Flash Player 10.2 released: Stage Video full h/w acceleration
Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, complete with support for Stage Video full hardware acceleration. Available initially for Windows, Mac and Linux, Flash Player 10.2 promises 1080p HD streaming video playback with just 1 to 15-percent CPU load on Stage Video supported systems. Meanwhile, Adobe is promising phone and tablet Flash Player 10.2 news
ASUS updates its Sandy Bridge SATA flaw response
ASUS issued a new press release with new information on how it will handle replacements of motherboards with Intel's flawed 6-series chipsets:
ASUS has finalized initial internal discussions outlining our strategy and process to fully support our customers for the replacement or refund of products containing the affected Intel 6 Series support chipset. In addition, we have created a dedicated website that outlines our response, describes options for the return or refund of products and a workaround solution for current owners of these products. The site is located here, and contains general information, step by step directions, service registration form and contact information for our valued customers.
- Product replacements will be new products and based on current Intel schedules, they should be the same product that the customer currently owns and will be available in several weeks. ASUS will handle product replacements directly with customers currently owning the affected products outlined here - http://service.asus.com/notice/Overview.aspx#affected . If the customer is not satisfied with the free replacement service, then we sincerely ask that they contact their E-tailer or actual place of purchase for a refund now. ASUS will also cover shipping costs for customers wanting a direct replacement product. This includes standard two-way shipping for the return of affected product and the delivery of equivalent/new products.
- Although advanced RMA options are offered on our standard range of motherboards in the first year (P8P67 PRO and above) of warranty, we will extend this advanced RMA option to all products affected by this Cougar Point design error. Details of this option are available here - http://service.asus.com/notice/FAQ.aspx.
- Potential warranty adjustments or any items related to new warranty terms are still under discussion locally. In the meantime, our standard warranty and terms of service apply for any affected products shipped to customers.
- This customer care response plan is specific for products purchased in North America (USA and Canada). Other regions might have a different policies or procedures pertaining to the replacement or refund of affected products. We ask that customers outside of North America please contact their local region for instructions.
Windows 7 SP1 to arrive on February 22nd ?
A site called Win states that Microsoft will release Windows 7 SP1 RTM on MSDN on February 16th, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22nd. For regular consumers, SP1 will not add any new features or applications, just fixes.
Microsoft has informed close partners that SP1 has hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive the bits on February 16, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22. According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft sent out internal announcements to mark the RTM of Windows 7 SP1 in January. Russian site Wzor confirmed the RTM too and has leaked several versions of Windows 7 SP1 for various languages.
Microsoft has yet to announce the RTM milestone publicly. WinRumors previously asked Microsoft officials multiple times to confirm whether Microsoft had reached the RTM milestone for Windows 7 SP1 but company officials would only reply in January with
AMD benefiting from Intel chipset issues
AMD has been fielding requests from original-equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and electronics retailers for help and product as a result of a design error in an Intel support chip, Leslie Sobon, AMD vice president of product and platform marketing.
"We have some customers and retailers who have come to us specifically as a result of Intel's chip problem," Sobon said. "Some retailers have had to take things off their shelves, so they call us to ask what they could get from our OEMs that's similar. And OEMs are asking us for product, as well."
AMD's Sobon said OEMs who have two models of a computer--one that uses an AMD chip and one that uses an Intel chip--are requesting more processors to be able to release additional models of the AMD-powered PCs. And retailers are asking AMD about what PCs are available at similar price points or screen sizes, she said.
Sobon said most of the demand is for mainstream computing chips, for notebooks costing more than $500. The company's Fusion combo chip for mainstream computers isn't expected until mid-2011, but Sobon said some customers are requesting more of its lower-end Fusion chips, as well as its older mainstream computer processors.
HIS Radeon HD 6950 Fan 1GB
HIS introduces the Radeon HD 6950 Fan 1GB GDDR5. This new edition features a 800MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 5000MHz. Pricing is said to be around 215EUR when it becomes available on February 18th.
TODAY, Hightech Information System launches its 6950 Fan 1GB graphics card. Loaded with the 6950 GPU, the 1GB supplies you an performance at lower costs.
HIS 6950 Fan 1GB GDDR5 accelerates advanced PC gaming by running at 800MHz core clock speed and 5,000MHz memory clock speed. Loaded with1408 stream processors and high-end technology such as AMD HD3D, Eyefinity 4, EyeDefinition and EyeSpeed, the 1GB version allows our enthusiastic gamers to experience incredible performance scalability with a more affordable price.
HD3D Stereoscopic Technology
HD3D technology transmits two separate images to each of your eyes at the same time at a resolution beyond 1080p. Supported with HD3D glasses, this technological innovation comes with Stereo 3D gaming, Blu-rayTM 3D, 3rd Party Stereo 3D middleware software and 6900 Series GPU support.
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Scythe Gouriki 3 and Gouriki 3 Plug-in PSUs revealed
Scythe introduced six new Gouriki 3 power supplies, including three models with fixed cables and three Plug-in versions with modular cables. All units offer 80Plus Bronze certification.
The Gouriki 3 power supplies meet the 80Plus Bronze certification and reaches an efficiency of 82 to 89% at 20/50/100% load. As usual for Scythe, all components are designed for long life in accordance with Japanese standards. In addition, the Gouriki 3 series was equipped with an improved dual 12V rail, which ensures stable and interference-free operation. The 45 to 55 cm long cable strands of the plug-in, as well as the standard version are completely encased in durable, black mesh tube.
For cooling, a controlled 140 mm fan from the proven Scythe Slip Stream series is used. In addition, users have the option to connect two case fans directly to the power supply. These fans are then individually controlled by an integrated, intelligent fan controller according to the load and the temperature of the PSU. A sufficient level of security is assured due to the variety of protection circuits. Furthermore, three-year warranty is granted by Scythe on the new Gouriki 3 series.
Scythe Gouriki 3 power supply series is now available for the following MSRP:
* Gouriki 3 500 W Plug-in: 72,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 600 W Plug-in: 79,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 700 W Plug-in: 92,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 500 W: 65,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 600 W: 72,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
* Gouriki 3 700 W: 85,00 EUR (excluding VAT)
Model Name and Item Number:
* Gouriki 3 500 W Plug-In (GOURIKI3-500A)
* Gouriki 3 600 W Plug-In (GOURIKI3-600A)
* Gouriki 3 700 W Plug-In (GOURIKI3-700A)
* Gouriki 3 500 W (GOURIKI3-500A)
* Gouriki 3 600 W (GOURIKI3-600A)
* Gouriki 3 700 W (GOURIKI3-700A)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 150
ECS RMA action on Intel 6 Series Chipset Design Error
Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 10th, 2011
ASUS GTX560 DirectCU II review
The ASUS GTX560 DirectCU II or SKU name ENGTX560 TI-DCII tested today indeed comes all customized and factory overclocked, with quality grade components and a robust build the dark PCB of the GTX560 DirectCU II will carry a GPU clocked at 900 MHz and memory at 4200 MHz, both thus a nice chunk faster than reference.
have a quick peek and then head onwards into the review which you can find right here.
Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs at Computex 2011
Intel reportedly has completed the design of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors and will showcase the new CPUs at Computex Taipei 2011 in June, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Meanwhile, AMD has also accelerated the production of its Llano APUs and is expected to begin shipping the APUs to ODM/OEM makers in May at the earliest instead of the original schedule set in the third quarter, the paper noted.
Well, we'll wait and see, first up is CeBIT in Germany.
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Dual-core Sandy Bridge laptop CPUs arrive on February 20
Intel revealed dual-core versions of its Core i5 and Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" laptop processors will arrive on February 20th. The new chips will run at speeds from 1.4GHz to 2.7GHz and feature a TDP of 14W to 35W.
"The new microprocessors will draw between 17 watts and 35 watts of power and run at speeds between 1.4GHz and 2.7GHz, according to the chip maker's website. The Sandy Bridge microprocessors, launched in early January, integrate a CPU and graphics processor in a single chip.
The first Sandy Bridge processors to ship were quad-core chips, mainly for high-end laptops. The dual-core chips will likely go into end-user and ultraportable laptops, many of which were shown at last month's Consumer Electronics Show. Fujitsu said it plans to use dual-core Core i7 chips in its high-end ultraportable laptops".
Intel to retire old 45nm chips
Intel is to place several processors at End of Life status, the processors effected are various 45nm desktop processors, including the the Pentium E5400, E6500, the Core 2 Duo E7400, E8400, and the quad-core Core 2 Quad Q8300, Q8400, Q8400S, Q9505, Q9550, Q9550S and Q9650.
Orders of the boxed editions will be valid until August 26, 2011after which supplies will run out, tray processors will stop shipping on February 10, 2012.
Scythe Announces Mine 2 CPU Cooler
Japanese cooling specialist Scythe hereby officially announces the launch the new high-end CPU Cooler Mine 2. The Mine 2 CPU Cooler is based on a twin cooler Layout. Eight copper heatpipes transport heat to two generously dimensioned cooling blocks. By placing the fan in between the 2 heatsink towers, intake as well as exhale airflows are optimized to provide high performance. Furthermore, the lower part of the installed fan is designed to cool the devices around the CPU socket, such as voltage regulators and RAM. The structure of the heat sink makes it possible to use a total of up to three fans by purchasing separately sold fan clips. In this manner, the air flow and thus the cooling capacity of the Mine 2 will be significantly increased by using the push / pull principle.
By default, the Mine 2 will be delivered with a centrally placed, adjustable 140 mm Slip Stream PWM & VR fan. Although the fan supports the PWM feature, the user can manually adjust the PWM bandwidth between 470 to 1,370 rpm and 740 to 1,900 rpm. Despite the changed bandwidth, the fan is still controlled by the PWM signal from the motherboard, allowing an individual but also dynamic fan control. Alternatively it is possible to disable the PWM function. Instead the fan can be controlled manually in a range of 500 to 1,700 rpm. This gives every user the option to optimize the Mine 2 CPU cooler for performance or low noise according to own preferences.
For safe and stable attachment to the motherboard, the new F.M.S.B.3 (Super Flip Mount Backplate 3) mounting system is used. Due to the improved design of the backplate, Mine 2 CPU is compatible with all current sockets, including the new LGA1155.
Scythe Mine 2 will be available worldwide from early February 2011 for 50.50 Euro (Excl. VAT).
- Model Name: Mine 2 CPU Cooler
- Model No.: SCMN-2000
- Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Socket T / LGA775
Dimensions: 130x 143 x 160 mm / 5.12 x 5.63 x 6.30 in
- Weight Included Fan: 1,150 g / 40.57 oz.
- Accessory: Back-Plate, Mounting Screws, Metal Assembly Clips, Pair of Fan Clips, Thermal Grease, Rubber, Installation Guide
- Model Name: Slip Stream 140 PWM & V.R.
- Model No. SM1425SL12HPVS
- Fan Dimensions 140 x 140 x 25 mm / 5.51 x 5.51 x 0.98 in
- Fan Speed
PWM Max. Band 650 (
PlextorM2S Series SSD with SATA III
Plextor will be launching a new solid state drive (SSD)
Intel resumes 6-series shipments for PCs not impacted by the design issue
Intel provides on update on the problems with its 6-series chipsets. The main news is that the company will resume shipments of 6 series chipsets for use only in PC system configuration that are not impacted by the design issue. In addition, Intel also reveals that new, updated 6-series chipsets are in production.
They are expected to start shipping by mid-February.
On January 31, 2011, Intel disclosed a design issue with a support chip, the Intel
Transformers 3 Trailer 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
In case you missed it, Paramount debuted the official Super Bowl TV spot on MichaelBay.com for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay's third Transformers movie. We all saw that moon landing teaser trailer last year, but this time we actually get to see some real footage and it looks great ..
The cast includes many of the same: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro; as well as: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand and Alan Tudyk. Watch the Transformers Super Bowl spot below!
Call of Juarez: The Cartel Announced
Ubisoft announced the development of Call of Juarez The Cartel, the third game in the Call of Juarez series. Developed by Techland for next-gen consoles and Windows PC, Call of Juarez The Cartel will be available worldwide Summer 2011.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel is set in present day and brings the best elements of the Wild West to a new and modern setting. As a first person shooter with an immersive and mature story, players can expect to embark on a journey like no other