Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 launches
Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people's increasing concerns about online safety. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance and conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. shows that 91 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about online threats in the current economic climate, and 78 percent are more likely to choose a Web browser with built-in security than they were two years ago.
In response to extensive customer research and input from tens of millions of customer sessions, Microsoft developed Internet Explorer 8 to focus on what matters most to people. The security enhancements offer protection against existing and emerging security threats online. It blocks two to four times more malware attacks than other browsers; cuts down on the time it takes to complete common tasks on the Web such as searching, mapping and sharing, including navigating 15 of the 20 top worldwide sites; and blurs the lines between the services they use daily and the browser used to access the Internet.
VIA Surfboard 1080p HD video and 8-channel HD audio
VIA announced the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design
Spire Tethys chassis for Micro ATX systems
The future of Micro ATX cases has arrived, this stylish and innovative case breaks the conforms of the usual. This case has been made to the highest possible quality to provide you with the satisfaction you are looking for in a small, yet powerful package.
Complete with its own integrated LCD display to provide you with all the information you need to keep your system at optimal. No matter the challenge, this case will be sure to deliver what you want, when you want.
* Durable Lightweight Metal
* Stylish & Sophisticated Design
* Dust Free Design
* Front USB and Audio Connections
* Full Folded Edge, Full Screen & Radiation Protected
* Integrated LCD-Display
* Micro ATX-Motherboard Compatible
* Rear & Front 60mm Fan Spacing
Nvidia MCP82 XE Chipset for AMD AM3 processors
MCP82 supports PCIe 2.0, HT 3.0, Tri/Quad SLI, Hybrid SLI, 12 USB 2.0, 6 SATA 3Gb/s ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HD Audio etc. MCP82XE is rated at 20W TDP in mGPU mode, 22W TDP in Hybrid mode and 9W TDP in idle mode.
Download: ATI Catalyst 9.3 driver relased (XP|Vista|Win7)
ATI released a new set of drivers for their Radeon based graphics cards. As always we mirrored them to our own file-servers. The new 9.3 Cats are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
Highlights of the ATI Catalyst
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.19 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista -it supposedly runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista 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.
The sound specialist still offers the Beta version 0.1 of the 3D Sound Back Utility which preserves or reactivates 3D sound effects such as Surround, reverb and stereoscopic effects of older games under Windows Vista. Since it is a beta version, the use is used at one's own risk only. You should backup your important files before using the software.
Here is an extract from the change log . Unfortunately improvements of performance are rare for new audio drivers. An uninstall problem in Windows 7 has now been fixed.
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003.
Driver Package R2.19
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista, Windows7 x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver Customizations.
1. Fix upgraded warning dialog for Small VGA mode .
2. Add failed run installation by count .
Download: Click here.
Formula 1 Game by Codemasters Detailed
The last F1 game on PC was F1 Challenge 99-02 by EA Sports in 2003. It has been 6 long years. Sony had exclusive license to develop F1 games between 2003-2007 for which it paid $15 million. Thus while the PlayStation saw release of Formula 1 games, all other gaming devices were left wanting for a Formula 1 games all these years. At the end of 2007 Formula 1 demanded more money to renew its license, Sony said no. Enter Codemasters who picked up this license to add to their wide collection of racing games. After their recent successes with DIRT and GRID, and their long running and successful Colin McRae Rally series, Codemasters may just be the right people for the job.
The new F1 game will be using the EGOTech engine which was originally used in DIRT, enhanced for GRID and now will be enhanced for the new F1 game. So expect some brilliant visuals with great damage model.
Weather will be an important part of the game. Its not something Codemasters have paid serious attention to in the previous games, but it will be interesting to see what they can come up with.
The track surface module will provide unprecedented realism in the game. Expect to see over every inch of the track, e.g. rubber from the tires, occasional stones, marbles, water (all the way from standing water through to a drying track) and all the associated properties of grip and heat, so for example running off the drying line in the wet will give you less grip and cool your tires.
eVGA GeForce GTX 295 Red Edition launched
Sure, we are very find of eVGA as they make awesome product. Sometimes however the style might surpass anything i really like. And personally ... this would not be my taste.
But the EVGA's GTX 295 Red Eition has surfaced on eVGA's website. The card comes clocked at reference speeds; 576 MHz on the core, 1242 MHz on the shaders, and a 1998 MHz memory clock. The product is 45 USD more expensive than the regular black version.
Well .. I dunno what to make of it really .. what do you guys think ?
AMD Phenom II X4 955 arrives on April 20th
From the looks of things on April the the rumored 20th AMD Phenom II X4 955 might become available. A good call fro AMD to introduce faster clocked parts.
The X4 955 would be launched with a clock frequency of 3.2GHz AMD's making it AMD's fastest quadcore, the processor would get 6MB L3-cache, 2MB L2-cache and of course would be seated on socket AM3. AMD might simply cancel that 950, as it turns out, AMDs yields are much better then expected. The X4 955 would get a maximum 125W TPD.
A very interesting price/value processor we think.
Programmer replaces missing finger with thumb drive
Jerry Jalava, from Finland, says the two-gigabyte prosthetic finger is not permanently attached to his hand, allowing him to leave his finger in the computer slot and "pick it up after I'm ready". The silicon prosthetic looks like a normal finger, but can be peeled back at the tip to reveal the USB drive.
Mr Jalava uses the drive as storage for "photos, movies and other useful files", The Telegraph said. Cheers to Kyzler who spotted this item and posted in our forums.
Elecom Scope Node pen precise mouse
Elecom have announced a new mouse, which claims to offer
Photo's Radeon 4890 surfaced
Yesterday e-tailer Salland in the netherlands already revealed pricing and specificaion on the upcoming Radeon 4890. Today some reference sample photo's found their way onto the web.
The card will again have a dual-slot cooler and confirms a 850 MHz clock frquency and a 3900 MHz memory frequency (GDDR5). The card will have two 6-pin power connectors and judging from the photo .. the PCB seems a little longer.
Check out more photo's right here.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 iChill Accelero XXX
Inno3D a week or two ago released a GeForce GTX 260 iChill edition with some really extreme cooling. See, Arctic cooling recently released their new Accelero XTREME GTX cooler, designated for the nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260/280/285. And Inno3D is bundling them with their SP216 based GeForce GTX 260.
Now, here at Guru3D we are not easily impressed, however what Inno3D managed to do here in combo with this cooler is simply exhilarating as even under full GPU load temperatures remained under 50 Degrees C allowing fairly extensive overclocks on an already overclocked product.
Check out the full review right here at Guru3D.com, click here.
** update - we had an anomoly or two where we wrote GeForce GTX 265 on the frontpage -- of course this product is a GeForce GTX 260.
Dell Introduces Adamo Notebook
Today, Dell officially introduced it's new notebook called Adamo. With its 0.65 inch profile, which Dell claims to make it the world's thinnest laptop, and weighing only 1,81 kg, it is certainly a very slim product, targeting the same customers as Apple's MacBook Air. Its dimensions are: 16,39 x 331 x 242mm (H x W x D). Available in two colors: black and white, Dell calls "pearl" and "onyx", it has a 13.4-inch widescreen 16:9 HD display with edge-to-edge glass.
Some of its other features are:
Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB Surfaces in Dutch Store
In the Netherlands Salland, a Dutch e-tailer, inserted the all new RV790 based Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB in their database on preorder. The e-tailer has a bit of a reputation for doing this consistently with upcoming product launches, to grasp some extra media attention apparantly. We always 'anonymously' receive an email originating from a Dutch IP address. That's okay though :)
|Mem clock||3900 MHz|
Anyway, the Radeon HD 4890 1024 MB is spotted over there for 260 EUR. The card is the 1GB version and confirms the rumor of a faster clocked 4870. The Cards core frequency is 850 MHz (100 Mhz higher than 4870) and the memory at 3900 MHz gDDR5 (opposed to 3600 MHz).
Download: HWiNFO32 2.38 build 216 bèta
- 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)
Changes in HWiNFO32 2.38 build 216 b
Download: NVIDIA nForce 15.25 WHQL International XP|Vista (32|64)
NVIDIA released yet anotehr nForce driver, this time for another set of NFORCE motherboards. This is WHQL driver 15.25
NVIDIA released a new driver package for their nForce motherboard series. The new binaries include:
- Ethernet Driver (v67.89) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v67.96) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v10.3.0.46) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v10.3.0.46) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v10.3.0.46)
- SMU Driver (v1.61) WHQL
- SMBus Driver (v4.69) WHQL
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.107) WHQL
- Installer (v6.69)
- nForce 790i Ultra SLI
- nForce 790i SLI
- nForce 780i SLI
- nForce 750i SLI
- nForce 740a SLI
- nForce 710a SLI
- nForce 680i SLI
- nForce 680a SLI
- nForce 680i LT SLI
- nForce 650i SLI
- nForce 650i Ultra
- nForce 590 SLI Intel
- nForce 590 SLI AMD
- nForce 570 SLI Intel
- nForce 570 SLI AMD
- nForce 570 Ultra AMD
- nForce 550
** update - added 64-bit version.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 sample overclocked to 4GHz
On an air cooler that is ...
XtremeSystems forum member Dumo got his hands on a sample of the upcoming AMD Phenom II X4 955 processor, this 125W TDP part has a clockspeed of 3.2GHz. By increasing the voltage from 1.25V to 1.45, the overclocked got the chip to 4GHz on air cooling.
The test system consisted of an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard, 2GB DDR3 memory clocked at 1666MHz and the Windows 7 Beta operating system.