NVIDIA stops production standard GTX 260
Rumors on the web report that NVIDIA will stop making the standard GeForce GTX 260 model. instead they will be moving forward with the GTX 260 Core 216 model only. The standard GTX 260 had a pretty hard time competing with the Radeon 4870 whereas the Core 216 version, do seem to have a secret or two up their sleeves and compete pretty darn well.
In fact we'll have an article on Core 216 against Radeon HD 4870 1024 Mb tomorrow, where we'll take six Top 10 games do a shootout and tally it up. This information was not confirmed by NVIDIA.
AMD's Phenom II specs leak - can reach 4 Ghz on air
Specification on AMD's Phenom II processors have leaked yesterday, and quite honestly .. it's looking pretty good. Phenom II will be based on the new Deneb core at 45nm. The new processors are to be launched as soon as Q1 next year already, we heard this might be January 8th.
Interesting is the Core i7 like naming, you'll stumble into a Phenom II X4 920, 940 and so on, matching Core i7 model names pretty tight. It's also rumoured that the new processors should be able to achieve a clock frequency of no less than 4 GHz .. on air cooling. Which means there's a 1 GHz clock delta to play around with. The high-end models will not have a limitation my multiplier lock.
How coincidental is it that the info "leaked" on the day the Intel officially is shipping Core i7 eh ?
G-Speak: OS With Minority Report-Style Interface
This one was reported in our forums by Cybermancer, pretty cool. If you've been waiting for that Minority Report-style interface to really come to fruition, you can finally exhale.
One of the science advisors from the Steven Spielberg film -- along with a team of other zany visionaries -- has created an honest-to-goodness, real-world implementation of the computer systems seen in the movie. Dubbed g-speak, the mind bending OS combines "gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels," to deliver what the creators call "the first major step in [a] computer interface since 1984." There are some things that need to seen to be understood, so watch the video after the break, and prepare to have your mind thoroughly blown to bits [via engadget].
Gigabyte GA-EX58 UD5P X58 motherboard [Guru3D]
For those of you who missed the little bomb that Intel dropped earlier on, X58 is the enthusiast high-end chipset for motherboards. Enthusiast also means expensive and I won't lie to you, it would make more sense to just sit it out and wait for cheaper chipset to arrive. But for those of you that can't wait .. well we certainly would like to show you your options, and this motherboard certainly has options.
This review will cover the GA-EX58-UD5P motherboard from the funky blue colored people at Gigabyte.
You can fin the review right here.
Pictures of planets outside our solar system surface
Four planets in total were photographed circling two different stars. And while we know of about 300 planets out of our solar system, this is the first time any of them have been photographically captured.
The problem with imaging before is that stars were so bright, they
EIZO intros 24-inch LCD with DisplayPort connection
Japan's Eizo recently introduced the ColorEdge CG242W LCD monitor that offers a 24.1-inch display and offers 1920x1200 resolution. The monitor's colors cover 97 percent of the Adobe RGB spectrum, and is meant to be used with video editing applications that include 3D-look-up table (3D LUT) support. New MacBook Pros use a mini Display Port connection and nothing else, so once an adapter is released, users will be able to add EIZO's LCD as a secondary, external display to the notebooks. Apart from the DisplayPort, there is a DVI connection, and both are HDCP compatible.
More mainstream specifications are comprised of a 178-degree viewing angle, maximum brightness of 270cd/m2 and 1100:1 contrast ratio. Black-to-white response time is rated at 12ms, while grey-to-grey is set at 6ms. Viewing angles from all four sides are fixed at 178 degrees. The LCD also includes a pair of USB ports that allows users to add external devices to their computers.
Buyers have the option of purchasing sensors that, when combined with the included ColorNavigator software, ease the process of setting up the monitor to display true-to-life colors.
When the CG242W launches in Japan on January 13th, 2009, it will cost the equivalent of about $1,975.
Intel ships first Core i7 processors
Intel is starting the week by officially shipping its first Core i7 processors. The technology is just the seventh major x86 architecture from the company and is designed more explicitly for multi-core processors than the earlier Core 2 architecture. It marks the return of Hyperthreading from the Pentium 4 and allows each core to theoretically run two program threads at once; the overall processor also has the option of a Turbo Mode that can disable as many as three cores and overclock the remaining cores for apps that depend only on one or two threads.
It also represents a significant increase in memory efficiency and raw performance, according to Intel. A conventional front side system bus has been dropped in favor of the QuickPath Interconnect format that establishes a point-to-point link between the processor and peripherals, removing the bottleneck of a single path. The chipmaker has likewise moved the memory controller from a separate chipset to the processor die to reduce lag and has added a third DDR3 memory channel to provide as much as 25.6GB per second of bandwidth across three 1,066MHz RAM sticks.
The optimizations let Intel reduce the total Level 3 cache per chip for its initial lineup, which includes three mainstream desktop quad-core parts. The 2.66GHz Core i7-920, 2.93GHz Core i7-940, and 3.2GHz Core i7-965 Extreme Edition all have 256KB of Level 2 cache per core and 8MB of Level 3 (down from 12MB) to be shared between the four cores. Prices for retail kits are set at about $320, $600 and $1,070 respectively and should be available on Monday.
The new processors use the new LGA 1366 socket and, with the new memory architecture, also need Intel's new X58 mainboard chipset to work; in addition to supporting Core i7's features, boards based on the platform can handle up to 24GB of memory and two full-speed PCI Express X16 video cards in either AMD's CrossFire or NVIDIA's SLI modes. Manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI and Intel itself are shipping boards as of Monday.
Complete systems based on Core i7 will also be available at the same time and should include systems from Dell, its sub-label Alienware, Falcon Northwest and other performance-focused PC builders.
Guru3D related Core i7 article:
Sony debuts 12.25 megapixel sensor for cell phones
Sony Corporation today announced the commercialization of "IMX060PQ", a new type 1/2.5 CMOS image sensor "Exmor
Missioin impossible OS
check out the video on the site to see how similar it already is starting to look.
Smoothcreations Prophet i7 gaming series
The guys at Smoothcreations assembled a few custom deals. Any i7 Platform that is built with a pair of BFG's Geforce 260 or 280 GTX will get custom BFG logo & themed fender guitar and a free copy of Far Cry2.
This series will be called "The Prophet" series. Anyone Remember, Hercules graphics cards ? Yeah .. they had registered that Prophet series brand name. Anyway, there will be three series products.
The three units come housed in the true traditional spirit of a custom painted Smoothcreations rigs or can be customized to fit the users
Mirror's Edge video review
Serious Problems with Call of Duty: War of Worlds
Yes, we have all installed the Patch 1.1, but here is the main BIG problem that remains:
The game randomly crashes on upon trying to exit or hitting the ESC during a load of map, and when that does happen, you LOOSE all of your accomplished rankings, completed challenges and unlocked weapons. You go back to level 1 and start AGAIN. There is no know fix for this.
The Call of Duty official message board is filled with people pissed off and frustrated.
Also there are serious issues in SINGLE PLAYER MODE
Some of the other heavily reported issues:
Main (Master) Server Being Down A lot
Prince of Persia Launch Trailer
Apple new 24-inch Cinema Display shipping early
Apple has drastically cut down the shipping time for their new 24-inch Cinema Display. Customers who ordered the new Cinema Display won
Boot your Vista in 4 seconds
The Taiwanese motherboard maker Asustek has came out a new gimmick called Instant Boot that claimed to cut Windows booting process down to 4 seconds! The new technology uses the S3 and S4 states of the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) that enabling Windows Sleep and Hibernation modes to put user system into sleep mode when shutting down then bypassing the bios process while booting up.
Microsoft Store opens; offers app downloads
Building a new Guru3D Test PC ... Project X
So with Intel's Core i7 platform taking over PC land by storm, we figured .. it would be a nice idea to design a completely new test-system for graphics cards. X58 as you guys know can support both SLI and Crossfire, allowing one PC to test both. We figured, let's make a new system and go a little crazy.
So the guys over at Smooth Creations decided to help us out by handling a custom paintjob. I wanted, blue Guru3D colored flames with our logo stamped in there, with a black coating. And so they made that happen on this new Silverstone chassis. This week the chassis came back from the USA (towards Europe) and I have started building the new PC yesterday. It's so good that I didn't want you guys to wait on a completely article we'll do covering the design stages and paintjob over at Smooth Creations.
- Chassis - Silverstone Temjin TJ-10 aluminum
- Motherboard - ASUS X59 Rampage II Extreme ROG
- Intel Core i7 965 @ 3750 MHz
- Memory - OCZ DDR3 6 GB 1600 MHz
- PSU - 1200 Watt
- 2x HDD
- 1x Optical drive
Now this is the chassis in early stages. We still are seeking a proper water-cooling block for Core i7 as this system screams H20 really. Likely next week I'll have a nice full article covering all ins and outs of this new rig as at this moment, I'm still building it. After that we'll need to stability test it, then tweak and then write down every system BIOS setting to preserve consistency during the timeframe we'll use the rig as test-platform.
So what do you guys think about this chassis ?
World of Warcraft Keyboard makes playing easier
If you play World of Warcraft, you