Tom’s Hardware Guide Mainboard Guide: VIA KT333 Put To The Test: 18 Motherboards Compared – Conclusion From a global point of view, we can conclude the following for the KT333 chipset: it’s not worth it to switch directly from KT266A to KT333. Currently, the DDR333 modules available on the market are frequently meant for CL2.5 mode, so there’s no performance gain compared to a KT266A system with DDR266 and CL2. It only makes sense to switch to the VIA Apollo KT333 if you use an appropriate motherboard (e.g., Epox, Enmic or Gigabyte) along with fast DDR333 memory (CL2). Some of the KT266A already have some additional features such as USB 2.0, RAID and FireWire. The only thing remaining is the Ultra DMA/133 function, which is used only by Maxtor hard drives at the moment.
Out of a total of 18 test candidates, the Gigabyte GA-7VRXP made the best impression: in all of the benchmark disciplines, this motherboard with the KT333 chipset ranks among the top performers. The only other boards to offer stiff competition were the Epox EP-8K3A+ and the Enmic 8TTX2+, both of which managed to achieve slightly better results in some of the tests. Nevertheless, the Gigabyte’s rich features and special overclocking functions are convincing. Networking, sound, a RAID controller and a USB 2.0 chip are included in the list of features.
Note: AMD won’t be requiring thermal protection for Athlon CPUs until June 10, so we’ve not included this new feature here.
The Gigabyte board does not yet have any protection against thermal death. The manufacturer continues to leave out unnecessary OEM interfaces such as ACR, AMR and CNR, which is of no use to the end user anyway. The wealth of materials and accessories included in the package completes our positive impression of this board, and so the Gigabyte GA-7VRXP wins the Tom’s Hardware Guide Award for 2002.
AnandTech – Weekly CPU & Video Card Price Guide: May 2002 1st Edition Wow, what a great service from AnandTech. Those AMD chips are cheap!
CPU Current Price (05/06/02) Vendor Shipping CNet Pricing Notes
Athlon XP 2100+ (1.73GHz) $222.00 AllStarComponents.com 10.75 – 14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Athlon XP 2000+ (1.67GHz) $163.00 AllStarComponents.com 10.75 – 14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Athlon XP 1900+ (1.6GHz) $140.00 AllStarComponents.com 10.75 – 14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Athlon XP 1800+ (1.53GHz) $95.00 AllStarComponents.com 10.75 – 14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Athlon XP 1700+ (1.47GHz) $90.00 AllStarComponents.com 10.75 – 14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Athlon XP 1600+ (1.40GHz) $80.00 AllStarComponents.com 10.75 – 14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Here are the Pentium 4 prices. From a pure POV of performance the 2.53GHz is wonderful with a quad pumped 133 FSB, but wow, it is expensive!
Pentium 4 2.53GHz (Socket 478) $665.00 NewEgg.com $6.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 2.4BGHz (Socket 478) $568.00 NewEgg.com $6.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 2.4GHz (Socket 478) $526.00 NewEgg.com $6.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 2.2GHz (Socket 478) $430.00 Accubyte 11.95-14.95 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 2.0GHz (Socket 478) $248.00 teamexcess.com 9.00 – 11.00 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 1.9GHz (Socket 478) $201.00 Runtimecc.com 8.80 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 1.8GHz (Socket 478) $160.00 ACMicro.com 10.00 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 1.7GHz (Socket 478) $131.00 Sybercom.com 6.00 – 13.00 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 1.6GHz (Socket 478) $111.00 GameVE.com 6.00 – 9.00 CNet Pricing OEM
Pentium 4 1.5GHz (Socket 478) $103.00 Sybercom.com 6.00 – 13.00 CNet Pricing OEM
George Van Zant Tackle Reviews – Ultralight lessons
Continuing on with my education and knowing that the big fish are always caught on bait, I learned more valuable techniques. First and most important, it’s always best to use very light test mono, you will get twice as many hook-ups. I use 2 LB P-line on one reel (Shimano Symetre SY- 1000 FH) with the back-up spool holding 3 LB P-line. On my Daiwa Tournament SS 700, I have also 2 LB on one spool and 6 LB P-line on its back-up. My Ultra light Daiwa Spinmatic SM-Z500 has 2 LB wound on the main spool and backed up with a spool of 4 LB fluorocarbon. Crowley is a very mossy lake, which necessitates the use of floating bait to elevate it above the moss. Most everyone uses Power Bait, inflated night crawlers, marshmallows etc. The bait floats up over the bottom but is held down by a 1/4 ounce slip egg sinker or split shot.
Since I switched to very ultra light rod and reels, I have done some things to augment the ultra, ultra light fishing techniques. First I switched to 2X light wire fly tying hooks, barbless in many situations and to a long, skinny, extremely light, fly rod blank. I have constructed an 8 footer, an 8 1/2 footer and a long 9 footer. The rod blanks are graphite 3 and 4 weight types with extremely slow bends. When a hooked trout repeatedly takes his traditional wild lunges, the long soft rod action gently bends all the way to the reel seat. The super sharp skinny hooks always stick solid in the fishes’ mouth and do not straighten out as they meet the soft cushion of the rods action. Sure, it takes longer to land them, but who cares as long as they get into the net.
Ultralight Spinning Rods Six New Ultralight Spinning Rods,
Ultimate Ultralight Travel Set Added
CERRITOS, CA– Daiwa is taking ultralight spinning tackle to the extreme level with its six new Spinmatic rod models, each of which features titanium nitrided Zirconia tip-top that is so tough a file cannot scratch it.
With Daiwa’s X-Treme guide system ultralight practitioners can be assured of long casts and solid performance. Daiwa’s X-Treme guide system has its basis in the physics of fishing and its proof in researched performance. To obtain peak performance Daiwa increased the number of guides for greater sensitivity and rod action, decreased their size for better rod balance and accuracy. And, finally, Daiwa rod designers placed the guides closer together for better hook setting power. The result is X-Treme.
Maximum power and sensitivity is achieved through the high-performance graphite used in these Spinmatic rods. The classic looking gunsmoke guide frames, high-grade cork handles and aesthetic finish make these rods ultra-pleasing. The genuine Fuji? reel seat provides a sure, snug fit for any ultralight even though they were designed for Daiwa’s classy Spinmatic ultralight reels which feature up to five ball bearings.
Packable Tackle Do realize that, as with photo equipment, good gear assures quality results but only beginners pay list price. Tackle is widely discounted. Shop wisely and you can save 30 to 50 percent. I’ve found the lowest prices either in mail order catalogs you can order through fishing magazine ads or in discount stores where tackle from “nam” manufacturers such as Garcia, Diawa, Fenwick, Shakespeare and others offers roughly equal quality in any given price range — plus the access to parts and repairs you might find expensive with off-brand gear.
While blister-pack beginner’s outfits can get you started, a spincasting, casting or fly rod that breaks or telescopes down into a 14-inch or 16-inch package to fit luggage makes tackle “packable.” Spinning lets you cast small lures or baits best and is the typical all-around choice. Spincasting suits children and those who enjoy minimal casting fuss at the price of limited casting range and line capacity. Baitcasting allows heavier lines for larger fish and trolling without line twist. Flycasting magnifies the fight of small fish and provides its own special pleasures if you have time to practice casting skills.
Fiberglass rods fit the tightest budgets and suit beginners’ needs; experts find more expensive, yet lighter weight, graphite and/or boron rods increase sesitivity to better detect light bites and reduce casting fatigue. Good rods use graphite or fiberglass instead of metal ferrules.
A reel to match your rod comes next. Most manufacturers suggest their own matching reels, but you might save by mixing rod and reel brands. For example, any spring reel that holds 200 to 250 yards of four-to six-pound test line fits the typical all-around spinning rod. Look for full bails and skirts that reduce the chance of line loops snagging on reels. An extra reel spool lets you carry both four- and ten-pound test line to meet changing conditions.
Six- or eight-pound test line is a good choice for all-round use; flour-pound test suits trout and panfishing. Interchangeable spools aren’t available on spincasting reels, but are common on single-action fly reels and available in baitcasting reels to make it easy to switch line when needed.
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Berkley Fishing ProductDetails Berkley FireLine is unlike anything you’ve fished before. It’s stronger than monofilament. It casts farther. And it handles as well — even better in some situations. It doesn’t create birds nests by digging into your spool. And it ties easier knots, makes smoother casts, and stays hassle free in any kind of weather. And FireLine is as durable as it is versatile. It won’t deteriorate over a lifetime. Ultra-light rays or sunlight won’t affect it. And neither will the cold. No other line delivers this combination of easy handling, castability, super strength and sensitivity. And no tackle box should be without it.
T2 Spinning World’s Smallest Spinning Reel
?Three Double-Shielded Ball Bearings
?8-Point SharpStop? Anti-Reverse
?Machined Aluminum Spool Cross-Drilled To Reduce Weight
?Interchangeable Left/Right Retrieve
?Lightweight Graphite Body
?Distinctive Rosewood Handle
?Powerful Front Drag
?Spare Graphite Spool
?Fast 5.3:1 Gear Ratio
?Titanium-Shielded? Line Roller
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine: Fieldtest February 2002 – Ultralight Fishing Tackle Ultralight spin fishing uses soft-action rods intended to function with 1- to 4-pound test monofilament like micro-thin Tectan ($7.49, Cabela’s, (800) 237-4444) or braided Fireline ($15.45, Pure Fishing, (877) 777-3850) and thumbnail-size 1/32- to 1/4-ounce lures. By bending, these flexible rods allow a fighting fish to be shock-dampened, thus preventing low test lines from breaking on the first strong run.
Between these extremes in length are the soft-tipped snap-cast rods like the reasonably priced 6’6″ Daiwa Procaster-S-B ($34.95, Daiwa USA, (562) 802-9589). This two-piece rod has a custom look, but beyond aesthetics, it offers outstanding rod action, especially when combined with the Daiwa SS II 1500-C Spinning Reel ($149.95, Daiwa USA).
For micro-spinning, the most advanced rod is the three-piece, 6’3″ Escape ($225, G. Loomis), with a classic action for tiny reels like the T-2 Pinnacle ($49.95, Pinnacle, (803) 794-8521).