Microsoft - New and Updates Old Mice
Microsoft is preparing the completely new Arc Mouse and is updating the existing Sidewinder X5.
The Arc Mouse is distinguished by futuristic appearance, comfort of usage typical for a large mouse, and compact dimensions. All these features are combined thanks to an original folding design. The mouse is expected to be announced in red and black variants this summer for about 60 USD (wireless receiver included).
As for Sidewinder, it became lighter and simpler comparing to the previous modification. In particular, the newer model has no changeable weights and LCD display. At the same time, it offers resolution switch and wired PC connection, in addition to 9 programmable buttons. Simpler design affected the price positively, making it 60 USD.
Toshiba 400GB Notebook HDD 7200 RPM
Playing catch-up with competitors Hitachi and Samsung -- both of which have begun shipping 500GB laptop drives -- Toshiba has finally announced a new 400GB high-capacity drive along with a new line-up of high-performance 7,200rpm 2.5-inch HDDs. The new 400GB drive boosts areal density to 477Mbit/s (308Gbpsi) to achieve a capacity of 400GB on just two platters and is touted as its "low-noise flagship model." The new 400GB notebook drive (MK4058GSX) is expected to hit mass production in September and will target both notebook PC and consumer electronic applications; however, the company expects to ramp up production of its higher performance 7,200rpm models of its current drives next month, including the 320GB (MK3254GSY) model and the smaller 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 250GB capacities.
Toshiba says its MK4058GSX uses an improved read-write head and enhanced magnetic layer to boost areal density and achieve a capacity of 400GB on only two platters, the highest data density of any of Toshiba
XFX, EVGA launch GeForce GTX 200 reimbursement programs
When NVIDIA decided to lower prices last week in their high-end serieses merely a couple of weeks after it's launch, it certainly did piss off a lot of people who had just bought the hardware.
To ease that pain a little, XFX and eVGA have launched reimbursement programs which will see early GTX 200 buyers get either cash back or EVGA bucks.
XFX's offer is available in the US and Canada and will enable those who have purchased a GTX 260 or 280 between June 16 and July 11 (2008) to get up to $120 in cash. EVGA's promotion covers the June 16th to July 7th period and will provide GTX 260 and GTX 280 owners with either $75 or $60 and $150 or $125 EVGA bucks which can be used to purchase other EVGA products.Terms & Conditions:
- Must be a new purchase from an authorized EVGA reseller. Step-ups do not qualify.
- You have 14 days to register and upload a qualified invoice to claim your EVGA Bucks.
- Only customers who purhased the EVGA GTX 280 or GTX 260 at the full Manufactured Suggested Reatil Price (MSRP) will qualify for the Reimbursement Program.
- If between June 16th and July 7th you purchased an:
- EVGA GTX 260 you will receive $75.00 in EVGA Bucks* or $60.00 Cash Back**
- EVGA GTX 280 you will receive $150.00 in EVGA Bucks* or $125.00 Cash Back**
I have to say. Hats off to both of them for doing this it really is a nice gesture, but the Northern America / Canada limitation .. that is seriously silly.
Does the world end at these regions ? Why doesn't the rest of your end-users deserve the same courtesy ? We hope more AIBs will join this example and that the cashback will not be a limited one to the US & Canada only.
Trailer: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
The Empire of the Rising Sun has risen in the East, making World War III a three-way struggle between the Soviets, the Allies, and the Empire with armies fielding wacky and wonderful weapons and technologies like Tesla coils, heavily armed War Blimps, teleportation, armored bears, intelligent dolphins, floating island fortresses, and transforming tanks.
Lian Li launches the PC-7F and PC-60F
Lian-Li today launches the PC-7F & PC-60F; the newest advanced Midi Tower chassis
100Mbs broadband for 10 million UK homes by 2012
Sky beams TV onto PSP
Dubbed Go!View, the service enables gamers to access a variety of telly content through Sky, including films. Shows are downloaded onto the handheld Sony gadget through a PC - the system uses the Windows-only Kontiki peer-to-peer content delivery system that underpins the BBC's standalone iPlayer and similar on-demand services from Sky and Channel 4.
Lots of TV shows are already available, including Top Gear, Doctor Who and one of Reg Hardware
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC review (watercooled)
BFG GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC (watercooled)
Marilyn Monroe once stated, some like it hot. And where I say .. some don't. Yeah, that movie was a comedy yet what I'm talking about definitely is not. Graphics cards. If you can spend the money, there are always solutions out there that can solve the issue. Next to dramatically increasing that good old x-factor of your PC by aesthetically pleasing it, it is also one of the best methods of cooling down components. Yes we are talking about water-cooling.
We have BFG in da house putting down some Mack-daddy lovin at a GeForce 9800 GTX with their H2OC product, derived from H2O (water) and OC as in overclocked. Have a peek.
Lucid Hydra multi-GPU computing engine
Perhaps time for a new player in the GPU market ? Well, not exactly new and since one of the biggest investors is Intel capital ... we'll just have to wait and see. The press-release says absolutely nothing other then .."hey, we are here". Check it out:
LucidLogix Technologies officially introduced HYDRA - a real-time distributed processing engine. Here's the press release:
The real-time distributed processing engine, called HYDRA
Microsoft working on Sidewinder keyboard
It's rumored that Microsoft is going to release a Sidewinder keyboard, one of the special things about this board is that it will have a detachable numeric keyboard that can be attached to either side of the Sidewinder keyboard.
It also appears to have some programmable keys on the left-hand side. What appears to be a range of multimedia keys can be found at the top of the keyboard, although we're not sure what the two round things are meant to be for.
The site says the Microsoft Sidewinder keyboard will be launched in September for $79.95 (50EUR).
Intel Centrino 2 platform is here
Intel tonight formally introduced its Centrino 2 notebook platform Monday as well as a new 45nm, 3.06GHz Core 2 Extreme mobile processor, calling it the "highest performing" chip of its kind in the world.
"When we first introduced Intel Centrino back in 2003, there were very few Wi-Fi hotspots, YouTube videos and social media didn't really exist, 'thin and light' only referred to weight goals and desktop PCs outsold notebooks by a very wide margin," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the company's Mobile Platforms Group. "Today, notebooks outsell desktops in the U.S., and we're paving the way to HD entertainment, rich online gaming, faster broadband wireless speeds and an easier and more secure way for businesses to manage, update and repair their notebook fleets."
The new Centrino 2 series is powered by new 45nm Core 2 Duo processors accumulating in total up tp five CPUs.
Centrino 2 comes with new vPro technology, the 802.11 draft-N-ready Wi-Fi Link 5000 series chips and the Mobile GM45 and PM45 Express chipsets with later additions set to include WiMAX. The new notebooks that feature the Centrino 2 platform's longer battery life, better performance, a faster 1,066MHz system bus, DDR3 memory support, and new vPro features for advanced IT management.
There are already some 250 Centrino 2 notebooks being built by various companies so, although delayed, Intel's new mobile platform is enjoying great support.
NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor for Intel Nehalem
NVIDIA today officially announced it will bring SLI technology to the Intel Bloomfield (Nehalem) processor platform. The firm will roll out a new chip called nForce 200 SLI processor. Rumour has it that NVIDIA will charge motherboard makers roughly $30 to use this chip on Intel X58 based motherboards. This actually is the same switch chip being used on Skulltrail mainboards (review here).
PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs. With this winning combination, consumers will have an SLI platform designed for current and future graphics-intensive games and applications; these platforms can be powered by one, two, or even three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, including the new, award-winning GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 GPUs.
New SLI motherboards will feature the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor, Intel Bloomfield CPUs, and Tylersburg (X58) chipsets. The nForce 200 SLI processor features patented SLI technology for graphics bandwidth management and multi-GPU peer-to-peer communications, both required to optimize graphics performance.
"With GeForce-based visual computing application, our customers are experiencing exciting new ways to interact with their photos and videos while also experiencing the bone-chilling realism from our latest graphics processors," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of GPU business at NVIDIA. "Our SLI technology allows us to combine the power of hundreds of GeForce processing cores in multi-GPU configurations with Intel's latest CPUs for platforms that are sure to excite our customers."
NVIDIA says motherboards and PC systems with the nForce 200 SLI processor will be available from Acer, Asus, Atelco, Coolmod, Dell, Ditech, Falcon Northwest, Founder, Fujitsu-Siemens Computer, Gigabyte, Haier, Hypersonic PC, Iqon/Commodore, K&M, Komplett, Komputronik, Legend, Maingear, Medion, MSI, Multirama, Next, Scan Computers, Sky Electronics, Tongfang, TS, Velocity Micro, Vigor Gaming, and more.
Download: GeForce 177.66 driver Windows Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out, this time with build 177.66. This driver is available for both Windows XP and Vista in 32 and 64-bit versions.
This driver set is commonly distributed on many websites and it is receiving pretty good feedback.
Bare in mind this to be considered a beta driver, use it at your own risk. NVIDIA does not officially support them.
There are several discussion open on these drivers in the Guru3D NVIDIA driver forums, check them here. Driver wise, pretty much any GeForce graphics card build in the last 3 years is supported. We have virus & pest checked these drivers and they are scanned as clean. if you decide to give these a try, please post your feedback in this thread.
AMD messes up another launch - 4870 X2
As you guys have noticed, there's a number of Radeon HD 4870 X2 reviews out on the web. Much like the Radeon HD 4800 release a lot of stuff seems to be going wrong within AMD. With the 4850 launch the press was not allowed to write about the product until a set date, yet actual products already where in the stores. Forcing AMD to lift the NDA (Non disclosure agreement) one day after the press got the product.
The Radeon 4870 launch had too little allocated samples and, the NDA was shifted forwards by two weeks.
Today a number websites posted pre/reviews on the Radeon HD 4870 X2. The interesting part here is yet merely last week I talked to board-partners and AMD regarding samples and the launch .. now AMD apparently lifted that NDA today. Now the actually launch of the new X2 products guys, is August 13th. So this morning when I woke up and noticed pre/reviews .. I was pretty surprised to see them.
It seems that communication within AMD is pretty bad at the moment as apparently nobody knows who's doing what. So again, once we get our sample, we'll start reviewing it. And let me show you the last communication we had with AMD, last Wednesday. This is getting silly, really:
Our sampling program will start end of July, where our top reviewers including you will get an AIB board, and have around a week to test and publish. I understand that you want to have as much runtime as possible, but I would like to ask you to hold on a bit longer
NVIDIA now officially confirms price drops
It was know for like two weeks already, yet NVIDIA dropped an email yeseterday confirming what we had been saying for two weeks already. The GeForce GTX 200 series prices went down considerably.
The new GeForce GTX 280 is now available for $499 and the GeForce GTX 260 is available for $299.
Just in case you haven
Samsung MLC based 128GB SSD Volume Production
Samsung has begun mass producing 1.8- and 2.5-inch multi-level cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSD) with a 128 GB storage capacity. Mass production of the Samsung MLC-based 64GB SSD also began this month. Samsung SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. Power consumption for the Samsung SSD is exceptionally low in standby mode at approximately 0.2 watts and in active mode at 0.5 watts. Featuring a 3.0 gigabit-per-second interface, the 128GB MLC-based SSD consists of 64 MLC NAND flash memory chips of 16 gigabits each, optimized single-chip controller technology and advanced flash-management firmware technology.
The Samsung MLC-based SSD with a write speed of 70MB/s and a read speed of 90MB/s last approximately 20 times longer than the generally accepted 4-5 year life span of a notebook PC hard drive. Enclosed in a brushed metallic casing, Samsung MLC based 128 GB SSD measures 100mm x 69.8mm and is only 9.5mm thick.
Trailer: Empire Total War trailer
Sega unleashed a new cinematic trailer of Empire: Total War. This new Total War game is set in the 18th and early 19th century and features campaigns in Europe, North Africa, the Americas, the Indies and the Indian subcontinent. One of the many new features in Empire are 3D naval battles and we've heard these will be pretty impressive if you have PhysX. Empire: Total War will be released for the PC in February 2009.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 1.98 driver
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Fix the potential risk that audio driver can't be installed completely under Vista