X58 SLI compatibility Warning
Guys, if you are in the market for an X58 motherboard, as stated in our article, make sure that IF you want to go SLI now or in the future, that your motherboard actually is SLI certified.
I can't warn and stress this enough.
A good example here is this guy in our forums who purchased a Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 motherboard, as it turns out .. these board do not support SLI apparently, despite being tagged as SLI certified on the NVIDIA SLI zone (that's horribly fucked up really).
So if you have SLI in mind, read the specs and double-check. Or base your purchase of a review, but don't buy an X58 motherboard blind without verifying it's SLI compatible or not, unless you are certain that it is.
OCZ launches fast 60GB, 120GB and 250GB Apex SSDs
Offering your notebook or desktop system the incredible benefits of flash-based technology, The OCZ Apex Series delivers the performance and reliability of SSDs at less price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. The OCZ Apex Series is the result of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including new internal RAID 0 architecture, updated controller design, and speedy 230MB/sec read and 160MB/sec write speeds. With its three levels of solid state offerings, the Apex will be positioned between the premium Vertex Series and the value oriented Solid Series. OCZ continues to place flash mass storage technology within reach of the average consumer with the Apex Series and delivers on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.
The Apex Series is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing to extend battery life for notebooks with low power consumption, increase access time, and provide a durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives with superior shock resistance. With fast access and seek times combined with excellent reliability, the OCZ Apex Series SSDs are the answer for consumers demanding this latest storage technology.
The OCZ Apex Series drives feature a durable yet lightweight alloy housing, and because OCZ SSDs have no moving parts, the drives are more rugged than traditional hard drives. Designed for ultimate reliability, Apex Series SSDs have an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) ensuring peace of mind over the long term. All Apex Series drives come backed a two year warranty and OCZ
Finally, I can type on a Klingon Keyboard
Kaplah ! Diary of a Star Trek fan: I
Logitech Harmony 1100 remote receives 2009 CES Award
The advanced Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote control delivers powerful home-entertainment control through a customizable, 3.5-inch full-color touch screen. Logitech
Seagate Barracuda drives failing en masse?
The issues are common enough that data recovery firms have reported significantly higher failure rates on 7200.11 drives than on other Seagate models or storage from other vendors.
Although Seagate has reportedly acknowledged the problem and issued a firmware update with a fix, those with existing drives aren't being offered more than replacement drives that often have the same issue. The company has also taken to deleting posts on its forums suggesting possible fixes and insists that customers aren't entitled to additional compensation besides the warranty.
Seagate officials have reportedly ignored requests for comment on the drive failures.
ASUS and Gigabyte suffering from low demand
Lower-than-expected shipments of Intel's 4-series chipsets have caught motherboard makers off guard, leaving Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology carrying overstocks of 4-series-based motherboards which are rapidly depreciating in value as Intel prepares to launch its next-generation chipset series, according to motherboard industry sources.
Shipments of 4-series products have been low due to declining market demand and competition from low-cost PCs, the sources commented.
First-tier motherboard makers took on large inventory amounts from Intel under concerns they may lose supply priority or price discounts, the sources claimed. Asustek Computer is said to have taken the largest hit and currently still carries an inventory of 6-7 million units, equivalent to around NT$6 billion (US$180.57 million) in value, while Gigabyte Technology is said to be holding an inventory worth NT$4-5 billion, according to sources at the companies.
Microsoft: Xbox 360 users not interested in Blu-ray
"Even though our market sources indicated Microsoft Corp.
Mirror's Edge for PC Ships
Mirror's Edge is a unique first-person action adventure where players are introduced to Faith, a 'runner' in a world where communication channels are highly monitored and the movement of information is closely watched. When Faith's sister gets framed for murder, Faith finds herself on the edge of the city, on the wrong side of the law. The PC version of the game uses the NVIDIA PhysX physics engine to bring the world of Mirror's Edge to life with real-world visual effects of wind, weapons impact, and free-motion movements. Gamers can download the free demo available now at the PlayStationStore and
Download NVIDIA PhysX System driver 9.09.0010
Download NVIDIA PhysX System Software, this update is compatible with AGEIA PhysX processors and CUDA ready GeForce GPUs
This driver Supports all AGEIA PhysX Processors and GeForce PhysX. This driver will allow you to select and dedicate a GPU to PhysX as well.
- Supports for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.
- Supports AGEIA PhysX processors and software runtimes (no change to PPU driver support).
- Includes the latest PhysX runtimes used in the latest game titles.
- The PhysX control panel can be found in the Windows Start Menu under NVIDIA Corporation.
Download: PhysX System driver 9.09.0010
Western Digital to Launch 2TB Hard Drive This Week
CoolIT Domino ALC review
A single self contained water-cooling based unit, that is very easy to install, looks downright sexy and even performs quite adequate as well. It almost sounds to good to be true at 79 USD right ? CoolIT definitely achieved to pull this one off and recently placed this product into the market.
The CoolIT Domino A.L.C looks downright fantastic, it's configurable, is long lasting, affordable and heck it performs pretty good as well. You know what? It's going to be a hit for sure.
Check out the review right here:
Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming with color GamePanel LCD
Giving you an arsenal of advanced gaming technology, the Logitech G19 keyboard for gaming is the first Logitech keyboard to feature a color GamePanel LCD. The tiltable, 320-by-240-pixel display provides valuable in-game information for over sixty games, including World of Warcraft (requires installation of included Logitech GamePanel software). In addition to in-game information, the screen can show VoIP communication data, clock, CPU load, or other non-gaming specific items such as pictures or videos.
And you can easily switch among types of information
pureSilicon announced first 1TB 2.5-inch SSD
This represents a major advance for the storage industry since it combines maximum density with high performance and low power demand. Four of these drives deliver 4TB in the same space as a standard 3.5-inch HDD, so server footprint requirements and energy consumption in data-intensive applications can be considerably reduced.
The 1TB Nitro SSD is the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor -- at least three times greater than any other SSD on the market. This high density in a small form factor has been achieved through innovative engineering techniques coupled with advanced industrial design that yields an exceptionally thin enclosure.
This Nitro line of high-performance solid-state drives is designed for applications where data throughput and power consumption are paramount: server, networking, datacenter, supercomputing, and professional media. These applications require fast transfer speeds and involve the storage of massive amounts of data. pureSilicon has benchmarked these drives at speeds approaching the maximum bus speed of SATA II (300 MB/s).
Availability is slated for Q3 2009, pricing is unknown.
Eidos considering to give Lara Croft a makeover
Times Online writes Eidos is considering to give its Tomb Raider series a makeover, because the latest Lara Croft game didn't do as well as expected. One of the things Eidos is considering is to make Tomb Raider more female-friendly:
Eidos is considering revising the look and play of her Tomb Raider adventures, which may see efforts to make her more female-friendly, in an attempt to revive sales of games starring the pneumatic archaeologist.
Robert Brent, the chief financial officer of Eidos, said:
Gigabyte works on three 10-inch netbooks
Since the company's netbook products offer higher specifications than those of its competitors, prices are around US$150 higher which limited shipments to only 25,000 units last year, Ma pointed out.
Ma revealed that Gigabyte is currently adjusting its operating strategy and is hiring research and development personnel, despite the poor economy, and hopes notebook and netbook shipments will be maintained or increase slightly this year.
Of the three 10-inch netbooks, two will be designed in-house while the third will be handled by Quanta Computer. All three will be priced starting at US$400, although the company is considering a model priced below US$300 for emerging markets.
Top 10 Selling PC games USA
It's time for a new NPD chart. These are the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending Jan 1.
Dang ... The Sims again on spot #1
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard
- Spore - Electronic Arts
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life - Electronic Arts
- World of Warcraft Battle Chest - Blizzard
- Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks
- Left 4 Dead - Valve/EA
- Call Of Duty: World At War - Activision
- World of Warcraft - Blizzard
- The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff - Electronic Arts
The Godfather 2 Trailer
OCZ jacks up Vertex 2-ssd to 550MBps
The drive is insanely fast as this internal quad raid drive can write at up to 480MB/s and read around 550MB/s, depending on the size of the files. This is specially the case with big files and in reality at this speed you might copy a 20GB file in just 41.66 seconds, and we are sure that video editing guys are going to love these numbers. In order to achieve thee speeds you will have to get to SATA 3.0, as SATA 2.0 is maxed out at 300MB/s per device. SATA 3.0 on the other hand gets you all the way to 750GB/s which will be enough even for Vertex 2.
This drive will come the market in late Q1 2009 and we reckon it will be ready for Cebit. Here is a test running with the ATTO disk benchmark.