Daily deals April 5 2009
It's a slow weekend news wise, so I figured to make a daily deals session. For this edition I want to focus on input devices like keyboards and mouse's.
- Wacom Bamboo Digitizing Tablet - Have you ever worked with a digitizing mouse pen ? Quite incredible, VERY precise in say photoshop and what not. Have a peek, spotted for $69.00 just have a peek really.
- Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - A great product, very sturdy, very efficient. I have a couple of these myself. I found one for $23.99 which hinestly is a bargain as they typically sell at 4- to 50 bucks.
- Logitech G15 Keyboard - such a classis. What else needs to be said ? I found an address selling them at $69.99
- Logitech Illuminated Keyboard - classy, stylish .. Logitech = expensive though. You can pick it up for $73.24
- Razer Arctosa Silver Edition Gaming Keyboard - Gamers unite .. ehm well still, a lovely set of keys, selling at $43.42
- Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard - probably the best looking set of keys available on the web, though the lack of numeric keys still confuse me. But what a style. The cheapest I could find was $139.90
Overclocking the Radeon HD 4890
This week the Radeon HD 4890 was released and as our reference article showed, it has a lot of overclocking potential, really it has a lot of headroom there which could results in 10% better performance on average. Typically overclocking can be managed really well through the Catalyst Control Center, however .. the control center always has certain restriction as in 'how much' you can actually overclock.
In this article we'll show you how you can overclock the easy way, with the help of Rivatuner, followed with a couple of performance results as well.
Check out the article right here.
France Close To Passing Tough Anti-P2P Law
France's National Assembly (the lower house of France's Parliament) is close to passing an anti-P2P law which it was discussing for several weeks, already. This law (if passed) would punish illegal file sharers after receiving multiple warnings by cutting off their Internet access, ranging from one month up to one year.
HADOPI, the "High Authority" created by the law, would "receive and evaluate complaints made by rightsholders about online file-sharing of copyrighted works. It will then issue warnings to ISPs, which are required to pass them along to the customer account in question.""HADOPI will also maintain a blacklist, and sanctioned users will not be able to sign up for service with any Internet provider in the country during their time on the list. ISPs who refuse to promptly disconnect subscribers face a
IBM Close to Buying Sun Microsystems for 7 Billion
Apparently, the talks between International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Sun Microsystems, Inc., which were going on during the last few weeks, are in their finalizing stages. Reportedly, I.B.M. is offering $9.50 a share which would value Sun at close to $7 billion.
Sun is well known for its Java technology platform, the Solaris Operating System, the MySQL database management system, Sun StorageTek storage solutions, the UltraSPARC processor, and for being one of the largest sellers of servers.
There could be quite a few far-reaching consequences because of this acquisition:
"I.B.M.'s acquisition of Sun would disrupt that long partnership with Oracle. I.B.M. could also undercut Oracle by more actively promoting the free MySQL software, which has become the most popular database software with Internet companies.
Hardware inherited from Sun could present antitrust concerns. I.B.M. faces an antitrust complaint from T3 Technologies over its dominance in the mainframe market. By buying Sun, I.B.M. would gain close to total control over robotic tape storage devices used to file data on mainframes.
Sun has a sales and technology partnership with Fujitsu for the sale of Unix servers. If I.B.M. buys Sun, Fujitsu and Hewlett-Packard will be the combined company's only major competitors in the Unix market, a possible concern for regulators here and in Europe. Sun faces a patent infringement lawsuit from the storage maker NetApp and has countersued. NetApp has a sales pact with I.B.M."
As an early result, shares of I.B.M. rose more than 3 percent on Thursday, to $100.82, while Sun's shares rose more than 2 percent, to $8.21. [via New York Times]
Realtek HD Audio 2.21 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it supposedly runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.21
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
Download: click here.
Download: GeForce Forceware 185.66 for Windows XP and Vista
There has been a small incremental update over yesterdays released Forceware beta driver. The beta has been updated from 285.65 towards 185.66. Very likely a small bugfix.
New in Release 185.65 and 185.66:
- Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 275 GPU.
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion
BFG Announces GeForce GTX 275 OC
BFG Technologies also is upping the ante with their GeForce GTX 270 series. BFG a North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos
ATI Radeon HD 4890 shipments over 50,000
It was a good hard launch for ATI yesterday. As it seems ATI has shipped over 50,000 units of its 1.36 TeraFLOPs monster, the Radeon HD 4890 graphics card. Several retailers have already sold cards to anxious fans ahead of today's launch date.
The cards themselves should sell for no more than $250 at stock speeds, although we expect prices to drop slightly in a month's time. Some partners have also said that mail-in rebates for $20 will be available.
If you haven't done so, you can check out Guru3D's review on the Radeon HD 4890 right here.
Luxa2 LM100 Mini Enclosure unveiled
From any angle of view, the LM100 Mini is remarkable. Its size is amazingly slim and compact with an all aluminum finish body. It fits the tone of your home decoration and is the ideal mate to build your miniature entertainment system. With its extremely tiny size, LM100 Mini instantly gives more space and tidiness to your living room and redefines your home entertainment system.
The entire enclosure is constructed and polished with 5mm solid piece of aluminum to reduce vibration and isolate noise. To ensure the perfection on every surface, brushed finish process is carefully applied on LM100 Mini.
LM100 Mini remote controller, a comfortable and advanced design completed through the expert experience. The PAD is designed to be used as four (up, down, left, right) arrow buttons on keyboard and is very useful on applications such as MultiMedian and Windows Media Center.
LM100 mini has a build-in VFD module in the front panel. The advanced IR receiver and VFD display device not only delivers IR signal to PC but also shows various useful information through VFD. It is designed to fit into the 5.25" disk drive bay of PC and shows "Graphical EQ", "System Info", "Media Info", "Email Check", "News", "World City Time & Weather" and much more. All the information could be displayed automatically according to the scenario.
LM100 Mini supports Mini-ITX form factor. Although LM100 Mini size is small, it has the capability to accommodate a full-fledged system with Intel hottest energy saving platform. With HDMI motherboard integration, your LM100 Mini will easily turn into your entertainment center in the living room.
AMD Athlon II triple and quad-core CPUs delayed
The colleagues from Xbit Labs report that AMD decided to delay its triple-core (Rana) and quad-core (Propus) 45nm Athlon II processors to August or September.
The dual-core Athlon II X2 processors are still slated for June, and in the same month we can also expect the dual-core Phenom II X2 (Callisto).
Earlier AMD planned to release its code-named Propus and Rana microprocessors in April, whereas the dual-core Regor was scheduled for June launch. However, the latest plans of Advanced Micro Devices seen by X-bit labs indicate that the world
The Best Selling PC Games Week March 21 09
Yep yep .. we follow it closely. NPD released a new chart detailing the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending March 21.
NPD's Top Ten (3/15 - 3/21)
- Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $41
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
- Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II / Relic / $42
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $40
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
- Spore / EA Maxis / $50
- Civilization IV / Firaxis / $20
- Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst / Big Fish Games / $20
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (3/15 - 3/21)
- Defense Grid: The Awakening / Hidden Path
- Command & Conquer 3: Red Alert - Uprising / EA LA
- Tom Clancy's HAWX / Ubisoft Romania
- Men of War / Best Way
- Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly
- Rome: Total War Gold Edition / Creative Assembly
- Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II / Relic
- The Path / Tale of Tales
- World in Conflict: Soviet Assault Expansion / Massive
- Final Fantasy XI Vana'diel Collection 2008 / Square Enix
ECS A790GXM Socket AM3 BE motherboard review
We will review the A790GXM-AD3 motherboard from the folks at ECS Elitegroup. This article will entail two primary focuses. The first being a review on this motherboard, the second... to observe if we actually see a performance increase from DDR2 over DDR3 memory.
Now despite the fact that the AM2+ based (A790GXM-A) predecessor looks very much like the AM3 version, the new ECS 790GXM-AD3 definitely has a different PCB design. Much cleaner and a few more features... let's have a look.
Read this Guru3.com review right here.
Download: GeForce Forceware 185.65 for Windows XP and Vista
New in Release 185.65:
- Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 275 GPU.
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion
HIS Radeon 4890 TURBO 1GB OC
This is of course the product we reviewed today (see here), but HIS just issued a press-release announcing their two Radeon HD 4890 product releases.
The first SKU is the reference based product clocked at 850 MHz on the core, the second being the OC model.
Point of View releases GTX275
Of course Point of View is also releasing their version of the GTX 275. For now a reference based product tagged at a 239 EUR sales price.
Press release: In case of the GeForce GTX 275, unleash the power of the 240 shader cores to maximize performance in Shader model 4.0 and/or PhysX accelerated games, OpenGL applications, high definition video decoding and other hardware accelerated software such as the Badaboom (video conversion software: trial included on the driver CD) and Photoshop CS4.
The Shader cores operate on 1404 MHz whilst the main 55nm GPU has a speed of 633 MHz. A solid 448-bit memory bus is being fuelled by 896 MB of DDR3 memory running on 2268 MHz. The double SLI connectors allow two or three cards to join forces in an SLI configuration. Add your performance at will!
Get an exciting, true-to-life gaming experience through the native Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10 support. Optimize your in-game performance and realism with NVIDIA
Download: NVIDIA Forceware 182.50 XP and Vista WHQL
This is a WHQL-Certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series desktop GPUs.
New in Release 182.50:
- Optimized single GPU and SLI support for upcoming PC games.
- Numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release documentation notes.
New in Release 182 Drivers :
- Boosts performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 182 WHQL drivers vs. Release 181.22 WHQL drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 8% performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution and AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
- Up to 9% performance increase in Half-Life 2 at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 11% performance increase in Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA.
- Up to 10% performance increase in Race Driver: GRID at high resolution and AA.
- Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs.
- Automatically installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0203.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and OpenGL including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards
- Supports NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support, giving you the ability to use two monitors with your GeForce graphics cards in SLI mode. Learn more here.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here. Note: GPU PhysX is supported on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports CUDA.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
TwinTech launches a 1792MB GeForce GTX 275
TwinTech today also relases their geForce GTX 275. And they will have both a Twintech GTX275 1792MB & 896MB AC Extreme Triple Fan-XT OC Edition.
Press-release: The GeForce GTX 275 GPU with CUDA
Palit calls first dibs on GTX 275
Palit Microsystems introduces it's first non-reference design GeForce GTX275, which combines an innovative DUAL FAN cooling system and 4-phase PWM GPU power circuit.
Palit again used their innovative dual fan cooling system for the GTX 275, with two PWM fans and three heat-pipes to provide high performance and trustworthy cooling solution. The two PWM fans are able to provide sufficient air flow to cool GPU on the graphics quietly.
The GeForce GTX275 features 240 stream processors with a 633MHz core clock, 1404 shader clock and high capacity 896MB of 448bit, 2268 MHz GDDR3 memory. Which are reference clock speeds.
The GTX275 is already distributed to all local channels this week and gaming enthusiast are able to get their first GTX275 from Palit in the PC shops now.