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CES 2007 - Ultra Announces the First Carbon Fiber Computer Case

Legit Reviews have scored an early look at another one of Ultra's fancy new offerings set to be showcased at CES this week, it happens to be the first ever computer case made out of carbon fiber!


Though the official start of CES is a day away we've got an early look at a unique product that will make its debut here in Las Vegas, the Ultra Products Carbon Fiber case. Many of you know that carbon fiber has been used in aircraft and race cars for years, and no I'm talking about your Honda. Though there have been a few custom cases make use CF this is the first use that I know of in a production case.


The use of Carbon Fiber may seem excessive to some, but the light weight material reduces weight, which is great for those who frequently haul their cases around the country to LAN parties. It is these individuals that Ultra is hoping to entice with their new gaming PC's. Having lugged my heavy PC's around to more LAN parties than I can remember over the last several years I have to say that I'm pretty excited about the use of lighter materials.


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Can your computer run Windows Vista?

While surfing around the Internet I stumbled upon a Microsoft website which has a tool which tells you whether or not your PC is ready to run the upcoming Windows Vista operating system and which version is best suited for you.


On the surface, the tool appears to just test out your hardware drivers and open applications. It doesn't appear to actually test system components, as far as performance goes. Interestingly, I'm running an Intel Core 2 processor clocked at 3.3GHz with 2GB RAM and DX9 graphics card (GeForce 7900GS) and the tool says I'm only good for Windows Vista "Business Edition". Of course, we know my PC will run the top-end "Ultimate Edition" without any problems, but the tool detected some issues with the current hardware in my system.



The main system requirement issue detected was my HD audio. It says, if I install Vista my audio controller might not work but that's only because I don't have the Vista driver for it yet. My CPU, System Memory, DVD and Graphics Adapter are all up to the task according to the tool and since I'm using a hardware DX9 graphics card, I'll be able to run the Windows Aero interface without any issues. As far as drivers go, a lot of my Windows XP drivers will work in Vista according to the tool but performance wouldn't likely be that great since they aren't optimized for the new OS. It was interesting to note that even my graphics card will work in Windows Vista without any driver change - it may use the current driver presuming I upgrade to Vista or if I do a new install, it might come with drivers already in Vista. Either way, both nVidia and ATI already have Vista drivers on their websites, so it's a non issue.


The only drivers the tool says I will have issues with are in relation to the Intel P965 chipset and the HD audio controller but this will be easy fixed by downloading the Vista drivers for these devices. This all a good sign as Vista is just around the corner and we shouldn't have too many issues with drivers in Microsoft's latest OS. Intel doesn't list any Vista chipsets drivers on their website yet but Vista will include chipset drivers for the major companies, so it's not much of an issue. You can update to the latest Vista drivers when they come out which will likely offer performance improvements.


So, as far as drivers go, is your computer ready to run Windows Vista? What did the tool recommend you? Let us know by posting your comment below!


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Gamers Storm Dallas for QuakeCon 2006

QuakeCon is now underway! This HUGE yearly gaming event kicked off just a short while ago in Dallas, Texas, and will run through until sunday. In a supporting press announcement, it's been said that there's $100,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes, these awaiting talented gamers who have what it takes to kick some mega butt during the course of the action-packed event.


Alongside the official opening announcement, links to broadcasted footage and other tid bits can be sourced over at QuakeCon's official website.


DALLAS, TX - August 3, 2006 - The most passionate and competitive video game fans from across the country and around the world along with industry leaders will invade Dallas, the birthplace of first-person action PC gaming, at QuakeCon 2006. Gamers will vie for $100,000 in cash and prizes over four-action packed days, August 3 - 6 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel - Trinity Exhibition Center.


QuakeCon 2006 is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and Texas' own video game icon, id Software, and offers 96 hours of round-the-clock parties, entertainment, fragging and, of course, plenty of adrenaline-pumping action.


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AMD & ATI - Conference Transcript

I have obtained the transcript of AMD's conference which took place a short while ago, this in relation to the acquisition of ATI. It's been posted up in our forums for your reading pleasure folks.


Hector Ruiz:
Good morning, in fact this is a great morning. Pleased to announce AMD and ati are joining forces, creating a processing powerhouse. Passionately believe this acquisition makes sense for both companies, shareholders, partners, employees and industries. We are both customer focused.


What is happening in the market place right now. Consumer devices are becoming increasing sophisticated, entertainment and information anywhere, anytime. Enterprises are relying upon collaborative. Customers are asking us how they can grow more successfully, gaining simplicity, differentiation, global reach.


Our customers and partners are more excited as to what we can do together in a market long dominated by one company. We have years of experience working together, common culture of technology. Our commitment to ati's customers, employees and Canada is strong.


We feel confident that company's and cultures will integrate well together. Our products occupy adjacent real estate on a motherboard, we're now more than just neighbors, moving towards a family. Fast growing consumer electronics, innovations to multimedia handhelds, game consoles and htdv.


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KODE5 Storms CeBIT 2006

An update with stacks of info and photos has been handed round just a short time ago regarding the launch of the Global Gaming Revolution, "KODE5". It kicked off with a real bang during the opening stages of CeBIT at Hannover recently, and you can get the full rundown on what took place via this slideshow presentation in .DOC format (weighing in at 3.40MBs).


Further coverage on KODE5's happenings can be sourced at TSNCentral folks.


(HANNOVER, Germany) - March 15, 2006 - The revolution is upon us. News of the KODE5 Global Launch at CeBIT Hannover spread quickly throughout the Internet and beyond, as gamers crowded the Foxconn booth to catch a glimpse of the start of the Global Gaming Revolution. With Team Sportscast Network doing the play-by-play, Giga TV hosting and covering the event, and Team Dignitas on deck to challenge the crowd, the event was a rousing success.


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SAPPHIRE Set To Stun At CeBIT 2006!

Hot off the press from SAPPHIRE they talk about all their preperations towards attending CeBIT 2006 from March 10 through 15 in Hannover, Germany. Heaps of graphical goodies will be showcased at their booth, along with the latest in motherboards etc.


Grab the official announcement for further details folks.


Sapphire Technology, the world's leading supplier of ATI based graphics cards and PC motherboards is showing the latest in its high performance products for OEMs and enthusiasts, including some exciting new technology developments, at the CeBit 2006 Exhibition in Hanover, Germany from March 10th to 15th 2006.


Sapphire's exciting new RADEON X1900 series is a development of the architecture of the RADEON X1000 series introduced earlier in the year and also on show. Using a new GPU built with a staggering 384 million transistors on the latest 90nm chip technology the RADEON X1900 series delivers the highest levels of performance available today in single or dual GPU systems.


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KODE5 - CeBIT Launch Update

The massive 16 country spanned world gaming tournament "KODE5" is drawing closer upon us now (coinciding with the opening of this year's huge CeBIT event in Germany on March 9 where KODE5 will be officially launched). An announcement from the KODE5 event crew working hard to make this monster event possible had popped into my inbox last week, in which I of course proceeded to post up for everyone to see.


Since then, another update with more spicey details on all the preperations having gone into making this a very memorable tourny is now available for all to read.


(HANNOVER, Germany) - March 6, 2006 - Last week, gamers from around the world were told of a revolution about to begin - a global gaming revolution known only as KODE5. We were told KODE5 will mass gamers in 16 countries in a series of regional events to find the best gamers from around the world. The best then fly to an undisclosed location to square off against the world's gaming elite. On March 9, CeBIT, the largest IT-related trade show in the world, will host the KODE5 global launch. Supported by Foxconn, Intel and ATi, the KODE5 launch will see dozens of professional gamers helping KODE5 bring gaming to CeBIT. The KODE5 launch at CeBIT will see the pros playing pros, as well as the everyday gamers taking each other on for some cool prizes.


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ECS's presence at CeBIT 2006

Another recent announcement from ECS details their preperations into setting up booth at this year's upcoming CeBIT 2006 show. Some swish new motherboards and notebooks will be on display amongst various other bits and pieces, as mentioned in the announcement here folks.


Milton Keynes, England, 1st March, 2006 - ECS are set to unleash a flood of exhilarating new lifestyle and technology products on the hordes of roaming technology fanatics at CeBIT 2006. Those craving innovative technology and simply smart lifestyle products will have their thirst quenched by a mouth-watering selection of new offerings.


Be among the first to get your hands on six new outstanding performance motherboards based on the diversity of AMD's newest 940-pin Socket AM2 chipsets. The KN3 SLI2, C51G-M940 and NFORCE4-A940 are designed for powerful NVIDIA graphics solution; the KA3 MVP and RS485-M940 support ATI CrossFireTM, and the K8M890-M940 is based on VIA technology.


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PowerColor at CeBIT 2006

In a most recent announcement from Tul Corp (makers of PowerColor graphics cards), they give us a taste of whats to come as they gear up for this year's huge CeBIT I.T. show.


Such highlights to be witnessed at their booth will be the new PowerColor X1600 XT EVO2, a unique CrossFire based package which includes two graphics cards and a dual liquid cooling system. An X1900 CrossFire platform will also be on display.


More information in the supporting PR.


Taipei, Taiwan -February 24, 2006 - Tul Corporation, a leading provider of cutting-edge graphic cards, will showcase its arsenal of upcoming and existing graphics cards in hall 23 booth D37 at CeBIT 2006. The world's largest IT fair provides an international platform for technology providers and the PowerColor booth will showcase a preview of innovative upcoming graphics cards as a testament of its leadership in graphics cards.


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