ATI releases Catalyst 8.11 drivers
ECS X58B-A motherboard review (Intel X58 chipset) [Guru3D]
Guru3D Motherboard test - ECS released a drop-dead gorgeous looking X58 motherboard. It's feature rich has a few hidden Easter eggs and get this .. it's less than 249 USD. Now this motherboard is a Black Edition. Meaning black PCB, a solid color schema connector wise, extra hidden features like micro switches for power/reset and even CMOS CLEAR, optical audio TOSLINK outputs, copper heatpipe passive cooling, dual GigE Ethernet and heck it's even SLI certified for two way SLI.
Now it might not be able to compete with 350-400 USD counterparts .. but it's certainly able to be just as fast and very likely the most affordable X58 motherboard you'll find on the market today.
Check it out, read the review here.
AMD debuts 45nm 4-core Shanghai Opteron
AMD says improved design methods, such as 45nm immersion lithography technology, led to higher clock speeds ranging from 2.3 to 2.7GHz. Other new features include support for DDR2-800Mhz memory, and a larger 6MB Level 3 cache. The company says its streamlined manufacturing process has laid the foundation for further improvements due early next year, including enhanced Direct Connect Architecture with coherent HyperTransport 3.0, providing up to 17.6GB per second of bandwidth for processor-to-processor communication.
Shangai includes new energy-saving features "Smart Fetch" which temporarily shuts down cores during idle time with what the company claims is "zero impact on application performance or data already in the cache." AMD's CoolCore technology -- which shuts down unused sections within each core -- has been extended to the Level 3 cache, so that parts of the cache can be turned off independently to save power.
The company says virtual machine users will notice significantly faster "world switch" time and improved hardware-based virtual memory management. Since Shanghai uses the same "F" socket as its predecessor, AMD says the cost of upgrading is reduced. The next generation "Istanbul" processors will also use the Socket 1207 architecture
AMD says the 75-watt quad-core Shanghai models are now available, with the 55-watt Opteron HE, and 105-watt SE models available in the first quarter of 2009. The company also provided hints about similar upgrade to its desktop line. Due early next year, the 45nm "Dragon" platform will replace the current "Spider" line released earlier this year.
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 for Core i7
At Core i7 launch Noctua informed us already they're giving free LGA1366 mounting kits to all their customers and today the firm released a new LGA1366 cooler for Intel's Core i7 processor. The NH-U12P SE1366 is build around the NH-U12P heatsink, it ships with two fans and features Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system for the LGA1366 socket.
"Intel's new Core i7 CPUs mark an exciting advance in processing power, but they definitely require a high quality heatsink if you want to cool them without the expense of excessive noise", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "We strive to provide an easy entry into the world of premium quality quiet cooling with the new NH-U12P SE1366, offering a premium value package that gives you everything you need to cool Core i7 CPUs quietly!"
Built around the top quality NH-U12P heatsink, which has received more than 100 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines, the NH-U12P SE1366 ships with Noctua's SecuFirm2
ASUS Xonar Essence STX unveiled
Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers the purest, cleanest audio to offer users the ultimate audio experience ever from a sound card. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS
Dell XPS 430 Desktop PC unleashed
Dell rolled out the XPS 430 desktop PC, seems like they dropped the SideShow display from the XPS 420 and made the hardware a bit beefier. Prices start at $1,099 for a rig with a Intel Core 2 Q8200 processor, ATI Radeon HD 3450, 6GB 1067MHz DDR3 memory, 640GB HDD, DVD burner, 425W PSU and Windows Vista Home Premium.
For $300 more you get an upgrade to a Q9300 processor, 22" Dell SP2208WFP display and 750GB HDD. Check it out over here.
Shuttle SG45H7 media center mini-PC
Shuttle presents the XPC Barebone SG45H7 - a new mini PC designed for multimedia.
Shuttle Inc., the market leader in the Mini-PC segment and manufacturer of Multi-Form-Factor solutions today announces its brand-new XPC Barebone with Intel G45 Express chipset. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SG45H7 is ideally suited to deliver high-resolution 1080p picture quality. Furthermore, heat dissipation and noise level have been further improved in this model. As a unique feature amongst Mini-PCs, up to 16GB of DDR2 memory can be installed in four memory banks.
"The integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics engine with Intel Clear-Video technology ensures effortless and brilliant HD-playback", explained Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH.
The Best Selling PC Games (week ending Nov 1)
1. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
2. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $46
3. Fallout 3 Collector's Edition / Bethesda / $69
4. Spore / EA Maxis / $50
5. Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $50
6. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack / EA Maxis / $20
7. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $16
8. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
9. Fallout 3 Survival Edition (Amazon.com Exclusive) / Bethesda / $120
10. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Premier Edition / EA LA /
Gelid Silent Spirit review CPU cooler
Recently Gelid silently introduced their thermal paste and silent design fan, a couple of weeks ago they however launched their Gelid Silent Spirit, as you can guess a heatpipe based cooling solution which we'll put to the test.
Today we'll test a Intel Core Extreme QX9770 processor in both a default and overclocked state with this cooler and check out what we get returned temperature wise. But first let's have a peek.
You can read the review here.
Thermaltake liquid cooling Bigwater 780 530cc big water tank
Let me just copy and paste the press release so you can decide for yourself to burst into laughter or not. The new Thermaltake 3U drive bay liquid cooling Bigwater 780 is an all-in-one device that has every little detailed parts carefully designed. You can monitor the coolant circulations from the front panel of your chassis. Bigwater 780 has a 530c.c. big water tank that keeps you carefree of coolant fulfilling troubles for a very long time.
The coolant controlling works is also very simple with the transparent design and easy fulfilling structure. Thermaltake Bigwater 780 comes with the P500 pump reaches maximum circulation capacity to 500L/hr. This allows the integrated cooling process of CPU, GPU, Memory, HDD and even chipsets, satisfying the future upgrading demands of liquid cooling players. The double racing car level radiators provide maximum cooling surface for the high end users.
Thermaltake Bigwater 780 satisfies the five core elements of cooling performance, space saving, easy installation and upgradability that you look for when selecting liquid cooling system at the same time. Thermaltake
Seagate responds to freezing 1.5TB HDDs
Tom's Hardware received a response from Seagate regarding an issue with Barracuda 1.5TB HDDs that randomly pause or hang for up to several seconds during certain write operations:
AVG anti-virus mistakenly tags user32.dll
Oohhhoow man, a recent definition update for the popular AVG Free 7.5 and 8.0 anti-virus apps mistakenly tagged a Windows system file and told users to delete it: "An update for the AVG virus scanner released yesterday contained an incorrect virus signature, which led it to think user32.dll contained the Trojan Horses PSW.Banker4.APSA or Generic9TBN.
AVG then recommended deleting this file; this causes the affected systems to either stop booting or go into a continuous reboot cycle. So far, the problem only appears to affect Windows XP, but there is no guarantee that other versions of Windows don't have the same issue." According to this post on the official forums, AVG has acknowledged the problem and "immediately" posted a new definition update without the false positive.
If it's already too late for you, the post suggests either booting in safe mode or using the Windows XP installation CD's recovery console to copy user32.dll from C:\Windows\System32\dllcache to C:\Windows\System32.
Call of Duty: World at War Patch v1.1
- Mods are now enabled in Co-op, Single Player, and Multiplayer.
- Players will now be notified when a new patch is available.
- Improvements for SLI support.
- G_Spawn: no free entities crash has been fixed.
- Server no longer runs out of script variables.
- License key is no longer required to run a Dedicated Server.
- A Dedicated Server can now be started from the Command Line via Remote Desktop Connection.
- Various fixes in Server Browser.
- Players will no longer see multiple friend invites from the same friends.
- When a player calls in a recon plane in a Hardcore match, the HUD will properly appear.
- Clan Tags will now display in game where appropriate.
- Map holes fixed
- Spawn improvements and weapon balancing
- Remote desktop now works with dedicated servers
Meet the Smooth HD SCinema | Home Theater PC
And nope, I did not spell SCinema wrong ! Let's say you have 20 grand to spare .. like anybody .. *caughs*, now you might be interested in getting yourself some sweet HTPC setup, you know with the cool Klipsch sound system. heck, some go really over the top and spend 6 million USD on like the example here.
So the guys at Smooth Creations figured, let's make a theme HTPC and just go flat out over the top on a complete HTPC kit. So they teamed up with BFG, Klipsch and some others and came up with this.
BFG a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards and power supplies, introduced today in collaboration with SmoothCreations a nationally known system builder that builds custom painted high performance gaming computers; are proud to announce the Smooth HD Cinema. The Smooth HD SCinema home theatre pc is powered by an Intel 9770 Quad Core and a two BFG Geforce 280 GTX
Call of Duty World at War VGA article updated
I've received a couple of request with the question if we could add some SLI and CrossfireX results to this test. Unfortunately I'm seriously short on time, yet was able to add some additional results bringing these charts up-to 19 tested VGA configurations.
Included now in the test are GeForce GTX 260 (Core 216) SLI, GeForce GTX 280 SLI and ATI Radeon 4870 2-way CrossfireX.
You can find the article here.
Asus EAH4870X2 and EAH4830 Series Graphics Cards
The new Asus designed graphics cards EAH4870X2 and EAH4830 Series are equipped with specially designed fansinks that deliver extreme cooling of up to 24
Circuit City files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Circuit City, one of the top five retailers in the US for selling games, has filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This move comes on the heals last week of its decision to close 155 stores in the US. The even worse news? Circuity City announced it would lay off 700 more workers in addition to the workers that would be displaced by the closing of its 155 stores.
The company's decision is believed to be prompted by a rapidly worsening credit crunch as part of a weaker US economy, which has put pressure on Circuit City to reduce its more than $2.3 billion debt. Some companies have insisted on upfront payment for goods delivered to the stores rather than allowing the company to put items on credit. Circuit City has just $3.4 billion in assets.
Apart from broader business decisions, the company's bankruptcy is believed prompted by the rapid expansion of Best Buy, which targets the same general electronics audience and regularly strikes exclusive deals for special products such as the iPhone 3G, which is normally only available through either Apple or AT&T shops. Best Buy has said it may occupy the spaces of stores like Circuit City or its similarly troubled equivalent CompUSA to expand its reach in certain areas.
RICHMOND, Va., Nov 10, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) today announced that it has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ("Bankruptcy Court") in Richmond, Va. The company plans to continue operating the business without interruption as management focuses on developing and executing a comprehensive corporate restructuring plan. Circuit City's Canadian operations also will be seeking protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada ("CCAA").
In conjunction with the filing, Circuit City is seeking customary authority from the Bankruptcy Court that will enable it to continue operating its business and serving its customers in the ordinary course. The requested approvals include requests for the authority to make wage and salary payments and continue various benefits for employees as well as honor customer programs such as returns, exchanges and gift cards. In addition, Circuit City has negotiated a commitment for a $1.1 billion debtor-in-possession (DIP) revolving credit facility to supplement its working capital. The DIP facility replaces the company's $1.3 billion asset-based credit facility and is being provided by the same lenders. The facility provides additional immediate liquidity while the company works to reorganize the business and will permit the company to pay vendors and other business partners for goods and services received after the filing.
Nvidia Unveils Quadro FX 5800 with 4GB memory
Nvidia has just unveiled its latest addition to the Quadro line of cards with the FX 5800 which packs a whopping 4GB of memory and seems to be based on the same GT200 GPU as the company's fastest desktop offerings. The Quadro FX 5800 is launching at $3,499, and its spec sheet looks well furnished: 240 stream processors, fill rate of 52 billion texels per second, 128-bit precision, true 10-bit color support, 102GB/s memory bandwidth (which should translate to an 800MHz GDDR3 clock speed, if my math is right), and "interactive 4D modeling with time lapse capabilities."
Nvidia says the Quadro FX 5800 should be well suited to applications like "oil and gas exploration, medical imaging, styling and design, and scientific visualization." For reference, the GeForce GTX 280-Nvidia's speediest desktop card-has a 48.2 billion texels/second fill rate and a gig of RAM clocked at 1107MHz. Nvidia's numbers suggest the Quadro FX 5800 might actually be more power-efficient than its desktop counterpart, too. The company quotes maximum power consumption of 189W for the Quadro and "Maximum Graphics Card Power" of 236W for the GTX 280. Look for the Quadro FX 5800 in future workstations and from Nvidia's usual professional GPU partners, including PNY Technologies, Leadtek, and Elsa.