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#1148| source: leave my bits alone by maximum3d on Fri Nov 29 2002 
A simple guide to overclocking
This is a relatively concise guide to overclocking your PC, and getting extra speed out of it for nothing at little extra hassle. It is intended for Intel PCs based on Slot 1, PPGA, and FC-PGA processors (Intel PCs from Slot 1 to FC-PGA), if you are unsure about your processor read on to find out. As many details about overclocking are essentially the same for all processor types, some procedures are applicable for newer PCs.
#1147| source: nv news by maximum3d on Fri Nov 29 2002 
GeForce4 Ti 4200 Shootout
With the new GeForce FX anchoring the high-end aspect of NVIDIA's products, vendors were now given the liberty to match nearly any component to the GeForce4 Ti 4200 chipset. As such, companies began introducing models with faster memory, higher-quality PCB boards, and unique heatsink assemblies. In doing so, the overclocking potential of the GeForce4 Ti 4200 was dramatically increased. Given that nearly all GPU's used were of the same A3 stepping found on the GeForce4 Ti 4600, overclocking to a core frequency of 300MHz was not at all uncommon.
#1146| source: Burnout PC by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
Darth Vader PC
A really cool Darth Vader Helmet PC which is based on the Via EPIA Mini-ITX motherboard.
#1145| source: monster-hardware by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
USB Christmas Lights
My original plan was to run them from the power supply, but then I thought that wouldn't be practical at all. Why not USB?! I went to the save-a-lot and picked up a $5 USB cable and headed home. If you can find a $2 USB mouse or any piece of junk with a USB connecter on it then good, the cheaper the better.
#1144| source: clustermatic by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
LinuxBIOS booting Win2K soft BIOS
As a result, we now have a completely free software replacement for the BIOS that supports (without modification) either LILO or GRUB as bootloaders, and Linux, OpenBSD, and Windows 2000 as operating systems (NOTE: We're still working on supporting FreeBSD and Windows XP. We expect that improving ATA support will permit Win98 and WinXP to boot, and finishing PIRQ support will permit FreeBSD to boot.
#1143| source: Xbox Media Player by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
XBox Media Player 2.0
If you can't afford the new Windows XP Media Center edition, why not grab yourself a modded XBox, and check out the XBox Media Player 2.0. The official site has some screen shots and previews. I am sure Gates will be real upset about this one. Somehow $300 for an XBox setup is cheaper than the $2000 XP boxes.
#1142| source: Beyond 3D by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
New AA modes for GF3s and GF4s
Using the D3D tubes AA demo, I tested 4XS AA to see if there was an improvement in current 40.72 WHQL drivers. No change really at all in that mode, but being the daring guy I am, I used Rivatuner to set the AA mode to 7, (5 = 4xs) and look what happened...
#1141| source: Linux Compatible by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
Lycoris Desktop/LX Build 64 Beta
Lycoris and Ericom Software team up to release Desktop/LX InterConnect, a simple corporate desktop with full office suite and outstanding host connectivity tools. Desktop/LX InterConnect features Ericom Software's native Linux PowerTerm InterConnect software, the Lycoris ProductivityPak office suite, and the Lycoris Remote Desktop Client
#1140| source: designtechnica by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
Philips JackRabbit32
Now that Firewire and USB 2.0 are frequently found on computers, external CD burners work almost as well as their internal brethren. Philips has found a way to improve on the external CD burner, with the JackRabbit32. This external drive lets you burn CDs, watch DVDs, and much more. When connected to your computer, the JackRabbit32 can act as either a CD Burner or a DVD Player. In the former, you can burn CD-Rs at 32x and CD-RWs at 10x, or read at 40x. Any software you might need is provided, including Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 (or Toast 5 for Mac OS X) and PowerDVD. Connection is via a USB 2.0/1.1 port.
#1139| source: The Inquirer by maximum3d on Wed Nov 27 2002 
ATI claims 174.6GB/s for Radeon 9700 Pro
The Inquirer learned from ATI executive, that the firm claims it trounces Nvidia's up-and-coming Geforce FX (NV30) on bandwidth. As far as we know, Nvidia uses either the 3 to 1, or 4 to 1 compression method which gives 48GB/s in the best case. So: 500MHz x 2 (DDR) x 128bit (16bytes) x 3X compression = 48 GB/s. ATI said it is using 8.8 to 1 compression method on the Radeon 9700 PRO cards that can deliver an astonishing 174.2GB per second in the best case. A rare bird in practice, we'd suggest. As in: 310MHz x 2 (DDR) x 256bit (32 bytes) x 8.8 compression rate = 174.2 GB per second.

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