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Microsoft has been tight lipped about the minimum and recommended specifications for their upcoming Windows Vista OS to this point, but the company has just spilled the beans.  If you want to know what it's going to take just to run Vista, or to run Vista with the Aero interface in all its glory, see here... To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware. A... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces New Ultra-Slim Mini-Kart USB Flash Drives Thin Enough to Store in Your Wallet OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the second addition to their reputable flash product line-the OCZ Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive series. The ultra-slim design of the Mini-Kart makes data storage and transferring easier and more portable than ever. The OCZ Mini-Kart is the ideal solution for anyone seeking ultimate portability with their personal USB flash drive; The lightweight Mini-Kart housing is 2.8mm thick, making this compact unit small enough to store in your wallet, ensuring that it is always handy... Read more...
If you're looking for a fully configured small form factor system, [H]ard|OCP's subsidiary, [H]Consumer may have just posted something of interest.  They've evaluated Polywell's Mini-Box2 939NP, and they seemed to like it quite a bit.  The system earned an 8.4 on the Hard-O-Meter. "The Mini-Box2 is a solid, no-frills computer from what appears to be a solid, no-frills manufacturer. Polywell offers a versatile and varied online configurator with two levels of options - catering to both enthusiasts and mainstream users alike. That is something we have yet to see elsewhere."... Read more...
Anandtech has managed to get their hands on AOpen's new SFF system to see if the final hardware will live up to the hype. In previous weeks, this AOpen system received a fair amount of attention thanks to the not so subtle resemblance to Apple Mac Mini system. Prior to  the Intel-based Mac Minis, this system certainly had its own niche. However, now you have to wonder how much opportunity is left for a system such as this. For those that really like super small computers and insist on a Windows OS, this product is certain to make them happy.... Read more...
As if it wasn't enough to take your music anywhere you went, you can now rip music on the go. Futurelooks takes a gander at the Gemini iKey USB Audio Recorder, which has the ability to take any line level audio signal and convert it into an MP3 or WAV file. "There is virtually no setup or installation required. No software comes with the iKey! The recorded iKey files can be played back using most audio programs like iTunes or Windows Media Player. If you want to do any editing you will have to use your own audio editing software."... Read more...
Easily one of the most exciting topics in the last few months, Hardware Zone has managed to get their hands on (and benchmark) MSI's MXM-comprised Germinium Go SLI graphics card. Given the low power requirements, significantly lower heat output, and upgradeability of an MXM-based graphics card it is more than a bit exciting to see MSI taking this approach so seriously. Those doubting the viability of this card will be a bit surprised to see that MSI is serious enough to have already achieved all the proper certifications (ROHS, TUV, etc.) to bring the card to market. For those looking for something interesting to stir up their Tuesday morning, do yourself a favor and go check out MSI's ingenious... Read more...
Looking for an already built media PC? While it's always fun to build your own, sometimes a pre-built system with a full warranty is the way to go, and as Viper Lair explains, the Polywell MiniBox 939NP Media Center PC could be what you're looking for. "Pre-built systems can ease your pain in several ways. To begin with, they all come with warranties, so if something fails, you can just get it fixed. Everything has been pre-tested, so there's no guess work into trying to make things work. Finally, due to the sheer volume of purchasing, it is actually possible to save money to buy pre-built rather than doing it yourself."... Read more...
My right-hand man, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta (aka the Backbone of HH), checked in with me this AM with some super-stealth spy photos from the backrooms of the CES show in Vegas!  What we have for you here is one of the significantly more innovative products we've seen at the show this year, courtesy of MSI Computer. MSI Geminium - Upgradeable Graphics Card    What you're looking at is "technically" an upgradeable graphics card based on a pair of NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 MXM modules that typically are used in notebook discrete graphics solutions.  There are two MXM (Mobile PCI Express) modules populated in the sockets in a SLI configuration with 512MB of total... Read more...
Hey all, the weekend news has been rolling in, and it's time to unload a few articles. Enjoy! Cooler Master Praetorian 730 case review @ Xtreme Resources "Cooler Master has introduced the 730 series of aluminum alloy cases into the marketplace for enthusiasts. As the successor to the successful Wave Master case design, an improved air flow design implemented the use of 2 vertically stacked 80mm exhaust fans just underneath the power supply. Cooler Master used a very thick curved door o­n the front of this stylishly designed case, which hides four 5.25 inch drive bays, with two external 3.25 inch bays, and 4 internal 3.25 inch bays just below." Soyo BayOne Extreme 9-in-1 card reader/writer... Read more...
AOpen miniPC available now San Jose, CA - November 1, 2005 - AOpen, an award-winning global leader in PC component and system design and manufacturing, continues its miniaturized personal computing innovation with a cool new twist to PC computing, the most affordable and compact PC ever, the AOpen miniPC. The launch of the unique miniPC testifies the strong R&D capability of AOpen and demonstrates that the product development expertise of the company takes the leading position in the world. "AOpen's R&D expertise has progressed from desktop platforms to small form factor platforms," said Chris Liu, VP of Product and Marketing of AOpen America. "Now we are taking a giant... Read more...
Hey folks, it's really late... really. The last batch of this weekend's news is ready, and we'll have more in about 10 hours, so stay tuned. Goodnight! Samsung SE-W164 DVD Writer @ Bytesector "Today we're taking Samsung's SE-W164 external DVD burner for a spin (no pun intended). The competition is extremely tight, so many different companies are pushing drives with new features and improved capabilities; sometimes you have to wonder about false promises. Will Samsung's latest external hard drive, the SE-W164, deliver on the rated speeds? Is the drive consistent? Is it just as capable as an internal drive?" The Mini-ITX Project @ XYZ Computing "As opposed to building another general... Read more...
Hey guys and gals, take some time out to get a coffee and read the news. Yeah, you can read all about Michael Jackson, the war, life on mars... but who cares, GamePC Labs has compared four RAID-5 Solutions! Check back later for more of the good stuff! Shared Storage Drive from Maxtor: First Look at Network Storage Devices @ X-Bit labs "We would like to introduce to you a new shared storage device for small home and office networks, which is intended to simplify data storage and transfer within these networks a lot. Meet the new solution from Maxtor now!" Antec TX640B ATX Mini-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews "Over the last month we have looked at some very nice cases from Antec's... Read more...
In addition to the reviews and interview we have for you tonight, we also have another press release from Intel on their First-Quarter Revenue($9.4 Billion). And if your hunting for a new graphics card(s), check out Marco's latest article as he takes a look at the Asus Extreme N6600GT(SLI). Good night :) Exclusive NVIDIA SLI Interview @ PenStar Systems "I had the opportunity to interview Chris Daniel, Program Manager for NVIDIA's SLI technology. I covered topics that have generally been overlooked, and some very interesting information was uncovered in the process. Topics covered include the professional market, the functionality of the "over the top" connector, and a compare/contrast... Read more...
Hey folks, your news is a little late tonight since I fell asleep on the couch, watching the Sox vs Yankees game(Sox won). First off, Nvidia has released Forceware version 71.89, which fixes the SLI Overclocking bug among other things. Personally I'm still using the latest build of the Omega drivers with my 6800 GT and 9800 Pro, no complaints. Well, I'm working with one eye closed at the moment, so it's time for the news... Cooler Master AquaGate Mini R80 @ SystemCooling.com "Cooler Master has been around for sometime now, always coming out with innovative high quality products. It seems like they have been very busy this year coming out with several new cooling systems, both liquid and... Read more...
Hey folks, here's the last bit of news for the night. Before we get to what's in the box, Jeff has reviewed the Gigabyte GV-RX80256D X800 Turbo Silent Pipe, which as the name implies, uses a heat pipe instead of a fan. Goodnight all :) Aspire X-Plorer Steel Case Video Review #554 @ 3dGameMan "The Aspire X-Plorer Steel Case has great looks, good features and is affordable. The case is available in a number of different colors and build quality is quite good for this line of product. There are plenty of drive bays: 5x5.25", 2x3.5" (Ext.), and 4x3.5" (Int.). It also comes with two 80mm fans, one at the top and rear. It even has a window with a ventilation port for the CPU cooler... Read more...
Good evening everyone, welcome back to HotHardware.  With the weekend winding down and a small slush storm inhabiting the outer limits of my house, I think it is time that we cuddle up with our favourite caffeinated beverage and delve into the world of tech news. Here is your Nightcap...  SilverStone Gemini ST46GF Redundant Power Supply @ SystemCooling "SystemCooling.com has reviewed a lot of power supplies over the past two years but none that provided hardware redundancy and hot-swap capabilities. The new SilverStone Gemini series ST46GF is actually two power supplies in one. Each power supply module is capable of delivering 460 watts continuous power. During normal operation... Read more...
Hey folks, how's the weekend treating you? Anyone hear of the upcoming game called F.E.A.R.? How would you like to beta test it? Vivendi is having a sweepstakes with 20 slots open for beta testers, so click here, enter your info, and pray your going to win :) Anyway, here's the news, enjoy! Cooler Master Aquagate Mini Review @ Madshrimps "Cooler Master is introducing the Aquagate Mini in both 120mm and 80mm configurations. While water cooling CPU can be tedious at times with the associations of adding water, testing for leaks, finding the right pump location dealing with reservoir and bleeding. The new Aquagate Mini might well be the "Bic" of computer water cooling." Preventing... Read more...
Good morning everyone, welcome back.  With some fairly warm (for winter) weather hitting the northern portion of the HH Labs, my hopes of breaking out the Mountain Bike early this year are looking better everyday.  However, until the frost gets out of the ground, I think I will hold off from bouncing around the trails too much.  The ground is hard enough without it being frozen ;) Here is your AM shot of juice.  Get at it...  Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 @ Viper Lair "We were very pleased with the Flash Voyager's speed and more importantly, the durabilty. It survived a free fall onto tiles, a swim in a sink, and a full laundry cycle without missing a beat. The 10... Read more...
This morning HardOCP checks in with an interesting piece on the real benefits of SLI in gaming.  After that, there are a couple of mini-PCs worth checking out from Shuttle and Soltek.  Rounding things out is Gigabyte video card that got Hardwarezoom so excited, they posted a preview.  Check It! HardOCP has an editorial questioning whether SLI is falling short in gaming: "The bottom line is NVIDIA is going to have to kick it up several notches on the driver side if they want SLI to impact the marketplace. The optimal solution is to make it so SLI is completely transparent to games so they don't have to create a profile for each game allowing SLI to "just work." Unfortunately,... Read more...
Good morning folks, welcome back.  Today has started out busier than the average Tuesday. We've got a good amount of news to get posted here, so I'm not going to ramble on much longer.  Plus, I've got to layout some pages for an upcoming article I'm SURE you'll all be interested in.  God, I love higher clock speeds... Supermicro Launches Pentium 4 EM64T Single-Processor Server Solutions New P8SC8/i and P8SCT Motherboards Feature EM64T, PCI-Express, and DDR2 Memory for Entry-Level Servers Supermicro Computer, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality motherboard and server solutions has released its latest single-processor serverboards, the SUPER P8SC8/i and SUPER P8SCT, based on the... Read more...
Hey there gang, welcome back!  Man, it has just been one of those stretches where nothing seems to be going right for me.  The last few weeks I've been dealing with an ailing pet, who is looking much better thankfully.  Now my neck has decided to give me a lesson in pain, to the point that I am looking at the world with a bit of a tilt.  I sure hope this goes away soon.  I kind of feel like Ed Sullivan right now.  So I guess I will be popping the Doan's Back Pills and hope for some relief.  While this did stop me in my tracks yesterday, it isn't stopping me from getting the news out to you!  Here's your latest dose for today... Steelpad's Steel Grip @ TechTastic.ca:... Read more...
Happy Friday all!  Looks like a lot of people have been very busy in the hardware world this week. We've got a slew of news for you on a typically quiet Friday morning.  We're all working on some awesome hardware ourselves, so stay tuned.  I wonder how many of you feel real old after checking out Rob's retro Coleco piece.  I know I got a reality check when I can remember playing that pocket football game when I was a kid.  It was so cool at the time.  Ugghh...getting old :( September High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme: "Today on Sharky Extreme, we've posted our September High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, where we take $2500 in search of high-end Intel... Read more...
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