Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview
Microsoft launched just recently it's new Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview program, this new site allows you to try the new IE9 that has, between a lot of new things, HTML GPU Acceleration, that's right, Microsoft implemented 3D acceleration to Internet Explorer, really, in an effort to compete with Firefox and Chrome the new Internet Explorer also offers the following:
- Improved ACID3 test
- Hardware Background compile of java script
HTML5 with GPU Acceleration
So, that's it, give it here, the main site also offer Demos so that you can test all of this new technologies.
Be adviced, it is only a Preview and it's not even BETA, but, the new GPU Acceleration should be interesting.
NVIDIA Forceware 197.13 out for grabs
NVIDIA issued a beta Forceware driver. This is a WHQL-candidate driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.
This driver resolves fan speed issues reported with version 196.75 drivers. NVIDIA asks that you remove 196.75 drivers and update to either 196.21 WHQL drivers or to this 197.13 WHQL-candidate driver.
If you currently have 196.75 installed, please first uninstall it before installing 197.13.
New in Version 197.13
- Adds support for Next Generation ION.
- Adds support for GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330, and GeForce GT 340.
- Upgrades PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0129.
- Upgrades HD Audio driver to version 188.8.131.52 (for supported GPUs).
- Increases performance in several PC games from v196.21 WHQL. The following are examples of measured improvements. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:
- Up to 13% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with a single GPU
- Up to 30% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with SLI technology
- Up to 13% performance increase in H.A.W.X with single GPU
- Up to 15% performance increase in H.A.W.X with SLI technology
- Up to 30% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with single GPU
- Up to 28% performance increase in Left 4 Dead with SLI technology
- Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for top new gaming titles including Assassin Creed II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight, Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Zombie Driver.
- Enhanced SLI support for Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2, Unigine, and World of Warcraft
- Adds override anti-aliasing support for Mass Effect 2.
- 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.
- Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenGL 3.2 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
- Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
- Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here.
- Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
ECS A890GXM-A (AMD 890GX ) review
ECS A890GXM-A (AMD 890GX motherboard) review
The AMD 890GX based motherboard chipsets proof their strength and by all means is really fun to work and play around with. When you plant the two chips from AMD on a mainboard from ECS, they'll try to do some more stuff. It's the ECS Black series style - with a bucket load of features like integrated graphics sub-D, DVI, HDMI and display port connectors, passive cooling, 8-channel sound, dual GigE Ethernet, Crossfire ready, and pretty decent overclockabilty.
Check out the full Guru3D article here.
ASUS P7F7-E WS supports four graphics cards
ASUS introduced the P7F7-E WS Supercomputer, a new workstation motherboard designed for Intel LGA1156 Xeon 3400, Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium series processors. The motherboard features the Intel Ibex Peak 3450 chipset + NVIDIA NF200 and supports up to four graphics cards. The motherboard is equipped with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support, and features two Quick Gate ports that enable you to easily connect USB devices to the motherboard.
|Model||P7F7-E WS SuperComputer|
|CPU Socket||1x LGA1156 socket for Intel
EVGA Classified SR-2 is a dual-socket motherboard announced
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/17/2010 12:14 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
eVGA today officially releases a board we've been talking about a lot. They launched the Classified SR-2, nicknamed "mother of all motherboards". This is a dual-socket Intel 5520 chipset based server motherboard dressed up for hardware enthusiasts, it supports 4-way SLI, has 8-phase PWM, support for up to 48GB DDR3 memory, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps.
The motherboard uses the new, huge HPTX form factor that measures 15" x 13.6". EVGA warns the motherboard will only fit in wide ATX cases with 9 or more expansion slots, and that it is possible that mods may be required for a correct fit in the chassis. You can check out the full specifications over here.
We are proud to present the EVGA Classified SR-2, the absolute ultimate for the extreme user. It takes everything that made the X58 Classified 4-way SLI motherboard great and doubled it up. Now you can experience the ultimate in overclocked multithreaded performance by way of Dual 1366 sockets which allow for hyperthreaded Intel Xeon CPU
Non-WHQL ATI Catalyst 10.3 released
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/17/2010 12:13 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Typically ATI does not release NON WHQL certified drivers, but as it seems ATI will release a beta today which we'll post once available. The driver should help out with a LOT of performance improvements for several game titles. The non-WHQL driver features a couple of enhancements that weren't ready in time for the WHQL driver, this includes Eyefinity 6 (which we'll actually review soon with six monitors) updates and a performance enhancement for Alien vs. Predator.
Here's an overview of the new features in Catalyst 10.3:
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/17/2010 12:07 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
More game news, EA sent out a press release announcing that Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight is now available in stores and via digital distributions. Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight hits North America today and Europe on Friday, exclusively for PC.
Metro 2033 ships
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/17/2010 12:05 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
A game that I have been looking forward to very much is Metro. The guys behind it are programmers from the STALKER team, who left the software house and started this new project all by themselves. And the end result at least graphics wise is really good. THQ sent out a press release announcing the North American release of Metro 2033, the post-apocalyptic shooter developed by 4A
Based on a novel by the Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 combines classic first-person-shooter action with elements of survival horror and intelligent plot and character development not seen before in gaming, to create a true genre original. Metro 2033 is now available to purchase at retail stores around the world for both the Xbox 360
Intel launches six-core Xeon 5600
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/17/2010 04:39 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Intel has formally launched their six-core workstation and server processors. The Xeon 5600 has been made on the same 32 nanometer process as the Core i7-980X and give more performance without consuming more power as a result. Performance gains range from 10 percent in single tasks that don't use the extra two cores to as much as 60 percent for heavily threaded apps, but even the flagship, 3.33GHz X5680 consumes the same 130W as its predecessor.
The X5680 and other 32nm Xeons launched today are considered more secure and support both hardware AES encryption as well as Trusted Execution to prevent rogue code or privacy breaches without draining away performance. Like most other 32nm chips, they support Turbo Boost to overclock to as much as 3.6GHz (again on the X5680) and Hyperthreading that lets a single six-core chip behave like a 12-core part under optimized conditions.
Apart from the 3.33GHz model, lower-clocked 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.93GHz chips also carry six cores and consume a lower-still 95W of power. A low-voltage 2.26GHz six-core Xeon uses just 60W of energy, while quad-core chips have been given a wide spread and range from 1.86GHz at 40W to 3.46GHz at 130W.
Systems based on the new Xeons should be available within the next 45 days, with availability depending on the computer builder; Dell, HP and others have been named. Although the initial lineup is primarily tailored to servers, Intel has confirmed that workstation versions should be available soon, including a Xeon 3600 series that tops out at the same 3.33GHz, six cores and 130W whose limitation to single-processor systems will keep its price down to $999 in bulk.
For a review on the six-core Core i7 980X click here.
nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.10.0222
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/17/2010 04:00 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Download nVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.10.0222.
NVIDIA 3DTV Play - 3D Games on 3D TVs
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:56 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
3D is up and coming, something ignited last year and the industry is excited. A lot of movies are being shot in 3D and and of course games as well.
NVIDIA is now expanding its portfolio with a software solution, dubbed NVIDIA 3DTV Play, that will allow GeForce-powered PCs to connect to 3D TVs, enabling big screen 3D gaming.
By help of software over HDMI or DVI connectors you can output to bigger 3D TVs. The software has full support for HDMI 1.4-compatible 3D TVs and can playback 3D in 1,080p24, 720p60 and 720p50 formats. The content thus rendered can be enjoyed through use of both active-stutter and passive polarized glasses. This means all games that are converted in 3D, though use of NVIDIA 3D Vision, can become even more immersive when played on screens of larger form factors.
NVIDIA 3DTV Play can also play Full HD 3D content, handle streaming 3D movies and display 3D photographs. The software will be available later this spring, at a MSRP of $39.99 or for free for NVIDIA 3D Vision customers. The company has also teamed up with Panasonic on its coast-to-coast 2010 "Panasonic Touch the Future Tour," where customers can have a go at playing 3D games on the recently launched Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3D TVs.
Nvidia Fermi GTX480 Die Shots A3 Stepping
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:43 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Well, these leaked out all over the web alright. If you are interested to see what a Fermi GTX480 Die Shot looks like (photo's of the chip), then head on over to this forum thread. Click here
Intel X25-V 40GB SSD debuts at $125
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:39 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Competition for OCS latest Onyx SSD. If you want an affordable SSD just for primary and fast OS reasons, this might be something for you. Intel announced the X25-V Value SATA SSD with a capacity of 40GB, this new entry-level disk will retail for around $125. Admitedly, the write performance does dissapoint though.
The Intel X25-V features 40GB of 34nm NAND flash memory. This non-volatile memory retains data, even when the power is turned off, and is used in applications such as smartphones, personal music players, memory cards or SSDs for fast and reliable storage of data. SSD benefits over a traditional HDD include higher performance, battery saving and ruggedness. "Adding the Intel X25-V to our existing family of high-performance SSDs gives our resellers a full range of high-performing, quality SSDs for notebook upgrades, dual-drive desktop set ups or embedded applications," said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group. "SSD adoption continues to be one of the more exciting trends in personal computing, and this entry-level product enables users to enjoy the productivity and performance benefits of Intel SSDs at a new price point."
The 40GB Intel X25-V complements Intel's higher performance Intel
Kingston 2400MHz HyperX DDR3 is Intel certified
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:34 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Kingston reportedly developed a new Intel-certified dual-channel DDR3 memory kit. The KHX2400C9D3T1K2/4GX runs at a blazing 2400MHz at 9-11-9-27-2 timings at 1.65V, this is an announcement only as the memory will be available in Q2 2010.
The 2400MHz kit runs at 9-11-9-27-2 timings at 1.65 volts and was developed for enthusiasts, gamers, and benchmarkers looking to scale new memory heights. As with all Kingston memory, the 2400MHz kit was created with the highest design-engineering principles and subjected to OEM-quality production and testing standards to gain Intel XMP certification. The memory was tested to great success on several P55-based systems including the GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard. The 2400MHz kits will be available in Q2. Kingston HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support.
Motherboard components shortage
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:32 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
The colleagues from digitimes report that motherboard components such as MLCCs, solid capacitors and LAN connectors are reportedly suffering from tight supply due to the recent labor shortages, according to sources from motherboard makers.
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) are all aggressively placing orders to avoid the shortages causing any impact on their motherboard shipments.
Currently, motherboard MLCCs are mainly supplied by Walsin Technology Corporation (WTC) and Yageo, while solid capacitors are supplied by Sanyo Electric and Chemi-con. LAN connectors are supplied by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the sources noted.
Since the labor shortages are expected to improve significantly after April, while the motherboard market will have entered the slow season by then, the tight supply of components should improve, the sources noted. However, component makers are concerned that their performance will be affected in the second quarter as the first-tier motherboard makers may stop orders suddenly to prevent inventory buildups.
Dell releases very energy friendly 24" monitor
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
This monitor definitely is impressive. The Dell G2410H 24"W 1920x1080 Monitor comes with WLED and ensures 60% less typical average power consumption than that of comparable Dell widescreen monitors. That means this screen is using less than 20W.
It's green all the way as:
The screen has a 16:9 ratio and full HD 1920x1080 resolution, DVI-D Digital connector and Up to 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. So yeah this might be the most green screen i've ever seen. Available for 339 USD on the Dell website.
NVIDIA Nforce 15.53 WHQL for Windows 7 released
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
You can download NVIDIA's all new Nforce 15.53 WHQL Windows 7 64-bit motherboard driver.
Windows 7 64-bit Driver Versions:
Realtek HD Audio 2.44 Driver
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/16/2010 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
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