VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC download
For those interested, earlier in the weekend VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC was released to the public. This (free) videplayer has the advantage of utilizing your GPU to accelerate all kinds of encoded movies like MKV.
- GPU and DSP decoding, depending on the platform
- Faster and more stable
- New codecs and HD codecs enhancements
- MKV, mp4 and avi improvements
- Important code cleanup and rewrite
- Interface and playlist reworked
- Completely Free
- MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
- AVI - MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4
- ASF / WMV / WMA - WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1, 2 1 1, 2 1 1 WMV 1/2
- MP4 / MOV / 3GP - Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
- OGG / OGM / Annodex
- Matroska (MKV) - H.261 H.263 / H.263i H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
- Real - Real Video 1/2
- WAV (incuding DTS)
- Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
- Raw DV
- FLV (Flash)
- Standard MIDI / SMF
Samsung Spinpoint HD203WI 2TB HDD review
So I was building a new NAS storage unit shortly ago for the office with the main reason to really increase storage volume for cloned drive backups. When I started browsing on the web to see what 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB HDDs cost these days, I was a little shocked. If you go high in volume and can forfeit on performance a little, you can purchase a GB for 6 cents (EUR) these days. But does it perform at the very least reasonably ?
Check out the Guru3D review here.
EVGA preps X58 SLI3 and X58 Classified3
I'm hogging this one of the colleagues of TPU, but eVGA is preparing a new rounf of X58 motherboards. eVGA is ready with two new boards, the EVGA X58 SLI3 and X58 Classified3. With this release they are making a move to USB 3.0 and SATA 6G as well.
While being based on essentially the same board design as the X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified, these boards have feature updates which include USB 3.0, and SATA 6 Gb/s. Both these features use 3rd party controllers from NEC and Marvell, and are available in 2-port forms. For existing users of X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified, EVGA developed its own 2-port USB 3.0 addon card. Check out the thumbnail for a little mroe info, courtesy of tpu.
Computex - MSI shows Golden Edition GeForce GTX 465
Doing it a little different MSI has a Golden Edition GeForce GTX 465 on display at Computex. This card uses an copper GPU heatsink, complete with copper fins, base, and heat pipes, and a copper-colored cooler shroud.
Expect this card to be quite costly (whould it ever reach the market). Well, it is a lot of bling-bling alright, but we like that :)
Silicon Power Armor A80 USB 3.0 portable hard drive
Silicon Power has unveiled a new external portable hard drive called the Armor A80. The new HDD uses a USB 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. The HDD is rugged, meets US military standards for drop survivability, and is water resistant to IPX7 standards.
The HDD can be submerged in water up to a meter deep for as long as 30 minutes without any damage. The USB 3.0 connectivity allows the driver to support up to 5Gbps of data transfer. Other features include a LED light to show drive activity and an integrated USB cable that tucks into the side of the drive chassis.
The drive measures 139 x 96 x 18mm and weighs 270g. The drive gets all the power it needs directly from the USB port so no AC adapters are needed. The drive is offered in 640GB, 500GB, or 320GB and it comes in blue color. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Computex - Corsair product announcements
Corsair made a couple of announcements today announcing three new products, let's have a look at them.
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Computer
Corsair announced the Graphite Series
Computex - ASUS working on X58 Lucid Hydra based mobo
Romanian site Lab501have been able to grab a few early snapshots of what ASUS will show this year. Spotted there is X58-based motherboards, one that adopts the now-famous Lucid Hydra chip. Part of the ASUS Republic of Gamers series, the new board will enable consumers to mix Intel's high-end Core i7 processors with graphics cards from both NVIDIA and ATI.
Details lack, from the looks of it, the board is only featured with two PCI-e X16 graphics slots, which means the number of combinations available with this board is rather limited. Still, we're pretty sure you'll get the ASUS ROG Connect feature that is available for all of ASUS's latest high-end boards, as well as a number of other technologies, specifically tailored to meet the requirements of computer and overclocking enthusiasts.
Should you like to learn a thing or two on hydra, we reviewed the X58 Hydra Fuzion MSI board earlier this year, check that article here.
Click on the thumbnail if you like to see a full-size photo of this motherboard.
CoolIT A.L.C now with selection of radiators
Consumers like more choice alright and as such CoolIT is expanding its Eco ALC series of water cooling kits with options. As you have been able to read here on Guru3D.com (review here) this set is normally bundled with a 120 mm radiator, but now there is also a 80 mm, 92 mm and 240 mm version availble as well.
The new Eco watercooling kit are for both beginners and advanced users, CoolIT said. The Eco 80 and Eco 92 are primarily intended for compact systems, while the Eco 240 and Eco 240 DualHead are targeted at high-end systems. The only difference between the four new sets is as said the radiator. The pump, the CPU block, hoses, the coolant and the included fan (s) in each option remains identical.
Eco CoolIT watercooling solutions, do maintenance free and come with a universal mounting kit for Intel LGA775, AMD Socket LGA1156 and LGA1366 and AM2 (+) and AM3.
|Eco A.L.C 80||Eco A.L.C 92||Eco A.L.C 240||Eco A.L.C 240 Dual Head|
|Radiator||104 x 80 x 25 mm||125 x 92 x 29 mm||275 x 122 x 27 mm||275 x 122 x 27 mm|
|Fan(s)||1 * 80 mm, 2400 tpm||1 * 92 mm, 1800 tpm||2 * 120 mm, 1900 tpm||4 * 120 mm, 1900 tpm|
|Pump||60 x 48 x 30 mm||60 x 48 x 30 mm||60 x 48 x 30 mm||2 * 60 x 48 x 30 mm|
|Pump speed||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute|
|CPU-blok||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||2 * 55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm|
|Tubing L||280 mm||280 mm||280 mm||280 mm|
More info here
Computex - OCZ preps SandForce Based PCIe RevoDrive SSD
PCIe based SSDs have been reserved for enterprise use ever since their introduction. Generally limited by pricing, even OCZ's own forays into the PCIe SSD market have been targeted at enterprise customers. That may all change with today's announcement. Meet the RevoDrive.
This PCIe x4 card takes a pair of SF-1200 controllers and RAIDs them together, giving you roughly the performance of two SF-1200 SSDs but on a single card. Through some unique component selection OCZ aims to keep costs within 10 - 20% of a single drive. Obviously you lose TRIM support and the overall performance should be no different than a pair of SF-1200s in RAID (on a good controller/chipset), but if you need PCIe this may be an option [via anand].
Computex - ASUS to launch hardcore Game PC
Asus at a press conference at Computex announced a powerful gaming desktop will be released real soon. The gaming PC has a Core i7 980X and two Radeon HD 5870 cards on board setup in CorssfireX.
The new desktop PC comes from the Republic of Gamers team and will be named CG8490. With this game PC Asus aims at hardcore gamers
The desktop is also equipped with the fastest processor Intel has available for the consumer market, the Intel Core i7 980X. The CPU will be overclocked by 20 percent (thus 4 GHz) and will receive a luxurious 12GB DDR3 memory.
The two Radeon HD 5870's provide the necessary graphics power but will be pre-overclocked as well (no speed available).
Further specifications of the components and their respective clock frequencies are not known, but we expect it will make use of a Rampage Extreme III motherboard and likely the Matrix HD 5870 series. It's probably for the best that we do not know the pricing just yet :)
Computex - Hitachi HyDrive: SSD-equipped optical drives
The mates at Engadget are reporting that Hitachi is about to release a SSD-equipped laptop optical drive.
The HyDrive is a standard form factor optical drive (DVD burner or Blu-ray will be available), but there's a 32GB or 64B SSD (not just a strip of NAND, we're told) tucked below. When this gets stuffed within a laptop, you're immediately able to access an optical drive, an SSD (for your operating system and critical launch applications) and a spacious HDD for storing music, media, etc.
If all goes well, the first HyDrive will ship in August 2010 (in South Korea; globally in September) within the 102 Series of Moneual HTPCs, though second-generation devices will scale all the way to 256GB. Other future plans are to slim the HyDrive down and possibly shove it within a netbook, set-top box or tablet (yeah, they name dropped the iPad and HP Slate here at their Computex press briefing), and there's also plans to move from SATA 3Gbps to SATA 6Gbps in due time. Of note, the very first generation will measure in at 12.7mm thick, and we're told that it won't fit into most conventional laptops; instead, it'll be aimed at small form factor (SFF) PCs, HTPCs and other mid-tower desktops. In March 2011, however, Hitachi-LG will be embedding the SSD within the PCB assembly, enabling it to reach a 9.5mm height (and thus, a much larger target market). ASUS has also announced plans to cram the HyDrive into some of its own machines, with the Eee Top all-in-one desktop line getting 'em first and the N61DA laptop getting the slimmer second generation edition.
We aren't generally the betting type, but it seems safe to assume that a whole slew of other PC makers will hop onboard here -- there's not likely to be too much of a price hike, and the benefits in terms of overall performance and system flexibility will surely appeal to the technophile crowd. Speaking of MSRPs, the company wouldn't reveal individual stickers, noting that OEM agreements prevented that kind of disclosure. It did say that an average thin-and-light priced at $649 sans an SSD would likely be priced at $849 with a HyDrive, shedding light on an estimated $200 uptick in price with a lower-level HyDrive in place. We asked if retail sales were being considered, and were told that it was "a possibility" for future years (but it wasn't going to happen in 2010) [via engadget]
Computex - Biostar shows Intel P67 and H67 chipsets
Biostar is showing Sandy Bridge ready gear at Computex. Intel's H67 and P67 chipset will be paired with the upcoming LGA1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs, due next year, so these board are somewhat early to show alright. Anyway, check these out, these are the new Intel P67 and H67 chipsets, designed for the upcoming Sandy Bridge class of processors.
Above (click on the thumbnail) an Intel P67 based motherboard using an 8-phase power design, hopefully the chipset will finally come with native USB 3.0 in addition to the earlier SATA 6Gbps standard. They should bring very high speed DDR3 memory support and eSATA2.
Below is the H67 chipset supporting newer Sandy Bridge class processors with integrated graphics, hence the H extension.
Computex - Palit GeForce GTX 465 Dual Fan + 4 Video output
Featuring Dual Fans and 4 Video outputs which support HDMI, DisplayPort, and two Dual-Link DVI display outputs. The Palit cooler & quieter thermal solution is designed with more fans and fins in order to optimize the revolutionary Fermi architecture performances. The cooler & quieter thermal system features Dual Fan to get double air-flow, a heatsink made of a pure cooper base and heat pipes attached to aluminum fins to maximize cooling performance. The cooler consists of a PWM fan with optimized heatsink, giving it excellent thermal performance while making it an ideal cooling solution.
The GeForce GTX 465 is built upon the same great DX11 architecture as the GTX 480. It has 352 CUDA cores, 44 texture unites, 32 ROP unites and a 256-bit memory interface with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. It relies on the same GF100 chip used in GeForce GTX 480 and 470 GPUs. GTX 465 also provides gamers with core GeForce GTX features such as 3D Vision, PhysX and CUDA, which enhance the gaming experience. PC Gamers who upgrade to GeForce GTX465 will get great frame rates on the DX9 and DX10 games that are predominant today, and also be ready for the next generation of DirectX11 games of tomorrow that will be released over the next few years.
GeForce GTX 465 SLI review
GeForce GTX 465 single and SLI gets tested
Based on the same 40nm GF100 as the GTX 470 and 480 will thermals be better?, will the noise levels stay within normal limits ? Well, you are here to find all that out. Have a peek at what is introduced today at the start of the Computex 2010 exhibition in Taiwan, the all new GeForce GTX 465.
Check out this full Guru3D article right here.
ASUS ROG Rampage III Gene on Micro-ATX
Being based on the X58 chipset, the board supports Intel LGA 1366 CPUs. The Gene uses an eight-phase power design, has six DDR3 memory slots, two SATA 6.0Gbps connectors and six SATA 3.0Gbps ports.
There are two USB 3.0 ports and just as many PCI Express x16 slots, fully prepared for SLI or CrossFireX multi-GPU setups. As for connectivity and I/O, ASUS' product provides FireWire, 7.1 channel audio and Gigabit Ethernet, among other things.
Obviously, being a ROG device, this mainboard has its own overclocking-friendly features, such as on-board Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons. Unfortunately, the folks at Trusted Reviews were not able to get any sort of info on when and where this small beast will show up for order, or how much it will drain from one's finances. It is possible that shipments will start sometime in June, like for so many other recent arrivals, at around $250, but is just a rumor.
Check the thumbnail for a larger photo.
Computex - Kingston shows off 2544MHz DDR3
Intel ships 48-core processors to selected institutions
Here I'm sitting happy as a puppy dog with a 6-core processor, thinking about a 8-core processor release later this year or early 2011 in mind. But the colleagues over at X-bit Labs heard that Intel has started to ship prototype systems with its 48-core processor to software developers. Intel Corp. has started to ship its systems powered by its prototype processor known as single chip cloud computer (SCC) that contains 48 x86 cores to software developers outside the company. The world