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Good morning all.  It looks like we've got a fair amount of news for you this morning, with a number of sites hard at work on some interesting reading.  We've been pretty busy this week as well, with some nice treats on tap for you.  I've also been toying with the idea of writing a few guides for our newbie friends, to help them with the various facets of building and using their rig.  What I'd like is some feedback from our readers letting me know what you would find most helpful.  So if there is something you would like covered, please drop a quick line and let me know! GeForce FX Comparison - Prolink 5900XT vs. Albatron 5700P Turbo @ Tweaktown: "Today we've checked... Read more...
Good morning all.  Time for some morning reading courtesy of your good friends at HotHardware.  JeffB checkin' in with the latest news floating around the hardware world.  Got a decent selection waiting for me in my mailbox this AM, so let's not waste any time! Aristec Accent HT-400b HTPC Case Review at htpcnews.com: "As newcomers to the HTPC community begin their journey one of the first questions that they have is "what case should I buy" and the answer is not always what they want to hear. HTPC's are not a cheap hobby by any means... Yes you can build a HTPC for practically nothing but you will be heavily limited on what it can do in the grand scheme of things.... Read more...
Back in October of 2003, we had the opportunity to take a good look at several new Athlon 64 motherboards.  We had two high profile boards from ASUS and MSI that came packed to the gills with features, extras and a promise of high performance courtesy of VIA's K8T800 chipset.  A third, less prolific motherboard from Shuttle was a part of that round up, with just an above average feature set, yet promising top-end performance as well.  This board was powered by NVIDIA's flagship chipset for the Athlon 64 at the time, the NFORCE3 150.  Back then we walked away impressed with the performance of the NFORCE3, which ended up being a solid competitor for the VIA chipset.  However,... Read more...
Good morning gang, JeffB stopping by with your morning news update.  While Marco is fighting off a bug, or possibly an overdose of pollen, I have a dilemma of a different kind.  I took a ride to Top Sail Island off the coast of NC yesterday and didn't bring the sunblock.  After walking along the beach for several hours without protection, I am now very well done.  Needless to say, there are no quick movements in my future nor any sun going to hit me for a few days.  I'm about as red as a tomatoe when I am usually pasty white.  Ouch!  Want to watch DVDs on your PC in 3D?  DDD Group PLC just released a WinDVD add-on component that turns any DVD into a 3D... Read more...
Greetings and Salutations loyal HotHardware fans!  This is your favorite oversized Italian hardware geek, checking in with a mid-afternoon helping of hardware goodness.  I'm fighting off a cold (or allergies - I'm not sure yet), and need to get back to benchmarking, so I'll unfortunately have to be brief.  So here goes...  Mega Roundup 2: Twenty Two Hard Disk Drives with 120GB Storage Capacity @ Xbit: "This time we would like to offer you a detailed test session for 22 hard disk drives with 120GB storage capacity from the five leading HDD makers, such as Western Digital, IBM/Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Maxtor. More tests results and analysis than ever in our new mega... Read more...
What's up folks?  It looks like summer has hit the northern extent of the HH labs today.  With a temperature peaking around 27 degrees Celsius, yours truly shall be finding a comfy spot on the back deck with my beater of a laptop and an icy-mug full of... eeerrr... BEvERage type... stuff... yeah... *looks shifty eyed*....  A Trio of Mutant Mods: CPU Fan, Fan Grill, and USB 2.0 Cable Reviewed @ Futurelooks "A division of Startech, Mutant Mods has launched with some well made and simple modifications for your otherwise dull premodified PC Case." Foxconn 875A02-6EKRS - 875P Motherboard @ Extreme Overclocking "Today we will be taking a look at the Foxconn 875A02-6EKRS... Read more...
Hey gang.  It looks like this is a sleepy Friday with little happenings in the hardware world.  We've got a few items for you and hopefully more will roll in later.  This will be my last post for a few weeks.  By this time next week I hope to be moving in to my new place in North Carolina.  My focus will be to get up and running as quickly as possible, so I should see you back here in the first week of May.  I'll see ya then! Zalman ZM-RS6F Theatre 6 Real Surround Headphones Review @ myWORLD Hardware: "The Zalman ZM-RS6F Theatre 6 Real Surround Sound headphones was designed with interesting intentions, that is to provide real multichannel audio over headphones.... Read more...
DFI LANParty NFII Ultra B vs. ABIT AN7 The Clash of the nForce2 Ultra's By: Tom Laverriere February 29, 2004       Fast, stable, feature-rich and affordable, these are just some of the words we have chosen historically, when speaking about NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset.  Over the past year we have seen quite a few of these motherboards come through the HotHardware labs and most lived up to our expectations surrounding this Athlon motherboard chipset technology.  When considering a motherboard sporting the nForce2 chipset, there usually isn't a lot to differentiate one manufacturer from another.  The same set of features such as Dual  Channel DDR memory... Read more...
NVIDIA ForceWare 55 Hands-On New Features for Enthusiasts By: Chris Angelini February 18, 2004 It used to be that graphics manufacturers dedicated themselves to incorporating nifty features into their hardware, besting the competition from a specification point of view, at the very least.  Developer resources limit the usefulness of these proprietary tricks, though.  And as such, coding for one manufacturer's unique feature set over another's only exacerbates the time-consuming process of bringing a modern game to market.  Microsoft?s DirectX 9 API simplifies the process by proposing a minimum set of specifications for hardware manufacturers to support.  Software developers,... Read more...
MAD DOG Entertainer 7.1 DSP Sound Card 8 Channels of Chest Pounding Sound By Tom Laverriere February 17, 2004 Many of today's motherboards are equipped with more than ample integrated sound solutions, which has made aftermarket sound cards a bit of an afterthought for some users.  While some will correctly argue that add-in sound cards offer much better sound quality, this "improved" sound quality does come at a price.  Thanks to companies like MAD DOG Multimedia, that price can be a very reasonable one.  Today in the HotHardware... Read more...
Abit IC7-G vs. Asus P4C800 A tale of two Canterwoods By, Dave Altavilla April 29, 2003       Intel's i875P/i865P Canterwood/Springdale chipsets have all the markings of a second coming; the second coming of the "BX".  Intel's 440BX was a chipset for the Pentium 3, that reigned supreme years ago, as the premier motherboard platform to couple with a high end Intel CPU.  Back in the day, there were so many incarnations of motherboards built on the 440BX, that it even scaled beyond its targeted life span and host bus speed, with some motherboard manufacturers characterizing the chipset up to a 133MHz system bus, while it was only designed to run at... Read more...
The ABIT "Legacy Free" AT7 & IT7 MAX Motherboards Innovation Through Elimination... By, Marco Chiappetta July 9, 2002 Over the years, we haven't seen too many "standards" completely tossed aside.  For example, analysts have been saying for some time that the "end was near" for the good old floppy drive, but most of us still have one in our system.  When USB was first introduced, serial and parallel ports were immediately rendered obsolete, yet we still see these "old" ports on the vast majority of motherboards currently available.  Even ISA slots, which are inferior to PCI slots in every way, weren't done away with until very recently. ... Read more...
Mobile Gaming At Desktop Speeds Tests & Benchmarks With The Pentium 4M & NVIDIA's GeForce4 440 Go By Dave Altavilla 6/3/02   There was once a time when the average Laptop Computer, even the top of the line models, were designed and built strictly for business.  There were little if any true multimedia capabilities, without the need for DVD Drives, elaborate sound systems, CD-RW drives or 3D Graphics.  You got your basic CPU, Drive, RAM and LCD screen with floppy, keyboard and mouse.  The bells and whistles just weren't available and gaming on these machines was not even considered.  However, as the average end user became more PC savvy and technology made it possible... Read more...
The Compex DynaStack DSR2216 16-Port Switch It's Time for a "Switch" By Jeff Bouton 5/12/2002 In recent years, we've seen a major shift in the way companies are marketing their networking products.  With the increased popularity of DSL and Broadband, the demand for more bandwidth has made technologies that were originally designed for the commercial market, available to the average single end user or small office.  In years past, the only way the average user could network their computer was using a serial cable.  Today, the enthusiast can put together their own 100Mb high-speed network for under $150, giving them the ability to transfer hundred of megabytes of data in... Read more...
Getting PC1066 Level Performance From PC800 RDRAM & PC800 Motherboards A modification project on the Abit TH7II-RAID By, Dave Altavilla April 5, 2002   It's been a long time coming but finally, the Pentium 4 platform has gone mainstream enough that motherboard manufacturers, like Abit, are building motherboards with the "Power User" and "Tweaker" in mind.  We've seen a bevy of motherboards recently released for the Pentium 4, with DDR SDRAM chipset from Intel, SiS, and VIA.  However, RDRAM boards, with a few exceptions, have been a little bit more straight forward with fewer bells and whistles than their DDR counterparts.  Regardless, Abit's fantastic... Read more...
  Dueling i845 DDR Boards From Abit and Asus Abit's BD7-RAID and Asus' P4B266 Take Flight By, Dave Altavilla January 23, 2002   We're back again with a look at two new motherboards based on Intel's recently released i845D chipset with DDR SDRAM support.  Our initial look at the i845D was centered around some fairly standard issue offerings from Intel and DFI.  MSI was the only "tweaker's" board that we put to the test in that round-up and it certainly shined heads and tails above the rest.  This time around, we have entries from two strong veterans in the "enthusiast/tweaker's" motherboard market, Abit and Asus. We all know Abit's approach with their... Read more...
  Intel's i845 DDR Chipset Debuts MSI's 845 Ultra-ARU & DFI's NB70-SC DDR Solutions Based On Intel's New Value Platform By, Dave Altavilla December 17 2001 The market has been waiting for this one for a long time.  Intel has authorized OEMs to begin shipping Brookdale (i845) based solutions, now with DDR SDRAM support.  Finally, an Intel native alternative to RDRAM, for their flagship Pentium 4 Processor has arrived.  Current success in the OEM sector, for Intel's PC133 incarnation of this platform, has paved the way for a natural migration path.  With PC2100 DDR SDRAM on price parity with PC133 solutions, it is the proverbial "no brainer" for motherboard... Read more...
  P4 i845 SDRAM Motherboards from Asus and MSI The Asus P4B and MSI 845Pro2-R do battle By, Dave Altavilla September 24th, 2001   The Pentium 4 definitely has had it fair share of struggle and strife.  In part, one of the reasons why Intel took some "heat" about the P4, was their choice of system memory interface.  True, RAMBUS does provide serious bandwidth advantages over legacy PC133 subsystems but cost factors and business practices of Intel's memory partner, have proven to be a serious thorn in their side.  Not too long after the release of Pentium 4, arch rival AMD signed up in the DDR SDRAM camp and provided a lower cost alternative with bandwidth in... Read more...
Transcends TS-ASL3 - i815E Motherboard Straight Shooting Socket 370 Performance By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 12/5/00 It seems like the folks at Transcend only came into the PC Motherboard scene within the last year or so.  However, they have been in business making Memory Modules and Motherboards since 1988.  Perhaps the reason they seem so new to us this year at HotHardware, is because their product offering has been rounding out nicely as of recent. On our first pass with a Transcend product, we showed you one of their VIA based offerings.  This is a HotHardware look at Transcend's efforts with Intel's very popular new mainstream chipset, the i815E.  Transcend's VIA... Read more...
  January 12   A3D - The Old And The NEW - Vortex 2 vrs. Vortex 1   Diamonds Little Monster Sound MX300 For this little spotlight I would like to take a close look at how technology advances, specifically in the field of 3D sound. For me, and historically for a lot of folks, sound cards are sometimes an afterthought. As long as the sound produced is in stereo and is free of noise and hiss, I was satisfied with my good old Sound Blaster 16 ISA card. Then, just like the evolution from 2D SVGA graphics to 3D Enhanced, trilinear filtered yadda, yadda, yadda... came the birth of 3D Positional Audio. The visual gaming experience just got more lifelike, so let's make it sound like the... Read more...
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