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SiS Supports AMD Digital Media Vision With Advanced Chipsets For "AMD LIVE!™" Consumer Brand February 14th, 2006 – Taipei – Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) announced today the development of SiS chipsets in cooperation with AMD to support AMD LIVE!™ branded, full-featured consumer multimedia desktop and notebook PCs expected to be delivered in mid-2006. The chipsets will provide support for AMD LIVE!, helping deliver new home entertainment experiences to consumers for their digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE! brand now extends to consumers and should help improve digital media PC performance and functionality, as well as changing the way digital entertainment integrates... Read more...
Taking quality photos in a low light setting can be difficult, especially if you're trying to take them in the middle of the night. It's possible though, and while you do need a decent camera for nighttime photos, there are a few tricks you can use to snap some quality shots. "Night photographs express a special something that cannot be seen in normal daytime photography. Whether it is a photograph of a moon and starlit sky over a windy deserted beach, the excitement of a downtown cityscape when the lights go on, or just a picture of you and some friends in front of a favorite hangout, nighttime photos, when done right, are sure to attract attention.... Read more...
So how do you make a fast drive even faster? Well, you can always start by adding more cache, larger capacity, and even throw in Native Command Queuing. These features have been added to Western Digital's Raptor series, which already sports an SATA interface, and a 10K-RPM spindle speed. The drive is the Raptor X, and tonight The Tech Report takes the new drive for a spin. "The Raptor X shares the WD1500's updated internals, and apart from the better view, it's identical to its enterprise-class counterpart. But how does it perform? We've cornered one in our labs and subjected it to an exhaustive set of synthetic and application tests to find... Read more...
Digital Communities Starter Kit Provides Comprehensive Mobile Government Solution That Transforms Communities SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2006 – City governments can extend the reach of their employees to vital information, applications and processes for managing land use and community development activities with a new Land Management Starter Kit developed by members of the Digital Communities Initiative. The starter kit is comprised of software applications, "ruggedized" mobile computers and wireless networking products that enable workers in the field to access the same information and processes that they have in their offices. For example, building inspectors can increase productivity... Read more...
The noise over what to do about Digital Rights Management and how the idea should be approached is a battle that's been raging on for a while now. Public outcry was sparked last year when rootkit software was discovered on CDs produced by Sony, and really hasn't died down since. In their latest article, eCoustics discusses what DRM has become, and how it can possibly affect us 20-30 years down the road. "DRM has become a huge flashpoint for consumers because of one simple fact -- entertainment companies' fear of piracy. The music industry -- rattled by its bitter experience with peer-to-peer networks that allowed consumers to swap music across... Read more...
  Western Digital has earned themselves quite a reputation in the Computing Enthusiast market with their line of Raptor hard drives.  Originally targeted as "Enterprise class" SATA variants of what WD had historically brought to market for high-end SCSI server storage solutions, the 10K RPM Raptor was an overnight success for end user performance freaks, including many of us here at HotHardware.com.  WD's first iteration of the drive was a somewhat overly-svelte 36GB version that came outfitted with an 8MB cache.  And it was actually not what one would term a "native SATA" drive, with a Marvell PATA to SATA bridge chip handling calls for the drive's SATA... Read more...
AMD Unveils Digital Media Vision To Deliver Enhanced Entertainment Experiences AMD LIVE! professional brand extends to consumers with PC solution complementing devices already accepted and used today SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 4, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled its vision to apply the power and flexibility of the PC to enable enhanced digital entertainment experiences on all the screens in peoples' lives. As part of this vision, AMD plans to extend the professional AMD LIVE! brand to full-featured consumer multimedia desktop and notebook PCs expected to be delivered in mid-2006. True to AMD's customer-centric approach, AMD LIVE! is meant for innovative, complementary, industry-friendly... Read more...
With the growing demand for larger storage space in a variety of devices, we've seen some great products float into our news box. Viperlair reviews the Corsair 2GB Secure Digital 133x, which should fill the space needs of most consumers.We added the Flash Voyager simply as a scale to help put the numbers in perspective. Flash media (in it's current state) will never be as fast as a flash drive, so what it boils down to today is how does Corsair fare against other "hi-speed" memory cards? Overall, very well from a performance aspect. The Sandisk Extreme III gave a close fight, but generally trailed the Corsair SD 133x by a small margin.Up until a few months ago, I was still using the 8MB and 16MB... Read more...
Hey folks, I hope ya'll had a good weekend. I'm a little short on time, so I'll skip the chat and let you jump straight into the news. Enjoy! ASUS K8N-DL and Dual Opteron 252 @ LostCircuits "It still appears that one of the main problems AMD has been facing in the past, that is, great processors hampered by the lack of chipset support still rears its head, existing platforms are somewhat stale, bordering on obsolete technology. This is where nVidia's nForce4 Professional core logic aims to fill the void. Currently, less than a handful of boards are out there but we have secured one of them, namely the ASUS K8N-DL and run it through the paces. Several BIOS revisions later, we are still not... Read more...
Hey folks, I hope your all having a good weekend. I'm just stopping in for a few minutes to update you on the news that's floating around this weekend... enjoy! C3 Expo 2005 Coverage @ XYZ Computing "It is conveniently (for me) located at the Javits Center in New York City so even though it mainly featured enterprise level hardware and services I figured I would stop by and see if I could dig up anything interesting. Some of the more interesting companies attending were Google, CMS Products, SilverStone, Pepper Pads, and NEC. In addition to the hardware their was lots of software, conferences, and keynote speakers." Nikon Coolpix S1 5MP Digital Camera @ Bytesector "It's slim, tiny,... Read more...
Asetek introduces - New WaterChill 12V pump system with integrated reservoir and USB/Software Control Panel The NEW WaterChill 12V DC pump system with integrated reservoir and USB/Software-based control unit is the first of its kind. Packed with features and design that ensure every consumer with the markets best usability and developed especially for water-cooling this 12V pump system utilizes the ultimate balance between flow, pressure and power consumption (heat dissipation) for maximum performance. Ensuring uncompromising reliability in water circulation and maximum performance the 12V low noise pump system is the perfect match for ANY water-cooling set-up – customized or included in... Read more...
Well today the net is flooded with reviews for the brand spankin new Athlon64 FX-57 CPU(San Diego Core). Here at HH, Marco and Dave both had the pleasure of reviewing one of these bad boys, and of course, there was some overclocking ;) Make sure to check back later tonight for a roundup of the reviews from across the web! If your looking for some different news, check out the selection below, including a different kind of review by The Tech Zone. Enjoy! HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold Sound Card Review @ 3DXtreme "Bluegears has released a new sound card, the HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold. For years gamers like us have relied on Creative Labs and their Sound Blaster line of sound card to... Read more...
Hey folks, we get the evening news all ready for ya. Recently, information about Nvidia's G70 has been circulating around the net. Josh at PenStar Systems attempts to pick out the truth from the sea of rumors, so check out what Nvidia's next offering might offer. Swiftech MCP-350 & PolarFLO TT Pumps Review @ GruntvillE.com | Image "Now many would say that this design, with the inlet and outlet facing the same direction, does not make sense. The water comes up and then has to make a 90 degree turn to go out. Why did they design it like that? Wouldn't the performance be even better if it went straight out? The answers are actually quite simple. The design decision was made because this... Read more...
I just got around to reading the recent news about Abit that Jeff has posted... very interesting. On the lighter side of things, we have some motherboard reviews, a digital camcorder review, plus a few other reviews that might help you decide what to get for the holiday. Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 and Foxconn 915A01-8EKRS2 Mainboards Review @ X-bit labs "This review is our first introduction to Foxconn products. This company is a well-known mainboard and components contract manufacturer and this year they are entering the retail market. We took a really close look at two products from this manufacturer designed for Intel LGA775 platform." JVC Everio GZ-MC200 Digital Camcorder Review @ I4U... Read more...
Good morning folks!  How's everybody doing today?  I hope you're all doing well.  We here in the HH labs are up to our usual hijinks, overclocking, benchmarking, evaluating, and the like.  Before we get to posting our next review though, we've got some news to tide you over.  Not too much going on this morning, but it'll pick up by tonight I'm sure...  Asus K8N-E Motherboard Review @ PCStats: "In any case, in this review PCstats will be focusing on the brand new Asus K8N-E Socket 754 motherboard. This little baby is powered by nVidia's nForce3-250Gb chipset, and comes loaded with features like an additional four port Serial ATA/RAID Silicon Image controller,... Read more...
Good moring everyone. It's time for your morning news fix.  We have an interesting collection today, covering printers, hard drive enclosures, video cards and more.  Let us jump right into it and see what's on tap for today... The Tech Zone took five of the smallest color printers on the market and pit them against each other to see which one is best: "Fast forward to today, where color printers offer great print quality and weighs just a few pounds. Whether it's going from bar to bar to take photos with Coors babes or taking wedding photos at the country club, there are plenty of reasons to pack a portable printer the next time you hit the road. To help you along we have assembled... Read more...
Good morning everyone, NJ here with another edition of the HH times.  With a few not so pleasant incidents over the weekend, the HH team was not in the best mindset.  So, in hopes of starting the work week off right, I have a XL dose of juice for all of us.  Here is your AM shot... Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA 10,000RPM HDD @ SystemCooling "The main barrier that hard drives face is that as opposed to other computer hardware they are still mechanical. Motors, platters, actuator arms and other components, all packed together in a small housing and asked to work in perfect harmony. To increase hard drive performance the answer is simple, increase the RPM (revolutions per... Read more...
Good morning all.  JeffB stopping in as we say good bye to another work week and hello to the weekend.  My wife and I, recent residents of North Carolina, enjoyed a nice little pool party in our community last night with a live reggae band and good food and drink.  The carribean tunes seemed quite appropriate with the general theme being sunny and hot. Tomorrow we get to check out a local pig roast that is an annual tradition that brings in 15,000 people each year.  It's definitely a different world down here compared to New York, but one thing is certain, these folks like to eat!  They are also a hefty community of techies too, with the Research Triangle being home to... Read more...
The Hercules Digifire 7.1 Sound Card 360o Of Sound Emersion By Jay Gibson December 11, 2002 Since our last look at a Hercules sound card, the Gamesound Fortissimo II, there have been a few advances in the technology that audiophiles will rejoice over.  As Hercules' flagship product, in their audio line-up, the Digifire brand sports the leading edge audio processing capabilities, as well as a host of other features, including of course, Firewire connectivity. With support for 7.1 digital surround sound and FireWire DV Editing, this card should cover just about ever aspect one could ask for in a sound card. But, the thing to keep in mind is that quantity of features does not always mean quality,... Read more...
Back-Up Storage for the masses! The OnStream SC30 SCSI Digital Tape Drive     Ahh yes... the proverbial "cover your butt" of the home and enterprise computer user, the tape backup drive. I know what you are thinking. You're thinking "I don't really need to backup my system" ! These are famous last words. A few weeks ago we received the OnStream SC30 for review here at the Hot Hardware Test Labs. At that time, things were extremely busy and the box lay dormant until other products in the review cue were finished being tested. Then "Murphy's... Read more...
Western Digital's 18Gig Ulta ATA66 Expert WD-AC418000 EIDE Drive technology took another leap forward this year with the advent of the Ultra ATA66 standard. Hot Hardware took a close look at a 5400 RPM ATA66 drive a few months back. This technology was fairly new then and it is still early on for the ATA66 standard. However, with the recent addition of new motherboards that are able to support this new higher bandwidth standard and DMA66 drives, we felt it was time to look at another from this field. This is a run-down on a new drive from the perennial drive manufacturer, Western Digital. Western Digital has been around forever making high quality drives. Their reputation speaks for itself. They... Read more...
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