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All News for December 2005

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R580 vs G71

The Inquirer has posted a brief but confusing bit of news regarding how ATI's upcoming R580 flagship core will compare against NVIDIA's upcoming G71 flagship GPU. In one breath, it sounds like R580 will be an absolute slam dunk however the post ends with what seems to be a complete contradiction. Head on over to read the article and make your...

WiFi Vs. WiMAX

The TechZone.com pulled together a test comparing the performance of WiFi and WiMAX.  They discuss the differences for each technology as well as analyzing and comparing their performance.  This is a good read if you are entertaining a wireless upgrade and want to see if it really worth the added cost of the lastest and greatest...

The Thumb Drive RAID Experiment

The team at Bigbruin got to thinking one day and decided to run a RAID experiment using USB thumbdrives.  This is more of a proof-of-concept article as the need for RAIDed USB drives are minimal.  Nonetheless, it's refreshing to see someone think outside the box from time to time, and this experiment proved to be an interesting read...

Creative Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

When it comes to sound cards, the competition is a lot more "low-profile" than the video card sector.  With audio cards, Creative is enjoyed the most success, being the most recognizable name in the market.  ExtremeMHZ.com has a review of the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeMusic, which they feel delivers the best PC audio...

Intel Inside logo, no longer?

It seems as though supposedly Intel is planning to drop the "Intel Inside" logo and slogan, come the new year, at least according to the Inq.  Fact, fiction?  Who knows for sure but Intel definitely seems poised and ready for a change in the consumer processor space. The change is part of some other branding ideas...

Free Microsoft Online e-learning courses available.

For those looking to brush up on our VB and SQL skills, Microsoft is offering free courses.  The first course covers SQL Server 2005 while the other is for Visual Studio 2005.  The course range from a 90 days to a full year at no charge, covering all areas of each package.  If you want to fine tune your skills, this is a good...

R580 Pics and Details?

Well, the GPU gods must be smiling down on us all as we wait for 5pm to show up as the Chinease website HKEPC has posted what looks to be the first pics and details of ATI's next generation flagship R580. Fortunately, the folks at X-Bit Labs have pulled the meat from the article and posted their own thoughts in English for your viewing pleasure.Web-site...

So long HD-DVD? Pioneer Launches PC-Based Blu-ray Disc Drives

It's no secret that Blu-Ray has gained major support in recent months, gaining momentum over HD-DVD.  Furthering the growth, Pioneer is releasing their first Blu-Ray Disc Drive for the PC.  The BDR-101A boast storage capacities of 25GB on a single disc.  Look for shipments to start in the first quarter of 2006.  The drive...

New Asustek 12.1-inch notebook to feature white LED display from Everlight

While Asustek and Everlight have been tight lipped about it, Digitimes states a Chinese newspaper is reporting that Asustek will start offering a new 12.1-inch notebook that utilizes Everlight's white LED display technology.  The report also states that sales of the new notebook may start as early as next month.  Sony, Fujitsu and...

Next-Gen Graphics Twist?

Our buddy Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI and NVIDIA will be taking dramatically different approaches for their next-generation flagship GPU's. On one hand, we see ATI lobbying developers to focus more on the number of Pixel Operations instead of the number of Pixels per Clock. In contrast, NVIDIA is pushing for the exact opposite...

NVIDIA's Acquisition of ULI

CoolTechZone has posted an editorial outlining their thoughts on NVIDIA's recent acquisition of chipset maker ULI. Regardless of what your take is on NVIDIA's reasons for buying ULI, it seems safe to assume that everyone can agree this will likely have a significant impact on the chipset market in general. The immediate benefit would seem...

Abit in Serious Trouble?

DigiTimes now reports that motherboard and graphics card vendor Abit will be selling its office in Taipei to help lower the company's significant debts. The once dominant motherboard vendor has seen sales take a dramatic drop over the course of the last year. With Abit's buildings being sold and speculation of outsourcing, it's more than a...

ExcelStor GStor Plus GP1080

Worthy of HardwareZone's 'Most Innovative Product' Award, the ExcelStor GSTor Plus GP1080 is an excellent hard drive with some great features. What are these features? Encryption, Password Protection, and Instant Backup Rollback, which is bound to delight business owners. "Overall, the GStor...

Xbox 360 Controller for Windows Review

While many of you probably haven't been able to get your hands on an X-box 360, that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on one of their controllers. The crew over at Techgage report on using the X-box 360's controller with windows."Have you ever wished that you could use your consoles controller on your PC? Usually, they are designed much...

ECS & HotHardware Contest Reminder

ECS & HotHardware Contest Reminder

ECS & HotHardware Holiday Giveaway! Hello everyone! We'd like to remind everyone about the contest we've got running, that's open to all current and new HotHardware forum members. In conjunction with ECS and Intel, we'll be giving away three Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor / ECS 945P-A Motherboard combos, to three lucky people.     ...

3DMark05 Easter Egg?

Since we're faced with a painfully slow day in terms of news, I figured it might be good to spice things up with an Easter Egg for 3DMark05 that adds flying cows to the demo! After benchmarking systems an unimaginable number of times using this benchmark, it's a bit refreshing to see a new spin put on things. If you have time to kill, give...

NVIDIA's New P4 Chipset

The Inquirer waxes philosophical over NVIDIA's recent cancellation of their C60 nForce IGP for the Intel platform. Given the somewhat questionable solidity of the company's C51 GeForce 6100/6150 chipsets on the AMD front, it is possible that there were a few too many issues with the Intel counterpart. However, it is also entirely possible...

Corsair XMS-4000PT DDR500 2GB Memory Kit Review

Who wouldn't like to have 2GBs of memory in their system? If you're looking to see some high speed ram in action, check out 3dGameMan's video review of Corsair's XMS-4000PT DDR500 2GB Kit."While Corsair is a little late implementing their UCCC solution they have done a great job. I was a little disappointed in the overclocking result as I...

Quake 4 1.05 dual core patch ATI vs Nvidia performance

AMD Zone has gone ahead and updated their benchmarks of Quake 4's 1.05 dual core patch. A new set of benchmarks have been added using ATI's Radeon X1800XL, comparing it to their 7800GT numbers. Do ATI's drivers really offer much better dual-core support than Nvidia's current release?"For now we see that there are indeed some positive benefits...

Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 & 975X Express Chipset Review Roundup

Well folks, the reviews for Intel's latest CPU and chipset are in, and tonight we have a roundup for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Intel Pentium EE 955 & 975X Express Chipset Reviews: Viper Lair Legit Reviews Sudhian X-Bit labs PC Perspective LostCircuits FiringSquad And our own take on the subject is right here. ...

Intel Extreme Edition 955 Review

Although a bit early it seems, CNET has posted their review of the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 (Presler) CPU. Using the soon to be announced 975X Express chipset, this new Intel platform provided some promising performance numbers which took a chunk out of AMD's performance lead. Add some significantly reduced power consumption and this...

More R580 Details

The folks at The Inquirer have been one of the few people with any news this morning. Fortunately, their latest post contains some new information on ATI's upcoming flagship R580 GPU that should help you make it through this slow Tuesday morning. If the listed proposed specs don't shock you, perhaps that tidbit regarding R520's lifespan on...

OCZ 1024-3200 Gold Edition XTC

In the need for some low latency ram that's just begging to be overclocked? Overclockers Online takes a look at OCZ's 1024-3200 Gold Edition XTC. It's some great ram to have if your motherboard supports DIMM Voltage of 3.0 of higher. "For the suicide-shot overclockers, this is the memory...

Power Supply Units from Foxconn and Hiper Group

With all the system upgrading and building going on this time a year, a brand new power supply might be the last thing on your mind. The power consumption of new hardware, especially video cards run in SLI and Crossfire, can put a tremendous strain on your power supply. Unless you have a PSU that can handle the load, you're putting your system...

Athlon X2 4800+ vs 3800+: Overclock King?

Who doesn't like a good overclocking article? PC Perspective takes the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, the bottom of the line CPU in AMD's Dual Core range, and attempts to raise the clock speeds to compete with the big boys. Can it really compete against AMD's Athlon X2 4800+? "By doing our simple overclock...

Heatsink Roundup Q4 2005 Holiday Edition

Well folks, we hope you all had a great Christmas. Can you believe it? Christmas is already over... but that means the news is back in full force, and today we're going to start off with a Q4 2005 Heatsink Roundup, brought to you bad Madshrimps."We are proud to present you with our last heatsink roundup of 2005. Featuring the latest offerings...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Season's Greetings - From Our Family, To You And Yours... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !! Dave, Marco , Jeff, Rob, Sean, Matt and the rest of the HotHardware.com Team ...

Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset

Finding a good headset to work with your cell phone is key.  Not only do you want to be able to hear in virtually any environment, you want to be heard as well.  Futurelooks has a look at the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset which shows a lot of promise.  They go over the product features in detail and tested the BT400 G5...

Logitech G7 Cordless Laser Mouse Review

OCIA.net has a look at a sweet looking cordless mouse in the form of the Logitech G7 Cordless Laser Mouse.  In their quest for the perfect mouse, OCIA.net sizes up the G7's potential to see how it handles everyday use, gaming and more.  The package comes with two Li-ion rechargeable batteries and connects to the PC using a tiny USB...

Corsair XMS Pro Series PC3500LL 2GB TwinX DDR RAM

Corsair is known for making industry leading memory modules of all kinds.  They routinely break ground with market driving products that set them at the top of their industry.  The team at Pimprig has a review their XMS Pro Series PC3500LL 2GB TwinX DDR RAM which brings high performance and overclocking potential to the forefront....

Valve Unveils 64-Bit Source Gaming Technology

Valve Unveils 64-Bit Source™ Gaming Technology Developed In Conjunction With AMD Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life(R) 2 and Lost Coast™ Bellevue, WA. – December 22, 2005 – Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve...

asetek Inc. receives 4 million(EUR) in Venture Capital

asetek Inc. receives 4 million(EUR) in Venture Capital Broenderslev, Denmark – December 22, 2005 – asetek today announced the investment of 4 million(EUR) from Northzone Ventures, Vaekstfonden and a group of existing investors. asetek is the leader in high performance and next generation mainstream personal computer chip cooling...

SLI Notebooks in Feb/March?

Aussie website DigitalReviews.net has just published a very interesting bit of news regarding SLI-capable notebooks. According to their sources, we can expect to see a notebook featuring two GeForce Go 7800 GTX GPU's showing up in retail sometime in late February of early March. Although we can't comment on any details, you can be sure the...

Building a Gaming PC

The gang at Corsair have posted an article outlining the various details of building a high performance gaming PC. Of particular interest is the section regarding overclocking the system. For those who might have limited experience in overclocking, who better to teach you the black art than one of the leading enthusiast memory vendors. Should...

Crucial Ballistix PC3200 2x512MB

Quality RAM is a must, especially if you are one to push hardware to its performance limits.  What's nice about today's market is you really don't have to break the bank to get a set of good RAM for your rig.  Case in point, the Crucial Ballistix PC3200 2x512MB set is an affordable set of DDR memory that yields some impressive performance...

Sicuro DEC-900 Cardbus TV Tuner with FM Radio

When we think of TV tuner cards, we typically envision a standard PCI based card designed for PC use.  For laptop users, the options are slim, but they do exist.  USB or FireWire based solutions are available, but this leaves you with cable management issue on your desktop.  The next option is a CardBus type tuner like the Sicuro...

A Booming Year for Apple

While they may not have the biggest market share when it comes to computers, from day one, Apple has been on to something with its IPOD.  Today, the IPOD is a huge success with sales that continue to rise.  With the holiday season upon us and new models being released regularly, Apple's momentum is showing now signs of slowing.  Check...

Corsair Announces Corsair BattleField 2 Infantry Cup Online Tournament

Corsair Announces Corsair BattleField 2 Infantry Cup Online Tournament - Dashing to the New Year, sixty-four top BattleField2 teams from around the world will meet online to battle for the first place title and over $5,000 worth of prizes - Fremont, CA (December 22, 2005) – Corsair Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance...

Catalyst 5.13 & Forceware 81.98 Released

Graphics card owners everywhere can rejoice today, as Nvidia and ATI release a holiday treat with their latest driver releases. Catalyst 5.13 is the 13th driver release for ATI this year, as they didn't want to wait until next month's driver release to unlock their new AVIVO technology. Not one to stand back and watch, Nvidia has also released...

Seagate to Acquire Maxtor for $1.9 Billion

Some big news in the storage industry has hit the press today, Seagate is to acquire Maxtor for $1.9 Billion. After a year of the merger, approximately $300 million is expected to be saved from operating expenses. "Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the...

Goodbye DVI, Hello UDI?

eHomeUpgrade has posted an interesting story this morning outlining a proposed new display interface that would replace DVI in all PC's. Apparently, a number of leading PC hardware vendors such as Intel, Apple, NVIDIA, and more are working together to develop this new specification. Who knows what features we can expect with this new technology,...

Seagate to Buy Maxtor

Well, the folks at Seagate must have been jealous of all the attention NVIDIA received after announcing their recent acquisition of ULI because the company has just announced its intention to acquire Maxtor. For the time being, the two companies will remain separate. However, it will be interesting to see what new types of technologies and...

Universal Virus Database

ThinkComputers.org ponders the idea of a universal virus database. While there are a few websites out their with decent information on a wide range of bugs, there's still no official, central place to log information on all the new types of viruses, and similar software. "In response to the...

LCD Panels with Response Time Compensation: 7 Monitors Reviewed

In an effort to help clarify some marketing terms that have been thrown around in terms of LCD Panels, X-Bit labs takes a look at 7 different LCD monitors, discussing(in detail) response time compensation. This isn't a light read folks, so grab some coffee, and emerge yourself in 20 pages of LCD technology."The ISO 13406-2 method to measure...

Galaxy GeForce 7800GTX 512MB - An Affordable Option

While any brand of Nvidia's 7800GTX 512MB can hardly be considered "affordable" by many, the Galaxy GeForce 7800GTX 512MB might come as close to the term as possible. Sporting all the goodness of a 7800GTX 512MB, TweakTown explains why Galaxy's card is a decent buy."The Galaxy graphics card is a fantastic buy for people who just...

X1800 XT Crossfire Reviews

With the NDA a thing of the past, the reviews of ATI's flagship X1800 XT Crossfire configuration have begun to pour in. We've listed all the reviews we could find thus far and will give you a teaser of what Marco thought in our own review of ATI's latest pride and joy. Hot Hardware Beyond3D Anandtech PC Perspective ExtremeTech  In the...

G71 In production, NV50 in Summer?

Digitimes has just posted a story that claims NVIDIA is already in volume production of its 90u G71 which is the successor to the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB. In terms of the next new flagship architecture, they report that NVIDIA will be launching NV50 sometime this summer leaving us wondering how close NV50 will be to the Playstation 3's RSX...

X1900 reference samples?

The Inquirer reports that ATI has begun shipping reference R580 (possibly called x1900) boards to its vendor partners and has started getting the marketing wheel rolling in preparation for CES. Of particular interest is the reference of an X1900 All-In-Wonder sku which sounds as if it could possibly be ready at teh same time the "standard"...

Yonah Performance Preview Part 2

Anandtech has posted the second installment of his preview of Intel's new Yonah mobile processor. With some healthy performance increases in nearly every application, it appears as though Intel might have hit a homerun with Yonah. However, the gaming performance of the plaform still remains somewhat lackluster and could possibly result from...

Intel 'Black Creek' 955X Motherboard

Today Viperlair shares their opinion on Intel's Dual Core motherboard, the 955X 'Black Creek'. Sporting the new ICH7R Soutbridge, and the 82955X MCH Northbridge, this motherboard aims to be a decent solution for Intel's Dual Core CPUs. "Should you get this if you already have a 925X or 925XE...

P2P Use On The Rise Again

An interesting article found it's way onto Slashdot, detailing a possible rise in P2P software use. With declining sales, the recording industry has tried everything from lawsuits to shady DRM software. Are these methods really effective in the long run? "While the behavior of these factors...

Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit

If you have a 64-bit CPU, you might be itching to try a 64-bit OS. While software support has grown from Windows XP x64 Edition, you'll probably still want to keep Windows XP 32-bit on your hard disk as a backup. PCSTATS has written a short but sweet guide on installing multiple versions of Windows, which shows you just how easy it is....

Google Now Offering Gmail Mobile

Gmail Mobile is out and ready for use. Gmail Mobile is the latest addition to Google's ever expanding range of e-mail services. Heading to http://m.gmail.com on your mobile phone will let you access your Gmail from anywhere. If you've never surfed the web with your phone, Google will help you get started....

Intel Centrino DDR2 Investigation

Continuing their investigation on mobile memory performance with linux, Phoronix is looking to see how various memory configurations effect the Pentium M's performance. Today they'll be testing DDR 2 PC2-4000 memory, ranging from 512MB to 2GB. "In our previous piece yesterday, we had covered...

Crucial Gizmo! 2GB flash drive review

Today DriverHeaven reports on Crucial's Gizmo! USB flash drive. The 68mm by 20 mm drive comes in sizes from 128MB to 2GB, which is what DriverHeaven is reporting on. It's not the fastest drive, but still able to transfer a 500mb file in just over 49 seconds."Their flash disk drive product line-up is dubbed 'Gizmo!' and they already are counting...

Bill and Melinda Gates Named Persons of the Year

Not being able to decide on a single person to receive the title, Time magazine has named Bill and Melinda Gates, as well as U2's Bono, as their persons of the year. The three of them have spent both time and money raising awareness on diseases such as Malaria and AIDS. Former President Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush were also given recognition...

Coollaboratory Liquid Metal - Thermal Interface Material

And interesting product has found it's way into the PimpRig labs, a new type of thermal paste. Liquid Metal is the name, and it looks like, well, liquid metal. It's also a bit hard to spread around, as PimpRig found out. They got the paste from a seller on e-bay, so does this stuff actually perform well?...

Dell Recalls 22,000 Batteries

If you own a Dell, you've got another fire hazard to worry about. As The Inquirer reports, Dell has recalled 22,000 batteries from various Dell units, including the Latitude, Inspiron, and Precision series of notebooks. Potentially affected batteries were sold with the following models of Dell notebook computers or separately as secondary...

Forgettabout Xbox 360 - Here comes the Commodor PET?

Brother Marco ought to get a kick out of this one.  Commodor, VIC 20 and PET poised for a comeback? As LL would say, don't call it a come-back, I've been here for years..."A Dutch consumer media company is hoping it can tap the power of the VIC 20, the PET and the Commodore 64 to launch a new wave of products, including a home media center...

Dell Dimension XPS 400 Evaluation

The Dell XPS 400, it's advertised as a gaming machine, but can it live up to the claim? Well, not really. Infact it seems to have some serious software issues, which is one of the last things any gamer would want to deal with. "Even more troubling is that our Dell XPS 400 did not live up...

Catalyst 5.13: ATI's Video Domination?

Catalyst 5.13? That's right, and it's slated for this month! In ATI's words, they're out for "dominATIon" of video quality, and with their new drivers, it looks like they may have succeeded. As FiringSquad explains, Catalyst 5.13 is set to deliver a huge leap in image and video quality....

HotHardware, ECS and Intel Contest Reminder

Remember to get your entries in for a chance to win one of three ECS i945-based Motherboard and Pentium D 830 Dual Core Processor Combos. Contest/Give-away Rules and Details here! ...

Asustek enters LCD TV market

DigiTimes is reporting that Asustek has jumped into the LCD TV ring with a release of their 32-inch TLW32001.  Currently, Asustek is focusing on the Taiwan market to start ,with future markets undecided at this point.  Obviously they don't want to stretch themselves thin right away, but if they have success in this area, it's a safe...

Valve Dabbles in Cinematic Effects

The Tech Report to a trip to a demonstration put on by Valve, spotlighting their latest collection of cinematic effects.  The goal is to both simplify the coding process on the programmers side while adding to the realism of the end result.  The Tech Report was their and offers a complete write up on the new effects, offering their...

Apple iPod Video

"Apple's latest offering, the iPod Video, includes everything found in previous iPods, but also includes video playback! While this technology is not new, Apple stepping into this medium will hopefully help the video market grow as the MP3 market did when Apple released the original iPod."...

Arctic Cooling: Quiet System Cases Roundup

X-Bit labs has gone all out and taken a look at 5 different case models from Arctic Cooling. The Silentium series is in the spot light, and even though each of the different models look different, the insides remain the same. "Today we are going to take a look at the whole system case family...

PimpRig's Case for Hope - Charity auction

If you're looking to buy some decent hardware, you can with the knowledge of your money going to a good cause. PimpRig has put up their custom machine on e-bay, with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer research. "Over the past 5 months our forum admin and...

Wikipedia as Accurate as Britannica?

Not as accurate, but certainly close, as Nature writes. The growing online phenomenon that is Wikipedia has nearly 4 million entries, with information on everything from world leaders to Pokemon. The site isn't without problems though, as anyone can edit entries, which has lead to some recent problems with the site's credibility. Still, the...

QUAD SLI w/ Benchmarks!

The folks at Toms Hardware have taken two new Asus Extreme GeForce 7800GT graphics cards (each cards features dual-GPU's) and installed them into an SLI system for an effective Quad-GPU configuration! Despite a complete and total lack of support for a quad-gpu setup from both ASUS and NVIDIA, the gang managed to get the system up and running...

AMD's new AM2 Socket

The Inquirer is reporting that AMD's Socket 939 replacement which has been referred to as "Socket M2" for nearly a year is now being renamed to "Socket AM2". Armed with 940 pins (no, it is NOT compatible with current 940-pin CPU's and motherboards) this new socket will help usher in AMD's new crop of next-generation CPU...

X-Mystique 7.1 Gold

The X-Mystique 7.1 Gold brings Dolby Digital Live technology to an add-in sound card.  DDL can take DirectSound3D and EAX sound streams and translate them into Dolby Digital 5.1 streams.  This can also take place with CDs, MP3s and WMV-HD movies.   If you're a HTPC buff, this card can bring some features to the forefront...

Thermaltake Swing VB6000SNS ATX Computer Case

Tweaknews has a look at Thermaltake's Swing VB6000SNS ATX Computer Case.  This case aims to have an elegant appearance without sacrificing performance.  Personally, I think the case is pretty sharp, with good looks, a decent feature set and it's priced to sell.  If you're looking for an affordable mid-tower case, this puppy...

Cooler Master AMMO 533 ATX PC Enclosure review

Cluboverclocker has a review of the Cooler Master AMMO 533 ATX PC Enclosure.  This is a full gaming case with carry handle and a real industrial look.  It kind of reminds me of a Pevey guitar amp.  Nonetheless, these guys were impressed with the Ammo 533 ATX case, so take a look and see if it belongs on your holiday wish list....

Pricegrabber.com Purchased by GUS

Today Nvidia purchased chipset vendor, ULI. That wasn't the only purchase going on though, as GUS has purchased PriceGrabber.com. The popular online shopping site came with a $485 million dollar price tag, with profits expecting to grow by about %50 this year."GUS is now becoming almost an Internet stock rather than a retailer,'' said Stuart...

Asus A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150 Motherboard

5.1 Channel HDA audio, onboard video, Gigabit LAN, PCI Express, and ASUS Quality? You're looking at one decent motherboard, and one that won't break the bank. PCstats takes a look at Asus's A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150, which is a quality board for the $106 price tag. "The Asus A8N-VM CSM motherboard...

ATi Dual Core Optimizations + Phil Rogers interview

Software that's able to take advantage of multiple CPU cores has been around for some time now, but the gaming industry is just getting into it. With the release of AMD's and Intel's dual core CPUs, and next gen consoles featuring multiple cores, there's been an added push for more software that can use the extra core(s) to it's advantage....

ECS & HotHardware Contest Reminder!

ECS & HotHardware Contest Reminder!

ECS & HotHardware Holiday Giveaway! Hello everyone! We'd like to remind everyone about the contest we've got running, that's open to all current and new HotHardware forum members. In conjunction with ECS and Intel, we'll be giving away three Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor / ECS 945P-A Motherboard combos, to three lucky people.     ...

NVIDIA Acquires ULI

Seemingly out of nowhere, NVIDIA has announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire the chipset vendor ULI. This has to be some extremely upsetting news to ATI as they have worked closely with ULI in the past (primarily for southbridge chipsets). Without question, the addition of ULI's technology and experience will no doubt...

ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP/2DHTV

ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP/2DHTV

ASUSExtreme AX1800XT TOP/2DHTV     Click Images For An Enlarged View... ASUS Computer International, a leading provider of graphics solutions, today introduced the EAX1800XT graphics card, which incorporated the powerful ATI Radeon X1800XT VPU (video processing unit) to provide robust video performance for the enthusiast and...

Blu-ray Disc considered 'The New Higher Definition Format'

Well, as Designtechnica reports, Blue-ray seems to be gaining more acceptance and support. With backers like Sony and various movie studios, this format certainly isn't going away. The other contender in the HD department is HD DVD, which is backed by Microsoft."At Twentieth Century Fox Studios on November 29, the Blu-ray Disc Association...

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 'IE7' Preview

Microsoft is still trying to catch up to the feature reach FireFox browser, and today PCstats gives a bit of an IE7 preview. Given Microsoft still maintains browser dominance, there's a lot they need to do to keep it that way. "PCSTATS looks at the new features which Microsoft plans to bring...

Valve Source Engine Updates

Our friends at PC Perspective have just posted a preview of the latest enhancements Valve is about to release for its Source Engine. Above all, the enhancements are iamge quality "effects" which can custom tailor the gaming environment to the storyline for a much more immersive experience. Ryan's article clearly outlines these new...

Dell Upgrades Security

We just received word from Dell that they have just significantly increased security in their mobile products through BIOS-level hooks for Absolute Software's Computrace PC Tracking and Loss Control Service. Beyond the standard-level protection, these new BIOS-level hooks make defeating the program significantly more difficult. Fortunately...

All-in-Wonder With Crossfire?

Dave at Beyond3D has just posted an interesting bit of news regarding whether ATI's All-in-Wonder graphics cards could ever be used in a Crossfire configuration. In the past, ATI has hinted that this sort of combination would certainly be possible. However, Dave does a good job of outlining the pros and cons as to whether this configuration...

New ULI M1697 Chipset

Anandtech has taken a look at the latest and greatest new chipset from ULI for the AMD platform. With nearly all the features of the nForce4 chipset (its main competition) and solid performance to back up those features, the more economical ULI chipset could prove to actually be a great alternative to NVIDIA's chipset. That is, unless you...

ASUS Extreme N6600GT Review

The gang at HardOCP have taken a look at the ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer graphics card. Based on the GeForce 6600GT core and equipped with a totally passive heatsink assembly, this card certainly seems to lend itself well towards a HTPC or quiet gaming box. For comparison sake, you can see how the card faired on the Hot Hardware test bench...

Mobility X1800 ETA?

Fudo reports that a mobile variant of his namesake R520 "Fudo" core should be showing up in the retail channel in the very near future. Armed with sixteen pipelines and some power saving features that were implemented from the core's initial design, ATI could very well have a homerun with their latest mobile core.This chip features...

ATI Catalyst 5.12 (December 2005) Performance Analysis

Another driver release, another performance review. ATI has recently released their last driver set of the year, Catalyst 5.12. Today, TweakTown benchmarks the new Catalyst driver against last months version, and reports on some interesting results."As we near the end of the year, we see the final official Catalyst release from ATI under the...

The Pros and Cons of Broadband Internet Phone Service

VoIP has quickly become a way to talk to anyone, almost anywhere, while bypassing the standard phone system. It can be cheap, but there are also cons, such as needing highspeed internet. BFR takes a look at the budding service, and explores the pros and cons of VoIP. "VOIP is quickly becoming...

Akasa AllInOne Multi-Function Panel

Need an all-in-one panel in the front of your PC? Techniz reviews Akasa's AllInOne Multi-Function Panel, which includes a plethora of ports and memory card readers. If that doesn't do it for you, it also has an LCD that can display temperatures and fan speeds. "The multi-functional panel...

ThermalTake Swing

Thermaltake has a new case out, "Swing". It's pretty fashionable for a $60 case, which is good if you're on a budget. The curved face plate might be a turnoff to some though. "Yet another case has been released by Thermaltake, and it goes by the name of Swing. Moving away from the...

Wolfenstein... The Movie?

As the Inquirer reports, a Wolfenstein movie could be in the works. I wasn't really expecting this to be turned into a movie, though out of all the video games to do a movie on, this one isn't that bad. Here's hoping we don't see 'Sgt. Carmack' jokes."Todd Hollenshead, id's CEO, says, "I think it could make a very interesting film." He's probably...

Thermalright V-1 Ultra GPU Cooler

Those of you looking for a beefy GPU cooler, without sacrificing PCI slots, will want to check out the Thermalright V-1 Ultra reviewed at OCIA. It's got a unique "wrap-around" design, with heat-pipes and an oversided fan. The guys at OCIA seemed to like it too; so much so that they granted it their "Seal of Approval".The...

Logisys Yin Yang ATX Case

Steve "Stratus" Grever from Hardware-Review.Net has reviewed a wild looking case from Logisys, the "Yin Yang".  It's not exactly my style because I'm a stickler for good cable management and a more subdued appearance, but I'm sure many of you will totally dig the two-tone, translucent look of this puppy.Having a clear...

SilverStone Strider ST60F Modular Power Supply

SystemCooling.Com has just reviewed a 600W modular power supply from Silverstone, the makers of the popular "Temjin" line of enclosures.  I personally use a Temjin TJ04 for my personal system, and love it, but haven't fully evaluated any of Silverstone's PSUs.  I guess after I get this posted, I'll be checking this article...

Asus P5N32 SLI Deluxe Showcase At HotHardware

Stealth took the Asus P5N32 SLI Deluxe for spin and gave us his impressions of the board here with full analysis.  Dual X16 PCI Express Graphics slots in SLI comes to the Intel platform courtesy of Asus and NVIDIA.  Check it out. ...

Hynix Develops GDDR4 Graphics Memory

Earlier this week, Hynix Semiconductor enveiled their new GDDR4 Graphics memory modules.  Able to process data at almost two time that of GDDR3, Hynix will be pushing graphics card manufacturers to sign on, with a mass production target of Q306.  The current model can process 11.6 Gigabytes of data in one second with 14.4GB/s being...

Corsair PC4000 DDR500 TWINX2048-4000PT 2GB

Tweaknews.net takes a look at the Corsair PC4000 DDR500 TWINX2048-4000PT 2Gig Dual Channel Memory Kit.  Clocked at 500MHz at 3-8-4-4 timings, these modules performed well, were very stable and are priced to sell."This two gigabyte kit from Corsair again is just a perfect example of a quality product. It is relatively inexpensive, performs...

Making Personal Family Video Guide

The TechZone has pulled together a guide on making personal home movies.  Just in time for the holiday season, they lay out the steps to making home movies that'll impress.  Marrying a camcoder, PC and other hardware, they break it down so you can make movies with panache that'll last years."It has only been within the recent past...

Xbox 360 Advertising 20GB Storage but gives 13GB?

Datafuse.net is reporting another blip on the radar for troubled XBox 360.  This time around it appears Microsoft is advertising 20GB of storage for saved games, but in reality, it adds up to 13GB.  In actuallity, this isn't a bad thing as the drive reserves the remaining space for backward support of older gaming titles.  ...

NVIDIA Phasing Out 7800GTX 512MB in Q106?

It looks like by February, NVIDIA is going to lay the 7800GTX 512MB to rest according to CoolTechZone.com.  Quoting "Inside Sources", NVIDIA is planning to kill the 7800GTX 512MB to make room for the next big thing.  Look like they be shifting focus on the next product to compete with ATI's latest and greatest."Well, we've...

Leadtek Broadens its Product Base in 06

After outsourcing their graphics card production to Foxconn back in May, Leadtek is now setting its sights on expanding their other product lines for 2006. Digitimes reports that Leaktek is looking to gain market share in GPS and Videophone sectors, with major growth expected in their GPS product line as they continue to develop applications...

Top 10 Holiday Gifts

The Firing Squad have posted what they believe to be the Top 10 gadgets to have this holiday season. From PC upgrades to MP3 players, there is something to satisfy just about any tech-junky in this list. If you're running out of ideas for your holiday shopping, this article might be a good place to get some ideas and find a new home for your...

Catalyst Christmas Gift?

The Inquirer is hearing a rumor from one of Santa's elves that ATI is working hard at ensuring that a new Catalyst driver release will be making its way under your Christmas tree this holiday season. Beyond the usual big-fixes and tweaks, this release supposedly unlocks a number of AVIVIO video-related features. Could we see H.264 or WMV-HD...

GeForce 7800GT Roundup

Anandtech has just posted a roundup of GeForce 7800GT cards for your viewing pleasure. Without question, this is easily one of the most popular graphics cards on the market right now thanks to some impressive out of the box performance and stellar overclocking ability. To find out which cards caught their attention, follow the link and find...

Foxconn NF4-SLI Review

The gang at HardOCP take a look at Foxconn's latest budget SLI offering called the NF4SK8AA. Offering a decent feature set for a very attractive price, it should be interesting to see if this motherboard makes it onto the list of quality components at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, it seems that you get what you pay for in this case as...

Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough Using New Materials

Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough Using New Materials New Material Could Help Chips Run Cooler, Use Less Energy SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors...

Xbox 360 - First Two Weeks Experience

It's already been over two weeks since the Xbox 360 was launched, and we've seen the good, the bad, and everything in between. Techgage writes about their experience with the new system, which covers game reviews and a few unfortunate problems. "It's been a little over two weeks since I've...

Taiwan LCD manufacturers to see large growth in 2006

Taiwan LCD manufacturers to see large growth in 2006 1H06 mild oversupply to make way for large returns in 2H06 Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 7, 2005 – Taiwan, the world's largest manufacturing country of LCD panels, is expected to weather a mild oversupply in the first half of 2006 to see tremendous growth in during the second half on strengthened...

MSI NX7800GT-VT2D256E

My good friend Jonathan Martini at nV News has just posted his thoughts on MSI's NX7800GT-VT2D256E graphics card. Based on the immensely popular GeForce 7800 GT, the MSI card adds a robust bundle and some impressive overclocking results. Overall, those in the market for a high-end graphics card would do themselves a favor by checking out MSI's...

Win Kyle's System

At the end of the day, HardOCP's Kyle Bennett is someone people either love or hate. Regardless of what your personal take on him might be, you have to give the man credit for this latest act of charity. Here, Kyle is raffling off his own personal system with all proceeds being donated to the Child's Play charity. As you'd expect, the system...

HTPC - TV Tuner Reviews

Without question, one of the fastest areas of advancement in this industry can be seen in GPU development. Not content with this rapid growth alone, the usual suspects are now placing an emphasis on the entertainment and multimedia aspect of graphics. Anandtech takes a look at the latest crop of TV tuners to see how this market has progressed...

Mainstream Video Quality Shootout: ATI vs NVIDIA & XGI

Battles have been won by each side, but the war over which graphics card produces the best image quality will never be over. FiringSquad has taken the top 3 contenders of today, ATI, Nvidia, and XGI, and have put their image quality to the test. Is it ATI, Nvidia... or even XGI? "Today Alan...

OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC 2GB Kit

OCZ has been making memory geared toward the gamer and enthusiast for a while now, and they've again come out with another good product. MKVTech brings you their opinions on OCZ's EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC 2GB Kit, which sports some unique heatspreaders and decent overclocks. "Developed...

ECS & HotHardware Holiday Giveaway!

ECS & HotHardware Holiday Giveaway!

ECS & HotHardware Holiday Giveaway! Hello everyone! We'd like to announce a new contest, open to HotHardware forum members. In conjunction with ECS and Intel, we'll be giving away two Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor / ECS 945P-A Motherboard combos, and a third winner will score an ECS 945P-A Motherboard.      For...

GeForce 6800GS Review

Beyond3D has just posted a review of the mainstream GeForce 6800GS. This budget-oriented GPU has been receiving a great deal of press as of late for its price/performance ratio. However, seeing a "new" graphics card from NVIDIA hitting the shelves without the 7xxx family name does raise some questions as to the lifespan of the card....

ATI Mobility X1600 Preview

PC Perspective has just posted a review of ATI's new mainstream mobile GPU, the Mobility Radeon X1600. Those looking for yet another take on this GPU can take a glimpse at Marco's own impressions in Hot Hardware's own preview here. Overall, it looks like ATI has released a solid new mainstream product. Let's cross our fingers and hope we can...

Athlon64 FX60 SLOWER than FX57?

Fudo has just posted some interesting information over at The Inquirer that seems to indicate that the upcoming dual-core AMD Athlon64 FX60 will actually be slower than its single-core FX57 counterpart in most games. Taking the slightly lower clocks of the FX60 into consideration, this should really be no surprise. However, it will certainly...

Asus 975x Workstation Mobo Review

The folks at Anandtech are taking a look at a new flagship-level workstation motherboard from ASUS. Based upon Intel's new 975x chipset and boasting features such as Crossfire AND SLI support (with the appropriate driver), this could very well become the workstation board of choice for those looking for an Intel-based workstation motherboard.We...

Nvidia 1.0-8174 Performance

Though Microsft Windows is the most widely used OS, the Linux community is still very much alive, and full of gamers. Nvidia hasn't left the Linux gamer's out of the loop, and today Phoronix takes a look at the recently released Nvidia 1.0-8174 Linux drivers. "Earlier today, the NVIDIA 1.0-8174...

Microsoft sued over XBox 360 glitch

Once the reports of faulty XBox 360's started hitting the net, lawsuit stories couldn't be far behind. Microsoft is now being sued for the defects in the console, which includes overheating that causes the system to crash. Microsoft claims the reports of overheating stem from only a small fraction of units that were sold, but they declined...

PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard

In the past few weeks, we've posted a few different system building guides. Opinions differ from site to site, so it's always good to view a few different sites before you make the final decision on what will go into your rig. PC Perspective's Hardware Leaderboard for this month has been published, which could either reinforce your hardware...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 HDD 9th generation emerges

Seagate has been making hard drives for as far back as I can remember, which is why it's no surprise that they're on their 9th generation drive. TweakTown takes a look at the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 HDD, which is the same technology as the 7200.8 drives, with some extra features."The 7200.9 series has models with the following specifications,...

Is Microsoft Open XML Really Open?

Recently, Microsoft has announced they're new "Open XML" format, in order to ease fears of their growing document format dominance. But is Open XML really that open? Kevin Carmoney over at The Tech Zone isn't so sure of that. "Microsoft is only doing this because they are facing...

The Old School Perspective: Xbox 360, I think NOT

The Old School Perspective: Xbox 360, I think NOT

OK, so we're dropping this week's Old School update from Sully in here and then we're gonna duck.... If the title doesn't get ya, Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunctions and pre-dipped chips ought to! Sully sounds off again, with "The Old School Perspective": Xbox 360, I think NOT  ...

FOX Sees Scales Favoring Blu-Ray Over HD DVD

Fox Filmed Entertainment believes the next generation of DVD formats is starting to show a clearer leader, according to a recent report at Reuters.  Sony's Blu-Ray and Toshiba's HD DVD technologies have been battling it out in yet another replay of "VHS vs BETA".  With Blu-Ray being built into the Playstation 3 next year,...

AMD Gains Market Share, But Study Shows Intel Still #1

DigiTimes is reporting on an independant study that lists the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in the world today.  Intel sits comfortably on top, with a 14% increase over last year's revenues.  AMD has certainly enjoyed some growth as well, moving from 11th place in 2004 up to 9th in 2005, a growth rate just shy of 12%.  It's...

ATI Stocking Stuffer - Win an ATI Radeon X1800XL & More

Well, it's December and that means it's the time for giving, which is why ATI is holding their Stocking Stuffer contest. Click here for your chance Win an ATI Radeon X1800XL, and a decent package of games."10 Prizes of an ATI Radeon(R) X1800 XL 256MB PCI Express(R) + Sid Meier's Civilization IV + Dungeon SiegeTM II + Brothers in Arms: Earned...

Online Growth = Industry Growth and Ad Spending

I'm not one to toot my own horn typically (well OK, maybe just a little) but this article over at ZDNet speaks volumes about our little "community" here on the net.  We've been growing in leaps and bounds at HotHardware.com and like the technology we cover, so has the online industry, your influence on technology and your buying...

Virus Protection Gmail Style

Google has added another feature to their ever expanding Gmail service... virus protection. In addition to over 2GB of space, POP access, and spam filters, your e-mails will now be scanned for those nasty little bugs. "If a virus is found in an attachment you've received, our system will...

Corsair DDR1 2GB Memory Roundup

Looking for a large memory upgrade? Corsair has been known for producing top quality products, and today the crew at Legit Reviews takes a look at a few different Corsair offerings. Which one is right for you? "Starting with the TWINX2048-3200C2 and its tight timings of 2-3-3-6 at DDR 400,...

ASUS EAX1800XT Announcement

ASUS EAX1800XT Announcement

ASUS EAX1800XT Comes with Rich Features and Hottest Games for Enthusiasts and Hardcore Gamers     Click Images For An Enlarged View... Taipei, Taiwan; October 31, 2005 – ASUS Computer International, a leading provider of graphics solutions, today introduced the EAX1800XT graphics card, which incorporated the powerful ATI...

Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire Edition

Ryan at PC Perspective has just posted a review of the Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire Edition motherboard. Based upon the ATI Xpress 200 Crossfire Edition chipset, it should be interesting to see how Asus faired in dealing with an ATI chipset. Granted, ATI has had some growing pains initially in the chipset market, though their latest efforts seem...

XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Offerings

The gang at Beyond3D have taken a look at XFX's latest flagship offerings in a review of the company's GeForce 7800 GTX and GeForce 7800 GTX OC cards. With each card offering some exceptional performance and features albeit at slightly different prices, the review helps make the decision whether the extra money spent on the higher-clocked...

GeForce 6150 Examined

After hearing about the GeForce 6150 for ages and not seeing any real influx of reviews, Anand has managed to get his hands on a board and run it through its paces for your viewing pleasure. With a ton of features iuncluding HD support and PureVideo technology, boards based on NVIDIA's new flagship IGP chipset will certainly capture the attention...

XBox 360 Analysis

The folks at ArsTechnica have posted a pretty thorough analysis of the new XBox 360 that outlines several aspects of the newly launched console. If you've been wrestling with the idea of getting an XBox 360 now, or waiting to see what PS3 or Nintendo's Revolution look like this is certainly worth taking a look at.Overall the 360 does just...