Items tagged with X4

Though leaks of the product have been circulating around the web for months now, today AMD is officially announcing their Phenom brand of processors based on their next generation K10 CPU core architecture, code named Barcelona.  The chip is built on AMD's 65nm process and is comprised of up to 4 32/64-bit capable CPU engines on a single die.  In addition, each core will have one of four Hypertransport links supporting it with AMD's Direct Connect Architecture that has higher throughput over traditional Front Side Bus architectures. AMD K10 Barcelona Die Map In... Read more...
  Force Recon QXN                                                                  Force Recon QX4 Vigor Gaming Announces Release of Force Recon QXN Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-based Gaming System at CES LAS VEGAS, NV - Vigor Gaming Computer, a developer of custom gaming rigs and high end peripherals, today announced the release of Force Recon QXN system, an Intel Core 2... Read more...
We've told you about the technology here, and featured some pictures of upcoming "4x4"-based systems here. And now we have another aspect of AMD's 4x4 campaign to reveal - the slick promotional T's!     AMD "Quadfather" T-Shirt Check out that guy! I wouldn't mess with that gumba.  And dig that "In the family" reference on the sleeve.  Cool stuff for sure.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that AMD's upcoming "4x4" platform will support no less than 4 discrete graphics cards. Here, AMD has called upon NVIDIA for a chipset to power the platform and has been provided with the nForce 680a. This chipset is comprised of a traditional north and southbridge pairing which provides enough PCIe lanes to support 2 PCIEx16 and 2 PCIEx8 slots. Supposedly, the chipset itself is nothing more than two nForce 590SLI chipsets on a single motherboard, though additional features such as hardware router functionality will help keep the hype machine well lubed and running. Here is the answer to a big question which has bothered many of our... Read more...
  It's easy to sit back and say "he was a good boy -- he took it on the chin like a man", or so to speak, as the good folks at Intel would like to say about their rivals at Advanced Micro Devices.  Conversely, you might quickly discover the error of your ways, if you've counted AMD out.  As we're sure you're aware, the lumps don't go unanswered in this high-stakes game we call the semiconductor industry.  Retribution is often sharp and swift. Capiche?  Recently we spent some time in private conference with AMD down in the lovely city of New York and learned of a few more details with respect to their upcoming "4X4" platform... Read more...
  This year's DigitalLife show in New York City seemed to be just a bit more festive, a bit more "real-deal", or perhaps we should just say a bit more well-attended from both an exhibitor and audience perspective?  In fact, since Ziff Davis picked up the gig, it has turned out to be like a mini-CES here on the east coast. There was also a big focus on gaming and entertainment this year, perhaps picking up where the dilapidated and now defunct E3 left off. As always, there were sights to see and excitement in the air.  Or was that just Carmen Electra?  Mmmm...Carmen -- Fetching as ever.  Sort of like the effect she has on most men, turning them... Read more...
The foreign website Tweakers.net has posted a supposedly leaked roadmap of AMD's "4x4" platform for your viewing pleasure. Although you'll need to arm yourself with your favorite online translator to grasp the content, the chart outlining the various pending products is universal. It will certainly be interesting to see what kind of performance we can expect from future products like the 3GHz FX-74. One thing which does seem a bit odd here though is the reference of that CPU being made with a 90u process as AMD will have already been manufacturing some cores at 65u. Per usual, time will tell what AMD's "official" plans regarding these processors... Read more...
We spent some time in conference with AMD during their analyst call last week and for sure they are working real hard to keep Intel at bay, providing further innovation and continuing engineering on their existing platforms.  RealWorld Tech has a perspective as well, with respect to what AMD is conjuring for their roadmap efforts. AMD's spring analyst day presented a lot of news on future plans, products and focus areas at the company. The most interesting part was a nice preview of the next generation K8 microprocessor. The K8L, as it has been dubbed, is a strong incremental improvement over the 65nm shrink of the K8. There will be several changes to the microarchitecture, most... Read more...
AMD envisions a "4x4" platform as being the next big step in enthusiast computing. With a dual-socket & dual-core capable motherboard, you'll certainly be getting every drop of performance out of Nvidia's and ATI's top of the line dual card solutions. Well, actually that's thinking a bit small. How about dual-GPU video cards in SLI or CrossFire? The 4x4 platform. "What you are seeing here is a dual-processor system board platform, each using dual-core processors for a total of four logical cores in a single computer. Also included on this slide is the introduction of dual-GPU video cards, similar to what... 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...
Over the last couple of years, we've evaluated quite a number of socket 939 motherboards for AMD Athlon 64 processors. The vast majority of these motherboards were based on NVIDIA's very popular nForce 3/4 chipsets, although a smattering were based on chipsets from SiS or VIA as well. In November of last year though, ATI also chimed in with a reference board based on their Radeon Xpress 200 chipset. In our initial coverage of that motherboard, we found it to be a worthy competitor to the nForce in the performance and overclocking departments, but thought the nForce 4 still had an edge in features and availability. Since then, however, the only other Radeon Xpress based motherboard we've tested... Read more...
RaidMax X1 ATX Gaming Case @ Bigbruin.com: "Raidmax continues to impress by offering unique, high quality items at a reasonable price. The Raidmax X1 case is no different... The X1 isn't as flashy as some of the recent "gaming" cases, but does retain enough of the "gaming" case feel with the front LCD, hidden drive bays, and a beautiful side panel." MSI NX7800GTX SLI @ Viperlair: "While we have a lot of praise to bestow upon the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E, there isn't much we can say that we haven't already done so for the 7800 GTX in general. It's fast, occupies one slot, and with it, you can really crank up the image quality settings without sacrificing performance.... Read more...
Hey folks, who likes mondays? Not me, but I managed to get a chuckle this morning from "Flat-screen memorials to the dead emerge" story over at the Inquirer. Anyway, I need to be getting back to work, enjoy the news. X800GT BIOS Update Boosts 7% Performance @ CoolTechZone "Powercolor appears to be making its mark with the X800GT, ATI's answer to NVIDIA's 6600GT. Since Powercolor is one of the first few board partners to actually have a X800GT in the market, it's getting all the attention it possibly could. With that said, Powercolor does have a strategy behind promoting its X800GT offering. Unlike other board partners that went with ATI's R423 chips in order to save cost, Powercolor... Read more...
It has taken quite sometime for ultra-portables to be fully accepted by the notebook community. This really has more to do with their price tags, than any specific design or aesthetic issue. Considering that ultra-portables are usually more expensive than traditional notebooks, it isn't hard to see why most people would choose the cheaper option. And because ultra-portables have traditionally been low power options, and battery life was lacking, they were usually relegated to the low end. Add that to the fact that any previous practical use of an ultra-portable still required a main system to compliment it, either a desktop machine or a more traditional notebook; an ultra-portable asked a lot... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm here to start you off with your weekend fix of tech news. One little interesting bit we have is a review of Thermaltake's 5.25" bay "Xpeaker"... these guys think of everything ;) Thermaltake Xpeaker Panel @ Mikhailtech "The drivers are too small and too weak to reproduce any low frequencies, so the result is a slight boost in sound levels. As for distortion, there really is none since it never reaches levels where it would be noticeable. In short, these are quiet speakers. For what it's worth, the Xpeaker is a neat contraption and useful in certain situations. However the hype is rather misleading. Thermaltake claims (and I quote), "Play it LOUD!! Xpeaker... Read more...
Hey there gang, welcome back!  Man, it has just been one of those stretches where nothing seems to be going right for me.  The last few weeks I've been dealing with an ailing pet, who is looking much better thankfully.  Now my neck has decided to give me a lesson in pain, to the point that I am looking at the world with a bit of a tilt.  I sure hope this goes away soon.  I kind of feel like Ed Sullivan right now.  So I guess I will be popping the Doan's Back Pills and hope for some relief.  While this did stop me in my tracks yesterday, it isn't stopping me from getting the news out to you!  Here's your latest dose for today... Steelpad's Steel Grip @ TechTastic.ca:... Read more...
For those of us that like to piece together our own computer systems from the ground up, deciding which piece of hardware to buy can tough.  With more and more companies coming to market with competitive products, its never easy to choose which component best suits both your needs and budget.  And it's not like one component will take care of everything, so there are numerous decisions to be made for motherboard, video, audio, RAM, Drives..etc. Instead of having to make decisions on a handful of different pieces of hardware, the AOpen AX4SG MaxII motherboard has a few of them covered for you.  With onboard graphics and sound as well as a slew of other capabilities, this motherboard... Read more...
  The Plextor 48x24x48 CD-RW Drive Burning CDs Faster Than Ever Before... By, Marco Chiappetta November 12, 2002 Plextor recently released their newest flagship CD-RW drive, the PlexWriter 48/24/48A.  Obviously, just by looking at the name, it's clear that this drive should offer increased reading and writing speeds over Plextor's previous top-of-line PlexWriter 40/12/40A.  The maximum CD recording speed has been raised to 48X (7.2MB/s), from 40X (6MB/s) and by conforming to the new Ultra-Speed CD-RW standard, re-writing speeds have doubled from 12X (1.8MB/s) to 24X (3.6MB/s).  Plextor also claims that access times have been vastly improved over their previous products. ... Read more...
The Soyo P4X400 DRAGON Ultra Platinum Edition VIA's Rogue Chipset Has Arrived! By, Marco Chiappetta October 31, 2002 Tonight on HotHardware.Com we're going to take a look at a motherboard from Soyo that is powered by VIA's controversial P4X400 DDR chipset for the Pentium 4.  If you've been on top of the hardware scene, you may know that Intel and VIA have been locked in a heated battle over the legality of VIA's P4X series of chipsets.  Intel alleges that VIA does not hold the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the P4, while VIA claims they obtained the licenses in their acquisition of S3.  Regardless of who is "right", the ongoing litigation between these two... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX 440 Round-up Abit, Chaintech, eVGA, Gainward, Leadtek,  Visiontek and X-Micro Do Battle! By - Marco Chiappetta April 25, 2002 In early February '02 NVIDIA introduced their latest product line up at a large press even in San Francisco.  Not content with releasing a single GPU this time around, NVIDIA decided to unveil two entire families of chipsets, the GeForce 4 Titaniums (Ti) and the GeForce 4 MXs.  The GeForce 4 Titaniums, coming in Ti 4200, Ti 400 and Ti 4600 flavors, are their current flagship products, boasting Dual Vertex Shaders and a host of other performance enhancing features.  The GeForce 4 MX series is their new mainstream oriented product... Read more...
Abit's Siluro T400 / 64MB MX400 Gaming on a budget... By, Marco Chiappetta August 30, 2001 There has never been a better time to be a gamer.  The CPU war between AMD and Intel has brought processor prices way down, and a slew of excellent video chipsets are available at virtually any price point.  ATi's Radeon, STM's Kyro II and nVidia's GeForce 2 MX are all widely available at prices well below $100.  Couple a video card based on any one of these chipsets with a 1GHz. processor, and you'll have a very capable gaming rig without having to spend a ton of money. That is exactly what we did here tonight.  We've taken Abit's latest entry into the budget video card market, the... Read more...
The nVidia GeForce 2 MX-400 What's old is what's new... By, Jeff Bouton April 23, 2001 Ever since they first introduced the GeForce line of GPU's, nVidia has made it clear that they live by their motto, "We Want to Push Every Pixel on the Planet".  With ever improving models being produced at a feverish pace, they have made it clear to their competition that they are the dominating force to be reckoned with.  By setting deadlines for newer products and executing with precision, the competition began to lose ground. This year alone we've seen the demise of such veterans as 3DFX and S3, leaving nVidia, ATi and Matrox as the only major players still standing. Todate, with the... Read more...
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