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#229| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Mon May 14 2001 
http://www.tech-report.com/columns/damage/2001q2/ps6opt/
Tech report takes a look at adobe photoshop's SSE2 optimizations. Does it improve pentium IV performance enough to allow it to compete? You probably already know the answer, but read on to find out.
#228| source: Voodooextreme by crossbow on Fri May 11 2001 
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1260/
A look at the Dual Pentium IV Xeon....remember Consumer level P4's will not have SMP capabilities.
#227| source: Tomshardware by crossbow on Fri May 11 2001 
http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/01q2/010511/index.html
Toms compares older nvidia drivers to the newer 12.01 Det drivers among a group of pentium IV systems. Seems the newer detonators do give a pretty nice performance increase, read the article to find out where the gains are.
#226| source: Chickshardware by crossbow on Fri May 11 2001 
http://www.overclockers.com.au/techstuff/r_socketa/
Massive Socket A cooling review. Over 21 heatsinks compared. Good info for people who like to protect their investment.
#225| source: Anandtech by crossbow on Fri May 11 2001 
http://www.storagereview.com/welcome.pl/articles/200105/20010510ST373405LW_1.html
Storage Review takes a look at the 73.6 Gig Cheetah. 10,000 rpm of speed loving.
#224| source: www.aceshardware.com by crossbow on Thu May 10 2001 
http://www.aceshardware.com
Ace snags a crucial memory price cut. DDR memory is now priced the SAME amount as PC133.



64MB = $31.49

128MB = $50.39

256MB = $89.99

#223| source: Aceshardware by crossbow on Thu May 10 2001 
http://www.theinquirer.net/10050107.htm
Dual Palamino's and their instruction sets. Can you say SPEEEEEEEEED? Here's a quote from the article.



"The Athlon H-Series includes SSE+, which may or may not be called 3DNow! Pro, and extensions to the instruction set include Intel Screaming Sindie 1 and 2 single and double precision floating point instructions. AMD will continue to support 3DNow, even in Hammer, when it arrives."



"Preliminary benchmarketing seen by The Inquirer show an 80 per cent boost in Photoshop 5.5 and 6.0 lighting effects, and the 3D StudioMax Heidi Renderer is something like 34 per cent up." -Inquirer



#222| source: www.overclockers.com by crossbow on Thu May 10 2001 
http://www.overclockers.com
Ed and the gang are taking a long hard look at the stability and effectiveness of Via AMD chipsets. Seems more then a few people have been getting bad apples. Be sure to check out the editorials and reviews of the K7 Master MSI Socket A board.
#221| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Thu May 10 2001 
http://www.cnbc.com/news/news/conewsstory.html?sym=RMBS&id=129b6966
Rambus's plan to sue everyone backfires. Now Rambus is accused of fraud, and the entire hardware community is attacking them like a bunch of raptors vs a kitten.
#220| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Thu May 10 2001 
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1006-200-5875725.html?tag=lh
Palamino to be named Athlon 4...to justapose it against its competition the Pentium IV. If you can even call the Pentium IV competition...

 
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