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S3 tries to get back in the game

Daily Rounder Widen the memory bus, then we’ll talk.
Wed Aug 27 2008, 21:38

S3’S LITTLE CHROME 440GTX GPU is turning some heads in Germany. PC Games Hardware has had it in the lab for 48 hours and they’ve managed to squeeze some great overclocking numbers out of the GPU. The 440GTX comes clocked at 800MHz, but PCGH got it all the way up to 1030 (+28 per cent) – which tells us the GPU is clocked quite conservatively. Although the card comes with GDDR3, the shoddy 64-bit memory interface continues to ruin the equation. Numbers, right here.

One of the most anticipated games of 2008 is the cartoon-ish Battlefield Heroes, EA’s free on-line shooter. AMDZone got hold of a beta and crunched some numbers on several graphics cards – everything from a 6600GT up to a GTX260. You’ll be happy to know that it’ll run on the lowliest of these cards. Actually, the Cel Shading engine makes it a lot easier for developers to keep system specs low… We’re sure it’ll draw in the hungry crowds. Catch AMDZone’s article, here.

Oh, by the way, you might be interested in knowing that EA is giving away 400 beta keys for the game, starting today.

The Professor is in, it seems, in with a WD Velociraptor 2.5-inch enterprise-class drive. The Velociraptor maintains a 100MB/s+ sustained write speed throughout the test on a single-spindle drive – that’s quite impressive. The Prof also says it is quite power efficient, and it does have a better $/GB ratio than an SSD. A 300GB unit will cost you about $350 (about £175), which means it’s around $1.25 per gig. We’d definitely whack one of these into our lappies. Get it here.

Stinkpads are back, with a vengeance. Hot Hardware has Lenovo’s latest ultraportable stinko, the X200. The 12.1-inch lappie comes equipped with Intel’s latest and greatest CPU + chipset combo, but the 9-cell battery will almost get you through a whole day’s work – 8.92 hours worth. Phwoaarr… Those of you who’ve had stinkpads before will be happy to know Lenovo’s kept the “electronic clit” smack dab in the middle, where it’s always been... Oh, look, they even made it pink…

On the Xbox 360 side of things, Bit Tech has a review of Lian Li’s Xbox 360 XB01 case. It kinda renders having the Xbox 360 in the living room useless, as the case itself will make the console twice as big, but at least you get some control over cooling and airflow. The case even includes watercooling holes if you want to take the modding to the next level. You’ll have to disassemble your Xbox, we think, rendering the warranty void in the process. Give it a look.

We’ve had a few Silverstone cases featured in the roundup in the past, but not one mouse… until now, that is. Ninjalane is testing Silverstone’s Raven mouse. The Raven comes equipped with a 3200dpi laser and a dpi button jutting out the side so you can switch speeds on the flywith your thumb. It even has an integrated LCD display that lists current DPI and operating system. It’s greatest con is the design itself that makes it hard to hold on to, but that might just Dennis’ hand, not yours. Get it here.

Tech Report has written up a bak-2-skool (oh my, just had a 48K flashback) DIY guide, so if you’re a total noob and need a heads-up on how to make your own system or just want to save a buck with a clean and cheap install, take a look at this one. TR setup several systems ranging from $300 (for an Atom-based unit) to $1500 for a high-end desktop system. Give it a twirl. µ


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