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Right now, my production PC is humming along under my desk. It’s built into a massive Antec P193 case, which is built like a tank. It’s relatively quiet, especially since I removed the 200mm side fan. As a hardware reviewer, my lab testing seems to revolve around large cases. I’ve got several test systems built into three Coolermaster Cosmos 1000s and a Cosmos 1000S. Moving these systems around takes some care, since it would be easy to throw out a back; dropping one on your foot would be no joy, either. I also have four other systems that are occasionally used for product testing, but mostly used as game systems. Most Friday nights, four to six people troop into the basement lab and play LAN... Read more...
Right now, my production PC is humming along under my desk. It’s built into a massive Antec P193 case, which is built like a tank. It’s relatively quiet, especially since I removed the 200mm side fan. As a hardware reviewer, my lab testing seems to revolve around large cases. I’ve got several test systems built into three Coolermaster Cosmos 1000s and a Cosmos 1000S. Moving these systems around takes some care, since it would be easy to throw out a back; dropping one on your foot would be no joy, either.I also have four other systems that are occasionally used for product testing, but mostly used as game systems. Most Friday nights, four to six people troop into the basement lab and play LAN... Read more...
The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
For each type of product and in each market, there is usually a specific price segment that will provide the best value proposition for consumers, often known as the 'sweet spot'. For quite some time, the 19" widescreen was the sweet spot of the consumer LCD monitor market. Hovering between the cheaper but aging 17" screens and the expensive but only slightly larger 20" screens, the 19" widescreen LCD provided the best value for a long time. However, in the last 8-10 months, LCD monitor production has increased and the price of LCD panels has fallen dramatically. The 20" screens which once seemed like such a poor value proposition, costing up to $100 more than 19" screens despite only... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we look at one of the latest additions to the 22" LCD monitor market segment, the Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW Wide Screen LCD.  While the Samsung 2243BW may be aimed at business use, its specifications suggest that it should be capable of quite a bit more than just spreadsheets and word documents. With good viewing angles, a decent 5ms response time, good brightness and an excellent 1000:1 static contrast ratio, the 2243BW should be well equipped to handle any multimedia thrown its way. The 2243BW is actually has slightly better specifications than the wildly popular Samsung 226BW, which is one of the most widely and highly recommended 22" monitors.  Click the link... Read more...
If you’re in the market for a new PSU, and the warranty is figuring heavily into your decision making process, then you might want to reconsider the Cooler Master Real Power and Real Power M series. “As part of our total commitment to quality, Cooler Master is pleased to announce that we will be extending the warranty period of our Real Power and Real Power M series power supply units to a period of five years. With this newly extended warranty, Cooler Master users can purchase Real Power and Real Power M PSUs with even greater confidence.” It's nice to see hardware manufacturers displaying their faith in their own products by increasing their warranties.Regardless of which PSU you choose,... Read more...
Broadcom is already sampling these chips to early adopters, and is providing a value line reference implementation as well a top-of-the-line reference platform. With all of the various new specifications and related standards being supported, this chip will certainly command the lion's share of set-top boxes for the near future. Based on NGNA developments to date, the BCM7118 provides support for all of today's cable network operating requirements, and also integrates features required to support the transition to CableLabs-based open industry standards (i.e. OpenCable(TM) Applications Platform (OCAP), DOCSIS 2.0 with DOCSIS Set-Top Gateway... Read more...
Futuremark, the creator of the popular benchmarking suites 3DMark and PCMark, has updated their site with new versions of 3DMark06 and PCMark05. The updates bring not only a few bug fixes, but added support for Windows Vista. Benchmarks native to Windows Vista should be out in 2007, and will take advantage of the latest DirectX features. "To support performance analysis on PC's running Microsoft(R) Windows Vista operating system Futuremark's 3DMark06 and PCMark05 will be Vista enabled. Updated benchmark performance results on Windows Vista systems have been tested and verified by Futuremark as valid and fully comparable. Next generation... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair's brand new modular CMPSU-620HX 620W power supply. Here's a snip from the article... "Over the course of the last few years, Corsair has expanded their product line to address additional markets beyond memory modules. Here, the industry has also seen water-cooling units under the COOL brand as well as flash memory drives launched under the Flash Voyager USB brand name. Today, we find Corsair venturing into yet another enthusiast market segment with the launch of the company's first ever series of power supplies." You can read the rest right here. If you liked this article, please... 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 company has become renowned in the industry as one of the top names in memory. Over the course of the last few years, Corsair has expanded their product line to address additional markets beyond memory modules. Here, the industry has also seen water-cooling units under the COOL brand as well as flash memory drives launched under the Flash Voyager USB brand... Read more...
A simple yet customizable case is what BigBruin gets the pleasure of looking at. Cooler Master is known for a wide array of products, quality products, and their CM Media 250 HTPC Case aims to keep in step. "If you're one of those folks who wouldn't dream of passing up the opportunity to create a fully customizable HTPC on their own, this case is for you. It can blend in perfectly with either silver or black components, and provides small details that make it fit in well... It's this kind of detail and the simplicity that make the Cooler Master CM Media 250 a great start to an excellent HTPC."... Read more...
Trying to bring some order to current memory myths, Corsair has sent us a PDF showing the benefit some applications can receive from having a hefty 2GB of Ram installed. Half-Life 2's Lost Coast level is rumored to be out soon, and as many of you have heard, it does list 2GB of ram under the recommended requirements. Ouch. I'm still running on 512MB, so I might have to do a little shopping after the news. Koolance Aquain ICM-505 Liquid Cooling System @ ExtremeMHz | Image "Perhaps you have bought that killer pre-modded case you've always wanted and have formed quite a bond with it. However, you can't help but be impressed with some of the excellent water-cooled cases that Koolance offers.... Read more...
Hey guys, I'm half asleep here so I'm going to make this short and sweet. Here is your news, enjoy :) Introduction to FB-DIMM Memory: Birth of Serial RAM? @ PCStats "Serial data links, once reserved for only the slowest exterior connections and least-demanding peripherals, have proven to be the future of computer design. Up until just recently though, one of the most essential parts of any computer has remained stubbornly parallel in its implementation; computer memory, or RAM as it also called. FB-DIMM memory (short for Fully-Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module) is a variant of standard DDR2 memory designed for server applications where both large amounts of memory and memory co-ordination... Read more...
Hey folks, this afternoon we have a few photography related articles for you, along with a Laptop and water cooling system review. I've got to cut the chat short though, as I'm trying to fix a couple computers and fill some holes in my wall(fun stuff!). Enjoy! Fujitsu P7010D Laptop Review @ Designtechnica "The LifeBook 7010 is an attractive system that melds shades of silver and black with a somewhat industrial, yet refined looked. There is very little in the way of branding on the system itself. The Fujitsu name is on the bottom of the system and on the inside of the lid only. The top of the lid and sides of the 7010 are completely bare. The lid hinge is definitely unique and what makes... Read more...
Corsair Partners with Tier One Motherboard Manufacturers to Enable the New NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Platform -- Equipped with the world's fastest DDR2 memory from Corsair, motherboard makers unleash the power of dual channel DDR2 performance for the new NVIDIA chipset for Intel -- Fremont, CA (April 15, 2005) -CorsairMemory, Inc.,a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today is pleased to announce launch partnerships with tier-one Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers for the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset. First to market with both the industry's lowest latency and highest clock speed memory modules, Corsair... Read more...
Hey there everyone, JeffB stepping in with your Thursday morning news update.  We've got a shootout between an AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon as well as a good looking Samsung LCD.  If you are in the market for a laptop, Designtechnica has a look at a Gateway M210XL.  For more on how to select the right laptop for you, check out our Buyer's Guide here. DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard @ Bigbruin.com: "There is no end to the amount of tweaking you are allowed on this board. With very minor effort and time, I was able to get a FSB of 300 MHz at a multiplier of 8 for a CPU frequency of 2400 MHz. With some time spent, this board will go much higher, although this particular... Read more...
Good afternoon folks. I've found one good aspect to the busy holiday season... more work for me. People want computers, which works out great for me since I just happen to build and repair them. Should I put some of the cash away? Or splurge on a new video card? Life is just full of important choices :) Thermaltake Big Water 12cm water cooling kit review @ Madshrimps "Today we´re evaluating an all in one water-cooling solution from Thermaltake, the Big Water 12cm internal H20 kit and see if it can tame a Prescott powered system" Crucial Ballistix DDR500 PC4000 Memory Review @ 3DX "Crucial has always been known for delivering a high performing, stable product and we have not doubt... Read more...
Good afternoon folks!  Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know what we've just posted a fresh review of X-Micro's WLAN 11g Turbo Mode broadband router and its companion PCMCIA card.  Rob found this router to perform quite well, and thought it was very easy to install and configure.  Click here and check it out...... Read more...
More and more homes these days contain multiple PCs, and in this age of increasingly common broadband connections it's a no-brainer to want to connect these machines together over a WLAN, or Wireless LAN.  Doing so will allow you to share files and the broadband connection so that everyone can surf the web smoothly.  For sometime now, users have been trucking along at 11 Mbps and 54 Mbps using 802.11b and 802.11g components such as routers, PCI cards, etc. But, as with everything else built into, installed on, or just connected to a PC, there's always room for improvement, and this usually means doing something faster.  That's what X-Micro intends to do with today's showcase... Read more...
Good afternoon folks.  We have to apologize for the delay in news this morning.  We had some gremlins acting up on the server earlier that gave us some unscheduled downtime.  But now we're back and we've got some good reading to get you through your day. LeadTek WinFast A400 Ultra/GT TDH 6800 Review @ Beyond3D: "At a glance, the only noticeable difference between the two boards is the additional Molex connector visible on the 6800 Ultra-based card - aside from that, both boards use the same, near-silent two slot cooling solution. Despite its 'monster cooling' look, the fan noise from these boards is indeed reasonably quiet, and certainly not noticeably loud over the rest of... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back!  The news flow has slowed down for the evening, but we still have a few tasty articles for you to sink your teeth into.  So, go grab yourself a cold drink, toss in some tunes and kick back with the HH Nightcap...  Samsung Syncmaster 173P 17-inch LCD Display Review @ PC Stats "The compact little 17" screen of the Samsung Syncmaster 173P boasts a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels, and an industry standard dot pitch of 0.264mm that makes for a crisper image than current 19" LCDs can muster. While the 173P does retail a bit higher than the average 17" LCD, priced a little over $600USD, it does offer up a contrast ratio of 700:1 and... Read more...
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