Archive for July 2008
The big NVIDIA visual event is looking pretty impressive as some big names are showing up at this event. A large selection of conference attendees will be there like Buzz Aldrin who will debut a 3D Film "Fly Me to the Moon". There are more names for keynote speeches though. Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins, first women ever piloting the Space Shuttle, is going to speak likely about the fast evolution of technology within that cockpit.
Actress Tricia Helfer (yes the gorgeous blonde) from Battlestar Galactica is to Speak at NVISION 08 as well together with NVIDIA's CEO in likely the opening speech. In the lineup the MythBusters just have been added as well as Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage now been announced as special guests at NVISION 08 and rumor is .. there's some sort of world record to be broken at NVISION.
The Guinness attempt is quickly shaping up to be a flagship event at NVISION with a separate area for LAN Game record attempters. The will play continuous for 36 hours with an allotted 10 minute break per 60 minutes played. Oy .. i can smell the energy drinks and coffee already.
Also the World's top professional gamers land in downtown San Jose to compete in ESWC grand final at NVISION 08. Next to all this there will be several workshops in several segments, from gamers, 3D professional, press, channel members and investors.
The NVISION 08 event goes from August 25 to the 27th, more info can be found here. There is lots of exciting stuff going on there.
The graphics card we will test today is based on the immensely popular Radeon HD 4850. Probably the best value card one can buy. These cards at default come with 512 MB gDDR3 memory. Now, I can see a manufacturer double up that memory to 1 GB. The effect would be small but measurable when you would like to game in very high resolutions. Then there is an incremental step to that as well. And that's what we'll test today. PowerColor released a Radeon HD 4850 graphics card with, get this ... 2 GB memory. That certainly brings a smile to my face, as if anything, I like innovation.
But even yours truly is going .. "Hmmm, that's not gonna work, is it?".
You can read the review right here:
Samsung America, announced the launch of the new Series 9 LED LCD HDTV. The 2008 flagship Series 9, Samsung's 2nd generation LCD HDTV to use LED SmartLighting technology, offers consumers the powerful combination of LED and 120Hz technologies, resulting in a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for a crisp, full HD 1080p picture.
The Series 9 is also distinguished by Samsung's new addition to the art-inspired ToC (Touch of Color) design
The folks at Hitachi launched a pair of CinemaStar drives for users of DVRs and any other computer or device that needs to run for long periods of time. The 1TB 7K1000.B relies on the same basic design as its normal DeskStar counterpart but is tuned to run all day and in harsher conditions. The new version is both more resilient against high temperatures as well as modified to run more quietly while it seeks data on the drive. The disk further borrows power optimization tricks from Hitachi's notebook drives to cut down on its energy draw.
The capacity is twice as much as for the previous best CinemaStar and is enough to hold 247 hours of HD video in MPEG-4, Hitachi says, also noting that it can handle as many as ten data streams at once. The 7K1000.B should be ready in August at an unlisted price.
For smaller devices, the company is also launching the 5K320. The slower, 5,400RPM disk holds 320GB and shares much of the same heat and power behavior as its larger-capacity sibling. It appears slightly later and ships in September.
MSI confirmed that it would raise the official price of its Wind mini notebook by an average of $50. A base model with a three-cell battery pack now costs $499 while a longer-lasting six-cell version costs $549.
The company has had "no choice" but to increase the price as the raw manufacturing costs for the battery and other notebook materials have increased significantly, according to an MSI official. Retailers such as Buy.com are being asked to cancel orders at the original prices to avoid facing sanctions from the PC builder.
The Wind was set to be one of the least expensive mini notebooks available and undercut multiple Eee PCs and similar models despite its 1.6GHz Atom processor, 80GB drive and 10-inch screen, which put it at the top end of the system category. These increases reduce the gap between the Wind and same-size opponents like the $649 Eee PC 1000H and are compounded further by unofficial increases by resellers hoping to expand their own profits. A six-cell Wind now sells for $599 at some retailers.
It's unknown whether the cost increase will spread to other mini notebook designers that may share similar parts.
You are a member of a special forces team. It's your job to check what's happen in eastern europe, because many military forces accumulate in one area. In the later game, you find out that the others examine an old alien space ship from earlier space invaders which is bury in the deep earth.
But something go wrong...
Chaintech released new Apogee GT Blazer DDR3 1800MHz 4GB memory kits with 8-8-8-24 latencies and a voltage of 1.8V.
What makes this memory module a true DDR3 masterpiece? It performs not only high data rate but also is of low voltage as 1.8v to achieve a beautiful balance between higher system performance and reliability. Dual modules packaged in 4GB kit, APOGEE GT DDR3 1800 of CL latency of 8-8-8-24 can be easily utilized for increasing the operation efficiency for power users.
APOGEE GT Blazer DDR3 1800 4GB kit has earned a performance over 28.8GB/sec on the EVEREST Memory bandwidth read and write test, providing the excellent level professional memory product quality. In addition, in accordance to the high speed of 1800MHz, the cooling performance is particularly enhanced by its famous bridge-alike, patent-pending Cool It Smart
We're slowly moving to that moment where AIBs have had long enough time to develop & customize the new Radeon HD 4000 products. Force3D just announced that both their radeon HD 4850 and 4870 will be available soon in a Accelero Twin Turbo - Black Editon cooling fan. And I have to admit, that's looking pretty dandy with it's four heatpipes.
The cooler was recently announced by Arctic Cooling. Here's the card pixelated:
The SB750 is somewhat of a white light of hope for overclockers wanting to push AMD Phenom CPU's to the limit. In preliminary tests it appears that the SB750 can enable even original B2 based Phenoms like the 9600 BE to overclock far more readily than has previously been possible while using lower voltages.
This is Asus's first board based on the new chipset, combining the 790FX Northbridge and SB750 Southbridge.
AMD AM2+ / AM2 CPU Support
AMD 790FX + SB750
DDR2 1066* / 800 / 667 / 533
* DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ CPU only
System Bus -
Up to 5200 MT/s HT3 interface
Expansion Slots -
4 * PCIe 2.0 x 16
2 * PCI
6 x SATA 3Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support
1 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Form factor -
Claiming an index of 120 billion websites, which they suggest is three times more than Google currently does.
There are some visual differences, mainly to do with layouts displaying results in columns.
HIS has been working on a new cooler for the pretty hot Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 products. They are almost ready with the ICEQ4 model. The new ICEQ4 model has a two copper heatpipes based cooling system. As always the design is dual-slot (two slots) even features gold plated DVI connectors.
HIS expects the products to the market in August. Would be great to see some custom 3rd party cooled Radeon HD 4000 series products. This by the way is the Radeon HD 4850.
NVIDIA just launched the GeForce
8800 9800 GT.
As expected there's nothing really special about this product as it is nothing else other than a rebadged GeForce 8800 GT. In fact the specifications are too close to call a difference in performance whatsoever.
The product will be have 112 Shader processor-enabled, still be based on the 65nm G92 GPU and have the same frequencies and specs as the 8800 GT counterpart.
So confusing ...
The one thing that did change is that Nvidia's board partners can play around with a customized PCB and choose to make something really special. Think here in an optimized PCB, different PCB colors and next to that somewhat more exotic cooling methods. This first AIB press-relases are already coming in. I'll post an overview of the new boards tomorrow.
|GeForce 8800 GT||GeForce 9800 GT|
|Stream (Shader) Processors||112||112|
|Core Clock (MHz)||600||600|
|Shader Clock (MHz)||1512||1512|
|Memory Clock (MHz) x2||900||900|
|Memory amount||512 MB||512 MB|
|Two Dual link DVI||Yes||Yes|
Today NVIDIA launches a new budget product. It's called the GeForce 9500 GT and pretty much is the GeForce 8600 GT yet made at a 65nm fab. The good thing is that the card is real cheap, even better is that we have been promised that the card will be faster than that two year old GeForce 8600 GT at half the price.
The card we'll test is an actual retail sample from the folks at Galaxy technology. This is the Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclock edition by the way.
There's a new NVIDIA GeForce driver out, this time with build 177.79.
This driver is available for both Windows XP and Vista in 32 and 64-bit versions.
This driver set is commonly distributed on many websites and it is receiving pretty good feedback. Bare in mind this to be considered an official beta driver, use it at your own risk though.
There are several discussion open on these drivers in the Guru3D NVIDIA driver forums, check them here. Driver wise, pretty much any GeForce graphics card build in the last 3 years is supported. We have virus & pest checked these drivers and they are scanned as clean. if you decide to give these a try, please post your feedback in this thread.
NVIDIA launches a new budget product. It's called the GeForce 9500 GT and pretty much is the GeForce 8600 GT yet made under a smaller 65nm fab. The good thing is that the card is is real cheap, even better is that we have been promised that the card will be faster than that two year old GeForce 8600 GT. The card we'll test is an actual retail sample from the folks at Galaxy technology. This is the Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclock edition by the way.
It's rumored that NVIDIA is slowly prepping an entire move towards 55nm chip fabrication.
We already noticed that the new GeForce 9800 GTX+'s (G92b) chip is at 55 nm. Today the silent introduction of the G96 aka GeForce 9500 GT will take place (55nm). And as it seems, the GeForce 9600 GT will receive the die shrink as well.
Other than the a smaller chip-die size, the 55-nm silicon will have no new improvements Then again, typically 55-nm runs much cooler, so who know what gain on overclock you guys will see.
I can't help it, but yeah .. I'm again looking forward to the next installment of the game series. EA are planning to launch the open beta test for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 soon, and in order to allow gamers to check if their PC's will be able to run the game, EA has revealed the first details on the system requirements.
Gas Powered Games has a new trailer available for Demigod, they fighting, RTS hybrid for the PC. This new project is called Demigod and is being described as an amalgamation of action, RPG and RTS genres. More importantly, the game revolves around a multiplayer experience. While GPG did mention plans to incorporate a single-player mode, nothing was revealed on the subject at this time.
For those who are unacquainted with the mechanics of DotA, here's how the whole thing works. The key facet of DotA is that players control a single Hero unit, each of which has a variety of unique abilities and is able to level up by taking out AI-controlled enemies across the map. This provides the groundwork for Demigod. You can forget about the worn-out gameplay principals of managing swarms of units and gathering as much resources to outperform your enemies.
This should be fairly good bang for bucks. Intel is planning to release a Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor on the 31st of August. The processor is clocked at 2.33GHz CPU.
Obviously the quaddie will have a 1333 MHz FSB and 4MB of cache memory. Ruumored it that the CPU will sell for a wholesale price of $224 (that's per 1000 CPUs). By doing so the Q8200 will be the cheapest 45nm quad-core that money can get you. Both the Q9300 with its 2.5GHz clock and Q9400 with 2.66GHz clock will remain selling at ~ $266.
It should be a fairly intersting product, especially when you consider these processers typically can be tweaked and oerclocked to really good clocks.