27 March 2007

NVIDIA 8600GTS is in my hands


Guys, look what i have over here. It is the 8600GTS graphics card. I am ready to rock and roll with this DX10 card. Too bad it doesn't have HDMI interface.

20 March 2007

DVI to HDMI Converter on Jetway M2A692-GDG AMD 690G board

At last, I bought a DVI to HDMI converter. As my motherboard is the brand new JETWAY 692GDG, it supports HDCP (which I won't need right), it can support BluRAY and HD-DVD of the future.

Right now, the only thing is to get the video output to my LCD TV. Previously, I was using the VGA D-SUB, image is acceptable but i just feel that it is lousy.

Now with the converter, the display is connected to the mainboard using HDMI. I paid S$25 for the 1m DAIYO brand cable and S$8 for the converter (from a friend in HK).
This is how the converter looks like.



With this converter, I noticed the image clarity is enhanced compared to using the old D-SUB.

I signed up for Wireless Wimax Internet service by Qmax

Kind of pissed off with the expensive ADSL and Cable plans, I have switched camps and signed up with Qmax, a subsidiary of Qala. They offer the 512Kbps Wimax plan for S$22.95 a mth with a S$44.40 activation fee.

So far, I have been using it at my office and found it to work very well. Average ping time to local sites is in the range of around 90ms, which is in line to what they claimed on their site.

The only trouble I have is the compatibility issue with my Gigabyte GN-BR402W Wireless Router. This router has been in used for almost 3 yrs with Cable modem and ADSL modem. It somehow does not want to bridge it to the modem. Kind of weird. The engineers will be coming over to take a look in a few days time.

Currently, I plug the rabbit like modem into the ethernet port of my PC and everything seems to be working fine. I even get full strength with Green light, turning amber most of the time.

If you are thinking going wireless, this might be a good option to think about. Feel free to ask any questions that you have.

13 March 2007

Pictures and Photos of Nvidia’s 8600GT, 8600GTS Mainstream DirectX 10 Graphics Cards Emerge.

The release of Nvidia’s GeForce 8-series graphics cards for the mainstream market may be sooner than observers would expect, as already now some web-sites can publish photographs of boards that are claimed to be based on the code-named G84 processors.

OCWorkBench web-site has published pictures of what it claims to be Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT and Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS graphics boards. The GeForce 8600 GT is said to be available for $150 - $180 starting in May, whereas the GTS version is projected to come after the 17th of April at the price of $200 - $250. The model 8600 GTS seems to be longer compared to the model 8600 GT, but still shorter compared to ATI/AMD Radeon X1950 Pro, which has manufacturer suggested retail price of $199.

Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS

The exact specifications of the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT are unclear, but it is likely that the difference between the two will be clock-speed and the amount of memory onboard. The Asian web-site claims that the GTS will be equipped with 256MB or 512MB of 2.0GHz memory and 675MHz graphics processing unit (GPU), while the model GT will have 128MB or 256MB of 1.4GHz memory and 540MHz GPU. Power consumption of the latter will be in the range of 75W, while the former will require additional power connector.



Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT

The GeForce 8600-series graphics boards are expected to substitute the GeForce 7600-series on the market. Even though all versions of the GeForce 8600 will have 128-bit memory bus, and thus will be cheap to produce, their performance is claimed to be in the range of the GeForce 7900 GS and GeForce 7950 GT. The volume ramp of the GeForce 8 will not be really rapid, according to claims earlier made by the chip designer’s executives.

11 March 2007

Video abt HDTV by MDA

Video abt HDTV by MDA

Check it out to know more.

http://mediaction.mda.gov.sg/learn/video/HDTV_in_Singapore.wmv

09 March 2007

QMax Wimax to be available in Clementi and Jurong area

Yesterday I went down to the IT Show 2007 at Suntec. I had a chance to speak to the CSO. I was interested to find out when they can deploy it countrywide.

The CSO told me that they are activating their base stations for Clementi and Jurong area next week. This is real good news for the users in living in the West.

I also enquired if they will be reaching out to those living in the East. The answer is a definite YES. It is said to be from April. Which part of the East region will be covered, I am not sure.

As for those in the North, it looks like they will be the last to get coverage with WiMax.

07 March 2007

OCWorkbench posted EPoX MCP68 board photo

EPoX would probably be the first company to launch a full ATX board based on the MCP68 chipset (GeForce 7050-630A). This board will be able to support PureVideo HD playback, it will also support HDCP making it a direct competitor to the AMD's 690G chipset.

http://www.ocworkbench.com/2007/epox/EP-AP68P-G/g1.htm

06 March 2007

Singtel network jam during tremours

Voice network Singtel isn't able to hold the load of calls during the tremour at 1.55pm. I tried to call my friend a number of times and Singtel mobile network tries to connect for a number of times but i failed to get hold of my friend.

Luckily I got hold of him at around 2.10pm. SMS doesn't seem to be affected.

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