AMD Catalyst 11.6 WHQL driver download
AMM just released Catalyst 11.6 drivers.
The new catalyst WHQL drivers will bring with them support for AMD's new Fusion "Llano" A-series accelerated processing units (APUs), which embed AMD Radeon HD 6000 series GPU components. The drivers are WHQL-signed, but if you're particular about knowing what changes they bring, wait for the release notes.
AMD Steady Video
- Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology
- By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again!
- Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled
- Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!
- Enabled through the AMD Vision Engine Control Center
- AMD Steady Video is supported on the following products:
- AMD Raedon HD 6000 Series when used in combination with an AMD CPU
- AMD E-450 and E300
- AMD A8, A6, and A4 series
- Supported in the following 3rd party players: Adobe Flash player, Windows Media player, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Corel Win DVD, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater
- Decode Acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content
- AMD has enabled decode acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content in Microsoft video player applications (through MFT support) for all AMD Radeon 6000 Series
- The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of products will see the following performance gains:
- Dirt 2
AMD Trinerty APU rears its head
AMD officially unveiled its next-gen Fusion chip, Trinity, which will replace the current APU, Llano, in 2012. Trinity uses the Bulldozer APU and will drop next year; until then, of course, there
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum review
We received that big'ass Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card from ASUS. The Republic of Gamers MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum graphics card is powered by an extensive 19-phase VRM circuitry that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The card will come with two BIOSes, so should you mess one up you have a failsafe by pressing a button. Something interesting is on-the-fly fan RPM control, check the photo's later on for that feature.
Read the entire article here.
EK stops Nickel-Plated Water Block Production
Water-cooling major EK Waterblocks (EKWB) halted the production of nickel-plated copper water blocks. The company received several complaints from users about the nickel plating to be of substandard quality, and corroding away much faster. Nickel plating itself is supposed to work as a corrosion-resistant coating over copper. Nickel plating gives the surface of the block a chrome-like lustrous shine. EKWB, after conducting its own tests, blamed silver coils and copper sulphate additives, anti-algae agents used in public water supply. A weak defense, considering people use distilled water (battery water) in their loops, or coolants that are formulated to be less corrosive than tap water on metallic parts of the loop.
A RRTech forum member conducted a wide range of tests including microscopic imaging of a water block, revealing what he alleges to be substandard quality of nickel plating, rather than corrosion caused by bad coolant. Meanwhile, EKWB halted production and sales of nickel-plated copper water blocks.
In its latest statement, EKWB says: "As EK is looking for lasting solution for nickel plating issue (concerning corrosion because of silver coils and copper sulphate additive) we decided to halt sales of nickel plated products till solution is found and tested. Our resellers were advised to halt sales too. We cannot put users into position, that we replace products and corrosion starts again on new product. Hopefully we will find an answer and tested solution in short while. We will update you as soon as we have any news. However, If customer insists on buying EK nickel block, we offer a customer full 24 month warranty on material, manufacturing and corrosion."
AMD debuts A-series Llano APUs
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the next generation in mainstream consumer computing with the availability of the new high-performance AMD Fusion A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Enabling truly immersive computing experiences in consumer notebooks and desktops, the AMD A-Series APUs enable brilliant HD graphics, supercomputer-like performance and over 10.5 hours of battery life[ii].
In an increasingly digital and visually-oriented world, consumers are placing ever-higher priorities on multitasking, vivid graphics, lifelike games, lag-free videos, and ultimate multimedia performance. To meet these needs, the AMD A-Series APUs combine up to four x86 CPU cores with powerful DirectX
AMD FX-Series Processors Turbo Up to 1GHz over Base Frequency
The AMD Turbo Core 2.0 technology made its release earlier yesterday when the company officially released its first accelerated processing units based on the Llano architecture for Laptops.
According to a slide by Donanim Haber, this technology enables AMD's upcoming FX-Series processors to increase their operating speed by as much as 1GHz, when only half of the cores are active.
This slide that was presented, uses an eight-core CPU to demonstrate how Turbo Core 2.0 works, but this technology will also be available in AMD's quad-core and six-core processor models. As a result, the company officially announced that the first Zambezi FX CPUs won't arrive until August or September of 2011.
Here's that slide:
Patriot AMD Black Edition Ready G2 Series Memory Kits
Patriot Memory announces new G2 series, AMD Edition memory kits for the next-generation AMD 9-series platforms. The new Patriot Memory G2 series, AMD Edition memory kits are the perfect match for enthusiasts seeking to extract every ounce of performance available from the AMD 9-series platform.
Available at speeds of 1333 MHz to 1600 MHz, the Patriot Memory G2 series, AMD Edition let users pick the perfect speed for their applications. Low and enhanced latencies are available with the Patriot Memory G2 series, AMD Edition for the perfect balance of ultra-fast system responsiveness and overclocking headroom to maximize overall system performance.
"AMD has done an outstanding job catering to the do-it-yourself crowd and the next-generation 9-series platform should be no different. Our Patriot Memory G2 series, AMD Edition modules are the perfect fit for the adventurous overclocker and users seeking system performance," says Les Henry, Patriot Memory
Intel 710/720 SSD Series Performance Leak
In Q3 this year Intel will very likely release their solid state drive line-up with two new 700-series SSDs. Intel will introduce only two 710-series drives, a 100GB and a 200GB model, both using a SATA 3Gbps controller paired together with 64MB of DRAM cache, softpedia reports the following on this:
"The drives will be able to achieve sequential read/write speeds of 270MB/s and 210MB/s respectively, while Intel rates their 4K random read/write performance at 36K/2.4K IOPS (input/output operations per second).
While these speeds aren't a huge improvement over those achieved by the X25-E (the X25-E actually beats the upcoming drives when it comes down to 4K random writes), 710-series SSDs use MLC NAND Flash, which should make them significantly less expensive than their predecessors and also boast hardware AES 128-bit encryption.
Users who want more speed will be able to opt for the 720-series Ramsdale SSD, which is Intel's first such drive to use the PCI Express interface.
This will be available in a 200GB and a 400GB version, is built using 34nm SLC NAND Flash, includes 512MB of DRAM cache and also sports AES-256bit encryption. Sequential read/write performance is rated at 2200MB/s and 1800MB/s respectively, while Intel estimates that the SSDs will also be able to deliver 180K/56K random 4K read/write IOPS.
Ramsdale drives also received an impressive bust in endurance and Intel states that these units should be good for up to 36PB of 8K random writes, depending on the model chosen. Both the 710 and the 720-series SSDs include Intel's Power Safe Write Cache technology, which protects the drives against power outages.
Click on the spec sheet below for all the juicy details.
Google reveals Search by Image, Voice Search and more
Google announced several new search features as dv-hardware reported today. The Android Voice Search app is heading to the desktop with the arrival of Voice Search and the search giant has also developed a new reverse image search tool that helps you identify pictures. Interestingly, Google isn't doing face recognition, probably due to privacy concerns. Both features will be available natively in Chrome and in Firefox via an extension.
Also new is Instant Pages, a feature that will prerender results when Google is confident you're going to click them. Instant Pages is available in the latest developer version of Chrome.
We want to help you save some of that time as well, so today we took the next step for Google Instant: Instant Pages. Instant Pages can get the top search result ready in the background while you
Need for Speed The Run - Death from Above
Free-to-Play Games on Steam
Steam News announces the arrival of free-to-play games on Steam, check it out.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today introduced support for Free to Play (F2P) Games on Steam with the launch of five F2P games.
Available immediately, the launch titles are Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms (AVA).
Beginning tomorrow (Weds) with Spiral Knights and concluding Sunday with AVA, each of the five launch titles will offer exclusive in-game content to those who try the "F2P game of the day" on Steam. In game transactions in all of the titles will be supported by Steam's micro-transaction backend system that is available to Steamworks partners and currently used in Valve's Team Fortress 2.
New ASRock Motherboards Based on AMD 9-Series Chipset
NEC Adds Thin, Lightweight MultiSync EX Series
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the addition of the 23-inch PVA panel MultiSync EX231Wp, which joins the 23-inch TN panel MultiSync EX231W. This sleek desktop monitor offers a premium-grade, performance-driven PVA panel that allows for increased viewing angle, sharp contrast ratio and ease in transporting between different locations. Ideal for multiple monitor setups, the MultiSync EX231Wp is designed for financial and corporate environments, business users on-the-go, small-scale digital signage, small-to-medium-sized business client meetings and presentations.
The MultiSync EX231Wp will be on display in NEC Display Solutions Booth No. 1901 at InfoComm 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on June 15-17.
The new MultiSync EX231Wp stands out with its true minimalist design. It features an ultra-thin bezel width (14.6mm), depth (14.2mm) and weight (9.3 pounds with stand). The LED backlighting technology allows the MultiSync EX231Wp to consume as little as 27W, making it one of the most power-efficient desktops in its size category. Additionally, the quick-release button enables stand removal and allows simple setup with the photo-frame stand (optional accessory), making the MultiSync EX231Wp an ideal business travel companion. The PVA panel provides customers with greater image quality with full high-definition resolution, high contrast ratio (3000:1 typical, 25,000:1 dynamic), excellent viewing angles (178
Intel 2013 Haswell CPUs get AVX2
Intel has confirmed that its upcoming Haswell CPU architecture will support the AVX2 instruction set which is designed to improve processor performance in integer-heavy computational applications. Intel has also posted a document online, called Advanced Vector Extensions Programming Reference, which explains the new instruction set.
AMD B0 Stepping Bulldozer CPU Benchmarked
Ok First of, revision B0 engineering sample -- AMD is already revised the chip and B2 is in production, anyway engineering samples of these chips are basis for some benchmarks as softpedia reports:
"The performance seems to be sub-par this time as these processors were designed only to allow motherboard manufacturers, and other hardware makers, to test the functionality of their products.
For starters, we are going to take a look at a series of benchmarks published by a member of the Chiphell forum, which used a 2.8GHz clocked 8-core chip that was overclocked to 3.2GHz.
The AMD processor was paired together with an Asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard and with 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, and achieved 4.60 points in CineBench R11.5 at its base frequency, where it lagged behind even the Core i7 860.
Other tests that were run include Fritz Chess and SuperPi, and these too offered disappointing results.
The second Bulldozer processor to make its way into the hands of an enthusiast user was clocked at 3.2GHz and managed to achieve 4GHz through overclocking. Despite its improved clock speeds, the chip performance seems to mimic those of the Chiphell FX processor and only manages to achieve 5.63 points in CineBench R11.5 as well as a SuperPi time of about 22 seconds.
In order to fix speed issues, AMD reportedly plans to build a new Bulldozer stepping, called B2, which should make the chips competitive with Intel's offerings".
Duke Nukem Forever does 3D Vision technology
NVIDIA announced that Duke Nukem Forever will offer support for the 3D Vision technology. Unfortunately, after waiting almost 14 years for Duke Nukem Forever to be released there's little reason to celebrate. The Duke Nukem name will lead to a lot of sales, but the game really makes you wonder what 3D Realms had been doing for all those years.
NVIDIA today announced that the year's most-anticipated PC game, Duke Nukem Forever(R), will provide full support for NVIDIA(R) 3D Vision(TM) technology, enabling gamers to experience the King and his alien-bashing antics like never before in high-quality, breathtaking, stereoscopic 3D.
Scheduled to launch in the U.S. on June 14, 2011, Duke Nukem Forever is the long-awaited follow-on to one of the most popular PC games of all time, and the developer, Gearbox Software, is pulling out all the stops to make this one memorable.
In addition to adding stunning new graphics, new alien foes, new babes, and more debauchery, Gearbox is integrating full support for NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, giving gamers an up-close and personal look into Duke's world. And, with NVIDIA(R) Surround(TM) technology, gamers can experience Duke's alien battles, beer drinking and world-saving in 3D across three full HD 1080p displays, or in 2D across three 2560x1600 displays, for a completely stunning and immersive gaming experience.
"3D Vision adds an amazing new dimension to the Duke Nukem Forever experience, virtually dropping you right into the game," said Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of Gearbox Software. "All Gearbox developers use NVIDIA graphics in development, and I use NVIDIA graphics at home. This is the closest you'll get to feeling what it's like to be the King!"
To help you get your PC cranked up and ready for Duke, NVIDIA and EVGA have teamed up to bring you Duke's "Fully Loaded Package." This special edition Duke Nukem Forever bundle includes a full PC copy of Duke Nukem Forever, an NVIDIA GeForce(R) GTX 560 graphics card by EVGA, a limited edition Duke Nukem Forever strategy guide art book and mouse pad, and a custom Duke Nukem "Radioactive" belt buckle. For more information on Duke's Fully Loaded Package, visit: http://bit.ly/mvax2v.
NVIDIA completes acquisition of Icera
NVIDIA announced today that it has completed its $367 million cash acquisition of Icera, a leading innovator of top-performing wireless modems for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets. Icera is now a wholly owned subsidiary of NVIDIA operating under the Icera trade name.
With the addition of Icera, NVIDIA now offers the two main processors used in smartphones -- the applications processor, in the form of the NVIDIA(R)Tegra(R) super chip, and the baseband processor, based on Icera technology. The combined offerings will help OEM customers improve their time to market and deliver the requirements of next-generation mobile computing, while approximately doubling NVIDIA's revenue opportunity within each mobile device.
Fake BF3 beta sites popping up
All the sites feature one scam or another, trying to trick you into giving up your email address, or worse. A select few are selling direct access to BF3 beta keys, while others are offering users to download a BF3 beta key generator. And we imagine, a ton of spyware bundled with it.