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Gigabyte MAYA Radeon 8500 Deluxe Review

Tweakers Australia has just posted a review on the Gigabyte MAYA AP64D-H Radeon 8500 Deluxe:
Gigabyte has redesigned their card to escape the all too familiar ATI reference look. Red has been the PCB color choice, and mounted to the front is a particularly chunky chromed heatsink. An aluminium heatsink plate has also been stuck to the back, held in place with the same pins that secure the front heatsink. While the passive design is adequate for the memory cooling at the back, the heatsink mounted to the front features a savage looking fan rated at around the 5000rpm mark, required for cooling the GPU. I was pleased to see that Gigabyte placed a good amount of silicon thermal paste in between the heatsinks and the GPU/memory, enough to maintain optimal thermal conductivity.
Source: www.sat.co.za

Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer Optical Review

Ascully has put up a review on the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer Optical:
"A mouse is a very intimate thing in the computer user's life. You touch it constantly, getting to know it's shape by the most intense sense we have, touch. For hours we push and drag our mice around becoming very aware if their curves, bumps and the way they become an extension of us, temporarily of course. They can be frustrating, they can be uncomfortable, but they are probably the most important link between us and what we want to do with our PC's. When a mouse freaks out or simply stops working, it's like your computer is almost useless. Well, for me anyway. Using my keyboard to function is a handicap for sure, that's why we have backup mice in our house.. just in case."
Source: www.sat.co.za

Memory Outlook '03 at CPU Times

CPU Times has posted an article on their predictions for the memory sector in 2003. Here's a blurb on DDR-II: DDR-II will debut at DDR400 and 533 flavors, much as DDR did with 200 and 266. Those are not huge speed jumps- there are already unofficial DDR400 modules on the market, but the scalability of DDR-II will at least reach DDR667. These modules will deliver 3.2, 4.2, and 5.3GB/s of memory bandwidth respectively. This opens up the possibility for higher FSB processors, although the Pentium 4 will already be at 533MHz long before DDR-II is available. DDR-IIís support in the industry is huge, so it will happen. However, its exact role is still unknown. It seems that the Hammer family is taking precedence in the AMD roadmap and the Barton Athlon will be a lower-end solution. Thus, DDR will be the sole AMD memory solution until at least the end of 2003. Part of this is due to the Hammerís memory controller. Its primary advantage more SMP systems is the ability to scale to offer increasing bandwidth as the number of CPUs increases. As of now, the SledgeHammer will support a dual-channel DDR interface making AMDís part with DDR-II unclear. They may wait to see how DDR-II plays out before jumping in. They likely felt that they could not wait for DDR-II to fit in with the Hammer architecture as it may in the future. Since AMD has pretty much locked in its memory support for at least a year, Intel is on its own with DDR-II. This gives Intel a clear advantage in the memory market if, perhaps, DDR-II acceptance by the consumer is as high as DDR has been. Only time and pricing will truly let us know.
Source: www.sat.co.za

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