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Major OEMs and System Builders Choose ATI's Radeon(R) X1900 Radeon(R) X1900 products available immediately around the world MARKHAM, ON – January 24, 2006 – ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today launched and has made available its newest graphics processors for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts, the Radeon(R) X1900. The Radeon X1900 products are being adopted by major OEMs and system builders to deliver the ultimate in gaming and digital media experiences. Whether they are opting for single-GPU or multi-GPU configurations, OEMs and SIs are integrating ATI's products into the most advanced gaming platforms on the planet. OEM and system builders: Graphics cards powered by: ABS Computer... Read more...
What's a software release without a few bugs/quirks? The recently released 3DMark 06 from Futuremark can give some misleading numbers under certain circumstances. HDR is a new feature in the synthetic benchmark, and is a feature that requires full Shader model 3.0 support. As The Inquirer explains, this fact can give some interesting results when benchmarking a card such as the Radeon X850 XT PE(SM 2.0b) against the Radeon X1600 XT(SM 3.0). "A X1600XT card supports Shader model 3.0 while the latter cannot do HDR or Shader model 3.0 and this significantly affects the score. The card with Shader model 3.0 / HDR support will automatically gain... Read more...
You know it folks, sooner or later your VHS tapes will degrade to a point where they're no longer enjoyable to watch. The technology to port them over to your computer has been around for a while now, but if you've never taken the time to learn how to do it, then PCStats will help get you started. "As you may have noticed, the VCR is a dying technology. DVD players are now equivalent in price, and their disks have practically crowded VHS tapes right off the shelves of your neighborhood video store. Give it another three years and you may be hard pressed to find a new release on tape. So what happens when your VCR finally breaks? In this PCstats... Read more...
The guys at NGOHQ took some time with ATI's X1800 to see what this card could do in the overclocking arena.  What they found was the X1800 was quite the little overclocker indeed.  Utilizing ATITOOL, this experiment yielded impressive results, all without any physical modifications required.  This is a brief write up that didn't include any benchmark comparisons.  However. the focus here was on the overclocking process, and overclock the X1800 did. "ATi has finally made the leap and given overclockers a reason to celebrate. In their new RADEON X1800 series they have given us the ability to modify the GPU/DDR voltages without... Read more...
The Inquirer has posted several highlights from CES ranging from coverage of new high-tech toys such as the Raptor X and Dell Renegade 600 to rumors and feedback regarding some upcoming new products like ATI's RD580 chipset. While you're there, be sure to see what The Inq has to say about notebook SLI configurations and NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 7300 GPU. Here's a snippet from the GeForce 7300 post to capture your attention:ACCORDING to some roadmaps we have seen, Nvidia is getting ready to show of its Geforce 7300 graphic card. It's a new card based on a new 90 nanometre design and separate sources confirmed the imminent arrival of this card. There will be more than one flavour of the card and... Read more...
The one stop shop for all your tweaking needs has updated it's Tweaking Companion guide. Actually shop is a bad word, since the knowledge your looking for is provided free by Mr. Koroush Ghazi over at TweakGuides.net. This was a good guide to begin with, so Version 3.0 is certainly welcomed. "After many hours of revising and rewriting, the new TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Version 3.0 is out. It is now possibly the most comprehensive free Windows XP/System guide available. The entire layout has been rearranged to be much more logical and easier to read. There are links to dozens of new free applications and sites, tons of new advice scattered... Read more...
CoolTechZone has posted an editorial outlining their thoughts on NVIDIA's recent acquisition of chipset maker ULI. Regardless of what your take is on NVIDIA's reasons for buying ULI, it seems safe to assume that everyone can agree this will likely have a significant impact on the chipset market in general. The immediate benefit would seem to be gaining a bit more street credit in Taiwan thanks to ULI's reputation there. Beyond that, it's unsure what segments this new engineering group will be focusing on though the editor seems to think the Intel IGP and mobile markets are the probable answers.NVIDIA also has presence in India and other countries globally, but not in Taiwan, which is the motherboard... Read more...
The gang at Corsair have posted an article outlining the various details of building a high performance gaming PC. Of particular interest is the section regarding overclocking the system. For those who might have limited experience in overclocking, who better to teach you the black art than one of the leading enthusiast memory vendors. Should you be looking to build a system yourself, be sure to also check our our own Hot Hardware Holiday Buyer's Guide.The sweet spot for resolution right now seems to be 1280x1024, which is the native resolution of most 17" and 19" LCD monitors. In a newer game like Call of Duty 2 or Battlefield 2, even the top-of-the-line video cards like the 7800GTX and the... Read more...
Some big news in the storage industry has hit the press today, Seagate is to acquire Maxtor for $1.9 Billion. After a year of the merger, approximately $300 million is expected to be saved from operating expenses. "Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Maxtor shareholders will receive .37 shares of Seagate common stock for each Maxtor share they own. When the transaction is completed Seagate shareholders will own approximately 84 percent and Maxtor shareholders will own approximately 16 percent of the combined company. The value of the transaction is approximately... Read more...
With the holidays looming around the corner, and a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket, we here at HotHardware.com thought we'd do what we could to ensure that you spent your hard-earned cash in the most appropriate manner. Before we begin, it makes sense to outline our approach and illustrate what we're trying to accomplish. It is critical to have reasonable expectations here, as no $1,000 system is going to compete with a $4,000 SLI monster. However, as you will see a budget system does not necessarily mean lackluster performance. In fact, every system we reference in this article would be more than capable of playing any game or running virtually any business/professional application... Read more...
And interesting product has found it's way into the PimpRig labs, a new type of thermal paste. Liquid Metal is the name, and it looks like, well, liquid metal. It's also a bit hard to spread around, as PimpRig found out. They got the paste from a seller on e-bay, so does this stuff actually perform well? "I was shocked when I pulled the cap off the syringe and saw that the needle was still there. I had no idea how the thermal interface material could get through an opening that small until I pressed the plunger slightly over the CPU. A drop of the material came out with no problem and sat there like a ball on the CPU. It was at that point that... Read more...
X-Bit labs has gone all out and taken a look at 5 different case models from Arctic Cooling. The Silentium series is in the spot light, and even though each of the different models look different, the insides remain the same. "Today we are going to take a look at the whole system case family from Arctic Cooling known under Silentium brand name. The remarkable thing about these mid-tower cases is that Arctic Cooling took an absolutely new approach to building a system case and developed a whole new component layout almost from scratch. We will look at 5 models from this family positioned as ready-made solutions for very quiet computers."... Read more...
Seemingly out of nowhere, NVIDIA has announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire the chipset vendor ULI. This has to be some extremely upsetting news to ATI as they have worked closely with ULI in the past (primarily for southbridge chipsets). Without question, the addition of ULI's technology and experience will no doubt help solidify and improve NVIDIA's already exceptional MCP products.Alex Kuo, president and chief executive officer, ULi, will join NVIDIA as a senior executive responsible for MCP sales, marketing, and support functions in Asia. NVIDIA intends to supply ULi customers with current products for the foreseeable future. Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief... Read more...
The TechZone has pulled together a guide on making personal home movies.  Just in time for the holiday season, they lay out the steps to making home movies that'll impress.  Marrying a camcoder, PC and other hardware, they break it down so you can make movies with panache that'll last years."It has only been within the recent past that digital cameras and camcorders, DVD burners and high-powered PCs have become fast enough and cheap enough to make consumer digital video editing/production feasible. Let's look at some real examples." ... Read more...
How would a well lit Doom 3 run on your average computer? Well, we found the answer to that with Quake 4. Unfortunately, many of us also found our FPS slowing to a crawl. If you're looking to get the most out of your Quake 4 experience, FiringSquad's Quake 4 Optimization Guide will help narrow down the right balance between performance and image quality. "Disappointed with your performance in Quake 4? If so, today's Quake 4 Optimization Guide may help. Stathi goes over all of Quake 4's video settings with a range of budget, mainstream, and semi-high-end PCI-E and AGP graphics cards. See the performance impact of each setting, as well as screenshots... Read more...
There are a few holiday system guides floating around the net, but [H]ard|OCP has put out a 14 page guide that covers full systems builds, and system upgrades. If you're still undecided on what to get this year, head on over to the Holiday System Guide. "As the 2005 holiday season is near, we dug deep into our holiday cheer and came up with a Newegg four-way system buying guide. We applied $500 and $1000 to upgrade systems and $1200 and $2000 to full systems for both AMD and Intel-based purchases"... Read more...
Is your overclocked rig being held back by high temps? For the extreme overclocker, air cooling just doesn't always cut it. 3dGameMan looks to quench your thirst with Swiftech's H20-Apex "Extreme Duty" kit. In traditional 3dGameMan style, the review is presented in video format, so grab a snack and enjoy the show. "There's a reason they call this product "Extreme Duty"! They include massive tubing (5/8"), the excellent STORM waterblock, and a wicked industrial quiet pump. All this in combination has to yield excellent results, and it does. If you're in the market for an internal watercooling kit, definitely put this baby at the very... Read more...
Another game, another guide. TweakGuides.com has updated their NFS: Most Wanted Tweak Guide, which you NFS fans should check out. "I bought the retail version of NFS:MW today and finally got the chance to update my Need for Speed: Most Wanted Tweak Guide. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should give it a try. If you have read it, check pages 4 and 10 again in particular for new tips and info which you should find useful."... Read more...
Adrian's Rojak Pot is known for their guides on everything from BIOS Tweaking to Voltage Mods. This weekend they've added to their list with the "Emergency Spyware Guide", which covers how to properly identify and remove the most annoying of programs. "Is your PC behaving strangely? Popping up banners all the time? Getting redirected to unknown websites? It's very likely your PC has been hit by spyware! But fret not. We have just the guide for you! Join TEB as he shows you how to get rid of spyware and stay clean!"... Read more...
With the recent release of NiBiTor 2.5a(the Nvidia BIOS Editor), MKVTech has updated their NiBiTor guide. Version 2.5a offers support for the GeForce 7800GTX, and 7800GTX 512MB, among other things."MVKTech just released an updated version of the NiBiTor guide for those who would like a better idea of how the application works. Our goals was to provide a generalized understanding on how to use the application properly and effectively. You will find information such as build history, BIOS support and a wealth of information that will bring a better understanding to its use. The guide is now compliant with the lastest release of NiBiTor (v2.5a - Released 15 November 2005)." ... Read more...
With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure some of you are looking for the perfect gift. In the year 2005, a pair of slippers might cut it. But how about new photo printer? Designtechnica looks to make the job a little easier with their Fall 2005 Buying Guide for Photo Printers. "You may have to dig a little deeper with other models that don't have 'photo' in their names. This doesn't mean you can't print photos with them; rather, there are models like the ones just mentioned that utilize specific technologies to deliver the ultimate in photo-quality prints. At this time, inkjet printers are the most popular way to make prints at home but... Read more...
Mr. Koroush Ghazi has been at it again, creating comprehensive tweak guides for today's hottest games. The latest guide has been written for the recently released Need For Speed: Most Wanted.The game has been designed for consoles, and as such there are no major .ini/.cfg files which can be played around with. So instead the guide focuses on giving you the rundown on how the various in-game settings affect image quality and performance through a series of screenshot comparisons and performance discussions. ... Read more...
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