ECS AMD 880G-Based Motherboard
AMD will expand its 800 Series of chipsets next week. Of course, this means that all the motherboard makers partnered with Advanced Micro Devices, or at least some of them, will follow up with a suitable number of new motherboards based on the new technology. In fact, preparations are already underway and Elitegroup Computer Systems seems to be among the first to do so, now that its upcoming A880GM-A2 has been exposed.
The platform is constructed with the AMD 880G/SB850 combo core-logic and uses the full ATX form factor. It will support the full spectrum of AM3 CPUs, including dual-core, triple-core, quad-core and, obviously, six-core parts. Also, it comes with four DDR3-1600 memory slots, a pair of PCI Express x16 slots for CrossFireX, five SATA 6.0Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA connectivity and D-Sub and DVI outputs. Furthermore, quite important for those with budget restrictions, there is an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics chipset (DirectX 10.1), backed by a SidePort memory chip.
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Intel Sandy Bridge details surface
The guys over at Bit Tech uncovered some details of Intel's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture, you can read it over here.
Sandy Bridge CPUs will be based on the current 32nm, second generation High-k metal gate manufacturing process, but will include new architectural features such as AVX - Advanced Vector Extensions - and AES - Advanced Encryption Standard - acceleration and will arrive in Q1 next year, with possibly very limited products popping up late Q4, although depending on who we talk to the story changes.
They will be split into two markets: mainstream and enthusiast. The mainstream models will replace the current LGA1156 'H1' Clarkdale and Lynnfield CPUs (Core i3 and Core i5) and will use LGA1155 'H2' packaging.
Yes, that's right, LGA1155 - one fewer pins than current LGA1156 CPUs. These sockets are NOT compatible, so you cannot use an existing LGA1156 CPU in a new motherboard or visa versa. Not only is the position of pin-1 different, the socket notch has moved from 9mm to 11.5mm from the centre and the entire voltage plane layout has changed.
Mainstream Sandy Bridge CPUs will be both native dual- and quad-core products, currently targeting TDPs of 65W and 95W respectively, both with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technology. At the moment it's not clear what frequency these CPUs will be though (likely because none are available yet from Intel).
All LGA1155 CPUs will have integrated graphics built into the core instead of a separate chip. This is an upgrade from the current IGP, PCI Express controller and memory controller in Clarkdale CPUs that is manufactured on the older 45nm process in a separate die (but still slapped together the same package). This should improve performance, as all the controllers will be in one die, like existing LGA1366 CPUs.
Next-generation Intel central processing units will come with a thermal design power of as little as 35W, which is quite a bit lower than the 65W consumed by some of today's quad-cores. In fact, as a comparison, the Core i5-750S, clocked at 2,4GHz, uses up 82W. It is unclear exactly which chips will consume only 35W, but even if they won't reach this level, quad-core Sandy Bridge units are still expected to limit themselves to a TDP of 45W (including the graphics core).
NZXT Tempest EVO Camo looks like ... a cow ?
NZXt is releasing yet another product that .. well makes me scratch behind my ears to say at the very least. NZXT has introduced the Tempest EVO Camo case. This is basically the same case as the Tempest EVO that was launched in November of last year, but with a camouflage paintjob.
This mid-comes with six fans; two 120mm with blue LEDs in front and one on the side panel, a 120mm fan in the rear and two 140mm fans on top. Expected pricing is a steep $125~$150.
McAfee update BSODs Windows workstations worldwide
A lot of anti-virus software seems to be very trigger happy these days. Loads of false positives etc, this time though McAfee really messed it up. The anti-virus company pushed out a new virus definition update that falsely identifies the critical Windows system file svchost.exe as a virus. Windows XP SP3 PCs running the new 5958 update from McAfee will delete the file, which will results in many problems including repeated reboots, BSODs and networking problems.
McAfee pushed out a virus definition update, 5958, at 14:00 PDT that causes false positive identification of the critical Windows system file svchost.exe. Machines running Windows XP Service Pack 3 using the 5958 definitions will delete the file, causing many key Windows services to fail to start. The Windows file is being mistakenly detected as W32/wecorl.a. Failure to start svchost.exe causes Windows to automatically reboot, hindering repair efforts.
The company has removed the faulty update, but tens of thousands (and possibly much more) computers have been crippled. McAfee has published information on how to fix this mess, but it requires a tech guy to hit each PC in person.
Blizzard bans over 320,000 accounts
Adobe abandons Flash on the iPhone
It seems that the fire between Adobe and Apple has reach a dramatic ending when adobe said very openly that they will abandon flash for the iPhone and as one can imagine, iPod.
Digitaltrend has an article written about it, let's hear what they have to say:
Doom on ZuneHD
Remember the good old Doom? well, it seems it's here for the ZuneHD, take a look at this.
The hack is called OpenZDK and you can read more about it here.
Lost Planet 2 Update
Gamespot tried the latest update on the Lost Planet 2 and this is what they have to say about it:
Capcom showed off two new maps for Lost Planet 2 and teased the game's final level at its recent press event. While the anticipated sequel is already packing a meaty Campaign mode for up to four players to tackle together, a dense array of character customization options to unlock, and a competitive multiplayer mode, the developer is already lining up post-release content
More info here.
Just Cause 2 Review
If you're in for some humor and a special way to do video reviews for games you just have to see this review of Just Cause 2 made by Zero Punctuation, aside from the humor and funny speaking voice, he has some valid points concerning this game.
GeForce Forceware 197.55 released for GTX 470 and 480
NVIDIA released its latest version of the GeForce driver suite, version 197.55, specific to the GeForce GTX 400 series graphics cards. The WHQL-signed drivers don't announce any more changes than a major feature change - official support for 4-way SLI on both GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470.
The drivers only work with GeForce 400 series products. No Release Notes documents were published along with the drivers.
Supported are GeForce 400 series: GTX 470, GTX 480
We have an discussion thread open on these drives right here.
ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview driver available
As promised ATI has updated the ATI Catalyst 10.4 preview to the ATI Catalyst 10.4a preview driver which includes the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 performance improvements for the ATI Radeon HD 4000, ATI Radeon HD 3000, and ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of products.
World of Tanks
World of Tanks is an interesting MMO game based on Tank Combat alone, this new game is still in development and to be announced but screnshots and media can be gathered from their official website.
Let's round up what the game is all about :
World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 150 armored vehicles from America, Germany, and the Soviet Union, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
ASUS Rampage III Extreme review
ASUS Rampage III Extreme gets tested
We test the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard. The X58 based Rampage III Extreme is unadulterated performance, quality, versatility, some recently introduced innovation and massive overclockability.
Now with added SATA 6G and USB 3.0 controllers as well. Has ASUS built it's best motherboard ever ? Well, let's find out and see shall we ?
Clock here to read the Guru3D review.
NZXT Vulcan LAN Party Case
NZXT is ready to release the Vulcan, a new LAN case designed for micro-ATX motherboards. The chassis is roomy enough to fit a Radeon HD 5970 graphics card, and features a detachable handle for enhanced portability. It should be available for 59.90EUR from May 25th.
The micro-ATX form factor was designed with the purpose of enabling more compact PCs, without necessarily impacting on performance, and micro-ATX chassis have served LAN party goers for years. Knowing this, NZXT has unwrapped its latest model, known as the Vulcan, which tries to not only facilitate attendance to these events, but also aims to bring a dose of aesthetic value, through the use of LED fans and black coating both on the outside and inside.
Measuring 180 (W) x 422.5 (H) x 406 (D) mm and weighing 5.8kg, the new member of the Crafted Series has two exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, an I/O panel with eSATA, USB 2.0 and audio ports, and a 120mm blue LED fan on top. Cooling is enhanced by a front 120mm spinner and some extra, optional ones, including a 120mm fan on top, as well as a 200mm fan on the side and one 80/92mm at the rear. Furthermore, for those that want liquid in their rigs, the Vulcan features pre-drilled watercooling holes at the back.
NZXT's creation includes two pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes at the back, and boasts two 120mm fans, one in front and a blue LED-equipped spinner on top. For those who want even more air cooling there is support for another 120mm fan on top, for a 200mm fan on side side panel and a 80/92mm fan at the back.
The chassis will cost only 59.90 Euro.
MSI lists of Phenom II X6 compatible motherboards
MSI published a list of its motherboards that support the six-core AMD Phenom II X6 processor, great news for most AMD series 700 owners as pretty much all motherboards are supported.
To facilitate the upgrade to AMD's next-generation processors, world-renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI has announced that all AMD series products will be compatible with the Phenom
EVGA watercooled GeForce GTX 470 FTW
EVGA has added the Gerroce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW to its website.
This watercooled model features a 650MHz GPU, 1300MHz shaders and 1280MB GDDR5 clocked at 3402MHz. It will start shipping soon for $499.99.
OCZ Gold Series 4GB and 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kits
OCZ announced new 4GB and 8GB Gold Series dual-channel DDR3 memory, these kits run at 1333MHz with CAS 9 timings at 1.65V.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils its all new
Cooler Master Vortex Plus low-profile heatsink
Cooler Master announces the Vortex Plus, a new low-profile cooling solution for mini-ITX motherboards and/or slim cases. The cooler features four direct-touch heatpipes, aluminum fins and a 92mm Blade Master PWM fan that starts at 17dBA at 800RPM. The HSF has a 84mm height and is compatible with AMD Socket AM3/AM2/940/939/754 and Intel Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775 processors.
Cooler Master says the Vortex Plus should be available by late June or early July for around 24.95EUR.
Cooler Master introduces Vortex Plus, a low profile CPU with four 6mm direct contact heat-pipes for maximum heat conductivity and a quiet Blade Master 92mm PWM fan making this cooler ideal for mini-ITX motherboards and/or slim casings.
Small cooler, large fan
Despite its diminutive size, the Vortex Plus features a Blade Master 92mm balanced PWM fan which starts out at a silent 17dBA at 800 rpm, but it goes all the way up to 2800 rpm if needed. Then fan is kitted out with a set of anti-vibration rubber pads that will reduce vibrations which can be caused by dust buildup on the fan blades.
Direct Contact heat pipes
Despite its low profile dimensions, the Vortex Plus feature no less than four 6mm direct contact heat-pipes. The heat-pipe design maximizes the heat conductivity and the heat is dissipated quickly by the thin blade aluminium fin heatsink.
The Vortex Plus is supplied with a wide range of mounting accessories that allows it to fit on all current motherboards and CPUs. Cooler Master has designed a custom push-pin solution for Intel motherboards which makes it easy to install and remove the Vortex Plus, as it doesn