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Looking to get the jump on the soon to be released Prey? If you absolutely need to play the game ASAP, you can pre-order Prey now using the Triton player($49.95). The game will be released at 12:01AM on 07/11/2006. "Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. His life changes when an otherworldly crisis forces him to awaken spiritual powers from his long-forgotten birthright. Abducted along with his people to a menacing mothership orbiting Earth, he sets out to save himself and his girlfriend and eventually his planet." An interesting aspect of Triton is the way it delivers content. With a service like Valve's Steam, you need to download... Read more...
VIA Extends Licensing Agreement with ARM VIA licenses ARM9 family processors aimed for integration into next-generation communication and multimedia solutions Taipei, Taiwan and Cambridge, UK - 7 June 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced that VIA have extended their agreement with ARM by licensing the ARM926EJ-S processor and the ARM968E-S processor to further strengthen VIA's product portfolio. As users increasingly demand personal electronics with expanded feature sets and advanced connectivity, ARM technology delivers flexible processing performance while... Read more...
AMD Issues Statement On Dell Decision To Offer Customers Choice SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 18, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding the announcement Dell Inc. made in its quarterly earnings statement that it intends to offer AMD Opteron Dual Core processor-based servers. "We welcome Dell, and Dell customers, to the world of AMD64," said Marty Seyer, AMD senior vice president, Commercial Business. "Dell is a customer-focused company and we're pleased to see that they are listening to their customers and providing them the choice of innovative AMD products. We look forward to working closely with Dell in bringing the benefits of AMD leadership in performance-per-watt... Read more...
Good Evening All!   Tonight we seriously have a HOT one for ya.  Voodoo PC's new OMEN CrossFire is on the test bench and we're poppin' the hood down on Sunset Strip for all to see.  2.95GHz of Athlon 64 power, coupled with a pair of Radeon X1900 XTs, expertly liquid-cooled throughout.  It's drool time people. ... Read more...
It almost goes without saying that we'd all love to have enough disposable income to be able to afford the best-of-the-best, top-shelf, ultra-high-end, no compromise products, whether it be a 36 foot Chris Craft Corsair with 840hp of Mercruiser under its decks (in the aft section, by the way, the wet bar and mini fridge are in the bow) or perhaps the fastest Gaming Rig money can buy.  Fortunately for many of you, the technically elite members of our audience, an ultra-high-end Gaming Rig can be built with your own hands and a few key off-the-shelf components.  However, semi-custom pre-built systems can offer features and build quality that the average enthusiast... Read more...
Seeing as how we just gave some attention to CPU coolers, it's only fair to cover GPU coolers as well. However this time around we're talking about watercooling, as 3DXtreme puts three top of the line waterblocks to the test."From this we have come across forums where certain products are recommended for their performance with very little performance data to stand on. Based on this we decided to evaluate the performance of three GPU waterblocks which are considered to be the best ones on the market at this time. Now let's find out how well they perform against each other..."... Read more...
About three months ago, we took a look at the Pentium Extreme Edition 955, which was Intel's first Extreme Edition processor built using the company's then brand-new 65nm manufacturing process. Each of the 955XE chip's two cores hummed along at a lofty 3.46GHz, and we found its performance to be quite good when compared to Intel's previous dual-core and single-core offerings. The Pentium Extreme Edition 955 was clearly Intel's fastest desktop dual-core processor in our tests, and due to the inherent benefits of the more advanced manufacturing process, the chip consumed much less power than its predecessor under-load, even though it was clocked almost 10% higher and was equipped with double the... Read more...
Adrian's Rojak Pot has a review of Mushkin's new high speed, low latency DDR2 memory. The Mushkin 2G XP2-5300 Extreme Performance is able to run with timings of 3-3-3-10, using 2.3v(which is covered by warranty), and keeps cool thanks to Mushkin's unique heat spreader design. "Of course, all that overclockability is due to the increased voltage that the Mushkin XP2-5300 modules run at. Unlike regular DDR2 modules, these modules are rated to run at a minimum of 2.1V. If you want to seriously overclock it, you need to further increase the voltage to 2.3V or higher."... Read more...
Air cooling at it's best? That's a pretty bold statement to make, but as ExtremeMHz reports, the AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T might just pull it off. Equipped with 140mm fans, this could be the best choice for you if you don't want to take a chance with water. "When I first heard about this case, I just had to get my hands one as I've been patiently waiting to see which company would jump the gun and release a case with fans larger than 120mm. When it comes to PC cases, all manufacturers have really hit a standstill in terms of providing better air cooling. While 120mm fans paired with a superbly designed case can indeed provide sufficient cooling... Read more...
The Tech Report does their usual thorough job evaluating ECS's KA1 MVP Extreme motherboard. This mobo is based on the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset, and sports supplemental PCI Express based Gigabit Ethernet and SATA RAID controllers. We'll be including this board in an upcoming CrossFire motherboard round-up we've got in the works. "The latest of ECS's Extreme offerings is the KA1 MVP, a Socket 939 motherboard that combines ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset with PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet and Serial ATA RAID. That looks like a decent spec on paper; however, we enthusiasts are a picky lot, and we demand more... Read more...
Appro, one of the largest OEM rack mount computer manufactures in the 90's, has recently released their new XtremeServer products into the market. Tonight the folks over at X-Bit labs had a chance to sit down with Appro, and discuss server features, their current relation with AMD, and a host of other topics. "The Appro 3U XtremeServers brings even more power, impressive memory scaling, and end-user flexibility. This server is ideal for large compute-intensive applications such as mechanical and engineering graphic simulation and rendering, computational fluid dynamics, scientific visualization, and digital content creation."... Read more...
If you're in the market for a powerful AGP graphics card, Motherboards.org has something on tap you'll want to check out. They've just posted a review of XFX's GeForce 7800 GS Extreme Edition. It's one of the fastest and most feature rich AGP graphics cards available. "There's still an upgrade market for the AGP user. After all there's literally hundreds of millions of systems based upon the old standard still in use today. The 7800GS AGP Extreme Edition is positioned to take advantage of the fact that the last ATI AGP high-end card, the X850XT PE is still based upon SM 2.0. One thing that the card has going for it is the availability. The 6800... Read more...
The crew over at Accelenation.com has compiled a comprehensive list of major GPU announcements from the last half-decade or so. Lots of milestones in there, along with some interesting commentary and analysis. I can probably map the "highs" and "lows" of my tech. writing career based on this article.  :)  Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and check out the "Pre-Voodoo" and Late '90s stuff."Let us return to the beginning of 2001 and the release of the first programmable GPU - the GeForce 3 from NVIDIA. At this time ATI was lagging far behind with the very first Radeon 256 filly (first entered back in April 2000). This ATI entrant had been introduced... Read more...
Adrian certainly makes a good point with the fact that the majority of people aren't gaming on the fastest hardware, as hardware surveys such as the one at Steampowered.com will show. Today they review the ASUS Extreme N7300GS, which is part of Nvidia's 7x00 family, but is it fast enough to run any of today's games? "While the focus is always on the sexy, high-end cards, the reality is that most cards being sold today are lower-end cards. Today, we will take a look at the latest entry-level card to come out of the ASUS factory - the ASUS Extreme N7300GS. Based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS GPU, this card will be simple and affordable. But... Read more...
HardOCP has managed to get their hands on the new ASUS Extreme N7800GT single-card SLI behemoth and run it through its paces. I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind the ability to have SLI performance with a single graphcis card in our already cluttered systems. Head on over to the review to see if the switch to a single PCB results in any degredation in performance over traditional 2-card SLI solutions. Just be sure to have reasonable expectations of the card as illustrated in the quote below.  Also, check our preview of the product here, for comparison purposes.Now to be clear here, you still must have an NVIDIA SLI motherboard in order to use this dual GPU card from ASUS. Also, you cannot... 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...
Be it software, service, or just about anything else, there's almost always some teething problems. Google's Video Store is certainly no exception. As Ars Technica explains, there are some serious issues Google needs to deal with, and some areas Google is improving on. "The Google Video Store may have launched more than two weeks ago, but it's still clearly not ready for primetime. The company and its partners have taken notice of the lackluster launch and concomitant panning of the service in the press, and they've taken some steps recently to improve things. How does the situation stand now? Read on for my look at some of the initial problems... Read more...
Ryan and the gang at PC Perspective have just published their review of the Asus Extreme AX1800 XT TOP flagship graphics card. Based on the X1800 GPU, the card is overclocked well beyond reference clock frequencies. This monster of a graphics card also features a beefy heatsink assembly that should effectively cool the GPU while keeping noise output at a reasonable level. Although impressive, this graphcis card is a questionable purchase at best right now with ATI's next generation flagship GPU being just around the corner. The Asus AX1800XT TOP is one of the fastest single GPU graphics cards we have ever tested, and the package that surrounds... Read more...
Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement Delivering Content to Intel(R)Viiv™ technology-based PCs, TV Screens in the Home CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2006 – Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital entertainment services to consumers on media devices with Intel(R) Viiv™ technology. Yahoo! will create customized Intel Viiv technology verified services, including music, photos and personalized video content, for consumers to enjoy on their televisions, personal computers, laptops and handheld screens, both in the home and on the go. In the coming... Read more...
A GeForce 7800GT with no fans?  Better make sure that case has plenty of ventilation and a little extra slot space for the cooler on this thing! VR-Zone lit it up and it's typical Asus top-notch stuff.The temperature of the N7800GT under load seems directly related to the airflow of the CPU fan. Those with a weak CPU fan can expect to see higher temperatures than those with a CPU fan that has more airflow. However, users of heatsinks that do not have a fan in the usual position over the CPU heatsink (and under the N7800GT's heatsink, in this case) might want to think twice about getting this card, since such a setup would probably mean little airflow over the N7800GT's heatsink and therefore... Read more...
When it comes to sound cards, the competition is a lot more "low-profile" than the video card sector.  With audio cards, Creative is enjoyed the most success, being the most recognizable name in the market.  ExtremeMHZ.com has a review of the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeMusic, which they feel delivers the best PC audio experience...period.  They take a look at the overall hardware and pay an equal amount of attention to the software bundle, which then found equally as impressive."There hasn't been much interest in PC sound cards lately. People are either quite happy with what they got or don't think anything out there that is worth a look. One reason for this is... Read more...
Well folks, the reviews for Intel's latest CPU and chipset are in, and tonight we have a roundup for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Intel Pentium EE 955 & 975X Express Chipset Reviews: Viper Lair Legit Reviews Sudhian X-Bit labs PC Perspective LostCircuits FiringSquad And our own take on the subject is right here. ... Read more...
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