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All News for June 2006

OCZ Technology Launches the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Series

OCZ Technology Launches the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Series Sunnyvale, CA - June 29, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Edition, a special extremist series of modules specifically geared towards the high-end overclocking...

Patch Mania - F.E.A.R., WoW, DoD: Source

Well today is a busy day for gamers, as some of the most popular games available received updates. If you're looking to upgrade F.E.A.R. to version 1.06(release notes), head on over to FileFront or FileShack. World of Warcraft and DoD: Source have their own respective update clients, though you can grab the notes for WoW here, and...

Dell XPS M1710 Notebook

Hello Everyone.  What do you get when you cross a 2.16GHz Core Duo T2600 processor, with 2GB of RAM, a GeForce Go 7900 GTX, and a 17" WUXGA display?  Well, you end up with Dell's new XPS M1710 notebook! We took Dell's latest flagship gaming notebook for a spin and have posted our thoughts on this mobile powerhouse right here....

Windows Vista Thoughts

Kyle from [H] just sent over a link to a new editorial with his thoughts regarding Windows Vista. He uses feedback from readers and one of his editors to convey some different viewpoints, some positive and some not so positive. I think the delays and features ripped from Vista over its extended development cycle, coupled with the fact that...

More details emerge about DirectX 10

Ars Technica has a good article on-line detailing some of the new features being introduced with Microsoft's upcoming DirectX10. And of course, with a new version of DirectX on the way, expect all of the major graphics companies to have new GPUs to take advantage of the technology as well. Knowing you all though, ATI's R600 and NVIDIA's...

Sizing up nanotubes

Engineers at Rice University made a breakthrough discovery, and have devised a way to sort nanotubes by their composition and diameter. This may not sound exciting initially, but accurately sorting nanotubes was a major hurdle, and now that there is a way to do it we're one step closer to having devices made from nanotubes....

John Romero Interview

This isn't exactly hardware related, but I'd be willing to bet 90% of you have played the original Quake and Doom games. To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Quake, the team at Games.Net have conducted an interview with one of the original designers, the legendary John Romero. John was a very influential man in the early...

New Heatsink Planned For ATI R600

More breaking news in from the Inq... The collective ears of ATI fans worldwide can rejoice as Fudo over at The Inquirer has confirmed that ATI will be changing to a new heatsink assembly design for the company's upcoming R600 flagship GPU. Although effective, the dual-slot heatsink assembly on all high-end R520/R580 graphics cards is painfully...

Computer - Smaller than a Credit Card

Smaller, faster, better, that's the way of the world when it comes to Semiconductors and Consumer Electronics.  The Inq has a bit of detail on a Wireless client that fits in the palm of your hand. "ISRAELI COMPANY Compulab recently announced a computer that manages to cram a complete PDA into a device two-thirds the size of a...

Kanguru Micro Drive AES Receives U.S. Government Approval

KANGURU MICRO DRIVE AES RECEIVES U.S. GOVERNMENT APPROVAL ACHIEVES FIPS 140-2 CERTIFICATION FOR SECURING SENSITIVE DATA Millis, Mass. - June 2006 - Kanguru Solutions today announced their KanguruMicro Drive AES has completed Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 140-2) Certification testing. FIPS 140-2, a rigorous federal security...

M2N32-SLI Deluxe Evaluation

When AMD launched their AM2 series of processors, the company seeded analysts with test platforms that were built around Asus' M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard.  That says something about the quality of this motherboard.  [H]ard|OCP goes in depth with the M2N32-SLI Deluxe and gives their opinion on what will likely be a popular AM2...

Asus 7900GT TOP and 7600GT Silent Review

Our friends at PC Per have just posted a double-review of Asus' 7900 GT Top and 7600 GT Silent video cards. If you're in the market for a good mid-to-high end video card, you'll want to check these cards out. "Looking at the front of the card, you can see that the passive cooling...

Ultra Products Releases New Line of Uninterrupted Power Supply Units

Ultra Products Releases New Line of Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) Units   New models feature with easy-to-use monitoring software, LCD screens, and a $125,000 warranty against damaged equipment    FLETCHER, OHIO - June 28, 2006 - Ultra Products, a global leader in technology solutions, has introduced a new line of Uninterrupted...

Making Of a PCB - Golden Elite Factory Tour

The making of a printed circuit board is an interesting process as The TechZone shows in their latest tour. They've taken plenty of pictures while in ECS' factory, so sit back and enjoy the tour. "The Golden Elite plant is the first in a series of expansion on the SEZ property. When...

Corsair Nautlius 500 Water Cooling System

Corsair's new external water cooling kit, the Nautlius 500, gets high marks for decent performance at a low price. The folks over at sudhian.com compare the Nautlius 500 to Silverstone's NT03 and NT06 coolers, and for $149 it does a decent job. "This time around Corsair is placing...

Marvell To Purchase Intel's Com And App Processor Biz For $600M

Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 - Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell for a purchase price...

Corsair Expands Popular XMS PRO and XMS XPERT Product Families

Corsair Expands Popular XMS PRO and XMS XPERT Product Families with New DDR2-800 Low Latency Offerings -- Shipping immediately, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 aim at enthusiasts who demand uncompromised performance with real-time memory activity indicators - Fremont, CA (June 27, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader...

Asus EN7950GX2 - GeForce 7950 GX2

Hello All!  We've taken Asus' GeForce 7950 GX2 for a spin around the benchmark park here at HH and even dropped it into a Quad SLI setup for a thorough beating in that mode as well.  Here's a sneak peek! "One area to consider seriously though is warranty and Asus is strong in that regard, offering a full 3 years to the end user....

More Support for AGEIA PhysX

AGEIA Inks Publisher-Wide Agreement with Major Russian Publisher 1C Company Largest Publisher in Eastern and Central Europe to Drive Support for AGEIA PhysX Processor in Region MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 27, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that Russian publisher 1C Company...

Corsair Interview

The crew from Tweak3D sat down with Corsair's John Beekley recently and conducted an interview regarding everything from USB flash drives to high-speed DDR2 RAM. There's some good info in the interview in you want insight into the inner-workings at Corsair. "OK, first the good news... density of flash drives will definitely increase....

NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition

Despite rumors suggesting the contrary, NVIDIA is prepared to launch the highly acclaimed nForce 590 SLI chipset to support Intel's Conroe platform. The folks at Anandtech have taken a look at NVIDIA's latest and greatest chipset and verified that Conroe is fully supported and offers excellent performance. Due to NDA constraints however,...

ATI Provides First Vista WHQL Graphics Driver

ATI leads the way with industry's first graphics hardware certified for Windows VistaTM MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 26, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- Underlining the company's leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT)...

New TES: Oblivion Mod - Multiplayer

The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Bethesda's latest RPG, has been enjoying considerable growth in it's mod community, and one cool mod to keep an eye on is a Multiplayer mod currently being worked on. At the moment there isn't much to enjoy, with only basic multiplayer connectivity(no deathmatch yet), but hopefully we'll be...

Apple MacBook Pro

Sporting Intel's Cure Duo processor. the MacBook Pro is no push over. The 17" model will set you back about $2,799 USD, but if it's in your price range, and your looking for a powerful notebook running Mac OS X Tiger, then look no further. "The MacBook Pro is a laptop...

ATI Catalyst 6.6 Performance Analysis

ATI has another driver release ready before the months end, bringing the latest Catalyst version to 6.6, and also bring some improvements to the use of Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering. TweakTown has the usual performance comparisons for the release, comparing it to Catalyst 6.5 in a few different benchmarks. "We weren't too sure if...

Server Outage

In the immortal words of the late, great Kurt Cobain - all apologies... Sorry about the down time today folks.  We had a drive array acting up but all seems resolved now.  Cross your fingers the ghost has left the machine... Thanks!...

QuadSLI on P965 / Conroe?

There are no benchmarks and almost no commentary other than a description of a few pictures, but the crew at TBreak is claiming they've got QuadSLI up and running on Intel's upcoming P965 chipset. Just in case you're wondering, this feat was the result of some driver "tweaks".  Don't expect NVIDIA to support...

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe AM2 Motherboard

When AMD launched their socket AM2 platform, most analysts tested the new CPUs on an Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard because it was part of AMD's NPRP system.  It seems that the folks at VH were so impressed by the board they were compelled to write a standalone review. The quote below says it all....

The Best Value GeForce 7 Graphics Card

Legion Hardware answers the age old question today, "Which GeForce 7 graphics card is the best value?"  The author runs through a handful of benchmarks with 7900, 7600, and 7300 GTs, and explains where each card fits in the 3D food chain. "Providing you are going to play...

Sony SZ150 Thin And Light Notebook w/ GeForce Go 7400

Sony SZ150 Thin And Light Notebook w/ GeForce Go 7400

If you are in the market for a new Core Duo powered notebook, you'll want to check out this article. We take a look at Sony's slick VAIO VGN-SZ150P/C. This notebook features a 13.3" XBrite screen and a hybrid graphics sub-system that can be powered by a GeForce Go 7400 or an Intel IGP. All in less than 4lbs of mobility....

Prey Screenies - 1024X768, 4X AA, 16X Aniso

Prey Screenies - 1024X768, 4X AA, 16X Aniso

What better to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon, than a little benchmarking with a new game title? Here are a couple of screen shots from the demo of the new FPS, Prey from 3D Realms. The game certainly has its share of original game play style--including defying gravity, walking on the ceiling and shooting weapons that have a "bio-mechanoid" build...

Dell 2407WFP: Now without banding!

It seems that the banding issue affecting some of the early Dell 2407WFP 24" flat panel monitors is now fixed. The folks at PC Authority just took a look at a new sample and the problem was resolved. "While this was easily the best all-round LCD monitor we'd ever tested (for value, features and support as much as picture quality) we did...

AMD Socket AM2 Secret Weapon?

By now you all know that Intel's Core 2 Duo "Conroe" processors are on the horizon, and that they've been performing very well. According to The Inquirer AMD has incorporated some new technology in their AM2 platform that will give them a big boost in performance in some circumstances....

Verizon and Wal*Mart Team Up For DSL

Spanning over 500 stores across 24 states in the US, Wal*Mart's new program will help consumers get connected with Verizon's broadband DSL service. Wal*Mart's staff will be ready to handle sign-up procedures for costumers, and an easy to install DSL kit will be shipped soon after....

Blizzard Confirms WoW Paid Character Transfers

Up until now, it's been little more than a hot rumor circulating around the web, but Ordinn from the official World of Warcraft forums has confirmed that Blizzard has been working on the feature for some time, and will eventually add it to the game. "Weve noticed some threads asking about...

Sony Delays Blu-Ray Player Until October

Recently scheduled to appear this August, Sony's first Blu-Ray player has received another delay, this time slipping until October. This puts the player's release date close to Sony's projected Playstation 3 release date, and a bit further away from Samsung's June 25th release. "It had been assumed that Sony and its partners...

Prey Demo Available

The demo for 3D Realms' Prey is finally out, offering five single player and two multiplayer levels. 3D Realms has gone ahead and compiled a good list of file mirrors, so head on over. Unfortunately it could be a few days until the XBox 360 version appears on Marketplace....

ATI R600 Taped Out?

Just in time for Vista?  According to the inquisitive folks at The Inquirer, ATI's next-gen R600 GPU is taped out and running well in the labs.  Seems plausible considering the R600 is technically ATI's second-generation unified shader GPU.  The first being the GPU used in the XBox 360......

Foxconn nForce 590 SLI Review

Sister site to [H]ard|OCP, [H]Enthusiast, has just posted a review of Foxconn's C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H Socket AM2 motherboard.  We posted some snapshots of this board in our Athlon 64 FX-62 launch article, and will have a full review shortly. "The Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H is the base...

Battle of the Mobile CPUs: Core Duo vs Pentium M

There's an interesting article posted over at MadShrimps this morning. The crew took a couple of Intel Mobile processors -- the Core Duo and Pentium M -- and tested them "shoot-out" style in a desktop platform.  If you're not familiar with Intel's mobile processors, you're going to be surprised by their...

Ageia PhysX physics processing unit reviewed

Scott from the Tech Report just sent word of a new article where he takes a look at Ageia's PhysX PPU.  In typical TR fashion, there's plenty of technical detail, but unfortunately there isn't much performance data due to the lack of software to support the device.  Here's our take on the PhysX PPU from a few...

Sapphire Counter-Strike: Source Contest

The time has come... The tournament that HotHardware and the good folks at Sapphire put together for our HH members will run this Friday, June 23rd at 10:00PM Eastern time. The prizes up for grabs to the winning team are a Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900XTX, X1800XT, X1600 Pro, and an X1300. As much as we'd like to give...

MSI NX7600GT VT2D256E Reviewed

MSI's GeForce 7600GT, with its dual-slot intake cooler is on the HotHardware test bench this morning and it puts the hurt on ATI's Radeon X1600XT and then some. Please also drop a Digg or three in for us, so that others can hear the news.  Thanks!...

Intel Core 2 Duo Performance

Though we've had the chance to run a few Intel-sanctioned Conroe numbers and have given you our thoughts here and here, some folks were lucky enough to find a friend in Taiwan that didn't mind sliding pre-launch CPUs out to the press, even against strict Intel embargoes.  Obviously this situation is a bit frustrating for those...

Opera 9 Review

Version 9 of the alternative browser Opera has now been made public, and CNet is quick to cover all the new bells and whistles(like Bittorent integration) Opera 9 has to offer. Even with all the improvements though, is it worth trading in Firefox for? "Opera 9 embraces AJAX technology...

Prey Demo Impressions

JCal from FiringSquad had some time to sit down with the official demo from 3D Realms' upcoming game Prey. The game is coming along nicely and runs well on a 2.2GHz P4 & GeForce 6800. The article is light on spoilers so don't be afraid to read. "This article will give you...

Powercolor X1800GTO Review: Cable-less Crossfire Explored

There is an interesting article posted at NeoSeeker tonight. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but the crew also tests performance in a number of different CrossFire configurations. According to their results, there doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to purchase an X1800 Master card to use alongside...

Opera 9 Launches

Opera 9 Launches Your Web, Your Choice: Opera 9 Gives You the Control Seattle and Oslo, Norway - June 20, 2006 - Opera Software today released Opera 9, its newest Web browser for PCs. You can download it free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms from www.opera.com. Opera 9 enhances the way you access, share...

BIOS Settings for the Athlon 64 Platform

There is a very informative article on-line today over at Lost Circuits.  Mike Schuette go into great detail on HT link and bus control, memory timings, and numerous other Athlon 64 BIOS settings. Even the most experienced amongst you will learn something from this article... "The Command...

New Microsoft Messenger on the Way

Though it's been available for testing for some time, Microsoft's latest version of their instant messenger will be officially released this tuesday. Expect to see some of the new features contained in Windows Live Messenger in other instant messaging services. "Globally, MSN...

Computex 2006 - Shuttle & Tyan

Even though Computex 2006 has ended, we're still getting some good coverage of the event. The Tech Zone reports on what Shuttle and Tyan brought to the party, with some good pictures of Shuttle's new XPC products. "Shuttle used Computex to launch 4 new XPC products to its range of...

nVidia 7950GX2 Review

More news from Driver Heaven today.  It seems Zardon and crew got their hands on one of NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 cards.  They really seemed to like the GX2 and even gave the card an award.  You can read our take on the 7950 GX2 here, and stay tuned in to HH in the coming days for some killer QuadSLI action... "In this...

NVIDIA DualTV MCE Tuner Card Review

If you've ever thought about adding a TV tuner to your PC, Digital Trends has the scoop on NVIDIA's relatively new DualTV MCE Tuner this evening.  This is a killer tuner than can record one channel, while you're watching another. Our man Jeff took one for a spin a few weeks ago too and really liked it. Our review is available...

Inside Abit

The folks at DriverHeaven spent a little time at Abit's headquarters and have some interesting news from "inside Abit" posted.  Pretty slick looking building, huh? "Even with their triumphs, the hardships came, although Abit's sales had been up, financial woes fell upon Abit which made people within the company and those...

Corsair TWINX2048-4400PRO 2GB Memory Kit

If you're in the market for some high-end DDR RAM, Madshrimps has a review of Corsair's TWINX2048-4400PRO 2GB Memory Kit that'll be of interest.  At lower clock speeds, this memory will run with tight timings, relax the timings though and this still will hit some impressive clock speeds......

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Pre-Order Info

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the anticipated online shooter from id Software and Splash Damage, will be getting ready for pre-order from select retailers starting at the end of July. Pre-ordering the game will also get you some advanced strategies, but the real motivating part is the ability to register your username early....

ECS KA3 MVP (CrossFire Xpress 3200 - Socket AM2)

Motherboards featuring AMD's new Socket AM2 are starting to pop up, and Hardware Zone has one from ECS on hand. The ECS KA3 MVP uses ATI's Xpress 3200 chipset, is CrossFire ready of course, and unfortunately seems to have a few issues with it. "The successor to ECS' excellent KA1...

IcyDock MB453SPF-B SATA Multi-Bay Backplane Module

For about $90USD, you can add three extra(hot swappable) hard drives to your machine using the IcyDock MB453SPF-B Multi-Bay Backplane Module. In their latest review, PCStats checks to see if this new device is a handy piece of hardware, or just another electronic dud. "The IcyDock MB453SPF-B...

Deals For Dad

Take care of Dad this Farther's Day.  Help him get his geek on with these Hot Deals for some great gear! Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB Hard Drive  - $107.99 XFX Extreme Edition Geforce 7950 GX2 Video Card - $575.97 BFG Technologies GeForce 7900 GT OC Video Card - $288.48 ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Video Card - $499.99...

Intel Tri-Gate Transistor PR

Intel's Tri-Gate Transistor To Enable Next Era In Energy-Efficient Performance SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 16, 2006 - Intel Corporation researchers today disclosed they have developed new technology designed to further extend the company's leadership in energy-efficient performance. Intel's research and development involving new types of transistors...

Computex 2006 Coverage

We stayed stateside and didn't attend Computex this year, but the Tech Report did such a good job summarizing the best of Computex 2006, that it feels like we just got home.  It's obvious Geoff was a busy man out in Taipei. "COMPUTEX IS A SPECTACLE like no other. An ocean away,...

Intel DDR2 FB-DIMM Performance

Phoronix has a 12 page article posted today detailing the performance of Intel's platform with DDR2 FB-DIMMs.  Some very interesting numbers to say the least -- FB-DIMM DDR2-533 memory outperformed higher-clocked standard DDR2 in many tests. "Intel was first to adopt DDR2 memory...

Bill Gates Stepping Aside?

Not content with his work at Microsoft, Bill Gates has decided to step away from the day-to-day operations at Microsoft, and devote more time to his charitable foundations. He will still hold a part-time job at Microsoft, but will work full time for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "I...

AOpen miniPC MP915-B "Mac Mini" System

It's an SFF PC, it's a Mac Mini, it's a toaster, no wait... "The cute little AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors. There is a single 200 pin DDR-2 SO DIMM slot which accepts up to...

Apple's Answer to Origami

AppleInsider has an interesting news story this morning regarding some rumored plans by Apple to develop an ultra-portable PC similar to Microsoft's "Origami" platform. Although the story also speaks of NAND-equipped notebooks which should have blisteringly fast boot and load times, the exciting news comes in the way of the tiny...

AMD Plays Major Role in 2H?

DigiTimes reports that MSI is claiming AMD will play a major role in the company's 2H motherboard sales. With the vast majority of the industry focusing on Intel's new Conroe desktop processor due to some exceptional performance gains, it is somewhat surprising to hear MSI giving AMD so much attention. Then again,...

AMD vs. Intel, Will the Best CPU Please Stand Up?

It's that time again. The ongoing "AMD vs. Intel" battle is gearing up, and as usual, there's no telling which way it will go. For some time now, AMD has been the processor of choice among enthusiasts, and that's unlikely to be challenged until Intel's 'Conroe' processor is up and about....

Shuttle XPC SN27P2 (Socket AM2)

Hardware Zone gives 4 out of 5 stars to Shuttle's new SFF PC. The Shuttle XPC SN27P2 uses AMD's new Socket AM2, and puts up some good benchmark numbers, though it's not much of an overclocker. "Officially launched at Computex recently, the Shuttle XPC SN27P2 is one of...

Interview with Microsoft's Matt Lee, Xbox 360 developer top gun

In their latest interview, Ars Technica chats with XBox 360 developer Matt Lee, covering a range of issues from his job duties, to XBox 360 hardware and market expectations. Matt is also the developer of the old "DopeWars" game for the PalmPilot. "Now with the massively redesigned...

Asus N4L-VM DH Review - Core Duo on the Desktop

What happens when you take one of Intel's Core Duo mobile processors and slap it into a desktop motherboard built by Asus?  Well, you end up with a fast and quiet rig, that sips power compared to Intel's current desktop platforms. PC Per explains everything you'll need to know about using the Core Duo on the desktop in this...

VBox Cats Eye DTA-150 HDTV Tuner

Those of you who are thinking about adding an DTV tuner to your rigs will be interested in this review at HTPC News.  They evaluate the VBox Cat's Eye DTA-150 HDTV tuner and ended up linking it very much.  It's kind of a simple looking card, but it got the job done....

Nintendo DS Lite Review

While we mostly like to focus around computer related news, Nintendo's handheld DS system is a popular little device I'm sure many of you are fond of. Nintendo has recently released a redesigned version of the DS, dubbed the DS Lite, which retails for around $130. While there's nothing that would make current DS owners want...

Chipsets for Socket AM2 Platform: Xpress 3200 & nForce 590 SLI

The folks over at X-Bit labs have put the microscope to Nvidia and ATI's new chipset technology. Though ATI has made some steady improvements with their chipset, X-Bit labs finds Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI the more attractive solution at the moment, especially since boards using the chipset are currently available. "The contemporary chipset...

Gigabyte GV-NX79X512DB-RH Review

Hello Everyone.  BW here, stopping in for a evening update to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Gigabyte's GV-NX79X512DB-RH GeForce 7900 GTX.  Click right here to check it out...  ...

Windows Vista Beta 2 Performance

If you want to see how the latest build of Vista performs with some of today's popular benchmarks, Techage has the scoop for you this evening. We urge you all to approach the results and writer's opinion with caution, however. We don't question the validity of the results, but Vista's performance has changed quite a bit from...

Microsoft Calling Home Problem

Here's one that's going to anger many of you. Just when you though Microsoft's image couldn't get any worse, the relative new WGA tool is now a source of scrutiny.  It seems that the WGA tool is phoning home and transmitting data about your PC to Microsoft on every boot.  What kind of data you ask?  Groklaw's...

Understanding RAM Timings

Hardware Secrets has just published a new tutorial where they go into detail on memory timings. If you don't know your CAS from your Command Rate, this article will be of interest. "DDR and DDR2 memories are classified according to the maximum speed at which they can work. But, besides...

AMD To Launch Pricing Campaign

More price cuts are on the way from AMD, covering it's entire product line. Four models of the single-core Athlon 64 line are expected to receive a 20-30% price cut, and later on in July, AMD's Dual-core Athlon 64 series will receive price cuts of 25-50%. Even their Sempron line is getting cheaper....

Palit GeForce 7900 GT Sonic 512MB

Palit has produced their on version of Nvidia's 7900GT, featuring a two slot cooler and 512MB of Ram. Having 512MB of onboard memory gives the card an extra kick in certain situations, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be an all around winner in the benchmark tests. "A dual-slot...

AMD + ATI: does it add up?

The AMD/ATI merger is still the hot rumor floating around the net at the moment. While it's still just educated speculations for the most part, it's just too big of an issue to let go unnoticed. "Last week at Computex, however, Intel allegedly began telling folks behind closed...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB SATA Hard Drive

Hello Everyone.  BW here with an early evening update to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 750GB SATA Hard Drive.  Not only does this drive boast the largest capacity of any desktop HD currently available, its also the first...

Western Digital's Raptor WD1500ADFD

The Tech Report has reviewed Western Digital's excellent Raptor WD1500ADFD.  If you're unfamiliar with the WD1500, it's the latest member of the 10K RPM Raptor family, that features a 150GB capacity, a 16MB cache, and support for NCQ.  It's a killer driver.  You can read our review for reference right here....

Sony Vaio UX50 Review

Here's something that's bound to get some of you excited. Digital Trends has just posted a review of Sony's UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC), the UX50. It's not quite as small as a PDA, but it's much smaller than a laptop.  Not matter how small it is though, it's definitely cool...I want one......

High Definition TV Basic

The folks at Hardware Secrets have put together a tutorial outlining the features and benefits of HDTV.  The tech savvy among you can probably sift through the good and bad HDTV branded products out there, but it's not always easy to figure out where to spend their hard earned money for the uninitiated.  This tutorial should...

AMD Tech Tour 2006: Seattle In-Depth

All the talk lately has been focused around Computex. Today, Virtual Hideout gives you the scoop on the AMD Tech Tour 2006 that took place in Seattle. Companies such as Nvidia, ATI, Creative, Microsoft, and of course AMD were all displaying their latest goodies. Take a look at the photos and write up of this event here....

Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 6.0

Which GPU is for you?   How many pipes?  What's the core and memory speed?  All of these mysteries solved and more in the latest installment of the GPU Comparo Guide over at ARP.  This update is for Mobile products...  What no GeForce Go 7950 GX2?  There's a thought...   " These...

HH Battlefield 2 Server On Line

We've got the HH Battlefield 2 server back on line, if you'd like to mix it up with fellow members of the HotHardware Elite. We're also running a BF2 Tournament with Sapphire next week and you could win some sweet Graphics gear. So bone up on those snipe skillz....  ...

Intel Core 2 Duo Performance Update

Staying back state-side, opting to miss out on this year's Computex extravaganza over in Taiwan, we've been hard at work with Intel Product Managers, Architects and Senior PR Managers, exploring the performance and architecture of Intel's forthcoming Conroe core CPU.  This week, in an intimate closed-door session at an exclusive...

Computex 2006 - Cases, Cooling and Power Supplies

Continuing with the coverage of Computex 2006, we have some more great pictures of the event thanks to PC Perspective. One eye catching piece of hardware is Thermaltake's monster case which can house two whole computers. As if that wasn't enough, the case also comes with a touch-screen LCD monitor which can be connected to...

GeForce 7600 cards go head to head

The Tech Report has hosted a battle between five different flavors of Nvidia's GeForce 7600. With 12 pixel shader pipelines, 5 vertex shaders, and decent clock speeds, the GeForce 7600 series has been popular among the mainstream gamer crowd. The GT variant is faster than the GS of course, but which brand is for you?...

eVGA GeForce 7950 GX2

GamePC has just posted a review of eVGA's GeForce 7950 GX2.  Killer card(s) to say the least. If you haven't already done so, you can check out our review of XFX's GX2 for reference... "Today at GamePC, we've taken a good, solid look at nVidia's new GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics card. The 7950 GX2 is nVidia's first multi-GPU product,...

Computex Taipei 2006 - Part 6

More Computex coverage is available thanks to the folks over at Hardware Zone. From ABIT to Shuttle, there's more hardware than you can shake a stick at(really, that's a lot of hardware). "In part 6 of Hardware Zone's annual Computex Taipei coverage, we bring you goodies from ABIT, AMD, Apacer, ASRock, E-TEN, HIS, Kingmax, Palit, KYE...

Brando USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable Review

While sifting through the HotHardware mail bin, I came upon a device that I'm sure a lot of you would love to have. The Brando USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable, which X-Bit labs currently has for review, will allow you to connect your hard drives and CD/DVD Drives to your computer using the USB port. "If you need to quickly and easily...

Intel considers AMD and ATI merger likely

While some may be brushing off reports of an ATI/AMD merger as just rumor, Intel seems to be taking it a little more seriously. If rumor turns into fact though, we're going to see one heck of a chip producing powerhouse. "If you sit back and consider the facts for a minute, it all seems very logical. If the merger was to go ahead,...

Nikon Coolpix L3 5MP Digital Camera

We haven't posted any links to digital camera reviews for some time, but according to Bytesector, Nikon's Coolpix L3 5MP deserves some attention. The suggested MSRP for the camera is around $270, which makes it a great buy for someone who's looking for a decent camera that doesn't cost an arm and a leg....

Computex 2006: Days 3 & 4

Hardware Zone has more coverage of the event, including updates from MSI, GECUBE, Foxconn, ASUS, and plenty more. Day 3, Day 4. "Not only is Foxconn poised to move into the high-end market with enthusiast motherboards and graphics cards, getting involved with global gaming circles is also...

Nvidia to invade Processor market?

Is it possible that Nvidia might one day compete against AMD and Intel in the CPU market? Someone seems to think so, though it's still a long ways off if true. "Here at Computex we have the privilege of meeting a lot of companies; employees ranging from CEO`s all the way down...

NVIDIA introduces PureVideo HD

NVIDIA introduces PureVideo HD - Essential TECHNOLOGY for the Ultimate HD movie experience on PCs PureVideo HD Technology Combines High Definition Features with HDCP Support to Provide Stunning Blu-ray and HD DVD Movie Playback on PCs SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 7, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today unveiled PureVideo HD technology,...

NVIDIA to Showcase the nForce Pro 3000 Series

NVIDIA TO SHOWCASE NEXT-GENERATION NVIDIA NFORCE PROFESSIONAL 3000-SERIES CORE-LOGIC SOLUTIONS AT COMPUTEX New NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 Series MCPs Will Bring New Levels of Performance and Manageability to Enterprise Computing Markets SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 7, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable...

A day in the life of an analyst

Ever wondered who the analysts quoted so often in news reports and articles are and what they do? Ars hunted down a couple of analysts to ask what makes them qualified to expound on technology-related issues, products, and news. "Analysts cover everything. They are quoted in stories about...

VIA Extends Licensing Agreement with ARM

VIA Extends Licensing Agreement with ARM VIA licenses ARM9 family processors aimed for integration into next-generation communication and multimedia solutions Taipei, Taiwan and Cambridge, UK - 7 June 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and ARM [(LSE:ARM);...

Computex 2006: Day 1

Well the event has finally kicked off, and we're looking forward to seeing what this year's Computex has to offer. NGOHQ has some good coverage of the first day, a few gadgets and plenty of booth babes. "The people are friendly, and Computex has finally started today. Just in time,...

Intel Expands Commitment To Multi-Billion Dollar NOR Flash Embedded Market Segments

Intel Expands Commitment To Multi-Billion Dollar NOR Flash Embedded Market Segments Intel Discloses Plans to Extend Embedded Product Family and Enters Serial Flash Memory Market Segment SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2006 - Intel Corporation today disclosed that it will expand its portfolio of NOR flash memory products for the growing multi-billion...

Kingston and ASUS Bring 1066-MHz HyperX Memory Modules to Market

Kingston and ASUS Bring 1066-MHz HyperX Memory Modules to Market Kingston HyperX 1066-MHz memory and ASUS P5B Deluxe motherboard tested for optimal performance Fountain Valley, CA (June 6, 2006), - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced today along with ASUS a joint partnership exclusively...

Oblivion Tips & Tricks from the Developers

The folks over at OCModShop.com have some good tips for Bethesda's latest RPG. The tips aren't anything amazing, but there are some good ones, such as dodging enemy arrows and then picking them off the ground for an almost infinite(and free) supply of them. "If you feel like starting...

ATI Hardware Physics in Action

ATI announced today their plans for "boundless gaming" which includes new hardware physics acceleration. To those interested in seeing how the ATI cards perform physics, Tweak Town has coverage of the ATI presentation at Computex, which demonstrated their "True-to-Life Gaming Reality". They also posted a short...

ATI CrossFireT introduces 'boundless gaming' to the world

ATI CrossFireT introduces 'boundless gaming' to the world CrossFire increases performance, adds asymmetric physics, and simplifies the experience for gamers MARKHAM, CANADA & COMPUTEX, TAIWAN - June 6, 2006 - ATI Technologies (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) is loosening the ties that bind gamers to their physical realities by immersing...

Running Two Systems with a Single PSU

Personally I've never even considered trying this, but apparently it works out ok. The folks over at Hardware Zone even fashioned a clever Y-shaped ATX power cable for the project. The two system's aren't any kind of powerhouse(no SLI), but you'd be surprised just how little power is being consumed....

HIS Radeon X1600 AGP

For a time it seemed like AGP was long gone, but we're still seeing more cards put out in the aging format. HIS has produced an AGP version of ATI's X1600, and while it's certainly not top of the line, it's still a decent upgrade if your going from say, a GeForce FX5200 or something of that caliber. "With VGA manufacturers...

ATI Theater 650 Pro and Catalyst Media Center

New Chip Delivers Exceptional TV To PC Users Around The World Enjoy a new way to experience PC multimedia entertainment with ATI Theater(TM) 650 Pro and Catalyst Media Center(TM) MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced the Theater(TM) 650 Pro video processor chip for superb...

Alienware Aurora 7500 Computer System Review

Costing around $3200, the Alienware Aurora 7500 is not for those looking to pinch pennies. Featuring an Athlon 64 4200+ (Dual-core), 2x 7900GT cards in SLI, and Alienware's liquid cooling system, you know the system is ready for games like F.E.A.R. and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. While you can build a system with similar...

VIA Launches New Initiative to Drive Connected Client Computing

VIA Launches New Initiative to Drive Connected Client Computing in the Enterprise VIA Technology Forum 2006 track to define strategies for overcoming today's enterprise computing challenges and highlighting the benefits of VIA Connected Client platforms Taipei, Taiwan, June 5 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer...

Computex Taipei 2006 - An introduction to the show

As the title implies, TweakTown has a quick introduction to this year's Computex 2006 show in Taipei. From Intel to ATI, there should be some good hardware to get excited about this year. "For us, as an PC enthusiast consumer based computer website, we get excited about Computex...

NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Coverage

All of today's big news is regarding the official release of NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2. If you missed the frash link at the top of the page, you can read our review right here, but we've also pulled together a few other articles from around the web to give you some different perspectives... GeForce 7950 GX2 Reviews: The Tech Report...

Blockbusted! Movie rentals of today-and tomorrow

Digging around for a good movie on a rainy weekend, like we've been having up here in the Northeast recently, can be a challenge for sure.  Team Ars thinks brick and mortar movie rentals are going the way of the dino and we'd have to agree.  Netflicks sent me an application in the mail recently... Think I'll check...

Inno3D Geforce 7600GST 256Mb

NVIDIA's budget GPU with gas is on the bench at CPU3D.  The boys there test up the Inno3D 7600GST which is an overclocked 256MB card, competitively priced and ready to rumble. "The card performs very well at default speeds, and with the potential for further overclocking, it's...

AMD K8L and 4x4

We spent some time in conference with AMD during their analyst call last week and for sure they are working real hard to keep Intel at bay, providing further innovation and continuing engineering on their existing platforms.  RealWorld Tech has a perspective as well, with respect to what AMD is conjuring for their roadmap efforts....

Intel 5080/5060 Dual-Core Xeon Processors Reviewed

There is a very good write up posted at GamePC evaluating Intel's new 5000 series dual-core Xeon processors.  GamePC tested the new CPUs with Intel's new chipsets and FB-DIMM memory as well. "Today at GamePC, we've decided to take a thorough look at Intel's new dual-core Xeon 5000-series processors. These chips, based on their...

The Worst: Stupid Engineering Mistakes

Wired has a concise article on-line outlining what they think are the Top 10 worst engineering mistakes in history. This kind of stuff always makes me laugh, then it makes me wonder what other mistakes haven't been uncovered yet that affect all of our daily lives. Like number 4 on the list, for example. Thankfully my laptop battery had...

Couple's Supposedly Destroyed Hard Drive Purchased In Chicago

Here's a story that's bound to anger quite a few of you. Apparently, a couple brought their computer in for repair at a local Best Buy and were told their hard drive needed to be replaced. The old drive was supposed to be destroyed, but it ended up for sale at a flea market with all of the couple's personal data intact. Someone...

ATI RD600 Preliminary Info

HKEPC once again throws caution and NDA to the wind and have posted some preliminary details regarding ATI's next generation RD600 chipset. Based around Intel's upcoming Conroe processor, the chipset supports a 1333MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR2 1066, 48 PCI-E lanes, and have a whopping 3 PCI-E slots. The third slot is supposedly...

AMD Announced Ultimate Enthusiast Platform - 4x4

AMD envisions a "4x4" platform as being the next big step in enthusiast computing. With a dual-socket & dual-core capable motherboard, you'll certainly be getting every drop of performance out of Nvidia's and ATI's top of the line dual card solutions. Well, actually that's thinking a bit small. How about...

PC Show 2006

Hardware fanatics can rejoice as Hardwarezone has 17 pages of coverage from this years PC Show. From Dell, to Pioneer, to Seagate, you'll be sure to find plenty of stuff you want, but might not be able to afford. "Into its 16th year, the PC Show promises more of the same formula that has attracted flocks of people to part...

Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Review

Valve's first Half-Life 2 expansion is officially out and ready for your downloading pleasure. Techgage has a review of the somewhat quick expansion, and finds it fully worth the $20 asking price. "Finally, our 18 month wait is over! We once again take the role of Gordon Freeman, and...

ASUS A7J Notebook Review

PC Perspective has just posted a review of the ASUS A7J 17" Core Duo notebook. Overall, this system appears to be a solid all-around notebook that has an emphasis on multimedia. With a Radeon X1600 GPU, this is probably not the best choice for hardcore gaming fans. For those users, they would be much better off with...

Alienware Aurora m9700 17" SLI Notebook

Hello everyone.  Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted the world's first review of Alienware's Aurora m9700 17" SLI Notebook.  Armed with a fast Turion 64 processor, 2GB of RAM, dual 7200 RPM hard drives, and a pair of GeForce 7900 MXM cards, the Alienware...

VIA Launches Ultra Low Power VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX Mainboard

VIA Launches Ultra Low Power VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX Mainboard   VIA EPIA CN Series mainboard embodies VIA's "embedded made easy" approach, featuring the VIA C7 processor with dual monitor output, DDR2 and extended connectivity for embedded devices   Taipei, Taiwan, 1 June 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer...

Data Transfer Rate between the Cores in Dual-Core Processors

The folks over at X-Bit labs take their time demystifying the inner workings of dual-core architecture in their latest article. Using some clever benchmarking techniques, they aim to compare data transfer rates between AMD and Intel's dual core CPUs. "The processors are working with data that are read from system memory to be modified...

Taking A Tour with Vista Beta 2

The article is meant as a preview, but Ars Technica's tour of Windows Vista Beta 2 has some good coverage on the progress of the upcoming OS. "Generally when I am reviewing beta operating systems, I use whatever throw-away gear that I might have. For this preview I've decided to throw...