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Daily News Round #2 for October 28, 2003

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for October 28, 2003

By: Cameron Wilmot from Oct 28, 2003 @ 21:03 CST

- Diamond Multimedia is back!

My first ever 3D graphics accelerator was the Diamond Viper 330 and I loved it to bits back when I bought it about 7 years ago. Fans of the original Stealth and Viper series of popular graphics cards will be excited to find out Diamond Multimedia is making a come back to the graphics card game with GPU's from both ATI and nVidia. Welcome back guys!

Los Angeles, California - October 27, 2003 - Diamond Multimedia®, a pioneer in the graphics industry, today announced its return to the consumer graphics market with plans to launch next-generation graphics accelerators under its legendary Stealth® and Viper® brands, two of the most well-known and respected retail names in graphics history. Continuing the tradition of these brands, the Stealth product line will offer a full series of value-based cards while Viper will target high-end gamers. True to its heritage, Diamond will continue to remain chip vendor neutral, offering consumers products from multiple vendors to provide maximum performance and value at each price point.

- SFF at Computex

The folks over at SFF Tech visited Computex last month in Taiwan, just like us, and took photos of a massive amount of Small Form Factor computers and posted about them on their website. SFF fans rejoice!

During my visit, it soon became obvious that the whole SFF 'scene' had exploded, since my visit to CeBit in March 2003. Most companies there were getting onto the SFF 'bandwagon' & bringing out either a barebone, case, or motherboard. There was a vast array of new stuff available - covering the entire spectrum: Expensive, cheap, stylish, horrid, quiet, noisy, unique & cloned! Some of the more minor stuff is not mentioned in this review, as this article has become a more monsterous piece of writing than I could ever have imaginedWas I excited upon my arrival? You bet! So, get yourself a drink, get comfy and read on - all will be revealed

- nVidia System Utility Preview

Yesterday nVidia released their System Utility software which allows tweaking within Windows. Today Kalyan Rai from nV News has posted a full preview of the software.

This utility program is a powerful collection of tool for enthusiasts with nForce2 or nForce3 motherboards. (There is no support for nForce motherboards). In short, NVSU lets you tweak and change various settings within a windows interface to eek out the performance overclockers crave. NVSU will let you overclock FSB, tweak voltage settings (including CPU, AGP, and RAM), even some memory timings, or even change fan speed on the fly within a windows session thereby negating some tweaking through the BIOS.

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- VGA Silencer @ Nordichardware
- OCZ EL Platinum PC3200 @ Bytesector
- MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R (VIA KT600) @ Hardware Zone
- Chieftec Dragon Aluminum Case @ BitBenders
- High System Memory Density -- Performance Hit? @ Lost Circuits
- EPoX 8HDA3+ Socket 754 Motherboard @ Extreme Overclocking
- Nvidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra @ A1 Electronics
- DFI 875 Infinity @ t-break
- Nvidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra @ Beyond 3D
- ASUS P4P800S and ASUS WiFi-b Kit @ X-Bit Labs
- OCZ DDR PC-4200 Dual Channel @ Madshrimps