Microsoft Plans to Sell 5 Million Project Natal Units in 2010
First news first, Project Natal will carry the retail name 'Kinect'.
According to sources that the WSJ spoke to, Microsoft is planning for a very aggressive launch for Project Natal, and they are expecting to sell
Hitachi may spin off its SPRAM tech into a new company
EE Times reports Hitachi will reveal more information about its spin-transfer torque RAM (SPRAM) technology at next week's Symposium on VLSI Technology in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, the company is reportedly considering to spinoff this division into a new company.
Japan's Hitachi (Tokyo) is also mulling plans to spinoff its SPRAM R&D efforts into a new company, but no decision has been made.
SPRAM is a next-generation MRAM. MRAM is a memory that uses the magnetism of electron spin to provide non-volatility. The technology is said to have unlimited endurance, but to date, MRAM has proven difficult to manufacture in mass volumes.
Spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) technology is a second-generation magnetic-RAM technology that is said to solve some of the problems posed by conventional MRAM structures. Avalanche, Crocus Technology, Everspin, Grandis, Hynix, IBM-TDK, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba and others are looking at STT-RAM.
Battlestar Galactica Online - Trailer
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Goes Gold
Realtek HD Audio 2.49 Driver available for download
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.49
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Thermaltake preps V9 BlacX Edition Case
Thermaltake is introducing the world's first mid-tower chassis with integrated dual bay docking station for handy easy-swap of 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives right from the top of the case. Users can handle data access and transfer on-the-go without the need to install their harddrives or having to add an external docking device. The color-coded (blue) USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connector in front of the case makes it most convenient to connect the latest USB 3.0 devices without having to crawl behind your case under the desk. Another USB 2.0 connector as well as HD audio microphone and earphone jacks on the top put all major multimedia connectors right in your hand's reach. The toolfree, all black Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition offers a total of 10 bays for maximum storage expansion and 7 PCI expansion slots.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 23 cm exhaust Silent fan on top and another 12 cm exhaust TurboFan in the back warrant that heat dissipated by the CPU is immediately blown out of the case. The drive cage for five hidden 3.5" drives is rotated by 90 degrees as to allow users direct access and easiest toolless installation, while a 12 cm intake fan with blue LED light effect right in front of the cage makes sure that the harddrives are continuously cooled down at all times. The V9 BlackX Edition is also ready for liquid cooling setups with two holes for 1/2", 1/8" and 1/4" water tubes in back. Further airflow is created by 2 pre-drilled ventilation hole areas on each side panel of the case.
The feet elevate the V9 BlacX Edition high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable and cleanable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean.
The V9 BlacX Edition mid-tower with the world's first dual bay top docking station chassis and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connector will be available in August 2010 for a suggested retail price of US$ 99.
SilverStone PS05 computer chassis revealed
SilverStone has announced its latest computer chassis. The company makes all sorts of computer hardware and accessories from drive enclosures to fans. It is also the company behind that interesting HDDBOOST device that surfaced back in February.
The new PS05 chassis uses a steel body and has plastic and mesh on the front. It supports both ATX and Micro ATX motherboards. External drive bays include four 5.25?? bays and a pair of 3.5?? bays. Inside the case, you get four 3.5?? bays. The cooling system is packed with five 120mm cooling fans.
The chassis will support expansion cards up to 11?? long and has front panel USB, audio, and mic ports. This case lacks USB 3.0 up front, which has been featured on several new cases recently. Pricing and availability of the new chassis are unknown.
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2TB Hard Drives reach the $100 Barrier
Word is that 2TB drives are down as low as $100 at some etailers, that's a year and a half after first coming to market, at $250 and up. That's $100 on promotional sales, for moderate-performance drives. Over the weekend, NewEgg.com offered the Seagate LP ST32000542AS, a 2TB 5900-rpm internal SATA drive, for $99.99 to its mailing list customers. This drive falls into the energy-consious, moderate-performance part of the spectrum. Other resellers with these Seagates and with competing drives are hovering in the $105-$130 price range. Highest-performance 7200-rpm drives with 6Gb/s transfer rates are in the $200-$300 range.
These lowered prices may been helped by the recent news that 3TB drives will arrive sometime near year's end (probably). As often happens, once a product nears a round price point - just above $1,000, $500, $200, $100 - odds are you'll see a promotion or sale to push it down that last little bit. Do it enough times, and the successor to a $2,999 LCD TV is $999 three years later.
In May, for instance, Newegg had the same Seagate drive at $130, then at $130 less $20 instant rebates for mailing list customers, then at $99.99 over the weekend for its mailng list.
Intel plans faster Hexacore Core i7 990X in Q4
Intel is planning to release a faster version of the current Core i7 980 Extreme. While no specific details are known, it is more than likely that the world
Gelid Icy Vision GPU cooler for GeForce GTX 480
Gelid Solutions is putting a graphics card cooler on the market that is bound to cool down even the most high-end cards. They named it Icy Vision and next to the GeForce GTX 480 is wiull actually fit on many of not most graphics cards like the
ATI Radeon HD 4850 / 4870 / 4890 / 5830 / 5850 / 5870 and NVIDIA's GeForce 9800GT(X) / GTS250 / GTX260 / 275 / 280 / 285 / GTX465 / 470 and 480.
The cooler contains 5 power heatpipes its setup. The heatpipes are interlaced into 85 Aluminium fins. Together with a flat stack fin soldered Copper base, they enable the most efficient heat transmission and dissipation from GPU core in its class.
Besides the heatsink, two 92mm UV-reactive fans with 11 blades in S-shape generate 20% more air flow than traditional fans. The fan contains a high-quality ball bearing to ensure a longer lifetime in high temperature environments.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 480 iChill Black Series review
Inno3D GeForce GTX 480 iChill Black Series review
We test and review the Inno3D GeForce GTX 480 iChill Black Series. This GeForce GTX 480 graphics card is liquid cooled. With a liquid cooled loop you can bring down temperatures towards roughly 50 Degrees (under full load), that's roughly 40 degrees less than the reference cooler offers. Obviously you'll need a proper water-cooling setup to add this card to but yeah, today we'll review the i-ChiLL GeForce GTX 480 Black Series equipped with a liquid cooling block. In the package we'll spot a "full cover" water-block that is responsible for cooling down the GPU, Voltage Regulators, I/O chip, memory modules, and other critical components.
Read this Guru3D article right here.
Intel Sandy Bridge Quad-Core Processor Gets Benchmarked
At Computex so many motherboards where showing that it is only likely that Intel handed out Engineering samples to ODMs, and dsometimes that menas the processor leak to a website. And this time that is Coolaler
Coolaler tested an early sample LGA1155 quad-core processor operating at 2.5 GHz, which CPU-Z can't name is tagged as a Sandy Bridge engineering sample.
Among the little that's known about this processor, is that it has a base clock speed of 100 MHz (Nehalem/Westmere processors use BClk of 133 MHz), which means that to achieve 2.5 GHz, it uses a multiplier value of 25. It has all the instruction sets of Westmere including SSE 4.2 and AES acceleration, but also features AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions), a successor to SSE 4.2 which expands the processor's number crunching abilities, and increases performance per MHz.
The cache aches up to L2 are the same (32 KB L1I, 32 KB L1D, 256 KB /core L2), but uses a smaller L3 cache at 6 MB (compared to 8 MB on Lynnfield). HyperThreading technology provides the OS with 8 logical CPUs to deal with. The results are a little so-so really. But with a release next year, the validity of the tests obiously is .. fragile.
Coaler tested with 4 GB of DDR3 memory and ATI Radeon HD 5800 series graphics. The processor crunched Super Pi 1M in 16.349 s, it scored 371 points in CPU Mark.
Cinebench R11.5 benchmarkshowed performance a little under Core i7 860 (reference score). In the Everest CPU Queen, it's about as fast a Core i5 750. In the Photoworxx test, it outperformed the Core i7 965 XE. In a separate set of tests run on the same hardware albeit in Windows XP, the processor was eight times faster than any other processor in the AES test (because of its native AES extensions), and edged the Core i7 965 XE in memory bandwidth despite having a narrower dual-channel DDR3 IMC.
Anyway, have a look here for more benchies and photo's.
Alienware M11x Gets Core i3/i5/i7 gets NVIDIA Optimus
Alienware M11x was said to have been designed as the gaming alternative to the netbook industry, but Dell preferred to call it an ultraportable gaming machine.
This laptop comes with a 11.1-inch chassis and packed some of the most performance-capable components for its form factor. On that note, it appears that the small gaming rig is about to get a much-welcome upgrade that is bound to further boost up performance.
Now optional are Intel's latest Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. This is certainly a step up from the Intel Core 2 Duo processors that were available on the initial design. In addition, it appears that users will also be able to take advantage of that unique NVIDIA Optimus technology, which is expected to increase battery life, without compromising on battery life.
The move to the latest processors should be appreciated by fans of the Alienware brand and computer enthusiasts, which will now be able to enjoy a gaming experience on a solid portable computer that comes with a stunning 11.6-inch display. The new upgrade option doesn't include the system graphics card and other components, with the machine supporting the GeForce GT 335M, up to 8GB of RAM and an option for an HDD or an SSD. Dell's Alienware M11x is now available.
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX enterprise SSDs
OCZ officially introduced the Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 Ex, two new enterprise solid state disks with the SandForce SF-1500 controller. The Vertex 2 Pro is a new SATA II model with MLC NAND flash memory, it's available in capacities of 50GB to 400GB and offers read speeds of up to 285MB/s, write speeds of up to 275MB/s and 50,000 IOPS (4KB random write). The Vertex 2 EX on the other hand uses SLC NAND flash memory, it's available in sizes of 50GB to 200GB and promises similar performance as the Vertex 2 Pro model. Additionally, a SAS version will also be made available to clients that require this interface.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), unveils the Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, high-performance 2.5 inch storage solutions designed for enterprise applications.
Built with the latest SandForce SF-1500 SSD processors, the Vertex 2 Pro/EX series of SSDs addresses the limitations of NAND flash memory in I/O-intensive environments and maximizes endurance and reliability. As a viable enterprise-grade, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) solution, Vertex 2 Pro features transfer rates up to 285MB/s read, 275MB/s write, and 4KB random writes up to 50,000 Input/Output per second (IOPS). Ideal for rigorous applications and workloads, the Vertex 2 EX uses Single-Level Cell (SLC) memory, which has ten times the program/erase (P/E) cycles with the same enhanced performance as the Pro edition. Additionally, a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) version will be made available to clients making use of the interface in their storage infrastructures.
Vertex 2 Pro/EX SSDs feature several enterprise-specific features not available on the consumer product lines; both series have a built-in supercapacitor that acts as a temporary power backup in the event of sudden power loss, enabling the drive to complete its task ensuring no data loss. Vertex 2 Pro/EX also provides superior ECC protection and unique technology that mimics RAID-like protection and recovery from flash block failures on a single drive.
Furthermore, Vertex 2 Pro/EX increases the longevity of NAND flash memory with intelligent block management and wear-leveling to extend endurance and overall reliability of the device. This feature automatically stores data in an AES-128 encrypted format to prevent data extraction to maintain security of confidential information, a necessity in an enterprise environment.
Core i5 760 planned for Q3 2010
Rumors surface that there will be a faster LGA 1156 based Core i5 out in Q3. The core i5 series is the entry level Core quad-core processors series from Intel on socket 1156.
- Four x86 processing cores with support for HyperThreading technology
- Dual-channel DDR3 memory controller specified to run DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 modules
- Support for TurboBoost technology.
- 32 KB instruction + 32 KB data L1 cache per core
- 256 KB L2 cache per core
- Large 8 MB L3 cache shared by all 4 cores
The processor would be clocked at 2.8GHz and comes with the usual 8MB of cache, four threads and four cores. The TDP is similar to its sibling at 95W. This processor would only be a small step faster than the i5 750 which is clocked at 2.66 GHz.
Motherboard makers see 10 percent drop in revenue
DigiTimes reports first-tier motherboard makers Asustek, Pegatron, MSI and Gigabyte all saw over 10 percent on-month revenue drops in May, due to declining demand from Europa and China.
Asustek announced revenues of NT$21.84 billion (US$674.12 million) for May, down 22% on month, but up 79.71% on year. The company's combined revenues for the first five months of 2010 reached NT$124.57 billion, up 83.22% on year.
Although Asustek's president Jerry Shen previously noted that the company will see flat performance in its second quarter revenues, as Asustek's notebook, netbook and motherboard businesses are all seeing weakening demand, some market watchers believe Asustek's second quarter revenues will drop 5-10% sequentially.
Starcraft II Commercial
End of Nations Trailer + Diary
End of Nations brings real-time strategy (RTS) and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games together for a gaming experience that is a revolutionary leap forward. Armed with an array of advanced technologies, this new world order promised it would never allow another global disaster, but the price was unquestioned obedience. Benevolence quickly turned to tyranny as individual freedom and cultural identity were crushed under the tank-treads of the Order of Nations.
Revolutionaries everywhere are now banding together to challenge this totalitarian enemy in the ultimate war for the future of mankind.
Here's a trailer and developer diary for End of Nations, an MMORTS being developed by Petroglyph, which creted by veterans from the original Command & Conquer.