SpeedFan 4.34 download
SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips.
- full support for SiS964 SMBus
- full support for SiS966 SMBus
- full support for ULi M1575 SMBus
- full support for VIA VT8237S SMBus
- full support for VIA VT8251 SMBus
- full support for nVidia MCP61 SMBus
- full support to read internal temperatures on AMD K10 processors
- native nVidia video card (up to, but excluding 8xxx) internal temperature reporting
- full support for SMSC SCH5307
- full support for F8000 temperatures and fan speeds
- full support for SMSC EMCT03
- full support for WINBOND W83793G, including ADVANCED options
- support for Fintek F71782F hardware monitor at unusual addresses
- support for Winbond W83627DHG at unusual addresses
- support for ITE IT8726F hardware monitor at unusual addresses
- support for a new stepping of the Andigilog aSC7621
- SMSC LPC47M192 FAN DIVISOR settings in CONFIGURE / ADVANCED
- full PWM support to SMSC LPC47B397, including settings in CONFIGURE / ADVANCED
- preliminary DDR3 identification
- DDR2 memory module size detection
- Tjunction detection for Intel CORE temperatures (you might no longer need the temperature offset in CONFIGURE / ADVANCED)
- Winbond W83791D properly handles higher fan divisors for fan1, fan2 and fan3 and shows fan4 and fan5 too
- CONFIGURE now allows to go as low as -60C when selecting the DESIRED and WARNING levels to let users of the RELATIVE Intel Core temperature reading properly configure SpeedFan
- restored the correct clock speed after resume from hibernation
- rewritten the logic of the usage of a synchronizer in the thread that reads CPU usage (this will fix the SpeedFan not exiting issue)
- address $2E on DFI motherboards is no longer scanned if the motherboard model starts with LP. If you have one of these models and you know that there should be a valid chip at that address, send me a SEND REPORT (INFO tab) with some NOTES
- mails sent by SpeedFan now properly separate headers and the body with a blank line
- new icon by Bengt Strom
- an issue where Intel Core temperatures on multi core systems reported the same temperature for all cores
- fixed crash on several DFI motherboards
- fixed the detection of older revisions of the ITE IT8705F
- fixed ADT7475 temperature readings when in offset 64 mode
- fixed a bug when changing the type of data to be charted
- fixed an issue with SUN 2864 motherboard
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SiSoftware Sandra XII 2008 SP2 (14.24)
SiSoft released SiSoftware Sandra XII 2008 SP2 (14.24). SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
Seagate First to Ship 1 Billion Hard Drives
Seagate announced that it is the first hard drive manufacturer worldwide to have shipped 1 billion hard drives.
The 1 billion hard drives Seagate has delivered equates to approximately 79 million terabytes, able to store 158 billion hours of digital video or 1.2 trillion hours of your favorite music
Remembering the old graphics cards
In our forums a thread just started called 'Remembering the old'. In here people show photo's of their oldest graphics cards. Pretty funny to be honest, so I have an extensive collection of graphics cards. Ever since 1996/1997 this fetish started. If at all interesting on a slow news day, I might just take a card every now and then, and make a new photo of it.
The first is where it really all started for me .. This is a 3Dfx voodoo graphics based card. back in these days 3D graphics (or actually accelerator it was called back then) you needed to add it next to your existing 2D graphics card and loop the two with a cable.
Some interesting facts, 65K maximum colors, highest resolution supported 800x600 (640x480 was the norm). 4 MB EDO memory.
AMD's Phenom X3 8750 review
Tri-core computing with AMD's Phenom X3 8750
With the incremental increase in multi-core computing AMD last year surprised pretty much anybody in the world when information leaked regarding a roadmap showing CPUs with not 1,2 or 4 cores on them .. no three cores. That's right, a triple core processor based on the Phenom architecture.
So then, recently AMD released their Phenom X4 50-series processors, with an all new fixed B3 core, with which they can now leave the past behind them and move forward with processors that can actually start competing with the competition. Today we'll look at a B3 based Phenom X3 xx50-series processor, the Phenom X3 8750.
Let's have a look at it:
Gold-plated MacBook Air breaks Steve Jobs heart
Fun story at Engadget today, we've already seen the MacBook Air bathed in gold and crystals, but it seems that people just can't leave well enough alone, with the folks at Computer Choppers (no strangers to gilded Macs) only the latest to spare no expense in taking the laptop to heights of tackiness that no one from Cupertino would ever dare dream of.
That includes 24kt gold plating over the entire laptop and, in a final stake through El Jobso's heart, an Apple logo ensconced in multi-colored sapphires -- not to mention a polished gold SuperDrive to go along with it. If your eyes can take it, have a peek:
Hiper Media Center HTPC HMC-2K53A-A3 review
Hiper Media Center HTPC HMC-2K53A-A3 review
(Media Center HTPC Slimline barebone)
Hiper recently released a new model of their slim-line HTPC barebone chassis, with VFD (display) fully integrated mainboard and PSU. Pretty much you drop a HD, a slice of memory and a processor in this system and you are good to go since the mainboard even has support for multi-channel audio, VGA & HDMI output as it's based on the reputable AMD 690G chipset (mainboard with integrated graphics card).
And next to all that, it even comes with a pretty decent remote control, all that for 300 bucks.
Read the full review here:
Windows XP SP3 goes RTM
Windows XP SP3 will be out in roughly a week -- Microsoft just confirmed that it's been released to manufacturing, and that it'll be in Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center on April 29th. No word on if OEMs and devs got access today like we'd heard, but it shouldn't be long now -- here's hoping that rumored 10 percent speed boost is for real.
Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers.
We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.
Thanks to everyone here who installed the public betas
AMD releases Energy Efficient AMD Athlon X2
AMD introducedtwo new energy efficient processors, the Athlon X2 4450e and 4050e, pretty stealty release I might add. The CPUs have a TDP of 45Watt and by the looks of it, they are identical to the previously released Athlon X2 BE-2400 and BE-2350.
WHAT: AMD has released two new 45-watt processors, Energy Efficient AMD Athlon
WD Announces Velociraptor SATA Hard Drive
From the bloodlines of the WD Raptor, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics and packs 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis.
Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
- 10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s interface, 16 MB cache.
- 1.4 million hours MTBF.
- The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drives are enclosed in a 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink.
- Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
- SecurePark - Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface.
WD VelociRaptor (model WD3000GLFS) hard drives will be available on Alienware's high-performance ALX gaming desktop by the end of April. At launch, Alienware will offer two 300 GB WD VelociRaptor hard drives in RAID 0 configuration on www.alienware.com. WD VelociRaptor hard drives will be shipping exclusively through Alienware this month and will be available through the company's online store and at select distributors and resellers mid-May. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 300 GB is $299.99 USD.
This is Vegas - GD08: Cam Walkthrough
Publisher Midway has released an video walkthrough from the open-world title This Is Vegas (PC, PS3, Xbox 360),, showcasing the title's party component and its multiple activities.
When a powerful businessman begins turning Vegas into a family-friendly tourist trap, you must start your own powerful empire and resurrect the famous adult playground. Party hard at the hottest clubs to make VIP connections. Grow your bankroll by hitting high stakes tables. Race the fastest cars on the underground circuit to raise your reputation. Fight off enemies with fists and firearms to prove your strength. Where you go and what you do is your call whether counting cards, seducing dangerous women, cruising the strip or starting bar brawls, there
AMD Radeon HD 4800 to arrive next month?
According to AMD's Dirk Meyer we can expect a significant number of new products from AMD in May and according to TG Daily this will actually include the Radeon HD 4800 series. The desktop versions should arrive soon but the RV770-based FireGL workstation boards aren't expected until mid-August. The clockspeeds of these new GPUs are still subject to change but the site mentions the Radeon HD 4870 will be clocked above 1GHz and the Radeon HD 4850 will have a frequency of about 800MHz. The chips will support both GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory and will feature 32 texture memory units (TMUs).
The new graphics card generation is expected to become available to system integrators and OEMs in GDDR3/GDDR5 variants with 256/512/1024 MB buffers. 256 MB GDDR3 cards are exclusively targeted at OEMs (as well as ODMs, Sis) and are unlikely to shop up in retail. Expect to see mainly 512 MB GDDR5 cards in retail for both the 4850 and 4870. Just like the GPU, the memory clock isn't set in stone either, but we were told that the GDDR5 memory is currently running at a physical clock of 1.8 - 2.2 GHz.
With a 256-bit memory controller, we're talking about 115 to 141 GB/s of bandwidth. This number equals the memory bandwidth record set by the 2900XT 1GB GDDR4 (512-bit interface with GDDR4 at 1.1 GHz DDR).
All specs are of course speculation, yet it looks like May is going to be an interesting month for sure.
Universal's Blu-ray release plans uncovered
Reuters just noted that later today the studio will announce plans to release about 40 movies on the format in the second half of the year, including Doomsday. The only studio to support solely HD DVD from the beginning will come out with all three of its Mummy films: The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Scorpion King July 22 (sounds like someone's bitter about HD DVD and taking it out on Blu-ray owners to us), with catalog releases jumping over from red like Miami Vice, Knocked Up, American Gangster and others before the year is out.
July 22 will mark the first Universal high-def movies to ship in blue boxes, with the release of the first two Mummy movies and the spinoff Scorpion King film.
According to Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter, other catalog releases to make the transfer from HD DVD to Blu-ray Disc before the end of 2008 are American Gangster, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Miami Vice, End of Days, U-571 and Land of the Dead.
PS3 smaller Cell and/or RSX chips in August?
Word out on the street is that to cut PS3 costs earlier than expected there will be upgaring the Cell architecture. At the moment, Sony sells the PS3 at a loss. The respected group of analysts is now earmarking August as the milestone month. Sony's CFO recently suggested that the move would occur in the second half of year -- a date analysts then pegged at November.
No precise info is shared yet the new expectations were provided by Nikko CG. However, it's safe to assume that the PS3's break-even event will be realized by a switch to a sub-65nm cell processor, sub-90nm RSX graphics chip, or both, since the smaller chips are less-costly to manufacturer.
Europe offering movies on self-erasing DVDs
Four European countries are offering DVD movies on a format called DVD-D that is unique in that the content is erased 8 hours after the disposable disc makes its first rotation in a player. The format is also applied to software, with a 48-hour life span, either of which can be kept indefinitely until its first use, at which point the timer starts. Such DVD-Ds are available in Italy, France, Germany and Scandinavia at bookstores, gas stations and kiosks for about a third of the price of a traditional multi-play DVD.
After the 48 hours are up, inserting the disc into a DVD player will result in a No Disc message. Recordable DVD-D discs are also available, with a 4.5GB capacity. The blank DVD-D+R can be recorded at up to 8X speed, and can either be ordered with pre-recorded content in quantities less than 2,000, or bought as blanks. The client can then specify how long the data is to remain, having the option of one-time viewing only, or a time period of 8 hours, 48 hours or otherwise. Blank DVD-D+Rs available for purchase can be recorded with a 48-hour data life.
There is certainly potential for companies to distribute demo programs or software on DVD-D discs, provided of course the discs can be copy protected first, as it's not clear what, if anything, prevents users from copying the DVD-D's content before the data self-erases. The discs and packages are fully recyclable.
ASUS Eee PC 900 has a $549 Price Tag
Unfortunately, those upgrades come at a price that pushes the Eee PC 900 squarely into an even higher price bracket. When the Eee PC 900 launches on May 12 in the United States, it will be priced at $549 for both Linux and Windows XP versions.
The Linux version of the Eee PC will come with a 4GB SSD + an additional 16GB internal flash module for a total of 20GB of storage space. The Windows XP model -- due to the licensing fees associated with Windows -- will only feature an internal flash module of 8GB leaving it with just 12GB of total storage space.
The other notable upgrades for the second generation Eee PC include the larger, 8.9" 1024x600 display, 1GB of DDR2 memory, Multi-Touch trackpad, and the inclusion of a 1.3 MP webcam (up from 0.3 MP). Otherwise, the Eee PC still includes an undersized keyboard, three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, and an Intel Celeron-M processor which can run at 630 MHz or 900 MHz.
It should be interesting to see if the Eee PC can manage to maintain the momentum of its predecessor given the higher price. It's true that the higher price affords a better user experience, but it may also push potential consumers to look at larger 15.4" alternatives in its price range.
However, for those that are strictly looking for an ultra-portable machine, the Eee PC 900 makes quite a statement as do competing offerings like the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC and the Everex CloudBook Max.
NVIDIA ForceWare 174.93 XP/Vista Drivers
A new NVIDIA ForceWare driver appeared on the web which is being served on-line by one of NVIDIA's partners. It's revision build 174.93 XP for Windows XP 7 Vista. Bare in mind this to be considered a beta driver, use it at your own risk. There are several discussion open on these drivers in the Guru3D NVIDIA driver forums, check them here.
ForceWare 174.93 Vista (64-bit)
ForceWare 174.93 Vista (32-bit)
ForceWare 174.93 XP (32-bit)
Guru3D Folding Team Breaks 167th Place
Congratulations ladies and gentlemen, Team Guru3D has broken through the 200th place barrier and we are now ranked at 167 out of 117339 with 11.5 million points. Thanks to all folders efforts here, what a great accomplishment. We have roughly 350 active GPUs and CPUs crunching data.
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