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 ;)
Danger Den Intros GeForce GTX 295 Water Block
The Danger Den block (model: GPU-6850) is much like the EK version, huge and is installed in a way that makes it sandwiched between the two PCBs. Contact-points on either sides of the block convey heat from the GPUs, memory chips, VRM, NVIO2 processors and the BR-03 chip. The block is available from Danger Den with a variety of options with regard to the fittings.
SLI fittings that relay fluid between accelerators in an SLI system are optional. The block weighs 4 lbs (1.81 kg). It is priced at US $189.95.
Intel preps new Stepping Core i7 920
- New S-spec (from SLBCH to SLBEJ) and Material Master numbers for the converting products.
- CPUID will change from 0x000106A4 to 0x000106A5.
- The electrical, mechanical and thermal specifications remain within the current specifications. Intel anticipates no changes to customer platforms designed to previous Intel guidelines.
- Readable serial number will be removed from the package ink swatch to fully mitigate the potential risk of the IHS cosmetically overlapping a marked serial number. There is no change to the ULT matrix content which continues to contain the serial number.
It's said that the motherboard BIOS update will be required to identify the new stepping CPUs properly.
|Model||Core||Old stepping||New stepping||Price|
|Xeon X5482||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||1279 dollar|
|Xeon X5460||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||1172 dollar|
|Xeon X5450||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||851 dollar|
|Xeon X5472||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||958 dollar|
|Xeon E5450||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||915 dollar|
|Xeon E5472||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||1022 dollar|
|Xeon E5440||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||690 dollar|
|Xeon E5462||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||797 dollar|
|Xeon E5430||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||455 dollar|
|Xeon E5420||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||316 dollar|
|Xeon E5410||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||256 dollar|
|Xeon E5405||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||209 dollar|
|Xeon L5420||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||380 dollar|
|Xeon L5410||Harpertown quadcore||C0||E0||320 dollar|
|Xeon X5272||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||1172 dollar|
|Xeon X5260||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||851 dollar|
|Xeon E5205||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||177 dollar|
|Xeon L5240||Wolfdale dualcore||C0||E0||669 dollar|
|Core i7 920||Core i7||C0||D0||284 dollar|
Download: NVIDIA BIOS Editor 4.8 released (nibitor)
The newest release, version 4.8, broadens support base, providing support for NVIDIA's newest 55nm G200b-based graphics cards.
The support-list now includes several NVIDIA mobile GPUs such as the GeForce 9600M GS, 9650M GT, 9700M GT, 9800M GS and 9800M GT. The desktop GeForce 9500 GS and the anticipated GeForce 9800 GTX+ support are also brought about with the release. Other changes include minor fixes and features that limited support for unknown devices.
Download - Click here.
Koolance GeForce GTX 295, 285 Water Blocks
The GTX 295 block (model: VID-NX295) measures 20cm x 12cm x 3cm and weighs around 1 kg (2.25 lbs). As with other blocks in its class, the block remains sandwiched between the business-ends of the two PCBs holding a GPU system each. The block for the GTX 285 (model: VID-NX285) measures 15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm and weighs 680g (around 1.5 lbs). Both blocks come with standard fittings, with fittings for SLI systems being optional and compatible.
The Koolance VID-NX295 has started selling for US $159.99 a piece, with the VID-NX285 being priced at $99.99 at the Koolance store.
EK Readies WaterBlocks for GeForce GTX 295
EK WaterBlocks is ready with its offering for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 dual-GPU graphics accelerator. As with any water-block made for the GeForce 9800 GX2 and GeForce GTX 295, this block consists of two cooling surfaces for each of the two PCBs.
EK WaterBlocks' latest unit (model: EK-FC295 GTX SLI) is a huge full-coverage block made of copper and acrylic glass. Each of the cooling surfaces has contact points for the various components of the accelerator. The block is available with a whole range of options with its fittings. It is SLI-capable, meaning that its fittings allow its fluid to be relayed to the next accelerator.
The water-block weighs 1.35 kg (around 3 lbs). It will be available from EK WaterBlocks' store starting tomorrow, priced at 125
Download PhysX 9.09.0121 WHQL drivers
This driver Supports all AGEIA PhysX Processors and GeForce PhysX. This driver will allow you to select and dedicate a GPU to PhysX as well.
The Nvidia PhysX v9.09.0121 system software has support for GeForce 8, 9, and GTX 200 series graphics cards with at least 256MB of memory, Ageia PhysX cards.
- Bug Fix update based on PhysX system software 9.09.0010 to resolve installation issues on non-English operating systems.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory.
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads,
- Resolves PhysX SDK runtime issues with multi-GPU configurations in Hybrid environments.
- Improves performance of some PhysX enabled games on GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295 products.
- Resolves occasional system crashes when PhysX is enabled on some systems when running on EA
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen TV Spot
oh lalaaa! Here is the Transformers 2 trailer that was launched this weekend !
Intel cancels Auberndale and Havendale processors
According to sources in the industry Intel decided to cancel the 45nm
ATI planning a new Radeon 5870 X2 Graphics card
There have been numerous rumors floating on the web that AMD ATI is working on an updated dual-GPU X2 card. Though names and specifications vary a lot, yesterday an entry for a Radeon HD 5870 X2 popped up at a Dutch (respectable) etailer.
It's quite interesting as they inserted the card specifications into their system as well.
|GPU frequency||800 MHz|
|Memory Frequency||4800 MHz|
|Max Resolutie||2560 x 1600 pixels|
|HDMI||1 x HDMI|
The most scary thing has to be the price, as it's set at 677 EUR right nopw, but likely that's wahaaay lower if it ever would reach production. Either this could be a lame joke, or the real thing, but we know for a fact that ATI is working on an update in whatever shape or form that might be.
The other rumor is that ATI is working on a several RV790 based graphics cards, including a dual-GPU Radeon HD 4995 X2. A site claims internal sources at AMD told them there will be a Radeon HD 4950, a Radeon HD 4970, and a Radeon HD 4995 X2. The reporter says this card should enable ATI to regain the performance crown from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295. Previous reports claimed ATI may introduce the first RV790 GPUs at CeBIT and there's some speculation that these parts may be 40nm but nothing is really official yet.
Check out the product link at Salland for yourself here.
Vista SP2 release candidate to ship next week
The Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista is being released next week in a candidate escrow build after Microsoft has moved up its release schedule for the software, according to a recent TechArp report. The initial wave of the software is now expected to be released a little sooner than previously expected, now at sometime late in April or early in May in its Release to Manufacturing version if no further delays are incurred. In-between, the final release candidate build is now due to be distributed on February 16th.
SP2 includes support for new hardware and emerging standards. The update will allow users to record Blu-ray media natively, have an updated Bluetooth 2.1 feature pack, and add Windows Search 4.0 for faster and more efficient file finding, among others. in Windows Vista. It will also support 64-bit processors from VIA and improve Wi-Fi performance after returning from sleep mode. New capabilities will be added to DirectX, with audio and video performance enhanced to better handle high-definition content.
SP2 is believed to the last major update to the software, meant to give users incentive to upgrade the current Windows operating system before Windows 7 launches in the near term.
Gigabyte launches passive Radeon 4850 1024MB
Interesting, the Radeon 4850 does run quite hot, and to see it passively cooled ? I don't know just yet. But gigabyte actually claims it's cooler than the reference cooler, up-to 7 Degrees C actually.
The new SKU can be found under product code GV-R485MC-1GI and has yet another advantage, it has a framebuffer (videocard memory) of 1024MB. If there is one point in time where I like to see graphics adapters go towards 1024 MB .. this is it. The core clock will be set at 600 MHz and the memory at 1880 MHz.
BTW this would be one wicked HTPC card.
Hercules XPS 2.1 50 Speaker Kit review [Guru3D]
Today we will be looking at a new speaker system available from Hercules, yes yes .. once known for their Radeon based graphics cards. After they moved out of the GPU industry they refocused on audio related products amongst others. Does anyone remember the DJ Console for example ?
In the lab we have the Hercules XPS 2.1 50. This system can be used with PC or Mac for MP3 players, CD Players, TV Set or a Game Console. For those at hom in our forums, his review is written by Steven 'ROBSCIX' Wall, who joined our staff recently.
You can ready the full review at this URL.
Motion Controlled MP3 Player
This prototype MP3 player was designed and fabricated by a Japanese engineer. It
Samsung pushes out DDR3 8GB laptop memory
Samsung Electronics have put 50 nanometer
BFG, EVGA and Zotac prepping watercooled GeForce GTX 295
Industry sources told are elaring us that BFG, EVGA and Zotac are working on a watercooled version of the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295. Exact launch details are unknown, but it is to be believed we'll likely see the cards introduced at CeBIT in early March.
There are few details to go on regarding the two water-cooled cards from EVGA and Zotac, but it's likely that these versions will also be factory overclocked, given their cooling solution. Currently, a standard GTX 295 is capable of providing 480 processor cores, clocked at 1242MHz, and featuring a 576MHz core speed. With 1792MB of GDDR3 memory, clocked at 999MHz, the card can provide a texture fill rate of 92.2 billion/sec.
Intel to show 8-core Xeon on Feb. 9th
No other details are directly revealed, though Nehalem brings with it the newer point-to-point QuickPath technology that eliminates the need for a dedicated system bus between the processor and peripherals.
Intel isn't expected to release the 8-core processor at the event, which often touches on roadmaps rather than production hardware. However, quad-core Nehalem Xeons are expected to arrive in the early part of the year and will be fundamentally similar outside of their reduced multi-processing.