Users report Intel SSD 320 firmware fix is ineffective
Users of Intel's SSD 320 series reported the recently released firmware fix did not effectively address the 8MB bug, and in some cases made the drives even more unreliable.
After installing the firmware update users reported back to Intel Support Community claiming that the new firmware did not effectively address the 8 MB bug, and has in some cases, made the drives even more unreliable. The users note that a SSD self-test cycle by the drive is causing Windows to crash with a bluescreen (BSOD).
Intel thus far has yet to respond to these posts. Just follow the thread.
Zotac GeForce GTS 450 ECO edition revealed
They should have called this the 'budget' edition really.
ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world
NZXT Sentry Mix fan controller has six 50W fan channels
NZXT introduced the Sentry Mix, a new basic fan controller with six 50W channels:
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce Sentry Mix. This high performance 6 fan controller features an intuitive slide design and a power output of 50W that will satisfy the cooling needs of enthusiasts. Sentry Mix also provides aesthetic enhancements with a matte-black finish and interchangeable numerical LED lights to color code your fan control.
Windows 8 gets native USB 3.0 support
Not really unexpected really, but Windows 8 will receive native support for USB 3.0.
Perhaps the most important aspect of USB 3.0 is the expectation that customers have of USB: it
NVIDIA still leads discrete GPU market GPU sales drop
The latest discrete graphics card marketshare data from Jon Peddie Research indicate that NVIDIA's marketshare is up 1.1 percent year-over-year, while AMD lost 0.8 percent. However, the raw data also uncovers that the amount of discrete GPUs sold is shrinking significantly as both AMD and Intel push processors with integrated graphics.
Jon Peddie Research's report also suggests the discrete GPU market as a whole is shrinking. Discrete graphics shipments slipped from 19.01 million units in the first quarter to 16.1 million in the second, and JPR expects total revenue from discrete graphics to be 33% lower this year than the last. JPR blames increasingly speedy integrated graphics, specifically those built into AMD's and Intel's latest CPUs, for the shift.
Metro Last Light 12-Minute Gameplay Trailer
As promised last month, here is the full twelve minute trailer showing off actual gameplay footage from a pre-alpha version of Metro Last Light.
Metro: Last Light will immerse the player in the haunting, desolate ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, one of the most richly detailed and beautifully realised gaming worlds of modern times. Developer 4A Games will deliver a terrifying, atmospheric single-player adventure that fuses thrilling combat with exploration and survival horror to create a unique, memorable experience.
Born to Fire Video
Born to Fire is an online class-based FPS for the PC. The game will have matchmaking, team strategies, a practice mode, personal scoreboards and shareable video replays!
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.8 CAP2 download
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
New profiles added to this 11.8 RC2:
- Deus Ex: Human Resolution
Logitech Gaming Mouse G300
Additionally, the Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 lets you store up to three game or player profiles in the mouse's onboard memory, so you can run the mouse without software or even move it between computers without having to reconfigure each time. User-configurable lighting assigns one of seven colors to each profile, so you can easily see which profile you're using. Plus, the mouse's sculpted, ambidextrous shape is equally comfortable in either hand.
"The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 is perfect for PC gamers who want intelligent features that give them real benefits in-game" said Chris Pate, senior manager of product marketing for gaming at Logitech. "Whether you need more programmable buttons for your MMO, better precision for targeting enemies in an FPS, or a compact, comfortable shape to get you through hours of gameplay, we've got it covered."
The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300's gaming-grade 2500-DPI optical sensor tracks slow or fast movements on a wide variety of surfaces, so you get exactly the action you want from every incremental hand movement. In addition, optional drag-and-drop software makes it easy to set the Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 up exactly the way you want. The software also works with G-Series keyboards and headsets, so you can create macros once and share them between your G-Series family of devices.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in September, for a suggested retail price of $39.99
Gigabyte 3GB WindForce 3X GTX 580 Card
Gigabyte is outting one more WindForce3 model, well its actually the ver same SO model we previously tested here, yet not with the framebuffer doubled up.
The GV-N580UD-3GI is the latest one featuring ultra Durable VGA components (reduce GPU temperature, adds 10-30% more overclocking potential and reduces power switching loss).
The WindForce 3X cooler boasts a vapor chamber, three PWM fans and just as many heatpipes.he VRAM.
Basically, the outfit implemented no less than 3 GB which, coupled with the 384-bit interface and the 4,008 speed, leaves little, if anything, to be desired.
Speaking of frequencies, the 40nm GPU (graphics processing unit) operates at 772 MHz, while the shaders (512 CUDA cores) work at 1,544 MHz.
JEDEC reveals DDR4 key specs
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced selected key attributes of its widely-anticipated DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) standard. With publication forecasted for mid-2012, JEDEC DDR4 will represent a significant advancement in performance with reduced power usage as compared to previous generation technologies. When published, the new standard will be available for free download at www.jedec.org.
DDR4 is being developed with a range of innovative features designed to enable high speed operation and broad applicability in a variety of applications including servers, laptops, desktop PCs and consumer products. Its speed, voltage and architecture are all being defined with the goal of simplifying migration and facilitating adoption of the standard.
A DDR4 voltage roadmap has been proposed that will facilitate customer migration by holding VDDQ constant at 1.2V and allowing for a future reduction in the VDD supply voltage. Understanding that enhancements in technology will occur over time, DDR4 will help protect against technology obsolescence by keeping the I/O voltage stable.
The per-pin data rates, over time, will be 1.6 giga transfers per second to an initial maximum objective of 3.2 giga transfers per second. With DDR3 exceeding its expected peak of 1.6 GT/s, it is likely that higher performance levels will be proposed for DDR4 in the future. Other performance features planned for inclusion in the standard are a pseudo open drain interface on the DQ bus, a geardown mode for 2667 Mhz data rates and beyond, bank group architecture, internally generated VrefDQ and improved training modes.
The DDR4 architecture is an 8n prefetch with bank groups, including the use of two or four selectable bank groups. This will permit the DDR4 memory devices to have separate activation, read, write or refresh operations underway in each of the unique bank groups. This concept will improve overall memory efficiency and bandwidth, especially when small memory granularities are used.
Additional features in development include:
- Three data width offerings: x4, x8 and x16
- New JEDEC POD12 interface standard for DDR4 (1.2V)
- Differential signaling for the clock and strobes
- New termination scheme versus prior DDR versions: In DDR4, the DQ bus shifts termination to VDDQ, which should remain stable even if the VDD voltage is reduced over time.
- Nominal and dynamic ODT: Improvements to the ODT protocol and a new Park Mode allow for a nominal termination and dynamic write termination without having to drive the ODT pin
- Burst length of 8 and burst chop of 4
- Data masking
- DBI: to help reduce power consumption and improve data signal integrity, this feature informs the DRAM as to whether the true or inverted data should be stored
- New CRC for data bus: Enabling error detection capability for data transfers
DDR3 chip prices drop again
DDR3 prices keep dropping and dropping and guess what? They dropped again, while NAND flash pricing remains stable.
Overall price trends for DDR3 revised down further in the spot market this week (Aug 15-19) with some brokers dumping products, according to inSpectrum. As of the noon session of August 19, spot pricing for white-branded 2Gb DDR3 fell 9% to US$0.71 and branded 2Gb DDR3 dropped by 3% to US$0.98, the research firm said.
While first-tier PC vendors recently announced plans to slash their 2012 revenue forecasts due to weak demand, some brokers decided to dump their DDR3 to the spot market, which made the overall price trend worsen, inSpectrum said.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 595 still might be in the works
NVIDIA may be working on a successor to the GeForce GTX 590.
It seems that a Slovenian gaming news site covering Gamescom stumbled into or heard "GTX 595". The site goes on to mention that the GTX 595 is "a dual-GPU card that is not yet out," adding that "NVIDIA provide[ed] special drivers for EA gamescom to improve a little gaming experience (and probably reduce bugs )."
As TPU already reported, according to older news previously the idea behind GTX 595 (as it's now being referred to), is to strengthen the VRM circuitry of GTX 590, to perhaps facilitate higher clock speeds, and try to create a clear performance lead over Radeon HD 6990. Nothing else is known about the GTX 595 at this point. In our opinion, Battlefield 3 launch (late October) could serve as a good launchpad for a new high-end SKU.
But do take this into with a grain of salt please.
Alpenföhn Triglav CPU cooler has 10mm heatpipes
EKL will release the Alpenf
Steampunk Sci-Fi 'Thelomeris' Stunning Teaser
Shoot Many Robots Announced
Shoot Many Robots follows P. Walter Tugnut on his mission to kill as many robots as possible after a factory begins to ominously produce killer robots. With an RV full of guns and beer, gamers will experience a four-player co-op run-n-gun side-scrolling RPG shooter filled with tons of weapon and item customization. Shoot Many Robots will also feature two game modes: Traversal, where players must progress linearly through a level, and Survival, where players fight against waves of robot hordes.
Enermax CPU cooler series ETS-T40
The time has come to start the sale of the first Enermax CPU cooler series ETS-T40. Three models are available from today. The coolers offer an okay price-performance ratio and are equipped with a durable and silent 12cm Twister fan.
Hamburg, 18th of August 2011. ETS-T40 is a simple name for a promising product, the first CPU cooler series from Enermax. It took two years of development to come out with the new product range. In close cooperation with the Taiwan University of Science and Technology, the Enermax engineers have created a high-performance product. They focused especially on the optimisation of the air stream conduction inside the heat sink to reach a more efficient heat dissipation. The result is a combination of three smart innovations that successfully reduce the thermal resistance of the ETS-T40 to sensational low 0.09
AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 11.8 CAP1
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst