Intel Centrino 2 platform is here
Intel tonight formally introduced its Centrino 2 notebook platform Monday as well as a new 45nm, 3.06GHz Core 2 Extreme mobile processor, calling it the "highest performing" chip of its kind in the world.
"When we first introduced Intel Centrino back in 2003, there were very few Wi-Fi hotspots, YouTube videos and social media didn't really exist, 'thin and light' only referred to weight goals and desktop PCs outsold notebooks by a very wide margin," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the company's Mobile Platforms Group. "Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the U.S., and we're paving the way to HD entertainment, rich online gaming, faster broadband wireless speeds and an easier and more secure way for businesses to manage, update and repair their notebook fleets."
The new Centrino 2 series is powered by new 45nm Core 2 Duo processors accumulating in total up tp five CPUs.
Centrino 2 comes with new vPro technology, the 802.11 draft-N-ready Wi-Fi Link 5000 series chips and the Mobile GM45 and PM45 Express chipsets with later additions set to include WiMAX. The new notebooks that feature the Centrino 2 platform's longer battery life, better performance, a faster 1,066MHz system bus, DDR3 memory support, and new vPro features for advanced IT management.
There are already some 250 Centrino 2 notebooks being built by various companies so, although delayed, Intel's new mobile platform is enjoying great support.
NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor for Intel Nehalem
NVIDIA today officially announced it will bring SLI technology to the Intel Bloomfield (Nehalem) processor platform. The firm will roll out a new chip called nForce 200 SLI processor. Rumour has it that NVIDIA will charge motherboard makers roughly $30 to use this chip on Intel X58 based motherboards. This actually is the same switch chip being used on Skulltrail mainboards (review here).
PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs. With this winning combination, consumers will have an SLI platform designed for current and future graphics-intensive games and applications; these platforms can be powered by one, two, or even three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, including the new, award-winning GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 GPUs.
New SLI motherboards will feature the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor, Intel Bloomfield CPUs, and Tylersburg (X58) chipsets. The nForce 200 SLI processor features patented SLI technology for graphics bandwidth management and multi-GPU peer-to-peer communications, both required to optimize graphics performance.
"With GeForce-based visual computing application, our customers are experiencing exciting new ways to interact with their photos and videos while also experiencing the bone-chilling realism from our latest graphics processors," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of GPU business at NVIDIA. "Our SLI technology allows us to combine the power of hundreds of GeForce processing cores in multi-GPU configurations with Intel's latest CPUs for platforms that are sure to excite our customers."
NVIDIA says motherboards and PC systems with the nForce 200 SLI processor will be available from Acer, Asus, Atelco, Coolmod, Dell, Ditech, Falcon Northwest, Founder, Fujitsu-Siemens Computer, Gigabyte, Haier, Hypersonic PC, Iqon/Commodore, K&M, Komplett, Komputronik, Legend, Maingear, Medion, MSI, Multirama, Next, Scan Computers, Sky Electronics, Tongfang, TS, Velocity Micro, Vigor Gaming, and more.
Download: GeForce 177.66 driver Windows Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out, this time with build 177.66. This driver is available for both Windows XP and Vista in 32 and 64-bit versions.
This driver set is commonly distributed on many websites and it is receiving pretty good feedback.
Bare in mind this to be considered a beta driver, use it at your own risk. NVIDIA does not officially support them.
There are several discussion open on these drivers in the Guru3D NVIDIA driver forums, check them here. Driver wise, pretty much any GeForce graphics card build in the last 3 years is supported. We have virus & pest checked these drivers and they are scanned as clean. if you decide to give these a try, please post your feedback in this thread.
AMD messes up another launch - 4870 X2
As you guys have noticed, there's a number of Radeon HD 4870 X2 reviews out on the web. Much like the Radeon HD 4800 release a lot of stuff seems to be going wrong within AMD. With the 4850 launch the press was not allowed to write about the product until a set date, yet actual products already where in the stores. Forcing AMD to lift the NDA (Non disclosure agreement) one day after the press got the product.
The Radeon 4870 launch had too little allocated samples and, the NDA was shifted forwards by two weeks.
Today a number websites posted pre/reviews on the Radeon HD 4870 X2. The interesting part here is yet merely last week I talked to board-partners and AMD regarding samples and the launch .. now AMD apparently lifted that NDA today. Now the actually launch of the new X2 products guys, is August 13th. So this morning when I woke up and noticed pre/reviews .. I was pretty surprised to see them.
It seems that communication within AMD is pretty bad at the moment as apparently nobody knows who's doing what. So again, once we get our sample, we'll start reviewing it. And let me show you the last communication we had with AMD, last Wednesday. This is getting silly, really:
Our sampling program will start end of July, where our top reviewers including you will get an AIB board, and have around a week to test and publish. I understand that you want to have as much runtime as possible, but I would like to ask you to hold on a bit longer
NVIDIA now officially confirms price drops
It was know for like two weeks already, yet NVIDIA dropped an email yeseterday confirming what we had been saying for two weeks already. The GeForce GTX 200 series prices went down considerably.
The new GeForce GTX 280 is now available for $499 and the GeForce GTX 260 is available for $299.
Just in case you haven
Samsung MLC based 128GB SSD Volume Production
Samsung has begun mass producing 1.8- and 2.5-inch multi-level cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSD) with a 128 GB storage capacity. Mass production of the Samsung MLC-based 64GB SSD also began this month. Samsung SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. Power consumption for the Samsung SSD is exceptionally low in standby mode at approximately 0.2 watts and in active mode at 0.5 watts. Featuring a 3.0 gigabit-per-second interface, the 128GB MLC-based SSD consists of 64 MLC NAND flash memory chips of 16 gigabits each, optimized single-chip controller technology and advanced flash-management firmware technology.
The Samsung MLC-based SSD with a write speed of 70MB/s and a read speed of 90MB/s last approximately 20 times longer than the generally accepted 4-5 year life span of a notebook PC hard drive. Enclosed in a brushed metallic casing, Samsung MLC based 128 GB SSD measures 100mm x 69.8mm and is only 9.5mm thick.
Trailer: Empire Total War trailer
Sega unleashed a new cinematic trailer of Empire: Total War. This new Total War game is set in the 18th and early 19th century and features campaigns in Europe, North Africa, the Americas, the Indies and the Indian subcontinent. One of the many new features in Empire are 3D naval battles and we've heard these will be pretty impressive if you have PhysX. Empire: Total War will be released for the PC in February 2009.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 1.98 driver
Realtek HD Audio Driver support 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
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Fix the potential risk that audio driver can't be installed completely under Vista
PowerColor To Release Custom HD 4800 Series
Our review partner PowerColor announced that starting with HD 4800 series it will be using the "PCS," "PCS+," "SCS," "SCS3" markings to denote its products. Besides reference cards, PowerColor plans to release custom products as well. And new logos will guide consumers around the series.
The markings stand for the following:
- PCS: Professional Cooling System
Sony rejects claims of PS3 price cut
Sony has no plans to slash the PlayStation 3's price in the near future, company CFO Nobuyuki Oneda said on Friday. The Japanese executive insists that Sony's goal remains to make the Blu-ray game system profitable by reducing the price of its individual parts. Selling extra games should also help the PS3's bottom line, Oneda says. He declines to estimate when a price cut could take place.
The official's remarks cast doubts on Sony matching at least temporary price cuts to the Microsoft Xbox 360 but come with a history of Sony denials of rumors that quickly prove accurate, including the discontinuation of the 60GB PS3. An alleged Wal-Mart leak also points to a replacement for the 40GB PS3 in early August.
Trailer: Operation Flashpoint 2
There's a feeling you get when playing Operation Flashpoint that no game since has managed to capture. Not even Oblivion. The feeling of being a real person, alone, in a dangerous place, and each step you take across the game's huge landscape could well be your last. You agree? Then be heartened by this.
Here's the trailer:
Malware authors declare start of World War III (again)
It beggars belief that anyone would think that they'd first hear of
World War III through a spam email. But hackers are relying on such
credulous fools in an attempt to spread a new Trojan.
Widely spammed emails with subject lines including "Third World War has begun", "20000 US Soldiers in Iran", and "US Army crossed Iran's borders" link to a website displaying what poses as a video player displaying the mushroom cloud of a nuclear bomb and text on a supposed US invasion of Iran.
Attempts to play the "clip" on a Windows PC result in infection by the Tibs-UO Trojan .
The tactic is far from the first time hackers used rising tensions between Iran and the West as the theme for malware-based attacks. Iraq's controversial decision to continue building a nuclear plant was used to bait attacks designed to spread a series of Trojans back in 2005, Sophos reports.
VXers, who often use references to news events to fuel attacks, have few bones about making up fake news, the more sensationalist the better. The authors of the Storm worm used the supposed outbreak on World War III as one of many themes in a January 2007 attack.
AMD takes a $950m hit in Q2
AMD has bitten the write-downs bullet and will take an $880m
impairment charge on parts of its ATI Technologies acquisition in its
second quarter results.
The struggling chip vendor revealed the massive write-down in an SEC filing today, which also disclosed a series of comparatively small charges which will nevertheless swell its total write-offs for the quarter to the end of June to $948m.
AMD said the $880m charge came on good will and assets associated with the handheld and DTV units of its ATI Consumer Technologies Business, which it said had not performed to expectation. It said the write-offs would not require any actual cash spending.
However, it will be paying out real cash to the workers it is currently getting rid of as it tries to claw its way back to breaking even. The company will take a $32m restructuring charge in the second quarter, which will mainly cover the cost of dumping staff. It expects further costs as it continues to axe workers, but said these will not be material.
At the same time, it will incur
Obama bloats Vista by 11MB
That's an awful lot of megs, to be sure - just how many words are we talking about here? Microsoft explains:
Hold on - that's 56MB so that Vista avoids Obama/Osama hilarity and correctly identifies the former governor of Montana? The mind boggles.
The words "Friendster," "Klum," "Nazr," "Obama," and "Racicot" are not recognized when you check the spelling in Windows Vista and in Windows Server 2008.
Seagate release 1.5 TB Hard Disk
The 7200.4, as the name suggests, targets the high-performance end of the magnetic drive market, and ships with 16MB of cache.
As for the 7200.11, it'll slot in at the top of that product family. The main difference between the new 1.5TB drive and the 1TB ST31000340AS already available is their platter density. Both disks are four-platter designs, but the 1TB drive uses four 250GB platters, while the new 1.5TB is apparently using four 375GB platters. 375GB seems a bit odd for a platter size, but we've seen multiple manufacturers pushing above 250GB in recent months; Samsung's new 1TB Speedpoint F1 drives now use three 333GB platters instead of the original 4x250GB configuration the drive first shipped with.
The Seagate Barracude 7200.11 will spin at 7,200RPM, and connects via the SATA I interface to achieve 3Gb/s transfer rate as well as a sustained data rate of up to 120MB/s. Of course, the 1.5TB will probably cost a whole chunk of the layman?fs salary, which is why Seagate has other choices for the budget conscious in the form of 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB, and 160GB varieties, accompanied by cache options of 32MB and 16MB.
Well, the Barracuda hard drive will target desktop users, so where does that leave us notebook totters? Thankfully Seagate engineers also have this group in mind, introducing a couple of 2.5?? 500GB hard drives under the Momentus line. These will be available in 5,400RPM and 7,200RPM variations, accompanied by 8MB of cache and 16MB of cache respectively. Both drives will feature free-fall sensor technology to prevent data damage when dropped by parking the heads off the disk whenever it detects any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity, all within 3/10ths of a second.
Rambus sues NVIDIA for patent infringement
Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS), one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed memory architectures, today announced it has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against NVIDIA Corporation for patent infringement.
The lawsuit alleges that a number of NVIDIA products with memory controllers for SDR, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, GDDR, and GDDR3 SDRAM infringe 17 Rambus patents. The accused products in the complaint include chipsets, graphics processors, media communication processors, multimedia applications processors and other products from at least six NVIDIA product lines. Rambus is seeking injunctive relief barring the infringement, contributory infringement, and inducement to infringe the Rambus patents, as well as monetary damages.
PowerColor working on 2GB Radeon HD 4850
I'm .. really not sure why you'd need 2Gb of memory on your garphics card at this timeframe, but PowerColor is developing such a product none the less. The card has 2GB of on-board (framebufffer) memory which is four times more than normal. The card will obviously be equipped with a 55nm, 800 Stream Processors-boasting RV770 GPU clocked at 665 MHz (625 MHz stock) and 2000 MHz-clocked memory, and CrossFireX support.
Download: CoreTemp 0.99.1
Intel and AMD published detailed, public information about the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. (How it works).
This feature is supported on all Intel Core and Core 2 based processors as well as the whole AMD's Athlon64 line of CPUs. For a full list of supported CPUs see the CPU Support List.
Core Temp also has a logging feature, allowing a user to easily record the temperature of his processor(s) over any period of time, then the data can be easily transferred into an excel datasheet for easy graphing.
Core Temp works on Windows 2000, XP and 2003 (both 32bit and 64bit versions). Windows Vista 32bit is fully supported.
The 0.99.1 update comes with quite a few changes including:
Fix: Layout when using upto 125% DPI.
Fix: Layout problem and extra systemtray icons with Phenom.
Fix: Potential crashes while saving a register dump file.
Fix: Core Temp icon wasn't showing in About box.
Fix: Menu shortcut keys were not available for all menu items.
Fix: A few old unnoticable bugs.
Add: Initial Intel Nehalem support.
Add: Initial support for AMD's Griffin cores - Untested.
Add: Improved Intel Atom support.
Add: Support latest AMD K8 CPUs.
Add: Support for HyperThreaded CPUs. Core Temp will only display the physical cores and average load on each core.
Add: Support for Pentium E5000 series.
Add: Display core and thread count per CPU.
Add: GUI Adjustments of Temperature offset and G15 applet via the Settings window.
Add: Create a screenshot function. Access from "Options" menu or by F9 shortcut.
Add: Shortcut key for register dump file: F7.
Add: Update register dump output: APIC ID, CPU number, Core number, Thread number.
Change: Move all settings to the ini file out of the registry.
Change: Rename ini file to CoreTemp.ini.
Change: Temperature offset adjustment works for AMD CPUs as well.
Change: Atom Tj.Max adjusted for more accurate readings.
Change: Cleaned up code a little bit.