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AMD may be killing off their ATI namesake on GPUs, but we all know graphics are still mega-important. And so does Fujitsu, evidently. The company's new LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX is one of the most powerful gaming notebooks around, but you'd never know by looking at the case. It's a small, sleek machine that looks like a standard student laptop or maybe even a stylish business PC. There's no 2"-thick chassis or 18 fan vents to be found. The trick here is the external GPU, which allows the notebook to remain small and nimble while giving hardcore gamers the ability to beef up the frame rates whenever they feel like attaching a graphics card. The notebook really is the best of both worlds. There's an on-board... Read more...
We have a couple of pieces of interesting information coming out of AMD this morning, one of them regarding AMD’s continued use of the ATI brand, the other about an inexpensive, active DisplayPort-to-DVI dongle that should make to cost of entry into multi-screen Eyefinity more palatable for budget conscious consumers. Over the last few weeks, you may have heard rumors about AMD no longer using the ATI brand. We can confirm that this is indeed going to be the case.  AMD will shed the ATI brand name soon but it is not happening immediately and will have no effect on existing product. We were told by AMD that moving forward, with the eventual introduction of Fusion-based processors and... Read more...
One of the ways that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo gradually reduce the price of consoles is by adopting increasingly advanced manufacturing technologies that reduce the size and power consumption of the console's components. Microsoft has combined both the CPU and GPU inside the XBox 360 S into a single chip configuration; details on the new design are starting to leak. The XBox 360 is an infamous example of the problems manufacturers can encounter when pushing the performance envelope—the initial XBox consoles weren't designed with sufficient thermal tolerances which lead to the infamous RROD (Red Rings of Death). It's been several years since Microsoft patched that particular problem,... Read more...
NVIDIA has never been a company to shy away from a fight, even if that fight is very public. The company has been battling with Intel off and on again over the past couple of years, with comics and harsh words from NVIDIA's CEO leading the way. But for as confident as NVIDIA is about their company, their hardware and their software, we have always heard that there's nothing quite like getting a taste of one's own medicine. AMD's processors haven't exactly been the coolest bunch; the Neo platform in particular can warm an ultraportable up in rapid fashion, but the company has nicely dodged that in a new short film aimed directly at NVIDIA's graphics business. AMD vs. NVIDIA has been another longstanding... Read more...
The new 2010 iMac may be the most consumer-centric piece of Apple's July 2010 hardware refresh, but for power users it's the Mac Pro that'll get the attention. Apple's heavyweight has been refreshed this morning, but as with the iMac, no real major exterior changes are happening. Instead, it's all in the inside. Intel has produced quite a few major chips since the Mac Pro line was last refreshed, and now the machine is finally seeing some of that work integrated into its build-to-order sheet. The new Mac Pro line holds up to 12 processing core and is up to 50% more powerful than the previous generation, with the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option... Read more...
Select Dell Precision workstations are now offering ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5800 and ATI FirePro V4800 professional graphics cards. With these cards, users are able to power up to three independent 30-inch displays at one time using ATI Eyefinity technology. The cards support Microsoft DirectX11, OpenGL 4.0, and OpenCL. The ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5800, and ATI FirePro V4800 cards are available on a number of Dell Precision Workstations including models from the R5400, T1500, T3500, T5500, and T7500 lines. ATI FirePro™ 3D Professional Graphics and ATI Eyefinity Technology Power Dell Precision Workstations ATI FirePro graphics cards support OpenGL 4.0, DirectX 11, and ATI... Read more...
When NVIDIA switched from ION to ION-NG, it swapped from including an entire chipset over to a GPU. At the time, NV noted that some third-party manufacturers might opt to offer stand-alone products based on the second-generation ION GPU, and at least one company is doing so. Zotac, already known as a company with a wide line of ION-based products, is now selling what it calls an ION GPU-A-E. The card features 16 shader cores and 512MB of DDR3, but its memory interface is just 64-bits wide. That was considered decidedly non-optimal ten years ago; it's positively anemic today. The card's x1 slot is also restricted to version 1.1 of the PCI-Express standard, which means a maximum of 200MB/s of bandwidth.... Read more...
The flood of new notebooks continues! Acer has already introduced a few new machines this week, primarily aimed at the early-bird back-to-school crowd, but now it's time to get serious. The performance-oriented Aspire TimelineX series is getting revamped this week, with a bunch of new components and a few new models. The TimelineX family of notebooks are all quite stylish, and they're designed to be light, mobile, yet powerful enough to handle even complex multi-media duties. Said to be ideal for "consumers, students and professionals on the move," these new machines have batteries that provide up to 8 hours of life. That's pretty great considering that Intel's Core 2010 processors are used,... Read more...
Maingear's got a new notebook, haven't you heard? If not, the company would like to know why, since you can probably see it from where you're currently sitting. The company has just revealed their newest 17" portable monster, the eX-L 17. According to them, it includes "the most powerful components ever assembled into a 17 inch notebook," and no matter how you spin it, it's perfect for on-the-go gaming. The company's really getting fancy with this one, offering 4 exclusive M.A.R.C. laser etching, support for Intel Core 2010 mobile CPUs as well as options for ATI and NVIDIA graphics. Users can select a Core i5 or i7 under the hood, paired with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 (1GB) or NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
Microsoft's new XBox 360 S adds a variety of spiffy new features, even if it does require regular sacrifices of virgin discs. One of the more subtle (but arguably most important) additions is the addition of a thermal monitor. We don't know yet if the XBox monitors the internal temperature of the CPU or uses a thermistor embededed in the motherboard, but the end result is the same. In the event that the XBox detects an overheat, a red dot pops on in the center of the power button and the system powers down. It's nice to see Microsoft finally adding this functionality, but it's a mystery why the console wasn't designed with it from Day 1. Microsoft has never confirmed exactly what caused the Red... Read more...
It's that time again, HotHardware fans! It's time for us to give away some HOT new gaming gear! This time around, we have have teamed with the folks at ASUS and AMD to give away not one, but two awesome prizes, with some extra weekly prizes thrown in for good measure. The full scoop on how to enter and what you can win is detailed below. Good luck! “How Can Eyefinity Change Your Life?” - Contest Presented by ASUS, Hot Hardware, and AMD! To celebrate all the new possibilities that ATI Eyefinity technology introduces, ASUS and AMD are trying to find out more about how Eyefinity can change your life! We’ll be giving away an awesome ASUS Matrix 5870 graphics card and three... Read more...
During a recent analyst report, it was suggested that sales of tablet PCs would overtake sales of netbooks by 2015, but we aren't so sure. We suspect that the netbook as we know it will transform quite a lot in the next five years, and there's some proof of that coming from Acer already. The company, which is no stranger to producing netbooks, has just refreshed, revamped and refaced two of their main netbooks: the Aspire One AO721 and Aspire One AO521. These two netbooks look sharper than ever, and they're also two of the most powerful netbooks to ever see production. Both of these are sporting new looks and new AMD Athlon II Neo processors, which is a chip that we have had great success with... Read more...
How's this for news on a lazy Sunday? Dell has just introduced an entirely new Inspiron notebook family, not to mention shed light on a whole new batch of Intel processors (details to come on those). The new line is called the Inspiron R family, designed to keep you and yours organized, entertained and ready for anything. These should be great for handling basic computing tasks as well as multi-media and light duty gaming, and the built-in surround sound and webcam should make 'em great for video chatting. The Inspiron R line can be a real bargain, but those who want to spend serious cash can get some pretty nice upgrades for their money. These are tailor made for the average user, with a 14"... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we're looking at three of the latest additions to the ATI FirePro workstation graphcis card lineup, the V7800, V4800, and V3800. Without a doubt, the price and performance variance between the products will be considerable. The V7800 is a powerful, high end part that should be closer in performance to the V8800. The V4800 and V3800 are entry level cards that offer similar features to one another, but target consumers on a more limited budget... AMD ATI FirePro Round-up: V7800, V4800, V3800... Read more...
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