Virgin Galactic's Test Flight video
If you can spend enough money soon it will be possible to go have a sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public. Further in the future Virgin Galactic plans to offer orbital spaceflights as well.
Wired.com got its mitts on the first official cockpit video and other footage from the recent test of Virgin Mothership Eve at the Scaled Composites skunkworks operation in sunny SoCal. Scaled Composites and Virgin tend to keep the test results hush-hush but say 'several recent published articles have been sufficiently inaccurate and negative' to make them 'set the record straight.
Trailer: Fallout 3 Broken Steel
DDRdrive - a Hybrid PCI-E x1 Solid-State Drive
Interesting, the folks from a company called DDRdrive LLC introduced their DDRdrive X1.
pretty much this is a PCI-Express expansion card featuring a complete solid-state storage system designed for IOPS intensive tasks. The DDRdrive X1 is a PCIe Gen 1-based hybrid SSD, that combines 4 GB of DDR memory and 4 GB of NAND flash memory -- hence hybrid.
Both solid-state technologies work in concert to provide the superior characteristics of DRAM (speed, reliability, and longevity) with the NAND part used for backups. In terms of read/write speeds, the DDRdrive X1 is not that spectacular. Limited by the PCIe x1 interface it can "only" do about 250 MB/s in reads and 155 MB/s in writes. But it's the Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS), where X1 really shines.
A single drive can hit 300,000+ IOPS Random 512B Reads and 200,000+ IOPS Random 512B Writes. That's a massive bump in operation speed compared to practically all other solid-state drives currently in production. For comparison Fusion IO's enterprise drives are estimated at 200,000 IOPS 512B read, while other consumer SSDs are rated at about 100,000 IOPS 512B read. And those 300,000+ IOPS can be achieved with a maximum power draw of only 9.91 Watts. DDRdrive X1 can also be configured to work in striped (performance) RAID 0, mirrored RAID 1, or RAID 5 regimes.
The DDRdrive X1 is shipping now for $1495 with a 5 year limited warranty. For more information, please be sure to check this page here.
Big-Screen Kindle As Early As This Week
In case you like to read, keeping books in bookshelves can take up quite some space after a few years. Why not use one of the available eReaders, like Sony's eReader or Amazon's Kindle, to make use of their amazing storage capacities and save some space? You don't like the eReaders' small form factor and prefer reading magazines anyway? Well, then I might have some interesting news for you.
Amazon is about to introduce a new gadget just like their regular Kindle, but it is going to have the size of a standard sheet of paper: "According to people briefed on the online retailer's plans, Amazon will introduce a larger version of its Kindle wireless device tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines and perhaps textbooks.
An Amazon spokesman would not comment, but some news organizations, including The New York Times, are expected to be involved in the introduction of the device, according to people briefed on the plans. A spokeswoman for The Times, Catherine J. Mathis, said she could not comment on the company
Swiftech Komodo Water Block for GeForce GTX 285 Cards
Swiftech released a new single-slot waterblock solution for NVIDIA reference design GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards named Komodo.
The Komodo water-block is a single slot, liquid cooling solution for nVidia
Inno3D GeForce 9 E-Save graphics cards
Inno3D today launched new e-Save edition GeForce 9 graphics cards that should use up to 60 percent less power in idle mode and 40 percent less in load.
District 9 Teaser Trailer
Heh ... have you guys seens this trailer already ? It's starts out as with that old fashioned Black Hawk down feeling really .. but that certainly changes fast. Sony has finally debuted the first teaser trailer for District 9, the upcoming alien feature from first-time filmmaker Neill Blomkamp.
Speakers made from paper
Well here's something new alright. All alone in the desert or on an island ? And by any chance gor a news-paper made out of Flexspeakers ? ;)
Industrial Technology Research Institute from Taiwan has made paper-thin speakers called Flexspeakers. They will be currently sold in the dimensions of 8.5 x 11 inches sheets costing $20. They will be available in much larger sheets or even rolls. The speakers are made by layering thin electrodes and a prepolarized diaphragm between two thin sheets of paper.
The first application is to use Flexspeakers in cars and next as movie theater posters. Check out the video.
Phenom II X4 955 at 7.2GHz record is fake
Earlier this weekend a Chinese overclocking team was supposedly able to take the Phenom II X4 955 (review here) to extreme new heights, as they where able to overclock it to 7.2 GHz ...
Now that would be incredible 7127MHz, which is carried out with subzero tempratures and some liquid nitrogen cooling. According to the claims they jammed 1.95 Volts into the CPU (typically 1.1~1.2 Volts for this model).
Crazy stuff really, but yeah indeed ... way too crazy to be true. A couple of great remarks from our investigating team, chispy in our forums:
- Franck (the author of CPUz) has mentioned that CPUz 1.51 has cheat security issues with AM3 cpus.
- The users that these scores come from (especially, qooitry) have already been spotted cheating on various occasions.
- A couple of days ago a SuperPi 1M score of 9.406s at 6840MHz was submitted to ripping.org. Now this score is deleted (I will see if I get a link from the cache), but it obviously had cheat software icons on the desktop (such as cheat_super_pi_mod.exe posted by hipro a couple of years ago). Massman can confirm this.
Why the heck someone would start posting fake scores beats me. But sure .. we'll make sure everybody is aware of the fact that Chinese user 'qooitry' is an absolute frause and fake.
We discussion thread open here. How do you feel about persons posting fake claims like these ?
Jetway Hummer HA08 LF motherboard review
Today the turn goes to the folks from Jetway. A company that you do not hear often from. They are rather sizable in OEM production and deliver a lot of material towards other motherboard and graphics card 'manufacturers'. But they handle retail products as well though.
Their somewhat more exclusive motherboard series is tagged as 'Hummer' series. Which always brings a smile to my face as I immediately have to think about that big ass military car. Today we look at the Jetway Hummer HA08-LF motherboard. Armed with a lot of features, performance and an AMD 790GX chipset. There fairly little to dislike really.
You can check out this Guru3D article right here.
Arctic Cooling launched Accelero L2 Pro VGA Cooler
We already showed you photo's of this cooler in our CeBIT 2009 report but the good folks at Arctic cooling have unleashed the somewhat budget Accelero L2 Pro GPU cooler. The cooler can be used on most ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards.
- ATI Radeon series: HD 4850, 4830, 4670, 4650, 4550, 3870, 3850, 3650, 3470, 3450, 2600, 2400, X1950, X1900, X1800, X1600, X1550, X1300
- NVIDIA GeForce series: 9800, 9600, 9500, 9400, 8800, 8600, 8500, 7950, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800,6600, FX5950, FX5900, FX5800, FX5700
The cooler comes with aluminum heatsink and has MX-2 thermal compound pre-applied. A 27 CFM 92 mm PWM fan keept your GPU cool. It is stated that the cooler can handle roughly 100 Watts of heat.
The Accelero L2 Pro will have a 6-year limited warranty and will eb available in June 2009 for only US $16.00 and 12.50
Compatible with Windows 7 Logo pops up
Much like the Vista ready propaganda, a new logo logo popped up for fow Windows 7 compatible hardware.
This "Compatible with Windows 7" logo was apparently leaked to some members of the press. Obviously it makes sense that this logo can be slapped on computer hardware and software, compatible with Windows 7. Obviously you'd need to get your hardware of software certified by Microsoft and spend some serious cash to be able to use the logo, but yeah .. that's Microsoft.
Okay you guys ready ..? *drum-roll*
Intel might looking at 1 billion EUR fine
Microsoft, the world
Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.2.1081.0 released
We have a new distribution of Media Player Classic HTPC read for you to download. We included both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries. Media Player Classic Home Cinema v1.2.908.0 This open Source Media Player allows you to enhance, decode and accelerate a broad span of movie formats like x.264 with GPU assisted acceleration and image quality enhancing.
- Support for Flac audio streams
- Support for Dolby Digital+ (Eac3) and Dolby true HD (MLP)
- Nellymoser audio decoder
- Belarusian translation
- New shader "Sharpen Complex 2" (required hardware compatible with pixel shader 2.A)
- Support for madVR video renderer (http://madshi.net/madVR.zip)
- Add support of interlaced flags in software mode for MPCVideoDecoder filter
- D3DFullScreen mode now takes into account the monitor to full-screen mode in options, if monitor is not specified on the command line.
- Auto-hide playlist on fullscreen(feature request #2219561)
- Detours library updated to v2.1
- Support for AC3 in MP4 splitter
- Support for EAc3 in Matroska splitter
- Hotkeys added to support more remote control keys
- Support for Theora in Matroska internal splitter
- LibVorbis updated to v1.2.0
- Improved streaming performances
- Prevent display or computer to sleep during playback
- Faad library updated to rev 2.2.7
- LibPNG updated to release 1.2.35 (fix security bug)
- Playlist file is now saved in mpc folder (patch # 2671496)
- frame by frame modify to support step frame back functionality (except for VMR9)
For those interested, we have an interesting article right here, using this software to accelerate and enhance x.264 content with this software.
You can download Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.2.1081.0 right here.
Download: EVGA Precision 1.7.1
This program allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
EVGA Precision v1.7.1 (2009-04-28)
- Added update checking system.
- Now Logitech keyboard soft-buttons can be used to scroll Precision's LCD text in any direction. Both vertical and horizonatal scrolling can be easily reset by pressing up and down or left and right scroll soft-buttons simultaneously.
Download: click here
Daily deals May 2 2009
A pretty slow news-day today, so time for a nice phat weekend update of some good hardware deals. After all the processor releases I figured now is a good time to focus at a couple of popular processors and some good motherboards to go along with them.
- AMD Phenom II X3 710 Triple-Core Processor - this is probably my most favorite processor right now due to sheer performance and value. Next to that, some of you have been able to unlock the 4th core as well. Also, an overclock to 3600 MHz on air .. should not be an issue either. And it's selling for just $129.00 really amazing value there guys. Check out out review if in doubt.
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 Quad Core Processor - With the release of the new Phenom II X4 955 BE processor, the X4 940 dropped in price. Grab yourself a DDR2 AMD 790 based motherboard, and you have no idea what kind of performance you are looking at. Amazing value folks and it just dropped to $189.00 with free shipping and heck .. it is a Black Edition .. it overclocks to 3600 Mhz on just an air cooler really easily
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 Quad-Core Processor - Though I'm a fan of Phenom II more than Phenom I, this is among the cheapest of quad core processors you can purchase. Again a BE edition which clocks to roughly 3300 MHz. Heaps and heaps of value at $156.99
Recommended motherboard for any of these processors:
- ECS EliteGroup A790GXM-A, we reviewed this motherboard and it rocks, all processors above will run with it and this little gem of a motherboard sells for just $120.43 it's great value, as simple as that.
Intel Core 2 processors:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor - Intel makes some excellent processors, this is their budget quad core. Clocked at 2.33 GHz is delivers a good punch, we spotted it at $164.99
- Intel Core 2 Quad Core Processor Q9400 - This is one of my more favorite Intel quad core processors, it's 45nm based, clocked at 2.66 GHz and overclock pretty well. $219.99 is you price.
Recommended motherboard for any of these processors:
- ASUS P5Q is an Intel P45 chipset-based motherboard - of course the sky is the limit for Core 2 motherboards really, this one is great, has excellent features and is priced at just $125.99
Intel Core i7 processors:
- Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor - to date probably next to the Q6600 one of the most popular Quad Core processors ever released. This processor packs punch and can be overclocked real fast. The best price we could fins was $279.99, but remember .. Core i7 needs to be paired with an expensive X58 motherboard.
- Intel Core i7 940 Quad Core Processor - stepping it up in clock frequency the 940 is a brilliant processor. it's more pricy though at $544.99
- Intel Core i7 965 Quad Core Processor - nothing, seriously nothing at this very moment can beat this processor. It's powering up our primary graphics card test machine and it's fast .. so incredibly fast. We even overclock it to 3.75 GHz easily, for fun. But high-end comes at a high price, as such $995.00 you will need to cough up for it.
Recommended motherboard for any of these processors:
- GigaByte GA-EX58-UD3R Motherboard - You know what, I'll list two X58 motherboards here, there new BIOS for the UD3R motherboard makes it now SLI compatible as well, and at $205.50 that's a might fine price ! Well .. for an X58 motherboard that is..
- Asus Rampage II Extreme Motherboard - This is the motherboard we use in our graphics card test system. It's so horribly good. Top of the line, very expensive. But prices did come down a tiny bit and it's now selling for $369.00 if you want the somethign among the highest ranking X58 motherboards ... this would be a match made in cyber-heaven.
Intel Cuts SSD Prices
The SSD market is one of the most fascinating areas to follow right now. Not only do we get faster drives on a very regular basis, but prices are falling very rapidly also, due to the increased competition. Therefore, Intel decided to lower its prices for the M and E series even further:
As you can see in the table above, some price drops are quite considerable and are bringing SSDs a good step closer to the mainstream market. From close to $600 to $320 in just five months for the 80 GB X25-M is nothing short of impressive.
Windows 7 RC - Fully Functional For a Whole Year
We already reported that the release candidate (RC) of Windows 7 is going to be released to the public on May 5th, and that date is still valid, but the good news today are that this RC will be fully functional for more than a whole year. Yup, you read that right. Microsoft confirmed that the Windows 7 RC does not expire until June 1, 2010. That's a full 13 months of free Windows 7 experience. Pretty cool, if you ask me.