T-Break have posted details in their forums of Creative's "state-of-the-art" Radeon 9700 based 3D Blaster5 RX9700 graphics card. Worth a look for sure.
Introducing the state-of-art 3D Blaster 5 RX9700 Pro. This is simply the fastest 3D game accelerator ever created for the PC. Featuring ATI RADEON™ 9700 Pro Visual Processing Unit (VPU), it is a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, unsurpassed image quality and cutting-edge video features, it elevates your PC entertainment experience to a totally brand new level.More information at T-Break
So everyone is jumping on ATI's boat now eh? Well here is yet another review of the 9700 pro. Check it out and feel the power of ATI!
In this review we are not going to touch the architecture or specs of the RADEON 9700 chip (also known as R300); instead, we will examine its capabilities and performance aspects.More information over at Digit-Life
Yep, we've got reviews of GeForce4 Ti4600 from a couple sites for your reading pleasure.
Firstly ViperLair check out the PNY Verto GeForce 4 Ti4600.
A rather unspectacular box encases the Verto Ti4600. I'm not too sure about the box image. It doesn't really scream "POWER!!!!" to me, but rather, it just plain creeps me out. I think the designers have been watching too many Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns.More information at @ ViperLair
And the second review is of the Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD GeForce 4 Ti4600 from Explosive Labs.
This A250 Ultra TD MyVIVO is Leadtek's second revision of this particular model. Leadtek has added VIVO capabilities to this card, not seen in its initial release. Only dubbing the A250 Ultra TD with an added "MyVIVO." You will notice then that instead of the typical S-Video out jack, the A250 Ultra TD MyVIVO comes with a VIVO jack. You need to use the blue adapter, included in the software bundle, in order to use the VIVO capabilities.More information at Explosive Labs
No, we aren't racing for the fastest lap or best fuel mileage. Totally different in fact but it has the same basic principles when you sit back and consider it. Anyway, the men from DDR Zone have a new article on slipstreaming SP2 to OfficeXP. Overclockers Australia also has a bit of information regarding the same topic, a second opinion is always good.
Ever wanted to create an updated install image for Office XP that contained all the fixes available in the latest Microsoft service packs? Well now you can, following this simple guide we will show you how to produce a pre-patched version of Microsoft Office XP that can be used for both upgrading old Office XP installs as well as doing completely fresh installs.More information at The DDR Zone
Anand has posted a review of the Radeon 9700 based graphics card from Gigabyte. He pushes the core to 400MHz, not too shabby at all.
More information at AnandTech
The reviews of ATi's new Radeon 9700 have started to flow in. You can get your first read of them at:
I'll update as more come in.
AMDWorld has a look at Leadtek's low cost entry into the TI-4200 family with a 64MB memory configuration and a heatsink of aluminum that you just can not miss.
Slightly confusing is there are two versions unavailable of the NVIDIA® Geforce 4 TI-4200, where one comes in the flavor and sports 128MB DDR SDRAM with a 250MHz core with a memory speed of 222MHz (444MHz DDR) and the other sporting 64MB DDR SDRAM with the same core speed of 250MHz but has a memory speed of 250MHz (DDR 500MHz). All other components are similar has to what is found on the NVIDIA® Geforce 4 TI-46/4400 series apart from the RAM specification again we see a lower grade rating on the specified RAM with *Hynix 64M(4Mx16) DDR SDRAM HY5DV641622AT modules which operate at 250MHz 500Mbps hence the core speed of 250MHz Note these are not the 2.8ns BGA (Ball Grid Array) type ram modules found on the NVIDIA® Geforce 4 TI-46/4400 series these have a specification of 4ns which were familiar on the original NVIDIA® Geforce 3 CARDS.More information at AMDWorld
Heatseekerz has take a quick look at a graphics card made by Transcend! The Transcend Radeon 7500, codenamed 'TS64MVDR7'.
If your looking for a card that has good overclocking potential, don't consider this one. But then again, this board isn't made for overclockers! I managed to run the core at 270 MHz, and the memory at 405 MHz DDR, but not entirely stable, so I didn't manage to complete the benchmarks. But I'm confident, with a little extra cooling (ramsinks?) you'll be able to run this card stable at those settings.More information at Heatseekerz
The GURU of 3D is st it again with Albatron's GeForce4 Ti 4600 video card.
Next stop: Memory ... the card is equipped with a luxury 128 MB of on-board DDR memory. The Ti 4600 rated 2.8ns (I think) memory is from Samsung. I assume it's 2.8 as when you look at the chip this also might be 2B (hard to see) which can be synonym for the 3ns model. When I took a peek at Samsung memory lists it seemed that this model was not included yet.More information at GURU of 3D
VIAHardware is first today with their look at ATi's latest Radeon 9000 Pro video card.
The last time we talked about ATI, we introduced the Radeon 9000/9000 Pro and the Radeon 9700 Pro video cards, AKA the RV250 and R300. In that review we introduced you to the technology of the 9000 Pro and 9700 Pro. Today we are going to look at ATI's Radeon 9000 Pro and see just how it compares to other video cards. The Radeon 9000 Pro is an interesting product and we are going to throw it in the mix with a GeForce 4 MX440, GeForce 4 Ti4200, and a Radeon 8500.More information at VIAHardware
SubZeroTech has also posted a review of the ATi Radeon 9000 Pro. Take a look at it here.
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 why…More 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
Today Active-Hardware has a look at Asus' top of the line V8460 Ultra Deluxe GeForce 4 Ti4600.
At times, it seems that the various versions of the GeForce 4 Ti4600 floating around the market are essentially identical, but that isn't always the case. The Asus V8460 Ultra Deluxe, for example, has managed to set itself apart by offering the most complete package we've seen in a card of this class.More information at Active-Hardware