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All News for August 2006

Microsoft Releases XNA Game Studios Express (Beta)

The first public Beta of Microsoft's XNA Game Studios Express is now available for download via Microsoft's site. XNA Game Studios Express is the free version of Microsoft's XNA tools, which allows users to develop games for the XBox 360, using Windows XP....

New Half-Life 2 Trailer Available

New Half-Life 2 Trailer Available New footage from the second installment in Valve's first episodic trilogy is now available. In addition to revealing a little more about where the trilogy leads after Freeman's time in City 17, Trailer2 shows off the Cinematic Physics system enabled in the Source Engine by Gray Horsfield and others...

AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities

AT&T is the latest telecommunications company to be hacked, as it announced on Tuesday that information for up to 19,000 customers has been compromised. The stored information was in relation to those who purchased equipment for their DSL connection through AT&T's online store. In an attempt to keep customers happy, AT&T...

The Future of Human-Computer Interaction

There is a great article on-line at acmqueue.com detailing the past, present, and potential future methods by which humans interact with computers.  They cover advances made at Xerox's PARC and speculate about future technologies like perceptual interfaces.  I don't know about all of you, but give me a good wireless laser-mouse...

AMD-ATI Yokohama Notebook Platform

DigiTimes reports that the new AMD-ATI conglomerate is poised to launch a new notebook platform in Q4 2006 which will be aimed directly at Intel's Napa refresh platform. Dubbed "Yokohama", the new platform will take advantage of ATI's upcoming RS690M, RS690DC, and RS790M chipsets as well as utilize AMD's latest Turion64...

Amazon.com Slaps Price On Windows Vista

There's no word on these being any kind of official prices, but Amazon.com has given some price indications on various builds of Windows Vista. According to the site, Windows Vista Ultimate will retail for around $400, while the Home version will cost $239. The cheapest package is the $99 Basic upgrade from Windows XP....

The End Of The All-In-Wonder?

DailyTech.com is reporting on rumors of the demise of ATI's All-In-Wonder series, which combines the power of a graphics card, with the media functionality of a TV Tuner. One interesting bit of information they point out, is the fact that there was no mention of an AIW product in ATI's recent GPU roadmap....

Asetek WaterChill Xternal

Hello Everyone. Just in case you're the type that likes to jump right to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've posted an article where we evaluate the features and performance of Asetek's WaterChill Xternal water-cooling kit. Here's a snip from the article... "Today we have one of the newest external water...

ATI Launches Radeon Xpress 1250 Chipset

ATI Delivers Blazing Fast Integrated Performance for Intel-Based PCs and Laptops New Radeon Xpress 1250 chipset delivers superior performance for 3D games and multimedia applications MARKHAM, ONTARIO - August 29, 2006 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) is delivering a new mark in excellence for integrated graphics performance...

Asus P5W64 WS Professional

Asus P5W64 WS Professional

It looks like Asus is just about ready to launch one of the most advanced motherboards to ever grace their product line-up, the P5W64 WS Professional.  As you can see, the P5W64 WS Professional is outfitted with four PCI Express x16 slots (with varying electrical connections). Here's what Asus has to say about this motherboard......

Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 Series Intro

New High-End Intel Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series Intro Continues 'Summer of Servers' Push SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously codenamed "Tulsa,"...

Bigfoot's $279 Killer NIC

HardOCP has sat down with the company Bigfoot to analyze the new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In short, the card is a 10/100/1000 PCI network card that is equipped with a 400MHz onboard processor and a USB 2.0 port. Here, the company is touting significantly lower ping times and higher overall system performance. Then again, when...

Intel VIIV versus AMD Live!

Over the last few months, we've all heard a lot about Intel's VIIV and AMD's Live! initiatives for the digital home.  But understanding exactly what each specification entails can be a bit confusing. TweakTown has an article posted that explains the differences between VIIV and Live! (hey, that rhymes - think that's a...

Core 2 Extreme X6800 Review

GamePC has a review on-line today of Intel's current flagship Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor. As you probably expect by now, the X6800 outperformed every other processor they tested. What's more interesting than the performance results, however, was the overclocking test. GamePC used a water-cooling kit to take a retail X6800 up over...

Battlefield 2142 beta performance first look

If you're interested in how your computer might fare with the still-in-development Battlefield 2142, AMD Zone has a preview of the game's performance with the latest beta build of the game. When looking at the scores, keep in mind "beta build". "For our testing we ran...

Crytek's Crysis Too Much For Next Gen Consoles

Crysis the highly anticipated shooter from Crytek, might not be able to run in all of its graphical glory on the XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Both next generation consoles lack the ability to render certain effects made possible by Microsoft's DirectX 10, which will be made available with Windows Vista....

Media Encoding Performance: AMD versus Intel

LostCircuits has an informative article on-line today that focuses on a number of popular audio and video encoding applications.  They pit a handful of Intel processors against similarly priced counterparts from AMD. If encoding performance is important to you, this article will likely be of interest....

OCZ Technology Expands European Presence

OCZ Technology Continues to Expand European Presence in Commitment to Global Marketplace Sunnyvale, CA - August 28th, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power solutions, is proud to announce the expansion of its European headquarters in an effort to support...

Corsair Introduces Revolutionary DHX Memory Technology

Corsair Introduces Revolutionary DHX Memory Technology

Corsair Introduces Revolutionary Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) Memory Technology Launches New DHX XMS2 DOMINATOR Product Line In Worlds Fastest DDR2 PC2-8888 CAS-4 Module Pair Fremont, CA (August 28, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today unveiled the latest innovation in high...

Plextor's PX-B900A Blu-Ray Drive

Plextor's PX-B900A Blu-Ray Drive

PLEXTOR ANNOUNCES BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE FOR NORTH AMERICAN MARKET Burner Records 25GB to 50GB Discs for Removable Data Storage, Computer Backup, and High-Definition Video      FREMONT, Calif. - August 28, 2006 - Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced...

AMD Processors Attacked By New Malware

There is a very interesting story breaking today concerning AMD processors and a new "proof-of-concept" virus.  It seems the virus can gain low-level access to hardware and potentially bypass kernel and user-level protection mechanisms. Dubbed W32.Bounds (32-bit) and W64.Bounds (64-bit), the virus is not much of a threat...

Intel's Core 2 Duo T7600

Intel's launch of the Core 2 Duo processor for desktops garnered high acclaim from the media including our own resounding praise and endorsement. Today we've taken a look at Intel's new Mobile Core 2 Duo processor, formerly known by the code name of Merom and it looks to be cut from the same cloth, or should we say die, that Conroe...

Announcing Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo

Cool-LOOKING - AND running - laptops get performance BOOST FROM INTEL CORE 2 DUO PROCESSORS SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 28, 2006 - Laptops around the world are getting a make-over as systems based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology are now shipping with Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors inside, Intel Corporation announced today. More than...

The Sound of Vista

The classic sound of Windows start up is by far one of the most recognizable sounds in modern culture. But of course that will all change with Vista... "It has long been a matter of record among those who care about such nonsense that the force behind this OS overture is being composed by Robert Fripp, a guitarist best known for...

ATI Tech Day 2006

Tech ARP has posted their coverage from ATI's Tech Day 2006 recently in Singapore. The main focus of the event was to officially launch three new GPU's including the new flagship Radeon X1950 XTX we reviewed here at Hot Hardware. Much like an Editor's Day, the event also made some key technical resources available to...

Operating System Cat-Fight! Will Mac OS Take On Vista?

Apple's OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, is supposedly being readied with features that could take on Windows Vista.  Since Apple has seen the light with respect to X86 class processors with its move to Intel, might die-hard PC enthusiasts now see more compelling reasons to actually consider running a Mac?...

AMD & ATI Merger = Opportunity for VIA and SiS?

DigiTimes is reporting that ATI's newly-proposed exit from the Intel chipset business -- now that the company is being bought by AMD -- is going to pave the way for VIA and SiS to capitalize on opportunities in the entry-level Intel space. This makes perfect sense, as ATI benefited greatly from their relation ship Intel and their...

Be-Quiet Quad-Rail StraightPower 600W PSU

The folks at HardwareLogic have taken a look at Quad-Rail power supply from "Be-Quiet" called the StraightPower 600W.  As sure you can infer from the company's name that the StraightPower 600W is supposed to be a quiet PSU, but it's also supposed to be plenty powerful as well. In the end, HardwareLogic really liked this...

What's In Store For The Future Of Hardrives

Last year the Hard Drive manufacturing industry started releasing drives with perpendicular recording technology, in an effort to maintain a steady growth in disk capacity. Of course, while the new technology is certainly welcomed, it's only a temporary fix. The race is still on to develop new technology to further increase drive capacity,...

3D Rendering Software Bryce 5 Free For Limited Time

The somewhat easy to use(in terms of 3D Rendering software) Bryce 5 has been made a free download, now available at CNet's download.com. As reported on Digg.com, the download window ends September 6th. "Create breathtakingly realistic 3D landscapes and animations with DAZ Bryce...

Commodore brand reappears on high-end PCs

Here's a blast from the past.  The Inq is reporting that the Commodore brand could possibly re-emerge on a new line of high-end systems.  I don't know if slapping the old logo on a funky plastic case is enough to sway people away from today's current crop of boutique system builders, but with a little innovation and some...

NVIDIA Professional Graphics Boost Visual Computing

NVIDIA Professional Graphics Boost High-End Visual Computing in Latest Sun Ultra 40 Workstations NVIDIA Quadro FX Graphics Deliver Powerful Features and Performance for Advanced Graphics SANTA CLARA, CA - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced an array of NVIDIA...

AOL Wants A Slice Of The Online Film Distribution Market

As Yahoo! News reports, AOL is fully commited to continuing the drastic changes that are being made to its service. The latest change for AOL is their decision to jump into the online film distribution market, as they are announcing plans to start selling movies and TV shows through their service. Movies will likley retail from $9.99...

Folding@Home With The Playstation 3

Now that current and next generation consoles are equipped with processing power equal to a high end PC, we're able to do more than just simply play games on these devices. Now you can actually put your console to good use while its sitting idle, as Stanford's Folding@Home project may soon be available for the PS3(once the PS3 is out,...

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7 RC1

Microsoft has released the first release candidate of Internet Explorer 7, which means the browser is not far off from its final build. You can find out more about there browser here, and can click here for a direct link to the download page....

Asus P5W DH Deluxe

Hello eveyone. Now that Intel's Core 2 Duo processors have arrived, enthusiast-class motherboards are beginning to hit the streets as well. We've just taken a look at the latest addition to Asus' "Digital Home" family of products, the P5W DH Deluxe. This motherboard exploits almost every feature offered by the 975X Express...

Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Notebook Batteries

Apple has recalled 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after reports of nine different devices overheating, causing injury to two people. The batteries were sold with the Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 through October 2003, to August 2006. This will be the second major notebook battery recall this month, with Dell recalling 4.1...

Three Core 2 motherboards from Asus

The Tech Report has a three Core 2 compatible motherboard round-up posted, consisting of three Asus-built motherboards.  Each on is based on a different chipset - the P965, 975X Express, and nForce 4 SLIX16 Intel Edition.  We used Asus' P965 (the P5B Deluxe) and nForce 4 SLIX16 (P5N32-SLI SE) boards in our Core 2 launch...

Creative Labs blames NVIDIA for X-Fi issues?

NGOHQ is reporting that Creative Labs is blaming NVIDIA for cracking and other sound quality issues when an X-Fi sound card is installed in an nForce 4 motherboard. This reminds me of the good ol' days of installing the PCI Latency patch on VIA chipset-based motherboards when using a Creative Labs sound card....

Apple Agrees To $100 Million Settlement In Patent Lawsuit

Today it was announced that Apple has agreed to a settlement in which it must pay $100 Million to Creative Technology Ltd. Creative filed 5 patent lawsuits against Apple over the navigation system used with Apple's iPod MP3 player, claiming Apple violated patents that were already granted to Creative. Apple had filed two patent-infringement...

Budget System Building Guide Summer 2006

With the summer coming to a close, you may find yourself inside a bit more, and thus in the need for a new computer to get through the winter months. Those of you heading back to school may also find yourself in the same situation. Students aren't usually known for their large bank accounts though, but fear not, as you can still build...

OCZ Technology Announces Cutting Edge SD Dual Memory Cards

OCZ Technology Announces Cutting Edge SD Dual Memory Cards OCZ Technology Announces Cutting Edge SD "Dual" Memory Cards--High performance Secure Digital and USB Drive in One Sunnyvale, CA - August 21, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their...

PowerColor Radeon Press Releases

PowerColor Radeon Press Releases

PowerColor X1950 Brings Gaming Graphics to yet another Level No compromise on today's most demanding 3D games Taipei, Taiwan - August 23, 2006 - Tul Corporation, a leading provider of ATI-based graphic cards, today announced the PowerColor X1950 XTX and CrossFire graphic cards; raising the bar for the world's fastest graphics...

GIGABYTE Presents Radeon X1950XTX -- Civilization IV Edition

GIGABYTE Presents Radeon X1950XTX -- Civilization IV Edition

GIGABYTE Presents Radeon X1950XTX -- Civilization IV Edition World's First GDDR4 Graphic Accelerator - Cutting-Edge Performance August 23, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., LTD. (GIGABYTE), a leading manufacturer of VGA cards, today revealed the world's fastest 3D graphics card, the GV-RX195X512VB-RH. Featuring the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX,...

ATI Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire and More

Hello everyone. ATI is officially announcing five new members in their Radeon X1K family of the products today, the Radeon X1950 XTX (standard and CrossFire Editions), the 256MB Radeon X1900 XT, the Radeon X1650 Pro and the Radeon X1300 XT. We outline the specifications and features of all of ATI's new cards, and benchmark the high-end...

Microsoft Adds "Report Abuse" Feature To UK Messaging Services

In a somewhat controversial move, Microsoft will be including a new feature in its messaging services which will allow users to contact police with just a few clicks of the mouse. If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, the new "Report Abuse" icon will appear on your Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger, which...

TV Networks Embracing YouTube?

YouTube.com has seen tremendous growth since its start back in February of 1995, thanks in part to its ability to let anyone become the star of their own show. Television network NBC has certainly taken notice of the service's popularity, as they've decided to resurrect a dead sitcom pilot into a new show for the 2006-07 schedule,...

Image Quality Showdown: ATI vs NVIDIA

Image quality isn't as big a selling point as performance when it comes to graphics cards, though it's still a highly important issue. After all, what's the point of throwing down the cash for a top performing card if the image quality isn't up to par with the competition? FiringSquad does another image quality comparison between...

AMD Next Generation Processor Technology Slides

Kyle got his hands on some slides that detail some of the features and technology going into AMD's upcoming quad-core processors.  If you were thinking AMD was just going to "glue" together two Athlon 64 X2 dies, think again. IPC improvements, a shared L3 cache, and new clock gating technologies are all planned according...

AMD Expands China Operations

AMD EXPANDS CHINA OPERATIONS WITH OPENING OF NEW SHANGHAI RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER - Largest AMD Center for Platform Innovation Outside the U.S. to Support Worldwide Customers and Technology Partners in the Design and Validation of Next-Generation AMD-powered Systems- SHANGHAI, CHINA - Aug. 22, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially...

ATI To Discontinue Intel Chipset Development?

The gang at HKEPC report that ATI's latest roadmaps to motherboard vendors are now missing all next generation chipsets for the Intel platform and have the RC610 chipset as the last product in development. This means that RD700, RS700 and RC710 are no longer being developed with those teams likely now focusing their attention on the AMD...

SanDisk Announces 8GB Flash MP3 Player

SanDisk Introduces World's Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player - The 8GB Sansa e280 For $249.99 MSRP New Model Now Holds Up To 10GB of Music With Optional 2GB microSD Card; SanDisk Also Announces Price Reductions On Current 2, 4 And 6GB Sansa MP3 Models As Retailers Get Ready for the Holiday Season MILPITAS, CA - Aug. 21, 2006 - SanDisk(R)...

Tips For Diagnosing Memory Problems

Computer problems related to bad memory can cause a whole host of problems, ranging from system instability, to your system being unable to boot. If you suspect a problem could be related to your memory, there are a few things you can do to make a proper diagnosis. "Does your computer emit...

AMD-ATI Merger Causes Motherboard Industry Rethink

AMD's acquisition of ATI has been causing some prominent motherboard manufacturers to rethink their current production strategy. There's a bit of uncertainty floating around over the state of Intel motherboards containing ATI chipsets. As DigiTimes reports, ECS may be having second thoughts about launching their Intel-based boards...

NVIDIA 80nm GPU Expected In September

HKEPC has learned that NVIDIA's first 80nm GPU is expected to be released sometime this September. Two versions of the G73-B1 GPU, the G73-N-B1 and the G73-H-B1, will be manufactured by TSMC (Fab12), and will be a direct competitor to ATI's X1650 series. The G73-N-B1 is very similar to NVIDIA's 90nm part, even sharing the same...

Low-Power and Energy Efficient Processors

Michael Schuette from Lost Circuits has an article on-line detailing the power and performance characteristics of three energy efficient processors, the Core 2 Duo E6300 and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and 4600+.  As usual, Lost Circuits does a great job with the technical analysis.  For another take on AMD's Energy Efficient...

iPods at War

Ars Technica has published an article on the use and impact of consumer electronics in war zones by US soliders.  Not exactly hardware related, but interesting reading to say the least. "American servicemen have always brought along a piece of home to whevever they have served. In Afghanistan...

ATI's RV570 to Cost $199

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have indicated that ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU will be released with a surprisingly low $199 price point. Originally, it was believed that this GPU would compete at the $299 price point. Here, ATI's RV570 would be facing some stiff competition from NVIDIA's (rumored) GeForce 7950GT....

The Decline Of Dell And The Resurgence Of HP

Since the release of this quarter's financial earnings, there has been some criticism towards Dell for their stinging 51% decline in quarterly profits. On the other hand, Hewlett-Packard posted stronger than expected earnings, raising its earnings per share for the fourth quarter in a row. Is it just "aggressive pricing"...

Intel Requests Further Information From AMD-ATI

Intel is looking for details from AMD in the Antitrust case that was started last year. Now that the AMD-ATI merger is complete, Intel is requesting all sorts of info from both AMD and ATI, and is questioning whether AMD will make ATI chips. Intel is specifically looking for financial details from the merger, as well as document's...

Enermax Galaxy 1000W Power Supply

Being strictly strictly towards the ultra enthusiast, 1000W power supply's aren't very common sight. Fortunately 3DGameMan has a video review of Enermax's Galaxy 1000W PSU, which isn't cheap, but does provide stable rails. "Who would have thought that 1000W power supplies...

Audigy 2 to Audigy 4 Softmod: Is it worthwhile?

To mosts enthusiasts, the term "softmod" usually conjures up dreams of gaining extra performance or features with a few simple clicks of the mouse, so it's no wonder that a recent set of hacked drivers that will turn your Audigy 2 into an Audigy 4 have caused so much commotion. With the hardware remaining unchanged, is there...

Politicians Embracing MySpace

Politicians are always looking for the latest and greatest way to tap into the "youth vote", and the internet is always a great place to start. California Governor hopeful Phil Agenlides is using MySpace.com, the highly popular(and somewhat controversial) online community site to help further his campaign. Just like Presidential...

AMD To Keep ATI Brand Name?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that high-ranking ATI insiders are confirming that AMD will retain the ATI brand name for the next few years. Since AMD's acquisition of the company, the industry has run rampant with rumors that AMD would be discarding the ATI brand name though opting to keep the Radeon designation...

ATI Catalyst 6.8 Out and About

ATI has released version 6.8 of their Catalyst Driver, and this release is one to get excited about. While many driver releases focus on fixing certain driver related problems in games and applications, Catalyst 6.8 contains some serious performance improvements. Doom 3, Quake 4, Riddick, and Prey will see performance gains with...

ATI Linux Driver Version 8.28.8 Released

ATI released a new version of their Linux proprietary drivers today, version 8.28.8. This new version is ATI's first unified 32bit-64bit driver installer for Linux. It automatically recognizes which CPU architecture is being used and installs the appropriate driver. Other new features include display switching support for...

ATI Theater 650 Pro and Catalyst Media Center

Hello everyone.  Those of you that are in the market for a TV-Tuner card will have another option soon, courtesy of ATI and their new Theater 650 Pro chip and Catalyst Media Center software.  We've taken a look at a reference Theater 650 Pro card at HotHardware.com, alongside a build of the new Catalyst Media Center software. ...

Rotating Disc Pits

New Scientist Magazine's Invention blog reports that the German company, Thomson, is applying for a patent on a new optical media technology that could potentially result in up to eight times the data density. The method involves the way that optical media is recorded. Optical disks are covered with millions of microscopic pits. In...

ABIT Launches AW9D Series

ABIT Launches AW9D Series

ABIT LAUNCHES AW9D SERIES Intel 975X Chipset motherboards built for Core 2 Duo and beyond August 16th , 2006 - Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to...

Asustek Manufactured Notebooks Get New Brand

Digitimes reports that Asustek will soon introduce a new brand, ASmobile, to be used by their whitebook products. The first notebook bearing the ASmobile brand will appear during the fourth quarter of 2006. Asustek is trying to repeat the success they enjoyed when they re-branded their low-price motherboards to ASRock. However, the...

ATI's R600 To Have 64 'Real' Pipelines

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating ATI's next generation R600 flagship GPU will feature a full 64 physical pipelines. Looking at the current number of pipelines in NVIDIA's flagship cards, there is little doubt that the company's upcoming G80 GPU will need to have a healthy increase in pipelines...

AMD ISSUES STATEMENT ON DELL DECISION....

AMD ISSUES STATEMENT ON DELL DECISION TO BROADEN AMD PROCESSOR-BASED SERVER OFFERINGS AND EXTEND INTO AMD PROCESSOR-BASED DIMENSION DESKTOP PCs SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 17, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding the Dell Inc. announcement that it intends to expand its relationship with AMD. In addition to a...

Sapphire Ultimate Radeon X1600 Pro and XT

Good afternoon folks.  Just in case you're the type who likes to jump straight down to the news, we wanted to drop in to let you all know that we've just posted a new article (link and summary at the top of the page), where we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's Ultimate Radeon X1600 Pro and Ultimate Radeon X1600 XT...

F.E.A.R. Combat Ready For Your Downloading Pleasure

F.E.A.R. Combat is now ready for the world to download, allowing users to play F.E.A.R.'s retail Multiplayer mode for free. F.E.A.R. Combat contains all the maps and game modes from the retail version of fear, as well as the new maps released in yesterday's patch. Head on over to www.joinfear.com to register and obtain your free...

Serial Attached SCSI or SAS Vrs SATA Analysis

Serial Attached SCSI or "SAS" as it is commonly known, has been around for a while but it certainly hasn't taken off, especially in the Desktop space, like Serial ATA (SATA).  GamePC, one of our favorite places for serious technical analysis and a highly underrated site, takes a look at a pair of Seagate SAS drives and compares...

NVIDIA Preparing GeForce 7950 GT

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that NVIDIA is preparing to launch a new GeForce 7950 GT to combat ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU. The latest addition to the GeForce family of GPU's boasts a 550MHz core frequency and is equipped with 512MB of RAM operating at a healthy 700MHz. Furthermore, the $299 card is rumored to have 24 pipelines,...

Phantom Game Console Vanishes, Becomes Service

As you've probably guessed from the title(yes, yes, I know), the Phantom game console from Infinium Labs is officially no more, which is probably no surprise to many of you. Instead, Phantom Entertainment is offering their Phantom Game Service, which they claim will allow access to a "broad library of titles, available anytime, day...

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard

AS PCstats.com reports, $75 can certainly buy a decent Socket AM2 motherboard. Though Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI has more features, VIA's K8T890 is able to keep up performance wise, which makes it a viable gaming solution. "In this review of the ASrock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard we'll...

The AOL Privacy Scandal's Disturbing Search Results

For a time, AOL was intent on creating a huge database containing what types of things people usually search for. When the operation was revealed, AOL apologized, removed the file, but not in time. 21 Million search queries is what the file contains, and with a number like that, you know you're going to see a great variety in what people...

Quad PCI-E x16 Intel Workstation Motherboard

The folks in the XtremeSystems forum have posted some images of the new ASUS P5W64 WS Pro workstation motherboard. The most unique aspect of this new board is the presence of four PCI-E x16 slots. Obviously, the first thing our readers will think of is coming up with a way to get two ATI "Master" cards and two standard cards and...

NVIDIA Starts Shipping nForce Professional 3000 Series MCPs

NVIDIA Starts Shipping NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 Series MCPs to Server and Workstation Customers NVIDIA nForce 3000 Series Supports New AMD Opteron Processors with Support for DDR2 Memory SANTA CLARA, CA - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced new additions...

AMD eyes mobile space thanks to ATI

When we asked AMD and ATI some questions about their impending merger, at one point we asked if there were any special plans in motion that would impact the mobile space in particular. The response we got what somewhat vague at the time, but some more details are emerging. According to this story on the INQ, AMD and ATI plan to integrate...

Hardware Round-Up

The news has been somewhat slow this morning, but we've got a handful of articles from around the web that you may find interesting.  First, please take some time to check out our review of Corsair's brand new modular PSU.  As its name implies, the CMPSU-620HX is a 620 watt PSU.  It's got three dedicated 12v rail,...

"Now I'm a Believer" - Switching from a PC to a Mac

It looks like Graeme Philipson from TheAge.com has made the switch from a PC to a Mac and he couldn't be happier. I get a kick out of articles like this because they always seem to point out Windows' glaring deficiencies and shine the spotlight on the Mac OS' strengths.  As someone who spent a good part of the last 5 years...

Jack Thompson Bullying the Bully

Jack Thompson has become a bit of a celebrity with his crusade against the evils of video games. Along the way he's managed to start fights with Janet Reno, the Florida Bar Association, and of course, Rockstar Entertainment. With no new Grand Theft Auto games hitting the market at the moment, Mr. Thompson has turned his attention towards...

Talking About Terabytes With Hitachi

50 years after the release of IBM's RAMAC(Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) drive, Hitachi is announcing their plans to release a Terabyte drive later this year. Some can argue that it's not a full Terabyte as in 1,024GB, but with 1,000GB it's closer than anything we have out now. If Seagate's 750GB drive just...

Sony VAIO VGN-TX37GP (Core Solo)

Hardware Zone has Sony's ultra light VAIO VGN-TX37GP on hand in their latest review, which is a notebook you should consider if you're in the market for something light weight and portable. With portability top priority for the notebook, it's not the kind of machine to look at if your interested in processing power, though one...

Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W PSU

Hello Everyone. We've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair's brand new modular CMPSU-620HX 620W power supply. Here's a snip from the article... "Over the course of the last few years, Corsair has expanded their product line to address additional markets beyond memory modules. Here,...

Next-Gen Opterons Announced

NEXT-GENERATION AMD OPTERON PROCESSORS INTRODUCED WITH RECORD OEM DESIGN WINS AND NATIVE QUAD-CORE UPGRADE PATH - AMD Enables OEMs to Offer Quad-Core Upgradeable Platforms to Reduce Total Cost of Ownership and to Improve Performance-per-Watt in Datacenters- Sunnyvale, Calif. - Aug. 15, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its Next-Generation...

OCZ Announced 1100MHz DDR2 Memory

OCZ Technology Group Remains Performance Leader with World's First 1100MHz Memory Solution Sunnyvale, CA-August 15, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first ever production DDR2-1100 modules, developed for the latest processors from AMDR...

FireFox Crop Circle Spotted

FireFox Crop Circle Spotted

Twelve FireFox fans, mainly Oregon State University students, created a large FireFox crop circle with a diameter of 220 feet on Saturday. The crop circle took two weeks to plan and was constructed in under 24 hours in an oat field near Amity, Oregon, with the permission of the land owners. The circle is completely invisible...

Republic of Gamers Motherboard Reviewed

Earlier this year, ASUS announced their new enthusiast motherboard line, aimed at gamers and modders. Dubbed 'Republic of Gamers', the series will compete directly with Abit's Fatal1ty and DFI's LANParty products. PC Perspective took a look at the first member of the new product line, the ASUS Crosshair. Is the Crosshair...

Quad-Core AMD CPU's Tape-Out

The Inquirer reports that AMD is declaring that they have successfully had native quad-core processors tape-out and that the chips are targeted for a Q2 07 release. Known throughout the industry as the "K8L" architecture, these new quad-core CPU's will be compatible with all dual-core DDR2 Opteron motherboards. In stark contrast...

Microsoft Brings 360 Developement To Your Home

With budgets for top quality games now reaching into the millions of dollars, Microsoft is trying to broaden the developer scene by providing a fairly cheap way for your average joe to start developing his own games. As Joystiq.com reports, Microsoft has big plains for the XNA tools, which will allow developers to program a game on their PC,...

Dell Recalls Millions of Notebook Batteries

Later today, Dell is expected to announce a recall of around 4.1 Million notebook batteries. Brands included in the recall are certain Inspiron, Latitude, Precision mobile workstations, and XPS units. The Sony manufactured batteries were made between April 2004 and July 18 2006. "Dell has...

Forum Core 2 Duo Overclocking Thread

Forum Core 2 Duo Overclocking Thread

We've started up a Core 2 Duo Overclocking thread in the forum so that all of your can benefit from our experiences both in the HH labs and in the personal labs of others in the HH community. Check out our initial findings on what the Core 2 Duo E6700 can do on standard air cooling... Easy money, you just gotta love it......

ASUS introduces the ASUS-Lamborghini VX1 Notebook

ASUS introduces the ASUS-Lamborghini VX1 Notebook

ASUS introduces the ASUS-Lamborghini VX1 Notebook at the 2006 Concorso Italiano Stunning Notebook Makes It's US Debut August 18th Fremont, California, August 14, 2006 - ASUS Computer International, a leading provider of high quality notebooks worldwide, will announce the availability of the ASUS-Lamborghini VX1 notebook in the US at the...

Sapphire TOXIC Liquid Cooled X1900 XTX

Brent from [H] has taken a look at one of the few factory-overclocked Radeon X1900 XTX cards currently available, the liquid cooled Sappire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX. We took a look at this card back in April when Sapphire was still calling it the "Blizzard".  We ended up being impressed by the card and gave it an Editor's...

What's the Greatest Software Ever Written?

What do you think is the greatest piece of software every written?  That's probably not a question that comes up very often, but it is an interesting one to ponder.  Personally, I wouldn't even know where to begin.  Charles Babcock of InformationWeek, however, has put together an interesting piece which aims to answer...

GeForce 7900 GS Heads For Retail Market

The GeForce 7900 GS is nothing new, but it hasn't been available in the retail market since its birth. According to HKEPC Hardware, Nvidia will be changing the situation by releasing the 7900 GS for around $179-$199. The GeForce 7900 GS is equipped with 20 Pixel Shader Pipeline, 7 Vertex Shader Engine, with a core speed of 450MHz,...

Intel Core 2 Extreme: 1333MHz FSB and Beyond

The folks at HardwareZone have taken Intel's current flagship Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, and run it through a battery of benchmarks while overclocked to 3.33GHz using a 1333MHz front side bus frequency, and while overclocked to 3.6GHz.  Big gains across the board, of course.  And a hint at what Intel has in store in the...

Interview with Dave Orton (ATI CEO)

DriverHeaven has just posted an interview with Dave Orton, CEO of ATI, regarding ATI's future and the merger with AMD.  Good information here, directly from one of the main men involved. We've also had a number of question answered directly from AMD in our Q&A, right here....

Intel Centrino Duo Whitebook: A DIY Notebook

Hello Everyone. We've just posted an article at HotHardware.com detailing the process of assembling a Centrino Duo Whitebook. We give plenty of background information regarding the different platforms and discuss the pros and cons of the DIY notebook market. Here's a snip from the piece... "Desktop PC owners have enjoyed this level...

Gigabyte & Asus Alliance Q&A

First it was AMD and ATI, and now it's Asus and Gigabyte. Actually, the deal between Asus and Gigabyte is quite different. Whereas AMD is merging with ATI, Asus and Gigabyte are forming more of a strategic partnership.  More details of the deal are on-line in this interview posted at Tweaktown....

Dell to use ATI Graphics in AMD Notebooks

DigiTimes reports that the highly publicized AMD notebooks which will be brought to market by Dell later this year will in fact be equipped with ATI graphics chipsets. At this time, it is not known how much influence AMD's recent acquisition of ATI had upon the decision to use Radeon Mobility GPU's. Interestingly enough, comments have...

Google Gains Access to UC Library

The University of California has struck a deal with Google in which Google will scan several million of the 34 million titles that UC has in its libraries. UC is just the latest addition to the vast amount of support Google has obtained for its ambitious "Google Books" project. High profile schools and libraries such as Stanford,...

World Exclusive Review: Nikon D80 Digital SLR

Better than the D70s but not quite on par with the D200s, the Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera is Nikon's next hope for the mid-range market. If you're looking to get yourself into amateur photography and need a good camera to start with, the D80 could be the right fit for you, as you'll be getting some excellent features without breaking...

Mac Pro Review

Their prices may be higher and market-share may be relatively low, but one this is for certain -- Apple knows how to design some slick looking hardware. The crew at Ars Technica was lucky enough to get their hands on one of the new Mac Pros.  Powerful system for sure, but Ars had a couple of issues with it......

Free Personalized Domain Names Courtesy Of AOL

America Online has been making some BIG changes in the way they do business as of recent. AOL has previously announced that its services would be available to broadband users at no cost, and now AOL is giving the details on offering free personal e-mail domains. AOL has changed its business strategy to combat dwindling consumer interest,...

VIA Launches New Luke CoreFusion

VIA Launches New Luke CoreFusionTM EPIA Mainboard with Dual LAN VIA EPIA EK-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard reduces power consumption by up to 35% and boasts a rich digital media experience with hardware MPEG-2/4 decoding acceleration and 6-channel audio Taipei, Taiwan, 10 August 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of...

Intel Releases Next Generation Open Source Graphics Driver

Intel Releases Next Generation Open Source Graphics Driver The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of free software drivers for the Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset family graphics controller. These drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the newest generation...

GIGABYTE and ASUS Announced Joint Venture For Motherboard and Graphics Card Business

GIGABYTE and ASUS Announced Joint Venture In Motherboard and Graphics Card Business August 08, 2006 - In accordance with the relevant regulations according to Company Law, Securities Law and Business Merger & Acquisition Law, a resolution of the board of directors was passed on the 8th of August, 2006 for GIGABYTE Technology Co., LTD (Stock...

Quad NVIDIA SLI Makes Extreme HD Gaming A Reality

QUAD NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY MAKES EXTREME HD GAMING A REALITY FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF CROWD SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 9, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare...

It's Official: DIY Quad-SLI

Hello everyone. A little later today, NVIDIA will be releasing the Forceware v91.45 drivers and with them will be officially blessing Do-It-Yourself Quad-SLI. We've put together an article detailing the steps necessary to assemble and configure a high-end Quad-SLI rig, and give some thoughts regarding XHD gaming and the costs involved....

PC Club EN-NE8 Nitro Extreme

[H]consumer - sister site of [H]ard|OCP, has taken a look at an EN-NE8 Nitro Extreme system from PC Club to see if they've made good on their earlier commitment to improving their technical support. According to the quote below, it doesn't seem like things went very well... "Given the facts that the support you receive may vary...

Asustek-Gigabyte Deal to Raise Prices

Asustek and Gigabyte, two of the largest motherboard makers in the world, recently announced that they will be joining forces to build a new company that will combine production of their motherboard and graphics card products. This comes after rumors that Gigabyte was in danger of being bought out by their competitor, Foxconn. InfoWorld...

NVIDIA's Quad SLI Technology Review - Performance and Quality

When Nvidia realized that two graphics cards couldn't always do the job, they moved to Quad-SLI. While the money needed for a Quad-SLI system is beyond what most people are willing to pay for a gaming rig, there will always be those looking to have the best of the best, regardless of the cost. Whether you're seriously interested in...

ATi Brand Is Here To Stay

In a response to rumors of scrapping the ATi brand name, AMD has set the record straight with Ars Technica. AMD has said it plans to keep the ATi name, as well as the Radeon brand name. "Yesterday CustomPC claimed that AMD was going to scrap the ATI brand, inferring this in a most dubious...

Retail Version Of F.E.A.R. Multiplayer To Be Released For Free

On August 17th, 2006, the multiplayer version of F.E.A.R. will be made a free release under the name of "F.E.A.R. Combat". F.E.A.R. Combat will include 10 game modes, 19 multiplayer maps, 12 different weapons, Punkbuster support, and the capability to download user created content. F.E.A.R. Combat players will also be able to compete...

Another Look at Core 2 Duo Notebook Performance

After finally getting an official BIOS from Asus that supports Core 2 Duo processors, PCPer is re-testing the new Core 2 Duo T7400 mobile processor to see how performance and battery life of the Core architecture compares to the original Core Duo CPU lineup. "A big improvement here in terms of battery life! Just by upgrading the BIOS to v901,...

Asustek and Gigabyte to Form Joint Venture

What was rumor yesterday seems to be confirmed today.  According to Digitimes, a joint venture between Asus and Gigabyte is in fact in the works.  It's a strategic move which aims to block a potential acquisition of Gigabyte by Foxconn and lower Gigabyte's production cost to help them better compete with ECS and MSI....

A Look at Energy Efficient Processors From AMD & Intel

The guys over at the Tech Report put AMD's new energy efficient X2 3800  up against Intel's Core 2 E6300. Both of these processors have low power draw, are cheap, and are at the bottom of their respective product lines. Those of you who are thinking about putting together a SFF or HTPC box should pay attention. "The...

700watt+ PSU Roundup

If you're dreaming of building a top quality system, with a dual-core processor, top of the line ATI CrossFire or Nvidia SLI graphics setup, and a bunch of hard drives, than you'll probably need one heck of a power supply to keep everything running smooth. Especially if you plan on overclocking the beast. There aren't...

Biostar TForce 550 Motherboard

Though AMD's AM2 socket might be new technology, getting a motherboard that supports AM2 isn't as expensive as you might think. Biostar has released a very capable motherboard that's based on Nvidia's nForce 550 chipset, the Biostar TForce 5500. Though it might be light on features, you can't argue against a stable and...

Intel Teams W/ Top Universities... Curriculum For Future Multi-Core Processors

 Intel Teams With Top Universities for Software-Related Research, Curriculum for Future Multi-Core Processors 45 Universities Worldwide Will Offer Multi-Threading Courses to Equip Students to Take Advantage of Multi-Core Platforms SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced a global effort to prepare university...

Asus PW191 Widescreen LCD Monitor

In today's HotHardware Analysis we've taken a look at Asus' new 19" Widescreen LCD and though a bit on the pricey side, it also definitely lives up to typical Asus high quality standards, so you get what you pay for. "Asus recognized the need for such a display and released the slightly larger widescreen we'll be looking at...

Asustek to Merge with Gigabyte?

DigiTimes reports this morning that some motherboard sources are indicating that Asustek might be preparing to merge and acquire the rival motherboard vendor Gigabyte. As the top-selling motherboard vendor, Asustek has been facing stiff competition from Foxconn and would be able to leverage the stronger distribution of Gigabyte to help ensure...

A Guide to Only Privacy and Anonymity

I'm sure many of our readers are fully aware of what it takes to maintain a safe level of privacy while using the Internet, but on the other hand, I'm sure there are many of you out there who think having a firewall is all you'll need. Privacy and Anonymity can't just be found in a program, you need to practice it on a daily...

Easy PC Game to Mac Conversion Possible?

A company named TransGaming Technologies is boasting about a new type of engine they've built that, as they claim, will allow PC Games to be easily ported to a Mac. Of course you'll need an Intel Mac for it to work, but TransGaming seems confident that their engine will bridge the gap between PC and Mac gaming with quick and easy...

Pondering the Ad-Supported Operating System

Some people might cringe at the idea of an operating system which features built in advertising. However those people probably have enough money to afford a non ad-supported OS, or are tech savvy enough to understand Linux. The ones who don't fit into either category, such as public buildings like libraries and schools, might find the...

NVIDIA MCP61 IGP Tested

The folks at HKEPC have managed to get their hands on the AsRock AM2NF6-VSTA motherboard which is based upon NVIDIA's next generation MCP61 IGP chipset. Utilizing a single chipset package, the new NVIDIA IGP platform is passively cooled despite featuring a new graphics core based around the GeForce 7 series of...

Google to Pay Associated Press

Google has been under fire from a few different news organizations recently, as they claim Google violates Copyright laws with its Google News service. Google has struck a payment deal with the Associated Press, though details have yet to be disclosed. Agence France Presse, a French news agency, is still seeking $17.5 million through...

70 percent of US autos to be iPod compatible

Apple has been hard at work devising agreements with major auto manufacturers to integrate IPOD compatibility into their new product line.  In the end, the estimate is over 70% of new models will be IPOD ready.  Surely, Microsoft has their work cut out for them if Zune is to be a viable IPOD competitor....

Carmack Speaks at AMDZone.com

AMDZone has a summary of Carmack's two hour heart-to-heart at Quakecon.  In that time he gave his thoughts on a broad range of industry topics, from Physics Cards, Multi-Core CPUs and the ATI/AMD merger to name a few.   "Multicore/multithreading he does believe that there is more benefit to it than widening SIMD. He...

Core 2 Duo E6400 and E6400 Performance

If you read our launch article from a couple of weeks ago, you already know how Intel's high-end Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 processors perform.  But what about the lower-end model's in the product line-up?  Well, GamePC has the scoop for you, using the first full-retail Core 2 Duo E6400 and E6400 processors...

AMD's 50x15 Initiative Expands Educational Opportunities in Uganda

AMD'S 50X15 INITIATIVE EXPANDS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN UGANDA - AMD shows power of the ecosystem approach; Teams with more than 15 organizations to narrow the digital divide in Africa - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 4, 2006 - A consortium led by AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched three digital inclusion programs in schools in and around Kampala,...

MSI K9A Platinum CrossFire Xpress 3200

Hello Everyone. We just wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of MSI's brand-new K9A Platinum ATI CrossFire XPress 3200 motherboard for the Socket AM2 platform. Here's a snip... "We've been able to get...

Lawsuits Becoming Difficult for RIAA

Though the RIAA has been suing people over copyright infringement for a few years now, they've been starting to run into some roadblocks as of recent. Despite using such tactics as trying to sue deceased people, or even people without a computer, many of their lawsuits have been successful due to folks not wanting to fight the charges....

AOL Cutting Up to 5,000 Jobs

AOL has been going through quite a few changes recently. In July, AOL announced a drastic change in their service by offering its services free of charge to broadband users. Today we learn that AOL will also be offering 5GB of free file storage, but will also be cutting around 5,000 jobs in the next six months. AOL currently has a global...

Quakecon 06 - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

The Quake themed sequel for the popular Enemy Territory series is getting some special coverage at where else but Quakecon. AMDZone's coverage of the event details some of the workings of the highly anticipated game, such as vehicle mechanics(and physics), character animation, and some of what we can expect from the rest of the event....

Microsoft Embracing Hackers

With Microsoft's emphases on security for their upcoming OS Windows Vista, they've decided to turn to the same people they're trying to combat. While Microsoft isn't about to let just anyone pick apart their OS, they have given early versions of Vista to around 3,000 security professionals. CNN's new article explains...

Women Prefer Tech Over Diamonds

Reuters reports that market researcher TRU conducted a survey of 1,400 women aged 15 to 49 and found that women, when given the option, choose tech gadgets over traditional luxury items, such as jewelry. "The study found 77 percent of women surveyed would prefer a new plasma television to a diamond solitaire necklace and 56 percent would opt...

Where are the top-paying high-tech jobs?

Those of you looking for work in the high-tech field may want to pack a bag and move where the money is.  This story from Forbes.com details the top 25 cities across the U.S. for high-paying tech jobs.  I was surprised to find my new home-town of Norwalk, CT was number 8. Why don't some of you HH fans move to the area so we can...

EPOX MF570SLI Mobo Review

[H]Enthusiast has just posted a review of an nForce 570 SLI based motherboard from EPoX, aptly named the MF570SLI.  It was a flawless performance, but the crew at [H] gave the board relatively high marks overall.  EPoX has consistently made some nice motherboards, they just don't have the presence of some of the larger Tier 1...

Hardware sites will suffer from AMD, ATI shock

Your best friend Guttersnipe made some alarming predictions over at the Inquirer yesterday. While we think there's certainly a bit of truth spun in between this vicious thread, we'd suggest you read through this post with more of an entertainment value mind-set.  Sure, logically one would assume there will be a bit of workforce...

10' Tall Wearable Robot Suit With Guns

10' Tall Wearable Robot Suit With Guns

Ever notice that many things in science-fiction, especially from a technology standpoint, eventually become reality?  Buck Rogers showed us the first Laser Gun and there have been plenty of examples, (the Jetsons and Video Phones?) since then.  Well, you Mech Warrior fans ought to get a boot out of this one.  "Called The Land...

Energy Efficient Athlon 64 X2 4600+ and 3800+ Processors

Hello everyone. We've just taken a look at a pair of energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 processors, more specifically the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+. These two processors have max TDPs of 65w and 35w, respectively, and as such they sip power and radiate much less heat than their "full-powered" counterparts. Here's a snip from...

Infineon Develops VoIP Mangling Technology

Infineon Technologies, best known for their memory products, has recently filed two patents (1, 2) for technology meant to deliberately interfere with voice over IP transmissions. New Scientist Magazine's patent news blog, Invention, reports that the German company has filed a patent application for a method of artificially creating...

Core 2 Duo T7400 Running on a Dell XPS M1710

Our friends over at PCPerspective have taken a Core 2 Duo T7400 "Merom" processor and installed it into a Dell XPS M1710 notebook. They had to contend with a couple of performance related anomalies, but other than that everything seemed to work fine. It's possible that we'll see Core 2 Duo notebooks very soon because the...

First Look: ATI RD600 CrossFire Xpress 3200 IE

We're unsure as to how things are going to play out in the long-run due to the recently announced AMD/ATI merger, but in the short term ATI still has a few products in the works for the Intel platform.  One such product, the upcoming RD600 chipset, is under the microscope at TweakTown. They've got some information regarding performance...

NVIDIA MCP61S Integrated Graphics On It's Way

The MCP61S is an all-in-one integrated graphics processor (IGP) from NVIDIA that is designed for AMD's AM2 platform. It will combine the capabilities of a traditional northbridge and southbridge into a single chip along with a DirectX 9.0c compliant graphics solution. It will replace the GeForce 6100 IGP and will be...

Valve Offers Free Red Orchestra Trial

The popular Half-Life 2 Mod, Red Orchestra, will be available for a five day free trial starting tomorrow. Valve has also provided free trials of Day of Defeat: Source in the past, and hopefully these free trials will continue to be a regular part of their marketing campaign. The World War 2 based mod can be pre-loaded now, and if you...

Dell and AMD Team Up For Notebooks in 4Q

Later on this year, Dell is expected to launch a plethora of AMD powered notebooks, using AMD's Sempron, Athlon 64, and Turion 64 x2 processors. Dell already has AMD based servers on the market, and AMD based desktops are expected to show up are September. "The first AMD-based models, which will likely be launched in late October...

More Crysis Footage

Two new movies of Crysis, which is due out sometime next year, have been made available. The two videos contain actual gameplay footage, showing off some great lighting effects, physics, and one hell of an explosion....

AMD nabs 26 percent of server market

Intel has gotten a lot of good press lately in regard to their new family of Server, Desktop, and Mobile processors based on the Core Microarchitecture, but it wasn't enough to stop AMD's momentum in the server space.  C|Net is reporting that AMD has grabbed 26% of the server market thanks to the continued success of the Opteron....

Intel Announces NOR Flash Memory Products

Intel Announces NOR Flash Memory Products for Emerging Low-Cost Handset Segment SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 - Intel Corporation today introduced its first NOR flash memory products aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured to work with low-cost,...

ECS Elitegroup to Acquire Uniwill Computer

ECS Elitegroup to Acquire Uniwill Computer -- Leaders in notebook design and manufacture join forces to expand leadership in white book and ultra portable solutions -- Fremont, CA (August 1, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS, TSE: 2331), the world's leading desktop PCs, notebooks, servers, motherboards, video cards, wireless...

Intel G965 Defect Requires Revision?

DigiTimes reports that Intel's upcoming G965 chipset which will accompany the new Core 2 Duo processor could be facing some delays in coming to market due to a defect in the integrated graphics subsystem. On top of the allocation issues the industry is facing with Intel's new Conroe processor, this additional delay is yet another hurdle...

Corsair Enters the Power Supply Market

Corsair Enters the Power Supply Market with Two High Performance Best in Class Solutions -- Available now, the New Corsair HX620W and HX520W Power Supplies -- Fremont, CA (August 1, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory and cooling solutions, today announced the introduction of the...

Conroe won't be on shelves until August 7th

First tier manufacturers like Dell and HP are going to be the only ones with Conroe for at least another week. The Inquirer is reporting that Intel has told it's distributors not to sell Conroe chips except to a select few manufacturers considered to be "tier one". Retailers' orders won't be honored until August...

UT2007 Faces Delay

This might not be a surprise to some of you, but Epic's much anticipated Unreal Tournament 2007 has been pushed back to the first half of 2007. There are no hints of a PS3 release date, but GameStop gives some info about the Xbox 360 edition. "Right now, UT 2007 (PC) is slated to hit...

Western Digital 6GB Passport Pocket Drive

When your average thumb drive just doesn't have enough space for your data, you might be at a loss of what to do. Well if you're not interested in burnable media, or bulky portable hard drives, you might want to check out Western Digital's 6GB Passport Pocket Drive. It's slightly bigger than a flash stick, but houses a mini...