THQ Air Combat Game Cancelled
An unannounced air combat game titled "Stormbirds," in development by Juice Games, was recently cancelled by THQ, according to former Juice artist Greg Calvert. Stormbirds was set for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC--before THQ apparently got cold feet.
As a result, the team of over 30 developers was laid off by Juiced owner THQ [via ggmania].
Verbatim Launches New 500GB and 1TB Quad Interface Desktop Hard Drives
XFX starts selling ATI cards
I winder if that green logo is going to be changed. Recently XFX announced that they'll be selling ATI cards soon as well. They just announced the first batches of cards. From the looks of it these are all reference models with a sticker slapped on top of them.
|XFX HD 4350||512MB ddr2||44 euro|
|XFX HD 4650||512MB ddr2||64 euro|
|XFX HD 4650||1GB ddr2||73 euro|
|XFX HD 4830||512MB gddr3||123 euro|
|XFX HD 4850||512MB gddr3||165 euro|
|XFX HD 4870||512MB gddr5||230 euro|
|XFX HD 4870||1GB gddr5||258 euro|
Microsoft: We can Fix that for you.
Microsoft Windows operating systems like Windows XP and Windows Vista provide troubleshooting options for errors that occur in your PC and sometimes provide a link which can have a solution for that error. But finding a proper fix has always been a difficult task for many. Sometimes we may think why can't Microsoft fix this for me?
The Fix-it teams' http://blogs.technet.com/fixit4me/default.aspx purpose is to help users fix their problems in a click of a button. The Microsoft KB articles and the Windows Error Reporting are now fix-it enabled with a list of steps that can be followed to resolve the issue. Once you click the Fix it button in the KB page, you are prompted to download an installer for the fix.
Apparently Screaming is bad for your HDD
Download GeForce ForceWare 185.20 XP|Vista driver
At the request of many of you we mirrored this new NVIDIA GeForce beta driver set.
In the wake of the new year, NVIDIA's GeForce Forceware drivers have surfaced. While being in a beta stage the 185.20 Forceware provide support for NVIDIA's upcoming products namely the GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285. All other GPUs GeForce 6 Series onward are supported as usual. The driver is dated for 26-12-2008. The package includes PhysX system software version 8.11.18. Drivers for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP ,also tested and worked with windows 7 ultimate 32-bit (use the vista 32-bit one). We can't stress enough that this is a BETA release. It's not supported whatsoever. So If it doesn't work for you ... don't complain.
Before installing, we have a discussion thread open on these drivers, right here. Please read that first before trying.
ATI RV770 to have 900 stream processors
German PC Games Hardware writes the the ATI RV770 (Radeon 4850 and 4870) actually has 900 stream processors, but that only 800 of them are currently activated:
The RV770 is supposed to have 900 stream processors of which only 800 are currently activated . The RV770 would theoretically improve its shader performance by 12.5 percent with the additional 100 stream processors.
According to Hardware-Infos the additional ALUs are only used due to redundancy reasons. Technically the activation of the 100 shaders would not provide any advantages in practice except for GPGPU computing. It is nothing new that AMD installs more stream processors than actually needed since chip defects can be compensated very fast. The chips on which all stream processors are working can also be sold as upgraded models.
900 stream processors are supposed to be seen on this GPU picture.
Intel to intro energy-efficient Core 2 Quad chips
Intel will unveil a trio of 65 Watt quad-core processors on January 18th. Furthermore, the chip giant will also drop the price of the Q8200 from $193 to $183. The faster of three is Core 2 Quad Q9550e and this CPU will work at 2.83GHz with FSB 1333 and 12MB cache. At launch it will cost $369. Then we spot the Core 2 Quad Q 9400s, clocked at 2.66GHz with FSB 1333 and 5MB cache.
This CPU will launch on January 18th and sell for $320. The last of these new, 65W TDP energy efficient CPUs is Q8200s and this CPU with FSB1333 and 4MB cache will sell for $245 at launch.
Winner Guru3D Christmas 08 Contest
It's time to pick a winner for the Guru3D and Gigabyte 2008 Christmas contest. We had nearly a thousand proper answers submitted and from all the good answers we have drawn a random number corresponding to the chronological arrival of the email entries.
The winner is Daniel Peterson, Daniel lives in Toledo, Ohio - USA where his package with the GeForce GTX 260 OC 896 MB (Core 216) and GA-EG43M-S2H motherboard will be shipped to first thing on Monday. Congratulations !
Some of you had a hard time spotting the hidden Santa, other had it within a minute or two. The location where Santa could be found was the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5P X58 motherboard review on page 8.
Thanks everyone for joining the competition, thanks to Gigabyte making the contest possible,it's always good to spread some Christmas cheer.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 surfaces in stores
In Hong Kong the first GeForce GTX 285 already is selling in the stores. GeForce GTX 285 will be a respin product based on the GeForce GTX 280. The new GPU however is based on a 55nm production node and apparently should be roughly 10% faster. This product will be announced on January the 8th 2009.
When we look at prices we see something interesting though, two HK stores sell them at 3399 and 3200 Hong Kong dollars respectively. This is roughly 299 EUR. Perhaps we'll see a price fall as well (though that is speculation).
According to the specs the GTX285 will have a nice 183W TDP (maximum watt peak) where the GTX280 was at 236W. The reference clock was 600MHz and now is 648MHz, the shader domain was 1300MHz and now is 1476MHz, and memory remains at 1100MHz (x2).
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.13 Driver
The new Realtek HD Audio 2.13 driver is available for download. The binaries support Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64.
Due to the UBER slow servers from Realtek we made a package containg both the XP and Vista drivers. 1.Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887 2.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 3.HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices 4.OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Windows2000, Vista x86/x64 5.Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) 6.Add/Fix 1.)
Driver Package R2.13
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista 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, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Driver :
- Driver :
Download - click here.
A-DATA XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure
A-DATA unveiled a RAID enclosure that puts two 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs into a single 3.5-inch bay. The XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure has a hardware switch on its backplate that lets you quickly select between its seven different RAID modes: RAID0, RAID1, JBOD, Span, SAFE33, SAFE50 and GUI. There
Microsoft might cut 15k jobs January 15th
Microsoft are reportedly planning to lay off 15,000 members of staff, almost 17 percent of its 90,000 employees worldwide. The cuts are predominantly expected to affect the company
Asus Xonar HDAV1.3 with Dolby TrueHD Bit-Stream Blu-ray
The newly launched Asus Xonar HDAV1.3 Series Sound Card once again moves to the forefront as the world
Trumotion 480Hz LCD TV panel announced
LG Display has developed the world
Lower prices boost GPU demand
With the economic decline having a positive impact on the online gaming market, graphics card makers have reduced their prices by 10-20% over the past three weeks and successfully increased sales. Built-up inventories have also been reduced, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
As a result of the cleared inventories, AMD and Nvidia are expected to adjust their reduced outsourcing to Taiwan wafer foundries and packaging and testing houses back to their usual volumes by the end of February in 2009, added the paper [via digitimers]
Happy New Year !
On behalf of the staff of Guru3D.com .. a very happy new year, and may 2009 be a good and healthy one for you all.
30GB Zunes Failing Everywhere, All At Once : Fix available
Early this morning we were alerted by our customers that there was a widespread issue affecting our 2006 model Zune 30GB devices (a large number of which are still actively being used). The technical team jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue: a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year.
That being the case, the issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. We expect the internal clock on the Zune 30GB devices will automatically reset tomorrow (noon, GMT). By tomorrow you should allow the battery to fully run out of power before the unit can restart successfully then simply ensure that your device is recharged, then turn it back on. If you're a Zune Pass subscriber, you may need to sync your device with your PC to refresh the rights to the subscription content you have downloaded to your device.
Customers can continue to stay informed via the support page on zune.net (zune.net/support).
We know this has been a big inconvenience to our customers and we are sorry for that, and want to thank them for their patience.
Q: Why is this issue isolated to the Zune 30 device?
It is a bug in a driver for a part that is only used in the Zune 30 device.
Q: What fixes or patches are you putting in place to resolve this situation?
This situation should remedy itself over the next 24 hours as the time flips to January 1st.
Q: What's the timeline on a fix?
The issue Zune 30GB customers are experiencing today will self resolve as time changes to January 1.
Q: Why did this occur at precisely 12:01 a.m. on December 31, 2008?
There is a bug in the internal clock driver causing the 30GB device to improperly handle the last day of a leap year.
Q: What is Zune doing to fix this issue?
The issue should resolve itself.
Q: Are you sure that this won't happen to all 80, 120 or other flash devices?
This issue is related to a part that is only used in Zune 30 devices.
Q: How many 30GB Zune devices are affected? How many Zune 30GB devices were sold?
All 30GB devices are potentially affected [via Gizmodo]