ASUS MARS (Dual GTX 285 4096MB) review
If you have been living under a rock and don't know what the ASUS GeForc GTX 295 Mars is .. let me give you an easy breakdown. You take two GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards, stick 4 GB of memory on there (2GB per GPU), sandwich them, SLI them up, market it as MARS, slap a limited edition label on there and make only a 1000 units.
That in a nutshell is the product we'll be testing today. So without making a long and boring introduction, let's pop one of these little frackers into our finest test system and see where it ends up performance wise .. will this really be the fastest graphics card in the world anno September 2009 ?
Read all about it in our review, which you can find right here.
It surely does look tasty ... Mars
Review will be up this weekend ... here's a tasty photo.
NVIDIA SLI Profile update revision 2.0
This version of the NVIDIA profile update should be used with v190.62 WHQL display driver.
It adds support for the following PC games:
- Biohazard 5 (Resident Evil 5)
- Call of Juarez: Blood in Bound Demo
- Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
- Need for Speed: Shift
It also increases performance for the following PC game:
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
Download: click here
OCZ Z-Drive PCI-E SSD Being Redesigned
A while ago you guys leanred about the OCZ Z drive. Shortly after release it was pulled from the market for likely due to technical issues.
OCZ went back to the drawing board and is now preparing a revised OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express solid state drive (SSD). The Z-Drive connects to the system using a PCI-Express x4 interface, and operates on SSD MLC NAND flash. It comes in capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB, with a 256 MB buffer, and offers read/write speeds of up to 878 MB/s (read) 781 MB/s (write).
A 4-pin Molex connector is needed to power the drive. The device is rated MTBF of 900,000 hours and comes with 2 year warranty.
Philips intros four new Blu-ray players
At the IFA 2009 show on Thursday, Philips has introduced four new Blu-ray players, including the flagship BDP9500. It has a number of video processing technologies Philips collectively calls Qdeo, which reduce noise, enhance color, and improve contrast, fine detail and depth. It also allows users to manually move where their subtitles appear on screen, and is DiVX Ultra and BD-Live compatible.
It further adds gold-plated A/V connections and support for 7.1-channel audio and has Burr-Brown DACs. A USB port lets users play video and music from connected thumb drives or external hard drives.
The BDP9100 supports the same extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio as Philips' Cinema TVs and eliminates black spaces on those sets. It also has the same subtitle shifting as the BDP9500 and shares other features, including its 7.1-channel audio support, DiVX Ultra compatibility, BD-Live 2.0 and USB port.
The BDP7500 can be had in silver or black aluminum, and very similar features to the BDP9100, but adds touch-sensitive controls instead of traditional push buttons and a less exotic exterior.
Finally, the BDP3000 is the entry-level offering, foregoing the subtitles shift, USB connection and 21:9 aspect ratio support. It can still upconvert standard-definition DVDs and play back DiVX files.
Philips has not released prices or ship dates for any of the new Blu-ray players.
AI on the GPU: InstinctTech DogFighter Cuda Demo
Alienware TactX Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Alienware announced today that they are reaching out to gamers with a new line of products, including their first ever mouse and keyboard
Now for those of you need further details on how this works and what the new peripherals do just drop down below to check out the official fact sheet. Gamers who would like to jump straight to the order page can visit the Official Alienware Website on all the details for obtaining the keyboard, headset and mouse.
Alienware TactX Gear Fact Sheet
- Alienware TactX Mouse, available for $99, delivers pinpoint accuracy and split-second in-game reaction times with an ultra fast 5000 DPI adjustable laser engine. Equipped with nine customizable buttons and five different user profiles, gamers will command and conquer their rivals in any game without pause or hesitation.
- Other key features of the TactX Mouse include: Alienware
NZXT launches Lexa S chassis
NZXT has another chassis available, this time around launches the Lexa S. Lexa S is designed for enhanced airflow with capability for 5 fans including 120mm fans on the front, side, and exhaust with a 140 mm fan on top. NZXT includes the side, rear, top, and front fans along with a fan controller that controls dual intakes and exhausts independently and effectively optimizes your computers performance based on your preference for pure power or whisper quiet operation.
ATI dual-GPU DirectX 11 card by Christmas
More info (well the code-name really) on AMD's upcoming DirectX 11 cards and mentions the company's dual-GPU Radeon HD 5870 X2 "Hemlock" graphics card have surfaced on the web. The Dual-GPU card will likely arrive by the end of the year, thus the silly season aka Christmas.
Based on the currently available information, ATI
DDR3 soon cheaper than DDR2
DigiTimes reports prices of DDR3 memory chips may soon drop under the price of DDR2 chips.
Spot pricing for 1Gb DDR2 chips has surpassed US$1.60, while 1Gb DDR3 prices are staying at range around US$1.90, the sources indicated. The crossover between the two segments is expected at somewhere below US$2, the sources added.
However, the crossover may also mean an end to the bullish rally for DDR2 chips, sending major DDR2 producers shifting their focus to DDR3 in order to survive, the sources commented [via digitimes].
PhysX in Batman: Arkham Asylum (movie)
Batman: Arkham Asylum is due out on September 15 (NA) and September 18 (EU) for the PC. The PS3 and Xbox 360 version is already out.
Patriot Corza NAS tested
Face it, we all have more computers in the house. Typically a game PC, downstairs a work PC, and I know a lot of you also have a HTPC. Within that context one generic consensus is that we have a much larger demand and requirements for storage.
Now to leave a power hungry PC on to share your files over your internal LAN is a rather expensive thing to do, especially when you have it activated 24/7. A good alternative and solution for sharing data is a NAS unit.
NAS (Network Attached Storage) units are often small, do not use a lot of power, are highly configurable, offer redundancy as some models even can handle RAID internally. Patriot just entered the NAS market with a simple affordable NAS unit called Corza. Their product supports two HDD's setups, RAID 0/1, USER and USERGROUP based access, FTP server, Hot swappable drives, really the most essential features a NAS unit should handle, yet priced really nice.
Check out the Guru3D review.
Auzentech Releases X-Fi HomeTheater HD
Auzentech has released the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD, an HDMI 1.3a compliant audio card. The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD has been designed around the latest Creative PCI Express X-Fi audio processor.
When paired with CyberLink PowerDVD 9 Ultra software, the X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card provides the highest quality lossless multi-channel audio experience for enjoying Blu-ray discs at home (24 bit, 192 kHz), taking full advantage of lossless digital audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD
Western Digital 2TB Black HDD
Western Digital announced that it's now shipping 2-terabyte 7200 RPM drives for hardware enthusiasts and workstation PCs, the WD Caviar Black 2TB and the WD RE4 2TB respectively. Both drives sport 64MB of cache, 500GB platters, 3Gb/sec SATA, and 5-year warranties, with the Caviar Black 2TB retailing for $299 (pricing for the RE4 2TB was not announced just yet).
High Performance Electronics Architecture
- Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance.
- Colossal cache - Bigger, faster cache of up to 64 MB means faster performance.
NEC 19″ MultiSync EA190M LCD scheduled for Launch This Month
Well .. to me 19″ monitors seem to be an ancient past-time, only talked about in hushed whispers, amongst technophiles joking about their parent
AMD preps Thuban six-core desktop processor
I think we mentioned this in the conclusion of our Phenom II X4 965 review, the next logical step for AMD to make is a move towards six-core technology on desktop platforms.
Though it might not happen this year anymore, early 2010 AMD
New Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Gameplay trailer
Okay, one more. Check out this new Modern Warfare 2 video up, showing off some multiplayer gameplay with Flag Runner, a CTF mode. It's direct feed, and uncut:
Intel slips in Q9505 processor
On the virge of the release of a new quad-core family series processors Intel launched another Core 2 Quad processor, the Core 2 Quad Q9505 based on a 45nm fabrication process (Yorkfield core) can be seated in socket LGA775 and runs at 2.83GHz. It has 6MB of L2 cache and a 95W TDP.
It's expected to be priced roughly at US $210.