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#1527| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Sony VAIO Digital Studio PCV-RZ46G
The Sony VAIO Digital Studio PCV-RZ46G delivers TV images free from the snow and other artifacts we've seen in the past. Its picture was also sharper than images from other models, which tend to look a bit soft when shown full-screen. And while it still isn't digital-cable crisp, this is the first Media Center PC you won't have to make excuses for when you flip on The Simple Life. Most of the rest of the system is top-notch, too. It includes a 3.2-GHz CPU married to 1GB of RAM, a 200GB hard drive, and a dual-format DVD burner, as well as a separate CD-RW drive. But hard-core gamers will find they can get better 3-D performance than the midrange nVidia GeForce FX 5600 card delivers, and the three-piece speaker set isn't the last word in sound.
#1526| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
R420 to support DDR, DDR II and GDDR 3
ATI's team headed by Dave Orton team has no intention of slowing down after its successful coup with the R300. You will be run over if you stop for even a second in the graphics business and even R420 is still not totally cast in stone. Someone at ATI is thinking of the next speed update of this chip that should come roughly six months after. ATI is acting far sightedly. It will have support for all memory marchitectures in R420 as the chip will support DDR1 and that could mean cheaper cards, it will support DDR 2 that will be the memory of choice for this chip and then there's GDDR3 memory, which could be used in future speed upgrades of the R4x0 family. We understand that the initial R420 will use DDR 2 memory which is finally stable and available, and can deliver over 1000MHz.
#1525| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Sun Launches Java for Linux
Sun Microsystems, recognizing the opportunities presented by Linux and hoping to keep pace with the competition, is expanding its support for the open-source operating system
#1524| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Microsoft releases memory diagnostic tool
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard. Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.
#1523| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Top Secret Fanless 350 W PSU Phantom
It operates at or above 80% efficiency by using dedicated circuits for each voltage output and does not needs any fans or external heat absorbers. The PSU is the same size than all other ATX12V 1.3 PSU. Check it out!
#1522| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Logitech diNovo Review
Logitech has the MSRP of the diNovo at a whopping $249.99, far out of the reach of most of us mere mortals. But just like buying a Ferrari or Bentley, you definitely get a masterful piece of equipment when you shell out this kind of cash.
#1521| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Alienware Aurora Extreme review
GeekNews has reviewed Alienware Aurora Extreme ($3600): "This system is no doubt the best I've ever had a chance to own or even see. Performance is amazing and 3D gaming is just for hardcore gamers that will enjoy the full feel of a game. The components are all quality but like we mentioned before it doesn't come cheap. Alienware has a great reputation of their systems but the tech support just isnt worth the call."
#1520| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Intel Limits Socket 478 Evolution to 3.40GHz
While originally Intel planned to offer 3.60GHz processors for PGA478 platforms, some sources now report about absence of such chips in the firm's plans. The last and final play for Socket 478 will be 3.40GHz Intel Pentium 4 processors with 1MB or 512KB of L2 cache.
#1519| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 25 2004 
Users still waiting for browser patch
Microsoft has admitted that it is still unable to release a fix for a serious flaw in Internet Explorer (IE) that allows hackers to clone websites. Security experts notified the software giant about the vulnerability, exploited in so-called 'phishing' attacks, early last month.
#1518| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 19 2004 
ATI CATALYST Drivers v4.1
ATI has released new ATi Catalyst drivers bringing them up to version 4.1. The package contains: RADEON display driver 7.97, Multimedia Centert 8.8, HydraVisiont 3.25.0006, HydraVisiont Basic Edition 3.25.9006, Remote Wonder 2.1 and WDM version 3.11. Click to download WinXP/2K Driver.

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