Tech News February 2004

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PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Bravo 128MB
Hexus :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

“It’s difficult to manufacture an intrinsically bad Radeon 9600XT. PowerColor has done just fine with its attempt. It’s small, it’s quiet, it overclocks like a champ, and it doesn’t cost the earth. Just don’t expect super-smooth gameplay with every conceivable option turned to the maximum, especially with DX9 games. If you fully understand the architectural limitations that ATI had to make to the RV360 design for it to be a profitable GPU, you’ll appreciate that its forte is at medium resolutions with a reasonable level of image enhancement through edge and texture aliasing. ”

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Chaintech GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
TweakTown :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

“Yesterday we compared the performance of nVidia’s GeForce FX 5950 Ultra against ATI’s Radeon 9800 XT. Today we step down a class to the mainstream segment and put nVidia’s GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, in the form of the AA5700U from Chaintech, against ATI’s Radeon 9600 XT. Let the mainstream VGA battle begin!”

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Gainward GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Golden Sample Ultra/960 Dual-DVI 128MB
Hexus :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004
“We’re left with the nagging feeling that NVIDIA has orchestrated the premature death for the FX 5700 Ultra with its own 5900XT. Thus we think Gainward’s diligent NV36 efforts may prove futile.”

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MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128
ViperLair :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

“For the games of today, the MSI 5700 Ultra will do the job. Even for games that will come later on, the FX5700 Ultra is what we consider the bare minimum for playability. With the overclocking potential, you should be ok for the next few months.”

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Inno3D’s Geforce FX5700 Ultra
Techwarelabs :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

“Few video card retailers deviate from reference design these days, which makes the bundle and price of the card even more important. A 5700 Ultra purchased from Inno3D is likely to perform very close to the Nvidia reference design. Inno3D has choosen to manufacturer the card using a black PCB board and an attractive HSF cover. This card would look excellent in any case with color highlights and a window.”

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ATI 9600XT Review
GruntvillE :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

“This latest generation of the 9600 line is built around ATI’s RV360 GPU, an improved version of the RV350 that pushes the 9600 Pro cards. The most notable improvements denoted by the “XT” branding are the introduction of a new insulator that has less capacitance than the old silicate glass of the pro line, and the inclusion of GPU core temperature monitoring capabilities. Obviously these are two major steps towards improved overclockability of the card and should prove to be quite interesting in the benchmark phases.”

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Albatron PX 875P Pro Review
Overclocker Café :: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

At it’s basic, the Albatron PX 875P Pro motherboard is a good solid board. While the board is lacking in features that other 875 based boards might sport, not everyone needs those features. The lack of FireWire doesn’t make a difference to me, nor the lack of Gigabit LAN that other boards are starting to sport.

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PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 128MB
SystemCooling :: Sunday, February 01, 2004

“Well if you’re looking for a graphics card for that new system you’re building or are considering replacing what you currently have, today’s PowerColor 9600XT review will hopefully assist you in your decision. We will put the 9600XT through several different types of benchmarks and compare it’s performance to an ATI 9500Pro and 9700Pro.”

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ASUS Radeon 9600XT/TVD 128MB
Hexus :: Sunday, February 01, 2004

“When evaluating a product for a final rating, we look at a number of factors. Firstly, how much has the manufacturer done to appease a wide spectrum of users ?. How good is its implementation on the whole ?. What kind of value-adding features does it use that go beyond most others’ ?. Is the technology that it is based on sound ?. We feel that ASUS has done as much as anyone in relation to the RV360. Almost every facet is covered with thought and attention. Priced at around £145, it also represents good midrange value. Highly recommended.”

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SilverStone Mini Server Case Review
Voided Warranty :: Sunday, February 01, 2004

“Well just about everybody’s heard of Silverstone Technology and their lineup of Power Supplies, but did you know that they make cases too. Yep. Today we are going to be taking a look at this mini server case. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:”

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SilverStone B032FW Enclosure
TweakTown :: Sunday, February 01, 2004

“In the not too distant past, the thought of getting an aluminum case meant pouring out a huge chunk of change. While there are some high-dollar aluminum cases out there, it is getting easier to find them in a more reasonable price range lately. Come join us as we take a look at a low cost aluminum case with some very high end features and see for yourself if it is worth the meager entry fee!”

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ASUS Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra – Kings of the VGA Hill
TweakTown :: Friday, January 23, 2004

“Today we are looking at the two top dogs from both ATi and nVidia in the form of the Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra from ASUS. We pit them directly against a reference 9800 XT and an older 9800 Pro to find out who is the king of the hill in the VGA department.”

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Albatron GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Video Card Review
3dXtreme :: Friday, January 23, 2004

“We would like to thank Albatron for providing this card for review today. I have to admit I was a bit excited when I received this video card. The packaging was rather attractive and when I opened the box I was greeted with many goodies. Albatron has been known to deliver quality products and just from the looks of things this was no exception. But could this video card live up to expectations? Let’s find out…”

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Albatron KX18D Pro II Nforce2 Motherboard Review
Tweaknews :: Friday, January 16, 2004

“I am thoroughly impressed with this motherboard. Part of what one has to consider when purchasing any type of hardware is what they are getting for their money. What you are getting with the KX18D Pro II is a stable, feature-packed motherboard that overclocks like a dream. I know that a lot of people do not overclock their systems, and so care very little about such things. Frankly, that doesn’t matter. The board has so much to offer that even if you never stray from the default settings, you will still be very happy with your investment.”

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HIS Excalibur IceQ 256Meg DDR2 Radeon 9800pro Review
Tweaknews :: Friday, January 16, 2004

“The Excalibur IceQ 9800 pro embodies everything I have ever wanted in a videocard. The card is packed full of 256megs of fast DDR2 memory, includes a quiet and efficient monster cooler and for once there are memory sinks installed throughout the card. The performance numbers and results would easily make even the pickiest of gamers happy with the ability to handle quality settings and pump out great framerates without breaking a sweat.”

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