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Computer hardware enthusiasts are a unique group. Its true that some enthusiasts may spend hours, days, or weeks tweaking their BIOS and other settings to achieve optimal performance, while others might spend an entire evening painstakingly routing wires for proper cable management. Fortunate ones find themselves eagerly awaiting product launches in order to upgrade parts at every possible opportunity. This appetite for new technology is fueled by the never ending supply of components that perform faster, run cooler, consume less power and improve the overall computing experience for consumers. As one of the leading system builders in the industry, Alienware helps fuel the fire and provides an... Read more...
  Computer hardware enthusiasts are a unique group. Its true that some enthusiasts may spend hours, days, or weeks tweaking their BIOS and other settings to achieve optimal performance, while others might spend an entire evening painstakingly routing wires for proper cable management. Fortunate ones find themselves eagerly awaiting product launches in order to upgrade parts at every possible opportunity. This appetite for new technology is fueled by the never ending supply of components that perform faster, run cooler, consume less power and improve the overall computing experience for consumers. As one of the leading system builders in the industry, Alienware helps fuel the fire and... Read more...
The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 graphics card has caused quite a stir in the hardware industry. While enthusiasts scramble to find the coin to upgrade their systems, Alienware has provided an all inclusive option for those in the market for an entire rig, loaded with some of the fastest parts available. Yesterday, Alienware announced the launch of five new configurations, consisting of all new Area 51, Aurora, and M15x gaming systems. Although each option brings something new to the table, we had the chance to check out the Aurora ALX featuring a Core i7 975 processor, X58 microATX motherboard, and two ATI Radeon HD 5870s running in CrossFire mode. If you crave cutting edge technology, then... Read more...
  We know it can be difficult to keep up with all of the latest and greatest hardware. After months of saving up every spare penny, you finally have enough money for that new upgrade that you've been yearning for since its debut. All the reviews are in agreement and you have to own what many are calling the component of the year. Those who don't buy it run the risk of suffering from mediocre benchmark scores or unexceptional frame rates. While those who are able to make the purchase waste no time posting scores on countless tech forums and showing off their new hardware to friends at LAN parties.    Well folks, its that time once again. The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870... Read more...
Enthusiast level hardware is exciting, especially if you can make use of its full potential. When Intel released the monster 3.33GHz Core i7 975 processor, they laid claim to the highest performing desktop CPU on the market. Interestingly enough, they were competing with themselves as the 3.2GHz 965 held the pole position up to that point. But the new model was welcome as it brought with it the new D0 stepping which lowered operating voltage requirements, tightened up memory timings and brought slightly cooler temperatures. Of course enthusiasts also noticed another tangible benefit in the form of higher overclocking headroom. Intel's Extreme Edition processors are not for everybody. Economically,... Read more...
There once was this little company, formed by these two geeks named Paul Allen and Bill Gates ...Bill Gates and Paul Allen create a partnership called Micro-soft. It will grow into one of the largest U.S. corporations and place them among the world's richest people.Gates and Allen had been buddies and fellow Basic programmers at Lakeside School in Seattle. Allen graduated before Gates and enrolled at Washington State University. They built a computer based on an Intel 8008 chip and used it to analyze traffic data for the Washington state highway department, doing business as Traf-O-Data.You have to assume Gary Kildall looks back on the mistake with not getting CP/M-86 onto the IBM PC and wonders... Read more...
We've gotten more than a few inquiries from readers, since we launched our Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (aka Yorkfield) article, about whether or not the new 45nm quad-core chip from Intel will play nice in legacy motherboards.  The party line from Intel is that while technically, Yorkfield quad-core processors are not supported by chipsets like the 975X and P965, some motherboard manufacturers may choose to validate and support the product.  We've recently been able to prove out that on at least one 975X board, the Asus P5W64WS Pro, using one of Intel's new 45nm Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processors and more than likely any 45nm quad-core Intel processor is a go... Read more...
Hello Everyone!  We've just posted a 975X Express Motherboard Round-Up featuring the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H, Abit AW9D-MAX, and MSI 975X Platinum v2. Here's a snip from the piece: "To coincide with the launch of the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, many manufacturers released new or updated motherboards to support Intel's cutting edge CPU. Over the past few months, we've taken a look at a handful of these motherboards, including products based on chipsets from Intel as well as NVIDIA. Today, however, we're going to focus on a trio of boards all based on Intel's current flagship chipset for the Core 2 and Pentium D, the 975X Express." Read The Rest Right Here.... Read more...
To coincide with the launch of the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, many manufacturers released new or updated motherboards to support Intel's cutting edge CPU. Over the past few months, we've taken a look at a handful of these motherboards, including products based on chipsets from Intel as well as NVIDIA. Today, however, we're going to focus on a trio of boards all based on Intel's current flagship chipset for the Core 2 and Pentium D, the 975X Express. The 975X Express has been available for quite some time.  In fact, it was released in late 2005 just before the Presler-based Pentium Extreme Edition 955, which is an eternity in tech-years. The longevity... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report have a review on-line today detailing Abit's P965-based AB9 Pro and their 975X Express-based AW9D-MAX Core 2 compatible motherboards. As usual, the crew at TR does a bang-up job covering all of the finer points of each product. "Abit has beenon the comeback trail since its acquisition by USI, and we've been impressed by the company's recent AN8 32X and AT8 32X motherboards for Athlon 64 processors. Intel's Core 2 Duo has become the processor of choice for PC enthusiasts, though, and we've yet to see what a reinvigorated Abit can do with an LGA775 socket. Interestingly, Abit's most famous boards have been for... Read more...
Six to nine months prior to the launch of Intel's Core 2 Duo product line, if you polled the average HotHardware.com reader, regarding their thoughts on an Intel 975X based motherboard, you might well have gotten a luke-warm reception.  Back then AMD's dual core Athlon 64 X2 and FX offerings were in full stride and NVIDIA's nForce 4 chipset found its way into many high-end Desktop systems.  On the contrary, no one would argue that Intel's 975X chipset was not without its own merits for die-hard Intel customers. Let's face it though, without a more efficient and capable CPU under the hood, Intel's market share in both processors and chipsets, was being whittled... Read more...
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 two sides of the CPU socket. Click here to check it out...  ... Read more...
  Trends in PC hardware usually come about for a good reason.  As processor and memory speeds continued to rise, many manufacturers responded by producing more elaborate air cooling apparatuses.  Some of them worked well, while others offered almost no improvement at all.  In either case, lowering temperatures in this way usually resulted in an unwanted side effect: excessive noise.  As high-speed fans were placed over this and that chipset, the cacophony of whirring and buzzing machinery became a little more than most users were willing to bear.  So the next trend to come along was to not only cool down a PC, but to do so with more style and less noise. ... Read more...
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... "If our test results are a true indication of the performance potential of the upcoming Conroe and Merom processors, then we foresee a sizable interest within the AMD community for taking another look at Intel based products in the near future. The Conroe/Merom processors should realize a performance improvement of around 15% above the... Read more...
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