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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2004Archive Listing


Monday May 31, 2004

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

Memorial Day Gaming Editorial:

The crew at Bit-Tech have a thought provoking editorial about WWII games and Memorial Day. Should big companies like Activision give a little to memorial funds? Is rushing a virtual Omaha Beach from the safety of your armchair good? Bad? Do companies have an obligation to give something to memorials or would it be a good gesture? Read the editorial and see what you think.

Do Call of Duty and other WWII games do the same? I guess you can’t expect a video game to able to achieve this level of artistry or realism, but, then, isn’t there something weird about reworking of real-life horror to ultimately - let’s face it - make money? Aside from a few meaningful quotes about war from the likes of Churchill, Einstein and um, Stalin, COD does little to honour history.

Gigabyte 3D Cooler GT:

You have to admit, the Gigabyte 3D Cooler is a pretty unique HSF to say the least. We also hear it performs pretty well too. Check out this clip from the full review here:

The engineers at Gigabyte obviously had their thinking caps working and were able to produce something that is unique, stylish AND most importantly effective with their first lineup of heatsink coolers.

Games On EBay:

Since it is slow news day due to the holiday, here is an eBay link of the day for you. No, it isn’t a link to some dude in a dress (like last time) it is for a little piece of gaming history. Check out the autographed Quake 3 Tin Box and a Q3: Team Arena that were signed by the whole idsoftware crew is up for sale on Ebay. If you are big idsoftware buffs, you’ll want to check these out. There is also a Star Trek: Elite Forces from signed by Raven Software up on the block too.

[H]ardNews 5th Edition

Danger Den TDX:

The latest in waterblock design from Danger Den has hit the review bench at Mad Shrimps today. The crazy crustaceans put the complete kit, including the new TDX block, through a few rounds of testing with very impressive results.

I'm convinced the TDX will become an immediate success. I highly recommend this water-block, and believe it will out-perform many other blocks on the market to date. I'd say we have a top contender on our hands as we did with the RBX.

Windows Tips:

The crew at I am not a Geek have some tips for speedier file browsing under WindowsXP. Kinda common sense stuff that advanced users might already know, but helpful to others that might not know.

If you're like me and you wonder why there's a delay between when you open My Computer and when it shows you the stuff you want: XP automatically searches your network for any network shares (Printers and Files). While it's looking for this information you're sitting there waiting for your stuff to be displayed.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

Memorial Day:

Most people are simply enjoying the 3 day weekend, but please take a moment to honor the memory of all the U.S. Service men and women that have given their lives to keep the USA and much of the free world safe from tyranny, evil and oppression. We support our men and women in the armed forces every single day for all the things we have and today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. No matter your politics, please take a moment to think about these Americans, past and present and the very real families they have left behind. Many of their families and friends will not be sharing a joyous weekend like many of us. Do remember that it is because of all these men and women that have given their lives in the past that we are able to enjoy the freedoms that we do today in the United States of America. The U.S. Military Memorial Day website.

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition

Vantec Cable Sleeving:

Here is a great way to spend a few hours spiffying up your computer (no…spiffying is not a real word). Tweak News has a Vantec cable sleeving kit in house for a little review action, and I do have to admit, the results are impressive.

Cable sleeving kits are a great convenience for modders. What Vantec has done is offer us a fantastic solution, with a variety of choices in terms of color (including some that are UV reactive).

Poseidon H20 Kit:

People looking for a quiet alternative to fan cooling might be interested in this Poseidon WCL-03 water cooling kit but I emphasize the “might”. The performance of the kit is on par with good air cooling, but the odd waterblock with the built in water pump and small radiator really limits the customer base for this thing. Overclockers need not apply.

I’ve been playing around with this thing for a few days now, and I’m still impressed at the effectiveness of the Poseidon WCL-03. It’s a very powerful plug and play water cooling solution that certainly will not break the bank.

Mouse Grips:

Monster Hardware has posted a review of mouse grips. You know, it’s those no-slip stickers used in the bottom of your bathtub cut up into little shapes so you can stick them all over your mouse.

I've been using Mouse Grips on my mouse at home and in the office for a week I have really gotten accustomed to the new feel it gives my mouse. Even more, any contact between my palm and the actual plastic casing of the mouse feels real nasty now!

There you have it folks, you can take a sleek, sexy mouse like my Logitech MX700 and make it feel real “nasty” and make your mouse ugly as hell.

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

UT2004 Community Bonus Pack II:

There is a post on the Atari Community Forums that has a list of download locations for the UT2004 Community Bonus Pack 2. There are something like 20 new maps, new mutators and new character skins. The download is a hefty 191MB, but if you play a lot of UT2004 online, this is a must have.

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The second volume of the pack contains 20 new maps, four new characters and two new mutators, created by some of the most talented members of the Unreal community.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition

Intel Bundlemania:

Apparently Intel bundling CPU & mainboards (as they always have) is upsetting some Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers. The real news of this story is the actual boards being launched by Intel, the 925 Alderwood boards the D925XCV and the D925XBC and a handful of 915 Grantsdale boards, including the D915PBL, D915PCY, D915PCM, D915PGN and D915PSY.

Intel has been pushing the sales of its new own-brand Pentium 4 motherboards in Europe by bundling CPUs – a move that is putting pressure on Taiwanese motherboard makers, according to sources at the local makers.

MS Extends Supprt:

Microsoft is extending support for their business and developer products from 5 years mainstream support, 2 years extended support phase and 8 years online support to 5 years mainstream support, 5 years extended support phase and 10 years online support.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Server and Tools Marketing Andrew Lees announced to attendees the June 1 launch of an expanded and enhanced product support life-cycle policy. The updated policy will provide customers with a minimum total of 10 years of mainstream and extended support for business and developer products.

Sunday May 30, 2004

[H]ardNews

Cooling:

Thermalright SP97 in French - SkiveStream HSF @ HardwareHounds - Aquagratix GPU Cooler @ DarkTweaker - CoolerMaster Blowers @ HardwareZone

Etc.:

EPoX Bluetooth Gear @ EnvyNews - MP3 Player @ R&B; - Transcend DDR500 @ TechLounge - Swiss USB Knife @ HardH2O - Catalyst Driver Showdown in German

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Infinium Labs in Iraq:

Jordan Harmes dispatched secret CIA and Ninja type operatives to Iraq and came up with this highly classified photo that has been leaked to HardOCP.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition

110 Nanometer VPU:

Digitimes is reporting that ATI will bring to market a 110 nanometer VPU this week for it X300 line of Radeon graphics cards and move to 90 nanometer later this year. PCI-Express parts are also slated for this week. Thanks Mike Stevens.

ATI Technologies will showcase its first 0.11-micron graphics chip, the Radeon X300 (formally named RV370), at Computex Taipei 2004 from June 1-5, according to market sources. The Radeon X300 chips aim at the entry-level card market with prices below US$100.

$.50 / Gig:

I see where CompUSA has 120GB 7200RPM Seagate ATA100 hard drives on sale for $60 after all the rebates. That sure does open up a lot of room for movies ripped to DivX. And while you are there, make sure you check out the All-in-Wonder 9600 for $150 after rebate. Thanks Peter Allison.

AMD Tech Tour:

See the seething underbelly of system integrator trade shows at the CoolTechZone.

AMD had 64-bit, unreleased versions of UT2004 and FryCry at the show. AMD went on to show how 64-bit computing is faster even on existing 32-bit applications such as games. AMD even had Microsoft's upcoming 64-bit Beta version of Windows XP at the show. AMD stated, upcoming SP2 from Microsoft combined with an Athlon 64 processor can protect users from 50% viruses that are online due to the virus protection built in Athlon 64 chips. AMD had a script that showed how a 64-bit Athlon 64 processor stopped the virus while a 32-bit system (Intel) didn't.

End in Sight for BIOS Guide:

After years of tweaking, Rojack is finally getting closer to calling it "finished," but not quite yet. Quite frankly, today's BIOS are working very very well in terms of performance when set to default for many boards.

Adrian's Rojak Pot has just posted The Final Interim Release of The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide Rev. 8.0!

Saturday May 29, 2004

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Gigabyte 9800XT:

Gigabyte makes some very solid motherboards, now find out what GamePyre has to say about their video cards.

For now, keeping in mind the price differences on the net, if you want to purchase a card I would STRONGLY suggest waiting till after the X800XT and 6800 Ultra actually hit the market.

ATI Mobility Vs NV Go:

This is very likely going to be the first year that real gamers have given a second thought to buying a DTR (Desktop Replacement) notebook. Hexus has a look at what is hot right now by pitting our two favorite video rivals head to head.

Buy any laptop with MR9600, MR9700 or Go5700 and be confident of high performance, high image quality gaming on the move.

Video Shootout:

If you have a couple of hundred of dollars to spend on a video card today, or possibly less if you shop around, then you will want to read up on NordicHardware's verdict of their latest video card showdown.

On the table we have two GeForce FX 5900 XT, one GeForce FX 5700 Ultra (with GDDR3) and one Radeon 9600 XT.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition

Cooling:

Cool and Silent PSU @ SystemCooling

Etc.:

400W PSU @ XYZ - Manhunt for the PC @ GamePyre - Logitech Cordless Combo @ CTZ - Rock Laptop @ Hexus - Wireless Router @ DesignTechnica

Modding:

Wicked Lan Party Box @ PCUnleash - More Nomad Mem @ ViperLair - Shiny Blue Dually Fans @ Crucible

Friday May 28, 2004

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

Thief 3 Demo:

If you are looking for something to do this long weekend, our friends at ShackNews have the Thief 3 Demo available for download. The demo includes the first mission of the game and a tutorial. Gotta grab this one.

Eidos has released a Thief: Deadly Shadows demo, allowing you try out the new ION Storm game which recently shipped to stores. The hefty 426mb download includes a tutorial along with the game's first mission.

Oddly enough, ShackNews is also reporting that the publisher Eidos is firing a 20 - 25 of the people behind Thief 3 and Deus Ex, Warren Spector is quitting and the company will change names as it moves to developing PS2 only games.