Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X review
We test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Toxic Vapor-X edition graphics card. Armed with a nice vapor chamber heatpipe based cooler and with it's clock frequency locked at a steady 960 MHz, this little beast is ready for some serious gaming action.
And it doesn't stop there though, even the nice phat 1 GB graphics memory is clocked higher at 4200 MHz.
This is seriously one of the best Radeon HD 4890 cards we ever tested.
Check out our review right here.
New Smooth Creations Creation
The bro's at Smooth Creations wanted to create a new 'CPU ranking' PC so they went all wild on building a new system. Now before we continue let me also mention that we have a new Smooth Creations review lined up real soon.
But this rig .. well check it out ... Danger Den blocks and liquid cooling, BFG graphics cards, ASUS Rampage II motherboard, WDC drives in RAID, Core i7 975 at 4.3 GHz. The last thing I heard from the CEO was ' It does 35.500 points in Vantage !!'. Anyway, as always, let the photo's tell the story as we snagged some for you.
Check out the thumbnails you guys, and be amazed. That is a fairly sick build.
Learn more about Smooth Creations here.
MSI MSI 760GTM-P33 launched
MSI introduces the 760GTM-P33 professional mainboard. This mainboard is based on the 760G chipset with ATI HD3000 graphics supporting DirectX 10 and Hybrid CrossfireX. Furthermore, the 760GTM-P33 is equipped with USB Safeguard for protection against ESD damage and TPM technology for safely storing confidential data. Also, MSI's exclusive APS power saving technology ensures this mainboard of power efficiency.
The MSI 760GTM-P33 targets the professional market. Not only is this mainboard Windows 7 Ready, it is also WHQL certified. Additionally, for data security, MSI
Alienware OptX AW2210 1080p LCD display
Alienware launched a new display today that
Einstein Sound Master Photon Ball iPod Dock
Philips prices 56-inch Cinema 21:9 HDTV
Philips has priced its 56-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio Cinema 21:9 HDTV it first introduced just after CES in January. While release dates are still unknown, the TV will cost the equivalent of about $7,400 in Europe. The unique aspect ratio results in a complete absence of horizontal black bars without distorting the image found in movies that are shot in the widescreen format.
While images are not stretched, the TV uses Philips' smart pixel technology to manipulate everything else to fit the screen. The set also has a record number of pixels, at 8.3 million. To get the full benefit of the set, however, users need to play movies recorded on Blu-ray discs.
There is still no indication of exactly when Philips will ship the set in the UK, but as the company announced it is leaving the North American market, the TV will not be sold in the US nor Canada.
Mushkin back into the Graphics Card Market
Mushkin has announced its entry in the graphics card market with the launch of a complete series of GT200-based graphics cards. This new line will be part of the company's ultimateFX family of graphics processing units, which will apparently be comprised of GeForce-based solutions.
As part of the new series, Mushkin has debuted a couple of new products, namely the ultimateFX GeForce GTX260, GTX260 (1792MB), GTX260 OC, GTX260 OC2, GTX275, GTX275 OC, GTX275 OC2, GTX285 and GTX285 (2048MB). As you can see, there are a number of new models waiting to make themselves useful in your high-end desktop PC.
The new cards will be delivered in special little wooden boxes that the company has trademarked as the
Gigabyte P55 motherboard preview (P55-UD4P)
So this sneak preview is merely a quickie session with photo's about Gigabyte's P55 offering.
Meet and greet the Gigabyte P55 UD4P motherboard.
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Koolance GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB Water Block
Koolance released their liquid cooling water block for the Single PCB based GeForce GTX 295.
The product can be found under product code (SKU) VID-NX295S. The cooler offers full-durface cooling for the GPU and most important contact points. The package bundles a full-coverage cooling plate also for the the rear-side of the card, where 14 out of 28 of the card's memory chips are located.
Judging from the photo, this block uses nickel-plated copper, topped with an acrylic jacket.
The block is sized at 24.2 cm x 12.3 cm x 1.8 cm, and it weighs art a whopping 1 kg (roughly). It uses a standard G 1/4" nozzle threading. The VID-NX295S priced at US $159.99, and is available from the Koolance store.
Inno3D unveils iChill mini-ITX ION motherboard
Inno3D announced a new mini-ITX motherboard based on NVIDIA's ION platform, the iChill motherboard makes use of the reference design and will likely ship with the single-core Intel Atom N270 and the dual-core Atom 330.
We've yet to hear of confirmation of models or pricing, but we'd expect the board to ship in two flavours - one featuring an integrated single-core Atom N270 processor, and another sporting an integrated dual-core Atom 330.
NVIDIA's ION chipset brings with it a GeForce 9400m IGP, with a GPU clocked at 450MHz and 16 stream processors clocked a 1,100MHz. The board provides two DDR2 DIMM slots, supporting up to 8GB of 667MHz/800MHz RAM, and is bundled with a 90W external power supply.
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Graphics card maker fed up with reference designs
The Inquirer reports major Taiwanese graphics card makers are fed up with ATI's and NVIDIA's forcing of reference graphics card sales. The companies complain the reference designs offer no opportunities for brand recognition and have very poor margins:
How much margin? On average, for every percentage of profit a board vendor gets from selling a reference board, they make 3 per cent from a minor rework, 8 per cent from a major and 20 from a total rework.
The reporter says graphics card vendors are looking forward to Intel's Larrabee, which is expected to give vendors early access to the GPU design so they can release custom designed Larrabee cards at the same time as the chip and its reference design card launch.
But these reworks take time, so there is often a one- or even two-quarter lag between the availability of the reference and the reworked cards. And that erodes profit margins on the reworked cards.
Hence all the board vendors - including the few remaining NV- or ATI-only houses - are eagerly awaiting Intel Larrabee, precisely for the design freedom it is expected to bring.
Well, remember .. it's the inquirer.
More on AMD TWKR CPUs
Recently we already reported about this but AMD has revealed more details on their 'TWKR' Black Edition CPUs. AMD confirmed that TWKR CPUs are designed to handle more voltage, which in turn allows them to safely be cranked up to higher clock speeds provided you have extraordinary cooling.
AMD says that the chips are limited edition parts -- less than 100 CPUs will be made -- and won't be made available to the general public. AMD has posted three TWKR photos on their AMD Unprocessed flickr account, and a new Youtube video has been released showing off their OC'ing prowess (CPUs are OC'ed to speeds in excess of 6.5GHz on LN2 and liquid helium). Here are the highlights straight from AMD:
- The AMD Phenom II X4 42 Black Edition TWKR processor is a limited-edition chip created to provide extreme overclockers with a powerful tool to initiate serious performance.
- Designed to reach the utmost performance barriers under extreme cooling, this part demonstrates AMD's superior engineering design quality.
- The TWKR parts can handle more voltage, scale higher, and run faster than other processors on the market.
- As the same processor that AMD used to demonstrate the record-breaking overclocking potential of AMD Phenom II CPUs earlier this year, the TWKR processor is unmatched in yielding high frequencies at extreme cold temperatures, like in this video here.
- With less than 100 processors worldwide, these TWKR processors will not be for sale.
- AMD is giving these parts to select members of the extreme overclocking community as a tribute for their support and to encourage them to push the limits of overclocking.
- AMD understands that overclocking is not for everyone. For mainstream users that don't push their desktop PCs to the absolute limits, the same engineering that goes into the extreme performance of 'TWKR' processors can be found in every AMD Phenom II processor available today.
NVIDIA GT220 and G210 DX10.1 GPUs surface
More info on the value-oriented G210 (GPU), which will ship with 24 stream processors clocked at 1425MHz, while the graphics core operates at 600MHz. GPU-Z also confirmed 512MB of DDR2 running at 790MHz, although DDR3 support would also be offered. The board's memory interface is just 64-bit, with peak memory bandwidth of 12.6GB/sec. The cards will supposedly sell for $30-$35 and replace today's GeForce 9400 in NVIDIA's lineup.
Upping the performance factor is NVIDIA's GT220 GPU, which was previously codenamed GT216. GT220 ships with 48 shader processors clocked at 1373MHz and 625MHz graphics core clock, while the memory interface is 128-bit wide and runs at 800MHz (although the GPU-Z screenshot indicates 790MHz). VR-Zone says 3 variants will be offered, with each SKU shipping with a different memory type: DDR2, DDR3, or GDDR3. Up to 1GB of memory will be offered and prices will top out at $60.
This GPU is intended to replace the GeForce 9500 family.
Windows 7 preorder big success on Amazon
Well, of course Windows 7 preorders for $49 - $99 are going to be a hit, beats the heck out of buying it for full retail. The two offers have proven exceptionally popular on Amazon.
The Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade package vaulted to No. 1, not just in Amazon's software store, but among all electronics products on the site. Meanwhile, the Windows 7 Professional upgrade was No. 2 among software products. Amazon also has a lot of Windows 7 info on its site, as well as a paid delivery option that guarantees that the product will arrive on October 22.
Windows 7 has completely sold out of pre-orderable copies in Japan, which combines sales from the 17 retailers involved with the early orders. Apparently, this is a grand total of about 30,000 copies of the operating system, and it took 1.5 days (out of the 10 that were allocated) for this event to happen. Don't think that this offer hasn't been popular in the U.S., though; Windows 7 immediately shot to the top of Amazon sales.
The Pirate Bay Sold To Advertising Company for $7.8m
In a press release, the Swedish advertising company Global Gaming Factory X AB announced that they acquired The Pirate Bay, popular Swedish torrent indexing web site, for SEK 60,000,000 ($7.8 million) - SEK 30,000,000 in cash and the rest in newly issue shares.
"The changeover of ownership is scheduled for August 2009, whereby GGF will take over the operation of the site. The company says that after it has completed the acquisition it will launch new business models so that copyright owners get paid, which is clearly a huge diversion from TPB
NVIDIA CUDA Technology might Support AMD GPUs
In completely weird news today NVIDIA is said to be working on enabling its prestigious CUDA technology for AMD's GPUs. This solution will enable application developers to optimize their products for use on GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD, using the CUDA technology. Consequently, this will enable NVIDIA, currently the world's leading vendor of graphics processing units, to gain from the GPU sales of its main competitor, AMD.
There are a number of general purpose GPU (GPGPU) computing standards available today, including OpenCL and Microsoft's DirectX Compute, both of which are currently supported by two leading graphics chip makers, NVIDIA and AMD. However, the two rival companies have also developed their own solutions, with NVIDIA placing a big bet on its CUDA technology, and AMD trying to make up for lost space with its Stream solution. However, according to a recent news-article on the techradar, citing NVIDIA's chief scientist, Bill Dally, the company could be working on further expanding the working environment for its CUDA solution.
Patriot Torqx Solid State Disk Sneak Peek
Currently we are reviewing the new Torqx Solid State Drive, we have the 128GB version in house. Armed with a very sexy multi-channel Indilinx SSD controller and a nice fat 64MB cache we'll be looking at the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD. A drive that has the latest revision firmware installed and when we bring it onto automotive terms .. an SSD with a lot of torque.
The Patriot Torqx series SSD is available in several capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB: the read/write performance of the 128GB and 256GB drives are specified at 260 MB/Sec Read | 180 MB/Sec Write.
A full review will be up and running soon.
Auzentech X-Fi HomeThreater HD
Auzentech announced its shipment dates for the X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card. Reviewer shipments of the X-Fi HomeTheater HD will begin the second week of July. According to Auzentech the sound card will also go into full production at that time, enabling customer shipments to begin at the end of July.
"We are excited to officially announce shipment dates of the X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "We appreciate the patience of all our customers, distributors, and dealers who have waited anxiously for this sound card."
The release of the X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card to reviewers and customers follows the completion of several rounds of testing by Auzentech staff to match the sound card to a full spectrum of home theater equipment. Auzentech reports that because the X-Fi HomeTheater HD is "a groundbreaking product in the home theater sound card space," its staff will actively support reviewers as they perform their tests.
The X-Fi HomeTheater HD is the result of cooperation between several companies that include Auzentech, Creative Labs, Cyberlink, and Silicon Image.