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January 2000
WebMasterP
1-31-00
Ars Technica has written up a good review on that all aluminum case we've all been hearing about (or not). The CoolerMaster ATC-200 Mid-Tower costs almost $300 as of now, but is definitely a cool case (I'm talking temp. here). I really wish someone would buy me one of these, but I couldn't afford it for sure.

WebMasterP
1-30-00
This, right here, is an open invitation to join team Xtreme Tek in Dcypher.net project. This is in a way the same concept as SETI@home, send people blocks break them down. Now that Dcypher is done cracking encryption they are moving on to study nuclear waste management, which is a real problem. So, help Dcypher with their Gamma Flux Project, help planet earth with it's nuclear waste problem, and help Xtreme Tek on it's rise to the top of the charts (we have risen from 57th to 17th in just 12 days). Just go to Dcypher.net, download the client, and install it. When it asks for your email, type in your email. When it asks for the team number, type in 284. Also, as a side note, you stress testers and reviewers, this makes a very good stressing program.

WebMasterP
1-30-00
Thresh's Firing Squad has a review on SWAT 3. It looks pretty cool, but Firing Squad doesn't think so. Go see why, it's mostly because of no multiplayer but the standalone game looks pretty entertaining.

WebMasterP
1-30-00
GameWire has just released an Upgrading Guide. I dunno, you newer guys might want to check this out. But, you veterans this might be a complete waste of time, it's up to you. Here's a clip from the review:
"If you are into serious gaming, there are 2 video card manufactures that you really want to think about: 3dfx and nVIDIA. 3dfx makes very fast cards, but they don't provide good image quality, only support 16 MB of RAM, and only run in 16-bit. The card that you purchase is very dependent on what games you play. If you play games that only support Glide, then you obviously want to get a 3dfx card. What many people are doing is getting a Voodoo 2 add-on card, and putting it with their other video card. If you mostly run OpenGL games, then get a TNT2 Ultra or GeForce, and you may want to throw in a Voodoo2."


WebMasterP
1-29-00
Game Force has a killer "how-to" on making case fan toggle switches. I'm going to get my self to a Radio Shack ASAP and try this bad boy out. Not only does it look cool, but it might actually come in handy (though I kind of like the noise in my room).

WebMasterP
1-27-00
The Voodoo3 2000/3000 Windows 9x Retail Drivers for AGP/PCI Boards has just been updated recently and I thought I'd give you 3Dfx users (like me) a heads up. They updated the Glide and Open GL CD and fixed some more bugs. Have at it, I'm going to get it right now.

WebMasterP
1-26-00
Last night I received a couple emails from Bitboys Oy, the company that announced their Glaze 3D video cards a long time ago. These cards have yet to be manufactured and, according to one of the letters, won't be fully manufactured until the third quarter of this year. The purpose of email #1 was to inform me that Bitboys now had a US office in Texas. This is good in that they are located in Finland and making their product's popularity grow will be a lot easier with a United States base. Also, they informed me that they had picked up Shane Long, the old STB CEO before 3Dfx bought them out and trashed poor Shane. Email #2 "announces" their XBAT technology, which is not new (to them as a company, it is a new technology). I believe they are just hyping it up now because they have an official name for the technology. It was referred to as embedded DRAM (eDRAM) before, and the new name Xtreme Bandwidth ArchitectureT (XBAT) gives the a reason to hype it up. It looks like they added the "T" just so you could say it like a word. Check out my write up for a little 3Dfx and Glaze 3D comparison (theoretical). This announcement fills in the little hole in my article in which I can't explain how Bitboys plan to get 2.4 Gigapixels/sec with only 2 chips as opposed to 3Dfx's proposed 1.47 GP/sec with 4 chips.
"The first chips utilizing XBAT provide two to three times the memory bandwidth over the nearest competitors, totaling 12 Gigabytes/sec with a single processor and over 20 Gigabytes/sec in the dual processor configurations. This natural evolution of the traditional 3D graphics chip architecture will provide unseen performance gains for the 3D market."
You have to know that the only reason I posted this is because they spelled Xtreme like I do =) If you would like a copy of either emails (or both) just send me an email with which one(s) you would like in the text part of the email and I'll forward you a copy.


WebMasterP
1-26-00
I have decided to release my background. I know what you're thinking, "Oh My GOD, an Xtreme Tek background, WOW!" Yes, it's true, I have a background ready for release. Just click on the preview below to start downloading. The actually .bmp file is 2.5 MB but zipped it is only 523 KB. This small little screen shot does this bad boy no justice. By the way, it was made for 1024x768 but it will shrink/grow just fine.

The Official Xtreme Tek Background
Click on Image to Download


WebMasterP
1-25-00
Now this is just wrong. I have been hearing about the high RAM needs of Windows 2000 for a bit now, and this just confirms it. Kingston and Gateway are teaming up to capitalize on this need for RAM as this new OS is released. 256 MB of RAM recommend is just too much. I only have 128 MB right now, so if I were to pay for Windows 2000 + the 128 MB of additional Corsair PC-133 SDRAM it would double the cost of Windows 2K. I'm sorry, but that just bugs me. If it is so revolutionary, then make the damn thing run good on a 386, like Linux.

WebMasterP
1-25-00
Now this is just wrong. I have been hearing about the high RAM needs of Windows 2000 for a bit now, and this just confirms it. Kingston and Gateway are teaming up to capitalize on this need for RAM as this new OS is released. 256 MB of RAM recommend is just too much. I only have 128 MB right now, so if I were to pay for Windows 2000 + the 128 MB of additional Corsair PC-133 SDRAM it would double the cost of Windows 2K. I'm sorry, but that just bugs me. If it is so revolutionary, then make the damn thing run good on a 386, like Linux.

WebMasterP
1-25-00
Despite Microsoft's ongoing monopoly related problems, they have decided to monopolize further. Liquid Audio is incorporating Windows Media audio into their own stuff. Therefore, making Real Audio obsolete soon. I don't really care for Real anyway, but I don't like that they're going to put a company out of business.
"Liquid Audio plans to integrate Windows Media audio technology into its music delivery platform, moving the Microsoft standard a step closer to surpassing Real's among digital music fans."
Poor guys, I wish them the best of luck in fighting the guys who own the entire side of the monopoly board with Boardwalk and Park Place =)


WebMasterP
1-24-00
Ace's Hardware has a shootout between 14 video cards. These are new video cards too! Everywhere from a GeForce DDR to a Voodoo3 3000. The Voodoo3 actually beat the rest of the cards when glide was applied. I wish they would have done more benchmarks, but what they did do is definitely effective. Probably the best video card buyers guide as of yet.

WebMasterP
1-24-00
Kyle of the Dungeon Hard OCP has a little article on his thoughts about on-board T&L. T&L stands for Transform and Lighting and is a new "feature" that nVIDIA came up with on their new GeForce cards. Basically, what Kyle points out is that when lighting (not to be confused with lightning) is put to mass use, T&L fails. By fails I mean that it is holding the card back, not helping it. Good read, and if you don't like it you can always flame Kyle. It's fun, everyone does it!

WebMasterP
1-23-00
Firing Squad has a review on the Swiftech MC370. This is socket 370 version of their heat sink, fan, peltier combo. Firing Squad didn't reach any really extreme numbers, but I don't think they tried. Check out this review for the temperature readings, this is a pretty good unit.

WebMasterP
1-22-00
GameWire has a review on the Razer Boomslang 2000. Based on common logic I'm guessing this is better than the Razer Boomslang 1000 =). This a one page article, but what a LONG page it is. Pretty good stuff though, read up.

WebMasterP
1-22-00
Sharky Extreme has a review on a DDR GeForce from a very new company called Absolute. The card's full name is Absolute Multimedia GeForce 256 DDR. It has a very impressive software bundle (if you don't get the bulk version) and is definitely a good read. I just wish those things didn't cost $300!

WebMasterP
1-22-00
Thresh's Firing Squad has a very educational article on the Future of Memory. If you're fairly new to the technology area or really experienced, this is very good and informative read.

WebMasterP
1-22-00
Fast MHz has a review on one of the computer industry's most worthless device. It's called the STIKit and it's joystick you mount on top of your arrow keys. Pretty good read if you're in the market to know what NOT to buy. Ok, enough beating on it. No, it does actually have a couple good uses, so check it.

WebMasterP
1-20-00
Firing Squad has some great stuff up about SMP and Windows 2000. It's actually titled the "Q3A W2K SMP Shoot Out." It is a good read, especially for those of you who have or are thinking about getting dual processors and wanted to use Windows 2000 to take advantage of them. Don't forget, the drivers here are very new and "unpolished" and should not be taken too critically, but are still definitely worth a look.

WebMasterP
1-20-00
Will the Thrill over at CPU Review has got the inside scoop on nVIDIA's plans for Open GL 1.2 for the Linux platform. Linux seems to get better everyday. Heck, maybe someday everyone will be running their free Linux as opposed to their high priced Windows 2000.

WebMasterP
1-19-00
Well, while I'm on the whole "something of the month" thing, Slugo brought up good saying I hadn't heard (I think he made it up). Since it was such a good term I thought I would make it the term/saying of the month!
Colon Clean: Going into DOS and typing format C:
Try IT! See how clean you can get your "C Colon!!!" (If you do this and screw up your computer, I will not be held responsible. This is a disclaimer.) Just you wait, in a couple of years, people will be saying, "Hey man, just do a Colon Clean®, It'll fix you computer right up!"


WebMasterP
1-19-00
This is my screen shot of the month right here (I don't really have a screen shot every month, but this was to funny to pass up). This was taken by my man Gordaen while playing TFC. This screen shot is AUTHENTIC, that's why it's funny.

Give It To Me Baby
Give It To Me Baby!


WebMasterP
1-18-00
Ok, this is pretty cool. Just in case you hadn't heard of Nude Overclockers, there is a site run by four women who overclock in the nude (so they say). Well, the real news here is that they made it on to the Register's main news. Its a sad world. =)

WebMasterP
1-17-00
Happy Birthday to meeeeee... Happy.. ok, that's enough. Sorry for the lack of update in the last few days. I have been very busy with college stuff and other important life thingys. I've gotten a hold of some very special cooling devices and I just need to figure out how to get them to work. Then I shall be able to post a review on them for your viewing pleasure.

WebMasterP
1-15-00
The mouse pad wars rage on, EverGlide released a new pad. I assume this to be a counter to Ratpadz. The Everglide GIGANTA is 11.5" by 9.5", which are the same dimensions as Ratpadz. The design however looks pretty cool.

GIGANTA, Click for Enlargement


WebMasterP
1-12-00
Thresh's Firing Squad has a couple of really good reviews up. First, they have a review of a Gabriel Knight 3. Second, they have a review of the Athlon 800. Check them both out, remember that this Athlon is built on the new 0.18µ and the reviewer also mentions a quick little blurb about the cache being at 2/5 speed of Core speed. This is less than the 1/2 core speed that Athlon 500-650 run at. The 2/5 speed makes the coppermine better for gamers at the higher speeds. AMD is working on an Athlon with the cache running at the same speed as the core. Yeah!

WebMasterP
1-11-00
TweakTown asked me to post a link to their site. So, here it is, a fully functional link "http://tweaktown.tweakfiles.com" I think that if they were trying to get hits, they came to the wrong place. You guys need to show me some love and email me news and visit more often. Then I'll show you more review love.

WebMasterP
1-11-00
Our buddies at Fast MHz have got kind of a dual review going on. They review a Yamaha CRW8424 & a Pioneer DVD-303S. Pretty cool stuff, I wouldn't mind getting a hold of the DVD Player (I think my girlfriend got me one for my birthday). The CDRW is SCSI and CarMan is mainly trying to show how these to work together.

WebMasterP
1-11-00
Check this out at the Register. Sun, SCO, Novell, Citrix dump $30 Million into Caldera. DANG! Why doesn't someone dump some money into my company. It's ok, if you want to pay for advertising for me, I'll let you. Just email me, WebMasterP

WebMasterP
1-10-00
HardOCP has a review posted on the ever popular Panaflo Orb. This review is mostly just about the Orb and how it can be mounted with a certain kit. But, for the price and only 1° C hotter than an Alpha, I'm betting most people won't mind!

WebMasterP
1-9-00
Fast MHz has a review posted on the Logitech Cordless iTouch Keyboard & Mouse. It appears as if it's a pretty nice unit. Heck, if anything else, the set looks really cool.

WebMasterP
1-8-00
2CoolTek now has the Alpha Athlon/SECC Cooler with small little slot cut out to make room for the problemed wires which got in the way on some Athlon boards. They run a little high in price ($32.25 w/o fans & $46.50 w/ fans), but should be well worth it. Also, you're buying from 2CoolTek, so you know you're getting a pretty damn good deal.

WebMasterP
1-8-00
Is Hercules back in the video card business? Well, kind of, under Guillemot's ownership and control. Guillemot purchased Hercules when it closed down. As I'm sure you figured out, they did this to buy the name. Well, to be blunt, they have released the Hercules 3D Prophet DDR-DVI (GeForce) and Firing Squad has a review on it. What is really cool is that they maxed out the overclocking sliders for both core and memory clock (160 MHz and 350 MHz). This card's name sure sounds a lot like the Guillemot 3D Prophet, no originality points there.

WebMasterP
1-7-00
Doing something with Active Matrix Liquid Crystal, IBM was able to create a 200 ppi display. What is really cool is that it uses half the power of an 18" CRT monitor and has 4 times the resolution of a SXGA monitor. Wow! Want another plus? They will probably come down in price real quick because they are cheap to make.

WebMasterP
1-7-00
I forgot to mention this earlier, but Thresh's Firing Squad posted their second half of their Dreamcast vs PC article. Check it out, interesting stuff. Click here for Round One and click here for Round Two.

WebMasterP
1-6-00
Abit VA6 anyone? Well be a smart consumer and just go check out Ars Techinica's review on the Abit VA6. It's sure to make your life 6% better than it was before. Why? I dunno, I was just lying, sorry.

WebMasterP
1-4-00
Kyle's got a little review posted on a quality Athlon golden fingers mod. This one has dials and fits very nicely into most people's cases. Not the longest review, but pretty informative.

WebMasterP
1-3-00
Ars Techina has a good read on the G4 vs K7. It's really informative, as most or Ars' reviews are. I learned some, maybe you will too, unless of course you're already a super genius and design these chips for recreation.

WebMasterP
1-2-00
Jsi Hardware has review on Pioneer's 10x Slot loading DVD Player. Mostly just a quick reference review, but it's there. He pointed out some bad stuff about "region locking" too.

WebMasterP
1-1-00
Happy 2000! Wow, the world didn't blow up, we didn't get attacked by aliens, our computers didn't explode, and the power didn't go out. I guess you Abit BP6 users didn't need that BIOS that fixed a "y2k problem." So, I would ignore this flash all together and wait for the next.

WebMasterP
1-1-00
Here's some news about another Microsoft failure, involving MSY2K. Apparently, even Intel is pissed, go figure.

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