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Bigfoot Networks generated quite a bit of buzz back in 2006 when the company launched the original Killer NIC M1. As many of you probably remember, the original Killer NIC was / is a PCI-based device that featured an on-board network processor, or NPU, that was supposedly able to lower in-game ping times and free up CPU resources, which in turn could increase framerates. The Killer NIC performed these duties by bypassing the Windows networking stack through the use of custom software and offloading network related tasks from the host CPU. And generally speaking, the Killer NIC delivered on all fronts to some degree. The $250+ price tag of the original Killer NIC was tough to justify, however,... Read more...
Bigfoot Networks generated quite a bit of buzz back in 2006 when the company launched the original Killer NIC M1. As many of you probably remember, the original Killer NIC was / is a PCI-based device that featured an on-board network processor, or NPU, that was supposedly able to lower in-game ping times and free up CPU resources, which in turn could increase framerates. The Killer NIC performed these duties by bypassing the Windows networking stack through the use of custom software and offloading network related tasks from the host CPU. And generally speaking, the Killer NIC delivered on all fronts to some degree.The $250+ price tag of the original Killer NIC was tough to justify, however,... Read more...
NVIDIA has just announced a bevy of new mobile GPUs in the GeForce 200M series. Unlike some previous mobile products, however, the GPUs in this release are based on all new silicon, and not a re-branded version of the G92 that has served NVIDIA so well over the years.The new products in the GeForce 200M Series include the GeForce GTS 260M, GeForce GTS 250M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GT 230M, and GeForce G210M. Although we have not tested any of them yet to confirm, NVIDIA states the chips are engineered to deliver twice the graphics performance with half the power budget in their respective market segments. As you'd probably expect the new GeForce 200M Series GPUs being announced today are Windows... Read more...
The PC world was treated to one of those rare occurrences a few weeks back--a 1-2 punch into the 3D graphics fray from both ATI and NVIDIA. We're talking about the near simultaneous launches of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275. Both of their names lead to obvious suggestions about where they fit into their respective families.With the Radeon HD 4890, one might assume that there was an update made to the venerable HD 4870, and for the most part that assumption would be correct. Both GPUs share the same number of shader processors, texture units, and ROPs, bit with three million more transistors than the RV770, and hence a larger die, clearly something else was at work here. As... Read more...
We like a good combo here at HotHardware, and we have a new one to add to the list. Right up there with peanut butter and jelly, Mario and Luigi, milk and cookies, we'd like to add dual GPUs and factory overclocks. If you are a regular reader, you probably already know we are fans of dual GPU video cards, and we have a strong affinity for factory overclocked video cards as well. And when a company combines the two, that's just fine in our book. So, it goes without saying that we were excited to check out Diamond's overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 XOC graphics card (model number: 4870X2PE52GXOC). As you probably already know, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 employs two RV770 GPUs, each of which is complemented by... Read more...
We’ve seen plenty of gaming notebooks that are meant to dazzle potential customers with outrageous designs, ultra high-resolution displays, twin GPUs, and quad-core processors. The MSI GT627-216US isn’t such a notebook. Instead, the GT627-216US takes a more subdued approach to offer budget-minded gamers a powerful machine at an affordable price. Although the MSI GT627-216US may take a budget-minded approach, it doesn’t scrimp on what’s important to gamers, namely the graphics card. The NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS at the heart of this notebook helps it to produce respectable scores in many gaming benchmarks. In addition, the GT627-216US has an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and 4GB of RAM. Click... Read more...
AMD Demonstrates World’s First Microsoft DirectX 11 Graphics Processor AMD previews significant improvements to the digital media and gaming experience, commits to bring DirectX 11 to market first COMPUTEX 2009, Taipei — June 3, 2009 — At a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) publicly demonstrated the world’s first Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics processor. The series of demonstrations shed new light on the significantly improved computing experience set to debut at the end of 2009.1 The fusion of AMD’s new ground-breaking graphics processors with the forthcoming DirectX 11 programming interface is set to forever change both applications and PC gaming for the better. To illustrate,... Read more...
We can't imagine that Intel's happy about this, but one certain gaming PC vendor has just revealed two of the company's newest processors. BFG Technologies has just launched its new Phobos gaming rigs, two of which include Core i7 CPUs that we've yet to hear of. The Phobos Advanced ships with the Core i7 950, while the Phobos Elite ships with the Core i7 975. Both rigs are menacing, tall and potent. Oh, and expensive -- really, really expensive. They both have touchpanels on the front of the chassis which enable one-touch overclocking (among other things), not to mention an iPod/iPhone dock atop the case. As with other high-end BFG machines, this one also comes with in-home concierge service,... Read more...
Fans of the popular and highly addictive Left 4 Dead (I include myself in that group), will be excited to hear that Valve has just announced Left 4 Dead 2. In addition to new characters, zombies, and special infected, L4D2 will introduce melee combat weapons like a chainsaw, frying pan, or baseball bat (among others), and a new AI director that will dynamically adjust level layout, weather, lighting, and other objects in the game world.We've got a teaser trailed posted below, along with a summary of the game's setting, features, and expected availability. I know what I'll be doing November 17... Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to the best-selling and critically-acclaimed co-operative multiplayer... Read more...
Say what you will, but Wolfenstein 3D is back in full force, in a way that Duke Nukem only wishes he could be. Just months after the heralded first-person shooter made its way onto Apple's App Store, the classic title is now destined to waste even more time when it comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network.Activision Publishing and id Software will be bringing the "legendary" title over to those two platforms on June 3rd (that's Wednesday!), and even though graphics have advanced a wee bit since its development, the ESRB is still rating this heavily pixelated game M for Mature. The release is being used to hype up the next new iteration in the franchise, which will simply be titled... Read more...
Welp, looks like Sony's cat is sufficiently out of the bag. With E3 scheduled to get underway next week in California, Sony's biggest secret for the show is a secret no more. Just hours ago, official images leaked of what will reportedly be called the "PSP go." This new PlayStation Portable looks to be a smaller, more compact version of the existing PSP, and it looks as if it won't have a rear UMD slot. What's this mean for gamers? It probably means a cheaper PSP option, and it definitely means that more download-only games will be on the horizon.A leaked video showing off the device explains that it will be sold alongside the current PSP, leading us to believe that the PSP go will be priced... Read more...
Here lately, it's been Nintendo bragging about massive sales numbers. This week, however, it's all about Microsoft. First comes the launch date of Bing, and now we're told that the firm's Xbox 360 is selling like hotcakes. In fact, sales of the unit have surpassed 30 million worldwide, which ain't too shabby for a company that just leaped in the game console realm a few years back.Potentially more amazing is this statistic: there are over 20 million active Xbox LIVE members. With the keyword being active. In other words, a solid two-thirds of Xbox 360 users are considered active online participants, which certainly goes to show just how important online gameplay and functionality is to today's... Read more...
As one of the largest computer makers in the world, Dell has offered its own line of gaming machines for years. After Dell purchased Alienware, however, Dell’s XPS gaming line became blurred with its Studio multimedia computer line. Around this time last year, rumors began to circulate that Dell was planning to kill off its XPS line. Dell quickly put those rumors to rest and assured users that its XPS line was an important part of its brand despite the company’s ownership in Alienware. Times have changed, however. Now we’re hearing reports that Dell plans to kill off the XPS line with regards to gaming. Moving forward, Alienware will be the official game face of the organization. As a company,... Read more...
We haven't seen anything new from Razer since the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the company is stepping up big for the gaming crowd with its newest mousepad. Designed for those who hate feeling as if their frag-machine is on a raised surface, the Sphex "gaming grade desktop skin" is reportedly the planet's thinnest gaming surface.Designed to handle both optical and laser mice and constructed from high-grade durable material, the Razer Sphex allows gamers to wipe or wash the product repeatedly without compromising its quality or tracking performance. Also, it can adhere and detach from any desk surface, and it's obviously perfect for gamers on the go who want to simply slip their... Read more...
Gamers are well aware that E3 is just around the bend, and whispers are sure getting hopes up around the web. Microsoft is expected to unveil a motion sensing system to compete with Microsoft's Wii, Sony just might debut a new thin PlayStation 3, and the PSP just might snag game rentals and music downloads. According to various sources, we're learning that Sony may be in serious discussions with "some of the major recording companies" after offering up music downloads via the PlayStation Network, and considering just how successful iTunes has become (and the tiny fact that the PSP has a music player already built-in), this all sounds like a match made in heaven.In related news, curious surveys... Read more...
There’s good money to be made in buying and selling used video games. With big players such as Amazon getting in on the action, competition is sure to heat up quickly. The latest retailer that’s trying to get a piece of the pie is Wal-Mart. The retailer recently leased space to automated kiosk manufacturer e-Play.   As a result of the agreement between e-Play and Wal-Mart, 77 Wal-Mart stores will have e-Play kiosks that will let you sell used video games and rent movies or games for $1 per day. According to the e-Play website, you must have both a credit card and identification (such as a driver’s license) in order to trade in games. After scanning a movie or game case... Read more...
In preparation for the Spy / Sniper Update coming this Thursday to Team Fortress 2 via Steam, Valve has released the latest video in the "Meet the Team" series, featuring many of your favorite characters from the game... "You've met the Scout, the Soldier, the Demoman, the Heavy, the Engineer, and the Sniper. Then, for some reason, a sandwich. But now it's time to meet the stealthiest, shiftiest, most secretive, suit-wearing TF team member of all...again..."Along with making great games, Valve has gotten incredibly adept at creating interesting, fun to watch cut-scenes and animated shorts. The intro to Left 4 Dead, for example, could easily be made into a full length film in our opinion (Francis... Read more...
Back in March, BigFoot Networks announced plans to release PCI Express-based versions of their Killer NIC, dubbed the Killer Xeno Pro and Killer Xeno Ultra. In addition to all of the features offered by the original Killer NIC, the new Killer Xeno versions were to come with more on-board memory, an upgraded network processing unit (NPU), and integrated audio for hardware-accelerated voice-chat. The main features and specifications of the Killer Xeno include: PCIe interface: provides for higher throughput. Killer Xeno NPU: dedicated smart packet processor for all network operations, ensures the delivery of time sensitive data like game control and VoIP. Plug and Play compatibility with all games.... Read more...
Can you handle another Wii-related peripheral in your house? With so many plastic guitars, drumsets, Wiimote cases, Wii Zapper holsters, fishing accessories, etc., we're beginning to wonder if there's any end to the madness in sight. Of course, the peripheral industry is a thriving one, and Nintendo's choice to add motion sensitivity to its latest console has certainly made third-party suppliers happy. The latest piece of must-have hardware to surface is the skateboard you see above, which will come packaged with Tony Hawk's latest title. It has been quite some time since Mr. Hawk was featured in a skateboard video game, and really, could you imagine a better comeback story than this? Taking... Read more...
The PC scene is constantly evolving as businesses and individuals make use of next generation products that increase productivity or provide higher levels of entertainment. Bigger, better, faster - these are the insatiable desires of consumers. It doesn't matter if we're speaking of gigahertz or gigabytes, the demand endures and companies do their best to crank out sought after new technology.As we're currently witnessing, competition for consumer dollars is fierce within respective markets and few can argue that there has never been a better time for those looking to buy. The Radeon HD 4890 is ATI's latest contender and we covered it extensively at launch. Now, overclocked variants of the video... Read more...
The PC scene is constantly evolving as businesses and individuals make use of next generation products that increase productivity or provide higher levels of entertainment. Bigger, better, faster - these are the insatiable desires of consumers. It doesn't matter if we're speaking of gigahertz or gigabytes, the demand endures and companies do their best to crank out sought after new technology.  As we're currently witnessing, competition for consumer dollars is fierce within respective markets and few can argue that there has never been a better time for those looking to buy. The Radeon HD 4890 is ATI's latest contender and we covered it extensively at launch. Now, overclocked variants... Read more...
Lian Li launches ARMORSUIT PC-P50R Gaming Mid Tower ChassisFeature Packed RED Aluminum Chassis 5 May 2009, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the ARMORSUIT SERIES PC-P50R Mid Tower chassis ideal for gaming systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM), plus dual vibration reduced top mounted fans (2x 140mm@1000RPM) and one rear 120mm@1500RPM extraction fan. The 8x PCI expansion slots enable CrossFireX and Tri-SLI graphic card setups. The chassis front face has 9x 5.25”ODD bays which have filters that are washable. The front panel clips off easily and conveniently. The entire chassis... Read more...
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