Blu-ray BDXL format coming -- 128GB
The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced the new BDXL format, which will provide customers with discs with a capacity of up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewriteable). The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced two new media specifications that use Blu-ray Disc technology to provide targeted functionality for commercial and consumer applications. The specifications for BDXL
Galaxy's custom GeForce GTX 470 gets pictured
Though I am not sure what is supposed to be custom about it besides the sticker, Expreview is showing a couple of photos of Galaxy's upcoming GeForce GTX 480 and a custom-design GeForce GTX 470:
Arctic Sound E352 review
Arctic Sound E352 in-ear buds tested
Hey ya'll, we hope everybody is enjoying a really nice Easter. To kill off some time we are posting a light read today. We test the Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound E352 Earbuds.
The E352 in-ear buds tested today are advertised to offer sound quality, noise isolation and bass advantages over other offerings from the competition. As such they promise a higher quality than what is provided by your typical pair of earbuds. Let's have a look at the product and lend it an ear or two.
Read the Guru3D review right here.
700,000 iPads bought on day one
Apple did not provide details of opening-day sales. But Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who had predicted as many as 300,000 iPads would be sold this weekend, dramatically revised his numbers upward Saturday to between 600,000 and 700,000 units purchased just on the first day.
That contrasts with 270,000 iPhones sold during its initial launch. Apple plans to offer six variants of the iPad, starting with the three Wi-Fi models available now: a 16GB model ($499), a 32GB model ($599), and 64GB model ($699). In late April, Apple will ship three additional models that tack on 3G capability, for an extra $130 each. The 3G models will also have a GPS chip inside.
Transcend aXeRam DDR3-2000 Memory Kit
Transcend announced that its aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory kits have been officially certified under the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) validation program. Fully compatible with Intel Core i7 processors, the XMP-certified DDR3 kits are designed to operate at a blazing-fast clock frequency of 2000 MHz with an exceptionally low voltage of just 1.6V.
Intel XMP is a performance-packed expansion of the standard DDR3 memory specification. Featuring memory bandwidth up to an incredible 32GB/s, Transcend`s aXeRam DDR3-2000 dual-channel memory kit is rated at 2000MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24, allowing performance enthusiasts and gamers to take their Intel Core i7 platform to the next level of memory overclocking performance. The aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory modules have been certified for use on Intel P55-based motherboards, including Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3, MSI P55-GD80 and Asus P7P55D Deluxe.
To ensure extra stability and signal integrity at high clock speeds, all aXeRam modules are comprised of 128Mx8 high-quality DDR3 FBGA chips and use robust eight-layer PCBs that fully comply with rigorous JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards. With premium DRAM chips and high thermal efficiency aluminum heat sinks, the aXeRam DDR3 memory modules deliver amazing overclocking performance while maintaining cool temperatures. The certification report is posted here.
Thermaltake Launch Low-Profile CPU Cooler
Thermaltake launch their low profile CPU especially targeting Home Theater PC users, the Thermaltake SlimX3. Since for Home Theater PCs usually small and mini size cases are used, the CPU cooler performance is of utmost importance, it has to come with a very small footprint in order to fit into the case, but at the same time offer sufficient cooling capacity in a silent environment.
The SlimX3 adopts two
NEC unveils new green AS231WM PC display
NEC has been tossing more and more LCDs for computer users onto the market packed with green features to save power. The latest such offering from NEC is called the AccuSync AS231WM (PDF). The display has the EPEAT Silver Rating, Energy Star 5.0, and TCO 5.0 compliance marking its energy sipping ways.
The screen is 23-inches and has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. It uses a 16:9 aspect ratio and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 with a brightness rating of 250 cd/m2. When in power saving mode and power off mode the screen only needs 0.4W of power.
Connectivity includes VGA and DVI-D with HDCP. The screen has a tilting stand and touch-integration capabilities. NEC also equips the screen with downward firing multimedia speakers and a headphone jack. The AS231WM will ship in May for $269.
NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 480 was designed to run at high temperatures
NVIDIA who recently unveiled their based Fermi video cards with the GTX 480 and GTX 470 getting official on March 26 hasve posted some info on a blog.
NVIDIA's Drew Henry explains on the company's nTersect Blog that gamers need not worry about the high temperatures of the GeForce GTX 480 because the cards were designed to run at high temperature. He claims there will be no effect on quality or longevity, and adds that he believes the card features a good tradeoff on power vs performance.
We wanted to let you know that we
Biostar TA890FXE specifications
Later this month, AMD will be releasing their most important product in 2010 - the enthusiast 890FX chipset and Phenom II X6 processor. AMD 890FX chipset, codenamed RD890 accompanied by HyperTransport 3.0 and South Bridge SB850, which provides native support for SATA 6.0 Gbps.
BIOSTAR famous T-Series
WD to introduce new series Velociraptors HDDs
In a leaked PDF file it became apparent that WD is working on a new series Velociraptor HDDs. Looks like WD is increasing capacity towards 450 and 600 GB models. The new Velociraptor will get an extension in their name called VR200M. The platters will be 200 GB each, rotating at 10.000 RPM. Power consumption will roughly be 6.5 Watt and in standby 0.7 Watt.
The new VelociRaptor VR200M promises sustained read speeds of 145MB/s. Seek times will be 3,6 ms during read and 4,2 ms during write. Good news is also that the new HDDs will get a SATA 6-Gbps connector and 32MB cache.
There is no word yet on pricing or availability.
Daily Deals Friday April 2nd 2010 - SSDs
Check out some prices on SSDs as several vendors have some incredible sales this weekend saving a whole lot of money (after mail-in rebates, but still). Check em out, especially the OCZ Vertex 120GB ones are priced really good:
Realtek HD Audio 2.46 Driver
Realtek again releases a new HD Audio driver, this time revision 2.46.
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.46
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2. Fix BSOD issue under Windows 2000. (Issue happened from driver V6066).
ECS H55H-I Mini ITX motherboard review
We test the ECS H55H-I. It's been topic amongst many of the male versus female species for decades now and here at Guru3D today we will bring you the definitive answer to the eternal question ... does size matter ?! Pop on a Clarkdale based processor like the Core i3 or Core i5 series and you can use it's HDMI, DVI of DSUB graphics connector. Audio ? No worries the embedded Realtek ACL 8982 eight channel audio codec will happily output to analog or coaxial or optical TOSLINK S/PDIF connectors, need USB ? Well, the rear panel has six of them, need SATA2 ?
Here we spot four ports and one eSATA, dual channel memory ? Yep supported, up-to 1600 MHz and in the end if you do not want to use the embedded graphics from the processor, then you can even pop in a full x16 PCIe graphics card and make a wicked gaming rig out of this very handy H55H-I motherboard.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
AMD gained CPU market share in Q4 2009
Over the course of 2009, AMD and Intel each picked up about a quarter percent of market share, iSuppli said. According to Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for computer platforms at iSuppli, this was an interesting development because PC average selling prices dropped significantly during the course of 2009
April Fool's Jokes Overview
The internet was full of pranks yesterday at Aprils Fools day. Here's an overview of some of them:
- 2K Games Announces 'Extreme Diplomacy' Mode for Civilization V - For some, the game of Civilization can be a bit on the dry side when it comes to
gameplay. Well, not anymore, as 2K Games has thrown down the gauntlet with a new
EVGA's GTX 400 Waterblock Performs very well
It seems that cooling is everything, as you guys know eVGA was one of the first to reveal water-cooled GTX 400 models last week then GTX 470/480 launched, with the Hydro Copper waterblock based products.
The Hydro Copper is composed of a C110 Copper baseplate, and Integrated 0.6mm thin pin matrix for optimal thermal transfer, extra high-flow designed internals and barbs and cools not just the GPU, but also the VREG and memory.
eVGA now has shown off some temperature results that look nothing short of amazing. Though eVGA has not disclosed what kind of H2O setup they actually used.
Load Heatsink: 83c
Load Waterblock: 38c
Load Heatsink: 95c
Load Waterblock: 49c
It should probably be noted that the Hydro Copepr FTW models reached these temperatures while being factory overclocked. The GTX 480 has the GPU, shaders and memory clocked at 750MHz, 1,500MHz and 3,800MHz respectively, whereas the GTX 470 runs at 650/1300/3402 MHz. In the end, the only drawback that these cards have is their higher prices, namely $650 and $500, respectively.
Free Noctua NM-A90 Upgrade-Kit for AMD Users
Noctua announced the availability of the new NM-A90 Upgrade-Kit for NH-U12P SE2 and NH-U9B SE2 CPU cooler users. The upgrade makes it possible to install the heatsink turned by 90
Danger Den Ready with Water-Blocks for GeForce GTX 480
Denger Den has presented their Water-Blocks for GeForce GTX 480. The block provides full-coverage to the obverse side of the PCB, cooling all critical areas such as the GPU, the memory chips, and the VRM area. Designed for the GeForce GTX 480, it is expected to come in three variants based on materials: 1. all-copper (pictured below), 2. nickel top and copper base, and 3. nickel-top and nickel-plated copper base.
The top of the block will have mirror-finish. There is no word on an acrylic-top variant. The three are expected to be priced in the US $140-$150 range. Danger Den will release these by the end of the week, so users could have one ready by the time their GeForce GTX 480 arrives [via tpu].