Intel ships first Core i7 processors
Intel is starting the week by officially shipping its first Core i7 processors. The technology is just the seventh major x86 architecture from the company and is designed more explicitly for multi-core processors than the earlier Core 2 architecture. It marks the return of Hyperthreading from the Pentium 4 and allows each core to theoretically run two program threads at once; the overall processor also has the option of a Turbo Mode that can disable as many as three cores and overclock the remaining cores for apps that depend only on one or two threads.
It also represents a significant increase in memory efficiency and raw performance, according to Intel. A conventional front side system bus has been dropped in favor of the QuickPath Interconnect format that establishes a point-to-point link between the processor and peripherals, removing the bottleneck of a single path. The chipmaker has likewise moved the memory controller from a separate chipset to the processor die to reduce lag and has added a third DDR3 memory channel to provide as much as 25.6GB per second of bandwidth across three 1,066MHz RAM sticks.
The optimizations let Intel reduce the total Level 3 cache per chip for its initial lineup, which includes three mainstream desktop quad-core parts. The 2.66GHz Core i7-920, 2.93GHz Core i7-940, and 3.2GHz Core i7-965 Extreme Edition all have 256KB of Level 2 cache per core and 8MB of Level 3 (down from 12MB) to be shared between the four cores. Prices for retail kits are set at about $320, $600 and $1,070 respectively and should be available on Monday.
The new processors use the new LGA 1366 socket and, with the new memory architecture, also need Intel's new X58 mainboard chipset to work; in addition to supporting Core i7's features, boards based on the platform can handle up to 24GB of memory and two full-speed PCI Express X16 video cards in either AMD's CrossFire or NVIDIA's SLI modes. Manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI and Intel itself are shipping boards as of Monday.
Complete systems based on Core i7 will also be available at the same time and should include systems from Dell, its sub-label Alienware, Falcon Northwest and other performance-focused PC builders.
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Sony debuts 12.25 megapixel sensor for cell phones
Sony Corporation today announced the commercialization of "IMX060PQ", a new type 1/2.5 CMOS image sensor "Exmor
Missioin impossible OS
check out the video on the site to see how similar it already is starting to look.
Smoothcreations Prophet i7 gaming series
The guys at Smoothcreations assembled a few custom deals. Any i7 Platform that is built with a pair of BFG's Geforce 260 or 280 GTX will get custom BFG logo & themed fender guitar and a free copy of Far Cry2.
This series will be called "The Prophet" series. Anyone Remember, Hercules graphics cards ? Yeah .. they had registered that Prophet series brand name. Anyway, there will be three series products.
The three units come housed in the true traditional spirit of a custom painted Smoothcreations rigs or can be customized to fit the users
Mirror's Edge video review
Serious Problems with Call of Duty: War of Worlds
Yes, we have all installed the Patch 1.1, but here is the main BIG problem that remains:
The game randomly crashes on upon trying to exit or hitting the ESC during a load of map, and when that does happen, you LOOSE all of your accomplished rankings, completed challenges and unlocked weapons. You go back to level 1 and start AGAIN. There is no know fix for this.
The Call of Duty official message board is filled with people pissed off and frustrated.
Also there are serious issues in SINGLE PLAYER MODE
Some of the other heavily reported issues:
Main (Master) Server Being Down A lot
Prince of Persia Launch Trailer
Apple new 24-inch Cinema Display shipping early
Apple has drastically cut down the shipping time for their new 24-inch Cinema Display. Customers who ordered the new Cinema Display won
Boot your Vista in 4 seconds
The Taiwanese motherboard maker Asustek has came out a new gimmick called Instant Boot that claimed to cut Windows booting process down to 4 seconds! The new technology uses the S3 and S4 states of the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) that enabling Windows Sleep and Hibernation modes to put user system into sleep mode when shutting down then bypassing the bios process while booting up.
Microsoft Store opens; offers app downloads
Building a new Guru3D Test PC ... Project X
So with Intel's Core i7 platform taking over PC land by storm, we figured .. it would be a nice idea to design a completely new test-system for graphics cards. X58 as you guys know can support both SLI and Crossfire, allowing one PC to test both. We figured, let's make a new system and go a little crazy.
So the guys over at Smooth Creations decided to help us out by handling a custom paintjob. I wanted, blue Guru3D colored flames with our logo stamped in there, with a black coating. And so they made that happen on this new Silverstone chassis. This week the chassis came back from the USA (towards Europe) and I have started building the new PC yesterday. It's so good that I didn't want you guys to wait on a completely article we'll do covering the design stages and paintjob over at Smooth Creations.
- Chassis - Silverstone Temjin TJ-10 aluminum
- Motherboard - ASUS X59 Rampage II Extreme ROG
- Intel Core i7 965 @ 3750 MHz
- Memory - OCZ DDR3 6 GB 1600 MHz
- PSU - 1200 Watt
- 2x HDD
- 1x Optical drive
Now this is the chassis in early stages. We still are seeking a proper water-cooling block for Core i7 as this system screams H20 really. Likely next week I'll have a nice full article covering all ins and outs of this new rig as at this moment, I'm still building it. After that we'll need to stability test it, then tweak and then write down every system BIOS setting to preserve consistency during the timeframe we'll use the rig as test-platform.
So what do you guys think about this chassis ?
World of Warcraft Keyboard makes playing easier
If you play World of Warcraft, you
Alienware intros $1K Area-51 750i
Alienware on Thursday veered away from its normal high-end audience to unveil the Area-51 750i. The system is the company's least expensive gaming tower but comes with the same lightable casing, wiring and stronger power supplies as more expensive Area-51 models; only the individual components dictate its price, and the system can be scaled upwards to include some of the better features from Alienware's catalog, such as liquid cooling and noise damping.
The base model is a relatively inexpensive $1,049 and carries a 3GHz Core 2 Duo, a 750W power supply, a GeForce 9800 GT for video, 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Systems can scale up to a quad-core 3GHz Core 2 Extreme, a 1,200W power supply, two Radeon HD 4870 X2s, 3TB of hard drives, Blu-ray and 8GB of memory. Alienware is promising a relatively quick turnaround for its PC and should ship pre-orders in late November.
Hercules unveils XPS 2.1 50 multimedia speakers
Hercules has unveiled the XPS 2.150, the latest addition to its line of multimedia speakers. The system features two eight-watt compact satellite speakers and a 16-watt wooden subwoofer. The magnetically-shielded satellites feature a gloss black finish with orange driver cones and a back-lit control knob. Users can adjust the ported subwoofer separately, with bass controls and an on/off switch.
Key Features Include:
- Compact 2.1 speaker system (Satellite: 7.8
Tyan S4992 4-way Shanghai motherboard pictured
The guys over at vr-zone published an exclusive photo of the upcoming 4-way Tyan S4992 motherboard for the AMD Shanghai server processor. This motherboard will arrive in Q1 2009.
TYAN offers 23 current and 1 new platforms that will support the enhanced Quad-Core
Left 4 Dead Gone Gold
Valve just announced that Left 4 Dead has officially gone GOLD! This means that the game is on track for its release next week. Additionally, the game can now be pre-loaded. Yes, pre-load now and then proceed to count down the hours until its release. Go on, I won't stop you :P As the press release mentions, there is still the pre-load period going on. 10% off of the full price between now and the release on the 18th.
Left 4 Dead is the new survival action game for the PC and Xbox 360 that blends the social entertainment experience of multiplayer games such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress with the dramatic, narrative experience made popular in single player action game classics such as the Half-Life series of games.
Those who pre-order the game via Steam save 10% off the regular price and may pre-load the game so they are able to play at 12:01 am EST on November 18, 2008 when the game is made available. The pre-order discount is also available for both the PC and 360 versions at participating retail outlets.
Playable in single player, co-operative, and multiplayer modes, Left 4 Dead is one of the most anticipated releases of 2008 and winner of numerous pre-launch awards, including Best of E3 from multiple outlets. The official demo for the game is available now through November 17 for the PC and Xbox 360.
ATI releases Catalyst 8.11 drivers
ECS X58B-A motherboard review (Intel X58 chipset) [Guru3D]
Guru3D Motherboard test - ECS released a drop-dead gorgeous looking X58 motherboard. It's feature rich has a few hidden Easter eggs and get this .. it's less than 249 USD. Now this motherboard is a Black Edition. Meaning black PCB, a solid color schema connector wise, extra hidden features like micro switches for power/reset and even CMOS CLEAR, optical audio TOSLINK outputs, copper heatpipe passive cooling, dual GigE Ethernet and heck it's even SLI certified for two way SLI.
Now it might not be able to compete with 350-400 USD counterparts .. but it's certainly able to be just as fast and very likely the most affordable X58 motherboard you'll find on the market today.
Check it out, read the review here.