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- PowerColor X800 GTO
- SuperTalent PC2-6400
- MSI RX1800XT-512MB
- Shuttle Pent-M XPC
- PCstats Weekly Tips

MSI Geforce 7900GTX Videocard Reviewed!

Nvidia launched three new videocards at CeBIT 2006 this week; the Geforce 7900GTX, 7900GT, and 7600GT. As you've already guessed, PCSTATS brings you a review of the MSI NX7900GTX videocard head-to-head against the best and brightest PCI Express videocards on the market! With support for XHD / widescreen gaming, 512MB onboard memory, and a quiet fan, the new Geforce 7900GTX is a nice step up. Have a look through the review, and let us know what you think of PCSTATS updated gaming benchmarks - is there a title you'd like us too add?

Featured in this edition is a new Powercolor X800 GTO mainstream videocard, the MSI Radeon RX1800XT 512MB-version high-end graphics card, and the PCI Express capable Shuttle XPC SD11G5 small form factor computer. Not to be overlooked is a set of Micron rev.E based SuperTalent PC2-8000 2GB DDR-2 RAM. Colin was able to overclock these guys up to 964MHz with pretty tight timings...

A little later this month we should have the full catalog of PCSTATS Newsletters archived online, so stay tuned. We'd also like to give a big round of thanks to Albatron for supporting this issue.

Thanks for reading,
Max Page

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E Geforce 7900GTX 512MB Videocard Review

The struggles in the videocard industry are a computer enthusiast's favorite spectator sport. The brand spanking new MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E videocard is certainly entering the market for a lot less than we would have expected for a new flagship GPU from nVIDIA. The GeForce 7900GTX GPU is based on the 90 nanometre nVIDIA 'G71' core, and is backed up with 512MB of high speed GDDR3 memory. With the graphics core clocked at 650 MHz and the memory humming away at 1.6 GHz, gamers can expect a ton of 3D performance even with AA and AF dialed up! The dual slot MSI NX7900GTX graphics card includes two dual-link DVI outputs, and supports a huge array of video options via its 7-pin HDTV-out mini din connector (YPrPb Component Output, RCA Composite Output, S-Video Output).Continue Here>>

PowerColor X800 GTO PCI Express Videocard Review

ATi's X800 series VPU has been a successful workhorse over the course of its lifetime. The PowerColor X800 GTO is one of the new series of ATi X800 videocards, and it offers up quite a bevy of value for the mainstream consumers. The ATI 'R430' core is built on the 0.11 micron manufacturing process, and contains some 160 million transistors. The PowerColor X800 GTO core speed is 400MHz and this version features 128MB DDR memory running along at 350MHz.Continue Here>>

Super Talent PC2-6400 T800UX2GC4 DDR-2 Memory Review

There is little doubt that Intel and AMD processor architectures are different and that most of the DDR2 memory currently on the market is designed for Intel processors, specifically dual core Pentium D's, but AMDs entry onto the field is quickly changing things. The trend is obviously changing along with socket AM2, and Super Talent has just released a set of high speed low latency DDR2 memory that we're pretty excited about. Timings of 4-3-4-8 are low latency by DDR2 standards, though we can expect the variety of DDR2 memory to flourish after Socket AM2 is introduced. The 2GB kit (1GB per stick) of Super Talent T800UX2GC4 Memory has a speed rating of DDR2-800 or PC2-6400, and 4-3-4-8. CAS latency timings.

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MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E 512MB-Version RX1800XT Videocard Review


For hardcore gamers, there is no other component in a computer more important than the videocard. Equip a state of the art AMD Athlon64 FX-60 or Intel Pentium Extreme Edition based system with a low end videocard and frame rates will still crawl along... On the flip side, a high end videocard can breathe new life into an aging system even, and at the moment one of ATi's best video processing units (VPU) is the Radeon X1800 XT. The MSI Radeon RX1800XT-VT2D512E videocard that is the focus of this review incorporates Radeon X1800 XT GPU and includes and extra 256MB memory above the standard amount, for a whopping 512MB GDDR3. The X1800 XT core hums along at 625 MHz, and the GDDR3 at a remarkable 1500MHz. Continue Here>>

Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review

In this review, PCSTATS will be testing a bare bones small form factor PC that Shuttle Inc. has produced. As you'll see, low noise operation is a priority, but not at the expense of computing performance. Technically speaking, the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 SFF PC is based around the Intel 915GM and Intel ICH6M chipsets, and it supports socket 479 Intel Celeron M and Pentium M processors that operate with a 400MHz or 533MHz FSB. Owing to the small size of small form factor PCs, there just two DDR-2 memory slots within the Shuttle XPC SD11G5, so it can support a maximum of 2GB of unbuffered 240-pin DDR2-667 memory. For an SFF PC, the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 is very well equipped right out of the box.Continue Here>>
PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Windows Time Tweak

One very neat feature within WindowsXP is its ability synchronize the computer’s clock with an internet time server. This means no matter where a computer is in the world, all it needs is a live internet connection and it will always display the right time.

By default WindowsXP only offers the servers "" or" but what if you wanted to sync with your own server or one that you believe is more reliable? While it looks like the default options are the only ones available, users can simply highlight the current text and type the address to the sever that they’d like to use. Once that’s done, click the "Update Now" button and watch WindowsXP connect to the server of your choice.

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