New Blu-ray Laser Could Enable 100GB Media
Media giant Sharp announced that they have developed a new Blu-ray laser that can read triple- and even quadruple-layer media, which could me 75GB or 100GB recordable discs.
This light is extremely strong at 500mW and is made possible thanks to an aluminum oxynitride layer that is located between the laser's crystal and the standard dielectric film which is meant to protect the laser. Among the benefits include the ability to read a drive twice as deep as current dual-layer Blu-ray drives as well as writing at 8X speed across all four layers. This could potentially mean 75GB or 100GB recordable discs. However, ther's no word on pricing or maturity of the technology.
ECS P55H-A motherboard review
In a somewhat lower price segment you however can always find ECS, originally being an OEM supplier that slowly penetrated the retail market they make really nice gear these days, but always with a lower budget in mind. Face it, the high-end market is crowded and as such ECS always tries to deliver a product that certainly can compete at a baseline level, yet at a better price.
Today as such we'll have a look at yet another P55 motherboard, ECS is launching their P55H-A which is a Black Edition that comes with some nifty additional features and really tasty looks, and it doesn't break the bank.
You can read this review right here.
Realtek HD Audio 2.33 Driver out
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.33
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
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,ALC670, ALC275
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
Download - click here.
Thermalright Unveils MUX-120 LGA-1156 CPU Cooler
Thermalright today announced its mid-range CPU cooler which is exclusive to Intel's newest socket, LGA-1156. The Thermalright MUX-120, like most other coolers from the firm sports the trademark tower design consisting on a CPU block from which arise four 6 mm heatpipes, conveying heat to an aluminum fin array with 48 fins.
Now if you didn't notice this ... we have been using this cooler in all our P55 / Core i5 articles ;)
Bundled with the cooler is Thermalright's X-Silent 120 mm fan (1200 rpm, 23.5 dBA max, and 41.8 CFM) and a tube of ChillFactor 2 thermal compound. Check out some of the articles to see what it can handle temperature wise. It really is an okay cooler.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat will get DirectX 11
In a new blog post on the AMD website they talk about how their new graphics chips support the DirectX11 API which will launch when Microsoft releases their new OS Windows 7 on October 22.
According to the latest information four games that use DirectX 11 are on the way:
Aliens vs. Predator (February 2010)
BattleForge (DX11 patch expected in October)
DiRT 2 (December 2009)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat (October 2009)
In addition to technical details, the article also reveals that support for DX11 is snowballing, as the slate of games to use the API has now tripled (to three). In addition to the already announced DX11 support in DiRT 2, they also list GSC Game World's upcoming S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat and EA's already released free-to-play RTS BattleForge as DirectX 11 games.
Just Cause 2 trailer
ForceWare 190.89 Windows 7 and Vista (32-bit)
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out on the loose. The driver is available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 32-bit.
Very little is known about this driver but it does support most GeForce graphics cards.
These drivers are to be considered beta and thus treated as such. You install them at your own risk, don't complain to us or NVIDIA if they do not work out for you. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
- Download NVIDIA ForceWare 190.89 Vista/7 32-bit
- Download NVIDIA ForceWare 190.89 Vista/7 64-bit
- Download NVIDIA ForceWare 190.89 XP 32-bit
On another note -- GeForce drivers 190.64 became available on the web as well.
- ForceWare 190.64 Windows XP (32-bit)
- ForceWare 190.64 Windows 7 | Vista (64-bit)
- ForceWare 190.64 Windows 7 | Vista (32-bit)
Update: added 190.89 XP 32 bit and Vista 64-bit drivers as well (thanks Thorsten!).
Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler with LED Lighting
Thermaltake, leading DIY thermal solutions brand, launches the next generation of the award-winning SpinQ processor cooler, the Thermaltake SpinQ VT. With its multi-socket support the SpinQ VT offers excellent compatibility for upcoming Intel LGA 1156, LGA 1366 and older LGA 775 processors, while AMD AM3, AM2+ and AM2 CPUs are supported.
The SpinQ VT combines cooling strength with an enticingly aesthetic appearance. Three u-shaped 6 mm heatpipes connect the mirror coated copper base with the cylindrical heat sink which is created of 50 spiral aluminum fins. Inside the heat sink spiral a specially designed 80 mm blow fan rotates with 1000 to 1600 RPM to exhaust the heat over 360 degrees. Manual control over the fan speed is provided for by the convenient VR Fan knob allowing for stepless speed adjustment. All of this results in excellent cooling characteristics taking up to 180W/mm2 of heat dissipation.
The internal 80 mm fan adds to the futuristic design concept with its fierce red LED lighting effect glowing inside the cylinder while also diffusely beaming over the aluminum fins into the case. The CPU cooler is available at a suggest retail price of US$ 49.
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ATI releases Catalyst 9.9
Hercules DJ Control MP3e2
The sensation of Pro DJ
Gigabyte Beat me if you DARE campaign !
Gigabyte is starting a competition with some pretty hot prizes ... the Beat Me If You Dare competition offers a total cash purse of $9000 USD and cutting-edge hardware prizes.
Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009
Sony STR-DA5500ES AV receiver features IP network control
Beefy stuff -- Sony STR-DA5500ES audio/video receiver is Sony
AMD Announces VISION Technology
AMD today announced a new way to help consumers select the PC that best meets their needs. Working with retailers and PC manufactures, VISION Technology from AMD breaks the model in how PC benefits are communicated. Rather than the traditional model, which focuses on the technical specifications of individual hardware components, VISION communicates the value of the whole system and demonstrates the combined processing power of both the CPU and GPU to deliver a superior visual experience to mainstream PC users. It emphasizes how an AMD-based PC is optimized for video, digital media and content creation activities. VISION guides the industry past the era of CPU-centric marketing and describes the PC capabilities in terms of what can be enjoyed on the system - see, share, create. This helps consumers to make better informed buying decisions.
"Today's consumer cares about what they can do with their PC, not what's inside," said Nigel Dessau, CMO of AMD. "They want a rich HD and entertainment experience on their PC, delivered by the combined technology of AMD CPUs and GPUs, without having to understand what gigahertz and gigabytes mean. VISION technology from AMD reflects the maturation of marketing in the PC processing industry and communicates the technology in a more meaningful way."
Notebook PCs with VISION Technology from AMD are expected to be widely available on retail shelves and online during the holiday buying season timed to the release of the Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft. Complementing VISION, Windows 7 supports DirectX 10, Direct X10.1, and Direct X11 for richer 3D detail on games and other media apps, and a Unified Video Decoder to free up the CPU so that users can have a superior visual and more responsive computing experience while converting video for use on hand held devices. This last activity is greatly simplified and much more rapid with the new Drag and Drop feature of Windows 7.
"We are excited for the upcoming launch of Windows 7, when our OEM partners will introduce some exciting new PCs that match our mutual customer's needs and feedback," said Mike Ybarra, general manager of Windows Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "Coupled with VISION Technology from AMD, customers can feel confident that the PC they purchase will deliver a rich, tailored PC experience."
AMD's 2009 notebook platforms, also announced today, serve as the first proof points for VISION Technology. Mainstream OEM notebooks offered with VISION have next-generation HD graphics technology for rich, vivid HD and Blu-ray video playback, life-like 3D games, brilliant, clear photos, and multi-tasking power for editing photos, music and videos.
For consumers seeking rich PC experiences in a very thin and stylish notebook, innovative ultrathin OEM notebooks with VISION are designed to deliver highly responsive, balanced performance and a superior visual experience at accessible price points. VISION technology contains three levels of increasingly rich PC system capabilities: VISION Basic, VISION Premium, and VISION Ultimate to reflect the different usage patterns of PC consumers: from digital consumption to content creation.
These notebook platforms bring visually-rich experiences to consumers through features such as:
- UP to one billion colors for crystal-clear photos and videos,
- DirectX 10.1 for smooth, lifelike games,
- 7.1 audio for pulse-pounding music; and
- Blu-ray support for the latest movies.
Details and photo's Radeon HD 5870 surface early
Before the official launch new details and photo's surfaced on the web regarding the Radeon HD 5870. Such an incredible amount of info is out there that we might as well post a little on this topic as well.
So the Radeon HD 5870 card seems to be just as lengthy as the 4870 X2 and comes with HDMI, Displayport and two DVI outputs. Some Chinese websites leaked completely specifications and photo's. The reports claim that this product has might have 1600 shader cores and is DirectX 11 compatible. The memory runs over a 256-bit wide memory bus. Since this is DDR5 in theory this could account for up-to say 150 GBps of memory bandwidth.
According to an Asian website the chip is fabricated on a 40nm fab resulting in a RV870-die at 330mm
ATI announces Eyefinity (video footage)
It's the weirdest moment in time to release this particular 'technology' as only the upcoming and unannounced products (yes .. yes we are testing it) support it. But ATI today announces Eyefinity technology -- multi monitor desktop and gaming nirvana !
I'll make this really simple to explain .. you guys remember our Matrox Triplehead2Go reviews right ? Well, ATI's upcoming graphics cards will be able to drive one to six monitors per graphics card. We've seen this live in action, and it works pretty darn sweet. In fact you can combine monitors and get your groove on up-to 7680x3200 pixels separated over several monitors -- multiple monitors to be used as a single display.
Although you'll have to wait and see how ATI is bringing the technology to our homes, Eyefinity is looking rather nice. Now the really good part ...
Guru3D took some very exclusive (shaky cam) footage at a recent press briefing. The footage was taken with a Sony DCS T100 hence the poor quality, still you'll get the idea.
You can see HAWX at a 5000+ pixels wide by 2000+ high resolution on an unannounced product (one GPU only). Later on in the video some multimedia/desktop stuff. This is all we are allowed to show you at this time.
We have a discussion thread open on this topic over here, let us know what you think !
Cooler Master releases Silent Pro M with 850W and 1000W PSU
Cooler Master announces today two new additions to the popular line of power supplies with the Silent Pro M850 and M1000; providing up to 66A and 80A respectively on a single 12V rail. In addition, these units operate at minimal noise levels thanks to the patented Cooler Master silent formula.
Silent Pro M850 and M1000 are based on three parts, which formulate the Cooler Master Silent Formula. The first is a highly efficient circuit design that not only reduces heat generated, but minimizes the amount of power lost during the energy conversion process. With this design, users can enjoy a quieter system since lower heat generation means that fans don
Point of View releases new line of NVIDIA ION Mobii FamilyPC
The small mini-ITX desktop computers are based on Intel
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe motherboard review
The motherboard we'll look into today is the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe ... in all its ways a bright blue colored motherboard with a very nice feature set and then some more in the form overclocking options and kit. This board has a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board DIP switches to control voltages.
You'll notice in the photo shoot that is comes with 3x 16x PCIe slots 2.0 e board features eight SATA II 3.0Gbps ports as well as dual gigabit Ethernet, as well as a Via VT2020 10-channel (9.1) hi-def audio codec and the Express Gate instant-on OS feature. The board also comes bundled with a TurboV overclocking remote and corresponding software, Turbo Key, Xtreme Phase, Anti-EMI, and StackCool 3+ The board comes with what is called their 'Hybrid' TurboV EVO processor, it makes overclocking easier. It works together with ASUS