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#1224| source: Intel by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Intel Chipset Identification Utility 2.70
The Intel Chipset Identification Utility provides an easy way to identify the specific Intel chipset that is located on your motherboard.
#1223| source: Koepi's Xvid by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Koepi's XviD Codec build 15012003-1
XviD is a video codec just like DivX. Most new videos are being encoded with XviD. This new version features Fresh CVS checkout, Fixed I/P/B-decision - crash problem solved, iframes should be set correctly now, Added simple idct, QPel smearing bug will resolve with the next ffdshow/lavc version, Gruel's new 2-warppoint-GMC code (rc4) - doesn't work with chroma ME yet.
#1222| source: the inquirer by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Dates arrive for Barton, MP chips
People at AMD Taiwan have given the Inquirer details of when we may expect new 32-bit chips from the firm, off the record of course. The long awaited MP2600+, a chip intended for dual multiprocessing systems, will be introduced on the fourth of February next. Bartons - which come as the 2500+, the 2700+ and the 3000+ and which will have a fabulous 512K of cache but won't use silicon on insulator nor Super Silicon 28, as far as we can tell, are set to be introduced on February 7th.
#1221| source: firingsquad by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Audio Titans Battle: Creative Labs vs. NVIDIA
The $150 Audigy 2 Platinum is the flagship product from Creative Labs. Sporting 24/192 DACs on all six channels and true 24/96 analog playback and recording, the Audigy 2 is the gaming sound card that comes closest to the prosumer sound cards. The equivalently priced $150 nForce2 platform represents NVIDIA's flagship platform processor. It also promises 64 hardware accelerated 3D audio streams, but claims to support 256 2D audio streams. Behind this processing power is Sensaura's HRTF algorithms for positional 3D audio, considered by many to be the reference standard. In a departure from our typical article format, we're going to throw up all the numbers first and then talk.
#1220| source: rarlab by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
WinRAR 3.11 Final
WinRAR has been updated to version 3.11 Final. This new version features: Convert" command is able to process .tgz archives, GUI SFX modules provide more detailed diagnostic messages for CRC errors or file create errors, Command line RAR returns the exit code 9 in case of file create errors, and more.
#1219| source: microsoft by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Securing Windows 2000 Server
The Securing Windows 2000 Server solution is delivered in eleven chapters, plus a Test Guide, a Delivery Guide, and a Support Readiness Guide, each with applicable job aids, script files and test cases.
#1218| source: vr-zone by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Review
The only thing working against the 2600+ at this point is the upcoming release of the Barton and Hammer CPU's, which are both coming out sometime this year. However, if you are looking for an AMD Athlon XP processor based on AMD's new Thoroughbred Revision "B" core, the 2600+ / 333 FSB is definitely a great processor to match up with your new nForce 2 or KT400 motherboard.
#1217| source: pcworld by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Credit Card-Size Hard Drive Can Hold 5GB
StorCard can contain from 100MB to more than 5GB of data on a plastic card. At first glance, it looks like a credit card, and even has a magnetic strip like a credit card, for potential use in standard credit card readers. The hard disk data, however, is accessed on a tiny spinning disk inside the thin card. The card actually has moveable parts inside its thin shell," says Bill Heil, vice president of StorCard. A spinning wheel made of Mylar is engaged when the card is inserted into a StorReader, a USB-connected drive or PC Card that reads and writes to the StorCard. The reader is expected to retail for under $100 and the cards for under $15 each, Heil says. The StorCard and StorReader are scheduled to become available in the second half of 2003.
#1216| source: siliconvalley by maximum3d on Fri Jan 17 2003 
Intel delays dual core processor
Intel said Thursday that it is pushing back the release of its first dual-core processor by a year to 2005 and adding a new microprocessor for servers to its Itanium II lineup. Intel had planned to release its first dual-core processor in 2004 in a microprocessor, code-named ``Montecito,'' but will now release it a year later, said Intel spokeswoman Erica Fields.
#1215| source: explosivelabs by maximum3d on Tue Jan 14 2003 
Seagate Barracuda SATA V Review
Explosive Labs has posted a review of the Seagate Barracuda Serial ATA V harddisk.

 
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