PC industry predicted to grow 40%
The global economy is still not back to where it was a few years ago after the global recession. Things are starting to look better though with signs of increased consumer spending. The CPU market grew last quarter and the sale of computers is finally starting to increase again.
Accord to research firm Research and Markets the computer industry is set to grow over the next five years. The research firm does say the growth rate will be slower than previously seen in the market though. Growth in the PC market is expected to be 40% from 231 million units shipped in 2006 to 335 million predicted to ship in 2012.
That growth represents a 6.3% compound annual growth rate. The number of PCs in use in 2011 globally is expected to pass 3 billion units. PC market revenues will continue to grow at a slower pace thanks to price declines reflected in users buying lower cost systems. Revenues are predicted to reach $380 billion in 2013 for a compound annual growth rate of 2%.
ASUS Eee Box EB1501 up for $479 preorder
BIOSTAR TH55 XE MicroATX Motherboard
BIOSTAR released its so-called
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU cooler supports LGA1156
Scythe introduced the Mugen 2 Rev. B processor cooler, this update features a new backplate to simplify mounting and adds support for LGA1156 processors.
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler is the consistent further development of the award-winning Mugen CPU cooler. Several features make this cooler the perfect solution for silent users and overclockers! New Rev. B is equipped with advanced back-plate to simplify mounting as well as providing socket LGA 1556 compatibility. Mugen 2 is on the latest state of technology and was produced using highest Japanese quality standards.
GeForce GTX 380 SLI Photo
It seems like NVIDIA has started to build up some momentum pending the NV100 (Fermi) GPU release. A photo "leaked" on the web where NVIDIA's Technical Marketing Director Tom Petersen is showing off a PC apparently equipped with two cards setup in SLI -- yes the cards are NV100 based - the Fermi family. The cards should either be either GeForce GTX 360 or (we assume) GeForce GTX 380. If rumors are correct then the chips empowering these graphics card will have no less than 3 billion transistors, 512 shader processors and horrendously fast quad data rate memory.
We'll refrain from the loose specs and gossip on that part though.
Here's the leaked photo - click to enlarge.
Guru3D Rig of The Month now Sponsored with Prizes
One interesting section at Guru3D which we started last year is the rig of the month -- here a user can showcase that PC which they are proud of, have modded -- PCs builds that are special.
OCZ technology stepped up with Guru3D and starting in December 2009 the Rig of The month winners will receive a prize. Each monthly winner will get a Z Series 850W Modular (80plus Gold Certified) delivered for free at it's doorsteps as a nice incentive (!).
That's not all. Starting during Christmas we'll also allow you guys to vote on the rig of the year -- all 12 entries of this year can be voted for by you guys -- that winner will receive a OCZ 120GB SSD worth 350 EUR for free.
So if you still want to make a chance on winning that PSU and perhaps even the SSD -- join now.
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Sapphire is now shipping a HD 5770 Vapor-X, delivering the same value for money performance as the standard model, whilst working at lower operating temperatures and significantly more quietly.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5770 Vapor-X is based on the latest graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD, the second generation of GPU to be built in its 40nm process. It supports the advanced graphical features of DirectX 11, and delivers spectacular video clarity, speed and visual effects, including over multiple monitors using ATI Eyefinity.
With 800 Stream processors and 1GB of the latest DDR5 memory, together with enhanced clock speeds of 860MHz core and 1200MHz (4.8GHz effective) for the memory, the SAPPHIRE HD 5770 Vapor-X model is the fastest card in its class. SAPPHIRE
AMD - Intel Larrabee Delay is due to Design Philosophy
AMD - a good GPU can't be designed based on x86 cores
As a response to a query set by Tom's Hardware, Advanced Micro Devices gave its take on the recent developments and compared its own research efforts with Intel's Larrabee. Apparently, AMD seemed to give off the impression that it saw logic in Intel's attempts to integrate graphics into its CPUs, as this was somewhat similar to what Fusion did, but that the Santa Clara-based chip maker was going about it all wrong.
"It really comes down to design philosophy," Dave Erskine, graphics public relations of AMD, said."GPUs are hard to design and you can
Danamics LMX Liquid Metal CPU cooler arrives for 159 EUR
Completely pointless -- Danish cooling firm Danamics introduced the LMX, the company's second-generation liquid metal cooler. This new processor cooler will be available for 159EUR (excl. VAT), that's still quite high but it's a bit more affordable than the company's first try. The Danamics LM10 made its entry last year, it retailed for around 280EUR but failed to impress as it wasn't capable of outperforming high-end air cooling. The specifications of the LMX can be found over here.
By utilizing the unique benefits of liquid metal, Danamics LMX delivers the performance needed for serious overclocking. Danamics LMX is a true all-in-one solution with a hefty bundle. As standard the Danamics LMX features two specially designed 120mm LED fans by SilenX, high-grade thermal compound, full mounting kits for both Intel (socket 775, 1156 and 1366) and AMD (socket AM2/AM2+/AM3).
In order to celebrate that the Danamics LMX is now entering the market, we are adding more to the bundle. For a limited time only we have added two extra 120mm LED low noise fans by SilenX. This offer will last for four weeks after the launch or as long as we have these packages in stock.
For more information please visit our Danamics micro-site at www.danamics.com/lmx
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Prolimatech shows MK-13 high-end vga cooler
Prolimatech has shown its first ever high-end VGA cooler. The Prolimatech MK-13 has a special mounting system allowing any recent high-end (but also future) graphics cards to be compatible.
Word is that GeForce series 6000 and upwards are compatible and for ATI that's series x1000 and upwards. The cooler has a nickel plated base with six copper heat pipes. The dimensions are 205x99,87x43,5mm for the heatsink and the bigger weighs in at 555 gram. On the heatsink itself one can mount two 120mm fans. The package includes small heatsinks for memory and Voltage regulators as well. Price is set at 50 EUR.
Colin McRae Dirt 2 (PC) VGA Graphics performance review
Colin McRae Dirt 2 (PC) VGA Graphics performance review
Last week Codemasters released a two level playable demo allowing you to play the game on both DX9 and DX11 (if you have a Radeon HD series 5000 card that is). Also integrated is a benchmark mode, very handy. Now we'll not be using the standard benchmark yet our own scripted test run in the Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California level where we can drive through sand, mud and water to measure the most prominent DX11 features like DX11 Hardware tessellation, Geometry instancing and displacement mapping -- plus obviously more complex shader usage.
Let's go check out both the DX9 and DX11 image quality and performance.
Go check out the article.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Case
The folks at Cooler Master are prepping a new chassis labeled as the CM 690 II Advanced Case. Pretty much it will be a makeover of the CM 690. The new design looks a little more sturdy and comes in an all black design, whichd efinitely is a trend these days.
Cooler Master will detail this case further during its unveiling at the upcoming CES in las Vegas. We also spotted a teaser site, but it doesn't show much more than a countdown.
Acer preparing NVIDIA Ion 2 nettops ?
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Intel Clarkdale goes GPGPU
General-purpose processing of graphics processing units (GPGPU) is not a capability held by all current central processors. The GPGPU defines the process through which the CPU's tasks are offloaded onto the GPU, allowing the graphics processing unit to perform computations in applications that would normally be handled by the CPU. This operation is useful in that it allows software developers to stream non-graphics data by adding programmable stages and higher precision arithmetic to the rendering pipelines. Intel recently announced that its next-generation graphics circuits, which will be part of the Clarkdale CPU, would include support for GPGPU on video transcoding.
Intel's dual-core CPUs Arrandale and Clarkdale will likely be introduced on the same date, namely January 7. The Clarkdale is a strong processor with integrated graphics circuits that has 4MB of cache memory, dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers and support for the Hyper-Threading technology.
Arrandale is essentially the same CPU aimed at mobile platforms. Both chips have a dual-core 32nm-based processor and 45nm node-based graphics and other system logic. Obviously, the central processing units have more than enough versatility of their own, so adding GPGPU support doesn't seem like a very noteworthy development.
Nevertheless, Intel announced that the Clarkdale would be capable of video encoding through a driver update that would allow it to distribute the computing tasks among ten graphics processing engines. This added feature increases the appeal of the upcoming platform and the fact that Intel finally acknowledged the importance of video transcoding through GPGPU might stir the end-users' confidence in the company's future products.
With this feature added to the already performance-packed CPU, one could speculate that general-consumer interest may have become more focused on Intel's upcoming chips. All that remains is to wait for the 2010 Computer Electronics Show in January and keep an eye out for further developments in the meantime [via soft -pedia]
Google rolls out Dictionary Site
The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms. Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary. According to the LA Times, this new dictionary service pulls descriptions of words from a number of places, and even provides definitions from Wikipedia.
This adds to Google's own database of word definitions, which is perfectly capable just by itself. As Mashable notes, the service has 28 different languages listed, which include English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Czech, and even Dutch, just to name a portion of them. This new site will be bad news for Answers.com, as previously, words defined by Google linked to the appropriate page on that site. Now, those links have been removed, and Google's service is now in its place.
Gelid Tranquillo review CPU cooler
Gelid Tranquillo review
Time for a new CPU cooler review, this time the turn goes to Gelid. Gelid is a company that made a nice impression last year introducing themselves by releasing their first aftermarket CPU cooler, the 'Silent Spirit' cooler.
Time changes, progress is made and anno Q4 2009 it's time for Gelid Solutions to release their second mid-range consumer level CPU cooler. Their latest creation comes in the form of a tower cooler called Tranquillo -- as in tranquilizer we suspect.
Today we'll test a Intel Core i5 750 processor in both a default and overclocked state with this cooler.
You can read the review here.
Canon working on touchscreen dSLR camera's
Photography Bay spotted a new Canon patent for a dSLR camera with a touchscreen.
If you think the above examples of departure from a pure SLR camera are annoying, you may very well consider the addition of a touchscreen on a DSLR to be heresy. Chris posed the question of whether photographers want a DSLR with a touchscreen (among other features) back in July. The handful of well-reasoned comments brought up issues regarding interaction with the camera and accessibility to its features. One commenter noted,