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Just in case you jumped right down to the news this afternoon, we’re popping in to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of Corsair's current flagship Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G DDR3-1800 memory kit.  As its name implies, this 2GB (2 x 1GB) memory kit is rated for operation at 1800MHz with a CAS latency of 7.  But it is also one of a select few memory kits to support Intel’s Extreme Memory Profiles, or XMP.  And it turned out to be a heck of an overclocker too. Click the link below and check it out...Corsair Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G Kit... Read more...
A few months ago, we rounded up some of the fastest DDR3 memory kits that were available and came away impressed by how well frequencies and performance had scaled in the short time since DDR3 had been introduced on the desktop.  Since that article was published, however, not much has changed on the DDR3 front in terms of overall performance.  1800MHz kits are still the cream of the crop and the latency of the top kits hasn’t dropped below CAS 7.  The landscape has changed a bit though, thanks to ever dropping prices, maturity, and some newly introduced features. At the time our round-up was published, we praised one of Corsair’s kits in particular, the TWIN3X2048 - 1800C7D, for... Read more...
The massive public interest in the Eee PC has certainly caused other manufacturers to accelerate whatever plans they've had to jump into the market with a comparable product.  Now it looks like Konjinsha of Korea is joining the fray with an AMD powered machine of all things:"Running on Windows XP and AMD Geode LX800 CPU, the E8 adopts 40GB HDD, 512MB memory and touch screen display with 1024 x 600 resolution. Other features included built-in stereo speaker, memory card slot, and USB port. Supporting 3.5 hours of continuous using time, it is expected to be available on February 29th for between 500,000(KRW) and 600,000(KRW).""Those prices translate to roughly $525 to $630.... Read more...
Montalvo Systems might not be a name you know, but that could change in the months ahead.  Montalvo is a company comprised  of people with resumes listing high-level design positions at firms like AMD/NexGen, Transmeta, Intel, IBM, and the list just goes on.Montalvo plans on delivering a unique multi-core chip that they've already designed and filed numerous patents on.  That's not surprising considering the work history of several of their employees.“Montalvo's chips, however, will fundamentally differ from the latest Core or Opteron processors from Intel and AMD in that the cores on its chip won't be symmetrical, i.e. identical to each other. Instead, Montalvo's chips will sport... Read more...
Most people deal with limited storage along with their almost unlimited desire to save pr0n things. In the digital world, the problem is compounded by the speed at which various storage formats become obsolete.  Even if you can lay your hands on a 5.25" floppy disk you have valuable things stored on, do you even have something that will read it ? Eventually the information might get corrupted even if you can read it. The Library of Congress, along with other interested parties, are looking for a new way to store data without obsolescence.Most details remain to be worked out, but the digital information probably will be stored in a network of computer "repositories" scattered across the globe.... Read more...
Proposed legislation in Great Britain would compel Internet Service Providers to cut off Internet access to downloaders who access copyrighted material.  Users suspected of wrongly downloading films or music will receive a warning e-mail for the first offence, a suspension for the second infringement and the termination of their internet contract if caught a third time, under the most likely option to emerge from discussions about the new law.Broadband companies who fail to enforce the “three-strikes” regime would be prosecuted and suspected customers’ details could be made available to the courts. The Government has yet to decide if information on offenders should be shared between ISPs.But... Read more...
Big brother seems to be eyeballing eBay and other online auction sites as a method of generating further tax revenues.“The IRS issued a fact sheet in September, noting, "All income from auctions, traditional or online, and consignment sales is generally taxable." It added that "a person must report a gain from a sale whether he or she operates a business or not," although it makes an exception for "income resulting from auctions akin to an occasional garage sale or yard sale."Robert Marvin, a spokesman for the IRS, said that better tax compliance by online sellers is a goal of the agency.”If you're making a killing on eBay, you've been officially warned that eyes are watching.  We're almost... Read more...
The answer of course is Intel's upcoming Itanium brand CPU codenamed Tukwila.While we tend to focus a lot of our attention on the desktop market, we cannot help but be impressed by server CPUs when we hear figures like 2 billion transistors or 30 MB of on-die cache that make up a good portion of those transistors.  “The new Itanium processor will be built on the company’s 65-nanometer manufacturing process and will also be one of the first Intel chips to use the company’s QuickPath interconnect technology—an integrated memory controller. (Advanced Micro Devices already uses an integrated memory controller with its x86 Opteron processors.)”Perhaps the most overlooked benefit of using Intel's... Read more...
It appears that 50-year old industrial-supply company Systemax, parent of TigerDirect is drawing a lot of negative heat these days over their rebates.  Here's an example of a deal and the problem: A 17” ViewSonic Monitor going for $139.99 sounds great.“But you'd have to read the small print to learn that TigerDirect's quoted price assumes you collect the $50 manufacturer's rebate. That's no small assumption, given the widespread complaints about TigerDirect's failure to pay rebates.”The sheer volume of complaints has drawn the attention of Florida's attorney general, as well as numerous lawsuits from customers and customer advocacy groups.It may be worth noting that CompUSA's name was recently... Read more...
An allegedly leaked internal Best Buy memo about the demise of the 80GB PS3 seems to be coming true.Both companies were difficult to reach today, in the wake of the Tuesday news leak to PS3 Fanboy concerning Best Buy's discontinuation of the 80GB PlayStation 3.However, as of this evening on Best Buy's site, the only PS3 SKU available is 8588584, the 40GB unit, which lacks PS2 compatibility.Popular electronics retailer Fry's has also apparently discontinued sales of the 80GB model.No comment from Sony, and Wal-Mart, Target and Circuit City still have the 80GB model in stock.... Read more...
Well, Jack Bauer would like us to believe that nuclear terror is just around the corner, and with this system, we could just possibly prove it.Researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological "dirty bombs" and nuclear weapons.Such a system could blanket the nation with millions of cell phones equipped with radiation sensors able to detect even light residues of radioactive material. Because cell phones already contain global positioning locators, the network of phones would serve as a tracking system, said physics professor Ephraim... Read more...
Anytime Apple intros something, it takes down its store to update the site.  Naturally, Tuesday, being the day Apple is to announce its financial results, the store going down led to wild speculation. Yup, it's down again... on a Tuesday... just hours before they announce their quarterly financials. We've been hearing about new pink iPod nanos all morning which have apparently been shipped to big box retail locations. Might we also see Penryn MacBook Pros and even a Canadian iPhone launch?Unfortunately, it was all about the pink nanos.  Considering Valentine's Day is coming up, sure ... but don't get us so excited, Apple!... Read more...
This announcement has the makings of a future scandal written all over it.  First it was BALCO.  Then Marion Jones had to give up her gold medals for doping.  And now Barry Bonds is under federal indictment for allegedy using HGH.  Next up, Johnaton "Fatal1ty" Wendel is locked up for cheating for using FpsBrain... The First Neural Accelerator for Computer Gamers FpsBrain supports the mental performance of players No matter if you talk about track and field, cycling or swimming - if there is money involved in athletics, performance improvement is an important matter. Electronic sports is becoming more and more professional. The most evolved e-sports industry in South Korea... Read more...
There are very few body parts we wouldn't trade  to be able to play Crysis on HECToR, the newest super computer in the U.K.“It can make 63 million calculations each second, allowing scientists to conduct research into everything from climate change to new medicines.The purpose-built machine is housed in 60 wardrobe-sized cabinets in the University of Edinburgh's advanced computing centre near the Scottish capital.After years of development, Chancellor Alistair Darling is due to attend the official launch ceremony for the 113 million pound machine.”There is no word just yet about memory, storage capacity, or how well this would fold, but we're willing to be those details would be impressive. ... Read more...
As with all rumors, we remind you to take the following with a grain of salt:“We haven't able to confirm this, but we've heard it now from a couple of people: Hitachi, the Japanese conglomerate, is talking to Toshiba and Fujitsu about forming a new company dedicated to hard drives and storage systems.The new company would combine the limping hard drive divisions of Hitachi and Toshiba as well as some of the storage systems technology from Fujitsu. Each would own a third.”This could prove quite interesting as each company brings their own distinct technologies to the party.  Imagine making hybrid drives with Hitachi's existing 7200 rpm drives, which are usually at or near the top of the charts,... Read more...
Last year at CES in Las Vegas, Dell previewed a "concept" monitor that definitely pegged our collective geek-o-meters with its ultra-sleek, clear, tempered glass design and super-thin, clean profile.  Back then not much was known about this 22" panel that popped out of nowhere, nor did we get a sense for when or even if the product would actually see the light of day on the open market.  Now, just a few days before CES '08, this comes in from the smooth operators over at Dell... "The Dell Crystal, much like its name implies, is the latest in Dell display innovation - featuring a breathtakingly slim and stylish design. The 22" widescreen LCD panel is encased in 4mm premium... Read more...
Jonesing for a way to play PS 1 games, and happen to have an iPod handy?  An enterprising developer may have the answer to your woes.Previously only available as a private beta to donators, a PlayStation 1 emulator for the iPhone and iPod has been released to the public. The version is 0.1.0 so it’s obviously far from done, but psx4iPhone is available now.The developer, ZodTTD, indicates that although there will be public releases to come, if you want to see the full range of beta releases, you should sign up for the ZodTTD Beta Testers Club by donating.Good luck getting used to a touchscreen instead of a regular controller, but honestly, who knows?  It might just catch on.... Read more...
Reports have surfaced around the web that a retail store in the Midwest, Slackers, is selling its allotment of Nintendo Wiis for a premium on eBay.  In other words, scalping them as the author says.... instead of selling the systems with bundles, a chain of Illinois/Missouri gaming stores called Slackers is simply dumping its stock onto eBay for the Buy It Now price of $399.99, an almost $150 markup."In the past year, none of the 12 [Slackers locations] have sold any Wiis except for a one-time promotional deal, where we did force customers to buy a game with it," the employee told Ars Technica. "The real crime is that we get Wii shipments regularly. In fact, right now we have about 20, but... Read more...
Eyebrows were raised last week when reports came in saying that AMD CEO Hector Ruiz received a 7.4% raise last week, despite the problems the semiconductor company is having.  We can all rest easy knowing it's just a misunderstanding.It turns out that a senior member of AMD's public relations staff erred when confirming Thursday afternoon--prior to publishing this report--that Hector was given a raise this week. The raise in question actually came last year, and the $1,046,358 in the proxy statement reflected that Hector spent part of 2006 making $950,000, and part of 2006 making $1,124,000. Hector's annual salary rate has changed slightly since then, but by just $24,000 or so to reflect... Read more...
In Apple's fiscal '08 year, which started September 30th, the Cupertino based firm plans on opening numerous new stores around the world.  Here are but a few of the stores that are on the drawing board but have yet to open in the US:Fair Oaks - Fairfax, VirginiaCherry Hill - Cherry Hill, New JerseyBridge Street - Huntsville, AlabamaBoylston - Boston, MassachusettsMall of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LouisianaOther locations are also likely if not imminent, including a new store in Honolulu, Greensboro and Cleveland.  It looks like Apple is on a serious roll and picking up steam as they go.We won't get into the sheer number of overseas stores Apple ha been opening up, but we think that they... Read more...
This is interesting.  Free software, but you potentially give up your privacy for it.Microsoft pulled the free software offer from its Web site Tuesday, which made free copies of Vista and Office among other applications available in exchange for feedback.Users will be required to install a piece of software on their computers for three months in order to receive the software for free. However at the same time the offer may have been tantalizing for some, for others it may have raised privacy concerns.For example, some of the information collected included Windows settings and usage, details on your hardware, file and folder structure, programs the user runs, and application crash data.Would... Read more...
After years of online-only sales, Dell earlier this year started working with brick-and-mortar retailers, as part of its "recovery plan." First was Wal-Mart, then Sam's Club, then Staples, and now they are going to sell through Best Buy stores.Several models of XPS and Inspiron PCs will be available at 900 Best Buy locations, including the XPS M1330 in white, the Inspiron 1521 in blue and black, the Inspiron 1420 in black, and the all-in-one XPS One desktop. Other available desktops will be the Inspiron 530, 531, and 531s. More models and colors will be added in the next few months, Dell said."It's a big step for them. It's risky, but it's a gamble they had to make," said Richard Shim, PC market... Read more...
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