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I won't lie to you. I've always been a hardcore nVidia fan. I doubt that will change unless something really drastic happens (cross fingers, knock on wood). However, what we have here is something that even us hardcore nVidians can't help but take note of. Anandtech has a nice little preview of this monster of a graphics card.
Today ATI announces the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro. Although we do not have hardware yet we were recently given the opportunity to spend some time with ATI in order to give you an idea of what exactly the new All-in-Wonder brings to the table. It is much more than just a Radeon 9700 Pro with a tuner slapped on. Much, much more.I won't spoil it for you, so head over and check it out!
More information @ Anandtech
Today, nVidia has released new Detonator 40.71 drivers. The new drivers boast up to a 25% performance increase, as well as a new second version beta driver that should correct previous problems.
Thermaltake have launched a whole bunch of new VGA coolers for GeForce4 series, as well as the Radeon series. The one which really stands out to me is their dual cooler for the GeForce4 Ti series.
Thermaltake Design Team offers a very excellent design to worldwide customers. No doubt, Thermaltake is an expert in thermal design and have the full range of thermal products. Our engineering staffs master thermal management and industrial design, so we strongly emphasis that Thermal take has an excellent design team, the solution and design have been rewarded our customer's satisfaction and high valuation. We have developed the new thermal projects and be able to provide any design and perfect solutions to our OEM &ODM business partners.More information @ Thermaltake
Bench Test have posted a massive GeForce4 Ti4200 roundup comparing 11 cards over a staggering 25 pages.
Even a passing glance at the hardware websites all over the net would be enough to convince you of the great popularity of GeForce 4 Ti4200 based video card models. For less than 190 euros, you can own a card that is only a few percent slower than the currently fastest Titanium 4600 model. All that is left is to answer the well-known question: "Which one to choose?"More information at Bench Test
One of our readers sent me a link to the Rage3D forums where they say that ATi are fully aware of the Radeon 9700's AGP 8x problem and has a solution for those of you experiencing problems with their new graphics cards after what we reported on the problem yesterday a couple of posts below.
According to ATI, they are now receiving and testing these 8X AGP boards. They are ALSO finding the 9700 does not work at all or works intermittently at best on these boards. Engineering indicated most of the boards already shipped have this problem.More information at the Rage3D Forums
Solution: A new BIOS and some board revisions are now available that fix this problem. Call ATI Customer Service for help with the issue. At present, they will ship a replacement board that WILL work in SiS and VIA 8X, but they are also considering a BIOS flash solution for problem boards.
Customer Service and Engineering deserve a 10-1/2 for their wonderful handling of this issue. They are very concerned that it be corrected quickly. They also shared that most of their 8X validation testing was done with Intel's unreleased 8X chipset and that they are just now receiving shipping versions of the SiS and VIA 8X chipsets.
Since receiving our Sapphire Radeon 9700 graphics card a couple of days ago during testing we have been experiencing a few strange problems - such as continuous system reboots and programs and games crashing back to Windows desktop when used on all SiS 648, VIA KT400 and P4X400 based motherboards with AGP 8X support operational which we currently have testing.
We cannot be 100% sure if this is an isolated problem however can be sure in saying we received confirmation from our contact at Epox Taiwan (who got first hand information direct from ATi) saying the problem is only occurring in AE2 stepping Radeon 9700 chips, and not the newer AE3 chips which are now shipping from the Canadian company, who say fix the problems discussed here. The problem is, the AE2 stepping chips are vast, and thus many made it into the retail market where end-users are no doubt going to suffer. It's important to note that we had no problems what-so-ever running the AE2 stepping Radeon 9700 on VIA KT333 and Intel 845E/G based motherboards operating in either AGP 2x or 4x modes.
If you have any further information to add we'd appreciate it if you add it to the following thread in our Rumors and Speculation Forum. We'll be passing the information provided onto ATi and Epox to help remedy the problem.
Another 2 more article notifications have come through for Radeon 9700 video cards with Sudhian Media first in with their look at the ATI Radeon 9700.
Not long ago, we showed you information about the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro video card at an event I attended in San Francisco. When walking away from the event, it was clear to me that ATI had a winner on their hands - if they could follow up their promise to ship the boards. Radeon 9700 Pro cards have been shipping for a while now and you can own one for yourself as many stores are now getting cards up for sale. The real question is whether you should go out and spend your hard earned cash on this card which will cost you from $360-$400, depending on what kind of deal you can find.More information at Sudhian Media
Next up comes t-break with their look at a sales sample Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 PRO.
Just last week, we took a look at our first Radeon 9700 graphics card- the Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9700. Today, we have another one in our labs- this one comes from Hercules and is called 3D Prophet 9700 PRO. This is however, not the final version of the card- its a sales sample that the local Hercules distributor passed on to us. We shall be doing a full blown review of the retail card later on but for now, lets take a first look on what to expect from the upcoming Hercules Radeon 9700 PRO.More information at t-break
The gents over at Hardware Zone have just posted their 15 page review of Gigabyte's Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card. We are currently putting our sample from the Taiwanese company through testing and should have a review posted later this week for you all.
More information at Hardware Zone
I saw a link to nVChips France over at Warp2Search talking about Zalman's new VGA heatpipe cooler products. This heatpipe technology is certainly starting to take off.
The Zm80-HP is intended for the most powerful GPUs such as the GeForce4 Ti, while the Zm50-HP is adapted for graphic processors such as the GeForce2 or GeForce4 MX or Radeon 7500 that dissipate less heat.More information @ nVChips France
All I seem to be hearing about of late is slipstreaming this and that. Anyway, with the release of Windows XP SP1 the guys over at Liquid Ninjas (don't ask) have posted a short guide with lots of pictures showing how to slipstream XPSP1 with Windows XP.
Slipstreaming is the Integration of a Service Pack into the install so that the Operation System and the Service Pack will be installed at the same time. Now this is great until you realize you can't just burn the new files onto another CD and retain the ability to boot from CD.More information at Liquid Ninjas