AMD: volume production of 32nm processors in Q4 2010
AMD typically follows the far larger Intel by six to 12 months in shipping next-generation products, so the timetable for its 32-nm chips is not out of the ordinary. What is different this time around is that the new processors will be designed, but not built, by AMD.
On March 2, AMD closes its deal with Advanced Technology Investment Co., formed by the Abu Dhabi government, to spin off the chipmaker's manufacturing operations into a joint company, temporarily called the Foundry Co. The deal is expected to move $1.1 billion in debt, most of it associated with AMD's Dresden, Germany, manufacturing operation, off of AMD's books, Meyer said. In addition, the company gets a cash infusion from its partner of about $800 million, and AMD will no longer have to spend $1 billion to $2 billion a year on capital investments in fabrication plants.
Microsoft Office Labs vision of 2019 (video)
Antec unveils TruePower NEW series power supplies
Antec introduced the TruePower New series power supplies, this lineup includes 550W, 650W and 750W models with an efficiency of at least 82 percent.
The original TruePower set the standard for stable, high-performance PSUs, and now the TruePower New series introduces advanced features for improved system efficiency, stability and reliability. The energy-efficient TruePower New achieves the rare 80 PLUS
Rivatuner contest winner
Last week we celebrated the joyful fact that Guru3D.com distributed over 10 million copies of our in-house software, Rivatuner. To commemorate the moment we ran a contest for four days, in this contest we asked you the simple question, 'How many RivaTuner versions have been released since the first public beta'.
The correct answer was 59 !
Our winner of this contest comes from the wonderful Belgium, his name is Koen Van Nevel. Koen congratulations, your address information has been passed on towards point of View who will ship you a free GeForce GTX 285.
I'd like to thank Unwinder for his dedication and time to this inmense Rivatuner project, and of course Point of View graphics for making the GTX 285 available.
Lost Planet 2 Announced
Marvell Presents Plug Computing with the SheevaPlug
At only about the size of an AC adapter, Marvell's SheevaPlug offers you a small computer that you simply plug into an electrical outlet. Intended to be used is a home server - it's a concept Marvell calls Plug Computing. Despite its petite size, the SheevaPlug comes fully equipped with a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU, 512MB of FLASH and 512MB of DRAM. Besides that, it features an USB 2.0 port and Gigabit Ethernet. Even better: it draws less than five watts under normal operation, making it a fairly "green" product.
The SheevaPlug supports multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions and its development kit is currently being sold for $99. Making its debut at the CES, it received a warm welcome and is already being offered in form of the Pogoplug for $79, which connects an external HDD to the Internet for easy file sharing. You can expect to hear more about other products based on this interesting and very compact computer, soon.
Windows 7 Release Candidate Gets 36 Changes
After looking through all the feedback Windows 7's public beta version received, Microsoft added 36 changes to its Release Candidate. While some of them are only of "cosmetic" nature, others are quite essential and increased performance and various compatibility fixes are only two of the many benefits you can expect to see. Apparently, Microsoft is being careful this time around though, and tries not to repeat mistakes it previously made with Vista. Therefore, don't expect any drastic changes or even a radical remodeling of Windows 7.
Summed up, changes have been made in the following areas:
- Desktop Experience
- Control Panel
- Windows Media Player
- Device Stage
- Sound UX
- Windows Explorer and Libraries
The main focus was on the desktop, as it accounts for 10 of the 36 changes. Also noteworthy is the increased audio reliability and the added .mov support, as we already reported earlier. If you want to read the full blog post, made by Microsoft's senior program manager, Chaitanya Sareen, just click here.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2009
Each month here at Guru3D.com we feature one of you guys, your PC, your DIY project. It is quite honestly amazing how much detail and dedication you put into an PC, and every now and then it really shows. Today something simple on the outside, yet scrumptious on the inside, all done by Benjamin Field, a school science teacher.
His PC is Guru3D's PC of the Month February 2009, not too complex .. yet very nice.
Click here to read all about his PC build.
Phenom II X3 Demand goes into stratosphere after Core-Unlock Mod
Motherboard makers said the credibility of the reports is very high, but added that the method may only apply to certain batches of CPUs. AMD responded in saying that Phenom II X3 CPUs speak for themselves in terms of value, but said it cannot comment specifically on the unlocking claims.The company has reporedly asked motherboard vendors to fix the "buggy BIOS". Ironically, in the wake of the DigiTimes report about upsurge in demand, AMD gave another statement, saying that the value Phenom II X3 processors offer speaks for itself.
For those interested, the Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz sells here for $149.99
Gigabyte opts Zalman Cooling for GTS 250 photo
Gigabyte will release a GeForce GTS 250 based on Zalman cooling. The product under SKU codename GV-N250ZL-1GI
uses the company's own design. Certainly the GeForce GTS 250 is a re-spin product of the NVIDIA's 9800 GTX+ accelerator based on the same 55nm G92b core and similar specifications.
Gigabyte's first accelerator sports the Ultra Durable PCB construction. The PCB consists of 2 oz (56.6 g) copper layers that help spread heat and minimize ground electrical noise. It also consists of the all solid-capacitor, ferrite choke, low effective RDS on MOSFETs design.
The daunting feature of this card is its cooler: a Zalman VF1050. Heat is drawn from the GPU-contact block using four heatpipes that convey it to a dense array of copper fins, nucleated by a PWM-controlled fan. The clock speeds on this card remain close to the reference speeds: 740/1850/2000 MHz (core/shader/memory). We expect it to be in the stores around the 10th of MArch, and we'll probably review this unit.
Next week on the 3rd, starting at CeBIT. Geforce GTX 250 will be launched, we'll be sure to cook up a review for you guys, so you know what you can expect (or not).
Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps dual band wireless N USB adapter
The 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter supports MAC, Windows and Linux systems and will be available at the retail price of $59.99.
Windows 7 RC to natively support .mov files
Windows 7 already has built in DivX support in the current beta. Hidden inside the various changes since beta for the RC is a change to Windows Media Player to natively support the .mov files. Yeah, the support for .mov files was mentioned deep in a long list of changes that are coming to the Windows 7 Release Candidate. While this may delight owners of cameras which output in the .mov format, it's also good news for anyone who enjoys watching movies on their PC, as movie trailers, particularly those on Apple Movie Trailers, come in .mov format, and so require QuickTime (or a freeware player such as VLC) to view.
Now, if WMP would have native support for GPU acceleration on all formats as well, I'd be such a happy puppy (cute too).
Limited Edition Red Xbox 360
Accompanying the launch of Resident Evil 5 in March, Microsoft today confirmed the release of its long-rumored limited edition of the Xbox 360 Elite. Officially, it is called Xbox 360 Elite Limited Edition Resident Evil 5 Bundle, and besides its red finish, it comes with a red Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, a black Xbox 360 Headset, a 120 GB Hard Drive, and an exclusive premium "Resident Evil 5" theme (downloadable via Xbox LIVE).
Here's an excerpt of its included features:
- Xbox 360 Elite Console with Exclusive Red Finish
- Matching red wireless controller
- 120GB hard drive
- Resident Evil 5
- Super Street Fighter
Dell's 4th Quarter Net Income Drops 48 Percent
Yesterday, Dell reported that its net income for the fourth quarter, ended Jan. 30, fell 48 percent, to $351 million from $679 million reported in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Revenue dropped 16 percent, to $13.4 billion from $16 billion. That is the lowest level in earnings for Dell since 2002. As a result, they announced to cut their annual costs by an additional $1 billion - on top of the already existing $3 billion cost-cutting program, which has included layoffs and the closing of plants, for example.
"We will be the first to admit that this is a work in progress, and there is more to do," Brian T. Gladden, the company's chief financial officer said. Apparently, the main reason for this decline are the decreased desktop and laptop computer sales. Currently, Dell is trying to broaden its product offerings in a "turnaround effort". "Our strategy is to develop disruptive technology and innovation and shift our business to higher margin products and services," Mr. Dell said.
Download: AMD Overdrive 2.1.6
The AMD OverDrive application was designed to be a utility the provides the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the AMD chipset products
It allows user to tune parameters to ensure system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics. Our target is to provide an all-in-one utility which can deliver all-around stellar operation.
Check out the latest release, which is version 2.1.6
Patriot Warp v2 Series 128GB SSD review
We test the Patriot Warp v.2 Series 128GB SSD. We like the SSD development for sure. Fast performance and no noise is just fantastic. If you are a gamer, you just might settle for a nice HDD as boot drive and install your games at a SSD device, you'll seriously increase level and game load times very much.
This is where we land at the premises of Patriot memory. Not too long ago they released an SSD series of drives. They branded it as the WARP series. It comes with an advertised read performance of 175 MB/sec and a 100 MB/sec write speed, how on this earth could we not like that ?
You can check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Dell hugs trees, released green LCD
The display features 250 nits of brightness, 5ms panel response time and provides 1000:1 of contrast with ability to extend up to a whooping 1 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Panel is TN type with 16.7 million colors and 160/170 viewing angles rating. It
Zotac GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition pictured
Man, this concept is going to flop so miserably.This is the GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition graphics card from Zotac, which will be released next month. This card uses 40 percent less power than a standard GeForce 9600 GT. The card has a 600MHz core and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1800MHz. There's no 6-pin power connector and it uses 2+1 phase power supply.
Zotac is going to ship its GeForce 9600GT Green Edition soon according to the latest information. With model of N9600GT-1GD3, Zotac 9600GT Green Edition features black-color PCB, fins and PWM cooler, which might impress you in another way as the looks are just great to be honest.