Windows 7 improvements for SSDs detailed
A new entry was posted on the Engineering Windows 7 blog, it details several of the optimizations Microsoft has made in Windows 7 to improve support of solid state disks.
There's support for the Trim command and several changes to the default behavior of the drive. You can check it out over here, below is a brief snip:
Windows 7 will disable disk defragmentation on SSD system drives. Because SSDs perform extremely well on random read operations, defragmenting files isn
Intel Phasing Out Core i7 940
Just yesterday we reported about a new Core i7 CPU from Intel, the Core i7 Extreme 975, and today Intel surprisingly announced in a "Product Change Notification" to its partners that it is already phasing out the Core i7 940, soon. Intel's explanation was this:
"Market demand for the Intel Core i7-940 Processor has shifted to other Intel processors. The products identified in this notification will be discontinued and unavailable for additional orders after the "Last Product Discontinuance Order Date""
On July 10, 2009, Intel is going to accept the last cancelable Core i7 940 order, while the final order date is September 4, 2009. This further means that the final shipment date for the boxed Core i7 940 will be December 4, 2009, and the availability for tray versions is November 5, 2010.
Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso now doing CUDA
NVIDIA today announced that Cyberlink
ATI Catalyst Windows 7 WHQL certified Driver (download)
ATI launches a set of 32|64-bit drivers for Windows 7. Underlining the company's leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support the Windows 7 operating system, AMD announced that its Windows 7 driver has received Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification on the first day of the certifying program.
- WHQL certification sets a high bar for quality and reliability, and is considered essential by many home and business users.
- WHQL certification demonstrates AMD
PhotoFast G-Monster-Promise PCIe SSD
We talked about about the G-Monster PCIe SSD RAID card back in March I think, and we thought it was pretty fast with a read and write speed of 750MB/s. PhotoFast however has come up with yet another drive that blows the previous out of the water.
Trailer: Wolfenstein particle cannon
Trailer: Risen - City Life
Aaah, this looks pretty okay really, well the graphics engine at the very least. Piranha Bytes (Gothic maker) has released a new trailer for its upcoming action-RPG, Risen.
Risen is due to be released on PC and Xbox 360 later this year.
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. v1.02 Patch
Ubisoft has issued the second patch for Tom Clancy's HAWX (high-altitude warfare), bringing this title set in the Tom Clancy video game universe to version 1.02.
The new version includes performance improvements, some controller tweaks, and a long list of bug fixes. The patch is 39MB.
Gigabyte launches Radeon HD 4770
Gigabyte, the company with the most complex naming schema ever launched their GV-R477D5-512H-B :)
The GV-R477D5-512H-B is built on the highly anticipated ATI Radeon HD 4770 GPU which utilizes the latest 826 million transistors on 40nm fabrication process and GDDR5 memory. Featuring the GIGABYTE GV-R477D5-512H-B features the latest TeraScale graphics engine, 640 stream processor units and UVD 2 with Blu-ray picture-in-picture decode, the GV-R477D5-512H-B is able to deliver higher 2D and 3D graphics performance and offers features enthusiasts have been waiting for.
With the great performance, The GV-R477D5-512H-B takes full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities and one-cable HDMI
NZXT Debuts Beta Mid-Tower Steel Case
NZXT today anounces the Beta, a mid-tower steel case that delivers gamers a chassis designed for tremendous value without sacrificing performance. Built for maximum expandability, Beta's expansive jet black interior provides ample room for 4 external 5.25
Adata DDR3 1600+ 6GB triple channel memory kit review
We mentioned this a couple of times already, but the memory market is fierce and competitive. All manufacturers are competing with each other on some level. Some go for the crown in high-end performance, others for the most low-budget memory one can sell, and then there's mainstream. Probably the biggest market out there.
Especially with the release of Intel's Core i7 processors, a new battleground created itself. In the past weeks we tested many high-end kits in a triple channel configuration. A-Data recently released their DDR3-1600+ series memory. This review kit is in particular a 6GB kit triple channel memory kit that is rated PC3 12800 and comes with a nice CAS 8 latency and a price of just 21 USD per gigabyte.
You can find the review right here.
Phenom II X4 955 clocked at 7127 MHz
This project achieved on an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard with an underclocked ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics card and 4GB Apacer DDR3 memory at 833.7MHz with 7-7-7-24 timings.
update : this one looks to be a fake again *sighs*
Core i7 975 EE 3.33 GHz pricing revealed
Earlier on we already we already mentioned a pending release of the Core i7 Extreme 975 processor. The processor will very likely be released in the Computex timeframe.
The processor will run at a steady 3.33GHz, roughly 133MHz faster than its 965 Extreme predecessor. It seems that the QPI has been increased to 6,4GT/s as well.This also will be an Extreme Edition processor, meaning it will have unlocked multipliers.
The processor popped up in several webshops already at a sellng price of 999 USD and in the EU roughly 950~999 EUR is what we are seeing.
Lian Li debuts AMD branded Armorsuit PC-P50R case
Lian Li has introduced a red anodized AMD branded version of its PC-P50 case, the new model is named PC-P50R and will be available by the end of the month for around $240.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the ARMORSUIT SERIES PC-P50R Mid Tower chassis ideal for gaming systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM), plus dual vibration reduced top mounted fans (2x 140mm@1000RPM) and one rear 120mm@1500RPM extraction fan. The 8x PCI expansion slots enable CrossFireX and Tri-SLI graphic card setups. The chassis front face has 9x 5.25
QNAP Turbo NAS - TS-239 Pro released
QNAP, the company with the most sexy NAS devices has just released the new 2-bay Turbo NAS - TS-239 Pro which is based on Intel Atom-based architecture. Adopting the low power Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and DOM (Disk on Module) architecture, the TS-239 Pro delivers outstanding system performance in data intensive environment.
QNAP Systems, Inc. today launches the 2-bay Intel Atom-based TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS with iSCSI target service for SMB and SOHO users. Adopting the low power Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and DOM (Disk on Module) architecture, the TS-239 Pro delivers outstanding system performance in data intensive business environment.
The NetBench test result shows the TS-239 Pro delivers an extremely high throughput of over 350MBit/s when 20 clients are accessing the NAS simultaneously, which is 3 times faster than other NAS brands in the same class. With the support for two 2TB hard drives, hot-swappable disk trays with locks, two Giga LAN ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and two eSATA ports, the NAS has become the top-class 2-bay NAS model with the best specifications and of the highest scalability, redundancy, storage capacity, and stability in the current market. The TS-239 Pro supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX OS. Advanced features such as built-in iSCSI target service (max 8 iSCSI devices) with Thin Provisioning, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, Wake on LAN, automatic policy-based IP blocking, instant SMS and email alert, BT and EMule download, schedule power on and power off, two IP cameras for network surveillance are also available.
"The Intel Atom-based TS-239 Pro Turbo NAS is an excellent network storage option for small business and SOHO users who require a power-saving and silent server that has to be turned on day and night. The NAS supports two 2TB hard drives and can be configured for storage expansion or backup server of other servers with the built-in iSCSI target service. It is a high competitive alternative for setting up an IP-SAN (Storage Area Network) in a small business environment," says Jerry Deng, Product Manager from QNAP.
The TS-239 Pro is a powerful server of diversified features, e.g. network server, FTP server, web server with built-in phpMyAdmin, Joomla, MySQL/ SQLite, editable php.ini, printer server (up to 3 printers), etc. The exclusive QPKG software expansion feature enables the users to add more software applications to the NAS server such as setting up their own mail server by XDove or web page by WordPress. Moreover, the users can make use of the Surveillance Station (network surveillance) to monitor and record the video from two IP-based cameras to enhance the security of the workplace.
Microsoft Windows 7 RC Available for Download
Microsoft has opened up the floodgates today; Microsoft has published the official download page for Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC).
Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is offerred in five different language versions (English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish) of both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC. Minimum system specs to run Windows 7 include:
Here's what you need to have:
- Internet access (to download Windows 7 RC and get updates)
- A PC with these system requirements:
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Go my man .. and go directly to the Windows 7 RC download page.
Altec Lansing VS2620 & BXR1220 value speakers
Altec Lansing have announced new speakers in its Value Series, promising that low price doesn
AMD regains some marketshare from Intel
A new Mercury Research report on the processor market indicates AMD has regained some marketshare, the company had 20.9 percent of PC processor sales in Q1 2009, up from 17 percent in Q4 2008. Meanwhile, Intel's share of the market dropped from 82.1 percent to 78.2 percent.
This is much related to the welcomed Phenom II series processors which received very positive reviews and feedback from the community.
However, Mercury Research analysts add that the quarter was defined by inventory adjustments, so the marketshare figures do not necessarily reflect the actual state of the market or market share. The research firm says processor makers have sold off most of their excess inventory, and expects the market is ready for positive growth.
PC processor sales declined 8.3 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the last quarter of 2008, said Dean McCarron, principal of Mercury. "The quarter-on-quarter decline is only slightly worse than the average seasonal drop of 7.4 percent," McCarron said.
Notebook processors declined "far more" than desktop or server chips in the period. "Without the mobile downturn, the first quarter would have been much stronger than seasonal," he said.