Windows 7 Release Candidate Gets 36 Changes
After looking through all the feedback Windows 7's public beta version received, Microsoft added 36 changes to its Release Candidate. While some of them are only of "cosmetic" nature, others are quite essential and increased performance and various compatibility fixes are only two of the many benefits you can expect to see. Apparently, Microsoft is being careful this time around though, and tries not to repeat mistakes it previously made with Vista. Therefore, don't expect any drastic changes or even a radical remodeling of Windows 7.
Summed up, changes have been made in the following areas:
- Desktop Experience
- Control Panel
- Windows Media Player
- Device Stage
- Sound UX
- Windows Explorer and Libraries
The main focus was on the desktop, as it accounts for 10 of the 36 changes. Also noteworthy is the increased audio reliability and the added .mov support, as we already reported earlier. If you want to read the full blog post, made by Microsoft's senior program manager, Chaitanya Sareen, just click here.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 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. Today something simple on the outside, yet scrumptious on the inside, all done by Benjamin Field, a school science teacher.
His PC is Guru3D's PC of the Month February 2009, not too complex .. yet very nice.
Click here to read all about his PC build.
Phenom II X3 Demand goes into stratosphere after Core-Unlock Mod
Motherboard makers said the credibility of the reports is very high, but added that the method may only apply to certain batches of CPUs. AMD responded in saying that Phenom II X3 CPUs speak for themselves in terms of value, but said it cannot comment specifically on the unlocking claims.The company has reporedly asked motherboard vendors to fix the "buggy BIOS". Ironically, in the wake of the DigiTimes report about upsurge in demand, AMD gave another statement, saying that the value Phenom II X3 processors offer speaks for itself.
For those interested, the Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz sells here for $149.99
Gigabyte opts Zalman Cooling for GTS 250 photo
Gigabyte will release a GeForce GTS 250 based on Zalman cooling. The product under SKU codename GV-N250ZL-1GI
uses the company's own design. Certainly the GeForce GTS 250 is a re-spin product of the NVIDIA's 9800 GTX+ accelerator based on the same 55nm G92b core and similar specifications.
Gigabyte's first accelerator sports the Ultra Durable PCB construction. The PCB consists of 2 oz (56.6 g) copper layers that help spread heat and minimize ground electrical noise. It also consists of the all solid-capacitor, ferrite choke, low effective RDS on MOSFETs design.
The daunting feature of this card is its cooler: a Zalman VF1050. Heat is drawn from the GPU-contact block using four heatpipes that convey it to a dense array of copper fins, nucleated by a PWM-controlled fan. The clock speeds on this card remain close to the reference speeds: 740/1850/2000 MHz (core/shader/memory). We expect it to be in the stores around the 10th of MArch, and we'll probably review this unit.
Next week on the 3rd, starting at CeBIT. Geforce GTX 250 will be launched, we'll be sure to cook up a review for you guys, so you know what you can expect (or not).
Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps dual band wireless N USB adapter
The 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter supports MAC, Windows and Linux systems and will be available at the retail price of $59.99.
Windows 7 RC to natively support .mov files
Windows 7 already has built in DivX support in the current beta. Hidden inside the various changes since beta for the RC is a change to Windows Media Player to natively support the .mov files. Yeah, the support for .mov files was mentioned deep in a long list of changes that are coming to the Windows 7 Release Candidate. While this may delight owners of cameras which output in the .mov format, it's also good news for anyone who enjoys watching movies on their PC, as movie trailers, particularly those on Apple Movie Trailers, come in .mov format, and so require QuickTime (or a freeware player such as VLC) to view.
Now, if WMP would have native support for GPU acceleration on all formats as well, I'd be such a happy puppy (cute too).
Limited Edition Red Xbox 360
Accompanying the launch of Resident Evil 5 in March, Microsoft today confirmed the release of its long-rumored limited edition of the Xbox 360 Elite. Officially, it is called Xbox 360 Elite Limited Edition Resident Evil 5 Bundle, and besides its red finish, it comes with a red Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, a black Xbox 360 Headset, a 120 GB Hard Drive, and an exclusive premium "Resident Evil 5" theme (downloadable via Xbox LIVE).
Here's an excerpt of its included features:
- Xbox 360 Elite Console with Exclusive Red Finish
- Matching red wireless controller
- 120GB hard drive
- Resident Evil 5
- Super Street Fighter
Dell's 4th Quarter Net Income Drops 48 Percent
Yesterday, Dell reported that its net income for the fourth quarter, ended Jan. 30, fell 48 percent, to $351 million from $679 million reported in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Revenue dropped 16 percent, to $13.4 billion from $16 billion. That is the lowest level in earnings for Dell since 2002. As a result, they announced to cut their annual costs by an additional $1 billion - on top of the already existing $3 billion cost-cutting program, which has included layoffs and the closing of plants, for example.
"We will be the first to admit that this is a work in progress, and there is more to do," Brian T. Gladden, the company's chief financial officer said. Apparently, the main reason for this decline are the decreased desktop and laptop computer sales. Currently, Dell is trying to broaden its product offerings in a "turnaround effort". "Our strategy is to develop disruptive technology and innovation and shift our business to higher margin products and services," Mr. Dell said.
Download: AMD Overdrive 2.1.6
The AMD OverDrive application was designed to be a utility the provides the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the AMD chipset products
It allows user to tune parameters to ensure system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics. Our target is to provide an all-in-one utility which can deliver all-around stellar operation.
Check out the latest release, which is version 2.1.6
Patriot Warp v2 Series 128GB SSD review
We test the Patriot Warp v.2 Series 128GB SSD. We like the SSD development for sure. Fast performance and no noise is just fantastic. If you are a gamer, you just might settle for a nice HDD as boot drive and install your games at a SSD device, you'll seriously increase level and game load times very much.
This is where we land at the premises of Patriot memory. Not too long ago they released an SSD series of drives. They branded it as the WARP series. It comes with an advertised read performance of 175 MB/sec and a 100 MB/sec write speed, how on this earth could we not like that ?
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Dell hugs trees, released green LCD
The display features 250 nits of brightness, 5ms panel response time and provides 1000:1 of contrast with ability to extend up to a whooping 1 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Panel is TN type with 16.7 million colors and 160/170 viewing angles rating. It
Zotac GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition pictured
Man, this concept is going to flop so miserably.This is the GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition graphics card from Zotac, which will be released next month. This card uses 40 percent less power than a standard GeForce 9600 GT. The card has a 600MHz core and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1800MHz. There's no 6-pin power connector and it uses 2+1 phase power supply.
Zotac is going to ship its GeForce 9600GT Green Edition soon according to the latest information. With model of N9600GT-1GD3, Zotac 9600GT Green Edition features black-color PCB, fins and PWM cooler, which might impress you in another way as the looks are just great to be honest.
Intel shows what it takes to build a fab (video)
Fun video. Earlier this month Intel published a video on YouTube that shows how Intel is moving from manufacturing microprocessors using 45 nanometer circuitry to even smaller 32 nanometer circuitry.
Check it out.
GTA Chinatown Wars Footage
Anno 1404 = Dawn of Discovery
Build and sustain your own expansive empire
- Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization
- Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing
- Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a prosperous society
- Unique art style and clever integration of the Wii Remote and DS stylus makes building your empire more fun and interactive than ever before
- All new scalable 3-D engine ensures unmatched visuals, optimized for all PC's - from high-end to low-end desktops
user interfacedelivers multiple gameplay modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
- Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms
- Build your civilization and make history along with a friend in the 2-player co-op mode for Wii
- Integration with Ubi.com allows PC players to track achievements, climb leaderboards and challenge others online
Accessible for everyone from beginners to pros
- Intelligent help system offers contextual hints for any situation
- In-game encyclopedia includes illustrated tutorial filled with tips and strategies for building your civilization
Windows 7 Shipping As Early As September 2009?
All of you, who are eagerly awaiting the release of Windows 7, might like the following statement, made by Ray Chen, president of Taipei-based Compal Electronics Inc., at an investor's conference today. Regarding the question when it is being shipped with PCs, he said: "According to current planning, it should be late September or early October." Compal builds laptops for Hewlett-Packard and Acer, among others.
This is interesting news, as Microsoft officially talks only about January 2010 as a release date for Windows 7, so far. This somewhat conservative date might be used as a cushion to soften any unexpected delays in its current development process, though. Therefore, recent news about Microsoft's announcement of only one public beta and one RC before the RTM version would support the statement Chen made today.
The current beta version of Windows 7 seems to be surprisingly stable and well performing already and received prevalently good reviews throughout the whole IT community during the last weeks and months.
ECS Intros Cutting-edge M.I.B. II Tweaking in Black Series Motherboards
If there's one thing that can be said about ECS, is that they really do listenen to comments made in reviews like we show you guys at Guru3D.com
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS introduces the latest cutting-edge M.I.B. II (Motherboard Intelligent BIOS II) tweaking utility for new-born Black Series motherboards, providing solutions to meet the demands from the market without high price tag. Unleashing the full potential of hardware components that brings great benefits to users, ECS M.I.B. II incorporates plenty of detailed tweaking options especially in voltage control to enhance the overall system performance. In addition, gathering every tweaking option all in a single page is extremely convenient for users that spending precious time in searching merely a BIOS setting is never necessary. Just buy ECS
ASUS shows off with Marine Motherboard design
That is a pretty sick design really. Our colleagues from Tech PowerUp report that ASUS will intro a new motherboard concept, the Marine Cool series.
The Marine Cool series design goes far ahead from current Republic of Gamers (R.O.G.) mainboard products. For starters, the new motherboard has a new back plate that utilizes "micro-porous ceramic" technology and spreads across the whole PCB. The heat-pipe system that cools the motherboard's main components is also different, compared to current shipping products. Although the cooling technology remains the same, the whole look of the system reminds of a robot armour.
The weirdest thing is this though, ASUS engineers have decided to use SO-DIMM modules to cope with current Core 2 processors (if I'm right that appears to be LGA775 socket). I know it sounds a bit crazy, but pictures don't lie. Have a look and write what you think.
The ASUS Marine Cool prototype will first appear during this year's CeBIT 2009 in Hannover, Germany.