802.11n Wi-Fi standard becomes final - finally !
IEEE chairman Bob Heile late Monday signaled that the 802.11n standard for Wi-Fi was likely to be finalized by September. Heading up the 802.15 group for personal area networks, Helie said through e-mail that the faster wireless standard has been sent on to a review committee for approval, which would likely take place at the committee's next meeting in mid-September. The move comes after a "rocky" point of getting appropriate language into the late draft of the 802.11n format.
Although already seeing widespread use, the new standard has been one of the longest-delayed implementations of Wi-Fi and eventually forced the IEEE to ratify the Draft 2.0 spec so that companies could start building adapters, notebooks and routers with the up to 300Mbps peak speed without having to wait for the final version's uncertain approval but while promising compatibility later on.
Most companies making wireless computers are already using the draft version of 802.11n in their hardware. Which works nicely BTW.
Samsung intros 1,000W Blu-ray home theater
Samsung announced their upcoming release of its newest Blu-ray home theater system, the HT-BD3252. The 5.1-channel system includes wireless rear speakers and an integrated Wi-Fi connection for access to a multimedia library found on users' PCs. Rated at 1,000W of total power, the system sports bio kelp speaker cones and has an automatic sound calibration feature that includes a microphone to tune the speakers for a specific room layout. A range of HD audio formats is supported, including the most recent Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio standards.
The HT-BD3252's bundled Blu-ray player supports BD-Live content, allowing it to access online content found on select Blu-ray discs thanks to an Ethernet port or the included Wi-Fi USB dongle. Paid and subscription services such as Netflix and Pandora are also accessible directly from the player's interface. This fall, a promised firmware upgrade will connect users to Blockbuster OnDemand video service as well.
Local playback options include a connected USB device, a portable hard drive, the aforementioned networked PC and an iPod dock. Remaining connections comprise a single HDMI-CEC output, a composite output, two HDMI-CEC inputs and an optical input.
The HT-BD3252 will ship in August, priced at $799.
Microsoft confirms Windows 7 family pack
Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed plans to offer a family pack for its upcoming Windows 7 operating system, according to company blogger Brandon LeBlanc. The bundle serves as a better option for homes with several computers. Customers will be provided with three licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium. The company is also ready to offer release to manufacturing (RTM) downloads for developers with MSDN subscriptions.
Although the Windows blog did not provide specific pricing information for the family pack, several online retailers accidentally slipped the product code into their public inventories earlier this month. Expercom listed the package with a price of $137, although the product code was quickly removed.
Windows 7 is scheduled to begin shipping on new PCs beginning October 22nd, while pre-orders will be delivered around the same time. The company will be competing with Apple's Snow Leopard operating system due for release in September. The Mac OS X upgrades will carry a price of $29 for a single license, or $49 for a family pack.
NZXT Announces M59 Gaming Chassis
NZXT is proud to announce the M59 gaming chassis. M59 delivers optimal airflow with 5 powerful fans with the option to station two fans on the top(side 120mm LED fan and rear 120mm exhaust included), side intake for GPU cooling, a mesh front panel and a bottom mounted PSU draws cooler air from the bottom of the case. The sleek aesthetics are highlighted by an all black interior and smoked clear window along with a 5.25
Guru3D Driver Sweeper 2.0.0 Final download released
Guru3D - Driver Sweeper is a fast tool to remove driver leftovers from your system. Driver Sweeper is very easy to use. You only have to select the drivers you want to clean.
The best way to clean drivers is to first uninstall the drivers using the official uninstallers, reboot in Safe Mode and run Guru3D - Driver Sweeper. However, rebooting and not going into Safe Mode also works, but can cause some files not to be cleaned.
What can it be used for ?
The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound), Ageia (PhysX), MMouse and Realtek (Sound).
All the settings are saved in an ini file. Nothing is created in the registry, so it's possible to use it as a portable program. Log files can be saved to the harddisk and viewed as well. You can find the logs under the Tools menu.
The Guru3D - Driver Sweeper is fully tested on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7 (final).
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.
More info and revision history can be found here:
- Official Guru3D - Driver Sweeper homepage click here.
- Official Guru3D - Driver Sweeper forums click here.
Most important changes since 2.0.0 beta (complete rewrite):
- UAC message requiring administrator access on Windows Vista and Windows 7 on startup if UAC is enabled.
- Resizable window.
- Lowered requirements to .NET 3.0.
- Windows 7 support.
Only the final version is supported.
- Improved ATi - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - Display cleaning.
- Improved NVIDIA - PhysX cleaning.
- Renamed AGEIA - PhysX to NVIDIA - PhysX
- Added many translations
GeForce ForceWare 190.38 Win XP|Vista|7 driver WHQL released
This is a is a new official WHQL driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION GPUs.
New in Release 190.38
- Adds support for OpenGL 3.1
- Adds support for CUDA 2.3 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Adds a new user-controlled power management setting for GeForce 9-series and later graphics cards. This option allows users to set a performance level for each DirectX or OpenGL application.
- Includes several new control panel features and numerous bug fixes. More information can be found in the release documentation.
- Supports Microsoft
Point of View Ion 330 motherboard review
When Intel released the ATOM processor, the phenomenon of Nettop and netbooks exponentially started to grow. Thing is, people like the cheap little Windows based PC's or laptops where they can just browse the web, check their email, perhaps do a little word processing or spreadsheet and other than that they figure it's all good.
Earlier this year it was then NVIDIA who figured, hmm why not couple the Atom processor with one of our chipsets. And the rest is history, NVIDIA launched the ION chipset allowing for much more interconnectivity, bandwidth and an embedded GPU allowing high-definition content playback. A chipset that assists the Atom series processor in a much more advanced way than Intel offers.
Roughly half a year ago this was the news of the day, and today... finally the first products start to hit the market. One of many ION based products comes from Point of View. Next to nettops, and netbooks based on ION, for the somewhat more hardware freaks like us... they also offer an ION motherboard.
Today we'll look at one. For roughly 140 EUR you can pick up this tiny little thing with an Atom 330 (dual-core) processor and build yourself a tiny cute PC.
Check out the review here at Guru3D.
PowerColor Expands Go! Green Lineup with Silent Models
PowerColor expanded its energy efficient lineup of entry-thru-mainstream graphics cards which it calls Go! Green, with two passively-cooled graphics cards based on ATI Radeon HD 4670 and Radeon HD 4350. The PowerColor Go! Green SCS3 HD 4670 uses a large passive cooler which uses heat-pipes to convey heat to a aluminum fin array. This extends the card's footprint to around two expansion slots. The card maintains ATI reference core clock speeds of 750 MHz, and makes use of 1 GB of memory across a 128-bit GDDR3 memory interface, clocked at 1600 MHz. Output connectivity includes DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Like every other HD 4670 accelerator, it relies entirely on the PCI-Express slot for its power. Hardware CrossFireX connectivity isn't provided.
PowerColor's second offering, the HD 4350 Go! Green HDMI, unlike most other Radeon HD 4350 graphics cards, is a full-height card, with a monolithic aluminum heatsink that cools the GPU and some of the memory chips. The heatsink, although fit for most half-height cards, spans across two expansion slots. Its USP is the onboard HDMI connector, which neighbours DVI and D-Sub ports. Its core is clocked at 600 MHz, with its 64-bit DDR2 memory at 800 MHz. There are three sub-variants based on memory amount: 256 MB, 512 MB, and 1 GB. PowerColor maintains that these graphics cards offer up to 38 percent energy savings compared to standard versions. Other models in this series are the Go! Green HD 4650 SCS, and Go! Green HD 4350 (non-HDMI).
Point of View launches notebook with NVIDIA ION
Here's the PR scoop: The Mobii ION 230 combines Intel
Kingston 256GB DataTraveler 300 USB stick
Kingston is introducing a new device today called the DataTraveler 300 and it packs in 256GB of storage space all in a slim flash drive design. Actually, it
Toshiba plans Blu-ray player (finally)
Toshiba, which once vehemently defended the HD DVD high-definition format that eventually lost to Sony's prevailing Blu-ray, will soon release a Blu-ray player of its own, according to the Japanese paper Yomiuri. Toshiba should bring out its first Blu-ray player, likely in its home market of Japan initially, before 2010 rolls around. A Blu-ray recorder is also being considered for Japan, though there are no other details on this device.
Since the end to HD DVD, the company had maintained that it would not bring out a Blu-ray player and instead focus on upconverting DVD players that would bring standard DVDs to near high-definition resolution. Most critics believe the move was a matter of pride and refusing to back a competitor's format so quickly than a strategic decision.
If you can't beat them ...
Intel shaves off prices on some processors
Intel has cut prices on a range of mainstream and value-oriented Core 2 and Pentium processors. While pricing on higher-end quad-core Core i7 and Core 2 Quad CPUs carry over unchanged:
- Intel's Q9400 and Q9300 saw a 14% cut, down from $213 to $183,
- Their entry-level the Q8400 and Q8300 quad-core CPUs with 4MB of L2 cache had their prices reduced 11% from $183 to $163. Low power variants of the Q9400 and Q8400 also saw cuts.
- The Core 2 Duo E7500's price from $133 to $113, a reduction of 15%.
- Pentium CPUs -- E6300 from $84 to $81, while the E5400 and E5300 saw cuts of 12% and 14% respectively, and are now priced at $74 and $64.
New Shattered Horizon Screenshots
The guys from FutureMark decided to hog the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing momentum by releasing and marking the occasion they are releasing new screenshots from Shattered Horizon.
The game (Zero gravity FPS) is showing the Moon as it appears in the game, broken and scarred after a huge explosion that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.
Artic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 4870 X2 GPU cooler review
Recently one of the more interesting product released in their VGA cooler line-up is the all new Accelero XTREME 4780X2 cooler. It is a massive eight heatpipe based cooler that might be as big as a whale, yet is virtually silent and has extraordinary cooling performance.
If you are gutsy enough to strip down the X2 and mount a this cooler, then you can achieve temperatures that are roughly 30 degrees C lower than I've just mentioned, right out of the box.
You can read the entire review right here.
NEC MultiSync EA231WMi 23 inch 16:IPS Panel
NEC will be launching the first 23" screen with IPS technology in 16:9 format in autumn 2009. The MultiSync EA231WMi combines excellent image quality in high resolution (full HD) with low energy consumption and its wide screen format enhances productivity. Another innovation for NEC desktop displays is the DisplayPort interface for future-proof digital connectivity. Priced at a similar level as conventional 19" or wide 22" models it offers more display area to work with several applications at the same time. The monitor comes with TCO 5.0 certification and is therefore ideally suited for professional use.
With IPS technology the EA231WMi offers outstanding viewing angle and image stability which will be appreciated by all office users. Alongside its high-quality panel technology and award-winning design, the MultiSync EA231WMi also provides all the technical benefits of the EA series. These include integrated speakers, 110mm height adjustment and pivot as well as a USB hub. Additional environmental protection is achieved by an ambient light sensor for optimum screen brightness and energy usage at all times. The display features the latest Energy Star 5.0 and TCO 5.0 certification, with TCO 5.0 being one of the world's highest standards for ergonomics and environmental friendliness. This makes the EA231WMi the perfect office monitor from an ecological, economic and ergonomic point of view.
The price of the 23"-MultiSync would become NEC roughly 300 to 350 euro, and for a color precise IPS panel (not TN) that's just really interesting.
Alienware Nebula Red M17x added to line up
Alienware -- known for their gaming notebooks and computers and they
Mitsubischi develops outdoor LCD application
Mitsubishi Electric has developed two new industrial use color TFT-LCD modules with protective glass covering the whole display surface. These modules offer excellent visibility in outdoor applications, due to not only their high luminance but also to their low reflectivity in bright environments, enabling TFT-LCD users to easily develop outdoor-use products. By bonding 3-millimeter thick protective glass onto TFT-LCD module surfaces with resin, outside light reflection has been reduced by 90 percent1 compared to products combined with regular protective glass. This improvement helps achieve excellent visibility in outdoor environments, due to low reflectivity in bright environments.In addition, the protective glass is bonded onto the TFT-LCD modules within Mitsubishi Electric
DiRT 2 Battersea Rallycross Trailer
PC gamers will of course have to wait until December, as the PC release has been delayed until then to add support for the new graphical bells and whistles of DirectX 11.