Recompute cardboard computer
PC manufacturers often treat environmental friendliness as something that begins and ends with using recycled materials for the packaging, but what about the average desktop PC casing itself? Recompute
ATI Radeon HD 5830 expected on January 25th
It looks like AMD plans to release the ATI Radeon HD 5830 on January 25th, 2010. This new card will offer Radeon HD 4890-like performance, but at a lower price.
More precise specs (shader processors or clock frequencies), remain unknown. Radeon HD 5830 will use GDDR5 memory and offer performance on the line of AMD's Radeon HD 4890 card, but at a lower price.
We're guessing the design will be the same as the more powerful brothers, but even if the price hasn't been set it would be nice with a card from the Radeon HD 5800 series that costs less that $200.
We can't wait.
19 ways to speed up Windows 7
Windows 7 Forums have a new article featuring 19 ways to speed up Windows 7. Some of these are simple tweaks that you can perform in a few clicks, others require a more advanced understanding of the OS. The advise is a little so-so though.
"Microsoft Windows 7 is already a much more responsive operating system than its predecessors, but there are tweaks and changes you can make to speed up Windows 7 even more. By reading this list and implementing some of the suggestions, you can increase performance in a very short period of time. If you have any further suggestions on how to improve the speed of a Windows 7 PC, please let us know in the comments section so that we can keep updating this list."
You can read more right here.
Modern Warfare 2 Sales Top $1 Billion
Activision just announced that Modern Warfare 2 has passed $1 Billion in sales worldwide.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues to set sell-through records crossing the $1 billion mark in retail sales worldwide since its launch in November, according to internal Activision estimates.
In its first five days alone, the game sold an estimated $550 million worldwide, outpacing five-day worldwide theatrical box office gross figures for such films as Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Dark Night, according to internal Activision estimates and boxofficemojo.com.
EVGA Precision 1.9 Released
This program allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
- Fixed 3D memory clock monitoring on NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 DDR5 series graphics cards
- Added configuration file setting allowing power users to display performance profiler status information in the hardware monitor window. The information allows estimating average CPU performance hit caused by hardware monitor
- On-Screen Display and Logitech LCD monitoring modules no longer explicitly read displayed data from hardware and retrieve cached data from monitoring graphs instead. Due to this change CPU performance hit is reduced when OSD or LCD monitoring features are enabled
- Fan speed slider position and numeric fan speed input field are now being refreshed in automatic fan speed mode only when EVGA Precision window is active
- Added configuration file switches allowing power users to tweak Precision startup process and define startup delay or force the startup to be handled by Windows Vista / Windows 7 Task Scheduler to bypass UAC evaluation window (additional Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime libraries installation is required for task scheduler based startup way)
- Added videomemory usage monitoring for NVIDIA graphics cards under Forceware 185.xx and newer drivers
- Added GPU usage monitoring for NVIDIA GT2xx and newer graphics cards under Forceware 185.xx and newer drivers
- EVGA On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 3.6.0. New server provides improved desktop windows notification mechanism and also features optional power user oriented task scheduler based startup way
- Reduced runtime skin engine memory footprint due to dynamic skin storage unloading
Radeon HD 5670 review (Crossfire)
Radeon HD 5670 review -- And sure Crossfire is tested as well !
Today ATI releases thus the Radeon series 5600. Actually Radeon HD 5650 and 5670 today in specific -- we'll be looking at a couple of these cards. These cards offer a wide variety in functionality but even in the new budget products ATI put in enough transistors to allow you to play modern games well -- if you give them the right circumstances that is.
The card we'll be testing today is lined up directly against NVIDIA's GeForce GT 240 products, with the Radeon HD 5670 being slightly faster, DX11 compatible and sure .. ATI threw in Eyefinity as well. We'll test it in-depth and look at Crossfire performance as well.
Check out this Guru3D review here.
eVGA readies stress test for Precision
EVGA is working on a new software application that tests the stability of the overclock (stress test), and a benchmark program rolled into one.
The software which is based on FurMark has two components: an artifacts scanner, and a benchmark. The test renders a high polygon 3D object with lots of shaders. We have a screenshot available. Check it out.
Oh and BTW, we are working on the exact same thing for MSI AfterBurner as well -- more soon ;)
ENERMAX launch of two PSU series MODU87+ & PRO87+
I believe we already received this one for a review, so check our site on a regular basis ! Enermax is releasing incredibly highly efficient PSUs, two of them actually achieving 87+ effienency and even efficiency up to a shocking 92% !
ENERMAX is stepping up to the need of energy and money-saving products with these two desktop PSU series from 500 up to 900 watts. MODU87+ is the modular cable series, while PRO87+ is native. Both will complement ENERMAX running 80+, 82+, and 85+ PSU series and incorporate the latest technologies with a major breakthrough:
DHT, Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology
Up to now, all manufacturers concentrated on the DC stage to improve the efficiency. But the technology used in the DC stage (during and after conversion of AC to DC) has come to the maximum, and achieving 87+ efficiency is the very limit of this approach. To achieve 87+ or even higher efficiency with good performance needs additional innovations on the AC stage. ENERMAX has invented three innovations bundled into the new DHT-topology:
- Dynamic AC Boosting
- Dynamic Transformer Array
- Dynamic Frequency Conversion
- DYNAMIC HYBRID TRANSFORMER Design
The inventions center on the adoption of dynamic frequencies, voltages and conversion instead of traditional static ones. These dynamic optimization designs not only push the efficiency up to a blazing 92%, but also improve stability and performance to new heights without sacrificing any safety or regulations. Moreover, the incorporation of a 13.9cm Twister bearing fan with the patented SpeedGuard fan control brings MODU87+ and PRO87+ to silence @ 50oC.
- EMG700AWT Available January 2010 MSRP US$219
- EPG600AWT Available January 2010 MSRP US$159
Onkyo PA-MC5500 Class AB 9 x 150-watt amp
Sapphire leaks Radeon 5670 press-release to press
The Radeon HD 5670 is based on the Redwood XT graphics processing engine and will be targeted at the low-end and entry-level market segments. Apparently, the fellows over at Sapphire Technology, one of the ATI Radeon board partners, have decided to announce the launch of the new product, before all of the other partners. 3
The top two models of the Sapphire HD 5670 will provide users with a choice for 1GB or 512MB of GDDR5 memory, featuring clock speed of 775MHz and 1000MHz (4GHz effective) for the core and memory, respectively. In addition, these two will be featured with a custom cooler from Artic Cooling and offer Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity. Two other models will provide the same choices for the memory, but will only be featured with DVI, HDMI and VGA connectivity.
Check back tomorrow to Guru3D where we'll have a nice spicy review waiting -- Crossfire as well :)
Silicon Power Launches 128GB 400X CF Card
The 400X CF card has a write speed of up to 90MB/s and will
Xigmatek's Utgard PC Chassis
Xigmatek will be launching a new chassis. The new chassis measures 207 x 515 x 490 mm (W x H x D) and, being mainly made of steel, it weighs 9.3 kilograms.
The chassis has an all-mesh design front panel, an anti-vibration rubber for the power supply and a dust filter for the PSU cooling fan. The product comes with an 170 mm top orange fan with white LED lighting, as well as preinstalled 120 mm front and rear fans. These two are also colored orange and have white LED lights. The case itself boasts nine 5.25-inch bays for storage and uses a screw-less tooling for the installation of both the expansion slots and the 5.25 bays.
The steel-wrought Utgard is designed with several optional configurations. Its 120 mm front fan can be removed and replaced with one measuring 80, 92 or 140 mm. The rear fan can also be replaced by one of 80 or 92 mm. Not only that, but even the 170 mm top fan can be renounced, with end-users having the option of installing two 140 mm or two 120 mm fans instead. The Utgard also has a back window and back holes and clips for cable management. Finally, the bottom slot can also use a tool-free holder to install an extra 140 mm spinner.
Expected to become available next month, the Utgard PC casing has a price tag of 69.99 Euro. I'm trying to understand the photo angle .. where they trying to hide something ?
NVIDIA CEO: GF100 in volume production
During NVIDIA's CES Press Conference a few days ago, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed that their next-generation GF100 Fermi GPU is in volume production now, although he wouldn't provide an exact release date.
Huang also confirmed that GF100 would support NVIDIA's upcoming 3D Vision Surround, which provides 3D Vision support across multiple displays in a similar fashion to ATI's Eyefinity tech. FYI, the GF100 is about 10.5 inches long, takes up two PCI slots, has a cooling system with one fan, and requires extra power via two PCIe power connectors (one 6-pin and an 8-pin). Nvidia's card has support for SLI (3-way SLI), DirectX 11, OpenCL, PhysX, CUDA, and should boast a 384-bit memory interface as well as 512 CUDA cores.
The highlight of the press conference though was Tegra 2. The chip features a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU at speeds up to 1GHz. NVIDIA says its up to 4 times faster than their first-generation Tegra chip, with 8 independent processors used to handle web browsing, HD video encode and decode, and 3D gaming. With regards to that last part, Epic's Tim Sweeney was also on-hand to demonstrate Unreal Engine 3 running on Tegra 2. When Huang asked him which desktop GeForce product their latest Tegra offering compared too, Sweeney responded by saying it's about as powerful as high-end desktop GPUs from 3-4 years ago. Tegra chips were also showcased in a variety of tablet PCs, as well as Audi's upcoming A8 luxury sedan.
You can check out the press-conference in HD right here.
NVIDIA: GT200 will support 3D Vision Surround
Good news for GeForce GTX 260, 275, 280, 285 and 295 owners. Much like ATI's Eyefinity 3D Vision Surround will be supported on that series as well.
3D Vision Surround offers 3D Vision support spanned across 3 displays, effectively allowing you to run three 3D displays simultaneously. NVIDIA says you can also use Surround in 2D mode also. In addition to supporting GF100 Fermi, NVIDIA also confirmed that existing GT200 cards will also support 3D Vision Surround.
Bare in mind though that SLI will be a requirement as the cards can only coop with 2 DVI outputs. It's great fun though.
Alan Wake Gameplay Video
Developer Remedy has updated their facebook page with new screenshots and videos of Alan Wake, an upcoming "psychological action thriller" inspired by Twin Peaks, Lost and also the works of Stephen King.
This actually looks really cool. It's pretty much just as I imagined it. I like the sound and lighting effects -- they really add a sense of atmosphere. Microsoft recently announced that more chapters in the "action thriller" will arrive as downloadable content after the Xbox 360 version releases this spring. Unfortunately nothing was said of the PC version ...
Design Hara's HTPC
HTPCs are a very nice addition to most people's regular desktop PCs or Macs. Hence, let me introduce Design Hara's exquisite HTPC to you - coming to you in two distinct flavors: you can choose between cypress wood from Italy or rose wood from Canada.
The handcrafted side panels of the case are made out of one of the above woods while the front cover is available in natural sheep leather, too.
Featuring the mini-ITX motherboard form factor the HTPC will be available with Core 2 Duo or Quad processors, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, and HDMI and DVI outputs.
Any information on pricing is currently not available yet.
Sony Launching Movie On-Demand Service in February?
Video and movie on-demand services like Hulu, Amazon Video-On-Demand, Netflix, CinemaNow, and Fancast are becoming more and more popular. As soon as February 2010 Sony might enter the arena with its Internet-based on-demand video service dubbed Qriocity, too.
"Although Sony has yet to announce any details, reports from CES have Qriocity tying in with customers PlayStation Network accounts and getting top-level billing on Sony
Meet Blob VB3 - An Egg Shaped Mobile Living Space
A bit of an "oddball" news item for sure but nevertheless quite interesting, I think. Architectural firm dmvA built an extravagant, egg-shaped, mobile living space called "blob VB3".
It took about 18 months to complete the 20 m2 blob which is mainly made out of polyester but it does hold all necessary items one could possibly need: "bathroom, kitchen, lighting, sleeping space and several niches for storage. Moreover, the nose can be opened automatically and functions as a porch. While being closed, it blends into a complete smooth blob."