Archive for June 2012
Panasonic president Kazuhiro Tsuga told the press that cheap OLED TVs aren't likely to hit the market for a "considerable time".
The take home message? Don't expect to hang up a brand new $300 OLED TV on your wall by the end of 2013.
The strategic Sony-Panasonic partnership is the result of pressure being applied by Korean-based electronics manufacturers, LG and Samsung. This year, both companies unveiled their own large-screen OLED televisions. Working together, Sony and Panasonic hope to minimize the effects of their head start.
Interestingly, Sony pioneered OLED technology. The company actually sold OLED televisions during 2007 and 2008, but halted production after both consumers and industry were spooked by financial uncertainty. Sony's 1080p, 27-inch OLED units sold for around $2000.
Adobe announced its ending Flash Player support for Android. Users of Android 4.1 handsets will not receive Flash support, and as of August 15th, the company will pull the Flash Player plugin from the Google Play store. More details at Adobe.
Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed. Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.
The easiest way to ensure ongoing access to Flash Player on Android 4.0 or earlier devices is to use certified devices and ensure that the Flash Player is either pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play Store before August 15th. If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Future updates to Flash Player will not work. We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.
Cooler Master releases a new $49.99 compact case; the Elite 120 Advanced. Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, and peripheral solution provider is proud to announce the all new Elite 120 Advanced. The Elite 120 answers the call for an elegant MITX size chassis that supports the best hardware available. A modern solution for the space conscious, the Elite 120 has been designed for high performance with an attention to detail.
A Compact Surprise
Elite 120 Advanced is the most compact, yet fully featured chassis for MITX applications. An understated, brushed aluminum front panel shelters a powerful 120mm fan intake. Cooler Master engineered the Elite 120 Advanced to fit in the most diminutive of spaces with the absolute maximum supported hardware. A pleasing, conservative design belies the true performance contained within the Elite 120 Advanced.
Brilliant Interior Design
Offering no compromises, Elite 120 Advanced is marked as the benchmark for a brilliant internal layout. Feel confident with a long 13
Want to watch what your graphics card is doing in your favorite game? Load up the integrated monitoring and see all your graphics card vitals from right inside your game.
Want to setup a custom Fan Curve? Hit the Fan Curve button and set up a custom Fan Slope. Compatible with nearly every EVGA graphics card!
- GPU and Memory Frequency/Clock Offset
- Power Target Control (GeForce GTX 680)
- Frame Rate Target Control
- GPU Voltage Adjustment
- Fan Control/Fan Curve
- Profiling system allowing up to 10 profiles with optional hotkey
- Robust monitoring allowing ingame, system tray, and/or Logitech LCD monitoring
- In game screenshot hotkey, supports BMP, PNG and JPG formats
- Multi-language support: English, Dutch, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian
- Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- GeForce 600, 500, 400 or 200 series graphics card
- Increased upper allowed power limit for power limit adjustment slider on some extreme editions of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series graphics cards
- Added minimum and maximum values to monitoring graphs (only in detached monitoring window mode)
- Fixed incorrect core clock monitoring on GeForce GT 640 series graphics cards
- Fixed incorrect clock monitoring and incorrect boost clock markers rendering after switching from pre-Kepler architecture card to Kepler architecture card on the fly
- Clock and voltage indicators are no longer rendered incorrectly after changing the skins on the fly
- Optimized fan speed indicator rendering on fanless systems
- EVGA On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to version 4.3.4. New version gives you the following improvements:
- Fixed framerate calculation for DirectX10/DirectX11 applications, which actively use presentation testing during rendering (e.g. Max Payne 3)
AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL 32-bit driver for Windows XP
Download AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL 32-bit driver
Download AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL 64-bit driver
One person we have been following closely on his build-log is Eric Soeters from the Netherlands, and although his build still is not 100% finished, it's nearly there and just amazing. He has built the chassis from ground up including some very hard work. The end result is his new PC called the "Exo-S", we'll just leave the explanation and working to the man himself as the only thing that is left after you have seen this build is to clap your hands and yell bravo.
Click here to see the build.
AMD issued a new WHQL-signed Catalyst driver. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, along with Catalyst 12.7 beta, were released on Thursday. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL ships with a wide range of stability optimizations, while 12.7 beta ships with the same, plus performance optimizations for a wide range of games.
With Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, AMD fixed several outstanding bugs such as GPUs with ZeroCore hanging when the system goes to S2/S3 sleep, certain CrossFire setups hanging after cutscenes in Call of Duty: Black Ops, display corruption in Heroes and Generals in DirectX 11 mode, CrossFire + Eyefinity with Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs resulting in BSOD errors, etc. Catalyst 12.7 beta includes all these, plus performance improvements for games, except that it lacks WHQL certification. Optimizations include up to 25% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 15% in Total War: Shogun, 10% in DiRT 3, 6% in Batman: Arkham City, and 3% in Battlefield 3.
A list of changes follows - Resolved Issues:
- AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire configurations + Eyefinity no longer results in a BSOD when launching a DirectX application
- AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations no longer results in a BSOD when using desktop applications
- AMD Catalyst 12.6 includes some additional fixes(not found in the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphics cards for issues related to the GPU hanging when the system goes to sleep. Please ensure that your System BIOS is up to date. Some occurrences of this issue may be related to outdated System BIOS.
- Resolves CrossFire scaling issues seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire
- AMD Catalyst Control Center
Vizio has unveiled the new Cinemawide 58-inch Theater 3D HDTV. What makes this HDTV special is that it has a unique 21:9 aspect ratio, which is optimized for watching widescreen movies.
The Vizio Cinemawide 58-inch Theater 3D HDTV supports a 2560 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 178-degree viewing angle and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000 : 1. The Vizio Cinemawide 58-inch Theater 3D HDTV retails for $2,499. [Vizio]
he Shuttle Barebone XS35V3 is powered by a dual core Intel Atom processor D2700 (Codename: Cedarview) with an integrated Intel GMA 3650 graphics and an Intel NM10 Express chipset. The mini PC supports up to 4GB of RAM, an optical DVD or Blu-ray slim-line drive, and six USB ports. The Shuttle Barebone XS35V3 is compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Additional features include a fanless external power supply, an anti-theft protection, a multi-card reader and the fanless technology that makes the computer more durable and stable. [Shuttle]
Sharkoon introduces the Drakonia gaming laser mouse, a new 29.99EUR mouse with a dragon design, 5000 dpi resolution, 11 programmable keys, onboard memory and weight tuning system. Additionally, the firm also offers the Drakonia DarkGlider gaming mousepad for 9.99EUR.
Sharkoon is expanding their gaming product line with an extravagant looking laser mouse: The Sharkoon Drakonia Gaming Laser Mouse suitably matches its name with its bright green dragon scales and illuminating tribal dragon logo. The ergonomic design and rubberized sides ensure that the associated dragon rider has a comfortable and secure ride during long and turbulent missions.
The fire of the Drakonia burns from within: The AVAGO-ADNS-9500 laser sensor delivers to up 5,000 DPI resolution, 11,750 FPS frame rate, 30 G acceleration and 150 IPS speed. The set DPI rate is always in view of the gamer through the use of four colored LEDs. Low-sense gamers who frequently allow their dragons to be lifted in the air are supported by the Drakonia by its low lift-off distance of up to five millimeters.
The Sharkoon Drakonia can be tamed with its 11 function keys including the 4-way scroll wheel, which with the enclosed software to include the macro-manager can be fully programmable. Software and on-board memory provide numerous configuration options which can be stored in five user profiles. Individual players can also adjust the weight of the mouse: The Weight Tuning System consists of six 5 gram weights. The 180 cm long connection cable has been reinforced by Sharkoon with a textile cover, gold laminate coats the USB plug. A set of replacement sliders is included within packaging.
As a suitable playing surface, Sharkoon also introduces a durable textile mouse pad with the Drakonia design motif. The 355 x 255 x 2.5 mm large pad has a nano-coated playing surface with a nonslip "rubber base" and double stitching around the edges to prevent fraying. Alternatively, a "DarkGlider" mouse pad versions is available with a matching design of Sharkoon's similarly named high-end gamer mouse.
Sharkoon Drakonia Gaming Laser Mouse: MSRP 29.99 euros
Sharkoon Drakonia / DarkGlider Gaming Mouse Mat: MSRP 9.99 euros
Icy Dock shows off the MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard, a new tool-free USB 3.0 and eSATA external 3.5" SATA HDD enclosure with a 80mm fan for cooling.
External enclosures are a great way to have high capacity data storage on the go. Data can also be a critical factor for users in the media business or who work with data centers. Some of the top tier hard drive companies have made their own all in one enclosure with hard drive included. However, one of the known major causes of hard drive failure is due to excessive heat buildup caused by a lack of a proper cooling system. Also, a majority of hard drive manufactures only allow a 1 year warranty on their all in one external hard drives. This can be fatal for someone who has just lost their data and has to spend a significant amount of money in order to recover their data. There are other external enclosures in the market that provide a cooling system to help prevent this, but the physical placement of the cooling system does not always allow for the optimal airflow to cool the hard drive. Going above and beyond, the MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard is the next generation of external enclosures dedicated for maximum performance in cooling.
Elegantly Designed Hardware
The Blizzard has a uniquely designed front panel integrated with a massive 80mm fan for an elegant and nonintrusive design for the best ventilation, all in a single 3.5" hard drive that is installed into the front of the enclosure. There are two important reasons for the particular fan placement and design. First, the MB080U3S-1SB will be able to cool all sides of the hard drive and create only one direction of airflow from the front to the back, where the air then exits. This extends the life of the cooling fan as it only intakes cool cold air and increases the overall cooling efficiency of the hard drive, in comparison to other enclosure cooling designs. Second, the 80mm fan is integrated into the detachable front panel which allows to easily swap your hard drive without any screws or tools to worry about. On the sides, includes two slightly concealed button ejectors that when pressed, will eject the front panel enabling the user to swap the hard drive as needed, similar to popular hard drive docking stations.
Smarter Cooling Functionality
The rear panel comprises of a multitude of defining features coming all together from only the best ideas of our previous external enclosure models. The enclosure has a single LED brightness dial to effortlessly adjust the ambient LED brightness to your preferred liking. To increase the level of functionality, the Blizzard's LED color will turn red when the hard drive temperature is over 50
Grab the new AMD Catalyst Application Profile - 12.7 CAP1 release.
These are the Catalyst profiles for multi-GPU support.
This release of ATI Catalyst delivers support for the latest ATI CrossFireX profiles in a separate executable file ensuring users have access to the absolute latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
Latest profiles added :
- Diablo 3: Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing and Super Sample Anti-Aliasing can now be enabled for this title through the Catalyst Control Center for single and multi-GPU configurations
- Call of Duty: World at War: Resolve corruption when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center on single GPU configurations
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
One person we have been following closely on his build-log is Eric Soeters from the Netherlands, and although his build still is not 100% finished, it's nearly there and just amazing. He has built the chassis from ground up including some very hard work. The end result is his new PC called the "Exo-S", we'll just leave the explanation and working to the man himself as the only thing that is left after you have seen this build is to clap your hands and yell bravo ...
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash storage application products, today announced the launch of the XPG SX910 solid state drive, a significant broadening of the popular and powerful XPG line of storage products. The SX910 features a 7% capacity increase over common SSDs that use a SandForce controller, delivering a powerful combination of capacity and high performance with a five-year warranty.
The XPG SX910 uses new optimized firmware to maximize utilization of the NAND Flash components, allowing for full use of the available storage capacity. This zero percent over-provisioning in the design and engineering of the SX910 is implemented with no loss to performance- Maximum 4k random read/write speeds are 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS respectively, with sequential read and write speeds reaching 550 and 530 MB/sec, respectively.MSRP for XPG SX910
- 128GB: US$189.99
- 256GB: US$379.99
- 512GB: US$749.99
In addition, the SX910 undergoes an improved screening process for the Flash IC chip selection. This results in improved stability and performance, that is demonstrated by the five-year warranty that comes as standard for this SSD. With capacities of 128, 256 & 512 gigabytes, the SX910 is positioned to meet the rigorous standards of the world
Cooler Master releases its Silent Pro M2 which is a line of power supplies that focus on low noise. The SPM2 620W, SPM2 720W and SPM2 1500W PSUs should be available in retail stores for $119.99, $139.99, and $399.99, respectively.
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, is proud to announce the successor to the popular Silent Pro M, the Silent Pro M2 Series. Improvements have been made to each aspect of the Silent Pro M2 power supply to ensure that it meets the broad needs of both mainstream and enthusiast users alike.
Built for quality and performance, the Silent Pro M2 Series utilizes a single powerful 12V rail that boasts a significant increase in available amperage per power supply model over its predecessors. This increased power extends to 70A with Dual 12V rails on the 1500W model. A new 3.3v DC-to-DC board increases overall energy efficiency. Utilizing newer high quality capacitors results in vastly improved hold up times of >17ms on the 1500W model.
With this, Silent Pro M2 Series can handle peak loads better than ever before by delivering power with minimal interruptions. Its new specifications include RoHS and ERP 2010 Certification for a more eco-friendly design and power efficiency. The 135mm fan has been improved by making use of a durable Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing. This increases overall fan lifespan and reduces noise. Through these numerous upgrades, Silent Pro M2 Series can handle the increasing loads of today
Arctic Cooling releases the Accelero Hybrid 7970 which is a new integrated liquid and air cooling solution for AMD Radeon HD 7800 and 7900 series graphics cards. It will ship on August 6th, full specifications can be viewed over here (PDF).
VR Zone delivers news about Intel's 2013-2014 Haswell-EP platform. This 22nm server platform may be the first to use DDR4 memory. The first and most important portion of a leaked slide reveals the arrangement of the various key components in the platform. It reveals an arrangement that is not much different from today's Sandy Bridge-EP platforms, in which n-number of CPU sockets are wired to each other using fast QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Intel will use dual-channel QPI, which doubles bandwidth over what is available with today's enterprise platforms. Assuming each channel is clocked at 6.4 GT/s, the cumulative bandwidth would amount to 51.2 GB/s.
Each socket will have four DDR4 DRAM channels. The DDR4 DRAM specification will introduce a fundamental change in the topology of DRAM components, which will be arranged "point-to-point". Each DRAM "channel" from the memory controller will support just one DRAM module, but there will be greater scope for DRAM makers to scale up densities of the modules with advancements in technology and silicon fabrication process. Much like Sandy Bridge-EP, Haswell-EP will see a bulk of the platform's PCI-Express lane budget being care of the processors' system agents; and will require external chipset for peripheral connectivity.
Lots of Google news today, Google officially announced the Nexus 7 tablet at the company's I/O 2012 conference. This 7-inch tablet is the first device to feature Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", it's manufactured by ASUS and features NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. The IPS-based LCD display offers a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, there's a 1.2MP front camera, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro-USB connectivity, and a battery life of up to eight hours for "active use" (nine hours for video playback).
The Nexus 7 weighs 0.75lbs (340g) and is just 0.41" thick. You can pre-order the tablet at Google, it's available with 8GB and 16GB of flash memory for $199 and $249, respectively. Both models come with $25 of Google Play store credit, a free film (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), and some other free content.
Google officially introduced Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" at the Google I/O 2012 conference. This new mobile operating system will be published by mid-July for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom smartphones. One of its biggest new features is Project Butter, an effort to improve Android's performance and response time. Also new is a tweaked home screen, an improved camera app, an updated notification system, and enhanced search functions.
The whole system hums along at 60fps now, and while the difference of a few milliseconds might sound like small potatoes, it becomes glaringly apparent the moment you run Jelly Bean next to an ICS device. Animations are smoother and quicker. The CPU immediately ramps up the moment a touch is detected to ensure speedy response.
The home screen has also been tweaked, adding some nice features like dynamically resizing widgets, so you no longer have to place it, resize it then move it to where you want if there isn't enough room. If there is room, but your app icons are merely in the way, the widget will automatically push them to the side. And, in a nice, slick touch, apps and widgets can be removed by flicking them off the screen. Another extremely welcome touch is the addition of offline voice input. Now you can tap the microphone and dictate a message even with the phone in airplane mode.
The Nexus Q features a TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash memory, dual-band WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and NFC. Interestingly, the device is made in the US, by an unnamed firm in the Midwest. Google will start shipping the Nexus Q by mid-July for $299.
Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love -- at home and out loud.
Rebellion has released a new benchmark tool for Sniper Elite V2. The 'Adrenaline Sniper Elite V2' Benchmark Tool offers a quick and easy way for measuring your hardware performance using Rebellion's Sniper Elite V2.
The tool is being updated regularly to fix reported bugs and does not require the full version of Sniper Elite V2 to run, meaning that it's a free benchmark tool, provided by Rebellion themselves. The benchmark tool is around 65-MB in size and can be downloaded from here.
Shootmania is the second offering from ManiaPlanet, following the successful launch of Trackmania 2 in 2011.
Sniper Elite V2 Benchmark Tool Download offers a quick and easy way for measuring your hardware performance using Rebellion's Sniper Elite V2 Benchmark. Supporting several image quality settings and resolutions with a simple and intuitive interface, several tests can be executed sequentially, making life easier for hardcore users and professional reviewers.
Download GeForce 302.82 WHQL driver for Windows 8 32-bit
This is a WHQL-certified GeForce driver to be used only with the Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview. This driver should not be used with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
This driver offers full support for the new Windows 8 display driver model WDDM 1.2.
We have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
Supported cards are:
GeForce 600 series:
GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GT 645, GT 640, GT 630, GT 620, GT 610, 605
GeForce 500 series:
GTX 590, GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560 SE, GTX 560, GTX 555, GTX 550 Ti, GT 545, GT 530, GT 520, 510
GeForce 400 series:
GTX 480, GTX 470, GTX 465, GTX 460 v2, GTX 460 SE v2, GTX 460 SE, GTX 460, GTS 450, GT 440, GT 430, GT 420, 405
GeForce 300 series:
GT 340, GT 330, GT 320, 315, 310
GeForce 200 series:
GTX 295, GTX 285, GTX 280, GTX 275, GTX 260, GTS 250, GTS 240, GT 240, GT 230, GT 220, G210, 210, 205
GeForce 100 series:
GT 140, GT 130, GT 120, G 100
GeForce 9 series:
9800 GX2, 9800 GTX/GTX+, 9800 GT, 9600 GT, 9600 GSO, 9600 GS, 9500 GT, 9500 GS, 9400 GT, 9400, 9300 GS, 9300 GE, 9300, 9200, 9100
GeForce 8 series:
8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512, 8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8800 GS, 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, 8600 GS, 8500 GT, 8400 SE, 8400 GS, 8400, 8300 GS, 8300, 8200 / nForce 730a, 8200, 8100 / nForce 720a
GeForce 7 series:
7550 LE, 7500 LE, 7350 LE, 7300 SE / 7200 GS, 7300 LE, 7300 GS, 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 GS, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 6 series:
6800 Ultra, 6800 Series GPU, 6800 GT, 6500, 6250, 6200 A-LE, 6150SE nForce 430, 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S, 6150 LE, 6150, 6100 nForce 420, 6100 nForce 405, 6100 nForce 400, 6100
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