MSI preps 770-G45 MSI Motherboard
The AM3 Phenom II and Athlon II series-supporting motherboard 770-G45 is released. This is the third such motherboard developed by the company and also the most rich in features after the 770T-C45 and the 770-C35.
Among those features are the four DDR3-1600 slots, two PCI-Express x16 that enable CrossFireX setups, six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, an integrated Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel and an Easy OC Switch that allows configurations to be easily accomplished without the need to access the system BIOS.
The CPU will receive power through a simple 6 phase VRM circuit, which supports the Active Phase Switching. Seeing how the board will be able to use the Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs, it is likely that systems with the 770-G45 as a base will be able to achieve high performances. Not only that, but the OC Switch will allow the full use of the AMD OverDrive Advanced Clock Calibration feature, which provides overclocking possibilities. The 770-G45 also has several built-in USB 2.0 ports PCI-Express x4.
The previous two chipsets released in this series were the 770T-C45 and 770-C35. These two also supported overclocking, but only had at most one PCI-Express 2.0 x16. Another unsupported feature by 770T-C45 was DDR3.
The board will be sold at a 67 EUR.
Corsair Flash Survivor GT series now in 32GB and 64GB
Corsair has introduced 32GB and 64GB Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives, these models feature an ultra-durable metal housing. Performance details, pricing and availability are unknown.
Razer Abyssus Mouse
Razer releases the new Abyssus mouse. With the Abyssus the company focuses on providing a gaming mouse without too many bells and whistles, it's an ambidextrous model with a 3.5G 3500 DPI infrared sensor, two buttons and a scrollwheel. The Razer Abyssus will be available worldwide by late December 2009 for $49.99 (39.99EUR).
The Razer Abyssus mouse is designed for gamers that demand reliability and functionality under the fiercest gameplay conditions. The Razer Abyssus is armed with two large non-slip buttons tuned for maximum tactile feedback and features Razer
Matrox M9188 drives up to eight displays
Matrox has introduced two new multi-head PCI Express x16 graphics cards today, the M9128 and M9188. The M9128 is a new dual-head graphics card with DisplayPort and DVI support, while the M9188 is a beast capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI outputs. And if this isn't enough, you can add a second M9188 to drive up to 16 displays, all from a single workstation!
Both graphics cards will start shipping this quarter, the Matrox M9128 LP PCIe x 16 will retail for $259 while the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 will be priced at a whopping $1,995.
"The M9188 is designed specifically for professional monitoring environments that require visualization of large amounts of data at once to enhance mission-critical decision making," says Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics. "The expansive multi-monitor configuration allows system operators to accurately manage energy grids or train dispatch applications, while ensuring maximum performance across all displays."
Matrox M9128 and M9188 Key Features
Native PCIe x16 performance
Single-slot graphics cards
1 GB (M9128) and 2 GB (M9188) of memory
Drive two (M9128) or eight (M9188) DisplayPort monitors at 2560x1600 per display or DVI Single-Link monitors at 1920x1200 per display
Can be combined with other M-Series products (multi-card support)
Support for stretched or independent desktop modes across all monitors
Easy deployment and wide enterprise flexibility with unified driver package
Support for Windows 7 (32/64bit), Windows Vista
OCZ teams up with SandForce on SSD technologyBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 11:53 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
OCZ Technology Group today announced its collaboration with SandForce on OCZ
Gigabyte preps GA-P55A-UD7By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 01:59 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Gigabyte is working on their all new top dog P55 motherboard labeles GA-P55A-UD7.
The GA-P55A-UD7 is will have embedded USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s at this LGA-1156 platform. Included as well is a NF200 switch chip from NVIDIA to add additional PCIE lanes. The LGA-1156 socket is powered by a 24+3 phase circuit. It connects to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory.
Its PCI-Express 2.0 x16 link is wired to an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip, which gives out 32 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes to ensure support for 3-way NVIDIA SLI, ATI CrossFireX is naturally supported. There are three PCI-Express x16 slots (which arrange into x16, x16, NC; or x16, x8, x8, depending on how they're populated).
A PLX-made PCI-Express bridge chip (probably connected to the PCH) ensures full-bandwidth PCI-Express 2.0 x1 connections to the NEC two port USB 3.0 controller, and the two port SATA 6 Gb/s controller made by Marvell. Apart from the six (color-coded blue) SATA 3 Gb/s ports the PCH provides, the two color-coded white ports on the south are SATA 6 Gb/s, while the two on the north are connected to a Gigabyte GSATA2 SATA 3 Gb/s controller, which also gives out an IDE connector [via techpowerup]
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OpenOffice Mouse Features 18 Buttons And A JoystickBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 01:52 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Oh dear .. you know there's a good reason we all have a keyboard right ?
When you hear of a mouse with more than 5 or 6 buttons, you tend to assume that it will be used for gaming. Of course gamers aren
IDC releases CPU shipment numbers for Q3 2009By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 01:50 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
With the global economy starting to recover, shipments of PCs are growing as well. That means when more PC ship more components used in the machines like CPUs are sold as well. The latest numbers for CPU shipments for Q3 2009 are in from IDC.
IDC reports that CPU shipments grew by 23% for Q3 compared to Q2. The biggest contributor to the growth of the CPU market was netbook PCs. CPUs for netbooks grew 35.7% over the quarter. This segment includes the Intel Atom line.
IDC reports that the overall CPU market growth of 23% is twice the normal growth for the same period. Revenue in the CPU market grew 14% compared to the previous quarter totaling $7.4 billion. Intel was the clear market leader for CPUs with 81.1% of the total market. AMD was a very distant second place with 18.7% of the market, a decline of 2% from the previous quarter. VIA was third place with 0.2% of the market.
Intel plans fast transition to Pine TrailBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 01:47 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Intel plans a fast transition to the new Pine Trail Atom platform. More details about the platform are expected to be released on December 21st, 2009 as xbit reports, and the first systems will launch on January 4th, 2010 at CES.
According to sources close to Intel, there will be several next-gen Atom
Firefox Tops Vulnerability ListBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Hmmm, this report claims that Firefox leads the pack with vulnerabilities (44%), Safari came in second (35%), Internet Explorer was third (15%) and Opera ranked the best (6%).
Though Firefox had the highest number of vulnerabilities, that doesn't necessarily mean that Firefox users were more vulnerable. Lars Ewe, CTO of Cenzic, said that Cenzic looked at all reported vulnerabilities. There is no specific differentiation for zero day bugs in the browser vulnerability count either. All that raises the question of how Cenzic actually came up with their vulnerability counts in the first place.
Noctua launches NH-U9B with two fansBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2009 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Noctua today announced a new special edition of its popular NH-U9B premium cooler, which is renowned for providing excellent quiet cooling performance in a compact package that lends itself to use in HTPCs or smaller cases. The new NH-U9B SE2 now comes with two of Noctua's award-winning NF-B9 92mm fans and adds support for LGA1156 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2
ZiiLABS's ZMS-08 Promises 1080p Quality on Next Handheld DeviceBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Watch out NVIDIA Tegra -- here's ZiiLABS with the new ZMS-08. This new silicon promises to enable 1,080p Blu-ray quality H.264 decode performance to low-power devices. The company claims that the new solution, which combines a StemCell Computing array with a 1GHz ARM Cortex processor, can deliver more than four times the performance of previous-generation devices.
Six Display Port Radeon HD 5870 2GB on it's wayBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 02:20 PM | 0 comment(s) ]We carefully already mantioned this card in out ATI series 5000 reviews, in the Eyefinity sections. ATI is prepping (for a very small userbase) a new version of its Radeon HD 5870 flagship product, which will provide customers with a choice for a card that is featured with a more-than-impressive six DisplayPorts.
The card boasts 2GB of GDDR5 memory, double that of what is currently available on the reference HD 5870 model, the new card sports no less than six display ports. Unlike the majority of today's latest desktop GPUs, which feature at least a DVI or VGA connector, the 2GB-equipped Radeon HD 5870 comes with six display ports.
As far as the other specifications go, it appears that the card will feature the same number of 1,600 Stream processors, while the GPU and memory clock speeds have been set to 850MHz and 4,800MHz, respectively.
We have no details on the card's expected pricing or official release date, but the chip maker will clearly use this model to demonstrate its performance capabilities when connected to a multi-display configuration, powered by the aforementioned ATI Eyefinity technology.
Going for 7GHz with AMD Phenom IIBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 02:14 PM | 0 comment(s) ]The plot to get to 7GHz on AMD Phenom II on Dragon Technology is here. An epic journey taken by overclockers across the land. The third in the trilogy that began with The Experiment and continued with Xtreme Conditions can now been seen by all. Enjoy as World Records are shattered, new cooling methods deployed, and the threshold of 7GHz is crossed.
CoD: MW2 - Spec-ops Bomb Squad Mission ClipBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 02:12 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Infinity Ward's latest Call of Duty offering is debuting an all-new gameplay experience with Special Ops mode. Based on co-op centric, arcade-inspired challenges, Spec Ops mode is broken up into five tiers of missions, each allowing for up to three stars based on difficulty.
Players can jump into Spec Ops from the main menu at any time -- it's completely independent from multiplayer or the main campaign mode -- and begin earning stars to unlock the next tier of missions, starting with Alpha, and moving to Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. All in all there are 23 challenges to check out (a few of which are co-op only), for a starting total of 69 stars in all.
FRAPS updated to 3.0.1By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 02:00 PM | 0 comment(s) ]Fraps 3.0.0. has just been released.
Fraps is now compatible with Windows 7 and the latest DirectX 11 games. Ventrilo & TeamSpeak users have long wanted a way to record their microphone and speakers at the same time. For Windows 7 and Vista we've added realtime sound mixing to our video recording so you can now capture both sides of the conversation!
NVIDIA have recently included stereoscopic 3D support directly into their drivers. If you play your DirectX9 (D3D9) game with 3D Vision enabled you can use Fraps to record the game in full 3D too! You'll get a side-by-side stereo AVI recording that you can drop straight in to a stereoscopic 3D player!
Finally, we are aware that more and more people are putting Fraps to professional use. We've added a new option to force lossless RGB compression to ensure that you always have the highest quality video output to work with.
We hope you enjoy Fraps 3!
3.0.1 - 8th Nov 2009
- Added minimize to systray option for Win7 users
- Fixed video capture frame rate defaulting to 30 fps when Fraps loads
3.0.0 - 5th Nov 2009
- DirectX 11 support
- Compatible with Windows 7 final (RTM) and RC1 versions
- Stereoscopic 3D Vision video capture up to 1920x1200 for D3D9 games
- Force lossless RGB option to always capture video in pure form
- Ability to mix both game sound and external input such as microphone (Vista/Win7 only)
Promise SmartStor DS4600 DAS reviewBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/09/2009 01:48 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Today we test one, yes it will be more expensive as a normal HDD enclosure yet much cheaper than a NAS device, the unit we look at today for example is aesthetically very pleasing, can hold four high performance drives in hot-swappable drive bays, it is really fast, energy efficient, silent and comes with a plethora of connectivity towards your PC, like eSATA, USB, FireWire (400/800), of and I'd almost forget it .. is RAID 0|1|5 compatible.
Check out the review here.
GA-X58A-UD7 former GA-EX58-EXTREME 2 pixelizedBy Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/08/2009 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Check that bad boy out. You are looking at the GA-X58A-UD7 (former know as GA-EX58-EXTREME 2). As you noticed, Gigabyte have given the new board a name change to avoid confusion with their previous GA-EX58 Extreme, this board was originally going to be a revision of that board, however it features a drastically changed feature set so I see this as a wise move on Gigabytes part.
- Massive cooling system, near enough spanning across the entire board, with a waterblock on the X58 chip.
- 4 PCI-Express x16 graphics slots supporting Crossfire or SLI
- 4 internal SATA3 6.0Gb/s ports
- 2 USB 3.0 ports supported via NEC controller
- Triple power USB (1500mA to each port instead of 500mA on USB2, 2700mA to each USB 3 port compared to 900mA in the specification.)
Gigabyte have re-labeled their board the GA-X58A-UD7 and it looks pretty much the same as the GA-EX58 Extreme 2 board in my previous article. Gigabyte has only released these two teaser pics so far. Pricing and release date are still TBA -- yeah likely before Christmas.
Check the thumbnails