Ascully.com has a look at the Acecad Acecat Flair Graphics Tablet for those of you with an artistic side.
I'm new to the graphics tablet arena. I have used and reviewed Wacom products, which I must say was a nice place to start. I was curious to find out if the Flair is an alternative to the more expensive competition. I had to test it out to see if it would hold up to my own needs and expectations. It did more than hold up, it is now a permanent fixture on my desk.More information at Ascully.com
According to an article on Digitimes in regards to VIA and their currant state in the chipset battle. VIA has been loosing ground lately and quite allot of sales since the introduction of the Intel Pentium 4 processor. Due to the legal issues between VIA and Intel over the P4X chipset line, 1st tier motherboard manufacturers are avoiding the VIA P4X solutions like the plague to avoid any response from Intel.
This has left VIA with only 1 trump card, Their AMD Athlon solutions, and even here VIA is set to loose out. AMD Athlon sales are slowing down, either due to Pentium 4 picking up popularity or AMD fans are waiting for Hammer processors from AMD. Either way this doesn't help sales of KT333 and KT400 chipsets. VIA, once held the title of supplying the only AMD Athlon solution, now that SiS has its 745 chipsets and NVIDIA with nForce 2, VIA is loosing out to their biggest competitors.
Lets hope VIA can pull out of this tail spin.
The Guru of 3D took a peek at an ATI reference sample of the new Radeon 9000 Pro.
One thing is for sure, ATI made a very clever step in the mainstream market. The Radeon 9000 Pro will sell like freshly baked bread once the marketing mechanism and advertising will kick in. You will see very little pessimistic reviews about this product as it is a very very complete product for little money.More information at The Guru of 3D
David Matthews from Porter Novelli Australia sent us in a press release saying that ATi's Radeon 9000 and 9000 Pro are now both shipping. I've posted the entire press release in our forums, here's a snip:
The RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO graphics cards feature 64MB of DDR memory and flexible dual-display support including DVI-I, VGA and TV-out. RADEON 9000 PRO is now available at all major computer retailers across North America, at a suggested retail price of $149. A number of add-in-board manufacturers are also now shipping product based on RADEON 9000, at very affordable prices.More information in our Video Cards Forum
In case you haven't had enough of all the latest ATi graphics processor news, the gents from Neoseeker have posted a bit of their own coverage on the subject.
With the introduction of Radeon 9700 (R300) and Radeon 9000 (RV250), ATI finally manages to exceed what nVidia has to offer at least on paper. nVidia's successful attempts to block ATI from the crown with its GeForce 4 Ti series and its superior Detonator4 drivers has put ATI on the defensive. However, with the upcoming release of Radeon 9700, it is a contest of who will sit quite comfortably on the throne.".More information at Neoseeker
The guys from Got Apex? have a comprehensive review of the new 128mb version of the GeForce4 Ti4200 from Albatron.
Obviously the Ti 4200 is not the fastest card out there. That is not what it supposed to be though. It is supposed to be a reasonably priced alternative to the 4400 and 4600 that still provides playable frame rates and all of the GF4 Ti GPU's image quality enhancing features. Does it do this? Boy, and how? Even though it is a step or two back from the 4400 and 4600 cards, it will still get you to where you want to be. If you look closely through the benchmark results, you will see that there are very few circumstances where the performance delta between the 4200 and the 4600 will actually rule out a game play resolution or force you to turn back a quality setting just because you didn't buy the fastest card out there.More information at Got Apex?
AnandTech have posted their review of the ATi Radeon 9700 or R300. The results are just astonishing, under UT 2003 the R300 is able to outperform a Ti4600 by 38-54%. Then Anand continues on saying nVidia's NV30 will be faster than the R300! There's 24 pages worth of review by Anand, if you've got the time to read it all - Which I'm going to make time to do.
When all is said and done, there's a reason why ATI and NVIDIA are the two leaders in this market right now. Both companies have figured out the right way of doing things and are currently hard at work bringing the absolute fastest hardware to the market. These two are driving the industry and with the R300 ATI put to rest any speculation that had ever existed about their worthiness as a competitor.More information at AnandTech
ATI won't go the route of 3dfx, they're going the route of NVIDIA and today they just entered the passing lane.
We are now fairly certain we can come to this conclusion with information provided to us from Hercules about the announcement of their ATi Radeon 9000 Pro and 9700 graphics cards. I've requested a picture from Hercules of their 9700 card, let's see what they say.
More information in our New Products Forum
Neoseeker takes a look at MSI's Geforce 4 Ti4200 and checks out how it stacks up against the likes of ATI's Radeon 8500, Matrox's Parhelia-512 and its big brother MSI's GeForce 4 TI4600.
After massive price cuts by ATI on their Radeon line, nVidia is forced to come up with a low cost card to market. This is where the MSI GeForce 4 Ti4200 comes in, with an estimated retail price of $150 US or $260 Cdn, the Ti4200 comes with VIVO options, DVI to analog converter WinProducer, WinCoder, No One Lives Forever, Sacrifice and AquaNox.More information at Neoseeker
Scott from The Tech Report has posted an article comparing nVidia GeForce4 Ti4600's from PNY, Abit and Gainward. As always, good reading is to be had.
PNY's Verto card is the first one we'll look at today, and that's appropriate, because the Verto is a perfect carbon copy of NVIDIA's Ti 4600 128MB reference design. As such, the Verto card will introduce us to many common features of all Ti 4600 cards. PNY's most notable variation from NVIDIA's template is the Verto's swanky maroon PCB color, which makes the card seem a little less generic.More information at The Tech Report.
A little birdy handed me some information about the new Radeon 8500 MAXX from ATi - As far as I know, this is what you can consider scoop. Take a look at it now, because I don't know how long this page will be staying up for, once ATi find out about it.
I've posted the full spec list, details and a picture of the new graphics card in the New Products section of our forums. The internal document also includes bits and pieces of information about the highly anticipated R300.
More information in the New Products Forum.
Soltek let us know about the release of their nVidia GeForce4 Ti4600 and Ti4200 graphics card releases today. As usual I have posted information and pictures in the New Products section of our forums. The Ti4600 does look like it would be able to overclock quite well with it's dual fans!
Soltek's Ti4600 & Ti4200 graphic cards are specially designed for power users, these two graphics cards provide users with the leading graphics technology, the latest video features, and the most innovative entertainment solutions.More information in the New Products Forum.
OC Workbench has a screenshot from of 3DMark 2001 comparing the graphics quality of the new SiS Xabre 400 to the nVidia Ti4600 and the older GeForce 3 Ti200. While the differences are hard to spot, it's easy to see the lighting of the GeForce 4 is more enhanced, everything stands out much better. nVidia's drivers are much more mature compared to SiS's drivers, and it's just one screenshot which can hardly make or break either product especially since we weren't even told what graphics settings were used.
More information at OC Workbench.
The crew over at Tweak3D have just posted a roundup of all of the latest graphics cards from VisionTek - The MX440, Ti4200, Ti4400 and the king of the hill Ti4600. After talking to VisionTek just yesterday about review samples, they said they had discontinued their Ti4400 series of cards, which is why I find it strange Tweak3D have included it in this roundup, nevertheless good reading is to be had.
Just as the Geforce3 chipset cards penetrated the market throughout 2001 Nvidia has refreshed its image with the Geforce4 chipsets. You can never have enough of a good thing the story goes and Nvidia has noted this abstract rather well with their new line-up. With the introduction of the Geforce3 chipset a new set of features came about set to improve the realism in the latest 3D games and demos fetching beyond the capabilities of the previous achievement, the Geforce2. With the Geforce4 Nvidia decided to take the goodness from the Geforce3 and make it faster. For this reason the true breed Geforce4 chipset (Ti4200, Ti4400, Ti4600) isn't a brand new product as such, but rather a Geforce3 been given a face lift and a new name. While this last statement might seem disappointing for those in the hope of expecting wonderful things from their new Geforce4 based card or system, it's not all as bad as it might sound. To find out why read on.More information at Tweak3D.
While many of us drool over the specs of the new GeForce4 Ti4600, we're still left asking "do we need it?" and "what will it do for the games I'm playing now?" The Tech Zone addresses these questions, and show you what many of the games we play will look and run like on the auspicious GeForce4 Ti 4600.
More information at The Tech Zone
Soltek are a Taiwanese company who are known for their solid line of motherboards which have been released over the past few years. I just received an e-mail from them saying they have decided to break into the graphics card market with the launch of their range of nVidia based graphics card ranging from the power-house GeForce4 Ti4400 all the way down to the aging TNT2 M64.
I've posted pictures and information in the "New Products" section of our forums.
The gents from middle-eastern website, t-break, have a taken a look at the Gainward GeForce4 Ti4200 Ultra graphics card. This card is a lot cheaper than Ti4600-based graphics card while at the same time can be overclocked to Ti4400 speeds and above.
More information at t-break.
Brad from Tweakers Australia has updated his ATI Radeon Driver Comparison article with extra benchmarks and tests, including an image quality comparison, which demonstrates the development of the ATI Smoothvision AA algorithm. The article compares the latest ATi Radeon drivers in v7.68 to the older v7.67 and v7.60 drivers.
The driver comparison compares the performance of the 3 latest ATI Reference drivers. Don't get these confused with the drivers designed for the 'Built by ATI' cards, as these are updated more frequently than the reference versions. Unfortunately, most people who can actually afford a Radeon 8500 settle with the 'Powered by ATI' models - therefore a reference driver must be used. 7.60, 7.67 and 7.68 are the versions we will be looking at, where 7.68 is the latest driver only just recently released by ATI.Check it out here.
HotHardware have posted up a comparison between the two kings of the budget video card market, the Nvidia GeForce4 Ti4200 and the ATi Radeon 8500 LE. Which is the better choice? Guess you'll have to read the review to find out!
"If you're reading this page, chances are you're a PC hardware enthusiast who is constantly thinking about his (or her) next upgrade. You may have your heart set on a shiny new GeForce 4 Ti 4600 or 128MB Radeon 8500 All-in-Wonder, but you don't have the kind of coin necessary to support your "hardware addiction". So what are you to do? Do you continue to save your money until you have enough cash for the latest and greatest, or do just bite the bullet and stick with what you have? These are questions that companies like NVIDIA and ATi try to answer for you, by introducing mid-range, "mainstream" cards with most of the features and performance of their flagship counterparts, at a fraction of the cost."
There seemed to be an influx of GeForce4 reviews flow into my inbox just lately, so we'll dedicate this post to them. Firstly the boys at VIA Hardware have taken a look at the MSI GeForce4 Ti4600, The Tech Report try out the
OCTools have posted a shootout of four different GeForce 4 MX440 video cards from Leadtek, Chaintech, Abit and MSI all featuring 4.0ns DDR memory except the MSI video card. The roundup also details which card is the most overclockable.