Smooth Creations Firestorm Custom PC review
Smooth Creations Firestorm Game PC
Smooth Creation's Firestorm takes the LAN party computer to its lightest and most diminutive form. The Firestorm we got ended up being prone to overheating, so the i7 965 config we had was not ideal for this small of a case. However, offering several flexible configurations from AMD or Intel, the Firestorm is a very affordable machine utilizing top components, top speed, and built to SmoothCreation's unusually high standards.
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PowerColor PCS++ HD5770
PowerColor released the PCS++ HD5770, a new Radeon HD 5770 card with custom cooler, 875MHz GPU and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 5000MHz.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces its ultra overclocked solution to the HD5700 series: the PowerColor PCS++ HD5770. As an upgrade version of the PCS+ HD5770, the PCS++ HD5770 features not only additional factory overclocking with core and memory clocks at 875 MHz and 1250 MHz respectively, but also raises the cards overclocking ability. The limits increased to more than 950Mhz, pushes its potential for hardware enthusiasts.
The PCS++ HD5770 also features an ultra quite 92mm cooling fan, dissipating heat from the copper base that fully covers the GPU at lower fan speed and efficiently cools down the temperature up to 10
AMD ATI FirePro V8800 workstation card
AMD has released the ATI FirePro V8800, a new workstation graphics card based on the 40nm Cypress XT GPU. This new card features 1600 stream processors, 825MHz core clockspeed and 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 1150MHz. The ATI FirePro V8800 introduces ATI Eyefinity support to the workstation market, and offers support for OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL and DirectX 11. The card will be available for $1,499.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the launch of the first of a new family of ATI FirePro
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Announced
EIZO Self-Calibrating 24-Inch LCD, CG245W
This power consumption is significantly higher than that of most monitors launched over the past several months at 10)W but but EIZO makes up for it through the product's 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution, 5ms (G2G) response time, contrast ratio of 850:1, brightness of 270 cd/m2 and the ability to reproduce 98% of the Adobe RGB color space. Not only that, but the company has even implemented a feature, which makes the monitor unique, namely
Crysis 2 Trailer is Out!
Inno3D working on custom cooling for GTX 470
Inno3D released some photo's of what seems to be CAD images, showing a new cooling design for the GeForce GTX 470. The cooler will have three fans and the name for this series ironically is HAWK. I say ironically here as MSI recently introduced their HAWK series of graphics cards.
The fan array seems cooled by three 80~90 mm fans also blowing air over heat sinks, memory and VRM areas. Inno3D plans to brand its new card the Inno3D iChill GTX 470 Hawk 1280 MB.
The DirectX 11 generation GeForce GTX 470 GPU packs 448 CUDA cores, and addresses 1280 MB (1.25 GB) of memory across a 320-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.
Meanwhile Inno3D also is showing photo's of their storage loaded with Fermi cards.
Cortex-A9 design: fastest 28nm ARM
GlobalFoundries has designed the most advanced 28nm ARM to date.
In order to woo customers, their implementation of Cortex-A9 is supposed to be the most advanced one in the field - the design teams placed their extensive knowledge in transistor design to create a product which should offer double-digit efficiency improvement than anything competition might come with, and extend the modern x86 CPU manufacturing technologies into the world of bulk silicon.
Take into notice that this kind of advancement could potentially expand the market of Mobile devices that can benefit from this technological upgrade.
You can read more about it here.
Windows 7 Beta SP1 Leaks
Well, it seems that the long awaited Windows 7 SP1 is finally showing.
The Windows 7 Beta SP1 has been leaked and is available to download in the usual areas soon.
The build currently in production is:
According to Geeksmack the installation process is much more fluid and faster than the usual Service Pack.
OCZ 2TB SSD with 1,4GBps transfer rate
Intended for the corporate market OCZ announces the Company
Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 2
We're happy to announce that we started MSI's Afterburner 1.6.2 Beta process, in this version we have early support of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470/480 along with other many exciting features.
A few important notes on initial GTX 400 series support.
- Manually selected screenshot folder path is saved properly now
- Screen capture and On-Screen Display hotkey events are now being processed via direct connection to the On-Screen Display server instead of command line. Due to this change Screen capture and On-Screen Display visibility control hotkeys are being processed faster now
- Updated OSD server 3.7.0 beta 8 includes the following changes:
- Removed stealth mode auto disabling feature
- Fixed resource allocation issue causing abnormal performance drop in D11 OSD codepath
- DirectX screen capture engine is no longer using DirectX runtimes to capture and compress screenshots. Screen capture and compression to PNG/JPG formats in DirectX applications is now handled by own more effective LIBPNG/JPEGLIB based library
- PNG and JPG screen capture support for desktop and OpenGL applications
- Improved race condition protection system for multithreaded 3D engines (e.g. Age of dragons : Origins)
- Updated Ukrainian localization
GPU-Z 0.4.2 released
New Revision updates:
- Fixed an issue on all NVIDIA cards that would sometimes cause them to lose fan control when GPU-Z is running. Please don't run pre-0.4.1 and 0.4.1 at the same time, this might result in incorrect readings in the 0.4.1 window.
- Fixed system crash on MSI HD 5830 TwinFrozr II
- Validation upload now uses Unicode for entered name
- Reverted memory bandwidth calculation introduced in last version. It introduces too much confusion, we will go with what all companies use in their marketing material, even though we believe it is not correct. Using power of 10 again now, 1 GB/s = 1,000,000,000 Bytes per Second
ADATA S599 100GB SSD review
ADATA S599 100GB SSD (Sandforce SF1200) gets tested
e test the ADATA S599 100GB SSD. ADATA release their S500 series of Solid State Disks which are armed with that all new SandForce SF1200 IC. Hungry for some media coverage they submitted their 100GB model, the S599 for a review. A product that promised read speeds of up-to 280 MB/sec and write speeds of up-to 270 MB/sec, sustained of course. And that's quite a performance level they are claiming.
Shocking performance you guys .. overwhelming even. Check out the Guru3D review right here.
WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s 10,000rpm HDD
Zalman VF3000A coolers for Radeon HD 5800
Zalman launched the VF3000A, a new VGA cooler designed for reference ATI Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 graphics cards. The new cooler is equipped with a copper base, five copper heatpipes, and lots of aluminum fins that are cooled by two 92mm fans.
Little heatsinks for the RAM memory are included, and a FAN MATE 2 controller is bundled to regulate the fan's speed from 1300RPM to 2500RPM. This model will be available soon, and a VF3000N model for high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 will follow later.
AMD 3.2GHz Athlon II X3 450
Only days after we have reported that AMD plans to launch the 3.1GHz Athlon II X3 445 with a 95W TDP, the company is getting ready to launch yet faster version of this CPU.
Three-core obviously has a future at AMD and the latest CPU from this list is Athlon II X3 450 that will work at 3.2GHz. The planned release is scheduled for Q3 2010. This CPU has 3x512KB L2 cache and it doesn
AMD 880G motherboards in the works
Looks like it that ASUS is working on the ASUS M4A88TD-EVO / USB3. This is a new AMD 880G chipset based motherboard, it's expected to be available for less than $150 and will be available optionally with or without USB 3.0 support.
TPU reports that this model comes in two variants, with or without USB 3.0 support, designated with the -USB3 suffix in the model name. It is a socket AM3 motherboard, supporting the upcoming line of Phenom II X6 and Phenom II X4 T series processors. The CPU socket is powered by a 10-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. Even as ATI CrossFire is not part of the 880G's feature-set since it won't support an external PCI-Express lane switch like the 890GX, ASUS found a way around and provided a second PCI-Express x16 slot, only that this one is electrical PCI-Express 1.1 x4, wired to the SB800 southbridge chip.
ICD Tegra 2 based Gemini tablet in the works
The Apple iPad may get a lot of attention, but several other companies are working on tablets with a lot more features than Apple's device. One of them is the ICD Gemini, a 11.2" tablet based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz processor.
The device has a 1366 x 768 pixel multi-touch resistive or capacitive LCD display and is capable of outputting 1080p HD video. It runs Android (with support for Flash) and features a 3G connection (with support for cellular voice calls, SMS, and MMS), a user-replaceable 40Wh battery, SD memory card reader, FM radio, GPS, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, microUSB connectivity, stereo speakers, 5MP digicam, and 2MP webcam. A list of the specifications with comparison to the iPad and JooJoo can be found at Engadget. The only things we still don't know are the price, launch date, and expected battery life.