Holiday Quiz, Contest and Reviews
The Holiday Season is upon us, but
before Santa prepares his flight plan, the PCstats.com
Newsletter and MSI
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the PCstats Newsletter Quiz,
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Once you've taken the Newsletter
Quiz, I think you'll find our review
of the Soltek SL-K8AN-RL motherboard pretty interesting. If video
cards are more your thing, the Asus Radeon 9600XT offers up a lot of value
for the price. Seasonic are probably not the most familiar company to most
of us, but their new 400W Super Tornado PSU strikes new ground
for those of us with aspirations of low noise PCs. After that,
PCstats latest Beginners Guide deals with the subject of Optical Drives
(CDROMs) and Recording Formats. What the title lacks in adrenalin, the Guide
makes up for in clear explanation of the differences between CD-R, CD-RW,
and the dozen or so different recordable DVD formats .
Despite the lack of 64bit software, we're glad to see that
consumers are adopting the Athlon64 early on. As I'm sure you're all
aware, the 32 bit performance of the Athlon64 is outstanding, rivaled only
by Intel's extremely rare Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
processor. Soltek have arguably produced
the least expensive Athlon64 motherboard on the market with their
SL-K8AN-RL. The remarkable thing is, a low bottom dollar doesn't mean all
the extras have been left by the way side, as the SL-K8AN-RL is very well
equipped. Did we mention that the
SL-K8AN-RL retails for as little as $130 CDN ($100 US)? That's
pretty amazing considering the SL-K8AN-RL has a fair number of goodies
included on board. Continue
Asus' mainstream Radeon A9600XT comes packing
128MB of Samsung memory, and includes a DVI connector and DVI-to-analog
converter. These little DVI-to-analog converters always come in handy,
especially if you want to configure dual analog monitors. If you've ever
wanted to connect the PC to a Television, you'll be happy to know the Asus
Radeon A9600XT videocard is also fully VIVO compatible! The software package that comes with the Asus Radeon
A9600XT is also quite impressive, and oh, I
almost forgot to mention that the Asus Radeon A9600XT also comes with a
Half Life 2 coupon that will allow you to download the
full game via ATi's website when it's released!
Experienced enthusiasts know that a quality power supply can be the
difference between a good overclock and a bad one. These days with
computers facing larger power draws it's essential that you equip your PC
with a steadfast PSU. Otherwise, you're just asking for trouble.
Today we're going to be checking out the
new Seasonic Super
Tornado 400W power supply, which has refreshingly not adopted the
ultra-tacky tacktic of gimmicky LED fans, fan controllers or aluminum
housings. Rather, Seasonic rely on the stability of the powersupply, and
large low-noise fan design.
Clear Type Font Smoothing is one feature that's suppose to help make text more readable on LCD and low resolution monitors in WindowsXP however, it's disabled by default. If you have problems reading the text on your monitor perhaps this will help.
We're going to have to edit two registry values the FontSmoothing and FontSmoothingType string values. First load up regedit (Start -> Run -> regedit then press OK) and follow this path HKEY_Current_User -> Control -> Desktop and locate the two strings and change the values of both to 2.
After that's done save and reboot. Now the text that is displayed should be a lot cleaner and smoother for those of you who thought the text in WindowsXP was lousy.
If you have some spare CPU cycles why not Fold for Team PCStats! You're not just helping us out, you're doing your part to cure the diseases around the world!
The first of two
parts; Everything from the differing optical media recording
standards, read/record speeds to selecting the best recordable DVD format
In a way, the current computer market mirrors
the conditions of a few years ago when the CD-R drive, like email, became
a driving force behind home computer sales. Except this time the emerging
technology is DVD writing. DVD drives are dropping in price, the media is
easily available, and the idea of them has been absorbed by the public.
Or, at least by those consumers with more than a passing interest in
computers, digial music, movies, or whatever. In this article, PCstats will attempt to
clear away some of the fog from the issue of writeable DVD media
standards, as well as explaining how DVD and CD writing technology
actually works, and much much more. In the second half of this beginners guide, PCstats will
explain how to burn a CD-R, create an ISO image, and several other
fundamentals for burning your data to recordable optical media.
With the K8, AMD has even more ambitious
goals than in the past; they're simply trying to revolutionize the
computer industry. The K8 will be the first 64-bit desktop processor which
is fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit software! With 64 bit software obviously the way of the future,
the Athlon64 processor allows users to migrate their software over to
64-bit when they're ready. This contrasts pure 64-bit processors which
translate into expensive purchases of new hardware and new software. With
the Athlon64 processor capable of running 32-bit software now, you can
even still use your favorite 32-bit applications under a 64-bit OS later.
December 15th to December 31st 2003, and is open
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rules for the PCstats.com Newsletter
Wireless 802.11g Networking Bundle Contest.
Understanding the workstation graphics market is a lot like interpreting the differences between Intel's Itanium 2 and AMD's Opteron. Performance is an important consideration, of course, just as it is when comparing a RADEON 9800 XT to a GeForce FX 5950. However, there are a number of other factors that come into play, including price, reliability, and useful life. After all, if there weren't some tangible benefit to buying a $2,000 Quadro FX 3000 over a $500 dollar GeForce FX, nobody would spring for the pricier card.
The most recent news comes from NVIDIA, who just released its Quadro FX 1100, based on the NV36GL core. If you can't imagine paying nearly $1,000 for a glorified GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, consider that NVIDIA's latest "mainstream" offering is capable of outperforming ATI's flagship FireGL X2-256, according to the most recent published results of SPECviewperf 7.1.1. The Quadro FX 1100 is optimized for the applications that constitute the SPEC test, but the practice is actually encouraged in the workstation space, where many users want maximum performance in the few applications that they use.
In response, ATI will be unveiling a new version of its X2 in the next couple of months. I haven't received any specifics, but I'd expect that the upcoming workstation product would look a lot like the 9800 XT.
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. C. Angelini