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Daily News Round #1 for February 9, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for February 9, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Feb 10, 2004 2:31 am

- NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 Approaches the Home Stretch

According to sources through XBit Labs, nVidia are set to release yet another FX based GPU only weeks prior to their upcoming NV40. The FX 5500 is said to be the next big one aimed at the entry level/mainstream sector. Further information undisclosed at this point in time.


A leading graphics company is preparing another DirectX 9.0 graphics processing unit to enter the scene shortly. A new GeForce FX technology based on the design principles unveiled a year ago is about to be announced weeks before a new breed of NVIDIA's graphics chip sees the light of the day.


- Friendtech DreamX-1480

Our friends over at the FiringSquad have taken a look at Friendtech's Dream-X-1480 "modified Xbox" console. The stock Celeron 733 is ripped out and replaced with a Tualatin 1.48GHz cpu, and DDR also upped to 128MB. At $500, this is merely for the serious enthusiast, yet unfortunately carries a few flaws with the modifications too.


Although the appeal of consoles is the fixed and regular platform, it is common for developers to push the limits of a system to bring gamers the most exotic graphics. Often, this results in the "slowdown" during gameplay. In most cases, the slowdown is an acceptable sacrifice for the overall experience. As a PC-based platform however, the Xbox is fertile ground for hardware optimization and improvements. One Taiwanese company, Friendtech, has recognized this opportunity for Xbox hardware modifications and has come up with a 1.48GHz Xbox.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Test of SDSystem Mach II @ Hardware-Test DK
- Shuttle Zen XPC @ Silent PC Review
- Biostar IDEQ 200T SFF @ Enscape
- Olympus E-1 Digital SLR @ Hardware Zone
- Gigabyte announces GN-BTP01 Bluetooth 1.1 adapter for USB printers @ Digit-Life
- Steel Gaming Glove @ TweakNews


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