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All News for December 2004

Latest DFI LAN Party, Hack Your Cable Modem, ASUS Server board

Hey folks, it's hard to believe that the new year is upon us.  2004 has flown by in my opinion, with a lot of changes in my life occurring.  I hope 2005 will be a good one, with a few goals set, it could be.  I'm not big on the whole "resolution" thing, but there is that sense of a clean slate, starting fresh.  I...

Logitech z680 Speakers, HighSpeedPC Tech Station and more!

Hey folks, it's late but I've come to bring you the news while I still have a little brain activity left. Goodnight and peace out ;) Slipstreaming Office 2003 SP1 @ Viper Lair "Quite a few folks out there have a tendency or need to reinstall their systems on a regular basis and whilst many have got this down to an art, finding a shortcut...

Legal Music Downloading, HIS X700PRO PCI-E, and more!

Good afternoon folks! New Year's eve is only two days away, and I'm still not sure about what I'm going to do. Whatever it is though, don't expect me to be posting any news the next morning(or even afternoon) ;) I've got a few things I need to pick up at Wal*Mart, so let's get rolling... ASUS EXTREME AX800 XT PE/2DHTV @ HEXUS.net "It's...

Athlon XP Heatsink roundup, Gigabyte Fanless 6800, and more!

It's almost the end of December, and I almost went an entire month without a single problem from my ISP! The "Horrible Ping From Hell" problem has risen it's ugly head again, which makes a few things I do on the net impossible or very problematic. All you online gaming fans know the pain that a ping of 400 can bring. Next year, maybe...

SilverStonetek SST-FP54, SunBeamTech Molex Mods and More

Good to see you again friends :)  With the world of work starting back up for me again this morning, I do not have a huge amount of time to chit-chat.  However, I do have enough to fire up another round of linkage.  Enjoy your day, I will "see" you back here later this evening...  SilverStonetek SST-FP54 Review...

Soltek QBIC EQ3501 Pro Review

Hello All! And Happy Holidays! Just in case you're the type to just jump right into the news, I wanted to let you know that we've just posted a new review of Soltek's QBIC EQ3501 Pro. The QBIC EQ3501 Pro is a small form factor system for LGA775 Pentium 4 processors, powered by Intel's i915 chipset. Click here and check it out......

Arctic Cooling Freer 7, Gigabyte N203 notebook, and others.

Well folks, Christmas is over and I'm a few pounds heavier. Even after the feast, there's enough turkey soup in my house to live off of for a week :D Actually thinking about all this food is making me hungry again, so let's get down to business so I can get back to the fridge... Gigabyte N203 12.1-inch Centrino notebook @ hardwarezone "Tired...

I-STAR Rack Mount Server Case, OCZ PSU and More

Good morning, how is everyone doing?  I just got back from celebrating Xmas with my parents and as usual Santa made his appearance and spoiled the whole of the family, immensely.  So, with a new Infinity Home Theater system to setup, we are going to delve into HH News Bin and see what we can find... ;) Here is your AM update.......

Happy Holidays!

  -The Entire Staff at HotHardware Would Like to Wish You All a Safe and Happy Holiday Season-  ...

Corsair 512MB USB Flash, ATI AIW X600 Pro PCI-E, plus more!

Well it's almost Christmas, and by this time tomorrow I should be eating the food of the holidays :) Turkey, ham, potatoes, squash, and much more... I can't wait! Last I heard, we might get some snow tomorrow, so be safe and have yourself a Merry Christmas! Samsung SCX 4100 Multifunction Printer @ GideonTech.com "I've always been wary...

USB Drives, Wireless Headsets, PC5400 and More!

Hey all!  It's Christmas Eve and the last minute push is on.  Thankfully I am all caught up on the shopping, but I am tempted to go see what last minute deals can be found.  Maybe I'll be brave and give it a shot later, but then again, maybe I'll just call it quits while I'm ahead.  Anyhow, this will be my last post until...

Chaintech GeForce 6600GT, Holiday System Guide, plus more!

Well folks, my package finally arrived and I couldn't be happier with my results. So far I'm running it at a stable 2.34GHz, which is close to the speed of a 3800 . Not bad for a $155 "budget" CPU. I hope all your winter overclocking sessions go as smoothly :) ATake Phantom Robot ChipsMod IV Chipset Cooler @ BigBruin "There...

LCD Kits, VOIP Explained, Enermax PSU, Abit AV8...

Good morning all.  It looks like we have a few more last pushes of reviews before the holidays kick in.  Did you get all of your shopping done?  All I can say is thank God for Amazon.  My total time spent in the mall shopping this year was less than 2 hrs and even that wasn't too terrible.  Now I just need to prepare...

WinXP Tweak Companion, Shuttle XPC SN95G5, and more!

Good evening ladies and gents. My new hardware remains to be delivered, and I think this is the first time FedEx has actually been wrong on the arrival time. I'm sure many of you are facing similar problems with the busy holiday, so we can be impatient together :) However, what you don't have to wait for is the news... PC AirCon PAC 400 Review...

Mushkin PC2-5300 vs Corsair PC2-5400, ASUS P5GDC Deluxe and more!

Good afternoon to all of you, it's certainly a great afternoon for me. According to FedEx, my Athlon 64 package is supposed to arrive today. With all of my excitement, I realize I'm still a little kid a Christmas time. The cold weather, the snow, and of course the new toys... it still brings back that same feeling. Though now that I'm older,...

Big Water 12cm Water Cooling, Ballistix DDR550, and more!

Good afternoon folks. I've found one good aspect to the busy holiday season... more work for me. People want computers, which works out great for me since I just happen to build and repair them. Should I put some of the cash away? Or splurge on a new video card? Life is just full of important choices :) Thermaltake Big Water 12cm water cooling...

OCZ ModStream PSU, Jetart VPU Cooler and Others

Good morning all :)  Last night I decided that I should hit up the local shopping mall in hopes of finishing up the last of my Xmas shopping.  Thankfully I was able to get in and out in a short period of time.  I don't like crowds to begin with, but, there is nothing worse then a large crowd of people in the "Christmas...

OCZ DDR Booster, Lanparty 875-T LGA 775, and more!

To be honest, after watching the Patriots loose tonight, I'm at a loss for words. I do have to clap for Miami though, since it's amazing they still have that kind of fight left in them with their record. You can't win them all I guess. DFI Lanparty 875-T LGA 775 Motherboard @ hardCOREware "Enter DFI's Lanparty 875-T. It takes the latest...

NVIDIA's PureVideo Technology

Good afternoon HotHardware fans!  Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know that we've just posted an article outlining the features and benefits of NVIDIA's PureVideo Technology.  Click here and check it out......

NVIDIA PureVideo Technology, PowerStream 600W PSU, and more!

We actually had a decent amount of snow last night. I may not be good with a snowboard like Jay, but I've got some mean skills on a toboggan ;) Anyway, here's the latest in our news feed. Twinhan DTV MagicBox and VisionDTV Mini Ter @ HEXUS.net "Between the two products you've seen here, Twinhan have covered all their bases for anybody...

Data Recovery, Maxtor 160GB HD and More

Good morning everyone :)  With a mighty cold front hitting the Canadian portion of the labs, this News Jockey has been cuddling up to his computer towers in hopes of keeping warm.  However, it is nice to see the snow falling because that means I can breakout the new snowboard... Here is your AM update :)  Hard Drive Crash? The...

Mushkin PC2-5300, Aquarius III Watercooling, and more!

The news is crawling this weekend, but we have enough items for your afternoon fix. I've been on the search for a good heatsink and fan combo for the 3000+ I have recently ordered. Temperatures in my computer during the winter aren't a problem as I have a link from outside, going straight into my case, but when summer comes I'll be needing...

Catalyst 4.12 Performance, Antec TriCool, and more!

I have recently ordered a Abit AV8, Athlon 64 3000+, and I can't wait until Mr. FedEx gets to my house. Next item on my list is a GeForce 6800 GT, but that's a long ways away. Enough about me though, let's get you some news. ATI CATALYST 4.12 Performance Analysis @ HEXUS.net "As far as CATALYST 4.12 goes, the big news here is probably...

AMD's .09 micron A64 3500+: Overclocking, Thermals, & Power Consumption

Good Afternoon HotHardware fans! Just in case you didn't see the link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know that we've just posted a new article investigating the overclocking potential, thermals, and power consumption of AMD's .09 micron, Winchester core based Athlon 64 3500 processor. Our results were fairly interesting. Click...

GeForce 6600GTs, Samuri Cases, Barracuda Performance Comparison

Happy Friday all!  Man, another week has flown by and I feel like I've got nothing done.  The hardware is piling up and I can't seem to get ahead of it.  With the holidays coming fast, there is so many other things to steal the time lately.  With family coming into town, shopping and various get-togethers, time seems more...

Sony VAIO VGN-A260, NVIDIA Editor's Day 2004, and more!

I have come to a realization today... I collect way too much computer related junk. All I was looking for was a CD-Rom drive, so I go into my closet to see what I have. I pull out a few boxes, and find 6 CD-Rom drives, 5 USB cables, 4 sound cards, 3 hard drives, 2 PSUs , and a partridge in a pair tree ;) There was of course much more, but...

Foxconn mainboard reviews, GZ-MC200 Digital Camcorder, and more!

I just got around to reading the recent news about Abit that Jeff has posted... very interesting. On the lighter side of things, we have some motherboard reviews, a digital camcorder review, plus a few other reviews that might help you decide what to get for the holiday. Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 and Foxconn 915A01-8EKRS2 Mainboards Review @ X-bit...

Samsung Toys, Spyware Low-Down, Soltek Mobo and More

Hey folks, it's that time again.  Sadly, we heard some disturbing news about Abit yesterday. The reports are there is a fair amount of financial wrong doing going on and the Taiwan authorities have stepped into the picture.  Here's the latest details so far, but we'll need to stay tuned and see how this unfolds. The 12 Stars of Samsung...

Roadmaps for 2005, Seagate 5.0GB Pocket HD, and more!

I think today has been the coldest day yet in my neck of the woods(and I do mean woods). Usually two overclocked computers will do the job of warming my room, but not today. So here I sit, delivering you the news with multiple layers of clothing. I know Wednesday and Friday are the days for game related news, but there really isn't much in...

X800 XL Reviews, GeForce 6200, and more!

I was just looking through a box of old computer related things, and I found my Windows 3.11 disks. I was almost tempted to install them and take a trip down memory lane. I still remember using Windows 3.11 being cautious about putting Windows 95 on my computer. Those were the days :) ATi Radeon X800 XL Reviews HardOCP Tech Report Beyond3D...

Radeon X800 XL & GeForce 6200 w/ TurboCache

Good morning HotHardware fans!  We've got two new articles posted up for you today.  In the first we take a look at ATI's brand new Radeon X800 XL.  This card will appeal to anyone in the market for a high-end PCI Express graphics card, as its got all of the features of an X800 XT, but it's MSRP is actually less than $300! Click...

Lexar Press Release, Galaxy 6600GT and More

Welcome back everyone :)  I just walked in the door from work and my tummy is asking for some food.  However, before I indulge the beast, here is some linkage to satisfy your needs... ;) Lexar Unveils New USB Card Form Factor and Introduces New USB FlashCard FREMONT, CA, December 13, 2004 – Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR),...

MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Series Motherboard Review

  Good afternoon all!   JeffB took MSI's new i915 based motherboard for a spin today and gives us his impressions of the product after spending some quality time with it on the bench.  Learn why this new PCI Express enabled P4 mobo steals the HH Editor's Choice Award versus other i915 boards in its class. HotHardware's...

ATi X800, Sunbeam Case and Others

Good morning everyone :)  Sorry about the later start this morning, I am fighting off a lovely head-cold which is playing havoc on my sleep schedule.  Nonetheless, our HH News Bin is filling up, so let's get the show on the road...  Legion Hardware - A look at the ATi Radeon X800 series "The Radeon X850XT is said to cost...

OCZ Modstream PSU, Forceware 66.93 vs 71.20, and more!

I just received a ASUS A7N8X-X, and after looking around in the bios, it has some pretty decent features. After building a few systems using variants of the A7N8X, I've come to really like the brand. The NF7 series from ABit is also one of my top choices for Athlon XP systems. I'm going to miss the times I've spent working with Athlon XP systems,...

XLi Technology?, Socket 754 Motherboard Roundup, and more!

Good afternoon guys and gals. Do you ever get excited over old hardware? I ordered a Radeon 9600 Pro the other day for a friend, and for some reason, I'm excited just to play around with it. Maybe it's because I've never had the opportunity to examine one before, or maybe it's because I know he wants it overclocked :) Anyway, here's your first...

Swiftech MCX775-V Heatsink, Live Blogging in Longhorn, and more!

Anyone up for a little bedtime reading? I'm a little short on words tonight, but I do want to remind you all that TwistedMods is still having their contest for... 1GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 Memory! You can enter once a day until Dec. 30th, so Click Here and try your luck! Thanks again to TwistedMods :) Swiftech MCX775-V Heatsink...

Industry Update, EPoX 915P mobo, and more!

Well folks, looks like I'm officially part of the HH Team now... Hello ;) The news is slow again this week(though not as slow as I am this morning), but I'll give you what there is, and then I'm off to watch the Patriots game. Here we go... Samsung CLP-550N Color Laser Printer @ XYZ Computing "The whopping onboard memory of 128MB is more...

HotHardware Welcomes Matt Beauvais To Team HH

Hello All... Just stopping in here to formally introduce you to the newest member of the HotHardware.com team, Matt Beauvais (golf clap please!).  Matt has been with us as a very active member of our forum community for years now and recently has been doing the news on a regular basis for us as well.  We're breaking the man in slowly...

Danger Den Water Pump, Vantec Tornado and More

Good morning everyone.  With x-mas fast approaching and yours truely behind on his shopping, today is going to be a glorious day filled with busy malls and hectic traffic.  I just love the peaceful time of Christmas.... ;)  Here is your first shot of the day...  Danger Den DDC-12V Water Pump Review @ Madshrimps "If...

Nvidia Editors Day, Thermaltake 350w PurePower Fanless PSU, and more!

Well the weekend is finally here, so I'm doing a post now cause I don't think I'll be around tonight. It's been raining out all day, so I hope the roads don't turn to ice tonight... nothing like driving home late at night on roads made of ice. On with the news... eVGA e-GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB DDR3 PCI-E Video Card w/ HDTV Support @ 3dGameMan...

ATI and NVIDIA Clash, Coolers Galore and Intel's Plans for the future.

Hey gang, Jeff.B stopping in for a little more news bits for you. Having a busy day myself, so let's get down to business. ATI Rebuts Nvidia With Counter-Claims @ ChannelTimes.com: "Responding strongly, Suki Matharu, country manager, ATI India, said, "We can point out 100 flaws with Nvidia drivers and its cards. They cheat the consumers...

Titanium PSU, XTASY X800 XT, X800 Upgradeable Notebook

Good morning all!  Man it's been odd listening to the other guys talking about snow and cold weather.  Moving to NC last April, Winter now has a new definition to me.  What used to be cold and snowy is now more sunny and warm.  Heck, the last few days were in the 70s.  A part of me misses the snow, but the other part...

ASUS P4C800, Basic System Buyer's Guide, and more!

It's only around 10:30PM right now, but my eyelids feel like bricks... how about you? I still have to do some shopping on Newegg for a client, so I'll get straight to the news... Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Video Card Cooler @ Systemcooling "Arctic Cooling manufactures a line of GPU coolers designed to combat not only the heat issues,...

WoW Performance Guide, Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200, and more!

Well I finally got some much needed cleaning done today. Of course my lungs are now filled with dust and whatever else grows in the corners of my room, but that works out great for you since it gives me time to post the news. I've got to go fill out a couple more job applications, so enough with the chit chat. Oh, and if you haven't already,...

PC Chat Radio Interview With HotHardware

Our buds over at the PC Chat radio show have one of their segments streaming now on their web site that has a telephone interview with yours truly in amongst their regular programming for the show.  We talk or should I say "chat" about the history of HotHardware.com a bit and then they pepper me with questions about what I like...

NVIDIA SLI and Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Performance Showcase

We've got NVIDIA's SLI for PCI Express Graphics on showcase today, along with Asus' ever fabulous A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce 4 motherboard for the Athlon 64.  Dual GeForce 6800GTs and 6800 Ultras punching out the pixels in a big way.  You've just gotta love it.  ...

Arctic Cooling NV5 Video Cooler, Overclocking AMD Athlon XP-M, and more!

Heh, snow and sleet yesterday, and now it's raining. I love New England :D I do have to head out in a few minutes though, so no time to chit chat. Check back later tonight to see what I've got for gaming news. Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ The Tech Zone "When I first heard of the MX1000 Laser my first thought was "I...

LiteOn SOHW-1653S 16X DVD-RW, Ultra Retractable Cables, 'n more

Well folks, once again I've been stuck in the house all day since the snow/sleet mix is still coming down. Oh well, more time to play Metroid I guess. Well I've run out of things to say now as I'm getting fairly tired... you'd think being in the house all day wouldn't wear you out... apparently not. On with the news! Sunbeam Tech Transformer...

Asus and Soltek i915 Boards Reviewed

Good afternoon all!  Jeff takes a look at two new i915 Motherboards for the Pentium 4 that do a nice job of straddling the line between legacy and leading edge Intel architectures.  Want to use that DDR RAM you have, instead of buying new DDR2 sticks?  No problemo amigo. Check them out here......

Wireless vs Bluetooth, Sunbeam Mid-Tower Case and Others

What's going on friends?  With a migraine lingering in the back of my head, I am going to cut the banter to a minimum so I can get some more drugs into me.  However, we do have quite the tasty selection of juice on tap this morning.  So, go grab a glass and dive in; here is your AM update...  Wireless Bluetooth Mouse Battle:...

Saitek Gaming Keyboard, ABIT RX600 Pro-Guru 256MB, and more!

Earlier today I was shopping on E-Bay for a budget card for my friend... 9500 Pros going for around $70! I don't know, I was going to get my next card(6800 GT) from retail, probably Newegg, but E-Bay is just to good to pass up. Yeah, yeah... scammers all around and Pay-Pal can be a big hassle, but I've had some good experience from E-Bay so...

Athlon 64 3000+ (Winchester), Generic PSU Overhaul Mod, and more!

Well I didn't wake up to snow like Jay, but there's a nice coating of it now. I'm stuck in the house until the plows can clear things up, but it's not so bad since I picked up Metroid Prime 2 yesterday... for anyone who hasn't played it but likes Metroid... buy it! Seriously, this game is awesome! I do have to pull myself away from it sometimes,...

Spire CoolForce II, Ultra 400W PSU and More

G'day all, welcome back to Hot Hardware.  Well, I think winter is officially here in the Great White North.  Awaking to a surprisingly heavy dump of snow, I had to actually clean the car off before I headed into work.  Maybe I should clean the garage enough so I could actually park it in there?! ;) Here is your AM shot of news......

Tax lifted on broadband internet services, Hardware [M]adness in 2004, and more!

The news is moving at a slow crawl this weekend, but have no fear, it will be back to normal once the week starts. Heh, yesterday a friend brought over his computer because it wasn't working... well come to find out it stopped working when his CPU Fan broke, and he used the computer any ways... while it was overclocked ;) As dumb as it sounds,...

Omega Catalyst 4.12 Beta, DFI 875P-T Motherboard, and more!

X-Mas is 21 days away, and I still haven't done any shopping. Given I only have a few people to get things for, it's always good to get it done early. It's another odd winter in my neck of the woods... four days into December, and there's no snow on the ground, when last year we had plenty. That's New-England weather I guess :) Diamondback...

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl Designer Diary #8, Infineon execs to get prison terms, and more!

Tonight's news post is gonna be a little longer than normal since I'm doing my game news post, and want to get a bit of tech news in along with it. One interesting article is how the Washington Post claims the Gamecube is "Obsolete"... I personally hate seeing comments like that. Maybe it's because the cube is the only console system...

X-Micro WLAN 11g Turbo Mode Broadband Router and PCMCIA card

Good afternoon folks!  Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know what we've just posted a fresh review of X-Micro's WLAN 11g Turbo Mode broadband router and its companion PCMCIA card.  Rob found this router to perform quite well, and thought it was very easy to install and configure.  Click...

Intel and NVIDIA Rolls Forward, Thermaltake Cases, and PCI-E Shoot Out

Good morning HH fans and happy Friday to ya!  We've got a lot going on behind the scenes these days, with site upgrades, like the reader's ability to send us news, and a more rapid fire approach to the news with the addition of Matt to the mix.  We're also cranking things up as the holidays get closer, so keep you eyes open for that...

File Sharing, Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400, and more!

Hey folks, sorry for the long time between updates, I've had a little trouble with the news posting feature, but it's all sorted out now :) My wireless router just kicked the bucket, so looks like I've got to go to the store tomorrow and get another one... and I should probably also get to work on my X-Mas shopping(have you?). On with the...

Foxconn 939 Board, 6800 PCI-E, HUSH HTPC, Red Vs Blue

Good morning gang, it's time for the morning news update at HH. It's been a hardware week that I would soon like to forget. I just wrapped up building my first HTPC, nothing crazy, just wanted to do it. Of course, nothing could go smoothly and it took close to a day to get things working right. Then, not a week goes by and the hard drive decides...

ATi Press Release, ATi X850 XT PE Reviews and much more

Sorry about the later update tonight friends, I just walked in the door from work.  So, while my eyes are still open and my mental capacity is at a semi-acceptable level, let's fire up another round of news.  Here is your evening shot of juice... ATI Raises Performance Bar Once Again with New Additions to RADEON(R) X Series MARKHAM,...

Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell, Square Enix working on 'new brand concept'.

Well folks, it's time for me to do my first all game info news post. Over time, I assure you it will get better... I may possibly add a small graphic banner to distinguish it from the normal news posts, and maybe a few other things. But for now, I'll just post what interesting bits I've found. If you have any suggestions on what you think...

ATi Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition

Good morning HotHardware fans! BW here to let you all know that ATi is taking the wraps off of whole new line of graphics cards with their new X850 Series today, and they've made some additions to the X800 Series of cards as well. In all ATi is announcing five new Radeons, at price points randing from $250 to $540. We've got information on...

MSI 16 Dual Layer DVD, OCZ Memory and Others

Good morning all :)  With my good friend, Mr. Coffee, not working this morning; I have to seek alternate means of getting caffeine into my blood stream.  Our friends over at ThinkGeek have a good selection of various goodies, but I think a quick stop at Starbucks is called for this morning.  Mmm, expensive coffee..... ;)  MSI...