Radeon HD 5770 review (Crossfire)
In collaboration with ATI and HIS we will test the Radeon HD 5770 in single and a CrossfireX (Multi-GPU) setup. It's a product that performance wise positions itself directly in-between the Radeon 4850 and 4870, yet comes with all the features that the 5870 for example offers.
It's new it's affordable, it has AMD written all over it ... head on over to the next page where we'll meet and greet Juniper aka Radeon HD series 5700.
Check out the review right here.
GeForce GT 220 review (Palit)
GeForce GT220's (reference model) ships with 48 shader processors clocked at 1360MHz and 625MHz graphics core clock. Opposed to the 64-bit wide memory controller on the GT 210 the memory interface is 128-bit wide and runs at 800MHz.
The GeForce GT 220 offering will be available for roughly 50 to 60 USD. Today we'll look at the GeForce GT 220 from Palit.
Bug in OS X Snow Leopard Deletes All User Data
Users of Snow Leopard, Apple's latest Operating System, who have the guest account enabled seem to be affected by a rather unpleasant bug, as more and more reports on the Apple Support forums indicate.
Already a few days after its launch back in September users started reporting problems when they logged into the guest account and then back into their normal one. After this settings could be reset and data gone, "as though it were a brand new account."
"The home directory still exists under "/Users/username" but is completely empty. Users are reporting that the data is unrecoverable and cannot be found anywhere on the hard drive, and the only way to restore it is if the user has been performing backups on a separate hard-drive."
Currently there seem to exist two possible work arounds, though:
"This problem does not happen on my Snow Leopard machine (upgraded from Leopard) upon enabling guest log-in, which suggests one possibility could be some Snow Leopard incompatibility with how the guest log-in was initially enabled. If you had it enabled in Leopard before upgrading and the problem happened without any changes to the guest account settings, then it could be from an incompatible setting between how Leopard and Snow Leopard handle the guest accounts. As such, try going to the Accounts system preferences and toggling the guest log-in setting to see if that refreshes the way the system is handling the guest account.
If you need guest account functionality and do not trust the built-in account because of this problem, for now just create a new non-administrator account (call it "Visitor" if you need a semi-decent alternative name) for use as a guest, and customize restrictions for it with parental controls. In most instances this will work just fine, since the only real difference in behavior for guest accounts is that data and settings are reset upon logout."
Tomorrow On the 13th of October
QNAP Expands Turbo NAS Lineup with 2-drive TS-210
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Video Players today expanded their Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-210 desktop NAS server targeted specifically at the SOHO and Prosumer market segments. The TS-210 supports up to 2 3.5" SATA hard drives with up to 4TB of total capacity (using 2TB drives) and features a Marvell 800MHz CPU and 256MB DDRII memory which provides sustained high performance with low power consumption. The TS-210 can be configured to RAID 1 for high data redundancy. The TS-210 also supports iSCSI Target service with Thin Provisioning and a Gigabit LAN port, features generally found on much higher end NAS servers. The TS-210 is equipped 3 USB ports (1 front, 2 back panel) for expanding the storage capacity, printer sharing, or data backup to an external storage device.
The TS-210 is a smart choice for installation in home or home-based business as it is fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks. It features a built-in UPnP/ DLNA media server (with TwonkyMedia enabled) supporting a wide range of DLNA media players such as Sony
2GB Flash Drive Ruler
When was the last time you used any of the flash drives you have kicking around to measure something? That
ATI next-gen DX11 architecture is called Hecatoncheires
Hecatoncheires is reportedly the codename of ATI's next-gen DirectX 11 architecture that will be released by the end of 2010. Little is known about this architecture but it is said to be a brand new design and not just an improved version of the RV870. The codename stems from Greek mythology, the Hecatoncheires were three giants of incredible strength and ferocity that helped overthrow the Titans. These mythical creatures were enormous in size, and each of them had one hundred hands and fifty heads.
In ancient Greek, Hecatoncheires means "hundred armed" and from what we hear this is a brand new architecture and not just improved version of R770, something that RV870 is. There will be six other Greek names to take a place of three desktop and three mobile chips and they should be ready in late 2010.
Plextor Launches 12x Blu-ray Burner
In a press release Plextor announced the launch of what they claim to be the "fastest Blu-ray DVD drive on the market". The Plextor PX-B940SA is an internal drive which uses the SATA interface and supports the following write speeds: 12x BD-R DL/SL, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD+R/-R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW.
Compatible formats (12cm, 8cm) are:
- BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, BDMV
- HD DVD
NVIDIA halts future nForce chipsets
NVIDIA will "postpone" any future nForce mainboard chipsets until an end is reached in the countering lawsuits between itself and Intel. As Intel alleges that NVIDIA's license doesn't cover chipsets for processors with an integrated memory controller, such as all Core i5/i7 and some newer Atom processors, NVIDIA claims that it has no choice but to freeze development of future nForce chipsets until Intel's "unfair business tactics" are either halted or cleared in court.
Although it's not affected by the lawsuit, NVIDIA's nForce platform for AMD-based systems is also being frozen, the company told PCMag. It additionally promised that any Intel platforms that still use a separate memory controller, like Core 2 chips, will still get new chipsets.
The news creates a potential issue not just for traditional desktop PCs but also for notebooks. While not directly stated by NVIDIA, Intel's refusal to include its newer processors under NVIDIA's existing license would make it impractical to continue offering chipset and graphics combos such as the GeForce 9400M or Ion for future Intel systems. Apple would be particularly hurt as all of its systems save for the Mac Pro currently use the 9400M and would have to either continue on older processors or else use dedicated graphics to achieve the same performance as what the 9400M and Ion can do while integrated.
It's been rumored that NVIDIA has a replacement for the 9400M known as MCP99 that would have to be put on hold as it was only compatible with Core i5 and beyond.
NVIDIA hasn't said why it would rather cut off existing development than renegotiate a license, though it has repeatedly claimed that Intel is deliberately misinterpreting its license terms to stifle competition against its own chipsets. Since the 9400M and especially Ion are often multiple times faster than Intel's current integrated video, it provides an incentive for computer builders like Apple to skip using Intel's mainboard platforms even if they continue to use Intel processors.
Intel worries about GPU viruses
Intel is studying all the possibilities to ensure security with Larrabee, as the chip giant is worried that hackers may be able to create the first GPU viruses. X-bit Labs reports sooner or later hackers will find ways to executive malicious programs on GPUs:
General purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) is a highly-discussed topic these days. Thanks to multi-core architecture, GPUs can process multi-threaded tasks much more rapidly than central processing units. But while GPGPU technologies provide a number of benefits, they can also harm in case GPUs execute malicious code. Intel Corp. believes that GPU viruses are about to emerge and is taking steps to ensure that its forthcoming Larrabee is secure enough.
Radeon HD 5750 and 5770 specifications leaked
The ATI Radeon HD 5770 is expected to be released on October 13th for $159. This DX11 card features 800 stream processors, a 850MHz core, 1GB GDDR5 memory at 4.8GHz, 1.36 teraFLOPS computing power, 128-bit memory bus, 76.8GB/s memory bandwidth, 18W idle power consumption and 108W load power consumption.
The ATI Radeon HD 5750 will be launched on the same day, this model will be available in with 512MB GDDR5 for $109 and with 1GB GDDR5 for $129. It has 720 stream processors, 700MHz core, 4.6GHz memory, 1.008 teraFLOPS computing power, 128-bit memory bus, 73.6GB/s memory bandwidth, 16W idle power consumption and 86W load power consumption.
TDK Develops 320 GB Optical Disc
At Japan's largest annual IT trade show CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) that's taking place from October 6 - 10 this year, TDK presented a 10-layer optical disc with a storage capacity of 320 GB.
"As the number of recording layers increases, signals on each layer weaken, making it necessary to improve the transmittance. This time, the company enhanced the transmittance by readjusting the composition of used materials, it said. The transmittance of the outermost layer, which requires the highest transmittance, is more than 90%, while that of the disc prototyped in 2006 was 80 to 90%.
The symbol error rate of the new optical disc is less than 10-4, which the company considers as the threshold of commercial viability. When data is being written on the disc, the output of the laser is less than 30mW, which is the maximum output of commercially available blue-violet lasers, on a film surface of each layer, TDK said."
Nuclear Battery The Size of a Penny
This news story has a bit of a scary ring to it, but University of Missouri researchers are developing a nuclear battery that is not only the size of a penny, but "can provide power density that is six orders of magnitude higher than chemical batteries."
"To provide enough power, we need certain methods with high energy density," said Jae Kwon, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at MU.
Kwon and his research team have been working on building a small nuclear battery, currently the size and thickness of a penny, intended to power various micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS). Although nuclear batteries can pose concerns, Kwon said they are safe.
"People hear the word
Sony X Series Lightweight Laptop Launched
Sony just released what they claim to be the lightest notebook around - "based on 10" and above notebook class as of 09/2009. Configuration includes standard capacity battery and built-in mobile broadband module."
The X series laptop comes with a 11.1'' screen, supports a 1366 x 768 resolution, weighs 1.5 - 1.6 lbs. (with the standard battery), and measures 10.95" (W) x 0.55" (H) x 7.29" (D).
Besides that, it features:
- 2GHz Intel Atom Processor
- 533Mhz Front Side Bus Speed
- up to 128GB Solid State Drive
- 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
- Estimated Battery Life with Standard Battery (included, default settings: up to 3.5 hours, max. brightness: up to 2.5 hours)
- Estimated Battery Life with Extended Battery (included, default Settings: up to 14 hours, max. brightness: up to 12 hours)
- Power Requirements: 38 watts or less
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500
- Intel System Controller Hub US15W Chipset
- Intel High Definition Audio
- Built-in MOTION EYE camera and microphone
- Electro-Static touch pad
- QWERTY keyboard, 82 kyes with 1.2mm stroke and 17mm pitch
- Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol
- WiFi Atheros 802.11b/g/n
- Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband Built-In
- Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth technology
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
All this goodness can be yours, in case you're willing to spend at least $1,299.99 USD for the black standard edition with a 64 GB SSD or $1,499.99 USD for the gold signature edition with a 128 GB SSD.
MSI GeForce GT 220 1 GB OC Pixelized
NVIDAI is set to release it's first consumer 40nm product next week, tagged under GT220. It is a sub 100 USD DX 10.1 low-budget offering. MSI is releasing a factory-overclocked graphics card based on the GT220 called the MSI N220GT-MD1G-OC.
The GPU houses 48 shader processors, 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 128-bit wide interface, and comes with DVI-D, D-Sub. No external power connectors already reveal that it has a low power design. The card draws all its power from the PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot. We expect the product tor etail at roughly 75 EUR.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 gets pixelized
A photo on the upcoming Radeon HD 5770 cards from Gigabyte. This card should be available next week for under 150EUR.
Gigabyte's HD 5770 is listed in an Australian shop. The price is tagged at AUD 262.90 which is roughly
PowerColor to ship Radeon HD 5870 cards with EK watercooling block
PowerColor announced it will ship Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards with a liquid cooling solution from EK.
The partnership brings a liquid cooling solution to the most powerful single GPU on the market today, the HD5870 series. EK cooling offers exceptional thermal performance and enhances gaming performance in a cool and stable operating environment.
The Liquid Cooling Solution (LCS) can completely dispel excessive heat within an airtight environment, enabling the heat to be dissipated in a quiet setting. The cooperation with EK allows PowerColor to bring another attractive option to the HD5870 series. This soon to be part of the Liquid Cooling Solution (LCS) product lineup, with full water block mounting on the card, helps deliver the perfect heat dissipation in a silent setting; allowing a perfect user experience like never before.
"PowerColor always tries to bring gamers a superior and out-of-box gaming experience,
Assassin's Creed 2 Clip
A new video was launched by way of Ubisoft for Assassin's Creed 2 introduces us to Ezio