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  Daily Column, September 24th 
  Sep 24, 2001, 12:00pm EDT 
By: Sander Sassen

Welcome back! I hope you don’t mind the fact that we didn’t do any columns last week as in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks there wasn’t really that much computer related news to talk about. And quite frankly many, ourselves included, had different things on our minds than to talk about computers or computer related subjects as you can probably tell by the editorials we did on the terrorist attacks.

But now that things have gradually gone back to normal, at least for the greater part, we thought we’d bring you up to speed once more on what is hot, or what’s not, in the computer industry. First off we’d like to report on the fact that nForce reviews seem to have started appearing on the web, and albeit Nvidia promised us the world and then some, the numbers they crunch out aren’t that impressive. Granted, the nForce chipset offers better performance than Via’s KT133A and the AMD 760 but has a hard time keeping up with some of the more recent offerings such as the Via KT266A.

I hate to be repeating on myself and rather not start making a big fuss about being right or anything but let me just give you a few quotes taken out of previous editorials I’ve done about Nvidia’s nForce.

“Another story is nVidia, the same company that more or less persuades you to buy a new graphics accelerator every six months or so. Apart from designing graphics accelerators and diligently working with Microsoft on the upcoming X-box gaming console they've announced their Athlon DDR chipset, the nVidia nForce. Not to be outdone by anyone, the specifications and prospective performance figures show us a chipset that will give the upcoming Intel i845, AMD's 760 or VIA chipsets a run for their money. For a company that has never before designed a chipset or any core-logic other than graphics accelerators, I think that that is a rather bold claim to make.”

As it turns out the nForce is indeed working but isn’t performing nearly as we’ve come to expect from the prospective benchmarks we’ve been shown by Nvidia. Oh, and before I get bashed for bad mouthing against Nvidia again let me just state the following. I have no objections against a company working on a new product and doing their best to create some interest for it, either by doing an extensive marketing campaign or making a big show around it at every trade show. What I do object against is companies claiming to have re-invented the wheel and come up with a revolutionary new solution that will blow the competition away. If they subsequently base their claims on prospective benchmark results without any 3rd party verification I get a sense of over-hype-a-tosis and intent to misinform the prospective consumer.

That is what actually gets to me, as there are already enough products being over hyped and not living up to expectation. I would, and I’m sure you would to, appreciate it if these ‘super-products’ could have been tested by an objective 3rd party prior to any prospective benchmark results or press releases being released to the public, that would only be fair.

Sander Sassen


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