3850 as the king of the sub-$200 price range. Can it seal the deal? We took a long look and came away impressed.

NEC PlasmaSync 60XC10 60-inch Plasma HDTV Review
i4u :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
“The TV is capable of being used for HDTV and can play Blu-ray or HD DVD movies thanks to HDCP capability. However, the lack of multiple HD inputs limits the usability yin a home theater setting without resorting to HDMI switches. The lack of internal speakers could be an issue for some users, however most home theater owners buying a 60-inch plasma will likely already have a speaker system in place.”

DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD on your PC
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
“I was super excited after reading up on the latest high-definition audio standards from DTS and Dolby, namely DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) and Dolby TrueHD. I wanted it all right away – give me, give me, give me!

From what I read at the beginning, it seemed as if I could use any half decent 7.1 sound card with eight channel analog outputs to receive and start experiencing new tracks in new and true HD audio style. Was it possible that a $15 magical set of Creative Home Theater cables could actually provide the solution? Well, in short, no – at least, not exactly.”

Mobile GPU Comparison Guide
Tech ARP :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Currently covering 115 mobile GPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 17 different specifications for each and every GPU. 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.

GeForce 9600 GT vs. Radeon HD 3870
Tech Spot :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The great debate right now is which of these two graphics cards, the new GeForce 9600 GT or the Radeon HD 3870, is faster and represents the best value for gamers. We have put both products to the test in both single card and multi-GPU mode (SLI and Crossfire) to determine which product is king in the sub-$200 graphics market.

AutumnWave OnAir GT USB HDTV/DTV Receiver Review 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, February 22, 2008
“Today for review I’ve got an excellent product from a company called AutumnWave that’s called the OnAir GT. The OnAir GT is a portable HDTV/DTV/ATV receiver that allows you to not only watch Hi-Def television on your PC but also record it to watch later like a standard DVR allows you. The OnAir GT also features the ability to attach external devices like game systems, video cameras, and DVD players as well to watch on your computer, or record, like in-game movies to share with your friends. It comes with a fully functional remote to control the OnAir GT, and even comes with software to edit the videos that you’ve recorded. ”

ATI Radeon HD 3870 + 3850 CrossFire – Mixing Video Cards 
Legit Reviews :: Friday, February 22, 2008
“Having a mixed up CrossFire configuration performed better than expected and was able to near the performance level of other high end ATI CrossFire setups. This goes to show that ATI has made great improvements to their CATALYST drivers as taking an ATI Radeon HD 3870 and running it in CrossFire mode with an ATI Radeon HD 3850 was found to be stable and offered great improvements over a single card of either model. How many people will actually try this has yet to be seen, but this is an easy way to cut costs and improve performance…”

Klipsch Image Earbuds Review 
Digital Trends :: Friday, February 22, 2008
“Klipsch’s first entry into the headphone market is in the new Image earbuds which are branded as the worlds smallest and lightest.”

Sapphire HD 3850 1024 MB 
techPowerUp :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
AMD’s Radeon HD 3850 Series has been on the market for a while now. Add-in-Board Partners are constantly looking for ways to seperate themselves from the competition and that’s why Sapphire has engineered a Radeon HD 3850 with 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory and faster core clock out of the box. But can a card like this really benefit from 1 GB of video memory?

VisionTek HD 3870 Review
Neoseeker :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
“This particular HD 3870 — the VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 — is an all around solid product. I particularly appreciated the cooling solution on this card — it has one of the best coolers that I have seen first-hand from many different examples of the HD 3870 family. This capable cooler led directly to good experiences in overclocking. Price wise, the HD 3870 sits competively against other HD 3870’s at around the current price point of $240. Also, although unadvertised on the box, the VisionTek’s default clocks are a little bit higher than some other HD 3870’s, so this is a nice little bonus to the HD 3870 as well. Additional compliments to VisionTek can be given for offering a limited lifetime warranty and toll free tech support line.”

Apple TV 2.0 with Movie Rentals Review
i4u :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
“I was very impressed with the quality of the rental service on the Apple TV. Once I choose the movie I wanted to watch the download began immediately. I expected a long wait while the film downloaded and buffered. To my surprise the movie was ready to watch in exactly 49 seconds according to my trusty stopwatch.”

Is the HD-DVD versus Blu-ray format war finally over?
Hardware Analysis :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Is HD-DVD fighting a losing battle and will Blu-ray prevail? Or will HD-DVD’s price and backwards compatibility win the consumer over?

Diamond Xtreme Sound 5.1 Review
Gamepyre :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
For twenty bucks this sound card is a great way to lower your CPU usage and increase your frame rates. Is it an increase that is going to be noticeable? Not if you’re already getting over 90 frames but if you have a mid range gaming system and you are finding your frame rate starts to bottom out when you get a lot of action on the screen then this sound card is a perfect, inexpensive upgrade option for you.

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 review
Tech Spot :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
The ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 is essentially two Radeon HD 3870 GPUs stuck together on the same PCB is meant to be a ‘transparent’ single card solution, it doesn’t require a supporting motherboard. The GPUs use a PCI Express 1.1 bridge to communicate in much the same way Crossfire ATI cards would. However, because the X2 is meant to be a ‘transparent’ single card solution, it doesn’t require a supporting motherboard, and in fact it opens the possibility for quad-Crossfire using two of these graphics cards.

A sweet 16 mid-range graphics cards compared
Tech Report :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
We are living in perhaps the most exciting time in recent history for PC graphics. What’s particularly striking about this latest flurry of excitement is that it isn’t tied to a new standard in performance set by high-end “halo” cards that few enthusiasts can actually afford. Instead, it’s being driven at an almost grassroots level, fueled by the class of graphics cards that most of us seem to end up actually buying—cards in the $200 range. These cards don’t incite as much geek lust as those higher up the line, but they’re far more attainable and often boast a better value proposition than the latest flagships.

I speak, of course, of the GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 3800 series—the latest mid-range contenders battling for sweet spot supremacy. Launched not long ago and finally available with some semblance of consistency and adherence to prescribed pricing, these cards are selling like hotcakes. Given the fresh bounty of quality—and more importantly, demanding—PC titles we’ve been treated to over the last few months, it’s no wonder gaming-worthy graphics cards are such a popular upgrade item.

Origen AE S21T HTPC Enclosure 
Modders Inc :: Monday, February 18, 2008
The Origen AE Technology S21T HTPC Enclosure offers just about every feature that a consumer looks for in a HTPC case. The most prominent feature that stands out from the rest is the impressive 12.1 inch motorized TFT touch screen monitor. The S21T has several other great features as well, so let’s dig in and see how the S21T does.

SOYO 47-Inch LCD 1080p HDTV MT-SYXRT4791AB
Benchmark Reviews :: Monday, February 18, 2008
Don’t let anyone have you believe that High Definition Televisions are the future. A more correct statement is that HDTV’s are the present, the here and now, and have already been around for a few years. Unfortunately, not everyone is up to speed, and some are going to be very surprised by the changes in store ahead. You see, by the time this article is published there will be exactly one year remaining until D-Day hits and the transition to an all-digital terrestrial broadcast begins. In past articles Benchmark Reviews gave you specific instructionson how to survive this digital transition, which offered a guide on how to smartly buy your first HDTV. However, in this article we test one of the better alternatives for step-up consumers who want to enjoy full high-definition content without falling into the money pit. Benchmark Reviews has cleared a space atop the entertainment center to inspect the SOYO MT-SYXRT4791AB 47-Inch LCD 1080p Widescreen HDTV in this performance review.

Optoma HD80 Review
Digital Trends :: Monday, February 18, 2008
“The Optoma HD80 adds 1080p goodness to your media room, just make sure to fine-tune it for best performance.”

PowerColor HD 3650 512M GDDR3 Xtreme PCS
Bjorn 3d :: Monday, February 18, 2008
Over the last few months, NVIDIA has been enjoying the high-end graphic card market with their current 8800 series. AMD was unable to compete with NVIDIA with their HD 2900 series but the situation is getting better with the introduction of the HD 3800 series. Although AMD is still not able to take the performance crown away from NVIDIA, its latest HD 3850 is performing fairly close and their upcoming card may very well steal the crown away from NVIDIA.

Although AMD was unable to compete with NVIDIA in the enthusiasts market, it is able to compete very well with NVIDIA in the mainstream and budget market. Their latest technology in the HD 3850 has been ported to the mainstream and budget market with the introduction of the HD 3650 and HD 3400 in January 23, 2008 . Today, join us for our first review of the HD3650 as we will take a look at the HD 3650 Xtreme from PowerColor.

V7 D22W12 22 Inch Widescreen Monitor Review
Gamepyre :: Monday, February 18, 2008
My monitor had no dead pixels and worked great as well as being simple to connect. At the end of the day the quality of the monitor and its price make for a very solid buy one that I can wholeheartedly recommend as it meets or exceeds the requirements needed by most users. Good product V7 group, keep up the good work. I give the D22W12-N6 the Gamers Gold as it is well worth looking into and highly affordable, not to mention being widely available on the net. The V7 group uses only A grade or better panels in all their monitors and this shows when viewing them.