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Recently, after the deaths of four cheerleaders in a automobile accident, it was discovered that one of them, apparently the driver, had been text messaging in the car.  Some legislators wondered if there should be an effort to ban both emailing and text messaging while driving.  A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found over 90% of those surveyed do believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned. The Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found 89 percent of respondents believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be outlawed.Even so, 66 percent of the adults surveyed who drive... Read more...
From desktops to notebooks, it seems like all the rage lately is the design and manufacturing of ultra-cheap computers. First we saw the OLPC and then Asus' new Eee PC made a serious splash.  One has to wonder, can manufacturers make any money at all on products targeted to this market segment?  It seems unlikely but there's certainly a ton of volume involved, so the traditional metrics are definitely skewed.  Now it seems Lenovo will enter the fray. ''It's a natural evolution. We are not responding to our competitors,'' Chen said. ''After three years of market development in low-tier markets we have gained experience and understanding.'' Some 800 million people... Read more...
If you’re in the market for a new PSU, and the warranty is figuring heavily into your decision making process, then you might want to reconsider the Cooler Master Real Power and Real Power M series. “As part of our total commitment to quality, Cooler Master is pleased to announce that we will be extending the warranty period of our Real Power and Real Power M series power supply units to a period of five years. With this newly extended warranty, Cooler Master users can purchase Real Power and Real Power M PSUs with even greater confidence.” It's nice to see hardware manufacturers displaying their faith in their own products by increasing their warranties.Regardless of which PSU you choose,... Read more...
Super Talent Extends DDR3 Leadership to 1866MHz World's First 2GB 1866MHz DDR3 Kit San Jose, California - July 30, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today announced the world's fastest production DDR3 kit. W1866UX2G8 is a 2GB Kit that is tested and guaranteed to operate at 1866MHz (PC3-14900) at extremely low latencies. The W1866UX2G8 Kit, the world's first 1866MHz 2GB Kit (2x 1GB), supports ultra low 8-8-8-24 latencies. This Kit is built with the fastest available, carefully screened DRAM chips, and is hand... Read more...
After suffering from heavy losses, AMD takes some time to reorganize its two-year map for server and PC chips. According to AMD executives, the number two CPU maker has plans not only to reveal a new server-chip design in 2009 , but also to push forth faster versions of its Barcelona quad-core server chip later on in the year. The company’s short-term goal is to get the Barcelona “out there” into the market. While the Barcelona chips that will be available this quarter will only clock at 2GHz, AMD has plans to deliver faster versions in Q4, according to Randy Allen, corporate VP of AMD’s server products division. “Barcelona will come in three varieties, Allen said. The mainstream version will... Read more...
With all of the recent hype surrounding Apple's iPhone, it seems more and more people are ditching, or at least thinking about ditching, their basic, 'mono-tasker' mobile phones in favor of multifunction SmartPhones.  And although Apple has clearly been getting the lion's share of press coverage lately, there are a ton of other popular SmartPhones out there ranging from inexpensive Treos to the ultra expensive Nokia N95. So, what we want to know is this.  If you were buying a new SmartPhone today, which one would it be?  There's a new poll posted in the upper-right corner of the site.  Vote there and if there's a product we missed, or you'd just like to give your thoughts on the models we have... Read more...
VoodooPC Smashes Industry Records with Next-Gen Notebook PC 17-inch laptop sets new standard for performance notebooks (CALGARY, Canada) – Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – VoodooPC, the world’s leading architect of personalized, handcrafted high-performance PCs, today introduced its 17-inch widescreen notebook PC, the ENVY H:171. The machine is the first notebook to offer a range of next-generation PC technology, including the Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 processor, a Dual NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 graphics processing unit (GPU) and a hard drive capacity of up to 600GB using three 200GB hard drives. This balanced... Read more...
By now you've probably noticed that Intel launched a new family of desktop processors today, featuring a new core stepping and support for a 1333MHz front side bus speed; you can check out our evaluation of the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 with more information regarding the launch right here. Intel, however, has also just announced a brand new flagship mobile processor, dubbed the Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X7800.  This new mobile CPU is very similar to other Merom-core based mobile processors, but the Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X7800 sports a number of features that set it apart from the rest of Intel's mobile offerings.... Read more...
What goes faster than a Core 2 Quad processor at 3GHz?  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, nothing from AMD at the moment.  Thankfully Intel has a few more "MHz in the can", or so to speak.  Actually, it appears they may have a lot more, as you'll see in the pages that follow.  Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves though.  First, Intel had to lay the platform foundation to support higher performance.  After all, a faster engine is no good to you, sitting idle. The introduction of the Intel P35 "Bearlake" chipset and soon-to-be-released X38 chipset back in May, allowed a platform goose of the Front Side Bus speed to a snappy 1,333MHz and ushered... Read more...
Hello All.  I ntel’s has just launched their latest flagship desktop processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, and we’ve got it on the test-bench at here HotHardware.com.  Here’s a snip: “It took a small voltage bump to 1.45V in the BIOS to hit 3.73GHz.  To achieve this, we raised the FSB to 466MHz and dropped the multiplier to X8.  Once we hit our highest, stable clock speed, we were surprised how stable things were even with a relatively low cost standard HSF cooler.  We used an Artic Cooling Freezer 7 cooler to achieve these results.”... Read more...
A Microsoft investigation of the Xbox has turned out to be favorable to existing owners of the system, and to those who wish to grab one in the future. In light of the results of the inquiry, which revealed a number of factors that contribute to the infamous overheating problems of the Xbox, Microsoft today announced that it will extend the Xbox’s warranty to three years for particular hardware failures. Also, Microsoft has made improvements to the console and will compensate customers who have already paid for hardware repairs (the dreaded three-flashing-lights problem). As a result of the frustrating problems that some customers have faced, Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment &... Read more...
At the time of the HD 2900 XT's debut, AMD disclosed a multitude of details regarding mobile and mainstream GPUs derived from the R600 architecture.  In our coverage of the Radeon HD 2000 series as it became known, we talked about not only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but five other members of the family, including the Radeon HD 2600 XT (GDDR3 and GDDR4 versions), the 2600 Pro, and the Radeon HD 2400 XT and Pro.  Unfortunately, cards weren’t ready in time to launch alongside the 2900 XT, but they are now and we’ve got a trio of them in house for a benchmarking throw-down.  Click the link below and check them out… ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro,... Read more...
Google’s proudly acquired prize YouTube launched nine different versions of its site today to expand its operations. Countries including Brazil, Japan, Italy, Britain, France, and Ireland are some of the nine local-language versions launched today. The local sites feature content that each region can relate to. Moreover, the sites are already translated into the local language, which offers greater accessibility and comfort to local users. YouTube intends to open more local sites in the future. Interestingly, Germany is excluded from YouTube’s business: “YouTube's announcement comes at an interesting time for the international community, as Yahoo's Flickr still seems to be hashing out a solution... Read more...
Diamond Multimedia Announces Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1GB of Memory Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB CHATSWORTH, CA – June 14, 2007 – Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class. Diamond Multimedia’s new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics. A 700 million-transistor processing... Read more...
IBM recently was granted a patent for the technology to create an external RAM enclosure. IBM's current concept calls for the device to be comprised of three major parts; an external RAM enclosure for the add-on memory, a DRAM slot adapter that is installed like normal RAM, and a cable which connects the two. According to IBM the goal of the product is to provide a temporary solution to upgrading memory in everything from laptops, and PDAs to desktops while also allowing users to easily swap memory between systems. IBM claims that their external enclosure will provide four memory slots for every one DRAM slot within a PC. Furthermore, when the external RAM enclosure is not plugged in... Read more...
We were just sent a link to an interesting video by the folks at CoolIT - the makers of the Freezone and the custom liquid / TEC hybrid cooling apparatus used in the Dell XPS 710 H2C Performance Gaming System.  The video shows off CoolIT's new Radeon HD 2900 XT cooler at work overclocking a pair of HD 2900 XT cards running in CrossFire configuration... With the CoolIT device installed, the cards were able to hit a stable core clock speed of 980MHz, which resulted in a 3DMark06 score of over 20K.  There aren't too many details in the video, and the background music wasn't very inspiring, but it's still pretty cool to see a top 15 all-time 3DMark06... Read more...
While many of us still do not have access to High-definition TV signals, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) has already started development of the "Super Hi-Vision" TV system, which they hope will replace HDTV in the future.  Apparently, SHV is capable of 7680x4320 resolution. What does that number mean exactly? Picture this: 16 HDTV screens arranged in a 4x4 array. That is what SHV is equivalent to.Nonetheless, there are still some obstacles that NHK must overcome before SHV is released: "An uncompressed SHV signal has a bit-rate of 24Gbps and that's unmanageable for broadcasting systems. It needs to be compressed. But real-time encoding and decoding of such a high-bandwidth signal is also a challenge.""Right... Read more...
We just received word from the Tech Report that they've posted an update to their Radeon HD 2900 XT launch article in an attempt to clear up an issue related to the R600 GPU's UVD support, or lack thereof... "The UVD logic handles the CPU-intensive bitstream processing and entropy decode acceleration portions of the HD video playback pipeline. These are the most notable video decode acceleration capabilities that would separate the Radeon HD 2900 series from its direct competition, the GeForce 8800 series, if the HD 2900 XT actually had them. Turns out it does not. As the email states, the video playback capabilities of the Radeon HD 2900 XT are essentially similar to those of the previous-gen... Read more...
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Sets New Performance Record In 3DMARK05 Benchmark - Enthusiast Marcus Hultin at NordicHardware.combreaks 30,000 points with Futuremark 3DMark05benchmark using the ATI RadeonTM HD 2900 XT - Sunnyvale, Calif. - May. 23, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that enthusiast Marcus Hultin (alias Kinc) of NordicHardware.com used the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT GPU to successfully set a new single card record in Futuremark 3DMark05, with a score of 30,092.  Hultin’s system was operating an ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT tuned to 1144 MHz engine clock and 999 MHz memory clock at a temperature below freezing.  This leaves the previous top 3DMark05... Read more...
Vigor Gaming Announces Family of Systems based on New R600 Radeon 2900 XT Card CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (May 17, 2007) -- Vigor Gaming www.vigorgaming.com will introduce a family of gaming systems based on AMD/ATI's new R600 Radeon 2900 XT graphics card. The card will be incorporated into several of Vigor's gaming systems including the top-of-the-line Vigor Force Recon QX4 system, which is based on AMD’s Quad FX4 dual socket CPU platform. The new AMD/ATI card offers users a high-performance graphics solution at a lower price point ($399 MSRP) than competing cards without sacrificing performance. The AMD/ATI Radeon 2900 XT features 320 stream... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, and according to Big Billy G. almost 40 million of you are, and you've also got a DirectX10 compatible graphics card in your machine today is a milestone in your PC's life. Capcom has released DirectX10 and DirectX 9 compatible versions of their XBox360 port Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, so you'll finally get to see that GPU of yours work some of its DX10 mojo. The files are being hosted on a number of servers around the web, but NVIDIA's nZone site is dishing them out to me at about 1MB per second at the moment, so I recommend you head that way to grab your copies. Downloads are nice at quick right now and you won't have to deal with any registration... Read more...
Take a look at the red-head standing over there.  If you're a regular reader here at HotHardware, you know exactly who she is.  That's ATI's adventurous and oh-so-curvaceous front-woman, Ruby.  And she's holding that 'Perfect 10' sign for a very good reason.  It's probably not the reason you're thinking of, however.  For a digital personality, she's definitely pretty darn hot; maybe not a 10 in our book, but pretty darn close nonetheless.  No, she's holding that sign not as proclamation of her hotness, but rather to give you all a hint as to what ATI has in store for the PC in the coming days, weeks, and months. Today is the day many PC enthusiasts have been waiting for.  And we... Read more...
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