Windows 7 released in 2009 ?
I'll do the blunt copy and paste here, but in a nutshell .. there's a rumor on the web that's saying that Microsoft Windows 7 might be relased as soon as 2009 already. There have been more rumors on this topic, yet AMD has just added fuel to the fire:
As PC Watch reports, AMD showed an interesting slide during its presentation at the Cutting Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) event near Tokyo.
Under the title, "What to Expect in 2009," the AMD slide lists a number of items: the move to 40nm process technology, the arrival of the OpenCL general-purpose GPU API, widespread use of GDDR5 memory, consumer GPGPU applications, "HD+" televisions, and... Windows 7. To be more specific, the slide says "Windows 7 and DirectX 11" on one line.
PC Watch doesn't say much on the subject, so it's not fully clear what AMD was referring to there. Perhaps the firm let slip Microsoft's release schedule, or perhaps it's just talking about getting drivers working with pre-release versions of the OS. Judging by the context, though, it certainly looks like AMD expects Windows 7 to come out next year.
A 2009 launch sounds plausible, too. Microsoft has apparently been cutting fat from the OS by removing apps like Windows Mail, Windows Photo Gallery, and Windows Movie Maker. Also, recent reports have claimed Microsoft's internal calendar sets the Windows 7 "gold" date in early June. According to ZDNet's Ed Bott, Microsoft would have to trim the OS's beta cycle to get it out before next summer, but that schedule "would be downright leisurely compared to the one Microsoft followed for Windows XP, which was launched in October 2001, only 20 months after its predecessor, Windows 2000." [via tech report]
Microsoft XP downgrades extended to July 2009
The delay if accurate would draw out the availability of XP for non-budget PCs until just months before the release of the next-generation Windows operating system expected in early 2010. The remaining window would be the smallest in recent memory where the current version of Windows was available exclusively.
Although Vista adoption has accelerated since computer makers have had to discontinue XP sales for consumer systems earlier in June, Microsoft has routinely struggled to counter negative perceptions formed early in Vista's history and has seen stiffer resistance from businesses whose software and hardware is more likely to be incompatible with the more recent Windows platform.
The original extension is commonly known to have stemmed from pressure by PC assemblers concerned that business sales would draw to a halt without guarantees of XP availability for some systems.
Performance RAM can damage Nehalem i7 processor
The Inquirer heard that Intel is adivising mobo-makers and memory vendors alike about their new X58+Core i7 combo and to abide to a strict 1.65V limit on memory voltages, beyond which there is the risk of burning out the CPU.
The info first tipped up on the XFastest forums where the admin posted several photos of an Asus P6T Deluxe (retail-packed) mobo including one of a big sticker over the DIMM slots motherboard warning that anything over 1.65V will fry the CPU.
The DDR3 JEDEC specification is well within limits of this, however, starting off at 1.5V, but as Intel
Download - Crysis Warhead Benchmark
The HOC Crysis Warhead Benchmark is a very hard opponent against the synthetic benchmark. Many usefull options, many tweaks, many lost FPS...
Crysis Warhead updates and refines the gameplay of the original game through a sidestory plot involving Psycho, one of previous protagonist Nomad's allies. The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael "Psycho" Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. It features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies, along with new multiplayer content. It also showcases a new, enhanced and optimized version of CryEngine 2 and is the first game developed by Crytek's Budapest studio.
- 32/64 bit Windows XP / VISTA
- The latest drivers for your graphics card
- Source: DVD or STEAM
- Change the resolution from 800
Download - Fraps updated to version 2.9.6
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:
- Benchmarking Software - Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.
- Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped
- Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560x1600 on dual-core CPUs (1152x864 single-core) at up to 100 frames per second!
The latest Fraps 2.9 release adds support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. With games starting to appear using DirectX 10 graphics we are happy to report that benchmarking, video capture, and screenshots are now all fully supported for these titles.
Vista also includes a rewritten audio subsystem. Fraps can take advantage of this and directly record a sound stream from the machine without requiring any support from the soundcard driver. This allows you to capture ingame audio even if you are using a USB headset or other audio device which does not normally support a "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear" recording input.
Since the Vista Desktop Window Manager (DWM) runs through DirectX we have also added a new option to monitor the desktop under Vista. You can now take screenshots and record video from the desktop just like any other game or 3D application.
- Fixed games such as Stalker not being detected in 2.9.5
- Fixed video capture corruption in FSX on multi monitor setups
- Fixed codec crashes in large projects
- Fixed Fraps not starting with Windows when running on battery power
- Fixed Fraps closing when switching to battery power
- Fixed OpenGL video capture not recording correct viewport in some applications
- Fixed sound sync when recording started while rendering paused
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LG BD300 Blu-Ray/NetFlix player available for preorder at $349
If you are a Netflix subscriber, take a second look at the LG HD 300 Blu-Ray Player. Apart from streaming Netflix
Fusion-io preps 700MB/sec home flash drive
Typically known for its business storage, Fusion-io provided a glance at an upcoming solid-state drive built for very high-performance home systems. The ioExtreme card will hold just 80GB but switches from SATA to PCI Express and is tuned for sheer transfer rate above all else: data reading speeds hover between 500MB and 700MB per second, or about five times as quick as current SSDs. The extra speed is pitched as ideal for particularly disk-heavy tasks such as compiling code, content editing or large games.
The card is still in the development stage and hasn't received its official operating system support or complete technical details. Fusion-io plans to release the ioExtreme in early 2009 and is targeting a price below $1,000, putting it in the same price range as high-end traditional but slower SSDs.
Kid Rock snubs iTunes, turns to Rhapsody
Rap-rocker Kid Rock has chosen Rhapsody as the exclusive online sales venue for his music, the owner of latter party has announced. Real notes that Kid Rock's albums have not been available online in any legal manner in the past, whether for download or streaming; as of today, the artist's entire collection should be available for purchase or streaming through the subscription version of Rhapsody.
The decision is notable mainly because of Rock's outspoken dislike for the iTunes Store, in spite of its prominence as the most financially successful music download site. His most recent album, Rock N Roll Jesus, has nevertheless sold over 1.7 million copies, which the Wall Street Journal observes is an impressive figure in a world of deteriorating CD sales. Many parties are said to be irritated with the restrictions of iTunes, which can include DRM, an insistence of selling tracks separately, and pressure to offer exclusivity in exchange for advertising on the iTunes homepage [via Macnn].
Trailer: Call of Duty World at War - Subway Co-Op
ATI will ship DX11 GPUs in 2009 already
Earlier this week in Japan the CEATEC was held, ATI graphics department senior vice president and general manager Rick Bergman announced the company
ThermalTake BigTyp 14Pro CPU cooler
ThermalTake announced its BigTyp 14Pro processor cooler will be available later this month. This cooler features a mirror-coated copper base, six copper heatpipes and a 140mm blue LED fan. The BigTyp 14Pro is compatible with Intel LGA775 and AMD Socket AM2/AM2+ processors and features a VR Fan Knob to adjust the fan speed.
According to the specifications, the 140mm fan has a max airflow level of 85.76CFM and a noise level between 16dBA and 24dBA. The ThermalTake BigTyp 14Pro measures 156mm x 155mm x 128mm and weighs 800g.
BigTyp14Pro is without a doubt an impressive upgrade; the innovative stream shaped fan cover is not only there for styling purpose, but it also serves to speed up the air circulation. The mirror coating copper base seamlessly contact with the CPU and works with the 6 copper heatpipes to efficiently transfer the heat to the fins and 14cm large fan for heat dissipation process. VR
Gigabyte EX58-Extreme Exposed
Wowzers, now that is a cool looking mainboard for sure. Some user over at the xtreme systems forums posted photo's of the up and coming Gigabyte EX58-Extreme mainboard, obviously for Intel nehalem, i7. You are looking at a non final v0.2 sample.
Notice that there are waterblocks on there at the Northbridge location (X58 chip), leading to the mosfets.
That is looking impressive for sure.
Sysadmin nicked nearly 20,000 pieces of kit
Court documents said the swag looted by Victor Papagno was valued at over $120,000 and included a wide variety of items, from printer toner and software to hard drives, personal computers and other pieces of office equipment.
A local TV station reported that Papagno boosted so much stuff over the years that at times he had to store some of it at neighbors' houses.
Reportedly no national security information was compromised by the thefts, but personal data belonging to 14 laboratory workers was stolen and those people have been notified.
Papagno is looking at up to two years in federal prison when he is sentenced in December [via Inquirer].
Fujitsu to sell hard-drive segment to Western Digital
Acer launches F-22 Bid Limited Edition Ferrari-Branded monitor
Acer has teamed up with car manufacturer Ferrari to bring you a limited edition LCD monitor known as F-22Bid- A natively 1680
AMD Phenom X4 9950 BE (Black Edition) processor review [Guru3D]
A review on the Phenom X4 9950 BE processor. The BE editions in essence are the 'regular' processor, yet they passed quality and analysis for better overclocking performance and have their multiplier unlocked. This obviously is the product we'll be testing today. We'll conduct our test in two ways though, first off we'll check baseline performance just like the regular Phenom X4 9950 and then start an overclocking session. Throughout our benchmarks we'll show you the results on both that baseline and overclocked performance with all benchmarks.
This is AMDs is the cream of the crop processor of the quad-core product line, it runs at 2600 MHz on all four cores with a multiplier of 13. But really, it doesn't mind clocks over 3000 MHz either. And that's what we'll show you in today's article.
You can read this Guru3D article here.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.05 driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.05 driver is available for download.
Realtek HD Audio Driver supports all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Meet Microsoft OEM Ready program requirements.
- Package: Meet Microsoft OEM Ready program requirements.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers, recompressed for a real small download size.
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Download: SmartFPS v1.9 benchmark
SmartFPS.com is a free software to benchmark latest videocards and processors by real world games like Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Unreal Tournament 3, Call Of Duty 2, Battlefield 2, Serious Sam 2, Call Of Juarez, Quake 4, Prey, The Chronicles of Riddick: EFBB and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.
Just download demo versions of these games for free and click one general button in SmartFPS.com. After benchmark process you are receiving quality performance results in AvgFPS (average number of frames per second) for your PC components like GPU, CPU, RAM and Mainboard.
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