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#1507| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 17 2004 
MS IE Patch Needs More Testing
Although Microsoft released a trio of security bulletins Tuesday, a fourth was notable primarily by its absence. Security analysts had expected to see a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer among the mix this month that would address a series of vulnerabilities made public as long ago as November, 2003. In a Webcast Wednesday, Microsoft officials said that they have created an IE patch, but that they're holding it until testing is completed.
#1506| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 17 2004 
Desktop Sidebar
This application will be in windows new OS Longhorn; It allows you to see time, system information, outlook inboxes, media player/winamp, newstickers and weather. Windows XP and 2k users can download this new windows feature now without waiting for Longhorn to come out in 2006.
#1505| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad review
Matt Mantel at Overclockers Club has completed a review on the Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad.
#1504| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
Cooling 3D Style
Gigabyte cool the clocks - As always Gigabyte's packaging is attractive and distinctive, no mistaking this for anyone else's product. The cooler is shipped encased in plastic with all of its attachments. This is by far the most versatile cooler available. Inside you get the cooler, installation manual covering installs for P4, K7 and K8, 3.5 drive bay power controller, PCI expansion power controller face plate, power splitter and thermal compound.
#1503| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
Channel Well Technology 480W PSU
At an attractive price of only $155, it comes with Dual temperature controlled fans and 2 years warranty. On the other hand, Tagan and Antec cost about $25-30 more and come with 3 years warranty.
#1502| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
Pioneer DVR-106D review
The drive itself is capable of writing to DVD-R/RW's, DVD+R/RW's, and CD-R/RW's meaning that all the main formats except DVD-RAM are covered. DVD-R's and DVD+R's can be written to at up to 4x speed, while DVD+RW support is for up to 2.4x, 2x for DVD-RW, 16x for CD-R's and 10x for CD-RW. While some newer drives are now coming out with support for 4x writing in DVD+RW and 8x for DVD-R and DVD+R this is still inline with the speed of the majority of drives on the market. While the higher speed media is also more expensive and harder to find support for this would be nice, even if just for in the future as higher speed media becomes readily available.
#1501| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
ATI Radeon 9800SE review
The considered two varieties of boards on the base of ATI Radeon 9800SE vividly demonstrated that not all SE cards are equally useful. The Sapphire card based on the ATI Radeon 9800SE chip using the PCB design of ATI Radeon 9500 Pro at all of the tests shows an essentially lower performance than in the 256-bit version of ATI Radeon 9800SE by PowerColor. The purchase of a card based on the PCB of ATI Radeon 9500 Pro can be recommended only in case the price is substantially lower than that for the "right" ATI Radeon 9800SE based on the PCB of ATI Radeon 9700 Pro.
#1500| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ review
With that said, let's take a look at their latest version of the Athlon 64, the Athlon 64 3400+ processor. How does it stack up to Intel's latest consumer friendly processor, the 3.2 Ghz Pentium 4? Let's take a look.
#1499| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
Intel Tejas & Socket 775 Unveiled
Originally Tejas was listed as the first Intel CPU to have a 1.2GHz FSB, but now AnandTech know a bit more about the CPU. Apparently a total of 10 Tejas samples have been shipped out to various friends of Intel, all running at 2.8GHz. What's also interesting to note is that our sources have informed us that at 2.8GHz Tejas uses around 150W of power - about 50% more than Prescott at the same clock speed.
#1498| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 12 2004 
NV Demos PCI-eX
NVIDIA today announced it is demonstrating its PCI Express architecture at the Consumer Electronics Show. PCI Express is the next revolution in I/O interconnect standard that NVIDIA will deploy in future graphics solutions as the next step in delivering the bandwidth and features required for high-resolution graphics, games, and other graphically-intensive applications.

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