Gyration offers up new Air Mouse Elite for your HTPC
One of the biggest problems with putting a computer in the living room for some users is finding a way to store and use the mouse and keyboard needed for navigation. Gyration has announced a new product today called the Air Mouse Elite that doesn
AMD six-core desktop CPU expected by mid-2010
AMD is planning to introduce a six-core desktop processor by mid-2010. This chip will aim at Intel's Gulftown, which is expected to be available in Q2 2010. AMD will be at a disadvantage though, as its chip will be 45nm while Gulftown will be 32nm.
It is likely that AMDis tweaking and optimizing Istanbul to make it more suitable for Desktop usage. AMD
Students to get Windows 7 for $30
I sometimes do not understand why Microsoft only does these things for the USA and UK. Students in the UK and US with a valid email address (an email address given by the college or university, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) will be able to purchase Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional (upgrade versions) for #30 and $30 respectively.
The offer will run until 3 January 2010 when the prices will revert to normal.
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AV123 ELT 525M 2.0 speaker kit review
The PC audio niche has exploded in recent years. The idea that audio lovers didn't need to use small plastic PC speakers seemed a revelation to some and a very basic notion to others. The addition of even modest audio gear meant for the living room seemed to easily surpass any speakers meant for PC use.
AV123 concentrates their efforts on building high quality, high end home theater gear, everything from satellite speakers, to full towers, subwoofer and ELT electronics can be found at AV123.
As such we test a complete stereo monitoring system comprised of their ELT 525 Mini-Monitors in a Cherry Finish, a Class-D speaker amplifier from Tweak City Audio and last but not least some Matrix-2 speaker cables from Ultra Link to tie the system together, breaking away from all the plastic garbage speakers available on the market today. But does it make a difference ?
Check out the full Guru3D review here.
Auzentech X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Revealed - Sneak Peak
We have a bit of an exclusive look at upcoming Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 PCI-E Audio Interface for you guys today. The Bravura is a new 7.1 soundcard from Auzentech powered by the Creative Labs X-Fi audio processor.
Please understand this card is in the very early stages of development and the board design and final design are subject to change. Without further delays, let
News of the day: Stargate Pyramid Case Mod
OCZ Z-Drive PCIe solid state disks now shipping
OCZ announced its Z-Drive PCI Express solid state disks are now available. The memory company introduced two versions: the SLC-based e84 and the MLC-based p84. The Z-Drive e84 ships in 256GB and 512GB capacities, it features read speeds of up to 800MB/s, write speeds of up to 750MB/s and up to 16,000 IOPS (4k random write). The Z-Drive p84 is available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities, this model promises read speeds of up to 750MB/s, write speeds of up to 650MB/s and 10,000 IOPS (4k random write).
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), today unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express Solid State Drive (SSD) designed to meet the stringent demands of enterprise computing clients. Unlike other solutions, the Z-Drive provides a cost-effective formula of performance, reliability, and upkeep for enterprise customers and their applications which require the benefits of solid state drive technology, but have previously been hesitant to adopt competing products due to the sheer cost of implementation.
Radeon 5700 GPUs priced from $149-$199?
Read it well, 5700 not 5800. It is not rumored that ATI could be unleashing a slew of new GPUs in the coming weeks.
Apparantly ATI plans to introduce Radeon 5770 and 5750 GPUs right around the Windows 7 launch in October. The cards will supposedly be priced from $149-$199, with $5-$15 mail-in rebates also as an option. With the debut of the 5700 series GPUs the 4800 series would hit EOL (end of life) status real soon in the upcoming months. The 5750 will replace the 4870 at $149, while the 5770 would replace the 4890 at $199.
Obviously it remains to be seen how the 5700-series cards will perform in comparison to 4800 series, we expect pretty good though.
CoolIT Systems Debuts WS 240
CoolIT Systems, the global leader in innovative liquid cooling solutions for high performance computers, announces the WS 240 custom liquid cooling for Nehalem-based processors. Using similar technology to the highly decorated Domino ALC, the WS 240 utilizes a 240mm radiator and two water blocks to provide aggressive liquid cooling performance for both CPUs. This ensures maximum performance gains, reduced system noise, improved reliability, and enhanced longevity of all system components. Users have the option to switch between three operation modes with the simple push of a button satisfying the need for quiet or the desire for over clocking performance.
The WS 240 is factory sealed ready to be quickly and easily installed into most E-ATX supporting chassis. Mounting hardware for the Intel 775/1366/1156 socket is included along with a specially engineered retention mechanism which ensures an optimum interface with the CPU and limits the weight on the motherboard to well below the maximum specified by CPU manufacturers.
"Nehalem is all about power efficiency, and a big element of that is heat dissipation" remarks Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. "One of the premier advantages of Nehalem is Turbo Boost Technology that takes advantage of the processor's power based on thermal headroom. With our cooler, the margin is maximized so the clocks are as fast as possible."
PC enthusiasts and system builders can contact CoolIT's customization services department to custom build the cooler to meet the exact specifications of their system for around $270
Addonics hardware SATA port multiplier
The HPM XA can be had in system versions that plugs into a PCI slot in your computer chassis or an enclosure version for connecting to SCSI enclosures and other enclosure types. Both of the versions have the same hardware capabilities.
The port multipliers can turn one SATA port into five ports that can support both optical and storage drives. The port replicators can also support RAID arrays and have an integrated buzzer to warn when there is a RAID error. The device sells for $99 in either version and works with Windows, Linux, and Mac systems.
VIA unveils EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX mainboard supporting H.264
HD video is very much in demand for products that are small and have low prices. This is what makes the netbooks and nettop flooding the market so popular today. VIA has announced its latest pico-ITX board for very small form factor devices that can still support playback of full 1080p video over HDMI.
The board is called the EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX mainboard and it uses the latest VIA VX855 media system processor. The processor allows the small system to play H.264 video at full HD resolution. The device provides hardware acceleration for VC1, WMV9, MPEG 2/4, and H.264 codecs.
The board measures 10cm x 7.2cm and uses the fanless VIA Eden ULV processor. The system supports up to 2GB of RAM and requires no fan. The device also has HDMI out, a VGA port, and a pair of USB ports.
NVIDIA's GT300 yields pretty bad ?
Aaah, so many rumors -- which we tend not to take surious as well are not that kind of website.
This one is just too interesting though, so allow me to be a gossip queen for once. There's this rumor that NVIDIA's GT300 (upcoming GPU for their high-end graphics cards) is yielding really bad.
As the rumor goes a short while ago TSMC produced four GT300 wafer samples. It is reported that first batch of four 300mm wafers only had seven valid GT300 chips.
To get an idea -- there are 104 GT300 GPU chips per wafer. 7/（4x104）=0.01682 So that's 1.7% of working chips. Good yields should be about 50% -20%.
Assuming this is the 40nm node, which we believe it is, it seems TSMC has got aquite a challenge ahead of itself. Hopfully this can be improved soon.
But then again, this is a rumor at best and nothing else.
Corsair launches HX650W PSU
Corsair introduced the HX650W, a new 650W modular PSU that offers a single +12V rail that provides up to 52A. The unit has 80 Plus Bronze certification and features an ultra-quiet 120mm fan.
The HX650W joins the multi award-winning HX750W, HX850W and HX1000W as part of Corsair
Intel puts up a fight against $1.45 billion EU fine
As you guys know Intel Intel accused Europe's top antitrust regular of failing to meet the required standard of proof when it fined the chipmaker $1.45 billion in May for anticompetive practices against AMD.
The company said it would appeal, Intel seeks to annul in whole or in part the European Commission's decision, annul or reduce substantially the level of the fine imposed, and order the Commission to pay Intel's legal costs.
Intel noted that it would appeal, and the company recently laid out its case against the European Commission, the administrative wing of the European Union. In a nutshell, Intel argues that the EC:
- Failed to address evidence that AMD was increasing market share during the period in question;
- Failed to establish a causal link between Intel's discounts and customer decisions not to use AMD;
- Failed to analyze how those discounts impacted consumers at all;
- And failed to stick to legal procedures as it decided to fine Intel.
AMD Athlon II X4 620 review
AMD releases their Athlon II X4 620 and 630 quad core processors. That first one, the 620 will be priced at sub 100 USD prices, meaning you get to enjoy and reap the benefits of multi-core processing for 100 USD. These are the cheapest quad-core processors to date.
AMD switched over to the less expensive 'Propus' design for the Athlon II X4 620 and 630. Propus doesn't have any physical 6MB L3 cache at all. That does have an effect on performance yet as the results show, the processor performance however definitely remains good enough for pretty much any application. Standard desktop workload, Photoshop, even video editing thanks to the four cores is really do-able.
Check out the review right here.
Gigabyte custom Radeon HD 4770
A Turkish game website under the name Videokonsolu reports Gigabyte is going to launch a new custom-design Radeon HD 4770 graphics card. Here are the specifications:
40nm RV740 GPU
640 Stream Processors
750 MHz GPU
3200 MHz Memory
1 GB GDDR5
Ultra Durable VGA with Solid Capacitors and 2oz PCB
DirectX 10.1, Crossfire X, UVD 2.0
Intel to Focus IDF on Shift to 32-nm 'Westmere' Chips
According to sources on the web Intel has begun producing 32-nm "Westmere" chips, the focus of the company's Intel Developer Forum in two weeks.
Intel plans to announce on Sunday night that is has begun manufacturing its 32-nm shrink of its Core microprocessor line, which the company refers to by the umbrella code name of "Westmere". Those chips will be spearheaded by the so-called "Dales" chips -- "Clarkdale" for the desktop, and "Arrandale" for the notebook -- which will contain an Intel CPU and graphics core together in the same package. Arrandale is expected to ship during the fourth quarter of 2009.
Intel is also expected to announce that its has developed a system-on-chip technology to complement its CPU efforts, leading to improved versions of its SoC efforts for the consumer, commercial, communications, and other markets. In addition, Intel plans to announce new transistor improvements.
Intel will also talk about a new second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistor formula, which will give Intel "a 3+ year advantage in addressing leaky and energy inefficient transistors," according to a blog post from Intel spokesman Bill Kircos. Intel has shipped more than 200 million 45nm CPUs using high-k+ metal gate transistors, Kircos will say.
The Intel Developer Forum will begin on Sept. 14 in San Francisco, a frequent venue for what Intel refers to as its "geekfest".
As always, Guru3D is not invited for IDF.