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#1679| source: Anandtech by amigo on Mon Nov 15 2004 
Intel Launches BTX Form Factor
Finally after three years of contemplating (making) Intel has launched BTX form factor as a viable retail product. Anandtech has done some thorough benchmarking on the BTX technology and they think it's a winner...
#1678| source: local by amigo on Wed Nov 10 2004 
Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Optimized Builds
MOOX features custom compiled and optimized builds of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird applications. The "M" builds are divided into 3 groups: M3, M2 and M1.

- M3 covers: AMD Opteron, Athlon FX/64/Sempron (3100+) and Intel Xeon, Pentium-M, Pentium 4, Celeron D and Celeron (1.7GHz - 2.8GHz)

- M2 covers: AMD Athlon XP, MP, Sempron (2200+ - 2800+), Duron and Intel Pentium 3 and Celeron (533MHz - 1.4GHz)

- M1 covers: AMD Athlon, K6-2, and Intel Pentium 2, Pentium Pro and Pentium.
#1677| source: by maximum3d on Tue Sep 14 2004 
Mozilla FireFox 1.0PR, ThunderBird 0.8, Mozilla Suite 1.7.3
Here it is, the FireFox Preview Release 1.0 finally coming to our desktops. But that's not all, Mozilla people are packing a full punch and have also released ThunderBird v0.8 (mail client) and Mozilla Suite 1.7.3. Get them while they are still hot off the press...
#1676| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jun 16 2004 
Gainward CoolFX Powerpack! Ultra/2600
There's a performance increase to be had from the Ultra/2600 CoolFX, but unless the price differential drops to within L100 of the air-cooled board, the Ultra/2600 CoolFX is hard to recommend. Undoubtedly the fastest unmodified consumer graphics card in the world in quite a few scenarios, but not far enough away from boards like the X800 PRO, XT PE and other 6800-based cards to be attractive, given the price.
#1675| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jun 16 2004 
Sony DRU-700A review
Sonys DRU-700A is a superb first generation dual layer DVD ReWritable drive. It can burn the ultra-high capacity dual layer discs with ease, but is also lightning fast at burning both DVD+R and DVD-R media, and is a very solid performer in the CD-RW/DVD-ROM areas as well. The drive is quick, quiet, comes with a decent software bundle, and black or white faceplates, so aesthetics should not be an issue.
#1674| source: by maximum3d on Fri Jun 11 2004 
GeForce 6800 finally goes mainstream
Nvidia has finally revealed the specifications for its standard GeForce 6800 graphics card. The GeForce 6800 comes in at a $299 price point--with a 12-pixel pipe clocked at 325MHz and 128MB of memory clocked at 700MHz. The new card is a single-slot solution and requires a single-Molex power connector. The pricier GeForce 6800 Ultra and GT cards both have 16-pixel pipe engines and feature 256MB of memory. The $399 single-slot GeForce 6800 GT has a 350MHz core clock and a 1GHz memory clock. The $499 Ultra edition has a faster, 400MHz core clock and memory clocked at 1.1GHz, but it also uses a double-height cooling unit that protrudes into an adjacent card slot. According to Nvidia, GeForce 6800 card manufacturers should begin shipments sometime next week.
#1673| source: by maximum3d on Thu Jun 10 2004 
NV40 vs R420
Digit life continues their investigation of the recently launched GeForce 6800 Ultra from NVIDIA and Radeon X800 XT from ATI. This time include screen captures from a few retail games to show the different techniques employed by NVIDIA and ATI and they do not include any performance numbers.
#1672| source: by maximum3d on Sat May 29 2004 
Radeon X800XT is a 500/1000 MHz card
ATI will have three cards based on its R420 marchitecture, matching Nvidia. It was simply a matter of time for ATI to start talking about its new card clocked in-between X800PRO and X800 XT PRO. Ironically, the ATI X800XT will be clocked at 500/500 MHz. X800 XT PE, Platinum edition is a 525MHz card with 560MHz memory and will ship at the end of June or early July and the X800 PRO is already in the market and it's clocked at 475MHz core and 900MHz memory.
#1671| source: by maximum3d on Sat May 29 2004 
Sony DRU-700A DL 8x review
CDRLabs have posted a review of the Sony DRU-700A Double Layer 8x drive.
#1670| source: Video Card Round Up by maximum3d on Mon Apr 26 2004 
Video Card Round Up

nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra preview @ Anandtech | FiringSquad | Guru3D | HardOCP | HardwareAnalysis | Hexus | HomeLANFed | HotHardware | nVNews | PCPer | TechReport | LegitReviews | NordicHardware | Bjorn3D

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