ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 soundcard
With the new Asus Xonar D1 7.1 PCI soundcard, users can enjoy the same rich gaming audio effects and extensive Dolby Home Theater features as the PCI express Xonar DX soundcard and free up PCI express slots for other uses at the same time. This iteration of the Xonar provides fine-tuned audio components that reach a clear 116dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio); while the built-in DS3D GX revives support for DirectSound HW multi-channel gaming audio and the latest EAX (Environment Audio Extension) in PC games. The Asus Xonar D1 also comes equipped with the renowned DS3D GX 2.0, which revives EAX HD 5.0 DirectSound HW effects in games for both Windows XP and Vista. DS3D GX 2.0 automatically enables the latest EAX and DirectSound HW after installation, with no additional driver patches, game modifications, or OpenAL required.
Taipei, Taiwan, July 27, 2008
Lancool K6 midi-tower case released
Lancool issued a rpess-release about the release of a new midi-tower computer case, the K6:
Today the PC- K6 midi chassis is launched under the Lancool brand. Incorporating outstanding quality and craftsmanship; the Lancool series have a steel inner-core, making them stronger than all-aluminum chassis, but also considerably cheaper.
The strength of the Lancool series lies not only in the structure, but also in the features, which include support for 4x 3.5
Creative ZEN Moziac unveiled
Creative released a new MP3 player, the ZEN Moziac:
The Creative ZEN Mozaic comes complete with an impressive built-in speaker, vibrant 1.8-inch LCD colour screen, FM radio and voice recorder. Weighing just 43g and measuring 79.5mm x 40mm x 12.8mm, the super compact Creative ZEN Mozaic provides up to 32 hours of audio playback with a single charge of the battery. Also available at a later date are 8GB and 16GB models.
Golden Shellback coating produces a vacuum deposited film that is nonflammable, has low toxicity and has the ability to weatherproof electronic devices and other surfaces. It contains no volatile organic combustibles (VOCs). The clear, nearly non-detectable, uniform film is insoluble in solvents. When applied to clean, moisture free surfaces, such as plastic, copper, aluminum, metal, ceramic, steel, tin or glass, the coating is transparent with excellent weather proofing and anti-corrosion properties.
Golden Shellback coating has an excellent ability to repel oils, synthetic fluids, hazardous materials, dust, dirt and water based solutions. Low surface tension values, such as water and oils will bead and drain freely from coated surfaces. The process produces a uniform, continuous, near hermetic coating that resists rain and humidity. Electronics casually exposed to water continue to work even after exposure. The coating is readily applied and not generally considered to be removable. Repairs are made using abrasive methods.[/QUOTE]
Parking moves online
The devices include a magnetometer that picks up the change in the magnetic field caused by a parked cars. False positives are possible, so there's also an array of other sensors within each device to monitor parking spaces. There are no details yet on exactly what those sensors are.
The network is impressively easy to set up. "Cities can simply glue the [devices] to the street and have a working system almost instantly," says Jim Reich, the vice president of engineering at Streetline, the company behind the new system.
Because it is a wireless mesh network, there's no need to program in or connect new sensors directly, they just join in with the others.
The city hopes that easier parking will reduce traffic congestion, preventing drivers going round in circles in search of elusive free parking spots.
Others are not so sure. If parking becomes easier, the result is likely to be more traffic - not less - thinks Yossi Sheffi at MIT. He says London's congestion charge is a better way to reduce the number of cars on busy city streets.
HighPoint offers 1000MBps SAS/SATA RAID controller
The controller is designed for high-definition digital video and audio environments, offering support for RAID 0/1/5/10 and JBOD. Highpoint bundlesits own TerabyteArchitecture software that ensures data protection and reliability, while the company's RAID Management Suite helps users setup and manage their RAID arrays.
The RocketRAID 2644x44 controller is available now, priced at $136. It supports both Windows and Mac OS X.
Crysis Warhead 'Comic-Con 08' gameplay
Happy SysAdmin Day!
A day originally created by Ted Kekatos a system administrator in Chicago. He was insired and led to create a day in which it is set to celebrate the system administrators and to show appreciations too these few. The first SAAD (System Adminstrator Appreciation Day) was held in the year of 2000.
It generally celebrated on the last friday of each july every year.
Download: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2.18.0001
This driver is intended for Sound Blaster Audigy-, Sound Blaster Audigy 2-, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS- and Sound Blaster Audigy 4-geluidskaarten. New is Vista support for Dolby Digital and DTS-decoding.
Core 2 Duo E8600 coming on August 10
It is rumored that the Core 2 Duo E8600 will come out on August 10 with a $266 price tag. The CPU will run at 3.33GHz, or about 170MHz faster than the Core 2 Duo E8500 Intel recently pulled down from $266 to $183.
This may be the last high-end Core 2 Duo, and recently leaked roadmaps would seem to corroborate that claim. Supposedly, Intel will replace the E8600 and other current-gen chips in the same price range with dual- and quad-core Nehalem derivatives in the third quarter of 2009.
GTA IV confirmed for PC ?
According to the front Malaysia's premier gaming mag PC Gamer, Grand Theft Auto IV is coming to the PC. Since I have no clue as to what is exactly coming with the package, it's time for gross speculation.
My guess is that it will just be a direct port of the Xbox 360 version, with the same stipulations that Rockstar has with Microsoft in tow. That means, probably, no downloadable content until the exclusive agreement ends with Microsoft. Regardless of content, I wonder if Rockstar will open up some development tools this time around? Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has quite the community still surrounding it.
Download: GPU Caps Viewer 1.5.0
GPU Caps Viewer has been updated with new demo (OpenGL HW geometry instancing - shader model 4.0 required), detection of GeForce GTX 280/260 and Radeon HD 4850/4870/4870X2. Detection of PhysX driver has been added as well as support for S3 Chrome 400 series (430 GT and 440 GTX).
GPU Caps Viewer is an OpenGL graphics card utility for Windows XP and Vista (32/64-bit). This utility is useful for all 3D enthusiasts and graphics developers and is a must-to-have in you graphics-geek-toolbox. GPU Caps Viewer offers the following features:
- quickly overview of the features of your graphics card and GPU
- OpenGL capabilities as well as the complete extensions list
- GPU temperature (GeForce abd Radeon)
- GPU burner (based on the FurMark engine)
- tech-demos to validate graphics drivers (vertex displacement mapping, hardware geometry instancing, soft shadows, point sprite particles, HDR)
- online validation facility
- complete report in xml format
Download - click here
ECS Launches GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Water-cooling
We spotted this one at Computex already, yet ECS is finally ready to release it. And btw we will be testing it next month. ECS reveals the latest GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Pack to meet the requirement from performance-hungry gamers. With two N9800GTX+-512MX-W graphics cards, ECS Hydra Cooling System, and plenty of accessories bundled in a package, unprecedented gaming performance is now available via the power of multi-GPUs.
Delivering better cooling efficiency up to 18.7%, ECS Hydra Cooling System proves that a graphics card with amazing performance doesn
Download: HWInfo32 is now freeware
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too.
information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
Comprehensive hardware information
System health monitoring
Text, CSV and XML report formats
For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
Download - Click here
CPUCalc, nice overclocking-calculator
Yesterday I noticed a new tool for overclocking in the xtremesystems-forum. (Link: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=193165 )
NZXT Unveils Guardian 921 Gaming Chassis
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Guardian 921, a gaming chassis in the NZXT Crafted Series. Building off of the original Guardian
BFG announes GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC
BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA
WD offers 10K, 2.5-inch 300GB drive for servers
Western Digital on Thursday announced its enterprise-class 10,000RPM 2.5-inch drive designed for rack-mounted servers. The 10K VelociRaptor is designed for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers, and offers up to 300GB of capacity, while consuming 35 percent less power than the previous-generation WD Raptor drive, the company claims. WD said that the drive will be manufactured for high reliability in high duty cycle environments, resulting in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF. It features a 3Gb/sec SATA interface and 16MB for maximum performance.
"WD is bringing to enterprise customers what PC enthusiasts already appreciate about the WD VelociRaptor: a combination of high performance and high capacity for hard drive storage," said John Rydning, IDC's research director for hard disk drives. "WD's new WD VelociRaptor, designed specifically for the enterprise in an energy efficient 2.5-inch form factor, gives system OEMs and end users a new storage option to consider to meet growing storage requirements."
The drive features Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis and NoTouch ramp load technology so the recording head never touches the disk media, ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
The WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD3000BLFS) are currently under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors by the end of the month.