AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Crossfire review
It's that time, AMD today unleashes their all new high-end product, the Radeon 4850 and 4870 X2. For those of you who lived under a rock and do not know what the X2 actually stands for, it's as simple as it sounds. X2 is times two .. these products are based on multiple GPUs per graphics card. In essence you take a large PCB (printed circuit board), position two 4850 or 4870 processors with an interconnect bridge-chip, grab a handful of memory chips, and then a pinch of resistors and mosfets. You put it in the pan, stir it and voilla ... your serving is ready.
Wanna see how fast the fastest performing graphics card in the worlds is ? Of course you do ..
We'll also test the 4870 X2 card in Crossfire. You can find the 21 page article right here.
update -- added Devil may Cry 4 CrossfireX results on page 20.
Tomorrow - Radeon HD 4870 X2
Let me post a gentle reminder that tomorrow we'll post a actual review (not preview) of the Radeon HD 4870 X2 as the NDAs will be lifted. Launch time will be early in the morning (CET).
VIA quits mainboard chipset industry
According to several sources on the web VIA has formally quit the business of manufacturing chipsets for third parties. The semiconductor company has decided against continuing to make chipsets to support AMD and Intel processors and will instead focus on its own processors and their accompanying platforms, such as Pico-ITX (shown) or full reference platforms like the OpenBook.
The move is characterized as the end of a long shift away from building for AMD and Intel as they produce more of their work in-house.
"One of the main reasons we originally moved into the x86 processor business was because we believed that ultimately the third party chipset market would disappear, and we would need to have the capability to provide a complete platform," says company marketing VP Richard Brown. "That has indeed come to pass."
The public end to developing third-party chipsets puts VIA in greater competition with rivals and particularly sets it against Intel, whose Atom lineup is in competition with VIA's C7-M for netbooks and other very low-cost, low-power systems. The Acer Aspire one, ASUS Eee PC and most others rely on Atom, though the C7-M is currently the only choice for HP's Mini-Note.
VIA's revelation also puts it out of likely contention for a rumored new Apple platform that has been rumored to include NVIDIA and other chipset makers as candidates to replace Intel's reference designs.
NZXT Unleashes Avatar Gaming Mouse
Intel's Nehalem now officially Core i7
Intel on Sunday quickly confirmed recent leaks with official word that its next-generation Nehalem processor architecture will be named Core i7. The move continues the Core name despite a major platform change and signals the new line's status as Intel's seventh major architecture since it began with the 8086 decades earlier. The highest-performing versions of the processor line will still add the Extreme Edition badge to reflect their extra features, which often include a speed multiplier unlock friendly to overclockers.
The first chips to bear the Core i7 name will be mainstream desktop parts meant for gamers and conventional systems; Intel doesn't allude to the expected 3.2GHz speed but has previously confirmed the new architecture's switch from a front side system bus to point-to-point connections between the processor and peripherals, an on-die memory controller, and Hyperthreading that can at times double the number of effective cores working on a given task at any one time.
Intel ships its first desktop Core i7 processors in the fall and will follow up with mobile equivalents in early 2009; workstation chips are expected to continue using the Xeon name.
*drumroll* Here's the official logo:
Motherboards with dual-core Atom 330 soon
I kinda have to admit to have a fetsih for these cute little PCs. Incredibly energy efficient and well, they make great NET PCs. But a number of price comparison sites unveil etailers that are already offering presales on dual-core Atom motherboards.
The upcoming Intel Essential Series D945GCLF2 mini-ITX motherboard features a dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor and costs around 64EUR.
The board/CPU combo costs
Download: CPUCalc 1.9.1
CPUCalc is an overclocking-calculator able to "simulate" overclocking with many Intel and AMD processors.
ou just need to set your wished clock and it calculates all other settings, for example. It automatically sets the correct CPU-RAM-ratio and Referenceclock:HTT-Ratio.
Intel Nehalem to be called Core i7?
Intel's Nehalem processor architecture will still hold to the Core naming scheme when it appears late this year, if an apparent leak of company logos proves authentic.
Although the platform will make fundamental changes, Nehalem will reportedly be known as Core i7 for at least all its desktop variants, which will include dual- and quad-core mainstream processors as well as a 3.2GHz Extreme processor for high-end gaming desktops.
The reason for the change is unclear, though Intel will have an increasing number of cores with the new architecture and so will have a harder time maintaining a simple naming scheme for its processors as for Core 2, which has been split into Solo, Duo, and Quad variants. The i7 refers to Nehalem as the seventh x86 platform generation to come from Intel.
The alleged slip doesn't indicate whether the naming will apply to mobile processors, although these in recent years have kept the same name as their desktop counterparts. Workstation- and server-class processors have usually kept to the Xeon naming system.
Intel is believed ready to announce its first Core i7 processors on August 11th but with shipping only taking place in the fall. Notebook-ready versions are still due in early 2009.
Far Cry 2 System Requirements
Minimum: Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz, Pentium D 2.66 Ghz, AMD Athlon 64 3500+ or better, 1GB RAM, NVidia 6800 or ATI X1650 or better - Shader Model 3 required + 256MB VRAM, DVD-ROM, 12GB free HDD space
Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo Family, AMD 64 X2 5200+, AMD Phenom or better, 2GB RAM, NVidia 8600 GTS or better, ATI X1900 or better + 512MB VRAM, Sound: 5.1 sound card recommended.
Supported Video cards: NVidia 6800, NVidia 7000 series, 8000 series, 9000 series, 200 series. 8800M and 8700M supported for laptops. ATI X1650 - 1950 series , HD2000 series , HD3000 series , HD4000 series .
Playing World of Warcraft on 27 HD Monitors
That's .. prolly over doing it a little. Kotaku received a photo of someone who ran World of Warcraft on twenty-seven 67" HD TVs!
One of our readers - who would prefer to remain nameless - installs PC rigs for a living. He helped install this one, in a government office, then proceeded to do what anyone confronted by twenty-seven 67" HD monitors would do - he played a ton of BioShock and WoW on it. For reference, 27 panels equates to a display that's 40 feet wide and 15 feet high, with a desktop resolution of, oh, 12600 x 3150.
Chieftec debuts three HTPC cases
Chieftec has released three HTPC cases. CHIETEC's Hi-Fi series have clearly more to offer than the typical HTPC chassis. 3 different stack types in combination with brushed and anodized aluminum in black or silver are provided in an exquisite packaging. Operating Timelessly and luxuriously with its already equipped components like a complete hi-fi system.
All relevant interfaces (2 x USB, 1 x IEEE1394, Audio, including a 56 in 1 card reader) are integrated in the front of the chassis behind a dust protecting cover. A distinctive turning-knob allows an easy handling of the device such as the volume and general navigation.
Dependent on the stack type, the HM allows an installation of either mATX and/ or ATX mainboards. In addition up to 3 internal hard disks can be built-in to the chassis.
Windows Vista security rendered useless by researchers
Many of the defenses that Microsoft added to Vista and Windows Server 2008 are designed to stop host-based attacks. ASLR, for example, is meant to prevent attackers from predicting target memory addresses by randomly moving things such as a process's stack, heap and libraries. That technique is useful against memory-corruption attacks, but Dai Zovi said that against Dowd's and Sotirov's methods, it would be of no use.
"This stuff just takes a knife to a large part of the security mesh Microsoft built into Vista," Dai Zovi said. "If you think about the fact that .NET loads DLLs into the browser itself and then Microsoft assumes they're safe because they're .NET objects, you see that Microsoft didn't think about the idea that these could be used as stepping stones for other attacks. This is a real tour de force."
Microsoft officials have not responded to Dowd's and Sotirov's findings, but Mike Reavey, group manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, said Wednesday that the company is aware of the research and is interested to see it once it becomes public.
Dai Zovi stressed that the techniques Dowd and Sotirov use do not rely on specific vulnerabilities. As a result, he said, there may soon be similar techniques applied to other platforms or environments.
"This is not insanely technical. These two guys are capable of the really low-level technical attacks, but this is simple and reusable," Dai Zovi said. "I definitely think this will get reused soon, sort of like heap spraying was.
Sexy Red Alert 3 Gemma Atkinson wallpaper
Earlier this week we already mentioned that Gemma Atkinson is to feature in the new Red Alert 3. EA released two sexy 1920 x 1200 Red Alert 3 wallpapers, and what a horrible kind of a man would I be if I'd not share them with you ? You can click on the image to enlarge her ... um photo!:
Inno3D i-Chill GeForce 9800 GT Hurricane | Twin Turbo
Inno3D has issued two new GeForce 9800 GT based graphics cards with custom coolers slapped on top of them. The first one has the Hurricane cooler from ZeroTherm and the other one is equipped with Artctic Cooling's Accelero Twin Turbo cooler.
Both cards feature a 700MHz core, 1500MHz shaders and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 2000MHz. The cards have a 3-year warranty and should be much better at cooling than the reference card.
NVIDIA licenses Transmeta power technology
The creator of the GeForce and nForce lines also gains access to the original LongRun technology as well as to all of Transmeta's existing and submitted patents, additional power management technology, and "other computing technologies" unnamed as part of the grant.
Neither of the involved companies has described any future products likely to use the technology, though NVIDIA has regularly had to maintain or even decrease clock speeds for its graphics cores as it moves to higher chip densities for the sake of additional features. The firm is also increasingly involved with cellphone and handheld processors through its Tegra line, which is more sensitive to power issues.
The company is also launching into complete notebook platforms in the near future, and is speculated as a possible supplier for new Mac mainboard platforms that would require more efficient components.
Fujitsu Atom-based U2010 UMPC official
Fujitsu today used Singapore as the venue for its next most recent update to the LifeBook U series. The 5.6-inch convertible tablet switches from the A110 processor to a faster and more efficient 1.6GHz Atom that gives it as much as eight hours of battery life with an optional extended battery and 64GB solid-state drive. In an unusual addition, the ultra-mobile PC also has its own FM transmitter to pipe sound to a nearby radio and save the trouble of porting external speakers.
The very small size also finds room for a 1.3-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader for security.
No prices or ship dates have been posted for the U2010, though it will start out with a 60GB rotating hard drive and a standard-capacity battery. The new LifeBook ships in five colors for Singapore but is likely to arrive in the US in a single color and at a price close to the $999 for the U810.
MS preps 12 fixes for August Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is preparing 12 security fixes - seven critical - as part of the August edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
The seven "critical" fixes due out next Tuesday (12 August) cover flaws in Windows, Media Player, Internet Explorer and Office. All supported version of Windows - including Vista - will need patching.
The five less serious "important" flaws cover vulnerabilities in Windows, Outlook Express and Windows Messenger. With so many client systems needing patching it is tempting to think that some sysadmins might be recalled from the beach to handle the workload, which is unusually heavy for this time of the year. Neither June or July were particularly busy, bringing just one critical bug between them against seven in this month alone.More details on the upcoming updates can be found in a pre-alert notice from Microsoft here.
GPS tracking slapped on laptop recovery service
Absolute Software has added GPS tracking to its laptop theft-recovery and asset-tracking service.
The availability of geolocation tracking for Computrace will allow asset managers to track GPS-enabled laptops to within ten metres and view their location using Google Maps technology. The technology will also speed recovery of missing or stolen computers, being easier to use than previous IP address-based tracking technology.
The technology uses embedded GPS receivers to acquire latitude and longitude location information from remote computers. This data, sent when the machines are connected to the internet, is then displayed on Absolute's web-based IT asset management portal, showing the current or historical location of a piece of kit.
Use of the technology means that salesmen may no longer be able to claim that they are visiting client premises rather than sneaking down the pub. The upside is that the lives of managers - particularly in the increasingly frequent cases where laptops are lost or stolen - is made a lot easier.
Other aspects of Computrace allow the remote deletion of sensitive information for regulatory compliance and the detection of hardware changes or prohibited software installations. Absolute's investigative team can be wheeled out to physically recover lost or stolen computers, and to work out what changes have been made to purloined PCs once they are recovered.
Computrace software is embedded in the firmware of computers from the the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and Fujitsu. The agent is designed to withstand operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging. Subscriptions run for terms ranging from one to four years.Geolocation tracking is available to Computrace customers at no extra cost on supported GPS receivers (list here). Use of a Qualcomm UNDP-1 (Gobi) wireless module is listed as a system requirement.