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NVIDIA To Host Highly Anticipated Directx 10 Demo Of Crysis On Nzone.Com     News Facts: PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever created. The Crysis demo—available tomorrow from nZone.com—includes the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of gameplay. Crysis was developed on NVIDIA® GeForce® 8 Series graphics processors. NVIDIA programmers spent more than 5,000 engineering hours helping Crytek add the latest graphics technology to the game. Crysis features Extreme High Definition (XHD) support with up to 2560x1600 resolution—roughly twice the resolution of today’s video-game consoles. NVIDIA and Electronic Arts... Read more...
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to two scientists who discovered "giant magnetoresistance." If that doesn't ring  a bell, it should. It's the method used to read and write information on high density hard disks. Albert Fert of France and Peter Grunberg of Germany share the 1.5 million dollar prize, and get to hang the neat medal up with their bowling trophies. This phenomenon is where weak changes in magnetic resistance give rise to big differences in electrical resistance. This is one of the core principles that allows for the development of sensitive reading tools for retrieving magnetically sorted data in devices from computers to portable media players. The Nobel Foundation... Read more...
Rumor and speculation is always fun to play around with.  We've seen plenty of rumors come and go in the graphics arena, many of them almost completely inaccurate and unfounded.  However, when an Senior VP speaks about something in public, sort of like EF Hutton, folks key in a bit.  So is this rumor or a strategic leak?  Probably the latter..."Nvidia’s senior vice president Dan Vivoli let slip that Nvidia intended to “launch new hardware to coincide with Crysis’ launch.” Vivoli didn’t elaborate, but the rumor mill has been predicting that Nvidia would ship a new top-end GPU right before the holiday shopping season, just as they did with the GeForce 8800 last year. Nvidia... Read more...
We just got our hands on some tasty new screenshots from the Crysis multi-player beta that we thought you'd all like to see.  According to a recent poll, Crysis what the game a majority of you were most interested in playing, and after seeing these screenshots, we're sure your interest isn't going to wane one bit...           We have seen Crysis live many times throughout its development and never cease to be impressed.  The lighting, shadow, and particle effects are excellent, as are the special effects like motion blurring and depth of field.  As you can see in the screen shots, explosions look great and the foliage... Read more...
The year's most anticipated PC game, Crysis, is scheduled to be released on November 16, but it looks like Electronic Arts will be giving gamers a taste of the game almost two month prior to its arrival.  According to a post on the official EA / Crysis website, a demo will be released on September 25 that'll let gamers play through the entire first level of the game's single-player campaign. "PC gamers now have a reason to mark a big circle around September 25th on their calendars as the single player demo for Crysis will be lighting up rigs worldwide in just 30 days. Consisting of the entire first level in Crysis’ epic single player campaign, “Contact,” gamers will get to finally... Read more...
Just in case you're the type of reader who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, installation, and acoustic performance of Gigabyte’s affordably priced Triton 180 chassis.  The Triton 180 offers a mostly tool free design, it can house up to 10 drives, and it includes two 12cm case fans with a washable intake dust filter.  It’s definitely a great value for the money.  Click the link below and check it out...   Gigabyte Triton 180 ATX Chassis... Read more...
The folks over at Digital Entertainment News got a chance to sit down in front of a high-end Toshiba notebook and play a pre-release build of the highly anticipated DX10 game Crysis. As you'll see, they came away thoroughly impressed.  Considering our first hand experience with Crysis at a couple of NVIDIA sponsored events and in the MS booth at Digital Life last year, we can't blame them.  This game is going to be HOT... "This is what PC gaming has been waiting for. Running on a high-powered Toshiba Satellite notebook packing a brand new DirectX 10-capable nVidia GeForce 8700M GT card, it can only be said that Crysis looked no less than stunning. The top shelf graphics accelerator had... Read more...
Just in case you're the type of reader who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, aesthetics, installation, and overall design of Antec's Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis. If you're unfamiliar with the Nine Hundred, it features an innovative open-mesh design, along with numerous speed-controlled fans, and a "Big Boy" 200mm blowhole.  As you'll see, the Antec Nine Hundred is not your typical mid-tower.  Click the link blow to check it out: Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis... Read more...
GIGABYTE, AMD and SiS Collaborate on Mini DTX Home Server Platform Home Server Mainboard to be Unveiled at WinHEC 2007 Los Angeles GIGABYTE, a leading provider of high-performance, high-quality and advanced consumer products, has worked closely with AMD and SiS to jointly develop a motherboard for the emerging home server market. Demonstrating GIGABYTE’s strength in consumer design, the motherboard has been designed to address the low-cost, small form factor, platform-specific needs of home server products and is compliant with Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating... Read more...
Fileshack has a new video showcasing Crytek's CryEngine 2 game engine, which will be featured in the upcoming DX10 shooter Crysis. If you haven't seen what this game engine can do or what Crysis looks like in action, do youself a favor and give this 126MB video a download.  The visual effects are so good, I'll guarantee you'll be impressed.... Read more...
It's probably safe to assert that, by and large, DIY Small Form Factor PCs are still niche products.  Although they have been offered by the likes of Shuttle, AOpen, MSI and many others for nearly half a decade now, there's still an audible gasp that's heard from non PC-centric folks when then first encounter one.  Questions range from, "What is it?" to "What does it do?"  And even when it has been explained that the mini machine is simply a PC, albeit much smaller than usual, heads still shake, believing that a PC must be big and bulky in order to work properly.  It's a common belief, if only because whether at work, at the store, or even in their own home, most PC users have a standard mid-sized... Read more...
Want to see some more screenshots of what is probably the most hotly anticipated PC game on the horizon?  Yeah, we do too!  Thankfully, incrysis.com has a trio of new screenshots of Crysis on-line for our viewing pleasure. "inCrysis & Crytek have a small Christmas present :) Three stunning new frozen world screenshots - including the first close up shot of the alien ship." Hopefully some updated Spore screenshots will get posted soon too.  Spore is another game that's got virtually everyone in the industry buzzing.... Read more...
If you are in need of a little motivation to convince you to upgrade that aging graphics card of yours, this nugget of information will be of interest.  The folks at incrysis.com have a high-def video of in-game Crysis footage available for download.     Crysis As good as the video looks, it still doesn't do the graphics justice. We've seen multiple live demos of the game in action first hand, and have been thoroughly impressed each time. If you thought the crew at Crytek did a good job with the visuals in FarCry, wait until you check this out. Mirror One Mirror Two... Read more...
Jenova Chen was a graduate student at USC. He wanted to design an immersive computer game that would appeal to people who don't generally consider themselves gamers. He got three indications that his game "flOw" was a great idea. First, it got 100,000 hits in a just a few weeks when posted online. Second, Sony hired his startup company to develop the game, and others, for the Playstation 3. Eager gamers don't need to scour eBay or retail outlets to sample a game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3. Thanks to a graduate study on "flow theory," a prototype of a future downloadable title is already finding success on the Web. With... Read more...
You might dismiss this headline as pure tech geekedness but you'd be missing out.  This is the real deal and may some day allow people with disabilities to do things they never have before.  An exoskeleton that can be worn by a human is a new type of robot under development at Tsukuba University. It's called Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL for short, and anyone who wears it has potential to lift up to 10-times the weight they normally could. "It depends on his original power, because this robot suit is controlled by the assist ratio," says Yoshiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University. "Usually we set it at 50% or 60% or 70%. If he is a very weak person we set the assist ratio at 90%,... Read more...
Even if you're not paying attention, your cellphone always is.  Many cell phones, PDAs and other evils and blessings of modern communication use flash memory that's harder to really erase than you might think. And if you sell or give away your phone when you're done with it, there's readily available software that can retrieve a lot of it. A company, Trust Digital of McLean, Va., bought 10 different phones on eBay this summer to test phone-security tools it sells for businesses. The phones all were fairly sophisticated models capable of working with corporate e-mail systems. Curious software experts at Trust Digital resurrected information on nearly all the used phones, including... Read more...
To coin a phrase from a very well respected colleague, Ars Technica has a bit of "put your ass in the know tonight" (that's PYAITK) with a look-ahead at the DOCSIS 3 Cable Modem standard. Oh baby, glorious bandwidth!  "Any geek will tell you that there's no such thing as "too fast" when it comes to broadband speeds, and that's why the recent DOCSIS 3.0 spec is exciting to cable modem users. The new version of DOCSIS (Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications) will allow for jaw-dropping physical layer speeds of 160Mbps downstream and 120 Mbps back up - more than a fourfold increase over current rates." Jaw-dropping they said... "jaw dropping".  Yes... Read more...
Crysis the highly anticipated shooter from Crytek, might not be able to run in all of its graphical glory on the XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Both next generation consoles lack the ability to render certain effects made possible by Microsoft's DirectX 10, which will be made available with Windows Vista. "Although Crysis will support both current and the next version of DirectX, Crytek claims that only DirectX 10 allows the game to run as it was intended by the developers because the next-generation DirectX API, which will ship along with Windows Vista, allows more effects and more objects to be drawn on the screen with a smaller computational... Read more...
Serial Attached SCSI or "SAS" as it is commonly known, has been around for a while but it certainly hasn't taken off, especially in the Desktop space, like Serial ATA (SATA).  GamePC, one of our favorite places for serious technical analysis and a highly underrated site, takes a look at a pair of Seagate SAS drives and compares them to WD's 10K RPM Raptor drives.  Of course the 15K RPM SAS drives rip up the Raptors in RAID 0 testing but then again the older 74G Raptor models were used (for-shame!).  Regardless, there's good data here for consideration in your next RAID setup. "Today at GamePC, we've taken our first real look at Serial... Read more...
Two new movies of Crysis, which is due out sometime next year, have been made available. The two videos contain actual gameplay footage, showing off some great lighting effects, physics, and one hell of an explosion.... Read more...
ALIENWARE UNLEASHES ENHANCED NEW DESKTOP CHASSIS AND POWERFUL INTEL CORE 2 DUO PROCESSORS Boldly Innovative, Feature-Rich Alienware P2 Full-Tower Case and Intel's Next-Generation Dual-Core Processors Now Available on Select Systems MIAMI - July 27, 2006 - Alienware -- the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media center and professional systems -- has introduced the breakthrough new Alienware P2 Full-Tower Case on select desktop systems, including the Area-51 7500, Area-51 ALX, Aurora 7500, and Aurora ALX. The Area-51 7500 and Area-51 ALX feature the new Intel Core 2 Extreme and Intel Core 2 Duo processors. In addition, select Alienware notebooks, including the popular... Read more...
For the past few years, Intel's desktop processors have been playing second fiddle to AMD's Athlon 64 in a number of ways. Both single and dual-core variants of the Athlon 64 have been at the top of most benchmark charts essentially since their introduction, and AMD's processors have been more energy efficient as well.  Conversely, since the introduction of the Prescott core, Intel's processors have earned a somewhat notorious reputation for running hot and consuming more than their fare share of power. This scenario has played out since September of 2003, when AMD first released the Athlon 64 FX-51. But it all ends today. A while back Intel announced that they would be abandoning... Read more...
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