AIDA64 v1.70 released
FinalWire released AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.
The new AIDA64 release further strengthens its solid-state drive health and temperature monitoring capabilities, and implements support for the latest graphics processors from both AMD and nVIDIA.
New features & improvements
- LGA1155 B3 stepping motherboards support
- Preliminary support for AMD
AMD lowers processor prices
The largest price drop is for the Phenom II X4 905e, is actually went from $165 to $100, with second in line the Athlon II X3 405e CPU which now retails for $72, 25.8% lower than before.
AMD's Phenom II X6-series processors also saw an interesting price drop as the 1100T Black Edition is now available for $205, compared to its previous $239 MSRP.
In addition, the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition is now available for $185, the same price as the recently released X4 980 Black Edition which is 10 USD cheaper then at launch yesterday.
Corsair adds three Builder PSUs
Corsair introduced a trio of new Builder Series CX V2 power supplies. The Builder Series CX V2 is the successor to the current CX family of PSUs, offering 80 PLUS
Leaked slides hint on AMD Bulldozer and Llano performance
Tech Report writes leaked slides from Donim Haber give a rough indication of the performance of AMD's upcoming Llano and Bulldozer processors:
The most interesting slide of the bunch illustrates the relative performance of a number of AMD's upcoming APUs versus three different Sandy Bridge CPUs. Results are provided for 3DMark and PCMark Vantage, and things look pretty grim on the CPU front. None of the Llano-based A-Series APUs come close to matching the PCMark score of even the Core i3-2100. The lone Bulldozer example, an eight-core model, barely beats the Core i7-2600K.
Things look much better for AMD if you focus on the 3DMark scores, which show the A-Series APUs trouncing Sandy Bridge's integrated GPU. That matches yesterday's assertion that Llano's integrated graphics component will offer three times the performance of Intel's HD Graphics.
Check the slides
ASUS AMD 990X motherboard surfaces
I guess long before Computex all AMD 990X motherboards will have leaked onto the web. Here's the first one from ASUS called the ASUS M5A99X EVO, an upcoming Socket AM3+ motherboard for AMD's Zambezi processors. The motherboard has twop x16 PCIe slots and as announced by NVIDIA, will carry SLI support albeit in a 8:8 PCIe lane configuration.
The AM3+ Black socket is powered by 8-phase Digi+ VRM, cooled by a large heatsink that sits next to the northbridge heatsink.
We see six SATA 6 Gb/s ports from the SB950 southbridge and a another controller drives two additional SATA 6 Gb/s internal ports. Techpowerup reports that Other connectivity features include at least two USB 3.0 controllers made by ASMedia (ASUS subsidiary), two internal USB 3.0 ports by header (for front-panel or bracket), and probably two more ports on the rear panel. There's Realtek-made 8-channel HD audio, a gigabit Ethernet connection, and VIA-made FireWire controller.
AMD FX-Series processors natively support DDR3-1866 MHz memory standard, there are four DDR3 memory slots wired to the socket, support dual-channel memory. Click the thumbnail.
Intel Transistors use New 3-D Structure for 22nm node
Intel Corporation has announced a significant breakthrough in the evolution of the transistor, the microscopic building block of modern electronics. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a three-dimensional structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing.
Intel will introduce a 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate, first disclosed by Intel in 2002, into high-volume manufacturing at the 22-nanometer (nm) node in an Intel chip codenamed "Ivy Bridge." A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
The three-dimensional Tri-Gate transistors represent a fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar transistor structure that has powered not only all computers, mobile phones and consumer electronics to-date, but also the electronic controls within cars, spacecraft, household appliances, medical devices and virtually thousands of other everyday devices for decades.
The Witcher 2 Combat Overview
Mass Effect 3 Delayed
One of these games that people really dig is Mass Effect. Well it's official, Mass Effect 3 will not be released for the Christmas season this year. The latest installment of BioWare's popular mature-themed sci-fi franchise has been delayed until the first quarter of 2012.
Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. The development team is laser focused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds everyone
Intel INF Update Utility 184.108.40.2060
The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs to the target system the Windows* INF files that outline to the operating system how the chipset components will be configured. The INF Update Utility is Primarily intended for Intel 6, 5, 4, 3, 900 Series Chipsets
Thermaltake eSports Chaser MKI Chassis
To present a brand new Thermaltake Group to all gamers and users, Thermaltake launches brand new e-sports chassis , Chaser MK
Seagate first to debut HDD with 1TB platters
Seagate today unveiled the world
Razer improved Goliathus mousepads
Razer announces that the Razer Goliathus has been redesigned and reinforced to ensure your soft mouse mat swiping experience is more hardcore than ever before.
Maintaining the same well-loved, speed-enhancing and control-precise features, the redesigned Razer Goliathus mouse mat delivers maximum performance to propel you to gaming stardom. Now imbued with a dense, anti-fraying and long-lasting stitched frame, your mouse mat stays sharp for consistent tournament ownage.
NVIDIA GPU marketshare keeps shrinking
The latest GPU marketshare data from Jon Peddie Research reveals NVIDIA once again lost ground to both AMD and Intel in the graphics market.
The biggest winner was Intel, but AMD didn't do too bad. In fact, JPR says AMD saw a greater increase in raw shipments than Intel (15.4% vs. 9.7%) between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011. Nvidia wasn't so lucky, purportedly suffering a 28.4% decline over the same time period. Good thing Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips are showing up in so many new tablets, because apparently, folks are giving GeForces the cold shoulder.
AMD June launch schedule revealed
Details on AMD's plans for June seem to have finalized. It starts on June 1 with the introduction of the Llano APU, the Sabine notebook platform, the 900 series chipsets and the VISION 2011 line at Computex.
Next is the E3 show on June 7, at this event AMD will reveal the AM3+ platform as well as the new FX brand and logo. On June 13 the company will talk about the Fusion ecosystem at the company's Fusion Developer Summit, and on June 14 it will present the Sabine/Lynx platforms at its Client Launch Event in Seattle, WA.
Tc-mag reports: The whole AMD-flavored madness will begin on June 1st at Computex where the company will reveal its Sabine notebook platform (powered by the Llano A-Series APUs), the 900 Series chipsets (there will be FM1 parts for Llano and AM3+ parts for Zambezi/FX Series CPUs), and the VISION 2011 line (basically includes all desktop/notebook/netbook platforms for this year).
Moving forward to June 7th, this is the day on which AMD will officially unveil the FX Series processors (Zambezi) and the AM3+ platform. The 6/8-core Zambezi chips will have their debut at E3 in Los Angeles.
Have a peek at the leaked slide.
Ubisoft Launching Movie Studio
Ubisoft is launching a brand-new division called Ubisoft Motion Pictures, dedicated to adapting its game properties to film and television. UbiMovie hasn't done anything yet but it does have an impressive variety of properties at its disposal that should translate nicely to the big screen, including the obviously sequelizable Prince of Persia franchise, Assassin's Creed, Call of Juarez and the many Tom Clancy franchises. That's no guarantee of success, but it's not a bad place to start.
Ubisoft's Paris-based film division is headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp. Gallic producer Didier Lupfer ("Gainsbourg") is in charge of production and development, while Jean de Rivieres, former topper of distribution at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France, handles marketing and international sales.
Some of Ubisoft's hot proprieties include "Assassin's Creed" and "Splinter Cell." Ubisoft's "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" was brought to the bigscreen by Jerry Bruckheimer, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. The 2010 pic grossed about $335 million worldwide.
Fallout: New Vegas DLC Packs Detailed
The Bethesda Blog now offers details on three upcoming DLC packs for Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian's action/RPG sequel, saying all three will receive simultaneous releases for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 for $9.99 USD (or 800 space bux) each.
Available on May 17, Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah
Intel HD Graphics 220.127.116.111 drivers
These are HD drivers for Intel integrated processor chipsets like in Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy bridge processors and Intel Core i3/i5 series 500/600 Dual-Core processors based on the Clarkdale core.
- Intel Wireless Display 2.1 with Blu-Ray playback enabled
- Enjoy all of your personal and online content on a big screen with a simple wireless connection. With a laptop featuring Intel Wireless Display and powered by a visibly smart 2nd generation Intel Core processor, you can sit back and experience your favorite movies, videos, photos, online shows and more on your TV with great image clarity and sound. More info.
- Intel Wireless Display features include: 1080p, HDCP 2.0 output protection, and <250ms Display latency for improved user interactivity.
- Intel WiDi now supports playback of protected content using Blu-ray Players and Intel Insider. More info.
- Intel InTru3D Stereoscopic 3D video playback over HDMI1.4 enabled. (Requires stereo 3D capable hardware and video playback software.)
- Left 4 Dead 2: Game now plays with correct brightness. Also fixes issue on multiple Source Engine titles (Alien Swarm, Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, Portal)
- Mafia II: Game demo no longer crashing
- Dead Space: Artifacts appearing on certain scenes eliminated
- Prince of Persia: Eliminated artifacts exhibited when 4x anti-aliasing enabled
- Unigine: Heaven Benchmark 2.1 application now runs in OpenGL mode
- Dirt 2: Corrected textures and eliminated reflection artifacts seen during game play with DirectX 9 MSAA enabled
- Fallout: New Vegas: Fixed minor artifacts and pixel flickering
- Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts: Fixed minor terrain artifacts
- Split Second: Fixed artifacts and incorrect textures
- Fixed power management issues in 16-bit color depth mode.
- Fixed movie area shake when the overscan set
- Resolution now correctly reported as 1920x1080 when connected to a HDMI TV
- System now maintains correct display scaling after reboot.
- GOM Player: Video runs correctly in full screen mode.
- MPEG2: Fixed the occasional system hang while playing MPEG2 video.
- Corel VideoStudio Pro X4: Fixed occasional application crashes
- Display: Occasional notebook display flickering when running in battery mode corrected
- Display: Display now enumerates after resuming from Hibernate state (S4)
Download Intel HD Graphics 18.104.22.1681 drivers
Download - Daum PotPlayer 1.5.28025 Updated
Supports almost every available video formats out there. PotPlayer contains internal codecs and there is no need to install codecs manually. Other key features include WebCam/Analog/Digital TV devices support, gapless video Playback, DXVA, live broadcasting. It's been described on the Internet as The KMPlayer redux, and it pretty much is. Distinctive features of the player is a high quality playback, support for all modern video and audio formats and a built DXVA video codecs. A comprehensive video and audio player, that also supports TV channels, subtitles and skins.
Key features of Daum PotPlayer:
- Support for most audio/video formats and DVD.
- Internal DXVA video codecs (H.264/AVC, VC-1, MPEG2) and EVR (Windows 7 only).
- Hi Quality playback and low resources usage.
- Support all types of subtitling.
- Skins, logos, color themes.
- Digital TV devices support. Live broadcasting.
- and much, much more...