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Ever wonder what other HH readers might classify as a "good day"?  Some go fishing and the old adage applies, "even a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work".  Meanwhile others go flying.  And a good day flying is pretty great.  Check our Utah from a few thousand feet up at DerMeister's perspective...   Nice views Der.  Purple Mountains Majesty (and canyons too) - you can't beat it.... Read more...
With Microsoft's Windows Vista getting closer and closer to its final release, we're starting to see more support popping up for it. NVIDIA has given its users a head start by releasing a couple of different WHQL approved drivers on its site. Now available are the Vista x64 RC2 drivers, and the Vista x86 RC2 drivers for your downloading pleasure.... Read more...
Microsoft and Intel help System Builders get ready for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Intel Core 2 Duo processors REDMOND, Wash. - October 12, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced the Ready 2 Rock Road Show, a series of day-long, hands-on events designed to help system builders make the most of myriad business opportunities afforded them by new and innovative products and technologies from Microsoft and Intel. The road show, to be held in 23 cities across the U.S. and Canada, will help system builders be more competitive in the marketplace by providing the training and technical content they need to build and sell customized solutions based on the most powerful... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules Sunnyvale, CA-October 3, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the next addition to OCZ's line of NVIDIAR certified Platinum DDR2 memory modules. The new PC2-8500 series is SLIT certified ensuring ultimate breakthrough compatibility for advanced SLI platform performance. OCZ PC2-8500 Platinum modules operate at 1066MHz with 4-5-5 timings and are part of the certified NVIDIA SLI technology ecosystem compiled of a selection of "interoperable components," all of which elevate the standards of performance for enthusiasts and gamers when... Read more...
Six to nine months prior to the launch of Intel's Core 2 Duo product line, if you polled the average HotHardware.com reader, regarding their thoughts on an Intel 975X based motherboard, you might well have gotten a luke-warm reception.  Back then AMD's dual core Athlon 64 X2 and FX offerings were in full stride and NVIDIA's nForce 4 chipset found its way into many high-end Desktop systems.  On the contrary, no one would argue that Intel's 975X chipset was not without its own merits for die-hard Intel customers. Let's face it though, without a more efficient and capable CPU under the hood, Intel's market share in both processors and chipsets, was being whittled... Read more...
F.E.A.R. Combat is now ready for the world to download, allowing users to play F.E.A.R.'s retail Multiplayer mode for free. F.E.A.R. Combat contains all the maps and game modes from the retail version of fear, as well as the new maps released in yesterday's patch. Head on over to www.joinfear.com to register and obtain your free CD-Key, and download the large 1.76GB file. Multiple download sites are available, including a torrent file.... Read more...
Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display -- Shipping now, the New CMFUSBREADOUT in 1GB and 2GB capacities -- Fremont, CA (July 25, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive. The new USB Flash drive features a Bi-stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) showing data usage, availability and allowing for personalized ID or labeling. Joining the ever growing Corsair Flash product family, Corsair's Flash Readout USB drive has been designed for users who demand performance, aesthetics and advanced functionality in a small portable device. Offering... Read more...
Digitimes has reported that Chinese media are confirming Asustek Computer has been shipping production Playstation 3 gaming consoles in small volume since the beginning of July. The first consignment should result in roughly 4 million units in total with a significant amount remaining to ship before the console officially launches on November 11. This flies in the face of rampant rumors the last few months in which the maturity of the console was called into question and delays were claimed to be absolute. Fortunately for those dying with anticipation for this item, we'll all have the chance to have a Playstation 3 well in advance of the holidays. "After the first batch of PS3 shipments from... Read more...
For the average person, the workings of a computer and digital camera can be a bit mystifying and confusing. To combat this problem in the retail market, advertisers have been creating easy ways to judge the power of a product using fairly easy to understand terms like "Megahertz", and "Megapixel". The Megahertz rating system has been phased out for some time now, first starting with AMD and then with Intel following, but the problem with digital cameras remain. Thankfully Dan has some advice to give on shopping for the right camera. "Well, if you're shopping for an ordinary digicam, bear in mind that money spent on higher... Read more...
Movies have always featured computers that perform actions based on user voice commands. Although voice interfaces are still not common place in homes today, for many years software has been available for speech recognition. Anandtech has posted an intresting article, discussing all aspects of speed recognition software currently available for computers. Issues such as health consideration, software products, speech accuracy, and processor utilization are explained in detail. Why does any of this really matter? I mean, we're all basically familiar with using keyboards and mice, and they seem to get the job done quite well. Certainly, it's difficult to imagine... Read more...
An interesting thread over at the StarForce forums has been developing for the past few days. It all started when a link was provided by a StarForce employee, taking users to OnlineSecurity ON's website where they explain the "truth" about StarForce Drivers. As some found out however, the site has close ties to StarForce itself."To conclude, we must say that StarForce does not use rootkits, StarForce does not cause security issues and StarForce is not the only software developer that installs ring 0 drivers. We appreciate all the feedback from our clients and users and that is why StarForce drivers will be automatically uninstalled in the latest version of our copy protection system... Read more...
The semiconductor sector is shaping up for what looks to be an eventful quarter as Intel readies for price cuts and Advanced Micro Devices is set to release a new series of desktop processors. Intel will likely initiate dramatic price cuts to its desktop processors on April 23, according to a Tuesday report from Merrill Lynch. "We believe that Intel will be working to reduce inventory of less competitive products during the second quarter prior to its planned third-quarter product launches," wrote analyst Joe Osha in a Tuesday note.... Read more...
The guys at IGN have posted an intriguing article about the evolution of portable gaming units, from its early beginnings to what it has morphed into today.The gaming industry continues to gain speed, and we as a community are entering into yet another generation. We continue the progression from system to system, technology to technology, and innovation to innovation. No matter what console may be hitting shelves soon, there is already another in the future for us to look forward to. This industry has yet to be stagnant since its birth over two decades ago. When looking at the industry that publishers, developers and consumers have created, one can't help but be amazed. Gaming is a worldwide... Read more...
Vista is coming, which means your current monitor might be going. Whether your for or against DRM, you'll have to put up with it if you're looking for the best quality video. Today FiringSquad has rounded up 12 different monitors, capable of HDCP support, and ready for Windows Vista."HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and it's an Intel-initiated program that was developed with Silicon Image. Manufacturers participating in the program must pay an annual fee of $15,000 and a device fee of $0.005. This is a content protection system as opposed to a copy protection system. Essentially, this protocol ensures that high-definition content such as HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, and copy protected... Read more...
We were sent a copy of the PDF referenced in Sean's news post below. Basically, Corsair is claiming that OCZ's new XTC heat spreaders are no more effective than the somewhat standard "flat" heat spreaders used on most high-end modules. Here's a big snip from the PDF... All our tests used the RST Pro card "Stress Test" to heavily exercise the memory. The tests were run in one of our qualification ovens at exactly 68 degrees F ambient temperature. Our standard stability test includes 3 iterations of the RST Pro2 "Burn in" option, with Stuck, Weave, Jump, Primes, Parity, Pseudo Random, ATS, and Crosstalk turned on. A passing result was considered to be three consecutive... Read more...
  No question about it, Flash Memory devices have taken on the Consumer Tech industry by storm.  Flash memory is utilized in so many different applications these days, from Cell Phones and PDAs, to MP3 players and Digital Cameras, that it's hard to imagine a world before the Flash memory was invented.  However, thanks to some very smart minds at Toshiba all the way back in 1984 and then Intel in 1988, we all have the ability to store information on the fly in a number of hand-held applications and more. Like any other technology, Flash Memory, specifically NAND Flash which is the type used predominantly in consumer electronics, has been improving exponentially in terms of density... Read more...
As most of you know, new hardware can bring with it a whole new set of problems. Those of you who have recently bought a mouse using laser technology are well aware of these annoying problems. CoolTechZone is tackling the issue, and looking for your input on the matter."These comments didn't necessarily include questions for Logitech or Razer, but many readers reiterated their experiences with their laser mice, how they remedied the annoying surface tracking issues they experienced and overall advice for budding buyers."Breaking news! "It's my laser mouse!" has just replaced "OMG, I'm lagging!" as the #1 excuse for poor gaming skills.... Read more...
ZDNet has an article running on how Intel's Hyperthreading hurts server performance with certain applications.  There have been instances reported with SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server where under heavy load, performance degrades with HT enabled.  A Microsoft SQL Developer reported performance degrading and documents the details.  Apparently, the problem lies with the on-die cache being unable to keep up with a flurry of multi-threaded requests.  "With both SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server installations, HT-enabled motherboards show markedly degraded performance under heavy load. Disabling HT restores expected levels, according to reports from within the IT industry." ... Read more...
The press is hot today, folks! Corsair has just informed us that they are to produce the first "Certified SLI Ready Memory". With the growing popularity of SLI, it's only a matter of time before more memory manufactures join the SLI Certified club. Part numbers for their Single Module memory are CM2X512-5400C4, and CM2X512-5400C4PRO. Their matched pair numbers are TWIN2X1024-5400C4, and TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO.      NVIDIA Selects Corsair as its First Certified SLI Ready Memory Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory provides exceptional stability and performance to the NVIDIA SLI platform Fremont, CA (Thursday, November 3, 2005) – Corsair(R) Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader... 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...
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Good morning and happy Friday to all.  Today starts off Memorial Day weekend here in the states.  For starters that automatically means a three day weekend and a boatload of traffic on the highways.  It also is a sign that summer is rapidly approaching.  Traditionally this is a time of year where families get together, barbeque and enjoy some cold beverages.  But most of all, we take the time to remember the men and women who served this great country by giving their lives in battle.  Something we should never forget, especially today when we have troops doing their job in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Here's you news... Vantec Go 2.0 8in1 Card Reader Review... Read more...
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