Sony A230, A330, A380 details leak
Sony's upcoming entry DSLR camera Alphas have received full details through a product leak that briefly appeared on Sony's German page. The trio appears to be a minor optimization of the A200, A300 and A350. The 14-megapixel A380 headlines the efforts and promises a quicker autofocus in the live view on the swiveling LCD, dynamic range optimization to prevent lost detail in highlights or shadows and HDMI video output.
It also has an anti-dust system, 9-point autofocus, built-in image stabilization and an optical viewfinder with 95 percent coverage. It should sell for 750 Euros ($1,018) and will likely ship for $999 in the US. The A330 at 600 Euros ($814) appears to have all the features of the A380 but with a 10-megapixel sensor.
At the low end, the A230 would bring dynamic range optimization but otherwise has the same 10-megapixel camera and fixed, non-live LCD as the A200. It would trim the price to 550 Euros ($746) through these changes.
All three cameras are reportedly tipped for a May 19th unveiling [via Photo Rumors].
Core 2 Duo E8700 arrives fashionably late
We talked about it a while ago already yet finally, the Core 2 Duo E8700 arrives fashionably late in the shops. Well at least one Asian e-tailer is apparently selling this processor. The E8700 will of course be the fastest clocked dual-core processor to date from Intel.
With a multiplier of 10,5 and an FSB at 1333 MHz the chip achieves a clock frequency of 3.5 GHz. The processor has 6MB L2-cache on board with a TDP of 65W. The E8700 is for sell here at this Chinese website for 1750 Yuan, roughly 199 USD.
That sales price however does not seem to be realistic with the E8600 selling for $269.99 USD, but we'll see.
ATI Catalyst 9.5 XP|Vista and 7 WHQL drivers out for download
Though these drivers are not yet added to the AMD/ATI download pages, they are serving from their servers already. This catalyst 9.5 driver is WHQL and for the sake of it we label beta until the final release.
However, make no mistake .. this is the final release due on Monday. Go ahead and give them a try already we say :)
We setup a discussion thread over here where you can share your experiences on these drivers.
As such we mirrored these drivers onto our file-servers, you can download them here:
Daily deals May 15 2009 - Full HD LCD monitors
The weekend is near, time for an update of daily deals. Today I wanted to show you some good deals on LCD monitors. Prices of monitors have dropped recently and for little money you can get yourself a very beefy screen already.
Let's walk through some of the deals I spotted, and since you are a guru3d reader, I really wanted to stick at 1900x1080 and roughly 22 to 24" alright ?
- Samsung T240HD Black 24" Widescreen LCD - Samsungs screens are hard to beat. And though this is not the cheapest one, it it the newest one and the most popular one. The T240HD is a 24" screen has a 1920x1080 native resolution for incredibly detailed pictures. The panel has a 300cd/m2 brightness rating and an impressive 10000:1 dynamic contrast ratio it can be purchased for $329.99
- Samsung 2433BW Black 24" Widescreen LCD - Of course the monitor above is the more high-end range, Samsung has a 24" monitor that is wahaaay cheaper. Check out this one, 1920x1200 at the lovely price of $269.99
- Asus VH242H Black 23.6" Widescreen LCD - Now if you want to go a little cheaper, here's a the next best thing. ASUS offer this LCD at 1920 x 1080 and a 20.000:1 contrast ratio. It's just a really good monitor, practically 24" and it costs only $199.99
- Acer X233H Black 23" Widescreen LCD - You can even go cheaper though. Get this 23" at 1920x1080. It's the cheapest price I found for a monitor in this category. It still comes with DVI-D connector and is HDCP compatible. The price is $189.99
And since not everybody requires a 24" screen at 1920x1080, we just wanted to add a nice budget monitor as well:
- Dell S2009W Black 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Check it out, 1600 x 900 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and the price ... only $129.00
ASUS Introduces Xonar DS 7.1 Channel Sound Card
ASUS today launched the Xonar DS 7.1 channel audio card which is equipped with design features found only on high-end audio equipment, fully catering to audiophiles seeking to enjoy high fidelity audio on their PCs
Corsair readies 16GB DDR2 memory kit
If you really want to get your freak on with this, check your motherboard for compatibility first. It seems Corsair is going to be launching a 16GB DDR2 800 MHz memory kit.
The Kit will have four 4GB modules and is tagged under SKU code QUAD2X16GB-6400 already. You might want to save up some hard core cash though, according to kokatu the price is going to be 83.000 Yen ... roughly 850 USD.
Well, it is high density 16 GB of memory of course.
HDMI 1.4 to include Ethernet, two-way audio
The technology also brings a reverse-direction path for sound known as the Audio Return Channel (ARC) that can handle compressed surround sound through an intermediary device, such as a home theater receiver, without requiring a separate optical audio cable. Future video support is also built in with the ability to handle resolutions up to 4K (4096x2160), 3D and the same color spaces as digital still cameras.
A recently proposed micro HDMI connector will be part of the 1.4 format and allow up to 1080p video from very small devices, including portable media players and compact cameras.
The combined technology is expected to significantly overhaul the approach to home media serving, particularly for networked media devices, and may also help future computers that could use the extra networking and audio features. Samples of HDMI 1.4-equipped chipsets ship before the end of the spring and should result in finished products sometime within 2010.
Intel Larrabee to have 32-cores, ships in 2010
Intel at the opening of Saarland University's Visual Computing Institute on Wednesday gave clues as to its plans for its many-core Larrabee graphics processor. In a presentation to guests, the semiconductor firm showed that the design uses 32 processor cores and mates each of these with its own vector math unit, allowing each core to process very specialized tasks very efficiently. They also have a pool of cache memory and a memory interface on their edges.
Larrabee will combine a large array of Intel Architecture (i.e. x86) cores with a brand-new cache architecture, a new vector instruction set, and a new vector processing unit. Gelsinger specified that Larrabee's programmable architecture will allow it to accelerate anything from high-definition video and audio processing to physics, artificial intelligence, and global illumination. it's confirmed that Larrabee will be compatible with DirectX and OpenGL application programming interfaces, so Larrabee should be able to run existing games.
Additionally, Intel's Joseph Schultz mentioned at the event that it has moved back the launch of Larrabee from its original late-2009 target to the first half of 2010. The reasons for the delay weren't mentioned.
Larrabee is Intel's first relatively high-performance graphics design and is intended to overcome the flexibility problems of dedicated video chipsets. By using many x86-based cores, the company hopes to give developers a heavily programmable architecture that lets them handle custom visual effects as well as running many tasks at once.
Creative Labs charges maintenance fee for rebate
Creative Labs has found a great new way to minimize the risk that a customer will actually benefit from a rebate offer. In Rick's case, they sent him the rebate in the form of a $10 debit card that was supposed to be good until July 2009, but when he went to a Best Buy to use it last month, it was denied. The reason? He'd been charged a $3 "maintenance fee" every month since January.
He writes, "Come on, why print on the card that it expires in July 2009 when it couldn't possibly last beyond April 2009? I guess I'm lucky, at least I haven't gotten a bill for ongoing card maintenance. Anyway, that's the last item I ever buy from Creative Labs, I hope the rebate tactic was worth losing a customer."
If you take advantage of a Creative Labs rebate, use it immediately. Or better yet, don't take the bait the next time Creative dangles a rebate offer in front of you. They're not kidding about it being a "Creative rebate." [via consumerist].
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Bioshock 2 - 9-Minute Walkthrough video
Gigabyte EG45M-UD2H motherboard review
This G45M motherboard is based on a Micro ATX form factor. Normally this doesn't leave much room for extras. The motherboard tested today however comes with UD3 technology, that G45 chipset, integrated GPU, HDMI, 8-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, plenty of SATA connectors, fairly nice design, 4 DIMM slots, dual-bios, passive cooling .. and all that on a m-ATX form factor design.
Let's have a peek at what Gigabyte is offering us for just over 100 EUR, oh yeah .. and it overclocks quite well too.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
NVIDIA 3D Vision 185.85 Windows 7 and Vista released
Note: You can only install this driver if you have the installed the latest GeForce Graphics drivers v185.85.
- WHQL Certified Driver Kit
- Adds support for new Mitsubishi Home Theater TVs. Please check under
Gigabyte launches 1200W Odin GT PSU
Gigabyte is expanding their Odin PSU series with a new 1200 Watt GT model. There already was a 1200 Watt Pro model, but this new GT version has a couple of new features. It will have six 6+2-pin PCIe connectors, ten SATA connectors and then another eight Molex connectors. So this won't be an issue for any Tri or Quad GPU setup + a little PhysX lovin as well.
The PSU will have four 12V rails. Two of them can deliver 36 A each and another two are rated at 20A.
- Software controlled PSU, for maximum tweaks
- Active PFC, high efficiency power circuit design, 80+ certified
- 4-rail, +12V design, capable of supplying higher power output
- Over-voltage, over-current, under-voltage and short
ASUS Crosshair III Formula coming
It took ASUS a while but they finally see the strength of the AMD platform and have been designing a kickass motherboard for it, meet the ASUS Crosshair III Formula.
ASUS always uses Crosshair for their more high-end AMD motherboards based on nForce chipsets, this time though, it'll be the magnificent AMD 790FX chipset together with the SB750 Southbridge chip, of course ACC is the key thing here, Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC) .
The board will have an 8+2 phase circuit and is Socket AM3 based, meaning a DDR3 motherboard.
You'll spot two PCI-Express x16 slots. What's cool is that the board is that the boards includes a ROG LCD-poster, and the famous iROG overclocking management system.
For audio you'll spot the ASUS SupremeFX X-Fi audio riser. ASUS may use the upcoming Computex event to launch this product, we'll keep an eye out on Taiwan of course, but that is looking to become an exciting motherboard alright.
Corsair launches Advanced Cooling for GT series
Corsair, the worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the new Corsair Cooling range of advanced cooling solutions for Dominator and Dominator GT modules, including the world's first sub-ambient cooler for PC memory.
The new cooling solutions include the Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 water-block and Ice Series T30 thermo-electric cooler, which is capable of cooling memory to below room temperature for enhanced overclocking performance and reliability. The Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 is a high performance anodized aluminum water-block, capable of cooling up to six Dominator or Dominator GT modules. The H30 water-block utilizes 3/8 inch inner-diameter tubing for compatibility with the most common water-cooling setups.
At the top of the range is the Corsair Cooling Ice Series T30, which is a revolutionary thermo-electric cooler capable of cooling memory up to 20
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 at 1GHz now official
ASUS releases Asus P6T7 WS with 7 PCI-E Gen2 x16 slots
Say you wanted to pop seven CUDA ready single slot graphics cards onto a motherboard and create a little super computer to crunch data, well .. ASUS has a solution at hand my man.
Asus today launched their most revolutionary Parallel Computing solution available to date: the Asus P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard. Equipped with 7 PCI-E Gen2 x16 slots, the Asus P6T7 WS SuperComputer has been certified for NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing which is based on the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture, supporting up to three NVIDIA Tesla cards and one NVIDIA Quadro card.
This amounts to a total of 960 parallel processing cores providing a massive 4 teraflops of processing power
PowerColor launches 1010MHz HD 4890
Next to MSI, Sapphire and ASUS, TUL aka PowerColor is introducing a 1 GHz clocked Radeon HD 4890 as well. The PCS++ HD4890 is an advanced version of the PCS+ HD4890, the PCS++ HD4890 has all the key features of the PCS+ HD4890, including ZEROtherm