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#1649| source: http://www.neoseeker.com by maximum3d on Sun Feb 22 2004 
Overclocking Guide
Neoseeker Overclocking Guide
#1648| source: http://reviews.designtechnica.com by maximum3d on Sun Feb 22 2004 
Sony DRU-530A DVD-RW Burner review
Sonys DRU-530A 8X DVD writer improves upon its predecessor the DRU-510A in write speeds and offers some of the fastest write times we have seen to date, coming in a close second behind Plextor's PX-708A drive in most tests.
What the DRU-530A has going for it is a solid software package and a very competitive price.
#1647| source: http://www.hexus.net by maximum3d on Sun Feb 22 2004 
Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB review
In summary, the Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB is still a decent card. The most important drawbacks don't emanate from the card itself. Rather, it's ATI's current product hierarchy that goes against it. Given a free hand to choose a 3D accelerator, we'd opt for either a standard Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB card, which is competitively priced at #210 including delivery at Crucial, or one of the barrage of 9800XTs that just cross the L300 barrier.
#1646| source: http://www.driverheaven.net by maximum3d on Sun Feb 22 2004 
AMD ATHLON 64 FX-51
Turning to gaming performance which many people will buy this processor for and the results are again close between the Pentium 4 and the Athlon FX. When the FX is good, its great. Unreal Tournament 2003 is a perfect example of this as the FX completely trounces the P4 and the Athlon64 3200+ in all tests. Max Payne 2 showed less of a difference in performance, whilst the Pentium 4 showed slightly higher performance in Min and average FPS the maximum FPS was higher on the Athlon FX as it squeezed every ounce of performance from the graphics card.
#1645| source: http://www.amd.com by maximum3d on Tue Feb 17 2004 
AMD cuts Athlon XP prices
AMD trimmed its prices today, knocking back the cost of buying its Athlon XP desktop and mobile chips by up to 34 per cent.
#1644| source: http://www.microsoft.com by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Microsoft warns of widespread Windows flaw
On Tuesday, the software giant released a fix for a networking flaw that affects every computer running Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. If left unpatched, the security hole could allow a worm to spread quickly throughout the Internet, causing an incident similar to the MSBlast attack last summer.
#1643| source: http://support.microsoft.com by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Microsoft Fixes IE Flaw
A software patch issued by Microsoft restores Internet Explorer's ability to handle certain types of Web URLs that were banned by an emergency browser security patch in early February. The patch restores IE's ability to handle a type of HTTP URL containing user authentication information such as user name and password information
#1642| source: http://www.tweaktown.com by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
ATI 9800 XT vs. nVidia 5950 Ultra
TweakTown have compared the performance of Gigabyte's GV-R98X256D graphics card based on the Radeon 9800 XT agains Gigabyte's GeForce FX 5950 Ultra.
#1641| source: http://www.theinquirer.net by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Nvidia's Detonator 55 is Forceware 2.0 plans
Nvidia is planning to release new drivers with 55 marks in the name and the driver will be called ForceWare 2.0. This driver should get you "up to" 20 per cent of performance increase and free auto-overclocking it seems.
#1640| source: http://www.theinquirer.net by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
NV45 is Nvidia's PCI Express X16
According to TheInquirer, Nvidia again will claim that NV45 is DirectX 9.1 compliant but let's clear things up by saying that there is no such thing as DX 9.1 only 9.0c. Let me stop right here and say performance wise it will equal the NV40 -- the only difference is a PCI Express interface. There will be two implementations of NV45 chips, as always. NV45 U implies Ultra and NV40 where Ultra will end up faster than 500, which is what Graphzilla is aiming for. Memory characteristics will be the same as the NV40, eight memory chips, 8x32BGA -144 GDDR 3 memory running at up to 600 MHz, 1200 MHz effectively. NV45 comes equipped with 256MB of 256Mbit GDDR3 memory, and not GDDR 2 like we suggested before. What's the difference? Even the vendors don't seem to know yet.

 
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