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Archive for September 24th, 2018

Radeon X1300 and X1600 Won’t Need Master Cards

Anandtech has an article stating that ATI’s X1300 and X1600 card will not need a dedicated master card to enable?CrossFire, you can use two regular cards instead over the PCI-e bus. This is possible due to a new driver release which allow this to work. Radeon X850 and X1800 cards will still require a master card to enable Crossfire, mainly due to bandwitdh limitations.



Microsoft and Google in a race to create digital library

Both Microsoft and Google are separetly working towards plans to build global digital libraries. About 100,000 books in the British Library are going to be scanned and put online by Microsoft. The books, which are out of copyright, will be digitised from 2006 and put online as part of Microsoft’s book search service next year. Google is spending $200m (?110m) to create a digital archive of millions of books from four top US libraries. It is also digitising out-of-copyright books from the UK’s Oxford University. The company`s plan was to make available and searchable for everyone on-line even books that are in print and under copyright protection. The iniciative was left aside when both he Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild filed legal action for copyright infringement.



Apple faces legal battle over i-Pod

Consumers from the UK and Mexico have joined a legal battle against Apple over allegedly defective screens on the new iPod Nano music players. In the US, a similar case was filed in October after numerous complaints about scratched or broken screens. Both lawsuits argue that the problems with the screen on the Nano are due to a design flaw. They alleged that Apple was aware of the issue, but chose to ignore it in the rush to get the players into the shops. It is alleged that the resin used on the Nano is much thinner than that used on other iPods. Apple admitted flaws with a small batch of Nanos, but denied that it was more likely to scratch than other iPods. Complaints that the iPod Nano led Apple to offer to replace defective screens on the music players within weeks of its debut in September. At the time, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the problems affected less than a tenth of a percent of the Nanos shipped. As for the lawsuits, Apple says it does not comment on pending litigation.



Hardware Roundup: Tuesday 8th Nov – Reviews from around the web

Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL Athlon64 Heatsink – FrostyTech Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK Review – PC Stats 6800 GS review – bit-tech How To Record & Play Music From A DVD – Designtechnica Gigabyte 6600GT Silent Pipe II Review – Gamepyre Corsair TWINX 2048-3500LLPRO – Overclockersonline News – Overclockers Online Giveaway – Overclockersonline Nikao Dragonfire Case – ThinkComputers Crucial Ballistix PC4000 2GB Memory Review – Legit Reviews TeamGroup Xtreem PC4800 1GB Dual Channel Kit – InsaneTek GigaByte GA-K8N PRO-SLI Mainboard – Bigbruin Gigabyte 8VT880P Combo Motherboard – Viperlair SilverStone Nitrogen NT02 – Extensive Mods Evercool Nighthawk VC-F117 VGA Cooler Review – MadboxPC Arists against 419 – feature and interview – bit-tech?(good read) Buying Guide: Chic Laptop Bags For Fall – Designtechnica NZXT Lexa review – cowcotland Patriot Memory 1GB DC DDR2 PC6400 – Techniz Matrox DualHead2Go Notebook Multi-display Breakout Box – PC Stats Ajigo MF043044 Athlon64 Heatsink Review – FrostyTech



X1800XT reaches higher price than expected

ATI has surprised both customers and reviewers by increasing the price of the X1800XT to $599, instead of sticking to the $549 RRP previously announced by the company. When ATI sent the cards for review, the release date was several week away, but they had already set the price of which was $549, about $100 more than the 7800 GTX, but with 256M more memory. The X1800XT, according to a recent ATI memo making the rounds, is now going to retail at $599, and according to one dealer ‘no one can go below that’. If at first sight the card looked like a good deal, now end-users might consider a better look around? Time will tell if this is just smoke or?fire, but this isn’t the first time ATI RRP’s have not been upheld. If ATI keep making mistakes like this while Nvidia chug along doing exactly what they say they will do, they?are going to be hit hard come next quarters financial results.





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