ATI Radeon HD 4890 review
ATI today unleashes not one, but two new SKU's based on the Radeon HD 4890. The Radeon HD 4890 is their new most high-end single GPU based graphics card. It is not a 40nm product as many of you had heard and hoped. It is however an incremental update of the Radeon HD 4870. Features wise 100% the same product, yet made more power efficient in idle, performs faster and is being repositioned as an enthusiast product .. a very tweakable and overclockable piece of machinery actually.
In this review we'll cover the Radeon HD 4890 armed with a weaponry of 1024MB memory, we'll take it through all our test paces and software, offer you a nice photo-shoot, and then some more.
But my man .. click on this link to read up all about it in this 18 page review.
Radeon HD 4770 specs finalize
I'm sure you have read our RV740 / Radeon HD 4750 review earlier in February. The final specifications are now here and released as such by the website it168, and that the final configuration is not much off what we showed you in our preview, besides a faster core clock frequency that is.
There still might be a Radon HD 4750 based on the 650 Core clock we tested, but the 750 MHz version will be called Radeon HD 4770 and is still priced at 99 USD.
Other then the clock frequency bump there is no real difference in the specs compared to out review. This should be a very interesting release price performance wise.
SmoothCreations Neptune Xtreme Machine review
The last machine we looked at from SmoothCreations was the munchies-inducing VW Bus case. That machine was impressive in its own right, if not for the sheer performance then for fact that it actually looked like a Volkswagen Bus. But, it also had a few shortcomings. So, they sent us another one, something quite a bit different.
OK, I'm game. While it might not be the ultimate to the hardcore, SmoothCreations built an awesome machine, worthy of praise and attention.
Check out this Guru3D review right here.
GeForce GTX 275 versus Radeon HD 4890
Today we take the latest from ATI and NVIDIA. Combine them, smack them around a little. Make them sweat in our test-rigs and see where performance is at. Will both product be fast enough to surpass current high-end class graphics cards or not ?
Have a peek of a review on the GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890, and then click on the link to read our article.
Click right here to read this Guru3D.com content.
Aprils Fools Day !
Dude .. really ... It's April's Fools day today !
But check back tomorrow (the 2nd) and we'll show you the real deal .. on both cards.
Samsung 8000, 7000 & 6000 Series LCD HDTV pricing announced
Samsung have announced pricing and availability details for their new LCD HDTV ranges. Currently covering the LED edge-lit 6000, 7000 and 8000 series models, the screens range from 31.5-inches to 54.6-inches, with prices kicking off at $1,599.99 for the smallest Series 6000 model and rising to $3,999.99 for the top-end Series 8000.
The nine HDTVs will see a staggered release, with the first sets appearing now and then spread across April through June. The Series 6000 sets have InfoLink RSS, with ethernet connectivity, while the 7000 and 8000 models are DLNA certified with compatibility with Samsung
Chieftec launches Dragon CH-07 case
Right, that ... so not my style really. Chieftec has added the CH-07 case to its Dragon Series, this is a new chassis aimed at gamers. Full specs and more photos can be found over here.
Foxconn relocating some fabs back to Taiwan
Ealier on there was already a rumor that FoxConn will be leaving the retail market and focus solely on OEM manufacturing. Another new fact however just became apparant. DigiTimes reports the Foxconn Group plans to relocate part of its production facilities in China back to Taiwan later this year:
While endorsing the government's efforts to create more job opportunities in an attempt to rein in rising unemployment rates in Taiwan, Gou also urged the government to cultivate a more favorable business environment so that more local enterprises are willing to build their bases in the home market.
Foxconn chairman Terry Gou also said he believes the global economy won't fully recover until 2012.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Trailer
Gaikai To Launch OnLive Competitor
Just a few days ago, we reported about an interesting new service OnLive wants to offer winter 2009. A games on demand service, delivering the latest high-end gaming titles over home broadband Internet to the TV and entry-level PCs and Macs.
Now, it seems, there is already some competition on the horizon in the form of Gaikai. Co-founded by David Perry, well known as a game developer (Earthworm Jim, MDK, Messiah, etc.), he wrote in a blog post on his web site:
"The whole idea of playing on hardware that you don
MSN Encarta to be Discontinued
No, this is not an early April fools joke. Microsoft announced today that it is going to discontinue its MSN Encarta web sites on October 31, 2009:
"On October 31, 2009, MSN Encarta Web sites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009. Additionally, Microsoft will cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009.
Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years. However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past. As part of Microsoft
Study shows gaming can improve eyesight
A new 'Nature Neuroscience' study from the University of Rochester in the US claims that playing videogames can improve certain problems with deteriorating eyesight, such as 'lazy eye'. The research proves that games improved the subject's "contrast sensitivity"
Intel Nehalem-based Xeon processors launched
Intel officially expanded the availability of their Nehalem-based Xeon processors today. Even though it was first introduced in the Mac Pro, the processors are now available in a wider-range of products. Seventeen processors have been launched.
These new processors support HyperThreading and a Turbo Boost feature that increases clock speeds and shuts down unused cores, allowing for a serious boost in overall performance.
The Xeon 5500 ranges in price from $188 for the 1.86GHz dual-core to $1,600 for the 3.2GHz quad-core. There is also a Xeon 3500 available in three different models that range from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz. Pricing for these ranges from $284 to $999. These Xeon processors are now available in Dell Precision systems and the HP Z800.
OCZ rolls out Neutrino DIY netbook
As you guys know OCZ already has 15" and 17" DIY notebooks. The company has added the Neutrino 10" DIY netbook to its lineup. The OCZ Neutrino gives tech enthusiasts more freedom than traditional netbooks. The DIY netbook features a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, Intel 945GSE chipset based motherboard, 10" display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 802.11b/g WiFi, 1.3MP webcam with microphone, two speakers, 4-cell 2200mAh battery pack, one PCI Express 34mm Mini Card slot, Ethernet, and two USB 2.0 ports.
Press-release: Buyers can freely choose the operating system and which memory and which 2.5" HDD/SSD they put into the Neutrino. Additionally, the netbook can also be equipped with a 4-in-1 memory card reader and Kensington Lock Security device. The system weighs 2.86lbs (around 1.3kg) and measures 263mm x 185mm x 19.6-27mm.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution. Building on OCZ
Hoax site promising tan from computer screen gets 1 mil hits
In other hilarious news today. A website ironically claiming to offer users an all-year tan through their computer screens has received more than one million hits in two months.
It's awesome how they have the "O1, O2, O3" chart they say they combine to make "UVC rays." O2 is oxygen, O3 is ozone, and O1 doesn't even exist as a molecular formula.
Nvidia Introduces New Quadro GPUs With SLI Multi-OS
Not one, but two new announcements were made public by Nvidia, today. One reveals a new line to its series of Quadro GPUs, which mainly targets professional users, like designers.
The new Quadro GPU card "line-up also brings the introduction of NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that enables, for the first time, 3D workstation virtualization on the Quadro GPU. With SLI Multi-OS, applications and users are able to optimize productivity and costs through the use of multiple Quadro GPU technologies from a single workstation in a virtualized environment. Users can also enable native SLI technology support on key partner platforms to accelerate application performance, scaling and higher image quality."
The Multi-OS is built into the FX 3800, FX 4800, and FX 5800 Quadro GPUs, which are part of the new series of Quadro GPUs:
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800
Is EA Rethinking Its DRM Strategy?
Maybe a first sign that Electronic Arts is rethinking its DRM strategy is the following announcement, published on its "The Sims 3" web site:
"The game will have disc-based copy protection
Nvidia could put a halt to Larrabee
The mud-fight inbetween NVIDIA and Intel repositions today. Nvidia claims that Intel uses Nvidia