HIS Radeon 5850 iCooler V Turbo review
HIS Radeon 5850 iCooler V Turbo review
We test the HIS Radeon HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo edition which features a custom-designed cooler that's improved from the iCooler solution HIS used one on previous generation graphics cards (last generation Radeon HD 4890). The card itself then, while the non-Turbo variants use reference AMD clock speeds of 725 MHz core and 4000 MHz memory, the Turbo model we test today, ups that number to 765 MHz and 4500 MHz respectively, brings a little more stamina to the product. The HIS R5850 V iCooler Turbo features 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, and great monitor connectivity.
You will have two DVI-D, and one HDMI and DisplayPort connector at your disposal. As added bonus HIS released a special SKU that comes with a full copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Lian Li Announces PC-X900 chassis
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. today announces its brand-new TYR series - the PC-X900 mid-tower chassis. With the hair-line brushed anodized aluminum finishing and its intelligent multi-heat zone design, the PC-X900 fits perfectly in the living room as a home theater system, as well as proving a complete thermal solution to the gamers. Lian Li once again proves its dedications in bringing a convenient and stylish life with the cutting-edge technology and tool-less design to its customers worldwide.
Dimensioned at 230 x 598 x 388mm (W.H.D.), the PC-X900 is a mid-tower chassis, an alternative choice between the smaller PC-X500 and the full-size PC-X2000 from Lian Li's product line. Net weight at 8.22kg, it includes three 5.25" optical drives, seven 3.5" hard drives separated in two cages, all with the patented tool-less design. Supporting ATX/M-ATX motherboards, the PC-X900 can hold video cards maximum of 300mm length, as well as occupying seven PCI slots and four USB 3.0 ports mounted on the top cover alongside one e-SATA HD audio port. The TYR PC-X900 is available in red, black and silver colors.
Easy Access & Spatial Design
The most convenient tool-less design is an important key feature for Lian Li's cases in 2010. Power users' requirements of building systems faster and swapping the components often have been taken into consideration. This is why the side panel of PC-X900 is transparent, and can be opened easily with the tool-less latch, the motherboard tray can be opened and CPU coolers are removable; the multimedia I/O ports are designed right on the top of the case; and the PCI add-on cards can be assembled effortlessly. When installing the 5.25" optical drive, users can simply slide the drive into the bay and close the mounting bar to secure.
The motherboard is positioned at the middle-level of PC-X900, allowing an easy access to the motherboard and more room for larger CPU coolers. There is also enough room for a 180mm long power supply at the rear of the case.
Cooling Fans & Thermal Solution
Lian Li's PC-X900 has two heat zones design to have better thermal solution and tidy up internal space. Moreover, the PC-X900 features three and two 120mm LED fans at the front and rear of the case, respectively. The fans cover the whole motherboard so they bring in cold air and remove heat effectively. There are also vents on the PCI slots, providing extra cooling to the graphics cards. The power supply unit is at the bottom of the case so that it can draw cold air in directly through the vent below. Finally, there is a fan controller in the back of the case for users to adjust the fan speed and get the best balance between silence and cooling.
Highlights for TYR PC-X900
- Supports ATX/M-ATX motherboards
- Case separated in two heat zones
- Four USB 3.0 multimedia I/O ports & one e-SATA/HD audio port
- Three 120mm LED fans at front & two 120mm LED fans at rear
- Seven PCI expansion slots
- PSU at case bottom
- Seven standard 3.5" hard drives in two tool-less HDD cages
- Three standard 5.25" optical drives
- Availability: Arriving at local distributors end of May
- MSRP for PC-X900: US$439+local VAT for A/B (silver/black), and US$499+local VAT for R (red)
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Intel demos Light Peak laptop; production by end of 2010
Intel have been showing off their Light Peak technology again, demonstrating the 10Gbit/sec connection as integrated into a new laptop by pumping out two simultaneous HD streams to a nearby HDTV. The system used a specially adapter USB cable which paired the regular electrical wires with optical cabling, while the screen itself required a separate decoding box since it lacked the necessary Light Peak port.
As for the laptop, that gets a new 12mm square chip that converts the electrical signals into light pulses. According to Intel
AMD Six-Core Overclocking Record, Reaches 6.8GHz
Wowzers, the Phenom II X6 seems to have broken the previous record in six-core overclocking. As shown by some screenshots and photos published by Donutshiber, the central processing unit was pushed so high that it shattered the ceiling, so to speak. In the wake of this destruction were left some images showing that the chip was just 0.2MHz short of passing the 6.8GHz threshold. The overclocker(s) installed the Phenom onto an ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard.
Of course, the 6.8GHz performance was not possible through any common means and it would have been quite unfortunate for the entire configuration to suddenly catch fire. As end-users probably already suspect, it took a suitable amount of liquid nitrogen (LN2) to make sure that the processor didn't melt or explode half-way (or even earlier).
If anything, this achievement likely put the Thuban in a better light, seeing how it has, so far, been somewhat overshadowed by the Gulftown. At the very least, this record shows that most enthusiasts will never really run out of opportunities to experiment on this unit.
Corsair's Nova SSD 32GB and 256GB
Corsair is expanding its Nova Series of SSDs with two new models. The newcomers come to complete both ends of the series, in terms of capacity. The lower capacity unit has 32GB of storage space, whereas the larger one has 256GB. They are both enabled by the Indilinx barefoot SSD controller, which lets the drives reach maximum read and write speeds far above what HDDs, aided by their platter-spinning ways, can hope to ever achieve.
The 32GB Nova is slower, reading data at 195MB/s and writing at 75MB/s. These rates are already good enough, but they are dominated by those of the 256GB model. This unit has maximum read/write speeds of 250MB/s and 195MB/s, respectively.
Obviously, since SSD performance gradually decreases over time, because
NVIDIA entry-level cards scheduled for July and August
The sources noted that GeForce GTX 465 will target mainly the mid-range market with a price around US$299. The price point of the GF106 will be at about US$180, and the GF108 US$100, the sources added.
Mind you that it is not a typo, NVIDIA will in the end be naming the GeForce GTX 460 the GTX 465.
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD expected by mid-May
OCZ is expected to introduce its Enyo USB 3.0 solid state disk by mid-May. This device will ship in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, and the faster models promises read speeds of up to 260MB/s and write speeds of up to 200MB/s. Pricing is expected to be in the range of the SandForce-based Vertex 2 SSD, likely slightly higher.
The OCZ Enyo will be available in 64, 128 and 256GB volume sizes and all three drives use MLC NAND flash memory, have 64MB of on board cache and USB 3.0 Micro B connector interface.
Since we are talking about a USB 3.0 SSD-based external drive, you can expect speeds of up to 260MB/s for read and up to 200MB/s for write, with sustained speeds of up to 150MB/s for 128GB and 256GB versions. The 64GB one will have a bit lower speeds of up to 225MB/s for read and up to 135MB/s for write with sustained write of up to 40MB/s.
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition
Zotac preparing one of the first non-reference design GeForce GTX 480 graphics card, the Zotac GTX 480 amp! Edition.
If you look a little closer you can see the Zalman VF3000 GPU cooler sitting atop an NVIDIA reference design PCB. Overclocked out of the box, the amp! Edition card has clock speeds of 750 MHz (core), 1512 MHz (shader), and 950 MHz / 3800 MHz effective (memory), against reference speeds of 700/1401/924(3700) MHz. The gigantic VF3000 cooler makes the card require three expansion slots. As with every other GTX 480, the GTX 480 Amp! Edition packs 480 CUDA cores, is DirectX 11 compliant, and has 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit wide interface. Zotac has not let out any more information, particularly pricing and availability.
If you like to read it, here's our review on the VF3000 cooler from Zalman.
Ubuntu 10.04 Review
As you may know, there are alternatives to windows and one of the most important these days is the recently released Ubuntu 10.04 or better called "Lucid Lynx", well, if cool 3D desktops is what you like, you may take a look at this video I made for my own review of ubuntu, surely, linux has a lot to offer for people who is tired of windows and want a change. By the way, the video is also available in HD, enjoy.
Call Of Duty 7 Black Ops
The official debut trailer for Call of Duty 7 was out on 1st May, I know is not much, I know is very short, but is all we got for now.
Starcraft II get a release date
In a video showing interviews for the Exclusive Beta of Starcraft II a developer has told the official date this game is going to be out and it is July 27 2010. Fudzilla was the first to find out, you can check the original source here.
Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 480
Currently we are putting a GeForce GTX 480 through some cool Liquid Cooling paces. The card you see below is in fact an NVIDIA reference sample equipped with a Danger Den Liquid Cooling block.
The temperatures are insane, we dropped from 95 Degrees C to well under 50 Degrees C. As a result we have been able to easily overclock it to 900 MHz on the core / 1800 MHz on the shader domain. And all that in relative silence.
Have a peek at some photo's, I aim to have a full review ready by early next week for you guys ...
Creative Audigy Drivers 2.18.0017 Available
Creative has released new version 2.18.0017 drivers for Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series sound cards. The drivers were release on April 8, and are said to fix a number of issues. They also warn these are not to be used for Sound Blaster Audigy LS, Sound Blaster Audigy SE, or Sound Blaster Audigy Value cards.
This download is a driver providing Microsoft
Thermaltake ARMOR A90 Mid-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake, leading DIY chassis brand, is launching their latest mid-tower chassis with 2 blue LED-fans creating a spectacular combat ambiance, the ARMOR A90. Its entirely black "bulletproof" armor design with metal mesh elements and an reinforced front door lend the ARMOR A90 an extremely stylish and powerful appearance that attracts gamers and in particular MMORPG enthusiasts. A special lock mechanism for your mouse and keyboards ensures that you'll always stay in arms.
Massive storage expansion is warranted for by 6 x 3.5", 3 x 5.25", 1 x accessible 5.25" and 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD bays. Optimized multimedia connectivity is prodived for by a total of 4 USB 2.0 ports, of which two are located on the top and two are positioned in the front. An additional eSATA connector on the top of the case makes it most convenient to connect your mobile storage device, while the HD microphone and headset connectors in the front offer you quick and short access.
As characteristic for Thermaltake chassis, special attention had been paid to optimized ventilation and airflow. Therefore one 20 cm blue exhaust LED-fan on top and one 12 cm intake blue LED-fan in the front have already been pre-installed and increase the combat spirit with with light-effects. One more 12 cm exhaust turbo fan on the backside top further increases air circulation. For power-users and gaming enthusiasts another 12 cm fan can be installed at the side panel for VGA cooling where cooling holes are provided for. And the triangular window right next to it let your graphics card shine and allows for a look at your hardware so you can quickly check if everything is in order.
The feet elevate the ARMOR A90 high enough as to allow for improved ventilation of the bottom based ATX PSII power supply. To avoid outside dust to find its way into your power supply a removable dust filter is positioned underneath, providing users with an easy way to keep it clean. The ARMOR A90 is available for a suggested retail price of US $94.
Mach Xtreme Technology MX JET Series 2.5 SSD
Based on the new JMicron controller (with cache this time) Mach Xtreme Technology unveiled the MX JET Series 2.5
NVIDIA VP Bill Dally claims Moore's Law is dead
NVIDIA chief scientist and senior vice president of research Bill Dally argues the CPU scaling predicted by Moore's Law has hit a brick wall, and that a leap into parallel processing is necessary to keep advancing the computing industry at a rapid pace.
The good news is that there is a way out of this crisis. Parallel computing can resurrect Moore's Law and provide a platform for future economic growth and commercial innovation. The challenge is for the computing industry to drop practices that have been in use for decades and adapt to this new platform.
Going forward, the critical need is to build energy-efficient parallel computers, sometimes called throughput computers, in which many processing cores, each optimized for efficiency, not serial speed, work together on the solution of a problem. A fundamental advantage of parallel computers is that they efficiently turn more transistors into more performance. Doubling the number of processors causes many programs to go twice as fast. In contrast, doubling the number of transistors in a serial CPU results in a very modest increase in performance--at a tremendous expense in energy.
Read more over at Forbes.
Aigo N700 tablet features Tegra 2 and Android 2.1
Engadget spotted a new 7-inch tablet from Aigo. The sexy N700 features NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and uses the Android 2.1 operating system. Pricing and availability is unknown.
According to new details surfacing in China, this 7-inch machine will hum along on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and feature NVIDIA's Tegra 2 graphics chipset. There's also 512MB of DDR2 memory, an 800 x 480 pixel multitouch display, 4/16/32GB of inbuilt storage, a USB socket, microSD slot, HDMI output, inbuilt WiFi, optional 3G WWAN, audio in / out and a 3,120mAh battery.
GeForce Forceware 197.57 for GeForce 6 to 300 series
This driver contains a recommended update for the beta release of the PC game APB. Supported products
GeForce 300 series:
315, GT 340, GT 320, GT 330, 310
GeForce 200 series:
GTS 250, GT 220, GTX 285, GTS 240, 210, GTX 280, GTX 275, GT 230, GTX 295, GT 240, GTX 260, G210, 205
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, G 100, GT 120
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GX2, 9400, 9300, 9800 GT, 9500 GS, 9600 GS, 9600 GSO, 9200, 9600 GT, 9300 GE, 9500 GT, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9400 GT, 9300 GS, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8400, 8400 SE, 8600 GT, 8500 GT, 8800 GTS 512, 8300, 8600 GTS, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GT, 8400 GS, 8600 GS, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8300 GS, 8800 GS
GeForce 7 series:
7900 GTX, 7950 GT, 7300 GS, 7500 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7100 GS, 7800 SLI, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7800 GS, 7600 LE, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7350 LE, 7650 GS, 7550 LE, 7900 GS, 7300 GT, 7600 GT, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7900 GT/GTO, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7600 GS, 7800 GTX
GeForce 6 series:
6610 XL, 6600, 6500, 6150SE nForce 430, 6250, 6800 LE, 6150 LE, 6200SE TurboCache, 6800, 6200 TurboCache, 6800 Ultra, 6200 LE, 6200, 6800 XT, 6600 LE, 6150, 6800 GT, 6600 GT, 6800 XE, 6100 nForce 400, 6700 XL, 6100 nForce 420, 6600 VE, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6200 A-LE, 6800 GS, 6100 nForce 405, 6800 GS/XT, 6100
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We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.