Kubuntu 10.04 with KDE
I already shown what Ubuntu can do with it's Gnome desktop and Compiz 3D effects, now is the time of Kubuntu, this is a variant of Ubuntu using the new KDE4.4 with Plasma and KWin, for KDE, the "Composite" part of the Desktop (the 3D part) is handled through KWin Desktop Effects, and since it's part of the same KDE, it's build from the scratch to work with KDE, the 3D desktop is more solid and less fancy, but KDE performance is really impressive with newest hardware. Before you see the video, I have to mention the music, which is impressive and is part of the demo "Lifeforce" from ASD and it's called "Memento Mori", aMUSiC and Leviathan really excel themselves with this track, thank you guys!.
DIY 16TB NAS Unit
Fun stuff, Modder Black Dwarf presents his latest projects, a homemade 16TB RAID 5 NAS with the Intel Atom N270 1.66GHz processor. The storage system is housed in a custom aluminium/steel enclosure, and is capable of hitting read speeds of up to 266MB/s and write speeds of 88MB/s.
You can check out the worklog over here, it is a fun read.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Trailer
Split/Second release date
Split/Second is ready to launch, it's release date in stores is 18/5/2010 (almost here) and you can preorder the game and check out the details here.
AMD goes to Cannes Film Festival
Aparently AMD has decided to enter the movie bussiness with a short movie that they will present in the Cannes Film Festival, this short movie is done with AMD Vision technology, take a look at the trailer.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
The new game in the saga of Assassin's Creed is confirmed, it will be called "Brotherhood" and it will be available later this year, IGN has managed to get the cover of the game and ubisoft aparently confirmed it's validity saying they will reveal more details in the coming week, you can check the article here.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 470 HAWK
Inno3D is releasing a slightly customized GeForce GTX 470 HAWK edition. Pretty much this is the reference PCB with an Arctic coolign XTREME cooler mounted on top of it.
It certainly is not the most sexy looking product alright, covering three slots with three fans but performance should be really good based on uor previous results with these coolers. We know one thing, they will be cool and silent.
Gigabyte OC Guru is you competition winners
Gigabyte announced their top 3 winners in the OC Guru is you contest and you know what, Guru3D's BODAR got 3rd place in one of the competitions. It must have been a tough battle as the man is good ;)
Gigabyte is pleased to announce first round of OC Guru is You has come to an end on April 30th. Winners from OC Guru is You, a global graphics card overclocking competition, will receive great prizes shortly.
Coinciding with GIGABYTE
Gigabyte Radeon 5870 SOC edition review
Gigabyte Radeon 5870 SOC edition review
Gigabyte's Radeon HD 5870 SOC is not 'just' a pre-overclocked card, they are really serious about it. At default this card comes clocked at a 950 MHz core and the memory is purring steady at 5000 MHz, so that's another 100 MHz on that core and another 200 MHz on the memory. We have seen faster clocked models from HIS, MSI, PowerColor, ASUS and now Gigabyte is releasing an overclocked Radeon HD 5870 as well.
Gigabyte did it properly I can already state, they overhauled the PCB, used first rate components, changed the cooling solution and badabing badaboom... there it is. The Radeon HD 5870 SOC edition graphics card.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
ViewSonic unveils 27" VX2739wm display targets gamers
ViewSonic has expanded its range of displays with the new VX2739wm, a widescreen monitor geared for gamers. The display is claimed to be the first 27-inch 1080p panel with a fast 1ms response time. The panel also offers 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and SRS sound enhancement for the integrated speakers.
Users can connect source devices via HDMI, DVI or VGA connections, while a four-port USB hub is also provided. The display features an ECO mode which is claimed to reduce energy consumption by up to 35 percent.
The VX2739 is now available to pre-order for $350.
Akasa reveals Venom CPU cooler
Akasa introduced Venom, a new processor cooler for Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD Socket 939/AM2/AM2+/AM3 processors. The heatsink features four direct-touch 8mm heatpipes, lots of aluminium fins and a flashy yellow 120mm PWM fan that delivers up to 83.63CFM at a noise level of 28.9dBA. Full specifications can be found over here.
Venom, this cooler is definitely rock and roll. Venom delivers ultra high performance enabling serious system overclocking. The 12cm killer Viper yellow fan uses S-Flow blades providing 30% more airflow than a standard fan at the same speed. PWM function ensures quiet operation during normal system use and performance cooling under load.
The Black cover and nickel plated heatpipes combined with the Viper yellow elements creates a striking combination which adds pazazz to any system. Four high capacity 8mm heatpipes with direct CPU contact provide rapid heat transfer from CPU to 45 aluminium fins. Anti-vibration rubber fan mounting pins provide easy installation and help to elimate a lot of fan noise. Adjustable mountings ensure full compatibility with all current AMD and Intel CPU
Super Talent: USB 3.0 drives also great at USB 2.0
The majority of performance USB 2.0 flash drives utilize dual-channel architectures. Our USB 3.0 flash drives are based on quad-channel designs and beyond. This architectural difference enables SuperTalent USB 3.0 drives to achieve a measurable performance increase even on the USB 2.0 bus.
"The multi-channel architectures we've integrated into our USB 3.0 drives enables enhanced performance even when utilized with a USB 2.0 port. Customers looking for performance flash drives now have a 'future proof' alternative. SuperTalent USB 3.0 flash drives not only provide the fastest USB 3.0 flash scores but also the best performance we have seen from the USB 2.0 port as well. It's a win/win for our customers" said Super Talent COO, C.H. Lee.
NVIDIA lowers Tesla specs for servers
The Inquirer reports NVIDIA's new Fermi-based Tesla cards run at lower clockspeeds than the desktop counterparts to reduce heat output. It seems those engineering feats were helped, in a manner of speaking, by Nvidia itself, through a decrease in the shader count and clock speeds. The latest specifications detail a 18 per cent clock decrease, coupled with a previously announced 12.5 per cent cut in the number of "stream processors" from 512 to 448, and the board tipped up drawing 10 per cent more power than previous vague estimates that had been bandied about by the firm late last year.
Given that server vendors flog their units by stressing the performance per watt per square foot metric, Nvidia's cuts in performance and increase in power won't help Appro or Supermicro shift too many of their boxes kitted out with Tesla cards.
Galaxy Custom GTX 470 out real soon
Galaxy, under their premium brand KFA2 (Karte for Action) series is soon releasing a completely customized GeForce GTX 470. I tell you, the card is looking really good. Custom everything, dual-BIOS, removable fan to clean up dust, standard overclock, lower temperatures, lower noise levels .. well that all sums it up really.
This GeForce GTX 470 has 448 CUDA cores, 1,280MB of GDDR5 memory and support for 3-way SLI multi-GPU setups and 3D Vision Surround. As for actual frequencies, the GPU operates at 625MHz, whereas the shaders and memory are clocked at 1,250MHz and 3,348MHz, respectively.
In addition to a shorter PCB (9 inches instead of 9.5), the video controller uses, obviously, a different cooling mechanism, specifically a dual-slot cooler with four copper heatpipes and a copper base. There is also a fan that can be raised, so that the heatsink can be easily dusted.
Unfortunately, the report did not exactly say what price consumers should expect this product to bear, though it shouldn't be much higher than the one demanded by the stock model (about $350). End-users need not despair, of course, considering that it shouldn't be more than a day or two before the device actually arrives in stores.
The card will also come with new overclock software called Xtreme Tuner HD, allowing voltage tweaking on the GPU.
We have this card inbound for a review. More info here.
Corsair GTX 2533MHz DDR3 Memory
Producing modules that perform at these extraordinary speeds requires an extremely meticulous, manual screening process, and each module represents the fastest thirty-two RAMs out of literally thousands of candidates. Each RAM chip is individually screened and graded for performance. The top few percent are set aside for assembly onto GTX4 modules, the balance are returned to normal manufacturing. Modules are then carefully assembled using these premium ICs, and only the fastest make the GTX grade.
Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles
Gamespot did an QA article about the new and upcoming Darkspawn Chronicles DLC content for Dragon Age that will be available for PC, XBOX360 and PS3, you can check out the link for interesting information.
Ubuntu 10.04 Advanced 3D
You already saw my basic 3D desktop video of what Ubuntu can do, now it's time to see how far it can go when you tweak it, again, with nice soundtrack for you to enjoy! (also available in HD).
NEC MultiSync PA271W 27-inch 1440p Professional Display
NEC released a new professional display, the MultiSync PA271W. Its 27-inch panel has an aspect ratio of 16:9, with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The 10-bit IPS panel is capable of covering 97.1 percent of AdobeRGB colour space. Other important specifications include panel response time of 7 ms (GTG), static contrast ratio of 1000:1, maximum brightness of 300 cd/m