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All News for March 2006

Western Digital Raptor X 150 GB HDD

First we get windows on our computer cases, now we can get them on our hard drives too. Yeah it's nice, but not as nice as NCQ support, higher density platters, and a 150GB of space, all of which are features of Western Digital's new Raptor X."The performance results pretty much speak for themselves as we mentioned during the various benchmark...

Nintendo Revolution Specs Revealed?

Well, not officially, but the latest rumor has the system's CPU clocked at 729MHz, and the GPU at 243MHz(Compared to the Gamecube's 485/162). Nintendo has repeatedly stated that they have no intention of waging any sort of hardware war with Sony or Microsoft. "So, in terms of raw next-gen...

VIA Announces Comprehensive Support for TPM Technology

VIA works with industry partners to enable a new generation of PCs equipped for safer computing Taipei, Taiwan, 30 March 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced cooperation with industry partners to ensure broad TPM support for VIA's market-leading...

Pentium D 805 Overclocking

Pentium D 805 Overclocking

Hey everyone. I've been playing with one of Intel's Pentium D 805 processors for most of this morning, and have some interesting news to report.  If you're unfamiliar with the Pentium D 805, it's basically a cheap, dual-core CPU based on Intel's 90nm Smithfield core. What separates the Pentium D 805 from most of its Smithfield-based counterparts,...

NVIDIA Professional Solutions Capture Mobile Workstation Graphics Leadership

NVIDIA Professional Solutions Capture Mobile Workstation Graphics Leadership Three new NVIDIA Quadro(R) FX mobile solutions deliver desktop workstation graphics features and performance to address the needs of 3D Professionals SANTA CLARA, CA — March 29, 2006 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable...

Altec Lansing Announces the SUV of Its inMotion Line of Portable Speakers

Altec Lansing Announces the SUV of Its inMotion Line of Portable Speakers inMotion iM9 provides ideal companionship for your rugged adventures MILFORD, PA - Altec Lansing announces the newest addition to its inMotion family of portable audio products – the iM9, appropriately recognized as the SUV of portable iPod speakers. Its hardy...

Disappointing Revolution Specs?

IGN has apparently received some final specifications for Nintendo's upcoming Revolution gaming console. Surprisingly, the Revolution's "Broadway" CPU will be clocked at an underwhelming 729MHz and the "Hollywood" GPU will be clocked at 243MHz. Compared with previous generation consoles, the Revolution fares extremely well....

ATI Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2006

ATI Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2006 Record revenues of $672 million MARKHAM, Ontario -- March 30, 2006 -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 ended February 28, 2006. Revenues for the second quarter...

Ageia's PhysX Needs a Killer App

HardOCP has just published an editorial which illustrates the need AGEIA's PhysX hardware has for a killer application. As we referenced in our PhysX launch coverage, we agree with Kyle's perspective that the game developers are the key to this new hardware. Although technology demos are fun to watch and toy around with, at the end of the...

AMD 65u Parts Next Week?

According to The Inquirer, an industry source has indicated that AMD is preparing to launch some new CPU's designed using a smaller 65u process. Should this be true, we can likley expect faster frequencies, less heat, lower voltages, and exceptional overclocking headroom. How these parts will match with Intel's upcoming Conroe architecture...

Overclocking the GeForce 7900 GT

The folks at VR-Zone have taken a standard GeForce 7900 GT and managed to overclock the card from the stock 450/660MHz speeds to an astounding 785/1020MHz with rock solid stability! For those thinking a great deal of effort went into raising framerates by a measly 3fps or such, you are in for a surprise. In F.E.A.R, the average framerate (1280x1024...

Dell Rolls Out New Business Notebooks

Dell rolled out new notebook computers that are based on Intel's Core Duo processors and add new wireless connectivity and security features.On the wireless side, the new notebooks - the Dell Latitude D620 and D820 - add optional built-in connectivity to wireless broadband technology. Businesses can choose among cellular carriers such as Cingular...

Bluetooth To Ride Intel's Ultrawideband

As expected, the Bluetooth SIG has chosen to piggyback on the Intel-backed WiMedia version of ultrawideband technology. Crafting the necessary specifications will take time, however. Bluetooth SIG members said they now expect the standard to be complete by the first quarter of 2007, with...

Quake 4 v1.1 Analysis With Linux

The recent v1.1 patch for Quake 4 has delivered support for Hyper-Threading and Dual-Core CPUs, however this feature is bound to the Windows operating system. Even so, Linux users can rejoice as the new patch appears to provide a boost in the games performance. "Even though the Linux port...

Gigabyte Poseidon (GZ-XA1CA-STB)

Featuring two 120mm fans, a tool free design, and a few other great features, Gigabyte's Poseidon case could make it's way to your shopping list very soon. Gigabyte received excellent reviews for their 3D Aurora case which was released last year, and as Hardware Zone explains, it seems Gigabyte has produced another winner....

Industry picks Bluetooth to link home devices

The world's largest electronics firms have decided to use Bluetooth wireless technology to send high quality video between devices in the home, two industry associations said on Tuesday. The decision is expected to determine how hundreds of millions of televisions, video recorders and personal...

Panasonic to roll out Blu-ray player in September

Panasonic said will start selling a Blu-ray high-definition disc player in September for under $1,500 and sees up to 5 million of these new DVD players sold industry-wide in their first year. "We think adoption will be strong, based on broad support. For the first 12 months, we expect 4 million...

Intel Launches New Ruggedized PC Platform For India

Intel Launches New Ruggedized PC Platform For India Also Introduces Special Program – 'Jagruti' – to Empower Rural Communities in India NEW DELHI, March 29, 2006 – Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in...

Toshiba's First Gaming Notebook

PC Magazine has published some information regarding Toshiba's first entry into the gaming-specific notebook market. With Dell's XPS line and the recent acquisition of Alienware (one of the pioneers of gaming notebooks), it is hardly surprising to see other major notebook vendors taking notice and reacting. Armed with the unannounced GeForce...

ATI and NVIDIA Confusing The Inquirer?

This morning, Fudo posted a bit of news regarding ATI's rumored R580+ GPU at The Inquirer. Being an 80u version of the 90u R580 core, this new GPU was more of an interim solution while ATI prepared its next-generation R600 architecture.  Here, Fudo mentions R600 in the statement, "Such timing clearly indicates that ATI is not in...

MSI Merging with Gigabyte?

DigiTimes reports that both MSI and Gigabyte and dismissing rumors that the two motherboard vendors would be merging. Suprisingly, neither side denied having entertained the thought of merging in the past. Were the two Tier-I motherboard vendors to merge down the road, Tier-II vendors would certainly feel more pressure and possibly be driven...

ASUS 256MB AGEIA PhysX Card

The Inquirer has posted some interesting news regarding a 256MB PhysX card coming from ASUS in May. As you might recall from our AGEIA PhysX launch review, the "standard" PhysX card will be equipped with 128MB of memory. The card from ASUS will represent the flagship model and will come with 256MB of memory and a robust heatsink...

Fujitsu to showcase industry leading hard disk drive technology at Storage Networking World Spring 2006

Fujitsu to Showcase Industry Leading Hard Disk Drive Technology at Storage Networking World Spring 2006 SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced that it will...

SteelCloud announces new server technology

SteelCloud Announces New Server Technology HERNDON, Va., March 28 -- SteelCloud, Inc. a leading supplier of turnkey appliance servers, network security and infrastructure solutions, and professional IT services today announced it is expanding its rack-mounted and blade server lines to include the new Dual-Core Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor LV,...

DangerDen Maze 4, AquaXtreme MP-1 and Swiftech MCW60

Seeing as how we just gave some attention to CPU coolers, it's only fair to cover GPU coolers as well. However this time around we're talking about watercooling, as 3DXtreme puts three top of the line waterblocks to the test."From this we have come across forums where certain products are recommended for their performance with very little...

VF900-Cu vs. Fatal1ty FS-V7 vs. ZM80C-HP Round-Up

Zalman has put out their fair share of quality cpu coolers, but which is the better Zalman product to choose from? The folks over at Techgage.com pit three Zalman coolers against each other to answer that very question. "When you want to stick to AIR cooling, you have an intense decision...

Gigabyte i-RAM GC-RAMDISC

Good evening everyone. Just in case you missed the fresh link up at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Gigabyte's i-RAM GC-RAMDISC. If you're looking for a way to add some super-fast solid state storage to a system, you'll want...

AMD Mobile News

AMD Mobile News

HKEPC has posted some interesting news regarding AMD's mobile roadmap and their transition to new sockets. Here, we find some details regarding plans for Socket S1 and Socket AM2 products that should begin appearing the latter part of this year. One thing is certain here, once AMD releases these new processors Intel will certainly have some...

ViiV Puts PC's Back in the Office?

CNET Australia has some interesting news regarding an update to Intel's VIIV which will attempt to bring PC's back into the office. Despite being in the office, the Media Center PC will still be able to communicate with other components in the living through the use of Intel's new "digital media adaptors". This setup should allow...

NVIDIA Pressures ATI

DigiTimes reports this morning that NVIDIA has been accelerating the pace of shutting down ULI's chipset business in an effort to put pressure on rival ATI. With the vast majority of motherboards designed around ATI's chipsets using a ULI southbridge, the lack of inventory for the ULI part would certainly cause motherboard vendors to shy away...

Perpendicular Hard Disk Drives Article

Other than increased speed and capacity, Hard Drive's have undergone few changes in their evolution over the years. This could be changing though. Today BTXFormFactor.com covers the technology behind perpendicular Hard Drive's, and delves into other future storage technology such holographic storage techniques....

Firefox versus Internet Explorer in a Corporate Network

Mozilla's Firefox has become known for it's feature set and lack of exploits(well, compared to IE), and it can be argued that it's the better browser to use at home. In a corporate environment however, Internet Explorer's integration with Windows and other factors can outshine the usefulness of Firefox....

StreamCast names Skype, Kazaa in lawsuit

SteamCast Networks, creator of the Morpheus file-swapping software, has filed a lawsuit naming Kazaa, Skype Technologies and its founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, among others, as defendants. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, claims that...

Toshiba delays HD DVD, again

Toshiba USA has said it will be delaying the launch of the first HD DVD players until April - a month later than planned. The official reason given is that it wants to synchronise the debut of the HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players with the release of a number of movie titles.At January's Consumer Electronics Show Toshiba said it would launch HD DVD...

Lycos Phone ties free VOIP software into portal

Lycos announced Lycos Phone on Monday, adding free multimedia-enhanced VOIP communications as a key part of its portal infrastructure. The Lycos Phone service will allow users free PC-to-PC communications to any other Lycos Phone user, consistent with other PC-to-PC applications, like eBay's...

SFF-Specific Graphics Card

DigiTimes reports that Albatron has released one of the first new graphcis cards designed specifically for the space-constrained needs of Small Form Factor systems. Based upon NVIDIA's new 90u GeForce 7900 GT GPU, this new graphics card is at least 3cm shorter than reference boards and is half as thick. For those gaming with SFF systems, Albatron's...

Interchangeable Notebook Parts!

Notebook users can finally rejoice as Intel is formally recognizing the need for interchangeable notebook components. eWeek has unvieled details regarding an initiative by Intel to have notebook components lose their proprietary design and move towards an interchangeable format. In short, everything from replacement (or aftermarket) LCD panels...

Interview with BFG

Tweak3D has posted a brief but informative interview with BFG's own John Malley. As Director of Marketing and Public Relations, John is able to speak towards nearly every aspect of the company's business. Beyond the more generalized questions such as what "BFG" stands for (shame on those who don't already know), the interview poses...

Gigabyte 3D Galaxy Liquid Cooler

As if Gigabyte's 3D Aurora case wasn't good enough, Gigabyte also has a stylish water cooling system to go with it. While the 3D Galaxy Liquid Cooler probably isn't the best performing water cooling solution you can buy, it still gets the job done of keeping your hardware cool, and looks great when attached to the 3D Aurora....

Z-RAM, a Breakthrough in Memory Technology

Michael from Lost Circuits just posted an interview with Jeff Lewis, VP of Worldwide Marketing at ISi regarding the technology behind Z-RAM. Interesting reading to say the least. "Conventional DRAMs are made of capacitors and transistors where the capacitor stores the data and the transistor...

Intel Duo Zone Photo Report

This weekend Intel sponsored an event for the Global Gaming League, the TransAtlantic Showdown, that pitted some of the best gamers from North America against rivals from across the Atlantic. The TransAltantic Showdown was more than just a gaming tournament though. There were a couple of interesting twists that made the TransAtlantic Showdown...

Intel DUO ZONE NYC

This just in from our friends at Intel.  Marco was down in NYC covering this event and we'll have exciting action-photo coverage here shortly! Live from the Intel DUO ZONE in NYC!!! http://www.ggl.com/ As if this great 2on2 tournament wasn't enough, it seems the GGL and ClanBase staff realized what a shame it would be to bring together...

Thermaltake announces world's first dedicated SLI power supply

Thermaltake announces world's first dedicated SLI power supply

Thermaltake releases the world's first patent design power supply for the high-performance graphics cards NVIDIA and ATI are pushing their video cards faster while Intel and AMD are quickly switching to multi-core processors. Consumers are often left confused regarding the choice of the vast amount of power supplies in the market....

Sling Media TV takes flight

Sling Media delivered on its promise Thursday to market software hooks that extend the range of home TVs to mobile devices, in a move that could end up testing the limits of cellular networks.The San Mateo, California-based startup announced the availability of a beta version of SlingPlayer Mobile, a software product that allows users of the...

Nano circuit offers big promise

The first computer circuit to be built on a single molecule has been unveiled by researchers in the US. It was assembled on a single carbon nanotube; a standard component of any nanotechnologist's toolkit. The circuit is less than a fifth of the width of a human hair and can only be seen...

New Sony Contract for NVIDIA

NVIDIA has just released a press release today that claims the company has just received another large design contract from Sony. Supposedly a larger deal than the GPU contract for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, both vendors are being curiously vague on what the actual project in question truly is. Given some of the comments made by...

Turion 64 X2 Stirs Price War?

DigiTimes reports that AMD's upcoming new Turion 64 X2 mobile CPU's are expected to cause a price-war in the notebook market. With Turion 64 X2 based notebooks from the likes of ASUS, HP, and Acer coming to market in May, we are bound to see one of the first true threats to Intel's Centrino platform. With Intel's new Merom CPU preparing to...

GeForce 7600 GS Reviews/Previews

NVIDIA's replacement for the aging GeForce 6600 GS and answer to ATI's Radeon X1600 series has been launched as the GeForce 7600 GS. Various websites have posted previews and limited reviews of this new GPU with some solid results. We've taken the liberty of consolidating these reviews in one place for your viewing pleasure. PC Impact Hardware...

Extra costs a worry for next-gen DVD adoption

Consumers about to face a confusing and expensive choice between two conflicting standards for high-definition DVDs will face further costs to upgrade their entertainment systems if they want to enjoy all the benefits of the new movie players. Hollywood and electronics makers have aligned...

Exploit now publicly available for unpatched IE flaw

 An exploit has become publicly available for a newly disclosed critical -- and as yet unpatched -- vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser.The exploit has been posted on several Internet sites and gives even relatively novice hackers an easy way to take advantage of a flaw in the way IE processes information...

NVIDIA Strengthens Mainstream Product Line with Two GeForce 7 Series GPUs

NVIDIA Strengthens Mainstream Product Line with Two GeForce 7 Series GPUs

NVIDIA Strengthens Mainstream Product Line with Two GeForce 7 Series GPUs GeForce 7600 GS and GeForce 7300 LE GPUs Deliver GeForce 7 Series Features and Performance at Affordable Prices GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE 2006—SAN JOSE, CA—MARCH 22, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics...

PayPal to launch new mobile pay system

Online payment company PayPal has unveiled plans to roll-out a new service that will allow mobile phone users to make purchases and money transfers using a simple text message. The move by PayPal, which is part of online auction giant eBay, marks a big step in bridging the worlds of e-commerce...

HIS releases X1600Pro IceQ Turbo

HIS releases X1600Pro IceQ Turbo video card Hong Kong, Mar 23, 2006 – HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) delivers the HIS X1600Pro IceQ Turbo GDDR3 card, promising faster, quieter and cooler radically new 3D performance architecture technology and the next generation image quality by ATI. The strongest air cooling technology -...

MSI K8N Diamond Plus Motherboard

Our friends at the Tech Report have just posted a review of MSI's latest socket 939 motherboard, the K8N Diamond Plus.  This board is based on NVIDIA's nForce 4 SLIX16 chipset, and sports some unique features like a third PCI Express slot for graphics and integrated Audigy audio.  If you're in the market for a high-end Athlon mobo,...

Sony to launch online service with PlayStation 3

Sony Corp.'s top video game studio executive said on Wednesday that a new online service debuting with its PlayStation 3 console in early November will open up a world of new content for gamers as well as new revenue opportunities for the company. The service, which lets users buy games and...

ECS Unveils New RoHS-Compliant 945G-M3 Motherboard

ECS unveils new RoHS-compliant 945G-M3 motherboard Fremont, CA (March 23, 2006) – Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc.(ECS), the world's leading computer component and notebook manufacturer, today unveiled the new RoHS-compliant 945G-M3 motherboard designed for the new generation of digital home users. Based on the new Intel Viiv technology,...

NVIDIA Corporation to Acquire Hybrid Graphics

NVIDIA Corporation to Acquire Hybrid Graphics Technology Leaders in Handheld Graphics Silicon and Software Join Forces to Enable Compelling 3D for All Segments of Mobile Devices GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE—SAN JOSE, CA—MARCH 22, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor...

ATI Gets Its Turn on GPU Physics

With all the recent news of AGEIA's PhysX chip floating around, ATI doesn't want you to forget about their processing power. As PC Perspective tells us, there's "a ton of new and interesting information" in their latest article. "First, the R580 has a tremendous amount of floating...

Nvidia Releases Forceware 84.25(Beta)

Earlier today, Nvidia released their Forceware 84.25 beta drivers, which are supposed to improve performance in the new Elder Scrolls game. I've had a few minutes to test them out, and while it's not a dramatic increase for me, they do seem to help a little. With Indoor environments, there's hardly a noticeable difference, but the outside...

Chip sector ready for price cuts, product launches

The semiconductor sector is shaping up for what looks to be an eventful quarter as Intel readies for price cuts and Advanced Micro Devices is set to release a new series of desktop processors. Intel will likely initiate dramatic price cuts to its desktop processors on April 23, according...

Dell to sell AMD-based computers after Alienware purchase

With the acquisition of Alienware, Dell will sell computers with chips from Advanced Micro Devices. The deal closes in about 30 to 45 days. Alienware will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, and Alienware CEO Nelson Gonzalez said that the deal will not affect its relationship with AMD....

Dell XPS 600 Renegade Launched

Do you remember that slick-looking, flame covered Quad-SLI powered Dell rig we showed you all in our CES coverage from earlier this year?  Well, it looks like Dell has finally made good and have begun taking orders for their XPS 600 Renegade. Unlike the system we saw at CES though, the "final" XPS 600 Renegade is sporting Quad...

AGEIA Brings First Dedicated Physics Processor To Market

AGEIA Brings First Dedicated Physics Processor To Market; Launches New Age in Interactive Gaming AGEIA's PhysX Processor Available Now in Select Dell, Alienware and Falcon Northwest Gaming Systems; Games Coming From More Than 60 Leading Software Developers and Publishers MOUNTAIN VIEW and SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 22, 2006 – AGEIA...

AGEIA PhysX Launch - GDC Event Coverage

We've posted up detailed coverage of Ageia's PhysX launch details at GDC.  Stop on by to see where Ageia is today, what makes the technology tick and where the industry is headed in the fully interactive world of real-time dedicated physics processing.  ...

Fedora Core 5 Released

The Fedora Project, a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has released Fedora Core 5, the latest version of the Fedora Core Linux distribution. The new version features leading edge technologies, including new desktop applications, advances in security and Xen virtualization....

New Mozilla Firefox in the works

Developers at the Mozilla Foundation are readying the first alpha version of the Firefox 2 open-source browser, and could release it as early as this week.The release includes a new "Places" feature intended to make it easier to find and return to recently visited Web pages. The development team decided to freeze the code for what will become...

The Evolution of Design - A look into the handheld market, and the necessary changes already underway

The guys at IGN have posted an intriguing article about the evolution of portable gaming units, from its early beginnings to what it has morphed into today.The gaming industry continues to gain speed, and we as a community are entering into yet another generation. We continue the progression from system to system, technology to technology,...

New Nvidia Drivers Available on 03/22/06

Hey folks, just thought I'd remind you all that Nvidia will be posting some new drivers tomorrow(Forceware 84.25), which should provide some performance improvements to the new Elder Scrolls, Oblivion. I picked up my copy earlier today, and while it runs decent, any kind of performance improvement is welcomed. Nvidia hasn't elaborated on what...

XFX Quakes Up Your Mind: XGear Multimedia Gaming Headset

Getting bored of just hearing the sound effects in your game? Well if you've got the cash to spend, you could give the XGear Multimedia Gaming Headset a try. With a built in vibration feature, you'll be able to feel some of the effects you normally just hear in games and movies. As X-Bit labs explains, it's not perfect, but still good enough...

Intel Honors 12 Companies With Award

 Intel Honors 12 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 – Intel Corporation today announced the 12 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to quality and...

CPUs & Real-World Gameplay Scaling

The folks over at [H] have done some pretty extensive benchmarking with some of today's most popular games. Using various processors and video cards, they show you how different hardware scales in real-world gameplay(no 3DMark allowed). "What do different video cards and CPUs mean to gamers...

Apple's 60-gig iPod 'at risk'

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Apple may be phasing out its 60-gigabyte Video iPod, according to one analyst who tracks the company. The company has told its distributors that the 60-gigabyte iPod, which launched in October and retails for $399, is "at risk" until the end of April, meaning that it could be discontinued or replaced, according...

Nokia sees end for makers of MP3 players, video cams

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phones will deal a final blow to makers of music devices and video camcorders, having already hit the photo industry, a senior executive at handset maker Nokia told the Financial Times newspaper. Anssi Vanjoki, head of the multimedia unit at the world's largest cellphone maker, pointed in comments published on Tuesday...

Microsoft updates Windows Vista road map

REDMOND, Wash., March 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM), the next generation of the Windows(R) client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in...

Abit Rises From The Ashes

ABIT Rises From The Ashes 21 March 2006 - Today, ABIT Computer Corporation and Universal Scientific Industrial Co. Ltd. (USI) completed the transfer of the ABIT motherboard brand and related intangible assets to a new joint venture company established by both ABIT and USI. The new company, registered as Universal ABIT Co., Ltd., will tender...

AGEIA PhysX SDK for PLAYSTATION 3

AGEIA PhysX SDK for PLAYSTATION 3, Optimized for Cell Processor, to be Available on March 31st Multithreaded AGEIA PhysX SDK Version 2.4 Offers Fully Parallelized Performance on PLAYSTATION 3 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- March 21, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that the latest...

Flash-based disks heading for laptops

Users may soon see flash-based disks in laptops and other mobile computers after Samsung announced that it has started offering a 32GB drive to customers. The South Korean technology company showed off its solid-state disk (SSD), a flash-memory based replacement for hard-disk drives, at the...

Gates Vows A New Internet Explorer Every Year Or More

In his MIX06 keynote, Bill Gates promises to update IE as often as every nine to 12 months to keep pace with quickly evolving Web technologies and programming tools. Speaking at Microsoft's MIX06 conference in Las Vegas for Web developers, Gates said Microsoft's Internet Explorer version...

Thermalright releases HR-05 North Bridge Cooler

THERMALRIGHT RELEASES HR-05 NORTH BRIDGE COOLER As technologies get more advanced each day we see faster CPUs, motherboards, VGA cards, and etc. Unfortunately all of that translates into generating more heat inside our computers. Many of us forget that one of those heat sources also comes from the North Bridge chipset. Like the CPU coolers,...

ATI FireGL V7350: Radeon X1800 XT for Professionals?

Equipped with a full 1GB of memory, this workstation is similar to it's gaming cousin, but designed for entirely different purpose. In their latest review, X-Bit labs puts ATI's FireGL V7350 against Nvidia's Quadro FX 4500, using programs such as AutoCAD 2006, Maya 6.5, and 3ds Max 7 to judge performance."We would like to offer you a review...

Super Talent Ships 1GHz 2GB DDR2 Kits

SUPER TALENT SHIPS 1GHZ 2GB DDR2 KITS San Jose, California - March 20, 2006 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DDR and DDR2 memory modules, today announced immediate availability of a 1 Gigahertz, 2 Gigabyte DDR2 memory kit. Super Talent's new T1000UX2G5 is a matched pair of 1GB PC2-8000 DDR2 modules. Super Talent's recently...

Havok FX Interview

Adding to the physics news today(Nvidia's latest announcement), FiringSquad sits down to chat with the folks over at Havok. Havok's physics engine has been used in some top quality games such as Half-Life 2 and Painkiller, and if you enjoyed those games, you'll like what they have to say about their upcoming 4.0 release."Havok will be showing...

Alienware Workstations with ATI FireGL 73x0 Graphics

ALIENWARE WORKSTATIONS NOW FEATURE ATI FIREGL V7350 AND V7300 GRAPHICS CARDS New FireGL V7350 Represents Industry's First 1GB Workstation Graphics Accelerator MIAMI - March 20, 2006 - Alienware -- the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, server and professional systems -- is now making ATI's powerful new...

ATI Introduces FireGL V7350

ATI Introduces FireGL V7350, the Workstation Industry's First One Gigabyte Graphics Accelerator ATI captures the performance crown with an ultra high-end 3D card designed for CAD, DCC and imaging professionals who work with massive datasets MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2006-- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today...

NVIDIA Uses SLI for Physics!

NVIDIA AND HAVOK DEMONSTRATE WORLD'S FIRST GPU-POWERED GAME PHYSICS SOLUTION AT GAME DEVELOPER'S CONFERENCE SANTA CLARA, CA—MARCH 20, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, and Havok, the game industry's leading supplier of cross-platform middleware, will be...

Saitek P990 Dual Analog Gamepad

We know lots of gamers who use analog controllers to play their favorite FPS PC games. Saitek has developed a dual analog controller dubbed the P990, and this device sports some nice features like four quick-fire shoulder triggers, 8-way directional pad, and six thumb buttons.Are you bored of that mouse and keyboard? Want to make your games...

OCZ Gold XTC 2GB PC2-4200

We've been using OCZ RAM for a couple years now in our gaming rigs, and recently they've been developing some excellent DDR2 RAM for enthusiasts and overclockers. One such kit is the OCZ Gold XTC 2GB PC2-4200. We love the new heatspreaders on these kits, and the warranty that comes with these products is outstanding.Are you in the DDR2 market...

Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Case

The Praetorian 730 is a sweet case that includes alot of ventilation upgrades that were problems associated with the popular Wave Master series. Read on to see what PCPer.com thought about this uniquely designed alumnium case from Cooler Master.The Cooler Master Praetorian 730 incorporates an all aluminum chassis fitted with an open mesh front...

Why Ubuntu Needs CNR

XYZComputing has an interesting article for the Ubuntu community. They make their case for adding CNR to Ubuntu, which would give users an easier way to install this highly touted Linux OS.CNR is "a software delivery service designed for Linspire users that makes it easy to install Linux software". Rather than installing programs using the...

Sennheiser HD 435 Headphones

Any gamer or audio enthusiast will tell you that Sennheiser makes some of the best headphones and audio equipment around. The Sennheiser HD 435 features a detachable, single-sided cable that has an integrated volume control. You can use this headset at home with a mini hi-fi system, on your PC, and even with portable players.Sennheiser is...

Plextor PX-EH25L-NA NAS Storage Device

Good Morning! We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com where we evaluate the various features and performance of Plextor's new PX-EH25L-NA NAS Storage device.  If you're looking for a quick way to add a couple of hundred gigabytes of storage to your network, you may want to check this one out......

Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Media Player

Network media players have been making huge waves in the mainstream community, and ThinkCE.net got their hands on a slick little player called the Slim Devices Squeezebox. This handy little device allows you enjoy music from the comfort of your living room, even when your computer is off!Media, over the past few years all different types have...

Act of War: High Treason Demo

The original Act of War PC game was a huge success, and left many of its followers drooling for more from this RTS. After only a short period of time since releasing its first explansion pack, Atari has released a demo of its highly anticipated High Treason expansion pack, which adds new features like naval combat, mercenaries, and new units...

Sapphire's Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX

Sapphire's Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX

Good evening all.  Yes, it's very late, but I just got back in from some St. Patrick's Day festivities, and found an interesting package waiting in the NY lab. There was something in the box that I know many of you would like to see...               What you're looking at here...

HOT Deals @ HH

HOT Deals @ HH

HOT Deals at HH Friday commences folks! Happy St. Pats Day too!   Patriot Memory PDP Systems Memory Dual Channel Kit$127.53 184Pin 2GB (1GB x 2) DDR PC3200 Model PDC2G3200ELK Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW 24" LCD Monitor $799 (The HH Labs has at least two of these, sweetness! Aspire X-QPACK Black/Silver Cube ($64.99 after $10.00 Mail-In...

Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty

TechReport have managed to get their hands on a new Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty to see whether the bundled I/O ports and 64MB of X-Ram warrant the price increase over cheaper models in the X-Fi product line. Granted, this card features the same X-Fi architecture that impressed us when we reviewed the X-Fi XtremeMusic. However, it appears as...

ATI and NVIDIA Question 80u

DigiTimes reports that both ATI and NVIDIA are questioning the maturity of the new 80u process and will instead, continue using 90u production for all currently shipping cards. A number of new meainstream GPU's from ATI were destined to launch ausing the new 80u process. NVIDIA has not yet committed to using the 80u process so the impact there...

Dual GeForce 7600GT; Single Card

The Asian enthusiast website HardSpell has posted images and information regarding the vendor Galaxy's new graphics card which features two GeForce 7600 GT GPU's on a single PCB. Shown for the first time at CeBIT, this new graphics card is a continuation of the dual-GPU cards we've previously seen from both ASUS and Gigabyte. No word yet on...

New Studies Urged For iPod Link to Hearing Damage

Health experts in the US have been urged to once again study the age old question: do loud noises damage your hearing? While not everyone knows exactly how loud music needs to be in order to cause some sort of hearing loss, there is a common sense limit that many people just choose to ignore....

PS3 Delayed - Is it game over for Sony?

Sony's much anticipated Playstation 3 has been pushed back to November 2006, which can be both good and bad news, depending on if you're a gamer or Bill Gates. The folks over at BFR, like many of us, aren't thrilled at the idea, and have to wonder if this is just the first in a series of delays....

Zalman HD160 HTPC Enclosure

Now here is a swank piece of hardware, folks. Madshrimps just posted a review of Zalman's sleek HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure. I'm not even going to go into detail, just check out this enclosure and be prepared to want to build a home theater PC immediately. "With the HD160 Zalman is expanding...

NVIDIA 1.0-8751 + EVGA 7900GT

The Linux-Gurus over at Phoronix got their hands on a pre-release set of drivers for NVIDIA's recently released GeForce 7900 series of cards, and they've taken EVGA's 7900 GT to task with a handful of benchmarks.  They also do a bit of overclocking as well.  Good info for the Linux fans amongst you....

STEAM Survey Results

Valve has posted an update to their STEAM survey results which analyzes the hardware configurations of everyone playing on their servers. There's some interesting information here including the following key points: CPU's: AMD holds 53% share with Intel being 47% GPU's: NVIDIA drivers hold 52% share with ATI being 41% AGP 8x holds 43% share...

Unique New Lian-Li Case

Lian-Li has shown off some gorgeous new cases at CeBIT to add to their already impressive collection of aluminum cases. Easily on of the most unique offerings would be the new PC-S80 case which features a sound-proof rear cover as well as a specialized air-duct to correctly channel hot air out of the system while keeping ambient noise levels...

LG L1981Q 19-inch LCD Monitor

Those of you who are in the market for a new LCD will likely be intrigued by the LG L1981Q 19-inch LCD Monitor on the test bench at DesignTechnica today. It may not be the biggest screen out there, but the unique features and ultra-slim design are definite eye catchers. "LG is thinking out...

AMD Athlon64 X2 vs. Intel Pentium D Presler

Not sure we agree with Hardcoreware.net's contention that "the playing field is level" now that AMD and Intel both offer dual-core processors, but if you want to see how the Athlon 64 X2 stacks up against a Pentium D, they've got some benchmarks for you to chew on. When you're done though, make sure to check out our Athlon 64 FX-60...

ATI RV560 / RV570

This morning, The Inquirer reports that ATI is prepping a more suitable answer to NVIDIA's GeForce 7600 GT in the way of a new RV560 / RV570 GPU. NVIDIA's new mainstream GPU offered performance which was very competitive with ATI's new X1800 GTO sku while being significantly cheaper to manufacture given its incredibly small die and low transistor...

Intel Boosts Energy Efficient Performance With New Xeon CPU

Intel Boosts Energy Efficient Performance With First Dual-Core Low-Voltage Intel Xeon Processor HILLSBORO, Ore., March 14, 2006 – Intel Corporation is outfitting server, storage and telecommunications equipment makers with a new ingredient for squeezing more performance out of space– and power–constrained environments. It...

Dell to purchase Alienware?

Both Dell and Alienware have declined to comment on the issue, but rumor has it Dell plans to acquire enthusiast PC builder Alienware. Alienware currently uses AMD CPUs in their builds, while Dell continues to use Intel, so it'll be interesting to see what happens if this turns out to be more than just a rumor....

The End of the Megapixel Race

All good marketing schemes usually come to an end. With processors, Intel had to abandon their MHz/GHz rating system. Digital cameras are starting to hit the same wall these days, with megapixels and total zoom features becoming less of a focal point. In their latest article, TheTechLounge discusses some features you should be looking for...

ASUS To Make PS3?

DigiTimes reports that Asustek (ASUS) has supposedly secured orders for Sony's upcoming PS3 gaming console and PSP handheld. The PS3 and PSP orders are slated to have mass shipments ready for the Christmas season. Now whether or not the PSP orders in question are for the model we all know and love or for an updated version to be launched with...

Voodoo ENVY u:909 SLI Notebook

Voodoo has just launched a product page for the company's new flagship gaming notebook. The ENVY u:909 features two GeForce Go 7800 GTX GPU's in SLI, an AMD Turion ML/MT CPU, nForce4 SLI chipset, 19" WSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD, and 8 channel surround complete with four embedded speakers and a subwoofer. Granted, this system will be anything...

An introduction to IPTV

Your living room still hasn't finished evolving. Thanks to newer technologies being constantly rolled out, we're able to enjoy more channels, more features, and high quality content. Today Ars Technica is talking about a promising new technology known as IPTV. "IPTV has the potential to deliver...

Gateway CX200X Tablet PC

If you're in the market for a Tablet PC, the folks over at [H]ard|OCP have taken a look at Gateway's CX200X Tablet PC. Though not the perfect Tablet PC, it's got a good enough mix of hardware and software to make your everyday life a little easier."In the context of why a system such as this would be purchased, we were very pleased. While...

Interview with AMD's Henri Richard

DigiTimes has published the first part of a five-part interview with AMD's Executive VP Henri Richard. With the recent attention the phenomenal preliminary performance claims Intel's upcoming Conroe processor has received, it is no surprise to see AMD stepping up to bat and firing back at those claims. Don't go counting AMD out just yet as...

Micro-ATX SLI Motherboard

The folks at the Inquirer have posted some interesting news from CeBIT in the way of a Micro-ATX SLI-capable motherboard to be offered by EVGA. Apparently, EVGA has received several requests by interested OEM's so you can likely expect to see this board appearing in potent SFF systems in the coming months. Despite the fact that Shuttle already...

Mushkin 2GB XP2-5300 Extreme Performance DDR2 Dual Pack

Adrian's Rojak Pot has a review of Mushkin's new high speed, low latency DDR2 memory. The Mushkin 2G XP2-5300 Extreme Performance is able to run with timings of 3-3-3-10, using 2.3v(which is covered by warranty), and keeps cool thanks to Mushkin's unique heat spreader design. "Of course,...

Silverstone SG-01 (v3.1) Evolution SFF Review

Version 3.1 of Silverstone's SG-01 Evolution SFF case is a great pick if you're looking to build a small, portable PC. Good ventilation, and the ability to use any standard size ATX PSU are just some of the features you'll find. "One of the first things that grab your attention is the simple...

HighSpeedPC Tech Station Review

Here's something that's only for the hardest, or hardcore tweakers out there -- the HighSpeedPC Tech Station. Hardware-Review.Net has just posted a review of this cool product, that makes swapping out and testing hardware a snap. This is the kind of thing that makes working in the HH lab much easier as well."As a hardware reviewer, I evaluate...

Kingwin SK-523SW Mid-Tower Case

I think after the tech-marathon that we all endured last week (IDF, CeBit, GeForce 7900 / 7600 launch, Radeon X1800 GTO launch), some of our colleagues in the on-line press have taken a bit of a breather.  The news isn't flowing with the same regularity this weekend that it normally would. Regardless, we've got a couple of morsels that'll...

GeForce 7900 and 7600 Series, HOT Deals @ HH

Our HOT Deals @ HH forum section is buzzing with great deals on NVIDIA's impressive new line-up of GeForce 7900 and 7600 Graphics Cards.  Check out what Monarch and ClubIT have going on there.  GeForce 7900GTs for $289. That's faster than GeForce 7800 GTX performance for under three bills.   Can't beat it... ...

New Dell 2007WFP and 2007FP

DailyTech brings word that Dell is about to release two new LCD monitors in the way of the new Dell 2007FP and 2007WFP widescreen 20" models. Each model features a 20.1" screen size with 800:1 contrast ratios and 16ms response times. In terms of features, each LCD panel is nearly identical to their previous model however they feature...

ATI Announces New Price-Performance Leader: Radeon X1800 GTO

ATI Announces New Price-Performance Leader: Radeon(R) X1800 GTO Featuring Advanced Gaming Performance at an Exceptional Value MARKHAM, Ontario – March 9, 2006 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced the newest family member of the Radeon(R) X1800 series, the Radeon(R) X1800 GTO. Available from ATI's add-in-board...

New Drivers: Catalyst 6.3 & ForceWare 84.20(BETA)

ATI and Nvidia have released drivers for their respective products this week. Both drivers claim performance improvements, and various fixes, so make sure to grab them when possible. Click Here to download ATI's Catalyst 6.3, and Click Here to download the BETA ForceWare 84.20 drivers....

NVIDIA GeForce 7900, 7600 Reviews

NVIDIA has launched a new flagship GPU in the way of the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT which have been thoroughly reviewed on the Hot Hardware testbench. In similar fashion, NVIDIA is also launching the GeForce 7600 GT which has proven to be a very potent mainstream GPU in our testing. In closing, we've scoured the internet this morning...

Quad-SLI and Notebook SLI Launched!

PC Perspective has published a brief article which outlines the details of NVIDIA's new Quad-SLI and notebook-SLI technologies which have both been officially launched today. The article illustrates the performance features and functionality of each respective technology and certainly builds excitement for those with hefty wallets waiting...

Conroe Performance Preview Follow-Up

Anandtech has posted a very interesting follow-up to their initial Conroe CPU benchmarks. This new article includes results taken from Anand's own custom benchmarks and not the Intel-created demos used in the previous article. Somewhat surprisingly, the new Conroe CPU still retains its almost obscene performance advantage seemingly indicating...

GeForce 7900 GTX and GT Spotted?

The Inquirer has posted some high quality images supposedly showcasing NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT flagship graphics cards. Per usual, some preliminary specification information is shared although there is no guarantee they are legit. However, one aspect of these cards shared in this post that is very interesting...

IDF Round-Up

This year, Intel has been making waves throughout the industry with a massive onslaught of new products and information being released at this year's Intel Developer's Conference. Fortunately, we've taken the liberty of gathering the latest coverage from around the web along with Marco's own input from the show floor and posted it here for...

Windows Vista Ready LCD Monitor Round-Up

Vista is coming, which means your current monitor might be going. Whether your for or against DRM, you'll have to put up with it if you're looking for the best quality video. Today FiringSquad has rounded up 12 different monitors, capable of HDCP support, and ready for Windows Vista."HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection...

Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel NextGeneration Enterprise Platforms

Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel Next–Generation Enterprise Platforms Architectural Innovation through Powerful and Energy–Efficient Multi–core Platforms NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 – Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed...

Investigating Bandwidth on the SLI X16 Chipset

PC Perspective has posted a very interesting new article which investigates some of the bandwidth limitations for SLI and Crossfire chipsets. With the launch of ATI's Crossfire Xpress 3200 we reviewed here, ATI has made several allegations indicating NVIDIA's SLI technology was at a distinct architectural disadvantage. Ryan puts the marketing...

Intel Conroe Details From The Floor Of IDF

Intel Conroe Details From The Floor Of IDF

Intel's keynote address for this morning was filled to the brim with juicy tid-bits of information on the company's upcoming dual-core processor platform for the Desktop, that will launch later this year under the Intel "Core" branding.  Our Managing Editor Marco Chiappetta was privy to details offered by Intel CTO, Justin Rattner...

Mobility RADEON X1800 Launched

Mobility RADEON X1800 Launched

ATI Unleashes a New Generation of Breathtaking Speed and Performance in the Notebook with Mobility™ Radeon(R) X1800 XT MARKHAM, Ontario, Mar 07, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT), the world leader in mobile PC graphics processors, has once again raised the bar for notebook gaming with the launch of...

ATI Takes XGI Employeees, Not Company

Despite the rumors, ATI has not bought out graphics card vendor XGI. However, ATI has hired away a significant number of XGI exmployees from the company's Santa Clara location. In addition, ATI has purchases XGI's partner company Microsynergy. With NVIDIA having purchased ULI and ATI now having plenty of ex-XGI employees, it should be interesting...

NVIDIA nForce 500 Chipsets?

NVIDIA has released a Press Release this morning that informs us the company will be demonstrating a new family of nForce 500 chipsets at CeBIT. From the new flagship nForce 590 SLI MCP to the nForce 550 MCP for the mainstream segment, it seems there will be a new chipset for every price-point....

eVGA GeForce 7600GT OC Spotted!

The Inquirer has posted some of the first pics of a supposed EVGA GeForce 7600GT OC graphics card in the wild. The post includes some preliminary specifications including 600MHz / 1580MHz operating frequencies which should make the card perform exceptionally well against similarly-priced cards. Again, time will tell and we'll reserve final...

CEBIT 2006 Preview

Anandtech has posted a very brief preview of what people can expect to see at this year's CEBIT tradeshow. Having flown to Taiwan ahead of the show to see what vendors would be marketing, Anand has a good idea of what the latest and greatest products will be. Unfortunately, it appears as though some platform info from AMD along with a new...

Sony Ericsson's new phones for 2006

Looking for a new phone in 06? Sony Ericson has some cool looking models coming out in the 2nd quarter of this year. CNet has the scoop, providing a list and some details of what you can expect to see later on this year... assuming carriers decide to use them. "2005 was arguably the year...

The Truth About NiCd Batteries

After years of use, you may notice you're laptop's battery doesn't last nearly as long as it used to, even when fully charged. No, you're not going crazy, you could just be a victim of the "memory effect". What is this horrible, battery destroying effect? Hardware Secrets will explain, and also provide some tips on how to prevent...

World's First Reduced Latency 1GHz Memory from OCZ Technology Group

World's First Reduced Latency 1GHz Memory from OCZ Technology Group Sunnyvale, CA—March 6, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the fastest memory product available on the market—a new DDR2 series capable of 1000MHz (1GHz)...

DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR

Tech Report has taken DFI's LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR for a spin on the testbench and have walked away more than impressed. The board received top marks in every category with the performance results showing this model as the fastest Socket 939 motherboard Tech Report has tested to date. Add to that a stunning 425MHz HyperTransport clock speed...

Corsair Launches Fastest DDR/DDR2 Memory

Corsair Unveils the World's Fastest Production DDR2 and DDR1 Memory at CeBIT 2006 Fremont, CA (March 6, 2006) – Corsair Memory(R), the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today launched the world's fastest DDR2 and DDR1 memory solutions for the Intel(R) and the AMD(R) platforms. Rated at scorching fast...

ATI Preps X1800 GTO

The Inquirer reports that ATI is prepping a new X1800 GTO graphics card sku to combat NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 7600 GT GPU. In short, this new model is essentially an X1800 XL with twelve pipelines instead of the usual sixteen. Using single-slot cooling and armed with 500/1000MHz frequencies for core and memory, ATI's new offering will surely...

Will ATI Cut Prices?

It appears they will. As X-Bit labs writes, ATI is planning some pretty serious price cuts for their X1x00 series cards. The Radeon X1900 XTX will retail for around $549, and the X1900 XT being brought down to $479. Just in time for Nvidia's GeForce 7900 products."The Markham, Ontario-based GPU supplier is projected to announce price slash...

XGI Technology Updates (Merger, etc...)

Rumors concerning an XGI & ATI merger have been in the works some time now, but the deal has yet to happen. In Phoronix's latest article, they discuss how the deal isn't dead yet, the state of XGI's unified Linux display drivers, and more. "If you will recall, last year there were also...

Stealth Switch Desktop Cloaking Device Review

Now here at HotHardware, we get some cool stuff in our mailbox. Reviews for the latest and greatest hardware are nice, but this thing is just something else. If you're one of those people who are doing something your not supposed to be doing at a PC, either at work or at home, you're probably constantly looking over your shoulder. The boss,...

AT8 32X Up Close - New ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 board from Abit

AT8 32X Up Close - New ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 board from Abit

Last week we gave you a run down on the features and performance of Asus' new CrossFire Xpress 3200 board, today we'll give you a close-up sneak peek on Abit's offering, the AT8 32X. Abit AT8 32 X CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard This mobo from Abit looks to be a bit more cost targeted than Asus' board which has dual Gig-E ports.  However,...

HOT Deals @ HH, Keeping Your Benjamins On The Home Team

Our HOT Deals @ HH forum section has picked up some steam as of late, with a couple sweet deals from Monarch Computer Systems and others. HIS found a way to finally break well below the $500 barrier for a Radeon X1900 XTX at $470 after rebate.  And 2 Gigs of OCZ Titanium PC-3200 memory can be had for $186, along with their 520W Mod Stream...

ABIT Launches AT8 32X Motherboard

 ABIT Launches AT8 32X Motherboard Unprecedented graphics performance and hardware control March 1, 2006 – ABIT Computer Corporation, maker of high performance hardware and PC peripherals, is proud to announce the launch of its first ATI CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 motherboard solution. Based on the very latest ATI™ chipset...

Intel Santa Rosa Delayed?

DigiTimes is claiming that their sources are indicating a pending delay for Intel's next generation Santa Rosa notebook platform. With initial indications showing a small delay into Q1 2006, it is somewhat surprising to hear that the shipping date is now rumored to fall somewhere in Q2 2006. Although no official word regarding the delay has...

AOPen Mac Mini Clone Review

Anandtech has managed to get their hands on AOpen's new SFF system to see if the final hardware will live up to the hype. In previous weeks, this AOpen system received a fair amount of attention thanks to the not so subtle resemblance to Apple Mac Mini system. Prior to  the Intel-based Mac Minis, this system certainly had its own niche....

Dell To Buy Alienware?

It appears as though Voodoo PC's Rahul Sood and the folks at the Inquirer are developing a small gambling problem as their latest wager has been posted online. Here, the two ponder the possibilities of Dell eventually buying out the boutique PC vendor Alienware. Having some considerable experience with both companies, I would be absolutely...

EVGA 7800GTX KO

So can EVGA's 7800GTX KO knock out the competition? While it does boast higher GPU and memory clock speeds than Nvidia's reference design, at around $480 it is a bit more expansive than some other 7800GTX cards. Even so, quality isn't always cheap. "The reference 7800GTX 256Mb from nVidia...

OCZ Technology Introduces Enhanced Latency PC-3200 Platinum XTC Modules

OCZ Technology Introduces Enhanced Latency PC-3200 Platinum XTC Modules Sunnyvale, CA—March 2, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of PC-3200 Platinum 1024MB XTC and PC-3200 Platinum Revision 2 XTC. The launch of the new series will...

Beta NVIDIA Drivers w/ H.264 Support

NVIDIA has just posted a set of Beta display drivers that enables a host of performance and functionality enhancements with the highlight being full H.264 support. Should you be looking for the fastest framerate in games or aiming to create a multimedia powerhouse do youself a favor and give these Beta drivers a shot. ...

Crossfire XPress 3200 Vendor Concerns

DigiTimes is reporting that motherboard vendors are voicing some concerns regarding ATI's latest Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset and the availability of the matching ULI southbridge. Now that ULI is owned and operated by rival NVIDIA, vendors are worried that allocation of the ULI southbridge could become a serious issue. Fortunately for ATI,...

ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 Review

Anandtech has published a review of the ULI-based ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 motherboard. With complete SLI x16 support, this budget offering provides surprising performance for an exceptionally low price. For those in the market for a cheap SLI-capable motherboard, this new board from ASRock might actually warrant your attention. Then again,...

Unlocking SLI Functionality

NGOHQ has just posted a file based off a recent ULI-patch that unlocks SLI functionality for non-nForce chipsets. In short, any motherboard that features dual PCI-Express x8 or x16 slots could possibly be able to operate in SLI mode thanks to this modified SLI patch. No word yet on how this patch fares so far, though you can be sure we'll...

Sapphire Contest Winners!

Sapphire Contest Winners!

Hello Everyone! DRUM-ROLL BOYS AND GIRLS! Say congratulations to: John "xtremeskier97" Mizzell !!! and Alan "Der Meister" Campbell !!! They are our Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition Give-Away Winners! Enjoy boys! Cards on the way, modded out of the box and ready to rock! And a big thanks to Sapphire for sponsoring...

Corsair Announces Committed RAM Allocation from Infineon & More

Corsair Announces Committed RAM Allocation from Infineon, and Continued Support for AMD Enthusiasts Using exclusively Infineon's Rev. C DDR SDRAM, Corsair's XMS-3500LL PRO 2GB kit ramps up to deliver ultra-low latency performance Fremont, CA (March 1, 2006) – Corsair(R) Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products,...

ATX Power Supply Units Roundup: 9 Powerful Models Tested

Still looking for a PSU that's right for you? And who doesn't like a good old roundup review? Today X-Bit labs has rounded up 9 different power supplies, which are all good, but only one can be the best... or could there be some equals? "We are going to introduce to you 9 power supply units...

ATI Launches Crossfire Xpress 3200

ATI Delivers the Fastest Gaming Platform with the CrossFire'TM' Xpress 3200 Chipset MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 2006-- World's fastest gaming performance, unprecedented overclocking capabilities and maximum stability combine to unleash new age of enthusiast motherboards ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT), has changed...

GeForce 7900 GTX Speeds?

The Inquirer reports this morning that NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 7900 GTX is actually going to be a stellar overclocker thanks to its 90u process. This is in stark contrast to earlier reports from The Inquirer that the GPU was not able to reach desired core frequencies and that yields could be an issue. This just goes to show you that prior...

500 GB Hard Drive Shootout at the GamePC Labs

GamePC Labs has gone ahead and rounded up four 500GB hard drive's... I still remember when 500MB was a lot. These are some quality drives though, manufactured by names such as Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, and Maxtor. Even though each brand is known for quality, when the drives average around 77 cents per gigabyte, you'll still want to...

Groups unite to fight bulk e-mail fee

The battle against spam has been fought by the Government, and by the private sector. Even though recent efforts have reduced spam in some respects, it still remains a large problem by cluttering up inboxes, and constantly using up bandwidth. New proposals by Yahoo and AOL could help fight this problem, however their solutions have been met...