AMD to lower Radeon 4850 and 4870 prices
ATI is to fight off NVIDIA's rebranding (today's released GTS 250) with better pricing. Sources say that ATI, the graphics division of AMD, is working with its board partners and several major e-tailers to lower prices on some key products.
The ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB will drop $50 in price, from the $199 segment down to $149.
It will compete in this price point primarily against NVIDIA's GTS 250 1GB rebrand using the old G92 chip, variants of which were used in the 8800GT, 9800GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+, etc. However, the HD 4870 has been shown to surpass the performance of NVIDIA's GTX 260 line, and value seekers may choose to leave NVIDIA for a better price/performance point."
This is the outline: Radeon 4870 Gets $50 Price Cut to $149, Radeon 4850 Will Drop to $129
Palit GeForce GTS 250 2048MB review | test
Though in essence the GeForce GTS 250 could be seen as a GeForce 9800 GTX+, the card will be interesting, as the GeForce GTS 250 will launch with 512MB and 1GB models, at $129 and $149 respectively. And that's just a lot of value for money.
Click on this link to have a peek of Guru3Ds review at Palit's offering, armed with 2048MB memory and custom cooler.
Download: NVIDIA GeForce 181.71 Windows 7 drivers
NVIDIA has rolled out new GeForce 181.71 beta drivers for the beta version of Windows 7, you can download them over here.
- Installs WDDM v1.1 for GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series DirectX 10 GPUs.
- Installs WDDM v1.0 for GeForce 6 and 7-series DirectX 9 GPUs.
- Supports Direct3D, Direct2D, and DirectWrite.
- Supports NVIDIA CUDA - Compute Unified Device Architecture.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX (this driver package automatically installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203 for all GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series GPUs).
- Supports NVIDIA SLI on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.
Gigabyte launches OC contest
Gigabyte is organizing a big overclocking contest. Though the contest is organized globally, this news-item is really adressed to the Dutch and Belgium people. The OC contest is called Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009. The contest is soimple, you need a Gigabyte motherboard and Intel chipset, you need to achieve the fastest SuperPi 4M time and submit it to them.
So if you meet the requirements, start overclocking at home, then submit your results towards Gigabyte. All you need to do is submit a screenshot of your results. The screenshots also needs to show CPU-Z validation and Core Temp.
This is of course not a regular overclocking webcontest. No, the best 3 teams of this webcontest will compete against the best 3 teams of Germany in a live contest in Eindhoven on 28th of March.
What is more exciting and challenging then a Belgium/Dutch
Asus Presents Interesting Laptop Concept
Using the slogan "You Dream It, Asus Builds It, Intel Inside", Asus and Intel introduced the WePC.com project in October 2008. On this web site, both companies are asking for your creativity and ideas, and based upon one of the submitted concepts, they are presenting this interesting design at this year's CeBit:
What you can see are two 13-inch touchscreens, to be used like a book in an upright position. Flipping through pages is done with your fingers - just like in a real book. Additionally, it can also be used as a "regular" laptop, by utilizing one of the screens as the keyboard and the other one as the display. Don't get too excited just yet though. Although the device is presented in a working state, according to Asus it will take them at least three to five years to produce it - if it is ever going see the light of day at all... [via ComputerBase]
Core i5 Socket LGA 1156 Sighted
The Cebit 2009 is just around the corner and already a few interesting infos are being leaked. Like the following picture of the LGA 1156 socket for the upcoming Core i5 from Intel:
This one is of a MSI P55 motherboard. Expect to see lots more from other vendors like Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, etc. soon, too.
Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid review
Here we test the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid. An all aluminium high design chassis with built in liquid cooling and software controllable fans and pump. The RA X10 series is next to being a efficient and aesthetically pleasing chassis also very hip in terms of innovation. See, the X10 series has what Ikonik calls a SIM module.
The "SIM" version offers the System Intelligent Management PCB and functionality along with a full compliment of case fans. The stuff that makes your toes curls really.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
Gigabyte preps passive 9600 GT Green edition
The 9600 GT Green Edition cards are based off a 55nm G94 graphics core, and of course have reduced clock speeds, to result to a better energy-efficiency. Gigabyte is readying its first accelerator based on this core, the GV-N96TSL-1GI.
The cooler used on the card will be referred to as "Silent Cell", and consists of a central GPU contact block from which heatpipes emerge, conveying heat to an aluminum fin array that spans across the full length of the card. Gigabyte mounts 1 GB of GDDR3 across a 256-bit wide bus on the PCB. Well, I;m sure we'll stub,le into them at CeBIT on display.
I'm just trying to figure out what the heck passive cooling has to do with a card being 'green'.
Sony CyberShot HX1 with 1080p video rumored
Sony is expected to reveal a new, high-feature digital camera at next week's PMA 2009 show, the CyberShot DSC-HX1, says a Thursday report. While Sony is keeping mum, the Internet is rife with rumors of the flagship shooter, which is expected to be capable of recording video in 1080p high-definition just like Nikon's and Canon's latest digital SLRs along with higher-quality sound. There is also said to be a 9-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 20X zoom and a 10fps burst mode with a buffer of 100, although it's not known whether this is at full resolution.
The HX1 is also touted to have either a 2.7-inch LCD or even a 3-inch display borrowed from the company's DSC-H50. Optical image stabilization is also expected to be part of the specs. Some sources also claim the HX1 will have a new panoramic shooting mode.
Sony's recently introduced H20 (pictured) is already capable of shooting 720p HD video, providing incidental evidence to the rumor.
Pricing is expected to be the equivalent of $571 in European markets, although US pricing is expected to be somewhat lower, at somewhere between $400 and $500. No release dates are known, though this and other information is expected to be available at the PMA expo next week.
AMD: volume production of 32nm processors in Q4 2010
AMD typically follows the far larger Intel by six to 12 months in shipping next-generation products, so the timetable for its 32-nm chips is not out of the ordinary. What is different this time around is that the new processors will be designed, but not built, by AMD.
On March 2, AMD closes its deal with Advanced Technology Investment Co., formed by the Abu Dhabi government, to spin off the chipmaker's manufacturing operations into a joint company, temporarily called the Foundry Co. The deal is expected to move $1.1 billion in debt, most of it associated with AMD's Dresden, Germany, manufacturing operation, off of AMD's books, Meyer said. In addition, the company gets a cash infusion from its partner of about $800 million, and AMD will no longer have to spend $1 billion to $2 billion a year on capital investments in fabrication plants.
Microsoft Office Labs vision of 2019 (video)
Antec unveils TruePower NEW series power supplies
Antec introduced the TruePower New series power supplies, this lineup includes 550W, 650W and 750W models with an efficiency of at least 82 percent.
The original TruePower set the standard for stable, high-performance PSUs, and now the TruePower New series introduces advanced features for improved system efficiency, stability and reliability. The energy-efficient TruePower New achieves the rare 80 PLUS
Rivatuner contest winner
Last week we celebrated the joyful fact that Guru3D.com distributed over 10 million copies of our in-house software, Rivatuner. To commemorate the moment we ran a contest for four days, in this contest we asked you the simple question, 'How many RivaTuner versions have been released since the first public beta'.
The correct answer was 59 !
Our winner of this contest comes from the wonderful Belgium, his name is Koen Van Nevel. Koen congratulations, your address information has been passed on towards point of View who will ship you a free GeForce GTX 285.
I'd like to thank Unwinder for his dedication and time to this inmense Rivatuner project, and of course Point of View graphics for making the GTX 285 available.
Lost Planet 2 Announced
Marvell Presents Plug Computing with the SheevaPlug
At only about the size of an AC adapter, Marvell's SheevaPlug offers you a small computer that you simply plug into an electrical outlet. Intended to be used is a home server - it's a concept Marvell calls Plug Computing. Despite its petite size, the SheevaPlug comes fully equipped with a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU, 512MB of FLASH and 512MB of DRAM. Besides that, it features an USB 2.0 port and Gigabit Ethernet. Even better: it draws less than five watts under normal operation, making it a fairly "green" product.
The SheevaPlug supports multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions and its development kit is currently being sold for $99. Making its debut at the CES, it received a warm welcome and is already being offered in form of the Pogoplug for $79, which connects an external HDD to the Internet for easy file sharing. You can expect to hear more about other products based on this interesting and very compact computer, soon.
Windows 7 Release Candidate Gets 36 Changes
After looking through all the feedback Windows 7's public beta version received, Microsoft added 36 changes to its Release Candidate. While some of them are only of "cosmetic" nature, others are quite essential and increased performance and various compatibility fixes are only two of the many benefits you can expect to see. Apparently, Microsoft is being careful this time around though, and tries not to repeat mistakes it previously made with Vista. Therefore, don't expect any drastic changes or even a radical remodeling of Windows 7.
Summed up, changes have been made in the following areas:
- Desktop Experience
- Control Panel
- Windows Media Player
- Device Stage
- Sound UX
- Windows Explorer and Libraries
The main focus was on the desktop, as it accounts for 10 of the 36 changes. Also noteworthy is the increased audio reliability and the added .mov support, as we already reported earlier. If you want to read the full blog post, made by Microsoft's senior program manager, Chaitanya Sareen, just click here.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2009
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. Today something simple on the outside, yet scrumptious on the inside, all done by Benjamin Field, a school science teacher.
His PC is Guru3D's PC of the Month February 2009, not too complex .. yet very nice.
Click here to read all about his PC build.
Phenom II X3 Demand goes into stratosphere after Core-Unlock Mod
Motherboard makers said the credibility of the reports is very high, but added that the method may only apply to certain batches of CPUs. AMD responded in saying that Phenom II X3 CPUs speak for themselves in terms of value, but said it cannot comment specifically on the unlocking claims.The company has reporedly asked motherboard vendors to fix the "buggy BIOS". Ironically, in the wake of the DigiTimes report about upsurge in demand, AMD gave another statement, saying that the value Phenom II X3 processors offer speaks for itself.
For those interested, the Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz sells here for $149.99