DDR3 prices going down real hard
Samsung has recently started offering 2GB DDR3 parts at a lower price to some first-tier PC vendors. The site heard these DDR3 modules are just $1 more expensive than same-capacity DDR2 modules.
In order to push the migration to DDR3, the computer-memory giant is capable of narrowing down the price gap between mainstream DDR2 modules and its successor from US$3-5 to only US$1, indicated the sources. Samsung's moves to promote DDR3 at attractive prices are imposing a big challenge to Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology and Elpida Memory, as well as Taiwan's financially-troubled DRAM suppliers, the sources commented.
The sources have expressed concerns that Samsung's possible dominance in the DDR3 market may interrupt rivals' product roadmaps [via digitimes].
Mr. T and Will Wright to fight nazis in video game
Hehe, the man that just can't get rid of his own stigma (and won't let go of it) still can make some money of his Mr. T (the A-Team) character.
This man was nearly bankrup a few years ago, but all this time each day he was shaving his head, put on the Mr-T bling juwelery and never let go of that. Then like a year and a half ago he got asked for a commercial, and ever since he's just back isn't he ? I have much respect for the man.
Anyway, Joystiq reports ZootFly is working on an odd game that will feature Mr.t and Will Wright as nazi hunters:
"The first game will see Mr. T take on Nazis and their gigantic machines in the varied universe of South American rain forests, lost ancient cities, industrial complexes and contemporary military installations. Along with Mr. T and other characters from the graphic novel, the game will feature none other than Will Wright. In this universe, Will Wright is not a top-notch game designer but a top-notch American geneticist who was kidnapped and coerced to work on a diabolic plan. Mr. T and Will Wright will join forces to annihilate the Nazis and their hardware."
I betcha we'll be hearing a lot of ' Paaaiiiin' in this game.
JVC XV-PB1 Blu-ray player supports MKV files
JVC has launched the XV-PB1 in the US, one of the special things about this Blu-ray player is that it supports 1080p MPEG-4 MKV files.
E-HD reader Bill picked one up on the humble and lets us know he's had no problems playing 1080p video with DTS audio from a burned DVD. The manual on JVC's website indicates official MKV and AVCHD support, but surprisingly, not DivX although the spec sheet on the same website says it does.
We're reached out to JVC to confirm what buyers can expect from the XV-PB1, but with MKV on top of BD-Live, network streaming from PCs and reportedly extremely fast load times this $299 player might reshuffle the list of most desired Blu-ray hardware.
Track The Swine Flu Online
That's a scary bug isn't it ? Luckily anno 2009 we can actually track this pandemic virus on-line via Healthmap. You can select just Swine Flu and track where an infection took place / person carrying it.
Windows 7 can address up-to 192GB memory
Now that we have a near-final release candidate (RC) to play with, WinSupersite have been pouring over the licensing policies for the various Windows 7 SKUs (stock keeping units, or "product editions"). Some interesting details have emerged, and I'm pretty sure most of this is all new info.
- AAC/H.264/MPEG-2 support will not be provided to Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter customers. That functionality will only go out to Home Premium, Professional, and Enterprise/Ultimate users. But it looks like there will be add-ons made available (free or paid, it's not clear) to users of low-end Windows 7 versions.
- MPEG-2 decoding (i.e. DVD playback) and Dolby Digital support will not be included in Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter. But AAC and H.264 decoding *will* be included. So in going through the licensing policies again--which, in my defense, are hard to read--I discovered an earlier mistake. Sorry for any confusion that caused.
- Maximum RAM. All 32-bit versions of Windows 7 "support" 4 GB of RAM, of course. But if you go 64-bit, you can add up to 8 GB in Home Basic and Starter, 16 GB in Home Premium, and 192 GB in Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
- Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience (RME) is not available in Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter. However, all versions can share media over a home network.
- All Windows 7 SKUs support 20 simultaneous SMB connections. This works out to 10 users, apparently.
- XP Mode (formerly Virtual PC). As we first revealed yesterday, only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate are licensed to install XP Mode.
WTF - RAM limitations ? What do you guys think about this ?
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTM
It seems that Microsoft finally finished work on their service pack two for Windows Vista and Server 2008. As was reported by several sources, SP2's version string is 6.0.6006.18005 and was leaked in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, already.
The full 36 language supporting standalone installer of the 32-bit version appears to be 475 MB, while the 64-bit version weighs in at 745 MB. The official release date of SP 2 can be expected to be announced by Microsoft later this week. Users upgrading to SP2 are required to have SP1 installed prior.
Download: SiSoft Sandra updated to 15.97 SP3a
Mind you guys that SiSoft issued a new update of Sandra today, in order to fix various issues reported by SP3 users.
SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
The new build is 15.97 SP3A and mirrored here at Guru3D.com
Download: click here.
Radeon HD 4770 PR roundup
With the launch of todays Radeon HD 4770 (read our review) the good old mailbox is getting flooded with press-releases, here's quick overview:
HIS launches HIS HD 4770 512MB
NVIDIA PhysX Updates
Well, not updates in software matter, but NVIDIA issues a couple of press-releases where they announce a couple of collaborations and new games supporting PhysX. I'm running out of time here, so forgive me the blunt copy and paste:
SEGA Licenses NVIDIA PhysX
NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Sega Corporation has licensed both NVIDIA
Rapidshare Uploaders Homes Raided
In Germany, the file-hosting service Rapidshare has handed over the personal details of alleged copyright infringers to several major record labels. The information is used to pursue legal action against the Rapidshare users and at least one alleged uploader saw his house raided.
Like many new releases, Metallica
Asus G Series Power Supplies
ASUS is boring into a new market .. surprise .. it's power supplies. Asus has released the new Asus G Series power supply. Encompassing both 1000W and 850W versions, the G Series allows users to easily achieve stable, high voltage performance. Equipped with cutting-edge innovations and capable of delivering reliable, constant high-voltage power, this state-of-the-art power supply is capable of conforming to the demanding needs of today
New development in Holographic storage 500GB disc
Holographic disc technology is capable of dwarfing traditional optical media due to its density. The discs make use of microscopic holograms encoded with light information, which are then accessed by a laser.
While several tech companies have been developing holographic discs for years, GE's successful demonstration is significant because its technology uses smaller, less complex holograms
GE expects its holographic disc could make it to mass production in 2011 or 2012, and cost less than 10 cents per gigabyte.
Grand Theft Auto IV PC Fix
The fine people from ggmania report that on Tuesday 21st April Microsoft released an Update to it's Games For Windows Live interface. The update was mandatory and many users went ahead and updated. It wasn't long before major problems were highlighted these range from: Massive drop in frame rates, periodic stuttering, Main Menu refusing to load. It should be noted that OTHER Games for windows live titles were affected too so this wasn't just GTA 4.
Now Microsoft have released a new update for Games For Windows LIVE to address the stuttering issues. Word is: "Thanks for your patience, a new update is available that addresses the stuttering issue with GTA IV. Just log in and apply the new update."
OCZ launches PC Power & cooling Silencer 910 PSU
OCZ today released their new Silencer 910 power supply from PC Power & Cooling. The Silencer line has proven itself as one of the most trusted PSU series on the market over the past twenty years. The PSUs now range from 370W to the new 910W (1KW peak). Featuring an 80+ Silver Certification, the Silencer 910 offers one of the higher efficiencies on the market
- 910W Continuous @ 40C (1000W Peak)
- NVIDIA SLI Certified (Multiple GPUs)
- 80+ Silver Certified (88% Efficiency); .99 Active PF
- Up to 90% (10dB) Less Noise per Watt
- +12VDC @ 74A (Powerful Single Rail)
- Rock-Solid, Super-Clean DC Output
- Quad PCI-E and complete array of connectors
- Automatic Fan Speed Control Circuit
- 5-Year Warranty and Tech Support
AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE review
Budget is one of the keywords that AMD likes to address. It's a huge market and really, what's not to like about it ? Today AMD is adding another budget processor to their line-up, in specific the AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE 2.8 GHz (Black Edition) and here at Guru3D.com we will take a look at it.
A 2.8GHz clocked dual-core processor with 3MB of total cache, 512KB of the L2 variety per core and 2MB of shared L3 cache per chip developed under ASIC codename KUMA, and that means it really is a 1st generation Phenom processor.
To top it off, this processor will also be a Black Edition chip which overclockers should like very much. To top it off, the product costs merely 79 USD. Not bad .. or is it ?
Check out this full Guru3D review right here.
ATI Radeon HD 4770 review
Today we have another bang for buck product, a product that I like very much. As what ATI is doing today is pretty remarkable. They are releasing the Radeon HD 4770, a mainstream product at a budget price.
So without further ado, let's review the final product this time, the Radeon HD 4770... mainstream performance, at a budget price. But trust me when I say that after reading this review, you will be impressed.
You can read the entire Guru3D review, right here at his URL.
Point of View releases 2GB GeForce GTX 285
Most of NVIDIA's board partners this week will announce a 2Gb version of the GeForce GTX 285. Point of View just submitted their press-release on it.
POINT OF VIEW, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is launching today the updated version of one of the fastest among single GPU graphics cards; the GeForce GTX285.
With displays becoming bigger and sharper, games becoming more advanced in both objects and texture details, memory is one of the key elements in maintaining a high and fluid gameplay. The GeForce GTX285 2 GB is the perfect combination of a hardcore performing GPU with the optimal amount of ultra fast memory. This model is dedicated to bring games on their knees.
Built on 55nm, this enthusiast product is guaranteed to run on better clockspeeds and have higher overclocking possibilities. The 240 parallel GPU cores take care of the 3-dimensional object rendering, physics and lighting effects and all other calculations like nothing before.
The GPU itself runs on 648 MHz and has a Shader clock of 1476 MHz. Furthermore there is 2048MB of DDR3 on board with is running through a 512 bit memory bus at a massive speed of 2322 MHz. Also this one supports SLI with up to three graphics cards, which will offer even more performance.
Double dual Link DVI port let you connect up to two screens with resolutions up to 2560x1600. Also there
Core i5 to Feature Lower QPI MP yet high frequency
Looks like there are more changes inbetween Core i7 and the mainstream (to be relased) Core i5 processors. It seems that Intel is shaving off more and more of the mainstream Core i7 processors in order to cut costs. Right now word out on the street is that Intel decided to increase it's QPI base frequency towards 250 MHz yet will be lowering the multipliers.
Say that we take a current Core i7 uses with a 20+ multiplier with a base frequency of 133 MHz. This frequency could be scaled up to 166 MHz at 24x multiplier due to the theoretical speed-limit of QPI at 8.00 GT/s.
With the Core i5, Intel will set lower limited QPI multiplier values (around 16X), while upping the base frequency to around 250 MHz. The need for a 250MHz base frequency suggests way less transistors opposed to Core i7 to maintain decent performance [via expreview].