GeForce GTX 590 and GTX 550 Ti pops up in New Beta Driver
The GeForce GTX 590 and GeForce GTX 550 Ti cards are nearing. GeForce GTX 590 is a dual GF110 GPU solution with 3GB GDDR5 memory while GTX 550 Ti is based on GF116-400, comes with 1GB GDDR5 memory.
We think (and hope) that the GTX 590 is based on GF110 cores and packs 1024 stream processors, 128 texturing units, 96 ROPs and dual 384-bit memory interfaces.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 is ideal to compete with AMD's Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles" GPU that is also expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2011.
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GeForce Forceware 266.77 Windows Vista 7 WHQL
This driver set was released by eVGA, it supports most series GTX 200/400 and 500 cards. Currently there's no release notes available, however our forums indicate this is a proper and new WHQL set. Be sure to share your experiences in our forums, right here.
OCZ Vertex 3 PRO SSD review
We review the Vertex 3 PRO from OCZ. This SSD reaches read speeds of 550 MB per sec with write speeds of 500 MB per sec and makes use of the SATA 6G / SATA III interface.
Granted that if the source is equally fast, that means you could copy the entire content of a CDROM in just over a second towards the SSD. So without further ado, have a peek at the OCZ Technology SATA III based Vertex 3 PRO.
You can read the full review right here.
Sharkoon DriveLink converts SATA to USB 3.0
Sharkoon developed the DriveLink USB 3.0, a handy device that can be used to connect any SATA device to your PC via USB 3.0. The DriveLink USB 3.0 uses a 12V adapter and measures just 58mm x 56mm x 21mm (L x W x H). It's sold in Europe for around 21EUR.
With the DriveLink USB3.0 we introduce a USB3.0 compatible adapter to SATA devices which can be conveniently and easily attached through a USB3.0 port to a computer. The adapter is suitable for hard drives, solid state drives, and also optical drives in the overall sizes of 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" which feature an external SATA interface. The DriveLink USB3.0 includes and is equipped with Backup Software for the simple execution of data backup security.
- Enables the external usage of 2.5"/3.5" and 5.25" SATA drives via USB3.0
- Suitable for HDDs, SSDs (max. 2 TB) and ODDs
- One click backup function
- USB3.0 interface (compatible with USB2.0 and USB1.x)
- Data transfer rate: max. 5 Gbit/s
- Status/transfer LED and Backup button
- Multi-purpose (PC, Laptop etc.)
- No additional drivers needed for Windows XP/Vista/7
- Dimensions: 58 x 56 x 21 mm (L x W x H)
- Weight: 54 g
NVIDIA posts fourth quarter gain of $171.1 million
Here's NVIDIA's PR:
-- Revenue increased 5.0 percent to $886.4 million from the third quarter.
-- We believe some analyst estimates may have recorded the Intel settlement as revenue, rather than as a credit to operating expenses, artificially raising revenue consensus.
-- GAAP net income grew to $171.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, from the third quarter's $84.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.
-- GAAP gross margin increased to a record 48.1 percent from the third quarter's 46.5 percent.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $886.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Jan. 30, 2011, up 5.0 percent from the prior quarter and down 9.8 percent from $982.5 million from the same period a year earlier.
On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $171.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared with $84.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the previous quarter and GAAP net income of $131.1 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier. GAAP gross margin was a record 48.1 percent compared with 46.5 percent in the previous quarter and 44.7 percent in the same period a year earlier.
The company's fourth quarter results include a $57.0 million credit to operating expenses, $37.1 million after tax, as a result of a legal settlement in connection with a new licensing agreement entered into with Intel.
"These strong results underscore the larger story of NVIDIA's transformation," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA president and chief executive officer. "Even as we are extending our leadership in visual computing, our investment in mobile computing and parallel computing is now driving our growth.
"Tegra is positioned center stage in the revolution in super phones and tablets, while Tesla is becoming an essential processor for supercomputing. I have never been more excited about NVIDIA's prospects."
The outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 is as follows:
-- Revenue is expected to be up 6 to 8 percent from the fourth quarter.
-- GAAP gross margin is expected to be 48.5 to 49.5 percent.
-- GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $327 million.
-- GAAP tax rate is expected to be 16 to 18 percent.
At press time, NVIDIA's (NVDA) shares are down 2.27 percent to $22.85.
Windows 7 SP1 RTM now available on MSDN/TechNet
Microsoft has released Windows 7 SP1 to MSDN and TechNet customers on Wednesday. The free download allows Windows 7 customers to upgrade their machines to the latest Service Pack.
Microsoft has confirmed the official build for Windows 7 SP1 RTM is 7601.17514.101119-1850. Microsoft will release Windows 7 SP1 to non-MSDN and TechNet subscribers starting February 22, 2011. The update will be available through Windows Updates for existing Windows 7 customers.
More info here.
Crysis 2 PC demo released March 1
Crytek will launch a PC demo of Crysis 2 on March 1. The demo will include 2 maps, 2 modes, hours of multiplayer action, and you get to try on and master the Nanosuit. EA also said that gamers who pre-order Crysis 2 today will receive an automatic upgrade to the Crysis 2 Limited Edition, while supplies last.
Players will compete in six vs. six matches set against a war-torn Manhattan in two maps: 'Skyline', set on top of the rooftops and interiors of skyscrapers, and 'Pier 17', an open environment with limited cover. The demo also features two modes: 'Team Instant Action' pits two teams against each other as they kill as many opponents as possible to win the round and 'Crash Site,' where players will battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.
Developed by Crytek UK, Crytek
Naval War: Arctic Circle Announced
AMD Hudson D3 chipset more versatile then P67
Some details on the upcoming chipset for next generation AMD processors have surfaced. The Hudson D3 chipset is to be paired with AMD's upcoming desktop Fusion processors as some of you might know, as this info shows it will bypass any current Intel chipset according to a leaked slide.
So the chipset that will be combined with Llano APUs is named Hudson. The Hudson D3 will be the high-end chipset SKU from AMD and can be compared to the current Sandy Bridge chipset and features.
Based on the comparison the AMD Hudson D3 chipset will get a luxurious 6 SATA III (6G) connectors and standard (native) four USB 3.0 ports. Intel only offers 2 SATA III ports and no USB 3.0 (they all com from extra NEC controllers).
Video output wise you can expect more flexibility as well. On the other hand what surprizes me is that we don't see an embedded Gigabit Ethernet jack, most motherboard ODMs choose a Realtek integration anyway. In fact even on H67/P67 (which has an embedded Gbit jeck) ODMs still opt a Realtek solution.
Precise specs will be revealed once Llano desktop processors, or I should say APUs, are unleashed onto the market, which according to sources should be in the 2nd quarter of this year. Have a peek at the leaked slide, courtesy of donimhaber.
Corsair Announces Enthusiast Series TX V2 Power Supplies
Corsair announced the Enthusiast Series TX V2 power supplies.
The Enthusiast Series TX V2 is the successor to the award-winning Enthusiast Series TX power supplies, which have won dozens of awards worldwide and received widespread critical and customer acclaim. The TX V2 PSUs offer improved energy efficiency, with 80 PLUS
OCZ Announces Successful Transition to 2X nm NAND Flash
OCZ Technology announces it is the first SSD manufacturer to successfully complete the transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions with the goal of significantly driving down the cost of client SSDs.
Shuttle Sandy Bridge based SH67H3 and SH67H7 SFFs
Shuttle intro's the XPC Barebone SH67H3 and SH67H7, two new Intel Sandy Bridge based small form factor (SFF) PCs that will start shipping by the end of March.
Shuttle Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of multi-form-factor solutions such as the world-famous XPC Mini-PC Barebones, showcases two models for Intel's new 32 nm-technology processor generation (code name: Sandy Bridge) at CeBIT 2011.
Shuttle, as the Mini-PC pioneer, is set to launch the XPC Barebone SH67H3 and SH67H7 at the end of March 2011. Both are based on the Intel H67 Express chipset and boast extremely impressive technical features to support all Intel Core 2nd generation i3, i5 and i7 processors with LGA1155. There are four DIMM slots that enable DDR3 memory support with a maximum capacity of 16 GB.
Furthermore, these Mini-PCs are able to accommodate two 3.5" drives and one 5.35" drive with the motherboard offering 2x SATA 6 Gbit/s and 2x SATA 3 Gbit/s. Additional drives can be connected externally via eSATA or via an array of USB ports. On the front and rear of the SH67H3 and SH67H7 models there are for the first time 4x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0 ports as well as 2x eSATA/USB combo ports. A Gigabit-LAN interface is also provided for fast network access and data transfer.
All second-generation Intel Core processors have a built-in graphics function. At the rear of both SH67 models are two digital monitor outputs. With both HDMI and DVI-I connections, the user can run two monitors and enjoy seamless playback of HD content. The Mini-PCs deliver audio signals via S/PDIF or HDMI.
Additional graphics performance is provided by the PCI-Express 2.0 x16 port which is compatible with the latest dual-slot graphics cards. If a single-slot graphics card is used, one PCI-Express 2.0 x1 port is then available for expansion cards. The third expansion option is the Mini-PCIe port, which can be used for various applications, e.g. a WLAN module.
A 300 W, 80-PLUS-certified power supply unit ensures the compact PC is able to deliver high performance. The overall system is cooled by means of a heatpipe with a large speed-regulated fan.
"With one machine available in two different designs, consumers are able to choose their preferred option. The H3 design is more traditional and all connectors are directly available. The H7 on the other hand has a more elegant look and all connectors are elegantly hidden from view behind drive doors," states Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "With these new models, we are responding to the commonly expressed wish of our customers to go back to aluminium as the material for the chassis and case cover."
Shuttle's recommended retail price for the Barebone SH67H3 is EUR 239.00. For the XPC Barebone SH67H7 the recommended retail price is set to EUR 251.00 (both prices ex VAT).
Intel X25-E SSDs to become more expensive
The price hike is pretty big so if you're interested in one of these disks you better get one now before the price goes up. The 32GB model will see a $85 increase while the 64GB version will see its price hiked by $170. Currently these SSDs are selling for around $380 and $720, respectively.
MSI advance replacement for Sandy Bridge motherboards
MSI will offer an advance replacement option to its customers, but apparently only in North America.
MSI has let us know that, in order to "limit downtime," it's now offering an advance replacement option to its customers in North America. That means folks who sign up on this page should have the option to get a replacement board shipped out to them before they return their existing one. The move echoes what Asus announced last week.
Additionally, MSI also revealed it's currently in the process of replacing the faulty chipset on all current boards, which implies shipments aren't much further off now. MSI motherboards with the bug-free B3 stepping will be identified by a sticker, you can see the design to the right..
F.E.A.R. 3 - Fettel Single Player Trailer
Duke Nukem Forever PC will be available via Steam
Clever, 2K Games confirmed today on their Duke Nukem Forever forums that the PC version of the long-awaited shooter will be fully-integrated with Steamworks for DRM and online play.
"Hey guys, I've been fielding many inquiries about whether or not Duke Nukem Forever is going to be on Steam and today I'm happy to clear up any outstanding rumors and questions in your mind by saying: Yes, DNF *is* using Steamworks and only Steamworks for both the single player and multiplayer components of the game. Let me know if you have any other questions about this - and stay tuned - we're keeping track of a bunch of questions you have been asking and as they are finalized, I'll be posting more about them here. "
Silicon Power V20 series SSD
Silicon Power today announces the new Velox V20 series Solid State Drive (SSD). Instantly boosting PC performances, it uses the latest SandForce controller, featuring a maximum read-speed of 285MB/s and write-speed of 275MB/s so enthusiasts can sit back and enjoy the speedy transfer rates.
Tremendous Write-Speed Improvement