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ATI has been coming on very strong these past few months, bolstering their GPU line-up with a slew of new products, ranging from the entry level Radeon X1300 all the way on up to the flagship Radeon X1900 XTX. The company's well documented execution problems from 2005 are behind them, and they seem to be firing on all cylinders as we near the end of the first quarter of 2006. Their "standard" graphics cards are in good supply, CrossFire enabled motherboards are readily available and coming down in price, and their various CrossFire Master cards are in-stock at quite a few retailers. The company's GPU and chipset divisions have really turned things around, and aren't scrambling to catch... Read more...
Need super fast ram? How about buying SuperTalent? Though they're not as well known as brands such as Corsair or Mushkin, they have produced some extremely fast(and stable) memory. Getting this speed in a 2GB kit comes with a price though. Are you willing to pay?"AMD will present the AM2 socket this summer, which supports DDR2 PC6400 RAM. Intel based motherboards can already use such RAM and so we have most manufacturers entering a 'memory war', with every RAM manufacturer trying to design and release high speed DDR2 modules while offering good value as well. This 'memory war' seems to get interesting as Super Talent, a less known company among the enthusiast circles, released the (for the time... Read more...
The quest for the highest clock speeds will never stop, and neither will the quest for the best performing thermal compound. OCModShop has taken a look at the TherMax Tech XFlux-GA, which looks to be an all around winner with price and performance. "Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that heat can pass through. Over the past few years there have been several different thermal paste technologies, each of them trying to efficiently transfer heat away from the processor. One of the best electrically... Read more...
Stealth took the Asus P5N32 SLI Deluxe for spin and gave us his impressions of the board here with full analysis.  Dual X16 PCI Express Graphics slots in SLI comes to the Intel platform courtesy of Asus and NVIDIA.  Check it out. ... Read more...
When NVIDIA first resurrected the term "SLI" from the technology archives, it was welcomed back with open arms. Although the exact definition has changed from it's 3Dfx roots, it boils down to two graphics cards working on the same job. The obvious benefit is that two cards should be able to easily outperform even the fastest single card.  The only real problem for some users was that the technology was limited to owners of nForce-based motherboards, and initially that meant having an AMD Athlon processor.  NVIDIA eventually decided to address Intel's huge install-base as well, and nForce 4 SLI - Intel Edition motherboards arrived on the scene.     It has only been... Read more...
Have an old machine sitting around, just waiting to have new life breathed into it? Linux could be the new life it's looking for. XYZ Computing covers a beginner's move to the penguin OS, which isn't exactly a "HOWTO" guide, but rather the thoughts and observations relayed through the writer's personal experience. "This article goes over one person's experience when moving computer beginners from Windows to Linux. This is not always a smooth transition, but this this case a computer which was barely working was salvaged and there was an easy switch from one operating system to the next. Casual computer users almost always use Windows... Read more...
Legion Hardware has a look at the A8N32 SLI Deluxe tonight as well.  Our take can be found here, with recent updates.The A8N-SLI Deluxe is now worth just $170 US, so what has ASUS done to justify the A8N32-SLI Deluxe price premium? Well they have actually done quite a bit, as the board now includes an 8-phase power design and a seriously impressive cooling setup. Heat has become a huge concern for all high-end motherboards and none really address the issue correctly.And indeed heat needs to be managed better with this board as well, with its additional 16 PCI Express SerDes IO driving even more power in this new nForce 4 SLI X16 two-chip solution.... Read more...
When our Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe article first launched on 10/18/05, we reported to you our findings based on the hardware and related driver versions we had in hand at the time.  Unfortunately the Asus A8N SLI Deluxe motherboard we tested in comparison to the A8N32 SLI Deluxe, needed a new BIOS update to take advantage of NVIDIA's recently released 6.82 nForce chipset driver.  This driver version was released in support of the nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset and we came to find out that the legacy A8N SLI Deluxe had performance issues with this new driver.  Asus sent an updated BIOS for the A8N SLI Deluxe to us on 11/2 and we had to re-run our numbers in order to confirm our initial performance... Read more...
Hey folks! Today FiringSquad has published their interview with ATI's Director of Marketing for Multimedia, Godfrey Cheng. The topic? ATI's AVIVO technology. Also in the news, Hardware Secrets has released a quick guide to Athlon 64 cores. It's nothing that many of you don't already know, but might be informative to those of you who are confused about what features each core has. Enjoy! HIS introduces the HIS X700SE iFan PCIe graphic cards The best value plus the richer visual experience to all your favorite PC activities Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct 20, 2005 – HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) today introduces the HIS X700SE iFan PCIe graphic cards. Recognized by major media worldwide,... Read more...
Today we're taking a look at Asus' new nForce 4 SLI X16 motherboard, the follow-on to their very successful A8N series of enthusiast targeted, Socket 939 boards based on the nForce 4 SLI chipset. The A8N32 SLI Deluxe is driven by the new two-chip nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset, with two full X16 PCI Express Graphics slots for significantly more available bandwidth for SLI Dual PCIe Graphics configurations. But like evolutions in the AGP bus, does the added bandwidth really help all that much today? In some situations the answer is a very firm "absolutely". Go see...... Read more...
We certainly do evaluate and showcase our fair share of ASUS products here at HotHardware, and it's no great mystery because Asus is also typically one of the first out of the block with a new chipset technology.  The company's new A8N32 SLI Deluxe motherboard is no exception.  NVIDIA's new nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset has been out the door at NVIDIA for months now, but retail boards have yet to appear on the scene.  We've heard ABIT and others may have boards on the horizon, based on this new high-end NVIDIA chipset, but the A8N32 SLI Deluxe was the first to hit our test bench, and it looks like it will be the first to hit retail sometime this week.  NVIDIA has also launched... Read more...
Topping the headlines today is the release of Croteam's Serious Sam II. A patch has already been released, which you'll need to download if you want to use coop. Another game that's been buzzing about is Rag Doll Kung Fu, which will be the first independently developed game released through Valve's Steam software. Fortunately for us, Techgage.com has posted a review on what to expect from this quirky title. Goodnight all! Asus GeForce 7800GT @ AMD Zone "The card doesn't deviate from the standard 7800GT clock speed, featuring a 400MHz GPU clock and 256MB of 1.6ns memory running at 1GHz. The card features an unusual blue PCB for Asus and the stock 7800GT fan however it also includes a number... Read more...
Well folks, it's the 29th and the F.E.A.R. multiplayer demo has been released. The 451MB file contains the DM/TDM and CTF "Facility" maps. You can grab the file at FileShack, FileFront, and Filerush(for you torrent fans). Goodnight all! ECS KN1-SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ PCstats.com "Based on the nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset, the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme supports all the current flavours of Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors. Its four DDR DIMM slots can be installed with as much as 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory in a dual channel configuration. Onboard data connections consist of IEEE 1394a Firewire which hums away at 800Mbps, a 7.1-channel audio codec, Gigabit and 10/100 NICs,... Read more...
The news is still rolling in :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend folks. 1600DPI Gaming Mice from Logitech and Razer @ TweakTown "Swinging away from the usual hardware, today we're looking at two of the latest and greatest gaming mice from Logitech and Razer. In the left corner we have the Logitech MX518 and in the right corner we have the Razer Diamondback Plasma Edition. Both offer impressive features such as on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments and 1600 DPI accuracy. Which is the best for your gaming rig? Read on and find out our thoughts!" Samsung 915N @ Overclockers Online "After about eight weeks with this monitor, I'm happy to report that it's excelled in everything I used it... Read more...
Well folks, as you probably guessed, the news today is pretty much made up of GeForce 7800 GTX reviews. If you direct your eyes to the post below, Jeff has compiled a list of them. Enjoy! Patriot PC2-5600 XBLK Dual Channel Memory Kit review @ Xtreme Resources "The move to the DDR2 memory subsystem seems to be picking up momentum lately as there are numerous memory manufactures offering higher speed grade modules compared to several months ago. Intel is the first to utlize DDR2 and AMD continues to stay with DDR and may move up to DDR2 in the future. Today, we will examine and test the PC2-5600 modules from Patriot on the nVidia C19 platform with Patriot's XBLK PC2-5600 1GB dual channel kit... Read more...
Hey folks, I hope you're enjoying the weekend. Tomorrow is Fathers day, so don't forget! Anyway, we got some good reviews for you tonight, including a look at Seagate's 400GB External USB HD! Oh yeah, and there is this little whisper going around about a security breach that affects over 40 million credit cards. Goodnight :) Linux Is It's Own Enemy @ CoolTechZone "If you have ever visited a Linux support forum, the very first thing you will notice are the massive number of threads with questions similar to, "What Linux distribution should I use?" or "What is the best distribution for me?" Since these questions are asked by those who are unfamiliar with the open-source... Read more...
With the advent of the mini-PC, a completely new industry has been born.  Well, maybe it isn't so new anymore, but what started out almost as a novelty has matured into a major craze in the enthusiast market.  Today's mini-PCs come in a broad range of flavors with a wide variety of features.  Sitting high atop the list of unique mini-PCs is ASUS' latest offering, the S-press Deluxe (S1-P111) mini-barebones PC.  As the "deluxe" name implies, the S-presso Deluxe is the most feature laden of two models ASUS is offering.  The standard model follows a more typical mini-PC approach, while the Deluxe brings some unique options not commonly found in other offerings. ... Read more...
Good Afternoon All! The headline says it all. We've got one of the first retail ready nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition motherboards on the test-bench today. The Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe is loaded with features and expandability in typical Asus fashionl, and the board lit up the benchmarks like no other Pentium 4 based board we've seen in a long time. Dual PCIe Graphics, DDR2-667 supported by NVIDIA's robust new memory controller, this board has it all going on. Click here and check it out...... Read more...
  Over the past several years, NVIDIA has not only made a name for themselves in the Desktop Motherboard Chipset business but they have also cultivated a profitable and highly successful business unit in this area as well, commanding approximately 48% market share in the AMD Athlon 64 based market segment. With design wins at virtually all of the major Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers for their nForce 3 and nForce 4 product offering, it was no great surprise when NVIDIA and Intel announced a broad, multi-year patent cross license agreement and front-side bus license agreement that enables the company to deliver nForce platform technology on Intel-based systems. Recently we gave you... Read more...
Hey folks, We've got some news for you to digest on your lunch break :) HTPC news has sent us an article regarding bugs with the GeForce 6xxx series cards and using them as a HTPC(Home Theater Personal Computer). Probably a good idea to check it out if your thinking of making a media center out of your system. Anyway, here are the reviews... Thermaltake K450 (CL-P0075) AMD Athlon 64 Heatpipe Cooler @ Bjorn3D "The first time I heard about the Thermaltake K450 heatsink was when I started my search for a CPU cooler for my Athlon 64 FX 55 in my SLI system. The problem I had was that the heatsink that was sent to me for my FX 55 was not meant for that CPU. I found this out by seeing my FX 55... Read more...
Hey folks, I've got some news here to start off your week. I'm still a little fuzzy from last night's Red Sox vs Yankees game, so I'll let you enjoy the news while I get some coffee and continue trying to wake up. Enjoy! Forceware Comparison (71.84 - 75.90 - 76.10 - 76.41) @ Techconnect "Unfortunately, picking the right set of drivers can be a daunting adventure. There is a lot of choice out there, all of it legit according to its own provider. Manufacturer's drivers are always recommended, but which ones should you pick?" Intel Dual Core: Pentium EE 840 Arrives @ Legit Reviews "Today, for the very first time, Intel is letting the media show off the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme... Read more...
Good morning once again all!  We've lined up several good news-bits for you today.  The Tech Zone checks in with a Sorell SF 2000 MP3 player, while Bjorn3D lines up with a Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe.  When your done there, come on back and check Matt's take on Leadtek's Deluxe TV kit.  Enjoy the holiday weekend! Sorell SF 2000 MP3 Player Review @ The Tech Zone: "The Sorell SF 2000 is more than just a flash based MP3 player - there is also a built in voice recorder and FM tuner. Plus the unit can double as a USB flash drive, making filing transfer quick and easy. The SF 2000 is available in? 256MB and 512MB configurations. The player is really small, just 3.1"... Read more...
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