ASUS GeForce GTX 295 review (ENGTX295)
The ASUS GeForce GTX 295 tested. NVIDIA recently unleashed the GeForce GTX 295. Many manufacturers and AIBs therefore are now selling the product, and even in financial difficult time, these babies sell like cute little puppies in a pet store. One of the biggest names in the tech industry is ASUSTek computers (ASUS), and they figured .. well frock it .. and jumped that GTX 295 band wagon as well.
In this review we'll give you the grand overview on what the GeForce GTX 295 entails, we'll look at power consumption, heat, do a nice photo-shoot and obviously dig deep into game performance with the hottest titles currently available anno January 2009.
Clock here to read this Guru3D.com review
LaCie d2 Blu-ray drive 8x BR recording speed
Lacie has announced its fastest d2 Blu-ray external drive with improved 8x BR recording speed. The drive features a pair of firewire 400 and an USB 2.0 connectivity to enable HD video and data recording, rewriting, and playbacks at high speed with ease.
The drive has read and write speeds of up to 8x, achievable when using capable single-layer BD-R media and up to 2x when using BD-RE or content protected AACS BD-ROM. Effective speeds are further limited to 6x when using it over a USB 2.0 connection.
Additionally, it also records DVDs at up to 16X, CDs up to 48X, and supports dual-layer DVD recording for up to 8x, making it an excellent single burner offering for all sort of media backup at low cost-per-gigabyte.
The drive is shipping now at the cost starts at $449.99. It comes bundled with the newly revised Easy Media Creator 10 and Toast 9 Titanium software.
CalDigit ships CalDigit VR storage system
CalDigit has announced that its CalDigit VR two drive RAID storage system is now shipping. Designed with a quadruple interface, the storage system supports USB 2, FireWire400, FireWire 800, and eSATA drives. CalDigit VR comes complete with two swappable drive modules for simpler replacement and expansion, along with the ability to replace the fan if necessary. The storage device offers speeds of up to 220MB/sec in RAID, and over 110MB/sec with RAID 1 protection.
Other features include an environmental monitor that displays information on temperature, fan RPM, and hard drive health, and security capabilities that allow the device to provide password protection, and a security lock that keeps the drives in place. A temperature controled smart-fan is used to determine when the storage device needs cooling. CalDigit also comes with software that provides diagnostic reports, e-mail notifications, management and firmware-update capabilities, and monitoring of the device.
CalDigit is priced at $500 for the 1.28TB model; a 4TB model is expected to be released soon.
Download: OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) 3.0.0
OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) is a CPU stability testing program, 3 different test types.
- CPU = no RAM tested, alot of heat generated on the CPU, errors are usually CPU-centered
- RAM = Maximum error detection, tests the whole chain CPU-Chipset-Memory
- Mix = CPU and RAM alternated
3 tests modes
- Auto = 1h long Mix test
- Custom (Infinite) = Infinite loop of the test type of your choice
- Custom (fixed) = A test of the type of your choice, and of a duration of your choice
OCCT v3.0 will be a huge revamp of OCCT. it will include 5 tests :
- The classical OCCT CPU Test
- A CPU test based on Linpack, a library made by Intel
- A 3D test written in Direct3d with an error detection mode. First tests shows higher temperatures on the GPU than anything else ;)
- A test based on Cuda, similar to MemTest86, but for the Graphic Card memory (It will be, at first, only compatible with Nvidia cards. An ATI version, made in their own language, will be released later on).
- A Power supply test, made of a 3d test and a CPU Test. The power consumption of your computer will reach new highs. Measures shows a power consumption that is 40% higher than Crysis or 3DMark.
Download - click here.
Core i7 975 Extreme spotted and breaks world record
On XtremeSystems he claims to have his hands on Intel
Microsoft to release six versions of Windows 7
Yesterday Microsoft disclosed that it will release no less than six versions of Windows 7.
- Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
- Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
- Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
- Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
- Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
- Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)
This information has been confirmed by Microsoft... who never listens to us. At least most consumers will only see Home Premium and Professional options at retail, which is more akin to the XP options of yore, and means WMC will be "baseline" for most PCs.
Windows 7 Starter
* Available worldwide to OEMs on new PCs
* Missing Aero UI tweaks
* Limited to 3 simultaneous applications
Windows 7 Home Basic (Vista equivalent: $200)
* Only available in emerging markets
* Missing Aero UI tweaks
Windows 7 Home Premium (Vista equivalent: $260)
* Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
* Includes Aero UI tweaks
* Features multi-touch capabilities
* Adds "premium" games
* Adds media capabilities (Media Center, DVD playback, DVD creation, etc.)
* Can create home network groups
Windows 7 Professional (Vista equivalent: $300)
* Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
* Includes all features of Premium
* Adds enhanced networking capabilities (Remote Desktop host, domain support, offline folders, etc.)
* Adds Mobility Center
* Adds Presentation Mode
Windows 7 Enterprise
* Available only in volume licenses
* Includes all features of Professional
* Adds Branch Cache
* Adds Direct Access
* Adds BitLocker
Windows 7 Ultimate (Vista equivalent: $320)
* Limited OEM and retail availability
* Includes all features of Enterprise
This information has been confirmed by Microsoft...
NVIDIA ION review | preview
One of the most popular and trendy gadgets of 2008 and 2009 are netbooks. Small, easy to carry around laptops powered by an Intel Atom processor. While an Atom based netbook is decent enough for browsing the web, listening to your favorite tunes and a little spreadsheet action, it obviously lacks that 'next level' laptop experience we've gotten accustomed to.
This is where NVIDIA today will jump in, officially announcing their ION platform. ION is NVIDIA's idea of what a netbook, HTPC or mini-PC should be like. They take the Atom processor series, and planted it onto their GF9400M chipset with embedded graphics processor.
The result are pretty baffling, as all of the sudden we can decode Blu-ray movies and high-definition content. We can transcode content over the embedded GPU, and thanks to the much faster and versatile infrastructure the GF9400G chipset offers, the overall experience is better and faster.
Guru3D has a hands on experience with NVIDIA's ION prototype mini-PC. It'll do all as described above, based on a Single Core Intel Atom 230 processor, we'll even do so on Windows Vista. Interesting technology for netbooks, mini-PCs and even HTPCs.
Let's have a look at this petite device, sized not bigger than two pears. You can read this Guru3D.com article right here.
Seagate announces 2TB hard drive
Two weeks ago Western Digital, now the turn goes to Seagate. Seagate launched its first 2TB enterprise-class disk drive as part of a new family of near-line SAS and SATA drives.
The new Constellation 2.5-in. and Constellation ES 3.5-in. drives come in Serial Attached SCSI 6Gbit/sec. or Serial ATA 3Gbit/sec. models and include a feature that allows them to shut down when not in use to save power. Seagate plans to ship Constellation ES variants with 500GB and 1TB capacities in Q3, as well. Like the 2TB flavor, these models will have 3.5" form factors, 7,200-RPM spindle speeds, and a choice of 300MB/s Serial ATA or 600MB/s serial-attached SCSI (SAS) interfaces. Seagate is also cooking up 2.5" Constellation hard drives, which will ship later this quarter with 160GB and 500GB capacities and SATA or SATA connectivity.
Point of View launches generation of Mobii mini notebook
The system is based on Intels Atom N270 CPU which combines great performance with a very high energy efficiency. In combination with a 6-cell battery of 4400mAh, the Mobii mini-notebook can be used up to 4 hours.
The crystal-clear 10.2 LED LCD screen works on a 1024x600 resolution and with a 160GB hard disk and the option to use SD, MS and MMC memory cards you
7 Intel CPUs Including Q6600 Phase Out By Q2 2009
Intel has announced which processors in the upcoming months will be phased out. Surprizingly enough, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 is in there as well.
For the month of February Core 2 Quad Q6700 and Core 2 Duo E4700 will be removed. At the time of writing, Core 2 Quad Q9450, Core 2 Duo E8200, E8190, E6850, E6750, E6550, E6540, E4600 processors already have been phased out.
In Q2 2009, we will see 7 processors to be phased out including the good old Q6600. The rest of the processors are, Core 2 Extreme QX9770 and QX9650, Core 2 Quad Q6600, Core 2 Duo E8300, Pentium E2200 and E2180, as well as Celeron E1200. Lastly, Core 2 Duo E7200 and Pentium E2200 will be phased out by Q3 this year [via vr-zone].
Koreans to Have 1Gbps Broadband by 2012
That's it, I'm immigrating to Korea ;)
In Korea the entire country will have 1 Gbps service by 2012. Currently, Koreans can get speeds up to 100 Mbps, which is still nearly double the speed of Charter's new 60 Mbps service.
The Korea Communications Commission finalized plans for Internet services at an average speed of 1 Gbps through fixed lines and 10 Mbps through wireless. One Gbps allows users to download a 120-minute film in just 12 seconds. The aim is to give users seamless access to large-capacity, high-quality convergence services such as IPTV.
The new plan by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) will cost 34.1 trillion ($24.6 billion USD) over the next five years. The central government will put up 1.3 trillion won, with the remainder coming from private telecom operators. The project is also expected to create more than 120,000 jobs - a win for the Korean economy.
This plan will bring innovation to the public's digital lives" a spokesperson for KCC said in a press release. When will the U.S. Government ever devise such a plan for Americans? For now, most of us are stuck with 3-10Mbps service for those of us who are able to get it. For the rest, many are still stuck on dialup and some are happy to stay with it.
I think all US and European countries could learn a thing or two here, consistently restricting and slowing down integration of what is the future of the internet [via techfragments].
Hacker war drives San Francisco cloning RFID passports
Dang, would you just look at this. The guy in the video using minimal equipment, drove around San Francisco sniffing out RFID tags from drivers licenses and passports. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the passports of two very unaware US citizens. Watch the video, quite uncomfortable really.
C&C: Red Alert 3 Uprising trailer
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 UPRISING from EA is a standalone expansion featuring extended gameplay, new challenges, and the new Commander's Challenge mode.
This trailer gives gamers a look at what to expect in the game
The Best Selling PC Games January
It's time for another look at the best sold games in January according to the NPD charts. Guess who's back on top ?
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $19
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
- Spore / EA Maxis / $46
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $48
- World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $39
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48
- Civilization IV / Firaxis / $24
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $48
Transcend 192GB High-Speed 2.5" SATA II SSD
Transcend is proud to release its all-new 192GB high speed 2.5-inch Solid State Drive (SSD). This SSD is made of reliable NAND flash memory that contains no moving parts, and therefore is not susceptible to mechanical failure resulting from vibration, shock or heat. Featuring a powerful new controller, Transcend
Oceans in Google Earth
The newest version of Google Earth will detail Oceans. Didn't Google Earth always have an ocean? Technically, yes, well, sort of. They have always had a big blue expanse and some low-resolution shading to suggest depth. But starting today they have a much more detailed bathymetric map (the ocean floor), so you can actually drop below the surface and explore the nooks and crannies of the seafloor in 3D. While you're there you can explore thousands of data points including videos and images of ocean life, details on the best surf spots, logs of real ocean expeditions, and much more.
Members of the Google Earth team will be publishing in-depth posts about all of the new features in Google Earth 5.0 on the Lat Long blog all week, so be sure to check back there often. And check out the video tour below.
Google Earth 5.0 is out now.
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Core i7 water block review Guru3D
In this article we test the Alphacool NexXxoS XP HIGHFLOW Core i7 CPU water block. We will apply a nearly passive water-cooling kit to it and observe installation and temperatures. Since we could take a Core i7 965 processor up towards an overclock of 4 GHz we'd say this is a very successful product from the guys over at Alphacool.
The water-block we find to be highly efficient and obviously has dazzling looks.
Check out the full Guru3D article right here.
Intel SSD Roadmap Leaked
The guys at VR-Zone have mastered the art of leaking information. This time they got their grubby little paws on the roadmap for Intel's SSD products.
It looks like Intel will be moving to a smaller fabrication process from 50 nm to 34 nm by Q4 2009 with capacities available up to 320 GB for their SSDs. The successor to Intel Turbo Memory has also been detailed, known as Braidwood and set for release in Q1 2010, it is said to, "provide SSD-like performance on second generation Ibex Peak chipsets like Q57, P57 and H57."
To use Braidwood you will need, "Firmware support, Intel Rapid Storage Technology as well as the Braidwood module." These come in smaller capacities ranging from 4 GB to 16 GB, and will also be based on Intel's new 34 nm fabrication process. There is no official word on pricing as yet, but .. that's probably for the best ;)