VGA Deals of the Day - June 29th 09
Alrighty, it's time to see if we can spot some cheap graphics cards again. Let's have a look at the most popular graphics cards available ... and the best price tags they carry:
- XFX Radeon HD 4890 Video Card 1024MB - Awesome deal really ! We spotted the buffed 4890 with 1 GB memory for only $199.99, absolutely worth every cent, period !
- Asus Radeon HD 4870 1024MB - My man, check this out ... as far as I am concerned the deal of the day, $139.99 I am not kidding here !
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card 512MB - Again a little gem of a graphics card, with custom cooler as well. We spotted it at $94.99 making it cheaper than a Radeon HD 4770.
- MSI GeForce GTX 285 1GB OC edition - It's hard to beat the prices you have seen above, but we did spot NVIDIA's flagship at only $299.99
- PNY GeForce GTX 275 896MB - But hey now .. check this out .. the GTX 275 is absolutely brilliant and we spotted it at $199.99 -- a very fair deal.
- PNY GeForce GTX 260 Video Card - Also a pretty nice deal, great performance at a great price $149.99
Deal of the day
- As you guys can see, prices are falling hard. Our deal of the day however really is that Asus Radeon HD 4870 1024MB, $139.99 is just an extraordinary price.
Intel Clarkdale 32nm desktop CPU brought forward to Q4?
It seems that Intels upcoming 32nm Clarkdale processor could be seeing a release sooner than expected, according to unnamed sources at motherboard manufacturers. The company has reportedly brought forward mass-production of the Clarkdale CPU to Q4 2009, compared to the original Q1 2010 date on their timetable.
Clarkdale will have two cores each capable of two threads, and include integrated graphics and a memory controller. It
Windows 7 way more expensive in EU
ComputerWorld reports Microsoft will charge Europeans up to 100 percent more than in the U.S. for its upcoming Windows 7 operating system. Europeans pay about 41 percent more for the Home Premium edition, 91 percent more for Ultimate, and about double as much for the Professional edition:
U.S. consumers will pay only $119 for the same software after a two-week pre-order sales discount expires July 11. That means EU residents will pay 41% more, and U.K. consumers 10% more, than U.S. buyers for Home Premium Upgrade.
Other editions will come with an even higher surcharge. Windows 7 Professional, the key retail edition for businesses, will sport a price tag of
Elemental CUDA plugin for Adobe Creative Suite CS4
NVIDIA announced Elemental Technologies has released an Adobe Creative Suite CS4 plugin that should dramatically boost performance for users with NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards.
The Elemental Accelerator 2.0 plugin costs a nausiating $249 but promises to boost performance by up to 11x when compared to CPU-only H.264 video encoding.
NVIDIA is offering exclusive discounts of up to 50 percent on plug-ins from Elemental Technologies, Boris FX, Red Giant Software and proDAD when purchased at NVIDIA.com.
Among the plug-ins being offered is the NVIDIA CUDA(TM) architecture-based Elemental Accelerator 2.0 for Windows from Elemental Technologies (MSRP $499 discounted to $249). By leveraging the CUDA parallel computing architecture, this new plug-in offloads H.264 video encoding to the Quadro GPU, enabling Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 users to experience a performance increase of up to 11X when compared to CPU-only video encoders. Now available on a range of Quadro GPUs, Elemental Accelerator 2.0 supports the creation of Blu-ray DVDs and web content using Flash. In addition, NVIDIA and Elemental Technologies are bringing accelerated H.264 video encoding capabilities to Mac Pro users for the first time with the new Elemental Accelerator 1.2 for Mac OS X running on the Quadro FX 4800 for Mac.
"The enhanced performance of Elemental Accelerator 2.0, combined with an expanded line-up of Quadro GPUs, delivers exceptional value and increased productivity to a wide range of video professionals," said Sam Blackman, CEO of Elemental Technologies. "The Quadro GPU's CUDA architecture has enabled the Elemental Accelerator to offer faster than real-time H.264 encoding speed for Blu-ray and web production, while delivering exceptional image quality with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC files."
In addition, customers using NVIDIA's latest Quadro GPUs are eligible for exclusive discounts on plug-in solutions from Red Giant Software, Boris FX and proDAD. Available on the NVIDIA web site, these plug-ins allow users to further harness the power of the Quadro GPU to experience dramatic time savings over conventional CPU-only solutions when creating compelling 3D visual and lighting effects.
"The ability to develop real-time motion graphics and effortlessly perform color correction are very important developments for Adobe CS4 users," said Sean Safreed, product director of Red Giant Software. "The work we have done with NVIDIA on our GPU-accelerated plug-ins enables a creative professional to tap into the power of the Quadro GPU in their system, and freely experiment with a wide range of visual effects and color control, thereby enhancing the creativity of their final production."
The full line of Quadro GPUs are optimized to enable GPU-acceleration across the entire family of Adobe CS4 applications including: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash and Photoshop. From importing files and editing multi-video streams, to previewing video content, video professionals can now optimize their work-flow and enhance the creative process.
"Quadro GPUs offer the best performance for Adobe CS4 professionals," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Business Unit at NVIDIA. "Offering GPU-accelerated plug-ins to Adobe videographers and enabling them to choose the Quadro FX solution that best fits their budget illustrates our commitment to delivering performance and value to the Adobe user community."
Altec Lansing OMNI Speakers
Woaaah, hate them love them .. but you'll agree with me, they are something special. What looks like tall vases that flank the TV are actually Altec Lansing OMNI speakers which boasts heavy construction to ensure lesser vibrations and superior sound quality. Each of these speakers will hold a woofer, a mid-range speaker and a tweeter located on the top. They'll co-exist peacefully with one another since they're shielded via a ceramic plate, while the cone that sits atop each speaker will help distribute any sound that comes out from it in an equal manner.
The three of them don
Elpida Receives 2.1 Billion USD in Aid
Japan's troubled chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. is set to receive around 200 billion yen (2.1 billion dollars) in public and private financial aid over three years, according to a newspaper report. Under the plan, the government-backed Development Bank of Japan will acquire preferred shares in the company, with the government effectively guaranteeing 80 percent of them, the Nikkei business daily said.
The government is expected to officially approve about 30 billion yen in capital for the chipmaker as early as next week, the newspaper reported. The DBJ separately plans to offer 10 billion yen in loans to Elpida, while the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, another government-run bank, will provide 20-30 billion yen in emergency loans, the Nikkei said.
A syndicate of Japan's three megabanks and others is slated to lend around 100 billion yen to Elpida, it said, adding that a public-private fund that supports innovation will also consider providing tens of billions of yen.
Elpida -- the world's third largest maker of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips used in mobile phones and home electronics -- has been hit hard by tough business conditions amid the global downturn. Japan's government launched a programme to support ailing companies in April, as Asia's biggest economy grapples with its worst recession since World War II.
More Japanese companies are expected to follow suit and ask for help.
MSI P55-GD80 Pixelized
Our colleagues from TPU found a photo (by way of sav-computers website) of the upcoming MSI P55-GD80 motherboard for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 Lynnfield and Clarkdale procesors.
The board uses a 10-phase CPU power circuit with standard solid-state capacitors, compared to the 11-phase circuit with flat-bed ML capacitors on the G9P55-DC. This board surprisingly has more overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board controls for clock-speeds, clear-CMOS, OC-Genie, a DIP switch to control voltages, and voltage-sensing points that make measuring voltages convenient. Apart from the Intel P55 PCH, it uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip that broadcasts 16 PCI-Express lanes (from the processor root complex) to 32 lanes on the PCI-E x16 slots. Apart from the six SATA II ports the PCH provides, an additional controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector. Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and around 13 USB ports make for the rest of the package.
Click on the thumbnail to see the full photo.
Turn ultrasound data into plaster models of unborn child
A new medical technology developed by PhD student Jorge Lopes at the Royal College of Art enables parents to hold a life-size model of their unborn child. The Brazilian student has pioneered the conversion of data from ultrasound and MRI scans into life-size plaster models of living embryos. More details and photos at DailyMail.
Windows 7 to ship on USB drives as well ?
According to Microsoft it is considering to ship Windows 7 on USB flash drives to allow netbook owners to more easily upgrade their machines:
The move, which is still under consideration, is one of several things Microsoft has looked at to try to make it convenient to upgrade machines that don't come with a CD or DVD drives.
Microsoft executives have said that they recognize that upgrading Netbooks poses a challenge and are exploring ways that the company can make it easier. In an interview on Thursday, Senior Vice President Bill Veghte said that Microsoft had nothing to announce on that front.
Although a USB flash drive could offer the simplest way to move a Netbook to Windows 7, there are other options. Buyers with an external drive could hook up that to their Netbook, while another option would be an upgrade through a service such as Best Buy's Geek Squad. Microsoft also sells a downloadable version of Windows today, so, in theory it could do the same with Windows 7, allowing buyers to put the OS on their own thumb drive.
Matt Bonin, a merchant director at Best Buy, said this week that the company is aiming to work with Geek Squad to develop services to streamline Windows 7 upgrades. As for Netbooks, he said the company recognizes the challenge they present and said the store already offers services to load other types of software, such as antivirus programs.
Guru3D - Contest 1 photo entries
Okay my friends, seventeen pages of photo's, totalling up to a selection of 135 entries in the first selection in this competition. A lot of people have entered Contest 1 the 'A decade of Guru3D' photo contest.
Some of you went for a fairly normal photo, others where really creative, and again others made some really hard effort out of their projects.
We absolutely love to see the diversity on photo's entered. Guru3D is a global website, and if anything this contest has proven that. America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Asia .. photo's came in from everywhere, and that made me a very proud site owner.
Of course the final winners still need to be picked, but we wanted to share with you guys 135 of the most interesting photo's entered in this competition !
Check out all the photo entries here. And again, this is a first selection .. some entries did not make it, and later (likely in a week from now) the final five winners will be announced.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 in the pipeline
This actually is not a new rumor as we talked about a Phenom II X4 965 processor in the past already. But it seems that AMD's yields on Phenom II are really good, very soon they will be launching a 3.4 GHz model of the AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor. This might actually happen within the next two weeks.
The processor would get a multiplier of 17. At 3.4 GHz it would be a good chunk faster, well 200 MHz, faster than the current flagship, the Phenom II 955.
If the new processor will be a black edition (unlocked multiplier) remains to be seen, but logic dictates it will be the case. You can again expect a 2MB L2 cache, 6MB shared L3 cache and a very likely TDP at 125 Watt.
Rumored is that the Phenom II X4 965 will be launched along with the 785 chipset with Socket AM3. We expect this new processor to be priced fair again, at 249 USD.
If you like to learn more or read up on the Phenom II X4 955 processor and it's performance, check out our review here.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 2.18.0013 For XP|Vista and Win 7
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP support for Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.
Beta version was out a while already, but this is the final version. Also the 1st official Windows 7 driver for X-Fi.
Download: click here
DataSlide suggests Hard Rectangular Drive
A company named DataSlide has presented a new type of mechanical HDD that could bring massive improvements in performance and power efficiency.
The company is developing what it calls "Massive 2D Parallel Storage Technology," which effectively takes the spinning disk of a standard HDD and turns it into a two-sided rectangular plate. That plate then slides in between two surfaces containing arrays of read/write heads, one head per sector. With no arms to zip around DataSlide is projecting up to 160,000 operations per second and 500MB/s transfer rates, numbers that blow even the fastest SSDs out of the water, and power consumption of less than four watts. That the heads and the storage are actually making physical contact all the time is disconcerting, but a diamond coating pledges "years of worry free service." Yes, diamonds, the things able to scratch just about anything else on the planet -- sounds like a great lubricant to us.
Acer H235H 23-inch LCD display revealed
Acer announced a new HD LCD display today to add to their current line of HD displays. It
Intel to launch new 34nm SSDs in two weeks?
It looks like Intel may be ready to launch new solid-state drives based on 34nm NAND technology within two weeks or less, a report claims. Rumored since January, the drives are expected to ship in 80, 160 and 320GB capacities, the last being significant for more practically replacing a conventional hard disk. Other capacities may also be in the works, dense enough to replace many notebook hard drives, a source says.
The 34nm process is said to offer several advantages, including not only higher capacities but faster performance. Intel may also be able or willing to lower prices, traditionally the greatest obstacle to SSD adoption; an SSD-equipped MacBook Air, for instance, is $300 more than one using the default hard drive. Airs are not, however, believed to currently use Intel drives.
LG shows ultra-slim Full LED 55-inch LCD HDTVs
LG have unveiled two new
Corsair launches P128 and P64 SSD drives
Corsair today announced two new products in its Performance Series SSD family: the P128 and P64 high-performance solid-state drives.
Building on the success of the award-winning P256 SSD, the Corsair P128 delivers the same 220MB/sec read speeds and 200MB/sec write speeds as its higher capacity cousin, at a lower cost. The P64 is one of the best-performing, lower-density SSDs available, with read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 120MB/sec. Both drives utilize the same cutting-edge technology as the P256, including a sophisticated Samsung controller IC with 128MB of cache memory and NCQ support to deliver class-leading, stutter-free performance.