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What's the greatest tool the world has ever known? The lever? Bah! The wheel? Handy, it's true. The gun? Great for taking away other people's levers and wheels, but of doubtful utility in many settings. C'mon you know exactly what the most important tool, and the pinnacle of human achievement is: Duct tape. But science never sleeps; they've made the ultimate even more ultimater: 3M Nuclear Grade Duct Tape 8979N - Nuclear Grade is designed for both permanent and temporary applications both indoors and outdoors. 8979 provides clean removal with little or no adhesive residue from most opaque surfaces up to 6 months after application.... Read more...
What do you think is the greatest piece of software every written?  That's probably not a question that comes up very often, but it is an interesting one to ponder.  Personally, I wouldn't even know where to begin.  Charles Babcock of InformationWeek, however, has put together an interesting piece which aims to answer the question. Good reading if you've got some time to spare. "I've always been amazed at the Apollo spacecraft guidance system, built by the MIT Instrumentation Lab. In 1969, this software got Apollo 11 to the moon, detached the lunar module, landed it on the moon's surface, and brought three astronauts... Read more...
The folks at HKEPC have managed to get their hands on the AsRock AM2NF6-VSTA motherboard which is based upon NVIDIA's next generation MCP61 IGP chipset. Utilizing a single chipset package, the new NVIDIA IGP platform is passively cooled despite featuring a new graphics core based around the GeForce 7 series of GPU's. Although the review has yet to be translated, those looking for the latest details on NVIDIA's new chipset can use their favorite online translator such as Babblefish and see what they have to say about the AsRock board in question. One thing is certain, you can expect to have an in-depth analysis of NVIDIA's new IGP chipset here at Hot Hardware... Read more...
GamePC has an interesting article on-line detailing their experience testing a Quad-SLI setup. Some of the numbers look absolutely fantastic, while others will leave you scratching your head. There is no doubt that Quad-SLI is the most powerful graphics configuration currently available. But is it worth your hard-earned cash?  That's the question GamePC tries to answer.  If you'd like a second opinion, Dave took a Quad-SLI rig for a spin as well.  His thoughts are in this article from a few weeks back. "Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at nVidia's "consumer-level" Quad SLI solution, consisting of dual GeForce 7950 GX2 1 GB graphics cards and their newly released Forceware... Read more...
Rumors are up and about over the supposed theft of the source code for Flagship Studios' Hellgate: London. Bill Roper of Flagship studios hasn't confirmed that anything theft has happened, but sources say that a lone chinese hacker lifted the code, and may be attempting to sell the code. "For those of you who don't know, Hellgate: London is the first project by ex-Blizzard developer Bill Roper and his new studio, the game has been at the last two E3's and looks to be shaping up very nicely. The release date is currently "when it's done" and there is no indication that any potential code theft would impact the game's development." This isn't the first time a company has faced this... Read more...
The time has come... The tournament that HotHardware and the good folks at Sapphire put together for our HH members will run this Friday, June 23rd at 10:00PM Eastern time. The prizes up for grabs to the winning team are a Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900XTX, X1800XT, X1600 Pro, and an X1300. As much as we'd like to give everyone a new video card, we did our best with these four prizes for this contest, and we'll keep trying to provide more contests for our valued members. Other contestants will not go home empty handed though, as they will also receive one of 10 t-shirts we are throwing in. We'll be sure to post a source demo of the tournament after. Get... Read more...
The title speaks volumes and it's a lengthy one indeed. AMD's new DDR2 infused platform is here, in concert with new chipset offerings from NVIDIA and ATI.  Swing on by for a look...   And Digg on it here please to spread the word to others.  ... Read more...
It's not a difficult device to operate, but it sure is handy. In their latest article, PC Perspective takes Ultra's Power Supply Tester for a spin. With all the problems a bad Power Supply can cause, a PSU Tester is a great thing to have if your in the computer repair business. "The specs are quite simple as you would imagine, with an audible beep that lets you know whether or not the power supply has powered up. If you hear the beep the power supply has indeed powered up, if not and you have it connected to a wall outlet and have any switch that might apply powered on, then it sounds like you need a new PSU."... Read more...
For multi-card support, ATI has CrossFire. Nvidia, on the other hand, has SLI. But that's not all, S3 has MultiChrome. In their latest review, The Tech Report gets a couple of Chrome S27 GPU's for testing, putting them up against Nvidia's GeForce 6600GT(both single card and SLI). S3 has made some good progress with their GPU technology, but can two Chrome S27s really play a game like F.E.A.R.? "The basic graphics architecture of the Chrome S27 is fairly conventional. The GPU has four vertex shader units and eight pixel shader processors, but only four texturing units and four render back ends capable of turning a fragment... Read more...
Hello Everyone, We've teamed up with the good folks at Sapphire again for another exciting contest. Things are going to be somewhat different -- and a bit more fun -- this time around though! Here's what we're going to be giving away to the lucky winners. Yes, that's winners with an "s"... 1st place - Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX 2nd place - Radeon X1800 XT 3rd place - Radeon X1600 PRO AGP 4th place - Radeon X1300 And we've also got about 10 t-shirts for to give away to other participants as well. This contest is going to take place in two stages. For the details, please check out this thread in our forum. Thanks, and good luck to you all!  ... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc. unveils the third generation of its desktop management software, Apple Remote Desktop 3. The company's latest software, immediately available for sale, was designed to work with the new Intel-based Macs and carries more than 50 new features that it said would improve software distribution, asset management and remote assistance. Its suggested retail price would run at $299 for managing up to 10 systems and $499 for managing an unlimited number of systems.  ... Read more...
Having a PSU to test various parts can be a handy thing to have, and for a few bucks you can make one without too much trouble. Modders-Inc.com will show you how to make one, but if you're not comfortable with hardware and basic wiring, you might want to hold off on building one of these. "Modders are always looking for a way to test lights, parts, or LEDs for lighting effects. No one uses the AT standard anymore but those Power Supplies are still available, either from old machines or real cheap. For $12 USD or less you can build one with new parts or if you already have the PSU it is only the cost of the switch."... Read more...
After their initial launch, new GeForce 7900 and 7600 series cards have been slow to roll in here, although they are plentiful in the retail channel.  Regardless we are now getting product in from XFX and many others here shortly.  In the mean time, check out TweakTown's look at Gigabyte's offering... I personally use a Radeon X1900XTX because it is better at what I play, predominately Battlefield 2 yet the biggest problem with it is the noise output - it is just way too loud and you really have to crank up the speakers or use headphones to get over it. The 7900GTX I feel is the better card, it performs similar and better depending what games you're playing. The 7900GT which... Read more...
ATI Starts Spring Off With A Bang -- Enter the "Spring Loaded CrossFire" contest to win great ATI prizes From April 4th to May 15, 2006 hardcore gamers will have the chance to win one of nine CrossFire prize packs featuring two Radeon graphics cards, an Asus motherboard and three fantastic game titles. To enter, just visit www.ati.com/springloaded. Six winners selected will receive one (1) prize package consisting of the following: - ATI Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB PCI Express graphics card - ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition 512MB PCI Express card - ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe motherboard - Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2 - Guild Wars: Factions - Ghost Recon: Advance War Fighter Three winners... Read more...
Corsair Unveils the World's Fastest Production DDR2 and DDR1 Memory at CeBIT 2006 Fremont, CA (March 6, 2006) – Corsair Memory(R), the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today launched the world's fastest DDR2 and DDR1 memory solutions for the Intel(R) and the AMD(R) platforms. Rated at scorching fast 1066MHz, the new TWIN2X1024-8500 from Corsair delivers the highest memory frequency currently available to Intel users. Simultaneously, the new TWINX2048-4400PRO takes the lead with its rated 550MHz speed to unleash maximum performance on the AMD platform. Live demonstrations of the world's fastest memory modules can be seen at the Corsair booth in Hall... Read more...
Hello Everyone! DRUM-ROLL BOYS AND GIRLS! Say congratulations to: John "xtremeskier97" Mizzell !!! and Alan "Der Meister" Campbell !!! They are our Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition Give-Away Winners! Enjoy boys! Cards on the way, modded out of the box and ready to rock! And a big thanks to Sapphire for sponsoring the contest and giving back to the HH community!  ... Read more...
Still looking for a PSU that's right for you? And who doesn't like a good old roundup review? Today X-Bit labs has rounded up 9 different power supplies, which are all good, but only one can be the best... or could there be some equals? "We are going to introduce to you 9 power supply units in our detailed roundup today. We will discuss in great detail the solutions from Enermax, FSP Group, MGE, SilverStone, SinTek, Zalman and Foxconn. These models are all very powerful ones with over 400W capacity that are available in retail stores."... Read more...
Today, we've seen a few interesting bits of news show up on the web concerning ATI's next-generation R580 flagship GPU. The Register reports that Japanese vendors already have the cards on hand and that a note inside the boxes claims some pretty serious power requirements. On its own, a single R580 card requires a 450W PSU with 30A on the 12V rail. When two cards are in a Crossfire configuration, your system will need a power supply with at least 550W and a whopping 38A on the 12V rail. Yet another somewhat surprising rumor comes from The Inquirer and states that the R580 All In Wonder card will be equipped with 256MB of memory. Although this seems more than adequate for the time being, this... Read more...
Easily one of the most exciting topics in the last few months, Hardware Zone has managed to get their hands on (and benchmark) MSI's MXM-comprised Germinium Go SLI graphics card. Given the low power requirements, significantly lower heat output, and upgradeability of an MXM-based graphics card it is more than a bit exciting to see MSI taking this approach so seriously. Those doubting the viability of this card will be a bit surprised to see that MSI is serious enough to have already achieved all the proper certifications (ROHS, TUV, etc.) to bring the card to market. For those looking for something interesting to stir up their Tuesday morning, do yourself a favor and go check out MSI's ingenious... Read more...
Good evening folks!  BW here, stopping by to let you all know that we've selected the winners for our ECS & Intel Holiday Giveaway!  The winners are Bob White (Bob_on_the_Cob), Grady Howell (Entermymatrix03), and Jonathan Peng (Ne0rC)! All three of the lucky winners will be receiving a Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor with an ECS 945P-A motherboard! ... Read more...
ECS & HotHardware Holiday Giveaway! Hello everyone! We'd like to remind everyone about the contest we've got running, that's open to all current and new HotHardware forum members. In conjunction with ECS and Intel, we'll be giving away three Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor / ECS 945P-A Motherboard combos, to three lucky people.      For full contest details, head into our forum and read this thread. And if you're not a forum member yet, don't sweat it.  Registration is fast, free, and easy! The contest ends at midnight on December 31, 2005. Winners will be selected at random. Thanks! Happy Holidays and Good Luck to you all! ... Read more...
Remember to get your entries in for a chance to win one of three ECS i945-based Motherboard and Pentium D 830 Dual Core Processor Combos. Contest/Give-away Rules and Details here! ... Read more...
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