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  • Here we go with a brand new edition of the Forums Spotlight, and another selection of interesting and debatable threads from SharkyForums.com, put together in an easy-to-read format. This week the forum readers discuss Black PC parts, Itanium Performance, MP3 Quality, Radeon cards, and installing a new motherboard.

    The Forums Spotlight is a highlight of just a few of the new topics posted in the SharkyForums, where over ten-thousand enthusiastic computer users post daily for help, to discuss the latest trends and products, or to just shoot the breeze in the Off Topic forum.

    Each week in the Forums Spotlight , we take several of the most popular, insightful, or even controversial threads and present them to you for easy digestion. Feel free to add your own thoughts (subtract the profanity, please) and help us multiply the reader participation here at Sharky Extreme (and you thought math was tough...). We've added links on each spotlight page so you can easily add your own comments and contribute to the debate! If your repartee strikes us as useful, humorous, or otherwise entertaining, it stands the distinct possibility of being featured next week.

    Without further ado...

    Last Month's Sharky Forums Stats
    Registered Users: 10,477
    Topics: 36,959
    Posts: 268,409

    Current Sharky Forums Stats
    Registered Users: 11,663
    Topics: 43,594
    Posts: 311,031

    Black PC Parts! And..... CDROMS!
    "Mark" is using a new 3Dcool Tornado3000 case (which is black) and is now looking for as many black components as possible to go with it. Question is, where is a good place to find black components?

    Itanium Performance Item
    In a document published by Cordiant, the 800 MHz Itanium processor showed a greater than 10 fold advantage in processing secure transactions over existing, RISC-based processors. Check out the in-depth Itanium discussion from our highly technical PC forum.

    How long does it take your comp to do this?
    Why bother downloading and buying those fancy benchmark programs when all you need to do is use the windows calculator set ot scientific mode. Then type in 40,000 and press shift 1. This is an interesting way to benchmark, that's for sure!

    Installing New Mobo
    For those thinking about installing a new mobo, but wonder if step one should be to reformat, then this is the forum thread you should definitely check out!

    Radeon or G-Force 2 MX
    Which is better? The ATI RADEON LE 32MB AGP DDR or the GeForc 2 MX? The popular vote with our forum readers seems to be the Radeon card - stop by and check out why in this SharkyForums thread.

    MP3 Quality
    In this popular forum thread, our readers discuss the elements of an MP3, like compression, distortion, and quality. Does it really depend on how you encode it?

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