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#1406| source: by maximum3d on Wed Oct 29 2003 
NGSCB, aka Palladium
Next generation of CPU, says Gates - Microsoft's Next Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB, aka Palladium) will be built into the next generation of CPUs, Bill Gates claimed yesterday, effectively making security via hardware ID an integral part of the Windows PC platform. And Microsoft is talking to the chip and PC companies about the introduction of hardware ID, so we will likely be seeing some decidedly NGSCB-like features well ahead of Longhorn
#1405| source: local by amigo on Mon Oct 20 2003 
PowerMate - USB MM Controller & Input Device
You can put this one on your (early) list of trinkets you'd like this Xmas - a jog/shuttle like controller knob, for movie editing, scrolling through those long documents and more.
It's not too expensive either, and as a programmable controller you can assign it different functions, and it feels like a large volume knob on some pro Hi-Fi gear.
#1404| source: by maximum3d on Sat Oct 11 2003 
ATI Catalyst Suite 3.8 Review
So, there we have it, the new features of the ATI Catalyst 3.8 in a nutshell. ATI have given all users something to play with here, "but you have not covered gaming performance!" I hear you all saying. Well, this set of drivers are more about the added features, not the optimization. Only one game has been pumped up in terms of performance and that's Tomb Raider Cradle of Life, which no one gives a damn about anyway.:) So, expect performance to be the same as your Catalyst 3.7 release in all your other games.
#1403| source: by maximum3d on Sat Oct 11 2003 
VapoChill XE [Socket 478 P4]
The chaps at took the most advance cooling solution avaliable on the retail market and coupled it with the highest performing CPU (which a mounting solution was avaliable for the cooling solution to use) - The Pentium 4 EE CPU.
#1402| source: by maximum3d on Sat Oct 11 2003 
DVD Burning: Complete Guide
PCMag tested 23 burners to find the ones that rock, and select the best DVD authoring software from among the 6 front-runners.
#1401| source: by maximum3d on Sat Oct 11 2003 
P4 3.2GHz "Extreme Edition" review
There's really nothing new to this chip other than the 2MB of L3 as apposed to the normal 512KB L2 Cache that does help boost performance under certain loads - after all if tons of extra cache on a chip was the main indicator of performance for desktop PCs, wouldn't we have seen that done by now?
#1400| source: by maximum3d on Sat Oct 11 2003 
19" LCD Round-up
X-Bit Labs have compared 11 monitors from Iiyama, LG, Nec, Samsung and Sony. They take look at the pixel response time parameter, monitor brightness, contrast ratio, color temperature and quality of color rendition.
#1399| source: by maximum3d on Sat Oct 11 2003 
VIA KT880 Specs
AMDboard has the specification of the first known mainboard to use the newly born. Coming from Abit, the KV7II offers the latest technologies thanks to this new chipset coupled with the now popular VT8237: 6-channel audio, SATA 150, RAID, USB2.0, LAN 10/100, and most of all, the new VIA Quad Band Memory 533 (QBM) technology that allow 8.5GB/s bandwidth.
#1398| source: by maximum3d on Fri Sep 26 2003 
New chip device speeds up disk drives
Dubbed the 88i6535 Serial ATA system on a chip, the device ups the data rate to 3 gigabits per second and handles tasks such as managing the disk drive interface and converting analog signals to digital data. The new chip is suited for devices such as blade server computers, laptop computers, portable music players, personal video recorders and car-navigation systems.
#1397| source: by maximum3d on Fri Sep 26 2003 
The Athlon 64 FX at 2.8 GHz
When working with this system, a few interesting facts popped up. The system was actually running at 14 x 200 MHz, and could be set at multipliers ranging from 4 (800 MHz) to 14 (2.8 GHz). All AMD Athlon 64 FX are de facto unlocked and it seems that the maximum multiplier for this stepping is 14. The only thing from stopping you from overclocking with the multiplier seems to be the BIOS. The ASUS SK8N inside the nVENTIV Mach II featured a special ASUS bios that allowed us to change the CPU core voltage and multiplier.

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