VIA unveils EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX mainboard supporting H.264
HD video is very much in demand for products that are small and have low prices. This is what makes the netbooks and nettop flooding the market so popular today. VIA has announced its latest pico-ITX board for very small form factor devices that can still support playback of full 1080p video over HDMI.
The board is called the EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX mainboard and it uses the latest VIA VX855 media system processor. The processor allows the small system to play H.264 video at full HD resolution. The device provides hardware acceleration for VC1, WMV9, MPEG 2/4, and H.264 codecs.
The board measures 10cm x 7.2cm and uses the fanless VIA Eden ULV processor. The system supports up to 2GB of RAM and requires no fan. The device also has HDMI out, a VGA port, and a pair of USB ports.
NVIDIA's GT300 yields pretty bad ?
Aaah, so many rumors -- which we tend not to take surious as well are not that kind of website.
This one is just too interesting though, so allow me to be a gossip queen for once. There's this rumor that NVIDIA's GT300 (upcoming GPU for their high-end graphics cards) is yielding really bad.
As the rumor goes a short while ago TSMC produced four GT300 wafer samples. It is reported that first batch of four 300mm wafers only had seven valid GT300 chips.
To get an idea -- there are 104 GT300 GPU chips per wafer. 7/（4x104）=0.01682 So that's 1.7% of working chips. Good yields should be about 50% -20%.
Assuming this is the 40nm node, which we believe it is, it seems TSMC has got aquite a challenge ahead of itself. Hopfully this can be improved soon.
But then again, this is a rumor at best and nothing else.
Corsair launches HX650W PSU
Corsair introduced the HX650W, a new 650W modular PSU that offers a single +12V rail that provides up to 52A. The unit has 80 Plus Bronze certification and features an ultra-quiet 120mm fan.
The HX650W joins the multi award-winning HX750W, HX850W and HX1000W as part of Corsair
Intel puts up a fight against $1.45 billion EU fine
As you guys know Intel Intel accused Europe's top antitrust regular of failing to meet the required standard of proof when it fined the chipmaker $1.45 billion in May for anticompetive practices against AMD.
The company said it would appeal, Intel seeks to annul in whole or in part the European Commission's decision, annul or reduce substantially the level of the fine imposed, and order the Commission to pay Intel's legal costs.
Intel noted that it would appeal, and the company recently laid out its case against the European Commission, the administrative wing of the European Union. In a nutshell, Intel argues that the EC:
- Failed to address evidence that AMD was increasing market share during the period in question;
- Failed to establish a causal link between Intel's discounts and customer decisions not to use AMD;
- Failed to analyze how those discounts impacted consumers at all;
- And failed to stick to legal procedures as it decided to fine Intel.
AMD Athlon II X4 620 review
AMD releases their Athlon II X4 620 and 630 quad core processors. That first one, the 620 will be priced at sub 100 USD prices, meaning you get to enjoy and reap the benefits of multi-core processing for 100 USD. These are the cheapest quad-core processors to date.
AMD switched over to the less expensive 'Propus' design for the Athlon II X4 620 and 630. Propus doesn't have any physical 6MB L3 cache at all. That does have an effect on performance yet as the results show, the processor performance however definitely remains good enough for pretty much any application. Standard desktop workload, Photoshop, even video editing thanks to the four cores is really do-able.
Check out the review right here.
Gigabyte custom Radeon HD 4770
A Turkish game website under the name Videokonsolu reports Gigabyte is going to launch a new custom-design Radeon HD 4770 graphics card. Here are the specifications:
40nm RV740 GPU
640 Stream Processors
750 MHz GPU
3200 MHz Memory
1 GB GDDR5
Ultra Durable VGA with Solid Capacitors and 2oz PCB
DirectX 10.1, Crossfire X, UVD 2.0
Intel to Focus IDF on Shift to 32-nm 'Westmere' Chips
According to sources on the web Intel has begun producing 32-nm "Westmere" chips, the focus of the company's Intel Developer Forum in two weeks.
Intel plans to announce on Sunday night that is has begun manufacturing its 32-nm shrink of its Core microprocessor line, which the company refers to by the umbrella code name of "Westmere". Those chips will be spearheaded by the so-called "Dales" chips -- "Clarkdale" for the desktop, and "Arrandale" for the notebook -- which will contain an Intel CPU and graphics core together in the same package. Arrandale is expected to ship during the fourth quarter of 2009.
Intel is also expected to announce that its has developed a system-on-chip technology to complement its CPU efforts, leading to improved versions of its SoC efforts for the consumer, commercial, communications, and other markets. In addition, Intel plans to announce new transistor improvements.
Intel will also talk about a new second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistor formula, which will give Intel "a 3+ year advantage in addressing leaky and energy inefficient transistors," according to a blog post from Intel spokesman Bill Kircos. Intel has shipped more than 200 million 45nm CPUs using high-k+ metal gate transistors, Kircos will say.
The Intel Developer Forum will begin on Sept. 14 in San Francisco, a frequent venue for what Intel refers to as its "geekfest".
As always, Guru3D is not invited for IDF.
Cooler Master Sentinel Advance mouse review
Yes, it's finally available on the market. Cooler Master have launched their Sentinel Advance mouse, yeah the one with the cute little OLED screen inside. It's funky, it's new, it's slightly refreshing. The coolest thing has to be the fact that Cooler Master integrated a little OLED screen inside the mouse... and that certainly is a first. So without further ado, let's fire up this review and check out what CoolerMaster has in store for us with the Sentinel Advance mouse.
Cooler Master integrated a little OLED screen inside the mouse... and that certainly is a first. So without further ado, let's fire up this review and check out what Cooler Master has in store for us with the Sentinel Advance mouse.
Check out this review here.
EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System starts shipping
The EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System that comprises of a couple of handsome 17
Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Up To 21 Hours
Windows 7 will be out before you know it, so it
802.11n Is Now An Official Wi-Fi Standard
And it only took them 7 years ! We
Sandisk Introduces Extreme Pro CompactFlash Cards do 90 MB/s
Today Sandisk announced a new line of compactflash cards aimed at professional photographers with read & write speeds of up to 90MB/s over a UDMA-6 bus.
The Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards feature the company
Intel working on second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistors
- Intel's 32nm CPU process is now certified and Westmere CPU wafers are moving through the factory in support of planned Q4 revenue production.
- Intel is now advancing to the second-generation high-k+ metal gate transistor formula, giving Intel a 3+ year advantage in addressing leaky and energy IN-efficient transistors. Intel has shipped >200 million 45nm CPUs using high-k+ metal gate transistors.
- For the first time, Intel has developed a full-featured SoC process technology to complement the CPU-specific technology. This version is for our smarter System on Chip (SoC) product efforts, which emphasize lower power transistors.
- These advances combine to deliver record performance in terms of the highest drive current (electricity that flows when a transistor is on); the lowest leakage currents (keeping a lid on wasteful or lost electricity) and the tightest gate pitch (how closely transistors can be pack in) versus any reported 32nm or 28nm technology in the industry.
- In addition, our NMOS transistors now have 19% performance improvement over their 45nm counterparts and our PMOS transistors now have a 28% performance improvement over their 45nm counterparts.
New Blu-ray Laser Could Enable 100GB Media
Media giant Sharp announced that they have developed a new Blu-ray laser that can read triple- and even quadruple-layer media, which could me 75GB or 100GB recordable discs.
This light is extremely strong at 500mW and is made possible thanks to an aluminum oxynitride layer that is located between the laser's crystal and the standard dielectric film which is meant to protect the laser. Among the benefits include the ability to read a drive twice as deep as current dual-layer Blu-ray drives as well as writing at 8X speed across all four layers. This could potentially mean 75GB or 100GB recordable discs. However, ther's no word on pricing or maturity of the technology.
ECS P55H-A motherboard review
In a somewhat lower price segment you however can always find ECS, originally being an OEM supplier that slowly penetrated the retail market they make really nice gear these days, but always with a lower budget in mind. Face it, the high-end market is crowded and as such ECS always tries to deliver a product that certainly can compete at a baseline level, yet at a better price.
Today as such we'll have a look at yet another P55 motherboard, ECS is launching their P55H-A which is a Black Edition that comes with some nifty additional features and really tasty looks, and it doesn't break the bank.
You can read this review right here.
Realtek HD Audio 2.33 Driver out
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.
Driver Package R2.33
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Download - click here.
Thermalright Unveils MUX-120 LGA-1156 CPU Cooler
Thermalright today announced its mid-range CPU cooler which is exclusive to Intel's newest socket, LGA-1156. The Thermalright MUX-120, like most other coolers from the firm sports the trademark tower design consisting on a CPU block from which arise four 6 mm heatpipes, conveying heat to an aluminum fin array with 48 fins.
Now if you didn't notice this ... we have been using this cooler in all our P55 / Core i5 articles ;)
Bundled with the cooler is Thermalright's X-Silent 120 mm fan (1200 rpm, 23.5 dBA max, and 41.8 CFM) and a tube of ChillFactor 2 thermal compound. Check out some of the articles to see what it can handle temperature wise. It really is an okay cooler.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat will get DirectX 11
In a new blog post on the AMD website they talk about how their new graphics chips support the DirectX11 API which will launch when Microsoft releases their new OS Windows 7 on October 22.
According to the latest information four games that use DirectX 11 are on the way:
Aliens vs. Predator (February 2010)
BattleForge (DX11 patch expected in October)
DiRT 2 (December 2009)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat (October 2009)
In addition to technical details, the article also reveals that support for DX11 is snowballing, as the slate of games to use the API has now tripled (to three). In addition to the already announced DX11 support in DiRT 2, they also list GSC Game World's upcoming S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat and EA's already released free-to-play RTS BattleForge as DirectX 11 games.