Australia's ATOMIC magazine has just made available issue 3 of Kitlog, a separate online-only version to their printed copy which gives some great advice in choosing your components and building a mean desktop system.
The latest edition of Kitlog includes an exclusive guide to watercooling for your rig and also provides an update to seven of their recommended PC builds as well as adding an eighth build to the list of options.
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.
This morning we discovered that some of our reviews and articles were missing. We were able to restore them and they are now back online.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
Though we're not entirely certain about its authenticity, chinese website PCINLIFE has come into contact with a supposed "8800GS" graphics card with 768MB GDDR3 memory onboard. The brand of the card is by a mob most of us wouldn't have heard of before, "Yeston".
There's stacks of images looking at all angles of the card at this link. Unfortunately any more specifics about the card haven't yet been disclosed.
You have already seen how Nvidia's upcoming G92 based GeForce 8800GTS 512MB graphics card performs in stock and overclocked conditions in the past week here at TweakTown.
Nvidia has gone a step further and confirmed its specs a full one week ahead of its launch. Below is a screenshot from the Nvidia website in case they take it down.
As you already know, default clock speeds put its core clock at 650MHz with memory clock at 1000MHz and shader clock at 1625MHz which is a full 125MHz faster than the uber high-end 8800 Ultra.
For more details, visit the GeForce 8 series product page here.
Motherboard maker FOXCONN have recently begun to show signs of taking things more seriously in the enthusiast market segment; the recent release of their tweaked up P35 "MARS" motherboard is the first that comes to mind when thinking about some of the more spiced up products we've seen from them lately.
Now they've taken things a step further again and set up a website dedicated to their new Quantum Force product line which the MARS motherboard is proudly a part of.
Dubbed Quantum-Force.net, the website includes a product registration function, access to exclusive downloads including BETA BIOS updates and special OC utilities, video content, competitions, OC tutorials and much more.
One of the first utilities made available at the site is their exclusive CrossFire Overclocking tool, this of course a free utility which isn't retricted to FOXCONN's products alone. QF engineers are also offering especially modified BIOS updates for enthusiasts to flash onto their CrossFire HD 2900 XT graphics card setups, which with adequate cooling can help give your system a nice boost in performance as well.
There's also some useful overclocking and tweaking tutorials online for those who arn't too sure what they're doing, as well as some interactive tutorials and video interviews etc.
Furthermore, FOXCONN are going to be rewarding people with a PC makeover who are able to top their "Power Wall" chart which comprises participants overclocking results using the new MARS motherboard.
Users submitting their score before 1st December could win up to US$1,000 to spend on upgrading their PC, with the top three 3DMark06 scores awarded US$1,000, US$500 and US$250 respectively.
FOXCONN's official press release on the launch of Quantum-Force.net can be read here. It's all fantastic stuff over at the newly launched Quantum-Force website, so definitely head on over and check it all out.
Beijing, China, October 31st 2007 - FOXCONN today launched a new website dedicated to its Quantum Force product line. Quantum-Force.net (http://www.quantum-force.net) is without doubt the most comprehensive product and enthusiast website to be launched by a hardware manufacturer.
Quantum-Force.net is designed to support both enthusiasts and overclocking novices who want to get more from their computing experience. The website will feature a range of regularly updated content, including...
- Overclocking and "how to" tutorials
- Interactive and video tutorials
- Video interviews with industry personalities, gamers, engineers and others!
- Detailed interactive guides to special Quantum Force features
- Forum for technical support and sharing performance tips
- Downloads - BIOS, utilities, wallpapers and more!
- The latest product information and news
- and more…
Futuremark have officially kicked off a new website dedicated to gamers, with a new team hired to maintain the site with stacks of content in the way of non-biased reviews of games, on-line shops to buy game related goodies and also an online performance tool which will allow you to check the specs of your system up against the requirements by the game in question.
Game Developers Conference 2007, San Francisco California - March 7, 2007 - Futuremark Corporation, developers of 3DMark, the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking went live today with the beta version of YouGamers™, the World's First Intelligent Gamer Website. YouGamers (www.YouGamers.com) is a new destination site for PC gamers offering original game content, previews, gaming industry news, exclusive interviews, and full game reviews.
YouGamers initially launches with an English website, with localized language options in the future. In Version 1.0, YouGamers will provide a full gamer community with forums and blogs, offering users' homepages, personal profiles, game lists, and game hardware details.
Our mate Gabriel Torres of Hardware Secrets let us know something which if proven true is very disturbing. He claims in his blog that GeCube send out fine-tuned (overclocked) samples to media. He continues to say that these overclocked samples never actual reach the retail channel.
We knew full well that the cards were overclocked (Radeon X800GTO in this case) but we figured that *ALL* graphics cards from GeCube would carry the same clock speeds. Apparently this is not the case but I'll do some more digging on Monday as business is closed in this part of the world now.
Both GeCube and ATI have been made aware of this already and we're waiting for some answers. Updates to come - this is a serious issue and it will be taken very seriously from our end.
ATI Technologies has updated its website with the addition of a new language, Spanish, and a completely redesigned interface for improved access to support and product information. These changes are the result of feedback received from some of the sites 7 million users.
More information @ ATI
There is a new website in town for you all to go check out. It is called nForcers HQ, and believe it or not, it is dedicated to nVidia's series of nForce and nForce2 chipsets. They don't have much content up yet but they have got a bunch of news posted a newly opened forum for your viewing pleasure.
More information @ nForcers HQ
The Australian Herald Sun newspaper and Hitwise yesterday ranked TweakTown as the forth biggest Australian computer website as visited by Australian web surfers, followed closely by Epson, Acer and Toshiba with the top spot belonging to our friends at Overclockers Australia.
Now, considering the sites are ranked by the amount of Australian web surfers looking at these sites, we are very happy with forth spot considering only 7% of our total reader base is Australian, which probably comes as a shock to most of you since we are an Aussie based website.
To all of our readers referred through the Herald Sun - Welcome to TweakTown!
Creative's newest addition to the SoundBlaster legacy, the Audigy2, now has an official website. Featuring 6.1 channel audio, LucasFilm THX certification, and a plethora of other features, the Audigy2 is supposed to be the next big thing in audio. But, is it really necessary?
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 delivers high-quality multi-channel recording and playback at up to 24-bit/96kHz and is the first PC product to offer playback of Advanced Resolution DVD-Audio at an astonishing 24-bit/192kHz with a stunning Signal-to-Noise ratio of 106dB, delivering spectacular audio quality that has now redefined PC audio standards. With EAX Advanced HD, 6.1 speaker support and Dolby Digital EX support, movies and games will be experienced with a breathtaking level of immersion and intensity, while SB1394 allows super-fast transfer of audio to external players.See for yourself @ Creative.