Windows 7 SP1 released Today
Microsoft has announced that the first service pack for Windows 7 operating system would be available for public download from February 22 onwards.
For users, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 doesn't pack any new feature but is a cumulative bunch of security updates and hot fixes. From today, Microsoft Developer Network subscribers, TechNet subscribers and Volume License customers would be able to download the Windows 7 SP1. Windows 7 SP1 would be available as a direct download from Microsoft Download Center or through Windows Update. Before you start updating:
- Ensure the laptop is plugged in to an electrical outlet (AC) while installing Windows 7 SP1
- Save work and take back up of important files before you start the installation since it requires a reboot and implements number of changes
- Installing Windows 7 SP1 requires a bit more hard drive space. Use Disk Cleanup tool to assist in freeing up hard drive space.
For those who may want to free up hard drive space, it is possible to remove the service pack installation specific files after installing Windows 7 SP1. After installing Windows 7 SP1, you can remove the service pack installation files by running Disk Cleanup and clicking on the 'Clean up system files' button and checking 'Service Pack Backup Files' to free up space.
Xtreamer Ultra HTPC
Game releases for Feb 21 Feb 28
This week sees the first DLC for Fallout: New Vegas released on the 22nd as well as the major releases Bulletstorm and Killzone 3. Also of note for old school gamers is the Dreamcast Collection, available on PC and Xbox 360 from the 22nd.
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic review
Palit submitted their GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic, a product that comes with a nice factory overclock and a rather silent cooler. It comes factory clocked at 900 MHz on the primary GPU core and 4200 MHz on the memory at default. All factors combined deliver a product onto the market that is quite interesting performance and features wise, a product that is noiseless and has a power consumption level we can all life with.
But hey now, have a quick peek at the Palit model and then let's head onwards into the review.
FinalWire AIDA64 v1.60
Corsair Gives 25nm SSDs A Suffix
Corsair shared more info its plans for the upcoming transition from 34nm to 25nm NAND flash memory on its solid state disks.
The 25nm NAND flash memory is cheaper to manufacture but the downside is that it's less durable and somewhat slower than the previous generation. The company says more over-provisioning will be needed to ensure reliability, and reports tests show a roughly 3-4 percent drop in performance. All of Corsair's new Force SSDs with 25nm NAND will get an "-A" suffix to make it easy to determine the difference with the 34nm disks.
Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced its plans for the upcoming transition from 34 nanometer to 25 nanometer flash chips used on its solid-state drives.
Google Chrome 10 beta shows big boost in JS performance
Google has made Chrome 10 beta public, you can grab it over here. This new release promises a 66 percent enhancement in java script performance and offers GPU-accelerated video support, which should decrease CPU usage by up to 80 percent. Other new features include password synchronization and two new settings features that make it easier to customize Chrome to your liking.
In our new beta release, java script is as quick as a bunny. With a new speed boost that we previewed in December, Chrome
Jurassic Park - The Game Trailer
Operation Flashpoint Red River Gameplay Trailer
Intel 510 SATA III - 6G SSD soon
Obviously the product is aimed at PC Enthusiasts, gamers and workstation users. The 2.5" 9.5mm drive is available in two capacities: 120GB and 250GB.
The 510 series features :
- Up to 470MB/s Read; 315MB/s Write (128K Seq, 8GB span, QD=32)
- Up to 20,000 4K Rand Read; 5,000 4K Rand Write (8GB span, QD=32)
- Compatible with Intel 6 Series Express Chipsets
- Intel 34nm NAND MLC
The 120GB version will cost about $280 while the 250GB version will cost about $580.
Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2g soundcard review
With a name like X-Meridian 2G, the guys at Auzentech have a tough act to follow, is the design up to the task? Today in the Guru3D Audio Lab we have a brand new Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G, so let's get to it and see if Auzentech can release a new version of a legendary audio card.
The original X-Meridian marked a dramatic shift in the market and peoples understanding of these devices. Since the XM was focused on sound and component quality, new users started taking notice of what was actually on their cards instead of just what features they offered.Check out the Guru3D review right here.
Sparkle Calibre X570 Graphics Card
Sparkle introduced the Calibre X570 graphics card , delivering cooling performance and the broadest set of features for gamers who demand the best. With the excellent cooling solution from Accelero Xtreme, the Calibre X570 Graphics Card brings ultimate DX11 performance with OC function.
This offers opportunities for enthusiasts and anyone intent on more hardcore applications to tap their full, powerful potential. Compared to reference GeForce GTX 570 graphics cards on market, the the Calibre X570 Graphics Card is overclocked out of box, it boosts the core, shader and memory clocks significantly to 772MHz, 1544MHz and 4212MHz, bringing better performance in the latest DX11 games.
Accelero Xtreme Cooling Solution
Using the Accelero Xtreme cooling solution from Arctic Cooling, the Calibre X570 Graphics Card provides ultimate cooling weapon for hardcore gamers. The Accelero Xtreme features 5 heatpipes, 107 fins and 3 PWM fans. The radical optimized air flow design is targeting to cool effectively up to 225 Watt heat dissipation. The Accelero Xtreme can dramatically cool the temperature of the GTX 570 GPU at least 15
PhotoFast GMonster3-XV2 Series 6G SATA SSD
Flash memory afficionado PhotoFast expanded its line of ultra-high performance SSDs with the GMonster3 XV2 series, which are based on the 2.5-inch SATA form-factor, making use of SATA 6 Gb/s interface.
The drives use a Marvell-made controller, which combined with MLC NAND flash chips, churns out transfer rates of up to 500 MB/s read and 450 MB/s write. The drive supports the TRIM garbage-collection feature that keeps write performance up to the mark at all times. Available in capacities of 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB; the GMonster3 XV2 drives will be priced at $110, $200, $400 and $800, respectively, when initially released in Japan, later this year in April.
GeForce GTX 590 and GTX 550 Ti pops up in New Beta Driver
The GeForce GTX 590 and GeForce GTX 550 Ti cards are nearing. GeForce GTX 590 is a dual GF110 GPU solution with 3GB GDDR5 memory while GTX 550 Ti is based on GF116-400, comes with 1GB GDDR5 memory.
We think (and hope) that the GTX 590 is based on GF110 cores and packs 1024 stream processors, 128 texturing units, 96 ROPs and dual 384-bit memory interfaces.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 is ideal to compete with AMD's Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles" GPU that is also expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2011.
Duke Nukem Forever video's
GeForce Forceware 266.77 Windows Vista 7 WHQL
This driver set was released by eVGA, it supports most series GTX 200/400 and 500 cards. Currently there's no release notes available, however our forums indicate this is a proper and new WHQL set. Be sure to share your experiences in our forums, right here.
OCZ Vertex 3 PRO SSD review
We review the Vertex 3 PRO from OCZ. This SSD reaches read speeds of 550 MB per sec with write speeds of 500 MB per sec and makes use of the SATA 6G / SATA III interface.
Granted that if the source is equally fast, that means you could copy the entire content of a CDROM in just over a second towards the SSD. So without further ado, have a peek at the OCZ Technology SATA III based Vertex 3 PRO.
You can read the full review right here.
Sharkoon DriveLink converts SATA to USB 3.0
Sharkoon developed the DriveLink USB 3.0, a handy device that can be used to connect any SATA device to your PC via USB 3.0. The DriveLink USB 3.0 uses a 12V adapter and measures just 58mm x 56mm x 21mm (L x W x H). It's sold in Europe for around 21EUR.
With the DriveLink USB3.0 we introduce a USB3.0 compatible adapter to SATA devices which can be conveniently and easily attached through a USB3.0 port to a computer. The adapter is suitable for hard drives, solid state drives, and also optical drives in the overall sizes of 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" which feature an external SATA interface. The DriveLink USB3.0 includes and is equipped with Backup Software for the simple execution of data backup security.
- Enables the external usage of 2.5"/3.5" and 5.25" SATA drives via USB3.0
- Suitable for HDDs, SSDs (max. 2 TB) and ODDs
- One click backup function
- USB3.0 interface (compatible with USB2.0 and USB1.x)
- Data transfer rate: max. 5 Gbit/s
- Status/transfer LED and Backup button
- Multi-purpose (PC, Laptop etc.)
- No additional drivers needed for Windows XP/Vista/7
- Dimensions: 58 x 56 x 21 mm (L x W x H)
- Weight: 54 g