Win a BenQ XL2730Z FreeSync Monitor at Guru3D !
As you all know, AMD recently announced FreeSync - read our article on it right here. To celebrate this new tech AMD and Guru3D.com are holding a simple contest in which you can win a BenQ XL2730Z 27" FREESYNC 144Hz Gaming monitor ! The BenQ XL2730Z is a 27″ monitor that’s running a resolution of 2560×1440.
Check out the competition right here.
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MediaPortal 1.1.1 Download Available
One of the best, if not the best, and totally free, HTPC applications available on the web has been updated. Personally I have two HTPCs and both run this software. It's extremely handy, user friendly and very configurable.
Imagine Microsoft MediaCenter, but then 10-x better. That's what MediaPortal is and the good thing is .. it is totally free. The release of MediaPortal 1.1.0 was a big success. Now, it is already time to release version 1.1.1, as planned. This release fixes some small, but very annoying problems in the 1.1.0 version.
MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.
MediaPortal turns your PC and TV into a very advanced home media center. Our software allows you to listen to your favorite music and radio stations; watch and store your videos and DVDs; view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder; and much, much more. MediaPortal is open source software. This means you can help develop MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovative plugins from our great community.
Open Hardware Monitor 0.2.1 bèta download
The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source application that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer. It supports most hardware monitoring chips found on todays mainboards like the ITE, Winbond and Fintek families. The CPU temperature can be monitored by reading the core temperature sensors of Intel and AMD processors. The sensors of ATI and Nvidia video cards as well as SMART hard drive temperature can be displayed. The Open Hardware Monitor runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows and any x86 based Linux operating systems without installation.
2010-10-02: Release Version 0.2.1 Beta
- Fixed a missing assembly problem on .NET Framework 4.0.
- Reduced the number of referenced assemblies.
2010-10-02: Release Version 0.2.0 Beta
- New desktop gadget (enable with "View / Show gadget").
- Added bus and core clock sensors for AMD K8 and K10 CPUs.
- Added support for the Alphacool Heatmaster fan controller.
- Added support for the ITE IT8721F super I/O chip.
- Added a fan control sensor for ATI GPUs.
- Added an ISA bus mutex for accessing the super I/O chips.
- Added a mainboard specific configuration for the ASRock 880GMH/USB3, ASUS P6X58D-E, ASUS Rampage Extreme, ASUS Rampage II GENE, ECS A890GXM-A, Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 and Gigabyte P55M-UD4.
- Improved the stability of reading and writing the settings file.
- Added an option to minimize when the close button is clicked.
- Reimplemented the GUI menus using the native Windows menus.
- Improved a few optical details of the GUI.
- Added support for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.
- Refactored the hardware monitoring code into a library.
- Fixed a few problems where the Open Hardware monitor would crash.
- Added SMART data and details of AMD CPUs to the report.
It is the weirdest thing, NVIDIA can sometimes move in mysterious ways, and well .. in the past has stepped on the toes of many of it's AIB/AIC partners. A while ago after the demise of BFG there already was a rumor that NVIDIA themselves might be addressing a chunk of the (r)etails market. It seems that this concern now is validated. Best Buy USA the GTS 450 as produced and sold by NVIDIA popped up.
In fact best Buy stores started selling nVidia-branded GeForce GTS 450 and GTX 460 boards. Here's Bryan Del Rizzo, PR manager at nVidia on the products:
"NVIDIA and Best Buy are working together to offer PC customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest in PC technologies right inside Best Buy stores. As part of this broad initiative, NVIDIA is supplying to Best Buy specific GeForce models built and supported by NVIDIA. These products will only be available at Best Buy and will complement GeForce products from our partners. We will provide more details on this later."
By doing this, NVIDIA is bypassing some major board partners like eVGA and many other players in the USA market. And not just that, they will compete with the board partners ... and we all know who the winner there will be.
Here's some proof of the cards in stores from a guy named zshift, which posted these photo's taken using his Apple iPhone.
ThermalTake Armor A60 AMD Leo Edition Chassis
ThermalTake launmches a special AMD Leo edition of the Armor A60, this case features a red and black design and has a small side window. NewEgg is selling the case for $109.99.
Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, is launching the world
Scythe Gekkou Chassis
Scythe launched a mid-tower lineup named Gekkou. There's a Standard version and also a Silent edition that comes with pre-applied noise-isolating foam for the top and side panels. Both models are available in black, silver and mirror-finish editions. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Japanese manufacturer Scythe is officially releasing its second PC Case under the name
ECS A890GXM-A2 motherboard
ECS launched the A890GXM-A2, their second revision of the AMD 890GX based Black Series motherboard.
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) introduces AMD 890GX based motherboard - ECS Black Series A890GXM-A2 supports the latest six-core CPU to bring users an impressive visual experience with its tough features.
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EVGA X58 Classified3 motherboard
EVGA introduced the X58 Classified3 motherboard, this model is nearly similar to it's predeccesor but now features SATA 6Gbps as well as USB 3.0 support.
Based off of the original record-shattering "Classified" design, EVGA has pushed the envelope even further on design and performance by adding the next generation high speed USB3 and SATA 3/6G Ports. These additions allow the extreme performance potential of this highly overclockable motherboard to be unleashed without reservation or delay when paired with a lightning fast SATA3/6G SSD or other high performance drive.
With the capability to RAID the two attached next-generation SATA ports, you can get even more from the ultimate high performance experience.As more devices appear with the USB 3 and SATA 3/6G interface, gamers and overclockers alike will have the ultimate in overclocking performance now and be ready for the next generation.
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Experience true G-Forces with eVGA
Typically we don't post vendor competitions that much, but eVGA has something really unique alright, they are offering three persons a chance to tag along in a fighter jet. I'm envious already as that certainly is a dream of mine.
Have you always wanted to experience the excitement of being a jet-plane pilot? Now is your chance!!! Three lucky people will have the chance to get the thrill of a lifetime by riding in an L-39
GeForce GTS 430 gets listed
We have seen this storyline before. Another nVIDIA video card is spotted in etail about two weeks earlier than expected. Therefore the upcoming GeForce 430 GTS seems to be already listed on an Austrian online store . To be more specific, the news is about GeForce GTS430 Overclocked edition which leaked and gave us a taste of the forthcoming 430 series.
SuperTalent is working on the first overclocked 4GB SO-DIMM
Memory news are on the move today, as such Supertalent announced that they currently manufacturing the world's first over-clocked 4GB SO-DIMM running at 1600 MHz. Super Talent Technology will now move forward with the shipment of 512M x64 (4GB) configurations of these new memory modules. While several manufactures are shipping DDR3 SO-DIMMs (small outline dual in-line memory modules), used in laptops and notebooks, supporting clock speeds of 1333 MHz, Super Talent's has moved beyond this limitation and produced a DDR3 SO-DIMM capable of over-clocking to an incredible 1600 MHz.
Ideal for today's extreme portable workstations and gaming machines, Super Talent's new 4GB SO-DIMM will enable these creative professionals to remove the memory bottleneck created by today's 1333MHz limitation. "As memory technology continues to move forward Super Talent will continue to push the limits of what is possible and deliver the fastest solutions available."
ECS GeForce GTX 460 Black review
ECS GeForce GTX 460 Black gets tested
We review the ECS GeForce GTX 460 Black series. Within the entire scope of Fermi GPU based graphics cards from NVIDIA the GeForce GTX 460 has to be the most interesting in terms of value for money with very acceptable decent thermals and power consumption. This is why we see a lot of SKU's released for this product, with a variety of cooling and factory overclocks.
ECS Elite group also release a handful of GeForce GTX 460 cards, based on the reference design, slight overclock yet also a BLACK series graphics card which is a factory overclocked model with an Arctic cooling Twin Turbo PRO cooler sitting on top of that GPU. We spot amazingly cool temperatures of the GPU versus a downright nice factory overclock.
Click here to read the review.
MSI launches N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack
Following the launch of the successful N460GTX Hawk, MSI is proud to extend the Hawk product line with the N460GTX Hawk
Razer and Mouse Bungee Team Up For Old School Gamers
Razer is pleased to announce that Ed Larkin of Mouse Bungee has joined Razer
Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx for Pro DJs launches
Hercules has unveiled a new DJ console for professional DJs that have some cool features. The new console is called the DJ Console 4-Mx and it will ship on November 22 for $449.99. The console has many features for the money with a pair of large jog wheels and a lot more.
Those jog wheels are 4.7-inches in diameter and
Medal of Honor Developers Change Taliban to Opposing Force
Texas Instruments shows four-port USB 3.0 chip
It is reported that Texas Instruments was demonstrating USB 3.0 products at last week's Intel Developer Forum. Among other things, it included a USB 3.0 to SATA bridge chip that can be used for external USB 3.0 drives, and also a four-way USB 3.0 hub chip, but unfortunately this part is still not certified.
The TUSB8040 USB3 hub isn't certified yet, but from what we hear, it won't be all that long. Between this and the VIA hub controller, things will be better soon. We hope. USB3 hubs will be a good thing for everyone in the industry, and their absence is a sore spot for the standard, via semi accurate.