Nikon launches 24.5MP D3X pro DSLR
Nikon today launched its long-anticipated D3X as its new flagship digital SLR. As slipped by the company ahead of time, the new pro camera roughly doubles the sensor density to 24.5 megapixels and produces a native 6048x4032 picture -- enough to rival a medium-format camera in a handheld format, the company claims. The camera also adds 16-bit color processing for further image accuracy improvements over the 14-bit D3.
The increased resolution slows down the continuous shooting frame rate from nine to five frames per second and also impedes light sensitivity due to the density of the sensor, reducing the typical operating range from ISO 100 to 3,200; the maximum range extends as low as ISO 50 and as high as ISO 6,400. Nikon all the same claims a particularly fast DSLR with shooting readiness coming just 0.12 seconds after a cold start and the shutter releasing in 0.04 seconds. Dual UDMA-supporting CompactFlash slots let the D3X maintain a large capacity without sacrificing speed.
The 51 focusing points, hardware controls, metering and three-inch 920,000-pixel preview LCD translate intact from the original D3, as do other performance traits.
Nikon plans to sell the D3X for (close your eyes now) $7,995 in body-only form.
Daily deals 30-11-08
Time for some new deals on the news page. Today let's have a browse for Core i7 processors and motherboards.
Core i7 processors
- A really good processor value wise, Intel Core i7 Processor I7 920 costs $294.99
- Clocked slightly higher, the Intel Core i7 Processor I7 940 at $569.99
- Very expensive, but had it running 4 GHz on air cooling, the processor of our choice in our next-gen test system, the wonderful Core i7 965 XE priced at $1029.99.
Now to complement such a processor, a mainboard upgrade is required. The one thing X58 is not is cheap. Here are some good mainboards which we all tested or used recently.
- Well, let's begin with the one that rules them all. Sure it's rediculously expensive, but so sweet, the ASUS X58 Rampage II Extreme Republic of Gamers edition. Are you ready ?.. it sells for $397.99. This is the motherboard of our choice and sitting in Guru3D's new 2009 VGA test system.
- Forfeit some of the features and you next best bet will be the ASUS P6T Deluxe - Motherboard at $295.44
- Way cheaper, yet with a lot less feature is Intels reference motherboard, the DX58SO and it sells at $258.99
As always, you can clock on the prices to visit the shops directly and check out specs.
Left 4 Dead VGA performance with 23 graphics cards [Guru3D]
Today we'll look at the Left 4 Dead game and fire off 23 graphics cards at this title to see what performance we get returned, we'll throw in a little Multi-GPU results in there as well. Next to that we'll also show you our time-demo, and have it available for download. So you can have a try reproduce results yourself at home.
You can find this Guru3D.com article at this URL.
Fujitsu Siemens notebooks to get kill pill
FUD Zilla reports Fujitsu Siemens will add more (optional) security features to its notebooks to protect confidential data in case of theft. The notebooks will get a feature to track the stolen machine in real-time, and also a "kill pill" to remotely block the system:
With DataProtect, FSC says that confidential data on a laptop can be protected, because if a machine is stolen, the support desk can access the system and save the confidential data centrally in the system or, if necessary, completely delete the data.
The help desk can also render the hardware useless via a so-called "kill pill" although this software does not mean there will be a low level disk format to wipe the data. It just means that after the system is blocked, the BIOS expects a password to do anything new.
If the device is returned to the customer after the kill pill has been activated, users can remove the protection and boot the system again using a special password.
ArmA II Full HD Ingame Trailer
Download: Intel Chipset Software Utility 18.104.22.1687
Download Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 22.214.171.1247
This software installs the Windows INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as AGP, USB, Core PCI, and ISAPNP services.
Download: click here.
Wal-Mart employee killed in Black Friday stampede
Absolute madness. During these rough financial times it
Pioneer BDR-03J Blu-ray burner has 8x speed
JoWooD Apologizes for Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods
Kind of weird when you think about it for a little bit longer but JoWooD issued a German PR with an apology to the community for the quality in which they shipped Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods:
Gothic 3 : Forsaken Gods is full of bugs, just as the main game was. Fans are complaining about the poor quality of the game and JoWooD felt that it's time to release a statement in this regard: First of all we want to thank the community for showing their support and we also want to thank those who have chosen to buy the game. Unfortunatey, it wasn't possible for us to release a game that could fully satisfy you, for different reasons. The game was released this year because that was what we and the community desired. JoWooD and Trine have worked under a lot of pressure, and to repair some of the mistakes we released the game with a patch, hoping to make it better. Michael Kairat, Executive Producer of JoWooD said: We are now getting the full "bill" from the community for our mistakes. JoWooD Productions would like to present their apologies to the fans for releasing an unsatisfying game.
Furthermore Michael Kairat explained that in the next days a new patch will be released which will improve the quality of the game. It will be available for download on JoWooD's Official Website. We also want to make a content patch which will include opinions, suggestions, wishes from the community. After the feedback from the community, we will release a statement regarding the patch. Toghether with Spellbound we will make early beta tests for Arcania: A Gothic Tale, to be sure that past mistakes will not be repeated. JoWooD admits their mistake, and will prevent it from happening again, says Michael Kairat on behalf of the entire team.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - November 2008
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 Mike's PC. Mike is a long time Guru3D visitor. He has build several PC's over the years, but I think this one tops them all ... suffice to say, 100% Guru3D Rig of the Month material. Take a look at his project as he talks you through this DIY build.
Smoothcreations P90X SFF gaming system unveiled
PC builder extraordinaire Smoothcreations unveiled a small form factor gaming system, the Portable 90 Xtreme (P90X) series. These systems are designed for LAN parties, they weigh less than 15lbs and have a custom painted "Boneyard" design.
The P90x models feature Intel QX9770 processors, water cooled Radeon HD 4870, 4870X2 H20 Special Edition graphics or you can choose some ass kicking BFG Geforce 280 GTX AX or HOC Edition. The system also features 4GB Corsair Dominator memory, a WD HDD, Lite On DVD burner and a motherboard from DFI.
It's available now at Smoothcreations, prices start at $1,995.
Intel to Phasing out Core 2 Quad Q6600 in Q1/2009
Intel will issue a product discontinuance notice for the Q6600 in the first quarter next year, and call end-of-lifecycle in the second quarter.
Acer has reduced pricing for its Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600-based desktops to below NT$13,900 (US$418) for the IT Month consumer show in the Taiwan market, and other vendors are expected to follow suit.
AMD lowers prices December 1st
AMD is to lower prices on it's processors starting December 1st, here's an overview.
|Processor||Old Price USD||New Price USD|
|Phenom X4 9950 BE||186||175|
|Phenom X4 9850 BE||180||165|
|Phenom X4 9750||170||154|
|Phenom X3 8750||134||124|
|Phenom X3 8650||123||104|
|Athlon X2 6400+||102||87|
|Athlon X2 6000+||95||77|
|Athlon X2 5600+||88||70|
|Athlon X2 5400+||78||66|
|Athlon 64 LE-1640||~40||36,50|
|Phenom X4 9750B||224||165|
|Phenom X3 8600B||-||110|
|Athlon X2 5400B||-||71|
ATI NVIDIA Buy TSMCs 40nm Process Foundry Service
TSMC announced last month that it would begin offering commercialized 40-nm process, with many fabless houses having since come to TSMC for the leading-edge process in spite of the business downturn.
The world`s No.1 silicon-foundry supplier announced in March it had unveiled the process by using immersion lithography technology. Chip-making equipment suppliers pointed out that TSMC had completed validation of the process with customers last month before announcing to offer such commercialized process.
In spite of anemic chip markets and the forecast that TSMC`s capacity utilization ratio will likely drop to only 75% by the end of the current quarter, customers have accelerated plans to upgrade to higher-end process by making most of the rising idle capacity at TSMC in hope of paring down costs.
Nvidia plans to have its high-end GT216 chips made using 40-nm process next quarter, as does AMD-ATI, which is working on its high-performance RV870 chip designed on 40-nm rule.
Telecom-chip designers including Altera, Broadcom, Marvell, Netlogic and LSI are planning to use 40-nm process to make chips in the second quarter next year. Suppliers of the chips used in Microsoft XBox360 game consoles, and Sun Microsystems are reportedly considering to contract TSMC by the middle of next year [via cens].
GlacialTech UFO V51 cooler launched - has Core i7 support
GlacialTech rolled out the UFO V51 Silent and UFO 51 PWM processor coolers, these new models support all the latest processors from Intel and AMD, including the new Core i7. The UFO V51 is pretty big, it has four heatpipes with 6mm and 8mm diameter, a highly polished copper bottom and two 92mm fans.
The cooler measures 130 x 157 x 138mm (L x W x H) and weighs 780g.
Dual silent fans offering speeds of 800rpm to 2500rpm, four heat pipes and a state-of-art aluminum heat sink maintain excellent air-flow management, keeping the CPU and surrounding components like Memory, VRM and chipsets cool. The light weight design, high performance thermal compound, high quality polish bottom, UFO battleship design and pure copper base are some of the latest innovations incorporated by GlacialTech in this latest CPU cooler product line.
The Silent version has two 92mm fans that spin at 1600RPM, with an airflow of 29.56CFM and noise level of 19dBA. The PWM version has two 92mm fans with 800-2500RPM, airflow of max. 46.18CFM and noise level of up to 32dBA.
- Dual silent fan
- Light weight design
- Battleship design concept
- Good air-flow design
- High quality polish bottom
- High performance thermal compound
- Multi-solution for Intel and AMD
- The cool air could cool the surrounding components (Memory, VRM, chipsets and etc.)
- Pure copper base
It's time to look up a couple of other deals, let's put a focus on two graphics cards and two processors today. Click on the price for info/shop.
- First of, value for money is what the GeForce 9800 GTX cards offer. We spotted them for $179.99
- And then Radeon HD 4850, the card that surpized us all .. it can now be found as low as $149.99 which is great value for money.
- Let's do an AMD and INtel processor, first off it's still hard to beat the price/performance ratio of the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor, you can spot it for $179.99 and then overclock the living daylights out of it :)
- AMD's top of the line Phenom X4 9950 Quad-Core Processor however offers a truckload of value at $169.99
Direct3D WARP10 - play DX10 Crysis using sw renderer
Long Zheng reports that Windows 7 is supporting Direct3D 10 in software. For example, Crysis may be a Direct3D 10 game, but if you only have a Direct3D 9-level graphics card, it might only make your jaws open instead of hitting the floor. But that's all going to change comes Windows 7.
Simply put, in Windows 7, you will experience the same graphics fidelity and detail whether you have a Direct3D 9-level graphics card or even no graphics card. The magic fairy dust which makes this possible is called Direct3D 10Level9 and Direct3D WARP10 respectively. Direct3D 10Level9 is exactly what the name describes, it allows you to run Direct3D 10 applications on Direct3D 9 hardware with the same visual output but at the cost of performance penalties compared to running on native Direct3D 10 hardware. On the other hand, if your graphics functionality or partially or wholly non-existent either by design or due to anomalies (graphics driver), that's where WARP10 comes into play.
WARP which stands for Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform is a complete implementation of Direct3D 10 in software form - that is using only the CPU. It's even capable of anti-aliasing up to 8xMSAA and anisotropic filtering. What's amazing is that it is parity with the output of a native Direct3D 10 device. The MSDN article describes 'the majority of the images appear almost identical between hardware and WARP10, where small differences sometimes occur we find they are within the tolerances defined by the Direct3D 10 specification.'
Ubisoft: 'working hard' on Assassin's Creed 2
During its first-half fiscal 2008-09 conference call today, Ubisoft parried a question regarding the Assassin's Creed sequel.
While an Ubisoft executive would not confirm the game's release for fiscal 2010 (more specifically, holiday 2009), le exec did concede that "we are working hard on the product" -- the first real confirmation of its assumed development. Well, we knew it was coming thanks to some wacked out text and a very open ending in the first game, but it's nice to see the confirmation... now hopefully they remove much of the repetitive nature.