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We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
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OCZ debuts XTC Cooler Rev 2 for memory modules
OCZ has launched the new XTC Cooler Revision 2 memory cooler, this product is compatible with all DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules. It features a brushed aluminum design and two 60mm fans.
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the latest memory cooling accessory, the OCZ XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Cooler Revision 2 to promote dedicated airflow to modules. Active cooling combined with passive thermal solutions is extremely important in any rigorous overclocking environment, and OCZ developed the next generation XTC Cooler for supreme heat management of OCZ
GeForce ForceWare 190.15 Win 7 | Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose and it's in fact the first series 190 driver ever. This is Forceware 190.15 The driver is available for Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit and for Windows XP a 32-bit flavor is available.
Very little is known about this driver but we need to stress that the original .inf file shows it was targeted at Quadro cards. We replaced the index with a modified .inf files (courtesy of laptopvideo2go) making the driver compatible with all current GeForce cards..
Interesting is that the Vista / Win 7 drivers also contact 3D Stereo drivers revision 190.15, look inside the archive to spot that yourself.
These drivers are to be considered very beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
WD rolls out three SSD models
Well now, what a surprize ... Western Digital has officially released its first solid state disks for embedded markets and data streaming applications, these SiliconDrive III models are based on technology the company acquired from its March 2009 acquisition of SiliconSystems. The speeds are not really convincing neither do these drives seem to have any from of caching.
A nifty feature though is that the range supports SiSMART, which keeps tabs on the drive's status in real-time, notifying the user when it needs to be replaced.
- SiliconDrive III 2.5-inch SATA Drive: SATA 3Gbps, 100MB/s read speed, 80MB/s write speed, 30GB to 120GB
- SiliconDrive III 1.8-inch Micro SATA Drive: SATA 3Gbps, 100MB/s read speed, 80MB/s write speed, 30GB to 60GB
- SiliconDrive III 2.5-inch PATA Drive: PATA ATA-7, 85MB/s read speed, 60MB/s write speed, 30GB to 120GB
ThermalTake Element G chassis launched
ThermalTake has introduced the Element G case. Full details and specifications can be found at ThermalTake, but the chassis somehow reminds of one of the CoolerMaster cases. Ah well .. looks pretty good though, if you like the genre.
In the computer chassis industry, Thermaltake is well-renowned for their professional engineering and high-performance products. When designing the Element G case, Thermaltake engineers opted for a classic, yet dramatic look with the option to switch on a variety of case lightning effects. The Element G is equipped with 3 Touchcolor fans to create a strong, dynamic and exciting atmosphere to stimulate gamers with an ambience that can be in tune with their respective gameplay.
Inno3D launches single-PCB GeForce 295 Platinum
Inno3D are excited to launch the Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum Edition with extreme cooling performance for better gaming speeds. The unbeatable Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 is built with the 2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture with 480 stream processors. The Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 runs at 576/1242/2000MHz and is the fastest card in the market. The advanced Platinum cooler allows airflow to circulate through the front and back of the case chassis which decreases heat more effectively.
Take your DirectX 10 gaming beyond HD, with the power of Inno3D
Deals of the Day - June 16 09
For this edition of the eternal quest in seeking good prices on hardware, I figured we'd take a look at some DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Memory is of course key to a speedy system. have too little, and your HDD will start swapping.
Remember, on a 32-bit OS, you shouldn't go past 3 GB of memory. With 64-bit operating systems 4GB is my recommendation, and with a triple channel memory PC (Core i7) heck .. just go for 6 GB folks. Memory is dirt cheap !
- 4GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Blade Series (Dual Channel) - check it out, at 800 MHz Blade kit ! It comes with the fancy black heat spreaders and at 800 MHz it runs at CAS 4-4-4-15 - we found an uber-good-deal for this kit selling at $36.99 (!).
- 4GB OCZ 1066MHz PC2-8500 Gold Edition (Dual channel) - Awesome kit that can run 1066 MHz and prolly a little extra. Comes with heat spreader and has sweet 5-6-6-18 timings ! we spotted it at $48.99 for the full 4 GB. That's 12 bucks a gig, crazy when you think about it.
- 4GB Crucial DDR3 PC3-10600 - DDR3 memory is still slightly more expensive than DDR2. But check it out, this 4 GB kit (2x2GB) at DDR3 1333 MHz is selling at $57.99
- 6GB Patriot Memory Extreme Performance Viper Series - Patriot is up and coming in the value segment. Check it out this triple channel memory kit, 6GB PC3-10666 DDR3 1333 3 x 2GB Intel XMP Ready memory at CL9, this kit is selling for $75.99 and that's 13 bucks per GB. Absolutely an interesting kit.
The deal of the day ... you just can't beat this kit in price and performance.
- OCZ Gold 6GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 - Aaah, sweet kit ! Nice heat spreaders, it runs low-voltage at 1600 Mhz (which I consider to be a nice sweet spot of triple channel configurations) and check it out .. 8-8-8-24 timings. The price is really good at $79.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB review
In this article Guru3D.com will put that to the test. We test the GeForce GTX 1792MB card from eVGA and compare it to the 'regular' 896MB model. Of course this is a full blown review where we'll examine this product in detail. It the extra 50 quid with the extra 896MB of graphics memory ? Well let's find out in the Guru3D review of the eVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB model.
Check out the Guru3D.com review right here.
ASUS Eee Keyboard gets Moblin
ASUS have been showing off their Eee Keyboard since CES back in January, but until now it
Trailer: Need for Speed: Shift - Driver Profile
Noctua launches Quiet CPU Cooler for Xeon 5500
They've been showing it at Comnputex already, but Noctua presented two new additions to its DX series of quiet Intel Xeon CPU coolers: Now compatible with Intel's latest LGA1366 based Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) processors, the new NH-U12DX 1366 and NH-U9DX 1366 are true drop-in replacements for standard Intel coolers and make it easier than ever before to significantly reduce the noise emission of high-end workstations and severs.
Based on Noctua's signature NH-U series and fitted with the award-winning NF-P12 and NF-B9 fans, the new NH-U12DX 1366 and NH-U9DX 1366 form complete premium quality packages that include Noctua's renowned NT-H1 thermal compound and guarantee outstanding quiet cooling performance for Intel's LGA1366 Xeon 5500 CPUs. While the larger NH-U12DX 1366 is ideal for quiet audio, video, CAD or rendering workstations, the smaller NH-U9DX 1366 fits standard 4U chassis and thus lends itself to special server applications.
Both models employ the new SecuFirm2 mounting system for Xeon 5500, which ensures maximum convenience and extremely short installation time, making them ideal both for professional system integrators and less tech-savvy workstation users seeking to quiet their systems.
Prices and availability
Both models are available immediately at recommended retail prices of EUR 56.90 / USD 64.90 (NH-U12DX 1366) and EUR 46.90 / USD 54.90 (NH-U9XDX 1366).
G.SKILL Launches Perfect Storm DDR3 2133 CL9 6GB and Fan
G.Skill launches their Perfect Storm DDR3 2133 CL9 6GB. In addition G.Skill has announced the retail availability of its perfect cooling partner, the Turbulence Fan.
The Perfect Storm series has represents the ultimate memory solution since G.Skill launched 2000 CL7 6GB Triple channel kit just three months ago. To continuously satisfy overclocking enthusiasts and extreme gamers' demand for ultra performance computer memory, G.Skill once again pushes the boundaries further at the highest frequency of 2,133MHz. The Perfect Storm 2133 CL9 provide overclockers and enthusiasts the best overclocking potential for their Core i7 platforms with affordable price and lifetime warranty.
Since Cebit 2009, G.Skill's elegantly designed Turbulence Fan was demonstrated to the public, G.Skill has received a great number of inquiries about this product's availability, price and performance. G.Skill can finally announce today that the Turbulence Fan is ready for retail availability immediately. The special design allows the fan to decrease the temperature of memory kits effectively, while maintaining a silent solution that will not audibly interfere with the environment. Gamers and overclockers will push their ram to the highest voltages, making the addition of the Turbulence Fan an ideal partner to high performance memory. Available in black and grey, the subtle color choice can tailor a system look to suit the users' needs.
ATI preps Radeon HD 4790 Based on RV790
It looks like camp ATI is never pausing .. AMD seems to be preparing yet another performance-mainstream Radeon HD 4000 series of products, the RadeoN HD 4790.
Again an reconfiguration of the specifications creating an product that would performs better than the Radeon HD 4770 likely better than HD 4850 but slower than a 4890.
The specs for this product seem to be 600 MHz, 800 shaders processors are to be found in the RV790 based GPU. Now here's the real trick, it will have a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. It handles 512 MB of memory clocked at 800 MHz (3200 MHz effective). Being based on the RV790, it is pin-compatible with any existing HD 4890 PCB.
Price-wise well ... expected to see something in-between the HD 4850 and HD 4870.
ATI Catalyst 9.6 released
ATI just released ATI Catalyst 9.6 for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
Would you like to learn more, we have a discussion thread open here on these drivers.
Highlights of the ATI Catalyst
New 40nm GeForce 200M Series GPUs Announced
Although the GeForce GTX 200M series of mobile GPUs for laptops and notebooks was introduced by Nvidia quite some time ago already, they did not use actual chips of the GT200 desktop GPUs, but the older G92b GPUs.
This is going to change now though, with the introduction of true 40nm sized and DirectX 10.1 capable chips for notebooks: "The new cards are aimed for the entry level (G 210M), middle class (GT 230 and 240M) and beginning high-end class (GTS 250M and 260M).
Because of the smaller 40nm process, Nvidia was able to ramp up the shader count and clock rates and still maintain the same power envelope as the previous generation. Therefore, the performance of each class-member is higher than the previous model.
Nvidia published only some performance charts for the new entry level GPU - the Geforce G 210M, which is about 2x as fast as the old G 110M (according to Nvidia). This is achieved by the much higher clock rates of the G 210M."
GeForce Forceware 182.67 WHQL available
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose. This is Forceware 182.67 WHQL. The driver is available for Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit and for Windows XP a 64-bit flavor is available.
Very little is known about this driver. Should your graphics card not be supported, included in the archive is a zip file with modified .inf files you can use to make it compatible (courtesy of laptopvideo2go).
These drivers are to be considered beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Scythe aluminum FenrisWolf case
Known from their nice CPU coolers, Scythe introduced a high-end case for computer enthusiasts. This new chassis is dubbed FenrisWolf and it's made out of black aluminum. It will be available for $195 / 100EUR (excl. VAT).
6 kg (13.23 lb) full aluminum FenrisWolf PC Case has the overall dimensions of 527
Foxconn Inferno Katana motherboard pixelized
That's looking sweet .. and very red. Asian website 4Gamer published a photo of the upcoming Foxconn Inferno Katana motherboard.
The Inferno Katana will be based on the P55 chipset and will provide users with support for the upcoming LGA1156 processors, featuring Intel's Turbo Boost technology. Part of the company's Quantum Force family, the Inferno Katana will also boast three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, with support for both CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technologies, as well as four dual-channel DDR3 memory DIMMs with support for up to 1800MHz. These will be pretty much standard on most P55-based motherboards, but the Inferno Katana ups the ante with a few more tweaks. The board will feature an advanced motherboard power system, which includes a 12-phase Hybrid PWM and DirectFEt MOSFET technology for the CPU power and 2 phases for the VTT and Mem.
This P55 based model is designed for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 processors, it features four DDR3 slots that support 1800MHZ DDR3, three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots and nForce 200 for SLI.
AMD RD890, RS880D, SB850 and SB810 will launch in 2010
Here's a look at the specifications of the AMD RD890, RS880D, SB850 and SB810. Looks like there will be no support for USB 3.0 just yet. Click the thumbnails to enlarge the screenshots.