Dell XPS 430 Desktop PC unleashed
Dell rolled out the XPS 430 desktop PC, seems like they dropped the SideShow display from the XPS 420 and made the hardware a bit beefier. Prices start at $1,099 for a rig with a Intel Core 2 Q8200 processor, ATI Radeon HD 3450, 6GB 1067MHz DDR3 memory, 640GB HDD, DVD burner, 425W PSU and Windows Vista Home Premium.
For $300 more you get an upgrade to a Q9300 processor, 22" Dell SP2208WFP display and 750GB HDD. Check it out over here.
Shuttle SG45H7 media center mini-PC
Shuttle presents the XPC Barebone SG45H7 - a new mini PC designed for multimedia.
Shuttle Inc., the market leader in the Mini-PC segment and manufacturer of Multi-Form-Factor solutions today announces its brand-new XPC Barebone with Intel G45 Express chipset. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SG45H7 is ideally suited to deliver high-resolution 1080p picture quality. Furthermore, heat dissipation and noise level have been further improved in this model. As a unique feature amongst Mini-PCs, up to 16GB of DDR2 memory can be installed in four memory banks.
"The integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics engine with Intel Clear-Video technology ensures effortless and brilliant HD-playback", explained Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH.
The Best Selling PC Games (week ending Nov 1)
1. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49
2. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $46
3. Fallout 3 Collector's Edition / Bethesda / $69
4. Spore / EA Maxis / $50
5. Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $50
6. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack / EA Maxis / $20
7. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $16
8. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $20
9. Fallout 3 Survival Edition (Amazon.com Exclusive) / Bethesda / $120
10. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Premier Edition / EA LA /
Gelid Silent Spirit review CPU cooler
Recently Gelid silently introduced their thermal paste and silent design fan, a couple of weeks ago they however launched their Gelid Silent Spirit, as you can guess a heatpipe based cooling solution which we'll put to the test.
Today we'll test a Intel Core Extreme QX9770 processor in both a default and overclocked state with this cooler and check out what we get returned temperature wise. But first let's have a peek.
You can read the review here.
Thermaltake liquid cooling Bigwater 780 530cc big water tank
Let me just copy and paste the press release so you can decide for yourself to burst into laughter or not. The new Thermaltake 3U drive bay liquid cooling Bigwater 780 is an all-in-one device that has every little detailed parts carefully designed. You can monitor the coolant circulations from the front panel of your chassis. Bigwater 780 has a 530c.c. big water tank that keeps you carefree of coolant fulfilling troubles for a very long time.
The coolant controlling works is also very simple with the transparent design and easy fulfilling structure. Thermaltake Bigwater 780 comes with the P500 pump reaches maximum circulation capacity to 500L/hr. This allows the integrated cooling process of CPU, GPU, Memory, HDD and even chipsets, satisfying the future upgrading demands of liquid cooling players. The double racing car level radiators provide maximum cooling surface for the high end users.
Thermaltake Bigwater 780 satisfies the five core elements of cooling performance, space saving, easy installation and upgradability that you look for when selecting liquid cooling system at the same time. Thermaltake
Seagate responds to freezing 1.5TB HDDs
Tom's Hardware received a response from Seagate regarding an issue with Barracuda 1.5TB HDDs that randomly pause or hang for up to several seconds during certain write operations:
AVG anti-virus mistakenly tags user32.dll
Oohhhoow man, a recent definition update for the popular AVG Free 7.5 and 8.0 anti-virus apps mistakenly tagged a Windows system file and told users to delete it: "An update for the AVG virus scanner released yesterday contained an incorrect virus signature, which led it to think user32.dll contained the Trojan Horses PSW.Banker4.APSA or Generic9TBN.
AVG then recommended deleting this file; this causes the affected systems to either stop booting or go into a continuous reboot cycle. So far, the problem only appears to affect Windows XP, but there is no guarantee that other versions of Windows don't have the same issue." According to this post on the official forums, AVG has acknowledged the problem and "immediately" posted a new definition update without the false positive.
If it's already too late for you, the post suggests either booting in safe mode or using the Windows XP installation CD's recovery console to copy user32.dll from C:\Windows\System32\dllcache to C:\Windows\System32.
Call of Duty: World at War Patch v1.1
- Mods are now enabled in Co-op, Single Player, and Multiplayer.
- Players will now be notified when a new patch is available.
- Improvements for SLI support.
- G_Spawn: no free entities crash has been fixed.
- Server no longer runs out of script variables.
- License key is no longer required to run a Dedicated Server.
- A Dedicated Server can now be started from the Command Line via Remote Desktop Connection.
- Various fixes in Server Browser.
- Players will no longer see multiple friend invites from the same friends.
- When a player calls in a recon plane in a Hardcore match, the HUD will properly appear.
- Clan Tags will now display in game where appropriate.
- Map holes fixed
- Spawn improvements and weapon balancing
- Remote desktop now works with dedicated servers
Meet the Smooth HD SCinema | Home Theater PC
And nope, I did not spell SCinema wrong ! Let's say you have 20 grand to spare .. like anybody .. *caughs*, now you might be interested in getting yourself some sweet HTPC setup, you know with the cool Klipsch sound system. heck, some go really over the top and spend 6 million USD on like the example here.
So the guys at Smooth Creations figured, let's make a theme HTPC and just go flat out over the top on a complete HTPC kit. So they teamed up with BFG, Klipsch and some others and came up with this.
BFG a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards and power supplies, introduced today in collaboration with SmoothCreations a nationally known system builder that builds custom painted high performance gaming computers; are proud to announce the Smooth HD Cinema. The Smooth HD SCinema home theatre pc is powered by an Intel 9770 Quad Core and a two BFG Geforce 280 GTX
Call of Duty World at War VGA article updated
I've received a couple of request with the question if we could add some SLI and CrossfireX results to this test. Unfortunately I'm seriously short on time, yet was able to add some additional results bringing these charts up-to 19 tested VGA configurations.
Included now in the test are GeForce GTX 260 (Core 216) SLI, GeForce GTX 280 SLI and ATI Radeon 4870 2-way CrossfireX.
You can find the article here.
Asus EAH4870X2 and EAH4830 Series Graphics Cards
The new Asus designed graphics cards EAH4870X2 and EAH4830 Series are equipped with specially designed fansinks that deliver extreme cooling of up to 24
Circuit City files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Circuit City, one of the top five retailers in the US for selling games, has filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This move comes on the heals last week of its decision to close 155 stores in the US. The even worse news? Circuity City announced it would lay off 700 more workers in addition to the workers that would be displaced by the closing of its 155 stores.
The company's decision is believed to be prompted by a rapidly worsening credit crunch as part of a weaker US economy, which has put pressure on Circuit City to reduce its more than $2.3 billion debt. Some companies have insisted on upfront payment for goods delivered to the stores rather than allowing the company to put items on credit. Circuit City has just $3.4 billion in assets.
Apart from broader business decisions, the company's bankruptcy is believed prompted by the rapid expansion of Best Buy, which targets the same general electronics audience and regularly strikes exclusive deals for special products such as the iPhone 3G, which is normally only available through either Apple or AT&T shops. Best Buy has said it may occupy the spaces of stores like Circuit City or its similarly troubled equivalent CompUSA to expand its reach in certain areas.
RICHMOND, Va., Nov 10, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) today announced that it has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ("Bankruptcy Court") in Richmond, Va. The company plans to continue operating the business without interruption as management focuses on developing and executing a comprehensive corporate restructuring plan. Circuit City's Canadian operations also will be seeking protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada ("CCAA").
In conjunction with the filing, Circuit City is seeking customary authority from the Bankruptcy Court that will enable it to continue operating its business and serving its customers in the ordinary course. The requested approvals include requests for the authority to make wage and salary payments and continue various benefits for employees as well as honor customer programs such as returns, exchanges and gift cards. In addition, Circuit City has negotiated a commitment for a $1.1 billion debtor-in-possession (DIP) revolving credit facility to supplement its working capital. The DIP facility replaces the company's $1.3 billion asset-based credit facility and is being provided by the same lenders. The facility provides additional immediate liquidity while the company works to reorganize the business and will permit the company to pay vendors and other business partners for goods and services received after the filing.
Nvidia Unveils Quadro FX 5800 with 4GB memory
Nvidia has just unveiled its latest addition to the Quadro line of cards with the FX 5800 which packs a whopping 4GB of memory and seems to be based on the same GT200 GPU as the company's fastest desktop offerings. The Quadro FX 5800 is launching at $3,499, and its spec sheet looks well furnished: 240 stream processors, fill rate of 52 billion texels per second, 128-bit precision, true 10-bit color support, 102GB/s memory bandwidth (which should translate to an 800MHz GDDR3 clock speed, if my math is right), and "interactive 4D modeling with time lapse capabilities."
Nvidia says the Quadro FX 5800 should be well suited to applications like "oil and gas exploration, medical imaging, styling and design, and scientific visualization." For reference, the GeForce GTX 280-Nvidia's speediest desktop card-has a 48.2 billion texels/second fill rate and a gig of RAM clocked at 1107MHz. Nvidia's numbers suggest the Quadro FX 5800 might actually be more power-efficient than its desktop counterpart, too. The company quotes maximum power consumption of 189W for the Quadro and "Maximum Graphics Card Power" of 236W for the GTX 280. Look for the Quadro FX 5800 in future workstations and from Nvidia's usual professional GPU partners, including PNY Technologies, Leadtek, and Elsa.
Point of View offer Duo Bundle
POINT OF VIEW, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is announcing today the release of a new Special Edition duo game bundle. If you purchase a GeForce GTX 260 or 280 you'll receive for free a full copy of both Far Cry 2 and Brother in Arms: Hell
Lawsuit against EA using Securom
The folks over at GamePolitics learned that a pair of new class-action lawsuits were lodged against Electronic Arts in October. Both suits were filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and both target EA's use of the controversial SecuROM digital rights management (DRM) software on the company's PC games.
In the first case, a Pennsylvania man, Richard Eldridge, alleges that the Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition secretly installed SecuROM on his PC, a violation that Eldridge terms "deceptive and unlawful." From the suit:
The inclusion of undisclosed, secretly installed DRM protection measures with a program that was freely distributed constitutes a major violation of computer owners' absolute right to control what does and what does not get loaded onto their computers, and how their computers shall be used...
[SecuROM] cannot be completely uninstalled. Once installed it becomes a permanent part of the consumer's software portfolio...
EA's EULA for Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition makes utterly no mention of any Technical Protection Measures, DRM technology, or SecuROM whatsoever...
In the second case, Dianna Cortez of Missouri, described as "an avid Sims player," makes similar claims against EA over the publisher's alleged inclusion of SecuROM on The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, which she purchased in September, 2007. Cotrez claims that she immediately experienced problems with her PC :
After installing Bon Voyage, Ms. Cortez began having problems with her computer. She had previously made backup Sims 2 game content on CDs, but her computer's disc drive would no longer recognize that content, reporting the CDs as empty. She could not access files that were saved on her USB flash drive or iPod, either...
Cortez alleges that she was only able to get rid of SecuROM by reformatting her PC. She accuses EA of engaging in "unfair business practices" as well as conduct that is "immoral, unethical, oppressive [and] unscrupulous..."
The new suits are the second and third filed recently by consumers in regard to EA's use of SecuROM. A woman named Melissa Thomas filed a similar suit in relation to Spore in September. Thomas and new plaintiff Richard Eldridge are represented by the same law firm.
GlacialTech UFO V51 Core i7 Cooler
- Dual silent fan
- Light weight design
- Battleship design concept
- Good air-flow design
- High quality polish bottom
- High performance thermal compound
- Multi-solution for Intel and AMD
- The cool air could cool the surrounding components (Memory, VRM, chipsets and etc.)
- Pure copper base"
Silverstone Raven RV01 On Sale On Nov 18th
Silverstone is planning a launch on their upcoming Raven RV01 case in China on the 18th of November in line with the Intel Core i7 official launch and is expected to retail at US$179 (price varies in different countries).
Among the key features are 90 degrees motherboard mounting, natural airflow layout with positive pressure design, dual 180mm silent fans, optional liquid cooling support, 6 removable hard drive trays with hot-swappable SATA adapter.
RightMark Audio Analyzer Updated to 6.2.1
A new version is the result of two years of development by best experts in digital audio. RMAA raises the bar of comfort and functionality for spectrum analyzers. That's why it is a program of choice for enthusiasts, professionals, and audio magazines around the world; and some manufacturers are developing new devices with the mandatory testing of their quality in RMAA.
In short, the program at the moment is a de-facto standard providing quick and easy measurement of technical parameters, without the need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on specialized measurement systems.
What's new in RMAA 6.2.1:
New library IPP 5.3.4 (added support for Core 2 Duo mobile CPUs);
More information about CPU features and enabled IPP optimizations.
RMAA 6.2.1 as well as the English manual is available freely in the RightMark Download section.
Download - Click here