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A few days ago, HTC and AT&T announced that the HTC Jetstream Android 3.1 tablet would be coming to AT&T’s network. The Jetstream’s standout features include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core SoC with Adreno 220 graphics, a 10.1” screen with a resolution of 1280x768, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, which can be supplemented by a user accessible microSD slot. The Android 3.1 OS is also skinned by HTC's Sense UX and the tablet will work on AT&T’s brand-new, not-yet-fully-online 4G LTE network. We had a super-quick moment to get some hands-on time with an HTC Jetstream... Read more...
Just when you think you have everything figured out, you come across something that turns your world upside down. Long known for their blue motherboards, Gigabyte has finally decided to enter the dark side and will release mainboards featuring black PCB. Up to this point, it was the only major motherboard company that did not offer models sporting a black paint job. We first saw the P67A-UD7 at IDF 2010 in San Francisco, but finally have a retail unit in our hands.   The P67A-UD7 is an enthusiast class, LGA1155 based motherboard designed specifically for Intel's upcoming line of Sandy Bridge processors.  It features a 24 phase CPU power design, Ultra Durable 3 with two ounces of copper... Read more...
**Update:  We have just added new images that were taken live at the event. - We’ve been spending some quality time with the folks at AMD today in sunny Austin, TX.  The team here has been giving us a run-down on their upcoming Phenom II processor along with the enthusiast platform they’re calling “Dragon”.  In short, the Dragon platform is a combination of an AMD Phenom II X4 processor, Radeon 4800 Graphics cards and an AMD 7 series chipset based motherboard. However, today’s discussion was keenly focused on AMD's upcoming Phenom II X4 processor, two models of which will launch in early January that will be socket AM2+ compatible.  In addition, some time in Q1, AMD will launch... Read more...
There has obviously been a fair amount of buzz going on in the market about SSDs (Solid State Disks) as of late, as pricing continues its downward trend.  In addition performance has continued to improve with SSDs as the technology matures.  Recently, announcements from major OEMs like Samsung have promised fairly impressive offerings with read/write performance that would rival most standard spinning disks and of course sub 1ms access times that literally no standard rotational media could come close to.In preparation for an SSD round-up here at HotHardware, we started getting in eval samples from various vendors and one of them perhaps has made a bit more of a splash than others... Read more...
Intel was showing off some of their next-gen hardware today at a posh NYC hotel on the east side of Manhattan.  There aren't many specifics we can talk about just yet, but we were allowed to snap off a few pictures of a system that we're sure many of you are eager to check out.  What you see pictured here is a complete Nehalem-based rig, built around an Intel X58 chipset motherboard.  Unfortunately, we can't disclose any benchmark scores or frequencies, nonetheless, there is still some interesting stuff to see here.     Intel's Nehalem Demo System First off, how about that case?  The Nehalem demo machine was assembled in an Origen AE S21T HTPC enclosure,... Read more...
As many of you are no doubt aware, AMD is about to release a new line of ATI Radeon graphics cards based on the GPU that was internally codenamed RV770.  Cards based on the GPU were supposed to launch next week, on June 25 to be specific, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we are able to offer you some preliminary information and benchmark scores a little early.Like the RV670 used on the Radeon HD 3800 series, the RV770 GPU powering the Radeon HD 4850 is manufactured on TSMC's 55nm process node.  A full wafer of RV770 dies is pictured to the left.  At the heart of the GPU lies 800 stream processors, which give it considerably more muscle than the previous generation. ... Read more...
Intel is planning to release the successor the popular P35 chipset in a few weeks, the aptly named P45.  From a feature standpoint, the P35 and P45 are somewhat similar.  But the P45 will have official support for 1,600MHz FSB processors, PCI Express 2.0, and the chipset is being manufactured 65nm as opposed to 90nm, which should being power consumption and heat down a bit.  The P45 will also be paired up with a new ICH10-series southbridge, which offers more SATA connectivity.Asus showed off a few P45-based motherboards at CeBit a while back, but they weren't quite ready for prime time.  We have, however, just gotten our hands on the retail-ready version of the Asus P5Q Deluxe,... Read more...
Home Theater PC aficionados will surely be interested in this one.  In January of this year, during the Consumer Electronics Show, NVIDIA disclosed details regarding their nForce 700a series of chipsets, the GeForce 8200 IGP, and Hybrid SLI.  Motherboards based on the chipsets haven’t stormed the market just yet, but we wanted to show you something ASUS has in the works that’s slated to arrive very soon...      ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI What you see pictured here is the ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI.  The M3N78-EMH HDMI is a socket AM2+ motherboard, compatible with virtually all AMD single, dual- and quad-core desktop processors.  The board is built around NVIDIA’s GeForce... Read more...
About every year or so, the software team at ATI, which is now a part of AMD, produces a Catalyst driver suite that introduces a handful of major new features, above and beyond their regular monthly release.  And at least so far, for 2008, this new Catalyst v8.3 suite appears to be that major release.  We’re sure ATI will have more in store as the year progresses, but for now there is plenty of new ground to cover. We were recently given a chance to chat with some folks from ATI about all of the new features they have in store for users with the Catalyst v8.3 release and we'll be outlining some of the finer details here today.  In addition to the typical batch of performance... Read more...
A fresh new set of graphics card drivers, like a pair of new shoes, can sometimes make a world of difference.  We were recently given a chance to chat with some folks from AMD about all of the new features they have in store for users with the Catalyst v8.3 release and we'll be outlining some of the finer details here today.  In addition to the typical batch of performance enhancements and bug fixes available with each new Catalyst release, the v8.3 suite is going to deliver official support for three and four GPU CrossFireX and Hybrid CrossFire, plus some new anti-aliasing features, previously unavailable tweaks for video playback, and GPU LCD scaling, among some other... Read more...
We just got our hands on some hot news regarding Asus and a brand new smartphone they’ve just introduced.  What you see pictured here is the new Asus M930 Windows Mobile 6-based smartphone.  As the pictures show, the M930 has a clamshell design, and features dual screens, a QWERTY keyboard, and a built in camera / webcam. According to our information, the Asus M930 sports a 450MHz TI OMAP 2431 processor with 256MB of Flash memory and 64MB of SDRAM.  The unit also supports Micro-SD expansion cards and SDHC, however, for further expandability.  Standby time is reportedly 150 - 200 hours with 2 - 3 hours of talk time using 3G or 4 - 5 hours using 2G.  The external 2.0” screen... Read more...
By now, we suspect most of you are aware of Intel’s extreme enthusiast platform – a.k.a. Skulltrail – that couples a pair of quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors with the dual-socket D5400XS motherboard, for a total of eight cores of high-performance goodness.  We recently evaluated Skulltrail and have our thoughts on the platform posted for you all available right here. What you may not be aware of at this point is that some of Intel’s partners also plan to introduce enthusiast-class motherboards complete with dual LGA771 sockets, similar to the D5400XS.  Asus, for example is prepping the Z7S WS motherboard you see pictured below...       Asus Z7S WS Motherboard... Read more...
Ever get the hankering to run not one but four panels from a single graphics card?  Let's see... How about a quartet of 24" widescreens spanning your desktop or game environment?  The good folks at Asus sent this beefy plank-o-silicon over for test and evaluation and needless to say, it seemingly has the gifts.  Asus' EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP - Radeon HD 3870 X2             Features: 1GB of .8ns Hynix GDDR3 DRAM (1200MHz/2.4GHz GDDR3) Quad dual-link DVI outputs Overclocked out of the box (speeds to be announced in our full review) Custom cooling with dual fans All copper heat-plate with heatpipes linked to dual... Read more...
A few months ago, at the fall Intel Developer’s Forum, we got some hands-on time with an Intel Skulltrail system and were able to snap a handful pictures and document a few benchmark scores.  At the time, Skulltrail was still in it the pre-production phase as Intel had a few changes in store for the platform, but it was mature enough for the company to show off what Skulltrail had in store. As we mentioned in our initial look at Skulltrail, the platform is built around an Intel server-class motherboard tweaked for the enthusiast market.  It also features dual 45nm quad-core processors for a total of eight cores, and because the Skulltrail mobo is outfitted with a pair of NVIDIA-built... Read more...
Prior to holding its Financial Analyst Day in New York City, AMD showed off some new CrossFire-related technology to a few select members of the press.  What we saw was AMD’s Hybrid CrossFire and its associated hardware, which marries next-generation integrated graphics processors (IGP) and entry-level discreet graphics cards for increased performance and functionality.We had a chance to sit down with some folks at AMD to talk about their upcoming Hybrid CrossFire technology and to get some firsthand experience with pre-production hardware.  It looks like tomorrow’s next-gen IGPs are going to be much more interesting than today’s offerings.  Click the link below and take a look...AMD... Read more...
Prior to holding its Financial Analyst Day in New York City, AMD showed off some new CrossFire-related technology to a few select members of the press.  What we saw was AMD’s Hybrid CrossFire and its associated hardware, which marries next-generation integrated graphics processors (IGP) and entry-level discreet graphics cards for increased performance and functionality.  Please note, however, that “Hybrid CrossFire” may not be the official name of this platform when it is made available sometime in early to mid Q108. If you’re a regular reader of HotHardware, you already know what CrossFire is and how it works, so we won’t go into detail again here.  Where Hybrid CrossFire differs... Read more...
Working here at HotHardware, the team is used to seeing the latest and greatest graphics cards, processors, RAM, and motherboards.  But every so often something different, and occasionally really useful that we wouldn’t normally evaluate, lands in the lab that we think you’d all like to see.  One such product is the new A-DATA 16GB Turbo CF 266X.  As its name implies, the A-DATA 16GB Turbo CF 266X is a Compact Flash card with a 266X speed rating and an advertised capacity of 16GB.We’ve been using the card for a couple of weeks now without a hitch.  Although a couple of benchmarks show its real-world speed well below 266X, you must keep in mind these tests were run using a... Read more...
Our friends at Asus sent over a board that we thought you all might like to drool over a bit.  Though this is an early sample and we're expecting a new revision, Asus comes out swinging here with a board that is jam-packed with features and setup with the enthusiast in mind.  Notice this is a full retail bundle as well, so things are very close to being ready for prime time.This is the first NVIDIA nForce 780i board to hit our labs.  Upon close inspection, it does look as though rumors that NVIDIA has bolted a Gen2 bridge (or switch perhaps) up to the 680i chipset, are  fairly accurate, though the architecture merits a bit more analysis before casting judgment. ... Read more...
It was back in January of this year at the Consumer Electronics Show that AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard for small form factor computers.  The focus of those early briefings was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems.  As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs and only a select few parts can be swapped between them.   On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus and MSI, but again, for the most part you can’t take parts from one company’s SFF design and use it... Read more...
When AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard, the intent of that early briefing was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems. As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs. On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus and MSI.  However, for the most part you can’t take parts from one company’s SFF design and use it in another’s.  Today AMD provided more details and a specific design example of the DTX small form-factor standard.  This HotHardware article showcases a prototype system... Read more...
Greetings from rainy Taipei! Even though Computex is more than 24 hours from its official start, the convention center is packed with thousands of people getting booths ready for the show. We took a walk through the convention center today to see if we could find anything that would pique our interest.     One of the first things you notice when you get near the convention center is that computer companies are advertising in every place imaginable, including this blow up AMD sign on top of a shopping mall.    Currently, the show floor is filled with... Read more...
We recently got the chance to evaluate a new, super-fast DDR2 memory kit and wanted to share some of the finer details with you here.  If you're a regular reader of HotHardware and follow the PC hardware scene, you know that companies like Corsair and OCZ are constantly pushing the performance envelope and offer memory kits that'll operate well beyond the "officially" supported specifications of every chipset currently on the market.  Up to this point the fastest memory we had ever tested was Corsair's Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF. This Corsair kit is rated for operation at 1250MHz with 5-5-5-18 timings at 2.4v, which is extremely fast by today's standards. Patriot Memory,... Read more...
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