Last night you probably heard all the news about Intel only just discovering an issue with the Sandy Bridge chipset. We are using the GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard in the Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System and that is one of the many affected products on the market.
The issue of degrading performance and possibly even data corruption over time is seen when using the SATA II ports on motherboards that are powered by the Intel P67 chipset. The Intel SATA III ports are not affected, nor are the SATA ports powered by the two Marvell 88SE9128 chips that are featured on the GA-P67A-UD7.
The Dream System comes with a total of five drives: two Corsair Force F120 120GB SSDs and three Western Digital Black 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s HDDs. Our solution to dodge the problem altogether is running both Corsair SSDs on the SATA III ports (still in RAID 0) and two out of the three Western Digital hard drives on the Marvell controlled SATA ports. As for the third drive from WD, Thermaltake has stepped up to the plate once again and is throwing in one of their Max 5G USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosures. We did intend on adding in a high-end PCI-E RAID controller to take care of this issue, but all of the PCI Express x16 slots are accounted for by use of the three SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB video cards in lovely Crossfire.
After the Xbox 360 had it's supposed exclusive Crysis 2 multiplayer demo, the PC is now getting it's turn. Confirmed by Crytek over Twitter, they've said: At this time, Crytek & EA are glad to confirm that we'll be releasing a pre-launch Crysis 2 multiplayer demo on PC! Stay tuned for details.
The demo should have the same level of content if not more, but no date is known yet. There's also no news of a demo for the PlayStation 3. Crysis 2 goes on sales March 22, 2011 in the US and March 25, 2011 in Europe.
The RIAA has been sniffing up the arse of a tonne of people who download illegal content over the past few years, with 100, 000 copyright infringement lawsuits in the USA in the past 12 months alone.
But now, the pornography industry are following in their footsteps by suing everybody in sight in order to scare people into no longer downloading their content. The Hurt Locker was last year's Oscar winning film about the Iraq war. The producers behind it complained that nearly nobody had seen the movie and that the result of this were illegal downloaders.
Is Apple good at marketing? I wouldn't say so, but if I said that, I'd be lying. Check out the below video of the new MacBook Air in an Apple Store, suspended in the air by nothing but a balloon.
Yes, how amazing is that. For someone walking in and asking "just how light is the MacBook Air" and being the Sales Person being able to say "look behind you" and seeing it just hovering there like magic... I'm 99% sure Apple would sell a MacBook Air right there and then.
Jon Peddie Research's graphics shipment estimates for the past quarter have arrived, with numbers being "below expectations". According to JPR the growth from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010 was only 4.3%, JPR are suggesting that tablets and iPad growth might to be blame.
Intel saw a 7.3% unit decline between the third and fourth quarter, while AMD and NVIDIA enjoyed sub-5% unit growrth. Comparing Q4 2010 and Q4 2009, AMD has come out of the fight with an 11.2% growth, compared to a 2.9% increase for Intel and drum roll... a 15.1% drop for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA is planning a launch of the upcoming dual-GPU video card in the next month. The GeForce GTX590 should launch to duke it out against AMD's upcoming Antilles, otherwise known as the Radeon HD6990.
The GTX590 will feature two GF110 cores with a total of 1024 CUDA cores, 3027MB of GDDR5 memory, dual 384-bit memory buses, 128 texture units and 96 ROPs. Based on features alone, this effectively doubles the specifications of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX580.
If you have been eyeing the Galaxy Tab and thinking it sounds really good and wishing that it was a bit cheaper, the new Enspert E201U tablet might be perfect for you. The tablet will hit pre-order status at importer Dynamism tomorrow and has a good price and nice specs. Shipments are to start in the middle of February.
The tablet runs a Samsung S5PC110 ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird processor at 1GHz. It has graphics via PowerVR SGX450 and 512MB of RAM. Storage on the tablet is 8GB and it has a SD card slot for expansion when you need more space. The screen of the tablet is 7-inch 800 x 480 resolution with capacitive touch.
The OS is Android 2.2 and the tablet can access the Android Market. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, a headphone jack, mini USB 2.0 port, and a mini HDMI output. The battery for the device is 3,000 mAh. The tablet also has an accelerometer, compass, GPS, a Light Sensor, and a digital magnetic sensor.
When it comes to storage, iPad users don't get SD card slots like many other tablets offer for expansion. Once the internal storage on your iPad fills up, it's typically deletion that will get you more room for new apps and photos. HyperShop has a way around having to delete stuff for iPad users called the HyperDrive.
The HyperDrive has been around for a while now and the company has announced that it has a new and higher capacity version for iPad users that is a bit cheaper than the older version of the HyperDrive with the built-in LCD and memory card readers. The new version comes in up to 1TB capacity and lacks the LCD and memory card slots.
The files on the drive are navigated directly from an the iPad. The 1TB version of the drive is $399.95 and will ship in 4-6 weeks according to the maker. The drive connects to the iPad via the USB camera connection kit, which isn't included. Since this is just a USB drive it would seem you can use it on computers as well.
If you are a home theater fan in the UK that uses a Samsung Blu-ray player that is internet connected and supports apps you are getting a new feature to enjoy. Samsung has announced that it will be integrated the streaming video service LOVEFiLM into its full line of Blu-ray players for the UK.
Once the app lands any LOVEFiLM subscriber on a plan that is £5.99 monthly or more will be able to activate the app and stream films. The app will be offered via the Samsung Internet@TV service and will have a range of content. The content will include a number of Hollywood blockbuster films and independent films such as Cannes Film Festival nominees.
Samsung says that more apps will be coming during the year for the Blu-ray players. Andy Griffiths, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung UK comments, "Adding the LOVEFiLM streaming service to all Samsung Blu-ray players and Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems is great news for us at Samsung as we're dedicated to providing our customers with relevant and exciting content, all from the comfort of their own home."
D'oh. It appears that the new Intel Sandy Bridge chipset has a flaw that can't be fixed with firmware or software. The issue has required a silicon redesign to fix and some systems shipped before the issue was discovered meaning that there are some Sandy Bridge machines in the wild already that will suffer from the issue.
As far as silicon issues go, it could be worse. The affected machines will continue to work, the issue is with the SATA controller and performance will degrade over time. That means that while your rig might be fast right now, a year or so down the road things could be totally different with IO performance.
Intel is seeing some significant recalls in its future. The chipmaker has reduced expected revenue by $300 million to fix the issue and make the new version of the chipset design. The issue is specifically with the Intel 6 Series chipset known as Cougar Point. The total cost to repair and replace materials and systems on the market already is expected to hit $700 million. Intel doesn't expect the chipset issue to significantly impact its full year revenue. Intel expects to resume P67 chipset shipments in late February and meet full demand by March or April.