Harman Kardon GLA-55 cut glass speakers
As much a piece of design as a piece of audio, these Harman Kardon GLA-55 cut glass speakers are a real eye-catcher.
Looking like a pair of giant paperweights, the GLA-55 two-way speakers offer audiophile-friendly output thanks to the sheer weight - there's no resonance or movement, which means a purer sound, all 56 watts of it.
No amplifier is required either - each speaker has one built into its clear acrylic stand, so you just have to plug in your MP3 player (or other audio source and you're away). Just 3,000 being offered worldwide from next month, priced around
Radeon HD 5670 Allegedly Surfaces
A forum member of the HardOCP forums posted pictures and test results of a graphics card that is, allegedly, a prototype of the ATI Radeon HD 5670, a low-end graphics card (not announced). If the report is genuine, the card should be launched sometime in Q1 2010 and is a graphics adapter based on the Redwood 40nm GPU.
The forum member not only posted pictures of the alleged 5670, but also subjected the card to performance tests using the CPU-Z 0.3.7 software on a base system composed of Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66 GHz, Gigabyte P55M-UD2, and 4 GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 memory. The tests were done as a performance comparison between the card and the Radeon HD 4670 512 MB. The first test was running Street Fighter 4 at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, with no anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filtering. The card rendered the game with a frame-rate of 95.35 fps and scored 10,473 points, as opposed to the HD 4670, which only managed 8,559 points (a frame-rate of 65.35 fps).
The second game the card was tested on was Unigine Heaven Demo v1.0 DirectX 10 (SM 4.0) on a resolution of 1024 x 768 in window mode. The game ran at 34.1 fps while the CPU operated at 2.53 GHz. The HD 5670 again bested the HD 4670, which only scored 699 points with its 27.8 fps, with 859 points.
The pictures shown on the forum represent an engineering sample of the card, which has a red-colored PCB, as opposed to the traditional black PCB used by the HD 5000 series. The cooler employed by the prototype used a normal fan that was set upon a very simple heatsink with fins projecting radially. The card showed DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub connectors and the possibility for future DisplayPort implementation suggested by the leads behind the D-sub. The CPU-Z report picture indicates an SIMD 50% downscaled, 400 stream processors, 128-bit GDDR5 and 16 ROPs. The screenshot also suggests that the core and the 1GB memory clocks equal 775 MHz and 1000 MHz, respectively. This implies that the card's memory bandwidh is of 64 GB/s.
Although nothing is official, if the alleged Radeon HD 5670 photos do prove out to be genuine, low-end users will be able to start the year with a graphics card updgrade.
Intel talks Larrabee at SC09 (video)
Dell facing E6400 and E6500 overheating problem
Dell may have a serious issue on its hands with their E6400 and E6500 laptops. Hundreds of reports have been surfacing on the official dell support forums stating that they have had 'massive performance issues.. 'whenever the devices get slightly warm the BIOS automatically starts dialing down the performance until they basically crawl to a halt, some indicating that even when cool they won't go over 50% of maximum clock.
The most prominent member of the Dell support forums, Tinkerdude, created a PDF entitled "Performance loss during normal operation in a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop due to processor and bus clock throttling" that explains in detail the problem and potential solutions. The user was banned after this PDF was posted to the forum which leads many to believe that Dell does not want this problem to be known publicly.
Banning a customer from your website for posting a problem is disgusting and a great way to ensure that they never buy your product again.
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 Demo (DX9 and DX11)
Codemasters has released a playable demo of Colin McRae: DiRT 2, allowing you to try out the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows LIVE edition of this racing game sequel. The demo enables gamers to compete in two of Colin McRae: DiRT 2's events.
In the Trailblazer event, players take on the ultimate test of rally car against the challenging Moroccan terrain on a point-to-point track filled with flat-out straights and hair-raising hairpins in the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. In the second event, gamers compete in a Landrush race at the spectacular Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California, where players go wheel-to-wheel in an 8-vehicle riotous race over lethal bumps and killer jumps in the heavy duty West Coast Choppers Stuka TT.
The 1.32GB demo is available now.
MSI Big Bang Trinergy review
MSI Big bang Trinergy review - Making the Best Better
MSI went back to the drawing board, came up with a new concept called the Big-Bang series motherboards. Today we take a peek at the MSI P55 GD80 Big bang Trinergy -- with the Tri for triple lovin' on top of the regular GD80 functions, yes it makes the mainboard 3-way SLI compatible. Next to all the cool features the board already offers MSI added a few more extra's next to the fantastic design, V-Kit control, the mystical finger touch buttons. With the Trinergy MSI adds THX TruStudio PC and Creative's EAX Advanced HD 5 to the board by help of an additional Quantum Wave Audio card, we see an external OC dashboard and thus full PCIe bandwidth thanks to an added NF200 nVIDIA bridge chip.
Liquid Cooled 5970 with Koolance VID-AR597
One of the many interesting features on the Radeon HD 5970 graphics adapter is the fact that, despite being ultra fast and highly capable even in basic operational mode, it has a high overclocking potential. To give enthusiasts what they want, namely the possibility of going for safe overclocking scenarios, Koolance started working on a strong liquid cooling module that is nearing completion. Although it has not been released yet, pictures of the upcoming product found their way to the Internet.
Koolance's cooler is called the VID-AR597 waterblock and is especially aimed at successfully preventing overheating when paired with an overclocked Radeon HD 5970 graphics card.The mechanism is a solid copper cooler fully plated with nickel, which delivers excellent liquid flow. The liquid alleviates the two 40nm Cypress graphics processing units of the extra heat. The heatsink is also quite large, allowing for the cooling of all other parts of the card, not just the chips.
To allow end-users to check on the status of the cooler, the product is built with an acrylic lid that enables such purchasers to check on the flow of the liquid, providing the possibility for estimating how much more heat the actual product can handle. As such, end-users will know the general status and whether the cooler would be able to handle even further increases to frequencies, enabling power users to know just how high they can push their Hemlock's clocks without exceeding the VID-AR597's heat reduction capabilities. Koolance's VID-AR597 cooler is bound to become available on December 4 for a price tag of $140.
GPU-Z 0.3.8 Released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added framework for translations in GPU-Z, to do that we need your help.
- Added sensors to monitor GPU load percentages on NVIDIA
- Fixed startup on Windows 2000 (DLL not found)
- Improved detection/added sensors for ATI M86
- Fixed several NVAPI crashes
- Fixed crash when PhysX not available
- GPU-Z can now be set in its system menu to be always on top of other windows
PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 BattleForge Edition V2
The buds over at TPU report that PowerColor introduced a new Radeon HD 5770 BattleForge Edition V2 graphics card. This model uses a more cost-effective cooling solution and includes a coupon for BattleForge, it should be a bit cheaper than the reference model.
The rest of its specifications are standard.
The Juniper GPU packs 800 stream processors, DirectX 11 compliance, and the card features 1 GB of memory across a 128-bit wide GDDR5 interface. It draws power from one 6-pin power connector, and supports ATI CrossfireX. Display connectivity includes two DVI-D, and one each of HDMI with 7.1 channel audio, and DisplayPort. The GPU is clocked at 850 MHz, and memory at 1200 MHz.
Cooler Master's Excalibur with Barometric Ball Bearing
A new cooler from Cooler Master merges an ingenious combination of strong and balanced airflow with versatility and a high-quality design. Not only does the fan itself deliver excellent cooling but it is also reliable and has a longer lifespan compared with mainstream cooling mechanisms, mainly due to the Barometric Ball Bearing (BBB) technology.
The 120mm case fan provides a strong and sustained airflow thanks to the ability of the fan to achieve rotary speeds of between 600 and 2,000 RPM (rotations per minute) while consuming at most 6W of power. This means that the air flow provided will range between 26.4-85.6 CFM, with an air pressure of 0.75 to 3.53 mmH2O. The fan uses nine sword-shaped blades and may produce noise between 13 and 30 dBA while operating at a voltage rating of 12V DC.
The most interesting feature of the fan, however, lies not in its general properties but in its integration of the Barometric Ball Bearing (BBB) technology. As opposed to normal fan designs, the BBB manages to maintain barometric pressure at the very center of the fan. This allows for a fan lifespan of up to an impressive 100,000 hours and even a reduced noise level.
The fan itself is durable, being made out of a unique, three-piece frame, which has a metal rim. An increased airflow at low speeds is enabled by the honeycomb ventilation holes on the frame (which work as secondary intake), holes that, on the contrary, help reduce noise by releasing excessive turbulence and vibration, at high speeds. The fan blades are removable and the triangular blade tips reduce turbulence at fan edges and decrease the wind shear noise while keeping maximum the surface area. The sword-like shape increases air pressure, especially when the fan is used in dense water cooling radiators or performance heatsinks.
The Excalibur case fan will become available during December and will have a price of around 18 Euro. More information may be found on the Cooler Master official site.
Gigabyte ODIN 600 & 700W Plus PSUs announced
Gigabyte has introduced two new Odin Plus power supplies, a 600W model that delivers up to 45A on its three +12V rails and a 700W model capable of delivering up to 52A on its four +12V rails. Both models are 80Plus Bronze certified and feature a 120mm blue LED PWM fan. The Gigabyte Odin Plus 600W and Odin Plus 700W should be available soon for around 115EUR and 130EUR, respectively.
It's strange to see the announcement sp late as in October we already reviewed the &00 watt model, check our review here.
HIS Radeon HD 5750 IceQ+ edition Pixelized
HIS is working on a new HIS Radeon HD 5750 IceQ+ graphics card. This model has a blue PCB design, custom cooling, and the standard clockspeeds of 700MHz for the core and 4600MHz for the memory. It will be available in retail stores with and without DiRT2 coupon, pricing is to be announced.
Latest Windows patch may cause black screen for some users
The latest Microsoft Windows patches in November have been known to cause some black screens on users screens according to ComputerWorld, without a remedy to fix the problem.
The problem affects Microsoft products including Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems, said Mel Morris , the CEO and CTO for the U.K. security company Prevx. Prevx was alerted to the problem by users of its security software last week, Morris said. Microsoft apparently made changes to the Access Control List (ACL), a list of permissions for a logged-on user. The ACL interacts with registry keys, creating visible desktop features such as a sidebar. However, the latest patches appear to make some changes to those registry keys. The effect is that some installed applications aren't aware of the changes and don't run properly, causing a black screen, Morris said.
DiRT 2 PC Demo Today
We will be releasing the Official DiRT 2 Demo Tomorrow (1st Dec) at 2pm GMT
Br> Over the weekend a leaked early version of the DiRT 2 demo has appeared on the net on various download sites. I would advise people not to download this unsupported version of the demo as it is not the final version and will not give you the best experience of the game.
Br> As I mentioned previously this is a work in progress version of the demo which was not intended for release.
Br> Once again I would advise people not to download the leaked version of the Demo and hold out until tomorrow and experience DiRT 2 the way we wanted you to.
Open Discussion: OC competition using AMD/ATI chip set?
Gigabyte would like to learn the following -- Beat Me If You Dare graphic OC competition using AMD/ATI chip set?
Hey, guys! Thanks for all your valuable suggestions for the first two rounds of Beat Me If You Dare. Are you interested in attending this kind of graphic OC competition using AMD/ATI chip set? If you are, which graphic card you would recommend? Why?
GIGABYTE welcomes all overclockers
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 SO -- Super Overclock
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 SO -- Super Overclock
One of the things that is receiving a lot of attention these days are overclocking, overclock competitions and products based on that theme -- as such Gigabyte technology is releasing their SO series of graphics cards, short for Super Overclocked.
Today we'll test their all new GeForce GTX 260 (SP216) SO -- it comes with an Ultra durable design (long-lasting components) and as the title already suggests .. a pretty nice overclock -- making this product faster than say a GeForce GTX 275.
Check out the review here.
Eye-Fi Card drop to $40
So handy .. we certainly are fans of Eye-Fi cards, and rightly so: these SD cards include a wireless antenna that automatically sends pictures you take to your computer and to any number of photo sharing sites over your wireless network.
Our biggest quibble with the Eye-Fi cards is that they