Crucial M4 128GB SSD review
We finally test the Crucial M4 128GB SSD and will check out the performance of this very popular SSD. Obviously the M4 series is nothing other then a success story, and with a lot of people not trusting SandForce anymore we'll have a peek, after which we'll dive into the technology behind it and obviously we'll present you a nice phat performance overview.
You can read the full review right here.
Intel Shows Off Android 4.0 Tablet with Medfield SoC
Archos 70b Honeycomb tablet for 199EUR
Archos introduces the 70b, a new Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" tablet that will be available by mid-January 2012 for 199EUR (including VAT).
ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today the upcoming availability of the first Android* 3.2
YouTube hits 1 trillion playbacks
Besides the awe inspiring size of 1 trillion, YouTube is more popular than ever and it allows for content discovery like no other platform on the Internet. The site also allows for ridiculous videos to go viral giving the average citizen a chance at Internet fame which entices many to submit, sometimes odd, videos to the platform.
3D Stacking to be applied to DDR4
The idea behind 3DS is to use specially designed and manufactured master-and-slave DRAM die, with only the master die interfacing with the external memory controller. 3DS technology uses optimized DRAM die, single DLL per stack, reduced active logic, single shared external I/O, improved timing, and reduced load to the external world. This combination of features can improve timing, bus speeds, and signal integrity while lowering both power consumption and system overhead for next-generation modules, according to Micron.
In its video demo, Micron shows a timing limitation when reading from one rank and then from another. Due to the system limitation, there is a one-cycle gap on the data bus, which impacts overall system bandwidth. Micron
GOG.com Holiday Sale
Last week, we told you about GOG's upcoming Holiday Sale, forcing you to inhabit a dream of the future when you can buy old games cheaply. Now you can escape that reverie and feel the joy of $3 Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition in the real world, as the Holiday Sale has begun!
You'll find games like The Witcher, Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts, and the Incredible Machine Mega Pack for $5 each; Freespace 2, Master of Orion 1 + 2, and Fallout for $3 each; or, if you feel like playing something from this year, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for $23.99.
When you're browsing the deals page, be sure to hit the "show more deals" button at the bottom because, you see, there are so many more deals. In fact, almost everything in the catalog is half off until January 2. Activision games go back to regular price on December 26, and Codemasters and Piranha Bytes are skipping the sale.
Portal 2: Wheatley's VGA Acceptance Speech
GeForce Forceware 290.53 Available for Download
Version 290.53 Highlights
This section provides highlights of version 290.53 of the NVIDIA Release 290 Driver for
Windows Vista/Windows 7.
AMD announced new APUs
We've mentioned them once or twice already in the past few weeks.
Launched at CES 2011 with the low-power, cool-to-the-touch C- and E-Series, APUs reached new heights in June with launch of the high-powered A-Series APUs for desktop and notebook. AMD today introduced new notebook and desktop APU models to the A-Series family, bringing improved performance and a variety of enhancements, including:
- Added frequency for performance uplift.
- AMD Fusion APUs offer AMD Dual Graphics for an up to 144 percent visual performance boost when paired with select AMD Radeon
Mozilla Firefox 9 download
Mozilla's Firefox version number inflation drive continues as it plays catch up with Google Chrome 13 and Internet Explorer 9. Released today, Firefox 9 packs small number of new features, improved font rendering, along with the usual load of security and bug fixes.
java script processing has been updated massively.
GPU-Z v0.5.7 Dowload released
Michael over at TPU released version 0.5.7 of GPU-Z. GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7970, HD 7350
- Fixed "APIC counter broken" message on AMD Fusion Graphics
- Fixed PCIe 3.0 showing up as 2.0
- Fixed fillrate calculation on Fermi architecture
- Fixed ROP count on GT 420, GT 520, HD 5450, HD 6450
- Fixed random values showing as default clocks on some NVIDIA cards
- Fixed random value showing as shader clock on NVIDIA cards without shader clock
- Added / corrected release dates for HD 3650, FirePro V4800 and V3800
- Added process size, die size, transistor count for Radeon E6760
- Added transistor count for FirePro V4900
- Improved detection for HD 5570, HD 6450A, HD 6470M
AMD HD 7970 Performance leaks
The first picture below is a screenshot of a graph in which the two GPUs are compared along a variety of tests, at a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Worth noting, reviewer guide performance numbers are always exaggerated a little and shown in a way to benefit the manufacturer, in this case AMD/ATI the best. Only real world performance numbers measured by objective reviewers count.
And for that you'll need to wait another day or two for the real proper reviews and numbers ;)
Club3D GeForce GTX 570 Battlefield 3 Edition
Club3D released a new GeForce GTX 570 special-edition graphics card that's Battlefield 3-themed.
Under SKU number CGNX-X5780B, this card is based on a cost-effective GF110 in-house board design by Club3D, that includes a custom-design blue-colored PCB, and Club3D's CoolStream cooler, which uses a large aluminum fin heatsink to which heat is fed by copper heat pipes, and is ventilated by a single large temperature-controlled fan.
The card has reference clock speeds of 732 MHz core, 1464 MHz CUDA cores, and 950 MHz (3.80 GHz GDDR5 effective) memory. The GeForce GTX 570 features 480 CUDA cores, and 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 320-bit wide memory interface. This special-edition package most likely includes a copy of the game. Pricing and availability information is TBA.
Razer's Tiamat Gaming Headset Delayed to January
If you wanted a Tiamat 7.1 or Tiamat 2.2 headset under the Christmas tree sorry, Razer has delayed the arrival of both products to polish them up some more. Both Tiamat headsets were supposed to be available during this last quarter of 2011 but now they are expected to ship at the end of January.
"Rest assured this product is coming out soon, but as we get ready to ship, we are also putting final touches to perfect this headset. We want to be sure that what you get is going to blow your ears away, no holds barred, and unfortunately like all Razer products, it's ready when it's ready," says a message from Team Razer.
Razer apologized for this delay and is trying to make up for it by offering a free Razer T-shirt and Razer flask (worth $40) to all customers who add their names to the Notify Me list at the Tiamat minisite. As a reminder, the Tiamat 7.1, with its 10 built-in drivers, costs $179.99 / EU
HDD supply to be most stringent in January
HDD supply issues will hit their peak in January, and are expected to begin to ease in March.
Digitimes reported that the short supply of hard disk drives (HDDs) in the Taiwan retail market due to the impact of flooding in Thailand is expected to peak in January 2012 and begin to ease in March, according to sources from local retail channels.
Global HDD production was at about 180 million units in the third quarter, but the floods resulted in a drop to only around 110-120 million units in the fourth quarter, he sources said. HDD production will reach 140-150 million units in first-quarter 2012, still less than the pre-flood level, and therefore, the HDD market is unlikely to see sharp price drops in the near future.
Need for Speed World has $100 DLC car
Blimey, now that's just greed. What's the most you are willing to pay for DLC? $5? $10? How about $100?? Last week EA introduced the Koenigsegg CCX 'Elite' Edition, a virtual sports car that can be purchased within the free-to-play MMOG, Need For Speed World.
According to the company, it's the game's first 'premium elit' car, and will cost virtual drivers a meaty $100 in real-world cash to own. The CCX is billed as the first of presumably many 'premium elite' cars headed to the racer/MMO hybrid, which recently topped five million registered users.
Steam Sale On Now
If you are on the lookout for some cheapo priced games for Christmas, check Steam's annual Holiday Sale, is has many deep discounts on a variety of games. There are new deals posted every day through January 1st, such as 75 percent off Metro 2033 ($4.99) and 11 other titles, as well as various package deals.
"The Steam Holiday Sale is on now through Sunday, January 1, 2012. In addition to huge savings throughout the store, the 2011 sale features two special promotions that allow you to win like never before.
The Great Gift Pile challenges gamers to complete up to six objectives each day. Completion of each objective grants the chance to win a free game or discount coupons for select games available on Steam. If you don't win, no worries, you'll be given a piece of coal. But hold onto that coal!
Coal is the ticket to enter the Epic Holiday Giveaway. It's called Epic because the top prize is every game on Steam. The more coal you have, the better your chance of winning. Players may alternatively choose to magically mix their coal into something shiny and new by 'crafting' seven pieces into a gift from the Great Gift Pile. So this year receiving coal is a good thing."
Prices of Ivy Bridge desktop CPUs
Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, planned for the second quarter 2012, will bring a number of enhancements to CPU and graphics portions of the chip. CPU-world just compiled (courtesy to them) a lits of details and prices, check it out:
The CPU cores will feature up to 15%, sometimes even higher performance due to micro-architecture improvements and 100 MHz - 300 MHz higher Turbo Boost frequencies. HD 4000 and HD 2500 graphics will add support for DirectX 11, and it will be considerably faster than current HD 3000 and HD 2000 on-chip graphics. What's more important, better performing Ivy Bridge CPUs will come with 20% lower Thermal Design Power. It's great that upcoming CPUs will run cooler and faster, but at what price? Based on pricing information, that we've seen, desktop Ivy Bridge SKUs will have prices, in most cases identical to Sandy Bridge predecessors.
The fastest and the most expensive processor from Core i7 series will be Intel i7-3770K CPU with unlocked clock multiplier. This 3.5 GHz quad-core chip will come with 8 MB L3 cache, Hyper-Threading, and up to 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost. The CPU will replace Core i7-2700K, and it will be priced the same, at $332.
Three remaining SKUs from Core i7 family, i7-3770, i7-3770S and i7-3770T, will cost $294 in 1K quantities. It's good to see that Intel continues to offer energy-efficient "S" and "T" models at the same price level as mainstream microprocessors.
Similar to current Sandy Bridge products, Ivy Bridge Core i5s will feature 4 CPU cores with 6 MB of last level cache. The only exception to this is a dual-core i5-3470T with 3 MB L3 cache. The fastest i5 chip will be i5-3570K, a successor to Core i5-2500K. This CPU will come with $225 price sticker. Other i5-35xx series products, namely Core i5-3550, i5-3550S and i5-3570T, will cost $205, or $20 cheaper than the i5-3570K. i5-34xx processors will be the most affordable from i5 family. There will be three of them available in Q2 2012 at $184: Core i5-3450, i5-3450S and i5-3470T.
Table below contains a summary of features of soon to be released Ivy Bridge processors. Dual-core Core i5-3470T will be available in May. Remaining 10 i5 and i7 models will launch in April. Prices of future IB processors are presented in the "Price"column. The last column in the table shows Sandy Bridge model, that will be replaced, or closely matches, upcoming IB CPU:
CPU / price
|Core i5-3450||4||4||3.1 GHz||3.5 GHz||6 MB||77 Watt||$184||i5-2400 / $184|
|Core i5-3450S||4||4||2.8 GHz||3.5 GHz||6 MB||65 Watt||$184||i5-2400S / $184|
|Core i5-3470T||2||4||2.9 GHz||3.6 GHz||3 MB||35 Watt||$184||i5-2390T / $184|
|Core i5-3550||4||4||3.3 GHz||3.7 GHz||6 MB||77 Watt||$205||i5-2500 / $205|
|Core i5-3550S||4||4||3 GHz||3.7 GHz||6 MB||65 Watt||$205||i5-2500S / $205|
|Core i5-3570K||4||4||3.4 GHz||3.8 GHz||6 MB||77 Watt||$225||i5-2500K / $216|
|Core i5-3570T||4||4||2.3 GHz||3.3 GHz||6 MB||45 Watt||$205||i5-2500T / $205|
|Core i7-3770||4||8||3.4 GHz||3.9 GHz||8 MB||77 Watt||$294||i7-2600 / $294|
|Core i7-3770K||4||8||3.5 GHz||3.9 GHz||8 MB||77 Watt||$332||i7-2700K / $332|
|Core i7-3770S||4||8||3.1 GHz||3.9 GHz||8 MB||65 Watt||$294||i7-2600S / $294|
|Core i7-3770T||4||8||2.5 GHz||3.7 GHz||8 MB||45 Watt||$294||N/A|