Tech News April 2003

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Sapphire Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro “Ultimate Edition” Review
TweakTown :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
“We’ve been seeing the Radeon 9700 Pro boards for a while, but when someone comes up saying they have one called “Ultimate Edition”, it makes you ask why. Come join Mike “Darthtanion” Wright as he takes a look at the Sapphire Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro “Ultimate Edition” and find out for yourself if it lives up to the name. We’re looking at upgrade paths in this review so lets see if this graphics board has what it takes to earn your hard-earned dollars!”

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Geil 1GB PC3200 Dual DDR Kit
PimpRig :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“The stats this RAM puts up makes it attractive even if it was a single stick. This kit has two 512MB PC3200 RAM sticks for a total of 1GB RAM. Timings are CAS 2 6-3-3 1T Running @ DDR400Mhz… Niiiiiice.”

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Albatron GeForce 4 Ti4800SE Medusa Review
myWORLD :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“Now and everyday, whenever you go to computer shops and asked for a video card recommendation, surely GeForce 4 Titanium series are the most commonly recommended. Why? Because of it’s performance wise as well as its affordability…”

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Albatron Geforce 4 Ti4680P Turbo Review
Monkey Review :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

The card was manufactured utilizing a thicker 8-layer PCB, done in blue. The Medusa offers us 128MB’s of 3.3ns DDR RAM with a 250/550 MHz GPU/RAM clock. Most will quickly notice from the images that we also have a large and elegant looking copper based HSF as well as RAM sinks not only on the top of the card but also on the bottom. I like how the HSF blows air out and through the ram sinks, ensuring at least a little air will be flowing through them.

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Albatron GF4 Ti4280PV review
OCAddiction :: Friday, March 14, 2003

“Albatron has chosen to use Samsung memory for this video card. Samsung has gained a pretty good reputation with their ramchips. Looking closely, the ram is rated to run at 3.6ns. A quick calculation (1000/3.6 = 278 * 2 = 556MHZ DDR) shows that the memory is capable to run at 556MHZ.”

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MSI G4MX440-T8X Half Height Videocard Review
PCStats :: Friday, March 14, 2003

“”While ATi and nVIDIA battle it out for the performance crown it’s actually their mainstream/budget videocards that bring in most of the money. Win the mainstream battle and you’ll win the war as they say. To this effect, nVIDIA know that their TNT2 M64, GeForce2 MX and GeForce4 MX line of videocards have long been popular with manufacturers and OEM’s. It’s not that ATi cannot offer the same type of product, it’s just that until recently ATi has been focusing more on being a performance leader and offering competitive pricing on their flagship line of cards only. Today we’re going to be looking at yet another GeForce4 MX videocard, but what makes the MSI G4MX440-T8X special is that it is a entirely silent half height card especially suited to small form factor PC’s or Book sized PC’s.”.”

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Samsung 172B 17″ LCD review
Techwarelabs :: Friday, March 14, 2003

“When LCD monitors came out they were a lot thinner than CRTs, however the horrible picture quality really deterred users from purchasing them. The Samsung 172B 17″ LCD is one of the slimmest LCD monitors on the market today, but will being thin sacrifice picture quality?”

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Samsung Syncmaster 191N 19″ TFT LCD Monitor Review
Tweaknews :: Tuesday, March 11, 2003

“Now let me add this up. Improved 191N analog technology which is better than the older digital 191T, same great looks and a US$200-$300 price cut? I don’t think there is even a question that this product deserves the Tweaknews.net’s seal of approval, the “Top Rank Award”. Better and cheaper are always a good thing in my mind, wouldn’t you agree?”

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MSI GNB Max-FISR (E7205) Motherboard Review @ SharkyExtreme!
Sharky Extreme :: Saturday, March 08, 2003

“The overclocking options of E7205 motherboards has been a sore spot for many, as some boards literally have few if any enhancements. The GNB Max-FISR has an excellent CPU overclocking setup, with 1 MHz FSB speeds from 133 to 200 MHz, and CPU core voltage settings from 1.475 to 1.85V. This is actually a more substantial maximum voltage level than MSI offers in their basic Pentium 4 motherboards, so it was a nice surprise. Unfortunately, the overclocking options end there, with no DDR or AGP voltage selections. The AGP side doesn’t bother us too much, and although the 266 MHz DDR limit really doesn’t warrant a lot of voltage options, we missed it when trying to jack no-name memory to the lowest timings possible.”

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Albatron GeForce 4MX 480 8X AGP Review
Tweaknews :: Saturday, March 08, 2003

“Seems like all you hear about in the hardware world is the high end cards. But are these cards for the everyday gamer, nope. Do you think that most people have US$200-$400 to spend on one component, nope. People today like to have a blend of value and performance and that is where the Alabatron MX480 delivers.”


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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Review
Sharky Extreme :: Saturday, March 08, 2003

“After thoroughly benchmarking the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, two basic concepts started to emerge. At standard game settings and lower resolutions, the Radeon 9800 Pro wasn’t really taxed, and the CPU and memory subsystem just couldn’t push the juice fast enough to make use of the faster clock speeds. Once we hit the higher resolutions, separation occurred, and the Radeon 9700 Pro started loosing more ground to the Radeon 9800 Pro. The final tests, involving anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, showed the Radeon 9800 Pro in its best light, as the added power came in very handy when all the graphical bells and whistles were enabled.”

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Logitech Z-680 5.1 Speakers Review
GruntvillE :: Saturday, March 08, 2003

“Well I started it out with the effect on Stereo with the PCs. I found no major audible difference between the two computers but it was obvious that the nForce 2 sounded better. Man does that sax sound good on Dave Mathew’s “So Much to Say!” I was absolutely floored at the response at all frequencies. As I mentioned before the sub can rumble deep down into the 20Hz range without losing an unacceptable amount of SPL.

The imaging of this set in stereo was phenomenal! While jamming to “Money” by Pink Floyd I could almost see Dick playing percussion in the middle while David was gracefully floating his vocals in front of him with Rich tapping the keyboard off to the right. Having these speakers set up correctly is a must in Stereo as the imaging is very precise but like any high end audio speaker, the results are well worth it. Chopin made me take a deep breath and kick back and relax. It was as if I was in the hall….”

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ATI 9800, 9600, and 9200 Preview
Tech-PC :: Saturday, March 08, 2003

“A few weeks ago ATI invited Tech PC to a briefing in London, part of the agenda was looking at their newest range of desktop products. To be released as the Radeon 9200, 9600 and 9800 series of cards we’re going to give you a quick outline of what to expect, prices and some comparative benchmarks. We’re not going to dive in too heavy on the technical side of things but rather try and keep it as a simple overview until we get real cards to play with.”

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XFX GF4 MX440 Review
OCAddiction :: Thursday, March 06, 2003

“The MX440-8X overclocked exceptionally well. With the stock heat sink, I was able to achieve a stable core speed of 375mhz. That is an incredible 100mhz over stock speed. With a little better contact with the heat sink, the core should be able to achieve higher stable overclock. As mentioned before, the memory is rated to run at 3.3ns, allowing the memory to run at least 606mhz. I was able to push the BGA ram to at least 675mhz before artifacts started showing up. ”

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Samsung SW-252B 52x24x52 CD-RW Review
PCStats :: Thursday, March 06, 2003

“While Samsung monitors are well known amongst consumers, the companies’ optical devices have only recently begun to generate notice amongst cash-strapped consumers. After all, the competition in the optical drive industry is incredibly high, and even mainboard manufacturers are entering into the fold. Enough of that, today we’re going to throw Samsung’s latest CD-RW the SW-252B into the pit and see just how it stands up to the competition. With a rating of 52x write, 24x rewrite and 52x read speed, you won’t be able to find anything faster then the SW-252B currently on the market. In terms of features, the drive has a large 8MB frame buffer as well as Buffer Under Run Free technology (all these BURN proof type technologies work on the same concept) and can support even 90min (790 MB) CD-R’s! The SW-252 also supports all the usual writing methods, DAO (Disc At Once), TAO (Track At Once), SAO (Session At Once) and Multi session Packet Writing (both variable and fixed). Unfortunately the Samsung SW-252B is not quite available to the public yet so I’m not sure how much the unit will retail for, but Samsung usually prices their products quite aggressively.”

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MSI GeForce4 Ti4600-TD8X review
ViperLair :: Monday, March 03, 2003

“The performance of this card was very nice indeed. In the Quake III engine based JKII the Ti4800 remained very ‘playable’ until 1600*1200 with all settings at maximum, when it becomes borderline in playability. Serious Sam SE shows the strength of the Ti4800 (or the weakness of the Parhelia) as it reaches above 60fps both at 1024*768 with maximum settings and at 1600*1200 with high settings, unlike both the Parhelia and the MX 440.”

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Sapphire 9100 Atlantis review
Riva3D :: Monday, March 03, 2003

“While everyone seems focused on the battle for the fastest card, there’s been a rather quiet little war brewing for entry-level graphics cards, and ATI is beginning to make their move with the introduction of the 9100 graphics chip, which is basically a higher clocked 9000. While this may not sound like much, in reality, it’s giving users a feature rich, low cost card with surprisingly good performance.”

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Albatron TI4680 Video Card Review @ FuriousTech
Furioustech :: Sunday, March 02, 2003

“Viedo cards there are lots of choices out there. You can spend up to $400.00 for the top card out there. Today I am looking at the Albatron nVIDIA TI4680 card. You can get a sub $200.00 card that will out preform the more expensive cards. I was totally impressed, as I think you will be also. Grab your favorite beverage and take a look at this offering from Alabatron!”

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