SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis review [Guru3D]
A review on the SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis. A fully functional HTPC chassis, with proper cooling, front panel, UV lit fans all at a very sharp price of just 79 USD. Sunbeamtech offers their Acrylic HTPC case in two versions: a clear non-UV reagent acrylic (HTPC-T) or using a blue UV-reagent acrylic (HTPC-HUVB), the model we reviewed.
Though a Acrylic HTPC chassis might not be a logical choice for many unless you are living in Miami, at 79 USD is might make a really fine desktop chassis as well.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
MS may owe $8.5b for misleading Vista logo
At the heart of a suit is an accusation that many of the PCs factored into the damages were given the Vista Capable logo despite lacking the graphics chipset or other hardware necessary to run all of the features in more advanced Vista versions, such as the Aero Glass interface.
Microsoft has publicly denied any attempts to mislead the public and already claims the damage values are exaggerated beyond what would be granted if the plaintiffs won the case.
However, internal Microsoft e-mail published by the court shows Microsoft as having bowed to repeated requests by Intel to certify a low-end mainboard chipset as Vista-capable despite Microsoft objections both before and after the certification took place. Intel chief Paul Otellini is believed to have met his Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer as part of this pressure and would thus suggest knowledge of the plan at the company's highest level
Danamics drops LM10 liquid metal cooler
Not really a surprize if I have to be honest. Danamics has given up on the LM10 cooler, which was world's first liquid-metal processor cooler. The cooler was released about two months ago but its very high price and disappointing performance made it an unattractive choice.
Danamics says the LM10 was meant as a limited edition product, and suggests a new range of high-end liquid-metal computing products are slated for later this year.
AMD Phenom II Overclocked to 6.5GHz With Liquid Helium -220C
Download FEAR 2 - Project Origin demo
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin tells the story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. At the center of the calamity is the mysterious Alma, whose rage against those who wronged her triggered a chain of events that have spiraled completely out of control. Now that she has free reign, the consequences will be unimaginable.
Download the F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin demo for Windows XP and Vista
Thermaltake Element S Chassis
ThermalTake launched its Element S series cases, the S stands for silence, sophisticated, spacious, stream & speedy. The Element S case has anti-vibration and noise reduction material on the side panel, a stealth black interior, room for seven HDDs and three 5.25" devices, along with enough room for up to seven fans, including two large 230mm models.
In the beginning of a new 2009, Thermaltake presenting a whole new line of chassis
Palit launches custom GTX260 Sonic 216SP
Palit introduces their Palit GeForce GTX260 Sonic 216SP. The overclocked edition Palit GTX260 Sonic 216SP is the first custom designed graphics card that combines the innovative DUAL FAN cooling system with the high performance ad power efficiency.
Continuing the Sonic brand
Memory maker Qimonda files for bankruptcy
Owned by Infineon, Qimonda's bankruptcy will result in the majority of its 12,000 employees losing their positions, which is on top of the 3,000 job cuts the company announced back in October. Some of these jobs are in the US, though an unspecified number of the employees may be absorbed by Infineon. Qimonda is expected to continue its admittedly crippled operations and restructuring program with the support of a court-appointed preliminary administrator.
Download CoreTemp 0.99.4
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature. Intel and AMD published detailed, public information about the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. (How it works).
This feature is supported on all Intel Core and Core 2 based processors as well as the whole AMD's Athlon64 line of CPUs. For a full list of supported CPUs see the CPU Support List.
Download - click here
Download HWMonitor 1.13
The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE IT87 series, most Winbond ICs, and others.
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors such as abit uGuru and Gigabyte ODIN power supplies serie are supported too.
HWMonitor does not need to be installed. Just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files.
The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
New in Version 1.13:
- Preliminary support of Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro.
- Support of new mainboards.
Download - click here
Corsair Dominator 6GB 1866 MHz DDR3 review
Corsair Dominator 6GB 1866 MHz DDR3 review
Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM Tri Channel, 1866MHz, DHX test and review - DDR3 memory has become a every important and integral part of the Core i7 eco-system and obviously memory vendors jumped on that. Corsair released its a 6 GB (3x2GB) 1866 MHz Triple Channel memory kit at CAS latency 9, it's available under SKU (product code) TR3X6G1866C9DF and comes with a Dominator airflow fan.
To date this is one of the best DDR3 memory kit we have had in our hands.
You can read the full Guru3D review right here.
Intel 320GB SSD in Q4; new Turbo Mem & Havendale CPUs 2010
Intel are planning on producing 320GB solid-state drives within a year, based on the success of the company
Dell ships UltraSharp 22-inch 2209WA with IPS panel
With recent releases like S2209W, S2309W and SP2309W, We lost faith at some point if all DELL Ultrasharp has gone with cheaper TN film panel fabrication, boosting ridiculous dynamic contrast and fast panel response rate for the expense of color accuracy. Not so, apparently, there
chip claims multi-gigabit transfers on 60GHz RF
The Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a CMOS chip that is capable of transmitting 60GHz RF signals. The technology is claimed to be capable of wireless data-transfer speeds in the multi-gigabit range. Potential applications include high-speed short-range communication between desktop computers, data centers, wireless home audio or video systems, or moving gigabytes of photos and video to and from mobile devices.
The single-chip component integrates a low-power radio with an embedded antenna, while drawing only 100 milliwatts of power. GEDC researchers have experimented with a variety of configurations, reaching speeds up to 15 Gbps at one meter, 10 Gbps at two meters, and 5 Gbps at five meters. Tests also successfully streamed uncompressed 720p or 1080i video.
Ecma International recently announced a global standard for the 60 GHz RF technology, with the full specifications expected to be published as an ISO standard sometime this year.
Microsoft: Majority of Windows 7 installs to be 64-bit
Microsoft believes Windows 7 will be the tipping point for 64-bit. DailyTech heard over 25 percent of Windows Vista installations in the US at the end of 2008 were 64-bit, and Microsoft thins the majority of Windows 7 installations will be 64-bit.
Jon DeVaan, Senior Vice-President of the Windows Core Operating System Division, agrees. "From our point of view we believe that we have accomplished the tipping point in terms of 64-bit adoption. Now, this happened to a large degree because memory prices are coming down, and another dynamic that we've seen in the United States is that the retail channel is looking to use RAM upgrades as a way to boost margin. So what that means is that 64-bit machine run rate is increasing rapidly, and that means our ability to support those 64-bit machines fully in the broad ecosystem is a really important thing."
Any PC with 4GB of RAM or more must use a 64-bit installation of Windows in order to address the full amount of RAM. Typically a 32-bit installation would recognize a maximum of 3-3.5GB of RAM.
Instead of purchasing a 32-bit version and then having to change to 64-bit later when they purchase more RAM, many are choosing 64-bit at the start. Over 75 percent of Windows sales are based on OEM installations of new computers. The majority of Core i7 platforms are also using 64-bit operating systems, due to the triple channel memory setup using more RAM.
A-DATA XPG DDR3 memory used to break SuperPI record
A-DATA proudly announced its XPG DDR3 2133MHz memory was used to break the SuperPI 32m world record:
The record was set by utilizing the DFI Lanparty UT X58 motherboard and XPG X Series v2.0 memory, the DDR3-2133X v2.0 2GBx3 triple-channel kit.
The SuperPi 32m record of 6min 40sec 360ms was achieved at a speed of 2237 MHz and latency settings of 8-7-7-21 using DDR3-2133X v2.0 2GBx3 triple-channel kit.
The XPG DDR3-2133X v2.0 is engineered with heavy Aluminum heatspreaders and active dual-fan to keep the RAMs operate in low temperature environment. Through the combination of the cooling methodology, the XPG DDR3-2133X v2.0 is able to maximize its OC performance. Moreover, it was awarded with the prestigious Taiwan Excellent 2009 Award for its distinctive design.
Seagate releases proper firmware fix for Barracuda 7200.11s
Good news! Barracuda 7200.11 owners can now download a new firmware fix that (hopefully) won't brick their drives. Seagate has put out yet another statement with the latest on the bricking fiasco:
Seagate has isolated a potential firmware issue in limited number of Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives and related SATA drives based on this product platform, manufactured through December 2008.
In some unique circumstances, the data on the hard drives may become inaccessible to the user when the host system is powered on. While we believe that the vast majority of customers will not experience any disruption related to this issue, as part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, Seagate is offering a free firmware upgrade to proactively address those with potentially affected products. This new firmware upgrade corrects compatibility issues that occurred with the firmware download provided on our support website on Jan. 16. We regret any inconvenience that the firmware issues have caused our customers.