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#1306| source: by crossbow on Fri Apr 11 2003 
The God Box...It knows...
The Ars gang took some time out of their busy schedule to update their system guides. A definite read if your planning on purchasing a system soon!

Avoid the 9XXX Radeon's though if your planning on doing serious 3d "app" work.

#1305| source: by crossbow on Fri Apr 11 2003 
Samsung's Spinpoint SP1203N Drive
Samsung makes harddrives? Learn something new everyday! Not only are they producing a decent performing 2 meg cache IDE drive, but they're slapping on a Full 3 YEAR warranty. Hell ya. Smack those other manufacturers upside the head!
#1304| source: by crossbow on Fri Apr 11 2003 
Dell's Proprietary Non ATX Standard
Interesting article on a budget (Extreme budget) Dell server which showcases some of the failsafes Dell puts into place to keep you from upgrading the computer.

#1303| source: by maximum3d on Tue Apr 08 2003 
Intel Frequency ID Utility 5.5
This version of the Intel Processor Frequency ID Utility has been updated to support the new Intel Pentium M processor, while continuing to support the Intel Xeont, Pentium 4, Mobile Pentium 4, Pentium III processors, Mobile Pentium III processors with Intel SpeedStep technology, Pentium III Xeon and Intel Celeron processors. Each of the products listed above have multiple system memory bus speeds that are also supported including 66, 100, 133, 400, 533 and 800 MHz system memory bus products.
#1302| source: by maximum3d on Tue Apr 08 2003 
Leadtek A300TD Ultra
WinFast A300 TD powered by nVIDIA's GeForce FX 5800 GPU, which using the advanced 0.13 micro process technology for higher levels of integration and higher operating clock speeds. The GeForce FX 5800 is the fastest memory with speeds up to 800MHz DDR2 and the first GPU to delivery cinematic effects beyond your imagination for desktop users.
#1301| source: by crossbow on Tue Apr 08 2003 
Nforce2 Ultra...Ownage.
Gigabit Ethernet, Increased 400 FSB+ Stability, Serial ATA-150, ATA-33/66/100/133, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Gigibit ethernet, 3 firewire ports, dolby digital decoder...droooooool
#1300| source: by maximum3d on Tue Apr 08 2003 
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra Preview
Like NV30 though, NV31 is based on TSMC's 130nm process technology. With about 80 Million transistors required to facilitate the CineFX feature set in NV31's configuration, this means the chip is even more complex than NV25, and so the decrease in process size should offset the increased die size required to house all those transistors. However, at present TSMC's 130nm process is still relatively immature, despite both major graphics firms basing the mid range/volume parts on it, and its quite possible that initial NV31 chips will be more expensive to NVIDIA than the low end NV25 chips that its replacing.
#1299| source: ATI by maximum3d on Tue Apr 08 2003 
New All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro
ATI Technologies Inc. today announced the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO. Available this spring, ATI's newest multimedia video card combines the world's fastest graphics engine featuring full precision cinematic rendering with the best in intelligent TV-on-the-PC and video editing features. The ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO is ideal for home theater applications thanks to EAZYLOOKt, an on-screen display for home theater settings, which is included in the product with a new version of ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER software. ATI's new flagship multimedia video card, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO, will be available this spring for USD $449
#1298| source: by amigo on Tue Mar 25 2003 
Configure your own Opteron computer
PSSC Labs now offers online configuration and inquiry quote form for all your AMD Opteron needs. You can get a single to octa configuration with a variety of CPU models; loads of memory and rackmount cases.
Go figure there are no prices online, but a rep. will be more than happy to contact you :)
#1297| source: by maximum3d on Tue Mar 25 2003 
Sony's New Humanoid Robot SDR-4X II
Sony introduces at the Robodex 2003 it's new version of the humanoid Robot SDR-4X. The new version SDR-4X II has improved movement functions, safety functions and conversation capabilities. The new speech processor supports continuous speech recognition with about 20,000 words. The Sony SDR-4X II is about 580x190x270mm in size and weighs about 7kg. If you want one of these little guys to entertain your next party expect to pay a price tag equal to that of a luxury car!! I think "Micro" Rosie can wait a few more years. =)

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