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ASUS ARES retail card enters the lab
When a package arrives here at the test-lab, huge heavy and then when you open it up you find a security suitcase ... then that definitely draws attention. Though there have been a couple of previews out on engineering sample ASUS Ares videocards, we just received one of the limited edition retail samples for a review.
The ARES is pretty much a Radeon 5970 (5870 X2) model. ASUS uses use up all available stream processors (2x1600) and then opposed to the 5970 use normal clocks.
- Normal clocks: (725/1000 MHz core/memory)
- ARES clocks: (850/1200 MHz).
Now in real-life ladies and gentlemen .. this would just be an overclocked Radeon HD 5970 or simply the R5870 in Crossfire -- but with some more memory and a steep price tag obviously.
It will be interesting to see though as ASUS would use a custom PCB with new VRM control and much needed power phases. The card comes packed with 4GB of graphics memory (2GB per GPU) and should be able to get some really nice 3DMark Vantage and game performance scores.
Somewhere next week the NDA expires and we'll be happy to inform you on all the ins and outs of this product.
MSI Wind U160DX - a loyal designed netbook
A new netbook comes in this summer season
NZXT outs Sentry LXE
NZXT released the new Sentry LXE, a performance external fan controller with an intuitive touch screen. A rather unique patent-pending PCI card interface desktop design allows effortless control without having to reach underneath the desk to configure the settings. Some of the additional advanced features include
Iiyama Intros LED-Backlit ProLite 21.5-inch Display
I remember the time when Iiyama was the top of the line CRT monitor manufacturer. In this day and age they are still arround going strong, but they certainly took a step back. Today though they release the ProLite E2271HDS-B 21.5-inch monitor.
The LCD screen comes with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and actually has LED-backlit illumination. That on its end makes the LCD very slim, its thickness is 18.5 mm at its thinnest point. The panel has a response time of 5 ms, contrast ratio of 1,000:1 with 50,000:1 ACR; and brightness of 250 cd/m
Thecus D0204 Portable USB 3.0 Storage Device
Thecus Technology is proud to announce its first portable storage device featuring the new USB 3.0 standard - the D0204. With massive storage capacity in a tiny package no larger than a paperback book, the D0204 delivers impressive data security and performance with an integrated USB 3.0 port, making it the most powerful and versatile portable DAS on the market.
The D0204 is a small and compact direct attached storage (DAS) device. Wrapped in a housing measuring a mere 86mm x 55.3mm x 132mm, the D0204 may appear to be a mere portable hard disk at first glance, but peering inside this tiny form factor reveals a powerful storage unit.
Headlining is its integrated USB 3.0 port at the back of the unit, which grants the D0204 data transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s - ten times the speed of USB 2.0. With USB 3.0 built-in, users can transfer files to and from the device at unprecedented speeds with a USB 3.0-enabled computer. Of course, the D0204 is fully backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 standards, which means you can use it with virtually any USB-equipped device.
Users can install up to two SATA hard disks using the D0204's two 2.5" SATA bays, which means a total storage capacity of up to 2 terabytes! The D0204 even accepts the latest solid state drives (SSDs), offering users impressive data performance with no moving parts that could break or malfunction. Users can even swap hard disks while the device is running thanks to the D0204's hot-swappable drive bays.
Of course, the Thecus D0204 is a complete storage solution that's also easy to use. To manage all of this storage, users can choose between RAID 0, 1, and Large to further enhance data security or performance. All of the D0204's features can be administrated through its intuitive Windows Utility. With this utility, D0204 users can both set up and manage their D0204, making this powerful storage device also one of the friendliest around.
"With full USB 3.0 compatibility, the new D0204 brings incredible performance and data protection to a remarkably tiny and easy-to-use device," said Florence Shih, Thecus Technology General Manager. "Offering impressive storage capacity in a small size, the D0204 is the ideal storage device for the user on the go."
MIT researchers demonstrates 100 times faster Internet
The heart of the Internet is a network of high-capacity optical fibers that spans continents. But while optical signals transmit information much more efficiently than electrical signals, they
Optimus Popularis keyboard rears its head
Art Lebedev released a picture of the Optimus Popularis, an upcoming keyboard with a "sub-$1,000" price tag *caughs*
We're loving the new chiclet keys with typewriter spacing, even as we mourn the loss of a dedicated numpad in favor of industrial design -- though Art Leb says a press of the FN key will remedy that issue. When every button has a screen built into it, you can put that ten-key wherever you want, right?
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.10.0224 released
- Includes the latest PhysX runtime builds to support all released PhysX content.
- Changes & fixed issues in this release
- Fixes a bug that prevented PhysX from being accelerated on Optimus PCs.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, 200-series, 300-series and 400-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory and 32 CUDA cores. Note: Some applications may have higher minimum requirements.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on GeForce via CUDA 3.0 for SDK versions 2.7.1, 2.7.3, 2.7.4, 2.7.5, 2.7.6, 2.8.0, 2.8.1 and 2.8.3 (requires graphics driver v196.21 or later).
- Supports control of your GPU PhysX configuration from the NVIDIA display driver control panel. (Requires graphics driver v196.21 or later).
- AGEIA PhysX processors users should use and install older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04. Note
MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II review
N465GTX Twin Frozr II review
We test and review the MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II, MSI's customized GeForce GTX 465. The end result is a much better looking card that you honestly can hardly hear, it comes with really first-class GPU temperatures.
Thus the end result is a spectacular looking GeForce GTX 465 that remains very silent. And combined with with some overclocking with the help of AfterBurner software, this graphics card can overclock very high. 800MHz should be a really easy target to achieve, and considering these cards run at a default 600 MHz core you can already imagine yourself the additional performance you can tweak out of it.
You can read the entire review right here.
PhotoFast SATA to USB 3.0 adapter
Hmm, this could come in handy. PhotoFast launched the Gbox Mini, a new converter that enables you to connect SATA devices to your USB 3.0 port. The adapter will be available by the end of July for around $22.
The GBox mini, measuring 75 x 38 x 17 mm and weighing 23 grams, will plug into the SATA interface of any spare HDD or SSD that consumers may own and will allow the other end to be connected to a PC's USB port. Adapters of this type have been launched before, but not many, if any, were designed to allow SATA storage units to actually operate at the level of the SuperSpeed standard.
The GBox mini is compatible with both 3.5-inch as well as 2.5-inch hard disk drives or solid state drives and can reach transfer rates of up to 128MB/s when reading and 95MB/s when writing.
Granted, depending on how fast the actual drive itself is, higher speeds may very well be possible. The item is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports, as well as Mass Storage Class Bulk-Only Transport, Revision 1.0.
MSI Unveils Fuzion Series Mainboards for Mainstream
MSI released two new motherboards with the Lucid Hydra chip. We discussed Hydra many many times now and after reviewing it, well .. we just feel that the chip doesn't bring in any extra's, it's complicated, the scaling is not top notch, there's massive driver dependancy, no configurable profiles weird configure modes.
Yeah .. ok .. we don't seem to like Hydra as it makes your motherboard more expensive as well.
Anyway, MSI introduces its mainstream Fuzion Series mainboards; the P55A Fuzion for the Intel platform and 870A Fuzion for the AMD platform. The boards feature the same integration of military class materials. ?@
Allowing users to experience the performance upgrade and convenience of multiple graphics cards, MSI Fuzion series mainboards come with Lucidlogix's Lucid LT22102 processor and exclusive graphics card Fuzion Technology that enables parallel processing of multiple cross-brand, asymmetrical GPUs. In A-Mode and N-Mode, when coupled with dual PCI-E ?~16 Gen2 expansion slots, they provide parallel operating capabilities for any two ATI or two NVIDIA graphics cards, while still supporting ATI's or NVIDIA's own unique technologies, letting you effortlessly enjoy the sensation of accelerated gaming!
In addition, with the exclusive X-Mode, you can buy any brand or class of new graphics card to do multi-GPU processing with the existing graphics card in your PC to get higher performance with lower cost. It will be more economic and green than just buy a new high-end graphic card and throw away the old one. At the same time, it can take the primary graphics card as the benchmark (the graphics card installed in the first PCI-E x 16 expansion slot) and support exclusive NVIDIA or ATI technologies while possessing multiple display output capabilities.
You can read up on our experiences with Hydra chips in this review.
ForceWare 258.69 adds 3DVision Surround support
Download GeForce ForceWare 258.69 Win 7 | Vista Beta drivers.
Adds support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology. Learn more about this technology including the hardware and software requirements here.
Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 480, GTX 465, GTX 470
GeForce 300 series:
315, GT 320, 310, GT 340, GT 330
GeForce 200 series:
GT 230, 210, GTX 260, 205, GTX 295, GT 220, GT 240, GTS 240, GTX 280, GTS 250, GTX 275, GTX 285, G210
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, G 100, GT 120
GeForce 9 series:
9300 GE, 9600 GSO, 9500 GS, 9300 GS, 9600 GS, 9800 GT, 9800 GX2, 9200, 9600 GT, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9300, 9400, 9400 GT, 9500 GT, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8800 GS, 8300, 8300 GS, 8100 / nForce 720a, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8200, 8600 GTS, 8800 GTS 512, 8400 GS, 8600 GS, 8600 GT, 8800 GTS, 8800 GTX, 8400, 8800 Ultra, 8400 SE, 8500 GT, 8800 GT
GeForce 7 series:
7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7650 GS, 7800 GS, 7950 GT, 7800 GTX, 7600 LE, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7350 LE, 7500 LE, 7900 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7900 GTX, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7300 GT, 7600 GT, 7600 GS, 7900 GT/GTO, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7950 GX2, 7100 GS, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 GS, 7800 SLI, 7300 LE, 7550 LE
GeForce 6 series:
6600 GT, 6500, 6100, 6800 Ultra, 6610 XL, 6100 nForce 420, 6200 A-LE, 6700 XL, 6200SE TurboCache, 6200 LE, 6800 GT, 6800 XE, 6200, 6150, 6800 LE, 6800, 6150SE nForce 430, 6100 nForce 405, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6100 nForce 400, 6250, 6200 TurboCache, 6600 VE, 6800 GS/XT, 6600, 6800 GS, 6600 LE, 6800 XT, 6150 LE
ION, ION LE
We have a forum discussion thread open on these drivers here.
HWiNFO32 version 3.55
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too.
Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
- Improved graphical displaying of CPU frequency per core (new bar, color).
- Added reporting of GPU Fan duty cycle for ATI R7xx and Evergreen family.
- Added possibility to display sensor readings on 3 columns/line on LG G15 LCD.
- Added support of LG G19 Color QVGA LCD.
- Enhanced support of GPU monitoring for ATI M8x families.
- Enhanced sensor support of ASUS M4A87TD, M4A88 and M4N98 series.
- Improved S.M.A.R.T monitoring, added reporting of Airflow Temperature.
- Improved reporting of CPU features (dynamic + colors).
- Improved System Summary and per-core clock measuring.
- Reduced DPC latency during frequent scanning/monitoring.
- Added DELL SMI monitoring support on x64 systems.
- Filtered out invalid PCH temperature readings.
- Improved sensor monitoring for ASRock series: G41MH, H55M-GE, HM55-MXM, 770DE3L, 785G Pro, 790GX Pro, 880GM-LE, 880GMH-LE, ION2-HT, P55 Extreme3.
MSI launches Wind Box DE520 and DC520
Today MSI, the global leading brand in All-in-One PC, announces the launch of two new HTPCs: the Wind Box DE520 and DC520. They are small and elegant enough to worth a place in your living room and their stylish and environmentally-friendly design attracts everyone
LG E60 Series with LED backlight technology
In the past few months, several monitor manufacturers revealed their environmental sensitive side of display. With limited power consumption and energy saving options, monitors are leading the eco-friendly technology inside everyone
Four core Fusion APU comes with 55W TDP
Last week we already mentioned that AMD is working on a low cost and low power Fusion processor. This week Fudzilla mentions that a 55 Watt part is in the works as well. AMDs Fuzion processor will be a merge between a GPU and a CPU called an APU.
It goes a step further though as for that 55 Watt the APU actually embeds also a lot of the responsibilities of the chipset.
Talking about the chipset, the platform, thanks to the Hudson I/O controller, will have support for 16 USB ports, USB 3.0 (through the Hudson M3), PCI Express graphics, six SATA ports (with RAID), 1Gb Ethernet etc. Llano chips will be aimed at notebooks, both high-end and low-power, whereas Ontario APUS will be used in ultra low-voltage devices, like tablets, netbooks etc. Both are already available internally and the Llano has started sampling to select customers [via fudzilla]
Microsoft Windows 8 information leaked
New information was leaked about the upcoming Microsoft Windows, possibly named Eight 8. As you can see through the leaked pictures, Microsoft seems to follow their competitor