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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

Soyo KT400 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review

The KT400 Dragon Ultra is essentially the Swiss Army Knife of KT400 boards. Look at the specs and you will find that it includes nearly every bell and whistle you can wish for: ATA133 IDE RAID (0,1,0+1), integrated 6 Channel hardware based audio, and integrated 10/100 Ethernet.
October 29th, 2002

ATI Radeon 9700 PRO Review

ATI has produced a quality product that rivals nVidia’s Ti4600. ATI’s new Radeon chip series is a remarkable new chip technology. Originally designed for high-end graphic manipulation, the Radeon chip has proven to be more than just a regular video card but it has evolved far more than that it is now directly challenging nVidia as a gaming card.
October 24th, 2002

Hegemonia Preview

Rare is it to see a title which expands the boundaries that have been formed in the strategy genre. Hegemonia is one of few that seems to be on track to accomplishing this goal via using a 3D map system throughout the game. Although currently in a rough stage, Hegemonia gives players a vast galaxy to explore and take over with their empires.
October 8th, 2002

Epox 8K5A2+ Motherboard Review

While the KT400 has been released already, reports are that it isn’t the most mature chipset yet, and motherboards with that chipset are neither faster nor more overclock friendly then KT333 based boards. This is why many companies still have new KT333 boards very much worth taking a look at, like Epox’s 8K5A2+.
October 4th, 2002

ECS Xabre400 Review

ECS is moving into the video market with the Xabre series. Today, we have the Xabre 400 with a 64MB DDR configuration. It is interesting to note that ECS is planning the Xabre as a value card with many unique features such as a 3D glasses connector, SiS301 chipset, AGP8x, and much more. Without delay let’s look at the features in detail.
September 26th, 2002

Mafia Review

“Where do gangsters go when they die...not to the place where angels fly.” The lyrics to the song in the closing credits of Mafia pretty well sum up the often brutal and ruthless lifestyle of a typical gangster. It seems that in gang-land what comes around goes around, it’s an eye for an eye, and eventually every gangster finds himself with his back to the wall.
September 26th, 2002

MSI KT4 Ultra Motherboard Review

Over the coming months, a portion of the motherboard market will focus its energy on AGP8X and DDR 333 and DDR400 support. Toward this end, the VIA KT400 chipset serves as a good stopgap solution, with it’s vaunted 8X support and it’s name suggesting DDR400 support.
September 24th, 2002

FIC VC19 Socket 478 Motherboard Review

FIC is another performance motherboard manufacturers who has constantly produced quality motherboards for more than 20 years. Today, they have the VC19, an Intel P4 based board for us to test. Previously, we were able to test the VC15 also another Intel based board. We should be able to see what improvements has been made since then.
September 18th, 2002

MSI KT3 Ultra 2 Vs Gigabyte 7VRXP Motherboard Shootout

We got two heavy weights in today using the popular KT333 chipset. MSI KT3 Ultra 2 is MSI?s latest product bearing new Bluetooth technology. The package included the optional Bluetooth networking receivers and transmitters. On the other side, we got Gigabyte?s top KT333 performer, the 7VRXP.
September 17th, 2002

Windows XP Tweaking Guide

I have broken this guide into 6 parts. Networking, file system, memory performance, freeing up memory, startup/shutdown and then the other stuff. I've tried to pack as much performance related tweaking here as I can but there's always more to be uncovered. I will update this article as frequently as possible. I know there's a million tweaks that I'm missing here but I am trying to keep this guide dedicated to tweaks that directly affect your performance.
September 6th, 2002

Gigabyte Maya AP Radeon 8500 Deluxe Review

ATi has been producing GPU's and video cards in-house for as long as I can remember. But not too long ago, probably due to stiff competition from other companies, namely nVidia, ATi has chosen to release their GPU's and contract third party manufacturers to produce ATi powered cards. Gigabyte, after a couple years of producing and selling nVidia based video cards, with marginal success, have opted to discontinue their contribution to the already diversified market of nVidia powered video cards.
August 30th, 2002

Fragmart Highlights

After 4 days of intense competition, I am sad to announce that Fragmart 2002 is officially over. I left Richmond Winter Club with plenty of new friends, a humbling Quake 3 experience and lots of fond memories.
August 27th, 2002

Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz Review

For a while now, AMD and Intel have taken wild swings at one another with common result, a faster chip for consumers. Intel has constantly broken the speed barrier producing chips with speeds unmatched. However, AMD always counters Intel with CPUs that match or rival the performance of Intel’s newest chips. Who holds the upper-hand? This I cannot say but today, we have Intel’s newest chip, the Pentium 4 2.8 GHz processor and we are going to throw it into a whole lot of benchmarks!
August 26th, 2002