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October 14, 2000 - October 15, 2000

Ratpadz Surface Review

posted: October 15, 2000 @ 1:24 EDT by: ryan

Guru-X of PCinsight has slapped up a review of the Ratpadz Mousing Surface developed by none other than Kyle Bennett of HardOCP:

"What really makes the Ratpadz shine however, is the Ultraslick polymer coating. This coating is designed to allow the mouse to glide effortlessly over the surface. With ordinary mousepads, gamers may often find themselves struggling to precisely handle the mouse to place that perfect sniper rifle or rocket launcher shot. The polymer surface on the Ratpadz eliminates this problem and should assist in better tracking of the mouse. Another benefit to this coating is that it can be cleaned easily using soap and water, which once again adds to the overall durability and quality of the mousing surface."

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Gladiac Ultra Review

posted: October 15, 2000 @ 1:23 EDT by: ryan

ELSA is first out the gate (again) with the release of their new Gladiac Ultra which is based on the new nVIDIA GeForce 2 Ultra GPU. Find out what makes this the fastest and most expensive consumer video card Gamer's Depot has tested to date.

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2.4GHz Vs. 900MHz Phones

posted: October 15, 2000 @ 7:52 EDT by: ryan

3D Accelerated has posted up a new artcle emtitled: 900mhz vs. 2.4 ghz phones: what's the difference? Here is a snip from the review:

"I hope that surprises many people, because it surprised me as well when I looked at the phones I reviewed. One would think, after so many years of advancements, there would be a difference between digital and analog, or even 900mhz and 2.4 ghz. Technically, there are huge differences - but the home consumer doesn't care about that. All a consumer cares about is phone clarity, and if his meaty paws can pick up the phone, not to mention if those meaty fingers can hit a number key without mashing the others. Well, there are different kinds of phones for everybody - and if you want clarity, read on."

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IGDA Interview

posted: October 15, 2000 @ 7:50 EDT by: ryan

GA-Hardware was lucky enough to get Jason Della Rocca, the Program Director at the IDGA, to take the time out to answer some questions about what the IGDA does to what Matrox has in the works. Overall it's a great read for anyone interested in games or gaming hardware.

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DFI AK74SC Review

posted: October 15, 2000 @ 7:49 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone has a Sunday review for you. They take a look at the AK74SC from DFI. This is a feature rich KX133 motherboard that is missing a key overclocking feature. Here's a small clip:

"While the board does boast the necessary core voltage adjustments, and does have the ability to bump FSB speeds in 1Mhz increments, it fails to provide multiplier adjustments like the Abit KT7, Asus A7V, and the MSI K7-Master do."

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Olympus C-960 Zoom Review

posted: October 15, 2000 @ 7:48 EDT by: ryan

AllHW has posted a review of Olympus' C-960 Zoom 1.3 Megapixel digital camera. Here's a quote:

"1.3 Million pixels, I didn't have the time, or inclination to count all the pixels, so I'll take Olympus' word for it. The 'Easy' arrow operation is very easy, with a simple tap of a few keys giving you access to all the functions available. I didn't test out the TV interface, as I only want to test it as a stills camera. I wouldn't say that it was very small as a camera, although I never really used another digital camera, so I only have a normal camera to compare it with. The zoom is a very useful feature, missing from some of the cheaper cameras around at the moment. The image quality is very good, but more about that later."

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ST: Voyager Review

posted: October 14, 2000 @ 3:45 EDT by: ryan

I must say, I've been playing this game for the last two days and I love it .... LOVE IT. Anyway, EuroGamer takes a look at "Star Trek Voyager : Elite Force", the Quake 3 engined shooter from
Raven and Activision. Here's a little taster:

"The Star Trek Voyager series has become a firm favourite
with the Trek fans I know, who have mostly been bred exclusively
on the BBC's Next Generation episodes up until now. Who knows
quite what the attraction is; perhaps it's the abandonment of the
Federation star system security blanket for a more perilous and
unpredictable storyline, or perhaps it's the desirability of a
larynjectomised Starship captain. Or maybe it's just Borg outcast
7 of 9 and her tight spandex outfit. Actually, I fear it's the latter.

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Many Baldur's Gate II Reviews

posted: October 14, 2000 @ 10:49 EDT by: ryan

There are a bunch of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn reviews on the web today:

  • GameAtosis
  • EuroGamer
  • Happy Puppy

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    Dual Case Intakes

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 10:46 EDT by: ryan

    NetKill.com has posted up an article that gives you a tiny view at dual intakes on computer cases.

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    Why Do Computers Get Faster?

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 10:45 EDT by: ryan

    Coremeltdown.com has writtin up an article that asks the crazy question "Why the heck do computers keep getting faster?" Here's a Quote:

    "You’ve just bought a new PC at the shop – You spent Thousands and it is supposed to be state of the art technology and be the fastest out there – one month later you buy a game, and it goes as slow as a snail. Why?"

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    GeForce2 MX Roundup

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 9:25 EDT by: ryan

    Chick's Hardware posted a GeForce2 MX Roundup article, with boards based on NVIDIA's GeForce2 MX are just starting to appear on the market. They take a look at the Asus GeForce2 MX, Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 MX, Visiontek GeForce2 MX, and the eVGA GeForce2 MX. All the boards were equipped with 32Mb of SDR memory, but which is the best? Here's a snip:

    "The low cost graphic card niche, has been for years dominated by S3 and ATI. 3dfx has also recently tried to enter this high volume market with the release of the Voodoo4 4500 graphics board. As always NVIDIA had something up their sleeves and this time, they announced the GeForce2 MX. With their GeForce2 GTS dominating the high-end market, the GeForce2 MX provided NVIDIA with a card to put their presence in the entry-level/low-end market, and boy did it make an impact! The GeForce2 MX is the only real card that has been accepted by the budget markets and also had the power to impress the high-end gamer."

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    ABIT SlotKET III Review

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 9:23 EDT by: ryan

    The boys at TweakTown have published their review on the ABIT SlotKET III slot1 to socket370 adapter card, the first adapter of it's kind to support both PPGA package and FC-PGA package standards. Here's a taster:

    "I can safely say to you all that the ABIT SlotKET III is the BEST slot1 to socket370 adapter card I have EVER used, it will now be a integral part of my Intel test system. It has a long list of pluses and no faults at all. We give the ABIT SlotKET III 9.5 out of 10 - Top job ABIT!"

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    Leadtek Winfast MX Review

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 9:21 EDT by: ryan

    HardCoreWare.net looked at one of the dozens of GeForce 2 MX video cards out there, the Leadtek Winfast MX.

    "Only a couple things set this apart from others: TV out, and a couple of nice little suprizes that pertain to overclocking. In fact, this GeForce 2 MX goes further than we've ever seen before!"

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    New MS Sidewinder

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 9:18 EDT by: ryan

    Gamer's Depot dug up the dirt on the new Microsoft Precision 2 Sidewinder Joystick.

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    News Is Back!

    posted: October 14, 2000 @ 9:15 EDT by: ryan

    Sorry for the brief interuption of our daily webnews service, but we needed to take this time to upgrade our systems. Sorry for the delay.

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