Archive for December 2009

Thermaltake Element V Nvidia Edition

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Thermaltake announced its collaboration with Nvidia to design and engineer the Element V Nvidia Edition, certified for the next-generation of ultra-high performance graphic card based on the most advanced GPU computing architecture, code named Fermi.

Press-release: Nvidia shares Thermaltake  commitment to ensure enthusiast community receives the best possible products that delivers performance that is both exciting and second-to-none,

Guru3D Rig of the Year 2009

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Guru3D Rig of the Year 2009

Out of all the collected entries, each month here at we select a user submitted rig of the month. This year we started with some sponsoring with a little help from OCZ to make this segment of the website a little more interesting. Each rig of the month will receive a prize starting December 2009, but we just decided on what out of the 2009 entries we here at feel is the rig of the year.

First off, I like to thank each and everyone who submitted their rig in this contest. The voting system we initially used was showing a discrepancy, as such we decided to judge ourselves.

The winner of the Rig of the Year will receive a spanking new shiny 120GB OCZ Vertex Solid State Disk shipped to the winners home address for free.

vertexSSD[1].jpgThe OCZ Vertex Series delivers the performance and reliability of SSDs at a lower price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. The OCZ Vertex Series is the result of all the latest breakthroughs in SSD technology, including the first model on the market to use the Indilinx Barefoot controller, blazing read/write speeds, and 64MB of onboard cache (read our review).

Without further ado -- the winner of the 2009 Rig of the year is Mark Doney - with the March 2009 Rig of the Month entry. Congratulations mark. Check out Mark's rig here.

Geil DDR3 Black Dragon gaming Series Memory

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Geil (Golden Emperor International Ltd) is about to release two new memory kits labeled under the DDR3 Gaming Series Black Dragon series. These are triple channel kits and thus designed for X58 motherboards.

The Gaming Series DDR3 Black Dragon Triple Channel Kits will be available for the full range of speed with enhanced performance and stability by GeILs' DBT - Die-hard Burn-in Technology.

Available Speeds:

  • 1066 MHz CL7&8, 1333 MHz CL6, 7&9, 1600 MHz CL7,8&9,
  • 1800 MHz CL7, 8&9, 2000 MHz CL8&9, 2133 MHz CL9

Available Capacities:

  • 3GB (1GBx3) & 6GB (2GBx3) Triple Channel Kit Retail Package
  • PCB: 8-Layer Black Dragon PCB with dual red LED
  • Technology: Die-hard Burn-in Technology
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Danamics LMX cooler gets tested

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Much discussed for the usage of poisonous liquid metal the Danamics LMX liquid metal cooler got tested. This is the second attempt from Danamics at a processor cooler that uses liquid metal cooling technology.

The product is still gonna fail as it's as expensive as a good water-cooling kit yet still has a hard time battling off three to four times cheaper high-end air based CPU coolers. With a price tag of around 170EUR it makes more sense to invest in something else and the heck away from it.

"The Danamics LMX liquid metal cooler is one of those products that doesn't currently have a niche, that isn't to say that there will never be one, just that at the moment there is still a well defined line between high end air cooling and decent water cooling. In theory, the LMX should have fallen somewhere between the two camps, making itself a spot and satisfying demand. The problem that we have is that although the LMX does beat the rest of the high-end air-cooled pack, it doesn't do it by a significant enough margin for it to be a viable proposition for most people. Cost is a significant factor and at

Cruden Hexatech race car simulator

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There you have it .. the ultimate race car simulator ! About the closest I come to racing is being stuck in traffic and making race car noises with my mouth. All that can change for the low low price of $191,000. Wait what?  The Cruden Hexatech racing simulator is so realisitc it gives feedback onchassis, track, tire and suspension settings, drive trains, aero load, aero draft, steering, brakes, and various driver aids.  The racing simulator comes with three 42 inch LCD screens. But really if you are going to shell out that kinda dough you might as well go all out and go for a projector setup.

We got a video on it.

AMD to release two six-core processors

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We all know that AMD is preparing hexa-core consumer processors for the  April~June timeframe in 2010. According to rumors on the web AMD will release not one but two of them.

Thge processors are obviously based on the Thuban architecture (Istanbul chips for servers) are compatible with socket AM3 and will have integrated dual-channel PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory controllers. We believe that Thuban processors will keep the AMD Phenom II brand name but like will be tagged as Phenom II X6 processors. The processors would feature 3MB L2 cache (512KB per core) and 6MB of L3 cache. The chips will be made using 45nm SOI fabrication process and though unconfirmed we expect them to run at roughly 3 GHz as the current server hexacore chips operate at 2.80 GHz already.

SMall guru note: Thuban is actually a star in the constellation of Draco. It also means

Nokia claims virtually all Apple devices violate its patents

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A new mudfight is coming up inbetween two giants in mobile land. Nokia filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) saying almost all of the company's products violate its patents not just the Apple iPhone. According to Reuters, Nokia believes Apple's iPhone, iPods and computers all violate its intellectual property rights.

Nokia filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents in "virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers" sold. The seven patents at issue relate to Nokia technology being used by Apple to create features in user interface, camera, antenna and power management technologies, it said in a statement.

A Nokia spokesman said the firm expected the ITC to decide whether to pursue the case in around 30 days. Any possible injunction against the sale of Apple products with regard to the alleged patent infringement would not happen until early 2011.

Intel price cuts in January 2010?

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According to a recent roadmap along with the introduction of some new Intel processors the overall prices might go down as well.  Intel will roll out Core i5-670/661/660/650 on January 3rd priced at $284, $196/$196 and $176 respectively.

Also on January 3rd Core i3-540 and 530 chips will be launched priced at $133 and $113. The site says Intel will also introduce a LGA-1156 Pentium G9650 on the 3rd priced at $87. On Jan 17th, Intel will then introduce a new Core 2 Quad Q9500 clocked at 2.83GHz with 6MB of L2 cache. On that same day Intel will also roll out the 3.06GHz Pentium E6600 at $84, while the E6500 will see its price reduced to $74. The Pentium E5400 will also get a price cut, going from $74 to $64 on the 17th.

ATI teases with new GPU video clip

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ATI uploaded a new video on their Youtube channel which reveals nothing other than the fact that ATI has a new GPU coming in January 2010. We expect to see the light of the 5500 series being released in that timeframe though. Check it out:

VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard review

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VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard review

Today we review a product called the VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Laser Trackball. This is an all-round HTPC keyboard with a very wide RF range and embedded trackball. Very handy stuff to use in your home theatre environment

Check out the Guru3D review right here.

Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard


Realtek HD Audio 2.39 Driver Released

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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 R2.39

    Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
    1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275
    2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, 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)
    6. Add/Fix
        1.) Driver :
            1. Customizations.


Radeon HD 5500 series GPUs by February 2010

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0 ImageWe talked about it before, but it seems that AMD will launch the 40nm Radeon HD 5570/5670 (Redwood) and Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) GPUs by the end of January or early February 2010.

Though yields of TSMC's 40nm process have reportedly improved, but capacity is still too low to fully service both ATI and NVIDIA. In related news, although Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 40nm process yields have already improved, capacity is still not sufficient to supply the two GPU giants fully which may have an impact the launch schedules, the sources added.