Microsoft to announce DX11 within two weeks?
The big feature of DirectX 11 is Tessellation/Displacement while we also heard that Multithreaded Rendering and Compute Shaders are part of it. DirectX 11 also brings Shader model 5.0 but we don
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EU accidentally orders ISPs to become copyright police
Part of the EU Telecommunications Package, agreed by MEPs on Monday,
could be interpreted to endorse cutting off P2P users after a written
warning or two, even though the author claims that was not the
The disputed text, which some are claiming is deliberately concealed within impenetrable legalese, states that national regulators - such as the UK's Ofcom - must promote "cooperation" between access providers and those "interested in the protection and promotion of lawful content".
This would seem to be beyond the provision of basic information, and could be interpreted to mean regulators have a responsibility to turn ISPs into law enforcement bodies policing the internet for copyright holders.
Arguments about the technical feasibility of such an action are irrelevant. It's not the law-maker's job to know how a law can be enforced, it would be up to the ISPs and copyright holders to work out who to accuse and what action to take, and up to the courts to decide if action was taken inappropriately.
More fundamentally, the question is if ISPs should take responsibility for the traffic they carry.
But one of the MEPs responsible for the text, Malcolm Harbour, was quick to explain that this is not the intended meaning at all:
"The interpretation ... is alarmist and scare-mongering and deflects from the intention which was to improve consumers' rights," he told the BBC. Harbour also found time to debate the text on Radio 5 (mp3 - first item), where he reiterated that the legislation has more innocent intentions, and promised to amend the text before the final vote in September if enough people found it misleading.
Leak reveals Xbox 360 Pro debut due
Microsoft is to release a 60GB Xbox 360 this month, if an allegedly leaked email from the software giant is to be believed.
According to a report by Xboxfamily.com, an email was supposedly sent by Microsoft
Scythe Announces Ninja 2 CPU Cooler
Scythe announced Ninja 2, the improved version of its Ninja fanless CPU Cooler.
According to the press release, the novelty offers 5% performance increase during fanless operation (65W TDP at 25
Samsung ships low-cost 128GB SSDs
Samsung tonight said it has started mass production of 128GB solid-state drives based on multi-level cell (MLC) technology that should dramatically reduce the cost of switching to flash storage in notebooks. By using a new implementation of the format, the Korean firm says it has managed to provide inexpensive storage without hurting the relative speed that would otherwise need a faster but expensive single-level cell drive: any of the new drives can read at 90MB per second and write at 70MB per second, making them faster than most any notebook-class rotating hard drive and faster than earlier SSDs.
While the new drives use typically less reliable MLC, the storage is also more reliable, Samsung argues. A typical example of the new drive should last 80 to 100 years on average compared to just four or five years for most spinning drives, which often die from accidental shock or from physical wear on top of the magnetic storage itself. These SSDs also consume little power at just 0.5W in active use.
The full 128GB is available in both a 1.8-inch Serial ATA II format for ultraportable notebooks and handheld devices, and a larger 2.5-inch format for more common notebooks. A 64GB drive is also available for less expensive systems, while Samsung's promised 256GB model is due towards the end of this year.
Ironically the company hasn't named customers or prices but is a regular supplier of SSDs for several high-profile notebook producers, including Apple for its MacBook Air, Lenovo and its ThinkPad X300, as well as multiple performance systems from Dell and its Alienware label. Samsung also regularly sells its SSDs as stand-alone upgrades through some dealers.
Acer launches $499 Aspire X1200 mini PC
Seriously, say you only Internet on your PC, use a little Word and spreadsheets, watch a movie .. then this might be a win to purchase. Acer introduced three new AMD Athlon X2 powered Aspire X1200 mini PCs. The cheapest model costs $449.99 and features a Athlon X2 4850e processor from AMD, NVIDIA GeForce 8200 IGP graphics, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, DVD burner, Windows Vista Premium SP1 and a 14-in-1 memory card reader.
ACER - Offering powerful desktop components and expansion capabilities in a small box, the Acer Aspire X1200 desktop enables users to enjoy high-definition movies, games and theater-like sound while maximizing space in the home. Featuring AMD dual-core processors, NVIDIA GeForce 8200 on-board graphics and PCI Express 2.0, it
Fanboy makes it into the dictionary
Webinar is "one more example of the significant ongoing trend for electronic technologies to add words to the language," Merriam-Webster publisher John Morse said in a Monday press release about the 100 or so new words in the 2008 edition of the influential reference guide.
That's in line with Merriam-Webster's choice of the term "wOOt"--with its roots in video game culture--as the word of the year for 2007.
The 100 or so new words in M-W's latest dictionary reflect societal trends beyond technology. For example, some stem from culinary arts, such as prosecco (a sparkling Italian wine), soju (a Korean vodka distilled from rice), edamame (immature green soybeans), and pescatarian (a vegetarian whose diet includes fish).
But my favorite new entry, by far, is mondegreen, defined as "a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung." According to M-W, the term was first coined by author Sylvia Wright in 1954, when Wright wrote an article for The Atlantic magazine confessing to a childhood misinterpretation of the Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Moray." "When she first heard the lyric, 'they had slain the Earl of Moray and had laid him on the green,' she felt terribly sorry for the 'poor Lady Mondegreen,'" according to the press release.
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW motherboard launched
EVGA has released its latest FTW-branded (For the Win) product, the nForce 780i SLI motherboard.
EVGA improved the PCB with a 8 phase power distribution (up from the previous 6), all-solid capacitors, VDroop control, support for 1066 MHz DDR2 memory (was limited at 800 MHz), a more overclocking friendly BIOS and on-board Clear CMOS, Power and Reset buttons.EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW:
- Reach extreme overclocking speeds supporting 1333MHz FSB and beyond.
- 8 phase power design for superb stability and performance.
- Solid state capacitors and ferrite core chokes allow for better overclocking and stability.
- Convenient layout with on-board Clear CMOS, Power, and Reset buttons.
- Friendly system BIOS features with easy to use overclock and voltage settings.
- Extreme DDR2 speeds of 1066MHz and beyond.
- NVIDIA SLI certified
- Intel socket 775
- 45nm CPU ready (Yorkfield & Wolfdale)
- 8 Phase power design
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- 2-Way and 3-Way SLI support
- 6 SATA-2 ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, JBOD
- On-board buttons for CMOS/Power/Reset
- HD Audio - 7.1 Channel
Lian-Li releases MUSE C36 | C37 HTPC cases
Lian-Li has introduced quite a lot of new products recently and today they add two new HTPC cases: the $159 MUSE PC-C37 and $219 MUSE PC-C36. Both models have a slim 435mm x 94mm x 378mm (W x H x D) form factor with enough room for two 3.5" HDDs and a 5.25" optical drive.
The PC-C37 will support a micro-ATX motherboard, as well as a standard ATX PS/2 power supply and can only use low profile cards. However, the PC-C36 supports the Micro-ATX form factor and will be shipped with a 300W TFX power supply as standard. The TFX power supply which has an 8cm internal fan as well as the usual exhaust fan has been aligned to assist in venting the hot air trapped inside the case. In addition, because of the slim line TFX PSU, the PC-C36 has the extra room internally to cater for two different back panels, which can fit between either 4 low profile cards, or two full size PCI/PCI-e cards via the riser card.
For both Chassis, the solid structure is all aluminum, offering significant cooling functions over standard steel cases, while giving a sleek and superior aspect of elegance. In addition the front mounted I/O ports, including 2x USB 2.0, 1x Firewire 1394 and microphone and headset speaker jacks give the chassis more complete options.
Lian Li attention to detail is paramount, and special anti-vibration spring clips prevent the panels from rattling, while special rubber rings support the HDD
Guru3D Hot Deals
We haven't done this little bit in a while. With all the crazy stuff going on in the graphics arena I figured now's a good time to check some of the best prices:
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - $184.99 /
Run NV Medusa Demo on Radeon DX10 Hardware
If you have a DX10 class graphics adapter from ATI and just for the sake of it would like to run NVIDIA's latest Medusa technology demo, launched alongside their GeForce GTX 200 series parts, now you can, thanks to a little patch provided by ToMMTi Systems.
You'll need the 239MB Medusa demo executable itself, which can be found on NVIDIA's nZone site. Indeed, this demo is well worth a look for NVIDIA graphics board owners too.
You can then find the tiny update available to 'unlock' the demo on Radeon HD 2/3/4000 series hardware available for download. All of the instructions regarding how to patch and use the Medusa demo on AMD hardware is included within the archive.
ECS X48T-A mainboard review (Intel X48)
ECS X48T-A mainboard (Intel X48)
Typically an X48 chipset based mainboard will start at roughly 250 USD. The two chips the mainboard manufacturer has to purchase from Intel total up towards 90 USD alone. Pretty high-end gear for sure as Intel's X48 chipset brings support for the all new 1600 MHz FSB processors, two 16x PCI-E 2.0 slots, which you can use for ATI CrossFire, two ATI graphics cards and heaps of nice features.
I'll spill the beans already for today, you can pickup this product for 199 USD. And it even looks superb. But is it really any good ?
You can read the review here:
Radeon HD 4870 X2 Might Feature 2GB GDDR5 Instead of 1GB
We heard gossip that HD 4870 X2 (R700) might be released with 2GB of memory. Still, a trustworthy source confirmed that samples with 2GB of memory will reach manufacturers in mid-July.
Referring to graphics card manufacturers, the source claims that the "senior brother" of ATI Radeon HD 4850/4870 will be officially introduced late in July, when AMD starts shipping reference cards with 2GB GDDR5.
In mid-August, partners of AMD that plan on releasing custom products will start receiving 4870 X2 (RV770XT) GPUs.
As you know, Radeon HD 4870 features 8 x 512 Mbit GDDR5 chips produced by Qimonda. We've seen 16 chips on images of R700 - 8 per side. Thus, 2GB capacity can be reached only by using 1Gbit chips. According to the source, Qimonda launches shipments of such chips this month. Besides, Hynix also has similar offerings.
Optical disc with 400 GB capacity !
Pioneer has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world.. Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc (BD). This multilayer technology will also be applicable to multilayer recordable discs. The Pioneer 16-layer optical disc technology, capable of storing much more data than the conventional discs on one disc, will greatly reduce the number of discs to be used and therefore contribute to the conservation of resources.
Pioneer will present the details of this research at the International Symposium on Optical Memory and Optical Data Storage 2008 (ISOM/ODS2008) to be held in Hawaii from July 13.
Tokyo, July 7, 2008 - (JCN Newswire) - Pioneer Corporation has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world*. Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc (BD). This multilayer technology will also be applicable to multilayer recordable discs. This development has bolstered Pioneer's confidence in the feasibility of a large-capacity optical disc, which is expected to become necessary in the near future.
For multilayer optical discs, it has been difficult to obtain clear signals from each recording layer in a stable manner due to crosstalk from adjacent layers and transmission loss. Utilizing the optical disc production technology that it has developed in the DVD field, Pioneer solved these problems by, among other things, using a disc structure that can reduce crosstalk from adjacent layers, resulting in a 16-layer optical disc that can playback high-quality signals from every layer.
As for the read-out system, Pioneer achieved stability in the playback of recorded signals by employing a wide-range spherical aberration compensator and light-receiving element that can read out weak signals at a high signal-to-noise ratio in the optical pick-up mechanism. Since the optical specifications of the objective lens, such as NA (Numerical Aperture)**, are the same as those for the existing BD discs, it is possible to maintain compatibility between the new 16-layer optical disc and the BD discs.
Palit's GeForce 9800 GTX+ Spotted
You'd nearly forget but, this week is the week where we'll see GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards surface. Starting off with Palit, Equipped with the 55nm built G92b chip, Palit's 9800 GTX+ has its GPU, 128 Stream Processors and 512MB of memory set to 738, 1836 and 2200 MHz respectively. Tri-SLI support is also included, as are CUDA. The GTX+ is targeted against ATI's Radeon 4850 performance and price wise.
Is that a frog on the packaging ?
Vadim computers is no more
North London based High end PC builder Vadim seems to be in financial difficulties that are so big they went into voluntary liquidation. Though not know among you guys, Vadim made jaw-breaking custom PC's. Unfortunately that's a very slim market, combined with high prices.
It's a sad thing, hopefully temporary, ending for a company which over the past four years won quite a few awards for its exotic water cooled, custom-built gaming and multimedia rigs.
The part of the problem, according to Vadim, was that the company couldn't continue with the status quo: it was either expand the operation, or die out. Due to the current orchestrated credit crunch in the Western hemisphere, the potential investors bolted.
Vadim PC made for BFG shown at CeBIT 2007.