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#1639| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
More NV40 details
Nvidia claims that its card will end up four times faster in Doom 3 and seven times faster in Half Life 2. Well, even if those numbers are ridiculously high, you might expect that NV40 will have much more efficient shaders than NV38 had. NV40 will use GDDR 2 or 3 memories as its memory controller is capable of both and Nvidia aims to get to 600MHz milestone - or should we say 1200MHz effectively.
#1638| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
VIA takes Eden CPU to 1GHz
VIA today extended its low-power Eden ESP processor family to 800MHz and 1GHz. Hardly likely to challenge the x86 mainstream, that. But VIA is aiming the part at small form-factor PCs and PC-derived consumer electronics kit - almost all of which specify fanless operation. At 1GHz, the 130nm Eden consumes as little as 7W, VIA said.
#1637| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Canon Unveils Three Printers
New entries include i9900 photo printer, portable i80, and ImagePrograf W6200 for super sizes. The i9900 photo printer features Canon's ChromaPlus eight-color ink system, which adds new red and green ink cartridges to the traditional cyan, magenta, yellow, black, photo cyan, and photo magenta cartridges. It can print photos up to 13 by 19 inches, with a maximum resolution of 4800 by 2400 dots per inch, and it offers both USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces. You can expect to see the i9900 in May priced at $499.99.
#1636| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Virtual PC 2004 vs. VMWare 4
Benchmarking Part II, Hernan Di Pietro has published the second part of the article, where WinXP is used as a guest.
#1635| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Star Wars on DVD
According to, 20th Century Fox and LucasFilm have confirmed that The Original Trilogy will arrive on September 21st in a four-disc set.
#1634| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Legal downloads outsell CDs
Legal music downloads have outsold traditional physical formats such as DVDs and CDs for the first time, according to research from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The organisation found that over 150,000 downloads were sold in January 2004. Some 50,000 of these sales came in one week alone, with the launch of legal download site MyCokeMusic.
#1633| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Microsoft to end NT4 support
Support for all NT4 software will definitely end later this year - with no more extensions, according to Microsoft NT4 Enterprise Edition will be supported until 30 June and NT4 Server until 31 December. Microsoft has already extended the support life of NT4 twice.
#1632| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
Office 2003 SP1 Enhancements Revelaed
The people over at have received information about future enhancements for Office 2003. Office 2003 SP1 which is currently planned for release in late May will include fixes/improvements for all applications in the Office 2003 suite with some big enhancements for InfoPath 2003. Microsoft are adding the ability for custom controls, active x controls that can be made available in InfoPath's control tasks pane as well as other improvements throughout InfoPath. Details are unclear on what enhancements will be made in other applications like Word and Outlook at the moment.
#1631| source: by maximum3d on Tue Feb 10 2004 
New Worm: W32/Mydoom.C
Mydoom.C (also referred to as DoomJuice) is a variant of the Mydoom worm that attacks and infects only those systems which are currently infected with Mydoom.A. Customers who are not infected by Mdoom.A are not at risk from Mydoom.C. Customers who are currently infected with Mydoom.B are not at risk from Mydoom.C. Doomjuice doesn't spread via email or KaZaA as did MyDoom.A. Instead, the worm spreads via port 3127 only.
#1630| source: by crossbow on Mon Feb 09 2004 
Reviewing Bits and Bytes
2cpu takes a look at different memory dimms, comparing ecc/non ecc, and registered unbuffered memory technologies.

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