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All News for May 2006

Is Sony "Forcing" Blu-Ray?

We're getting closer and closer to finding out if Sony's decision to incorporate Blu-Ray into the Playstation 3 was either a really good idea, or a really bad one. Either way, the folks on team XBox don't like Sony's idea of "forcing" the format onto consumers. "The...

CDV Trades Starforce For TAGES

CDV Software Entertainment has decided to dump Starforce as their anti-piracy method for TAGES. The act was done "In response to consumer demand". "We believe that TAGES will provide a sensible balance between protecting CDV's intellectual property rights against piracy, while at the same time minimizing the restrictions experienced...

XFX & MSI GeForce 7600GT Shoot-out

GDHardware.com has a whole lot of 7600 goodness with their XFX & MSI 7600GT shoot-out. Performance is similar of course, with the XFX holding a slight lead. MSI on the other hand has packed one heck of a cooler on their card, which could lead to some good overclocking results. "If we had to pick which of the two is are favorite...

The First Cloaking Device?

Sulu, where did that ship go damn it?!  Get Spock on the bridge now.  This can't be possible! PORTLAND, Ore. - John Pendry, a physicist at Imperial College in London, predicted in 2000 that metals could be engineered to reverse electrical fields. Since his prediction, metamaterials with a negative index of refraction have been...

Lenovo ThinkPad T60 Preview

If you're in the market for a powerful new notebook, [H]Consumer -- sister site to [H]ard|OCP -- has just posted a preview of Lenovo's Core Duo powered ThinkPad T60 that you'll want to check out.  Seems like a really nice notebook.  I'm going to be adding it to my list of upgrade options; this X1000 has to go soon....

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 HD

The Tech Report has just posted a review of Seagate's new 750GB, perpendicular recording Barracuda 7200.10 hard drive.  This is one monster of a hard drive in terms of features and capacity.  We'll be posting our review of this unit in the coming days... "Perpendicular recording...

VIA Announces VIA P4M900 DirectX9 Integrated Graphics Chipset

VIA Announces VIA P4M900 DirectX 9 Integrated Graphics Chipset for the Intel Processor Platform VIA P4M900 featuring the VIA Chrome9 IGP core provides powerful new tool for building systems ready for Microsoft Windows Vista Taipei, Taiwan, 30 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and...

Havok Responds to EPIC Interview

nV News has just received a response from Havok concerning their interview with EPIC's Tim Sweeney at E3 and comments made regarding physics. With a strong physics API which can utilize a GPU for processing, Havok's method allows users to dedicate a portion of their graphics power to physics and eliminates the need for...

R600 To Have "True" Cable-Less Crossfire

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's upcoming flagship R600 GPU will be the company's first graphics card to support cable-less Crossfire with zero limitations. As you might remember from our review of the Radeon X1800 GTO, that GPU also touted cable-less Crossfire support. However, some limitations are present...

Memorial Day Thanks

Memorial Day Thanks

Today, in between your back-yard barbecue fun, take time to remember the real reason why US citizens have this day off from work.  Our heart-felt thanks to the Men and Women of the US Military who have paid the ultimate price in their effort to keep us safe and free. We also invite you to our "Old School" section of HotHardware.com...

ECS C19-A Given The Once-Over - OC Online

ECS has been stepping up to the plate lately with solid offerings for the Computing Enthusiast. We took a look at their C19-A board as well recently and found it pretty spiffy. Overclockers Online thinks so too... The ECS C19-A motherboard is great motherboard for those looking to build...

How the PS3 got to be $600

Joystiq.com has an interesting article posted that tries to explain how the upcoming Playstation 3 became such an expensive (relatively speaking) piece of hardware.  Could it be the NVIDIA built GPU, Cell Processors, memory, and Blu-Ray drive? Probably... "While the entire internet (at...

2CPU.com Evaluates Intel's Woodcrest

Our buds over at 2CPU have the skinny on Woodcrest performance, sort of like a ghost of things to come with Conroe... sort of. Woodcrest, or the Xeon 5100 series processors, will have 4mb of dynamically shared L2 cache. Having this type of shared cache allows each core to use as much cache as it needs to handle the operations associated with...

Tech Titans Take Sides

It looks like we've got a full-on battle royale coming up in the tech industry.  Business Week says, "Yahoo partners with eBay to battle with Google, which is teaming with Dell to put the heat on Microsoft".  Sounds like things could get ugly. "Under the Yahoo-eBay...

The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

This type of article is always a fun read.  PCWorld has outlined what they think are the 25 worst tech products of all time.  This is a very interesting list to say the least, and it's sure to stir up some debate.  They sure as heck didn't pull any punches... "Picking...

AMD's Answer to Conroe?

Athlon Rumor Mill has posted some exceptional information regarding AMD's upcoming Rev G processors. Somehow, the editor managed to obtain die shots of both a current Revision F processor as well as an upcoming Revision G CPU. An animated clip overlays the two images and reveals the fact that there are some significant architectural...

ATI's R600 First GPU to Hit 1GHz?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that sources have indicated ATI is aiming for an unparalleled 1GHz core frequency for their next generation R600 GPU. Nearly impossible to achieve using the conventional 90u process, this target speed seems to indicate the use of 65u process for this GPU. With an estimated arrival late in Q4 or possibly...

Dell XPS 700 On Sale in UK

Gamers in the UK can rejoice as Dell's next generation XPS desktop is available for sale on Dell's UK website. First seen at E3 this year, the system features a new "Full Metal Jacket" case which has a unique aesthetic and some stellar performance features. Here, Dell claims you get the same performance...

Microprocessor History, Part 2

The second part of the microprocessor history article has been posted at BTX Form Factor Info. Not very in depth, so it's pretty easy to understand, but covers many areas of processor evolution. There have been many players in the microprocessor story, but the two companies that have had the most impact are also the two that...

Vista's Delays and Linux?

XYZ Computing posted up an article talking about Microsoft's mishaps with Vista, Xbox 360 and Office, as a reason for Linux to take more of the desktop OS market. Not sure what the big problems with Vista are, other than the short release delay, and what Xbox or Office have to do with the OS Market. Looks to me like an anti-microsoft...

AMD Athlon 64 FX-62: DDR2 versus DDR1

Now that we've had ample time to digest the performance numbers from AMD's new Socket AM2, it's time to take a closer look at the differences between DDR1 and DDR2. In order to get as close to an apples to apples comparison as you can get, Hardware Zone has overclocked an Athlon 64 FX-60(S939) to 2.8GHz and benchmarks it against...

ATI Catalyst 6.5 Performance Analysis

Another driver release from ATI spawns another performance comparison for TweakTown. Along with the addition of Adaptive Anti-Aliasing, ATI promises some performance improvements in a couple of games. Probably not the games you were hoping for though. "Apart from the performance...

Gefore 7900 Problems Impact Users

Fueling the notion that there is no "safe overclock", it seems there are problems with some factory overclocked 7900 cards. While the majority of overclocked 7900s out there are stable, some bad ones from BFG, XFX, and EVGA have slipped past the quality checks. "It seems that the...

NVIDIA DualTV MCE TV/FM-Tuner Review

Hello everyone.  We just wanted to let you all know that we've posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of NVIDIA's recently announced DualTV MCE TV/FM-Tuner card.  Those of you that are in the market for a new tuner for a Windows Media Center based PC will want to check this one out.  ...

Rage3D IRC Chat with ATI

If you want to ask ATI some direct questions regarding their X1600 family of products, Rage3D will be hosting a chat today with Prasad Sristi in their IRC channel.  Plus, it looks like ATI will be giving something away to a lucky participant. More information is available on Rage3D's site....

NVIDIA GPU and Cell on Single Graphics Card?

While browsing through the Yahoo Financial forums for ATI and NVIDIA, I stumbled across this interesting post. Here, someone claims that NVIDIA is currently working with Sony to develop a graphics card that features both an NVIDIA GPU as well as a Cell processor. Obviously, if this rumor has any substance to it...

Preliminary Intel Pricing for Conroe

Somehow, the gang over at HKEPC still manage to get their hands on sensitive information and today have posted some preliminary pricing from Intel for their upcoming products including Conroe. Looking at the first slide they have posted from an Intel presentation, we see the "Extreme Edition" of Conroe coming in at...

ABIT OC's Presler Core to 5.8GHz

We received an email notifying us that ABIT has managed to overclock an Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 from its stock 3.73GHz speed to an impressive 5.8GHz. Using an ABIT AW8D-MAX motherboard and 1GB of Corsair DDR2 memory, a blistering 242MHz FSB was achieved. Unfortunately, we have no clue what sort of cooling methods...

Intel Computer Clubhouse Opens At Boys & Girls Club

Intel Computer Clubhouse Opens At Boys & Girls Club In Heart Of Atlanta ATLANTA, May 24, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) today are celebrating the opening of a new Intel Computer Clubhouse, a unique after-school learning center for youth ages 10 to 18. The clubhouse is located at the John H....

E3 2006 Microsoft Booth Tour

E3 is always filled with the latest and greatest in gaming.  With Xbox 360 selling well and DX10 and Vista on the horizon, even Microsoft had large presence at E3.  For a tour of their booth complete with a handful of pics, check out this article at ThinkGaming... "At the farthest back point in the South Hall you'll find Microsoft's...

ECS Releases New RS485M-M Motherboard with IGP

ECS Elitegroup Releases New RS485M-M Motherboard with Integrated Graphics for Casual Enthusiasts -- The new ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset based motherboard delivers exceptional value/performance -- Fremont, CA (May 24, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS(R)), the world's leading computer component and notebook manufacturer, today...

Review of Seagate 750GB Disk

ExtremeTech takes on Seagate's big, bad bodacious 750Giger... Seagate delivers a monster 750GB hard drive, the new Barracuda 7200.10. Seagate's new drive may be just the thing for media junkies, but how do you back up three-quarters of a terabyte?...

Dell Goes Retail (Again)

AppleInsider has learned that Dell is planning to tackle the retail business once again with stores opening in both Dallas and New York. Given the success of Apple's retail efforts and the amount of publicity their new retail store on Fifth Avenue is receiving, this is surely one of the catalysts for Dell trying their hand at retail again....

AMD Athlon 64 FX-62, Athlon 64 X2 5000+, Socket AM2,nForce 590 and RD580 AM2 - Tested @ HH

The title speaks volumes and it's a lengthy one indeed. AMD's new DDR2 infused platform is here, in concert with new chipset offerings from NVIDIA and ATI.  Swing on by for a look...   And Digg on it here please to spread the word to others.  ...

AMD Socket AM2 Family Preview

If you just can't seem to quench your thirst for more info on AMD's Socket AM2, Phoronix has another article of interest. Click here to get in the know on chipset support, motherboard offerings, and linux compatibility. "When it comes to the whole server and workstation topic of Socket...

ASUS 7800GT Top Silent /2HDTV

If you're on the hunt for a high-end(but quiet) video card, make sure not to look past ASUS's 7800GT Top Silent card. We've had a chance to inspect ASUS's unique silent cooler design before, and it is quite impressive. Does the cooling performance carry over to a more powerful card like a 7800GT though? "Today we...

Intel Capital Extends WiMAX Investments Worldwide

Intel Capital Extends WiMAX Investments Worldwide First Investment in the Middle East and Continued Momentum in Europe SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2006 - Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, today announced the signing of two WiMAX (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access) agreements. The first is...

OCZ Technology Adopts New Enhanced Performance Profiles

OCZ Technology Adopts New Enhanced Performance Profiles for New Line of NVIDIA SLI-Certified Memory Modules NVIDIA and OCZ Technology Cooperate in Bringing New High-Performance Memory Specification to Market Sunnyvale, CA - May 22, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,...

RivaTuner 2.0 RC16 released - "One of the biggest updates"

Those who understand the value of RivaTuner will be pleased to hear a new version has been released today. Version 2.0 RC16 is now out, improving it's already great card and driver support. There are too many changes/additions to list here, so click here for a full list. "RivaTuner...

Intel, Microsoft Collaborate To Bring Pay-As-You-Go PCs To Millions Of New Users

Intel, Microsoft Collaborate To Bring Pay-As-You-Go PCs To Millions Of New Users Microsoft FlexGo Technology to be a Key Element of Intel World Ahead Program SEATTLE, May 22, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the companies will collaborate to engineer and deliver flexible, pay-as-you-go PC purchasing models...

Corsair Raises the Bar for Ultra High Performance DDR2 Memory

Corsair Raises the Bar for Ultra High Performance DDR2 Memory   -- Shipping immediately, the new NVIDIA SLI-Ready TWIN2X2048-8500C5 and the TWIN2X2048-6400C4 set new performance standards for the enthusiasts --     Fremont, CA (May 22, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance...

Foxconn to Show Branded Graphics Cards

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...

ATI and NVIDIA to Own Chipset Market?

None other than Mike Magee himself has posted an interesting bit of news regarding the motherboard chipset market over at The Inquirer. Here, Mike had the opportunity to sit down with ATI's own Dave Orton and discuss where ATI would be in this market down the road. Apparently, ATI believes that only ATI and NVIDIA will be...

Pentium D 960 Review

If you've been shopping for a processor, you may have noticed that Intel silently launched a new Pentium D CPU recently, the dual-core 3.6GHz Pentium D 960. The gang at HardwareZone plucked one fresh from the assembly line and have posted their thoughts about its performance and value.  Not a bad chip -- it's almost a shame Conroe...

Cooler Master Real Power 550W PSu

With today's super-fast, power hungry processors and multi-GPU rigs, power supplies are getting a lot more attention than they used to.  DriverHeaven has taken a look new 550W PSU from the folks at Cooler Master, and they ended up liking it enough to give it an award. "To follow...

Mushkin Enhanced Selected to Power Hypersonic Computer Systems

Mushkin Enhanced Selected to Power Hypersonic Computer Systems Denver, CO, May 18, 2006- Mushkin Enhanced, a leading manufacturer in high-performance computer components, is proud to announce that it has been chosen by Hypersonic PC Sytems to provide the Mushkin Power Supply Series for Hypersonic's entire PC lineup. Mushkin power supplies...

Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies

It wasn't until the past few years that people even cared about what kind of PSU powered their computer. Recently though, more attention has been given to the need for a quality PSU, and interest in how these devices work and how to mod them has also grown. If you're intrigued about how a PSU is built, than Hardware Secrets can...

Havok Comments on EPIC Interview

nV News has just received a response from Havok concerning their interview with EPIC's Tim Sweeney at E3 and comments made regarding physics. With a strong physics API which can utilize a GPU for processing, Havok's method allows users to dedicate a portion of their graphics power to physics and eliminates the need for...

Havok Comments on EPIC Interview

nV News has just received a response from Havok concerning their interview with EPIC's Tim Sweeney at E3 and comments made regarding physics. With a strong physics API which can utilize a GPU for processing, Havok's method allows users to dedicate a portion of their graphics power to physics and eliminates the need for...

Americans Prefer Java Code Over Cup of Java

I like both, but the net still comes first. Coffee is more of an internet aid really, just something to help you keep surfing. "A quarter of employees watch or listen to streaming media at least once a week from work, and 18 percent have downloaded and stored nonwork music, photos and video clips, according to a telephone-based survey sponsored...

Low to Mid-Range PCIe Video Card Roundup

If you've never had the pleasure of having a system good enough to enjoy games like Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. at decent quality settings, then you're really missing out on some great gaming experiences. A great experience doesn't always have to break your bank account though, and Madshrimps demonstrates that with their latest roundup...

Physics Processing For All : BFG Tech AGEIA PhysX Card

GamePC labs has a review posted this morning of BFG's AGEIA PhysX card. Lots of good information in this review, along with some some insightful opinions and commentary.  We've also taken a look at this card. For another reference point, you can read our article right here. "The problem is not the hardware. After seeing the demos,...

AMD Issues Statement On Dell Decision To Offer Customers Choice

AMD Issues Statement On Dell Decision To Offer Customers Choice SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 18, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding the announcement Dell Inc. made in its quarterly earnings statement that it intends to offer AMD Opteron Dual Core processor-based servers. "We welcome Dell, and Dell customers,...

First Quarter PC Graphics Shipments Up 25%

First Quarter PC Graphics Shipments Up 25% Year-Over-Year; Notebook Graphics Shipments Soar 31% Nvidia expands discrete market share, ATI grows overall   TIBURON, CA - May 19, 2006 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a leading research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier...

Dell's First Quarter Revenues and AMD Opteron News

In their latest press release, Dell talks about their fiscal Q1-2007 revenues, but also drops in some news of their future plans with AMD. According to Dell, their ninth generation servers will use Intel's Woodcrest CPU, and will introduce AMD Opteron CPUs in their multi-processor servers by the end of the year....

Explosive Cell Phones

It's highly unlikely that cell phones will give you brain cancer, but that still doesn't mean the little devices are harmless. A few reports of exploding cell phone batteries have circulated around the web in the past couple of years, which is more the result of poor battery usage rather than a design flaw....

Apple closes down OS X

Well, that didn't take long now did it?  After switching to Intel based microprocessors for their Macintosh machines a few months ago, Apple obviously had to release a new version of OSX to power the machines. And said version is now locked down in part due to Apple's fear of pirates selling Mac-Clones. Check out this article...

Microsoft Reveals Windows Vista Minimum Specifications

Microsoft has been tight lipped about the minimum and recommended specifications for their upcoming Windows Vista OS to this point, but the company has just spilled the beans.  If you want to know what it's going to take just to run Vista, or to run Vista with the Aero interface in all its glory, see here... To get an even better...

Compress 58CD's onto 1CD

The well known burning software suite Nero has just released a "reference quality" software encoder that supposedly allows users to compress 58CD's and fit them onto a single CD under the maximum compression level. The compression ratios can be selected on a per file basis, though the most impressive feature is the ability to...

New DX9 Benchmark (Finally!)

Fudo sends word that the industry will soon have a new DX9 benchmark that is based off of a boat racing game. Should the genre not excite you, the technical details surely will. Called RyderMark 2006 and based off a multithreaded Sahara game engine, we find support for Parallax Occlusion Mapping, 64-bit High Dynamic Range lighting with Anti-Aliasing,...

Corsair EPP Technology Interview

New technology designed for overclockers? Yes please! Techgage.com has a good interview with Corsair co-founder John Beekley, discussing how their memory will work with Nvidia's EPP(Enhanced Performance Profiles) technology. "NVIDIA unveiled a new technology designed for overclockers called EPP, or Enhanced Performance Profiles....

AMD Sees Little Need For Change

AMD isn't changing cards anytime soon, as they've been doing just fine with the hand they have. With their new chip architecture due out next year, AMD is sticking to all the same ingredients that have made their current line of 64-bit CPUs so popular. "The new chip architecture--currently...

Microsoft Still Under Watch

For the next two years, some of Microsoft's business practices will continue to be closely monitored by the U.S. Government due to antitrust law concerns. Microsoft was supposed to be let off the hook this year, but the investigation has received an extension. "Microsoft had already agreed to the lengthier scrutiny sought by...

Gigabyte GA-G1975X G1-Turbo Review

Hello everyone. Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we want to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Gigabyte's unique GA-G1975X G1-Turbo.  This motherboard supports Intel's LGA755 processors and features an elaborate cooling apparatus that flanks...

NVIDIA IGPs Enhance Highest Volume HP Notebook Lines

NVIDIA Integrated Graphics Processors Enhance Highest Volume HP Notebook Lines Powerful, energy-efficient NVIDIA IGP and GPU Solutions Power Slim, Stylish HP Notebooks SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 17, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the new NVIDIA GeForce...

AMD Turion 64 X2 Performance Preview

Hot on the heals of this morning's announcement from AMD, HardwareZone has posted a performance preview is the new Turion 64 X2 processor. It seems the gang at HardwareZone got their hands on a pre-release MSI notebook that featured AMD new mobile CPU.  Seemed like a decent performer......

Interview with ATI's Terry Makedon

In the latest in a series of interviews with industry sources at Sharky Extreme, they have posted an interview with ATI's Terry Makedon. Terry answers some highly discussed questions regarding Catalyst drivers, CrossFire, PPU calculations, Windows Vista support, and much more. Check out the latest interview here. Terry Makedon:...

AMD Launches Turion64 X2 Processors

AMD Delivers Multi-Tasking Performance On-The-Go With First 64-Bit Dual-Core Mobile Processor SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 17, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD TurionTM 64 X2 mobile technology, the first and only family of 64-bit dual-core processors designed for thin and light notebook PCs. AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology allows...

ATI Launches Radeon® Xpress

ATI Boosts Performance and Productivity of Today's Notebook Computers with New Radeon(R) XpressTM 1100 Series MARKHAM, ONTARIO, May 17, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- New chipsets armed to support AMD TurionTM 64 X2 mobile technology deliver industry-leading battery life, faster graphics, and come ready for the Microsoft...

Users Petition Creative X-Fi

The Inquirer sends word that owners of Creative's flagship X-Fi sound cards are up in arms and have formed a petition to have several key fixes and enhancements made to the product. From crackling audio to bloated software and a lack of any significant support for X-Ram, there is plenty for X-Fi owners to complain about. Perhaps the largest...

iPod Resurrection - MP3 Player Repair

Auphan Online had published a good article detailing their own iPod surgery. If your iPod's having some problems and your all out of ideas, might as well go the frankenstein route. "Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple equivalent...

IOGear BOSS 120GB Home/Office Network Server Appliance

If you're in the need for more hard drive space, but don't want to add another drive to your computer, you can always opt for an external hard drive. Network storage drives are a conveniant thing to have, especially if you've got a home network going. "When looking for additional...

VIA's VTF2006 to Feature Prominent Keynote Speakers

VIA's VTF2006 to Feature Prominent Keynote Speakers and Technology Leadership in Fast-Growing Markets Seventh VIA Technology Forum boasts support from renowned industry players, with keynote addresses by executives from VIA, AMD and Microsoft Taipei, Taiwan, 16 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon...

Inside AMD64 Architecture

Ever wonder what makes the Athlon 64 faster than the Pentium 4, when the P4 is clocked at a higher frequency? Or just want to learn a little more about CPU architecture? The guys over at Hardware Secrets have posted an interesting in depth article about the inner workings of the AMD K8 "Hammer" family of CPU's....

E3 Round-Up

With such notable events such as the first public announcements of Nintendo's Wii system and Sony's highly anticipated Playstation 3 console, this year's E3 proved to be much more exciting than last year's show. With so much going on, it is no surprise to see an enormous amount of coverage in the press. Should you need more...

Sony's Take on the UMPC

SONY DELIVERS WORLD'S FIRST FULL-FUNCTION POCKET-SIZED PC SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2006 - Sony Electronics today introduced the VAIO(R) UX Micro PC, placing full-size computer performance in a pocket-sized package. Weighing just over a pound, the new PC has a Microsoft(R) XP Professional operating system and an Intel(R) CoreTM Solo Ultra Low Voltage...

Dismal UT2007 Performance?

Bit-Tech has posted an article which outlines their brief experience with Unreal Tournament 2007 behind closed doors at E3. Despite the enormous amount of hype which has been building up since we first saw glimpses of what Unreal Engine 3 could do with games such as Gears of War, the guys at Bit-Tech seem more than a bit disappointed by UT2007....

Lackluster Ageia Sales?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their channel-checks with retailers have uncovered some lackluster sales for Ageia's new PhysX PPU. One particular vendor claims they are selling roughly ten cards per day which is certainly below average for a hot new piece of hardware. Apparently, the questionable enhancements in current games...

ECS 945G-M3 and C19-A SLI Motherboards

We've posted a showcase today where we evaluate the features and performance of two ECS-built motherboards, the 945G-M3 and the C19-A SLI.  While both of these boards are available for about the same price (<$100), they feature different chipsets and form factors.  Head on over......

Monarch Furia Evaluation @ [H]Consumer

[H]Consumer (sister site to [H]ard|OCP) has evaluated a mid-range Furia system from Monarch. Unfortunately, Kyle and crew ran into a few problems with regard to how this system was built and configured.  It seems a few components didn't match the original order, and a few missteps were made during the build process as well. "We decided...

Corsair Announces Immediate Adoption of EPP

Corsair Announces Immediate Adoption of Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) A new open memory standard jointly developed by Corsair and NVIDIA, Corsair redefines the fundamental design of memory to elevate performance benefits Fremont, CA (May 15, 2006) - Corsair Memory, Inc., the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance...

Budget graphics cards compared @ TR

Our friends over at the Tech Report have rounded up a trio of budget-priced graphics cards and put them trough the wringer in typical TR fashion.  When all was said and done, one card was the clear winner.  But we won't give away the conclusion.  Head on over to TR for the full scoop......

VIA based TabletKiosk eo Arrives in US Market

VIA based TabletKiosk eo Arrives in US Market   New eo Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) equipped with advanced connectivity, easy to use touch panel interface, and enhanced battery life though the ultra-low power VIA UMPC Platform   Taipei, Taiwan, 15 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies...

NVIDIA Unveils New Open Memory Specification

NVIDIA UNVEILS A NEW OPEN STANDARD MEMORY SPECIFICATION DESIGNED TO PROVIDE HIGHER LEVELS OF SYSTEM PERFORMANCE Launch Partner Corsair Will Be the First to Bring Products with New Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) To Market SANTA CLARA, CA -- MAY 15, 200 6-- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics...

E3 Babes Told To Cover Up

Young girls wearing skimpy outfits, all in the name of video entertainment, has become a hallmark of the E3 show. This year there's been a bit of a crackdown though, as some girls have received warnings for showing a little too much skin. "Pauline K, who declined to give her last name,...

Wii3 2006?

The Nintendo Wii seems to be the highlight of this years E3. The wait to play the new system reached four hours at one point, as the line stretched on and on. There have been a few negative comments about the console, mostly focusing around the lack of response the controller has in some games, but overall the system has been praised as a...

KINGSTON HyperX DDR500 LOW LATENCY MEMORY

KINGSTON ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF DDR500 LOW LATENCY MEMORY MODULES Fountain Valley, CA May 14, 2006 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the worldwide independent leader in memory products, announced today immediate availability of HyperX DDR500 (PC4000) low latency memory modules and kits. Kingston's latest memory offering is ideal...

Thanks Mom!

They brought you into this world and they can take you out!  Remember to show your appreciation to the woman who gave you a life, literally and figuratively.  Also remember to show your appreciation today to the woman who may be the corner-stone, the back-bone, the pillar of your own little tribe. Mamma, NOBODY compares to Mamma......

E3 Odds And Ends

There were some interesting tid-bits flowing out of E3 this year, a few of which our friend Samit has posted up here, with more to follow.   If you have time to kill and are perhaps feeling a bit on the randy side, check out PCApex's E3 Booth Babe Circus Side-Show... I don't know, something about chicks in Space Warrior gear...

Support HotHardware! Vote @ NewEgg

Hello Everyone! Please, do us a favor and head on over to NewEgg.Com to vote in their Tech & Gaming site poll.  Once you're at the main page, scroll all the way down, and at the lower, left corner of the main page you'll see a poll on the Tech & Gaming websites you visit the most. If you see a different poll about your...

Interview with Tim Sweeney

My good buddy jAkUp over at nV News has managed to get an interview with Tim Sweeney at E3 and has posted the transcript in the forums for your viewing pleasure. Jacob does an excellent job of touching base on all the hot topics as of late including DX10 implementation and hardware physics acceleration. Without question, one of the most...

NVIDIA Conference Call Notes

Yahoo Finance has just posted notes from NVIDIA's financial earnings conference call yesterday. Here, the company saw a record revenue of $681.8 million compared to $583.8 million for this quarter last year. Some highlights include an increase of 34% for notebook growth as well as an announced partnership with Intel which will pair GoForce...

GPU Price War

Fudo over at The Inquirer is reporting that NVIDIA is taking a large initiative to significantly lower the costs of it's flagship GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT graphics cards. Right now, we're not positive what the average drop in price will be throughout the market. However, any easy way to find...

New World of Warcraft Playable Race Announced

Blizzard has officially announced the Draenei as the new playable Alliance race in their hit MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Rumors of the race being the Draenei have been circulating for sometime, but now it's official as you can see here....

ECS C19-A SLI (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI XE)

Being worthy of Hardware Zone's "Most Value For Money Award", the ECS C19-A SLI is an attractively priced SLI solution built on Nvidia's nForce4 SLI Chipset. It has some good features for a budget board. "Then the new Intel only nForce4 SLI XE chipset was...

NVIDIA and Alienware Showcase World's First SLI Notebook

NVIDIA and Alienware Showcase World's First SLI Notebook with Dual GeForce Go 7900 GPUs at E3 ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO - LOS ANGELES, CA - May 10, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced it will demonstrate Alienware notebooks based on NVIDIA SLI...

NVIDIA Showcases Hellgate: London at E3

NVIDIA Showcases Hellgate: London at Electronic Entertainment Expo Hellgate: London Leverages NVIDIA Tools and Tech Support to Create Stunning Experience ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO - LOS ANGELES, CA - May 11, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) will show Hellgate: London this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles....

New GeForce 7 GPU's Coming?

NGOHQ has been told from a supposedly reliable source that NVIDIA will soon be launching several new additions to the GeForce 7 family of GPU's. Here, the source lists a GeForce 7900 GS, GeForce 7600 GTX, GeForce 7600 LE, and GeForce 7300 LE as the upcoming models. It will certainly be interesting to see what sort...

Turion64 X2 and SOcket AM2 in May

DigiTimes reports that motherboard vendors have confirmed a May 17 launch date for AMD's Turion64 X2 and Socket AM2 products. This is in contrast to previous reports where AMD would be delaying the launch due to a lack of sufficient volume. With a number of new mobile designs wins for AMD and their Turion64 processor, it...

ATI's Quad-Crossfire Eventually Coming

The Inquirer reports that ATI's obvious introduction of a Quad-Crossfire configuration is still a long ways away. With NVIDIA's Quad-SLI up and running (for the most part) in the marketplace, ATI certainly needs to come up with an answer if for no other reason than for marketing and PR purposes. Despite having a handful of...

ABIT's HDMI-Certified SFF Motherboard

DailyTech has just received word that ABIT is planning to launch the industry's first HDMI-certified motherboard. Based on the Intel 945GT chipset, the SFF motherboard support Yonah and eventually Merom. Armed with an array of of ports and interfaces including SATA 3.0Gbps, Firewire, 15-pin D-Sub, 7.1 audio ports, and...

Shuttle SD36G5M XPC

Good evening all! Marco here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Shuttle's new VIIV compliant SD36G5M XPC small form factor system. The SD36G5M may be based on the familiar G5 chassis, but Shuttle has incorporated a few new features into this system that are...

E3 2006 - Hands On With The Wii

JCal from FiringSquad.com has posted his impressions on Nintendo's new controller. While thoughts of the new Metroid Prime game were good, the promising looking Red Steel seems to fall short of expectations. "This morning I managed to luck out and was one of the first in line at E3 2006 to try out perhaps the most talked about game controller...

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Website Updated

The official website for Splash Damage's Enemy Territory: Quake Wars has gone live. The new site is your basic game homepage, equipped with some nice images in the media gallery.  ...

Halo 3 Announced

As if there was any doubt, Bungie will be releasing another installment of the Halo series on Microsoft's new console. Head on over to Bungie's site for the press release, E3 2006 Announcement Trailer, and a few screenshots from the game. "The game was revealed to the world at the...

SiSoftware Sandra 2007 Review

NGOHQ has the latest addition of SiSoftware's Sandra in for review. Sandra 2007 comes with a new design, as well as some new benchmarks and features. "In case you have never heard of SiSoftware`s Sandra, it stands for `The System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant`. It...

Kuju Entertainment Supports AGEIA PhysX Processor in Rail Simulator

Kuju Entertainment Supports AGEIA PhysX Processor in Rail Simulator LOS ANGELES and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 10, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies,Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced today at E3 that Kuju Entertainment is supporting the AGEIA PhysX processor in its upcoming Rail Simulator. Rail Simulator lets...

Totally New Dell XPS Desktop

Dell has just informed us that they have officially launched a preview of the company's Next Generation XPS system. For those who have been less than enthusiastic about the appearance of Dell systems in the past, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the new chassis. Dubbed "Heavy Ordinance", this new platform is...

GeForce 7300GT Coming

DailyTech sends word that they're hearing of a 90u GeForce 7300 GT which is essentially a GeForce 7600 GS which will be equipped with only 8 pipelines and run at a lower 350MHz core frequency. In addition, the 128-bit interface should help ensure that this part is faster than the current GeForce 7300 GS. Add to this...

Microsoft Announces Cross-Platform Online Gaming Service

Microsoft has decided to extend it's XBox Live service to multiple platforms under the name "Live Anywhere". The new system will integrate Microsoft's Windows Vista with cell phones, and their gaming consoles. "In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was...

Building an Infrared Transmitter for Your PC

If your up for starting a quick little project, Hardware Secrets can show you how to build your own IR transmitter for the PC. As the article clip states, if you can use a solder iron, you can build the device. "Several motherboards have the necessary hardware for the installation of an infrared...

Nintendo's E3 Press Conference Coverage

Yesterday we posted some info on what sony has to offer at this years E3, and tonight we have some information about Nintendo's Press Conference. BFR Provides some decent shots of a few upcoming games for Nintendo's Wii, and has a little more information concerning how the system will tie into the next Zelda title....

AGEIA PhysX Powered Add-in Cards Now Available Worldwide

AGEIA PhysX Powered Add-in Cards Now Available Worldwide AGEIA's PhysX Processor is Available Now on PC add-in Cards from ASUS and BFG MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 9, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced the availability of its PhysX processor on add-in accelerator cards from...

Alienware Launches SLI Notebooks

Alienware has just announced two new mobile platforms that feature NVIDIA SLI technology. The Aurora m9700 is a 17" system that includes an AMD Turion 64 mobile processor and two GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics cards. The new flagship Aurora mALX system is a 19" monster also using the new AMD Turion...

Socket 939 vs. Socket AM2

The Inquirer reports this morning that AMD has decided to keep the same clock frequencies for both Socket 939 and Socket AM2 variants of the same cores. The Socket AM2 platform will be introduced with a new Athlon 64 FX-62 as the flagship part. Armed with a new memory controller to support DDR-II and a healthy additional 200MHz compared...

BFG's Ageia PhysX Physics Card

When Mountain View California start-up Ageia announced a new co-processor architecture for Desktop 3D Graphics that off-loaded the heavy burden physics places on the CPU-GPU rendering pipeline, the industry applauded what looked like the enabling of a new era of PC Gaming realism.  Of course, on paper and in PowerPoint, things always...

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Interview

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is really shaping up to be one incredible looking game. From the new advances to the Doom 3 engine such as MegaTexture technology, to the refinement of the gameplay that made the original Enemy Territory famous, Quake Wars could be the next great online game. In their latest interview, Beyond3D has...

Sony Shows How Desperate They Really Are

More information concerning Sony has found it's way into our news box. In reaction to the poor response to Sony's PS3 controller design, they've unveiled their latest design which looks, well, like a Playstation controller. That's not all though, as they've appeared to have taken an idea from their rival, Nintendo. ...

Sony E3 Press Conference - Full Report

Ah yes, the buzz surrounding E3 2006 is growing, and we couldn't be more excited! As the news comes our way, we'll be sure to post the most interesting bits from the show, so make sure to check back regularly. Tonight, RewiredMind.com brings us some information on what Sony will have to offer, even offering a supposed release date...

Bluetooth Headset Roundup

XYZ Computing has published a lengthy review covering four different Bluetooth headsets. With the cheapest one being $130, they're all decent headsets, but the BT800 makes the biggest impression. "With so many Bluetooth headsets on the market it had been a real challenge to pick only 3 or 4, each had to be worth spending a week with...

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor Unified Brand Name For Upcoming PC, Laptop Processors

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...

Ultra Power Supply Tester

It's not a difficult device to operate, but it sure is handy. In their latest article, PC Perspective takes Ultra's Power Supply Tester for a spin. With all the problems a bad Power Supply can cause, a PSU Tester is a great thing to have if your in the computer repair business....

SilverStone Zeus ST75ZF 750W

We haven't posted any Power Supply news recently, but this one deserves some attention. Phoronix has reviewed SilverStone's Zeus ST75F 750W PSU, which is geared towards the most energy hungry PCs out there(Quad-SLI anyone?). "If the popular 500~600W power supply units are...

ATi X1900 Overclocking Guide @ Madshrimps

Madshrimps have posted a short over-clocking guide for the X1900 series of cards. The article goes over the different software tools, cooling, basic and advanced over-clocking options. The guide should be useful for anyone starting out in over-clocking. You currently own...

Conroe Compatible with the i865 Chipset?

The article isn't in english, but the pictures and headline tell most of the story.  It seems that the folks at HKEPC were able to get a Conroe CPU up and running on an entry level AsRock motherboard powered by the aged i865 chipset.  They've got a couple of interesting screenshots and a bit of performance data posted as...

Rahul Sood Asks, "Can They Do No Wrong?"

VoodooPC CEO, Rahul Sood, has an editorial posted on his blog with his thoughts on NVIDIA and ATI and how their respective platforms are utilized on VoodooPC's high-end PC.  He also speculates on what the upcoming Intel Conroe launch could mean to NVIDIA's and ATI's chipset business. "First of all, what people need to understand...

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For "Next Billion People"

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For "Next Billion People"

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People' Otellini Demonstrates Education Notebook PC for Developing Nations; Unveils Plan with Mexico to Provide 300,000 Low-Cost PCs to Teachers      AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 - The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach...

Scathing PhysX Review

Anandtech has posted an absolutely scathing review of ASUS' PhysX discrete physics accelerator. Although the card seems to perform well when testing AGEIA's own demos and tests, actual gameplay benchmarking reveals that the physics "accelerator" actually yields lower framerates. Granted, this is largely due to the use...

EVGA Exclusive - the Signature SeriesT - GeForce 7900GT

EVGA Exclusive - the Signature SeriesT - GeForce 7900GT

EVGA Exclusive - the Signature SeriesT The FASTEST 7900 GT on the Market TODAY! Created for the true graphics performance enthusiast, all Signature SeriesT video cards feature a Collectors Edition Package, Priority Customer Service and are put through a longer and more diverse testing process under EVGA's rigorous standards in addition...

Ballmer Boasts of Search Engine Progress

In the words of Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, internet search is still in it's "DOS era". Ballmer freely admits the mistakes Microsoft has made along the way, but boasts about the progress of their search engine. According to the March Nielsen/Net Ratings, Google owns 49% of the U.S. search market, Yahoo! with 22.5%...

Build Your Own Computer At... Wal*Mart?

What started out as just a small test project, will soon become a common feature in many Wal*Mart stores around the U.S. Wal*Mart will start introducing the build-your-own-computer counters this year, allowing you to select various computer components that will go into your PC. They hope to offer this service in around 1,400 stores this...

Corsair XMS2-8500 Memory Review

Thanks to the technology improvements that have gone into making DDR2 memory, we've been seeing some incredible gains in memory speed. What Bytesector has for you today, is Corsair's new XMS2-8500 memory. While it's not a dramatic improvement over their 1GHz XMS2-8000, it is currently the fastest memory they have to offer....

High-Capacity 2.5-Inch Hard Disk Drives: Chasing the Leader

In the market for a new 2.5-Inch Hard Drive? The folks over at X-Bit labs as put together a lengthy review of quite a few different drives. So who's got the best performing drive? Western Digital? Samsung maybe? Try Seagate. "Today we would like to continue testing high-capacity 2.5-inch hard disk drives and within...

IBM and AMD Opteron Servers

Some good news for AMD for a change. The success Sun and HP have been having in the server market with AMD's Opteron family of processors has caught the attention of IBM. IBM is now considering increasing their server product lineup with more servers built around the Opteron processor. The Opteron's large advantage...

AMD vs Intel Antitrust Case Happenings

The big news of AMD filing an antitrust case against Intel, for their anti-competitive actions in the processor market, happened almost a year ago. The latest update on the issue is of Intel trying to get certain parts of the case dismissed based on the fact that they happened outside the U.S., and the U.S. court has no jurisdiction...

Intel Core Duo & The AOpen i975Xa-YDG

Anandtech has an interesting article posted detailing the performance of Intel's Core Duo mobile processor when installed on AOpen's i975Xa-YDG desktop motherboard. When you see the performance of this platform, you'll likely be very impressed.  Especially when it's overclocked to 2.8GHz......

ATI and Nokia announce strategic relationship

ATI and Nokia announce strategic relationship to enable new mobile multimedia experiences MARKHAM, CANADA and ESPOO, FINLAND, May 4, 2006 -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) and Nokia today announced a long-term strategic relationship to bring enhanced mobile multimedia experiences to Nokia customers. As leaders in their respective...

Support For New VESA DisplayPort Standard

Top PC Companies Support New VESA DisplayPort Standard ROUND ROCK, Texas & PALO ALTO, Calif., & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2006--Dell, HP and Lenovo today jointly announced their support for the newly released DisplayPort 1.0 digital display interface standard developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA)....

Havok Speaks On GRAW Physics

FiringSquad has posted some interesting comments from Havok concerning the physics in Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter and how it relates to Ageia's new physics card. Havok does not seem to be pulling any punches as they claim that the use of Ageia's discrete PPU does not offer any significant visual differences and typically...

AMD Roadmap Posted

PC Watch has managed to get their hands on a new roadmap from AMD which outlines the company's strategy for desktop, mobile, and server platforms up through 2008. Unfortunately, the article itself is not English so you'll have to arm yourself with your favorite online translator. However, the roadmaps are a universal...

Sony's CELL Yields "Horrible"

The Inquirer reports this morning that their sources are indicating the yields for Sony's upcoming CELL processor are "horrible". Serving as the foundation for the highly anticipated Playstation 3 gaming console, these rumors of poor yields are disconcerting to say the least. With an estimated arrival of November and tens,...

Why Wii Will Win

Yes, the Nintendo Wii. Despite what you may think of the name, the console does show plenty of promise. But will it really beat out Sony or Microsoft in the upcoming console wars? Microsoft has had their XBox 360 out for sometime now, and we still don't know much about the PS3, but Nintendo has been steadily leaking information from time...

S3's MultiChrome dual-GPU technology Tested & Benchmarked

For multi-card support, ATI has CrossFire. Nvidia, on the other hand, has SLI. But that's not all, S3 has MultiChrome. In their latest review, The Tech Report gets a couple of Chrome S27 GPU's for testing, putting them up against Nvidia's GeForce 6600GT(both single card and SLI). S3 has made some good progress with their...

First Looks from Taiwan - ABIT's new identity, AM2 stuff, etc

If you're hungry for new tech, this is a good snack. TweakTown has some good shots of some upcoming products from ABIT, and a little bit on AMD's new AM2 technology(no surprises though). "ABIT's upcoming AM2 motherboards are pretty much complete and ready to go. ABIT will release their "Fatal1ty" AN9 32X motherboard in June and boards...

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People'

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People' Otellini Demonstrates Education Notebook PC for Developing Nations; Unveils Plan with Mexico to Provide 300,000 Low-Cost PCs to Teachers AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 - The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach of technology's benefits...

i975X runs SLI now with Forceware 84.43

OC Workbench reports that NVIDIA's Forceware 84.43 drivers can enable SLI functionality on Intel's i975X platform. There are some rumors that ATI's RD580 and Uli1697 can also be "unlocked" to have SLI functionality though those boards have not yet been tested fully. The irony here is that Intel's own...

AMD Delays Turion 64 X2 Processor

DigiTimes reports that AMD is delaying the launch of their Turion 64 X2 mobile processor by roughly a month. Fortunately, the delay does not seem to be hardware related and is instead credited to Microsoft's latest delay with its upcoming Vista operating system. With Intel's Santa Rosa platform on the horizon, the Turion...

NVIDIA Releases Free Gelato Renderer

NVIDIA Releases Free Version of Gelato Renderer SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 2, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced it is making the process of high-quality rendering affordable with two new versions of Gelato software, the company's premium rendering...

Intel ViiV vs. AMD Live!

We've been posting some good info about AMD's new tech recently, and now it's time to throw Intel into the spotlight. In the quest to find the superior multimedia platform, Hardware Secrets compares Intel's ViiV platform against AMD Live! "In the war to see who establishes...

Gigabyte's AM2 Boards (NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI & 570 SLI)

It's not a review, but HardwareZone has a good preview of AMD's upcoming technology. Click here to check out some close up, high quality shots, of Gigabyte's two new boards. "Craving for more info on the upcoming Socket AM2 motherboards and NVIDIA's forthcoming high-end chipsets? We'll satisfy your thirst with more data and...

More on Radeon X1900 GT Availability

It looks like Best Buy isn't the only reseller to have let the Radeon X1900 GT loose at little early. If you do a quick search in our Price Grabber engine, you'll see that Dell has cards available and Directron is taking pre-orders as well.  Could end up being a nice card for the money.  We'll let you know for certain...

DirectX 10 & The Future of Gaming

Brent from [H]ard|OCP / [H]Enthusiast has written an article regarding DirectX 10 and how it will impact gamers next year when Vista finally ships. There are some major changes coming with DX10, and a whole new generation of GPUs are on the way that are required for full support.  For a taste of what's to come, check out what Brent...

ATI buys BitBoys Oy

Remember the BitBoys? Or should I show my age and refer to them as the graphics company founded by some former members of the 'Future Crew'? (Unreal and Second Reality were awesome BITD!)  There is news today that ATI has acquired them and plans to incorporate the team into their mobile graphics division. ATI acquires Bitboys...

Intel to spend $1B to push Net in poor nations

Intel is in the news again today, but this article isn't about the upcoming Conroe and Merom processors that it seems everyone is talking about. Reuters is reporting that Intel plans to spend upwards of $1 billion dollars to push the internet in poor nations. That's a lot of coin, but money well spent in our opinion. The more people...

ATI & Best Buy jump the gun with X1900GT

The Inquirer is reporting today that one of their readers was able to purchase a Radeon X1900 GT/GTO card at his local Best Buy store, and that ATI plans to officially announce the card on May 9. Considering the fact that they've got pics of the card and box, and screenshots of the drivers up and running, you can't refute what the...

CyberPower Custom Build

While many of our readers fall into the 'do-it-yourself' category, it's always good to know what's out there for already built computers. As [H]ard|OCP finds out in their latest review of a CyberPower custom build, it might be best to go with a bigger brand name. "A score of 7 is considered "substandard," and that's exactly...

CPU Heatsink Roundup May 2006

Hey folks, do you like roundups? We sure do, and we seem to be getting a lot of them lately. The most recent one to find it's way into our news box, is Madshrimp's May CPU Heatsink Roundup. A total of 29 different CPU coolers are put to the test, so make sure to check it out, especially if you're in the market for...

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Tweak Guide

Another game, another guide. If your a fan of the new Ghost Recon demo, TweakGuides.com will provide all the tweaking goodness you'll need. Being just a demo, there isn't a whole lot you can with it, but there are a few commands to play around with. "I've put together a four-page...

The "Ultimate Motherboard"

MBreview.Com has an article on-line detailing their requirements for the "Ultimate Motherboard". Of course, different types of users have different requirements, but there are some universal features we're sure would appeal to anyone. "For this portion of the article, I'm going to be covering several topics dealing with the hardware...

Windows Vista, a true resource hog?

It seems Sander from Hardware Analysis just finished installing the latest build of Windows Vista, and now he's wondering where Microsoft went wrong?  Perhaps this editorial is a bit premature considering the OS is still in the beta phase and is months from release, but interesting reading nonetheless. I myself have experimented with...

Intel Core vs. AMD K8

Anandtech has just posted a article which compares Intel's Core architecture against AMD's K8 architecture. With Intel's new design just now showing up and AMD's having been sold for the last few years, it seems logical to assume that Intel should win this round and AMD will have to wait for the release of their next architecture...

Gainward 512MB GeForce 7900 GT

Fudo at the Inquirer reports that Gainward is prepping to release a 512MB GeForce 7900 GT in both PCIE and AGP varieties. With prices being significantly cheaper than the flagship GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB, Gainward's new cards could easily become one of the GPU bargains of a lifetime as it "should" have...