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The old crowd of PCI TV Tuners may need to step aside soon, as their PCIe cousins head into the market. Sure, there are still plenty of people without motherboards equipped with PCI Express expansion slots, but the old PCI bus is eventually on it's way out. Today we're going to take a look at PowerColor's PCI Express based Theatre 550 Pro TV Tuner. Other than the way the card interfaces with a system, there's little difference between the newer PCIe based tuners over PCI, so we'll be focusing on the PowerColor card's performance, ease of installation, setup, and bundled software. Speaking of software, some of you may recall our relative displeasure with CyberLink's PowerCinema 3 software in our... Read more...
Well folks, we hope you all had a great Christmas. Can you believe it? Christmas is already over... but that means the news is back in full force, and today we're going to start off with a Q4 2005 Heatsink Roundup, brought to you bad Madshrimps."We are proud to present you with our last heatsink roundup of 2005. Featuring the latest offerings from Arctic, Scythe, Silverstone, Sharkoon and newcomer Noctua. We compare them to the best out there in 3 different test configurations." ... Read more...
Gaming news has been flooding our news box since the release of some major titles in the past month. F.E.A.R. is still one of the hottest topics, and today is no exception. Mr. Ghazi from TweakGuides has put up his F.E.A.R. tweak guide, which fortunately has some image comparisons for various quality settings in the game. FiringSquad is also indulging in the craze, and today they've released their "F.E.A.R. CPU Shootout" article. Enjoy the news! ATI Radeon X1800 Performance and Image Quality Article @ Beyond3D "The X1800 XT is able to open a reasonable performance gap to the other boards here, with it performance up to 38% faster than the previous generation high end board and... Read more...
After recently reviewing the Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe and Diamond's Xtreme TV PVR 550 Power Pack, there are certain things we've come to expect in PC TV tuners. For one, easy driver and software installation is important. And the bundled software and its functionality is a primary concern as well.  After all, what good is a TV Tuner without quality software to run it? And of course, the device's image quality has to be good. On the surface, MSI's Theatre 550 Pro seems like an appealing product, but as we all know it's how a product performs in the real world that counts. ATI's Theater 550 Pro chip, which is at the heart of the MSI card, has been used to power a few different TV Tuners.... Read more...
Hey folks! Incase you haven't heard the good news, the demo for F.E.A.R. will be released on friday morning. The japanese horror inspired theme, while already been done in the movies, is new to the FPS genre. This, combined with the intense action we've already seen from screenshots and trailers, should make for one hell of a game. AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU: Dual-Core and 64-Bit Go Mass! @ X-Bit Labs "We would like to introduce to you this summer's hit: the new mainstream dual-core processor from AMD. For only $354 you can get yourself two processor cores working at 2GHz frequency and featuring 512KB L2 cache. But is it enough for satisfactory performance results? You can find the answer... Read more...
Hey folks, before we get to the news I'd like to bring your attention to Robert's review of the Asus P5WD2 Premium i955X Motherboard. It's an expensive piece of hardware, going for around $225, but is the package worth the price? Only one way to find out. Enjoy the rest of the news :) Intel Researchers Develop CMOS Radio Supporting All Flavors Of The 802.11 Wi-Fi Standard KYOTO, Japan, June 17, 2005 -- Intel Corporation announced it has developed a prototype of an all-CMOS direct conversion dual-band radio transceiver capable of supporting every current Wi-Fi standard (802.11a, b and g), as well as the projected requirements of 802.11n. The system-in-a-package technology is a significant step... Read more...
Good morning everyone, welcome back :)  With the sun shinning bright and work fast approaching I think it is time for your AM update.  So, go grab a cup of Joe and settle in...  EPoX 9NPA Ultra (nForce 4 Ultra AMD) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown "EPoX sent us one of their newest motherboards recently, the 9NPA Ultra, which is based on nVidia's new nForce 4 Ultra chipset for the AMD Athlon Socket 939 processor platform. We've compared the motherboard against the nForce 4 SLI chipset to find out if there are any differences in performance in a non-SLI system setup. If you're on the market for a new PCI-Express Socket 939 motherboard with some decent overclocking support, you... Read more...
Hey folks, just checking in here with another update before the weekend hits us. As for HotHardware news today, Andrew has reviewed the Dell Inspiron 6000(d). Also, Dave's post below gives you a little bit if info on the upcoming nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition board from ASUS, the P5ND2-SLI Deluxe. Enjoy! ASUS AX800XT/TVD 256MB (RADEON X800 XT P.E.) @ Hardware Zone "With the launch of ATI's X850 series, the honor of leading ATI's lineup has passed from the X800 XT P.E. to its X850 counterpart. Meanwhile, price and availability for the X800 XT P.E. has improved significantly. Find out why we think the ASUS AX800XT/TVD 256MB is an attractive option for those requiring a high-end performer with... Read more...
Happy Easter everyone! I've already had the family dinner yesterday, so today I'm taking it easy and surviving off left overs. As for the news today, Bjorn3D has taken a look at the Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe, which I have also reviewed, so if your interested in the product: Click Here. Sorell SF 2000 MP3 Player Review @ The Tech Zone "The Sorell SF 2000 is more than just a flash based MP3 player - there is also a built in voice recorder and FM tuner. Plus the unit can double as a USB flash drive, making filing transfer quick and easy. The SF 2000 is available in? 256MB and 512MB configurations. The player is really small, just 3.1" long by 1.2" wide by 0.59" thick and... Read more...
Werd up! Looking for some news? Don't worry, we have plenty. Aside from the news, we have also added a Folding @ Home banner that will appear at the end of some of our news posts. If your interested in joining our team, or are not familiar with what Folding @ Home is, just click the image link and you'll have all the information you need to get started. Enjoy the read :) PDP Patriot PC3200 XBL Memory @ TechFreaks "Today I'll be looking at PDP Systems contribution to the enthusiast market, the 512MB PC3200 Patriot Memory w/ XBL Technology featuring Samsung's TCCD ICs. PDP Systems is a relative newcomer to the memory market, at least relative to the likes of corporate giants Crucial, Corsair,... Read more...
Good afternoon folks, it's that time again. Today we have a DDR-2 PC-5400 memory shootout, Intel P4 aircooling heatsink roundup, an article on the current problems with Linux, and a couple more items. Read on and enjoy! DDR-2 PC-5400 Memory Shootout – OCZ vs. Corsair vs. Kingston @ TweakTown "We've got modules on the test bench from OCZ (PC-5400 Performance series), Corsair (XMS2 Pro series) and Kingston (HyperX series). After taking a close look at each set of Dual Channel modules, we tested them at their default speeds and as far as we could overclock them." Shuttle SB86i XPC @ t-break "When the unit is powered up, a blue horizontal line lights up making the unit look very... Read more...
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the year 2005 :) I hope everyone had a good time last night, I know I did. The news is moving a bit slow today, and so am I, so it works out ;) For your evening dose of news, we have... APC TravelPower Notebook Case @ A True Review "...A mouse, extra battery, power adapter, etc... must be carried along with the notebook. This is where a notebook case is your best friend for carrying the accessories and protecting the notebook from damage. Computer Geeks has some great deals on these cases, including the APC TravelPower Synthetic Leather Notebook Case." Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ Techniz "Today, we are review another solid heatsink, the... Read more...
It's almost the end of December, and I almost went an entire month without a single problem from my ISP! The "Horrible Ping From Hell" problem has risen it's ugly head again, which makes a few things I do on the net impossible or very problematic. All you online gaming fans know the pain that a ping of 400 can bring. Next year, maybe Santa will bring me Comcast ;) Enough of my problems though, let's get this going... Zalman VF700-AlCu GPU Cooler Review @ Rojakpot "The NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra has already shown us how the heat generated can be unbearable, both thermally as well as acoustically. Is quiet cooling still possible? Today, we will take a look at the new Zalman VF700-AlCu... Read more...
Anyone up for a little bedtime reading? I'm a little short on words tonight, but I do want to remind you all that TwistedMods is still having their contest for... 1GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 Memory! You can enter once a day until Dec. 30th, so Click Here and try your luck! Thanks again to TwistedMods :) Swiftech MCX775-V Heatsink Reviewed @ Hi-Techreviews.com "So what Swiftech has done is take the .50" copper plate we talked about earlier an populate the entire top of the heatsink with their patented aluminum helicoid pins. These thin aluminum pins promote increased turbulence for more efficient heat dissipation compared to traditional fin extrusions." Sunbeam PCI Wherever... Read more...
I'm feeling much better now, and it's great to be back! I'll tell you, you don't realize how great breathing is until you can't do it anymore. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. I didn't get to enjoy it myself, but my friends had plenty of leftovers at their house so I still had my fill of turkey :) Anyway, there isn't much news tonight, but I'll give you what I got... Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ Techniz "Today, we are review another solid heatsink, the Thermalright SI-97. This heatsink is cost around $35 US. To install the SI-97 on to the motherboard, it is no needed to take out the motherboard, unlike the installation of the SP-97. This is a newer generation of... Read more...
Well guess what I've been doing the last couple of days? Probably the same thing as you, HL2 :) Valve has created one amazing game, and one I'm sure the mod community is going to be all over. Is it the best game of the year? Well that's a debatable issue, but it certainly is up at the top. On with the news... and then off I go to play HL2 some more ;) Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ OCModShop "In addition to the fins there are four heat pipes. Heat pipes are closed metallic tubes that generally contain a phase change liquid in side. Heat is applied to one end of the pipe, which in turn changes the liquid to vapor where it moves to the other end of the pipe where heat can be removed.... Read more...
I just got home and let me tell you... it's hard trying to teach someone, who thinks AOL is the Internet, to actively protect themselves against spyware ;) It's almost as fun as explaining that pop-ups that say "You have a virus, Click Here!!!!1!", might not be telling the truth! Enough of that, it's news time... ATI X800 Pro Video Card Review @ CoolTechZone "NVIDIA is back in the market with full force and ATI is slowly taking the back seat in few of its product lines, namely it's mid-end graphics card lines. We have evaluated NVIDIA's 6800 graphics cards previously and have been quite impressed with the overall performance. This time, however, we have changed tracks and will... Read more...
Hey! I think my internet is working now. You know what that means? More news for you! Anyway, for your nightly news fix, we've a got Home Theater article from eCoustics, Logisys UV Reactive Molex Sleeve Kit from LAN Addict, and as usual... a little more. After this i'm going straight to bed, so goodnight! Home Theater Article @ eCoustics.com "Instructions on getting good bass from a subwoofer in any given room usually begin by suggesting corner placement of the subwoofer. And it's true: placing the subwoofer in a corner will equally energize all the room's resonances and maximize the subwoofer's output. However, one of the more bizarre aspects of how subwoofers couple with the specific dimensions... Read more...
Good morning peeps, how was your night?  Things around the Canadian portion of the HH labs should be backup and running this the afternoon with the return of my High-Speed connection.  No more dialup for this fool ;)  Nevertheless, it is getting late and I need to start thinking about heading to work so here is your AM news shot... 10,118 Points!! ASUS nForce4, SLI Motherboard Shatters 3DMark05 Record Oct 22, 2004- The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard set a new 3Dmark05 record with a stunning 10,118 points during the recent Nvidia nForce4 launch conference. As the worldwide leader of motherboards, ASUS created the world's first motherboard with the capability to support SLI (Scalable... Read more...
Good morning all.  I can't believe we are gearing up for another hurricane here in NC.  I moved down here from NY about 5 months ago to find a more affordable place to live with a slower pace.  While those virtues hold true, I never expected to be dodging hurricanes and tornadoes on a regular basis.  Mother Nature is active this season and if all goes well, we'll keep dodging her fury.  At this point, I'm actually looking forward to Winter! Debugging the Megahertz Myth Editorial @ CoolTechZone: "Most, if not all, of you have read or been in heated debates over why or why not higher clocked microprocessors are better than their "comparable" competition.... Read more...
  Turn any PC into a High End TV and Personal Video Recorder With ATI's Revolutionary Video Processor September 14, 2004 - Multimedia personal computers take a giant leap forward today, finally reaching the video quality levels associated with high-end $2000 consumer televisions. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) is proud to announce and ship the THEATER(TM) 550 PRO video processor that delivers superb TV reception and Personal Video Recording (PVR) functionality for PCs through products such as add-in PC cards, motherboard-down solutions and notebook computers. THEATER 550 PRO continues the THEATER(TM) family tradition of industry-leading video reception achieved by ATI's consumer... Read more...
Good evening brothers and sisters :)  Well, the day has almost come and gone.  With only the gentle hum of my computer to keep me company here the lab, I know bed time is fast approaching.  However, before I crawl between the sheets, there is enough time for one final update for the day.  Here is your Nightcap... SilentTower HeatPipe Cooler Review @ ipKonfig "OK, so now this is a heatsink not often considered by many buyers, but does have some unique characteristics, to say the least. Heatpipe technology has become more popular over the past year, and many have found it effective. And of course the main benefit touted for heatpipe technology is less noise, though use... Read more...
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