Acer updates Predator to Core i7, GeForce GTS 250
Sjeesh .. seriously WTF .. a GTS 250 for a flagship product only ? Acer released the specs and pricing for its upcoming Predator-series flagship PC, the ASG7710-A41.
The upgrades to the gaming PC include a 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 CPU, which is faster than the 2.93GHz i7-940-based model currently available in the US. The new PC retains the same Intel X58 Express chipset and 1TB hard drive, but ups the ante with two NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 graphics cards with 1GB of RAM as opposed to the US model's single GeForce GTX 260. Both share 6GB of RAM, however, with a maximum capacity for 12GB.
Otherwise there is a Blu-ray disc drive, 11 USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, a multi-card reader, four DVI-D ports, and two gigabit Ethernet connections. Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit is the preloaded OS, and a G15 keyboard and G9 laser mouse is bundled with the system.
While an exact ship date is not available, the PC will cost the equivalent of $2,730. A US release is expected soon after the European launch.
Windows 7 Family Pack to cost $150
Microsoft provides updates about the upcoming Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack editions. Here's a snip about the Family Pack, it costs $149.99 and features three Windows 7 Home Premium licenses:
Today, most homes have more than one PC in them. When you run Windows 7 on more than one PC on a home network, you can do more with features like HomeGroup. HomeGroup allows people to connect to PCs on their network and share files, music and photos with the whole family
Hacker finds critical exploit in Apple Keyboard
A dangerous exploit for the Apple Keyboard was presented at DEFCON 2009, a security researcher nicknamed K. Chen demonstrated he had found a way to infect the firmware of the Apple Keyboard. The attack gives attackers complete control over your Mac and can not be fixed by formatting your hard drive because the code nestles itself in your keyboard. The hacker claims the only practical way to get rid of this infection is to throw away the infected keyboard.
Mr. Chen also explained that he had been working with Apple to come up with a solution, but that he feared Apple may be selecting the weaker fix by only blocking future revisions of Mac OS X from infecting the keyboard. This would not prevent the keyboard from being hacked by another computer running something other than the latest version of Mac OS X nor does it guarantee that a patched Mac OS X computer can
Topower Tiger 1200W PSU announced
Topower has introduced the Tiger 1200W PSU, this model has an efficiency of over 80 percent, a titanium mirror-like finish and modular cables with REMI cable coating to reduce EMI interference.
"The beauty of this power supply is that it
ATI DirectX 11 Family codenames
We already know that the DX11 class graphics cards from ATI fall under the family codename 'EVERGREEN', as recently seen on Computex. But it seems that ATI has sub-codenames for each product seperated, check this out:
ATI's DX11 class Evergreen family will contain five products. Since the flagship X2 version is made up of two GPUs, there are four code-names assigned for the initial product lineup.
NVIDIA: 11nm GPUs with 5000 Stream Processors in 2015
Over at the Design Automation Conference NVIDIA
HP 2709m LCD display surfaces
HP revealed a brand new display yesterday called the 2709m, which is actually the largest LCD for the mainstream computer market. Measuring in at 27-inches, it sports 1080p and could serve as a TV as well.
This display has an HDMI input as well as VGA and DVI inputs, making it possible to hook up your DVD player or other home entertainment gear. With a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1 and an anti-glare coating, a bright, colorful picture is to be expected.
Other features include tilting ability and a built-in 4-watt speaker system. You can get the HP 2709m LCD display starting today for about $500 directly from the company
AMD triple and quad-core Athlon II plans out in the open
A page at MSI's website accidentally reveals details about AMD's upcoming triple and quad-core Athlon II CPUs.
All of these processors have one thing in common: they lack L3 cache, unlike their Phenom II brethren. (Even the dual-core Phenom II X2 550 carries 6MB of L3.) That omission should translate into lower clock-for-clock performance than triple- and quad-core Phenom IIs, but also lower prices. Reports from a few months back suggest that AMD may introduce these new CPUs in September.
Intel Core i9 32nm Gulftown Pixelized
Chinese website Expreview published a photo and some screenshots of Intel's Gulftown, this 32nm six-core LGA1366 part is expected to be launched in the first half of 2010 under the Core i9 brand. The sample operated at a frequency of 2.4GHz (18x133MHz) and features a massive 12MB L3 cache.
Gulftown will be socket 1366 compatible and work with all X58 motherboards after a BIOS upgrade. I can tell you I am looking very forward to this processor. Check out the thumbs.
MSI P55-GD80 Lynnfield Motherboard Preview
We have a nice preview to offer you guys on the upcoming MSI P55-GD80 Lynnfield Motherboard. This board has a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board controls for clock-speeds, clear-CMOS, OC-Genie, a DIP switch to control voltages, and voltage-sensing points that make measuring voltages convenient.
Apart from the Intel P55 chipset, it uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip. And next to the six standard SATA II ports an additional JMicron controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector.
Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and 14 USB ports make for the rest of the package. This is easily one of the more appealing P55 motherboards we have seen to date ...
Check out this Guru3D preview right here.
Lian Li PC-8N mid tower-launched
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-8N Mid Tower chassis ideal for PC systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM) to pump cool air into the chassis where it exhausts out the rear fan (1x 120mm@1200RPM). The 7x PCI expansion slots are vented and assist with airflow. The chassis front face has 4x 5.25" ODD bays and a 3.5" drive bay. The front face clips off easily and conveniently. The dimensions stand at 210x450x490mm (W, H, D). The top panel is removable and the entire system has smoothed edges, and an anti-vibration design.
The chassis supports 4x 5.25" Optical drive bays with 1x 3.5" external. The HDDs have a specially designed cage that secures them snugly via thumb screw struts supported with rubber grommets. The entire cage secures the HDDs via a patented slider bar that secures all the HDDs simultaneously. The PC-8N midi case is for Micro-ATX or ATX motherboards and has 7 PCI expansion slots, which are well ventilated with special vented brackets when not in use. The top panel is removable with the multimedia I/O ports on the front panel consisting of 2x USB2.0 as well as HD+AC97 Audio. The PSU fits securely at the rear top of the chassis.
The engineers at Lian Li have optimized the airflow to enter from the front 120mm fan, directly cooling the HDDs and ODDs and thereafter refreshing the CPU region. The hot air generated by the CPU and GPU is directly extracted via the rear 120mm Fan which allow for silent operation. The volume of airflow is more than sufficient to keep your PC system cool and conveniently silent.
The classical stylish functional design is the Lian Li goal. The essence of Lian Li products is the craftsmanship of the engineering. Intrinsic to the workmanship and quality is the customization which includes a whole host of optional extras that can be purchased to add more features to an already feature rich product.
EIZO launches New FlexiScan WUXGA Professional-Grade Monitor
We talked about this monitor back in june already, but it's finally released. EIZO Japan released it's latest 24.1 inch LCD monitor, the FlexScan S2433W-H.
Thios monitor is obviously targeted at graphics professionals, this monitor sports a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (WUXGA). It provides a brightness of 360cd/m2, and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. The EcoView and EyeCare features adjusts brightness to best suit the ambient lighting conditions, and work to conserve energy. The panel has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees.
The monitor comes with DVI-D (HDCP capable), D-Sub, and DisplayPort. It is able to reproduce 96% of the Adobe RGB colour-space.
The price seems to be 94 800 Yen which is higher than we originally expected (700
Samsung 8500-series HDTVs: LED local dimming and widgets
Samsung have unveiled their latest HDTV range, the 8500-series, complete with local dimming for the LED backlighting and Yahoo!
OCZ launches Z-Series Gold Power Supply
OCZ Technology Group announced the availability of the Z-Series power supplies, the latest high-end enthusiast offering excelling in both performance and ultimate efficiency. Featuring 80+ Gold Certifications, the Z850 and Z1000 PSUs offer the highest efficiency on the market combined with a power output to meet exceptional system demands.
The Z-Series power supplies are immediately available in 850W and 1000W configurations to meet the system needs for high-end gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts. The Gold Certified Z1000 (1KW) and Z850 (850W) PSUs deliver over 90% efficiency at typical load, making them an excellent contender for high-end PCs and workstations that require maximum wattage and efficiency. Both the 1000W and 850W are available in modular and hard-wired configurations, offering choice and variety for case-modders, enthusiasts, and overclockers.
Featuring exceptionally clean DC output, a sophisticated architecture, and a complete array of connectors for your PC needs, Z-Series PSUs can power an impressive cross-section of high end components while contributing to energy savings. The Z-Series offers the most efficient design in its class, and comes backed by a 5-Year warranty commitment and technical support for ultimate peace of mind. The Z-series is available for $299.99 (Z1000M), $289.99 (Z1000), $239.99 (Z850M), and $219.99 (Z850).
SilverStone GD03 HTPC case
SilverStone will start shipping the GD03 HTPC case next month, this model will be available for around 190 EUR.
A chassis designed for massive storage capability with a total available space of up to
Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium Driver 2.17.0007
This download is a driver providing Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista
SmoothCreations LANShark review
The aim towards durability may compromises its full speed, but the custom paint job totally makes up for it.
Of course, the mind fills with catch-phrases, tag lines, cliches, and one-liners. The oppression of a fertile mind! I just got a text message from Cptn. Obvious,
Logitech reveals new HD webcams
This webcam also has a 2-megapixel sensor, light compensation and Carl Zeiss lenses. Expected cost is to be about $100. The C905 was also revealed today, but it