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Daily News Round #1 for May 6, 2005

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for May 6, 2005
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: May 6, 2005 2:04 pm

- GECUBE Now Offering 512MB X800XL Cards

Following ATI's announcement on their new *512MB* X800XL PCIe graphics cards, GeCube are one of the first partners to officially kick off their own 512MB variant. The press release can be located at this section of their website folks.


Taipei- May 5, 2005--Info-Tek Corporation, manufacturer for the leading global graphics card brand GECUBE, announced today the release of the amazing visual quality and performance GECUBE RADEON X800XL PCIe 512MB Dual DVI graphics card. Equipped with the ATI X800XL VPU and 512MB of GDDR 3 high speed memory, the GECUBE RADEON® X800XL graphics card supports DX9 for 3D performance while creating the perfect gaming experience with movie-quality graphics.


The Radeon X800 XL 512MB is currently being used by today's top developers including BioWare; Crytek; Digital Extremes; Funcom; Gas Powered Games; Grin; id Software, inc; Juice Games; Lionhead; NCsoft; Remedy and Valve. Hungry for new advanced platforms to drive development, industry pioneers are already praising ATI's advancements powering the shift to High Definition gaming.


- Hitachi SATA II - 4x250 Gig Hard Drives in RAID 0


If this isn't a storage nut's heaven by todays standards then I certainly dont know what is. "Solo" of NetForums has just brought to my attention his very well compiled review detailing specifications, performance results and overall characteristics of Hitachi's relatively new SATA II capable HDT722525DLA380 250GB hard drives.


However, it doesnt just stop there peeps, he's got four of these buggers to play with, and what better way to impress than to whack 'em into a RAID 0 array on a SATA II equipped nForce4 platform and push out some INSANE benchmarking results (328MB/s burst anyone?). I warn you in advance though, reading this may very well entice you to spend lots of money!


Motherboard chipsets are getting more and more advanced every day. As a result the average user now has access to a host of features once reserved only for the highest specked computers or even servers. On-board storage controllers are no exception.


Serial ATA brought more bandwidth over the traditional ATA100 / 133 IDE standards. Although it never lived up to its full 150 MB/s specifications it was quickly adopted by enthusiasts looking to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their computers. The new SATA 300 standard promises even more performance. Of course it requires a chipset capable of SATA 300 speeds and the nForce4 chipset is such a chip.


The DFI Lanparty NF4 SLI-DR motherboard I am using today is their top AMD Socket 939 board and features 8 SATA ports in total. 4 are via the Silicon Image 3114 controller and the other 4 via the NVIDIA nForce4 chipset.

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Processors for common people. Part 2: Intel LGA775 Platform @ Digit-Life
- Soltek EQ3501-300P SFF PC @ Viperlair
- asetek VapoChill LightSpeed [AC] @ OCTools
- Plextor PX-716A DVD Writer @ Trusted Reviews
- Hackers find way to extract game files from UMD Disk @
- Pat Gelsinger: A Shot at Running Intel @ Toms Hardware


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