News Archive

All News for July 2006

The Downsizing of E3

To the dismay of many gamers out there, next years Electronic Entertainment Expo will only be a shadow of its former self. The economically based decision is expected to be announced tomorrow by the Entertainment Software Association. The game and technology demos showcased at the event will only be available to a select number of people,...

Deal of the Century... or Not

Deal of the Century... or Not

Amazon.com is listing the LG Flatron L3200TF, a 32" LCD Flat Panel HD-Ready TV, for the amazing price of only $4,018,100.00 This beauty has a resolution of 1366x768, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, 8ms response time, 178 degree viewing angle and DVI input. It even comes with detachable 20W stereo speakers! Hurry over and pick one...

Microsoft Vista Speech Recognition (wreck-ignition) Demo

Microsoft was demo'ing Speech Recognition technology that is currently built into Vista.  As the old saying goes, "the best demo is no demo"...  ouch. Dear Aunt, let's set so the double the killer delete select all....

ATI Catalyst v6.7 for Windows & Linux Available

ATI has just made their Catalyst v6.7 drivers available for download.  Highlights of the Windows Catalyst 6.7 release include: Enhanced Crossfire Support: This release of Catalyst introduces Enhanced CrossFire Support. The enhanced support allows for CrossFire Alternate Frame Rendering mode for Direct3D applications to be forced on by...

Part 7 of the Multi-GPU World Tour

The latest installment (Part 7) of the Multi-GPU World Tour is on-line today at LegitReviews. This article details the performance of six different ATI and NVIDIA multi-GPU configurations at the low, mid, and high-end of the markets. As you'll see, ATI's low and mid-range offerings don't fare very well against NVIDIA's. However,...

Intel Desktop CPU Price Cuts Official

All of the recent news surrounding Intel may be about the company's new Core 2 Duo processors, but don't forget about the Pentium D -- it's still alive and kicking.  In fact, when you take a look at the latest round of price cuts, the Pentium D becomes a much more attractive processor.  The most expensive Pentium D (the...

Shift from 90nm to 80nm not so risky?

The Inquirer's ever controversial Faud is reporting that it wouldn't be very risky for NVIDIA to produce the upcoming G80 GPU at 80nm because the shrink can be done at the fab and not in the chip development stage. Regardless of NVIDIA's reasons, launching G80 at 90nm and later tweaking and moving to 80nm gets NVIDIA their typically...

NVIDIA Authorizes SLI for Centrino

No doubt in a rebuttal to AMD's recent acquisition of ATI, HKEPC reports that NVIDIA has officially authorized Intel to have SLI functionality with the company's Centrino mobile platform. The first mobile chipset to have SLI support will be the i945GM/PM Express chipset and that functionality will be unlocked at the software level...

New Bill Could Ban Social Websites On Public Terminals

A new bill that passed 410-15 in the U.S. House of Representatives could soon spell the end to chat room use on public terminals, like ones found in schools in libraries. The bill is a response to the increasing threat of child predators on sites like MySpace. The problem with the bill though, is that it's a bit vague in its...

Albatron Announces AGP 7600 GS

AGP graphics card brings latest high resolution, rendering technology to AGP market Albatron AGP7600GS The AGP7600GS graphics card boasts an NVIDIA(R) 7600GS core that is part of the powerful G73 family. This core employs 90 nanometer process technology which consumes less power thus generating less heat and allowing more room for faster core...

Intel Unveils Core 2 Processors

Intel Unveils Core 2 Processors New Product Line Delivers Record Breaking Performance While Consuming Less Power SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 27, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled 10 Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core 2 Extreme processors for consumer and business desktop and laptop PCs and workstations, reshaping how computers perform, look...

AMD Better At 64-bit Than Conroe?

By now, we've all seen how Conroe performs. However, all the Conroe reviews circulating around the 'net have been centered around 32-bit applications where the Conroe is clearly king. Some people have taken note of this and many concerns about Conroe's 64-bit performance have been raised. The guys over at X-bit take a look...

AMD Coming to Large Businesses

In the second week of August, Lenovo will become the first top-tier PC manufacturer to provide AMD based computers to large businesses in the United States, reports eWEEK.com. "Lenovo will position its new ThinkCentre A60 desktop to large businesses, a market that other top-tier manufacturers have yet to openly target with AMD-processor systems...

Alienware Unleashes New P2 Chassis with Core 2 Duo

Alienware Unleashes New P2 Chassis with Core 2 Duo

ALIENWARE UNLEASHES ENHANCED NEW DESKTOP CHASSIS AND POWERFUL INTEL CORE 2 DUO PROCESSORS Boldly Innovative, Feature-Rich Alienware P2 Full-Tower Case and Intel's Next-Generation Dual-Core Processors Now Available on Select Systems MIAMI - July 27, 2006 - Alienware -- the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media...

NVIDIA SLI Technology Selected For Core 2 Duo Launch

NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY SELECTED BY GLOBAL PC BUILDERS FOR INTEL CORE 2 DUO LAUNCH First Reviews of Intel Core 2 Duo Show NVIDIA nForce Motherboards and NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Solutions Taking the Performance Crown SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 27, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies,...

Sapphire Radeon X1900 GT

Hello Everyone. Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Sapphire's Radeon X1900 GT. This card sports a trimmed-down version of ATI's R580 GPU and 256MB of high speed GDDR3 RAM.  It's also got a few other niceties thrown...

Shuttle XPC SN27P2

The guys over at the Tech Report take a look at the new and sexy Shuttle XPC SN27P2 barebone. Packing the brand new nForce 570 Ultra chipset and 400W power supply in a sleek aesthetic, the new XPC barebone brings Shuttle back to it's roots as a maker of cutting-edge mini-PC barebones. "In a sense, the SN27P2...

Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 review

PC Perspective takes a look at the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400. For the uninitiated, the T7400 is part of the new line of mobile Intel processors, code named Merom, based on Intel's new Core 2 architecture. The new mobile Core 2 processors are meant to replace the successful Core Solo and Core Duo product lines. "Unlike the desktop...

IE7 To Be Future 'high priority' Update For XP

When Microsoft's new version of Internet Explorer ships later this year, it will be set to automatically download its self as a 'high priority' update for Windows XP. Microsoft is quick to point to the improved security the browser should offer. It's not a required update though, you can still opt out of downloading it....

Intel Core 2 Duo Launch Tomorrow, Sans ATI

An interesting tid-bit just came in over the wire and I thought I would share this with you all. Someone was kind enough to point me in the direction of Voodoo PC CEO, Rahul Sood's blog that has an interesting post about Intel's launch event tomorrow and the inevitable lack of ATI hardware. "...and now AMD seems...

Intel's Core 2 Duo Processors

It seems Michael Schuette is rather impressed with Intel's new Core 2 Duo processors.  As usual, Michael give plenty of technical detail in his write up, and in a rare move he gave the Core 2 Duo an "Exceptional Hardware Award". For reference, our coverage of the new Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 is available...

nVidia Quad SLI Graphics Tested at the GamePC Labs

GamePC has an interesting article on-line detailing their experience testing a Quad-SLI setup. Some of the numbers look absolutely fantastic, while others will leave you scratching your head. There is no doubt that Quad-SLI is the most powerful graphics configuration currently available. But is it worth your hard-earned cash?  That's...

AMD / ATI Merger: The Industry Weighs In

Once you've read our interview with AMD regarding the company's proposed merger with ATI, head on over to GD Hardware and see what some of the other major players in the industry have to say.  Some good information here. "We've been asking lots of questions from Industry folks...

Multi-GPU World Tour 2006: Part 6

In part 6 of the Multi-GPU World Tour, the guys over at nV News take a look at some "uncommon" benchmarks. They put the test rigs through several games not commonly used for benchmarking purposes in an attempt to see how they stack up in a variety of real-world situations. The games they used are Morrowind, Brothers in Arms,...

Windows Vista's Free Games

Would Microsoft ever forget about it's core set of free games like Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Hearts? Of course not. But they have given them a bit of a touch-up job, which is no surprise considering the emphasis their putting on the OS' looks. In one of their latest articles, GameSpot checks out Vista's version of the Window...

Google Provides Maps For Phones

All the goodness that is Google maps can now be accessed from your cell phone. Location searches, maps, satellite imagery, all of it's there, and there's also the new feature of real-time traffic information. Click here for the details. "Combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery,...

Yahoo and Symantec Team Up For Security's Sake

Yahoo has teamed up with software developer Symantec, and will be providing the services Symantec is well known for. Symentec currently offers virus scanning for Yahoo mail users, but will soon be providing a spyware scanner for their toolbar, and will provide firewall and anti-virus protection for members of their broadband service....

AMD and ATI Merger: Our Questions Answered

Hello All.  We spent some sit-down time with a few folks close to the AMD and ATI merger, asked some probing questions and received some insightful answers in return. We dug in deep with AMD specifically and learned all there is to know currently and even got a hint of what the future might hold for the dynamic duo (no pun intended),...

Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display

Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display -- Shipping now, the New CMFUSBREADOUT in 1GB and 2GB capacities -- Fremont, CA (July 25, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive. The...

Intel and Micron Sample Industry's First 50 Nanometer NAND Flash Memory Devices

Intel and Micron Sample Industry's First 50 Nanometer NAND Flash Memory Devices BOISE, Idaho, and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 25, 2006 - Demonstrating their commitment to move quickly up the technology leadership curve, Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corporation today announced they are sampling the industry's first NAND flash memory...

An In Depth Look at the Shuttle X100

Whether you're in the market for a small form factor system or not, you're bound to think the Shuttle X100 is one sexy piece of hardware. It may not be the fastest SFF system out there, but its feature set and form factor make the X100 truly impressive.  Who needs a Mac-Mini when these things are available? "Shuttle is taking...

AMD Comments On ATI Acquisition

DigiTimes has managed to sit down with AMD's EVP Henri Richard to hear his comments regarding the company's recent acquisition of ATI. In short, it appears as though AMD sees several aspects of the industry which they needed to focus their attention on and be sure to participate in to remain a successful company in five years. Unfortunately,...

Steve Case Says 'sorry'

Back in 2001 America Online merged with media giant Time Warner, and since then AOL has seen a massive decline in business. The merger has cost around $200 billion in shareholder value, and AOL has been facing some stinging competition from other content based services such as Yahoo! and Google. Though Steve Case still thinks the...

Western Digital WD5000KS 500GB SATA HDD

Hello Everyone.  If you are in the market for a high capacity hard drive, the Western Digital WD5000KS 500GB SATA HDD we've just evaluated will be of interest.  This drive is relatively affordable and it strikes a great balance between capacity and performance.  Here's a snip from the article... "If we were to play a word association...

Windows Vista Network Stack Less Stable Than XP Stack?

Microsoft can't seem to catch a break when it comes to operating system security. The classic complaint has been that their operating systems are bloated with legacy code that have been passed down from one version of Windows to another, all in the name of backwards compatibility. Microsoft is finally doing something about it by completely...

AMD Launches Salvo Of Price Cuts

Get 'em while they're HOT, new price cuts on Athlon 64 processors, Dual-Core and others, announced today!  Scroll down the page for that Energy Efficient 4600 at $276 - tasty. Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (socket AM2 only) $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Energy Efficient*) $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (socket AM2 and 939) $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (Energy...

It's Official: AMD & ATI Deal Announced

All of the rumors that have been circulating these past few weeks seem to have been true.  The official announcement of a merger of AMD and ATI is posted on both companies' respective websites. Major news here folks... "On July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to join forces, in a transaction that will combine AMD's technology...

AMD And ATI Deal Imminent?

By now you've probably heard all the buzz going on around the rumored AMD buy-out of ATI. CNN Money has a quick-take on the deal, which supposedly clocks in at a neat round number of about $5.5 Billion. Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI for $5.5 billion,...

Multi-GPU World Tour 2006: Part 5

Neoseeker hosts part five of the Multi-GPU World Tour. They are looking at how multi-GPU platforms perform using a sample of the most popular games being played according to XFire and Gamespy. "Although this article series leans towards a heavy slant of comparing ATI performance versus NVIDIA, our particular portion of the series...

abit Recalls Units from the AN9 32X Motherboard Line

abit Recalls Units from the AN9 32X Motherboard Line July 21, 2006 - Universal abit, maker of high-end enthusiast level motherboards, is known for its uncompromisingly rigorous testing and quality control. Universal abit firmly believes that only 100% is good enough for its customers, and continues to stand by its motto of delivering Advanced...

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M Xtreme VIVO

Hello Everyone.  For those of you that like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted a new article we evaluate the features and performance of XFX's GeForce 7900 GT 550M Xtreme VIVO.  Here's a snip from the article... "As of late, due to reported issues with overheating and graphic anomalies...

Hillary Says No To Chips In Brains

More brilliant conjecture from the mind of a politician. It seems that Hillary Clinton is concerned with the rate at which technology is advancing and thinks that "people" will be planting chips into kids' brains to promote their products. Wildly intelligent opinion, Hil. First let's assume parents will have no control on...

FiringSquad and [H]ard|OCP Sqaure Off

Over the past few days editors from FiringSquad.Com and [H]ard|OCP have squared off and somewhat rekindled the debate regarding the validity of traditional benchmarks / timedemos versus supposed "real-world" performance evaluation.  Comments in [H]ard|OCP's Core 2 Duo game-play performance article spurred FirinqSquad...

Intel Announces Management Changes

Intel Announces Management Changes SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 20, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced that it is making a number of senior management changes focused on improving the company's structure and achieving faster and better decision making. The company also announced that two senior executives will be retiring. "As...

AMD Reports Second Quarter Results

AMD REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS - 53 Percent Year-over-Year Sales Growth Driven by Record Adoption of AMD Opteron Processors - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 20, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported sales of $1.22 billion, operating income of $102 million, and net income of $89 million, or $0.18 per share, for the quarter ended July 2, 2006. ...

A Peek Into the Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX

Geoff Gasior over at the Tech Report took a look at Sapphire's water cooled Toxic X1900 XTX. This all-in-one solution is actually made up of two parts; the video card and waterblock, and the watercooling assembly. They stripped away the sticker covering Sapphire's watercooling assembly to reveal it's guts....

NVIDIA Announcement: GeForce 7600 GS AGP

NVIDIA just sent word regarding a new mid-level AGP graphics card that should be hitting store shelves soon.  It is a new product for the AGP market called the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS AGP. It has the same specifications as the PCI Express version: 400MHz core clock 400MHz memory clock 12 pixel pipes. 5 vertex shaders 256MB of DDR2 DRAM...

The Next Installment of the Multi-GPU World Tour

The next installment of the Multi-GPU world tour is on-line today.  The crew at HARDiNFO covers some of the more common benchmarks and applications at four different resolutions on each of the six systems being covered. "This Multi-GPU World Tour is essentially 9 different sites working...

Blast From The Past: 3dfx V5 6000

The post is not in english, the hardware was never sold at retail, and the company who designed it as long been deceased, but it's still cool to see someone modding a Voodoo5 6000.  Seems like the modder didn't have that much success, however.  He only hit 183MHz core and memory clocks (they ran syncronously back then).  My...

R580+ To Have Same Frequency For All Variants

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI will be shipping standard and Crossfire edition variants of their upcoming R580+ GPU with the same operating frequencies. Traditionally, the Crossfire edition master card trailed the flagship level model in terms of frequency. For the first time, owners of the top of the line cards will be able to...

Spyware Infected Millions via Hacked Ad On MySpace

Brian Krebs of the Washington Post reports that, over the past week, MySpace and other websites ran a banner advertisement that infected over a million users with spyware using a Windows security flaw. The banner ad was designed to take advantage of a serious security weakness in the way Windows renders Windows Metafile (WMF)...

NVIDIA Quad SLI Interview

[H]ard|OCP has an informative interview with NVIDIA on-line today, that answers many questions in regard to Quad-SLI, and more specifically with do-it-yourself Quad-SLI.  Up until now, NVIDIA didn't officially support Quad-SLI in the DIY market, but with the v91.37 drivers that were just posted up at slizone.com, DIY Quad-SLI is sanctioned....

Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC

Hello Everyone! Just in case you missed to new link at the top of the page, we're here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Systemax's Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC.  Here's a snip from the article... "In this article we'll be taking...

Though Facing a Lawsuit, Google Continues Indexing AFP Content

Back in March of 2005, Google was hit with a lawsuit by french news agency "Agence France Presse". AFP claimed copyright infringement over Google's use of their content with Google's own news service. Though Google agreed to stop, they apparently haven't called it quits just yet. "A lawyer for Google declined to comment,...

ATI Radeon X1950 XTX Rumors

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's upcoming R580 refresh of their current flagship R580 GPU will be arriving sometime next month with an initial cost being roughly $750. The cost is expected to drop slightly down to $700 once the initial supply catches up with demand. At this time, performance estimates place the new GPU about...

Production Playstation 3 Already Shipping

Digitimes has reported that Chinese media are confirming Asustek Computer has been shipping production Playstation 3 gaming consoles in small volume since the beginning of July. The first consignment should result in roughly 4 million units in total with a significant amount remaining to ship before the console officially launches on November...

Optimizing the Rendering Pipeline of Animated Models - Intel Style

For those of you who are interested in the technology that goes into making a cutting edge engine like id software's Doom 3 engine, Intel has a bit of a good read in store for you. Make some time and get some coffee, there's plenty of info to pour over. "The articles below provide an overview of the SIMD optimized rendering pipeline...

Dual-Core Itanium 2 Released

New Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 Processor Doubles Performance, Reduces Power Consumption Aggressive Growth in Itanium Hardware and Software Solutions Deliver Mission Critical Computing Freedom SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 18, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled five new products in the Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 Processor 9000 series....

Shuttle SD37P2 SFF Core 2 Duo Review

The Core 2 Duo release has raised many eye brows as of late. HTPC users are also excited with Intel finally releasing fast and cool running chips that would work well in a Small Form Factor case. The problem with the new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors is existing Socket T (LGA775) compatible motherboards are not compatible with the...

ATI R600 is an 80u Chipset

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating that ATI's next generation flagship R600 GPU will be made with an 80u process. Apparently, TSMC's 65u process is moving along well though it is not quite mature enough to handle a chipset as complex as a high-end GPU. With the 80u process in mind, it is realistic to...

AMD Finalizes Price Cuts to Compete with Conroe

The gang at HKEPC have received final word from their sources regarding the dramatic price cuts AMD will be using to compete with Intel's new Conroe CPU. As of July 24th, AMD will be dropping the price of its current flagship Athlon 64 FX-62 CPU an impressive 22.5% brining the total cost down from $999 to $799. Even more impressively,...

Intel Woodcrest Xeon 5150 and 5160 Processors

By now, we hope you've all read our article detailing the features and performance of Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors.  If you haven't, go do that now. Then come back and check out GamePC's evaluation of Intel's Woodcrest Xeon 5150 and 5160 Processors. Woodcrest and Conroe are based on the same...

Asus and Foxconn: Opposite approaches to the nForce 590 SLI

The Tech Report has reviewed a pair of nForce 590 SLI socket AM2 motherboards shoot-out style, the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe and the Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H.  Both of these boards offer a slew of features, but which one did Geoff like best?  Well, you're going to have to read the article to find out....

Intel Plans Price Cuts and New Processors

Digitimes reports that Intel is preparing to use some additional price cuts in October to help phase out the stock of the budget-oriented Celeron D CPU's. As these processors are taken off the market, Intel will be replacing them with a single-core variant of the new Core 2 processors. Dubbed Conroe-L, these new processors will be released...

Enough already with the megapixels

For the average person, the workings of a computer and digital camera can be a bit mystifying and confusing. To combat this problem in the retail market, advertisers have been creating easy ways to judge the power of a product using fairly easy to understand terms like "Megahertz", and "Megapixel". The Megahertz rating...

Energy Efficient AMD Athlon 64 4600+ Vital Signs

Energy Efficient AMD Athlon 64 4600+ Vital Signs

We've been hard at work in the labs again here at HotHardware, putting AMD's latest installment of CPUs for the AM2 platform, through the wringer.  This time the focus is on "Energy Efficient" processors, as AMD likes to call them.   Here we have a look at the 65W EE Athlon 64 4600  running flat out at 100%...

Multi-GPu World Tour 2006 - Part3, Picking out the motherboards

Bjorn3D takes on part 3 of the multi-site evaluation and analysis project dubbed the "Mult-GPU World Tour 2006".  Penstar Systems and bit-tech kicked it off last week and there are others to follow Bjorn's installment, including opposite sides of the table fan sites, NVNews and Rage3D.  So far, to be quite honest,...

IT Career Skills Required In 2010

Think you're all that and a Can-o-Pringles when it comes to IT?  Think again maybe...  The global economy is requiring a new skill-set from the average IT professional.  ComputerWorld has a little G2 for you on how to measure up in the future perhaps. "The most sought-after corporate IT workers in 2010 may be those...

Sony and Samsung Collaborate On New LCD Factory

Infoworld reports that Sony and Samsung will team up to build the world's most advanced liquid crystal display panel factory. The two companies will invest $1.9 billion (USD) on machinery and equipment for the new LCD panel factory and Samsung will spend an additional 940 million to construct the building. The new factory will...

Intel's Core 2 Release Coverage Continues

Intel's Core 2 family of processors has been officially launched today and it's causing quite the frenzy as technology websites all over the web post reviews. Our very own Marco Chiappetta took a gander at the new Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Extreme processors, so head on over and take a look. After you've had a chance to digest...

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-7200 Special Ops Edition

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-7200 Special Ops Edition Sunnyvale, CA - July 13, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200 DDR2 Special Ops Edition. The new DDR2-900 SOE is part of the limited edition Special Ops series which is a line of...

Google Video Crosses Borders

Google has partnered with quite a few other nations to provide more content through their Google Video service. France, the UK, and Canada are just a few of the nations which Google will be focusing on. "Google hopes that the eight national editions will grow to reflect the likes of the countries each site serves - visitors can rate videos...

Intel Core 2 Available For Purchase

Intel's Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe) is now available for your purchasing pleasure through Newegg. As with any hot new technology though, you'll be paying a premium to get the latest and greatest from Intel. If you've got $1,360 to burn and a thirst for new hardware, don't hesitate to get started....

Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme Coverage

Intel has lifted the NDA on their new Core 2 Duo line of desktop processors, formerly known as "Conroe", and the review madness has begun. You can read our article by clicking here, and then when you're done be sure to check out some of the other articles from around the web... AnandTech (Woodcrest) GD Hardware GotFrag [H]ard|OCP...

Live Messenger & Yahoo Messenger Combine Communities

Yahoo announced today that limited public beta of interoperability between Yahoo Messenger and Microsoft Live Messenger will begin. This combined effort between Yahoo and Microsoft will create the world's largest consumer instant messaging community, with almost 350 million accounts. Once cross-communication between the two services...

AMD Begins First Revenue Shipments of AMD64 Products Manufactured At Chartered

AMD Begins First Revenue Shipments of AMD64 Products Manufactured At Chartered Delivering on its customer-centric strategy of flex capacity, AMD starts on-plan, on-time startup of volume production at Chartered Sunnyvale, CA: July 13, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that in June it began its first revenue shipments of AMD64 processors manufactured...

The Definitive Multi-GPU Roundup: Part 2

The second part of the Definitive Multi-GPU Roundup is now available. In case you missed our coverage of part one, the Definitive Multi-GPU Roundup is a nine part series that will be written by nine different computer hardware websites in an attempt to comprehensively analyze and compare multi-GPU technology from ATI and NVIDIA....

ASUS Announces Inaugural Motherboard for Republic of Gamers Series

ASUS Announces Inaugural Motherboard for Republic of Gamers Series

ASUS Announces Inaugural Motherboard for Republic of Gamers Series Crosshair Motherboard Incorporates Easy System Tweaking Features for Building Powerful Gaming Machines Fremont, CA: July 10, 2006 - ASUS Computer International (ASUS), the worldwide motherboard leader, today released an all-new product series, Republic of Gamers (R.O.G). As...

Super Talent 2.5

There's an interesting review on-line today over at the Tech Report.  They've taken a look at Super Talent's 2.5"" IDE flash hard drive.  There's nothing revolutionary about this drive's performance (other than some impressive seek times), but it's the concept that's intriguing.  8GB of...

NVIDIA's G80 to make use of

The gang at EliteBastards have taken some information posted by the infamous Uttar in a Beyond3D thread and consolidated the data into a much more easily digestible form for your viewing pleasure. Here, an interesting slide from an older NVIDIA presentation was found which discusses the creation of "Mutli-Function Interpolators"...

It's Time To Say Goodbye To Windows 98

Well, I'm sure most of you gave your goodbye's shortly after Windows XP was released, but as of July 11, 2006, Microsoft will no longer officially support the software. Microsoft hopes this will get those who haven't already upgraded into the XP(or possibly Vista) camp. "Consumers...

Microsoft Eyes January Release For Vista

Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system which has received numerous delays, is now looking at a January release date. Businesses will likely see a version tailored for them sometime in November, with the rest of the SKU's being made available in January. "There has been...

EU To Slap Microsoft With More Fines?

It seems likely that the European Commission will hit Microsoft with a hefty fine of $383.2 Million, awaiting a decision expected on Wednesday. By not complying with the Commission's standards, as they were ordered to do back in 2004, they risked facing a $2.5 Million a day fine, which seems to have caught up with them....

Asus EN7900GT TOP Evaluation

Hello Everyone!  In case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Asus' EN7900GT TOP.  Here's a snip from the article...   "It's the midrange that the most sales will be made in, and...

The Definitive Multi-GPU Roundup: Part 1

Josh from Penstar System wrote in to tell us about the first of a series of articles they're launching, in conjunction with nine other web sites, covering current Multi-GPU system setups, architectures and their respective value proposition.  This article looks to have ambitious goals and we're hopeful you all can take away...

Intel's Santa Rosa Targeting Embedded Market

HKEPC has managed to get their hands on some Intel documents which suggest that the company is aiming to bring their upcoming Santa Rosa mobile platform to the embedded market to compete with VIA. Beyond the obvious mobile segment, Intel intends to use the Santa Rosa platform in MoDT (Mobile on Desktop) and MoEB (Mobile on Embedded). Here,...

OCZ Technology Announces their Highly-Anticipated New Tempest CPU Cooler

OCZ Technology Announces their Highly-Anticipated New Tempest CPU Cooler Sunnyvale, CA - July 10, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the anticipated release of the OCZ Tempest, the pinnacle of air and heat pipe CPU cooling technology. A perpetual...

Is Hellgate: London The Latest Hacker Victim?

Rumors are up and about over the supposed theft of the source code for Flagship Studios' Hellgate: London. Bill Roper of Flagship studios hasn't confirmed that anything theft has happened, but sources say that a lone chinese hacker lifted the code, and may be attempting to sell the code. "For those of you who don't know, Hellgate:...

Effects Physics & Gameplay Physics Explored

Confused about effects physics vs. gameplay physics? [H] has asked ATI, NVIDIA, Havok, and Ageia about the two. They received in-depth responses providing great detail regarding effects and gameplay physics, what they mean for gameplay, and current hardware physics abilities. "After digesting...

AMD FX-64 to Launch in Q4

HKEPC reports that AMD will launch FX-64 during the last quarter of this year. What's even more interesting is AMD's plan to make the entire Athlon 64 X2 line of processors available in a 65W version by Q3. Existing models will come in 65W and 89W flavors but the 5200+ will only be available in the 65W variety. "According...

RD600 to Have 3 PCIe 16X Slots

The Inquirer writes that ATi's upcoming Conroe chipset, codenamed RD600, will have no less than 3 PCIe 16X slots; 2 for CrossFire, 1 for Physics Acceleration. The RD600, tentatively named ATi Xpress 3200 Intel Edition, is obviously aimed at enthusiasts and is expected to debut later this year. It will sport a 1333Mhz front side...

No AMD K8L CPU's Until 2008

Digitimes reports that their industry sources have indicated that consumers will not see AMD's upcoming K8L CPU's until 2008. Equipped with memory controllers for both DDR2 and DDR3, the K8L CPU's will be supported on both Socket AM2 and Socket AM3 platforms. With Intel's Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processor about to launch, it appears...

Spyware Brings In The Money

As much as you may hate it, there are those who love Spyware. To be more precise, the owners of such businesses as Direct Revenue, love Spyware. While they may be raking in the money, people everywhere are spending frustrating hours trying to remove Direct Revenue's type of software from their computers. Though Congress has been trying...

Open Windows Needs More Power

This week the BBC has written about what many have known for some time: the massive amount of graphical processing power Windows Vista will require. While it's not exactly as demanding as a game like Quake 4, Microsoft's new Aero Glass interface is like nothing Windows has seen before. "But the not so good news is that not everyone...

Summer Slow Down Or A Prelude Of Things To Come - AMD Sales Slide

AMD head honcho, Hector Ruiz reported late last week that sales have begun to soften for the company known as "David" to Intel's "Goliath" legacy. "...The question now is whether this is part of a seasonal slide--the second quarter is traditionally weak for semiconductor companies--or the effect of a nasty price war...

iPods = Lightening Rods?

Talk about bad luck. Mowing the lawn and listening to some tunes on your iPod one second, struck by lightning the next.  This is exactly what happened to one unlucky teenager. And to make matters worse the guy has to shave his head now because all of the melted plastic stuck in his hair just isn't workin' for him.  Bummer....

Media center PCs finally poised for takeoff?

Citing a study by ABI Research, Eric from Ars Technica postulates that Media Center PCs may be about ready for prime time. Personally, a true Media Center PC is high on my priority list once the wife and I are completely settled in the new home, but the relative complexity and annoying DRM measures taken by the content providers may be...

Copy protection hole in Blu-ray and HD DVD movies

Forgive me if I come across as being a bit cynical here, but you had to know this was coming.  It seems that the first generation software HD DVD and Blu-Ray software players allow users to take full-resolution screen captures -- which somewhat defeats the purpose of the AACS and HDCP content protection schemes. Big deal. Users can...

New FEAR Update - v1.06

Monolith's Sci-Fi shooter, F.E.A.R., has received another patch, this time taking the game to version 1.06. The patch contains a few big fixes, including a loading issue with games saved prior to the 1.05 patch, and can be downloaded from Sierra's site. "This latest update for F.E.A.R....

Webster's Dictionary Welcomes 'Google'

Have you ever needed to Google for something? You might have even heard someone say they "Googled" something, when they were actually using Yahoo! search. As silly as it sounds, Google has become so popular in modern culture that it has made it's way into Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. "We try to...

Day of Defeat: Source - Another Free Weekend

Valve's Steam service has received a few updates recently, but the biggest news comes in the form of another free trial weekend for their WW2 shooter, Day of Defeat: Source. Pre-loads are ready, and the fun begins this Friday at 4pm EST. "Preloading for the second Day of Defeat: Source Free Weekend has begun. This second free...

AMD's Estimated Q2 Sales

AMD ANNOUNCES ESTIMATED SALES FOR SECOND QUARTER SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 6, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that sales for the second quarter ended July 2, 2006 are expected to be approximately $1.215 billion - a 52 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2005[1] and a nine percent decline compared to the first quarter of...

Abit and DFI tackle the ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200

The Tech Report has taken a couple of Abit and DFI built CrossFire Express 3200 motherboards for a spin, and have posted their thoughts for all to see.  Can the "new" Abit -- or should we say abit? -- stand up against DFI?  Geoff seems to think so...   "Back in the...

VIA Delivers First Single-Chipset Solution for UMPCs

VIA Delivers First Single-Chipset Solution for UMPCs   Continuing VIA's philosophy of "Small is Beautiful", the VIA VX700 chipset ideally complements the VIA C7-M processor to inspire a new generation of PC-phones combining communication, multimedia, and computing   Taipei, Taiwan, July 6 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator...

Fresh NVIDIA G80 Rumors

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating that NVIDIA's next-generation flagship GPU (codenamed G80) will be equipped with no less than 32 Pixel Shaders and 16 Vertex and Geometry Shaders. In keeping with tradition, the G80 GPU will supposedly retain the two to one ratio for pixel versus vertex and geometry shaders...

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Power Supply Review

The Toughpower series is Thermaltake's premium line of power supplies, aimed at the enthusiast crowd. With models starting at 600W, they should be able to handle even extreme applications with ease. The guys over at PC Perspective have a nice review of the flagship model, the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W. "If you are in the market...

Windows Vista Capable or Windows Vista Weakling?

For the second time is as many weeks, [H]Consumer has something to say about Windows Vista. This time around, Kyle and crew take a look at a handful of "Windows Vista Capable" branded PCs to see if they're performance powerhouses, or ill-equipped weaklings. "We test three different retail computer systems sporting the "Windows...

HyperX DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit

Hello Everyone. Just in case you missed the fresh link on the top of the page, I'm here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the performance of Kingston's HyperX DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit.  We test this memory on both AMD and Intel platforms, and assess its overclockability as well. ...

Conroe Chipset Plans Unveiled

The gang at HKEPC have managed to uncover ATI and NVIDIA's plans for Conroe-supporting chipsets and have posted the information for your viewing pleasure. As previously mentioned, ATI's next flagship chipset for Conroe will be their RD600 part, complete with dual PCIe x16 support. Alongside RD600, ATI will have the RS600 part which...

ATI RD500 Branded as Crossfire 1600

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their industry sources are indicating that ATI has opted to name their highly-publicized RD500 chipset as "Crossfire 1600". Here, the 1600 designation is meant to imply the fact that this chipset only supports two PCIe 8x slots. For those waiting for two PCIe x16 slots, you will have to wait...

ATI's Take On DirectX 10

As we get closer and closer to the end of the year(I can't believe we've already passed the halfway mark!), we get closer to the much anticipated OS from Microsoft, Windows Vista. While the prospect of a new OS to tinker around with is good, there is an equal amount of interest in the next version of DirectX and the new technology...

YouTube Challenger Offers Cash For Videos

When there's nothing on TV, there's always YouTube. But the popular video service might be facing some stiff competition in the form of eefoof.com. The attracting aspect of the service is its claim to share a percentage of site revenue based on the number of viewers a video attracts. "Analysts will want to know whether eefoof can sustain...

Intel Moves Up Conroe Launch Date

The Inquirer is reporting that Intel has changed the launch date for Conroe once again. This time moving it up to the 14th of July, just over a week from now. This comes as good news to those of us eagerly awaiting Intel's latest offering. Conroe, the code name for the desktop variant of the upcoming Intel Core...

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!  It's Independence Day here in the states, and that usually means a day filled with family, food, and fun.  Be safe today, especially if you plan to mess with any fireworks, and enjoy the holiday.  And from all of us here on HH, Happy 4th!...

Detox For Gamers?

"Hi, my name's Matt, and I'm a gamer." While it may sound a bit funny at first, video game addiction isn't a joke for some people. Like gambling, playing games can become an obsession that controls your life. As with any addiction though, there's a detox process, and CBS news has the story. "Unlike with substance...

Prey Preload Announcement

Looking to get the jump on the soon to be released Prey? If you absolutely need to play the game ASAP, you can pre-order Prey now using the Triton player($49.95). The game will be released at 12:01AM on 07/11/2006. "Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. His life changes when an...

U.S. Broadband Problems Exaggerated?

The U.S. is currently ranked 11th in the world in broadband penetration, and some critics of the country's progress in this area claim the "duopoly" of cable and DSL is the problem. The folks at C|Net don't seem to agree, and frankly neither do I. Some more rural parts of the country may not have many options for broadband,...

News and Reviews

The news has been a little slow this weekend because of the July 4th holiday, but some of our colleagues have fresh content on-line if you need a hardware fix.  Driverheaven checked in with a pair of articles, one a review of Toshiba's M70-159 and the other a showcase of some GeIL and Corsair PC2-8500 RAM with Abit's AN9...

Nvidia G80 meets DX 10 spec with 'dis-unified' shader

Fuad from The Inquirer is reporting that NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU will be DX10 compliant, but that it won't feature a unified shader architecture. Rumor has is ATI's R600 GPU will be a unified architecture, however, leveraging technology introduced from the chip used in the XBox360. Details about either GPU at this point in time...

Leaky Hard Drives Have Tenfold the Capacity?

New Scientist magazine's blog, Invention, is reporting that Seagate is filing a patent for a new self-lubrication technique to be used in hard drives. The new technology uses a material consisting of millions of carbon nanotubes to store the lubricant. As the hard drive spins, a lubricating vapor will "leak" out of...