Futuremark Interview, Sapphire Radeon X1800XL
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"Over the years, Futuremark Corporation has launched a new version of their well-known application, 3DMark, to coincide with either a new version of DirectX or when there is a big enough range of products that offers support for specific key features within D3D. With three SM3.0 implementations currently on the market (NVIDIA's 6 and 7 series, as well as ATI's X1000 series), there is sufficient hardware support available to warrant a new benchmark that tests these capabilities. On this basis, we approached Futuremark with a series of questions; the first part of this exclusive interview aspects of their past and present status, as well as goals for the future."
"Microsoft, as is long suspected, decided to back HD DVD and (with Intel) pitched itself firmly in the anti-Sony camp for Blu-Ray, which is pretty much common news, but disregarding the common opinion that it did so due to their differences in the gaming console arena, we find that it really did have very pertinent reasons to go the HD DVD way and of course, Xbox 360 vs. Sony PS3 could be one of the reasons."
"Just how big is the CNPS7700-Cu? Try 5.5-inch in diameter! It's also 2.6-inch tall and weighs in at, hold on to your hat, 918 grams! This exceeds the maximum weight for an Intel P4 cooler over 100%! Special care should be taken when moving a computer equipped with CNPS7700-Cu as Zalman Tech is not responsible for any damage that may occurs when moving the computer."
"Sapphire gave us the heads up the other day that their Radeon X1800XL was coming off their factory line extremely soon and shipped to us straight away. As far as we can tell, this is one of the first retail offerings to be benchmarked so let's see what Sapphire have done package wise and have a look at one of the first X1800XL retail cards which is actually available on the market."
"Till today, notebook users have to content with a single hard disk and often a small one at that. Hard disk sizes of 40GB and 60GB are not only unheard of but actually in common use! Today, we are going to take a look at the new Seagate 100GB Momentus 7200.1 PATA notebook hard disk, which not only comes with 100GB of storage space but also 8MB of cache!"