|Athlon XP Review - 10/31/01 @ 9:20 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The AMD Athlon XP 1800+ has been smacking Intel with fantastic performance despite the MHz disadvantage. Hexus, hair salon for the rich and famous, reviews the 1800+ and runs comparison benchmarks against the Pentium4 2GHz.|
Johnny Carson voice: I did not know that.
|Gainward Drivers - 10/31/01 @ 8:59 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email - VTec|
|Gainward's NVIDIA driver support page now offers 22.40 drivers in Win9x/ME and Win2K/XP flavors. I think I will download these to do a stare and compare to the 22.50's from MSI.|
Update: Download is crawling...
|Canopus Spectra X21 - 10/31/01 @ 8:10 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|VR-Zone has a news post about the Ti 500 card by Canopus. As usual, Canopus tacks on loads of goodies to torture those of us that will never have the pleasure of using one.|
The X21 features all the normal Ti 500 specs and adds:
VR-Zone has a full-size screenshot of the card, go check it out.
|Bios Editor Update - 10/31/01 @ 6:47 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Ray has released a new version of his BIOS editor, bringing it up to version 0.93A. This utility will allow you to edit the BIOS settings onboard the GPU. Electic recommends this utility for very advanced users only, so in other words... those that are willing to loose a brand new Ti 500 for a few extra fps. :)|
|Creative Inspire - 10/31/01 @ 6:13 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Hardware One has put together their impressions from a demo of Creative's latest speaker system dubbed the Inspire 5.1 5700. For $299, the system comes with four satellite speakers, a center speaker, the new Creative SLAM wood subwoofer, a decoder amplifier, and wireless remote control.|
|DMZG/IOM Demos - 10/31/01 @ 5:45 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Ran across a Russian web site that is hosting a couple of classic GeForce and GeForce2 technology demos. They have both the Dagoth Moor Zoological Gardens and Isle of Morg demos available for download.|
|NVIDIA Sweeps - 10/31/01 @ 5:15 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|NVIDIA announced today that the company's line of graphics processing units, including the award-winning GeForce3 and GeForce2, has swept PCWorld.com's Top 10 Graphics Board for Gamers feature. Click on the headline for the press release or here to check out the feature at PCWorld.|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/31/01 @ 4:59 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The crew over at Evil 3D takes a look at VisionTek's Xtasy 6964 (GeForce3 Ti 500) and 6564 (GeForce3 Ti 200). The review includes performance measures under Windows ME and Red Hat Linux 7.1 (Quake 3 only).|
They also have an updated version of their NVIDIA based graphics card overclocking tool for Linux. Click here for more information on NVClock.
|GeForce3 Review - 10/31/01 @ 11:44 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|CPU 3D reviews the Gainward Golden Sample GeForce3. Like many other Gainward reviewers, CPU 3D was able to get Ti 500 speeds by overclocking. They benchmarked their card at 250MHz core and 550MHz memory.|
|Budget GeForce3 - 10/31/01 @ 8:12 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Liquide OC test the GF3 waters with an unknown video card manufacturer Point of View. Can this budget card stand up to it's more expensive competition?|
|More On 22.50 - 10/31/01 @ 8:10 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|3D Chipset has discovered a couple more interesting tidbits hiddent within this new batch of drivers:|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/31/01 @ 8:08 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|Active-Hardware has posted their thoughts on MSi's StarForce 822 video card.|
|Asus Cheats Again? - 10/31/01 @ 8:02 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|RIVA Station has snagged an Asus option in their 21.81 drivers (3D Turbo mode) that automatically enables overclocking when running OpenGL or D3D apps, thus portraying that the card is running in stock mode, yet performing 10% better in benchmarks. This option doesn't provide any sort of warning to the dangers of overclocking and is actually enabled by default. This should have been an opt-in option instead of an opt-out.|
Asus' Kent Chien has responded to this new controversy:
|Many Rumours... - 10/31/01 @ 5:20 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|As many have already seen on the net, there are a number of rumours flying around, not just concerning nVidia. Just browsing the net, I have seen the following...|
I did read a response some months ago from an actual Matrox employee over @ the MURC, claiming that they did have something the Matrox fans would surely like, as far as the highend is concerned. Furthermore, I noticed a thread over at 3DGPU suggesting that Matrox does, indeed, have something up their sleeve.
And what about the next PowerVR series?
Of course, many have already seen (or possibly not) that the MSI drivers already have some strings containing NV17/NV25. This doesn't necessarily mean too much, but don't forget...Comdex is coming up in 2 weeks. Would nVidia possibly discuss their next architecture? Will this be what many had hoped from the Titanium? I guess we'll just have to wait and see...Until then, let the speculation begin.
JonathanM: A quick comparison of the two different .inf files containing the new strings can be seen here. I have also heard rumour about Matrox's upcomming high-end product. My buddy who worked there during the summer was involved in the pre-silicon testing phase of this card. He had to leave in August, (to start school again), but the first batch of silicon cards was supposed to be arriving in September or October. Will we be seeing a high-end card from Montreal-based Matrox? I surely hope so.
|MSI 22.50 Drivers - 10/30/01 @ 8:19 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Electic Tech has 22.50 Detonator based drivers for MSI cards. You MSI owners, go get silly...|
HalcYoN: OK, OK, simmer down. Here is a mirror for the 22.50 drivers. You happy now Jonathan? Hmmm? Heh.
|Budget Comparison - 10/30/01 @ 8:14 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Here is a great match up in the $150 price range.|
BurnOut PC compares the Asus V7700 GeForce2 GTS to the Hercules 3D Prophet 4500.
|Linux Forum News - 10/30/01 @ 6:45 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Just received word from NVIDIA that nV News, hey that's us, has launched a Linux discussion forum.|
NVIDIA has also added a link to the forum on their Linux drivers page.
|Random News Bits - 10/30/01 @ 6:08 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Another day feeling lousy as I managed to drag myself to the doctor. Turns out I have an ear infection which I haven't had in well over 20 years.|
I'm beginning to reinstall my library of games under Windows XP and spent most the day getting Half-Life and Counter-Strike up to snuff. That's five down (including Age of Empires II, Quake 3 Arena and Team Arena) and about 20 or more to go...heh.
I'm still using the GeForce3 Ti 200 in my system and gave it a stress test using Counter-Strike. I enabled 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering at a resolution of 1280x960. While keeping an eye on the frame rate counter (cl_showfps 1), I was averaging around 60-70 frames per second. The game looks and plays great with these settings.
Now for some news...
|22.50 Detonators - 10/30/01 @ 1:55 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Mark Fox from Max Reboot has gotten a hold of the latest version of the Detonators that were released by MSI. They arrive in self-extracting format. As always, post your results in the forums.|
Update: Here's a nice new addition:
MikeC: Wohoo - a selection for anisotropic texture filtering!
|Creative Ti Cards - 10/30/01 @ 12:09 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Hardware.fr is reporting that Creative Labd France has officially announced a line of cards based on the NVIDIA Ti graphics chipsets. They're expected to be available within the next two weeks. (In France anyways...)|
|GeForce3 Go - 10/30/01 @ 12:05 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Hardware.fr received word that NVIDIA may (i.e. rumoured) be announcing a new chipset @ Comdex. They're putting their money on the announcement of the GeForce3 Go mobile chipset as the chipset will allow us to go 'far, fast and everywhere'.|
|Xtasy Ti Reviews - 10/30/01 @ 11:58 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Speedy 3D has posted a comprehensive review covering the whole Visiontek Xtasy Ti lineup (GF2 Ti, GF3 Ti 200 & Ti 500).|
|MSI Ti 200 Review - 10/30/01 @ 11:56 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|AMD World has posted a review of MSI's GEFORCE 3 TI-200 PRO-TD which arrives with TV-out, DVI-out and sports a huge shiny silver heatsink. They were able to overclock upto 200/450 which is an inch behind the GF3's speeds.|
|Price Guide Updates - 10/30/01 @ 8:40 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Never underestimate the power of cheese.|
|VillageMark OGL/D3D - 10/30/01 @ 12:48 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|This thread at Beyond3D started out trying to find out if the 8500 had proper HyperZ support in OpenGL, and it has turned into something quite different.|
Head on over to this page where you will find both OpenGL, as well as Direct3D Villagemark applications. I didn't know they ported it to OpenGL.
The reason why this is so interesting is the following. I have always achieved about 79 FPS in the D3D version, so when I ran the OpenGL one, I was somewhat surprised to see that I had achieved 92 FPS. However, the end graphic said I was running the benchmark in 16-bit color. So, I tried like heck to force 32-bit color, and it wouldn't work. Passing "-Bpp=32" does not work in OpenGL, despite the fact that the README says that it should work.
So, I then proceeded to re-run the D3D benchmark in 16-bit color, and then make equal comparisons. The results simply make little to no sense.
Here's the setup:
D3D: 68 FPS
OGL: 92 FPS
Again, I could not run in 32-bit color in OpenGL. So, here are all the numbers...
1024x768x32 (D3D): 79 FPS
Given the fact that a 16% increase was realized in D3D, would the same hold for OpenGL? Why do scores actually go down significantly when going from 32->16 bit color?
HalcYoN; There is some conjecture that some of the bandwidth saving techniques of the GeForce3 are not used in 16bpp color depth. If true, the OpenGL version is useless as a benchmark.
Typedef: Actually, I believe it would be the exact opposite?! I read the same info regarding the GF3's lack of occlusion detection in 16-bit. So, if this were the case...and then take into account the fact that @ the same resolutions, there's a difference of almost 30 FPS...wouldn't you expect to see a similar increase in going from 16->32 bit? In other words, the fact that the GF3 scores as well in OpenGL @ 16-bit lends credability to the fact that it would come *very* close to the 8500, in 32-bit color mode, because the occlusion detection would kick-in, thereby providing additional performance...?
|Unreal2 Screenshots - 10/29/01 @ 8:50 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Voodoo Extreme gets crazy with a few more screenshots from Unreal2. All I am going to say is 'sweet'.|
|EN: Kingston PC2100 - 10/29/01 @ 8:35 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Welcome back to another episode of....*insert soap opera voice* 'As the Clock Cycle Rises and Falls', tune in to see PC133's younger brother DDR 2100 take on the likes of benchmarks and the evil overclocking attempt. Will DDR be the hero everyone is looking to, or another martyr for the performance cause? Will that sexy motherboard fall head over heels in love with DDR? If you are dying to find all this out and more don't touch that dial, "As the Clock cycle Rises and Falls" will be right back after a word from our sponsor."|
|MSI MS-6373 Review - 10/29/01 @ 8:31 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|It is Ace's Hardware's turn to review the MSI nForce 420-D motherboard. We had mentioned recently that Ace's had a few strange overclocking results and the review talks a little more in-depth.|
They tried several things to get better results with add-in video cards including...
Once again, the nForce beats the competition in almost all benchmarks.
KyleM.: I am just waiting to see the final pricing on the nForce boards before I commit to my up-coming upgrade. Sure it's faster, but will the cost justify me choosing it over a comparable KT266-A mobo. And just when are these boards going to reach the North American retail channel?
HalcYoN: All the features of the nForce may cause a price advantage for the KT266A based boards. If you are building a news sytem though, think of all the hardware you do not have to buy...
KyleM: That is so true for system builders and people building on a budget. Where I work I always stear people towards the "integrated but upgradable" motherboards. They are a much better long-term purchase.
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 10/29/01 @ 8:18 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Don't you just love watching re-runs of The Simpsons?|
AMD World takes a look at the MSI Geforce 3 TI-200 PRO-TD. The Ti 200 is quickly becoming a bang-for-the-buck winner and the MSI Ti 200 is no different.
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 10/29/01 @ 8:07 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Icrontic has reviewed the VisionTek Xtasy 6964 GeForce3 Ti 500. It is a pretty quick review hitting the main points.|
|Sunday Specials - 10/29/01 @ 5:45 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Sorry for being one day late (Just formatted and installed Windows XP Professional (I took the plunge finally :)) Some of these specials may expire after today. |
Yuri's Revenge (Command and Conquer Red Alert2 Expansion pack):$19.99 after $10 instant savingsOfficeMax
Buy Windows XP Home Upgrade for $99 and you can get 256MB Ram, McAffee's Viruscan 6.0 and a Spectre Digital Camera for free after rebates (a $200 value)Best Buy
|Random News Bits - 10/29/01 @ 5:28 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Been feeling pretty bad since returning from my trip and don't think I'll be able to make it to work again tomorrow. This congested ear is very painful and is driving me nuts. Looks like I'll be visiting good old Doc McCormick tomorrow...|
Ben: Hope you feel better Mike...
|MSI nForce Info - 10/29/01 @ 2:14 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Clubic has some info about the availability of the MSI nForce motherboard. It'll arrives with 5 PCI ports, 1 CNR slot, 1 AGP slot and three DDR slots. From the pic, there seems to be a mammoth heatsink on the nForce IGP chip. For those interested in utilizing the integrated GPU, MSI will also be including an add-in card that adds TV-out support if connected to the AGP. Great idea!|
|3D GPU Is Back - 10/29/01 @ 2:04 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Surprisingly I didn't find a 404 when searching for news today. 3D GPU's back on it's feet and hopefully, they won't bbe experiencing any more server troubles.|
|Prophet III Ti 500 - 10/29/01 @ 2:00 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|The folks from Guru3D.com posted the first review on the new graphics card from Hercules, the 3D Prophet III Titanium 500. They where able to clock the memory frequency to a screaming 590 MHz which at default is 500 MHz. Smokin...|
|Vacation Pictures - 10/29/01 @ 8:42 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|We returned from our vacation to Disney last night and boy did we have a great time. The weather was unseasonably cool, the accommodations were excellent, and the crowds were much smaller than normal. We visited all the major parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and even took in a movie (Corky Romano - very, very, funny) Saturday evening at Downtown Disney. Here are a few pics from our visit.|
Unfortunately I did catch a cold yesterday morning and my left ear is really clogged up. The air pressure from the flight home made it much worse as we flew well over 30,000 feet.
My favorite rides were Space Mountain, Test Track, Tower of Terror, The Haunted Mansion, Star Wars, and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin...heh.
|Radeon 8500 LE - 10/29/01 @ 8:11 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Digital Silence|
|Looks like ATI has finally taken some measures to addresse those "underclocked" OEM 8500 cards:|
|Intel Price Drops - 10/29/01 @ 7:43 am - By: KyleM - Source:|
|Intel has come through and dropped their prices as of Oct. 28th. In the P4 line the price transition has been smoothed out from 1.5gHz until 1.9gHz, meaning that you pay about an extra $30 for each step higher. 2.0gHz still carries a premium of a little over $400, but that is to be expected. The P3 line is just about set to fade away, and the Celerons get even more tempting as the 1.2gHz Tualatin falls to just $103!! |
It will be interesting to see how this pans out for AMD in the coming months. In the average consumer's mind (not enthusiast) Intel is still king.
|Elsa Gladiac 921 - 10/28/01 @ 8:54 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|After spending most of the day away from the computer, I received some good news from Amazon International, one of our sponsors. Brian sends word that the Elsa Gladiac 921's are finally becomming available. Click the headline to check out the benchmarks that he's tested. BTW, all the benchmarks were tested at stock speed.|
|MSI MS-6373 Review - 10/28/01 @ 5:06 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email - Cesar|
|TECHhard has posted a review of the MSI K7C12-PRO MS-6373 motherboard. How is that for an eyechart?|
What do all those letters and numbers mean? The motherboard is based on the nForce chipset. The review includes all plenty of background info and benchmarks. Once again, we see that the nForce has an advantage in almost all areas over the Via KT266A chipset, rather impressive for NVIDIA's first outing into system control.
KyleM:OUCH, pop-up's abound! Be forewarned!
JonathanM: The review's been updated with results from Q3 and UT at 1024x768, as well as some audio benchmarks. Jump into the update here.
|WinTV XP Drivers - 10/28/01 @ 11:27 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: NTCompatible|
|In keeping with the WinXP news, one site that the newer adopters should definitely bookmark is NTCompatible. |
Hauppauge have released some WinXP drivers, along with a new WinTV application specifically for WinXP.
|XP/60 Hz Reminder - 10/28/01 @ 11:22 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I just want to remind you guys, particularly those picking up WinXP this weekend for the first time, or those who have never used anything outside of Win9x/Me, to download this refresh rate fix application. |
After you install the drivers, go ahead and run this application, and then set it to support the highest capable refresh rates of your monitor. There has been this 'bug' (if you will) with Win2000/WinXP for as long as I can remember in dealing with video adapters/60 Hz.
|Daylight Savings - 10/28/01 @ 11:18 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Just a friendly reminder :)|
While booting into my PC this morning, I noticed a slight difference in time between my watch and my PC. Upon 'further' investigation, I confirmed that it is, in fact, time to set those clocks back (unless you happen to live in one of those exclusion states).
|GeForce3 Review - 10/28/01 @ 10:11 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hexus.net, free highlights with a cut and style, reviews the Prolink PixelView XX-Player GeForce3.|
As a proud Texas Longhorn, I might have to grab one of these. The PCB and heatsinks are as close to burnt orange as a piece of hardware can get...
|Random News Bits - 10/28/01 @ 10:00 am - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Congratulations to Joe Paterno for win number 324. JoePa rules.|
On to the links...
|Crystal ORB Review - 10/28/01 @ 9:29 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Overclocker Cafe reviews the Thermaltake Crystal ORB.|
I have to confess, the Crystal ORB is one sweet looking piece of hardware. Moreover, it actually works. On OCer Cafe's GeForce2, the core temp dropped from 48.5C to 42.2C.
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 10/28/01 @ 2:09 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVChips-fr has poste dtheir review of Prolink's PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200. The review's in French.|
|Creative CD - 10/28/01 @ 2:07 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|I have no idea what's up with this:|
Creative's LiveWare seems to have run it's life. If you use the software and would like to upgrade it, you'll have to buy the CD. Was the Live software such a drain on their bandwaidth that they had to resort to this?
Just to round out the story, the drivers will still be avaialble, it just seems to be all those extra goodies located within LiveWare that'll go on CD. AND from a post over at NeoWin it seems the CD will cost about $0.50 plus ~5.00 for S/H. While the price for the CD is low, the cost of shipping is absurd. I can buy a protective CD box and ship it to the US (from Canada) for less than 4 bucks CDN.
|BIOS Editor Update - 10/27/01 @ 4:04 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|A couple bugs were located after the public release of the NVIDIA BIOS Editor yesterday. It's been updated to version v0.90a.|
|OCZ Titan3 Rebate - 10/27/01 @ 1:29 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|3D Chipset has a link to retail version of OCZ's Titan3 video cards for $299.99. I find the price a bit high for this GF3 as one can pick up a GeForce3 Ti 500 with free 3D glasses for 349.99.|
|Featured Games - 10/27/01 @ 9:27 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Riva Station|
|I saw over at Riva Station that NVIDIA has updated the Power of 3D: Games page to include info on Silicon Dreams Soccer. The game features extremely detailed and complex player models using a 29 bone skeleton.|
NVIDIA also gives an overview of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind which is an RPG. On the tech side, Morrowind features high polygon counts, extremely detailed textures, real-time shadows, and a game world weather system.
|Motherboard Monitor - 10/27/01 @ 9:15 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Motherboard Monitor has been updated to version 5.1. Click the title link for information or click here for a list of mirrors.|
|Crystal Orb Review - 10/27/01 @ 2:18 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|ExplosivePC has posted up their review of Thermaltake's Crystal Orb chipset/GPU cooler. They gave it a 9.6/10 and now's your chance to win it.|
|Developer Drivers - 10/27/01 @ 2:09 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|Mark Fox from Max Reboot has a quick post up about the 22.20 drivers NVIDIA has available for registered developers. The last leak from the developer site was the 21.85's which coincidentally, were also available to reviewers on NVIDIA Ti 500 card. I can't remember the last time a driver was leaked since NVIDIA's changed the background workings of their developer section.|
|Elsa Drivers - 10/27/01 @ 2:03 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|Elsa has updated their drivers to the 21.81 revision. They're available for all MS OS's.|
|Prophet III Ti 500 - 10/27/01 @ 2:01 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Guru 3D has some pics of Hercules' 3D Prophet III Ti 500 card. It's still sporting the modified orb-style cooler and blue thermaltkae RAM sinks.|
|NV Bios Editor - 10/27/01 @ 1:53 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|Guru3D is hosting a little app that'll allow you to change various settings of the bios within the NVIDIA GPU.P ossibilities of this tool:|
|eVGA Ti500 Pre Order - 10/27/01 @ 1:46 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|eVGA's taking Pre-orders for their e-GeForce3 Ti 500. They're selling for 349 + s/h. Here's the rest of the goodies included within the package:|
Here's more on the unique Step-Up program offered by eVGA:
|eVGA Member Section - 10/27/01 @ 1:29 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|eVGA has updated their member section to include a wealth of info.|
|eVGA RAMSinks - 10/27/01 @ 1:24 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Back on Monday, I had a post about eVGA's GF3 Ti 500 supporting what seemed to be flat silver heatsinks, similar to Leadtek's old GF3 ones.|
Keith, eVGA's Chief Engineer had this to say about them:
A ziggurat shaped building.
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 10/26/01 @ 11:39 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Rev has been busy lately. His latest effort yields a review of the VisionTek 5864 GeForce2 Ti entitled The New TNT2?.|
|Abit TH7II Review - 10/26/01 @ 8:13 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|It's Intel against Intel, Abit against Abit in this comparison review of the Abit KH7II RAID by Hardware One. The BL7 RAID is used as the would-be spoiler. |
I had an interesting email exchange with a reader concerning RDRAM. The price performance war is tightening now that all memory is getting cheaper. SDRAM and DDR SDRAM still has a huge advantage, but buying RDRAM is nowhere near as painful as it once was.
|XP Auto Update - 10/26/01 @ 7:50 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|I am at present updating Windows XP, more correctly, letting it update itself. A little bubble popped up to let me know that a patch for issues found from August 2001 to October 2001 would be installed. I am letting it do its thing and the cable modem is showing slow but steady activity.|
We'll see how it goes...
|Quake3 Editorial - 10/26/01 @ 4:32 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|My buddy, Ichneumon from Rage3d has put up his take on the reason ATI lowered image quality to get more fps in Quake3 (there's no doubt they did exactly that) Click the headline for the article. I must say , I disagree with him on a couple of points but it's well written and I'll give my own thoughts on the matter shortly...|
|Kirk Interview - 10/26/01 @ 3:53 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The reverend has posted an interview with NVIDIA's Cheif Scientist, and all around swell human being, David Kirk. David can be classified as the guy behind the guy behind the guy...|
Here is a question concerning the GeForce3's occlusion capabilitites.
|Creative XP Drivers - 10/26/01 @ 9:10 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Warp2Search has posted Creative's drivers for their Live! and Audigy sound cards which are XP approved.|
|A7N266 Review - 10/26/01 @ 9:08 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Clubic has posted a review of Asus' nForce based motherboard the A7N266. Well, I don't know if you can call it an nForce based mobo as it's missing what most people consider the best aspect of the nForce chipset combo, the MCP chip which provides the Dolby Digital audio and Ethernet controller. Clubic states that Asus will be manufacturing a card in the near future which will utilize the MCP, but it has yet to be announced.|
|GF2 GTS-V? - 10/26/01 @ 9:05 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|IT Buyer guide has some info on some mystery board from Visiontek. The Xtasy 5632 uses a GTS chip clocked at 175 MHz and paired up with 7ns RAM. Visiontek's reply to IT Buyer's inquest stated that the GTS-V chip is "designed to being GTS chip and DDR memory into the entry level price range." Isn't that what the MX was for?|
The GTS-V is priced at 65 dollars and would surely outperform any MX based card purely because of the 4.6GB bandwith provided by the DDR memory.
|Asus GF2 Go - 10/26/01 @ 8:59 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|IT Buyer Guide has posted a pic and some info on Asus' upcomming Tualatin/GF2 Go powered laptop.|
|Water Cooling Kit - 10/26/01 @ 8:45 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|As these kits continue to get cheaper and easier to install, I have to admit to thinking of giving the waterblock and radiator a shot.|
Adrian's Rojak Pot reviews the OCH Z3 Blizzard Intercooler Kit. This kit has everything you need in order to wow your buddies at the next LAN party. The single best piece is the reservoir,made of CNC machined anodized aluminum.
|Hook speaks - 10/26/01 @ 2:09 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I'll let Brian do the talking...This one is in response to Derek Smart's comments on ATI.|
|Leadtek Ti 200 - 10/25/01 @ 11:27 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Clubic have posted up a review of Leadtek's GeForce3 Ti 200 based board. Can you believe they took the card all the way up to 250/520! It outperforms a Ti 500! If you're looking for value, I'm sure your search has just ended.|
|NVIDIA And WinXP - 10/25/01 @ 9:53 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Yhoo Finanace has the obligatory "NVIDIA is primed for XP" Press Release. Here is a bit of the PR.|
|EN: Kodak EasyShare - 10/25/01 @ 9:52 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Our last two digital camera reviews have covered Kodak's EasyShare DX3500 and DX3600. Kodak has a growing line of EasyShare cameras, and these include others that we have not reviewed here, such as the DX3215, DX3700, and DX3900. There's a common theme in all the cameras - EasyShare, and that defines the point that these cameras are easy to use and simplify both the learning curve for the use of the camera and the knowledge required to download content from the camera.|
|EN: Kodak DX3500 - 10/25/01 @ 9:51 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Not too long ago, we reviewed Kodak's new mid-range 2-in-1 camera, the DX3600. The DX3600 was an all around decent camera for the casual user or family man. Its ability to capture video clips with audio as well as having 2x-Optical Zoom offered great value for the money. This time around, we present you with their 'Mid-entry level' camera, the DX3500.|
|Windows XP Launch - 10/25/01 @ 9:48 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Squab has numerous links and a news story up covering the New York release of Windows XP.|
As mentioned in the forums, most of you have been reading so much about Windows XP that the release is fairly anti-climatic. Many of us heere at nV News have made the switch to the new OS already and we are loving it...
|nForce Overclocking - 10/25/01 @ 9:41 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Tech Report|
|Ace's Hardware has posted a few intitial observations on overclocking the MSI nForce based motherboard. The best overclocking results, interestingly enough, occured when using the integrated GeForce2 MX video, 154MHz FSB. With a Ti 500 in the AGP slot, the max overclock was 140MHz FSB. Interesting.|
Use the title link to get more information and stay tuned for their review.
|GeForce3 Shoot Out - 10/25/01 @ 9:30 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Here comes another GeForce3 comparison. This time it is Brent Justice's turn at HardOCP. Card-makers featured include VisionTek, MSI, Gainward, 3DPower, Asus, Hercules, and ABIT.|
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 10/25/01 @ 9:27 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|TweakersGuide has posted a review of the GeForce3 Ti 500.|
Did I mention the review is in German? Translate?
|3DGPU Hosting - 10/25/01 @ 9:13 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Brian Evans is hurting for bandwidth. Help a fellow NVIDIOT.|
|Derek Smart - 10/25/01 @ 7:52 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Derek Smart has gotten on his soapbox and given a rant about ATI and Nvidia and drivers in general. Frankly, I'm not sure what his point was ... His team was responsible for the "wonderful" Battlecruiser 2000AD and 3000AD series... Click the headline to read the whole rant|
|AGP Airlift - 10/25/01 @ 10:39 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|i am not a geek dot com has posted a review of the AGP Airlift made by HighSpeed PC. Here is the premise behind this new gizmo.|
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 10/25/01 @ 8:56 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|It's 3D Spotlight's turn to check out the VisionTek Xtasy 6964 GeForce3 Ti 500. This card is currently in my test system getting beat to death with benchmarks.|
A bit from the 3D Spotlight review...
|VIA 4in1's - 10/25/01 @ 7:57 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|VIA has once again updated their 4in1 drivers, bringing them up to version 4.35. They are intended to be the official Windows XP drivers. But if you haven't had any problems with previous builds, then why upgarde?|
|nForce Review - 10/25/01 @ 7:47 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|AMDMB has posted a complete review of NVIDIA's reference nForce motherboard. Scores include the integrated GPU, as well as the comparison between a GF3 coupled with a nForce and KT266A. Who's the winner?|
|Heading Down South - 10/24/01 @ 9:42 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Trying to wrap us a few loose ends before we head out for a 5 day vacation to Disney World in Florida. Should be a great time. |
Tomorrow is the big day for Microsoft as Windows XP makes it debut. For those of you that are planning to upgrade, take some time and visit Microsoft's Windows XP web site to gather pertinent information. I recommend creating a dual-boot system and using Windows XP for a couple of weeks as I did. If everything checks out, you can wipe the system clean and do a fresh install.
We have a new forum available for users of Linux operating systems. I've enlisted the help of two individuals who are very experienced users - Jeff Abbott (fdiv_bug) and James Komkov (jkomkov). The forum was created at NVIDIA's request and they will have a technical engineer on hand who can offer assistance should Jeff or James need it. NVIDIA is also planning to link to the forum from their web site. I really hope this turns out to be a successfull venture between nV News and NVIDIA.
Finally, I just got this in from Sam Parker over at GameSpot. They have footage of Square's real-time GeForce3 demo of the Final Fantasy movie which was done at Siggraph back in August. You won't want to miss that piece of work. There are also a couple of graphics card reviews that I need to mention. First, the Korean web site Dark Crow checks out Leadtek's WinFast Titanium 500 TD and Guru 3D reviews the Radeon 7500.
Take care and I'll talk at you next week. Hey, look over there! It's Mickey Mou...heh.
HalcYoN: Have a great time, Mike. We will take care of your house, might have a small party. One or two kegs and a band, nothing major...
|KT266A Round-Up - 10/24/01 @ 9:37 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Anand Tech has decided to do an Initial Roundup of of Via KT266A based motherboards. First the contestants and then a blurb from the introduction.|
|Hercules Tweaker - 10/24/01 @ 9:24 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Hercules users may be interested in version 2.4 of the Hercules 3D Tweaker. The 2.7MB .exe works for Win9X/ME and Win2K. I would guess that it is cool for XP, as well...|
|GF2 MX 400 Review - 10/24/01 @ 9:17 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Little White Dog reviews the Inno3D Tornado GeForce2 MX 400 32MB PCI card.|
|ATI on OEM Clocks - 10/24/01 @ 8:39 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Tech Report was able to snag a quick Q&A with John Challinor concerning the OEM Radeon 8500's clockspeeds. As if the Quake/Quack wasn't enough...|
HalcYoN: Basically, ATI is saying that they rushed slower chips to board makers to get the product on to shelves quickly and take advantage of new product hype. Or am I reading that wrong? The ATI PR responses are starting to sound like Kennedy depostions.
Typedef: Good news as ATI will shortly announce a new name/number for the 250/250 OEM part.
The really sad aspect of the whole 8500 launch/marketing/Quake deal is that...what gets lost in the whole thing is the fact that the 8500 is a fine piece of hardware, delivering a high quality 3D experience.
I have already made a few posts about it, as I picked up my retail 8500 from Best Buy yesterday morning.
|More From ATI - 10/24/01 @ 7:14 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|From Rage Underground:|
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 10/24/01 @ 8:49 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|File this under "overclock capability".|
Hardsalon.com took a GeForce2 Ti from Gainward, which features a sweet GPU cooler and 4ns DDR SDRAM, to 310MHz core and 530MHz memory. As you can imagine, high resolution gaming results shot up dramatically.
The review is in Chinese, but the graphs speak for themselves. Quake3 at 1280x1024 - how does an increase from 79.3fps to 106fps sound?
|Radeon Clock Speeds - 10/24/01 @ 7:55 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The Tech Report has put together an article concerning the clock speeds associated with the OEM and retail versions of the Radeon 8500.|
|EN: Abit KG7-Lite - 10/24/01 @ 1:02 am - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|In what seems to be - oddly enough - a web exclusive, we review Abit's excellent KG7-Lite motherboard. Does a motherboard earn the title of mainboard when it gets such high praise the likes we've never expected? This may be Abit's "Lite" or 'diet' version of their KG7 line of boards, but you won't lose calories nor will you lose stability when using the board. We've achieved a level of overclock unfathomed in the Envy Labs thus far, and a near perfect product review score.|
|Workstation Results - 10/24/01 @ 12:59 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Brian Robinson from Amazon International has sent us a sneak peak at benchmarks for dual Athlon XP CPU workstations running with the Elsa Gladiac 920 (GeForce3) and Gloria III (Quadro2 Pro). Click on the headline for all the details and test results.|
|New eVGA Articles - 10/24/01 @ 12:37 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|eVGA has a couple of new articles concerning the technology behind the GeForce3.|
|Driver Comparison - 10/24/01 @ 12:34 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Tweakers Asylum have just finished updating their Windows 9x NVIDIA Detonator Driver Database with the new 21.88 Detonators. They got good results from the 21.88 Detonators in both 3DMark2001 and Quake3. |
|EN: Crucial PC2100 - 10/23/01 @ 9:48 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|In our 104th review, Envy News covers a stick of 256MB Crucial PC2100 DDR-SDRAM. See what wicked scores and stability we get when we push it from 133FSB CAS2.5 to 177FSB CAS2. Pretty insane scores, and a real informative article. Take a gander.|
|WinXP Boot Disk - 10/23/01 @ 9:32 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|That's right, a Windows XP boot disk. Electic Tech has the download for both Home and Professional editions...|
|ATI On Drivers - 10/23/01 @ 7:09 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|I asked John Challinor II, ATI's Public Relations Director, to comment on the Quake/Quack issue. Here's what he had to say.|
HalcYoN: Actually, no it doesn't help. Perhaps John can explain why the Quake tweaked drivers yielded higher framerates at the cost of visual quality?
|Aquanox Review - 10/23/01 @ 8:41 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Warp2Search reviews the German retail version of Aquanox. Will the game live up to all of the visual effects hype?|
While Aquanox did fall short in the quality of the Intro and in-game movies, the gameplay and the soundtrack kept up with the visuals.
Be sure to check out the screenshots on page four of the review...
|Asus 21.88 Drivers - 10/23/01 @ 8:33 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Electic Tech has the latest release of drivers for Asus cards available for download. They are the Win2K/XP 21.88 flavor...|
JonathanM: Just wanted to add that these are modded drivers. Asus has yet to release any drivers based on DetXP tech.
HalcYoN: More specifically, they are Techno-Garb drivers to add Asus functionality to XP Detonators. More info here.
|Driver Comparison - 10/23/01 @ 7:56 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Tweakers Asylum have just finished updating their Windows XP NVIDIA Detonator Driver Performance Database with the newly released 21.88 Detonators. They found the 21.88 Detonators to be somewhat "Optimized" for the 32 Bit benchmarks they tested.|
|GF2 Cooling Article - 10/23/01 @ 7:35 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Void Your Warranty has completed a DIY (Do It Yourself) guide on adding better cooling to that video card. This is a must read for those who aren't familiar with the process of removing stock heatsinks, and are not sure on which tools are best for the job.|
|WinXP And Gaming - 10/23/01 @ 7:29 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|GameSpot takes a look at Windows XP as a gaming platform and compares performance to Windows ME. While most popular OpenGL based first person shooters ran fine, they had problems getting a variety of Direct 3D and DOS titles to function properly.|
MikeC: This report reinforces what OpenGL was originally designed for. That is to function independent of the underlying operating system.
|Quack Revisited - 10/23/01 @ 5:55 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|HardOCP has tossed up a one-page followup to their 8500 review. They present a few more facts, and some additional numbers. As reported in other forums, the Quake3 numbers went down some 15-20% once the renaming was in place. The more serious issue, however, is the fact that the image quality was obviously degraded. I think you can figure out where that 15-20% came from :)|
|GF2 Go & TV-Out - 10/23/01 @ 2:10 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Looking to use that TV-out on your GeForce2 Go powered laptop, but having problems configuring it due to your setup? Tv Tool may have the solution for you:|
|Ti Overclocking - 10/23/01 @ 2:07 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|The Firing Squad has an article up about overclocking NVIDIA's new line of Ti chipsets. They were able to push the Ti 500 to 265/570. What's most impressive is the performance they were able to squeeze out of the GF3 Ti 200. The Squad was able to clock their card upto 215/485, where it blew by the original GF3.|
|Compro Cinema - 10/23/01 @ 2:00 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Compro has a page up about their Personal Cinema based product. They seem to be the only other reseller of this product besides Visiontek (for the US market).|
|Pers. Cinema Review - 10/23/01 @ 1:57 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|3DGPU's newest memeber has written up his review of Visiontek's Xtasy Everything 5564 card that features NVIDIA's Personal Cinema.|
|GF2 MX400 Review - 10/23/01 @ 1:38 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Chillblast has reviewed Absolute's Nemesis, which is claimed to be running on a GeForce2 MX400 Pro. Although indicated upon the box, there is no difference between the GPU of the standard MX and this "Pro" version. I'm assuming Absolute has added the "Pro" right after the GPU's name to specify that it arrives with 4.5ns RAM with the stock speed being set at 210MHz, well above the standard 166MHz.|
|XP ACPI Tweaks - 10/22/01 @ 9:51 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweaker's Asylum has posted their Windows XP ACPI Tweak Guide. It is not so much a guide as it is a how-to on disabling ACPI in oreder to gain a bit of performance. Would you believe 14fps at 800x600 when using a GeForce3?|
I imagine that one does not see the same gains at higher fillrate limited resolutions, however it does show that OS features sometimes come at the cost of performance...
|Octal Data Rate - 10/22/01 @ 9:44 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Rambus has reinvented the wheel again.|
I am already taking out a second mortgage to finance a stick of this stuff, heh.
|Voodoo XP Drivers - 10/22/01 @ 9:34 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: 3dXtreme|
|Looks like somebody finally decided to pick up the slack and create drivers for Voodoo owners. 3dXtreme has a news post about AE Software's decision to help 3dfx owners wanting to upgrade to XP or to update aging Win2K drivers. Read all about the Nfx drivers by clicking the title link.|
HalcYoN: I am still upset with NVIDIA's failure to support the Voodoo owners. 3dfx was an important part of the technology we enjoy and the Voodoo owners deserve a little help...
|8500 And Quake3 - 10/22/01 @ 7:20 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|As some of you guys might recall, there has been much speculation regarding the 8500's Quake3 optimizations, since HardOCP reviewed this card a few days ago.|
This is a small screenshot of ATI's OpenGL DLL using my favorite Hex-Editor. You will clearly see the ASCII String "Quake3" highlighted.
In the days since this news broke, there has been some careful scrutiny over the rendering quality of Quake3 under the 8500. In short, was performance sacrificed for speed? I would like to point out that many claimed nVidia did the same thing when the 1st batch of Det4 drivers were released. Of course, the bug has since been corrected, without a performance penalty.
In any event, take a look at this thread. Before the solution to the Quake3 texture issue was revealed, it may have been assumed that an actual fix had been made to the drivers. As a matter of fact, an astute ATI fan found those same Quake3 reference(s) in the OpenGL ICD, and renamed them to something other than Quake3. The bigger question is: what impact do those changes have on performance, and was the lower quality texture issues a simple bug, or a tradeoff between quality and performance? Regardless of the fix, it still appears to not have entirely fixed the issue.
Here are the links to the screenshots:
Typedef: Well, very interesting indeed. According to this user, he merely lost 45 FPS in going from the one lesser quality GL driver to the other HQ GL driver.
|Powertoys For XP - 10/22/01 @ 6:16 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Windows XP users can rejoice as the final version of Powertoys for Windows XP has been released. Here are the goods.|
|D3D In Linux?!? - 10/22/01 @ 6:05 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|So, I told you guys about Transgaming earlier. I received an email from Transgaming, as I had used their code quite a while ago, and wanted to be notified when it was set for release.|
Here it is baby. Believe it or not, I was able to run 3DMark2000! This is an amazing feat, given the fact that this is a first cut for these guys.
Let me also say that it did fail the EMBM and 64MB Texture tests, so I would have to think the scores would be even greater. Furthermore, it's not clear to me whether or not the latest nVidia Linux drivers have any of the Det4 code either...I don't think it does.
Here it is...a real screenshot of my results. Just remember...the important thing to keep in mind is the fact that it actually worked...not necessarily the performance (at this stage).
One last thing. This is on a GF3 @ 230/540 (downclocked it in Linux), 1.36 GHz T-Bird, RedHat 7.0. I would guess that the raw numbers would put it about a 40% drop in performance, as compared to Windows; however, I would be willing to bet that using comparable Det4 driver code and having the ability to run those 2 tests would provide another 1000-1500 points.
|Radeon 8500 Review - 10/22/01 @ 1:37 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|This time, it's Hot Hardware. They evaluate the 7500 and 8500, and compare them to the Ti-200 and Ti-500, respectively. |
As has been the case for the last week or so, the conclusion is very much the same...Drivers, and take the 'wait and see' approach. I think you can expect many of these review sites to have 'updated' reviews as newer driver releases take place.
|128MB Flash Card - 10/22/01 @ 1:31 pm - By: NeilY - Source: http://www.nvnews.net/envy/|
|Today, CompactFlash Cards are available in capacities ranging from 4MB right up to 512MB in solid-state format, and up to 1GB in IBM's Microdrive form-factor. Solid-state is still very fast and more energy efficient, however you have to admire a hard disk that's the size of a matchbook. The big pioneers of CompactFlash were SanDisk, but shortly there after Kingston Technologies started to offer CF Cards to the public. In our latest article, we review Kingston's 128MB CompactFlash Type-I card.|
|Gaming In Linux - 10/22/01 @ 10:10 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Blues News|
|I like to keep up with Linux, and I somehow missed this one. If the name Transgaming is meaningless to you, let me give you the quick/dirty. Wine was created several years ago as a layer which would allow you to run Win32 applications directly in Linux, without having to worry about porting, etc. Since then, Wine has matured and evolved, but is still a ways away. One area that has been particularly difficult to implement is D3D, especially when you consider the major overhauls that API has taken over the last 2 years.|
In comes Transgaming. They are going to be releasing a subscription service this Fall, where the users tell *them* what they want debugged in the code, to allow specific gaming titles to fully work. Case in point, they have gotten the Sims up/running in less than 8 weeks time...and I would be willing to bet that each subsequent title will (in theory) take less time to iron out newer bugs, etc.
Anyhow, here's a few tidbits, and why it has something to do with nVidia. Recall, you're not just buying the hardware when you snag a GF2/GF3...You're also buying the name, which indirectly affects developers/development. Check it out, I think it will become more clear :)
If you're a Linux user, you already know just well the nVidia binary drivers perform...and you can be rest assured that as the WineX/Transgaming development moves into full Swing, that you're going to be covered as well.
|nForce Preview - 10/22/01 @ 9:06 am - By: MikeC - Source: G256.com|
|The French web site Hardware.fr has put together a preview of NVIDIA's nForce. This preview is encouraging as it shows the nForce outperforming the Sis 735, Via KT266 and KT266A, and AMD 760 in all of the applications they tested. |
HalcYoN: Beat you by a few days here Mike. We were both about a week late, though.
|Voodoo5 6000 - 10/22/01 @ 6:35 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: x3dfx|
|Have you always wanted one of those V5-6000's? Well, here's your chance. Some dude on eBay is offering one (of only 50 6000's in existance, according to the auction page).|
Quite a blast from the past.
|Radeon Reviews - 10/22/01 @ 6:11 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a couple of Radeon 8500 reviews to start the day. The first is over at Got Apex? which is follwed by a review at GamePC. Here's part of GamePC's conclusion.|
|Radeon Reviews - 10/21/01 @ 7:48 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|ExtremeTech has posted a review of ATI's Radeon 7500 and 8500. They test performance on AMD and Intel platforms and show how the cards stack up against NVIDIA's GeForce3 Ti 200 and Ti 500.|
|eVGA GF3 Ti Cards - 10/21/01 @ 5:37 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: eVGA|
|eVGA has posted a page up about their GeForce Ti family of cards. As with the majority of other manufacturers, they will be manufacturing cards based on the three new chipsets. It seems like they're already available to customers, but I'm not sure. I've sent off an email to my contact, who'll hopefully be getting back to me with news about the product's availability.|
BTW, they have a small page up displaying 3DMark scores of the various cards, unfortunately scores from the GeForce2 Ti are omitted.
From this early shot, eVGA is still going with the traditional green PCB, but have added sleek silver GPU and heatsinks. Now isn't that the coolest looking GPU cooler?
On a negeative aspect, the heatsinks seem to be flat. As I previously mentioned, I've fired off an email to my contact and I should be able to confirm this tomorrow.
As always, expect to see some reviewage coming your way once I get this card in my hands.
|Video Reviews List - 10/21/01 @ 5:21 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|8Dimensional has created more lists filled to the brim with reviews from a vast variety of video cards. The lists are divided by chipset. Clicking on the header or here. You can check out the rest: ATI Radeon 8500, Radeon 7500, Matrox G550.|
|MultiRes Updated - 10/21/01 @ 5:13 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Electic sends word that Entech updated their MultiRes refresh rate utility yesterday. Click here for the documentation.|
|XBox 4 Sale @ Ebay - 10/21/01 @ 5:11 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Got hold of some extra Xbox's? If you're interested in one and haven't reserved one yet. Good luck getting it before Christmas. This will be the ultimate game console for all ages, and it's NVIDIA powered! Hurry up and bid before it's too late.|
|GF2 MX 400 Review - 10/21/01 @ 10:26 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Riva Station|
|HardTecs4U has posted a review of the Abit Siluro T400 GeForce2 MX 400 card. The review is in German so use a translator if the graphs and pictures are not enough.|
|Titanium Card Pics - 10/21/01 @ 10:15 am - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|You have to scroll down a bit...|
Riva Station has pics of several new Titanium series cards from ELSA, MSI and Leadtek taken at Systems 2001 in Munich.
The most interesting card in the group is the ELSA Gladiac 721. It is a bit of a departure from ELSA's normally boring image as the card sports a black PCB, a red ORB and red RAMsinks. Snazzy.
|CPU Radiator Zen - 10/21/01 @ 10:07 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|I mentioned this heatsink/fan unit yesterday in a News Bits post and had to link this review.|
Overclockers Oz found the cooler to perform very well, soundly beating the competition under load and besting the old stand-by of the Alpha PAL6035 by 10C.&nbs; Unfortunately, the refrigerator-in-a-heatsink killed on of OC OZ's Athlons because of mounting design flaws. They outline the shortcomings so the engineers can fix the promising cooler.
|YPM Does WinXP - 10/21/01 @ 2:46 am - By: MitchF - Source: gossip|
|Just made the jump over to Windows XP Saturday and I'll have to agree with Brian and Mike. It's very nice. Very nice indeed.|
Typedef: Having used the WiNT, Win2k, and now XP kernel(s) for the better part of 4 years, there is no substitute. I just installed a Win98 partition, simply because I'm preparing to do a review, and want to incorporate both OS's; however, Win98 is just a poor as it was several years ago. I still get this intermitent semi-BSOD, that simply requires you to 'hit a key', to get back to the desktop. This partition only has the basic things loaded.
|Avp2 Update - 10/21/01 @ 1:42 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Blues News|
|As I mentioned in an earlier post, the one acknowledged issue with AvP2 is the Join Server crash to the desktop. You can get around this by using Gamespy...As I said before, I would have to believe that this issue would be fixed soon, and that's exactly what's going on.|
The following is part of the update by Jason Hall, as found on Blues news. There's more detail, so click on the link to get the whole scoop.
|Crystal Orb Review - 10/21/01 @ 12:52 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|TweakTown has just posted a review of the Thermaltake Crystal Orb Chipset Cooler. Here's a snip:|
|21.88 Detonators - 10/20/01 @ 10:01 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email - Brad|
|PNY has a few new driver sets available for Windows 9x/ME and Windows 2000/XP. They are tagged as 21.88 detonators.|
Note: At the time of this news post, the 2000 drivers link did not work.
Typedef: You can all thank me later :) I made an educated guess...and I guessed wisely.
|AvP2 Impressions - 10/20/01 @ 6:21 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
I just thought I would give you a quick performance impression of the multiplayer Aliens vs. Predators demo that was released. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the very best Lithtech engine-powered game yet - as far as PERFORMANCE is concerned.
If you've been paying attention to this title at all, many people have complained about the lackluster AvP2 single player demo that was released a few months ago. Furthermore, others have encountered similar performance issues with other Lithtech titles, which include No One Lives Forever (NOLF).
Anyhow, I played the demo for quite a good amount of time and can honestly state that the performance simply rocks on my system. Best darn performance of any Lithtech (hate to sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating) title to date.
Now, as for gameplay. I like it, and I like it a lot. I encourage you to give this one a chance. I've been running at 1024x768x32 and 1280x1024x32 with every single feature turned on, and it still performed exceedingly well. The one issue that I've encountered (and seems to be known) is a bug that throws you back to the desktop when scanning for active servers. I hope this gets resolved soon.
|YPM: GameBoyz - 10/20/01 @ 11:37 am - By: MitchF - Source: Gossip|
|What no more Lian Li stuff?!? Yup, sounds like Yur Pal Mitch has moved on to the one called GameBoyz. Unleash the fury HalcYoN.|
I think it's time to blow this thing. Get everybody and their stuff together. OK - 3... 2... 1 let's jam.
|ATI 8500 RAMDAC - 10/20/01 @ 11:17 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|It appears the report of a 350MHz RAMDAC in the driver's tab is an error. ADS posted a screenshot in the forum of PowerStrip showing a 393.428MHz pixel clock on a retail 8500.|
Now, we need to check the OEM version...
|Random News Bits - 10/20/01 @ 10:49 am - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|OK, time for the Longhorns to put up or shut up as we take on the Clorado Buffs today. The Buffalo's only loss came at the hands of David Carr and Fresno State. Are the Buffs for real? Are the Longhorns for real? We'll find out today.|
On with the links...
|NVIDIA Refresh Fix - 10/20/01 @ 10:14 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|There is a new build of the NVIDIA Refresh Rate Fix available, Version 2.1 build 179. This utility if for Win2K and XP users that get jammed by the 60Hz glitch.|
|New Game Demos - 10/19/01 @ 9:42 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Johnny Cedergren of DemoNews sends word that they've got a few new games demos available for download - Empire Earth, Alien vs Predator 2 Multiplayer, and Comanche4.|
|GeForce2 Review - 10/19/01 @ 9:37 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The French web site Puces 3D has posted a review of Gainward's GeForce2 Pro 450. Performance is compared to the Prolink GeForce2 Pro.|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/19/01 @ 9:23 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Ex-3dfx PR man Bubba Wolford has written a short but interesting review of the PNY Verto GeForce3 over at SimHQ. Click the headline to check it out.|
|SBLive Beta Drivers - 10/19/01 @ 9:07 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Electic Tech has the hook-up on the latest rev of beta drivers for the Sound Blaster Live Value Digital on Win9x/ME/NT/2K/XP. Get 'em here.|
They also have the latest GeForce2 Go drivers linked up for your convenience here.
|Hardware For Charity - 10/19/01 @ 9:02 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: G256.com|
|G256.com has the info to help the American Red Cross by buying rounded IDE cables. Several vendors are selling rounded cables by Vantec, proceeds going to the American Red Cross.|
So far, sales have been a bit sluggish. But if you have been looking for an reason to snaz up the inside of your rig, here is the perfect excuse.
|ATI 8500 Review - 10/19/01 @ 3:35 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I truly believe ATI has done a lot more harm, than good, in releasing this card. They would have done themselves a LOT of good if they had just worked on these drivers for another couple of weeks.|
I think the following quote pretty much summarizes the current state of affairs:
|Apple And Titanium - 10/19/01 @ 11:34 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Here's an interesting, and possibly confusing, story I ran across at Yahoo Finance. Did you realize that Apple has a line of notebooks branding the Titanium name? Even more interesting is that ATI's Mobility Radeon is the graphics processor in those notebooks.|
|Press Releases - 10/19/01 @ 7:31 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|A couple of NVIDIA related press releases were issued yesterday.|
|17" HDTV Monitor - 10/19/01 @ 6:22 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|I am not a geek has posted a review of the Samsung SyncMaster 171MP, which is also HTDV ready. Be expected to pay a premium price, but it looks sweet.|
|Upcoming Contest - 10/19/01 @ 6:10 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Wanted to pass along that Brian and myself are getting rid of some excess inventory. Be on the lookout for a new contest this weekend as we are giving away a GeForce2 Ultra and GeForce3!|
BTW, if you have some time, click on the headline and provide some feedback on a new font that we're testing out. It's called MS Trebuchet and I'm considering using here it at nV News. You can click here to see how the font looks on our FAQ page. Only the body text and not the menus have been changed on that page.
|VisionTek Reviews - 10/19/01 @ 5:55 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The crew over at Evil 3D have completed the first part of their VisionTek's Xtasy 6964 (GeForce3 Ti 500) and 6564 (GeForce3 Ti 200) review. Packed with benchmarks, the results are based on Windows Me and Linux with a follow-up on Windows XP versus Linux coming soon.|
|SUMA GF3 Ti 200 - 10/18/01 @ 10:19 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Digit-Life has a few snapshots of the Suma Platinum GeForce3 Ti 200. The card features a sweet black PCB and chromed cooling with 4ns DDR SDRAM by Hynix.|
|More On OEM 8500 - 10/18/01 @ 10:15 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|According to Vitocorleone, a new regular on the boards, his OEM Radeon 8500 is not only clocked down to 250MHz core/250MHz memory, but the RAMDAC is running at a lower frequency of 350MHz instead of 400MHz. On a positive note, it does kill his Radeon's performance regardless...|
Update: CainSyris borrowed a card from a Best Buy (the old buy and return routine). Under XP, the Adapter Properties tab shows the retail card to also have a 350MHz RAMDAC. Now, is it a hardware issue or is it a software issue? And if it is a software issue with the retail card, is the OEM card actually at 400MHz?
More to come, I am sure.
|nForce Review - 10/18/01 @ 9:55 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email - Arpad|
|This review of the nForce 420D motherboard may be in French, but the graphs speak volumes. Hardware.fr's testing shows the nForce handily beating the KT266A in many benchmarks including a 5% framerate advantage in a low-res Quake3 Arena timedemo. That is pretty amazing.|
If you are feeling froggy (no pun intended), try a translator.
|GF2 MX 400 Review - 10/18/01 @ 9:24 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|PC Hardware takes a look at the MSI MS-8833 GeForce2 MX 400. It seems to be the hip thing to color the PCB red, even though most people run the risk of making the inside of your case Christmas-like. Heh.|
|GL Excess 1.1a - 10/18/01 @ 9:18 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Warp2Search|
|Warp2Search sends word of the latest rev of the GL Excess benchmark utility.|
|Updated MultiRes - 10/18/01 @ 9:17 pm - By: MikeC - Source: M3DZone|
|An updated version of the custom refresh rate utility MultiRes has been released by Entech Taiwan. Click here for the documentation or here to download (98K).|
|Refresh Rate Fix - 10/18/01 @ 9:01 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Matt Burris from 3DGPU sent word that the NVIDIA refresh rate fix utility program has been updated.|
|nForce Pictures - 10/18/01 @ 8:24 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: ICQ|
|Neil sends word that Akiba has some shots of MSI's 6373 motherboard equppied with NVIDIA's nForce motherboard chipset. This one looks retail so it shoudn't be much longer before we see these boards popping up across the Pacific.|
Update: Hey, were's the AGP slot?
|Duron CPU Reviews - 10/18/01 @ 12:39 pm - By: KyleM - Source:|
|X-bit labs takes a look at AMD's latest and greatest budget CPU. Here's a taste of what's in-store.|
|A Retrospective - 10/18/01 @ 9:52 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|CryoEniac has posted NVIDIA - The past and the future. They cover the humble beginnings of NVIDIA and the rise of the evil empire to destroy all in its path leaving a wake of shatters polygons and shredded silicon.|
OK, I was exaggerating.
Update: This article has not been to popular with board members. You can see the feedback for yourself. Ouch.
|Updated Powerstrip - 10/18/01 @ 7:54 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Entcity sends word that PowerStrip has been updated again and is now up to version 3.03 beta build 211. No word on the fixes yet.|
|Memory Cooling - 10/18/01 @ 7:51 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Thermaltake have improved upon their original memory heatsinks to turn the device into an active cooling setup. Yup, they've added a fan that blows directly onto your RAM. You will definitly only be able to purchase one of these, but you could combine their older heatspreader models for those with 2 or 3 sticks of RAM.|
|OCZ Titan3 Review - 10/18/01 @ 7:46 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|The Tech Report has posted a review of OCZ's tweaked out GeForce3.|
|Asus P4T-E Review - 10/18/01 @ 6:32 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|GamePC checks out the freshly-released Socket-478 Pentium 4 motherboard from Asus, the P4T-E. Following up on the success of the most popular Pentium 4 motherboard to date, the P4T-E takes everything that was great about the original P4T up a notch, as well as adding a few more twists. They compare the board to the Abit TH7-II i850, Asus's i845, as well as similarly configured Athlon/XP systems.|
|GeForce3 Ti Review - 10/18/01 @ 6:23 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The Reverend's back in action with a GeForce3 shootout. Anthony look at the features of VisionTek's Xtasy 6564 GeForce3 Ti 200 and Xtasy 6964 GeForce3 Ti500 and campares performance against the original GeForce3. Overclocking is given prime consideration and games like Serious Sam, Max Payne and Red Faction are tested, as well as DroneZMark.|
|Elsa Pro Drivers - 10/18/01 @ 12:32 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Warp2Search|
|Elsa has released a new batch of drivers for their Gloria line of professional graphics cards (i.e. utilizing Quadro chipsets). These are numbered 15.70, which seems to indicate there was an intermediate step between the 14.xx series and the 20.xx series. The new drivers are available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows NT4.|
|Belkin 6-Port Hub - 10/17/01 @ 10:05 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|In the case of Belkin's 6-Port FireWire Hub, it's one of the first products that break the generic designs of the older. When compared to the first-generation 1394 hub from SIIG, the Belkin 1394 hub is a sight for sore eyes. Someone at Belkin had their milk and cookies that day when they were sketching its design - its curvy sides reflect far more than pure beauty; there's a significant amount of functionality integrated into this splendid device.|
|ATI Xilleon 220 - 10/17/01 @ 9:43 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|No wonder the 8500's drivers are a little buggy, the software guys just can't keep up with the hardware churning mad-men from the Great White North. :þ|
ATI announces the Xilleon System-on-a-Chip. The chip, which is targetted for set-top applications, features...well I'll let them tell you.
|Digit-Life's Review - 10/17/01 @ 5:33 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life kicks it into high gear with their ATI Radeon 8500 review which has been translated to English. It's based on the earlier news post made this morning in regards to the Russian review. This is one review you don't want to miss out on as they cover image quality enhancing topics such as anisotropic filtering and antialiasing (supersampling). This is definitely the most encouraging review thus far for the Radeon 8500.|
|Radeon 8500 Review - 10/17/01 @ 4:54 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Riva Station has translated their ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card review to English. Here's what Lars had to say.|
|Windows XP & USB - 10/17/01 @ 4:09 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Windows XP continues to win me over for it's ease of use as I tested out it's USB functionality using a digital camera. After connecting the digital camera to the USB port, Windows Explorer sensed it was connected to the system and added it as a new data source (similar to a hard drive).|
After clicking on the device (PowerShot S100 as shown in the image below), the images are automatically transferred from the camera to the PC.
Following the transfer, I double-clicked on an image which brings up the Windows XP Picture and Fax Viewer.
View Digital Camera Files
At this point, I can zoom in, out, rotate, print, save, edit, or view the next image. That's what I call user friendly :)
|GeForce Tweak Util. - 10/17/01 @ 1:58 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Guru 3D has the new version of their GeForce Tweak Utility. Version 3.1 RC2 contains quite a number of fixes and tweaks to the program.|
|NVDA In The Press - 10/17/01 @ 1:24 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Quite a few press releases being announced by NVIDIA today. The NVIDIA Gear Store is a great idea and contains apparel for men, women, and children. The store is also offering other unique items such as baseball caps, bags, pens, scooters, key-chains, umbrellas, and cycling jerseys. Click on the headline to check it out!|
The Gear Store is pretty cool so I added a link to it on the upper right side of this page :)
|Status Of 3DGPU - 10/17/01 @ 1:13 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Brian Evans from 3DGPU sends word that they are experiencing a domain name server (DNS) issue and they should be back up later today or tomorrow at the latest.|
|GPC Has 8500's - 10/17/01 @ 11:04 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Was window shopping at GamePC looking for some new components to build a system and noticed they have limited quantities of the 64MB Radeon 8500 in stock. Although it's listed as an OEM, the clock speeds are 275MHz core and 550MHz memory (DDR). Click on the headline for more information.|
Update: The clockspeeds that were posted earlier at GamePC have been updated to the OEM speeds - 250MHz core and 500MHz memory (DDR).
|Radeon 7500 Review - 10/17/01 @ 9:43 am - By: KyleM - Source: E-Mail|
|Dean over at 3DXtreme gets his "review on" this morning with the ATI Radeon 7500. Here's a snip:|
|SiS 315 GPU Review - 10/17/01 @ 8:41 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|SiS has release the new 315 GPU and Elite Computer Systems has built a video card based on the young chipset. Tech Zone procured one of these $79.00 powerhouses for a review.|
|Secret Discounts - 10/17/01 @ 8:08 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|Get yer great deals by checking out 3D Chipset's secret discount section. Shh... ;)|
|Games Spotlight - 10/17/01 @ 8:07 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|NVIDIA's latest Game Spotlight is focused on Silicon Dreams Soccer. This game was one of the ones featured when our original GeForce3 review was up.|
|Chaintech Titanium - 10/17/01 @ 8:04 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Gzeasy has a couple pics of Chiantech's upcmming GeForce2 Ti and GeForce3 Ti 200 based cards. Seems like even the little guys are adding some visual treets to their cards as these sport a huge bright blue heatsink which seems to be inspired by those found on Asus cards.|
|SUMA GeForce2 Ti - 10/17/01 @ 8:01 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|Reactor Critical has posted some info about SUMA's upcmming GeForce2 Ti based cards which will come equipped with 4ns RAM, allowing you to get very close to GF2 Ultra performance. SUMA will have three versions of the card:|
|New Asus Drivers - 10/17/01 @ 7:58 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Station Drivers has a new batch of Asus drivers based on the 14.62 Detonators. I fin it odd to see that Asus is still pumping out pre-XP drivers. They're available for Win9X/Me and W2K/NT4.|
|New Dell Drivers - 10/17/01 @ 7:55 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|3D Chipset released the Dell drivers yesterday. I guess the Toshiba drivers were modified from these ones. W2K/XP version only.|
|New Toshiba Drivers - 10/17/01 @ 7:52 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Electic has the latest drivers for all GeForce2 Go powered Toshiba 3000 laptops. They are based on the Detonator Drivers v21.83. These drivers only work for Windows 2000/XP.|
|VT Xtasy Review - 10/17/01 @ 6:43 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|X-bit labs has put together a review of VisionTek's complete lineup of Xtasy based graphics cards which are all based on NVIDIA's Titanium chipset. The lineup consists of the Xtasy 6964 (GeForce3 Ti 500), Xtasy 6564 (GeForce3 Ti 200), and the Xtasy 5864 (GeForce2 Ti).|
|Intel Profits Down - 10/17/01 @ 6:29 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|As expected by industry analysts, Intel's third quarter profits were down by 77%. Intel attrributed the loss to weak demand and competitive pressure from AMD. However, Intel did manage to achieve a slight gain in market share over AMD during this time.|
AMD is also planning a price cut on its new Athlon XP processors on October 29.
|OEM...Be Careful - 10/17/01 @ 6:22 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Rage3D|
|Just wanted to post something that might be informative for some of you guys thinking about buying one of the OEM 8500's. It's already a known fact that the retail version of the Radeon 8500 is clocked @ 275/275. However, despite the claims made by an ATI representative, it does appear that the OEM cards are clocked @ 250/250. A user at Rage3D received his OEM card, and discovered the following:|
|Anands Review Up - 10/17/01 @ 4:27 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Here's a snippet from Anand's conclusion. By now, most readers are aware of the driver issues. Here's what he had to say.|
Typedef: Some of the reviews seem to paint a different picture, depending on the reviewers point of view. I think revisiting this card in 2-3 weeks would prove most interesting, especially once they get the FSAA issues ironed out.
MikeC: As I stated in our GeForce3 Ti 500 conclusion, the GeForce3 Ti 200 looked to be the "best bang for your buck" in NVIDIA's 2001 fall lineup. Little did I realize that it would also win over AnandTech when compared to the Radeon 8500 - "If you need solid performance today at the best overall price, the GeForce3 Ti 200 is perfect for you. That may change as the Radeon 8500's drivers improve but for now it's just not worth it."
HalcYoN: Does ATI read the reviews of their own products? How many times has stated quite plainly that ATI's support is just not good? This time, they have tied one hand behind the back of their hitman because of drivers. The PC builders already bundling the 8500 should be angry.
KyleM I have had a few emails from angry ATI fans in the past after saying that ATI had a track record of "Promising the world, but delivering 2nd best". I don't for a minute wish anything bad for ATI, in fact if it was faster I'd buy one, but vindication is far too sweet!
|Russian 8500 Review - 10/17/01 @ 4:00 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I really hope this baby gets translated, because I had a heck of a time in trying to use babelfish!|
This is probably the most in-depth coverage of the 8500, and it does include a lot of information about features like anisotropic filtering, comparisons between it and the Ti-500, loss of performance, and overall image quality.
I took a look at all the screenshots, and it does indeed look like ATI covered their bases on this issue. Their implementation, though unable to force trilinear filtering and anisotropic filtering, looks to be on-par with the GF3/Ti-500.
Again, I wanted to get a better feel from the user who wrote the article, but the translation was almost impossible to follow. I imagine this article will get translated shortly; Until then, take a look at the graphs, and click on the photos. If they can get these drivers squared away, this one might be a keeper.
|Q&A w/David Kirk - 10/17/01 @ 12:10 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|NVIDIA's Chief Scientist David Kirk has allowed us to conduct an interview with him. Brian and myself are working on a set of questions which we would like to finalize by this Thursday. The topics of discussion are on any of the following items:|
|AMD Duron 1.1GHz - 10/16/01 @ 11:11 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|NewsForge takes a quick look at the king of budget CPUs, the new Duron 1.1GHz processor. The test system includes the Gigabyte GeForce3, but the review focuses on CPU only tests.|
|Memory Article - 10/16/01 @ 10:17 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|eVGA has posted yet another article. This one covers the basics of video memory.|
I just got off the phone with Joe from eVGA who has mentioned to me that they've added a few new members to the eVGA staff and that they'd very much like to continue writing up these articles. If you've appreciated the latest batch and would like to see more, let them know and if you've got any great ideas for articles they could write about, fire them off to me and I'll send them in as suggestions for future articles.
|eVGA Giveaway - 10/16/01 @ 10:10 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Seems like I let this one slip by earlier this month. eVGA is up to their montly contests once again. All you have to do is answer 3 questions based on GF3 (any NVIDIOT should know the answers) and three questions about your current video card. Up for grabs this month is a GeForce2 Ti. Good luck!|
|Athlon XP OC'ing - 10/16/01 @ 8:53 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Athlon OC tested 13 Athlon XP's ranging from the 1500 to the 1800 to see how well they overclocked. The lesson here is you get what you pay for. |
The five 1800s (1.533GHz) tested overclocked to an average of 1.8GHz with the high being 1.89GHz. Click the title link to get info on the steppings tested and to see the tweaks used to unlock and OC...
|Xtasy Everything - 10/16/01 @ 8:30 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|My guess of around $200 retail was right.|
Gateway has the VisionTek Extasy Everything, reviewed here, for $182.95 (free shipping if you tack on something to get your total over $199). Their site says it is in-stock and ready to go...
|EN: Logitech Optical - 10/16/01 @ 6:04 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|This product didn't ship in a pretty blue and white box adorned with geeky jargon and flashing LED lights - instead, it was a clear blue plastic bag with a white sticker that read "To be sold only with a new PC". Ever bought a computer part like this? How about in a simple clear blue bag, and it didn't have a sticker, and it was real cheap? And, no, you didn't buy it with a new PC. That my friend, is what retailers call 'OEM'. |
HalcYoN: OEM Computer Parts: Less Filling, Tastes Great...
|More 8500 Reviews - 10/16/01 @ 6:00 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Tom referred to Lars over at Riva Station as having an 8500, and sure enough, he has delivered. Unfortunately, it hasn't been translated into English yet.|
Clearly, there are some driver issues, particularly with Athlon and/or WinXP (or some combination). However, there is promise with this card, particularly the Occlusion scores (Villagemark), the DX8 performance (3DMark2001), as well as the awesome overclockability of this beast (300/620).
I think it would have been wise to have gotten the driver situation squared away before releasing this thing...But in any event, another review is out. Expect the English version to be in a short timeframe.
MikeC: I just got word from Adrian that another Radeon 8500 review has popped up on the Chinese web site PCPOP. Benchmark results begin on page 6.
|Sygate Firewall - 10/16/01 @ 2:56 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks over at Warp2Search send word that Sygate has released a new version of their free personal firewall. Sygates's Personal Firewall is an alternative to ZoneLabs' Zonealarm.|
|Graphics Shootout - 10/16/01 @ 2:01 pm - By: MikeC - Source: OpenGL.org|
|PC World takes a look at 10 graphics cards with a retail price of $400 or less. The GeForce3 based Elsa Gladiac 920 received a perfect 5 out of 5 rating with GeForce2 and GeForce3 cards from MSI coming in second with a rating of 4.5.|
|Performance Analyser - 10/16/01 @ 12:42 pm - By: MikeC - Source: MadOnion|
|NVIDIA and VisionTek have both added links to MadOnion's web based Performance Analyzer software.|
Click on the headline to check it out.
|IE Security Update - 10/16/01 @ 12:34 pm - By: MikeC - Source: M3DZone|
|Microsoft has issued a security patch for users of Internet Explorer 6.0, 5.5 Service Pack 2, and 5.0 Service Pack 2.|
|Hammer Presentation - 10/16/01 @ 12:18 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Shacknews|
|AMD has posted a PDF formatted presentation of their upcoming 64-bit Hammer processor. The presentation was given by Fred Webber at the 2001 Microprocessor Forum.|
|MSI GeForce3 Review - 10/16/01 @ 12:00 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The German web site Hardwareluxx checks out MSI´s Starforce 822 GeForce3. They manages to overclock the core speed to 240MH and memory speed to 540MHz and were very satisfied with the card which also includes a decent software bundle.|
|Price Guide Updates - 10/16/01 @ 8:36 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The sleeper must awaken.|
|Chantech GF2 Ti - 10/16/01 @ 8:33 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hardsalon.com has a few pics of the Chaintech GeForce2 Ti. The PCB seems to be a bit different from the reference design and the card includes GPU and memory cooling.|
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 10/16/01 @ 8:09 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Gotta rush, so here's the quick copy paste:|
Those wacky people from the Guru of 3D just posted a 19 pages counting feature on NVIDIA's new Titanium series videocards. The feature includes a GeForce3 Ti500 review done with a NVIDIA reference model Ti500 graphics card. The Ti500 was tested on an 800 and 1200 MHz platform against videocards like GeForce2 MX, Ultra and GeForce3. Plenty of benchmarks and comparisons can be found in this really nice article. Here's a clip from that feature:
|GeForce3 Review - 10/16/01 @ 8:07 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Dark Crow sends word that they've posted up a review of the InsideTNC Dream.Geforce3. Man, are those some nasty heatsinks or what. The review's in Korean.|
|nVidia Soundstorm? - 10/16/01 @ 6:35 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|According to information posted by Reactor Critical, nVidia has registered the name "SoundStorm" (there's a link to it from RC's website).|
In essence, it shouldn't come as a big surprise, given the fact that nVidia developed the sound system for the XBox, as well as the integrated sound chip for the nForce motherboard (probably quite close to that of the XBox).
|More 8500 Numbers - 10/16/01 @ 5:22 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Rage3d|
|I think we're going to see the onslaught very soon. PC Magazine has got a few numbers to share, comparing the 8500 to the Ti-500. All of these benchmarks were taken @ 1024x768x32, on a 2GHz. P4.|
3D Winmark2000 (no AA)
|ATI 8500 Review - 10/16/01 @ 5:17 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Rage3D|
|This is one of the first, but is in German. I'll try to highlight, based on babelfish (which can be quite a challenge, I might add).|
Typedef: Frank, our German expert, sent along an email, clarifying a few points. This is what Frank had to say, with regards to Aquamark:
"@1600x1200 the drivers are unable to show all textures (many textures are missing)."
As for SmoothVision:
"Your translation of the poor quality of SmoothVision is correct. It is a driver issue which will be fixed in a later (over next??? (the one after the next release)) version."
And he concludes with:
"The rest is OK and all important infos are mentioned (I hope)..."
Thanks a lot Frank! :)
|Gainward GF3 Ti-550 - 10/16/01 @ 3:48 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Anandtech|
|I'm not really sure if this had been posted before, but I came across a thread in Anand's forum, which seemed interesting. I went to Gainward's site, and sure enough, there's a link to the Ti-550 Golden Sample.|
Under the specifications, it clearly stated that it's a "NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 GPU." According to the specs, the only difference lies in the video capture capability of their '550' model.
I'll see if we can't clarify whether or not the '550' is indicative of the memory configuration, or just an internal identifier. I would think they would mention that it was configured with higher spec'd RAM if this was, indeed, the case.
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 10/16/01 @ 3:37 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I was browsing the net, and somehow, missed this one. HardOCP takes a look at both the GeForce3 Ti 200, as well as the GeForce2 Ti. I think this little snippet speaks volumes about the potential for the Ti-200.|
|A Few Remarks... - 10/16/01 @ 3:33 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I would like to take this opportunity to have the members of this site take a moment and read what I have to say, with regards to the recent postings both here in this forum, as well as others.|
In short, an end to the unprofessional conduct displayed over the last several days. To cut to the chase, as the saying goes, it does indeed reflect poorly on those who both contribute to this site, as well as those who seek to gain valuable information.
I shall use better judgement when making public posts, as well as being a heck of a lot more professional. I can assure you that the epsiode(s) that transpired over the last week or so will not happen on this, or any other forum, again.
|GeForce3 Round-Up - 10/15/01 @ 9:39 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Via Hardware tries to pick a winner among three GeForce3 cards. VisionTek, MSI and OCZ are represented in the shoot-out.|
BTW, the MSI is the coolest looking card in the bunch...
|Ti 500 Powers IBM - 10/15/01 @ 8:24 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|I've been out of comission due to some unexpected oral surgery this morning. I should begin to feel better within the next few days. Anyway, here's a press release that NVIDIA's Brian Burket passed along earlier today.|
|EN: Antec SX635 - 10/15/01 @ 4:31 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Antec, for those of you who don't know, have been in the business since 1986, and are most notable known for their SX1030/40 performance cases. One quick check on the Antec website under the 1030/40 page and you will see probably the most reviews on one particular style of casing you have ever seen. If you also check out all the reviews, you will see that they shovel praise upon praise to the case. So Antec did the smart thing and packed as many features they could into a smaller version of the 1030/40 and called it the SX630/635.|
KyleM Speak of the devil, I just purchased one of these fine momma-jamma's and was hoping to do a write-up myself. Ah well, I'll keep it short! Antec SX-635 = GOOD!
|EN: AOpen 16x RW - 10/15/01 @ 4:24 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Well, here we are again with another "burner" review. Instead of having the latest and faster burner on the bench, this time I get a chance to take a look at a "budget" burner. DealsDirect has been kind enough to let me take a look at the AOpen 16x12x32 burner, and it will be interesting to see if it is a "bang for your buck" or a "bong for the gong". What I was trying to say was, is it good or does it suxor!|
|nForce Pre-Order - 10/15/01 @ 1:58 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Seems the Germans are in luck. I just received an email from Sebastian who sends word of yet another retailer taking orders on nForce based systems that will be shipping October 25. Here's a rough Babelfish translation:|
|New eVGA Articles - 10/15/01 @ 1:50 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Some great articles were posted over at eVGA. They post about the added benefits that AGP 8X will entail. (Multiple AGP adapters mmm...) Answer one of their most frequently asked questions: "What refresh rates can my second monitor generate with one of your TwinView cards?" as well as an article describing a few of the benefits of having a TwinView enabled card.|
|Leadtek Ti Shots - 10/15/01 @ 1:43 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Gzeasy has four pics of Leadtek's upcoming GeForce2 Ti. What's odd is that this card is featuring 5ns rates memory as opposed to all the PR documents they sent clubic. Weird...|
|DetXP Certified - 10/15/01 @ 1:37 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|NVIDIA's released a Press Release announcing that the latest drivers (21.83) have received WHQL certification from Microsoft. Here's more:|
|As The World Turns - 10/15/01 @ 1:34 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Still no sign of an 8500 review. Regardless of which side of the grass you stand, there's no denying that this has become slightly backwards, in that final reviews for this card will come well after some people have had a chance to go out and purchase one. I thought that was the purpose of reviews? |
Anyhow, I'm going to stop by our local Best Buy tomorrow morning (which is when they receive shipments).
I'm expecting to receive some stuff in the mail, which should give me something to review in the days ahead.
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 10/15/01 @ 1:32 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|3D GPU has posted their review of Visiontek's Xtasy 6564 GF3 Ti200. The system used to test the card isn't your typical 1.4 GHz monster, as people with those systems tend to already have the GF3. Jack uses his 1 GHz Duron which is still fairly powerful, but in the price range of someone who would consider purchasing a GF3 Ti 200.|
|nForce Response - 10/15/01 @ 8:05 am - By: JonathanM - Source: ICQ|
|iddo from PcPro in Israel sends word of Andrew Humbler, NVIDIA's European PR Manager commenting on the availability of the MSI board at this German Store.|
No word on the reason for the 4 month delay from announcement...
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 10/15/01 @ 7:59 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVchips-fr check out the PixelView GeForce 2 Ti which sports some fast 4ns memory. They were able to overclock this card to 280/480, well into GeForce2 Ultra specs. The review's in French.|
|Audigy Platinum EX - 10/15/01 @ 7:42 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The good folks over at Hardware One have posted a whopping 13 page review of Creative's SoundBlaster Audigy Platinum EX.|
|3D Chipset Is Back - 10/15/01 @ 7:31 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks over at 3D Chipset wanted to let you know that they are back online following a server upgrade. They are sporting a new design and also have news on where you can get a GeForce2 Ti on the cheap for $65.|
|Matrox G550 Review - 10/15/01 @ 7:27 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|RoloTech has posted a review of the Matrox G550 graphics card. The review contains several pictures of HeadCasting in action, and also discusses the performance and other features of the G550. Click here for the review and here for a chance at winning the card.|
|GeForce Reviews - 10/15/01 @ 7:22 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a couple of GeForce reviews to announce. The first review is at Digit-Life who check out Prolink's PixelView GeForce3. The second review is from the German web site Hardwareluxx who cover the Gainward Cardexpert GeForce2 Pro/450 Golden Sample.|
|Athlon XP Review - 10/15/01 @ 7:15 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|GamePC checks out the 1.53GHz AMD Athlon XP processor. Sporting an updated core architecture and a new processor rating system, the Athlon XP is looking to take over the Pentium 4 as the performance processor of choice. They compare performance against the Pentium 4 at 2GHz, as well as AMD's previous Thunderbird Athlon.|
|WinXP All The Way - 10/14/01 @ 10:35 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I followed Brian's footsteps today by going full-fledged with Windows XP. After some experimentation, I decided to create user accounts for myself, my sons Steve and Dave who mainly use our second PC, and my wife Julie. This allows each of us to manage our own personalized settings such as the look and feel of the desktop, Internet favorites, Windows address book, and our individual e-mail accounts.|
The next step was enabling quick log-ons which lets any of us log on the system at any time with an assigned password. What's really slick is that Windows XP retains the state of each user session that remains logged on. This type of setup becomes practical since logging on and off is done in a matter of seconds.
For example, the following screenshot shows that Dave, me, and Steve are logged on and that I have five programs running, while Steve has one. At this point, Dave could log on to his account, get his work done, and logoff. If I decided to logon after Dave, the five programs I have running are automatically restored.
The next couple of weeks will be spent on installing and testing my critical applications along with a variety of games. I'll provide periodic reports on compatability and performace and may eventually come out with an article on moving to Windows XP.
If you haven't done so yet, grab a copy of XPBench from Stardock which allows you to test your graphics card/driver support of certain Windows XP API's.
|Ti 200 Impressions - 10/14/01 @ 10:08 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Was checking around a few of my favorite forums and noticed my good buddy John Reynolds posted his initial impressions on the GeForce3 Ti 200. John covers overclocking, 2D image quality, and performance. Click on the headline to check it out!|
Typedef: I think the interesting, and quite frankly, the least expected comment from John pertains to image quality. Anybody who has seen John around the net knows his IQ prereq's.
|Windows XP Only - 10/14/01 @ 11:36 am - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|I have decided to make the plunge. Windows XP has won me over and I am currently running a fresh install on the gaming system for the upcoming Titanium shoot-out.|
In conjunction with the OS upgrade I also decided to treat myself to a little new hardware, it being my birthday and all.
While they are still working on their internet sales, I want to plug Valiant PC. If you are in or around the Austin area, go say hi. They have a ton of great gear including the Thermalright ThermoEngine, plenty of DDR PC2100 Cas2 (cheap), and three Radeon 7500's ($199). They will be expanding soon and want to have a LAN party to celebrate. Email me if you are interested.
I tell ya what, XP sure does install quick when you got 1.4GHz of horsepower and DDR memory to help out...
JonathanM: Happy Birthday dude, What does that make ya? 35? 53? ;)
NeilY: Yup, same here; Athlon XP 1700+ and an EPoX 8KHA+ KT266A board. It's schweet! Congrats, bud.
|XP 3D Screensaver - 10/14/01 @ 11:11 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|XP features true 3D screensavers run under DirectX and Neowin has one available for download. It is nothing too exciting but the screensaver is a good test with out having to buy the XP Plus! package...|
|Poseidon Tidbits - 10/14/01 @ 11:02 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Guru3D|
|The Inquirer has a short article about 3D Power's Poseidon GeForce3 water-cooling system. They also have a picture of the components that will be included with the package.|
Update: Darth from GotApex? sends word that the pic located on The Inquirer was an early version of the Poseidon. A pic of the finaly version can be found here.
|Gainward Drivers - 10/14/01 @ 2:24 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Riva Station|
|Some Gainward driver goodness in WHQL and non-WHQL formats...|
|GeForce Reviews - 10/14/01 @ 2:19 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|A couple GeForce reviews tonight... Tweakers Asylum check out Inno3D's Tornado GeForce3 card, while Extreme OC admire Abit's Siluro GeForce2 MX400.|
|Unika Titaniums - 10/13/01 @ 12:12 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Frank Wu of Unika sent me a couple of box shots of the Unika line of Titanium based cards on the way. There are two GeForce2 Ti's and a GeForce3 Ti 200. I believe these will be available in Asia and Europe, keep an eye out.|
The 9800 Ti adds hardware monitoring and card BIOS setting access.
|New Favorite Pic - 10/13/01 @ 11:05 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Let's put aside the bickering that's been going on in the forums and get back to why we purchase a graphics card in the first place. Hell, I don't play 3DMark2001, do you?|
For example, with Halloween approaching I can't think of a better game to get in the spirit than American McGee's Alice. The game runs great on the GeForce3 Ti 200 under Windows XP - even with 2X antialiasing enabled.
Alice is based on the Quake 3 engine and contains an abundance of high quality and colorful textures. The mood is dark and eerie and I'm sure you'll enjoy the demo. You can grab the demo at your favorite download site such as FileLeech.com.
|8500 v GF3 Take 2 - 10/13/01 @ 10:52 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|In keeping with the spirit of competition, a user @ Rage3D posted some overclocked 3DMark2001 numbers, which I thought would make an interesting comparison. By the looks of it, our systems are very closely matched. His T-Bird is @ 1428 (150 FSB), while mine is @ 1368 MHz (144 FSB). We're both using Windows2000, and identical 3DMark2001 configurations.|
Here's the breakdown...My GeForce3 (not Titanium) is clocked in @ 250/560, while his 8500 is @ 290/580. How do they stack up? Take a look.
Again, the GF3 is orange, while the 8500 is in red.
After making a few Windows 2000 tweaks (pretty new partition) from here, as well as there, I was able to gain another 100 points.
Anyhow, not a heck of a lot has changed since the last comparison. Again, slightly different systems, but by-and-large, they're fairly equal. The thing to note are the nature scores (GF3's favor), while the Triangle throughput of the 8500 is quite superior to that of the GF3.
|XP Press Release - 10/13/01 @ 10:08 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Blue's News|
|I think we missed this one...|
NVIDIA nForce and GeForce Products Deliver Highest Performance for AMD Athlon XP Processor 1800+
Title Link for more...
|KT7A & AthlonXP - 10/13/01 @ 9:54 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: 3D Spotlight|
|If you have an Abit KT7A, dont't run out and buy an AthlonXP before checking which version you have.|
Version 1.3 boards can run the new Athlon with a BIOS update, link above. However, 1.2 and older will not run the AthlonXP AT ALL.
HalcYoN: I was planning on upgrading to DDR anyway, doh.
|GeForce3 Reviews - 10/13/01 @ 7:41 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a couple of GeForce3 previews/reviews to announce. First up is a preview of the GeForce3 Ti 500 over at Gamers Depot. The second article is a review of the Asus V8200 GeForce3 from The Overclocker Cafe'.|
|Personal Cinema - 10/12/01 @ 9:57 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Jamie let me know that Fry's currently has an MX 200 Personal Cinema bundle by Compro at Fry's Electronics.|
The MX 200 gives up a bit of horsepower to the MX 400. However, it is only $150 for the bundle which is a heck of a deal, especially for a second PC or office workstation. The Compro card does not have dual VGA-out and comes with 32MB.
You can read more about the Personal Cinema by checking out the VisionTek Everything review.
|Gainward Goldens - 10/12/01 @ 9:51 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|x-bit labs reviews the Gainward Golden Sample line-up. Chipsets include the GeForce2 MX 400, the GeForce2 Pro and the GeForce3. All cards featured ExperTool.|
BTW, you Gainward users can download the latest version of ExperTool over at Electic Tech.
|GF2 MX 400 Review - 10/12/01 @ 9:48 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|PC Stats has reviewed the PowerColor PowerGene MX. This MX 400 card features relativley low price tag, making it a great choice for guys not too concerned about overclocking results or game bundles.|
Or maybe not...
|Creative Drivers - 10/12/01 @ 8:13 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Wow... Creative has some new drivers based on the new 21.85 drivers that are a revision above the ones currently available on NVIDIA's site (21.83). Heh, I think that's a first.|
|Driver Comparison - 10/12/01 @ 8:10 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Tweakers Asylum has updated their NVIDIA Detonator Database for Win9X as well as a brand new XP Database. They include scores form the new 21.83 WHQL drivers.|
|Radeon 8500 Bits - 10/12/01 @ 6:36 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|OK, let's get the daily update on the 8500. If you've been keeping tabs on this, there have been a *few* people to actually buy one; however, something is obviously not right, because this card has yet to be officially reviewed.|
Anand Lal Shimpi made yet another post today...here it is.
Now, this is where the speculation begins. Of the few people that have publicly posted information on the 8500, one thing stands out...FSAA, or lack thereof. SmoothVision has been reported to be an option in the D3D panel, but not OpenGL. Furthermore, I haven't seen a single person who claimed that FSAA made any tangible difference in visual quality. If you recall, this feature was broken in the pre-production (believe it was A12 silicon) units previewed a few months ago.
Then, there was the apparant inability of those lucky 8500 owners to publish their 3DMark2001 scores. Again, it has been speculated that (perhaps) ATI asked MadOnion to block 8500 scores.
When you factor in the lack of credible reviews, the apparant lack of functional FSAA, and what Anand had to say, I think you can pretty much guess that there are some issues that have yet to be ironed out...It sounds like a driver issue(s).
HalcYoN: The 8500 "release" continues to raise questions with out any answers. Typedef is trying to analyze info here, but some ATI supporters want to shoot the messenger.
From assorted posts around the web and in our forum, it is evident there is a problem. From past ATI releases, one has to conclude that the driver release in the box with the first batch of retail cards has issues. There are reports of FSAA support being hit or miss, even resoltution dependent.
If you remember, the first few GeForce driver revs to include FSAA were buggy at best. People questioned why the drivers were released at all...
|Microsoft & Sega - 10/12/01 @ 9:32 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Microsoft is broadening it's ties with Sega in order to offer a wider range of leading edge games for the Xbox. Under the agreement, Sega will provide a new game in the Shenmue series exclusively for the Xbox in the North American market and will make a new game in its popular Phantasy Star Online series.|
Ben: Picked up an interesting sidenote at Gamespot. Microsoft and Sega are teaming up to develop an arcade machine based on the X-Box. Assuming they use the XGPU (I have an inquiry into Nvidia on the matter), we may see Outrun2 (YES! Outrun 1 was one of my favorite arcade games of all time) and other games on both arcade locations and the X-Box...
|OS Install Guide - 10/12/01 @ 8:45 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|3D Spotlight has posted another great guide, the Windows Installation guide.|
Se sure to check out their Dual Boot Guide, as well.
HalcYoN: Mike could have used that Dual-Boot guide for his XP install. Instead, he had to bug you guys, heh.
MikeC: The dual-boot setup was straighforward since I already had my boot drive partitioned into two logical drives. The Windows XP install also allows a new partition to be created during setup. You will definitely want to install Windows XP on a separate partition in a dual-boot setup.
|Hercules Pricing - 10/12/01 @ 8:37 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Acid Hardware has received an official Titanium pricing update from Hercules. The Prophet III Ti 500 is now down to the market trend of $349, down $30.|
HalcYoN: There is no doubt that the 8500 will place market price-point pressure on the NVIDIA high-end cards. ATI seems to be having trouble gettting the 8500 out at quantity so the market is still in flux.
|Hercules Drivers - 10/12/01 @ 7:43 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Riva Station|
|Hercules is the first manufacturer to have modified the new 21.81 Detonator XP's to their flavour. If manufacturer drivers are your thing, and you've got yourself a Hercules card, these are the ones to get.|
|NVmax Updated - 10/12/01 @ 7:39 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|AC has updated his tweaking utility to version 3.00.72. He says he'll be looking into fixing some TwinView glitches as he has received a review card to finally test the features on. So those of you experiencing some problems might get some fixes in the near future. Here's what's new in this version.|
|GeForce Reviews - 10/12/01 @ 7:32 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a couple reviews of the PixelView series of graphics cards from Prolink. First up is the GeForce3 Ti 200 at Puces 3D followed by 3D Spotlight's review of the GeForce2 MX 400.|
|OS Comparison - 10/12/01 @ 7:29 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Borsti over at RIVA Station has posted a new article comparing performance with a GeForce2 MX 400, GeForce2 Ultra, and GeForce3 under Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 (SP2), and Windows XP. Does WinXP plus DetXP equal extreme performance?|
|Radeon 8500 AA - 10/12/01 @ 7:21 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|There's a message thread at the Beyond 3D forums with comments on antialiasing on the Radeon 8500. The poster had "hands-on" experience and compares image quality with Quincunx on the GeForce3.|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/11/01 @ 11:31 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hot Hardware has reviewed the ELSA Gladiac 920 GeForce3. They were able to acheive some fairly strong overclocking results.|
|8500 Review Info - 10/11/01 @ 5:20 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Rage3D|
|This seems pretty odd...The boards have, according to ATI, been shipped (or started shipping), and still no official reviews. Anand from Anandtech made a post, indicating that it probably won't go out until early next week.|
|Xtasy Ti-500 Review - 10/11/01 @ 2:07 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I just noticed that Matt (3DGPU fame) has reviewed the an actual *shipping* Titanium. How does it fare? Well, I think you will like one thing...|
|Slow As A Mule - 10/11/01 @ 1:10 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I have no idea what's going on, but I've already seen a few posts in the forum, and I've been wondering the same thing myself.|
I'll fire off an email to Mike to find out what's going on...
HalcYoN: Well, the Xtasy Everything review is pretty heavy with pics. Also, the UGO server in Manhattan that we are hosted on may be getting choked by the Trade Center clean-up effort. No doubt, the pipes to the co-location will be up and down over the next couple of weeks.
|New NVIDIA Fansite - 10/11/01 @ 12:56 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source: M3DZone|
|Just checking the rounds before hopping in the shower. This looks pretty promising, especially for those of you that speak Dutch :)|
I cannot read a single bit of this website, but it might be of interest to some of you folks out there.
|Detonator Updates - 10/11/01 @ 12:29 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Blue's News|
|NVIDIA now has 21.83 Detonators for Win9X/ME, and WinXP/2K. They have also posted 64-bit XP drivers, version 20.20.|
Click the title link and pick your flavor to the left...
Typedef: hehe...Good thing I checked the existing newsposts first...I was just about to post it :)
Ben A little bit of info on the new drivers was kindly provided by Brian Burke.
|Gloria DCC Review - 10/11/01 @ 7:45 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|NVchips-fr has posted up a review of Elsa's Gloria DCC card based on NVIDIA's high-end graphics implementation of the GF3 core. Head on over there and see how it compares to the rest of the cards under various graphic design programs. BTW the review's in French.|
|Crystal Orb - 10/11/01 @ 7:43 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|GideonTech.com just finished taking a look at the new chipset cooler from ThermalTake, the Crystal Orb. Made of copper, this unit is poised to take over for the old champion, the Blue Orb.|
|Poseidon Info - 10/11/01 @ 7:41 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Got Apex? just had a nice chat with 3DPOWER and have some new info as well as the first pictures on the net of their new Water-cooler for their MORPHEUS Titanium ..the POSEIDON.|
|Bue ORB Review - 10/11/01 @ 7:14 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I don't know if this is considered a 'shameless plug'. Nah. Anyhow, I have finsihed up my review of the BLORB, used in conjunction with a VisionTek GeForce3.|
There are plenty of benchmarks to go along with this review, particularly those that focus on Image Quality. If you've been thinking about getting one...or, you're patiently awaiting that Radeon 8500 to arrive and thinking about cranking that thing to 300+ MHz, would a Thermaltake product cut the mustard?
Click on the link to find out...
|8500 vs. GeForce3 - 10/11/01 @ 4:05 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I took the liberty of comparing my system, to that of the one using the Radeon 8500 (see post below). Obviously, we've got different setups: he's got a lower FSB (133 vs. 100), my CPU has been underclocked to 933 Mhz vs. his 900 MHz., different OS, etc. But I think you can draw a few conclusions from the comparison...|
BTW, the GF3 is the orange color, while the 8500 is in red.
Typedef: This comparison was using my GF3 clocked @ 250/560
|NVIDIA Performance - 10/10/01 @ 11:09 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVIDIA has added MadOnion's performance analyser to their main page. It looks at your system configuration and then compares it's specs with the average of the database test results (located on MO's servers) from systems with those components in common.|
|VisionTek Everything - 10/10/01 @ 9:52 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: VisionTek|
|VisionTek decided to grace HalcYoN Laboratories with four of their latest video cards. The first review to come out of the Fall line-up is the VisonTek 5564 Everything which features the NVIDIA Personal Cinema.|
The VisionTek Everything should be the first bundling on retail shelves of the Personal Cinema, NVIDIA's only new offering this Fall.
Hope you guys enjoy this quick review introducing the VisionTek Everything and the Personal Cinema...
|8500 3DMark - 10/10/01 @ 8:49 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Some of you guys might be familiar with "NitroGL" from the ATI side-of-the-house. He has been one of the few with a final version of the 8500. He has posted @ Rage3D, leaving the URL to his 3DMark2001 score. Click on the link to hit it...|
He has an Athlon 900 MHz. system, and achieved a score of 5794 3DMarks....
|EN: EasyDisk 32MB - 10/10/01 @ 6:56 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Pssst, hey you, yeah you, do you have the micro film? The what? Do you have the micro film? If you even get that joke, then you are living in the past. If you don't get it, well it has to do with spy stuff, and at one time, a commercial for women's hygiene products, but let get back to the techie stuff shall we. I have in my possession something so much better than outdated micro film, better than a multitude of floppies. A wonderful little gadget that can store up to 32MB of data, music, pictures, you name it - if it's a computer file of some sort, it will hold it.|
|NVDA Press Release - 10/10/01 @ 9:50 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|NVIDIA has a press release announcing that their Qaudro2 Pro is being featured in IBM's line of workstations.|
|GeForce3 Reviews - 10/10/01 @ 7:01 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a couple of GeForce3 reviews to announce. First up is GamePC's review of Visiontek's GeForce Titanium series of Xtasyt graphics cards (GeForce2 Ti, GeForce3 Ti 200, and GeForce3 Ti 500). This is followed by a German review of the Asus V8200 Deluxe GeForce3 over at ToMMTi Systems.|
|Athlon XP Review - 10/10/01 @ 6:54 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Looks like AMD has a winner with their Athlon XP line of processors. For a few more opinions, head over over to CPU Review or SimHQ.|
I noticed that GamePC is already offering an Athlon XP barebones kit (#3) for $832. I've purchase from them in the past and while their price may be a bit high, their systems are top notch. I'm really tempted to get one :)
|Detonator Database - 10/09/01 @ 11:45 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweaker's Asylum has updated their Detonator Driver Database. Latest revs include 21.80, and 21.85 for Win9x/ME.|
|Price Guide Updates - 10/09/01 @ 11:42 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|This one time, in band camp...|
|EN: OCZ MT-500 case - 10/09/01 @ 11:25 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|In his first review, AshG, nV News forum moderator, publishes his review and experiences with an OCZ Implosion MT-500 mid-tower pre-modded case. Sporting 250 CFM of cooling performance, this case is a great start for overclocking and nVIDIOT zealots alike. The baby-brother of Jonathan's FT-1000 monster case, Ashley Glenn proves that small cases perform just as well. Head on over to your friendly neighborhood gadget site for some case lovin'.|
|Kyro II Review - 10/09/01 @ 10:58 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Planet Savage has just posted their review of the Inno3D Tornado 4500 Kyro II. It's one funky looking Kyro II because it sports a black PCB, a pretty cool looking heatsink and has 5ns Infineon memory slapped on the card. Well, more of the good stuff in the review.|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/09/01 @ 10:57 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Overclockers Online has written up their own little intro, so here goes:|
Today Overclockers Online has slammed the GeForce 3 from VisionTek on the testbench. With the new Ti cards on their way to the shelves, the "old" GeForce 3 might be a very good buy for little money. How did the card stack up in our torturing? Lets find out ...
|Asus Drivers - 10/09/01 @ 10:26 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|Asus has updated their flavour of drivers for their NVIDIA lineup of cards. These are based on the 14.10 Detonators.|
If you're feeling frisky and happen to own an Asus card, try some modifed drivers over at Technogarb which have put together a set of 21.85 drivers for Windows 2000 and XP. Give them a shot and let us know what you think by posting about your experiences in our forums.
|NVIDIA And AMD - 10/09/01 @ 10:14 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Max Reboot|
|Fuad over at The Inquirer has an interesting tidbit about a NVIDIA link with AMD well before the nForce.|
|More Press Releases - 10/09/01 @ 9:59 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|A variety of press releases from NVIDIA and ATI including the announcement of the Radeon 8500 for $299. More will be added as the day goes on.|
Typedef: Is it just me, or is the fact that *some* people may end up getting their 8500's well before the 1st official reviews are in just a little odd? I'm not sure I recall a launch in which very *little* is actually known about some of the critical features (IE FSAA) prior to it shipping.
|Athlon XP Announced - 10/09/01 @ 9:47 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|AMD has officially announced their XP line of Athlon processors and also announced plans for the True Performance Initiative.|
Reviews of the new Athlon XP have alreay popped up - amdmb.com, AMD Zone, AnandTech, ExtremeTech, OcPrices, The Tech Report, Vans Hardware, and Radeonic.
|Morning News Bits - 10/09/01 @ 5:58 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a few items to catch up on...|
|Unlocking Athlon XP - 10/09/01 @ 2:38 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: HardOCP|
|I have seen this one posted throughout forums, particularly those catering to AMD. THe Athlon XP has a slightly different layout of the L1 bridges, and the ole' pencil trick isn't going to get it done. A conductive pen is probably going to be the best route.|
Anyhow, this website has all the info needed to unlock that new Athlon XP.
BTW, has anybody noticed the overclockability of this CPU? Things are looking pretty spiffy over there @ AMD once again.
|AMD Tuesday - 10/09/01 @ 2:35 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Tomorrow is AMD day, as the Athlon XP is going to be available (well, certain outfits already began)...|
I would have to think that we'll see a slew of reviews tomorrow.
|CPU Experiments - 10/09/01 @ 2:32 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I was browsing Tom's Hardware, and noticed a new addition, complete with a DIVX download. What does he do? Well, he wanted to find out what would happen if you remove the HSF from an Intel P3, P4, and AMD Athlon system.|
You should definitely download this thing, as the video quality is excellent. Without giving away the winner/loser, 2 out of 4 systems failed...and failed hard. IE Up in smoke :) The 'other' 2 systems simply locked up, but spared the CPU/Chipset.
|GF2 MX400 Review - 10/09/01 @ 1:45 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|The Crazy Canucks over at Rolotech have posted a review of Gainward's CardExpert GeForce2MX400 "Golden Sample" /w TwinView. They browse over the special ability of these the card and test it under various conditions, but the 250/250 overclock is just astounding!!!|
|Titanium Editorial - 10/08/01 @ 9:33 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Josh Walrath over at Penstar Systems has written an editorial on NVIDIA's GeForce3 Titanium titled "The Truth about Ti - Marketing, Engineering, or Economics?" Here's a lengthy quote which sets up the remainder of the editorial quite nicely.|
|More Refresh Rates - 10/08/01 @ 8:51 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I've run across a couple new utilities that allow you to manage refresh rates under Windows XP and other Windows operating systems. The first is Entech's (Powerstrip) free program called MultiRes. Notice the all important "Lock refresh rates" checkbox in the About Multires window. By enabling this setting, all applications/games will run at the refresh rate that is set in the resolution/color depth pop-up menu to the right. |
From Entech's web site - MultiRes (90KB) is a small, free, 32-bit alternative to QuickRes, with refresh rate and multi-monitor support for up to nine display devices under Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/2000/XP. New in the latest version, amongst other things, is a proper setup program and an attempt at a universal, non-registry-based lock on refresh rates, that may appeal to gamers who are otherwise stuck at 60Hz.
A second program is UniTuner which I found out about today in our video cards forum.
|Visiontek Personal C. - 10/08/01 @ 5:25 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Visiotek's John Malley fired off an emaiil to correct what one of his co-workers relayed to a fellow NVIDIOT.|
HalcYoN: And a complete package it is. I should have my review of the Xtasy Everything posted VERY SOON!
|3D Power Memory - 10/08/01 @ 5:18 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|A quick update on about 3DPower's GeForce3 Ti 500 based card. Their PR stated that the card would be arriving with 3.6 ns RAM to improve overclocking speeds. Well, it seems times have changed as Juan, a 3DPower employee has released the reason why they won't be going for this more exotic memory timing anymore.|
Update: Here's another case of the he said/she said variety, this time from Brian at Absolute just correting the above statement, yet agreeing with it:
|BBUL Packaging - 10/08/01 @ 11:08 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Intel has developed a new semiconductor packaging referred to as BBUL or bumpless build-up layer. This new technoogy paves the way for faster processors from Intel.|
|Windows XP Review - 10/08/01 @ 10:58 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|GamePC takes a detailed look at Microsoft's latest and greatest operating system, Windows XP. The article covers the new GUI, product activation, and driver support, as well as the fun stuff like XP's new music, networking, and gaming features. They also run a suite of benchmarks of the final version of XP against Windows 2000, 98, and ME.|
|September 3D Digest - 10/08/01 @ 10:51 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has posted its September 2001 3Digest which consists of a monthly driver report and a comparison of 3D grpahics cards. This issue contains...|
|GF3 Ti 500 Preview - 10/08/01 @ 9:23 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Yet another GeForce3 Ti 500 preview, this time from the guys over at Tech Nation.|
|Motherboard Drivers - 10/08/01 @ 9:19 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Electic sends word of updated drivers for VIA and SiS:|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/07/01 @ 9:36 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|HardOCP takes a look at the Abit Siluro GeForce3.|
|Croteam On Truform - 10/07/01 @ 6:35 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Forum|
|We have a post in the forum quoting the Croteam guys on the implementation, rather easy BTW, of Truform in Serious Sam. While the character models look good, there are some issues with the weapons baloonning and textures warping.|
While they mention immature ATI Trufrom extensions, the image quality issues are due to Croteam's methods of building the weapon models.
One thing we know for sure is that Trufrom support will improve...
|Attack Started - 10/07/01 @ 3:01 pm - By: KyleM - Source:|
|Well, the "stuff" has hit the fan. I think its going to get worse from here on in: civil war's, more countries getting pulled in, etc. I just hope that the US, and all those involved, have the resolve to see this through to a meaningfull end.|
|EN: OCZ Implosion - 10/07/01 @ 1:41 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|The recent case-mod craze has seen the likes of all types of creative expressions steaming from the creative conscience of the hardcore gamer. Expressed by ranting about owning the coolest/shiniest/brightest case at the next LAN party, or just merely standing quietly next to the roaring behemoth gleaming like a mad scientist. Many are simple blowhole or window type mods to improve the cooling or aesthetics of the case. |
But once in a while, a truly extreme mod must be tamed by hardware review sites. Read up on Jonathan Martini's OCZ Implosion FT-1000 Case review on Envy News.
|Driver Comparison - 10/07/01 @ 11:27 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Warp2Search has a very quick comparison between the 20.80's, 21.81's and 21.85's under 3DMark2001 and NBench.|
HalcYoN: Jonathan is on top of his game today. News hog...
|3D Chipset - 10/07/01 @ 11:21 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Afetr a couple email exchanges with EFA11 previously from Gamers-Ammo, he revealed to me that 3D Chipset and his site would merge to provide gamers with a place to download any video card related files as well as 3D Chipset's flavour of news.|
As a gift to their readers, they've provided the 20.80 drivers that were used for the GF3 reviews against the previews of ATI's Radeon 8500.
|DXTC-Plugin Update - 10/07/01 @ 11:10 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|NVIDIA has once agan updated the DXTC texture compression update that allows artists to open and save .dds files in Photoshop. This update adds support for cube maps and image mode textures.|
|P4X266 Shootout - 10/07/01 @ 9:51 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Acid Hardware has posted a comparison of two motherboards featuring the VIA chipset for the Pentium4, the P4X266. The contestants are not exactly household names, ACorp and Shuttle, but they are trying to get into the tweaker's market.|
The test system included an Absolute Morpheus GeForce3, reviewed here.
|Gainward Ti 500 Pics - 10/07/01 @ 9:37 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hardsalon.com has some pictures of the Gainward Ti 500 card. It seems Gainward is fond of the red color scheme.|
|Serious Sam Truform - 10/07/01 @ 3:06 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|First of all...This baby is a little big, as it weighs in @ 500K. So, if you're bandwidth impaired, you've been warned :)|
Anyhow, I spotted a user who snapped up 2 images, so I thought it would be kinda interesting to make an animated GIF out of it. The colors have been reduced to lower the overall size of the file...
As I mentioned in the forum, if they could just prevent the guns from ballooning, it would look much better. It almost looks like somebody attached a pump/hose to the guns, and slapped about 500 p.s.i into them. The effect on the characters is excellent...But the balloon effect really does make you chuckle...hehe
|Good Job nV - 10/07/01 @ 1:06 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
Please excuse the gamma, but the important thing is the lack of fog banding.
A lot of people were all over nVidia when the XP drivers were released, particularly with the severe banding that took place in 3DMark2001. Some claimed that they simply sacrificed Image Quality for speed, which explained the large increase in performance.
If only some of these people actually did software for a living. Even nVidia is prone to bugs, and it looks like this was one. It really did amaze me, given the fact that nobody else seemed to be able to reproduce severe degraded image quality.
Anyhow, if nVidia is susceptible to criticism in this regard, they certainly can also receive a pat on the back when they fix those bugs. Good Job.
Update: I brightened it up a little bit. I hope it doesn't quite have that black-rectangle look now :)
|Ti 200 Overclocking - 10/06/01 @ 11:34 pm - By: MikeC - Source: nV News Forum|
|Not from me this time, but from justjohn who took the plunge and purchased a GeForce3 Ti 200. The default speeds of the Ti 200 are 175MHz for the GPU and 400MHz for the memory. How high did justjohn's make it? While it may not be earth shattering, it does confirm the speeds I've been able to reach from a reference card. Click on the headline for details.|
MikeC: It's refreshing to see a forum post like this one. I've pretty much had enough of the my card is better than your card posts.
|3D Chipset Back - 10/06/01 @ 10:13 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|3D Chipset is back online sporting an updated design as well as announcing a merger with Gamers Ammo.|
|21.85 Detonators - 10/06/01 @ 9:41 pm - By: MikeC - Source: 3D GPU|
|Beta version 21.85 of the Detonator XP drivers have been leaked. This is a good thing since you wouldn't have been able to install a GeForce3 Titanium due to an unknown device id. Grab the Windows 9x driver here and the Windows 2000/XP driver here. These drivers also bring back smoke trails (game 1) and better quality fog (game 2) in 3DMark2001.|
Update: A couple mirrors:
|WinXP Benchmarks - 10/06/01 @ 9:04 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Here are a few benchmarks I put together comparing performance of the GeForce3 Ti 200 on Windows 98 and Windows XP. The results are from the standard Quake 3 high quality settings and the default 3DMark2001 settings on a 1.05GHz Pentium 3.|
GeForce3 Ti 200 - Windows 98 vs XP Performance
Pretty close, eh?
HalcYoN: The one thing I will add about XP performance is that even on my relatively slow Celeron2 at 850 workstation, it loads quicly and RIPS around the web with very fast download speeds. It has given this older system new life.
|Texas Fight - 10/06/01 @ 3:04 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|The Red River Shoot-Out is a little over an hour from kick-off. This year's Texas-OU game has special significance with both teams in the top five both working towards the National Championship. I have a couple of cold beers ready to go, courtesy of Sierra Nevada, and a batch of chili on the stove for Frito pies, courtesy the wife-product.|
It should be an outstanding game, but I would not mind it a bit if the Horns track-meet the Sooners, heh.
Update: Ugh, I have never been more frustrated waching a football game. Missed oppurtunities and two BIG mistakes took the Longhorns out of the game.
|Titanium & Linux - 10/06/01 @ 2:37 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks over at Evil3D have posted a few Quake 3 benchmarks from the VisionTek line of Titanium GeForce3 graphics cards running on Linux.|
|WinXP Up & Running - 10/06/01 @ 2:10 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Thanks to those of you who sent in comments on installing Windows XP as part of a dual-boot configuration. Since my C drive was already partitioned into two logical drives, I installed XP on the second logical drive.|
A couple of quick observations. Windows XP boots up in about 30 seconds on my system while Windows 98 takes about 80 seconds. The GUI looks interesting and it will be a matter of time before I become comfortable with it.
Unfortunately, I've been limited to a 60Hz refresh rate in the few games I tested. This really pissed me off. While Quake 3 has a command to set the refresh rate (r_display_refresh), most games don't have such a feature.
So I manually edited the driver initialization file (nv4_disp.inf) by doing a mass change of the text string "60 70 72 75" to "75 ", and reinstalled the drivers.
HalcYoN: I am installing Windows XP on my workstation today. If you recall, the workstation was dessimated by a virus about two months ago, but I have not had time to take on restoring it. It's painful to type format c: /s. Update in a bit...
MikeC: I give up. Powerstrip does what I need and much more.
|Leadtek Titaniums - 10/06/01 @ 2:09 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Clubic has a bunch of news about Leadtek's upcomming Titanium lineup of cards.|
|14.10 Abit Drivers - 10/06/01 @ 1:28 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Abit has released some new drivers for their Siluro GeForce series of cards based on the 14.10 Detonators.|
|YPM: La' Rounders - 10/06/01 @ 12:23 pm - By: MitchF - Source: gossip|
|What's next for the Third Installment of Lian Li and the Project of Doom? Why our hero dives deep inside for fun and games in the one called La' Rounders. |
Mmmmmmmmm, Auto Parts.
|Thank you Barry :) - 10/06/01 @ 1:44 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Barry Bonds has done it baby...Let's give the man some props, eh? Yeah, that includes Pittsburgh fans too :)|
I have been a huge baseball card collector since I was a kid, and I have sitting right here 12 Barry Bonds Rookie cards...In mint condition...Thanks Barry.
He now has 72, and they're still in the 5th inning.
|Madden 2002 Pic - 10/05/01 @ 10:12 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|In a preview of this Sunday's NFL game, I see Corey Dillon of the Cincinnati Bengals running rampant against the Pittsburgh Steeler defense. Here's a snapshot of Corey in action.|
Heh, I've been playing Madden NFL 2002 on the PC this evening. And I'm a huge Bengals fan.
|EN: Hitachi CM828 - 10/05/01 @ 8:39 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|During my E-mails back and forth with the contact from Hitachi "Jules", I had made a comment somewhere along the lines of..."The CM828 is a 21" monitor? I think I am either going to have to buy a new desk or a saw". So when the 'better half' phoned me at work to say that I can stop sulking around like a kid, the monitor I had been waiting forever had arrived", I called my buddy to see if I could borrow his circular saw. Did I need it? Read on.|
|ATI 8500 Review - 10/05/01 @ 7:02 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Forum|
|Chip Online has posted a quick take review of the ATI Radeon 8500. The one-pager includes comparison numbers to the Ti 500, which is a good thing for me because the review is written in German.|
Use a translator...
HalcYoN: 3D Mark 2001 goes to the 8500, Quake3 goes to the Ti 500.
MikeC: Couple of questions? If other web sites report similar results, will NVIDIA drop the price of the GeForce3 Ti 500? How will the Radeon 8500 perform under other operating systems? For those who are curious, the breakdown of operating systems used by our visitors this month consist of - 26% used Windows 2000, 26% used Windows 98, 16% used Windows XP, 16% used Windows ME, and 7% used Windows NT. Windows 95, Linux, and Mac OS combined made up 2%.
|EN: Flash Memory - 10/05/01 @ 5:54 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|To round out the flow of information from Envy News, we've decided to create a new section to the site, The Guides. Here, we'll be posting how-to's and tweak guides for many different types of hardware. |
Today, an eon has passed in computer terms, and the battlefield has changed the face of RAM, especially in the consumer handheld and digital camera market. What was integrated DRAM in cameras is now hot-swappable, low-power, and high-speed Flash memory modules. However, the war still wages and no real winner has been declared.
|Serious Sam Patch - 10/05/01 @ 2:50 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Voodoo Extreme|
|Croteam has released the third patch for Serious Sam bringing it up to version 1.04. Radeon 8500 owners will surely dig that models will support ATI's new TruForm technology :)|
|8500 Versus Ti 500 - 10/05/01 @ 8:39 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hardsalon.com has what I think are the first "official" benchmark runs of the Radeon 8500 versus the Ti 500 using 3D Mark 2001. The Ti 200, GeForce2 Ti, and GeForce2 Pro are thrown in for good measure. The numbers were supplied by an undisclosed Taiwanese video card manufacturer.|
The 8500 paces well at lower resolution but the Ti 500 catches up and surpasses at higher res. That is the opposite of what I expected as many have been theorizing the ATI would have superior memory bandwidth lending to better high res results. Win2K was NVIDIA all the way. Perhaps it is ATI's traditional pitfall of driver support versus Detonator4's maturity.
The Radeon 8500 is FOR REAL. Ding Ding.
MikeC: Damn, where are the Quake 3 benchmarks!
|GeForce3 Ti 200 - 10/05/01 @ 6:04 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The Firing Squad takes a look at the GeForce3 Ti 200 and GeForce2 Ti. As expected, you'll find tons of benchmarks, and they also have Windows 98 vs XP and CPU scaling comparisons. I suppose they're saving the overclocking results for another atricle.|
We know, we know :)
|Personal Cinema - 10/05/01 @ 12:09 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Arnie, a fellow NVIDIOT quite interested in NVIDIA's upcoming Personal Cinema posed some questions about it that I couldn't answer. So he went digging on his own and a NVIDIA rep stated that only Visiontek and CompPro (???) would be selling them. Here's what a Visiontek PR person stated:|
HalcYoN: Stay tuned, I'll have a whole lot more info on the Personal Cinema very soon. ;)
|GeForce3 Reviews - 10/05/01 @ 12:00 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Riva Station|
|Buttloads of nVidia reviews (I still like that method of spelling it...)|
|15.50 Detonators - 10/04/01 @ 11:53 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|I believe Icrontic has modified the recently released Elsa 15.50 drivers to support all NVIDIA video cards. I haven't tested these and probably won't be...|
|Elsa 15.50 Drivers - 10/04/01 @ 11:51 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|There are some new drivers out for Elsa owners who have videocards based on nVidia chipsets. These drivers are based on the Detonator drivers 15.50.|
|Shadow Map in GF3 - 10/04/01 @ 11:49 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Matt received an interesting email about one of the "new" features in the Ti series of cards, Shadow Mapping. As a couple Ti 500 reviews have reported, these were available to GF3 owners in the DetXP drivers, yet there's proof that it's been available before the launch of the DetXp's.|
|Updated NVmax - 10/04/01 @ 11:45 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|AS's got a new version of NVmax. 3.00.70 features Overlay color control and zoom as well as an Auto driver updater. AC adds that the software is almost to the stage where it can be considered non-beta.|
Update: I just downloaded this, and for some reason it's numbered 3.00.71b, even though AC's heading states it's .70.
|Radeon 8500 Info - 10/04/01 @ 10:46 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Rage3D|
|Was browsing around, and found a new thread @ Rage3D. There are 2 links, one of which I used for the headline. |
As most know, Anand from Anantech clearly stated, in his Titanium review, that the 8500 should be reviewed real soon. Here's what he has to say.
In a different thread @ Anandtech, he also said...
|Leadtek Overclocking - 10/04/01 @ 9:48 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: NV Max|
|VR Zone got a hold of one of the new Leadtek Winfast GeForce3 TDH. I think the results speak for themselves.|
Click the title link to check out the new cooling system and for evidence of the 3D Mark 2K1 benchmark.
|A Couple Articles - 10/04/01 @ 9:11 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Was getting ready to wrap things up, but I received a few items in the Inbox which you may be interested in reading. First we have a commentary on the online hardware/gaming community over at Tuplay. The article covers sites shutting down, losing staff, and provides some predictions/suggestions for the future. This really hits home as UGO announced a substantial layoff yesterday. nV News might be impacted since most of the layoffs were from their technical web hosting services. We'll keep you posted as we should know more within the coming weeks.|
The other article is a review of Microsoft's upcoming Plus! Pack for Windows XP over at Icrontic. I have a copy of Windows XP Professional, but I've been holding off installing it since I'm trying to gather information on how to go about setting up a dual-boot system. Any info you have would be appreciated. Email me here. Thanks.
|Ti 200 Overclocking - 10/04/01 @ 8:32 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|This GeForce3 Ti 200 keeps getting better all the time. In a word, it has the potential to surpass the performance of a GeForce3 running at stock speeds. Here are my overclocking results as I was able to easily hit a speed of 220MHz/460MHz (175MHz/400MHz are the default core and memory speeds of the GeForce3 Ti 200). Again, these results are from the standard Quake 3 high quality settings on a 1.05GHz Pentium 3. The same configuration was used as documented in the preview.|
Demo FOUR - Setting 1
I might have even been able to take both the core and memory higher as I experienced no problems whatsoever at these overclocked speeds. Schweet!
Update: I had the case opened since I've been swapping cards quite often lately and have been too lazy to put the cover back on. I also have a two fan card cooler which is positioned adjacent the graphics card. One of the fans circulates air directly over the memory modules. Final tests will be conducted with the case closed however.
|nV News Sponsor - 10/04/01 @ 7:14 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I wanted to take the time and introduce you folks to our newest sponsor - Amazon International. Brian Robinson and his crew do a bang up job and they have close ties with Elsa (Gladiac line of graphics cards) along with other prominent hardware manufacturers.|
Our European visitors might want to give them a visit every now and then. Brian also sends word that the Elsa GeForce3 Titaniums are going like hotcakes as they are close to selling their entire first shipment of cards from Elsa.
|Aquanox Is Gold - 10/04/01 @ 5:02 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Voodoo Extreme|
|It's a done deal. Aquanox, one of the more promising DX8 titles, has gone gold today.|
|nForce Preview - 10/04/01 @ 8:38 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Noticias3D has posted a preview of the soon-to-be-available nForce motherboard chipset. You will need a translator like this one if you are Spanish impaired.|
|Random News Brief - 10/04/01 @ 7:11 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Here are a few items of interest...|
|Tweak That GF3 - 10/04/01 @ 12:03 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|The Inquirer has small article up that describes how NVIDIA was able to squeeze extra performance from the GF3 core for Ti cards. As with the TNT2 Ultra and GF2 Ultra, this is just a card with higher core and memory speeds.|
Head on over there for the rest of the article.
|Water-Cooled GF3 Ti - 10/03/01 @ 11:58 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: 3DGPU|
|Ross over at Riva3D has some more info about 3DPower's water-cooled GeForce3 Ti 500 card:|
|Prolink Titaniums - 10/03/01 @ 9:17 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Grace Tseng from Prolink Microsystems in Taiwan sent in these box shots of their PixelView Titanium cards.|
PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200
Click on the headline to check out their web site, or on the images for a full size view.
JonathanM Update: The links have been updated so the bigger pictures aren't erroneous anymore. Mike must have pretty tired... Heh
|GeForce3 Review - 10/03/01 @ 7:59 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweaktown has reviewed the Prolink XX-Player GeForce3. I guess the XXX is top of the line. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)|
HalcYoN: Doh. Double post, but I am leaving mine up because I think my joke is funny, heh.
|VisionTek On Shelves - 10/03/01 @ 7:56 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Just received word from VisionTek's PR reps that the Xtasy line of Ti based video cards should start showing up on shelves very soon if not already.|
Here is a rundown of the MSRPs...
|Hardware Auction - 10/03/01 @ 7:46 pm - By: KyleM - Source:|
|The kind folks at Hypothermia are holding a silent action to benefit the New York disaster relief effort. There are even some autographed Asia Carrera DVD's and poster's! SIGN ME UP! Go over and make a difference!|
|Budget Comparison - 10/03/01 @ 6:31 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|t-break has posted a "budget" video card roundup. The contestants are GF2 MX200, Kyro and the new SiS 315.|
|MSI GF3 Review - 10/03/01 @ 6:28 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Viper's Lair has posted a review of MSI's StarForce 822 GeForce 3 which features MSI's new an improved memory heatsinks (compared to none on the original, that quite a big step!)|
|GeForce3 Review - 10/03/01 @ 5:40 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|TweakTown has just posted a review of the Prolink XX-Player GeForce3. Here's a snip:|
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 10/03/01 @ 1:19 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The French 3D site Puces 3D has completed a review of the GeForce2 Ti. They compare performance to a GeForce2 Pro, a GeForce3, and the GeForce2Ti overclocked to 280MHz/470MHz.|
|Titanium Pricing - 10/03/01 @ 1:00 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Thanks to Daniel for sending word that Sparco already has the VisionTek Titanium cards listed on their web site.|
|SOF2 Preview - 10/03/01 @ 12:11 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Voodoo Extreme|
|SimHQ has posted a preview of the Quake 3 engine based game Soldier of Fortune 2. The preview also contains relevant quote from Raven's Kenn Hoekstra such as this one from the next iteration of the GHOUL system.|
|Radeon 8500 Ships - 10/03/01 @ 11:34 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Rage3D|
|ATI has released their earnings statement today. The headline link will get you the PDF file. But to cut to the chase, here's the important part.|
The final reviews should be out any day now.
|Intel CPU Roadmap - 10/03/01 @ 10:12 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The Register has posted information on Intel's desktop roadmap up to the 3rd quarter of 2002. There's also a listing of the next round of price cuts which are scheduled for the end of this October.|
|Titanium 200 Price - 10/03/01 @ 7:22 am - By: MikeC - Source: Pricewatch|
|I checked Pricewatch this morning by searching on the GeForce3 Titanium 200 and noticed the lowest price had dropped from $239 to $229. Still a ways to go before vendors hit the $199 price as suggested by NVIDIA, but it looks like the ball is beginning to roll.|
|Visiontek Boxes - 10/03/01 @ 12:25 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVmax has posted three pics of Visiontek's boxes for their Titanium line-up, which according to NVmax are already available in certain Best Buys. (GF2 Ti's and GF3 Ti200's with Ti500's in the next couple days. link.|
|Ali AGP Driver - 10/03/01 @ 12:09 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Electic sends word of an updated AGP driver for motherboards using their chipsets.|
While on the topic of mobo chips, Icrontic is hosting the latest version of High-Point Techs HPT370 ATA/100 chipset which now includes support for WinXP.
|Titanium Previews - 10/03/01 @ 12:07 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Yet another late comer to the GeForce3 Titanium fest that the past two days have been. Click the subject for Gamespot's input.|
Digit-Life has also posted their preview. Here's a bit on Windows XP.
|Price Guide Updates - 10/02/01 @ 9:47 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|You ever get a feeling of Deja Vu? You ever get a feeling of Deja Vu?|
|Ti 200 Performance - 10/02/01 @ 6:20 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I received a GeForce3 Ti 200 from NVIDIA this afternoon and will be updating our preview with performance results from it as well as the GeForce2 Ti. I wanted to show you how it stacks up against the rest of the cards used in the preview. These results are from the standard Quake 3 high quality settings on a 1.05GHz Pentium 3. The same configuration was used as documented in the preview.|
Demo FOUR - Setting 1
As I mentioned in the conclusion of the preview, I stated the GeForce3 Ti 200 could become the dark horse product for NVIDIA this fall. With a new price point of $199, the GeForce3 Ti 200 performance is incredible and pretty much blows the GeForce2 Ultra out of the water at 1280x1024 (92.9fps vs 120.1fps) and 1600x1200 (65.1fps vs 94.0fps). It comes close to matching the performance of the GeForce3 (within 4% at 1024x768, 9% at 1280x1024, and 14% at 1600x1200).
Update: A note on pricing. I was notified late Sunday evening that the new price point of the GeForce3 Ti 200 was adjusted to $199. It may take a few days for vendors to adjust their prices accordingly (assuming they do so).
KyleM: I think that the Ti 200 is going to fall into the perfect price/preformance category to make it a real winner. This might change after we see some finnal numbers on ATI's hardware. Regardless I think the Ti 200 will be a real winner.
|MSI Titaniums - 10/02/01 @ 3:57 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Clubic has a slew of info about MSI's upcomming wave of Titanium based cards. They have a quick description of 7 different cards that MSI will be producing in the near future.|
It's in French, but there's nothing to decipher except lunettes 3D, which are 3D glasses.
|Leadtek Titanium - 10/02/01 @ 3:55 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|VR-Zone has some news about Leadtek's Ti cards. I had the pleasure to test the GF3 TDH, but unfortunately, their high-end Ti 500 card doesn't support the hardware monitoring function (which is quite neat), but it does have a TV and DVI-out. The Ti 200 (which is the card getting most of the praise on various boards and sites) will be featuring the hardware monitoring feature as well as Tv-out and DVI-out. Even though it's quite early, this seems to be one Ti 200 based card that must be considered by anyone looking to purchase a new video card.|
Update: Seems I jumped the gun a bit too early. Leadtek will making a TDH variant of their Ti 500 based card. Check out their PR for all the details on six cards that they'll be manufacturing.
|Titanium Preview - 10/02/01 @ 9:17 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Loyd Case over at ExtremeTech has put together an article on the GeForce3 Titanium. The article takes a look at the technology behind the GeForce3 and contains a variety of performance testing on high-end CPUs from AMD and Intel.|
|New NVmax Soon - 10/02/01 @ 7:48 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Has AC been hard at work since beginning University? Apparently not as he's been updating NVmax and his website like crazy. His site's update is almost complete, but most of the work has happened below the hood, which explains the similar look. He has a couple details about the latest NVmax happenings:|
|OCZ Titan3 Review - 10/02/01 @ 7:45 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|AC over at NVmax tests the "review writing" waters by posting his review of the OCZ Titan 3 GeForce3 that he's had in his system for the past couple of months.|
Tristan has also reviewed OCZ's Dominator heatsink.
|eVGA Ti Article - 10/02/01 @ 7:40 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|eVGA has put together a page about the Titanium series of graphics cards. Be sure to participate in their poll, as they seem to be gearing up to provide a similar pre-order program as the Step-Up program which I described in my e-GeForce3 review. If you're looking to pick up any one of these cards, be sure to stay tuned for that excellent offer.|
|Prolink Titaniums - 10/02/01 @ 7:36 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVchips-fr has some box shots of the upcoming Titanium based graphics cards from Prolink.|
|October Calendar - 10/02/01 @ 7:35 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Borsti over at Riva Station has once again updated the Riva Station calendar. This month's pin-up is the Asus V8200 Deluxe. Great picture...|
|Poll Results - 10/01/01 @ 9:12 pm - By: DaveW - Source: N/A|
|The last poll asked "How is your graphics card cooled?". 3124 people voted:|
59.0% - With whatever heatsink / fan it came with.
The new poll is about the new ATI card, you can vote now.
|Morpheus Ti 500 - 10/01/01 @ 9:02 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Absolute is also launching a GeForce3 Ti 500 based version of the Morpheus.|
You can read the full press release by downloading the .pdf here. The press release includes a little more information on the Poseidon water-cooling system.
|VisionTek Xtasy - 10/01/01 @ 8:44 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: VisionTek|
|Here is the latest press release from VisionTek. The PR guys (and gals) have decided to inform the public on the new line of graphics accelerators from VisionTek featuring the Titanium series GPUs from NVIDIA.|
Click the title link to read the rest...
|First Impressions - 10/01/01 @ 7:28 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|While my Ti 500 preview is being looked at by my TechExtreme editor I'd thought I'd give a little preview of my preview.|
|More Ti Reviews - 10/01/01 @ 6:32 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Got a few more GeForce3 Titanium reviews to let you folks know about as NVIDIA let quite a few folks in on the action - GamePC, EuroGamer, Penstar Systems, Riva Station, and X-bit labs.|
|MSI Titanium Info - 10/01/01 @ 3:40 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Riva Station has some info about MSI's Titanium series cards:|
|Hercules Titanium - 10/01/01 @ 1:56 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Hercules has issued a press release announcing the new 3D Prophet Titanium Family of graphics accelerators. More information, including pricing and availability, on the 3D Prophet III Titanium 500, 3D Prophet III Titanium 200, and 3D Prophet II Titanium is available at their European web site.|
JonathanM: Check out the pics here. They make a nice wallpaper. ;)
|Elsa Titanium Info - 10/01/01 @ 1:47 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Amazon International has information on the availability of Elsa's Titanium series based products as well as pricing for our British pals.|
The German web site Media Xplosion has a preview of the GeForce3 Ti 200 based Elsa Gladiac 721.
JonathanM: Isn't it funny? I could have sworn that the previous paragraph about Media Xplosion's preview wasn't there when I wrote this post, especially since I would seem to be double posting myself. ;)
Brian from Amazon International has sent a huge box shot of Elsa's Gladiac 921DVI.
Here's another for those interested in the Gladiac 721 TV-Out. Thanks Brian!
|Asus Ti Card Pics - 10/01/01 @ 12:18 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Clubic|
|Yesterday, we had the boxes, now PCPOP has posted some pics of each of the Asus Titanium series cards. The shots demonstrate that Asus will continue with their Black/Gold color combo as well as offering a plethora of various types of outputs which I can only begin to speculte (besides the VGA and TV-out).|
|Detonator XP Info - 10/01/01 @ 12:01 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Matt over at 3DGPU has posted a couple of comments about the latest 21.85 Detonator XP drivers.|
|Game Spotlight - 10/01/01 @ 11:57 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVIDIA has also updated their Game Spotlight section. This time they examine EA Sports' Madden 2002.|
|Ti Press Releases - 10/01/01 @ 11:54 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|A couple press releases today from NVIDIA.|
|Tom Does Titanium - 10/01/01 @ 10:59 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Do you get get the feeling that some of the folks that review graphics cards just benchmark them without ever actually using them in real-life gameplay using various settings? I got a chuckle when Tom's Hardware stated that the "GeForce3 Ti500 is still offering more performance than anybody needs right now."|
Click on the headline for their preview.
|GF3 Ti 500 Previews - 10/01/01 @ 9:50 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NDA's expired here are the first previews that have popped up, besides our own.|
|Inno3D & Titanium - 10/01/01 @ 9:43 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Boris from Rage3D sens word that Inoo3D has posted a press release about the GeForce3 Titanium family of graphics adapters.|
|RivaTuner V2.0 RC7 - 10/01/01 @ 9:39 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|The Guru of 3D just finished updating the latest version of RivaTuner.What's new ..|
|GF3 Ti 500 Preview - 10/01/01 @ 9:38 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|It's glad to be back among the living again as I've completed our preview of the GeForce3 Ti 500. I had a variety of personal obstacles to overcome during the course of working on the preview, and am glad it's almost done (I'm expecting to receive a GeForce3 Ti 200 this week). Unfortunately, the GeForce3 Ti 500 is basically an overclocked GeForce3, but the good news for consumers is that I think NVIDIA will be engaged in a price war with ATI this holiday season. As of late last night, I received word from NVIDIA that the following are the new suggested price points for their 2001 fall lineup of new products:|
A big thanks goes out to the rest of the crew at nV News got keeping things going during my absence. Click here to check out our GeForce3 Titanium 500 preview.
Typedef: Good job Mike. One thing that was good to hear was updated XP drivers fixing the fog/smoke in 3DMark2001.
|MX 400 Review - 10/01/01 @ 8:57 am - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Via Hardware takes a rip at the MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S MS-8833. Red is good.|
Isn't that what it is really all about?
|Water-Cooled GF3 - 10/01/01 @ 8:54 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Absolute Poseidon is coming. It will feature radically lowered temperatures even though there is not a radiator in the loop. More details as we get them, but the cooling kit could be sold on as an add-on.|
JonathanM: Here's some more info about it: