ATI preps big Catalyst update check it out ...
At this moment ATI is sampling a new driver to press. unfortunately I did not have the time just yet to go in-depth into them, so with this post I wanted to make you aware of some of the new and upcoming features.
Anyway the upcoming two releases are going to be huge, have a peek at some of the new features and improvements:
Two ATI Catalyst driver updates will unlock the many new features, the first coming on February 17th in ATI Catalyst 10.2, and the second update, Catalyst 10.3 (publicly available in March), which I am previewing to you today.
Key new features in ATI Catalyst 10.2:
- ATI CrossFireX profiles - providing better CrossFireX performance, sooner!
- ATI CrossFireX re-architecture - providing better building blocks for the future!
- Ultra Low Power State - saves power when you are not gaming.
- ATI CrossfireX for Eyefinity - CrossFireX now improves your Eyefinity gaming performance!
- DisplayPort Audio - you can now pass audio directly through to you DisplayPort monitor equipped with speakers
Key new features in ATI Catalyst 10.3:
- ATI Catalyst Mobility - monthly updates for the mobile crowd
- ATI Eyefinity Technology Bezel Correction - compensate for your bezels so objects in your game move from one display to the other smoothly
- ATI Eyefinity Technology Per Display Control - adjust for differences in each individual displays brightness, color and contrast
- ATI Eyefinity Technology Multiple Display Groups - more display groups to give further control of your desktop with three displays or more connected
- ATI Eyefinity Technology Display Configuration Switching - easily switch from one display mode to another
- 3D Stereoscopic 3D driver hooks - enables 3rd party middleware vendors to bring more 3D stereoscopic gaming options
ASUS Maximus III Extreme motherboard BIOS & overclocking video
A plethora of options can be found really. Small side note, for good HD quality versus optimal streaming please select 720P.
We record our footage in 1920x1080. Especially showing a BIOS with a lot of letters and numbers that can help out a lot in readability and sharpness. We hope you like this new approach to showing you BIOS features; and as you can see, this motherboard has a fantastic BIOS feature set and firmware flash options.
In the video we are overclocking towards 4200 MHz (on air) with a Intel Core i7 870 as well. At the end of the video you can see Windows running at 4200 MHz, be sure to select full-screen mode to be able to read the text and values in the video.
More soon in the final review of course.
HighPoint PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Native SATA 6Gb/s RAID Card
HighPoint Technologies is announcing the RocketRAID 640 series- the industry's fastest SATA 6Gb/s RAID host adapters powered by PCI-Express 2.0 x4 bus speeds. The industry's first 4 port native SATA 6Gb/s RAID host adapters allow users to upgrade to the fastest SATA hard drives and scale to higher storage capacities.
The RocketRAID 640 series is the newest edition to the RocketRAID SATA 6Gb/s host adapter portfolio. This series offers 4 independent SATA 6Gb/s ports for internal or external storage connectivity. A PCI-Express 2.0 x4 bus technology and is also backward compatible with PCI-Express 1.0 for legacy systems. HighPoint hardware assisted RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD offers a balance of storage performance or protection.
Turbo Charging Your System with SATA 6Gb/s
The RocketRAID 640 series delivers up to 600MB/s of throughput per SATA port boosting storage performance for legacy systems. Current systems can also maximize PCI-Express 2.0 x4 bandwidth to 2GB/s of throughput. Being backward compatible to all generations of SATA hard drives (3.0, 2.0 and 1.5) ensures that systems can smoothly transition to SATA 6Gb and fully utilize their existing cables and connectors.
Performance Companion for Speedy Devices
The highest performing SATA and SSD hard drives have performance bottlenecks due to older generation host adapters and bus technologies. The RocketRAID 640 series offers dedicated bandwidth and point-to-point connectivity making it the performance companion for speedy devices such as SATA 6Gb/s and SSD hard drives. A PCI-Express 2.0 x4 bus also provides the bandwidth needed to break through the performance barrier.
Growing Your Storage As You Need !
Four SATA 6Gb/s ports and support for port multiplier devices allows user to grow their storage capacities as needed. PM devices provide the most economical way to scale storage capacities. With the HighPoint RAID management utility, users can scale their storage capacities with OCE (Online Capacity Expansion) without losing their existing data investment to 20 SATA devices or up to 40TB of disk space.
The RocketRAID 640 and RocketRAID 644 are priced at $196.90 and $240.90, respectively.
SIMFi Turns 3G Into WiFi
WiFi? In a SIM card? It
Active Media Aviator-2 USB 3.0 external storage devices
USB 3.0 support is popping up on many of the new mainboards, notebooks, and computers unveiled recently. With all the new boards and machines that support USB 3.0 there is also lots of new USB 3.0 hardware coming to take advantage of the speedier connectivity.
Active Media Products has unveiled the Aviator-2 external USB 3.0 chassis for SATA HDDs. The chassis measures 3 x 5 inches and can fit any 2.5-inch SATA drive. The enclosure is also available with a 64GB or 128GB predator X7 SSD inside from Active Media Products. When fitted with the Predator X7 SSDs the system supports read speeds of up to 200MB/sec.
The SSD version uses MLC NAND flash and has ECC for reliability. The system also includes wear-leveling algorithms for longer life. The drive ships with a USB 3.0 cable. The enclosure alone sells for $32.95 with the 64GB SSD version selling for $259 and the 128GB version going for $449.95.
NVIDIA marketing director arrested for bomb scare on plane
NVIDIA marketing director Yushing Lui, 47, is facing a misdemeanor charge after he allegedly pulled a bomb prank on a flight attendant on a Cathay Pacific Airways plane before takeoff Thursday at San Francisco International Airport. Lui pleaded not guilty, claiming he only told the flight attendant "something to the effect that he did not have a million dollars inside" the jacket.
Lui had taken his seat in the business class section on board an aircraft headed to Hong Kong, where he lives with his family, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
As a flight attendant was taking Lui's jacket, she asked whether it had anything important in the pockets, to which he replied: "I have a bomb in my jacket," prosecutors said.
The flight attendant backed away and the flight crew on board called San Francisco Airport Police, which immediately responded and did not find a bomb.
Perhaps it was a GeForce 470 or 480 ? Heard they are the bomb as well ;)
USB 3.0 SSD performance on a MSI Star USB 3.0 controller
USB 3.0 SSD performance the MSI Star USB 3.0 controller
Typically with USB 2.0 you'd limit yourself to roughly 30MB/sec so it will be very interesting to see what MSI's latest USB 3.0 Star add-on controllers have in store and what kind of performance they bring to the table opposed to that old interface.
Therefore we test USB 3.0 with the USB 3.0 ready N002 SSD from ADATA, this device is able to deliver up to very fast 200 MB/s and 170 MB/s sequential read/write performance. But how will it perform on USB 3.0 ?
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro / USB3 Motherboard Photos
The colleagues over at TPU snagged a photo or two on the upcoming the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro, which is based on the AMD 890GX chipset - whoch will bring support for their upcoming AMD hexacore processors.
It seems that the product will come in two flavors, M4A89GTD Pro and M4A89GTD Pro USB3 (with the latter having support for USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity.
The M4A89GTD Pro / USB3 is a socket AM3 motherboard with a 10-phase CPU VRM supporting future AMD CPUs with 140W TDP, 2-phase memory VRM powering the four DDR3 DIMM slots, AMD 890GX chipset with faster DirectX 10.1 compliant graphics, and AMD SB800 southbridge. The SB800 provides six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, while an additional JMicron-made controller gives out the IDE connector (and possibly the lone eSATA port). Expansion slots include two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 when both are populated), two PCI, and one each of PCI-E x1 and PCI-E x4. Connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output, gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 ports (on the USB3 variant), FireWire, and display connectivity including DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. The M4A89GTD Pro / USB3 is expected to be launched a little ahead of AMD's launch of its six-core Phenom II X6 processors.
Check this a Blu-ray and VHS Combo Player
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series
Microsoft introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The first phones based on this platform are expected to be available by the end of the year. More info and a demo of the new operating system can be found at Windows Phone 7 Series. Here's the press release:
Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows
Core i7 880 expected in Q2 2010
Looks like Intel is preparing a faster Core i7 880 processor for Q2 2010, this quad-core chip is based on the 45nm Lynnfield core and will have a frequency of 3.06GHz. Obviously this again will be a quad-core processor with 8 threads. The Turbo mode should bring it towards 3.73 GHz. Being Lynnfield the processor would be tied to the 1156 socket and would come with a 95W TDP.
|Model||LGA socket||Core/Thread||Clock||Turbo boost||L3 cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i7 880||1156||4/8||3.06||3.73||8||95||TBA|
|Core i7 870||1156||4/8||2.93||3.60||8||95||562|
|Core i7 860||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||95||284|
|Core i 870s||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||82||337|
|Core i5 750||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||95||196|
|Core i5 750s||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||82||259|
Keysonic Gaming Keyboards released
The two keyboards launched by Keysonic are the KSK-8003 UX and KSK-6001 UELX keyboards.
One advantage of the peripherals is that they both boast full macro support across all keys, which means that many different profiles can be stored and used at the user's discretion. The more important feature of the devices, however, is their Anti-Ghosting function, which allows for four or more keys to be pressed (and registered) at the same time.
The KSK-8003 UX is the largest out of the two new models, with dimensions of 433 x 140 x 33 mm. It uses a spill-resistant design and the Soft-Touch membrane, which, as its name implies, allows key strokes to be soft and silent. The device connects via USB, through a 1.8m cable and has LED indicators for Caps-lock, Num-lock and Scroll-lock.
This device's smaller sibling, the KSK-6001 UELX, only measures 393 x 158 x 24 mm, but has the same 1.8m cable and Soft-Touch membrane, with an added benefit being the blue LED backlighting. Obviously meant to provide visibility in low-lighting conditions, the backlight can be easily switched on and off through the press of a button.
Already available, with either QWERTY or AZERTY layouts, the KeySonic KSK-8003 UX and KSK-6001 UELX gaming kayboards carry price tags of 17.90 Euro and 24.90 Euro, respectively.
Acer NVIDIA ION 2 Netbook
NVIDIA's next-generation ION platform has been described as being capable of providing netbooks with the ability to handle HD media and online games. This functionality will come at an added cost, compared to the Pine Trail platform, but the company believes that consumers will be willing to pay a little more for the added benefit.
Even though such devices were not scheduled to come out until spring, with the earliest demonstration expected for CeBIT 2010, reports have surfaced implying that Acer will be previewing its Acer Aspire One 532g in Barcelona, Spain. This gadget will practically be the first netbook based on NVIDIA's next-generation ION platform to come out of hiding. The laptop is described as having a 10.1-inch HD LED-backlit display and two graphics solutions, one being the GMA 3150 integrated graphics, the other, Nvidia's GT218 GPU. The netbook will use the Optimus technology to switch between the two, according to load, allowing the gizmo to easily process images, stream HD YouTube videos and play online games.
Other capabilities mentioned in the reports are WiFi connectivity and optional 3G, with the entire device expected to weigh roughly one kilogram. The Acer Aspire One 532g will supposedly be able to last for ten hours on a single charge. Of course, the official announcement is still scheduled for early March, most likely during CeBIT, although a more detailed list of specifications may come out before that time. As far as availability is concerned, the netbook should start shipping during the later part of the current quarter [via soft-pedia]
ASUS Maximus III Extreme mobo photo's
Have a sneak peek what just arrived at the Guru3D labs today, meet the Maximus III Extreme edition. The P55-based board, which falls into the growing Republic of Gamers lineup, adds a new feature to the existing ROG Connect overclocking system: Bluetooth control. You heard right -- ASUS enables users to tweak system settings wirelessly over Bluetooth via a mobile phone.
More specifically, RC Bluetooth allows users to "review the status of their systems' hardware and tweak parameters wirelessly from a Bluetooth-enabled PDA phone," with examples like controlling music playback and dealing with Skype conversations given.
ROG Connect feature allows users to connect their systems to a netbook, notebook, or a PC via USB cable, and can be used to change BIOS settings and monitor temperatures remotely. The feature allows users to change BIOS settings and options even when the ROG-powered PC is switched off. According to Asus, updating the BIOS remotely using another PC apparently eliminates the potential of bricking a motherboard due to a corrupt BIOS.
The rest of the specifications of the ATX form factor Maximus III extreme will endear itself to PC enthusiasts and gamers. It supports a maximum of 16GB DDR3 memory, and has 5 x PCIe x16 slots: which supports single, dual, triple, and quad graphics card configurations, and supports both nVidia
Albatron Low-Profile PCI-E x1 GeForce 210
Albatron released a GeForce 210 based graphics card that uses the PCI-Express x1 interface. The low-profile card is passively cooled.
Its GeForce 210 (codenamed GT218) GPU is DirectX 10.1 compliant, has 16 unified shaders, and a 64-bit wide memory interface. It is built on the 40 nm process. The card has 512 MB of DDR2 memory. Its clock speeds are set at 589/1402/500 MHz (core/shader/memory). Connectivity includes one each of DVI-D, HDMI, and D-Sub. Albatron hasn't announced its price yet, it might do well as HTPC card considering it's passively cooled. Other then that, a really OEM product.
Intel Huron River CPUs coming Q1 2010 with integrated WiMAX
Early details of Intel