AMD to launch Phenom II X3 740
After reviewing the 720 one thing became clear, as far as I am concerned this is still the best value multi-core processor series to date, and it looks like a new triple core Phenom II X3 740 processor will be released soon.
It's reported that AMD will launch new tri-core processor based on Heka architecture at 45nm. This new CPU has one disabled core (perhaps with a bit of luck you can activate it). The aforementioned Phenom II X3 720 runs at 2.8GHz with a price of around
Asus intros Glaciator+-cooled GeForce GTX 260
Naah, they didn't lend that title from Gladiator ;) GefOrce GTX 260 cards are dropping a price, I might have to review one again soon as these could be the new mainstream hotty. Anyway, ASUS released the ENGTX260 GL+/HTDI/896MD3. A GHTX 260 that features a black PCB and a dual-slot Glaciator+ fansink..
The card obviously comes with 448-bit memory interface and has 216 processing core with 3-way SLI support. In terms of conectivity options,it offers two 6-pin PCIe power connectors and two DVI outputs. ENGTX260 GL+ is clocked default with 576 MHz/ 1242 MHz for the GPU/shaders, 1998 MHz for the 896MB of GDDR3 memory.
It is on pre-order at $213.
Tropico 3 Release, Demo Dates Announced
Shaky Cam Modern Warfare 2 Video
Fraps 2.9.9 released
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology to record movies in-game or measure it's framerate.
2.9.9 - 29th Aug 2009
- Fixed missing audio in Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas
- Fixed benchmarks not being written to benchmark folder
- Fixed loading crash when attempting to start Fraps
- Fixed stalling/stuttering after first 4 gig AVI segment
- Fixed mouse cursor image/transparency corruption
- Fixed mouse cursor offset in some applications
- Fixed crash when recording above 1920x1200 for some users
- Fixed crash after stopping video capture in Windows 2000
- Fixed crash in some DirectX10 applications
- Fixed random windows crashes with fraps.dll
- Fixed missing systray icon if explorer restarts
- Fixed frapsvid.dll and frapsv64.dll crashes when importing/playing video
- Fixed Run Fraps when Windows starts option
- Fixed Starcraft stalling during video capture
- Fixed limited CPU affinity of main Fraps process
- Fixed yellow corruption displayed in Plants vs Zombies
- Fixed capture speed of many older DDRAW games
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Corsair High Density DDR3 Memory With New American Racing Blue DHX+ Fins
Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new set of high density products for Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These DIMMs are available in dual and triple channel configurations and are specifically tuned for Intel CPUs.
The 8GB and 12GB module kits feature Corsair
Tech industry is getting back on track
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Gigabyte debuts Super Overclock graphics cards
Gigabyte intro's their Super Overclock graphics card brand, the company claims cards in this series feature cherry-picked GPUs that can achieve higher frequencies and voltages than the average GPU. The first card in the series is the GV-N26SO-896I, a GeForce GTX 260 graphics card with a 680MHz core, 1466MHz shaders and 896MB GDDR3 clocked at 2350MHz.
Rr: GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announces a powerful new addition to its product lineup: the Super Overclock Series. All of the GPUs in this new range of high-end graphics cards have been cherry-picked for top performance, efficiency and reliability. Utilizing GIGABYTE
gScreen Dual-Screen Laptop
Although gScreen's Spacebook, the first true dual screen laptop, was announced quite a while ago already, Gizmodo was one of the first to take a few photos of a working model, now. According to their web site, the Spacebook's specs are going to be:
- 2 LED backlit display screens (15.4 inch, 16-inch or 17-inch)
- Windows 7/ Windows VISTA/ WIN XP PRO (optional)
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26-GHz
- 4 GB of RAM (2GB DDR2 SO-DIMM x 2)
- 320GB 7200-rpm HD
Need for Speed SHIFT Opening Video Revealed
With Need for Speed SHIFT getting released September 17th in Europe and 15th in North America, Electronic Arts already revealed the opening video for the next title in the Need for Speed series which is going to feature 18 tracks, including real-world locations and fictional circuits (Alpental, Autopolis International Racing Course, Ambush Canyon, Brands Hatch, Dakota, Ebisu Circuit, Glendale, Hazyview, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, London, Miytomi, Nordschleife, Road America, Rustle Creek, Silverstone, Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Tokyo, Willow Springs):
Nvidia GT300 Demonstrations As Early As September?
It seems that the rumors about Nvidia's first DirectX 11 GPU, the GT300, leaving the engineering labs already in September are becoming more and more solidified.
These early demonstrations to partners are most likely targeted to divert at least some of the attention from ATI's release of their next generation graphic cards in September.
Apparently, driver development is one of the main reasons we haven't seen one of Nvidia's new babies in action already. Who knows? We might even get to see an earlier release to market than currently expected. This is highly speculative of course, though.
Lian Li PC-B25F available next month for $190
Lian Li introduced the PC-B25F, a new aluminum midi tower case that will ship in the second half of September for $190. The Lian Li PC-B25F features a full tool-less design, with a tool-less PSU securing bracket, tool-less optical driver claspers, anti-vibration HDD cage with tool-less brackets, and tool-less PCI bracket clips.
PR: Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd Ltd has launched the PC-B25F midi tower chassis. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis is based on the original PC-B25
ThermalTake Level 10 case ships in October at $690
Earlier this year ThermalTake was showing off the Level 10 case on several exhibitions, a chassis that was designed in cooperation with BMW Group DesignWorksUSA. So far, it has only been shown at CeBIT and Computex, but today the company announced the Level 10 Extreme Gaming Station is ready to enter mass production.
The futuristic case will be available in retail stores in October for an astounding $690.
PR: What makes the Level 10 unique is its compartmentalized design, many of the components are mounted in chambers that rotate outward on hinges. Earlier this year the Level 10 won the prestigious IDEA
Serious Sam HD Commercial
QNAP launches TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS with Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz
QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS is the world's first 8-bay network attached storage server which incorporates vertically mounted hot-swappable SATA hard drives, with up to 16TB storage capacity, RAID 0/1/5/6/5+spare, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, and other advanced features such as built-in iSCSI target with Thin Provisioning, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, automatic policy-based IP blocking, volume status report, syslog server, schedule on and off, Wake on LAN, instant SMS alert, and 4 IP cameras for network surveillance etc..
BTW we have a review right here on the TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS. Have a peek to get an idea of what these units though. Expensive, but brilliant really.
AMD shows 48-core Magny Cours System
The company's upcoming 12-core server chips, code-named Magny-Cours, put two six-core chips in one package. The same silicon is used in its six-core chips, code-named Istanbul, which are part of the Opteron line of server processors.
However at the Hot Chips conference at Standford University they have been showing off some real candy, pop four of these processors on a 4 socket motheboard slash server, and then demonstrate 48 physcial CPU cores.
The socket itself gets a revamp from the existing 1,207-pin Socket-F, to the 1,974-pin Socket G34. The high pin-count ensures connections to HyperTransport links, four DDR3 memory connections, and other low-level IO.
Tsssk, such show-offs, look at that.
Asus ROG Mars video card hits America and EU
Asus announced today that its limited edition multiple GPU video card called the ROG Mars is coming to America as well. The card was first seen by Guru3D at Computex 2009 and will be sold in limited numbers (1000 pieces) on a first come, first served basis. The card is based on the NVIDIA GTX 295 reference design and has a pair of GTX 285 GPUs crammed into the single, dual slot video card.
Asus claims that the Mars is 23% more powerful than conventional GTX 295 video cards and has an improved thermal design that adds 65% more heat pipe coverage. That additional heat pipe coverage equates to 20% better cooling. The card has 4GB of GDDR3 RAM and the core clock is 648Mhz, shader clock is 1476MHz, and the memory clock is 2.304 GHz. Only 1,000 of the limited edition cards will be made. Reports claim the cards will sell for about $1,000~$1200 each with similar prices in EUR.
Our honest advise .. dude just get a GTX 295.
Graphics market stabilizes, AMD gets more marketshare
A new report released by Peddie Research shows that sales of graphics cards were up 3 percent sequentially to 16.81 million units in Q2 2009. The market is showing a small rebound, but sales are still down 15 percent year-over-year.
After draining down inventories in the