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All News for February 2006

OCZ Technology Announces New Ultra-Low Latency 2GB Dual Channel Kits

OCZ Technology Announces New Ultra-Low Latency 2GB Dual Channel Kits   Sunnyvale, CA—February 27, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the PC-4000 EL DDR Platinum XTC 1GB module and 2GB dual channel kit. The industry-leading...

SLI - Two Years Later Remains Nvidia's Marketing Masterpiece

Has it been two years already? Yeah, it has been, and SLI is still on the lips of every enthusiast. While ATI also offers their own dual video card solution, CrossFire, it still hasn't taken off as well as Nvidia's SLI. But has SLI lived up to the promises and the hopes set for it years ago? NGOHQ ponders that very questing, as they take at...

GIGABYTE GA-8N Quad Royal SLI

GIGABYTE has really come through with their GA-8N Quad Royal SLI. As the name implies, you can make the case that it's possibly the king of enthusiast geared motherboards on the market. Why? Features, performance, and stability. What else could you want? "GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job...

QuakeCon 06 NOT in Texas?

In an interview with ID's Todd Hollensead, WorthPlaying has discovered that this year's QuakeCon might not be held in Texas as it has since the LAN party's inception. The interview steps through some basic Q&A with some small tidbits of info surfacing regarding some potential previews at E3. However, the most interesting aspect of the...

3DLabs Exits Workstation GPU Market

Beyond3D has posted word from 3DLabs that the company is exiting the professional 3D GPU market and will instead be focusing their attention on handheld graphics. Being a cornerstone of the OpenGL 2.0 spec amongst countless other contributions, the loss of yet another competitive GPU vendor is sure to be a loss for the consumer. Regardless,...

Ideal Price/Performance GPU?

Fudo and the gang at the Inquirer are reporting this morning that NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 7900GT will be the ideal price/performance GPU for the coming months. Supposedly offering the same performance as the current GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB for a surprising $299, the GeForce 7900GT will surely be a popular GPU should this prove to be true....

NVIDIA MCP55 Brewing

DailyTech brings word that NVIDIA's next generation MCP (MCP55) is nearing completion and is currently up and running on functional motherboards. In short, this new chipset will add a new audio codec, dual Gigabit PHY's, and support 6 SATA channels. Unfortunately, 2x16 SLI setups will still require the use of two discrete chipsets so don't...

ATI RD580 in Taiwan

Anandtech has posted an article which outlines the current status of ATI's upcoming RD580 with motherboard vendors in Taiwan. With the launch of this chipset, ATI will have single-chip answer to NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI x16 chipset allowing its Crossfire technology ample bandwidth. With a launch pending in the near future, it appears as though...

SuperTalent T800UX2GC4 PC2-6400 2GB kit review

Need super fast ram? How about buying SuperTalent? Though they're not as well known as brands such as Corsair or Mushkin, they have produced some extremely fast(and stable) memory. Getting this speed in a 2GB kit comes with a price though. Are you willing to pay?"AMD will present the AM2 socket this summer, which supports DDR2 PC6400 RAM....

Leadtek WinFast PX7300 GS TDH 256MB DDR2

The day pigs fly, and hell freezes over, money might just grow on trees. Until then, we know many of you can't afford a brand new 7800GTX 512MB, or even a 7800GT for that matter. Though if you're looking for something to at least get your games up and running, you could consider Nvidia's GeForce 7300 series. Today Hardware Zone takes the Leadtek...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro HSF Review

Arctic Cooling, known for many decent coolers including their VGA Silencer series, is back with a new offering. This time they're covering the CPU Market with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, but does it live up to AC's quality reputation? "Today, I am going to look at a fairly new CPU...

SLI Support With Sun's Solaris OS?

Do you actually "work" on your computer?  Into that big-iron workstation thing and have most of your projects handled on a Sun box?  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy as they say, so see what Phoronix has to say about running NVIDIA SLI under Sun's Solaris 10 OS......

Asus EAX1900 XTX Sneak Peek

Asus EAX1900 XTX Sneak Peek

We know a few of you have been wondering if ATI's latest top-end card, the Radeon X1900 XTX, with its 650MHz core GPU speed, was going to go the way of the Unicorn, or if it was going to be readily available for those of you who simply must have one of the fastest 3D cards on earth.  Well, here's a quick peek at what Asus has in store...

nForce5 or a Trap?

The AOA Forums have uncovered what is supposedly a new motherboard from Abit that is using an nForce5Z chipset. Clad in an unusual purple color with some "ahem" interesting graphics, one begins to wonder whether this is a real board or rather a clever trap to find the source of information leaks. Afterall, a purple motherboard with...

The Ultimate GeForce 7800 GTX?

On an otherwise painfully slow morning in terms of exciting news, PureOverclock brings word of an absolute monster of a graphics card coming from the folks at Gainward. Following the trend of Gainward's GLH (Goes Like Hell) series of graphics cards, the company is preparing a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB that will be unlike any other variant on...

The 2006 Best of Web 2.0

Today's internet is a lot different than the internet ten years ago. Even five years ago, the internet seemed a bit primitive compared to it's current state. With more people all over the world logging on, sending e-mails, playing games, downloading music, and sharing photos, we've seem some pretty cool internet based applications develop....

Google Desktop 3: Convenience vs. Privacy

Is the convenience of Google Desktop worth the privacy risks? As with a lot of "free" software out there, or almost anything free for that matter, there's always the fine print you need to consider. With privacy concerns being raised over Google's service, Bigbruin.com has taken some time to examine the old Convenience vs. Privacy...

XFX Overclocked GeForce 6600 256 MB (PV-T43P-UDS7)

Hardware Secrets thinks the pre-overclocked XFX GeForce 6600 256MB DDR2 is a solid value for those looking for a mid-range graphics card. We thought so too, and even gave the card an Editor's Choice award a few months back."Nowadays the GeForce 6600 chip is located on the top of all entry-level nVidia GPUs (or at the bottom of all mid-range...

AMD's Opteron 165 and 180 Processors

Even if you're not interested in AMD's Opteron 165 and 180 Processors, the Tech Report's latest article is worth reading for Scott's sense of humor and writing style alone. Not only is there a ton of information and performance data here, but you're bound to chuckle a couple of times as well....

ULI M1697 Now The NVIDIA M1697?

DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA's recent final acquisition of ULI might be leading to some interesting scenarios in terms of chipset names. Here, sources have told DigiTimes that NVIDIA might be renaming either current or newly released chipsets to reflect the new ownership. In one example, the ULI M1697 was rumored to possibly be renamed the...

AMD to Fab NVIDIA Parts?

The Inquirer has posted a brief but very interesting rumor in which AMD is supposedly talking with NVIDIA over a possible relationship where the company's unused Feb 30 plant could be used to produce NVIDIA parts. Given the history and success the two company have shared over the years with the nForce platform, it is easy to make an argument...

Shuttle M2000 Spotted

With Shuttle announcements and news seemingly all over the news this week, it should be no surprise to hear that the company has yet another new model on the horizon. As a direct replacement for Shuttle's original M1000 HTPC, a new and updated M2000 model is set to make its debut. The latest iteration of the full-size HTPC will incorporate...

HTPC Case Round-Up

Tom's Hardware has collected nearly all the quality HTPC cases on the market and conducted a shootout of sorts to see which case is the best choice for building a new Home Theater PC. Here, the gang analyze a collection of cases that range in size from dimunitive and compact to absolutely monolithic. From relative bargains to some painfully...

ATI Next-Gen Based On XENOS?

Beyond3D has posted confirmation that ATI's next generation GPU will be based off of technology currently found in the Xbox 360's XENOS GPU. Without question, this seems to guarantee a unified shader architecture which will arrive just in time to match with DirectX10's support for such an architecture. With the efforts already made to go down...

Thermaltake ToughPower 550W

Over the past few years, the need for a quality power supply has scaled well with the flow of new hardware. With Overclocking is as popular as ever, stable PSUs are in full demand, and here to answer the call is Thermaltake with their new ToughPower series. "Today, I'm looking at Thermaltake's...

ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 (Intel 945PL Express + ATI CrossFire)

Though it's capable of CrossFire support, the ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 won't be breaking any speed records. Even so, with a price tag of around $80, this motherboard looks to be a great mainstream solution. "ASRock brings another cost/performance motherboard into the market with CrossFire capabilities....

Fedora Core 5 (TR3) Benchmarks

Phoronix has just posted a handful of benchmarks results from a system running the latest test release (3) of Fedora Core 5. There's not too much to see, but from what they've got posted, it seems like there are some nice improvements in a few areas, and they also mention that font rendering is improved as well. In my limited foray into the...

New Shuttle XPC X100

The Register has exclusive info regarding Shuttle's latest living-room destined SFF system dubbed the XPC X100. With a size significantly smaller than the company's previous offerings. Designed around Windows Media Center, the system uses an Intel Core Duo CPU matched with DDR2 memory, SATA drives, and the usual array of ports. Perhaps...

VIA Announces Vinyl VT1708 HD Audio Codec

VIA Announces VIA Vinyl VT1708 High Definition Audio Codec, Delivering Premium Performance Audio for the PC Building on the acclaimed audio excellence of VIA's Vinyl Audio solutions, the VIA VT1708 Codec is designed the deliver the Warmth of Sound for media-centric PCs Taipei, Taiwan, 22 February 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator...

Shuttle's XPC SN21G5

The Tech Report has just posted a review of Shuttle's brand new XPC SN21G5. This mini-PC is based on NVIDIA's GeForce 6100 integrated graphics chipset and supports Socket 939 AMD processors. We have the SN21G5 (AMD) and SB36G5M (Intel VIIV) in the lab "as we speak" and will have our reviews posted shortly....

Corsair Nautilus 500 Press Release

Corsair Nautilus 500 External Watercooling Kit Defines a New Generation of Watercooling Solutions -- Engineered for ease of installation and outstanding price for performance, the new Nautilus500 aims to replace standard air cooling -- Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) – Corsair Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory...

NVIDIA G80 a DX10 "Hybrid"?

X-Bit Labs has posted some interesting rumors regarding NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU architecture that seems to indicate a "hybrid" design. Somewhat surprisingly, this DX10 part will reportedly have dedicated pixel and vertex shaders and not feature a unified shader achitecture (supported by DX10) as many expected. Regardless, the remaining...

ATI Clarifies HDCP Support

DailyTech brings word that ATI has responded to the latest complaints regarding the company's supposed support for HDCP functionality with its products. HDCP content protection is said to be fully supported by ATI's latest GPU's. However, products using these GPU's lack the appropriate decryption keys at the board level to actually allow for...

Google Denies US Government

Search giant Google has denied requests by the United States government to hand over it's search results. Though the Department of Justice(DoJ) claims the search results are needed for their investigation, Google has responded by claiming the requested information will not help in the DoJ, due to the way Google's search engine works....

AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T Gaming Case - Air Cooling at its Best

Air cooling at it's best? That's a pretty bold statement to make, but as ExtremeMHz reports, the AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T might just pull it off. Equipped with 140mm fans, this could be the best choice for you if you don't want to take a chance with water. "When I first heard about this case,...

Hot Deals & Old School Updates

Hey everyone. I just wanted to pop-in quickly to let you all know that our latest off-color HotHardware release is up for grabs again today, Old School.  As usual, Sully's got an opinion on a topic that should interest just about everyone -- Money. It's not our typical hardware-centric content by any means, but we urge you all to check...

ATI Roadmap Hints?

The Asian hardware website Hardspell has written a brief article (translator required) that analyzes a supposedly leaked ATI roadmap slide. Glancing at the image which was seemingly stolen from another website called HKEPC, it appears as though ATI will have an 80u core for every product range except the flagship part. Here, the X1900 XTX...

OCZ Technology Unveils Next Generation DDR2-1000

OCZ Technology Unveils Next Generation DDR2-1000 (1GHz) Solution to be Showcased at this Year's CeBIT Sunnyvale, CA—February 21, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the PC2-8000 Gold XTC DDR2 Series designed to run 1GHz+...

Computer Myths and Misconceptions

Here's an article that's bound to anger of few of you. Most of the assertions are harmless, but a couple of the comments in PCMech.Com's "Computer Myths and Misconceptions" will surely ruffle some feathers. This one's definitely going to spark some flames, "People also believe Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer. Not...

Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX

Lost Circuits has just posted a review of Sapphire's flagship Radeon X1900 XTX video card. In typical LostCircuits fashion, Mike goes into great detail on the architecture and explains may of the X1900 GPUs key features. This is a good read. "Sapphire's repertoire of ATI-based graphics cards...

Sennheiser's 2006 Headphones

Hardware Zone has posted an article in which they preview Sennheiser's 2006 line of consumer headphones. Given the amount of money enthusiasts spend on the latest graphics cards, processors, and sound cards to improve their overall gaming experience it seems easy to justify spending a few extra dollars on a quality set of headphones. For those...

BFG 7900 GTX 512 Details

The Inquirer reports this morning that BFG's GeForce 7900 GTX 512 will be available for purchase on March 9th for an MSRP of $599. As we all likely remember, this is a full $50 less than the previous flagship MSRP of $649. Although the details of the card are still being speculated, there are a few guesses per usual with the gang at the Inquirer....

GeForce 7900GT Pics!

DailyTech has posted some images of a supposed GeForce 7900GT reference card for your viewing pleasure. Beyond the usual assortment of core images and the latest and greatest memory technology, we find something rather odd on the reference board. Here, there appears to be a new connector which is being claimed to be an audio connector. The...

NiBiTor v2.7 Released

If you want to do a little tweaking of that NVIDIA based graphics card of yours, you'll be pleased to hear that a new version of NiBiTor (v2.7) has been released. What's NiBiTor? It's an NVIDIA Bios Editor. Get It? NiBiTor? Yeah, you got it... "MVKTech has just released a new version of NVIDIA...

ECS's KA1 MVP Extreme Motherboard

The Tech Report does their usual thorough job evaluating ECS's KA1 MVP Extreme motherboard. This mobo is based on the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset, and sports supplemental PCI Express based Gigabit Ethernet and SATA RAID controllers. We'll be including this board in an upcoming CrossFire motherboard round-up we've got in...

ATI X1900 All-in-Wonder

Our friends at PC Perspective have evaluated ATI's latest multimedia flagship, the All-In-Wonder Radeon X1900. As its name implies, this card features a Radeon X1900 class GPU along with all of the multimedia functionality the All-In-Wonder line is famous for. PC Per liked the AIW X1900 quite a bit, and so did we. Here's our evaluation for...

OCZ EL DDR PC3200 Gold GX XTC 2GB Kit

The crew at HardCoreWare.Net sent word that they've posted a review of a new 2GB memory kit from OCZ. The EL DDR PC3200 Gold GX XTC sticks feature OCZ's new XTC heatspreaders that prompted Corsair to distribute a whitepaper detailing the benefits (or lack thereof) of hearspreaders on RAM....

The TJS0005 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler from JingTing

In the need for a heavy duty Chipset cooler? JingTing, a little known company, has sent HardwareXL one beast of a cooler. Because of it's size, it might not be compatible with every setup though. "Out of the blue we received a small box containing a new kind of chipset cooler. The company...

How to Build a WiMAX Network

If you need to setup a wireless network, and WiFi doesn't have the power you need, emerging WiMAX technology may fit the bill. The TechZone has just posted a primer on WiMAX that'll give you some insight into what it takes to build a WiMAX network. "The latest technology buzz is WiMAX wireless...

Western Digital Raptor X

What happens when you take the already fast WD Raptor 74GB hard drive, double the capacity and cache, add NCQ support, and throw in some performance enhancing RAID specific features? You get the new Raptor X, that's what. We took a look at this drive a few weeks back and loved it. Today, T-Break gives everyone their take."Western Digital officially...

HH PC Hardware Forum - HOT Deals Big Time

If you haven't been in to see our new HOT Deals @ HH forum section, you're missing out on some seriously tasty PC Hardware goodness on sale at unbelievably good prices.  In fact, our friends at Monarch Computer have decided to start up a section if their own, that of course we immediately stickied.  The coupons in there are awesome. ...

NVIDIA's Quad SLI: Demystifying the rumors

Having two video cards in your system still not enough? For those that can afford it, Quad-SLI is coming. Today FiringSquad gives us a peak of Dell's implementation of the tech. It's great to see they'll be hitting the market, but are these Quad-SLI cards going to be available for everyone, or just system builders such as Dell and Falcon Northwest?...

AMD AM2.. What We Know So Far

So how much do we know about AMD's AM2? Other than DDR2 support(PC2-6400), still not all that much. Today Techgage.com gathers up the information available, also providing an interesting shot of a motherboard supporting the new technology. "One major thing many people are interested in, of...

Interview with Appro: XtremeServers Way to Go!

Appro, one of the largest OEM rack mount computer manufactures in the 90's, has recently released their new XtremeServer products into the market. Tonight the folks over at X-Bit labs had a chance to sit down with Appro, and discuss server features, their current relation with AMD, and a host of other topics....

Thermaltake Mozart HTPC Case Review

Now this is a case that'll look great in your living room. The Thermaltake Mozart HTPC Case is a quality case, providing decent cooling with low noise output. With everyone trying to get a piece of the HTPC market, Thermaltake still manages to stand out. "Front the list of specifications...

HOT Deals @ HotHardware!

Good afternoon everyone. We wanted to let you all know that we've just created a new section in our forum dedicated to all of the "HOT" deals available on-line. We got the ball rolling with a sampling of links already, but would really appreciate it if some of you more resourceful folks shared some of the goodness in our forum. If...

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway Reminder

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway Reminder

Hello everyone!  We'd like to remind you all about a contest we're running, open to all HotHardware forum members in Canada, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia only. In conjunction with Sapphire, we'll be giving away two Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition cards, to two lucky winners. If you're not familiar with this...

NZXT Lexa ATX Case

The crew from Hardware-Review.net sent word that they've reviewed a new case from NZXT, dubbed 'Lexa'.  I'm not sold on the aesthetic (the curved front if kind of funky), but the author seemed to really like it. "NZXT initially made a name for themselves with the Guardian and Nemesis...

Evercool Silver Knight

As someone who can't stand a loud PC, I'm always on the lookout for new, high-performing yet silent cooling products. So far my favorite has got to be Zalman's Reserator 1 Plus, but there are lots of choices out there. Like the Evercool Silver Knight reviewed at ThinkComputers.org. "Liquid...

Congress Chides 4 Tech Giants Over China

The debate over how to ethically handle China's internet censorship carried on in Congress today, as major tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco, and Google were brought in for questioning. While the argument over internet freedoms is only about as old as the internet, the debate on Business vs. ethics, and where do draw the line...

3GSM World Congress 2006, Barcelona (Part 1)

The 3GSM World Congress 2006 is around, showcasing everything mobile, and Hardware Zone is ready with the first part of their event coverage. How bout them cell phones? "It's that time of year again where we pay a visit to the mobile mecca, the 3GSM World Congress. This is where deals are...

Leadtek Winfast Novo USB TV Tuner Review

AMDZone has just posted a review of Leadtek's Winfast Novo USB TV Tuner. This little box offers a ton of PVR functionality, and connects to a system through a standard USB port. This is a nice, simple upgrade for those who want to add TV tuning capabilities to their PC. "WinFast PVR software...

Eurocom Launches 19-inch Supernotebook

Eurocom Launches 19-inch Supernotebook with Dual-VGA NVIDIA GeForce Go7800GTX Graphics and 64-bit AMD Turion64 Eurocom Corporation, a leader in the Desktop Replacement notebook technology since 1989, is launching a fully upgradeable Mobile Workstation Supernotebook featuring a 19-inch display, 64-bit AMD Turion64 and NVIDIA Dual-VGA technology....

XFX 7800GS AGP Extreme Edition Review

If you're in the market for a powerful AGP graphics card, Motherboards.org has something on tap you'll want to check out. They've just posted a review of XFX's GeForce 7800 GS Extreme Edition. It's one of the fastest and most feature rich AGP graphics cards available. "There's still an upgrade...

LCD Image "Screen Burn" on Dell 2005FPW

The staff at Widescreengamer.com is discussing something that would drive me absolutely insane. It seems that Dell's 2005FPW is exhibiting some sort of screen burn in some usage scenarios. Luckily, the problem doesn't seem to be permanent. "WidescreenGamer.com is discussing something that...

Intel: A Core New Low

Is Intel still at the front lines of processor technology, or are they just merely playing game of "me too!"? It's still too early to tell how well their next line of CPUs will perform, but for now, FiringSquad isn't holding anything back on their opinion of Intel's current state, and their "Core" problems."The problem...

The Walt Disney Co., Cisco Systems and Intel Corp. Invest in MovieBeam, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation Invest in MovieBeam INC. New Digital Entertainment Venture Launches with $48.5 Million in Series A Financing Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 – The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its...

Avivo Winter Update article @ Beyond3D

Dave from Beyond3D just sent word that he's posted an article detailing the video quality improvements and performance of ATI's recent driver updates for the X1000 series. Just by experimenting with HQV and a number of HD videos, the improvements are obvious. ATI is back on the ball. "Although...

Intel Core Duo Delivered to Embedded Market

Intel Core Duo Delivered to Embedded Market SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2006 – Intel Corporation today provided extended lifecycle support for the Intel Core Duo processor used by developers of embedded solutions, such as industrial control, test and instrumentation, aerospace, defense and medical imaging systems. Embedded system designers...

nForce4 SLI vs SLI X16

Now that we have motherboards that offer two PCI-E x16 slots, is it worth getting one, or is it just overkill at the moment? Do today's top graphics cards require that much bandwidth? Maybe, but to test this theory, the folks over at t-break put two 7800GTX up to the challenge. Is it time for an upgrade?"Today, we take a look at nVidia's nForce4...

SiS Supports AMD Digital Media Vision With Advanced Chipsets For AMD LIVE!

SiS Supports AMD Digital Media Vision With Advanced Chipsets For "AMD LIVE!™" Consumer Brand February 14th, 2006 – Taipei – Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) announced today the development of SiS chipsets in cooperation with AMD to support AMD LIVE!™ branded, full-featured consumer multimedia desktop and notebook...

Corsair Launches 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory forCentrino

Corsair Launches 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory for the New Intel Centrino Mobile Designed for the latest generation of notebooks, Corsair brings new build and upgrade options to consumers seeking maximum performance in SO-DIMM memory Fremont, CA (February 13, 2006) – Corsair(R) Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory...

From the "What the Heck is That?!" Department

From the "What the Heck is That?!" Department

OK folks, here's a fun one for you.  Dave and I were just chatting and he pointed out something on ATI's All-In-Wonder Radeon X1900 box that looks, shall we say, peculiar?  I'm not going to taint your opinion by telling you what we think it is, but take a look at these pics and decide for yourself. These images were grabbed directly...

The Great HDCP Fiasco

Some interesting reading over at FiringSquad today regarding HDCP and the current level of support for the technology offered by ATI and NVIDIA.  HDCP support has been listed in both company's GPU specification for years, but did you know there is virtually no board level support for HDCP at this time?"HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital...

How To Take Great Nighttime Digital Photos

Taking quality photos in a low light setting can be difficult, especially if you're trying to take them in the middle of the night. It's possible though, and while you do need a decent camera for nighttime photos, there are a few tricks you can use to snap some quality shots. "Night photographs...

Plextor announces 18X drive

Plextor announces 18X drive PLEXTOR SHIPS INDUSTRY'S FIRST 18X DVD±R BURNER Internal Drive Features 10X DVD+R Recording on Double-Layer 8.5 GB Discs FREMONT, Calif. - February 13, 2006 - Plextor(R) Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the PX-760A DVD±R/RW CD-R/RW drive. The...

NVIDIA GoForce 5500 Press Release

NVIDIA GoForce 5500 Brings the World of Digital Entertainment to Mobile Phones NVIDIA GoForce 5500 Delivers High-Quality TV, Video, Audio, and 3D Gaming to Mobile Phones 3GSM 2006—BARCELONA, SPAIN—FEBRUARY 13, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today...

Intel's Pentium M 760 vs. AMD's Turion 64 ML-44

Our friends at the TechReport have just posted and article that pits Intel's Pentium M 760 up against AMD's Turion 64 ML-44.  These two mobile CPUs represent the best single-core technology available from AMD and Intel for the mobile space.  Core Duo is here and dual-core Turions are on the Horizon, but if you want to know which...

XSPC X2O Water Cooling Kit Review

Watercooling isn't cheap, but the prices have become fairly reasonable over the years. If you're still running on air, but find yourself looking for something a little better, XSPC's new X20 is aiming to be a solid choice. It's a small system, but as Madshrimps reports, it gets the job done....

Albatron GeForce 6600 - 512 Review

You've seen 512MB on the cream of the crop graphics cards, but how about on a GeForce 6600? Well Albatron has made one, but as we've seen in reviews such as the 128MB Radeon 9800 Pro vs the 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro, more ram doesn't always give a large boost in performance. Will the extra memory help Albatron's 6600 compete against the GeForce...

Samsung 244T @ OverclockersOnline

If you're in the market for a large, widescreen LCD, you'll want to check out this review from Overclocker's Online. They've taken Samsung's gorgeous 244T for a spin, and liked it so much they gave it an award.  Nice LCD for sure, but I'll be sticking with my Dell 2405 until I can afford something bigger! :)...

DFI Infinity NF4 Ultra @ Phoronix

The crew at Phoronix recently posted a review of DFI's Infinity NF4 Ultra motherboard. It seems that SLI motherboards get the lion's share of the press lately, but if you don't plan to run dual graphics cards, you can't do much better than the nForce 4 Ultra chipset. DFI stands for Diamond Flower Inc., though......

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway Reminder

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Giveaway Reminder

Hello everyone!  We'd like to remind you all about a contest we're running, open to all HotHardware forum members in Canada, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia only. In conjunction with Sapphire, we'll be giving away two Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition cards, to two lucky winners. If you're not familiar with this...

Video Card Availability

Josh at Penstarsys has just posted an interesting editorial regarding the current availability of various graphics cards in the marketplace. Here, the author steps through the latest and greatest offerings from both ATI and NVIDIA and illustrates their availability. Somewhat surprisingly, the article even mentions S3 products for those who...

Western Digital's Raptor X hard drive

So how do you make a fast drive even faster? Well, you can always start by adding more cache, larger capacity, and even throw in Native Command Queuing. These features have been added to Western Digital's Raptor series, which already sports an SATA interface, and a 10K-RPM spindle speed. The drive is the Raptor X, and tonight The Tech Report...

ATI Releases Catalyst 6.2 Drivers

Another month, another driver release. This month, ATI's recent release seems aimed at fixing a host of various driver bugs. However, the "Known Issues" list is equally as long as the "Issues Resolved" list, but with a monthly driver release schedule, there's hope many of them will be fixed soon. Click here for the driver...

Maxtor Sata II nForce4 Issues Solved

Maxtor has just posted some new firmware which apparently solves any issues experienced when using the company's SATA II hard drives with an nForce4-equipped motherboard. Specifically, this new firmware fixes issues with DiamondMax 10, DiamondMax 11, MaxLine III, and MaxLine Pro 500 hard drives. With this solution coming direct from the hard...

Corsair Talks Heat Spreaders

We were sent a copy of the PDF referenced in Sean's news post below. Basically, Corsair is claiming that OCZ's new XTC heat spreaders are no more effective than the somewhat standard "flat" heat spreaders used on most high-end modules. Here's a big snip from the PDF... All our tests used the RST Pro card "Stress Test" to...

19" SLI Notebook Confirmed

Boutique PC vendor WidowPC has thrown caution (and NDA's?) to the wind and are proudly flaunting the coming of their SLI-equipped 19" DTR notebook. The Sting 919 will feature an AMD CPU, two GeForce Go 7800 GPU's, and an enormous 19" LCD for your viewing pleasure. With this in mind, one would assume we'd be seeing a 20lb behemoth...

Nintendo Revolution Pics!

The console enthusiast website GAF has posted some very interesting images of Nintendo's upcoming Revolution gaming console. Supposedly taken from a recruiting kit which was scheduled to be used after the Revolution console launches, the images show the progression of the hardware from conceptual design to the final appearance. As a bonus,...

Corsair Attacks OCZ Claims

Fudo reports that Corsair is distributing a .PDF in which the company tackles some of the bold claims made by OCZ in regards to the success of their heatspreaders. In a rather bold move on their part, Corsair illustrates the fact that heatspreaders on memory modules are largely for aesthetic purposes only and offer less than 5MHz of overclocking...

Nvidia Faces Fighting Words: Artificial Enthusiasts Found

Tonight, X-Bit labs takes a sober look at the recent Nvidia/AEG scandal. With rumors flying around everywhere, it's time to take a look at some of the facts(or lack thereof) surrounding the issue. "In the beginning of week - on the best day for starting a scandal - Nvidia Corp. was accused...

Nvidia in no rush to stamp out dangerous driver bug

A longstanding bug found in Nvidia's last few driver releases has yet to be fixed. Their "Direct Access" feature which allowed users to control their monitors from the ForceWare control panel still suffers from what some consider a serious, and potentially hardware damaging bug. Nvidia has updated their driver page with new 81.98...

Retail 955XE Fixes Thermal Issues at a Price @ TR

Our colleagues over at the TechReport have some new information regarding Intel's recently released Pentium Extreme Edition 955 (Presler). They had a bit of trouble with their initial sample that has since been resolved, but the solution had some unwanted side effects. "You may recall that...

Timeline of Major GPU Announcements (2001 - 2006)

The crew over at Accelenation.com has compiled a comprehensive list of major GPU announcements from the last half-decade or so. Lots of milestones in there, along with some interesting commentary and analysis. I can probably map the "highs" and "lows" of my tech. writing career based on this article.  :)  Make...

S3 Graphics Now Available Through Newegg

S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com S3 Graphics branded PCI Express add-in graphics cards offer great value with screaming 700MHz core clock and performance DDR3 memory Fremont, CA, February 8, 2006 – Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express...

Intel Santa Rosa Pushed Into 2007

DigiTimes reports that Intel's next-generation mobile platform (Santa Rosa) will be purposely delayed from its expected arrival at the end of 2006 and is now expected in March of 2007. Although the delay would seem to hint at some hardware issues, the platform supposedly is progressing as planned. The pushback for the timeline is actually...

Raptor WD1500ADFD Review

Anandtech has finally decided to take a look at the new flagship hard drive for enthusiasts from Western Digital. Extending the infamous Raptor family of drives, the new WD1500ADFD offers higher capacity, larger cache, and faster performance than its predecessors. With these kind of features, it's no wonder we were blown away by the latest...

Lian-Li V600 Case

Costing around $140, the Lian-Li V600 looks sleek and is a high quality case, which is expect of Lain-Li. Quality aside however, this case may or may not be what you're looking for, as PC Perspective reports."Here you can see the result of loosing 4.5" in height. The same upside down or BTX style back plane for motherboard placement, no exhaust...

Apple Introduces 1GB iPod nano

Do previous iPod nano's have more space than you need, and cost more than you want to pay? To help those of you out, Apple is releasing a 1GB version of their popular iPod nano. As Digital Lifestyle Magazine reports, they're 1GB model should hold around 240 songs, and cost $150. "Depending...

WD's Raptor Still Stands Alone

So, is it a real disappointment that we haven't seen more 10,000 RPM SATA drives? Possibly, but increasing the drives rotational speed isn't the only way to increase drive performance. In their recent article, HDDsaver explains the lack of more 10k RPM SATA drives, and covers some new technology aimed at increasing hard drive performance....

AEG Responds to Controversy

For the last few days, there has been an enormous amount of controversy regarding the business relationship NVIDIA has with the marketing agency AEG. In this time, there has been rampant speculation and pointed accusations of "planted shills" in forums with the sole purpose of pushing NVIDIA products. AEG has taken matters into their...

S3 GPU's Available at Newegg

S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com Fremont, CA, February 8, 2006 - Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America....

Wired Vaporware Awards

Wired has posted their latest installment of their annual Vaporware awards for your viewing pleasure. In this industry, it is not uncommon to have a long list of unfulfilled promises from vendors to bring the greatest new products to market. From Microsoft Vista to a handful of highly anticipated software titles like the infamous Duke Nukem...

DDR2 Prices Going Up

DigiTimes is reporting that DDR2 contract prices have soared a painful 18% since the second half of January. Amidst tight capacity, major memory vendors are free to play with pricing. Unfortunately, with Intel already in the DDR2 camp and AMD looking to join that group shortly it appears as though memory prices could be a sore spot for consumers...

Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev. 3 VGA Cooler

Arctic Cooling's NV Silencer series needs no introduction. The NV Silencer has found it's way on to video cards everywhere, and after personally owning 3 NV Silencers over the years, I can tell you Arctic Cooling can make a quality cooler. Tonight Hardware-Review.net puts this baby to the test with Nvidia's 7800GT....

Digital Communities Starter Kit

Digital Communities Starter Kit Provides Comprehensive Mobile Government Solution That Transforms Communities SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2006 – City governments can extend the reach of their employees to vital information, applications and processes for managing land use and community development activities with a new Land Management...

Plextor enters NAS market

Plextor Enters Network Attached Storage Market External Hard Disk Drive Offers Print Server, FTP, Back-up, and Security Functions FREMONT, Calif. - February 6, 2006 - Plextor(R) Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the PX-EH family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices....

G71 Faster than R580?

The rumor mill at The Inquirer is beginning to run at a frantic pace as tidbits of news regarding NVIDIA's 90u flagship GPU begin to make their way around the internet. Fudo reports that NVIDIA's G71 GPU is shaping up to be a very high-frequency part that "should" have no trouble besting ATI's X1900 XTX in the usual group of benchmarks....

GigaByte Yonah MicroATX Spotted

Akiba has posted some preliminary information and pictures of a new Gigabyte Yonah MicroATX motherboard that is now available overseas. This new motherboard yses Intel's 845GT chipset to support the new Yonah Core-Duo processor and features some innovative additions that will likely capture the interest of any HTPC enthusiast. From the standardized...

AMD AM2 Explored

Anandtech has posted an in-depth preview of AMD's upcoming AM2 processor platform. Without question, a large majority of the industry knows that the largest change this new platform brings is the introduction of DDR2 memory to the AMD architecture. However, there are several additional changes with AM2 that accompany that new technology....

Upcoming NVIDIA Chipsets?

T-Break has supposedly received some information from a reliable source regarding NVIDIA's chipset plans for AMD's upcoming Socket M2 processors. Looking at the breakdown of chipsets, one cannot help but see the remarkable similarities to the current crop of nForce4 chipsets with SLI x16 sitting at the top of the group and the "vanilla"...

Antec P150 Silent ATX Case

Antec knows a thing or two about cases, so it's always nice to see what their currently up to. Tonight Hardware-Review.net takes a look at Antec's P150 Silent ATX Case, equipped with three 120-mm fans, and sound dampening side panels."Finding a computer case that's silent and chocked full of features is very challenging. Most modern case manufacturers...

ASUS Extreme N7300GS GeForce 7300 GS Graphics Card

Adrian certainly makes a good point with the fact that the majority of people aren't gaming on the fastest hardware, as hardware surveys such as the one at Steampowered.com will show. Today they review the ASUS Extreme N7300GS, which is part of Nvidia's 7x00 family, but is it fast enough to run any of today's games?...

2GB of RAM: Do We Really Need That Much?

Is 2GB more than enough? It wasn't that long ago that we were having the "Is 1GB too much?" discussion. While 2GB could be the norm in the future, X-Bit labs decides to see if it's actually needed with todays software. "How much RAM should a contemporary computer system have? This...

SLI vs. Crossfire

GamePC has posted a very interesting article which compares the performance of X1900XTX cards in Crossfire against GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB cards in SLI. Beyond stock reference speeds, the editor also overclocks each setup to see which vendor offers the ultimate in stability and performance. Those assuming the test is a landslide victory for...

JPD GPU Market Share Numbers

Jon Peddie Research (JPD) has just released their market share numbers for Q4, 2005. Overall, the results were not too suprising given ATI's widely publicized struggle to get product into the channel. Here, NVIDIA capitalized on the situation and managed to gather 52% of the discrete desktop market. Fortunately for ATI, their popular IGP products...

Shuttle Plans Smaller SFF

SFF vendor Shuttle is spreading word that the company will be introducing a new SFF platform that is even smaller than their conventional XPC systems. Aimed squarely at the living room, it is likely that these new systems will place a large emphasis on aesthetics and low-noise such that the PC belnds nicely with the other home theater components...

PS3 Developer Fired

Playstation 3 Week brings word that  outspoken (former) Playstation 3 developer Josh Robinson has been fired by Sony for violating NDA and smearing the PS3 name in his highly-publicized "review" of PS3 development. The website managed to interview Josh to see what the fallout of the article entailed and what his plans moving...

OCZ PC3500GX Memory Review

OCZ appears to have produced yet another set of highly overclockable ram. As Motherboards.org explains, when given the right amount of voltage, the new OCZ PC3500GX can be pushed far beyond it's standard specs. "Considering that we easily pegged 245MHz at 2-2-2-5 with just 3.2V and no errors,...

How To Select A LCD For Gaming

While any old LCD monitor is fine for your average web surfer, gamers have stricter criteria for what's needed. After all, what's the use of having a high-end system, only to view your high resolution, anti-aliased game on a sub par monitor? The Tech Zone has taken their time to help explain away what you should be looking for."Specs are a...

Antec P150 Silent ATX Case

For the last couple of years, I have been obsessed with keeping my personal rig silent, and have tried just about every type of noise dampening material, every brand of fan, a handful of enclosures, and a ton of different CPU coolers. So I'm always intrigued when a new product hits that has the word "Silent" somewhere in its description....

New NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16 Platform Drivers

Hey All. I just wanted to let you know that NVIDIA has just released two new sets of drivers for the nForce 4 SLIX16 chipset. One set is for Windows 2000/XP and the other is for Windows XP Pro x64. They can be download from here: Platform/nForce Drivers > nForce4 AMD/Intel x16 > Windows XP Platform/nForce Drivers > nForce4 AMD/Intel...

Corsair XMS-3200C2 XPERT 2GB Launches

Corsair Memory has just announced the launch of the company's new XMS-3200C2 XPERT 2GB memory kits. Here, hand-picked memory modules that are guaranteed to run at 400MHz with tight 2-3-3-6 timings are paired with Corsair's unique XPERT display to report voltage, temperature, and frequency. Corsair has been a longtime member on Hot Hardware's...

GeForce 7800 GS (AGP) Reviews

AGP fans and users can now rejoice as NVIDIA has just launched the new GeForce 7800 GS as an AGP graphics card. Armed with 16 pipelines and all the bells and whistles of the G70 core, this new GPU will be a heatlhy upgrade from nearly any previous AGP-based graphics card. Of course, you can see how NVIDIA's latest and greatest AGP GPU performs...

512MB GeForce 7800 GTX Cards Back In Stock

512MB GeForce 7800 GTX Cards Back In Stock

We just got word from NVIDIA that some of their partners have begun shipping 512MB GeForce 7800 GTX cards to some popular on-line retailers again. Right after the launch, the initial batch of 512MB GTXs sold out incredibly quickly, and were nearly impossible to obtain for the last few weeks.  It seems like that's about to change though....

ASUS Extreme N7800GT Dual

HardOCP has managed to get their hands on the new ASUS Extreme N7800GT single-card SLI behemoth and run it through its paces. I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind the ability to have SLI performance with a single graphcis card in our already cluttered systems. Head on over to the review to see if the switch to a single PCB results in any degredation...

Google Busts Dell NDA

The sharp eyes in the forums at Notebook Review have come across some very interesting information regarding Dell's upcoming notebooks by using a simple search on Google. This search exposed a spreadsheet on Dell's FTP server that outlined in explicit detail the company's plans for launching their wave of Intel Core Solo and Core Duo notebooks....