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Politicians have often been asked what they intend to do when a race is too close to call, and voters are starting to wonder if casting their votes for a 3rd party might not be a good idea.  The answer, based on their actions (not responses) is simple: Start the mudslinging campaigns!It seems that Blu-ray and HD DVD might just be in such a position, and while we're not saying that this is the first handful of mud to be thrown, it sure is an ugly one:More specifically, according to Tech.co.uk, Simonis is upset at the significantly higher "attach rate" that the European HD DVD Group recently touted, which (Frank) Simonis (Blu-Ray Disc Associaton's European Chairperson) now says was a "gross... Read more...
Today, while ATI/AMD still doesn't have a "GeForce killer", it does have a number of competent and competitive low, mid and high-end cards that often score high marks for those evaluating performance from a dollar-for-dollar perspective.  One such model is the Radeon HD 2600 XT.  In this article, we will assess another 2600 XT class card in the form of the MSI RX2600XT Diamond Plus, an aggressively clocked Radeon HD 2600 XT backed with 512MB of high-speed GDDR4. Here's a HotHardware look at the card's gaming performance with a number of quality titles known to stress even the strongest of graphics cards.... Read more...
Speed.  It's the one thing that gets all the attention when most folks consider performance computer hardware.  Whether we're referring to the CPU, Memory, Hard Drive or Graphics card, one of the most important characteristics we consider is its raw performance, wanting to know just how fast a component is compared to others in its category.  Perhaps a better question to ask is how fast does it need to be?  Case in point is the constants battle between NVIDIA and AMD/ATI for who has the fastest graphics card on the market. This time last year the Geforce 8800 GTX was the new top graphics card on the scene, trouncing on every competitor it was pitted against.  This was... Read more...
Are you as annoyed by some of the ActiveX controls you find on certain web pages, that give you a "Click to activate and use this control" message as many are?.  It's soon to disappear. The issue first started with a dispute between Microsoft and Eolas Technology.  Because of this, in April 2006, Microsoft made a modification to Internet Explorer.  The message appeared on ActiveX controls that were directly embedded in HTML, rather than being injected via JavaScript.Next month, Microsoft will preview the modified Internet Explorer (IE) that eliminates the warning that's been popping up on screens when users select multimedia content, such as clicking on a link to a Flash file or... Read more...
After many months of trickling out information regarding Penryn and Intel’s 45nm manufacturing process, we’re finally able to offer up some firsthand information regarding Yorkfield, Intel’s quad-core, desktop Penryn derivative.  We recently got our hands on a new Yorkfield-based Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor and were able to run it through a host of in-house benchmarks, monitor power consumption, and overclock it as well.  Click the link below to see just how the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 performed and whether or not Intel’s 45nm manufacturing process is all the company has claimed it is cracked up to be...Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 - Yorkfield Has Landed... Read more...
It seems like Intel started talking about the Penryn core as soon as the Conroe core launched in the form of the first Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors.  Penryn was to be the next evolution in Intel’s Core microarchitecture and would be the foundation of a new class of mobile, desktop, and server processor built using the company’s advanced 45nm manufacturing process. Penryn wouldn’t be a straight die-shrink of Conroe, however.  With Penryn, Intel planned to introduce new SSE4 instructions, increase the amount of L2 cache per core, reduce power consumption, and generally enhance overall performance, clock for clock.  All things that sound good to a PC enthusiast. After... Read more...
One nice thing about the recent transition Apple made over to Intel platforms is that Mac users spend less time touting their G5 CPUs and more time digging up interesting tidbits about future Intel CPUs.  Details like the next-generation mobile technology going quad-core while remaining at 45W TPW are the sort of buzz we live for here.Perhaps the best part about this mobile quad-core is that it's not some nebulous product that Intel will release years down the road.  It's something that Intel is demonstrating engineering samples of.Of course the 45W TPW is a bit higher than the existing 35W envelope, and a lot higher than the rumored 25W for some of the new Penryn based mobile CPUs... Read more...
Alienware has extended its support of solid-state drives (SSDs) from its notebook line to its desktop line.  If you are willing to pay the big bucks --- really big bucks --- you can add these to your desktop configuration.Alienware said Tuesday that it is now shipping solid-state-disks into selected desktop models as well as its notebook PCs. Alienware's Area-51 ALX and Aurora ALX systems are the market's first desktops to feature the 64-Gbyte SSD, the company said. Prices were not announced, but configuration screens on the company's Web site said that the company was charging a whopping $1,700 for two 64-Gbyte SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration, the only option available.Honestly, 64GB seems... Read more...
Is Apple working on a new iPhone?  We're not sure, but a recent html bug hints and a product called the iPhone Extreme.  We're not sure exactly what features an 'Extreme' iPhone might have, but it should be noted that Apple uses the word 'Extreme' to define their high end networking products, and this could just end up being an iPhone with some form of 802.11N support.“Nestled within the HTML code for the feedback form is a hidden variable called "product" which contain the value "iPhone Extreme." Unfortunately, that's the extent of the rumor.Obviously, speculation is that "iPhone Extreme" could represent some new product down the line, a new name for the current iPhone if a cheaper... Read more...
Just prior to the Radeon HD 2000 series' introduction, numerous rumors circulated regarding an ultra-high clocked ATI R600-based video card, that featured a large 1GB frame buffer.  Some went so far as to say the GPU would be clocked at or near 1GHz.  Spy shots even cropped up on the web showing the card in all its glory.  But sometime between then and the official launch, news of the card fizzled and when the R600 arrived in the form of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, it was outfitted with “only” 512MB of frame buffer memory and its GPU core and memory clock speeds, while somewhat high, didn’t come close to the numbers put forth in those early rumors. Some of AMD’s partners, however, have... Read more...
For those of you that like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we've just posted a new article here at HotHardware.  We recently got our hands on a pair of Diamond’s Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB cards  and have compared their performance to the original 512MB Radeon HD 2900 XT, and to a trio of GeForce 8800 series cards, all running in both single- and multi-GPU CrossFire and SLI configurations.  We also talk about the card’s bundle and overclockability.  Click the link below and check it out, we definitely had some interesting results...   Diamond Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB CrossFire... Read more...
Microsoft has learned there are plenty of people who still want XP, as evidenced by the popularity of XP downgrades among OEM offerings.  Now they have conceded still further, and announced on Thursday plans to continue selling Windows XP through June 2008, 5 months later than announced when Windows Vista was released. The world's largest software maker introduced Windows Vista in January with the plan to phase out sales of its predecessor, Windows XP, by January 30, 2008. Microsoft said it decided to extend XP sales in response to feedback from computer manufacturers who said there were customers who still wanted to buy the older operating system.... Read more...
In what was pretty much a repeat of a March decision in which Vonage was found in violation of Verizon patents, a federal jury today ruled that Vonage is in violation of seven Sprint Nextel patents.Vonage has been ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages plus 5% royalties on all future revenue, though the defeated company said this afternoon it will file an appeal. Today's decision comes six months after Vonage lost a very similar case to Verizon. There, the VoIP provider was ordered to pay Verizon $58 plus 5.5% in royalties on all future revenue.If you are a Vonage customer, it might not be a bad idea to start shopping around ...... Read more...
Software unlocking of the iPhone has become the "deal of the day" with paid and unpaid solutions.   Apple has an answer for that, and you may not like it. Apple issued a statement Monday afternoon warning users of unlocked iPhones that the next software update it ships will probably break their phones. It's not clear how many people have unlocked their iPhone to run on networks other than AT&T's, but there has definitely been some interest among early adopters who want no part of AT&T's network. Most of those folks were always operating under the assumption that Apple might relock their iPhones with future software updates, but were they expecting... Read more...
In the past we've reported the Comcast has been disconnecting broadband service to people it loosely defines as 'excessive' users.  Comcast defines 'excessive' as homes or businesses that download about 3 motion pictures or roughly 1000 songs a day over an unspecified period of time.Users who violate this typically get a phone call or possibly other communication informing them that they have one month to set things straight.  Of course, they've been targeted for at least one law suit over disconnecting customers because their service is advertised as being without limits.  So what is Comcast's justification for what many are terming a breach of contract?  Here's a word or two from a Comcast... Read more...
Just in case you hadn't noticed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that w e've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we look at three mainstream video cards.  The first is the Sapphire HD 2400XT which is an ultra affordable video card with some solid features.  The next two models aim to deliver improved gaming performance while maintaining respectable price points that can appeal to a broader market, the Sapphire HD 2600Pro OC and the Sapphire HD 2600XT.  We take a look at each model's bundle, feature set, overclockability, and performance to see how they stack up to similarly priced competition... Sapphire Radeon HD... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Unveils World’s First Intel Extreme Memory Modules Sunnyvale, Calif.— OCZ Technology Group (LSE: OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced production of the industry’s first Intel Extreme Memory modules, a new memory solution that implements a high-performance specification optimized and predefined for the impending Intel X38 chipset. Designed to significantly increase performance levels of the entire platform, these modules feature Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP), an exclusive set of SPD (Serial Presence Detect) settings that act as an integrated “plug and... Read more...
A lot of attention is paid to framerates when discussing graphics hardware, and rightfully so.  Some argue that they are an outdated method for assessing a video card's performance, but when assessing a potential purchase, buyers need some way to determine why one card is superior to the other.  We can talk about how a card "feels" during gameplay, but framerates quantify that performance.  While framerates should not be your sole purpose for deciding on whether a particular graphics card is the right fit for your needs, they can be a useful tool for assessing the overall value of a product. Case in point, back when reviewing an ASUS EN8800GTX in December, the card churned through everything... Read more...
Yesterday, Dell announced their new line of OptiPlex 755 commercial desktop systems and touted the machines as the “world’s most manageable, energy efficient commercial desktop ever.”  The press release on Dell’s website draws attention to the OptiPlex 755’s Gold EPEAT Rating and Energy Star 4.0 Compliance, and even takes a jab at Hewlett Packard, but what you may not have noticed is that Dell is now offering ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro and XT cards as an upgrade from the stock Intel IGP.  And it’s not just on the OptiPlex 755.  The new Radeons are available as options on the OptiPlex 740 and 745 as well.  This is a big design win for AMD.... Read more...
For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc failed to gain a large enough foothold.Both of the new formats have support from different coalitions of movie studios, which means that if you want to watch high definition movies you could very well end up needing to buy two devices or a more expensive combo-device. “Until recently, many consumers were able to defer the choice because players have been so... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that w e’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of Asus’ new high-end P35-based offerings for Intel processors, the Blitz Extreme (DDR3) and the Blitz Formula (DDR2).  Here’s a snip from the piece...   “Asus saw the need for an enthusiast-class motherboard based on the P35 chipset, but with a more flexible PCI Express configuration.  And leveraging what they undoubtedly learned from designing the PW564-WS , engineered the Blitz Extreme and Blitz Formula motherboards,... Read more...
If you're a PC hardware enthusiast - and chances are pretty good that you are if you're reading HotHardware - Asus is a company that needs no introduction.  Asus' track record for building quality products targeted squarely at power users is well known and documented, so we'll forego the history lesson here and get right to the point. A couple of motherboards recently landed in the lab that filled a large void in the marketplace.  Just after the introduction of Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Extreme processors with 1333MHz front side bus frequencies, if you wanted a motherboard that officially supported one of the new CPUs, that also had a balanced (and flexible) PCI Express lane configuration... Read more...
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