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AGEIA PhysX SDK for PLAYSTATION 3, Optimized for Cell Processor, to be Available on March 31st Multithreaded AGEIA PhysX SDK Version 2.4 Offers Fully Parallelized Performance on PLAYSTATION 3 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- March 21, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that the latest version of AGEIA PhysX SDK version 2.4 will become available to registered PLAYSTATION 3 game content developers on March 31, 2006. The AGEIA PhysX SDK is highly recognized for its extensive physics functionality and multithreading capabilities, which are uniquely suited for the multicore architecture of the Cell processor adopted on PLAYSTATION 3. The latest... Read more...
Network media players have been making huge waves in the mainstream community, and ThinkCE.net got their hands on a slick little player called the Slim Devices Squeezebox. This handy little device allows you enjoy music from the comfort of your living room, even when your computer is off!Media, over the past few years all different types have been flooding our lives, from music to video we see it everyday. There are services to download music and video now. We have MP3 players and media players. This past year we have seen the introduction of network media players. These players are very big and most of them do not support wireless networks. Well today we are going to take a look at a network... Read more...
Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel Next–Generation Enterprise Platforms Architectural Innovation through Powerful and Energy–Efficient Multi–core Platforms NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 – Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership. "2006 marks a year of transitions for Intel –– a transition to a new process technology and a powerful new microarchitecture, along with the delivery of new platforms solving tough problems for our customers," said... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces Enhanced Latency PC-3200 Platinum XTC Modules Sunnyvale, CA—March 2, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of PC-3200 Platinum 1024MB XTC and PC-3200 Platinum Revision 2 XTC. The launch of the new series will meet the needs of today's high-end system builders, gamers and enthusiasts who seek high performance DDR400 memory solutions. The PC-3200 Platinum XTC will be available in 1024MB (1GB) modules and 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits with exceptional CL timings of 2-3-2-5. The PC-3200 Platinum Revision 2 XTC will be available in a 1GB (2x512MB) dual channel... Read more...
SFF vendor Shuttle is spreading word that the company will be introducing a new SFF platform that is even smaller than their conventional XPC systems. Aimed squarely at the living room, it is likely that these new systems will place a large emphasis on aesthetics and low-noise such that the PC belnds nicely with the other home theater components in the room. Unfortunately, no significant details have been shared thus far, though we imagine the rumor mill will be coming up to speed shortly."We have introduced the world's first SFF PC five years ago and thus have invented the small form factor. The time to set another milestone has arrived: a new form-factor will help Shuttle to make the new Shuttle... Read more...
Hey All. I just wanted to let you know that NVIDIA has just released two new sets of drivers for the nForce 4 SLIX16 chipset. One set is for Windows 2000/XP and the other is for Windows XP Pro x64. They can be download from here: Platform/nForce Drivers > nForce4 AMD/Intel x16 > Windows XP Platform/nForce Drivers > nForce4 AMD/Intel x16 > Windows XP Professional x64... Read more...
Two cores, one die, and possibly longer battery life? That's Intel's claim on their new notebook technology. Hardware Zone dedicates five pages to help explain how Intel's latest offering is better than anything before it. "Timing is everything when it comes to marketing, and none the more appreciative of perfect timing than the biggest name in the I.T. industry, Intel Corporation. Intel grabbed headlines everywhere when it effected a new 'Intel. Leap ahead.' brand identity on the 3rd of January 2006 that sought to position the Intel name around a platform model focusing on four key market segments - digital home, enterprise, health and mobile.... Read more...
Without question, there is seemingly an endless number of music fans with a massive collection of songs and albums. Unfortunately, managing these impressive collections can be tedious at the very least, to downright appalling for larger compilations of music. Traditionally, music fans were forced to stockpile their collection of CD's in racks or protective folders. Although these methods served their purpose well, it was difficult to bring that collection of music with you. With the dawn of MP3's, the world soon began storing these accumulations of music on PC's. Armed with massive hard drives and competent ripping software, entire racks of CD's soon became neatly stockpiled on PC's. Despite... Read more...
Starting in March, Toshiba plans on shipping HD-DVD drives, making them the first commercial introduction of HD-DVD.  Sony plans to introduce rival Blu-Ray drives in the Summer.  Blu-Ray has garnered growing support in recent weeks and months, but this fight is far from over.  Pricing for HD-DVD are not for the squeamish at $799 and $499 for two models while Blu-Ray pricing is still uncertain. "Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Thursday it will start selling high-definition players that support its HD DVD format in the United States in March -- the first commercial launch of the next-generation product in the world."... Read more...
While Asustek and Everlight have been tight lipped about it, Digitimes states a Chinese newspaper is reporting that Asustek will start offering a new 12.1-inch notebook that utilizes Everlight's white LED display technology.  The report also states that sales of the new notebook may start as early as next month.  Sony, Fujitsu and Toshiba all offer notebooks with white LED displays, making Asustek the fourth major reseller to sign on.In addition to Asustek, Everlight is currently in product verifications for panel backlight-use white LEDs with two unspecified notebook makers, with notebook display sizes ranging from 12.1-inch to 15.1-inch widescreen, industry sources hinted. Everlight... Read more...
And I thought our little shop here at HotHardware had some hot-stuff hardware capacity coming on line with our new fancy-pants Dual 3GHz Xeon front end web box.  Google on the other hand likes to throw a few thousand Opterons at a time at the situations and own the backbone connection as well.  Oofaa..."The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the... Read more...
  Last month we took a look at two recent sets of memory from Corsair and Kingston that were pushing DDR2 technology ahead, offering higher clock speeds and lower latencies to complement leading edge motherboard technologies.  Each set did very well in our benchmarks, offering up premium peformance with solid stability. But, besides death and taxes, the only other constant in this world is that the speed of most PC components increase every six months or so.  While Kingston was the first to reach the 750MHz barrier with their HyperX KHX6000D2K2/1G memory, we now have faster sets on the market, including today's entry from OCZ Technology, a 1GB set of 800MHz rated DDR2 called the... Read more...
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...
Hey folks, we're posting the final roundup of articles today. Goodnight all, enjoy the news. GIGABYTE GA-8I945P Pro Motherboard @ Techniz "The GA-8I945P Pro was featuring the new Intel(R) 945P Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including the DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, and Serial-ATA 2 interface for improving storage performance. The motherboard itself has a lot of built in features such as Gigabit LAN, RAID, and 7.1 channel sound. Besides that, it comes with a good bundle of software." Edifier e3100 Speaker Review @ Ninjalane "In this review we will be looking at a mainstream... Read more...
Hey folks, we've got the last reviews of the night ready for you. Goodnight all! Thermalright SI-120 Heatsink @ SystemCooling "The new Thermalright SI-120 heatsink is a redesigned XP-120 that offers greater motherboard compatibility while still accommodating a 120mm fan of your choice. In fact, Thermalright claims the SI-120 will fit all known Intel P4 and AMD K8 motherboards (at least they haven't found one yet it didn't fit). The SI-120 incorporates five heat pipes to transfer heat out of the copper base into a large array of aluminum fins (just like the original XP-120)." Neoseeker Thermaltake Golden Orb II @ Neoseeker "The cooler has a fairly manageable 120mm diameter but weighs... Read more...
We're back folks, and it's time for a news roundup. We've been pretty busy this weekend, well, not so much for me... it's hard to consider a weekend long 21st birthday celebration as being busy. But now it's Sunday night, the suds are gone, and I've sobered up enough to deliver you the news. Let's get to it... Plasma Displays: An Overview @ CoolTechZone "Since the day television was invented, TV technology has certainly been refined quite a bit, but the core concept has remained the same. Even today most of the televisions are built on the age old Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) technology which no doubt has been modified to make bigger, better screens to give a larger crisper picture and subsequently,... Read more...
Hey folks, it's way past my bedtime so enjoy the news while I enjoy my sleep :) Goodnight! VL System M-Play 202 Media Center VFD @ ExtremeMHz "It seems my running stretch of HTPC-oriented reviews is not quite over yet...VL Systems just dropped their hot new M-Play 202 Media Center VFD onto our review bench! This device is squarely aimed at the build it yourself crowd, and comes with two items that any HTPC enthusiast would want in a new build – a remote and VFD display. VL System has seemingly combined the two in a slick one stop solution, but is it good enough for your rig? Read on and find out!" Intel reveals details of new CPU design @ Tech Report "At 14 stages, the main... Read more...
Logitech PlayGear Pocket PSP Case Review @ The TechZone: "The stylish Logitech PlayGear Pocket case is designed to protect your Sony PSP against wear and tear, scratches and bumps. The case is made from a virtually indestructible polycarbonate shell and allows for complete accessibility to all the Sony PSP functions. The versatile case lid flips up and out of the way, allowing gamers to use the PSP without removing it from the case, and still protect their portable game machine. The lid's tension hinge allows it to rotate and stay open at any angle; it can serve as a sun visor for outdoor game play or as a tabletop stand for hands-free viewing of videos or listening to music. The PlayGear... Read more...
Hey everyone, here's your afternoon dose of news. I need to suck down a couple coffees and head out, so let's get to it... Dual-core-capable Pentium platforms compared @ The Tech Report "Intel's dual-core chips may be cheap, but they won't plug into just any LGA775 motherboard. The processors require a chipset from Intel's 955/945 family or NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, so upgrading is more involved than simply buying a new CPU. Fortunately, motherboard manufacturers have flocked to Intel and NVIDIA's new chipsets, so there's no shortage of dual-core-compatible motherboards from which to choose." BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC Review @ nVnews | HH Perspective "My review of the BFG... Read more...
Hey folks, I hope ya'll had a good weekend. I'm a little short on time, so I'll skip the chat and let you jump straight into the news. Enjoy! ASUS K8N-DL and Dual Opteron 252 @ LostCircuits "It still appears that one of the main problems AMD has been facing in the past, that is, great processors hampered by the lack of chipset support still rears its head, existing platforms are somewhat stale, bordering on obsolete technology. This is where nVidia's nForce4 Professional core logic aims to fill the void. Currently, less than a handful of boards are out there but we have secured one of them, namely the ASUS K8N-DL and run it through the paces. Several BIOS revisions later, we are still not... Read more...
The weekend is over, and apparently so is the nice weather. It's not a problem though, we've got some decent news to keep your eyes glued to the monitor. Let's see what Monday has to offer... Seagate 400GB Barracuda 7200.8 SATA Hard Disk @ Adrian's Rojak Pot "Size matters when it comes to hard disks. Bigger is always better. Everyone is always looking out for the biggest hard disk in the market. Today, we are going to take a close look at one of the biggest hard disks in the market - the Seagate 400GB Barracuda 7200.8 SATA hard disk! Check out why we consider it worthy of our Reviewer's Choice Award!" Review of the World's Smallest MP3 Player: MobiBlu DAH-1500 @ I4U "I got several... Read more...
SLI antialiasing debuts @ The Tech Report: "When ATI first announced its CrossFire multi-card graphics platform to the world in late May, the clever folks on the red team had a few interesting new twists to offer in their answer to NVIDIA's SLI. One of the more appealing features of the CrossFire platform was to be a "super antialiasing" mode, allowing two graphics cards to team up in order to produce higher quality antialiasing than available on a single card alone. We liked the idea, noting that "CrossFire rigs may provide image quality benefits even in games where fill rate and geometry throughput aren't normally at a premium." Since there are quite a few current games... Read more...
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