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#1496| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
Hercules Digifire 7.1 soundcard review
The Digifire 7.1 features a Line/Mic Input, 4 Stereo Line Outputs, an Optical S/PDIF Output (no S/PDIF input) and a MIDI/Gameport add-on bracket. Additionally 2 FireWire ports are provided on the bracket (as opposed to one on the Audigy/Audigy 2) and a third extra port is available internally.
#1495| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
Tyan Tachyon G9800Pro-M review
HardOCP compared Tyan Tachyon G9800Pro-M against three other cards, the 9800XT, 9600XT and 9500Pro using realworld gameplay evaluation.
#1494| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
The Intel P4C vs. AMD Comparison
Since the launch of AMD's Athlon 64 & Athlon 64 FX one and a half months ago, the hardware community has been hit by the Hammer fever. Despite being delayed for many months, these revolutionary K8 chips are finally here! Long touted by AMD as fully capable of executing current 32-bit and future 64-bit applications, can they meet our expectations?
#1493| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ review
The only difference to the XP3200 is the FSB speed has been increased to 400MHz, apart from that the core is still based on AMD's 0.13 micron manufacturing process and the processor has 128KB of level 1 cache and 512KB of level 2 cache. The XP3200 core is clocked at 2.2GHz which is only a 33MHz increase from the XP3000 which is clocked at 2.167GHz
#1492| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
The Pentium 4 3.2 GHz EE review
The Pentium 4 3.2 GHz Extreme Edition appears to be the most powerful singular X86-based processor Intel has ever released, it's a pretty amazing little processor. The chip easily can best previous Pentium 4 processors in gaming, continues to run creative applications great, and should run any software which is cache or memory intensive very quickly.
#1491| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
Audio Sonica Theater - USB 7.1
The M-Audio is an interesting product that should certainly be of interest to anyone wishing to upgrade the audio in their home theater PC without occupying the PCI slot in their computer. It has several attractive features which will endear it to many people. These include its tiny size, lack of external power supply and high-quality 24-bit/96kHz recording and playback capabilities. Home theater enthusiasts will be delighted by the support the SRS audio processing and impressed by the thundering bass and dialog clarity it brings to even low end speaker systems.
#1490| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
Microsoft's DirectX Next Preview
Beyond3D has published an interesting preview of Microsoft's DirectX Next and what sort of fuctions and features you can expect from DirectX Next compatible hardware.
#1489| source: by maximum3d on Thu Dec 04 2003 
Intel Prescott on Feb 2nd 2004
Source close to Intel Corporation said the company plans to formally launch its 90nm desktop processors code-named Prescott on the 2nd of February, 2004. As expected, the firm will ship a family of Prescott chips at different frequencies under Pentium 4 with SSE3 brand-name. Monday, the 2nd of February will be a big day for Intel, as the company unveils 7 new desktop microprocessors on that date. The list includes 4 Prescott processors with 1MB of L2 cache, 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus, SSE3, HT technology, running at 3.40GHz, 3.20GHz, 3.00GHz and 2.80GHz.
#1488| source: by maximum3d on Tue Dec 02 2003 
DON'T INSTALL Hyperion 4.50!
Due to bugs, Via has removed their Hyperion 4.50 driver that was released some days ago from download page. The latest stabile version is Hyperion 4.49p. The Inquirer is reporting: "After detailed investigation of the issues that have been reported, we have found that they only occur with systems configured with 1GB or more of memory and an ATI graphics card where the AGP aperture has been set above 32MB. We are currently working on a new revision of the driver that changes the default size of the AGP aperture to 32MB".
#1487| source: by maximum3d on Tue Dec 02 2003 
Samsung Shows 57-Inch LCD
Samsung Electronics has developed a 57-inch liquid crystal display panel, the largest such panel in the world, the company said Thursday. The panel was produced on the company's new fifth-generation TFT LCD production line that began operation in September this year. The maximum size panel that can be manufactured is governed by the size of glass sheet that a production line can handle. Fifth-generation lines can accept glass up to 110 centimeters by 130 centimeters (43.3 inches by 51.2 inches), making the 57-inch panel possible, said Samsung.

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