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Chinese hardware site zol.com recently got hold of an ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard in which they put all seven of its PCI-E x16 slots to use by chucking seven GTX 260+ graphics cards onto it.
From there, they go into specifics about how they managed to power the monster setup (using multiple PSUs) and share results from a stack of popular benchmarks and games using different settings; though it should be mentioned they were limited to the combined power of only three of the seven cards due to NVIDIA driver limitations.
Whilst not in English, if you flick through the pages you'll understand from the pics alone whats going on and all the benchmark results are simple to decipher.
The Intel Core i3-530 CPU is known to exist by has not yet been made official by Intel. This is expected to happen in early 2010. Today the processor has tuned up on a Canadian retailers website called A-Power.
The website lists the chip for sale at the equivalent of $150. The specifications are listed as 2.9GHz with dual-cores and a 512KB cache with 4MB of L3 cache. The CPU uses the Westmere architecture and is built on the 32nm process.
We already know the chips are in production, but Intel won't say when the official launch will be. Surprisingly the chip is still listed for sale on the retailer's website. I figured the Intel ninja assassins would have descended on the website already and hacked the product from the pages.
Australia's ATOMIC magazine has recently fired up a separate online-only magazine as an extension to their printed version. They call it Kitlog and it comes out quarterly with guides to choosing and tweaking the best components for a PC.
Issue 2 has just been released which you can get to here. It's a great source of info if you're looking to upgrade your gaming rig, server, HTPC etc. over the xssy hols.
It seems the Pirate Bay will just not die. After a single user put together an archive of all 21.3GB worth of file information (Data Index) we now hear that it is going to put back into action.
A new Site called BT Arena will be putting the massive amount of data back out for your illegal downloading pleasure. This is probably going to piss the motion picture and recording industry off quite a bit.
After all I am sure they were sitting around feeling quite smug after their somewhat shady win (you know the one where the Judge is a member Copyright protection group) over TPB.
Now just as predicted at the time of the verdict killing off The Pirate Bay will not kill piracy or even slow it down. The only way to do that is to change the current overpriced model and make the content more accessible and cheaper.
Well known overclocker Coolaler has gotten a hold of an ATi HD4890 and posted up some pictures on his website.
The HD4890 has been talked to death with rumors of being 40nm then 55nm the 55nm but a new GPU to finally being a super clocked RV770.
Who knows what this will really be but you can be that now that it is in Coolaler's hands it will get overclocked and tested. I wonder what scores Coolaler will get out of it?
Take a look here
MSI has pushed out the WindBox a little ahead of CES. It seems that most of the rumors about the specs on the WindBox were right on.
According to Fudzilla, the WindBox will not be a power house, but the ability to mount it on the back of an LCD panel should appeal to many potential buyers.
Read more here.
Or check out the specs on MSI's Website here.
The name has changed from the Wind NetBOX to somply WindBox, although it's still powered by a single core Atom N270 at 1.6GHz and as this is a mobile Atom processors it's paired up with the 945GSE chipset. The WindBox has a single SO-DIMM slot and it should be possible to upgrade the 1GB module to 2GB, despite MSI saying that the system is limited to 1GB.
Other features as mentioned in our previous post includes a D-sub connector, three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port for the built in 10/100Mbit networking, a memory card reader and headphone and mic jacks. Internally there's also a mini-PCIe slot and a single SATA connector. The system is limited to using a 2.5in hard drive due to its small size.
In keeping with the recent theme of censorship around the globe the Sydney Morning Herald, has a fun read a proposition by the UK to rate websites.
The rating system would, in theory, help prevent children from being exposed to inappropriate content. Now on paper this sounds like a great plan but in reality there is very little a rating system would do unless you can prove the age of the person sitting at the system.
Maybe they can start encouraging parents to be more involved with their children and get them to do the policing of their internet behavior. But perhaps that is asking too much.
Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Andy Burnham, the Culture, Media and Sports Secretary, was quoted as telling The Daily Telegraph newspaper that "clearer standards" are needed online because of the variety of offensive material available.
He said, for example, that it is easy to "view a beheading" on the Internet.
"You can still view content on the Internet which I would say is unacceptable," he said, adding that it would not restrict free speech to limit the viewing of Internet content.
A Melbourne-based software developer called ExitReality has created what they are calling the world's first 3D browser.
After you install the 4MB plug-in software that works in IE or Firefox, you simply visit the ExitReality website and type in a web address and within a minute or so, you can walk around that website in 3D. No kidding - this is for real!
While we haven't tried it much yet, it's a little hard to see the point of it. You can create special MySpace profiles which convert the 3D profile into an apartment - same with Facebook and others.
If you walk through TweakTown in 3D, it just looks like an empty hall with a bunch of links to reviews. While we couldn't get YouTube working in 3D, apparently each video is setup like a movie theater.
Maybe it's a little bit of fun but we can't really see it taking off. If you are interested, head on over to the ExitReality website.
It appears as if somebody forgot to tell Amazon the launch date for AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.
Amazon has gone ahead and listed Diamond's ATI Radeon 4850PE3512 PCIE 512MB GDDR3 graphics card for $199.99 USD with shipping expected in one to two months. Amazon states that the card has PCI Express 2.0 support, 512MB of 256-bit GDDR3 memory, Support for Microsoft Direct X 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 2.0 and Built-in HDMI support (even though the provided pictures don't show a HDMI port).
We actually started testing this graphics card today and while we are bound by NDA, we think this is going to be a very good product for AMD - that's about all we can say on the matter and we have probably already said too much.
If you are interested in getting in on the HD 4850 early, you can head on over to Amazon at this website and preorder now or until AMD makes them pull down the page.
The highly documented Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer of late has just launched its Intel P45 Express promotional website and it's interesting to say the least.
They say a picture says a thousand words and this theme park motherboard has loads of peace, love and freedom about it.
You will get a close up look at ASUS' full lineup of P45 based motherboard along with the key features such as improved EPU technology with full 16 phases on some of the boards and supposedly all Japanese made solid capacitors, Express Gate instant-on OS, Drive Xpert and more.
Take a look right here for yourself.