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Daily News Round #1 for November 11, 2003

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for November 11, 2003

By: Steve Dougherty from Nov 11, 2003 @ 3:47 CST

- Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro

The guys over at ClubOverclockers have obtained a Crucial branded 9800 Pro and written an extensive review. They also tried it out with more intensive cooling to see how far it was willing to go. Definitely worth a read if you're in the market for a new card.

It can be very confusing when it comes to choosing a video card these days. Not to mention one of the most expensive upgrades you can make. nVidia and ATi have flooded the market with so many different types of video cards it's hard to tell what is a budget card and which is the performance card. This means you must really do your homework before you set out to purchase a new video card. With a good video card costing anywhere from $300 to $500, you really want the biggest bang for your buck. One of the best choices is the Radeon 9800 Pro. Crucial, a division of Micron Technology, has sent over one of their 128mb Radeon 9800 Pro video cards for our reviewing pleasure. Let's have a look at Crucial's top pick and see if it's worthy of being your next video card upgrade!

- PC Optimization Secrets

I've just come across this guide which helps balance out your system's overall performance within a windows based environment. It primarily focuses on bottlenecks in relation to various system components and how to overcome them, as opposed to your usual run-of-the-mill "optimization guides" out there. Well worth a look.

...This game has neither rules, nor limitations. Neither winners, no losers. The rapid growth of computational power is made up for by the adequate computational complexity, or software appetite. Performance of a PC bought a year or two ago is not satisfactory, and such dissatisfaction grows with time.
Do you want to upgrade your silicon friend? Nice! Are you sure which of multiple PC components needs to be replaced? It's useless to replace a CPU if the bottleneck is memory. Otherwise you can foolishly throw out money without hitting the target.

Meanwhile, Windows OS and Pentium processor systems support performance counters that can quickly determine which components need to be replaced. In this article we will tell you how to use them!

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Everglide Ricochet 2.52 Mouse Surface @ PCHardware UK
- BIOS Flashing Guide @ CyberCPU
- Multi-Tech MVP130 VOIP Gateway @ TechConnect
- HP Business Inkjet 1100d Printer Review @ DesignTechnica
- Global WIN YCC-1101 Micro-ATX Case @ Ohl's Place
- Zalman Theatre 6 Surround Sound Headphones @ SystemCooling