TSMC 40nm yield are finally good
The colleagues over at Digitimes are reporting that TSMC has improved yield rates on its 40nm manufacturing process, with the quality now being about the same level as its 65nm node process, according Mark Liu, Senior VP of Operations at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The 40nm yields have been haunting the Radeon series 5000 graphics cards in terms of availability. Also NVIDIA"s upcoming Fermi based graphics cards (GF100) are based on the very same fabrication process at TSMC.
During a company event yesterday, Liu stated that the chamber matching problems that had impacted yield rates for the company's 40nm node have been resolved. Liu did not elaborate any further.
This news will stabilize the market and good volume of DX11 class graphics cards should be on the horizon, along with it better prices as high volume will allow the prices to drop.
3DMark Vantage record shattered now at P47002
Our good buddy Sampsa and his companion Stummerwinter came, saw and conquered. The set a new world record for 3DMark vantage (performance mode) which is now set at P47002 !
In order to do so they of course had vanilla picked samples of everything including a Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition, four ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5870 in CrossFireX mode, 6 GB of Corsair Dominator GTX2, and the unreleased ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard.
Then they started overclocking with the help of liquid nitrogen, the Core i7 975 XE processor got to 5508.9 MHz (27 x 204 MHz @ 1.664V, HTT on), and the memory at 2040 MHz DDR (7-8-7-21).
To get the best scores, check this out -- four ASUS Radeon HD 5870 cards were hand-picked from a batch of 18 pieces. Core/memory speeds of 1325 MHz / 1300 MHz, were set.
They achieved a 3DMark Vantage score of P47002, with a GPU score of 53,911 points, and CPU score of 33,949.
Meanwhile Guru3D has shipped out a processor to Dutch overclocker "Old Scarface" to set a new world record with some LN2 (more on that next month!).
Of course in our forums you guys should follow Guru3D's own Beaux Loy aka Bodar who's on a mission as well. He has his score up-to 38572 in the P score already and hopefully soon we can supply him some new kit to improve that score even further. Oh and mind you that Bodar is using regular retail kit, nothing hand-picked and is doing it all without support from vendors at home with his stash of LN2.
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Gigtube DSLR Remote Viewfinder
With an LCD display just 2.5 inches in size, don
Sony Bravia EX700 series released
Sony of Japan just rolled out its latest Bravia EX700 series of Full HD LCD TVs with LED backlight, where it will come in 52", 46", 40" and 32" screen sizes while featuring MotionFlow 120Hz technology. Inside, the Bravia Engine 3 helps net you the sharpest image possible, alongside other improvements like an advanced contrast enhancer, 24p True Cinema, Bravia Link and a human sensor which will turn the TV on/off depending on whether there is a person in the room or not to help you save energy whenever you're too lazy to turn of the box once you're done with your shows.
So .. just how often do you guys upgrade your TV ?
Intel adds three CPUs (silently) to lineup
Apparently Intel has added three LGA775 processors to its lineup.
- Priced at $183 you will spot the Q9500, a quad-core processor with its clock frequency at 2.83 GHz - 6MB L2 cache, and a 1333 MHz FSB.
- Then we enter the good old Pentium range, shifted from Core 2 towards Pentium is now the E6600 dual-core costs with a price tag of $84. The processor is clocked at 3.06 GHz has 2MB L2 cache and comes with a 1066 MHz FSB
- The last new entry is in fact a Celeron, the E3400 (dual-core) comes clocked at 2.60 GHz has a 1MB L2 cache, the good old-fashioned 800 MHz FSB and a price tag of $53.
Next to the new processors Intel lowered prices on the E6500 to $74 (was $84), the E5400 to $64 (was $74) and E3300 to $43 (was $53). Well, you are up-to-date again ;)
A-DATA CH94 portable HDDs
A-DATA introduced the CH94, a new series of portable hard drives with capacities ranging from 250GB to 640GB.
A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., the worldwide leader in DRAM memory and Flash application products, introduced its latest Portable HDD, the CH94. Resembling the shape of a notebook, the ergonomic streamlined enclosure of CH94 gives a smooth touch as if an actual diary is held in hand. With the thickness just less than 20mm and the built-in wrap-around USB cable, CH94 is neatly designed to fit right in your pocket. Providing both convenience and easy portability, CH94 is the perfect companion for users who need be constantly on the go.
Personalize, Accessorize, Make It Mine
Besides its compact design, CH94 is also an ideal external storage device for those who are keen to express their unique individuality. Users are free to personalize their own CH94 with the self-adhesive letter stickers that come with the package. This unique DIY feature makes CH94 a fun hard drive to play with. The smooth surface of CH94 enclosure allows users to decorate the drive freely with their own original creativity.
CH94 is offered in four colors of black, white, pink and aqua blue, along with a full range of capacity from 250GB to 640GB. It supports all the latest operating systems via the simple plug-and-play, high-speed USB 2.0 interface. Users of A-DATA portable HDDs can also download value-add software HDDtoGO, OStoGO (no registration required), Norton Internet Security 2010 (60-day trial) for free and enjoy enhanced mobility and security with just few mouse clicks away. All A-DATA portable HDDs are backed by 3-year product warranty.
ECS H55H-M motherboard review
ECS H55H-M motherboard review
If you can live just fine with just one Gigabit Ethernet connector, six SATA2 ports and analog 5.1 audio you can safe yourself a lot of buckaroonies alright. Yes you'd have a fairly high performance 'regular' PC which certainly doesn't have to be expensive.
Today we look at such a product, it's the all new H55 chipset based ECS H55H-M motherboard priced at roughly 55 EUR / 79 USD. It comes in that all too familiar green PCB color, all the features you need to run a very decent PC, it's mATX based allowing much flexibility and even has a x16 PCIe slot should you want to seat a dedicated graphics card on it. And sure, being H55 -- if you pair it with a series 600 Core i5 processor or the Core i3 series (Clarkdale) processor you can make use of the embedded GPU inside that processor as well.
Check out the review right here.
NVIDIA GeForce ForceWare 196.21 WHQL download released!
New in Version 196.21
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Avatar Demo, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, City Bus Simulator, Dirt 2, Ferrari Virtual Race, GREED: Black Border, Mass Effect 2, Mortal Online, Ninja Blade, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo, Planet 51, RUSE, Serious Sam HD, and Wings of Prey.
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.09.1112.
- Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports NVIDIA 3D Vision Discover, a complete, low cost solution to start your immersive stereoscopic 3D experience. NOTE: If you are using NVIDIA 3D Vision active shutter glasses, you must download the separate 3D Vision driver which includes the driver for the 3D Vision IR emitter.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. This driver installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.1112. Learn more here.
- Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
- Release Notes (v196.21)
- Control Panel User's Guide
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 285, 205, GT 240, GT 230, GTX 280, GTS 250, G210, GTX 275, GTX 295, 210, GT 220, GTX 260, GTS 240
GeForce 100 series:
GT 130, G 100, GT 120, GT 140
GeForce 9 series:
9500 GS, 9600 GT, 9200, 9800 GX2, 9500 GT, 9600 GS, 9300, 9800 GT, 9400 GT, 9300 GS, 9400, 9600 GSO, 9300 GE, 9800 GTX/GTX+
GeForce 8 series:
8400, 8800 GT, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8300 GS, 8600 GT, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GS, 8500 GT, 8600 GS, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8200, 8400 GS, 8300, 8600 GTS, 8400 SE
GeForce 7 series:
7900 GS, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7900 GTX, 7800 GTX, 7600 LE, 7900 GT/GTO, 7300 GT, 7950 GT, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 GS, 7350 LE, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7300 LE, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7500 LE, 7650 GS, 7100 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7800 SLI, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7800 GS, 7600 GT, 7600 GS, 7550 LE, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
GeForce 6 series:
6800 GT, 6610 XL, 6800 XT, 6800 XE, 6700 XL, 6150 LE, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6800 GS, 6150, 6800 GS/XT, 6100 nForce 400, 6800, 6600 LE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6800 LE, 6100, 6600, 6800 Ultra, 6200 LE, 6100 nForce 420, 6200 TurboCache, 6200 A-LE, 6200, 6150SE nForce 430, 6250, 6100 nForce 405, 6600 GT, 6500, 6600 VE
ION LE, ION
We have a discussion thread open on these new NVIDIA drivers right here.
HWiNFO32 version 3.36 503 Beta released
OUr buddy mumak released a new 3.36 503 Beta of his popular tool HWiNFO. 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.
Retrieved 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)
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
Changes in HWiNFO32
- Added reporting of TRIM command capability (for SSD).
- Improved sensor monitoring for Giga-Byte series: H55.
- Improved support of nVidia GT21x series.
- Fixed support of several nVidia GPU sensors.
- Added monitoring of nVidia GPU temperature for G92, G94, GT200, GT21x.
- Added reporting of ATA drive media rotation rate in RPM (if drive supports reporting).
- Fixed detection of first DIMM on certain nVidia chipsets.
- Improved sensor monitoring for MSI series: Big Bang Trinergy (MS-7580), P55-GD80 (MS-7581), P55-GD65 (MS-7583), P55-CD53 (MS-7586), H57M-ED65 (MS-7587), P55M-GD41/45 (MS-7588).
Download - click here.
SPARKLE CalibreCUTi Supermicro Computer
Sparkle announced the Calibre CUTi, a revolutionary small form factor PC providing high definition 1080p playback and digital surround sound for a variety of multimedia formats displayed right on a user's HDTV. Calibre CUTi push the envelope on thin and light design as one of the thinnest PC while extending the entertainment experience with support for HD video. In addition, the Calibre CUTi has excellent energy-saving features, idle power consumption is only 14 watts, lesser than an energy-saving lamp power consumption.
It's a computer of reduced dimensions and at a lower cost than traditional PCs which are ideal for satisfying all basic requirements of surfing the Internet, downloading and watching rich content, playing videos and games , running typical office programs or communicating with VOIP using the optional webcam. The Calibre CUTi is introduced to meet the pursuit for micro-volume, low-cost energy-saving computers from consumer. This revolutionary PC product provides an impressive all-round performance to users around the world.
Full HD Entertainment Center
The Calibre CUTi can be a real family entertainment center. Connected to large-screen flat-panel television, the Calibre CUTi can not only smoothly playback high-definition video using hardware acceleration based on built-in PhysX, CUDA technology, but also let users listening to music, viewing pictures, playing DX10 games, surfing on the Internet, participating in online education.The graphics performance of built-in highly integrated 9400 graphics chip is 10 times powerful than the graphics performance of other small desktop. The Calibre CUTi can bring surprising gaming experience and high-definition video experience, so it is an indispensable component of modern family.
Quiet Operation With Only 26dB
With the low power Intel Atom Dual-Core processor, NVIDIA ION platform and the unique Calibre quiet technology, the full loading working noise of the Calibre CUTi is only 26 dB, the idle standby noise is incredible down to 3 dB. Now users can be completely away from the noise pollution and embrace a quiet space, doing office works as whishes.
90% off the Desktop Power Consumption
With the Calibre CUTi, now consumers can do green and quiet computing, It introduces a well-featured hardware design with eco-friendly components for ensuring lower voltage computing. The idle power consumption of the the Calibre CUTi is only 14W, less than an energy-saving light bulb. The maximum power consumption is only 30W, compared with traditional PC, it saves nearly 90% power !Based on the emission of 0.99KG of carbon dioxide per kilowatt in Chinese power plant, one year's use of CUTi will reduce nearly 0.8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions for the earth.
The Calibre CUTi supports multiple interfaces and connections, so it can easily connect to various devices. Its HDMI and S/PDIF output ports ensure the full HD 1080p home entertainment with 7.1-channel surround sound. With built-in 802.11n wireless LAN and Ethernet interface, the Calibre CUTi allows you to connect to a home network. The additional I/O ports of the Calibre CUTi include: mini-audio jack, coaxial & optical fiber output, 5in1 card reader, Bluetooth(Optional), DVI-I, headphones, Microphone and 6 USB ports.
The Calibre CUTi comes with built-in 160G/320G SATA hard drive (Maximum Support 500GB), and supports for SSD solid-state hard drive. the Calibre CUTi supports up to 4GB DDR2 memory that allows quick performance without problems in all the most widely-used range of applications. An 5 in1 card reader offers the convenient way to transfer continuously growing multimedia files from portable devices to the Calibre CUTi.
The Calibre CUTi is available in a variety of configurations. Made in the SPARKLE own factories, SPARKLE also provides customized configuration service, making the Calibre CUTi more flexible to customers.
ATI Radeon HD 5570, 5450 due in February
AMD should release a new ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card early in February, along with a Radeon HD 5570 in mid-February. While technical specs aren't yet readily available for the two upcoming products, the former will replace the current ATI HD 4650/4550/4350 graphics cards, while the latter will be a brand new offering for the mid-range market.
The company has recently launched its faster HD 5670 graphics chip, ousting the HD 4670 in the process. It's DirectX 11-ready and supports either 512MB or 1GB GDDR4 memory and has core frequencies of 775MHz and memory frequencies of 1,000MHz.
AMD has confirmed that it has plans to release ATI Radeon HD 5400 and HD 5500-series products before the middle of February, both of which will have DirectX 11 compatibility.
Inno3D working on GT240 Silent Edition
Ay .. that's like a tutrle on its back isn't it ? Expreview captured photos of the new GT240 Silent Edition graphics card from Inno3D, this GeForce GT240 features passive cooling.
Inno3D GT240 Silent Edition used the reference P672 PCB, works at 550/3400MHz(core/memory). The card features a
BBC Interview with NVIDIA CEO
BBC News had an interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang titled Not your typical CEO, you can read it over here. Below is a snip about Huang's vision for the future, he stated the PC has lost its magic but that he believes that GPU technology is going to bring back the type of innovation that will amaze people.
Mr Huang imagines, like many, a future where gesture recognition, computer vision and security become a lot easier.
"The computer would simply know that it is me sitting in front of it. I wouldn't need to type in a password. It would know it's me based on what it sees of me, the way I am acting and talking.
"These kinds of capabilities are certainly within the next generation, because we have created a processor for the GPU that makes it possible to do parallel processing so much faster on a PC. We think this GPU technology is going to transform computing in a way that will bring back the magic to consumers."
Man sells Steam account for $1,000 on eBay
Here's a new idea to make some money by selling your Steam games. Destructoid reports that eBay user dave311freak sold his Steam account for $1,000, which contained 139 games (which includes Grand Theft Auto IV, Modern Warfare 1 and 2, and Borderlands) and was estimated at a value of $2,700:
139 games were up for grabs, and somebody actually bit, stumping up $1,000 for the "Buy It Now" price. It seems that the seller, "dave311freak," has inspired some other hopeful Steam merchants, as two more Steam accounts have popped up for sale, albeit with significantly less to offer. Dave, for his part, said he wanted to sell the account to spend more time with his family and less time playing games. For $1,000, you can take your family somewhere pretty cool.
PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 with Liquid Cooling
The folks over at TUL slash PowerColor are releasing a new version of the Radeon HD 5970, this time around they slapped a Liquid Cooling block on it so you can add it to your existing liquid-cooling setup.
The water-block cools the GPU, memories and VRMs and makes a remarkably close resemblance to the EK-FC5970. For optimal compatibility Tul will deliver the card with 3/8" and 1/2" fittings. Apparently the cooler can keep the product a good 30 Degrees C lower than the reference cooler which should get you a little more headroom for overclocking and tweaking. The card comes 'pre' overclocked to 750 Mhz (from 725) and the memory at 4200 MHZ (from 4000). Starting January the 21st the product can be found in e-tail. prices have not been announced, but we expect that 800 USD / 600 EUR is plausible.
Lexicon Stuffs $500 Oppo Blu-Ray Player Inside New Case, Adds $3000 To Price
Okay - a copy paste from oh-gizmo, but too hilarious really. Check it out:
What do you get when you take a pretty decent Oppo $500 Blu-Ray player, strip off the black metal case, and then drop the entire thing (chassis and all) into a slightly fancier silver metal case with a different logo on it? Lexicon, apparently, thinks that you get a $3500 Blu-Ray player. After noticing some similarities between the front and back layouts of the Oppo BDP-83 and the Lexicon BD-30, Audioholics tore them both open to check and see what was going on inside:
As far as we could determine, Lexicon didn
Google Nexus Two spotted in shape of QWERTY Motorola Shadow?
According to the latest rumors out of China, you