Overclockers push 8-core Skulltrail to 6 GHz
Overclocking with advanced air-cooling can take Intels Skulltrail platform from 3.2 GHz to 4 GHz pretty easily, even our review showed that. Now, 4.5 GHz is manageable with a modest water-cooling system. Not surprisingly, there is a lot more capability in this platform if take an extreme Skulltrail a bit more extreme.
According to a forum post on XtremeSystems, an overclocking community sites,
Intel cuts CPU prices
Intel will cut prices of its processors. There are some big price cuts for the old 65nm chips but the price action on the new 45nm processors are just really small:
High-end model that will get reduced in price is the Core 2 Quad Q9550 at 2.83GHz and 12MB cache and it will get 2 dollars cheaper from its current $527 to $525. These are, of course, the wholesale prices. The very popular Core 2 Quad Q9450 at 2.66GHz and 12MB cache will drop from $319 to $317. The Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5GHz and 6MB cache will drop from $270 to $268.
Two older models, the Q6700 with a 2.66GHz clock speed and 8MB cache and a 1066MHz FSB speed will drop from the current $527 to $268. The ultra popular 65nm Kentsfield Q6600 with its 2.4GHz clock and 8MB cache will drop from $250 to $227.
All dual core 45nm E8x0 series Penryn based models will drop $2 and as of next week, the E8500 with 3.16GHz clock 6MB cache and FSB 1333 will drop to $266, the E8400 with a 3GHz clock and 6MB cache and FSB 1333 will drop to $187; and finally, the E8200 clocked at 2.66GHz with 6MB cache and FSB 1333 drops to $167.
The older 65nm E6850 at 3GHz and 4MB cache drops to $266, the E6750 at 2.66GHz and 4MB cache drops to $187, and the E6550 at 2.33GHz and 4MB cache drops to $167.
The 4-series of Core 2 Duo processors will drop slightly in price. Starting with the E4700 with 2.60GHz clock, 800MHz FSB speed and 2MB cache drops $2 to $137, the E4600 with 2.40GHz clock, 800MHz FSB speed and 2MB cache drops from $139 to $117 while the E4500 with 2.20GHz clock 800MHz FSB speed and 2MB cache drops $2 to $117.
nForce 790i HDD Corruption Issue
Nvidia admitted that its most-recent chipset for Intel Corp.
NVIDIA unveils dual-GPU Quadro FX 4700 X2
NVIDIA has quietly upgraded the higher end of its workstation card line via the Quadro FX 4700 X2. A professional cousin to the GeForce 9800 X2, the Quadro shares the same tactic of incorporating two mid-range graphics processors into a single card; the approach offers more performance than a single chip but without consuming more than one PCI Express slot. While core clock speeds are unavailable, the combined card holds 2GB of video RAM clocked at 800MHz (1.6GHz effective).
The California electronics firm also separates the FX 4700 X2 from the home model with advanced multi-monitor support on top of the SLI performance enhancements available for a single display. Extra space is used on the card to provide four dual-link DVI outputs that each can support very high resolution screens, ranging from 2560x1600 on most 30-inch displays to 3840x2560 ultra-high density monitors from IBM. The combined effect can generate as much as a 15360x2560 image. Stereoscopic imagery is also supported from the card, which is available today but isn't yet given a list price.
Asus Launches New Eee PC
After the initial success of the Eee PC of which 1 million units had been sold in just 5 months, Asus now launches a new version of the trendy gadged, the new Eee PC 900.
This new generation packs in a whole range of hardware that includes a 8.9 inch widescreen, a 1.3M pixels webcam, the new FingerGlide and 12GB and 20GB storage capacities for Windows and Linux platforms respectively, all keeping the overall weight under 1kg.
Mobility is one of the major factors attributed to the Eee PC
Thermaltake PW850i Internal DIY Liquid cooling
To fulfill the heavy demand of Internal DIY Liquid cooling system from worldwide gamers Thermaltake has launched a brand new series of DIY liquid cooling system- ProWater series. The first model to be introduced is the new PW850i that incorporated the latest production mechanism and technology of the internal liquid cooling world.
The Thermaltake P500 Pump used in PW850i has high water volume of 500L per hour to support the heavy operations of liquid cooling systems; the hard-wearing ceramic bearing further increases the life span of the pump. The professional designed inlet and outlet will eliminates possibilities of air blockage. Thermaltake PW850i also adopts the automotive style radiator with the Thermaltake exclusive dimple dimpled tubes, DDT technology rather than the traditional ones and the adjustable fan (1300~2400 RPM); CPU heats will be transmitted efficiently in the coordinated system environment. In order to avoid possible low coolant level dangers, level marks have been added on the new huge transparent tank in PW850i, making coolant maintenance and monitoring easier than ever before.
Thermaltake all new PW850i Internal DIY Liquid Cooling System will satisfy all cooling demands in any system environments. Thermaltake PW850i Internal DIY Liquid cooling system will definitely be your best choice for a quiet and efficient liquid cooling system!
Abit intros GeForce 8200-based AMD mainboard
Abit today announced a single mobo based on the GeForce 8200 chipset from Nvidia. This A-N78HD motherboard combines full Socket AM2+ support for Phenom processors with an integrated DirectX 10-class Nvidia "motherboard GPU" that boasts high-definition video decoding capabilities. Physically, the A-N78HD is based on the Micro-ATX form factor, so its expansion is limited to one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCIe x1 slot, and two PCI slots.
The mobo has four DDR2-1066 memory slots, six 300MB/s Serial ATA connectors with RAID 0/1/0+1/5 and JBOD support, one IDE connector, and one floppy connector. On the rear I/O hub, you'll find HDMI, DVI, and VGA display ports as well as FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet ports. Abit has even implemented four-phase pulse width modulation for the processor power delivery circuit, which it says allows greater overclocking potential. Because it's based on the GeForce 8200 chipset, the A-N78HD also supports Hybrid SLI functionality.
For enhanced stability and longevity of you
OCZ Announces DDR3-2000 Modules With Flex II
OCZ Technology Group released a new a DDR3 addition to their new Flex II memory series. These premium modules run at 2000MHz speeds at CL8-8-8 timings for added performance to high-end systems with integrated water-cooling.
The OCZ Flex II heat management solution enables high-frequency memory to operate within an optimal balance of extreme speeds and low latencies without the high temperatures that inhibit or damage the module. Each PC3-16000 Flex II memory module features a thermal management technology from OCZ that combines a new heatspreader design with integrated liquid injection system and dedicated channels directly over the module's ICs to effectively dissipate heat produced by high-speed memory. This sophisticated series was engineered with a unique "flexible" design to give enthusiasts the option to run the modules passively or water cooled via the thick array of aluminum fins, and the concurrent use of both options promotes maximum heat dissipation.
The PC3-16000 Flex II modules are optimized for the latest cutting edge DDR3 platforms featuring the new NVIDIA 790i chipset and will be available in 2GB (2x1024MB) dual-channel kits. OCZ includes all the necessary accessories right in the box to setup your water-cooling system immediately after purchase, without the inconvenience of searching for additional hardware. The Flex II series is backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
- 2000MHz DDR3
- CL 8-8-8-28
- Available in 2GB (2x1024) Dual Channel Kits
- OCZ Lifetime Warranty
- 1.9 Volts
- 240 Pin DIMM
- 2 x 1/4" ID (inner diameter) barbs
- Flex II XLC Heatsink
- 1.95 EVP
- Package Contents: Flex II Memory Kit, 3/8" and 1/2" Barb Adaptors, 4-Way Manifold Barb, 40" Plastic Tube, Manual
- Part Numbers: 2GB (2x1024) D/C Kit PN - OCZ3FXT20002GK
Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway Trailer
Take a look at the latest trailer of Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway, Gearbox's upcoming shooter.
Featuring unprecedented visuals and gameplay, Brothers in Arms Hell
EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW For The Win review
EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW For The Win review
eVGA decided to make a new cheaper mainboard opposed to 780/790, designed it l33t and sexy. They named their new baby the eVGA nForce 750 FTW. Where FTW literally means "For The Win". Now if you send a product with "FTW" in the actual name then as a company you need to have some pretty big balls, as any reviewer will see if that product lives up-to the reputation.
Read the full review here:
S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor
S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications. The S3 Graphics 4300E incorporates two dual-link DVI transmitters, each with integrated HDMI and HDCP and an integrated LVDS transmitter. Integrated support for twp analog displays is also included.
The S3 Graphics 4300E processor uses proven low leakage 65nm process technology and features an energy efficient multimedia architecture that scales from 300MHz to 600MHz. The graphics and HD video cores can be coupled with the latest DDR2 and DDR3 memories supporting up to 256MB of local graphics memory. The multimedia processor also incorporates a high speed serial link PCI Express 2.0 compliant bus supporting x1, x4, x8, and x16 lane widths, in addition to PCI Express ASPM for further reducing operational power to allow astonishingly low heat, fanless configurations.
The S3 Graphics 4300E also features S3 Graphics integrated HD Audio controller and codec. The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 15
Schoolboy Corrects NASA's Math On Killer Asteroid
A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.
Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported.
NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right. The schoolboy took into consideration the risk of Apophis running into one or more of the 40,000 satellites orbiting Earth during its path close to the planet on April 13 2029. Those satellites travel at 3.07 kilometres a second (1.9 miles), at up to 35,880 kilometres above earth -- and the Apophis asteroid will pass by earth at a distance of 32,500 kilometres. If the asteroid strikes a satellite in 2029, that will change its trajectory making it hit earth on its next orbit in 2036.
Both NASA and Marquardt agree that if the asteroid does collide with earth, it will create a ball of iron and iridium 320 metres (1049 feet) wide and weighing 200 billion tonnes, which will crash into the Atlantic Ocean.
The shockwaves from that would create huge tsunami waves, destroying both coastlines and inland areas, whilst creating a thick cloud of dust that would darken the skies indefinitely.
The 13-year old made his discovery as part of a regional science competition for which he submitted a project entitled: "Apophis -- The Killer Astroid."
Update - as it seems this news false as reported here.
Microsoft Exec snaps Over Vista Upgrade Loophole
It was reported last winter that by using an 11 step process, a cheaper Vista upgrade could be installed on a PC with no pre-existing operating system. This gaping loophole was apparently left wide open by Microsoft and stood in contrast to previous versions of Windows that required a copy of the previous Windows OS, with no exceptions.
While many noted that the OEM version of Vista tended to be cheaper, the upgrade version did have some advantages, in that you could switch between 32-bit and 64-bit versions (OEM only allowed one specific OS), it had a more flexible license allowing easier reinstalls, and it could be found at significantly cheaper if you were a student.
In the Windows Secrets newsletter early this month, Associate Editor Scott Dunn asserted that he believed that Microsoft purposefully left the loophole open to encourage savvy users to adopt Vista. Said Dunn, "the fact that the upgrade back door is still present in Vista SP1 is a strong indication that the feature has at least the tacit support of Microsoft officials."
In his blog Ligman offers up a raving retort, arguing:
So if you see anyone stating, or writing, that buying an upgrade by itself (Windows Vista Upgrade for instance) without having a full license first gets you the rights to run the software, just realize that what the person is actually stating is,
AMD 45nm processor reaches 3GHz in the lab
Some news from the AMD front today as it seems that 45nm AMD chips can do 3GHz in the lab. In 2008, AMD will introduce Deneb FX for the replacement for the AMD Quad FX platform, as well as Deneb for the mainstream.
Propos and Regor will also replace Kuma and Rana in the lower market segments. Socket AM2+ being named in the late 2006 might actually have been the original AM3 socket, but as naming conventions changed, so that the next generation of consumer desktop socket capable of DDR3 will be socket AM3.
Anyway, with the new 45nm silicon chip called Deneb, we'll also see the return of the FX series in just a few months. The FX series always have been the high-end parts of the Athlon series. Whether this is any kind of indication of what to expect, we're not sure, but it seems like AMD is trying to get the frequencies up.
ATI Catalyst 8.4 Vista Driver released
ATI (AMD) just released new Catalyst drivers with revision build 8.4 for their Radeon line of graphcis cards.
Highlights of the Catalyst 8.4 Windows release include:
ATI Catalyst support for Stanford Universities new beta Folding@Home GPU client (for the ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series)
- Stanford has recently release a new Folding@Home GPU beta client, found at http://folding.typepad.com/news/2008/04/gpu2-open-beta.html and is supported on the ATI Radeon HD 2400 and higher and ATI Radeon HD 3400 and higher series of products under Windows XP and Windows Vista. (Currently only one of the GPU cores on the ATI Radeon HD 3870X2 can be used by the new beta Folding@Home GPU client)
- The new Folding@Home beta GPU client delivers significant performance improvements in folding calculations, and enables users to fold far more complex proteins
- Please see the Stanford
HOC Unreal Tournament 3 Benchmark
Zoltan from HoCBench released his HOC Unreal Tournament 3 Benchmark. Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) is a first-person shooter and online multiplayer video game by Epic Games and is the next installment of the Unreal series after Unreal Tournament 2004. The third generation Unreal Engine was designed for DirectX 9/10 PCs, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Its renderer supports many advanced techniques including HDRR, per-pixel lighting, and dynamic shadows, and builds upon the tools available in previous versions of the engine.
- Windows XP / VISTA
- The latest drivers for your graphics card
- v1.2 patch
- Fixed resolution from 640
Crucial launching 2.5-inch SSDs
Memory maker Crucial has made its entry into the solid state drive market with 32GB and 64GB SSDs. Both models have read speeds of up to 100MB/s, the 32GB model has a write speed of up to 60MB/s while the 64GB model only has a max write speed of 35MB/s.
Featuring an industry-standard 2.5
Alienware Aurora gets AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition
Alienware has updated its Aurora gaming desktop line to include an upgrade option for the AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition processors, which feature the latter company's HyperTransport technology.
As reviewed here on Guru3D the Phenom 9850 is a quad-core processor that provides users increased system bandwidth and true multitasking, while also supporting up to four ATI CrossFireX video cards. In addition, users can run either 32-bit or 64-bit applications without additional hardware, and the processor's Cool'n'Quiet technology reduces power consumption, heat output and noise.
When configured-to-order, the base model Aurora featuring the new Phenom processors, as well as an Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT, 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory, and a 250GB hard drive, costs $1449.
A pre-configured model is also available, offering dual ATI Radeon 3870X2 graphics cards, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. This model sells for $2049.