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Claiming to be the best at anything is bold.  From professional athletes to product manufacturers, stating you or your product is the best out there opens things up for closer scrutiny.  Being the best at what you do, or what you make, means near flawless execution.  Regardless of the context, one thing is certain, if you claim you are the best at what you do, you better be prepared to back those statements up.  This is the position ASUS has put themselves in, stating that their latest product is the best of its kind, period.In this HotHardware showcase we're going to take a look at a new sound card from ASUS called the Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 PCI Surround... Read more...
We recently brought you a story about Toshiba buying out Sony's interest in the Cell technology, including the production facilities.  What we didn't have at the time was why.  Now we do: Toshiba is planning to use the Cell technology to produce graphics cards.At first glance this concept might seem a little strange as we're used to large, single chip graphics cards with enough transistors to rival or even eclipse modern CPUs.  So why go with smaller, less complex CPUs but more of them?  The answer lies in the fact that graphics is a computational task that readily lends itself to parallel processing.Toshiba is tenetively calling this new technology “SpursEngine” and it seems like they might... Read more...
We just got our hands on a few intriguing images that we thought you’d all be interested in checking out.  What you see pictured below is Diamond Multimedia’s VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation graphics card, due to be launched in the coming weeks...       Diamond Multimedia’s 2GB VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation Graphics... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces MicroSD Flash Cards and Adaptors, the Optimal Mobile Multimedia Storage Solution Sunnyvale, CA—August 27, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced 1GB and 2GB microSD cards and adaptor kits to their diverse flash memory series. Making use of the extensive multimedia capabilities of mobile phones and PDAs, OCZ microSD cards are the convenient storage solution for pictures, music, ringtones, and video files on even the most advanced digital electronics. OCZ microSD cards are a necessity for cutting-edge cell phones and mobile accessories that... Read more...
AMD Unveils Innovation-Packed Series of ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators Industry’s first 2GB frame buffer, exclusive AutoDetect software, and unified shader architecture deliver more than 300% increase in 3D performance SIGGRAPH, San Diego, Calif. -- August 6, 2007 --At SIGGRAPH 2007 today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced five new high-performance ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators for CAD, DCC and medical imaging professionals. The ATI FireGL V8650, FireGL V8600, FireGL V7600, FireGL V5600, and FireGL V3600 graphics boards are based on the next-generation ATI graphics processing unit (GPU) with an innovative unified shader architecture... Read more...
We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, range, and performance of a couple of draft-N WiFi devices from TRENDnet.  The main focus of the article is the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router, but we used it in conjunction with a TEW-621PC PCMCIA adapter that brings 300Mbps wireless connectivity to any laptop.  By using these two pieces of hardware together in our test environment, we were be able to demonstrate the advantages of 300Mbps WiFi over 54Mbps as well as spotlight the installation and features offered by both... TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Router and TEW-621PC PC Card... Read more...
At this point in time, it's probably safe to assume that the majority wireless network users are outfitted with some type of 54Mbps solution.  First introduced in 2003, 802.11g has proven its worth as a solid wireless technology for both home and business users alike.  However, as technology advances and the demands for more bandwidth and improved range increase, a new solution is needed as 802.11g has essentially reached its peak in terms of features and capabilities. To help address the need for better security, longer range and more bandwidth, the powers that be have come up with 802.11n (draft) technology.  "Draft" indicates the technology is proven but has not completed the standardization... Read more...
Albatron’s Blue Ray Decoder Card brings HighDef Video and Windows Vista Performance Exciting low-profile VGA card with PureVideo HD reduces CPU utilization 60% during HD playback Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card” giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system. Blu-ray vs. DVD Video PlaybackBlu-ray Disk, otherwise known as... Read more...
Visa helps a lot of people buy a lot of stuff: $1 trillion dollars annually. They're currently testing a payment system, along with Wells Fargo Bank, that allows its customers to make payments using their mobile phones. Such payment methods are already common in Japan and South Korea.  Using "account-level processing," Visa's payment-processing system now manages transactions in real time using the entire 16-digit credit card number, rather than the six-digit bank identification number that had been used. The change lets consumers carry their account numbers with them if they move to more exclusive cards, and lets merchants offer new services and benefits, such as on-the-spot discounts.... Read more...
If somebody stole your credit card information and intends to use it online, it’s not all bad news.  You could end up with a very small tax-deduction, or at least that’s what Symantec is claiming.The latest trend for people who steal credit card information (carders) is that they test the stolen information by making small donations.  Whether or not this will save them a few years when they get sentenced is unknown, but it does seem that they may have found a way around all those algorithms that determine what is and isn’t a “normal purchase” for a cardholder.  After all, not many people donate to charity on the same frequency they shop for clothes, food, gas, and so on. “Carders attempting... Read more...
OCZ Technology Enhances SDHC Memory Family with New Speed Class 6 Rated Cards Sunnyvale, CA—May 9, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced Speed Class 6 rated memory cards to their high-performance Secure Digital™ HC (SD High Capacity) family. As higher resolution digital cameras and camcorders enter the market, faster and large-capacity memory cards are needed to take on the added size. Available in 4GB and 8GB configurations, these ultra-fast OCZ SDHC cards are ideal for the most advanced digital cameras and electronics. OCZ SDHC cards comply with the new SDA 2.00 specifications to... Read more...
OCZ Technology Outfits the Latest Generation of Digital Cameras and Camcorders with High-Speed, Large Capacity SDHC Memory Cards Sunnyvale, CA - April 9, 2007 - As digital cameras and video recorders produce higher and higher resolution images, the need for more memory has reached a new high. OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced a new line of SDHC flash memory cards to their high performance Secure DigitalTM family. OCZ SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards comply with the new SDA 2.00 specification to support capacities over 2GB. Available in 4GB and 8GB configurations, OCZ SDHC cards are ideal for the latest digital... Read more...
While it seems that almost every major player in both the storage and memory markets is working on developing solid state disks (SSDs), Transcend is planning to differentiate their initial products from the competition. How are they going to do that? Most of the competition is initially setting themselves up to replace traditional mechanical drives, but Transcend is going straight for the ExpressCard slot. Don't have a laptop with an ExpressCard slot? Transcend has thought of that too, and is including a USB adapter with their new drives. This way you can use it now, and get a shiny new laptop later on. The only drawback to these drives is their size, which currently tops out at only... Read more...
One of the features of the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi that many have wished for in a laptop sound card was the simply amazing positional audio support for headphone users. It seems it shall finally come to pass. "The new Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook card forgoes the PCMCIA interface and instead uses the Express Card interface. The card itself features an optical out/in jacks and a port for the breakout box to connect your speakers." One has to wonder if a Fatal1ty version will be in the offering.... Read more...
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