Intel cancels several CPUs
The company also recently decided to skip production of 45nm Havendale CPUs and will go directly to 32nm Clarkdale because 32nm development is going smoothly, the same sources revealed.
Intel will issue product discontinuance notice (PDN) for the Core i7 940 later in June, while EOL will be issued in the third quarter. Intel will also issue EOL for the Core 2 Extreme QX9775 in the third quarter.
The PDN for Intel's quad-core Core 2 Quad Q9400 and Q9400S will come in the fourth quarter, while EOL is scheduled for 2010. The Core 2 Quad Q8200 and Q8200S will see their PDN issued in 2010. Intel also plans to launch quad-core Core 2 Quad Q9505S CPUs specifically designed for all-in-one PCs.
Intel's Pentium E2220 and E2200 will see their EOL appear in the third and the fourth quarters this year, respectively, and will be replaced by the Pentium E6000 series.
The Celeron E1600 and E1500 are targeting to see PDN in the fourth quarter and E1400 in the third. The CPU series will be replaced by the Celeron E3000 series in the third quarter. Intel will issue PDN for Atom 330 and 220 in April 2010.
Intel has canceled mass production plans for 45nm Havendale CPUs originally scheduled for the end of the year and will directly announce the 32nm Clarkdale CPU in the first quarter of 2010 targeting entry-level to mainstream markets with prices set between US$60-190. [via digitimes].
NVIDIA Forceware 186.18 WHQL Drivers Released
NVIDIA is serving a new fresh GeForce driver with revision build 186.18 WHQL this build accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185/186 drivers vs. Release 182 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 30% performance increase in Half-Life 2 engine games with 3-way and 4-way SLI
- Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror
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Intel explains changes to Core CPU branding - Meet Core i3
On a post on the company's corporate blog Intel informed readers of forthcoming changes in the chipmaker's brand structure.
Intel will simplify its Intel Core range of products, getting rid of confusing Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and similar names in favor of simpler Core i3 and Core i5 designations joining the recently unveiled Core i7 chips. These will not be brands but rather modifiers that will have different features and benefits. As an example, Calder cites upcoming codenamed Lynnfield CPUs will carry the Intel Core brand but be available as either Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 depending on their features and capabilities. The mobile Clarksfield processors, its most advanced, will go under the Core i7 name.
Core i3 will be reserved for entry-level products, Core i5 for mid-range products and i7 for flagship offerings. Celeron will be retained for affordable, entry-level PCs, Pentiums will relate to basic computer and Atoms will remain tied to netbooks, smartphones and other handheld devices. The hierarchy will flow from Celeron at the bottom end, through Pentium, to Core.
As the third way of rebranding itself, Intel will change and transition its platform brands over time. Intel vPro will remain as the top-of-the-line security and manageability technology and be teamed with Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips. Starting in 2010, Calder promises Intel's business client systems will be called either Intel Core i7 vPro or Intel Core i5 vPro. This will result in a send-off for the Centrino processor brand, though it will remain in place for Wi-Fi and WiMAX-enabled products in 2010.
The transition will take time, and during this time, some of the older brands will remain even through next year.
BTW you guys .. this obviously is also product rebranding .. much like GeForce 9800 GTX to GTS 250 etc.
Cowgirls to promote new Call of Juarez game
Well, I guesss we're all not indifferent to pretty ladies in bikini's showing off products. Yeah that always get's us doesn't it ?
Ubisoft Germany searched for a cowgirl to promote the upcoming Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood video game. The votes are over, and the winner has been decided.
Publisher Ubisoft made a contest in Germany where young ladies could apply for the official cowgirl crown. Now the vote is over, and there is a winner: Liza, 19, from Cologne is the favourite cowgirl judging from the reader's vote. But therse are the five finalists.
Windy 6 FireWire audio interface review
The Windy 6 Firewire interface offers many tools for the home studio artist or mixer. We have this new interface in the Guru3D audio Lab and we are interested in running it through its paces and gauging what this new audio product has to offer the PC audio community.
Download: Street Fighter IV Benchmark
This benchmark tool from Capcom is to test the capabilities of your PC for the Windows release of Street Fighter 4.
Test whether your hardware is up to scratch for the PC release of Street Fighter 4. Capcom has released Street Fighter 4 PC benchmark tool, allowing you to test how well the fighter will run on your computer or if you simply want to oggle it in motion. The 397MB download contains several bouts, filled with hadoukens and kicks to the face. You can also rate your system the old-fashioned way -- against the requirements. A tool which allows you to measure the performance for your PC.
Download: click here
Kingston shows off 128GB USB stick
The DataTraveler 200 USB stick comes in three sizes 32GB, 64GB and the world's first 128GB USB flash drive, which sells for a retarded $546. However it doesn't look like they are expecting too many people to snap up the largest option, it is build-to-order only.
All of the capless drives have built-in password protection and are enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost. The smaller versions are priced at $120 and $213 respectively.
Contest 2 reminder
Guys and girls, just a friendly reminder that Contest 2 - The logo hunt is still in effect and ending this week on Friday. if you have not submitted your answer or simply forgot, please click here for the contest information.
Some of the prizes here are:
- Custom Far Cry 2 / Guru3D theme spray painted Smooth Creations CoolerMaster chassis
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 TURBO X
- Zalman GS1000SE chassis
- Point of View GeForce GTX 275 EXO editon !
- Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
- HIS Radeon 4850 TURBO X
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Multi-view
- Also a HIS VT Book
AMD Phenom II X3 740 and X4 820 in the pipeline
If you browse arround a little you'll notice two new SKUs for AMD on several price lists, AMD is therefore inserting the Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X4 820 fairly soon we think. Phenom II X3 740 will become fastest tri-core processors followed by Phenom II X3 710 and Phenom II X3 720 BE. It works at 3.0 GHz,TDP is 95W.
The other processor is the Phenom II X4 820 and will clocked at 2.8GHz, 200MHz faster than 810. TDP is also 95W. Their official launch date is unknown. And sure we got the box-shots pixelized, check out the thumb.
Gigabyte going Dual BIOS with all their motherboards
Motherboard and VGA gigant Gigabyte Technology recently began to include its DualBIOS technology on all its motherboard products. DualBIOS saves a backup copy of the system BIOS in case of malfunction. The technology works automatically and does not require users to control it. The feature involves using two BIOS EEPROM chips to store two copies of the BIOS. In the event of a failure of the first copy, the system starts with the second copy of the BIOS, and attempts to replace the first copy.Gigabyte originally only offered the technology on its high-end motherboards, but has extended the feature to its mid-range and entry-level products hoping to increase its market share.
In other news, Gigabyte will maintain its motherboard shipment guidance of 20 million units for 2009, and will continue to expand its network communication and server orders to drive up profits. The company also expects its handset and notebook businesses to turn profitable after adjusting its product lines and organization in the second half of the year.
Sparkle Announces GeForce GTX 275 1792 MB
Compared with ordinary GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards on market, SPARKLE GeForce GTX 275 1792MB Graphics Card doubled the video memory capacity from 896MB to incredible large 1792MB, an unbelievable 100% video memeory capacity improvement when compared to any other reference designed board. This 100% improvement makes SPARKLE GeForce GTX 275 1792MB Graphics Card to be the perfect platform for mainstream gamers looking for extreme gaming performance right out of the box. So it delivers unrivaled graphics performance in the hottest games including Far Cry 2, Mirrors Edge, and Call of Duty 5: World at War which have rigorous demand on the capacity of video memory, taking gaming performance to extreme levels delivering breathtaking frame rates and total graphics bliss.
Logitech Bluetooth Mouse M555b
Logitech announced a new Bluetooth notebook mouse, the Bluetooth Mouse M555b. It will ship later this month for $59.99. For your added convenience, the M555b mouse also features hyper-fast scrolling, which lets you fly through long documents and Web pages with a single spin of the nearly frictionless scroll wheel. Besides Bluetooth connectivity, the M555b also features a nearly frictionless scroll wheel, laser tracking and a low battery indicator.
Laser tracking gives you smooth, responsive cursor control on virtually any surface.
AMD ATI Stream Encoder plugin for Adobe Premier
AMD has published a test version of the ATI Stream Encoder Plugin for Adobe Premier Pro CS4, you can download it over here. The plug-in is a result of collaboration between AMD and Adobe, all in the goal of utilizing Stream technology to level the load between the CPU and the GPU.
AMD's plug-in will accelerate all ATI Stream capable cards, e.g. Radeon 2000 series onwards. Seeing both consumer and commercial products accelerating a professional application is really beneficiary for the companies in the video business, given that for the price of single professional card you can usually get three to four regular ones. In case of Quadro CX, you can get around five GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards.
OCZ debuts XTC Cooler Rev 2 for memory modules
OCZ has launched the new XTC Cooler Revision 2 memory cooler, this product is compatible with all DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules. It features a brushed aluminum design and two 60mm fans.
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the latest memory cooling accessory, the OCZ XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Cooler Revision 2 to promote dedicated airflow to modules. Active cooling combined with passive thermal solutions is extremely important in any rigorous overclocking environment, and OCZ developed the next generation XTC Cooler for supreme heat management of OCZ
GeForce ForceWare 190.15 Win 7 | Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose and it's in fact the first series 190 driver ever. This is Forceware 190.15 The driver is available for Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit and for Windows XP a 32-bit flavor is available.
Very little is known about this driver but we need to stress that the original .inf file shows it was targeted at Quadro cards. We replaced the index with a modified .inf files (courtesy of laptopvideo2go) making the driver compatible with all current GeForce cards..
Interesting is that the Vista / Win 7 drivers also contact 3D Stereo drivers revision 190.15, look inside the archive to spot that yourself.
These drivers are to be considered very beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
WD rolls out three SSD models
Well now, what a surprize ... Western Digital has officially released its first solid state disks for embedded markets and data streaming applications, these SiliconDrive III models are based on technology the company acquired from its March 2009 acquisition of SiliconSystems. The speeds are not really convincing neither do these drives seem to have any from of caching.
A nifty feature though is that the range supports SiSMART, which keeps tabs on the drive's status in real-time, notifying the user when it needs to be replaced.
- SiliconDrive III 2.5-inch SATA Drive: SATA 3Gbps, 100MB/s read speed, 80MB/s write speed, 30GB to 120GB
- SiliconDrive III 1.8-inch Micro SATA Drive: SATA 3Gbps, 100MB/s read speed, 80MB/s write speed, 30GB to 60GB
- SiliconDrive III 2.5-inch PATA Drive: PATA ATA-7, 85MB/s read speed, 60MB/s write speed, 30GB to 120GB