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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...
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...
And they just keep on coming. Nvidia has released version 81.95 drivers, which aren't dramatically different than their previous set of drivers. Still, if your interested, you can take a look at the release notes(PDF), and head on over to the download page.... Read more...
AMDZone has Quake 4 Benchmarks with the X850XT PE, 6800GT, 7800GT,& 7800GTX: "We have been Quake players since the first test came out, and it has been too long since Quake 3. While we have played just a few hours of Quake 4 multiplayer it is too early to comment on too much. While the DM17 conversion is not to our liking game play seems ok so far, but we have yet to get into a zone with the rail gun likely because our settings still need to be tweaked. While Quake 4 unlike Quake 3 includes a true single player experience today we focus on multiplayer performance. " 2GB Memory Kits: The Future of System Memory @ CoolTechZone.com: "Did you notice the recent surge in 2GB dual-channel... Read more...
XClio GoodPower 500 watt PSU @ Xtreme Resources: "Between the amateur computer user, who will use any power supply unit provided in his pre-assembled system and the hardcore enthusiast who will purchase a power supply unit that costs more than his/her bed, there is another league of users who simply want a strong, good quality power supply unit which will not let them down and keep the system safe while it must not cost an arm and a leg. In the so called 'middle stream' market, there are many companies and many products to choose from. Yet a new product comes into that market from XClio ( Meridian) to grab a piece of the pie, the GoodPower 500W power supply unit. Boasting strong reliability,... Read more...
Hey folks, just checking in to drop off the news, and let you know that Andrew has reviewed the Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 notebook, gamers looking for a mobile beast should give this one a look. Enjoy the news, good night! Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 - Gaming and Performance Andrew Ku "Consider this: a few years ago there were a handful of names making true blue notebook gaming rigs, i.e. Alienware, albeit in small quantities. But as the gaming generation grows, so does the interest in these powerful systems. So, it really comes as no surprised to us to see Dell and HP joining the fray. The difference is that Dell has really gone after the "enthusiast" gamer, rather than the casual "once... Read more...
NVIDIA Corporation is pleased to announce that Microsoft Corporation has released a software update that enables NVIDIA PureVideo" decode acceleration of Microsoft Windows Media High Definition Video (WMV-HD) content in Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 with NVIDIA GeForce" 6 Series video cards. NVIDIA PureVideo" technology a combination of NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series graphics processing units (GPUs), NVIDIA ForceWare" software drivers, and advanced algorithms is among the first technologies to take advantage of this feature with its WMV-HD decode acceleration. With WMV-HD decode acceleration, NVIDIA PureVideo technology can offload video decoding from the CPU onto the GPU, giving users up to 40%... Read more...
Ultimate Idiot's Guide to RAM @ FutureLooks: "Memory: What is it? How does it work? What kinds are there? We try to answer almost everything you can possibly think of, and maybe bring up a few things you didn't think mattered!" AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens Review @ Modtown: "Once the steel ring is attached to the camera mobile phone, the AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens can be offered into place and it will be held securely by the magnetic ring built into it. The process of taking photographs using the camera mobile phone does not change and the user should proceed to take a photograph how they normally would, according the camera mobile phone manufacturer instructions..."... Read more...
It seems that today's mid and high-end video cards are coming with increasingly more creative cooling solutions.  Lately, large, quiet fans are becoming more popular as seen with Abit's OTES, HIS's IceQ II and Sapphire's Lethal Cooling.  All of these options aim to keep a video card cool under load while minimizing fan noise, and in some cases, making it virtually non-existent.  There are trade offs to these designs, however, such as the occupation of a second slot, but often times the upside is a direct exhausting of warm air out of the case, lowering overall case temperatures.  In the end, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks and the end result can be both cool and quiet,... Read more...
While we have already taken a look or two at NVIDIA's current mainstream offering, the GeForce 6600, in the past, today we've got a completely new take on this card with Albatron's PC6600U Trinity Series.  While the basic technology behind the PC6600U remains largely the same as past cards, the core clock and memory speeds have been raised substantially, and the cooling system utilized on the PC6600U is completely different from what has been used in the past.  Albatron's new cooling apparatus is designed to cope with this card's higher than normal clock speeds, while keeping temperatures in check.  It does this by quickly removing heat from the front of the card using heatpipes,... Read more...
Happy Friday all.  JeffB checking in with your morning news post.  CTX is sporting a cheap 17" LCD worth checking out if you're in the market.  Speaking of cheap, we have links to a budget Volari video card to cover basic video needs.  We also found the Delphi portable XM receiver a cool little device.  Check it!  Supermicro "Super Quiet" Technology Reviewed @ 2CPU.com: "Demand-Based Switching (DBS) is another power management feature that Intel has come up with. Its goals are to reduce core frequency and voltage until the horsepower is actually required. The processor frequency will be reduced to a minimum of 2.8GHz until the demands of an application... Read more...
One of the major up and comers in the video card industry is HIS.  In recent months, HIS has garnered some attention with several impressive additions to their product line.  They put a major emphasis on overclocking, cooling and stability, while providing competitive performance.  With such innovations as oversized, yet quiet cooling solutions and the ability to monitor and throttle fan speeds based on temperature, HIS is catering to enthusiasts who don't like to compromise. Today, we are going to take a look at the HIS X700 Pro IceQ Turbo 256MB PCIe Video Card.  Building on their experience with previous IceQ models, HIS introduces something new with this product, namely... Read more...
This morning HardOCP checks in with an interesting piece on the real benefits of SLI in gaming.  After that, there are a couple of mini-PCs worth checking out from Shuttle and Soltek.  Rounding things out is Gigabyte video card that got Hardwarezoom so excited, they posted a preview.  Check It! HardOCP has an editorial questioning whether SLI is falling short in gaming: "The bottom line is NVIDIA is going to have to kick it up several notches on the driver side if they want SLI to impact the marketplace. The optimal solution is to make it so SLI is completely transparent to games so they don't have to create a profile for each game allowing SLI to "just work." Unfortunately,... Read more...
Hey gang, sorry for the lack of news postage here, looks like some of our guys fell off the radar last night :)  Well, tis the season, so we'll let'em slide this time around.  We've all been plugging away at some pretty nice stuff these days.  I'm working on two separate DDR2 pieces on some modules that are sure to please.  The rest of the guys are covering the spectrum, with a little something for everyone, so stick around, things are going to get real interesting.  With that said, I want to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe '04 is over, but as we ring in '05, we hope all have a good time...and be SAFE!  Best wishes to all in the... Read more...
Good afternoon HotHardware fans!  Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know that we've just posted an article outlining the features and benefits of NVIDIA's PureVideo Technology.  Click here and check it out...... Read more...
We actually had a decent amount of snow last night. I may not be good with a snowboard like Jay, but I've got some mean skills on a toboggan ;) Anyway, here's the latest in our news feed. Twinhan DTV MagicBox and VisionDTV Mini Ter @ HEXUS.net "Between the two products you've seen here, Twinhan have covered all their bases for anybody wanting a straightforward device enabling them to view terrestrial digital television on their PC. For laptop users or anyone on the move, you have the USB-based MagicBox, and for those only planning to use a single computer to feed their TV watching habits, then the PCI board will be the way to go." NVIDIA PureVideo Technology - Can NVIDIA take back ground... Read more...
We've been hearing details about NVIDIA's on-chip programmable video processor ever since the NV40 originally launched about eight months ago. Back then NVIDIA had stated that the NV40's on-chip video processor incorporated a high-quality adaptive de-interlacing engine, along with better filtering and scaling techniques, video de-blocking logic and an integrated TV-encoder. The NV40's on-chip video processor was also to be a complete HDTV solution as well, with the ability to output HDTV streams in all of the popular formats (720P, 1080i, 480P, CGMS). It also had integrated PVR (Personal Video Recorder) functionality, with hardware audio / video synchronization, hardware MPEG 1 / 2 / 4 encoding... Read more...
Heh, snow and sleet yesterday, and now it's raining. I love New England :D I do have to head out in a few minutes though, so no time to chit chat. Check back later tonight to see what I've got for gaming news. Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ The Tech Zone "When I first heard of the MX1000 Laser my first thought was "I wonder if I could use it as a laser pointer?" The answer is no. All lasers conform to one of four classes, depending on usage and power. The MX1000 is a Class 1 laser device - extremely low-powered and can be stared directly into, even with a magnifying glass, for extended periods without causing any eye damage." Arctic Cooling NV5 Video Cooler... Read more...
Good evening all!  We may be a little later than usual with the news today, but we didn't forget ya! We just got caught up in some testing this morning and didn't get a chance to update the main page.  So, without further delay, here's a healthy sampling of news that should keep you busy for a while.  Enjoy! Intel Continues To Accelerate 64-Bit Capability Across Product Lines With Platform For Embedded Storage Solutions Emulex Selects Intel TXN31011 Optical Transceiver for HBA STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 26, 2004 - Intel Corporation today expanded the 64-bit capabilities of its product line with the addition of an Intel Xeon processor-based platform with Intel... Read more...
Good morning all. It's going to be an interesting couple of days in the south east with two storms rolling around. Bonnie blew through NC yesterday evening and managed to kick up a few tornadoes in my area. Next up is Charlie who is due to arrive on Saturday. I don't mind a good storm, but I draw the line with tornadoes. I hope that's the last of those for a long time. Before I head to the basement, here's some news for you :) AMD Rev E Dual Core CPUs info @ vr-zone.com: "VR-Zone has posted some info on the AMD64 processors based on the Revision E core. Rev E will include support for Dual core, better mismatched DIMM support, 2-beat DRAM timing, better power management features, an enhanced... Read more...
Good morning folks!  How is everyone doing today?  I take it your week started out well? :)  Mine is going pretty good.  I've been taking a ton of pictures to prepare for a few upcoming reviews, did a little benchmarking, and did a some modding.  I also found the time to finish reading "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown over the last month.  If you haven't already done so, and you'd like a good murder mystery, you might want to check that book out.  Just be prepared for a little church bashing, and know that this is a work of fiction!  (So no hate mail!)  After reading it, I did a little research and was surprised by the debate going on over... Read more...
Hey all, time for your morning news update. I'm up a little earlier than usual to get things going for you. Recently I picked up mountain biking to get my lazy butt into shape and I find beating the North Carolina Sun is a good idea. All this sitting in front of a PC is bad news for the body and I figured I better do something or I'm going to get decrepit. Rob has his volley ball league, Dave his Tai Kwon Do and Jay is a cycler too. Seemed like a good fit for me as well. We'll see what happens over time, but the cost to get started is enough to keep me going for a long time!  This is not a cheap sport.  Here's your morning fix... Samsung Yepp YP-T5V Digital Audio Player Review @ Designtechnica:... Read more...
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