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.
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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].
Integra debuts 9-channel DTA-70.1 THX-Ultra2 home theater amplifier
Home theater enthusiasts will spend some big bucks on their hardware in an effort to get the best and most immersive sound possible. If you are a home theater fan that has been looking for an amplifier that supports new 9-channel sound Integra
Corsair sets new PCMark Vantage record with 11 SSDs
Corsair announced it has broken the PCMark Vantage world record with the help of eleven of its new Force F200 solid state disks with an Areca 1680i RAID controller on an LN2 cooled Intel Core i7-980X based system. The new record is 2588 points higher than the previous world record, which is held by SteveRo from XtremeSystems. More info can be read at Corsair's blog.
Combining fast products like the Corsair Force Series Solid-State Drives and the Dominator
NVIDIA GPU-accelerated IE9 (video)
Microsoft just released their Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview. Here, Chris Pederson shows what the IE9 experience will look like with GPU-accelerated HTML5, java script , and Direct 2D technology.
ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870
Right at Eyefinity6 launch day the ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870 arrives. First spotted in the wild last month, the ROG MATRIX 5870 takes ATI
Gigabyte AMD 890FX Mobo Makes Appearance
With the pending launch of AMDs six-core processors next month motherboard manufacturers everywhere leak pictures and show BIOS support for the upcoming Thuban based processors. Gigabyte in this case, have been preparing motherboards to receive the CPU with. Known as the GA-890FXA-UD7, Gigabyte's motherboard just popped up in a photo.
The GA-890FXA-UD7 isn't based on the 890GX chipset, Gigabyte's mainboard uses the 890FX and SB850 chips, which lack integrated graphics. The GA-890FXA-UD7 has a 2oz copper PCB, naturally colored in Gigabyte's signature blue color, and uses the ultra Durable 3 design that provides added reliability and system stability.
The platform itself will support AM3 central processing units, has eight SATA 6.0Gbps ports, two eSATA ports, two USB 3.0 connectors and six PCI Express x16 slots. The device is also outfitted with a set of four DDR3 1866+ memory slots.
The product also has a rather unusual but capable cooling mechanism, made up of a Silent-Pipe passive heatsink and a removable waterblock for the Northbridge. Other specifications include the dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, a debug LED, FireWire, DualBIOS, integrated 7.1 channel audio and power/reset buttons.
Intel Launches the Xeon 7500 Eight-Core Server CPU
Intel has announced what they call the largest performance leap in Intel Xeon processor history. This leap comes in the form of the company's latest and strongest server CPUs, the Xeon 7500 Series, which are based on the Nehalem architecture and promise a performance increase of three times compared to Xeon 7400 chips.
The new CPUs have up to eight processing cores and Hyper Threading (16 threads), which means they can scale up to 32 cores and 64 threads in four-chip platforms or even 64 cores and 128 threads on eight-chip platforms. The most capable of the lot is the Xeon 7560, which has a clock frequency of 2.66GHz and 24MB of Intel Smart Cache memory, as well as Turbo Boost technology and four Intel QPI links. This chip is intended for super node high-performance computing applications in financial services and science. The thermal design power (TDP) of all processors can range between 95W and 130W.
In addition to their basic specs, all CPUs are built with over 20 reliability features, such as the Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery, which enables a configuration to recover from system errors that would otherwise be fatal. This feature set makes Intel's new line capable of better protecting data integrity and minimizing planned downtime.