BFG launches LS class PSUs
BFG Technologies a North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG LS Series and MX Series modular power supplies.
The BFG LS and MX Series offer performance class features and benefits as well as typical efficiency of up to 85%, so more power is converted to DC than many other power supplies on the market. The MX Series is identical to the acclaimed BFG LS Series with the addition of modular cable management, allowing customers to use only the cables they need, providing better aesthetics and airflow.
OCZ PC3-12800 Gold 6GB Triple Channel memory kit review
A 6GB kit, memory that is capable of 1600MHz DDR3 CL 8-8-8-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) and comes with a lifetime warranty. Doesn't sound too bad eh ? Well it surely isn't. An all new 6 GB kit which we'll test on an 64-bit Windows Vista environment. Razer sharp an fast stuff for sure .. let's check it out.
You can read the review right here.
HP intros mini-Q nettop with dual-core Atom CPU
HP recently used an event in Taiwan to unveil its first-ever nettop PC, the mini-Q 2030, that is powered by Intel's 1.6GHz dual-core Atom 330 processor and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Other hardware includes a 160GB 7,200rpm SATA hard-drive with Windows Vista preloaded and a dual-layer DVD burner. It also has four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, an Ethernet port, a VGA jack for connecting to monitors and an audio and microphone jack.
The mini-Q weighs in a maximum of just 4.4lbs and does not include a monitor or any peripherals. Along with the mini-Q 2030, HP also showed the mini-Q 2020 which sports the single-core Atom 230 rated at the same 1.6GHz, half the RAM at 1GB and the older Windows XP OS.
The HP mini-Q 2030 will be available in Taiwan for the equivalent of around $386 while the HP mini-Q 2020, will cost about $296. There is no official information on if or when the nettops will be available in North America.
Download: FurMark 1.5.0 Graphics Card Stability Test
FurMark, the popular graphics card stability test and OpenGL graphics benchmark, is available in version 1.5.0. This new version fixes a bug that occurs with ForceWare 180 series. On the new things side, FurMark adds a GPU temperature logger, a more intensive GPU stability test, and the avaibility of the startup interface in several languages. More information in FurMark
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution workstation motherboard
ASUS officially released the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution motherboard for workstations, full specifications can be found over here.
The ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution is the ideal foundation for a powerful workstation for Small Office usage, SOHOs and mainstream workstation users; with its unparalleled performance. Through ASUS
Seagate offers fix for 1.5TB Barracuda freezes
Some Seagate Barracuda 8200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming applications or a dropped drive from RAID arrays. Customers seeing these symptoms should contact Seagate Technical Support for a firmware upgrade. In order to assure the proper application of the new firmware, please email a description of the issues you're seeing to Seagate (email@example.com) Please include the following disk drive information: model number, serial number and current firmware revision. Also, please describe your system, operating system and the application in use when the issue arose, and you will receive a prompt response with appropriate instructions. As an alternative to the contact email address above please access http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/.Perhaps that's not the end of this story, though. One of the Seagate support forum members who initially complained dropped us a line saying the new firmware negatively impacts performance. According to Nick, average read performance for his 1.5TB 'cuda was 105.8MB/s. With the new firmware, however, he claims read performance dipped to 86MB/s. Disabling write caching allegedly brought that figure back up to 101MB/s.
Hynix unleashes fastest graphics memory evah !
Hynix has announced the first GDDR5 memory chips that can transfer up to 7Gbps (7000MHz), which is almost twice as fast as the memory found on ATI's Radeon HD 4870 cards. Hynix says volume production of the new 7Gbps GDDR5 memory chips is slated for the first half of next year.
The newly-introduced 1Gb GDDR5 is built on Hynix' 54nm process technology.
It operates at the fastest speed of 7Gbps, which is 40% improved compared to 5Gbps GDDR5 and processes up to 28GB of data per second with a 32-bit I/O. The new Hynix graphics memory is also designed to minimize power consumption at 1.35V power supply. The JEDEC-standard 1Gb GDDR5 graphics DRAM at 7Gbps targets high-end applications such as game PCs, game consoles and graphics cards.
Meteor Caught On Video
BFG offers Free upgrade for AGP users
from what I understand this only applies to the USA/Canada, but the sentiment is certainly appreciated. Now, for a limited time, if you send us your BFG AGP card in good, working condition, we
Canon EOS 5D Mark II ships tomorrow
NVIDIA works on Tegra based Smartphone ?
Microsoft is in the later stages of developing a phone of its own that will rely on performance to drive sales, a rumor floated by the Inquirer today claims. The Windows Mobile developer is allegedly developing a phone that would use one of NVIDIA's Tegra processors as its heart. The feature would likely involve the APX 2500 chip and theoretically give the Microsoft device 720p video playback and advanced 3D visuals that are absent on other phones.
This deal may explain the lack of support for Tegra outside of Windows Mobile devices, the site suggests. The phone would reportedly be introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress (3GSM) in February and released not long afterwards, though Microsoft has historically unveiled new versions of Windows Mobile at the expo but shipped them only in summer or fall.
Most observers believe any Microsoft move into making its own phones is likely prompted by the iPhone, which is already threatening to undermine Windows Mobile market share and has been deemed successful in part due to its control over both the hardware and software. Microsoft has always downplayed the possibility of producing its own phone but has repeatedly mentioned porting Zune elements to Windows Mobile and recently bought out Danger, giving it experience with both hardware and mobile software design from the Sidekick.
The Redmond, Washington-based company has often touted the choice of devices and hardware independence of Windows Mobile but also has a history of effectively overwhelming its hardware partners when deemed necessary. The company had initially promoted Portable Media Center and the PlaysForSure program for music but, with the Zune, effectively ended both of these as firms either switched to their own mobile operating systems and switched to more universal standards like MP3 for their music.
Micron to ship 256GB home SSD by March
Micron on Monday said to CNET that it would start mass-producing its long-promised RealSSD C200 256GB solid-state drive in March of next year. The timeframe pushes back the drive from its original fall launch and limits the current lineup to the 128GB drives common in the industry. The 2.5-inch SSD has been touted as a potential leader through its combination both of the large amount of space as well as its extremely high read speed, which matches Intel's at 250MB per second.
The setback gives Samsung a few months of lead time for its 256GB FlashSSD, which is slightly slower in reads at 220MB per second but has a much faster 200MB per second for writing data. Micron's drive writes at 100MB per second.
Micron's SSD partner Intel notes, however, that the large capacity won't require its just-unveiled 34nm memory technology while maintaining a relatively low price. The new process, which allows the two companies to put more memory in the same physical space, should deliver over 300GB of storage even in the 1.8-inch drives used by ultraportable notebooks.
Meet the largest tiled display in the world
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has deployed "Stallion" - the world's highest resolution tiled display. Stallion features a total of 75 Dell 30" LCD displays, arranged in 15 columns of five displays each. These 30" Dell displays have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, good for a combined total of 307 million pixels. With more than 36 gigabytes of graphics memory, 108 gigabytes of system memory, and 100 processing cores, Stallion enables datasets to be processed on a massive scale.
Trailer: ArmA 2 Trailer
Guru3D Deals of the Week
We haven't done this in a while. But I found some pretty okay prices on the latest hardware. Clock in the prices to visit the respecitve stores directly.
On the AMD side of things:
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe 4870 X2 review [Guru3D]
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe test - Meet Palit's Revolution 700 Deluxe. It's an (R700) Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2048MB memory based graphics card that comes with custom cooling, slightly higher memory clock and some serious connectivity on the form of VGA, DVI, HDMI and even Display port. That's right all the aforementioned connectors are physically present on this graphics card.
The end result is the weirdest thing you've ever looked at really, I mean .. this thing is huge, it's literally the size of a brick as it's familiar sized at 27 CM in length and 3 PCI slots (6 CM) wide. But heck, it's rather impressive and something you won't forget easy.
Check out the review here.
Spire released two Core i7 coolers
Spire unveiled the SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II, two new coolers with support for the Intel Core i7 processor.
The SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II cpu coolers are ready to cool all processors built on the new Intel 1366 Core i7 platform in combination with the Intel LGA775 and AMD AM2 platforms giving the consumers huge scope to use these coolers. Another welcome feature to build a completely silent system are the Anti-vibe rubber fan corners, these will absorb any vibration from the fan motor. Availability is expected in early December.
The two models look similar but the specs in sizes of the fan and the materials used say it all:
* Three 8mm all copper U-shaped heat-pipes
* All new direct-touch heat-pipe technology
* UV-reactant 90mm BlueStar fan design
* Amazingly silent high performance
* 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin
Bruce Lee Plays Ping Pong With Nunchuck [fun]
Not hardware related. But oh, this has to be the best commercial ever released .... awesome!