VGA Charts December 2009 Update
The VGA charts is a much requested feature by you, the readers. The VGA charts is simply put a selection of games in which we will show you performance numbers (measured by average framerate). The distinct difference in review results and these charts is two-fold, in our reviews we can only show you 5 maybe 6 comparative graphics card results due to limitations. In the VGA chart you can see all the reference cards we have tested recently in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner.
MSI to bundle SteelSeries kit with Big Bang Trinery
MSI announced preorder details for its latest gaming mainboard, Big Bang-Trinergy. Have you read our review already ?
Those who pre-order Big Bang-Trinergy from participating retailers will get a limited 8-year warranty and exclusive Big Bang messenger bag. In addition, SteelSeries KINZU and QcK+ gaming gears will be offered to those who pre-order, cooperating with the world's famous gaming company, SteelSeries. Gamers will experience the ultimate gaming machine when heading into battle.
"We're excited to team up with MSI and offer gamers the opportunity to combine one of our newest gaming mice, SteelSeries Kinzu, and the award-winning QcK+ with the new Big Bang-Trinergy," said Kim Rom, SteelSeries Chief Marketing Officer. "SteelSeries partners with brands that share the same values when it comes to gaming and gear: develop products that meet the needs of professionals and at the end of the day, Winning is Everything."
The latest Big Bang-Trinergy mainboard features the powerful NVIDIA nForce 200 chip, designed to support triple graphics cards within a single system. Featuring cutting-edge 100% hi-c Cap, it maximizes system performance and stability. It is also equipped with several MSI exclusive performance boost functions like OC Genie and OC Dashboard to give extreme gamers on-the-fly overclocking to optimize FPS. It is set to hit store shelves in early Dec.
Intel Updates SSD Firmware Update, Brings TRIM Support
After the corrupted drive mayhem from last month, taking down the updated firmware Intel released the 2CV102HD firmware update for their 34 nm X25-M G2 solid state drives. Let's hope this Firmware update is free of any critical bugs.
The new firmware update works for both the X25-M and X18-M SSDs. The firmware adds TRIM capability to the SSDs, which works to minimize data fragmentation at the hardware-level on systems with Windows 7. The 2CV102HD firmware update can be found here.
ViewSonic Launches New IPS LCD Displays
ViewSonic Corpannounced the commercial availability of its 23" VP2365wb and 26" VP2655wb IPS panel LCD displays. The monitors leverage the power of true IPS panel technology, making them ideal for professional designers, manufacturers, medical applications and movie production.
IPS (In Plane Switching) panels are generally considered the best LCD technology for image quality, color accuracy and viewing angles. ViewSonic designed its professional-grade LCD displays for users who require the highest screen performance, color accuracy, advanced ergonomics and extensive input flexibility.
"IPS panel technology is a must have for professionals in image-rich industries, such as graphic artists. Without enhanced viewing angles and accurate color reproduction, they simply cannot do their jobs," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager of ViewSonic North America. "Our new LCD monitors are designed with these professionals in mind, providing them with a true picture and color quality to make projects come alive."
The VP2365wb and VP2655wb offer 4-port USB hub for easy connectivity, along with ergonomic pivot, height adjustment, tilt and swivel functionality of these slim bezel displays for comfortable viewing.
The 23" VP2365wb IPS true color monitor couples wide viewing angles with 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, making it the perfect solution for designers, manufacturers, medical applications and movie production.
The 26" VP2655wb IPS monitor offers 118% NTSC wide color gamut by OptiColor
SilverStone debuts Fortress FT02 computer chassis
SilverStone has announced a new chassis called the Fortress FT02.
The case features 90-degree rotated motherboard mounting and a unibody design. The unibody frame of the chassis is made from 4.5mm thick aluminum and the case has three custom SilverStone 180mm fans. The fans are designed for low noise and vibration while delivering great cooling performance.
The fans are speed adjustable from 700 to 1000 rpm depending on the cooling needs of the system. To further reduce noise the inside of the case is covered with foam padding. Other features include hot swappable drive bays and the case supports mainboards up to 11-inches wide. The case will ship in Europe on December 12 for a whopping 180 EUR.
Hexa-core Intel Gulftown shows on eBay
Intels upcoming hexa-core processor Gulftown (expected to launch as Core i9 will) is slated for next year. The problem is that the new CPU is spreading fast already and that engineering samples (ES) that should not be sold are not only sold on eBay but even enthusiast forums around the world.
The new processor is made with Intels fresh 32 nanometer technology and can be found on eBay but just also in Denmark, the processor was sold on forums for around $850. The thread at OCTeamDenmark has been removed but is available through Google cache.
Pro IV Light PCIe solid state drives
Interesting -- why stay tied to the limited SATA 2 port and not use PCIe 1x Runcore must have imagined.
Press-release: This new SSD design not only boosts your sustained performance but it also focuses on random small file read and write speeds, the speeds that create bottle necks in current and past PATA, SATA HDDs, and some SSDs. With operating system and applications consisting of thousands of small files, the RunCore Pro IV Light SSD can process these files at nearly 4 times the speed of a conventional spinning hard drive while creating a more efficient and satisfying user experience.
The RunCore Pro IV Light mini-SATA PCIe SSD is the ideal choice for the storage media of the ultra-mobile PC. With its small footprint and industry-standard design, the Mini-SATA PCIe SSD format is fit for embedded solid state storage because it allows for high capacity and
New Medal of Honor Game Revealed
Electronic Arts sent out a press release announcing the promised reboot of its Medal of Honor franchise, revealing that the long-running shooter series is finally leaving World War II behind. Instead, the new title - simply referred to as Medal of Honor - will take players to 'war-torn Afghanistan,' with Electronic Arts promising a 'best-in-class single-player campaign' inspired by 'real events' and crafted with the assistance of the US Special Operations Community's Tier 1 Operators unit 'to create the most authentic modern war experience.'
Medal of Honor will hit PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, with EA Los Angeles handling the single-player and the Battlefield veterans at EA DICE on multiplayer.
Intel Demos 48-Core Microprocessor (photos)
Developers from Intel Corp. deminstrated the world
Harman Kardon GLA-55 cut glass speakers
As much a piece of design as a piece of audio, these Harman Kardon GLA-55 cut glass speakers are a real eye-catcher.
Looking like a pair of giant paperweights, the GLA-55 two-way speakers offer audiophile-friendly output thanks to the sheer weight - there's no resonance or movement, which means a purer sound, all 56 watts of it.
No amplifier is required either - each speaker has one built into its clear acrylic stand, so you just have to plug in your MP3 player (or other audio source and you're away). Just 3,000 being offered worldwide from next month, priced around
Radeon HD 5670 Allegedly Surfaces
A forum member of the HardOCP forums posted pictures and test results of a graphics card that is, allegedly, a prototype of the ATI Radeon HD 5670, a low-end graphics card (not announced). If the report is genuine, the card should be launched sometime in Q1 2010 and is a graphics adapter based on the Redwood 40nm GPU.
The forum member not only posted pictures of the alleged 5670, but also subjected the card to performance tests using the CPU-Z 0.3.7 software on a base system composed of Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66 GHz, Gigabyte P55M-UD2, and 4 GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 memory. The tests were done as a performance comparison between the card and the Radeon HD 4670 512 MB. The first test was running Street Fighter 4 at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, with no anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filtering. The card rendered the game with a frame-rate of 95.35 fps and scored 10,473 points, as opposed to the HD 4670, which only managed 8,559 points (a frame-rate of 65.35 fps).
The second game the card was tested on was Unigine Heaven Demo v1.0 DirectX 10 (SM 4.0) on a resolution of 1024 x 768 in window mode. The game ran at 34.1 fps while the CPU operated at 2.53 GHz. The HD 5670 again bested the HD 4670, which only scored 699 points with its 27.8 fps, with 859 points.
The pictures shown on the forum represent an engineering sample of the card, which has a red-colored PCB, as opposed to the traditional black PCB used by the HD 5000 series. The cooler employed by the prototype used a normal fan that was set upon a very simple heatsink with fins projecting radially. The card showed DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub connectors and the possibility for future DisplayPort implementation suggested by the leads behind the D-sub. The CPU-Z report picture indicates an SIMD 50% downscaled, 400 stream processors, 128-bit GDDR5 and 16 ROPs. The screenshot also suggests that the core and the 1GB memory clocks equal 775 MHz and 1000 MHz, respectively. This implies that the card's memory bandwidh is of 64 GB/s.
Although nothing is official, if the alleged Radeon HD 5670 photos do prove out to be genuine, low-end users will be able to start the year with a graphics card updgrade.
Intel talks Larrabee at SC09 (video)
Dell facing E6400 and E6500 overheating problem
Dell may have a serious issue on its hands with their E6400 and E6500 laptops. Hundreds of reports have been surfacing on the official dell support forums stating that they have had 'massive performance issues.. 'whenever the devices get slightly warm the BIOS automatically starts dialing down the performance until they basically crawl to a halt, some indicating that even when cool they won't go over 50% of maximum clock.
The most prominent member of the Dell support forums, Tinkerdude, created a PDF entitled "Performance loss during normal operation in a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop due to processor and bus clock throttling" that explains in detail the problem and potential solutions. The user was banned after this PDF was posted to the forum which leads many to believe that Dell does not want this problem to be known publicly.
Banning a customer from your website for posting a problem is disgusting and a great way to ensure that they never buy your product again.
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 Demo (DX9 and DX11)
Codemasters has released a playable demo of Colin McRae: DiRT 2, allowing you to try out the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows LIVE edition of this racing game sequel. The demo enables gamers to compete in two of Colin McRae: DiRT 2's events.
In the Trailblazer event, players take on the ultimate test of rally car against the challenging Moroccan terrain on a point-to-point track filled with flat-out straights and hair-raising hairpins in the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. In the second event, gamers compete in a Landrush race at the spectacular Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California, where players go wheel-to-wheel in an 8-vehicle riotous race over lethal bumps and killer jumps in the heavy duty West Coast Choppers Stuka TT.
The 1.32GB demo is available now.
MSI Big Bang Trinergy review
MSI Big bang Trinergy review - Making the Best Better
MSI went back to the drawing board, came up with a new concept called the Big-Bang series motherboards. Today we take a peek at the MSI P55 GD80 Big bang Trinergy -- with the Tri for triple lovin' on top of the regular GD80 functions, yes it makes the mainboard 3-way SLI compatible. Next to all the cool features the board already offers MSI added a few more extra's next to the fantastic design, V-Kit control, the mystical finger touch buttons. With the Trinergy MSI adds THX TruStudio PC and Creative's EAX Advanced HD 5 to the board by help of an additional Quantum Wave Audio card, we see an external OC dashboard and thus full PCIe bandwidth thanks to an added NF200 nVIDIA bridge chip.
Liquid Cooled 5970 with Koolance VID-AR597
One of the many interesting features on the Radeon HD 5970 graphics adapter is the fact that, despite being ultra fast and highly capable even in basic operational mode, it has a high overclocking potential. To give enthusiasts what they want, namely the possibility of going for safe overclocking scenarios, Koolance started working on a strong liquid cooling module that is nearing completion. Although it has not been released yet, pictures of the upcoming product found their way to the Internet.
Koolance's cooler is called the VID-AR597 waterblock and is especially aimed at successfully preventing overheating when paired with an overclocked Radeon HD 5970 graphics card.The mechanism is a solid copper cooler fully plated with nickel, which delivers excellent liquid flow. The liquid alleviates the two 40nm Cypress graphics processing units of the extra heat. The heatsink is also quite large, allowing for the cooling of all other parts of the card, not just the chips.
To allow end-users to check on the status of the cooler, the product is built with an acrylic lid that enables such purchasers to check on the flow of the liquid, providing the possibility for estimating how much more heat the actual product can handle. As such, end-users will know the general status and whether the cooler would be able to handle even further increases to frequencies, enabling power users to know just how high they can push their Hemlock's clocks without exceeding the VID-AR597's heat reduction capabilities. Koolance's VID-AR597 cooler is bound to become available on December 4 for a price tag of $140.
GPU-Z 0.3.8 Released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added framework for translations in GPU-Z, to do that we need your help.
- Added sensors to monitor GPU load percentages on NVIDIA
- Fixed startup on Windows 2000 (DLL not found)
- Improved detection/added sensors for ATI M86
- Fixed several NVAPI crashes
- Fixed crash when PhysX not available
- GPU-Z can now be set in its system menu to be always on top of other windows
PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 BattleForge Edition V2
The buds over at TPU report that PowerColor introduced a new Radeon HD 5770 BattleForge Edition V2 graphics card. This model uses a more cost-effective cooling solution and includes a coupon for BattleForge, it should be a bit cheaper than the reference model.
The rest of its specifications are standard.
The Juniper GPU packs 800 stream processors, DirectX 11 compliance, and the card features 1 GB of memory across a 128-bit wide GDDR5 interface. It draws power from one 6-pin power connector, and supports ATI CrossfireX. Display connectivity includes two DVI-D, and one each of HDMI with 7.1 channel audio, and DisplayPort. The GPU is clocked at 850 MHz, and memory at 1200 MHz.