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NVIDIA has just introduced a new open-industry standard for real-time monitoring and control of PC power supplies, chassis and water cooling systems, dubbed ESA, short for Enthusiast System Architecture.  The company hopes ESA will be adopted across the industry and a new wave of ESA compliant hardware than can be monitored and controlled via a standard interface will ensue.  Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen.  For now though, we've got the details for you available for you right here on HotHardware.NVIDIA's ESA - Enthusiast System Architecture Standard... Read more...
It was back in January of this year at the Consumer Electronics Show that AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard for small form factor computers.  The focus of those early briefings was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems.  As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs and only a select few parts can be swapped between them.   On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus... Read more...
When AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard, the intent of that early briefing was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems. As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs. On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus and MSI.  However, for the most part you can’t take parts from one company’s SFF design and use it in another’s.  Today AMD provided more details and a specific design example... Read more...
How many times have you forgotten to lock your car, or a door? While that's bad enough, what about essentially leaving a back door open for hackers, by "forgetting" about an old administrative system?A hacker infiltrated an eBay server and disabled accounts of several members on Friday. Representatives of eBay say that the hacker used vestigial components of an old eBay administrative system that has long been unused. The code exploited by the hacker has since been taken down, and eBay claims that no financial information was exposed. An individual who identifies himself as Vladuz has taken responsibility... Read more...
Global warming is a big issue.  Well, at least to many it is.  Nissan wants to use auto navigation systems to keep traffic moving around snarl-ups, reducing carbon emissions and increasing MPG in the process.The Japanese automaker has launched a major effort to better exploit navigation systems--which are essentially on-board computers--and contemporary communications infrastructures to improve the safety of their cars and boost gas mileage, company executives said this week at Ceatec, the large Japanese trade show taking place outside of Tokyo. One application, currently being tested... Read more...
A short while after Dell purchased Alienware late last year, news broke that Hewlett Packard had acquired boutique system vendor Voodoo PC.  Voodoo PC is best known for their high performance gaming PC's that feature custom cases, some with lavish paint jobs, unique cooling solutions, and impeccable wiring jobs. We evaluated a Voodoo Omen some time back and found it to be an excellent product.  If you check out the Omen, you'll see why HP was interested in Voodoo. After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market... Read more...
Japanese car maker Nissan has developed a concept car that features various apparatuses, including a breathalyzer-like detection system, that are designed to prevent drunk or fatigued drivers off the road. The sensors pick up odors in the car and check the driver’s sweat for traces of alcohol. If the driver is judged to be over-the-limit, the computer system can issue an alert or even lock down the ignition.. “The air odor sensors are embedded in the driver and passenger seats, while a detector in the gear-shift knob measures perspiration from the driver's palm.” Nissan’s concept car also comes... Read more...
Systemax Adopts the VIA C7-D Processor for Highly Energy Efficient PCs for the US Market Systemax PC range now available on major online stores, starting from $299.99 Taipei, Taiwan, 2 August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Systemax Manufacturing Inc., a leading system integrator computer manufacturer in the US, today announced the new Systemax PC model, a highly energy efficient PC for the US market, powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.... Read more...
A fun e-mail just landed in the in-box that we thought some of you would like to see.  It seems that some folks at Intel have gotten together and come up with a cool appreciation website and set of videos that will bring a tear (of laughter) to a seasoned sysadmin's eye.  Did you know that July 27th is System Administrator Appreciation Day?  Enjoy new humorous videos by Christopher Guest developed for the IT guy/gal... If you are wondering why there is a random jockey in one of the videos - it's trademark Guest.  He tries to work in Jockeys, miniature... Read more...
When it comes time for a new rig, there are those who want the power of a full-sized system but without the footprint of a mid or full sized case.  Today, we're going to take a look at a barebones kit that promises full-sized performance in a footprint no bigger than a shoebox.  Enter the Shuttle SDXi Barebones Kit. The SDXi Barebone kit comes with support for the latest Intel CPUs, up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, RAID and it is backed by some seriously good looks.  On the outside is a custom flamed-out paint job akin to a custom car, while the inside provides the muscle to rival that of a full-sized... Read more...
— Premier power supply vendors offering 110 new products certified for use with the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT — Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 -- The much anticipated ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate... Read more...
If you are a regular here at HotHardware.com, you have most likely heard of Alienware, one of the companies that helped establish the market for high-performance, gaming PCs. Since hitting the scene in 1996, Alienware has become a leader not only in gaming PCs but also in high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems. Alienware's refreshing philosophy emphasizes building a system "as if it were your own." As most of you probably know, Dell acquired Alienware about a year ago in order to leverage Alienware's edgy brand. Some may fear that... Read more...
Dell sends word that they are currently in the process of certifying their corporate systems with Novell for use with the Linux open-source operating system. Currently, the plan is to have all OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Dell Precision workstations all certified to ensure their customers will be able to successfully use Linux with their systems. Although this is still a long way from replacing Microsoft as the OS of choice, this is certainly a milestone for all fans of Linux. It's exciting to see the IdeaStorm community's interest in open source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice.... Read more...
The Dell XPS 710 H2C Edition is billed as a top-of-the-line ultra-performance machine built with the most hardcore of gamers in mind. Not only does the XPS 710 H2C hold the distinction of being Dell's first non-limited edition factory overclocked computer, it also uses Dell's first in-house liquid cooling system to keep its quad-core power plant cool. The XPS 710 H2C is the most heavily performance-specified XPS system yet, with an Intel Core 2 QX6700 processor, dual GeForce 8800 GTXs, 4 GB of RAM and two Western Digital Raptors in a RAID 0 array, as standard equipment. We recently got... Read more...
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