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Good Evening All!   Tonight we seriously have a HOT one for ya.  Voodoo PC's new OMEN CrossFire is on the test bench and we're poppin' the hood down on Sunset Strip for all to see.  2.95GHz of Athlon 64 power, coupled with a pair of Radeon X1900 XTs, expertly liquid-cooled throughout.  It's drool time people. ... Read more...
It almost goes without saying that we'd all love to have enough disposable income to be able to afford the best-of-the-best, top-shelf, ultra-high-end, no compromise products, whether it be a 36 foot Chris Craft Corsair with 840hp of Mercruiser under its decks (in the aft section, by the way, the wet bar and mini fridge are in the bow) or perhaps the fastest Gaming Rig money can buy.  Fortunately for many of you, the technically elite members of our audience, an ultra-high-end Gaming Rig can be built with your own hands and a few key off-the-shelf components.  However, semi-custom pre-built systems can offer features and build quality that the average enthusiast... Read more...
Microsoft is releasing a new test version of Internet Explorer, the market-leading Web browser that is facing competition from smaller players. The new beta, available today for free download, includes fixes for problems that were causing Internet Explorer 7 to stop working. This is Microsoft's third beta of Internet Explorer 7 made available to the general public, and Hachamovitch said there are plans for one more. The new version comes amid growing competition from browsers such as Firefox, which has long offered functions such as tabbed browsing. Some also consider other browsers to be more secure, since IE, with its market dominance, is a popular target for attacks. The final version of Internet... Read more...
HKEPC has managed to get their hands on one of the coolest new boards of the year. The AOpen i975Xa-YDG is a Core-Duo (Yonah) based motherboard which supports ATI's Crossfire multi-GPU configuration. Without question, the Core Duo architecture is an efficient powerhouse when compared with Intel's current desktop architectures. One look at the benchmark results on this page and one will quickly see why this motherboard is getting people excited. If you're impressed with these Core Duo desktop boards, be sure to read our review of the ASUS N4L-VM DH motherboard here!  ... Read more...
With the popularity of portable MP3 players, it's always good to check out the market's latest additions. Today ExtremeMHz has published their review of Toshiba's Gigabeat F40 40GB player, which looks to be a good alternative to Apple's IPod. "Toshiba Gigabeat players are highly popular in Japan but have just recently been more readily available here in the US and have gain the interest of many audiophiles, thanks to their aggressive pricing and feature set. I've taken a look at a variety of MP3 players over the past years, some of which were truly impressive in terms of either design or feature set. For those, like me, who prefer... Read more...
Microsoft received a bit of good news earlier, as an appeals court ruling has barred people who bought their software directly from Microsoft, from filing suits for antitrust violations. This does not affect a previous case in which Microsoft has to pay more than $1 billion to settle other class-action suits. "In addition to claims of being overcharged, the plaintiffs in the case had claimed that they were harmed by the lack of competitive technologies that resulted from Microsoft's anticompetitive actions. However, both the appeals court and the earlier lower court ruling by Maryland District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz rejected their... Read more...
World Cyber Games said on Thursday that Microsoft Corp. has signed on as the premier sponsor for its global video game tournaments through 2008. Under the terms of the alliance, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Games for Windows business units will provide hardware, games and marketing support for all World Cyber Game events -- including three multi-region championships, the Korean and U.S. championships, and the grand finals in Monza, Italy, in October.  ... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting today, that AMD's legal team had Microsoft subpoenaed in their anti-trust lawsuit against rival Intel. In addition to information regarding Microsoft's decisions to develop 64-bit versions of Windows, AMD wants data regarding Microsoft's thoughts on AMD's viability and other technologies like Palladium and Le Grande. "Microsoft is also being subpoenaed to provide documents reflecting or discussing its decision to develop software for AMD's or Intel's 64-bit microprocessors, its development of such software for these CPUs, and the timing and schedule for development and release of this software."... Read more...
Originally tapped by Valve to work on Counter-Strike's AI, Turtle Rock Studios has been charged with continuously adding new content and fixing bugs with the popular online FPS. FiringSquad had a chance to sit down and discuss the game industry, online game distribution systems, and their thoughts on the FPS genre. "On the other hand, you have to harden yourself a bit against the very vocal and flammable minority of the CS community that hates everything you do. According to these folks, every release "ruins the game", every new map "sucks", and any new art that is added is "lame". They have been predicting the demise of Counter-Strike... Read more...
Microsoft Corp. warns of three "critical" security flaws in its Windows operating system that could allow attackers to take control of a computer. Microsoft, the world's top software company whose Windows operating system runs on 90 percent of the world's computers, issued patches to fix the problems as part of its monthly security bulletin. One of the critical vulnerabilities appears in some versions of Internet Explorer that could make it possible for an attacker to use the Web browser to take total control of a PC. The other two "critical" vulnerabilities were in the Windows operating system.... Read more...
If you're a 7800GT owner that's not ready to take the plunge and do a hardmod to raise the voltage on your video card, you can still raise it by using a simple BIOS update(softmod). NGOHQ has the file, and some forum discussion on the matter. "Not everybody knows how to perform a voltage mod. Today we're giving 7800GT users a small gift - this universal 7800GT BIOS image contains a small voltage mod of 0.1v in 3D mode, meaning you will be able to overclock your 7800GT even higher." Be really, really careful when doing this mod though. Most of the time, even just overclocking your card can void the warranty, not to mention actually changing the BIOS. The reward is a faster card, but... Read more...
ATI Starts Spring Off With A Bang -- Enter the "Spring Loaded CrossFire" contest to win great ATI prizes From April 4th to May 15, 2006 hardcore gamers will have the chance to win one of nine CrossFire prize packs featuring two Radeon graphics cards, an Asus motherboard and three fantastic game titles. To enter, just visit www.ati.com/springloaded. Six winners selected will receive one (1) prize package consisting of the following: - ATI Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB PCI Express graphics card - ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition 512MB PCI Express card - ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe motherboard - Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2 - Guild Wars: Factions - Ghost Recon: Advance War Fighter Three winners... Read more...
AMDZone has posted a listing of the dates for AMD's tech tour with Microsoft. The event kicks off in Burlington, Mass on May 1st, and ends in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 29th. Is it heading to your town?... Read more...
Today Microsoft has announced they will provide technical support for running Linux distributions with Windows using their Virtual Server 2005 R2 software. They've also made Virtual Server 2005 R2 a free download, where as they used to charge a fee based on the amount of physical processors.""We've made a long-term commitment to make sure that non-Windows operating systems can be run in a supported manner, both on top of Virtual Server and our future virtualization products," said Zane Adam, director of Windows Server product marketing, in a statement."No joke, it's April 3rd.... Read more...
Featuring two 120mm fans, a tool free design, and a few other great features, Gigabyte's Poseidon case could make it's way to your shopping list very soon. Gigabyte received excellent reviews for their 3D Aurora case which was released last year, and as Hardware Zone explains, it seems Gigabyte has produced another winner. "Following its successful entry into the competitive casing arena, Gigabyte hopes to sustain the momentum with two new series launched simultaneously early this month. We managed to get our hands on the higher end series, the Poseidon and here's what we felt."... Read more...
PC Magazine has published some information regarding Toshiba's first entry into the gaming-specific notebook market. With Dell's XPS line and the recent acquisition of Alienware (one of the pioneers of gaming notebooks), it is hardly surprising to see other major notebook vendors taking notice and reacting. Armed with the unannounced GeForce Go 7900 GS, a 17" LCD, and a surprisingly light 7.2lb weight this notebook will certainly warrant the attention of LAN gamers and mobile gamers alike. Toshiba is the first company to unveil nVidia's latest GeForce Go 7900 GS 3D graphics chip. This privilege used to be reserved solely for Dell, who,... Read more...
Toshiba USA has said it will be delaying the launch of the first HD DVD players until April - a month later than planned. The official reason given is that it wants to synchronise the debut of the HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players with the release of a number of movie titles.At January's Consumer Electronics Show Toshiba said it would launch HD DVD in March. The new machines, to be priced at $500 and $800 respectively, will be much cheaper than the $1,000 starting price for the rival Blu-Ray format. Originally, the HD DVD format was due to be launched in the fourth quarter of last year. Toshiba is not giving a precise date for the launch of the HD DVD players. On 18 April, however, Time Warner's Warner... Read more...
Lycos announced Lycos Phone on Monday, adding free multimedia-enhanced VOIP communications as a key part of its portal infrastructure. The Lycos Phone service will allow users free PC-to-PC communications to any other Lycos Phone user, consistent with other PC-to-PC applications, like eBay's Skype. However, Lycos has gone a step further and will also provide users with a free U.S. phone number, so that callers can dial in and talk to a Lycos customer on his desktop or laptop computer.... Read more...
Consumers about to face a confusing and expensive choice between two conflicting standards for high-definition DVDs will face further costs to upgrade their entertainment systems if they want to enjoy all the benefits of the new movie players. Hollywood and electronics makers have aligned themselves behind two warring formats called Blu-ray, led by Sony Corp., and HD DVD, championed by Toshiba Corp., which on Thursday said it may delay its launch from late March to mid-April. "I don't think all the challenges and costs of next-generation DVDs have been realized by consumers yet," analyst Paul-Jon McNealy of American Technology Research said.... Read more...
REDMOND, Wash., March 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM), the next generation of the Windows(R) client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007. Windows Vista will deliver great value to businesses by seamlessly connecting people to information, enabling increased mobile and remote productivity, significantly reducing deployment and support costs, and providing a more secure and compliant desktop platform. For consumers, Windows Vista will... Read more...
Now here is a swank piece of hardware, folks. Madshrimps just posted a review of Zalman's sleek HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure. I'm not even going to go into detail, just check out this enclosure and be prepared to want to build a home theater PC immediately. "With the HD160 Zalman is expanding their product range, this HTPC enclosure is of high quality and aims to deliver a good balance between cooling and noise generation; it has support for full size ATX motherboards, and comes with a VFD display and Windows Media Center remote control."... Read more...
Intel Boosts Energy Efficient Performance With First Dual-Core Low-Voltage Intel Xeon Processor HILLSBORO, Ore., March 14, 2006 – Intel Corporation is outfitting server, storage and telecommunications equipment makers with a new ingredient for squeezing more performance out of space– and power–constrained environments. It is the first low–voltage Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor to combine dual–core technology with Intel's innovative power management capabilities, helping to boost energy–efficient price/performance with up to two to four times the performance–per–watt of previous Intel Xeon processors and platforms.** The historical need for raw computing... Read more...
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