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For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change. Intel's Bay Trail and Merrifield SoCs are starting to show up in attractive, full-featured, sub-$200 devices, and we've got one of them on the test bench today, the Acer Iconia Tab 8, along with a competing tablet from Dell that we've shown you previously, the new for 2014 Dell Venue 8... Android... Read more...
We’re currently at the Intel Developers Forum checking out all of the technology being showcase by Intel and its partners. Just in case you’ve missed our coverage from earlier in the day amidst all of the Apple news, we’ve got video of Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich on stage demoing RealSense posted here, in addition to news regarding Intel’s new Android Development Platform for tablets, and the first ever live-demo of the company’s next-gen Skylake platform, next-year’s follow-up to Broadwell, running 3DMark. Intel Broadwell-Based, 12.5" Tablet As if that wasn’t enough Intel-news for one day, we just got the scoop on some actual benchmarks run... Read more...
We're not going to beat around the bush, here. BioShock Infinite is game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, gorgeous environments I've ever seen -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while it pushes that framework's capabilities into the stratosphere, there's a clear difference between BioShock Infinite and, say, Crysis 3. It's a testament to Ken Levine and the artistic team at Irrational Games that the gap feels like a stylistic choice rather than a technological limitation... Definitive Bioshock Infinite Review with Benchmarks... Read more...
We're not going to beat around the bush, here. BioShock Infinite is game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, gorgeous environments I've ever seen -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while it pushes that framework's capabilities into the stratosphere, there's a clear difference between BioShock Infinite and, say, Crysis 3. It's a testament to Ken Levine and the artistic team at Irrational Games that the gap feels like a stylistic choice rather than a technological limitation. Crysis 3 is a triumph of texturing and structural detail. BioShock Infinite... Read more...
If you've been itching for a game to showcase a new video card, or to rub in the faces of your friends, with their 2005-2006 Xbox 360s and PS3s, Far Cry 3 is that game. It eschews the space-gray corridors or military battlefields of other franchises for the lush tropical environments the Far Cry series is famous for, and the game absolutely shines. After years of cooling our heels as publishers delivered console titles for DirectX 9-era hardware, the game is a welcome breath of fresh air. We've put together a comprehensive look at the game, from performance benchmarks to how it plays and whether or not it's worth your gaming dollar... Far Cry 3 Benched, Reviewed, and Served Well Done... Read more...
If you've been itching for a game to showcase a new video card, or to rub in the faces of your friends, with their 2005-2006 Xbox 360s and PS3s, Far Cry 3 is that game. It eschews the space-gray corridors or military battlefields of other franchises for the lush tropical environments the Far Cry series is famous for, and the game absolutely shines. After years of cooling our heels as publishers delivered console titles for DirectX 9-era hardware, the game is a welcome breath of fresh air. We've put together a comprehensive look at the game, from performance benchmarks to how it plays and whether or not it's worth your gaming dollar. Graphics: Far Cry 3 is an enormous, open-world game. Most reviews... Read more...
In this latest episode of the HotHardware Video Podcast, Marco, Dave and Iyaz chat about AMD's upcoming low-power Zacate APU for netbooks and thin-and-light notebooks, NVIDIA's brand new flagship GeForce GTX 580 GPU, content blocking on GoogleTV from the major networks (and potential hacks and workarounds), and we also take a look back at hard drive performance over the last decade and a half to see how far things progressed over the years. We’re also still looking for entries in the “Name our Podcast” contest—check out the video for some discussion on a few of our current favorite entries... Show Notes: 00:26 - AMD's Low Power Fusion APU: Zacate Unveiled 04:07 - Marco’s... Read more...
We first laid our hands on the Classified SR-2 at CES 2010 and were recently given the opportunity to take one for a spin around the lab. While preparing to test the board, however, a couple of important points led us in a somewhat different direction than a straight-up motherboard review. The EVGA Classified SR-2’s requirements are unlike any other desktop motherboard you’ve seen to date. And to meet those requirements meant reeling in some other exciting hardware in its own right. On the pages ahead, not only will we be checking out the EVGA Classified SR-2, but we’ll be showcasing a pair of the most powerful processors currently on the market, along with the only 6-Channel... Read more...
Every once in a while a product comes along that really gets us worked into a frenzy. Typically, the latest and greatest processors and graphics cards generate a lot of buzz around here, but some other components aren’t always as enticing for one reason or another, like motherboards for example. Don’t get us wrong, we love a great enthusiast-class motherboard with a ton of features as much as the next guy, but the majority of them just don’t have the appeal of new CPU or GPU. There are exceptions, of course. Most recently, a number of Asus’ RoG, Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable, and MSI’s Big Bang boards come to mind. And looking back boards like the legendary Abit... Read more...
AMD is poised to release a new Catalyst drive package, v10.6, that incorporates a number of new features and performance enhancements. While there are a handful of game-specific performance enhancements, it's the new video-related features that are potentially the most interesting. Here is a breakdown of the new features available in the Catalyst 10.6 display driver release, snapped directly from the release notes: GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms... Read more...
Way back in November of 2007, AMD unveiled all of the components of the "Spider" platform, which consisted of a Phenom processor, 700-series chipset-based motherboard, and Radeon HD 3800 series graphics. A little over a year later, in January of 2009, AMD completed a refresh of their total platform and dubbed it "Dragon". Similarly, the Dragon platform consisted of an all-AMD processor, chipset, and GPU combo, but this time the Phenom II, a revamped 700-series chipset with a new southbridge, and Radeon HD 4800 series graphics were at the heart of the platform. Do you see a pattern forming, here?If you recalled AMD's platform roll-out plans for the last few years, the new "Leo" platform we'll... Read more...
Way back in November of 2007, AMD unveiled all of the components of the "Spider" platform, which consisted of a Phenom processor, 700-series chipset-based motherboard, and Radeon HD 3800 series graphics. A little over a year later, in January of 2009, AMD completed a refresh of their total platform and dubbed it "Dragon". Similarly, the Dragon platform consisted of an all-AMD processor, chipset, and GPU combo, but this time the Phenom II, a revamped 700-series chipset with a new southbridge, and Radeon HD 4800 series graphics were at the heart of the platform. Do you see a pattern forming, here? If you recalled AMD's platform roll-out plans for the last few years, the new "Leo" platform... Read more...
Devil Mountain Software has been featured in IDG articles before, as a firm that offers performance testing based on its Exo Performance Network (XPNet). Nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that one of IDG's writers, Randall Kennedy, is actually the CEO of Devil Mountain Software, although he made up an alter-ego to cover his tracks. While that's already a source of concern for those who want performance data that is valid, truthful, and uncompromised (like HH readers), there's a secondary concern: just how valid is DMS' data?This whole story is somewhat reminiscent of the scandal that embroiled the New York Times, with Jayson Blair, who actually made up stories, you might recall.  How... Read more...
AMD is launching a bevy of new processors today, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers, looking to save a few bucks on the their next PC build. The new processors differ from previous offerings in their respective product families in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, but all are based on existing architectures and technology.The new line-up of processors AMD is introducing today consists of the following products... Phenom II X2 555  -  $99 Athlon II X4 635  -  $119 Athlon II X3 440  -  $84 Athlon II X2 255  -  $74 Phenom II X4 910e  -  $169 We decided to take the 3.2GHz Phenom II X2 555 and 2.9GHz Athlon II X4 635... Read more...
AMD is launching a bevy of new processors today, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers, looking to save a few bucks on the their next PC build. The new processors differ from previous offerings in their respective product families in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, but all are based on existing architectures and technology.The new line-up of processors AMD is introducing today consists of the following products... Phenom II X2 555 - $99 Athlon II X4 635 - $119 Athlon II X3 440 - $84 Athlon II X2 255 - $74 Phenom II X4 910e - $169 We decided to take the 3.2GHz Phenom II X2 555 and 2.9GHz Athlon II X4 635 for a spin and have their performance results posted on the... Read more...
I’ve recently built up two midrange Core i7 based systems, which I discuss on my blog at Improbable Insights. One is based on Bloomfield, more specifically, the popular (among performance enthusiasts, anyway) Core i7 920. The other is the new Lynnfield-based Core i7 860. What’s interesting is the similarity in pricing between the two systems. I’ll talk about the individual system builds, but I also want to explore why you might build one type of system over the other. These systems are similar, but don’t have identical components (motherboards obviously differ.) But they are good case studies into what to think about when building a system that has some legs. Both CPUs are priced identically... Read more...
I’ve recently built up two midrange Core i7 based systems, which I discuss on my blog at Improbable Insights. One is based on Bloomfield, more specifically, the popular (among performance enthusiasts, anyway) Core i7 920. The other is the new Lynnfield-based Core i7 860. What’s interesting is the similarity in pricing between the two systems. I’ll talk about the individual system builds, but I also want to explore why you might build one type of system over the other.These systems are similar, but don’t have identical components (motherboards obviously differ.) But they are good case studies into what to think about when building a system that has some legs.Both CPUs are priced identically... Read more...
A common concern with the current crop of Solid State Drives is the performance penalty associated with block-rewriting. The flash memory used on today's SSDs is comprised of cells that usually contain 4KB pages that are arranged in blocks of 512KB. When a cell is unused, data can be written to it relatively quickly. But if a cell already contains some data--no matter how little, even if it fills only a single page in the block--the entire block must be re-written. That means, whatever data is already present in the block must be read, then it must be combined or replaced, etc. with the new additional data, and the entire block is then re-written. As you can surmise, this process takes much longer... Read more...
OCZ recently expanded its lineup of DDR2 memory to include new high-speed 4GB kits that will operate and excel at low voltages. These latest kits provide enthusiasts with a way to achieve breakneck frequencies without exceeding 1.8V. OCZ plans to release the low-voltage DDR2 kits under the high-end Blade and Platinum series. Read on for full details in the press release. OCZ Technology Group Unveils New High Performance DDR2 Memory Solutions with Emphasis on Lower Power Requirements OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, expanded their lineup of DDR2 to include new high-speed 4GB kits qualified to operate and excel at low voltages.... Read more...
Corsair announced the new Corsair Cooling range of advanced cooling solutions for Dominator and Dominator GT modules. The new cooling solutions use the Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 water-block and Ice Series T30 thermo-electric cooler. This technology can cool memory to below room temperature and provide enhanced overclocking performance. The Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 is a high performance anodized aluminum water-block that is capable of cooling up to six Dominator or Dominator GT modules. The Corsair Cooling Ice Series T30 features a thermo-electric cooler capable of cooling memory up to 20°C below ambient temperature. By combining the H30 with the T30, users will enjoy even higher... Read more...
Today we take a look at Asus’ N10Jc Netbook – a netbook with a bit more juice going on under the hood versus the standard fare. Based on Intel’s Atom N270 processor and sporting a switchable, discrete NVIDIA graphics engine to bolster multimedia performance and provide some level of gaming capability, the N10Jc is a standout netbook to be sure.  ... Read more...
ASUS is one of the key drivers of the netbook arena, at least in the sense that they are often the first to bring new features and platforms to market. Not only did they launch the very first commercially available netbook, the Eee PC 701, they can also lay claim to having the first Intel Atom powered notebook, the Eee PC 900A, as well as the first 10" netbook, the Eee PC 1000. Since the first Eee PC hit the market just over a year ago, we have seen a relatively constant stream of new products flow out of the Eee PC team at ASUS; both a blessing and a curse. Oddly, ASUS has actually been criticized for their massive, burgeoning netbook product line. In a period of about a year, they have released... Read more...
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