NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M and 570M for laptops
NVIDIA introduced its most powerful laptop graphics cards yet; the GeForce GTX 580M and GeForce GTX 570M. The 580M looks like a mobile version of the GF114, it has 384 CUDA cores, 620MHz core, 1240MHz shaders, 256-bit memory bus and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 3GHz.
The GeForce GTX 570M likely has the same silicon, but with 336 CUDA cores, 575MHz core, 1150MHz shaders, 192-bit memory bus, and 1.5GB or 3GB GDDR5 clocked at 3GHz. Both chips support NVIDIA's Optimus technology but the company hasn't disclosed power consumption data yet.
Dell's Alienware M18x is the first laptop with these new GPUs.
NVIDIA today announced the world's fastest notebook graphics processing unit (GPU)(i), the NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 580M. Available now in the Alienware M18x, the new GPU sets new standards in industry leading benchmarks and games. It will also be available soon in the Alienware M17x notebook along with NVIDIA Optimus(TM) technology.
"The best game support. The best gaming features. The best gaming performance available anywhere. That's the essence of the GeForce GTX 580M," said Rene Haas, general manager of notebook products at NVIDIA. "With power like this, you can turn all the knobs to 11."
The first notebook PC to feature the GeForce GTX 580M, the Alienware M18x offers the option of two GeForce GTX 580M GPUs in one system for up to double the gaming performance, using NVIDIA SLI(R) technology. Not to be outdone, the Alienware M17x will offer the GeForce GTX 580M along with NVIDIA Optimus(TM) technology and will deliver 5 hours of battery life in Facebook, and 100 frames per second performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
"Gamers aspire to experience games at their highest settings," says Eddy Goyanes, product marketing manager for Alienware. "Alienware activates the technology designed to enable those aspirations. With the launch of the GeForce GTX 580M on the Alienware M17x, and a dual card option on the M18x, that synergy continues -- Alienware delivers the ultimate gaming experience."
GeForce GTX 580M GPUs are the fastest Microsoft DirectX 11 notebook GPUs on the market, offering up to six times the tessellation performance of any other notebook GPU.(ii) They are also more efficient, with up to 20 percent better performance per watt than the previous generation.(iii)
NVIDIA also introduced the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M GPU, which offers 20 percent faster performance than the previous generation product it replaces.(iv)
The power of GeForce GTX GPUs means gamers can play at full 1080p high-definition resolutions with the advanced technology features that set GeForce GPUs apart from the competition.
Google Android growing at 500,000 per day
Google's Andy Rubin revealed the search giant is now activating 500,000 Android smartphones and tablets per day!
Google's Android mobile operating system is growing like a proverbial weed, and is poised to get a new member to the company's vaunted Nexus family of smartphones.
Android creator Andy Rubin announced that he is now seeing 500,000 Android smartphones and tablets activated each day. That's up from 400,000 activations Rubin copted to in May at Google I/O and 300,000 he tweeted about last December.
Gigabyte A75 Llano motherboards
Gigabyte as well intro's its line of AMD A75 based motherboards for the Llano desktop APUs. It includes the GA-A75-UD4H, GA-A75-D3H, GA-A75-DS3P, GA-A75M-UD2H, GA-A75M-D2H, GA-A75M-S2V, and GA-A75N-USB3 mainboards.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched its latest series of motherboards supporting the new AMD A75 series chipsets, and the latest AMD A-Series APUs (codenamed Llano) that are set to take the world by storm with the best graphics performance ever seen on an onboard graphicsprocessor. GIGABYTE A75 based motherboards offer DIY PC builders and integrators a new world of 3D and multimedia performance with the most scalable, and best value upgrade path imaginable.
"At GIGABYTE, we are delighted to bring to market this new and exciting motherboard range, delivering our renowned durability and exceptional feature support to AMD's ground breaking APU technology," commented Henry Kao, VP of Worldwide Service and Marketing at GIGABYTE. "As well as bringing AMD A-Series technology to DIY users who demand excellent gaming and multimedia performance on a budget, these motherboards also offer a compelling upgrade path that includes Dual Graphics configurations."
GIGABYTE A75 Series Feature Highlights
AMD A-Series APU Support
GIGABYTE A75 series boards features an AMD A75 'Hudson' chipset supporting the latest 32 nanometer AMD A-Series APUs or Accelerated Processor Units. These processors are the first ever to combine a DX11-capable, high performance graphics processor with a choice of a dual or quad core CPU in one silicon die, offering a 3D gaming and multimedia experience similar to a discrete graphics configuration.
AMD A-Series Graphics: Discrete-class Onboard Graphics
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Fly-Through Video
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 review
The world of Solid State storage technology is full of surprises and the development rate is exceedingly progressive. As such we today test the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2.
Let me just throw some numbers at you to get that tickly in your belly ; 1500 MB/s maximum read performance, or what about 1250 MB/s maximum write performance ? No that still didn't do it for you ... well what about 200.000 IOPS (4K writes) ? Yeah that is where we have arrived in the year 2011. It's insanely fast, it will be insanely expensive but it is most definitely insanely sexy.
Check out this exclusive review right here.
ECS AMD A75 Motherboards Announced
With AMD Llano APUs soon on sale ECS will have a total of three mainboards powered by the A75 chipset, for the moment at least.
They carry the names of A75F-M, A75F-M2 and A75F-A (Black Deluxe) and are of the micro-ATX form factor, except for the third one, which is of the full ATX variety.
The A75F-M features 4 DDR3 memory slots, as well as six SATA 6.0 Gbps connectors, one PCI Express x16 port (for graphics cards) and four USB 3.0 ports, plus 8 channel audio (with S/PDIF) and three display outputs (D-Sub, HDMI and DVI).
Meanwhile, the A75F-M2 has only 2 DDR3 RAM slots, the same number of USB 3.0 connectors as above, 6 SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, one PCI Express x16 slot of its own and 6 channel audio, plus HDMI and D-Sub (DVI is optional).
As for the A75F-A Black Deluxe, it has five SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA, one PCI Express x16 slot, 8 channel audio with S/PDIF and four DDR3 RAM slots.
AMD to phase out Phenom II fast
With all the new APU's and FX processors on the horizon AMD will phase out older processors fast, VR-Zone reports that the Phenom II's are the first ones to go as AMD is expecting to have phased them out entirely by Q3, although this might have been shifted by a quarter by now, since as you can see, AMD expected to have both the A-series and the new FX-series out in the market at Q2, while they're only just making that date for the A-series:
"That said it's fairly certain we can expect the Phenom II's to be gone by Q4 this year and the Athlon II's are following the same destiny, although they might still be around early next year in small quantities if there's still demand for them.
By Q1 next year, unless of course AMD decided to delay its plans by a quarter, all we're left with is the E-series at the entry-level, the A-series as AMD's main product and the FX-series being AMD's enthusiast platform having what AMD seems to expect, a similar share with the E-series of its total shipments.
The current E-series of APUs will also be phased out with the single core E-240 being the first to go in Q4, having been replaced by the dual core E-300 model in Q3. The E-350 will hang around until Q1 2012, although it's more powerful sibling, the E-450 should launch in Q3 as well and it's going to be the really interesting part to watch as although it's only 50MHz faster it will feature an improved graphics core and support for faster DDR3 1333MHz memory.
On a side note, only AMD's A-series of APU's will support Blu-ray 3D playback, so if you're planning on building an HTPC based on the E-series, think again if you want to watch Blu-ray 3D content. This includes the socket FM1 E2-3200 as well, but overall it's a minor consideration for most consumers.
Google getting Steamy ...
CVG reports Google is poised to move into the gaming market with a new division called Games at Google. Some details about the project are revealed in a job ad:
Here's the full product manager job description for Google Games: "Rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business - Games at Google! We are looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy."
"You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more. In addition to designing a great user experience and building out key partnerships, you will be significantly influencing Google's social platform as you work directly with a critical set of early adopters, game developers."
"Interesting and impactful decisions involving social gaming, privacy, virality, business, and technical APIs await you and the strong, passionate team of gamers you will work with."
Enermax releases U.R. VEGAS USB fan
Enermax shows off the U.R. VEGAS, a new 120mm USB fan with 18 red LEDs and 7 light effects. The fan features a special magnetic skin pad, providing mobility and flexibility by enabling you to attach it wherever you need extra cooling. The U.R. VEGAS will arrive in July for around $20.
Think outside the case. Cooling fan is no longer stationary and hidden inside the case. U.R.VEGAS breaks the rule by special designed magnetic skin pad and USB power. U.R.VEGAS provides mobility and flexibility with its magnetic skin pad. It can be attached onto case and moved easily to anywhere that needs extra cooling. With 18 LEDs, the U.R.VEGAS not only shines 4 times brighter than other fans, but also has 7 switchable lighting effects for users to enjoy the fabulous light show.
U.R.VEGAS features patented Twister Bearing, which is a magnetic bearing type that does not deteriorate from abrasion like mechanical bearings, such as Sleeve or Ball-Bearings. Twister Bearing fans have long MTBF of 100K hours and low noise. For the safety purpose, a stylish fan guard is included with the package.
- Series: U.R.VEGAS
- Size: 120mm
- Item No. UCUR12-R
- Blades centering the light to increase brightness
- 18 red LEDs
- Color: Red (color identical to skin pad and blades)
- 7 light modes
- Speed (rpm): 1250
- Noise (dBA): 21
- Airflow (CFM): 52.51
- Airflow (m3/h): 89.21
- Connector: USB connector
- Accessory: Fan guard
DirectX 11 Package Crysis 2 Video
Yesterday the DirectX 11 Tessellation Package For Crysis 2 was released, I spotted this youtube video demonstrating the new eye-candy when you use the new patch / HR texture pack. Check 'r out:
Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Update
MSI A75 series motherboards unveiled
Ahead of the NDA on Thursday a hand full of motherboard manufacturers decided to already send out the press-releases on their AMD A75 based motherboards for Llano processors.
MSI, the global innovator in mainboard and graphics cards is pleased to announce that it is launching a complete line of AMD A75 chipset based mainboards supporting the latest AMD A8, A6 and A4 APUs. AMD
Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD review
Corsair added two new SATA 3 6G SSDs to their Force lineup, the Force 3 and Force 3 GT, with the 3 as indicator for SATA 3. The difference in-between the two products is to be found in its NAND flash memory, the GT will be a notch faster in throughput as it makes use of synchronous NAND flash memory, the regular 3 models will run one gear slower, yet still incredibly fast thanks to slightly cheaper asynchronous NAND flash memory.
Both drives come with that already famous SandForce SF-2281 controller to deliver at up to 550 MBps read and 510 MBps write speeds. We check out the Corsair Force 3 120GB.
Check out the review right here.
Super Talent Announces TeraDrive PT3 SSD
Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their next generation SSD, the TeraDrive PT3.
Featuring the SandForce 2200 processor, SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and Double Data Rate, ONFiTM flash, the new TeraDrive PT3 offers a significant leap in performance over drives offered just a few months ago. The union of these 3 new technologies has forever changed the storage landscape. Right out of the gate, this new generation SSD stretches well within the new found bandwidth promised by the SATA 3.0 bus and breaks the 500MB/s barrier in both Read and Write scores. The comparisons between SSDs and HDDs just became a little harder to justify.
The only SSD processor to compress data before writing, SandForce's unique set of technologies enables the new TeraDrive PT3 to offer enhanced performance, flash durability and data integrity. Add to that the introduction of ONFi, double data rate flash, and the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and we have one of the largest incremental leaps in performance that the storage market has ever seen.
"To reach this level of performance, just a few months ago, required two SSDs in a RAID array. Now a new generation NAND flash and the SATA 3.0 interface have clearly moved the performance bottleneck elsewhere", Peter Carcione, SuperTalent Director of Product Marketing.
Available in capacities 60, 120, 240 and 480GB, the TeraDrive PT3 begins shipping today.
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard Released
ASUS has now finally released the Maximus IV Gene-Z micro-ATX motherboard that is based on Intel's Z68 chipset and is designed to run LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors.
The Maximus IV Gene-Z includes an important number of advanced features like AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI support, ROG Connect support and an on-board Supreme X-Fi sound chip.In addition to the two PCI Express x16 slots that are required for dual-GPU setups, Asus has also included a PCI-E x4 slot.
Right next to it, users will find the on-board Power and Reset buttons as well as a BIOS debug LCD. Storage is provided by six SATA ports, two of the 6Gbps variety, and Asus has also included a USB 3.0 header which allows for two such ports to be routed to the front of the case.
Another two USB 3.0 ports can be found on the rear I/O panel along with an impressive number of USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA connectors, 7.1-channel audio with a digital S/PDIF output and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
This means that the Maximus IV Gene-Z is fully compatible with the LucidLogix Virtu on-the-fly graphics switching technology as well as Intel's Quick Sync technology. Smart Response is also supported. CPU power is delivered by a complex Extreme Engine Digi+ PWM with an 8-phase design that Asus claims it can deliver a whopping 250A of current to the processor.
The recommended retail price is set at $185 and the Maximus IV Gene-Z should reach retail store shelves soon. We have a review sample in-house btw, so expect a review anytime soon.
AMD Bulldozer Engineering Sample CPU Overclocked to 4.63GHz
It's all silent regarding AMD Bulldozer FX but but check this leak out, an FX-Series processor with an impressive 4.63GHz overclock.
The CPU that managed to achieve this feat seems to be an engineering sample of the FX-8130P and required about 1.5V in order to be stable enough to run the Super Pi benchmark at the above mentioned frequency.
The FX-8130P is supposed to be AMD's fastest desktop Bulldozer processor as it features eight processing core that are run at a base frequency of 3.8GHz. Based on the load placed on its cores, the chip can increase its frequency up to 4.2GHz thanks to AMD's Turbo Core 2.0 technology.
In addition to the four Bulldozer modules, the FX-8130P also includes 8MB of Level 2 cache memory and 8MB of L3 cache as well as an integrated dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR3-1866 modules.
Computerized Pop Stars (video)
HWMonitor 1.18 Released
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors on power supplies serie are supported too. The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
News and corrections
- Intel SandyBridge processors support: package temperature, Core/GT power real-time power meters
- AMD Llano (K12) and Bulldozer (K15) processors support
- New sensor chip: Nuvoton NCT7802