Active Media debuts external SSDs with USB 3.0
The Active Media Aviator 312 SSDs will ship in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for $89, $119 and $209, respectively.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer speeds up to 4.8Gbits/sec -- ten times faster than USB 2.0. A312 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external SSDs take advantage of USB 3.0's massive bandwidth, delivering unprecedented transfer speeds in an extremely compact mobile flash storage device. Measuring less than 3 inches long and only 0.2 inches thin, the A312 is smaller than a credit card and is designed to fit in a pocket. A312 SSDs can save a 25GB full-length HD movie in about two minutes. What used to take an hour to save will take only seconds with the A312 thanks to its scorching write speeds of up to 160MB/s and read speeds up to 240MB/s..
Aviator 312 SSDs are designed for external use, and include a carrying pouch and a USB 3.0 Micro-B cable for connection to any USB port. The 312 is fully backward compatible; it works in any USB 2.0 or 1.1 port, but requires a SuperSpeed port to reach its full performance capabilities. Unlike many other high speed external storage devices, the A312 does not require a separate power source. It draws all the power it needs directly from the USB bus. The A312 will be offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.
Free Windows 7 Upgrades Have Fee
That's a bit of an 'ooops' from Microsoft. PC World has an interesting article about the crusade of a consumer watchdog group against companies that are charging a fee for their supposed "free upgrade" to Windows 7. The fee, which has been as high as $17, is labeled as shipping, handling, and fulfillment fees.
Consumers who purchase an eligible PC between June 26, 2009 and Jan. 31, 2010 qualify for the upgrade. Dworsky, however, found that while some computer makers are giving away Windows 7 upgrades, others are charging fees as high as $17 for what's characterized as "shipping, handling, and fulfillment fees." "The problem is that a lot of this information is hidden, or impossible to find," said Dworsky today. "Disclose it, let the consumer know." more here.
In other microsoft related news Microsoft's Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 Professional or higher has RTM'd (Release to Manufacturing) today and will be available for download from Microsoft Download Center on October 22. OEM manufactures will be able to offer Windows XP Mode on their PC's, based on their shipping schedules to consumers.
TV hack bypasses HDCP
The hack a day website reports that their reader GRitchie wrote in with an interesting find in his new TV set: with just some minor soldering it was possible to tap into an unencrypted hi-def video stream.
HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), used by Blu-Ray players and cable or satellite receivers, normally ensures a DRM-protected link between the device and a compatible display. Any properly-licensed device that forwards HDCP content (such as an HDMI switch box) is expected to provide encrypted output; those that don
Xigmatek Balder CPU cooler
Xigmatek started shipping the Balder SD1283 CPU cooler, this appears to be a tweaked version of the Dark Knight cooler. It measures 120mm x 50mm x 159mm (W x D x H) and features three direct-touch heatpipes and an aluminum tower heatsink with a large 120mm fan (2200 RPM). The Xigmatek Balder SD1283 is available in retail stores for around 32.90 EUR.
Maximum maximum sound pressure is rated at 28 dBA, and the coller has support for AMD Socket AM2(+), AM3 and Intel LGA 775, 1156, 1366 CPUs.
AMD: NVIDIA PhysX Will Be Irrelevant
AMD said they do not consider the lack of PhysX on ATI Radeon graphics card a problem, the company believes the PhysX technology will become irrelevant in the future:
Advanced Micro Devices, the world
nHancer 2.5.5 released
nVidia's modern graphic cards offer a whole range of settings to optimize the display of games and also of professional applications. Some settings can also be used to improve the performance and to resolve rendering errors. nHancer is the tool that empowers both experts and inexperienced users to fully utilize the possibilities of the graphic card.
** new version out due to bug -- updated with 2.2.6
First benchmarks and photo's Radeon HD 5750 leak
A Taiwanese website published the first photo's and benchmarks on the Radeon HD 5750 which supposably is released half October,. The 5700 series cards should have 1120 Stream processors.
According to the Taiwanese forum poster the card indeed has 1120 stream/shader cores which means there would be 14 SIMD clusters on-board. The memory bus has been cut down from 256-bit towards 128-bit, yet much like the 4770 it's gDDR5 doubling up that bandwidth again. The memory is clocked at a spicy 4600 MHz accounting for 74 GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The GPU itself on this 5750 model was clocked at 700 MHz.
The benchmarks this guy included are not really representable nor stable. The card shows the same performance as a GTS 250 in 3DMark06, which doesn't seem right.
Judging from the photo's the card again has two DVI , HDMI and a displayport connector, so we can safely assume that the 5700 series will have Eyefinity support as well. power wise we see only a 6-pin power header meaning that the board definitely uses less than 150 Watt of current. Prices will be expected to be roughly 150 USD for this 5750 model and 200 USD for the 5770.
ASUS Maximus III Gene review
Today we'll review the Maximus Gene III, for what I feel is one of the best tweaker / gamer P55 motherboards currently available in the market. The ROG addition motherboards lure the Guru3D.com audience, it's a perfect match -- it's that simple. This is what you, me and everybody else would like to see in our PCs alright.
With the Maximum III Gene ASUS built a nearly perfect motherboard, the PCB is stuffed full with goodies.
You can read the article right here.
ASUS Unveils First TUF Series Motherboard, Sabertooth 55i
ASUS, the leader in innovative motherboard solutions, today unveiled the first motherboard in its newly-developed "TUF" (The Ultimate Force) Series, the SABERTOOTH 55i. The TUF Series is specially developed to meet the heavy computing demands of power users and perform well even under extreme conditions. Such computer enthusiasts often demand high-quality motherboard components and the most stable computing platforms. To achieve uncompromising stability, TUF Series motherboards have undergone a more stringent testing program than what most motherboard producers currently undertake. Solidly constructed and equipped with resilient components that have passed demanding military-style testing, the TUF Series triumphs over the harshest operating conditions to deliver robust performance. The debut SABERTOOTH 55i model, designed around a "Marine Cool" concept, incorporates the Intel P55 chipset and "tough" features to give users a supremely solid and stable computing platform.
Ultimate Heatsink Cooling with Unique CeraM!X Microfin Coating
The ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard, equipped with the new CeraM!X heatsink, delivers exceptional cooling to active components and uncompromising system stability even under intense operating conditions. With its advanced ceramics-based composition
Power Loader suit brings back Aliens memories
Engineers from Activelink aim to bring what was once in the realm of science fiction to the real world with its Power Loader suit that was inspired by the fictional hydraulic exoskeleton suit found in the classic film Aliens, where its 230 kg frame is made from an aluminum alloy.
This dual-arm power amplification robot will feature 18 electromagnetic motors which allow the wearer to lift a whopping 100 kgs without breaking a sweat, while using a simple, intuitive control system that offers direct force feedback so that the operator is able to have a direct feel of the robot's movement during use. Currently in the development phase, Activelink hopes to see a commercial version arrive in the markets by the time 2015 rolls around.
Paradigm SUB 1 and SUB 2 subwoofers are hexagonal, expensive, loud
Premium audio kit manufacturer Paradigm have obviously had enough of subwoofers being the breezeblock-shaped lump unloved in the corner, and have whipped out their SUB 1 and SUB 2 models. Each high-end hexagon slots neatly into the company
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Multiplayer Clip
NVIDIA GT300 TDP just over 225W
nVidia could have gotten 6+6-pin configuration and still ship 6GB version, but the margin of efficiency would be just too low [even with digital PWM, boards cannot be 100% power efficient] to qualify inside OEM systems. The decision was thus made and the 6GB cards come with 300W of available power.
PhysX demo screenshots done on NVIDIA Fermi
The PhysX Fluids Demo shows the performance of PhysX to simulate water and fluid effects by using SPH particles with Navier-Stokes solvers. Different flows and droplets of water do interact, create realistic waves and behavior though surface tension in real-time. The water is created through the simulation of 128.000 particles.
Click on the thumbnails. Update, video added.
NVIDIA nForce 15.49 WHQL released
A new set of nForce motherboard drivers is ready for download.
Windows Vista/Win7 Driver Versions:
- Ethernet Driver (v73.14+) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v73.16) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v126.96.36.199) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v188.8.131.52) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v184.108.40.206)
- SMBUS Driver (v4.74) WHQL
- SMU Driver (v1.71) WHQL
- GPU Driver (v190.38) WHQL
- Physx (v9.09.0428)
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.114) WHQL
- Installer (v7.57)
GeForce 8 series:
8200 / nForce 730a, 8100 / nForce 720a
nForce 9 series:
nForce 7 series:
780a SLI, 740i SLI, 720a (GeForce 8100), 720i, 730a (GeForce 8300/8200), 740a SLI, 730i (Geforce 9400/9300), 750a SLI
nForce 6 series:
630i/GeForce 7150, 630a / GeForce 7050, 630a / GeForce 7025, 630i/GeForce 7100, 610i/GeForce 7050
nForce 4 series:
405 / Geforce 6100, 400 / Geforce 6100, 430 / GeForce 6150SE, 430 / GeForce 6150LE, 410 / GeForce 6150LE, 430 / Geforce 6100, 420 / Geforce 6100, 410 / GeForce 6100, 430 / GeForce 6150
NVIDIA Fermi architecture more details
Check this out, this is a table that compares NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi (GT300) architecture with the GT200 and G80 architectures. For the full details you have to check out the whitepaper (PDF) NVIDIA published on its website.
GeForce, Quadro and Tesla chipsets will jump from 240 cores to a much larger 512 and should be much faster in each core courtesy of some industry-first techniques. Fermi chips will be the first GPUs to have a real cache hierarchy, with Level 1 caches to keep specific information on hand and a single, shared Level 2 cache for larger tasks; they will also have a new GigaThread engine that can transfer data in both directions at once and handle "thousands" of tasks at once.
ECC memory will also work for the first time and should help Quadros and Teslas avoid errors for large scale chores, especially in PC clusters.
The chipmaker is short on full performance claims but says Fermi is much better tuned for general purpose computing. Its double-precision floating point math should run about eight times faster than the company's previous best and should provide much better performance with current and upcoming standards, including OpenCL, Microsoft's DirectCompute and NVIDIA's own CUDA.
Below (click on thumbs) a chart, block diagram and a die shot :)
First photos of NVIDIA Fermi Tesla card
Some photo's of NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi Tesla card have been spotted on the web. This particular model is the next-gen Tesla part, it's not intended for gamers but for super computing. The aestehic build design should be the same though, have a peek.
More photo's can be found in this thread.
NVIDIA demos GPU accelerated 720p HD Flash
NVIDIA recently gave a demonstration of an upcoming version of Adobe's Flash player that takes advantage of GPGPU computing to accelerate 720p HD video playback. The (fittingly high-definition) video shows laptops with Nvidia Ion integrated graphics attempting to run a 720p Star Trek trailer, also on YouTube.
The first system's attempt is unwatchable, but the second can pull off completely smooth playback. It has no trouble with the trailer for the new Harry Potter movie, either. What's the difference? Apparently, the second laptop uses a new version of Flash that taps the GPU for rendering.