ATI Catalyst 10.7 Drivers Download
ATI just uploaded non beta (thus final) Catalyst 10.7 drivers and its release notes:
This section provides information on new features found in this release of the ATI.
ATI Eyefinity - HydraVision enhancements
- Maximizing a window across displays will now take user defined bezel compensation into account
- Automatically adjusts window position when dragging and dropping windows to ensure title bar visibility
- Proper dialog box placement - dialogs do not cross displays, are not hidden behind bezels, and can be designated to be shown on the users
AMD Phenom 1035T and Athlon II X2 220 Shipping
Reported earlier on the AMD Phenom II X6 1035T and Athlon II X2 220 ar now finally shipping.
The Phenom II X6 1035T can be considered the 'slowest' six core processor (if you can call it that), yet and here's the interesting bit, it is selling for about a sixth of the price that Intel's own cheapest hexacore boasts. Phenom II X6 1090T: 3.2GHz / 3.6GHz / 125w.
- Phenom II X6 1075T: 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz / 125w
- Phenom II X6 1055T: 2.8GHz / 3.3GHz / 125w, 95w
- Phenom II X6 1035T: 2.6GHz / 3.1GHz / 95w
The Athlon II X2 220 is priced at just over 44 Euro and is a faster iteration of the Athlon II X2 215. It uses the same Regor core and has a clock speed of 2.8GHz - which is good value for money really. Pricing on the 1035T should be roughly 150 EUR though that is not yet confirmed, we expect this part to end up in OEM mostly.
Updated Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum results
As a result the cards temperature and noise levels can differ very much. On top of that, the initial batches of this product had a non-tweaked BIOS, making the noise levels of the Sonic Platinum rather loud.
Based on our comments a lot of things happened, a new BIOS series has been released to compensate the noise levels on the retail samples of the Palit GTX 460 series, if you have a GTX 460 from Palit, please download the new BIOS here:
This file (includes BIOS) is for all of our GTX 460 models to update a new BIOS. It will automatically update the BIOS if it needs to.
Now last week we requested to Palit to send out a final board so we can check out the retail product ourselves, and not the early engineering sample. Today the card arrived and as such we have updated our GeForce GTX 460 review. The sample we received is equal tot he ones in the stores, and has that very latest BIOS. The results are by far less worse then I expected. Temperatures on the final board are a little higher as well as the noise levels. Still this card remains to be one of the best GTX 460 pre-overclocked products out there. As promised (also already integrated in our article) here are the final numbers:
You will notice that the overall PEAK temperature went up 5 degrees towards 79 degrees C. Though a little on the high side, that is a normal temperature. Unfortunately the VRMs can not be measures temperatures wise on this product. Fan RPM was tweaked with the updated BIOS alright and has been set a little higher, as a results under full load we spot a 42 DBa noise level measures at 75cm from the PC. This noise level remains very normal, it means you can hear it, but not annoyingly at all.
With the results updated to the final product, our recommendation stands at it is. The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum edition remains a very lovely product which we can recommend very much. Thanks go out to the end-users who have been reporting their results and opinions here at Guru3D.com and and of course thanks to Palit for working with us, listening to us and to finalize a product that we can recommend wholeheartedly.
ATI Catalyst 10.7 Beta Download
CoolIT ALC Vantage CPU cooler review
CoolIT ALC Vantage CPU cooler review
We test and review the CoolIT ALC Vantage. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. No need to full em up, nope .. seat them, secure them activate them and you are good to roll. The latest model comes with a LCD screen that enables user-selectable control profiles with a display capable of 6 colors and 4 orientation settings. The Vantage A.L.C. provides good performance, reliability and a great feature set.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Computer Board Table is something else alright
Makezine is demonstrating a Computer Board Table, a pretty sexy coffee table made from a bunch of old computer parts. It's mainly made up of boards/drives from old Intergraph 6000 series machines built in the late 80s early 90s. They had nice big boards.
It was a good way to keep around my first real computer after I could no longer find parts to keep it working, an Intergraph 6880 with Edge II graphics. I learned computer modeling, rendering and animation on it and think of it as a mentor. There are also old 2800 baud modem parts and other random parts collected over the years.
No real pattern other than just getting it all to fit together like a puzzle. The LED lights along the perimeter worked out better that I had hoped. I have it wired so it automatically goes on when it gets dark.
Fable 3 Floor Gameplay Video
The fables of Fable continue to be told with this third series entry -- a revolution for the series that gives you power over your character and environment like never before. In this new adventure, players will witness tyranny, poverty and injustice plague their land. They will see a people divided, and they will be compelled to stand up for change. They will also be forced to answer a question: What would you sacrifice to secure the crown of Albion? Will you uphold the values and principles that led to your ascension, or will you be corrupted by the station you
PC Game Digital downloads reaches retail sales
ASUS and Sennheiser work together on Xonar Xense One Premium
ASUS and Sennheiser announced their Xonar Xense One Premium Sound Card paired with PC 350 Xense headphone. The result of this cooperation couldn
G.Skill offers a 48GB DDR3 1900 MHz CAS8 memory kit
Well, the holy grail for the biggest e-peen in Memory sizes has started, and G-Skill has a flawless victory.
G.Skill released the world
SilverStone PS01-E has a dark theme
SilverStone is about to launch a new chassis. The PS01-E is an upgrade from the previous Precision series PS01 chassis. The new model has a black interior and weighs a bit less than its predecessor. As you can see the new design comes with a rather unusual front and all black ex and interior. The mid-tower case has dimensions of 200 (W) x 456 (H) x 500 (D) mm and comes with nine visible 5.25-inch bays.
Very popular and started by Cooler Master is the motherboard tray cut-out which allows easier installation of CPU cooler back plates. The chassis has two 120mm fans installed of which one comes with a blue LED in front (1200 RPM fans btw). Pricing is expected to be around 65-70 EUR.
VLC Media Player 1.1.1 available for download
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
- GPU and DSP decoding, depending on the platform
- Faster and more stable
- New codecs and HD codecs enhancements
- MKV, mp4 and avi improvements
- Important code cleanup and rewrite
- Interface and playlist reworked
- Completely Free
MediaPortal 1.1.0 final available for download
Do you have a HTPC or need the functionality ? Personally i use this software on my own HTPC as it's just really good. MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.
MediaPortal turns your PC and TV into a very advanced home media center. Our software allows you to listen to your favorite music and radio stations; watch and store your videos and DVDs; view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder; and much, much more. MediaPortal is open source software. This means you can help develop MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovative plugins from our great community.
Arctic releases Silentium T11 chassis
Choosing a well-made chassis for computer core components is an initial and critical decision for computer builders. A chassis nowadays is more than just a skeleton to provide structure for the components, it should also be a framework that allows good and silent cooling, and have a stylish appearance at the same time. The new chassis, ARCTIC Silentium T11, contains all the superior qualities that any computer users may look for. This series is affordable, yet offering exceptional durability, expandability and accessibility to users.
- Advanced ventilation with two temperature controlled 120mm fans for superior airflow and maximum cooling performance at a minimum noise level
- Supports up to 14
Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G Preview
Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G Exclusive Preview
We have an exclusive sneak preview of the Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G soundcard. This card also marks a move back to the highly popular 8788 based chipset (at least for this model) that has been seen on some of the best sounding cards built to date. This card has many of the original ideas that made the XM 7.1 so popular but also has some changes that will appeal to different user types. The card is also aimed at a lower price point with a MSRP of $159.99 which appeals to a larger audience.
Wanna learn what is looks like and what the specifications are ? Well, have a look here at this Guru3D.com exclusive.
RAZER TRON gaming gear
Razerannounced with Disney, the TRON:Legacy -themed TRON Gaming Keyboard Designed by Razer, TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer, and the exclusive bundle with TRON Gaming Mouse and Mouse Mat Designed by Razer all incorporating the distinctive blue glow and custom features inspired by the upcoming Disney film TRON: Legacy, releasing Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, and compatible with TRON: Evolution the video game. Together with Disney, Razer is offering gamers and TRON fans alike a set of definitive gaming peripherals to get the true TRON experience.
Each TRON: Legacy product Designed by Razer features a luminescent blue glow that is reminiscent of the film aesthetic. Whether it's the keyboard with a detachable modular keypad or the illuminated mouse, gamers will feel as if they've been enveloped by the TRON universe and pulled into a digital world.
About The TRON Gaming Keyboard Designed by Razer:
Prepare to lay programs and fellow users to waste with the precision of a Light Cycle carving a jetwall. From the Rez and De-Rez lighting effects during start-up and shutdown to the smooth black finish of the Hyperesponse keys, the TRON Gaming Keyboard is exactly what you need to dominate the game Grid. A detachable modular keypad, lighting effects triggered by in-game actions, and fully programmable keys with macro capabilities make this a must for any TRON fan.
COST: US $149.99 ; AVAILABILITY: Q4 2010
- Illuminated Keyboard with Rez & De-Rez Effects at Start-up and Shutdown
- Detachable Modular Keypad (Attachable on the Right or Left)
- TRON Lighting Alerts Triggered by in-game Actions
- Fully Programmable Chiclet Keys with macro capabilities
- Media Jacks (Audio out, Microphone in)
About The TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer:
The TRON Gaming Mouse comes in an ambidextrous design with a luminescent blue glow protruding from sleek edges and lines. Designed for the upcoming TRON: Evolution game and inspired by the Light Cycle featured in the film, the mouse creates light alerts based on your in-game actions, thrusting you into the TRON universe. The unique effects upon start-up and shutdown complete the immersive TRON feel. With a 5600dpi 3.5g laser sensor, the TRON Gaming Mouse gives gamers tournament grade precision while they defeat characters in the TRON: Evolution game. Gamers can now enjoy a mouse that goes beyond appealing looks and design, and gives them functionality.
COST: US $99.99 ; AVAILABILITY: Q4 2010
- Illuminated Mouse with Rez & De-Rez Effects at Start-up and Shutdown
- TRON Lighting Alerts Triggered by in-game Actions
- Ambidextrous Design
- 5600dpi 3.5g Laser Sensor
- 7 Hyperesponse Buttons
- Braided 7 Foot USB Cable
About The TRON Bundle: Gaming Mouse and Mat Designed by Razer:
Besides enjoying light alerts triggered by in-game actions on an interactive gaming mouse, gamers can now add the gaming mouse mat that features a bio-luminescent tracking glow trail as they swipe their mouse across the smooth, hard surface. The TRON gaming mouse mat and mouse bundle is the definitive suite for gamers who want the TRON edge. The gaming mouse mat is the perfect peripheral to complement the gaming mouse, as it's made for high sensitivity gaming mice and offers the utmost tracking precision.
COST: US $129.99 ; AVAILABILITY: Q4 2010
- TRON: Legacy Inspired Theme
- High Precision Tracking Surface
- Mouse Mat with Bioluminescent Tracking Glow Trail
Mobo manufacturers expect good July sales
Taiwan-based motherboard makers are turning optimistic about their July sales and expect shipments to grow 20% on month with third-quarter shipments to grow 15-20% sequentially, according to sources from motherboard makers.
Most of the motherboard makers were originally conservative about shipments performance in July and August due to weaker-than-expected demand in Europe and China in the second quarter, but as demand from the two market channels started picking up in early July, the makers have recently started adjusting their shipments forecasts for the third quarter.
However, shipment volumes in the third quarter are still unlikely to bounce back to the same level as in the first quarter, the sources noted.
As for the fourth quarter, the sources believe that strong shipment growth will persist in October, but will start turning weak in November and December, therefore the makers are expected to focus on promoting their products in the third quarter to boost shipment volumes, meaning a price war is likely to occur in August and September with the China market to see the fiercest competition.
Asustek shipped about 10.3 million own-brand motherboards in the first half, Gigabyte Technology shipped 8.4 million units, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) shipped 4.4 million units, Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped 3.8 million units and ASRock shipped 3.9 million units - via DigiTimes.
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 PCB picture leaked?
The guys over at EXPreview spotted a photo of what seems to be a PCB of the Geforce GTX 450. Now, there's nothing more boring than to look at a dull clean stripped PCB but I betcha that at least a few of you guys find it interesting !
" The new card will be based on GF106, boasting 1GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with 128-bit memory interface. The PCinlife forum has just unleashed a mysterious PCB design drawing. It