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Daily News Round #3 for December 2, 2003

Daily News Round #3 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for December 2, 2003
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Dec 3, 2003 5:03 am

- FutureMark Service Deployed for "Windows XP Game Advisor"


This Press Release from FutureMark just in today. They've announced that they are now working together with Microsoft's Windows XP Game Advisor in that they allow use of their database of user submissions covering 3DMark and PCMark in order to estimate a system's potential gaming performance.


While the users of the service enjoy of a smooth and engaging online experience, its inner working is very elaborate and unique. The service scans the user's PC hardware configuration and then forms a performance estimate based on Futuremark's PC performance database comprising of over 10 million records of 3DMark® and PCMark™ benchmark results. This estimation is then compared to the gaming performance requirements of over 100 game titles, including blockbusters from publishers such as Atari, EA, Square Enix and others. The service also has a component-level review feature, which lets users drill deeper into the technical detail of their PCs.


- Corsair XMS3200LL ProSeries Twinx Memory


The folks at NinjaLane have reviewed a nice pair of "ProSeries" XMS3200LL sticks by Corsair to see if they've kept up the tradition of providing some of the best modules to date. Price and availability don't look to be all that crash hot right now but based on NinjaLane's findings, the quality and performance of these modules are extremely impressive.



I have been using the XMS ProSeries memory for quite some time now and found them to be some of the fastest modules to date. Overclocking performance was better than expected having been able to run stable at DDR440 with default SPD settings. Normally the timings would need to be relaxed to attain such an overclock but the Corsair ProSeries did it without a hitch.


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