Seagate Barracuda drives failing en masse?
The issues are common enough that data recovery firms have reported significantly higher failure rates on 7200.11 drives than on other Seagate models or storage from other vendors.
Although Seagate has reportedly acknowledged the problem and issued a firmware update with a fix, those with existing drives aren't being offered more than replacement drives that often have the same issue. The company has also taken to deleting posts on its forums suggesting possible fixes and insists that customers aren't entitled to additional compensation besides the warranty.
Seagate officials have reportedly ignored requests for comment on the drive failures.
ASUS and Gigabyte suffering from low demand
Lower-than-expected shipments of Intel's 4-series chipsets have caught motherboard makers off guard, leaving Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology carrying overstocks of 4-series-based motherboards which are rapidly depreciating in value as Intel prepares to launch its next-generation chipset series, according to motherboard industry sources.
Shipments of 4-series products have been low due to declining market demand and competition from low-cost PCs, the sources commented.
First-tier motherboard makers took on large inventory amounts from Intel under concerns they may lose supply priority or price discounts, the sources claimed. Asustek Computer is said to have taken the largest hit and currently still carries an inventory of 6-7 million units, equivalent to around NT$6 billion (US$180.57 million) in value, while Gigabyte Technology is said to be holding an inventory worth NT$4-5 billion, according to sources at the companies.
Microsoft: Xbox 360 users not interested in Blu-ray
"Even though our market sources indicated Microsoft Corp.
Mirror's Edge for PC Ships
Mirror's Edge is a unique first-person action adventure where players are introduced to Faith, a 'runner' in a world where communication channels are highly monitored and the movement of information is closely watched. When Faith's sister gets framed for murder, Faith finds herself on the edge of the city, on the wrong side of the law. The PC version of the game uses the NVIDIA PhysX physics engine to bring the world of Mirror's Edge to life with real-world visual effects of wind, weapons impact, and free-motion movements. Gamers can download the free demo available now at the PlayStationStore and
Download NVIDIA PhysX System driver 9.09.0010
Download NVIDIA PhysX System Software, this update is compatible with AGEIA PhysX processors and CUDA ready GeForce GPUs
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.
- Supports for 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 several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.
- Supports AGEIA PhysX processors and software runtimes (no change to PPU driver support).
- Includes the latest PhysX runtimes used in the latest game titles.
- The PhysX control panel can be found in the Windows Start Menu under NVIDIA Corporation.
Download: PhysX System driver 9.09.0010
Western Digital to Launch 2TB Hard Drive This Week
CoolIT Domino ALC review
A single self contained water-cooling based unit, that is very easy to install, looks downright sexy and even performs quite adequate as well. It almost sounds to good to be true at 79 USD right ? CoolIT definitely achieved to pull this one off and recently placed this product into the market.
The CoolIT Domino A.L.C looks downright fantastic, it's configurable, is long lasting, affordable and heck it performs pretty good as well. You know what? It's going to be a hit for sure.
Check out the review right here:
Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming with color GamePanel LCD
Giving you an arsenal of advanced gaming technology, the Logitech G19 keyboard for gaming is the first Logitech keyboard to feature a color GamePanel LCD. The tiltable, 320-by-240-pixel display provides valuable in-game information for over sixty games, including World of Warcraft (requires installation of included Logitech GamePanel software). In addition to in-game information, the screen can show VoIP communication data, clock, CPU load, or other non-gaming specific items such as pictures or videos.
And you can easily switch among types of information
pureSilicon announced first 1TB 2.5-inch SSD
This represents a major advance for the storage industry since it combines maximum density with high performance and low power demand. Four of these drives deliver 4TB in the same space as a standard 3.5-inch HDD, so server footprint requirements and energy consumption in data-intensive applications can be considerably reduced.
The 1TB Nitro SSD is the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor -- at least three times greater than any other SSD on the market. This high density in a small form factor has been achieved through innovative engineering techniques coupled with advanced industrial design that yields an exceptionally thin enclosure.
This Nitro line of high-performance solid-state drives is designed for applications where data throughput and power consumption are paramount: server, networking, datacenter, supercomputing, and professional media. These applications require fast transfer speeds and involve the storage of massive amounts of data. pureSilicon has benchmarked these drives at speeds approaching the maximum bus speed of SATA II (300 MB/s).
Availability is slated for Q3 2009, pricing is unknown.
Eidos considering to give Lara Croft a makeover
Times Online writes Eidos is considering to give its Tomb Raider series a makeover, because the latest Lara Croft game didn't do as well as expected. One of the things Eidos is considering is to make Tomb Raider more female-friendly:
Eidos is considering revising the look and play of her Tomb Raider adventures, which may see efforts to make her more female-friendly, in an attempt to revive sales of games starring the pneumatic archaeologist.
Robert Brent, the chief financial officer of Eidos, said:
Gigabyte works on three 10-inch netbooks
Since the company's netbook products offer higher specifications than those of its competitors, prices are around US$150 higher which limited shipments to only 25,000 units last year, Ma pointed out.
Ma revealed that Gigabyte is currently adjusting its operating strategy and is hiring research and development personnel, despite the poor economy, and hopes notebook and netbook shipments will be maintained or increase slightly this year.
Of the three 10-inch netbooks, two will be designed in-house while the third will be handled by Quanta Computer. All three will be priced starting at US$400, although the company is considering a model priced below US$300 for emerging markets.
Top 10 Selling PC games USA
It's time for a new NPD chart. These are the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending Jan 1.
Dang ... The Sims again on spot #1
- The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard
- Spore - Electronic Arts
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life - Electronic Arts
- World of Warcraft Battle Chest - Blizzard
- Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks
- Left 4 Dead - Valve/EA
- Call Of Duty: World At War - Activision
- World of Warcraft - Blizzard
- The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff - Electronic Arts
The Godfather 2 Trailer
OCZ jacks up Vertex 2-ssd to 550MBps
The drive is insanely fast as this internal quad raid drive can write at up to 480MB/s and read around 550MB/s, depending on the size of the files. This is specially the case with big files and in reality at this speed you might copy a 20GB file in just 41.66 seconds, and we are sure that video editing guys are going to love these numbers. In order to achieve thee speeds you will have to get to SATA 3.0, as SATA 2.0 is maxed out at 300MB/s per device. SATA 3.0 on the other hand gets you all the way to 750GB/s which will be enough even for Vertex 2.
This drive will come the market in late Q1 2009 and we reckon it will be ready for Cebit. Here is a test running with the ATTO disk benchmark.
AMD RV790 and RV740 in 40 nm March 2009
Nvidia used the still ongoing Consumer Electronics Show to establish two new high-end products, namely GTX 285 and GTX 295, and thus is back at the top. The fact that AMD will not keep it like this should be obvious, and that is why we have inquired at a, in the past very reliable AMD power, about what things AMD would able to come up against Nvidia with.
Spontaneously two names fell into this conversation: RV740 and RV790. The former is a well-known in the rumor mill, VR-Zone has already unmasked the specifications of the chip, and using the tape-out, you could also conclude that the RV740 would come in spring.
The chip will be the successor to the RV730, although it could still remain at the market some time, and will redefine AMD's middle class. In things of performance the strongest model will move up to HD 4830 and HD 4850.
Large uncertainty on the other hand about an update on the performance segment. Would AMD hold the RV770 current until the RV870 or put an update between, which is quite pushing depending on the launch of the RV870, concerning that Nvidia will send a distinctly modified GT200 in persona of the GT212 into the race in the second quarter.
The rumors included everything from a RV770 with better frequency to a RV770 that had to more SIMD units (960 SPs, 48 TMUs), and also the codenames were shuffled: Super RV770, RV775 and RV790.
According to our source, AMD's next performance chip will be called RV790, enter the market as HD 4900, and be crafted in 40 nm like RV740. There is still silence about the amount of stream processors. But we can assure that there will be more than with the RV770, so that the RV790 will not just be a half-hearted frequency update.
Both chips, RV740 and RV790, are announced for March. Though a launch within the CeBIT would be suggestible, no one wanted to determine the date yet [via hardware infos].
Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis from CM Storm
CM Storm today launched the Sniper gaming grade PC chassis, developed in cooperation with the world's leading professional gaming teams, including SK-Gaming, Team Fnatic and mousesports. The Sniper features unprecedented airflow from up to three huge fans: a 200mm blue LED fan in the front, a top exhaust 200mm LED fan and yet another optional 200mm VGA intake, all backed up by additional 120-140mm fan locations (6 in total), creating some seriously heavy duty airflow to cool all your high-end PC components.
The CM Sniper offers a built-in one-for-all fan controller, which lets you tune your airflow to find the perfect balance between thermal performance and silent operation. Integrated in the extra large control knob is a LED light switch, letting you decide exactly when to turn on the lights for a full-on gaming session, and when to chill out in the dark with your favorite movies. The Sniper gaming chassis features convenient carrying handles for fast and efficient mobilization, multi-position water cooling holes, tool free design, and great expandability for peripherals, HDDs, optical drives and function panels.Developed with elite engineering skills, and reinforced by the highest grade materials.
ATI lowers prices on Radeon 4870 X2
From now on, ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB graphics cards cost $449 (369 EUR), down $100 from the previous price of $549, which has been effective for about five months. Moreover, some partners of ATI are offering $50 mail-in rebate on Newegg.com online for their Radeon HD 4870 X2 models, which effectively makes such graphics boards available for $399.
The price drop on the Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card comes as Nvidia Corp., the arch-rival of ATI/AMD, is gearing up to release its dual-chip graphics card named GeForce GTX 295 that is supposed to outperform the model 4870 X2.
DRAM module makers increase prices
DRAM module makers Kingston Technology, Transcend Information, A-Data Technology and Power Quotient International (PQI) have increased their prices following the recent surge in DRAM chip quotes to US$1. A-Data and PQI are expected to be able to return to profitability as a result, according to industry sources.
DRAM pricing dropped to US$0.50 in mid-December and the current quotes for effectively tested (eTT) 1Gb DDR2 of US$1 represent an increase of 100% within one month. It is possible quotes will increase to US$1.50 in the short term, the sources noted.
DRAM module prices have risen over 10% since the end of December. The highest quote for 1GB DDR2 modules on January 8 was US$10, and contract quotes for the first half of January are around US$8.50. If quotes for 1GB DDR2 modules can top US$10, DRAM contract quotes may continue to increase by up to 15-20%, the sources said.
Transcend, A-Data and PQI all indicated that the reason for the increase in module pricing was to reflect current DRAM prices. Market watchers are optimistic about module makers' first-quarter sales as a result of increasing DRAM and NAND flash prices.