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Sunbeam Round Cold Cathode Fans @ Computer Critics

Making your computer case look fantastic is cheap and easy with Sunbeam´s line of UV-reactive Cold Cathode fans. Computer Critics takes a look at these groovy new mods and gives you the scoop.

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3DCenter News: ATi & nVidia in driver "optimizations" race

"nVidia uses in 3DMark2001 and 3DMark03 application specific optimizations in the drivers 44.03 to 44.90, which under first benchmark approx. 16 percent and under second benchmark approx. 62 percent (!) performance advantage under 8x anisotropic filter bring in. Whether these application specific optimizations bring disadvantages in the image quality with itself was not tested, since application specific optimizations do not have anyway absolutely to be in theoretical benchmarks.<...>
ATi used further a general optimization under the anisotropic filter in the drivers 03.2 to 03.6, which yields an approximately 20% performance advantage under 16x anisotropic filter in the flyby benchmarks of Unreal Tournament 2003 while producing no mentionable effect in some of the other benchmarks. In other benchmarks however as well do not fasten as at all. ATi filters the base texture when anisotropic filtering only trilinear, any further textures (stages) however only bilinear. Disadvantages in the image quality apart from this bilinear/trilinear filter-mixture could not be proven. Nevertheless, the question as to whether this general optimization of the anisotropic filter does not represent an unallowed optimization in itself has to remain unanswered, since ATi´s postulated "trilinear filtering" is not achieved. Also, nVidia offers here — except for the shown execption in Unreal Tournament 2003 — a normal trilinear anisotropy for all texture stages."

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BLUETAKE BT400 GII Bluetooth Headset Review @ Jsi Hardware

"Mobile phones have been getting cheaper and better as time goes on, now with Bluetooth wireless technology it makes it possible to have a headset work with your phone wirelessly, the BT400 GII is the second Bluetooth enabled device from Bluetake, what makes the BT400 GII better than the BT400 is its ability to control functions of the phone from the headset which the BT400 could not do".

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HWZ review: AOC LM914 19-inch TFT LCD

"For those wanting to bank on the biggest LCD monitors at the most affordable prices, AOC is probably the only brand that puts value as a foremost design thought than anyone else. The AOC LM914 19” TFT LCD may look old because of the Spartan plastic look and feel of its frame/cabinet, but on the bright side, the display specifications are quite impressive with contrast ratios of 600:1 and offering a wide 170 degrees horizontal and vertical viewing angle. Additionally, the monitor’s stand even incorporated business-class stereo speakers and would bode well in office environment for a clean and uncluttered desktop."

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Albatron Gigi FX5600EQ 256Meg Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net

"Overall, the performance of FX5600EQ from Albatron has been a disappointment. With lackluster gaming and benchmarking performance across the board, I wouldn´t recommend this card as a feasible purchase for the hefty pricetag of around US$150. Doing a little research around the net will show you that ATI´s 9600pro is cheaper, overclocks much better and pretty well out performs any FX5600 on the market today."

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