Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 native PCI express Low Profile
Auzentech unveiled its X-Fi Forte PCI-Express sound card. The Forte 7.1 is the first Low Profile native PCI express audio card that Auzentech has designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 has improved circuitry and components.
"A large percentage of our customers are both gamers and audiophiles," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "Increasingly, they are requesting a low-profile sound card with 'mind-blowing' audio playback for music, movies, and games. We created the Auzen X-Fi Forte with these customers in mind."
The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 marks the first time the Creative X-Fi Native PCI Express chipset has been available in a low-profile board, as well as the first time it has been available in a a third-party soundcard.
The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 soundcard is scheduled for release before the end of December of 2008. The MSRP is planned at $149.99.
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.9 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. GPU-Z 0.2.8 is out and it supports catalyst 8.11 & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
- added support for NVIDIA 9800 GT, 9600 GS/GSO, 9300 GS, Quadro FX Go1400, 9800M GTX, 9600M GT, 9650M GT, Quadro FX 770M, 9200M GS, 9300M GS, Quadro NVS 160M, G71 0x2e5
- Added support for ATI HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 4650, HD 4830, HD 4850 X2, RV670 0x9504
- Added support for Intel GM45 variant 0x2a43
- Added support for shader count reading on HD 48xx
- Changed ATI driver function call method. This should result in more accurate readings on X2 cards and non-desktop ATI devices
- Improved VGA BIOS Upload dialog. Drop down lists appropriate for your card will now be fetched from our servers to facilitate the upload process
- Corrected RV610 transistor count
Download - click here.
NVIDIA releases PhysX pack #2
NVIDIA just released PhysX pack #2 the followup to pack one with some new PhysX goodies for you to play around with. The new toys included are Warmonger, Crazy Machines 2, Dark Basic Fluids Demo, Dark Basic PhysX Soft Body Demo, TMPGENC XPRESS 220.127.116.116 Trial and Badaboom Media Converter 1.0.
I had to look real hard to find this pack @ NVIDIA but in this release:
- Two new levels for Warmonger
Guru3D PC Buyer's Guide Christmas 2008 edition
Today Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, the 2008 Christmas edition was just launched. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Mind you that I deliberately said Gaming PC there as it is our focus, that and being budget aware.
We break down this article in three segments, low-budget, mid-range and high-end. Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included.
The article is located at this link. Or you can just click on the girl ;)
NZXTs Zero 2 is Full Tower Steel Chassis
A PC enthusiast would appreciate a great designed case with tool-less construction, good cooling capabilities while capable to operate in whisper quiet mode at load. NZXT has released the follow-up on highly appraised Zero series with such features. The new Zero 2 is a full tower PC case with extremely durable and sturdy chassis constructed from a 1mm steel. Like its presuccessor, the sequel features silent and massive cooling system that can be customized for up to total of 10 fans.
The NZXT Zero 2 measures 210.5 x 532 x 536mm and weighs 22.44 pounds. It features five 5.25″ drive bays, two 3.5″ drive bays and six HDD bays: a total of 13 bays with tool-less design for raid-fanatics. The unit ships with 3x 120mm fans and has room for optional 4
dual-GPU 55nm GT200 card named GeForce GTX 295?
An Asian hardware site claims the "GeForce GTX 260 GX2" dual-GPU card will be launched (as rumored) in January as the GeForce GTX 295.
If true, the card may give NVIDIA the performance crown again.
Windows worm creating massive botnet
Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro Inc., said that the worm, which his company has dubbed "Downad.a" -- it's called "Conficker.a" by Microsoft and "Downadup" by Symantec Corp. -- is a key component in a new botnet that criminals are creating.
"We think 500,000 is a ball park figure," said Macalintal when asked the size of the new botnet. "That's not as large as some, such as [the] Kraken [botnet], or Storm earlier, but it's still starting to grow."
Last week, Microsoft warned that the worm was behind a spike in exploits of a bug in the Windows Server service, which is used by the operating system to connect to network file and print servers. Microsoft patched the service with an emergency fix it issued Oct. 23, shortly after it discovered a small number of infected PCs in Southeast Asia.
The Best Selling PC Games (week ending Nov 22)
Time for a new update from NPD, here are the top 10 selling PC games in the USA for the week ending November 22.
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $40
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $46
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff / EA Maxis / $18
- EverQuest II: The Shadow Odyssey / Sony Online Ent. / $50
- Spore / EA Maxis / $49
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $50
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collectors Ed / Blizzard / $69
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life / EA Maxis / $20
Core i7s have a Phenom-like TLB issue? No, says Intel
This is simply a pointer to a previous document written in April 2007. This document is an application note (advises on programming techniques) that programmers have had since April of 2007. This item in the Nehalem spec sheet is a web pointer, under the heading "spec clarification". The reporter who wrote this did not contact us and we will try to clarify this with him.
In other words, Intel shareholders probably shouldn't be losing any sleep over this.
For reference, the AMD TLB erratum caused data corruption and system hangs in periods of high CPU utilization, and AMD halted shipments of quad-core Opterons for months because of it. On the desktop, the company released a BIOS fix that crippled the performance of early quad-core Phenoms in many apps. All Phenoms with model numbers ending in "50" and all shipping quad-core Opterons lack the erratum, though [via tech report].
Download: Realtek High Definition Audio for XP and Vista 2.10
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.10 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Located on out speedy servers, download here.
NVIDIA likely to launch dual GPU videocard January
More rumors on the web appeared today claiming that NVIDIA is going to release a dual GT200 based graphics card early January 2009. Probably in the CES timeframe. It's even rumored that NVIDIA is so far ahead with production that the first samples could be shipped towards board partners late December already.
The entire purpose of the release would obviously to kick ATI of their performance crown with the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and as our GTX 260 SLI results have shown, that can be done quite well.
Just like the Radeon 4870 X2 and 9800 GX2 the card will have two GPUs likely one PCB. The question obviously remains what chips will be used exactly.
It would make sense to see the GeForce GTX 260 core 216 chips on there. Also expected is a fabrication processes shrunk toward 55nm.
Grand Theft Auto IV for PC gets DRM
A lot of gamers are going to be unhappy about this. It seems Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC will be outfitted with DRM, specifically SecuROM, which recently made news just a bit ago when it was discovered it was included in the Spore title.
While companies have a right to protect their property from piracy, oftentimes these DRM measures cut into a buyer
Vista SP2 released in April 2009 ?
Microsoft's new update to Windows Vista is arriving by mid-spring. Vista Service Pack 2 should be sufficiently complete to reach release candidate status by February and to be finished by April, when it would be sent to manufacturing for DVD versions and prepared as a download for existing users.
As with SP1, the actual launch would be staggered based on languages; English and other European languages as well as Japanese would be available first, while Chinese and other key languages would receive the update later.
SP2 will represent a switch in strategy for Vista for Microsoft, which released SP1 early this year chiefly as a fix for performance and stability problems that are widely believed to have hurt early Vista sales. The newer update instead focuses on feature support and will add native Blu-ray burning, Bluetooth 2.1, the previously optional Windows Search 4.0 app and a new Wi-Fi configuration utility to set up more complex wireless networking.
An April gold date leaves SP2 arriving just a few months before Windows 7, which is being moved up to 2009 from its previously projected early 2010 launch window. XP SP2 was nonetheless partly considered an emergency update to address security issues where the Vista patch focuses more on the user experience.
MSI bundles Tomb Raider Underworld in high end
MSI informed us their Radeon HD 4800 series, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 260 and GeForce 9800 GTX+ video cards are now bundled with Tomb Raider Underworld.
Before the launch of the game, MSI and EIDOS have worked very closely together to make the MSI graphic cards and Gaming Notebooks achieve the highest performance and compatibility in
More details AMDs Phenom II and Athlon line
AMD will introduce a series of new processors in the upcoming months. As you guys already know, in the beginning of January 2009 Phenom II would be launched. The guys over at Computerbase wrote that up-to June 2009 we'll see no less than thirteen new desktop processors, seven Phenom II-models and six Athlon-cpu's.
All these models support socket AM3 and DDR3 memory. Interestingly if you look at the clock frequencies for a minute .. you'll spot that that there will be a quad-core Phenom II clocked at 3.0 GHz. So these are very significant steps for AMD.
The processors launched at CED in january will be Phenom II X4 940 and Phenom II X4 920. Each running 3.0 and 2.8 GHz. These processors will be seated in Socket AM2+ and support DDR2 mmemory. Check out the specs:
|Processor||Architecture||Clock Freq||Cache L2+L3||Tdp||Socket||Availability|
|Phenom II X4 945||Deneb||3GHz||2 + 6MB||95W (?)||AM3||April 2009|
|Phenom II X4 940||Deneb||3GHz||2 + 6MB||125W||AM2+||8 January 2009|
|Phenom II X4 925||Deneb||2,8GHz||2 + 6MB||95W||AM3||January 2009|
|Phenom II X4 920||Deneb||2,8GHz||2 + 6MB||125W||AM2+||8 January 2009|
|Phenom II X4 910||Deneb||2,6GHz||2 + 6MB||95W||AM3||January 2009|
|Phenom II X4 810||Deneb||2,6GHz||2 + 4MB||95W||AM3||January 2009|
|Phenom II X4 805||Deneb||2,5GHz||2 + 4MB||95W||AM3||January 2009|
|Phenom II X3 720||Heka||2,8GHz||1,5 + 6MB||95W||AM3||January 2009|
|Phenom II X3 710||Heka||2,5GHz||1,5 + 6MB||95W||AM3||January 2009|
|Athlon X4 615||Propus||2,7GHz||2MB||95W||AM3||April 2009|
|Athlon X4 605||Propus||2,5GHz||2MB||95W||AM3||April 2009|
|Athlon X3 420||Rana||2,8GHz||1,5MB||95W||AM3||April 2009|
|Athlon X3 410||Rana||2,6GHz||1,5MB||95W||AM3||April 2009|
|Athlon X2 240||Regor||2,8GHz||2MB (?)||65W||AM3||June 2009|
|Athlon X2 235||Regor||2,7GHz||2MB (?)||64W||AM3||June 2009|
Black Mesa Official Trailer
There's been a lot of talk for a long time about this mod and can I just say .. that's looks frickin awesome.
Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source. Black Mesa is the Half-Life 2 total conversion of the original Half-Life game. Utilizing the Source engine and its endless array of possibilities and powers, Black Mesa will throw you into the world that started the Half-Life continuum and introduced Gordon Freeman to the world as a gun-toting, bullet-dodging Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.
Core i7 has a TLB bug ?
Yikes .. it's a deja-vu as the same thing happened with AMD's Phenom processors. The colleagues over at Fud Zilla reported that Nehalem procesors has a Translation Lookaside Buffer bug. Intel actually officialy states in its Intel Core i7 Processor, Extreme Edition Series and Intel Core i7 Processor - Specification Update PDF, that the CPU has a TLB bug.
If you open Intel
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.