Archive for May 2008

ATI Catalyst 8.6 Windows XP/Vista Beta download

ATI Catalyst drivers 98 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0 ImageAMD is preparing a brand new Catalyst driver for its Radeon graphics card series. Users, don't have to wait much as a beta version of the new Catalyst 8.6 has found its way online.

Featuring the 8.500 display driver, the Catalyst 8.6 for both the 32 and 64bit version of Windows Vista & XP comes with support for almost everything released since the days of the Radeon 9550 plus a few cards and IGPs that haven't been released just yet.

Mind you that this is a Beta driver, use it at your own risk. We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.

The drivers can be downloaded here:
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AMD to ship Radeon HD 4850 near $200 mark

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0 ImageIt seems that AMD has begun shipping its first Radeon HD 4000-series video chipset. The ATI Radeon HD 4850 is purportedly already on its way to card manufacturers and stores, and will represent a significant boost to the clock speed of the earlier, mid-range 3850 without affecting its heat; the core speed jumps from 670MHz to 800MHz while still occupying a single card slot.

Pricing is still a contentious point, those who claim to be aware of AMD's plans say. The company may wait until the day of the announcement itself to set a price and has given itself a price range between $179 and $219 for a stock card with 512MB of video memory. A last-minute price choice will purportedly let AMD meet an expected June 18th real-world launch without having to adjust costs ahead of time.

The uncertainty over the pricing and the launch date also likely reflect a same-day release of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX, which will initially target the high end but should create pressure on AMD to make its lower-cost cards more affordable.

Higher-end cards from AMD, including the Radeon HD 4870 and the 4870 X2, are expected to ship later in the summer.

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Nvidia's Gelato Pro 2.2 free for download

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Nvidia Corporation decided that Gelato Pro 2.2 rendering software needs to be free and released it as such,

Gelato is a GPU-accelerated, final-frame renderer for the creation of high-quality computer-generated images. The software was initially developed to render film and broadcast visual effects and animation but now it can simply be used with 3D software applications, CAD, industrial design, and architecture.

"NVIDIA Gelato Pro 2.2 software is extremely powerful GPU-accelerated rendering software and we are excited to support the creative community by making it freely available," said Dominick Spina, senior product manager, Digital Film Group, NVIDIA. 'Now all artists and designers with NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards can enhance their production pipelines with Gelato Pro

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Video: Spore Character Creation HD video

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A new video was released on thatwhat will be rather popular game, Spore.

Spore is a simulation game created by Will Wright that allows players to control various life forms from the cellular to the galactic level. Want to see how to create new vermin in Spore? Well this video will show you how my man.

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Art Lebedev shows prototype Optimus Popularis

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Art Lebedev Studio who we all know from the Optimus Maximus keyboard has shown the first prototype of the Optimus Popularis. This little brother of the first model comes with eleven special keys which seem to be OLED, the rest of the keys look fairly normal. Which quite honestly might be an excellent compromise between functionality, aesthetics and obviously the price.

Art Lebedev did not release any other details about this product other then showing a picture, though they suggest .. it's a completely different principle that is being applied to this keyboard. We can't wait, let's just hope it's not tagged with a gicanticus pricus.

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BFG Limited Ed. 9800 GX2 OCX

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BFG is pretty busy expanding their product line for sure. Today they announce yet another product, and expect two more next week.  BFG Technologies announced today the limited edition BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 OCX 1024MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card, which is factory overclocked to the highest stable level to provide maximum performance in demanding 3D games and HD video applications.

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Cannon PC to offer CableCARDs in its HTPCs

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Cannon PC announced it will soon offer its Home- and Pro A/V-series HTPCs with dual and even quad CableCARDs installed. This allows them to record up to four individual standard- or high-def programs simultaneously, as each card will effectively act as a separate TV tuner, taking the place of a set-top box. Cannon PC took the opportunity to announce a direct OEM partnership with Microsoft as well, and all of the company's HTPCs use Microsoft's Windows Media Center as the multimedia interface.

The EX series pictured is just one of three PR A/V Series customizable HTPCs Cannon PC offers, and features a 12-inch HD touch-screen as the interface. Inside the case, room has been provided for 6TB of memory, with a 750GB Seagate Barracuda drive provided as standard equipment. Features common to all the company's offerings are USB and FireWire connections, front inputs and outputs, 28-in-1 card readers, eight-channel HD audio support, and dual NTSC and HDTV tuners. The brains include Intel's Quad or Dual core or Centrino processors, P35 Express chipsets, and ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards, with up to 8GB of RAM.

Prices for the EX series HTPC start at nearly $5,600, but do not include the dual CableCARDs, which will be available as options early in June via Cannon PC's website.

That's a seriously cool looking HTPC.

Cannon PC to offer CableCARDs in its HTPCs

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Valve anounces Steam Cloud

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Wow ... this is very big-brother kind of behaviour ... Valve unveiled new features planned for an upcoming Steam update, including automatic driver updates for hardware and an integrated system requirements checker for games. This new system is going to be huge. Not just for Steam users, but for the PC game community as a whole, especially if other companies opt to roll out their own "Steam Cloud" like system.

15.11. Valve are announcing Steamcloud. Save games and configs are to be stored by the Steam back-end. Half-Life will be the first to do this, with Counter-Strike remembering your key config. Left 4 Dead will ship with this too. I

f you're offline it caches the data locally, and then uploads it as soon as it can. They will keep those save games forever. "You can uninstall Half-Life, then come back to it two years later and finally finish Xen." It will be free, to both developers and customers.

Some more info can be found on ShackNews:

Half-Life and Half-Life 2 will be the first games to support the service. User key mappings will also be saved in Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead will ship with the feature. If players are offline, the service will store the data and then add it to the network on the next connection. According to Valve, saved games and configurations will be stored forever.

Valve further noted that the service will be freely available to developers, and is set to launch in the "near future."  The company also detailed plans for several new Steam systems, including a driver auto-updater and calendar functionality. Another feature in development is a system-requirement checker. The program will analyze your hardware and compare it to multiple games, estimating your performance and recommending upgrades.

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Video: Google demonstrates Android

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Google demonstrated its Android mobile phone software Wednesday at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. The project, under development by Google and a number of partners in the Open Handset Alliance, is due to ship as open-source software when the first Android phones go on sale later this year. This is a view of the home screen, demonstrated by Steve Horowitz, Android's engineering director.


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SanDisk Goes Extreme with Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

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SanDisk Corporation today introduced the fastest card in its Memory Stick product family: the SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo with read and write speeds of 30 megabytes (MB) per second.

The card, available in June in 4-gigabyte (GB) and 8GB capacities, is ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs who use Sony digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras.

SanDisk and Sony jointly developed Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo as an extension of the existing Memory Stick PRO format, to offer faster read and write speeds for PRO-HG capable Sony digital SLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and digital camcorders.

SanDisk is unveiling the SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo at the PMA Australia 2008 Imaging Technology Show, where the company is exhibiting at Stand 401 in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 30 to June 1.

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Computex: Thermaltake M5 - The Airflow Master

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Thermaltake is well known among PC enthusiasts around the world by its unique design and great thermal performance.

With the black powder coating interior, M5 looks stylish in and out. For user friendly consideration, M5 has integrated the Tool-free mechanism for 5.25, 3.5 devices and PCI slots, saving so much more time on installation. As for thermal consideration, M5 can hold up to 6 fans max to optimize the system airflow. The bottom-placed PSU will not only be extremely easy to install, but beneficial for ventilation at the same time

For those who seek to build a medium sized system with high thermal performance chassis, Thermaltake M5 will undoubtedly be your first choice.

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Computex: Corsair launches Dominator DDR3 2000 MHz 4GB

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Corsair announced that it will launch a new 4GB DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2000MHz at CompuTex 2008, held June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei.  Tested and guaranteed for operation at the lightning fast overclocked speed of 2000MHz, this 4GB DOMINATOR kit provides superior performance for desktop platforms. 

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Dells Mini Inspiron laptop exposed

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The guys from gizmodo bumped into Michael Dell at All Things D, and he was nice enough to show this laptop that he was carrying that he said no one's seen before.

It's a small form factor notebook, just like the Asus Eee and the HP 2133. He wouldn't tell me what OS it's running, or the pricing, but that it's a low-cost notebook meant for developing countries, and I hope here. Maybe it's Atom-powered. Who knows? But they did see three USB ports, a card reader, VGA out, Ethernet, and that red candy shell. I couldn't tell how big the screen was before it was tucked away into a black sleeve and ushered from the building, but it's small. 

Dell just released a pair of shots that add to the sense of scale, but no official name yet.

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Inno3D iChill GeForce 9600 GT ZEROtherm Hurricane review

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iChill GeForce 9600 GT ZEROtherm Hurricane review

A DIY kit graphics card - Luckily there are some NVIDIA board partners who try to do things differently & Inno3D is one of them. Actually I think Inno3D has like five or six different SKUs based on the GeForce 9600 GT, but one stands out. It's their GeForce 9600 GT iChill edition graphics card with ZeroTherm HC92 cooler. It's actually a DIY kit with the very best cooler we ever tested. Next to a standard overclock, the tweaking possibilities are even better.

Did we just find the best GeForce 9600 GT that money can buy ?

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Sony 360-degree glass speaker system

Speakers 98 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Weirdest thing you ever have seen, trust me.

Sony today announced it would translate one of its concept speaker designs into a production device. The Sountina promises a radical approach to sound by outputting the same sound at 360 degrees from the speaker itself: an upward-facing driver vibrates a glass tube that in turn pushes sound outwards in all directions rather than in a cone, as with traditional speakers. The change both leads to a new look as well as reducing the horizontal footprint of the Sountina.

The audio equipment also promises a unique visual effect through an amber, blue, and purple LED lighting system that can be remotely controlled to change the ambient effect for the room; the same controller can also fine-tune audio settings for the actual speaker.

Sony outfits the Sountina with inputs for conventional RCA audio, digital audio through co-ax or optical connections, and two-channel linear PCM; despite its narrow and unusual design, the 85-watt device supports a subwoofer and can still generate frequencies between 50Hz and 20KHz, according to the company.

The Japanese firm expects a quick turnaround for its new speaker and will begin selling it on June 20th for a premium price equivalent to $10,091; the Sountina is pitched at both private buyers as well as stores and other public places. A US launch isn't mentioned with the announcement, though Sony has recently brought over unique designs such as the XEL-1 OLED TV and the Rolly music player.

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Tom Clancy's EndWar Trailer

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In 2020, the final world war will be upon us ! Tom Clancy's EndWar is a real-time strategy game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms. It is set during World War III being designed by Ubisoft Shanghai. 

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BFG launches water-cooled GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC

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BFG today launched their the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC 512MB graphics card featuring a ThermoIntelligence custom copper water block co-developed by BFG and Danger Den. Pretty much the water-cooled version like you know it, yet with a twist .. a massive overclock.

The BFG GeForce 9800 GTX H

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