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ASUS preps High-End Non-Reference HD 4890 Accelerator
Our colleagues over at Techpowerup have some photos of a custom design Radeon HD 4890 graphics card from ASUS.
As it looks, this model will have an enhanced 100% digital PWM design, 6+2 phase power controlled by VRM controller chips that can be controlled by software, one 8-pin PCIe power connector instead of two, a Fujitsu high-density ML capacitor for better voltage regulation and a high-performance cooler.
- 100% digital PWM design - something the reference PCB features too, but enhanced by a small design change by ASUS
- The 6+2 phase power circuit is controlled by two independent VRM controller chips, the vGPU can be controlled by software, and can be set up to 1.4 V with the included software
- An 8-pin PCI-E power input replaces one of two 6-pin inputs on the reference model. This is said to add electrical stability and increase overclocking headroom
- ASUS added the industry's highest-quality voltage regulation thanks to the Fujitsu high-density ML capacitor, that facilitates the lowest ESR, and is best suited for digital PWM circuits (the cleanest power makes it to the GPU)
- The GPU is expected to be clocked above 900 MHz, with the GDDR5 memory at 1000 MHz (4.00 GHz effective)
- It will feature a non-reference high-performance cooler, which doesn't want to be pictured yet
The clockspeeds of this Radeon HD 4890 are expected to be well over 900MHz for the GPU, with GDDR5 memory at 4000MHz. Pricing and availability is unknown, but the reference design should be launched in the second week of April for just shy of $250.
Download NVIDIA Forceware 182.46 XP|Vista 32|64-bit
We have a new NVIDIA GeForce driver available for you today. This in fact is a new Beta driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series desktop GPUs, and should be pretty darn good (!).
New in Release 182.46:
- Optimized single GPU and SLI support for upcoming PC games.
- Numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release documentation notes.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
New in Release 182 Drivers:
- Boosts performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 182 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA.
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
- Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
We have a forum discussion thread open on these drivers right here. Please read about and share your experiences in there.
Rockstar Games Announces Max Payne 3 for Winter 2009
Judging by the press release from Take-Two Interactive Software, fans of the Max Payne computer game series can look forward to a new title in winter 2009. Rockstar Games is currently developing Max Payne 3 which will be a direct sequel to Max Payne 2.
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is proud to announce that Max Payne 3 is currently in development and scheduled for a winter 2009 release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, Max Payne 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence.
The award-winning Max Payne franchise put players in the role of Max Payne, a hard-boiled New York City detective with a penchant for violence, out to avenge the death of his family. The latest installment delivers more of the classic elements and hyper-intense action that fans have come to love, while moving the story of Max in a new direction.
"We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "This is Max as we've never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation."
Since leaving the NYPD and New York itself behind, Max has drifted from bad to worse. Double-crossed and a long way from home, Max is now trapped in a city full of violence and bloodshed, using his weapons and instincts in a desperate search for the truth and a way out.
Max Payne 3 will be available in winter 2009 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC.
You can visit the official Max Payne 3 web site by clicking: here.
QNAP Launches 1-bay and 2-bay NAS with iSCSI
We'll be reviewing som items for QNAP pretty soon. But for now, QNAP announced first one-bay and two-bay NAS with iSCSI TS-119 and TS-219 Turbo NAS for home, SOHO, and SMB users. The TS-119 and TS-219 are the next generation NAS models that combine a fashionable shiny black diamond design, outstanding system performance, rich features, and high stability. Powered by 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB DDRII RAM, the TS-119 and TS-219 support Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) target service (up to 8 iSCSI devices), Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration (2-bay model only), automatic policy-based IP blocking, schedule power on and off, 2 IP cameras for network surveillance, UPnP/ DLNA media server, mail server, and high-speed BT/FTP/HTTP and eMule download, etc. "The new generation TS-119 and TS-219 Turbo NAS are the most affordable NAS servers with iSCSI application for personal and business users.
The built-in iSCSI target feature allows the users to create an IP-SAN (storage area network) for data backup or storage capacity expansion on the home or office network. The Turbo NAS is also ideal multimedia storage solution for home users," says Laurent Cheng, Product Manager from QNAP. "The built-in UPnP/ DLNA media server (TwonkyMedia) of the TS-119 and TS-219 supports numerous DLNA media players such as Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles and High-Definition media players (compatible with NFS). The users can even use their iPhone and iPod touch to play the music and video or view the photos on the NAS."
The TS-119 supports 2TB SATA hard drive and the total storage capacity can be expanded to maximum 4TB by eSATA of USB storage device expansion. The unique fanless design enables an absolutely quiet working environment. Its power consumption is less than 13W which is ideal for operation 24x7 at home or in the office. The TS-219 is a powerful NAS which supports two hot-swappable hard drives, up to 4TB storage capacity, RAID 1, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, and Online RAID Level Migration. The TS-119 and TS-219 come with Turbo NAS beta firmware 3.0 which brings the best user experience with CoverFlow-like AJAX web interface. For more information, please visit QNAP website.
Philips Force Feedback Jacket Being Tested
Interesting news from tomshardware today. As it seems Dutch absed Philips Electronics is working on a Force Feedback jacket, allowing end-users feel their multimedia content in an entirely new way:
The jacket developed by Philips Electronic is built around a series of physical actuators to affect the user, instead of sound or motion based vibration. Sixty-four independently controlled actuators are distributed throughout the jacket, from the torso down to the arms. The sixty-four actuators are paired in arrays of four and linked via a serial bus, with each array sharing its own microprocessor.
Surprisingly, the power needs of the jacket are small. Just two AA batteries can power the jacket for one full hour, even if twenty of the actuators were triggered continuously.
Even more impressive is the actual rate in which the actuators can be triggered. Each actuator is capable of being cycled on and off at a rate of 100 times per second. While the bulk of the actuators are centered around the torso, the arms still receive sufficient stimulation with its eight actuators per sleeve. By using four actuators in the front and four in the back of each sleeve, the sensation of an arm being touched or tapped in several different spots is achieved through a phenomenon called the "cutaneous rabbit illusion."
Certainly interesting in concept, we definitely look forward to seeing this technology in action in not just movie based applications, but also in games.
Microsoft GeoSynth to compete with Google Street View
Windows 7 expected to spur NAND flash demand
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in November 2008, Microsoft senior lead program manager Leon Braginski claimed that the Windows 7 would work better with SSDs. Optimizing SSDs for the upcoming OS has become focus for SSD manufacturers and notebook makers in the midst of the current market uncertainty.
NAND flash chipmakers are also pinning hopes on the new OS, according to industry sources, with SSDs expected be favored for more new-generation PC models.
Chinese claims success against game addiction
The Chinese government has reported that measures it has been taking to counter what it perceives as online games addiction in the country's youth has been a success.
Communicating through the state news agency Xinhua, the government said that the number of online gamers under 18 in 2008 has declined to 15 per cent of survey respondents - a 7 per cent drop from the previous year's 183 million.
China's General Administration of Press and Publication instituted the clamp down on online games in 2007, by limiting gamers to three hour sessions, and requiring them to register to each game with real names and national card numbers to ensure they are over 18.
According to the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the GAPP is one of China's main governmental bodies responsible for censorship, such as banning 19 dictionaries in 2003.
BFG EX-1200 Power Supply review | test
BFG today launched their new EX-1200 power supply. A beast of a PSU that is reasonably affordable. A power supply that is silent, efficient, has long cabling, is pure quality, has an ATX size chassis, is completely themed dark and perhaps after all these years might be able to replace my kilowatt PSUs. As what BFG is bringing to the table is comforting.
This 1200 Watt piece of machinery is fairly close to what I consider perfection in terms of design and requirements .. and with a price just under 250 USD, BFG might have something really special on their hands. Guru3D reviews this all new monster.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
GeForce GTX 275 specs surface
Much like AMD with the Radeon 4890 and specification leaking all the time, it seems to be similar for NVIDIA. As you guys have heard a gazillion times already NVIDIA will release the GeForce GTX 275 as reaction to the new Radeon HD 4890 graphics card.
As it seems the card will have a full set of shader processors accumulating up towards 240, just like the GTX 285. The difference in-between these two needs to be found in the memory bandwidth as the GTX 275 will have a 448-bit memory bus.
It is now rumored that the GTX 275e the following clock frequencies:
- Core clock 633MHz
- Shader clock 1404MHz
- Memory clock 1161MHz (x2)
|GTX275||633MHz||1404MHz||2322MHz||240||448-bit||896MB||229 ~ 279 dollar|
|HD 4870||750Mhz||-||3600MHz||800||256-bit||512MB||149 dollar|
|HD 4890||850Mhz||-||3900MHz||800||256-bit||1024MB||249 dollar|
Pricing wise we expect he GeForce GTX 275 to cost roughly 229 dollar en 279 dollar. Both the Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 275 will be launched somewhere in week 2 of April 2009.
IE8 issues if immunization by Spybot-S&D is enabled
Small warning for those who are planning ti install IE8 anytime soon and have Spybot active. There are reports that IE8 will not start fast if user
Wolfenstein Web Site Launched
Just a quick heads-up for one of the few first-person shooters I am looking very much forward to being released this year. Lots of new trailers, screenshots and interesting game details about Wolfenstein can be found at the new official web site.
Currently being developed by Raven Software for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the planned release date is late July of 2009. Wolfenstein is the direct sequel of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and you're once again playing in the role of B.J. Blazkowicz to reveal the secret surrounding The Veil.
AMD GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC
It's been rumored and actually announced by ATI for whay .. a year now. But as it seems, GPU-accelerated physics is turning out to be the one part of specifications AMD is working on.
NVIDIA of course did well by acquiring Ageia technologies, and its PhysX API. When NVIDIA ported the API to its proprietary CUDA GPGPU architecture they suddenly where one step in front of ATI. Though not hugely popular, PhysX is of course a significant PR-tool apart from a feature that is genuinely grabbing game developers' attention.
As a result AMD's initial reaction was to build strategic technology alliance with the main competitor of PhysX: Havok, despite its acquisition by Intel, yet now is taking it a step further.
In the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) event, AMD may materialize its plans to bring a GPU-accelerated version of Havok, which has till now been CPU-accelerated. The API has featured in several popular game titles such as Half Life 2, Max Payne II, and some other Valve Source-based titles. ATI's Terry Makedon, in his Twitter-feed has revealed that AMD would put forth its
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4890 caught on camera
Funny how that always happens shortly before a product launch eh ? Due to be released in early April specs and photo's already leaked onto the web regarding the pending launch of ATI's Radeon HD 4890.
There's very little that was not revealed really. Below yhou can see photo's of Gigabyte's 4890. Again we spot a reference product armed with 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 3900 MHz.
The core clock frequency on this one is also 850 MHz / 256-bit, (55nm GPU) has the reference dual-slot cooler. We expect the Gigabyte Radeon HD 4890 to retail for roughly $249.
I'm slowly starting to think here that it might be wiser to just get a cheaper 1 GB 4870 and overclock it yourself, but that's just Dutch old me, of course.
GeForce GTS 250 deals 21-03-09
I was just checking up on retial prices as I regularly do to see if parties like NVIDIA indeed tell us the proper MSRP for our reviews. That's definitely the case.
The GeForce GTS 250 is now 'slowly' getting available, a fair deal really considerering the performance you get returned with that ghraphics card.
Gigabyte launches OC contest reminder
Gigabyte is organizing a big overclocking contest. Though the contest is organized globally, this news-item is really adressed to the Dutch and Belgium people. The OC contest is called Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009. The contest is soimple, you need a Gigabyte motherboard and Intel chipset, you need to achieve the fastest SuperPi 4M time and submit it to them.
So if you meet the requirements, start overclocking at home, then submit your results towards Gigabyte. All you need to do is submit a screenshot of your results. The screenshots also needs to show CPU-Z validation and Core Temp.
This is of course not a regular overclocking webcontest. No, the best 3 teams of this webcontest will compete against the best 3 teams of Germany in a live contest in Eindhoven on 28th of March.
What is more exciting and challenging then a Belgium/Dutch
Evercool Transformer 4 HSF with four DTH heatpipes
Oy didn't we see this with OCZ's products ? Evercool introduced the Transformer 4 (HPJ-12025) processor cooler, this model has four heatpipes (8mm diameter) that make direct contact with the base of your processor and transfer the heat to the aluminum heatsink. At 843.5g the cooler is a heavy weight, it measures 130mm x 122mm x 160mm and supports up to two 120mm fans.
The fans are painted with bling bling paint, they are rated at 38CFM with a noise level of under 21dBA. The Evercool Transformer 4 supports most recent desktop processors from AMD and Intel, you can find more info at their site.