Nvidia plans new PhysX-themed graphics card
We already spotted this in our forums yesterday but it looks like Nvidia is apparently prepping some kind of new graphics card product for a launch this fall.
This week Nvidia sent out invites for people to come to their Santa Clara, California offices on October 30 for a Halloween-themed launch event that will introduce "a rocking new graphics card designed by NVIDIA and EVGA to take PhysX to the next level."
According to a rumor the card makes use of two GPUs - a GT200b and a G92b, and is a combination between a GeForce GTX 275 (graphics) and a GeForce GTS 250 (PhysX).
That's all we know at this point but if you happen to be in the area on that date there may still be time to send in your RSVP. You can obviously also save yourself the fuel for the trip and pop in a cheapo 9600 GT -- works PhysX like a charm as well if you wanted to go for dedicated PhysX. Well that or just get a more high-end card and let one GPU do both rendering and PhysX, works even better and saves on power consumption.
Active Media Predator SSD with Jmicron JMF612 Controller
Active Media will release their Predator SSD with all new Jmicron JMF612 Controller. The new Jmicron JMF612 delivers what it's predecessor could not, and that is to have compatibility for large data caches.
As such, that problem now is solved and this will hopefully bring another shift in SSD pricing. The Predator X7 SSDs will be offered in capacities from 32GB to 256GB. At the heart of these SSDs is the JMF612 controller, which boasts numerous advances in features and performance. The 8-channel flash controller combined with 128MB of DRAM cache achieves sequential read speeds up to 230MB/sec and sequential write speeds up to 180MB/sec.
|Part Number||Description||Expected |
|S32G-25PX7||32GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$149|
|S64G-25PX7||64GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$219|
|S128G-25PX7||128GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$349|
|S256G-25PX7||256GB 2.5-inch SATA-II JM612 SSD||$699|
Radeon HD 5750 review (Single and CrossfireX)
For the money this is a great performer with some really lovely features as well. We will test the Radeon HD 5750 in single and a CrossfireX (Multi-GPU) setup. It's a product that performance wise positions itself close to the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce GTS 250 yet now with superior features at an attractive price.
Let's check out what this 109~129 USD DX 11 class card brings to the table.
Check out the full review here.
Intel preps to release 3.06GHz Pentium E6600
Intel is set to release a new model Core 2 Duo E6600 processor. I remember buying one years ago when it was clock at I think it was 2.4 GHz. The new E6600 will now be tagged under the Pentium processor label and is based on a 45nm Core 2 Duo core.
It is said this new Pentium E6600 runs at 3.06GHz and features 2MB cache and 1066FSB.It still remains LGA 775 socket.It is expected to be available on January 17th with a price tag of $84. At that time the 2.93GHz Pentium E6500 will have a price cut from $84 to $74.
AMD calls NVIDIA Fermi a Paper dragon
AMD has showed a presentation in which it compares its HD 5800 generation with Nvidia's upcoming Fermi, or as AMD likes to call it a "Paper Dragon".
The PR wars between AMD and Nvidia have started once again as we draw closer to Nvidia's launch of Fermi. Nvidia still believes that Fermi beats the HD 5870, but on the other hand, AMD is selling more and more HD 5800 series cards, and Fermi is no where to be seen yet.
AMD's Fermi performance estimates are speculative, and until we see some real world performance numbers, we can't be certain of anything. AMD seems to be either scared by Fermi, or just wants to keep the Fermi rumors at bay and convince those that are waiting for Fermi to go for HD 5800 series now.
Nvidia's Fermi also sound great on paper, and we are sure that Nvidia has already internally pushed it against HD 5870, and that's where Nvidia has a slight advantage, as it already knows how fast the HD 5870 actually is. We doubt that Nvidia would even mention those bold claims unless they are pretty sure that Fermi is at least a bit faster than HD 5870.
On the other hand AMD is already working on Hemlock and selling its HD 5800 series DirectX 11 capable cards. The only thing left for Nvidia to do is work hard and get Fermi out as soon as it can, as currently AMD is tightly grasping the graphics card market [via fudzilla].
We started a forum thread on this topic; discuss here please.
Click on the thumbnails to check the most important slides.
Canon debuts EOS-1D Mark IV dSLR
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon's most rugged and durable professional camera body.
The crowning achievement of Canon's 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus performance among professional digital SLRs. Whether shooting for the six o'clock news or the front page, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR is the quintessential camera to freeze fast-moving action with high-speed stills or capture stunning HD video with dynamic color and image quality. To accompany the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, Canon is also announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital connectivity options.
"Canon works hard to be the imaging leader in all our business endeavors. This goal has fueled our innovation and R&D efforts to engineer the most advanced autofocus system Canon has ever produced. We are proud to announce the camera that will deliver the ultimate in imaging quality to professionals working in all areas of multimedia imaging, whether it's action photography, photojournalism or HD video and cinematography," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera will intrigue professional photographers in virtually every category from photojournalism and sports through nature, wedding, portrait and fashion to commercial, industrial and law enforcement. What makes the EOS-1D Mark IV camera different from its predecessors, in addition to numerous focusing system and image quality improvements, is its exceptional Full HD video capture capability. With this new level of functionality, the 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is destined to appeal not only to professional still photographers but also to a diverse market of professional videographers and filmmakers who are looking for exceptional Full HD video quality, amazing low-light performance, outstanding portability and a level of durability unheard of in most HD video cameras in this price range.
A pretty very ncie demo clip shot at ISO 6400 by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet can be found over here.
Infinity Ward Responds To MW 2 PC Petition
fourzerotwo: Definitely made a big wave, and the response will not be ignored. I'll ensure everyone at IW sees the petitions and responses to it.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hits PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 10. Expect to hear more on the game and its integrated Steam functionality before then.
Nexus launches LOW-7000 R2 CPU cooler
Dutch absed Nexus introduced a new version of the LOW-7000 R2, this is a low-profile CPU cooler with four direct-touch heatpipes and a 120mm fan. The cooler is just 70mm high and weighs 475g, it is compatible with all the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD. The Nexus LOW-7000 cooler combines some of the most advanced technologies in the market used for CPU coolers. Heat pipes, HOC- Technology, SkiveTek and ultra-thin fins combined with a real silent 12cm PWM controlled fan delivers ultimate performance which has never been this quiet before.
LOW coolers are crafted out of the purest aluminum and copper materials. The heat sink covering the heat pipes and the copper base is made using SkiveTek technology. We have managed to apply the best technologies at the best position on the cooler.
The 120mm fan is PWM controlled and the speed can vary between 500 and 2000 RPM creating a noise-output of an inaudible 15 dB(A) up till a still truly quiet 24 dB(A)
The LOW-7000 is an ideal cooler for your HTPC the ultra low, only 7cm high, cpu cooler with a silent 120mm fan. Now also compatible with AMD AM3/2 and Intel Core i5.
Intel Core i7 960 sneaks in and surfaces
Earlier this year there have been rumors about an upcoming Intel Core i7 960 -- well it's here already.
The processor has a clock frequency of 3.2 GHz and is replacing the recently introduced 3.06 GHz Core i7 950. The all new 960 will cost 562 USD. The Core i7 960 has four physical CPU cores hyper-threaded towards eight, 8MB L3-cache, a 4.8 GT/s QPI link with a 130W TDP.
Nehalem Bloomfield lineup:
Contrary to the Core i7 965 Extreme (which is also clocked at 3.2 GHz / 6.4 GT/s QPI ) this 960 does not have it's multipliers unlocked hindering overclockers somewhat.
Guru3D Folding at Home closes in on Top 70 !
It takes a lot of people to do a lot of work, and we surely did that recently as Team Guru3D has entered top 80 in the Folding@home rankings -- currently we are going steady at the 81st place !
Roughly a year ago we advanced roughly 40.000 points per day. Wonderful yet currently we average at 230.000 points per day, amazing. Due to your help we now have entered the Top 80 which is a fantastic achievement.
Now if you have an ATI Radeon series 3000 or newer or GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have Team ID number 69411.
Come on people, team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
Coolermaster launches low-end Hyper 101 cooler
Read, really low-end ! Following the launch of Hyper Z200 / TX3 designed for low-end market,Coolermaster expands its line with the introduction of Hyper 101 cooler. Two heatpipes only.
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps
The colleagues over at TPU reports Gigabyte is prepping the GA-P55A-UD4, a new Intel P55 motherboard with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. This motherboard will be a bit more expensive than the GA-P55-UD4 which sells for around $170.
The new model also features an upgraded CPU VRM, with a 12+2 phase design compared to the 8+2 phase design on the GA-P55-UD4. USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s features are provided using additional controllers on board. A Marvell-made SATA 6 Gb/s two-port controller replaces the familiar Gigabyte GSATA2 controller, while an NEC-made controller provides two USB 3.0 ports on the rear-panel. The USB 3.0 ports are color-coded blue, and share the port cluster with the lone gigabit Ethernet connector, while the SATA 6 Gb/s connectors are color-coded white, next to the usual six SATA 3 Gb/s ones the P55 PCH provides. The rest of the feature-set remains largely same, with four DDR3 DIMM slots to support up to 16 GB of memory, two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (electrically x8 when both are populated) supporting ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI, Dolby Home Theater supportive onboard audio, among other standard issues. The Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 will not replace GA-P55-UD4 from the market, it will coexist, albeit priced higher. It remains to be seen if this is the only "P55A" motherboard Gigabyte sells.
CoolIT launches OMNI Universal Liquid Cooling
CoolIT Systems announces the latest development in graphics card cooling to maximize the performance capability of the latest AMD GPU technology, the ATI Radeon HD 5870. Unique to this new design is the creation of the universal liquid plate that will allow customers to use the advanced liquid cooling system to cool not only current graphics cards but also future cards. While the benefits of liquid cooling GPUs include lowering acoustics and maintaining lower core temperatures for increased reliability there is also the potential to enable higher performance clock settings. This factory sealed, maintenance free system will be demonstrated for the first time on AMD
Athlon II X3 435 processor review
Get this, a budget triple core processor that is clocked at nearly 3 GHz priced at roughly 55~60 EUR. The idea alone already oozes value, as whether or not we like to admit it, the current sweet spot in processors really is in-between two and four logical CPU cores. Today we'll be looking at such a triple core processor, the Athlon II X3 435 processor which is clocked at 2.9 GHz. Like other Athlon II processors, model 435 doesn't have Level 3 cache, and should not perform as well as the more expensive and powerful Phenom II X3 family. However in pure numeric tests the 435 beats Phenom II X3 720. Meet Rana ...
You can read the review right here.
Update: added overclock results
MSI AfterBurner 1.30 released
Afterburner is powered by our own Rivatuner engine, but this software comes with a few extra's. AfterBurner will support both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, Voltage regulation on the GPU, overclocking on core, shader and memory domains, GPU load levels (ATI), fan speed adjustment, device information .. and a really wicked graphical (configurable) monitor.
So with combined forces MSI will bring you their new AfterBurner overclock software. AfterBurner, as in giving that airplane an extra boost of power. The end-result (we feel) is a great looking user-friendly overclocking experience, with on-the-fly advanced user options .. including something I know many of you will like, VRM voltage control.
- Up to 85% overclocking capability
- Over voltage function to significantly increase overclocking potential
- Core/Shader/Memory clock adjustment
- Core/Shader clock Link/Unlink capability
- Clock/Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed/Frame rate real-time monitor
- Maximum/Minimum value for easy record of system condition
- Real-time On-Screen-Display information in games
- Real-time information in Windows Tray Icon
- Detach mode for hardcore monitor style
- 5 Profile to easy save/load user customized setting
- Profile hot-key for easy and quick switch in games
- 2D/3D automatic profile switching for difference scenario
- Special Function:
- Advanced fan speed control for different speed under different temperature trigger points
- Mutil-GPU independent or synchronous control for clock/voltage/fan speed
- Information button for graphics card driver version, BIOS version, identification, OSD status and update link
- User Customized skin function
- Apply overclocking setting at system startup
Afterburner v.1.3.0 (2009-10-19)
- Added voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON HD 4770 and AMD RADEON HD 5770 series graphics cards with L6788A voltage regulators
- Added voltage control for custom design MSI N240GT D3 series graphics cards with uP6262 voltage regulators
- Fixed database entry for AMD RADEON HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. Afterburner no longer adjusts 2D voltage instead of 3D voltage on AMD RADEON HD 4870 X2
Please bare in mind that this software works with MSI graphics cards and a handful of reference based cards, you could be lucky though ;)
Download - click here
Public Beta of Office 2010 Available in November
Today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the public beta of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 will become available in November.
Office 2010, formerly known under its code name "Office 14", is going to be released in two different flavors: 32-bit and 64-bit, making it the first Office to support both platforms. Another interesting tidbit is the ad-supported, free, and reasonably slimmed-down, Web-based version of Office 2010, which was announced at the Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, September 2008. Businesses, which want to use the Web-based version without the ads, will have to pay a fee to Microsoft.
During his keynote address at Microsoft Corp.'s SharePoint Conference Ballmer said: "By taming the overflow of information across systems and technologies, SharePoint enables organizations to thrive. SharePoint 2010 is the biggest and most important release of SharePoint to date. When paired with Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 will transform efficiency by connecting workers across a single collaboration platform for business."
"Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products, which includes Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010, that are designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers."
OCZ Vertex and Agility Garbage Collection works really well
Earlier last week OCZ released a new series of firmware for their SSD drives with Indilinx based controller. With the new firmware the entire line-up of Vertex and Agility Series SSDs can perform active garbage collection while the drives are idle to restore performance to like-new condition, even on a very segmented (slower) drive.
Typically, a used SSD will be slower and will have it's top sequential write speed drop to less than half of what it was originally and sequential reads can also take a considerable hit. It will still kick an HDD's as but would be slower then when you bought it.
The new firmware can restore the drive to it's "as new" state in about half an hour, which is an excellent result.
I decided to test this with an OCZ Agility SSD we use in one of our primary test PCs; the results are pretty sweet alright.
Before Garbage collection - take a good look at the write performance.
After 15 minutes Garbage collection - now observe that write performance is nearly close to maximum again.
We've been using this Agility drive in our primary test system for a while now. it has Windows 7 installed on it yet as you can see, wasn't fully fragmented just yet. However even with 15 minutes of garbage collection there's a very noticeable performance increase.
Nice job OCZ. OCZ new garbage collecting firmware's add a LOT more value to what were extremely good SSDs.
Firmware's and info can be found here.