DirectX End-User Runtimes (February 2010)
Microsoft released DirectX End-User Runtimes release February 2010. This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product. This distro doesn't just update DX9, but also updates DX10/DX11.
This package is localized into Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and English.
Supported Operating Systems:
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Essential Business Server; Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs; Windows Home Server; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003 x64 editions; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Web Edition; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V; Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008 Standard; Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V; Windows Small Business Server 2003 ; Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium; Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard ; Windows Vista; Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition; Windows Web Server 2008; Windows XP; Windows XP 64-bit; Windows XP Embedded; Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 1; Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 ; Windows XP Home Edition ; Windows XP Media Center Edition; Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2; Windows XP Professional Edition ; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2; Windows XP Service Pack 3; Windows XP Starter Edition; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
The DirectX redist installation includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. This includes the bi-monthly D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components.
We have it local here at the Guru3D file mirror - download
SunBeamTech launches series USB 3.0 products
Sunbeamtech has announced three USB 3.0 products, available by the end of this February, 2010. Products to be introduced are a two-Port USB 3.0 expansion card, HDDPAL and Airbox.
The 2-port USB 3.0 expansion card - Have you ever wished that your USB interface could transfer data faster? With a maximum transfer rate of 5Gbps, the USB3.0 Expansion Card was designed to add USB3.0 interface to your computer without your having to upgrade your motherboard.
Next is the USB3.0 HDDPAL Docking Station - The plug-n-play ready, high speed USB3.0 HDDPAL provides the user with flexibility, portability and performance. The unit supports both 2.5
NZXT Premium Cables and Performance Fans
NZXT announces its new line of premium cables and performance fans for PC enthusiasts. The new lineup premium cables consists of VGA, PSU, and HDD cables that are individually sleeved in a black enclosure to provide a sleeker look that seamlessly integrates into the case
Gigabyte releases USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
The GA-USB3 PCI Express expansion card that will allow any old and current system to enjoy the benefits of the new universal serial bus standard, if you can find some actual USB 3 devicxes that is :)
Gigabyte recently also revealed an upcoming motherboard that, based on AMD's 890GX chipset, with onboard USB 3.0 support with two connectors. Still, there is no clear indication of exactly when this board will debut. As such, the company has decided to offer a substitute, especially considering that, now, there is a reasonable variety of devices compatible with the new standard.
The device is dubbed the GA-USB3.0 PCI-Express expansion card and operates on the PCI Express x1 interface. It uses a 2oz copper blue PCB and boasts an MOLEX power plug through which connected devices are supplied with up to three times more watts than otherwise possible. The number of actual SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports that the GA-USB3.0 provides is equal to two.
The company has already made this product widely available and has given it a price tag of $39.99, which is the equivalent of 31 Euro.
MSI launches Radeon HD 5450 card
MSI released two Radeon HD 5450 graphics cards based on the new Cedar based Radeon HD 5450.
MSI, officially launches the silent graphics card series, R5450-MD1GH and R5450-MD512H, to fulfill the demand from more and more home theatre PC (HTPC) users. Featuring ATi Radeon HD 5450 GPU and supporting DirectX 11 and ATi AVIVO HD technologies, these two silent graphics cards from MSI are the total solutions for gaming and audio & video playback. Furthermore, the fan-less, native HDMI and low-profile designs are customized for HTPCs, so that both models are prime choices for building a home theatre.
Exquisite video effects with DirectX 11 and ATi AVIVO HD
In addition to the leading-edge DirectX 11 gaming standard for users to fully experience the performance of 3D games, MSI R5450 series featuring the ATi Radeon HD 5450 GPU is equipped with AVIVO HD and UVD 2.0 video technologies exclusively from ATi, allowing smooth video processing without consuming much PC resources to allow users enjoy full HD movies with great ease.
Native HDMI connecting devices much easier
Moreover, the built-in native HDMI port on R5450 series makes true digital home theatre a reality. By integrating both digital video and audio in one port, users can easily connect a HTPC to any LCD TV or display device equipped through HDMI cable.
Fan-less and low-profile tailored for HTPCs
The low-profile design of MSI R5450 series is tailored for HTPCs with a mini case design. The fan-less design ensures absolute silence for HTPC users to fully enjoy the joy of home theatre. A total solution for both gaming and home theatre, MSI R5450-MD1GH and R5450-MD512H with low-profile and fan-less designs are doubtlessly the premium choices for HTPC users.
PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 cards
PowerColor has released a family of Radeon HD 5450 graphics cards, you can get them with either DDR2 or DDR3 memory, and each version is also available with or without Eyefinity support. Full specifications over here.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announces the latest HD5450 series and wraps with Go! Green features in this newest product lineup. PowerColor HD5450 Go! Green series offers environmentally friendly and power efficient for consumers. It features stealth like silence and low power consumption, providing a cost efficient and silent entertainment solution.
With full range support of DirectX 11 and Windows 7, Go! Green HD5450 series provides a stunning high-definition entertainment experience from Blu-ray playing or other HD resources. Also, with the support of ATI stream technology, Go! Green HD5450 allows GPU to work with CPU to accelerate applications beyond just graphics, but also enables a faster and easier daily application experience.
Furthermore, PowerColor also offers exclusive Go! Green HD5450 solution that supports Eyefinity technology, enables multi-display capabilities and expands your visual world up to 3 displays through a single card. You will be able to watch more and get more done at the same time.
Teens: Blogging and Twittering is for old people
Blogging, on the other hand, may become more and more of a side issue. In fact, among all the content creating activities the decline in blogging among teens and young adults is striking as it looks like the youth may be exchanging "macro-blogging" for microblogging with status updates. Since 2006 blogging among teens has dropped from 28% to 14% and among young adults (aged 18 to 29) by 24% to 15%. Some 11% of those aged 30 and over now maintain a personal blog, and 14% of them maintain a personal website.
They don't really like to use Twitter, though. While 19% of adult internet users use Twitter or similar services to post short status updates and view those of others, only.
MSI R5770 HAWK review
MSI R5770 HAWK review - The coolest 5770 of them all ?
Today here at Guru3D.com we'll be looking at a Radeon HD 5770 HAWK edition based on a custom PCB, voltage check points, improved power phases and a nice heavy duty yet silent cooler. MSI labels it as their military class products, as the quality and choice in components is just top notch.
The end results is astonishing, a cool looking silent product, that we overclocked quite easily towards 1050 MHz.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
ATI Tray Tools 188.8.131.522
ATI Tray Tools is a small utility that can be found in the windows tray which then allows instant access to options and settings. Quite handy and quite a small download.
Just click the executable and you are good to go. Guru3D.com is the official English homepage for this utility.
You can find all further information and history on it's updates at this webpage.
What does Tray Tools do ? This is a fantastic tweaker for ATI Radeon cards positions itself in the system tray.
* Support for ATI Control Center
* Support for TV Out and displays with profiles
* Options to change Theater mode together with TV Out
* Overclocking with templates including FAN Control
* Automatic overclocking when application required 3D mode
* Temperature monitoring
* Artifact Tester with ability to find maximum stable clocks for GPU and Memory.
* Game profiles with desktop shortcut creation.
* Direct3D settings with templates, GUI form and tray popup menu
* OpenGL settings with templates, GUI form and tray popup menu
* Hardware low level color correction
* Hardware tweaks. Setting PCI latency timer
* Radeon Information Show information about memory type, active rendering pipe lines and more
* System wide Hot Keys. (Load profiles any profiles/work with colors/run any application)
* Refresh Lock system with ability to set separate refresh rates for each resolution.
* Tweak for overriding Pixel and Vertex Shaders
* Speed improvement tweaks for Anisotropic/Trilinear Filtering. Support for Catalyst A.I.
* Support for system options, VPU Recover, DMA Copy and so on
* Support Display Rotation.
* Support for MMC applications
* Support for HYDRAVISION applications
* Monitoring Graphs. (GPU/Env temperature. GPU/Mem speed, Main CPU Usage).
* A lot of useful things. Like Save/Restore Desktop icon positions and more
* Audio Recorder
* Screenshots system
* Powerful Plug-Ins support. (API for VC++/Delphi included)
* PCI Register Set. Allow to program any registers in any PCI device at start up time. For advanced users only!
* Source code for plugins as examples.
Supported OS: Windows XP x86/x64 , Windows 7 x86/x64
Intel Launch Six-Core but 8-Core Chips as well
Well, if you had any doubt that multi-core processors would not be the future, think again. Loads of rumors and details already hit the web regarding both Intel's and AMD's six core processors. But as it seems now, Intel is also planning to release an 8-core processor.
That's right, eight cores which hyper-threaded show sixteen of these cute and lovely CPU load boxes in the task manager ;)
Of course the 8-core part will be introduced in the server (Xeon) segment first. It will be a 45-nm 8-core chip known as "Nehalem-EX." This actually was mentioned a year ago already, but now Intel says it has already shipped the chip to system makers, who should be shipping to customers this quarter. Unfortunately there are no other details on this SKU.
Meanwhile AMD is planning a six-core chip for single and dual-socket servers, and a dual-die version with up to 12 cores called "Magny-Cours" for two and four-socket servers, both likely under the Opteron name.
Well, let me have the 6-core version first please :)
HIS introduces HIS Radeon HD 5450 Series
The first press-releases are coming in on the new Radeon HD 5450 cards. Today HIS unveils the HIS Radeon HD 5450 1GB/512MB DDR3 Series, offering the most features and functionality in their class. Loaded with complete DirectX 11 support, ATI Stream technology and ATI Eyefinity Multi-display technology (H545H1GDL - DisplayPort version only), the Radeon HD 5450 graphics card delivers a state-of-the-art HD multimedia and medium gaming experience at a value price. With the silent passive cooling heatsink implemented, HIS Radeon
3D portion of HDMI 1.4 spec available to public
HDMI Licensing, LLC announced that the three-dimensional portion of HDMI 1.4 specifications is now available for public download at the official HDMI site. With HDMI specs for 3D already out, we may see 3DTVs come to market even sooner than we may think.
Hitachi working on technology for 10TB HDDs
Hitachi reseach and development is working on a new storage technology that is expected to increase storage density to 2.5 terabit per square inch. That's five times the capacity of the densest hard drives of today and thus could lead towards 10 TB HDDs. To achieve this density, Hitachi is developing a thermally-assisted recording method that heats up the media with a 20nm laser beam while the magnetic head is writing the smaller bits of data.
In thermally-assisted recording, magnetic grains can be made smaller while still resisting thermal fluctuations at room temperature. As the name suggests, thermally-assisted recording uses a laser to heat up the media while the magnetic head is writing the smaller bits of data. This enables the use of media that is magnetically stable at room temperature with the very small magnetic grains required for high-density storage.
Alas there is no concrete information on when the technology will be commercially available, and even if it is expensive they will have to find a successor to perpendicular magnetic recording, which according to the same source will have a hard time reaching even 1 terabit per square inch.
Bioshock 2 Launch Trailer
Aliens vs. Predator PC Demo out Early
The PC demo for Aliens vs. Predator has been just released on Steam. You need to register on their website in order to dowload and play the demo. To download the demo (1.2GBB) click here.
The multiplayer demo gives access to all three species
Radeon HD 5450 review
Radeon HD 5450 review
ATI is paving away and completely filling and dominating every little gap in the market with a DX11 graphics card. Today ATI is launching the most budget of low-budget series graphics cards, the Radeon series 5400. In specific today we'll look at the Radeon HD 5450. A DX11 class product, with multi-monitor Eyefinity support (up-to three monitors) and a very low price -- set at just 49 USD.
Can you make a decent card for that kind of money ? Well, let's go find out.
You can read the article right here.
Corsair Expands Storage Line with 512 GB SSD
High-capacity SSDs are few in number due to the tremendous pricetage, none the less Corsair will intro a 512 GB Performance Series rather soon. Very little info is available just yet but it seems that the upcoming storage unit will get a phat 128MB cache memory and will use the 3.5-inch form factor. The device will be built with multi-level cell NAND Flash memory chips and will work on the SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. In addition, the product will come with an aluminum casing.
The read and write speeds of the drive are set at 200MB per second and 240MB per second, respectively. There's speculation that that the drive might not be built with any form of third-party PCB, so there is a chance that the SSD might turn out to be made up of two 256GB Performance Series drives in the RAID configuration. This possibility is suggested by the overall shape of the unit and the presence of two push buttons.
The upcoming Corsair Performance Series 512 SSD is mighty expensive at $1968 or 1400 Euro. We expect to see the unit at CeBIT trade show.
Patriot reveals Sector 5 DDR3 2250MHz
Patriot Memory introduced its new Sector 5 series DDR3 memory modules, the lineup features a 4GB kit with a clockspeed of 2250MHz and 9-9-9-27 timings. Designed specifically for overclockers and enthusiasts using Intel based platforms, the Sector 5 boasts an amazing 2250MHz with timings of 9-9-9-27. Individually hand tested on the Intel P55 chipset platform; the Sector 5 modules offer incredible performance for users looking to reach new heights in overclocking and benchmarking. Engineered for the gaming enthusiast and intense overclocker, the Sector 5 is one of the fastest modules on the market and will be offered as a 4GB kit (2 x 2GB modules) under the part number PVV34G2250LLK.
"Our goal is to provide the hardcore enthusiast with a performance module that is actually going to perform at the specified timing with stability", says Les Henry, Patriot's VP of Engineering. "Consumers can feel confident that what we advertise for our speeds and timing is true to the specifications. Additionally, users can expect headroom to reach faster speeds. We have been able to hit speeds over 2400MHz with these modules in our lab."
Designed with an extruded aircraft-grade aluminum heat spreader, Viper II 'Sector 5' series modules quickly dissipate heat from the modules resulting in improved stability and reliability during extreme overclocking conditions. Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and is backed by a full lifetime warranty and industry leading customer service.