Windows 7 (Final) vs. Windows Vista VGA game performance
As such in this article we will check out the current Windows 7 drivers, look at performance in-between Windows Vista and Windows 7 and look at it's stability.
You can check out this article right here at this link.
Corsair preps Dual-Channel Kits Core i5 Processors
Intel's upcoming processor range will also make use of low-voltage DIMM memory, similar towards Core i7.
As such memory manufacturers are now creating specific SKUs to match the best DIMMs for Core i5. Corsair for example is working on specific DDR3 dual-channel memory to cater the new platform. Info on their XMS3 series memory leaked and as it seems they will release four DIMM kits in speeds of DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600
Interesting is that there also will be a kit utilizing 4GB of memory (2x 4GB and 2x 2GB.
- CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - 2x 4GB, DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24
- CMX8GX3M4A1333C9 - 2x 4GB, DDR3-1333, 9-9-9-24
- CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 - 2x 2GB, DDR3-1600, 8-8-8-24
- CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - 2x 2GB, DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24
Though 4 GB seems enough really, I expect that slowly we will now move onwards to 8GB in our systems, of course remember .. you need a 64-bit operating system to unleash and make available all 4 or 8 GB (!).
Samsung intros 256GB SSD targeted at gamers
Samsung has introduced their latest solid state drive (SSD), the 256GB FlashSSD, geared for gamers. The component is claimed to offer a five-fold improvement in data loading time compared to traditional hard drives, while running with lower power consumption.
The SSD utilizes a SATA interface and lists maximum sequential read rates of 220MB/s and write rates up to 200MB/s. Mean time before failure (MTBF) is rated at 1,000,000 hours, while the drive can handle operating shock up to 1,500G. Pricing information for the 256GB SSD has yet to be announced.
Frys sells Core i5 750
Wozers, what a mistake ... In the USA Fry's apparantly made a rather big booboo. Their online shopping card is already showing the yet to be released Intel quad-core Core i5 750.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q7600 shows up
Look at what Intel is about to release, a Core 2 Quad Q7600. The processor is based on 45nm and comes at a clock frequency of 2.7 GHz (13.5x MP) and 800 MHz FSB. L2 cache seems to be castrated towards only 2MB.
Corsair debuts 128GB Flash Voyager GT
Dang, 128GB on a flash stick ... Corsair introduced the Flash Voyager GT 128GB, this ruggedized USB drive features massive storage capacity and promises read speeds of up to 32MB/s and write speeds of up to 28MB/s. The MSRP is unknown, but a Dutch webstore currently has it listed for 336.22 EUR.
The newest addition to the award-winning, ruggedized Flash Voyager family, the Voyager GT 128 breaks through with a spacious 128GB of storage and blazing speed. Using a unique dual-controller design, the Voyager GT delivers read and write speeds near the limits of the USB bus. Nearly 75% smaller than a typical portable USB hard disk drive, the Flash Voyager GT 128 is the most convenient way to transport huge amounts of data, including high-resolution photos and artwork, HD video footage, massive databases, or even entire music collections.
Phenom II X4 965 BE processor review
AMD today launches their fastest quad-core processor to date, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. Head on over to the link below where we'll start up our in-depth review of the Phenom II X4 965BE processor. AMD's Phenom II processor architecture is really working out well for them. It's a problem free processor series, a very value aware processor, with very decent power consumption and more importantly for AMD, yields are just top notch.
As such, today they release a processor with an all new high clock frequency, yes... 3400 MHz, and why would they you might wonder? Well because they can, plain and simple.
You can find this Guru3D article right here.
Meet the Cosmos Pure (RC-1000K)
This reminds me very much of their black edition alright ! Have a look at what CoolerMaster is working on. It's another variety based of the Cosmos ATX chassis. This one will be called the Cosmos Pure.
Check it out, matte black coating, me likely. The chassis will be sized 266 x 598 x 628 mm, with a weight of 16.9 kg.
Air-flow in the expansion card area is guided properly by help a wind-flow tunnel. We also see several active 120mm fans, a bottom 120 mm intake, two 120 mm top exhausts and one rear 120 mm exhaust. There's room for six HDDs in a HDD drive bay (3.5")next to five 5.25" bays.
This little bugger won't be cheap though, expect a price of 249 EUR. Click on the thumbnails.
Intel Sandy bridge pending release in Q4 2010
Intel has scheduled the release of its 32nm Sandy Bridge processors for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to DigiTimes.
he architecture will exceed Nehalem and its condensed 32nm version, Westmere, the latter of which is set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2009. Sandy Bridge supports 4GHz clock speeds, with scalable CPUs using up to eight cores. The architecture also houses CPUs and GPUs on one die, unlike the two-die approach taken with Nehalem.
Sandy Bridge is similar in some respects to the six-core Gulftown processor, the price of which is expected to reach up to $1,500 for thousand-unit tray orders. Intel is meanwhile expected to continue shipping Nehalem-based CPUs alongside Westmere ones, indicating that the company does not intend to launch quad-core Westmeres for desktops or notebooks.
Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 prices and specs confirmed
The new Core i3, i5 and i7 processor line-up must be Intel's worst kept secret ever.
As you guys know, upcoming quad core Lynnfield based processor will be segmented in the Core i5 and i7 naming schema. Dual-core CPUs (32nm Clarkdale) will be segmented into Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium series. The Clarkdale processors will see the light into seven models, four will be launched under the Core i5 600 series with respective clock frequencies of 3.2 to 3.46 GHz, supporting for Hyperthreading and Turbo boost. Clarkdale CPU's will have a 4MB L3 cache and a TDP of 73W. The cheapest one seems to be $176.
Core i3 500 series Core i3-540 and 530 clocked at 3.06 2.93GHz will not come with Turbo boost yet do hyper thread to 4 threads. Both will be priced at $143 $123 respectively.
I've compiled a chart with the entire new range (including Core i7) making more sense of the upcoming processor launch. And mind you that at the initial launch only a few processors will be released.
|Model||LGA socket||Core/Thread||Clock||Turbo boost||L3 cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i7 975||1366||4/8||3.33||3.60||8||130||999|
|Core i7 950||1366||4/8||3.06||3.46||8||130||562|
|Core i7 920||1366||4/8||2.66||2.93||8||130||284|
|Core i7 870||1156||4/8||2.93||3.60||8||95||562|
|Core i7 860||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||95||284|
|Core i 870s||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||82||337|
|Core i5 750||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||95||196|
|Core i5 750s||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||82||259|
|Core i5 670||1156||2/4||3.46||3.73||4||73||284|
|Core i5 661||1156||2/4||3.33||3.60||4||73||196|
|Core i5 660||1156||2/4||3.33||3.60||4||73||196|
|Core i5 650||1156||2/4||3.20||3.40||4||73||176|
|Core i5 540||1156||2/4||3.06||none||4||73||143|
|Core i5 530||1156||2/4||2.93||none||4||73||123|
AMD CPU prices on Phenom II X4 processors
With the new Phenom II X4 965 BE introdiced today, prices always shift for the rest of the processors. Time for an overview. The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is now selling for roughly $205 as of today. That's $40 less than the official $245 price tag found on the official AMD CPU price list.
Looking for a supurb triple-core Phenom II CPU? The Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition sells for $129.99 (list price is $145) The cutest Phenom II cut goes to the Phenom II X2 550, which is now priced at $102.99. A tiny bit higher than the $99.99 this CPU was selling for a few weeks ago.
Top dog price and absolutely recommended is the Phenom II X4 920, the 2.8 GHz version is selling for only $159.99
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK 700
You and me spend a large amount of time right smack in front of the computer, hence making it extremely important to have good hardware from reputable manufacturers, and Logitech is one of those who tend to come up with above average devices with the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK 700 mouse-and-keyboard combination being one of them.
This keyboard will come with Logitech Incurve keys that cradle your fingers for greater comfort, while the integrated LCD dashboard allows you to check out all important keyboard functions and status at a glance. As for the MX 700
Realtek HD Audio 2.30 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and 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.
Download: click here
OCZ unleashes yet another SSD the Solid 2
OCZ Technology unveiled the OCZ Solid 2 SATA II 2.5
MSI P55 mobo with Hydra chip spotted
During the last week we have seen many new P55 based motherboards, among them the new line of ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. But check this out from MSI. It is a somewhat hidden product within the MSI product line - It is called the Big Bang, which is a P55 motherboard with Lucid Hydra chip - which should enable multi-gpu operation of both NVIDIA and ATI based video cards on the same motherboard.
Here at Guru3D.com we still, say .. why the heck would you want to do that anyways ? As you pay more for the Lucid chip instead of just paying for two similar cards.
Lucid is an israeli company, located at Kfar-Neter, which is developing the Hydra Chip, which is a Chip that should enable the use of NVIDIA and ATI video cards on the same motherboard.the company holds some cooperation agreements with some of the biggest players in hardware industry, and the motherboard that we preview today is one of the first products of this cooperations.
The Lucid Hydra chip, as mentioned before should enable the use of 2 different video cards together on the same motherboard. We have been told in the past that there will be different versions of the chip - one will enable the usage of video cards like HD4870 along with a HD4650 for example , another version will enable the usage of NVIDIA based video cards together - like a GTX260 together with 9600GT for example, and of course one version will enable a mix of video cards -ATI video card together with a Nvidia video card on the same motherboard. The Hydra chip is responsible for the Balance and link between the different video cards.
MSI P55 "The Big Bang" is a P55 based motherboard, the Hydra Chip is located between the CPU socket and the first/Upper PCI-Express Slot. As for now we can't tell which one of the versions of the Hydra is placed on the motherboard, and how it performs -- via iopanel.net
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BFG EX-1000 Modular Power Supply
BFG Technologies announced the EX-1000 today, a brand new modular power supply that uses Frequency Conversion Technology in order to imitate a smaller power supply for better low load efficiency.
The new model is up to 80-percent efficient with a +5VSB efficiency. It also got an 80 PLUS Bronze rating. This is pretty impressive and places the EX-1000 above many other power supplies in terms of efficiency. You can get the EX-1000 from BFG starting today in-store at Best Buy or from their website for $199.99
If it is as good as it's 1200 Watt counterpart, this could be a classic !
Phenom II X4 905e surfaces in Hongkong
This 45nm Phenom II X4 905e is an energy-efficient model hence the E extension The Phenom II X4 905e comes with core voltage range of 0.825-1.250V and seems to have a very nice TDP of only 65W.
Other than that it's all the same, Socket AM3 and work at 2.5GHz. It features 4
Google tests Caffeine search engine
Google reports on its blog that its engineers have been working on the next-generation search architecture for Google's web search. The new infrastructure is codenamed "Caffeine", you can check out a preview over here if you want to give it a try. Google's Caffeine promises to be more accurate, faster, and more actual.
For the last several months, a large team of Googlers has been working on a secret project: a next-generation architecture for Google's web search. It's the first step in a process that will let us push the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness and other dimensions. The new infrastructure sits "under the hood" of Google's search engine, which means that most users won't notice a difference in search results. But web developers and power searchers might notice a few differences, so we're opening up a web developer preview to collect feedback.