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In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Paul and Dave discuss AMD's small but powerful Radeon R9 Nano, the Alienware X51 R3 SFF console-killing PC, the Intel-powered ASUS ZenPad S 8 tablet, hint at an upcoming giveaway. and lots more... Show Notes: 01:45 - AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review13:14 - Alienware X51 R3 Review22:00 - ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Review28:35 - High Schooler Arrested For Homemade Clock That Looks Like a Bomb39:46 - Logitech MX Master Mouse46:19 - Upcoming Giveaway Hints... Read more...
Information about the AMD Radeon R9 Nano has been trickling out for months. Even before it was officially shown off at a swank event adjacent to E3 earlier this summer, some pictures and preliminary details regarding the R9 Nano leaked to the web. Since its official unveiling, we’ve also revealed a plethora of information about the latest Radeon R9 300 series and the other products in AMD’s current line-up—the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X—that are powered by the same Fiji GPU as the Radeon R9 Nano. And yet, the diminutive card still has a bit of mystique around it and the hardware community at large is interested in what AMD's little half-length Nano card can really do.Today, we can finally... Read more...
Google is responsible for a lot of things that have made our lives better. Better search, better email, and one impressive mobile operating system. But beyond its commercial success sits a research department that's doing fascinating stuff. Project Loon is helping rural areas around the globe receive Internet for the first time, and it appears that Google's fixation on health is going to extend well beyond a simple app. The company's Google X division has announced a project whereby researchers are building nanoparticles that "combine a magnetic material with antibodies or proteins that can attach to and detect other molecules inside the body." The goal? To enable patients to simply swallow a... Read more...
Zotac has been making ultra-small form factor systems for quite a while now. You can check out a number of our reviews of various ZBox systems and you’ll notice that most of the systems have been built around low-power platforms like AMD’s E-Series APUs or Intel’s Atom processors. With its latest generations of mini-PC’s, however, Zotac has been able to crank things up a few notches. With some recently released ZBoxes, Zotac has managed to squeeze in Intel Core-series processors, which put the diminutive systems into an entirely different performance category. The latest Zotac ZBox to hit the lab is the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus. Despite its relatively tiny 5”-square form... Read more...
Zotac has been making ultra-small form factor systems for quite a while now. You can check out a number of our reviews of various ZBox systems right here. If you read those previous reviews, you’ll notice that most of the systems have been built around low-power platforms like AMD’s E-Series APUs or Intel’s Atom processors. With its latest generations of mini-PC’s, however, Zotac has been able to crank things up a few notches. With some recently released ZBoxes, Zotac has managed to squeeze in Intel Core-series processors, which put the diminutive systems into an entirely different performance category. The latest Zotac ZBox to hit the lab is the ZBox Nano ID65... Read more...
It looks like a relative breakthrough has been made where materials sciences and nanotechnology are concerned. Scientist Liangbing Hu, stationed at the University of Maryland, turned to one of the most simple materials in order to built a transistor: paper. You might not think of paper as being a good base for anything but writing or packing your stuff for a move, but when treated properly, it can become as thin and clear as glass and plastic. Like regular paper, nanopaper, despite its ultra-thin likeness, can be handled like you'd expect - it can be cut, folded and made into a paper airplane (that one might be a stretch). With normal paper, natural bumps in the surface can stand tens of micrometers... Read more...
Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model we’ll be showing you here today, however, is the smallest yet. The new Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus is an AMD E-series APU based small form factor / HTPC system that fits in the palm of your hand—literally. Despite offering a dual-core processor, integrated DirectX 11 class graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid state drive, USB 3.0, a flash card reader, and various other connections, the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus measures just 4.17” x 4.17” x 1.46”... Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Review... Read more...
In addition to building graphics cards, Zotac is one of only a handful companies to fully embrace small form factor and home theater systems. Whether you want to build something yourself from the ground up, quickly assemble a barebones rig, or pick up a fully built HTPC, Zotac has you covered. The company offers a wide array of mini-ITX motherboards based on many modern chipsets (including the just released Z77) and barebones ZBOX systems for the DIY Crowd, along with full SFF systems that need nothing but an OS. Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model... Read more...
Classify yourself as a "Digital Home Media Enthusiast?" If so, VIA has a motherboard they'd love for you to peek. The company has just released the VE-900 Mini-ITX mainboard, immediately available worldwide for those in need of a small, power-efficient new HTPC rig. It features a 1.4GHz Nano X2 dual-core CPU, VIA's VX900 all-in-one media system processor, support for resolutions as high as 1080p and support for 24-bit audio and up to 192kHz sample rates. There's also HDMI support, and it can handle up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. Sadly, pricing isn't being disclosed, but it ought to be coursing through supply channels as we speak. VIA Releases VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard for Digital Home Media Enthusiasts... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA. What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA. What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than... Read more...
Looking for a cutting-edge mouse? Verbatim's new Ergo Mouse isn't exactly bleeding-edge tech, but it certainly has the angles to fit the "cutting" descriptor. The Ergo Mouse has one of the sharpest curves of any ergonomic mouse, with a candy apple-red shell, a 2.4GHz wireless transceiver (no cord!), Mac / PC platform compatibility and a small USB nub that seems tiny enough to actually leave in the PC owners will be using it with. There's a rubberized grip to keep things steady during those long gaming sessions, and it also ships in blue and black if red's just too loud. The mouse operates on two AAA batteries (included) and is available for $29.99 at Amazon.com, Staples (Canada) and national... Read more...
VIA announced today that it's signed an agreement to sell its share in S3 Graphics to the mobile phone manufacturer HTC. S3's GPU technology (dubbed Chrome) powers VIA's various chipsets and is paired with the company's Nano processor as part of its CPU platform. Given VIA's relative sliver of market share, this might not seem like an important transaction—but it is. It's been over a decade since S3 was a major player in the graphics display industry; the company's 2D 'Trio' series of video cards were quite popular in the pre-3D era. S3 attempted to enter the 3D market, but the company's ViRGE products performed so abysmally, they earned the nickname '3D Decelerators.' The company followed... Read more...
At its financial analyst meeting earlier this week, Intel unveiled a series of strategic changes to its roadmap and gave investors a peek at the company's general strategy for the next few years. We've already touched on the company's decision to ramp more powerful Atom processors and its new, 15W mainstream notebook TDP target, but the company is playing a deeper game. If Medfield lives up to expectations, it'll be the first Intel SoC truly capable of challenging ARM. Later this year, Intel will introduce Medfield, its 32nm Atom SoC. The current solution, Moorestown, did reduce Atom's platform-level power consumption, but not enough to make the chip attractive to smartphone designers. Medfield... Read more...
VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance alternative to both Atom and Brazos when it does... VIA Launches New Low Power QuadCore Nano CPU... Read more...
VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance alternative to both Atom and Brazos when it does. The dual-module chips are the quad-core, the single dies are the Nano X2. VIA's share of the x86 market is small in comparison to Intel and AMD, but Centaur, the company's CPU design team, has been building x86 CPUs for more than a decade. Centaur, led by the redoubtable Glenn Henry,... Read more...
Given all of the attention that Intel and AMD have demanded since the year began, it's been somewhat difficult for the smaller chip makers to get any facetime whatsoever. But now, with the Embedded System Conference ongoing, VIA is stepping back into the spotlight with a new dual-core option that's sure to make waves at the component level. The company has just announced a new Nano X2 E-Series dual-core CPU series, and they'll be available in two speeds: a 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz model. These new chips are built using 40nm process technology, and they also ship with VIA VT virtualization, a technology that allows legacy software and applications to be used in virtual scenarios without impacting on... Read more...
VIA Technologies formally announced that its new dual-core, 40nm Nano X2 processors have been released. At present, processors are available to motherboards and OEMs, with systems available in Q1 of 2011. VIA will most likely have at least a few motherboards and notebooks/netbooks on display at CES, but the company has yet to name any major partners for these products. "The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy... Read more...
During the summer of 2008, we published a number of articles detailing the design and launch of VIA’s Isaiah core, which would eventually be called the Nano. At right about the same time, Intel’s Atom processor was generating massive amounts of buzz in the mobile and entry-level desktop space, due to its low-power characteristics. But VIA quickly began shouting from the rooftops, extolling the virtues of their new low-power core, which would supposedly offer much better performance than Atom, albeit in a slightly higher power envelope. And our initial testing of Nano confirmed much of what VIA had been saying. In the performance summary of our first head-to-head comparison between... Read more...
Well, wouldn't you know it. Apple has introduced new iPods at a Fall music event in San Francisco. It's becoming an annual tradition for the market leader in this category, but we have to say that this year's introductions were a bit more spirited than usual. Rather than simply overhauling the iPod touch, which just about everyone expected, the company also stated that the iPod Classic would remain in the family for those that needed the space, the iPod Shuffle has reemerged and the iPod nano has been completely redesigned to look more like a miniature screen with a headphone jack. So, first, the new iPod touch. It's the same basic design as the "old" model, but this time it has a Retina Display... Read more...
Is bigger always better? Not if you're VIA, who makes out by making smaller-than-average wares, from tiny CPUs to tiny motherboards. The company has just launched yet another tiny product, the EPIA-M830, their first VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX board. It's designed to operate with 64-bit applications, and while it's aimed at commercial applications, it doesn't take a computer scientist to realize the potential in the home, car, or elsewhere. It's being made available in both passive and active cooling configurations; the fanless 1.0GHz or the 1.3GHz fan-equipped Via Nano E-Series options are both joined by the VIA VX800 media system processor, which provides DirectX 9 support. They both support... Read more...
VIA Technologies is talking up its VX900 chipset, and promising that its new "media system processor" (MSP) will offer silky-smooth 1080P playback when paired with a VIA Nano 3000. "VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA VX900 represents the most complete solution for HD digital content consumption on the market today."The VIA VX900 MSP features the VIA Chromotion HD 2.0 video engine, boasting hardware acceleration of the H.264 codec technology that is driving today's advanced online HD video streaming services. The VIA VX900 brings crisp, smooth... Read more...
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