Corsair launches Obsidian Series 800D chassis
Corsair today at Computex 2009 announced its entry into the PC chassis category with the launch of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D.
Flexible, roomy and sturdy, the Obsidian Series 800D full tower chassis was designed exclusively by Corsair and incorporates features demanded by the enthusiast market.
BFG Upgrades Phobos with new Intel Core i7 950 & 975
BFG announced today that the Phobos
Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 BE review
AMD is announcing two new dual-core processors today, one based on the Phenom II architecture... the other branded under the Athlon II series. As such let me reveal the names, AMD launches their AM3 socket 45nm process based Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 BE.
- Athlon II X2 250 at 3.0 GHz for 87 USD
- Phenom II X2 550 BE at 3.1 GHz for 102 USD
Have a peek at the two new AMD goblins which both deliver a surprising and compelling amount of performance for at the sub 100 USD level.
You can read that Guru3D article here.
NVIDIA talks DX compute compatibility Windows 7
Here over in Taiwan, NVIDIA gave a presentation in which they were definitely flexing their muscles. Windows 7 is going to get full GPU acceleration, in the core of Windows 7. This means CUDA will finally see a break through as within Vista many applications can be GPU accelerated or enhanced. We have a quick recap of the press conference right here.
Computex Day 0 - Before it begins
Today Guru3D lands at Taipei to check out this years Computex which will start tomorrow, the 2nd. The first part of Guru3D's Computex 2009 coverage. We check out the work in progress at the exhibition ground and visit an NVIDIA press conference
So this week you'll be able to read Computex reports coming from Taipei. We'll try and do this in a loose style as you are used to from us, similar to our CeBIT articles. We brought along some pretty dandy photo-kit and hope to bring you some nice photo's of the newest stuff shown at Computex 2009.
Today is day-0, as in one day before Computex starts. We typically have a peek at the exhibition grounds, pick up the press-badge etc etc. However, NVIDIA gave a press-conference which we just attended, we'll start off our reporting there, and then head onwards towards the exhibition grounds where, if allowed we'll sneak into the exhibition grounds and see stands being build, people practicing their presentations, booth-babes learning their dance routines and of course ..the usual stress and madness to get everything going.
Welcome to Taipei, welcome to Guru3D's Computex 2009 Report. Click at the URL below to read our first installment:
StarCraft 2 Scheduled For Late 2009 Release
"We're targeting an end of year release--this year--for StarCraft 2," said Morhaime of the PC strategy title. "But as always, we won't release it until it meets our standards and the expectations of our players."
This confirms earlier rumors that the first installment of the new StarCraft trilogy, Terrans: Wings of Liberty, will be out in time for this year's holiday season.
Viral Marketing Video Disguised As Hack Attack
Despite the idea being pretty old already, this video of a few hackers "taking over the lighting controls in an urban skyscraper in order to play the world
Microsoft Versus EU: Browser Wars - Part 2
The history of the EU's antitrust battles with Microsoft date back to March 24, 2004, when the "EU says Microsoft broke antitrust law by denying technical information to competitors and bundling its Media Player software with Windows" and forced them to pay a 497 million Euros fine. These legal battles ended for the time being on January 15, 2009, when the "EU sends preliminary charges to Microsoft, saying it believes the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows is illegal."
Apparently though, the European Union wants to change its previous course of action and diverge from punishing violators of EU laws with steep fines and move to a new round of sanctions:
"Rather than forcing Microsoft to strip its Internet Explorer from Windows, people close to the case say, the EU is now ready to try the opposite measure: Forcing a bunch of browsers into Windows, thus diluting Microsoft's advantage.
The sanctions would come from an EU investigation that began last year. In a sign of how rapidly the case is progressing, these people say, the possible penalty has emerged as a key focus in discussions between the parties.
The potential action would be a sharp parting blow by Europe's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, as she enters the waning months of a term marked by aggressive enforcement. This month, Mrs. Kroes hit semiconductor maker Intel Corp. with a record antitrust fine of $1.48 billion.
The EU hasn't made a final ruling on Microsoft, and likely won't for at least several weeks. An EU spokesman says any sanction against Microsoft "would be based on the fundamental principle of unbiased choice."
Google's Vision of a Holodeck
Yeah, I know. One might say I watched too much Star Trek when I was a little kid, but stuff like this just makes me really excited. During last week's Google I/O event, the popular search giant's annual developer conference in San Francisco, California, Google presented "a contraption it calls the "Holodeck," for event-goers to experience. Basically, it's a near-360 degree way to view Google Street View in fast motion, high definition video."
But have a look and judge for yourself:
JMicron About To Unveil New Improved Flash Controller For SSDs
As many of you might know, previous SSDs which incorporated JMicron's JMF602 flash controller experienced stuttering problems during random write operations, and their follow-up chip, the JMF602B, only partially fixed the issues, forcing companies "to combine two JMF602B chips and an internal RAID chip from JMicron to boost performance."
It seems that JMicron learned from those mistakes though and is going to unveil "a new NAND flash controller for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs) in the near future. The JMF612 chip uses an ARM9 core in a 289-ball TFBGA package, and will support the use of up to 256MB of DDR or DDR2 DRAM as an external cache.
The JMF612 chip is designed especially for a new generation of NAND flash chips built using smaller process geometries that will be entering the market soon. The new flash chips will be smaller, faster, and cheaper to manufacture. IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron, is already building 34nm NAND, while 32nm NAND from Samsung and Toshiba will soon be entering production. The use of a cheap single-chip controller and new higher density flash chips could cut prices in half by the vital Christmas shopping season.
The first terabyte SSDs on the market could end up using this controller chip. It uses eight memory channels to access its storage quickly and without lag."
JVC LT-42WX70 LCD TV monitor for high-end digital SLR camera users
Well, this is a weird yet new concept. JVC will release the Xiview LT-42WX70 which is a 42-inch class 120Hz 1080p LCD TV monitor that targets digital imaging professionals and enthusiasts using high-end digital SLR cameras, allowing them for the first time to see the subtle colors, details and textures of their images faithfully reproduced.
The JVC Xiview LT-42WX70 monitor features expanded color space capacity encompassing 100 percent of HDTV broadcasting
PSP Go leak confirms 16GB memory and Bluetooth
A leak Saturday morning on Sony's own PlayStation forums has confirmed major details of the PSP Go now expected to debut at E3. Spotted in a Qore episode slipped out early, the device is as rumored and switches to a slider design that renders it much more portable. It now also has 16GB of internal memory (plus a card slot) that gives it a much greater role as a media player and signals a shift to download-only PSP games; the PSP Go drops the UMD drive entirely.
Newly spotted in the video is built-in Bluetooth support that lets users voice chat in games or Skype with any Bluetooth headset. The company also says it will be possible to tether the PSP Go to a cellphone over Bluetooth, though what features would be allowed through the link aren't known; it implies support for taking calls from the phone through the PSP itself.
Supporting the latest rumors, a Sony spokesman in the video says the Go won't replace the existing PSP for at least its initial launch and will be an alternative for those who don't depend on a library of UMD-based games. A price and a ship date aren't given.
The escaped details all but confirm an aggressive about-face for Sony in the portable world, where it has regularly struggled against its obvious competitor the Nintendo DS but has been facing added heat from the iPod touch. Although the Apple and Sony devices have different interfaces and different primary focuses, the iPod touch has been increasingly marketed as a gaming device by Apple and has long had more advanced media playback.
Alienware M17x Laptop
With Dell's Alienware line, you can be at the elast enjoy a decent gaming experience wrapped up in aa portable package, and their latest addition to the family would be the Dell M17x laptop. This Alienware laptop will start from $1,799 upwards, where the base 17" model will feature the following :-
- 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX260M GPU
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz P8600 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 250GB 7200-rpm hard drive
- Slot-loading DVD-RW drive
- 9-cell battery
- nVidia GeForce 9400M G1 GPU with HybridPower technology
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
Of course, you can always upgrade the DVD-RW drive to a Blu-ray model by throwing in more dough, but that would also mean including the optional 1,920 x 1,200 resolution edge-to-edge LCD upgrade as well in order to take full advantage of it.
Ehm, naah I'll stick to a PC that is upgradable .. thjanks anyway :-)
Verbatim TuneBoard Keyboard
Verbatim is back in da house with a brand new TuneBoard Keyboard, and dude it comes with built-in speakers to get you started right out-of-the-box, although don't expect this to blow your mind away with the audio quality it produces.
Apart from integrated speakers, the TuneBoard Keyboard even comes with iTunes control keys, switchable backlighting and bass boost, alongside connectivity options to hook up a pair of headphones and microphone.
Do you think $70 for the Verbatime TuneBorard is worth the money?
Onkyo LA21TW-01S Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor
Ok let me just say that I am the biggest Onkyo fan when it comes to their high-end AV receivers. In fact I own their Onkyo TX-NR905 for my home coinema needs, and it was prolly one of the best purchases in my entire life.
As it seems though they are slowly expanding their product line. As such, Onkyo is now offering LCD monitors as well. And these are not exactly sexy looking.
Onkyo Japan is going to release its new 21.5-inch LA21TW-01S widescreen Full HD LCD monitor in the Land of the Rising Sun June 1st for
Is HTML5 Going To Change The OS Market?
Regardless of the underlying operating system, HTML5 promises the ability to run applications platform-independant. Already being confirmed to be supported by Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla it is more than likely that all major browsers are going to feature an updated interpreter for the new version of the web programming language.
HTML 5 is currently in the developing stage and more than likely to remain in it for a few more years. Despite that, "its focus on running applications within the browser is an important driver of interest in cloud computing, where applications live somewhere off on the Internet and are delivered by the browser.
The focus of future browsers will shift from "going places" to "doing things." This will be a boon to free operating systems, which will increasingly be able to hide themselves under the browser user interface. While Windows and Mac OSX won't go away overnight, the pressure on them will be to innovate beyond the browser, perhaps through a common set of extensions for HTML5 applications to use."
Tim Berners-Lee's New WWW of Linked Data
Tim Berners-Lee, who is considered the father of the World Wide Web, talked about the next version of the WWW as he envisions it, at this year's TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference at the Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California.
"For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together."
New Mafia 2 E3 Trailer
Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Mafia 2 would be delayed and promptly a new trailer hits the web. This video showcases new in-engine footage and is an early E3 2009 trailer. This really makes the waiting so much harder...