Google Container Data Center tour (video)
Intel Core i5 platform delayed
Motherboards based on the Intel P55 chipset will be shown off at Computex in June, but a launch isn't expected until August/September or perhaps even as late as October. It's said that Intel is revising the P55 and bringing forward some features of the P57 chipset.
We're not sure when to expect the actual launch, as we've heard August-September from some and now we're hearing as late as October. Maybe Intel is biding their time, as they don't feel enough pressure from AMD and the Core 2 range is still doing pretty well in comparison to the Phenom II.
The Core i5 platform isn't exactly exciting, as it seems to have a lot of drawbacks and very few advantages to the consumer over the Core 2 platform and unless it offer something better, we doubt that people will bother to upgrade, especially considering the current economic climate, which could also be a reason why Intel is holding things back.
Patriot launches DDR3 12 GB Tri-Channel Viper Kit
Designed specifically for the Intel Core i7 processor/Intel X58 Express Chipset, the Patriot Viper 12 GB kit has been built to excel for the Core i7 triple channel tehcnology. The Patriot Viper 12 GB are hand tested extensively on X58 motherboards to ensure maximum compatibility and supreme quality. The kits will be offered in 1333 MHz and come in both CL7 and CL9. "With all memory slots utilized in all three channels, the Core i7 brings the effectiveness of a server to mainstream desktops, and for a fraction of the price, says Benny Chea, Patriot Memory's Applications Engineer. Mr. Chea went on to say, "Multi-applications users will appreciate the increased bandwidth."
Corsair Ultra Fast 256 GB SSD perf surfaces
Next week we'll have some new SSD reviews ready for you guys. Among them the amazing OCZ Vertex which recently started selling in the stores.
Corsair however released some performance figures on a yet to be released SSD drive. It's 256GB in size, comes with a samsung controller and 64MB chache memory. Tagged at $749 not exactly cheap .. no Sir.
The official product name will be Corsair P256. The SSD will feature SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, an aluminum enclosure, average read speeds of over 200 MB/s, average write speeds of 169.1 MB/s, 0.1ms random access time, and a 248.2 MB/s burst speed (though burst speeds mean absolutely nothing when you measure a SSD with HDtach).
Judging from it's price I'm not sure if this kight be a SLC NAND based drive though.
Electric Shock Mouse - ultimate office prank
So .. April Fool's day might be over, but that doesn't mean you can't continue living up to your reputation as the resident office prankster, right? Enter the Electric Shock Mouse that will definitely derive some fits of laughter from your side as well as others who are in on the plan, but definitely not meant for the victim.
No idea on just how powerful the shock is, but the product description does point toward
Dell XPS 625 and XPS 630 now have liquid cooling
Now this is 'cool'. Heh .. awful pun. The Dell XPS 625 and XPS 630 have just gotten a liquid cooling option added to their specs in place of the standard fan-cooling option.
The Asetek liquid cooling system provides for a more even cooling of the processor and makes overclocking a much more versatile possibility for users that really want to get the most out of their systems.
This cooling option also reduces the noise, as there
BumpTop - 3D Desktop Zen (video)
3D Desktops never have been a success and very likely .. will never be. But the combo of a 3D desktop witha touch-screen ... well at the very least that might be interesting. Check out the video.
OCZ Gladiator MAX CPU cooler review
We test the Gladiator MAX CPU cooler from OCZ. The Gladiator MAX is based off the same principle as the Vendetta series, the Gladiator Max uses the same method of copper heat pipes, by making the heat pipes contact the CPU directly, that's dubbed HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch).
With this product, OCZ targets a slightly different segment of the market as it is equipped with a 1500 RPM, extraordinarily silent fan. So it's the best of both worlds really .. an all new design, 4 heat pipe based cooler, completely silent, yet with enough punch to show off some decent cooling performance.
Click here to read this Guru3D review.
Gigabyte Overclocking Contest 2009 Results
As you guys know Gigabyte has been organizing this big overclocking contest, globally ... the OC contest is called Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009. The contest was simple, you need a Gigabyte motherboard and Intel chipset / processor, you need to achieve the fastest SuperPi 4M time and submit it to them. On the next three pages we'll show you a photo selection we made of the contest held in Eindhoven (Netherlands) covering the Benelux, German and Swiss finals.
Two weeks ago on Saturday these finals where held and we'd like to share with you the winners and show you some photo's, courtesy of Gigabyte. A total of six teams went mano el mano with each other in a live overclocking contest.
Click on this link to see some cool photo's of LN2 overclocking sessions and .. the battleground.
Download: HWiNFO32 v2.39 Released
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too. etrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
Changes in HWiNFO32 v2.39 - Released on: Apr-07-2009:
- Fixed recognition of VIA Nano.
- Added preliminary Ironlake GMA support.
- Improved multiple SMBus Host support.
- Improved nVidia MCP79/7A support.
- Updated branding of AMD NPT and K10 families. Added several new models.
- Added ATI RADEON HD 4890 (RV790).
- Added support of Fintek F71862F, F71882F and F71889F sensors.
- Added nVidia GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition and GeForce GTX 275.
- Added support of Intel S5500BC, S5520SC, S5520UR, MSI MS-9161, ASUS KFN4-D16, P5M2, P5MT, INVENTEC IR2500 SMBus SPD Muxes.
- Several other minor updates and bugfixes.
Download: click here
PowerColor preps non-reference Radeon HD 4890
PowerColor is working on a Non-Reference HD 4890 PCS graphics card. PCS is short for Professional Cooling System, as such you can expect the product to have a unique cooler. The GPU is cooled by a Zerotherm cooler with a large central fan, and aluminum fins to which heat is moved around by four heat-pipes.
Also the product will come factory-overclocked. As such the card will come with default high clock speeds of 950/1100 MHz (core/memory) versus the reference speeds of 850/975 MHz. To be able to manage this apparantly TUL (PowerCOlor) is making a special non-reference PCB design. The new PCB will be 10-layer PCB and comes with a more simple Voltage Regulation management area.
Up-to this moment pricing isn't shared, but judging from the design and specs .. it will not be cheap.
Seagate SV35.5 Series Hard Drives for 24/7 usage
Kind of a weird approuch really. HDDs should just be 24/7 capable all the time. Marketing plot ?
Seagate today introduced its Seagate SV35.5 Series hard
The Seagate SV35.5 hard drive provides a number of key advantages for video surveillance environments over standard hard drives including: performance-tuned 140 MB/s sustained sequential data rates and ATA-7 streaming commands for high-speed transfers, enhanced caching capabilities and built-in error recovery for non-stop streaming, thermal monitoring and reporting, unique user-selectable partitioning, low spin-up power, and best-in-class acoustics for extremely quiet operation.
With disk capacities from 250 GB to 1 TB, the Seagate SV35.5 hard drive offers flexible DVR design capabilities as a video surveillance DVR, network DVR, or for direct and network-attached JBOD video surveillance storage.
"The hardware requirements for the surveillance market are especially critical and dictate the use of HDDs that are made specifically for the needs of video system manufacturers and integrators," said Carla Kennedy, senior vice president of Seagate's Enterprise Product Line Management group. "With its optimized performance and capacity that can store over one full month of high-resolution video, the Seagate SV35.5 Series hard drive is a prime example of Seagate delivering a feature-rich solution that customers have requested."
Seagate SV35.5 Hard Drive for Surveillance OEMs and System Builders
The Seagate SV35.5 hard drive answers the ever-increasing need for more storage capacity at best-in-class power consumption and acoustics for digital video recording OEMs and system builders. Utilizing perpendicular recording technology, it offers capacities up to 1 TB while providing optimum performance while drawing minimal power from system resources. With its powerful surveillance features and backed by the Seagate 5 year limited warranty, the Seagate SV35.5 drives enable OEM and system builders to set themselves apart from the competition by delivering lower operational costs with best-in-class reliability.
"While we continue to use the Barracuda ES series for our enterprise class RAID solutions, the Seagate SV35 series is a perfect solution for our very successful series of non-RAID DVRs," said Pelco Product Marketing Manager Yvonne Schwemmer. "The fact that Seagate has engineered these drives for the video surveillance market gives us increased confidence in the products we deliver to a demanding marketplace."
- Capacities: 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB
- Spin speeds: 7200-RPM
- Interfaces: 3Gbps SATA
- Video Streaming: 47 Simultaneous FULL D1 (704X576) Video Streams Support
- Performance: 140 MB/s sustained sequential data rates
- Acoustics: Typical Idle (bels) 2.3 for 250 GB/ 2.5 for 500 GB/2.5 for 1 TB
- Shock, Operating: 70 (2ms Gs), Non-operating: 350 for 250 GB/ 300 for 500 GB/ 300 for 1 TB (2m Gs)
- Cache: SATA: 8MB for 250GB/16MB for 500GB/32MB for 1TB
- Power Usage: Performance Idle: 5 Watts for 250 GB/ 7 Watts for 500 GB/ 7 Watts for 1 TB
- Warranty: Limited 5 year
The Seagate SV35.5 Series is currently shipping to distributors worldwide.
ViewSonic VG2427 LCD display unveiled
ViewSonic recently announced their new VT2230 LCD TV and now they
Gigabyte launches stylish GK-K6800 keyboard
GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announces the availability of its all-new designs of Peripherals, displaying products in luxury style multimedia Keyboard. In response to the market's high demand for office and home.
The super stylish GK-K6800 features a luxury, trendy, yet comfortable and user friendly keyboard. The new glossy coating technology provides users a new enjoyment vision and use feeling. The unique design of multimedia function keys at the edges provides users a new experience to manipulate the keyboard. In addition, the shiny steel volume wheel allows users to adjust the volume accurately and easily.
Not only the powerful functions of multimedia hot-keys and volume wheel, GK-K6800 is also known for its special ergonomic design of wrist support pad. Thanks for this wrist support pad, now people can enjoy their typing without worrying about the wrist fatigue.
Download: ATI Catalyst 9.4 WHQL Windows 7, XP and Vista
Only Radeon HD2xxx, HD3xxx, and HD4xxx series desktop graphics cards are supported.
- ATI Catalyst
Download Forceware 185.68 Vista and XP
This new driver supports GeForce 9-series, 100-series, and 200-series desktop GPUs
New in Release 185.68:
- Optimized performance for the PC game The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
New in Release 185:
- Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 275 GPU.
- Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications.
- Accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185 drivers vs. Release 182 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
- Up to 11% performance increase in Call of Duty: World at War
- Up to 5% performance increase Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
- Up to 22% performance increase Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
- Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
- Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror
Intel Core i7 920 with D0 stepping surfaces
Early February there was already a rumor that Intel would be working on a new build/stepping of their Core i7 920 processor. It was the same month that we told you about the upcoming Core i7 950 and 975 Extreme as well, with an expected release of Q2 this year.
As it seems the new D0 stepping has started selling in in Japan at
Daily deals April 8 2009
So it's time for the mid-week daily deals. I'm trying to be creative with the subject, and figured .. we never did a daily deals on the stuff we stare at every frickin day. That's right, let me show you a selection of monitors.
Now we are going for affordable LCD monitors here, that always means TN screens, before you all start throwing 600 USD+ IPS screens at me :)
- Dell S2409W Black 24" Widescreen - First up is Dell, this screen is 24" and I actually have two of these myself, though older models. They are 1920x1080 and I remember buying them at 1000 EUR a piece at the time, that why I find this price a little disgusting really. Tears to my eyes folks .. it brings tears to my eyes to see them sell at $249.99 Dell make really good monitors. Great price.
- Samsung 2333SW Black 23" Widescreen - If you can live with 23" (imagine your girlfriend say that!) at a resolution of 1920x1080, then the Samsungs offer true value. Dell has them on sale folks $199.00 and that's a hard to beat price alright.
- Acer V223Wbd Black 22" Widescreen - Going from cheap to cheaper. Acer screens really are okay though. This one is 22" and comes at a 1680 x 1050 monitor resolution. It's on sale at a $159.99
- Acer X193Wb Black 19" Widescreen - One more Acer, for those on a budget. Really 19" and a monitor resolutions of 1440 x 900 .. at $119.99 that's hard to beat.
- HP (Hewlett-Packard) L1710 17 - last but not least ... yet it can get even cheaper. No widescreen yet 4:3 but still 17" 1280x1024. This HP monitor is selling for only $78.99 (!) an excellent budget monitor.