Intel Launch Six-Core but 8-Core Chips as well
Well, if you had any doubt that multi-core processors would not be the future, think again. Loads of rumors and details already hit the web regarding both Intel's and AMD's six core processors. But as it seems now, Intel is also planning to release an 8-core processor.
That's right, eight cores which hyper-threaded show sixteen of these cute and lovely CPU load boxes in the task manager ;)
Of course the 8-core part will be introduced in the server (Xeon) segment first. It will be a 45-nm 8-core chip known as "Nehalem-EX." This actually was mentioned a year ago already, but now Intel says it has already shipped the chip to system makers, who should be shipping to customers this quarter. Unfortunately there are no other details on this SKU.
Meanwhile AMD is planning a six-core chip for single and dual-socket servers, and a dual-die version with up to 12 cores called "Magny-Cours" for two and four-socket servers, both likely under the Opteron name.
Well, let me have the 6-core version first please :)
HIS introduces HIS Radeon HD 5450 Series
The first press-releases are coming in on the new Radeon HD 5450 cards. Today HIS unveils the HIS Radeon HD 5450 1GB/512MB DDR3 Series, offering the most features and functionality in their class. Loaded with complete DirectX 11 support, ATI Stream technology and ATI Eyefinity Multi-display technology (H545H1GDL - DisplayPort version only), the Radeon HD 5450 graphics card delivers a state-of-the-art HD multimedia and medium gaming experience at a value price. With the silent passive cooling heatsink implemented, HIS Radeon
3D portion of HDMI 1.4 spec available to public
HDMI Licensing, LLC announced that the three-dimensional portion of HDMI 1.4 specifications is now available for public download at the official HDMI site. With HDMI specs for 3D already out, we may see 3DTVs come to market even sooner than we may think.
Hitachi working on technology for 10TB HDDs
Hitachi reseach and development is working on a new storage technology that is expected to increase storage density to 2.5 terabit per square inch. That's five times the capacity of the densest hard drives of today and thus could lead towards 10 TB HDDs. To achieve this density, Hitachi is developing a thermally-assisted recording method that heats up the media with a 20nm laser beam while the magnetic head is writing the smaller bits of data.
In thermally-assisted recording, magnetic grains can be made smaller while still resisting thermal fluctuations at room temperature. As the name suggests, thermally-assisted recording uses a laser to heat up the media while the magnetic head is writing the smaller bits of data. This enables the use of media that is magnetically stable at room temperature with the very small magnetic grains required for high-density storage.
Alas there is no concrete information on when the technology will be commercially available, and even if it is expensive they will have to find a successor to perpendicular magnetic recording, which according to the same source will have a hard time reaching even 1 terabit per square inch.
Bioshock 2 Launch Trailer
Aliens vs. Predator PC Demo out Early
The PC demo for Aliens vs. Predator has been just released on Steam. You need to register on their website in order to dowload and play the demo. To download the demo (1.2GBB) click here.
The multiplayer demo gives access to all three species
Radeon HD 5450 review
Radeon HD 5450 review
ATI is paving away and completely filling and dominating every little gap in the market with a DX11 graphics card. Today ATI is launching the most budget of low-budget series graphics cards, the Radeon series 5400. In specific today we'll look at the Radeon HD 5450. A DX11 class product, with multi-monitor Eyefinity support (up-to three monitors) and a very low price -- set at just 49 USD.
Can you make a decent card for that kind of money ? Well, let's go find out.
You can read the article right here.
Corsair Expands Storage Line with 512 GB SSD
High-capacity SSDs are few in number due to the tremendous pricetage, none the less Corsair will intro a 512 GB Performance Series rather soon. Very little info is available just yet but it seems that the upcoming storage unit will get a phat 128MB cache memory and will use the 3.5-inch form factor. The device will be built with multi-level cell NAND Flash memory chips and will work on the SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. In addition, the product will come with an aluminum casing.
The read and write speeds of the drive are set at 200MB per second and 240MB per second, respectively. There's speculation that that the drive might not be built with any form of third-party PCB, so there is a chance that the SSD might turn out to be made up of two 256GB Performance Series drives in the RAID configuration. This possibility is suggested by the overall shape of the unit and the presence of two push buttons.
The upcoming Corsair Performance Series 512 SSD is mighty expensive at $1968 or 1400 Euro. We expect to see the unit at CeBIT trade show.
Patriot reveals Sector 5 DDR3 2250MHz
Patriot Memory introduced its new Sector 5 series DDR3 memory modules, the lineup features a 4GB kit with a clockspeed of 2250MHz and 9-9-9-27 timings. Designed specifically for overclockers and enthusiasts using Intel based platforms, the Sector 5 boasts an amazing 2250MHz with timings of 9-9-9-27. Individually hand tested on the Intel P55 chipset platform; the Sector 5 modules offer incredible performance for users looking to reach new heights in overclocking and benchmarking. Engineered for the gaming enthusiast and intense overclocker, the Sector 5 is one of the fastest modules on the market and will be offered as a 4GB kit (2 x 2GB modules) under the part number PVV34G2250LLK.
"Our goal is to provide the hardcore enthusiast with a performance module that is actually going to perform at the specified timing with stability", says Les Henry, Patriot's VP of Engineering. "Consumers can feel confident that what we advertise for our speeds and timing is true to the specifications. Additionally, users can expect headroom to reach faster speeds. We have been able to hit speeds over 2400MHz with these modules in our lab."
Designed with an extruded aircraft-grade aluminum heat spreader, Viper II 'Sector 5' series modules quickly dissipate heat from the modules resulting in improved stability and reliability during extreme overclocking conditions. Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and is backed by a full lifetime warranty and industry leading customer service.
Zalman MS1000-HS2 Professional chassis review
Zalman MS1000-HS2 Professional Chassis review
Zalman recently released a new chassis onto the market called MS1000-HS2, a chassis targeted at the somewhat high-end professional end-user with a grasp for style, design and functionality. The chassis offers way more than standard features though, we see sound dampening, removable drive bays, optimized cooling at low noise levels and sure just offering very versatile chassis. Next to the stylish smooth lines and lack of weird curvatures in the design you'll also spot hot-swappable drives; no less than six removable HDDs can be installed in this HS2 model.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
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LG intros EX-series slim LED-backlit monitors
LG introduced several new ultra-slim LCD monitors in its EX-series. Each display features a 17.5mm thick bezel and LED backlighting, with a response time listed at 5ms. The LED technology is claimed to reduce power consumption by approximately 40 percent, while bringing the dynamic contrast ratio up to 1,500,000:1.
Models include the 20-inch EX205, 21.5-inch EX225, and 23-inch EX235. The monitors will initially launch in Korean markets. It is unclear if the company plans to bring the series to the North American market, though most LG displays reach the continent.
Samsung EcoGreen F3EG 2TB drives
Samsung introduced a new Green-series hard disk with a storage capacity of 2TB. The 3.5" HDD uses four 500GB platters and should be available for around $180.
Enermax reveals new Modu82+, Pro82+ LibertyECO PSUs
Enermax announced 2010 revisions of its Modu82+, Pro82+ and LibertyECO power supplies.
Enermax launches revisions of its most popular PSU series Modu82+, Pro82+ and LibertyECO. Users can identify the upgraded PSUs by looking for the "II" name affix. On the 20th anniversary of the Enermax brand, all PSUs in the Modu82+ II, Pro82+ II and LibertyECO II series will also be delivered with a special add-on: a 12cm Twister fan.
Modu82+, Pro82+ and LibertyECO belong currently to the most famous and popular PSU series on the market. With the PC demands of 2010, Enermax has now upgraded these three series with several new and attractive features.
In the face of the inevitable upgrade of many PC systems, gamers wanting high-performance DirectX11 graphics cards, require new demands of power. Enermax changed every single 6-pin PCI-Express connector to the upgraded 6+2-pin (8-pin) instead. All Enermax PSUs from 400W upwards possess at least two 6+2-pin (8-pin) PCI-Express connectors, which will be required for the new generation of DirectX11 graphics cards, coming on the market in 2010.
Everyone knows this possible situation, especially on LAN events or in crowded rooms: while sitting at the computer, someone stumbles over the AC power cord and your PC shuts off suddenly. Enermax has a remedy for this problem: a small, patented metal clip. By clamping the AC cord tightly to the PSU case, it avoids accidental shutdowns of the PC.
Extented CPU 12V Power Cable
In more and more PC cases, the power supply is installed at the bottom. As a consequence, the distance between PSU and CPU socket becomes longer, causing the 12V power cable to stretch. Therefore, Enermax has updated its PSUs by equipping all new series with 60cm CPU 12V cables. This gives users more flexibility in assembling their PC systems.
To celebrate its anniversary, Enermax will be bundling its PSUs with a free 120mm Twister case fan for a period of time. Among the models that are being upgraded are the 425W, 525W, 625W PRO82+ II, the 500W, 600W LibertyECO II, as well as the 625W MODU82+ II.
NVIDIA GF100 cards will be named GTX 470 and 480
Interesting news, NVIDIA is making a change in the branding of their upcoming GF100 based graphics cards. Initially everybody extected a GTX 360 and GTX 380, but very likely to get away from the massive rebranding stigma the mobile 300 series has, the naming schema has been changed.
In an update from NVIDIA they are now naming the official card names, GeForce GTX 470 en GTX 480:
NVIDIA Fun Fact of the Week: GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 will be the names of the first two GPUs shipped based on our new GF100 chip!
Corsair Nova and Reactor SSDs
Corsair has a new line of SSDs in the works under the label Nova and Reactor solid state disks. The Nova is a 2.5-inch SATA 3Gbps model with 64GB or 128GB MLC NAND flash memory, 64MB buffer, 215MB/s read speeds and 130MB/s (V64 model) or 195MB/s (V128 model) write speeds.
The Reactor has similar specifications but is equipped with a mini-USB connector and 128MB cache. The 60GB model offers read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of 110MB/s, while the 120GB model promises read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s.
It's unknown which SSD controller is used by these drives. The 64GB and 128GB Nova SSDs are priced at about 163 and 308 Euro, while the 60GB and 120GB Reactor drives go for 154 and 300 Euro, respectively.
MSI to launch USB 3.0 and SATA 6G add-on cards
Much like ECS, ASUS and other MSI will also be launching a series of SATA6G and USB 3.0 add-on cards.
The Star-USB3 (USB 3.0) expansion card will be powered by NEC USB 3.0 controller chip and delivers a new standard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance up to 5Gbps data-transfer rate which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and at least 900mA current output for each port to easily access real fast external devices.
Next to that MSI will launch a USB 3.0 and SATA 6G expansion card which provides a great flexibility with its backward compatibility to USB 2.0 and earlier devices and thus supports high-speed SATA3 devices.
The new 3.0 (SATA 6 Gbit/s) standard can support a maximum of roughly 715MB/s without the encoding overhead. While even the fastest conventional hard disk drives can barely saturate the original SATA 1.5 Gbit/s bandwidth, Solid State Disk drives have already saturated the SATA 3 Gbit/s limit at 250 MB/s net read speed.
Ten channels of fast flash can reach well over 500 MB/s with new drives, so a move from SATA 3 Gbit/s to SATA 6 Gbit/s would benefit the flash read speeds. As for the standard hard disks, the reads from their built-in DRAM cache will end up faster across the new interface.
NEC PA241W 24-inch LCD for graphics pros released
NEC makes all sorts of products from projectors to desktop LCD displays for computers with lots of other products in between. Several of the LCDs that NEC offers are aimed at the professional user needing more accurate colors than the consumer does. The latest pro level LCD from NEC has debuted today called the PA241W.
The display is a 24-inch monitor aimed at the professional working with print photography, video editing, print production, and other environments where colors are critical. The new display promises 102% coverage f the NTSC color gamut and 99.3% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut.
The display also offers a 10-bit DisplayPort interface and a USB hub. The native resolution of the screen is 1920 x 1200 with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The LCD panel is a 10-bit IPS unit with a 14-bit lookup table with support for more than a billion possible colors. Brightness is 360 cd/m2 and the screen has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The LCD is available to ship now for $1079.