First pictures Z68-mATX motherboard Gigabyte
More photo's from VR-Zone today as they have a picture of a mATX motherboard from Gigabyte based on the Intel Z68 chipset, due Wednesday.
The motherboard is based on the Z68 chipset, which Intel will announce on May 11. If you look at the baord (and remember this is mATX) it has three PCI-Express x16 slots (!). When we break it down the board has SLI/Crossfire support for two video cards in x8 mode, while the third PCI-Express x4 slot is present as well.
A total of five USB 2.0 headers are present, 10 ports can be extended to and controlled. USB 3.0 then, a single connector is available. At the rear this is complemented by four 2.0 and two 3.0 ports. Also one eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet and PS/2 port are available as well as 7.1 audio via analog outputs or through an optical output. For video output, a D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connection is available. The model has already been spotted in some web shops for roughly 140 euros.
AMD's FM1 desktop test board surfaces
The chaps over at vrzone got their hands on a photo of what seems to be a motherboard with AMD's upcoming Socket FM1. The photo is a reference engineering board so do not see that at all as a final production sample.
Vrzone: "AMD's test board doesn't exactly look like a retail board and it has a lot of test points for oscilloscopes and other types of test equipment. However, what we can see is that the board has native USB 3.0 support thanks to the internal USB 3.0 header so this is most like an FCH A75 based board. As it should be, it's a single chipset board, although it appears that the FCH A75 requires active cooling which is somewhat disappointing. That said, hopefully a larger passive cooler will be enough on retail boards, or at least that's what we're hoping for.
The board clearly has an HDMI, DisplayPort and D-sub connector and it should also have a pair of rear USB 3.0 ports alongside what we'd guess are four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, six audio jacks and what appears to be a vertical eSATA connector. The slots on the board appears to be a single x16 PCI Express slot, two open ended x4 PCI Express slots, a mini PCI Express slot and a PCI slot, as well as a x1 PCI Express slot located at the centre of the board".
Click on the thumbnail for a full photo.
CoolerMaster Sentinel ZERO-G game mouse review
The Sentinel ZERO-G offers everything its older brother already has, but is tweaked, optimized and comes with a few surprises. We again spot the cute little OLED screen, adjustable weight system, superduper link braided 2M chord, and upgrade to 128kb of memory and yeah, it is just a really nice upgrade to what was previously launched.
Read the full review right here.
PowerColor preps Dual-HD 6870 Graphics Card
Interesting, it seems that TUL / PowerColor has a focus on a dual-GPU based Radeon HD 6870 graphics card. The card will get two barts based chips with sitting in-between them a PLX chip to make a PCIe connection bridge. The card is going to be equipped with two 8-pin PCI power PEG connectors. Each of the GPUs will get 1 GB of gDDR5 memory.
The card seems to have two DisplayPorts, one HDMI and a DVI connector.
Other then that there are no specs available, neither pricing and availability. But we'll drop by PowerColor over at Computex and see what else is going on there !
Battlefield 3 To Be EA Games Biggest Launch
EA Games is really placing massive focus on their much anticipated war shooter, Battlefield 3, to make a dent on competitor Call of Duty
CPU shipments jump up 7.4 percent in Q1 2011
IDC reports processor shipments were up 7.4 percent year-over-year in Q1 2011 and provides details about AMD's and Intel's marketshare.
Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments in the first calendar quarter of 2011 (1Q11) grew, compared to both 4Q10 (+1.6% quarter over quarter) and to 1Q10 (+7.4% year over year), according to the latest PC microprocessor market share study from International Data Corporation (IDC). Also, according to IDC's latest PC microprocessor market forecast, unit shipments for the full year 2011 will grow 10.3% compared to 2010 and market revenue for the year will grow 17.6% to nearly $43 billion.
"The first quarter, which is usually weak, was strong in terms of unit shipments, but surely benefited from an extra calendar week," said Shane Rau, director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. "Both Intel and AMD grew unit shipments sequentially, which indicates some decent strength in their new platforms. Due to the first full quarter shipping their Sandy Bridge and Fusion microprocessors with integrated graphics processors (IGP), processors with IGP grew to slightly over 50% of market shipments for the first time."
1Q11 Vendor Highlights
In 1Q11, PC processor vendor shares overall were remarkably stable. Intel earned 80.8% unit market share and AMD earned 18.9%, both flat compared to 4Q10. VIA Technologies earned 0.2%.
In 1Q11 by form factor, Intel earned 86.3% share in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 0.2%, AMD finished with 13.4%, a loss of 0.1%, and VIA earned 0.3%. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 93.9% market share, a loss of 0.3%, and AMD earned 6.1%, a gain of 0.3%. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 72.4%, a loss of 0.1%, and AMD earned 27.4%, a gain of 0.1%.
2011 and Long-Term Market Outlook
In a separate study, IDC's slightly raised its forecast for year-over-year growth in PC (mobile, desktop, x86 server) microprocessor unit shipments in 2011 from 10.1% to 10.3%. "Generally, the demand environment for the second half of this year looks decent. The earthquake and tsunami had minor effects on the PC supply chain," added Rau. "However, the real near-to-mid term concern there is the effect on Japanese demand for PCs and so microprocessors."
For the first time, IDC is forecasting PC microprocessor units by processor architecture, including those based on x86 and those based on ARM. By 2015, IDC expects that over 13% of PC processors will be based on the ARM architecture.
Cost of iPad Production in the US $1140
Apple has contracted to make its iPad 2s in China, where the typical worker makes a hardy $185 a week. What if, in a fever of uneconomic patriotism, Apple chose to make its iPads in the U.S.? Assuming typical U.S. manufacturers worked at the same speed as the Chinese, and assuming Apple raised the price to maintain its profit margin, the iPad 2 would cost more than $1,100. The Analyst does some back-of-the-envelope math:
Average U.S. manufacturing/mining/construction compensation is $32.53/hour as of December, according to the BLS. Research firm iSuppli estimates the iPad 2 costs $10 to manufacture, which - using the $1.11/hour rate - works out to about 9 hours each to complete. If assembly and manufacture took the same amount of time in the U.S. as it does in China (another possibly unrealistic assumption), the cost of making each iPad 2 comes out to $292.77!
Again, according to iSupply, the material cost for the 32gb iPad 2 WiFi + 3g - which sells for $729 - is about $325, or $335 including labor, which puts Apple's gross margin (ex shipping/handling) at 54%. Just using the simple math above, if the iPad 2 was made in the U.S it would cost $617.77, bringing Apple's gross margin down to 15.25%! Of course, Apple is not in the business of self-immolation, and given their relatively substantial pricing power, they could just make the iPad 2 more expensive, let's say, increasing the price to the point where their gross margins stayed intact, from $729 to $1,144.02!
Meanwhile the Apple iPad 2 had just launched in China and was sold out in less than four hours, according to the folks at M.I.C. Gadgets. Despite the copious iPad copy-cats you could probably find in the country
MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 3
We've updated MSI AfterBurner. The new build 2.2.0 Beta 3 is ready, changes list includes:
Changes list includes:
- Added core voltage control for alternate revision of reference design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 series graphics cards
- Added new compatibility option to "General" tab, allowing you to select GPU
type on some graphics card models using different GPU types (e.g. low-leakage and high-leakage Cayman GPUs on RADEON 6950 series graphics cards). The option affects default reference GPU voltage and 3D voltage control path
- Added memory and VRM temperature monitoring for custom design MSI N580GTX Lightning series graphics cards with NCT7718W thermal sensors
- Added memory and VRM temperature monitoring for custom design MSI R6970 Lightning series graphics cards with NCT7718W thermal sensors
- Updated MSI On-Screen Display server:
- Fixed resource leak in desktop video capture path, causing it to start capturing plain black frames instead of desktop after a few minutes of desktop video capture
- Fixed issue causing frames in video stream to be periodically duplicated during desktop video capture causing video stream to be longer than it is supposed tobe. This could cause audio/video de-synchronization after a few minutes of desktop video capture
- Improved OpenGL On-Screen Display coordinates calculation for framebuffer
coordinate space mode
- Added custom raster 3D fonts support to On-Screen Display in addition to the previously available vector 2D / 3D fonts. On-Screen Display 3D mode rendering mode switch has been replaced with new vector 2D / vector 3D / raster 3D rendering modes switch
- Now On-Screen Display coordinates are specified in pixels instead of zoomed units
- Now it is possible to use drag-and-drop in On-Screen Display preview window to adjust On-Screen Display position
- Now On-Screen Display supports tabulation symbols for better appearance in conjunction with variable width custom fonts
- Updated Korean localization
- Added Simplified Chinese localization
- Added Indonesian localization
Human Revolution will support DirectX 11 and Eyefinity
Deus Ex: Human Revolution will support DirectX 11 right off the bat, and will also be tailor-made for 3D and Eyefinity setups. The Human Revolution devs recently got together to discuss the changes in UI for the PC version of the upcoming shooter.
Eidos Montreal has said it wants to make Human Revolution look and feel like a
The Witcher 2 Gameplay - Living World
Dungeon Siege III CoOp Trailer
Realtek HD Audio 2.60 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek\'s HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download hosted at Guru3D.com offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.60
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting:
ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660,
ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231, ALC260, ALC262,
ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting:
ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC,
ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680 ALC221, ALC231,
ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) For Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP1, XP SP2, Server 2003 SP1.
1.) Driver :
Download Realtek HD Audio 2.60 Driver for Windows XP, Vista Windows 7
PowerColor LCS HD6990 with 4GB
Things seem to finalize and a product page has been put up at PowerColor. The card comes under SKU number AX6990 4GBD5-WM4D has 4GB memory of course, that's clocked at 5 Gbps. the core frequency will be clocked at 830 MHz. The card comes with one DVI ports and four mini DisplayPort connectors. Up-to now there's still no work on pricing.
And if you look at the photo, the interesting thing is that the card uses just one PCIe slot. Check the thumbnails.
ECS H67H2-I motherboard review
We review the mini-ITX ECS H67H2-I motherboard. Pop in a Core i7 2600 and you'll have one of the fastest systems your money can get you on a 17x17cm PCB, as such we have tested this product with an everlasting smile on our faces. The H67H2-I motherboard is petit like a baby, yet oozes with features including SATA 6G, USB 3.0, a x16 PCIe slot for high-end graphics, HDMI, DVI, DSUB, 8-channel audio and all that on this passively cooled cute little motherboard.
Check that out, 17x17cm folks yet chucked full with everything. Read the full article here.
ASUS M5A Series Socket AM3+ Motherboard Lineup
If you click on the thumbnail below you'll notice a complete overview of what ASUS has in store for us when it comes to the entire ASUS M5A Series Socket AM3+ Motherboard Lineup including
You will notice three models based on AMD 970 + SB950 chipset plus all specifications. M5A97 Pro, ASUS M5A99X EVO, TUF Sabertooth 990FX and ROG Crosshair V Formula. Props go out to SweClockers for the image.
EVGA Dual Fan-Cooled GTX 580 and GTX 560 Ti Graphics Cards
It's that our colleagues from TPU noticed it really, otherwise even we would have missed it. It seems that eVGA silently snuck out two cards. EVGA released the EVGA GTX 580 DS SuperClocked and GTX 560 Ti DS SuperClocked.
Bothof these graphics cards have a dual-fan ventilated cooler. The GTX 580 DS SuperClocked comes with clock speeds of 797/1594/4050 MHz (core/CUDA cores/memory effective).
The GTX 560 Ti DS SC comes with 900/1800/4212 MHz speeds. The GTX 580 model uses a high-flow backplate. The GTX 560 Ti DS SC is priced at US $219, and the GTX 580 model at $519.