Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Graphics card VGA performance benchmark review
We showcase the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta with a graphics card VGA performance and benchmarks review. The game is to be released later this year, yet there starting at with an open beta. In this beta we have a first impression of the game, as well as the ability to have a quick peek at its performance. (article update October 9th: GTX 980 SLI results/FCAT added). You can read the article here.
Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Video
The first glimpse of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer gives us a quick look at the AC-130 gunship's appearance in online play. Players will be able to unlock the reward for earning killstreaks in the game.
Modern Warfare 2 crushes the holiday season on November 10.
ATI FirePro V8750 released with CrossFire Pro
AMD have announced the latest in its high-end professional 3D video cards, the ATI FirePro V8750 3D workstation accelerator, promising four times the processing power over rival systems. The FirePro V8750 boasts 2GB of memory with range-topping 115.2GB/sec bandwidth, together with 800 shader processing units, full 30-bit display pipeline and stream computing compatibility.
Outputs include two DisplayPort and a single dual-link DVI-I, with maximum resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600. The FirePro V8750 has two, independent display controllers, together with the Unified Video Decoder (UVD 2) for H.264/AVC, VC-1 and MPEG-2 footage, and compatibility with both ATI CrossFire Pro and ATI
PowerColor working on new design 4890
Recently we reviewed PowerColor's PCS+ 4890, which was a little noisy. But PowerColor is now working on yet another Radeon HD 4890.
The new custom-designed Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards should free itself from the good old fashion reference design completely. This new SKU is tagged under label name AX4890-1GBD5 seems to concentrate on a more simple and value targeted design.
What seems to be weird is while they overhaul the design, they keep all specifications reference, thus an 850 MHz core clock frequency, and 975 MHz for the memory (1 GB of GDDR5). This product will likely end up as PowerColor's HD 4890 PCS+, PCS++ series, apart from the common reference design. It is expected to be positioned around the US $200 mark.
A-Data launches super fast DDR3 memory
A-DATA today announces its new XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 dual channel kit, which is the highest speed of DDR3 DRAM module in the industry.
The XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 DRAM module is designed and guaranteed to run on future dual-channel platforms at incredible 2,200MHz killer speed with tight CL8-8-8-24 timings at a voltage of 1.65V, and are available in 1GBx2 and 2GBx2 dual-channel kits.
Through the latest Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), the XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200 v2.0 DRAM module is built with the superior cooling design, which able to provide greater cooling environment for both DRAM IC and PCB (printed circuit board), to improve the performance and greater stability. Moreover, the doubling amount of copper in the PCB delivers low temperature and also improves the power efficiency for the XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200 v2.0 DRAM module.
- All DRAM IC are verified by overclocking criteria.
- High-quality 2oz copper 8 layers PCB (Printed Circuit Board)
- Optimized for 64-bit OS (operating system)*
- Backward compatible with DDR3-1866, 1600, 1333 and 1066
- Lifetime limited warranty
* 32-bit OS environment has 4GB memory addressing barrier which results in 2.5~3GB memory accessibility.
- 2GB/4GB dual channel module kits are tested at 2200MHz
- Test at latency setting 8-8-8-24 at 1.55V-1.65V
- SPD (Serial Presence Detect) programmed at JEDEC standard DDR3-1333 with latency settings at 9-9-9-24 for basic system booting
NVIDIA launches geForce GTS 240 for OEM
Well, what do you know. After denying it's existence NVIDIA relased the GeForce GTS 240, a new graphics card intended for OEMs only. This part features 112 stream processors, 256-bit memory bus, 675MHz core, 1620MHz shaders and 1GB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1100MHz.
The GeForce GTS 240 has a TDP of 120W and is cooled by a single-slot cooler that spans only about three fourths of the card.
And yes, of course this is a rebranded 2007 / 2008 model GeForce 8800 and then 9800 GT and thus now GTS 240.
GPU market showing recovery, AMD gaining marketshare
Most vendors had a good quarter but JPR notes it will take until 2010 before the market is again at 2008 levels.
After the channel stopped ordering GPUs and depleted inventory in anticipation of a long drawn out worldwide recession in Q3 and Q4 of 2008, expectations were hopeful, if not high that Q1
Western Digital releases 1TB laptop hard drive
Western Digital announced Monday two laptop drives that offer "extreme" amounts of storage: the Scorpio Blue 1TB and the Scorpio Blue 750GB. Prior to this announcement, the largest laptop hard drive available was 500GB.
Currently, the largest desktop hard drive on the market is 2TB. The Scorpio Blue 1TB drive, though half the capacity, is still very impressive, considering the fact that a 2.5-inch laptop drive is much smaller than a 3.5-inch desktop drive. The new WD laptop drives are the first that use 333GB per platter technology. The Scorpio Blue hard drives support the SATA2 (3Gbps) standard but have a thickness of 12.5 millimeters, as opposed to 9.5 millimeters in other 2.5-inch drives.
This also means the new drives would not fit in all 2.5-inch slots in laptops.
MSI Radeon 4890 Cyclone SOC (1GHz edition) review
Today we will test and review the all new MSI Radeon HD 4890 Cyclone SOC edition (Super OverClocked), and oh-my-gosh ... for the money this thing is going to be fairly spectacular. As it runs on a 1000 MHz core clock frequency. Several improvements have been made to the board design. You'll of course notice the huge phat heatpipe based cooler, this cooler is called the Cyclone.
The design incorporates no less than four heatpipes with a thermally controlled (PWM) 10CM fan. Two of the heatpipes are actually 8mm thick (!).
You can read the full 20 page Guru3D.com article right here.
Intel pulls back new X25-M Postville SSDs after bug
Everyone has been excited about the recent release of Intel
HIS unveils the HD 4670 IceQ 1GB DDR3 AGP
Some of you guys are still on the good old AGP bus ? Well, HIS today unveils the HD 4670 IceQ 1GB (128bit) DDR3 AGP, a decent performance 4670 AGP card with IceQ cooling technology, and heck it now comes with native HDMI output.
- 320 stream processing units
- 128-bit memory interface
- 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering
- High-speed 128-bit HDR (High Dynamic Range) rendering
- ATI AvivoTM HD video and display technology
- Built-in Native HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support
- Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-rayTM and HD DVD
- Dynamic geometry acceleration
- Game physics processing capability
The HIS Radeon HD 4600 Series graphics cards boast up to 3 times the performance of the previous generation of GPUs. pricing is to be announced, but we expect it to hover at the 60 EUR segment.
Gigabyte announces minimalist keyboard series
GK-K7100 Features & Benefits:
- Scissors structure key switch makes notebook-like key traveling.
- Ultra slim type, minimum thinness only 9mm
- 18 multiple multimedia hot keys.
- Glossy surface design
The thinnest GK-K7100 is a minimalist designed keyboard which adopts the latest technology of scissors structure key switch to highlight the ultra slim and comfortable notebook-like keystroke. With the slim and glossy surface design, K7100 undoubtedly expresses sleek and minimal style. K7100, a piece of high-technology art, is much more than an ordinary keyboard.
Besides the sleek outlook, K7100 is also a practical computer input device. The multimedia function switch provides a chance for users to get into the multimedia world by simply pressing Fn and F12 in one second. Turning multimedia mode on, users can easily control what they want to use with media or the Internet hot keys.
Guru3D Rig of the Month - July 2009
Guru3D Rig of the Month July 2009 -- Meet Margo at the age of 19, Margo has been a Guru3D aficionado for a while already and can be found often in our forums, he shares our passion of building nice PCs. Margo is a Student. His PC will be the Rig of the Month July 2009, and he has built his PC with some interesting components and has them all lit up with a lot and lot of colors.
Let's check out Margo's build ... click here.
Microsoft Store layout designs, concepts leaked
Layout designs of Microsoft's upcoming retail stores have been leaked in a PowerPoint Presentation. The presentation was drafted by Lippicott, a "design and brand strategy" consultant firm reportedly hired by Microsoft to help further the concept and design of the stores. The leak indicates Microsoft will be borrowing elements from other retailers such as the Apple Store and Sony Style. The stores will center around Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7, Xbox, PCTV, and Windows Mobile.
Frank Shaw and Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft employees, commented on the leaked presentation stating, "As a part of our process in briefing creative agencies, we shared some early prototypes and concepts of our retail store plans. No final decisions have been made."
Microsoft plans to target a customer demographic they call "Emily," who is described by Gizmodo as "a younger version of your mom."
The prototype designs indicate there will be a Digital Media Wall that wraps around the store, used to display video and images. The designs indicate the stores will provide a rival to Apple's Genius Bar with its own "Answers Bar" or "Guru Bar." The stores will additionally host large demos and events regarding Project Natal and the reported project Pink. The stores will also host birthday parties. Check out the thumbs.
Borderlands Gameplay Trailer
Looks like Borderlands, Gearbox Software's co-op RPS, has 87 bazillion guns! The stylish shooter-RPG hits PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Gearbox's post-apocalyptic shooter-RPG Borderlands (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) heads off to North American retailers on October 20. The international release will follow a few days later, with the game rolling into Europe and other territories on October 23.
A-Data Adds SX95 2.5 inch SSD with cache
A-DATA today expanded its XPG product line to include SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD, designed for PC users who is seeking for killer speed and stable SSD storage.
The XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD features new architecture and controller design, provide outstanding transfer rates up to 230MB/sec read and 180MB/sec write (256GB/128GB), thanks to the onboard DRAM cache buffer. Whereas, the lower-density SSDs with 64GB or 32GB perform up to 210MB/sec and 140MB/sec read/write speeds.
Taking the advantages of latest SSD technology development, the XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD is an alternative solutions on reliability, high performance, low power consumption and temperature storage, able to increase the productivity of the PC users. The XPG SX95 also provides built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) to ensure high reliability of data transfer to maintain the system integrity. The advanced wear-leveling technology also guarantees longer lifespan and preserves the data integrity, and 1 million hour MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) for long-term application. Another benefit of SX95 includes the latest function for firmware updates to maintain the best performance.
Equipped with a tough yet lightweight alloy housing and SATA II interface, the XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5" SSD is offered in capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.
MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr
MSI has introduced the N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G OC and N250GTS Twin Frozr 512MB OC graphics cards:
Both cards have a Twin Frozr thermal design combined with dual PWM fans and 3 highly efficient heatpipes to keep the temperature low and improve the cards' stability. Additionally, MSI's N250GTS Twin Frozr series features 128 stream processors, 256-bit GDDR3 high-speed memory, and Military Class components for the longest lifespan and stability. The powerful N250 Twin Frozr series provide a smooth DirectX 10 game play and a great gaming experience.
Twin Frozr thermal design
The MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr series have a Twin Frozr thermal design, featuring two intelligent PWM fans, which adjust their speed according to the GPU's loading and temperature. This design helps the card to run quietly and stay cool under normal conditions; while maintaining a low-noise operation when running 3D programs and games. The MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr series also comes with three heatpipes which efficiently dissipate heat.
Military Class Components
Toshiba Stainless Steel LCD HDTV for the kitchen
It's kinda cool, not just even for the kitchen. Toshiba announced a brand new LCD HDTV today called the 19LV612U, which is a part of their new Stainless Steel series, which is a new line meant to stand up to the tough conditions a kitchen environment can impose.
This new model measures in at 18.5-inches and sports a 720p resolution with a built-in DVD player. Also included is a TV tuner that supports ATSC, NTSC and QAM. Likewise, the DVD player supports numerous formats including MP3, WMA and DiVX.
Inputs include VGA and HDMI. Other specs are a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time, a 170-degree horizontal and 160-degree vertical viewing angle and 300cd/m2 brightness. You can get the 19LV612U starting in September for about $350.
European Windows 7 to include rival browsers
Microsoft hopes to settle the European Commission's antitrust case over unfair web browser bundling by promising to give users a choice of web browsers when Windows 7 ships in October. The proposal mimics the EC's solution and would provide a "ballot" that lets first-time users choose from one of multiple browsers, all of which would be pre-loaded in Windows. As before, users could also download other browsers and set them as the default.
Which browsers would be included weren't divulged, but Internet Explorer will be one of the options and major competitors like Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari are unofficially the most likely candidates.
Commission officials said the potential settlement was the result of discussions with Microsoft and that the negotiations also involved talk of improving interoperability between third-party apps and Windows in a separate case.
The proposal is an abrupt turnaround for Microsoft from its initial solution to accusations of abusing its monopoly to shut out rival web browsers. It had initially said it would leave out all browsers but was quickly shot down. European regulators claimed the idea didn't go far enough and would give those buying Windows detached from a PC little choice but to look for a physical copy or a more difficult way of downloading their choices of browsers.
In its news of the proposal, the EC didn't say whether it was content with the solution but said it would review the suggestion to see whether it will be effective.