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.
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 220.127.116.117
Download Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 18.104.22.1687
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|