Contest 2 reminder
Guys and girls, just a friendly reminder that Contest 2 - The logo hunt is still in effect and ending this week on Friday. if you have not submitted your answer or simply forgot, please click here for the contest information.
Some of the prizes here are:
- Custom Far Cry 2 / Guru3D theme spray painted Smooth Creations CoolerMaster chassis
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 TURBO X
- Zalman GS1000SE chassis
- Point of View GeForce GTX 275 EXO editon !
- Zalman CNPS9900 CPU cooler
- HIS Radeon 4850 TURBO X
- Corsair TX650W PSU
- HIS Multi-view
- Also a HIS VT Book
AMD Phenom II X3 740 and X4 820 in the pipeline
If you browse arround a little you'll notice two new SKUs for AMD on several price lists, AMD is therefore inserting the Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X4 820 fairly soon we think. Phenom II X3 740 will become fastest tri-core processors followed by Phenom II X3 710 and Phenom II X3 720 BE. It works at 3.0 GHz,TDP is 95W.
The other processor is the Phenom II X4 820 and will clocked at 2.8GHz, 200MHz faster than 810. TDP is also 95W. Their official launch date is unknown. And sure we got the box-shots pixelized, check out the thumb.
Gigabyte going Dual BIOS with all their motherboards
Motherboard and VGA gigant Gigabyte Technology recently began to include its DualBIOS technology on all its motherboard products. DualBIOS saves a backup copy of the system BIOS in case of malfunction. The technology works automatically and does not require users to control it. The feature involves using two BIOS EEPROM chips to store two copies of the BIOS. In the event of a failure of the first copy, the system starts with the second copy of the BIOS, and attempts to replace the first copy.Gigabyte originally only offered the technology on its high-end motherboards, but has extended the feature to its mid-range and entry-level products hoping to increase its market share.
In other news, Gigabyte will maintain its motherboard shipment guidance of 20 million units for 2009, and will continue to expand its network communication and server orders to drive up profits. The company also expects its handset and notebook businesses to turn profitable after adjusting its product lines and organization in the second half of the year.
Sparkle Announces GeForce GTX 275 1792 MB
Compared with ordinary GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards on market, SPARKLE GeForce GTX 275 1792MB Graphics Card doubled the video memory capacity from 896MB to incredible large 1792MB, an unbelievable 100% video memeory capacity improvement when compared to any other reference designed board. This 100% improvement makes SPARKLE GeForce GTX 275 1792MB Graphics Card to be the perfect platform for mainstream gamers looking for extreme gaming performance right out of the box. So it delivers unrivaled graphics performance in the hottest games including Far Cry 2, Mirrors Edge, and Call of Duty 5: World at War which have rigorous demand on the capacity of video memory, taking gaming performance to extreme levels delivering breathtaking frame rates and total graphics bliss.
Logitech Bluetooth Mouse M555b
Logitech announced a new Bluetooth notebook mouse, the Bluetooth Mouse M555b. It will ship later this month for $59.99. For your added convenience, the M555b mouse also features hyper-fast scrolling, which lets you fly through long documents and Web pages with a single spin of the nearly frictionless scroll wheel. Besides Bluetooth connectivity, the M555b also features a nearly frictionless scroll wheel, laser tracking and a low battery indicator.
Laser tracking gives you smooth, responsive cursor control on virtually any surface.
AMD ATI Stream Encoder plugin for Adobe Premier
AMD has published a test version of the ATI Stream Encoder Plugin for Adobe Premier Pro CS4, you can download it over here. The plug-in is a result of collaboration between AMD and Adobe, all in the goal of utilizing Stream technology to level the load between the CPU and the GPU.
AMD's plug-in will accelerate all ATI Stream capable cards, e.g. Radeon 2000 series onwards. Seeing both consumer and commercial products accelerating a professional application is really beneficiary for the companies in the video business, given that for the price of single professional card you can usually get three to four regular ones. In case of Quadro CX, you can get around five GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards.
OCZ debuts XTC Cooler Rev 2 for memory modules
OCZ has launched the new XTC Cooler Revision 2 memory cooler, this product is compatible with all DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules. It features a brushed aluminum design and two 60mm fans.
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the latest memory cooling accessory, the OCZ XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Cooler Revision 2 to promote dedicated airflow to modules. Active cooling combined with passive thermal solutions is extremely important in any rigorous overclocking environment, and OCZ developed the next generation XTC Cooler for supreme heat management of OCZ
GeForce ForceWare 190.15 Win 7 | Vista | XP
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose and it's in fact the first series 190 driver ever. This is Forceware 190.15 The driver is available for Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit and for Windows XP a 32-bit flavor is available.
Very little is known about this driver but we need to stress that the original .inf file shows it was targeted at Quadro cards. We replaced the index with a modified .inf files (courtesy of laptopvideo2go) making the driver compatible with all current GeForce cards..
Interesting is that the Vista / Win 7 drivers also contact 3D Stereo drivers revision 190.15, look inside the archive to spot that yourself.
These drivers are to be considered very beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
WD rolls out three SSD models
Well now, what a surprize ... Western Digital has officially released its first solid state disks for embedded markets and data streaming applications, these SiliconDrive III models are based on technology the company acquired from its March 2009 acquisition of SiliconSystems. The speeds are not really convincing neither do these drives seem to have any from of caching.
A nifty feature though is that the range supports SiSMART, which keeps tabs on the drive's status in real-time, notifying the user when it needs to be replaced.
- SiliconDrive III 2.5-inch SATA Drive: SATA 3Gbps, 100MB/s read speed, 80MB/s write speed, 30GB to 120GB
- SiliconDrive III 1.8-inch Micro SATA Drive: SATA 3Gbps, 100MB/s read speed, 80MB/s write speed, 30GB to 60GB
- SiliconDrive III 2.5-inch PATA Drive: PATA ATA-7, 85MB/s read speed, 60MB/s write speed, 30GB to 120GB
ThermalTake Element G chassis launched
ThermalTake has introduced the Element G case. Full details and specifications can be found at ThermalTake, but the chassis somehow reminds of one of the CoolerMaster cases. Ah well .. looks pretty good though, if you like the genre.
In the computer chassis industry, Thermaltake is well-renowned for their professional engineering and high-performance products. When designing the Element G case, Thermaltake engineers opted for a classic, yet dramatic look with the option to switch on a variety of case lightning effects. The Element G is equipped with 3 Touchcolor fans to create a strong, dynamic and exciting atmosphere to stimulate gamers with an ambience that can be in tune with their respective gameplay.
Inno3D launches single-PCB GeForce 295 Platinum
Inno3D are excited to launch the Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum Edition with extreme cooling performance for better gaming speeds. The unbeatable Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 is built with the 2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture with 480 stream processors. The Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 runs at 576/1242/2000MHz and is the fastest card in the market. The advanced Platinum cooler allows airflow to circulate through the front and back of the case chassis which decreases heat more effectively.
Take your DirectX 10 gaming beyond HD, with the power of Inno3D
Deals of the Day - June 16 09
For this edition of the eternal quest in seeking good prices on hardware, I figured we'd take a look at some DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Memory is of course key to a speedy system. have too little, and your HDD will start swapping.
Remember, on a 32-bit OS, you shouldn't go past 3 GB of memory. With 64-bit operating systems 4GB is my recommendation, and with a triple channel memory PC (Core i7) heck .. just go for 6 GB folks. Memory is dirt cheap !
- 4GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Blade Series (Dual Channel) - check it out, at 800 MHz Blade kit ! It comes with the fancy black heat spreaders and at 800 MHz it runs at CAS 4-4-4-15 - we found an uber-good-deal for this kit selling at $36.99 (!).
- 4GB OCZ 1066MHz PC2-8500 Gold Edition (Dual channel) - Awesome kit that can run 1066 MHz and prolly a little extra. Comes with heat spreader and has sweet 5-6-6-18 timings ! we spotted it at $48.99 for the full 4 GB. That's 12 bucks a gig, crazy when you think about it.
- 4GB Crucial DDR3 PC3-10600 - DDR3 memory is still slightly more expensive than DDR2. But check it out, this 4 GB kit (2x2GB) at DDR3 1333 MHz is selling at $57.99
- 6GB Patriot Memory Extreme Performance Viper Series - Patriot is up and coming in the value segment. Check it out this triple channel memory kit, 6GB PC3-10666 DDR3 1333 3 x 2GB Intel XMP Ready memory at CL9, this kit is selling for $75.99 and that's 13 bucks per GB. Absolutely an interesting kit.
The deal of the day ... you just can't beat this kit in price and performance.
- OCZ Gold 6GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 - Aaah, sweet kit ! Nice heat spreaders, it runs low-voltage at 1600 Mhz (which I consider to be a nice sweet spot of triple channel configurations) and check it out .. 8-8-8-24 timings. The price is really good at $79.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB review
In this article Guru3D.com will put that to the test. We test the GeForce GTX 1792MB card from eVGA and compare it to the 'regular' 896MB model. Of course this is a full blown review where we'll examine this product in detail. It the extra 50 quid with the extra 896MB of graphics memory ? Well let's find out in the Guru3D review of the eVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB model.
Check out the Guru3D.com review right here.
ASUS Eee Keyboard gets Moblin
ASUS have been showing off their Eee Keyboard since CES back in January, but until now it
Trailer: Need for Speed: Shift - Driver Profile
Noctua launches Quiet CPU Cooler for Xeon 5500
They've been showing it at Comnputex already, but Noctua presented two new additions to its DX series of quiet Intel Xeon CPU coolers: Now compatible with Intel's latest LGA1366 based Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) processors, the new NH-U12DX 1366 and NH-U9DX 1366 are true drop-in replacements for standard Intel coolers and make it easier than ever before to significantly reduce the noise emission of high-end workstations and severs.
Based on Noctua's signature NH-U series and fitted with the award-winning NF-P12 and NF-B9 fans, the new NH-U12DX 1366 and NH-U9DX 1366 form complete premium quality packages that include Noctua's renowned NT-H1 thermal compound and guarantee outstanding quiet cooling performance for Intel's LGA1366 Xeon 5500 CPUs. While the larger NH-U12DX 1366 is ideal for quiet audio, video, CAD or rendering workstations, the smaller NH-U9DX 1366 fits standard 4U chassis and thus lends itself to special server applications.
Both models employ the new SecuFirm2 mounting system for Xeon 5500, which ensures maximum convenience and extremely short installation time, making them ideal both for professional system integrators and less tech-savvy workstation users seeking to quiet their systems.
Prices and availability
Both models are available immediately at recommended retail prices of EUR 56.90 / USD 64.90 (NH-U12DX 1366) and EUR 46.90 / USD 54.90 (NH-U9XDX 1366).
G.SKILL Launches Perfect Storm DDR3 2133 CL9 6GB and Fan
G.Skill launches their Perfect Storm DDR3 2133 CL9 6GB. In addition G.Skill has announced the retail availability of its perfect cooling partner, the Turbulence Fan.
The Perfect Storm series has represents the ultimate memory solution since G.Skill launched 2000 CL7 6GB Triple channel kit just three months ago. To continuously satisfy overclocking enthusiasts and extreme gamers' demand for ultra performance computer memory, G.Skill once again pushes the boundaries further at the highest frequency of 2,133MHz. The Perfect Storm 2133 CL9 provide overclockers and enthusiasts the best overclocking potential for their Core i7 platforms with affordable price and lifetime warranty.
Since Cebit 2009, G.Skill's elegantly designed Turbulence Fan was demonstrated to the public, G.Skill has received a great number of inquiries about this product's availability, price and performance. G.Skill can finally announce today that the Turbulence Fan is ready for retail availability immediately. The special design allows the fan to decrease the temperature of memory kits effectively, while maintaining a silent solution that will not audibly interfere with the environment. Gamers and overclockers will push their ram to the highest voltages, making the addition of the Turbulence Fan an ideal partner to high performance memory. Available in black and grey, the subtle color choice can tailor a system look to suit the users' needs.
ATI preps Radeon HD 4790 Based on RV790
It looks like camp ATI is never pausing .. AMD seems to be preparing yet another performance-mainstream Radeon HD 4000 series of products, the RadeoN HD 4790.
Again an reconfiguration of the specifications creating an product that would performs better than the Radeon HD 4770 likely better than HD 4850 but slower than a 4890.
The specs for this product seem to be 600 MHz, 800 shaders processors are to be found in the RV790 based GPU. Now here's the real trick, it will have a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. It handles 512 MB of memory clocked at 800 MHz (3200 MHz effective). Being based on the RV790, it is pin-compatible with any existing HD 4890 PCB.
Price-wise well ... expected to see something in-between the HD 4850 and HD 4870.