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Virtual learning has been a big hit with time-starved adults who have jobs and other obligations and still want to continue their education. Now it's becoming more common for students from grades Kindergarten through twelve to get their education, or at least part of it, through virtual classes. Estimates of elementary and secondary students taking virtual classes range from 500,000 to 1 million nationally compared to total public school enrollment of about 50 million. Online learning is used as an alternative for summer school and for students who need remedial help, are disabled, being home schooled or suspended for behavioral problems. It also can help avoid overcrowding in... Read more...
John Carmack, owner of id Software, appeared at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and delivered the first public demonstration of id's next generation game engine. It allows almost unlimited visual tinkering separate from the mechanics of the game. Tools to be provided by Id mean "They have unlimited flexibility to change as much as they want on the surfaces with no impact on the performance or the stability of the game," said Carmack. So once the game developers have done their part, artists can be let loose on the visual appearance "to make it look as good as we have time or resources to do." Multiple artists can work on different aspects of the world at the same time.... Read more...
BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GRAPHICS CARDS BASED ON THE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA GPU Lake Forest, IL – (May 4, 2007) – BFG Technologies, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express and the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express Water Cooled Edition graphics cards. "We’re excited to bring an Ultra class product back to BFG’s product line-up,” said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing for BFG Technologies.... Read more...
There's a steady flow if news rolling in today. A trio of our compatriots have posted some reviews we thought you'd like to check out.  First up, the Tech Report has posted a review of AMD's brand new Athlon 64 X2 6000 . They tested the CPU with the 64-bit version of Vista, so if you'd like to see how it stacks up to the Core 2 Duo in a 64-bit environment, TR's got the scoop. [H]Enthusiast has a review posted of the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus. As its name implies, this mobo is based upon and NVIDIA nForce SLI chipset, but what makes it somewhat unique is that Asus bolted together the nForce 650i SLI chipset with the older 570 SLI SB to make a sort of hybrid board that supports... Read more...
GamePC labs has a review posted this morning of BFG's AGEIA PhysX card. Lots of good information in this review, along with some some insightful opinions and commentary.  We've also taken a look at this card. For another reference point, you can read our article right here. "The problem is not the hardware. After seeing the demos, we know that the hardware is capable of some amazing effects and certainly, physics hardware acceleration will be the next frontier in PC gaming. However, the issue is timing. The cards are here, but there is no killer title to drive sales of the cards. To take an example which has been used a thousand times already, there is no "GLQuake "title to drive... Read more...
When Mountain View California start-up Ageia announced a new co-processor architecture for Desktop 3D Graphics that off-loaded the heavy burden physics places on the CPU-GPU rendering pipeline, the industry applauded what looked like the enabling of a new era of PC Gaming realism.  Of course, on paper and in PowerPoint, things always look impressive, so we waited with baited breath for hardware to ship.  That day has come and we've fully tested a new card shipped to us from BFG Tech, built on Ageia's new PPU. BFG's PhysX  Physics Processing Card Is this technology evolutionary or revolutionary?  You be the judge.  We also invite you to "Digg" our... Read more...
Without question, one of the hottest topics throughout the industry this year has been the advent of the discrete physics processor or "PPU" (Physics Processing Unit). Developed by a new startup company called Ageia, this new physics processor gives game developers the opportunity to create entirely new game-play characteristics that were not considered possible using standard hardware. Since its original inception, both CPU and GPU vendors have come to the spotlight to showcase the ability to process physics on their respective hardware. However, the Ageia PhysX PPU is the only viable solution which is readily available to consumers. For the foreseeable future, the only vendors... Read more...
Tweak3D has posted a brief but informative interview with BFG's own John Malley. As Director of Marketing and Public Relations, John is able to speak towards nearly every aspect of the company's business. Beyond the more generalized questions such as what "BFG" stands for (shame on those who don't already know), the interview poses some solid questions regarding the latest industry trends and how BFG will react to them. You are correct, all of these new cards are "OC" and are backed by our True Lifetime Warranty and free 24/7 tech support. In addition, our 7900 GTX 512MB comes with some free BFG swag, including a custom BFG t-shirt,... Read more...
The Inquirer reports this morning that BFG's GeForce 7900 GTX 512 will be available for purchase on March 9th for an MSRP of $599. As we all likely remember, this is a full $50 less than the previous flagship MSRP of $649. Although the details of the card are still being speculated, there are a few guesses per usual with the gang at the Inquirer.... Read more...
Beware the bug that bricks your DS. That didn't take long. Thinking back to the days of the original GameBoy, I never thought I would see worms crawling into hand held game systems. Actually, back then, the only "worm" I knew about where the ones you go fishing with. Anyway, enjoy the news! Windows Vista Build 5219 Review @ CoolTechZone.com "At the recent PDC, Microsoft started a new way of launching software, and we aren't complaining. The deal is that it'll showcase a monthly update to Vista, which would show progress from the last month in terms of added functionality, features, and graphics in addition to additional functionality. This is an excellent method as it allows Microsoft... Read more...
Hey folks, who likes mondays? Not me, but I managed to get a chuckle this morning from "Flat-screen memorials to the dead emerge" story over at the Inquirer. Anyway, I need to be getting back to work, enjoy the news. X800GT BIOS Update Boosts 7% Performance @ CoolTechZone "Powercolor appears to be making its mark with the X800GT, ATI's answer to NVIDIA's 6600GT. Since Powercolor is one of the first few board partners to actually have a X800GT in the market, it's getting all the attention it possibly could. With that said, Powercolor does have a strategy behind promoting its X800GT offering. Unlike other board partners that went with ATI's R423 chips in order to save cost, Powercolor... Read more...
OLED Technology: An Overview @ Anandtech: "OLEDs are the latest and most promising buzzwords in display technology. To give you an idea of their potential, imagine a cardboard-thin TV screen. Now imagine that you can roll up your TV, put it away or carry it wherever you go. Automatically, you start appreciating why millions, if not billions, of dollars are being poured into OLED research every year." BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT Review @ HardOCP: "NVIDIA isn't stopping here, as just as there was a "GT" GeForce 6 series of GPU, there is now going to be a "GT" GeForce 7 series of GPU as well. The GeForce 7800 GTX is at the top, and right below that NVIDIA is announcing a new GPU today,... Read more...
Hey folks! Incase you haven't heard the good news, the demo for F.E.A.R. will be released on friday morning. The japanese horror inspired theme, while already been done in the movies, is new to the FPS genre. This, combined with the intense action we've already seen from screenshots and trailers, should make for one hell of a game. AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU: Dual-Core and 64-Bit Go Mass! @ X-Bit Labs "We would like to introduce to you this summer's hit: the new mainstream dual-core processor from AMD. For only $354 you can get yourself two processor cores working at 2GHz frequency and featuring 512KB L2 cache. But is it enough for satisfactory performance results? You can find the answer... Read more...
NVIDIA most definitely has been on a roll as of late, with the introduction of a very successful 4th generation motherboard chipset with the nForce 4, and more recently with their GeForce 7 series launch and market introduction of the GeForce 7800GTX.  In these launch articles we often times work with platform "reference" hardware for testing direct from the core technology OEM and soon to follow, we cover retail level products from various board partners as they are released into the channel. With the NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX launch however, the Silicon Valley based 3D Graphics giant seems amazingly strong and confident in their roll-out, as is evident in the wealth of information... Read more...
Hey folks, are you enjoying the heat? The northeast portion of the HH labs is brutally hot today. Not quite as hot as my hardware(haha!), but it feels like it. Anyway, getting to the news. Adrian's Rojak Pot has updated its "Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide" to include 220 desktop cards. And in other news, The Sims 2 seems to be the latest scapegoat for US attorney Jack Thompson. That's right folks, The Sims 2 is no better than GTA: SA. Hide your children! Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100 Review @ ASE Labs "Take a quick look at my own system and you'll see many Logitech products. At work, many people use Logitech mice and keyboards. Their name is synonymous with quality and... Read more...
This morning we have news ranging from an aftermarket cooler from Aerocool, to 1GB of SD Memory goodness.  Most interesting is the BFGTech 6600 GT OC review that covers all flavors, including AGP, PCI-Express and SLI. Aerocool HT-101JR @ Overclockers Online: "With hotter and hotter chips becoming the reality, larger and more expensive coolWith hotter and hotter chips becoming the reality, larger and more expensive cooling measures are becoming common. Engineers have the difficult task of finding the right balance of cost, size, and noise in order to deliver cooling performance. Too much of any one factor may be bad and be the cause for failure. On top of these factors, there are also... Read more...
Well folks, this will probably be the last news post of 2004. I'll be heading out myself to various parties in a few minutes, and I'm sure many of you are about to do the same. For me it wasn't a bad year, I've had my up's and down's. What will 2005 bring? Not sure, but I'll begin to find out in a few hours. So everyone, have yourself a fun and safe New Year's Eve, and make sure to comeback next year for more of what you love here at HotHardware :) Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Memory Drive @ EXTREME Overclocking "USB flash memory drives are extremely popular these days as a universal portable storage device. The advantage to a USB drive is that they are relatively inexpensive, small,... Read more...
Greetings All!  There hasn't been a whole lot of activity today, but we were able to pull together some more goodies nonetheless.  So without further ado, here's your mid-afternoon shot of hardware goodness... ATI Brings High Definition Gaming to Mobile Users Leading Developers Agree, MOBILITY RADEON 9800 brings notebook graphics performance to unparalleled levels Tuesday July 27, 2004 - MARKHAM, Ontario – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), the global leader for mobile graphics, today raised the performance bar to unprecedented heights with the introduction of MOBILITY RADEON 9800. Designed for the mobile gaming enthusiast, MOBILITY RADEON 9800 enables users to enjoy... Read more...
Good Afternoon HotHardware Fans! Our man Rob just put the finishing touches on a review of BFG's GeForce 6800 GT OC. This card is basically a reference design GeForce 6800 GT with a slightly higher core clock speed, hence the "OC" in its name. We've got a ton of benchmarks and screenshots to see. Click here to check it out!... Read more...
When NVIDIA updates their product line, the GPUs usually arrive in the form of a value, midstream, and high-end variety, thus catering to all budgets or tastes.  Monetarily speaking, it works out for the most part with those in need of a simple upgrade able to get something on the cheap, while Uber-users can get a new card to brag to their friends about, both performance and price-wise.  It's been like this for quite a while, at least since the days of the GeForce 4 Ti4600/4400/4200. In this year's offerings from NVIDIA, there are three cards, the GeForce 6800, 6800 GT, and 6800 Ultra (and even a fourth if you count the 6800 Ultra Extreme).  They're all based on the same relative... Read more...
Good morning all.  It looks like my desktop troubles are over.  Man, it has been a long time since I've had problems with any of my machines and I hope this is the last of it for a while.  There's nothing like a reformat once in a while to clean things up, but I was try to hold out for SP-2.  Guess that wasn't in the cards.  Anyhow, now I can get back to being productive on the review and news fronts.  Speaking of news... The First Xeon EM64T (Nocona) Workstation/Server Solutions Now Available from Supermicro San Jose, CA, July 15, 2004 – Supermicro Computer, Inc. has begun high-volume production of its new workstation/server platforms which support the latest... Read more...
Good evening friends, how was your day?  Over the past while I have been trying to convert my eating habits.  I had been consuming to much "bad" food and had not been feeling the greatest because of that.  So, to go along with this health kick, I have decided to invest into a new Mountain Bike.  I have not full decided on what I want to get, but it looks like it is going to cost me around the same price as cheap laptop.  I just don't think I can trust a hundred dollar bike to support my six foot, 200 pound body while blazing down a trail ;)  If you have any good suggestions for a bike, drop me a note. Anyhow, getting to the task at hand, here is some news...... Read more...
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