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If silence is golden, then silence plus overclocking is platinum. Hardware enthusiasts have loved squeezing every last drop of performance out of their hardware for quite some time. Noise levels are not a concern for many of these enthusiasts, but over the last several years, more and more of them have become not only performance enthusiasts... Read more...
This years Intel Developer Forum began with a brief overview of the event given by Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intels Digital Enterprise Group. Pat spoke briefly about this year being the 10th Anniversary of IDF and talked about the many speakers and partners that will contribute to the event.... Read more...
The Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler is a bit more than an oversized aftermarket cooler. This unitmarries twotechnologies into a single package, teaminga heat-pipe type cooler witha peltier and an oversizedfan to offerextreme cooling potential. To help facilitate its features properly, Ultraalso integrates an external controlmodule... Read more...
Its been almostone year since Intel launched the 965 series of chipsets, which were originally designed to be packaged with Intels Core 2 Duo series of processors. While the 965 series didn't perform quite as well as Intels flagship 975x chipset in some cases, most notable in multi-GPU configurations, it made a name for itself due to its... Read more...
Last night in our Pre-Computex coverage, we saw that ASUS had some interesting looking displays set up at the front of their booth, but they were covered up and we werent able to take a close look at what was underneath. Today, we were able to dig a little deeper into ASUS'booth, however, andhiding in one display... Read more...
A few weeks ago, we looked at the HIS Radeon X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo, a mainstream graphics card set to do battle with the GeForce 7900GS in the $200 price segment. Based on the RV570 GPU, the X1950 Pro brought a host of features to the table including native CrossFire. While X1950 Pro is a good performer for a great price, some of us were left... Read more...
Recently, we were given the opportunity to take a look at a preproduction sample of a new gaming platform coming from ASUS. Dubbed the "G2P", this is a robust new product that combines the latest flagship mobile components with a unique new aesthetic and gaming-specific features in one convenient package. Although we've opted... Read more...
Last week NVIDIA officially launched the $199 GeForce 7900 GS, and jointly announced the $299 GeForce 7950 GT.  In our coverage of the GeForce 7900 GS, we were able to reveal the 7950 GT's specifications and features, but were asked to reserve posting any benchmark results until the cards were made available. Well, here we are only... Read more...
Avid readers of HotHardware will certainly recognize the brand Corsair as one of the most respected and reputable companies within the industry. Since 1994, the company has made a name for themselves by offering some of the most stable and overclocker-friendly memory on the market. Backed with exceptional reliability and stellar support, the... Read more...
As of late, due to reported issues with overheating and graphic anomalies with overclocked GeForce cards, many gamers are starting to think twice before purchasing factory overclocked cards. Some hesitation before buying the highest overclocked card makes sense, but XFX along with the other companies affected by this problem are... Read more...
  When we look at the Small Form Factor platform's relative size and shape, it is easy to see why these systems are becoming extremely popular as dedicated living room or home theater PC's. With the gradual adoption of Media Center PC's in the home, Shuttle is now trying harder than ever to ensure that those systems are small... Read more...
The net has run rampant with links to a new Shockwave version of the infamous Quake III. Hardcore gamers trapped at work during the week can rejoice as they can refine their fragging skills from the comfort of their cube. If you have some spare time at work, do yourself a favor and test your skills at one of the most popular games... Read more...
While the majority of our coverage here at HotHardware.com tends to favor enthusiast class products, the fact of the matter is affordable mainstream products are far more prevalent in the marketplace. Flagship video cards and overclockable motherboards are certainly nice, but there is a much larger market for highly integrated motherboards... Read more...
AGP was supposed to fade away after the insurgence of PCI Express, wasn't it? Well yes, it was and it will in time, but as we're showing you today you can still breathe some new life into an aging AGP based system, thanks to NVIDIA. While PCI Express is the current interface of choice for new graphics products, the existing installed base... Read more...
  Last month we took a look at two recent sets of memory from Corsair and Kingston that were pushing DDR2 technology ahead, offering higher clock speeds and lower latencies to complement leading edge motherboard technologies.  Each set did very well in our benchmarks, offering up premium peformance with solid stability. But, besides... Read more...
Over the past few months, the ATI Radeon X800XL has built up a reputation for being one of the best buys in high-end PC graphics. A single-slot card, that's got relatively low power requirements, street prices hovering around $275 (give or take a few bucks) and performance that rivals flagship cards from both ATI and NVIDIA, is sure to please... Read more...
With the advent of the mini-PC, a completely new industry has been born.  Well, maybe it isn't so new anymore, but what started out almost as a novelty has matured into a major craze in the enthusiast market.  Today's mini-PCs come in a broad range of flavors with a wide variety of features.  Sitting high atop the list of unique... Read more...
  Currently, if you're in the market for a video card, there are two great options that will get you premium performance without blowing your budget: the Radeon X800XL from ATi and the GeForce 6800GT from nVidia.  Sure, there are more powerful cards, namely the X850XT and GF 6800 Ultra, but the price of these cards alone can sometimes... Read more...
A few years back, if you wanted the best of DVD playback and CD burning, you had to buy separate drives for each task.  With the advent of combo drives hitting the mainstream market, however, users can now get top-notch CD and DVD performance from a single optical device.  MSI's XA52P for example, reads DVD-ROM discs at 16x, writes... Read more...
  Hercules Audio - Muse Pocket USB External Soundcard Audio at your Fingertips Jason R. Gibson February 29, 2004 Recently Hercules is punching out more new audio devices then you can shake a stick at.  This time, they're back with yet another way of getting the groove from your computer to your speakers, the Gamesurround Muse Pocket. ... Read more...
The Asus V9950 Ultra - GeForce FX 5900 Ultra The First Single-Slot Ultra to Hit Our Lab... By - Marco Chiappetta September 9, 2003 Recently it seems as though NVIDIA has made a few wrong moves, that got them a ton of bad press. First, there was the whole 3DMark03 situation. Then came the Unreal Tournament 2003 filtering "bug". These... Read more...
The Gigabyte GV-R98P128D Powered by the ATi Radeon 9800 Pro By - Marco Chiappetta July 17, 2003 At the moment, gamers looking for a "Top-of-the-Line" graphics card, basically have two GPUs to choose from, either an ATi Radeon 9800 Pro or an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900.  Video cards based on these two GPUs are so evenly matched, they... Read more...
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