Philips amBX review [Guru3D]
Imagine playing a game with physical wind blowing on your face, the room illuminates depending on the game play monitor color tone and your desk starts to rumble in explosions. Philips made it possible with a new technology called amBX and here and now we are going to review it for you. Could this be the next big thing in the gaming experience ?
Graphics card manufacturer point of View will release a bundle kit for you guys, a graphics card, an amBX kit and Brothers In Arms: hells Highway all in one package. We'll try and show you the ins- and outs of this all new experience, but I can tell you this already, it's fun for sure.
Check out this review right here.
Seagate working to improve SSD life expectancy
Seagate is planning to enter the solid state disk market for enterprises in 2009 but before the company rolls out its first SSDs it will make sure these drives are reliable. The Tech Report writes the firm is hard at work on SSD endurance:
Seagate has no illusions about that potential hurdle, and it's already working on standards for SSD endurance. Says Seagate Marketing Development Senior Manager Rich Vignes, "There isn't really a clear way of describing endurance or life expectancy of a solid-state drive. So, we're working on that as an industry standard [through JEDEC]." Formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council, JEDEC already develops and issues standards for system memory.
In addition to working with standards bodies, Seagate plans to use some its own special sauce to make sure its SSDs last. Vignes mentioned, "Some of the skills we've picked up along the way, to deal with imperfect media, has applicability to dealing with imperfect media on NAND." The company's efforts could spur the industry as a whole, too. "As companies like Seagate start to demonstrate field-proven reliability and endurance in enterprise applications, we'll overcome those (solid-state drive) endurance fears," he added.
Trailer: Swarm 'TGS 2008' Demo
Overclockers clock Core i7 965 easily to 4,2 GHz
Some Taiwanese overclockers had a 3,2 GHz Core i7 processor (Nehalem) in their possession . And by simply raising the multiplier towards 21 and the core voltage towards 1,72V they clocked the processor towards 4,2 GHz.
That surely doesn't suck. Unclear with what graphics card they tested it, but a 3Dmark vantage score of P25395 surely didn't suck either.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.06 driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.06 driver is available for download. Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers.
Realtek HD Audio Driver supports all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers, recompressed for a real small download size.
Download - Click here.
SteelSeries WoW MMO Gaming Mouse
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)
I think I still have the DDR(1) version in a system somewhere, and admittedly, the LEDs look so cool. Lexar announced immediate availability of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) high-performance, low-latency memory modules. These modules are the world's first high-performance DDR3 memory modules to incorporate activity-indicating Light-Emitting Diodes (LED). The LEDs on the new Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 modules are illuminated in a random pattern based on memory activity, highlighting the system memory and allowing users to visually see how intensely the memory is working. Additionally, eight blue ground-effects LEDs emit a constant glow near the motherboard memory sockets. Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 memory modules are available in 1GB and 2GB modules, or 2GB and 4GB kits.
Trailer: Grand Theft Auto IV PC
Latest NVidia GPUs used to crack WiFi
When NVIDIA claimed that CUDA on combo with a fast GPU is very powerfull to use for computing, I'm pretty sure they didn't have this in mind. An interesting article over at SC Magazine. Seems a Russian firm is using the latest NVidia GPU's to increase WiFi password recovery by 10000%. Amazing in how powerful GPU's have become in the last few years eh ?
Global Secure Systems has said that a Russian's firm's use of the latest NVidia graphics cards to accelerate WiFi
Smooth Creations Volkswagen BUS custom build PC [Guru3D]
Today something unique, a Smooth Creations Customized Volkswagen Bus PC review. You can purchase pre-build customized PCs, or of you have won the lottery, pick out your own PC and have it custom tailored.
The sky is the limit here, you pick you components from low-end to high end, regular cooling, water-cooling, single GPU or 3-way SLI/CrossfireX you name it and they make it. Ours was a Crossfire model, airbrushed in a pretty unique design.
Take a look at the photo, it really says it all.
Read the review right here.
NVIDIA GeForce 270, 290 and GX2 in november
There is a 270 coming, it will have a big brother called the 290, and a dual card code named "China Syndrome".
They popped up on a PNY price list a few weeks ago, and then were pulled off immediately. This part is what we were calling the GT200b in May, but the public code name is GT206. It is simply an optically shrunk GT200, so clock for clock, you won't get any speed boost out of it. It is meant to fatten up the margins by reducing cost. If the GT200 is a 576mm^2 die, and the 206 is around 460mm^2 (~21mm*21mm die), even with the more expensive 55nm process. So what are the 270 and 290? That is easy, they are 55nm GT200s, aka GT200b, aka GT206. The 270 and 290 are simply a little faster 260s and 280s.
The GX2 then. We haven't seen a code name for it officially, but NV AIBs are talking about it. Take a 55nm GT200b/206 and put two PCBs together a la the 9800GX2.
I say bring them on ...
9800GT/GTX,9500GT to lower power consumption by BIOS update
If you have tried 9500GT, you may notice the card has a 2D/3D clock, when idle the core clock can be as low as 216MHz. But the memory frequency and shader keeps unchanged. Maybe this time NV can fix this small problem [Via Expreview].
NeuroSky and Square Enix show off brainwave-controlled game concept
I'm so thinking OCZ's NIA here. NeuroSky partnered with Square Enix to develop a brainwave-controlled game concept:
NeuroSky, Inc., the leading manufacturer of
Sony SLDR A900 has the highest in-camera write speed
With the variety of flash-based media cards in the market, how could you tell which works the best on your high speed Digital camera? Does the lightening fast Sandisk Ducati or Extreme IV series CompactFlash warrant the premium price for your DSLR? Rob Galbraith has the answer for you; they
Trailer: Far Cry 2 'TGS 2008' trailer
Google GeoEye-1 Satellite started snapping photos
NetGear unveils dual-band firewall with VPN security
NetGear this week released its SXRN3205 ProSafe Wireless-N Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall, which the company claims is the first to combine dual band 5.0/2.4GHz Wireless-N with SSL and IPsec VPN.
The company has integrated its Dual WAN Gigabit SSL VPN firewall with a dual-band Wireless-N access point, which is also backwards compatible with 802.11g on the 2.4GHz band. The platform supports up to five Secure Socket Layer tunnels and five IP Security tunnels simultaneously, offering secure remote connections for 25 user applications. The SSL tunnels allow remote access to data without needing to install a software client, and offer automatic cache cleanup after a session has ended.
IPsec tunnels connect site-to-site offices and offer legacy, client-based remote access. The Firewall features denial-of-service (DoS) attack protection, stateful packet inspection (SPI), URL keyword filtering, SYSLOG support, and e-mail reporting.
Dual band support will keep offices connected through equipment transition from the older 802.11g/b standard to Wireless-N, which is claimed to offer up to fifteen times the speed and ten times the coverage area. The SXRN3205 ProSafe Wireless-N firewall is available now for a suggested price of $485.
Razer Lycosa Mirror and Arctosa keyboard
Razer unveiled new gaming keyboards today; the Lycosa Mirror Special Edition and the Arctosa. Both keyboards are based on the design of the original Razer Lycosa, but with subtle design differences.
For instance, the $79.99 Lycosa Mirror trades the non-slip rubber finish keytops from the Lycosa for high-gloss mirror finish keytops while the Arctosa is a low-budget version which lacks the non-slip keys, blue LED keys, the lighting options and the USB and audio port hub. Though, at $49.99 it's still kinda expensive for a keyboard.
The Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition is influenced by gamer feedback on the original Razer Lycosa where some gamers eschewed the rubber keytop for enhanced backlighting with clean lines. Razer