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19-07-2002, 11:58 PM
ATI has launched their new graphics cards based on the RV250 and R300 core, the Radeon 9000 PRO and 9700. The Radeon 9000 Pro is designed to be a direct competitor for the Geforce4 MX and the Radeon 9700 competes directly with the Geforce4 Ti4600. By some indications these new cards eclipse both their competitors in most tests at lower cost than the GF4's. You can check out all the coverage and reviews from the links below:
- Anandtech on the 9700 (R300) GPU (http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1656)
Anandtech on the 9000 Pro GPU (http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1655)-
The Inquirer (http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=4497)
- Tom's Hardware on the 9700 (http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/02q3/020718/index.html)
Tom's Hardware on the 9000 (http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/02q3/0207181/index.html)-
[H]ard|OCP on the 9700 (http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MzI3)-
[H]ard|OCP on the 9000 (http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MzI4)-
Hot Hardware (http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/S&V/atir9000_r9700.shtml)-
VIA Hardware (http://www.viahardware.com/atilaunch_1.shtm)
- The Tech Report (http://tech-report.com/etc/2002q3/radeon-9x00/index.x?pg=1)
For the official press release from ATI check the links below:
ATI introduces RADEON™ 9000 and RADEON™ 9000 PRO (http://www.ati.com/companyinfo/press/2002/4513.html)
ATI launches RADEON™ 9700, establishing a new foundation for the future of graphics (http://www.ati.com/companyinfo/press/2002/4512.html)

Firaxis has released the new patch for Civilization III (http://www.firaxis.com/downloads_detail.cfm?file_id=58), bringing it up to version 1.29f. The patch is 9.9MB with a huge list of changes which can view on the downloads page at the link above.

Epic Games' Unreal Technology site (http://unreal.epicgames.com/) is offering a Denial of Service fix for the Unreal Tournament version 436 dedicated server. The fix is only 74KB and is needed only by UT server admins and tells UT server to correctly process ICMP port unreachable messages, and disconnect any connection it receives one for. This also addresses the Windows 2000 creeping ping problem.

Microsoft has re-added their Virtual Machine to WindowsUpdate page. Virtual Machine was yanked from the update page around the same time as the release of XP and no doubt due to pressure from users was forced to re-add the item. The re-addition version of Virtual Machine is 3805.

McAfee has released Beta 3 versions of the following products:
McAfee Internet Security v5.00 Beta 3 US English
McAfee Firewall v4 Beta 3
McAfee QuickClean v3.00.4000 Beta 3
McAfee VirusScan Home Edition v7 Beta 3
McAfee VirusScan Professional Edition v7 Beta 3
If you want give any of these a go, just click over here (http://www.mcafee-at-home.com/beta).

SiS has released a new driver set for the SiS Xabre 80/200/400 GPU's. The new set is WHQL and has a version number of 3.03. You can download the new drivers from here (http://xabregamers.free.fr/modules/mydownloads/visit.php?lid=8) if you have a video card based on these processors.

Creative has officially announced Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9000 Pro. The RX9000 PRO has commenced shipping and is expected to retail for $US129. Here's a bit of the blurb on the new card based on the new ATI Radeon GPU:
Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9000 Pro drives hours of intensive 3D gaming by coupling ATI’s new RADEON 9000 Pro Graphics Processing Unit - featuring 4 parallel rendering pipelines running at 275MHz core clock - with 64MB of ultra-fast 3.3ns DDR memory. Beyond speed performance, advanced technologies like SMARTSHADER and SMOOTHVISION enable photo-realistic details and visually-enhanced smooth 3D images for a totally life-like gaming experience.
The full press release can be read here (http://www.asia.creative.com/corporate/press/viewpress.asp?id=83).

Matrox has released new Parhelia drivers. The drivers are for Windows 2000/XP and have the following change:
Addresses security issue with the .NET package.
Grab the 5.65MB drivers here (http://www.matrox.com/mga/support/drivers/files/2kxp10003230.cfm).

It seems that JPEG may not be free, a video conferencing company from Texas in the US has stated that they are intending to pursue royalties on the transmission of JPEG images in any media. Here's the guts of the story on this bizarre claim:
Forgent Networks acquired Compression Labs in 1997, acquiring this patent into the bargain. The patent claim was filed in 1986 but Compression Labs never pursued royalties.

Forgent last week declared that it has "the sole and exclusive right to use and license all the claims" under the patent and is seeking a deal wherever JPEGs are transmitted, with the exception of satellite broadcasting.

It specifies browsers, PDAs, digital cameras, phones and scanners in its 'clarification'. So the IP claim extends to any client device which receives a JPEG image.

Forgent's most recent SEC filing states that Sony Corporation paid the company $15 million for licensing Patent 4,698,672: a significant portion of the $22 million Forgent booked as revenue in the quarter.
The full bizarre story is available for viewing here (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/26272.html).

Sonique2 Alpha 2 has been released. The new Alpha is more functional than the first released a couple of months ago and contains the following changes:
Fixed an id3 crash.
Fixed some of the sonique not shuttind down issues (maybe all of them?).
Handful of language additions (thanks everyone, keep the translations coming!).
Various minor changes not worth mentioning.
If you are game to try Alpha software, go get it here (http://files.sonique.lycos.com/sonique2/s2alpha_install_020718.exe).

The founder of Intel and the author of Moore’s Law, Gordon Moore, has announced that the doubling of the number of transistors which he had predicted to happen every 1.5-2 years in the processor industry may get slowed down. He claims that the die size is reduced slower than before that is why the number transistors will double only every 4-5 years in the future. If they use EUV, Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (with 240nm wave), they will be able to maintain the current tempo for another while, however, the slowing down is inevitable. The current CMOS technology will anyway get limited by the 0.03micron manufacturing technology.
When the press people asked Gordon Moore about the next revolution in the IT field, he responded that the revolution is to come in the speech recognition field, when people get the opportunity to communicate with a PC as if it were a normal person. However, it is still quite far away from now: 10-50 years ahead

Cnet Newshas posted an article (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-944270.html?tag=fd_top) indicating that Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 is on track to be released sooner rather than later as reported last week. Reports last week said that the service pack was to be delayed indefinately due to some compatibility issues, however, this new report claims that the release is back on track and further that Windows 2000 sales will far outstrip XP sales in business markets extending the Windows 2000 support period past the end of 2004 due to the increasing popularity of 2000 over XP.

TweakTown has posted up a Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Tweak Guide (http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=review&dId=316) for your viewing pleasure. The guide goes into details on obtaining the best performance from Elder Scrolls III as it is a demanding game on most systems. The guide details improving not only game settings but general system settings so everyone is able to play this game at a decent framerate and in a stable environment on computers with varying specifications.

Overclockers New Zealand has posted a Geforce 4 Ti4200 comparo, looking at the cards in the lower end of the Ti range. Here's a bit of a short take on the comparo:
Leadtek tops the chart when cards are running at stock speed. This is due to its higher memory speed, 513MHz as oppose to 446 MHz for 128MB cards. We can see in the overclocked graph that memory speed no longer dictates the speed of the card. In GF4 line, core speed is as important as the memory speed.
Go check it out over at Overclockers New Zealand (http://www.overclockers.co.nz/ocnz/vga/ti4200roundup/f1.shtml).

Sam H
20-07-2002, 08:24 AM

Sam H
20-07-2002, 07:52 PM