Dr Tom checks Cyrix's Samuel

Plus an all time HW Top 10 for gamers

What are the ten best things that have ever happened in gaming hardware? Would you rank the 3dfx Voodoo graphics accelerator above the PC CDROM? And how important do you think mouse-based gaming is? Check out Planet Hardware for their top ten. Fodder for many discussions we think.

Meanwhile, the good Dr Tom wonders whether the new Cyrix III is the same as the old Cyrix III, following the Via's takeover of Cyrix last year. Apparently not. Codenamed 'Samuel', it turns out that this is very similar to the IDT Centaur sporting a 128k L1 cache, but no L2 cache. For the rest of the lyrical waxing, check out his review.

New meets old on Arstechnica as they report on a very cool application of 3D scanning and printing technologies. Get a pile of old roman rubble, scan it into your computer, digitally reassemble. Not so easy as it sounds - apparently Michaelangelo's David consists of 'two billion polygons with a spatial resolution of a quarter millimetre - a total of 32 gigabytes of data.' Definitelyworth reading.

Changing the subject again, 3D Hardware reviews the Vapochill - apparently the Ferrari of cooling technology it scored a big A grade. It cooled just about any CPU down to -15C and describe it as a 'damn right brilliant system'. But you will pay many moneys for this level of coldness since it carries a fairly hefty asking price of $800. Phew!®