Volume limit on MP3 players in the EU
The European Commission has decided to set volume limits for MP3 players in all European Union member states, which means your Zune HD won't be able to output anything louder than 80 decibels under the default settings when the ruling goes into effect. According to Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, "It's easy to push up the sound levels on your MP3 player to damagingly loud levels, especially on busy streets or public transport.
And the evidence is that particularly young people -- who are listening to music at high volumes sometimes for hours each week -- have no idea they can be putting their hearing at risk. It can take years for the hearing damage to show, and then it is simply too late."
Microsoft -- no Windows 7 restrictions on netbooks
Microsoft announced that they have removed the netbook restrictions that previously prevented OEM and ODM from installing any version of Windows 7 on their netbook. The lifted restriction means OEM and ODM can install Windows 7 starter on a netbook, and that the three application restriction has been removed as per consumer's request.
"OEMs and ODMs have the choice to install any version of Windows on a netbook," a Microsoft UK spokesperson said. "[But] Starter is an entry version and doesn't have many of the consumer or business features. The three application limit isn't there anymore."
Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic variety only come in 32bit versions and are missing a variation of features from the higher end versions. Some of the features missing from Windows 7 Starter include:
- Aero Glass
- Taskbar Preview
- Aero Peek
- Desktop personalization
- Fast user switching
- Multi-monitor support
- DVD playback
- Support for domains and XP Mode
- Windows Media Center
Home Basic also lacks some key Windows 7 features including Aero, Taskbar Preview, Internet Connection Sharing and some other features. Windows 7 Home Basic will not be sold in the US, Europe and other established markets, while Windows 7 Starter will be available through OEM.
Retail stores and manufactures will be able to strip some of the cost off their netbooks using Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic. Microsoft will now have two entry level SKU versions of Windows 7 in some markets [via neowin].
ATI Eyefinity review
With the release of Radeon series 5800 comes a new feature. It's called Eyefinity. Eyefinity in short is having the ability to connect multiple monitors to your graphics card and create an extreme native resolution. It allows you to setup two to six monitors, combine them and make one massive screen.
Guru3D will put this to the test today as we combine three 24 inch Dell monitors and try out a good number of games. The idea is to create a much more immersive state of gameplay. Especially for flight simulators , racing games and strategy games where you like to have a big field / area to play in it enhances visibility, this feature could just be really grand.
Wanna have a look ? We are going to show you some video's of ATI Eyefinity as well. Check out Guru3D's article right here.
Tuniq Propeller 120 CPU cooler
More CPU cooling news today as Tuniq has released its Tuniq Propeller 120, an elegant CPU cooler inspired by the design of aircraft carriers.
The heatsink features four 8mm direct-touch heatpipes, aluminum fins and a 120mm MFDB (Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing) fan with a max airflow of 90.65CFM and a noise level of 16-20dBA. Included with the kit is a tube of TX-3 thermal grease and also a fan controller to adjust the speed of the fan between 1000RPM and 2000RPM.
The Tuniq Propeller 120 CPU cooler took its visual inspiration from the mighty aircraft carriers. The four specially designed smooth-curving heatpipes are both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional.
The 120mm MFDB fan blows downward and is one of the best performing fans on the market; and when matched with the four specially designed heatpipes, the Propeller 120 is able to achieve the same top level performance of competing designs with eight heatpipes. We have also included the top performing TX-3 thermal compound and a fan controller to maximize performance and flexibility.
Intel Gulftown comes with tower HSF
I guess even intel now ahs to admit that six CPU cores can make quite a lot of heat, especially for the consumer part. At IDF Intel showed the processor cooler for its upcoming six-core Gulftown processors.
As you can see this is a tower heatsink with four heatpipes, a large PWM fan, and a bolt-thru mounting kit instead of flimsy push-pins. It's unknown if Intel will ship this with all Gulftown processors, or only with the Extreme Edition models. Different from the previous design, the fresh cooler employs tower design with horizontal blowing for enhanced airflow, and it features four copper heatpipes.
Als, no irritating Push-pin any more. It installs with screws.
Nvidia disables PhysX when ATI card is present
Well for all those who have used Nvidia cards for PhysX and ATI cards to render graphics in Windows 7, that is about to change.
Since the release of 186 graphics drivers Nvidia has decided to disable PhysX anytime a non-Nvidia GPU is even present in the same PC. We do feel that Nvidia has shot themselves in the foot here.
In NVIDIA's defense, they have been saying ever since the beginning that they would not support the ATI / NVIDIA combo PhysX wise, it is now a little more definitive though.
Small advise to NVIDIA, PhysX will be a lost cause unless you guys get ATI onboard as well. This certainly isn't helping.
Thermaltake Contac 29 Multi-Socket Budget CPU Cooler
Thermaltake, leading DIY thermal solutions brand, launches a multi-socket support budget CPU cooler, the Contac 29. The Thermaltake Contac29 offers excellent cooling performance and a formidable price point when compared with the current competition on the market. Its Direct Contact Technology allows the three 8 mm heatpipes to immediately touch the CPU and thereby maximize the cooling effect. The multi-socket support offers excellent compatibility and flexibility in the choice and upgrade of your processor. It supports all major Intel sockets such as the LGA1156, LGA1366 and older LGA775 models. As for AMD, sockets AM3, AM2+ and AM2 are supported.
The three u-shaped heatpipes transfer processor heat up into the aluminum heatsink fins. In a second step the preinstalled 120 mm PWM fan blows air over the layered fins to further increase cooling efficiency, while the specially curved fins prevent outside heat to intrude the dissipation area.
As the Contac 29 is equipped with full PWM functionality the fan speed control is taken care of by the motherboard which automatically adjusts the speed according to actual CPU load between 800 and 2000 RPM. Even at highest speeds potential noise development is kept at the lowest level by using Anti-vibration Soft Mounts that virtually eliminate movement of the fan.
If you want to further maximize cooling efficiency, Thermaltake has already included a second set of Anti-vibration Soft Mounts which you can use to install another 120 mm exhaust fan across the preinstalled in-take fan.
EK Water Blocks for Radeon HD 5870
The SKU name will be EK FCS5870 and it will keep the primary heat sources chilled down, including GPU, memory, and VRM. The first picture below shows a CAD drawing the design. The second one is a picture of the finalized copper block. FCS5870 is expected to be available in ten days or next weeks.
Mass Effect 2: Subject Zero clip
I loved the first Mass Effect and look forward to part two. This video reveals another of the characters in
According to the trailer, her name is Subject Zero, and she appears to be an aggressive character in almost every way, including sexually, and also quite fierce. Mass Effect 2 is currently schedule for release in February of 2010.
ATI Catalyst 9.10 Beta Windows 7 | Vista | XP
A new beta set of Catalyst drivers was spotted at one of the vendors. This is revision 9.10 beta (build 8.660 RC7) and come with full Cypress (Radeon 5800 series) support.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
NVIDIA - GT300 yields are fine ...
Recently a rumor on the web popped up that NVIDIA's yields on the new GT300 chip are lower than 2%
GT300 is the new high-end DX11 class GPU that will empower their upcoming graphics cards.
To put a leash on the rumor a senior manager from NVIDIA is now saying that
Radeon HD 5850 pictured
Though you guys have been able to see this card in several AIB/AIC announcements, here's a reference photo of the Radeon HD 5850. Same shape, same style, a little smaller. You can read all about this card in our reference review of course.
NVIDIA ForceWare 191.03 released
A new driver has been relased by NVIDIA.
New in Version 191.03
- Adds support for OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8, 9, 100, and 200-series GPUs and ION GPUs.
- Accelerates performance in several gaming applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with version 191.03 drivers vs. version 190.62 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 12% performance increase in ARMA 2
- Up to 8% performance increase in Batman: Arkham Asylum with GPU PhysX enabled
- Up to 50% performance increase in Call of Juarez: Blood in Bound with SLI enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Fallout 3 (indoor scenes) with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 10% performance increase in Far Cry 2 (DX9 version) with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 34% performance increase in Prototype with antialiasing enabled
- Adds SLI support for Darkfall, Dawn of Magic 2: Time of Shadows, Dreamkiller, Fuel, Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Need for Speed: Shift and more.
- Includes numerous bug fixes, including the following key fix (additional bug fixes can be found in the release notes on the documentation tab): For graphics cards supporting multiple clock states, 3D clocks correctly return to 2D clocks after exiting a 3D application.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
New in Release 190/191 Drivers
- Installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0814.
- Supports CUDA 2.3 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA Zone for more details.
We have a discussion thread open here.
Radeon HD 5870 X2 (Hemlock) pictures
We've mentioned the X2 version of the 5870 a couple of times already. Moments ago some pictures of 'Hemlock' actually surfaced.
The card indeed is slightly longer than the Single GPU based 5870,but seems to have better ventilation. It draws its power from one 6+2 pin and one 6 pin PCI-E power connectors.
To get a rough idea on how the 5870 X2 card will perform, have a look at this article.
Well, go have a look .. click on the thumbnails:
MSI Introduces the R5870 and R5850
As top computer gamers are demanding only the very best hardware, all manufacturers in the industry are constantly striving for the efficiency and performance to fulfill these needs. In order to adequately cater to these ever increasing performance demands, now MSI, leading graphics cards and mainboard manufacturer has joined forces with the renowned graphics chip manufacturer AMD and today officially launch the next generation MSI R5800 series graphics cards. The 40 nm GPU supports DirectX 11 and a variety of AMD-exclusive audiovisual and performance enhancing technologies, creating an entirely new series of performance oriented craftsmanship.
The brand new MSI R5870/R5850 series uses more advanced 40nm GPU to implement decisively more transistors within the same amount of space and thereby reaching a new level of performance. In addition the modern 40nm process reduces power consumption and brings about a more efficient overall electrical utilization. By using the advantages of this innovative 40nm process technology, the next generation MSI R5870/R5850 series offers outstanding performance of a new kind.
Support a verity of next-generation graphics standards
Apart from the production process advancements, the entire new MSI R5870/R5850 series is already optimized for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, and the first one to support the new DirectX 11 / Shader 5.0, thereby taking the immersive gaming experience to a new level, dramatically improving special effects enjoyment. Furthermore the MSI R5870/R5850 also provide for more comprehensive graphics software support. Not only is OpenGL 3.1 supported but also the newest OpenCL standard. This allows the powerful graphics processor to not only render visual effects but also being used on general computing matters which helps to reduce CPU usage resulting in turn to a more effective overall performance.
Brand new ATi Eyefinity technology - single-card triple-screen output
For those gamers who concerned about multiple graphics output, the MSI R5870/R5850 series graphics cards already support the new ATi Eyefinity technology, allowing for triple screen output on one single card; The ATi Eyefinity technology breaks with the former limitations that one graphics card could only support a maximum of two outputs. Now, in using ATi Eyefinity gamers can extend their game play to three displays widen visibility and providing excellent views of every angle putting the gamers truly into the game, and also reach a new level of game play.
Lucid announces multi-GPU Hydra 200 Chip
For the first time ever, motherboard, graphics card manufacturers and users can have the flexibility to use different combinations of GPUs from AMD (ATI) and NVIDIA in notebooks and PCs. The solution delivers faster 3D graphics at consumer price points.
The new HYDRA 200 SoC is Lucid's second generation parallel graphics processor that works with any GPU, CPU or chipset to provide scalable 3D graphics performance in a multi-GPU computing environment. On display for the first time at IDF 2009 (booth 213) HYDRA 200 is faster, more flexible, smaller and more power-efficient than its predecessor silicon, the HYDRA 100.
"We've further refined our HYDRA engine and made it faster and more flexible, allowing for a near limitless combination of GPU's," said Lucid vice president of research and
Razer updates DeathAdder optical mouse
The same ergonomic right-handed design remains, as does the 1ms response time. There is a 7-foot braided fiber cable that resists tangling, and a gold-plated USB connector. For easy gliding, the feet are made of Teflon. The updated DeathAdder mouse from Razer is now available, priced at $60.
ATI dual-GPU Hemlock to cost less than $500
It's now rumored on the web that the Radeon HD 5870 X2 (dual GPU card) that should arrive in November/December will be selling under $500. Hemlock (codename) would be slightly longer than the Radeon HD 5870 card so it is probably around 12" long.
Logic assumes that you can expect 2 versions; Radeon HD 5870 X2 and HD 5850 X2. From a leaked screenshot VRZone claims that from the CCC (control panel, you can see that the card in the machine is clocked at 725MHz core and 1GHz memory and comes with 1GB GDDR5 memories so probably this is the 5850 X2 version. Note that AMD is still finalizing on the clocks and other details so nothing is confirmed at this point of time.
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