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As we start out this Friday morning, we've got multiple reports of sites who've had time to work with the latest Far Cry patch v1.2 and Shader Model 3.0.  It's no secret this is one of the best games I've played to date and it looked great even on mid-range cards.  Can't wait to see what differences the new patch makes.  Check the first post below for a series of sites with the dirt on Far Cry's latest patch.  With the latest v1.2 patch, the Far Cry now utilizes Shader Model 3.0. Here's a list of sites with comparison screenshots and benchmarks for your review: -The Tech Report -XBitlabs -PCPerspective -TBreak.com  Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL PRO Series Dual Channel Memory... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back to HotHardware :)  With today being Canada Day, yours truly has been out enjoying the gorgeous weather.  With a gentle breeze, sunny skies and an ample supply of BEvERages, the day has gone by quite nicely.  However, there is work to be done.  So, before it gets much later, let's see what I can dig up for you... OCZ PowerStream 470W Power Supply @ ClubOC "Its been quite the voltage competition in the last nine months at ClubOC. First we had a modified Enermax power supply for our AMD testbed, then we pitched a new offering from ThermalTake up against the Enermax and the Thermaltake won by a surprisingly good margin. Next up we had a... Read more...
Good morning everyone.  Man-o-man the news just keeps flowing this week.  After seeing Marco's post last night, I was worried I may not have much for you this morning, but that certainly is not the case.  Once again we pulled together a hefty dose of hardware reality for you to start your morning off the right way.  By the time your are done with this, your coffee should be cold.  So let's jump in and see what's on tap... Corsair Memory Announces 667 Megahertz XMS2 Modules Fremont, CA, June 30, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS2 5300 speed modules at low latencies.... Read more...
Good morning, is everyone doing okay?  I sure hope so!  Unfortunately, I was unable to jump on the editor yesterday due to Fathers Day celebrations with two sets of families.  But, I would like to take this time to personally wish all the Dad's out there a belated Happy Fathers Day.  With a few of HH's very own sporting crumb-snatchers, and maybe a few in the not so distant future (going to get beat for that), I surely know the compassion that these guys put forth year round.  Davo for example.  Besides running the show around here, he has an intensive day job.  *Shakes Head* I don't know how that boy can work two jobs, take TKD, coach a team and still... Read more...
Good evening friends :)  Sorry about the delay in news, I had to stay extra late at work tonight.  However, from the looks of it, the news has been flowing at a steady rate all evening.  With tasty reading like this, I would be lying if I said tonight's news shot was anything but golden... PRESS RELEASE - Corsair Announces Value Select DDR2 Memory Modules Fremont, CA, June 17, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new DDR2 Value Select memory modules. These products are ideal for the budget conscious consumer who would like to take advantage of the new features and bandwidth that DDR2 has... Read more...
 The team at HotHardware have had a busy few weeks recently, with major releases from ATI, NVIDIA, AMD and more.  Top that off with the usual string of high-end DVD burners, motherboards and the like and there are no signs of it letting up.  Soon we should see motherboards with PCI Express starting to show up as well and some sweet hardware to fill those slots.  Currently we've all got some interesting hardware we're working on that you are sure to love, one that I will be posting soon will have a lot of you drooling with envy, I promise.  Sadly, that's about all I can say about that for now :)  So hang tight, stick around and enjoy the show, things are going to... Read more...
Good morning everyone :)  Sorry to cut this short but, I am running extremely lean on time today.  So, without further ado, here is your morning shot of juice... Albatron PX875P Pro @ Viper Lair "With the exception of the lack of RAID, 10/100 networking, and a passive North Bridge cooler, it's tough to ignore the performance and stability of the PX875P Pro. If you're in the market for a Pentium 4 motherboard, and don't need all the frills some high-end boards may provide, this board is certainly worthy of being on your short-list given its cost." Sony VAIO VGN-X505VP Notebook Review @ Designtechnica "Using the X505 in a public place such as a coffeehouse or on public... Read more...
Hey gang, JeffB ringing in the weekend with the Friday morning news.  It's funny, since I've relocated to North Carolina and decided to work from home, weekends and holidays don't mean so much anymore.  I used to look forward to the weekend, and long weekends like Memorial Day, and now it really doesn't matter anymore.  Takes a little getting used to, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Well, enough of my babble, let's get this show on the road: Review of the Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for the iPod @ WhiningDog.net: "With the TuneDok in place, the iPod looks right at home inside your car. Granted the wires coming out of your iPod do appear to be a bit unsightly but... Read more...
Good morning friends, how is everyone doing?  Things around the Canadian portion of the HH labs have been fairly mundane so far today.  Between applying a few Ghost Images and taking a few pictures for a review, I think the coffee machine has been doing the brunt of the work ;)  Nonetheless, let's take a step out of the HH world and see what else is happening around the net.... Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Series Memory @ ExtremeMHz "The XL series is a major step in the right direction in order to achieve a higher level of performance from DDR memory.  The lower latencies do really play a major role in overall system performance, and they show in our test results.  Don't... Read more...
Good morning friends, welcome back to HotHardware :)  Things around the Northern part of the HH labs were fairly quiet this weekend.  My GF took off camping for two days so I was left home alone.  Needless to say, I took the opportunity to party it up with the boys ;)  Anyhow, lets get down to business so I can pop a few pills and get some work done... Corsair Twin X Pro PC4000 1 GB Dual Channel Kit @ Controlled-Insanity "In the world of computers and technology, more specifically pc memory, it is hard to speak about quality performing memory without mentioning our newest sponsor. Corsair Memory has been testing and producing the worlds fastest, highest quality ram for... Read more...
Good morning friends :)  After a night of planning, I think I have come up with a way to "borrow" that sexy laptop Marco is working on.  The plan involves a small army of garden gnomes wearing green overalls and an industrial sized jug of thermal grease...wait...Marco, reads the news!  *Sigh*  Back to the drawing board... ;) Here is your news for the AM... Vantec Spectrum Mousepad Review @ GideonTech.com "Need something to light up the night in your room while you go bezerk on your mousepad? This might be it, using a built-in blue CCFL, this may be the sleekest mousepad to roll around lately..." Antec's Aria enclosure @ The Tech Report "Unfortunately,... Read more...
Good evening friends :)  Sorry about this morning, but my Internet connection was DOA when I awoke this AM.  I placed an order for an upgrade to my Internet service a few days ago; and of course they choose the daytime to cut my service while they did the platform swap. :P  Nevertheless, I am back up and running and there is a slew of news to dig through, so, on with the show... PRESS RELEASE- The High-Definition Gaming Experience GV-R80X256V, GV-R80P256V and GV-R80P256D Taipei, Taiwan, May 2004– Gigabyte Technology Co. formally announces the release of its much-anticipated new graphics accelerators, the GV-R80X256V, GV-R80P256V and GV-R80P256D. The release of the GV-R800... Read more...
Good evening brothers and sisters :)  The Ol'News Jockey is still not feeling on top of his game today, so nothing terrible exciting happened in my world.  I have basically been veging-out in front of the computer with my new game, FarCry.  If you have yet had a chance to pick up a copy/download the demo, go do so, it is one sweet game.  Below, I have attached two images for your viewing pleasure :)    EE TIMES ARTICLE - Nichia, Sony sign blue laser licensing deal April 22, 2004 - TOKYO - A cross-licensing deal with Nichia Corp. will make Sony Corp. the second supplier of blue-violet laser diodes. Nichia and Sony first announced their collaboration in December 2002.... Read more...
Good afternoon folks! I apologize for the lack of updates the last couple of days. We haven't forgotten about you; we've just got something urgent going on here at HotHardware that needs the attention of the whole staff. Here's some quick links to keep you busy for a while... The Motherboard BIOS Flashing Guide @ RojakPot: "Reputable motherboard manufacturers constantly improve on their motherboard BIOS and regularly release BIOS updates. These BIOS updates are important because they correct bugs and sometimes provide additional capabilities. Today, we will take a look at BIOS flashing for the motherboard. We will take an in-depth look at what the motherboard BIOS is, why it should be flashed... Read more...
Chaintech Apogee AA5700U Redefining the meaning of mainstream By Robert Maloney March 15th,  2004 When we last checked in with NVIDIA before the holidays with our look at the 5900XT, we were surprised at its performance / price ratio.  Releasing the 5900XT no less than two months after the similarly priced 5700 Ultra raised some eyebrows however, as it seemed to sound an early death knell for the previous released 5700 Ultra cards. Still, some manufacturers are reluctant to completely give up on the 5700 Ultra, adding additional features in an effort to make the card more attractive.  What we've got in store for you today is Chaintech's Apogee AA5700U, a video card... Read more...
MAD DOG Entertainer 7.1 DSP Sound Card 8 Channels of Chest Pounding Sound By Tom Laverriere February 17, 2004 Many of today's motherboards are equipped with more than ample integrated sound solutions, which has made aftermarket sound cards a bit of an afterthought for some users.  While some will correctly argue that add-in sound cards offer much better sound quality, this "improved" sound quality does come at a price.  Thanks to companies like MAD DOG Multimedia, that price can be a very reasonable one.  Today in the HotHardware... Read more...
  ABIT AI7 865PE Motherboard Review The i865PE board with "µGuru" By: Jeff Bouton December 18th, 2003 When it comes to overclocking an Intel based system, no processor has shown more potential than the Pentium 4-C.  More specifically, Intel's Pentium 4-C at 2.4GHz has proven to have a ton of headroom, with many user's hitting 3.2GHz with stock cooling and the right motherboard.  With increased bus speeds and advanced overclocking features in today's performance motherboards, access to a processor's multiplier is proving to no longer be a major factor. Today, we are going to take a look at an affordable Intel based motherboard that offers a good selection of features at... Read more...
  The MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR A New nForce2 with Something Extra By: Jeff Bouton July 23rd, 2003 It's funny how things can turn around in the computer industry. Take nVidia's original nForce chipset for example.  While the graphics division was riding high with the latest GeForce product line, the overall response to the fledgling chipset was lukewarm at best.  Adoption by manufacturers was sparse, many of which were understandably cautious of the newcomer.  Today, things have come full circle.  The introduction of the nForce2 chipset launched nVidia to the top of the AMD chipset heap, unseating VIA from the throne.  nVidia has been able to achieve dominance in a new... Read more...
3-Way i875P "Canterwood" Shoot-Out MSI, DFI & Chaintech Square Off... By, Marco Chiappetta June 18, 2003           Intel's i875P "Canterwood", as well as the i865 "Springdale" chipsets, have generated quite a buzz within the enthusiast community and for good reason!  It has been almost three years since the release of the i850 chipset, and only now is there a viable alternative for users seeking peak performance from their Pentium 4 systems.  Sure, there was the i850E and Intel's first dual-channel DDR266 chipset the E7205 "Granite Bay", but neither one of these chipsets were terribly exciting. ... Read more...
An Interview With ATi's VP Of Software, Ben Bar-Haim Executive Management at ATi shares their vision By -Dave Altavilla January 21, 2003     Hello Ben Bar-Haim, and thanks for letting us steal a few moments of your time here.  With the 3D Graphics market poised for yet another flurry of new hardware technology and competitive positioning, we thought it made sense to catch up with ATi and learn a little bit more about the Software side of your game plan. Before we dig in, could you please give us a little background on yourself?  What is your position within ATI and your specific responsibilities? [Ben] I?d like to start by thanking you for this great opportunity. I am the... Read more...
  The Chaintech 7NJS Zenith & Leadtek K7NCR18D-Pro Motherboards Nvidia's Nforce2 Chipset pushes out Dual Channel DDR By, Tom Laverriere December 16, 2002 When we think of motherboard chipsets, NVIDIA isn't always the first that comes to mind.  In fact, NVIDIA earns its stripes from their line of graphics chipsets and for good reason.  I would say only the enthusiasts and OEMs among us know that NVIDIA makes a motherboard chipset known as the nForce.  The first iteration of the nForce, proved itself to be a solid chipset backed by a reputable name.  Although most would agree that the nForce was a good match for the AMD platform, we would also agree that it needed some... Read more...
Gainward's AGP8X NVIDIA Powered "Golden Samples" Giving Things a Boost with AGP 8X By - Jeff Bouton December 03, 2002 When it comes to maintaining longevity in the video card market, nVidia seems to have the process down to a science.  Since the release of the GeForce4 series of GPUs last year, the product line has enjoyed a rather successful maturation process.  This maturity in nVidia's products has given manufacturers the ability to be creative with their designs, offering a wide variety of graphics card combinations.  Now, it isn't uncommon to see Ti4200 cards being offered with higher core and memory clock speeds, giving them Ti4600-like performance levels at a fraction... Read more...
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