BenQ intros V-series Eco LED displays
Electronics afficionado BenQ has recently introduced two new LED-backlit monitors, the 24-inch V2400 Eco and 21.5-inch V2200 Eco. The V2200 Eco is said to be the world's first widescreen LED monitor of its size. Either has a 1080p resolution, and BenQ claims zero light leakage for both, helping them to achieve a very high 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The Eco in the name comes from an eco mode that reduces power consumption by 30 percent by managing brightness, power and contrast settings as well as totally mercury-free LED-lit panels.
BenQ also stresses that their thinner and lighter design saves on packaging, which itself has been revised to include recycled paper rather than styrofoam. Soy ink is used on the carton, with a set-up guide printed right on the shipping carton rather than a separate page. The user's manual, meantime, can only be found online.
The two new displays will begin shipping in China in mid-August, though pricing has not been revealed.
Operation Flashpoint 2 Vehicles Trailer
Codemasters sends along a new 'Vehicles' video for Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. The 'Vehicles' video showcases a selection of the exhilarating vehicles which feature in Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, including the Z10 Attack Helicopter which unleashes hell from the sky, the rapid response FAV Fast Attack Vehicle and Type-95 Self Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun.
Each vehicle is authentically recreated, complete with accurate weapon systems, and the extensive range of hardware demonstrates the diversity and devastating fire-power that contemporary fighting forces deploy into a combat zone. Developed and published by Codemasters, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is scheduled for an October 6 release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
MSI launches N275GTX Lightning
MSI introduced the new N275GTX Lightning, this GeForce GTX 275 based graphics card features the very best components, 700 MHz core frequency, 1792MB GDDR3 at 2300MHz, 10-phase PWM, Twin Frozr II cooling solution and several overclocking enhancements. The reality is that this card will be faster than a standard GeForce GTX 285 cards (!) .. and than has room for more tweakage.
MSI N275GTX Lightning Product Highlights:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
- GPU Clock: 700MHz
- Memory Clock: 2300MHz
- Memory Size: 1792MB GDDR3 (0.8ns)
- Military Class (Hi-c CAP/SSC/Solid CAP) for the highest quality components
- 10 Phase PWM for stable power supply under overclocking
- APS dynamic phase adjustment for 93% power efficiency
- Twin Frozr II thermal design is 23
ATI releases ATI Catalyst 9.8 for Windows 7 | XP | Vista
Though these drivers are not yet available on the official download page, Over at Quakecon Ian
Order of War Game Demo
recently release is the Order of War Game Demo. Order of War is the brand new World War II real-time strategy game published by SQUARE ENIX and developed by Wargaming.net. Featuring stunning graphics and a historically accurate campaign storyline, the main pull of the game is its unprecedented large-scale battles played out in a completely unique and captivatingly stylized cinematic experience. Players take command of an entire army, including infantry, artillery, armored fighting vehicles, and close air support, as they execute all-out strategic assaults based on key missions and operations from 1944.
Batman - Arkham Asylum Game Demo
Our for a little while, now the Batman: Arkham Asylum game demo. This title brings the universe of DC Comics
QuakeCon 2009 Rage Trailer
Windows 7 (Final) vs. Windows Vista VGA game performance
As such in this article we will check out the current Windows 7 drivers, look at performance in-between Windows Vista and Windows 7 and look at it's stability.
You can check out this article right here at this link.
Corsair preps Dual-Channel Kits Core i5 Processors
Intel's upcoming processor range will also make use of low-voltage DIMM memory, similar towards Core i7.
As such memory manufacturers are now creating specific SKUs to match the best DIMMs for Core i5. Corsair for example is working on specific DDR3 dual-channel memory to cater the new platform. Info on their XMS3 series memory leaked and as it seems they will release four DIMM kits in speeds of DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600
Interesting is that there also will be a kit utilizing 4GB of memory (2x 4GB and 2x 2GB.
- CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - 2x 4GB, DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24
- CMX8GX3M4A1333C9 - 2x 4GB, DDR3-1333, 9-9-9-24
- CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 - 2x 2GB, DDR3-1600, 8-8-8-24
- CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - 2x 2GB, DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24
Though 4 GB seems enough really, I expect that slowly we will now move onwards to 8GB in our systems, of course remember .. you need a 64-bit operating system to unleash and make available all 4 or 8 GB (!).
Samsung intros 256GB SSD targeted at gamers
Samsung has introduced their latest solid state drive (SSD), the 256GB FlashSSD, geared for gamers. The component is claimed to offer a five-fold improvement in data loading time compared to traditional hard drives, while running with lower power consumption.
The SSD utilizes a SATA interface and lists maximum sequential read rates of 220MB/s and write rates up to 200MB/s. Mean time before failure (MTBF) is rated at 1,000,000 hours, while the drive can handle operating shock up to 1,500G. Pricing information for the 256GB SSD has yet to be announced.
Frys sells Core i5 750
Wozers, what a mistake ... In the USA Fry's apparantly made a rather big booboo. Their online shopping card is already showing the yet to be released Intel quad-core Core i5 750.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q7600 shows up
Look at what Intel is about to release, a Core 2 Quad Q7600. The processor is based on 45nm and comes at a clock frequency of 2.7 GHz (13.5x MP) and 800 MHz FSB. L2 cache seems to be castrated towards only 2MB.
Corsair debuts 128GB Flash Voyager GT
Dang, 128GB on a flash stick ... Corsair introduced the Flash Voyager GT 128GB, this ruggedized USB drive features massive storage capacity and promises read speeds of up to 32MB/s and write speeds of up to 28MB/s. The MSRP is unknown, but a Dutch webstore currently has it listed for 336.22 EUR.
The newest addition to the award-winning, ruggedized Flash Voyager family, the Voyager GT 128 breaks through with a spacious 128GB of storage and blazing speed. Using a unique dual-controller design, the Voyager GT delivers read and write speeds near the limits of the USB bus. Nearly 75% smaller than a typical portable USB hard disk drive, the Flash Voyager GT 128 is the most convenient way to transport huge amounts of data, including high-resolution photos and artwork, HD video footage, massive databases, or even entire music collections.
Phenom II X4 965 BE processor review
AMD today launches their fastest quad-core processor to date, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. Head on over to the link below where we'll start up our in-depth review of the Phenom II X4 965BE processor. AMD's Phenom II processor architecture is really working out well for them. It's a problem free processor series, a very value aware processor, with very decent power consumption and more importantly for AMD, yields are just top notch.
As such, today they release a processor with an all new high clock frequency, yes... 3400 MHz, and why would they you might wonder? Well because they can, plain and simple.
You can find this Guru3D article right here.
Meet the Cosmos Pure (RC-1000K)
This reminds me very much of their black edition alright ! Have a look at what CoolerMaster is working on. It's another variety based of the Cosmos ATX chassis. This one will be called the Cosmos Pure.
Check it out, matte black coating, me likely. The chassis will be sized 266 x 598 x 628 mm, with a weight of 16.9 kg.
Air-flow in the expansion card area is guided properly by help a wind-flow tunnel. We also see several active 120mm fans, a bottom 120 mm intake, two 120 mm top exhausts and one rear 120 mm exhaust. There's room for six HDDs in a HDD drive bay (3.5")next to five 5.25" bays.
This little bugger won't be cheap though, expect a price of 249 EUR. Click on the thumbnails.
Intel Sandy bridge pending release in Q4 2010
Intel has scheduled the release of its 32nm Sandy Bridge processors for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to DigiTimes.
he architecture will exceed Nehalem and its condensed 32nm version, Westmere, the latter of which is set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2009. Sandy Bridge supports 4GHz clock speeds, with scalable CPUs using up to eight cores. The architecture also houses CPUs and GPUs on one die, unlike the two-die approach taken with Nehalem.
Sandy Bridge is similar in some respects to the six-core Gulftown processor, the price of which is expected to reach up to $1,500 for thousand-unit tray orders. Intel is meanwhile expected to continue shipping Nehalem-based CPUs alongside Westmere ones, indicating that the company does not intend to launch quad-core Westmeres for desktops or notebooks.
Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 prices and specs confirmed
The new Core i3, i5 and i7 processor line-up must be Intel's worst kept secret ever.
As you guys know, upcoming quad core Lynnfield based processor will be segmented in the Core i5 and i7 naming schema. Dual-core CPUs (32nm Clarkdale) will be segmented into Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium series. The Clarkdale processors will see the light into seven models, four will be launched under the Core i5 600 series with respective clock frequencies of 3.2 to 3.46 GHz, supporting for Hyperthreading and Turbo boost. Clarkdale CPU's will have a 4MB L3 cache and a TDP of 73W. The cheapest one seems to be $176.
Core i3 500 series Core i3-540 and 530 clocked at 3.06 2.93GHz will not come with Turbo boost yet do hyper thread to 4 threads. Both will be priced at $143 $123 respectively.
I've compiled a chart with the entire new range (including Core i7) making more sense of the upcoming processor launch. And mind you that at the initial launch only a few processors will be released.
|Model||LGA socket||Core/Thread||Clock||Turbo boost||L3 cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i7 975||1366||4/8||3.33||3.60||8||130||999|
|Core i7 950||1366||4/8||3.06||3.46||8||130||562|
|Core i7 920||1366||4/8||2.66||2.93||8||130||284|
|Core i7 870||1156||4/8||2.93||3.60||8||95||562|
|Core i7 860||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||95||284|
|Core i 870s||1156||4/8||2.80||3.46||8||82||337|
|Core i5 750||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||95||196|
|Core i5 750s||1156||4/4||2.66||3.20||8||82||259|
|Core i5 670||1156||2/4||3.46||3.73||4||73||284|
|Core i5 661||1156||2/4||3.33||3.60||4||73||196|
|Core i5 660||1156||2/4||3.33||3.60||4||73||196|
|Core i5 650||1156||2/4||3.20||3.40||4||73||176|
|Core i5 540||1156||2/4||3.06||none||4||73||143|
|Core i5 530||1156||2/4||2.93||none||4||73||123|
AMD CPU prices on Phenom II X4 processors
With the new Phenom II X4 965 BE introdiced today, prices always shift for the rest of the processors. Time for an overview. The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is now selling for roughly $205 as of today. That's $40 less than the official $245 price tag found on the official AMD CPU price list.
Looking for a supurb triple-core Phenom II CPU? The Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition sells for $129.99 (list price is $145) The cutest Phenom II cut goes to the Phenom II X2 550, which is now priced at $102.99. A tiny bit higher than the $99.99 this CPU was selling for a few weeks ago.
Top dog price and absolutely recommended is the Phenom II X4 920, the 2.8 GHz version is selling for only $159.99