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LSI Announces $500 Million Stock Repurchase Program LSI Logic Corporation and Agere Systems Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will be combined in an all-stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $4.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Agere shareholders will receive 2.16 shares of LSI for each share of Agere they own. Based on the closing stock price of LSI on December 1, 2006, this represents a value to Agere shareholders of $22.81 per share. The combined company, to be called LSI Logic Corporation, will offer a comprehensive set of building block solutions including semiconductors, systems and related... Read more...
OCZ Technology Launches System Elite Memory Series - the Elite Solution for System Builders and Integrators Sunnyvale, CA - November 15, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new OCZ System Elite memory product family, a clear-cut means for system integrators to select the best possible memory solution for new builds or total system enhancement. "OCZ is proud to bring a series of new modules designed to address the specific stability, compatibility, and performance requirements for System Integrators, " said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, OCZ Technology. "This new range of memory is designed to give System... Read more...
Dubbed "Dynamic Weapon System" by Valve, Counter-Strike: Source's economy has been changed. For better or worse, the new system changes the prices of weapons based on their popularity. Think you'll still be getting that DEagle during pistol round? Think again.... Read more...
A few members of the crew here at HotHardware have had experience selling or servicing PCs for large retail chains at one time or another, and each one of us can tell a handful of stories about clients that didn't take our advice with regard to power protection and ultimately paid the price. It never ceased to amaze us how someone could drop upwards of three thousand dollars on a high-end PC only to scoff at the $50 surge protector recommendation. "No thanks", they'd say, "The $5 power strip will do." And inevitably some of them would be back in the shop a few days, weeks, or even months later because their system's got "hit" during the... Read more...
Don't we all love it when clever people take stuff that's right off the shelf, or better still, in hand, and show us how to use it in innovative ways? Simple Help outines a cheap and easy way to set up your own motion detecting security system with detailed, step by step instructions. You don't need much: 1. a PC running Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP (the software is untested on Windows 95 and NT, but should work) 2. a webcam (or two, see advanced) 3. Dorgem - an open source (free) webcam utility. To upload images 'off-site' (in case someone steals your computer) you'll need an FTP account. See the Advanced section when you're done the initial setup. Most everyone has the equipment... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted an article where we evaluate the features and performance of the Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC. This machine is packed with a Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, a couple of gigs of RAM, Raptors in a RAID 0 confg, and a pair of Radeons running in CrossFire mode. It also sports a custom case and illuminated input devices. Here's a snip from the article... "What's in a name? So often hardware companies name their products to paint a mental picture, or set the tone for how they want potential customers to view their particular component. The names chosen... Read more...
  What's in a name?  So often hardware companies name their products to paint a mental picture, or set the tone for how they want potential customers to view their particular component.  The names chosen are meant to invoke feelings of speed, performance, size or perhaps the supposed exhilaration you will experience when you see that piece of hardware in action.  With the latest gaming PC to hit the HH labs, we take a look at the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC from Systemax and start off by asking: What's in a name? Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines a sabre as: Main Entry: sa ber Variant(s): or sa bre /'sA-b&r/ Function:... Read more...
Dell has finally introduced two new AMD desktops. First up is the Dimension C521 which is is based on an nForce 430 socket AM2 platform with support for AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, and Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core CPU's.  Graphics will be driven by an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE GPU with an option to upgrade to an ATI Radeon x1300 128MB or x1300 Pro 256MB video card through either the 1 x PCI, 1 x PCIe x1 or 1 x PCIe x16 slots.  Memory support includes 4 x DDR2 slots available with support up to 4GB of 533Mhz memory and 1 x SATA-II internal hard drive with support up to 320GB.   Audio will be provided via integrated 7.1 surround sound and an integrated... Read more...
Cortina Systems Purchases Intel's Optical-Networking Components Business SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sep. 11, 2006 - Cortina Systems Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have completed the sale of product lines and associated assets of Intel's optical-networking components business to Cortina. Cortina has emerged as a leading supplier of advanced communications semiconductor solutions for the carrier infrastructure market segment. The acquisition will give Cortina a large portfolio of enterprise and infrastructure communications products and will position it to become a leading communications semiconductor company. The sale will enable Intel to focus its investments on its core... Read more...
In West Philadelphia, Microsoft is participating in a promising new program aimed at upgraing the quality of America's high schools. Microsoft has designed a new school which contains many new features unseen to most high schools, including using laptops instead of books(also removing the need for a large library), smartboards instead of blackboards, a 9:15am to 4:19pm schedule, and even a restaurant style food court. Bill Gates and Microsoft are hoping to change the current state of the US' school system, which Mr. Gates feels is "Obsolete", and could hurt America's competitiveness. The company didn't... Read more...
Apple's OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, is supposedly being readied with features that could take on Windows Vista.  Since Apple has seen the light with respect to X86 class processors with its move to Intel, might die-hard PC enthusiasts now see more compelling reasons to actually consider running a Mac? "But beyond Boot Camp, it turns out, Apple intends to intensify its chances of winning Windows users, and wasn't about to rest on the laurels of Boot Camp. With the new OS X 10.5 version, planned for shipping in spring 2007, users will be able to tap into new backup and recovery technology, introduce virtual desktops, and have more... Read more...
With the summer coming to a close, you may find yourself inside a bit more, and thus in the need for a new computer to get through the winter months. Those of you heading back to school may also find yourself in the same situation. Students aren't usually known for their large bank accounts though, but fear not, as you can still build yourself a decent machine without breaking the bank. Madshrimps will help put some ideas in your head with their latest budget system building guide for the summer of 06. "Value for the money, bang for the buck and good price/performance ratio are expressions which describe what this article is all about: getting the best hardware with your money. To broaden... Read more...
Some people might cringe at the idea of an operating system which features built in advertising. However those people probably have enough money to afford a non ad-supported OS, or are tech savvy enough to understand Linux. The ones who don't fit into either category, such as public buildings like libraries and schools, might find the idea of a cost reduced, ad-supported OS a bit intriguing. Though Linux offers a decent amount of free versions, the familiarity the general public has with Windows is undeniable, and works well in Microsoft's favor.  "By now most people who are interested in operating systems have probably had a chance... Read more...
Hello Everyone! Just in case you missed to new link at the top of the page, we're here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Systemax's Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC.  Here's a snip from the article... "In this article we'll be taking a look at gaming rig from Systemax dubbed the "Wildcat".  Actually, its full name is the Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC, but for the sake of brevity and our sanity we will refer to the system as the "Wildcat" for the remainder of this article.  Some of you may remember Systemax as a budget and workstation-class PC builder, but rest assured, times... Read more...
  Due to the fact that we're an on-line PC hardware enthusiast and technology news publication, the majority of our readers tend to be the do-it-yourself type that build their own custom systems. We cover the gamut of PC hardware, from high-end motherboards and graphics cards, to optical drives and speakers. And while we typically focus on the latest "hot" hardware here, we also like to diversify our content with mainstream hardware that has greater appeal to the masses as well. To that end, we've begun evaluating full production systems in addition to individual components here at HotHardware.com. We may be a team of DIY enthusiasts, but we know... Read more...
Corsair's new external water cooling kit, the Nautlius 500, gets high marks for decent performance at a low price. The folks over at sudhian.com compare the Nautlius 500 to Silverstone's NT03 and NT06 coolers, and for $149 it does a decent job. "This time around Corsair is placing greater emphasis on simplicity and easy installation. The new Nautilus 500 promises to be an easy to install system that is universally compatible with all processors. Corsair also promises a low price too. The big question is whether the Nautilus 500 can cool processors adequately without making the install too complex."... Read more...
It's an SFF PC, it's a Mac Mini, it's a toaster, no wait... "The cute little AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors. There is a single 200 pin DDR-2 SO DIMM slot which accepts up to 1GB of DDR2-400/533 memory. On devices packed into the dictionary sized PC include a Realtek Gigabit network adaptor, a 5.1 channel sound card, IEEE 1394a, an onboard Intel GMA900 videocard and even a dual layer slot loading DVD writer!" Easy for you to say!... Read more...
Personally I've never even considered trying this, but apparently it works out ok. The folks over at Hardware Zone even fashioned a clever Y-shaped ATX power cable for the project. The two system's aren't any kind of powerhouse(no SLI), but you'd be surprised just how little power is being consumed. "If you've wondered if it's possible to run two systems with a single power supply unit, then the answer would definitely be a YES. We took it further with Intel's Core 2 Duo processors and running them silent with passive heatsinks. Find out more about this Computex Taipei 2006 technology demo at MSI's booth right here."... Read more...
Costing around $3200, the Alienware Aurora 7500 is not for those looking to pinch pennies. Featuring an Athlon 64 4200+ (Dual-core), 2x 7900GT cards in SLI, and Alienware's liquid cooling system, you know the system is ready for games like F.E.A.R. and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. While you can build a system with similar performance for much cheaper, Alienware has a reputation for quality and is a great choice for those looking for an already built gaming machine. "Before getting too far into the review some time should be given to the Alienware lineup. The desktop models currently available are the Aurora and Area-51 systems;... Read more...
Dell has just officially launched a nearly complete refresh of its flagship XPS line of systems. On the notebook side, we see the very portable XPS M1210 complete with GeForce Go 7400 graphics all the way through to the multimedia powerhouse XPS M2010. On the desktop end, we see the radical new XPS 700 complete with two "NVIDIA next generation 7 series graphics, 2 dual-GPU cards". Regardless of what sort of form factor you're looking for, it appears as though there is a new Dell XPS that should satisfy even the most demanding gaming enthusiast. The ultimate gaming solution includes the optional... Read more...
Mushkin Enhanced Selected to Power Hypersonic Computer Systems Denver, CO, May 18, 2006- Mushkin Enhanced, a leading manufacturer in high-performance computer components, is proud to announce that it has been chosen by Hypersonic PC Sytems to provide the Mushkin Power Supply Series for Hypersonic's entire PC lineup. Mushkin power supplies are to be offered with Hypersonic's Award-Winning gaming systems; the Cyclone OCX and the Sonic Boom OCX, as well as their line of FUSION professional work-stations. "We are very proud of this relationship as it shows that our new power supply series, although still very new to the market, is already highly regarded as one of the best units available,"... Read more...
The NEW WaterChill Xternal system is launched! The NEW WaterChillTM Xternal system incl. SOFTWARE based control panel is by far the most powerful external water-cooling unit on the planet. The Xternal offers superb cooling performance assuring rock solid stability and high overclocking potential. The unique software utilizes flawless control features such as pump speed, profile settings, and automatic fan adjustment. The compact WaterChillTM Xternal system fits perfectly on top of standard ATX cases and is very easy to install - with no need for ANY case modifications. READ MORE...  ... Read more...
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