|EN: Nostromo n50 - 12/31/01 @ 8:58 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Yes, buried above is in fact what we're reviewing here, the Belkin Nostromo n50 SpeedPad. At first glance, the packaging combined with the name and the device's design will make you perform a 'double-take'. In a bold move by Belkin Components, they've decided to enter the lucrative market of computer game and console accessories. Bright packaging, black-colored plastics, sexy industrial design, and best of all, an affordable sticker price - all add to a very noticeable product on a store shelf.|
|Titanium Shootout - 12/31/01 @ 6:22 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The German web site Media Xplosion is ending the year with a GeForce Titanium shootout. The GeForce2 Ti and GeForce3 Ti 500 from Asus and the GeForce3 Ti 200 from Hercules are put to the test.|
|RTCW Clan Forming? - 12/31/01 @ 1:26 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I remember when a few of used to get together and play Quake 3 Arena. One of our Linux moderators, fdiv_bug, is thinking about forming a RTCW clan. As soon as I get the game, you can count me in guys. I know Brian is addicted to RTCW (that's why he hasn't been working on his reviews lately...heh.) Anyone else who's interested, click on the headline.|
MikeC: I was a member of a Quake clan for almost two years. In order for a clan to succeed, it must have a leader, be organized, have dedicated members and of course a good server. We also practiced as a clan every Sunday night.
|Second Encounter - 12/31/01 @ 10:52 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Planet savage has their preview of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, based on a downloadable demo, up for your viewing pleasure. They include screenshots and info on new power-ups, weapons and enemies.|
|Z-560 Impressions - 12/31/01 @ 10:01 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I picked up the Logitech Z-560 4.1 speaker system from CompUSA yesterday. While I was checking out, I ran across fellow NVIDIOT James Silcox who told me that he was contemplating getting an ATI All-in-Wonder. I immediately slapped him upside the head and he proceeded to buy VisionTek's Xtasy Everything :) |
After spending the past few days on various message boards, my main concern with the Z-560's was the excessive amount of bass that the sub-woofer generates. Just check out the heatsink on the back of it.
I read one of the better reviews of the speaker system over at Extreme Tech which recommended keeping the subwoofer out in the open (or not exclosed against a wall or desk). In my case it worked out great.
The subwoofer is 18 inches from me and is situated in the left corner of the room. It sits on the lower shelf of an end-table which is 4 inches above the floor. With 12 inches of clearance between the two surrounding walls and the subwoofer, it has some breathing room.
The amount of bass can be managed with the control module, which is the unit standing on the desk, as well as in the advanced audio properties (SB Live). I'm not an audio junkie, but the system sounded great playing back my collection of MP3s. As for gaming, I only had a chance to test Quake 3 where the bass was more prevalent. It was a new experience however, and the rocket launcher will definitely make the floor shake :)
I would recommend the Logitech Z-560's for those of you contemplating a 4.1 speaker setup. And yes, they are quite loud. I've only been able to get away with the volume at the half-way point before my wife complained...heh. That's why I also bought the Koss KSC-50 earphones for $12 at Circuit City.
MikeC: Yea, I'm going to hire an interior decorator. Some new furniture and curtains would be nice.
HalcYoN: Make like Bob Vila and put up some track-lighting. That was Bob's answer for everything.
MikeC: Unfortunatly, I haven't been able to get the nForce's ACR, which provides rear and center speaker support, to work. I'll be getting on the batphone with NVIDIA next week.
|nForce MCP Article - 12/31/01 @ 9:24 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life takes a looks at the networking and audio features of the nForce Media Communications Processor. The article also contains a question and answer session with Luciano Alibrandi from NVIDIA's European branch.|
|GF Tweak Utility - 12/30/01 @ 6:41 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|There's a new version 3.2t11 Beta of the GeForce Tweak Utility available. It has a ton of tricks for tweaking your NVIDIA cards with. It's priced just right too, at $0. You've gotta love freeware programs. |
I hope that everyone had a good Christmas. I gave an X-Box to my niece and nephew this Christmas. I can verify that the X-Box is a geat game counsol, and that Halo is a top notch game. Microsoft and NVIDIA really produced a heavy-weight gaming platform. It's definitely a good buy for the money. Two kids who had brainwashed my niece and nephew into thinking that the X-Box sucked ompared to the PlayStation2, got to play a few games on the X-Box and said that they liked it better than their PlayStation 2 after trying it.
Anyway, I'm glad to be back home. The news usually grinds to a halt at this point every year. I'll try to keep you informed of any important news that may show up. Click on the headline of this post to go to where you can grab the GTU Beta program.
|BitBoys Info - 12/30/01 @ 1:58 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Beyond3D|
|Update: It seems that this site thought it would be a really big goof. Here's another post on the front of the website.|
"Como muchos ya sabéis u os imaginais, la anterior noticia era nuestra Inocentada para el 28 de Diciembre. Pedimos disculpas a los ilusionados con el tema, no era nuestra intención molestar a nadie. Bien, esperemos que la noticia que publicamos hace algunos días, que sí era cierta, nos permita disponer de una muestra de la tarjeta en breves meses "
Which, by my own quick/dirty translation:
As many already know, the previous post was our "Inocentada" for the 28th of December. We apologize, as it was not meant to hurt/bother anybody. (this is, by all accounts, similar to our April Fools Day)
Ben: Hehe . Happens to the best of us. Hopefully, everyone has a good New Year's holiday. I'll be back the day after...
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 12/30/01 @ 12:56 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Blue's News|
|Source Magazine has posted a review of the VisionTek Xtasy 6964 GeForce3 Ti 500.|
It is a pretty quick review with just a few benchmarks.
|Titanium Review - 12/30/01 @ 12:11 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hartware.net examines GeForce2/3 Titanium Performance. The review is in German, but here is a summary.|
You can give an online translator a shot here.
|WinFast Titaniums - 12/30/01 @ 12:06 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Dark Crow has reviewed the Leadtek WinFast Titanium line-up. The review is not in English but there are so many great screenshots and pics of the cards, you should spend some time browsing.|
|NVIDIA Hacked - 12/30/01 @ 8:29 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Just found a press release announcing that NVIDIA had been hacked. Evidently Dutch teenagers hacked into NVIDIA's network and were impersonating NVIDIA and Microsoft employees in e-mails to obtain proprietary intellectual property.|
|GeForce3 & Linux - 12/30/01 @ 7:27 am - By: MikeC - Source: nV Max|
|Nicholas Petreley of LinuxWorld has written an article in response to reader feedback from a previous article on installing the GeForce3 under Linux. There are also tips on how to use antialiasing in Unreal Tournament and Quake 3. Cranky? Sounds like me...heh.|
|GeForce3 Reviews - 12/30/01 @ 7:10 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Couple of GeForce3 reviews. The Austrian Gaming Experience has a detailed article on the GeForce3 Ti 200 while Legion Hardware checks out a couple of GeForce3 Ti cards from X-Micro.|
|Updated GeForce FAQ - 12/30/01 @ 4:02 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Another huge update to the GeForce FAQ. I'm glad to see Chris hasn't just let his FAQ remain idle for more than a few months. It's still an almost undisputed source for information about anything related to GeForce cards. Too many updates to list here.|
|New Chip Names - 12/30/01 @ 3:56 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|A contact from a fairly small manufacturing plant leaked out this info about the new names of NVIDIA's upcomming GeForce lineup:|
HalcYoN: This is not good. I have a Ti 500 in my system right now, and I already have wonderlust for the next-generation. Maybe I should seek professional help.
Capt. Kirk: We need more power Scotty!
|Morning News Bits - 12/29/01 @ 9:18 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I'm very close to finalizing my selection for a new speaker system for my PC. As much as I would like to go with a Dolby Digital setup, I've been impressed with reviews of Logitech's Z-560 4.1. Having been mentioned alongside the Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 and being $100 cheaper, they've certainly caught my eye.|
A feature that's important to me, that was lacking in the Dolby Digital systems, is the ability to drive a set of headphones. Believe it or not, there are folks as passionate about headphones as we are about graphics cards. I was surprised to learn that the Koss KSC-35 and KSC-50 are highly recommended and are less than $30 (at Circuit City). So it looks like I'll be out shopping later on today (after stripping off wallpaper in the upstairs hallway...heh).
Now for some news bits...
|Revisiting GeForce3 - 12/29/01 @ 5:17 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Just checking some of the other sites, and came across this article over @ Firing Squad. |
The basic premise is that the author has been accused of being an ATI fan, and should revisit the GF3...just to be fair.
So, how do the GF3 products stack up? Take a look at the following...it just might surprise some.
|NVIDIA And Multichip - 12/29/01 @ 4:34 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Sometimes, something is posted in the forums that raises my interest, and this is one of them.|
When I read mromain's post, I instantly recognized the name. Does anybody remember that quick Voodoo5 6000 preview that was hosted by VoodooExtreme?
Well, the same guy that authored that preview has made a post in our forum. Allow me to do a rip-job on the post:
...and he then follows up one of my questions with the following:
He does insist that the consumer products won't be utilizing this technology; however, the important thing to grasp is that nVidia IS making use of some 3dfx tech., and it would be something at their disposal in the future.
I don't know about anybody else, but I'm certainly looking forward to the 1st true nVidia/3dfx product. It looks like we'll still have to wait a bit before that comes to pass.
|Stealth Mode Gaming - 12/28/01 @ 8:48 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Browsing|
|Tweak3D has taken it upon themselves to prove that an impressive system need not sound like a freight train.|
The system uses an ATI Radeon 8500 so just substitute your favorite flavor of GeForce. :þ
HalcYoN: My level of sanity has improved since purchasing a ThermoEngine with 5000rpm Thermaltake fan for the gaming system, replacing the Alpha PAL6035 with the 7000rpm Delta. The workstation, however, has been running in stealth mode for some time now as the CeleronII 566@850 has never needed a fan on its heatsink. Amazing, eh?
|1900+ MP Dually - 12/28/01 @ 8:37 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Browsing|
|SimHQ has built a God-Box.|
|M/B & HDD Roundup - 12/28/01 @ 10:28 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has a couple of hardware roundups. First is a roundup of motherboards featuring the Via P4X266/A chipset (Pentium 4). The second roundup covers hard drives from Maxtor, Samsung, and Western Digital.|
|H/W Year In Review - 12/28/01 @ 10:21 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Chris and Todd over at GamePC take a look back at the hardware scene for 2001. Their thoughts on the year's best and worst products are given in a point-counterpoint smackdown style. The "best of" awards are in categories like Most Over-Rated Product, Best Looking PC Component, Breakthrough Product, Best I Wish I Had Product, and much more.|
|AIW Radeon Review - 12/28/01 @ 10:11 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Hot Hardware has posted a review of ATI's swiss-army knife of graphics cards - the All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV.|
HalcYoN: I dig the RF remote which will work through walls. While the range on the Personal Cinema is very good, it is still bound by line of sight.
|New RAID Tutorial - 12/28/01 @ 10:08 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Void You Warranty has slapped up an aticle on the advantages and drawbacks of many different RAID modes that are useful to PC users. The article discusses what to expect from RAID (do you even really need it?) and how to choose a configuration that is right for you.|
|Gaming On Linux - 12/28/01 @ 10:04 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Tech-Junkie recently put up an article looking at the usability of RedHat 7.2 and Mandrake 8.1 as a desktop operating system. Linux's port of Quake 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein performance was compared to Windows XP. Here's a summary of the article.|
|For Sale/Trade Forum - 12/28/01 @ 9:55 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|If you got a shiny new GeForce3 for Xmas and want to sell your old graphics card, don't forget about our for sale/trade forum. Now that I mention it, I see a pretty good deal on an Elsa Gladiac 920 GeForce3 :)|
|GeForce Tweak Util - 12/28/01 @ 3:16 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|There's a new beta version of the GeForce Tweak Utility available for download. The new additions:|
|EN: Sky Hawk 4611 - 12/27/01 @ 10:40 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Some of you may have heard of Sky Hawk Computers, as they have been in the computer enclosure market for over 10 years now. I had heard of them about a year ago when I started to scour the internet looking for different makers of Aluminium cases. Sky Hawks name had of course come up in my searches and the most common positive quote amongst all the reviews and literature I could find on Sky Hawk was the price. So of course this brings to my mind as I am sure many of you, "I wonder what it's like if it is so cheap?" Well hopefully by the time this review is over we will have our answers.|
|MSI nForce BIOS - 12/27/01 @ 9:48 pm - By: MikeC - Source: MSI nForce Forum|
|MSI has released an updated BIOS (version 2.1) for their nForce based K7N420 Pro motherboard. Here's a list of the changes.|
|New NVIDIA Patent - 12/27/01 @ 7:07 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Interesting. NVIDIA has been granted a patent for a method of Tile Based Rendering (Thanks Marco!) Click the headline for the information on the patent.|
|GeForce FAQ Update - 12/27/01 @ 5:36 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The GeForce FAQ has been updated, version 19.2. The FAQ is an invaluable resource and a great first line of troubleshooting defense.|
|NVIDIA On Audio - 12/27/01 @ 5:02 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Hope everyone has had a good Christmas. I've been away celebrating with my family and couldn't have asked for a better Christmas. |
A few days ago , Mike reported on job openings at NVIDIA. Reactor Critical, which did a search on jobs at the talent.nvidia.com site, found 3 positions open for audio related employees. At the time, they and myself logically assumed that NVIDIA was entering the audio market.
I asked NVIDIA for clarification on the matter and here's Brian Del Rizzo's response (NVIDIA PR Manager).
|EN: Otterbox - 12/27/01 @ 1:52 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Otter Products, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, produces high-quality watertight boxes that claim to protect your valuables from the harsh elements and bumps that come from a truly hardcore lifestyle. Otter Products stands behind their claims that their products are nearly indestructible and impervious to the elements; the boxes are constructed from fiber-glass reinforced ABS resin and have a neoprene o-ring that forms a positive seal. Otter Products is so confident in the OtterBox line that they offer a lifetime guarantee of their products; they stand behind this guarantee under even the most interesting of circumstances, as I found out during the course of this review.|
|Creative Ti 200 - 12/27/01 @ 11:31 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|3D Spotlight reviews the Creative Labs Europe 3D Blaster GeForce3 Titanium 200.|
They spend a lot of time rehashing the DXT1 short-comings of NVIDIA GPUs when rendering Quake3's sky. My question is why use it? The GeForce3 Ti 200 is a 64MB card with fairly efficient use of of its memory bandwidth. The point of having the memory crossbar and z-buffer checks is to eliminate the need for texture compression. Whatever.
|HUGE GF Roundup - 12/27/01 @ 11:00 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Borsti over at Riva Station is the man. He was able to con errr... receive sponsorship from 10 different video card manufacturers to have a huge GeForce Titanium roundup containing 21 video cards!|
|Creative's P. Cinema - 12/27/01 @ 10:54 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|NVchips-fr has posted a review of Creative's Personal Cinema setup which from what I've heard is the only Personal Cinema setup available in Europe. The review's in French, but here's a translated link courtesy of Google.|
|Inno GeForce2 Ti - 12/27/01 @ 10:49 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Overclockers Online reviews another GeForce 2 Ti today, made by InnoVISION. These new GeForce 2 Ti cards are a great deal if you are looking for an affordable but well performing video card, so check it out at O²!|
|SUMA GF3 Ti 200 - 12/27/01 @ 3:21 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Seems SUMA's Ti 200 with 3.6 ns RAM isn't cracking up to be what was anticipated. Hardware.fr checks out the card and found the memory could only reach 510 MHZ as opposed to the 550MHz it's rated at. Seems low voltage is the factor.|
BTW It's great to be back. I've had a ton of problems with my system the past month and studying for exams hasn't been a piece of cake either, but I'm hoping to pop out a number of articles before university starts up again. I've just gotta get work out of the way... ;) Merry Christmas to all and be sure to treasure those moments with the family.
|More On Halo - 12/26/01 @ 11:22 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Halo, and the Xbox continue to impress. I've been watching Dave and his friend play in co-op mode, and it's a real blast. Until I figure out if I can grab a screenshot from the game, this pic will have to do.|
Halo Co-op Mode
Uh, please disregard any distractions that may appear in the picture :)
BTW, what did you get for Christmas? We want to know!
|Holiday Greeting - 12/26/01 @ 10:50 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Christmas or not, remember to cherish your family and friends. While high framerates and fast cars may be reason enough to live, be sure to spend a little time with those that may be neglected in pursuit of the trivial things.|
...and then show off Castle Wolfenstein and your new exhaust system, heh.
Happy New Year.
|Xmas News Bits - 12/26/01 @ 8:03 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email/Browsing|
|I'd like to wish Grace from ProLink a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. She sent me a Chrismas card all the way from Taiwan which I received yesterday. Yes Grace, the review is almost done :)|
These webmasters should be getting premium pay...
|Forums Retrospect - 12/26/01 @ 7:36 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|AshG Claus takes a look at the best and worst forum posts at nV News and Envy News during the past year. Our moderators do an outstanding job and the recently added Linux forum has become quite a hot spot. Upgrading to UBB 6.0 was a good thing and I plan on renewing our membership soon to take advantage of new releases.|
HalcYoN: I want to take a second to thank the moderators. You can not appreciate how difficult their job is when their main job requirement is to enforce subjective rules.
Hats off to you guys...
|Xbox Impressions - 12/26/01 @ 6:58 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|We finally unwrapped the Xbox late last night and felt right at home after the system asked us to provide the language, date, and time after turning it on. We checked out the sound and video options and boy how I would long for a HDTV/Dolby Digital setup. But that will come in time.|
Nevertheless, while I did use the component video hookup, Halo boasts quite an impressive display of graphics. Even Dave's friends, who both have the Playstation 2, were foaming at the mouth. I thought about mentioning antialiasing to them, but decided against it...heh.
The game controller felt comfortable, although with Halo there's a learning curve getting used to it. It was quite entertaining as we eventually made it out of the main complex to the outdoor area. We must have knocked off well over a hundred aliens too.
At that point it was late and we called it a night, but have a few other games such as Project Gotham Racing, Azurik, and Mad Dash Racing to check out. All in all it was a great experience, but I still like my PC better :)
|Happy Holidays - 12/25/01 @ 10:47 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
I just wanted to drop in real quick and wish everybody a happy AND safe holiday.
As a military veteran, I would also like to say 'thanks' to the boys (not gender specific here) overseas. I remember what it was like being on deployments during this time of year. God speed.
Anyhow, I hope everybody stays safe, and we'll get this thing pumping once again, after the dust has settled.
|VIA Latency Patch - 12/25/01 @ 1:44 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Martin Mitchell has put together a RAID comparison showing the benefits of VIA's PCI Latency patch using the HD Tach benchmark. The newly released patch is said to also resolve issues regarding VIA motherboards and SB Live! series sound cards.|
Update: For whatever reason the page at BarrysWorld has been taken down. But I did manage to find a message thread on the patch over at Via Hardware.
|Radeon Revisited - 12/25/01 @ 1:39 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|HardOCP takes a second look at ATI's Radeon 8500. Drivers can certainly make or break a card but the Radeon's have improved quite nicely (although there are still a few glitches with TruForm).|
|GeForce3 Review - 12/25/01 @ 1:34 pm - By: MikeC - Source: 8Dimensional|
|3D Velocity has posted a review of the GeForce3 Ti 500 from Creative Labs. They cover the technology behind the GeForce3 and top it off with benchmarks as well as a section on DVD playback quality.|
|Somethings Missing - 12/25/01 @ 12:03 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Umm, feeling like a kid again. I took a photo from Dave's bedroom after him and his brother Steve cleaned it up this morning. As you can see, there's room for an electronic device (about the size of a breadbox) on the end table next to the TV.|
Hmm, I wonder what it could be :)
Our Christmas Tree
Ho, ho, ho!
MikeC: Uh, please disregard that hole in the wall in the hallway from the first picture. I've been meaning to get it fixed after I did some plumbing work about 6 months ago, but I've yet to get around to it...heh. I also need a paint touch-up behind Dave's door.
HalcYoN: I have been trying to convince my wife that because the server's date is still screwy, I should get to open my presents today, heh. she did let me open my Zaino Bros Car Polish early. Haet, it's Farbissina's Christmas, too.
MikeC: Hehe, Steve raves about the job Zaino does on his Mustang. Although I tend to think he went a bit overboard this time...
HalcYoN: Zaino rules.
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 12/24/01 @ 3:52 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Hexus.net reviews the Sparkle 6600 Ti.|
HalcYoN: Just got back from the in-laws in Houston. Off we go now my folks for a little holiday festivities. I need a nap...
|KT266A vs Sis 735 - 12/23/01 @ 8:19 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|There's a lot of debate lately on which chipset is fastest. OnePC gas a comparative analysis of the VIA KT266A and the SiS 735 up. The winner looks to be the VIA KT266A. I am using that chipset myself, using Windows XP Pro. So far, I have not had any problems with it and the latest NVIDIA drivers or with my Creative sound card. On a sidenote, I will be leaving soon for Christmas away from home. I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.|
|Updated Benchmarks - 12/23/01 @ 8:24 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The German web site 3DCenter has updated their benchmarking section to include tests for the following games:|
|Visiontek Xtasy - 12/22/01 @ 9:05 pm - By: MikeC - Source: 3D GPU|
|nvmax.com has completed a review of Visiontek's Titanium graphics card lineup which includes the GeForce2 Ti, GeForce3 Ti 200, and GeForce3 Ti 500.|
|Nvidia And Audio? - 12/22/01 @ 8:18 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|As a followup to Mike's post on positions open at Nvidia, Reactor Critical is reporting that Nvidia is looking for 3 positions for Audio Engineers. While Nvidia has never publicly stated one way or another entering the soundcard market, they do have one of the better solutions on the market with the Nforce integrated audio. Nvidia seems to be doing a lot of hiring, more than 200 positions last quarter and at least another 100 open positions right now. I wonder what their plans are ? ;)|
Audio Software Engineer - Drivers, Audio, Software Engineering
Audio Architect: The audio architect will work in the area of audio hardware architecture, algorithms, and software development, building on NVidia`s architecture and products and helping to define next generation audio processing, capabilities, and effects. In this capacity, the architect will perform research supporting the development of new algorithms and ideas, document the mathematics involved in the algorithms, generate test programs to validate the ideas, and write models and tests in C to assist in hardware design and verification.
Senior Product Manager- Audio: Define Nvidia`s audio products, drive them to market and position them. Specific responsibilities include: product definition, positioning, pricing, forecasting, promotion/branding, project scheduling, field training, competitive analysis, business development and managing cross-functional teams.
|MSI nForce Review - 12/22/01 @ 2:25 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Here are a couple of reviews of MSI's nForce based K7N420 motherboard - TweakTown and Hartware.net (in German).|
|Work For NVIDIA - 12/22/01 @ 7:25 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Was checking out NVIDIA's web site and noticed they've updated their job opportunities page with a search capability. They have a wide variety of positions available including one that I may be qualified for since they are a heavy user of SAP business software. The company I work for is still involved in the migration of our key legacy systems to SAP. We're in our 5th year now :0|
|Maxtor HDD Review - 12/22/01 @ 7:04 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Three out of the four hard drives from my two PCs are ATA-100 Maxtors. Serial Addiction checks out their new D740X ATA-133 drive. Don't forget about Maxtor's Acoustic management software for fine-tuning performance.|
|Motherboard Mania - 12/22/01 @ 6:54 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The motherboard reviews keep rolling in...|
|NV Loop Article - 12/22/01 @ 6:35 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Via Arena has put together an article explaing the infinite loop error assoicated with NVIDIA's latest Detonator drivers. They cover the symptoms and offer some solutions to get around the problem.|
Update: Evidently, this issue is affecting more than just NVIDIA based graphics cards owners. This message thread at Icrontic has seen similar problems from users of Voodoo, 3D Labs, S3, and ATI based graphics cards. Thanks for the tip Andy.
|128MB 3D Memory - 12/22/01 @ 4:48 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Now that my workweek (and effectively the next 2 weeks) are coming to a close, I thought I would just throw something out there.|
Flash back to 1999. It was about 2 years ago that we witnessed something very similar to what Gainward is providing: As I seem to recall, Dell was releasing a somewhat limited number of GeForce (original DDR) 64MB cards...and as it turned out, it would end up leading us to a 64MB standard in the industry with the unveiling of the GF GTS that Spring. It was, essentially, a sign of things to come.
For quite some time now, we've heard rumblings of 128MB cards coming out, but no real substance. It's been nearly 2 years since the jump from 32->64MB. Will this be a foreshadowing of things to come? I certainly hope so.
|AT&T & Comcast - 12/21/01 @ 11:45 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|AT&T and Comcast inked a deal to work together as a broadband behemoth force. This means that AT&T decided to pass on the bids by Cox and AOL Time-Warner. The whole state of broadband cable is in a state of flux at the moment. My guess is that Microsoft may have sweetened the deal enough for Comcast to clinch the bid.|
|NVIDIA Tuning Guide - 12/21/01 @ 9:54 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Tweaker's Asylum|
|Tec Central has posted their Nvidia VGA Card Tuning Guide. The guide is in German but a Google translated-to-English version can be deciphered here.|
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 12/21/01 @ 9:49 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweaker's Asylum has reviewed the Inno3D GeForce2 Titanium. Budget card does not mean budget bundle over at Inno...|
|3D Blaster Ti 500 - 12/21/01 @ 9:42 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Creative Labs was one of my personal favorites in the video card market. However, they have decided to discontinue stateside participation in the video card market. |
3D Velocity was kind enough to review the card for those of us outside of the European market.
|WindowsXP AntiSpy - 12/21/01 @ 1:29 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|XP-AntiSpy is a freeware program which allows you to disable all the "phone home" features built into Windows XP. You'd be surprised to know how many things are built into XP to allow Microsoft to keep tabs on your rig.|
|EN: Inspire 2.1 2400 - 12/21/01 @ 1:07 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|I'm sure some of you are, at this very moment, planning or even building that new 4-digit MHz upgrade or new box for your father, sister, or wife's uncle's daughter's brother's friend. And to top things off, their budget is ludicrous. You've shaved a few dollars off here and there, but you still need to factor-in a decent 17" monitor and speaker system. Enter the Creative Inspire 2.1 2400 - a low-cost bang-for-the-buck entry level speaker set.|
|750 MHz. DDR - 12/21/01 @ 6:02 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: ReactorCritical|
|I've been a bit out of the loop recently. I've been putting in ~ 14-16 hours/day for the last 3 weeks or so, and I've had a family illness to deal with as well.|
Anyhow, I just got home from work, and noticed that Reactor Critical has posted a news item regarding 375 MHz (750 effective) DDR.
They go on to say that production volumes will begin in the 1st Quarter of 2002.
Hmmmm....12 GB/sec bandwidth...that would be nice :)
|Morning News Bits - 12/21/01 @ 5:54 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|One more day at work and then I'm off for 11 days! Wohoo!|
|Leadtek Ti Review - 12/20/01 @ 9:15 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|x-bit labs has reviewed two Ti cards from Leadtek, the WinFast Titanium 500 TD and Titanium 200 TDH. Both cards feature the spiffy one-piece mondo-sink and 3.8ns DDR SDRAM (ESMT on the Ti 500 and EliteMT on the Ti 200).|
|EN: Piccolo 64MB - 12/20/01 @ 7:12 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Here at Envy News we like our beers cold, our women hot, and our USB storage devices small. As a matter of fact EnvyNews has seemed to develop a thing for gathering and reviewing the tiniest of mass storage devices: USB 'keychain' hard drives. With four reviews online already and a fifth to come, Envy has developed a reputation for putting these things through the paces.|
Let's go ahead and introduce everyone to the latest entry into the Envy News USB Flash gang, the Sonnet Technologies Piccolo USB Flash Drive. Sonnet Technologies has long been a provider of quality processor upgrades and add-ons for the Macintosh community, and they've now entered the multi-platform market with their Piccolo series USB Flash Drives.
|Jumbo Confirmed - 12/20/01 @ 6:30 pm - By: Ben - Source: Reactor Critical|
|Reactor Critical has the press release from Gainward on the Gainward Geforce3 PowerPack !!! Ti500 "Jumbo" Golden Sample card based on the Geforce3 Ti200. Click the headline for the official press release|
|Gainward 128MB - 12/20/01 @ 1:19 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer reports that Gainward is planning on releasing NVIDIA cards with 128MB of memory on the cards.|
|AMD In The News - 12/20/01 @ 8:11 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|AMD's been receiving some well deserved attention this week. First their Athlon processor was awarded as "Overall Product of the Year" for 2001 by CNET's Computer Shopper Magazine. And more importantly, the Athon is being taken seriously in the corporate server market as DaimlerChrysler has selected the Athlon XP to run its servers.|
BTW, AnandTech looks at AMD's 760MPX Chipset and gives it a positive outlook.
|David Kirk Interview - 12/20/01 @ 7:50 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Dr. David Kirk, Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, has been getting quite a bit of attention lately (click here for search or read our interview here). The Tech Report is the latest web site to interview the mastermind behind NVIDIA's technology.|
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 12/20/01 @ 7:39 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has posted a review of MSI's GeForce3 Ti500 Pro-VTG graphics card.|
|Talon Graphics Corp. - 12/20/01 @ 7:25 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|It's not often that we get an e-mail such as this one from the founder of an upstart graphics company, but it's exciting news nevertheless.|
Mike, I am the founder of the new Talon Graphics Corporation, and we would like for you to post us on nV News.
|GameSpy GOTY - 12/19/01 @ 8:35 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|GameSpy has started announcing their 2001 Game of the Year Awards recipients. There is one game a day announced over thirteen days culminating with Best Overall which actually started yesterday.|
If nothing else, the list may help with a last minute gift idea...
|Price Guide Updates - 12/19/01 @ 8:32 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Preemptive Strike. These guys should all be updating their price pages today or tomorrow...|
|Taking A Beating - 12/19/01 @ 8:27 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Work|
|The end of the year always promises to be calm around work and every year, it gets busier than the year before it.|
Aside from deadlines and due dates for last minute revenus oppurtunities, carriers and ISPs like to schedule rolls. Let's just say I am tired.
Couple of updates:
|Been busy - 12/19/01 @ 5:27 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|As some may have noticed, I've posted only a couple of news bits recently. I've been busy writing an Nforce review . One major component of the review will be an extensive look at compatibility with various videocards and soundcards that I've collected over the last couple of years . As a small preview, here's some default 3dmark 2001 scores. The Nvidia cards were using 22.40 Det drivers,and the AIW Radeon 7189 drivers. Note no tweaks of any kind were applied to the test runs besides shutting off extraneous programs .|
Nforce: 2374 Click here for the compare url
Geforce 2 MX: 2734 Click here for the compare URL
Geforce3 Ti500: 7998 Click here for the compare URL
All In Wonder Radeon: 3064 Click here for the compare URL
|64-Bit Color Soon? - 12/19/01 @ 4:58 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer has an article which deals with the possibility of future use of 64-bit color by NVIDIA.|
|GeForce Ti Roundup - 12/19/01 @ 2:07 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Damn, I'm spending way too much time reviewing Prolink's GeForce3 Ti 200 :) No problem for Tom as they check out 21 GeForce Titanium cards!|
MikeC: Note to reviewers. A graphics card is intended for gaming and readers appreciate relevant benchmarks. Please use the most recent version of Quake 3 for performance testing.
Pakman: He explains it with this - "Quake 3 was benchmarked in the comparatively old version v1.17, as the time demo test routines in the current version v1.30 prevent exact measurements. Even after the fourth run, the results showed a spread of up to 10 fps!". Have any of you noticed this? It may make a good little piece to write an article about. Measure the difference between the various versions, and report on any version which is whacked.
MikeC: Sorry I overlooked that comment. However, I've not experience that problem in my testing. I've noticed that following the second run under Windows XP performance had increased. But after subsequent runs, there was no difference.
|Linux Easier Than XP - 12/19/01 @ 1:58 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Here's something our Linux friends will be proud of as The Register is gloating that Mandrake 8.1 is easier to use than Windows XP.|
|RTCW Review @ FS - 12/19/01 @ 1:51 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Hey, if the Firing Squad gives something an 85% rating, it must be pretty good. That's what they gave Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Ahh, so many games, so little time...|
|EA & LOTR Games - 12/19/01 @ 1:44 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Blue's News|
|You knew it would happen as Electronic Arts announced they have signed an exclusive deal with New Line Cinema to create games based on the upcoming The Lord of the Rings movies. Definitely some great material to work with - let's hope EA can deliver.|
|Phantasy Star Demo - 12/19/01 @ 1:35 pm - By: MikeC - Source: ShackNews|
|Heard quite a few good things about this game which was originally written for Sega's Dreamcast. Well now there's a demo (13MB) which can be played on the PC.|
|On Chip Shortages - 12/19/01 @ 1:28 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Reactor Critical has posted information (from DigiTimes) in regards to temporary chip shortages being experienced by NVIDIA.|
|NVDA Press Release - 12/19/01 @ 1:18 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|NVIDIA has issued a press release today which states that the GeForce3 Titanium has gained widespread adoption from more than 50 of the top PC OEMS and system builders worldwide.|
|Sound Card Review - 12/19/01 @ 1:12 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has posted a review of Hoontech's SoundTrack Audio DSP24 value sound cards. First time I've heard of Hoontech and according to the review they offer home and professional sound cards, accessories for SoundBlaster Live!, and internal and external modules for home recording and project studios.|
|Radeon Under Linux - 12/19/01 @ 1:07 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Tommti Systems has put together a guide on getting the ATI Radeon 8500 operating under Linux. The article is in German, but there's a translation button on the page.|
|5.1 Speaker Review - 12/19/01 @ 1:05 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Void your Warranty has posted a review of Klipsch's latest PC Speakers: The ProMedia 5.1. Here's a bit from the review.|
From an nV News visitor.
|Asus P4S333 Review - 12/19/01 @ 1:02 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|GamePC looks at the new Asus P4S333 motherboard, which not only combines the Pentium 4 with DDR memory, but combines it with 333MHz DDR memory. They check out the layout of the board, features, and overclocking abilities, and test it against various other Pentium 4 platforms from Intel and VIA.|
|RTCW Tweak Guide - 12/19/01 @ 10:59 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|This web page (click on heading) contains a tweak guide for Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Most of the information is common sense to avid Quake 3 players, but you might find a tweak or two for faster framerates or pings. There's even an explanantion of the NVIDIA fog extension. Feedback on the page can be found here.|
|GTU v. 3.1.1 - 12/18/01 @ 10:59 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Guru of 3D has released v. 3.1.1 of GTU. It's not a bad freeware tweak proggie for use with NVIDIA cards.|
|Pogo Linux Review - 12/18/01 @ 3:25 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The folks over at Evil 3D have posted a new review overing the Athlon XP based workstation from Pogo Linux.|
|M$ & Cox/Comcast - 12/18/01 @ 12:42 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|Cnet reports that Microsoft has agreed to back both Cox and Comcast in their bid to acquire AT&T broadband services. This is apparently to keep AOL-Time Warner from landing the deal, which they too are bidding for. As we all know, Microsoft doesn't want AOL-Time Warner to grow any larger. Microsoft has agreed to throw billions of dollars into the mix, in order to help keep it out of the hands of AOL-Time Warner. There may be hope yet for those of you who are snail-crawling around with AT&T "broadband" service.|
|EverQuest Graphics - 12/18/01 @ 11:28 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Looks like you'll have to get a Pentium 4 to experience the best graphics experience for EverQuest :)|
|Abit's NV7M nForce - 12/18/01 @ 7:25 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|x-bit labs has a blurb on Abit's nForce motherboard. Dubbed the NV7M, Abit has decided to use only 2 DIMM slots for PC1600/PC2100 DDR SDRAM.|
|Intel 845 Chipset - 12/18/01 @ 7:19 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Intel announces their 845 chipset today which offers support for DDR memory with the Pentium 4. The first previews can be found over at Digit-Life, The Tech Report and Tom's Hardware.|
|MOH AA Goodies - 12/18/01 @ 6:48 am - By: MikeC - Source: Voodoo Extreme|
|I'm continuing to play the Medal of Honor demo and am trying to put my finger on why I find the game so appealing. Maybe it's the "feel" of the weapons. Little things like your aim being altered when getting hit by a bullet add to the realism. The constant "looking behind your back" syndrome also plays a key role, although there are areas where you feel "safer" shooting from. Of course you can move around the level, but you're never quite sure when someone is hiding in a corner, or the stairs above you, waiting. And I never feel very comfortable out in the open...|
Anyway, Allied Assuault has a few tidbits for the Medal of Honor. Find out how to enable blood, force feedback, or even try out a new custom weapons skin.
I'll probable be playing again tonight on one of the East servers. Be on the lookout for a soldier named Generic Brand :)
|nForce RAM Article - 12/18/01 @ 5:58 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|AMDWorld has put together an article showing results from using various memory configurations available on the nForce chipset.|
|Via 4-in-1 Drivers - 12/17/01 @ 7:35 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Via's 4-in-1 4.36 drivers have been patched. Here's the scoop straight from Via Arena:|
|Apache's Top 10 - 12/17/01 @ 7:18 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Robert "Apache" Howarth over at Voodoo Extreme has posted his top 10 personal favorite games for 2001. I'm sure some won't agree with his choices, but at least he provides us with a good list of games that make for great gifts.|
MikeC: I've been a bad webmaster since I didn't feel like posting news yesterday (thanks Brian & Ben). What was I doing? Playing Medal of Honor of course! I'll give it two thumbs up. Heck, I'll even add two toes to that :)
HalcYoN: No problem there, Mike. The hardware web, like almost everything else, is slowing down for the holidays.
|Serious Sam Cheats - 12/17/01 @ 7:10 am - By: MikeC - Source: Voodoo Extreme|
|Have you playing the demo of the second episode of Serious Sam and not been able to find the secret areas? Your in luck as Invisible Dream has a guide on secret areas, cheats, and even performance tips.|
|GeForce Tweak Utility - 12/17/01 @ 6:55 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|The Guru of 3D shutting down is sad news, but I can certainly relate to what Hilbert was going through. Those of you using the GeForce Tweak Utility are in good shape as the author of that program in staying on-line. Click on the headline for the new address. No word on where RivaTuner is going to end up.|
|Another Site Leaves - 12/16/01 @ 6:01 pm - By: Ben - Source: Guru3d|
|Sadly, another of my favorite 3d hardware sites is leaving . Guru3d, is closing its doors on Monday. Click the headline for the news story.|
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 12/16/01 @ 2:05 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Riva Station|
|Mikhailtech reviews the Gainward GeForce3 Power Pack Ti 200 Golden Sample. Golden Sample, you ask?|
|3D Specs Review - 12/16/01 @ 1:57 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Another review of the eDimensional 3D specs, this time from SIMHQ.com. They tested on a number of popular flight sims and threw in a couple of FPSes and driving games. As expected, different games yielded different results ranging from disappointing to outstanding.|
|Crystal ORB Review - 12/16/01 @ 1:53 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Think Techie has a review of the ThermalTake Crystal ORB chipset cooler. Not sure which card it was tested on, but I know it was some form of recent GPU.|
|3D Specs Review - 12/15/01 @ 7:54 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Tech Zone checks out the E-D Glasses from Dimension technologies. You may remember The Tech Zone's review of their LCD 3D Flat Panel monitor.|
Knowing that not all gamers have the kind of cabbage required to own the 3D flat panel, Dimension Tech has released a set of 3D Specs for your gaming pleasure.
|Random News Bits - 12/15/01 @ 7:44 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Been a busy day on the homefront. I ended up getting Dave his own 27-inch Phillips TV so he can use it for the Xbox. To get optimal video quality from the Xbox, I also purchased the High Definition Audio/Video Pack which provides a component video connection to the TV. Of course this is all for Christmas, so I hope he doesn't read this news post. |
Now for some news...
|Driver Database - 12/15/01 @ 7:43 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweaker's Asylum has updated the Windows XP Detonator Driver Database with results from 23.10 and 23.11 falvors.  ;Test system is a P4 2.0 GHz/GeForce3 Dell Dimension.|
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 12/15/01 @ 7:39 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Planet Savage has reviewed the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti 200. It's a spiffy card sporting a black PCB, blue ORB-style cooler and blue RAMsinks.|
|Medal of Honor Demo - 12/15/01 @ 2:07 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Medal of Honor: Allied Assault multi-player demo is available for download. Grab it at one of these links:|
|Radeon Review - 12/15/01 @ 12:20 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has posted a review of the Radeon 8500 and 7500 from SuperGrace. Quite a few screenshots on image quality - even some animated gifs showing TruForm in action.|
|Moment of Truth!? - 12/14/01 @ 6:26 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Beyond3D|
|In what has become a legacy...Honestly, the BitBoys name alone will either garner applause/anticipation, or straight-up laughter.|
But this just might be the turning point that all the would-be BitBoys backers have been waiting for.
I was taking a short break from work, and saw this post by one of the Beyond3D regulars. I'll just rip the whole thing...I do believe that he did, in fact, translate this himself.
If you go to the original link, this translation is taken from a Finnish IT mag called "Micro PC," which was just released today.
|VisionTek & NVIDIA - 12/14/01 @ 4:21 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer reports that VisionTek has wrestled the job of producing NVIDIA reference cards away from MSI. It states that this started with the Ti series of cards. VisionTek is based in the USA, and MSI is based in Taiwan. This move should help with fine tuning and designing the reference cards quicker, due to the fact that NVIDIA and VisionTek are both based in the USA.|
|Windows Networking - 12/14/01 @ 7:50 am - By: MikeC - Source: G256.com|
|The Shields Up web site, which is greared towards computer security, has an article called Windows Networking 101. The lenghty and informative article discusses alternative methods on networking PCs. I was recently hit with the Nimda virus which has led me to investigate configuring my home network to be as secure as possible.|
|MP CPU Shootout - 12/14/01 @ 7:14 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|GamePC looks at two workstation-class CPUs as they compare AMD's Athlon XP at 1.6GHz (1900+) and Intel's Pentium 4 Xeon at 1.7GHz. Tested in multiprocessor configurations, workstation, and gaming applications, it's a good old fashioned processor showdown.|
|Press Release - 12/14/01 @ 1:48 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|More press as Anark has signed a co-marketing agreement with NVIDIA. This deal allows the two companies to deliver interactive media, comprised of 3D and 2D graphics, video, audio, and data, to the broad audience of digital media supporters.|
|Top 50 Game Demos - 12/14/01 @ 12:57 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I've added a new page that some of you might find handy. It's a listing of the top 50 game demos available at FilePlanet. A permanent text link has been added to the right side menu just above the Amazon International button. The page acts kind of flaky at times so if you don't get a listing of the top 50 demos, clicking the refresh button on your brower should bring it up.|
Currently the top 5 demos are Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Return to Castle Wolfenstein Multiplayer TEST, Stronghold Multiplayer (English), Battle Realms, and Star Trek: Armada II.
|Ti200 w/3.3ns RAM - 12/13/01 @ 11:56 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Joe from eVGA sends word that they've released a new lineup of cards that come equipped with faster rated memory. The first card available is the Ti 200 with 3.3nx RAM as we reported back here. Hopefully I'll be able to take a good look at one of these cards in the near future. Peanut over at 3D Chipset has spent some time with the card and has a few words for those few who are dreaming of a Ti 600 at bargin bin prices:|
480 is still better than 400 but many other cards, such as the one below were able to hit higher. This looks like an interesting card to try a voltage mod on though. ;)
|Updated Powerstrip - 12/13/01 @ 10:11 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Warp2Search has the latest build of Powerstrip 3.11 available for download. Of interest to us NVIDIOTS is the addition of a few "new NV D3D registry switches".|
|EN: Klipsch 4.1 - 12/13/01 @ 9:54 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Klipsch. I don't know about you, but when I hear that name, I smile. Why? Well, it all goes back to around 1999, when Klipsch released their ProMedia V.2-400 Speaker System for personal computers. It was a 400-watt RMS, 4.1 THX-certified computer speaker system, with beautiful jet-black design and a subwoofer that was described best as a small nuclear reactor. When I first read that back in 1999, I had to blink twice. THX certified? 400-watt RMS? Priced about $249.95, for your computer? There had to be a mistake.|
|EN: SanDisk 192MB - 12/13/01 @ 9:52 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Phew! One hundred and ninety Megs in the palm of my hand, close-fisted. Imagine that! Today, that's quite plausible, but five years ago, you'd be part of a travelling road-show circus attraction if you wielded that thing. It's quite amazing how over time things keep getting smaller and smaller. Of course, the smaller they get, the greater chance that if it breaks, it's just a hunk of disposable plastic. |
|MSI nForce Review - 12/13/01 @ 9:49 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|I really appreciate the fact that NVIDIA released a motherboard chipset. Think of all the news that we can now link too that becomes actually relevant. Heh.|
Hexus.net, where the fashion world goes for cosmetics and hair supplies, has reviewed the MSI K7N420 Pro motherboard based on the nForce 420-D chipset.
|New pViewerPRO - 12/13/01 @ 6:08 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks over at nTOOLS send word of an updated pViewerPro which is a TV Utility designed specifically for Elsa based graphics cards.|
|Radeon 8500 DV - 12/13/01 @ 6:04 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Lars over at Riva Station takes a look at ATI's All In Wonder Radeon 8500 DV. This card contains the Radeon 8500 (R200) core and a variety of multimedia features such as a TV-Tuner, Video-In, Video-Out and two IEEE 1394 Firewire Ports.|
|Asus Ti Roundup - 12/13/01 @ 5:59 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has posted a roundup of the following GeForce Titanium based graphics cards from Asus:|
|3D Stereo Driver - 12/13/01 @ 5:54 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|NVIDIA sends word that they have released a Detonator 3D Stereo Driver today. This driver enables stereoscopic viewing with 3D enabled glasses or monitors and works with all NVIDIA graphics processors. Drivers for Windows 9x/ME and Windows 2000/XP are available.|
|23.11 Driver Woes - 12/13/01 @ 12:59 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer reports that sources close to NVIDIA are saying that VIA is to blame for the Detonator 23.11 problems. They say it has to do with the VIA BIOS, and that a patch is available on the VIA Arena website. However, some Intel chipset users are claiming to have problems as well. Which puts the ball back into NVIDIA's court. What a mess, this has really put a blemish on NVIDIA's near perfect driver history. I've heard that the new VIA drivers will actually slow your video performance down. I'll stick with a different set of NVIDIA drivers, rather than altering my system. If any of you have installed the new VIA 4 in 1 drivers and are using the 23.11 drivers, please post your results in terms of performance gains or losses in this string in our forum boards.|
|Prolink Video Maker - 12/13/01 @ 7:05 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Along with offering a full lineup of NVIDIA based graphics cards, Prolink also carries a varied line of multimedia add-on cards. Along with the PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200, they also sent me their PlayTV USB Pro to check out.|
The ProLink Video Maker is another add-on multimedia card which is reviewed over at Tweaktown. The Video Maker is a TV tuner for the PC and a real-time MPEG-II encoding card. With S-Video and composite video connections, you can record, playback, edit, and save video from multiple sources.
|GeForce3 Review - 12/13/01 @ 6:37 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|got apex? has posted a review of 3DPower's Morpheus GeForce 3 Ti 200 and Osiris GeForce 2 Ti.|
|Linux - Early Days - 12/13/01 @ 5:43 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Brock sends word that Google Groups has added several hundred million usenet posts to their group search and now have 20 years of usenet postings. They mentioned you could find historical posts if you searched correctly such as these posts made by Linus Torvalds in the early days of Linux development.|
|VIA 4-In-1 v4.36 - 12/13/01 @ 5:24 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|An updated 4-In-1 service pack has been released on Via Arena's drivers Page. This includes the new and improved IDE driver version 1.20. It also includes a silent installation of a patch which adjusts a memory setting in BIOS on some VIA Apollo chipsets to ensure stability with the latest video drivers under all Windows operating systems.|
|Price Guide Updates - 12/12/01 @ 11:13 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Here they are again, the usual suspects...|
MikeC: I know your a big fan of Serious Sam, so when you get some free time, the demo of the Second Encounter awaits you :)
|Everything Review - 12/12/01 @ 11:09 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|SL Central (formerly System Logic) reviews the VisinTek Everything. This is the GeForce2 MX 400 bundle of the NVIDIA Personal Cinema.|
While they had issues with timeshifting, it worked fine for me. You can check out our review here.
|Space Simulator - 12/12/01 @ 10:36 pm - By: DaveW - Source: Forums|
|Forum visitor "cjl" posted a heads-up on a free space simulator he is working on called Celestia. It's a neat simulation of the entire galaxy on your desktop. You can visit their home page to download it here.|
|Serious Sam Demo - 12/12/01 @ 9:18 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|A demo of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter has been released. I'm downloading it now from Fragland (click on the headline) at 100KB/sec.|
|GF3 Ti200 Cooling - 12/12/01 @ 8:05 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|nV News visitor Keith sent in a these comments a few days ago in regards to offering a low cost and effective solution for cooling his Leadtek GeForce3 Ti 200. Thanks Keith!|
The Leadtek GeForce3 Ti 200 is an excellent performer, particularly as it can be overclocked by a significant margin. The large heatsink attached to the GPU and RAM chips is a nice feature on this card. However, the heatsink is potentially the card's weak spot as heat from the GPU could result in the RAM chips running hotter than if they were not connected to the heatsink at all!
|NVIDIA Awarded - 12/12/01 @ 7:44 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|NVIDIA has been awarded the coveted "Eddy" Award From Macworld Magazine. Macworld recognized the GeForce3 as the most advanced graphics processor on the planet.|
|Updated 3D Digest - 12/12/01 @ 7:35 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has wrapped up November's installment of their 3D Digest. You'll find a wealth of information on just about every 3D graphics card on the market.|
|EN: ClickSmart 310 - 12/12/01 @ 2:44 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|Enter the Logitech ClickSmart Camera series. Logitech, provider of high-quality computer peripherals of every sort, has decided to test the waters of convergence technology by fusing the webcam and digital camera genres together into one piece of high-tech art: a DualCam. Housed in the fashion colors of the Logitech Fall 2001 line (black and gunmetal gray, with blue trim), the ClickSmart 310 looks classy, relaxed, and ready to go to work. Although not the pioneers of this idea (Kodak's EZ200, for example), Logitech has fashioned some new turns and twists in their implementation.|
|Broadband Affairs - 12/12/01 @ 1:41 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|Excite@Home will cease to exist on February 28, 2002. After that time it will be up to the various companies such as Cox, Comcast & Rodgers to figure out if they can create their own networks and keep their broadband services flowing. In a related story, many AT&T cable users are very upset with the performance of AT&T's broadband service. Citing that their connection has gone from almost 4mbps down to 1.5mbps. Let's hope that Cox and the other companies can do better than that.|
|Updated RivaTuner - 12/12/01 @ 10:01 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The Guru of 3D has released an updated version of RivaTuner. In addition to minor fixes, the major updates include the following.|
|Workstation Guide - 12/12/01 @ 9:38 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Ace's Hardware published the first part of their workstation guide over the weekend. They look at the performance of dual processor Athlon MP systems using lower cost motherboards such as Tyan's Tiger MP. Performance is compared using high-end 3D animation packages like Maya, 3D Studio Max, and Lightwave to single processor desktop PCs and a dual-processor Pentium 4 Xeon workstation.|
|Athlon XP 2000+ - 12/12/01 @ 9:03 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|AMD is upping the ante in the processor wars as they will be releasing the 2000+ version of their Athlon XP processor next month. According to the story at the Inquirer, Intel will also be debuting a .13 micron fabbed Pentium 4 running at 2.2GHz.|
|GF3 Ti 200 Review - 12/12/01 @ 8:57 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|HardOCP has kicked up a review of the Hercules 3D Prophet GeForce3 Ti 200. Those of you that are still running an original GeForce or GeForce2 MX and are looking to add some punch to your system at a reasonable price, the GeForce3 Ti 200 makes for a great choice.|
|3DGPU Back Online - 12/12/01 @ 5:22 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Great to see that 3DGPU is back up and running as they are being now being hosted by Gaming Groove. Click on the headline to find out what's going on over there.|
|The State Of Intel - 12/11/01 @ 7:17 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Josh over at Penstar has posted his latest "Today" article concerning Intel and its business model/plan. Josh discusses what Intel has done right, done wrong, or not done at all, and compared to what benefits each of these decisions have brought.|
|GeForce3 Review - 12/11/01 @ 6:56 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|I'm pleased to say that Innovision 3D has decided to renew their advertising contract with nV News for another six months. I would like to thank all of you for continuing to support us. They've been pleased with the results of advertising here and without your support, we wouldn't have been able to pull it off. I feel another giveaway coming up...heh.|
Inno 3D offers a full range of GeForce based graphics cards and Neokseeker checks our their Tornado GeForce3 which received a rating of 93%. Click on the headline for the full review.
|Skull OGL Demo - 12/11/01 @ 6:41 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Our own GPSnoopy, who's been dabbling in OpenGL for a bit, has released a small demo. The demo renders a skull which contains approximately 60,000 polygons and is T&L intensive. The frame rate is written out to a log file. Nice job GP!|
|MSI nForce Review - 12/11/01 @ 6:07 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Overclockers Australia has put together a review of MSI's nForce based K7N420 Pro motherboard. A good review to check out with plenty of shots of the board and accessories. They test performance of the integrated graphics as well as a GeForce2 Ultra. Other than the subpar overclocking tools in the BIOS, they were generally pleased with NVIDIA's first motherboard chipset.|
|New Press Releases - 12/11/01 @ 5:53 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Yahoo Finance|
|NVIDIA and the GeForce3 continue to receive accolades from the graphics industry. Here are a couple of press releases noting so.|
|CPL CStrike Winner - 12/11/01 @ 3:52 pm - By: DaveW - Source: The CPL|
|"NIP" from Sweden is the official winner of this year's winter CPL World Championship. He won $50,000 for his "m4D 5K1LLz" in Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike is next summer's game too in case you were thinking of entering :)|
MikeC: That's certainly a nice chunk of change. My son Dave was a huge Counter-Strike player. I say huge since he's quit playing due to accusations of him cheating. I've sat and watched him play in clan matches and the things he does with the sniper rifle are amazing. He doesn't cheat and for all the time spent improving his skills, he ends up getting banned from servers and having to record demos to prove he doesn't cheat. It's pretty sad if you ask me.
|WinZip 8.1 Released - 12/11/01 @ 3:36 pm - By: Ben - Source: Warp2Search|
|My favorite Zip compression utility has been updated to version 8.1 . Click the headline to download it|
|1M Xboxes Shipped - 12/11/01 @ 3:31 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Microsoft has announced that more than 1.1 million Xboxes have been shipped to retailers in less than 3 weeks. Click the headline for the full story.|
|ATI vs NVIDIA - 12/11/01 @ 12:40 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Extreme Tech takes an in-depth look at the video features of ATI's All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500 DV and compares them to VisionTek's Xtasy Everything which is based on NVIDIA's Personal Cinema.|
|A Look At NVIDIA - 12/11/01 @ 7:43 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Hardware Central takes a look at NVIDIA and wonders if they've spread themselves too thin by entering new markets. They continue to question NVIDIA's decision to use the GeForce2 MX as the core for the nForce's integrated video.|
Performance joke? Compared to what other integrated graphics chipset? Certainly not Intel's 815 chipset...heh. I have one and it made me cry when I played Quake 3 on it.
|NVIDIA Financials - 12/11/01 @ 6:40 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Edgar Online has put together a summary of NVIDIA's most recent income statement. For the period ending October 28, 2001, gross profit rose to $138 million based on revenue of $370 million. Research and development costs increased to $44 million.|
|Ti Chip Shortages - 12/11/01 @ 6:30 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|x-bit labs is reporting that NVIDIA may be faced with a shortage of Titanium chips to satisfy growing demand. They also mention that TSMC's limited production of 0.13 micron chips may keep the next generation NV25 as a 0.15 micron part. We'll have to wait and see if this information pans out.|
|Xmas Buyers Guide - 12/11/01 @ 5:40 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Gaming in 3D has put together the first part of their holiday buyer's guide. The wish list consists of 10 items, one of which I've been recently eyeing.|
Then again Hot Hardware has just reviewed Logitech's Z-560 THX Certified 4.1 Speaker System. Ahh, decisions, decisions, decisions...
|Lite-On CD Review - 12/10/01 @ 9:43 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|I picked up LiteON's 24/10/40 CD Burner a few months ago for only $99. CD Freaks takes an in-depth look gives it a rating of 94.5%.|
|Professional 3D - 12/10/01 @ 6:41 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has posted a Professional 3D Accelerators Roundup using 3D Studio MAX 3.1. They test NVIDIA's GeForce3, Quadro2 Pro and Quadro2 MXR along with ATI's Radeon and FireGL2. Pentium 4 and Athlon based systems were used for testing.|
|3.3ns RAM Ti 200 - 12/10/01 @ 1:12 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: JonathanM|
|The J-Bomb is studying so he sent me a link to a company that is accepting pre-orders for a 3.3ns DDR SDRAM equipped Ti 200 card from eVGA. Bonus - $189 with FREE shipping.|
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 12/10/01 @ 10:46 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|AMD World reviews the Absolute Morpheus Ti-500. Like the Morpheus, the Morpheus Ti-500 comes in the spiffy wooden box. The gold RAMsinks are replaced by larger purple ones, I think a better match to the blck PCB abd purple ORB-style cooler.|
|Top 10 Sleepers - 12/10/01 @ 7:11 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Voodoo Extreme takes a look at 10 under appreciated games that have been released during the past year or so. Some awesome titles are on the list - definitely worthwhile gifts for your Christmas list.|
|Hardware Digest - 12/10/01 @ 6:58 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Digit-Life has completed their hardware digest for November. They offer tidbits on technologies, processors, motherboards, and memory. Here are comments on the nForce.|
|Linux Driver News - 12/10/01 @ 6:47 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks over at Evil 3D discuss the performance increase related to the latest Linux drivers. They've discovered that the reason is the implementation of page flipping. That's all well and good, but this new feature for Linux is only available in three combinations of X and full screen OpenGL app. If you're interested in what they are, click on the headline.|
|eVGA.com Giveaway - 12/10/01 @ 6:43 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|eVGA.com is giving away a brand new AMD 1.2GHz Athlon based computer system - shipped just in time for the holidays. The catch is you have to beta test their new web based SyScan Software. The software is used to determine system configurations and diagnose possible system related problems over the Internet.|
|nForce+Ti500=60fps - 12/09/01 @ 4:49 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Interesting. Turning on 8x (64tap) Anisotropic filtering and 4X AA at a resolution of 1024x768@32bpp I received 59 fps in Quake3 1.17.|
System: 1800+ Athlon XP, 256MB PC2400 DDR, 60GB Maxtor 7200 RPM, 12X DVDROM, Onboard sound (disabled).
|YPM: bLaCkOuT - 12/09/01 @ 12:41 pm - By: MitchF - Source: gossip|
|Attention K-Mart shoppers Mr. Foy has left the Internet! Yup, Yur Pal Mitch gets caught in the Excite meltdown in the one called bLaCkOuT . |
Got Yur Blue Light Special right here...
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 12/09/01 @ 11:05 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: I am not a geek|
|AthlonXP.com reviews the Gainward GeForce3 PowerPackIII Ti 550. The review is a quick read...|
|nForce Superstability - 12/09/01 @ 10:59 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Riva Station|
|GamePC examines one of the features (depending on how you look at it) of the nForce chipset called Superstability.|
Using the NVIDIA nForce Reference board and the MSI K7N420 motherboard, they test a number of differnet DDR DIMM brands and configurations. They found that depending on the type of memory, you will want to use different slot configurations for maximum performance.
JonathanM: Heh, It's been a while coming but HalcYoN's finally made a double post again. I was starting to miss it. ;)
HalcYoN: I have said it before, I'll say it again. Do you think I read this biased site? :þ
|Random News Bits - 12/09/01 @ 10:46 am - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Time to play a little catch-up on all the not-so-NVIDIA news. We'll start on topic and work our way out...|
|QBM For Video - 12/08/01 @ 12:08 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer reports that both ATi and NVIDIA are investigating quad memory for use with their video cards. Chances are that if it is used, it won't be for another year or so.|
|nForce Numbers - 12/08/01 @ 11:54 am - By: Ben - Source:|
|I got a reference Nforce board in and I've been playing around with it. Some preliminary benchmarks using 22.40 drivers, 1800+ Athlon XP , 256MB PC2400 DDR memory. These scores are with the onboard video. Compare it with your Intel 815 video and integrated Sis chips!!|
Quake3 Arena Retail 1.17 no tweaks
Just for fun here's another score
800x600 32bit max settings 4x FSAA: 20.6
|Book Review - 12/08/01 @ 11:37 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Tech Zone reviews the latest guide from Thomas Roberts entitled Build The Ultimate Athlon Computer.|
The Zone points out one of the more interesting passages when discussing video card selection. From the book:
The Tech Zone recommends renaming the book to building the Ultimate Value Athlon System, heh.
|Press Releases - 12/08/01 @ 10:37 am - By: MikeC - Source: Yahoo Finance|
|Here are links to a couple of press releases NVIDIA sent out yesterday.|
|RivaTuner 2.0 RC8.1 - 12/08/01 @ 3:59 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|Just a heads up...I received an email from Alexey (author of RivaTuner), and he should be releasing this latest version sometime today (which would be sometime Friday).|
Typedef: I guess I should have waited about 5 more minutes :) Here's a screenshot that will show you the panel which allows Super-Sampling on your GF3.
|Rendering Card - 12/07/01 @ 9:59 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Got some cool inside info from our sponsor Amazon Tech about a card they'll be announcing shortly for their lineup of graphic workstations. The PURE PCI Renderer features an amazing 512 megs of on-board SD RAM! Priced at 2475 pounds, this isn't for everyone.|
|HOS Disabled? - 12/07/01 @ 9:52 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|The Inquirer is reporting that NVIDIA has disable support for High-Order Surfaces in the recent 23.11 drivers to improve performance in various games that support ATI's TrueForm tech, as these tended to enable NVIDIA's N Patch implementation in software thus reducing performance of the games.|
|Ti 500 Shortages? - 12/07/01 @ 9:46 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Asia Bit-tech states that NVIDIA as well as ATI are currently experiencing shortages of their high-performance chipsets. Seems weird to me.|
|Linux Drivers - 12/07/01 @ 9:39 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Linux Hardware compares the newly released 1.0-2313 drivers against their predecessors. The new drivers add an amazing 30 fps at 1600x1200!|
|GF2 MX 400 Review - 12/07/01 @ 8:58 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|NeoSeeker takes a look at the Abit Siluro MX400.|
|Random News Bits - 12/07/01 @ 6:11 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|I'm finding that my reviews are taking much longer to complete. This isn't necessarily a bad thing since I tend to focus on the gaming experience as well as the typical benchmarks. However, I've got some great image quality examples in an upcoming review of Prolink's GeForce3 Ti 200. |
I got around to playing the Aliens vs Predator 2 single player demo last night. Being a huge fan of the Alien series of movies, I will say that this game is awesome. The atmosphere is perfect and as I play most games with headphones, there were times where I was pretty darn nervous. It's not often that a game keeps you constantly looking behind your back or strafing along walls to avoid confrontation.
|KT266A at 221MHz - 12/06/01 @ 9:36 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Epox released a new BIOS release for the 8KHA+ that gives a 3/4 CPU-RAM divider option. Looks like there will be some insane CPU overclocking results where memory used to by the limiting factor.|
VR-Zone has a couple of screens showing the FSB and a run of 3D Mark using the 221MHz FSB.
|Monitor Review - 12/06/01 @ 9:28 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|The Tech Zone looks real snazzy in their new blue layout, eh?|
The Zone reviews the Sony CPD-G420S 19" Trinitron montior. Yeah it is a little pricey, but it is a damn good monitor.
|I'm Still Alive - 12/06/01 @ 9:18 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|The last couple of days at work have pretty been the same as taking a massive thrashing. I am physically tired to go with the brain-fry. Such is telecom.|
Quick update from the lab: VisionTek Ti 500 review very soon, more Athlon XP 1900+ benchmarks very soon, VisionTek Ti200 and GF2 Ti on the horizon.
|EN: Marble Mouse - 12/06/01 @ 6:54 pm - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|I'd love to be able to manipulate data on the computer using thought-control and a combination of spoken-commands. However, we're still a decade or two away from that flawless consumer-accepted reality. We humans evolved to use our hands, hence our opposable thumb - there's a primordial desire to be able to manipulate ethereal representations of data on your computer screen with our hands. It's satisfying, and that is why I believe mass-market acceptance of other forms of computer control will be a continuing uphill battle for designers and engineers for a long time to come.|
|Car Rims For Sale - 12/06/01 @ 5:22 pm - By: MikeC - Source:|
|My son Steve is selling four 15-inch chrome rims that were replaced on his 1999 Mustang. They are in excellent condition. If you're interested in purchasing them at a cut-rate price, drop me a line.|
|On 23.11 Problem - 12/06/01 @ 1:42 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|VIA Hardware has the news about the problems with Detonator 23.11's and WinXP. There is a patch available to possibly fix problems. Apparently, the new drivers call for much more aggressive use of memory and there are problems with the Memory Write Queue timer. It seems that there are some wrong values written which will cause a problem with KT266x boards.|
|23.11 & WinXP - 12/06/01 @ 11:55 am - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer reports that VIA is blaming NVIDIA for problems with Windows XP users who are trying to use the Detonator 23.11 drivers. I haven't noticed any problems, but apparently several users have.|
HalcYoN: My dad can beat up your dad.
|NV BIOS Editor - 12/06/01 @ 10:15 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|There's another new version of the NVIDIA BIOS editor, bringing it up to version 0.99a. The fixes:|
|GeForce Tweak Util. - 12/06/01 @ 10:12 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|The Guru of 3D just released version 3.1 (final) of the GeForce Tweak Utility. This utility allows you make modifications to the registry settings of any GeForce videocard (GeForce256, GeForce2/MX/Pro/Ultra, GeForce3 (Ti), Quadro, Quadro2/Pro/MXR, and Quadro DCC). This version does NOT work 100% with the new 23.11 Detonator driver yet! Wait for the next beta. |
Besides of the standard OpenGL/Direct3D/System tweaking possibilities the GTU comes with the following new features:
|Modded Asus Drivers - 12/06/01 @ 10:09 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Technogarb has modified the latest batch of reference drivers so that the Asus driver interface and tools may be used.|
|MSI GF3 Ti Reviews - 12/06/01 @ 10:03 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|Motherboards.org has posted a review of MSi's Ti 200 and Ti 500 cards.|
|Creative GF3 Ti's - 12/06/01 @ 10:01 am - By: JonathanM - Source: 3D Chipset|
|x-bit labs has information, as as well as pictures, about Creative's new GeForce3 Titanium cards. x-bit labs states that MSI will manufacture the cards.|
|The Console Wars - 12/06/01 @ 6:33 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|Tom's Hardware covers the gaming console scene with an article authored by Dundee Securities analysts David Hodgson, Dr. Jeff Rabin, and Katherine Down.|
|Driver Comparison - 12/06/01 @ 6:01 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The Guru of 3D has updated their Detonator driver database with results from the 23.11 drivers. They test using three different benchmarks and resolutions from 800x600 to 1600x1200.|
|GeForce3 Reviews - 12/06/01 @ 5:57 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Hot Hardware takes a look at a couple of hot GeForce3 graphics cards from Asus - the V8200T5 Deluxe (GeForce3 Ti 500) and V8200T2 Deluxe (GeForce3 Ti 200).|
|23.11 Driver Issue - 12/06/01 @ 5:46 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks at Little White Dog dropped a line in regards to an issue with the newly released 23.11 Detonator drivers. The problem can cause an "infinite loop error" under Windows XP and is isolated to the VIA chipset. For additional details, click on the headline.|
Update: Be sure to check out Via Arena Forums for additional information on this issue.
|D3D Anisotropic Keys - 12/06/01 @ 5:15 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I was checking the forums, and saw this post by craiggen.|
Here's the bottom line. FYI, to pinpoint the exact location that the nVidia drivers currently reside, go to the following key (in Win2k/WinXP):
Double click on that guy, and take a look. In most cases, it will point to:
Which, in all reality, is:
In there, you need to create a new DWORD (though it looks like NVIDIA is using binary registry keys, but DWORD's will work).
If you're familiar with how NVIDIA's drivers had been setting the anisotropic filtering level before, it's the same.
aniso 2x = 0x2
Works like a charm. Kudos to craiggen!
The best thing to do, until the tweakers catch up, is to create some registry keys, and put some shortcuts on the desktop.
|More XBox Sales - 12/05/01 @ 9:46 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|According to NPD TRST , the leading source for sales and market data on the video game industry, the XBox has taken the lead in sales after two weeks. Click the headline for the whole story. Here's a snip:|
|New Favorite Pic - 12/05/01 @ 8:23 pm - By: MikeC - Source: FilePlanet|
|Time for an updated favorite pic which comes to us courtesy of the IL-2 Sturmovik demo from UbiSoft. I know most of you aren't heavy-duty flight sim gamers, and neither am I, but you'll definitely be in for a visual treat. The game runs under OpenGL (preferred) and Direct 3D and I was impressed while watching playback from the two included demos which run for about 5 minutes apiece. Of course you'll want to enable some form of antialiasing :)|
|SS: OGL vs D3D - 12/05/01 @ 12:55 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I thought it might be interesting to show a quick comparison between these 2 API's, since Croteam just released a patch which exposes these 2.|
|nForce Review - 12/05/01 @ 12:39 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|The Inquirer has kicked up a nForce review. In it, you can see that the nForce lays the smack-down on the AMD 760 and is proclaimed to be a damned fine product.|
|Faster Radeon 8500 - 12/05/01 @ 6:15 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|X-bit labs is reporting that ATI may lauch a faster version of their Radeon early next year to complete with NVIDIA's NV25.|
|GameCube vs Xbox - 12/05/01 @ 6:11 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|ExtremeTech looks at the inner workings of Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox consoles. They discuss fill rates, memory buffers and bandwidth, geometry processing and much more. Pop quiz tomorrow.|
|OpenGL Support - 12/05/01 @ 6:04 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|OpenGL.org has put together a survey for support of OpenGL 2.0. Here are some details.|
|Driver Comparison - 12/05/01 @ 5:52 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Tweakers Asylum has updated their Windows 9X/ME Detonator Driver Performance Database with the latest official 23.11 Detonators. Another comparison using Windows XP can be found over at Warp2Search.|
You can also check this thread in our drivers forum for feedback.
|Hardware Reviews - 12/05/01 @ 5:42 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Anyone is need of a processor upgrade? Do you go with AMD or Intel? To help you decide, GamePC reviews the AMD Athlon XP 1900+ (1.6GHz) while IAmNotAGeek checks out the 1.7GHz Pentium 4 from Intel.|
Of course you'll need some memory too. How about Crucial's PC2100 DDR which is reviewed at Serial Addiction?
And to top it off, how about a souped up GeForce2 Ti from Gainward? Digit-Life has you covered.
|Radeon Reviews - 12/05/01 @ 3:25 am - By: Ben - Source:|
|A couple of Radeon reviews - SharkyExtreme checks out the 8500 and 7500 while Hartware.net reviews the 8500 (in German).|
|8500 vs GeForce3 - 12/05/01 @ 2:06 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I came across this site by accident, but they do put an 8500 up against a GF3. |
Let's get right to the their conclusion...
Different review, same conclusion.
|EN: Inspire 5.1 5300 - 12/05/01 @ 1:15 am - By: NeilY - Source: Envy News|
|So, you want to join the ranks of those that watch DVD-video on their PCs, but Klipsch, Logitech, and Altec Lansing's 5.1-channel speakers are just too expensive for your wallet. What if I was to tell you that Creative has a pair that is very light on the purse, but packs most of the great features of speakers four times it's sticker price! They look pretty shwanky too, so hop on over for some 6-speaker love, at your local gadget shop.|
|GeForce3 Giveaway - 12/04/01 @ 9:46 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Overclocker Cafe is giving away an Asus V8200 GeForce3. You have to answer a few questions pertaining to the donor of said prize.|
|Game Console Sales - 12/04/01 @ 9:45 pm - By: Ben - Source:|
|Credit Suisse First Boston has released it's weekly report on the console market for the week of November 18-24. Nintendogamer has the full story which you can read by clicking the headline. Here's the obligatory snip:|
|ATI 8500 Review - 12/04/01 @ 9:43 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|x-bit labs takes a look at the Radeon 8500 and 8500 LE. the reivew features a ton of interesting benchmarks including comparisons to the Ti 200 and Ti 500 with settings and features tested extensively.|
|Dell Uses Via - 12/04/01 @ 9:37 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|This is definitely an interesting development out the #1. Dell's latest 1RU server uses a Via chipset.|
Will this open the door to Via in the consumer line?
|Cox & Comcast Alive - 12/04/01 @ 9:25 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|Cox and Comcast have both cut a deal with Excite@Home to keep up Internet access. This leaves AT&T out in the cold still though. The word is that the younger dudes who run Excite, just didn't like the way the suits at AT&T play ball. Being that Excite is trying to up the offer to purchase price from AT&T, it makes sense that Excite put the squeeze on AT&T.|
|nForce Review - 12/04/01 @ 8:19 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Bjorn 3D has completed their review of NVIDIA's nForce chipset using a reference motherboard. Armed with an Athlon XP 1800+ processor and GeForce3 Ti 500, they are out to do some major damage. They also test the performance of the GeForce2 MX integrated graphics.|
MikeC: I have yet to start on our nForce review, but I'm planning to split it into multiple parts. The review of Prolink's GeForce3 Ti 200 is taking longer than expected. One reason is that I'm using some java code which really hits the nail on the head when showing comparisons of image quality. The time consuming part is taking screenshots and ensuring the exact X and Y positions are retained in each example.
|23.11 Released - 12/04/01 @ 1:25 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I noticed that nVidia has officially released the 23.11's this morning. Go grab em.|
|New OpenGL Demos - 12/04/01 @ 12:10 pm - By: MikeC - Source: OpenGl.org|
|Was checking out OpenGL.org and noticed a couple of posts in regards to new/updated OpenGL demos. The first is from NVIDIA on shadow mapping which has been updated to includes support for GeForce3 hardware shadow maps. The demo shows the progression of shadowmapping techniques from TNT to GeForce to GeForce3. NeHe has 19 new demos which were created for their Productions Apocalypse 2001 contest. You can also vote for your favorite demo.|
|AMDs Breakthrough - 12/04/01 @ 11:49 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|AMD announced today it has built a CMOS transistor that achieves the fastest switching speeds yet reported in the semiconductor industry. As a result, microprocessor performance has the capability to increase ten-fold by the end of the decade. |
|Press Release - 12/04/01 @ 11:44 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|NVIDIA has issued a press release announcing that their GeForce3 Ti 200 and GeForce2 Ti GPUs are available in the SCALEO line of home personal computer systems from Fujitsu Siemens.|
|GeForce2 Ti Review - 12/04/01 @ 11:40 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Bjorn 3D has posted a review of the Hercules 3D Prophet II Titanium (GeForce2 Ti). The compare performance to VisionTek's GeForce2 Ti on a 733MHz Pentium 3.|
|GeForce3 Contest - 12/04/01 @ 11:34 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|The folks over the Overclocker Cafe are getting into the holiday spirit by giving away an Asus V8200 GeForce3. Click on the headline to check it out.|
|nVidia Raising $1B - 12/04/01 @ 7:58 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source: Fool|
|Before heading off to bed, I noticed an interesting post over @ Fools. This link will take you to a page where you can see that nVidia is going to raise another $1 Billion in cash (selling 20 Million shares).|
In another thread, a story that was yanked from Reuters had the following to say:
|SS Article Update - 12/04/01 @ 4:54 am - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I just wanted to let you guys know that I've added one more page to my article on supersampling and the GeForce3.|
What I basically did was perform an experiment in which I could realistically calculate the performance gain that one could expect, if nVidia provided Super-Sampling AND you could harness the architectural features of the GF3.
Recall, using this hack, you lose those GF3 optimizations (IE advanced memory controller, Z-Compression, etc.).
I think you might be surprised at the results.
|nForce Review - 12/03/01 @ 11:04 pm - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|NVchips-fr has posted a review of the reference nForce. The review's in French.|
|More on SUMA - 12/03/01 @ 11:01 pm - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Reactor Critical has some additional information about SUMA's tweaked out Ti 200 based card reported here. They have a huge product shot of it, (from Akiba) and add that SUMA intends to add a Conextant TV-out on the Platinum versions. It's price is hovering around $200 with the conversion and with the awesome specs, some lucky people may end up getting a Ti 500 for that price. ;)|
|Herc & Gigabyte - 12/03/01 @ 10:53 am - By: JonathanM - Source: NVchips-fr|
|Digit-Life has an interesting post containing a picture of Hercules' Ti 500 offering as well as Gigabyte's Ti 500 offering, and they're identical! Their Hercules even had a sticker with GF3500, the name of Gigabyte's card on it.|
NVchips-fr has a response from Hercules about this. Here's the quick translation:
Q: The GF3500 sticker?
Q: Identical components?
Q: How could there be two identical cards?
And the last question which is answered quite vaguely...
Q: Does Hercules manufacture the Gigabyte cards?
|RS Calendar - 12/03/01 @ 10:31 am - By: JonathanM - Source:|
|Borsti over at Riva Station has a new calendar up for the month of December. This month's pinup is Gainward's CARDEXpert GeForce 3 Ti500 TV.|
|Dell Drivers - 12/03/01 @ 10:24 am - By: JonathanM - Source: Email|
|Electic sends word that Dell has released some new drivers for NVIDIA based products. These drivers have only been tested with DELL products and are based on the NVIDIA Detonator Drivers Version 21.89. The drivers are available for Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP.|
|Teppro Products - 12/03/01 @ 7:49 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Herman from Argentina, South America sends word that Teppro has various flavors of GeForce2 and GeForce3 Titanium based cards from X-Micro available. We reviewed a couple of their GeForce2 (MX and Ultra) cards a while back and they are solid products.|
|Radeon Reviews - 12/03/01 @ 7:40 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Fortunately, I'm still with cable modem service as Cox Communications continues to negotiate with Excite @Home. However, 850,000 customers of AT&T had their service pulled from them yesterday. See story.|
I was busy yesterday attending to a couple of things. Painting continues in my wife's quest to spruce up parts of the house. My breaks were spent re-installing Windows XP on our second machine due a hard drive (30GB Maxtor) failure. Jack-of-all trades, master of none, eh?
Scott came through with another great article on how to use supersampling on the GeForce3. Although antialiasing is in it's infancy on consumer based graphics cards, I've become fond of it and am looking forward to future enhancements from NVIDIA.
|Beast Project - 12/02/01 @ 11:32 pm - By: DaveW - Source: N/A|
|Well this is cool... fans of two of my all time favorite games - Freespace 2 and Homeworld Cataclysm - are attempting to cross-breed them into a mod called The Beast Project. Their idea is to recreate the whole Homeworld Cataclysm campain as a Freespace 2 TC Mod. I hope they pull it off...|
|GF3 Supersampling - 12/02/01 @ 7:35 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I have posted my article which covers the capability of supersampling antialiasing on the GeForce3. Many thanks go out to Alexey Nicolaychuk (of RivaTuner fame) for "hooking me up."|
|'Tis The Season - 12/02/01 @ 12:07 pm - By: HalcYoN - Source:|
|Two words: College Football|
Update: Can the Hokies come back? Maybe? Nope.
Update: Florida lost!!! The Horns have their destiny in their own hands.
Update: Chris Simms is a no-talent a**-bag!!! He is the best player of the game, FOR THE BUFFALOES. I guess he is afraid to play for the national championship.
Update: Major is THE MAN!
Final Update: Couple of bonehead coaching calls from both sides let the Longhorns back in and also slammed the door. Congrats to the Buffaloes, represent the Big 12 proudly.
|New OpenGL Demo - 12/02/01 @ 11:00 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Cass Everitt, NVIDIA's OpenGL Engineer, sent a message to let me know there is a new OpenGL demo available. Here is the skinny.|
|NVIDIA & Compaq - 12/02/01 @ 10:28 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: News.com|
|Missed this one a couple days back...|
NVIDIA powered Compaqs topped the field in PC Magazine's Ultimate PC Round-Up.
|Enron's Loss - 12/02/01 @ 10:19 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: News.com|
|...is NVIDIA's gain.|
Many Texans are still baffled over how the energy powerhouse in downtown Houston could cook the books so far out of whack to cause a complete melt-down. When you eat it, the analysts have to remove your company from major indexes and someone moves in.
I have a brother-in-law that recently moved to Enron to be part of the growth and "excitement" of the now collapsed mega-enrgy corporation. Not many saw this one coming.
|GeForce3 Cooling - 12/02/01 @ 10:12 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweak Max stuck an Alpha 153 low profile heatsink/fan unit on to their VisionTek GeForce3 to see if they could a little bit more bang for the buck. Results were solid, showing another 10% of core overlcock-ability and few extra MHz on the memory as well.|
|BIOS Editor Update - 12/02/01 @ 9:53 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|BIOS Editor has been updated to .98a, available over at Electic Tech. I don't really recommend use of this program unless as you never know what could happen, heh.|
|GF3 Ti 500 Review - 12/02/01 @ 9:39 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|Tweak Town has posted their review of the Leadtek WinFast Titanium 500 TD, giving it nine stars out of ten. They start with a little history and work their way into the "flagship".|
|IrfanView 3.60 - 12/01/01 @ 6:42 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|IrfanView 3.60 is available. This is a freeware multimedia viewer and is one of the best image viewers available. Changes in this version include improved Windows XP compatibility, support for JPEG2000 format, some minor bugs/features fixed/added (crop).|
MikeC: I've been using IrfanView for years. In fact, all the images used in my reviews are put together using IrfanView.
|Max Payne For Xbox - 12/01/01 @ 6:30 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Voodoo Extreme|
|According to 3D Relams, Max Payne will be released for the Xbox and Playstation 2 on December 7th. Click on the headline for more goodies on Max Payne and consoles.|
|@Home In Limbo - 12/01/01 @ 5:23 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|Today, a judge ruled that Excite@Home can end it's partner contracts. This leaves 4.1 million users in a limbo mode, as there is yet to be word from any of the companies involved as to whether they will suspend service. There is hope that AT&T may up it's bid for Excite@Home and keep things afloat. AT&T has offered $307 million and they may up that slightly to $400 million. There is still a chance that cable customers may soon be shut off from cable internet access. This effects 45% of cable modem users in the US, and can really throw a monkey wrench into the internet gears if service ceases to exist suddenly.|
|Another Article - 12/01/01 @ 12:52 pm - By: Typedef Enum - Source:|
|I just wanted to pass along to you guys that I've got something in the works which I believe a lot of you guys will be interested in.|
This one won't take nearly as long to finish, and I'm hoping to have it done sometime this weekend.
|Goodbye George - 12/01/01 @ 12:06 pm - By: Pakman - Source:|
|Well, another Beatle has passed away. George Harrison was a great guitarist and all around nice guy. He always strived to find a spiritual reason for life and death, and was considered to be the "quiet" Beatle. His wide range of guitar styles were quite amazing, he will be missed by many. But, as George said "All things must pass".|
|@Home Alternatives - 12/01/01 @ 10:26 am - By: Pakman - Source:|
|Cnet has an article which deals with the possibility of Excite@Home having it's plug pulled today, and where to get alternative service. I know that I need to study this article, and that about 4 million other users may want to.|
|NVIDIA & TSMC - 12/01/01 @ 9:13 am - By: MikeC - Source:|
|While NVIDIA remains mum on their strained relationship with semiconductor manufacturer TSMC, the Inquirer has a few tidbits of information for us. According to the report, United Microelectronics has struck a deal with NVIDIA to produce chipsets for the Xbox. Also, TSMC will continue to produce .15 micron parts for NVIDIA.|
|Poseidon's Story - 12/01/01 @ 9:01 am - By: HalcYoN - Source: Email|
|It seems as though the Poseidon water cooling system for the GeForce3 Ti 500 has fallen off the radar. Got Apex? tells the story of its product development, beginning to end(?).|