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It's become commonplace for celebrities and companies to make announcements via Twitter. Thus, should we really be surprised that Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement via Twitter (and also, via a new service called Tout)? Although Twitter hosted the Tweet, it was Tout that hosted the video (below). The Tweet drove 500K users to six-week old Tout in the space of three hours. [Tout can be thought of as a sort of video Twitter.] Apparently, Shaq is a fan of Tout. He contacted the service ahead of time, telling them he wanted to use Tout to announce his retirement. Tout CEO Michael Downing said that “Shaq’s got a lot of different things going on, but he’s told us that this... Read more...
If the blockbuster successes of games like World of Warcraft and Counterstrike, compared to the lack-luster reception of ultra-high-end titles like Crysis, have taught us anything, it is that the vast majority of PC gamers are not running games which are incredibly graphics intensive. As low-cost gaming consoles continue to steal many of these casual gamers away from the PC, component manufacturers for the PC platform are starting to think differently about how to approach the gaming market. As of late, we’re seeing a significant and refreshing shift towards lower-cost components for the mainstream market. Getting more performance for your dollar is now more exciting than getting the... Read more...
NVIDIA launched the first release of their next generation GeForce 9 GPU architecture today and this time the company decided to come out with a mainstream, more reasonably priced offering first, versus the traditional high-end, pricey flagship boards that are typically showcased for the introduction of a new graphics processor.  The new NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT is based on the NVIDIA G94 GPU and is manufactured on a 65nm process with a 64 stream processor architecture. To put that in perspective, NVIDIA’s previous generation mid-range component (the 8600 GT) had half the number of SPs at 32, though due its 65nm process shrink, the 9600 GPU is still quite small thus still cost and power-efficient. ... Read more...
Just a few weeks ago, we took a look at the two fastest workstation class graphics cards currently on the market, the FireGL V8650 from ATI/AMD and the QuadroFX 5600 from Nvidia. We found both products to be quite powerful and thought either one would be a solid choice for a high-end workstation.  However, the one comment which was repeated over and over again when looking at those cards was that unless you worked for a major studio or production firm, they were simply not very affordable. At nearly $3,000 a piece, the FireGL V8650 and QuadroFX 5600 require large investments. However, don’t think that just because a graphics card is targeted for workstation use that... Read more...
While high-end workstation graphics cards may be based on roughly the same core architectures as gaming-targeted graphics cards, their purposes in life are very different. While they both accomplish the same task, processing commands and rendering images on-screen, workstation cards endure a more strenuous existence than their gaming brethren. Workstation cards are used to solve huge, mission-critical problems, like helping engineers design and build cars; helping architects to planning and construct buildings, and even help to our friendly oil and gas companies to provide more effective oil and gas production and transportation methods. For many HotHardware readers,... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Announces Availability of Premium Hypersonic Gaming Notebooks for the Global Consumer Electronics Retail Channel Sunnyvale, CA—December 6, 2007—OCZ Technology Group a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, PC components, and system builds, is pleased to announce that gamers and enthusiasts will now have access to purchase pre-built Hypersonic notebooks from a wide spectrum of online and retail outlets. High-performance laptop seekers will be afforded greater and quicker access to laptops that fit their performance expectations, while more selective users can still customize the ultimate gaming notebook through the online Hypersonic... Read more...
We know some of you like to jump right down to the news, so w e’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new P35 chipset-based motherboard shootout here at HotHardware in which we pit the Asus P5K3 Deluxe against the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  The P5K3 Deluxe is positioned as a premium product, with a price tag to match.  And we put it up against another heavyweight, the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  Both boards feature elaborate cooling hardware and overclocked well past the 2GHz FSB mark.  Click the link below and check them out... P35 Shootout: Asus P5K3 Deluxe vs. Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6... Read more...
Power -- It's one of the most important factors for peak system performance and stability. Yet, the PSU is still an often overlooked PC component. While not as sexy as a high-end motherboard, video card or RAM, the power supplying these components is just as important as the components themselves.  With the heightened demands of the latest computing hardware, ample power is an increasingly important consideration for performance and stability. Dual GPU configurations are now commonplace and CPUs are sporting multiple cores, all of which place greater demand on the PSU.  Throw some overclocking into the mix and a common 550w PSU will crack under the stress, which can end up... Read more...
Stepping back to look at who has the largest market share in the chipset sector for AMD socket AM2 processors, it's clear who is on top and who is not.  Take virtually any major motherboard manufacturer and see what they have to offer and in most cases, NVIDIA chipset solutions are going to dominate the product list.  It's a little ironic when you take into account the merger between AMD and ATI, but it's a safe assumption that AMD and ATI will be working to level the playing field in the near future as they work on their roadmap product offering together. Today, however, ATI does have a chipset designed for the AM2 processor line, which brings competitive performance... Read more...
GamePC Labs has gone ahead and rounded up four 500GB hard drive's... I still remember when 500MB was a lot. These are some quality drives though, manufactured by names such as Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, and Maxtor. Even though each brand is known for quality, when the drives average around 77 cents per gigabyte, you'll still want to pick the best drive possible."Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at four of the highest capacity disks on the market, all sporting 500 GB of storage capacity. We've got the largest drives on the market from Hitachi, Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital all in the labs for a round of competitive testing. We've also thrown in Western Digital's Raptor 74 and... Read more...
Anandtech has gathered GeForce 6800 GS cards from several vendors and has compiled a shootout to determine which card offers the best bang for the buck. Without question, this mainstream GPU has gathered a significant amount of popularity for its price/performance ratio. Although you're sure to have an excellent card regardless of which vendor you choose, this roundup might just provide you with enough reason to favor a particular vendor. NVIDIA's 6800 GS does in fact seem like the card that most gamers will be looking to aim for a solid mid-range upgrade, especially if unlocking the pipelines of the X800 GTO isn't something that sounds like... Read more...
Anandtech has published the second part of their roundup of 2GB DDR kits to see which memory vendors should be receiving your hard-earned cash. With nearly every major memory vendor represented, the article does a good job of rounding up the usual suspects and weeding out the less than stellar performers. In the end, the editor has no problem dividing the best modules from the rest of the field. However, there are some interesting questions nested at the end of the article that might just complicate that upcoming memory purchase you were planning. The only real question is whether you really want to invest in 2GB of DDR with AMD DDR2 just around... Read more...
Battles have been won by each side, but the war over which graphics card produces the best image quality will never be over. FiringSquad has taken the top 3 contenders of today, ATI, Nvidia, and XGI, and have put their image quality to the test. Is it ATI, Nvidia... or even XGI? "Today Alan Dang looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300. Test-taking skills will tell you that FiringSquad wouldn't have bothered talking about the XGI Volari 8300 unless it had something special to offer..."... Read more...
Hey folks! It's time to kick off the news with new edition of HotHardware. The news format is changing a bit, so keep a look out for more frequent updates. Now, If you're in the market for a new Tablet PC, CoolTechZone has posted their views on the Lenovo ThinkPad X41. Also, for those of you wondering how much CPU power Quake 4 can eat up, FiringSquad has benchmarked the game against high-end to mid-range AMD and Intel CPU's. Those of you who remember similar benchmarks with Doom 3 should have an idea of what to expect. The Athlon XP series is not included in the test, but from the Doom 3 CPU benchmarks I've seen, if your still using an Athlon XP, you should upgrade if you want to get the most... Read more...
Gaming news has been flooding our news box since the release of some major titles in the past month. F.E.A.R. is still one of the hottest topics, and today is no exception. Mr. Ghazi from TweakGuides has put up his F.E.A.R. tweak guide, which fortunately has some image comparisons for various quality settings in the game. FiringSquad is also indulging in the craze, and today they've released their "F.E.A.R. CPU Shootout" article. Enjoy the news! ATI Radeon X1800 Performance and Image Quality Article @ Beyond3D "The X1800 XT is able to open a reasonable performance gap to the other boards here, with it performance up to 38% faster than the previous generation high end board and... Read more...
Hey everyone! Ever wonder how to mod a Apple iMAC G5? Posting this might be a sin to some of you, but Legit Reviews will show you how. Also, is the memory industry at a stand still? All that and more, here at the HH news post :) High-End Wireless Notebook Mouse @ CoolTechZone "After seething on the lack of ergonomically comfortable notebook mice, we noticed a new addition to Logitech's product line, the V500. The V500 is a wireless notebook mouse with comparatively better ergonomics, thanks in part to its grooves. The precision is all well and good for what its designed for – basic tasks. If you are planning on purchasing the V500, you wouldn't necessary be delighted with its performance... Read more...
Hey everyone, here's the last bit of news for the night. Please excuse the lack of chatter, I'm about ready to pass out... after a bowl of lucky charms :) Good night. Niveus Media Center Now Available at Select Audio/Video Retailers Now Available at select Audio/Video retailers; the Niveus Media Center – Denali Edition with HDTV, featuring Windows (R) XP (R) Media Center Edition 2005 and the Niveus A/V-style chassis. Santa Clara, CA, 16 June 2005 – Niveus Media, Inc., manufacturer of media entertainment devices for the high-end audio/video market , has announced that its Denali Edition media center based on the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system is now available... Read more...
Hey folks, just stopping in and dropping off some reading material. Any of you gamers want to know what $4K will buy you? Sharky Extreme will show you. Those of you with 1700+'s and GF4 MX's, you might not want to look. And for those of you with ATI cards, you can check out Marco's review of the new Catalyst 5.6 drivers running on a Radeon X800XL 512MB. Goodnight folks! RADEON X800 XL Shootout @ Hardware Zone "ATI's RADEON X800 XL cards are turning out to be very attractive value for money prospects for those looking for a decent and affordable high-end card. We examine the credentials of seven RADEON X800 XL cards and see which one should get your dollar." Coolmax CU-400T 400W Modular... Read more...
Hey folks, how's it going? Corsair sent us a notice today, they've produced a document that takes a look at the importance of memory latency and it's impact on performance. If your interested, you can download the PDF file: Here. Here's the rest of your news... Wireless Networking: Setup and Security @ Bigbruin "There are definitely additional issues that could be considered when setting up a wireless network, but covering these basics will make a wireless network much more secure than it was straight out of the box. Many people are confident that no one would be interested in their home network and feel security is just one more headache of technical mumbo-jumbo that they would rather not... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm here to bring you a little news to cap off your night. We have reviews for the Demon 480w Power Supply, Coolink BAT1VS HSF, and a few more items. Check back tomorrow for more of what you love :) Goodnight. Demon 480w Power Supply @ Controlled-Insanity "The Demon includes all of the standard connections you may need, the 20 pin ATX, P4 connector, 2 floppy connectors, and 2 strings, with 3 molex connectors on each. These are again, all pre-modded with nice blue connectors. If you have ever replaced these before, you will understand the value of having these pre-modded, especially the 20 ping connector." Coolink BAT1VS HSF @ Phoronix "When pulling the Coolink BAT1VS... Read more...
Good morning everyone, NJ here with yet another edition of the HH times.  Awaking to a cool morning with just a touch of frost, it looks as if winter is approaching fast.  Not that I mind though.  The faster the snow is on the ground, the faster I can bust out the new snowboard.  Nonetheless, lets get to the real reason you stopped in this morning.  Here is your morning shot of juice...  NVIDIA's GeForce 6200 Graphics Processor: TechReport NeoSeeker NVNews HardOCP Hexus  Socket 939 Motherboard Shootout @ TweakTown "Mike has served us up some AMD related content today where he compares two Socket 939 Athlon 64 motherboards. The first is the MSI K8N Neo 2... Read more...
Good morning everyone :)  As you can probably judge by the timestamp of this post, I am having issues sleeping.  So, what better way to fill a slumber free night, then relaxing with some soft music and good reading?! AeroCool VM-101 Fanless VGA Cooler @ SystemCooling "AeroCool has responded to increased consumer interest in fanless cooling solutions with their new Video Magic series fanless VGA cooler. The VM-101 video card cooler incorporates heat pipe technology to transfer heat away from the graphics processing unit (GPU) to a large array of aluminum fins, which the manufacturer claims can passively dissipate up to 70 watts of heat. The VM-101 can be used on both NVIDIA and... Read more...
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