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Ultra-X's QuickTech Multi-Media Software

by Bob Wright
1999/03/11

I have for a number of years used a diagnostic software package from Ultra-X called QuickTech. Recently, we decided to investigate all the new products offered by Ultra-X: QuickTech98, Ram Stress Test, PHD Pro diagnostic PCI card and QuickTech Multi-Media.

Of all the products we received to test, (we are returning everything after testing), only QuickTech Multi-Media came on a CD. The software runs in all flavors of Microsoft Windows, (Win3.x, Win95/98 & WinNT) and installs easily on a PC. The software has nice graphics and an easy to understand GUI interface for the user. That is the beginning and end of the nice things I can say about this particular product.

I ran all the tests in the program on a PII-400mhz PC, 128mg ram, 40x CD & SB awe64 card. The tests were, except for the speed test of the CD Rom drive and basic system processor, mostly subjective. I was constantly asked if I could hear this music or if the quality of the music was the same as the last test. Other questions were: "Did you hear sound from the left speaker and now the right?", "Does this view of the movie appear right?" and so forth...

For a diagnostic software product, I was very disappointed. I should also mention that I ran these tests three times, since on the first run the software crashed with a message, "Overflow error." I read through the manual and never did understand why this occurred, especially since the diagnostics found nothing wrong with the system.

One final issue that I will also mention is the Video Compression Codecs the software wanted to install on this system were older: Apple's QuickTime v2.1.1 and Indeo driver version v4.1, (the test system currently has Quicktime v3.0 & Indeo driver version 5.1). I did not allow the installation of these drivers as I did not want to corrupt the newer versions on the system. This may account for the "Overflow Error". I was also surprised the software did not include some of the most popular Codecs: msh261 or msh263. I understand the problems with keeping a comprehensive software package up-to-date with the latest technology, but I was disappointed.

In the final analysis, although this was a good beginning for a multi-media testing software, I cannot recommend the current version. Hopefully in the future Ultra-X will be able to redesign the basic system to provide more in-depth testing, a way to use and test the latest Codecs and make the software less subjective in the testing phases. On a scale of 1 to 10, this product is a '3'...

 

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