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  Selecting the right video card when you're on a budget can be difficult. The major deciding factor for many gamers out there is price. As mouthwatering as it is to think about getting a top-notch SLI or CrossFire setup, it's a luxury that most simply cannot afford. Fear not though, as both Nvidia and ATI have some quality entry-level and mid-range graphics cards in their respective line-ups. Today we have two such cards with us, Sapphire's Ultimate X1600 Pro and X1600 XT. Aimed towards consumers looking for a silent video card at a budget price, Sapphire's Ultimate X1600s will appeal to those looking to build up an HTPC or a PC for casual gaming. Both cards are based... Read more...
For those of you who are interested in the technology that goes into making a cutting edge engine like id software's Doom 3 engine, Intel has a bit of a good read in store for you. Make some time and get some coffee, there's plenty of info to pour over. "The articles below provide an overview of the SIMD optimized rendering pipeline of animated models which is equivalent, but superior in performance to the one used in the computer game DOOM III. This improved rendering pipeline is implemented in the computer game Quake 4. Most of the rendering pipeline runs on the CPU while several of the steps in the pipeline could run on a GPU as available on many of today's graphics cards. However,... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES ESTIMATED SALES FOR SECOND QUARTER SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 6, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that sales for the second quarter ended July 2, 2006 are expected to be approximately $1.215 billion - a 52 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2005[1] and a nine percent decline compared to the first quarter of 2006. The company's prior guidance for the second quarter anticipated overall sales to be flat to slightly down seasonally from the first quarter of 2006. Record AMD OpteronTM processor sales were driven by continued strong demand for single-, dual- and multi-socket configurations for servers and workstations. Sales of entry-level and mainstream mobile... Read more...
In their latest interview, Ars Technica chats with XBox 360 developer Matt Lee, covering a range of issues from his job duties, to XBox 360 hardware and market expectations. Matt is also the developer of the old "DopeWars" game for the PalmPilot. "Now with the massively redesigned and more powerful Xbox 360 released, many people are wondering what the future has in store for Microsoft's gaming efforts. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Matt Lee, a software developer who works at Microsoft in the Xbox division. He had some fascinating things to say about the console, the games market in general, and the future of the... Read more...
AMD envisions a "4x4" platform as being the next big step in enthusiast computing. With a dual-socket & dual-core capable motherboard, you'll certainly be getting every drop of performance out of Nvidia's and ATI's top of the line dual card solutions. Well, actually that's thinking a bit small. How about dual-GPU video cards in SLI or CrossFire? The 4x4 platform. "What you are seeing here is a dual-processor system board platform, each using dual-core processors for a total of four logical cores in a single computer. Also included on this slide is the introduction of dual-GPU video cards, similar to what... Read more...
MBreview.Com has an article on-line detailing their requirements for the "Ultimate Motherboard". Of course, different types of users have different requirements, but there are some universal features we're sure would appeal to anyone. "For this portion of the article, I'm going to be covering several topics dealing with the hardware aspects of a motherboard, as well as other features such as the accessories that the manufacturers include. When it comes to purchasing a motherboard, many consumers out there look for the most that they can get for their dollar, or whatever unit of currency that they might be using. Who wants to pay a premium price for a lackluster product after all.... Read more...
There are only a select few PC enthusiasts who like to show off their hardware more than gamers do. With all the questing, spying, and fragging going on, they still find the time to appreciate the machine that grants them such pleasure. As you know though, these days, any old box just won't do. No; something a little flashier than the mundane is needed, especially if you're headed to a big LAN Party. While we've reviewed some great cases over the years here at HotHardware, producing a case that receives a gamer's approval has it's own set of special requirements. At the very least, it needs to look cool, and a single intake fan at the front isn't going to... Read more...
An interesting thread over at the StarForce forums has been developing for the past few days. It all started when a link was provided by a StarForce employee, taking users to OnlineSecurity ON's website where they explain the "truth" about StarForce Drivers. As some found out however, the site has close ties to StarForce itself."To conclude, we must say that StarForce does not use rootkits, StarForce does not cause security issues and StarForce is not the only software developer that installs ring 0 drivers. We appreciate all the feedback from our clients and users and that is why StarForce drivers will be automatically uninstalled in the latest version of our copy protection system... Read more...
On an otherwise painfully slow morning in terms of exciting news, PureOverclock brings word of an absolute monster of a graphics card coming from the folks at Gainward. Following the trend of Gainward's GLH (Goes Like Hell) series of graphics cards, the company is preparing a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB that will be unlike any other variant on the market. Throwing standard reference designs out the window, GLH-series cards are blessed with faster memory specifications and actually have faster memory IC's selected. These modules are then dropped onto a custom new PCB layout to provide the best overall performance and reliability. In short, the "standard' GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB we all know is clocked... Read more...
Penstarsys has published a review of the Icemat Audio Siberia Headphones. Given the success Icemat has had with their mousepad business, there seems to be a good chance that these headphones are a quality product. Let's just hope listening to music through these headphones sounds better than the product's name.Now I'll tell you what I really think of the Siberias. They are excellent and that's basically all I have to say. They are comfortable, have some unique styling (I walked over to Ace's Hardware a few days back and the guy working the counter said something to the effect of "What the hell are those? Oh, headphones, cool."), sound excellent on most any material you throw their way, and almost... Read more...
Remember when SLI was the answer to all your performance dreams? You know, you get a couple of great cards, throw them in your system, and nothing could be better... right? Well actually yeah, things can get better, with Quad SLI! If you need something to drool over tonight, make sure to skip on over to PC Perspective to check out some information and pics on Quad SLI. "There is a new chip on the card that NVIDIA developed that acts as a physical PCI Express bus splitter. It takes the single physical X16 PCIe slot that is fed to the card and splits it into two full X16 PCIe connections; one to each GPU. This logic is then responsible for the... Read more...
  No question about it, Flash Memory devices have taken on the Consumer Tech industry by storm.  Flash memory is utilized in so many different applications these days, from Cell Phones and PDAs, to MP3 players and Digital Cameras, that it's hard to imagine a world before the Flash memory was invented.  However, thanks to some very smart minds at Toshiba all the way back in 1984 and then Intel in 1988, we all have the ability to store information on the fly in a number of hand-held applications and more. Like any other technology, Flash Memory, specifically NAND Flash which is the type used predominantly in consumer electronics, has been improving exponentially in terms of density... 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...
The Tech Report to a trip to a demonstration put on by Valve, spotlighting their latest collection of cinematic effects.  The goal is to both simplify the coding process on the programmers side while adding to the realism of the end result.  The Tech Report was their and offers a complete write up on the new effects, offering their impression on how this new techology will affect gaming in the future. "Some of the effects Valve has incorporated into the Source engine won't appear in games anytime soon, but color correction and film grain will. Both have acceptable performance with current hardware, and they'll be available to mod authors... Read more...
Well, as Designtechnica reports, Blue-ray seems to be gaining more acceptance and support. With backers like Sony and various movie studios, this format certainly isn't going away. The other contender in the HD department is HD DVD, which is backed by Microsoft."At Twentieth Century Fox Studios on November 29, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) gave an update on their blue laser technology. BDA felt that it was time to highlight its progress in bringing "the new high definition format" to market. Andy Parson, Senior Vice President of Advanced Product Development for Pioneer Electronics, opened the meeting by giving an overview of the state of Blu-ray development." ... Read more...
Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough Using New Materials New Material Could Help Chips Run Cooler, Use Less Energy SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors and other logic products beginning in the second half of the next decade. Intel and QinetiQ researchers have jointly demonstrated an enhancement-mode transistor using indium antimonide (chemical symbol: InSb) to conduct electrical current. Transistors control the flow of information/electrical current inside a chip. The prototype transistor is much faster and... Read more...
Microsoft has finally decided to open up it's office document formats. Complying with the request from government and other agencies, Microsoft will offer it's Excel, Word, and PowerPoint formats as open standards. "Microsoft has been facing increasing pressure from governments and agencies that have insisted on standards compliance for their software. Microsoft executives confirmed that the move would help the company win contracts from public authorities that want software based on open standards."... Read more...
More bad news for Sony and their customers, as Sony's XCP uninstall software apparently suffers from the same problem as the DRM software its self... security flaws. Sony has announced they will pull all their XCP infected CDs from store shelves."The consequences of the flaw are severe," Felten and Halderman wrote in a blog posting Tuesday. "It allows any Web page you visit to download, install, and run any code it likes on your computer. Any Web page can seize control of your computer; then it can do anything it likes. That's about as serious as a security flaw can get."What a week, eh? We'll keep you informed as the saga continues...... Read more...
Good afternoon everyone. A few interesting press releases just landed in our in-box that we thought you'd like to see.  They are all graphics / video related, and come by way of Matrox (Yes, Matrox!), HIS, and ATI... Matrox DualHead2Go offers completely new way to add multi-display support Montreal, Canada, November 8, 2005 – Matrox Graphics, Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, today unveiled the revolutionary new Matrox DualHead2Go, the world's first external upgrade capable of adding multiple monitor support to compatible laptop and integrated graphics-based desktop PCs that were previously limited to single screen output. DualHead2Go is a palm-sized... Read more...
I challenge you to a duel! That folks, is AMD's new strategy against Intel. Today AMD has delivered a formal challenge to Intel, wanting a head to head match of each companies dual-core x86 server CPU's. Testing will be done in a public setting, and of course by a third party. That's if Intel accepts the challenge. We've received no reply from Intel yet, but we're hoping for one soon. AMD Challenges Intel To A Dual-Core Duel Live Shoot-Out to Focus on Server Workloads and Energy Consumption   SUNNYVALE, CA -- August 23, 2005 -- In the spirit of fair and open competition, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors.... Read more...
Montreal, Canada, July 13, 2005 -- Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, announces Millennium G550 PCIe, the world's first PCI Express x1 graphics card. The x1 design allows this card to be compatible with any compliant PCI Express slot. The card is based on Matrox G550 technology and has DualHead(R) support for using 2 digital or analog monitors at a time. This announcement follows other recent Matrox releases for PCI Express, including Matrox QID LP PCIe, Millennium P650 PCIe 128, and Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64. "This product offers unprecedented flexibility for a variety of mission-critical systems, including servers and industrial computers... Read more...
Ultimate Idiot's Guide to RAM @ FutureLooks: "Memory: What is it? How does it work? What kinds are there? We try to answer almost everything you can possibly think of, and maybe bring up a few things you didn't think mattered!" AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens Review @ Modtown: "Once the steel ring is attached to the camera mobile phone, the AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens can be offered into place and it will be held securely by the magnetic ring built into it. The process of taking photographs using the camera mobile phone does not change and the user should proceed to take a photograph how they normally would, according the camera mobile phone manufacturer instructions..."... Read more...
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