Asus preps Xonar Essence | HDAV sound card - pictures leaked
Check this out, over at PC Watch thess new products from ASUS popped up. It seems to be few of the new products that they are about to launch soon. We can show you the new 'gamers' card and then a true 'audiophile' card.
The first new model carries the name ASUS Xonar Essence. The card gas a PCIe 1x interface and needs to be fed from a Molex connector judging by the connector on the rear end. The card is targeted as high-end. The DAC/ADC circuitry is covered by an EMI shield. Xonar Essence comes with gold plated jacks and sports a SNR (signal to noise ratio) of 124dB.
BTW regarding the shield: The design which ancient, is a Chinese logo that is 3000 years old. It is taken from a percussion instrument and drawn in the cover of EMI measure, as in the product name the question which offers the essence of sound has become concept..
A second model is way more sexy, the ASUS Xonar HDAV series sound cards.
There are two cards: HDAV 1.3 and HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, depending on the presence of a daughter-card that expands the card's connectivity. The card uses RCA connectors for both digital and analog outputs. It also features two HDMI 1.3 ports for both output and input (for recording/mastering), is HDCP compliant and allows audio pass for protected Blu Ray content. The Xonar Essence awaits launch while Xonar HDAV 1.3 has been launched, and product page published. Pictures (in order) for Xonar Essence, Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, its connectors and package are provided.
When these products will be released, we do not yet know, but clearly a release for the Christmas season is imminent.
Price drops on Playstation 3 40GB
According to a Blockbusters' memo leaked to us today Sony is permanently dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB model of the Playstation 3 starting Sunday.
The price drop, which was verified by calls to a number of Blockbuster stores, will drop the 40GB model to $360 and an PS3 40GB bundle with an HDMI cable, Spiderman the movie and Transformers the game to $400. Stores that have trade-ins of the PS3 40GB will be selling it for $360 as well.
While the $40 or so price drop isn't much, maybe it signals other drops in line for the other versions of the console in the near future. Or perhaps Sony is clearing stock to make room for a Tokyo Game Show announced new SKU for the Playstation 3.
Blockbuster employees across the country, SCEA says that this price cut did not come from Sony but rather is something Blockbuster is doing, likely to clear stock.
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ATI Radeon HD 4830 sub-$150 video card in October
We already reported extensively about this graphics card from ATI. Yet more proof of the pudding is here as vr-zone got their grubby paws on a couple of slides saying it all. AMD are planning a sub-$150 HD 4000 series video card that will take on NVIDIA
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Nova Slider X 600 gaming mouse and pad
Nova Gaming on Friday announced it will unveil its Slider X 600 gaming mouse at E for All gaming expo in LA in October. The Slider X 600 has an uncommon side-mounted cable, uses ceramic feet and features a sensitivity of 3,200dpi. As expected, the Slider X 600 is customizable and will come with three mouse profiles, eight programmable buttons and five color options for its LED lighting.
Along with the new mouse, Nova announced an accessory to go with it in the form of the Over Slide mouse pad, sized at 16.5 by 11.4 inches and near quarter-inch thickness. It also sports a 12,000dpi micro-ball ceramic surface designed to optimize the operation of any laser device
Jack Thompson Disbarred Permanently
Shacknews reports that Jack Thompson, previously recommended for a 10 year disbarment from the Florida Bar, has talked his way into a permanent disbarment. Oh how sad ... ;)
Thompson now has thirty days to close out his practice--in "the interests of existing clients." Adding to his problems, "no motion for rehearing will be considered unless signed by a member in good standing of The Florida Bar other than [Thompson]." That is, if Thompson wants to seek a retrial, he has to have another Bar member vouch for him--something no one has done in his current trial.
Thompson has responded to the disbarment by filing a motion for rehearing--despite the legal inefficacy of doing so without another Bar member to do it on his behalf. In a news release on Kotaku, Thompson has taken to writing Boston Legal fan-fiction:
"The timing of this disbarment transparently reveals its motivation: This past Friday Thompson filed a federal civil rights action against The Bar, the Supreme Court, and all seven of its Justices. This rush to disbarment is in retribution for the filing of that federal suit. With enemies this foolish, Thompson needs only the loyal friends he has. ...
Thompson always wanted to own a Bar. Now, armed with multiple US Supreme Court rulings that no state bar can do what it has done to Thompson, he is set to own that Bar. "
Steam Deal - Rockstar Games 50% Off
For those interested, this weekend only, all Rockstar titles are 50% off of their normal price! This means that titles such as Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and others are half off.
This also means that the entire Rockstar Collection is only $29.99 (USD) instead of the $59.99 it normally would cost to buy each game separate at regular price. The package includes: GTA, GTA2, GTA3, GTA: San Andreas, GTA: Vice City, Manhunt, Max Payne, Max Payne 2, Midnight Club 2, and Wild Metal. Of course, you can also buy each game individually if you already own the others, also at a reduced cost.
Download GeForce ForceWare 178.13 WHQL Vista and XP
A new GeForce ForceWare 178.13 WHQL Windows Vista and XP 32/64-bit driver available for download.
- WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT and 9400 GT GPUs.
- Adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v8.09.04).
- Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.
- Adds support for 2-way and 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology with GeForce GTX 200-series GPUs on Intel
OCZ HydroFlow HF-MK1 waterblock released
OCZ shipped out a waterblock called HydroFlow HF-MK1, it's compatible with the latest Intel and AMD processors and retails for $40. "The HydroFlow HF-MK1 targets the highest possible thermal exchange rate between a solid body and the surrounding fluid, while maintaining enough cross sectional area for superior thermal conductance within the fin structure,
NVIDIA preps new product naming
Some rumors on the web say that NVIDIA might change the naming of it's graphics cards significantly. You guys know the cards as GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 8800 GTX etc etc,. The word out on the street I that NVIDIA wants to simplify that naming by dropping the 8000- and 9000-series names.
Basically by example, the 9800 GT would become GeForce GT + an extension.
So the 9000 series as GeForce GT G100, GT120, GT130, GT140 and GT150 models. When the 2009 45 nm GPUs arrive, which is to be expected around Q1 or Q2, Nvidia will have fully transitioned to the new branding structure: Enthusiast GPUs will be integrated into the GTX200-series, performance GPUs into the GT200-series, mainstream GPUs into the GS200-series and entry-level products into the G200-series.
Rumor has it that the company will be announcing additional graphics cards in the GT200 series on October 15.
PC System requirements Call of Duty 5
Aah, the one game I look forward to sooo much. Developer Treyarch has revealed the system requirements for the PC version of its World War II shooter Call of Duty: World at War, which hits retailers on November 11 alongside the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS versions.
GS: Are there any other PC-specific features you can tell us about in Call of Duty: World at War?
CS: Our goal is to bring the same game experience to multiple platforms, and I think we are hitting our mark. That said, my team is very consciously making a PC title with a focus on all the things we love about PC gaming. COD:WAW looks fantastic in higher PC resolutions than you can get on a console. It plays great on high-end rigs, but we've optimized for more-modest gear, too. The PC version is more configurable with respect to controls, graphics, and performance options. And support for mods--not just multiplayer but co-op mods too!
GS: So far, Call of Duty: World at War appears to be a graphically intense game. What system requirements will PC gamers need to jump into the fray?
CS: My team worked closely with hardware vendors such as Intel and Nvidia to optimize for various hardware configurations available on PC. This was especially important as we are really pushing the limits of the engine. So we were able to achieve this graphical intensity with only a modest bump in the minimum requirements from COD4:
Processor: AMD 64 3200+/Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or better
Memory: 8 GB free hard-drive space, 512MB RAM (XP)/1GB RAM (Vista)
Graphics: Shader 3.0 or better, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600GT/ATI Radeon 1600XT or better
Meanwhile, series creator and Call of Duty 4 developer Infinity Ward is currently working on what publisher Activision refers to as Call of Duty 6, which releases next year.
Tom Clancy's EndWar Trailers
The folks from Ubisoft released two new trailers for Tom Clancy's EndWar, an upcoming real-time tactics game designed by Ubisoft Shanghai for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360 platforms, to be released on November 4, 2008 in North America and November 7, 2008 in Europe.
A PC version is planned for release at a later date.
Toshiba 256GB 3mm thick SSD
Nice volume size is going up ... Toshiba on Thursday unveiled a 256GB SSD in a 2.5-inch format, offering users a maximum of 120MB per second read speeds, and 80MB per second write. The announcement comes shortly after Samsung unveiled some low-cost and high-performance SSDs, with the Toshiba drives edging out over the Samsungs in terms of speed. Three flash modules for UMPCs and other handhelds were also unveiled, featuring read and write speeds of 80MB per second and 50MB per second, respectively, available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB sizes.
The 256GB drive boasts a slender form factor (3mm), while the flash modules measure 50mm by 30mm. Both offer a 3Gbps SATA connection for interfacing with a computer. Toshiba highlights a new MLC (multi-level cell) controller which it credits for the new SSD drive's faster read-write speeds, faster parallel data transfers, and improved wear leveling versus earlier MLC drives.
Toshiba is set to demonstrate the drives in Japan during the CEATEC conference in Makuhari. Mass production is due to commence during the fourth quarter of 2008, but other availability and pricing information was not readily available.
NVIDIA announces settlement of GPU antitrust litigation
The settlement was reached on 16th September for the class action: In re Graphics Processing Units Antitrust Litigation. The class encompasses "purchasers who bought graphics cards directly from the websites of ATI Technologies ULC or NVIDIA in the United States during the period December 4, 2002 to November 7, 2007." The plaintiffs were seeking triple damages and costs.
The filing states that "The Agreement calls for NVIDIA to pay $850,000 into a $1.7 million fund to be made available for payments to the certified class. We are not obligated under the Agreement to pay plaintiffs' attorneys' fees, costs, or make any other payments in connection with the settlement other than our payment of $850,000."
While it's not stated, it must be assumed that the other half of the $1.7 million will be paid by AMD/ATI. A settlement with the sole remaining indirect purchaser was reached on 9th September, which required NVIDIA to pay $112,500 in exchange for a dismissal of all claims. Again it must be assumed that the sum was matched by AMD/ATI.
Being saddled with a total payment of under $2 million appears to be a shrewd resolution to the affair for the two graphics giants.
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eVGA GeForce GTX 280 HC16 Hydro Copper review [Guru3D]
A water-cooled pre-overclocked heavily pimped out EVGA GTX 280 HC 16 is what we'll review today. EVGA already overclocked this monster for you. The core is overclocked by another 89MHz (602MHz to 691MHz), memory by 108MHz (reference 1107MHz to 1215MHz) and the shaders are up from 1296MHz to 1458MHz.
Guys and gals .. this is one beast of a graphics card. Check it ...
Read the Guru3D review, click here.
Dell preps 16:9 monitor with affordable panel
A lucky tester from Taiwan has got hold of two unheard of Dell S2209W monitors, perhaps the prototype, soon to release 22-inch monitors with 16:9 Aspect Ratio. Digital PC flat panel with native resolution of 1920
EU to cap roaming data charges
At the same time, one megabyte of data will cost a maximum of 1 euro, or $1.46, between providers. Additionally, cellphone users will be able to set maximum cost levels that, when reached, would cut off the data service and hence avoid shockingly high bills.
The changes are brought on by a slow adoption of data services in Europe, with smaller network providers blaming the law on the high charges. Some smaller providers feel the 1 euro per megabyte cap still isn