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Hey folks! I hope everyone enjoyed memorial day. Despite the thunder storms in the northeast, I managed to have a good day. Tuesday is here however, so it's time to get back into the swing of things, and time for you to check out today's news. Oh, and if this is your first trip to HH in the past few days, you should check out HotHardware's Editor's Rig, and Dave's preview of ATI's CrossFire Technology. Intel Pentium D 820 and Pentium 4 670 Review @ The Tech Zone "The dual core processor is what I consider the next major technological step in the evolution of the processor. With the exception of the bit-size increases which are major steps as well, all the other improvements to the processors... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! At midnight tonight, a new player in PC gaming unveiled its plans to introduce a new physics accelerator, that promises to vastly improve the realism of games. AGEIA's PhysX chip, as it's called, won't debut for a few more months, and its success depends on the adoption of the technology by the game development community, but the technology has a lot of promise.  Here are some clips from their press release, and a couple of links to articles about AGEIA and the PhysX chip. AGEIA's NovodeX Physics SDK Opens New Frontier in Game Realism NovodeX API optimized for both multi-processor platforms and AGEIA's new PhysX chip SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 8, 2005 –... Read more...
Good morning folks, Happy New Year!  With the holiday season coming to a close, it is back to the grind for this ol'boy.  Not that I really mind though; in some sick way I am actually finding myself missing work.  Nonetheless, it is getting late and I have a pile of news for you.  Here is your AM update...  Toshiba 80GB 16MB Cache 2.5in HDD Review @ Mikhailtech "The drive features a Fluid Dynamic Bearing motor for quieter operation and spins at 5400 RPM. It's rated for ATA-100 speeds and has a 12ms average seek time. While this may seem slow by desktop standards, keep in mind that more compact lower density notebook drives have a lot of catching up to do. From a... Read more...
Hello All... Just stopping in here to formally introduce you to the newest member of the HotHardware.com team, Matt Beauvais (golf clap please!).  Matt has been with us as a very active member of our forum community for years now and recently has been doing the news on a regular basis for us as well.  We're breaking the man in slowly here but we expect that Matt will be covering technology articles and other content as well eventually. Check out Matt's Bio on our About page here and learn a little bit about the man.  Then blast him an email and welcome him aboard! That's all for now but stick around, news updates are-a-comin' soon!... Read more...
Good evening friends, how was your day?  I just popped some pills that should help me kick this cold / sleep tonight.  So, before I loose total coherence to the world around me, let's get the news posted.  Here is your evening shot of juice...  Matrix Orbital MX422 LCD Review @ GruntvillE.com "The MX422 is basically the LK204-24-USB LCD display mounted on a nice looking double 5-1/4" drive bay insert. The front has a brushed metal finish which is pretty typical in the nicer aluminum cases like the Cooler Master and the Lian Li. The rear of the unit looks a little confusing and has a lot packed on to it, but it is designed to allow easy access for plugging in the... Read more...
Good Evening All, DJ Jazzy Jay Gibson, spins all the hot stacks of wax and all the platters that matter, through the new Philips PSC724 Ultimage Edge PCI Sound Card tonight.  This is a 24bit/192kHz capable sound card that steps up and takes on the likes of a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and for a bit less out of pocket expense.  Go get it, here!   Jay is going love that intro... ;)  ... Read more...
  The recent trend of PC integration into the user's living space finds the once small and dingy computer room becoming a thing of the past.  With manufactures now offering PC solutions which showcase features that rival many mainstream audio components, families are now finding their "digital living room" to be the new media back-bone of their lives. This is where Philips new soundcard, the PSC724 Ultimate Edge, steps in.  Offering discreet 24-bit, 6-Channel High Definition Audio playback/recording, users can turn their PC into a high-end audio center with a simple upgrade.  In addition to promising high end specs, Philips has integrated their newly redesigned Sound... Read more...
Good morning friends, how was your weekend?  Things in my life have been extremely hectic over the past week or so.  Thankfully, it seems to be falling into place and my day-to-day schedule is reverting to somewhat sane hours.  Nonetheless, there is no better way to start the work week off then sitting down with a piping hot glass of juice...  OCZ DDR Booster Reviewed @ VR-Zone Hardware "The DDR Booster is an incredible device. Even at stock voltage of 2.9V, what I realized was when the DDR Booster was in the slot and running the DDR would overclock 2 FSB more than when it is not on the slot. This maybe OCZs patented PowerClean Technology at work. The PowerClean Technology... Read more...
Good evening HotHardware fans! I'm here to let you all know that we've just posted a review of Plextor's PX-712SA Dual-Format DVD+/- SATA Drive. This drive is virtually identical to the very popular PX-712A we reviewed back in June, but it sports a Serial ATA interface. Click here and take a look!... Read more...
Back in mid-June we took a look at the latest offering from Plextor, the PX-712A.  This drive boasted 12X DVD+R write speeds and maintained the same level of quality we've come to expect from Plextor.  For years, Plextor has been in the optical drive business and for most of that time they've been the one company all others can be gauged against.  This is because Plextor makes drives for the professional and the serious enthusiast looking for advanced features and the ability to control drive performance.  Sometimes, they are not the first to reach the market with the fastest speed or the newest features, but when they do, you can be certain Plextor has done their homework... Read more...
Good morning all.  It looks like my desktop troubles are over.  Man, it has been a long time since I've had problems with any of my machines and I hope this is the last of it for a while.  There's nothing like a reformat once in a while to clean things up, but I was try to hold out for SP-2.  Guess that wasn't in the cards.  Anyhow, now I can get back to being productive on the review and news fronts.  Speaking of news... The First Xeon EM64T (Nocona) Workstation/Server Solutions Now Available from Supermicro San Jose, CA, July 15, 2004 – Supermicro Computer, Inc. has begun high-volume production of its new workstation/server platforms which support the latest... Read more...
Greetings HotHardware Fans!  Can you believe it's already Wednesday?  Those long weekends really throw me for a loop!  They make it seem like the week is just flying by.  Then again, when you've got a pile of hardware to test, stacked from floor to ceiling, there never seems to be enough hours in the day!  But that's a story for another time - Right now, it's time for the news...  SATA RAIDing With Maxtor @ Bjorn3D: "RAIDing - it's what pirates and vikings do... no, wait, this is a computer hardware and software review site, so that's probably the wrong kind of RAID. How about a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks? Yeah, that's more like it. For those unfamiliar... Read more...
Good afternoon everyone :)  After a demanding day at work, the women friend has decided that we should go out for dinner and a movie.  I think a few glasses of wine, some tasty Italian food and a good action flick should calm the nerves.  But, before we leave *smacks lips*, I think I am in the mood for a piping hot appetizer of juice? Mmmmm.... warm juice..... ;) Thermaltake Extreme Spirit @ HardwareHounds.com "Just when you think you have your system running at peak efficiency, something comes along that makes you rethink the way everything runs. That was our case when we got our hands on Thermaltake's Extreme Spirit North and South bridge cooler. Truth is, so much emphasis... Read more...
Good morning brothers and sisters, how are you?  Last night up here in the Canadian portion of the HH labs, we got pounded with a torrential thunderstorm.  Lots of lighting, tornado warnings, the whole nine yards.  Needless to say, it was a night I was grateful to have a UPS.  Anyhow, it is getting late in the AM, so let get down to business... PRESS RELEASE - AMD Announces Technology Milestone With Its Multiple-Core Strategy SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 14, 2004 --Today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced a technology milestone with the completed design of its AMD64 dual-core processors. AMD plans to deliver high-performance dual-core products to the x86 server market in mid-2005 and... Read more...
We've taken a look at quite a few dual format DVD burners over the last few months, and found some to be better than others for various reasons.  Most, if not all, of the drives we've reviewed shined in one area, but were lacking in another. Whether it be slower CD-R burning speeds, lack of options, or slow access times, we keep pressing on trying to find that one drive that will cover all the basics well.  Don't take this the wrong way, however, as we have generally been impressed by of what we've seen in the past, and the Plextor 708A still reigns supreme as our burner of choice (a drive, by the way, that we gave a 9.5 and an Editor's Choice award last December). Today, we're going... Read more...
The Sapphire Ultimate Edition Atlantis 9800 Pro & The Sapphire Ultimate Edition Atlantis 9600 Pro A Couple of Passively Cooled, Wild Looking Radeons! By - Marco Chiappetta July 25, 2003 ATi's Radeon 9800 Pro and 9600 Pro GPUs are two of the most popular 3D chipsets on the market today.  A multitude of OEMs build boards based on these two chipsets and most of them strictly adhere to ATi's reference designs, for the PCB and cooling system.  It has gotten to the point that if you line up cards sold by a few top manufactures side-by-side, it would be almost impossible to them apart.  Well, all that is about to change!  Today, Sapphire Technologies unveils two new products... Read more...
The Matrox Parhelia 128MB AGP Hands on testing of Matrox's High End Gaming Card By -Dave Altavilla June 25, 2002   When Matrox took the wraps off their next generation GPU, last month, HotHardware brought you a full showcase of the chip's features, new capabilities and estimated performance level.  Clearly Matrox is targeting the Gaming/Enthusiast market with this product and the competition could not be any more intense than at this moment in time.  Rivals, ATi and NVIDIA are both in full ramp with very successful product launches and drivers that have gone through several iterations of maturity.  The bar has been raised by NVIDIA with High Resolution Anti-Aliasing at great... Read more...
The Matrox Parhelia 512 Matrox Re-Enters The 3D Graphics Ring - Big, Bad and Pretty By -Dave Altavilla May 14, 2002   We know you've been waiting for this, haven't you?  Of course you have.  Since the launch of the Matrox G450, we don't know of any hard core PC Hardware Enthusiast that hasn't been waiting for Matrox to step back up to the plate, with a new high end 3D Gaming Graphics card.  It was then that Matrox Graphics made a conscious decision to step back from the ridiculously competitive 3D Graphics scene and watch as giants fell.  Perhaps their next generation 3D Gaming chip was not ready for prime time or perhaps they just didn't want to duke it out in the down... Read more...
  Matrox has been in the Graphics Card business since the invention of electricity. OK, so maybe that's a little overstated but when it comes to PC Graphics, Matrox is the "Grand Daddy". They have always been known for high end accelerators built with the Computer Professional in mind. CAD and other Desktop Graphics Applications were always their strong suit. As the 3D Accelerator Market came of age, Matrox was there with some of the first ever 3D Accelerated features in a 2D card. However, a new market of then "Start-Up" companies like 3dfx and NVIDIA entered the picture and soon leapfrogged Matrox with the nimble aggression that only a small focused group could bring.... Read more...
The Matrox Millennium G450 - 32MB Dual Head New Levels Of Integration for the Multimedia Fanatic and Corporate User By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 9/5/00 As technology moves on, new markets are exploding for Personal Computing.  The Business and Corporate Sector was the dawn of the information and computing age and it is still a very large portion of the over all market. Now, many of today's latest technologies in the PC space, are targeted towards the Personal User.  As of recently however, there has been a resurgence in products targeted towards the Business User and the Graphics Card Market is contributing its fair share. This is a look at a new product that falls into this category... Read more...
4/25/00   Matrox G450 - Smaller, Faster and Highly Integrated By Dave "Davo" Altavilla      Graphics Chipset vendors are coming out of the woodwork this week, as the WinHEC conference shifts into high gear.  Not a player to sit on the sidelines, Matrox has taken the wraps off their much rumored G450 chip, an enhanced die shrink version of the G400 with new features, a higher clock speed and faster DDR memory interface.  The G400 is currently built on a .25 micron process and the new G450 will be set forth in leading edge .18 micron technology, marking the Canada based manufacturer as one of the few to move to this die geometry.  With to lower power... Read more...
614//00   Matrox's G450 - Smaller, Faster and Highly Integrated By Dave "Davo" Altavilla      Montreal, Canada, June 14, 2000-Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the Matrox Millennium G450 Series, based on the Matrox G450 chip which integrates DualHead, DVI, and TV output. This new series of graphics cards consists of the Millennium G450, a powerful dual-VGA, 2D, 3D, DualHead, and DVD graphics card, and the Millennium G450 DVI, which adds DVI support.  As the company that pioneered DualHead technology, Matrox is now taking its award-winning dual-display feature set to a new level. The Millennium G450 Series brings DVI and next-generation DualHead features to... Read more...
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