CEBIT - ASUS to release Sennheiser Soundcard
Expect a review on this one soon at Guru3D.com ... the Xonar Xense. Working together with Sennheiser, ASUS has developed soundcard-headset combo Xonar Xense. While most PC gamers suffer from miniscule headphone output, Xonar Xense pumps out a monstrous 7Vrms power through a built-in headphone amp. This brings out every audio nuance in games, movies and music, optimizing sound positioning and audio dynamics.
According to ASUS Games come to life in startling 118dB sound clarity, supporting EAX, DirectSound, Dolby technology and many other standards.
CEBIT - Corsair shows Heatpipe CPU Coolers
Corsair was already active in water-cooling but now they've also added two aircooling products to their lineup; the Air Series A70 and A50. The A70 measures 159.5mm x 124.6mm x 129mm and features two 120mm fans with an airflow of 50-61CFM, at a noise level of 26 to 31.5dBA. The heatsink features four 8mm copper direct-touch heatpipes and lots of aluminum fins.
The A50 cooler is a smaller version of the A70, it measures 159.5mm x 124.6mm x 81.2mm, has only three 8mm heatpipes and ships with one 120mm fan. Other than that, the specifications are pretty much the same. Both coolers ship with mounting tools for Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3 processors. Pricing and availability is unknown.
CEBIT - OCZ shows Agility 2 SSD
Check it out, the new Agility 2 SSD. The Agility 2 comes with a SandForce SF-1200 controller, MLC NAND flash memory, R/W speeds of 275MBps and 265MBps and a very nice 10.000 proclaimed IOps.
CEBIT - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold
Demonstrating at CeBIT 2010 they were displaying the Silent Pro Gold Series. A new lineup of power supplies that all meet the 80+ GOLD Standard with over 90% power efficiency.
This is the first time that the Silent Pro Gold was shown and Cooler Master were quite excited to show it off, there were plenty of technologies bundled into these nice looking units such as HTT (Heat Transfer Technology, Hyper Path and Hybrid Transformers all attributing to a nice designed set of units.
NVIDIA Forceware 196.75 Taken Offline
Last night we where informed by NVIDIA that the current Forceware 196.75 drivers might have a bug, as a result we took the drivers offline.
Now if you have these driver installed we encourage you uninstall them strongly. In some scenarios the outcome is that during gaming your graphics card fan might stop spinning, causing inevitably an overheat and crash shutdown of your graphics card.
Safety first i'd say, uninstall them and then please use the previous set of drivers.
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:
Benchmarking Software - Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.
Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.
Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560x1600 with custom frame rates from 10 to 120 frames per second!
3.1.2 - 4th Mar 2010
- Fixed STALKER: Call of Pripyat not loading with Fraps running
- Fixed slow recording speeds for some users in Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Fixed Guild Wars crashing when moving between zones
- Fixed videos being recorded at double width on some nvidia configurations
- Fixed colors being inverted in video captured from some DX10 games
- Fixed multiple FRAPS32.DLL crashes
VidaBox vCase3 Premium HTPC chassis review
VidaBox vCase3 Premium HTPC chassis tested
This chassis is a low profile mATX HTPC chassis with a great design at a reasonable price. Simple, basic, handy -- these are all keywords that apply to the overall design and looks of the vCase3 Premium. Especially in an era where we see form factors change a lot, a chassis like this in the living room can help out a lot. It blends in with the rest of your components really well, it can house the latest mATX motherboards.
You can pop in a regular ATX power supply and well... you are good to go. Whether it is entry-level, mid-range or even if you pop in say a high-end ASUS Maximus II Gene with Core i7 870 processor -- it's all possible with this HTPC chassis.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
More GeForce GTX 400 photo's hit the web
With the release of Fermi aka GT100 based GeFiorce 400 series graphics cards getting closer we see more and more photo's leak onto the web. This time arround it's Computer Base stripping the product completely naked. You can see both the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470.
Check the thumbnails ...
GeForce GTX 470
Onkyo 3D-compatible A/V range with HDMI v1.4
Onkyo have released a range of new home A/V equipment that offers HDMI v1.4 connectivity and 3D video support. The new line-up includes a pair of full-sized receivers, the TX-SA578 and the TX-SA608, a pair of mini-systems, the BASE-V30HDX and BASE-V20HDX, and a 2.1-channel sub/speaker system, the HTX-22HDX.
The TX-SA608 and TX-SA578 support seven channels of 190W and 160W respectively, along with Audyssey 2EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and
G.Skill to release Phoenix SSD
More SandForce based SSD announcements. This time arround it's G.Skill noting that they will be releasing a brand new SandForce controller based Phoenix SSD series. The product is already on display at CeBIT where we'll head out to today.
TRIM capability helps preserve the performance and reliability of the SSD over time. When the drive is idle, the TRIM erases deleted data that would otherwise take up many write cycles, ultimately reducing the data-transfer rates by a great deal. TRIM also reduces fragmentation.
G.Skill's new line of Phoenix solid state drives is built with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory chips.
Corsair SandForce-based Force SSDs official
We mentioned these a couple of times already next to the newly released Nova and Reactor SSDs, but the Force series is now official as well. Corsair's Force series are SandForce-based SSDs. These 2.5" disks will be available later this month in 100GB (F100) and 200GB (F200) MLC NAND flash capacities, they have a SATA 3Gbps interface and promises read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to 275MB/s.
By utilizing the state-of-the-art SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor combined with MLC flash memory, the Corsair Force Series of solid-state drives deliver outstanding performance figures of up to 280MB/sec read and 260MB/sec write. In addition, these drives feature class-leading random read/write performance. The highly innovative SandForce DuraClass Technology also delivers unparalleled write endurance and error correction features.
Point of View Mobii Core i3 miniPC
Point of View has introduced the Mobii Core i3 miniPC, a new mini-ITX system with the Intel H57 chipset and Intel Core i3-530 (2.93GHz) processor. Other features include up to 4GB DDR3 1333MHz memory, a 320GB or 500GB SATA HDD, 8x DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
The new Mobii Core i3 miniPC uses a mini-ITX mainboard with Intel
BFG pulls out of Europe
Earlier last year Guru3D was already informed about the fact that BFG Tech's Europe division was not performing well enough in a saturated and difficult market. As such last year the decision was made for BFG to pull out of the European market and focus on North America.
You guys probably have noticed that if you where on the market for a BFG card in the EU that they where really hard to find. Yesterday we received notice from the BFG EU press department that they have left BFG as a result of this, making this a somewhat formal announcement. BFG will no longer be active in the European Market.
It is still unclear how current warranties and upgrade programs are affected by this.
What an incredible loss for the European channel, as BFG produced amongst the most best quality products on the market, and especially their OC and Liquid cooled graphics cards are just brilliant.
Take a good look at the photo below, you won't see these products in Europe any longer.
Bodar Shattering a World Record Overclocking - Video
Yesterday Guru3D.com overclocker Bodar was able to crush the 3DMark 06 world record for team Guru3D, check out that post some screenshots and photo's here. We told you guys that we'd show a little video on the complete experience, have a look at Bodar performing his LN2 session.
Comments here please
Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 review
Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 gets tested
As such Auzentech has released the brand new X-Fi Bravura 7.1 to be reviewed by the Guru3D audio lab. Giving us a chance to run it through our testing regimen and have a listen with our reference audio gear. Without further delay let
Kingston HyperX LoVo DDR3 memory kits launched
Kingston announced HyperX LoVo DDR3 memory modules that require only 1.35V (low voltage) or 1.25V (ultra-low voltage).
Kingston Technology Co., Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the world's first ultra-low voltage memory running at 1.25 volts at 1600MHz. The new offering is part of the new Kingston
Point of View reveals Mobii Movie Theater notebooks
Point of View has introduced 11.6" and 13.3" Mobii Movie Theater netbooks. These systems feature the Intel Atom N450, Intel NM10 + GMA 3150 chipset, 2GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, 4-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI and two USB 2.0 ports. The company says these netbooks feature a built-in HD video accelerator which enables playback of Full HD video.
The heart of these newest family members is the Intel Atom N450 CPU. While it has been the standard CPU for mostly netbooks up to 10.2
Arctic Cooling preps HD 5970 cooler, also Fermi
Check out Arctic Cooling's Radeon HD 5970 cooling solution, and heard that the company is working on a cooling solution for Fermi. The cooler for the HD 5970 will be used by AIBs for their upcoming HD 5970 OC 4GB card .
Another confirmation is that AC is working on theor cooling design for a GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) and likely GTX 470 cooler that is quieter and cools better than the NVIDIA reference design heatsink. Based on NVIDIA's expected launch schedule (end of March), the Accelero Xtreme for GTX 480 hopfully will be available in volume around the same time you will see NVIDIA's new card come to store shelves near you.
AC has a reputation for awesome cooling at a silent noiselevel. One downside, that design will certainly eat up at least three PCIe slots !