Detecting SATA 300 Sandy Bridge Performance Degradation
The Intel fiasco is quite the topic of a lot of discussion, if you like to try and see whether or not your SATA 300 controller on your H67/P67 motherboard is showing early signs of degradation, there in fact is an easy way.
I know a lot of you guys have HD Tune software right ? You can pick up the trial version and see for yourself. That software has a HEALTH feature and checks out several SMART features of the HDD installed. Intel estimates 5% performance degradation caused due to data transfer errors over a period of 3 years. To identify the issues starting check a HDD on both the SATA 300 and SATA 600 controller.
To the left an HDD connected at the SATA 300 controller already showing one warning, to the right the HDD on a SATA 600 controller showing no issues.
BTW we ran the test several times ourselves yet to date have not been able to reproduce an error. Thanks go out ot to lab501 for the screenshots.
AMD lowers prices of quad and hex-core CPUs
The 1055T price was slashed to $175 down from $199, while the 1090T saw a decent $30 cut as that Phenom II 1090T can be purchased now for just $205.
So yeah, you can get a pretty beefy six-core processor for give or take $200. Check the thumbnail for the updated price-chart.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema v220.127.116.1127 out
Download Media Player Classic Home Cinema v18.104.22.16827 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.
- Added new options to always default to external subtitles, ignore embedded subtitles and to set the autoload subtitle paths
- Added support for "in24", "fl64", 8-bit "sowt", "IMA4" and "NONE" audio (old QuickTime? PCM)
- Added support for "in24", "in32", "fl32", "fl64" (both big-endian and little-endian) in .mov files
- Ticket #784, Enable ctrl+A in the MediaInfo? window
- [DVB] LCN support, added EPG current event information, offset parameter for scanning channels, added channel encryption detection for DVB-t during scan
- Added ignore encrypted channels checkbox during DVB scan
- Armenian translation
- Updated FFmpeg
- Updated MediaInfoLib? to v0.7.39
- Updated ZenLib? to v0.4.17
- Updated Little CMS to v2.1
- Updated libpng to v1.4.5
- Updated libogg to v1.2.2
- Updated libvorbis to v1.3.2
- Cleaned up and optimized code for QT PCM, small corrections in MP4Splitter
- DVB: the current channel audio stream is memorized and selected by default each time the channel is switched back
- Removed DSM Converter (use the legacy branch if you need this feature)
- Removed RoQ splitter/decoder (same as above)
Roccat double-sided Alumic gaming mousepad
Roccat announces Alumic, a double-sided gaming mousepad made from aluminium. The mousepad has a Speed and a Control surface, and ships with a gel wrist rest for increased comfort. The Roccat Alumic will be available in retail stores by the end of the month for around 39.99 EUR
MSI GeForce GTX 580 HydroGen
The graphics card will come with a factory overclock at 823MHz on the core domain, 1645MHz on the shader processors and 1536MB GDDR5 clocked at 4276MHz (stock 772/1544/4008MHz). Check out the thumbnail:
Steam 2010 Revenue roughly $1 Billion
The living proof of the fact that PC gaming works, sells and shows good profiuts with the right ditribution platform is Steam alright, According to the analyst firm Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment, LLC, more ominously known as FADE, Valve
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 some time this year. The game was once due to launch before April but ended up delayed to allow time for 'further polish.'
Gigabyte on H67 and P67 recall
Gigabyte will offer replacement motherboards for all GBT motherboards with P67/H67/P65/PH67-chipsets by the end of April. Customers who have already bought a GIGABYTE Sandy Bridge motherboard may then swap their motherboards in the store where they were originally purchased.
After a period of usage the SATA 2 ports 2~5 on motherboards based on Inte
MSI Big Bang P67 Marshal review
Powered by Intel's P67 chipset, the MSI Big Bang Marhal comes with MSI's latest Military Class II design that makes use of a 24 phase (!) power SFC choke setup alongside the best quality Hi-c CAP's and Japanese made solid capacitors. Added to the mix for additional PCIe lanes is a Hydra chip, which also can be utilized to combine mix and match graphics cards in a multi-GPU setup.
The board comes with 24-phase DrMOS power design, voltage monitoring points, an external overclock device called the OC dashboard, that all new EFI BIOS, dual-BIOS selectable with a simple button, and OC genie button that allows you to have say a 2500K processor run at 4200 with the flick of a switch. I'm not done though, we spot integrated audio with SoundBlaster X-Fi application (software) layer, ten SATA ports of which four are based on the all new SATA 6G. Thick heatpipe (passive and thus silent) cooling and more and more.
This board is a true hardware enthusiast dream come true, or is it ? Read it all right here.
Eizo FlexScan SX2762W-HX Monitor
Eizo has announced to sell its new IPS monitor namely, Eizo FlexScan SX2762W-HX Monitor which is based on the In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. It is very good monitor for professional users and provides 97 per cent Adobe RGB coverage. The 27-inch display screen compatible monitor provides brightness of 270 cd/m2 and delivers 6ms second response time. Its 27-inch display screen provides resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and contrast ratio of 850:1. The latest device has an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts brightness according to the lighting condition of the room and is able to power saving mode.
- Based on the IPS panel (In-Plane Switching)
- 27-inch display screen with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels
- Two USB ports, DVI, DisplayPort, & Mini DisplayPort interface
- Provides 97 per cent Adobe RGB coverage
- Brightness of 270 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio of 850:1
- Delivers 6ms response time
- An ambient light sensor
- Motion sensor
The FlexScan SX2762W-HX takes has dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, and mini-DisplayPort connectors. Italso includes a USB 2.0 hub. The stand allows height, tilt, and pivot adjustments. Slated for release in the second week of February, the EIZO FlexScan SX2762W-HX comes backed by a 5-year warranty, priced at US $1533.
ASUS Lamborghini branded external HDDs
ASUS has introduced Lamborghini branded external hard disk drives. These disks measure 135.6mm x 79.7mm x 18mm and feature a glossy fingerprint-prone paint job.
There will be three editions: a 5400RPM USB 2.0 model with 500GB or 750GB capacity and also a 7200RPM USB 3.0 version with 750GB capacity. The Lamborghini logo costs a lot of money though, a report by Gizmag claims the 500GB and 750GB USB 2.0 versions will be sold for $119 and $139, respectively. The price of the USB 3.0 disk is still unknown.
Lamborghini External HDD - Run with the Bulls in Style
* Easy file management-FlexSave- Your central backup and fast sharing point just got better
* Stylish, elegant design inspired by the unique sporty look of Lamborghini supercars
* Massive 750GB storage space for every need and application
* One-click auto backup function saves and protects valuable data
* Available in both black and white color schemes for greater personal choice
MSI reveals its Intel 6-series strategy
MSI has been informed by Intel about the design issues in the Intel 6 series chipsets. According to Intel the performance of some of the Intel SATA ports on Intel 6 series products can degrade over a period of 3 years. MSI takes the quality of our products very serious, so at this moment we are investigating product batches that may be affected and, meanwhile, have stopped all shipments to our distributors and resellers. Additionally, we asked resellers to hold sales of the Intel 6 series based MSI products to customers until the issue can be resolved.
Update: Februari 2nd, 2011 with service info for customers in Europe.
Products in the market
As of the 31st of January MSI informed all our distributors, retails and reseller to stop directly the sales of Intel 6 series based products of MSI and to hold any products pending shipments to customers. No need to worry in the case that you purchased an Intel 6 series based product form MSI after the 31st of January because we will take care for you. Consumers can check the section How to get support.
We started the procedure to collect all the current stock in the market. Retailers and reseller can return their Intel 6 series MSI products they have in stock to their point of purchase (distributor) which can return the goods to the MSI distribution centers. If retailers, resellers or MSI distributors have any questions about the procedure they can contact their local MSI sales representative.
At this moment there are only a limit models in the market based on the Intel 6 series chipset. You can identify them based on the model name in the list below.
MSI Mainboards (Intel
ASUS reveals its Intel 6-series strategy
ASUS send out an open letter on how it will handle Intel's 6-series chipset recall:
Crysis 2 - Be Strong Trailer
Crytek and EA have released a new trailer for Crysis 2 titled 'Be Strong'. Meanwhile Electronic Arts Germany has posted system requirements for the game, giving folks a chance to upgrade before the March 22 release date.
Crysis 2 will require at least:
* Internet connection to play for the installation of the game and get online
* OS: XP / Vista / Windows 7
* CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2Ghz or better
* 2 GB RAM
* Hard Drive: 9 GB
* DVD ROM: 8x
* GPU: nVidia 8800GT 512Mb RAM, ATI 3850HD 512Mb RAM or better
* Audio: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
* Keyboard, Mouse or the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Check 'r out.
OCZ Technology Introduces ZX Series Power Supplies
OCZ Technology Group launched the ZX Series power supply series to answer consumer demand for a high-wattage solution that is also highly-efficient. The ZX Series is designed for best-in-class performance, reliability and also features 100% modular design for the ultimate customization for today
HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X and IceQ X Turbo launched
We aldready have shown you a small bit of information on these, but HIS presents two new Radeon HD 6870 graphics cards; the 6870 IceQ X with 900MHz core and 4200MHz 1GB GDDR5 memory and the factory-overclocked IceQ X Turbo with a 920MHz core and 4480MHz memory. Both cards use a cooling solution with three heatpipes, a large aluminium fin array and a 92mm fan.
Key Features and Advantages of HIS 6870 IceQ X Series:
Faster - Make your Overclocking dream comes true!
The HIS IceQ X Turbo models are bios-overclocked out of the box, and thus brings the immersive gamers the best over-clocking potential.
AMD discusses Turbo CORE technology
AMD's John Fruehe explains Bulldozer's new Turbo CORE technology in a company blog post.
We are including a new feature in
LOTR: War in the North Black Numenorian Trailer
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a role-playing game in development by Snowblind Studios. It is based on the events taking place in the northern regions of Middle-earth in the background of the main story of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Players will take control of a hero of the war, and will be able to play through the game alone or cooperatively with other players, with the ability adjust the percentage of experience your co-op partner receives. In a preview article of Playstation Magazine, it has been revealed that you will have certain skills that are upgradeable, characters that can be customized, and dialogue will be like Mass Effect without the moral ramifications.