Panasonic Readies 65-Inch Plasma 3D TVs
The VIERA VT25 are very large compared to other TVs on the market, with screen sizes of up to no less than 65 inches (TC-P65VT25). For those versed in such things, this size is larger than that of certain digital signage solutions, which means that those interested will have to free up an entire wall before they can set it up. Basically, Panasonic intends for these Full HD 3D TVs to cope with not just current media, but also 3D content that will emerge over the next few years.
The lineup is composed of four models whose Infinite Black Pro panels give them a native contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. Known as the TC-P50VT25, TC-P54VT25, TC-P58VT25 and TC-P65VT25, they boast, as their names suggest, screen sizes of 50, 54, 58 and 65 inches, respectively. The first two will start selling in the week of May 3, at respective prices of $2,599.95 and $2,999.95. As for the other two, they will come in June, at prices of $3,399.95 for the 58-inch TV and $4,299.95 for the 65-inch model.
Psyko 5.1 gaming headset available
First announced at CES 2009 nearly 1.5 years ago, the 5.1 surround sound gaming cans from Psyko are now finally heading to retail stores across North America. This headset is radically different from other surround sound headsets as the five speakers are not placed in the ear cups, but above your head in the bridge of the headset to provide a more natural sound experience. Subwoofers are located in the ear cups, and the headset also features a removable microphone and a separate headphone amplifier box with volume and bass level controls. You can learn more about the technology behind this headset over here, it should be available in retail stores for around $299.99.
While the PsykoWave Technology sounds pretty impressive, arecent review indicates this headset isn't really worth its money. The headset does deliver pretty impressive positional accuracy, but the reviewer complains the sound quality is atrocious, and notes even his $33 Kos PortaPro headphones boast higher fidelity.
Psyko Audio Labs Inc., a leading innovator in PC Gaming headphone technology, is ecstatic to unleash the dawn of audio as a weapon through the immediate availability of the highly anticipated Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset System to USA and Canada. Psyko's patented PsykoWave Technology empowers PC Gamers with an unfair advantage over the competition through precise 3D sound that drastically heightens awareness of your gaming surroundings. Players can instantly identify and locate every gun shot, footstep, and explosion allowing for faster reaction times, higher player performance, and the most immersive gaming experience to date.
Cat 5 girl looks is totally geeky
Geek.com reports about a new piece of art created by Kasey McMahon.
Take this provocative piece of modern art created by Kasey McMahon. Called
G.Skill Flare Series DDR3-1800 MHz Memory for Phenom II
The folks over at G.Skill launched its latest Flare series high-performance DDR3 kits rated at 1800MHz, and optimized for AM3 790 & 890 platform with AMD C3 stepping processors.
G.Skill's Flare series has been specifically designed and tested for AM3 790 and the latest 890 platforms, in combination with AMDs recent C3 stepping CPUs, and has passed a strict testing regime to ensure the best performance and stability. G.Skill Flare provides AMD enthusiasts the perfect choice of high frequency memory that allows a greater attainable CPU bus clock, in order to overclock further and have best performance for productivity and gaming.
The new Flare series DDR3 kits consist of the following specification:
- DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL6-8-6-24 1.65V
- DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL7-8-7-24 1.65V
- DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL8-8-8-24 1.65V
- DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL9-9-9-27 1.65V
ASUS Subsidiary to Ship 10 Million USB 3.0 Controllers
Until not long ago, the only means that motherboard makers had of implementing USB 3.0 support on their platforms was buying a controller chip from NEC. This monopoly was not bound to last long, however. In fact, AMD plans on soon launching its own USB 3.0 controller, as does VIA Technologies. When it comes to solutions that are already (or almost) available, however, the one most likely to become NEC's contender is ASMedia, a subsidiary of ASUS.
By now, consumers probably are very well aware of the fact that the USB 3.0 standard enables data-transfer rates ten times faster than what is achievable via USB 2.0. Unfortunately, since Intel and AMD chipsets don't have native support for the interface, and will continue to lack support until next year, the standard's adoption has been quite slow. Now that there will finally be some competition on the USB 3.0 controller market, however, lower prices may finally make the technology more widely accessible.
While VIA's USB 3.0 chip won't start being mass-produced until the fourth quarter, ASMedia's own solution will become available by the end of June. Also, according to a report published by Digitimes, the chips have already been deemed suitable by ASUS itself, which has already shifted USB 3.0 controller orders from NEC to ASMedia. This action, in turn, is expected to prompt MSI (Micro-Star International), Gigabyte technology and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) to eventually transfer their own orders as well.
Zalman Full-HD, 1,080p 3D Monitor
Known as the Zalman Trimon ZM-M240W this 1080P display has a screen size of 24 inches, measures 572 x 415 x 190mm (W x H x D) and weighs 8kg. It uses a TN panel, whose native resolution is of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Also, the dynamic contrast ratio is of 10,000:1, whereas the response time is of 5ms and the power consumption will never go above 50W.
Obviously, it is the 3D capability that will determine how well received this product is, and the ability to reach a refresh rate of 120Hz (60Hz for each eye) is only one criteria taken into account. While the 2D viewing angle is a decent 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical, the 3D angle is much narrower, at 90 degrees horizontal and 10-12 degrees vertical. The difference in angle is sizable, but acceptable considering that 3D LCD technology is still, more or less, in its beginning stages.
The Zalman Trimon ZM-M240W connects to PCs or other sources of video content through D-sub and DVI inputs and comes with a button that switches between 2D and 3D display modes. Also, the package includes the necessary pair of 3D glasses needed to synchronize the two sets of images that make up the 3D feed. Finally, the product should start shipping next month, at a price of 380 Euro.
GeForce GTX 460 might launch June 1st - specs
It would make a lot of sense for NVIDIA to release the pending GeForce GTX 460 at June 1st, the start of Computex.
The card is likely to be positioned directly against ATI's Radeon HD 5850 and will be based on a P1025 PCB design, which is similar to the GTX 470. According ot the latest gossip tThe card will feature 384 SPs, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs and 1024 MB of 256-Bit GDDR5
AIBs/AICs and ODMs will be free to design/redesign the card for customized versions. The card will get a 256-bit memory interface indicating 1GB of graphics memory (gDDR5).
Aqua Computer GeForce GTX 480 waterblock
Aqua Computer introduced the AquagraFX GTX480 waterblock for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 graphics card. This cooler is made out of a single block of copper and ships with a small backplate that cools voltage regulators on the reverse-side of the PCB. It will start shipping next week for 89.90EUR.
The block is full-coverage and monolithic in design, and cools all vital heat-producing parts of the card. Its main unit is cut from a block of copper. The block weighs 850 g (1.87 lbs). It has a stainless steel top with laser-etched lettering on it. Aqua Computer used distance pieces for all threads. They are pre-assembled so users won't have to fumble around with them. All surfaces which have contact to the GPU/RAM/VRM are high gloss polished (mirror-finish). The block also comes with a small backplate that cools voltage regulators on the reverse-side of the PCB.
Last Call for OC Gurus Challenge from Gigabyte
Gigabyte's exciting competition on HWBOT. OC Guru is You, a global graphics card overclocking competition, is about to wrap up in seven days. There is still room for latecomers, so hurry up and seize the opportunity to win huge!
Coinciding with GIGABYTE
XFX loves to do movies
Aparently XFX love to do videos and short movies, if you remember the famous banned comercial of the girl and her PSU, well, they invented another one, this time filmed like a real amateur and part of a viral campaign to sell their "5970 black numbered edition", yes, only 1000 of them and they have the number printed on the card itself, so, here is the video, enjoy.
Mionix NAOS 5000 gaming mouse review
Mionix NAOS 5000 gaming mouse tested
Proclaimed to beat Razer -- Mionix is a Swedish company that has been around for a couple of years and as such, for a company of their stature it will be difficult, but they'll try to compete with companies such as Logitech and Razer. Mionix tries to do things differently and desires to be a leading brand in the gaming market.
Today we test their high-end gaming mouse, the Mionix NAOS 5000. Let's get the e-peen specifications out of the way first; the Naos 5000 is equipped with seven programmable buttons, 5040 dpi laser sensor, 1ms response time, 40,000MHz sampling rate and a tracking speed of 5.1m/sec. Numbers yeah... but do they uphold what they claim?
Check out this Guru3D right here.
Norwegian retailer ships AMD six-core processors
Well, rest assured someone made a black-list at AMD, damn that's bold. A Norwegian retailer started shipping Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition processors to customers. And that's a big no-no as the processor is to be launched next week (we know as we have them).
The retailer is known as Amentio.no. At present, it has only the Phenom II X6 1055T and the high-end 1090T Black Edition up for order, but their prices seem to be more than just convenient. The roughly hundred 1055T chips that the retailer has in stock are priced at only
Sony HT-SF470 5.1 surround systemand soundbars
Sony have announced three new home audio systems, with two soundbars for the cable-phobic and a 5.1 surround setup for those slightly more ambitious. The Sony HT-SF470 is a 3D-capable 1000 watt (157W x 5 +167W sub) system with three HDMI inputs and an HDMI pass-through port, together with BRAVIA Sync, a Digital Media Port for use with an optional iPod cradle, two digital audio inputs (coax and optical) and digital cinema auto calibration for straightforward setup.
As for the HT-CT350, that has 400W (100 watts x 3 channels + 100 watts subwoofer) while the HT-CT150 has 340W (85 watts x 3 channels + 85 watts sub). Both have three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, and support LPCM Blu-ray Disc audio together with 3D pass-through. They too have dual digital audio inputs, as well as BRAVIA Sync and iPod cradle compatibility.
The CT350 comes with a bracket for attaching it to Sony
MSI GX640 Features Intel Core i5
The MSI GX640 is a 15.4-inch LCD screen with 1680
Ubisoft DRM Completely Cracked
After heaps of complaints about their protetcion and DRMs Ubisoft's controversial digital rights management platform has reportedly been hacked, cracked and slashed by a consortium known as Skid Row.
According to CNET's Josh Lowensohn, the hack effectively removes the DRM 'entirely,' but requires users to download and install a modified .exe file:
The DRM, which now ships with every new PC game made by Ubisoft, requires that gamers have a constant connection to the Internet in order to play their games. The security feature caused a large backlash by users for its inclusion in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 2 title, which was released last month.
The hack itself removes the DRM entirely and is being claimed by a consortium known as Skid Row. It requires users to download and install a modified version of the game's executable file to their computers. These modified game files, alongside a crack that can be applied to a retail version of the game, were uploaded to various file-sharing sites late Tuesday evening.
Attached to the "readme" file that comes with the hacked content (which can be found here), Skid Row alerted other hackers that the group's methods were safeguarded against reverse-engineering in order to fend off competing hacking groups and Ubisoft itself.
Office 2010 available on MSDN/TechNet
Microsoft has released the final build (4763.1000) of Office 2010 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today.
Microsoft said on Friday that its new Office suite, due in May for businesses and June for consumers, had reached the released to manufacturing (RTM) milestone. The build leaked shortly after the official RTM announcement last Friday. Volume License customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the RTM bits on April 27. Microsoft is holding business launch event for Office 2010 in New York on May 12. Consumers will not be able to purchase the product until June.
Stone Giant Public Demo
Key features of the BitSquid Tech (PC version) include:
- Highly parallel, data oriented design
- Support for all new DX11 GPUs, including the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 Series and AMD Radeon 5000 series
- Compute Shader 5 based depth of field effects
- Dynamic level of detail through displacement map tessellation
- Stereoscopic 3D support for NVIDIA 3dVision
PS3 and Xbox 360 support will be available in the fall of 2010.
SilverStone SFX Form Factor 450W PSU
SilverStone released its latest power supply for small form factor (SFF) cases which seems to be a grwoth market.
The enw PSU is called the ST45SF SFX Form Factor PSU. This PSU in its limited form measuring 125 mm (W)