Guru3D Deals of the Week
We haven't done this in a while. But I found some pretty okay prices on the latest hardware. Clock in the prices to visit the respecitve stores directly.
On the AMD side of things:
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe 4870 X2 review [Guru3D]
Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe test - Meet Palit's Revolution 700 Deluxe. It's an (R700) Radeon HD 4870 X2 with 2048MB memory based graphics card that comes with custom cooling, slightly higher memory clock and some serious connectivity on the form of VGA, DVI, HDMI and even Display port. That's right all the aforementioned connectors are physically present on this graphics card.
The end result is the weirdest thing you've ever looked at really, I mean .. this thing is huge, it's literally the size of a brick as it's familiar sized at 27 CM in length and 3 PCI slots (6 CM) wide. But heck, it's rather impressive and something you won't forget easy.
Check out the review here.
Spire released two Core i7 coolers
Spire unveiled the SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II, two new coolers with support for the Intel Core i7 processor.
The SP676S1 TherMax and SP679S1 TherMax II cpu coolers are ready to cool all processors built on the new Intel 1366 Core i7 platform in combination with the Intel LGA775 and AMD AM2 platforms giving the consumers huge scope to use these coolers. Another welcome feature to build a completely silent system are the Anti-vibe rubber fan corners, these will absorb any vibration from the fan motor. Availability is expected in early December.
The two models look similar but the specs in sizes of the fan and the materials used say it all:
* Three 8mm all copper U-shaped heat-pipes
* All new direct-touch heat-pipe technology
* UV-reactant 90mm BlueStar fan design
* Amazingly silent high performance
* 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin
Bruce Lee Plays Ping Pong With Nunchuck [fun]
Not hardware related. But oh, this has to be the best commercial ever released .... awesome!
Intel arms itself for an attack with 35W quad cores
Intel intends to release a broad family of chips with 35W thermal envelope designed for small form-factor, yet high-performance, desktop systems.
The processors will be the same as the company's mobile offerings in terms of specs, but will be compatible with desktop infrastructure. As reported earlier, the first breed of 35W chips for high-performance desktops made using 45nm process technology will be released already this month, whereas additional chips will be added into family on the 28th of December, according to certain documents. The family of ultra low-power chips for desktop computers will include both dual-core and quad-core central processing units, which are projected to be compatible with already available LGA775 infrastructure
DirectX 11 confirmed for Windows 7 & Vista
Ben Basaric, Product Marketing Manager Windows, confirmed that Windows 7 will be delivered with DX11, contrary to the rather vague statement a few days ago. Furthermore DX11 will also come for Windows Vista although Microsoft wouldn't confirm, if this will coincide with the release of Service Pack 2 for Vista [via pcgh]
EVGA nForce 730a motherboard comes out to play
EVGA has released a new budget ATX motherboard for the AMD platform, the nForce 730a. It supports Socket AM2+ processors and is available for $94.99.
Full specifications over here.
- PCI Express
Best Selling PC Games week ending Nov 8
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
- Spore / EA Maxis / $48
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $48
World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / $32
- Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $52
The Sims 2 Double Deluxe/ EA Maxis / $24 The Sims 2 Apartment LifeExpansion Pack / EA Maxis / $24
- Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $20
- Crysis Warhead / Crytek (EA) / $21
- World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
Trailer: Batman Arkham Asylum Debut Teaser
Powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3, the over-the-shoulder action and detective game is being created by Rocksteady Studios, developers of Urban Chaos: Riot Response. The title is slated to hit PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2009. Check out the brand new teaset trailer for Batman: Arkham Asylum. Sure the teaser gives absolutely nothing in ways of game play or anything.
It's just a fly through some parts of Arkham, but it looks stellar and a Batman game to live up to the Dark Knight movie would be apreciated.
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HS 23.6-inch full-HD display
Intel's upcoming Nehalem Xeons 2X faster
Early tests conducted with Intel's upcoming Nehalem-based Xeons show the processor running approximately twice as fast as its current equivalent. Based on the same basic design as Core i7 mainstream chips, a pair of 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon X5560 chips received a SPEC score of 160 in floating-point math tests versus 90 for two 3.4GHz Xeons from the current generation.
The performance is faster than AMD's already-improved Shanghai-era 2.7GHz Opterons, which score 105 in a dual-processor setup, and compares more closely to a quad-Opteron setup's 190 rating in the same SPEC test. Intel is expected to launch 2.93GHz and 3.2GHz Xeons and so should see faster-still results from those systems.
The Xeon X5560s are even faster in a Stars Euler3D fluid dynamics test and complete their calculations in less than half the time, taking just over 14.3 seconds versus the 2.7GHz Opteron duo's 30.3 seconds.
Much of the increase stems from the key change in memory architecture to the platform, which moves the memory controller on to the Xeon's chip die and establishes a point-to-point architecture that lets the processor cores communicate more directly with peripherals. This reduces lag time, eliminates the need for a traditional front side bus and substantially increases the memory bandwidth up to 35GB per second, mostly eliminating a number of memory bottlenecks for some calculations.
Extra assists also come from Hyperthreading, which sometimes allows two threads of programming to execute on a single core, and general optimizations that let the cores process more information per clock individually and in parallel.
The formal launch of Nehalem technology is due in early 2009 and should find its way into updated workstations almost immediately afterwards, including those from Apple, Dell and HP.
Ozzy Osbourne World of Warcraft Commercial TV Ad
Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD Soundcard delayed to Jan 09
Auzentech recently announced its Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD sound card has been delayed to the last week of January 2009. This will be the first native PCI Express audio card with full HDMI 1.3a support, providing non-downsampled audio even during playback of 24p video. The original release schedule of this card was September/October 2008.
"I regret delaying the product release," said Stephane Bae, president of Auzentech, Inc. "The decision came suddenly due to strategic marketing changes by our partners. These partners have been instrumental in making the Auzen X-Fi
Download: Speedfan 4.37
SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips.
Changes in version 4.37:
- Fixed a bug where, after resuming from suspend, fan speeds were not really changed
- Added full support for AMD CD5536 SMBus
- Added identification of Fintek F75111R
- Fixed an Exotics tab Access Violation
- Fixed a bug that caused all of the EVENTS to be lost after entering CONFIGURE
Download - click here.
SilverStone Big-Tower Raven RV01
Silverstone releases a new chassis Raven RV01, which is coming soon to europe.
The Raven RV01 big tower attracts with a revolutionary design, and by its progressive cooling layout, which is based on the stack effect. The stack effect is a natural phenomenon of air movement inside the Raven RV01
Freezer Xtreme Arctic Cooler CPU cooler review [Guru3D]
Today a quick peek at a new CPU cooler from Arctic Cooling. The unit submitted is the Artic Cooling Freezer Xtreme, which can cool the latest AMD and Intel processors. Something changed on the design though, as they did something pretty radical. They shaped this four heatpipe based product in an "U" form and then placed the ventilator right smack down in the middle. It's but interesting none-the-less.
The new Freezer Xtreme will feature an unique twin tower design and it will be able to achieve a good 160W of cooling capacity. We'll take a Core 2 Quad 9770 Extreme processor, overclock it .. and observe how well the cooler behaves.
Check out the full review here.
S3 Graphics Chrome 530 GT graphics card launched
S3 Graphics has released its first Chrome 500 series graphics card, the Chrome 530 GT. This budget graphics card promises high power efficiency and has DirectX 10.1, although the card is probably not powerful enough to play the latest games at decent quality settings. The S3 Chrome 530 GT is available for $44.95 and is mainly aimed at HTPC systems.
Sharkoon X-Tatic 5.1 Dolby Surround Headset
Sharkoon today introduced the third edition of its X-Tatic Dolby certified 5.1 headset. This new model has a new design, an improved microphone mount and enhanced functionality.
With eight speakers including two dedicated drivers for bass and a high-end amplifier, the headset envelops users with high quality, authentic surround-sound. Adjustable, padded earpieces and headband ensure the headset is comfortable to wear. The flexible, removable microphone can be adjusted to the most comfortable position. Volume controls are built directly into the 360cm long cable, allowing users to individually adjust the volume for each channel.
The X-Tatic Digital model includes the Sound Control Unit (SCU) with integrated Dolby Digital decoder. In addition to outputting Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic signals, the SCU supports the chat functions of the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as Time Delay (TD) for the rear and centre channels and Dynamic Range Control (DRC).
Whether with a PC, Mac, HiFi system, DVD player, Xbox or Playstation, the SCU allows users to use the headset with practically any analog or digital audio source. The headset's cable ends in a 9-pin connecter that attaches to analog devices through an adaptor and to digital devices through the SCU. The microphone connects to a PC or Playstation via USB, and to the Xbox via the 2.5mm expansion port on the Xbox's controller. Two AC adaptors are included for the headset and the Sound Control Unit.
In addition Sharkoon includes a cable adaptor (9-pin to 4 x 3.5mm jack plug), USB cable for PC and PS3 microphone functions, a microphone cable for the Xbox 360 (2.5mm jack plug), an S/PDIF optical cable and a handbook.
Sharkoon also offers the X-Tatic Analog version without the Sound Control Unit (SCU). The X-Tatic Analog comes with a 9-pin analog cable, analog adaptor and AC adaptor. The X-Tatic Analog connects to PCs, Macs and other analog audio sources. The Sound Control Unit is likewise available for purchase separately as an upgrade for the Sharkoon X-Tatic Analog. Other 5.1 headsets can connect to the SCU via its analog outputs.
End customers will find the Sharkoon X-Tatic available at the beginning of December from authorized retailers. Suggested retail prices are as follows:
Sharkoon X-Tatic Digital: 109,99 euros
Sharkoon X-Tatic Analog: 64,90 euros
Sharkoon X-Tatic SCU: 67,90 euros