AMD Announces VISION Technology
AMD today announced a new way to help consumers select the PC that best meets their needs. Working with retailers and PC manufactures, VISION Technology from AMD breaks the model in how PC benefits are communicated. Rather than the traditional model, which focuses on the technical specifications of individual hardware components, VISION communicates the value of the whole system and demonstrates the combined processing power of both the CPU and GPU to deliver a superior visual experience to mainstream PC users. It emphasizes how an AMD-based PC is optimized for video, digital media and content creation activities. VISION guides the industry past the era of CPU-centric marketing and describes the PC capabilities in terms of what can be enjoyed on the system - see, share, create. This helps consumers to make better informed buying decisions.
"Today's consumer cares about what they can do with their PC, not what's inside," said Nigel Dessau, CMO of AMD. "They want a rich HD and entertainment experience on their PC, delivered by the combined technology of AMD CPUs and GPUs, without having to understand what gigahertz and gigabytes mean. VISION technology from AMD reflects the maturation of marketing in the PC processing industry and communicates the technology in a more meaningful way."
Notebook PCs with VISION Technology from AMD are expected to be widely available on retail shelves and online during the holiday buying season timed to the release of the Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft. Complementing VISION, Windows 7 supports DirectX 10, Direct X10.1, and Direct X11 for richer 3D detail on games and other media apps, and a Unified Video Decoder to free up the CPU so that users can have a superior visual and more responsive computing experience while converting video for use on hand held devices. This last activity is greatly simplified and much more rapid with the new Drag and Drop feature of Windows 7.
"We are excited for the upcoming launch of Windows 7, when our OEM partners will introduce some exciting new PCs that match our mutual customer's needs and feedback," said Mike Ybarra, general manager of Windows Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "Coupled with VISION Technology from AMD, customers can feel confident that the PC they purchase will deliver a rich, tailored PC experience."
AMD's 2009 notebook platforms, also announced today, serve as the first proof points for VISION Technology. Mainstream OEM notebooks offered with VISION have next-generation HD graphics technology for rich, vivid HD and Blu-ray video playback, life-like 3D games, brilliant, clear photos, and multi-tasking power for editing photos, music and videos.
For consumers seeking rich PC experiences in a very thin and stylish notebook, innovative ultrathin OEM notebooks with VISION are designed to deliver highly responsive, balanced performance and a superior visual experience at accessible price points. VISION technology contains three levels of increasingly rich PC system capabilities: VISION Basic, VISION Premium, and VISION Ultimate to reflect the different usage patterns of PC consumers: from digital consumption to content creation.
These notebook platforms bring visually-rich experiences to consumers through features such as:
- UP to one billion colors for crystal-clear photos and videos,
- DirectX 10.1 for smooth, lifelike games,
- 7.1 audio for pulse-pounding music; and
- Blu-ray support for the latest movies.
Details and photo's Radeon HD 5870 surface early
Before the official launch new details and photo's surfaced on the web regarding the Radeon HD 5870. Such an incredible amount of info is out there that we might as well post a little on this topic as well.
So the Radeon HD 5870 card seems to be just as lengthy as the 4870 X2 and comes with HDMI, Displayport and two DVI outputs. Some Chinese websites leaked completely specifications and photo's. The reports claim that this product has might have 1600 shader cores and is DirectX 11 compatible. The memory runs over a 256-bit wide memory bus. Since this is DDR5 in theory this could account for up-to say 150 GBps of memory bandwidth.
According to an Asian website the chip is fabricated on a 40nm fab resulting in a RV870-die at 330mm
ATI announces Eyefinity (video footage)
It's the weirdest moment in time to release this particular 'technology' as only the upcoming and unannounced products (yes .. yes we are testing it) support it. But ATI today announces Eyefinity technology -- multi monitor desktop and gaming nirvana !
I'll make this really simple to explain .. you guys remember our Matrox Triplehead2Go reviews right ? Well, ATI's upcoming graphics cards will be able to drive one to six monitors per graphics card. We've seen this live in action, and it works pretty darn sweet. In fact you can combine monitors and get your groove on up-to 7680x3200 pixels separated over several monitors -- multiple monitors to be used as a single display.
Although you'll have to wait and see how ATI is bringing the technology to our homes, Eyefinity is looking rather nice. Now the really good part ...
Guru3D took some very exclusive (shaky cam) footage at a recent press briefing. The footage was taken with a Sony DCS T100 hence the poor quality, still you'll get the idea.
You can see HAWX at a 5000+ pixels wide by 2000+ high resolution on an unannounced product (one GPU only). Later on in the video some multimedia/desktop stuff. This is all we are allowed to show you at this time.
We have a discussion thread open on this topic over here, let us know what you think !
Cooler Master releases Silent Pro M with 850W and 1000W PSU
Cooler Master announces today two new additions to the popular line of power supplies with the Silent Pro M850 and M1000; providing up to 66A and 80A respectively on a single 12V rail. In addition, these units operate at minimal noise levels thanks to the patented Cooler Master silent formula.
Silent Pro M850 and M1000 are based on three parts, which formulate the Cooler Master Silent Formula. The first is a highly efficient circuit design that not only reduces heat generated, but minimizes the amount of power lost during the energy conversion process. With this design, users can enjoy a quieter system since lower heat generation means that fans don
Point of View releases new line of NVIDIA ION Mobii FamilyPC
The small mini-ITX desktop computers are based on Intel
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe motherboard review
The motherboard we'll look into today is the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe ... in all its ways a bright blue colored motherboard with a very nice feature set and then some more in the form overclocking options and kit. This board has a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board DIP switches to control voltages.
You'll notice in the photo shoot that is comes with 3x 16x PCIe slots 2.0 e board features eight SATA II 3.0Gbps ports as well as dual gigabit Ethernet, as well as a Via VT2020 10-channel (9.1) hi-def audio codec and the Express Gate instant-on OS feature. The board also comes bundled with a TurboV overclocking remote and corresponding software, Turbo Key, Xtreme Phase, Anti-EMI, and StackCool 3+ The board comes with what is called their 'Hybrid' TurboV EVO processor, it makes overclocking easier. It works together with ASUS
ECS P55H-A Black Series Motherboard revealed
P55 Express chipset supporting the latest high-performance Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The LGA 1156 socket motherboard is ideal for gamers setting up a feature rich system on a tight budget. The ECS P55H-A supports CrossFireX for blistering fast graphics as well as Intel's latest features such as Turbo Boost Technology which overclocks your CPU opportunistically based on the temperature, current and power settings. This is enhanced by DDR3 1333MHz memory support, for fast data throughput using a maximum of 16GB in 4x DDR3 DIMMs.
Tomorrow's performance today
The ECS P55H-A motherboard has all the functionality that a gamer needs as a power user. Features include 4x DDR3 slots @1333MHz, an eSATA port for external storage, IDE SATA with RAID 0,1,5 & 10 support to allow for large storage capacity , 8x USB external ports+ 6x USB internal for ample connectivity options, 8 Channel Realtek AL888S HD Audio with SPDIF out for full and rich sound options to bring your games and audio needs to life. It has Gigabit LAN for fast and secure internet connectivity, and 2x PCIe x16 (2nd Generation) slots for dual graphics CrossFireX capabilities. The MOSFET region has a 6-phase high quality PWM which regulates the voltage to maintain clean power to your CPU, while the Dragon style heat sinks ensure stability and extra cooling for your chipset and components.
Innovative ECS Technology Utilities
In addition the P55H-A has a plethora of exclusive ECS technology such as the M.I.B. II OC BIOS utility that assists beginners to overclock effortlessly and the unique eJiffy Linux solution which once selected from the BIOS can allow you to by-pass your OS and access eWeb (Internet access), ePix (Picture interface to view pictures) and ePal (chat messenger program) directly within seconds of turning on your PC. It can be accessed in multiple languages. Also included in this Black series product are the innovative 4E design features: Easy Clear, Easy Debug, Easy Attach and Easy buttons, which make the P55H-A motherboard very easy and convenient to use, while the newly added intelligent power saving (IPS) indicators help make sure green power saving are within everyone's reach. This ECS P55H-A is Windows 7 ready, RoHS compliant, EUP compliant as well as Energy Star 5.0 compliant making a fully featured and future proof motherboard of choice for all consumers looking for quality at the right price.
We expect the board to costs 155 USD. We will post a review on this board next week by the way.
Microsoft shows off new ultra thin keyboard
Meet the BMK6000, a new bluetooth based keyboard. Made exclusively for Bluetooth notebook and desktop computers. Projections show that over 55 percent of notebook PCs will ship with Bluetooth by the end of 2010.
DirectX End-User Runtimes with DX11 (August 2009) available
This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product. This distro doesn't just update DX9, but also updates DX10 and DX11.
This package is localized into Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and English.
Download: click here
Asus to Launch Color eReader
E-readers like Amazon's Kindle or Sony's PRS-505/SC are becoming an interesting alternative, or at least addition, to books and magazines. Spiking sales of these gadgets further seem to support this trend as according to iSuppli, "electronic reading device shipments are estimated to reach 3.6 million units in 2009, 7.2 million units in 2010, and 12 million units in 2011."
Hence, it doesn't come too much as a surprise that a new player, in the form of Asus, is about to enter the market, too. Since the showcasing of a prototype at the CeBIT in March, "additional details have trickled out:
An Asus representative confirmed to Wired.com the company will probably show the device at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
Asus' e-reader will likely have color touchscreens, a speaker, a webcam and a microphone, along with the capability to make inexpensive Skype calls. Despite all those features, Britain's Sunday Times reports, somewhat unbelievably, that it may be priced lower than its competitors from Sony and Kindle.
With dual screens, the new Eee e-reader could give readers a user experience similar to paper books. The device could also offer readers the option of using the second screen to browse a web page. The best part about the device, though, would be the price tag, says the Times report. The cheapest version of the Asus Eee reader could lost about
ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer Motherboard
ASUS unveiled the ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer motherboard. Built around the Intel P55 Express chipset, it features the new LGA1156 socket for next-generation Intel Core i5 processors and DDR3-2133 (O.C.) memory for outstanding yet cost-effective performance. To enable multiple-GPU rendering, the motherboard supports both 3-way and 2-way graphics card configurations based on SLI or CrossFireX technology. Additionally, it leverages the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture to support three NVIDIA Tesla cards and one NVIDIA Quadro card for 250 times more computing power.
Stunning Graphics with Flexible Multi-GPU Capabilities Powered by SLI or CrossFireX Technology
The ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer motherboard provides incredible graphics flexibility by supporting either 3-way or 2-way multi-GPU solutions via both SLI and CrossFireX technology. Users can install up to three SLI-capable GeForce graphics cards at x16, x8, and x8 connection speeds, or two graphics cards at true x16 connection speeds. Alternatively, users can also use CrossFireX for a multi-GPU setup. These flexible options give users incredible graphics performance and enhanced scalability from a single motherboard platform.
Massive Computing Power with CUDA Parallel Processing
With NVIDIA Tesla GPU support, the ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer provides the foundation for users to build a cost-effective personal supercomputer. The system leverages the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture for a massive performance boost from four graphic cards: three NVIDIA Tesla cards and one NVIDIA Quadro card. This generates four teraflops of computing power
Datacolor unveils Spyder3Express monitor calibrator
One way to ensure that the colors you see on the LCD are accurate is to color calibrate the monitor. Datacolor has announced a new, affordable color calibration system called the Spyder3Express. Datacolor promises that the system is easy to use and helps DSLR photographers in the home create prints with better colors that are more natural looking.
The system includes an external calibration sensor and software that is compatible with Mac and PC systems. The device also has unlimited seat licenses so you can calibrate all the monitors in your home or office with one system. The Spyder3Express is shipping now for $89.
Gresso Gran Monaco USB drives made from exotic car materials
There are lots of men and women out there who really like cars and for many of these folks the exotic car is one of the vehicles that get them the most excited. Marques like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche get the hearts of enthusiasts around the globe fluttering.
The reality of having a fascination with vehicles that can cost up to a million dollars each is that the vast majority of fans of exotic cars will never sit in one let alone drive one. Gresso has a sleek line of flash drives that are a far cry from owning an exotic car, but are made from similar materials.
The Grand Monaco collection is made from titanium that is coated with ceramic and the drive has carbon fiber inserts as well. There are two models the double Security and the Classic. The double security drive has two USB drives with 32GB of storage each for $500. The traditional drive is offered in 32GB ($300), 16GB ($200), and 8GB ($150).
DiRT 2 Launch Trailer
BLUR Power-ups trailer
Core i5 750 - Core i7 860 and 870 processor review
Today Intel is introducing the P55 motherboard chipset and no less than three new Nehalem based Lynnfield processors, with many more to follow in the upcoming months. Today's product releases are targeted at the higher segment of the mainstream market; what you read about today can hardly be called cheap or 'very' affordable, with one exception. Two out of the three Lynnfield processors introduced today are actually positioned and classified in the Core i7 range of processors, and just one processor is an actual Core i5 series processor.
Ladies and gents, let's meet the Core i5 750, Core i7 860 and Core i7 870 in an in-depth review.
You can read this article here.
Intel P55 chipset review -- The MSI P55-GD80 tested
In this article we'll introduce you to the p55 chipset and present to you a very nice overclocking experience. MSI's P55-GD80 motherboard will be the flagship P55 motherboard, it oozes with features and performance and stands out alright. Next to the six standard SATA II ports an additional JMicron controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector. Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and 14 USB ports make for the rest of the package.
Other specs include support for 4 x DDR3-2133 memory allowing up-to 16GB to be installed, 3 PCIe x16 slots for SLI and CrossfireX (limited to an 8/8/4 setup though), 8 SATA ports, 1 eSATA port, 14 USB 2.0 ports, Dual Gbit/s LAN, 8-channel audio.
You know what, that's really just the regular stuff.
Check out the review here.
AMD Athlon II X2 255 and Phenom II X2 555
Yesterday some info surfaced on the fact that AMD launched the Athlon II X2 255 processor, a new dual-core Socket AM3 chip based on the 45nm Regor.
The AMD Athlon II X2 255 is clocked at 3.1GHz (15.5 x 200MHz), each core has 1MB L2 cache (2MB total cache) and it has a 65W TDP. The chip supports DDR2 and DDR3 memory, and may replace the Athlon II X2 250.
Also a dual-core Phenom II X2 555 is pending a release, with it's clocks at 3.2GHz and 7MB of cache.It is expected to launch in Q4 this year. Each core has 512KB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3 cache and a 80 Watt TDP.