I would bet all the readers of TweakTown are familiar with 3DMark. This benchmark has been around for a very long time and is used in our reviews of video cards and computers here and all around the web. Anytime a new version of 3DMark comes out, we all get excited and sit up to find out more. We already know most of the details of the new benchmark, but we now have the final pieces of the puzzle.
Futuremark has now revealed that the final version of 3DMark 11 will ship on November 30, which is only a few weeks away. The real-time 3D graphics benchmark will sell for $19.95 for the Advanced Edition. Along with new screen shots showing off some of the really cool looking benchmarks, Future Mark has also posted a number of videos to YouTube that show off the new GPU tests.
I am sure lots of the gamers and PC enthusiasts out there remember when we moved from the AGP slot over to the first PCIe slot. The performance improvement coming from an AGP video card to the PCIe cars was very impressive. Later the PCIe 2.0 slot came out with about twice the bandwidth of the original and again brought video cards that had more performance. Now there is a new specification for PCIe that is ready to be downloaded by PCI-SIG members.
The new specification is PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe and PCIe 2.0 devices so your old cards will work with the new spec once it starts showing up on the market. The 3.0 specification has a new 128b/130b encoding scheme and has a data transfer rate of 8GT/s. The original PCIe spec has 2.5GT/s and the PCIe 2.0 spec has 5GT/s transfer rates.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011 (17.20).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
Deal of the Day: Vostro 230 Slim Tower Computer with 3GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, 18.5" LCD Monitor and More for Only $399!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Vostro 230 Slim Tower Computer with 3GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, 18.5" LCD Monitor and More for Only $399!.
Offer: Features include a Dell E1910H 18.5" LCD monitor, Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 with VT processor, 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM memory, 320GB SATA 7200 rpm hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit and a 1 year warranty. Expires TOMORROW at 10 AM in the morning.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 19th, 2010
- Asus ENGTX580 GeForce GTX 580 @ Techspot
- AMD Radeon HD 6870 @ Technic3D
- GIGABYTE GV-N480SO-15I Super Overclock @ Techpowerup
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 @ Ultimate Hardware
- Sapphire HD6850 Toxic @ LANOC
- Cougar GX 1050W + power supply architecture comparison @ Planet3DNow
- BitFenix Colossus Case @ ComputingonDemand
The Android 2.3/3.0/456.78 Gingerbread rumor mill has really been pumping lately. Although Google themselves have stayed relatively mum on even what the version number will be, leaks galore are seeping out. The latest? A mass overhaul of the Android Market.
This app submission screenshot above found by Android Police New fields shown include the ability to upload higher res icons, a 1024x500 high-res "feature graphic," and the ability to upload up to eight screenshots as well as a YouTube promo video. These features look to be targeted at larger devices like tablets and internet connected TVs, where current features seem a bit stretched on larger platforms. Hopefully Google hooks us up soon with some official info so that we don't have to get our Gingerbread info one crumb at a time.
In one of the more confusing announcements of the day, Facebook and MySpace made a joint announcement today that the two "competing" sites will now be sharing data. This "Mashup" will allow people to import their likes and interests from their Facebook accounts to their MySpace accounts with "a simple one-click set-up."
Why Facebook would exactly do this is kind of a mystery; you could call MySpace a direct competitor to Facebook if MySpace's place in the social networking limelight hadn't fizzled out a long time ago. The ability to "Like" someone on Facebook and get hooked up with their MySpace account info doesn't really appeal since most likely their last sign in date will have been in 2008 or so. Most people, including me, are figuring this is MySpace's last ditch effort at a return to relevance; hopefully this is an option that can be completely bypassed.
An SSD for your pocket? LaCie is looking to give you just that. The company has announced their newest USB 3.0 compatible FastKey flash drives that take the power of an SSD and shrink it down to pocket size.
Boasting up to 260MB/sec speeds, AES 256-bit encryption for security, and a slick looking aluminum exterior, the FastKey comes in 30GB, 60GB, and 120GB flavors. As you would expect with tech like this, it's gonna cost you; $149.99, $249.99, and $474.99 respectively. As someone who tends to lose flash drives like some people lose socks in the dryer, people like me had better equip theirs with a GPS tracking device after shelling out this kind of cash.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors are still one of the top end pieces you can have in a mobile device, but as the new year approaches it's time to move on to bigger and better things. Qualcomm has started teasing the public about the next generation of the Snapdragon platform, and if their numbers are to be believed it's definitely something to look forward to.
Details from Qualcomm on their next project are pretty sexy: 28nm chips, dual core processors with a 5x improvement in speed, and a 75% decrease in power consumption. The new MSM8960 "System on a Chip" would also use the Adreno 3xx GPU which would offer a 4x improvement in 3D graphics power. This would give you a mobile device with the gaming power of a PS3 or Xbox 360 according to their illustrations. It will probably be 2012 before we see these in stores, but it's definitely something to look forward to.
Internet connected TVs are becoming a pretty big deal with all of the services like Netflix and Google TV hitting living rooms worldwide. Paypal is looking to capitalize on this by working with Canoe Ventures, Catalina Marketing, Delivery Agent, FouthWall Media and icueTV to develop a Television commerce (T-commerce) solution for internet connected TVs.
The premise outlined by Osama Bedler, Paypal's VP of platform for mobile and new ventures, is fairly simple: see it on TV, perform a couple clicks with your remote, and the purchase is done via your Paypal account. This will basically turn Paypal into a digital wallet you can access anywhere you can get internet connectivity. It's a great idea, but I can see a lot of people getting into some financial trouble during late night infomercial watching. Sales of Slap Chops and Mighty Putty will go through the roof!