FoxConn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX) mainboard review [Guru3D]
With the more high-end consumer in mind AMD released the new 790GX series mainboards. This mainboard is a lot about status, as AMD want to re-establish their status and performance levels for their products again. Hey, in the end, all you have is your reputation right? And for a chipset manufacturer that means top dog electronics.
Therefore AMD unleashed its new AMD 790GX platform. A mainboard chipset that is aimed at the performance computer users and packs in a host of features, we'll check out the FoxConn edition loaded with integrated HDMI, DVI, 8-channel sound, GPU and some great aesthetic features ...
Read the Guru3D full review here.
GeForce GTX 260 to beat Radeon HD 4870?
The new card should be available at some point in September and it definitely win over Radeon 4870. That is the whole point and it looks like the new GTX 260 will end up around $50 more expensive than the current ones.
It looks like that this is the first
Logitech Releases Illuminated keyboard
Logitech released a new keyboard on the market, with lit keys. ANd that should help you in the dark a little I guess. The new Logitech Illuminated Keyboard makes typing easy - even in the dark. To optimize existing backlight technology, Logitech combined microlens reflectors, a multilayer painting process and laser etching - creating a backlight experience that is brighter, sharper and easier to read.
Whether you're typing an e-mail or chatting with a friend, the adjustable backlight gives you just the right amount of light. Logitech uses its PerfectStroke key system with precision micro-scissors behind each key for improved travel and typing feel. The palm rest area has soft-touch material covering it and the keys on the keyboard are full size. One-touch multimedia keys are included for volume, music, and video as well as one-touch access to applications like email and web browser. The keyboard measures in at 18.03-inches x 7.56-inches x 0.37-inches (L x W x H) and weighs 2.2 pounds. It is compatible with Windows Vista or XP and will be available in September for $79.99. Logitech also announced a new version of its thin diNovo series keyboards specifically for the notebook. The keyboard is called the diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks and looks similar to the diNovo Edge. The wrist rest area has brushed aluminum and the rest of the keyboard is a glossy black.
The keyboard is currently considered a Windows-only model and ships in October for $80.
Also released will be a related diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks which is more compact, and relies on dual-role function keys to reduce the depth of the keyboard for notebook owners using the peripheral as part of a desktop replacement setup. Although thicker at 0.87in, the newer diNovo makes up for the bulk by connecting through 2.4GHz RF-based wireless that the company boasts should last for three years on batteries. Operating system support hasn't been outlined, though the notebook keyboard ships in October for $100.
The Cordless Desktop S520 (not yet pictured) abandons the straight-angled design of the keyboard-only models for a curved shell. It has shortcuts to common Office apps and comes bundled with a wireless laser-tracking mouse; battery life is shorter at eight hours for the mouse and about 15 months for the keyboard. The performance contributes to a lower $60 price tag for the S520's September launch.
NVSCENE 2008 60 MB demo downloads online
NVSCENE is the subtitle of the creative section at NVISION - a completely separate venue with only people who use the visual processing power for what it was meant for: creating stuff. This download package contains the top 5 winners of the generic competition results, with demo's up-to 60 MB.
NVIDIA wants to embrace the demoscene for what it is: a tightly knit community of people who live for their dedication to the scene, for creating demos and intros. With that in mind, NVIDIA would like to offer a brand new platform for sceners to show their works, an event so large that it has been unprecedented so far. NVSCENE will offer classic demoscene competitions: demo, for people who just want to let their ideas flow and 4k intro for coders who like to shave bytes off one-by-one. Two competitions that have been pillars of the demoscene for so long, presented the way it's always been.
01 202 Texas - Keyboarders
02 165 Receptor - TBC
03 130 Photon Race 2 - Archee & Slyspy
04 114 Astra - AxON
05 112 Statics - Traction
06 107 eco - s_tec, matecha
07 105 Solitude - Unknown Artists
08 102 KYBERNETIC - mad/STILL
102 kevinspacy - Alcatraz
10 98 Voxel - Fresh!mindworkz
11 94 WhiteOut - BoNZai Bros.
12 88 geburah - muhmac / speckdrumm
13 77 rutebyen - prostyle corp.
14 60 IsoHack - GL-Fusion
15 59 Das weisse Rauschen - Kraftaktor
16 51 512 byte Domination - Polaris
17 48 Peak-load - HARDREAD
18 42 Evil Helicopters Attack With Bombs - Lord Graga
19 41 Snailmail - T$ / Scoopex & Alcatraz
01 181 Stargazer - Andromeda & Orb
02 177 Into The Pink - Plastic
03 146 Midnight run - Andromeda Software Development
146 n-0505 - xplsv feat. nine inch nails
05 124 Binary Alchemy - Northern Dragons
06 95 moove - fresh!mindworkz
07 94 Rarefaction - Youth Uprising
08 93 Proton - Science and Blackmaiden
09 90 Ersatz - Limp Ninja
10 86 Echoes - Anadune
86 Life on Air - System K
12 64 Visage - Nah-Kolor
13 61 Shmakalucha - imbusy & kondencuotas pienas
14 59 See em Why Kay? - Guideline
15 47 Biocore - eXtrait
Download and be sure to check out the demos you guys, it is just amazing what these folks can do with such small budget in KBs or MBs !
Sandra 2009 gets GPU support
Software maker SiSoftware is announcing its Sandra 2009, and it has GPU support. Sisoftware Sandra has been popular for a long time due to its rich graphics, multitude of CPU, memory and I/O tests, as well as easy-to-create summary reports in a variety of formats. The new GPU features are quite expensive as you'll be able to measure stuff like floating point computing power over the graphics processor (ATI & NVIDIA), yet also you get to measure memory bandwidth. Next to these two features we spot a Video Rendering benchmark which will deal with overall DirectX graphics rendering performance.
The NVIDIA GPUs are addressed through CUDA and the AMD/ATI adapters through CAL. Once DX 11 is here, we'll have a thing call compute shaders, and without any doubt SiSoft will then use that API to make their lives a little easier :)
Unfortunately, ATI/AMD does not have Vista support just yet and CAL is only 1.01 *beta*
The upcoming Sandra however has several new features:
- Graphics (GPGPU) Processing: Benchmark the graphics performance of the graphics processors (GPGPUs). Such operations are used by specialised software, e.g. scientific software, image manipulation, video decoders/encoders, games that make GPU performance pretty important.
- Graphics (GPGPU) Bandwidth: Benchmark the bandwidth of the memory of the graphics processors (GPGPUs) and the bandwidth of the bus that connects them to your computer. The speed at which the data can be sent to the GPGPUs, internally processed and the results sent back is as important as the processing power of the GPGPUs.
- Video (GFX) Rendering: Benchmark the graphics performance of the video adapters (GFXs). Shows how your graphics processors handle rendering in comparison to other typical graphics processors. Such operations are used by all graphics software, image manipulation, video decoders/encoders, games and modern operating systems.
- Video (GFX) Memory: Benchmark the bandwidth of the memory of the video adapters (GFXs) and the bandwidth of the bus that connects them to your computer.
- Cryptographic Performance: Benchmark the cryptographic performance of modern processors that support hardware cryptographic engines. The most common algorithms, AES (AES128, AES256) for encryption/decryption and SHA (SHA1, SHA256) for hashing are supported.
Sandra 2009 is not yet available for download, yet we expect it to be released real soon.
Mainstream 64 USB Flash drives now a reality
Transcend Information introduced its new 64GB JetFlash V20 high-capacity USB flash drive. For added value, users can download and install Transcend's free JetFlash software pack onto the V20 flash drive to enable V20 to automatically log on to website accounts, temporarily lock the computer to prevent unauthorized access. The end-user may also browse their bookmarked websites and check email from any compatible computer with the included Internet Favorites and Mobile Email functions.
The JetFlash V20 works with Windows Vista and also supports Windows Me / 2000 / XP, Mac and Linux.
- Pearl-white finish
- High-Speed USB2.0 interface
- JetFlash software: Website AutoLogin, PC-Lock, Mobile Favorites, Secret-Zip, E-Mail, DataBackup, Online Update
- Lifetime Warranty
No price is available just yet.
Intel intro's three budget CPUs
Chipzilla Intel silently introduced three new desktop processors, according to a Monday report. The new quad-core Q8200 and dual-core E5200 share a more modern 45 nanometer architecture, while the Celeron D 450 is made on the older 65nm topology. The new quad-core chip is meant as a true entry-level quad-core chip and runs at 2.33GHz with a simpler 4MB of L2 cache along with a 1,333MHz front system bus.
The dual-core E5200 will trade the extra cores for a 2.5GHz processing speed, also halving its Level 2 cache to 2MB and reducing the system bus to 800MHz. The 65nm Celeron D 450 shares the same-speed bus but uses a 2.2GHz core frequency and just 512KB of L2 cache.
In bulk, 1,000-unit quantities, the chips will be priced at $224 for the Q8200, $84 for the E5200 and $53 for the 450. No word has been given of price cuts to faster models.
Commodore is alive (again) as a netbook
Like most others in the segment, the UMMD 8010/F is to include a 1.3-megapixel camera and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capability, with Bluetooth as an option. With a price tag of nearly $600, the Commodore netbook isn't likely to steal any sales away from ASUS' more established and less expensive Eee PC range. No release dates are currently known.
Google Chrome browser based on Webkit
"On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff -- the pages, sites and applications that make up the web," the company wrote in its blog. "Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go."
The company claims that it separates each tab or visited website in its own "sandbox," a private secure environment that keeps information from other sites: it not only protects privacy, but also offers better stability and performance, the search giant claimed. The user interface will allow a tab to be created "incognito," a privacy mode that will not log any of the activity onto the computer, cookies are wiped out and history is not saved when it is closed.
The company will "sandbox" plugins into their own process and also focus on improving java script , which is used to build and deploy a variety of advanced features on. Google plans on using a separate java script virtual machine that generates machine code, directly using the capabilities of the CPU for optimal performance.
Another benefit of sandboxing, according to the comic, is that the rights for each process are reduced, not allowing malware to install itself on a computer or affect what is happening in another tab. According to the engineers, the processes "can compute but they can't write files to your hard drive or read files from sensitive areas like your documents or desktop." The user must give explicit permission for high level access.
"We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built a more powerful java script engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren't even possible in today's browsers," Google said.
Google's comic pointed out that current browsers can be affected by fragmented memory, pushing the browser closer to a crash as the user opens new tabs and closes old tabs, even though they might only have a few open at one time. Without the ability to separate the processes, if one thing goes wrong, the whole browser is liable to crash. Chrome's multi-process approach will allow each tab to run individual independent processes- if one tab fails, the browser recognizes the problem, ends the process in that tab, but the others retain function.
Even within one tab, when the user switches from site to site, Chrome will completely switch the process and reclaim the memory. If a slow-down occurs, a task manager can be opened to see exactly what pages or even what plugins are hogging memory, CPU power, or bandwidth.
Google also hoped that its efforts will begin to address the lingering performance and compatibility issues that face a wide variety of cross-platform browsers by using an automatic testing -- an internet "bot" -- to check and test millions of the most popular pages each week (based on Google PageRank).
During the testing thus far, Google has used Webkit to run page layout tests. When the project began it was only passing 23 percent of the tests. "Moving from there to 99 percent has been a fun challenge and an interesting example of test-driven design" said Pam Greene, one of the project software engineers.
The choice of Apple's Webkit was no coincidence. Google claimed they were attracted to the speed potential. When the Chrome team consulted the Android engineers and asked them why they chose Webkit, they responded "it uses memory efficiently, was easily adapted to embedded devices, and it was easy for new browser developers to learn to make the code base work."
Much like Apple did with Safari on the iPhone, Google will use Chrome as part of its Android mobile platform and hopes that its use of Google Gears, a plug-in that extends the standard browser experience, will help developers deliver native-app like performance over the Web with cross-platform compatibility.
AMD's 2008-2010 mainstream desktop platforms unveiled
Asus prepares Elite cooler for your CPU
ASUS has showcased this Royal Knight CPU cooler at the Computex 2008, now it finally is ready for release. The final version doesn
Two new Far Cry 2 new trailers
Ubisoft unveiled new trailers of Far Cry 2. This FPS game will be launched by the end of October 2008.
C&C: Red Alert Free Download
Electronic Arts has released the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert for free to celebrate the release of the original Command & Conquer 13 years ago. Red Alert can be installed under Windows XP, 98, 95 and ME. Vista is not officially supported, though it should be able to run on that OS as well.
Today, August 31st, 2008 marks the 13th anniversary of the storied Command & Conquer franchise, which has sold over 25 million copies to date. And to celebrate this milestone and this October's highly anticipated return to the world of Red Alert with Red Alert 3, we are giving away one of the original games that started it all, Command & Conquer Red Alert, for FREE. And because we are also offering Red Alert 2 for free for those who pre-order Red Alert 3 before October 27th, C&C fans...YOU can walk away with Red Alert, Red Alert 2 and Red Alert 3 - all for the price of Red Alert 3 ($49.99 standard edition, $64.99 Premier Edition).
To take advantage of this three-for-one offer, just follow the "Red Alert 3 Step":
Step 1 - Download the original Red Alert at the bottom of this page for free
Step 2 - Pre-Order Red Alert 3 from participating retailers and receive Red Alert 2 FOR FREE
Step 3 - Pick up your pre-ordered copy of Red Alert 3 when the game hits stores this holiday
Pre-ordering Red Alert 3 will also give you the following exclusive items:
- Red Alert Retrospective - A look back at Command Red Alert, Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge
- Premier Edition Sneak Peek - Exclusive previews of Raising of the Iron Curtain, From Pens to Pixels, Command School, and BattleCast Primetime
- From Fighter to Assassin - A featurette on EliteXC superstar, Gina Carano.
- Exclusive multiplayer/skirmish map for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 when the game ships
- Exclusive Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 desktop wallpapers featuring members of Red Alert 3's star studded cast including Jenny McCarthy, Gemma Atkinson, Autumn Reeser, Kelly Hu and more!
Intel buys up UK Linux lab
Intel has bought up OpenedHand, the UK-based Linux development company, folding its product line into the chip behemoth's mobile Linux effort, while promising to maintain its open-source developments.
OpenedHand specialises in squeezing Linux onto small devices, so is ideally placed to support the new generation of what Intel calls "Mobile Internet Devices". OpenedHand is a keen supporter of open source, both philosophically and practically, with various mobile-orientated projects on the go - all of which will, apparently, be supported by its new owner.
Intel will be quite happy to support such open developments; it doesn't make its money from software, and is concerned to see the way that software makes up an ever-increasing proportion of the cost of computing.If we're all going to own Mobile Internet Devices, in addition to our laptops, desktops and media centres, then they're going to have to be cheap; using Linux is a reasonable way of driving down costs, particularly from Intel's point of view.
[The Reg ]
AMD lowered prices on Phenom today
A press-release just entered my mailbox from AMD, they have lowered priced on their most popular processors. Quite significant price drops I might add and involves the AMD Athlon X2, AMD Phenom X3 and AMD Phenom X4 desktop CPUs:
Old price ($)
New price ($)
Phenom X4 9950 BE 140W
Phenom X4 9850 BE
Phenom X4 9750
Phenom X4 9650
Phenom X3 8750
Phenom X3 8650
Athlon X2 6000+
Athlon X2 5600+
Athlon X2 5400+
Athlon X2 5200+
(This listing reflects pricing for direct AMD customers in 1000-unit quantities, in US dollars, without local taxes)
AMD: With these price reductions AMD has taken steps to significantly enhance the price/performance of our CPU portfolio and make high-performance AMD Phenom Quad-Core and Triple-Core processors accessible to a wider audience of mainstream PC users.
With this aggressive move, AMD is putting lead-edge microprocessors in hands or more users than ever before and providing an optimal foundation for a balanced platform experience when combined with the AMD 790 FX/GX chipset and ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics processors. In addition, with the recent addition of the SB 750 Southbridge to AMD 790 series chipsets users can enjoy an enhanced overclocking experience with AMD
Spore - two new trailers
Okay, I don't get the feel for this game. But I know millions of you however do. So, EA released some new gameplay trailers of Spore. Only one week to go until the game is finally released!
The Gamer's Bill of Rights
In an attempt to improve the PC gaming experience, Stardock and Gas Powered Games have proposed that all publishers adhere to their Gamer's Bill of Rights. This isn't something terribly new to gaming in general--consoles already have a similar standards system. Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, certify console games and tell developers what they can and cannot do. But on the PC we don't have anything like that. Of course, we do have Games for Windows, but it's not quite the same as what we're doing here.
1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund.
2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game's release.
4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.
6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won't install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.
7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.
Download - Rivatuner 2.10 release
Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.10 In this release we have included a huge number of new stuff to keep you busy, obviously GeForce 9x00 support has been added as well as ForceWare GeForce drivers up-to 177.92 and AMD ATI Catalyst 8.8 support.
With this release comes support for ATI Radeon 4800 class graphics adapters and better GeForce GTX series 200 support as well.
RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and real-time hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner's feature set absolutely unmatched. RivaTuner supports all NVIDIA display adapters starting from Riva TNT family up to the latest GeForce series and widest range of NVIDIA drivers starting from the oldest Detonator 2.08 up to the newest ForceWare drivers family. In addition to complete NVIDIA hardware support, RivaTuner also provides support for display adapters based upon newer ATI graphics processors. All RivaTuner's features besides driver-level tuning options are also available on supported ATI hardware.
Guru3D.com is Rivatuner's official homepage, click here to find version / build / changes and FAQ information.
For novice users, we have a guide to help you through Rivatuner and setup fan speeds and overclocks on your graphics card. This guide will hopefully help you understand how to use the features that Rivatuner provides.