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ATI has another driver release ready before the months end, bringing the latest Catalyst version to 6.6, and also bring some improvements to the use of Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering. TweakTown has the usual performance comparisons for the release, comparing it to Catalyst 6.5 in a few different benchmarks. "We weren't too sure if a new Catalyst driver version was coming this month but they ended up delivering and ATI has produced quite as useful driver for the lovers of AA and AF - although mostly for Radeon X1900XT(X) owners who love AA and AF." And in case you Nvidia fans haven't heard, version 91.31 of Nvidia's Forceware driver was released on the 23rd.... Read more...
Intel's Tri-Gate Transistor To Enable Next Era In Energy-Efficient Performance SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 16, 2006 - Intel Corporation researchers today disclosed they have developed new technology designed to further extend the company's leadership in energy-efficient performance. Intel's research and development involving new types of transistors has resulted in further development of a tri-gate (3-D) transistor for high-volume manufacturing. Since these transistors greatly improve performance and energy efficiency Intel expects tri-gate technology could become the basic building block for future microprocessors sometime beyond the 45nm process technology node. Planar (or flat) transistors were... Read more...
Another driver release from ATI spawns another performance comparison for TweakTown. Along with the addition of Adaptive Anti-Aliasing, ATI promises some performance improvements in a couple of games. Probably not the games you were hoping for though. "Apart from the performance improvements you can see below, Adaptive Anti-Aliasing has been added to the Radeon 9550 and above models. Originally Adaptive AA, which is a feature which adjusts its detail level depending on the performance, was only seen in the X1000 series of cards."  ... Read more...
NGOHQ has the latest addition of SiSoftware's Sandra in for review. Sandra 2007 comes with a new design, as well as some new benchmarks and features. "In case you have never heard of SiSoftware`s Sandra, it stands for `The System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant`. It was one of the first companies to incorporate all-in-one software that not only tells you what hardware you have in your computer, but also allows you to benchmark said hardware and compare it to other systems. That is not all however, since their first release in 1997 up until now they have been consistently adding new modules and features, as well as regularly... Read more...
There are only a select few PC enthusiasts who like to show off their hardware more than gamers do. With all the questing, spying, and fragging going on, they still find the time to appreciate the machine that grants them such pleasure. As you know though, these days, any old box just won't do. No; something a little flashier than the mundane is needed, especially if you're headed to a big LAN Party. While we've reviewed some great cases over the years here at HotHardware, producing a case that receives a gamer's approval has it's own set of special requirements. At the very least, it needs to look cool, and a single intake fan at the front isn't going to... Read more...
The recent v1.1 patch for Quake 4 has delivered support for Hyper-Threading and Dual-Core CPUs, however this feature is bound to the Windows operating system. Even so, Linux users can rejoice as the new patch appears to provide a boost in the games performance. "Even though the Linux port remains to support any multi-threaded functions, we were incredibly surprised with the significant performance boosts demonstrated by this game. We will continue to investigate the Quake 4 v1.1 findings we have encountered today and will continue to deliver additional reports permitting any substantial findings. On top of the possible performance boosts, there... Read more...
SiS Supports AMD Digital Media Vision With Advanced Chipsets For "AMD LIVE!™" Consumer Brand February 14th, 2006 – Taipei – Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) announced today the development of SiS chipsets in cooperation with AMD to support AMD LIVE!™ branded, full-featured consumer multimedia desktop and notebook PCs expected to be delivered in mid-2006. The chipsets will provide support for AMD LIVE!, helping deliver new home entertainment experiences to consumers for their digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE! brand now extends to consumers and should help improve digital media PC performance and functionality, as well as changing the way digital entertainment integrates... Read more...
We're now living in the year 2006, and that means ATI has begun releasing it's 6.x driver set. Today ATI Catalyst 6.1 is available for your downloading pleasure. Has ATI been focusing on fixing bugs, or have they been trying to raise performance as well? To answer that question, we also present you with TweakTown's ATI Catalyst 6.1 Performance Analysis. "As we enter 2006 we see the first Catalyst driver set for the New Year labeled as the 6.1s. These come out just in time for the release of the latest FutureMark benchmark application labeled 3DMark06 funnily enough."... Read more...
Another driver release, another performance review. ATI has recently released their last driver set of the year, Catalyst 5.12. Today, TweakTown benchmarks the new Catalyst driver against last months version, and reports on some interesting results."As we near the end of the year, we see the final official Catalyst release from ATI under the 5 series name. Next year we will have the 6.1's and start all over again as long as ATI keep up with their promise for monthly driver releases, which has remained true for a long while now."... Read more...
The folks at ArsTechnica have posted a pretty thorough analysis of the new XBox 360 that outlines several aspects of the newly launched console. If you've been wrestling with the idea of getting an XBox 360 now, or waiting to see what PS3 or Nintendo's Revolution look like this is certainly worth taking a look at.Overall the 360 does just about everything right, and feels like a step ahead for console gaming in general. Having the Marketplace to sell independent games and classics is a great feature, and making those games playable on Xbox Live is the icing on the cake. Everything about the interface is well thought out, it's easy to spend hours just ripping CDs and seeing what the system can... Read more...
If you read our comprehensive review of ATI's new X1K Family of graphics cards, you know how we felt about ATI's new line-up at launch.  If you haven't read our review, however, here's the gist of it. We thought ATI's X1K Family of products were a technological step forward, and at the high-end the Radeon X1800 XL and X1800 XT were competitive with NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT and 7800 GTX in D3D applications, but in OpenGL based applications NVIDIA's counterparts had an advantage. This particular performance breakdown may be about to change though. ATI has recently posted a "HotFix" driver that addresses OpenGL performance. ATI claimed performance improvements in the neighborhood... Read more...
We've had some big game releases this month, and today's release is... F.E.A.R.! From what I've heard, the game will take about 10 hours to get through(which I personally find disappointing), however it's supposed to be one incredible ride. In what seems to be becoming a popular trend, a patch has already been released for the game, less than a week(or day) after it's release. If you own the game, grab the patch, and if your still undecided on Monolith's new shooter, check back here tonight for some reviews. Enjoy the news! First stage of HTPC project proves tricky @ The Tech Report "This setup's existence has been suspended for many months between my intentions--to build a real HTPC for... Read more...
So, what's in the news today? There was something important that was supposed to happen, but I can't remember for the life of me. Oh, now I remember... wait, I forgot again. Um, oh yeah! ATI has finally lifted their NDA so we could all get a glimpse of their new X1000 family of cards. For your convenience, a roundup of reviews has been, well, rounded up. For the sake of balancing the scale a bit, Nvidia would also like you to know about the new BETA 81.84 drivers that are now available for download. ATI Radeon X1300, X1600, X1800 Reviews [H]ard|OCP The Tech Report Hardware Secrets Beyond3D Neoseeker t-break Firing Squad Albatron Mars PX915SLI Intel 915PL SLI Motherboard @ PCstats.com "Albatron's... Read more...
Hey folks, here's what's been sitting in the box today. Goodnight. NZXT Trinity Gaming Chassis @ Phoronix "Of all the computer cases we've examined here at Phoronix, one of the best cases we've seen when it came to innovation was the Sytrin Nextherm ICS-8200. However, today up on the testing bench we have the latest chassis from NZXT. The NZXT Trinity features SECC steel construction, a thermal display meter, custom NZXT fan grill, and several tool-less features. Just how well does the NZXT Trinity compare to the swarm of other chassis' on the market? Read the review to find out." Seasonic S12 380W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers.org "Just what is PFC or OTP,OPP,OVP?, and do you... Read more...
 GIGABYTE Enters the PC Chassis Market with Exciting New Case Design Taipei, Taiwan June 16, 2005 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, PC coolers and other computing hardware solutions, today announced the 3D AURORA chassis, the company's first stand alone chassis to compliment its extensive range of PC component offerings. With its elegant design, flexible cooling system support and easy component installation features, the 3D Aurora chassis presents an ideal solution for PC enthusiasts who enjoy upgrading and customizing their rigs.    Elegant, Robust and Ergonomic Design:  Behind its elegant design, the GIGABYTE 3D AURORA adopts a fully... Read more...
Hey folks, just checking in here with another update before the weekend hits us. As for HotHardware news today, Andrew has reviewed the Dell Inspiron 6000(d). Also, Dave's post below gives you a little bit if info on the upcoming nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition board from ASUS, the P5ND2-SLI Deluxe. Enjoy! ASUS AX800XT/TVD 256MB (RADEON X800 XT P.E.) @ Hardware Zone "With the launch of ATI's X850 series, the honor of leading ATI's lineup has passed from the X800 XT P.E. to its X850 counterpart. Meanwhile, price and availability for the X800 XT P.E. has improved significantly. Find out why we think the ASUS AX800XT/TVD 256MB is an attractive option for those requiring a high-end performer with... Read more...
Good morning everyone.  We're starting off the weekend with some news out of ATI and SiS.  ATI is unveiling the Radeon XPRESS 200 with DX9 and DDR2 support.  SiS follows that up with the release of their latest AMD64 PCI Express chipset, the SiS761GX.  We close things out with a NEC DVD 16X Dual-Layer Drive and more news from CEBIT regarding ATI.  And we thought it was going to be a quiet Friday morning! ATI Launches Industry's Most Powerful DirectX 9 Integrated Chipset for Intel Platforms RADEON XPRESS 200 for Intel delivers unparalleled onboard DirectX 9 graphics performance and support for next-generation DDR2 667 memory ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY) (NASDAQ:ATYT),... Read more...
Good morning everyone, the news front is moving at a fantastic rate.  So, needless to say, we have a quiet the variety of fresh juice on tap this AM.  I don't know about you, but I am planning on kicking back for a few minutes and indulging my hardware fetish... Here is your first shot for the day...  BigBruin.Com Article: Monitors - LCD vs. CRT "As the technology has improved and the prices have come down, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors have rapidly been replacing CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors on desktops around the world... The question is why choose LCD over CRT? There are several pros and cons to consider, and a few items will be considered in this Tech Tip."... Read more...
  As the old saying goes, "hindsight is 20/20".  That is to say, if you were in the market for a new high end graphics card, back in early August, as a direct result of the launch of Id Software's much buzzed about title Doom 3, you may have opted to go the way of an NVIDIA product.  For sure, with NVIDIA's obvious strength in the Doom 3 game engine, and subsequently the quickly emerging benchmarks that surfaced around the web, if you were placing bets on NVIDIA's new GeForce 6 series line-up, it was definitely a solid wager in that gaming scenario.  Additionally, the Doom 3 game engine will probably power many a title in the coming year, so NVIDIA's scope of influence... Read more...
Good morning everyone. JeffB checking in to ring in the new weekend. Since I've started working from home, weekends have a lot less meaning than they used to, but I still look forward to them. If all goes well I will be snuggling up with a new piece of hardware this afternoon. Otherwise I think I will be getting out. Thanks to my latest addiction, Far Cry, I haven't gotten out much in the last couple of weeks. I really hate games that don't have in-game saves, but I will say that Far Cry is an exception. If you haven't checked it out, you should, it's one of the best I've ever played. Just be aware, this bad boy stresses even the most powerful systems to the brink of reboots. Little secret, turn... Read more...
Good morning everyone!  I hope you are all digging the new layout, I know I am.  Dave, Marco and Jay broke their respective behinds to get this completed and launched on Monday and the effort shows in my opinion.  My presence has been sparse lately with personal things taking up most of my time.  Fortunately, next week should be the last of it for me, then I should be back in the saddle, along with Rob who recently returned from his honeymoon.  So stick around, we have some more goodies coming your way soon! BigBruin.Com has a new review posted taking a look at the New Enermax CS-800TA-MW Case: "Right off the bat we notice a few things that make this case different.... Read more...
  The Asus P4S800D-E  Motherboard Pentium 4 Powered Performance With The SiS 655TX Chipset By: Dave Altavilla December 22, 2003 All year we've been waiting for a chipset manufacturer to get into the Pentium 4 chipset arena with a Dual Channel DDR capable offering that finally gave Intel something to sweat over.  We've seen offerings from VIA and SiS this year but the P4X400 and SiS648, while they were decent low cost solutions, were nothing to write home about performance wise, when compared to an i865 Springdale or i875 Canterwood based motherboard.  Although these chipsets weren't targeted at taking on Springdale or Canterwood directly, since they were "value"... Read more...
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