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Good morning folks, I hope you survived the night okay :)  In the effort of saving time this AM, we are going to skip over the banter and get right down to business.  So, go grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long read.  Here is your morning shot of juice... Athlon 64 FX-53 & Athlon 64 3800+ Socket 939 Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme "The introduction of the AMD64 line of processors was a rousing success on many levels, but there were a few niggling issues to address. The Athlon 64 FX-51 940-pin represented the new high-end of the processor scale, featured a powerful dual-channel memory controller, and supported both 32 and 64-bit software, but it could only use... Read more...
Good Evening HotHardware Fans!  Just in case you missed it, we've just posted a new review of Foxconn's 755A01-6EKRS - a SiS755 powered, Socket 754 motherboard for the Athlon 64.  You can click the picture at the top of the page, or save a few seconds and click this link... We've also got some fresh news for you as well...  NVIDIA LAUNCHES PERSONAL CINEMA FX 5700 SERIES: SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 11, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that NVIDIA Personal Cinema FX 5700 series is now shipping. The newest product addition to the NVIDIA Personal Cinema product family provides consumers with an easy and... Read more...
Hello All,   I don't think we need much of a flowery introduction here!   ATi's Radeon X800 XT and Radeon X800 Pro are live and on showcase at HotHardware:... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back to HH :)  I was driving home from work tonight when I noticed my car could use some gas.  As I approached the unusually empty gas station I happened to look at the price of gas; it had jumped to a record high of $0.84 per/L ($3.18 per/Gallon for you folks in the US).  Considering that I need my car to get to work, I had no choice but pay the outrageous price.  Cost aside, what really burns me is the fact that gas was only $0.74 per/L ($2.80 per/Gallon) when I left for work.  *Shakes Fist* Really, how can gas suddenly become that increasingly more precious over eight hours to warrant an extra $0.10 per/L ($0.38 per/Gallon)?  ARG!!! ... Read more...
Good evening brothers and sisters :)  The Ol'News Jockey is still not feeling on top of his game today, so nothing terrible exciting happened in my world.  I have basically been veging-out in front of the computer with my new game, FarCry.  If you have yet had a chance to pick up a copy/download the demo, go do so, it is one sweet game.  Below, I have attached two images for your viewing pleasure :)    EE TIMES ARTICLE - Nichia, Sony sign blue laser licensing deal April 22, 2004 - TOKYO - A cross-licensing deal with Nichia Corp. will make Sony Corp. the second supplier of blue-violet laser diodes. Nichia and Sony first announced their collaboration in December 2002.... Read more...
Welcome back friends :) My apologize about the late news update today.  My trip into Toronto lasted longer then anticipated.  Needless to say, it is getting late, so lets get down to business.... NVIDIA 6800 Ultra Previews/Reviews --> Our very own look: Link to HH's review PC Perspective Hard|OCP Tech Report 3D GPU Beyond 3D 3D Center XFX 5700 Ultra Dual DVI @ Viper Lair "While the XFX 5700 Ultra isn't the fastest card in the block, it is still a good card worthy of a recommendation for the performance and Dual DVI capability if nothing else. If you want a good, stable, fast video card that won't break the bank I would put the 5700 Ultra on your list of possible video cards to purchase."... Read more...
Good morning HotHardware fans! Today is the day NVIDIA officially unveils their NV40 GPU architecture, and the new GeForce 6 series of cards that will be powered by it. We put the flagship GeForce 6800 Ultra through the wringer, comparing its performance and image quality to a GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and a Radeon 9800 XT throughout. Click the link below and take a look... NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 Ultra Tested & Burned In Right Here!... Read more...
ATi Introduces the HDTV Wonder Bringing High Definition TV to the PC By, Jeff Bouton February 26, 2004   While we are all sitting and watching the 3D Graphics card battles rage on, in the PC TV Tuner industry, competition is a little less prominent.  While a lot of enthusiasts are caught up in the hype of whose video card is faster and which one has the better image quality, there are other developments going in adjacent markets, that sometimes catch us off guard.  The latest of these developments is ATi's recent announcement of their new HDTV Wonder TV card that can deliver a High Definition Television experience to the PC.  Recently some manufacturers have made the jump... Read more...
Diamond Multimedia's Stealth S80 A legend returns to the graphics market By Robert Maloney February 15th,  2003 Many seasoned PC enthusiasts fondly recall being the first on the block to have a high-powered Diamond Viper card in their rig, and boasting about it to their friends.  Back then, Diamond and performance were nearly synonymous in the computer world.  It was a big loss when they pulled back in 2001, only offering their Supra line of Modems and Rio MP3 players.  After a three-year absence, however, Diamond has returned, starting off a bit slowly with their new value-minded Stealth line of cards which will soon be followed up by a high-powered Viper line. Upon hearing... Read more...
  ASUS DRW-0402P/D DVD±R/RW Drive Review High Capacity on a Budget By Chris Angelini January 28, 2004 It's hard to believe that the very first DVD writers were priced in the neighborhood of $16,000, especially considering the current landscape of low-cost optical hardware.  There's still a market for high-end recording equipment, though.  Just look at Sony's BDZ-S77 Blu-Ray recorder, which debuted last year with an MSRP of $3,800.  But not everyone needs (or even wants) a 31-pound drive for burning $30, 23GB disks. In fact, it only really makes sense to buy the tools that best serve your needs. A year ago, most pre-built... Read more...
  ASUS SK8V K8T800 Motherboard Review Socket 940 Platform Featuring VIA's K8T800 Chipset By: Chris Angelini January 4, 2004 They say it takes years to establish a solid reputation and minutes to destroy it, which is why the office Christmas party requires a delicate balance of business and pleasure.  Dating back to 1997, the folks charged with evaluating hardware have showered ASUS motherboard products with praise for performance, stability, and in many cases, value as well.  Consequently, ASUS is one of the most highly regarded motherboard manufacturers.  The industry is more competitive now than ever before, though, and it isn?t enough to merely be popular.  The ultra... Read more...
VIA PT880 Chipset Preview A Performance Preview of VIA's Dual-Channel P4 Chipset By: Chris Angelini December 8, 2003           For the first time since NVIDIA unveiled its nForce2 chipset more than a year ago, VIA is in a very promising position.  To begin, AMD's Athlon 64 is upon us, bringing with it an integrated memory controller that really equalizes the advantage NVIDIA once enjoyed.  In fact, the nForce3 and K8T800 chipsets generally fall within a percentage or two of each other in performance benchmarks.  VIA's leg-up comes in the form of an encompassing feature set.  Its VT8237 South Bridge includes native Serial ATA support... Read more...
Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro vs. Asus P4P800S-E Budget boards take a bite out of the market by Robert Maloney November 20th, 2003           With the proliferation of 800MHz FSB processors and the wide acceptance of DDR400 memory, it's quite easy to see how Springdale and Canterwood boards have captured a large share of the current market.  Performance-wise, both of these chipsets provide a large jump over the very successful i845, but with an equally large bump in the price.  Cost-conscious users who are currently content with their i845 setup might find the cost of upgrading somewhat prohibitive.  As we all know, the upgrade cycle can sometimes... Read more...
asetek WaterChill CPU Cooler Review Water Cooling for Pentium 4, Athlon XP, and Athlon 64 By: Chris Angelini August 25, 2003 When you hear one of your friends talk about a skydiving adventure, or even a bungee jump for that matter, do you tend to smile, nod, and think to yourself, "one of these days, buddy..."?  There is an element of danger inherent to every so-called extreme sport.  However, extreme, by its very nature, implies the sort of excitement you just can't experience mowing the lawn on a Saturday morning.  "Humans simply aren't meant to fly down mountains at 70 miles an hour on a skateboard, as they do in the Street Luge," you argue.  That doesn't... Read more...
Auravision's EluminX Keyboard Illuminating technology "Burned in" by Robert Maloney July 30th, 2003 While we here at HotHardware have written countless articles on motherboards, video cards, and the like, we haven't often found the time or reason to comment on one piece of everyone's setup, the keyboard.   For the most part, keyboards and mice get the short thrift by most users.  We know we need them (in fact, we couldn't really do anything without them) but they are often an afterthought.  However, as more and more people are customizing their computers, every individual piece of hardware starts to come under consideration. When in comes to keyboards, Microsoft... Read more...
SOYO Mini DRAGON 651 A New Pentium 4 Small Form Factor PC In The Crowd By: Chris Angelini July 28th, 2003 SFF PCs are all the rage it seems and we're as much a fan of small form-factor systems as any, here at HotHardware.  My personal desktop system tucks away neatly under my desk.  I've also got a PC-based PVR system that could easily pass for an amplifier in a home theater rack.  I've spent quite a bit of time miniaturizing my tech appliances, and I don't mind dedicating time and money to make sure a job is finished correctly.  Therefore, I was particularly interested in SOYO's latest small form-factor concoction, the Mini Dragon 651.  As its name suggests, the Mini... Read more...
ATI RADEON 9100 IGP Preview Integrated Graphics for the Pentium 4 By: Chris Angelini July 7th, 2003 ATI's engineers have worked hard this past year.  At the risk of being redundant, they've escorted to market the R300 series of Visual Processing Units (VPUs), they've spun off mainstream versions of the same chip for broader appeal, and they've successfully implemented the R300 and R350 processors (operating at full-speed) into the All-In-Wonder family of multimedia products.  What a busy bunch of beavers.  But there are other aspects of computing in which the expertise of a graphics company proves useful.  ATI's rival, NVIDIA, already knows that.  NVIDIA's nForce and... Read more...
The M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Viva la revolución! "Burned in" by Robert Maloney June 23rd, 2003 The history of the audio card industry can be summed up by saying there has always been Creative Lab's SoundBlaster line, and then there have been the "others".  When Aureal disappeared from the picture in 2000, it seemed to spell the end of any true competition for the audio giant.  Other companies just couldn't risk going up against Creative's "beat 'em or buy 'em" strategy.  On one hand, that might not have really been too much of a bad thing.  I mean, after all, many games or applications were designed on and for SoundBlaster cards.  In fact,... Read more...
The Shuttle XPC SB61G2 Pint-Sized P4 Powerhouse! "Burned in" by Robert Maloney June 8th, 2003 A major trend in the technology industry is miniaturization.  It's no longer good enough to be the fastest or more technologically advanced anymore.  These days everything from cell phones to MP3 players to digital cameras, are showing up on retail shelves in increasingly smaller packages.  So, it should come as no real surprise that PC manufacturers would also follow suit.  That's where Shuttle comes in.  Sure, other companies such as IWILL and Soyo have produced small cube-like PCs, but no other company has capitalized on this trend like Shuttle.  In fact, where... Read more...
ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO Press Releases & Screenshots...   CLICK IMAGE FOR AN ENLARGED VIEW EAZYLOOK MENUS: CHAPTER SELECTION   INFO SCREEN   LIBRARY SCREEN   LIBRARY SELECTION   MEDIA INFORMATION   PERMANENT ICONS   TRICK-PLAY MODE   VOLUME CONTROL   ATI's New ALL-IN-WONDER® 9800 PRO Delivers Improved Display and Graphics Performance For The Home Theater: EAZYLOOK? enhances the home theater experience with on-screen display: MARKHAM, Ontario ? ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced the ALL-IN-WONDER® 9800 PRO. Available this spring, ATI?s newest multimedia video card combines the world?s fastest graphics engine featuring... Read more...
Intel D865GBF 865G Motherboard Review Springdale Goes Mainstream, With Graphics By: Chris Angelini and Dave Altavilla May 21st, 2003 We've come to know Intel as a conservative company, generally unwilling to take precarious risks on unproven technology.  Yet, just last month, Intel unveiled its first true flagship platform since the i850E, complete with an 800MHz front side bus and two channels of 64-bit DDR400 memory.  We certainly can understand the importance of an 800MHz front side bus.  Not only does the faster bus establish a performance advantage over AMD's best effort (which incidentally also recently saw an increase in front side bus speed), but it also lays the foundation... Read more...
The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra  A Preview And Performance Analysis With NVIDIA's New Killer By - Dave Altavilla May 12, 2003 Here we are again, with another installment of my pixel is faster than yours.  Why is it that Graphics Cards create so much buzz in the PC Enthusiast market?  Perhaps it's because Processors, Motherboards, Memory and Drives are just a little too sterile, in terms of the what Marketing Weasels can spin up for the general public?  We here at HotHardware, actually get fairly jazzed up about a next generation Motherboard Chipset or CPU but then again, some of us don't get out much.  Companies like Intel, AMD, SiS and VIA, do an excellent job of marketing... Read more...
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