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The WinFS File System For Windows Longhorn: Faster & Smarter
Jun 17, 2003 - in Reviews
Microsoft is breaking new ground with Longhorn, successor to XP. The upcoming WinFS file system will be the first to be context-dependent, and promises to make long search times and wasted memory a thing of the past. Today, THG compares it to FAT and NTFS.
Portable, Plug & Play, High-Performance Water Cooling: The Corsair Hydrocool200
Jun 16, 2003 - in Reviews
Memory-maker Corsair makes a convincing entry into the world of CPU water cooling with the Hydrocool200. In our test, the mobile cooling solution completely won us over, not least of all thanks to its simple installation and superb cooling performance.
Prometeia Mach 2: Best Compressor Cooler for x86 CPUs
Jun 10, 2003 - in Reviews
Chip-Con now delivers 200 W cooling. 4.1 GHz are now possible with the P4. Step-by-step instructions for installing the Mach 2 system in a high-end PC - with highlights available on video!
High Power For Power Users: 13 Power Supplies In The Spotlight
Jun 9, 2003 - in Reviews
The latest CPUs and graphics cards require robust power supplies. But watch out: the test candidates rarely delivered on their power claims. Efficiency, voltage and noise levels are a few of the important factors you need to consider before you make a purchase.
Data Fever: Ultra320 SCSI from Adaptec and LSI Logic
Jun 6, 2003 - in Reviews
While the trend clearly favors serial ATA, we devote this article to the ultimate in hard-drive interfaces: Ultra320 SCSI. The parallel interface offers a high throughput rate even for the most ambitious applications and is, for now, indispensable to the professional sector. Here, we analyze two recent host adapters and compare them with Ultra160.
Radeon 9800 256 MB
Jun 4, 2003 - in Reviews
Simultaneous to the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, ATI introduces the 256 MB, DDR II variant of the successful Radeon 9800 Pro. This test will show you if double the memory is worth the extra $100.
Metamorphosis from Springdale to Canterwood
Jun 3, 2003 - in Reviews
With new information, we update our coverage of the work Asus has done in emulating PAT optimization on the 865PE chpset. The technical details made available to us by Asus leave open the possibility that other mobo vendors can follow suit. Will Intel have to play the 800 pound gorilla with Asus, or have the floodgates been opened? At the end of the day, you may end up the ultimate winner, paying less for more power.
Workshop: A Digital Facelift for Your Analog Movies
May 30, 2003 - in Reviews
With the right know-how, you can copy VHS and Super-8 movies to your PC. This workshop will also show you how to give your old movies a new, digital lease on life.
Upgrading to Hyper-Threading? The PL-iP4 Adapter from PowerLeap
May 27, 2003 - in Reviews
Intel's Pentium 4 with performance-boosting pseudo-dual processing, called Hyper-Threading (HT), can be run on almost all boards with socket 478; but the HT mode is only enabled if the chipset and BIOS support it. PowerLeap takes on one of the obstacles to this. Its latest creation is supposed to allow HT to be enabled - even on older mainboards.
Faster and Faster, nForce2: The Latest Boards Put to the Test
May 23, 2003 - in Reviews
Performance-hungry users still can't bypass NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset. Thanks to a dual-channel memory interface, it represents the best platform for the Athlon XP. The first boards featuring the new version of the chipset, the nForce2 Ultra 400, are already available. What are the new boards capable of?
MSI Admits to FSB Overclocking
May 22, 2003 - in Reviews
Yesterday, THG showed in its Intel 865 test that MSI dynamically overclocks the FSB of its 865 Neo 2. The consequences that this has on the benchmarks: unrealistic results. Here's what MSI Taiwan has to say about it.
Intel Rigs Up: P4 Series with FSB800
May 21, 2003 - in Reviews
Intel equips its 2.4 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 2.8 GHz CPUs with FSB 800 and Hyperthreading. Highlights: 865PE delivers same power as 875P chipset. Revealed: MSI with FSB 880 on the test bench.
Comparison: Low-Price Multifunction Devices
May 20, 2003 - in Reviews
Why buy a printer when for less than $200 you can have a photo printer, flatbed scanner and color photocopier all in one? Four models are in the running: Canon, Epson, hp and Lexmark. The results are in images and figures.
One Tough Cookie: 10 Boards with Intel i875P Chipset: Part I
May 19, 2003 - in Reviews
Dual DDR400 finally ousts Rambus from the top of the Intel heap. The Intel i875P chipset promises the best performance yet for the Pentium platform. The THG lab tests 10 high-end boards in this two part review, and discovers both strengths and weaknesses.
High-Flying: AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Squares Off Against Intel P4 3 GHz
May 13, 2003 - in Reviews
The Athlon XP 3200+ lays claim to the title of "Fastest Desktop CPU." But can it really beat the Intel P4 3 GHz? Should AMD change its model-numbering system? We take the beast for a spin and try to answer these, and other questions.
NVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra: The Way FX is Meant to be Played!!
May 12, 2003 - in Reviews
After being heavily criticized for its GeForceFX 5800 Ultra, which many viewed as a half-baked product, NVIDIA is launching its follow-up chip FX 5900 Ultra today. In addition to a 256 bit memory interface, the design has been refined and a few optimizations have been added. We are also proud to bring you the first exclusive benchmarks of a preview version of id software's hotly anticipated game, DOOM III.
Photo Printer: Canon i950
May 9, 2003 - in Reviews
With the release of the i950 we have a perfect occasion to take a look at all the brands and see what the quality of their prints is like. How does the i950 compare to the i850, and to the latest HP, Epson and Lexmark printers? Are six colors better than four? The images give the answer!
More Speed = More Performance? Fast DDR Memory from TwinMOS and Buffalo Technology Put to the Test
May 8, 2003 - in Reviews
More and more manufacturers are luring customers with fast RAM modules. DDR433 und DDR466 are the latest creations to breathe a touch more performance into today's computers. So what are the advantages of fast memory in practice?
Unevenly Matched Mini-Trio: MSI vs. Shuttle vs. Saintsong
May 5, 2003 - in Reviews
The choice of compact PC's for daily office use is growing, but they vary in size, shape and functionality. We examined three interesting systems from MSI, Shuttle and Saintsong in our lab.
SATA Hard Drive with a Kick: Western Digital's Raptor Put to the Test
May 1, 2003 - in Reviews
Although it only serves up a meager 36 GB, it offers a lot more than you'd normally expect from an IDE hard disk drive. The Raptor, alias WD360 is a new hard disk drive that is attracting considerable attention to itself due to two major new features: it spins at 10,000 rpm and comes complete with Serial ATA. The highlight: it's supposed to be good enough to stand up against SCSI in the lower and middle server segment. Our test demonstrates whether this really stacks up.
Water March: Gainward CoolFX
Apr 30, 2003 - in Reviews
Gainward is one of the first graphics card manufacturers to offer a complete watercooling kit in their program - suitable for most of the GeForceFX cards. In this article, we introduce you to the system and find out how it performs in practice.
Overclocking: 875 = 7205 + X
Apr 29, 2003 - in Reviews
Unofficially, Intel's old chipset offers similar features to the new high-end 875 Canterwood. 200 MHz (800 MHz) FSB is no problem for the old platform. So who really needs the expensive 875?
Spring Case Madness: 24 Of The Best
Apr 28, 2003 - in Reviews
The avalanche of cases that arrived in our lab for review nearly buried us, but we sorted through all of them and in this review we bring you 24 of them. Innovation runs wild with case manufacturers finding more ways to separate you from your cash. Exciting new features, designs, and the promise of more to come. So, get your favorite beverage, get comfortable and read on.
Hard Drives Instead of Tapes? 70 TB Backup RAID at the University of Tübingen
Apr 25, 2003 - in Reviews
While backing up data may be a minor chore for many, backing up vast quantities of data is a major operation. At the very top of the food chain, you generally have complex tape systems operated with automated robots. However, Dr. Koch Computertechnik AG has developed a cheaper, yet very flexible solution for the University of Tübingen: 70 TB backup capacity on standard IDE hard drives.
Entry-Level Printer: Canon i320
Apr 24, 2003 - in Reviews
No, despite the way it looks, this is no toy. The general public may even like the color scheme chosen for it. In any case, the inner workings of a printer are more important than the cover. And it's those workings that we were determined to test.
Duel of the Titans: Opteron vs. Xeon
Apr 22, 2003 - in Reviews
We pit AMD's Opteron against Intel's Xeon. We try to fathom the secret behind 64 bit computing. We'll supply extensive server and workstation benchmarks to give you some idea of what to expect in the 64 bit computing universe. And we have an extra treat, download our THG Opteron video and take a look at our Opteron test system.
nForce2 Dethroned? VIA's KT400A Chipset Reviewed
Apr 17, 2003 - in Reviews
Only a few months before the release of VIA's new dual-channel Athlon chipset, a new version of the KT400 was released. The KT400A comes with an improved memory interface called FastStream64, and aims for the Socket A crown. Is it fast enough to get it?
Introducing ATi's New Middle Class: The Radeon 9600 PRO
Apr 16, 2003 - in Reviews
The product line was announced back in March; we're now beginning to see the first retail boards. We took a good hard look at the new Radeon 9600 PRO to see what it's made of, how it compares to its ancestor, the 9500 PRO, and how it stacks up against NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5600 Ultra.
All Aboard! P4 with 200 MHz FSB and the i875P Dual DDR400 Chipset
Apr 14, 2003 - in Reviews
With its 875/ Canterwood, Intel increases its bandwidth to 6.4 GB/s through Dual DDR400. The Pentium 4 takes off with 200 MHz Quad-FSB and declasses Rambus to the lower ranks. Serial ATA is now integrated on the ICH5, and Gigabit LAN has migrated to the Northbridge.
Flexible All-Rounder: External Drives from Western Digital with 200 and 250 GB
Apr 11, 2003 - in Reviews
External hard drives from Western Digital have been around for some time now. What's new is that they now support FireWire and USB 2.0 in the same device, allowing the 200 GB and 250 GB top-of-the-range models, which we look at here, to work with virtually any PC. At the same time, an 8 MB cache is now also available. Let's see how they score in performance.