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Samsung’s Galaxy A7 that we’ve been telling you about for the past few weeks is finally here, and the device brings with it some highs, and some lows. First of all, the design of the Galaxy A7 is impressive, with its aluminum unibody measuring in at just 6.3mm thick. That makes its one of the thinnest smartphone around (for comparison, the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus measure 7.1-thick, and that’s not even counting its protruding camera lens). Specs wise, the Galaxy A7 doesn’t bring too many surprises with a 64-bit octa-core processor (paired with just 2GB of RAM), 16GB of internal storage, a microSD... Read more...
Apple, a company that's known for aggressively defending its patents (just ask Samsung, which seems to always be involved in patent litigation with the Cupertino outfit), may have bitten off more than it can chew when it designed its custom A7 system-on-chip (SoC). A newly filed lawsuit by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF from here on out) accuses Apple of infringing on a patent developed at the University of Wisconsin. Specially, the lawsuit claims Apple's A7 chip infringes upon U.S. Patent No. 5,781,752. Unless you have a strange fetish for memorizing millions of patents, we'll... Read more...
Apple's new A7 SoC that sits at the heart of the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a fast chip. Benchmarks and analysis have shown that it picks up its additional performance over the older A6 thanks to a mixture of architectural tweaks and, in some cases, its new 64-bit architecture. On average, the gains are split about 60/40 between the two areas, with more performance gains from the microarchitecture enhancements. But in one notable case -- the popular 3DMark, cross-platform benchmark -- this hasn't been true at all. In 3DMark Ice Storm, the iPhone 5S is significantly faster in GPU workloads -- almost... Read more...
There's always a media frenzy of rumors and speculation preceding every major Apple product launch, and we're in the midst of that right now. Come September 10, Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone model, though there's been plenty of chatter of multiple models, including a lower-cost version made of polycarbonate plastic with various color options. And unless Apple throws a major curveball, the expectation is that there will be another high-end upgrade to the iPhone, which we'll call iPhone 5S. Not much is known about the iPhone 5S, though Fox News anchor Clayton Morris claims to have heard... Read more...
The divorce between Apple and Samsung was written on the wall when the former first attacked the latter with a lawsuit, but the actual split has been gradual. Apple has relied heavily on Samsung components for its displays and mobile processors, but as we’ve heard a few times before, Samsung is not participating in the development of Apple’s upcoming A6X and A7 chips. The latest news on that front is that Apple has tapped TSMC to replace Samsung in developing the A7 chip (images leaked here), reports the Korea Times. The outlet quoted a Samsung partner executive as saying, “TSMC... Read more...
GIGABYTE Announces Ultimate IGP GA-MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard Featuring DDR3 Side Port Memory and Outstanding Overclocking Performance City of Industry, CA, August 6, 2008 – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced the launch of the GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H, further cementing GIGABYTE’s leadership position for the AMD AM2+ platform by enabling a new generation of motherboards which push the boundaries of integrated graphics performance and overclocking potential. Based on the newly released AMD 790GX chipset with onboard ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics... Read more...
There's no question, if you asked us for the name of one manufacturer that started the whole high-end all aluminum chassis revolution, we would offer that Lian-Li is that company.  They've been punching out great designs with that brushed metal look for a very long time now.  Today, something new just came over the wire from Lian-Li that we thought we'd share with you.  A new full tower has arrived...Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-A77 full tower case incorporating outstanding quality with a clean simple style. ... Read more...
We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of ASUS' AMD 780G-based M3A78-EMH HDMI motherboard.  The M3A78-EMH HDMI defies ASUS’ usual habit of packing in every add-on available at a premium price by sticking to the basics, consequently driving down the price of this motherboard.  Head on over to the site and check it out...ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Motherboard... Read more...
AMD made it very clear in our sneak peek at the 780G integrated chipset and Athlon X2 4850e processor that its platform aspirations were coming to pass. Not only did the company introduce a complementary hardware ecosystem, complete with processor, chipset, and graphics solution, but it succeeded in trumping the best effort of its principal rival. Intel’s G35 simply couldn’t keep up with the 780G’s alacrity in gaming and video decoding.   The 780G chipset demonstrated somewhat playable frame rates—a boast most built-in GPUs cannot make. We heard grumblings that the built-in Radeon HD... Read more...
PC Perspective has just posted a review of the ASUS A7J 17" Core Duo notebook. Overall, this system appears to be a solid all-around notebook that has an emphasis on multimedia. With a Radeon X1600 GPU, this is probably not the best choice for hardcore gaming fans. For those users, they would be much better off with the Alienware Aurora m9700 SLI notebook we just reviewed here at Hot Hardware. While you can definitely find cheaper alternatives, for the $1700 USD price tag (at time of publishing) you get a laptop that... Read more...
Velocity Micro Gamer's Edge 1500 Evaluation @ HardOCP: "We chose the Gamer's Edge 1500 because yours truly is addicted to Battlefield 2 and can barely stand having only 1GB of memory (and 512MB is unthinkable). Therefore, we ordered the 1500 instead, and we did not change one part. I think that if Velocity Micro is going to put their best foot forward in their initial configuration, and bill it as the best value gaming configuration available for $1500, then we should test it exactly as it is configured." Biostar I945P-A7 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D: "The I945P-A7 is currently Biostar's... Read more...
Hey everyone, welcome back. If your QuakeCon thirst hasn't been quenched yet, there's still more news you can drink up. Worthplaying takes a look at Quake 4, with article examining both singleplayer and multiplayer. If you missed what happened on day 3 of the texas event, Bjorn3D has you covered. And what about the tournaments? The champs get their achievements posted up on Gamespy. Enjoy the news! Widescreen TVs Get the Bends @ Designtechnica "Widescreen TVs are everywhere. Unfortunately, a lot of them are displaying non-widescreen images that are glaringly, unnaturally, unnervingly bent... Read more...
Good afternoon HotHardware fans! We're closing out 2004 with a couple of motherboards from DFI. We've taken a look at DFI's flagship LANPARTY boards designed for Intel's LGA775 Pentium 4 processors, the 925X-T2 and the 875P-T. Both of these boards are built with hardcore PC enthusiasts in mind, and have a full compliment of overclocking tools and useful integrated peripherals. Click here and check 'em out! Happy New Year! Have fun, and stay safe!... Read more...
Over the past year, DFI has made a name for itself with a crowd that is traditionally very hard to please.  A company that once built parts strictly for the OEM / white box folks, is now catering to the enthusiast and overclocking communities with a bold, feature laden line of motherboards.  DFI's "LANPARTY" products build upon their already solid reputation of producing reliable and stable motherboards, by incorporating a full compliment of overclocking and performance tweaking tools on motherboards that are designed to turn some heads.  With dark PCBs and UV reactive... Read more...
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