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ASUS Striker II Formula Motherboard Offers PC Gamers the Ultimate SLI Platform-- Based on the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCP, the new ASUS ROGmotherboard supports 3-way SLI technology out-of-box --FREMONT, CA (January 21, 2008) – ASUS®, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the Striker II Formula motherboard. This cutting-edge motherboard is the latest in ASUS’ Republic of Gamers line and takes full advantage of the NVIDIA™ nForce 780i SLI™ MCP (Media Communications Processor). To deliver the most immersive PC gaming experience, the new Striker II Formula motherboard provides support for 3-way SLI technology, resulting in amazingly fast... Read more...
NVIDIA is the sort of company that can and will capitalize on opportunities quickly, whether it be market or product related, or something as simple as logistics.  As such, in traditional fashion, with the huge insurgence of press and media swooping down on the never-ending sensory overload that is the city of Las Vegas and the CES show, NVIDIA took the opportunity to arrange an editor's day just prior to the opening day of CES.  With a venue like this and a captive audience to boot it's a proverbial no-brainer and so we convened at the New York-New York hotel and casino for an update from virtually every product group at NVIDIA. If you've been spending some time here at HotHardware,... Read more...
The onslaught of new product releases for the holiday season continues, with the launch of NVIDIA's nForce 700 series of chipsets.  Just in case you skimmed past the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re here to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of NVIDIA’s nForce 780i SLI chipset using the brand new Asus P5N-T Deluxe motherboard.  We compare its performance to the nForce 680i SLI and X38 chipsets, outline the 780i SLI’s new features, and talk a bit about the mainstream 750i SLI chipset as well.  Click the link below and check it out...NVIDIA's nForce 780i SLI Chipset Arrives... Read more...
The nForce 680i SLI has been at the top of NVIDIA’s chipset product stack for well over a year now, which seems like an eternity in this day and age of accelerated product cycles.  Although still a top-notch performer, and arguably the best choice for gamers looking to put together a system with multiple GPUs, the nForce 680i SLI is getting a bit long in the tooth.  This is most evident when you consider that current 680i SLI motherboards don’t properly support Intel’s sought after 45nm Penryn-derived processors.  Technically, the chipset supports the CPUs, but a circuit level issue on today’s nForce 680i SLI-based motherboard implementations causes compatibility problems that... Read more...
NVIDIA has been the forerunner in multi-GPU rendering for a long time now.  With years of maturity and performance tuning, their SLI technology has shown very strong scaling when chaining a pair of GPUs together to tackle the 3D graphics processing workload.  We’ve seen quad-SLI on mid-range GPUs previously with NVIDIA’s GeForce 7950 GX2 but what about three GeForce 8800 Ultra cards strapped in under the hood?     Green-friendly, eco-minded, tree-huggers or those of you with weak constitutions for that matter; look away.  This might not be for you.  Put the kids to bed early - NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI is in the house.  We'll show you exactly what it can and can't... Read more...
Since this performance preview is targeted to PC Gamers, to start things off we might as well play a game.  Riddle us this...  What would be the antithesis of a product like a thin and light Notebook PC that is energy efficient, eco-friendly, and performance-per-watt tuned for those of you on the go?  Some of you may hazard a guess that it would be a high performance Desktop Replacement notebook machine or perhaps a Workstation computer of some sort.  Those might be good answers but we'd beg to differ.The real answer would be the sort of setup you see here in this picture below.  Take a high-end quad-core processor, drop in not two but three top-of-the-line... Read more...
Our friends at Asus sent over a board that we thought you all might like to drool over a bit.  Though this is an early sample and we're expecting a new revision, Asus comes out swinging here with a board that is jam-packed with features and setup with the enthusiast in mind.  Notice this is a full retail bundle as well, so things are very close to being ready for prime time.This is the first NVIDIA nForce 780i board to hit our labs.  Upon close inspection, it does look as though rumors that NVIDIA has bolted a Gen2 bridge (or switch perhaps) up to the 680i chipset, are  fairly accurate, though the architecture merits a bit more analysis before casting judgment. ... Read more...
If a product is called the Slide, don't you think you really ought to test the heck out of the "slide" part?  Apparently T-Mobile didn't.T-Mobile confirmed Monday that it had temporarily suspended sales of the Sidekick Slide until it can discover why the phone is turning off when the device is opened and closed. The issue is localized to the Slide models, produced by Motorola. The Sharp-produced Sidekick LX and iD are not affected, T-Mobile said. The Slide first disappeared from the carrier's online store late on Friday.We shouldn't limit blame on testing to T-Mobile, of course, since Motorola manufactures the device.  Still, it's not a good week for T-Mobile, what with Vodafone's court... Read more...
Politicians have often been asked what they intend to do when a race is too close to call, and voters are starting to wonder if casting their votes for a 3rd party might not be a good idea.  The answer, based on their actions (not responses) is simple: Start the mudslinging campaigns!It seems that Blu-ray and HD DVD might just be in such a position, and while we're not saying that this is the first handful of mud to be thrown, it sure is an ugly one:More specifically, according to Tech.co.uk, Simonis is upset at the significantly higher "attach rate" that the European HD DVD Group recently touted, which (Frank) Simonis (Blu-Ray Disc Associaton's European Chairperson) now says was a "gross... Read more...
Due to popular demand, we've gone ahead and updated our GeForce 8800 GT launch article with a full suite of Crysis benchmark numbers and even a few screen shots to dress it up a bit.  The game engine alone with this upcoming release will live up to the hype that surrounds it.  Word is Crysis has gone gold and will be on sale in stores 11/16.  If you're one generation behind in graphics cards, now might be a good time to consider the new GeForce 8800 GT or if you can stand it, perhaps wait for its successor, which is rumored to hit some time in early '08.  From the article, as they say...    Crytek's Crysis in all it's glory...   Even with our image quality... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the World’s First 4GB NVIDIA® SLI™ Certified kits, Designed for Ultimate Gaming Performance on NVIDIA nForce MotherboardsSunnyvale, CA—October 9, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the latest addition to the award-winning OCZ NVIDIA® SLI™ certified series, the world’s first 4GB PC2-6400 SLI-Ready DDR2 modules. Optimized specifically for the latest generation nForce platforms, this series features an ideal combination of reduced latencies and high density to support the ultimate gaming experience.The OCZ PC2-6400 4GB SLI-Ready Series is the optimal memory... Read more...
We thought it might be interesting to see what the numbers looked like for the extreme performance junkies in our midst, running dual-graphics SLI setups with high-end DX10 capable GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Is SLI mode on Vista still two steps behind in performance in comparison to XP?  In this article we offer a quick-take assessment of NVIDIA's latest ForceWare driver release, running on Windows XP and Windows Vista installations in SLI mode.  NVIDIA seems to have closed the gap a bit and we set out to explore this in some of the most exciting and new game engines on the market.   SLI Under The Microscope: Vista vs. XP... Read more...
Echostar Communications, parent company of Dish Network, the satellite TV service, said yesterday they have come to an agreement to buy Sling Media, the privately-held company best known for its Slingbox device. EchoStar, parent of the Dish Network Satellite Television service, said the deal values Sling Media at approximately $380 million, payable in cash and EchoStar options. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007, EchoStar said. The Slingbox connects cable and satellite TV set-top boxes to the Internet. As a result, cell phones and other Web-connected devices can show what's on a customer's living room... Read more...
Upon its release, it was expected that even the most ardent power users and enthusiasts were going to tread lightly at first with respect to adopting Windows Vista as their primary OS.  Though end users in this demographic are classically early adopters, in terms of new hardware technologies coming to market, an operating system change brings with it a whole myriad of pitfalls, from backwards compatibility to stability and performance issues, which are all understood to be "part of the deal" with any new OS.  In reality, many folks migrate to a new OS platform over time, opting to dip their toe carefully into the pool with less critical usage models, like running it on a backup machine or secondary... Read more...
During his keynote today at IDF, Intel’s Pat Gelsinger showed off a machine based on the company’s Skulltrail enthusiast gaming platform.  Skulltrail is a dual-socket platform based on the Stoakly platfprm that supports Intel’s upcoming 45nm Quad-Core processors and offers PCI Express 2.0 support and true dual-x16 PEG slots (or four x8 PCI Express x16 slots). Intel's Skulltrail Demo Machine with SLI What was interesting about the machine on display was that it used a pair of GeForce graphics cards running in SLI mode, but on an Intel chipset – no nForce here.  This would lead you to believe that Intel has licensed SLI, but that is... Read more...
After the mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, leveled allegations of child prostitution against Craigslist, it was reported that Craig Newmark may have stepped back from some of his more demanding corporate duties.Mr. Newmark’s profile was removed from the management page on the site, which opened the door to a lot of questions.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that they asked Craigslist spokesperon, Susan MacTavish Best, for details and she allegedly made a comment that Mr. Newmark was no longer involved in the daily affairs of the company.That early report is now being contradicted by the man himself, with Newmark’s profile returning to the management page and addressing the rumors:... Read more...
We wanted to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware, in which we evaluate the features, bundles, overclockability, and performance of two NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI-based motherboards, the MSI P6N-SLI Platinum and the Abit Fatal1ty FPIN9-SLI.  One of the boards is more feature-rich and somewhat more expensive, while the other is more streamlined and targeted at gamers on a strict budget.  Click the link below and check them out... MSI P6N-SLI Platinum vs. Abit Fatal1ty FPIN9-SLI... Read more...
As hardware enthusiasts, our enthusiasm for the latest and greatest PC gear often surpasses our bank account's ability to fund another upgrade. That's when we fall back on the always practical approach to maximizing our bang for the buck. Thankfully, this usually doesn't equate to buying products we're too ashamed to put in a modded case. Many companies cater to the more value conscious crowd while still bringing in enthusiast-oriented features. One example of a product that offers a lot of bang for the buck yet maintains a fair amount of enthusiast-oriented features is the NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI chipset. MSI and Abit both offer nForce 650i SLI motherboards that pack a lot of great... Read more...
Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of Gigabyte’s over the top GA-N680SLI-DQ6 motherboard.  Here’s a snip from the piece...   “In this article, we're going to showcase yet another Gigabyte-built mobo - the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 - that seemingly out does every other desktop motherboard in a number of key areas.  How do four Gigabit LAN controllers, 10 SATA ports, 100% solid-state capacitors, and a unique wrap-around, passive, cooling apparatus strike... Read more...
Gigabyte has almost always been a well respected brand amongst PC enthusiasts, but it seems the company has come on very strong in the last year or so.  Gigabyte has released a number of highly praised motherboards is recent months, like the GA-P35T-DQ6 and GA-965P-DQ6 2.0 that were all lauded for their feature sets, performance, and overclockability. In this article, we're going to showcase yet another Gigabyte-built mobo - the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 - that seemingly out does every other current desktop motherboard in a number of key areas.  How do four Gigabit LAN controllers, 10 SATA ports, 100% solid capacitors, and a unique wrap-around, passive, cooling apparatus strike you?  And did we... Read more...
Charlie over at The Inquirer posted another blurb today stating that Intel's upcoming X38 chipset will support NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology, as well as ATI's CrossFire.  This rumor first hit during Computex, but NVIDIA reps spoke up and claimed it was false at the time.  Now The Inquirer claims that they've spoken with some unamed engineers and that they have confirmed that X38 will support SLI... "Now we are sure that NV will deny it up and down, but seeing as how they have trouble with anything relating to the truth, I would urge the reader to ignore them. The engineers tell us that SLI drivers are in the final state of polishing with a few bugs left to quash, but plenty of time remains... Read more...
Until you see an official press release on the subject consider this nothing more than a very likely rumor backed up by a picture, but it looks like Intel might be adopting NVIDIA's SLI technology after all. "And the biggest story of the show so far is: Intel has landed an SLI licence for desktop, not just mobile.You don't believe us? Look at the tag on the picture below. The deal was confirmed multiple times by the vendor and others.Below the tagged shot is a full board one with most identifying things blanked out to save the vendor's blushes." This particular rumor has been making the rounds ever since ATI was acquired by AMD.  It seems logical to assume that Intel might chose to use NVIDIA... Read more...
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