completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects
such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you
can hide in them), many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects.
Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a
previously unseen level of detail.
The Threat the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ actually performs relatively well
considering it's a lower end system.
| Unreal Tournament
Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award
winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound
and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs
the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a
DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.
a gamer the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ will serve you just fine. Yes it does come in
last here in UT2003 but I doubt you'd notice it, you can also use the money that
you save on the motherboard to buy a better videocard. :)
A decent value-oriented
We're as guilty as everyone
else on the web for focusing on Pentium 4 and Athlon64 based systems the last
little while. There's still a huge market for AMD's K7 products, and considering
that there's no killer application or game on the market, we should not write
off the little AthlonXP just yet.
If you're already an K7 user and want a bit more without
having to do a complete system overhaul, the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ is definitely a board you should
take a closer look at. Considering it can be found for as little as $80 CDN ($50 US), it's quite a steal!
Those of you with smaller cases will love the small foot
print of the motherboard, it should be able to fit in even the most cramped ATX
case. As usual the PCB is very well labelled and user friendly but you'll
probably have to take a look at the manual when installing peripherals or
headers. One note, take care when you're installing your videocard, the memory
retention clips can knock off a resister if you're not careful enough!
Performance of the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ was good for
its class. It's slightly slower than a nForce2 equipped motherboard, but I doubt
most users will notice unless you're a benchmark freak. Whether you're gaming or
working in Word, the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ should be able to keep the majority
of you out there with a tight budget, satisfied.
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