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We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
Asus Dual Hybrid TV Card announced and pixelized
The new Asus My Cinema-EHD3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/MCE RC PCI-express Dual TV card is designed for users seeking to watch and record both digital (ATSC/QAM) and analog (NTSC) TV channels simultaneously without taking a CPU hit. The Asus My Cinema-EHD3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/MCE RC is embedded with a MPEG2 hardware encoder that dramatically reduces CPU loading while guaranteeing high quality video.
Utilizing the PCI Express x1 interface, it boasts transmission speeds of up to 500MB/s
Specs of Microsoft's "iPhone killer" revealed?
Al new specifications have surfaced today that may represent Microsoft's expectations for its "Pink" Zune phone platform. Known as Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1, the design obtained by Microsoft observer Mary Jo Foley appears to set a baseline level of hardware that would outperform iPhones. A system would use either an NVIDIA Tegra, Qualcomm 8000-series, or Texas Instruments 3430 processor at its heart, at least 256MB of memory, and an 800x480 or larger screen.
Notably, many of the necessary details would also match features that have been rare in Windows Mobile devices but which have been core to the iPhone. Chassis 1 would require multi-touch input, an accelerometer, an electronic compass and a light sensor. It would also have a 3-megapixel or better camera, some form of assisted GPS and Wi-Fi.
The resulting device would be capable of advanced media playback in keeping with the Zune concept and would sit at the high end of the smartphone category, likely serving as a flagship. Whether this represents a specific device to be made by one company, such as the rumored iPhone rival for Verizon or a general design for many phones to use isn't evident. Microsoft has maintained that it has no plans to manufacture hardware itself but has acknowledged it's working with hardware companies more closely than it has in the past.
The information in question is also considered "a few months old" and may have changed, though any phone built on Chassis 1 won't ship until 2010, when Windows Mobile 7 should be ready to ship. Similar to Windows 7 on the desktop, Microsoft is believed to be in a rushed schedule for Windows Mobile 7 and may have devices in stores by April 2010 rather than the historic September timeframe.
Zotac ION mini-ITX motherboard launches
Next to Point of View earlier this week, Zotac has introduced ION, a new mini-ITX motherboard based on the NVIDIA Ion platform.
ZOTACunleashes its first eco-friendly all-in-one platform
Intel six-core Gulftown expected in Q2 2010
The chaps over at fudzilla reported today that Intel is planning to deliver its 32nm six-core Gulftown processor in the second quarter of 2010.
The company has said to a special few that the new CPU should fit the 130W TDP envelope and that it will work on existing LGA1366 infrastructure. You won't need a new chipset, as it will work with X58.
The memory supported is DDR3, and officially Intel will only support the miserable 1066MHz memory and not even 1333MHz memory will be supported but we are quite sure that faster memory will work.
Bring it on we say.
MSI GeForce N260GTX Lightning BE 1792 MB review
These probably are the most feature rich GeForce GTX 260 videocards you can find on the web. First off, MSI N260GTX Lightning has twice the standard GeForce GTX 260 GDDR3 memory summing up to an incredible 1792 MB, and then utilizes a Twin Frozr cooling with heatpipes, dual slot heatsink and two big fans.
The card design is Phase PWM, with 8 phases are reserved for the GPU and 2 phases for the memory. Furthermore, this graphics card has important overclocking features like V-Check points to measure the voltage. We'll test the most exclusive version, with an external overclock panel called the AirForce panel.
With external panel, customized PCB, heatpipe cooler, 1792 MB, HDMI, 216SP and sheer design versus price, it is the most unique GeForce GTX260 in the market today.
Check out our the Guru3D review right here.
Single PCB based GeForce GTX295 From Inno3D Surfaced - Photo's
Props to forum old-timer Cowie for submitting this one. Chinese based Expreview got their hands on the much discussed single PCB based GeForce GTX 295 From Inno3D. It's a lot of info, courtesy of expreview of course:
Rumors on NVIDIA
Dell launches ST2010 20-inch LCD display
LaCie "5big" NAS offers up to 10TB storage
LaCie has announced two new upgrades to its networked-attached storage (NAS) devices: the LaCie 5big Network and 2big Network. The product enhancements include improved performance, capacity expansion, and extra data protection with RAID settings. The 5big Network adds support for Time Machine backup software, along with improved multimedia server capabilities that allow users to stream multimedia files to UPnP players such as a PS3 or Xbox.
Other changes for its 5big Network prouct increase the storage systems capacity up to 10TB, and provide compatibility for the iTunes server. The added support enables iTunes users to access the NAS device from the application interface.
The smaller "2big" Network device adds support for Windows Active Directory (ADS) and local backup, Time Machine, and integration with MS Windows network domains. By enhancing its backup capabilities users can perform regular or scheduled backups to external devices. The storage device also ships with client licenses of Genie Backup Manager Pro for Windows and Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac.
Both the LaCie 5big and 2big Network are available for purchase through the company
Koolance unveils LN2 evaporator
Seriously, do you see yourself overclocking with a bucket full of liquid nitrogen at home ? Yes ? Well, you are in luck as Koolance has introduced a copper evaporator for overclockers who use liquid nitrogen (LN2) to keep their processor chilled during extreme overclocking sessions.
The Koolance CPU-LN2 Liquid Nitrogen Evaporator weighs 1.58kg and is compatible with most recent processors from both Intel and AMD.
The Koolance CPU-LN2 is a "DIY" processor evaporator pot for liquid nitrogen cooling. A nickel-plated solid copper cold plate is combined with a black acetal container. Mounting hardware includes a thick acetal top bracket, steel back plate, insulating pads, and various mounting hardware.
Patriot Torqx solid state disks relased
Patriot relewased their new 64GB, 128GB and 256GB Torqx solid state disks, these models feature 64MB of DRAM cache but it is unclear which controller they use. I'll request a sample for review though.
The 128GB and 256GB units have a sequential read speed of up to 260MB/s and a sequential write speed of up to 180MB/s, while the 64GB model has to do it with a read speed of 220MB/s and write speed of 135MB/s.
The Torqx SSD line is one of Patriot's latest releases designed with Patriot's new cutting-edge technology that adds 64MB of DRAM cache in conjunction with its current equipped NAND technology.
"With SSD technologies becoming more 'mainstream' in the consumer market, Patriot's goal is to give their customers discretion across their purchasing preferences," says Meng J. Choo, Patriot's Flash Product Manager. "In these tough economic times, consumers are looking for options; our goal is to give them that opportunity to add new technology, and have no reservations about their decisions."
Indian students design an air-powered motorcycle
A group of Indian engineering students has invented a unique pollution free bike which runs on air pressure and does not emit carbon into the atmosphere.It takes air as fuel and emit air as exhaust.
Equipped with two compressed air cylinders, the 100cc bike currently runs at a speed of 18km per hour, but the students hope to make it faster. It's range probably is limited as well though. [via techamok].
Corsair announces 256GB SSD
Corsair today announced the launch of their Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).
The P256 uses specially selected Samsung MLC flash memory and a sophisticated Samsung Controller IC, coupled with 128MB of super-fast cache memory and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support for blistering, stutter-free performance, delivering read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200MB/sec.
The large, 256GB capacity provides ample space for the most advanced operating systems, multiple applications, and large music, photo and video collections. The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 is one of the most compatible solid-state drives available today due to the extensive validation of the Samsung controller and flash memory technology in multiple OEM systems.
The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 SSD is available immediately from Corsair
Windows 7 Release Confirmed for Dec 2009
Microsoft has finally updated the release plan for its upcoming operating system. In a press release the Redmond company mentioned that Windows 7 "will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season," with Windows Server 2008 R2 set to come about around the same time.
"With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we've received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability," said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Windows Business at Microsoft.
Google Launches First TV Ads - For Chrome
Since Google's own web browser Chrome entered the arena last September in 2008, it only was able to convince 1.4% of the people surfing the Internet to use it as their standard browser. The initial attention Google got from the media after their launch of Chrome was not enough to help the Internet search giant to gain more popularity and to further increase their market share in the browser market.
Hence, Google announced a "Google TV Ads campaign" in order to raise awareness for their browser, on their official blog:
"So today, we
NVIDIA nForce 15.37 WHQL Windows 7 released
NVIDIA certainly is busy offering good Windows 7 support. Here you can find the latest Windows 7 WHQL nForce platform drivers.
Windows 7 32/64-bit Driver Versions:
- GPU Driver (v185.85) WHQL
- Ethernet Driver (v73.06) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v73.05) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v126.96.36.199) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v188.8.131.52) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v184.108.40.206)
- SMU Driver (v1.67) WHQL
- Installer (v7.01)
- nForce 980a
- nForce 780a
- nForce 760i SLI
- nForce 750a
- nForce 740i SLI
- nForce 730i - GeForce 9400/GeForce 9300
- nForce 730a - GeForce 8300/8200
- nForce 720i
- nForce 720a - GeForce 8100
- nForce 630i -GeForce 7150
- nForce 630i - GeForce 7100
- nForce 610i - GeForce 7050
* update, added 15.35 for broader support as well
Gigabyte launches 9800 GT completely passive
Hardware manufacturer Gigabyte is releasing a GeForce 9800 GT Green Edition. Apparently the passive cooler received an upgrade and has been improved on several points. A bigger copper base and three heatpipes. Next to that this 9800 GT now is equipped with 1 GB of graphics memory.
The claims are bold, the temperature would be eighteen degrees C lower than a standard cooler.
The card is also made under the UD3 (ultra durable 3) technology with solid Japanese capacitors, ferrite chokes. Pricing seems to be a tad higher than expected, but at 135 EUR, it's not bad really. In fact it might be a fun card for a HTPC.
Cyberbullying Bill Introduced In US Congress
The beginning of April 2009, the so-called "Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act" (H.R. 1966), was re-introduced to the US Congress by Rep. Linda Sanchez and is supported by at least 14 other congressmen. The bill is named after Megan Meier, a teenager who committed suicide after allegedly being harassed on the popular social networking web site MySpace.
Anybody bullying others via electronic communications could possibly become a felon, according to the bill: "Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
Despite that, the bill seems to be written very vague, which could possibly lead to a situation in which every criticizing comment could be interpreted in that regard and is thus creating a lot of criticism itself.
Thief 4 Officially Announced
More than four years after the last game in the Thief series was released in 2004 in the form of "Thief - Deadly Shadows", Eidos Montreal revealed that they are officially working on a sequel, called Thief 4 or "THI4F", and published its corresponding web site, today.
"We're in the early development stages for Thief 4, but this is an incredibly ambitious project and a very exciting one. It's too early for us to offer any specific game details, right now we are focused on recruiting the very best talent to join the core team at the studio and help us make, what we believe will be one of the most exciting games on the market." said Stephane D'Astous - general manager at Eidos Montreal.
In the Thief series you are playing in the role of Garrett, a thief, in a fantasy world, during medieval times.