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Is a 2.0GHz AMD Chip Coming Soon?

This week we're starting off with one really important question for you - what do you really want to see covered on PCstats? Send in your suggestions or comments right HERE. Now on to the good stuff; starting off with a GeForce 4 MX440 card from Albatron, and the wickedly sweet GeForce4 Ti4200 videocard from MSI. Next up we took at look at some more practical products including a 40x12x48 CDRW burner and the Samsung Ml-1440 laser printer. Yup, even though we'd love to review video cards all day and night, sometimes we have to focus on the more practical side of things.

Thankfully, C. Angelini comes to the rescue in this week's HTLD with some exciting speculation of a 2.0GHz AMD processor, and hints that Radeon 9700 reviews will be coming shortly... very shortly. And finally we have the first in series of step by step guides for the Fujitsu P2000 - this week we tackle a microDIMM memory upgrade.

Colin's Tip this week is a must read for WindowsXP users, so have a look! Don't forget to send in your suggestions for PCstats, we really want to hear what you think!

Albatron GeForce4 MX440 Videocard Review

The Albatron GeForce4 MX440 videocard is a no frills videocard targeted towards the budget conscious gamer. Based on the reference nVidia GeForce4 MX440, the Albatron MX440 doesn't have many features. The Albatron MX440 has one 15 pin analog output as well as a S-Video out. The card uses Samsung DRAM with a 5 ns rating and the GPU with a core clock of 270 MHz is cooled by a rather neat looking heatsink fan combo. Upon removing the heatsink off the GPU we were very pleased to see that Albatron took the extra step and added some thermal paste.
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MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 Video Card Review
Read Article Now! Originally we were told that nVidia would not be releasing GeForce4 Ti4200 - choosing instead to let the GeForce4 MX fend for itself in the "mainstream market". ATI entered the picture and forced nVidia's hand with some very aggressive price cuts on the 64MB Radeon 8500. The Radeon 8500 is a far superior card to the GeForce4 MX460 (its' main price competitor) in every way (performance and features), but when the 8500 is compared to the GeForce4 Ti4200 it's a totally different story!

With the ever increasing price of videocards, manufacturers are often looking for ways to keep costs down, and buyers interested. With those fiscal considerations in mind it's amazing that MSI can bundle so much hardware and software with the Ti4200. With a retail price of $275 CDN ($150 US) you get full VIVO options, a DVI to analog converter for dual display capabilities, MSI DVD, WinProducer, WinCoder, three full version games (NOLF, Sacrifice and AquaNox) and a seven game demo CD.

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Samsung ML-1440 Laser Printer Review
After a few months of using an inkjet printer you'll begin to realize just how expensive those refill cartridges become. Sure the printer may be inexpensive, but add on ink cartridges for a year and things add up quickly. While colour inkjet printers are still far less expensive than colour laser printers, when it comes to black and white, laser printers have it made. A 15 page per minute laser printer like the Samsung ML-1440 retails for about $400CDN, with toner usually running about $60-80 a cartridge.The printer comes with a starter cartridge good for about 2000 sheets so you won't have to pick up your first replacement for a month, or several months depending on the amount of printing you do.

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MSI 8340 40x12x48 CDRW Burner Review

CiscoPress Toubleshooting IP Routing Protocols

Max data read speeds are 7200Kb/s, and max data write speeds are 6000KB/s for CDR, and 1800KB/s for CDRW discs. The MSI 8340 supports the usually assortment of writing modes, including; Disc-at-once, track-at-once, multisession, packet writing and the always popular raw writing. Personally, I just like the fact that drive came bundled with a nice version 5.5 of Ahead Nero.

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Part of the CCIE Professional Development Series, "Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols" is an 850 page CiscoPress guide book for networking engineers who need to acquire expert-level skills at a moment's notice. Packed with many years of experience of working solutions used to resolve the most common routing problems related to a variety of routing protocols the book also serves as expert-level instruction for networking professionals preparing for their CCIE exams.

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Fujitsu P-2000 Guides: Upgrading Memory

The Fujitsu Lifebook P-2000 is one of the few widely available Crusoe-based notebooks in North America, and one which has generated quite the cult following for its size, battery life and wickedly well suited display for DVD's.

Under the hood, is Transmeta's current flagship processor, the 867MHz TM5800 Crusoe. So lets get started with the first Fujitsu P-2000 guide about how to upgrade the subnotebooks memory.

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Colin's Weekly Tech Tips
By: Colin "Yoda of Tips" Sun

Get the More From WinXP
If you're using an older system and is finding that WindowsXP runs a bit slow there are a few things you can do to speed things up. First thing is, if you're using a wall paper, remove it! Wall papers, especially very pretty ones sap up a lot of resources. The problem is, usually programs are loaded on top of the wall paper, however just because you don't see it doesn't mean the computer isn't constantly refreshing the picture!

The second thing you can do is make Windows less flashy. Right click on the "My Computer" Icon and go to properties. Here, click the "Advanced" tab and then in the Performance box click the "Settings" button. Here set the radio box to "Adjust for best performance" and click the "ok" button.

After doing this you'll find Windows a little more bland, but it will certainly run a bit faster. This trick allows XP to run on my dad's old Pentium III 600E seemingly as fast as my P4 2.4 GHz.

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PCstats Issue No.51
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The High Tech Low Down
With C. Angelini

All is quiet on the Western front...or is it?

After a slew of product announcements during the past few weeks, the industry seems to have simmered down significantly. Of course, rumors still abound.

The top of the list is still AMD's Athlon XP and the mythical 333MHz front side bus. Several sources are citing September as the month we'll start seeing Athlon XP processors running in excess of 2GHz. Furthermore, the fact that two months have passed since the last Athlon release has raised eyebrows. Could it be that AMD is planning to introduce Barton sooner than expected with the same 333MHz front side bus supported by the NFORCE2 chipset?

Speaking of NFORCE2, my own sources indicate that motherboards initially expected this month will be pushed back due to unforeseen delays. If you were in the market for an NFORCE2 board, September or October will probably be more realistic targets for availability. Yes, that's just in time to compete with VIA's anticipated KT400 and the SiS 746 chipset.

ATI's RADEON 9700 Pro has arrived in the labs of several fellow technical journalists - a sure sign that retail product will be available in the near future.

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