Corsair's Nova SSD 32GB and 256GB
Corsair is expanding its Nova Series of SSDs with two new models. The newcomers come to complete both ends of the series, in terms of capacity. The lower capacity unit has 32GB of storage space, whereas the larger one has 256GB. They are both enabled by the Indilinx barefoot SSD controller, which lets the drives reach maximum read and write speeds far above what HDDs, aided by their platter-spinning ways, can hope to ever achieve.
The 32GB Nova is slower, reading data at 195MB/s and writing at 75MB/s. These rates are already good enough, but they are dominated by those of the 256GB model. This unit has maximum read/write speeds of 250MB/s and 195MB/s, respectively.
Obviously, since SSD performance gradually decreases over time, because
NVIDIA entry-level cards scheduled for July and August
The sources noted that GeForce GTX 465 will target mainly the mid-range market with a price around US$299. The price point of the GF106 will be at about US$180, and the GF108 US$100, the sources added.
Mind you that it is not a typo, NVIDIA will in the end be naming the GeForce GTX 460 the GTX 465.
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD expected by mid-May
OCZ is expected to introduce its Enyo USB 3.0 solid state disk by mid-May. This device will ship in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, and the faster models promises read speeds of up to 260MB/s and write speeds of up to 200MB/s. Pricing is expected to be in the range of the SandForce-based Vertex 2 SSD, likely slightly higher.
The OCZ Enyo will be available in 64, 128 and 256GB volume sizes and all three drives use MLC NAND flash memory, have 64MB of on board cache and USB 3.0 Micro B connector interface.
Since we are talking about a USB 3.0 SSD-based external drive, you can expect speeds of up to 260MB/s for read and up to 200MB/s for write, with sustained speeds of up to 150MB/s for 128GB and 256GB versions. The 64GB one will have a bit lower speeds of up to 225MB/s for read and up to 135MB/s for write with sustained write of up to 40MB/s.
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition
Zotac preparing one of the first non-reference design GeForce GTX 480 graphics card, the Zotac GTX 480 amp! Edition.
If you look a little closer you can see the Zalman VF3000 GPU cooler sitting atop an NVIDIA reference design PCB. Overclocked out of the box, the amp! Edition card has clock speeds of 750 MHz (core), 1512 MHz (shader), and 950 MHz / 3800 MHz effective (memory), against reference speeds of 700/1401/924(3700) MHz. The gigantic VF3000 cooler makes the card require three expansion slots. As with every other GTX 480, the GTX 480 Amp! Edition packs 480 CUDA cores, is DirectX 11 compliant, and has 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit wide interface. Zotac has not let out any more information, particularly pricing and availability.
If you like to read it, here's our review on the VF3000 cooler from Zalman.
Ubuntu 10.04 Review
As you may know, there are alternatives to windows and one of the most important these days is the recently released Ubuntu 10.04 or better called "Lucid Lynx", well, if cool 3D desktops is what you like, you may take a look at this video I made for my own review of ubuntu, surely, linux has a lot to offer for people who is tired of windows and want a change. By the way, the video is also available in HD, enjoy.
Call Of Duty 7 Black Ops
The official debut trailer for Call of Duty 7 was out on 1st May, I know is not much, I know is very short, but is all we got for now.
Starcraft II get a release date
In a video showing interviews for the Exclusive Beta of Starcraft II a developer has told the official date this game is going to be out and it is July 27 2010. Fudzilla was the first to find out, you can check the original source here.
Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 480
Currently we are putting a GeForce GTX 480 through some cool Liquid Cooling paces. The card you see below is in fact an NVIDIA reference sample equipped with a Danger Den Liquid Cooling block.
The temperatures are insane, we dropped from 95 Degrees C to well under 50 Degrees C. As a result we have been able to easily overclock it to 900 MHz on the core / 1800 MHz on the shader domain. And all that in relative silence.
Have a peek at some photo's, I aim to have a full review ready by early next week for you guys ...
Creative Audigy Drivers 2.18.0017 Available
Creative has released new version 2.18.0017 drivers for Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series sound cards. The drivers were release on April 8, and are said to fix a number of issues. They also warn these are not to be used for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value cards.
This download is a driver providing Microsoft
Thermaltake ARMOR A90 Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, is launching their latest mid-tower chassis with 2 blue LED-fans creating a spectacular combat ambiance, the ARMOR A90. Its entirely black "bulletproof" armor design with metal mesh elements and an reinforced front door lend the ARMOR A90 an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and in particular MMORPG enthusiasts. A special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboards ensures that you'll always stay in arms.
Massive storage expansion is warranted for by 6 x 3.5", 3 x 5.25", 1 x accessible 5.25" and 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD bays. Optimized multimedia connectivity is prodived for by a total of 4 USB 2.0 ports, of which two are located on the top and two are positioned in the front. An additional eSATA connector on the top of the case makes it most convenient to connect your mobile storage device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quick and short access.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 20 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 12 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with with light-effects. One more 12 cm exhaust turbo fan on the backside top further increases air circulation. For power-users and gaming enthusiasts another 12 cm fan can be installed at the side panel for VGA cooling where cooling holes are provided for. And the triangular window right next to it let your graphics card shine and allows for a look at your hardware so you can quickly check if everything is in order.
The feet elevate the ARMOR A90 high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean. The ARMOR A90 is available for a suggested retail price of US $94.
Mach Xtreme Technology MX JET Series 2.5 SSD
Based on the new JMicron controller (with cache this time) Mach Xtreme Technology unveiled the MX JET Series 2.5
NVIDIA VP Bill Dally claims Moore's Law is dead
NVIDIA chief scientist and senior vice president of research Bill Dally argues the CPU scaling predicted by Moore's Law has hit a brick wall, and that a leap into parallel processing is necessary to keep advancing the computing industry at a rapid pace.
The good news is that there is a way out of this crisis. Parallel computing can resurrect Moore's Law and provide a platform for future economic growth and commercial innovation. The challenge is for the computing industry to drop practices that have been in use for decades and adapt to this new platform.
Going forward, the critical need is to build energy-efficient parallel computers, sometimes called throughput computers, in which many processing cores, each optimized for efficiency, not serial speed, work together on the solution of a problem. A fundamental advantage of parallel computers is that they efficiently turn more transistors into more performance. Doubling the number of processors causes many programs to go twice as fast. In contrast, doubling the number of transistors in a serial CPU results in a very modest increase in performance--at a tremendous expense in energy.
Read more over at Forbes.
Aigo N700 tablet features Tegra 2 and Android 2.1
Engadget spotted a new 7-inch tablet from Aigo. The sexy N700 features NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and uses the Android 2.1 operating system. Pricing and availability is unknown.
According to new details surfacing in China, this 7-inch machine will hum along on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and feature NVIDIA's Tegra 2 graphics chipset. There's also 512MB of DDR2 memory, an 800 x 480 pixel multitouch display, 4/16/32GB of inbuilt storage, a USB socket, microSD slot, HDMI output, inbuilt WiFi, optional 3G WWAN, audio in / out and a 3,120mAh battery.
GeForce Forceware 197.57 for GeForce 6 to 300 series
This driver contains a recommended update for the beta release of the PC game APB. Supported products
GeForce 300 series:
315, GT 340, GT 320, GT 330, 310
GeForce 200 series:
GTS 250, GT 220, GTX 285, GTS 240, 210, GTX 280, GTX 275, GT 230, GTX 295, GT 240, GTX 260, G210, 205
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, G 100, GT 120
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GX2, 9400, 9300, 9800 GT, 9500 GS, 9600 GS, 9600 GSO, 9200, 9600 GT, 9300 GE, 9500 GT, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9400 GT, 9300 GS, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8400, 8400 SE, 8600 GT, 8500 GT, 8800 GTS 512, 8300, 8600 GTS, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GT, 8400 GS, 8600 GS, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8300 GS, 8800 GS
GeForce 7 series:
7900 GTX, 7950 GT, 7300 GS, 7500 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7100 GS, 7800 SLI, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7800 GS, 7600 LE, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7350 LE, 7650 GS, 7550 LE, 7900 GS, 7300 GT, 7600 GT, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7900 GT/GTO, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7600 GS, 7800 GTX
GeForce 6 series:
6610 XL, 6600, 6500, 6150SE nForce 430, 6250, 6800 LE, 6150 LE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6800, 6200 TurboCache, 6800 Ultra, 6200 LE, 6200, 6800 XT, 6600 LE, 6150, 6800 GT, 6600 GT, 6800 XE, 6100 nForce 400, 6700 XL, 6100 nForce 420, 6600 VE, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6200 A-LE, 6800 GS, 6100 nForce 405, 6800 GS/XT, 6100
ION LE, ION
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
GeForce Forceware 197.75 Beta for GTX 470 and 480
This is a beta driver update for GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 .
- Recommended driver for the beta release of the PC game APB.
Compatible GeForce 400 series: GTX 470, GTX 480
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD review
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD review
OCZ is back to attack with a new SSD in that slowly saturating SSD storage market. Yes, the Vertex 2 is finally here. OCZ has been on a winning streak with their SSD drives ever since that started selling Indilinx controller based products The SandForce controllers will bring extensive performance equal and even higher to the Indilinx products yet without the need for additional cache memory.
And that sounds weird really ... no additional cache memory is being used to solve the random IO perf of small files. The random IO on read/write rates spotted on this Vertex 2 takes productivity to the next level as we'll show you later on.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
MSI Big Bang XPower Gaming Series Motherboard
The MSI Big Bang-XPower is making its much anticipated debut in April of this year. MSI, a leading mainboard and graphics card maker, with over 23 years of R&D and manufacturing experience, has made its name catering to performance-hungry gamers. The Big Bang-XPower is another exceptional mainboard from the Big Bang series with astonishing performance and reliability. MSI is confident that the Big Bang-XPower will again be selling like hotcakes to users worldwide.
MSI's Big Bang-XPower mainboard is built with Military Class components that includes a Hi-c CAP (highly-conductive polymerized capacitor), Solid Cap (solid capacitor), and Icy Choke for longer lifespan, better thermal reliability, and stability. The Hi-c CAP has excellent physical properties of thermally stable, reliable, performs under stress, and lasts 8X longer than traditional solid capacitors. Icy Choke is a new generation ferrite choke that features low temperature and longer lifespan. Military Class Solid CAP lasts longer than traditional capacitors, up to 10 years of lifespan. All these Military Class components add up to a stable and long lasting mainboard that will keep running even under high stress conditions.
Ultimate Gaming Visual and Audio Experience
MSI's Big Bang-XPower is the only recommended mainboard by THQ for experiencing Metro 2033, their blockbuster survival horror FPS. The Big Bang-XPower supports both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX technologies for gaming sessions powered by up to four graphics cards. This configuration enables unparalleled 3D performance, silky smooth action scenes, excellent color reproduction, and fully anti-aliased image quality. Bundled standalone Quantum Wave sound card has built-in Creative EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 and THX TruStudio PRO technology support the latest surround sound standard, to offer multi-channel in-game audio presented with digital clarity.
Extreme Power Design For Overclocking
The Big Bang-XPower features incomparable 16 Phase DrMOS PWM, which not only provides the highest power capability but also the best power efficiency. Coupled with Dual 8-pin CPU Power Connectors, Big Bang-XPower can offer the best power stability and overclocking capability for new high-end six-core CPU like Intel Core i7 980X (Codename "Gulftown"). Big Bang-XPower also supports Extra 6-pin Power Connector for graphics card. New generation graphics card draw incredible power to achieve high performance. In order to provide the best 3D performance and overclocking stability of enthusiastic Multi-GPU configuration, MSI designed exclusive extra 6-pin power connector for hardcore gamers and overclockers.
MSI's Exclusive OC Genie & OC Dashboard and V-Kit Design
The Big Bang-XPower comes with MSI's exclusive OC Genie and OC Dashboard for overclocking needs, where the CPU frequency can be automatically adjusted through the hardware and BIOS options. The XPower also features the V-Kit design to provide monitoring and adjustment capability of the CPU VCORE, VTT, DDR, and PCH voltages. Gamers can easily configure their systems without breaking a sweat.
USB3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s for Next-gen Data Transfer
The Big Bang-XPower adopts the latest USB3.0 & SATA6Gb/s specifications. USB3.0 is 10X faster than the traditional USB2.0 platform, and has the throughput to transfer a full Blu-ray movie in under a minute. SATA 6Gb/s not only doubles the bandwidth of previous SATA II protocol, but is also more reliable with better data handling commands. The Big Bang-XPower offers fast and secure data management capabilities to satisfy consumer needs.
THQ, a worldwide international American developer and publisher of video games, officially announced the MSI Big Bang-XPower as the preferred platform for Metro 2033. Metro 2033 is a THQ published survival horror FPS and is being hailed as the most graphically challenging game for top-end hardware specifications. MSI is also dedicated to building the ultimate gamers' platform that will fulfill all your wildest dreams.
PQI CoolDrive U368 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Power Quotient International (PQI) released its latest USB flash-drive, the CoolDrive U368. Among a small, growing group, the U368 is USB 3.0 SuperSpeed compliant, and offers transfer-rates on par with hard drives, with access times comparable to those of SSDs.
Its casing is typically-shaped, measuring 90.1 x 22 x 11.1 mm, and weighing 25 g. When connected using USB 3.0, the drive offers transfer speeds of around 105 MB/s, which can be improved with the bundled TurboFlash USB software. It is available in capacities ranging from 8 GB, all the way up to 128 GB. It is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, albeit with lower transfer-rates. Pricing and availability are yet to be known.