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This has to be the most screwed-up Service Pack release we've ever seen, and we've seen plenty of them. While Microsoft said SP1 has been released to manufacturing, it also said SP1 wouldn't be sent to end users for six weeks. And it even pulled one of the prerequisite updates yesterday after issues with it. Yet today end users with 64-bit Vista installs are seeing SP1 in Windows Update.Not a whole lot to say here, but if you're running Vista on an x64-based system, you've probably already noticed a little surprise courtesy of Windows Update, which today started pushing out the x64 edition of Vista Service Pack 1. If you've been following things in SP1 land, you'll notice that's actually ahead... Read more...
Just in case you didn't catch the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re here to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Systemax’s Xeon E5310-powered Endeavor Workstation.  Here’s snip from the piece...As gamers and hardware enthusiasts, it’s easy to get jaded by Extreme Edition processors and multi-card CrossFire configurations. They push performance full-bore. And although you’ll never hear AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA recommending against using their enthusiast offerings in higher-end configurations, there’s no denying that Xeons, Opterons, Quadros, and FireGLs belong to a different pedigree. It’s The... Read more...
As gamers and hardware enthusiasts, it’s easy to get jaded by Extreme Edition processors and multi-card CrossFire configurations. They push performance full-bore. And although you’ll never hear AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA recommending against using their enthusiast offerings in higher-end configurations, there’s no denying that Xeons, Opterons, Quadros, and FireGLs belong to a different pedigree. It’s The Hamptons versus South Beach. You can’t go wrong either way, but there is a distinct difference. So when it comes time to pass judgment over workstation-class hardware, you might be tempted to turn your nose up at a list of stuffy-sounding specs. A quad-core Xeon running at under 2 GHz? Two gigs... Read more...
We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the design, build quality and performance of Maingear's Ephex high performance gaming system configured with 3-Way SLI technology from NVIDIA.  We were introduced to Maingear in the process of NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI launch, when NVIDIA had the company configure us a system to test and evaluate 3-Way SLI technology in general.  Obviously, NVIDIA felt Maingear's Ephex system build was high quality enough to send out to the press on behalf of their new 3-Way SLI technology.  So the question is, beyond 3-Way SLI, does Maingear's Ephex live up to customer expectations of a super high-end gaming system as whole? ... Read more...
For many of you, Maingear Computer may not be a household name and that would probably be just fine with the folks out at the shop in Union New Jersey.  Loosely classified as a specialty high performance system builder and retailer, Maingear's mission statement on style, performance and quality claims that they strive to not just provide customers with a computer but rather with a "way of life".  That's certainly fitting because the target demographic for the type of machines Maingear builds, probably sees high performance computing as a way of life as well.  In short, Maingear has a tall order to fill catering to the computing enthusiast, but you all knew that we suspect. ... Read more...
As it stands today, many of the major components in a typical enthusiast class PC have built-in mechanisms for monitoring the health status of the device.  Processors and GPUs have internal thermal diodes for monitoring temperatures, and graphics cards and motherboards have sensors for monitoring a myriad of voltages and things like fan speeds.  Other components, however, like cases, power supplies, and cooling systems, for example, usually don’t have any such mechanism.  And even if they do, odds are it uses a proprietary interface that isn’t universally compatible. To remedy this situation, the crew at NVIDIA has architected a new open standard the company hopes will be adopted... Read more...
NVIDIA has just introduced a new open-industry standard for real-time monitoring and control of PC power supplies, chassis and water cooling systems, dubbed ESA, short for Enthusiast System Architecture.  The company hopes ESA will be adopted across the industry and a new wave of ESA compliant hardware than can be monitored and controlled via a standard interface will ensue.  Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen.  For now though, we've got the details for you available for you right here on HotHardware.NVIDIA's ESA - Enthusiast System Architecture Standard... 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...
How many times have you forgotten to lock your car, or a door? While that's bad enough, what about essentially leaving a back door open for hackers, by "forgetting" about an old administrative system?A hacker infiltrated an eBay server and disabled accounts of several members on Friday. Representatives of eBay say that the hacker used vestigial components of an old eBay administrative system that has long been unused. The code exploited by the hacker has since been taken down, and eBay claims that no financial information was exposed. An individual who identifies himself as Vladuz has taken responsibility for the hack. Many believe that Vladuz was behind a massive disclosure of user information... Read more...
Global warming is a big issue.  Well, at least to many it is.  Nissan wants to use auto navigation systems to keep traffic moving around snarl-ups, reducing carbon emissions and increasing MPG in the process.The Japanese automaker has launched a major effort to better exploit navigation systems--which are essentially on-board computers--and contemporary communications infrastructures to improve the safety of their cars and boost gas mileage, company executives said this week at Ceatec, the large Japanese trade show taking place outside of Tokyo. One application, currently being tested on taxis in Beijing, feeds current traffic data gathered by sensors in other cars on the road to drivers... Read more...
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...
Japanese car maker Nissan has developed a concept car that features various apparatuses, including a breathalyzer-like detection system, that are designed to prevent drunk or fatigued drivers off the road. The sensors pick up odors in the car and check the driver’s sweat for traces of alcohol. If the driver is judged to be over-the-limit, the computer system can issue an alert or even lock down the ignition.. “The air odor sensors are embedded in the driver and passenger seats, while a detector in the gear-shift knob measures perspiration from the driver's palm.” Nissan’s concept car also comes with a dashboard-mounted camera that monitor’s the driver’s eyes... Read more...
Systemax Adopts the VIA C7-D Processor for Highly Energy Efficient PCs for the US Market Systemax PC range now available on major online stores, starting from $299.99 Taipei, Taiwan, 2 August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Systemax Manufacturing Inc., a leading system integrator computer manufacturer in the US, today announced the new Systemax PC model, a highly energy efficient PC for the US market, powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor. Based on the low power VIA pc2500 mainboard, the Systemax PC features the VIA C7-D processor,... Read more...
A fun e-mail just landed in the in-box that we thought some of you would like to see.  It seems that some folks at Intel have gotten together and come up with a cool appreciation website and set of videos that will bring a tear (of laughter) to a seasoned sysadmin's eye.  Did you know that July 27th is System Administrator Appreciation Day?  Enjoy new humorous videos by Christopher Guest developed for the IT guy/gal... If you are wondering why there is a random jockey in one of the videos - it's trademark Guest.  He tries to work in Jockeys, miniature horses and little people into all of his work.  In this case it's supposed to perpetuate the chaos... Read more...
When it comes time for a new rig, there are those who want the power of a full-sized system but without the footprint of a mid or full sized case.  Today, we're going to take a look at a barebones kit that promises full-sized performance in a footprint no bigger than a shoebox.  Enter the Shuttle SDXi Barebones Kit. The SDXi Barebone kit comes with support for the latest Intel CPUs, up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, RAID and it is backed by some seriously good looks.  On the outside is a custom flamed-out paint job akin to a custom car, while the inside provides the muscle to rival that of a full-sized equivalent.  With the SDXI Barebones kit, Shuttle aims to deliver performance, good looks and... Read more...
— Premier power supply vendors offering 110 new products certified for use with the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT — Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 -- The much anticipated ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate HD experience. Coolmax, Corsair, Enermax, Enhance, FSP, Hiper, Mushkin, OCZ, PC Power & Cooling... Read more...
If you are a regular here at HotHardware.com, you have most likely heard of Alienware, one of the companies that helped establish the market for high-performance, gaming PCs. Since hitting the scene in 1996, Alienware has become a leader not only in gaming PCs but also in high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems. Alienware's refreshing philosophy emphasizes building a system "as if it were your own." As most of you probably know, Dell acquired Alienware about a year ago in order to leverage Alienware's edgy brand. Some may fear that this means the worst for Alienware, but for now, Alienware still operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary... Read more...
Dell sends word that they are currently in the process of certifying their corporate systems with Novell for use with the Linux open-source operating system. Currently, the plan is to have all OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks, and Dell Precision workstations all certified to ensure their customers will be able to successfully use Linux with their systems. Although this is still a long way from replacing Microsoft as the OS of choice, this is certainly a milestone for all fans of Linux. It's exciting to see the IdeaStorm community's interest in open source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice. Your feedback has been all about flexibility and we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms... Read more...
The Dell XPS 710 H2C Edition is billed as a top-of-the-line ultra-performance machine built with the most hardcore of gamers in mind. Not only does the XPS 710 H2C hold the distinction of being Dell's first non-limited edition factory overclocked computer, it also uses Dell's first in-house liquid cooling system to keep its quad-core power plant cool. The XPS 710 H2C is the most heavily performance-specified XPS system yet, with an Intel Core 2 QX6700 processor, dual GeForce 8800 GTXs, 4 GB of RAM and two Western Digital Raptors in a RAID 0 array, as standard equipment. We recently got our hands on one and we've been putting it through its paces, as it ripped through the benchmarks... Read more...
Last summer, Dell agreed to purchase Alienware in a controversial merger of two very different companies. Alienware, who was looking to raise capital to fund its world-wide expansion, found a good partner in Dell when it came to realize that it would be able to meet its demands while simultaneously benefiting from Dell's famous supply chain efficiencies. The later being a great boon for Alienware, who had been suffering from supply woes, with customers often waiting a month or more to receive their orders. In turn, through the merger, Dell hopes to gain access to the lucrative high-end PC gaming market. Alienware, with their radically designed, alien-theme computers,... Read more...
DDR2 memory has been around for the last couple of years, but the move to DDR3 is on the horizon. So what's the advantage of moving to DDR3? Well for starters, DDR3 memory requires only about 1.5 volts, less than DDR2, and also can be clocked at higher frequencies. DDR3 memory will still use the 240-pin form factor of DDR2 memory but the socket notch will be in a different place, so DDR3 memory will not be compatible with current DDR2 motherboards. The modules will be available starting around mid 2007 but don't expect to see them in systems until Intel's Bearlake chipset family is released. DDR3 is set to be the next PC memory standard and the successor... Read more...
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