Intel puts RAID onto future processors
Interesting news from Intel's side as it announced a new enterprise storage technology that integrated RAID functionality onto the processor.
Intel disclosed a breakthrough enterprise storage technology which combines the dependability of today
iPad Shot with Shotgun (video)
Ehmn, other then saying 'what a total waste of money' ... here's the effect of an iPad being Shot with a Shotgun. :\
Bad Company 2 Vietnam Video Interview
Jay Michaels of Pixel Enemy got a chance to speak with DICE's Community Manager, Daniel Matros, about the upcoming Vietnam expansion for Battlefield Bad Company 2.
Twintech TwinBox HL-N ION Mini PC
Twintech announced their TwinBox HL-N Series ION
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) v5.8 Released
NiBiTor is a BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards, and which is updated on a regular basis. NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. And doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweaking memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt bootup settings, changing fan speed options and/or get extra stability on their NVIDIA based graphics accelerators which will just give them that little extra value.
Changes in this Version
- Added GeForce GTX 460
- Added GeForce GTX 480M
This new version is build upon the logic of the previous version, with some minor fixes and a redesign to support as well unknown devices in some limited way. As always for extra features, settings and support please provide us your original BIOS, so that we can use it as reference to analyze the changes and to code the approriate support of the new video card or new features accordingly.
Gigabyte 930MHz WindForce GeForce GTS 450
Gigabyte's is releasing a GeForce GTS 450 with their new "WindForce 2X" cooler (GV-N450OC2-1GI). It is in fact already selling at Newegg for $150.
This factory overclocked card has a cooling solution with two copper heatpipes, a copper base and two large fans. Clockspeeds are 930MHz core, 1860MHz shaders and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz, compared to 783/1566/3600MHz on stock cards.
Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W PSU review
Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W PSU review
We review and test the Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W PSU. A near perfect power supply, Enermax recently released the Revolution 85+ series, this BEAST as I like to call it has everything I just mentioned. Modular cables, it's silent, sturdy, rugged and at 220 Volts this puppy can achieve a power efficiency of 87 to 91 percent, and that is just very noteworthy.
You can check out the full review right here at at the following URL.
Razer Special Editions Naga MMO Mouse
Razer nnounced the launch of a new suite of Razer Naga Special Edition gaming mice
Samsung 31 Series LED-Backlit Eco-Friendly Monitors
Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products, today announced the launch of a new line of 31 series LED-backlit monitors. This new line-up is an ideal option for budget-conscious users looking for the energy-saving benefits of an LED monitor in a stylish and affordable package.
WD USB 3.0 and 3 TB External Hard Drive
WD, the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new My Passport Essential portable hard drive (photo), My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive (photo), and My Book Essential external hard drive (photo). All three drive families come in a variety of capacities and offer lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity. Highest industry capacity is another key feature for the My Book Essential drive, which is now available in 3 TB capacity, in addition to 1 and 2 TB capacities. Equipped with WD SmartWare visual backup software for automatic, continuous backup, these drives provide users the extra space they need to store or back up all of their digital memories, such as high-resolution photos and videos, along with music and other critical files, all in one place.
The drives not only take advantage of the latest blazing-fast USB 3.0 technology, but are also fully compatible with USB 2.0 connections for those who have yet to upgrade their computers to USB 3.0. When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, consumers can transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/s. At that rate, a two-hour HD video will transfer in as little as three minutes. The same two-hour video would take approximately 13 minutes to transfer on a USB 2.0 port.
My Passport Essential, still WD's smallest portable drive, is available in a 500 GB capacity and comes in five fun colors - Midnight Black, Cool Silver, Real Red, Pacific Blue and Arctic White (Arctic White only available in EMEA and APAC). My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives are available in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities and come in stylish black, silver, metallic blue and metallic red colors. The pocket-sized My Passport portable hard drives are powered directly through the USB cable; no separate power supply is needed.
My Book Essential, the world's number-one selling hard drive, also impresses with its small footprint, sleek design and high-capacity storage ranging from 1 TB up to a massive 3 TB. The drive is compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and uses WD SmartWare visual backup software.
"With more and more devices like the iPod touch, iPhone 4 and other smartphones adding video-capable cameras, digital video is becoming ubiquitous. Most homes already have thousands of photos and music files, increasing the need for storage around the house. Having the extra capacity to store these files and move them around quickly is becoming a big issue for many consumers around the world," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "WD's newest line of My Book and My Passport external hard drives features the latest USB 3.0 connection technology, which more than triples the speed to transfer media files, but still works with today's USB 2.0 ports. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the highest capacity available on external hard drives with the new 3 TB My Book Essential drive."
My Book Essential external hard drives, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives feature:
- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces;
- Up to 3x faster transfer rates when compared to USB 2.0;
- WD SmartWare software for automatic, continuous backup;
- Password protection for privacy; and,
- Planet-friendly packaging from recycled materials which can, in turn, also be recycled.
Price and Availability
My Passport Essential portable hard drives and My Book Essential external hard drives offer a 2-year limited warranty in the U.S. and are now available at select U.S. retailers and online at wdstore.com.
MSRP for My Passport Essential portable is $99.99 USD. MSRP for My Passport Essential SE drives range from $129.99 USD to $169.99 USD. MSRP for My Book Essential drives range from $129.99 USD to $249.99 USD.
Intel 25nm X25-M SSD specifications
Details of Intel's third-gen X25-M "Postville Refresh" SSD have been published over at AnandTech. These new 25nm SSDs should deliver roughly double the capacity at the same price as the current 34nm X25-M G2 SSDs. The new disks will be available in capacities of 80/160/300/600GB and promise read speeds of up to 250MB/s (same as before) and write speeds of up to 170MB/s (vs 100MB/s on the G2). The random write performance has been significantly improved, just as the drive lifespan, while one of the new main features is support for AES-128 encryption. The only downside is the increased maximum power consumption.
The new drive uses 25nm IMFT Flash, which means we should get roughly twice the capacity at the same price. While Intel is sampling 25nm MLC NAND today it's unclear whether or not we'll see drives available this year. I've heard that there's still a lot of tuning that needs to be done on the 25nm process before we get to production quality NAND. The third generation drives will be available somewhere in the Q4 2010 - Q1 2011 timeframe in capacities ranging from 40GB (X25-V) all the way up to 600 GB [via dvhardware].
XFX no longer a partner of NVIDIA?
A rumor originating at hardOCP states that NVIDIA gave XFX the axe. One of the reasons is NVIDIA's entry into the retail market.
"NVIDIA had intended to move into direct retail in January of 2010, but that did not happen for reasons we are not aware of. Now that NVIDIA has moved into direct retail sales, I was told today that XFX is no longer an approved NVIDIA partner. "
Of course one also needs to keep in mind that XFX made a (and took a risk) choice selling AMD/ATI graphics cards last year. It's just a rumor of course, but it would not surprize us at all.
Call of Duty: Black Ops gets Full 3D treatment
According to the latest Black Ops press release, Treyarch has incorporated 3D support into the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The PC is probably the easiest and cheapest platform to get set up at the moment with NVIDIA 3D Vision.
In what could become the definitive 3D game experience, Treyarch's Call of Duty(R): Black Ops will also be playable in stereoscopic 3D when the game launches at retail outlets worldwide on November 9th. Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today revealed that the game will be compatible with 3D-ready HDTVs and 3D PCs utilizing state-of-the-art active shutter 3D glasses, delivering true depth of field and an unprecedented level of immersion that is perfectly suited for the Call of Duty action experience. Call of Duty: Black Ops will be playable in both 3D and non-3D on the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R) 3 computer entertainment system and Windows(R) PC.
"Development of stereoscopic 3D began as an R&D project, but once we saw what the technology brought to the Call of Duty experience, what a great fit and how immersive it was, we knew that we had to develop it for Black Ops. Aiming down the sights of your weapons, flying in helicopters, rappelling down mountains, and moving through highly detailed environments are just some of the awesome experiences you will have in 3D with Black Ops," says Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch.
66% Of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP?
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MediaPortal 1.1.1 Download Available
One of the best, if not the best, and totally free, HTPC applications available on the web has been updated. Personally I have two HTPCs and both run this software. It's extremely handy, user friendly and very configurable.
Imagine Microsoft MediaCenter, but then 10-x better. That's what MediaPortal is and the good thing is .. it is totally free. The release of MediaPortal 1.1.0 was a big success. Now, it is already time to release version 1.1.1, as planned. This release fixes some small, but very annoying problems in the 1.1.0 version.
MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.
MediaPortal turns your PC and TV into a very advanced home media center. Our software allows you to listen to your favorite music and radio stations; watch and store your videos and DVDs; view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder; and much, much more. MediaPortal is open source software. This means you can help develop MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovative plugins from our great community.
Open Hardware Monitor 0.2.1 bèta download
The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source application that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer. It supports most hardware monitoring chips found on todays mainboards like the ITE, Winbond and Fintek families. The CPU temperature can be monitored by reading the core temperature sensors of Intel and AMD processors. The sensors of ATI and Nvidia video cards as well as SMART hard drive temperature can be displayed. The Open Hardware Monitor runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows and any x86 based Linux operating systems without installation.
2010-10-02: Release Version 0.2.1 Beta
- Fixed a missing assembly problem on .NET Framework 4.0.
- Reduced the number of referenced assemblies.
2010-10-02: Release Version 0.2.0 Beta
- New desktop gadget (enable with "View / Show gadget").
- Added bus and core clock sensors for AMD K8 and K10 CPUs.
- Added support for the Alphacool Heatmaster fan controller.
- Added support for the ITE IT8721F super I/O chip.
- Added a fan control sensor for ATI GPUs.
- Added an ISA bus mutex for accessing the super I/O chips.
- Added a mainboard specific configuration for the ASRock 880GMH/USB3, ASUS P6X58D-E, ASUS Rampage Extreme, ASUS Rampage II GENE, ECS A890GXM-A, Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 and Gigabyte P55M-UD4.
- Improved the stability of reading and writing the settings file.
- Added an option to minimize when the close button is clicked.
- Reimplemented the GUI menus using the native Windows menus.
- Improved a few optical details of the GUI.
- Added support for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.
- Refactored the hardware monitoring code into a library.
- Fixed a few problems where the Open Hardware monitor would crash.
- Added SMART data and details of AMD CPUs to the report.
It is the weirdest thing, NVIDIA can sometimes move in mysterious ways, and well .. in the past has stepped on the toes of many of it's AIB/AIC partners. A while ago after the demise of BFG there already was a rumor that NVIDIA themselves might be addressing a chunk of the (r)etails market. It seems that this concern now is validated. Best Buy USA the GTS 450 as produced and sold by NVIDIA popped up.
In fact best Buy stores started selling nVidia-branded GeForce GTS 450 and GTX 460 boards. Here's Bryan Del Rizzo, PR manager at nVidia on the products:
"NVIDIA and Best Buy are working together to offer PC customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest in PC technologies right inside Best Buy stores. As part of this broad initiative, NVIDIA is supplying to Best Buy specific GeForce models built and supported by NVIDIA. These products will only be available at Best Buy and will complement GeForce products from our partners. We will provide more details on this later."
By doing this, NVIDIA is bypassing some major board partners like eVGA and many other players in the USA market. And not just that, they will compete with the board partners ... and we all know who the winner there will be.
Here's some proof of the cards in stores from a guy named zshift, which posted these photo's taken using his Apple iPhone.