Items tagged with MSI

As Intel's Alderwood and Grantsdale chipsets have brought a whole new platform of technology to the P4, OEMs are now in full swing, bringing their own flavors to the mix.  With support for Intel's new LGA775 processors, DDR and DDR2 and PCI-Express, the playing field has certainly changed.  Granted, while upgrading will require a larger investment, the results can be worth it in the end, especially if you are migrating from a generation or two behind this current Intel architecture. Recently, we've seen a number of offerings come to market based on the 915G/P chipset.  While each company offers its own combination of features, only a few have truly stood out from the rest. The... Read more...
Good morning all :)  With my good friend, Mr. Coffee, not working this morning; I have to seek alternate means of getting caffeine into my blood stream.  Our friends over at ThinkGeek have a good selection of various goodies, but I think a quick stop at Starbucks is called for this morning.  Mmm, expensive coffee..... ;)  MSI DR16-B Dual Layer 16x DVD @ Viper Lair "In terms of performance, the MSI DR16-B provides ample speed for a Dual Layer drive. Performance is on par with the HP unit and is quite a bit quicker in DVD-R burning. All the DR16-B burns worked flawlessly, and if you can find them, 16x DVD writes is as fast as it gets."  OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold... Read more...
The news has been a bit sluggish this weekend, but today we have enough items to keep you busy for awhile :) As I look outside, the wind is blowing pretty hard and the tree right in front of my window is looking a little threatening... and hey! You know what it means for me when the wind blows? There's a 90% chance my internet connection will screw up... again. So before that happens, I've got to get posting ;) asetek 3.5" Bay HDD Cooler @ SystemCooling "The ever increasing weapon of choice in the enthusiast arena has been watercooling. It's allowed users to squeeze those extra MHz out of their CPU's and GPU's, but at the same time keep them cool, quiet and preserve their life expectancy.... Read more...
My head feels like a brick. My head feels like it got hit by a brick. In other words, being sick sucks. I need more sleep, so I'll keep this short... MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review @ PCSTATS "Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable 'layers' which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Today we're looking at MSI's new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD /-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD /-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4x. Of course you can still burn conventional CD recordable media and the MSI DR16-B flies along at 40x for CD-R,... Read more...
Good Evening HotHardware fans! Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, I'm stopping by to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of MSI's RX800XT-VTD256E (PCI Express Radeon X800 XT). This card is powered by ATi's 16-pipeline Radeon X800 XT GPU and 256MB of high speed Samsung GDDR3 RAM. It also ships with one of the most complete software and accessory bundles we have seen included with a video card to date. Click here and check it out...... Read more...
In the past few months we've seen numerous announcements for PCI Express equipped core logic chipsets, and we have already evaluated a few of them as well.  We've previously looked at Intel's 900 Series of chipsets, NVIDIA's nForce 4 and ATi's RADEON XPRESS 200, and hope to get our hands on VIA's K8T890 and SiS' x56 chipsets very soon.  All of the major graphics chip makers have also been touting PCI Express support in their new GPUs.  In fact, ATi's and NVIDIA's newest graphics chips, the GeForce 6600 and Radeon X700, are native PCI Express parts, and have to be bridged in order to work with AGP.  After what may have been considered a slow roll-out, it seems like the move... Read more...
Good Morning All! Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you all know that we've just posted a review of MSI's DR16-B 16X DVD+/-R / RW Dual Layer recordable drive. We tested the performance of every aspect of the DR16-B, and compared it to a similarly priced dual layer DVD writer from Asus throughout the review. Click here and check it out...... Read more...
Now that the DVD format war is essentially over, thanks to the advent of Dual-Format drives, the market's next big push is towards Dual-Layer recording.  One of the most noticeable differences with the next generation of DVD drives is low pricing from the start, unlike the initial DVD offerings of years past.  This instant affordability helps entice users into making up their mind whether now is the time for a new recordable DVD drive.  With some drives selling for under $100 while offering double the capacity of single-layer DVDs, it can appear to be an easy decision.  However, there is one caveat: the cost of the drive is not the only consideration.  While Dual-Layer... Read more...
Not satisfied with this mornings news post? Well tonight we've got a lot more for you to read. We've got an item from Mikhailtech... lights for your molex connectors! We've also got a review of MSI's X800 XTs. Read on and enjoy :) Old ... yet cool ?" @ OC-Service.com "When the new graphic cards are being introduced, their manufacturers often focus on updating the drivers for them. This helps those cards to achieve better results in games or benchmarks. However : it is often that the newest drivers do not increase the older cards' efficiency and even decrease it. In this article I will present those drivers for cards based on GPU with the code names : R200, RV250 i R280 – that... Read more...
Hey there folks, JeffB stopping in for a little news update. Actually, there is some big news coming from the team at DFI this AM.  Check out the full release below regarding interesting new Pentium-M boards that boast some serious performance.  After that, we have several MSI motherboard reviews on tap as well as a sweet X800XT video card from Gigabyte.  What are you waiting for, get reading! DFI(R) Brings Dothan to Performance Desktop Computing The new Pentium M based 855GME-MGF "green motherboard" aims at energy-conscious enthusiasts who demand the best cool and quiet platform for overclocking or underclocking Hayward, CA (November 4, 2004) – DFI, maker of the award-winning... Read more...
Anyone up for some late night news? For the insomniac in you, we have reviews for products from Thermaltake, MSI, RaidMax, and Altec Lansing. I'd like to chat more, but as my vision becomes a little blurrier, I realize I probably should get some sleep, so good night :) Thermaltake Fanless 103 @ Phoronix "Large heatsinks are quite a hit these days, and the Fanless 103 from Thermaltake is no exception. In fact, it's so big that we just had to nickname it "Big Blue." The largest question we have for Big Blue is: can it in fact take the pressure that other heatsinks with fans can handle, or will it slip into the background to be slowly forgotten like the real Big Blue?" MSI 915P... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back.  With all the sports talk today, I feel the need to round off the mix by touching on the most important sport of all, Hockey (I can already feel the heat from e-mails already).  With the NHL Blackout now peaking over the one month mark, this editor is getting tired of the Hockey Night in Canada feature being the Owners vs. Players.  Though I can see both sides of the argument, I sure hope an agreement is reached shortly so the pucks can start dropping.  Unfortunately, from the live chat which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a few days back, it looks like neither side wants to make the first step in beginning negotiations.  Personally,... Read more...
Good evening folks!  Just in case you're the type who scrolls down right to the news, we want to let you know that we've just posted a new article comparing two affordably priced PCI Express graphics cards, the Asus Extreme AX600XT and the MSI GeForce PCX 5750. Click here to check it out...... Read more...
  With much anticipation and fanfare, the next generation in video card interface has arrived.  PCI Express, the successor to AGP, is now available on a number of Intel-based boards starting with the 900 series chipset.  VIA, SiS, and others are sure to follow in the coming months. It's still uncertain when the other OEM solutions will come out with PCI-E (not to be confused with PCI-X), but regardless of potential delays, PCI-E will be universal sooner than later. The potential benefits of PCI-E over AGP are dramatic, offering peak bandwidth of 4GBps (8GB concurrent), which more than doubles that of AGP 8X.  Initially, PCI-E appeared on the high-end of the scale with... Read more...
Welcome back, NJ here with your AM shot of juice.  I just put my good friend, Mr. Coffee, to work behind me and fired up some new tunes from the slightly deranged crew of Prodigy.  All in all, I am settled in for this wonderful Monday morning.  The news front is flowing at a fairly steady rate already. So, go grab a mug and help yourself to the Joe.  Here is your first severing of news...  Plextor PX-712A DVD Writer Review @ CoolTechZone "12X DVD writers are currently the sizzling sensation of the optical storage market and Plextor was the first one to introduce their PX-712A 12X DVD writer to the market. What we will take a look at today is a PATA version of their... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back :)  Along with Jeff, I was also having issues with my internet today.  Though I am on a totally different ISP then my counterpart, I was unable to access anything HH related today (e-mail, web-page or forum).  Yet, when I called in to complain, I was magically able to access everything after they "ran some tests."  Nevertheless, I am now able to access my e-mail which means I have a pile of news and all that glorious spam that accumulated throughout the past 36 hrs ;)  So, go grab a comfy chair and toss in some music, here is your news for the evening....  MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum @ Viper Lair "The Socket-939 is a step... Read more...
With the release of each new processor platform comes the inevitable wait for "enthusiast-class" motherboards to support them.  We've seen the same scenario play out time and again.  When Intel released its Socket 478 Pentium 4 processors, for example, it was a few months before tricked-out motherboards, with a full complement of overclocking tools, made it into the channel.  The same scenario will play out for Intel's Socket T, as it has already for AMD's Socket 939 platform. Sure, some decent motherboards hit the streets immediately, but they almost always have some kinks that need to be worked out, whether it be in the form of a BIOS update, a revision to the chipset,... Read more...
Hey gang, time to ring in the new weekend! I can't believe we are at the end of Summer already. The kiddies are going back to school and soon things should start cooling down some. That also means the hardware front should be kicking into high gear in anticipation of the holiday season. With so much change in the hardware world in recent months, things should be very interesting. There will be a lot of work for us to do, but that's what we're here for! Press Release 25 NEW WaterChill and VapoChill products launched!!! asetek Inc. - the leading manufacturer of vapor phase CPU cooling systems and water cooling solutions for PCs – has launched a whole bunch of new products. Exactly 25 NEW... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back :)  Since Marco will be flaked-out on the couch for the next couple of hours, I figured I would hook you up with another shot of juice.  So, go grab a mug, pull up a chair and settle in.  Here is your evening shot, fresh from the juicer...  MSI GeForce 6800 Reviewed @ VR-Zone Hardware "Overclocking the MSI GeForce 6800 yielded some very interesting results. From a stock clock speed of 325MHz and stock memory speed of 700MHz, we were able to overclock the card to a clock speed of 376MHz and memory speed of 798MHz. This is a 51MHz increase in core speed and 98MHz in memory speed. By all accounts this is a very good overclock considering... Read more...
A few years back, if you wanted the best of DVD playback and CD burning, you had to buy separate drives for each task.  With the advent of combo drives hitting the mainstream market, however, users can now get top-notch CD and DVD performance from a single optical device.  MSI's XA52P for example, reads DVD-ROM discs at 16x, writes CD-Rs at 52x and CD-RWs at 24x.   Supporting both interchangeable face plates and MiniForm design, not only will the XA52P fit whichever case you choose, but it should do a pretty good job of matching it as well.  In addition, MSI has also implemented one other key feature, a Serial ATA interface.  Though this does add the convenience of a... Read more...
Good morning everyone, I am glad to see you are back :)  Unfortunately, I have a ton of work to address before I pull the nightshift at work today.  So, we are going to keep the banter short and sweet and get to the real reason you came here.... PRESS RELEASE - NEWEGG.COM UNVEILS WEB SITE ENHANCEMENTS LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2004 - Newegg.com announced today that it has begun integrating the first phase of its web improvement campaign and has revealed a myriad of new features on its web site now available to the public by visiting www.newegg.com. Streamlined navigation, improved layout and search technology have been implemented to enhance the overall shopping experience and reaffirm... Read more...
Good morning friends, N.J. here with yet another edition of the H.H. Times.  If you managed to miss last nights news shot, AMD just released their new 939-pin AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 and Athlon 64 3800 processors.  If AMD is your cup of tea, you won't want to miss-out Marco's thoughts of the new core... Marco's Review PRESS RELEASE - "AMD Ices Competition" TAIPEI, TAIWAN - June 1, 2004 - At Computex, AMD today raised PC performance to new heights with the launch of four new processors in the award-winning AMD Athlon™ 64 processor family featuring the exclusive Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) capability for desktop and mobile computing when enabled by the upcoming Microsoft(R)... Read more...
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