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ATI's AGP X850XT under scrutiny

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Tue Mar 29 2005, 12:15
GERMAN website Computerbase takes the new AGP based ATI X850XT PE for a ride on their side. As usual, you get your fair load of benchmarks and German comments - which can be babelled. Of particular interest though is the fact that the benchmarks include more than a dozen new and lesser new cards like the PCX5900. And guess what? ATI is just a few frames away from nVidia in DOOM III now.

From Bjorn3D comes the Leadtek Winfast TV USB II Deluxe TV tuner. This external device which comes with a carry case and a remote control. Should suit those who are fans of TV and radio on their PC. Useful also for laptops.

iPconfig puts Firefox on steroids and shows you how to speed up firefox. Nothing specially but it is good to get everything in a single article. The reviewer enjoyed a doubling in performance.

At Adrian Rojak Pot is a test of the Asus W3000 series notebook. They feature the new 90nm Pentium M and a host of well thought features ranging from the ATI Radeon 9700 to the rod-like battery and the gapless touch pad. ARP also reviews the V6000V and the W5000A which are erspectively the high end and the new chic end laptops from Asus. The first one comes with an aluminium magnesium case, has a 15-inch screen, the ATI Mobility Radeon X600 and a dual layer DVD writer while the second one features an Integrated digital camera, a wireless mouse and DDR2 SDRAM.

In the near future, one might buy a complete computer from Foxconn if the present trend continues. The Chinese company produces motherboards, casings and much more. Xbitlabs reviews half a dozen of casings from this company and is particularly impressed by the quality of the PSUs. Morry Teitelman of HardOCP checks the Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra, yet another motherboard to feature the nForce4 Ultra chipset. It might not be an overclocking king but it does run rock stable. µ


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