The PC turns 30 today
Today, Friday is the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC, model number 5150.
This first "PC" ran the first version of DOS (1.0, of course), a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 processor and had a maximum RAM capacity of 512 kilobytes but came with 16KB of memory and had a base price of $1,265 being a beige box without a monitor, serial or parallel ports or even a hard disk. The IBM PC arrived years after revolutionary microcomputers like the Apple II (1977), the Commodore Pet (1977) or the Atari 800 (1979) hit hobbyists and small business.
Although the term "personal computer" had been used to describe earlier computers - such as the Commodore PET, the Apple II and the TRS-80 - the term "PC" became synonymous with "IBM clones," IBM compatible computers that ran DOS.
Because it was the first computer to have widespread consumer success, the IBM 5150 was the first computer many people ever used.
Let us your story about the first time you used a computer. Was your first computer an early IBM clone? Or were you into computers in the time of punch cards? Or perhaps the 5150 is well before your time. Let us know in the comments below or in the forums.
PhysX SDK 3.0 based game rears its head at ChinaJoy 2011
Patriot WildFire 120GB SSD review
We look at an offering from Patriot memory, they added two new SATA 3 (SATA 3 6Gs) SSDs in their WildFire lineup, the WildFire in 120GB & 240GB capacities (480GB coming as well), All SATA 3 of course.
Both drives come with the SandForce SF-2281 controller to deliver at up to 550 MBps read and 510 MBps write speeds. Check out the article here.
MSI A75A-G55 Socket FM1 Motherboard
MSI has officially announced the all-new AMD Llano series motherboard
Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. Albino 6400 DPI Gaming Mouse
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced today the shipping of the Cyborg R.A.T. Albino Gaming Mouse, compatible with both PC and Mac and available for order today. A special edition of the Guinness World Records-winning R.A.T.7, the Cyborg R.A.T. Albino comes complete with an enhanced 6400DPI sensor, improved tracking capabilities and a matt Albino white finish.
AMD Might adopt Liquid Coolers for future FX CPUs
A recent report indicated that AMD has been considered when it began considering the option of equipping boxed versions of its FX CPUs with liquid coolers. The Antec Kuhler H2O 620 is given as a possible example of what AMD's customers may encounter in the future alongside enthusiast processors, though neither of the two companies commented on the issue.
The above model is a sealed liquid cooler and, though more expensive, has real advantages, such as a smaller size than that of air coolers and the fact that the heat is routed directly out of the desktop case.
All in all, should the ultimate decision be favorable, AMD's
SteelSeries Sensei Mouse comes with 32bit ARM Processor
The ARM processor installed in the Sensei allows users to set the sensitivity of the mouse from anywhere between 1 to 5,700 CPI, and is paired with an 10.8 megapixel image sensor that can capture up to 12,000 frames per second.
Thanks to this powerful configuration, the Sensei is able to record even the slightest hand movement, but users who fell the need for even greater sensitivity can also setup the mouse to function into a special
NVIDIA $151.6 million fiscal Q2 2012 profit
It is always interesting to see how well the big companies do during times of crisis. NVIDIA announced revenue of $1.02 billion and net income of $151.6 million for its fiscal Q2 2012. Adjusted income came in at 32 cents per share, while analysts had anticipated earnings of 25 cents per share on revenue of $1 billion. NVIDIA is up 18.79 percent in after-hours trading to $15.93.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $1.02 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended July 31, 2011, up 5.7 percent from the prior quarter, and up 25.3 percent from $811.2 million in the same period a year earlier.
On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $151.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. This includes a two-cent dilutive impact from the Icera acquisition. It compares with net income of $135.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the prior quarter. In the same period a year earlier, the company had a net loss of $141.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.
On a non-GAAP basis -- which excludes stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, other acquisition related costs, and the tax impact associated with these items -- net income was $193.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share. That compares with net income of $165.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the prior quarter, and net income of $47.6 million, $0.08 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
GAAP gross margin was 51.7 percent, a fourth consecutive record, compared with 50.4 percent in the previous quarter and 16.6 percent in the same period a year earlier. Non-GAAP gross margin, at 51.9 percent, was also a record, and compares with 50.6 percent in the prior quarter and 39.2 percent in the same period a year earlier.
"We grew solidly this quarter," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA president and chief executive officer. "Consumer demand for notebooks powered by our GeForce GPU, with its unique Optimus technology, resulted in record revenue for these products.
"The future of computing is mobile and visual. With Tegra's momentum and our growing GPU businesses, we are ideally positioned to lead the industry forward," he said.
Our outlook for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 is as follows:
- Revenue is expected to be up 4 to 6 percent from the second quarter
- GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be flat
- GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $361 million to $366 million; non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be $319 million to $321 million
- Our GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 15 to 17 percent
We estimate depreciation and amortization for the second quarter to be approximately $53 million to $57 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $25 to $35 million. Diluted shares for the third quarter are expected to be approximately 615 million.
Black Ops - Rezurrection Behind the Scenes Preview
The DLC will be available on August 23 on Xbox 360, and, given past trends, late September on PC and PS3. It will cost 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15) like the previous three map packs, but anyone who purchased the Hardened or Prestige editions (thereby granting them access to four of these five maps) will get the DLC for free.
ASUS Launches Xonar Essence One with Headphone Amplifier
With most modern audio signals stored in digital format, the ASUS Xonar team has catered to audiophiles
Samsung's First 500MB/s SATA 6Gbps SSD the PM830
Samsung has released their first SATA3 based SSD, the model carries the name PM830 and uses the SATA 6Gbps interface in order to reach transfer speeds up to 500MB/s.
Two major changes had to be introduced by Samsung in the PM830 series drives in order to achieve this impressive performance.The first one of these is course the new SATA 6Gbps interface, while the latter is the introduction of 2x-nm Toggle NAND Flash support, which will also help drive prices down similarly to what Intel has experienced when it switched to 25nm IMFT Flash.
The PM830 drives come with a proprietary Samsung controller and support for AES 256-bit encryption.Performance wise the SSD is specced at sequential read speeds of 500MB/s with sequential write speeds are listed at an impressive 350MB/s.
Well, that should be plenty alright.
The PM830 series will become available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB volume sizes. Initial batches will go to OEMs and later on retail will see the launch.
Cubitek Magic Cube 3HDD review
Cubitek figured, heck .. it's all in our own brand name, let's design a modular chassis series under the name Magic Cube. One main chassis will be housing your motherboard and PSU, and two other smaller 'cubes' will house HDDs and Optical storage units and such. That completely overhauls the design of any regular chassis, as all of the sudden .. you have three units housing your PC.
Check out the full review here
BitFenix Merc Alpha and Beta chassis
Today, BitFenix is proud to introduce the latest entry in their critically-acclaimed lineup of gaming enclosures. Dubbed Merc, this mid-tower ATX design offers killer features and styling at an unbelievable price point, making it the ideal case for gamers on a budget.
"Packed with premium features and BitFenix design DNA, users will see that we didn't cut any corners with Merc," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "From the clean yet bold design, to the black interior coating, quality black cabling, and robust connectivity, cooling and cable management features, gamers will be hard-pressed to find a better value enclosure in this segment."
Beyond the expertly crafted exterior, Merc comes equipped with the tools to get the job done. This feature-packed enclosure comes in two different versions. With its two extra 120mm fan locations up top, Merc Alpha is great for users looking for maximum cooling potential, and for those who require a more streamlined look, there's Merc Beta. Whichever you choose, Merc is ready for battle.
Small but rugged, Merc provides ample expansion possibilities, including three 5.25", seven 3.5", and one 2.5
Asus Mars II Sneak Preview, Benchmark
VR-Zone got some more info on the ASUS Mars II.
ASUS is known for taking the fastest graphics cards and making them even bigger and badder. Their last headline-grabbing attempt with a Nvidia GPU was back in 2009, when they released the dual-GTX 285 Mars.
This time round, ASUS has shoehorned two GTX 580s onto a single PCB to create the Mars II. Each GPU is clocked at 782MHz, making the Mars II even faster than the (already discontinued) GTX 590.
|GTX 580||GTX 590||Mars II|
|Memory||1.5GB||2 x 1.5GB||2 x 1.5GB|
ASUS has spared no expense here: the Mars II sports a sturdy metal shroud with two 120mm fans, and a metal backplate covers the entire rear.
However, the Mars II is considerably wider than usual, in addition to taking up three slots. Its dimensions are 13" x 6.2" x 2.5", so chances are that it will only fit into the very largest casings out there.
Three 8-pin PCIe connectors are required, and ASUS has also thrown in a 100% fan speed button. If you have too much money, you can even buy two of these and run them in quad-SLI. One NEC Proadlizer is used for each GPU.
Each GPU gets an 8-phase power delivery system, and each set of memory 2 phases, making for a total of 20 phases on a single PCB. To help cool this beast, each heatsink has four copper heatpipes.
Word has it that the Mars II will retail for a wallet-blowing S$2499 starting from late August. This is a limited edition card so only 999 units will be sold worldwide.
Eight DIMM slot based Gigabyte LGA 2011 Motherboards
A new picture of an upcoming Gigabyte LGA 2011 motherboard featuring eight DIMM sockets has surfaced.
This X79 chipset based motherboard is socket LGA 2011 based, once you look at the GA-6PXSVyou'll spot no less than eight DIMM memory sockets, which could enable up to 64GB of system memory to be installed in a quad-channel configuration.
Right to the left of these, Gigabyte has placed the board's expansion slots, which include a pair of PCI Express x16 slots, one PCIe x8 slot, one PCI Express x4 slot as well as a legacy 32-bit PCI slot. Both the x8 and x4 PCIe slots are open ended.
We see six 6Gbps SATA ports, driven by the X79 PCH, and the GA-6PXSV also features two SAS 6Gbps ports placed right near the board's left margin, indicating that this is a server board.
We also see USB 3.0 connectivity, support for the enterprise version of Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), and a six-phase CPU PWM with DrMOS MOSFET transistors. On the back of the GA-6PXSV, outside of the regular connectors, users will also find a pair of KVM network ports.
Check out the photo right here, click the thumbnail.
SanDisk iSSD series adopts SATA µSSD spec
SanDisk announced the adoption of the new SATA
Samsung Galaxy R uses dual-core Tegra 2
NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced the latest GALAXY smartphone, the GALAXY R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA(R) Tegra(TM) 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system.
Samsung's GALAXY smartphones are among the world's most popular handheld devices.
The GALAXY R gives more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the never-before-seen experiences enabled by Tegra, the world's first mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. The GALAXY R also features a GeForce(TM) GPU for fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming.
Using the GALAXY R, consumers can multitask efficiently, surf the Web quickly with fast-loading pages and Flash-based content and enjoy HD movies. They can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market.
"Samsung's newest super phone shows off Tegra's multimedia power, and is a great example of what consumers expect from one of the world's top phone makers," said Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA's mobile business.
The GALAXY R features:
-- Tegra 2 super chip
-- 4.19" WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen
-- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
-- 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (DivX, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
-- Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
-- Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
-- Weight: 131 grams
The GALAXY R is available in Sweden, and is coming to other regions soon, including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.
F.E.A.R. 3 Motion Capture Trailer
Day 1 Studios takes a tour of the motion-capture technology used to create the gameplay of F.E.A.R. 3. Word is: "Lead Animator Andy Konieczny explains how movement data is captured with multiple cameras and a sensor-filled suit and how the data translates to animations of different characters in F.E.A.R. 3.
Motion-capture actors Scott Sumerak and Lawrence Kern also give insight to how they prepare to take on the role of various characters in video games."