Crucial prepping fast SSD line
Crucial this afternoon said it should have a major update to its solid-state drive line later this month. The 2.5-inch M225 series will use more up to date multi-level cell (MLC) storage and a new memory controller that significantly improves speed. Estimates put the peak performance of the fastest, 256GB drive at 250MB per second for data reads and 200MB per second for writes.
Alongside this largest capacity SSD, a 128GB version will ship with slightly lower 190MB per second write speeds, while a 64GB entry version will scale down to 200MB per second reads and 150MB per second when writing. All three will use an ASATA II interface and should receive a more official release on July 20th.
Calvin Klein USB Drive Sunglasses
Fashionistas will look forward to this pair of Calvin Klein USB drive sunglasses, where the USB drive itself remains hidden within the arm of the sunglasses itself while offering decent protection against nasty UV rays simultaneously. These new shades can hold 4GB of storage space, and will retail for $199 when it hits the market this October.
Overpriced, as usual, and you'd look pretty weird taking off your sunnies just to access data within whenever you work.
Samsung HD Includes On-Board USB Interface
It may not be the first 1.8-inch hard disk we've seen pushing a 250GB capacity, but damn if Samsung doesn't know how to market its tech. See, these drives are small as Samsung skillfully demonstrates by photographing its new Spinpoint N3U disk in front of a credit card.
And by including a native PATA to USB controller on the circuit board, Samsung has helped manufacturers eliminate a bit bulk from future portable USB disk offerings. The 3,600rpm drive itself features 125GB per platter, 8MB of cache, and should be capable of withstanding drops from about 20-inches. At least it will when these begin shipping in mid-July for about $200.
Now, this particular drive (a 1.8″ drive designed for mobile hardware) doesn
Psychsoftpc debuts Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer
A company named Psychsoftpc has introduced the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer, this is a new GPGPU computing system based on the NVIDIA Tesla cards. More details over here.
Psychsoftpc, a Quincy, Massachusetts computer manufacturer known for making Linux supercomputer clusters and high performance PCs and Workstations, announces the release of their new Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer. In the tradition of their first product, the Psychlone Cluster Supercomputer, Psychsoftpc is now offering their own version of the Personal Supercomputer, the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer (they just had to call it "Psychlone", it's a tradition). The Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer is built around Tesla Supercomputing Cards, or GPUs, from NVidia, which enable the manufacture of the Personal Supercomputer, or supercomputer in one box. This frees researchers from being totally dependent on cluster supercomputers. Researchers no longer have to wait for time on a cluster, but, instead, can tackle projects right away at their desk. Psychsoftpc is currently offering two versions of the product, one with SUSE Linux 64 bit Operating System and one with Windows Vista 64 bit Operating System, because they support freedom of choice in computing and have been supporting Linux since 1995. Psychsoftpc was one of the first PC manufacturers to pre-install Linux on their systems, and were supporting Linux, especially SUSE Linux from Novell, well before Dell and HP jumped on the Linux bandwagon. Here are more details about the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer and what it can be used it for.
First let's look at the Tesla Card itself, the NVidia Tesla C1060, the heart of the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer. The use of this card is what enables Psychsoftpc to put supercomputing power in a single box the size of a full tower PC that people probably have next to their desks right now, replacing those racks of PCs in a cluster configuration, taking up all that space and electricity. Each Tesla C1060 has a Massively-Parallel Many Core Architecture with 240 processor cores with 4 GB High-Speed Memory, Asynchronous transfer capability and IEEE 754 single & double precision floating point units. Specifically, each NVidia Tesla C1060 gives people 1.4 billion transistors, One Teraflop of processing power and 240 processing cores. This allows professionals to solve computationally intensive problems at their desk that traditionally required time on a large cluster installation.
With the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer, professionals can tackle some of the toughest computational challenges around including drug research, oil and gas exploration, prime number theory, computational fluid dynamics, Geographic Information Services (GIS), weather simulation and computational finance right at their desk with a supercomputer that takes up the same space as a regular PC, without waiting around for time on a cluster at their school or place of work. They could even use it to help pick out their fantasy baseball team. And there is plenty of software available that allows users to take advantage of the Parallel Processing power in the system.
Realtek HD Audio 2.28 Driver
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.
History Driver Package R2.28:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
- Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670
- 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
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- 6. Add/Fix
1.) Driver Customizations.
Download Realtek HD Audio 2.28 Driver for Windows XP, Vista Windows 7, click here.
OCZ also stops sales Elpida Hyper based DRAM
SHortly after Corsair made an announcement yesterday, OCZ also stops selling memory with Elpida Hyper chips(Hhugh end blade kits). OCZ claims not to have noticed any increase RMA's on this memory however is also pulling out the presumably affected memory modules and memory kits.
In regards to the potential issues relating to Elpida Hyper IC's, OCZ has not yet seen extended failures in the field, and the Elipda Hyper IC's we have used came from earlier batches so we do not yet know if this is the reason why we are not seeing field issues but as a proactive measure based on the latest information from media reviewers like AnandTech we have officially held the use of any Elpida Hyper IC's at this time.
Any customers that are seeing issues are encouraged to contact us and we will absolutely take care of all customers with a no questions asked refund or exchange for another OCZ product of equal value, whichever the customer prefers. We want to make sure that our customers have peace of mind and the confidence that we will take care of any and all issues related to modules that utilize Elpida Hyper chips.
Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Summer 2009
Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2009 summer edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included. We do this for brevity's sake, as the monitor alone would require its own guide, especially if I were to cover LCD monitors.
Since this site is called "Guru3D" this guide will target a system intended for gaming primarily while not spending heaps of money.
* link updated to correct one
MSI P55-GD65 has overclocking buttons
Hmm, what do ya know ... MSI's upcoming P55-GD65 motherboard seems to have three buttons to overclock your system. The plus and minus buttons will let you adjust your system's base clock, while the OC Genie button promises to automatically overclock your processor to its maximum.
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ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO 785G motherboard pixelized
ASUS listed a new AMD Socket AM3 motherboard on its website, the M4A785TD-M EVO. This microATX model uses the upcoming AMD 785G chipset, SB710 southbridge, and ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics with DirectX 10.1 support. It has support for 1800MHz DDR3 memory and uses conductive polymer caps. You can check out the full specs at ASUS.
This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport
Windows 7 family pack; Anytime Upgrade prices leaked
That's not all though. Expercom also listed prices for Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade. Upgrading from Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium will cost $81.95, while Expercom listed an upgrade price of $90.95 to switch from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. Finally, the Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate upgrade was listed for $137.95.
MechWarrior 5 2009 Debut Gameplay Trailer
Command & Conquer 4 is acknowledged
EALA sent out a press release officially announcing Command & Conquer 4, saying the PC-exclusive RTS sequel will ship next year:
Guildford, UK., July 9, 2009 - behold disciples of Nod, the end is soon upon us. Electronic arts inc. (nasdaq: Erts) today announced that, after almost 15 years and 30 million games sold, eala is bringing the award-winning tiberium series to an epic conclusion with Command & Conquer 4. Shipping in 2010, Command & Conquer 4 will introduce a multitude of innovations to the classic fast and fluid command & conquer gameplay while retaining the core compulsions that fans have come to love over the series
Torqx SSD warranty 10 years update
Yesterday we mentioned that the new Patriot Torqx M28 would get ten years warranty. What was a bit unclear if that warranty was supposably only for that product or the entire Patriot Torqx line.
BTW read our Patriot Torqx 128GB review right here.
We just got word back and it's really good news, all models now carry 10 years warranty even if you already purchased one a while ago:
Just sending a quick note to make sure that we recently announced that all our Torqx SSD warranty has been extended from 2 year to 10 years.
This is retroactive and valid for everyone who has bought our Torqx!
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Biostar and MSI Intro New G41-Based Motherboards
Biostar Microtech International, the company has just announced the introduction of a new series of motherboards based on the aforementioned G41 chipset from Intel. The new lineup includes several motherboards, all of which are designed to support Intel processors and enable users with the performance of the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 GPU. Part of the new Biostar series, we should mention the new T41 HD, G41D3G, G41 DVI and G41-M7 models. Being among the leading vendors of motherboards, MSI has also put Intel's G41 chipset to good use, launching a series of new products based on said platform. Part of the new series, MSI has made available no less than 7 boards, including the G41M-FIDP, G41M-FD, P41T-C33, P41T-C31, G41M-F and the flagship G41TM-E43, as well as the G41TM-E63. Designed using solid capacitors, the new models have been featured with embedded D-Sub, DVI and HDMI ports. In addition, MSI has included the Easy OC Switch technology, which will enable users to easily overclock their PCs through the BIOS-located
40nm GeForce G210 and GeForce GT 220 released
In an awefully silent web-update NVIDIA today apprantly released two 40nm parts. It's introduced with such stealth that they didn't even inform technical press about it. Which makes us wonder why really ...
The two new parts are the rumored GeForce GT 220 and GeForce G210 and are to be considered the lowest of low-end, aka OEM and budget parts. The G210 will support analog VGA, DisplayPort and DVI outputs while the GT 220 has VGA, HDMI and DVI.
The GeForce G210 has 16 processor cores and a 589 MHz CPU clock speed; that's paired with 512 MB of DDR2 memory with a 64-bit interface and 500 MHz clock speed. Its shaders run at 1402 MHz. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 220, it has 48 shader processor cores and a 615 MHz clock speed, paired with 1 GB of GDDR3 memory with a 790 MHz clock and a 128-bit interface. It has a slightly slower shaders clock speed of 1335 MHz. Neither of the two cards is expected to be available directly to consumers, both offerings are marked as OEM products and meant to be entry-level options in pre-built PCs.
According to the available specifications, the new cards should provide a low-level of performance, comparable to the company's current GeForce 9400 and 9500 GPUs. Both cards will be based on a PCI-Express 2.0 interface and will also provide users with some of NVIDIA's own technology, including the support for PhysX and CUDA applications.
The cards are designed using TSMC's 40nm chips and will only be available to OEMs, mainly due to TSMC's issues with supplying the new 40nm chips.
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Patriot Doubles Cache for SSDs and adds 10 Year Warranty
Patriot Memory today announced the release of their Torqx M28 Series with capacities in 128 GB and 256 GB. The new SSD units are now backed by a new industry leading 10 year warranty for all Torqx SSD products.
The Torqx M28 SSD has been specifically designed with cutting-edge technology by increasing the DRAM cache from 64 MB to 128 MB of cache in conjunction with its current NAND flash technology. The ultimate result is an SSD that allows faster transfer rates between the controller and the host device. Compared to today
Auzentech Launches X-Raider and X-Studio Sound Cards
Auzentech announced the immediately availability of the Auzen X-Raider 7.1 and X-Studio 5.1 sound cards. These sound cards provide an affordable upgrade from the onboard audio built into desktop PCs, and are ideal for improving audio from games, music, and movies. The Auzen X-Raider 7.1 is a PCI sound card with swappable OPAMPs for all channels, SPDIF(Optical) In/Out, internal digital output via two-pin connector, support for HD front panel audio, Magic Voice, Microphone Echo, key-shifting, Xear3D, EAX 1.0/2.0, A3D and DirectSound.
The X-Studio 5.1 is a low profile PCI Sound Card with a swappable front-left and front-right channel OPAMP, internal digital output via a two-pin connector, support for QSound Labs 3D Surround Engine driver, and HD front panel audio. Both sound cards are compatible with Intel and AMD processors and Windows XP or Vista.
Super talent Pico Mini USB drives
Super Talent today introduced their new line of colorful and trendy Pico Mini USB drives in capacities from 2GB to 16GB. The Pico drives, Pico Mini drives are built using COB technology which enables squeezing impressive Flash capacities into extremely small packages.Super Talent Pico Mini drives are water resistant, and support up to 200X transfer speeds.
The drives are offered in four bold colors that are color coded to four capacities, as show below. Each drive includes a springy matching keycord. At 32 x 15 x 3 mm (1.3 x 0.6 x 0.1 inches), Pico Mini drives are surprisingly tiny. Even more impressive, they tip the scales at merely 1.5 grams.