Compro Technology have just unveiled their most recent "VideoMate H900" digital TV tuner/capture card which features a real-time hardware MPEG-1/2 encoder by use of the Conexant CX23418 video process chip. This gives one the ability to easily record hardware compression DVD full-D1 TV shows or VCD/SVCD/DVD formats and do hardware timeshifting for instant pause/replay of live TV without massive system loading.
For further info, grab Compro's announcement here.
Taipei, Taiwan, 4 January, 2006 - Compro Technology, an innovative leading manufacturer and developer of PC multimedia products, launched VideoMate H900, a powerful TV tuner and capture card. It features real-time hardware MPEG-1/2 encoder, new generation high-quality universal silicon TV tuner, 2D/3D Y/C separation, TV Stereo/ SAP selection, FM radio listening, MP3/WMA/WAV recording, low-profile card design, Compro exclusive remote power on/off and Power Up Scheduled Recording.
Hows this for daring? A master modder of Australia's popular Atomic magazine has just finished his latest masterpiece, a fully functional Super-cooled liquid PC which is completely submerged in a tank of mineral oil and further assisted by nitrogen pellets.
The motivation for such an out-there project is due to Atomic's upcoming tutorial/guide which it will be running through the Jan/Feb issues next yr, and to help show it off they've kindly uploaded a video onto their site for everyone to check out.
Who said liquids and electronics don't mix? Here, in its full glory, you can see the Atomic Oil PC built by our own master-modder Ron Prouse -- a completely submerged, fully functional, computer (power supply included!) cooled by a pump system with mineral oil and a little help from nitrogen pellets. The result? An incredible -61 degrees celcius inside the tank!
Watch video of this remarkable machine!
These thumb-sized USB digital TV tuner devices are really starting to enforce themselves in the market these days it seems, with Compro adding another to the already growing list dubbed the "VideoMate U3 DVB-T Stick". Its quite amazing how these things can bring high definition TV broadcasting capabilities to your PC (or even more ideally, your laptop!) in such a wee size. For all the details on this little gem, check out Compro's official PR folks.
Compro Technology, a leading manufacturer of PC multimedia products, announced today VideoMate U3 DVB-T Stick is the thumb size design with high quality reception digital TV tuner box. It is easy to put into your pocket or computer bag and plug it in anywhere at anytime to receive high-quality free-to-air digital terrestrial TV broadcast on your desktop or laptop PC. VideoMate U3 uses the high-speed USB 2.0 transmission to provide high-definition 1080i HDTV and SDTV reception on your PC. Also, VideoMate U3 provides EPG (Electrical Programming Guide) and Teletext features for more convenience in available area.
The folks over at LANParty.com have just sent word out that they've posted up a couple of nice quality Quake 4 videos which they'd taken live from QuakeCon in Dallas, TX earlier this year. To play them you'll need the H.264 video codec (which is included in Apple's Quicktime 7 suite). The LANParty.com front page has the direct download links and supporting info.
This past August, I was on hand at QuakeCon in Dallas, TX where I captured much of the happenings on video. Now I am pleased to present video coverage of Quake 4 from QuakeCon 2005! These two video segments show footage from both single and multiplayer versions of the game, the introduction by Todd Hollenshead, CEO of ID software, and responses to questions submitted by the audience.
In a fresh press release from NVIDIA, they let us know of their PureVideo Decoder (implemented on the 6 series of graphics cards) to have been recently approved by "TiVo Inc." for content playback using the "TiVoToGo™" feature.
New this year, the TiVoToGo feature allows TiVo® subscribers to transfer recorded television programs from their TiVo Series2™ DVR to their PC for viewing anywhere, anytime. Watching a program on a PC that has been recorded on a TiVo DVR requires the use of an MPEG-2 decoder, such as the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder which employs sophisticated algorithms to decode and enhance television content.
Further details within the full PR over at NVIDIA's press room.
The NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder combines the high quality DVD and MPEG-playback with rich Dolby® Digital surround sound. Also featuring hardware-accelerated video on all Microsoft® DirectX®-compatible graphics processors, the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder delivers unmatched color fidelity and smooth DVD, video, and TV viewing.
The NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder is the best way to experience NVIDIA PureVideo technology-a combination of hardware and software technologies that raise the video capabilities of today's desktop and notebook PCs. PureVideo on a NVIDIA GeForce™ 6 Series GPU enables such features as spatial temporal de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and bad edit correction-all of which eliminate jaggies and blurriness for a sharp picture, even in scenes with a lot of motion.
- Articles and Reviews from around the Web
- MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard @ PCStats
- ATI quietly launches Radeon X550 @ Toms Hardware
- Vendors announce cards on RADEON X550 GPU @ Digit-Life
- 3D Performance with Battlefield 2 Demo: Part 1 High-end Cards @ FiringSquad
- Shuttle SB83G5M Vs Kloss Dreamsys i915A : Media Barebones compared @ PCInpact
- Acer TravelMate 4401LMi Turion 64 based laptop @ Trusted Reviews
- Panasonic Toughbook CF-Y2 @ Digit-Life
- ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI) @ Hardware Zone
- Corsair XMS XPERT 3200XL Memory @ LegitReviews
I have just had a chance to take a walk around the QuakeCon floor this morning at the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, Texas and noticed a company called Radio ITG broadcasting live video and radio coverage from QuakeCon - is it really the start of e-sports going mainstream? How long before ESPN get in on the act? Not long I imagine!
A mass of fresh video card related reviews and articles have gone live over the past 24 hrs, all of which i've rounded up for you below. Enjoy!
- MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 @ PC Stats
- Visiontek Xtasy Radeon 9600 256MB @ VR-Zone
- ATi Radeon 9600XT @ Gruntville
- Power Color 9600XT @ The Tech Zone
- Sapphire RADEON 9600XT Ultimate @ Bjorn3D
- MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 @ ViperLair
- nVidia NV40, NV41, NV45 & Co. Informations (+ NV19, NV37, NV39,NV42, NV43) @ 3DCenter
- More ATI R420 details emerge @ The Inquirer
- Integrated VGA & How Good Is ATi's Radeon 9100 IGP? @ Toms Hardware
- PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Bravo @ Hardware Hell
- Geforce FX 5900XT vs Sapphire Radeon 9600XT @ Driver Heaven
- Hercules 3D Prophet 9600XT @ Trusted Reviews
- Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB DDR2 for less than $200? @ Digit-Life
- 256 MB ASUS V9570 TD GeForce 5700 & 128MB V9560XT/TD (64bit) GeForce FX 5600XT @ Digit-Life
- GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Reference Card @ OC Tools
- ATI Catalyst 4.1 Driver Round Up @ Driver Heaven
Yesterday nVidia released its series of NV35 videos to the public for download to showcase what its GeForce FX 5900 Ultra GPU is capable of producing.
More information @ Warp2Search
I downloaded this video from our friends over at nV News only a couple minutes ago. Remember when the NV30 reviews were released and only hours later all the dust buster type pictures emerged on the web? Well Steve Sims and company from nVidia have posted a three minute video which basically owns themselves - you'll see when you watch it.
I have mirrored the 4.6mb file on our servers for you all, grab it here!
First up I noticed talk of Doom 4 videos over at Warp2Search. Before you get too excited, users commented these videos are merely a mod for Quake3 called Q4Gladiators. Nevertheless, the faked Doom 4 videos and wallpaper are pretty cool and worth a look.
There are more videos than what is listed on the earthlink page, just follow one of the directories from the earthlink downloads and you end up hereMore information @ Warp2Search
Intervideo has released WinDVD Platinum. It includes all the great features included in previous versions with the addition of DivX playback, Dolby Virtual Speaker which uses advanced algorithms to replicate 5.1 surround sound over two single speakers and more, if the latter was not enough for you.
WinDVD Platinum is InterVideo's latest version of WinDVD which is a simple-to-use DVD player that combines all the features of a standard consumer DVD player and offers much more. WinDVD Platinum is the ultimate DVD player with advanced audio and video functions, not found anywhere else.More information @ Intervideo
Our friends over at Warp2Search have a link to Japanese Watch Impress with three MPEG videos show casing nVidia's new GeForce FX. They appear to be camcorder rips from an nVidia press conference of some sort with somebody explaining how each piece of footage is achieved through the new technology of shaders. The quality is quite good, so ensure you make time to download these for the archive.
More information @ Warp2Search
Words cannot describe what I am thinking right now... stunned, I guess could be one of them. Anyway, I followed a link from our friends over at Warp2Search to the nVidia website (hmmm, that's a new one for today - heh) which shows demos and such of its new GeForce FX in action. You'll also find information on up and coming DX9 games supporting the GeForce FX and a couple videos which we had already known about for the past few days.
Power and performance, the two elements every gamer craves, are the heart and soul of the GeForce FX. Powered by pure adrenaline and engineered with a passion for perfection, the GeForce FX delivers cinematic effects beyond imagination. Its CineFX engine produces gaming effects on par with the hottest motion pictures. Combined with the industry's first true 128-bit studio-quality color processing technology, 3D worlds and characters are more real than anything that's come before.More information @ nVidia GeForce FX Homepage
Yes, this is for real!
This dose should keep some of you busy for a while and as I've got to go and see a doctor here it is.
- ATI Radeon 9700 Pro @ PCStats
- Argos GeForce4 Ti 4200 SE @ The Guru of 3D
- Prolink PixelView GeForce4 MX440-8X @ PCStats
- Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/650 XP Golden Sample and Ultra/650 TV/DVI Golden Sample @ explosivelabs.com
Here's the last course for you this morning (my time) and for desert I'm serving video cards and whatever else is let.
- Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack Ultra/750XP @ HardwareZone.com
- Gainward GF4 Pro/600-8X MX440 AGP 8X VGA @ Overclockers New Zealand
- Radeon 9700 Pro @ Amdmb.com
- ATI Radeon 9000 Pro Extreme Overclocking Experience @ X-bit labs
- Overclockers Hideout SLPR-2002 Complete Watercooling Setup @ Monster Hardware
- Verax GmbH P16 Silent Heatsink @ FrostyTech
- Billion ADSL Modem/Router @ Tweakers Australia
- Comparison of Two Four-Channel ATA RAID Controllers @ X-bit labs
Remember that website called Sharky Extreme, with the 25 page articles? Well, they have posted a not-so-lengthy 10-page ATI & NVIDIA Video Card Tweak Guide for your viewing pleasure today.
As today's video cards become increasingly advanced, the sheer number of options and tweaks that go unseen to the average user seems to increase. Sometimes these remain unseen because ATI and NVIDIA will often neglect, or outright refuse, to make these tweaks available with their standard driver package. While many of these configurable items can be relatively benign, there are still a healthy number of extremely rewarding (we're talking extra performance and image quality here) options that can greatly enhance the visual quality and speed of modern ATI and NVIDIA video cards.More information at Sharky Extreme
Well these 4 just turned up so here they are.
The Tech Report was first into the box about their GeForce4 Ti 4200 comparo.
Not all GeForce4 Ti 4200s are created equal, and today we've rounded up eight of them to find which ones perform the best, overclock the highest, and offer the best overall value for your budget gaming dollar. Along the way we'll also take a look at the performance advantages of 64MB and 128MB cards in general. There's a lot to cover, so let's get started:More information at The Tech Report
Next in was 3dXtreme excited as usual but this time about the Jaton 3DForce Xabre400-64Q.
After using this card for a few days, I must say that I am very happy with it. I did not experience the same problems I did when I reviewed the SiS 315 graphics card late last year. SiS is showing that they want to have a piece of the video graphics market and have brought a great performing chipset to the market. As for Jaton, they have made a top notch board that has no flaws in workmanship, overall a great quality video card.More information at 3dXtreme
Overclockers New Zealand also let us know about their review on Triplex Geforce 4 Ti4400
Triplex packages its high end, i.e. 4400 and 4600, in a beautiful 007 type aluminium box. This is bound to catch consumers' eyes on the shops' shelf. The bundle is a bit weak though, relative to the box used, although it is on par with other manufacturers. I was expecting more games/utilities. No DVI to VGA converter was supplied thus users need to get their own.More information at Overclockers New Zealand
OverclockersClubCanada is the last in with their thoughts on the MSI Geforce 4 MX440 video card.
As we are coming to a close on our MX440 shootout, today we will be looking at the MSI model. I have been very impressed with MSI's card ever since my friend's 4600TI card benchmarked higher then my ASUS 4600TI on the same system. Will the card be good or will it be a dud read on and we shall see.More information at OverclockersClubCanada
Nvidia has released official Detonator 40.41 drivers for Windows 2000
and Windows XP machines.
Version: 40.41More information at nVidia
File Size: 9 MB
Release Date: August 29, 2002
WHQL Certification Pending
Up to a 25% increase in performance
nView™ 2.0 multi-display technology increases productivity and provides the necessary tools to control the way users access and view applications.
NVRotate™ enabling image rotation on today's advanced flat panel displays.
NVKeystone™ allows for real-time image correction on portable projectors and heads-up displays.
Digital Vibrance Control™ allows users to adjust color controls to achieve accurate, bright colors under all conditions.
New control panel streamlines user interface and enables faster and easier access to all video settings.
Robust Channels enables higher faster performance and better stability for all applications through fail-safe paths in the drivers.
CineFX Simulator allows developers to use Cg-"C for graphics"-to write complex shaders in a high level language faster and more easily than before.
NVIDIA's patented Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) - supports all products in a single driver binary
Tweak3D.net has an arcticle entitled "AGP Aperture Size Examined".
Video cards offer so many features these days that it's often easy to overlook a couple. Sometimes we might miss important features that are right in front of our eyes, and this is where we came up with the idea to tweak that golden nugget in our BIOS setup, the "AGP Aperture Size", which from here on out, we'll refer to as "AAS".More information at Tweak3D.net
UK Gamer has published the first UK review of ATI's new mobile graphics
unit, the mobility Radeon 9000.
We were also able to compare it against Hercules' recently announced Prophet 9000 PRO (128mb version). Not only that but we have managed to get results from a notebook that is running the yet to be launched, Pentium 4 M Northwood CPU, running at 2.26Ghz. The aim of the article is to look at whether gaming on a laptop can finally compete with desktop machines, so we compared all results against a Geforce 4 Ti4600.More information at UK Gamer
Techseekers.net is first with their report on the Inno3D Xabre 400.
The Xabre 400 is squarely designed to compete against the Geforce4MX in the mid-range market, a not so small feat if you ask me. One of the drawbacks of the Geforce4MX was the lack of proper DirectX 8.1 features as this card was only a souped up Geforce2.This is where the Xabre comes in, with Pixel Shader ver.1.3 support ,it allows games to look that much better.More information at Techseekers.net
A1 Electronics comes along with their brief look at the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro.
The ATI Radeon 9700 Pro with more computing power than the GeForce4 Ti4600 especially twice the memory bandwidth shows what can be done. As we see ATI Radeon 9700 Pro does not take such a hit when FSAA & Anisotropic filtering is used so we can leave it on all the time. For those of you games players now all you have to do is wait for DirectX 9 games.More information at A1 Electronics
I've got a few video cards reviews to let you know about tonight but there's still more mail to get through I'll just list them.
- ATi Radeon 9000 Pro @ OcPrices.com
- Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/650 TV/DVI @ GotApex?
- GeForce4 Ti's vs Radeon 8500's @ accelenation.com
- Albatron Geforce4 Ti4400 @ Hardware Avenue
HardwareZone Checks out MSI's G4Ti4200-VTP64 video card.
This is no ordinary GeForce4 Ti 4200-based graphics card. Packed with 64MB of 500MHz DDR memory, this baby comes with video input/output features. Find out why we decided to give this card the full five-star award.More information at HardwareZone