Weekend news round up Print E-mail
Written by Hanners   
Sunday, 30 August 2009 00:00
Video cards, CPUs and motherboards
- MSI GeForce GTX 260 Lightning review at Tweak Town
- Gigabyte P55-UD5 preview at Tech Gage
- Sparkle 285 GTX 2GB review at Driver Heaven
- NVIDIA's Road Ahead: Ion, Tegra and The Future of The Company at Hot Hardware
- MSI Radeon HD 4890 Cyclone SOC 1 GB GDDR5 review at techPowerUp
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 review at Motherboards
- ASUS EAH 4890/HTDI/1GDD5/A RADEON HD 4890 preview at Game Pyre
- Gigabyte MA770-UD3 Motherboard review at Digit Life
- AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor review at Overclock 3D
- Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB review at Hardware Overclock
- Intel Core i7 870 review at Inside HW
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4890 OC review at Bjorn 3D
- AMD Phenom 2 965BE CPU review at RB Mods

Cases, cooling and power supplies
- Xilence RAM Cooler HP - Heatpipe RAM Cooler review at Mod Reactor
- SilverStone Fortress FT01 Case review at Motherboards
- Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case review at Think Computers
- Lian Li PC-X2000 review at OCaholic
- Review of Tacens Fero notebook cooler review at Test Seek
- Titan Fenrir (TTC-NK85TZ) CPU Cooler review at Xtreme Computing
- Sena Apple iPhone 3G/3GS Leatherskin Case review at Test Freaks
- OCZ StealthXStream 400 W Power Supply review at Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Obsidian 800D Full Tower Chassis review at Tweak Town
- Noctua NF-S12B FLX and NF-S12B ULN Cooling Fans review at APH Networks
- Coolink GFXchilla VGA cooler review at Hardware Bistro
- Thermaltake Massive23 ST Notebook Cooler review at iGadget Life

Storage and memory
- Everything You Need To Know About DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 Memories at Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Flash Voyager GT 128 USB pen-drive review at HEXUS
- OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA review at Pure Overclock
- Kingston SSDNow V+ SSD review at Benchmark Reviews
- Thermaltake Max4 3.5" SATA HDD Rack review at Dragon Steel Mods
- Kingwin EZ-Dock 2 review at Virtual Hideout

Audio, video and imaging devices
- ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Audio Card review at Big Bruin
- Sungale ID800WT Digital Photo Frame review at CCE Reviews

Gaming and software
- Batman Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition unboxed at Test Freaks
- Mac OS X 10.6 Brings Serious Performance Gains at Phoronix
- MusicSkins for 13" MacBook Laptops review at Test Freaks
- Microsoft Windows 7 Graphics Improvements at Tech ARP

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Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 Elite price cut Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
Hot on the heels of the launch and price reduction from Sony via their PlayStation 3 Slim, so Microsoft are upping the ante by cutting the price of the Xbox 360 Elite.

There have been rumors and leaked ads pointing to a price cut for the Xbox 360 Elite to bring it to the $299 price currently occupied by the 120GB PS3 Slim and the older 80GB PS3. Microsoft officially announced today that the Xbox 360 Elite would be getting a $100 price cut.

Microsoft also says that the Xbox 360 Pro console will get a price cut to $249.99 until the supplies of the discontinued console run out. The Xbox 360 Arcade will live on at a price of $199.99. Microsoft also reminds shoppers that any Xbox console bought today will be able to work with the cool Project Natal controller-free gaming of the future.

Daily Tech has the story.

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Thursday news round up Print E-mail
Written by Hanners   
Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:00
Yesterday, we took a look over MESH's Slayer Elemental desktop PC system - Don't miss our thoughts and findings. Otherwise, here's the rest of the latest news and reviews:

Video cards, CPUs and motherboards
- ASUS M4A78T-E review at OCaholic
- Gigabyte EX58-Extreme review at Bjorn 3D
- ASUS MARS - Quad SLI review at Driver Heaven
- Core i7 Extreme Overclocking with LN2 at Hot Hardware
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 4770 512MB review at TechGage
- L3 cache is unlockable on Athlon II X4 620? at Alien Babel Tech

Cases, cooling and power supplies
- NZXT Apollo review at Inside HW
- NZXT Panzerbox LAN Case review at TechWare Labs
- Coolermaster HAF 922 review at XS Reviews
- Thermaltake Luxa2 LM200 HTPC Case review at Pro-Clockers
- Aerocool Touch 1000 review at Hardware Bistro
- AZZA Solano 1000 Tower Case review at Hi-Tech Reviews
- Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W review at Pure Overclock
- CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus Heatsink review at Ninja Lane
- Aerocool Vx-9 Pro Mid-Tower ATX Tower review at Pro-Clockers
- Antec Mini P180 Micro-ATX Case review at Verdis Reviews
- Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler review at Hardware Secrets
- Corsair HX750w (750w) ATX PSU review at Overclock 3D
- Kingwin XT-1264 HTC CPU Cooler review at RB Mods

Storage and memory
- Kingston SSDNow V-Series 128GB Solid State Drive review at Think Computers
- Patriot Torqx 128GB SSDreview at Pure Overclock
- Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Optical Drive review at Benchmark Reviews
- Crucial 64GB performance solid-state drive first look at HEXUS
- Corsair P64 64GB SSD review at Hardware Canucks
- OCZ XMP Ready Series DDR3-1600 6GB Triple Channel Memory Kit review at Think Computers
- Patriot Corza NAS review at Bjorn 3D
- Verbatim 2-Disk RAID External Hard Drive 2TB review at Inside HW

Input and communications devices
- TRENDnet TPE-80WS 8-Port Power Over Ethernet Web Smart Switch review at Tweak Town
- Genius EasyPen i405 Graphics Tablet review at Test Seek
- SteelSeries 5H v2 Gaming Headset review at Tech Reviews
- Logitech V220 Wireless Optical Laptop Mouse review at Tech Xtreme
- Wacom Bamboo Fun Digital Pen Tablet review at Becnhmark Reviews
- Genius EasyPen i405 4" x 5.5" Graphics Tablet review at Dragon Steel Mods

Gaming and software
- How to build a basic HTML and CSS web site at Tech Xtreme
- Eat Lead (Xbox 360) review at Game Pyre
- QuantZ Videogame PC review at Test Freaks
- Hyperdesk Star Trek: The Original Series Hypersuite review at Dragon Steel Mods
- Windows 7: A desktop user's take at The Tech Report
- Batman - Arkham Asylumreview at Driver Heaven

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GPUs set to increase performance 570x by 2015 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:00
Time to jump in the TARDIS for a quick shopping trip to 2015 methinks...

Chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp. said during his keynote at Hot Chips conference that graphics processing units (GPUs) have excellent prospects for further performance growth. He also indicated that it makes no sense to integrate central processors and graphics chips since discrete processors have higher performance.

According to Mr. Huang, by 2015 graphics processing units will have computing power that is 570 times higher compared to performance of today's GPUs. Meanwhile, central processing units (CPUs) will be only three times faster than today's most powerful chips. Considering the fact that modern graphics chips can offer about 1TFLOPs of computing power, then in 2015 they will offer whopping 570TFLOPs.

X-Bit Labs has the full story.

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DICE shows off DirectX 11 capable Frostbite 2 engine Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
DICE, the developers responsible for both the Battlefield series of games and the Frostbite engine that powers them, used this year's Siggraph event to show off some of the capabilities of their next-generation Frostbite engine, which comes complete with support for DirectX 11 and thus holds some interest functionality under the hood.

In his presentation Andersson also talks about Compute Shader in DirectX 11 and how Deferred Shading is done using Compute Shader. However, the implementation in Frostbite 2 has only been experimental so far. DICE focuses on a mix of classic rasterization and Compute pipeline. Three screenshots show the results of Deferred Shadings with up to 1,000 light sources.

PC Games Hardware has more on the presentation, complete with screenshots.
Jon Peddie releases graphics shipment numbers for Q2 2009 Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
After a torrid couple of quarters for the discrete graphics board industry, things are finally starting to look up according to the graphics shipment numbers for the 2nd quarter of 2009, particularly for AMD....

Since the summer of '08, AMD's Radeon-brand graphics AIBs began giving market leader Nvidia a much tougher run for its money. Despite its renewed competitiveness, however, AMD hadn't yet seen a sustained growth in market share, as Nvidia adamantly refused to give up any volume, aggressively cutting prices as necessary to avoid a loss in share.

But as prices settled out and AMD got its RV770 GPU (and subsequent derivatives RV730, RV790, RV740) in place across the Radeon line-up, the company did finally see a meaningful tick up in market position. JPR's tabulations show AMD's unit share rising from 31% in the first quarter to 35% in Q2'09, with Nvidia declining four points to 64%.

You can find the press release with more details at the Jon Peddie Research web site.
Elite Bastards review: MESH Slayer Elemental desktop system Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
Looking for a new pre-built desktop PC system and working with a budget of around £1,000? MESH believe they have just what it takes to make you part with your money in the form of their Phenom II powered Slayer Elemental. Is it worthy of consideration? We check it out.

A quick once-over of the basics of the Slayer Elemental gives us a pretty good first impression in all honesty. While AMD's Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is no longer the CPU manufacturer's flagship processor it still isn't far off, while also holding plenty of overclocking headroom if that side of things floats your boat. 4GB of fast memory and a good quality ASUS motherboard both check their respective boxes, while the inclusion of a Radeon HD 4890 graphics board guarantees top-notch gaming performance on the 22", 1920x1080 resolution provided with the system as standard.

The respective cherries on the top of this configuration are the use of CoolIT's great little Domino CPU water cooling system, and the inclusion of an SSD for the Elemental's system drive (more on that aspect of things later). Throw in a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium in its 64-bit flavour and a one year return to base warranty, and you're all set!

As always, your thoughts and comments are very welcome, and can be left in our forum using the link below.
Tuesday news round up Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 August 2009 00:00
Video cards, CPUs and motherboards
- Onboard Graphics Shootout: AMD 790GX vs. 785G at Tweak Town
- Asus Matrix GeForce GTX285 review at Motherboards
- ASUS ROG MARS GeForce 4,096MB review at HEXUS
- Asus P7P55D Premium Lynnfield Motherboard Sneak Peek at Hot Hardware
- EVGA X58 SLI Classified E760 review at Bright Side of News

Cases, cooling and power supplies
- Case modding at Gamescom 2009 at DV Hardware
- Corsair H50 Self-Contained Liquid CPU Cooler review at Tech Gage
- Lian Li PC-A70F review at Pure Overclock
- Nexus FLC-3000 Heatsink review at Test Seek
- The craziest casemods at the Gamescom at PC Games Hardware
- Thermaltake Element T Mid-Tower PC Case review at Test Freaks
- In Win X-Fighter AL-13 Series Gaming Case review at Tech Reviews
- Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler review at Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master SNA 95 Universal Power Adapter review at Benchmark Reviews
- In Win X-Fighter Mid Tower Chassis review at Think Computers
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and TX3 Heatsinks review at Overclock 3D
- Thor's Hammer HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler review at Modders Inc.
- Antec Earthwatts 750W PSU review at Jonny Guru
- Antec Basiq BP500U Power Supply review at Hardware Secrets

Storage and memory
- Vantec Nexstar TX 2.5" HDD Enclsoure review at Pro-Clockers
- QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo 8-Bay NAS review at Tweak Town
- Seagate BlackArmor NAS 220 review at Hardware Logic
- Thermaltake Vi-on 2.5" SATA HDD USB Enclosure review at iGadget Life
- QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS review at CCE Reviews
- Vantec ezShare Pro Transfer Cable review at Pro-Clockers
- Rosewill RX82-MP-SUF82-BLK review at Bjorn 3D
- Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive To An SSD at Hot Hardware
- Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure eSATA and USB review at Test Freaks
- A quick look at In Win's Ammo encrypted hard drive enclosure at The Tech Report
- Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 1 Terabyte SATA HDD review at RB Mods

Systems and input devices
- How to Choose the Right Computer for You at Tech Xtreme
- Razer Arctosa USB Gaming Keyboard review at Benchmark Reviews
- Alienware M17x Laptop review at Driver Heaven
- Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid with your HTPC Build at Missing Remote
- Mionix Saiph 3200 Gaming Mouse and Alioth 400 Surface review at Tweak Town
- Ultimat Round up review at XS Reviews

Audio and video devices
- Western Digital WD TV Mini Media Player Video review at Tweak Town
- Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone review at Big Bruin
- Steelseries Siberia Gaming Headset review at OCaholic
- Head-Direct HiFiMAN EF2 Headphone Amplifier review at techPowerUp
- Cowon S9 Media Player review at Driver Heaven

Software and gaming
- The most important game consoles from 1972 until today at PC Games Hardware
- Wolfenstein review at OCaholic
- Protecting your computer against viruses, spyware and other threats at Tech Xtreme
UK file-sharers to be 'cut off' Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 August 2009 00:00
Just when you thought the UK government couldn't be any more cut off from reality...

The government has published new measures that could see people who illegally download films and music cut off from the net.

The amendment to the Digital Britain report would see regulator Ofcom given greater powers to tackle pirates. The technical measures are likely to include suspending the net accounts of "hardcore copyright pirates".

BBC News has the full story.
AMD's DirectX 11 "Cypress" is Radeon HD 5870 and HD 5850? Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 August 2009 00:00
As we draw closer to the launch of AMD's first DirectX 11 GPUs, so the rumours and speculation intensifies, with VR-Zone the first to weigh in with potential product names and basic specifications for the company's high-end DirectX 11 parts.

AMD has informed their partners that their upcoming DX11 Cypress cards will be known as Radeon HD 5800 series. Cypress XT is Radeon HD 5870 while Cypress PRO is Radeon HD 5850. The key features of these DX11 cards are :

- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- ATI Eyefinity technology with support for up to three displays
- ATI Stream technology,
- Designed for DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL
- Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
- Compliant with DirectX 11 and earlier revisions
- Supports OpenGL 3.1
- ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance6
- ATI Avivo HD video and display technology
- Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay technology
- DL-DVI, DL-DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI
- PCI Express 2.0 support

You can check out the story for yourself here.
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