Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Sandy bridge mobo Sneak Peek
In this article we'll show you a new offering from Gigabyte as we'll preview their upcoming P67A-UD4 Sandy bridge ready motherboard. Now since the processors and chipset itself are still under NDA we can not disclose nor discuss them. This motherboard is using a 12+2 phases design cooled by passive grey heatsinks.
Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration. There is a more to be found with three additional PCIe x1 slots and two traditional PCI slots.
Check out the sneek spreview right here.
Seagate Barracuda Green 5900.3 Series SATA 6 Gb/s HDDs
Seagate introduced new Barracuda Green 5900.3 series high-capacity, energy-efficient hard drive models, in capacities of 1.5 TB and 2 TB as TPU reported.
Green beeing energy efficient and as the name suggests, these drives have rotational speeds of 5900 RPM, other specifications include 4K sector size (Advanced Format), 64 MB cache, and SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The Seagate Barracuda Green 5900.3 is priced at US $118.9 / 75 EUR for the 1.5 TB model, and $149.99 / EUR for the 2 TB model.
TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB, which provides a high performance wireless connection for all networked media center devices.
The stylish 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge connects your favorite Ethernet-ready gaming console, network television, receiver, media controller, and DVR to a lag-free high-speed wireless n network. No need to place your media center near a hardwired Internet connection-cut the cables and experience the high definition connection quality of TRENDnet's 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB.
Users who have a router with a WPS button require practically no setup. Simply power up the TEW-640MB, press the WPS button on your router, then the WPS button on the TEW-640MB, and it's connected to your router and the Internet. Finally, network media center devices to the four Ethernet ports on the back of the TEW-640MB for instant Internet access.
The latest in wireless encryption ensures wireless security. Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology eliminates wireless dead spots. The latest in wireless encryption protects your digital network. WMM
Factory-Overclocked GeForce GTS 450 from ASUS
The GF106 GPU is clocked at 810 MHz, while the 192 CUDA cores (shaders) and the 1 GB of GDDR5 memory operate at frequencies of 1,620 MHz and 3,608 MHz, respectively. ASUS added EMI shielding, the GPU Guard (boost durability), a memory interface of 128 bits, POSCAPs, 4-phase power and a 6-pin PCIe connector.
The card comes with D-sub, DVI and HDMI ports and has support for 2-way SLI multi-GPU setups. Prices are not yet disclosed.
'Avatar' Blu-ray 3D Discs Going for $400!
So but how much would you specifically pay for "Avatar" on Blu-ray 3D disc? the discs are available now on eBay, to the fine price of $400 (!).
There have been two versions of "Avatar" released on Blu-ray, but we have yet to see a 3D version. That version is expected to be available starting December 1 (tomorrow!), but as an exclusive to Panasonic customers.
We took a peek at eBay and found a few versions of the Blu-ray 3D disc. Most of the starting prices were in the $200 range, with final sales around $300 to $350. We even saw one disc go for $501. Yikes!
Latest AVG 2011 update crashes startup
BSOD on restart after update
AVG Free 2011
1. Use System Restore. To restore to a previous date prior to Dec 1. Disable automatic update until this is fixed.
2. Go into your System Recovery menu and enter the command prompt and rename the whole AVG folder until this is fixed.
Thanks to ST19AG_WGreymon for this post.
Q&A with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer
DigiTimes conducted an interview with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer, check it out here.
Q: How did AMD benefit from the spin-off of Globalfoundries?
A: AMD has become a fabless semiconductor company and is no longer required to manage its factories, therefore the company is able to spend more time and energy focusing on R&D and marketing to efficiently boost the investment return of its intellectual property (IP).
In order to speed up the company's response time to market demand, we have integrated the management of CPU and GPU departments and formed a new department, the products group, led by Rick Bergman. As a result, AMD will be able to evaluate all the products with a more comprehensive perspective, helping the company to best use its IP and launching products with an even quicker time-to-market.
Meanwhile, we also have a department, the customer group, that give assistance to our clients. The department is also in charge of marketing as well as pricing of the products to allow the department to quickly respond to client demand.
AMD's CPUs are mostly outsourced to Globalfoundries, while GPU and chipsets are outsourced to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). We plan to outsource APUs to Globalfoundries.
Q: Can you tell us about AMD's APU plans?
A: The Fusion products (APUs) can be adopted into netbooks, notebooks and desktops, and we are already in the process of manufacturing engineering samples with official shipments set for the first half of 2011.
As for the market watchers' concerns about whether APUs will impact the discrete graphics card market, we believe the influence will be very limited since the GPUs in our Fusion products target the mainstream market, and consumers in the enthusiast market will still need a discrete graphics card for their high-performance PCs.
Q: What are AMD's thoughts about Intel and Nvidia entering the tablet PC and smartphone markets?
A: We don't have plans to enter the smartphone market since the industry is already filled with players and we believe that we should focus on the industries where we have advantages, such as notebooks, desktops and servers.
As for tablet PCs, based on our years of observation, I believe tablets have the chance to see obvious growth after average prices drop below US$299. For now, tablet PCs are simply a supplemental product of the traditional PC.
Although AMD is not the first player to enter the industry, if we can find a good business opportunity in the market, I believe we are capable of becoming a quick follower.
Q: Despite the fact that netbook shipment growth is already slowing down, why is AMD still aggressive in the industry.
A: We are still optimistic about the netbook market. According to our internal data, netbook shipments in 2011 will still see an on-year growth of 20%, similar to that of traditional notebooks, meaning netbook shipments will be able to reach 20-30 million units next year.
Due to their cheap price, netbooks are only capable of giving consumers very basic functions such as browsing the Internet and receiving e-mails, but as consumers still demand more from these machines and are asking to be able to run multimedia content as well as playing games, AMD has offered a new ultra-thin series notebook platform, targeting a market segment that we called Super Mobility, which we believe will see quick growth.
The ultra-thin platform allows AMD's partners to develop notebooks with performance surpassing the traditional netbook, but still featuring a similar low price. Lenovo has already released two products that feature the platform, the ThinkPad Edge and ThinkPad X100e.
In 2011, AMD will launch a new processor codenamed Bobcat, targeting mainly the netbook market; however, the processor may also be used for smaller devices such as tablet PCs.
Bobcat, technically, should have no trouble being adopted by tablet PCs, but the choice will still lie in the hands of vendors. Although our CPU's power consumption already meets consumers' needs for tablet PCs, we are still evaluating carefully before deciding how much to invest in the tablet PC market.
Q: What are AMD's plans for cloud computing
A: Facing fierce market competition, our server CPU market share in the past year has maintained level. We believe there are chances us to raise its market share in the future.
We launched our 12-core Magny-Cours processor under the Opteron 6000 series platform in the first half of 2010, and are set to launch the Opteron 4000 series in the future.
Our strategy is to provide our clients with all different levels of products that satisfy their demands with low prices. We believe our strategy can perfectly meet market demand, especially as cloud computing is already becoming a standard application in the IT market.
GPU-Z 0.4.9 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added support for GeForce GTX 570, GTX 460 SE
- Added support for PCI-Express 3.0
- Added PowerColor Giveaway
- Added Colorfire PCI vendor ID
- Added detection for AMD Radeon HD 6310, HD 6370
- Fixed BIOS >64k reading on GF110
- Added GT215 based GT 220
- Fixed TMU count on GF104
- Improved default clock reading on GeForce GTX 580
- Better error handling for memory type detection code
Realtek HD Audio 2.55 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista/7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Realtek High Definition Audio Codec Driver - this is the sound drivers for a new generation of audio Realtek (HD Audio), namely models ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267, ALC268 and ALC269.
Changes in Driver Package R2.55:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec.
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
POINT of VIEW GeForce GTX 580 BEAST
Point of View announces today that it is first to market with a water cooled GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 580
Zalman ZM-M240W Stereoscopic monitor review
Zalman released a new 24" 3D monitor tagged as ZM-M240W. This Stereoscopic 3D LCD Monitor is at a convenient size of 24" / 60cm allowing you to use it perfectly fine as desktop monitor, and it's not too small to watch a 3D movie on either .. with a supported Full HD monitor resolution at 1920x1080 that is.
In the industry the biggest discussion right now is whether to use passive Polarization or active shutter glasses. This one uses a passive solution, but as it turns out, it works quite well.
Read the full article right here.
ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard details
ASUS is prepping a new consumer workstation motherboard with Intel's P67 chipset, the P8P67 WS Revolution accepts LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors and is expected to be released in early 2011. The Asus motherboard has a 16+2 digital power phase design and an EPU that ensure up to a 92% power efficiency.
Interesting is the inclusion of a NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chip allowing 3-way SLI, four PCI-Express x16 slots, four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, support for DDR3-2200+ memory (dual-channel).
Inno3D preps watercooled GeForce GTX 580
Expreview got its hands on a photo of Inno3D's watercooled GeForce GTX 580 iChill Black Edition.
Different from the several previous Inno3D water-cooled graphics cards,GTX 580 Ichill Black Edition adopts one-in all design.Water pump and water block combine with each other,which exempts much trouble for players,there is no need for them to buy water pump,water case additionally and install pipes on their own.And therefore,the design is user-friendly.
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Exploring ATI's Image Quality Optimizations
Topic of discussion for many weeks now is that AMD has been applying a series of optimizations that could easily be seen and explained as a cheat. Currently with the Radeon HD 6000 series release the Catalyst drivers (Catalyst AI) have a new setting which allows control over control texture filtering with settings for 'High Quality', 'Quality' and 'Performance'.
Let's have a quick look at what it means, but most of all, what to look for and what performance effect it has in this quicky small article.
You can read the article here.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.9
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (or NiBiTor) has been updted, the BIOS application is now at version 5.9. NiBiTor allows enthusiasts to extract and manipulate with the VGA BIOS from a supported graphics card. With each new release, the a number of new GPUs are added to the supported products list, bugs fixed, and stability improved.
- GeForce GTS 450
- GeForce GTS 360M
- GeForce GT 310M
- GeForce GTX 285M
- GeForce GT 240M
With this release, NiBiTor also adds the ability to manipulate with minimum/maximum fan speeds
Corsair Force F90 and F180 SSDs launched
Corsair will add two new SandForce SF-1200 based Force series solid state disks to its lineup; the 90GB F90 and the 180GB F180. These SSDs should be available in retail stores for $189.99 and $399.99, respectively.
PR - These latest additions to the Corsair Force Series are built using the Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Processor, which provides exceptional performance, including read speeds of up to 285 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 275 MB/sec, with a 4K random write throughput of up to 50,000 IOPs. This is the same level of performance as that of enterprise-level SSDs, and results in unmatched system responsiveness.
Spire Sentor 6004 Professional PC Chassis
The Sentor 6004 pc case is a high-end, versatile and strong chassis. Well thought out complete tower structure ensuring both maximum performance and computing satisfaction for the professional user, enthusiast and gamer alike. Every element of the Sentor 6004 has been engineered to provide maximum cooling performance. Up to nine (9) LED 12cm fans can be mounted throughout the chassis, ensuring unbeatable cooling. The meshed aluminum front panel and meshed side panel allows unrestricted fresh air intake which is mandatory for today
Transcend 2000MHz 8GB Dual-channel Memory Kits
Transcend launched an 8GB aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory kit that contains two identically matched 4GB memory modules. With a combination of high capacity, high clock speed and exceptionally low voltage of just 1.6V, the new modules are ideal for hardcore gamers, overclockers and professional users reap the benefits of a 64-bit operating system.
64-bit processors have become mainstream in mid-range and high-end systems due to their ability to support memory capacities larger than 4GB, which is essential for memory-hungry applications such as HD video editing, large databases, virtual server farms, etc. With 8GB of total capacity, a clock frequency of 2000MHz and timings of 9-11-9-24, Transcend