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#1609| source: by maximum3d on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Seagate's Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA
At only $95 online for a 120GB drive, the Barracuda 7200.7 is one of the cheapest Serial ATA drives around. "Parallel" ATA versions of the drive are available online for as little as $85, but I'd pay the price premium to get my hands on thin and flexible Serial ATA cables any day. The Serial ATA Barracuda 7200.7's price also looks good when compared with the DiamondMax Plus 9, which sells for as low as $102 online. Considering that the 'cuda outperforms the DiamondMax in the vast majority of our tests, Seagate's drive looks like a pretty good deal.
#1608| source: by maximum3d on Wed Feb 04 2004 
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Preview
Compared to the previous top-of-the-line model, the Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO, the new chip offers nothing new aside from higher maximum clockspeed of 450MHz. Granted, the new and improved production process may help reduce the chip's power consumption, but the higher clockspeed easily counterbalances that advantage. Features like VPU recover are nice, but don't justify going out and buying a new notebook
#1607| source: by maximum3d on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Intel P4E(Prescott) review
Well, drawing conclusions from tests above we can say the following: Prescott is in general slower than Northwood. Sometimes it's compensated by larger cache pulling the performance even to the older core. And if the application is sensitive to L2 cache, Prescott can even win. Besides, it shows better Hyper-Threading efficiency (but it seems the reason is doubled L2 again). Respectively, if an application can use both advantages - large cache and virtual multiprocessing, the benefit is considerable. But in general Prescott performs about the same as Northwood (and even worse - with the older software). This is no revolution.
#1606| source: by maximum3d on Wed Feb 04 2004 
ATI slashes Radeon 9600SE price 30%
Facing fierce price competition from Nvidia in the mid-range graphics chip market, ATI Technologies recently slashed the price of its desktop-use Radeon 9600SE chip by about US$10, from over US$40 earlier, according to sources.
#1605| source: by maximum3d on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Intel to again delay Dothan
Taiwan's notebook makers have been upset as the launch of Intel's mobile Dothan processors has been delayed to April or May from a revised schedule most recently slated for early February, sources at local notebook makers quoted Intel's latest roadmap as saying.
#1604| source: by maximum3d on Wed Feb 04 2004 
Sony to invest in Toshiba, IBM chip plants
Sony Corp announced on Monday that it plans to build new lines at Toshiba Corp and IBM Corp factories to produce advanced microprocessors for use in such products as digital appliances and game machines including Microsoft's Xbox gaming console and Sony's PlayStation 3.
#1603| source: by maximum3d on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Cumulative Security Update for IE
(February 2004) - This critical update (MSIE 6SP1, MSIE6-Win2k3, MSIE6.0, MSIE 5.5SP2 ...) replaces the one that is provided in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-048, which is itself a cumulative update.
#1602| source: by maximum3d on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Taiwan companies to make Prescott notebook
Some second-tier Taiwanese notebook makers will roll out models using Intel desktop-use Prescott processors before the chip giant launches notebook-use Mobile Prescott processors in the second quarter of this year, according to sources
#1601| source: by maximum3d on Mon Feb 02 2004 
NV40 and R420 memory secrets revealed
Nvidia's upcoming NV40 and ATIs R420 both support memory in the types DDR 1, GDDR 2 and GDDR 3, but both companies will be sticking with GDDR 2, at least at first. The reason is simple: DDR 1 is just too slow to support the latest-generation graphics chippery in high resolutions, with fancy FSAA and Anisotropic filtering. Also, DDR 1 has a clock limit of 1GHz which is very hard to crank up further. DDR 2, of course, is nothing more than DDR 1 that can run at more than 1GHz, given a set of different commands.

#1600| source: by maximum3d on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Windows plan underscores Microsoft struggle
A move by Microsoft to extend support for an older version of Windows underscores a new reality for the software giant: Convincing customers to upgrade is becoming much more difficult. Earlier this month, Microsoft backtracked from a decision to end support for Windows 98 and other older Windows versions, pledging to continue support until 2006. While many customers applauded the move, some analysts said that the decision may be more than an act of goodwill. According to recent surveys, about one-quarter of all PCs run Windows 98 or older versions of Windows. "Better to have people stay on Windows 98 than to start investigating things like Linux," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Jupiter Research.

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