- Intel Celeron 400 and Pentium-3 600 processors at default clockspeeds.
- Abit BX6-2 motherboard.
- 64 Megabytes Toshiba PC100 ram.
- IBM UDMA 33 10.1 gig hard drive.
- ATI Rage Fury 32 meg video w TV OUT - MANY ATI drivers (Ouch!).
- Pioneer 103s 6x DVD drive with DMA enabled.
- 17 inch Sony 200ES Trinitron monitor.
- Creative Soundblaster Live Value soundcard.
- Diamond MX300 Vortex-2 Soundcard with Aureal 2040 reference drivers.
- Klipsch Promedia v.2-400 speakers (Klipsch speaker review forthcoming!).
- Plextor 8x20 CDR with Adaptec 2930c scsi interface.
- Win98 SE build 2222A.
- DirectX 7.0a.
- TV-OUT tested using S-VIDEO output to a Sony 35KVS66 trinitron.
OK, I promised that the test system would get an overhaul. I spoke
of 800mhz, new video, UDMA100, etc etc. But of course, I have to PAY
for this stuff myself! I did manage to sell some spare body parts and
acquire a P3 processor to replace the venerable Celeron; and the SB Live
Value replaces the much loved but defunct Vortex-2 soundcard for
comparisons. The rest is waiting till prices drop a bit or my creditors
suffer sudden accidents. If anyone from ATI, NVidia, ASUS, or Intel is
reading, feel FREE to guarantee yourselves a spot in DVD History! SEND
HARDWARE! Live the dream of being a part of future INMATRIX reviews!
(And save Kelly from spending all his retirement savings!)
Tech note: All virus scanners and un-needed background applications were
disabled for testing. The latest BIOS, firmwares, and drivers were
installed. All this helps improve DVD playback on any system. Mucho
thanks to Kruge & the gang at the
forums for helping with some ATI driver headaches to help me finish the TV-OUT testing!