ASUS reveals compact five-channel speaker
ASUS introduced the Cine5, a new compact speaker that provides 5-channel sound.
ASUS today announced the launch of the ASUS Cine5 PC speaker which provides accurate 5-channel surround sound in personalized spaces such as study rooms. With its all-in-one design, the Cine5 delivers realistic and dynamic surround sound to satisfy consummate gamers and personal entertainment users. To deliver exceptionally full sound from a compact form factor, ASUS drew on its expertise in high-performance audio cards during the development.
Leading Surround Technology for True Cinematic Enjoyment
The Cine5 is the first PC speaker in the world to offer leading surround sound presence with the new "EmbracingSound Theatre HD" technology. This patented technology leverages on a discrete 5-channel output to deliver full audio surround, which users can experience whenever they are directly in front of the speaker. In a First Player Shooter game, the Cine5 provides precise sound location that improves shooting accuracy and heightens gaming thrills. The Cine5 also revives 5-channel audio from any down-mixed 2-channel source
F1 2010 Announced
Okay, this will be one of the games I'll be on the lookout for. Codemasters announced that F1 2010 will hit Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 this September.
A new generation of FORMULA ONE games will come to high definition consoles and PC later this year as Codemasters
Intel Core i7 980X review
Intel Core i7 980X (6-core) gets tested
Intel today releases it's first ever six-core consumer processor. We test the Gulftown based Core i7 980X. Intel launches the Core i7 980X processor today priced at US$ 999 in thousand-unit tray quantities.
It's scrumptious, it's delicious. Really it overclocks brilliantly as well; it's dark demonic matter my man. Head on over to the review where we'll start up a technical overview and then head onwards to an extensive benchmark session, and sure... we'll throw in an overclocking session as well. We've got a lot of ground to cover.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
Tomorrow - 11 March 2010 on Guru3D
Tomorrow a review on the following ... yeah it's still under NDA so I can't really say what it is man.
USB 3.0 performance explored
USB 3.0 performance explored
The final production sample of MSI's Star USB controller just arrived though, and that certainly makes the difference. Therefore we test USB 3.0 with the USB 3.0 ready N002 SSD, this device is able to deliver up to very fast 200 MB/s and 170 MB/s sequential read/write performance.
Will it perform good enough over USB 3.0 ?
Check it out right here.
Sceptre Reveals 24-inch Chrome HD LCD TVs
Creative HS-930i and Aurvana In-Ear 2 Earbuds
Creative has announced a couple of pairs of new earbuds - the HS-930i and the Aurvana In-Ear 2s. The former is designed for the iPhone and features an in-line microphone, and the latter are an update of the original Aurvana In-Ears.
Looking first at the Aurvana earbuds, Creative says that the new version "sports bolder aesthetics and more refined acoustic tuning". You won't see much of those aesthetics when they're stuck in your ears, but we applaud the principle nonetheless. On the acoustic tuning side, there's now a grille on the back of the buds that should offer a little more detail in the sonic presentation. They're bassy - offering a frequency response of 15Hz to 16kHz, and have an impedance of 42 ohms and a sensitivity of 110 dB/mW.
The Aurvana In-Ear 2s are made of metal, and come with an oxygen-free copper cable, gold-plated plug and a slider that can adjust the length of that cable to minimize impact noise. They also come with a travel case that includes a cleaning tool, airplane adapter and various different sized earbuds.
Over to the HS-930i, which we reckon looks rather more stylish than the Aurvana. There is a metal housing that can rotate to allow you to loop the cables back over your ears, and there's also an in-line microphone with a button that'll allow you to answer and hang up phone calls without taking your phone out of your pocket.
If you'd rather use them with your computer, they come with a PC adapter to convert the 4-pole jack into both a headphone jack and a microphone jack. On the specs side, they contain a 6mm Neodymium driver that pumps out a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz with an impedance of 16 ohms and a sensitivity of 105dB/mW.
Both sets of earbuds cost $149.00, and they're available now from Creative's online store.
Sony 3D TVs launch in June already
Reuters reports that Sony will start whipping its 3D TVs in June. The electronics giant is hoping that it can make 3D TVs count for 10% of the 25 million LCD sets it hopes to sell in its next financial year. Sony and many other TV makers are hoping that 3D TVs will help them to increase sales during the down economy that has seen TV sales decline.
We already know that Sony plans to offer a new firmware for the PS3 that will enable 3D gaming and movies and it would be safe to assume that the update will land for the PS3 in June alongside the availability of its TVs. Rival Samsung plans to launch its 3D TVs in the US this month.
Blu-ray Drive Prices slowly fall to $70
Blu-ray still won't take off won't it. Likelt because the emdia's are still way more expensive than a DVD and the players, well they start at 100 USD. Well good news on that side.
Sources report that Blu-ray disk drives are now priced between $70 and $80, which is still significantly higher than the $20 price point of DVD drives. Nevertheless, the general impression is that it is only a matter of time before the industry moves on, especially considering that the Blu-ray format is supported by companies such as Broadcom, NEC and MediaTek.
There are two main reasons why DVDs are still more popular than BRs. One is, as already mentioned, price. Blu-ray burners have definitely gotten less expensive, to the point where there is no longer a high-enough price gap to dissuade end-users from purchasing one.
Unfortunately, Blu-ray disks themselves are still considerably more expensive than DVDs. The second reason is the actual multimedia capabilities themselves. The fact that Blu-ray quality is significantly superior to that of DVDs is undisputed, but the difference is not exactly relevant for regular home TVs. Full HF video formats make more sense on wall-sized TVs or such display solutions.
NVIDIA CEO looks forward to court date with Intel
It has been a long fight, pretty much Intel is denying NVIDIA to make chipsets for Intel processors and this led to such a fight that the court now has to rule whether or not Intel has the right to make such a decision. However NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is looking forward to meet Intel in court, and added that he sees no reason to settle as his company has the bank account to go the distance in its legal dispute with the chip giant.
The CEO has taken a recent interview with Fortune magazine as an opportunity to eloquently lay out his side's case in the epic cross-licensing dispute between NVIDIA and Intel, and to let us all know that he sees "no reason" to settle with the Atom-making giant. Describing Intel's argumentation as "completely nonsense," NVIDIA's fearless leader tell us that he's eagerly anticipating the court clash scheduled for later this year.
Spire TherMax Eclipse II CPU Cooler
Universally compatible with the Intel 1156/1366/775 platforms in combination with the AMD AM3/AM2/940/939 platforms giving professionals and gamers a huge scope to utilize this impressive Diablo. Another welcome new feature are the possibility of mounting two fans simultaneously for even better cooling results. Simply installed with the included Anti-vibe rubber fan mounts installation is made tool-free and easy. This towering cooler is build to deliver the best thermal performance - guaranteed.
- Five 8mm all copper U-shaped direct touch heat-pipes
- Straight lined fins and heat-pipes allowing air to easily pass through
- 46 stamped aluminum wide fins for best surface rate
- Dimpled surface fin for increased heat transfer rate
- Black-Nickel coated heat-sink to preserve killer looks
- Two (2) 120mm BlackStar 9 blade fan design
- PCI Fan speed control unit included
- High Quality, Long MTBF Japanese No.1 Ball bearing
- Anti-Vibe universal rubber fan mountings (crews)
- Supports AM2/AM3939/940 and 775/1156/1366
- High performance up to Intel Core i7 Extreme 150W
The TherMax Eclipse II CPU Cooler is compatible with the latest ATX boards based on the Intel and AMD Micro-processors sockets 775/1156/1366 for Intel and AM2/AM3/940/939 for AMD.
TherMax Eclipse II heat-sink, Two (2) BlackStar 120mm DC Fans, 8 Anti-Vibe rubber fan mounts, PCI Fan speed control unit, BlueFrost thermal interface compound, Intel universal mounting set, AMD universal mounting set, Motherboard back-plate, User installation manual, Warranty registration card.
The TherMax Eclipse II is now available from our factory in Shenzhen, China. Distribution through Spire branch offices locations will commence half March 2010. MSRP USD 52.99 / EURO 38.95
Newegg Responds on Fake Core i7-920 CPUs
Yesterday the tech industry followed the irony and soap of one of the best online merchants taking a huge punch in the stomach: alleged sales of fake products.
As a quick recap, Newegg
Intel to release 8-core Xeons this month
This high scalability is complemented by 256KB L2 dedicated cache memory for each core, a shared L3 cache of 24MB and even Turbo Boost technology, which can disable unused cores in order to safely and effectively boost the heavily used ones. The 8-core also has a memory controller with four DDR3 memory channels and is built on the 45nm HKMG process (it is based on the Nehalem architecture).
The 8-cores will make their official debut later this month. In addition, Intel is preparing to formally add its Westmere-EP processors around the same time. These will be based on the 32nm Westmere process and will likely have six cores (aimed at two-socket servers), a 12MB L3 cache and three DDR3 channels.
AMD starts Open Physics initiative
AMD rolled out the next step of its Open Physics initiative today. AMD announced the Open Physics ecosystem has been expanded with free access to Pixelux Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), a new technology that has been tightly integrated with Bullet Physics. Starting a bit of a mud-fight AMD's Richard Huddy stated that most game developers only use NVIDIA's PhysX technology for the money they receive from the green GPU maker.
GeForce GTX 480 Unigine with 3D Vision Surround Demo
ASUS M4A89GTD (w/ USB 3.0) review
ASUS M4A89GTD USB 3.0 mobo tested
We merely released our first AMD890GX motherboard review a couple of days ago, and the new chipset is well received. But of course there are many more ODMs out there that have been preparing a new board based on the 890GX chipset from AMD.
Today we'll have a look at an offering from ASUS, namely the M4A89GTD Pro USB3. A motherboard carrying that new SATA6G controller and sure ASUS dropped a USB 3.0 controller onto this model as well.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
Guru3D now on Twitter
We certainly can't ignore all the social media, twitter is definitely one of the most popular as it's fast .. real fast. So if you like to join us, we now have a Twitter feed where all news and articles will be posted, but also litte 'extras' from your's truly every now and then.
New Ubisoft games unplayable due server issues
I actually tried to play a new Settlers Beta I received from Ubisoft yesterday and experienced this. After half an hour I caved in and gave up. Gamers are unable to play Assassin's Creed 2 as the DRM servers required to authenticate the game went down. This game has a new pesky DRM scheme that requires you to be online at all times, this means you can't continue to play when your Internet connection is down, but it also means you're totally screwed when Ubisoft's DRM servers go down. And funnily enough, people who pirated the game have no problem playing it.. This is another great example of an anti-piracy scheme that totally backfires and only hurts the people who actually bought the game.
Well, as it turns out, when the Ubioft severs go down, no one can play their games and Ubisoft customers get very upset. At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games. Fast forward ten hours and it seems that the problem still hasn't been resolved, despite the assurances from a Ubisoft representative that the servers were 'constantly monitored'
"I don't have any clear information on what the issue is ... but clearly the extended downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable, particularly as I've been told these servers are constantly monitored," said 'Ubi.Vigil', adding, "I'll do what I can to get more information on what the issue is here first thing tomorrow and push for a resolution and assurance this won't happen in the future."