Items tagged with Future

Brent from [H]ard|OCP / [H]Enthusiast has written an article regarding DirectX 10 and how it will impact gamers next year when Vista finally ships. There are some major changes coming with DX10, and a whole new generation of GPUs are on the way that are required for full support.  For a taste of what's to come, check out what Brent has to say. "DirectX 10 will be available to Windows Vista users only at its introduction. You will not find DirectX 10 being released for the Windows XP operating system. DirectX 10 is deeply embedded into Windows Vista operation and we currently know of no plans by Microsoft to allow Windows XP to officially... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that Intel is facing some major issues regarding FSB speeds with their upcoming processor architectures. Apparently, there are some major bandwidth considerations which must be made as multiple cores will all be fighting for real estate to dump data. Could Intel be forced to look beyond the traditional FSB and use another interconnect such as HyperTransport 3.0? Outside one tech session here, a source mentioned that 1,600 FSB is the practical limit for the highly tuned point-to-point FSB on 2006 Conroe and Woodcrest, even after overclocking, assuming reliable long-term operation. With some tweaking, the whisper says that 1,333 FSB (and not a hertz more) could be done... Read more...
Our latest off-color HotHardware release is up for grabs again this evening – Old School.  The holidays are now officially over, and Sully rings in with some cheerful ramblings, as always...  The Future Looks Bright! It's not our typical hardware-centric content by any means, but we urge you all to come by and check it out.  Sully's got a rare sense of humor and it shows!  Dragon Con and Ms. Klingon?  Oh yeah, this one's rich... ... Read more...
Futuremark's 3DMark06 is now available for everyone's enjoyment. Featuring a great set of benchmarks that will bring your brand new hardware to its knees, Techgage takes a look at what this new benchmark has to offer. "We take the latest version of the popular benchmark for a test-drive to see what's new, what's changed and what you need for a good score. To put it simply, 06 is like 05, but on steroids. Let's take a look.."... Read more...
Futuremark has launched a brand-new version of their popular benchmark today, 3DMark06. The new version of the benchmark is updates in a number of ways, and now includes not only Shader Model 2.0 tests, but Shader Model 3.0 and HDR tests as well.  Some of the existing assets have been re-used, but the scenes are now rendered with much more geometric detail and the shader complexity is vastly increased as well. Max shader length in 3DMark05 was 96 instructions, while 3DMark06 ups the number of instructions to 512. 3DMark06 also employs much more lighting, and there is extensive use of soft shadows as well.  The increased level of detail is immediately evident, take a look... Futuremark... Read more...
Hey folks! A new version of Croteam's Serious Sam II Demo is available today. The new demo contains the v2.064b patch and the level "Greendale" from the retail version. Grab the demo from FileFront, or Fileshack if your interested. Futuremark Interview (Part 1) @ Beyond3D "Over the years, Futuremark Corporation has launched a new version of their well-known application, 3DMark, to coincide with either a new version of DirectX or when there is a big enough range of products that offers support for specific key features within D3D. With three SM3.0 implementations currently on the market (NVIDIA's 6 and 7 series, as well as ATI's X1000 series), there is sufficient hardware support... Read more...
Hey gang, Jeff.B stopping in for a little more news bits for you. Having a busy day myself, so let's get down to business. ATI Rebuts Nvidia With Counter-Claims @ ChannelTimes.com: "Responding strongly, Suki Matharu, country manager, ATI India, said, "We can point out 100 flaws with Nvidia drivers and its cards. They cheat the consumers all the time. We can actually kill them as our products are far better." Five Large P4 Coolers @ OCAU: "CPU core temperatures were recorded by MBM. It's well known now that the reported on-die CPU temperature should be taken with a large grain of salt as it can vary from motherboard to motherboard. However for the purposes of our comparison... Read more...
Welcome back folks!  If you knew what's been going on behind the scenes here at HotHardware, you'd know the kind of whirlwind the past couple of weeks have been.  Luckily, we've weathered to storm and can now get back to our normal everyday activities.  Speaking of normal activities, this is just about when I'd normally post an afternoon update!  I better get cracking...  AMD's Sempron 2800+ and 3100+ processors @ TR: "VALUE PROCESSORS ARE all about artful foot-dragging. They are somewhat slower versions of the familiar Athlons and Pentiums, reworked and re-branded to sell at lower prices in cheaper PCs. At the high end of the market, we get to witness an epic struggle... Read more...
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