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With the release of both NVIDIA's 6800 Series and ATI's X800 series, the high-end enthusiast has several excellent choices when seeking the perfect gaming card.   It really is hard to go wrong either way, with each product line having the muscle to power any game you can throw at it, while offering the best image quality we've seen to date.  But the high-end market is only a small percentage of sales as these cards can cost in excess of $500.  When it comes to PCI Express based value solutions , ATI has their X600 series which sells in the $200 range, while NVIDIA has yet to launch many new value-based PCI Express offerings as of yet, electing to focus first on their high end products.... Read more...
Good afternoon folks!  I apologize for the later than usual start today.  I've been grinding away at a couple of reviews and totally lost track of time!  I'll make it up to you though - there's LOTs of good stuff to get posted.  And if I'm productive in the next couple of hours, we'll have some new content of our own for you as well...  The ATI Radeon To ATI FireGL Mod Guide Rev. 3.0 @ RojakPot: "Want a FireGL workstation card but can't afford to pay ATI's exhorbitant prices? Well, why don't you grab a Radeon desktop card and mod it into a FireGL card? Yes, you can easily mod a Radeon into the FireGL with just a simple BIOS flash! Our guide will go through all the... Read more...
Good Evening Folks! Just in case you've missed the new link at the top of the page, I wanted to let you know that we've just posted a review of Soyo's newest Socket A motherboard, the Dragon2 KT880. With this board, powered by VIA's KT880 chipset, Soyo brings some updated technology to the Socket A platform, namely native SATA RAID and Gigabit Ethernet. And there are lots of other goodies packed onto this board as well. Click here and check it out!... Read more...
Welcome back everyone!  It's your friendly neighborhood Italian checking-in to let you all know that we've just posted a review of Sapphire's Toxic X800 Pro. This oversized video card sports some major cooling, ships with a utility to dynamically overclock the on-board RAM, and has one of the best bundles we've seen in quite a while. Click here to take a look...... Read more...
Today, avid computer enthusiasts have their pick of some of the best computer hardware ever made available to the public.  Processors and graphics cards have truly matured in the past few years, giving the general public computing power to do just about anything.  Whether you're a hardcore gamer or you want to develop your own independent film, the power to get the job done is now within reach.  But not everyone is a power user.  For every enthusiast looking to build a serious dream machine, there are the mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters who simply want to run common office applications, surf the Web, or play MP3s. While it may not garner all of the attention of the... Read more...
The battle between NVIDIA and ATi for dominance in the desktop 3D gaming video card market has been on-going for many years.  With each new product they release, both companies attempt to leap-frog the other by introducing new features and increasing performance over their previous generation.  The competition has gotten so fierce, that every 6 months or so a new product hits the scene that turns last season's flagship video cards into a mid-range parts, that will soon be sold at bargain basement prices. Both NVIDIA and ATi have done very well with their desktop GPUs, but a new market recently emerged that demanded their attention.  "Desknote" or Desktop Replacement Notebooks,... Read more...
Long time no see ;)  I am back to inform you that we've just posted a review of AOpen's GeForce FX 5900 XT.  Like some other recently released 5900 XTs, this model from AOpen comes pre-overclocked, with a core clock speed that's a full 30MHz higher than NVIDIA's recommendations.  It's got a custom cooling solution, a decent bundle, and it's also priced to sell.  Click the link above to check it out, or, if you are lazy: Click Here  Leadtek WinFast A400GT TDH (GeForce 6800 GT) @ Bjorn3D "Leadtek is one of the oldest NVIDIA board partners around. They actually have been working with NVIDIA since the GeForce 256 back with their WinFast GeForce256 DDR. We at Bjorn3D... Read more...
2004 is easily shaping up to be a banner year for the graphics card market as NVIDIA and ATI continue to trade blows with their high-end offerings.  We've seen huge increases in performance between the current and last generation of video cards from both manufacturers, and the competition is as intense as ever.  Today, there are high-performance options from both companies that easily exceed a $500 price tag.  Whether you're eyeing the latest Radeon X800 XT or the GeForce 6800 Ultra, you're going to get the highest frame rates and best image quality, for a price.  But let's face it, there is a select audience for video cards in this price range.  The rest of us are looking... Read more...
Good morning folks!  What a weekend!  The weather here in the big apple was fantastic, the Fourth of July fireworks were great, the BBQ was perfect and on top of it all, I got engaged!  Woo Hoo!  Here's a bit of the story and some pictures if you're interested in knowing how to incorporate some "smooth-geekiness" into a proposal!  :)  When you're done, head back here to though, we've got a ton of news for you...  ATI Radeon X800 XT (PCIe) Review @ Beyond3D: "Comparing R423 to R420 we see that all the main characteristics of the two chips - process, complexity, configuration - are identical and this is indeed the case. The only difference between... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back :)  Besides linking you up with some tasty articles from around the net, I am here to give you the skinny about your favorite Italian's, El Woparoo, latest article.  Serving up yet another feast of numbers, Marco walks us threw the advantages of Far Cry's v1.2 patch and SM 3.0.  With numbers from every angle, this review should keep you crunching for quite sometime.  As usual, you can find the link to Marco's review at the top of our page.  Or, if you are lazy like me, Click Here. Here is your news... Guide: Cable Sleeving Made Easy @ GideonTech.com "If you have a large power supply, you know the mess of cables that come with it.... Read more...
Hey All!  As we alluded to earlier this afternoon, the PRs have been steadily flowing in today.  I'm here to give you another sampling and hardware news and to let you know that We've just posted a review of Asus' Radeon X800 Pro powered AX800 Pro/TD.  This card ships with a very comprehensive software and accessory bundle, which even includes a webcam, and it sports a uniquely colored PCB.  We evaluated its image quality, and compared its performance to 5 other video cards, including a 12-pipe GeForce 6800 and a 16-pipe GeForce 6800 GT.  We used the latest drivers available for all of the cards and did some overclocking as well.  Overall, we have over 300 different... Read more...
Good evening folks!  Thankfully, I have completely recovered from this weekend's festivities (my girl threw me an awesome surprise party for my birthday), and decided to stop in for a quick shot of news.  Most of the action today was dominated by NVIDIA's SLI announcement and Intel's Nacona news, but there were some other goodies posted as well.  Here's goes...  Dell Inspiron XPS Notebook Review @ Hard|OCP: "The Dell Inspiron XPS brings forth a level of game playability that allows you the power to easily head off to any LAN game and compete, or to enjoy the latest 3D adventure in the privacy of your home. And then without issue, you can use it for those daily computing... Read more...
Good Morning HH Fans! Today, NVIDIA is unveiling an updated version of 3dfx's SLI technology, but this time around, dual PCI Express X16 slots and two NV4x powered graphics cards will be handling the graphics workload. NVIDIA is claiming huge performance gains with the setup. Click here, or on the link at the top of the page, to take a look at what they have in store for us in the coming months... Other Previews from around the web: Tech Report Hard|OCP TweakTown Hardware Analysis... Read more...
Good morning everyone, N.J. here with yet another serving of juice.  The news front is moving at a fantastic rate today, so there is quiet the variety of articles for you to choose from.  So, go grab your lunch and settle in.  This is going to be a big one... BuffaloTech FireStix PC4000 1GB DDR @ GideonTech.com "BuffaloTech has long been in the OEM field and just recently slid into the performance market. We've taken a look at their previous DDR modules and they all faired rather well. Today we have their newest dual channel matched pair package in the 2X512MB flavor. If anything, they have THE coolest names...let's see if they perform that way." X-Bag CTSSL LAN Bag @... Read more...
Good evening folks!  We've just posted a review of Prolink's Pixelview 5900XT Golden Limited.  This somewhat unique GeForce FX 5900 XT is equipped with a custom, aluminum cooling solution and it's got an illuminated LCD read-out that reports the GPU temperature and fan speed.  It overclocked fairly well, too.  Click here and check it out...... Read more...
For video card manufacturers, the drums of technology beat forever. Today's hot new release is tomorrow's eBay listing, because the hardcore enthusiasts are always looking for the next "big thing". It's a hard to stay on top of the list for very long, so we were interested in the recent arrival of two new GeForce FX 5900XT's in our labs. Originally, our plans were to pit these two together XTs, mano a mano, to see which of the two cards would come out on top. After our initial peek into the boxes and specs for each card, however, we decided to give each card its own day in the sun. Our first article in this series will cover the Prolink Pixelview GeForce FX 5900XT... Read more...
Greetings HotHardware fans!  How is everyone doing today?  I sure hope you're all doing well!  All of the members of the H.H. crew are working with some tasty new hardware at the moment, so we should have quite a bit of fresh content for you in the coming days.  Rob's got a couple of new 5900 XTs on the bench, Jeff's been burning some DVDs on a new drive from Plextor, and Jay's messing around with the first SATA optical drive to arrive in the lab.  Tom's got something new for the Athlon XP on tap, I've got Asus' Socket 939 K8T800 Pro running benchmarks right now, and Dave just got some top secret stuff in as well.  Chris and Rudy should also be pitching in with some... Read more...
Good morning folks, I hope you survived the night okay :)  In the effort of saving time this AM, we are going to skip over the banter and get right down to business.  So, go grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long read.  Here is your morning shot of juice... Athlon 64 FX-53 & Athlon 64 3800+ Socket 939 Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme "The introduction of the AMD64 line of processors was a rousing success on many levels, but there were a few niggling issues to address. The Athlon 64 FX-51 940-pin represented the new high-end of the processor scale, featured a powerful dual-channel memory controller, and supported both 32 and 64-bit software, but it could only use... Read more...
Good morning everyone :)  Well, it is holiday time up here in Canada; the so called "May Two-Four" weekend (you can guess what activities occur during this time).  Though I was unable to go away camping as I have in the past, I think it worked out for the best.  Last night we got pounded with a torrential thunderstorm that would diffidently have put a damper on spending the night outdoors ;) Nevertheless, I am home warm and dry, and I have a pile of news for you... Cheating the Cheaters@ HardOCP "It has been a while since we editorialized at length, particularly where it concerns the video card industry, but it is that time again. We changed our video card "review"... Read more...
Welcome back friends :)  As my fellow HH brother mentioned a few hours ago, the news is just pouring in today.  So, without further delay here is yet another shot of juice... ATI's Trilinear Filtering Chatlog @ Bjorn3D "As promised, ATI held a chat today with regards to Trilinear Filtering allegations. It was recently discovered that ATI has implemented a technique (something similar to NVIDIA's trilinear optimizations) that optimizes mipmap levels based on the next stage -- then applies proper filtering." DFI LanParty PRO875B Reviewed @ Hi-TechRevews.com "DFI's LanParty motherboards have become well known through out the enthusiast's community and the value packed accessories... Read more...
Greetings and Salutations loyal HotHardware fans!  This is your favorite oversized Italian hardware geek, checking in with a mid-afternoon helping of hardware goodness.  I'm fighting off a cold (or allergies - I'm not sure yet), and need to get back to benchmarking, so I'll unfortunately have to be brief.  So here goes...  Mega Roundup 2: Twenty Two Hard Disk Drives with 120GB Storage Capacity @ Xbit: "This time we would like to offer you a detailed test session for 22 hard disk drives with 120GB storage capacity from the five leading HDD makers, such as Western Digital, IBM/Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Maxtor. More tests results and analysis than ever in our new mega... Read more...
Good Evening HotHardware Fans!  Just in case you missed it, we've just posted a new review of Foxconn's 755A01-6EKRS - a SiS755 powered, Socket 754 motherboard for the Athlon 64.  You can click the picture at the top of the page, or save a few seconds and click this link... We've also got some fresh news for you as well...  NVIDIA LAUNCHES PERSONAL CINEMA FX 5700 SERIES: SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 11, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that NVIDIA Personal Cinema FX 5700 series is now shipping. The newest product addition to the NVIDIA Personal Cinema product family provides consumers with an easy and... Read more...
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