Windows Vista SP1 support being retired on July 12
Vista's Service Pack 1 will exit all support on July 12, this month's Patch Tuesday. According to Computer World, that will be last time security updates will be issued for the operating system.
Microsoft supports its business products for 10 years, the first five in what it calls "mainstream support," and the second five in "extended support." In extended support, only companies with special contracts get non-security fixes. Microsoft does continue (in most cases) to provide security fixes for all persons and companies during the total ten year period. This situation is different from Office XP, which is now officially being retired. Vista SP1 users can upgrade to Vista SP2 and receive further support. Microsoft released SP2 for Vista in May of 2009
Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 arrives at Guru3D
- GPU Chipset: Barts XT
- GPU Clock: 900MHz
- Stream Processors: 1120
- Multi-GPU: CrossFireX
- Memory Size: 2048 MB
- Memory Type: GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 4200MHz
The Club 3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 features the CoolStream thermal solution and is bundled with the latest DirectX 11 Dirt 3.We are starting up the review as we speak, have a peek at some photo's we took, click the thumbnails.
HTC buys S3 graphics
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the signing of definitive agreement to sell all of its shareholding in S3 Graphics Co., Ltd. (
OCZ VCA 2.0 announced
Lian Li PC-V600F High-End Mini Tower Case
Lian Li announces a new edition to their V series of PC cases with the release of their Mini Tower PC-V600F. Available in Black, Silver, and Red, as well as All Black (internal and external), this high-quality, all-aluminum computer case sports a grated front-panel design, three cooling fans (two with LED lighting), lots of build space with hot swappable capabilities, multiple USB 3.0 ports, and all the anti-vibration and tool-less features enthusiasts know are the markings of a Lian Li design. In short, another solid PC chassis from the Taiwan-based company.
Two, great looking, 120mm LED lit fans on the front-panel pull cool air into the case while one 120mm top-panel fan expels heated air at the back of the case. Directly below the PSU mount on the bottom of the case, a vent helps to bring in cool air and is protected by a washable air filter. Venting in the PCI brackets on the back-panel further aids thermal flow.
Two HDD cages, using thumb-screws with rubber suspension for tool-less installations, hold up to five 3.5
Intel 22nm Ivy Bridge benchmarks surface
Some benchmark results of Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processor with 1155-pin socket have surfaced on the web, you can check it out at Asian tech site Coolaler. The results were published by overclocker Coolaler, they show the performance of a 1.80GHz engineering sample.
Coolaler's BIOS and CPU-Z screenshots reveal that the CPU has two cores, four threads, 512KB of L2 cache, and 4MB of L3 cache. The images also confirm the 1.8GHz speed, which is presumably a ways below what we'll see on the finished product. We are, after all, talking about one of the first CPUs based on Intel's brand-new 22-nm fab process
ASUS WX Lamborghini wireless mouse
ASUS has released the WX Lamborghini wireless mouse which is now available in Europe for around 38EUR. It's available in black or white.
Apparantly there's also a limited edition yellow unit in the pipeline. The mouse measures 106.5 x 68 x 36 mm and features a design inspired by the Lamborghini Concept S, 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity with a range up to 10 meters.
The mouse has a 2500 dpi laser sensor with four buttons, a scroll wheel resembling the rims of the Diablo sports car, and leather-like side grips. Check it out.
Gigabyte ECO500 wireless mouse with 12 month battery life
Gigabyte shows off the ECO500, a new wireless laser mouse that promises a battery life of up to 12 months.
Serious gamers spend more time on PC than consoles
During March and May, research firm Newzoo surveyed over 20,000 gamers from a range of countries. Based on the data (#1, #2, #3), Newzoo estimates that US consumers will spend $21.6 billion on games in 2011. Most of that ($8 billion) will go to console titles, but the PC isn't far behind.
Combining categories for retail-boxed and downloaded games pegs the PC gaming market at $4.3 billion. MMOs, which are primarily played on the PC (WoW madness), are good for another $2.6 billion, bringing the total to $6.9 billion. Mobile, casual, and social-networking games are expected to rake in slightly less: $6.7 billion combined.
Of the populations aged 10-65, with internet access, Germany has the highest proportion of gamers, where 66% of the population are active players. Next is Mexico with 57%, Russia with 53%, UK with 52%, Brazil with 47% and USA with 42%.
GTA IV iCEnhancer 1.2.5 BETA
The iCEnhancer mod is one for the graphics enthusiasts. The full engine mod adds several beautiful effects and higher resolution textures to the PC version of GTA IV.
The latest version is 1.2.5 BETA, and if you watch the preview video above you can clearly see how much better this makes the game look. Do ignore the stuttering in the video though, that
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK review
In this article we'll take the MSI GTX560 Ti HAWK edition for a test spin. In the reference review you guys learned that NVIDIA has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to the baseline performance of the GTX 560 Ti, the overclocking potential however was also really impressive.
The MSI GTX560 Ti HAWK tested today indeed comes all customized and factory overclocked, armed with some military grade components and a robust build the dark PCB will carry a GPU clocked at 950 MHz and its memory at 4200 MHz, both thus a decent chunk faster than the reference clock products.
Check out the full article here.
Shuttle H3 6700P SFF computer
Shuttle has been around for years and years with some really cool small form factor computers that allow users to save space on their desktop and still use the normal monitor they already have. The latest computer in the SFF series from Shuttle is called the H3 6700P and this machine is aimed at professional users.
The H3 6700P uses the Intel H67 Express Chipset and second-generation Core i7 or i5 processors. The machine supports up to 16GB of RAM and offers HD audio as well. The little board inside the computer has 7.1 channel HD audio and gigabit Ethernet to round out the main features of the computer. The machine supports up to 500GB of storage in drive bay one and has an additional drive bay supporting another 500GB HDD if needed. The machine also has space for a single optical drive.
Graphics for the computer are AMD FirePro or optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The SFF rig has eSATA, USB 3.0, mic in, headphone in, and various buttons on the front panel. It has a single PCI x1 v2.0 slot inside along with a PCI-E slot for graphics cards and a mini PCI-E x1 slot for an optional WiFi card. Pricing for the computer is unknown.
Sony PS4 to enter production before year-end?
DigiTimes reports Sony is planning to start production of its PlayStation 4 console at the end of this year. The site reveals little details, except that the console will feature body movement-based control like Microsoft's Kinect technology. The expected launch of Sony's next-gen console is 2012 if the information is correct.
Sony will have Taiwan-based partners begin production of PlayStation 4 (PS4) featuring body movement-based control like Kinect at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, assemblers of PS3, will undertake assembly of PS4 as well, the sources pointed out. The planned shipment volume of PS4 in 2012 is at least 20 million units, the sources indicated.
AMD prepping Brazos-T platform for Windows 8 tablets
AMD is working on Brazos-T, a new platform designed for Windows 8 based tablets. Expected to enter production in Q2 2012, Brazos-T will consist of the Hondo APU and the Hudson M2T chipset.
Hondo will be made on 40nm process technology and will share a lot with today's Desna APU - two x86 Bobcat cores clocked at 1 GHz and Radeon HD 6250 (DirectX 11) graphics, but, according the leaked slides below, it's going to consume less power (2W compared to 4W) and have a lower TDP (4.5W versus 5.9W on the Z-01) than its predecessor. In terms of computing power Hondo doesn't seem to bring anything new but it's obvious power draw will be lower and thus better suited for tablets. The Hudson M2T chip comes with a TDP of about 1W and is also 'power-optimized'.
Check the thumbnails.
Gears of War 3 game leaked onto torrent sites
An unfinished but near full-featured 7.5GB sized version of Gears of War 3 has leaked onto the Internet over the weekend. According to a poster on the website NeoGAF, the leaked build of Gears of War 3 includes the full single-player campaign and all the multiplayer options. The game will only be playable on a modified 'JTAG' version of the Xbox 360. It is also said to be very buggy at the moment. The game isn't due out until September 20 and is considered perhaps the biggest exclusive for the Xbox 360 this year. Naturally, Epic is working hard to try and contain the leak, or at least punish those that are responsible for it, claiming it is working closely with their security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. The company was also quick to assure that the leak does not represent the experience players will have with the real thing.
Update:Epic told GameSpot that the footage released by those with the development build of the game is not from the current game build, and is also not accurate to what the current build offers. Their wording was as follows:
"We have seen the reports of Gears of War 3 content being propped on the web and [we are] working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. This content is not from a final build and is not representative of what fans will enjoy when the game launches worldwide on September 20, 2011".
SW:The Old Republic - Bounty Hunter Trailer
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Improved active monitoring graphs list control in "Monitoring" tab reduces list flickering when hovering mouse cursor over it
- ReadMe file is now provided in RTF format instead of plain text format
- Now beta versions display notification messages informing you that it is about to expire soon in one week or less before the end of trial period
- Added update checking system
- Added RivaTuner-styled command line interface providing direct GPU and I2C device registers access. Logical AND, OR and XOR operations are supported in addition to regular read and write operations. Now MSI Afterburner can be used by vendors for pre-production custom VRM testing and calibration
- Added German localization
- Updated OSD Server:
- Added screencapture and videocapture support for Direct3D10 and Direct3D11 applications using BGR framebuffers (e.g. F.3.A.R.)
- Fixed Crysis 2 DX11 intro movies rendering issue when OSD is being displayed in raster 3D mode
- Updated profiles list
ASUS ProArt Series PA238Q Monitor released
Created to meet the needs of graphic designers and other professionals, the IPS-paneled ASUS PA238Q joins the ProArt Series of displays as a 23