AMD prepping water-cooled GeForce killer?
The upgrade would give the RV770 chip, which sits at the heart of the AMD card, a 150GB per second transfer rate that would be just enough to edge out the NVIDIA-made GeForce card and eliminate one of the few weaknesses of the current Radeon platform.
Diamond is already said to have delivered a rough version of the technology with its Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition card, which underclocks AMD's official version slightly but is otherwise identical. The official release, however, would give PC builders a drop-in option either for their own stand-alone cards or for manufactuers designing complete systems. Release dates haven't been made official but are expected soon from card designers such as ASUS and Sapphire.
My question here would be .. considering the RV770 is all about price vs. performance ... how much would this cost ?
220-square-foot garage DIY to home theatre
AMD Chipset Roadmap up-to 2009
Chili-hardware posted an interesting roadmap from AMD today. It includes an overview of official chipsets up-to 2009. It includes new RD890 and RS880 chipsets, both of which utilize DDR3 memory, as well as the new SB800 Southbridge.
The SB800 series southbridges for example, are more than nine months away yet the sliding slide below is detailing AMD's plans for them and the improvements they are set to contain.
The interconnect between the SB and NB will receive an upgrade towards PCI-Express 3.0, though the graphics card will have a 'dedicated' PCIe 2.0 connection. The SB800 chip will feature support for something called the Swift Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) which is part of the Fusion project, integrated Gigabit Ethernet, optional SATA 6.0 Gbps connection support, and improved hardware monitor. We can't wait.
Screenshots: Crysis Warhead
Publisher Electronic Arts sent out the first official screenshots from Crysis Warhead, Crytek's upcoming sci-fi shooter sequel.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 1.97 driver
- 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)
- Driver :
- Add 24-bits recording feature.
- Fix EAX direct parameter issue under XP.
- Fix dummy noise issue under XP.
- Driver :
Realtek's download servers are excrutiating slow, therefore we mirror them on our servers.
Download - click here
OCZ Core SSDs launched 128GB for $479
Woohoo, I say bring it on ! OCZ has rolled out a new series of more affordable Core solid state disks. These 2.5" models are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB for $169, $259 and $479, respectively. The drives also feature a two-year warranty. OCZ is projecting read speeds of 120 to 143 MB/sec and write speeds of 80 to 93 MB/sec. All Core Series SSDs feature a mean time before failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours.
NZXT Unveils Sentry LX High-Performance Fan Controller
We spotted this controller at Computex already, a really nice device. An aluminum Fan Controller Features 5 Temperature Probes, Alarm System, Intuitive Interface and LCD Display.
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Sentry LX, a high-performance aluminum fan controller. Sentry LX boasts a robust feature set providing gamers and PC enthusiasts with the optimal setup for monitoring and adjusting temperatures throughout the PC.
- Simple Installation
FIFA 09 PC to get 'Next Gen' graphics
Probably the most interesting piece of information to come out of these fact sheets is the announcement of a PC version of FIFA 09 that "now features leading-edge visuals that deliver graphics that exploit the power of hi-spec gaming PCs". Turns out PC sports gaming is not completely dead at EA after all.
PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 Feature More Than 250 Core Gameplay Enhancements That Deliver Most Responsive, Intelligent and Realistic Action Ever
Apple's fourth Leopard spits out 25 patches
Apple has coughed up 25 security updates that come bundled with yesterday's release of Mac OS X 10.5.4.
The firm said its latest Leopard release addresses operating system and application performance issues and fixes a heap of security flaws.
The update affects operating system components that include CoreTypes, c++filt, Net-SNMP, Ruby, Tomcat, VPN, Alias Manager and Webkit.
Six of the vulnerabilities affect the Ruby programming language. Apple said: "Multiple memory corruption issues exist in Ruby's handling of strings and arrays, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution."
The company said the update fixes the bug
Photos fool cigarette age-verification software
A Japanese reporter has used family photos and magazine cut-outs to
fool face-recognition software currently used in some of the country's
cigarette vending machines into selling him smokes.
From July, Japan
Windows XP stops selling
Microsoft will still offer support for the six-year old operating system through 2014 but users are now forced to buy Windows Vista.
Once computers loaded with XP have been cleared from the inventory of PC makers such as Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., consumers who can't live without the old operating system on their new machine will have to buy Vista Ultimate or Vista Business and then legally "downgrade" to XP.
Microsoft will still allow smaller mom-and-pop PC builder shops to buy XP for resale through the end of January. A version of XP will also remain available for ultra-low-cost PCs such as the Asus Eee PC.
Sony Elevated Standard audio video receivers
Engineered for high-end home theaters, the new Sony STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers feature sophisticated A/V technology supporting 1080/24p video signals, the latest audio codecs (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio) and Faroudja DCDi Cinema technology for upscaling all video sources to 1080p when connected via HDMI to a compatible high-definition television.
The Sony ES receivers are all designed around a unique construction platform, digital board and a wide band power amplifier to maintain the purity of the audio and video signals by minimizing external vibrations and internal jitter. Sony
AMD launches three more Phenom X4 processors
It's good to see AMD getting back on it's feet. today they reelase a trhee-fold of new processors.
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition
BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX announced
Review: ASUS Xonar D2X soundcard tested
ASUS Xonar D2X soundcard review
Silicon-Power 128GB 2.5-inch SATA II Solid State Disk
Guru3D VGA charts updated
Here at Guru3D we have something that is called the VGA charts. The VGA charts is simply put a selection of games in which we will show you performance numbers (measured by average framerate). The distinct difference review results and these charts is two-fold, in our reviews we can only show you 5 maybe 6 comparative graphics card results due to limitation. In the VGA chart you can see all the reference cards we have tested in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner.
Though not finished (the charts are a lot of work) I've just updated the bigger part of the charts with the newly released cards. Obviously there is still a lot of work in progress and after this week we hope to produce and include a nice selection of Crossfire results for the new Radeon series.
The VGA charts landing page can be found here:
Creative's 1st Wi-Fi player, iTunes rival being made
The device's wireless access will also be trumpeted for its media sharing features, which are still relatively rare among its competitors. On a local network, the ZEN X-Fi will have access to a host computer's own content to play it in another room. An Internet-based media pool, described as a Public Home Server, should also give access to at least some content at virtually any other Wi-Fi hotspot.
Reflecting its name, the portable player will have X-Fi audio technology borrowed from the company's sound cards and will use it either to restore lost detail in MP3s and other compressed files, as with most X-Fi devices, or to create a concert-like audio effect that puts the sound at the front of the user, even with earbuds or headphones.
An SD card slot will carry over from the original ZEN, but a built-in speaker will be new, according to Creative. Notably, not every ZEN X-Fi will have wireless abilities, suggesting a model range split that gives more expensive models the wireless option.
The release of the ZEN X-Fi should further mark the release of Creative's first jukebox software that plays more than audio. Named Creative Centrale, the software will also play and manage photos and videos and is considered integral to the ZEN X-Fi's sharing feature. Although details are still unclear at this stage, Centrale will allow users to rip DVDs and will create a home server for wireless music sharing similar to iTunes' sharing ability; it's also expected to play into the creation of the Public Media Server.
A release date for the new player is uncertain, though the now on-again ZEN X-Fi was recently hinted by a Creative official to appear no later than July, while epiZENter itself alludes to the possibility of an announcement within two days.