Intel to launch new Core i7 960 and Celerons
Intel is prepping to launch new 45nm Celeron E3000 series CPUs targeting the entry-level market in third-quarter 2009 to replace the current Celeron E1000 series The company will also release a new Core i7 CPU in the fourth quarter, according to sources at motherboard makers. Intel will launch two CPUs under the Celeron E3000 series initially in the third quarter
DRAM Manufacturer ProMOS Lays Off 500 Workers
Taiwanese DRAM manufacturer ProMOS Technologies was hit very badly during the currently ongoing global recession and is struggling to survive at the verge of bankruptcy. "Right now, we're just trying to survive," said Ben Tseng, a vice president at ProMOS, in an interview. "At today's DRAM price, we cannot afford to run at full capacity."
So, it doesn't really come as a big surprise that last week, "ProMOS laid off another 500 workers and mothballed another chip factory to slim operations to what it can afford to operate with the roughly NT$700 million (US$21.39 million) it's able to bring in every month selling DRAM and other kinds of memory chips.
The chip maker's revenue hit a new low in the first quarter, NT$1.85 billion compared to NT$7.76 billion a year ago. The net loss for the quarter was NT$8.60 billion, bigger than the NT$8.05 billion loss in the first quarter of 2008.
The company's outstanding debt stood at NT$89.5 billion as of the middle of 2008, according to figures supplied by the Taiwan government, but that figure does not include the April bond repayment.
Analysts say the company faces continued hardship because of the global recession and weak DRAM prices."
Thermaltake EVO Blue Series PSUs
Available in 550Watts, 650Watts, and 750Watts, the EVO_Blue comes with fancy built in multi-color LED, large size 14 cm whisper-quiet ball bearing fan, dedicated single +12V rail, and advanced cable management system.
EVGA GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP Edition single-PCB card launched
Have you read our review on the Single PCB GeForce GTX 295 already ? check it here. EVGA now debuts the GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP Edition, this is a single-PCB GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards. This model features 576MHz cores, 1242MHz shaders and 1792MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 2016MHz. The card is available at the company's webshop for $529.99, the same price as the old GeForce GTX 295.
EVGA is proud to announce the latest and fastest in high performance graphics accelerators, the EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP Edition. This card combines two GPU
EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP Edition Hydro Copper Waterblock
EVGA now also released a waterblock for its new single-PCB GeForce GTX 295 graphics card, this product is dubbed EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP Edition Hydro Copper Waterblock.
Featuring a sleek-modern look and a full copper design, EVGA continues to incorporate only the best attributes that make up the Hydro Copper Waterblock Series. An extreme high flow path design with a unique, integrated pressure point allows the Hydro Copper Waterblock to keep your GTX 295 CO-OP as cool as can be while under even the heaviest of graphical loads. Exclusive only to EVGA, patent pending -flow technology aids in dispersing heat from GTX 295 graphics processing units (GPUs). Compatible with the following EVGA Part Numbers: 017-P3-1295
It's available at the company's site for $129.99. Click on the screenshot to enlarge.
Sapphire HD 4730 spotted in the EU
Sapphire is now shipping the SAPPHIRE HD 4730 - a powerful midrange graphics card that will appeal to enthusiasts on a budget. Surpizingly the card has a full 640 stream processors and core clock speed of 750MHz - faster than competing products - together with 512MB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit interface clocked at 900MHz (3600MHz effective) this card would deliver roughly 4830 performance.
No word is released on final pricing. Another rather important detail si that this card will be relased for the EU, middle East and Africa regions only.
"Following the successful launch of the world
IntelBurnTest v2.2 released (download)
IntelBurnTest is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.
A program that simplifies the usage of Intel(R) Linpack. Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most pow- -erful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.
Updated IntelBurnTest to v2.2
- Now outputs result of test (success, failure, etc) in log
- Now outputs stress level tested in log
- Added "high", and "very high" stress levels
- Fixed a small bug that could've broken logging
- Added debug logging for troubleshooting (right-click logging checkbox)
Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress.
Download: click here.
30,000mph meteorite hits German teenager
Eizo FlexScan EV2333W-H LCD monitor
LCD manufacturer Eizo announced a new monitor called the FlexScan EV2333W-H. Measuring in at 23-inches and sporting a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, this 1080p display supplies an eco-friendly and practical monitor solution.
What makes this display unique is that it has both a HDCP-protected DVI port and DisplayPort. Other inputs include VGA. With 300cd/m2 brightness and a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, it
AMD preps uber clockable Phenom II TWKR
Interesting, details on a Phenom II TWKR series processors surfaced yesterday. As it seems, AMD is preparing something 'special' for the overclocking community out there. This new release would be a new processor that is going to provide you guys with clock speeds higher than that of the Phenom II X4 955 BE model.
The special edition processor will be tagged under Phenom II Black Edition TWKR (READ tweaker). It already has been handed out to the folks from Maingear, a custom PC builder. AMD is yet to officially announce the product, which will apparently be available in a cool-looking black box, to distinguish itself from the other Phenom II Black Edition processors on the market. There's still some uncertainty regarding AMD's plans with said CPU, as to whether it will be released as a standalone part or sold with select computer systems.
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Contest 3 Winner announcement - A Decade Guru3D
So with three contests up and running, the first one closed yesterday. For the Benelux we have a full Dragon based PC ready and waiting for the winner. And that was the answer of the question in this contest as well, 'A Dragon platform'. Dragon is the PC's infrastructure combined with the following AMD components, AMD 790 chipset based motherboard, AMD Series 4000 graphics card and a AMD Phenom II based processor.
From well over a thousand correct entries we picked a (random) winner. As such we'd like to congratulate Martijn van Beursem who lives in Vaassen, the Netherlands.
Martijn is soon to be the proud owner of the following PC, congratulations!:
- Motherboard: MSI 790FX GD70
- CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2 GHz
- Scythe Mugen II CPU cooler
- Gpu: MSI R4890-T2D1G (880 core / 999 mem).
- Memory: Patriot 4GB DDR3 memory
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 640Gb HD
- 850 Watt Corsair PSU
- Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Chassis
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit registered (installed)
We still have two other contests open and active. These competitions are global and not regional bound. In these competitions we still have to give away many thousands of EURO's worth of prizes including graphics cards, soundcards, power supplies, custom Smooth Creations chassis, a GeForce GTX 285 sighed by the CEO of NVIDIA, DDR3 memory ... and so much more.
- Guru3D Contest 1 (open) - This is an awesome photoshoot contest, join now.
- Guru3D Contest 2 (open) - A logo hunt, spot and find a logo .. and perhaps win a great prize.
Go check them out and join in, especially in contest 1 we hope to see some more entries in, it's the coolest contest evah !
Random photo's sumbitted for Contest 1
Download: NVIDIA System Tools 6.05 released
NVIDIA released a new update of their wicked System Tools for nForce morthboards. Apparantly this revision also works with Windows 7 as reported in our forums.
The NVIDIA System Tools installation package includes:
1. NVIDIA Performance Group (v6.05.13.05) add-on to the NVIDIA Control Panel
- nForce MCPs
Daily deals June 12 2009
Time for another update on some hot deals. last week we already reported that prices for the latest ATI Radeon HD 4000 series card would be dropping in the near future. As it seems some sort of price drop already has taken effect. Therefore let's check out some of the better deals on Radeon HD graphics cards.
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 1024MB - What a top dog card this is. And it has dropped below 200 USD and is selling for $199.99 Awesome price !
- Radeon HD 4870 1024MB - check this out astounding value ! it's the 1024MB GDDR5 version and it sells at $149.99, that's half the price compared to when it was launched great deal (!)
- Radeon HD 4850 512MB - Hotter than hot is the price on the very nice 4850 .. get this we spotted it for $84.99 and at that price it is even cheaper than a Radeon HD 4770.
Get them while they are in stock.
Oh and for those of you that would like to go the multi-GPU way. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2GB of graphics memory is selling now at $349.99
Intel to intro new Dual-Core CPUs to CULV line-up
Intel is going to add two processors to its popular CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) range. These dual-core offerings will sit nicely in entry-level ultra-thin notebooks. The Celeron 740 and SU2300 run at 1.3GHz and 1.2GHz respectively, and each have 1MB of L2 cache, an 800MHz FSB and 10W TDP.
This news marks the further segmentation of the company
Microsoft Morro antivirus software on the way
Microsoft announced that they will be discontinuing Windows Live OneCare and releasing their own antivirus software very soon. Given the codename,
AC Ryan Playon!HD Full HD Network Mediaplayer
Play.Store.Stream Full HD 1080P - With the Playon!HD, you are able to watch your favorite media content at Full HD 1080P on your TV. Media can be stored on its built-in Harddisk or on external drive(s). You can also stream HD media from any computer or network drive using its network connection. The Playon!HD also streams Internet Radio and media from any UPnP (Universal Plug-n-Play) source.
The Playon!HD starts its first shipment from 11 June 2009 via exclusive tie-ups. In Europe the product will start shipping July for 149 EUR (without HD), 199 EUR (with 500GB HDD) and 249EUR (with 1TB HDD).
No Internet Explorer in Windows 7 version for Europe
According to a recent memo Microsoft is planning on shipping a version of Windows 7 to Europe that will not include Internet Explorer. This is according to a confidential memo that was sent to PC makers.
European regulators had said in January that the inclusion of a browser in Windows--something Microsoft has done for more than a decade--was a likely violation of European antitrust law. Microsoft disclosed in an SEC filing earlier this year that it believed the EU might seek to force Microsoft to distribute rival browsers or take other action.
Microsoft's decision to offer Windows 7 in Europe without IE appears to be an effort to head off such action as well as to ensure that it can ship Windows 7 in Europe at the same time it does so elsewhere. It comes at an interesting time, though, as Microsoft faces its strongest browser competition in years, with Mozilla, Apple and Google all gaining ground.
GeForce GTX 295 single PCB review
What does the new revised model bring to the table you might ask? Well, the card really has been completely overhauled and changed, but for you as an end-user there will be very little new under the sun. So, we'll answer that and much more in our in-depth review.
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.