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All News for October 2005

New HotHardware.com 5.0 Launched!

 Well now, there's a surprise eh?  Welcome to HotHardware.com's 5th edition site.  As you can see we've revamped the graphics a bit courtesy of our in-house stylizers Mario Mirabella and Marco Chiappetta (team Cinzano baby!).  And of course there's our Ultra Code Ninja (UCN for short) Dominic Plouffe, our Canadian connection,...

eVga 7800GT SLI, High End Audio Cable Design

Hey folks! As most of you know, Valve has released the short, but sweet, Lost Cost level with HDR support. From the Steam update I read earlier, the added commentary seems to be a hit, so they'll most likely be adding it to other projects. It would be nice to see some design comments on their upcoming expansion, "Aftermath". Enjoy...

PowerColor X800 GT, HTPC Primer, OCZ PC4000 Enhanced and More!

PowerColor X800 GT Xtreme Edition Review @ The Tech Zone: "Power for the X800 GT Xtreme is provided by ATI's R480 chipset running at 500MHz. This is 25MHz faster than the standard X800 GT. The Xtreme achieves this higher core speed with a better cooling solution. The normal X800 GT use 256 Meg of 2ns GDDR3 memory running at 980MHz. The...

ECS Supports Pentium M

Good evening folks.  We've got some news from ECS just now that we thought may be of interest to many of you. The company has added support for Intel's Pentium M processors to the PF88 though the use os a new SIMA card. Check it... ECS Adds Intel Pentium M Support with the Launch of I9S SIMA Card -- Expanding platform flexibility of PF88...

ECS KN1 SLI Extreme, BYTECC LanDisk NAS, F/A-18E Cockpit and More!

Sunbeamtech Theta TP-101 Fan Controller @ Bigbruin.com: "Sunbeamtech has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past, but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different. Instead of using knobs to mechanically vary resistance, a Windows interface is used to automate this through software, while providing...

Sapphire X800 GTO2, Flat Panel Furniture Buying Guide

Hey folks, the news is moving a bit slow, but it's still moving. AMD Zone has updated their Quake 4 benchmarks to include some numbers using two Radeon X850XT PE cards(Crossfire). On a more depressing note, Baseball season is now over, ended by a 4 game sweep of the Houston Astros by the Chicago White Sox. Two Sox in two years. It's the most...

Falcon Northwest FragBox 2, CPU Cooler Roundup

Today over at Gamecloud, Jeff Yates(VP of Havok) gives his time for an interview. Topics range from his feelings on how the Havok physics has been used, to their new software "Havok Animation"(Thanks Blue!). And for all you overclockers out there, ATI's X1800 XT has had it's GPU pushed past a whopping 1GHz! Do I even have to mention...

Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO Quick Peek

We've been playing with a couple of sticks of new DDR Memory from Corsair.  Here's a quick look at their XMS series TWINX2048-3500LLPro module kit.  Two 1G sticks matched together, CAS2,3,2,6 and 1T command rate capable rated up to 437MHz, just the thing for more Battlefield 2 performance. And here's what they were capable of in...

FSP Group Blue Storm 500W PSU, Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe

Hey folks! Today FiringSquad has published their interview with ATI's Director of Marketing for Multimedia, Godfrey Cheng. The topic? ATI's AVIVO technology. Also in the news, Hardware Secrets has released a quick guide to Athlon 64 cores. It's nothing that many of you don't already know, but might be informative to those of you who are confused...

ASUS Extreme N7800 GTX TOP, ThermalTake Armor Full Tower Case

Hey folks, it's time for us to wrap up Monday's headlines. Goodnight all, enjoy the news! Intel Invests $650 Million In U.S. Manufacturing Site Company to Add 300mm Wafer Capacity at New Mexico Fab SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest $650 million in the company's existing manufacturing...

F.E.A.R. CPU Shootout, Samsung HT-P50 Home Theatre System

Gaming news has been flooding our news box since the release of some major titles in the past month. F.E.A.R. is still one of the hottest topics, and today is no exception. Mr. Ghazi from TweakGuides has put up his F.E.A.R. tweak guide, which fortunately has some image comparisons for various quality settings in the game. FiringSquad is also...

Shuttle P2500G SFF System, Doom 3 v. Quake 4 Performance

Well folks, the weekend is over and everything is getting back to normal. If your looking for something different to read, The TechZone has written a piece about being in "The Zone". I'm sure a few of you can relate to the article... personally I've spent days working on just parts of my own personal projects. Almost nothing beats...

ATI HotFix and X1800XT Performance Analysis Update

If you read our comprehensive review of ATI's new X1K Family of graphics cards, you know how we felt about ATI's new line-up at launch.  If you haven't read our review, however, here's the gist of it. We thought ATI's X1K Family of products were a technological step forward, and at the high-end the Radeon X1800 XL and X1800 XT were competitive...

Mystic HTPC, Harmony 800 HT Remote, Lexar JumpDrive and More!

ThermalRock Mystic HTPC Case @ ThinkComputers.org: "HTPC cases, we are seeing more of them as HTPC's are becoming more popular, and easy to setup. My current HTPC is sitting in a Raidmax Scorpio Case. Which as you can see is not the best case for an HTPC. Today we will be taking a look at ThermalRock's Mystic HTPC case. ThermalRock is a subsidiary...

Dell XPS 600 Generation 5 Desktop, Gigabyte 3D Cooler Cooling Solution

Well folks, tonight we've got some driver news for you all. From the Nvidia camp, Forceware version 81.85 has been officially released and can be downloaded on their main site. As for ATi. they have made their 5.10a beta driver available for download. This driver package fixes some issues with Quake 4, and also includes the OpenGL performance...

XFX GeForce 6600 with DDR2

Good evening folks! An interesting package just arrived in the New York HH lab that we thought many of you would like to see.  And unlike many of the other items that come our way, this one won't cost you an arm and a leg.  Check it out... XFX GeForce 6600 with 256MB or DDR2 RAM       What you're looking at here...

Quake 4 Benchmarks, 2GB Memory Kits, iPod Video and More!

AMDZone has Quake 4 Benchmarks with the X850XT PE, 6800GT, 7800GT,& 7800GTX: "We have been Quake players since the first test came out, and it has been too long since Quake 3. While we have played just a few hours of Quake 4 multiplayer it is too early to comment on too much. While the DM17 conversion is not to our liking game play...

AMD 3800+ X2, Shuttle SD11G5 XPC

Sorry folks, no more game reviews today. But, we still have plenty of hardware bits to go around. Enjoy! Intel's Next-Generation Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco Compatible Extensions SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced that it will support the latest version of Cisco* Compatible Extensions in Intel's...

F.E.A.R. & Quake 4 Reviews, Inside Pentium 4 Architecture

All right folks, we've got a big post for you tonight. Opinions on F.E.A.R. and Quake 4 are everywhere, and we've rounded a few reviews to help you make up your mind. And hey, we can't forget about Sam... seriously. Enjoy the news folks, goodnight! Intel Announces Record Revenue Of $9.96 Billion SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2005 – Intel...

Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe Review

Today we're taking a look at Asus' new nForce 4 SLI X16 motherboard, the follow-on to their very successful A8N series of enthusiast targeted, Socket 939 boards based on the nForce 4 SLI chipset. The A8N32 SLI Deluxe is driven by the new two-chip nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset, with two full X16 PCI Express Graphics slots for significantly more...

ATI X1K Driver Analysis, Joytech Neo S PC Gamepad

We've had some big game releases this month, and today's release is... F.E.A.R.! From what I've heard, the game will take about 10 hours to get through(which I personally find disappointing), however it's supposed to be one incredible ride. In what seems to be becoming a popular trend, a patch has already been released for the game, less than...

AIW X800XT, Gigabyte GV-NX78T256V-B 7800GT

Hey folks! The long awaited horror FPS, F.E.A.R., will be released to the masses very shortly. Reviews should be flooding the net soon, and we'll be sure to bring you a couple. Enjoy the news, goodnight folks! MSI Theater 550PRO @ Viperlair | HH Perspective "For the cool price of $74 USD, the MSI Theater 550PRO is a pretty good value...

CoD 2 & NVIDIA Bundle News

Good afternoon folks. We just got a juicy tid-bit of information directly from NVIDIA that we wanted to let you all know about. It seems that the highly anticipated game Call of Duty 2 will be bundled with some popular graphics cards based on GeForce GPUs.  Here's the full scoop... NVIDIA GeForce graphic processing units (GPUs) have been...

Futuremark Interview, Sapphire Radeon X1800XL

Hey folks! A new version of Croteam's Serious Sam II Demo is available today. The new demo contains the v2.064b patch and the level "Greendale" from the retail version. Grab the demo from FileFront, or Fileshack if your interested. Futuremark Interview (Part 1) @ Beyond3D "Over the years, Futuremark Corporation has launched...

Corsair TWINX2048-4400PRO & Some News

Hello All! The weekend is drawing to a close, and while the rest of the world is watching football, I thought I'd post up some spy shots of some new RAM Corsair's got in the works and supply a healthy dose of news while I'm at it. First things first... Corsair's TWINX2048-4400PRO      The pictures above are of a brand new 2GB...

RAIDMAX Samurai XE 901 Case, SimpleTech 80GB HD

Hey folks! The weekend news is rolling steady, and now it's time for a post. Enjoy! RAIDMAX Samurai XE 901 Case @ MHW "As noted earlier in the intro the Samurai's unique design comes courtesy of a molded plastic hard shelled exterior attached to a steel frame. This manufacturing method greatly reduces costs over a comparable one piece...

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2, Thermaltake Swing Series Case and More!

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard @ Tweaktown: Today we've got a brand new motherboard on the chopping block from ASRock, a sub division of ASUS who produce value orientated motherboards. The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard is based on ULi's new M1695 chipset and offers many innovative features. It has many features such as PCI Express and...

GIGABYTE Announces Second Generation Silent-Pipe Technology

GIGABYTE Announces Second Generation Silent-Pipe Technology -- Silent-Pipe II raises the bar for quiet operation from VGA card coolers -- GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leader in quiet graphics card cooling solutions, today announced Silent-Pipe II technology that generates natural airflow to provide more efficient cooling without the use...

Ergodex DX1 Input System, How To Build Parallel Port Prototypes

While doing my usual surfing routine today, I came across an interesting read over at CNET. Some creative artists have made their mark in the oddest of places, a microchip. Some of the designs are really neat, I suggest you check them out. Also in the news today, Samsung has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, and will pay a $300 million...

GoodPower 500W PSU, Antec P180 Super Mid Tower, Apple Video iPod & More!

XClio GoodPower 500 watt PSU @ Xtreme Resources: "Between the amateur computer user, who will use any power supply unit provided in his pre-assembled system and the hardcore enthusiast who will purchase a power supply unit that costs more than his/her bed, there is another league of users who simply want a strong, good quality power supply...

SinTek 600SLI Power Supply, Patriot DDR700 SDRAM

Hey folks! Valve has released version 3 of their Steam service today. Yes, version 3. Those of you who were previously using the "-clientbeta betaui" tags with Steam already know what to expect. Along with a new interface, hopefully this version will be void of many of the problems with the previous version(quirky offline mode support,...

Editing Audio In Linux, ASUS 7800GT, Rag Doll Kung Fu Review

Topping the headlines today is the release of Croteam's Serious Sam II. A patch has already been released, which you'll need to download if you want to use coop. Another game that's been buzzing about is Rag Doll Kung Fu, which will be the first independently developed game released through Valve's Steam software. Fortunately for us, Techgage.com...

Kingston Launches 667-MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory

Kingston just sent over a bit of information about some new SO-DIMMs they're about to release for high-performance notebooks.  Check out this snip from the official press release, and then head on over to their site for the full scoop. Kingston Launches 667-MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory; Ready to Support Future High-Performance Notebook Market...

Albatron K8SLI Motherboard, SwissBit Victorinox retroALOX 1GB

Good afternoon folks! It's been a while since we posted any links to the BIOS Optimization Guide over at Adrian's Rojak Pot, but he's been constantly adding new content to the ever growing list of BIOS features. Also in the news, well future news anyway, is the release of Quake 4 this friday. I'll breakout a "Woot!" for that! Wireless...

PC Silencing Guide - Part 1, HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB

Hey folks, I'm still half asleep here, so we're going to get straight to the news so I can hit the sack. Goodnight y'all! HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB @ Overclockers Online "If you were not impressed by the 42% overclock of the GPU core or the 22% overclock of the memory, then surely the temperature when running this ridiculously impressive...

Windows Vista Build 5219 Review, BFG 7800 GT OC Water Cooled

Beware the bug that bricks your DS. That didn't take long. Thinking back to the days of the original GameBoy, I never thought I would see worms crawling into hand held game systems. Actually, back then, the only "worm" I knew about where the ones you go fishing with. Anyway, enjoy the news! Windows Vista Build 5219 Review @ CoolTechZone.com...

David Nalasco(ATI) Interview, Story Of The First Internet Worm

It's another cold and dreary day here in the northeast part of the HH labs... perfect time to sit down for a news post :) Once the excitement of the Patriots 4th quarter win over the Falcons(31-28) leaves me, I think it might be time for a nap. Enjoy the news... Thermaltake Blue ORB II CPU Cooler @ Techniz | Thermaltake Golden Orb II @ HH...

High End Graphics Update

The hardware scene certainly seems to be buzzing with all things 3D Graphics lately, as ATi has decided to make good and deliver both CrossFire and next generation X1K series video cards to the retail channel.  New Egg specifically sent word today of immediate availability... CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - Newegg.com is pleased to announce...

Shuttle XPC SD31P, VapoChill Micro, RaidMax Ninja 918 and More!

Shuttle XPC SD31P SFF system review @ Xtreme Resources: "After the release of new CPUs and technologies, every company had to evolve their products and refresh their line-up. Shuttle was no exception too, although perhaps they had the hardest of time making the move, since they had to fit every new technology (ranging from Dual Core CPU...

Swiftech H20-APEX "Extreme Duty", ForceWare 81.84 Performance

Hey folks, the last articles of the night have been rounded up for ya! Enjoy :) Crucial Ballistix PC4000 DDR RAM Review @ PCstats.com "Sold under the Crucial Ballistix name, this pair of 512MB PC4000 DDR modules have been well received by the enthusiast community. The 184 pin (unbuffered, non ECC) DDR DIMMs are dual channel compatible...

Sapphire Radeon X550, Asus GeForce 7800 GTX, ATI RADEON X1000 and More!

Logitech mm50 Portable Speakers @ CoolTechZone.com: "As Apple continues to introduce newer iPods, third party manufacturers including Logitech are updating their product line continuously to specifically revolve around the world's most popular music player. The latest from Logitech is the company's mm50 Portable Speakers for iPod."...

GIGABYTE's new 90nm GV-RX18T512VB, GV-RX18L256VB graphics cards

-- GIGABYTE introduces the 90nm GV-RX18T512VB, GV-RX18L256VB graphics accelerators -- Taipei, Taiwan 6th October, 2005 – GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today announces the revolutionary 90-nanometer GV-RX18T512VB, GV-RX18L256VB graphics accelerators, initiating the new standard of graphics processing...

Radeon X1000 Review Roundup, Antec Sonata 2 Chasis

So, what's in the news today? There was something important that was supposed to happen, but I can't remember for the life of me. Oh, now I remember... wait, I forgot again. Um, oh yeah! ATI has finally lifted their NDA so we could all get a glimpse of their new X1000 family of cards. For your convenience, a roundup of reviews has been, well,...

Titan Robela Watercase, MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E SLI

Well folks, tomorrow we will get to see what ATI's "20 years of innovation" has evolved into with the new Radeon X1000 series cards. Will it be able to keep up with Nvidia's 7800 series cards? Will it be faster? Will it be available at launch? Will you even be able to afford one? If you ask me, I'd say maybe, maybe, let's hope so,...

Samsung ML-2010 Laser Printer, Leadtek PX7800 TDH MyVIVO Extreme

DICE's Battlefield 2 has been patched again, this time adding a new map(Wake Island), Stat Compare, improved mod support, and much more. Click here to grab the patch and see the changelog. Enjoy the news! Leadtek PX7800 TDH MyVIVO Extreme @ hardCOREware.net "The top end model was the 7800 GTX, and unlike what we've seen from their Canadian...

PowerColor X800 GT EVO Liquid Cooled, Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300

Hey folks, I'm just stopping by to drop off the night's news. Before I leave, I must tell you that Quake 4 has gone gold and has a October 13th release date in the US(thanks Blue!). This game... I'm looking forward to it :D Goodnight all! Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX THD MyVIVO Extreme @ AMD Zone "Leadtek's WinFast PX7800 GTX THD MyVIVO...

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2, Samsung 940B, and much more!

Hey folks, we're back! We had a bit of a busy weekend, but the news kept flowing so we're going to have a big post this morning. This hardly seems like news anymore, but the RIAA is at it again, this time going after a group of 757 downloaders. Another lawsuit has also been filed, however this time the RIAA is getting hit with some papers....