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Sean Pelletier

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Late last year, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce 8800 GTX. Armed with a totally new unified architecture and complete DX10 support, this graphics card was an extremely potent new flagship. The world was hesitant to proclaim this new GPU as the ideal enthusiast graphics card as ATI's highly-anticipated R600 GPU was expected at any... Read more...
Without question, the process of choosing a standard, pre-built PC or building one yourself has become almost trivial over the last few years. Given the caliber of hardware on the market, even with just a little bit of knowledge, it is difficult to purchase a system today which would not be suitable for nearly any standard application.... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that AMD is currently developing their next-generation FUSION processors with both standard bulk and Silicon-on-Inusulator (SOI) process technology. Although Chartered Semiconductor is working with AMD on the SOI development many expected, there are reports that TSMC could be selected to produce mainstream... Read more...
The gang over at CRN have managed to sit-down with AMD's CEO Hector Ruiz for an in-depth interview. Although the interview mainly focuses upon the economic status of the company, there are some interesting tidbits of information regarding AMD's upcoming K8L core and how AMD plans to roll out the technology. AMD's "Barcelona"... Read more...
Dell sends word that they are currently in the process of certifying their corporate systems with Novell for use with the Linux open-source operating system. Currently, the plan is to have all OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Dell Precision workstations all certified to ensure their customers will be able to successfully use Linux... Read more...
  Last year, we had the pleasure of taking a look at Dell's flagship Inspiron XPS M1710 notebook. Taking into account the top-notch components, excellent build quality, and best-of-class performance, we awarded the system our coveted Editor's Choice award.  Dell has since returned to market with a minor refresh of the... Read more...
     Showcased by none other than our own Dave and Marco, we see the upcoming refresh of the ASUS Lamborghini VX1 notebook which we previously reviewed with positive results. This new system addresses all of the minor gripes we had with the previous model, setting the stage for what should truly be a stunning piece of hardware.... Read more...
EE-Times reports that Intel has invested $12 million dollars to fund the efforts of the Isreali graphics startup Lucid Information Technology. The startup's main focus is currently on a graphics acceleration traffic organizing chipset which will offer support for up to 4 discrete GPU's. Thanks to the dedicated silicon and specific... Read more...
The gang over at The Inquirer report that sources are indicating AMD/ATI will be forced to re-spin the company's upcoming R600 GPU, resulting in yet another delay for the flagship graphics chipset. This must be especially painful for ATI as NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 series is enjoying its spot on top of the performance charts and does... Read more...
The gang over at PC Perspective have taken a look at Bigfoot Networks new Killer NIC ethernet card to see if it is worth the hefty $250 price of admission. Although the Killer NIC showcased some impression performance gains on an Intel 975X platform, the performance gains seen on an old nForce2 platform were the largest and easily... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that XFX will be the first graphics card vendor which has NVIDIA's blessings to offer a factory-overclocked GeForce 8800 series graphics card. The flagship GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition will ship with a core frequency of 630MHz and memory running at 2GHz. In contrast, stock GeForce 8800 GTX cards operate... Read more...
As the holiday season approaches its peak and minds rush to conjure up the ideal gifts, we here at HotHardware have taken the liberty of creating three ideal system configurations to illustrate the best way to spend your holiday budget. Although we are confident in the performance offered by each system listed in this guide, we are in no way... Read more...
Corsair Announces Immediate Availability of the New 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) - Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products,... Read more...
DELL MOVES BEYOND HIGH DEFINITION WITH BLU-RAY ENABLED MULTIMEDIA NOTEBOOK ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 11, 2006 - Dell today introduced Blu-ray Disc technology into its product line, offering the next-generation optical disc format as an option on the extreme-performance XPS M1710 consumer notebook computer. This enhancement furthers Dell's... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that AMD/ATI's upcoming RS690T IGP chipset will have its own local memory to increase performance. The main issue being overcome here is the latency between the IGP and memory. On the AMD platform, this latency is extremely small thanks to the integrated memory controller for the CPU. By comparison, the latency... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating that ATI...er...make that AMD...will be strictly offering the next generation R600 GPU with GDDR-4 memory. Initially, two codenames were developed to distinguish between a GDDR-3 variant (UFO) and a GDDR-4 model (Pele). On top of news that the GPU will launch in February instead of... Read more...
As we mentioned earlier, AMD has just launched their new enthusiast QuadFX platform. Armed with two physical CPU sockets which are populated by the latest dual-core processors from AMD, the "Quadfather" platform is AMD's latest attempt to recapture the performance crown from Intel's new Core 2 Duo architecture. Although... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Dell has just signed a contract with Samsung to deliver a 27-inch widescreen LCD which will then be branded as a Dell model. Although details of the exact model is not yet known, DigiTimes assumes the model in question will be similar to a unit which is already being offered. The Samsung LTM270M1 is equipped with... Read more...
HKEPC reports that Intel's upcoming G35 (Bearlake G+) IGP chipset will have complete support for both HDMI connections and HDCP. With Vista and high-definition formats such as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray promising to utilize HDCP, the inclusion of this technology is surely a necessity for Intel should they wish to hang onto... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Sony's latest Playstation 3 game console is experiencing a fair amount of issues ranging from overheating to a lack of proper resolution scaling. Although some users are having trouble in terms of the unit being properly cooled and in some cases even having the unit turn on, the largest problem appears to be a lack... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that widescreen notebooks have reached an impressive 79% of total market share for mobile systems. North America has fallen in love with wide-aspect notebooks as the market share for that region is an overwhelming 85%. In stark contrast however is the market in Japan where the traditional 4:3 aspect screens still hold... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have learned NVIDIA will not allow any board vendors to offer a factory overclocked version of the new GeForce 8800 series GPU's. For vendors such as BFG, XFX, and Gainward which have used factory overclocking to help differentiate them from other card vendors this is certainly less... Read more...
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