Good morning friends, how was your night? The news front is moving at a ferocious pace today. With articles/reviews from just about everyone I can thinking of, you will surely need an XL coffee to get through this one. Here is your AM shot of juice...
New NVIDIA ForceWare Release 60 Graphics Driver Now Available
New Unified Driver Architecture Release Unleashes High-Performance and Broad Range of Capabilities of GeForce 6 Series GPUs
SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 21, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced the availability of its new NVIDIA ForceWare Release 60 driver. Part of NVIDIA's Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), ForceWare Release 60 for add-in graphics cards based on NVIDIA GeForce™ graphics processing units (GPUs). This new driver release includes many new features, performance enhancements and support for the Company's new GeForce 6 series graphics GPUs. The Microsoft WHQL-certified NVIDIA ForceWare Release 60 driver is available for immediate download at www.nvidia.com/drivers.
"The nForce3 150 was met with nothing more than a fizzle in the enthusiast world. So when the nForce3 250 came out, it had to make a big impact. Chaintech offered up this chipset in ther VNF3-250. The VNF3-250 offers a lot in terms of configuration, but will it live up to its Zenith logo in terms of performance, eventhough there's a tiny Value tagged at the end of it? "
"Thermaltake is continuing to deliver high quality power supplies. As long as the price is good I think that the Thermaltake Total Watts Viewer 480 active PFC power supply would be a great addition to any new, or upgraded PC. The 480 total watt rating should provide more than adequate power, and the TWV display is something to show off to all your friends."
"I'm typing this review in MS Word, Winamp is playing a song from an Internet radio station, mIRC is in another corner and for all intents and purposes the system is pretty much idle, with the odd spike up to 8% CPU usage. During all this, my CPU temperature is holding at 38C in utter silence, no fans. That's pretty damn good to me."
"At $55 (400W PSU included), the APEX TU-150 is obviously not going to garner a lot of excitement, especially considering the understated design. But as you know, it's the $55 cases that can be the perfect base for some of the most insane case mods out there! But is the TU-150 worthy of your attention?"
"Overclockability has been a key selling point of the ATI Radeon 9600XT over the last 10 months. The card has a great amount of overclocking headroom, and since the Radeon X600 XT is essentially the same card under the hood, we expected it to be a decent overclocker as well. Our results weren't disappointing; we were able to get an overclock of 60MHz from the core and 50MHz from the memory of the Radeon X600 XT, giving us a final core speed of 560MHz and memory speed of 840MHz."
"My first experience with Meridian Technology was about two years ago when I came across their aluminum case in the Global Sources magazine. It was nothing revolutionary and pretty standard for that time. Well today we'll be taking a look at a brand new offering from Meridian, the XClio. As you'll see the XClio delivers a pre-modded look that is second to none and why its tasteful futuristic styling, features and cost make it a pure winner."
"Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at the Samsung 243T, the long-awaited follow-up to Samsung's first generation 24 inch screen, the 210T. The 243T boasts an incredible WUXGA screen with a 1920 x 1200 native resolution, along with a 25ms pixel refresh rate. The 243T is also one of the most flexible LCD screens we've ever seen, which is impressive considering the size of the actual LCD panel."
"If I learned anything from this article it's that it doesn't pay to take your eye off the mid-range sector, even just for a second. You do so, concentrating on all that's shiny and new and when you glance back you've got dual-DVI boards aplenty. It's a mini paradigm shift that the market has been waiting for for some time, so it's nice to see it finally taking effect, even if it's just from one or two vendors."
Catch you in a little while friends :) - Cheers