AMD Catalyst 11.9 [RAGE Driver] (8.892.3 October 3)
AMD has compiled a performance driver for Rage, you can download it over here. The company claims significant performance gains, but it's only for Radeon HD 5000/6000 cards and only for Windows 7, both 32 and 64-bit are supported.
AMD Catalyst Rage Performance Driver Features:
- Significant performance gains for single GPU configurations
- Compatible with AMD Radeon
Intel 32nm Atom chips get specifications
Here are the official specifications of Intel's new 32nm "Cedarview" Atom processors. Here's an overview, the CPU frequency range refers to Burst Mode, which is a Turbo-like feature.
- D2500: 1.86 - 2.13GHz clockspeed, 400MHz GPU, 10W TDP
- D2700: 2.13 - 2.4GHz clockspeed, 640MHz GPU, 10W TDP
- N2600: 1.6 - 1.86GHz clockspeed, 400MHz GPU, 3.5W TDP
- N2800: 1.86 - 2.13GHz clockspeed, 640MHz GPU, 6.5W TDP
Fusion-io ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo
Fusion-io reveals the ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo, a new series of high-end storage solutions for application acceleration and data center optimization. The fastest model is the 1.2TB ioDrive2 Duo, it offers SLC NAND flash memory with a max read speed of 3GB/s, max write speed of 2.6GB/s, read IOPS of 702,000 and write IOPS of 937,000. The ioDrive2 Duo also offers a 2.4TB MLC model, while the regular ioDrive2 series offers 400GB and 600GB units with SLC flash and 365GB, 785GB and 1.2TB editions with MLC. Pricing starts at $5,950.
Fusion-io, Inc., (NYSE: FIO) pioneer of shared data decentralization, today announced the next evolution of its ioMemory platform for powering application acceleration and data center optimization. The company that broke performance barriers, brought you the first enterprise MLC products, dramatically enhanced reliability metrics for enterprise flash, and redefined server side flashhas done it all over again with the new ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo.
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid PSU with fanless mode
Cooler Master introduces the Silent Pro Hybrid, a new power supply series with 80Plus Gold certification. The units are available in 850W, 1050W and 1300W editions, they promise silent operation and are the first power supplies to offer a fanless mode when system load is under 200W.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, is proud to announce a world
RAGE - Launch Trailer
RAGE is now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Apple Announces iPhone 4S
Apple today revealed details about the next-generation iPhone, which is called the iPhone 4S. The design of the device is similar to the iPhone 4, but Apple claims that the inside is all new. It will run on Apple's A5 dual-core 1GHz processor, and will include dual-core graphics performance, which Apple says is seven times faster than the previous iPhone. The iPhone 4S comes in black and white. It will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. The iPhone 4 8GB will be available in black and white for $99. The iPhone 3GS 8GB will be available for free. Pre-orders start on October 7, and the device will be available October 14.
iPhone 4S. Outside the same, inside all different. A5 chip inside, dual-core graphics up to 7x faster than iPhone 4.
- Mike Capps from Epic Games on stage for demo. Showing off Infinity Blade 2.
- Phil back on stage. iPhone 4S battery has 8 hours of 3G talk time, 6 hours 3G browsing.
- Wireless system updated. Stainless steel band with two antennas, switch intelligently between them.
- Data speed twice as fast...14.4 Mbps HSDPA. It's what competitors call 4G.
- World phone...both CDMA and GSM in one phone.
- New camera system. iPhone 4 is top camera on Flickr. We wanted to make the 4S better than point and shoot.
- Eight megapixels...3264x2448. Backside illuminated sensor...73% more light per pixel than iPhone 4. 33% faster capture. Hybrid IR filter, better color accuracy and uniformity. Five element lens, 30% more sharpness, f/2.4 aperture. Face detection, better white balance, and fast photos.
- Time to first photo: 1.1 seconds. Half a second for next shot.
- Schiller demoing photos taken with iPhone 4S. 1080p HD video recording, video image stabilization, noise reduction. Wrapping up camera discussion.
- AirPlay mirroring. Gaming on the TV screen...wired or wireless.
- iPhone 4S pricing: $199 16 GB, $299 32 GB, $399, 64 GB, with contract. Black and white versions available.
- 8 GB iPhone 4 at $99, 8 GB iPhone 3GS free.
Auzentech Cappuccino EX Sneak Peek
The audio market is constantly expanding and evolving with new products for the internal and external market places. We always do what we can to bring our readers the latest and greatest information on upcoming audio products for their audio systems. So without further delays, lets get to the good stuff shall we?
Today, from the Guru3D Audio Lab we have our latest exclusive sneak peek of the Auzentech Cappuccino EX external USB 2.0 audio interface.
Read the preview here.
AMD Bulldozer FX-Series Launch Date Confirmed
US-based computer retailer Micro Center has confirmed the launch date of AMD's next-generation FX-Series processors based on the high-performance Bulldozer architecture, which are expected to arrive on October 12.
"AMD is launching their new AM3+ FX series processors on 10/12/11. We currently have a number of AM3 + compatible motherboards in stock. These motherboards will support the new AM3 + FX processors as well as legacy AM3 processors."
The initial launch will include six FX-Series processors, four of them featuring eight processing cores while the two other include six and respectively four cores.
The fastest of these upcoming chips is called the FX-8150 and it sports a base frequency of 3.6GHz, a maximum Turbo frequency of 4.2GHz, 8MB of Level 2 cache memory, and has a TDP of 125W.
Right bellow this CPU stands the FX-8120 that also packs eight processing cores and other similar features, but comes clocked at 3.1GHz (4GHz in Turbo mode).
The FX-8120 will also be the only AMD FX-Series processor to be available in two different SKUs, one featuring a 125W TDP while the other is a 95W part.
The three remaining processors are the FX-8100, which has a base frequency of 2.8GHz and a maximum Turbo frequency of 3.7GHz, the six-core FX-6100 with a 3.3GHz base speed, 3.8GHz Turbo and 6MB of Level 2 cache memory and the quad-core FX-4100, which is clocked at 3.6GHz and can reach 3.8GHz when Turbo Core is active.
Intel X79 Chipset is $20 (15) More Expensive than X58
Those of you that have been keenly waiting for Intel to release the high-performance LGA 2011 platform should get ready to shell out more money out of your pockets as the chip maker has raised the price of the X79 chipset significantly over that of the previous X58 as softpedia states:
Intel has reportedly set the price of its upcoming X79 Express chipset for LGA 2011 motherboards somewhere in the region of $70 US (
Corsair has bad batch of H100 coolers
Corsair confirmed that some of its Hydro Series H100 watercooling solutions have fan controller issues. The company says the problems are limited to units with lot code 11359403, details on how to fix the issue can be found at Corsair.
We have seen a number of posts by people who are having problems using the fan controller on their H100. If you are having similar problems, this post will give you some guidance on how to get the issue resolved.
First of all, we have posted an article on our web site about the H100 performance profiles and how they are used. You can find this article here.
If you are convinced the performance profiles are not working correctly, please read the following:
We have identified an issue with some of the components included in a small number of H100 units with lot code 11359403 only. You can find your lot code on the printed label on your H100 box. If you have this lot code, test your installed unit while the system is running by pressing the profile change button. If you push the profile button on the top of the cooling unit and the indicator lights change, but the fan noise remains the same, we recommend contacting Corsair technical support at email@example.com to arrange for some replacement parts that will correct this problem.
However, if you push the profile button on the top of the cooling unit and the indicator lights DO NOT change, you may try one of two steps:
You can reset the firmware on the unit, which in many cases will solve the problem, or
You can contact Corsair customer service and arrange for an advance replacement (credit card required) of your unit.
To reset the firmware, use the following procedure:
1. While the computer is running, hold down the profile button for approximately five seconds
2. Wait one minute, while the unit continues to run
3. Shut down your computer
4. Press and hold the profile button for five seconds while turning on the power to your computer.
If resetting the firmware does not fix the issue, or if the issue re-occurs, please contact customer service to arrange for a replacement unit. Begin this replacement process using the RMA Link that is on the left sidebar of every forum page.
Intel Sandy Bridge-E to get C2 stepping after launch
Intel's Sandy Bridge-E will get a C2 stepping likely sometime near the very end of the year. This new stepping will fix issues with VT-d, vr-zone:
We knew that Intel's Sandy Bridge-E chips were big and complicated to make, but what we didn't expect was that Intel was going to continuously keep running into problems. The current C1 stepping is apparently having problems with VT-d, not a major issue for most consumers' maybe, but it's a huge problem when it comes to Xeon chips and as such Intel is working on the C2 stepping to fix this "errata".
The only good news here for Intel, if you look at that way, is that its current Extreme Edition CPU's don't support VT-d, neither does the Sandy Bridge K-SKU CPU's, so as far as the consumer platform is concerned it looks like there won't be any further delays, but the initial batch should be C1 stepping rather than C2. The C1 stepping should be in production by now, or by the latest by next week, although we don't know when Intel will kick off production of the C2 stepping, but it's very possible it won't be until next year as qualification samples of the C2 stepping isn't expected until the very end of the year
AMD Piledriver 10 percent faster than Bulldozer?
A leaked slide claimed to originate from AMD claims Bulldozer will be succeeded by Piledriver. Dubbed FX Next, this next-gen chip is claimed to offer a 10 percent increase in x86 performance compared to Bulldozer.
What's new in Piledriver? According to the slide, a 10% increase in x86 performance. Version 3.0 of Turbo Core is also on the menu, as are a couple of new instructions. FX Next will reportedly use the same AM3+ socket as the first wave of Bulldozer CPUs, so you should be able to pop it into existing motherboards.
The AMD slide suggests that FX Next will use the same 9-series chipsets that have been around since May. Those chipsets are actually just rebranded versions of AMD's old 8-series gear, which has been gracing motherboards for a year and a half now. That means no native USB 3.0 support and a slower 6Gbps SATA controller than competing Intel platforms. The 990FX does offer gobs of PCI Express 2.0 connectivity, but that's gonna look dated if PCIe 3.0 hardware starts popping up next year.
Arctic Accelero S1 Plus passive GPU cooler
More news from Arctic, as they present the Accelero S1 Plus, a passive graphics card cooling solution with a copper base with pre-applied G-1 thermal paste, four 6mm copper heatpipes, and 32 aluminium fins. The cooler has a MSRP of $49.95 (37.65EUR).
The Accelero S1 PLUS may be the best performing passive VGA cooler on the planet. It is a must-have cooler for all silence enthusiasts. The versatile RAM and VR cooling set and optional S1 PLUS Turbo Module further extends its compatibilities all the way to high-end VGA cards.
As a passive cooler, the Accelero S1 PLUS is noise-free while keeping the graphic card working at normal temperature! It helps to cool your graphic card without any disturbance to your work or entertainment.
Due to its RAM and VR heatsink set and flexible mounting plate design, the Accelero S1 PLUS is compatible with over 80 different models of midrange to high-end graphic cards.
* The compatibility list is based on AMD Radeon and NVIDIA\'s reference board layout only. ARCTIC holds no responsibility for incompatibility on non standard cards. Please check the height restriction drawing before purchase.
Efficient Passive Cooling
Thanks to patent DE 20200600, the Accelero S1 PLUS allows more air to pass through the fins than any other passive coolers. The heat from the VGA card can be efficiently dispersed. A further enhanced cooling performance for the Accelero S1 PLUS is made possible with its optional accessory (S1 PLUS Turbo Module).
Enhanced VR Heat Dissipation
Compared to thermal tapes, the thermal glue G-1 included with this cooler significantly improves the efficiency of heat conduction from the RAM and VR to the heatsinks. It secures the heatsinks while enabling subsequent removal residue-free.
HD 6870*, 6850*, 6790*, 6770, 6750, 6670(LP), 6670, 6570, 5850*, 5830*, 5770, 5550(OEM), 4870*, 4850*, 4830*, 4770, 4730, 4670, 4650, 4550, 4350(LP), 3870, 3850, 3690, 3650, 3470, 3450, 2600XT, 2600Pro, 2400XT, 2400Pro, 1950XTX, 1950XT, 1950Pro, 1950GT, 1900XTX*, 1900XT, 1900GT, 1800XT*, 1800XL, 1800GTO, 1650XT, 1650Pro, 1600XT, 1600Pro, 1550, 1300XT, 1300Pro, 1300
GTS 450, 250*, 240(OEM)*, 150(OEM)*, GT 440, 340, 330, 320, 240, 220(not LP), 130(OEM), 9800GTX+*, 9800GTX*, 9800GT*, 9600GT*, 9600GSO, 9500GT(not LP), 9400GT(not LP), 8800GTS 512(G92)*, 8800GTS(G92), 8800GT, 8800GS(9600GSO), 8600GTS, 8600GT, 8500GT(not LP), 7950GT*, 7900GTX, 7900GT, 7900GS, 7800GTX 512, 7800GTX, 7800GT, 7600GT, 7600GS, 7200GS(TC)
* S1 PLUS Turbo Module is required for sufficient cooling capacity. It will be available in early November 2011.
Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 launched
Artic reelased their three slot two headed monster for the R6990. A new cooler designed for AMD's Radeon HD 6990. The company claims this product is the most powerful VGA cooler ever, it offers copper bases, ten 6mm heatpipes and 86 aluminium fin. Airflow is provided by two 120mm PWM fans with a spinrate of 400 to 1500RPM. The cooler measures 300mm x 138mm x 50mm (L x W x H) and weighs 820g. The price tag of $149.95 is rediculous high though.
The Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 is the most powerful VGA cooler ever. There is no reason to suffer from the stock cooler's enormous noise level any longer since the Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 offers superior cooling performance at a fraction of the loudness
Security hole uncovered in HTC Android phones
Android Police has done some digging into a suite of logging tools, dubbed HtcLoggers, that were loaded onto a range of HTC phones in a recent update. While the exact purpose of the tools is not known, they collect a bevy of information including, but not limited to, location, user accounts, phone numbers, system logs and some SMS data.
Here's the kicker - it is apparently possible for any app that uses Android's INTERNET permission to access - and therefore copy off the device - any of that information. Given that most apps that access the web or display ads request the INTERNET permission, the consequences of this find are, as Artem Russakovskii of Android Police puts it, massive. Reportedly only phones with the stock Sense firmware are affected. Using a proof of concept app, the EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Thunderbolt, EVO Shift 4G, MyTouch 4G Slide and some Sensation models have been found vulnerable to data theft via the HtcLoggers app.
Put simply, any app with the INTERNET permission running on the aforementioned phones can access at least:
ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION Allows an application to access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, WiFi) location
ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION Allows an application to access fine (e.g., GPS) location
ACCESS_LOCATION_EXTRA_COMMANDS Allows an application to access extra location provider commands
ACCESS_WIFI_STATE Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks
BATTERY_STATS Allows an application to collect battery statistics
DUMP Allows an application to retrieve state dump information from system services.
GET_ACCOUNTS Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
GET_PACKAGE_SIZE Allows an application to find out the space used by any package.
GET_TASKS Allows an application to get information about the currently or recently running tasks: a thumbnail representation of the tasks, what activities are running in it, etc. READ_LOGS Allows an application to read the low-level system log files.
READ_SYNC_SETTINGS Allows applications to read the sync settings
READ_SYNC_STATS Allows applications to read the sync stats
Forza Motorsport 4 - Endangered Species
Silverstone GD06 HTPC chassis review
We simply grab a A75 motherboard from MSI, pop on a A8-3800 APU from AMD, and start building a fully functional HTPC. With properly selected components you are looking at a 300 maybe 400 EUR budget, still quite a bit of money I know. But you'll notice you can build a relatively small HTPC that looks and performs amazingly cool.
Read the article here.
Intel Atom Cedarview CPUs Won't Support DirectX 10 After All
DirectX 10.1 support was supposed to be one of the major features Intel promised to deliver with the introduction of its new Cedarview Atom architecture, but recent reports suggest the chip maker wasn't able to keep up to its word as the Cedar Trail platform is limited at offering just DX 9 graphics reports softpedia:
Intel launched the Atom Cedarview netbook and nettop chips just earlier this week without making to much of a fuss about them.
Compared to their predecessors, these new processors were expected to bring a series of improvements to the graphics core and one of the most important features was the introduction of DirectX 10.1 support.
However, according to CPU-World's findings it seems like DX 10.1 hasn't made its way the new Atom CPUs and that Intel has no plans of introducing support for this API in upcoming versions of its graphics card drivers, as some of us have believed.
For now, the DirectX 9 graphics driver for the new Atom processors is in a beta state, and the final 32- and 64-bit versions are expected to arrive in November and respectively December.
The Cedar Trail platform is comprised of the Cedarview-D processor and the NM10 chipset, which is the same controller logic used by Pine Trail.
These are the first Atom processors to be built using the 32nm fabrication process and feature a unified architecture that packs both the computing cores and the graphics core on the same die.
Speaking of the computing cores, these use the same architecture as their predecessors, but the operating frequencies have been increased in order to allow for better performance.
More important changes were brought on the graphics front, where the CPUs have gained hardware decoding support for MPEG2, VC1, AVC, and H.264 Full HD content as well as for Blu-ray 2.0.
In addition, Intel has also added support for Intel Smart Connect technology, and for the latest Wireless Display features, both of these being scheduled to arrive in Q1 2012.