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RadiativeNZ have just finished having a play with the Triplex Millennium Silver GeForce 4 Ti4600.
Triplex recently decided to take on the big boys and signed up to produce both the GeForce and Xabre line of graphics cards. Rather than blend in with everyone else, they decided to try and distinguish themselves from the numerous other start-up manufacturers and have come up with the aptly named Millennium Silver product line - you'll soon see whyMore information at RadiativeNZ
Over at the Viperlair they have a guide up on how to make an Office XP CD with Integrated Service Pack 1.
The whole point of this exercise was to create a CD with Office XP with Service Pack 1. Should there be a Service Pack 2 (likely), this guide should apply to it as well, though I'll be sure to double check. I know some may be thinking that this is a lot of work, but think of it in the long run. You'll now have a backup of your original CD, since I hear a lot of dubious stories like "I lost my originals!!", as well as a backup of your CD key.More information at Viperlair
Icrontic is kicking off with a look at the Albatron GeForce4 Ti4600. Albatron is a new kid on the block as far as video cards go, but do provide an impressive looking package nonetheless.
With Albatron being so new to the video card scene I really had no idea what kind of overclocking results to expect. I fired up Cool Bits registry utility to access the frequency settings. Remember, the card comes stock at 250 core and 650 memory and I've heard of users getting their cards up to 330 core and 750 memory and beyond with stock cooling. I was able to overclock the Albatron card to a maximum stable speed of 310 Mhz core and 720 Mhz memory speed, which boosted my 3DMark 2002SE points from 10,746 to 11,134. With a standard HSF and no memory heat sinks I don't wouldn't expect it to overclock as well as cards from Leadtek, ASUS, and Gainward for example, but overclocking is always based a little bit on luck so your results may vary.More information at Icrontic
Today The Tech Report take a look at the next-generation graphics chips from ATI and NVIDIA.
This article explores the recent advances in graphics technology, explains where things are headed, and attempts to evaluate the Radeon 9700 and NV30 in that context. We've gathered some details about the Radeon 9700 and NV30 chips that probably haven't been aired in public before, as well. Read up to see what's coming and why the next generation of graphics chips won't be like anything we've seen before.More information at The Tech Report
The guys from The Tech Report have an in-depth review of ATI's new Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card. They compared the Radeon 9000 Pro's performance against 12 of its closest competitors. Good reading.
ATI's RADEON 9000 suffers from a case of horrible timing. On the same day that ATI announced the revolutionary, cutting edge, drool-inducing Radeon 9700, they also told the world about the Radeon 9000, a retooled version of their Radeon 8500 chip aimed at mainstream desktops. Here you had the Radeon 9000's slightly revised current-generation GPU competing for attention with the Radeon 9700's brand-new, next-generation, DirectX 9-compliant architecture. It wasn't even fair.More information at The Tech Report
nV News has a look at the XFX GeForce4 Ti 4200 video card.
When running Grand Theft Auto 3, I was sure to maximize every graphic related feature including draw distance. In my opinion, lowering this setting interferes with game play and takes away from the overall experience. As expected, maximizing this setting comes with a fairly large performance hit which, in some instances, is justified and worth taking.More information at nV News
AusPCWorld has just posted a review of Gigabyte's Radeon 8500 video card.
Today we have a look at the AP128DG-H Radeon 8500 Deluxe 128MB GPU from Gigabyte. This card named the MAYA features 128MB DDR, ATI's Smartshader Technology and comes packed with loads of free software. Does the extra boost of memory have what it takes up against other cards on the market?More information at AusPCWorld
TECH-PC takes a look at LeadTek's WinFast A250 LE TD 64MB Geforce4 Ti4200.
Not everyone has an XP2000 or P-IV 2.26, many people are asking us how these modern cards perform on older systems, people looking to upgrade from GF1's and GF2 mx's. We put a now bargain priced Leadtek GF4 4200 through it's paces on a 1ghz system and see how it does.More information at TECH-PC
The ViperLair has its turn at MSI's 64MB Geforce4 Ti4200.
The 64 Mb version of Ti4200 uses 3.6ns memory, so using the same equation:More information at ViperLair
1000 nanoseconds/1 second x 1/3.6 nanoseconds = 277.7 Mhz
The speed is doubled, bringing the clock speed to 556 Mhz.
But wait - this ram is running at 513 Mhz. Why would MSI underclock their memory? The card is an Nvidia chip - it's meant to deal with 500 Mhz memory. By using the better RAM, they can run the RAM at a higher speed than the specs call for - higher than the 500 Mhz mark, without damaging the RAM by maxing out its memory clock.
BurnOutPc has just posted their review on OcSystems Radeon 8500 video card.
ATI, those pesky Canadians, have come up with a wee bit'o gold: Radeon 8500 is what they call it and despite previous driver issues this card was able to remain on top for quite a while. Even beating out NVIDIA's GF3Ti500 ATI may have already released their new line of graphic cards, the Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9700 but in my mind the 8500 is still a wicked deal for the performance:price ratio.More information at BurnOutPc