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Gainward GF4 Ultra/750-8X XP Review

When we finished off our Ti4600-8X review, we had said that we were done with the AGP8X capable family of GeForce4 cards. In fact, at the time we had only looked at AGP8X versions of the 440MX, Ti4200, and Ti4600 cards, with no intention to go any further. Thank goodness Gainward sent us their Ultra/750-8X XP card, or else we would never have bothered to look at a Ti4800SE card, which would be a shame - because it turns out that the Gainward Ultra/750-8X card offers a more than decent balance of performance and price.
February 24th, 2003

Geforce 4 Ti4200 8X Shootout

With the recent news that Nvidia will sell only limited numbers of the GeForce FX upon launch, it seems as though Nvidia's decision to relaunch their entire GeForce4 line with AGP8X support will end up being a longer term strategy than many of us had anticipated. With our recent coverage of 440MX-8X cards and our review of MSI's Ti4600-8X, it was quite evident that the success of the AGP8X compatible Nvidia cards will depend more on marketing and the value added by individual manufacturers than on the actual merit of adding 8X support to a family of cards that's begining to look old. Today we complete our coverage of these cards with this small sample of cards from some of the industry's big names: MSI, AOpen, and Abit.
February 17th, 2003

Age of Mythology Review

Age of Mythology (AoM) is MicroSoft’s latest real-time strategy game. Built on the Age of Empires game engine, AoM combines the resource management aspects of Age of Empires and adds a new twist—gods and creatures from classic mythology. Together, the solid Age of Empires resource- and technology- management mechanics, combined with the influence the gods have over the flow of the game, lead to a fast-paced game with a multitude of strategic possibilities.
February 15th, 2003

Guilty Gear X2 Review

Guilty Gear X2 is the latest addition to Team Neo Blood and Arc System Works' fighting game franchise. It boasts gameplay that is faster and more balanced, as well as a variety of new gamplay modes and features.
February 14th, 2003

MSI GF4 Ti4600 8X Review

As noted in our review of the 440MX-8X cards, Nvidia originally introduced their AGP8X cards in the form of AGP8X capable Ti4200 and 440MX cards. It was just a matter of time before they would release the Ti4600 version of their cards with AGP8X support, and hence today we’re reviewing the MSI Ti4600 8X.
February 3rd, 2003

Thermaltake Volcano 9 Coolmod Review

ThermalTake is arguably one of the best success stories in the world of mod suppliers. We've had a long relationship with the company and have seen their reputation grow as quickly as their product line. We've used the Volcano 7+ for a long time in various systems, but recently we've started to use Volcano 9's in most of our benchmark test beds. Today we're looking at the "CoolMod" version of the Volcano 9, which differs from the original Volcano 9 only in an aesthetic fashion.
January 31st, 2003

Samsung SM-332 Combo Drive Review

At home I have a system that can support a limited number of available IDE devices, and I already have 3 Hard Drives and a CD-RW drive. Now the problem is that I have always wanted to watch DVD movies on this system, which has an otherwise good speakers and decent monitor. My friend has a Small Form Factor system, and he's faced with a similar problem: he just doesn't have the room to fit both a CD-RW burner and a DVD-ROM.
January 27th, 2003

Gigabyte Maya II Radeon GV-9500 PRO Review

With Nvidia showing off a complete line of video cards tailored to various sectors of the video market, ATI was not going to sit idle with just their 9000PRO and 9700PRO cards. The fact that the 9700PRO sits atop the performance heap gives ATI the distinct advantage of being able to exploit their powerful R300 chip and card design in more toned down cards while still offering very advanced features and very fast speeds.
January 23rd, 2003

MSI K7N2 Motherboard Review

Nvidia is best known for their video technologies, but the graphics giant has lately set their sights on core chipsets for mainboards. Thus was born the Nforce chipset. The original Nforce chipset got off to a delayed and shaky start. And the much anticipated Nforce 2 was also delayed - we were already reporting about the Nforce 2 features back in mid-2002.
January 17th, 2003

DV Expo West 2002 Report

The DV Expo is a spotlight event for many DV fans looking to broaden their horizons through seeing the newest technology for editing or production. This year showcased many tutorial sessions for the public to view, it also showed off many of the latest developing technologies. It was held in the LA Convention Center December 9-12.
January 14th, 2003

Gigabyte Maya II Radeon GV-9700 PRO Review

With the GeForce FX just weeks away, users are already questioning whether they should get the RADEON 9700 now or wait for the coming of the Next Big Thing. But even some of us arewaiting, many enthusiasts are already suggesting that the 9700 PRO will be the best high performance choice for the next few months.
January 13th, 2003

GF4 MX440-8X: MSI & Inno3d Review

Near the tail end of 2002, Nvidia refreshed a number of their products in order to satisfy the growing support of AGP8X in current motherboards. Several motherboard chipsets already support 8X and you can be sure that future chipsets will also support it.
January 8th, 2003

Thermaltake Xaser II A6000A Case Review

After our review of the Chenming File Server case, which was a basic barebones case with few frills, we thought we would cover something at the other end of the extreme: one of the more loaded cases that you can buy today. We're talking about the Thermaltake Xaser II line of cases.
December 30th, 2002

Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz HT Review

Today we're reviewing Intel's 3.06Ghz Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology. The chip is a milestone for the industry because Intel has finally breached the 3Ghz barrier. It also represents a first thanks to Intel¡¦s inclusion of Hyper-Threading technology, which Intel believes will give it a performance advantage above and beyond the extra Mhz increase. This aptly named technology might sound obscure at first, but you will find that it's role in Intel's plans is really clear-cut.
December 23rd, 2002

Gigabyte 7VAXP Motherboard Review

The KT400 chipset is now widespread, and many companies have released their KT400 boards in mass quantities. To continue with our slew of KT400 reviews, we've put Gigabyte's GA-7VAXP Ultra board through our test labs and found the board to have some interesting qualities, and some irksome quirks. Overall though, I think you'll find this board to be an interesting alternative to the other KT400 boards.
December 18th, 2002

Epox 8K9A2+ Motherboard Review

Today we're looking at one of Epox's KT400 boards, which we received with much anticipation. The source of this anticipation was an Epox announcement stating this board allows the enduser to change the clock multiplier through BIOS without unlocking your Athlon chip!
December 12th, 2002

Chenming Fileserver Case Review

Behold the Chenming File Server case from ColdConcept. This case sports many of the features that made the Antec Performance Plus 880 an Editor's Choice winner, but with the promise of the low cost one would expect from a "generic" brand case. We love Antec cases, and we love this case too.
December 10th, 2002

MSI 648 Max Review

While DDR400 and official DDR333 support have been explored on the AMD platform, we haven't taken a look at too many more recent P4 boards in a while. Changes have been happening on the P4 front too, and the introduction of chipsets like the Sis648 has marked improvements that mirror changes to the AMD market.
December 5th, 2002

NVidia GeForce FX Preview

When ATI released its Radeon 9700 Pro, it kicked the crap out the top video cards and took names, namely NVIDIA. But now, NVIDIA aims to turn the tables with the new NV30 or commonly called GeForce FX. The NV30 will come with full Directx 9 support and DDR2.
December 3rd, 2002

FIC AN19E Motherboard Review

Lately, in the news, there was word that Epox had released a BIOS revision for their 8K9A2+/8K9A3+ KT400 based boards that enabled the user to change their Athlons' clock multipliers without needing to unlock the chip. Fewer people realized at the time that FIC's new AN19E, likewise a KT400 board, could do the very same thing.
November 29th, 2002

OCZ 512MB PC2700 DDR Rev3.2 Review

RAM is a hot commodity for hardcore and performance hungry users alike. Sometimes, there's confusion about whether RAM can actually give you a performance boost or not, as in the case of DDR400 performance results from tests like our KT4 Ultra and Soyo KT400 Dragon Ultra reviews, but here we found that that increasing your memory bandwidth with faster, low latency RAM can lead to measurable performance increases.
November 27th, 2002

Comdex Fall 2002 Report

For those who don't really know what Comdex is.. Comdex is a IT conference/marketplace which attracts technology vendors and sellers to a common place where they can meet each other in hopes of bringing addtional value to their business. To the public, Comdex is all about seeing major companies show off their latest technology, and giving them a glimpse of what is to come in the IT/Computer Industry. In addition to the vast displays on the showroom floors, Comdex hosts Keynote speeches from of the leading technology companies from North America.
November 25th, 2002

AOpen AX4B 533 Tube Motherboard Review

Today we have a unique product on our plate. The first ever consumer motherboard with a vacuum tube as a part of its onboard audio subsystem. This is not only an industry first, it’s one of the many industry firsts introduced by AOpen.
November 14th, 2002

Icewind Dale II Review

Icewind Dale II is a Real-Time Role-Playing Game. Based on the same engine as Baldur’s Gate, Dale II is set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, in particular the Forgotten Realms. Playing a party of six adventurers, you travel through and around Icewind Dale itself, solving quests, slaying monsters, and so forth.
November 5th, 2002

FIC AT010 Radeon 9700 PRO Review

Following ATI closely, FIC has produced a Radeon 9700 PRO card called the AT010. FIC is a notable manufacturer of mainboards, and ATI based videocards that is aggressively targetting cutting edge customers. The AT010 is remarkably similar to ATI's Radeon 9700 PRO video card, right down to the architecture, type of capacitors and DDR used.
October 31st, 2002
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