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    Gigabyte to release second dual-GPU grap...
"After launching its 3D1 graphics card last December, Gigabyte will announce a second dual-GPU board next week, Tom's Hardware Guide has learned. The card will be based on two GeForce 6600 processors and be priced around $400.

The new graphics card will be called 3D1-XL and build on features that were introduced of the original 3D1. Instead of using GeForce 6600GT processors in a SLI tandem, the XL version will be based on the basic 6600 - a processor that is not officially announced to support SLI so far.

Using the smaller chip allows Nvidia to drop the price of the board significantly. Sources told Toms' Hardware Guide that pricing will be approximately 24 percent below the price of an ATI 850XT which hints to a range between $380 and $400, including Gigabyte's GA-K8N Ultra-SLI motherboard. The manufacturer apparently tested the board internally and achieved higher benchmark results than the X850 XT. The 3DMark 2003 score is said to be slightly above 13,000 points while the ATI board ended up at around 12,750 in a comparable test environment.

Features of the card include 256 MByte GDDR3 memory, TV, D-SUB and DVI-I output, as well as a HDTV decoder."

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Source: tomshardware.com
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    Hackers build back door into iTunes
"Hackers have gotten around iTunes encryption to allow the purchase of music free of any copy protection. The author's intent was to allow for Linux users to have access to the music, but with a Windows version available, it may not last long. The program is called PyMusique, and it gets around the encryption by grabbing the file when it is downloaded and saved in an unencrypted format. This method totally bypasses the encryption process without breaking it. The files are saved as AAC files that can be copied and played else where. Apple can't be happy about this development.

A test of the PyMusique software showed that it did allow purchase of songs from iTunes, and that the songs were saved in the unprotected AAC digital music format, rather than in Apple's protected Fairplay format. Songs could not be downloaded without establishing an iTunes account and paying the ordinary price for the music."

Source: anandtech.com
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    Universal Boxing Manager Goes 3D
"Manage up to 6 boxers in 17 weight categories, selecting from a database of over 1,000 unique boxers.

Winter Wolves Studio announced that they have started to implement 3D boxers in their sports manager simulation Universal Soccer Manager. The fight itself still uses pre-rendered graphics, but the full 3D fight is expected very soon. The engine also takes into account the height of the boxer, so you'll able to see short and tall boxers according to their stats. Universal Boxing Manager can be purchased from the official website."

Source: gamershell.com
    By: mainman
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    WoW - lots of subscribers!
"More than 1.5 million subscribers have signed up for MMORPG World of Warcraft, according to a statement issued by Blizzard Entertainment.

"All of us at Blizzard are extremely gratified and amazed at the international demand for World of Warcraft," said Blizzard president Mike Morhaime. "From region to region, we've seen a phenomenal level of enthusiam for WoW, and we're absolutely thrilled people are enjoying the game so much."

The game was released in North America last November and has since enjoyed successful launches in Korea and Europe, with the highest number of players online at one time topping 500,000.

In the US, demand for WoW was so great that Blizzard had to restrict the number of copies on sale to prevent server overload. It's not clear whether the same restrictions apply in Europe, but the game is currently impossible to get hold of from UK high street and online stores."

Source: eurogamer.net

    By: mainman
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    Phantasy Star Universe for PC, consoles
"The long-awaited next instalment in the Dreamcast and GameCube RPG series Phantasy Star Online will be on US and Japanese shelves this winter, according to Famitsu PS2.

Although the game was originally announced as a GameCube exclusive, reports now suggest it will appear on PC, PS2 and Xbox - and poor old Cube fans could well miss out altogether. A price point of $65 has been put forward for the US version, but there's no word yet as to online subscription costs.

PSU is being developed by Sega's Sonic Team, and from what we've seen so far you can expect the usual collection of shiny spaceships, spiky-haired heroes and freakishly-large monsters. Oh, and a pirate. More on Phantasy Star Universe just as soon as we get it."

Source: eurogamer.net

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    Halo 2 expansion coming soon?
"Korean-language version of the official Xbox site lists a "Halo 2 X-Pack (Expansion Pack)" in the works.

Though Halo 2 was the second most popular game of 2004, the vast majority of gamers had one major complaint--its ending. Without providing any spoilers, the Xbox shooter's finale feels more than a little truncated, leaving the game's two protagonists--the Master Chief and the Arbiter--in medias res.

In particular, Halo 2's last shot also seemed to set up a sequel with about as much subtlety as the finale of Flash Gordon, prompting speculation that the next-gen Xbox would ship bundled with an expanded Halo 2.5. Another rumor had work on a next-gen Halo 3 well under way, with Microsoft planning to release it the same day the PlayStation 3 goes on sale, presumably in 2006.

Today, another theory emerged, courtesy of a release schedule on the Korean-language version of the official Xbox site (pictured). Under the March and April releases on the page is a more general "coming soon" category, which lists several games with more-fluid release dates, including Forza Motorsport and Red Ninja: End of Honor.

However, of considerably more interest to Halo fans is the entry for one "Halo 2 X-Pack (Expansion Pack)." The one-line listing had no other description or firm date. That said, its presence on an official Microsoft site added credence to the theory that Microsoft cut Halo 2 short so it could roll out a large expansion akin to the Ninja Gaiden Hurricane Pack at a later date via Xbox Live--for a price. Such a Halo 2 expansion could be a twofold boon for Microsoft, adding another incentive for gamers to join its online service and squeezing further dollars from the nearly 7 million gamers who already have Halo 2.

So is the Halo 2 X-Pack listing proof positive of the paid expansion-pack theory? Or could it be possible that the expansion will be free, like the Hurricane Pack was? It's hard to say definitively, since Microsoft had not commented as of press time."

Source: gamespot.com

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    Ubisoft's massive '05-'06 li...
"King Kong, Ghost Recon 3, Splinter Cell 4 all coming to next crop of consoles, possibly as early as October; Might and Magic returns, PoP goes PSP, and Rainbow Six 3: Lockdown is pushed back.

Today, Ubisoft became the latest publisher to announce games for the next generation of consoles. As part of its massive lineup for its 2005-2006 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, the France-based publisher announced it would release "four [titles] for the new next-generation console from Microsoft."

Check Out the Full List Of Games Here

Source: gamespot.com

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    Project: Snowblind out for PCs
"Eidos' futuristic FPS in stores now; game features techno-soldier equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry.

Eidos today announced that Project: Snowblind, which was previously known as the next chapter in the Deus Ex series, is now available for the PC. The first-person shooter was developed by Crystal Dynamics, the team behind the upcoming Tomb Raider game, and was released on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 last month.

As Nathan Frost, a lieutenant in the Liberty Coalition Army, gamers will combat a separatist army intent on threatening the world with a weapon of mass destruction. With his cybernetic enhancements, Frost will lead a group behind enemy lines with a plethora of technologically superior weapons.

Project: Snowblind is rated T for Teen and retails for $39.99."


Source: gamespot.com
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    Fraps 2.5.4 Released
Fraps is a tool that lets you monitor current framerates in any corner of the screen for programs using DirectX or OpenGL. It also allows you to take screenshots of games, make movies of while playing games, and manually determine the average framerate between two points.


Resolved conflict preventing SLI with 71.84 Forceware drivers
Fixed crash when right clicking in change directory window
Fixed crash in some browsers when launching Help window

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    What happened to the classic games?
Since 1990 I have been playing Computer games. Today I had a yearning feeling...
and I asked myself: “Why am I not seeing classic games anymore?”
Games like: Syndicate, Police Quest, Gabriel knight, Another World and games like these. These games are inscribed in my memory. Even with the poor graphics and sounds comparing to today’s standard they left a mark in my life

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    Report bugs - NGO ATI Optimized Driver
"We really need your help to improve our drivers, the more feedback we have the more we can improve the drivers. Hope you can help us improve our drivers. We are working with the community FOR the community!!"

Please report bugs and post feedback here
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    DVD Shrink
DVD Shrink is software to "backup" DVD discs. You can use this software with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a "backup" copy of any DVD video disc.

DVD Shrink will also burn your backup DVD, if you have installed the latest version of Nero. If you already possess alternative burning software and prefer to stick with it, then you can still use DVD Shrink. The output from DVD Shrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, then you can burn with software of your choice.

DVD Shrink is free software. Makers of DVD Shrink said "You should never pay for DVD Shrink."

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    New Realtek RTL8139/8130/810X Drivers
Realtek released new RTL8139/811x/816x/810x series drivers, its now 6.21 WHQL. It supports Windows 2000, Windows 64bit, Windows 98 second edition, Windows ME and Windows XP. The release date is 2005/03/18. Follow the link for changelog and downloads.

Read more: OnlyNewz.com

Source: Warp2Search.net
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    nForce4 Standalone Drivers 6.53
Nvidia has released a new Standalone nForce4 driver in the shape of 6.53 for Windows 2000/XP.

Release notes:
* WHQL certified kit
* Standalone drivers with support for nForce4 products, including support for dual- processor systems.
* Added support for NVIDIA Disk Alert System
* General compatibility fixes.

Driver Versions:
* Audio driver version 4.60 (WHQL)
* Audio utility version 4.51
* Ethernet NRM driver version 4.75 (WHQL)
* Network management tools version 4.75
* SMBus driver version 4.45 (WHQL) with updated uninstaller files
* Installer version 4.60
* Win2K IDE driver version 5.18 (WHQL)
* Win2K RAIDTOOL 2.7 application version 4.82
* WinXP IDE driver version 5.18 (WHQL)
* WinXP RAIDTOOL 2.7 application version 4.82

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Source: warp2search.net
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    NGO ATI Optimized Driver v2.2
The NGO ATI Optimized Driver is a tweaked version of the ATI Catalyst driver. The main purpose is to satisfy the users with a better performance and better image quality. The Driver has support for all Radeon cards (both desktop and mobile platforms).

Features:
• Based on the Official ATI Catalyst 5.3
• Tweaked for both OpenGL and DirectX platforms
• Performance and Quality are both balanced
• Included 9500 > 9700 and 9800SE > 9800 Softmod
• Included several Utilities such as: ATITool, RefreshForce, and Windows XP Universal Tweaker.

Changes:
• Updated base to Catalyst 5.3
• The new OpenGL Driver from ATI improves old OpenGL games performance and now the OpenGL Switcher is not necessary. So it’s been removed from the archive.
• Added Windows XP Universal Tweaker v0.3 to the archive.
• Fixed few Installation bugs with Windows 2000

Notes:
• The author is not responsible for any damage
• This driver is not supported by ATI Corporation

Included Utilities:
• ATITool – Overclock and monitoring utility
• RefreshForce – 60 Hz RefreshRate fixer
• Windows XP Universal Tweaker v0.3 - This small wizard utility capable to perform cleanup and to Tweak: Windows Memory management, Connection and MTU Settings and perform DNS, NTFS Partitions, Windows boot-time.

For more details and support please visit our website at http://www.ngohq.com

Thanks to W1zzard and Gregory Maynard-Hoare the authors of ATITool and RefreshForce


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