Don't Use Your PS3 until they fix PSN bug
Nasty .. just nasty. If you happen to own a PS3 older than one of the slim versions Sony is actually recommending that you don't use it until they have fixed a date issue
As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3. We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
- The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
- When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen;
CEBIT 2010 - Corsair Flash Voyager GTR USB Flash Drives
Corsair today announced the Flash Voyager GTR family of USB flash drives. These USB flash drives feature outstanding speed in a variety of densities.
The quad-channel architecture employed by the Flash Voyager GTR series delivers read speeds up to 34MB/s and write speeds up to 28MB/s, approaching the maximum transfer rates supported by the USB 2.0 interface. The outstanding performance numbers translate into genuine, real-world results. In the Corsair Labs, using a typical Windows 7-based PC, the Flash Voyager GTR 128GB was tested head-to-head against a 128GB USB drive from one of the world
AMD 890GX motherboard chipset review
MSI 890GXM G65 review (AMD 890GX chipset)
We test the MSI 890GXM G65. With the six-core Thuban processor slowly rearing it's head and new technologies like USB 3.0 and SATA 6G on the horizon, AMD needed another update to their motherboard chipset, to get it prepared for the 6-core lovin abut as well as bringing support for the new interfaces.
It's based on the new AMD 890GX chipset and is armed with features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. So without further ado let's have a peek at the all new 890GX chipset from AMD
Check out this Guru3D review here.
CEBIT 2010 - ASUS shows R5970 Ares
ASUS is showing off their ARES graphics card over at CeBIT. The card is indeed based on a dual-GPU (5970) model. ASUS would use up all available stream processors (2x1600) and then opposed to the 5970 use normal clocks.
- Normal clocks: (725/1000 MHz core/memory)
- Ares 5870 clocks: (850/1200 MHz).
Now in real-life ladies and gentlemen .. this would just be an overclocked Radeon HD 5970 or simply the R5970 in Crossfire -- but likely with some more memory and a price tag over inflated.
It will be interesting to see though as ASUS would use a custom PCB with new VRM control and much needed power phases. The card will come packed with 4GB of graphics memory and should be able to get a X14104 3DMark Vantage score.
Over at CeBIT they are showing off 3DMark scores of P23917 whereas a regular 5970 these days scores 21.000 points.
The card will have good availability (not limited) and is expected to cost a staggering 1000 EUR. Here are some photo's courtesy of tweakers.net
MSI 890GXM-G65 motherboard launches
Alongside ECS, MSI also announced their 890GX based motherboard. This is actually the motherboard we'll be using in our 890GX review, which launches tomorrow.
In addition to tailoring the latest AMD Phenom II processors, the 890GXM-G65 provides full support for the DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0 multimedia standards to significantly enhance high-definition audio and video effects. Along with a wide variety of output interfaces, exclusive MSI technology, and native SATA 6Gb/s and USB3.0 interfaces, the AMD 890GXM-G65 allows users to build a quality HTPC combining high performance and high stability.
OC Genie Lite: Easy Overclocking Technology
MSI has specifically equipped the AMD 800 Series with the latest OC Genie Lite easy-overclocking technology to meet the multimedia requirements of power users. By launching the BIOS Setup, consumers can use the OC Genie Lite to automatically adjust the CPU and IGP clock to enhance overall performance to 15%* in order to experience and enjoy optimal performance at your fingertips with neither special computer knowledge nor additional expense.
Superb Stability: Military Class Components
Apart from enhanced performance, the 890GXM-G65 is equipped with high-quality, military-grade electronic components, including solid state capacitors (Solid CAP) for extending mainboard life and the solid state choke (SSC) for preventing hiss from the UHF or high frequency noise in order to enhance system stability. Even during long operating hours, the system will not hang or lag due to overheating.
Fully-equipped Digital Output Connectors: HDMI & DVI
In order to fulfill consumer demands for convenience and full-featured multimedia equipment expansion, the 890GXM-G65 mainboard with the integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 Graphics core is equipped with both a digital video interface (DVI) for digital video display and a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) for digital video and audio output to help consumers simplify wiring connections. With only one HDMI cable, consumes can enjoy high definition video and audio at the same time to fully meet the HD multimedia demand of the next generation.
Lossless 24bit/192kHz HD Audio
Furthermore, in order to re-present the sound effects of BD videos on HTPCs, MSI has equipped the 890GXM-G65 with the latest HD Audio codec to deliver 7.1 channel surround sound effect and the ultimate live effects corresponding to the BD movies.
Highly-efficient HeatPipe Thermal Design
In addition to high standards and exceptional functions, MSI has adopted a high-efficiency HeatPipe design on the 890GXM-G65 as a total solution for the mini case HTPCs to enhance ventilation in order to maintain an average operating temperature at 52
ECS announces A890GXM motherboard series
Foremost Designs, from A to A+
ECS A890GXM-AU and A890GXM-A are powered by ATI Radeon
Thermalright Venomous-X review
Thermalright Venomous-X CPU cooler review
The Thermalright Venomous-X CPU cooler. A cooler with great looks, excellent performance and some very clever innovations. A cooler that is compatible with Intel LGA sockets 775, 1156, and 1366. The cooler is ready for the upcoming Nehalem Gulftown based processors (six-core) and also comes with something new, called the 'Pressure Vault Bracket', allowing you to decide how much pressure the cooler should have on top of that expensive processor of yours.
All in all we've got plenty to look and talk about, you can find this review at the following URL.
Intel Core i7 930 goes retail
The much discussed Core i7 930, started listing ins stores. This high-end 'value' socket 1366 quad-core chip is listed on EU retailer.
Current prices show 254.82
ASUS Customized EAH5000 Series Graphics Cards
ASUS today launched the EAH5000 Series, a new range of self-conceived graphics cards boasting an innovative thermal design that enables extreme overclocking. This makes these cards the instant choice of discerning DIY PC buffs and champion overclockers everywhere.
For PC-building enthusiasts worried about cooling, ASUS EAH5850 and EAH5830 graphics cards feature DirectCU technology, with specially-flattened copper heat pipes that dissipate heat up to 20%* more efficiently during gameplay and enable up to 35%* quieter operation in idle mode.
The ASUS EAH5770 packs new CUcore technology, integrating a distinct copper rod weighing up to 5.8oz within the fan assembly to better absorb and disperse heat.
For extreme players, the ASUS-designed EAH5870, EAH5850, EAH5830 graphics cards also deploy exclusive Voltage Tweak, which allows users to modify GPU voltage via the SmartDoctor application for up to a 50%* performance gain.
However, for those craving both performance and thermal efficiency, at the top of the range lies the ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5, providing users with the best of extreme cooling and radical overclocking.
Reinventing Thermal Technology
AOpen Nagas G6 Professional Gaming chassis
AOpen Nagas G6, a high-end chassis is designed for Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards is specifically designed for gamers who have high demand in computing performance. With an elegant appearance AOpen Nagas G6 contains pure black coating disseminating a mysterious force. With power supplies mounted on the bottom, it can accommodate up to six system fans.
It can also accommodate Nvidia SLI and ATI Crossfire high-end dual display card and keep optimal thermal cooling performance even running under full load. With a removable rack that can house up to nine 5.25
AMD to launch Phenom II X6 processor April 26th
AMD will likely launch three versions of the Phenom II X6, namely the 1035T, 1055T, and 1075T. All these CPUs will be built on the 45nm manufacturing process and will be compatible with AM2+ and AM3 sockets. This could imply that they will be compatible with not just the 890GX-based motherboards, but also existing AM2+ and AM3 boards (provided a BIOS update is made).
Among the features that the upcoming chip is expected to boast is a dynamic performance boost technology similar to Intel's Turbo Boost. Known, for now, as C-state performance boost, this technology will dynamically disable unused cores and overclock the operational ones, when running applications that rely on clock speed and cannot take advantage of multiple cores.
AMD will be showcasing the six-core at CeBIT 2010, where its 890GX chipset (which launches tomorrow) will also be demonstrated as part of a range of new motherboards.
Intel's six-core Gulftown is to debut in March.
MSI motion-sensing Air Keyboard
MSI has teamed up with Cideko to launch the Air Keyboard, a wireless keyboard designed for HTPCs. The special thing about this compact QWERTY keyboard is that it includes both gamepad and Wii-like gyroscopic sensors for cursor control. The Air Keyboard connects to your PC with a RF USB dongle and has a maximum range of 50 meters.
The Air Keyboard was first introduced last summer by Cideko and will be co-branded when MSI introduces it in Germany. The mini QWERTY keyboard measures 14.2
NVIDIA CUDA powers Adobe Mercury Playback Engine
This week we met with Andrew Cresci, general manager of vertical markets, who chatted with us about Adobe
Intel debuts Atom N470 CPU released
Not exactly a big launch apparantly. A message on Intel's PR blog reveals the company has introduced the Atom N470 processor.
Intel was pressured to launch its first update to the Pine Trail-based Atom early. The N470 brings the netbook-class chip back up to a 1.83GHz maximum speed without affecting the 5.5W power use key to Pine Trail's longer battery life. It shares the same 512KB of Level 2 cache and support for DDR2 memory.
Today Intel introduced the Intel
CryENGINE 3 Demonstration Video
This I3D 2010 paper is a result of collaborative research with Carsten Dachsbacher. The LPV technique was extended to support secondary occlusion and multiple bounces. The propagation scheme is improved and compared to similar Discrete Ordinate Methods. Also this paper describes many additional application and implementation details.
Corsair debuts mainstream SSDs with new JMicron controller
Breaking away from the initial limitations. Corsair officially introduced its Reactor SSDs, these disks feature the new JMicron JMF612 controller and are available in 60GB and 120GB capacities. The specifications reveal read speeds of up to 250MB/s for both models and write speeds of up to 110MB/s for the 60GB model and up to 170MB/s for the 120GB version.
JMicron has a bit name in the SSD market because its controllers suffered from stutter issues, but Corsair points out that the new JMF612 incorporates 128MB of DDR2 cache for stuffer-free performance. The 60GB and 120GB Reactor are listed online for $185 and $350, respectively.
Additionally, Corsair also introduced the Nova series. The Nova Series SSDs are created with the Indilinx BarefooT controller, which provides the storage units with a cache memory of 64MB. The line is, at least for now, composed of two models, namely one with 64GB of storage and one with 128GB. These two devices both have a maximum read speed of 270MB/s. This transfer rate is significantly superior to that of not just hard drives, but also certain other existing SSDs. As for writing, the maximum speed is, predictably, lower for the drive with smaller capacity. As such, the 64GB Nova SSD can reach 130MB/s, whereas the 128GB version can achieve 190MB/s.
Both the Reactor and Nova series have support for TRIM in Windows 7 and are backed by a two-year warranty.
ATI Catalyst 10.2 hotfix mouse cursor issues
- Resolves the issue when the game hangs/freezes after applying DX11 from within the game when using: ATI Radeon
GPU shortage will drives prices up
Although TSMC recently said the defect density of its 40nm technology has already dropped from 0.3-0.4 per square inch to 0.1-0.3, the sources pointed out that the improvement in overall yield still needs more time before catching up with market demand.
To maintain gross margins from the increased cost created by the GPU shortages and rising DRAM quotes, graphics card makers including Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology and Tul are planning to increase prices of their products by 5-10%, according to market sources.