Intel preps P55 Chipset B3 Stepping Update
Intel's apparantly is preparing a hardware update for its P55 Express chipset, currently the only motherboard chipset for socket LGA-1156 processors. The new B3 stepping of the P55 PCH will bring:
- New MM number and S-spec numbers for the converted products;
- Firmware and minor BIOS updates are required with the conversion;
- Processor MRC/microcode update required to enable future processors;
- Recommended storage driver upgrade from Intel MSM 8.9 to Intel RST 9.5.
Although it is listed that the MRC update enables 'future processors', Intel, in a statement issued to X-bit labs assured that the current B2 stepping of the chipset (found on current socket LGA-1156 motherboards) does not leave out support for any of Intel's new LGA-1156 processors that are slated for release in the very near future.
Dual-core "Clarkale" 32 nm processors will be supported by both B2 and B3 steppings of the chipset.
P55 B3 stepping is pin-identical to P55 B2, and hence motherboard vendors will not have to come up with new designs. Sampling of the new stepping began as early as on October 02, 2009, and it is scheduled for shipment to manufacturers by the 7th of December, 2009. P55 is the performance core-logic for the LGA-1156 platform. It supports Core i5 and Core i7 "Lynnfield" processors with discrete graphics [via tpu].
OS Calculators -- Very Confusing !
Sometimes, for chronic computer users like myself, it
Samsung unveils SyncMaster P2770HD monitor with TV tuner
Samsung has unveiled a new monitor in Korea that is packed with features and can be used as a HDTV as well. the monitor is the Samsung P2370HD and it has 27-inches of screen space. Being that the thing is called a monitor, we can assume it is aimed at computer users who also want to be able to watch TV in one device.
The screen has a TV tuner and HDMI input. It has a full 1080p HD resolution and a response time of 5ms. The contrast ratio is 50,000:1 and is dynamic. Sound is provided via a pair of 3-watt speakers that promise simulated 5.1 surround sound.
The set also features picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes that will allow you to combine your PC desktop with live TV on the screen at once if you want. The set is priced at about $473 and should be set to ship globally soon.
Radeon HD 5970 'Hemlock' Specifications Surface
AMD's next-generation, dual-GPU graphics card the Radeon HD 5970 which you all know under codenamed Hemlock, is just around the corner. While we still aren't certain when the new card becomes available, there are rumors pointing to an official release before the end of this month.
According to a recent news article, coming from a gossip website, the Radeon HD 5970 with a core speed of 725Mhz. In addition, 'Hemlock', which packs two RV870 GPUs, will be featured with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, clocked at 1000MHz (4000 effecitive), and with two 256-bit memory busses.
Doubling up double the Stream processors and texture units boils down to a massive 3200 Stream processors and 160 texture units. As always all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as the card is not yet official and frequency details and specifications could change when AMD officially debuts its new flagship.
With NVIDIA's Fermi-based cards nowhere to be seen, the new dual-GPU Radeon card will make AMD the graphics card the performance and technolofy leader for a while.
More soon ;)
Gskill launches Falcon II Solid State Disk
G.Skill International today released its Falcon II SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD).
Featuring the new Indilinx ECO controller, the Falcon II SSD can be perfectly matched with the latest 34nm NAND flash memory, which has a greater data density for a positive impact on affordability for the customer. Along with a large 64MB DRAM cache and specialized controller design, the Falcon II SSD provides the ideal, stutter free stability and long life through advanced wear leveling algorithms.
The performance of the 64GB SSD is rated at 220/110MB/Sec (Read/Write), while the 128GB and 256GB SSDs are rated at an impressive 220/150MB/sec. In addition, the Falcon II will feature the latest Indilinx 1819 version firmware which offers improved support for the Windows 7 TRIM command.
The Falcon II provides Windows 7 users an ideal SSD solution with high performance and stability.All G.Skill Falcon series SSD solutions come with two years warranty and G.Skill's FAE team is always ready to provide consumers complete technical support via online forums, telephone and email.
ASUS EAH5770 (Radeon HD 5770) Voltage Tweak review
More and more vendors these days allow the end user to play around with GPU voltages in order to achieve higher stable overclocks. Our sample for example ships at reference (standard) 850MHz core clock frequency and 4,800MHz on the memory much like as any other Radeon HD 5770 1,024MB, but with the help of Voltage Tweaking we achieved 1,000MHz on the core clock and 5,620MHz on the memory fairly quickly.
So in this review a little recap on the Radeon HD 5770 1024MB and then of course coverage of the overclock throughout our benchmark session with the help of some extra juice.
Check out the review here.
MSI preps 770-G45 MSI Motherboard
The AM3 Phenom II and Athlon II series-supporting motherboard 770-G45 is released. This is the third such motherboard developed by the company and also the most rich in features after the 770T-C45 and the 770-C35.
Among those features are the four DDR3-1600 slots, two PCI-Express x16 that enable CrossFireX setups, six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, an integrated Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel and an Easy OC Switch that allows configurations to be easily accomplished without the need to access the system BIOS.
The CPU will receive power through a simple 6 phase VRM circuit, which supports the Active Phase Switching. Seeing how the board will be able to use the Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs, it is likely that systems with the 770-G45 as a base will be able to achieve high performances. Not only that, but the OC Switch will allow the full use of the AMD OverDrive Advanced Clock Calibration feature, which provides overclocking possibilities. The 770-G45 also has several built-in USB 2.0 ports PCI-Express x4.
The previous two chipsets released in this series were the 770T-C45 and 770-C35. These two also supported overclocking, but only had at most one PCI-Express 2.0 x16. Another unsupported feature by 770T-C45 was DDR3.
The board will be sold at a 67 EUR.
Corsair Flash Survivor GT series now in 32GB and 64GB
Corsair has introduced 32GB and 64GB Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives, these models feature an ultra-durable metal housing. Performance details, pricing and availability are unknown.
Razer Abyssus Mouse
Razer releases the new Abyssus mouse. With the Abyssus the company focuses on providing a gaming mouse without too many bells and whistles, it's an ambidextrous model with a 3.5G 3500 DPI infrared sensor, two buttons and a scrollwheel. The Razer Abyssus will be available worldwide by late December 2009 for $49.99 (39.99EUR).
The Razer Abyssus mouse is designed for gamers that demand reliability and functionality under the fiercest gameplay conditions. The Razer Abyssus is armed with two large non-slip buttons tuned for maximum tactile feedback and features Razer
Matrox M9188 drives up to eight displays
Matrox has introduced two new multi-head PCI Express x16 graphics cards today, the M9128 and M9188. The M9128 is a new dual-head graphics card with DisplayPort and DVI support, while the M9188 is a beast capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI outputs. And if this isn't enough, you can add a second M9188 to drive up to 16 displays, all from a single workstation!
Both graphics cards will start shipping this quarter, the Matrox M9128 LP PCIe x 16 will retail for $259 while the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 will be priced at a whopping $1,995.
"The M9188 is designed specifically for professional monitoring environments that require visualization of large amounts of data at once to enhance mission-critical decision making," says Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics. "The expansive multi-monitor configuration allows system operators to accurately manage energy grids or train dispatch applications, while ensuring maximum performance across all displays."
Matrox M9128 and M9188 Key Features
Native PCIe x16 performance
Single-slot graphics cards
1 GB (M9128) and 2 GB (M9188) of memory
Drive two (M9128) or eight (M9188) DisplayPort monitors at 2560x1600 per display or DVI Single-Link monitors at 1920x1200 per display
Can be combined with other M-Series products (multi-card support)
Support for stretched or independent desktop modes across all monitors
Easy deployment and wide enterprise flexibility with unified driver package
Support for Windows 7 (32/64bit), Windows Vista
OCZ teams up with SandForce on SSD technologyBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 10:53 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
OCZ Technology Group today announced its collaboration with SandForce on OCZ
Gigabyte preps GA-P55A-UD7By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 12:59 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Gigabyte is working on their all new top dog P55 motherboard labeles GA-P55A-UD7.
The GA-P55A-UD7 is will have embedded USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s at this LGA-1156 platform. Included as well is a NF200 switch chip from NVIDIA to add additional PCIE lanes. The LGA-1156 socket is powered by a 24+3 phase circuit. It connects to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory.
Its PCI-Express 2.0 x16 link is wired to an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip, which gives out 32 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes to ensure support for 3-way NVIDIA SLI, ATI CrossFireX is naturally supported. There are three PCI-Express x16 slots (which arrange into x16, x16, NC; or x16, x8, x8, depending on how they're populated).
A PLX-made PCI-Express bridge chip (probably connected to the PCH) ensures full-bandwidth PCI-Express 2.0 x1 connections to the NEC two port USB 3.0 controller, and the two port SATA 6 Gb/s controller made by Marvell. Apart from the six (color-coded blue) SATA 3 Gb/s ports the PCH provides, the two color-coded white ports on the south are SATA 6 Gb/s, while the two on the north are connected to a Gigabyte GSATA2 SATA 3 Gb/s controller, which also gives out an IDE connector [via techpowerup]
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OpenOffice Mouse Features 18 Buttons And A JoystickBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 12:52 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Oh dear .. you know there's a good reason we all have a keyboard right ?
When you hear of a mouse with more than 5 or 6 buttons, you tend to assume that it will be used for gaming. Of course gamers aren
IDC releases CPU shipment numbers for Q3 2009By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 12:50 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
With the global economy starting to recover, shipments of PCs are growing as well. That means when more PC ship more components used in the machines like CPUs are sold as well. The latest numbers for CPU shipments for Q3 2009 are in from IDC.
IDC reports that CPU shipments grew by 23% for Q3 compared to Q2. The biggest contributor to the growth of the CPU market was netbook PCs. CPUs for netbooks grew 35.7% over the quarter. This segment includes the Intel Atom line.
IDC reports that the overall CPU market growth of 23% is twice the normal growth for the same period. Revenue in the CPU market grew 14% compared to the previous quarter totaling $7.4 billion. Intel was the clear market leader for CPUs with 81.1% of the total market. AMD was a very distant second place with 18.7% of the market, a decline of 2% from the previous quarter. VIA was third place with 0.2% of the market.
Intel plans fast transition to Pine TrailBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 12:47 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Intel plans a fast transition to the new Pine Trail Atom platform. More details about the platform are expected to be released on December 21st, 2009 as xbit reports, and the first systems will launch on January 4th, 2010 at CES.
According to sources close to Intel, there will be several next-gen Atom
Firefox Tops Vulnerability ListBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 12:42 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Hmmm, this report claims that Firefox leads the pack with vulnerabilities (44%), Safari came in second (35%), Internet Explorer was third (15%) and Opera ranked the best (6%).
Though Firefox had the highest number of vulnerabilities, that doesn't necessarily mean that Firefox users were more vulnerable. Lars Ewe, CTO of Cenzic, said that Cenzic looked at all reported vulnerabilities. There is no specific differentiation for zero day bugs in the browser vulnerability count either. All that raises the question of how Cenzic actually came up with their vulnerability counts in the first place.
Noctua launches NH-U9B with two fansBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Noctua today announced a new special edition of its popular NH-U9B premium cooler, which is renowned for providing excellent quiet cooling performance in a compact package that lends itself to use in HTPCs or smaller cases. The new NH-U9B SE2 now comes with two of Noctua's award-winning NF-B9 92mm fans and adds support for LGA1156 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2
ZiiLABS's ZMS-08 Promises 1080p Quality on Next Handheld DeviceBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 01:23 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Watch out NVIDIA Tegra -- here's ZiiLABS with the new ZMS-08. This new silicon promises to enable 1,080p Blu-ray quality H.264 decode performance to low-power devices. The company claims that the new solution, which combines a StemCell Computing array with a 1GHz ARM Cortex processor, can deliver more than four times the performance of previous-generation devices.