JBL Creature III speakers are Apple exclusive (but work with PCs too)
Way back in the day I had a set of JBL Creature II speakers. The things always reminded me of the ghosts from the Pac Man cartoon my brother and I watched as kids. The newest version of the speakers is the JBL Creature III and they have a very similar design to those Creature II speakers.
The new speakers are available in black or white colors and have a 3.5mm input for connecting to Mac or PCs. The drivers in the satellites are 40mm units and the subwoofer is a 3-inch unit. The dimensions of the satellite speakers are 3″ x 3″ x 2-3/4″ and the sub measures 9″ x 9″ x 9″.
The speakers still look a lot like the Pac Man ghosts to me. JBL uses its latest Odyssey transducer technology in the speakers and the Creature II speakers are available exclusively at the Apple Store and on Apple.com. The MSRP for the speakers is $129.99.
Enermax Acrylux Wireless Keyboard Debuts
Enermax is releasing it's Acrylux keyboard series. The Acrylux keyboard continues Enermax's long history of releasing peripherals both feature-rich and stylish. Although not exactly paying any heed to the green computing trend that has had quite a say in the latest hardware releases, the keyboard is, nevertheless, attractive. It is completely made, except for the circuitry of course, of acryl and plastic and measures 460 (L) x 160 (W) x 9.2 (H). The keyboard is slim, likely designed for it to easily be placed and aesthetically fit into any home or office environment.
The Acrylux keyboard is designed with flat key caps in order to allow for an increased typing speed and, also to that end, they are placed at a zero-degree angle. The peripheral also makes use of the 'scissors' technology, which allows for an increased comfort and usage while typing. By putting together this design with its small weight, namely 817 grams, and the lack of multimedia keys, one could draw the conclusion that the Acrylux will best serve office workers and writers.
As an extra feature, the Enermax Acrylux keyboard is equipped with the wireless connectivity capable of running at 2.4GHz. The device runs on two AAA batteries and, for those who are not interested in wireless setups, it also has two USB 2.0 connectors, one on each side. Available soon, Enermax's new wireless keyboard has an estimated price tag of 66.90 Euro. The product comes in black and white and features red or blue backlights for clear and easy typing in low lighting conditions.
Corsair's New DDR3, the Dominator GTX 2250MHz (!)
Corsairlaunched its new Dominator GTX ultra-high performance DDR3 memory modules for Intel and AMD platforms, designed specifically for performance enthusiasts, gamers and extreme overclockers.
The individual GTX modules have been individually tested on high-performance Intel X58 and P55 chipset platforms, thus ensuring that they are able to operate at a latency of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V while running at the 2250MHz frequency. As mentioned, they are specifically aimed at power users, especially overclockers who want to see what their CPUs can do but don't have a memory capable of carrying that processor to greater heights.
The Dominator GTX modules are not restricted only to the Intel platforms. The DIMM modules have been found to run at 1800MHz CL6 in high-performance Socket AM3 motherboards for AMD Phenom II processors, thus being a good overclocking means even for AMD-based systems.
The individual DDR3 modules are built with the DHX+ heatsink in order to prevent failure because of overheating. Corsair's Dominator GTX DIMM module will be available exclusively through Corsair's Online Store and will have a very limited availability. It will be launched on December 8 and sold to whoever places the orders first.
Monitor prices might increase in December
In the LCD monitor displays market there's weak demand compared to large inventories yielded unsatisfactory sales, even despite the price cuts that were made in the hope of increasing the monthly amount of shipments.
This situation arose at least in part as a result of the fact that notebooks and netbooks were the product lines, which saw the highest popularity during the past year, with the latter seeing an especially rapid popularity growth. This led to low amounts of LCD panel purchases, eventually causing monitor prices to drop below their actual manufacturing cost. Currently, LCD makers are trying to reduce their supply to the monitor market segment in order to prevent further losses. This means that there will be fewer cases of overstocked suppliers, leading to price increase for LCD monitors during December.
Price growth will not be monumental but, at least, prices will stabilize, giving a slightly higher sense of financial security to those suppliers that currently have more LCD monitors in stock than they have orders. The only market, which still shows a high demand for 16:10 19-inch and 22-inch LCD monitors is the Chinese segment, even despite the growing popularity of the 16:9 aspect ratio.
Retail channels have started to replenish their inventories, according to Digitimes, and vendors will focus more on notebook and netbook LCD screens in order to avoid being overstocked with desktop panels. If panel makers manage to somehow limit their overall production rate, panel prices will most likely not see any major fluctuations and will probably stabilize by January 2010 [via soft pedia]
Max Payne 3 Delayed
PC Buyers Guide - Christmas Edition
PC Buyers Guide - Christmas Edition
Today Guru3D offers you their annual PC Buyers Guide, the 2009 Christmas edition was just launched. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig.
Mind you that I deliberately said Gaming PC there as it is our focus, that and being budget aware.
We break down this article in three segments, low-budget, mid-range and high-end. Guru3D's guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included.
The article is located at this link.
ATI preps 12 new graphics cards for CES 2010 launch
AMD - ATI is not exactly sitting still. It is now rumoured that during CES 2010 (January) in Las Vegas ATI will introduce the entry level graphics cards. You can expect no less than twelve new models (give or take) !
We'll see Radeon HD 5400, HD 5500 and 5600 series graphics cards. Apparently in the 5600 series there will be six models alone.
It is fairly safe to assume that we'll see Eyefinity versions along with 512MB and 1GB versions. Within the series we'll no doubt see two model names which should consist of the HD 5650 and HD 5670 as shown yesterday.
As for the HD 5500 and HD 5400, we have been told that ATI will offer between two and three variances which means a total of six variances in those bottom two series and another six variances in the HD 5600 series bringing us to a grant total of 12 new video cards [via tt].
Not bad ATI, not bad.
VGA Charts December 2009 Update
The VGA charts is a much requested feature by you, the readers. The VGA charts is simply put a selection of games in which we will show you performance numbers (measured by average framerate). The distinct difference in review results and these charts is two-fold, in our reviews we can only show you 5 maybe 6 comparative graphics card results due to limitations. In the VGA chart you can see all the reference cards we have tested recently in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner.
MSI to bundle SteelSeries kit with Big Bang Trinery
MSI announced preorder details for its latest gaming mainboard, Big Bang-Trinergy. Have you read our review already ?
Those who pre-order Big Bang-Trinergy from participating retailers will get a limited 8-year warranty and exclusive Big Bang messenger bag. In addition, SteelSeries KINZU and QcK+ gaming gears will be offered to those who pre-order, cooperating with the world's famous gaming company, SteelSeries. Gamers will experience the ultimate gaming machine when heading into battle.
"We're excited to team up with MSI and offer gamers the opportunity to combine one of our newest gaming mice, SteelSeries Kinzu, and the award-winning QcK+ with the new Big Bang-Trinergy," said Kim Rom, SteelSeries Chief Marketing Officer. "SteelSeries partners with brands that share the same values when it comes to gaming and gear: develop products that meet the needs of professionals and at the end of the day, Winning is Everything."
The latest Big Bang-Trinergy mainboard features the powerful NVIDIA nForce 200 chip, designed to support triple graphics cards within a single system. Featuring cutting-edge 100% hi-c Cap, it maximizes system performance and stability. It is also equipped with several MSI exclusive performance boost functions like OC Genie and OC Dashboard to give extreme gamers on-the-fly overclocking to optimize FPS. It is set to hit store shelves in early Dec.
Intel Updates SSD Firmware Update, Brings TRIM Support
After the corrupted drive mayhem from last month, taking down the updated firmware Intel released the 2CV102HD firmware update for their 34 nm X25-M G2 solid state drives. Let's hope this Firmware update is free of any critical bugs.
The new firmware update works for both the X25-M and X18-M SSDs. The firmware adds TRIM capability to the SSDs, which works to minimize data fragmentation at the hardware-level on systems with Windows 7. The 2CV102HD firmware update can be found here.
ViewSonic Launches New IPS LCD Displays
ViewSonic Corpannounced the commercial availability of its 23" VP2365wb and 26" VP2655wb IPS panel LCD displays. The monitors leverage the power of true IPS panel technology, making them ideal for professional designers, manufacturers, medical applications and movie production.
IPS (In Plane Switching) panels are generally considered the best LCD technology for image quality, color accuracy and viewing angles. ViewSonic designed its professional-grade LCD displays for users who require the highest screen performance, color accuracy, advanced ergonomics and extensive input flexibility.
"IPS panel technology is a must have for professionals in image-rich industries, such as graphic artists. Without enhanced viewing angles and accurate color reproduction, they simply cannot do their jobs," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager of ViewSonic North America. "Our new LCD monitors are designed with these professionals in mind, providing them with a true picture and color quality to make projects come alive."
The VP2365wb and VP2655wb offer 4-port USB hub for easy connectivity, along with ergonomic pivot, height adjustment, tilt and swivel functionality of these slim bezel displays for comfortable viewing.
The 23" VP2365wb IPS true color monitor couples wide viewing angles with 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, making it the perfect solution for designers, manufacturers, medical applications and movie production.
The 26" VP2655wb IPS monitor offers 118% NTSC wide color gamut by OptiColor
SilverStone debuts Fortress FT02 computer chassis
SilverStone has announced a new chassis called the Fortress FT02.
The case features 90-degree rotated motherboard mounting and a unibody design. The unibody frame of the chassis is made from 4.5mm thick aluminum and the case has three custom SilverStone 180mm fans. The fans are designed for low noise and vibration while delivering great cooling performance.
The fans are speed adjustable from 700 to 1000 rpm depending on the cooling needs of the system. To further reduce noise the inside of the case is covered with foam padding. Other features include hot swappable drive bays and the case supports mainboards up to 11-inches wide. The case will ship in Europe on December 12 for a whopping 180 EUR.
Hexa-core Intel Gulftown shows on eBay
Intels upcoming hexa-core processor Gulftown (expected to launch as Core i9 will) is slated for next year. The problem is that the new CPU is spreading fast already and that engineering samples (ES) that should not be sold are not only sold on eBay but even enthusiast forums around the world.
The new processor is made with Intels fresh 32 nanometer technology and can be found on eBay but just also in Denmark, the processor was sold on forums for around $850. The thread at OCTeamDenmark has been removed but is available through Google cache.
Pro IV Light PCIe solid state drives
Interesting -- why stay tied to the limited SATA 2 port and not use PCIe 1x Runcore must have imagined.
Press-release: This new SSD design not only boosts your sustained performance but it also focuses on random small file read and write speeds, the speeds that create bottle necks in current and past PATA, SATA HDDs, and some SSDs. With operating system and applications consisting of thousands of small files, the RunCore Pro IV Light SSD can process these files at nearly 4 times the speed of a conventional spinning hard drive while creating a more efficient and satisfying user experience.
The RunCore Pro IV Light mini-SATA PCIe SSD is the ideal choice for the storage media of the ultra-mobile PC. With its small footprint and industry-standard design, the Mini-SATA PCIe SSD format is fit for embedded solid state storage because it allows for high capacity and
New Medal of Honor Game Revealed
Electronic Arts sent out a press release announcing the promised reboot of its Medal of Honor franchise, revealing that the long-running shooter series is finally leaving World War II behind. Instead, the new title - simply referred to as Medal of Honor - will take players to 'war-torn Afghanistan,' with Electronic Arts promising a 'best-in-class single-player campaign' inspired by 'real events' and crafted with the assistance of the US Special Operations Community's Tier 1 Operators unit 'to create the most authentic modern war experience.'
Medal of Honor will hit PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, with EA Los Angeles handling the single-player and the Battlefield veterans at EA DICE on multiplayer.
Intel Demos 48-Core Microprocessor (photos)
Developers from Intel Corp. deminstrated the world
Harman Kardon GLA-55 cut glass speakers
As much a piece of design as a piece of audio, these Harman Kardon GLA-55 cut glass speakers are a real eye-catcher.
Looking like a pair of giant paperweights, the GLA-55 two-way speakers offer audiophile-friendly output thanks to the sheer weight - there's no resonance or movement, which means a purer sound, all 56 watts of it.
No amplifier is required either - each speaker has one built into its clear acrylic stand, so you just have to plug in your MP3 player (or other audio source and you're away). Just 3,000 being offered worldwide from next month, priced around
Radeon HD 5670 Allegedly Surfaces
A forum member of the HardOCP forums posted pictures and test results of a graphics card that is, allegedly, a prototype of the ATI Radeon HD 5670, a low-end graphics card (not announced). If the report is genuine, the card should be launched sometime in Q1 2010 and is a graphics adapter based on the Redwood 40nm GPU.
The forum member not only posted pictures of the alleged 5670, but also subjected the card to performance tests using the CPU-Z 0.3.7 software on a base system composed of Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66 GHz, Gigabyte P55M-UD2, and 4 GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 memory. The tests were done as a performance comparison between the card and the Radeon HD 4670 512 MB. The first test was running Street Fighter 4 at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, with no anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filtering. The card rendered the game with a frame-rate of 95.35 fps and scored 10,473 points, as opposed to the HD 4670, which only managed 8,559 points (a frame-rate of 65.35 fps).
The second game the card was tested on was Unigine Heaven Demo v1.0 DirectX 10 (SM 4.0) on a resolution of 1024 x 768 in window mode. The game ran at 34.1 fps while the CPU operated at 2.53 GHz. The HD 5670 again bested the HD 4670, which only scored 699 points with its 27.8 fps, with 859 points.
The pictures shown on the forum represent an engineering sample of the card, which has a red-colored PCB, as opposed to the traditional black PCB used by the HD 5000 series. The cooler employed by the prototype used a normal fan that was set upon a very simple heatsink with fins projecting radially. The card showed DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub connectors and the possibility for future DisplayPort implementation suggested by the leads behind the D-sub. The CPU-Z report picture indicates an SIMD 50% downscaled, 400 stream processors, 128-bit GDDR5 and 16 ROPs. The screenshot also suggests that the core and the 1GB memory clocks equal 775 MHz and 1000 MHz, respectively. This implies that the card's memory bandwidh is of 64 GB/s.
Although nothing is official, if the alleged Radeon HD 5670 photos do prove out to be genuine, low-end users will be able to start the year with a graphics card updgrade.