Serial ATA Organization makes SATA 3.0 Revision Official
The Serial ATA International Organization today, made the third-generation SATA interface official. The new interface provides a 6 Gbps high-speed serial data connection between the system and most of today's data storage devices such as hard drives, solid-state drives, optical drives, and enterprise tape drives. The interface also provides connectivity to external storage devices in its eSATA port variant. It is 100% backwards compatible with devices that support the SATA 150 MB/s and SATA II 300 MB/s standards.
The organization listed some of the standard's key enhancements, as follows:
- A new Native Command Queuing (NCQ) streaming command to enable isochronous data transfers for bandwidth-hungry audio and video applications
- An NCQ Management feature that helps optimize performance by enabling host processing and management of outstanding NCQ commands
- Improved power management capabilities.
- A small Low Insertion Force (LIF) connector for more compact 1.8-inch storage devices
- A connector designed to accommodate 7mm optical disk drives for thinner and lighter notebooks
- Alignment with the INCITS ATA8-ACS standard
Hardware manufacturers have already implemented draft versions of the standard in some of their newest storage controllers. As the year progresses, it is hoped that the standard finds its way to storage controller cards and motherboards.
Razer Launches Sphex Mousing Surface
Razer, the world's leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today announced the release of the Razer Sphex, the first Gaming Grade Desktop Skin with a distinctive ultrathin form factor.
- Adhesive bottom to stick to any surface
- Midsized mouse mat suited for most gaming environments at 320mm by 230mm
- Extra thin to avoid any restrictions to your gaming experience
- Excellent tracking quality for both Laser and Optical mice
- COST: US: $14.99, Europe
ECS P55H-A for Core i5 pixelated
Alien Babel Tech also spotted the ECS P55H-A, an upcoming P55 motherboard for the Intel Core i5 processors.
The ECS P55H-A features dual x16 PCIe 2.0 supporting
Zalman ZM500-RS 500W PSU with 87% efficiency unveiled
A hot thing to sell these days are PSU's. One wonders what the amrgins are on these puppies. Anyway, Cooling specialist Zalman presented a new 500W power supply with an efficiency of up to 87 percent - the ZM500-RS. The unit has two +12V rails with a max output of 22A, it's cooled by a 120mm fan and should be available soon for around 92EUR.
The PSU has two 12V rails peaking at 22A, has everything from Over-Voltage to Over-Current, Short-Circuit, Under-Voltage, and Over-Temperature protection, and is equipped with a 120mm Hydro Bearing fan. The Zalman ZM500-RS has already started to appear in stores with a price tag of about 92 Euro.
Gelid debuts GC-2 thermal compound
Gelid has released a new thermal compound named GC-2, it replaces the company's GC-1 and will soon be available for 4.99EUR ($6.99).
Optimal heat conductivity and low thermal resistance make the
New Pirates of the Caribbean RPG Unveiled
Propaganda Games (the developers behind the recent Turok title) are teaming up with Disney to create Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned Unveiled, a new open world action-RPG based on the Pirates of the Caribbean license. The story takes place before the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with an original plot where players step into the shoes of a new pirate beset with all manner of nasty enemies.
Moral choices, character building, and a supernatural world await. Combat will be an actiony affair, while RPG mechanics will see the player leveling up over the course of the game. The ship-to-ship combat is said to be "vastly different than any other game," and economic systems are being considered. The game is in development for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. No release date yet [via ggmania].
Guru3D going green - Solar Power
Guru3D is ten years of age, and we felt we had to give back a little to the community. Next to all crazy contests we have organized we also wanted to do something in return, but in this case for the environment. As such last year we started a project called Guru3D going Green.
The project entailed us installing an array of solar PV panels, compensating and reducing most of the CO2 created by the Guru3D.com servers.
Definitely a nice little read to check out ...
You can find the article right here.
Gainward moving back to NVIDIA
It was merely a year ago when Gainward announced to jump ship from NVIDIA's exclusive ship and sell ATI cards as well. Rumors now state that Gainward soon will announce they'll go back to NVIDIA only, which is a interesting and peculiar move to say the least.
While Gainward released multiple cards like the Radeon 400 series it already was a little weird to see them not release a Radeon HD 4890 or 4770 card. It seems that several distributors already have been informed of this move and the company will announce it soon.
Patriot announces Corza NAS unit
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced the release of Corza, their network storage server for the home.
The Corza is a network attached storage device that gives the consumer the ability to turn their home computers into their own network. The Corza features the latest networking technology which allows users to stream digital media files, their favorite music and videos, pictures or important data; accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Corza's dual hot-swap design accommodates 2x2TB hard drives or up to 4TB total network storage with built in RAID 0, 1, and JBOD controller. Supporting 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet, consumers can stream up to 3HD quality movies simultaneously with perfect video and sound. The FTP support feature allows users to remotely share files with family and friends from anywhere there is an internet connection.
"Storage network devices, like the Corza, will be the next mainstream consumer product," says Saeed Arash Far, Patriot's Engineering Manager. "Much like the home computer or VCRs revolutionized the 1980's and 1990's, home networks are continuing to grow and expand. The typical home has multiple systems and users, Corza allows you to connect all those computers to one network. No longer will you have to use portable devices; such as, USBs or SD cards to transfer data from computer to computer. Store it all on your home network and access it from any computer on the internet."
MS Zune HD Announced Today
Microsoft announced the Zune HD today. The device is meant to compete with Apple
Intel previews Nehalem-EX Octal-Core Processor Architecture
Intel is on a marketing spree today as they held a press conference in which the company spoke about its next-generation server processor, currently code-named Nehalem-EX. As its name suggests, the Nehalem-EX is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture which debuted with Xeon 5500 and Core i7 series processors.
The Nehalem-EX series however, will be decidedly more high-end in terms of specifications and performance. Whereas current Xeon 5500 series processors feature four execution cores per CPU with support for up to eight threads through Intel
A-DATA shows off new XPG memory modules at Computex
As the success of presenting the leading XPG Xtreme series DDR3-2133X v2.0 DRAM module in the industry at CeBIT 2009, A-DATA presenting its XPG Plus Series v2.0 and Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module with superior thermal conductive technology and characteristics heat sink design at Computex 2009.
Adopting new dual cooper heat pipe design, the XPG Plus Series v2.0 DRAM module offers offload heat with extreme efficiency to ensure superior stability and performance. Each memory chip is direct contact with a thermo-conductive copper heat pipe to perform heat away from the memory components, and dissipates it through the aluminum fin array. The XPG Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module adopts additional surface area of heat sink to provide effective heat dissipation via effective heat sink design.
Moreover, both XPG Plus Series v2.0 and XPG Gaming Series v2.0 DRAM module come with doubling amount of copper of PCB (printed circuit board) to delivering low temperature and better power efficiency from critical areas of the DRAM module [via tpu].
The Best Selling PC Games
We have a new NPD chart for you, with the best sellling PC games in the USA for the week ending May 16th.
NPD's Top Ten (5/10 - 5/16)
1. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
2. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
3. Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $33
4. World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $35
5. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $29
6. Spore / EA Maxis / $40
7. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
8. Fallout Trilogy (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics) / Interplay / $20
9. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $42
10. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (5/10 - 5/16)
1. Mount & Blade / TaleWorlds
2. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel / cdv Software Entertainment USA
3. Battlestations: Pacific - Eidos Interactive
4. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis Games
5. Civilization IV / Firaxis Games
6. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
7. Mass Effect / BioWare
8. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate / Ossian Studios
9. Fallout 3 / Bethesda
10. Elven Legacy / Paradox Interactive
Mafia II delayed
Ahw ! I am looking so much forward to this game. Anyways, Reuters reports that Mafia II is delayed until the first half of 2K Games' 2010 fiscal year, which concludes April 30, 2010, and console western shooter Red Dead Redemption is delayed until that point as well.
The company said it will delay "Red Dead Redemption" and "Mafia II" from the fourth quarter into the first half of fiscal 2010, and will continue to look a various ways to cut costs.
Smooth Creations Far Cry 2 - Guru3D case mod
Smooth Creations is a company that is always raising the bar and pushing forward to the next level, custom made PCs that are totally pimped up. Be prepared to be amazed. The intricate details and sheer amount of shock and awe is big in this one.
Oh and the fun part is also .. we're giving it away.
Click here to read the article.
A Decade of Guru3D - Contest #2
The second competition is our traditional logo hunt. We have hidden a picture somewhere in one out of fifteen articles. Find it, submit the correct answer and you might be able to pick up one of the many prize packages.
And since this is a decade of Guru3D competition .. the prizes absolutely do not suck.
- Custom Far Cry 2 / Guru3D theme spray painted Smooth Creations CoolerMaster chassis worth 800 USD, one of a kind and totally unique.
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 TURBO X , this card has not even been announced yet!
- Point of View GeForce GTX 275 EXO editon !
- Zalman GS1000SE chassis
- Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
- HIS Radeon 4850 TURBO X
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Multi-view
- HIS VT Book
Click here to read the details fro this competition. Not entering would be silly !
Windows Server 2008 SP 2 and Windows Vista SP 2 Released
So, the long waiting is finally over. Microsoft released the standalone installer for the Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista for the following languages, today: English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.
The new service pack delivers many anticipated features, along with numerous tweaks and bug fixes which should strengthen the Vista experience. Among the hottest additions in the new pack is the ability to record in Blu-Ray format for the first time in Windows. Other key additions include Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity, Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration wireless functionality, faster Wi-Fi resume times after hibernation, Windows Search 4.0, and the ability to configure the maximum number of TCP connections.
"SP2 is an update to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista that incorporates improvements discovered through automated feedback, as well as updates that have been delivered since SP1. By providing these fixes integrated into a single service pack for both client and server, Microsoft provides a single high-quality update that minimizes deployment and testing complexity for customers.
Service Pack 1 is a prerequisite for installing Service Pack 2. Please make sure that your system is running Service Pack 1 before you install Service Pack 2."
You can download the Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista here:
EVEREST Ultimate Edition 5.02 released
One of Guru3D's favourite hardware diagnostic tools, Everest, has been upgraded to version 5.00
Everest offers accurate hardware information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information. EVEREST Home Edition is optimized for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, and it fully supports the Vista / XP look & feel.
Changes in Everest version 5.02:
- Temperature, voltage, fan speed, current and power consumption monitoring for the Gigabyte Odin GT series power supply units.
- nVIDIA SLI information under Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Full support for Logitech G19 keyboard with QVGA color LCD (Ultimate Edition only).
- GPU information for nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition, GeForce G 103M and GeForce GTX 275 video chips.
- CPU clock measurement and benchmarks for Intel Core i7 "Bloomfield" and Xeon "Nehalem-EP" processors under Windows 7.
- Logical drive free space monitoring and alerting (Corporate Edition only).
- Temperature measurement for Fujitsu hard disk drives.
- Anti-virus software details for AntiVir Personal, AntiVir Premium, PC Tools AntiVirus and PC Tools Internet Security.
- Improved temperature monitoring on Apple iMac, MacBook and Mac Pro systems.
Download: click here.