Ozzy Osbourne scheduled to appear at BlizzCon 2009
MSI preps nForce 980a SLI AM3 Motherboard
Over at SAV computers they stumbled into another new motherboard for AMD Phenom processors, based on NVIDIA's nForce 980a SLI chipset.
Specifications look very much the same as for the older nForce 780a SLI, with one notable exception: Socket AM3 with DDR3 memory support and thus 3-way SLI.
The all new MSI NF980-G65 will bring a long awaited wish to AMD platforms, 3-way SLI. The NF980-G65 supports all Athlon II and Phenom II socket AM3 processors, including a new processor to be launched next week, check Guru3D.com for a review btw ;)
Other than that you'll see DDR3-2133 MHz memory capability. When looking at the motherboard we spot three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E x1, and two PCI slots. You'll spot DVI and HDMI connectors as nForce 980a SLI has an embedded GeForce 8300 IGP. Otyher than that we see six SATA II ports. Realtek ALC889 CODEC for 8 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and the rest of the standard connectors.
Tiny Drive Holds 16GB And Reads MicroSD Cards
Unbelievable ... This tiny little USB device will read your MicroSD cards, and hold a whopping 16GB at the same time.
Flash drives were awesome when they first came out, because it was a storage drive about the size of a keychain. Inevitably those have shrank until they
2.5TB HDD drive in early 2010
Developments in TDK's hard drive technology could lead to another boost in the capacity of hard drives within a few months, a roadmap presented this week shows. The storage firm is currently going through qualification tests of 640GB drive platters that would fit into a typical 3.5-inch drive and so would allow significantly more storage than existing 2TB drives from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital. A premium but commonplace four-platter drive could hold just over 2.5TB of data.
Mass production of the drives would start slowly in November, according to an eyewitness to the presentation from the Register, and ramp up to full speed by January, most likely leading to 2.5TB drives from one or more companies shortly afterwards.
Additionally, TDK is poised to produce 320GB platters destined for 2.5-inch drives and as a consequence make producing thin 640GB notebook hard disks more feasible. These are already starting production and should reach full production by December, hinting that they may ship either at the end of 2009 or in very early 2010. Seagate already has a 640GB external drive using early technology but still hasn't set a definitive launch date.
If the manufacturer can squeeze in an extra platter then it hits 3TB from a single HDD.
Intel Gulftown has 130W TDP
A turkish website has some details about Intel's Gulftown processor, this is a 32nm chip that should arrive within less than a year. It has six-cores, 12 threads and is compatible with X58 chipset based motherboards.The Gulftown supports 1066MHz DDR3 memory and has a TDP of 130W.
this 32nm six-core LGA1366 part is expected to be launched in the first half of 2010 under the Core i9 brand. The sample operated at a frequency of 2.4GHz (18x133MHz) and features a massive 12MB L3 cache.
Gulftown will be socket 1366 compatible and work with all X58 motherboards after a BIOS upgrade. I can tell you I am looking very forward to this processor.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Chart
This is supposedly the official Windows 7 upgrade chart from Microsoft. It looks like all Vista installs except Starter can do a 32-bit to 32-bit upgrade and keep all your files, same with 64-bit to 64-bit. Windows XP owners will have to do a clean install after backing up your files.
Most Vista users will be able to upgrade in place to the corresponding 32- or 64-bit version of 7. That should cover the vast majority of people running Vista, but if you're still on XP or you're trying to do anything out of the ordinary you'd better get ready for some pain: all those ominous blue boxes require you to back up, wipe your drive, and reinstall a totally clean copy of 7. You heard that right -- the Windows 7 installer won't even try to retain your data and programs if you're not updating from the corresponding version of Vista.
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Dell UltraSharp U2410 LCD sports IPS panel
Hmm, nice. Dell announced their very first 1920x1200 display based on IPS or in-plane-switching technology today. It
Logitech outs G500 game mouse and G330 headset
Logitech on Thursday addressed its gamer audience with both a high-speed mouse and a headset. Replacing the long-serving G5, the G500 has a significantly faster laser and now tracks at up to 5,700DPI. On Windows PCs, drivers let users change the sensitivity on the spot in 100-unit increments to as little as 200DPI for slow but precise movements. It can further aid players by saving game input settings in memory and using removable weights to add as much as 27g of mass for those that like a heavier feel.
The G500 should work on at least a core level with all USB-supporting computers and will arrive in September for $70.
Both Macs and Windows PCs fully support the G330 headset. It's claimed to be ready for longer game sessions as the first headset to use a behind-the-head band instead of on top, reducing the amount of pressure. A silicone lining also keeps any contact points soft. The microphone itself has active noise canceling and swivels out of the way when it's not needed.
The design is notebook-friendly and connects either through typical 3.5mm input and output jacks or a single USB port depending on preference. Logitech ships the G330 first and will have it in shops later this month for $50.
Core i5 750 Retail Package Spotted
It's pretty obvious that Intel will release three Lynnfield processors, among them are the Core i5 750, i7 860 and i7 870. As the release date is approaching more and more news about them has popped up including a lot of p55 motherboards previews.
Over in China apparantly some folks already have retail samples in their hands. This is the the packaging of Core i5 750 and its stock cooler. It is priced at $196.
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Hitachi lauches their first 2TB 7200 RPM desktop HDD
Hitachi announced that it is now shipping the worlds first, two terabyte (2TB), 7200 RPM hard disk drive (HDD). The new, colossal, 2TB Deskstar 7K2000 blends high performance and high capacity with low power and other eco-friendly features designed to enable Energy-Star rated computers and other high performance desktop systems.
The new Deskstar 7K2000 is now in its fourth-generation using the companys unique five-platter design with relaxed bit density and proven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. Couple this with an ultra-quiet operation, a 32MB cache and a 3Gb/s SATA interface, and the new Deskstar 7K2000 is the ideal desktop drive for power users, gamers or anyone looking for a big, fast hard drive.
In addition to the new 2TB Deskstar 7K2000, Hitachi GST is also refreshing its high-volume desktop hard drive family. The new 7200 RPM Deskstar 7K1000.C family will deliver up to 500GB per platter, and will come in capacities of 160GB to 1TB, hitting the capacity and performance sweet spots for mainstream desktop applications. Like previous generations, both the 7K2000 and 7K1000.C Hitachi Deskstar drives feature industry-standard 512-byte sector formatting, a patented ramp load/unload design to increase shock protection, and Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) to maintain a consistent fly-height during the read/write process for added data reliability. Volume production and worldwide availability of the new Deskstar 7K1000.C will begin in the current quarter.
Leveraging the companys eighth-generation power management technology, including power-saving innovations like the Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator (HiVERT
Check this -- a $1,000,000 speaker
No jokes my man; one million dollar speaker for ONE speaker? Yes, it is true!!
Again, the $1,000,000 buys one speaker, so you'll need to shell out $2,000,000 for stereo, and at least five million for your Ultimate home theater.
The Ultimate is a rather large speaker--each one consists of six, seven-foot tall panels. Each Ultimate houses a total of forty 15-inch subwoofers, twenty-four 8-inch woofers, and massive arrays of 2-inch wide and 1-inch wide ribbon tweeters. All of this is for a single channel/speaker, double those numbers for stereo! A pair of Ultimates are nearly forty feet wide.
Each Ultimate speaker comes with its own power amplifiers, with an output of 31,000 watts, and the manufacturer claims the Ultimate can generate up to 146dB SPL, that's a lot louder than a jet plane taking off.
Read all about it here.
Enermax releases entry level ECO80+ PSUs
In view demand Enermax decided to broaden the wattage range of the recently launched PSU series ECO80+. The silent and stable entry-level PSU series is available from now on in four versions with 350, 400, 500 and 620W.
Hamburg, 6th August 2009. Two month ago Enermax introduced the new PSU ECO80+ 350W into the market
i-Chill GTX 295 Black Edition in SLI mode Sneak Peak
We received some additional photo's from our contact over at Inno3D regarding the i-Chill GTX 295 Black Edition, this time in SLI mode. The iChill 295 BE will have it's final clocks set on 600 MHz on the graphics core and 2160 Mhz on the memory. No word just yet on the shaders though.
The GTX 295 packs 480 Processing Cores and 1792MB of GDDR3 memory, Quad SLI and DirectX 10 support, and two DVI outputs. The release date will be arround the 28th of August. Click on the thumbnails ...
G.skill launches Ripjaws Gaming Memory
G.Skill today unveiled the Gaming Series -- Ripjaws, performance DDR3 Dual-channel 1.65 volts memory solution with speeds ranging from 1333 to 1866MHz. G.SKILL also preparing production DDR3 dual-channel memory kits speeds range from 2000MHz CL9 to 2200MHz CL8 for upcoming Intel platform.
Press-release: G.Skill Ripjaw Gaming Series Memory are designed to combine a performance DDR3 dual-channel memory solution with speeds ranging from 1,333 to 1,866MHz at just 1.65 Volts. At these speeds, G.Skill has optimized the high performance DIMMs for reliability so gamers get amazing FPS, while maintaining a solid overclock so your PC will not fail from memory errors mid-game.
G.Skill Ripjaws Gaming Series Memory feature the latest heat spreader design for the ultimate in extreme aesthetics and sleek aluminum cooling. G.Skill Ripjaw Gaming Series Memory and as usual features the industry leading limited lifetime warranty and G.Skill ever ready technical backup.
And um ... don't ask me how it's different from 'non' gaming memory please :-)
Patriot's New Viper II memory kits bundled with 3DMark Vantage
Sony readies Memory Stick XC
Sony's Memory stick is keeping up with its SD counterpart by finalizing its Memory Stick XC format that can reach a massive 2TB in capacity, just like the SDXC cards.
In the meantime, don't pay attention to theoretical performance numbers like 480Mbps - in the real world, they don't mean much, and we'll have to look at independent benchmarks. What's important for Sony users is that there is a path to 2TB. The new format uses the same physical design .
Creative Inspire 2.1, 5.1 speakers receive overhaul
Creative Labs have announced two new speakers this week that are intended for use with your computer set up. They include the T6160 and the T3130, both of which offer multiple features and top-notch sound quality.
First up is the T6160, which sports 5.1 channels, 30W and a 20W subwoofer. It also has a phase cap, making it easier to parse out the mid-range audio. The other model is the T3130, which offers a 2.1 channel set up with 10W and a 15W subwoofer.
Each of these speaker models come with a wired remote and will be available in the UK and Singapore first. Pricing is the equivalent of about $60 and $100, respectively. A U.S. release is likely, though a date is unknown.
Radeon HD4750 to start shipping soon
Right next to the Radeon HD 4860 release, ATI is also working on another 40nm product. The budget graphics card is the Radeon HD 4750, based on the RV740 core and yes .. is the little brother of HD 4770.
ATI prepares a small volume of HD4750 likely for the OEM market. The card uses GDDR5 memory and it is reported that the HD4750 will have clock frequency of roughly 730 with 3200MHz on the memory. Product price, roughly $80.