Microsoft to shove IE8 down your throat
Much like MSN updates (how annoying is that), Microsoft is going to pretty much force you to install IE8 somewhere in April:
Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important.
IE8 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers choices: Ask later, install now, or don
GSkill Titan 128GB SSD review
This SSD offers 200 MB/sec read and 160 MB/sec write speeds. Over the next few pages we'll take you into the review, tell a thing or two about the technology and obviously test the product to see where it stands out in performance compared to other SSD and HDD drives.
You can check out this review right here.
New S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Expansion and Sequel in the Works
Sergey Grigorovitch, GSC Game World president, revealed in an interview that we can expect to see a second expansion for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the stores this autumn. Its title will be "Call of Pripyat", but maybe even more interesting is the fact that he brought up that they are currently working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, as well. No further details about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 were disclosed, though.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl was originally released in 2007 with an expansion, called S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky, following in 2008.
eVGA releases GeForce GTX 275 FTW-edition
I say heavily here as eVGA is really stepping it up ;) The GPU core, shaders and memory will be clocked towards 713, 1512 and 2520 MHz respectively. This will bump up perfformance 10~15%
Now the reference models are all clocked at 633, 1404 and 2268 MHz respectively. Not even the Zotac AMP edition will come close to this one. Obviously a FTW product does not come cheap, expect a 299 USD price tag.
Download NVIDIA PhysX System driver 9.09.0408
This driver Supports all AGEIA PhysX Processors and GeForce PhysX. This driver will allow you to select and dedicate a GPU to PhysX as well.
The Nvidia PhysX 9.09.0408 system software comes with support for GeForce 8, 9, and GTX 200 series graphics cards (with at least 256MB of memory), Ageia PhysX cards, and comes to fix version 9.09.0010's installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Updated runtime to improved operation of Cryostasis Game.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads.
- Runtime upgrade ONLY for AGEIA PhysX processors users. (New installations should install older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04
Guru3D Rig of the Month - April 2009
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows.
They say style is personal, and well that's just the case of the Rig of The Month April 2009, though I doubt you could even dislike a build like shown today. Meet Buzair, Buzair is a Student at the age of 24.
Buzair has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while now after he stumbled into our site, and like many .. got attached to us. He shares our passion of building nice PCs. Buzair's PC will be the Rig of the Month April 2009 for reasons that I do not even need to explain really. Go have a read and then check out the lovely clean innards and wiring job he managed to pull off.
Click at this URL to check out his rig
Daily deals April 11 2009
It's time for the weekend update with Seth M..... oh wait, Hilbert Hagedoorn. Today an overview on some good deals on power supplies. PSUs are extremely underestimated. There's also a lot of crap out there that will make your power go sour. Here's an overview of what we think is good and affordable:
- Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX 750W - Very little can be said about Corsair when it comes to power supplies. They makes very good ones. I say always go for a PSU with a little reserve, This one is 750 Watt and just over 100 bucks at $104.99 , a really good PSU folks.
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad - If you can live with a little bit of noise (really .. little) then it does not get better than a PC Power & Cooling PSU. Check these things are pre-chroma tested, you even get the report included in the box. Exquisite PSUs really, they are on sal for $99.99 (!)
- BFG Tech BFGR550WGSPSU 550W - For the not so high-end savvy .. I can REALLY recommend BFG's power supplies. This one is great for a mid-range PC, and only costs you $44.99
- OCZ Technology StealthXStream 600W - Again great value for money. You could even do mid-range SLI/Crossfire with this one. 600 Watt at $59.99
- OCZ Technology GameXStream 850W - For a little more funk and style, check out this one from OCZ, selling at $189.96, fairly high-end and capable of a lot.
That's it for this update, if you guys celebrate it, have a great Easter !
Update: Spotted some of the latest release graphics cards .. check it out if interested:
NVIDIA's chief scientists criticizes Intel
NY Times had an interview with Bill Dally, who was appointed as NVIDIA's new chief scientist in late January. Dally served as chairman of Stanford University's computer science department and explains his recent move by saying that now is time time you want to be out there bringing products to the marketplace rather than writing papers. One of his tasks at NVIDIA is to lead a team of about two dozen people and look ten years out into the future and predict areas where the company should built up its expertise.
Dally believes we are on the cusp of a computing revolution and states NVIDIA's chips will get into everything from smartphones to laptops to servers. He adds that Intel isn't radical enough with the design of the Larrabee, because the chip still uses the ancient x86 architecture.
Google Container Data Center tour (video)
Intel Core i5 platform delayed
Motherboards based on the Intel P55 chipset will be shown off at Computex in June, but a launch isn't expected until August/September or perhaps even as late as October. It's said that Intel is revising the P55 and bringing forward some features of the P57 chipset.
We're not sure when to expect the actual launch, as we've heard August-September from some and now we're hearing as late as October. Maybe Intel is biding their time, as they don't feel enough pressure from AMD and the Core 2 range is still doing pretty well in comparison to the Phenom II.
The Core i5 platform isn't exactly exciting, as it seems to have a lot of drawbacks and very few advantages to the consumer over the Core 2 platform and unless it offer something better, we doubt that people will bother to upgrade, especially considering the current economic climate, which could also be a reason why Intel is holding things back.
Patriot launches DDR3 12 GB Tri-Channel Viper Kit
Designed specifically for the Intel Core i7 processor/Intel X58 Express Chipset, the Patriot Viper 12 GB kit has been built to excel for the Core i7 triple channel tehcnology. The Patriot Viper 12 GB are hand tested extensively on X58 motherboards to ensure maximum compatibility and supreme quality. The kits will be offered in 1333 MHz and come in both CL7 and CL9. "With all memory slots utilized in all three channels, the Core i7 brings the effectiveness of a server to mainstream desktops, and for a fraction of the price, says Benny Chea, Patriot Memory's Applications Engineer. Mr. Chea went on to say, "Multi-applications users will appreciate the increased bandwidth."
Corsair Ultra Fast 256 GB SSD perf surfaces
Next week we'll have some new SSD reviews ready for you guys. Among them the amazing OCZ Vertex which recently started selling in the stores.
Corsair however released some performance figures on a yet to be released SSD drive. It's 256GB in size, comes with a samsung controller and 64MB chache memory. Tagged at $749 not exactly cheap .. no Sir.
The official product name will be Corsair P256. The SSD will feature SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, an aluminum enclosure, average read speeds of over 200 MB/s, average write speeds of 169.1 MB/s, 0.1ms random access time, and a 248.2 MB/s burst speed (though burst speeds mean absolutely nothing when you measure a SSD with HDtach).
Judging from it's price I'm not sure if this kight be a SLC NAND based drive though.
Electric Shock Mouse - ultimate office prank
So .. April Fool's day might be over, but that doesn't mean you can't continue living up to your reputation as the resident office prankster, right? Enter the Electric Shock Mouse that will definitely derive some fits of laughter from your side as well as others who are in on the plan, but definitely not meant for the victim.
No idea on just how powerful the shock is, but the product description does point toward
Dell XPS 625 and XPS 630 now have liquid cooling
Now this is 'cool'. Heh .. awful pun. The Dell XPS 625 and XPS 630 have just gotten a liquid cooling option added to their specs in place of the standard fan-cooling option.
The Asetek liquid cooling system provides for a more even cooling of the processor and makes overclocking a much more versatile possibility for users that really want to get the most out of their systems.
This cooling option also reduces the noise, as there
BumpTop - 3D Desktop Zen (video)
3D Desktops never have been a success and very likely .. will never be. But the combo of a 3D desktop witha touch-screen ... well at the very least that might be interesting. Check out the video.
OCZ Gladiator MAX CPU cooler review
We test the Gladiator MAX CPU cooler from OCZ. The Gladiator MAX is based off the same principle as the Vendetta series, the Gladiator Max uses the same method of copper heat pipes, by making the heat pipes contact the CPU directly, that's dubbed HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch).
With this product, OCZ targets a slightly different segment of the market as it is equipped with a 1500 RPM, extraordinarily silent fan. So it's the best of both worlds really .. an all new design, 4 heat pipe based cooler, completely silent, yet with enough punch to show off some decent cooling performance.
Click here to read this Guru3D review.
Gigabyte Overclocking Contest 2009 Results
As you guys know Gigabyte has been organizing this big overclocking contest, globally ... the OC contest is called Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009. The contest was simple, you need a Gigabyte motherboard and Intel chipset / processor, you need to achieve the fastest SuperPi 4M time and submit it to them. On the next three pages we'll show you a photo selection we made of the contest held in Eindhoven (Netherlands) covering the Benelux, German and Swiss finals.
Two weeks ago on Saturday these finals where held and we'd like to share with you the winners and show you some photo's, courtesy of Gigabyte. A total of six teams went mano el mano with each other in a live overclocking contest.
Click on this link to see some cool photo's of LN2 overclocking sessions and .. the battleground.
Download: HWiNFO32 v2.39 Released
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too. etrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
Changes in HWiNFO32 v2.39 - Released on: Apr-07-2009:
- Fixed recognition of VIA Nano.
- Added preliminary Ironlake GMA support.
- Improved multiple SMBus Host support.
- Improved nVidia MCP79/7A support.
- Updated branding of AMD NPT and K10 families. Added several new models.
- Added ATI RADEON HD 4890 (RV790).
- Added support of Fintek F71862F, F71882F and F71889F sensors.
- Added nVidia GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition and GeForce GTX 275.
- Added support of Intel S5500BC, S5520SC, S5520UR, MSI MS-9161, ASUS KFN4-D16, P5M2, P5MT, INVENTEC IR2500 SMBus SPD Muxes.
- Several other minor updates and bugfixes.
Download: click here