Download: ATI Catalyst 9.4 WHQL Windows 7, XP and Vista
Only Radeon HD2xxx, HD3xxx, and HD4xxx series desktop graphics cards are supported.
- ATI Catalyst
Download Forceware 185.68 Vista and XP
This new driver supports GeForce 9-series, 100-series, and 200-series desktop GPUs
New in Release 185.68:
- Optimized performance for the PC game The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
New in Release 185:
- Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 275 GPU.
- Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications.
- Accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185 drivers vs. Release 182 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 11% performance increase in Call of Duty: World at War
- Up to 5% performance increase Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
- Up to 22% performance increase Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror
Intel Core i7 920 with D0 stepping surfaces
Early February there was already a rumor that Intel would be working on a new build/stepping of their Core i7 920 processor. It was the same month that we told you about the upcoming Core i7 950 and 975 Extreme as well, with an expected release of Q2 this year.
As it seems the new D0 stepping has started selling in in Japan at
Daily deals April 8 2009
So it's time for the mid-week daily deals. I'm trying to be creative with the subject, and figured .. we never did a daily deals on the stuff we stare at every frickin day. That's right, let me show you a selection of monitors.
Now we are going for affordable LCD monitors here, that always means TN screens, before you all start throwing 600 USD+ IPS screens at me :)
- Dell S2409W Black 24" Widescreen - First up is Dell, this screen is 24" and I actually have two of these myself, though older models. They are 1920x1080 and I remember buying them at 1000 EUR a piece at the time, that why I find this price a little disgusting really. Tears to my eyes folks .. it brings tears to my eyes to see them sell at $249.99 Dell make really good monitors. Great price.
- Samsung 2333SW Black 23" Widescreen - If you can live with 23" (imagine your girlfriend say that!) at a resolution of 1920x1080, then the Samsungs offer true value. Dell has them on sale folks $199.00 and that's a hard to beat price alright.
- Acer V223Wbd Black 22" Widescreen - Going from cheap to cheaper. Acer screens really are okay though. This one is 22" and comes at a 1680 x 1050 monitor resolution. It's on sale at a $159.99
- Acer X193Wb Black 19" Widescreen - One more Acer, for those on a budget. Really 19" and a monitor resolutions of 1440 x 900 .. at $119.99 that's hard to beat.
- HP (Hewlett-Packard) L1710 17 - last but not least ... yet it can get even cheaper. No widescreen yet 4:3 but still 17" 1280x1024. This HP monitor is selling for only $78.99 (!) an excellent budget monitor.
Server Version Of Windows 7 Already Coming 2009
Bill Laing, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Windows Server and Solutions Division, confirmed that Windows Server 2008 R2 (Windows 7's server version) is already being released in 2009. A release candidate is supposed to be available during the following weeks, just as the RC of Windows 7. This means that Microsoft is actually ahead of its schedule with Windows 7. Since server versions of an operating system usually ship after the desktop version, this is good news for all those who are hoping for a release of Windows 7 in 2009.
As an interesting side note, a new build of Windows 7 was found online, as well. Compiled on April 4th, its build number is 7105 and it's very likely that the soon available RC of Windows 7 will be a build 7100.
Intel officializes new logo and rating system
Intel decided to further complicate (ehm, did I just say that out loud) theit rating system with little stars.
Intel also made new company logos for the various brands of processors official, which first surfaced in February. The new system involves segregating processors based on the performance indices they offer, measured by "stars", five stars being the top-tier of processors offering the ultimate technologies and performance, down to one stars with value and reliability. The grading system is best described by the company.
Each processor is assigned between one and five stars depending on a combination of features, including cores, GHz, cache, and other technologies. More stars indicate greater features and increased capabilities compared to other Intel processors.
The list of processors segregated by the new rating system can be found here.
Two a lot ? Try 23 GeForce GTX 295 Videocards in a single server
Yeah, we don't doubt the Atlas Folder could handle Crysis. But despite outfitting his server with 23 -- TWENTY FRICKIN THREE! -- gual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 videocards, Jason Farqu
Patriot's Warp 128 GBRevision 3 gets faster
We recently tested the Patriot Warp v2 SSD, seriously fast already. Just Weeks later they announced their 128GB Warp SSD v3, Patriot's newest addition to the Warp Series.
The 128GB Warp SSD v3 provides and quenches your thirst for speed. With blazing transfer speeds up to 240MB/s read and 160 MB/s write this drive is a perfect solution for a wide range of applications that require ruggedness, minimal power consumption, cooler temperature and silent operations.
Keeping reliability in mind, the Patriot Warp 128GB SSD v3 drives has 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) and built in wear leveling technology. Warp's v3 continues to be in a 2.5" form factor with SATA I/II connections for fast, reliable data transfer rates.
Same speeds as the OCZ Vertex, which we'll be reviewing next week. Amazing how fast this tech develops.
Phobos Gaming system now with 2 BFG GTX 275 graphics cards
Acer AspireRevo will be first NVIDIA Ion nettop
Acer and NVIDIA introduced the AspireRevo, which is the first nettop based on the NVIDIA Ion platform. The Acer AspireRevo features the Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz processor, NVIDIA MCP79 chipset, up to 4GB DDR2 memory, up to 250GB HDD, 4-in-1 memory card reader, six USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, eSATA and Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic. Models with dual-core Intel Atom processors are expected later.
All of this comes into a tiny 1 liter enclosure that measures just 180mm x 180mm x 30mm (7.1" x 7.1" x 1.2"), it's about 30x smaller than a regular PC case but still packs a lot of power. The AspireRevo is very energy efficient system for desktop PC work that can also handle 1080p HD video and modern games like Call of Duty 4, albeit not at high quality settings of course.
The price of the Acer AspireRevo is expected to be around $300, but availability is unknown.
No larger than a typical hardcover book, the AspireRevo is a fully capable desktop with advanced graphics and impressive multimedia features. Equipped with NVIDIA ION graphics, the system can handle a wide variety of computing needs including high definition video, gaming, sharing digital photos, surfing the web, and other tasks consumers expect from full-size systems.
The AspireRevo represents a sharp break from 20 years of big, power hungry, and expensive PCs by delivering a full PC experience in a small, energy efficient, and affordable system. NVIDIA ION graphics make this possible with performance that is 5-10 times faster than traditional PCs with integrated graphics.
"The AspireRevo is small and quiet enough to go anywhere, yet big enough to handle all the needs of your digital lifestyle," said Gianpiero Morbello, corporate vice president of marketing for Acer. "It's perfectly suited for the living room, because NVIDIA ION provides a brilliant graphics experience with digital photos, watching video, and playing family-friendly games."
"The Acer AspireRevo with our new NVIDIA ION GPU is so small and powerful it's unbelievable," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Watch Blu-ray movies1 and HD movie trailers, or clean up jerky, dim cell phone videos for internet streaming. This is the perfect PC for today's consumers."
Assassin's Creed 2 teaser unveiled
I gotta say, I liked this game very much, but it became reeally repetitive after playing ot for a while. Anyway, Ubisoft confirmed they're working on Assassin's Creed 2 and released a short teaser.
This game is under development for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, it's expected sometime in 2010.
YouTube losing over a million a day
YouTube sells ads on less than 3 percent of the Web pages that could carry commercial messages, analyst Spencer Wang wrote Friday in a note to clients. To boost that percentage, Google needs to standardize ad formats and better demonstrate that ads on YouTube help sell products, he wrote.Read more at Seattle Times.
Weakness at YouTube led Wang to cut his 2009 profit estimate for Google to $4.68 a share from $4.83, according to the report.
Google stock has fallen more than a third from its 52-week high last May, hurt by slowing growth in the online-ad market and by the decline in the broader stock market.
"Despite the growth of YouTube's user base, there is little evidence to suggest Google has been able to materially monetize this usage," Wang wrote. "In light of the current ad recession, experimental budgets are being trimmed."
Sun Microsystems Rejects IBM Acquisition Offer
Just a few days ago, we reported about a possible acquisition of Sun Microsystems by IBM. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal announced though that "Sun's board rejected a formal acquisition offer by IBM on Saturday, sending a notice terminating Sun's agreement to negotiate exclusively with IBM. IBM on Sunday withdrew its offer to buy Sun, said a person informed about the situation.
Why Sun rejected the offer remains a mystery so far, as they did not release any kind of statement or information regarding their decision. Especially, since IBM offered about twice the value per share, as Sun was traded for, compared to March when the talks had started. Apparently Sun had already approached 20 other possible companies which all rejected or at least were unwilling to take any risk by buying Sun Microsystems.
This means that should these takeover talks completely collapse, Sun would have to face a very bumpy road ahead, though:
"Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein, said the Sun "board is going to have a lot of explaining to do if they turned down an offer of $9.40 a share," noting Sun's recent stock lows and the deteriorating outlook for tech spending. He added that the public disclosure of the talks with IBM "casts uncertainty among customers about Sun's future."
Download: EVGA Precision v1.6.1
eVGA precision allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
EVGA Precision v1.6.1 (2009-04-1)
- Added PCB temperature monitoring (also known as board, ambient or environment temperature in other hardware monitoring tools) for display adapters equipped with additional thermal sensors (e.g. 8800GTX or GTX 200 series).
- Added workaround for NVIDIA driver's internal fan control timing issues causing wrong fan speed to be displayed on the slider during switching from automatic to manual fan control mode on display adapters equipped with discrete ADT7473 fan controllers under certain conditions.
- Added new OSD tab to advanced Precision settings window. New tab allows users to define global hotkeys for toggling On-Screen Display visibility and allows disabling On-Screen Display header.
- Now Precision can display system time in On-Screen Display header.
- EVGA On-Screen Display Server has been updated to version 3.2.1. New version includes improved exception handling and no longer crashes on startup after closing the previous running instance of the server improperly (e.g. due to crash or due to forcible server process killing via the task manager).
- Various code and skin engine cleanups and optimizations.
Download - click here.
Shoot'em up video games sharpen vision: study
Smooth Creations Redeemer Mobile Core i7
Smoothcreations today, in collaboration with BFG, are proud to announce the Smoothcreations
OCZ releases UPS
OCZ Technology unveiled the Pro-Source 1500, the first Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) from PC Power & Cooling. Built for absolute stability and reliability from one of the most trusted names in power supplies, the Pro-Source 1500 UPS is the cost effective power protection solution for today
Windows users will be allowed to downgrade to XP from Win7, skip Vista
Windows XP is a solid operating system, if a bit outdated. The Windows 7 Beta has been promising, and is a definite improvement in both speed and stability over Windows Vista. However, some people might not share my warm feelings towards Microsoft