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The 3dfx Voodoo 5 Run Down A discussion with Alf Covey of 3dfx  A transcript of the HotHardware Forum Section By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 4/19/00   We are now officially in count down mode with the imminent release and launch of the 3dfx Voodoo 5, in a matter of weeks.  Over the past three weeks, the HotHardware forum has been buzzing with talk about this next generation of product from the company that many call  " The God Fathers of 3D".  3dfx has always maintained an accessible presence in the End User / Online community and it was no surprise when Alf... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodootv 200 PCI Not just 3D Anymore... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 10/24/00 Since their inception, 3dfx has been known as a leading manufacturer of high end 3D chipsets. From the beginning the Voodoo name was synonymous with gaming and has been a dominant brand at retail. They are arguably responsible for the entire PC 3D revolution  Their newest product to carry the "Voodoo" brand is the Voodootv 200 PCI. I know what you're all thinking, "So what's the big deal?"  Well, this Voodoo product has absolutely nothing to do with 3D or gaming for that... Read more...
The Visiontek GeForce3 Powered by NVIDIA and made in the USA By Dave Altavilla 5/24/2001   "Board Stuffing", that's what the industry affectionately calls what the folks at Visiontek do as their core business unit.  Otherwise known as "Contract Manufacturing", in a nut shell, Visiontek will take a customer's "Bill of Materials" also known as a BOM (lots of new lingo here eh?), procure the raw parts (chips and circuit boards) and then assemble the product.  At that point they may even box it up and ship it to their customer's end customer.  This... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Everything 5564 Personal Cinema A Cheap Date With Multi-Media By - Dave Altavilla November 19, 2001 Convergence, that's what the multi-media scene is all about.  In addition to conjuring up printed documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphs, the  modern personal computer, for the average household, has become more of an entertainment medium than anything else.  3D Gaming, music and video are all data types that today's computers must process and handle in real-time. As a result, virtually all of the available graphics chipset technologies on the market, have the... Read more...
        Needless to say, there sure has been a lot of hype and fan-fare on the net these days with respect to NVidia's next generation technology in 3D Graphics, The GeForce256 chip. High hopes have been built up on new levels of performance with this new technology. In addition new features are being touted as ground breaking enhancements in speed and image quality. We were pleased when Leadtek asked us to be one of the first review sites on the net to put their new GeForce256 based card through its paces. Let's take a look at Leadtek's WinFast GeForce256 and see what all the... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 DDR Double Your Data Rate - Double Your Fun Semiconductor Technology is fascinating.  An engineer will come up with a new technology that allows for a significant increase in performance over existing technology, as with the NVidia GeForce.  As the new platform matures, the speed and throughput of given device is realized and the limitations are exposed.  At that point, another brilliant engineer sets out to improve again on the initial design in an effort to alleviate the bottlenecks and achieve yet an even higher level of performance.  As we... Read more...
The GeForce2 GTS Has Arrived! And A Look At Leadtek's Winfast GeForce2 GTS 4/26/00 By Dave "Davo" Altavilla   This week has been relentless.  It is as if the WinHEC conference is the designated battle ground for the PC Graphics Industry and the war has been waged with a vengeance.  Now if only we media types can keep up with the onslaught of announcements without burning out, life will be pretty good.  Tonight the NDA for NVidia's next generation processor has been lifted.  The following information will be presented as a two part piece.  A look at the GeForce2... Read more...
 WinTV USB  USB TV Tuner Statistics have shown that the average American watches at least 10-20 hours of TV a week (give or take a few hours). However, ever since the introduction of computers, the average computer users probably watches less TV and surfs the net more. That's where the USB WinTV comes in to play. Starring at the computer screen all day and night can be boring and static, so let me introduce you to a device that will turn you back into a spud and into a chair potato. Hauppauge the company is well known for their TV cards. Their use of the BT48 chipset has pretty much made... Read more...
The X-Micro Impact 4 Ultra Haven't I seen you somewhere before? By, Jeff Bouton January 25, 2001 Today we?ll be taking a look at yet another product from Taiwan based X-Micro.  Not long ago I had the pleasure of taking the Hulk V GeForce2 MX card for a ride around the block and as you may have already heard, I liked it!  In fact, I liked it so much that it has remained the video card of choice in my second system.  This time around, X-Micro has brought to the table their latest offering, the X-Micro Impact 4 Ultra.  Fresh out of the box, it?s obvious that X-Micro has taken the... Read more...
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