Sharkoon Intros SATA HDD Ethernet Docking Station
Sharkoon is expanding their "SATA QuickPort" hard drive adapter series with a brand new model: the already available QuickPort Pro version, with an integrated USB hub and card reader, now also provides a LAN port so all users within a local network are accessible to the connected media.
The QuickPort series currently includes eight models, each with different features for different requirements. All Sharkoon QuickPorts allow direct and convenient access to SATA hard drives. The compact yet sturdy QuickPort table adapters are equipped with a series of slots for SATA drives in both the 2.5" and 3.5" formats. A clamping mechanism, with suitable space for smaller notebook drives, offer two types of secure grip. The disks are simply plugged into the QuickPort with the computer immediately recognizing the device as an authorized drive. After use, the drive can be easily removed by utilizing the eject button.
The PRO version has an integrated USB hub with two front USB 2.0 ports and a card reader for SD, SDHC, MMC, and MS formats. The USB hub and card reader are both connected via the USB to a computer or notebook with the hard drives being able to alternatively connect through the fast eSATA interface.
In addition, the latest Pro LAN model now offers a fast Ethernet interface to the associated SATA hard drives, memory cards and USB devices for integration into a local home or office network. Also, the QuickPort will link all involved computers with the installed server software to the network. Through the software menu, the individual user can connect the device to their own computer and access it as though it were connected to the local PC. Users can use this device to grasp another member who is blocked into the network. If necessary, the USB device can be easily restarted by utilizing the provided reset button.
The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN comes supplied with a Tool-CD including brief instructions, power supply, patch cable, USB cable, and a eSATA cable.
End customers will find the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN available immediately from authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of 49.99 euros.
VIA Launches Power-Efficient DirectX 10.1 Chipset
VIA released the new VIA VN1000 digital media chipset. According the company's claims, this chipset consumes a total of only 12 watts of power for both north and south bridges when paired with the new VIA VT8261 south bridge, and is compatible with all VIA Nano, VIA C7, VIA C7-M and VIA Eden processors. In addition, the chipset differentiates itself from other products through featuring DirectX 10.1-capable graphics.
"The VIA VN1000 leverages our optimized VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, creating the most balanced, power-efficient, multimedia-focused desktop platform on the market today," Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, said. "Supporting the latest system memory, graphics and entertainment standards, the VIA VN1000 takes the VIA processor platform to new heights of power-efficient visual sophistication."
The VIA VN1000 is capable of using its modest 12W of power to handle all of its resources, as many as they are. The chipset supports DDR3 memory clocks of 1066MHz, up to five PCI slots, an IDE controller and up to four SATA II drives. In addition, it has one x8 and four x1 lanes for PCI Express II expansion slots and can power an SD/MMS/MMC card reader, 12 USB 2.0 ports, PS/2, SPI, GPIO and LPC technologies and it even has the VIA Vinyl HD 8 channel audio codec.
Now comes the most noteworthy element of VIA's product, namely the VIA Chrome 520 IGP, which not only has DirectX 10.1 capabilities, but also supports Shader Model 4, OpenGL 3.0 and even OpenCL 1.0 for next-generation GPGPU applications. The chipset also integrates the ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor.
This processor makes use of the latest Display Port and HDMI display technologies and is even capable of hardware acceleration for the H.264, WM9 and VC1 codecs. These features make the VIA VN1000 perfectly capable of running even the latest MPEG-4/AVC, H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS Blu-ray media content.
Finally, the chipset also offers support for DVP, VGA and LVDS/TMDS, besides the already mentioned Display Port and HDMI. Through its perfect combination of low-power design and DirectX 10.1 graphics, the VIA VN1000 is a perfect choice for mini desktop PCs and all-in-one systems running Windows 7, especially configurations focused on multimedia and touch capabilities. Complete information on the chipset may be found on VIA's official website.
MSI 890FX-GD70 Motherboard Photos
Some photo's of MSI's upcoming motherboard the 890FX-GD70 show some of the technologies that will be featured in next year's high-end PCs, as well as some of AMD's technologies/products planned for release in the times after next year's first quarter.
The pictures posted by coolarer showed the MSI 890FX-GD70 from several angles, disclosing its integration of Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio and of a NEC controller chip, which handles eSATA and FireWire ports along with two USB 3.0 ports.
What is especially noticeable in the pictures is the motherboard's design, which includes an amazing set of six PCI Express x16 slots, more than perfect for ultimate CrossFireX setups. The motherboard also showed six SATA 6 Gbps ports and an extra SATA connector, colored blue, whose exact speed capabilities are not known.
The MSI 890FX-GD70 will be based on the Leo desktop platform, the successor to the Dragon platform launched at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 back in January. The platform will be combined with the Thuban hexa-core processor and the RD890 series chipset. All three of these AMD products are set for launch during Q2 2010.
Based on the pictures and the noticeable performance capabilities that can be deduced, the motherboard will likely be aimed at the high-end market segment. Of course, the pictures are all the Internet has to show this time and no pricing and availability details have been given by either MSI or Advanced Micro Devices.
Check out the thumbnails.
OCZ Cryo-Z phase change cooler $379
It certainly took a long development time OCZ will soon start shipping a new Cryo-Z phase change cooling solution, the latest model features support for AM2, LGA775, LGA1366, and LGA1156 processors. It will be available at Frozen CPU for $379.
OCZ Technology's Cryo-Z is an advanced cooling solution for the extreme overclockers using phase-change technology to achieve sub-zero
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat release in February
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat takes PC gamers once again into the deadly area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion of 1986. Cordoned off by the military, this highly contaminated "Zone" is scoured by treasure hunters known as s.t.a.l.k.e.r.s, who search the irradiated lands for unique artifacts. In the role of Agent Alexander Degtyarev, the
Using the time-tested X-Ray graphic engine developed by GSC Game World, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat skilfully combines first-person shooter
Scythe Setsugen High-End VGA Cooler
Scythe announced the second High-End VGA Cooler by the name "Setsugen" (English: Snow field). Setsugen VGA Cooler is equipped with a genuine Slip Stream 120 mm Slim fan which comes with a fan controller that can be mounted in a free PCI Slot. Fan speed can be individually adjusted between 800 (
Track Ball Mouse Numerical Keypad Hub
Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof
It seems somewhat perverse
ATI Radeon HD 5350 and 5570
Leaked slides from HP reveal information about two upcoming low-end DX11 graphics cards from ATI. First up is the ATI Radeon HD 5350 (Evora Cedar), this model will be launched on January 7, 2010. It has 1GB memory and features HDMI, DVI and VGA ports. It will be featured in the HP Pavilion and Pavilion Elite systems.
On February 20, 2010 we can expect the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5570 (Jaguar), this card has 2GB memory and features HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort.
AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz in next Quarter
EVGA P55 V mATX motherboard launches
EVGA introduced the P55 V, a new micro-ATX motherboard for the Intel P55 platform. The motherboard has a black PCB design and features four DDR3 memory slots, two PCI Express x8 slots, up to 14 USB 2.0 ports, six SATA II ports (one eSATA), Gigabit Ethernet, and 7.1 audio. The motherboard will be launched for $119.99, you can find the full specifications over here.
The EVGA P55V motherboard features the latest Intel P55 Express chipset supporting Socket 1156 based processors. With support of up to eight threads of computing power, dual-channel DDR3 memory at frequencies of 1333MHz.
A-DATA XPG SX95 and S592 SSDs with TRIM support
A-DATA introduced two new solid state disks with support for the TRIM in Windows 7.
A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leading manufacturer in high-performance DRAM modules and flash application products, today announced that it has commenced volume shipments of its XPG
MSI AfterBurner Skin Contest reminder
We like to remind everybody that tomorrow (Friday) is the last day you can submit your Skin design in the MSI AfterBurner Skin contest. Friday night the contest will close.
With the help of a poll the Guru3D audience (you guys) will decide which Skins will one of these fantastic prizes:
- First prize - MSI P55-GD80 motherboard
- Second place -- MSI R4890 Cyclone OC graphics card
- MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC graphics card
- Three runner-ups : MSI N9600GT Diamond graphics card
More info here:
We already have seen some very interesting entries.
Of course, we also have a MSI AfterBurner Overclocking competition running with grand prizes as well. Check that out here. That contest is running until next week (!)
Inno3D GeForce GT 210 and 220 review
Inno3D GeForce GT 210 and 220 review
In this review we'll peek at Inno3D's latest two budget graphics cards. First the budget oriented GeForce GT 210, which will ship with 16 stream processors clocked at 1402 MHz, while the graphics core operates at 590 MHz. It's armed with 512MB of DDR2 running at 790MHz. The GT210 cards will sell incredibly cheap at prices of $35 and replace today's GeForce 9400 in NVIDIA's line-up.
We will also test a GeForce GT 220 from Inno3D. And within this extreme budget range, it actually does pack some power. Next to an upgrade to being DX 10.1 compatible the shader cores have been increased to 48.
Check out the review here.
Noctua intros NH-C12P special edition
Noctua today officially introduced its new NH-C12P SE14 premium cooler. Building on the proven basis of the successful NH-C12P, the NH-C12P SE14 now comes with Noctua's new, already award winning NF-P14 140mm fan for further improved quiet cooling performance and adds support for LGA1156 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2
Realtek HD Audio 2.38 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.38
- Support graphic EQ feature.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.1112
NVIDIA reelased nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.09.1112.
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content including Batman Arkham Asylum and others.
- This release also resolves issues with Arabic language installations and occasional simulation interruption on some machines and titles.
- New runtimes for the PhysX SDK 2.8.3.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads here.
- Runtime upgrade ONLY for AGEIA PhysX processors users. (New AGEIA PhysX processors installations should install an older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04
PowerColor adds slightly overclocked Radeon HD 5770 PCS+
TUL Corporation aka PowerColor, introduced an upgraded addition into the HD5700 series: the PCS+ HD5770. Part of the award-winning PCS series, the PCS+ HD5770 features outstanding factory overclocked ability with core and memory clocks at 875 MHz and 1225MHz respectively and GDDR5 onboard memory. Memory data transmission rates are enhanced up to 4.9Gbps, easily boosting gaming performance.
The PCS+ HD5770 also features an ultra quite 92mm cooling fan which is made of a low-noise impeller, easily dissipating heat from the copper base that fully covers the GPU at lower fan speed and efficiently cools down the temperature up to 10