Another dual-GPU Fermi card spotted
Engadget stumbled into what they think is a dual-GPU NVIDIA GeForce product that never made it. We believe the story is different. Below you can see photo's of a dual-GPU solution based on two GF104 chips (GeForce GTX 460).
"While we wait for its arrival, however, here's a sentimental look back upon 2010 and another little prototype that NVIDIA had kicking around its labs back then. Emerging over in a Chinese forum, this dual-GPU board features two GF104 chips (the same that made the GTX 460 such a winner) and a snow white PCB paintjob that makes it look utterly irresistible. We're loving the four DVI outputs and, just like you, have no idea why this card never came out, but that shouldn't obstruct the enjoyment of looking at the darn thing" - Engadget.
Now when you look closely, that's not an NVIDIA reference design whatsoever. And I'm willing to bet this card is originating from Galaxy / KFA2. Once GeForce GTX 590, not all partners in Europe will get a chance to sell these high end puppies - including Palit, Gainward, KFA2 and more. As an alternative Galaxy / KFA2 just might pump out a lower spec dual-GPU based card.
Though the photo's indicate that this card is dual GTX 460 based, it would not surprise me to see that Galaxy is working on a dual-GPU GTX560 card. Which offers a lot of performance at a far better price.
But these are just rumors of course. Anyway, have a peek at the photo's below.
Faster Renesas USB 3.0 controller released
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of its two new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) xHCI host controllers (part number,
Be Quiet! Releases Duo of Dark Rock CPU Coolers
Though silently introduced a month ago, yet now official Be quiet took the challenge to develop a cooler which offers excellent cooling and a near silent operation. As the company stands for maximum performance, they put a lot of effort into the development process. It took them over one year, to work out the perfect combination between performance and noise. Until the finished product there were over 40 prototypes produced and numerous scenarios were simulated.
The silent duo
As a result of all this longsome work, be quiet! presents two very special products: the Dark Rock ProC1 and the Dark Rock AdvancedC1. The two coolers are top notch and were designed for enthusiasts, just like the company's power supplies. One can see that just by the look of these products. Both coolers look really decent and strong because they are completely nickel-plated. They take advantage of the award-winning Silent Wings fans, which were already used in the newest generation of be quiet! Power supplies.
Dark Rock Advanced C1
The Dark Rock Advanced is a powerful tower-cooler using heatpipe technology. Six pipes are taking care of the heat dissipation from the massive copper base up to the 44 aluminium fins. The Dark Rock AdvancedC1 can handle CPU power losses up to 180 watts without any problems, while doing so, the 120mm fan runs at a maximum speed of 1500 rpm and creates very little noise level of only 18,8 dB. Rotation speed is automatically controlled via PWM signal.
- Single tower-layout
- Six 6mm heatpipes
- 120mm "Silent WingsPWM" fan, running at 1500 rpm
- Maximum noise level: 18,8 dB
- Maximum TDP: 180 watts
The Dark Rock Pro is a cooling-monster. It offers excellent cooling thanks to its twin tower design and two 120mm fans. Seven heatpipes spread the heat, no matter which CPU is being used or how far it
Geek creates DIY pulse laser pistol that can burn plastic
This DIY Pulse Laser Gun was built by Patrick Priebe who you might remember from the Iron Man Repulsor Light Laser Glove Project. This is what you get when you convert a ton of energy into light energy in a fraction of a second. Looks fun enough to build but I probably won
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 WindForce 3X
Outputs include dual-DVI, HDMI and one DisplayPort, and the card is expected to be bundled with a 1.8m long HDMI cable with gold-plated connectors. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Monday Internet Explorer 9 arrives
Microsoft IE Business and Marketing senior director Ryan Gavin revealed on the Windows Team Blog that Internet Explorer 9 will be released on Monday March 14th.
The new release offers a faster java script engine, hardware-acceleration for graphics and text, HTML5 support, a redesigned user interface, a Notification Bar, Jump Lists, a new address bar and several other new features.
I mentioned last month that we would be down in Austin, TX for SXSW. Since then there has been plenty of speculation and interest as to what might be happening. Exactly twelve months from the first Platform Preview of IE9, on Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us. We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.
Addonics External CipherChain encrypts eSATA devices
Addonics Technologies announced the External CipherChain, a full disk hardware encryption product that lets users encrypt just about any external data storage device with eSATA or SATA connection - from sensitive data on external RAID storage devices to external hard drives, Solid State Drives (SSDs), and many popular flash media.
Built on a FIPS certified AES 256-bit crypto engine, the External CipherChain is as easy as using a key to open a door. The simple insertion of the Cipher Key activates the encryption and decryption of data on the fly with no noticeable performance degradation. There is no software or driver to install and no special training required. The External CipherChain is operating system independent.
Any external storage device with eSATA or SATA connection can be attached to the External CipherChain, which in turn connects to any host via an eSATA port. The External CipherChain can also connect to USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports on any computer with an optional Addonics adapter.
The compact size and rugged metal housing of the External CipherChain makes it extremely portable and easy to deploy in environments where applications require bullet proof data security. The External CipherChain operates at very low power and can be powered directly by the system using various Addonics optional cables.
The External CipherChain's 256-bit encryption is considered the highest level of encryption, secure enough to protect classified information designated as "Top Secret". The full disk encryption encrypts the boot sector, partition table and all the information in the drive. If the encrypted external drive is stolen, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data.
The External CipherChain can also be used as a drive sanitization tool for removing any sensitive data stored on hard drives or flash media. The list price is $95.
Nvidias GTX 590 lands March 22nd
It looks like Expreview seem to have heard that Nvidia is all set to release the GTX 590 on March 22nd.
AMD just rolled out their dual-GPU HD 6990 monster, taking the performance edge from Nvidia albeit for a while. But it seems Nvidia is almost ready to announce to the world their counter-attack on AMD.
The GTX 590 is a dual graphics card based on the GF110 core, sporting 1024 CUDA cores and 3 GB of GDDR5 graphics memory.
Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906
Tthe successor to Logitech
Zalman introduces First V-Shape heatsink, CNPS11X Extreme
A new CPU Cooler lineup has just been released to bring up the Zalman to the next stage. Unlike its predecessors, CNPS11X Extreme comes with the unique V-shape heatsink from any other manufacturers. With an optimized thermal designed heatsink will be certainly outperforming than any other heatsink in the market. On top, with its stylish Black pearl plating with Blue LED will add more visuals for the Case modders.
In addition, by Zalman
Samsung HDDs reaches 1TB per platter; 4TB HDDs in vicinity
ASUS 6-in-1 wireless-N router WL-330N3G
The ASUS WL-330N3G offers all the benefits of a standard wireless router, with multi-role functionality and an extremely user-friendly setup. All of these features fit in a tiny device that is easy to carry, making the WL-330N3G ideal for travelers and business people who wish to extend their internet access when on the road.
The first thing to note about the WL-330N3G is its compact size
AMD Bulldozer slated for June, earlier than Llano
There where already some rumors about some shifts in release times, but as it stands now AMD's Bulldozer-based FX-series processors are expected to arrive in the second half of June while the A-series Llano-based APUs are slated for early June, according to a news report by X-bit Labs. Bulldozer is expected to outperform current Phenom II chips by 50 percent. Here's some more info about the launch schedule.
Shipments of AMD FX-series high-end desktop microprocessors will commence on the week of June 20th, 2011; Supplies of A-series APUs will begin on the week of July 4th, 2011, according to industrial sources. As expected, AMD's Bulldozer central processing units for desktops will become available earlier than Llano APUs. As a result, AMD will be able to create a "halo" effect for its microprocessor lineup with a high-end offering that is projected to outperform existing Phenom II chips by 50%.
Based on a document seen by X-bit labs, AMD plans to release four eight-core AMD FX8000-series chips, two six-core AMD FX6000-series microprocessors and two quad-core AMD FX4000-series central processing units (CPUs) this year; four chips are to be launched in Q2 2011, another four processors will be introduced in Q4 2011. The amount of quad-core and dual-core A-series APUs to be released this calendar year will be eleven, if the plans do not change.
SNAK Facebook keyboard
Oh dear, Engadget reports about the SNAK, a new Facebook keyboard from Social Keyboards. This new peripheral will be sold for $30.
Essentially a Multimedia Keyboard from Dynex with custom drivers and decals, this bad boy features nineteen Facebook-friendly hotkeys that take you to your inbox, events, photos, and more with the mere push of a button. And when you sign out? The hotkeys become disabled, so no one can maliciously (or hilariously) update your profile behind your back.
CryEngine 3 GDC 11: Exclusive Tech Showcase
Shadows of the Damned GDC Trailer
Crysis 2 Graphics: PC Vs. Xbox 360
Here's a side by side comparison of the Crysis 2 demo on both Xbox 360 and PC. PC gameplay was captured using fraps on the highest settings available for the demo. The Xbox 360 gameplay was captured using the Hauppage HD PVR.
AMD Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver
Here you can download the AMD Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver for Windows 7 and Vista both x32 x64.