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since 03/10/2000


Samsung SyncMaster 570S 15 in 04/10/2000

Samsung 570s - an excellent LCD TFT monitor

Samsung SyncMaster 570S 15 in The Samsung SyncMaster 570S is a fantastic 15" flat panel LCD TFT monitor. I purchased it as an upgrade from my 17" CRT. My work and study involves me spending some hours each day sat in front of a computer. I was becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of radiation I must be exposed to using a CRT for extended periods. A CRT also generates a lot of unwanted heat and a good sized one such as my 17", takes up rather a lot of desk space too. When the opportunity arose to acquire this Samsung TFT monitor at a very competitive price, I jumped at it! The quality of this product is excellent and I am very impressed with it after some weeks of use. It is compact, taking up a fraction of the space of a CRT since it is only an inch thick. It is a low radiation, environmentally friendly device (TCO 99 certified) and also doesn't generate excess heat. The display is crystal clear and better than most 17" CRT displays. The screen also has the unqiue ability that it can be rotated, to give either a portrait or landscape display. The included Windows drivers allow your Windows desktop to be rotated accordingly. The panel can also be tilted backwards and forwards for the best viewing angle. It uses TFT active matrix technology, so it does not blur like some older TFT panels that you might find in laptops, Gameboys etc... I have found it more than adequate for fast-moving games and it's back light means you can use it in almost any conditions. The screen is also ...

Abit Pentium III VT6X4 03/10/2000

Abit VT6X4 and its Via Apollo Pro 133A chipset

Abit Pentium III VT6X4 I would like to share my experiences of the Abit VT6X4 slot 1 motherboard and its VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset. In the past I have always used boards with an Intel chipset in my own machines. As my PC is important for work and study as well as for play, stability has always been an influencing factor. With the VT6X4, Abit have implemented stability in the VIA chipset. The CPU I am using is a Slot 1 Intel Pentium 3 733MHz (133MHz FSB) chip, which I picked up second hand very inexpensively as an upgrade to my Celeron 366 (overclocked to 550). The P3 is a fast and stable chip - it runs pretty cool for a 733MHz CPU. The VIA chipset is not the fastest solution available; those who lust for those extra frames per second in Quake 3 should consider an overclocked Intel BX chipset solution - the BX chipset doesn't support a 1/2 AGP divider and is therefore running the AGP bus at 89MHz with a 133MHz bus CPU. This is the beauty of the VIA chipset - it supports a proper 1/2 AGP divider and AGP 4x. The only other alternative to VIA is Intel's "Solano" 815 chipest. However, boards based on this are more expensive and tend to be socket 370 only - no good for my Slot 1 CPU. 815 does have support for ATA/100 IDE transfers, whereas the VIA does not. This is one of the few areas where the VIA chipset is let down - hard disk transfers benchmark considerably slower. The memory transfer rates attainable with the VIA chipset are not quite as fast as BX or 815 either. However, with ...
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