Gigabyte HD PR, X800 Pro/XT Linkage, RocketRAID and Other Swank Articles

Good evening friends :)  Sorry about this morning, but my Internet connection was DOA when I awoke this AM.  I placed an order for an upgrade to my Internet service a few days ago; and of course they choose the daytime to cut my service while they did the platform swap. :P  Nevertheless, I am back up and running and there is a slew of news to dig through, so, on with the show...


PRESS RELEASE- The High-Definition Gaming Experience
GV-R80X256V, GV-R80P256V and GV-R80P256D

Taipei, Taiwan, May 2004– Gigabyte Technology Co. formally announces the release of its much-anticipated new graphics accelerators, the GV-R80X256V, GV-R80P256V and GV-R80P256D. The release of the GV-R800 series is concurrent with the recent launch of ATI enthusiast-class RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition / RADEON X800 Pro VPU. The RADEON X800 series (the worlds most powerful VPU) sets a new standard in graphics performance and visual realism by delivering amazing graphics, abundant features and solid stability for the next-generation games and applications.

The GV-R80 series is based on the ATI RADEON X800 platform and is built on 0.13micron, low-k fabrication process technology for high levels of integration and superior operating clock speeds. A revolutionary image enhancement technology 3Dc defines a new high–definition gaming experience by providing higher detailed images at higher resolutions. With up to 16 pixel pipelines, parallel 3D architecture, programmable vertex pipelines and advanced pixel shader capabilities, immersive and complex special effects are possible. In addition, the 3Dc image enhancement technology brings characters to life and scenery to greater realism art with increased performance and lower memory usage. 3Dc is slated to become the industry standard to support real time complex high-definition visual effects. GV-R80 series brings you the best in-class performance for the most demanding applications today.

The GV-R80 series supports the latest version of both the DirectX 9.0 and Open GL 2.0 shader support to ensure current and upcoming games look and play brilliantly, especially in high–definition. As well, innate DVI support allows users to gain optimal visual quality of their digital monitors through direct digital graphics output while the integrated TV encoder provides TV-out functionality for greater media flexibility, and. The GV-R80 series also provide Video-In functionality for image editing and bundled S-Video to HDTV (YPrPb) Cable for future HDTV support.

Gigabyte not only seeks to offer its millions of customers a complete range of high-end graphics solutions, but also affordability of purchase. Gigabyte bundles PowerDVD 5.0, 3D Album DE2.03 and PowerDirector3 ME (For VIVO version only), as well as two exciting full-version games-- SpellForce and Rainbow SIX3—Raven Shield for added value and excitement for gaming fans. Make the Gigabyte GV-R80 series graphics card part of your PC and experience the cinematic-quality effects, studio-quality color, and industry-leading performance that you have come to expect.

Model
GV-R80X256V
GV-R80P256V
GV-R80P256D
VPU
ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition
ATI RADEON X800 Pro
ATI RADEON X800 Pro
Memory Size
256MB GDDR3
256MB GDDR3
256MB GDDR3
Memory Bus
256-bit
256-bit
256-bit
AGP Bus
8X
8X
8X
Pixel Pipeline
16
12
12
Direct X
9.x
9.x
9.x
DVI Port / D-SUB
Yes
Yes
Yes
VIVO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tools
V-Tuner2
V-Tuner2
V-Tuner2
Core / Memory CLK
520MHz / 560 MHz
475MHZ / 450MHz
475MHZ / 450MHz
Bundled Software PowerDVD 5.0
3D-Album DE2.03
Power Director3 ME
SpellForce
Rainbow SIX3—RavenShield
Counter Strike—
Condition Zero (For Optional)
PowerDVD 5.0
3D-Album DE2.03
Power Director3 ME
SpellForce
Rainbow SIX3—RavenShield
Counter Strike—
Condition Zero (For Optional)
PowerDVD 5.0
3D-Album DE2.03
Power Director3 ME
SpellForce
Rainbow SIX3—RavenShield
Counter Strike—
Condition Zero (For Optional)

 ATi X800 Pro/XT Linkage from around the web: Our very own EIC's look the ATi x800

HighPoint RocketRAID 1820A Review @ ClubOC

"While I've been out 'playing' on Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee, the folks back here on ClubOC have been hard at work on some serious reviewage. Scott has got a HighPoint RAID setup that utilizes up to eight Serial ATA drives and is capable of RAID 5 and 10 operation. Based on a 64-bit PCI interface, this card is for high performance server systems rather than your average desktop system. He takes aim at a comparable SCSI setup and tries to dethrone the performance king"

Thermalright SLK-948U Review @ ClubOC

"Thermalright has revamped the latest of their SLK series heatsinks to include the mounting hardware to accommodate AMD-64 processors. Keeping withUniversal tradition of allowing the heatsink to be used with Intel processors as well, the SLK-948U leans quite hard on previous SLK model design. Able to operate with a wide variety of cooling fans, the SLK-948U is competing hard for the spot on top of your CPU. I tested this unit with four different fans and even came up with a creative way to use the Vantec Tornado."

Gigabyte GO-W0804A 8X DVD RW Review @ T-Break

"Today, we take a look at a everything burner from Gigabyte, the GO-W0804A. What do I mean by everything? Well its simple really. It will burn DVD R media at 8x speeds and  DVD-R, DVD RW, DVD-RW media at lesser speeds CD-R, and CD-RW media are burned at 40x and 24x respectively. Needless to say this covers a lot of ground when it comes to media compatibility. As we all know however, the proof is in the pudding. Gigabytes new drive can talk the talk. But can it walk the walk?"

Thermaltake's Lanmoto Case @ TechTastic.ca

"With the popularity of LAN parties on the rise, the need for a light portable system is sought after more than ever. One way to lighten your load is to switch from the typical heavy steel computer case and move to an aluminum version. Today we take a look at a new aluminum case from Thermaltake called the Lanmoto. This new ultra light weight aluminum case not only looks good but also has some security features too."

AVC Z7U7408001 Heatpipe P4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech

"While the AVC Z7U7408001 is an amazingly powerful heatsink, what puts the AVC Z7U7408001 Intel Pentium 4 heatsink near the top of our list of reference heatsinks is quite simple; a powerful fan, two copper heatpipes, and two separate sets of cooling fins. Toss in a dose of copper here and there, some solder to firm up the joints, and there you have it - a 64 dBA loud heatsink which manages to rank in the performance cooler section of our comparison chart! AVC were good enough to include the blue-prints for this bad boy, so I can tell you with unprecedented clarity about what makes this compact Prescott FMB1.5 ready 83x95x71mm heatsink tick."

Well, I think that should keep you going for a while ;) - Cheers

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