Microsoft adds RAW preview support to Windows 7
After a quick codec pack download, those of you running Windows 7 or Vista should be able to preview RAW files straight from Windows Explorer, without having to use third-party tools like Adobe Bridge. Microsoft announced the release of the pack on its blog earlier today.
You can download it here in 32-bit and 64-bit variants.
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Download AMD Catalyst 11.7 WHQL drivers
The new drivers will bring with them support for AMD's new Fusion "Llano" A-series accelerated processing units (APUs), which embed AMD Radeon HD 6000 series GPU components. The drivers are WHQL-signed.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.7 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
- All issues experienced with mouse cursor lag have been resolved
- Resolves system hangs seen in the AMD Catalyst 11.6 driver on specific HDMI and DP displays
- Log event (Event ID 62464) issues when playing video content have been resolved
- Bluray playback using PowerDVD 10 under High Performance mode no longer randomly displays a blank screen.
- Bluray playback using PowerDVD 10 under High Performance mode no longer randomly hangs.
- Some Divx format files no longer display video corruption using WinDVD.
- AVIVO Video Quality settings are now correctly applied to Flash Video Content.
- AMD SteadyVideo is now applied to Home Video clips when using WinDVD 10.
- Random screen corruption is no longer displayed when changing desktop themes.
- Chequerboard corruption is no longer displayed intermittently when playing DirectX 10 titles in a Crossfire configuration with
- Eyefinity enabled.
- Shogun II now renders the cinematics correctly when run in various Eyefinity configurations.
- Video playback now works correctly when Hardware acceleration is enabled with VLC Player version 1.1.9.
- 720P Divx video clips no longer display stuttering when played using Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player.
- Crossfire now functions correctly when playing Hamilton
AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview Driver Download
A new 'surprise' driver was issued, this is the AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview Driver.
AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 Driver Preview Features:
The following download provides the following features in addition to the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.7 driver release
Enables AMD HD3D technology support on DisplayPort panels, such as Samsung 750 and 950 series 3D displays
- Up to 10% in Crysis 2 DirectX 11 version for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon
Cooler Master Hyper 612S CPU Cooler
Cooler Master is releasing a new Hyper 612S CPU Cooler. Actually two region bound models, the Hyper 612S (EU) And 612 PWM (US) CPU Cooling Solutions.
With the use of the silent mode adapter the 612 series can run at incredibly low noise without sacrificing too much cooling performance thanks to its 6 long Heat pipes and massive fin surface area. Or you can add an additional 120mm fan to boost the air throughput and improve its cooling performance even further.
Innovative design and materials
The Hyper 612 series CPU coolers are designed for optimum heat dissipation at low fan speeds thanks to wider fin gaps, a special fin blade design, and a precise Heat pipe layout that has all 6 Heat pipes crossing the CPU
Sandy Bridge-E May Launch in October 2011, Core i7-3930K Gets Priced
The first Sandy Bridge-E desktop processors create more and more discussion on the web, as it looks now they'll be released as soon as October of this year already.
Intel's apparantly now plans the chips to be launched in weeks 40 to 49 of 2011, which span from the beginning of October all the way to December.
A publication also uncovered the price of the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E based Core i7-3930K, which is expected to retail for $560. This makes it about $23 cheaper than the six-core Core i7-980/970.
While no information regarding the pricing of the high-end Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition was provided, this is expected to hover around the $999 mark. Intel's initial Sandy Bridge-E desktop launch will also include a third chip that is known as the Core i7-3820.
This is the slowest of the three CPUs to be launched as it includes only four processing cores with a base clock speed of 3.60 GHz and a maximum Turbo speed of 3.90 GHz. These are accompanied by 10MB of Level 3 cache memory.
For the Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3930K, Intel has increased the core count to six as well as the amount of L3 cache integrated to 12MB and 15MB, respectively. However, the base operating frequencies are lower than that of the quad-core processor, as the Core i7-3960X is clocked at 3.30GHz with a maximum Turbo of 3.90GHz, while the Core i7-3930K works at 3.2GHz and has a maximum Turbo of 3.80GHz.
All the processors sport a quad-channel DDR3 memory controller that can officially support memory speeds up to 1333MHz.
OCZ Talos SSD Drive with VCA 2.0 Support
OCZ Technology released a refresh of the Talos Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s SSDs with OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0. Designed for enterprise applications with mixed workloads, the Talos Series with VCA 2.0 delivers even greater performance for SAS-based storage infrastructures.
OCZ's Talos with VCA 2.0 technology provides customers with a robust enterprise feature-set while substantially increasing mixed workload performance. Talos now utilizes VCA 2.0's unique command queuing and queue balance algorithms to address the demands of today's I/O intensive enterprise applications, which require high levels of sustained IOPS and bandwidth, across file sizes and read/write ratios. While traditional SAS SSDs can only perform one read or write at a time, OCZ Talos drives with VCA 2.0, can read and write simultaneously, substantially increasing performance.
Talos SAS SSDs deliver excellent mixed-workload performance with up to 66,000 IOPS (burst) and 50,000 sustained read/write IOPS with incompressible 4K files sizes, and 34,000 sustained mixed read/write IOPS with incompressible 8K files. As a result, Talos is the ideal full duplex SAS solution for applications that may benefit from increased 8K and 16K sustained IOPS, including databases which use a default block size of 8K, or increased incompressible performance such as the growing need of datacenters to provide fast access to compressed video and audio files.
Additionally, Talos' SAS 6Gb/s interface enables easy deployment with existing devices and appliances and the drives themselves provide clients with world-class reliability features including superior power loss protection, endurance, encryption, and ECC protection.
The refreshed Talos Series with VCA 2.0 is now available for strategic customers in capacities up to 960GB, and the drives will be made available to SMB and enterprise clients through OCZ's business-to-business channel.
Silicon Power 6Gbps Velox Series V30 SSDs
Silicon Power announced the Velox Series V30, which is targeting gamers and enthusiasts in need of high-performance storage.
Silicon Power's new solid state drive series will comprise four models that span in capacity between 60GB and 480GB, and all of these will use the 2.5-inch form factor that is standard for most notebooks. At the heart of the drives stands the second-generation SandForce SF-2281 controller which features native SATA 6Gbps support as well as eight memory channels that are to be connected to NAND Flash chips. Silicon Power doesn't say anything about the type of NAND these drives use, but it does provide us with a series of details regarding the sequential performance of its Velox Series V30 SSDs.
According to this information, all the units that include between 60GB and 240GB of storage space have their maximum sequential read performance set at 550MB/s, while sequential write speeds vary from 500MB/s to 520MB/s. In the case of the 480GB drive things are a tad more complicated as both sequential read and write speeds are set bellow those of the smaller drives, at 540MB/s and 460MB/s, respectively. Maximum 4K random write performance is estimated at 40,000 IOPS for the 480GB SSD, while the remaining drives provide 80K or 85K IOPS.
Unfortunately, Silicon Power refrained itself from providing any information regarding the release date and price of the Velox Series V30 SSDs.
Razer Switchblade concept gets latest Intel Atom chip
Razer announced its Switchblade concept a while ago, but we now learned that it will be powered by Intel's Atom Z690 (1.70GHz) processor:
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AMD lowers performance indication for Bulldozer Opteron CPUs
They guys over at BSN had a sharp eye, AMD has lowered its performance projections for the Bulldozer-based Opteron chips. The company now says Bulldozer will deliver a 35 percent performance increase, while it previously talked about a 50 percent increase in throughput:
While we are currently working on a detailed analysis of the AMD Second Quarter 2011 earnings call (which should follow within a few hours), we wanted to immediately share this detail in a breakout article: Without blinking an eye, AMD just lowered the performance guidance for their 16-core product Interlagos from 50% to 35%. Considering that the CPU integrates 33% more integer compute resources, this figure looks somewhat disappointing.
Quoting Thomas Seifert, interim CEO and CFO at AMD, during yesterdays earnings call: "The Interlagos platform is our first server offering, optimized for today's cloud datacenters and the architecture excels at compute-intensive and HPC workloads, where it will deliver up to 35% performance improvements compared to our current offerings."
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ASRock Z68-ITX Motherboard for Compact HTPCs
ASRock launched its Z68M-ITX/HT motherboard which should prove to be one of the more wallet friendly mini-ITX Z68 boards out there. That said, it's hardly a crowded market space at the moment with Zotac having the only other two models currently available.
As this is a mini-ITX board, the Z68M-ITX/HT is fairly feature light with only a single x16 PCI Express slot and four SATA ports, as well as a pair of headers for two USB 2.0 ports. The real action happens around the back where we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a DVI, D-Sub and HDMI port.
ASRock also supplies an infrared dongle and a Windows MCE compatible remote with the board which is a nice added extra considering that a fair few of these boards are likely to end up in HTPC type systems. You also get a copy of Lucid Logix Virtu graphics switching software in the box. No word on pricing as yet, but considering that ASRock's H67 version of this board is one of the more affordable H67 mini-ITX boards, we'd expect the Z68M-ITX/HT to end up being only slightly more expensive.
Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 budget drive
Patriot released the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 drives for mainstream users. The 32GB model offers 60MB/s read speed and 25MB/s write speed, while the 8GB version is limited to 50MB/s and 20MB/s, respectively.
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive for mainstream users that combines portability and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for maximum performance at an affordable price.
The Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive features a stylish cap-less design that hides the USB 3.0 connector when not in use
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AMD has 10-core CPUs in the pipeline
The processors are part of the Corona platform. From the information that is available "Komodo" will be built using the Piledriver CPU core, which is revised Bulldozer architecture, it will feature a similar feature set including on-board DDR3 memory controller and Turbo Core technology 3.0 version.
AMD's next-generation Bulldozer processors will also arrive with a new socket design, that goes by the name of FM2 and that will also be used by the 2012 Trinity APUs.
Together with the new processors AMD also releases a new family of motherboard chipsets with the biggest change being a FCH (Fusion controller hub) design, which means that the PCI Express controller will be integrated inside the Komodo processors.
The Hydson D4 chipset will also have native support for USB 3.0 (up to four such ports), eight SATA 6Gbps ports, RAID 0/1/5/10 support as well as 10 USB 2.0 ports.
The leaked AMD slide also goes on to detail the company's Virgo and Deccan platforms, which are expected to replace the current Lynx and Brazos solutions.
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Several AMD Opteron 6200 (Bulldozer) CPUs sighted
Two out of four models, Opteron 6272 and 6276, will have 16 CPU cores. These processors will run at 2.1 and 2.3 GHz. Opteron 6234 is a 12-core chip, operating at 2.4 GHz. The last model, Opteron 6220, will come with 8 cores, although they will be clocked at higher 3 GHz frequency. We suspect that all CPUs will fit standard 115 Watt thermal envelope.
Opteron 6272 can be pre-ordered from ShopBLT store. According to the store, the CPU has OS6272WKTGGGU part number, 16 MB L3 cache, and 115 Watt TDP. 2.1 GHz clock frequency of this microprocessor matches processor speed on the Gateway AR385F1 configuration page. Pre-order price for this model is $849.02.
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AMD 16-Core Interlagos Server CPUs ships in August
AMD's Interlagos processors will have either 12 or 16 processing cores, while also featuring a series of improvements that should increase their performance when compared with the current Opteron 6100-series CPUs.
The chips will feature AMD's Turbo Core dynamic overclocking technology, a configurable TDP, and come with advanced power saving technologies.
Interlagos CPUs features a multi-chip design (the processor is built by joining together two six or eight core Valencia dies) and are compatible with the existing G34 socket.
The AMD representatives haven't disclosed any information regarding the release date of the Valencia server processors, or about the desktop version of these Bulldozer CPUs.
However, a recent FX-Series advertising movie revealed that processor series will launch on September 19.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema v18.104.22.16856 download
Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema v22.214.171.12456 This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
Modern graphics card offer the possibility to decode partially or completely a video stream using DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), in order to reduce CPU usage dramatically. MPC-HC includes an embedded video decoder that uses this technology, to decode x.264, H.264 and VC-1 with hardly any CPU time required.