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Velocity Micro Gamer's Edge 1500 Evaluation @ HardOCP: "We chose the Gamer's Edge 1500 because yours truly is addicted to Battlefield 2 and can barely stand having only 1GB of memory (and 512MB is unthinkable). Therefore, we ordered the 1500 instead, and we did not change one part. I think that if Velocity Micro is going to put their best foot forward in their initial configuration, and bill it as the best value gaming configuration available for $1500, then we should test it exactly as it is configured." Biostar I945P-A7 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D: "The I945P-A7 is currently Biostar's sole Intel 945P-based motherboard. It only offers a little more than a standard 945P board,... Read more...
Good morning all. Did everyone have a nice weekend? I hope so. I spent most of my weekend building up and tinkering with a new test rig that'll get abused for an upcoming article. Can't tell you much about it just yet though! :)  I can tell you about the news though, which has been flowing in at a steady clip all weekend.  Check it out...  An Update on Crossfire Limitations @ PenStar Systems: "On a standard video card, like the Radeon X800 series, the chip itself has two internal RAMDACs running at 400 MHz (for higher end cards), as well as a TMDS that runs at 165 MHz which can power LCD's up to 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz using reduced blanking techniques. Higher end cards can utilize... 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...
Tonight, a little article from The Tech Zone appeared in the news box... Life without the Internet? Could I do it? Could you? To some degree, it would be all right. The boredom would be horrendous... and you know, no news. Actually I have gone without the internet for extended periods of time, unfortunately my cable company didn't really give me a choice. Goodnight all, enjoy the news. Coming Attraction: Intel(R) Viiv™ Technology Intel Unveils New Platform Brand for Digital Entertainment in the Home   INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2005 - A new kind of personal computer (PC) will premiere in homes early next year when Intel Corporation introduces Intel(R) Viiv™... Read more...
Hey everyone. As promised, the F.E.A.R. single player demo has arrived. You can download the 645MB demo from Filerush, 3D Gamers, FileShack, and FilePlanet. Pretty much any site with the word "file" in it. I'll post my impressions later on. Until then, please enjoy the news. OCZ PC2-6400 Gold Series @ Bytesector "Today, I will be taking a look at their second-best DDR2-800 memory modules, also known as their Gold Series. While these modules sport a nice 800MHz module speed, the latency timings take away from the potential performance for 800MHz modules. Regardless of the timings, these modules showed some fairly good performance." How To Remove Adware And Spyware @ The TechZone... Read more...
Gamers take notice! Many of you may recall the legal battle between Valve and Vivendi, with Valve's child, Steam, in the middle. Well all of that is over and done with, but the questioned still remained as to who would be the next to distribute Valve's products. Now we know(and knowing is half the battle - GI Joe), Valve has teamed up with, drum roll please... Electronic Arts(EA). Details and info on upcoming game packages can be found below, as well as your afternoon dose of news. EA AND VALVE TEAM UP TO DELIVER HALF LIFE TO GAMERS WORLDWIDE Redwood City, Calif. and Bellevue, WA – July 18, 2005 – Electronic Arts, the world's leading interactive entertainment company and Valve(R),... Read more...
High-End Buyer's Guide (Q2'05) @ TheTechLounge: "The goal of this guide is to outline an entire high-end computer system for around $3,000. This includes the internal hardware, input devices, monitor and speakers (everything but an OS). The components we have chosen for this system are what we consider to be great products with the best bang for the buck. Depending on your individual needs, you may prefer to swap out different components in order to focus more on gaming, multimedia or multitasking. While we will recommend specific components throughout the article, we will also point out some options that you may want to consider as well." 2005 AMD/Microsoft Tech Tour Coverage @ The... Read more...
LG LRY-517 VCR/DVD Recorder Combo Review @ Designtechnica: "The LG LRY517 Super-Multi DVD recorder not only raises the bar for stand-alone DVD recorders, but with the integrated VCR and memory card slots, it runs away with it. Whether you are transferring old family movie tapes to DVDs, copying new digital camcorder recordings to DVD, recording your favorite TV programs, or displaying photos or DviX movies from a memory card or CD, the LRY517 will be the tool of choice. " Biostar's iDEQ 330P small form factor system @ The Tech Report: "Biostar's iDEQ 330P is the latest small form factor system to offer something a little different. Based on a 939-pin Athlon 64 socket and NVIDIA... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm in a bit of a rush at the moment, so please excuse the lack of chat as I get right to the news. Oh, wait! Before you check out the articles below, if your one of the lucky people to own a 7800GTX, well a Leadtek 7800GTX that is, then make sure to head on over to their download page and get the new 7800 GTX bios that increases the core to 450MHz and the memory to 625MHz(Thanks Bjorn3d). Heh, so much for the lack of chat :) Enjoy! AMD vs. Intel; The Legal Challenge @ CoolTechZone "Yesterday it turned out to be the most widely anticipated day in the microprocessor realm. AMD finally filed an antitrust complaint against its archrival Intel, the world's largest chipmaker. Regardless... Read more...
Hey folks, I just got back from the new Batman movie and I was fairly impressed. Not nearly as cartoonish as the previous ones, and it gets back to what I love most about Batman... no special powers, no back-up forces, just some crazy rich guy in a cape with a cool car. That's a real super hero! Anyway, here's the news: Desktop DDR3 Modules Ready for Retail in 12 Months @ CoolTechZone "Manufacturers are finally being optimistic about DDR2 sales, and DDR2 has been through various speed steps to actually be a worthwhile standard with Intel platform with 1066MHz system bus. Although the market appears to be optimistic, DDR2 sales aren't nearly anywhere close to what manufacturers might expect... Read more...
Hey everyone, here's the last bit of news for the night. Please excuse the lack of chatter, I'm about ready to pass out... after a bowl of lucky charms :) Good night. Niveus Media Center Now Available at Select Audio/Video Retailers Now Available at select Audio/Video retailers; the Niveus Media Center – Denali Edition with HDTV, featuring Windows (R) XP (R) Media Center Edition 2005 and the Niveus A/V-style chassis. Santa Clara, CA, 16 June 2005 – Niveus Media, Inc., manufacturer of media entertainment devices for the high-end audio/video market , has announced that its Denali Edition media center based on the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system is now available... Read more...
Good afternoon all! The news has been flowing in at a steady clip today, so we've got a decent amount of the good stuff to get posted. Our colleagues over at Beyond3D have an interesting article posted outlining ATI's Xenos GPU, which will be found in the XBox 360 and the [H] has posted their first full-system review. Here are some links and quotes for you all...  ATI Xenos: XBOX 360 Graphics Demystified @ Beyond3D: "As each of the three shader ALU arrays is a separate array there is no dependency between one another so what programs are being executed on them at any one point in time is completely independent - at a snapshot in time they could, potentially, all be vertex processing,... Read more...
NVIDIA Corporation is pleased to announce that Microsoft Corporation has released a software update that enables NVIDIA PureVideo" decode acceleration of Microsoft Windows Media High Definition Video (WMV-HD) content in Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 with NVIDIA GeForce" 6 Series video cards. NVIDIA PureVideo" technology a combination of NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series graphics processing units (GPUs), NVIDIA ForceWare" software drivers, and advanced algorithms is among the first technologies to take advantage of this feature with its WMV-HD decode acceleration. With WMV-HD decode acceleration, NVIDIA PureVideo technology can offload video decoding from the CPU onto the GPU, giving users up to 40%... Read more...
Good morning everyone :) Whether your waking up on the west coast, or having lunch on the east coast, grab yourself a coffee and enjoy tales of overclocking and digital photography. Check back later for more of the news you love. Possible Doom for Mac OS X on x86 @ CoolTechZone "Apple's recent collaboration with Intel to use its microprocessors surged a great deal of interest throughout the industry. Though there are several arguments spanning the market currently, one thing is certain – Apple has stated it will not let users install Mac OS X on non-proprietary hardware, even though the CPU will fully comply with x86 architecture. The only apparent way for Apple to achieve that is... Read more...
Today we learned about an error within our ATi CrossFire article that frankly was the result of some misinformation provided to us by ATi regarding AA image quality comparisons. Please check out our update here and draw your own conclusions.  We hope this update serves as a reminder to always take vendor-provided information with a grain of salt, as we've stated numerous times in this article and many times in the past in previous articles, especially launch "previews" where we do not have access to hardware for our own testing purposes. What fun for a Friday... Best Regards, Dave Altavilla Editor In Chief... Read more...
Hey folks, how goes it? I'm sure some of you haven't had time to look up on any Computex coverage, so if your interested, check out parts 1, 2, and 3, of Hardware Zone's coverage. And if your in the market for a new notebook, check out Andrew's review of the Compaq Presario V4000. Goodnight! The Technology Behind Dual Core CPUs @ PCStats "In this article, PCSTATS is going to focus on both company's versions of this technology, how it works, and the kind of performance boost you can expect from it. Currently only certain of AMD's Opteron server-class processors are available with dual cores, but very shortly AMD will release the Athlon 64 X2 line of dual-core desktop processors. Intel has... Read more...
Good morning folks!  Long time no see.  I apologize for my extended absence.  Can you believe that was the longest I've been away from HotHardware for over 6 years!  But I have a good excuse - I was on my Honeymoon!  Adrienne and I tied the not on May 14, 2005 and then we hopped on a plane for a couple of weeks in Antigua.  What a great experience.  Sun, sand, sea, another "S" word, and lots of relaxation.  Right now though, it's time to get back in the saddle and bare down for some work.  To be honest, I missed it! ATI and AMD Drive the Market for Dual Core Leadership Radeon Xpress 200 provides broad support for the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core... Read more...
Hey folks. We got a special update for you here, introducing ATI's CrossFire Graphics technology from HIS. And yes, pictures are included :) HIS introduces HIS X850 / X800 CrossFire Edition "The ultimate multi-GPU PCIe graphics solution" Hong Kong, Tuesday, May 31, 2005 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) today announced the introduction of the HIS X850 / X800 CrossFire Edition. Pairing up with existing X850 or X800 series graphic card, HIS CrossFire edition is the ultimate multi-GPU consumer graphics solution, igniting an entirely new gaming experience with the power of multiple GPUs within a single a PC. HIS CrossFire accelerates all your games, all the time, and delivers... Read more...
We've posted a preview of ATi's new CrossFire Multi-GPU platform technology tonight.  Will ATi give NV SLI a run for it's money?   Tonight we show a glimpse of CrossFire here and look to release of the hardware for testing later this month!... Read more...
At this year's E3 show ATi was discretely showing their new multi-GPU rendering technology which until now has been held under wraps of the standard NDA embargos we've come to know and love here in the industry.  Last week we were given a full briefing on the technology by the ATi team and were told sometime in the month of June, product should be available in the retail channel.  However for now, we can give you full details on the features and underlying technology in ATi's new CrossFire products with this pre-launch showcase, which we will follow-up of course, with a full performance preview once we get product in our lab for hands-on testing. ATi CrossFire Technical Overview ATi... Read more...
How To Work With Your Digital Camera's Histogram @ The Tech Zone: "While teaching a recent photography workshop, an older fellow in the back of the room raised his hand. He said, "I just bought me a new toy and she's a beauty! But I can't figure out how to make the hysterectomy work?" Fortunately, my student wasn't describing a woman. He was talking about how to pull up the histogram on his new Nikon digital camera. His confusion is not unusual. When I use my digital cameras around film people, one of the first things they see and ask about is the histogram. They want to know what it is, and how should they use it." Koolance EXOS-2 Self Contained Computer Water Cooler @ HardOCP:... Read more...
AMD expands Mobile Athlon 64 line-up, more competition for Intel's Centrino: See Press Release Below: SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- April 14, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today again demonstrated its leadership in 64-bit mobile computing with the introduction of the Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processor 3700 for full-size notebooks. Based on the award-winning AMD64 technology, this new mobile processor enables a powerful 32-bit computing experience today with a seamless transition to 64-bit computing. The Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3700 also offers Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP), an advanced security feature designed to prevent the spread of certain malicious viruses when enabled by Microsoft Windows XP... Read more...
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