Supreme Commander 2 E3 Trailer
One last trailer I wanted to share with you guys from this year's E3 Expo at the L.A. Convention Center in California is for Supreme Commander 2. Rumored to be released in 2010, Supreme Commander 2 is the sequel of, arguably, one of the best real-time strategy games available today.
Developed by Gas Powered Games, the release platforms are going to be Xbox 360 and PC, again.
Additionally, here is also an interview with Chris Taylor, who founded Gas Powered Games, about Supreme Commander 2, including some interesting ingame footage:
Best Buy Memo Reveals Windows 7 Upgrade Pricing
A leaked internal memo from Best Buy reveals how much it is going to cost you to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. For example, a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade will set you back $49.99 and the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade $99.99, according to the memo. Compared to current upgrade prices to Vista (Vista Home Premium SP1 Upgrade for $122.99 at Newegg, for example) these Windows 7 upgrades are quite cheap. The only catch is: "this will be available for 16 days through July 11, 2009", thus limiting it to those mentioned 16 days only.
Besides that, the memo states: "any PC sold with Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate between June 26th and the Windows 7 launch day (October 22nd) will be eligible for a free upgrade to Win7."
Intel Buys Wind River Systems for $884 Million
In order to expand into new markets, Intel bought the operating system developer Wind River, for about $884 million, yesterday. This is Intel's biggest acquisition since 2005. You never heard of Wind River before? Well, apparently "Wind River is a leading software vendor in embedded devices, and will become part of Intel
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand spotted at Computex
We spotted Thermaltake's new power supply called the Toughpower Grand. This little beast is an 850 Watt PSU with 80+ Silver certification. It comes with double forward switching circuitry and allows for 88% efficiency.
The PSU also has a fan delay, so if you power down the system, for a little while the fan will remain active to make sure the computer is properly cooled, even after it powered off.
Looks nice too don't you agree ?
Zalman shows off CNPS 10X cooler at Computex
Over at Computex we ran into Zalman, in the photo shown below you can spot the all new CNPS 10X cooler.
This is interesting to see from Zalman, as they dumped the circular design, which is totally new for Zalman. The new cooler supports all modern sockets including Intel's 775, 1366 upcoming 1156 (core i5), and AMD's AM3, AM2+, AM2, 754, 939, and 940.
The nickel-plated cooler comes with a RPM controllable PWM fan speed controller (located in the top) that overrides the motherboard's PWM signal for manual fan speed control. With the help of a little switch you can activate low, medium, or high. According to Zalman this will be one of their best ever performing coolers. It's priced rather high though, expect to drop roughly 80 USD.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Trailer
Although I have to admit that I am not a big fan of MMORPGs, this new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic is looking really good. Currently in development by BioWare, it is going to be the second MMORPG set to take place in the Star Wars universe. So far, the only platform it was announced for is the PC with a release date is not yet available but rumored to be towards the end of 2010.
OCZ Agility SSD Series Announced
The SSD market is getting really confusing with all those new SSD series being announced, but it seems OCZ is trying to make things simpler actually, as the today introduced Agility series of SSDs is supposed to replace the existing Core and Solid SSD series which are trying to target the mainstream segment.
In a press release they introduced the new Agility series in 30GB, 60GB and 120 GB variants and with specifications that are close to the Vertex series in many aspects:
- available in 30GB (30), 60GB (64), 120GB (128) capacities
- 64MB Onboard Cache
- Seek Time: <.1ms
- Slim 2.5" Design
- 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
- Lightweight 77g
- Operating Temp: 0C ~ 70C
- Storage Temp: -45C ~ +85C
- Low Power Consumption: 2W in operation, .5W in stand by
- Shock Resistant 1500G
- RAID Support
- MTBF 1.5 million hours
- 2 year warranty
30GB Max Performance
- Read: Up to 185 MB/s
- Write: Up to 100 MB/s
- Sustained Write: Up to 60 MB/S
60GB Max Performance
- Read: Up to 230 MB/s
- Write: Up to 135 MB/s
- Sustained Write: Up to 80 MB/S
120GB Max Performance
- Read: Up to 230 MB/s
- Write: Up to 135 MB/s
- Sustained Write: Up to 80 MB/S
Intel Discontinues E2220 and QX9775
Both the E2220 and the QX9775 processors from Intel are going to be discontinued in October. This was announced by Intel today and doesn't really come as a surprise, considering that "Market demand for the Intel Pentium Processor E2220 has shifted to other Intel processors" and that the QX9775 didn't fare much better. Especially, since the QX9775 is still selling for around $1,500 USD and both the E2220 and QX9775 have worthy alternatives available in form of the Core i7 and E5000 series.
Need for Speed: Shift E3 Trailers
What is all this great hardware we are talking about here at Guru3D good for if not for playing a few games? Hence, one of the most successful racing game series is showcasing new footage of its upcoming game called Need for Speed: Shift at the E3 Expo 2009.
With its release date scheduled for the end of September, the 22nd to be precise, we will be able to find out if the name is game this time, since previous titles in the Need for Speed series did not meet the expectations of both fans of the series and commercially. Let's see if things can "shift" into a higher gear again with Need for Speed: Shift.
Guru3D inside the Gigabyte Nan-ping Factory
Earlier today Guru3D visited the Nan-Ping factor from Gigabyte in Taiwan. We received the full tour from PCB design, SMD soldiering of components, assembly up to the end ... packaging. This is one of these places where yours truly as press typically never has a chance to report about. Normally taking photo's in a factory of this magnitude is forbidden as well. Massive props to Gigabyte for opening up their shop for us and allowing us in here, and most of all ... allowing us to photograph everything we wanted.
Somewhere in June we'll post a full article on this incredible visit to the factory. It's amazing to see how the components we test and review on a daily, basis and you guys purchase are actually made. We did an awesome high-quality photo-shoot.
For now I'd already like to share a few photo's with you guys.
Here we are already in the later stages of a finished PCB, as you can see the PCIe, DIMM and for that manner any separate component on the PCB is hand fitted by employees.
Here we are at a second production line, the VGA card line, I can assure you, Gigabyte makes the cards themselves :)
In the complete article we'll zoom in a little, but these are GeForce 9800 GT / GTS 250 cards in production, with 1 GB of memory. Yeah I quickly bent over the product line and sneaked some photo's close-up in here for the photo-shoot.
And sure .. the previous photo showed one card, but this line poops out roughly a card every 4-5 seconds. It's fascinating to see.
So as you guys know, ATI has problems getting high volume of the Radeon 4770 ASIC due to yield issues on the 40nm node. However, a production line had just finished .. we know for sure that Gigabyte apparently had a nice large batch to slap on their PCB, here are some residuals of that, which I consider to be stone cold proof ;)
Anyway, we took roughly a hundred photo's in the Gigabyte factory. Later on in the month we'll post an article on the full production line, which I can say already, is very impressive. As such we like to thank Gigabyte for this invite.
AMD 785 chipset spotted at Computex
If you have read the latest Computex report here on Guru3D, you'd already seen it. But AMD released their new 785 chipset. Computex is a good place where you can run into some examples.
Basically what I'm seeing here's is the AMD 880 chipset yet renamed to 785G. The only real new difference is that a new graphics core now is used in the 785 series. The new IGP is dubbed Radeon HD4200, while the 780G's IGP was named Radeon HD3200. You should start seeing 785-equipped motherboards quite soon.
It is a pure AM3 board that supports dual channel DDR3 memory. It has integrated DX10.1 video support. The motherboard also comes with D-SUB/DVI/HDMI connector, 6 USB 2.0, on board 1394, GbE, 8 channel audio, 2 eSATA ports.
Metal Gear Solid: Rising Coming to PC
Well, who doesn't know or hasn't heard of the Metal Gear Solid series? I don't think that this game title needs any further introduction, but that the latest upcoming installment called "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" is heading for PC and the Xbox 360, besides the PS3, is quite interesting and great news for all PC gamers out there.
Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game designer and father of the Metal Gear Solid series, confirmed assumptions that "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" is going to be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and PC in 2010. Furthermore, he mentioned that "the new game is about Raiden and is not being developed by the core Kojima-led team."
OCZ Introduces OCZ Colossus a 1TB SSD
The Computex 2009 is the current Mecca for all hardware enthusiasts, as it is one of the largest computer and technology fairs in the world. This means we are getting to see the latest and greatest in the hardware market.
Hence, OCZ decided to present its new OCZ Colossus SSD with a storage capacity of up to 1 TB. In about eight weeks you should be able to buy the new series with 500GB and 1TB capacity, featuring the standard 3.5'' from factor for SSDs. Dual Indilinx controllers and a JMicron RAID controller for a RAID 0 array are making this capacity possible. The rumored price for the 1TB version is supposed to be around 2500 Euros or roughly 3500 USD.
Further features are:
- Form Factor: standard 3.5''
- Power requirements: 5V, 1.6A
- Interface: SATA2
- Capacity: 0.5 TB, 1.0 TB
- Estimated Wt: 400gm
- Seek Time: <0.2ms
- Operating Temp: 0-70 deg C
- Operating Performance:
- Read: Up to 265 MB/s
- Write: Up to 265 MB/s
Aliens vs Predator E3 Trailer
As you are probably already aware of, the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center is releasing gaming news on a pretty large scale. One of the titles I am definitely looking very much forward to is the upcoming Aliens vs Predator:
"Aliens vs Predator is an entirely new title for PC and high-definition consoles from acclaimed British developer Rebellion, the team behind the 1999 original PC gaming classic. Bringing the most intense war between two of science-fiction
GeForce ForceWare 186.08 XP, Vista and 7
NVIDIA issued a new driver today.
GeForce/ION Driver Release 186 BETA
Release Date: May 06, 2009
Operating System: XP, Windows 7 or Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
Language: U.S. English
File Size: 111 MB
This is a beta driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION GPUs.
This driver supports all of the new GPU-accelerated DirectX APIs in Windows 7: DirectX Compute, Direct2D, DirectWrite, and DXVA-HD.
New in Release 186.08
- Numerous bug fixes. More information can be found in the release documentation.
- Installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0428.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
New in Release 185/186 drivers:
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion
Computex Day 3 - The big One Oh One
It's the 3rd day at Computex 2009 for Guru3D. Today we meet greet and photographs all the latest from companies like OCZ Technology, Corsair, eVGA, ECS, Gigabyte, ADATA, Cooler Master and Artic Cooling. Some pretty amazing stuff is to be seen in this day-3 report live from Computex 2009.
Check out this article right here.
- Computex 2009 landing page
- Computex 2009 Day 0 - Before it all begins
- Computex 2009 Day 1 - Hello Nangang
- Computex 2009 Day 2 - More Nangang
- Computex 2009 Day 3 - The Big One Oh One
Gigabyte shows PSU with built in UPS at Computex
More Gigabyte kit is spotted at Computex, I spotted this PSU. Please understand that it still is a prototype that hopefully will make it into final design stages and thus the market. But this PSU has a built in UPS. So if there's a power failure, there's enough battery life to keep the PC alive for 2 minutes. In these two minutes the PSU can enforce a power-down Within Windows, this way no data is lost or corrupted during a power grid failure.
I think that's a brilliant idea really the trick though is to get the Wattage higher as this prototype I think was 400 Watt only. But really I love the idea here.
eVGA shows off P55 motherboards at Computex
P55 was the word at eVGA today. With striking similarities to the Classified design here we see eVGA P55 chipset motherboard. Naming as I understand has not yet been finalized. P55 boards are pending a release in September this year, everybody is of course waiting on Lynfield aka Core i5 processors. This would be the EVGA codename 655 SLI FTW Edition (132-LF-E655) motherboard. As stated it will use 45nm socket LGA 1156 Lynnfield processors.
Considering Lynfield will be mainstream processors, this board is really high-end board with three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. It also features a PCI-E x1 slot positioned at the very top and two standard PCI slots.
Similar to the X58 SLI Classified, this board also features the red glowing