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Archive for April, 2021

Scythe Katana-Cu CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Snip: I’ve also thought the name Scythe was a cool name for a company, and I’ve always wanted the chance to review their products. Now I have that chance, I received three items from Scythe for review. First up today is the Scythe Katana Cu CPU cooler. It is based on the now common heatpipe cooling system, heatpipes have come a long way since they were first introduced quite a few years ago. The Scythe Katana is rather small, and I was very curious if it would cool my AMD X2 CPU, running two cores, it can get pretty hot under load. Let’s find out how well the Katana works. Full review @ ThinkComputers

Corsair XMS3500LL Pro Series Twinx Memory Kit @ Modthebox

Snip: Corsair is a name synonymous with high-speed, high quality, rock solid, king of the hill RAM. The company has been pumping out high speed modules from their assembly plant in Fremont, California since 1994. The XMS (Xtreme Memory Speed) line has been engineered and tested for superior performance catering to gaming enthusiasts everywhere. Full review @ Modthebox

Gainward to launch 512MB 7900 GT for AGP and PCI-e

Considering the great non-reference boards Gainward have been releasing lately, like the 512MB 7800GT GLH and the fantastic AGP based 7800GS ‘GLH’ with 24 pipelines instead of 20 (essentially making it a 7800 GT for AGP), it would be no surprise to see them launch a 7900GT with 512MB of memory. However, there is a rumour that 512MB 7900 GT boards will be available?for both AGP and PCI-e. Didn’t see that coming! The AGP version is currently unannounced so i won’t confirm anything about the card at present, but it is rumoured to be a GLH, so it may come with rather tasty clock speeds. It is meant to?come with?512MB of?memory. The PCI-e versions are definitely coming?by the end of?April in Golden Sample and GLH flavours. The GS?board is clocked with a 550 MHz core, and comes with 512MB of memory clocked at 1400 MHz.?The?"Goes like Hell" model,?will come with higher clocks of at least 580MHz?core and 1650MHz on the memory, they may even end up higher by the time they reach retail. Gainward’s recent non-reference boards have unofficially been limited editions with demand hugely outstripping supply. It is said that supply should be far better with these products, let’s hope so!

ATI Catalyst 6.4 released

ATI have released Catalyst 6.4. Performance updates include: 3DMark06 CPU scores improve as much as 4.9% across all product lines 3DMark06 HDR 2 Deep Freeze (SM3.0) test improves as much as 2% Call of Duty 2 improves approximately 1.4-2% on X1900 and X1800 Crossfire configurations. Gains are slightly less (1.3%) for non-Crossfire?X1900 and X1800 products FarCry improves 2-3% on X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF Half Life 2 improves as much as 3.8% on X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF Unreal Tournament 2004 gains 3-5% on all X1x00 non-Crossfire configurations Improvements have been made to the Avivo video processing engine during standard definition (SD) video playback. Edge enhancement or sharpening effectively improves image quality by enhancing details lost during encoding and processing. Noise reduction algorithms are improved to ensure original detail is preserved, while removing unwanted noise. ATI card owners, go grab them here!

ATI Radeon X1900 GT Leaked

It appears there is a new X1900 card coming this summer, the X1900 GT. So far the X1800 XT has had to step up and compete against Nvidia’s 7900 GT, which is not a good strategy as it means ATI are producing two concurrent chips at present, R520 and R580, or perhaps it’s just old stock floating about. The X1900 GT will have 36 pixel shaders, be clocked at 575/600 and come with 256MB of memory. This should?bring its performance very close to a 7900 GT, i would imagine.?This card is?really a direct replacement?for the power hungry X1800 XT,?it should be cheaper for ATI to produce the X1900 GT compared to the X1800 XT. Rumour has it that the cards might unlock to 48 pixel?shaders too as its built using the R580 core. Have to wait and see on that one.

OCZ DDR2 PC2-5400 Gold GX XTC 1 GB @ Overclockers Online

Snip: As for my experience and recommendation, I have to say this is fine RAM for someone doing some overclocking. Why? Well, out of the package you’re guaranteed a nice frequency to work your frontside bus up to as you keep the memory frequency at a 1:1 with your processor and the latency as low as you can without the system becoming unreliable. Full review @ Overclockers Online

Cooler Master Centurion 532 Case @ Viper Lair

Snip: The real cheap cases can be had for under $40 these days, but for $20 to $30 more, we think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better choice under $80. It is easy to work with, well built and has good cooling performance. Full review @ Viper Lair

Apple Mac mini Dual Core 1.66GHz @ Designtechnica

Snip: The Mac Mini is the Bruce Lee of the computing world – small frame, incredibly fit, lightning fast and able to take on any sized opponent with unflinching confidence. Full review @ Designtechnica

Tomb Raider Legend @ Bit-tech

Snip: As we mentioned earlier, the full retail game comes with an option disabled in the PC demo – the ability to enable "Next Generation Content". What exactly does that mean? Rather than the more traditional approach of allowing the adjustment of multiple advanced graphics options like High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting, Crystal Dynamics have adopted a simplified approach, presumably based on the assumption that the more casual gamer that this franchise attracts won’t have a clue what HDR is all about. The good news for us graphics geeks is that you’re getting more than just mere HDR. Let’s compare two identical scenes: on the left, we have anti-aliasing and every other game option enabled, but Next Generation Content disabled. The second screenshot adds this option. Full review @ Bit-tech

Abit A8N 32X @ HotHardware

Snip: The new board in question is the Abit AN8 32X, which is one of only a scant few motherboards on the market produced with nVidia’s high-end nForce4 SLI X16 chipset. The chipset, currently the product of choice for high-end gamers and enthusiast, has only been adopted by Asus and MSI to date. Asus’s board went through a lot of initial teething issues (being the first nForce4 SLI X16 on the market), whereas MSI’s board hasn’t been largely accepted by the enthusiast community. Abit’s board is hoping to not only deliver a more thorough feature-set, but do so at a lower price point compared to Asus and MSI. Full review @ HotHardware

3.0 GHz Opteron 156 within a month

We love Opterons. The 256 and 856 parts are on sale today, and the 156 will be following within 30 days. AMD are stating this is the last single core Opteron, from now on all new models will be dual-core. The 3.0GHz chip will consume 95w. This should be a damn fine chip for overclocking nuts, but the price will no doubt be over ?500. I’m waiting to see what will be available on AM2 before i sink 500 notes down?:)

Gigabyte NX79T GeForce 7900GT @ GamePyre

Snip: For the price of $339 online, the 7900GT has no peer at this price point. As the 7900GT generally outperforms the competition at its default clock speed, this makes the GIGABYTE card a decent choice to buy a new card. Later, if you want to buy a second 7900GT, you get more performance than any currently available single video card in SLI mode. The only reasons this card didn’t get a Gold award was it was hard to find online due to limited stock of NVIDIA chips and its popularity, not to any fault of GIGABYTE per se, and the fact that other manufacturers have Lifetime Warranties with their cards. Other than that the card is a fine specimen of a 7900GT and will please any user looking for an NVIDIA based gaming card hands down. Full review @ GamePyre

Mushkin XP2-5300 Memory @ Motherboards.org

Snip: High capacity, high speed, and slick looks make this memory a very solid product. Couple that with swanky new heat spreaders that’ll keep the sweltering chips chilly when the clocks go sky high, and you’ve got a formula to come out swinging with. Much like some of the other vendors we’ve covered in these parts, Mushkin has a reputation to uphold ? that being one of high quality, and incredible overclocks. Full review @ Motherboards.org

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard @ NordicHardware

Snip: Instead of a bunch of noisy fans, ASUS has opted for a heatpipe solution, leading away the heat from both the north- and southbridge to a larger heatsink right next to to CPU socket. This heatsink also cools one cluster of the power solution’s MOSFETs and due to its proximity to the CPU heatsink it gets an adequate airflow. The second cluster sits beneath another heatsink just above the CPU socket. Full review @ NordicHardware

Sapphire Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX @ HotHardware

Snip: HotHardware evaluate Sapphire?s liquid-cooled Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX. The card was a heck of a performer, and it turned out to be quite overclockable as well.? Head on over to the site and check it out? Full review @ HotHardware

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