Archive for June 2011

AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.6 CAP2

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Grab the latest AMD Catalyst Application Profiles 11.6 CAP2 (June 30). These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support. Currently there is no release notes or information available at this time on this Catalyst Application Profile update but we do know that Alice Madness Returns is supported.

We have a discussion thread open over here.


GELID Tranquillo Rev. 2 CPU Cooler

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GELID Solutions unveils the upgraded version of the multi-award winning Tranquillo CPU cooler which is a product of GELID Solutions SILENT product line. GELID Solutions brings the Tranquillo to the next level. As with the previous edition the Rev. 2 Tranquillo uses 4 power heat pipes and a unique heat pipe constellation to achieve the best in class heat transfer from the CPU core to the aluminum fins.

The heat pipe constellation was further optimized to prevent any conflict from any components on the latest mainboards. The new AMD clip enables to install the cooler in four directions (4x90

Corsair ships Force Series GT Solid-State Drives

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As if the Force 3 SSD is not fast enough, Corsair today announced the first shipments of the Force Series GT line of solid-state drives.

The new Force Series GT is designed for enthusiasts who demand the fastest performance available. It uses the new SandForce SF-2280 SSD Processor, with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3), combined with ONFI synchronous flash memory. Force Series GT SSDs deliver outstanding read/write performance and significantly faster system response, boot times, and application load times than SATA 2 solid-state drives, with out-of-box performance of up to 85K Random Write IOPS, read speeds of up to 555 MB/s, and write speeds of up to 525 MB/s.

The use of synchronous flash memory makes the Force GT Series particularly adept at reading and writing non-compressible data, such as video and music files. All Force Series GT models are also backward compatible with SATA 2, and include an easy-to-use 3.5" adapter for use in both notebook and desktop PCs.

Force Series GT SSDs are currently shipping to Corsair's network of authorized distributors and retailers worldwide and will be available in July at a US suggested retail price of $149 USD for the 60GB model and $279 USD for the 120GB model. Note that stated capacities are unformatted and actual capacities will vary depending on the formatting and operating system used.

Three New Budget ViewSonic Monitors Released

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ViewSonic released three new budget monitors, their names being VA1948m-LED, VA2248-LED and VA2448-LED.

the monitors have screen diagonal sizes of 19.5 inches, 21.5 inches and 23.6 inches, respectively. Also, the first of the three features a native resolution of 1,440 x 900 pixels, while the other two are Full HD-ready (1,920 x 1,080 pixels).

Most of the rest of the specifications sheet is the same for all three, with a response time of 5 ms, a glossy black frame, D-Sub and DVI inputs and a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1.

The VA1948m-LED, VA2248-LED and VA2448-LED are priced at 119 Euro, 145 Euro and 179 Euro, respectively, and sell with three-year warranties. Prospective buyers will be pleased to know that power saving technologies have been implemented (there is an ECO Mode feature) and earned them one or more of EPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR 5.0, and TCO 5.1 certifications.

GPU-Z v0.5.4 released

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GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

0.5.4 changelist:

  • Considerably improved startup time on ATI cards, faster on NVIDIA, too
  • Improved rendering on high-DPI screens
  • Fixed ROP count reading on AMD Radeon HD 6790, Turks & Whistler
  • Fixed sensor count on Caicos, Whistler, Turks
  • Fixed OpenCL detection on some NVIDIA drivers
  • Memory size reading support for AMD Fusion GPUs
  • Added die size and transistor count for GF108, GF114, Turks, Caicos
  • Added detection for more Intel Sandy Bridge GPUs
  • Added detection for variants of GT 220, GTS 450
  • Added detection for faked cards based on GTS 250, 9600 GT, NV41M
  • Added detection for GeForce GTX 560 non-Ti, GT 520, GF116 based GTS 450, GT 550M, GeForce 315, GeForce 405, Quadro 2000 & 6000
  • Added detection for GeForce GTX 560M, GT 555M, GT 550M, GTX 540M, GT 525M, GT 520M, GTX 415M, GT 410M, Quadro 1000M, NVS 4200M
  • Added detection for GT218 based ION 2 / 9300 GS / 8400 GS / 405 / NVS 300
  • Added detection for HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6850M, HD 6970M, HD 6670M, HD 6650M, HD 6330M, FirePro 2260


Arctic Freezer 13 Continuous Operation CPU Coolers

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Arctic introduced two new CPU coolers specifically designed for gaming/enthusiast PCs that stay on 24x7, or for "continuous operation".

Two models are released, the bigger Freezer 13 Pro CO and smaller Freezer 13 CO, designed for thermal loads of up to 300W and 200W, respectively. The 24x7-readiness comes from the fans, that use dual ball-bearing and are designed to be less sensitive to dust. Arctic claims that the fans used are 5 times more durable than generic fans. Both are aluminum fin tower-type heatsinks that consist of U-shaped copper heat pipes that pass through a copper base, conveying heat to the arms that pass through the aluminum fin stack.

Measuring 134L x 96W x 159H mm, and weighing 893 g, the Freezer 13 Pro CO uses a 120 mm fan that spins at 300 - 1350 RPM, pushing 49.7 CFM of air through the heatsink. It also uses a 50 mm blower that sits on top of the CPU base, which resembles the blowers found in single-slot VGA coolers, it spins at speeds of 700 - 2700 RPM, blowing air in all directions, cooling the components around the CPU socket such as VRM, memory, and northbridge. It uses four copper heat pipes that pass through the heat fins in a uniform file. The Freezer 13 Pro CO is priced at US $58.32.

At 706 g, measuring 123 L x 96 W x 130 H mm, the smaller Freezer 13 CO uses a 92 mm fan that spins at 600 - 2000 RPM, pushing 36.4 CFM of air through the fin stack. The stack itself is a lot more compact than the one on the Pro variant, heat is fed to it by four copper heat pipes. This cooler goes for $43.71. Both coolers have a film of Arctic MX-4 thermal compound pre-applied, both are backed by 6 years warranty. That should tell you something about the durability of the fans, to put up with 6 years of grueling 24x7 operation [via tpu]

Razer Transformers 3 branded gaming gear

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Razer has announced Transformers 3 themed gaming gear; it includes DeathAdder mice, Vespula mousepads and laptop sleeve cases. You can view the full lineup over here.

The dark war between the Autobots and Decepticons comes to Earth. Prepare for battle with a powerful Razer Collector's Edition gaming suite including a Razer DeathAdder, Razer Vespula, and a Laptop Sleeve Case by Razer. All these products come designed in the striking colors of iconic Transformers to give your gaming a heavy dose of intense robot power.

AMD Bulldozer to offer adjustable TDP

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AMD's Bulldozer Opteron processors will reportedly feature an adjustable TDP.  The technology will allow customers to regulate TDPs in order to balance power consumption and performance of data centers says X-bitlabs

Today's AMD Opteron processors allow turning off processor states in order to reduce power consumption, though that ultimately can lead to somewhat lower performance. Still, some large server users value power efficiency higher than pure performance. AMD promises that code-named Interlagos and Valencia will be able to reduce the TDP and maintain performance level of the chips.

"With today

IE10 Platform Preview 2

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Microsoft has just released IE10 Platform Preview 2. The download, which is now live on the IE test drive site, is the latest offering from Microsoft for the new platform. IE10 is the follow up to generally well received IE9, which was released only a couple months ago; platform preview 2 is the follow up to platform preview 1, which was released about 11 weeks ago.

  • Beautiful and interactive Web applications are easier to deliver with support for several new technologies like CSS3 Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners and initial support for HTML5 Forms.
  • HTML5 Application performance improves across the board, as well as the ability to deliver better performance with more efficient use of battery life with new technologies like Web Workers with Channel
  • Messaging, Async script support, and others. Web application se

AMD A8-3850 APU and A75 motherboard chipset review

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Combine the power of a CPU and a GPU then tie a Northbridge into that product and boom -- AMD calls the end product an APU. We take a look at the AMD A8-3850 APU in combination with the new A75 motherboard chipset. Let's have a peek at what AMD brings to the table.

Check out the full review right here.

AMD A8 Series APU - 3850


AMD A8-3850 APU review

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Combine the power of a CPU and a GPU then tie a Northbridge into that product and boom -- AMD calls the end product an APU. We take a look at the AMD A8-3850 APU in combination with the new A75 motherboard chipset. Let's have a peek at what AMD brings to the table.

Patriot Wildfire SSD

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Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announced it is now shipping their new Wildfire series solid-state drives powered by a new SandForce SSD processor. The Patriot Wildfire series obliterates expectations of storage devices and delivers enterprise-like performance to consumer desktops and notebooks.

The Wildfire series utilizes the new SandForce SF-2200 processor enabling it to shatter previous SSD performance records with up to a blazingly-fast 555 MB/s sequential read and up to 520 MB/s sequential write speeds all backed by a SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface.

"The Patriot Wildfire is the fastest SSD drive we have ever released," says William Lai, Patriot Memory's Product Manager. "Although we are a bit late to market, we wanted to ensure that the technology was rock-solid. We are confident with the latest firmware, Patriot

ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 offers two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots

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ASRock reveals the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3, the first motherboard to support the PCI Express 3.0 standard. The mainboard uses the PLX PEX8608 bridge chip to deliver two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, and it also comes with four USB 3.0 ports and a number of SATA 6Gbps ports.
PCI Express 3.0 season is coming. The new PCIe 3.0 configuration offers more bandwidth to enable faster communication between components inside a system. The world of gaming moves fast. Can your motherboard offer a viable way to play the heavy-loading games? Designed for gamers and advanced users, the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 brings the best package for smooth gameplay. It is the world

EVGA reveals tripple gaming mousepads

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EVGA is making weird moves all of the sudden, anyhow ..  EVGA supplements its lineup with three new gaming mousepads. These mousemats offers a rigid metal-coated surface and a non-slip rubber base. Size is 14" x 10.25" and MSRP is $14.99.
EVGA has now added high performance mouse surfaces to its award winning product lineup! These are no ordinary throw away mats, the specially designed metal coated surface delivers minimal friction and maximum precision for both laser and optical mice. Pick up one of these EVGA mouse surfaces and you will be pwning in no time!

EVGA Gaming Surfaces features:

  • 100% Engineered for Gamers
  • Designed for Laser and Optical Mice
  • Non-Slip Rubber Base for Maximum Grip
  • Specially Designed Surface Offers Minimal Friction
  • Rigid Surface can go the extra mile, and more
  • Dimensions: 14" x 10.25

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M and 570M for laptops

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0 ImageNVIDIA introduced its most powerful laptop graphics cards yet; the GeForce GTX 580M and GeForce GTX 570M. The 580M looks like a mobile version of the GF114, it has 384 CUDA cores, 620MHz core, 1240MHz shaders, 256-bit memory bus and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 3GHz.

The GeForce GTX 570M likely has the same silicon, but with 336 CUDA cores, 575MHz core, 1150MHz shaders, 192-bit memory bus, and 1.5GB or 3GB GDDR5 clocked at 3GHz. Both chips support NVIDIA's Optimus technology but the company hasn't disclosed power consumption data yet.

Dell's Alienware M18x is the first laptop with these new GPUs.
NVIDIA today announced the world's fastest notebook graphics processing unit (GPU)(i), the NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 580M. Available now in the Alienware M18x, the new GPU sets new standards in industry leading benchmarks and games. It will also be available soon in the Alienware M17x notebook along with NVIDIA Optimus(TM) technology.

"The best game support. The best gaming features. The best gaming performance available anywhere. That's the essence of the GeForce GTX 580M," said Rene Haas, general manager of notebook products at NVIDIA. "With power like this, you can turn all the knobs to 11."

The first notebook PC to feature the GeForce GTX 580M, the Alienware M18x offers the option of two GeForce GTX 580M GPUs in one system for up to double the gaming performance, using NVIDIA SLI(R) technology. Not to be outdone, the Alienware M17x will offer the GeForce GTX 580M along with NVIDIA Optimus(TM) technology and will deliver 5 hours of battery life in Facebook, and 100 frames per second performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

"Gamers aspire to experience games at their highest settings," says Eddy Goyanes, product marketing manager for Alienware. "Alienware activates the technology designed to enable those aspirations. With the launch of the GeForce GTX 580M on the Alienware M17x, and a dual card option on the M18x, that synergy continues -- Alienware delivers the ultimate gaming experience."

GeForce GTX 580M GPUs are the fastest Microsoft DirectX 11 notebook GPUs on the market, offering up to six times the tessellation performance of any other notebook GPU.(ii) They are also more efficient, with up to 20 percent better performance per watt than the previous generation.(iii)

NVIDIA also introduced the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M GPU, which offers 20 percent faster performance than the previous generation product it replaces.(iv)

The power of GeForce GTX GPUs means gamers can play at full 1080p high-definition resolutions with the advanced technology features that set GeForce GPUs apart from the competition.

Google Android growing at 500,000 per day

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Google's Andy Rubin revealed the search giant is now activating 500,000 Android smartphones and tablets per day!
Google's Android mobile operating system is growing like a proverbial weed, and is poised to get a new member to the company's vaunted Nexus family of smartphones.

Android creator Andy Rubin announced that he is now seeing 500,000 Android smartphones and tablets activated each day. That's up from 400,000 activations Rubin copted to in May at Google I/O and 300,000 he tweeted about last December.

Gigabyte A75 Llano motherboards

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Gigabyte as well intro's its line of AMD A75 based motherboards for the Llano desktop APUs. It includes the GA-A75-UD4H, GA-A75-D3H, GA-A75-DS3P, GA-A75M-UD2H, GA-A75M-D2H, GA-A75M-S2V, and GA-A75N-USB3 mainboards.

GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched its latest series of motherboards supporting the new AMD A75 series chipsets, and the latest AMD A-Series APUs (codenamed Llano) that are set to take the world by storm with the best graphics performance ever seen on an onboard graphicsprocessor. GIGABYTE A75 based motherboards offer DIY PC builders and integrators a new world of 3D and multimedia performance with the most scalable, and best value upgrade path imaginable.

"At GIGABYTE, we are delighted to bring to market this new and exciting motherboard range, delivering our renowned durability and exceptional feature support to AMD's ground breaking APU technology," commented Henry Kao, VP of Worldwide Service and Marketing at GIGABYTE. "As well as bringing AMD A-Series technology to DIY users who demand excellent gaming and multimedia performance on a budget, these motherboards also offer a compelling upgrade path that includes Dual Graphics configurations."

GIGABYTE A75 Series Feature Highlights

AMD A-Series APU Support
GIGABYTE A75 series boards features an AMD A75 'Hudson' chipset supporting the latest 32 nanometer AMD A-Series APUs or Accelerated Processor Units. These processors are the first ever to combine a DX11-capable, high performance graphics processor with a choice of a dual or quad core CPU in one silicon die, offering a 3D gaming and multimedia experience similar to a discrete graphics configuration.

AMD A-Series Graphics: Discrete-class Onboard Graphics
Supporting Microsoft

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 review

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The world of Solid State storage technology is full of surprises and the development rate is exceedingly progressive. As such we today test the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2.

Let me just throw some numbers at you to get that tickly in your belly ; 1500 MB/s maximum read performance, or what about 1250 MB/s maximum write performance ? No that still didn't do it for you ... well what about 200.000 IOPS (4K writes) ? Yeah that is where we have arrived in the year 2011.  It's insanely fast, it will be insanely expensive but it is most definitely insanely sexy.

Check out this exclusive review right here.

OCZ RevoDrive X2


Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade

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Enhance your copy of Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade. A three-part release, the Ultra Upgrade introduces tessellation to Cryteks first-person shooter and upgrades a whole host of graphical effects.

ECS AMD A75 Motherboards Announced

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With AMD Llano APUs soon on sale ECS will have a total of three mainboards powered by the A75 chipset, for the moment at least.

They carry the names of A75F-M, A75F-M2 and A75F-A (Black Deluxe) and are of the micro-ATX form factor, except for the third one, which is of the full ATX variety.

The A75F-M features 4 DDR3 memory slots, as well as six SATA 6.0 Gbps connectors, one PCI Express x16 port (for graphics cards) and four USB 3.0 ports, plus 8 channel audio (with S/PDIF) and three display outputs (D-Sub, HDMI and DVI).

Meanwhile, the A75F-M2 has only 2 DDR3 RAM slots, the same number of USB 3.0 connectors as above, 6 SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, one PCI Express x16 slot of its own and 6 channel audio, plus HDMI and D-Sub (DVI is optional).

As for the A75F-A Black Deluxe, it has five SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA, one PCI Express x16 slot, 8 channel audio with S/PDIF and four DDR3 RAM slots.

AMD to phase out Phenom II fast

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With all the new APU's and FX processors on the horizon AMD will  phase out older processors fast, VR-Zone reports that the Phenom II's are the first ones to go as AMD is expecting to have phased them out entirely by Q3, although this might have been shifted by a quarter by now, since as you can see, AMD expected to have both the A-series and the new FX-series out in the market at Q2, while they're only just making that date for the A-series:

"That said it's fairly certain we can expect the Phenom II's to be gone by Q4 this year and the Athlon II's are following the same destiny, although they might still be around early next year in small quantities if there's still demand for them.

By Q1 next year, unless of course AMD decided to delay its plans by a quarter, all we're left with is the E-series at the entry-level, the A-series as AMD's main product and the FX-series being AMD's enthusiast platform having what AMD seems to expect, a similar share with the E-series of its total shipments.

The current E-series of APUs will also be phased out with the single core E-240 being the first to go in Q4, having been replaced by the dual core E-300 model in Q3. The E-350 will hang around until Q1 2012, although it's more powerful sibling, the E-450 should launch in Q3 as well and it's going to be the really interesting part to watch as although it's only 50MHz faster it will feature an improved graphics core and support for faster DDR3 1333MHz memory.

On a side note, only AMD's A-series of APU's will support Blu-ray 3D playback, so if you're planning on building an HTPC based on the E-series, think again if you want to watch Blu-ray 3D content. This includes the socket FM1 E2-3200 as well, but overall it's a minor consideration for most consumers.

Google getting Steamy ...

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CVG reports Google is poised to move into the gaming market with a new division called Games at Google. Some details about the project are revealed in a job ad:

Here's the full product manager job description for Google Games: "Rare opportunity to grow a brand-new business - Games at Google! We are looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy."

"You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more. In addition to designing a great user experience and building out key partnerships, you will be significantly influencing Google's social platform as you work directly with a critical set of early adopters, game developers."

"Interesting and impactful decisions involving social gaming, privacy, virality, business, and technical APIs await you and the strong, passionate team of gamers you will work with."

Enermax releases U.R. VEGAS USB fan

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Typically we do not write about case fans, but the Enermax ones .. they sure are something special.

Enermax shows off the U.R. VEGAS, a new 120mm USB fan with 18 red LEDs and 7 light effects. The fan features a special magnetic skin pad, providing mobility and flexibility by enabling you to attach it wherever you need extra cooling. The U.R. VEGAS will arrive in July for around $20.
Think outside the case. Cooling fan is no longer stationary and hidden inside the case. U.R.VEGAS breaks the rule by special designed magnetic skin pad and USB power. U.R.VEGAS provides mobility and flexibility with its magnetic skin pad. It can be attached onto case and moved easily to anywhere that needs extra cooling. With 18 LEDs, the U.R.VEGAS not only shines 4 times brighter than other fans, but also has 7 switchable lighting effects for users to enjoy the fabulous light show.

U.R.VEGAS features patented Twister Bearing, which is a magnetic bearing type that does not deteriorate from abrasion like mechanical bearings, such as Sleeve or Ball-Bearings. Twister Bearing fans have long MTBF of 100K hours and low noise. For the safety purpose, a stylish fan guard is included with the package.

  • Series: U.R.VEGAS
  • Size: 120mm
  • Item No. UCUR12-R
  • Blades centering the light to increase brightness
  • 18 red LEDs
  • Color: Red (color identical to skin pad and blades)
  • 7 light modes
  • Speed (rpm): 1250
  • Noise (dBA): 21
  • Airflow (CFM): 52.51
  • Airflow (m3/h): 89.21
  • Connector: USB connector
  • Accessory: Fan guard

DirectX 11 Package Crysis 2 Video

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Yesterday the DirectX 11 Tessellation Package For Crysis 2 was released, I spotted this youtube video demonstrating the new eye-candy when you use the new patch / HR texture pack. Check 'r out: