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Daily News Round #2 for January 27, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for January 27, 2004

By Steve Dougherty from Jan 27, 2004 @ 20:31 CST

- HL2 9600XT Bundle Editorial

For those of you who weren't already aware, the launch of the 9600XT was supported with coupons for a copy of HL-2 (when it's finally released). Recently however, it was announced that HL-2 was pulled from many 3rd party 9600XT packages, many consumers still not realising this is the case yet purchasing these cards primarily for the extra value factor. The folks over at TweakFactor have written up an article to bring this issue to light some more.

While it is understandable that the unexpected additional cost of bundling a game may throw a wrench into the plans of manufacturers financially it would be nice to see them try to remedy the situation and be more forthcoming and explicitly state whether or not their particular card includes the bundle. How can this be done? Powercolor has taken a step in the right direction by offering some of their customers the coupon even after they have apparently decided to opt out of the plan. Sapphire does a good job of stating which cards have the bundle and which cards do not, all in one handy Excel file located on their website. Gigabyte needs to pull their press release or issue another one saying that the game is not being included. There are few things worse than being misled as a consumer and it leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth.

- nVidia NV40 Unofficial Specifications

Warp2Search have sourced some rumoured specifications from 3DCenter on nVidia's upcoming NV40 GPU. See below for whats in store.

nVidia NV40 Specs:-

175 million transistors, in 130nm manufactured
8x2 architecture, however 16 Z/Stencil tests per clock
DirectX 9,0 architecture, supports Shader 3.0
opposite NV38 and Shader doubled more efficient pixels
supports DDR1, GDDR2 and GDDR3
internal AGPx8 interface
exact clock rates: unknown; there is estimated 500 to 600 MHz chip clock and 600 to 800 MHz storing act
Improvements with anti- Aliasing: (at least) a new mode; its SAM polarizing sample is however unknown
Improvements with the anisotropic filter: unknown
Presentation: GDC or CeBIT at the end of March 2004
Market entrance: At the end of April or May
2004 Sales name: GeForceFX 6XXX

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Printing Your Own CDRs With Ink @ Toms Hardware
- LinuxWorld 2004: Linux Innocence Lost @ Toms Hardware
- Atari Classics 10-in-1 TV Games @ Dans Data
- NVIDIA & ABIT Partnership Patched @ The Inquirer
- Mass-Mailing Mydoom Worm Threat @ The Inquirer
- Thermaltake HardCano12 @ A1 Electronics
- Why does Prescott have a longer pipeline? @ Overclockers
- Soltek SL-K8AN-RL 'Black Thunder' @ NinjaLane

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