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Issue 123| Februray 2008
What's in the mag?
* XP vs. Vista
* Superguide to HTML & 3D graphics
* AMD Phenom
* Mobile browsing
* Unreal Tournament 3
What's on the DVD?
* McAfee Spamkiller 2006
* Panoweaver 3.01 Professional
* Timeshift Multiplayer
* Call of Duty 4
... and more ...
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In this month’s PC Authority we’ve some great features for you.
Vista is about to turn one year old but there’s still an enormous amount of controversy concerning its impact and, whether it’s actually better than its predecessor, Windows XP.
As contributor Tim Danton puts it, “A year on and it’s clear that there’s still a big security problem. In one month we installed security updates for Vista Gadgets, Media Player, Microsoft XML Core Services and Vector Markup Language.”
“Of course, Windows XP requires a similar number of monthly security updates. The problem for Microsoft is perception. Danton says, “Windows XP users are generally happy with their computers’ stability and security; if you asked Joe Bloggs how many security updates his system had installed in the past year, his guess would be no better than a stab in the dark. He might even guess zero, so transparent has the update process become.
So is it worth upgrading now – one year on? Read our Windows vs Vista feature to find out.
But that’s not all we’ve got this month. Bad news is also heaped on to AMD. Not only does its new quad-core Phenom processor leave us cold but its new top-end graphics card struggles to play the latest top-end games.
Speaking of games, it looks like the worlds’ armies won’t be using AMD Radeon graphics cards in their war machines. In this issue we look at the Road To War 2.0. Can we really expect real-life Unreal Tournament war bots to be driven from command centres across the globe? If you fancy doing that job, get the practice in now - you can play UT3 now in the safety and comfort of your own home. Buy the magazine this month to read our double-length review.
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David Fearon introduces 3D models and rendering
Acer Aspire M5630
Another big name brand PC gets a cutting-edge, all-format, high-def optical drive capable of playing Blu-ray and HD DVD.
Acronis True Image 11 Home
Another minor revision, but the addition of privacy functions further extends its impressively wide focus
AMD Phenom 9500
A world first on the desktop, Phenom is good but a long way from outstanding.
Buying an HD TV
Read David Field's primer on Full HD before buying a new flat screen.
Chimei CMV 222H
Impressive features for a reasonable price, but image quality leaves us cold
Eizo FlexScan SX3031W
Stunning image quality and colour reproduction, plus some innovative features
Getting to grips with HTML basics
Despite the profusion of point-and-click web-design software, there’s still no excuse for not knowing HTML. Will Head walks you through the basics
HP Color Laserjet CP4005n
A workgroup printing workhorse that delivers classy mono and colour print quality
Lenovo ThinkPad T61
This notebook was designed from the ground up with business and security in mind, and it succeeds.
A solid workgroup mono laser that delivers above-average quality and plenty of features for the price.
Nintek liquidated after relationships fail
Forums have lit up with activity since it was announced that online retailer Nintek is in liquidation.
A well-rounded business phone that’s far smarter than it looks, offering 3G, Wi-Fi and more.
A fast, quiet, good-looking PC that's great value.
A dinky AVCHD camcorder, with respectable video performance and a reasonable price.
Preview: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770
Can Intel steal Phenom's performance thunder with this top-end quad core chip?
Sapphire Radeon HD 3870
A competent card with older games, but it can’t handle the new generation of games.
Syncing a Bluetooth phone with a Linux box
Leigh Dyer explains how to do it, including pairing and sharing Blueooth devices under GNOME.
TI Extreme power 8800
A monster PC thanks to some very high-end components. But it’s noisy and expensive.
Upgrading Vista - best downloads for Vista Basic
If you find yourself at the economy end of the Vista ladder, third-party downloads can give you some Ultimate power
Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium
Easy to use and great value for digital imaging enthusiasts
XFX GeForce 8800
An affordable way to get excellent frame rates.
XP vs. VISTA
Still not sure whether it's worth upgrading to Vista? We put XP and Vista through the ultimate face-off.
Zepto Znote 6625WD
One of the cheapest Vista SSD notebooks we've seen yet, though we're surprised by the benchmark results.