AMD cuts prices of Three Phenom Processors
AMD dropped in to say they announced a couple of price cuts, to make its processor lineup more competitive.
These are the new prices, which are slightly above the cost to distribution and are ex VAT to represent the cost to retailers and system builders:
- X4 9850 BE - was $205 - now $194 - down 5.4 percent
- X4 9550 - was $175 - now $154 - down 12 percent
- X3 8450 - was $125 - now $104 - down 16.8 percent
AMD preparing to split in two - only weeks away?
It is speculated that AMD might split into a chip development firm led by new CEO Dirk Meyer and a manufacturing arm were Hector Ruiz might find a new job as CEO.
"Officially, there is virtually no clear information on the announcement and the direction of Asset Light/Smart provided by AMD. In the company
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.7 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
GPU-Z 0.2.7 is out and it supports catalyst 8.7 beta & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
- Added display for GPU release date.
- Added display for transistor count
- Added mouseover readings for sensors graph
- Correctly named the three on-die sensors of RV770 and RV730
- Added support for voltage regulator monitoring on HD 4870 and HD 4870 X2
- RV770 GPU on HD 4870 X2 now called R700
- Added support for reading HD 4870 X2 3D clocks
- Added display of CrossFire Sideport status on HD 4870 X2
- Added more RV730 device IDs
- Added support for GeForce 9800 GT, 9800M GT, 9600M GT, 9700M GS/GT, 9500M G
- Added detection for RS780D
- Fixed incorrectly read ATI OD5 clocks
- Fix for memory clock reading on RV730
- Fixed ROM reading on RV730
- Fixed crash when no supported card detected
- Sensor graph width adjusted when scrollbars visible
Download - click here.
Meet the new Lara Croft - And Observe
It will not be long now befire the new Tomb Raider game is to be released. And as a tradition, what's new ? .. well at the very least a new Lara Croft model. The new model will take over the humble job of well .. posting sexy from Karima Adebibe and her name is .. drumroll .. Alison Carroll. At the perky age of 23 she is a professional gymnast from Croydon. Eidos traditionally seeks a new model for each major Tomb Raider, with the exception of Chronicles and Anniversary as it seems.
Previous models where Nell McAndrew and Rhona Mitra. Now then, let's talk meat. Personally I like the new model much better. What do you think ? To the left the all new Alison Carroll and the the right Karima Adebibe. oh that's definitely Cup D ... ehm. Yeah hum. Serious journalism -- coughs.
Vista security - rendered useless
Alarmed about Vista security? Black Hat researcher Alexander Sotirov speaks out.
"Earlier today I published a lengthy blog post questioning some of the sensationalist conclusions raised in press coverage of a paper presented by Alexander Sotirov and Mark Dowd at last week
NVIDIA PhysX Drivers and Software mayhem
And when I say mayhem .. it's the good kind. NVIDIA just released their PhysX packs and compatible drivers. NVIDIA on Tuesday gave its existing customers a bonus through the GeForce Power Pack, a new set of drivers that expose new features to certain GeForce cards.
The upgrade takes advantage of the more universal nature of the effects processing cores in GeForce 8-, 9- and GTX-series cards to drive tasks that would normally depend on the main CPU. All these cards can now speed up physics in games and other apps that support PhysX; in specially enabled game maps with the new physics turned on, a mid-range GeForce 9800 GTX+ is nearly three times faster than the ATI Radeon HD 4850 that NVIDIA hopes to beat.
Let's walk through some of the stuff. In case you missed it, please read our article on these packs right here.
GeForce ForceWare 177.83 with included PhysX driver:
This driver supports NVIDIA GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series desktop GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, and 9500 GT GPUs. The driver adds support for NVIDIA PhysX
NVIDIA upgrades Quadro FX notebook and Plex
NVIDIA this morning made official upgrades to its Quadro FX notebook line that carry over lessons learned from the desktop GTX and mobile 9800M lines to pro-level graphics. Each chip is now capable of not only accelerating video but performing general computing at the same time using NVIDIA's CUDA language. The change lets the graphics processors work alongside the main system processor to speed up digital media editing, scientific calculations, and other more universal tasks.
The range is headlined by the Quadro FX 3700M and 2700M, both of which are aimed at 17-inch desktop replacements such as the ThinkPad W700. They include 128 and 48 graphics effects cores each, all of which support general computing, and both have a faster 256-bit memory path. The 3700M also holds up to 1GB of video memory while the less demanding 2700M can use 512MB.
Multiple chips are also available for 15.4-inch and smaller notebooks, NVIDIA says: the 1700M drops to 32 cores and a 128-bit interface to lower its power needs, while the 770M has similar features for lower-power environments. The 370M is designed for the smallest systems the Quadro FX can support and uses just eight cores and a 64-bit interface.
All the graphics options are being built into new notebooks as of today, though ship dates for these systems vary. Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo are all launch partners. Other operating systems aren't mentioned, though CUDA is also supported in Mac OS X.
High-end workstation users also receive an upgrade to the Quadro Plex external line; the 2200 D2 and 2100 D4 each use NVIDIA's newest Quadro FX desktop cards in groups to help process 3D modeling and other high-end tasks. The 2200 D2 uses two newer FX 5800 cards with a combined 480 cores, while the 2100 D4 uses slower FX 4700 cards but uses four of them to improve performance with multiple displays. NVIDIA sells the Quadro Plex line itself and starts them at $10,750 when they go on sale this fall.
PhysX FluidMark v1.0.0
PhysX FluidMark is a physics benchmark based on NVIDIA PhysX engine. This benchmark performs a fluid simulation by imitating the renderering of lava. Real physics parameters such as viscosity are used. SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) algorithm is enabled to increase the realism of the simulation.
PhysX FluidMark can run in pure software mode (all calculations are done on the CPU), or in hardware mode. Hardware mode includes 2 kinds of hardware:
- Ageia PhysX PPU
- GeForce PhysX - GeForce 8/9/GTX200 graphics cards only
This benchmark exploits OpenGL for graphic acceleration and requires an OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 5/6/7/8/9/GTX200 (and higher), AMD/ATI Radeon 9600+, 1k/2k/3k/4k (and higher) or a S3 Graphics Chrome 400 series with the latest graphics drivers.
PhysX FluidMark requires NVDIA PhysX drivers 8.08.01 or higher and the CUDA DLL (this DLL has to be copied in the benchmark folder if your Forceware drivers are < 177.79 or if you don't have a GeForce (Radeon, etc.)).
Download - Click here.
Thermaltake Digital Home PC Chassis gets an update
Thermaltake upgraded Digital Home PC Chassis DH103 and DH104, offers improved expansibility to fulfill the extreme home theater builders
Video: Propane Plant Explodes in Toronto
Bloody heck ...
Intel to ship cheaper mobile quad-core CPU
Intel will announce a second mobile quad-core processor when it kicks off its Developer Forum next week, according to a report. While the Santa Clara, California-based company is commonly known to be preparing a 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme destined for high-end mobile workstations and gaming systems, a second model under the more mainstream Core 2 Quad name will also reportedly be available. Known under a Q9100 model name, the processor will run at a lower 2.26GHz clock speed and have its speed multiplier locked to encourage gamers to adopt the more expensive 2.53GHz part.
The processor will otherwise be functionally equivalent to the higher-end device, with 12MB of Level 2 cache as well as a 1,066MHz system bus common to all of Intel's newest processors. It's not yet known whether the processor will consume less power, though Intel typically uses only the Extreme label for high-powered mobile chips it doesn't expect to see in thinner notebooks.
Costs for the 2.26GHz processor will be significantly lower than the $1,036 Intel is believed to be charging resellers per chip, but will still be reserved for higher-end systems at a price of $851 per processor in batches of 1,000. Systems based on quad-core chips, such as HP's new EliteBooks, will start shipping before the end of the month.
Indilinx debuts 230MBs SSD controller
Though I would not recommend to use SD cards as Solid State driver due to lifespan Indilinx has just introduced its Barefoot solid state drive controller with 90-nanometer process technology. They said it's device has reportedly shown the "fastest read speed (230MB/sec) of all the products currently available in the market and supports the capacity up to 512GB with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash." Additionally, it plays nice with SATA 2.0 and flash memory from Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix and Intel / Micron. Sadly, mass production isn't scheduled until Q4 of this year, so now you can sit on that vanilla HDD even longer as you wait for the future to arrive. Ugh, what a tease.
Indilinx, a fabless semiconductor company, announced today it has completed the development of IDX22 (Product Name: Barefoot
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Crossfire review
It's that time, AMD today unleashes their all new high-end product, the Radeon 4850 and 4870 X2. For those of you who lived under a rock and do not know what the X2 actually stands for, it's as simple as it sounds. X2 is times two .. these products are based on multiple GPUs per graphics card. In essence you take a large PCB (printed circuit board), position two 4850 or 4870 processors with an interconnect bridge-chip, grab a handful of memory chips, and then a pinch of resistors and mosfets. You put it in the pan, stir it and voilla ... your serving is ready.
Wanna see how fast the fastest performing graphics card in the worlds is ? Of course you do ..
We'll also test the 4870 X2 card in Crossfire. You can find the 21 page article right here.
update -- added Devil may Cry 4 CrossfireX results on page 20.
Tomorrow - Radeon HD 4870 X2
Let me post a gentle reminder that tomorrow we'll post a actual review (not preview) of the Radeon HD 4870 X2 as the NDAs will be lifted. Launch time will be early in the morning (CET).
VIA quits mainboard chipset industry
According to several sources on the web VIA has formally quit the business of manufacturing chipsets for third parties. The semiconductor company has decided against continuing to make chipsets to support AMD and Intel processors and will instead focus on its own processors and their accompanying platforms, such as Pico-ITX (shown) or full reference platforms like the OpenBook.
The move is characterized as the end of a long shift away from building for AMD and Intel as they produce more of their work in-house.
"One of the main reasons we originally moved into the x86 processor business was because we believed that ultimately the third party chipset market would disappear, and we would need to have the capability to provide a complete platform," says company marketing VP Richard Brown. "That has indeed come to pass."
The public end to developing third-party chipsets puts VIA in greater competition with rivals and particularly sets it against Intel, whose Atom lineup is in competition with VIA's C7-M for netbooks and other very low-cost, low-power systems. The Acer Aspire one, ASUS Eee PC and most others rely on Atom, though the C7-M is currently the only choice for HP's Mini-Note.
VIA's revelation also puts it out of likely contention for a rumored new Apple platform that has been rumored to include NVIDIA and other chipset makers as candidates to replace Intel's reference designs.
NZXT Unleashes Avatar Gaming Mouse
Intel's Nehalem now officially Core i7
Intel on Sunday quickly confirmed recent leaks with official word that its next-generation Nehalem processor architecture will be named Core i7. The move continues the Core name despite a major platform change and signals the new line's status as Intel's seventh major architecture since it began with the 8086 decades earlier. The highest-performing versions of the processor line will still add the Extreme Edition badge to reflect their extra features, which often include a speed multiplier unlock friendly to overclockers.
The first chips to bear the Core i7 name will be mainstream desktop parts meant for gamers and conventional systems; Intel doesn't allude to the expected 3.2GHz speed but has previously confirmed the new architecture's switch from a front side system bus to point-to-point connections between the processor and peripherals, an on-die memory controller, and Hyperthreading that can at times double the number of effective cores working on a given task at any one time.
Intel ships its first desktop Core i7 processors in the fall and will follow up with mobile equivalents in early 2009; workstation chips are expected to continue using the Xeon name.
*drumroll* Here's the official logo:
Motherboards with dual-core Atom 330 soon
I kinda have to admit to have a fetsih for these cute little PCs. Incredibly energy efficient and well, they make great NET PCs. But a number of price comparison sites unveil etailers that are already offering presales on dual-core Atom motherboards.
The upcoming Intel Essential Series D945GCLF2 mini-ITX motherboard features a dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor and costs around 64EUR.
The board/CPU combo costs