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The Tyan Tachyon G9500 Pro A Power-packed card for the mainstream "Burned in" by Robert Maloney May 8, 2003     Often, when you look at hardware ads in magazines, you will see somewhere in there a benchmark score.  A 3DMark score to be more specific, will scream "16,348 out of the box", or list the system components with a number at the bottom.  While these are prevalent, why aren't Winstones or other system benchmarks shown as often?  The reason is, no other section of the computer hardware market is as hotly contested and eagerly anticipated as the graphics industry.  New, more powerful graphics cards fuel the games we play each day. ... Read more...
  Review on the Abit BH7 Motherboard The Legend Continues... By Robert Maloney April 9th, 2003 Everyone holds a few memories close to their heart; their first kiss, the first time they drove a car solo, and the first time they got a sweet overclock on a motherboard.  OK, that last one might be a bit of a stretch, but there are a few of us who have clung onto boards, perhaps longer than we should have, because the features and stability made it such a winner.  Abit's BH6 was just such a board.  It was a reputation builder for Abit, and was widely regarded as one of the best 440BX boards of its day.  The BH6 helped herald in the age of jumperless boards, making system setup... Read more...
  The VIA P4PB Ultra Motherboard Review Intent on Total System Performance for the P4 By Robert Maloney March 19th, 2003 Our first impression of the VIA P4PB Ultra, when the box showed up on the testing bench, was that it screamed (literally) that it was here to play.  From the no-nonsense black box with a guy yelling (at what we have yet to find out) to the impressive bundle within, it was clear that VIA was out to stake their own claim on the Pentium 4 Enthusiast Motherboard playing field.  Legally, it has been a mostly uphill battle for VIA, who claims that the rights to the P4's system bus architecture, were acquired when they bought out S3 Graphics.  Intel, which designs... Read more...
  ATI 'M10' Mobile Graphics Preview Mobile Gaming Diversifies By, Chris Angelini March 13th, 2003 The computer industry has been in the doldrums as of late.  And as much as we want to deny it, business isn't picking up as quickly as the analysts forecasted.  It isn't voodoo, though.  There is no witchcraft involved in judging the future of the fair industry in which we work.  Look at the roadmaps - processors continue getting faster, core logic adapts in time, and we are continually treated to more I/O bandwidth.  But that's to be expected.  That is what we call evolution.  What the industry needs is something to reignite the excitement that was felt when... Read more...
  Tyan S2662 Trinity i7205 Dual Channel DDR for the Pentium 4 By, Chris Angelini February 24th, 2003 KISS - four letters that together, can mean so many different things.  It's a '70's rock band, it's a gesture of affection, and for Tyan, it's an acronym.  "Keep It Simple, Stupid" - quite possibly the best way to avoid costly mistakes that occur when a manufacture gets over-ambitious in its motherboard design.  Indeed, Tyan's corporate overview cites reliability as a primary focus of the company and its products reflect that.  And as a result, Tyan has established a reputation for dependable server and workstation boards, only recently venturing into graphics... Read more...
  The ATi Radeon 9800 Pro Full Release Review ATi Technologies Distances Itself From NVIDIA Once Again By, Dave Altavilla March 5, 2003 This article and review showcase should come as no surprise to those of you that have been following the never ending saga of World Domination in the 3D Graphics Card arena.  Just a few short weeks after NVIDIA officially allowed the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra to peek its head out from the test lab and on to the pages of no more than a couple select on-line and print media publications, the Engineering and Marketing teams at ATi are launching another volley right back at their competitor, once formerly known as the "Chipzilla" of 3D Graphics. ... Read more...
The Abit BG7E Motherboard Review An Abit Board For the Masses... By Robert Maloney February 24, 2003 A few months back, we published a three board round-up of products based on the new Intel I845PE Chipset, including one from Abit, that being the BE7-RAID.  Without regurgitating facts about the chipset, suffice it to say that it proved to be a great update of the original I845, providing official support (finally) for DDR333 memory, as well as 533MHz FSB Pentium 4 CPUs, USB 2.0, and 6-channel on-board audio.  All of the boards that we reviewed really shined in the performance and overclocking areas, and we were hoping for more of the same with today's entry, the Abit BG7E.  At... Read more...
  The Asus A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard Review May the 'nForce2' be with you By, Jeff Bouton January 9, 2003 Back when NVIDIA first announced they were entering the chipset market, one couldn?t help but wonder if companies like Via, Intel and SiS were looking over their shoulders.  At the time, NVIDIA shared control of the high end 3D Graphics market with no one, although ATi was poised for a long overdue resurgence.  The question was whether or not the company, who was extremely successful in the graphics card industry, would be able to carry that success over to the chipset market.  Certainly on-line media was eager to see if they were going to be able to inject new energy into... Read more...
Intel D845PEBT2 i845PE Motherboard Review Intel Appeals to the Enthusiast By: Chris Angelini December 29, 2002 Intel certainly has an established reputation when it comes to motherboards.  In most regards, its reputation is solid but hardware enthusiasts generally don't recognize Intel for supporting those whom derive utility from pushing a processor or motherboard to the limit.  Intel would rather see a group of power users purchase 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processors instead of overclocking their less-expensive 2.53GHz chips to the same level.  Clock multipliers on both Pentium 4 and Athlon XP processors are locked by both chip manufacturers as a result of this mentality. ... Read more...
ASUS P4S8X SiS 648 Motherboard AGP 8X, Serial ATA and More! By: Chris Angelini December 16, 2002 Manufacturing chipsets for AMD's Athlon XP is one thing.  SiS, VIA and NVIDIA all vie for market share by focusing on different areas, be it price, performance or features.  Contending with Intel in the Pentium 4 chipset market is quite a different story, though.  Between the i850E, i845PE, and latest E7205 Granite Bay chipset, Intel has maintained a commanding position in the Pentium 4 chipset market.  VIA has tried, with limited success, to attract attention with its P4X266 and P4X400 chipsets, but Intel has been quick to file suit, claiming VIA doesn't possess the necessary... Read more...
  ATI RADEON 9700 and 9500 Family Preview Meet The Whole Family! By: Chris Angelini October 24th, 2002 ATI has been hammering away at NVIDIA?s firm grasp on the hearts and minds of gamers, multimedia enthusiasts, corporate users and laptop owners.  Up until now, they have done so with individual product announcements, like the RADEON 9700 Pro, RADEON 9000 Pro, and so on.  Each card effectively delivered a well-aimed blow to NVIDIA?s comprehensive lineup, currently consisting of the GeForce4 Ti and MX families.  With the 9000 and 8500 cards covering the mainstream market, ATI is poised to further its cause in the mid and high-end 3D arenas, filling the gap between the RADEON... Read more...
  The MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR Motherboard Review VIA's KT400 Chipset Matched With MSI's Best By, Jeff Bouton October 27, 2002 Most of us remember the transition from VIA's KT266A to the KT333 chipset.  We had been patiently waiting for a worthy successor to the popular KT266A, anxious to see the next level in chipset performance.  In the end, what we ended up with were some nice feature enhancements, but some insignificant performance gains.  Upon closer inspection of the two chipsets, we soon found that overall they weren't all that different.  Aside from adding support for 333MHz DDR-RAM and USB 2.0, the two chipsets were essentially the same.  With a 25% increase in... Read more...
  ATI All In Wonder 9700 Pro Review The Fastest 3D in a Multimedia Package By: Chris Angelini November 4th, 2002 Back in September, ATI gave us a peek at a project on which its multimedia team had been working.  Dubbed the All in Wonder RADEON 9700 Pro, we knew it would be incorporating the R300 Visual Processing Unit (VPU).  Imagine our surprise when ATI also divulged that the 3D core would probably be running at the same frequency as its flagship RADEON 9700 Pro card.  Typically, All In Wonder variants, when first introduced to the market, had to be scaled back in clock speed a bit - but not this one.   From there, the preview only got better. Not only would the... Read more...
  ATI All In Wonder 9700 Pro Preview The Fastest 3D in a Multimedia Package By: Chris Angelini September 30, 2002 If ATI were a Winston Cup NASCAR, we'd say that the company is efficiently firing on all eight cylinders.  The Mobility RADEON 9000 rules the mobile market, the well publicized RADEON 9700 Pro delivers the best performance to gaming enthusiasts, and the RADEON 9000 Pro is a solid mainstream card.  Further, ATI's latest round of hardware has been complimented by relatively stable drivers - a first, as far as the gaming community is concerned.  After the past few months of heightened success, what more could we ask for from the Canadian firm?  Well, consider... Read more...
  The ABIT SR7-8X Motherboard Review SiS and Abit, a Powerful Combination By, Jeff Bouton September 22, 2002 As a whole, when we think of chipset manufacturers that produce products loaded with features and performance, two names come to mind:  VIA and Intel.  But it is incorrect to ignore another manufacturer that has proven it's equally capable of competing with the two big boys on the block.  We are talking about SiS.  When it comes to Athlon based motherboards, it is difficult to argue that VIA holds the majority of the market share when it comes to chipsets.  But when it comes to the Pentium 4 based systems, SiS has itself a unique opportunity.  With Intel... Read more...
  Plextor PleXCombo 8/8/24-8U Review CD-R, CD-RW, DVD and USB 2.0 By -Chris Angelini September 18th, 2002 Not long ago, CD-RW drives were considered a luxury.  Then, the MP3 craze swept college dorms and came to rest in the average household.  The ability to play music on demand through a computer sound system was novel, but taking that music on the road seemed far more practical.  Of course, the only way to get a custom mix was to convert the music into .wav format and burn the large files onto a disc.  Writable optical drives quickly became popular, simultaneously decreasing in price and increasing in speed.  Suddenly, CD-RW drives could be found in enthusiast... Read more...
  The ATi Radeon 9700 Pro Full Release Review ATi Technologies Overtakes NVIDIA's Flagship GPU By, Dave Altavilla August 19, 2002 Taking risks is a way of life for people as well as companies, if there is a desire to achieve and be the best at what they do.  If you look at the patterns and modus operendi of the average "over achiever", you'll note that taking chances and educated risks is standard procedure.  Often times an individual, if they are to expand their scope of influence or grow, needs to take themselves "out of their element" and take the risk of something totally new, foreign or innovative.  Likewise, one certainly could draw a conclusion on... 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 CrazyPC Biohazard Case MOD Review Getting Crazy with Lian-Li By, Jeff Bouton July 23, 2002 As with any hobby, there are your avid enthusiasts and there are those who like to take the things to the next level.  We all see this in some shape or form on a daily basis.  Every neighborhood has an old man that is always in his driveway polishing his car.  He is the classic example of a car enthusiast.  Then there are the hot rodders who are always rebuilding, modifying and dressing up their classic old cars.  These are the guys who are taking it to a higher level.  Another example of this can be found in avid movie-goers.  There are some who love to go... Read more...
  The ATi Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9700 Preview ATi 's Next Generation Products Unveiled By, Jeff Bouton July 18, 2002   The video card wars are heating up once again.  The rivalry between ATi and NVIDIA has never been more intense.  The two are poised for yet another battle in their ongoing attempts for market supremacy.  As of late, the two seem to be in strike / counter-strike mode.  ATi launches new drivers and NVIDIA launches Cg.  Just as was the case with the Radeon 8500 launch, ATi is the first to break the silence and have announced their next generation technology.  We can only assume that NVIDIA is lying in wait, to see what their arch-rival has... Read more...
  The Plextor PleXCombo 20/10/40-12A Review Covering All of the Bases With a Single Drive By, Jeff Bouton July 10, 2002 As CD-Writers have matured, so has the technology that is integrated into their design.  Back when the first CD-R drives were introduced, users were routinely plagued by "buffer underruns."  Initially, manufacturers began incorporating new processes, like larger on-board memory buffers, into their drives to help combat this problem, but the results were mixed.  Fortunately, there were a select few manufacturers who made the "buffer underrun" problem their top priority, looking to put an end to the problem once and for all.  One of... Read more...
Hercules 3D Prophet 8500 128MB Review RADEON 8500 and All the Trimmings By -Chris Angelini July 3rd, 2002 Competing in the video card market is much like swimming in school of sharks.  Each manufacturer has the potential to pack a potent punch, but the slightest sign of weakness can quickly incite a feeding frenzy.  We?ve seen it time and again.  S3 released the Savage 2000, which was inhibited by shoddy drivers and 3dfx?s promising Voodoo5 family succumbed to the GeForce2.  Hercules encountered a similar predicament back in 1999, only Hercules? problem was financial rather than technological.  Guillemot quickly purchased the struggling company and turned it into a multimedia... Read more...
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