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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...
  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 are meant to invoke feelings of speed, performance, size or perhaps the supposed exhilaration you will experience when you see that piece of hardware in action.  With the latest gaming PC to hit the HH labs, we take a look at the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC from Systemax and start off by asking: What's in a name? Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines a sabre as: Main Entry: sa ber Variant(s): or sa bre /'sA-b&r/ Function:... Read more...
XYZ has posted a review of Razer's latest foray into the PC audio market with the Barracuda HP-1 gaming headphone.  This headset is Razer's first attempt to stray form their traditional mouse input market.  The Barracuda is a stand alone computer headset designed with the audio enthusiast in mind using 8 discrete drivers to stream the highest quality audio to the gamer. Specifications: - Frequency Response: 1.50 Hz ~ 20 000Hz - Impedance, Front Speaker: 64ohm, Rear Speaker: 32ohm, Centre Speaker: 64ohm, Sub-Woofer: 8ohm - Total RMS Power Rating: 330m Watts - Cable Length: 2 meter - Connector plug: Razer HD-DAI Features: - Eight sonic drivers - Dedicated amplifier for... Read more...
Rally around the coffee table for some gaming with your friends on a big touch screen?  Sounds cool eh?  It is for sure, have a look... "The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way. Entertaible comprises a 32-inch horizontal LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detection, and all supporting control electronics. It allows the players to engage in a new class of electronic games which combines the features of computer gaming, such as dynamic playing fields and gaming levels, with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and... Read more...
QUAD NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY MAKES EXTREME HD GAMING A REALITY FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF CROWD SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 9, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare 91.45 graphics driver with Quad NVIDIA SLI technology support. For the first time, users in the do-it yourself (DIY) segment have access to Quad SLI technology, which utilizes the power of four GPUs to make extreme high-definition gaming (XHD) - with resolutions of up to 2560 x1600 - a possibility for hardcore gamers and computer enthusiasts. Enthusiasts can... Read more...
Hello Everyone! Just in case you missed to new link at the top of the page, we're here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Systemax's Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC.  Here's a snip from the article... "In this article we'll be taking a look at gaming rig from Systemax dubbed the "Wildcat".  Actually, its full name is the Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC, but for the sake of brevity and our sanity we will refer to the system as the "Wildcat" for the remainder of this article.  Some of you may remember Systemax as a budget and workstation-class PC builder, but rest assured, times... Read more...
  Due to the fact that we're an on-line PC hardware enthusiast and technology news publication, the majority of our readers tend to be the do-it-yourself type that build their own custom systems. We cover the gamut of PC hardware, from high-end motherboards and graphics cards, to optical drives and speakers. And while we typically focus on the latest "hot" hardware here, we also like to diversify our content with mainstream hardware that has greater appeal to the masses as well. To that end, we've begun evaluating full production systems in addition to individual components here at HotHardware.com. We may be a team of DIY enthusiasts, but we know... Read more...
ATI CrossFireT introduces 'boundless gaming' to the world CrossFire increases performance, adds asymmetric physics, and simplifies the experience for gamers MARKHAM, CANADA & COMPUTEX, TAIWAN - June 6, 2006 - ATI Technologies (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) is loosening the ties that bind gamers to their physical realities by immersing them in a simulation more complete than anything they've seen before. The 'boundless gaming' experience is created by combining the rendering horsepower of two ATI graphics cards with a third devoted to modeling the environment. This asymmetric CrossFire configuration fuses the best looking, highest performing graphics available with physics performance... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to extend it's XBox Live service to multiple platforms under the name "Live Anywhere". The new system will integrate Microsoft's Windows Vista with cell phones, and their gaming consoles. "In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was able to send an invitation to a friend on a PC. After the PC user agreed, the two connected for a cross-platform online gun battle." Cross-platform gun battle, eh? So hopefully we can finally put a rest to the age old, Controller vs. Mouse & Keyboard, debate.... Read more...
Brent from [H]ard|OCP / [H]Enthusiast has written an article regarding DirectX 10 and how it will impact gamers next year when Vista finally ships. There are some major changes coming with DX10, and a whole new generation of GPUs are on the way that are required for full support.  For a taste of what's to come, check out what Brent has to say. "DirectX 10 will be available to Windows Vista users only at its introduction. You will not find DirectX 10 being released for the Windows XP operating system. DirectX 10 is deeply embedded into Windows Vista operation and we currently know of no plans by Microsoft to allow Windows XP to officially... Read more...
First off, a new Quake 4 patch as been released, updating the game to 1.2 and fixing the widescreen problem found in the 1.1 patch. The 1.1 patch was originally pulled due to "a problem with the widescreen functionality that may harm a user's monitor". If you've already downloaded the 1.1 patch, you can download the 1.1 to 1.2 patch with the monitor fix at 3D Gamers or FileFront. However, if you've yet to download the 1.1 patch, you can download a full 1.2 patch that contains the content found in the 1.1 patch, again from 3D Gamers or FileFront. Also in the news are some updates for Valve's Source Engine, Half-Life 2, and Counter-Strike: Source. Just... Read more...
Professional video gaming is set to debut on cable television later this year, potentially paving the way for the kings and queens of game controllers to become as familiar to American households as the faces of Johnny Chan or Annie Duke in televised poker. Major League Gaming, the world's largest organized video gaming league, on Monday will announce a programming deal in which USA Network will air seven one-hour episodes in the fall, featuring the pro circuit and its players.Though video gaming fans have been able to follow competitions on game Web sites for years already, MLG's television deal marks the first time regular TV viewers would... Read more...
PC Magazine has published some information regarding Toshiba's first entry into the gaming-specific notebook market. With Dell's XPS line and the recent acquisition of Alienware (one of the pioneers of gaming notebooks), it is hardly surprising to see other major notebook vendors taking notice and reacting. Armed with the unannounced GeForce Go 7900 GS, a 17" LCD, and a surprisingly light 7.2lb weight this notebook will certainly warrant the attention of LAN gamers and mobile gamers alike. Toshiba is the first company to unveil nVidia's latest GeForce Go 7900 GS 3D graphics chip. This privilege used to be reserved solely for Dell, who,... Read more...
Getting bored of just hearing the sound effects in your game? Well if you've got the cash to spend, you could give the XGear Multimedia Gaming Headset a try. With a built in vibration feature, you'll be able to feel some of the effects you normally just hear in games and movies. As X-Bit labs explains, it's not perfect, but still good enough to have a fun time with.We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration feature implemented. Whenever you hear an explosion or shoot within a game or movie, the headphones begin to pulsate, which definitely adds immersion and realism to games. So, let's take a look at the mindquake from XFX!... Read more...
Air cooling at it's best? That's a pretty bold statement to make, but as ExtremeMHz reports, the AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T might just pull it off. Equipped with 140mm fans, this could be the best choice for you if you don't want to take a chance with water. "When I first heard about this case, I just had to get my hands one as I've been patiently waiting to see which company would jump the gun and release a case with fans larger than 120mm. When it comes to PC cases, all manufacturers have really hit a standstill in terms of providing better air cooling. While 120mm fans paired with a superbly designed case can indeed provide sufficient cooling... Read more...
While any old LCD monitor is fine for your average web surfer, gamers have stricter criteria for what's needed. After all, what's the use of having a high-end system, only to view your high resolution, anti-aliased game on a sub par monitor? The Tech Zone has taken their time to help explain away what you should be looking for."Specs are a great tool for narrowing down your choices, but they are no replacement for hands-on experience. Plenty of large resellers stock a wide range of monitors and some are on display. Go down to every shop you can and see if you can find the monitor you are thinking of buying. You never know, that slightly low spec one you shunned in favour of that extra inch of... Read more...
Valve Unveils 64-Bit Source™ Gaming Technology Developed In Conjunction With AMD Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life(R) 2 and Lost Coast™ Bellevue, WA. – December 22, 2005 – Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve games released will be native 64-bit versions of Half-Life 2 and Lost Coast, and have been developed to take advantage of AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor-based systems - the ultimate 64-bit gaming platform for PC enthusiasts. The 64-bit versions of these games are being offered to all Half-Life 2 owners via Steam™, Valve's online platform for delivering... Read more...
The gang at Corsair have posted an article outlining the various details of building a high performance gaming PC. Of particular interest is the section regarding overclocking the system. For those who might have limited experience in overclocking, who better to teach you the black art than one of the leading enthusiast memory vendors. Should you be looking to build a system yourself, be sure to also check our our own Hot Hardware Holiday Buyer's Guide.The sweet spot for resolution right now seems to be 1280x1024, which is the native resolution of most 17" and 19" LCD monitors. In a newer game like Call of Duty 2 or Battlefield 2, even the top-of-the-line video cards like the 7800GTX and the... Read more...
As most of you know, new hardware can bring with it a whole new set of problems. Those of you who have recently bought a mouse using laser technology are well aware of these annoying problems. CoolTechZone is tackling the issue, and looking for your input on the matter."These comments didn't necessarily include questions for Logitech or Razer, but many readers reiterated their experiences with their laser mice, how they remedied the annoying surface tracking issues they experienced and overall advice for budding buyers."Breaking news! "It's my laser mouse!" has just replaced "OMG, I'm lagging!" as the #1 excuse for poor gaming skills.... Read more...
It's the middle of September, and as just about every HL2 fan knows, the Lost Coast and Day of Defeat: Source is almost upon us! With DOD:S scheduled to be released on 9/26(pre-loading has already started), and Lost Coast close behind, Ars Technica has taken a trip to Valve's office to ask some questions and get a preview of some great new technology called HDR. If you didn't purchase the HL2 silver or gold packages, fear not! Valve is releasing DOD:S as a stand alone package going for $20. Goodnight all! Destroy Your Computer in 7 Easy Steps @ PCMech "Most of us, at one point or another, have had to modify the insides of our computers. Whether it was adding a new memory stick, fixing a... Read more...
Hey folks, we've got plenty of news this weekend! For all of you that loved, and still love, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System(talking about the SNES here), XYZ computing has put up an article praising the glory of this great machine. For those of you who missed out on those days, it breaks my heart... really, hours of my childhood devoted to that box. I've spent more time with Final Fantasy 3 than I have with Half-Life 2. Goodnight all! BenQ DW1620 DVDR @ MHW "The BenQ DW1620 arrived in a typical retail box with Styrofoam inserts. In addition to the drive were four mounting screws, two quick start guides, and software. The software contained was Sonic RecordNow, InterVideo, WinCinema,... Read more...
Hey guys :) Today Marco has given us a preview of the interesting new additions found in the upcoming NVIDIA Forceware drivers. Some pretty sweet features have been added to the driver set, so click here to see what's in store for you GeForce owners. They're set to be released tomorrow, and we'll be sure to provide you a download link ASAP. Goodnight! Intel Posts Record Second-Quarter Revenue Of $9.2 Billion SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 19, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced second-quarter revenue of $9.2 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year and down 2 percent sequentially. Second-quarter net income was $2 billion, up 16 percent year-over-year and down 6 percent sequentially. Earnings per... Read more...
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