Hardware
blank Alive and Kicking-Large CRT Monitors Offer Best Bang for Your Buck   15 Sep, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

Prices on large CRT monitors have dropped substantially since our last CRT review in September 2003. Not so many years ago I remember paying triple what these current CRTs cost. What you don't get for these lower prices are multiple connectivity options-there's usually no USB connectivity...More>>

blank First Look: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000   15 Sep, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

NVIDIA recently introduced the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 graphics card, the latest in its line of speedy AGP 8X workstation graphics cards. As expected, the card's performance was outstanding.More>>

blank First Look: @Xi 4240 MTOWER SP   15 Sep, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

The XI 4240 MTower SP is one of the latest systems from @Xi Computer. This particular series is based on the Intel Pentium 4 processor. The system I tested featured a single 3.4GHz processor and 800MHz front side bus. The 4240 MTower SP is equipped with 2GB of PC3200 400MHz DDR memory and a 74GB...More>>

blank Alive and Kicking-Large CRT Monitors Offer Best Bang for Your Buck   15 Sep, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

Prices on large CRT monitors have dropped substantially since our last CRT review in September 2003. Not so many years ago I remember paying triple what these current CRTs cost. What you don't get for these lower prices are multiple connectivity options-there's usually no USB connectivity...More>>

Take Your Work Anywhere   1 Jul, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

For some time, I've considered workstation-level performance as just that, whether the system is a desktop system or a notebook computer. Certainly some workstations are faster than others, but system performance must reach a certain level to distinguish itself from the basic personal computer that...More>>

First Look: HP Workstation xw6200   1 Jul, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

New Xeon processor with support for PCI ExpressMore>>

blank FireGL X2-256t   1 May, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

The FireGL graphics card line has long been a standard fixture in workstation-level computer systems. The new FireGL X2-256t features increased engine and memory speeds and comes equipped with 256MB of onboard graphics memory and dual DVI-I connectors.More>>

blank GO DIGITAL   1 Apr, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

Many firms have a large number of original, hardcopy drawings and blueprints that have never been digital. Wide-format scanners provide the tools to convert these valuable drawings to digital formats, either as bit mapped images or through conversions to vector formats that you can edit in CAD...More>>

blank How Today's Chips Stack Up   1 Mar, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

This roundup includes a variety of microprocessors, ranging from fairly standard 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processors to an Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.2GHz processor. There are also several AMD64 processors-one of the new 148 chips and a couple of FX-51 chips.More>>

blank NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100   1 Mar, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

NVIDIA's new Quadro FX 1100 midrange graphics card replaces the company's popular 980 XGL card and offers improved price/performance value. The Quadro FX 1100 targets graphics and engineering professionals in the CAD, digital content creation, and scientific visualization markets.More>>