ECS working on Sandy Bridge mobo with Hydra
The launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge (mainstream at first) processors is getting closer, and with it comes a new CPU socket, and a new motherboard chipsets. The first photo's on P67 chipset based motherboards have been floating around the web for a while now. ECS is also working on a few of these motherboards and is making sure that both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards work combined together. yep, they are adding a Lucid Hydra chip like some of the competition.
Now we are not keen on the extra chip at all, as overall experiences with Hydra are far from impressive and user friendly.
The motherboard we refer to is the P67H2-A based on the upcoming socket LGA 1155 is which is powered by a 14-phase VRM.
The motherboard comes with three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (x16, x16, NC / x16, x8, x8 most likely) as well as a pair of PCI Express x1 and two PCI slots. The motherboard also shows dual Gigabit Ethernet and two NEC USB 3.0 controllers that will bring you a total of four USB 3.0 ports. We also can see six SATA 3 Gbps ports and two SATA 6 Gbps controllers (for two internal ports) and a number of USB 2.0 ports, plus eSATA. The colleagues over at BitTech snagged a photo of this unit, have a peek (click on the thumbnail).
Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 pictured
Zigmatek revealed the Gaia SD1283, an upcoming CPU cooler with three 8mm copper heatpipes, an aluminium fin array and a 120mm white LED fan.
The cooler is sized 120 (W) x 50 (D) x 159 (H) mm and as stated comes with an array of hree 8mm copper heatpipes, nice and thick alright. The included fan is sized 120mm and operated at 800 to 1500 RPM at 16 to 24 dBA. It also has four white LEDs embedded as it seems. Pricing and availability unknown at this time.
Motorola and HTC to use NVIDIA Tegra 2
Good news for NVIDIA, their Tegra 2 has received orders from HTC and Motorola, according to a report by DigiTimes.
As iPad has recently triggered several IT brands to launch tablet PCs, Nvidia has successfully caught up with the trend and its Tegra 2 has already landed orders for use in Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Toshiba and High Tech Computer's (HTC's) tablet PCs, while the processor has also entered the smartphone market and landed orders from Motorola. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, at the company-hosted GTC 2010 also noted that Motorola is one of the major clients that Nvidia is cooperating with for the long term.
After receiving orders from Asustek, HTC and Motorola, Nvidia's GPU lineup has successfully expanded from only the PC market to also the handset and the consumer electronics markets. The company's inferior status in competition against AMD and Intel, is expected to see a significant improvement.
OCZ Launches Onyx 2 SSD
OCZ Technologyunveiled the OCZ Onyx 2 Series, a 2.5 inch SSD with affordability designed for mainstream desktops and mobile systems. Offering a faster and more durable alternative to traditional hard drives in a cost-efficient solution, the Onyx 2 delivers excellent performance with lower price per gigabyte than that of other comparable drives on the market.
"While we are constantly looking to push the envelope in solid state drive performance, we are also dedicated to making the technology more affordable to consumers," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The new Onyx 2 Series SSDs give customers the very best of both worlds when it comes to performance and value, and they are an ideal solution for mobile and desktop users that want to take advantage of all the benefits that SSDs offer over traditional rotational based drives."
OCZ continues to expand its consumer SSD lineup with the goals of not only delivering cutting-edge performance, but also of making SSDs more affordable to help foster adoption of this game-changing technology. Designed to offer the best of both worlds, the SandForce-driven Onyx 2 delivers 270MB/s read, 265MB/s write, and up to 10,000 random write IOPS (4k aligned), without the higher costs normally associated with similar multi-level cell (MLC)-based solutions. The Onyx 2 SSD delivers an enhanced computing experience for netbooks, laptops, and home desktops with faster application loading, snappier data access, shorter boot-ups, and longer battery life and feature TRIM support as the ultimate Windows 7 upgrade.
OCZ Onyx 2 SSDs feature a durable yet lightweight housing, and because they have no moving parts, they are more rugged than conventional hard discs. Available in ample 120GB and 240GB capacities, the Onyx 2 is an ideal hard drive replacement for first-time SSD upgraders in need of primary laptop storage or a spacious application and OS boot drive. Designed for superior reliability, Onyx 2 Series is backed by a 2-year warranty and renowned technical support.
Radeon 6700 Series Specs Leak - Screenshot
Looks like next month AMD is going to introduce a series of new Radeon graphics cards. With each week more and more specs and information leaks on the web. PCinLife (an Asian site) has obtained a slide on the 'Barts' models graphics cards.
It's the slide with all info the true geeks and guru's really like .. AMD's next-generation Radeon HD 6700 series GPUs ... now I'm not going to explain all the tech specs, hey gimme something for the reviews! But you'll notice it has all the info you need to make a good estimated guess on where performance will be. But have a peek at this slide ...
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Axle GeForce GTX 460 ACE review
Axle GeForce GTX 460 ACE review
The GeForce GTX 460 comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, but pretty much all of the cards out there are based on the NVIDIA reference design. That by itself is a rock solid design with no compromises at all. However we are gurus and we like to see things with a little niche and that x-factor. As such it\'s always with the greatest pleasure that we review the more customized products.
Axle joins in on that trend as well as they recently released a factory overclocked model with an Arctic cooling Twin Turbo PRO cooler sitting on top of that GPU.
Check out the full review here.
Tweak Me! 220.127.116.11
Tweak Me! is a Windows Tweaking Application which supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Never has it been so easy to tweak all most used versions of Microsoft Windows using just one application. Tweak Me! has a modern user friendly GUI which makes it extremely easy for you to manage the most important tweaks which save you a lot of time when setting up Windows!
Compared to other tweaking utilities, Tweak Me! contains mostly tweaks which do not just represent settings you can change using the ordinary Windows GUI. Tweak Me! also recognizes the operating system you use and offers you only tweaks which are supported by your current system!
Changelog for version 18.104.22.168:
- Bugfix: Fixed: System Restore windows did not closer after throwing an exception
- Bugfix: Fixed: Default profiles were damaged
- General: Fixed: Several typos
- General: Only system's default profile can be loaded now
- Cleaner: Improved: Remove History (added run history, typed paths, etc.)
- Cleaner: Improved: Internet Explorer History
- Cleaner: Improved: History (Chrome)
- Cleaner: Improved: Temporary Internet Files (Chrome), detected twice the amount of existing data
- Cleaner: Added: "Open-/Save Dialogs' History"
- Cleaner: Added: "Registry Editor History"
- Cleaner: Added: "Windows Media Player History"
- Cleaner: Added: "Wallpaper History"
- Cleaner: Added: "Autocomplete" (Internet Explorer)
- Cleaner: Added: Support for Chromium based browsers
Medal of Honor PC - open beta in October 4-7
Recommended System Requirements
Operating System: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7. Processor: QuadCore 2.0Ghz. Memory: 2GB RAM+. Video Card: A video card with 512MB of VRAM and one of the following chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260; ATI Raedeon 4870. HDD Space: 2GB. Soundcard: Soundcard with DirectX 10 compatibility. DirectX: DirectX 10. Disc Drive: 16X CD/DVD Drive.
NVIDIA working on wireless display technology
One of the more nauseating facts that go with a computer hardware testlab is wires .. everywhere and anywhere. Good news on the monitor side though, NVIDIA apparently is working on new wireless technology that allows communication in-between the graphics cards and your display, the focus for this is in fact gamers.
Over at the GPU technology Conference last week scars information was disclosed. Of course it is not something new as Intel has been paving their way on this for a while now with Intel's Wireless Display technology (WiDi).
But the idea is simple, allow a computer to stream content in high quality to a display without the need for cables. Currently there is no information available whatsoever though and that included a launch date of this technology.
AMD teaches girls how to attract geeks
AMD's corporate vice president for product marketing Lesbie Sobon took the time to write a blog on how girls can get a geeky boyfriend, you can read it over here, according to AMD:
AMD Bulldozer to have massive 16MB cache
This reallt is impressive, AMD is to increase the processor L2 cache size to 77% over the current generation processors. The upcoming eight-core microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices based on the Bulldozer micro-architecture that feature Orochi design will get massive internal cache systems compared to current-generation of chips. In total, the top-of-the-range single-die processor will have 16MB of cache, here's the snippet as X-Bit labs reports:
AMD Orochi chip (which is a universal server and client design that will power Valencia, Zambezi and possibly other implementations of first-gen Bulldozer family) will have 8MB unified level-three cache, according to a document seen by X-bit labs. Since eight-core Orochi features four dual-core Bulldozer modules, each of which is believed to have 2MB of shared level-two cache, the whole chip will pack in whopping 16MB of SRAM, a 77% increase from the current six-core microprocessors that have 9MB of cache in total.
Large L2 caches will help AMD's next-generation microprocessors to ensure higher performance in single-threaded applications compared to today's multi-core chips that only have 512KB of L2, whereas massive L3 cache will maximize memory bandwidth. In both cases this will bring notable performance gains compared to today's Stars/Greyhound architecture.
AMD Orochi design is the company's next-generation processor for high-end desktop and server markets. The chip will feature eight processing engines, but since it is based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores will be packed into four modules. Every module which will have two independent integer cores (that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip will have shared L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and will use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. The Orochi chips will use new AM3+ form-factor and will require brand new platforms [via xbitlabs].
Adobe plenoptic lenses is CSI-like photography trick
Adobe Systems Inc. demonstrated impressive new photography technologies during a recent Nvidia Tech Conference, that would allow users to refocus photos on their computers after the photo was originally snapped. The company used plenoptic lenses, which essentially are many lenses clustered together that are able to focus on different parts of a picture (including the ability to capture 3D images), the result is a mosaic like non-natural group of micro-pictures with an infinite depth of field. Plenoptic lenses are a new technology that uses just a single extra lens and some software to enable you to refocus pictures after the act of taking it
Just check it out, it just is very impressive.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy review
KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy gets tested
We review and test the KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 Anarchy edition. Roughly half a year after the introduction the first custom air cooler GeForce GTX 480 cards arrive on the market. One of NVIDIA's AIBs KFA2 immediately cocked their gun when Artic Cooling, or just 'Artic' these days, released their Acelero Xtreme Plus cooler. A massive three slot cooler with three 90mm fans capable of disposing 250W heat from the graphics card.
It really is exactly what the doctor ordered as this is the very first cooler that can keep any GeForce GTX, factory overclocked, at roughly 50 to 55 Degrees C when fully stressed. The KFA GeForce GTX 480 as presented today falls within their Anarchy series graphics cards, the card is pre (factory) overclocked for you at 760 MHz on the core, 1520 on the shader processors and its memory is bumped towards 3800 MHz (effective). In this baseline configuration the card barely touches 55 Degrees C when fully stressed, while operating at very normal noise levels. It doesn't stop there though, thanks to the superb cooling we will take the product towards 900 MHz whilst remaining under 65 Degrees C at normal noise levels.
Check out the full Guru3D review here.
Intel Knights Ferry (Larrabee) caught on photo
SteelSeries Shift features interchangeable keysets
SteelSeries announces Shift, a gaming keyboard that offers full customization and interchangeable keysets. The keyboard will be available soon for $89.99 (89.99EUR) and Shift Keysets will be sold separately for $24.99 (24.99EUR).
AMD to issue even faster six and quad cores in Q4 2010
Interesting, as I did not expect this. AMD is to introduce more high-end AM3 CPUs in the fourth quarter of this year, including a new flagship six-core chip and its fastest quad-core model, according to X-bit Labs.
Specifications of the new chips:
- Phenom II X6 1100T: six-core Thuban, 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo, 9MB cache, 125W TDP
- Phenom II X6 1065T: six-core Thuban, 2.9GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo, 9MB cache, 95W TDP
- Phenom II X4 975: quad-core Deneb, 3.6GHz, 8MB cache, 125W TDP
In an attempt to boost performance of its six-core and quad-core processors in advance of the Holiday season, AMD intends to release two new six-core processors Phenom II X6 1100T (3.30GHz), which will be the fastest chip the company has to offer and Phenom II X6 1065T (2.90GHz), which will be the highest-performance six-core offering with 95W thermal design power. In addition, the company will introduce its most powerful quad-core Phenom II X4 975 chip with 3.60GHz clock-speed. The chips are specifically aimed at the higher end of the market and will rise performance bar for AMD central processing units.
NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Day 2 recap (video)
Counterfeit PS3 Controllers May Explode
Wow .. here's some news alright, could even be considered as some form of force feedback :) Sony issued a consumer alert today stating that certain counterfeit PS3 controllers may explode.