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With the NDA a thing of the past, the reviews of ATI's flagship X1800 XT Crossfire configuration have begun to pour in. We've listed all the reviews we could find thus far and will give you a teaser of what Marco thought in our own review of ATI's latest pride and joy. Hot Hardware Beyond3D Anandtech PC Perspective ExtremeTech  In the end, X1800 XT CrossFire proved to be a very high performing platform, that offered excellent image quality at smooth frame rates. We are a bit concerned over the instability we experienced during some of our testing, but we suspect these issues will be ironed out with future driver releases. We also suspect ATI will be able to wring more performance out of... Read more...
The onslaught of ATI announcements this quarter continues today, with the official unveiling of the Radeon X1800 XT Master Edition graphics card -- the "missing link" necessary to run a pair of X1800 cards in a dual-GPU CrossFire configuration. From the end of September '05 through to today, ATI has announced and released a top-to-bottom line-up of graphics products in rapid succession, in an effort to bolster their product lines in time for the peak holiday buying season. But ATI's intentions aren't just about getting products on store shelves in time for Santa to place them under the tree. In frank conversations with representatives from ATI, we were also told that the company's recent... Read more...
If you have a 64-bit CPU, you might be itching to try a 64-bit OS. While software support has grown from Windows XP x64 Edition, you'll probably still want to keep Windows XP 32-bit on your hard disk as a backup. PCSTATS has written a short but sweet guide on installing multiple versions of Windows, which shows you just how easy it is. "To most people, the logical answer is to install Windows XP x64 Edition while still keeping XP 32-bit intact on the system. This allows you to mix and match the two operating systems, avoiding software failure and discovering which is best for each application and game. While this is a bit of a drain on hard... Read more...
Cluboverclocker has a review of the Cooler Master AMMO 533 ATX PC Enclosure.  This is a full gaming case with carry handle and a real industrial look.  It kind of reminds me of a Pevey guitar amp.  Nonetheless, these guys were impressed with the Ammo 533 ATX case, so take a look and see if it belongs on your holiday wish list. "To help out the gamers, especially those who like to LAN up, Cooler Master has added a new ATX mid-tower enclosure to their product line. The Ammo 533 has all the features you expect wrapped up with some pretty unique styling. A heavy-duty SECC construction chassis, 120mm ventilation fans, and plenty of... Read more...
Microsoft is still trying to catch up to the feature reach FireFox browser, and today PCstats gives a bit of an IE7 preview. Given Microsoft still maintains browser dominance, there's a lot they need to do to keep it that way. "PCSTATS looks at the new features which Microsoft plans to bring to the table With Internet Explorer 7, and examine how the underlying functionality of the browser has changed to better protect your computer. Internet Explorer has the distinction of being the browser most targeted by all forms of spyware, malware, and other nasties, so more security is always good news. Essential features like tabbed browsing are just... Read more...
Dave at Beyond3D has just posted an interesting bit of news regarding whether ATI's All-in-Wonder graphics cards could ever be used in a Crossfire configuration. In the past, ATI has hinted that this sort of combination would certainly be possible. However, Dave does a good job of outlining the pros and cons as to whether this configuration will ever make it to market.Previous indications from ATI suggested that Crossfire with All-In-Wonder's would be possible, but the solutions requiring a master card did not have the software to display any TV images; now however, probably due to the level of software development required, ATI are stating that Crossfire solutions that require a master board... Read more...
VoIP has quickly become a way to talk to anyone, almost anywhere, while bypassing the standard phone system. It can be cheap, but there are also cons, such as needing highspeed internet. BFR takes a look at the budding service, and explores the pros and cons of VoIP. "VOIP is quickly becoming more reliable and receiving wider acceptance. In fact, phone companies are already taking advantage of the technology to provide cheaper long distance rates. Like any emerging technology, however, there are kinks in the system that are still being worked out."... Read more...
Once the reports of faulty XBox 360's started hitting the net, lawsuit stories couldn't be far behind. Microsoft is now being sued for the defects in the console, which includes overheating that causes the system to crash. Microsoft claims the reports of overheating stem from only a small fraction of units that were sold, but they declined to say the exact number of reports. "The proposed class action claims that in Microsoft's bid to gain share in the $25 billion global video game market, the company was so intent on releasing the Xbox 360 before competing next-generation machines from Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). and Nintendo Co Ltd. that... Read more...
Recently, Microsoft has announced they're new "Open XML" format, in order to ease fears of their growing document format dominance. But is Open XML really that open? Kevin Carmoney over at The Tech Zone isn't so sure of that. "Microsoft is only doing this because they are facing competition from the likes of Adobe and the emerging OpenDocument standard. Microsoft would certainly prefer for the world to use their proprietary file formats, such as .doc (Word for Windows), .xls (Excel) and .ppt (PowerPoint). As long as most people are using these closed formats, it becomes much more difficult for alternatives, such as OpenOffice.org and... Read more...
For the last few years, there has been an undeniable trend towards packing all the functionality and performance of a full-fledged desktop system into a smaller form factor. As one of the chief pioneers of this new form factor, Shuttle enjoyed having dominant market share as they were one of the only true contenders in the SFF category. Fortunately for consumers, several new vendors have begun to show interest in SFF systems and are now offering some very viable solutions of their own. Biostar is one such company and they are attacking the SFF segment with a vengeance. Today, we'll be looking at the new iDEQ 350G to see how Biostar is aiming to take over the SFF market. As one would expect, the... Read more...
Ryan at PC Perspective has just posted a review of the Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire Edition motherboard. Based upon the ATI Xpress 200 Crossfire Edition chipset, it should be interesting to see how Asus faired in dealing with an ATI chipset. Granted, ATI has had some growing pains initially in the chipset market, though their latest efforts seem to be gathering praise everywhere you look.The A8R-MVP isn't available at any online stores yet that I could see and so retail pricing is up in the air. The best guess that I have based on Asus' estimates is that you should be able to find the board for about $125, much lower than the $200 that the DFI RDX200 is going for. If this is how things turn out, I... Read more...
Josh Walrath over at PenStar Systems writes about the soaring costs of high-end graphics cards. How high can prices eventually go? Will we ever see a single card cost $1000? I don't know that answer, but certainly I wouldn't be surprised to see one in the next few years. In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail for well above $549. Not only that, but with SLI and CrossFire the hard core enthusiast has the ability to spend $1500 alone on the graphics subsystem of their computer (in this case 2 x... Read more...
Another game, another guide. TweakGuides.com has updated their NFS: Most Wanted Tweak Guide, which you NFS fans should check out. "I bought the retail version of NFS:MW today and finally got the chance to update my Need for Speed: Most Wanted Tweak Guide. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should give it a try. If you have read it, check pages 4 and 10 again in particular for new tips and info which you should find useful."... Read more...
Microsoft has finally decided to open up it's office document formats. Complying with the request from government and other agencies, Microsoft will offer it's Excel, Word, and PowerPoint formats as open standards. "Microsoft has been facing increasing pressure from governments and agencies that have insisted on standards compliance for their software. Microsoft executives confirmed that the move would help the company win contracts from public authorities that want software based on open standards."... Read more...
With the recent release of NiBiTor 2.5a(the Nvidia BIOS Editor), MKVTech has updated their NiBiTor guide. Version 2.5a offers support for the GeForce 7800GTX, and 7800GTX 512MB, among other things."MVKTech just released an updated version of the NiBiTor guide for those who would like a better idea of how the application works. Our goals was to provide a generalized understanding on how to use the application properly and effectively. You will find information such as build history, BIOS support and a wealth of information that will bring a better understanding to its use. The guide is now compliant with the lastest release of NiBiTor (v2.5a - Released 15 November 2005)." ... Read more...
Anandtech has been given a first-hand preview of a X1800XT Crossfire setup on the latest chipsets from ATI. Despite a few initial speed-bumps, the chipset division seems to finally be up to speed and ready to release some exceptional new products. Granted, we'll reserve final judgement until we have some retail boards in our hands though statements like the following certainly leave one optimistic.Because X1800XT Crossfire and The RD580 chipset have not yet officially launched, ATI has asked that we not publish hard benchmarks of our results, since they will likely change in final release versions. We can, however, talk in general terms about performance. Those of you who believe ATI is far behind... Read more...
Mr. Koroush Ghazi has been at it again, creating comprehensive tweak guides for today's hottest games. The latest guide has been written for the recently released Need For Speed: Most Wanted.The game has been designed for consoles, and as such there are no major .ini/.cfg files which can be played around with. So instead the guide focuses on giving you the rundown on how the various in-game settings affect image quality and performance through a series of screenshot comparisons and performance discussions. ... Read more...
MSI P4N Diamond @ Viperlair: "While the board did not sit on top of every benchmark, it has the potential to be one of the fastest gaming platforms for Intel. Benchmarks don't tell the whole story though, as the P4N Diamond proved to be a reliable board throughout testing and is stacked with enough features that it should be able to survive in most people's PC for a long while." Asus P5LD2-VM Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org: "The ASUS P5LD2-VM board is an interesting contrast. At a retail price of $109, this board is excellent for the consumer looking for a low-priced, high performance board. Feature-wise it's an ok board, with the noticeable absence of a RAID controller... Read more...
Albatron nForce4 K8SLI @ Bjorn3D: "Sometimes us reviewer tend to forget that not everyone have the money to buy one of the latest and fastest cards available. Instead of a GeForce 7800GT or GeForce 7800GTX many instead have opted for cheaper, but yet capable, GeForce 6600GT. But what if you have one of those and want to in a cheap way increase the graphics performance? NVIDIA has the solution with SLI. Pop in a second card and in theory get double the performance. Today I am looking at one of the cheaper SLI-capable motherboards on the market, the K8SLI from Albatron. " Dual Graphics Card Showdown: CrossFire vs SLI vs 16X SLI: "We compare using the X850XT PE in CrossFire mode versus... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! We just got some interesting news by way of Asus. It turns out they've already got a BIOS file ready to enable ATI CrossFire support on their P5WD2 Intel 955X based motherboard (you can see our review of this motherboard right here). Here is a quick snip from the e-mail that we just received... "Now you can enjoy Crossfire technology on ASUS P5WD2 as well. When you receive ASUS P5WD2 Premium, you may have question about what is the secondary PCI Express for? ASUS is always think ahead to provide solution for future upgrade. Attached BIOS is the latest BIOS to support CrossFire graphic cards." This is interesting news for sure, but ATI still has to deliver... Read more...
Hey folks! There were a couple big releases yesterday... Day of Defeat: Source is now available, as well as the Call of Duty 2 demo. The CoD demo offers one single player level and weighs in at 656MB. FileFront, FileShack both have the demo, and you can use Filerush if your into torrents. As for DoD:S, you can purchase at www.steampowered.com for $20. Enjoy! Corsair Strikes Partnership with ASUSTek and Announces the World's Highest Performing "Asus-Ready" 1GB Module for the AMD Platform -- Jointly developed with ASUS for its new A8N32-SLI Deluxe/WiFi motherboards, the new 1GB XMS-3500LL PRO memory is tailor-made at super low latencies of 2-3-2-6-1T to supercharge the new platform --... Read more...
When ATi announced their new CrossFire multi-GPU rendering technology months ago, it could have been viewed by many enthusiasts and the market as more of a reactionary response to NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology than anything else.  When our preview showcase article was posted, hardware was still months away from being a reality and since then, only bits and pieces have leaked out on performance expectations.  Regardless, what looked good then on paper, certainly needed to be taken with a grain of salt and a dash of skepticism, since frankly no one could be certain of product performance claims without hardware in hand.  All the while, NVIDIA's SLI product offering and the all-important... Read more...
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