BenQ launches low-cost 16:9 G LCD
BenQ has quietly added to its G series LCDs with several new 16:9 aspect ratio computer displays that are said to lower prices and complement the 16:10 models that form the bulk of the line. The refresh starts off with the G2410HD and G2411HD/HDA, a round of 23.6- and 24-inch 1080p displays that tout an Advanced Motion Accelerator feature which the company claims improves both response time as well as brightness. Their input also ranges from just VGA on the G2411HDA to the addition of DVI on the G2410HD; these plus HDMI and stereo speakers are included on the G2411HD.
An extra pair of displays, the G2220HD and G2220HDA, are BenQ's smallest 1080p models and come with either DVI and VGA (HD) or VGA only (HDA).
Multiple 720p (1366x768) displays are launching at the same time and start from the analog-only, 15.6-inch G610HDA and move up through the 18.5-inch G910HD and HDA models as well as the 20-inch G2020HD and HDA. While lower resolution, the entry displays are focused on green tech and in the two smallest sizes have a dual lamp system that can scale back to lower-power lighting in dark rooms and save energy in the process.
Dynamic contrast ratios across the newer G series ranges between 10,000:1 and 40,000:1 with pixel refresh rates sitting at either 2ms or 5ms depending on the panel.
BenQ is vague on its release and says it plans to launch the displays in China by the end of this month, but with a "worldwide" release later this year. Prices haven't been mentioned.
Antec shows Nine Hundred Two case
Antec introduced their Nine Hundred Two high-performance gaming case. The successor the the Nine Hundred case was designed for increased cooling and maximized airflow. The case has a MSRP of $164, it has enough room for nine 5.25" drives and has several large fans to keep your components cool.
The Nine Hundred Two is designed to provide maximum cooling for gaming systems, which are known for exuding greater amounts of heat. Cooling features of the Nine Hundred Two include a perforated front bezel for superior air intake, and a massive top-mounted 200mm Big Boy 200
Albatron unveils 21.5-inch multi-touch LCD display
Albatron announced that it will release a 21.5" multi-touch LCD display in March, CeBIT time ? The panel will use Optical Touch Monitor technology, this works by tracking your movement with infrared light, optical sensors and reflection bars surrounding the screen on the edges of the frame. Albatron claims OTM is more cost-effective, durable and scalable than traditional touch panels.
Albatron's first OTM displays will be a 21.5" model with Full HD, 120Hz, DVI and VGA port. A USB 2.0 connection is used to relay the touch navigation data to your computer.
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Phenom2's price drop
The phenom2 940BE dropped from 269 euro to 229 and the phenom2 920 from 229 to 199, if thats not a nice bargain and makes the choice for choosing a new processor even harder then i dont know what is! Cant wait what AMD will have in store for us in the present future.
Using Cooler Master's Power Supply to Start a Car
Yes true, useless, unnecessary, makes no sense, waste of money, waste of time. But it is fun to watch and makes a good pun!
CoolerMaster figured, why the heck not ? Let's power up a car with our power supply.
Intel set to launch 5-series chipsets in First Quarter of 2010
News originated from several Taiwanese mobo makers: Intel is prepping several more mainstream chipsets to support its 45nm Lynnfield and Havendale processors. In addition to the forthcoming Intel P55 Express chipset, codenamed Ibex Peak and expecting to be launched at Q3 this year, Intel will release four more mainstream chipsets
AMD cuts prices on Phenom II x4
Quad core processor prices just got really interesting don't they ? Earlier today we reported that Intel was lowering it's prices. Now AMD is doing the same, significantly I must add.
It's reported that AMD has responded to Intel's processor price cut by lowering the prices of its new Phenom II X4 processors by 20 percent. The Phenom II X4 940 now sells for $225 instead of $275 and the Phenom II X4 920 dropped from $235 to $195.
AMD doesn't want to confirm the price cut over the phone, but the German site says online shops are now selling the Phenom II X4 for less than yesterday.
If you have not done so, check out our Phenom II X4 920 and 940 review here.
Rumor: No ATI RV790 at CeBIT
However, the site does believe AMD will introduce the RV740 at CeBIT. Well, only six more weeks to go before we know.
Intel lowered Core 2 and Pentium prices
Intel lowered it's Core 2 prices, and way more than initially reported. The prices shifted for its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, and Pentium processors-and the changes make some Core 2 Quad processors quite considerably cheaper! Quad pricing is extraordinary good.
AMD Phenom II X4 950 info surfaces
The one thing AMD is not very good at is keeping secrets. And you know what ? That's okay with me.
AMD could is preparing a new Phenom II processor clocked at 3.1 GHz for launch in April 2009, in the shape of the Phenom II X4 950. The chip, which is mentioned on a slide purportedly leaked from AMD themselves, has 8MB of total cache should be split as 6MB of L3 and 512KB of L2 per core) together with a 125W thermal envelope, support for DDR3 1333MHz memory, and a 4GHz HyperTransport interface speed.
The Phenom II X4 950 would be launched alongside the 3GHz Phenom II X4 945, believed to be a Socket AM3 version of the Phenom II X4 940. Meanwhile a number of slower Socket AM3 processors would switch from 125W to 95W thermal envelopes, boasting up to 2.8GHz clock speeds, compatibility with Socket AM2+ motherboards, and playing nicely with older DDR2 memory.
NVIDIA orders thousands of Samsung 120Hz displays
Gossip in the channel makes us believe that NVIDIA placed an order at Samsung for no less than 10.000 120Hz displays. NVIDIA is pretty keen on pushing forward their GeForce 3D technology (3D goggles which we will review asap). And to spice the bundle up a little, they want to offer a kit including the glasses and Samsung monitor.
120Hz is the optimal refresh rate for this technology to really enjoy it. I've played around with it a couple of times already adn it is quite the experience. The Samsung screens are 22" and have a native screen resolution of 1680x1050. There's no word on definitive pricing just yet though.
But one thing this kit is .. is exciting.
AMD 760G chipset debuts
AMD today announced the availibility of it's mainstream 760G chipset. The 760G chipset is AM2/AM2+ compatible, but as it's limited to DDR2, it looks like AMD won't enable it to work with AM3 processor, at least not for now. The 760G will be paired up with the SB710 which is a simplified version of the SB750 and gone are features such as RAID 5 and AAC.
The 760G platform is designed to be mated with the Athlon X2 7000 and is pitched as one of the least expensive chipsets to be capable of DirectX 10 and full OpenGL 2 graphics. It comes with a Radeon HD 3000-era core that the chipmaker claims is much faster than Intel's own GMA 4500 architecture: an AMD run through of World of Warcraft has it running at 31 frames per second even at 1280x1024 with high detail, or about 63 percent faster than Intel's 19 frames per second.
The hardware primarily scales back from the more advanced 780 and 790 chipsets by using the same reduced 350MHz clock speed as the 780V and by dropping HD video acceleration, though AMD still includes hardware acceleration of DVD video playback and 2D acceleration for scaling in Acrobat, Powerpoint and other visual apps that depend on scaling. The chipset optionally supports both DisplayPort and HDMI video out as well as Hybrid CrossFire, which lets the system switch from a dedicated Radeon card to integrated video to save energy outside of games or HD video.
Mainboards based around the 760G technology should start shipping almost immediately and should be priced at about $79 in models from ASUS, GigaByte, MSI and others; the companion 2.7GHz Athlon X2 processor costs the same amount.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T3 ECO 80 review
There are many chassis out there claiming to be silent, yet the minute it's fans spin up, your neck hair starts growing inwards back into the skin out of frustration. So we figured we'd look and test the Arctic Cooling Silentium T3.
Recently AC announced the Silentium series chassis. It comes with integrated powered supply and since they have a reputation to uphold .. the chassis been made silent all the way. So we'll take you through a photo-shoot, then install a system based around a Q6600... and grab the good old dBa meter to see how silent the chassis really is.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
Microsoft likely to be forced removal IE in the EU
Microsoft has received a Statement of Objection from the European Commission that finds the software developer has violated European competition law by tying Internet Explorer to Windows. Though preliminary, the message tells Microsoft that the forced bundling is unfairly excluding competitors from Windows PCs. It adds that the changes made to open competition as the result of a US antitrust ruling in 2002, such as letting PC vendors bundle non-IE browsers and change defaults, aren't enough to avoid violating European law.
The American firm doesn't outline its point of view in its response but says it will remain in "full compliance" with European law. Microsoft has the option of responding within two months and of asking for a hearing afterwards to discuss the finding before arriving at a conclusion.
Microsoft has repeatedly conflicted with the Commission over its software practices and most recently was subjected to a $1.4 billion fine for allegedly failing to reveal code that would let competitors' productivity and server software work as well as its own. The Windows developer has protested the fine but has had little success in overturning past rulings, having been forced to offer Windows without Windows Media Player.
I reside in the EU, but this is getting annoying isn't it ?
Stealth releases mini-PC
Stealth in a low-key move has unveiled a new flagship for its compact PCs that fills a performance gap. The LPC-650 is only slightly larger than a desktop DVD drive but fits in high-end notebook parts, including as much as a 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. Stealth pictures the new entry as a home theater PC and gives it both an HDMI port for HD, two analog video outs for regular sets, and built-in Wi-Fi with an external antenna for better reception.
In stock form, the headless PC costs $1,595 for a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, a DVD combo drive and an 80GB hard disk. Stealth opts not to preinstall an operating system for those who prefer Linux or alternatives but can preload Windows XP, Vista or Server 2008; home theaters and other custom installs can get mounting kits. Orders are already underway.
Laser hard drives promise 1Tbits/s data transfer
The Future of Things talks about the advances in the optical storage technology industry, the site claims we may see the first laser-hard drive hybrids within about five years. The first laser hard drives could reach speeds of 1Tbits/s while future femtosecond based laser drives may reach 100Tbits/s and beyond.
Although both major challenges have been solved, Stanciu still believes that it will take the industry approximately 5 more years before we can actually see commercial laser-hard drive hybrids. Even with the cheap picosecond lasers existing today, a laser hard drive could reach a phenomenal speed of about 1 TBits/s. In comparison, a top of the line hard drive today can reach a data transfer rate of about 1GBits/s, and advanced solid state flash drives can reach about 2-3 times that speed. In the more distant future femtosecond based laser drives could potentially reach unimaginable speeds of up to 100TBits/s and beyond.
Millions infected by new Windows Worm
The malicious program, known as Conficker, Downadup, or Kido was first discovered in October 2008. Although Microsoft released a patch, it has gone on to infect 3.5m machines. Experts warn this figure could be far higher and say users should have up-to-date anti-virus software and install Microsoft's MS08-067 patch. According to Microsoft, the worm works by searching for a Windows executable file called "services.exe" and then becomes part of that code. It then copies itself into the Windows system folder as a random file of a type known as a "dll". It gives itself a 5-8 character name, such as piftoc.dll, and then modifies the Registry, which lists key Windows settings, to run the infected dll file as a service. Once the worm is up and running, it creates an HTTP server, resets a machine's System Restore point (making it far harder to recover the infected system) and then downloads files from the hacker's web site.
Most malware uses one of a handful of sites to download files from, making them fairly easy to locate, target, and shut down. But Conficker does things differently. Anti-virus firm F-Secure says that the worm uses a complicated algorithm to generate hundreds of different domain names every day, such as mphtfrxs.net, imctaef.cc, and hcweu.org. Only one of these will actually be the site used to download the hackers' files. On the face of it, tracing this one site is almost impossible.
Please patch yourself up.