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Best Gaming Card for under $100

AMD vs NVidia smackdown!

Although you will never be able to play Crysis 3 with all the details turned up to the max up on a budget graphics card, those of you with limited funds will be pleased to know that a decent gaming experience can be coaxed out of even quite modestly priced cards.

At the time of writing two cards slip just under the 100 buck price barrier on Amazon, one based on NVidia’s GT 640 chipset, and the other on AMD’s HD 7750 architecture, so I thought it would be a good idea to examine which of these similarly priced options is the one for the discerning budget-minded gamers to go for.

VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N640GT-MD1GD3

A newly released chipset designed to get NVidia back in the sub $100 game, the GeForce GT 640 is a compact card (approx, 6” by 2 ¾”) that will fit into all but the tightest casing, and boasts a 900MHz clock speed. Three video outputs (DVI, HDMI, and VGA) are provided, which allow up to three monitors to independently display at the same time thanks to NVidia’s Surround technology, which is very impressive at this price point and the inclusion of Express 3.0 compatibility is similarly impressive.  Pulling just 65W of juice from the mains, the GT 640 is an energy-efficient card that does not require any additional power connectors, making it look neat in a PC’s case.

This MSI version of the chipset comes with 1 GB of the older (and slower) DDR3 memory and features a compact design with a single large fan.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 

HDMI / DVI-I / DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11202-00-20G

Repeatedly voted best in its class, the HD 7750 chipset from AMD has a reputation for delivering blistering performance for its price.  With a power rating of just 55W, the HD 7750 runs straight from the PCI-E connecter, obviating the need for extra connectors.  This Sapphire model does however hog two PCI slot bays, which gives it room for a good-sized fan to help keep temperatures down when the gaming gets hot. Like the MSI GeForce 640 above, this card sports 1GB of memory, but this time of the faster DDR5 variety. Also, like its competitor, the HD 7750it supports up to three monitors, albeit this time through HDMI, dual-link DV-I, and DisplayPort outputs.

The showdown

In features, these two cards are fairly closely matched. However, what gamers need is frames per second, and this is where the HD 7750 really begins to strut its stuff. When playing Skyrim, the HD 7750 pulls off an average of 66.5 fps compared to the GT 640’s 42.2 fps at the same settings, while in Crysis 2 these figures are 44.3 fps the GeForce card compared to 28.5 fps on the GT 640. In short, there is no competition; the HD 7750 wipes the floor with the GT 640.

Conclusion

While the Radeon HD 7750 is clearly the superior card, boasting spectacular performance for such a low price point (as well as impressively low power consumption). The GeForce GT 640 is still a good card, however, and one that flings out quite playable frame rates. If the price for it drops a bit, it may still be a very attractive choice for gamers on a super-limited budget.

*figures courtesy of tomshardware.com.


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Top 3 Methods to Send Files via Fax

Although there are numerous kinds of advanced devices used by companies today, there are still those who find fax machines functional and practical. This is why these machines are still used when sharing documents and important papers from one company to another. Since technology is improving from time to time, faxing has become more convenient and easier to use. Through incorporating fax with the Internet, companies are now able to share files and fax messages even without the use of a fax machine. Below are the three best methods on how to send files via the modern internet fax:

1. Internet Fax Features in VoIP Services

VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol services function via the use of the Internet. In the United States and Canada, there are a lot of companies that offer VoIP services that provide unlimited online fax (onlinefaxservice.com, nextivafax.com, itsournet fax). Another functional feature of an Internet faxing is the ability to send fax messages to emails and receive them as well. There are various kinds of VoIP plans in which you can choose from. Some of these plans offer international faxing wherein the provider will not charge additional fees. With these available features, it can be considered that this is the most advisable way of sending fax messages whether it will be for your business or for personal matters. For companies who prefer sending fax messages over other methods, this process can also be used for advertising and even sending several promotional information to numerous clients and customers at the same time.

2. Online free fax services

Another practical way of sending fax messages is through services that one can find online. There are hundreds of sites such as My Fax, Pam Fax, Pop Fax that offer faxing services wherein you will need to upload a scanned version of the document, and enter the fax numbers on the chosen sites.  Although some sites offer free faxing, it is still not adequate for big businesses. This is because these companies will need to use the service more as they grow bigger and these sites only offer limited number of fax messages to be sent daily. Because of this, you will need to subscribe to these websites and pay monthly fees that offer unlimited VoIP faxing services.

3. Creativity of ScanR

One more method of sending fax messages is the ScanR. ScanR is one of the sites that let you send fax messages through the internet and offer free basic faxing. Unlike other sites that require you to scan your documents, this site allows you to use your digital cameras or camera phones to directly transfer the files into PDF forms. Some other sites also have the same unlimited type of faxing service. However, some may find this method a bit impractical since there are documents that are not clear when using camera phones in taking pictures.


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DeliPlayer Features

Player & Plug-ins

  • high quality MP3 decoding
  • powerful disk recorder
  • 214+ music formats supported
  • MP3 ID3 editor
  • module information evaluation
  • available mixer algorithms:
    • scaling
    • oversampling
    • linear interpolating
    • quadratic interpolating
    • studio quality
  • click removal and dithering
  • 10 band equalizer
  • reverb
  • wide stereo and stereo join effects
  • visualization of the audio output
    • frequency domain
    • local domain
    • volume pressure domain
    • frequency/time domain
  • supported packers:
    • Imploder
    • PowerPacker
    • XPK: NONE NUKE DUKE SQSH RDCN SHSC SASC
    • Pack-Ice
    • MMCMP

Userinterface

  • efficient handling of small to very large lists
    (easily handles lists with more than 50.000 entries)
  • inplace field editing
  • user-definable fields
  • predefined fields can be renamed
  • drag & drop adding of entries
  • drag & drop entry-sorting
  • very fast, hierarchical sorting
  • allows to easily distribute fields to other entries
  • statistical analysis
  • regular expression searching
  • archive support (ZIP,RAR,ACE,LHA,LZX)
  • imports other playlist files:
    • AML
    • M3U
    • PLT
    • PPP
    • YPL
  • highly configurable
  • individual background picture
  • colors configurable
  • fonts configurable
  • window are font-sensitive and sizable
  • CUE-sheet loading
  • subsong splitting
  • skinned and system layouts available


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DeliPlayer 2.03 released!

To download DeliPlayer 2.03, click here.

DeliPlayer2 is a FREE, highly versatile audio player for Windows(tm) 98SE/ME and NT4.0/2000/XP. DeliPlayer2 has a graphical and a standard Windows user interface and is the only music player with a playlist that supports lists with sub-lists.

DeliPlayer2 supports over 230 audio formats, including MP3, OGG Vorbis, Musepack, ImpulseTracker, FastTracker2, ScreamTracker, MonkeysAudio, FLAK, RIFF-WAV, Mods, TFMX, C64-SID, AY, SPC, and many many other formats from the PC, Amiga, C64, Atari and Spectrum computers and Nintendo console systems.

DeliPlayer2 works with 32-bit audio precision, has several audio effects and visualizations, an ID3 Editor, a Timer, and a Disk-Recorder. Supports 24bit and 32bit audio output if supported by your sound-card.

Feature-Spotlight:

supports over 230 audio formats
audio data is handled with 32bit precision for maximum playback quality, features a very powerful playlist that supports lists within lists supports Internet Radios (MP3 and OGG Vorbis streams) supports cross-fading and seamless playing of the tracks in the playlist allows you to enhance your listening experience with audio effects: Equalizer, Reverb, Stereo separation (Wide Stereo) and Join Stereo comes with 3 unique layouts
automatic archive extraction including ZIP,RAR and ACE (among others) has a highly customizable user interface

For a tour with screenshots, click here.

You can install this version directly over your current DeliPlayer 2 installation.
If you have an installation of a beta or release candidate version of DeliPlayer2 (or even of DeliPlayer 1.30), you really should uninstall it and delete its old installtion directory before installing the new version, to avoid problems.

Changes since version 2.02:

added (native) player for the NSF and NESA formats
Client: fixed a crash when loading corrupt .m3u files
Core: fixed rare erratic stopping after playing a song in sequential playing mode
Core: added .cue (cue sheets) to the list of known extensions
DDMF: added more security checks to detect corrupt modules
FastTracker2: fixed an effect bug
FastTracker2: improved handling of corrupted instrument headers
MED: fixed a bug in the sample information extraction
Mixer: fixed boostlevel intitialization
MP3: corrupt VBR headers are now detected and ignored
MonkeysAudio: added a workaround for a MAC 3.97 bug
FrequencyScope: added the ‘scientific’ mode (use the FrequencyScope_Scientific1 colorscheme!)
FrequencyScope+Sonogram: frequency analysis is now much more accurate
FrequencyScope+Sonogram: speedup of the frequency analysis
FrequencyScope+Sonogram: added options for min/max pressure and max frequency to display
SNES: fixed a rare crash on certain corrupt files
Sonogram: speedup of the ‘time stretching’ mode
Sonogram: fixed border trashing (cosmetical)
Sonogram: added optional ‘clear view when full’ feature
Sonogram: added ‘same axis’ submode for stereo display
Sonogram: added the ‘scroll left/right’ modes
Sonogram: increased granularity of the ‘lines per second’ configuration setting
Vorbis: the ‘COMMENT’ field is now extracted and displayed
Vorbis: fixed problem with ‘repeat one’ mode

To download DeliPlayer 2.03, click here.


DeliPlayer2 is Freeware.
DeliPlayer2 is freely distributable as long as the installation archive remains unchanged and no copying fee is charged.


Posted in: Software

DeliPlayer – The Panel

DeliPlayer2’s windows are all highly configurable and sizable.
The default window presets contain commonly used controls and information fields.

You can freely arrange the windows elements.
The image on the right shows how the default panel looks while rearranging its elements. By drag & dropping the yellow, green and red bars you can remove any element or place it at another position.

… for example resulting in something like this:

Windows elements can be removed and added from/to all windows.

… until you find your very personal layout you always wanted.

i.e.: only the control buttons

or a highy integrated variation. You have almost no limitations to customize your DeliPlayer2 environment.
This window contains the following elements:

  • compact panel
  • repeat and sequential buttons
  • frequency scope
  • position slider
  • playlist
  • replay contol buttons
  • volume slider
  • effect toggle buttons
  • list name
  • list time


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