ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution workstation motherboard
ASUS officially released the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution motherboard for workstations, full specifications can be found over here.
The ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution is the ideal foundation for a powerful workstation for Small Office usage, SOHOs and mainstream workstation users; with its unparalleled performance. Through ASUS
Seagate offers fix for 1.5TB Barracuda freezes
Some Seagate Barracuda 8200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming applications or a dropped drive from RAID arrays. Customers seeing these symptoms should contact Seagate Technical Support for a firmware upgrade. In order to assure the proper application of the new firmware, please email a description of the issues you're seeing to Seagate (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please include the following disk drive information: model number, serial number and current firmware revision. Also, please describe your system, operating system and the application in use when the issue arose, and you will receive a prompt response with appropriate instructions. As an alternative to the contact email address above please access http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/.Perhaps that's not the end of this story, though. One of the Seagate support forum members who initially complained dropped us a line saying the new firmware negatively impacts performance. According to Nick, average read performance for his 1.5TB 'cuda was 105.8MB/s. With the new firmware, however, he claims read performance dipped to 86MB/s. Disabling write caching allegedly brought that figure back up to 101MB/s.
Hynix unleashes fastest graphics memory evah !
Hynix has announced the first GDDR5 memory chips that can transfer up to 7Gbps (7000MHz), which is almost twice as fast as the memory found on ATI's Radeon HD 4870 cards. Hynix says volume production of the new 7Gbps GDDR5 memory chips is slated for the first half of next year.
The newly-introduced 1Gb GDDR5 is built on Hynix' 54nm process technology.
It operates at the fastest speed of 7Gbps, which is 40% improved compared to 5Gbps GDDR5 and processes up to 28GB of data per second with a 32-bit I/O. The new Hynix graphics memory is also designed to minimize power consumption at 1.35V power supply. The JEDEC-standard 1Gb GDDR5 graphics DRAM at 7Gbps targets high-end applications such as game PCs, game consoles and graphics cards.
Meteor Caught On Video
BFG offers Free upgrade for AGP users
from what I understand this only applies to the USA/Canada, but the sentiment is certainly appreciated. Now, for a limited time, if you send us your BFG AGP card in good, working condition, we
Canon EOS 5D Mark II ships tomorrow
NVIDIA works on Tegra based Smartphone ?
Microsoft is in the later stages of developing a phone of its own that will rely on performance to drive sales, a rumor floated by the Inquirer today claims. The Windows Mobile developer is allegedly developing a phone that would use one of NVIDIA's Tegra processors as its heart. The feature would likely involve the APX 2500 chip and theoretically give the Microsoft device 720p video playback and advanced 3D visuals that are absent on other phones.
This deal may explain the lack of support for Tegra outside of Windows Mobile devices, the site suggests. The phone would reportedly be introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress (3GSM) in February and released not long afterwards, though Microsoft has historically unveiled new versions of Windows Mobile at the expo but shipped them only in summer or fall.
Most observers believe any Microsoft move into making its own phones is likely prompted by the iPhone, which is already threatening to undermine Windows Mobile market share and has been deemed successful in part due to its control over both the hardware and software. Microsoft has always downplayed the possibility of producing its own phone but has repeatedly mentioned porting Zune elements to Windows Mobile and recently bought out Danger, giving it experience with both hardware and mobile software design from the Sidekick.
The Redmond, Washington-based company has often touted the choice of devices and hardware independence of Windows Mobile but also has a history of effectively overwhelming its hardware partners when deemed necessary. The company had initially promoted Portable Media Center and the PlaysForSure program for music but, with the Zune, effectively ended both of these as firms either switched to their own mobile operating systems and switched to more universal standards like MP3 for their music.
Micron to ship 256GB home SSD by March
Micron on Monday said to CNET that it would start mass-producing its long-promised RealSSD C200 256GB solid-state drive in March of next year. The timeframe pushes back the drive from its original fall launch and limits the current lineup to the 128GB drives common in the industry. The 2.5-inch SSD has been touted as a potential leader through its combination both of the large amount of space as well as its extremely high read speed, which matches Intel's at 250MB per second.
The setback gives Samsung a few months of lead time for its 256GB FlashSSD, which is slightly slower in reads at 220MB per second but has a much faster 200MB per second for writing data. Micron's drive writes at 100MB per second.
Micron's SSD partner Intel notes, however, that the large capacity won't require its just-unveiled 34nm memory technology while maintaining a relatively low price. The new process, which allows the two companies to put more memory in the same physical space, should deliver over 300GB of storage even in the 1.8-inch drives used by ultraportable notebooks.
Meet the largest tiled display in the world
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has deployed "Stallion" - the world's highest resolution tiled display. Stallion features a total of 75 Dell 30" LCD displays, arranged in 15 columns of five displays each. These 30" Dell displays have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, good for a combined total of 307 million pixels. With more than 36 gigabytes of graphics memory, 108 gigabytes of system memory, and 100 processing cores, Stallion enables datasets to be processed on a massive scale.
Trailer: ArmA 2 Trailer
Guru3D Deals of the Week
We haven't done this in a while. But I found some pretty okay prices on the latest hardware. Clock in the prices to visit the respecitve stores directly.
On the AMD side of things:
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe 4870 X2 review [Guru3D]
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe test - Meet Palit's Revolution 700 Deluxe. It's an (R700) Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2048MB memory based graphics card that comes with custom cooling, slightly higher memory clock and some serious connectivity on the form of VGA, DVI, HDMI and even Display port. That's right all the aforementioned connectors are physically present on this graphics card.
The end result is the weirdest thing you've ever looked at really, I mean .. this thing is huge, it's literally the size of a brick as it's familiar sized at 27 CM in length and 3 PCI slots (6 CM) wide. But heck, it's rather impressive and something you won't forget easy.
Check out the review here.
Spire released two Core i7 coolers
Spire unveiled the SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II, two new coolers with support for the Intel Core i7 processor.
The SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II cpu coolers are ready to cool all processors built on the new Intel 1366 Core i7 platform in combination with the Intel LGA775 and AMD AM2 platforms giving the consumers huge scope to use these coolers. Another welcome feature to build a completely silent system are the Anti-vibe rubber fan corners, these will absorb any vibration from the fan motor. Availability is expected in early December.
The two models look similar but the specs in sizes of the fan and the materials used say it all:
* Three 8mm all copper U-shaped heat-pipes
* All new direct-touch heat-pipe technology
* UV-reactant 90mm BlueStar fan design
* Amazingly silent high performance
* 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin
Bruce Lee Plays Ping Pong With Nunchuck [fun]
Not hardware related. But oh, this has to be the best commercial ever released .... awesome!
Intel arms itself for an attack with 35W quad cores
Intel intends to release a broad family of chips with 35W thermal envelope designed for small form-factor, yet high-performance, desktop systems.
The processors will be the same as the company's mobile offerings in terms of specs, but will be compatible with desktop infrastructure. As reported earlier, the first breed of 35W chips for high-performance desktops made using 45nm process technology will be released already this month, whereas additional chips will be added into family on the 28th of December, according to certain documents. The family of ultra low-power chips for desktop computers will include both dual-core and quad-core central processing units, which are projected to be compatible with already available LGA775 infrastructure
DirectX 11 confirmed for Windows 7 & Vista
Ben Basaric, Product Marketing Manager Windows, confirmed that Windows 7 will be delivered with DX11, contrary to the rather vague statement a few days ago. Furthermore DX11 will also come for Windows Vista although Microsoft wouldn't confirm, if this will coincide with the release of Service Pack 2 for Vista [via pcgh]
EVGA nForce 730a motherboard comes out to play
EVGA has released a new budget ATX motherboard for the AMD platform, the nForce 730a. It supports Socket AM2+ processors and is available for $94.99.
Full specifications over here.
- PCI Express
Best Selling PC Games week ending Nov 8
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
- Spore / EA Maxis / $48
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $48
World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / $32
- Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $52
The Sims 2 Double Deluxe/ EA Maxis / $24 The Sims 2 Apartment LifeExpansion Pack / EA Maxis / $24
- Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $20
- Crysis Warhead / Crytek (EA) / $21
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20