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If you're not running a state of the art gaming rig, or looking at pictures of your grandchildren, you're not interested in a desktop computer anymore. With overall PC sales expected to slow sharply next year, the biggest action is shifting to the smallest machines. Just look at the numbers. Current Analysis, a research firm that tracks PC sales, found that revenue from laptop sales at major retailers it surveyed climbed 25% in the week that ended Nov. 25 from the same week the year before. Consumers seized deals such as the ones offered... Read more...
First Gary Kasparov loses his match with IBM's Deep Blue, and now Vladimir Kramnik loses to Deep Fritz... "BONN, Germany (AP) - World chess champion Vladimir Kramnik lost his final game in a match against computer program Deep Fritz on Tuesday, ceding a hard-fought Man vs. Machine series 4-2. Kramnik, seeking a final win to level the match, played an unbalanced opening with Black. He built up a good position and equalized. But he then went astray, losing a pawn from which he never recovered."... Read more...
Here's a blast from the past.  The Inq is reporting that the Commodore brand could possibly re-emerge on a new line of high-end systems.  I don't know if slapping the old logo on a funky plastic case is enough to sway people away from today's current crop of boutique system builders, but with a little innovation and some good marketing, I'm sure some folks would buy a Commodore system for the nostalgia factor alone. "Now, the Commodore brand sits on a range of high-end PCs equipped with Nvidia's 7950 GX2 card and an AMD FX 60. Commodore is now a Dutch company and is testing... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that high-ranking ATI insiders are confirming that AMD will retain the ATI brand name for the next few years. Since AMD's acquisition of the company, the industry has run rampant with rumors that AMD would be discarding the ATI brand name though opting to keep the Radeon designation for GPU's. Should ATI's name remain in the industry, it will certainly make it easier for the company to continue selling chipsets for the Intel platform. Were AMD to discard the name and use "AMD" across all divisions, the days of seeing an... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Asustek will soon introduce a new brand, ASmobile, to be used by their whitebook products. The first notebook bearing the ASmobile brand will appear during the fourth quarter of 2006. Asustek is trying to repeat the success they enjoyed when they re-branded their low-price motherboards to ASRock. However, the ASmobile will not be tailored for the low end. Instead of low prices, the ASmobile brand will rely on high quality and customer loyalty, most likely targeting the mid to upper parts of the market. "Recently formed, Asustek's team for the ASmobile brand includes... Read more...
In a response to rumors of scrapping the ATi brand name, AMD has set the record straight with Ars Technica. AMD has said it plans to keep the ATi name, as well as the Radeon brand name. "Yesterday CustomPC claimed that AMD was going to scrap the ATI brand, inferring this in a most dubious manner. AMD's Gareth Cater had told them that AMD would, in fact, retain its name after the buyout was finished, meaning that AMD would remain AMD for the foreseeable future. CustomPC then assumed that this would mean that ATI as a brand was going to be... Read more...
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 for ATI's RD600 chipset which is coming sometime down the road. Until then, the only other chipset options on the market for Conroe aside from RD500 would be Intel's own 975 and P965 chipsets. At this time, there is little to no information on when NVIDIA's... Read more...
While sifting through the HotHardware mail bin, I came upon a device that I'm sure a lot of you would love to have. The Brando USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable, which X-Bit labs currently has for review, will allow you to connect your hard drives and CD/DVD Drives to your computer using the USB port. "If you need to quickly and easily connect a HDD or an optical device to your system, there is no need to open up the case or look for a bulky external chassis. Just get yourself one of those Brando cable adapter sets and you will be in full armor for all occasions. Let's take a closer look... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Foxconn could be showing off their own branded graphics cards at Computex this year. With boards designed by Foxconn and manufactured by Flextronics, there should be no major barriers to entry into the GPU market for Foxconn. Flextronics has been a longtime manufacturing partner for NVIDIA and is responsible for producing a significant amount of graphics cards which are then re-branded as one of the more familiar graphics card vendor products. Given Foxconn's enormous size, it should be interesting to see how their products are differentiated. More than likely, cost or... Read more...
Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo Processor Unified Brand Name For Upcoming PC, Laptop Processors New Brand, Common Microarchitecture Will Make it Easier for Computer Buyers to Choose a Great Computer; Developers to Design Software SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2006 - The Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo processor is the new brand for Intel Corporation's upcoming powerful and more energy-efficient processor families for desktop and laptop computers that will arrive in the third quarter, the company announced today. Formerly codenamed Conroe and Merom, the Intel Core2 Duo processors for desktop and notebooks PCs respectively... Read more...
Intel Unveils New Brand Identity SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2006 – Intel Corporation formally unveiled a new brand identity today that represents a significant milestone in the company's history and further signifies the company's evolution to a market-driving platform solutions company. The key technologies behind Intel's platform focus include the microprocessor, chipset and software that together enhance system performance and improve the overall user experience. Intel has been driving a fundamental shift in its approach to the market that began with the development of the Intel(R) Centrino(R)... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm here to bring you a little news to cap off your night. We have reviews for the Demon 480w Power Supply, Coolink BAT1VS HSF, and a few more items. Check back tomorrow for more of what you love :) Goodnight. Demon 480w Power Supply @ Controlled-Insanity "The Demon includes all of the standard connections you may need, the 20 pin ATX, P4 connector, 2 floppy connectors, and 2 strings, with 3 molex connectors on each. These are again, all pre-modded with nice blue connectors. If you have ever replaced these before, you will understand the value of having these pre-modded, especially... Read more...
Well folks, it's time for me to do my first all game info news post. Over time, I assure you it will get better... I may possibly add a small graphic banner to distinguish it from the normal news posts, and maybe a few other things. But for now, I'll just post what interesting bits I've found. If you have any suggestions on what you think would make it better, make sure to send me an E-Mail! Square Enix working on 'new brand concept' "Called "Code Age", whatever it is, Square Enix considers it a "new concept brand" and doesn't specify any platforms or specific games, leading... Read more...
Good evening and welcome back HotHardware fans!  I'm just getting in after a night of food and movies with a buddy, and figured I'd stop in and hook you all up with another shot of hardware goodness.  After this I've got to feed the kitty and rack out though, so I'm going to get right down to business...  Swiftech MCW5002-64T Thermoelectric Waterblock @ Systemcooling: "Swiftech is one of the few manufacturers that offer actively cooled waterblocks for extreme cooling. Today we are going to take an in depth look at the Swiftech MCW5002 series of thermoelectric waterblocks, which... Read more...
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