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An Interview With ATi's VP Of Software, Ben Bar-Haim Executive Management at ATi shares their vision By -Dave Altavilla January 21, 2003     Hello Ben Bar-Haim, and thanks for letting us steal a few moments of your time here.  With the 3D Graphics market poised for yet another flurry of new hardware technology and competitive positioning, we thought it made sense to catch up with ATi and learn a little bit more about the Software side of your game plan. Before we dig in, could you please give us a little background on yourself?  What is your position within ATI and your specific responsibilities? [Ben] I?d like to start by thanking you for this great opportunity. I am the... Read more...
  The Chaintech 7NJS Zenith & Leadtek K7NCR18D-Pro Motherboards Nvidia's Nforce2 Chipset pushes out Dual Channel DDR By, Tom Laverriere December 16, 2002 When we think of motherboard chipsets, NVIDIA isn't always the first that comes to mind.  In fact, NVIDIA earns its stripes from their line of graphics chipsets and for good reason.  I would say only the enthusiasts and OEMs among us know that NVIDIA makes a motherboard chipset known as the nForce.  The first iteration of the nForce, proved itself to be a solid chipset backed by a reputable name.  Although most would agree that the nForce was a good match for the AMD platform, we would also agree that it needed some... Read more...
Gainward's AGP8X NVIDIA Powered "Golden Samples" Giving Things a Boost with AGP 8X By - Jeff Bouton December 03, 2002 When it comes to maintaining longevity in the video card market, nVidia seems to have the process down to a science.  Since the release of the GeForce4 series of GPUs last year, the product line has enjoyed a rather successful maturation process.  This maturity in nVidia's products has given manufacturers the ability to be creative with their designs, offering a wide variety of graphics card combinations.  Now, it isn't uncommon to see Ti4200 cards being offered with higher core and memory clock speeds, giving them Ti4600-like performance levels at a fraction... Read more...
   The HighPoint RocketRAID 404 (HPT374) 4 Channel PCI IDE RAID Controller... By, Marco Chiappetta October 10, 2002 Over the past few years, one of the most prolific integrated accessories found on high-end consumer class motherboards has got to be an IDE RAID controller. Virtually every OEM from Abit to Soyo now ship motherboards that are outfitted with a RAID controller.  These integrated solutions give users the ability to inexpensively boost drive throughput, or ensure data security by "striping" or "mirroring" their data across multiple drives.  They also give users the ability to simply plug more IDE devices into their motherboards.  If you look... Read more...
Abit's BD7II-RAID Vs. MSI's 845E Max2 BLR Two Fully Featured i845Es Do Battle... By, Marco Chiappetta August 6, 2002      With the release of their "new" Pentium 4s, Intel revised their mainstream i845 chipset to add official support for 533MHz front side bus frequencies.  This new revision of the i845, was dubbed the i845E, which is the chipset powering the two motherboards we'll be looking at today.  Abit's BD7II-RAID and MSI's 845E Max2 BLR are two full featured, Socket 478 mainboards, targeted squarely at the enthusiast looking for a quality product, that doesn't carry a premium price tag.  Both of these products have on-board RAID and Ethernet... Read more...
  The Chaintech 7VJL Motherboard Review KT333 and Gold, Lots of Gold By -Chris Angelini August 2nd, 2002 Someone over at Chaintech must have the Midas Touch.  Or, maybe they have been watching too many Dr. Dre music videos.  Regardless, everything we've seen from Chaintech lately has been heavily accented by gold.  Companies like ASUS, ABIT, MSI, and Gigabyte may have more corporate clout here in the United States, but Chaintech claims to be the fastest growing motherboard manufacturer in the world and is obviously sparing no expense to prove it.  The "bling bling" began with the A-GT61 GeForce4 Ti 4600 that we reviewed back in May, and it continues with the... Read more...
  The Raidmax Aluminum Series PSU 400 Watts of Goodness... By, Robert Maloney June 30, 2002 The Power Supply Unit (PSU) is a critical system component, however, it is often overlooked when building a system. An inferior power supply, or an underpowered one, can cause interference with other components, automatic system rebooting, drive errors and other problems than can be very hard to diagnose. An inferior PSU can also cause trouble if you expand your hardware, such as an upgrade to a new high-en Athlon XP or a Pentium 4, which may require more current than the cheap supply can provide, or the board may even need certain connections not currently available. The Raidmax Aluminum Series PSUs... Read more...
The Gainward GF4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP Golden Sample! An Awesome Card With an Insane Bundle... By - Marco Chiappetta June 20, 2002 Over the last year or so, Gainward has done an excellent job differentiating their NVIDIA based video boards from their competition's.  Gainward's designers and marketing team seem to have found a winning combination...high quality, hand-picked components that are guaranteed to overclock, on products that are sold at a competitive price.  Lately, with the high-end cards in their line-up, Gainward has also started including a useful array of software and accessories.  The card we'll be looking at here, the Gainward GeForce 4 PowerPack! Ultra 750 / XP... Read more...
The Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600 Flashy Packaging with Substance! By - Robert Maloney May 2, 2002 There is an old saying that goes something like, "bigger is better".  This definitely seems to apply when talking about video cards. The GeForce 4 is the fourth generation in NVIDIA's GeForce line, and each new installment seems just that much bigger and better, than those that came before it. Today we are going to look at Chaintech's A-GT61.  This is Chaintech's "Special Edition" model using GeForce 4 Titanium 4600 technology, currently the flagship of their line of video cards. We feel this card is a beauty to behold, with its dark PCB board and golden heatsinks... Read more...
  The DFI AD73 RAID Motherboard Review Plain on the Outside, Powerful on the Inside By, Jeff Bouton April 18, 2002 When it comes to chipsets, VIA's KT266A has matured into what has undoubtedly become one of the most popular chipsets on the market today.  But this maturity didn't come without a few bumps along the way.  When we first saw glimpses of the original KT266, there was a lot of talk of major improvements in performance, but we soon found out that it wasn't the case.  As more people started using motherboards with the new chipset, VIA was plagued by increasing reports of poor memory performance.  As more an more people experienced this problem, the picture became... Read more...
  Dueling i845 DDR Boards From Abit and Asus Abit's BD7-RAID and Asus' P4B266 Take Flight By, Dave Altavilla January 23, 2002   We're back again with a look at two new motherboards based on Intel's recently released i845D chipset with DDR SDRAM support.  Our initial look at the i845D was centered around some fairly standard issue offerings from Intel and DFI.  MSI was the only "tweaker's" board that we put to the test in that round-up and it certainly shined heads and tails above the rest.  This time around, we have entries from two strong veterans in the "enthusiast/tweaker's" motherboard market, Abit and Asus. We all know Abit's approach with their... Read more...
The Gainward Titanium Series Line-up Pure Performance By - Marco Chiappetta January 3, 2002 We have stated on numerous occasions that with the video card market in it's current state, differentiating one product from another has become increasingly more difficult for both manufacturers and consumers.  Now that the ATi Radeon 7500 and 8500s have arrived and have matured nicely, there are finally other legitimate, high-performance alternatives out there.  If you have an NVIDIA based video card in mind however, choosing one manufacturer's card over another is a confusing task.  Due to the fact that, virtually all NVIDIA powered boards are based on standard reference designs and use... Read more...
The DFI AK76 AMD 760 Mainboard Via and AMD...What a Combination! By Jeff Bouton 7/18/01   One of the more beneficial new technologies to appear in the last year is Double-Data Rate RAM.  The benefits of this technology has become widely known and as a result, widely adopted my most major motherboard and videocard manufacturers.  When it was initially introduced, price differences between standard SDRAM and DDR were fairly large.  However with recent price drops in the market, DDR has become a far more economical and widely adopted solution.  Allowing for superior performance with current technologies and memory prices now equivalent to SDRAM, DDR has solidified its place... Read more...
Abit's TH7II-Raid & Skt. 478 P4 CPU! Setup for the next generation of Intel's Flagship By, Dave Altavilla August 16, 2001   All indications are that we are shaping up for a very busy fall here in the PC Hardware scene.  New Processors, Motherboard Chipsets and Form Factors, Graphics Cards and Graphics Chipset, are coming to fruition from various manufacturers and we get the feeling that a tidal wave of technology is upon us.  Perhaps the US and world economies have hit a proverbial speed bump but for sure, investment in R&D and next generation technology continues with vigor. Adding fuel to the fire, Abit Computer has released a follow on product to their well designed... Read more...
Abit's KT7A-RAID Socket A Motherboard Don't miss out... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta March 8, 2001 The competition in the CPU and motherboard chipset markets over the last year or so has been incredible. AMD has evolved into Intel's fiercest competitor and are consistently gaining market share. AMD's Athlon line of CPUs have steadily won over power users and budget shoppers alike with their high performance and relatively low prices (at the time this is being written a 1.2GHz T-Bird is selling for $236, while a 1 GHz Pentium III sells for $251). AMD can attribute their current market status not only to their great product, but to another company's efforts...VIA Technologies. A great... Read more...
Abit's SA6R - i815E With Highpoint ATA100 RAID Controller The i815E board with an attitude and a 1GHz. Flip Chip to back it up By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 11/1/00   Motherboards mature, like fine wine as the months go on, after a new chipset is released.  Intel has had the highly anticipated i815E integrated chipset out for a few months now and the Motherboard Manufacturers are really beginning to polish their product line offerings based on this chipset. At first, we saw some pretty straight forward designs with not too many frills or extras beyond the i815E's well rounded feature set.  Now things are starting to get a little more exotic when it comes to i815E boards and... Read more...
Abit's SE6 and BX133-RAID The Intel PC133 BX versus i815 - Where the rubber meets the road. By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 7/30/00   As the saying goes, "old habits die hard".  In this case, power users have turned the Intel BX chipset platform time and time again, for no compromise high end PC performance.  As technology matures, there are always "trailing edge" standbys that are not quick to adopt new standards.  For many folks, today's new mix of "PC133" based products from Intel doesn't offer enough incentive to make the jump over to the newer platforms.  Still for others, having the latest and greatest is important and the extra... Read more...
The All New Abit TH7II-Raid & Skt. 478 P4 CPU! i850 Socket 478 Motherboard and a glimpse of Intel's new CPU By, Dave Altavilla August 6, 2001   This is just a bit of "show and tell", so to speak, on an all new motherboard from Abit and the new Socket 478 Pentium 4 CPU!  The TH7II-RAID is Abit's follow on product to our favorite P4 motherboard, the TH7-RAID.  The TH7II-RAID is designed around Intel's i850 chipset as well, except the board comes equipped with an "mPGA478" (Micro Pin Grid Array w/ 478 pins) socket to house Intel's latest CPU. Click all images for full viewing   On board ATA100 RAID of course is included and there are a few more bells and... Read more...
The Gainward GeForce3 Power Pack !!! Golden Sample Tastefully Selected GeForce3 Goodness By Dave Altavilla 9/10/01 GeForce3 cards are in total abundance these days.  As an OEM, to compete in this space and get more than your fair share of the market, one must differentiate.  With the plethora of "reference design" cards on the retail shelves, it is extremely easy for your product to get lost in the crowd, unless you have brand name recognition. By now you are probably thinking, "what's with the face on the left of this page?".  Take a good look at that face and remember it.  That face is the company logo for a Taiwanese based OEM by the name of Gainward. ... Read more...
Home Grown Networking and Modems from ActionTec Electronics https://www.actiontec.com   Not long ago, "Home Networking" was a segment of the PC and Peripheral Market that did not even exist. However along with the huge success of the Personal Computer and the Internet within the mainstream and "Family/SOHO" (Small Office/Home Office) space, came the Multi-PC Household. Soon, for today's average family, one PC was not enough. It was as if the "Great Telephone Line Battle" was raged again but this time on a different precious commodity, "Computer Time". Now instead of hogging the phone lines for voice calls, Teens are sucking up MHz. and bandwidth in the Chat Rooms and Web Pages of the Internet.... Read more...
PC133 CAS2 SDRAM Module Competition Corsair Vrs. Mushkin By Dave Altavilla - September 19, 2000   Like building a house on a solid foundation, there is just no substitute for good memory, when it comes to performance computing.  Virtually all of the various components in your PC access main system memory at some point or another.  Whether you are an avid "Over-Clocker" or the conservative type, there is nothing more essential to system stability than a robust Main Memory Subsystem.  Having memory installed that is capable of handling the high end clock rates of today's modern system busses, can be the difference between "rock solidness" and an irritating... Read more...
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