Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available Worldwide
GeForce Forceware 257.21 WHQL drivers ready for download
NVIDIA has released a new series 257 drivers, this is revision 257.21 WHQL which carries support for a large amount of GeForce graphics cards.
The 257.15 beta driver includes the PhysX system software, the HD audio 188.8.131.52 driver, and has support for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300 and 400 (GTX 465 too) series desktop cards, and the ION GPUs.
New in Version 257.21
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0223.
- Adds support for OpenGL 4.0 for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs.
- Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.1 which includes significant performance increases for double precision math operations. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel setup page for SLI and PhysX for ultimate control over multi-gpu configurations.
- Adds a new NVIDIA Control Panel feature for ultimate control over CUDA GPUs, allowing the user to effectively choose which GPU will power each CUDA application.
- Includes numerous bug fixes. 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.
- Installs HD Audio driver version 184.108.40.206 (for supported GPUs).
- Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe CS5 .
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash 10.1. Learn more here.
- Supports the new version of MotionDSP's video enhancement software, vReveal, which adds support for HD output. NVIDIA customers can download a free version of vReveal that supports up to SD output here.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology * on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
*Note: The following SLI features are only supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7: Quad SLI technology using GeForce 9800 GX2 or GeForce GTX 295, 3-way SLI technology, Hybrid SLI, and SLI multi-monitor support.
A specific change log will follow later on. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
AMD six-core sells like hot buns from the oven
Ironically, this caution proved less than fortuitous when retail channels were faced with a demand that was quite a bit higher than originally anticipated. The same can be said for the new motherboards powered by the 800 chipset series.
Demand was significant during the second quarter. On the one hand, this led to strong sales of both chips and platforms. On the other hand, the shortage of six-core processors also means that shipments of such parts, and motherboards, did not reach the amounts they otherwise could have. Not only that, but even the supply schedule of quad-core Phenom II 960T chips was affected.
Moving forward, in order to resolve this issue and, hopefully, avoid it in the future, AMD has adjusted its planned Southbridge chips. The maker intended to pair the 890FX, 880G and 870 Northbridge chips with SB850/SB810 Southbridges. Plans have changed, however, in the way that the SB850 will have to handle the entire market on its own for a while, as the SB810 has been delayed. There is no word on when, exactly, the latter will debut.
Check out our review on these six-core processors here.
Xbox 360 Slim officially announced
Microsoft officially presented its new Xbox 360 console at E3. The console is referred to as "The New Xbox 360", it features a slimmer design, has built-in WiFi 802.11n and offers a 250GB HDD. If you live in the US you'll be able to buy the new Xbox 360 console later this week for $299.99, while Europeans will have to wait until July 16.
Additionally, the price of the old Xbox 360 Elite will drop $50 to $249, while the Arcade receives a similar price cut to $149.
Microsoft also surprised the world with a new Xbox 360 console designed for the future. Back in black, the new Xbox 360 is sleek, silent and sexy. Connect in seconds to the always- expanding world of Xbox LIVE through built-in Wi-Fi N and store twice as many games and entertainment on a 250GB hard drive.
The newly designed console is whisper-quiet, so the silent tension of a game or movie is never broken. The new Xbox 360 system also comes with everything you need to get started, including an Xbox 360 wireless controller, Xbox 360 headset, HDMI input, USB flash drive storage capabilities and more, and a one-year limited warranty on the console, available this week and priced at $299.99 ERP.
Oh and still no blu-ray support ..
Sandra 2010 SP2 v16.52 released
SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
SiSoftware Sandra 2010, the latest version of the award-winning utility, includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
At SiSoftware from version to version we focus four key areas of software development to make sure we give our users the best software experience. Quite simply our four drivers are:
- Inclusion of new technologies that ensure our tools remain current.
- Increased hardware and software support for existing modules.
- Improving the user interface to make it a richer easier user experience.
- Filling gaps in the product line in response to our customers' needs.
This release contains a few changes you should find useful:
- Reference Results: changed UI from multiple combo-boxes to single list-view, making it easier to select, view and modify reference results. You can still only select 4 devices for now, with the earliest unselected if you check more than 4.
- AVX instruction set: extensive support in all benchmarks: Multi-Media (integer & float), Memory Bandwidth (integer & float, buffered and unbuffered/streaming), Cache & Memory (non-streaming). Removed EMMX.
- OpenCL: unified module supporting all manufacturer versions (ATI, nVidia, etc.), can use multiple cards from multiple vendors in parallel.
- OpenGL: now supports versions 4.0 and 3.3; ARB native double support on ATI 5800 and nVidia Fermi (previously only ATI specific doubles were supported).
- Ranking Engine: is now on-line and localised in all the languages
Chieftec outs 80 Plus PSUs as well
The power supply is one of the product types that most emphasize electrical efficiency. There are multiple certifications that such a PSU must earn before truly being considered green. The most relevant is the 80Plus, which deals directly with the energy efficiency of the unit. That being said, even getting the lowest certification, 80Plus Bronze, is an achievement. Chieftec knows this, which is why it has brought forth the Nitro series.
The Nitro series is made up of ten models. First off, there are six modular solutions, with output of 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, 950W and 1,200W, respectively. Secondly, there are four non-modular models, of 350W, 400W, 450W and 500W. They all meet the ATX 2.3 standard, have a pair of 12V rails, nylon sleeves on cables and 140mm (modular) and 120mm (non-modular) fans. All spinners feature automatic speed adjustment, aided by a thermostat. As for the energy efficiency itself, all products surpass 85% and boast 80Plus bronze rating except for the 1,200W, which has 80Plus Silver rating (90.1% efficiency).
The modular units are noteworthy not just for their cable management benefits, but also for the fact that each boasts up to six 8-pin PCI Express 2.0 power connectors, as well as ten SATA connectors. Basically, these newcomers should handle most multi-GPU setups and high-end CPUs. Finally, European stores should be able to receive Chieftec's fresh creations starting with the week of January 26, 2011.
MSI shipping GX740 laptop
MSI announced the GX740 17" gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-720QM processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, and 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution is now available in the US for $1,399.99.
MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the availability of its new 17-inch GX740 gaming notebook. Armed with the Intel
OCZ Deneva enterprise SSD launched
OCZ announced Deneva, a new line of SandForce 1500 based solid state disks for enterprises. The full specifications of each model can be found at OCZ Enterprise.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils the Deneva Series Solid State Drives, a new enterprise line that is based on cutting-edge architecture that utilizes Sandforce's 1500 SSD processor with MLC and eMLC to address the performance and reliability demands of enterprise storage environments.
"Our new Deneva Series of drives are designed to improve performance and are the first to deliver Tier-0/1 Enterprise level reliability, using a range of lower cost flash technologies including eMLC and MLC in processes as low as 3xnm," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Deneva SSDs deliver exceptional price to performance and reliability ratios while giving customers the freedom to design in a variety of interfaces including SATA , SAS, FC and PCIe and an assortment of form factors, giving clients the ultimate flexibility and control to address their distinct enterprise requirements."
The Sandforce-based Deneva family features several enterprise-specific options not available on OCZ's consumer product lines, including emergency power loss protection with a supercap, best-in-class endurance, and superior encryption and ECC protection. Promoting enhanced productivity for a broad range of applications, the Deneva Series provides greater performance and cost savings versus traditional hard disk drive (HDD) infrastructures. Additionally, the Deneva Series maximizes throughput with up to 285MB/s reads, 275MB/s writes, and 4KB random writes up to 50,000 IOPS.
Aside from the industry-leading performance, the Deneva Series also offers:
* Interface options (SATA, SAS, FC, PCIe)
* Wide range of available form factors (1.8", 3.5", etc.)
* Customized Firmware
* Enhanced reliability with supercap
With superior durability, efficiency, and performance over traditional mechanical hard drives, Deneva's ability to provide a custom solution with lower cost flash technologies ensures ultimate performance, reliability and superior total cost of ownership that other SSD lines cannot deliver.
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TeraDrive CT Series SSDs from Super talent
The new TeraDrive CT has a standard SATA-II 3Gbps interface. It delivers sequential read and write speeds up to 285 and 275 MB/sec respectively. Built-in Garbage Collection and TRIM support ensure sustainable performance over the life of the drive, without degradation.
The TeraDrive CT features RAISE technology for enhanced reliability and DuraWrite technology for significantly increased endurance, state-of-the-art wear leveling, bad block management, and excellent ECC with up to 24 symbols correctable per 512 byte sector. The TeraDrive CT, built with MLC NAND flash, uses new improved firmware that yields greater usable capacity than earlier 1222 based SSDs. It is offered in capacities from 60GB to 480GB.
Joe James, Director of Marketing at Super Talent stated, "The TeraDrive CT is now our fastest desktop/laptop upgrade SSD. It has an amazing feature set combined with exceptional sequential and random transfer speeds and best-in-class reliability." TeraDrive CT SSDs are available now through Super Talent resellers worldwide.
A-DATA C003 flash drive
A-DATA has released the C003, an ultra-slim USB flash drive with a funky sliding design. The flash drive has a thickness of only 7.5mm and is available in strawberry red or sparkling lavender blue color options. A-DATA ships the C003 in capabilities of 2/4/8/16/32GB but unfortunately there's no USB 3.0 support, a bit of a shame.
With the ultra-compact size and light weight, users can easily enjoy transfer experience anytime, anywhere at their precious moment. Apart from its ultra-slim size, C003 generates all practical functions from classic USB flash drives as its three hallmarks: Compact size, easy operation and price- wise. Meanwhile, the C003 is conveniently designed with a strap hole so that users could make it as a decoration or accessory hooking on to a keychain or a mobile phone. Featuring cute strawberry red and sparkling lavender blue in C003 conveys an animate impression and lasting brand value to customers through these two highly saturated colors. Hot plug-and-play ready and available in 2GB~32 GB, the C003 serves more than just a storage device but also a unique taste for fashion. C003 is born to blend a functional device into a trendy accessory with its simplicity.
Cooler Master Silent Pro GOLD 600W PSU review
The latest trend .. green, the quest for highly efficient power supplies.
Will we be impressed by this 80+ Gold certified power supply? Well, let's find out and head onward to the actual review, next page please.
Check out ther full review right here.
Microsoft Plans to Sell 5 Million Project Natal Units in 2010
First news first, Project Natal will carry the retail name 'Kinect'.
According to sources that the WSJ spoke to, Microsoft is planning for a very aggressive launch for Project Natal, and they are expecting to sell
Hitachi may spin off its SPRAM tech into a new company
EE Times reports Hitachi will reveal more information about its spin-transfer torque RAM (SPRAM) technology at next week's Symposium on VLSI Technology in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, the company is reportedly considering to spinoff this division into a new company.
Japan's Hitachi (Tokyo) is also mulling plans to spinoff its SPRAM R&D efforts into a new company, but no decision has been made.
SPRAM is a next-generation MRAM. MRAM is a memory that uses the magnetism of electron spin to provide non-volatility. The technology is said to have unlimited endurance, but to date, MRAM has proven difficult to manufacture in mass volumes.
Spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) technology is a second-generation magnetic-RAM technology that is said to solve some of the problems posed by conventional MRAM structures. Avalanche, Crocus Technology, Everspin, Grandis, Hynix, IBM-TDK, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba and others are looking at STT-RAM.