Exploring ATI's Image Quality Optimizations
Topic of discussion for many weeks now is that AMD has been applying a series of optimizations that could easily be seen and explained as a cheat. Currently with the Radeon HD 6000 series release the Catalyst drivers (Catalyst AI) have a new setting which allows control over control texture filtering with settings for 'High Quality', 'Quality' and 'Performance'.
Let's have a quick look at what it means, but most of all, what to look for and what performance effect it has in this quicky small article.
You can read the article here.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.9
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (or NiBiTor) has been updted, the BIOS application is now at version 5.9. NiBiTor allows enthusiasts to extract and manipulate with the VGA BIOS from a supported graphics card. With each new release, the a number of new GPUs are added to the supported products list, bugs fixed, and stability improved.
- GeForce GTS 450
- GeForce GTS 360M
- GeForce GT 310M
- GeForce GTX 285M
- GeForce GT 240M
With this release, NiBiTor also adds the ability to manipulate with minimum/maximum fan speeds
Corsair Force F90 and F180 SSDs launched
Corsair will add two new SandForce SF-1200 based Force series solid state disks to its lineup; the 90GB F90 and the 180GB F180. These SSDs should be available in retail stores for $189.99 and $399.99, respectively.
PR - These latest additions to the Corsair Force Series are built using the Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Processor, which provides exceptional performance, including read speeds of up to 285 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 275 MB/sec, with a 4K random write throughput of up to 50,000 IOPs. This is the same level of performance as that of enterprise-level SSDs, and results in unmatched system responsiveness.
Spire Sentor 6004 Professional PC Chassis
The Sentor 6004 pc case is a high-end, versatile and strong chassis. Well thought out complete tower structure ensuring both maximum performance and computing satisfaction for the professional user, enthusiast and gamer alike. Every element of the Sentor 6004 has been engineered to provide maximum cooling performance. Up to nine (9) LED 12cm fans can be mounted throughout the chassis, ensuring unbeatable cooling. The meshed aluminum front panel and meshed side panel allows unrestricted fresh air intake which is mandatory for today
Transcend 2000MHz 8GB Dual-channel Memory Kits
Transcend launched an 8GB aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory kit that contains two identically matched 4GB memory modules. With a combination of high capacity, high clock speed and exceptionally low voltage of just 1.6V, the new modules are ideal for hardcore gamers, overclockers and professional users reap the benefits of a 64-bit operating system.
64-bit processors have become mainstream in mid-range and high-end systems due to their ability to support memory capacities larger than 4GB, which is essential for memory-hungry applications such as HD video editing, large databases, virtual server farms, etc. With 8GB of total capacity, a clock frequency of 2000MHz and timings of 9-11-9-24, Transcend
Sparkle Low-Profile GeForce GT 430 512 MB
PR - Sparkle announced New Edition of SPARKLE GeForce GT 430 512MB Graphics Card, bringing unparalleled levels of price/performance to mainstream users. Exquisitely made cooling fan, which has high performance thermal compound ensures optimal thermal dissipation even after years of use.
Multi-Card USB Readers from Elecom
Multi-card USB readers
Flash Player 10.2 beta has better hardware acceleration
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Preorder Trailer
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Sandy bridge mobo preview
This motherboard is using a 16+2 phases (digital) design cooled by Guru3D blue'ish heatsinks. Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration. There even is a 3rd mechanical x16 slot though that one is limited at x4 PCE lanes (still handy for a PhysX card). What's going to be big for this motherboard is that it does not have a BIOS anymore, at least not in the traditional way that we know it. This will be one of the first motherboards with the all new EFI BIOS.
Check out the preview right here.
Asetek Liquid CPU Coolers with 92 mm Fans
Asetek announced three new liquid CPU coolers for OEMs and system builders, designed for chassis utilizing 92mm exhaust fans. The products include: a single exhaust port, single-CPU cooler; a dual exhaust port, single-CPU cooler; and a dual exhaust port, dual-CPU cooler. These new Asetek products provide superior overclocking for compact gaming systems, and ultra-quiet computing and improved productivity for 3U servers and mainstream workstations.
ASUS and Lamborghini to launch some products
Remember back when that wireless Asus/Lamborghini mouse passed through the FCC? Well check it out. Reality time. Joining their 12.1-inch laptop and ZX1 smartphone are a range of accessories including a Lamborghini a backpack, a laptop case, a laptop cover, a mouse (the one you saw go through the FCC), and a HDD.
These accessories are made not just for your already branded Lamborghini wares, but for the rest of your electronics as well. There are reportedly four different models of bags coming out including the handy sleeve (cover), sports bag for 12-inch notebooks, classic bag for notebooks up to 17-inches, and a large backpack with multiple compartments
ViewSonic VX2258WM LCD and VPC220T All-in-One PC
ViewSonic added two new products to their line-up, a 21.5" Full HD touchscreen and a 21.5" All-in-One PC.
Intel Sandy Bridge has media acceleration capabilities
Intel confirmed rumors that Sandy Bridge will feature media acceleration functions:
The Sandy Bridge processor--to be announced January 5--will pack media acceleration circuitry, Stephen L. Smith, vice president and director of PC Client operations and enabling at Intel, confirmed at a Wells Fargo Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference held on November 9-10.
"The other cool thing is dedicated circuitry for media acceleration," Smith said, responding to a question from the audience. "All of us in our daily use, whether it's home videos or photos tend to pull things from the Internet, pull things from our own capture devices at home, bring them on to our PC, transform them into different formats...all of that will be dramatically faster if one utilizes this hardware acceleration, media acceleration that we have on Sandy Bridge," he said.
Sandy Bridge will support DirectX 10.1 and OpenCL 1.1--the latter used on Apple's Mac operating systems, a point Smith didn't mention but which CNET has previously reported. Certain graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia already support DirectX 11. Both OpenCL and DirectX are frameworks for speeding up games and media applications.
He also pointed out that Sandy Bridge should enable slimmer designs that perform more like mainstream laptops. "It enables us to build a notebook with a sleeker form factor and potentially longer battery life and still get great mainstream performance," he said.
Smith also reiterated that Intel is on track to deliver the 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge silicon--the follow-on to Sandy Bridge--by the end of 2011. "We're on track to develop our 22 nanometer with units in production by the end of 2011," he said. He also repeated that Intel has invested "six to eight billion dollars to equip up to four factories for 22-nanometer production."
"Ivy Bridge is a shrink of Sandy Bridge with some enhancements," he said. A slide showed Intel getting to 8 nanometer chips by 2017.
Analyst believes Intel needs NVIDIA patents to fight AMD
UBS Securities analyst Uche Orji believes Intel is likely to offer NVIDIA a cash settlement to resolve the legal differences between the firms, as Intel is said to be wanting to get its hands on some of NVIDIA's graphics and parallel computing patents:
Intel had claimed violation of a 2004 license agreement from the two that prevented Nvidia from using chipsets containing Intel
PT Boats - South Gambit
"The seas can be dangerous, but when you're in command of a crack strike boat crew...". Deadly naval weapon of WWII is back with more campaigns, ore combat aircrafts, ships and even more fascinating gameplay.
The original game "PT Boats: Knights of the Sea" has opened a new previously unknown aspect of naval battles in WWII. Now with the large-scale add-on "South Gambit" you will find yourself commanding a lethal torpedo boat in the very heart of two new theaters of war. The long listing of authentic warships, boats, weapons and aircrafts is now amplified with the legendary Soviet attack plane IL-2, German torpedo bomber He-111H-6, Italian cruiser Condottieri and many more.
You will join battle in the Mediterranean and transport British troops and supplies to Libya and Tunis, escort convoys to besieged Malta as it was in operations "Harpoon", "Vigorous" and "Pedestal". Then you will be relocated to the Black Sea region where some of the most dramatic historic battles were raging. Nazi "Kriegsmarine" will do it's best to disrupt sea communications between Sevastopol and Novorossiysk. So, you and your PT boat will play their role in night raids to the enemy bases and then in artillery attacks on Nazis in Yalta and Anapa.
Corsair Vengeance High-Performance DDR3 Memory
Vengeance memory modules use carefully selected RAMs to enable excellent overclocking results on current and future generation Intel and AMD platforms. All initial Vengeance memory modules have a low 1.5V supply voltage for maximum compatibility and for energy-efficient operation. Vengeance DDR3 memory kits are available in single, dual, or triple module kits, with sizes ranging from 4GB all the way up to 16GB. All Vengeance modules are equipped with aluminum heat spreaders for thermal performance as well as aggressive appearance.
Sparkle launches new GeForce GTS 450 models
Sparkle unveils two SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Graphics Cards, offering good price/performance to mainstream users.
The SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Graphics Card uses the non-reference cooling fan from SPARKLE, featuring 1 big size PWM fan with 92mm diameter (12mm bigger than the reference one) and directional cooling fins with the directional guidance technology, effectively creating huge of wind for the heat dissipation of GPU / Memory / MOS circuit / capacitors. The non-reference cooling fan use the quiet design to operate extremely silence.It dissipate heat up to 5% more efficiently during gameplay and enable up to 9% quieter operation than the stock fan for GeForce GTS 450 graphics card.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
- Core Clock 783MHz
- Memory Clock 3608MHz
- Memory Type 512MB GDDR5
- Memory Interface 128-bit
- Stream Processors 192
- Stream Processors Clock 1566MHz
The SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 Graphics Cards provides 512MB GDDR5 video memory to mainstream gamers, to satisfy the rigorous need on the video memory bandwidth, conquering today's hottest DX11 game, such as Stalker: Call Of Pripyat, Metro 2033.
Fully integrated support for HDMI 1.4a including xvYCC, Deep color and 7.1 digital surround sound. High-definition audio transmission can be realized without spdif wiring.