Deals of the Day - June 25th 09
Aah, it's been nearly a week, time for a new update of some good hardware deals. This week I'd like to scrawl through some nice AMD 790GX/FX motherboards. These things are stacked with features, offer performance and value and let's face it .. Phenom II processors are top notch. Here we go:
- ECS EliteGroup A790GXM-A - Check it out, we tested this little fucker recently and we like the value here for sure. This is the DDR2 version for an easy upgrade, spotted fore only $89.99
- MSI AMD DKA790GX - MSI has a fully integrated motherboard as well. Virtually the same features as the ECS board though. Again a DDR2 board, it's selling at $104.99
- GigaByte GA-MA790GP-UD4H - You can also go blue with this Gigabyte motherboard. It has the new ultra durable technology, meaning this board is made to last long, priced $119.99
- GigaByte GA-MA790X-UD4P - this is simple put a very sweet motherboard. It's Socket AM3 and takes DDR3 memory. Spotted for $109.99
- MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard - Again an AM3 motherboard, which takes DDR3 memory. i personally have this one, and it's really one of the best 790GX motherboards available. It comes with a higher price tag though, $191.70
Total value deal
- Asus M4A78 Plus AM3 - Now if you want to save every penny, it won't get much better than this. This is the Asus M4A78 Plus AM3. It takes DDR3 memory and is feature rich, it is selling for only $77.99 (!).
Matrox shows new graphics expansion modules
Matrox has announced the Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition (D2G-DP-IF) and TripleHead2Go DP Edition (T2G-DP-IF) Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) for DisplayPort-enabled computers and monitors:
"Matrox is pleased to offer its first external multi-display upgrades to DisplayPort adopters seeking maximum display performance across multiple displays," says Samuel Recine, Director of Business Development, Matrox Graphics. "For example, with the new TripleHead2Go DP Edition, the DisplayPort interface allows users to easily connect three displays to a single notebook to generate a purely digital connection from system to monitors, while enabling resolution support of up to an impressive 1680x1050 per external display."
The Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition and TripleHead2Go DP Edition GXMs are external multi-display upgrades that work in conjunction with your system's existing GPU to connect two or three displays
Linksys WRT160NL router
Linksys introduced the WRT160NL, a new Linux-based Wireless-N broadband router with Storage Link. It's now available for $109.99, full specs can be read over here.
Linksys' WRT160NL is not really a "normal people" router. Its bonus features cater to tech enthusiasts who don't think that connecting their home computers to one another and the internet is enough. The most notable boon here is that the WRT160NL has a version of the Linux operating system pre-installed. Geeks like to hack their routers to install Linux so they can run all sorts of Linux apps on them
Free Copy Office 2010 and Laptop From Microsoft
Might be interesting. Microsoft is looking for people to participate in their "real life stories" campaign so that you can share your story about Office 2010 with the world.
As part of the program, Microsoft will give you a laptop for at least six months and you will receive a free copy of the final Office 2010 suite when it is released. Of course, the laptop will only be loaned to you, for at least six months though. If you are selected to participate, you will also gain access to the new web-based Office suite to test out. What all must you do as part of the program? Use the Office 2010 suite and participate in interviews, phone calls, surveys, and training. As part of the requirements, you need to own less than 6 computers in your business or household. To signup for the program, head to Microsoft.com.
OCZ Summit 250GB SSD review
We test the all new OCZ Summit SSD. OCZ submitted their 250 GB version for a review. The new Summit series SSD drives come with a massive 128MB cache, and that certainly guarantees flawless operation for an operating system like XP of Vista.
The controller used in this SSD comes from Samsung. This is what the Summit is based off, a Samsung S3C29RBB01 controller with Samsung NAND flash memory (MLC). As a result we spot read speeds of up to 220MB/s and write speeds of up to 200MB/s.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Matrox Introduces M9138 and M9148
Canadian based graphic card manufacturer Matrox, currently focusing on professional multi-display video cards, introduced two new products in its M-series. The M9138 features three DisplayPort ports, while the M9148 boasts even four which are also usable as DVI ports - apparently through adapters.
The maximum resolution per port is 2560 x 1600, and both low profile, passively cooled PCIe x16 cards come with 1 GB of onboard video memory. In case you are interested in using even six or eight monitors simultaneously this is also possible by using two of these cards, as they both support a "joined graphics card mode".
Suggested MSRP for the M9138 is $395 USD, and $629 USD for the M9148.
German Court Orders RapidShare To Filter Its Content
File hosting web sites like the German owned RapidShare are currently popular alternatives for people to illegally download music, TV series and games. Being in the crosshairs of the music industry and other organizations trying to protect various copyright holders for some time already, "the Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that file-hosting service Rapidshare must proactively filter certain content," today. "Music industry outfit GEMA asked the court to ban Rapidshare from making 5,000 tracks from its catalogue available on the Internet. The court estimated the value of the tracks at $34 million."
"The decision of the Hamburg Regional Court is a milestone in GEMA
ZeniMax Media Acquires id Software
In a statement id Software announced on its web site today that it was acquired by ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks. Founded in 1991, id Software is well known for its first person shooters like the popular Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake series, among others. ZeniMax Media is a media organization which "creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Vir2L Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., and ZeniMax Online Studios.
Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, commented on the transaction: "This was a unique opportunity to team with a smart, sophisticated publisher like Bethesda Softworks where the interests of the studio and the publisher will be fully aligned in the development and marketing of our titles. In addition, we will now have financial and business resources to support the future growth of id Software, a huge advantage which will result in more and even better games for our fans."
id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles developing games at the studio.
"This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward," said John Carmack, who will continue to serve in his current role as Technical Director. "We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof, leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams while enabling forward looking research to be done in the service of all of them. We will be bigger and stronger, as we recruit the best talent to help us build the landmark games of the future. As trite as it may be for me to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am."
Realtek HD Audio 2.27 Driver released
Realtek released build 2.27 of their audio drivers.
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Download: click here
Buffalo jams 16GB in really tiny USB key
For crying out loud .. that's just amazing. If you are looking for a tiny USB drive, that can store a lot of data, then check out the 16GB Buffalo Thumbkey Flash Drives. They won't be cheap though, as they are available to pre-order for $136.29 each, but man .. that is amazing isn't it ?
Heck I'd probably loose it in a flash <- great pun there :)
Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit
Routing network cables throughout various buildings isn't the most fun. And while wireless it's good .. for massive file transportation it's just not fast enough for me. I
Zotac GeForce GTX 275 1792 MB
It seems Zotac is jumping the gun on a 1792MB version of their GTX 275 as well. As we recently shown you in this review, the additional framebuffer (graphics memory) is a waste of money you guys. Sorry, but it's the stone cold truth.
ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes the latest addition to it
More people in US with a HD DVD player than Blu-ray
The irony, Blu-ray might have won a very dirty battle against HD DVD last year but a new survey by Harris Interactive suggests the war is still far from over. The percentage of American adults with a HDTV is up from 35 in May 2008 to 47 percent today, but the amount of Americans that own a Blu-ray player is only 7 percent, up from 4 percent a year ago. By comparison, 11 percent of Americans own a machine that plays the now-defunct HD DVD format.
The future for Blu-ray doesn't look to bright, as only 7 percent of non-Blu-ray owners considers to buy a Blu-ray disc player within the next year, down from 9 percent in May 2008. So why has Blu-ray failed to excite Americans so far? Milton Ellis, VP and senior consultant for Harris Interactive, believes Blu-ray adoption is being hampered by competition from alternative technologies, such as cable and satellite TV and the Internet, all of which offer HD content.
"Consumers today can easily watch high-definition TV channels or use the Internet or video-on-demand to access high-definition movies," Ellis said in a statement. "In the near future, access to high-definition movies may be a download or streaming delivery of one's favorite movies to a home media server that eliminates the need for a Blu-ray player and Blu-ray disc."
C&C 4 surfaces in new EA online survey
We would like to tell you about a new Command & Conquer game. Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to the 15-year Tiberium saga with innovative RPG-like player progression, persistent in both single player and Multiplayer modes, co-op play, and new stylized, live-action cinematics.In related news, GameStar, a German site, has listed a release date for C&C of 2010. Meanwhile, CNCNZ hosts a back-page scan from a German magazine that hints at a Command & Conquer announcement in their next issue, out July 29th.
Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to the 15-year Tiberium saga with innovative RPG-like player progression, persistent in both single player and Multiplayer modes, co-op play, and new stylized, live-action cinematics. How would you rate the appeal of the following statement? 'Experience the epic conclusion to the Tiberium Saga.'
Which of the following features would you like to see in a future version of Command & Conquer?
- Introducing the first mobile base in RTS games: The Crawler. Focus on the action as the Crawler becomes your all-in-one base, which can be deployed and redeployed anywhere on the battlefield for even more strategic options
- Play with all new, bigger and badder, units from GDI and Nod, including the Crawler, the first ever mobile base in RTS games
- Play in epic 5 vs 5 online multiplayer with all new objective-based game modes
- Play the campaign on your own or tackle it with a friend, as co-operative campaigns return
- Play in the first ever class-based C&C game - a new challenge for C&C and RTS players to master
- Dive into an all-new story written by a new scriptwriting team and told through trademark C&C cinematics taken to the next level with grittier, stylized FMVs in the vein of Minority Report.
- Play in the first RTS game with MMORPG like player progression in which you are rewarded every time you play. Every unit you kill in single player, multiplayer, or skirmish gives you experience points that allows you to level up your abilities and unlock new units, powers, and upgrades to your arsenal.
Which do you consider the most unique features? When it comes to expansion packs and paid content, do you prefer buying via direct download or purchasing the boxed expansion/content at the store? Have you ever purchased downloadable content for a game after its release (aka premium DLC)?
Max Payne 3 Screenshots
Max Payne 3. Set 12 years after the events of Remedy's Max Payne 2 and packing a cover system that is 'not the focus of the game,' the anticipated sequel hits PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this winter.
Max Payne 3, our titular anti-hero is twelve years senior and has long quit the NYPD. Not to mention, he looks a heck of a lot different. Sure New York was pretty rough, but Max now finds himself in Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the most densely populated, dangerous and crime-ridden areas in the world. While taking odd jobs protecting Sao Paulo
OCZ launches Sabre Gaming Keyboard
OCZ announced the Sabre OLED multimedia keyboard for advanced gaming and customization complete with intelligent management software. The Sabre
Reminder - Contest 1 ending this week !
Guys and gals ! This is the last reminder for the final 'Decade of Guru3D' contest we have running. The Photo contest is still open, and we we could always use some more entries. Don't forget that we have some awesome (read ridiculous nice) prizes to give away in this contest:
- GeForce GTX 285 personally signed by Jen-Sun Huang, the man himself, the CEO of NVIDIA!
- Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card
- OCZ Blade 2000MHz 7-8-7 Triple Channel 6GB
- OCZ Vendetta 2 including Core i7 brackets
- OCZ Illuminati Keyboard
- OCZ Behemoth Mouse
- OCZ Behemoth Mousepad
- BFG EX1200 Power Supply
- ECS X48T-A
- BFG GeForce GTX 285 OC2
- Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 power supply
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Radeon HS 4870 IceQ 4+ TURBO
- Zalman NC1500 notebook cooler
- Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card
- ECS N9600GT-512MX-F
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Radeon HD 4670 iSilence 4 1GB
You have until Friday the 26th to submit your entry. Please find all information on this page.
And here are a few examples of a submitted photos.
NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review
With this kit finally available in Europe, we figured it was time for a review. In this article we will test and review the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision stereo kit. NVIDIA teamed up with Samsung to optionally bundle 120 Hz LCD monitors with their all new 3D stereo shutter glasses technology. NVIDIA on their end got driver support up and going to a state where it's really good.
Next to that, they redesigned the approach to the overall gaming experience.
A set of shutter glasses that is wireless and rechargeable, games that are supported in the new drivers will automatically kick in 3D mode and next to that, NVIDIA really wanted a cool looking kit.
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.