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#1517| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 19 2004 
Corsair XMS4400 TwinX 1GByte memory review
In summary, Corsair's XMS4400 TwinX 1GByte memory pack will appeal to a very select, niche market. Priced at over L300 it certainly isn't cheap. Recommended if your setup can make the full use of it - just ensure that it can before you part with a large chunk of cash.
#1516| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 19 2004 
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
The Athlon 64 3400+ is another step forward for AMD but the 3200+ offers a better price/performance ratio. The Athlon 64 family is still pretty new, and the need to buy a new motherboard may put off some potential upgraders for a while yet. That said, there are bound to be some great Athlon 64 3400+ PC deals from system integrators over the next couple of months. Of course when 64bit Windows rears its head, you can expect to see a big upturn in Athlon 64 sales.
#1515| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
MS Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0
Microsoft estimates that the batteries provided (2x Energizer AA) can last up to 6 months, but if you constantly use your PC as I do, I'd expect about 2-3 months of battery life. For the RRP of $139.95AUD, it isn't cheap but neither is the MX700 which weighs in at about the same price.
#1514| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
WinFS: Revolutionary File Storage System
MSDN has posted an article on the WinFS file storage system.
#1513| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
Serial ATA Explained
Serial ATA is here and it's ready. Companies guarantee its future-proof and, despite being better than its Parallel ancestors, it's much simpler to handle. The price is right and the economy seems to be heading in the right direction for a successful replacement of Parallel ATA. There isn't much more an industry could ask for in changing what it calls a standard. Only time will tell. As for the enterprise, Serial ATA has a definite future and we'll go deep into that with the follow up to this overview in a few weeks.
#1512| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
ASUS K8V Dlx Wireless Motherboard review
TweakTown take an in-depth look at ASUSs brand new Athlon 64 motherboard, complimented with a never-before-seen inclusion of a wireless AP card and an omni-directional antenna.
#1511| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
ASUS' / RADEON 9800 XT/TVD review
Everything that makes the RADEON 9800 XT/TVD such a good card also applies to the RADEON 9600 XT/TVD, with the added bonus that ASUS also outfits the card with high quality memory (although we do know that Sapphire and Powercolor also use very good memory on their 9600 XT boards). Samsung's 700MHz memory modules were used on our board.
#1510| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
Matrox Prepares PCI Express x16 GPU
While nearly all observers and analyst are looking for ATI and NVIDIA to release their next-generation graphics powerhouses, a company almost all have forgotten about, Matrox Graphics, is also getting ready to introduce something new this year. The graphics processor will presumably be intended for PCI Express x16 and will sport at least some Microsoft DirectX 9 caps.
#1509| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
Sony 8x Dual DVD in February
Lite-On IT to begin shipments of 8x DVD Dual to Sony in February Lite-On IT, Taiwan's largest producer of optical disc drives, will begin to deliver 8x half-height (H/H) DVD Dual burners to Sony in February, according to the company. Sony, because of uncompetitive costs, stopped own production of DVD drives beginning with 8x models late last year. Sony sold three million 8x DVD burners last year and the sales volume may double to six million units this year, Lite-On IT said. If Lite-On IT can absorb all of the OEM orders for 8x DVD burners, the monthly shipments would average 500,000 units, according to the company. However, Lite-On IT thinks that Sony is unlikely to rely on only one OEM supplier.
#1508| source: by maximum3d on Sun Jan 18 2004 
Centrino Gains 802.11g Support
Intel announced its first 802.11g wireless chip for notebooks bearing the Centrino banner, the company says in a release on Thursday. The Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG chip allows users to connect to either 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networks. Intel is shipping the chip to its notebook customers with systems expected worldwide during the first quarter, says Dan Francisco, an Intel spokesperson. The Centrino package of the Pentium M processor, a mobile chip set, and the Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 chip was introduced in March of last year with 802.11b capability.

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