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Finally, it's over. The Red Sox made history last night with their amazing march to, and through, the World Series. After sending the Yankees back home with a 4 game come back, they just kept on winning, shutting out the Cardinals in 4 games. I'm not a big baseball fan, but you have to respect that. These guys dug deep and did the unthinkable, over and over and over. There is some good Mojo hanging over Massachusetts lately, now it's the Patriots turn to keep the winning streak alive. Enough sports talk from me, here is your news for this AM! Raidmax Samurai ATX Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin.Com: "In essence what Raidmax did was to take a plain square case and screw plastic panels and shells... Read more...
Good Evening HotHardware fans! Just in case you've missed the link at the top of the page, I wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a shoot-out between two 1GB DDR2-675 capable memory kits, Corsair's TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO and Kingston's KHX5400D2K2/1G. We ran some tests at stock settings, with more aggressive 3-3-3-10 timings, and at their highest stable overclocked speeds. Click here and see which kit came out on top...... Read more...
              With the launch of their 900 series chipsets, and LGA775 based Pentium 4 processors, Intel introduced the use of DDR2 system memory on the desktop.  DDR1 system memory had been the standard for quite a few years, and DDR2 memory had been used on the occasional video card at that point, but DDR2 system memory had yet to be implemented in a consumer level desktop computer.  DDR1 and DDR2 memory are fundamentally very similar.  In essence, DDR2 memory is simply a refinement of the original, however, there are some differences that set them apart.  For example, DDR2 memory requires much less voltage... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back.  With all the sports talk today, I feel the need to round off the mix by touching on the most important sport of all, Hockey (I can already feel the heat from e-mails already).  With the NHL Blackout now peaking over the one month mark, this editor is getting tired of the Hockey Night in Canada feature being the Owners vs. Players.  Though I can see both sides of the argument, I sure hope an agreement is reached shortly so the pucks can start dropping.  Unfortunately, from the live chat which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a few days back, it looks like neither side wants to make the first step in beginning negotiations.  Personally,... Read more...
Hello everyone, how is your day going?  With a cold weather front hitting the Canadian portion of the HH labs, I have a feeling my good friend Mr. Coffee will be getting an extra large workout today.  The news front seems to be moving at a fairly steady rate, so there should be tons of goodies heading your way today....  SilverStone TJ04 case review @ OCModShop "The profile picture below of the case shows how nice it looks and precise diamond cut edge that reflected from the flash. The back of the case features an exhaust which can accommodate an 80mm, 92mm, or 120mm fan. The first thing that came to my mind when seeing the possibility of easily adding a 120mm fan was watercooling.... Read more...
Good evening brothers and sisters, welcome back :)  The day is coming to a close and the HH news-bin is busting at the seams.  However, before I jump over to the news front, I want to point out that Jeff recently posted his review of S3's OmniChrome TV/Graphics Card, their competitor to ATi's All-In-Wonder and NVIDIA's Personal Cinema line of products.  Take a few minutes and check it out before you scroll down to the news... Corsair Announces 550 MHz CAS2.5 DDR Modules Fremont, CA, October 20, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced their fastest ever DDR memory module, a DDR550 module that... Read more...
Good morning friends, welcome back to HotHardware.  I am pretty short on time this morning, so we are going to cut the chit-chat to a minimum.  However, this does not mean we are going to skimp on the news... ;)  Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO @ Viper Lair "Corsair has earned a reputation as makers of fast and reliable ram, and this tradition continues from past ram formats and into DDR-2. While not earth shattering, performance-wise today, DDR-2 is forward thinking as Intel scales their clock speeds, and the TWIN2X Pro Series is up to the task."  Etymotic ER-6 Isolator Earphones Review @ CoolTechZone "Audiophiles want not only the best speaker sets, but also... Read more...
Judging by the amount of "you have mail" notifications I have received over the past few hours, I think it is time for another shot of juice.  So, run over to the water cooler, grab a cold drink and shut the cubical door.  It is time for round two...  Chaintech SK8T800 Review @ AMD Zone "Well the big plus of the Chaintech is of course the low price.  Stability of the board was also good, and you get SATA RAID, 5.1 channel audio, and built in Ethernet as a part of the package.  You wouldn't see those options at this price point a year ago."  ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 Review @ Beyond3D "Internally the we can clearly see TV Wonder USB 2.0 uses the... Read more...
Good evening friends, I am glad to see you are back :)  It looks as if fall has arrived here in the Canadian portion of the HH labs.  With a small amount of frost on the grass this morning, the leaves should soon be hitting the ground very shortly.  Though raking is not my favourite job, I surely enjoy the fantastic visuals that come along with this season.    NZXT Guardian Case Review @ ExtensionTech.net "Having seen a NZXT Guardian case previous to the influx of reviews on the internet, I quickly contacted NZXT for a review sample. I was excited, because I had not seen anything quite like this before. Being a reviewer, I noticed a few slight flaws right away, but... Read more...
Welcome back HotHardware fans!  Considering it has only been a few hours since my last post, things have been busy.  After checking the new mailbox, I was greeted with quite a few noteworthy items.  Here's what we've got so far...  Sapphire Toxic X800 PRO VIVO Review @ Beyond3D: "Beyond the cooling system, and the obvious PCB colour change, the rest of the board appears to adhere to the ATI reference design. Removing the heatsink from the board reveals Samsung 1.6ns GDDR3 RAM, which should be capable of a maximum operating speed of 600MHz, which well beyond the rates that even the "APE" overclocking runs it at."  Hitachi 57S700 HDTV @ DesignTechnica:... Read more...
Hey gang, JeffB here for your Thursday morning news fix.  It's the same story here, we're all loaded up with hardware, cranking away for your entertainment.  The best part is the stuff just keeps coming, so there is no slowdown in sight.  On a side note, have you guys been paying attention to the BigWop?  We need you to jump into the Folding frenzy and put your PC to good use.  You can help save lives with a little effort.  I myself was a hold out for a long time, being somewhat of a PC purist, but I've seen the light and have been folding away.  You can too, just visit our Folding Forum to find out how! Do something good, represent your team and you may end... Read more...
Good afternoon folks!  How is everyone doing today?  I take it you're all doing well.  We're all doing fine too.  Things here in the New York HH labs have been fairly busy recently, but that's just the way we like it!  Better to have too much hardware on the test-bench, than not enough, right? :)  While we're here cranking out the benchmarks, what do you say we hook you up with some hardware news?  I thought you'd like that...  Silverstone SST-FP54 VFD Display Review @ Short-Media.Com: "VFD displays are yet another popular add-on to the computer. VFD displays are an eye-catching addition and they can deliver useful information at a mere glance. Complete... Read more...
Good evening everyone, how was your day?  Mine was fairly uneventful, just your typical Monday at work.  Tonight, the GF and I managed to find some mutual time off and decided a nice quiet dinner was in order.  So, with a belly full of good eats and an inbox packed with gold, I think tonight is going to end on a mellow note.   Here is your nightcap.  PowerColor Radeon 9600SE @ Legion Hardware "It is hard to accept a product like the PowerColor Radeon 9600SE and it's even more difficult to give it a fair review. Currently all the excitement in this market is obviously being generated by the latest and greatest flagship products from ATi and NVIDIA. Graphics cards... Read more...
Hello HotHardware Fans!  We've got an announcement to make!  We've teamed up with Corsair for a two-week contest, where 4 lucky participants will win a 1GB kit of Corsair Pro Series XL modules, just like the ones we reviewed here! Win 1GB of Corsair Pro Series XL RAM! Dates: August 9 -23 All you have to do to enter is send an e-mail with your full name and shipping information to contest@hothardware.com.  Over the course of the next two weeks, we'll be randomly choosing 4 winners, who will all get a swank new 1GB kit of Corsair Pro Series XL RAM!  Good Luck!... Read more...
Hey gang, time for your Friday morning news update.  There's a lot going on today, so I will spare you my morning babble since the coffee hasn't kicked in yet.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!  Here it goes... Razer Viper Optical Mouse @ Bjorn3D: "Like a knight looking for his best sword the gamer is also in search of tools to make him the greatest there is. You have the CPU, the monitor, keyboard, and the latest video card....but where is the mouse? Well, Razer may have yet another answer to that question with the Viper optical mouse. How does this thing stack up to the hoardes of mice flooding the market? The people over at CrazyPC have been gracious enough to give me the... Read more...
Greetings All!  There hasn't been a whole lot of activity today, but we were able to pull together some more goodies nonetheless.  So without further ado, here's your mid-afternoon shot of hardware goodness... ATI Brings High Definition Gaming to Mobile Users Leading Developers Agree, MOBILITY RADEON 9800 brings notebook graphics performance to unparalleled levels Tuesday July 27, 2004 - MARKHAM, Ontario – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), the global leader for mobile graphics, today raised the performance bar to unprecedented heights with the introduction of MOBILITY RADEON 9800. Designed for the mobile gaming enthusiast, MOBILITY RADEON 9800 enables users to enjoy... Read more...
Good Evening HotHardware Fans! We've just posted a review of Corsair's TWINX1024-3200XLPRO 1GB low-latency memory kit. This memory sports 18 activity LEDs, and can run with a CAS Latency of 2T, a RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD) of 2T, a Row Precharge (tRP) of 2T and an Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS) of 5T at 200MHz. In other words, 2-2-2-5 timings at DDR400! If you are in the market for some fast, low-latency RAM, you'll want to check this review out.... Read more...
Corsair's XMS (Xtreme Memory Speed) memory modules have long been a favorite amongst the enthusiast community. Corsair has memory kits available in many different sizes and speeds, and all of them are regarded as some of the best modules available in their respective categories.  Unfortunately, with the demise of Winbond's BH5/BH6 chips, low-latency memory kits from Corsair (and other manufactures) virtually disappeared.  Low-latency memory offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies.  Chips capable of much higher clock speeds quickly surfaced, but true low-latency memory was very tough to come by - until now.  Today on HotHardware,... Read more...
Good morning friends, how was your night?  The news front is moving at a ferocious pace today.  With articles/reviews from just about everyone I can thinking of, you will surely need an XL coffee to get through this one.  Here is your AM shot of juice... New NVIDIA ForceWare Release 60 Graphics Driver Now Available New Unified Driver Architecture Release Unleashes High-Performance and Broad Range of Capabilities of GeForce 6 Series GPUs SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 21, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced the availability of its new NVIDIA ForceWare Release 60 driver. Part of NVIDIA's Unified Driver Architecture... Read more...
Good morning all.  It looks like my desktop troubles are over.  Man, it has been a long time since I've had problems with any of my machines and I hope this is the last of it for a while.  There's nothing like a reformat once in a while to clean things up, but I was try to hold out for SP-2.  Guess that wasn't in the cards.  Anyhow, now I can get back to being productive on the review and news fronts.  Speaking of news... The First Xeon EM64T (Nocona) Workstation/Server Solutions Now Available from Supermicro San Jose, CA, July 15, 2004 – Supermicro Computer, Inc. has begun high-volume production of its new workstation/server platforms which support the latest... Read more...
Greetings HotHardware Fans!  Can you believe it's already Wednesday?  Those long weekends really throw me for a loop!  They make it seem like the week is just flying by.  Then again, when you've got a pile of hardware to test, stacked from floor to ceiling, there never seems to be enough hours in the day!  But that's a story for another time - Right now, it's time for the news...  SATA RAIDing With Maxtor @ Bjorn3D: "RAIDing - it's what pirates and vikings do... no, wait, this is a computer hardware and software review site, so that's probably the wrong kind of RAID. How about a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks? Yeah, that's more like it. For those unfamiliar... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back!  The news flow has slowed down for the evening, but we still have a few tasty articles for you to sink your teeth into.  So, go grab yourself a cold drink, toss in some tunes and kick back with the HH Nightcap...  Samsung Syncmaster 173P 17-inch LCD Display Review @ PC Stats "The compact little 17" screen of the Samsung Syncmaster 173P boasts a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels, and an industry standard dot pitch of 0.264mm that makes for a crisper image than current 19" LCDs can muster. While the 173P does retail a bit higher than the average 17" LCD, priced a little over $600USD, it does offer up a contrast ratio of 700:1 and... Read more...
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