Dell: Windows 7 is much more expensive than Vista
Some new details about Windows 7 pricing have emerged from Dell, via CNET's Brooke Crothers, it indicates that Windows 7 license prices will be much higher than with Vista.
Windows 7 pricing is potentially an obstacle to Windows 7 adoption for some users, though in just about every other aspect the operating system is beating Vista, according to a Dell marketing executive. "If there's one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower or cause customers to pause, it's that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems are higher than they were for Vista and XP," Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business client product group, said in a phone interview, referring to the various versions of the Windows 7 operating system that are expected to appear.
Ward continued. "In tough economic times, I think it's naive to believe that you can increase your prices on average and then still see a stronger swell than if you held prices flat or even lowered them. I can tell you that the licensing tiers at retail are more expensive than they were for Vista." In the business market, Windows 7 Professional is expected to be more expensive than Windows Vista Business, the version that Professional is replacing, he said. Some schools and smaller businesses may not be early adopters due to price. "Schools and government agencies may not be able to afford (the additional cost). Some of the smaller businesses may not be able to enjoy the software as soon as they'd like," Ward said.
3D Realms 'we are Not Closing'
Closing, no closing, Vaporware .. it really is the biggest soap in the history of game-development isn't it ?
3D Realms today issued a statement in response to Take Interactive's lawsuit against the Duke Nukem Forever developer, which also claims that the studio hasn't closed:
In light of recent press articles and statements by Take-Two (to the media and in a lawsuit), we want to set the record straight on some issues.
Despite rumors and statements to the contrary, 3D Realms (3DR) has not closed and is not closing. 3DR retains ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. Due to lack of funding, however, we are saddened to confirm that we let the Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) development team go on May 6th, while we regroup as a company. While 3DR is a much smaller studio now, we will continue to operate as a company and continue to license and co-create games based upon the Duke Nukem franchise.
As some of you may know, Take-Two filed a lawsuit last week containing various accusations and claims against 3DR and the uncompleted DNF game. Take-Two never paid 3DR advances or any signing bonus or any other funds related to DNF, up until July 2008, at which time they paid $2.5m in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game. This is the sum total Take-Two has paid 3DR in connection with DNF. Take-Two claims that they paid $12m to GT Interactive/Infogrames to acquire the publishing rights for the DNF game. To be clear, 3DR was not a party to that transaction and did not receive any money from it. When the DNF game was originally signed with GT Interactive in 1998, GT paid 3DR a $400,000 signing bonus. Up until July 2008, this was the only publisher money we received for the DNF game. Meanwhile, 3DR put over $20m into the production of DNF.
Take-Two retains publishing rights for the DNF game, although 3DR retains certain rights to sell the game directly to the public. Late last year, 3DR began negotiations with Take-Two to provide funding to complete the DNF game. In the meantime, 3DR was hitting mutually-agreed milestones, despite not having a new agreement finalized. Take-Two was well aware that 3DR needed the funding to continue the DNF game development. Suddenly, after months of negotiations, Take-Two materially changed the parameters of the proposed funding agreement. 3DR informed Take-Two that it could not financially afford the changes Take-Two was suggesting and would be forced to release the team if an agreement was not reached. Take-Two made a last minute proposal to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise and the 3DR development team. Take-Two's proposal was unacceptable to 3DR for many reasons, including no upfront money, no guarantee minimum payment, and no guarantee to complete the DNF game. From 3DR's perspective, we viewed Take-Two as trying to acquire the Duke Nukem franchise in a "fire sale." Those negotiations fell through on May 4th, a deal never materialized, and the DNF team was sadly released a few days later.
Less than a week after the DNF team was released, Take-Two filed its lawsuit in New York, seeking immediate temporary injunctive relief. The court denied Take-Two's request for a temporary restraining order. While we cannot comment on the details of the ongoing lawsuit, we believe Take-Two's lawsuit is without merit and merely a bully tactic to obtain ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise. We will vigorously defend ourselves against this publisher.
It's growing to proportions that it is starting to irritate the end-users isn't it ?
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910 PSU review
No multiple 12 Volts rails, no Sir, it all comes from one single rail, apparently more robust and efficient. Cable management ? Ehm, no Sir, all cables are connected as modability would have an effect on overall efficiency here as well. A near kilowatt power supply with an efficiency that is bloody fantastic at roughly 88%
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
ATI Catalyst 9.5 driver released
ATI just released Catalyst 9.5 for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. The driver is 100% the same as we have been serving since the weekend. So if you tried that version already, there's no reason or need to reinstall the driver.
- Unigine Tropics DX9
Guru3D Rig of the Month May 2009
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows.
Soft on the outside, but hard on the inside sums up Tony's PC really well, making it the Rig of The Month May 2009. Meet Tony Joos at the age of 29. Tony has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already and he shares our passion of building nice PCs.
Tony's PC will be the Rig of the Month March 2009 for reasons that I do not even need to explain really, though you do need to like to color red. Go have a read and then check out the sparkling water-cooling job he managed to pull off.
Check out his rig right here:
SilverStone Readying 1500 W Monster PSU
SilverStone is releasing 1500W grade PC power supply. The Strider Series 1500W (model: SST-ST1500) comes with 80 Plus Silver efficiency rating.
The PSU delivers an astounding 1500W of continuous, and 1600W of peak power. Now if you ever need that, you need a slap in the face really.
The PSU comes with a 100% modular cable design, meaning that even the 24-pin ATX and EPS cables are modular unlike in most modular PSUs. It sizes up at 150 x 86 x 220 mm (WxHxD). With power comes ditribution rails, in this case eight +12V rails up to 120A of current.
Okay .. let me just say this: FAIL, I mean really come on now.
ASUS Announces ROG Crosshair III Formula
We reported it last weel already, yet the release is now official. ASUS today put world record-breaking power into the hands of AMD Phenom II users with the launch of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) Crosshair III Formula. Based on the AMD Socket AM3 platform, the Crosshair III Formula harnesses its full complement of ROG-exclusive features and technologies to unleash the full overclocking potential of Phenom II processors
AMD readying Tigris notebook platform for Computex 09?
AMD is allegedly preparing a new notebook platform, codenamed "Tigris", for a formal launch at the Computex 2009 conference, according to a Commercial Times report. The system will integrate a 45nm dual-core Caspian processor, 55nm or 40nm M9x GPUs and the company's RS880M chipsets. The specs appear to match a leaked roadmap, which suggests the platform will support DDR2 800MHz memory and HD video decoding, along with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
The chip-maker may also be set to announce its "Danube" platform that is expected to arrive sometime in 2010. The devices will feature 45nm Champlain CPUs with up to four cores, paired with faster DDR3 1,066MHz RAM. Graphics acceleration will be provided by an updated Manhattan-series GPU, while the SBxxM-series chipset is said to support USB 3.0.
The report claims the company will utilize its Yukon and Congo platforms for notebooks with display sizes of 13-inches or smaller. Tigris, however, is geared for 14-inch or larger devices.
Computex 2009 is held in Taipei and scheduled to begin June 2nd.
Intel Lynnfield clocks starts at 2.66GHz
FUD Zilla wrote the slowest Intel Lynnfield processor will have a frequency of 2.66GHz, it has 8MB of cache but unlike the faster models it will have only have four instead of eight thread support.
It looks like Intel wants to deliberately slow this CPU down as it should be replacing 2.67GHz Clocked Core 2 Quad 9400. With eight threads we can bet that 2.66GHz Lynnfield makes Core i7 920 clocked at the same speed run for its money and Intel doesn
Single-PCB GTX 295 launches late May
Last week images leaked from Inno3D showing off a single-PCB based GeForce GTX 295. We gathered some details and this product is not launched at Computex in two weeks. It's likely it will be shown there though.
The launch date looks to be the end of June and NVIDIA actually could make this a silent launch, simply replacing the current GTX 295 line-up with this updated model.
The card will have two 55nm GT200 chips, 1792MB (896*2) GDDR3 memory, 896-bit (448*2) memory interface, 289W TDP, 1.4 billion*2 transistors, 240*2 stream processors, 80*2 Texture Map Units, 28*2 ROPs, and core/shader/memory clock of 576/1242/1998MHz. This new single-PCB GTX295 keeps the same specs as before.
Mass Effect 2 Prelude to E3 '09 Trailer
BioWare has released a new teaser trailer for Mass Effect 2, their upcoming action-RPG. In it, you see developers and designers talking about the game, including some cool info indicating that if you made some choices in the first the killed NPCs off, those guys won't be returning in Mass Effect 2.
The second in a planned trilogy, Mass Effect 2 is slated to hit PC and Xbox 360 in early 2010. A playable demo of the game will be shown at E3, which runs from June 2-4.
Cooler Master Unveils Computex lineup
Cooler Master announced its partners and fans that it would be showcasing a number of new products during this year's Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. The company also mentioned that it would be demonstrating a series of current and new products too, including the recently released HAF 922 mid-tower chassis. Moreover, Cooler Master further announced the expansion of its line of CPU cooling solutions with the introduction of the new Hyper TX series, coming with support for the latest computer processors from both Intel and AMD.
According to a recent press release from Cooler Master, the company is planning to showcase its latest HAF 922 mid-tower chassis during Computex 2009. The high-performance case will be used to show off the high thermal superiority of Cooler Master's design, with the help of a high-end quad graphics card system. In addition, the company will also showcase the Power LAN 700W (a solution that combines an Ethernet network solution with a power supply), the SNA 95 (the company's first notebook power adapter) and the Hyper TX3 and Hyper 212 CPU coolers, with support for LGA1156 and 1366 Intel processors. One of the main features of the new TX3 CPU cooler is the direct contact heat-pipe design, which is said to deliver a superior cooling factor.
Computex 2009 will also be the place of debut for Cooler Master's new CM Storm gaming mouse, dubbed Sentinel. Like many high-performance gaming mice, the Sentinel will provide its users with the means to adjust the sensitivity range and configure the weight of the mouse, as well as manage the various profiles that will be stored in the internal memory. In addition to the CM Storm Sentinel gaming mouse, Cooler Master will also showcase the new Choiix Air Through Stash, designed as an alternative to today's notebook coolers, and the Choiix accu-mouse.
EVGA GeForce GTX 285 2GB FTW launched
EVGA has launched a new GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition graphics card that features 2GB GDDR3 memory.
EVGA's GeForce GTX 285 2GB FTW Edition is equipped 2GB of GDDR3 memory, working at 2448MHz, up from 1GB of 512-bit GDDR3 memory on the reference card. In addition, EVGA has also done some tweaking to the card's high-end GPU, providing the end-user with a clock increase of 54MHz, from 648MHz (stock) to 702MHz (EVGA card). The Shader frequency has also been raised to 1584MHz from 1476, while the memory has been set to work at 2484MHz. As with other NVIDIA-based cards, the new GTX 285 from EVGA will also provide support for the chip maker's technologies, including CUDA, SLI and PhysX.
Although the card is not yet available in stock, EVGA has listed it at US$439.99
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4650 AGP Version
You still have an older motherboard which supports AGP graphic cards and don't feel like upgrading your platform just yet? Well, maybe Gigabyte has an interesting solution for you in store, in form of the Radeon HD 4650 AGP edition (GV-R465D2-1GI).
One of the more interesting features is the CrossFire support which will be next to impossible to make any use of.
Other features include:
- Powered by Radeon HD 4650 GPU
- Supports AGP 8X
- Microsoft DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 support
- Integrated with the industry's best 1GB GDDR2 memory and 128-bit memory interface
- Supports CrossFireX
Splinter Cell-Conviction Trailer Web Site Launched
Three years after "Splinter Cell - Essentials" saw the light of day, Ubisoft launched a new web site for "Splinter Cell - Conviction" and made a first official trailer available on another additional web site just for its trailers. At least two more can be expected on 05.20.09 and 05.28.09. Have a look at the first trailer:
NVIDIA GT300 in far stages, taped out
Personally I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to post news two days ago already as the source is Theo Valich (= ex-inquirer). However, what the heck ...
As you guys know NVIDIA's upcoming next-generation graphics processor will carry codenamed GT300 (GeForc Tesla) and is on a stampede course to be released later this year. (GT200 is GTX 200 series BTW).
Accoring to good old Theo, NVIDIA has already taped out some of the first engineering samples of the GPU, tagged under revision A1. This means, NVIDIA is likely already receiving it's first batches of the chip for a while.
It's pretty big news if it is the case as NVIDIA is then delaying the release of this product in order to go really big with it's launch. It will be the first GPU on the 40 nm silicon process for NVIDIA.
The GT300 comes in three line-ups, a consumer graphics, GeForce series, a high-performance computing product for Tesla, and G200GL for professional/enterprise graphics, Quadro series.
Also the rumor that the GPU will have 512 Shader processors, and that's a big step up from the current 240 Shader processors, is substanciated.
Next to that, NVIDIA supposedly is moving from SIMD to MIMD architecture. Long story short: SIMD always has the advantage in raw peak operations per second. After all, it mainly consists of as many adders, floating-point units, shaders.
The new GPU will have 16 clusters of 32 shaders. Though it is unknown how fast they will be clocked, rumors state that if they can be clocked at 2 GHz, we'd be nearing a cool 3 teraflops of compute performance (right now we are hovering around one teraflop) per GPU. GT300 would give direct hardware access [HAL] for CUDA 3.0, DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL.
Also it is now rumored that the GPUs will get a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface to spew out around 256 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
There is no actual release date on GT300 but we do know it'll be somewhere this year, likely closer to Christmas and the Windows 7 release.
Windows 7 Boosts Hyper-Threading Support
It is incredible how big the Windows 7 marketing spin doctors are at work lately. Every couple of days you see a new 'positive' effect if Windows 7 being leaked and all websites are posting about it.
Microsoft has clearly setup a very big spin-doctor campaign. So the latest one would be this InformationWeek has an interesting article on Hyper-Threading enhancements in Windows 7. Here's a bit:
"The work that we've done in Windows 7 in the scheduler and the core of the system to take full advantage of those capabilities, ultimately we think we can deliver a great and better experience for you," said Veghte, speaking earlier this week at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Los Angeles.
Windows 7's improved hyper-threading support could be good news for users of processor-intensive applications, such as 3-D games and graphics programs. The catch is that the applications themselves must be written in such a way as to take advantage of hyper-threading. To date, only a small percentage of apps include that capability.
Damnation Villain Trailer
Hmm, check out this new trailer of focuses on Damnation Villain, especially the evil characters in the game - the PSI. Check it out for some really cool character design.
Damnation will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 late this month if memory serves me right.