Intel to Focus IDF on Shift to 32-nm 'Westmere' Chips
According to sources on the web Intel has begun producing 32-nm "Westmere" chips, the focus of the company's Intel Developer Forum in two weeks.
Intel plans to announce on Sunday night that is has begun manufacturing its 32-nm shrink of its Core microprocessor line, which the company refers to by the umbrella code name of "Westmere". Those chips will be spearheaded by the so-called "Dales" chips -- "Clarkdale" for the desktop, and "Arrandale" for the notebook -- which will contain an Intel CPU and graphics core together in the same package. Arrandale is expected to ship during the fourth quarter of 2009.
Intel is also expected to announce that its has developed a system-on-chip technology to complement its CPU efforts, leading to improved versions of its SoC efforts for the consumer, commercial, communications, and other markets. In addition, Intel plans to announce new transistor improvements.
Intel will also talk about a new second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistor formula, which will give Intel "a 3+ year advantage in addressing leaky and energy inefficient transistors," according to a blog post from Intel spokesman Bill Kircos. Intel has shipped more than 200 million 45nm CPUs using high-k+ metal gate transistors, Kircos will say.
The Intel Developer Forum will begin on Sept. 14 in San Francisco, a frequent venue for what Intel refers to as its "geekfest".
As always, Guru3D is not invited for IDF.
Cooler Master Sentinel Advance mouse review
Yes, it's finally available on the market. Cooler Master have launched their Sentinel Advance mouse, yeah the one with the cute little OLED screen inside. It's funky, it's new, it's slightly refreshing. The coolest thing has to be the fact that Cooler Master integrated a little OLED screen inside the mouse... and that certainly is a first. So without further ado, let's fire up this review and check out what CoolerMaster has in store for us with the Sentinel Advance mouse.
Cooler Master integrated a little OLED screen inside the mouse... and that certainly is a first. So without further ado, let's fire up this review and check out what Cooler Master has in store for us with the Sentinel Advance mouse.
Check out this review here.
EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System starts shipping
The EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System that comprises of a couple of handsome 17
Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Up To 21 Hours
Windows 7 will be out before you know it, so it
802.11n Is Now An Official Wi-Fi Standard
And it only took them 7 years ! We
Sandisk Introduces Extreme Pro CompactFlash Cards do 90 MB/s
Today Sandisk announced a new line of compactflash cards aimed at professional photographers with read & write speeds of up to 90MB/s over a UDMA-6 bus.
The Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards feature the company
Intel working on second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistors
- Intel's 32nm CPU process is now certified and Westmere CPU wafers are moving through the factory in support of planned Q4 revenue production.
- Intel is now advancing to the second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistor formula, giving Intel a 3+ year advantage in addressing leaky and energy IN-efficient transistors. Intel has shipped >200 million 45nm CPUs using high-k+ metal gate transistors.
- For the first time, Intel has developed a full-featured SoC process technology to complement the CPU-specific technology. This version is for our smarter System on Chip (SoC) product efforts, which emphasize lower power transistors.
- These advances combine to deliver record performance in terms of the highest drive current (electricity that flows when a transistor is on); the lowest leakage currents (keeping a lid on wasteful or lost electricity) and the tightest gate pitch (how closely transistors can be pack in) versus any reported 32nm or 28nm technology in the industry.
- In addition, our NMOS transistors now have 19% performance improvement over their 45nm counterparts and our PMOS transistors now have a 28% performance improvement over their 45nm counterparts.
New Blu-ray Laser Could Enable 100GB Media
Media giant Sharp announced that they have developed a new Blu-ray laser that can read triple- and even quadruple-layer media, which could me 75GB or 100GB recordable discs.
This light is extremely strong at 500mW and is made possible thanks to an aluminum oxynitride layer that is located between the laser's crystal and the standard dielectric film which is meant to protect the laser. Among the benefits include the ability to read a drive twice as deep as current dual-layer Blu-ray drives as well as writing at 8X speed across all four layers. This could potentially mean 75GB or 100GB recordable discs. However, ther's no word on pricing or maturity of the technology.
ECS P55H-A motherboard review
In a somewhat lower price segment you however can always find ECS, originally being an OEM supplier that slowly penetrated the retail market they make really nice gear these days, but always with a lower budget in mind. Face it, the high-end market is crowded and as such ECS always tries to deliver a product that certainly can compete at a baseline level, yet at a better price.
Today as such we'll have a look at yet another P55 motherboard, ECS is launching their P55H-A which is a Black Edition that comes with some nifty additional features and really tasty looks, and it doesn't break the bank.
You can read this review right here.
Realtek HD Audio 2.33 Driver out
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and 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 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.
Driver Package R2.33
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
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 :
Download - click here.
Thermalright Unveils MUX-120 LGA-1156 CPU Cooler
Thermalright today announced its mid-range CPU cooler which is exclusive to Intel's newest socket, LGA-1156. The Thermalright MUX-120, like most other coolers from the firm sports the trademark tower design consisting on a CPU block from which arise four 6 mm heatpipes, conveying heat to an aluminum fin array with 48 fins.
Now if you didn't notice this ... we have been using this cooler in all our P55 / Core i5 articles ;)
Bundled with the cooler is Thermalright's X-Silent 120 mm fan (1200 rpm, 23.5 dBA max, and 41.8 CFM) and a tube of ChillFactor 2 thermal compound. Check out some of the articles to see what it can handle temperature wise. It really is an okay cooler.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat will get DirectX 11
In a new blog post on the AMD website they talk about how their new graphics chips support the DirectX11 API which will launch when Microsoft releases their new OS Windows 7 on October 22.
According to the latest information four games that use DirectX 11 are on the way:
Aliens vs. Predator (February 2010)
BattleForge (DX11 patch expected in October)
DiRT 2 (December 2009)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat (October 2009)
In addition to technical details, the article also reveals that support for DX11 is snowballing, as the slate of games to use the API has now tripled (to three). In addition to the already announced DX11 support in DiRT 2, they also list GSC Game World's upcoming S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat and EA's already released free-to-play RTS BattleForge as DirectX 11 games.
Just Cause 2 trailer
ForceWare 190.89 Windows 7 and Vista (32-bit)
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose. The driver is available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 32-bit.
Very little is known about this driver but it does support most GeForce graphics cards.
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.
- Download NVIDIA ForceWare 190.89 Vista/7 32-bit
- Download NVIDIA ForceWare 190.89 Vista/7 64-bit
- Download NVIDIA ForceWare 190.89 XP 32-bit
On another note -- GeForce drivers 190.64 became available on the web as well.
- ForceWare 190.64 Windows XP (32-bit)
- ForceWare 190.64 Windows 7 | Vista (64-bit)
- ForceWare 190.64 Windows 7 | Vista (32-bit)
Update: added 190.89 XP 32 bit and Vista 64-bit drivers as well (thanks Thorsten!).
Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler with LED Lighting
Thermaltake, leading DIY thermal solutions brand, launches the next generation of the award-winning SpinQ processor cooler, the Thermaltake SpinQ VT. With its multi-socket support the SpinQ VT offers excellent compatibility for upcoming Intel LGA 1156, LGA 1366 and older LGA 775 processors, while AMD AM3, AM2+ and AM2 CPUs are supported.
The SpinQ VT combines cooling strength with an enticingly aesthetic appearance. Three u-shaped 6 mm heatpipes connect the mirror coated copper base with the cylindrical heat sink which is created of 50 spiral aluminum fins. Inside the heat sink spiral a specially designed 80 mm blow fan rotates with 1000 to 1600 RPM to exhaust the heat over 360 degrees. Manual control over the fan speed is provided for by the convenient VR Fan knob allowing for stepless speed adjustment. All of this results in excellent cooling characteristics taking up to 180W/mm2 of heat dissipation.
The internal 80 mm fan adds to the futuristic design concept with its fierce red LED lighting effect glowing inside the cylinder while also diffusely beaming over the aluminum fins into the case. The CPU cooler is available at a suggest retail price of US$ 49.
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ATI releases Catalyst 9.9
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Gigabyte Beat me if you DARE campaign !
Gigabyte is starting a competition with some pretty hot prizes ... the Beat Me If You Dare competition offers a total cash purse of $9000 USD and cutting-edge hardware prizes.
Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009