Good afternoon friends, welcome to Hot Hardware :) Yesterday was my girlies birthday, so of course she was spoiled to no end. Between the massive amounts of food and the bottles of wine, I slept like a baby last night. All the same, my head is still not full on this morning but I think I am still able to dish out some news ;) Here is yours mid-day shot of juice...
PRESS RELEASE - MDDM/PWX ANNOUNCES FIRST PRODUCTS FROM FATAL1TY BRANDED LINE AT E304
LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2004, E3– MDDM, a company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing management of electronic products, today announces the first products from the Fatal1ty™ line of professional gaming products, including the Fatal1ty/PWX system and a motherboard and graphics card created by ABIT Computer Corporation, a world leading manufacturer of award-winning motherboards, video cards, and server products.
Last year, leading gamer and three-time World Champion Gamer from the Cyberathlete Professional League, Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Auravision, a pioneer computer peripheral developer. Fatal1ty wanted to work with a group of computer developers who could make his ideas for his ultimate gaming computer system a reality. Auravision invited MDDM, a company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing management of electronic products, to join forces to create the Fatal1ty development team. Fatal1ty has developed a deep working relationship with the companies, allowing him to bring to market his vision of what the professional gamer requires to win.
"The Fatal1ty Team has helped me with my dream of making my ultimate gaming computer system a reality," notes Johnathan Fatal1ty Wendel. "I'm pleased to bring this superior gaming system to gamers world wide."
"We are thrilled to be working with PWX, Auravision, and Fatal1ty to bring gamers around the world the most powerful gaming system ever devised," said ABIT Marketing Director Scott Thirlwell. "At E304, gamers will have the chance to experience ABIT Fatal1ty hardware that has been specifically designed with the worlds number one gamer."
As The Fatal1ty Team started working on the development of Johnathan's pro weapon competition system, MDDM sought out ABIT Computer Company's considerable experience with overclocking and state of the art motherboard and Graphic Card designs. As a result, Fatal1ty now has the ability to custom tailor his own PC "engine." The first Fatal1ty ABIT motherboard will be based on Intel's newest Alderwood chipset (an AMD based motherboard will debut soon after), and will feature the new PCI Express bus, DDR2 memory and the latest proprietary BulletProof ABIT technologies – SoftMenu™ jumperless technology, OTES (Outside Thermal Exhaust System), and µGuru™ interactive system management. In addition to the Fatal1ty motherboards, ABIT is also working with Fatal1ty to develop the Fatal1ty Graphics Card, based on the latest ATI chipset, designed for the new PCI Express bus and also features OTES (Outside Thermal Exhaust System).
"Over the last few years, the industry has released some mousing accessories that claim to help enhance your gaming experience, such as the Mouse Bungie, Mouse Skatez, and the numerous optical gaming mousepads. A very new company to the game, Mouse Grips has just released a very interesting product, called Mouse Grips. These claim to revolutionize the way you hold your mouse, so lets check'em out!"
"High Definition. I'm sure all of you have heard something about it. Whether you fully understand it or not, you most likely know that it is supposed to enhance your TV viewing experience. But in order to get the superior image quality that HDTV can deliver, you will need some special equipment that is capable of receiving and outputting a HDTV signal. In today's review we'll be taking a look at two such items, the Dvico FusionHDTV 3 Gold tuner card and the Winegard SquareShooter High Band VHF/UHF Digital/Analog/HDTV antenna provided to us by Solid Signal."
"We have seen many attempts at cooling down those hot Northbridge chipsets over the years. Many have been successful at those attempts, while others have not done so well. MicroCool, based in Europe, seems to have their heads placed on their shoulders quite well with their release of the Northpole Chipset Cooler. It is unique in many was, along with universal for today's motherboards abroad. Made with copper and covered with a nicely designed black shroud, the Northpole not only looks great--but its ability to install on most any motherboard sets it apart from other heatsinks. It even comes with a few extra miniature sized aluminum heatsinks for those little jobs."
"The next stop here on the DOS gaming train is Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, many of you may remember this title as Connectix Virtual PC, which it was called before being bought by Microsoft. I, for one, knew of the Connectix title, but thought they had shut down and didn't realize they had, in fact, sold Virtual PC to Microsoft. For those of you not familiar with Virtual PC, it strives to emulate an entire PC complete with its own OS. Virtual PC is a great program with many uses--from testing out a new OS to running that one application from your old OS that you just can't seem to replace. It is not, however, IMO ideally suited for gaming."
That is all for the moment my friends. I will catch you back here later tonight :) - Cheers