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ATi has released a beta Cat 6.3 driver with the "Chuck" patch to allow High Dynamic Range Lighting (HDR) and Anti-Aliasing (AA) to be enabled in Oblivion at the same time. HDR with AA was only previously available on Xbox 360, and is now possible on the PC platform with ATi cards. Crossfire support was also added in this patch, with boosts up to 80% in performance. The lucky ATi owners can grab the patch here. It's called the "Chuck patch" in honor of our guy that found a way of enabling this functionality. Of course the reason why this is so important is Oblivion is one of the best looking games available in the market. Enabling High Dynamic Range and Anti Aliasing effects make this... Read more...
Earlier today, Nvidia released their Forceware 84.25 beta drivers, which are supposed to improve performance in the new Elder Scrolls game. I've had a few minutes to test them out, and while it's not a dramatic increase for me, they do seem to help a little. With Indoor environments, there's hardly a noticeable difference, but the outside world seems to run a bit smoother. Here's hoping it's just the first of many improvements to the game. ... Read more...
ATI and Nvidia have released drivers for their respective products this week. Both drivers claim performance improvements, and various fixes, so make sure to grab them when possible. Click Here to download ATI's Catalyst 6.3, and Click Here to download the BETA ForceWare 84.20 drivers.... Read more...
Intel's keynote address for this morning was filled to the brim with juicy tid-bits of information on the company's upcoming dual-core processor platform for the Desktop, that will launch later this year under the Intel "Core" branding.  Our Managing Editor Marco Chiappetta was privy to details offered by Intel CTO, Justin Rattner regarding Intel's "Conroe" Processor core that will be built on a 65nm process and is an extension from Intel's Core Duo architecture for Mobile computing platforms.  Here's what we learned: Intel Conroe Details - 4 issue, 14 stage pipeline core Shared on-chip L2 cache between two cores Advancements in power management and clock gating... Read more...
NVIDIA has just posted a set of Beta display drivers that enables a host of performance and functionality enhancements with the highlight being full H.264 support. Should you be looking for the fastest framerate in games or aiming to create a multimedia powerhouse do youself a favor and give these Beta drivers a shot. ... Read more...
The Inquirer reports this morning that BFG's GeForce 7900 GTX 512 will be available for purchase on March 9th for an MSRP of $599. As we all likely remember, this is a full $50 less than the previous flagship MSRP of $649. Although the details of the card are still being speculated, there are a few guesses per usual with the gang at the Inquirer.... Read more...
Our colleagues over at the TechReport have some new information regarding Intel's recently released Pentium Extreme Edition 955 (Presler). They had a bit of trouble with their initial sample that has since been resolved, but the solution had some unwanted side effects. "You may recall that we had some problems with our Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 setup that caused us to delay our review a bit. The motherboard, CPU, and cooler combo we received from Intel for review didn't always cool the CPU sufficiently under load, leading to thermal throttling. We've now tested a production Intel CPU/motherboard/cooler combo, and we have some good news... Read more...
If the latest bit of news regarding NVIDIA's next flagship GPU got you excited, CES has spilled some additional information regarding the next best thing from ATI to capture your attention once more. Dubbed the Radeon X1900, ATI's next flagship GPU seems to have some exceptional performance in store and appears ready to launch in the very near future. Several sources have posted some rough performance comparisons between the Radeon X1900 and the GeForce 7900. Should these numbers be close to what we'll see on our own testbeds, we're in for some incredible new hardware to play the latest and greatest games.What we can say though is that so far there's a distinct absence of the familiar ATi words... Read more...
Browsing the web, it seems there are some interesting details regarding NVIDIA's next generation flagship GPU that popped up during CES. Tentatively dubbed the GeForce 7900, this GPU is rumored to be a 32-pipeline part that will run at an insane 700-750MHz core frequency! Most importantly, the "source" of the info also provided some rough performance estimates to shed further light on this new enthusiast card. Time will tell, though these numbers certainly seems worthy of getting excited over.The flagship single-card product GeForce 7900 GTX is claimed to be a 32 pixel processor part with a core GPU frequency of 700/750 MHz, and should ship with 1.1ns graphics RAM clocked at 800/900MHz.... Read more...
Well, the GPU gods must be smiling down on us all as we wait for 5pm to show up as the Chinease website HKEPC has posted what looks to be the first pics and details of ATI's next generation flagship R580. Fortunately, the folks at X-Bit Labs have pulled the meat from the article and posted their own thoughts in English for your viewing pleasure.Web-site HKEPC claims that the R580 will be called RADEON X1900-series and the family will consist of the RADEON X1900 XTX, XT and CrossFire Edition models. Later on the RADEON X1900 XL and some other models may show up, according to other sources. The RADEON X1900 XTX, the premium member of the family, will feature the highest clock-speeds, which are... Read more...
The folks at The Inquirer have been one of the few people with any news this morning. Fortunately, their latest post contains some new information on ATI's upcoming flagship R580 GPU that should help you make it through this slow Tuesday morning. If the listed proposed specs don't shock you, perhaps that tidbit regarding R520's lifespan on the bottom of the page will.Besides this plain vanilla 3D boards, ATI will also rollout the refresh of All-in-Wonder product, which actually - was the reference board ATI is actually using to demonstrate the R580 chip to its valuable customers and partners. We haven't been able to confirm the clockspeeds of the product, but since we learned that new All-in-Wonder... Read more...
Finding a good headset to work with your cell phone is key.  Not only do you want to be able to hear in virtually any environment, you want to be heard as well.  Futurelooks has a look at the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset which shows a lot of promise.  They go over the product features in detail and tested the BT400 G5 on several phone makes and models.  Weighing in around $50, the Bluetake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset looks promising. "When you see people walking around the grocery store with no wires coming out of their ears, chances are, they are using a Bluetooth headset with their wireless phone. We made DJ Jaspa... Read more...
And interesting product has found it's way into the PimpRig labs, a new type of thermal paste. Liquid Metal is the name, and it looks like, well, liquid metal. It's also a bit hard to spread around, as PimpRig found out. They got the paste from a seller on e-bay, so does this stuff actually perform well? "I was shocked when I pulled the cap off the syringe and saw that the needle was still there. I had no idea how the thermal interface material could get through an opening that small until I pressed the plunger slightly over the CPU. A drop of the material came out with no problem and sat there like a ball on the CPU. It was at that point that... Read more...
Fudo reports that a mobile variant of his namesake R520 "Fudo" core should be showing up in the retail channel in the very near future. Armed with sixteen pipelines and some power saving features that were implemented from the core's initial design, ATI could very well have a homerun with their latest mobile core.This chip features sixteen pipelines and it will be powered with ATI's upcoming Avivo marchitecture. We learned that the R520 "Fudo" development team has already implemented power saving marchitecture, so this time ATI was able to make its mobile chip much faster. The chip features 256 Mbit ring memory marchitecture and supports Shader Model 3.0. However, we are not sure about... Read more...
Hey folks, here's the last of the news for today. Goodnight! FSP BlueStorm AX500-A Power Supply Unit Review @ X-Bit labs "We would like to introduce to you a BlueStorm AX500-A power supply, which continues the successful THN series we have already told you about in our previous articles. Its maximum output wattage has been increased to 460W. The PSU is neatly manufactured and has good characteristics; it is powerful even for very serious systems with two graphics cards and a top-end processor." ECS Editor's Day @ Viperlair "A SIMA card will allow you to turn that PF88 Extreme Hybrid into an AMD motherboard, or perhaps a low powered Intel motherboard using their mobile part. The... Read more...
Hey folks, it's way past my bedtime so enjoy the news while I enjoy my sleep :) Goodnight! VL System M-Play 202 Media Center VFD @ ExtremeMHz "It seems my running stretch of HTPC-oriented reviews is not quite over yet...VL Systems just dropped their hot new M-Play 202 Media Center VFD onto our review bench! This device is squarely aimed at the build it yourself crowd, and comes with two items that any HTPC enthusiast would want in a new build – a remote and VFD display. VL System has seemingly combined the two in a slick one stop solution, but is it good enough for your rig? Read on and find out!" Intel reveals details of new CPU design @ Tech Report "At 14 stages, the main... Read more...
It's been less than two months since NVIDIA initially announced the availability of their new GeForce 7800 GTX, and already we ourselves in the enviable position of showcasing a third retail-ready version of NVIDIA's flagship card. We've previously showcased BFG's Editor's Choice Winning GeForce 7800 GTX OC and EVGA's e-GeForce 7800 GTX EGS, but this time around we have MSI's NX7800GTX in the HotHardware labs. Due to the fact that they are all based on NVIDIA's reference design, the MSI NX7800GTX is similar to BFG's and EVGA's products in many respects, but they differ in clock speed and perhaps more importantly in price. Read on and see what MSI has done with NVIDIA's latest top-of-the-line... Read more...
Gigabyte GIGABYTE's GV-NX78 series provide studio-quality color and incredible cinematic gaming effects, without breaking the bank. Powered by NVIDIAGeForce 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU), GV-NX78 series guarantees powerful 3D blazingly fastest performance to the enthusiast game users. Experience the power of full-throttle graphics. Get mind-blowing performance and the most realistic gaming experiences with GIGABYTE's GV-NX78 series graphics accelerators powering your PC. Core Speed: Memory Speed: Software Bundle: 430MHz 1200Mhz(1.2GHz) Power Director 3 ME, Power DVD 6.0 Albatron Albatron Technology has announced the 7800GTX, a superior, high performance PCIe graphics card using NVIDIA's... Read more...
Hey folks, how's the weekend treating ya? Whatever your situation, I bet there's time for a little tech news, so dig in! Inside ECS - Motherboard Factory Tour @ Hardware Zone "www.hardwarezone.com(R) took a tour of Elitegroup Computer System's motherboard fabrication factories in China. Here we witnessed the heart of ECS' manufacturing operations and learned that 'Progress' is their most important product." Jetart ThermoEye @ Techniz | Image "The ThermoEye from Jetart will be a very good temperature monitoring devices for all the computer lovers and especially the overclockers to use this device to monitor the temperature of the devices such as the CPU, VGA card, HDD and others... Read more...
BlueTake BT400 G5 Bluetooth Headset Review @ The Tech Zone: "Nothing says geek like a Bluetooth headset. With the BT400 G5, you'll be able to laugh at people with corded headset because they're not as cool as you. With a simple flip and a twist, the BT400 G5 works for both left or right ear. How geeky is that?" DFI LanParty UT SLI-DR Review @ Ninjalane: "When SLI was first announced the enthusiasm here in the Ninjalane Labs for the new technology was crazy. Everyone was running around trying to get their hands on something SLI enabled in hopes of making that big score and upgrade to SLI." G.Skill DDR600 Memory Review: Versatility redefined @ Madshrimps: "G.Skill is fairly new to... Read more...
Hey folks, there's not much news in the box tonight, but here's what we got. Goodnight! Bluetake BT400 G5 Headset Review @ CoolTechZone "Ever since Bluetooth starting gaining popularity, it was only a matter of time before innovative and useful products started appearing on shelves that took advantage of the standard's wireless options. Though not innovating in most cases, but perhaps the most useful lineup of products that take advantage of Bluetooth are wireless headsets for mobile phones with built in support. Over the course of past year or so, we have seen numerous companies emerge in the market with Bluetooth headsets, which only goes on to show that they are not as cost centric for... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! Ok, first thing that caught my eye when sifting through the reviews and spam in my box... 64 Bit Far Cry! The 64 Bit version of Far Cry is now available, and of course to use it you need Windows XP 64, and a AMD64 CPU. What's really interesting though, is they've added extra content and given the engine a bit of an upgrade which improves the already amazing visuals. Click here for the patch if you meet the requirements. Far Cry 64 Bit benchmarks and 32 bit comparison @ AMD Zone "We first set out sites on a 64 bit version of Far Cry back in February at our Texas Gaming Festival Winter 2004 event. AMD was on hand showing off the game before it was officially released.... Read more...
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