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Daily News Round #1 for August 12, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 12, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Aug 13, 2004 12:41 am

ASUS Extreme AX800 XT Sneak Peek


Video card manufacturer's are now starting to focus on unique offerings of the PCI-E based x800 XT's as they start to show more demand in the near future. ASUS are well into preparation for this, working on their "Extreme AX800 XT" of which the lucky buggers at FiringSquad get their mits on for a sneek preview. This beastie boasts several refinements over the stock reference design such as dual DVI outputs and a kickarse cooling solution with the implementation of heatpipe technology. Of course, ASUS's enticing bundle is a part of the deal also, including a USB 300K pixel webcam and some nice useful software to fiddle with.


ASUS is the first manufacturer to get a retail PCI Express RADEON X800 XT in our hands, and it looks like a real winner. Since we're still a few weeks out from posting a full review of this card, we figured we'd take the time out to give you a quick preview, as there isn't much information out there about it and those of you who plan on building a PCI-E system in the near future should definitely give this card a close look.


For starters, the ASUS Extreme AX800XT card we're looking at today is based on ATI's X800 XT VPU, and not the X800 XT Platinum Edition. If you recall our X800 XT/X600 XT Performance Preview, the X800 XT was built to address the needs of OEMs who liked the X800 XT Platinum's core technology, but felt the heat generated by the card was a little too high for use in their PCI Express system designs. With Prescott's thermal requirements increasing with each new release, they weren't comfortable adding another hot component in their systems.


- nVidia's GeForce 6600 series upon us!

nVidia are about to unleash a new range of GPU's for the mid-range market, dubbed their "6600" lineup. Based on NV43, both a standard 6600 and slightly higher spec'd 6600 GT are confirmed to be on the way, with an Ultra possibly on the horizon as well. Not unlike their faster 6800 brothers, The 6600 NV43 range are able to take advantage of Shader Model 3.0 support, multiple render targeting and also nVidia's own Ultra Shadow II. Oh, and it looks like the option for SLI support will be resident on these cards too, something many would like to have as a form of expandability down the track.


Quite a few sites over the past 24 hours have been in a position to preview nVidia's new lineup for us, with a whole mass of reviews inevitably to follow once nVidia make the official announcement from QuakeCon very shortly.


Below's listing of sites have all the coverage I could hunt down thus far, with intent to update the list as more info surfaces folks.


- PC Perspective
- Tech Report
- Hot Hardware
- Hexus
- XBit Labs
- NVNews
- Firing Squad
- Neoseeker
- Overclockers Australia
- Toms Hardware


*Update: Looks like it's all official. nVidia have their press release up for your reading pleasure, you can read it over here. In a following press release, they've announced their sponsorship at the QuakeCon event this year, from where they also launched the 6600 line of graphics cards.


Once again, the stack of reviews to go live over the next 24 to 48 hrs will be added to the listing above so stay tuned on that!


NVIDIA chose the perfect spot to launch their 6600 graphics card based on their marketing stance as the "The Doom 3 GPU." In a convention hall where nearly 4000 people who have been looking forward to Doom 3 are gathered, you can pretty much guarantee a positive response.


While NVIDIA is by no means claiming this graphics chip is going to bring the highest performance and image quality to players of Doom 3, they ARE saying it will bring the best price-conscious gaming experience to those playing Doom 3 and other games. id Software is obviously excited about this announcement too, based on NVIDIA's claims, that would enable Doom 3 to be experienced at even better qualities on mainstream-priced systems.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Zalman Noiseless VGA Cooler @ OCIA
- Generic Compact Flash Vs Name Brand Compact Flash @ Tech Zone
- MSI FX5900XT VTD128 Video Card @ Planet64Bit (Translated)
- HP dx6050 Budget PC @ Trusted Reviews
- Thermaltake Pipe101 3 in 1 CPU Cooler @ Big Bruin
- Pionner DVR-108 16+ & 16- R 4x Double layer DVD Recorder @ CDRInfo
- Sombrero wearing USB Webcam 352 @ i4u
- Transcend JetFlash DSC @ Hardware Pacers
- Quakecon 2004 Pre-Show @ Legit Reviews


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