Driver Sweeper 2.1.0 released
Driver Sweeper is a fast tool to remove driver leftovers from your system. It's very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems. You can use it if you want to update/remove drivers from your system.
Most important change in this version that it fixes the problems found with 2.0.5 with Desktop Icon. This unfortunately means that previous saved icon data isn't compatible with 2.1.0.
More info and revision history can be found here:
- Official Guru3D - Driver Sweeper homepage click here.
- Official Guru3D - Driver Sweeper forums click here.
Changelog (2.1.0) - 26-11-09
- Added Brazilian Portuguese translation.
Thanks to Thiago Lara.
- Added Turkish translation.
Thanks to Oguz Ari.
- Parameters for Desktop Icon Restoration.
-icon:last Uses the last known backup.
-icon:first Uses the first known backup.
-icon:<datetime> Uses the backup known from date and time as can be found in the item list.
- Changed clean parameters to -clean:"NVIDIA - Display".
- Exception while trying to restore desktop icons.
- Desktop Icon not working properly on Windows 7.
A big thanks to Thorsten Blauhut for his Desktop Icon program which helped me address this issue.
A-DATA Releases Industry Fastest CF633X Memory Card
A-DATA released today its new compact Flash card CF633X, the ultimate memory card fast enough to keep up with your digital SLR cameras. Performing at the industry\'s fastest read/write speed up to 93/92 MB/s, the new A-DATA CF633X adopts the turboMLC technology and delivers the performance of SLC at the cost of MLC.
With an ECC automatic error-checking program in place, the CF633X consumes less power and extends the use of a DSLR. Capacity available in 16GB and 32GB, the CF633X is the perfect storage device for users to store more high resolution images and high definition video clips.
Lower power consumption and RoHS compliant, the CF633X extends the average lifespan of a CF card by utilizing interleaves technology. With which, bad blocks in the flash are pre-labeled and closed for data entry to prevent data-loss.
UDMA 6 enabled, the new A-DATA CF633X supports quad channel and performs up to 93 MB/s in read and 92MB/s in write. Backed by rigorous stress-testing procedures and a product life time warranty, this is indeed a perfect match for your advanced DSLR.
ForceWare 195.62 now WHQL
Yesterday NVIDIA released a ForceWare 195.62 Beta driver for Windows Vista | XP | 7. The drivers now have been WHQL certified.
LaCie LaCinema Classic HD Media Player
LaCie introduced a new HD multimedia hard drive player, combining Full HD 1080p playback, unsurpassed format compatibility and DLNA media server functionality - LaCinema Classic HD, design by Neil Poulton. Users can browse, play and share HD media collections from anywhere in the home, directly on HDTV. The LaCinema Classic HD offers a timeless and sleek design making it a great addition to any TV setup. Providing the widest media format compatibility, LaCinema Classic HD will play all your files without concern - from the most popular DivX format to high-quality MKV H.264 video format via its HDMI 1.3 connection. Uncompromising support for Dolby Digital audio quality enhances the LaCinema Classic HD, as well as your entertainment viewing experience.
The LaCinema Classic HD keeps it easy - use it as an external hard drive to load media from your Mac or PC. Then, simply connect the LaCinema Classic HD to your HDTV for instant playback.
Acting as a DLNA media player, LaCinema Classic HD can conveniently play movies, music, and photos from your computer or network storage. LaCinema Classic HD even offers network access to easily transfer files from your Mac and PC, while keeping it connected to the TV. Its unique DLNA server function ensures the LaCinema Classic HD works in tandem with your home network, acting as a media server to stream content to compatible players, such as PlayStation 3 or Xbox. The LaCinema Classic HD boosts capacities that include up to 2TB of media storage. By using the included remote control and easy navigation interface, you have quick and convenient access to your media libraries. Additionally, the front USB port allows you to connect a USB drive or digital camera to instantly share your photos on your HDTV with friends and family.
"LaCinema Classic HD is all you need to store, play and share your movies, music and photos at home. We believe organizing and playing should be simple for everyone, without concern for media compatibility or how to access media, no matter where it's stored in your home," said Salem Tirane, Digital Home Product Manager.
At no premium, LaCinema Classic HD surpasses the usual media player experience by including a high-quality HDMI cable, Ethernet cable and the renowned DLNA Twonky Media Server for Mac and Windows. Users will be able to get the most of their multimedia contents out of the box!
The LaCinema Classic HD also features the option of connecting a USB WiFi 802.11N adapter (sold separately) for wireless access to the home network.
LaCinema Classic HD is available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Storage Partner, starting at the suggested retail price of $249.99.
OCZ and Symwave team up for USB 3.0 storage products
One of the new technologies that I am most looking forward to is USB 3.0. I have an external hard drive that I back my computer up to and it takes forever over a USB 2.0 connection. With USB 3.0, the deed can be completed much faster. OCZ and Symwave have announced that they have teamed up to create a new USB 3.0 external storage solution.
The two firms are mum on the details at this point other than to tease us saying that the storage solution will be the smallest, highest performance, and lowest power USB 3.0 external storage solution around. With the myriad of SSDs that OCZ offers its easy enough to guess that we are looking at a SSD inside a USB 3.0 chassis.
The pair will unveil the storage solution at CES 2010 in January. I would be interesting to see OCZ cram that huge 1TB SSD it unveiled recently into a USB 3.0 external storage solution.
Bioshock 2 - Sinclair Solutions Trailer
ForceWare 195.62 Windows Vista | XP | 7
This is a WHQL-candidate driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
New in Version 195.62
- Adds GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 240.
- Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10, and more.
- Includes numerous bug fixes including improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
- Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports NVIDIA 3D Vision Discover, a complete, low cost solution to start your immersive stereoscopic 3D experience. NOTE: If you are using NVIDIA 3D Vision active shutter glasses, you must download the separate 3D Vision driver which includes the driver for the 3D Vision IR emitter.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. This driver installs PhysX System Software version 9.09.0814. Learn more here.
- Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
NVIDIA System Tools with ESA Support 6.05
NVIDIA released their NVIDIA System Tools with ESA Support revision 6.05
The NVIDIA System Tools installation package includes:
1. NVIDIA Performance Group (v6.05.23.05) add-on to the NVIDIA Control Panel
- nForce MCPs
A-Data DDR3-2200+ DRAM XPG Plus 2.0 review
Inno3D GeForce GT 240 i-Chill XStriker3
The Inno3D GeForce GT 240 had only just launched but it has already been given the i-Chill treatment with XStriker3. Uniquely designed for passive and active cooling solutions, the Xstriker3 was the first cooler specially designed for Inno3D i-Chill series - built to increase efficient air circulation for extreme gaming.
Inno3D i-Chill GT 240 is built with top-notch quality, which includes faster core speeds; gold plated DVI+VGA+HDMI connectors that allows better signal quality; top quality OS-CON capacitors; aluminum ramsinks to stabilise memory; with full game bundles and 3 years warranty. Inno3D i-Chill GT 240 has reached over expectation and beats the Vantage performance scores in comparison to the reference speeds as shown in the below comparison table. It is equipped and built with top quality features to run a smooth game play.
Inno3D i-Chill Xstricker3 is exclusively assembled with 3 main features which include:
- Air Boost Technology - this is based on Bernoulli's Principle which states that during steady air pressure all air particles that pass any given point follow the same path at the same speed. Hence increase and decrease in the same velocity occurs simultaneously with air pressure or a change in the airflow gravitational potential energy.
- Heatpipe Technology - features copper base heatpipes filled with liquid material that extends directly from the GPU centre to provide heat conductivity and vaporizes heat transfer. The Aluminum fins are specially designed to allow air flow pass through easily and remove heat efficiently.
- Silent Cooler with large Air Flow - features combination of passive and active cooling solutions. The silent cooling fan allows air circulation from the center and sides of the card and is built with systematic noise reduction.
Radeon 5950 due in Q1 2010
According to a recent article on German-language Hardware Infos, AMD might be planning a release of a new dual-GPU graphics card, which will be officially announced sometime in the first quarter of 2010. The specifications and features of the new card are somewhat similar to AMD's current flagship, the HD 5970, as both cards are based on the same 40nm RV870 graphics processing units.
Said article also gives a summary on the previous reports on the rumored HD 5950, including details on the GPU and memory clock speeds. Unfortunately, these specifications haven't yet been finalized and we are expecting the HD 5950 to work at between 650MHz-675MHz core clock, or 1800-2000MHz memory clock. Additional features include 2 x 1440 Stream Processors, 2 x 72 PBC, 2 x 32 ROPs and 2 x 256-bit GGDR5 memory.
Unfortunately there's no word on pricing, but the new card will debut sometime around the same period as NVIDIA's much-anticipated Fermi-based line of GeForce graphics cards. This should ultimately enable AMD to lower the prices on their latest generation of Radeon cards, as the Fermi-based architecture is expected to deliver an impressive performance boost, over the current GT200 family of GPUs.
Razer Imperator mouse with adjustable side buttons
Razer introduced yet another mouse, the Imperator is a new gaming mouse designed for right-handed palm and fingertip gamers. It has a 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and is one of the first mice with adjustable side buttons. The Razer Imperator will start shipping next month for $79.99 (69.99EUR).
The Razer Imperator is designed with gaming-grade ergonomics in mind
Rambus patent claims against NVIDIA rejected
NVIDIA announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected all 17 claims in three Rambus patents that the company had asserted against the GPU maker in the International Trade Comission (ITC). Earlier this year the patent office already rejected 49 claims against NVIDIA, but there are still eight claims in two other patents left that need to be examined.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that the assigned patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected all 17 claims in three Rambus patents that the company had asserted against NVIDIA in the International Trade Commission (ITC).
The action, known as filing an action closing prosecution, follows preliminary rejection of the claims earlier this year by the USPTO.
"This continues our string of victories against Rambus patents in the USPTO," said David Shannon, NVIDIA executive vice president and general counsel. "We believe these patents are invalid and are confident that a similar decision will be made on the patents that continue to be examined."
There are still eight claims in two other patents involved in the case, which the USPTO has yet to finally determine but which it had preliminarily rejected. The ITC litigation involves memory controllers related to graphics processors.
Core i7 iMacs showing up DOA
Consumers have been reporting issues with their brand new Apple i7 iMac's, some with a cracked screen casing, and others are reporting theirs are dead on arrival. This issue doesn't appear to be universal, only affecting some of the new iMac's, but is still enough of a problem to raise concern if you plan on purchasing one this Christmas.
Engadget even reported having dead on arrival i7 iMac, that wouldn't even boot. Engadget.com isn't alone in this; they are among dozens of others who are reporting the same problems at Apple.com support forum.
Gigabyte 6Gbps SATA, USB 3.0 AMD mobos
Gigabyte will initially release three AMD Socket AM3 boards with SATA3 and JUSB 3.0..
These new boards are the GA-790FXTA-UD5, GA-790XTA-UD4, and GA-770TA-UD3, and Gigabyte based them on AMD's 790FX, 790X, and 770 chipsets, respectively. Along with the new I/O, Gigabyte says it also increased the amount of power available through USB ports, just like on the P55 boards. (The firm advertises this new wave of mobos with the "333" label, which stands for third-gen SATA, USB 3.0, and tripled USB power.)
All three AMD boards also feature an "8+2 CPU VRM power phase design," which allows compatibility with 140W Phenom II processors. The Phenom II X4 965, in other words, which is now available with a 125W power envelope
Early Core i9 tests show excellent performance
Despite being more than a month away from the public, Intel's Core i9 (Gulftown) platform has already been tested and is shown to be potentially as fast as its design implies. The move from four to six cores has translated into an almost perfectly linear increase in speed for those apps that can use multiple processors. In tasks such as 3D modeling and video encoding, a 2.8GHz Core i9 is found by PCLab to be roughly 50 percent faster than a Core i7 at the same clock speed.
Not all tests show as large gains, as those limited to a single core or which didn't properly use their extra code threads saw smaller gains or even no advantage at all.
Some of this is attributed to the prototype nature of the i9 platform, as its memory performance isn't as high as anticipated for production hardware. Its memory speed won't be as high as on the quad-core processors, however.
Intel isn't due to launch Core i9 until early 2010, possibly early as January, and will initially reserve it for high end systems as it should have a high price and consume about 130W of power versus the 95W for most Core i5 and i7 chips.
Buffalo intros USB 3.0 external hard drive
Buffalo Technology has introduced the DriveStation HD-HXU3, a new series of external hard drives featuring USB 3.0 interfaces. The high speed connection option is claimed to support transfer rates of up to 625MB/s, beating USB 2.0 and even FireWire by a considerable margin. Users can still connect using the current USB standard, however the transfer rates drop to approximately 480Mb/s.
The company has also released a two-port USB 3.0 PCI Express interface card, the IFC-PCIE2U3. The component allows users to upgrade current systems to take advantage of the higher transfer speeds.
The HD-HXU3 is compatible with Mac or Windows systems and is now shipping to resellers. A 1TB variant is available for $200, while the 1.5TB model carries a price of $250 and the 2TB model can be purchased for $400.
32nm Core i3 and Core i5 Processors Pre-Order
Intel is expected to debut a new line of mainstream 32nm processors known under codename 'Clarkdale', the new CPUs will be aimed at the desktop PC segment and will complement the chip maker's Core i5 and Core i7 lines of products. As it seems now some of these processors are listed for pre-order at some European retailers.
HPM-Computer German website, the new Intel processor lineup will include the Core i3 530 and 540 models, as well as the Core i5 650, 660, 661, and 670, all of which will be featured with Hyper-Threading, 4MB of L3 cache and support for dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory.
As far as pricing goes, the new models will range from 103.90 Euro up to 252.90 Euro, providing differentiations in CPU and GPU clock speeds, as well as TDP. From the six new models, the Core i5 661 has the highest GPU clock, at 900MHz and the highest TDP, of 87W. Meanwhile, the i5 670 model comes with the highest CPU core, of 3.46GHz, while the TDP stays at 73W, like the rest of the other CPUs.
The processors should be released in January 2010, the new Intel desktop CPUs have been designed to incorporate a GPU and a CPU core in the same processor. Designed on the company's new 32nm manufacturing process, the new chips are expected to replace the company's current line of mainstream processors, ultimately replacing the older Core 2 Duo family of processors. Check the thumbnails.