Intel Light Peak doubles USB 3.0 speed
There's probably a very good reason why Intel is trying to stall chipset support for USB 3.0, they'd like it much more if they could control the market with their own patents and licenses. But that doesn't mean they have something really interesting in their hands though.
Intel unveiled Light Peak technology, with which they hope to ultimately replace the profusion of different cables sprouting from today's PCs with a single type of fiber-optic link.
"We hope to see one single cable," Perlmutter said, adding that one thing getting in the way of smaller laptops is the profusion of cable ports around the systems' edges.
This prototype PC has the Light Peak controller and optical connector that sends signals down a single white optical cable. It will reach 100 gigabits per second in the next decade, said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of optical input-ouput program office, in an interview. The company envisions Light Peak as a replacement for the cables that currently lead to monitors, external drives, scanners, and just about anything else that plugs in to a computer. A PC could have a number of Light Peak ports for different devices, or a connection could lead to a hub--perhaps an external monitor--with multiple connections of its own, Ziller said. It's not clear how much the technology will cost or how many years it will take to become mainstream. And wireless communication technology--Intel itself has promoted Ultra-Wideband (UWB) for years--offers the attraction of getting rid of some cables altogether.
The Light Peak technology handles multiple communication protocols at the same time, with quality-of-service provisions to ensure high-priority traffic such as video get preferred treatment, he said.
Intel's Dadi Perlmutter traces the Light Peak cable from a PC to a monitor on the other side of the stage. Light Peak can traverse distances up to 100 meters. The cables themselves are durable, Ziller said: "You can tie a knot in it and it'll still work." Intel has a lot of clout in the computing marketplace, but building support for a radical new connection that could replace DVI, DisplayPort, USB, Firewire, HDMI, and any number of other connections would require broad industry support. Intel's taking the usual approach to tackling that problem:
"We're working with the industry to standardize it," Ziller said. Intel has been briefing other companies for "the last few months," and now is trying to get the standards process started in earnest with partners including companies in the computing, consumer electronics, and telephone handset markets, he said. Ziller wouldn't say who else is participating in the effort, but Intel published a statement of support from Sony, which has a lot of clout of its own in many markets. "Sony is excited about the potential for Light Peak technology that Intel has been developing, and believe it could enable a new generation of high-speed device connectivity," said Ryosuke Akahane, vice president of Sony's Vaio Business Group.
So will Light Peak become a universal port? "Intel's long-term vision is you could get to that," Ziller said.
ASUS Rampage III Extreme arrives
During CeBIT it was already on display and recently is was announced, the ASUS Rampage III Extreme is a wicked Intel X58 chipset based motherboard alright. The Rampage III Extreme can use LGA1366 processors, has four PCI Express x16 slots, which are managed by an NVIDIA NF200 bridge chip, and it supports DDR3 memory.
What interests a lot of the enthusiast users is the native implementation of SATA 6.0Gbps and USB 3.0, which means that performance enthusiasts will have all bases covered if they decide to buy this mainboard. The device even includes overclocking features, as well as the now-infamous capability of being overclocked via Bluetooth.
Other specifications of the upcoming monster board include Gigabit LAN, eSATA and Firewire connectivity, USB 2.0 ports and 7.1 channel audio. The rest of the details should become available soon enough, since official pictures usually mean that the formal introduction of a product is not too far off.
Check out some official photo's we just took in the lab, we hope to have a review ready by next week.
Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 4 ready for grabs
We're happy to announce that we started the Afterburner 1.6.4 Beta testing process, in this version we have early support of voltage control with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470/480 along with other many exciting features. Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 4 is released, in this version Unwnider add 2 exciting features. One is highly expected GeForce GTX 480 over-voltage function, the other is special "CaptureVoltageDefault" for AMD 5800 series BIOS issue.
[GeForce GTX 480 Over-Voltage]
In Afterburner 1.6.0 Beta 4, you can adjust the voltage of GeForce GTX 480 from 0.825~1.125V. It's not very big adjustment range, but considering egg-cooking capability of GeForce GTX 480, it is safe to stay in this range.
GeForce GTX 470 over-voltage support will be ready in next version.
ATI Catalyst 10.4 Preview driver is available
ATI just released the ATI Catalyst 10.4 preview for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP for the ATI Radeon HD 5000 product line.
The reason why they
Radeon HD 5870 overclocked to 1525MHz
Oookay, I'm a little late posting this one, but overclockers Elmor and Kinc spend some quality time with the ASUS HD5870 Matrix and managed to overclock the graphics card's core to a stunning 1525MHz!
That's an increase of almost 80 percent compared to the reference model, and the memory was overclocked to a more modest 4900MHz. The system was stable enough for 3DMark Vantage, and posted a 3DMark score of P29342 (GPU score 26691).
SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition
SteelSeries also introduced the Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition, claiming this new peripheral will boost your performance in R.U.S.E thanks to superior technology and a preconfigured profile setting and optimizes gameplay. The ambidextrous mouse will soon be available on the company's website for $89.99.
SteelSeries has teamed with game publisher Ubisoft to bring fans exclusive branded peripherals for the upcoming real-time strategy game R.U.S.E. Designed to give players a competitive advantage, the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition enhances performance with its superior technology and a preconfigured profile setting that optimizes game-play. The preloaded R.U.S.E. profile, created with input from Ubisoft, allows quick access to the R.U.S.E. and HQ Menus, and preset macro buttons can take the player from the bird's eye view of the war to the heart of the battlefield in an instant. The SteelSeries QcK Limited Edition (R.U.S.E.) mousepad features graphics from the game and provides a smooth and consistent glide; combined they deliver a complete and immersive R.U.S.E. experience.
Currently in open beta, R.U.S.E. allows players to use strategy and bluffing tactics as the general of their nation's army during World War II. The speed and range of movement required in the game, demands tools that can deliver superb levels of precision and accuracy. Ubisoft chose to partner with SteelSeries, because of the award-winning, innovative features and technology that the SteelSeries Xai offers to gamers.
In addition to the R.U.S.E. profile that comes pre-loaded on the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition, SteelSeries will offer pro-gamer recommended R.U.S.E. profiles for users to download once the game launches in June. These recommended profiles will be found on the SteelSeries web site.
Important features on the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition include:
- Ambidextrous shape with a 10.8 megapixels/second sensor processing 12,000 frames/second at 5,001 Counts Per Inch (CPI) with movement speeds of 150 inches/second
- Unique SteelSeries sensor innovations including SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries FreeMove and automatic lift distance calibration deliver exceptional levels of personalization
- Up to 5 stored profiles including a preconfigured R.U.S.E. profile created with input from game publisher, Ubisoft
- 7 Programmable macro buttons with up to 200 strokes per button
- Full customization via LCD menu system on the back of the mouse stored by the hardware - eliminating the need for drivers and providing configuration capabilities on-the-go.
Okay so $89.99. ... for that 20 dollar piece of hardware ?!?! What the heck ...
Patriot Zephyr SSD
Patriot introduced the Zephyr, a new solid state disk series designed around the JMicron JM612 SSD controller. The disks are available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and feature 64MB DDR2, TRIM and a max read speed of up to 240MB/s. The write speed depends on the model; it's 85MB/s (64GB), 145MB/s (128GB) or 180MB/s (256GB). Pricing is unknown, but the company promises aggressive pricing.
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced the addition of the Zephyr series to its family of solid-state-drives (SSDs). The Zephyr series of SSD offer improved system responsiveness with quicker boot times and shorter application loading times over traditional hard disk drive storage solutions.
NVIDIA System Tools 6.06 out for grabs
There is a new version of NVIDIA System Tools that came out a few days ago. This release is version 6.06, previous version was 6.05. This version adds support for the 400 series cards, no word on any other changes.
This NVIDIA System Tools installation package adds support for GTX 480 and GTX 470 and it includes the following components:
1. NVIDIA Performance Group (v6.05.26.05) add-on to the NVIDIA Control Panel
- GeForce GPUs
- Enables GPU overclocking nForce MCPs
- Enables system tuning and profiles for clocks, voltages, timings, and fans
- Includes support for Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) components
- Displays detailed system information
2. NVIDIA System Monitor (v6.05.25.05) standalone application
- GeForce GPUs
- Enables GPU temperature monitoring nForce MCPs
- Enables system monitoring for clocks, voltages, timings, and fans
- Includes support for Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) components
3. NVIDIA System Update (v3.00.17.00) add-on to the NVIDIA Control Panel
- Automatically checks for nForce and GeForce driver updates
- Adds ability to update your system bios
- Includes support to update firmware of Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) components
Super Street Fighter 4 Tweaks
Azrael, at Shoryuken.com, has been doing the translations and this week we learn about changes made to C. Viper, Rufus, El Fuerte, Abel, Seth, Akuma, Gouken, and the bosses that players will face in Arcade Mode.
You can read more about it here.
Dead Space Novel
Continuing the cross-media expansion of Dead Space--a franchise that already spans three video games, a seventy-three minute animated feature, a six-issue comic mini-series and a line of action figures--publishers Electronic Arts and Tor Books have announced a "literary prequel" dubbed "Dead Space: Martyr" and due in July 2010.
You can read all about it here.
Seagate preload HDDs with movies
The days of buying a pristeen new hard drive with nothing but free space may be coming to an end. Seagate today has announced a plan to bundle motion pictures on new hard drives. "Some" of its 500GB FreeAgent hard drives will come preloaded with 20 recent films from Paramount. To watch them, the user will have to pay $9.99 each for the appropriate unlock code (though as part of the offering, the recent "Star Trek" feature will be unlockable for free).
You can read the entire article here.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 400 water block
Inno3D released some photo's their water cooled GeForce GTX 470/480 series. Hopefully they will become available in the market this time arround. They surely look great.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.
Rivatuner GPU Monitor Sidebar Gadget 2.3
This Sidebar Gadget that uses Rivatuner's low level hardware monitor for stats.
This application is a Vista Sidebar Gadget that uses Rivatuner's low level hardware monitor for stats. I've finally released it on Microsoft's site. If your Rivatuner install is reporting back values that you would like to see in the sidebar, then install this gadget and have it easily accessible.
Values will vary depending on the model card you have and its capabilities.
Values capable of being displayed include, but are not limited to:
- GPU Usage
- GPU Temperature
- Core and Memory Clock Speed
- Fan Speed
- Frames per Second
- AND MORE
Updates for version 2.3 include:
- Small/Large (docked/undocked)
- Transparency (requires Aero theme)
- Value translation
- Purge monitor list
- Updated hardware acceleration bar (removed D3D & D3D8, added D3D11)
Read the help tab in the gadget config for explicit instructions and configuration information. We have a thread open on this tool (visited by programmer) right here.
MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II review
MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II review
Today we test the MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II . This product is based on the new Radeon HD 5830. MSI again made sure that their version needed to be interesting, so they designed a custom PCB, used durable quality components and then added their latest Twin FRoZr II cooler.
The end result is a product that looks just awesome, performs at baseline level, but overclocks just really well. Have a peek at what we test today, and then head on over to the article where we'll look at the MSI R 5870 Twin FroZR II edition graphics card.
Check out the Guru3D.com review right here.
Microsoft Arc Keyboard
Gigabyte X58 Overclocking Motherboard Prepped
One thing is that the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 forgoes all types of previous-generation expansion slots in favor of the PCI Express x16 interface. This allowed its maker to put in no less than seven such slots, which should say a lot about the maximum video and GPU computing capabilities that enthusiasts will achieve. Not only that, but there are also six DDR3 memory slots, which will easily let purchasers install more memory than they'll really need for years. One can only imagine what havoc this mainboard will cause with a CrossFireX or SLI setup and 24GB of memory.
Other specifications of the upcoming product include ten SATA ports, four of which might be SATA 6.0Gbps ones, DualBIOS, a debuLED, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio and, last but not least, USB 3.0 connectors to make sure that top speed can be reached wherever possible. Unfortunately, when and where this creature will debut is unknown, as is its price tag [via softpedia].
Intel not planning USB 3.0 until 2012
The gusy over at Bit Tech heard from Taiwanese sources that Intel has no plans to integrate USB 3.0 into its chipsets until 2012 at the earliest, and that support for SATA 6Gbps won't be integrated until late Q3 2011 in the refresh of the X58 platform.
"Our sources here in Taipei tell us that Intel has no plans to integrate USB 3 into its chipsets until 2012 at the earliest - there are no new platforms due this year, and next year's roadmaps currently show none featuring USB 3. Apparently Intel plans to make a USB 3/SATA 6Gbps all-in-one chip for optional use by motherboard manufacturers on its products, however it
AMD SB810 southbridge launch slightly delayed
The site also received word that 890FX/SB850, 790FX/SB750/SB850/ 870/SB850 based motherboards will start shipping later this quarter, and that 740G/SB710 motherboards will follow in the second half of this year.
Additionally, they also picked up a rumor that AMD plans to introduce Socket AM3+ in 2011 with the AMD 990FX or 970 chipset with SB950 southbridge. It's possible that this new socket will be backwards compatible with the current ones.