Arctic Cooling launched Accelero L2 Pro VGA Cooler
We already showed you photo's of this cooler in our CeBIT 2009 report but the good folks at Arctic cooling have unleashed the somewhat budget Accelero L2 Pro GPU cooler. The cooler can be used on most ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards.
- ATI Radeon series: HD 4850, 4830, 4670, 4650, 4550, 3870, 3850, 3650, 3470, 3450, 2600, 2400, X1950, X1900, X1800, X1600, X1550, X1300
- NVIDIA GeForce series: 9800, 9600, 9500, 9400, 8800, 8600, 8500, 7950, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800,6600, FX5950, FX5900, FX5800, FX5700
The cooler comes with aluminum heatsink and has MX-2 thermal compound pre-applied. A 27 CFM 92 mm PWM fan keept your GPU cool. It is stated that the cooler can handle roughly 100 Watts of heat.
The Accelero L2 Pro will have a 6-year limited warranty and will eb available in June 2009 for only US $16.00 and 12.50
Compatible with Windows 7 Logo pops up
Much like the Vista ready propaganda, a new logo logo popped up for fow Windows 7 compatible hardware.
This "Compatible with Windows 7" logo was apparently leaked to some members of the press. Obviously it makes sense that this logo can be slapped on computer hardware and software, compatible with Windows 7. Obviously you'd need to get your hardware of software certified by Microsoft and spend some serious cash to be able to use the logo, but yeah .. that's Microsoft.
Okay you guys ready ..? *drum-roll*
Intel might looking at 1 billion EUR fine
Microsoft, the world
Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.2.1081.0 released
We have a new distribution of Media Player Classic HTPC read for you to download. We included both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries. Media Player Classic Home Cinema v1.2.908.0 This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
- Support for Flac audio streams
- Support for Dolby Digital+ (Eac3) and Dolby true HD (MLP)
- Nellymoser audio decoder
- Belarusian translation
- New shader "Sharpen Complex 2" (required hardware compatible with pixel shader 2.A)
- Support for madVR video renderer (http://madshi.net/madVR.zip)
- Add support of interlaced flags in software mode for MPCVideoDecoder filter
- D3DFullScreen mode now takes into account the monitor to full-screen mode in options, if monitor is not specified on the command line.
- Auto-hide playlist on fullscreen(feature request #2219561)
- Detours library updated to v2.1
- Support for AC3 in MP4 splitter
- Support for EAc3 in Matroska splitter
- Hotkeys added to support more remote control keys
- Support for Theora in Matroska internal splitter
- LibVorbis updated to v1.2.0
- Improved streaming performances
- Prevent display or computer to sleep during playback
- Faad library updated to rev 2.2.7
- LibPNG updated to release 1.2.35 (fix security bug)
- Playlist file is now saved in mpc folder (patch # 2671496)
- frame by frame modify to support step frame back functionality (except for VMR9)
For those interested, we have an interesting article right here, using this software to accelerate and enhance x.264 content with this software.
You can download Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.2.1081.0 right here.
Download: EVGA Precision 1.7.1
This program allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
EVGA Precision v1.7.1 (2009-04-28)
- Added update checking system.
- Now Logitech keyboard soft-buttons can be used to scroll Precision's LCD text in any direction. Both vertical and horizonatal scrolling can be easily reset by pressing up and down or left and right scroll soft-buttons simultaneously.
Download: click here
Daily deals May 2 2009
A pretty slow news-day today, so time for a nice phat weekend update of some good hardware deals. After all the processor releases I figured now is a good time to focus at a couple of popular processors and some good motherboards to go along with them.
- AMD Phenom II X3 710 Triple-Core Processor - this is probably my most favorite processor right now due to sheer performance and value. Next to that, some of you have been able to unlock the 4th core as well. Also, an overclock to 3600 MHz on air .. should not be an issue either. And it's selling for just $129.00 really amazing value there guys. Check out out review if in doubt.
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 Quad Core Processor - With the release of the new Phenom II X4 955 BE processor, the X4 940 dropped in price. Grab yourself a DDR2 AMD 790 based motherboard, and you have no idea what kind of performance you are looking at. Amazing value folks and it just dropped to $189.00 with free shipping and heck .. it is a Black Edition .. it overclocks to 3600 Mhz on just an air cooler really easily
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 Quad-Core Processor - Though I'm a fan of Phenom II more than Phenom I, this is among the cheapest of quad core processors you can purchase. Again a BE edition which clocks to roughly 3300 MHz. Heaps and heaps of value at $156.99
Recommended motherboard for any of these processors:
- ECS EliteGroup A790GXM-A, we reviewed this motherboard and it rocks, all processors above will run with it and this little gem of a motherboard sells for just $120.43 it's great value, as simple as that.
Intel Core 2 processors:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor - Intel makes some excellent processors, this is their budget quad core. Clocked at 2.33 GHz is delivers a good punch, we spotted it at $164.99
- Intel Core 2 Quad Core Processor Q9400 - This is one of my more favorite Intel quad core processors, it's 45nm based, clocked at 2.66 GHz and overclock pretty well. $219.99 is you price.
Recommended motherboard for any of these processors:
- ASUS P5Q is an Intel P45 chipset-based motherboard - of course the sky is the limit for Core 2 motherboards really, this one is great, has excellent features and is priced at just $125.99
Intel Core i7 processors:
- Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor - to date probably next to the Q6600 one of the most popular Quad Core processors ever released. This processor packs punch and can be overclocked real fast. The best price we could fins was $279.99, but remember .. Core i7 needs to be paired with an expensive X58 motherboard.
- Intel Core i7 940 Quad Core Processor - stepping it up in clock frequency the 940 is a brilliant processor. it's more pricy though at $544.99
- Intel Core i7 965 Quad Core Processor - nothing, seriously nothing at this very moment can beat this processor. It's powering up our primary graphics card test machine and it's fast .. so incredibly fast. We even overclock it to 3.75 GHz easily, for fun. But high-end comes at a high price, as such $995.00 you will need to cough up for it.
Recommended motherboard for any of these processors:
- GigaByte GA-EX58-UD3R Motherboard - You know what, I'll list two X58 motherboards here, there new BIOS for the UD3R motherboard makes it now SLI compatible as well, and at $205.50 that's a might fine price ! Well .. for an X58 motherboard that is..
- Asus Rampage II Extreme Motherboard - This is the motherboard we use in our graphics card test system. It's so horribly good. Top of the line, very expensive. But prices did come down a tiny bit and it's now selling for $369.00 if you want the somethign among the highest ranking X58 motherboards ... this would be a match made in cyber-heaven.
Intel Cuts SSD Prices
The SSD market is one of the most fascinating areas to follow right now. Not only do we get faster drives on a very regular basis, but prices are falling very rapidly also, due to the increased competition. Therefore, Intel decided to lower its prices for the M and E series even further:
As you can see in the table above, some price drops are quite considerable and are bringing SSDs a good step closer to the mainstream market. From close to $600 to $320 in just five months for the 80 GB X25-M is nothing short of impressive.
Windows 7 RC - Fully Functional For a Whole Year
We already reported that the release candidate (RC) of Windows 7 is going to be released to the public on May 5th, and that date is still valid, but the good news today are that this RC will be fully functional for more than a whole year. Yup, you read that right. Microsoft confirmed that the Windows 7 RC does not expire until June 1, 2010. That's a full 13 months of free Windows 7 experience. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
Patriot Launches buffered Fusion SSD
Patriot Memory today announced the release of their Fusion SSD Series. The Fusion SSD line has been specifically designed with cutting-edge technology by adding 64MB of DRAM cache in conjunction with its current equipped NAND technology. The ultimate result is an SSD that allows faster transfer rates between the controller and the host device.
"By the addition of the DRAM cache, the Fusion greatly increases the random and sequential read and write transfer rates," according to Meng J. Choo, Patriot's Flash Product Manager. He goes on to say, "The DRAM acts as a buffer and increases the reliability, and lessens the possibility for 'bottlenecks' within the data transfers." No word yet on pricing.
Mind you that we'll soon have a review of G.Skills Falcon with 64MB cache as well. The cached SSD are the way of the future alright.
ASUS Launches Graphics Cards with Super ML Caps
ASUSintroduced the world
AMD marks 40-year anniversary
A big phat congratulations go out to AMD May 1, 2009 will mark the official 40-year anniversary of AMD
Corsair launches new 16GB Voyager and Voyager Mini
Corsair announced their new 16GB high-performance
New Transformers 2 Trailer
*Slurp* - Hate it love, I liked part one .. and after seeing this trailer for Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen, I just know I'll adore this one.
* update - looks like I embedded the wrong trailer yesterday, this is actually the new trailer !
Acer claims Windows 7 October 23rd release date
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Announced
GSC Game World has officially announced S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, the upcoming expansion slash sequel to its popular post-apocalyptic PC shooter. Pripyat will pick up where the original game left off. Players will take on the role of an agent in the Ukraine Security Service, sent into the Zone to collection information on a failed military operation. The title is slated for release in fall 2009.
Key game features:
- Photorealistic exclusion Zone
Overclocking the Radeon HD 4770 (Guide)
Being a budget card with a lot of punch, overall performance of the Radeon HD 4770 is to be found in the mid-range segment. We here at Guru3D.com would like to teach you how to get even more out of your 99 USD investment.
In fact we'll show you how to get another 10 to 20% additional performance out of the card, totally free. It only takes a couple of minutes, and when done right we'll get the 4770 a good chunk faster.
Now not only will we learn you how to overclock, we'll also take a hand full of games and show you the performance benefit.
Check out this guide right here.
Download: GeForce Forceware 185.81 XP and Vista driver
New in Release 185.81:
- Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 275 GPU.
- Adds support for Ambient Occlusion
Intel And Nvidia Dominate Q1 2009 GPU Sales
Two days ago, Jon Peddie Research (JPR), published the new numbers regarding the graphic card manufacturers' market share for the first quarter of 2009. According to their research, both Intel and Nvidia were able to gain, while AMD/ATI lost market shares. Intel is current market leader with 49.7% and 37.20 million sold untis, Nvidia is second with 31.1% market share and 23.26 million untis, and AMD/ATI was only able to sell 12.81 million units, bringing their market share down to 17.1%. Another interesting observation was that after eight consecutive years, for the first time, the negative sales from Q4 to Q1 turned into positive sales, with a 3.29% change from Q4 2008 to Q1 2009.
All in all and compared year to year, things didn't look so good, though - which had to be expected, considering the current economical crisis. In raw numbers this means that "shipments dropped to 74.9 million units, -21.1% from this quarter last year."