ASRock Z68-ITX Motherboard for Compact HTPCs
ASRock launched its Z68M-ITX/HT motherboard which should prove to be one of the more wallet friendly mini-ITX Z68 boards out there. That said, it's hardly a crowded market space at the moment with Zotac having the only other two models currently available.
As this is a mini-ITX board, the Z68M-ITX/HT is fairly feature light with only a single x16 PCI Express slot and four SATA ports, as well as a pair of headers for two USB 2.0 ports. The real action happens around the back where we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a DVI, D-Sub and HDMI port.
ASRock also supplies an infrared dongle and a Windows MCE compatible remote with the board which is a nice added extra considering that a fair few of these boards are likely to end up in HTPC type systems. You also get a copy of Lucid Logix Virtu graphics switching software in the box. No word on pricing as yet, but considering that ASRock's H67 version of this board is one of the more affordable H67 mini-ITX boards, we'd expect the Z68M-ITX/HT to end up being only slightly more expensive.
Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 budget drive
Patriot released the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 drives for mainstream users. The 32GB model offers 60MB/s read speed and 25MB/s write speed, while the 8GB version is limited to 50MB/s and 20MB/s, respectively.
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive for mainstream users that combines portability and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for maximum performance at an affordable price.
The Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive features a stylish cap-less design that hides the USB 3.0 connector when not in use
Age of Empires Online - Cinematic Trailer
AMD has 10-core CPUs in the pipeline
The processors are part of the Corona platform. From the information that is available "Komodo" will be built using the Piledriver CPU core, which is revised Bulldozer architecture, it will feature a similar feature set including on-board DDR3 memory controller and Turbo Core technology 3.0 version.
AMD's next-generation Bulldozer processors will also arrive with a new socket design, that goes by the name of FM2 and that will also be used by the 2012 Trinity APUs.
Together with the new processors AMD also releases a new family of motherboard chipsets with the biggest change being a FCH (Fusion controller hub) design, which means that the PCI Express controller will be integrated inside the Komodo processors.
The Hydson D4 chipset will also have native support for USB 3.0 (up to four such ports), eight SATA 6Gbps ports, RAID 0/1/5/10 support as well as 10 USB 2.0 ports.
The leaked AMD slide also goes on to detail the company's Virgo and Deccan platforms, which are expected to replace the current Lynx and Brazos solutions.
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Several AMD Opteron 6200 (Bulldozer) CPUs sighted
Two out of four models, Opteron 6272 and 6276, will have 16 CPU cores. These processors will run at 2.1 and 2.3 GHz. Opteron 6234 is a 12-core chip, operating at 2.4 GHz. The last model, Opteron 6220, will come with 8 cores, although they will be clocked at higher 3 GHz frequency. We suspect that all CPUs will fit standard 115 Watt thermal envelope.
Opteron 6272 can be pre-ordered from ShopBLT store. According to the store, the CPU has OS6272WKTGGGU part number, 16 MB L3 cache, and 115 Watt TDP. 2.1 GHz clock frequency of this microprocessor matches processor speed on the Gateway AR385F1 configuration page. Pre-order price for this model is $849.02.
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AMD 16-Core Interlagos Server CPUs ships in August
AMD's Interlagos processors will have either 12 or 16 processing cores, while also featuring a series of improvements that should increase their performance when compared with the current Opteron 6100-series CPUs.
The chips will feature AMD's Turbo Core dynamic overclocking technology, a configurable TDP, and come with advanced power saving technologies.
Interlagos CPUs features a multi-chip design (the processor is built by joining together two six or eight core Valencia dies) and are compatible with the existing G34 socket.
The AMD representatives haven't disclosed any information regarding the release date of the Valencia server processors, or about the desktop version of these Bulldozer CPUs.
However, a recent FX-Series advertising movie revealed that processor series will launch on September 19.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema v184.108.40.20656 download
Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema v220.127.116.1156 This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
Modern graphics card offer the possibility to decode partially or completely a video stream using DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), in order to reduce CPU usage dramatically. MPC-HC includes an embedded video decoder that uses this technology, to decode x.264, H.264 and VC-1 with hardly any CPU time required.
Two New Gigabyte WindForce 2X GTX 560 Ti Cards
The WindForce 2X cooler that now packs three copper heatpipes and an intricate fan design. NEC Proadlizerrs are also present on the graphics card. Gigabyte's latest GTX 560 Ti creations have the part number GV-N560UD-1GI, and should become available shortly. Pricing hasn't been announced, but is expected to hover around the
Dell Intros UltraSharp U2412M Monitor
Dell today added a nice IPS screen (color precise) towards its lineup. It's the UltraSharp U2412M monitor, intended for business users. This 24-inch monitor uses an IPS panel that provides viewing angles of 178/178 degrees, its stand is designed to allow a number of orientation adjustments, including tilt, swivel, pivot and height.
The U2412M comes with a full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, unfortunately not 19200x1200
It has real 1,000:1 and 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios; 300 cd/m
MSI Afterburner APP 1.0.0 RC3 on Android
We are sure a lot of people are waiting it for a long time. Today the MSI Afterburner APP 1.0.0 RC3 on Android is ready for you to download and test.
There are some known issues that we are still working on, but it should provide a great user experience to you.
1. Support to multi graphics cards.
2. degree c is shown as
HIS Radeon 6970 ICEQ MIX review
HIS took a blue colored PCB, plastered the R6970 GPU and two Gigs of memory on there along with a new model of the ICEQ cooler. Next to that they embedded that LUCID Hydra chip, allowing you to run say an NVIDIA graphics card alongside this card and in theory increase your game performance.
Has LUCID shaped up anno 2011? Well, let's find out. you can read the review right here.
AMD Llano clocked to 5 GHz
The system used to reach this high clock speed was based on a Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H motherboardand was cooled with liquid nitrogen (LN2), which has a boiling point of -195.79
NASA's Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover, Dubbed Curiosity
Curiosity is about the size of a mini cooper and is four times more heavy than the Spirit and Opportunity which were launched in 2004. The Curiosity also comes with a larger robot arm, a laser that can split rocks, a weather station, and a percussive drill for drilling rocks. Unlike the Spirit and Opportunity, Curiosity also has on board 10.5 pounds of plutonium-238! Yes, Curiosity is nuclear-powered instead of solar powered like the previous rovers. No sun is required to power the systems on board.
The NASA Curiosity rover is set to land at the Gale Crater, a 150km wide depression which includes a 5km high mound of sediments which may have once been flooded with water millions of years ago. Mars rover Curiosity should give us a great glimpse into this ancient past and provide us with more proof of water and possibly life that once lived on Mars.
Nexus SM-9000B and SM-9000C laser mice
Nexus introduced the SM-9000B and SM-9000C silent laser mice. The mouse click used to be necessary as PC
ROCCAT Isku Illuminated gaming keyboard
ROCCAT intor's based off the Isku Illuminated, a new gaming keyboard that will ship in early September for 79.99 EUR.
Batman: Arkham City - Penguin Trailer
Intel Sandy Bridge-E Performance Unveiled Somewhat
Some internal slides from intel leaked earlier yesterday they detail Intel's performance estimates for its upcoming high-end enthusiasts processors.
The slides compare the Core i7 990X with the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E architecture, the Core i7-3960X, both six-core processors and both running at a 130W TDP.
Both chips come clocked at different base and Turbo Boost frequencies (3.46GHz base and 3.73GHz Turbo for the 990X vs. 3.30GHz base and 3.90GHz Turbo for the 3960X), while also sporting different feature sets and L3 cache size.
The Core i7-3960X packs 15MB of Level 3 cache memory as well as support for the new AVX instructions set and a quad-channel memory controller.
Just as Intel points out in its slides, all of these improvements can bring quite a noticeable performance in applications that are memory bond or if AVX instructions are being used.
In the real world, however, the performance gains aren't as impressive as those observed in synthetic benchmarks and these seem to hover between 12 and 15 percent, the only area where the 3960X can detach itself being
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.6 CAP3 download
Grab the new AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.6 CAP3, these are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
New profiles added with this release:
- Medieval 2 Total War: New CrossFire Profile
- Drakensang: The River of Time: New CrossFire Profile
- Sanctum: New CrossFire profile
- Shogun 2: Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center has been disabled
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine: Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center has been disabled
- WinDVD: Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center has been disabled
- Men of War: Assault Squad: Disables CrossFire support
- Age of Empires Online: Disables CrossFire support