Microsoft to offer Windows 7 upgrade version in EU
Due to the decision to include a ballot screen in Windows 7, Microsoft decided to cancel the special European editions, instead Europeans will receive the same version of Windows 7 as the rest of the world. Therefore, upgrade versions of Windows 7 will also be offered in Europe, but unfortunately this also means that the pricing of Windows 7 will have to be readjusted as Microsoft previously planned to offer the full editions of Windows 7 at upgrade prices in Europe.
As well as allowing for a Family Pack offer, it means that we are now able to have an upgrade version of Windows 7 available in Europe at launch. Windows 7 retail boxes will be available in both Full and Upgrade versions via pre-orders through Microsoft online stores where available and our retail partners starting September 1st and at General Availability on October 22. We will, however, continue to make Windows 7 N versions available that does not include Windows Media Player.
For customers who have already pre-ordered the full version of Windows 7 E in the EU
ATI DX11 Cypress launched as Radeon HD 5800 series
Drumroll --- ATI Cypress DirectX 11 GPUs will be launched as the Radeon HD 5800 series. Well .. duh.
It seems Cypress XT is the Radeon HD 5870 model, while Cypress Pro will be the Radeon HD 5850. The launch is said to take place in September, with broad availability slated for October around the same time as the Windows 7 launch, which is October 22nd.
- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- ATI Eyefinity technology with support for up to three displays
- ATI Stream technology,
- Designed for DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL
- Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
- Compliant with DirectX
SilverStone Raven RV02 tower hits Europe
Silverstone would like to intro their new chassis, the SilverStone Raven RV02.
The Raven RV02 midi tower improves the revolutionary stack effect cooling,debuted by the RAVEN RV01, with the use of three 180mm intake fans in an array. This effectively offers the most powerful but also most silent way to a "dust-free", positive air pressure case available on the market.
Overview of the features:
- The motherboard is positioned 90
Asus uBoom and uBoom Q soundbar speakers
Asus has released its uBoom and uBoom Q soundbar speakers that are aimed at folks who want to enjoy high fidelity audio and bass through a maze-like reflex port, where it will be channeled through speakers specially designed to be positioned within the audio sweet-spot of most rooms. Both models also come with USB 2.0 connectivity for audio output, adding to their convenience and mobility. The design is smart enough to let you "dock" your notebook, where its 2.1 notebook speaker is able to pump out 24W of audio power, while the uBoom Q is much more miserable at 2.4W power. There is no word on pricing or availability.
Littman Electronic Stethoscope
Not only in our enthusiast PC world hardware evolves continuously, but the medical sector always is fast with development as well. This one just makes sense when you think about it.
The stethoscope is one indispensable tool that a doctor possesses, and the 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope aims to bring a whole new dimension to practicing doctors by helping them diagnose various health conditions better, thanks to features including noise cancellation and sound augmentation.
Of course, it does help if the doctor has pretty good hearing to begin with, but that's not something major worth griping about. The 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope not only enables one to hear better, it also can record both heart and lung sounds in selected files, allowing software such as Zargis Stethassist to determine beating patterns and any irregularities that crop up. Surely the $379 price tag shouldn't come in the way of doctors doing their job better.
4nm processors by 2022
Okay okay, this is a long stretch but processor wise 45nm now is the standard and next wear we'll make a move to 32nm. But check out this little chart ... 4nm by 2022 ?
MSI nForce 980a SLI motherboard pixelized
Here's a new photo of the MSI NF980-G65 motherboard. The motherboard utilzies a NVIDIA nForce 980a chipset. It's expected to be available for around 140EUR.
The NF980-G65 supports all Athlon II and Phenom II socket AM3 processors.
Other than that you'll see DDR3-2133 MHz memory capability. When looking at the motherboard we spot three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E x1, and two PCI slots. You'll spot DVI and HDMI connectors as nForce 980a SLI has an embedded GeForce 8300 IGP. Otyher than that we see six SATA II ports. Realtek ALC889 CODEC for 8 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and the rest of the standard connectors.
The new ATX board features a 4+1 phase power design, four DDR3-2133 memory slots, three PCI-Express x16 slots, supporting AM3 processors with TDP of up to 140W.
Backed by NF200 chip to support 3-way SLI technology with full x16 slots, the board packs six SATA 3.0Gbps interface, Gigabit Ethernet, D-Sub/DVI/HDMI connectivity, and Easy OC Switch functionality for overclockers.
Corsair Launches DDR3 Memory for Core i5 and Core i7 Lynnfield CPUs
Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash
Terminator USB Drive Makes an Appearance in Japan
Terminator Salvation came out earlier this year, and if you liked it, then this new USB drive might just be the perfect thing for your desk. It
NVIDIA Forceware 190.62 WHQL released
We have a new WHQL GeForce ForceWare driver available.
New in Release 190.62
- Adds WHQL support on Windows 7 for Microsoft
Photo's ATI Juniper (Radeon HD 5850) surface
Some photo's leaked of what appears to be ATI new mainstream RV870 (Radeon 5850) graphcis card.
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.
ATI to launch DX11 cards in USA at USS Hornet carrier
Ahw shoot ! We are in the EMEA region and so will go to London.
USA press however will get an invite from ATI (AMD) for the press announcement which be held at a very unique loaction, at the USS Hornet aircraft carrier -- which turned into a museum and opened to the public.
The unveiling will of course be about ATI's 40nm DX11" Evergreen" series graphics cards. But man, man what a brilliant location.
NVIDIA new Power of 3 plan released
Interesting slides, when Intel is officially releasing LGA 1156 processors and P55 motherboards, NVIDIA will market it as their new Power of 3 plan.
It's the weirdest slide deck really as two out of the three parts come from Intel not NVIDIA, namely the LGA1156 processor and P55 chip, and P55 will not be the most enthusiast hardware really, especially with SLI in mind.
The P55 will have support for only 2x8 PCIe lanes if you use SLI, for more additional lanes motherboard manufacturers will have to purchase an additional NF200 switch chip .. which will never happen in the mainstream segment.
Anyway, have a look at some of the slides:
Free Batman: Arkham Asylum PC game w/ GeForce
Crysis 2 Movies Teaser Nanosuit
Logitech Announces Two New Mice Featuring Darkfield Technology
NVIDIA Windows 7 DX Compute presentation
Well, it's not exactly a secret that DX11 will come along with the new compute shader. NVIDIA held a presentation which shows huge performance gains Windows 7 machine is aided with an NVIDIA graphics processor.
Mind you that this will be the same for any DX11 class graphics adapter, and maybe even some DX 10 class graphics cards ;)
Go check out the thumbnails.
Razer Announces 17-key mouse for MMO Players
Over at Cologne, Germany, Gamescom is going strong, and companies like Razer are not letting the time slip by without some kind of announcement. In the case of Razer, they had a doozie lined up for this conference: a 17-key mouse, that looks like some kind of futuristic toy, which is called the Naga. It