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Today marked the official introduction of the very powerful ATI HD 5970 video card. As you might expect the unveiling of a new video card means we also have new desktop computers hitting today that feature the card inside.
Maingear has announced that it is cramming not one, but two of the new HD 5970 video cards into the Shift desktop. When equipped with the dual video cards the Shift has 10 teraflops of visual compute power according to Maingear.
The downside is that adding the dual HD 5970 video cards to the Shift tacks on over $1500 to the selling price of the machine. A fully equipped Shift with the dual cards will set you back over $6,000. As they say, you can have cheap or you can have fast, but not both.
Last week a fellow called David Cummings, Director of Marketing for Desktop GPU from AMD, flew into Taipei and gave local press here in Taiwan a solid presentation on the new ATI Radeon 5970 dual GPU video that is being released today around the world.
We headed on over to the AMD offices in Taipei and recorded the presentation for everyone to watch. It summarizes the new video card in AMD speak, but David does go into quite a bit of details, especially the "UNLOCKED" feature of the card that allows for some pretty insane overclocking.
At the end of the video we also get a bit of a hands-on look at ATI Eyefinity technology running DiRT 2, which is an upcoming DX11 rally car game.
For the actual performance numbers of the card, take a look at our review of the Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 video card right here.
MSI has unveiled the world's first N240GT video card that supports over voltage overclocking with Afterburner. Afterburner is MSI's overclocking application and the company claims that the GPU can be increased by up to 30%.
The app allows the user to adjust the voltage and overclocking configurations. The video card also supports DirectX 10.1 and has an HDMI output. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 GPU used in the video card is built on the 40nm process.
The smaller nanometer process architecture helps the card stay cool when overclocking. MSI also uses Hi-C Cap solid-state capacitors and chokes in the construction of the card to help it withstand stresses of overclocking. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Last week we visited the Albatron headquarters here in Taipei and got a good look at its new optical multi-touch technology with their 42-inch LCD HDTV and 22-inch LCD monitor products.
Robert from Albatron firstly provides us with an introduction to the product and then shows us a range of touch applications and games using the optical touch technology using Windows 7.
The good news is that these products are not prototypes and they are actually shipping right now.
I'll have a touch glass panel for my Sony HDTV, thanks guys! In fact, I'd like a glass panel for all of my displays.
YouTube is a fun distraction for many Internet users where you can go to watch music videos and see other geeks make a fool of themselves. The thing that is common to many videos on the service is poor quality, and let's face it anything less than HD res is poor quality today.
With the plethora of new, cheap 1080p capable camcorders on the market today YouTube is now set to start supporting the 1080p resolution. That means that you can make a fool out of yourself in 1080p HD glory and let everyone see how bad your complexion is.
YouTube also notes that users who uploaded their videos in 1080p before and had the video changed to 720p on upload will be getting encoded to 1080p for viewing. The 1080p videos will also be viewable full screen, if your TV or monitor supports that resolution.
Today we stopped by the IKONIK office in Taipei and got a look at its near final version of the Ra 2000 full tower case.
Ra 2000 has been a computer chassis in development by the folks at IKONIK for around 8 months or more and after many changes to perfect it; they are very close to shipping.
In fact, it is already for sale in Hong Kong and will go on sale shortly in New Zealand. Australia and North America need to wait till the end of the year. It should go on sale for around $150 USD.
Hit the play button below to see our video introduction.
What do you think of the case? Comment by clicking on the video and going to our YouTube site.
When it comes to ultraportables, GIGABYTE like to make sure they're offering something different to capture one's attention. Not unlike their Booktop M1022, the new 1305 also comes with a desktop docking station which gives the notebook a GeForce GT 220 GPU to play with and 1GB of DDR3 memory.
The netbook itself sports a 13.3-inch screen running a res of 1,366 x 768 and uses Intel's CULV processor. Up to 4GB of RAM can be added to the machine, a 500GB HDD and an optical drive. The full feature set is quite wholesome with a combo eSATA/USB port, two USB, HDMI, Gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and WiFi b/g/n, vGA out, multi-format card reader, 1.3 megapixel webcam and fingerprint reader.
As for the included docking station, that gets six USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI and DVI video outputs, gigabit ethernet and audio in/out, along with that NVIDIA graphics card of course. The standard M1305 battery is a 6-cell 3,800mAh pack which Gigabyte claim is good for up to 6.5hrs of runtime; you can also swap out the optical drive for a secondary battery adding another 4hrs.
Pricing and availability is yet to be announced, we just know it's 'coming soon'.
The folks at NetbookNews managed to get some hands-on with the Booktop M1305 and have put together a video showing it off which you can watch here :-
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers who their favorite video card maker is and we have had a voter turnout of over 5,100 people currently.
Out in front, Sapphire is the most popular video card maker of TweakTown readers taking 18% of the votes.
Next up we saw that XFX coming in at a close second with 17% of the votes.
Third place goes to both ASUS and eVGA who have an even split at 15% and forth goes to GIGABYTE.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know what operating system you use to play games. Let us know! Please go here to vote! We will be using this information to determine what operating system(s) we use for our video card reviews and video card driver performance articles.
Last Friday Microsoft held its Taiwan Windows 7 launch at the grand Formosa Regency hotel in Taipei City and we just had to go along and check it out and see if there were any surprises in store for us on the hardware side.
Microsoft invited its vast amount of software and hardware partners to showcase their newest products running Redmond's new super doper operating system. There were all-in-one systems, small notebooks (netbooks) and normal notebooks on display for all to see, touch and use.
There was nothing terribly new or exciting on display, but one product that did catch our attention and one that has actually been on the market for sometime already, is the Dialogue FlyBook V5 notebook running Windows 7 Ultimate, of course. We haven't seen it before and haven't seen it covered much online before, so we thought we'd tape it.
It's a super interesting product in that it implements an adjustable hinge for the screen that allows for all sorts of angular adjustments which makes it perfect for the frequent techy air traveler for those long and annoying economy class flights.
Watch our video below - we also managed to throw in some booth babes to spice things up a bit.
Not bad, huh?
Codemasters all excited by the demonstration of its upcoming car racing game DiRT 2 during the recently finished Windows 7 launch event in NYC, sent us over a tech video off the game for us all to see.
The video shows firstly the difference in image quality between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 and goes on to show some of the extra graphics processing ability of DX11 and Windows 7.
Also announced is that you'll be able to buy this game all around the world by around December 4th, depending on where you are located. Of course, right now, you'll need a DX11 video card from AMD to enable the fancy DX11 features.
Check out the video here which we uploaded:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Oct. 22, 2009 - Codemasters® today revealed the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows Live edition of DiRT 2 at Microsoft Corp.'s New York Windows 7 Launch Event. Codemasters also announced that the Games for Windows Live version of the highly-anticipated racer will be shipping on December 1st in North America and releasing on December 3rd through EPAC territories with a December 4th street date in the UK.
Following the critical and commercial success of the console editions of DiRT 2, Codemasters Studios has integrated the wealth of new performance-enhancing features available in DirectX 11 in the Games for Windows Live edition. DiRT 2 will deliver the definitive off-road experience and its launch will herald a new generation of games powered by the superior DirectX 11 technologies. Gamers can preview DiRT 2 as powered by DirectX 11 in gameplay and tech videos now showing at http://www.dirt2game.com.
"The opportunity to enter into a strategic relationship with Microsoft to fuse key DirectX 11 technologies with Codemasters' EGO Engine and set the new standard in race gaming on home computers was irresistible," said Bryan Marshall, chief technical officer, Codemasters. "By taking advantage of the DirectX 11 feature set included in Windows 7, including hardware tessellation, multi-threading and Shader Model 5.0, we will deliver the most immersive and realistic off-road racing experience yet and set the technical benchmark in the genre."
Codemasters will take advantage of DirectX 11 features to add to the realism of the racing environment. Hardware tessellation will further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations. The performance of Shader Model 5.0 will aid in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows. These DirectX 11 features, and many others, combine to deliver the most exciting and visceral racing experience yet.
"By working together with Codemasters to deliver early access to DirectX11 technologies for the Games for Windows Live edition of DiRT 2, we are able to demonstrate the new levels of immersive gameplay and visual performance gamers can experience in Windows 7," said Mike Ybarra, general manager of Windows Product Management at Microsoft. "Through our strategic relationship and the delivery of the DirectX 11 feature set, we are confident Codemasters will lead the way in the development of the next generation of PC games."
DiRT 2 Games for Windows Live edition supporting DirectX 11 technology is set to ship on December 1st in North America and releasing on December 3rd through EPAC territories with a December 4th street date in the UK. Editions for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system are in stores now. For the latest videos and information, accelerate over to http://www.dirt2game.com.