AMD 880G to get DVD upscaling support
The AMD 880G (RS880) motherboard chipset, which is expected in the second quarter of the year will have an enhanced integrated video feature, with support for DVD upscaling to Full HD. NVIDIA is promoting this right now for CUDA ready GPUs, as you can purchase a software package for this.
It is said that this new chipset have the features of a RV620 or HD3450 class level features. It supports DX10.1, UVD2, hardware decoding of H.264, VC-1, MPEG2. It also has a DVD Upscaling function that transforms existing DVD by upscaling them to Full HD of 1920x1080.
This North bridge can be paired with existing SB 750 or SB 710 chipset south bridge.
Intel's GN40 Atom chipset can do 1080p .. sort off
Over at fudzilla they received an answer from Intel regarding the matter if Intel's GN40 Atom chipset can do 1080p HD video playbck. The answer seems to be ... 'some HD support'.
New PC Graphics company rises
Over at gamedaily it is reported that a new PC Graphics company surfaced. They are called Caustic Graphics and announced its presence with claims that their PC graphics product will be able to out perform current solutions by up to 20 times with their ray tracing solution.
It also claims that their second-generation product, due out in early 2010, will have 200 times (and that's not a typo) the performance of current solutions. Caustic Graphics will base their graphics product on raytracing, a graphics technique that allows for highly realistic looking 3D graphics. Raytracing has also proven to have issues with performance in the past but Caustic claims their technology "enables highly parallel CPUs and GPUs to massively-accelerate raytracing, putting it on par with rasterization and resulting in cinema-quality 3D delivered interactively on low-cost PCs."
The San Fransisco-based Caustic plans to reveal more info about their first product in April 2009. At the moment they are targeting high end computing needs but we suspect that PC gaming is also in their plans.
HAWX (PC) VGA graphics card performance review
In this article we'll take a dozen of graphics cards and see how well they perform with UBISofts latest title, Tom Clancy HAWX. An amazingly looking fligh-simulator with an arcade element to it. Visually, the game's impressive, especially when flying in close to cities, which really shows off the building details. But it's when the game pulls into the third-person perspective while you dog-fight that the game flaunts its visuals and you really see much of the environment.
HAWX is probably not for everybody, but the idea behind the game is refreshing, it plays really well, and the graphics really are just amazing. We tested 12 graphics cards with this game.
Check out this Guru3D article right here.
GeForce GTX 275 rumor surfaces
Over the past few weeks we have heard may many rumours about ATI releasing a Radeon HD 4890 (RV790) next month. But it's semi confirmed that NVIDIA is not sitting still either.
Deep inside the gossip channel we heard that NVIDIA is preparing a GeForce GTX 275. The product would merely be a faster clocked GTX 260 SP216 (at least that is the rumor). Early speculation makes us think that the core clock frequency of this product would be 650 MHz (576 standard) with a 1100 MHz memory clock (1000 standard), we do not have any numbers on the shader domain though. But assume the normal and do some quick math and you'll end up with 10-15% additional performance, bringing it actually close to the GeForce GTX 285 performance wise.
On the other side of the scope, the latest rumour on the Radeon HD 4890 release date we last heard is April 6th. We also think that the HD 4890 will not be able to beat the GeForce GTX 285 performance wise. And this is why NVIDIA would launch the GTX 275 shortly after that product, to counteract ATI's move.
Both product are unconfirmed and neither ATI or NVIDIA does know about their existence, of course.
Microsoft Office 2007 and Vista Ultimate Deals
Looking at today's daily hardware deals, I thought we should also let you know about an awesome software deal for you. Well, that's if you're a student at an U.S. educational institution. If so, you're lucky, since you can get:
- Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95
- Office Visio Professional 2007 for $55.95
- Office Language Pack 2007 for $9.95
- Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade for $64.95
Especially the deal for Office Ultimate 2007 is incredible, since it includes: Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Outlook 2007, OneNote 2007, Groove 2007, Publisher 2007, Access 2007, InfoPath 2007, and Accounting Express 2008.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.18 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it supposedly runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
History - Driver Package R2.18
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
1. Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista, Windows7 x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2.) Package :
1. Support driver folder of Windows Server 2008 in package .
2. Disable Status Dialog when small VGA Mode enabled .
3. Fix CreativeUp folder disappear issue
Download: click here
Daily hardware deals (Mar 10 2009)
It's time for a new update on some good hardware deals. I figured this time arround we'd be showing some good deal on graphics cards again. Here is an overview on what Guru3D thinks are great cards to own, yet priced really nice.
- GeForce GTX 285 1024MB - the most high-end card, we spotted for $334.99
- GeForce GTX 260 896MB - great value, and yeah the price just dropped, check it out at $184.99 awesome deal (!) = eVGA Superclocked Edition as well.
- GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB - the price is dropping due to the GTS 250 release, spotted now for $136.80 and this is an XFX XXX (overclocked edition)
- Radeon HD 4870 1024 MB DDR5, check it out .. spotted for $209.98
- Radeon HD 4830 Video Card with 512MB memory. Good performance for a small price at $117.05
So my personal recommendations would be either the GeForce GTX 260 or that Radeon HD 4870 really.
AMD & Seagate show SATA 6Gbps HDD
Seagate and AMD will be demonstrating the world
SigZilla 200-500mm F2.8 incompatible with 5D Mark II ?
Okay, this news-item I post for two reasons really. Not completely hardware released but heck .. I am a DSLR man myself and the Canon 5D Mark II is on my wish-list. First off .. the incompatibility issue mentioned here is retarted. Secondly .. I just really wanted to show you guys the size of this Sigzilla lens, seriously, I laughed my guts out when I saw the sheer size of it.
The Sigzilla lens was back on show again this year, but with a different support. At PMA 2009 it appeared on a very tight-fitting Wimberley Ver II, so now wildlife photographers know they
Pretec 666X CF card- worlds fastest CF card
You could say .. thins CF cards shows demonic dark speeds eh ? Pretec, creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world (100GB) and the fastest CF card in the world (433X), continues today its record breaking history in the field of speed and capacity by unveiling the 666X CF card, the world
Mini Switch headset lets you control devices with facial expressions
The device was developed by Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Osaka University, he expects practical uses will be available within two to three years. More info at PhysOrg. The gizmo -- called the "Mimi Switch" or "Ear Switch" -- is connected to a micro-computer that can control electronic devices, essentially making it a hands-free remote control for anything.
"You will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine into action with a quick twitch of your mouth," said its inventor, Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Osaka University.
"An iPod can start or stop music when the wearer sticks his tongue out, like in the famous Einstein picture. If he opens his eyes wide, the machine skips to the next tune. A wink with the right eye makes it go back.
I'm just wondering what I'd do if a girls walks close by and portraits the photo on the right ;)
What To Do With 24 256GB Samsung SSDs?
Incoming Price drop on GTX260
It is rumored that the Geforce GTX 260 is get $30 shaved of it's current pricing. That would set the product pricetag at roughly $199. Last week, AMD at the virge of the Geforce GTS 250 release introed price cuts on its Radeon 4800 series products. The price cuts from AMD pitted the 4870 512MB against the GTS 250 1GB sku, a match up easily in AMD's favor while also dropping the price of the 4870 1GB sku to $199.
Now Nvidia seems to be reacting and positioning the GTX 260 directly against the 4870 1GB. And guys .. at 199 USD, that's a lot of bang for buck alright.
Download: eVGA Precision 1.5.1
The previous release was 3 days young, Version 1.5.1 contanins a bugfix:
Precision settings no longer reset at Windows startup on multi-GPU systems.
Optimized runtime skin switching implementation for better appearance when switching between the skins with different window shapes.
Download: click here
Philips Releases LED Light Bulb
Using just 7 watt, but providing light like a regular 40 watt light bulb, the Philips MASTER LED bulb is the first of its kind. Philips states that this LED bulb neither emits heat, UV or IR in the beam, therefore making it ideal for illuminating sensitive objects, for example. According to Philips, it lasts about 45,000 hours, which is up to 45 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and up to 25 times longer than traditional halogen. Currently, the MASTER LED can be used in E27 and GU10 lamp fittings and is already available in Europe for around 50 Euros. In July it should also be available in the USA, as well. Doing the math, in an 18 to 24-hours per day application, the MASTER LED already payed for itself after one year.
BFG launched liquid cooled GTX 285
The BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2O 1GB graphics card features a totally silent, exceptionally efficient BFG ThermoIntelligence
ATI FirePro 2450 Graphics Accelerator
AMD introduced the ATI FirePro 2450, a low profile quad display graphics accelerator that consumes minimal power (less than 18 watts) delivering exceptional power efficiency.
The low power consumption enables cool, energy-efficient operation, as well as superior reliability and longevity. The low profile design of the ATI FirePro 2450 enables IT departments to standardize on one card that can be installed in a broad range of systems, including workstations, desktop PCs and docking stations featuring AMD or other processors. With 512 MB of on-board graphics memory the card delivers high performance while streaming media and running applications in several windows and includes full Microsoft Windows Vista Aero support. The ATI FirePro 2450 supports PCI Express 2.0 and offers two VHDCI connectors with breakout cables for quad DVI-I or VGA support. he new ATI FirePro 2450 graphics accelerator is now available with a MSRP of USD$499