Friday, January 30, 2009

AMD Phenom 2 X4 810 and AMD Phenom 2 X3 720 Black Edition are selling now

One of the European online stores already has the new Phenom 2 X4 810 and Phenom 2 X3 720 Black Edition processors (from AMD) in stock and waiting to be bought.

Both Socket AM3 chips are built on 45-nm technology. Also, quad-core Phenom II X4 810 (code HDX810WFGIBOX) functions on 2.6 GHZ frequency and costs around 160 euro (including taxes).

The three-core processor from AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (code HDZ720FGIBOIX) functions on 2.8 GHz and costs around 131.5 euro (including taxes).

Intel will present Xeon processor on eight-cores

A slight information leak in the network gave us some heads up on Intel's new invention. During an International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) conference in San Francisco Intel will present their eight-core Xeon processor for high performance server systems. Conference will start on February 8, 2009 to February 12, 2009.

Xeon chips are built on Nehalem micro-architecture and will be produced under 45-nm technology. Each processor holds 2.3 billion transistors and will use QPI motherboard technology to communicate with its neighbours, making about 6.4 billion transactions per second. New processor will require a new type of motherboard supporting Socket LGA1567. We can estimate that soon we'll see a third level of cache-memory up to 24 MB, but no promises yet.

In just over a week from now, we'll be able to present you more information regarding the new Xeon eight-core processor from Intel.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2 Terabyte Hard Drive From Western Digital

Australian stores began to sell 2 terabyte hard drives from Western Digital. For the first time Western Digital is trying to pull off such big capacity hard drives while competing with Seagate, which used to be number one on the market making 1.5 terabyte hard drives.

Western Digital hard drive is included in the Green Products line, because it uses a lot less energy due to speed variation (from 5400 to 7200 RPMs). Unfortunately, the green product idea may have a negative impact on the hard drive production comparing to other similar capacity hard drives. 3.5" WD20EADS also has a 32MB cache and costs $250.

In the near future we can see this product leading the marketplace because Seagate is not planning to launch anything bigger than this, any time soon. As for Samsung, they chose not to compete in terabyte market right away.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Lian Li PC-A05N Black Desktop Case

Lian Li recently announced their new invention, PC-A05N in mini-tower form. The new design has the following dimensions 210 x 381 x 490 mm, it's unique because of its PSU placement. Instead of the standard (back-top) location, Lian Li moved it to the bottom which allows the case to be so low and compact.

As confirmed by the designers, the nontraditional placement of the power block increases air circulation. Stream of air is forced backwards instead of forwards. The air gets sucked in from the back using a 12-cm fan and blown out in-front using 12-cm fan through specially designed holes in front panel.

PSU standard ATX is located in the front lower part of the case, but the plug itself is located at the back as usual. The case has a built-in holders for two 5.25" optical drives, one external and three internal additional 3.5" drives in an anti-vibrational box. Every hard drive is held by an anti-vibrational layers, which lower the humming noise caused by hard drives. This case is designed to support Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, supports 7 PCI slots, and has an very good ventilation system for them. PC-A05N is designed to fit long video cards. For multimedia input/output, there are two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE1394 port, and one HD+AC97 sound port.

New PC case is ready for distribution, you may place your order from Lian Li directly. Recommended price by the designers is about $95 (without tax).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wooden Scrabble Keyboard

We've seen wooden monitors and computer cases, but this time PC fanatics took engineering to another level, by assembling a working wooden keyboard using Scrabble letters. The whole keyword consists of aluminum and scrabble wooden game letters. Designers made few modifications to special buttons like the F1-F12, symbols, etc.

This device uses USB to connect to PC or Mac - doesn't matter. This unique piece got so much positive feedback that the designer decided to make few extra copies for sale.

Monday, January 19, 2009

F.E.A.R. 2 Demo Version Release Date

Warner Bros. Interactive is preparing to release a demo version of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on January 22, 2009. Demo will be available for Xbox 360, PC and PS3. Actually, demo is already available for download, but only for QORE subscribers.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is a sequel from a very interesting shooter from Monolith Productions, unveiling adventure about a team fighting against supernatural characters. Other than slow motion shooting and horror scenes, in this game you'll get a chance to control some massive walking-tall robots.

Official release of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin will be in February of 2009.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How to delete Win32.HLLW.Shadow.based warm?

Doctor Web specialists published an article about a dangerous warm Win32.HLLW.Shadow.based, which uses alternative methods of distribution. One of them is using Windows techniques, starting with Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. For packing files Win32.HLLW.Shadow.based constantly changes its appearance which becomes even harder to track it.

This warm has been designed to form a bot-network. The warm request and downloads files from an online web server (specially designed for this purpose). The goal is to benefit from warm execution or plain sales of this product.

To delete Win32.HLLW.Shadow.based from your system, first you need to download and install the following patches from Microsoft:

Then, disconnect your computer from Internet and all possible networks. If any other computers are on the same network then it's important not to connect the infected PC back to network until the warm has been completely deleted from your system. Lastly, download Dr.Web CureIt! utility, run a scan for all drives.

Gears of War 2 sold over 4 million copies

While chatting with GameDaily BIZ one of the employees announced that Gears Of War 2 already sold over 4 million copies. It only took 2 months to reach this result. The sequel definitely beats original Gears Of War by sales. Gears of War 1 only sold 2 million copies in the same time frame.

If we were to total Gears of War and Gears of War 2, then the sum is around 9 million boxes. That is excluding PC-version since it wasn't as successful as console version. These statistics give us a good prediction of Gears of War 3 which we'll probably see before Xbox 360 dies out.

Perfect Diet Tracker 2.3.6: lose weight with PC

If you decided to lose some weight, then stop killing yourself by starving. The best way to approach such situation is to use computer systems. Possibly, Perfect Diet Tracker will help you lose weight faster than you expected. This software allows you to create your personal diet menu with ease, track your progress, and keep track of the journal. Application automatically picks out the correct proportions for losing weight using food and nutrition statistics, calories and vitamins in foods. Perfect Diet Tracker allows you enter your current weight and goal weight and the application will choose a best diet meal for you.

Latest version supports Windows 7.

Designer: Byoni Ltd
Distribution: shareware, $40
Operating System: Windows All
File Size: 3.8 MB
To download click here.

CopyToDVD fast burning

Updated software for burning CD and DVD discs. If you think about main concept, CopyToDVD is the same as any other burning software. When working with applications such as, NeroInCD and B's CLiP they use a special formatting techniques which lacks the ability to read the files on normal computers unless additional drivers are installed. CopyToDVD creates exactly the same copies but it doesn't add any restrictions to reading the files on any device. After burning your CD/DVD the files may be read on any computer.

Issues with integrated context menu and CopyToDVD Manager module have been fixed.

Designer: vso-software
Distribution: shareware, 29.99 euro
Operating System: Windows All
File Size: 13.23 MB

To download click here.

FinePrint 6.05: need help printing?

New FinePrint version released - for those constantly working with documents/editing and printing this utility will save you a lot of time. This utility expands any printer's capabilities, also allowing you to preview the print, more than one printing on the same page, creating brochures, automatic heading insertion, and much more. Using FinePrint you can add water marks for protection. Any final result may be saved in the following formats: *.bmp, *.tiff, *.emf or *.jpeg.

Latest version has upgraded list of tasks and supports Windows 7, also a problem displaying the '&' symbol has been fixed.

Designer: FinePrint LLC
Distribution: shareware, $50
Operating System: Windows All
File Size: 1.8 MB
To download click here.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Xigmatek Thor's Hammer CPU Cooler

Xigmatek company announced their release regarding a new and universal cpu cooler, called Thor's Hammer. For those unfamiliar with mythology of north nations, Thor was a powerful master of lightning and his primary crushing weapon was a magic hammer.

Pay attention how designers of this model again took advantage of H.D.T (Heat-Pipe Direct Touch) technology, which supports all contact on top of four hot chips U-looking heating pipes 8 mm in diameter each. Interesting enough that additional 3 heating pipes are extended from the top surface having 6 mm diameter each.

Radiator is built using many thin aluminum plates of special form, for additional performance there is room for two 120 mm fans.

Lastly, this product supports the following processors: Socket LGA775/1366 (Intel) and Socket 754/939/AM2/AM2+ (AMD), with the following dimensions 120 x 50 x 159 mm, and weighs 500 grams at approximately 57 euros.

Galaxy and Point of View Overclocked GeForce GTX 285

Including other video cards made by Galaxy Technology and Point of View companies, these two companies released a new overclocked version of nVidia GeForce GTX 285 built-on 55-nm technology GT200b chip with 240 streaming processors.

Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 functions on 700/1500/2500 MHz frequencies (core/shader blocks/memory), and overclocked Point of View GeForce GTX 285 EXO Edition uses 675/1537/2550 MHz.

These are general characteristics for the video cards:
  • Dual-layer cooling system;
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16;
  • GDD3 memory with 1GB volume and 512-bit interface;
  • Supports nVidia CUDA Technology, nVidia PhysX Technology and nVidia SLI Technology (also allowed 2-way SLI and 3-way SLI configuration)
  • Back panel includes one DVI port and one HDTV port;
  • 1 six-connectors plug for additional power;
  • Meets all Windows Vista requirements.
Product cost is still unavailable.

New Device from Logitech G

Logitech presented their new G-series devices, gaming keyboard Logitech G19 and Logitech G35 headphones. Lets take a closer look.

Logitech G19 delivers many modern gaming technologies. Keyboard is equipped with color display screen (320x240 pixels), where important game information is displayed. The panel has 12 programmable function keys and each is capable of holding up to 3 features. Additionally, there is a switch to turn-off Windows button which became popular in previous gaming keyboards. Logitech keyboard has two USB 2.0 ports.

Logitech G35 is different from its competition because it supports 7.1 sound channel, using Dolby Headphone technology. G35 is able to adjust acoustics and form a detailed/wide sound field. Headphone design is built to neutralize outside noises. The package includes three different head supporting pads: thin, flat, and bold.

Logitech G19 will be released in March 2009 and the cost is 180 euro. Headphones Logitech G35 are around 129.00 euro.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

GeForce GTX 285

With the official announce of a powerful single chipped video card may brand names announced their release. Some of those companies are: nVidia, ELSA Technology, EVGA, InnoVision Multimedia Limited (Inno3D), LeadTek Research, Manli, Micro-Star International (MS), Point of View, XFX and Zotac.


EVGA GeForce GTX 285

Inno3D GeForce GTX 285

Leadtek WinFast GTX 285
Manli GeForce GTX 285

XFX GeForce GTX 285

Zotac GeForce GTX 285

All presented models are built on 55-nm chip GT200b with 240 processors, designed under PCI Express 2.0 x16 and equipped with dual-layer system active air cooling design. Accelerators used GDDR3 with 1GB memory and 512 bit interface, supporting DirectX 10.0 Shader Model 4.0 and progressive technology, like nVidia CUDA Technology, nVidia PhysX Technology and nVidia SLI Technology (allowed 2-way SLI and 3-way SLI configuration). Other than that, each product is equipped with back panel which includes two DVI ports and one HDTV output, and six special inputs for additional power.


Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! Edition

These products should be available starting January 15th, but no official information is available.

Gaming PC from BFG - Phobos

New information became available regarding first gaming PCs from BFG Technologies. First presentation was done at CES 2009. The product is called Phobos, assembly is done manually. Elite system is for busy users with 6 months of free tech support.

There are three different versions of Phobos, each varies in price and characteristics:
  • Phobos Performance (from $3000);
  • Phobos Advanced (from $5000);
  • Phobos Elite (from $8000)

Eight-inch sensor display is used for monitoring main hardware and profile selection. Liquid cooling technology from CoolIt is used to keep the main CPU and video cards cool at all times. In addition, the PC will contain additional docks for iPhone and iPod. In terms of operating system, the Windows Vista Ultimate Media Center will be used in addition with a TV-tuner and a remote control.

All users need is a decent budget and the rest will be taken care of by BFG Technologies. Delivery, assembly, tuning and during the first six months technical support employees will be more than happy to visit you and fix/tune your PC at no charge.