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#1619| source: http://www.pcstats.com by maximum3d on Sat Feb 07 2004 
Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Videocard review
Until then, there is a healthy selection of graphics cards currently available. The Sapphire Radeon 9800XT weighs in at $450USD ($600CDN), and the only real reason to consider such a pricey piece of hardware is to play games... at high resolutions with all of the visual details maximized. Of those cards currently available, Sapphire's RADEON 9800 XT does an excellent job.
#1618| source: http://www.pcmag.com by maximum3d on Sat Feb 07 2004 
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
(first-look) With the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro and Creative GigaWorks S750, Creative Labs becomes the first company to complement a 7.1 board with matching speakers. Although almost no discrete 7.1-channel content exists (yet), the Audigy 2 ZS can render EAX-compatible game soundtracks as eight completely independent channels, and it can expand stereo, 5.1, and 6.1 source materials into virtual 7.1 content.
#1617| source: http://www.techspot.com by maximum3d on Sat Feb 07 2004 
Philips Aurilium External Soundcard review
The PSC805 Aurilium is Philips' latest effort to take on the somewhat crowded soundcard market still dominated by Creative Labs. The Aurilium is a certified USB 2.0 external soundcard which doesn't differ much in concept with the SoundBlaster Extigy.
#1616| source: http://service.real.com by maximum3d on Sat Feb 07 2004 
RealNetworks Patches Security Holes
RealNetworks Inc. recently released a security update to plug a series of vulnerabilities in its media players that could open a user's machine to malicious code. Security researchers at British-based NGSSoftware Ltd., which issued an advisory on Wednesday, discovered the security holes in December and informed Real Networks of the vulnerabilities
#1615| source: http://www.xbox365.com by maximum3d on Sat Feb 07 2004 
Xbox Live 3.0
Microsoft will soon ship an update to the Xbox Live online game service that adds key communications features, such as the ability to send and receive voice and text messages to foes and teammates during games. And later, the company will reportedly add a voicemail feature.
#1614| source: Web by amigo on Fri Feb 06 2004 
Bosswave FinRing Wireless Mouse
Here's something totally different from a traditional mouse - FinRing from Bosswave. It's a little mouse that you wear on your index finger like a ring, and you operate by tilting and pressing the buttons with your thumb. It's wireless, and has a little usb receiver, which they claim acts like a standard usb mouse (so you can plug it into any os that knows about usb).
The receiver looks to be about the size of a cell phone, which might be a bit big, but the mouse itself seems like the ideal wearable mouse solution - very unobtrusive. Or you can get it in hot pink, and have it be very obtrusive.
#1613| source: http://www.2cpu.com by crossbow on Wed Feb 04 2004 
2cpu reviews...2 Cpu's (3.2 Xeon's)
One of the best sources for tech information on the web smacks together a review of a dual 3.2 xeon....you can just feel all the geeks quivering with excitment.

I know I want one!...and a dual opteron!...and a Ford GT!...
#1612| source: http://www.overclockers.com by crossbow on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Prescott to Melt Polar Ice Caps...
Ed once again takes a plain look at a product...and is absolutely discusted by it.

Thats right, prescott sucks, and he makes sure to point out all the glaring faults.

Gotta love hearing both sides of the story!
#1611| source: http://www.overclockers.com by crossbow on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Looking for Hardcore Prescott Info?
There ya go...straight from the source...a big pdf with lots of stuff I don't understand.

I'm sure it'll impress somebody though.
#1610| source: www.tech-report.com by crossbow on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Windows 64 Bit OS's Avail for Download
For a small fee you can get a trial version of Windows XP 64 and 2003 Server 64.

Just the thing for an athlon64 or opteron!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/extended/trial/default.mspx

 
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