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Friday April 30, 2004

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

PixelView PlayTV@7000:

Got a killer video card but no TV / PVR action going? Bjorn3D has the PixelView PlayTV@7000 on the review bench today giving you their opinion on what this card can do for you. Here is a clip from the review:

The PixelView PlayTV@7000 is a very good complete PVR-solution. The video quality is great and the included applications actually are good enough so you donít need to resort to a 3rd party application. eDrive and the good (but a bit to large) remote are the icing of the cake and complete this package.

Wal-Mart Starts RFID:

Wal-Mart has launched its first live RFID test at seven stores in Dallas. If you are worried about your privacy issues, make sure you wear your tinfoil hat when you are shopping at Wal-Mart. Trust me, no one will notice.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Friday launched its first live test of new merchandise-tracking technology and tried to quell concerns that the devices could pose a consumer privacy risk.

Gainward PowerPack Ultra/960:

A1-Electronics has posted a mini-review of the Gainward FX PowerPack Ultra/960 Golden Sample. Not a whole lot of information here, but it does give you an overall picture of the cards performance.

All-in-all this Gainward FX PowerPack Ultra/960 Golden Sample is again very well made with the exception of the heatsink fan not being as good as the MSI FX5700 Ultra TD128 but that said it is a very well made top quality graphics card giving super performance but with a lack luster software selection.

UT2004 64-bit Tests:

AMDZone has a small write up on Unreal Tournament 2004 64-bit Linux performance versus 32-bit Windows / Linux performance. Performance is very low for the 64-bit Linux platform which is being attributed to immature drivers.

From our testing it appears that the video card drivers are not yet up to speed for 64 bit Linux, or for Linux 32 bit. It is also possible that the AGP drivers could be at fault. It also appears that the 64 bit bit UT2004 Linux demo is merely a straight port and does not enhance performance. It may also be that UT2004 is not able to really take advantage of 64 bit.