Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard
Razer intro's the Anansi, an MMO gaming keyboard to feature seven ergonomic modifier thumb keys. The keyboard will start shipping in December for 99.99EUR.
ADATA debuts HM power supply lineup
ADATA presents the HM power supply series, a new lineup with 80Plus Bronze certification and wattages ranging from 550W to 1200W. These units are equipped with a tri-color LED fan and feature modular cabling. Pricing and availability is unknown.
A-Data Technology is ready with an efficiency of 82%, a PF (Power Factor) of 0.9, Nvidia SLI certification, and ATX 12V v2.3 standard compliance.
The HM power supplies make use of 100% Japanese capacitors and come with a three-year warranty, it will be available in 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W (single 12V rail) and 1200W (two 12V rails) versions.
AMD GPU marketshare declining again
The latest GPU marketshare report from Jon Peddie Research indicates Intel and NVIDIA gained marketshare in Q3 2010 at the expense of AMD. Compared to the quarter before, Intel gained 2.2 percent to 55.6 percent and NVIDIA's marketshare rose 0.5 percent to 21.2 percent, while AMD's marketshare declined 2.7 percent to 22.3 percent.
The report also mentions that GPU sales were down 1 percent sequentially due to reduced notebook sales, which could be blamed on Apple's iPad, as the company sold 8 million of them. However, compared to the same period the year before, Q3 2010 GPU shipments are up 10 percent.
JPR says AMD has attributed its market share decline to "weakened demand and OEMs letting their GPU inventory run down to avoid being stuck with leftover processors." Some of AMD's customers switched to Nvidia products "due to real and perceived shortages in supply," the research firm adds.
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And then a Marcury reports the following, we received the following from AMD:
Mercury Research has made Q3 2010 graphics market share information available, and for the second consecutive quarter AMD is the market share leader in discrete graphics. In addition, we made further inroads in notebook discrete, capturing an additional 5.6 share points and surpassing 60% share in notebook discrete. This is a tremendous undertaking and demonstrates the strength of the DirectX 11 notebook discrete graphics product stack, enabling AMD to outpace our competitor yet again in this key market
Zotac GeForce GTX 460 dual GPU
It seems that Zotac is working on a dual-GPU version of the GeForce GTX 460.
Now history has proven that these photo's accidentally leak out, create some hype and then you never hear from the actual product again (very cheap advertising). Still we'll see ... the card has two GeForce GTX 460 1 GB GPUs in SLI configuration, much like every other dual-GPU NVIDIA card.
The card uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip to transfer data between the two GPUs, a dual 3+1+1 phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, and display connectivity is relayed to the rear-panel from both the GPUs, that's four dual-link DVI, and one mini-HDMI.
This way you could also manage 3D Vision in Stereo, although admittedly with this setup, that solution would be massively underpowered. Here's some photo's, courtesy of the owner.
NEC SpectraView 231 Professional Display
for colour-critical applications into the market. The hardware-calibratable display, just like the SpectraView Reference models 241 and 271, features a 14-bit LUT for exceptional colour control and a 3D LUT for precise colour space reproduction. Digital Uniformity Control (ColorComp) and Backlight Ageing Correction also give users stable performance values over the display's entire lifetime.
The model is targeted for colour-critical users in the fields of digital photo-editing and video-processing, colour workflow, pre-press or DTP. Equipped with a high-end IPS panel, the NEC SpectraView 231 covers 75% of the Adobe RGB colour space and offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. In practical terms, this means excellent picture quality with high viewing angle stability. The Digital Uniformity Control (ColorComp) feature automatically controls the colour distribution to create a balanced and homogeneous picture, which is of particular importance for professional colour applications.
Intelligent features such as the picture-in-picture function, which allows multiple program windows to be displayed simultaneously, facilitate increased productivity and permit complex workflows to be easily realised.
The display's connectivity options also provide first-class flexibility. The NEC SpectraView 231 comes equipped with the future-proof DisplayPort connector, two DVI-D interfaces and finally a VGA analogue input. The integrated, programmable USB hub also supports the connection of multiple PC platforms, so that a single mouse and keyboard can control two computers.
With height adjustability of up to 150 mm and the pivot function for positioning the display in landscape or portrait mode, personalised comfort at the workstation is guaranteed. The NEC SpectraView 231 has been awarded the TCO 5.0 certificate in recognition of its ergonomic features and responsible approach to minimising environmental impact.
"The new NEC SpectraView 231 offers an excellent price/performance ratio," says Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager for Professional Displays at NEC Display Solutions. "With this product, we're offering professional users a high-end colour-critical display at an unbeatable low price."
Patriot Torqx TRB Solid-State Drives
Patriot announced the immediate availability of the Torqx TRB series of solid-state-drives (SSDs). The Torqx TRB series of SSD offer improved system responsiveness with quicker boot times and shorter application loading times over traditional hard disk drive storage solutions.
Seagate bets on hybrid drives
Seagate CEO Steven Luczo claims hybrid hard disks are the future:
Seagate, one of the world's largest maker of hard disk drives, said that solid-state drives (SSDs) will be survived by hybrid drives that feature both flash memory and traditional magnetic media. Moreover, according to Seagate, only a fraction of expensive computers feature SSDs.
"I would say though that from what we know of the offering for example Apple, the percentage of their units that they sell with SSDs versus HDDs is a tiny fraction. I think it
Windows 8 will hit retail in two years already ?
A Dutch representative for Microsoft posted on the company's blog that Microsoft is currently working on the next version of Windows and that it will be released to the market in two years. When questioned about the statement, a Microsoft representative refused to comment. Here's what the website of Microsoft Netherlands says (machine translated by Google Translate):
Furthermore, Microsoft is of course the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before 'Windows 8' on the market.
What could we see in Windows 8? Microsoft insiders have hinted that we could see some sort of Kinect support in the operating system. Yes, using motion control to control your desktop OS. Crazy? Maybe, but just keep in mind that it's named 'Microsoft Kinect', not 'Xbox Kinect' and that Microsoft spent a metric fortune developing the tech behind Kinect. Way too much, in fact, to restrict it's use to video games.
GeForce Forceware 260.99 WHQL out for grabs
Download NVIDIA GeForce Forceware 260.99 Win XP | 7 | Vista drivers.
This is the second WHQL release from the Release 260 family of drivers. You can read about the major new features and performance improvements in the Release 260 family of drivers here. This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.
New in Release 260.99
- Increases performance vs. v260.89 drivers in the following PC games: Civilization V (SLI), Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIV and F1 2010 (DX11).
- Adds SLI profiles for the following PC games:
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Improves compatibility for Fallout 3: New Vegas with antialiasing enabled.
- Improves Alt-Tab compatibility for several PC games.
- Installs HD Audio driver to version 126.96.36.199.
- Includes PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514.
- Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5.
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash 10.1. Learn more here.
- Supports the new version of MotionDSP's video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output. NVIDIA customers can download a free version of vReveal that supports up to SD output here.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 4.1 for GeForce 400 series GPUs.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
AMD Radeon HD 6970 Results surface
The card is scoring X12000 in 3D Mark Vantage, with a P score of P24499. Unigine Heaven results (1920 x 1200, 4xAA, 16xAF) giving a result of 36.6 fps.
- a HD5870 scores P19337 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 17.3 fps in Heaven
- a GTX480 scores P21106 in 3D Mark Vantage, and 29.5 fps in Heaven
Core speeds seem to be at around 800 - 900MHz, 6 + 8pin power requirements and an estimated TDP of 255W or more [via TweakTown via Zol.com.cn]
HIS Radeon 6850 & 6870 review
HIS Radeon 6850 & 6870 get tested
The 6870 from HIS at this moment remains a reference product, but that 6850 already comes served with a side dish of unique cooler and custom PCB design.
Check out the full review right here.
Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
ARCTIC is pleased to announce their new CPU cooler today
MSI Radeon HD 6800 Series Graphics Cards
MSI also announced their Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards, the HD 6870 based R6870-2PM2D1GD5, and the HD 6850 based R6850-PM2D1GD5.
As all board partners have, the the HD 6870 card is a AMD reference design both with PCB and cooling assembly, the HD 6850 uses AMD reference design PCB, with MSI's in-house cooler design, which makes use of a slightly larger GPU fan-heatsink, and a sporty-looking cooler shroud. Both cards also stick to reference clock speeds.
While the Radeon HD 6870 has 1120 stream processors, and clock speeds of 900 MHz core with 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) memory; the HD 6850 has 960 stream processors, 775 MHz core, 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) memory. The prices are around $250 for the HD 6870, and around $180 for the HD 6850 [via TPU]
AMD Catalyst 10.10a hotfix
Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature Performance optimizations for systems with an AMD Radeon
HP's Windows 7-based, $799 Slate 500
Tom Clancys H.A.W.X. 2 Benchmark
NVIDIA released the Tom Clancy
Radeon 6850 might run fine with 6870 BIOS
Currently we are testing a handful of R6800 cards from AMD's board partners and we ran into a curiosity yesterday.
One of the 6850 cards we tested was showing above baseline performance, which made us wonder as to why and how that was happening at reference clocks. This morning we had an inquiry in our mailbox of that board partners with the report that the 6850 card they had send out has 1120 active shader processors instead of the 960 shader processors that should be active for the 6850.
This means that there are no laser cuts on the Barts GPU for the 6850, and that also means that it's likely you can flash a R6870 BIOS into the 6850. Now first off, if you decide to try that, you do it at your own risk, if things go wrong ... it's your loss and warranty does not apply.
Bare in mind that the R6870 BIOS will run the graphics card at 900 MHz and that is a critical point here, the PCB design of the 6850 is different and the cooling is not as good. You could of course lower the GPU clocks a little. Also the 6850 of course only has one 6-peg connector instead of two on the R6870. Still, the 6-pin 75W is a PCI spec not a treshold or absolute limitation.
All in all interesting stuff for the uber-tweakers out there. Oh and COULD is the keyword here okay ?
** update -- as it is right now looks like a BIOS update is not possible and that the extra shaders are dealt with at ASIC level.
Driver Sweeper 2.6.0 Download Released
Guru3D - Driver Sweeper is very easy to use. You only have to select the drivers you want to clean. he current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound), Ageia (PhysX), MMouse, ASUS and Realtek (Sound). The Guru3D - Driver Sweeper is fully tested on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows & 7 RC. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.
Version 2.6.0 holds the following changes:
- Added ASUS - Sound cleaning.
Thanks to topyrz.
- Added process stopping to prevent several entries being locked.
This includes several OS processes and third party software (RivaTuner, Afterburner, etc).
- Added service stopping and cleaning.
- Improved file cleaning methods.
- Improved ATi - Display cleaning.
- Improved Creative - Sound cleaning.
Thanks to DyP and MrBozack.
- Improved NVIDIA - Display cleaning.
- Some registry entries not showing up in the analyse list.
- Some file and directory entries not marked as cleaned.
- Additional cleaning methods not working when files are protected by OS.
- Unhandled Exception crash occurred while trying to find some directories.