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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Intel has been relatively quiet over the last eight months or so, since the initial release of the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor back in early April of this year. The company has released an entire line of dual-core 'Pentium D' processors since then, and have also introduced a number of new core logic chipsets as well, including the recently released 975X Express chipset.  However, they've been content to have the 3.2GHz Pentium Extreme Edition 840 as their flagship desktop processor for quite some time. Courtesy of its dual Hyper-Threading enabled execution cores, the 3.2GHz Pentium Extreme Edition 840 was a high performing CPU in many multi-threaded applications, but... Read more...
Although a bit early it seems, CNET has posted their review of the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 (Presler) CPU. Using the soon to be announced 975X Express chipset, this new Intel platform provided some promising performance numbers which took a chunk out of AMD's performance lead. Add some significantly reduced power consumption and this new platform begins to look much more appealing than current Intel offerings. You can see what Marco thought of Intel's latest platform by reading Hot Hardware's latest review.Although it shows some promise, we had hoped to see more initial performance gains from the Extreme Edition 955 chip. It certainly exhibits some improvement compared to Intel's older... Read more...
ASUSExtreme AX1800XT TOP/2DHTV     Click Images For An Enlarged View... ASUS Computer International, a leading provider of graphics solutions, today introduced the EAX1800XT graphics card, which incorporated the powerful ATI Radeon X1800XT VPU (video processing unit) to provide robust video performance for the enthusiast and 3D gamer segments. To offer a complete visual and gaming experience, the EAX1800XT not only came equipped with innovative applications that enabled users to record gaming actions and share them over the Internet, but also bundled the ASUS Xite game pad and latest games. The new EAX1800XT supports advanced visual technology standards, including Shader Model... Read more...
The gang at HardOCP have taken a look at the ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer graphics card. Based on the GeForce 6600GT core and equipped with a totally passive heatsink assembly, this card certainly seems to lend itself well towards a HTPC or quiet gaming box. For comparison sake, you can see how the card faired on the Hot Hardware test bench in this review.The bottom line is that if you are looking for a silent video card with decent performance in the latest games, then this is the card for you. However, if you are trying to find the best gaming experience for your dollar, the GeForce 6800 GS really adds more bang for your buck considering they are close to the same price. If the ASUS 6600 GT... Read more...
Is your overclocked rig being held back by high temps? For the extreme overclocker, air cooling just doesn't always cut it. 3dGameMan looks to quench your thirst with Swiftech's H20-Apex "Extreme Duty" kit. In traditional 3dGameMan style, the review is presented in video format, so grab a snack and enjoy the show. "There's a reason they call this product "Extreme Duty"! They include massive tubing (5/8"), the excellent STORM waterblock, and a wicked industrial quiet pump. All this in combination has to yield excellent results, and it does. If you're in the market for an internal watercooling kit, definitely put this baby at the very... Read more...
An unfortunate side effect of many of today's high-performing PC peripherals is significant heat output. The need to tame this heat has led to bigger, and unfortunately, louder cooling solutions, which is something we at HotHardware are very familiar with. With the number of fans we have in some of our test systems, you'd think we were trying to keep the fires of hell at bay. Our intentions aren't that heroic though, we're just after the same thing most of you probably are; a decent computer. Without any background noise, even a system that could be considered "mid-range" by today's standards can be quite loud. The quest for more exotic, quiet, and more efficient cooling solutions has... Read more...
If we took a moment to reflect on some of the biggest technological advancements in recent history, SLI has to be on the short list.  Thanks in part to the increased bandwidth of PCI Express, NVIDIA paved the way for running two matching PCI Express based video cards concurrently, resulting in what we know today as SLI.  As with virtually any technology, there are positives and negatives to SLI.  First, the cards used must be the same and designed specifically to support SLI.  Second, the power requirements of today's NVIDIA graphics cards will require many to add a new PSU to their upgrading budget, in many cases.  However, these added considerations can yield some impressive... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Gamer eXtreme XTC 2GB Dual Channel Kits Sunnyvale, CA -- November 15, 2005 -- OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the PC-3200 and PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 1024MB Modules. These exciting, new memory solutions will be available in 2GB Dual Channel Kits to accommodate the increasing demand for high density modules in today's contemporary gaming PCs. The new Gamer eXtreme 1024MB modules feature the innovative, patent-pending XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Heatspreaders. The unique design used in the XTC heatspreaders optimizes the thermal management of memory modules by promoting... Read more...
Evercool H.D.D Air Condition @ Overclockersonline.com: "The Evercool HDAC is a very straight forward hard drive cooler that mounts in an open 5.25" drive bay. The aluminum body is solid and does a good job drawing heat out of the hard drive and the turbine fan performs very well and nearly silent at lower RPMs. In a tightly packed case or one with no front fans, this hard drive cooler can really help keep the hard drive with all your precious data nice and cool. This will extend the life of the drive and help prevent an early failure." Broadband Security part deux: So, how DO I get secure? @ OCModshop: "The first thing you need to do is log into your router. For my examples,... Read more...
The news is now back in full swing! If you haven't noticed already, today is the big launch day for Nvidia's new GeForce 6800 GS. HotHardware's own Marco Chiapetta took the card for a spin, and put it up against some decent competition. Make sure to check back later on for a roundup of 6800 GS reviews from around the net. ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Mainboard @ BigBruin "Although they still have strong a focus on motherboards, they have not always received praise from the computer enthusiast segment. ECS is trying to change that with the release of their new flagship motherboard, the KN1 SLI Extreme. On paper it has the makings of a very solid motherboard that could help you move into a SLI configuration... Read more...
Sunbeamtech Theta TP-101 Fan Controller @ Bigbruin.com: "Sunbeamtech has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past, but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different. Instead of using knobs to mechanically vary resistance, a Windows interface is used to automate this through software, while providing on screen information for up to eight fans and eight thermal probes." ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Review @AMDZone: "ECS took us by surprise with their nForce 4 Ultra based KN1 Extreme earlier this year, and followed that up with their revealing their SDGE technology a couple of months ago. Long a budget motherboard maker they made their plans known... Read more...
Hey folks, it's time for us to wrap up Monday's headlines. Goodnight all, enjoy the news! Intel Invests $650 Million In U.S. Manufacturing Site Company to Add 300mm Wafer Capacity at New Mexico Fab SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest $650 million in the company's existing manufacturing site in New Mexico. The investment will be used to increase the capacity of the 300mm wafer fabrication facilities in Rio Rancho, N.M., called Fab 11X. "Today⬙s announcement signals another important addition to one of Intel's pre-eminent U.S. manufacturing sites, and better positions us to meet customer requirements," said Intel President and CEO... Read more...
Asus recently presented us with an opportunity to evaluate a rather unique video card, namely their soon to be released Extreme N7800 GT DUAL.  What makes the Asus Extreme N7800 GT Dual somewhat unique is that this card sports a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT GPUs and 512MB of GDDR3 RAM on a single PCB.  The Extreme N7800 GT Dual essentially simulates a two-card GeForce 7800 GT SLI configuration with a single card. Both Asus and Gigabyte did something similar with NVIDIA's GeForce 6 series of GPUs, but the relatively quick release and availability of the GeForce 7 series overshadowed anything available from the previous generation. This time around though, Asus is ready with a dual-GeForce... Read more...
Hey folks, the last articles of the night have been rounded up for ya! Enjoy :) Crucial Ballistix PC4000 DDR RAM Review @ PCstats.com "Sold under the Crucial Ballistix name, this pair of 512MB PC4000 DDR modules have been well received by the enthusiast community. The 184 pin (unbuffered, non ECC) DDR DIMMs are dual channel compatible and have a default rated speed of 250 MHz, or PC4000. Default timings are very conservative at 3-4-4-8. To reach an overclocked speed of 250 MHz, the memory is rated for use with voltages as high as 2.8V." Swiftech H20-APEX "Extreme Duty" @ Viperlair "With the amount of kits for watercooling your PC that are out on the market today it's... Read more...
DICE's Battlefield 2 has been patched again, this time adding a new map(Wake Island), Stat Compare, improved mod support, and much more. Click here to grab the patch and see the changelog. Enjoy the news! Leadtek PX7800 TDH MyVIVO Extreme @ hardCOREware.net "The top end model was the 7800 GTX, and unlike what we've seen from their Canadian counterparts, NVIDIA had the products on store shelves the very same day they were launched. Fast-forward to now: Manufacturers have had some time to play around with their designs, and we're starting to see some interesting products. Today we're reviewing teh 7800GTX Extreme from Leadtek. They used a Quadro heatsink, and gave it a nice overclock."... Read more...
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