The latest happenings from around the web - October 12th, 2010
NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 Reviews
- ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- Zotac GeForce GT 430 Zone Edition Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics @ Hot Hardware
- nVidia GT430 @ Kitguru
- ASUS GeForce GT 430 1GB @ Hardware Canucks
- Zotac Geforce GT 430 @ Funkykit
- ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 1GB DDR3 Video Card @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS GeForce GT 430 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Telstra have been on a roll lately, T-Hub sales are great, new CIO, a new company direction, exclusives (like the HTC Desire), and now, at Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 7, Telstra will receive exclusive acknowledgment in the $100 million advertising campaign for Windows Phone 7.
Telstra will be Microsoft's main launch partner here in Australia and will be given a special place on the handsets with a media centre application focused on Telstra's online services.
Windows Phone 7 is a big step for Microsoft, the smartphone market is currently dominated by handsets running Apple's iOS, Google's Android and RIM's Blackberry OS.
Years of watching Apple, RIM and Google owning the market, would have Microsoft furious - With Windows Phone 7, this gives Microsoft another shot and with Telstra as an exclusive - it's a very big step for them.
Well, well, it looks like the prayers of white water rafters world wide has been heard.
Enter, GAME BOAT! "ideal for Kinect adventures".
Atomic Accessories has created a peripheral to "fully immerse" you into white water rafting. For it to work properly, your feet need to be firmly in the inflatable dinghy, hands and legs inside the raft please!
Kinect Adventures features 20 different mini-games, with the River Rush, white water rapid game being the one most demonstrated.
River Rush supports one or two players, who get to race downstream, leaning left or right to steer the in-game boat, timing their jumps in order to get bonus items.
As a bonus, there are plenty of other games that could eventually support the boat which is great!
Current LCD/LED monitors are very power efficient, but it doesn't stop the constantly evolving IT market from trying out new tech.
The University of Cincinnati has recently announced a new "e-Display design", which includes a massive breakthrough for electronic devices called, Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD). Now, this is where you put your lab coat on... finally, you can be Gordon Freeman!
Got it on? Good, here we go, EFD is created through the collaboration between U of C, Dupont, Sun Chemical and Gamma Dynamics.
Ok, you can take it off now - it was getting a bit warm with it on.
Quite a few companies are announcing their flavors of the new NVIDIA GT 430 cards, and MSI is right in the middle of the fray. What puts MSI over the top with the N430GT series is the support of double over-voltage control through their Afterburner software.
MSI's N430GT cards will include the same Military Class Components as their higher end cards, including the SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) that improves overclocking capability and all-solid capacitors to increase performance and durability. These cards will also support PhysX, 3D Vision Technology, and HDMI 1.4a that supports 7.1 TrueHD and DTS-HD non-distortion high-quality sound format transmission for 3D HTPC usage.
Storage needs in the enterprise and consumer spaces are not the same. Consumers tend to want more capacity and don't always care as much about power savings and all out performance as some sectors of the enterprise market does. In a large enterprise data center with lots of storage drives a small savings in power consumption can add up to big savings in an electric bill. Hitachi has shipped a new enterprise class HDD called the Ultrastar C10K600.
The new HDD comes in several capacities with 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB versions all using 2.5-inch form factors to take up less space and use less power than similar 3.5-inch offerings. The new 10K rpm HDDs are 15% faster when it comes to random performance and 18% faster for sequential performance than competing products on the market today. At the same time the performance increases, the drives also need 22% less power than competing products on the market.
The second generation of SandForce technology was recently announced, and Viking Modular Solutions is the first to announce a suite of drives based on the new SF-2500 and SF-2600 SandForce SSD processors. The server-oriented drives will be available in multiple form factors and will use "standard high density NAND Flash memory to reliably operate in SATA and SAS based enterprise applications without compromising performance."
These drives will be based around the SATA III 6Gb/s interface and are capable of delivering 60K IOPS random read and write as well as 500 MB/s sequential read and write. DuraClass technology will also be implemented to deliver best in class endurance, security, efficiency, and performance on a single chip. No pricing or availability date has been released at this time.
In Europe and other countries, the practice of subsidizing notebooks and netbooks in exchange for a contract on a new mobile broadband account has been going on for a long time. The practice isn't new in the US with many wireless providers now doing the same thing, though it took much longer to become normal in the US than it did in Europe. Verizon Wireless has announced a new addition to the subsidized notebook line called the HP Pavilion dm1-2010nr.
The notebook runs on an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 CPU that runs at 1.3GHz and has dual-cores. The notebook also has 2GB of DDR3 RAM with one single memory slot. HP uses Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS on the machine and it has an integrated microphone and webcam. The notebook is finished with the HP imprint finish with champagne gold color.
With more and more notebooks, netbooks, and desktops now coming with USB 3.0 ports, we are seeing a lot of new USB 3.0 external storage solutions crop up on the market. HP is the largest computer company in the world as far as shipments go and the company sells a vast line of accessories and peripherals to go along with its notebooks, netbooks, and desktops as well. HP has now unveiled a new USB 3.0 portable HDD that is aimed at the mobile user.
The new HDD provides up to three times faster data transfers than USB 2.0 and retains USB 2.0 compatibility for older machines. The HDD can be had in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities and the drive can back up large data sets very quickly. HP claims that the drive can transfer a 2-hour HD movie in 4 minutes and 50 seconds using USB 3.0 compared to 14 minutes and 27 seconds using USB 2.0. For the most portability, the external storage solution needs no power adapter.
One of the newest video cards that covers the home theater and modestly priced segments of the video card market to come from Big Green is the GT430. Club 3D has pulled the wraps off its own single slot GT430 video card and the small little card should be a nice choice for a HTPC machine that doesn't need the most powerful hardware on the market.
The GT430 from Club 3D is aimed at accelerating photos and HD video according to the company and will allow the user to watch 3D Blu-ray flicks on a computer screen or a big screen in the living room. The video card uses the PCIe v2.0 slot and has a core clock of 700MHz. The card uses 1024MB of DDR3 RAM that is clocked at 1333MHz and has a 128-bit memory interface.