Intel And Nvidia Dominate Q1 2009 GPU Sales
Two days ago, Jon Peddie Research (JPR), published the new numbers regarding the graphic card manufacturers' market share for the first quarter of 2009. According to their research, both Intel and Nvidia were able to gain, while AMD/ATI lost market shares. Intel is current market leader with 49.7% and 37.20 million sold untis, Nvidia is second with 31.1% market share and 23.26 million untis, and AMD/ATI was only able to sell 12.81 million units, bringing their market share down to 17.1%. Another interesting observation was that after eight consecutive years, for the first time, the negative sales from Q4 to Q1 turned into positive sales, with a 3.29% change from Q4 2008 to Q1 2009.
All in all and compared year to year, things didn't look so good, though - which had to be expected, considering the current economical crisis. In raw numbers this means that "shipments dropped to 74.9 million units, -21.1% from this quarter last year."
Download: Cryostasis Sleep of Reason game demo
Cryostasis makes full use of GPU-accelerated PhysX features on your GeForce graphics card with impressive environmental effects. Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason puts you at the Arctic Circle, drifting Russian North Pole station
Cooler master HAF 922 Mid Tower Chassis
Following the success of the full tower HAF 932, Cooler Master extends the HAF (High Airflow Flow) line to a mid tower in the HAF 922. Cooler Master HAF 922 supports up to seven fans in total, including three of those that support 200 mm fan (which are swappable for smaller 120mm or 140mm fans) for maximum airflow while maintaining a quiet environment.
This machine comes with rugged looks, massive air flow cooling and the Cooler Master trademark interior. Building the dream machine is now well within reach. Cooler Master HAF 922 makes no secret for potentially transforming all your high-end hardware components into a raging machine. It possesses a muscular and beast-like design that signifies performance without even opening up the system. Intimidating style and the performance makes it a killer combination.
Logitech Comfort Wave 450 keyboard
Logitech for Business offers computer peripherals and accessories that help companies adapt to the evolving face of the workspace. For businesses that want to get the most out of their IT expenditures and their workforce, Logitech for Business is ready for what businesses need right now. With its acclaimed Wave design, the Comfort Wave 450 keyboard delivers natural and adjustable comfort for people working with a desktop computer or a notebook PC in a docking station or notebook riser.
Fallout 3 Patch v1.5
- New achievements for Broken Steel
- Fixed issue with VATS calculations not appearing properly for perks (PC)
- Fixed crash related to altered references between master files
- LOD objects render properly when loaded from DLC worldspaces
- Fixed issue with companion NPCs not loading into cells immediately after player
OCZ Blade DDR3 2000 C7 memory kit review
With 64-bit operating systems in mind, the DDR3 kit we'll be testing today comes in a 6GB Triple channel (3x 2GB) flavor, and again ... 6 GB means high-density memory and still to achieve CAS 7 at 2000 MHz.
Wow .. just wow. So without further ado, let me show you the coolness that is labeled under OCZ's Blade series memory, have a peek at these dark mystifying modules as shown below, and then head on over to the article.
You can find the article right here.
VholdR ContourHD wearable camcorder
Being a motor-cycle rider myself, I see some potential here. Well that and some others :)
The company VholdR is offering up a product that
Sony Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones
Looking for a new pair of headphones?, you might just be interested in these latest offerings from Sony called the DR-BT100CX and the DR-BT101, which offer Bluetooth 2.1 and noise-cancellation technology.
The DR-BT100CX model are in-ear earbuds that can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and feature 9mm Neodymium drivers. They come with three different silicon earbud sizes to ensure you find the perfect fit. The DR-BT101, on the other hand are a set of headphones that can last up to 12 hours on a single charge and feature a 30mm speaker.
Both models can be used for taking calls with the built-in microphone. They offer support for HFP, AVRCP, A2DP and HSP Bluetooth profiles and sport music controls for easy adjusting. We don
Download: GPU-Z v0.3.4 released
The colleagues from techPowerup released a new update on GPU-Z. The utility is designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Here is the list of changes :
- Fixed RV740 Bugs: ROP count, shader count, real-time core clock, BIOS dump size
- Fixed number of transistors on RV790
- Fixed BIOS reading on RV790
- NVIDIA driver version is returned correctly on Windows 7
- GPU-Z should work again on Windows
- Added voltage reading support for HD 4890
- Fixed default clock reading on ATI cards that have default clock < boot clock
- Fixed GM45 to be 65 nm and DX 10.0
- Added release date for GTX 275
- Fixed GT 130M to be 55 nm and added its release date
Download: click here.
Download: CPU-Z 1.51
CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
Changes in version 1.51:
- New version with installer.
- NVIDIA ION platform.
- Intel "Clarkdale" processor preliminary support.
Download: click here.
Contest winners - ATI Dude Wheres my card competition
Okay you guys, last week we had this fun competition inn which you had to search for a flyer hidden in one of our articles. The due where's my cards ? flyer was hidden in the ECS A790GXM-AD3 (Socket AM3) DDR3 motherboard review, right here.
We have some great prizes for this competition, three Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 1024MB graphics cards and thee runner-up Power Color Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards. Nearly 2000 correct answers have been submitted, and here are the winners *drum-roll*:
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890:
from Aberdeen - Scotland
from United Kingdom
PowerColor Radeon HD 4830 winners:
- Philipp Eichhorn
- Joep van de Laarschot
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
- Stefano Bertozzi
Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
To the winners, congratulations. The prizes will be shipped out shortly.
Intel Core i7 975 XE hits 5015MHz with air cooling
Xtreme Systems forums member PcCI2iminal got his grubby paws on an engineering sample of Intel's Core i7 975 XE with D0 stepping and managed to overclock it to 5015.48MHz.
The trtick here is that he managed to do this with conventional cooling, the processor was only cooled by the ThermalRight Ultra 120 RT heatsink with a 102CFM San Ace fan.
The overclocker also managed to run a round of SuperPI 1M with the chip at 4750MHz, the test was finished in 8.672 seconds.
The system used the Biostar TPower X58 motherboard, 6GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3-1866 memory, a 32GB Transcend SSD, Radeon HD 4890 and a Topower Giga-EZ 1000W PSU.
DDR3 prices going down real hard
Samsung has recently started offering 2GB DDR3 parts at a lower price to some first-tier PC vendors. The site heard these DDR3 modules are just $1 more expensive than same-capacity DDR2 modules.
In order to push the migration to DDR3, the computer-memory giant is capable of narrowing down the price gap between mainstream DDR2 modules and its successor from US$3-5 to only US$1, indicated the sources. Samsung's moves to promote DDR3 at attractive prices are imposing a big challenge to Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology and Elpida Memory, as well as Taiwan's financially-troubled DRAM suppliers, the sources commented.
The sources have expressed concerns that Samsung's possible dominance in the DDR3 market may interrupt rivals' product roadmaps [via digitimes].
Mr. T and Will Wright to fight nazis in video game
Hehe, the man that just can't get rid of his own stigma (and won't let go of it) still can make some money of his Mr. T (the A-Team) character.
This man was nearly bankrup a few years ago, but all this time each day he was shaving his head, put on the Mr-T bling juwelery and never let go of that. Then like a year and a half ago he got asked for a commercial, and ever since he's just back isn't he ? I have much respect for the man.
Anyway, Joystiq reports ZootFly is working on an odd game that will feature Mr.t and Will Wright as nazi hunters:
"The first game will see Mr. T take on Nazis and their gigantic machines in the varied universe of South American rain forests, lost ancient cities, industrial complexes and contemporary military installations. Along with Mr. T and other characters from the graphic novel, the game will feature none other than Will Wright. In this universe, Will Wright is not a top-notch game designer but a top-notch American geneticist who was kidnapped and coerced to work on a diabolic plan. Mr. T and Will Wright will join forces to annihilate the Nazis and their hardware."
I betcha we'll be hearing a lot of ' Paaaiiiin' in this game.
JVC XV-PB1 Blu-ray player supports MKV files
JVC has launched the XV-PB1 in the US, one of the special things about this Blu-ray player is that it supports 1080p MPEG-4 MKV files.
E-HD reader Bill picked one up on the humble and lets us know he's had no problems playing 1080p video with DTS audio from a burned DVD. The manual on JVC's website indicates official MKV and AVCHD support, but surprisingly, not DivX although the spec sheet on the same website says it does.
We're reached out to JVC to confirm what buyers can expect from the XV-PB1, but with MKV on top of BD-Live, network streaming from PCs and reportedly extremely fast load times this $299 player might reshuffle the list of most desired Blu-ray hardware.
Track The Swine Flu Online
That's a scary bug isn't it ? Luckily anno 2009 we can actually track this pandemic virus on-line via Healthmap. You can select just Swine Flu and track where an infection took place / person carrying it.
Windows 7 can address up-to 192GB memory
Now that we have a near-final release candidate (RC) to play with, WinSupersite have been pouring over the licensing policies for the various Windows 7 SKUs (stock keeping units, or "product editions"). Some interesting details have emerged, and I'm pretty sure most of this is all new info.
- AAC/H.264/MPEG-2 support will not be provided to Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter customers. That functionality will only go out to Home Premium, Professional, and Enterprise/Ultimate users. But it looks like there will be add-ons made available (free or paid, it's not clear) to users of low-end Windows 7 versions.
- MPEG-2 decoding (i.e. DVD playback) and Dolby Digital support will not be included in Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter. But AAC and H.264 decoding *will* be included. So in going through the licensing policies again--which, in my defense, are hard to read--I discovered an earlier mistake. Sorry for any confusion that caused.
- Maximum RAM. All 32-bit versions of Windows 7 "support" 4 GB of RAM, of course. But if you go 64-bit, you can add up to 8 GB in Home Basic and Starter, 16 GB in Home Premium, and 192 GB in Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
- Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience (RME) is not available in Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter. However, all versions can share media over a home network.
- All Windows 7 SKUs support 20 simultaneous SMB connections. This works out to 10 users, apparently.
- XP Mode (formerly Virtual PC). As we first revealed yesterday, only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate are licensed to install XP Mode.
WTF - RAM limitations ? What do you guys think about this ?
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTM
It seems that Microsoft finally finished work on their service pack two for Windows Vista and Server 2008. As was reported by several sources, SP2's version string is 6.0.6006.18005 and was leaked in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, already.
The full 36 language supporting standalone installer of the 32-bit version appears to be 475 MB, while the 64-bit version weighs in at 745 MB. The official release date of SP 2 can be expected to be announced by Microsoft later this week. Users upgrading to SP2 are required to have SP1 installed prior.