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Heat as you all know is one of the main enemies of the PC and its many components.  Just visit any PC Hardware-related site out there today and you will find whole sections devoted to heatsinks, coolers, etc., the sole goal of which is to cool down the ever growing number of heat producing components in a typical PC.  Motherboard manufacturers have also jumped into the fray, providing their own customized cooling solutions, ranging from passive heatsinks linking the CPU, NorthBridge, and SouthBridge to the oversized Turbo coolers than we found on the Gigabyte G1-Turbo a few months back.  However, all of these cooling tools are put to work within the chassis.  Airflow within the... 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...
Extremetech has an article about the rising cost of computer gaming.  It is certainly worth a look if this is your hobby. "The market for PC hardware is hugely fragmented. There seem to be hundreds of suppliers of peripherals, such as keyboard, mice, and displays. There are dozens of manufacturers of motherboards and add- in cards. Let's take a pair of hypothetical gamers: Joe and Frank. Both want to build bleeding edge gaming PCs, and want to try to get the best possible performance. However, Joe tends to fall for all the latest hype, and likes being labeled a gamer. He likes all the glitz and logos, and loves to show off. Frank, on the other hand, just wants the best possible gaming experience.... Read more...
If you are a regular here at HotHardware.com, you have most likely heard of Alienware, one of the companies that helped establish the market for high-performance, gaming PCs. Since hitting the scene in 1996, Alienware has become a leader not only in gaming PCs but also in high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems. Alienware's refreshing philosophy emphasizes building a system "as if it were your own." As most of you probably know, Dell acquired Alienware about a year ago in order to leverage Alienware's edgy brand. Some may fear that this means the worst for Alienware, but for now, Alienware still operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary... Read more...
ECS NF650iSLIT-A Delivers Champion Gaming Performance Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core CPU support, SLI support, and HD audio make this Windows Vista Premium motherboard a contender Milton Keynes, England, 21st February, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer, releases yet another quad-core motherboard capable of turning on the gaming heat. The NF650iSLIT-A LGA775 ATX motherboard, built around the impressive NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP supporting Intel(R) CoreTM2 Extreme Quad-Core processors, is designed for gamers, overclockers and multimedia enthusiasts extracting the most performance out of their systems. With... Read more...
Well, not every gaming league will be shown on the air, but Major League Gaming its self as announced a deal that it hopes well help get competitive gaming into more of a mainstream market. MLG also plans to bring content to mobile phones, and should be bringing competitive gaming to the masses this year. "With wider coverage, Major League Gaming hopes that competitive video gaming will earn a spot in the sports television world akin to that of auto racing or championship poker. Last year, Major League Gaming signed its first cable television deal, which brought seven hour-long gaming segments about the league's Pro Circuit to NBC Universal's... Read more...
The Dell XPS 710 H2C Edition is billed as a top-of-the-line ultra-performance machine built with the most hardcore of gamers in mind. Not only does the XPS 710 H2C hold the distinction of being Dell's first non-limited edition factory overclocked computer, it also uses Dell's first in-house liquid cooling system to keep its quad-core power plant cool. The XPS 710 H2C is the most heavily performance-specified XPS system yet, with an Intel Core 2 QX6700 processor, dual GeForce 8800 GTXs, 4 GB of RAM and two Western Digital Raptors in a RAID 0 array, as standard equipment. We recently got our hands on one and we've been putting it through its paces, as it ripped through the benchmarks... Read more...
Last summer, Dell agreed to purchase Alienware in a controversial merger of two very different companies. Alienware, who was looking to raise capital to fund its world-wide expansion, found a good partner in Dell when it came to realize that it would be able to meet its demands while simultaneously benefiting from Dell's famous supply chain efficiencies. The later being a great boon for Alienware, who had been suffering from supply woes, with customers often waiting a month or more to receive their orders. In turn, through the merger, Dell hopes to gain access to the lucrative high-end PC gaming market. Alienware, with their radically designed, alien-theme computers,... Read more...
NVIDIA Expands the Reach of DirectX 10 Gaming with New GeForce 8800-Based Graphics Card News Facts: NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. Today add in card partners of NVIDIA have released graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics processing unit (GPU). These new cards come with 320MB of video memory and have prices ranging from $299-$349. E-tailers and retailers worldwide now carry 320MB graphics cards based on the award-winning GeForce 8800 GTS GPU. For a complete list, visit https://www.nvidia.com/content/wheretobuy/. GeForce 8 Series GPUs are the first shipping DirectX 10 GPUs, and are the reference GPUs... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista promises to revolutionize gaming with DirectX 10, but how does gaming performance stack up against Windows XP, using the DirectX 9 games we have available today? Well, some of you might be disappointed, but you're not exactly going to see a leap in performance. Vista has a greater hardware requirement than Windows XP, since it require more horse power to run. Obviously this is going to cause a bit of a hit in gaming performance, but just how much of a hit? "One common question I have seen asked was, "How come Vista is not faster than XP? It should be, as it's newer." Well, this is not always the case. There's... Read more...
[H] has an article on-line today that pits AMD and Intel CPUs head-to-head. With NVIDIA's 8800 series GPU supplying a big jump in performance over the last generation of video cards, they revisit just what these CPUs do for you while gaming. Is one truly better? "With today's fastest video cards, we certainly saw more differences between our AMD and Intel processors than we did at the launch of the Core 2 Duo, and certainly more differences than we saw in March of last year. Undoubtedly, the Core 2 Duo allowed us a better gaming experience overall. Also we saw some examples where we were again GPU bottlenecked in games even with these massively fast BFGTech 8800 GTX cards." You can see their... Read more...
  Force Recon QXN                                                                  Force Recon QX4 Vigor Gaming Announces Release of Force Recon QXN Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-based Gaming System at CES LAS VEGAS, NV - Vigor Gaming Computer, a developer of custom gaming rigs and high end peripherals, today announced the release of Force Recon QXN system, an Intel Core 2... Read more...
Got that Xbox 360 Santa dropped down the chimney revved-up on Gears of War?  Or perhaps your tennis elbow is acting up again, after years of dormancy, due to a little too much Wii-laxing? It's all about the consoles this year it seems.  And if you weren't careful you might dismiss the PC as a solid gaming platform.  Au contraire gadget-loving friends, the boys at GameSpot have a few "exclusive" screen shots to show you.  At least in terms of eye candy, the PC still still has it over the console; in our humble opinion of course.  Enemy Territory: Quake Wars "Below is a comprehensive list of all(at least I think so)promising PCgames slated for 2007... Read more...
The crew over at Joystiq.com recently sat down and talked with Games for Windows (GFW) Marketing Director Kevin Unangst and PR Manager Michael Wolf about the affects Windows Vista, and the "Games for Windows" initiative will have on PC Gaming. "By making gaming a priority in the Vista experience, Microsoft is molding a powerful pairing of the Games for Windows and Xbox 360 brands. To some extent, this is based on a hope that Live Anywhere will be embraced by GFW developers and publishers, pulling Xbox Live (and your Gamertag) outside of the 'Box, in turn encouraging an unrivaled virtual community. But there are simpler touches that... Read more...
NVIDIA's two major launches last week marked a significant advancement in both 3D Graphics and PC Motherboard feature-set and performance.  The launch of NVIDIA's G80 GPU with their GeForce 8800 series of graphics cards was the advent of the first truly DX10 capable GPU architecture on the market.  Furthermore, upon its introduction, the nForce 680i SLI was widely acknowledge as the most feature-rich chipset for the Intel Core 2 dual-core and quad-core platforms to date; even more-so than Intel's own P965 and 975X Express chipsets.  In industry speak, there's no question these two launches smacked of PC tech-geek nirvana, not to mention... Read more...
New Quad-Core Dell XPS 710 Gaming Desktop and 92% Color Gamut 30-inch Monitor Make for Intense Entertainment Experience    ROUND ROCK, Texas, Nov. 14, 2006 - Dell today announced two new high-performance technology platforms for gamers and enthusiasts: the company's most powerful and expandable consumer desktop and its first 30-inch widescreen flat panel monitor featuring 92 percent color gamut. The Dell XPSTM 710 can be built to order with the new Intel(R) CoreTM2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor option, which can deliver up to 55 percent better performance than an Intel Core 2 Extreme dual-core processor. The XPS 710's performance enables it to easily run next-generation... Read more...
Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs Collaboration to Include Verizon Games on Demand Experience for Intel Viiv Technology-Based PCs, New PlayLinc Game Messenger NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets through Intel Viiv technology-based PCs, making the games more enjoyable and accessible than ever before. The companies will also market a version of PlayLinc, a new game messenger that provides a faster and more entertaining way to enjoy multiplayer games online. PlayLinc, which is free, provides a variety of features, including free private servers, VoIP integration... Read more...
Hello everyone.  We were recently given the opportunity to take a look at a preproduction sample of a new gaming platform coming from ASUS. Dubbed the "G2P", this is a robust new product that combines the latest flagship mobile components with a unique new aesthetic and gaming-specific features in one convenient package... Read the full preview here. Please Digg This Article To Share With Others.... Read more...
Recently, we were given the opportunity to take a look at a preproduction sample of a new gaming platform coming from ASUS. Dubbed the "G2P", this is a robust new product that combines the latest flagship mobile components with a unique new aesthetic and gaming-specific features in one convenient package. Although we've opted to wait a few weeks so we can review the complete retail package the notebook will ship with, we've taken the liberty of posting some images to whet your appetite in the interim. At the heart of the ASUS G2P is a platform which utilizes a 17" LCD. The sample we were provided with features a 17" WXGA+ panel with a low 8ms response... Read more...
It looks like Dell is announcing new updates to the XPS M1710 gaming notebook at Digital Life in NYC. The new XPS M1710 will feature the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics card, Intel's Core 2 Duo T7600G which gives customers the option of overclocking, Media Direct 3.0, LightFX technology, and a new silver keyboard with red backlights. XPS M1710 Gaming Notebook with XPS LightFX Dell enhanced the award-winning XPS M1710 mobile gaming system with innovative high-performance and entertainment technologies. For the first time, Dell is enabling enthusiasts to tune, or overclock, the system's new Intel Core 2 Duo T7600G mobile processor to operate at faster speeds for better performance.... Read more...
No, not those kind of games, we're talking about online gambling here. A recent bill that aims to ban online gambling may sound like a good idea to some, but John J. Farmer, New Jersey's attorney general, says the ban has the potential to drive folks to unregulated web sites for their gambling needs. Farmer not only feels that the bill is a bad idea, but will also be short lived. "Farmer, now a partner in law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, said he studied the legality of online gaming in 1999, when the State of New Jersey was concerned about criminal operators. "In 1999, there were operators taking bets and not paying... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted an article where we evaluate the features and performance of the Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC. This machine is packed with a Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, a couple of gigs of RAM, Raptors in a RAID 0 confg, and a pair of Radeons running in CrossFire mode. It also sports a custom case and illuminated input devices. Here's a snip from the article... "What's in a name? So often hardware companies name their products to paint a mental picture, or set the tone for how they want potential customers to view their particular component. The names chosen... Read more...
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