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Faster Than Real-Time: MPEG-4 Encoding With DivX 4.11
Dec 7, 2001 - in Reviews
Intel's support helped to make the DivX codec considerably faster, primarily due the SSE optimization. Athlon XP owners can also enjoy the benefits of this improvement, provided that they use the proper utilities.
RADEON 8500 - Driven To New Heights
Nov 23, 2001 - in Reviews
We've updated our Comdex review of the Radeon 8500's v7206 drivers. ATI gets a jump on Nvidia when it comes to anisotropic filtering, and makes progress on performance benchmarks, including Quake3. Is ATI ready to steal Nvidia's lead in the graphics market?
Goodbye, Ti? Abit's Siluro GF3 Vio Faces Off Against The Establishment
Nov 19, 2001 - in Reviews
While Nvidia pushes its Ti models in a faceoff with ATI's Radeon 8500, the GeForce3 is getting neglected. That translates into falling prices for the GF3. However, there are no technical differences between the GF3 Ti and the "ordinary" GF3, making these cards an equally good choice. How does the Abit board compare to the seven rivals we already reviewed?
Radeon 8500 vs. Ti500 - Overclocked Graphics
Nov 7, 2001 - in Reviews
ATI and Nvidia are going to keep playing driver leapfrog, and everyone's going to "cheat." Just means more benchmark work for us, and a continual debate about who really is the graphics champ these days. This time we take a look at the 8500 versus the Ti500 on an Athlon rig, and check out some overclocked benchmarks.
MPEG-4 With The New Flask 4.1: Almost DVD Quality
Oct 22, 2001 - in Reviews
Using the new Flask 4.1/DivX 4.01 codec, the THG lab produced videos in MPEG-4 format. We found it to provide more speed, comfort and features.
ATi's Radeon 8500 Is Final Or Something Like That ...
Oct 16, 2001 - in Reviews
A week after ATi's announcement that claimed Radeon 8500 is shipping, final Radeon 8500 cards were all over a sudden rushed to the online press. Unfortunately the current state of the drivers is not as we would have liked it. Some things work fine, some don't work at all and others are significantly slower than the competition. Have a look yourself ...
NVIDIA Launches Titanium Series
Oct 1, 2001 - in Reviews
Another half year has passed since NVIDIA's last 3D chip launch in spring 2001. Following the old tradition, NVIDIA is now introducing a beefed up version of its spring release chip. The new GeForce3 Titanium 500 will from now on be NVIDIA's 3D chip flagship, while GeForce3 Titanium 200 is meant to provide GeForce3 performance at a more attractive price point. GeForce2 Titanium is meant to offer GeForce2 Ultra performance at a low price.
GeForce3 Under Attack: ATi's Radeon 8500 Previewed
Aug 14, 2001 - in Reviews
ATi's new Radeon 8500 is the toughest attack against NVIDIA since the days of Voodoo5. This time ATi went almost the whole way to make sure it beats NVIDIA's flagship GeForce3. Still NVIDIA was prepared. This preview will tell you if the Canadian chip and board maker was able to prevail.
Building a Digital Video Capture System - Part II
Aug 1, 2001 - in Reviews
First we looked at the basics of digital video captures systems, and now we get our hands dirty. We review the ADS PYRO ProDV, Dazzle Digital Video Creator II, Pinnacle DV500 Plus, and revisit the Matrox RT2500.
Digital Video Editing: The Matrox RT2500
Jul 30, 2001 - in Reviews
The successor to the Matrox RT2000 is now available for $999. This video editing system targets hobby filmmakers and semi-professionals, adding compatibility with any 3D graphics adapter as well as Windows 2000 support.
Meltdown 2001 - ATI's R200 Countdown Begins
Jul 17, 2001 - in Reviews
We get our first look at what looks like the R200 from ATI. This could be the product that finally puts paid to the notion that Nvidia has the graphics industry sewn up.
The Magnificent Seven: GeForce3 Board Round-up
Jul 9, 2001 - in Reviews
Recently, all the talk about NVIDIA has been around nForce and Xbox. However, the company's core business is still PC graphics boards. After a few delays, the long-awaited GeForce3 cards are now hitting the shelves. We tested boards from Asus, Elsa, Hercules, Gainward, Leadtek, MSI and Visiontek.
Gainward's MX400: Serious Competition For The GeForce2 GTS?
Jun 25, 2001 - in Reviews
Gainward's latest product is equipped with NVIDIA's GeForce2 MX 400 and fast SDRAM memory (3.5 ns). We received a test sample that runs smoothly at 250 MHz core speed and 260 MHz memory speed. We revealed whether this is enough for it to perform as well as cards based on the GeForce2 GTS.
Matrox Launches The G550
Jun 19, 2001 - in Reviews
Matrox launches its newest graphics chip, the G550, with the HeadCasting engine.
Computex 2001 Exclusive: New Graphics Chips from SiS and Trident
Jun 18, 2001 - in Reviews
Two new 3D graphics chips dropped on our lap at Computex. Both SiS and Trident offered us their latest chipsets for one day at Computex. Club 3D provided us with working sample boards and we headed for our Taiwan lab.
OpenGL Workstation Power - Graphics Cards for the Professional User
Jun 15, 2001 - in Reviews
Whether in the design department of a multinational company or in a small engineering firm - no designer can make do without a workstation equipped with a powerful OpenGL graphics card. Among the non plus ultra of graphics cards - the Elsa Gloria III, based on NVIDIA's Quadro2 Pro chip, ATI's Fire GL4 and 3Dlabs3Dlabs's Wildcat II 5110 - competition to attract customers is stiff.
GeForce2 At Its Best: 6 Affordable Graphics Cards with nVIDIA's MX
May 30, 2001 - in Reviews
Although ST's Kyro II and ATI's Radeon VE are worthy alternatives to nVIDIA's army of products, the market is strewn with with GeForce2 MX and MX400 graphics cards. Which one is the best? We took a look at six brand-new models.
Building a Digital Video Capture System - Part I
May 24, 2001 - in Reviews
In the first of two articles we explore the world of digital capture, getting a little background on the technology and choices facing you.
NAB 2001 - The State of Digital Video
May 15, 2001 - in Reviews
We asked digital media analyst Wanda Meloni of M2 Research to give us her perspectives on NAB 2001, and the state of the digital video market. Here is Wanda's report.
NVIDIA New Reference Driver 12.xx More Power For Pentium 4?
May 11, 2001 - in Reviews
It is still very difficult to find any Pentium 4 enhanced software titles that would show the benefits of P4's architecture. That is why nobody really expected to find the first meaningful Pentium4-optimization in an actual graphics card driver. NVIDIA's recently leaked reference driver revision 12.10 shows what difference P4-enhancements can actually make.
The GeForce2 MX400: NVIDIA's Hold On The Mainstream
May 2, 2001 - in Reviews
With the Kyro II threatening to make inroads into NVIDIA's mainstream market, the GeForce2 MX400 takes aim at the competition.
A Speedy Tiler: Kyro II on Hercules' 3D Prophet 4500
Apr 25, 2001 - in Reviews
Although NVIDIA dominates the 3D chip market, the Kyro II finally offers an alternative to mainstream products like the GeForce2 MX and GTS. Hercules is offering this competitive graphics card at cut-rate prices.
MPEG-4: FlasK MPEG/Divx's Improved Coding
Apr 24, 2001 - in Reviews
Creating CD-ROM copies of your DVDs just got a lot easier to handle - we've tested the new FlasK MPEG and Divx versions. All AMD and Intel CPUs are supported now!
Apr 19, 2001 - in Reviews
Sometimes things take a bit longer, but finally we are able to provide you with our performance evaluation of NVIDIA's GeForce3 chip. Besides the usual batch of 3D-games, we threw in four 3D-gaming benchmarks that use the new fancy features of GeForce3, to give you the most complete picture of this 'GPU'.
Working on Two Fronts: ATi's Radeon VE Handles Two Monitors
Mar 16, 2001 - in Reviews
Matrox was the first with Dualhead. Then came GeForce2 MX Twinview by NVIDIA. Now ATi is the third producer in the trio with a graphics card capable of supporting two monitors. This product, marketed under the name Hydravision, even offers support for monitors with different resolutions.
GeForce2 Scaling Analysis
Mar 2, 2001 - in Reviews
Right after our Athlon performance analysis we are going to take a look at nVIDIA's GeForce2 family. Is it worth to buy a GeForce2 Ultra today or will a MX model be enough?
High-Tech And Vertex Juggling - NVIDIA's New GeForce3 GPU
Feb 27, 2001 - in Reviews
NVIDIA's GeForce3 graphics chip is certainly the most feature rich high-tech product I have ever reviewed. Its amount of new technology is simply overwhelming. Let me also give you a word of warning. This article is the longest I have ever written ... and it doesn't even contain any bar graphs.
MPEG-4: Optimization of Picture Quality and Data Rate
Feb 23, 2001 - in Reviews
Before a video is converted into MPEG-4 format, the following questions often arise: Which data rate should be chosen so that a whole film fits on one CD-ROM? How can the best picture quality be achieved?
Mainstream Runners: 5 Allround Graphic Cards with nVIDIA's GeForce2 MX
Feb 6, 2001 - in Reviews
nVIDIA is storming the business and home market with their GeForce2 MX chip. Their TwinView technology allows people to use two monitors, giving Matrox' Millennium G450 a run for its money. We tested four cards from Asus, Cardexpert, Leadtek and Suma which all offer this new technology plus one card from MSI.
Video Editing for $250: Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Jan 11, 2001 - in Reviews
The Studio DV Plus is a low-priced video editing card with a digital fire-wire interface. We raised the question: what use is the card when used in conjunction with DV cameras?