Seagate ships two-platter 1TB Barracuda
Unlike three-platter 1TB hard drives from Hitachi, Samsung, and Western Digital, Seagate's new 3.5" Barracuda 7200.12 spreads 1TB of capacity across just two platters, and Seagate says it's shipping these HDDs right now. The new 'cuda's platters have areal densities of 329Gb/in
Nvidia's 40nm GT212 to have 384 SPs GDDR5
New rumors appeared on the web on NVIDIA follow-up flagship product to be released later this year. The website Hardware-Infos came up with a bucket load of technical specs on NVIDIA's upcoming flagship. It's the GT212 architecture based on 40nm
GT212 is the follow-up to 55nm GT200b (GeForce GTX 285) which is currently rolling into production. It entails a die shrink to a smaller fabrication process and interestingly enough, a decrease in memory interface width. But more on that in a minute.
See, the memory interface of GT212 will decrease from 512-bit on GT200 to 256-bit, however, Nvidia will plant Hynix 7Gbps GDDR5 on the GT212. One of the most interesting facts is a healthy increase in the Shader domain of the GPU. The shader processor count of GT212 will go from 240 in GT200 to 384, and the number of texture mapping units will increase from 80 to 96.
Due to all the changes the number of transistors could jump towards 1.8 billion. Interesting stuff.
Thanks Cowie, for submitting this one.
Download GPU-Z 0.3.1
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. new update on GPU-Z is out and it supports the latest catalyst & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
* Fixed crash on systems without NVAPI (Win 2K, old NV drivers)
* Optimized RV770 BIOS reading code for speed (faster application startup)
* Improved voltage reading code for recent ATI cards
* Added support for fan speed monitoring on ForceWare 180.xx and up
* Added voltage monitoring for NVIDIA (GT200)
* Changed reading method for RV770 sensors, fixes race conditions with other software and on-board fan control
* NVIDIA 9800 GTX+ listed as 55nm now
* Added support for Intel Q43/Q45
* Added support for NVIDIA Quadro FX 4700 X2, GTX 295, GTX 285
* Added preliminary support for NVIDIA GT212, GT214, GT215, GT216, GT218
Download - Click here.
HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO 1024MB review
If there was one graphics card spectacular in 2008, it was the Radeon HD 4870 series. Yet this year a good number of games were released that actually make good use of a frame buffer larger than 512 MB.
Specifically at higher resolutions with a decent amount of Anti-aliasing and in DX10 games. Suffice to say we'll look at a 1 GB graphics card today. It's based on the Radeon HD 4870 and comes from HIS technology. The all new ICEQ4+ cooling based model. A spectacular looking graphics card ..
You can find this Guru3d review at this URL.
NVIDIA 40nm mobile GPU lineup
New info on the web outlines NVIDIA's plans for the mobile graphics market. In the first half of this year NVIDIA will introduce a mix of 55nm and 65nm notebook GPUs. The enthusiast market will get the G92b and G94b, while the G96b will be targeted at the performance market. For the mainstream notebook market NVIDIA will introduce new G98 and G98b cards.
In the second half of 2009 NVIDIA will transition its mobile GPUs to the 40nm process. The enthusiast market will get the GT212 and GT215, performance market will get the GT216 and the mainstream market will receive GT218 chips.
Nvidia is going to class their mobile GPUs as N10x this year and the confusing part is that it could be G9x based or GT21x based. However, the process technology will show which GPU architecture they belong to. Nvidia will transit all the G9x based mobile GPUs from 65nm to 55nm by quarter and it will be denoted by the suffix "1" behind their codename except for N10M GE1 which is still 65nm based. As for their marketing names, Nvidia is going to call them GeForce GTX 180M/170M, GTS 160M, GT 130M/120M, G 110M/105M.
THQ Air Combat Game Cancelled
An unannounced air combat game titled "Stormbirds," in development by Juice Games, was recently cancelled by THQ, according to former Juice artist Greg Calvert. Stormbirds was set for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC--before THQ apparently got cold feet.
As a result, the team of over 30 developers was laid off by Juiced owner THQ [via ggmania].
Verbatim Launches New 500GB and 1TB Quad Interface Desktop Hard Drives
XFX starts selling ATI cards
I winder if that green logo is going to be changed. Recently XFX announced that they'll be selling ATI cards soon as well. They just announced the first batches of cards. From the looks of it these are all reference models with a sticker slapped on top of them.
|XFX HD 4350||512MB ddr2||44 euro|
|XFX HD 4650||512MB ddr2||64 euro|
|XFX HD 4650||1GB ddr2||73 euro|
|XFX HD 4830||512MB gddr3||123 euro|
|XFX HD 4850||512MB gddr3||165 euro|
|XFX HD 4870||512MB gddr5||230 euro|
|XFX HD 4870||1GB gddr5||258 euro|
Microsoft: We can Fix that for you.
Microsoft Windows operating systems like Windows XP and Windows Vista provide troubleshooting options for errors that occur in your PC and sometimes provide a link which can have a solution for that error. But finding a proper fix has always been a difficult task for many. Sometimes we may think why can't Microsoft fix this for me?
The Fix-it teams' http://blogs.technet.com/fixit4me/default.aspx purpose is to help users fix their problems in a click of a button. The Microsoft KB articles and the Windows Error Reporting are now fix-it enabled with a list of steps that can be followed to resolve the issue. Once you click the Fix it button in the KB page, you are prompted to download an installer for the fix.
Apparently Screaming is bad for your HDD
Download GeForce ForceWare 185.20 XP|Vista driver
At the request of many of you we mirrored this new NVIDIA GeForce beta driver set.
In the wake of the new year, NVIDIA's GeForce Forceware drivers have surfaced. While being in a beta stage the 185.20 Forceware provide support for NVIDIA's upcoming products namely the GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285. All other GPUs GeForce 6 Series onward are supported as usual. The driver is dated for 26-12-2008. The package includes PhysX system software version 8.11.18. Drivers for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP ,also tested and worked with windows 7 ultimate 32-bit (use the vista 32-bit one). We can't stress enough that this is a BETA release. It's not supported whatsoever. So If it doesn't work for you ... don't complain.
Before installing, we have a discussion thread open on these drivers, right here. Please read that first before trying.
ATI RV770 to have 900 stream processors
German PC Games Hardware writes the the ATI RV770 (Radeon 4850 and 4870) actually has 900 stream processors, but that only 800 of them are currently activated:
The RV770 is supposed to have 900 stream processors of which only 800 are currently activated . The RV770 would theoretically improve its shader performance by 12.5 percent with the additional 100 stream processors.
According to Hardware-Infos the additional ALUs are only used due to redundancy reasons. Technically the activation of the 100 shaders would not provide any advantages in practice except for GPGPU computing. It is nothing new that AMD installs more stream processors than actually needed since chip defects can be compensated very fast. The chips on which all stream processors are working can also be sold as upgraded models.
900 stream processors are supposed to be seen on this GPU picture.
Intel to intro energy-efficient Core 2 Quad chips
Intel will unveil a trio of 65 Watt quad-core processors on January 18th. Furthermore, the chip giant will also drop the price of the Q8200 from $193 to $183. The faster of three is Core 2 Quad Q9550e and this CPU will work at 2.83GHz with FSB 1333 and 12MB cache. At launch it will cost $369. Then we spot the Core 2 Quad Q 9400s, clocked at 2.66GHz with FSB 1333 and 5MB cache.
This CPU will launch on January 18th and sell for $320. The last of these new, 65W TDP energy efficient CPUs is Q8200s and this CPU with FSB1333 and 4MB cache will sell for $245 at launch.
Winner Guru3D Christmas 08 Contest
It's time to pick a winner for the Guru3D and Gigabyte 2008 Christmas contest. We had nearly a thousand proper answers submitted and from all the good answers we have drawn a random number corresponding to the chronological arrival of the email entries.
The winner is Daniel Peterson, Daniel lives in Toledo, Ohio - USA where his package with the GeForce GTX 260 OC 896 MB (Core 216) and GA-EG43M-S2H motherboard will be shipped to first thing on Monday. Congratulations !
Some of you had a hard time spotting the hidden Santa, other had it within a minute or two. The location where Santa could be found was the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5P X58 motherboard review on page 8.
Thanks everyone for joining the competition, thanks to Gigabyte making the contest possible,it's always good to spread some Christmas cheer.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 surfaces in stores
In Hong Kong the first GeForce GTX 285 already is selling in the stores. GeForce GTX 285 will be a respin product based on the GeForce GTX 280. The new GPU however is based on a 55nm production node and apparently should be roughly 10% faster. This product will be announced on January the 8th 2009.
When we look at prices we see something interesting though, two HK stores sell them at 3399 and 3200 Hong Kong dollars respectively. This is roughly 299 EUR. Perhaps we'll see a price fall as well (though that is speculation).
According to the specs the GTX285 will have a nice 183W TDP (maximum watt peak) where the GTX280 was at 236W. The reference clock was 600MHz and now is 648MHz, the shader domain was 1300MHz and now is 1476MHz, and memory remains at 1100MHz (x2).
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.13 Driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.13 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers. 1.Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887 2.Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887 3.HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices 4.OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Windows2000, Vista x86/x64 5.Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) 6.Add/Fix 1.)
Driver Package R2.13
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Driver :
- Driver :
Download - click here.
A-DATA XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure
A-DATA unveiled a RAID enclosure that puts two 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs into a single 3.5-inch bay. The XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure has a hardware switch on its backplate that lets you quickly select between its seven different RAID modes: RAID0, RAID1, JBOD, Span, SAFE33, SAFE50 and GUI. There
Microsoft might cut 15k jobs January 15th
Microsoft are reportedly planning to lay off 15,000 members of staff, almost 17 percent of its 90,000 employees worldwide. The cuts are predominantly expected to affect the company