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#1669| source: RAM Round up by maximum3d on Mon Apr 26 2004 
RAM Round up

Memory roundup | OCZ Product roundup | Corsair TwinX1024-4400 Memory | Corsair XMS DDR550 Memory | GeIL Value Dual Channel PC3200 400MHz Memory | Geil Mushkin OCZ Memory | OCZ PC3200 Dual Channel Memory | OCZ PC-4200EL Memory | OCZ PC4400 Memory | OCZ Platinum DDR400 Memory | OCZ PC4400 DDR550 Dual Channel Memory Kit | OCZ DDR550 Memory | PMI Platinum DDR333 PC2700 Memory | PMI PC3200 Memory | PMI PC-4200 Turbo Memory | SimpleTech Nitro DDR500 Memory
#1668| source: CPU Round up by maximum3d on Mon Apr 26 2004 
CPU Round up

Athlon 64 FX 53 | AMD Athlon 64 3200+
#1667| source: by maximum3d on Thu Apr 08 2004 
Shader Model 3.0 - What's it all about?
With anticipation for ATi and nVidia's next-generation video cards reaching fever pitch, and speculation running riot as to what features these GPUs will support, one question that is emerging time and again has been - What's the difference between 2.0 and 3.0 shaders?
#1666| source: by maximum3d on Thu Apr 08 2004 
ATI and NVIDIA Product Names And Shipping Info
AnandTech is reporting that the first retail samples of ATI's R420 (AGP Radeon X800) will debut April 26 as Radeon X800 Pro. NVIDIA's NV40 (GeForce 6800) officially launches April 13th, but retail availability will occur around April 26th. Notice the NV40 product to be released April 13th is GeForce 6800, not GeForceFX 6800. ATI's naming scheme for R420 has been closely guarded as well, but the open term we hear from vendors is "Radeon X800."
#1665| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 23 2004 
nFORCE nVMixer 1.0 & 4.31 audio driver
A very clever trick was pulled by Mat from, the man couldn't wait for the all new nVMixer for nForce owners. So he decided to try installing the nVMixer contained in the nForce 64-bit package released today along with the latest drivers from Windows Update on my XP 32-bit and it works fine. They are not supported by us nor by nVidia so use at your own risk
#1664| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 23 2004 
Kinky Mouse Mats at Cebit
Kinky Mouse Mats at Cebit
#1663| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 23 2004 
Cebit 2004 Coverage
Cebit 2004 Coverage
#1662| source: by maximum3d on Sat Mar 20 2004 
Via Launches Nano-ITX Motherboard
Via Technologies is officially introducing the EPIA-N Nano-ITX motherboard at the Cebit trade show here this week. Measuring 4.7 inches by 4.7 inches, the Nano-ITX is the smallest PC motherboard form factor to hit the market. The Nano-ITX motherboard is based on Via's CN400 chipset and works with Via's Eden-N processor running at speeds up to 1 GHz, the company says in a statement.
#1661| source: by maximum3d on Sat Mar 13 2004 
Preparing for PCI-Express
For nearly anyone in this market, the idea of spending $300 or more on the latest and greatest graphics card to play the newest games is enough to make then cringe. However, these people are now faced with the potential need to upgrade their motherboards and likely processors in order to adopt PCI-Express. In a best-case scenario, you are still talking hundreds of additional dollars. Then again, who is to say that we will see any immediate benefit from PCI-Express in the first generation of cards?

#1660| source: by maximum3d on Sat Mar 13 2004 
NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb Performance Preview
Now NVIDIA is back again with its follow-up to nForce3 150, dubbed nForce3 250. Whereas nForce3 was originally intended to compete in the workstation segment with nForce3 Pro 150, and eventually adapted to serve the needs of the consumer in nForce3 150, NVIDIAs nForce3 250 merges the needs of the workstation segment (where features and performance often take a back seat to stability and reliability) with the speed and eye-catching features consumers want to see in a motherboard.

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