Cooler Master announces gaming brand CM Storm
Cooler Master announced its new gaming brand, CM Storm. Co-developed with the world's most prolific enthusiasts and eSports prodigies, its product development strategy combines top-of-the-line hardware quality with unique features taking aim at gamers
Intel adds embedded quad-core CPU to its line-up
Intel unveiled a new Core 2 Quad Q9400 processor designed for "embedded" applications. This chip gets seven years of support and is validated with Intel Q45 and Intel 3210 chipsets.
Doug Davis, vice president of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group and general manager of the Embedded and Communications Group announced that Intel will add 7-year extended lifecycle support for the Core 2 Quad Q9400 validated with the Intel Q45 Express and Intel 3210 chipsets. The Q9400 processor is suitable for embedded systems that need the performance of a 45nm processor with four complete execution cores to deliver high performance and responsiveness in multi-threaded and multi-tasking environments, according to the company.
The chip giant also unveiled it plans to release Intel Atom z5xx series processors for embedded applications in Q1 2009, these chips will also have a 7-year long lifecycle.
Download: GeForce Forceware 180.42 XP|Vista 32 and 64-bit
A new driver from NVIDIA was just released, a beta though. The drivers have some very cool new options for PhysX, and multi-monitor GPU gaming. Obviously this driver has new Far Cry 2 optimizations harbored in them as well.
Beta driver for GeForce 200-series, 9-series, and 8800-series desktop GPUs.
Recommended for the best experience on Far Cry 2:
NVIDIA SLI for New Intel Core i7 Platforms
Okay I promise, this is the last NVIDIA news item for today okay ? Not exactly news but finally confirmed though is that you'll be able to run SLI on X58 mainboards, which is exactly what NVIDIA is announcing today ...
NVIDIA Corporation today announced that the world
NVIDIA reponds to Fud rumor about cutting board partners
Yesterday we wanted to confirm you the rumors as mentioned here. We started asking around at the board-partners what they heard. And of course some smaller board-partners inevitably will be cut away, as that is the state of the industry and financial situation we have globally right now. But the rumor of NVIDIA trimming down to 6 board-partners, as spread by FudZilla, is now officially denied by NVIDIA.
I've asked NVIDIA for an official response as well. Typically NVIDIA does not respond to rumors whatsoever which serves them right to do so, yet the sensitivity and speculation on this topic could actually effect the involved board-partners sales directly and creates insecurity for the people actually working behind the scenes of these companies.
Well, we just got an official response back from Luciano Alibrandi Director of Product PR - EMEAI - NVIDIA Ltd. He asked me to quote him literally:
ASUS announces new high-end LCD displays
ASUS continues to expand their offerings in all computer-related segments with these four new LCD displays. All could be considered high-end and are to be some of the largest displays the company currently offers.
The VK266H and the VW266H are 25.5-inches each. The VK246H and the VW246H, on the other hand, will be 24-inches. All four displays have ASUS
Gigabyte EX58-UD5 motherboard pixelated
XFastest published a photo of a Intel X58 based motherboard from Gigabyte with a rather odd colour scheme, the EX58-UD5:
AMD releases Catalyst hotfix for Far Cry 2
AMD has released a Catalyst driver hotfix in preparation for the incoming first-person shooter. The hotfix applies to graphics cards from the Radeon X1600 series to the Radeon HD 4800 series (check out the hotfix download page for a full list), and according to AMD, its sole purpose is to improve performance.
The hotfix improves Far Cry 2 performance for all card setups in DirectX 10 mode, AMD says, but only users with CrossFire multi-GPU configs will see frame rates rise in DirectX 9 mode.You can grab the hotfix for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista.
AMD launches faster X3 8850 and a X2 5050e processor
Today, AMD is announcing the following processors to address both performance and energy efficiency needs of multi-core users.
New rumor - NVIDIA to continue with only 6 partners ?
Well, we seem to have a bit of a developing story today. The website Fudzilla decided to drop a bomb with the following news-post today:
Very well informed sources said that Nvidia will cut all but six partners. The ones to stay are EVGA, PC partner (Zotac), Asus, MSI, Palit and XFX.
We don't know anything more than the list and it looks that Nvidia will announce this very shortly.
Everyone else who is not on this list will be cut off and this will make much better breathing space for the remaining six partners. At press time we don't have any more details than that.
First off, Fudzilla will post anything news-worthy, confirmed or not ... doesn't matter. But the rumor of NVIDIA dropping AIBs as of next year consistently surfaces over and over again.
Now I've been hunting down some board partners today trying to see if there is any validity in the rumor that started. If you read the fud-post carefully, the biggest partner effected would be BFG, that would just not make any sense as it is one if not the most respected NVIDIA partner in the USA and here in Europe.
I have had a call with BFG's UK office earlier today and they are as much confused about this rumor as anyone else. They are trying to find some answers right now and I hope to hear back from them later today.
I also had a brief chat with Point of View graphics, which is a Dutch AIB and again .. confusion as they don't know anything either. The rumour now slowly seems to outline itself within the confines of Northern USA, which again effects BFG. But PC partners (ZOTAC) is still on the list ? Come on. That just doesn't make any sense at all.
Fact is, NVIDIA needs to make some sort of statement today as these rumors have been surfacing for a while now. One way or the other, these rumours are horrible for their business as it directly effects the involved partners.
We'll update this news-bulletin once we hear more and official statements arrive.
Update: We had some dialog with BFG USA moments ago and they are denying this rumor. According to John Malley Sr. Director, Marketing for BFG Technologies Fudzilla's report is not correct.
"For some reason they left us off but I can tell you we are still on and strong in Europe. With the economy the way it is I have no doubt that some board partners will go away and/or be consolidated. There are a lot of rumors out there, so I do appreciate the chance to respond."
After this response I fired off one more email asking whether or not this could effect BFG Northern USA and not say the EU. As that would be an applicable situation as well. BFG's response was simple:
"BFG is staying a key NVIDIA partner in North America and Europe."
So how accurate is Fudzilla's report ? No-body knows as the info apparently is not that accurate. We are waiting on a formal reaction from NVIDIA.
Update: It seems NVIDIA is not releasing a statement whatsoever at this time. We'll keep you posted if we hear more.
Update: We have an official response back from NVIDIA, read it here.
Force3D Radeon HD 4870 512MB DHT review [Guru3D]
Force3D are up and coming, and working hard on product differentiation. Along that line they introduce a Radeon HD 4870 512MB model with DHT cooler. To be more specific, the cooling method is called 'Freezer DHT' and should allow for clock speeds up to 800 MHz according to Force3D. Now that's a very bold claim to make for any manufacturer, so rest assured we'll try that and see if the claim is valid.
DHT stands for Direct Touch Heatpipe and should cool a nice 33% better than the reference coolers from ATI. The DHT (Direct Touch Heatpipe) adapts new technology in which the heatpipe has contact with the GPU directly. The heatpipe absorbs heat from the GPU, cooling performance should really be excellent. Well, we'll see .. I surely love to find out.
Read the review right here.
EA: 99.8 percent of gamers don't care about DRM
EA had a PR nightmare on its hands with Spore but EA claims DRM isn't that big of a deal. EA CEO John Riccitiello said at a conference that the whole issue was blown out of all proportion and that 99.8 percent of all users don't care about DRM:
Best Selling PC Games for September 2008
Here a list of the top 20 best selling PC games in the US for the month of September 2008.
1.Spore / EA Maxis / $50
2.Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning / EA Mythic / $49
3.The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack / EA Maxis / $30
4.Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Collector's Edition / EA Mythic / $80
5.Spore Galactic Edition / EA Maxis / $79
6.World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / $37
7.Crysis Warhead / Crytek (Publisher: EA) / $29
8.The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $30
9.World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
10.Spore Creature Creator / EA Maxis / $10
11.World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade / Blizzard / $28
12.Civilization IV: Colonization / Firaxis / $29
13.Warcraft III Battle Chest / Blizzard / $39
14.Civilization IV / Firaxis / $27
15.The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff Expansion / EA Maxis / $20
16.Diablo Battle Chest / Blizzard / $39
17.StarCraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $20
18.Hot Wheels: Beat That / Activision / $15
19.Crysis / Crytek (Publisher: EA) / $38
20.S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky / GSC Game World / $39
Trailer: Alpha Protocol
Trailer: Red Faction: Guerrilla 'Multiplayer Beta'
Set 50 Years after the original Red Faction, this third person shooter puts the player as an insurgent battling for liberation from the Earth Defense Force. Footage taken from the Red Faction: Guerrilla multiplayer beta, showcasing the unique levels, weapons and action.
Intel X-25E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive
Intel has begun shipping its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel X-25E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems. The Intel X25-E increases server, workstation and storage system performance by 100 times over hard disk drives as measured in Input/Output Per Second (IOPS), today's key storage performance metric. Key technical performance specifications of the 32 GB Intel X-25E SATA SSD include 35,000 IOPS (4KB Random Read), 3,300 IOPS (4KB Random Write) and 75 microsecond read latency. This performance, combined with low active power of 2.4 watts, delivers up to 14,000 IOPS per watt for optimal performance/power output.
The product also achieves up to 250 megabytes per second (MB/s) sequential read speeds and up to 170 MB/s sequential write speeds, all in a compact 2.5-inch form factor. The Intel 32GB capacity drive is in production and priced at $695 for quantities up to 1,000. The 64GB version is expected to sample in the fourth quarter with production estimated for the first quarter of 2009.
Microsoft sends Vista SP2 invites
It looks like the rumor is solid, an SP2 release of Microsoft Vista is in the works. It is reported that Microsoft has started sending Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 invites to select testers today.
Microsoft will include Windows Search 4 in Vista SP2 along with Bluetooth wireless support (including latest BT 2.1 fixes), support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU and additional application compatibility updates. For Windows Server 2008 SP2, Microsoft will include Backwards compatibility with Terminal Services licensing keys, improved manageability features with DFS/FRS console, and Storage Resource Manager, print server and spooler performance improvements for printers in Windows Vista and Server 2008 and improved error reporting in DFSR to help identify incorrectly configured deployments which lead to failed replication [via Neowin]
HIS Radeon HD 4650 iSilence 4 surfaces
I guess I missed this one, but better late then never. HIS unveiled a new Radeon HD 4650 graphics card, the model is branded HD 4650 iSilence 4 and features a passive cooling solution from Zalman:
The radeon HD 4650 iSilence 4 comes equipped with a ZALMAN VNF100 passive cooler which features what is called a VFP, short for Variable Fin Profile, fin design. It has three high-performance heatpipes. The board comes with a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 interface, CrossFireX support, dual-DVI connectivity, a cool blue PCB and a 128-bit memory interface.
The card retails in Europe for as much as 77EUR. With a cooler like that it might be an excellent HTPC option.