AOpen XC Mini GP7A-HD nettop eschews Atom for Core 2 Duo & NVIDIA Ion
AOpen have reelased their latest nettop, but whereas we
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Ozone SMOG gaming mouse review
Smog is one of the most extreme mouse's I have tested personally in a while and we've seen a good number of them. Smog is as versatile as can be and not only that, it's a very ergonomic mouse with a great feel and guess what, an affordable sales price as well.
The Smog features an ergonomic right handed design, it has an embedded Avago 9500 laser sensor, 7+2 programmable buttons, and a DPI settings 5040 (selectable). The mouse also comes with a rubber left side grip, ceramic footpads, an adjustable weight. And sure, Macro modes for gaming profiles as well and 4-way scrolling.
Check out the review
USB3.0 Controller from Sharkoon
Zalman preps MFC1 Combo fan controller
Zalman is prepping a new multi-channel fan controller, the MFC1 Combo. The fan controller occupies one 5.25-inch drive bay, and comes with a brushed aluminum bezel.
Out of the five independent channels the controller provides, four work on the conventional voltage-control principle, while one provides PWM (pulse-width modulation) control. Each channel delivers up to 7W / 0.6 A. The PWM-controlled channel also comes with a PWM-mode with three speed presets a fourth one can be user-defined. The Zalman MFC1 Combo should be priced at around 40 EUR [via tpu].
MSI Takes H57 Motherboard to mATX Form Factor
MSI is working on a H57-based mATX motherboard which is expected to fight against the Asus P7H57D-V EVO, we just received some photo's from MIS.
The H57M-ED65 features an OC-Genie chip, and enables users to adjust BCLK conveniently. Besides, the board packs two PCI-e x16 slots, HDMI/DVI/D-Sub/DisplayPort connectivities, and supports MSI
GPU-Z 0.3.7 Released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added Infotips for sensors
- Fixed crash when ATI ULPS CrossFire enabled
- Added full support for ATI HD 5970 (Hemlock)
- Added full support for
NVIDIAGeForce GT 240 (GT215)
- Added "ULPS active" note to CrossFire status when ULPS active
- Fixed overclocks via CCC not showing correctly
- Added checkboxes to show availability of CUDA, PhysX, OpenCL and DirectX Compute
- Improved memory type detection for GT 216, GT 218
- Added voltage monitoring support for HD 5770
- Disconnected fan now shows correctly in sensors (when detectable via hardware)
- Improved accuracy of ATI GPU load monitoring
- Added detection for ATI RV380/RV530 cards relabeled to NVIDIA 9400/9500/9600 GT
- Added support for NVIDIA 9300 SE, NVS450, GT 240, GTS 250M, G102M
- Added support for Intel G41
Radeon HD 5970 Overclocking Guide
We boosted the Radeon HD 5970 Core from 725 MHz towards 935 MHz and the 4000 MHz memory is running and purring steady at 5240 MHz --- and that's a baffling result on just the reference air-cooler.
Wanna learn how we do it ? Click here.
Changes in version 3.0.2:
- Fixed inability to put machine to sleep with Fraps running
- Fixed bug preventing people from updating the benchmark timeout value
- Fixed problem restoring Fraps window to previous position upon startup
- Fixed AUDIODG.EXE consuming large amounts of CPU for some users
Patriot Launches more affordable SSD line
Patriot Memory announced the release of their new PS-100 Series SSDs.
|PS256GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 256GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009447|
|PS128GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 128GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009430|
|PS64GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 64GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009423|
|PS32GS25SSDR||Patriot PS-100 32GB SATA 2.5" SSD||0879699009416|
The PS-100 is the latest in Patriot's "cache" based SSD drives and has been targeted for cost-conscious consumers pursuing performance and reliability without having to empty their bank account. The 2.5" SSD makes use of a 64GB cache, power consumption of 5.3W when operating, and .5W when in standby mode; an option that is sure to attract notebook and laptop users alike. The PS-100 boosts sequential read speeds of up to 210MB/s, with sequential write speeds up to 150MB/s, another feature that will be attractive to end users. The low power consumption of the PS-100 drives extends battery life on notebooks and netbooks while the performance reduces system boot times and application load times improving overall system responsiveness.
"Our PS-100 is a great option for consumers that want all the reliability and performance of an SSD, but are looking for aggressive pricing," say Eric Ackerson, Patriot's Director of Marketing. "We are excited about getting this product into the market just in time for the holiday season, and with capacities from 32GB to 256GB, the PS-100 family brings improved system performance and longevity with a broad range of capacities and price points."
Patriot curious enough did not include any prices.
Radeon HD 5970 press-releases
Here's an overview of Radeon HD 5970 press-releases:
HIS Announces HD 5970 2GB Graphics Accelerator - HIS
Today HIS unleashed the revolutionary new HIS Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5. Building on the success of HIS 5800 series, HIS 5970 offer the power of two 5800 GPUs and 3200 stream processors on a single board. It delivers groundbreaking graphics performance along with the most advanced feature set in the graphics industry.
Powered by the top-of-the-line 5970 GPU, HIS Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 accelerates PC gaming with more than 4 teraFLOPS computing power! Running at 725MHz core clock speed and 4Gbps memory clock speed, the, HIS Radeon HD 5970 ensure extreme game play at high resolutions and maximum settings. It delivers full support for Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics and compute functionality. Besides, it features an architecture tailored to excel with DirectCompute 11 (Shader Model 5.0) and OpenCL, taking ATI Stream functionality to next level.
MSI Unveils its Top-of-the-line R5970-P2D2G - MSI
World renowned graphics card and mainboard brand and manufacturer, MSI, captured the hearts of powerful performance enthusiasts after unveiling its all-new R5800, R5700 series of graphics cards. Today, MSI unveils its top model, the R5970-P2D2G graphics card, which not only equips two advanced 40nm GPUs, but also utilizes 3200 stream processors (SPs)*, and 2 GB 512 bit** GDDR5 graphics memory, making it the best performing card on the planet today!
Additionally, MSI's R5970-P2D2G graphics card features ATI Eyefinity triple-display output technology, allowing gamers to get fully immersed in the latest DirectX 11 environments. The card also offers PowerPlay power-saving functionality that shows remarkable power-saving when the machine is in stand-by. Equally noteworthy is MSI's own "Afterburner" overclocking software that allows the user to adjust both the voltage and overclocking settings for better performance. With CrossFire X enabled, the dual GPUs offer outstanding, stable performance that redefines fast. Without a doubt, this card will be the first choice of performance enthusiasts.
PowerColor Announces its ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB - TUL
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today introduces the fastest graphics card on the planet: the PowerColor HD5970. As the most powerful card in the world, this stunning graphics solution clocks at 725 MHz core speed and 1000 MHz effective memory speed. Memory data transmission rates up to 4.0 Gb/s, delivering unprecedented performance.
The PowerColor HD5970 is built with 3200 stream processing units, ready to tackle all the most demanding HD titles; with almost 5 teraFLOPs of compute power, it puts the power of graphics "supercomputing" in the hands of extreme gamers. Furthermore, the PowerColor HD5970 has massive headroom for overclocking capabilities giving all gamers the control and flexibility to tune their custom rig for maximum performance.
Sapphire Announces its Radeon HD 5970 and HD 5970 OC - Sapphire
World leading graphics supplier, SAPPHIRE Technology, now introduces the world's fastest graphics card, the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 OC Edition. With twice the computing power of the highly acclaimed SAPPHIRE HD 5870, the new HD 5970 model shares all the exciting features of this family - including support for the DirectCompute 11 instruction set of Microsoft DirectX 11, hardware tessellation and multi threaded communication with the system CPU. It also supports the acceleration of applications supported by ATI Stream, and the ability to display across three monitors simultaneously with ATI Eyefinity.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5970 OC Edition ships with enhanced clock speeds of 735MHz core and 1010MHz (4.04GHz effective) - faster than the standard model, making the SAPPHIRE HD 5970 OC the fastest card in its class, and the fastest in the world*. Enthusiasts will also be able to tune performance of these SAPPHIRE cards using the SAPPHIRE Redline voltage tweaker tool** to enable higher levels of overclocking.
XFX Announces its Radeon HD 5970 Graphics Card - XFX
XFX takes technology for a trip down the fast lane with the debut of The XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card. The fastest dual GPU-on-a-PCB card on the planet, in addition to the base powerhouse, this card also comes in an "I've-never-seen-that-kind-of-performance-before" Black Edition with an exclusive performance enhancing Overvolt Tool.
Created for the true performance enthusiast, this card offers the ultimate in speed, with the XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 scoring in excess of X10000 in 3DMarkVantage v. 101, the highest single graphics card score achieved to date. It also features all of the latest, state-of-the-art technologies that hardcore gamers want, including ATI Eyefinity technology, ATI Stream technology and full DirectX 11 support.
We have posted a 28 page article on the Radeon HD 5970 right here, including CrossfireX results.
Building The Worlds Fastest Supercomputer
Oak Ridge National Labs
AMD no longer pays for x86 license
Looks like AMD certainly got a good deal with Intel. Last week we already reported that the AMD and Intel settled -- Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion to squash a legal battle over Intel's sales tactics.
As it now seems there's more to the deal than we know. Both Intel and AMD agreed to a cross-license platfrom that is now royalty free. AMD doesn't have to pay anymore for the x86 license / patents owned by Intel and vice versa this is likely the same -- Intel doesn't have to cough up dough for the 64-bit patents owned by AMD.
It's good news for AMD as it severely cuts down overhead cost and it is allowed to continue to make x86 compatible processors.
Ahw -- perhaps they're best buds for life now ;)
DRAM prices to drop next month very likely
Some DRAM module makers in Taiwan are forecasting a price correction to reflect seasonal demand in December, and have expressed caution about the near-term chip pricing.
The makers have also speculated that Korea-based chipmakers who have already turned profitability are likely to take advantage of their cost competitiveness and slash prices to boost shipments.
Seasonal effects are showing in the DRAM sector, which has seen weak spot prices. But Korea suppliers now see no need to intervene in DRAM prices, since the Taiwan government is likely to fail in establishing Taiwan Innovation Memory Company (TIMC, previously Taiwan Memory Company), the module makers said. The chip vendors would allow DRAM prices to follow market mechanisms, they added.
Previous reports cited market observers as indicating that major DRAM producers intended to push chip prices upward in order to minimize the possibility of the Taiwan government going ahead with the TIMC project, which aims to revamp the island\'s capacity-driven DRAM industry.
Average spot prices for branded and effectively tested (eTT) 1Gb DDR2 chips trended down 0.76% and 1.60% in one day to close at US$2.60 and US$2.45, respectively, on November 17, according to data from DRAMeXchange. Quotes for 1Gb DDR3 also slid 0.68% during the day to US$2.89 on average [digitimes].
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Pripyat Benchmark Download
Would you like to check out the nifty new S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark tool? If so, you'll want to head over to our download section, where you can find the file for download.
This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations
ASUS shows new Republic of Gamers P55 mobo
ASUS will be releasing a new ASUS Maximus III Extreme -- built for overclocking and satisfy enthusiasts with loads of interesting features as Nordic HW reports. Intel's P55 chipset supports the latest LGA1156 processors.
ASUS has designed a whole new power circuitry for the board, no less than 11 digital PWM phases. According to the manufacturer, this solution combines the best from both worlds, the digital and the analog. ASUS has taken ROG Connect to the next level by enabling overclocking via Bluetooth, which means now all you need to overclock is a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.
The motherboard also has a unique function with its LN2 Mode Header jumper that, when activated, optimize the performance of the board when cooled by liquid nitrogen. The jumper is said to trick the internal temperature diode of the CPU and reduce coldbug issues. All the neat CPU features aside, Maximus III Extreme sports five PCI Express x16 slots, which means Quad SLI with x8 bandwidth with each card, or just SLI with full x16 bandwidth. The same of course applies to CrossFireX.
Other features are SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0 and 10 channel HD audio processor.
ASUS Maximus III Extreme will top of the line, but the price remains clouded. More information should surface in two weeks at the official launch.
Working Fermi based DX11 GeForce 380 Spotted
The folks at bsn have found a picture showing the desktop version of a Fermi based graphics card / NV100, in action on the company
Modern Warfare 2 makes $550 million in first five days
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the fastest selling video game, and the biggest entertainment launch ever, as the game is estimated to have generated $550 million in the first five days since it was launched.
- Activision Blizzard proudly announced Modern Warfare 2 broke all previous first-and-five-day records:
Modern Warfare 2's launch beat all previous first-and five-day entertainment industry box office, book and video game sell-through records*:
- The largest reported five-day opening worldwide box office gross figures, held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394 million)
- The largest reported five-day opening domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($203.8 million)
- The largest reported five-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (6 million units, $500 million)
- The largest reported opening first-day domestic box office gross figures, held by The Dark Knight ($66.4 million)
- The largest reported first-day book sales in dollars, held by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows ($220 million)
- The largest reported first-day worldwide video game sales record, previously held by Grand Theft Auto IV (3.6 million units, $310 million)