Acer NVIDIA ION 2 Netbook
NVIDIA's next-generation ION platform has been described as being capable of providing netbooks with the ability to handle HD media and online games. This functionality will come at an added cost, compared to the Pine Trail platform, but the company believes that consumers will be willing to pay a little more for the added benefit.
Even though such devices were not scheduled to come out until spring, with the earliest demonstration expected for CeBIT 2010, reports have surfaced implying that Acer will be previewing its Acer Aspire One 532g in Barcelona, Spain. This gadget will practically be the first netbook based on NVIDIA's next-generation ION platform to come out of hiding. The laptop is described as having a 10.1-inch HD LED-backlit display and two graphics solutions, one being the GMA 3150 integrated graphics, the other, Nvidia's GT218 GPU. The netbook will use the Optimus technology to switch between the two, according to load, allowing the gizmo to easily process images, stream HD YouTube videos and play online games.
Other capabilities mentioned in the reports are WiFi connectivity and optional 3G, with the entire device expected to weigh roughly one kilogram. The Acer Aspire One 532g will supposedly be able to last for ten hours on a single charge. Of course, the official announcement is still scheduled for early March, most likely during CeBIT, although a more detailed list of specifications may come out before that time. As far as availability is concerned, the netbook should start shipping during the later part of the current quarter [via soft-pedia]
ASUS Maximus III Extreme mobo photo's
Have a sneak peek what just arrived at the Guru3D labs today, meet the Maximus III Extreme edition. The P55-based board, which falls into the growing Republic of Gamers lineup, adds a new feature to the existing ROG Connect overclocking system: Bluetooth control. You heard right -- ASUS enables users to tweak system settings wirelessly over Bluetooth via a mobile phone.
More specifically, RC Bluetooth allows users to "review the status of their systems' hardware and tweak parameters wirelessly from a Bluetooth-enabled PDA phone," with examples like controlling music playback and dealing with Skype conversations given.
ROG Connect feature allows users to connect their systems to a netbook, notebook, or a PC via USB cable, and can be used to change BIOS settings and monitor temperatures remotely. The feature allows users to change BIOS settings and options even when the ROG-powered PC is switched off. According to Asus, updating the BIOS remotely using another PC apparently eliminates the potential of bricking a motherboard due to a corrupt BIOS.
The rest of the specifications of the ATX form factor Maximus III extreme will endear itself to PC enthusiasts and gamers. It supports a maximum of 16GB DDR3 memory, and has 5 x PCIe x16 slots: which supports single, dual, triple, and quad graphics card configurations, and supports both nVidia
Albatron Low-Profile PCI-E x1 GeForce 210
Albatron released a GeForce 210 based graphics card that uses the PCI-Express x1 interface. The low-profile card is passively cooled.
Its GeForce 210 (codenamed GT218) GPU is DirectX 10.1 compliant, has 16 unified shaders, and a 64-bit wide memory interface. It is built on the 40 nm process. The card has 512 MB of DDR2 memory. Its clock speeds are set at 589/1402/500 MHz (core/shader/memory). Connectivity includes one each of DVI-D, HDMI, and D-Sub. Albatron hasn't announced its price yet, it might do well as HTPC card considering it's passively cooled. Other then that, a really OEM product.
Intel Huron River CPUs coming Q1 2010 with integrated WiMAX
Early details of Intel
Check the International Space Station in High Def
Powering an iPhone with oranges (video)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 'Demo Tutorial' Trailer
Today we release a tutorial video of the Demo map "Port Valdez" BFBC2 Demo Video with VO by me. This video is for fresh recruits to the Rush gamemode, but Vets like yourself might enjoy it too. You can catch the video at the end of the post. And speaking of the BFBC2 MP Demo, it has been very well received with around 3 million downloads to-date.
Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS review
Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS review
Armed with new a new GUI and priced very competitive Promise offers the SmartStor series NS4600 NAS unit with four swappable HDD bays, RAID functionality, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, USB (2.0) and then a heap of software functionality that blows you away completely. I mean this thing can download torrents, has an FTP server, a MySQL server, a WEB server, built-in media center, torrent download client and iTunes Server. It's compatible with all major OSes and sure of course has user and group based management as well. What an incredible clever device this is !
Check out the review here.
CineBENCH 11.5 out for grabs
CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.he test procedure consists of two main components - the graphics card performance test and the CPU performance test.
- Main Processor Performance (CPU)
The test scenario uses all of your system's processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various different algorithms to stress all available processor cores.
In fact, CINEBENCH can measure systems with up to 64 processor threads. The test scene contains approximately 2,000 objects containing more than 300,000 total polygons and uses sharp and blurred reflections, area lights and shadows, procedural shaders, antialiasing, and much more. The result is given in points (pts). The higher the number, the faster your processor.
This procedure uses a complex 3D scene depicting a car chase which measures the performance of your graphics card in OpenGL mode. The performance depends on various factors, such as the GPU processor on your hardware, but also on the drivers used. The graphics card has to display a huge amount of geometry (nearly 1 million polygons) and textures, as well as a variety of effects, such as environments, bump maps, transparency, lighting and more to evaluate the performance across different disciplines and give a good average overview of the capabilities of your graphics hardware. The result given is measured in frames per second (fps). The higher the number, the faster your graphics card.
HIS Radeon HD 5570 Fan Graphics Card
HIS unveils the HIS Radeon HD 5570 Fan 1GB DDR3, offering the most features and functionality in its class. Loaded with complete DirectX 11 support and ATI Stream technology, the Radeon HD 5570 graphics card delivers a state-of-the-art HD multimedia and gaming experience at a value price point. Built as a low-profile capable single-slot design with both ATX & low profile brackets included, it will fit into both a full-height and half-height PCI-Express Chassis, which makes the HIS Radeon HD 5570 the ultimate media center companion at a value price.
The HIS Radeon HD 5570 Series is designed to give you stunning high definition entertainment from your PC, whether Blu-ray/HD DVD discs or other HD sources. Gamers will get an uncompromising Microsoft Windows 7 experience, play the most popular games online and watch HD video with incredible realism. It also consumes less than 75 Watts under full load, eliminating the need for an external power connection and making installation extremely simple.
Digital Storm BlackOPS Core i5/i7 gaming desktops debuts
Digital Storm have launched their latest range of gaming desktops, the BlackOPS series, powered by Intel
Intel Xeon hexacore chips: $999 and in short supply?
Further details on Intel
Lian-Li PC-A77F full-tower case
Lian Li has just announced the launch of PC-A77F full-tower case. Built-up in aluminum and available in black (PC-A77FB) and silver (PC-A77FA), this new Lian Li case features 12 5
NVIDIAs Rocket Sled Demo: DirectX 11, Physics, Fluids and More
Alex Sakhartchouk, Demo Engineer at NVIDIA, explains the technologies behind NVIDIAs new Rocket Sled demo running on the new Fermi architecture. The video contains some more footage on the demo than previously has been shown before.
Now -- if we only had the card top go with the demo ...
Super Talent USB 3.0 Express Drive launched
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new USB 3.0 Express Drive. Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, this new drive supports USB 3.0 speeds of up to 125MB/s. Downloading a 600MB movie takes only a mere 12 seconds with this new drive. And the company expects to improve this performance even further in coming weeks by applying their advanced driver technology.
Measuring 62 x 37 x7.5 mm, the new Express Drive requires no separate cable and is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Both the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive and USB 3.0 Express drive use Super Talent's patented technology and are protected under US Patent # 7457897.
Microsoft planning new Windows 7 piracy check
In the coming days, we'll be deploying a new update for Windows Activation Technologies, the set of built-in activation and validation components built into Windows 7. Called Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, this update will detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits. Activation exploits are sometimes called 'hacks', and attempt to bypass or compromise Windows' activation technologies. This new update is further evidence of Microsoft's commitment to keeping customers and partners secure. The update will determine whether Windows 7 installed on a PC is genuine and will better protect customers' PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact.
The Update is designed to
Intel Chipset Software Installation 188.8.131.525
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs the Windows* INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as USB and core PCI.
This download is intended for use with Intel Desktop Boards.
- Features Added in PV 184.108.40.2065
1. Implemented workaround for a Bluetooth pairing issue
2. Implemented /v
ASUS ROG 5870 Matrix 2GB Photo's
Over at a Chinese website they obtained some cool photo's of the ASUS ROG 5870 Matrix, the card comes with a 2GB framebuffer. Apparantly it operates at 900 MHz on the core clock and memory at 4900 MHz. The card will come with voltage checkpoints to monitor the juice flowing through the card.
Apparantly it can cram 1.5v through it's pipes allowing a clock frequency of 1080 MHz.