NEC reveals new 24-inch LCDs for U.S. market
NEC let us know that they intrduced two new LCD displays available in the U.S. today. These models are to match the recent release of similar models in Japan. The LCD2490WUXi2 and the LCD2490W2 both sport 24-inch screens and feature some delicious IPS panels.
These displays have a much better image quality than TV or PVA screens and allows them to show 96.7% of the sRGB color space. Professional graphics editors could definitely make use of these.
Other features include auto-brightness, 12-bit color lookup tables, ambient light sensors a 320cd/m2 brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, VGA and DVI inputs and more. a SpectraView color calibrator comes with the LCD2490W2 display as well.
You can get both models by the end of the month for $1,099 and $1,299, respectively.
Apple premieres iPhone 3GS
Presenting at the 2009 WWDC keynote, Apple has announced the iPhone 3GS. Said to use the same exterior design as the 3G, the interior is nevertheless described as "entirely new," able to load apps two to three times faster, and render websites as much as three times faster. OpenGL ES 2.0 rendering is present for games, and the phone's HSDPA reception is now rated at 7.2Mbps instead of 3.6Mbps.
A new three-megapixel camera with autofocus is present, which should also have better ISO sensitivity, as well as macro capabilities. Video capture has been confirmed, rated at 30fps in 640x480 resolution with audio. Videos can be shared via e-mail, MMS, MobileMe and YouTube.
A new voice-dialing function is enabled by holding the Home button, which pops up the voice control and enables "call" or "dial" commands. The control scheme can also be used to play iPod audio, by speaking an artist or playlist name, or saying "play more songs like this" to spawn a Genius playlist. Asking "what's playing now" will read out current track info.
Other features include a magnetometer with a compass app, and hardware support for Nike+, as well as data encryption including iTunes backups. Battery life has been raised to nine hours for Wi-Fi, 10 hours for video, 30 for music, 12 hours for GSM calling and 5 hours for 3G data.
A 16GB model will cost $199, while a 32GB phone will be $299. Black and white colors will be options for each; the iPhone 3G is expected to remain available in 8GB form for $99. The 3GS ships June 19th in regions including the US, Canada, France and Germany.
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Averatec intros 25.5-inch, 1080p all-in-one PC
TriGem's US label Averatec today introduced a new flagship all-in-one PC, the D1200. As the largest model, it's treated as a media center with a 25.5-inch, 1080p display and an internal ATSC TV tuner to pick up over-the-air HD signals. Combined with 802.11n Wi-Fi, the system is treated as a hybrid PC and TV combo that can be used either as a kitchen PC or a combination unit that can handle both roles in a very tight space.
The desktop strikes a relative balance between price and speed.
It has just a 2.5GHz Pentium dual-core for its processor but counterbalances this with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. An internal DVD burner, 2-megapixel webcam and gigabit Ethernet fill out its feature set. Averatec should have the system available on Tuesday for $999.
But that looks great though.
Best selling PC games and May 2009
We have a threefold of Top tens for you today where you can check the best selling games of the last week of May.
NPD's Top Ten (5/24 - 5/30)
1. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
2. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39
3. Spore / EA Maxis / $40
4. World Of Warcraft Battle Chest / Blizzard / $40
5. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20
6. Empire: Total War / Creative Assembly / $49
7. Reel Deal Slots Adventure / Phantom EFX / $20
8. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis / $40
9. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $20
10. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $29
Direct2Drive's Top Ten (5/24 - 5/30)
1. BioShock / 2K Boston, 2K Australia
2. Civilization IV / Firaxis
3. X-Com Complete Bundle (UFO Defense, Terror from the Deep, Interceptor, Enforcer, Apocalypse) / Take-Two (Publisher)
4. The Sims 3 (Pre Order) / The Sims Studio
5. Delta Force: Xtreme 2 / NovaLogic
6. Sid Meier's Railroads / Firaxis
7. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis
8. Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword / Firaxis
9. Civilization IV: The Complete Edition / Firaxis
10. Sid Meier's Pirates / Firaxis
Steam Weekly Top Sellers (by revenue, as of 5/24 - 5/30):
1. Team Fortress 2 / Valve
2. Killing Floor / Tripwire
3. Left 4 Dead / Valve
4. Counter-Strike: Source / Valve
5. Plants vs. Zombies / PopCap
6. The Orange Box / Valve
7. Unreal Deal Pack (Unreal Gold, U2, Unreal Tournament, UT2004, UT3) / Epic
8. Unreal Tournament 3 Black / Epic
9. Assassin's Creed / Ubisoft Montreal
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare / Infinity Ward
USB Powered Microwave From Heinz
Sometimes we stumble over a gadget that just catches the eye and though not necessarily related to the main focus of Guru3D, a USB powered microwave deserves some attention. Especially, from geeks like us, don't you think?
Called Beanzawave and made by Heinz, it measures 7.4'' in height, 6.2'' in width and 5.9'' in depth. "Mr Andrews, the managing director of GAMA Microwave Technology, said it is possible to 'tune' the radio-frequencies to provide the best results with any small product. 'It is possible to heat a pie, a burger, a cup of soup or tea in quick time,' he said. 'There is the option of powering it with lithium ion batteries that would make it completely portable, which would be a help to fishermen, campers or sportsmen.' Mr Andrews said he created the oven after being approached for help by Heinz, who wanted a portable microwave that would work with its Snap Pots.
'The single serve microwavable Snap Pots allow people to quickly heat and eat. We are therefore delighted to be working with Gordon as the Beanzawave is the perfect partner to Heinz Snap Pots, allowing a nutritious snack to be whipped up anywhere in just 60 seconds.'
Heinz said that any decision on whether to support production will depend on the feedback it receives from the public."
First DX11 GPUs NVIDIA in 1st half 2010
With the pending release of Windows 7 and thus the highly anticipated DirectX 11 most of us expected NVIDIA to deliver at least one DX11 class graphics card roughly in the Windows 7 release time-frame. As it looks right now, that's not going to be the case. In fact it might not even be 2009 at all.
Earlier last week at Computex ATI already hinted about a DX11 class graphics card under codename EVERGREEN. That product will definitely be available in Q4 2009.
Though an unfounded rumor, it seems that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is reponsible for leaking information about the fact that NVIDIA is redesigning it's future GPUs. As a result they'll be launched probably in the first half of 2010. The reasoning behind a redesign is not known. Mind you that this is a rumor, not a fact. I can't stress that enough.
Either way, for AMD this means good news, as they'll be the first with a DX11 class adapter on the market.
Of course the success of DX11 will be highly dependant on actual DX11 class games. According to ATI ATI developers like Codemasters, Phenomic, Electronic Arts, Emergent and Rebellion will be amongst the first to release DirectX 11 class games.
ATI DirectX 11 slide deck presentation
Over at Computex in Taiwan last week ATI had a press-conference in which they took the moment and inform press that they are ready for the DirectX 11 onslaught released along with Windows 7.
During the presentation ATI showed off a DX11 demonstration from the Microsoft DX11 SDK. ATI's first DX11 ready graphics cards will hit the market later this year already, and ATI made the bold promise that at the very least they'll be earlier than 'their competition'.
What was interesting is that the demo showed the codename of the GPU, which is EVERGREEN. A name rather familiar in Taiwan and Asian countries.
We have highlighted a couple of slides from the ATI slide deck / presentation. If interested, have a browse.
Gigabyte GO OC 2009 winners
The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009, the world
FutureMark updates all benchmarks
FutureMark released June 2009 updates for 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, PCMark05 and PCMark Vantage.
These patches update the system information detection component to the latest version for each of these benchmark products. This fixes numerous issues related to hardware detection in the benchmarks.
Advanced and Professional Users can also soon download the updated full install packages from the same download page (credentials supplied in the receipt email) they originally used to download the application.
NOTE: Benchmark scores are NOT affected by this update. All scores are comparable with previous results. Benchmark version numbers will remain the same.
Guru3D WARNING - the new download files include a pre-selected toolbar installation and can be considered ad-ware ! Please unselect it prior to installation.
OCZ announces Agility SSD series
We already mentioned this last week. However I finally have gotten the photo's and full specs in plus some more info on the controller used. The new SSD is a budget series that will take over from Core and Solid, and comes with the Indilinx controller, yet with slightly cheaper NAND flash memory.
According to an OCZ employee it's has 70% the performance of the Vertex series yet is prices way better. So that makes it super fast and cost-effective, which is a hard balance to strike, yet somehow the company has managed to do just that.
The Agility series has a faster speed than the basic Solid series and is based on MLC or multi-level cell storage. In fact, the read speed can reach upwards of 235MB/sec and the write speed is about 135MB/sec. Not the fastest in the world, but pretty impressive nonetheless.
It can also withstand 80MB/sec for prolonged writing. This 2.5-inch SATA drive will work with just about any notebook or desktop computer. It
Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation TV Spot
Tuniq shows Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler
For those that read out computex report, you already have seen this. But check that out, now I think that is a sick looking CPU cooler, very nice.
It's the new Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler. I count no less than five U-shaped heatpipes. The cooler is proclaimed to be really quiet and even comes with an included fan controller.
That cooler is looking very promising, and often I wonder how a small company like this always manages to compete with the big guns in the industry. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
Germany might ban Violent games
Germany's 16 Interior Ministers have banded together to ask the Bundestag (Germany's equivalent of Parliament) to ban the production and distribution of violent video games. Moreover, the ministers hope to see this accomplished before Germany's new elections take place on September 27th.
Although we're hampered a bit the language barrier, GamePolitics has received this information today from three German readers. Their accounts appear to coincide with this Google translation of a Spiegel Online report.
The move comes during a scheduled conference of interior ministers. School shootings, in particular the March 11th rampage committed by a 17-year-old in Winnenden, were prominently mentioned in relation to the group's demand for a ban on violent games.
If passed, such a move would affect not only German game consumers, but German game developers such as Crytek (Far Cry, Crysis). Under the proposed law, Crytek would apparently need to outsource development of violent games or even relocate its operations to another country.
Daily deals June 7 2009
Alrighty .. it's been a while since we posted a good deals item with all the things going on here at Guru3D's anniversary and of course Computex. Let's have a look at some fine graphics cards deals to start the week off with:
- MSI Radeon HD 4890 1024MB - MSI is just an awesome brand, and apparantly prices have tumbled bigtime already (well since a week or two), check out ATI's most high-end single GPU based graphics card at $209.99 now that's a great deal.
- HIS Radeon HD 4850 512MB - awesome, seriously awesome value (!) Again HIS here, with a customized cooler and PCB as well for only $94.99
- eVGA GeForce GTX 275 896MB - Together with the 4890, I consider this card one of the best series to buy. The GTX 275 is a beast, and you can grab it at $219.99 It comes with free Cryostasis game and a lifetime warranty.
- MSI GeForce GTS 250 512MB - Some hate it, some don't. This product is in fact a GeForce 9800 GTX+ The good thing is, it offers heaps of value for the money these days. The GTX 250 can be purchased for just $99.99
Best deal found:
- eVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB - However, the best deal I found today just oozes with perfmance verus the money. Check out this 896MB eVGA GeForce GTX 260, spotted for ... $149.99 with free shipping and free Cryostasis game.
Microsoft Store shows official Windows 7 box art
Very little is secret when it comes to Windows 7, probably this is the best excecuted marketing campaign from Microsoft ever, by slowly injecting small bits and pieces into the Internet.
Today the final box art design for Windows 7 has shown up on the official Microsoft Store page which means it's pretty safe to say that this will be the final box art used for the upcoming operating system. Of course, Microsoft has not confirmed themselves that this is what we will be seeing on retail shelves.
Nec releases Curved angle LCD screen at 2880 x 900
Wow .. just wow. NEC Display Solutions announced 43-inch NEC CRV43 ultra-widescreen specialty desktop display.This LCD has a curved design. As such the wide-screen resolution is 2880 x 900 pixels. The height is a little dissapointing I think, but stlll, check it out.
The unique NEC CRV43 curved display provides a much wider field of view and greater dynamic range with its double WGXA resolution (32:10 aspect ratio). The user's taskbar is extended natively and setup is made easy to configure with one input. These features make it an ideal solution for simulation, digital imaging and command & control.
"The NEC CRV43 curved display provides an excitingly immersive viewing experience for any type of user," said Keith Yanke, Director of Product Marketing for NEC Display Solutions. "Its lightning-fast response time coupled with its seamless curved screen provides enhanced comfort, decreased frustration and increased productivity. The monitor eliminates the bezel and screen gap issues that have complicated users' work environments for years."
The NEC CRV43 curved display includes the following features:
- Seamless curved screen, which eliminates bezel and screen gap issues for increased productivity and decreased frustration (according to Center for Human-Computer Interaction - Shupp et al, presented at Graphics Interface 2006)
- 2880 x 900 double WXGA native resolution
- 200 cd/m
AMD Launches 6-core Istanbul Opteron processor
So due to Computex a couple of news-post where delayed. This one from AMD certanly was interesting. AMD announced the availability of the world's first six-core server processor, with Direct Connect Architecture, code-named "Istanbul". AMD claims these new processors will deliver up to 34% more performance per watt, and will be available beginning this month from leading OEMs including Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems. HE, SE and EE versions of the new processor are planned for the second half of 2009.
- Additional feature of the new six-core processor include:
HyperTransport Technology Assist, which reduces cache probe traffic between processors, which can result in faster queries and increased performance for database, virtualization, and compute intensive applications.
- HyperTransport 3.0 Technology, increases interconnect rate from 2GT/s to 4.8GT/s. * Integrated DDR2 DRAM Memory Controller, incorporates Memory RAS for increased fault tolerance to reduce system downtime and increase system reliability.
- Independent Dynamic Core Technology, allows each core to vary its frequency, based on the specific needs of the application. This allows for more precise power management to reduce energy consumption.
- AMD CoolCore Technology, evaluates which parts of the system are needed to support currently running applications and can cut power to unused transistor areas to reduce power consumption and lower heat generation.
- AMD Smart Fetch Technology, allows inactive cores to write contents of their L1 and L2 caches to the shared L3 cache and allow the inactive cores to enter a "halt" state and draw less power, reducing CPU power consumption.
Check the video.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.26 Driver released
Realtek released build 2.26 of their audio drivers. The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and 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.
Driver Package R2.26 - Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec
- Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662,
ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC,
ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008,
Windows7 - x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
2. Update SRS components.
Download - click here