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A short while after Dell purchased Alienware late last year, news broke that Hewlett Packard had acquired boutique system vendor Voodoo PC.  Voodoo PC is best known for their high performance gaming PC's that feature custom cases, some with lavish paint jobs, unique cooling solutions, and impeccable wiring jobs. We evaluated a Voodoo Omen some time back and found it to be an excellent product.  If you check out the Omen, you'll see why HP was interested in Voodoo. After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent.  After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo, right?  But since then, not much has... Read more...
After a lot of speculation, leaked builds and closed beta testing - without specific public details about SP1 - Microsoft today posted an announcement on their official Windows Vista blog detailing SP1 and their plans for it. Now is the time and the time is now:  let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Much has been made of what will or will not be included in SP1 and when it will be released (some accurate, some otherwise).  I'm here to set the story straight:  we're in the process of developing and deploying a Beta version of SP1.  This post will describe for you what to expect from that effort and how you can be involved in the process. They say they are targeting... Read more...
YouTube faces harsh criticism in Germany over Neo-Nazi clips that are on its site.  What's surprising is not the presence of such material, but rather that complaints have been made as many as 100 times, and yet the clips are still there.  In fact, according to the report, some have been there for nearly a year. The videos hosted on YouTube include clips of a 1940 anti-Semitic propaganda film "Jud Suess" and two music videos of outlawed German far-right rock band Landser, which show footage from World War II depicting Nazi military operations. According to the statement from Report Mainz, German youth protection body Jugendschutz.net has complained to Google Germany more than 100 times... Read more...
Google says it has devised an ad format for YouTube that - and here's the unbelievable part - is not annoying.  Now how could they possibly arrange that, since in this age of Tivo and other PVRs, as well as banner blocking software for your web browser, ads are almost by nature, annoying? TV viewers have grown accustomed to watching a show and seeing the image of David Letterman or some other star walk across the bottom of the screen as part of a promotion. YouTube's new ads are very similar.YouTube's mini commercials, which are produced through Flash animation, appear at the bottom of a video, are mostly transparent and disappear after 10 seconds. Once the ad appears, a user has the option... Read more...
For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc failed to gain a large enough foothold.Both of the new formats have support from different coalitions of movie studios, which means that if you want to watch high definition movies you could very well end up needing to buy two devices or a more expensive combo-device. “Until recently, many consumers were able to defer the choice because players have been so... Read more...
Back in February of this year, we took a look at the AMD 690 series chipset and praised it for its affordability, power efficiency, and strong performance relative to its competition.  Since then, the 690 series chipset has gone on to be somewhat of a success for AMD with over 35 different motherboards based on various flavors the chipset currently and more on the way. Not content with the status quo, engineers at AMD have taken the 690 series chipset and optimized it further through some BIOS and software level enhancements that result in marked performance gains in a number of situations and also introduce some new features.  We've got a motherboard from Gigabyte on the test bed that... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have posted our thoughts on a new high-performance DDR2 kit from OCZ, the DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Dual Channel kit.  As its name suggests, OCZ's DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Dual Channel kit is a member of the company’s low latency Platinum XTC line, and it offers and impressive package that boasts 4GB (2GB x 2) of memory rated at 800MHz with relatively tight 5-4-4-15 timings.  Head on over to the site and take a look... OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Dual Channel Kit... Read more...
If you own a tinfoil hat, now might be a good time to go grab it.  Apparently Windows Vista has no less than 20 features/services that harvest information: "Are you using Windows Vista? Then you might as well know that the licensed operating system installed on your machine is harvesting a healthy volume of information for Microsoft. In this context, a program such as the Windows Genuine Advantage is the last of your concerns. In fact, in excess of 20 Windows Vista features and services are hard at work collecting and transmitting your personal data to the Redmond company. Microsoft makes no secret about the fact that Windows Vista is gathering information. End users have little to say, and... Read more...
Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing Clusters SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) – from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel® Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers. Increasingly clustered systems are powering a wide variety of activities including... Read more...
About six weeks ago, after an extended development cycle, AMD launched their latest flagship ATI-GPU based graphics card, the Radeon HD 2900 XT.  The Radeon HD 2900 XT is built around the company's unified, DirectX 10-class, R600 GPU and offers a number of key features over an above the older X1000 series of products, like new anti-aliasing modes and support for shader model 4.0. At the time of the HD 2900 XT's debut, AMD also disclosed a multitude of details regarding mobile and mainstream GPUs derived from the R600 architecture.  In our coverage of the Radeon HD 2000 series as it became known, we talked about not only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but five other members of the family, including... Read more...
We've just posted a new article exploring the performance and overclockability of Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo E6750 processor. The E6750 differs from the older and similarly clocked E6700 in that its front side bus frequency has been increased to 1333MHz, but this isn't a simple speed bump. The E6750 is also based on a new stepping and revision of the Conroe-core which resulted in some excellent overclocking. How does almost 4GHz with the stock air-cooler sound? Yeah, we thought you'd liek that.  Click the link below and check it out...Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Performance Preview... Read more...
Over the last year or so, since Intel's Core microarchitecture and Conroe core were ready to be unveiled at the Intel Developers Forum in early March '06, Intel has been more open and has allowed the media a view into more details regarding upcoming products much earlier than they had before.  You don't have to take our word for it, however.  Simply look around at all of the early performance previews out of IDF, and the steady flow of announcements regarding Intel's 45nm manufacturing process, metal gate transistors, the Terascale project, Larrabee, Penryn, Nehalem, and a number of other projects, and it becomes readily apparent that Intel wants to get the word out regarding their future products... Read more...
We know the show's over, but we've still got plenty of images and information from this year's Computex event to share. In this article, we shine the spotlight on new products from Coolermaster, OCZ, Corsair, Thermaltake, Abit and a few others. We've got details on some of Coolermaster's and Thermaltake's upcoming cases and coolers, some OCZ flash drives, Corsair DDR3 RAM, Abit's overclocking demo using liquid nitrogen, and much more. Head on over to the site and take a look...More From Computex... Read more...
Over the last few years, Thermaltake has had an increasingly greater presence at Computex. The company has used Computex as a launch pad for a number of new products, and this year’s show was no exception. New coolers, cases, power supplies, and even a few gadgets were on display at Thermaltake’s booth.         One of the first coolers on display that caught our eye was the DuOrb, essentially two of Thermaltakes popular Orb coolers combined to form one giant heatsink fan. The DuOrb was designed as a quieter and more efficient replacement for the stock cooling units on high end graphics cards like the GeForce 8800GTX. Thermaltake explained that... Read more...
Is it a hairdryer or a shower head?. Actually it's neither. Shown in the photo is the C2 comfort device from Herman Miller and is part of “The Be Collection.” Though it looks simple, it is armed with patented technologies that enhance one’s personal climate experience. The C2 allows users to personalize air temperature and enhance air quality via its particulate air filter that is Greenguard-certified. “The C2 is 41 percent recyclable, and businesses can count it toward environmental certification using the points-based LEED system. It also uses 90 percent less energy than a typical space heater.” The optimal operating distance is 18 inches and can increase the air temperature by up to 32... Read more...
The HD DVD Promotional Group made a proud announcement today that over half of all next-generation video players sold use HD DVD format, which means that they have a slight advantage over their BD contenders. “About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold in the last week of May -- a record achievement for a still new format.” These figures come as a result of a recent price decline on the entry-level Toshiba HD-A2 player and other similar players. The group stated that sales doubled for all players when the HD-A2 dropped to $399 in April. However, the group was unclear on whether or not the sales figures... Read more...
A lot of people don't seem to like Bill Gates. Even people who don't actively dislike him here in the United States are more or less ambivalent about him. He doesn't inspire the adoration that his tech competitor Steve Jobs does, for instance. But Wired magazine asked the question: Who's the most popular man in China?  The answer, astonishly, seems to be Bill Gates. "I read about Bill Gates before I had ever even seen a computer," said Dong Ruidong, who abandoned his rural village for the bright lights and cybercafes of the Chinese capital. "Even in the remotest villages of China, Gates is one of the most popular figures alive." The Chinese edition of Gates' The Road Ahead... Read more...
There are some debates that have raged since the dawn of time: evolution vs. creation, great taste vs. less filling, red vs. blue, and of course there is always the great mouse pad debate to consider.  Of course in this day and age everything gets a fancy new name, so the debate has actually changed from one of to 'mouse pad' or not to one of 'mousing surfaces'.If you've ever wondered why people might argue about mouse pads/mousing surfaces, or even us them in an era of optical mice, here's a snipped from Extreme Tech's article: "Would you pay $20, $40, or more for a mouse pad? Well, people do. Along with the advent of gaming mice comes the "professional mousing surface." Baked with all... Read more...
A little over a year ago at the Intel Developers forum in San Francisco, Intel allowed a small group of members of the technology press to run benchmarks on a pre-configured Conroe-based system, well before processors based on the Conroe core had begun to ship. This was a new strategy for Intel, but a welcomed one in our opinion as it gave enthusiasts a chance to glean some real information about an upcoming product well before it actually hit store shelves.  Intel continued to employ this strategy in the weeks leading up to the launch of the Kentsfield core. Once again, in a closed door session in a briefing room at IDF in California, Intel gave is the chance to run some... Read more...
Ok, insert your own "switch back to XP" joke here.  But seriously, if you are going to stick with Vista but want to wring as much performance as you can out of it, then take a look at this tweak guide by ExtremeTech.  Don't expect any miracles, but here's what they have to say: "Unlike previous Microsoft operating systems, Windows Vista is pretty streamlined right out of the box. It makes terrific use of a system's resources, but it's built as much for pretty looks and increased stability and security as it is for horsepower. It's time now for a course of action that will take the ball and chain off this baby and... Read more...
Vijay Sharma of the combined AMD/ATI companies, is Director of Desktop Discrete Graphics Product Marketing.  We've spent time talking with Vijay many times and he always offers an insightful perspective on not only what's going on in 3D Graphics technologies for ATI but also within the industry in general. Our German comrades at PCGamesHardware.de got an earful of good the good stuff from Vijay at a recent meeting with him at Cebit.  Though the translation is a bit spotty, there are some juicy bits in here... " I don't want to get too far into the architecture at this stage. But certainly as you increase the compute capabilities of the graphics engine, you'll... Read more...
When going to a party, it's customary to not show up empty handed.  Depending on the type of party, a cake, pastries, a bottle of wine or maybe even your favorite beer are all acceptable items to bring as a gesture to the host, thanking them for the invitation.  When it comes to a LAN party, however, the term 'customary' can take on a totally different meaning. With LAN Parties, it's more about the guests getting to show off their system's performance, their superior gaming skills or the beauty of their custom built dream machines.  Yes, there may be an overdose of caffeine related items, but in the end, it's all about bragging rights... Read more...
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