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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Daily mailbox: Bjorn3D, Legit Reviews, Hard Tecs 4U, OnlyNewZ, Madshrimps, HWZ, Creative Mods, etc. — Cormac @ 13:31  Discuss this

Legion Hardware — (Gigabyte K8NNXP)

"There you have it. Another fantastic Athlon64 motherboard from Gigabyte. The K8NNXP has left a strong impression, just as the K8VNXP did. Having said this, which motherboard should you purchase assuming the decision is to use a Gigabyte branded Athlon64 motherboard? Or more to the point, which motherboard is better? The K8VNXP, sporting the VIA K8T800 chipset or the K8NNXP boasting the NVIDIA nForce3 chipset. Let’s analyze the key differences between these two motherboards first."

Read more at Legion Hardware.

IBM ThinkPad T41 @ TrustedReviews

"This is the latest addition to IBM´s Centrino range of slim line notebook computers. Even with the lid closed the T41 looks good. The understated black finish just makes you want to open the lid and see what´s inside. When the lid is opened you´re not disappointed."

Read more at TrustedReviews.

BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB Review @ Bjorn3D

"Today, we get to take a look at their highest performing product, the Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB. Like many of the other companies offering NVIDIA-based solutions, BFG seems to try to differentiate some of their products with unique cooling solutions. I think this board has their best looking and probably best performing cooler yet. It resembles the one that was on the BFG 5900 board, but this time BFG´s engineers have employed a heatpipe design for more efficient cooling."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Behind Closed Doors @ Corsair Memory, Inc. @ Legit Reviews

"Corsair modules are assembled in Fremont, California by a work force of almost 140 employees working two full shifts. I was shown everything they had at their facility, from the Marketing Department to being able to walk up and down the production line while it was in full swing. Corsair was also happy so show how they manufacture what we have found to be some of the best performing memory in the world...."

Read more at Legit Reviews.

RV360/R360 + NV36/NV38 Video Card Roundup @ Hard Tecs 4U

"We here at Hard Tecs 4U take a look at a few new RV360/R360 and NV36/NV38 based video cards: AOpen Aeolus GeForceFX 5950 Ultra, Leadtek Winfast A380 TDH myVIVO, Leadtek Winfast A360 TD, ASUS Radeon 9800 XT & ASUS Radeon 9600 XT"

Read more at Hard Tecs 4U or this translation.

Latest Drivers and Bios updates @ OnlyNewZ

LITE-ON LDW-401S DVD+RW — Firmware update version DR4ES0J
LITE-ON LSC-24082KX External — Firmware update version KX24JK0H
ASUS PR-DLS533 (1x G.bit-Lan) — bios update 1009 Final
ASUS PR-DLS533 (2x G.bit-Lan) — bios update 1009 Final
ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe — bios update 1008 Final
ASUS A7V600 — bios update 1007 — 03 Beta
ASUS P4S8X — bios update 1005 Final (=1005 — 13 Beta)
ASUS A7V600-X — bios update 1003 — 03 Beta
ELITEGROUP 848P-M Deluxe pcb 5.0 — bios version 5.0d
ELITEGROUP 848P-A Deluxe pcb 1.1 — bios version 1.0b
ELITEGROUP 848P-A pcb 1.0 — bios version 1.0b
ATI Catalyst 3.10 Drivers
3dfx Voodoo2: FastVoodoo2 4.0 XP Gold Edition Drivers
S3 DeltaChrome Drivers v15.06.33.4 Drivers
Nvidia Beta ForceWare 53.30 Drivers
New Intel GigaBit LAN Drivers
Latest Bios and Drivers updates!(300+) — Year 2003

Read more at OnlyNewZ.

Intel Aircooling — Heatsink roundup December 2003 @ Madshrimps

"Exotic heatsinks. Some people buy them for the looks, others buy them for the performance. Which one suits your needs ? We reviewed the Scythe Kamakaze, Swiftech MCX478-V, Speeze EE429B0 CopperSnake and the Thermalright SLK947-U."

Read more at Madshrimps.

HWZ Review: Minolta DiMAGE Xt

"The Minolta DiMAGE Xt performed fine for a 3.2Mpixel ultra-compact camera, but beware of its substandard performance in low light conditions, such as poor flash reach, pale skin tone, slow auto focus and an orange tinge in the night scene test shots. After weighing the pros and the cons, we decided that the Minolta DiMAGE Xt warrants a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating."

Read more at HWZ.

Whisper Rock IV @ Creative Mods

"The Whisper Rock IV CPU cooler from Spire is a great mid range cooler for many reasons. One of these reasons is because its heatsink is very functional, and is visually appealing at the same time. Another one of these reasons is because the Whisper Rock´s fan is extremely quiet. It also does a good job of keeping CPU temps down."

Read more at Creative Mods.

Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800SE @ EOC

"Most of the video cards we have been reviewing are based on the fastest graphics chipsets such as the Radeon 9800 Pro or the GeForce FX5900 Ultra. Even though both ATi and NVIDIA have released newer, faster cards, the 9800 Pro and FX 5900 Ultra are both blindingly fast. Today we will be reviewing the much more affordable Radeon 9800SE from Sapphire. The 9800 SE is more than a hundred dollars cheaper than the 9800 Pro but should provide enough performance for gamers and enthusiasts."

Read more at EOC.

HIS 9600XT and 9800 Pro IceQ Reviews @ TweakTown

"With Christmas just around the corner and your favorite computer-type person wanting that little something special, we have taken a look at a pair of video cards from HIS. With rock bottom prices and some innovative features, it is time to see if the myth of "getting what you pay for" needs to be thrown out the window. Come see for yourself!"

Read more at TweakTown.

OCW Review: GEiL DDR 533 (PC4200) RAM Module

"Today we tested the GEiL DDR 533 (PC4200) RAM Module on the ASUS P4P800S-E Intel 848P mainboard (single channel). The module has amazing performance running at 1:1 at 280MHz FSB without a hitch. Check out the review for more benchmarks and test results."

Read more at OCW.

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