BFG Tech Launches first full system called Phobos
While the Phobos PCs can be custom-configured, the company is also offering pre-built PCs that start at $3,000. In addition to features such as an 8 inch LCD touch-screen that offers up stats and performance numbers about your system, BFG is also offering what they are calling a complientary Concierge Service that includes in-home installation and a maintainence follow-up visit six months after the PC is purchased. Of course you can expect high-end hardware to be available inside including two upcoming BFG Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards and a separate GeForce GTX 285 card just for PhysX hardware support.BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the
Godfather USB Flash drives
I have GOT TO GET me one of these (we have this Godfather / Mafia thing going on with the entire Guru3D staff). Inspired by the epic film "The Godfather", these USB Flash drives from Super Talent are designed to capture the spirit of "The Godfather" in a small mobile storage device that is ideal for carrying data, digital images, presentations and music.
The Super Talent Godfather USB Flash drives are fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. As an added bonus, these drives come loaded with still images and quotes from the film. The drives are available only in USA.
LaCie external optical drive, dual-drive RAID
LaCie has unveiled its latest external devices, the d2 DVD burner and a dual-drive RAID system. The DVD burner is driven by Windows XP Embedded and touts a maximum write speed of 22x. Users can choose from a USB 2.0 connection or FireWire, and write to DVD-R, DVD-RW, Dual Layer, CD-R or CD-RW media. The drive also features LightScribe technology for burning custom labels directly onto the discs.
The Hard Disk MAX dual-drive external storage device provides 2TB of capacity, configurable to RAID 0 for the fastest transfer rates or RAID 1 to protect against data loss if one drive fails. A LED stripe changes from blue to red to warn of conditions that could lead to malfunction. The company claims 60MB per second transfer rates using a USB 2.0 connection. Software is included for Windows and Mac platforms.
The d2 external DVD burner works across Windows, Linux and Mac platforms and can be purchased for $120. The Hard Disk MAX storage system carries a price of $270 and includes management software for Windows and Mac.
Crucial Ballistix triple channel DDR3 kits released
Lexar Media has introduced Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1333MHz and 1600MHz triple channel DDR3 memory modules for the Intel Core i7. Oddly enough, the full specifications aren't available just yet.
The Ballistix name is synonymous with high-octane gaming; these new three channel products are designed with the latest Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) for pre-defined memory optimization. Intel's QuickPath architecture, which connects the memory directly to the processor as opposed to communicating through a separate chipset, enables faster memory throughput and performance. Enthusiasts can continue to count on Ballistix memory for some of the fastest, most responsive performance available.
"Ballistix memory is known for its extreme performance and our new three channel kits are an excellent fit for the new Core i7 platforms. By utilizing Intel's latest XMP specifications, we are delivering a product that will allow consumers to easily configure their memory for excellent performance," said Jeremy Mortenson, senior product marketing manager at Lexar Media. "Like all Ballistix memory, the new three channel Ballistix kits incorporate specially selected components that are 100% tested at the component and module level and are a desirable memory solution for achieving outstanding throughput and speed gains. Additionally, they carry a limited lifetime warranty and feature world-class service and support."
AMD to unveil six 45nm business CPUs in Q3 2009
Following AMD's recent update to it 45nm consumer desktop CPU schedule, sources at motherboard makers have revealed the company also plans to launch six 45nm processors for its business class lineup in the third quarter of 2009.
The planned CPUs are the dual-core Athlon X2 B23 (2.9GHz/2MB) and B21 (2.7GHz/2MB), triple-core Phenom II X3 B73 (2.8GHz/7.5MB) and B71 (2.6GHz/7.5MB), and quad-core Phenom II X4 B93 (2.8GHz/8MB) and B91 (2.6GHz/8MB), the sources indicated.
In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company is also expected to issue last order notices for the Phenom II X4 9850B, 9750B, 9600B and Phenom II X3 8850B, 8750B, 8600B as well as Athlon X2 5600B, 5400B, 5200B, 5000B, 4850B, 4450B and Athlon 1640B, added the sources.
AMD declined the opportunity to respond to this report saying it cannot comment on unannounced products.
Seagate ships two-platter 1TB Barracuda
Unlike three-platter 1TB hard drives from Hitachi, Samsung, and Western Digital, Seagate's new 3.5" Barracuda 7200.12 spreads 1TB of capacity across just two platters, and Seagate says it's shipping these HDDs right now. The new 'cuda's platters have areal densities of 329Gb/in
Nvidia's 40nm GT212 to have 384 SPs GDDR5
New rumors appeared on the web on NVIDIA follow-up flagship product to be released later this year. The website Hardware-Infos came up with a bucket load of technical specs on NVIDIA's upcoming flagship. It's the GT212 architecture based on 40nm
GT212 is the follow-up to 55nm GT200b (GeForce GTX 285) which is currently rolling into production. It entails a die shrink to a smaller fabrication process and interestingly enough, a decrease in memory interface width. But more on that in a minute.
See, the memory interface of GT212 will decrease from 512-bit on GT200 to 256-bit, however, Nvidia will plant Hynix 7Gbps GDDR5 on the GT212. One of the most interesting facts is a healthy increase in the Shader domain of the GPU. The shader processor count of GT212 will go from 240 in GT200 to 384, and the number of texture mapping units will increase from 80 to 96.
Due to all the changes the number of transistors could jump towards 1.8 billion. Interesting stuff.
Thanks Cowie, for submitting this one.
Download GPU-Z 0.3.1
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU. new update on GPU-Z is out and it supports the latest catalyst & latest forceware drivers.
Here is the list of changes :
* Fixed crash on systems without NVAPI (Win 2K, old NV drivers)
* Optimized RV770 BIOS reading code for speed (faster application startup)
* Improved voltage reading code for recent ATI cards
* Added support for fan speed monitoring on ForceWare 180.xx and up
* Added voltage monitoring for NVIDIA (GT200)
* Changed reading method for RV770 sensors, fixes race conditions with other software and on-board fan control
* NVIDIA 9800 GTX+ listed as 55nm now
* Added support for Intel Q43/Q45
* Added support for NVIDIA Quadro FX 4700 X2, GTX 295, GTX 285
* Added preliminary support for NVIDIA GT212, GT214, GT215, GT216, GT218
Download - Click here.
HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO 1024MB review
If there was one graphics card spectacular in 2008, it was the Radeon HD 4870 series. Yet this year a good number of games were released that actually make good use of a frame buffer larger than 512 MB.
Specifically at higher resolutions with a decent amount of Anti-aliasing and in DX10 games. Suffice to say we'll look at a 1 GB graphics card today. It's based on the Radeon HD 4870 and comes from HIS technology. The all new ICEQ4+ cooling based model. A spectacular looking graphics card ..
You can find this Guru3d review at this URL.
NVIDIA 40nm mobile GPU lineup
New info on the web outlines NVIDIA's plans for the mobile graphics market. In the first half of this year NVIDIA will introduce a mix of 55nm and 65nm notebook GPUs. The enthusiast market will get the G92b and G94b, while the G96b will be targeted at the performance market. For the mainstream notebook market NVIDIA will introduce new G98 and G98b cards.
In the second half of 2009 NVIDIA will transition its mobile GPUs to the 40nm process. The enthusiast market will get the GT212 and GT215, performance market will get the GT216 and the mainstream market will receive GT218 chips.
Nvidia is going to class their mobile GPUs as N10x this year and the confusing part is that it could be G9x based or GT21x based. However, the process technology will show which GPU architecture they belong to. Nvidia will transit all the G9x based mobile GPUs from 65nm to 55nm by quarter and it will be denoted by the suffix "1" behind their codename except for N10M GE1 which is still 65nm based. As for their marketing names, Nvidia is going to call them GeForce GTX 180M/170M, GTS 160M, GT 130M/120M, G 110M/105M.
THQ Air Combat Game Cancelled
An unannounced air combat game titled "Stormbirds," in development by Juice Games, was recently cancelled by THQ, according to former Juice artist Greg Calvert. Stormbirds was set for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC--before THQ apparently got cold feet.
As a result, the team of over 30 developers was laid off by Juiced owner THQ [via ggmania].
Verbatim Launches New 500GB and 1TB Quad Interface Desktop Hard Drives
XFX starts selling ATI cards
I winder if that green logo is going to be changed. Recently XFX announced that they'll be selling ATI cards soon as well. They just announced the first batches of cards. From the looks of it these are all reference models with a sticker slapped on top of them.
|XFX HD 4350||512MB ddr2||44 euro|
|XFX HD 4650||512MB ddr2||64 euro|
|XFX HD 4650||1GB ddr2||73 euro|
|XFX HD 4830||512MB gddr3||123 euro|
|XFX HD 4850||512MB gddr3||165 euro|
|XFX HD 4870||512MB gddr5||230 euro|
|XFX HD 4870||1GB gddr5||258 euro|
Microsoft: We can Fix that for you.
Microsoft Windows operating systems like Windows XP and Windows Vista provide troubleshooting options for errors that occur in your PC and sometimes provide a link which can have a solution for that error. But finding a proper fix has always been a difficult task for many. Sometimes we may think why can't Microsoft fix this for me?
The Fix-it teams' http://blogs.technet.com/fixit4me/default.aspx purpose is to help users fix their problems in a click of a button. The Microsoft KB articles and the Windows Error Reporting are now fix-it enabled with a list of steps that can be followed to resolve the issue. Once you click the Fix it button in the KB page, you are prompted to download an installer for the fix.
Apparently Screaming is bad for your HDD
Download GeForce ForceWare 185.20 XP|Vista driver
At the request of many of you we mirrored this new NVIDIA GeForce beta driver set.
In the wake of the new year, NVIDIA's GeForce Forceware drivers have surfaced. While being in a beta stage the 185.20 Forceware provide support for NVIDIA's upcoming products namely the GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285. All other GPUs GeForce 6 Series onward are supported as usual. The driver is dated for 26-12-2008. The package includes PhysX system software version 8.11.18. Drivers for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP ,also tested and worked with windows 7 ultimate 32-bit (use the vista 32-bit one). We can't stress enough that this is a BETA release. It's not supported whatsoever. So If it doesn't work for you ... don't complain.
Before installing, we have a discussion thread open on these drivers, right here. Please read that first before trying.
ATI RV770 to have 900 stream processors
German PC Games Hardware writes the the ATI RV770 (Radeon 4850 and 4870) actually has 900 stream processors, but that only 800 of them are currently activated:
The RV770 is supposed to have 900 stream processors of which only 800 are currently activated . The RV770 would theoretically improve its shader performance by 12.5 percent with the additional 100 stream processors.
According to Hardware-Infos the additional ALUs are only used due to redundancy reasons. Technically the activation of the 100 shaders would not provide any advantages in practice except for GPGPU computing. It is nothing new that AMD installs more stream processors than actually needed since chip defects can be compensated very fast. The chips on which all stream processors are working can also be sold as upgraded models.
900 stream processors are supposed to be seen on this GPU picture.
Intel to intro energy-efficient Core 2 Quad chips
Intel will unveil a trio of 65 Watt quad-core processors on January 18th. Furthermore, the chip giant will also drop the price of the Q8200 from $193 to $183. The faster of three is Core 2 Quad Q9550e and this CPU will work at 2.83GHz with FSB 1333 and 12MB cache. At launch it will cost $369. Then we spot the Core 2 Quad Q 9400s, clocked at 2.66GHz with FSB 1333 and 5MB cache.
This CPU will launch on January 18th and sell for $320. The last of these new, 65W TDP energy efficient CPUs is Q8200s and this CPU with FSB1333 and 4MB cache will sell for $245 at launch.