DFI LP JR X58-T3H6 MicroATX Board
DFI is prepping a microATX board based on Intel X58 chipset slated for release in January 2009. The PCB is black in colour and has 6 layers measuring at 245x245mm size. With 6 phase digital PWM design, it supports the LGA1366 processors from 4.8 to 6.4GT/s QPI. There are 6 DIMM slots on the board to allow up to 24GB DDR3-800/1066/1333 memories and two PCIe x16 slots for 2-way SLI and Quad Crossfire.
Other features include 1 x PCIe x4, 1 PCI slot, 6 SATA ports configurable with RAID 0/1/0+1/5, one IDE port, 12 USB ports, Realtek ALC889 HD Audio, Marvell 8053 GbE LAN. There are 7 fan connectors onboard with EZ-On (Power) and EZ-Touch (Reset) switches and a Software Debug LED. The BIOS features CMOS Reloaded, Voltage Tuning for Vdimm, Vnb, Vcore, Vsb, VHT, 1MHz FSB frequency tuning and adjustable CPU multiplier, ABS technology system.
Besides, the motherboard also includes 7 fan connectors onboard with EZ-On (Power) and EZ-Touch (Reset) switches, as well as a Software Debug LED. The BIOS of the mobo features CMOS Reloaded, Voltage Tuning for Vdimm, Vnb, Vcore, Vsb, and VHT. In addition, it sports 1MHz FSB frequency tuning and adjustable CPU multiplier, as well as the ABS technology system.
The DFI microATX motherboard has been added by the manufacturer to its LanParty family of X58-based mobos that support Intel's next-generation Core i7 processors. There is no specific information on the exact launch date, availability, or price, yet we won't have to wait too long for the company to announce the new details.
Corsair works on exclusive Dominator GT kit
Corsair is working on a new Core i7 memory-kit, which obviously boils down to low voltage and low latencies. The kit will consists of three 2GB modules that'll hit 2,000MHz at just 1.65V with low latencies of 7-8-7-20.
And surely that's damn fast. I noticed that the DIMMs will have a red stripe on them, much like canon's most exclusive L series lenses. The product code will be TR3X6G2000C7GT and the price while TBA, will be be very high.
AMD and XFX Announce Technology Partnership
Some pretty shocking news today, just in from AMD: SUNNYVALE, Calif. December 15, 2008 AMD today announced that XFX is now an official AMD technology partner, joining the elite group of successful AMD add-in-board (AIB) partners. XFX plans to provide new products based on the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series GPUs to cconsumers, beginning in early 2009.
Cyber E Sport intros scrolling Orbita Mouse
The three-axis mouse has adjustable top and side shell buttons, while the scrolling body can be spun freely or adjusted slowly like a volume control knob in a high-end home theater system.
The Orbita Mouse has an integrated lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The mouse will begin shipping in January, and is priced at $100.
Virgin Launches UK's Fastest Broadband Internet
Nice speed ... Brittish television and telephony company Virgin Media Inc said Monday it is launching the U.K.'s fastest broadband Internet service. The company, which operates in the U.K. but is U.S.-listed, launched 50 megabit broadband Monday, which will allow albums to be downloaded in 11 seconds and films in just over three minutes.
The service will cost as much as GBP51 a month for new subscribers, or GBP35 a month when taken with a phone line, the company said. At a press conference in London Monday, Chief Executive Neil Berkett said that, by the end of the year, 40% of its customers will have access to the new high-speed broadband, and by summer 2009 all of the 12.6 million homes covered by its fiber optic network will have access to the service.
"Customers need and want faster broadband and are willing to pay for a great service," Berkett said. "In November 2008, at the beginning of what we all know are tough economic times, over 55% of our customers are paying for premium 10 megabit of 20 megabit broadband."
He added that Virgin Media has the ability to expand to provide up to 200 megabit broadband in future.
Top 10 PC Games December
We'll keep posting these as well .. it's just interesting to follow week by week. Here are the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending December 6.
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $36
- Spore / EA Maxis / $40
- The Sims 2 Deluxe / EA Maxis / $9
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $44
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $34
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $15
- Grand Theft Auto IV / Rockstar Games / $38
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48
- Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $48
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $19
Grand Theft Auto IV Patch #1
- A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.
- Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays.
- Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice.
- Fix for ATI 1900 shadows.
- Overall savings to memory.
- Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors.
- Multiplayer character settings are preserved.
- Support for DirectInput controllers.
Intel preps Socket H1 for mainstream Core i7
It will be a long time before they are introduced, in fact Q3 of 2009 is the word on that. But Intel is prepping yet another processor socket. We mentioned this in our Core i7 review already but Intel plans Socket H1 for mainstream Core i7 processors. The mainstream products that will go with is will be Havendale and for the quads, Lynnfield. The new socket is needed because the mainstream processors will not have a triple channel memory controller but a dual-channel controller and as such has less pins.
Socket H1 is in fact also known as Socket 1160/1156. This means that current Core i7 processors on LGA 1366 will not be compatible with the new Socket model. So mainstream Core i7 processors are coming .. but they for sure are far away, meaning that Core 2 Duo and Quad processors will be arround for much longer.
Point of View bundles Prince of Persia 08
Prince of Persia is one of the oldest and most well-known gaming franchises in PC history. Being found in 1989, the original game series was renewed by Ubisoft in 2003 with an all new concept and gameplay. The Sands of Time trilogy is still considered one of the best gaming franchises in modern gaming.
Now in 2008; from the game studio that brought us the Sands of Time trilogy and Assassin
Iiyama announces 16:9 Prolite LCDs
Iiyama Japan just announced a pair of 16:9 LCDs monitors to their new line up. Available in both white and black color, the Prolite series Iiyama features a TN panel full HD 1920
Swiftech Caldera 4870X2 waterblock released
- Base plates: C110 copper with Diamond Pin Matrix
- Housing body: Black Delrin
- Housing lid: Clear Acrylic
- Cover: Black anodized Aluminum
- Inlet/outlet port threads: 1/4" BSPP (G 1/4)
- LED: white, 12v, connects to graphics card fan plug
- Thermal joint installation: thermal grease
- Dimensions (Inch): 5.4 " (L) x 4 (W) x .86" (H)
- Dimensions (Metric): 136mm (L) x 103mm (W) x 22mm (H)
- Weight: 14.5 oz (411 g)
- Material: black anodized 6061 Aluminum
- Dimensions (Inch): 8.2" (L) x 3.6 (W) x .47" (H)
- Dimensions (Metric): 208mm (L) x 93mm (W) x 12mm (H)
- Weight: 6.4 oz (181 g)
- Thermal joint installation: high thermal conductivity pad
Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO Trailer
AMD Athlon X2 7750 BE review [Guru3D]
Today we have a test on the Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition processor. Anyone thinking Phenom X2 ? The product we are reviewing today is exactly that. AMD developed a new K10 dual-core processor based on the TLB bug-free (B3) revision, under the codename KUMA.
And quite frankly... it's a really interesting product, as for less than 79 USD/EUR you get to have quite a nice performing product with fairly nice clock frequencies. Yeah... 79 USD.
You can read this review at this URL:
IE Zero day Vulnerability. Work arounds available.
Microsoft issued a security advisory with workarounds for dealing with hacker attacks targeting a zero-day flaw in Internet Explorer 7. Users await word as to when to expect a patch or an update to fix the IE 7 browser security issue.
Microsoft has issued an advisory to help users deal with a zero-day flaw affecting Internet Explorer.
In an update, Microsoft stated the flaw affects not only Internet Explorer (IE) 7 as originally thought, but also versions 5 and 6. However, as of Dec. 11, Microsoft had only seen attacks against IE 7. "The vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference in the data binding function of Internet Explorer," according to Microsoft. "When data binding is enabled (which is the default state), it is possible under certain conditions for an object to be released without updating the array length, leaving the potential to access the deleted object's memory space. This can cause Internet Explorer to exit unexpectedly, in a state that is exploitable."
The vulnerability itself is a memory corruption error in the handling of DHTML data bindings. The attacker does a "heap spray" and then an invalid pointer dereference in an array of data binding objects. They don't exactly give proof of concept code, but this is more than they usually say.
The workarounds fall into three classes, those that:
(A) block access to the vulnerable code in MSHTML.dll via OLEDB, protecting against current attacks
(B) apply the most secure configuration against this specific vulnerability.
(C) make it much harder to heap spray.
|1. Set Internet and Local intranet security zone settings to "High" to prompt before running ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones||X||X|
|2. Configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting in the Internet and Local intranet security zone||X||X|
|3. Restrict Internet Explorer from using OLEDB32.dll with an Integrity Level ACL||X|
|4. Disable Row Position functionality of OLEDB32.dll||X|
|5. Unregister OLEDB32.DLL||X|
|6. Use ACL to disable OLEDB32.DLL||X|
|7. Enable DEP for Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista and on Windows Server 2008||X|
|8. Disable Data Binding support in Internet Explorer 8||X||X|
The (A) workarounds, are more desirable because they disable the least functionality, and some of them are very targeted. The (B) workarounds, if you ask me, may be necessary but are undesirable. Breaking scripting breaks a lot of software and prompting for it is of dubious value because users won't know which prompts to say yes to. The only (C) entry that's really interesting is to enable DEP and you should do that irrespective of this issue. Microsoft recommends one from column (A) and, to be really comprehensive, one from column (B). I guess they have to say this.
TN Games HTX Helmet lets you feel headshots
Ohw dear ... A bit more than a year ago TN Games gave gamers the 3rd Space force-feedback FPS Vest to get a shock when someone shot at you in a FPS game and soon they will release the HTX Helmet, a product that will let you feel the impact of getting shot in the head.
The HTX Helmet is the next product in development for TN Games using its 3rd Space
The Dark Knight selling 600,000 Blu-ray copies in first week
In hopes that the Batman summer blockbuster would generate unprecedented sales, Warner Home Video shipped one million Blu-ray copies for the release of the DVD.
OCZ Technology Gold Series SDHC Cards
OCZ Technology announced the launch of its new Gold Series Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) flash memory cards, to offer professional photographers and videographers unbridled performance combined with ample storage capabilities for high-resolution pictures and video. These premium memory cards offer photography enthusiasts incredible speeds and capacities to deliver the tailored storage they demand.
GeForce 180.84 Beta driver revision 3 released (download)
It seems that NVIDIA moments ago released a new Beta of their 180.84 GeForce drivers. This is tagged with Beta 3 opposed to the previous Beta 2. It also seems that a lot of stuff for GTA 4 users was fixed. If you play the game, definitely check out this batch.
There's a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.