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All News for January 2006

PowerColor X800GTO16

Looking for a card that'll play just about anything you want to throw at it, but won't break the bank? As Overclockers Online reports, the PowerColor X800GTO16 might be what you're looking for, just don't expect to be break any records. "If you're looking for a cheap upgrade and don't have...

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway!

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  We'd like to remind you all about a contest we're running, open to all HotHardware forum members in Canada, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia only. In conjunction with Sapphire, we'll be giving away two Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition cards, to two lucky winners. If you're not familiar with this...

ASUS A8R-MVP Review

Geoff and the gang at The Tech Report have taken a look at ASUS's A8R-MVP to see how ATI's chipsets are progressing these days. Fortunately forgoing ATI's own southbridge in favor of a ULI chipset, the ASUS board avoids many of the issues that plagued most Xpress 200-based motherboards. With Crossfire support and some hefty overclocking features,...

AMD Socket M2 Delayed?

The Inquirer is reportedly hearing that AMD's next generation Socket M2 will be delayed by roughly a quarter. With rumors originally pointing to a Q1 launch around CeBIT, it is a bit alarming to now hear rumors pushing that timeline back significantly. Would a slip in the schedule for this new socket be enough to slow AMD's momentum as of...

Next-Gen PowerPC

TechWorld has just posted an interview with IBM's Chief Scientist and PowerPC inventor Frank Soltis. Amongst the field of solid questions, there were a few which drove towards understanding what direction IBM would be taking for the next generation PowerPC CPU. As you might have guessed, the next PowerPC will have more in common with the CELL...

G71 Taped Out?

The Inquirer reports today that they have received word that NVIDIA's next flagship G71 GPU has just taped out at the Fab. Rumored to have 32 pipelines, NVIDIA's first 90u enthusiast GPU should be able to operate at incredibly high frequencies which will both (hopefully) amount to exceptional performance. With ATI's new X1900XTX dominating...

NVIDIA 6800 GS Shootout

Anandtech has gathered GeForce 6800 GS cards from several vendors and has compiled a shootout to determine which card offers the best bang for the buck. Without question, this mainstream GPU has gathered a significant amount of popularity for its price/performance ratio. Although you're sure to have an excellent card regardless of which vendor...

Icemat Audio Siberia Headphones

Penstarsys has published a review of the Icemat Audio Siberia Headphones. Given the success Icemat has had with their mousepad business, there seems to be a good chance that these headphones are a quality product. Let's just hope listening to music through these headphones sounds better than the product's name.Now I'll tell you what I really...

Digital Rights Management (DRM): Media Companies' Next Flop?

The noise over what to do about Digital Rights Management and how the idea should be approached is a battle that's been raging on for a while now. Public outcry was sparked last year when rootkit software was discovered on CDs produced by Sony, and really hasn't died down since. In their latest article, eCoustics discusses what DRM has become,...

The Year of the HTPC

It's no coincidence that we've been posting a lot of HTPC related articles in the past few months. The computers that are changing living rooms everywhere just seem to keep getting better and better, with faster processors, more space, and an image overhaul that'll give your house that high-tech look. Tonight XYZ Computing explains why 2006...

Old School - The Future Looks Bright!

Our latest off-color HotHardware release is up for grabs again this evening – Old School.  The holidays are now officially over, and Sully rings in with some cheerful ramblings, as always...  The Future Looks Bright! It's not our typical hardware-centric content by any means, but we urge you all to come by and check it out. ...

Palit 7800GT Blitz (GeForce 7800 GT 256MB)

Worthy of Hardware Zone's "Most Value For Money Award", the Palit 7800GT Blitz comes overclocked straight out of the box. Is higher clock speeds and faster memory enough to make it stand up to the 7800GTX though? "The GeForce 7800 GT is a rather mature graphics chipset that has...

NVIDIA G71 Confirmed for CeBIT

X-bit Labs reports that NVIDIA has confirmed that their next flagship GPU (G71) will be launched at CeBIT. This post is fueled by a report from DigiTimes where NVIDIA's own Paul Sun confirms the official launch date. Some industry players were a bit skeptical of a new GPU launch so soon after the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB. However, as we witnessed...

Intel D975XBX Review

Anandtech has just posted a review of Intel's new flagship consumer desktop motherboard dubbed the D975XBX. Obviously, everone is familiar with Intel's processors and chipsets. However, it is not widely known that Intel also makes complete motherboard solutions. In the past, Intel's motherboards lacked the robust features and functionality...

Intel Centrino Duo 'Napa' Mobile Technology Explained

Two cores, one die, and possibly longer battery life? That's Intel's claim on their new notebook technology. Hardware Zone dedicates five pages to help explain how Intel's latest offering is better than anything before it. "Timing is everything when it comes to marketing, and none the more...

AMD's Fourth-Quarter Rise

Sales have been strong for AMD CPUs in both the desktop and server market, and have made steady gains in the market. Their market share has risen close to four points in the fourth-quarter of 2005, bringing their total market share to 21.4 percent. "Basically, I think the fundamental difference...

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway!

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  We'd like to remind you all about a contest we're running, open to all HotHardware forum members in Canada, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia only. In conjunction with Sapphire, we'll be giving away two Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition cards, to two lucky winners. If you're not familiar with this...

ABIT Merger Press Release

ABIT Announces Merger with USI Long-term strategic partnership marks new chapter for ABIT Taipei, Taiwan, January 25, 2005 – ABIT Computer Corporation, maker of high-performance motherboards and PC peripherals, today announced a definitive agreement to enter a long-term strategic partnership with Universal Scientific Industrial Co.,...

R580 Architecture Interview

The gang at Beyond3D have formulated a long list of technical questions regarding ATI's new R580 architecture and have published their findings. Receiving input from both Eric Demers of the Desktop Graphics Engineering group and Richard Huddy from ISV relations, there is a suprising level of detail shared throughout the discussion. If the...

X3 Reunion Demo Explored

Anandtech has published a brief overview of the new X3 Reunion demo which will likely become a widely used benchmarking tool. The team tests the demo on a wide variety of processors and GPU's to help illustrate how demanding this new demo truly is. Although a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB was included, it would have been interesting to see how the...

Major OEMs and System Builders Choose ATI's Radeon X1900

Major OEMs and System Builders Choose ATI's Radeon(R) X1900 Radeon(R) X1900 products available immediately around the world MARKHAM, ON – January 24, 2006 – ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today launched and has made available its newest graphics processors for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts, the Radeon(R) X1900. The Radeon X1900...

SAPPHIRE SCORCHES IN WITH NEW X1900 SERIES

SAPPHIRE SCORCHES IN WITH NEW X1900 SERIES Delivering the highest levels of graphics performance ever achieved in the PC industry, Sapphire Technology has just introduced its latest new series of graphics accelerators with the most sophisticated and powerful graphics processing solutions yet. The exciting new RADEON X1900 series is a development...

Getting Started with Video Editing: Cheap Software

PC Mechanic has produced a good rundown of some entry level video editing software. While they've capped the cash limit to $100, there are some excellent free programs listed, such as VirtualDub and Jahshaka Effects. "Video editing is taking the world by storm. Everywhere you look, you see...

PICO-PSU (smallest psu worldwide) Review

Some of you will remember the little bit of information we posted on this nifty device a while back. Well today Epiacenter has the product, and are ready to share their opinion on the world's smallest PSU. How small is it? It's really, really small. "It's just a little bit larger then a normal...

HIS X1900XTX, XT, CrossFire Press Release

HIS X1900XTX, XT, CrossFire Press Release HIS delivers the fastest consumer 3D graphics processor on the planet - HIS X1900XTX, HIS X1900XT and HIS X1900 CrossFire Edition graphic cards, the world's most advanced 3D technology by ATI. Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) delivers the HIS X1900XTX, HIS...

Radeon X1900XT Reviews

ATI has just launched their new flagship, with the arrival of the new Radeon X1900 series of GPU's. The new high-end X1900 GPU has triple the number of shader units as the X1800, for a total of 48 pixel shaders! For the latest and greatest concerning ATI's new GPU, be sure to read Marco's review here and find out whether this core is...

Google Video Store: The Experiment is Showing Signs of Improvement

Be it software, service, or just about anything else, there's almost always some teething problems. Google's Video Store is certainly no exception. As Ars Technica explains, there are some serious issues Google needs to deal with, and some areas Google is improving on. "The Google Video Store...

3DMark06 Quirks Confuse Us All

What's a software release without a few bugs/quirks? The recently released 3DMark 06 from Futuremark can give some misleading numbers under certain circumstances. HDR is a new feature in the synthetic benchmark, and is a feature that requires full Shader model 3.0 support. As The Inquirer explains, this fact can give some interesting results...

Dan's Data Letter #159

Dan is back with more data than you can shake a stick at(now that's a lot of data!). In Letter #159, Dan jumps around from LED grow lights, to mercury in fish, and even covers a few things in between. " Simple LED arrays with current limiting resistors rather than fancy driver hardware, all...

Latest R580 News

Today, we've seen a few interesting bits of news show up on the web concerning ATI's next-generation R580 flagship GPU. The Register reports that Japanese vendors already have the cards on hand and that a note inside the boxes claims some pretty serious power requirements. On its own, a single R580 card requires a 450W PSU with 30A on the...

GeForce 7300 GS Benchmarks

HKEPC have posted the first public benchmarks we've seen for the new 90u GeForce 7300 GS entry-level GPU. Matched against a GeForce 6500 128MB and an ATI Radeon X1300LE 128MB, it was more than a bit surprising to see NVIDIA's latest GPU fail to dominate the previous generation cards. Although we're not sure which drivers were used or...

Asus Extreme AX1800 XT TOP

Ryan and the gang at PC Perspective have just published their review of the Asus Extreme AX1800 XT TOP flagship graphics card. Based on the X1800 GPU, the card is overclocked well beyond reference clock frequencies. This monster of a graphics card also features a beefy heatsink assembly that should effectively cool the GPU while keeping noise...

2GB Memory Kit Shootout

Anandtech has published the second part of their roundup of 2GB DDR kits to see which memory vendors should be receiving your hard-earned cash. With nearly every major memory vendor represented, the article does a good job of rounding up the usual suspects and weeding out the less than stellar performers. In the end, the editor has no problem...

ATI RD580 Delayed?

The Inquirer reports that they are receiving word that ATI's upcoming RD580 Crossfire chipset will be slightly delayed until late February or early March. Based on a new Xpress 3200 chipset, RD580 should provide a healthy increase in performance as well as address several of the shortfalls of ATI's previous chipsets. For those looking to mate...

An Introduction to Thermaltake's BTX Form Factor Cases

Last week we brought word of BTXFormFactor's introduction to Cooler Master's BTX offerings. Tonight we have more BTX goodness from the same guys, this time covering Thermaltake's line of BTX cases. "Founded in 1999, Thermaltake has grown into one of the world leaders in computer cooling devices,...

Running high VDIMM & low VCORE you risk to killing your Athlon 64 CPU

Some good info was sent to us by the folks at Xtreme Systems today. You extreme overclockers out there might want to be careful when running a high vdimm and a low vcore with Athlon 64 E die CPU, as you could end up ruining your processor. Those of you with OCZ's VX should take notice. "If...

ASUS EAX1800XT TOP (Radeon X1800 XT 512MB)

ASUS has continuously put out quality card after card. Always embracing high-end hardware, Hardware Zone reviews the ASUS EAX1800XT TOP, which comes overclocked and a fairly quiet cooler. It's hard to get better than that. "All that fancy cooling on the EAX1800XT TOP is nothing but a single-minded...

A Look At New Laptop Technology

The folks over a Laptop Gamers decided to cover some current and emerging technology for laptops. Features like dual-core CPUs, and PCI-Express have recently graced the portable machines, and there's some great looking tech on the way such as possible 19 or 20 inch screens. "But laptop technology...

NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS On Sale

Good afternoon everyone. It looks like NVIDIA's recently announced entry-level GeForce 7300 GS is on sale in some Asian and Chinese markets already... - BlueIdea - MSI - Maxsun (China Local Brand Holder) - Jetway It hasn't hit store shelves in the United States just yet, but we've already got a card en route by way of XFX, so they should be...

Intel Pentium-D 900 Series

The Pentium-D 900 series is the next evolution in Intel's Dual-Core plans.  The Pentium-D 900 offers a total of 2MB of L2 cache per core while also adding support for Virtualization.  Thanks to an improve 65nm manufacturing process, the Pentium-D 900 series also offers lower power consumption as well.  Building on "Smithfields'...

Vantec NexStar3 with eSATA Interface

For some, a simple USB thumb drive is not enough portable storage, even at its largest capacity.  Whether it's for backup purposes or there's a need to carry gobs of data around, there is no better alternative to hard drive capacities.  Retail external drive kits can be pricey, which is where Vantec comes in with their NexStar3 with...

picoPSU-120 12V DC-DC ATX PSU

The picoPSU-120 12V DC-DC ATX PSU isn't your typical PSU as the "120" implies. Nonetheless, this is an ingenious little device is rated at 120 Watts and can handle a max load of 140 watts to your existing setup, say for that power hunger new video card that's draining your current power source.  Instead of shelling out big bucks...

R580 Benchmarked!!!

Well, it looks as though Daily Tech wants to end the week with a bang as they have somehow managed to get their hands on an actual X1900XT card from Taiwan and have thrown NDA's to the wind by posting some benchmark results. Looking at the numbers they ran and the numbers provided by ATI it looks as though we have some seriously fast hardware...

X1900 Manual Online?

Although the net has been full of images supposedly showing ATI's upcoming R580 core, the first bit of news that seems to be genuine appears to be a leaked manual from ATI for their X1900 graphics card. Daily Tech has been kind enough to mirror the 160 page user manual which can be downloaded for your viewing pleasure. Without a doubt, the...

CES2006 Home Video Wrap-Up

CES 2006 is over and done with, but the last bit of coverage is still being published. Tonight Desightechnica shares their experience with their Home Video Wrap-Up, covering the latest in display and disc technology. "The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a tough show this year,...

Beginners Guides: Converting Videotape Into Video Files

You know it folks, sooner or later your VHS tapes will degrade to a point where they're no longer enjoyable to watch. The technology to port them over to your computer has been around for a while now, but if you've never taken the time to learn how to do it, then PCStats will help get you started....

Crossfire vs. SLI

Legit Reviews has taken a look at how the latest iteration of ATI's Crossfire compares against NVIDIA's SLI technology. Overall, the article gives readers a good illustration of how each technology stacks up against the other. However, seeing X1800XT cards in Crossfire on the ATI front pitted against NVIDIA's GeForce 7800GT's in SLI is anything...

Catalyst 6.1 Performance Analysis

We're now living in the year 2006, and that means ATI has begun releasing it's 6.x driver set. Today ATI Catalyst 6.1 is available for your downloading pleasure. Has ATI been focusing on fixing bugs, or have they been trying to raise performance as well? To answer that question, we also present you with TweakTown's ATI Catalyst 6.1 Performance...

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2006 – Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on Mar. 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2006. In November the company announced a 25 percent increase in...

AMD Q4 results editorial

AMD has been vigorously competing with Intel, and today Joshua Walrath over at Penstar Systems takes a look a AMDs current situation, and ponders how well they'll fare in the next 9 months. With their chips flying off the shelves, and their fab 36 line of CPUs expected to ship in early february, AMD looks to stay strong for months ahead....

EVGA SLI Motherboard Review

HardOCP has posted a review of EVGA's own nForce4 SLI-based motherboard for your viewing pleasure. Given the reputation and success EVGA has on the graphics card front, it is interesting to hear what the guys have to say about their flagship motherboard offering. One thing is certain, it does make you wonder how solid this motherboard truly...

AMD CPU's w/ 5MB L2 Cache?

EE Times has discovered some interesting information regarding a new partnership AMD has developed that could result in processors using up to 5MB L2 cache in the very near future. Dubbed Z-RAM, this new memory technology from Innovative Silicon uses a SOI process to allow for some extremely dense and higher capacities. Two years from now,...

U.S. Looking to Stay Ahead With WiMAX

Not wanting to fall behind, the U.S. is looking to fully embrace WiMAX technology. While opening up different frequencies for WiMAX use, including, the 700-MHz band currently used for analog cable, the Bush administration hopes to bring "universal, affordable access for broadband [in the United States] by 2007"....

In-Depth Look: Futuremark 3DMark06

Futuremark's 3DMark06 is now available for everyone's enjoyment. Featuring a great set of benchmarks that will bring your brand new hardware to its knees, Techgage takes a look at what this new benchmark has to offer. "We take the latest version of the popular benchmark for a test-drive to...

Sapphire X1600Pro For AGP News

The influx of press releases continues today with an interesting announcement from Sapphire.  It looks like they'll be releasing an AGP Radeon X1600 Pro.  Take a look... SAPPHIRE SUPPORTS AGP USERS WITH X1600Pro Upgrade market now enjoys latest graphics architecture Supporting the upgrade and retrofit markets using the industry standard...

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway!

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  We'd like to announce a new contest, open to all HotHardware forum members in Canada, North America, South America, Europe, and Asia only. In conjunction with Sapphire, we'll be giving away two Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition cards, to two lucky winners. If you're not familiar with this card, stay tuned for a full review....

NVIDIA's GeForce 7300 GS

NVIDIA's GeForce 7300 GS

NVIDIA has just announced a brand new mainstream GPU, the GeForce 7300 GS.  The new GeForce 7300 GS is positioned somewhere in between the GeForce 6200 TC and GeForce 6600, but incorporated virtually all of the features of the GeForce 7 architecture.  Here's a snip from NVIDIA's official press release:      ...

Futuremark 3DMark06 Launched

Futuremark 3DMark06 Launched

Futuremark has launched a brand-new version of their popular benchmark today, 3DMark06. The new version of the benchmark is updates in a number of ways, and now includes not only Shader Model 2.0 tests, but Shader Model 3.0 and HDR tests as well.  Some of the existing assets have been re-used, but the scenes are now rendered with much...

3DMark06 Preview

PC Perspective has published a preview of FutureMark's new 3DMark06 benchmark complete with screenshots and technical explainations. Without question, 3DMark06 has enough new features and detail to make even the most hardcore systems sweat. If you've downloaded the benchmark and want to understand why your overall score is low, go check out...

NVIDIA's H.264 Support

The Inquirer reports that sources close to NVIDIA are claiming there is a driver in development that will "unlock" H.264 support for all GeForce 6 and 7 GPU's. With ATI only offering H.264 support for a handful of their cards, it certainly looks as though NVIDIA might have the upper hand here. Let's just hope they don't expect us...

GeForce 7300 Preview

Anandtech has posted a preview of NVIDIA's new entry-level DX9 part named the GeForce 7300. Armed with some healthy increases in frequency, higher memory capacities, and 64-bit memory bus should make the GeForce 7300 a very capable entry-level GPU. Granted, you won't be setting any benchmark records anytime soon. However, this is a very economical...

First Reviews of New nForce Chipsets

HKEPC Hardware has posted a review of NVIDIA's new Intel chipsets by testing an MSI and Gigabyte motherboard based on the new hardware. Unfortunately, the article is not in English though you can grab your favorite translator if you want to hear what the editor says. Thankfully, the pictures and graphs are universal and should provide you...

Previews of new Intel nForce Chipsets

Both Anandtech and PC Perspective report that NVIDIA has just launched two new nForce4 chipsets for the Intel platform that will allow it to offer chipsets for the entire market segment. Here, the nForce4 SLI XE will address the performance mainstream segment with the nForce4 Ultra handling the mainstream segment. One of the most visible changes...

NVIDIA Launches New Intel NF4 Chipsets

Good morning all. There's some exciting news coming from NVIDIA today. The company is launching two new chipsets for the Intel platform in an effort to capture some more of the mainstream market. NVIDIA has just announced the nForce 4 SLI XE and nForce 4 Ultra Intel Editions.  Here's a snip from the official PR: New NVIDIA nForce MCPs...

MSI Germinium Go Tested!

Easily one of the most exciting topics in the last few months, Hardware Zone has managed to get their hands on (and benchmark) MSI's MXM-comprised Germinium Go SLI graphics card. Given the low power requirements, significantly lower heat output, and upgradeability of an MXM-based graphics card it is more than a bit exciting to see MSI taking...

Interview with Corsair's John Beekley

The gang at Legit Reviews has posted an interview with Corsair's own John Beekely. As one of the founders of Corsair Memory, John currently acts as the company's VP of Applications Engineering. Corsair has always been makers of one of the highest quality memory modules money can buy so it is interesting to see what direction the company wants...

Gainward's "Other" 512MB Graphics Cards

The Inquirer reports that Gainward is set to launch two new sku's that utilize 512MB of memory. Fortunately, Gainward has spared us the pain of seeing yet another entry-level GPU paired with 512MB of memory it will likely never fully use. Instead, Gainward is launching a 512MB GeForce 7800 GT as well as a 512MB GeForce 6800 GS. Given the company's...

European Union to Develop Search Engine?

With the largest search engine companies being based in the US, French President Jacques Chirac is proposing the creation of a rival search engine named "Quaero". One inteseting feature that's being planned for, is a translation tool that can translate audio."The ambitious project will probably not be available anytime in the near...

Polywell MiniBox 939NP Media Center PC

Looking for an already built media PC? While it's always fun to build your own, sometimes a pre-built system with a full warranty is the way to go, and as Viper Lair explains, the Polywell MiniBox 939NP Media Center PC could be what you're looking for. "Pre-built systems can ease your pain...

Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360

Additional accessories for the XBox 360 are starting to appear, and today Krunker has a review of Logitech's Harmony Advanced Universal Remote. It's is stylish, comfortable, and packed with just about every feature you could want in a remote."Once you have the configuration down pat, this will be the only remote control that you'll ever need...

Aerocool introduces case with 250mm side panel fan

That's right, a 250mm side panel fan. Madshrimps has a quick preview of what Aerocool has in store for us all, a fairly stylish case with some great cooling potential. Fortunately since the fan is so large, they can keep the RPMs down to reduce the noise, while still allowing for plenty of air to flow through....

WiMax vs WiFi Article

Tonight Techware Labs covers the differences between WiMax and WiFi. WiFi certainly isn't going anywhere at the moment, but WiMax is an ambitious idea and is already being used in some scenarios. "WiMax is new wireless networking standard that will provide non-line of sight wireless coverage...

An Introduction to Cooler Master's BTX Form Factor Cases

Though ATX is still the way to go for most people, support for the BTX form factor is continuing to grow. Today BTXFormFactor.com would like to show off what Cooler Master has to offer, introducing four new BTX cases. "Since its release very few manufacturers have taken advantage of BTX and...

Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Sound Card Family

Xbit takes on the Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi and has this to say..."Well, we have just got acquainted with the true successor to the legendary sound card family from Creative. It is very nice that the company decided to continue working on the sound processing algorithms focusing on the realistic sounding for headphone listening. This...

TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound

The quest for the highest clock speeds will never stop, and neither will the quest for the best performing thermal compound. OCModShop has taken a look at the TherMax Tech XFlux-GA, which looks to be an all around winner with price and performance. "Thermal compound is used to fill these...

150GB Raptors In Stock!

We've just received word that Western Digital's new flagship 150GB Raptor hard drives are now in stock and available for purchase at several online vendors on PriceGrabber. Somewhat surprisingly, a few vendors are even offering the drive at a discounted price despite the fact that this drive just launched. If load times for games are driving...

ATI's Next Mobo for Intel

Just in time for the weekend, Fudo has posted an interesting bit of news regarding the next motherboard ATI will be cooking up for Intel. Apparently, we won't be seeing any earth-shattering changes in this next iteration aside from the switch from DDR to DDR2 memory. However, Fudo does leave us with a hint regarding the next motherboard to...

ATI's X1800 proves to be quite the OC'er

The guys at NGOHQ took some time with ATI's X1800 to see what this card could do in the overclocking arena.  What they found was the X1800 was quite the little overclocker indeed.  Utilizing ATITOOL, this experiment yielded impressive results, all without any physical modifications required.  This is a brief write up that didn't...

Gigabyte i-RAM Review

Gigabyte's i-RAM is a cool little device that utilizes 4GB of DDR RAM for data storage.  The unit occupies a PCI slot for power while connecting to a standard SATA connection for data transfer.  To prevent data loss, a battery backup is integrated into the design as well.  Hard drive Tach and SANDRA posted impressive scores,...

BlueGears HDA X-Mystique 7.1 Soundcard

When it comes to sound cards, think Creative is the only game in town?  Guess again.  While Creative has name recognition cornered, there are other viable options.  Take BlueGears HDA X-Mystique 7.1 Soundcard.  This little gem can encode Dolby Digital 5.1 streams and has a slew of other impressive features, all for less...

VoyeurMods PC Ice Coolant Review

The benefits of watercooling, without the risks? It's a big claim to make, and one VoyeruMods is willing to bet on. GruntvillE takes a look at PC Ice, a non-conductive coolant, which could soon be finding it's way into systems everywhere. "Previously you could find water-replacements and...

How To Correctly Apply Thermal Grease

Sounds like a simple operation, right? Well if you've never done it before, it could be a little difficult. I've personally seen a few processors covered with an entire tube of paste, and it's not a pretty sight. Depending on who you ask, you might get a few different answers on how the goo should be applied. Hardware Secrets throws in their...

MSI P4N Diamond Showcase

Today Rob evaluates MSI's nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition based P4N Diamond motherboard.  We inspect its bundle, layout, BIOS, overclockability, and compare its performance to a handful of other boards powered by competing chipsets.   Check it out here!...

Turtle Beach Ear Force AXT Xbox/Xbox 360 Live Headset

If you're able to shell out enough money to purchase an XBox 360, you probably have enough money for a decent Headset. Tweaknews.net takes a look at the sub $80 Turtle Beach Ear Force AXT Xbox/Xbox 360 Live Headset, which is certainly worth the price if you're looking for a great audio experience....

Video Interview of Derek Perez

GameTrailers has just posted an interview with NVIDIA's Director of Public Relations Derek Perez which mainly focuses on the company's Quad-SLI setup shown at CES. In addition to the 4-GPU behemoth shown in cooperation with Dell, the interview also touches on PureVideo and the recent emphasis on home a/v functionality. Overall, this is a great...

Quad 150GB Raptor RAID Array

Game PC has managed to get their hands on four of Western Digital's new 150GB Raptor hard drives and benchmarked a RAID-0 configuration for your viewing pleasure. Armed with 10,000rpm spindle speeds, 16MB cache, and a native SATA controller the latest Raptor drives are easily one of the fastest consumer drives money can buy. For the price,...

AMD Athlon X2 Stock CPU Cooler

Tonight we bring you a review from ThinkComputers, which covers... the Athlon64 X2 Stock CPU Cooler? No it's not a joke, and yes it's actually a decent cooler. I'm sure many of you have purchased a third party cooler along with your CPU, but as ThinkComputers explains, that might not always be necessary....

Enermax Laureate USB 2.0 Series 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure

Looking to use that spare CD/DVD Rom drive you have laying, but you have no more room in your computer? It's a common problem, with an easy solution. PimpRig takes a look at the Enermax Laureate USB 2.0 Series 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure, which aims to be a quick problem solver. "The...

CES Video Coverage

PC Perspective has teamed with FileShack and has posted some video coverage of CES 2006. There are still the usual pictures and editorial comments we're accustomed to, though the videos certainly give those who have never attended CES a better idea of the total experience. Once you've seen the videos, be sure to see what our own Marco thought...

GD Visits AGEIA Headquarters

Gamers Depot recently made the trip to see AEGIA's corporate headquarters in St. Louis, MO and has posted a brief article outlining his trip. In the coming months, it will certainly be interesting to see how much traction AEGIA can get with developers to have them design titles around this new technology. We've heard some compelling reasons...

Mobile R520 or R580?

The Inquirer is reporting that ATI is busy prepping their Mobility Radeon X1800XT series to battle NVIDIA's GeForce Go 7800 GPU's. Considering the fact that ATI supposedly had to lower core frequencies to an estimated 445MHz (versus the 500MHz of its desktop counterpart), it is more than a bit surprising to see ATI not opting to wait for their...

The World's Tiniest Power Supply

Folks, they're not kidding with this one. When a quarter looks big next to it, you know it's small. This thing made it's BIG appearance at CES this year, and it's certainly no small accomplishment. Lame jokes aside, it really is a neat device with a quite a few different uses. "Every year...

Macs Featuring Intel Core Duo!

With MacWorld now in high gear, we're excited to report that Apple has just launched a new notebook and a new iMac that feature Intel's Core Duo dual-core processors! Available for order, these new systems offer some significant performance increases over their G4-equipped siblings thanks to Intel's new dual-core CPU's. Across the board each...

First SLI Notebook?

Trusted Reviews has just posted a preview of what appears to be the world's first 19" notebook featuring two GPU's in an SLI configuration. Needless to say, this will likely be a painfully expensive notebook. However with a 19" screen, AMD Turion 64 processor, and two GeForce Go 7800 GPU's this notebook is bound to provide more performance...

Crossfire Coming to Notebooks?

Just when people were getting excited about SLI coming to notebooks, ATI has given mobile users yet another reason to smile. The Inquirer reports that notebook ODM Clevo is working on a Crossfire-enabled notebook to compliment their SLI-enabled notebooks. Regardless of whether you favor ATI or NVIDIA, one thing is absolutely certain. The desktop...

Radeon X1900 Details?

If the latest bit of news regarding NVIDIA's next flagship GPU got you excited, CES has spilled some additional information regarding the next best thing from ATI to capture your attention once more. Dubbed the Radeon X1900, ATI's next flagship GPU seems to have some exceptional performance in store and appears ready to launch in the very...

GeForce 7900 Details?

Browsing the web, it seems there are some interesting details regarding NVIDIA's next generation flagship GPU that popped up during CES. Tentatively dubbed the GeForce 7900, this GPU is rumored to be a 32-pipeline part that will run at an insane 700-750MHz core frequency! Most importantly, the "source" of the info also provided some...

Athlon 64 FX-60 Reviews

As the NDA is now expired, the net is full of reviews for AMD's new flagship Athlon 64 FX-60 processor. Despite a minor drop in overall core frequency, it is exciting to finally see a dual-core enthusiast part from AMD. Follow the links below to see how AMD's latest and greatest processor fares throughout the usual assortment of benchmarks....

Google, DRM, and You

As Google continues to strengthen their hold on just about every type of media possible, they've released little information as to what kind of DRM solution they will use. We know they will use they're own software, but as The Register reports, other details are still unclear. "We might be...

All Athlon 64 Models

Well it's not much of a guide, as it is a reference. A good reference though, one that goes over all the different aspects and features of the various Athlon 64 cores."All new processors from AMD found on the stores nowadays are based on AMD's Athlon 64 architecture, also known as x86-64 or "hammer". In this tutorial we will list all Athlon...

Mobile R520 Cancelled?

Beyond3D recently made some rather disturbing comments in regards to ATI's R520-based flagship notebook GPU. Apparently, ATI is caught between a rock and a hard place with regards to launching a highly-clocked R520 part when R580 parts will likely be available in the very near future. Regardless, a mobile R580 part would still need to be qualified...

X1800XT Crossfire Review

The gang at HardOCP have taken a look at ATI's current flagship Radeon X1800 XT in a Crossfire dual-GPU configuration. Although NVIDIA's SLI is typically seen as being more refined and polished right now, Brent seems to be impressed with the performance of this setup. For a second opinion, you can reference our own review of this setup and...

Quad-SLI Roundup

Without question, one of the hottest topics at this year's CES tradeshow was the technology showcase by NVIDIA and Dell that utilized a Quad-SLI configuration. Despite using four GPU's, this configuration was unlike any of the "hacked" four card setups we've seen from other websites that failed miserably thanks to a lack of proper...

CES Highlights @ The Inquirer

The Inquirer has posted several highlights from CES ranging from coverage of new high-tech toys such as the Raptor X and Dell Renegade 600 to rumors and feedback regarding some upcoming new products like ATI's RD580 chipset. While you're there, be sure to see what The Inq has to say about notebook SLI configurations and NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce...

Creativemods: Mod Of The Month, Jan 2006

ACHTUNG! Creavtivemods.com has a new Mod Of The Month for you to look at, and this time it's a tribute to one of the greatest free games ever made, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. You should have no problem defending ze depot with the "FuG-01/ET".Marcin Krupa, this month's MOTM is not only interested in case modding, but off-roading...

TweakGuides Tweaking Companion 3.0

The one stop shop for all your tweaking needs has updated it's Tweaking Companion guide. Actually shop is a bad word, since the knowledge your looking for is provided free by Mr. Koroush Ghazi over at TweakGuides.net. This was a good guide to begin with, so Version 3.0 is certainly welcomed....

Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement to Deliver Content to IntelĀ® Viiv

Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement Delivering Content to Intel(R)Viiv™ technology-based PCs, TV Screens in the Home CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2006 – Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital...

CES Show Floor Update  - MSI Geminium Upgradeable SLI Graphics!

CES Show Floor Update - MSI Geminium Upgradeable SLI Graphics!

My right-hand man, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta (aka the Backbone of HH), checked in with me this AM with some super-stealth spy photos from the backrooms of the CES show in Vegas!  What we have for you here is one of the significantly more innovative products we've seen at the show this year, courtesy of MSI Computer. MSI Geminium...

PQI and TwinMOS debut U3 flash disks

AT CES, PQI and TwinMOS showed off their latest offerings including U3 flash disks.  U3 flash disk technology allows for users to take their personal programs and run them on any PC.  PQI's model comes with McAfee AV preinstalled in sizes of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.  TwinMOS will offer 1 and 2 GB models with no word on preinstalled...

Cooler Master Stacker 830

The Cooler Master Stacker 830 is a modern looking case that has a stainless steel appearance.  Still, the case has an elegant, modern look that gives it a personality all its own.  This case seems to have a lot of things going for it, including 9 120mm fans which will keep this case cool in virtually any environment.  Lastly,...

XG Dragon ATX Case

XG's Dragon ATX case is a sharp looking enclosure that comes well equipped with a 500W Modular PSU and front LCD design.  The mid-tower design offers a fair amount of room for all of your hardware goodies while the dragon design on the front makes quite a statement.  Looking for a mid-tower with a little flair?  If so, you may...

NVIDIA Quad SLI Specs and Information

Remember when SLI was the answer to all your performance dreams? You know, you get a couple of great cards, throw them in your system, and nothing could be better... right? Well actually yeah, things can get better, with Quad SLI! If you need something to drool over tonight, make sure to skip on over to PC Perspective to check out some information...

Toshiba to Sell HD DVD Players in U.S.

Starting in March, Toshiba plans on shipping HD-DVD drives, making them the first commercial introduction of HD-DVD.  Sony plans to introduce rival Blu-Ray drives in the Summer.  Blu-Ray has garnered growing support in recent weeks and months, but this fight is far from over.  Pricing for HD-DVD are not for the squeamish at...

Apple may be launch notebook using Intel Robson cache this month?

Digitimes is reporting that "sources" claim Apple will be introducing a new notebook utilizing Intel Robson Cache Technology.  Basically, the system uses NAND flash memory for booting and running most commonly run programs.  Along with major improvements in boot times, battery life should be improved significantly as power...

WD Raptor X with Window!

Western Digital has taken things up yet another notch by offering a second version of its new flagship 150GB Raptor enthusiast hard drive. While being mechanically identical to the previously announced 150GB 10,00rpm Raptor, the new Raptor X is equipped with a window allowing case modders and curious technology fans to view the internals of...

MSI shows MXM in SLI

Tech Report has the scoop on MSI's demo of two MXM modules mounted on a discrete graphics card PCB which is essentially a single-board SLI configuration. With SLI making its way to notebooks sometime in the near future, this "proof of concept" is a lot closer to reality than we are being led to believe. Regardless, seeing two low-power...

HIS Radeon X1950 XT IceQ3 Turbo

Hello Everyone. We want to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of HIS' Radeon X1950 XT IceQ3 Turbo. Here's a snip from the piece: "Today, we will be checking out HIS' take on the Radeon X1950 XT, the HIS X1950XT...

External HD DVD Drive for Xbox 360

Well, none other than Bill Gates himself has put the rumors to rest and formally announced an external HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, no pricing information was made available and beyond the obvious HD DVD movie playback we have no idea whether any games will adopt this new technology. Hopefully, more information will make its...

ATI OCUR @ CES

Anandtech has just posted some info on a very interesting new product ATI is showing at CES. Currently dubbed OCUR, it is essentially a CableCard tuner that works with Windows Vista allowing your PC to (finally) become a true HD PVR. Although we'll have to wait for the latest and greatest Windows release to use it, seeing both analog and HD...

Inside Pentium M Architecture

Intel sure sees something special with their Pentium M architecture, with their next set of CPUs like Yonah, Conroe and Woodcrest being built on it. Hardware Secrets takes you through 7 pages of Pentium M explanation."In this tutorial we will explain you how Pentium M CPU works in an easy to follow language. Since all new CPUs from Intel will...

AMD Unveils Digital Media Vision To Deliver Enhanced Entertainment Experiences

AMD Unveils Digital Media Vision To Deliver Enhanced Entertainment Experiences AMD LIVE! professional brand extends to consumers with PC solution complementing devices already accepted and used today SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 4, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled its vision to apply the power and flexibility of the PC to enable enhanced...

150GB Raptor Reviewed

Storage Review has somehow managed to get their hands on the new 150GB Western Digital Raptor hard drive. Retaining an insane 10,000rpm speed as well as NCQ support and a now larger buffer this new Raptor is easily the fastest non-SCSI drive on the planet. Take one look at the gaming benchmarks in this review and you'll soon find yourself...

Intel ViiV vs. AMD Live!

The Inquirer reports that AMD has just announced their answer to Intel's ViiV multimedia campaign. Dubbed AMD Live!, this new brand will be found on various upcoming multimedia desktops and notebooks. With both AMD and Intel pushing hard on this new front, it should be interesting to see how the market reacts.AMD said that it will extend the...

Water Cooled Xbox 360

Those over heating X-box 360s can sure be annoying, eh? HardOCP seems to think so. As you know, HardOCP is mainly a computer hardware site, so how do people like that deal with overheating problems? Some water, a few tubes... you know the drill. Click here to check out HardOCP's Water Cooled X-box 360!...

Intel Unveils New Brand Identity

Intel Unveils New Brand Identity SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2006 – Intel Corporation formally unveiled a new brand identity today that represents a significant milestone in the company's history and further signifies the company's evolution to a market-driving platform solutions company. The key technologies behind Intel's platform...

ECS & Intel Holiday Contest Winners!

Good evening folks!  BW here, stopping by to let you all know that we've selected the winners for our ECS & Intel Holiday Giveaway!  The winners are Bob White (Bob_on_the_Cob), Grady Howell (Entermymatrix03), and Jonathan Peng (Ne0rC)! All three of the lucky winners will be receiving a Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor with an...

NO ONE HAS ANY IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. ME TOO.

Our latest off-color HotHardware release is up for grabs again this morning – Old School.  It's a brand-new year, and Sully rings in the New Year with some cheerful ramblings, as always... NO ONE HAS ANY IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. ME TOO. Direct Link: http://www.hothardware.com/school/index.cfm This is a fun one folks! ...

Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit Review

How does a company like Corsair follow up on a well received water cooling kit? By putting out another good kit, as Bjorn3D explains. A few complaints aside, Corsair's COOL Water Cooling Kit looks to be a contender in the water cooling market. "Today, we take a look at the COOL by Corsair...

GeForce 7800 GTX 512 A Unicorn And Where's X1800 CrossFire?

As our good friend Scott over at Tech Report points out in his "TR Awards 2005", both ATi and NVIDIA have been more than capable of earning the infamous "meaty middle digit" award with product launches that equate to nothing more than science projects or noise-makers.  Evidence of this you ask?  Well the GeForce...

ASUS ReverseCool GPU Cooling

The gang at X-bit Labs have posted some news regarding an innovative new cooling approach ASUS is using for their latest passive GeForce 6600 graphics card called ReverseCool. By placing the GPU on what has traditionally been the "backside" of the PCB, the heat produced by the GPU is allowed to rise upwards and is not contained by...

Protocase SL100 Case Review

If your looking for a unique case, something a little different from the all to common tower with bright lights, than feast your eyes on the Protocase SL100 Mini-ITX Case. Today Epiacenter gets the chance to look at this slick design."My immediate impressions of this case were stunning. The case looks amazing and the metallic red colouring...

SteelSeries SteelSound 5H Headphones

These things aren't cheap, but according to techFEAR, the SteelSeries SteelSound 5H Headphones are a nice set of heaphones. They're geared towards gamers, so you comfort and sound quality should be excellent for the $140-$100 asking price."Gamers' headphones require three things to compete: Long-term comfort, impeccable sound, and a quality...

ASUS Extreme N7800GT TOP SILENT/2DHTV

A GeForce 7800GT with no fans?  Better make sure that case has plenty of ventilation and a little extra slot space for the cooler on this thing! VR-Zone lit it up and it's typical Asus top-notch stuff.The temperature of the N7800GT under load seems directly related to the airflow of the CPU fan. Those with a weak CPU fan can expect to...

Next ATI chipset has four pipelines, X600 like graphics

Looks like ATi is gearing up to give NVIDIA a run for their money in the integrated video motherboard chipset space.  X600-like graphics on board; smells like it has HTPC all over it.  The Inq posted the skinny on this yesterday but I was too lazy to snap this up at the time... sincere apologies. Really...The next generation of chipsets...