Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce Edition
We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
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ASUS M4A89GTD Pro / USB3 Motherboard Photos
The colleagues over at TPU snagged a photo or two on the upcoming the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro, which is based on the AMD 890GX chipset - whoch will bring support for their upcoming AMD hexacore processors.
It seems that the product will come in two flavors, M4A89GTD Pro and M4A89GTD Pro USB3 (with the latter having support for USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity.
The M4A89GTD Pro / USB3 is a socket AM3 motherboard with a 10-phase CPU VRM supporting future AMD CPUs with 140W TDP, 2-phase memory VRM powering the four DDR3 DIMM slots, AMD 890GX chipset with faster DirectX 10.1 compliant graphics, and AMD SB800 southbridge. The SB800 provides six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, while an additional JMicron-made controller gives out the IDE connector (and possibly the lone eSATA port). Expansion slots include two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 when both are populated), two PCI, and one each of PCI-E x1 and PCI-E x4. Connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output, gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 ports (on the USB3 variant), FireWire, and display connectivity including DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. The M4A89GTD Pro / USB3 is expected to be launched a little ahead of AMD's launch of its six-core Phenom II X6 processors.
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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series
Microsoft introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The first phones based on this platform are expected to be available by the end of the year. More info and a demo of the new operating system can be found at Windows Phone 7 Series. Here's the press release:
Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows
Core i7 880 expected in Q2 2010
Looks like Intel is preparing a faster Core i7 880 processor for Q2 2010, this quad-core chip is based on the 45nm Lynnfield core and will have a frequency of 3.06GHz. Obviously this again will be a quad-core processor with 8 threads. The Turbo mode should bring it towards 3.73 GHz. Being Lynnfield the processor would be tied to the 1156 socket and would come with a 95W TDP.
|Model||LGA socket||Core/Thread||Clock||Turbo boost||L3 cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i7 880||1156||4/8||3.06||3.73||8||95||TBA|
|Core i7 870||1156||4/8||2.93||3.60||8||95||562|
|Core i7 860||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||95||284|
|Core i 870s||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||82||337|
|Core i5 750||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||95||196|
|Core i5 750s||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||82||259|
Keysonic Gaming Keyboards released
The two keyboards launched by Keysonic are the KSK-8003 UX and KSK-6001 UELX keyboards.
One advantage of the peripherals is that they both boast full macro support across all keys, which means that many different profiles can be stored and used at the user's discretion. The more important feature of the devices, however, is their Anti-Ghosting function, which allows for four or more keys to be pressed (and registered) at the same time.
The KSK-8003 UX is the largest out of the two new models, with dimensions of 433 x 140 x 33 mm. It uses a spill-resistant design and the Soft-Touch membrane, which, as its name implies, allows key strokes to be soft and silent. The device connects via USB, through a 1.8m cable and has LED indicators for Caps-lock, Num-lock and Scroll-lock.
This device's smaller sibling, the KSK-6001 UELX, only measures 393 x 158 x 24 mm, but has the same 1.8m cable and Soft-Touch membrane, with an added benefit being the blue LED backlighting. Obviously meant to provide visibility in low-lighting conditions, the backlight can be easily switched on and off through the press of a button.
Already available, with either QWERTY or AZERTY layouts, the KeySonic KSK-8003 UX and KSK-6001 UELX gaming kayboards carry price tags of 17.90 Euro and 24.90 Euro, respectively.
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