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Daily News Round #1 for September 28, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for September 28, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Sep 28, 2004 12:51 pm

- CATALYST Beta 8.07 Driver

There's a new BETA Catalyst driver doing the rounds at the moment from ATI, they decided it be appropriate to release this particular driver due to a few resolved issues that have been plaguing people, particularly with sub-standard performance with the early X700 distribution of cards that people have been unable to make full use of. A full listing of fixes can be read below :-


ATI has decided to make the 8.07 beta driver available to the public for a variety of reasons:


The 8.07 beta driver fixes a random hang issue with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic when loading / switching levels. We have received a significant number of bug reports for this issue and feel that it should be addressed as quickly as possible.

ATI wants to provide its RADEON X700 customers with the same level of performance and gaming experience as shown in the recent RADEON X700 reviews. Unfortunately due to the time requirements to ship RADEON X700s to retail shelves a now out-dated 8.04 driver had to be used for the software CD.


The 8.07 beta driver includes a memory allocation bug fix for all AGP RADEON products with 256 of MB of memory that significantly improves performance for applications that make intensive us of graphics memory.

The 8.07 beta driver has been submitted to FutureMark and will be approved for use with 3DMark05 shortly.


- ASUS introduces Extreme AX700PRO/TVD/256M on X700 GPU


Yet another X700 based graphics card on the horizon, this time from ASUS with their tricked up "Extreme AX700PRO/TVD/256M". Info and image sourced from Digit-Life.


As you know already, last week Tul and GeCube released graphics cards on the new ATI RADEON X700 GPU. According to our Japanese colleagues, last week also brought us a card from ASUSTeK - Extreme AX700PRO/TVD/256M. It bases on RADEON X700 Pro GPU with 425 MHz core clock and has 256MB of 128-bit memory (860 MHz memory clock). Interfaces include DVI-I, D-Sub (VGA) and S-Video.

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Sony NW-E75 Network Walkman @ EverythingUSB
- Antec NeoPower 480w PSU @ ClubOC
- Palm Zire 72: Low End PDA with High End Features @ Digit-Life
- Samsung SpinPoint SP1614N/SP1614C HDD's @ Hardware Zone
- DDR2 memory roundup @ Tbreak
- AMD's Opteron 250 vs. Intel's Xeon 3.6 GHz @ Toms Hardware
- Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester CPU @ AMDZone
- RAM - Memory Technology Overview @ Anandtech
- Corsair Vs512mb400c3 @ RBMods
- AOpen EZ18-120 SFF System @ Hexus
- Dell Axim X5 @ Hard Extreme


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