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We already know all about NVIDIA's Optimus technology. The tech changes between a discrete GPU and integrated GPU in netbooks and notebooks automatically. It is a big part of the next-generation ION platform for portable machines.
Optimus has shown up on video giving a better idea of the video switching prowess of the technology in the real world. NVIDIA set the demo up with a LED grafted onto the discrete card to the discrete GPU so you can see when the thing is powered up.
NVIDIA even went so far as to pull the discrete GPU from the test system entirely when not in use and the machine goes on as if nothing has happened. This shows off that the GPU is shut off electrically saving power during idle. Cool video for sure.
During MWC last week Sascha of netbooknews.de met up with some developers of petitpetit.de who were introducing their new PTPT touchscreen GUI which is said to be a bit of a mashup between Sugar OS and an expert system of the 80s. This is an interface and navigation solution designed for optimal data and media organization on mobile devices.
While it looks fairly simple at first, it's promised to be a very complex interface that is quite powerful if you know how to use it to its full potential.
The best way to get an understanding and feel for how it works is to see it in action. Thankfully netbooknews deliver with an 11 minute video which you can watch here :-
The german folks of NetBookNews have gotten hold of Lenovo's upcoming PineTrail based IdeaPad S10-3t for a video unboxing.
The sample in their hands includes an Atom N450 processor and 8-cell battery for extended battery life (possibly 10 hrs+). This is a multitouch capable tablet netbook and comes shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium.
A video has shown up on YouTube indicating Lian Li are working on an open chassis designed case in the shape of a Spider.
As little is allowed to be revealed at this point, some comedic spice is used throughout the video in an attempt to maintain interest. But given what is shown, I'm left feeling there's a lot to be desired here and am not quite sure what line of thought Lian Li has in justifying that they are onto a good thing with this design. The first thing that came to mind is "desk space killer".
Following that, I thought maybe they're pushing the value factor with this one, as I'm sure a trip to the local tip scouting for scrap metal and the use of my trusty welder would fast result in a comparable contraption.
But hey, it's not officially unveiled yet and given what we're seeing here is in prototype form, Lian Li deserve to be given the time to wave their magic at it and come up with something useful and attractive to open case buyers.
Feel free to check out the video and share your opinion with us in our comments section below.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - MSI R5750-PM2D1G Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card for $119.99 plus $1.99 Shipping after Rebate!.
Offer: Great video card, both performance wise and energy efficiency wise, for the price. This MSI R5750-PM2D1G Radeon HD 5750 1GB card is just $119.99 after $20 rebate (expiring 1/31/10), and shipping comes out to just $1.99.
Further development and expansion in the ever growing YouTube world has now brought live sports streaming rights into play.
It's not full steam ahead from the get go with rights to stream NBA or NFL stuff etc. etc. - but it's a start with Indian Premier League Cricket and could well mean much broader live streaming coverage in the not too distant future.
Coinciding with the launch of its latest desktop graphics card, the HD 5670, AMD has released a very witty and entertaining commercial that is designed to let buyers of its Radeon graphics cards know how easy it is to upgrade to a newer card.
The motto is, "So easy, a monkey can do it!", as you'll see before your eyes in the commercial that can be streamed below :-
You can learn more about how AMD accomplished the video at the source link.
CES 2010 - During Digital Experience today here in Sin City we caught up with Nick Stam, technical marketing director, who was kind enough to give us a look at an exclusive press only viewing of the upcoming Fermi video card. Digital Experience was much more interesting for a site like ours compared to CES Unveiled.
Internally the product name is called GF100 and in the video we get a look at what the card can do under some intensive rendering.
Nick told us that the video card should hit the market in Q1, which is what we have also heard from various industry sources who say it should launch at the end of March. More from Digital Experience up soon.
When it comes to taking lots of digital photos and video both amateurs and pros alike often need a place to archive all of that video to free up space on their memory cards. You can lug a notebook along with you to do the archiving, but a less bulky way would be to use a device like the NEXTO eXtreme portable hard drive.
The NEXTO eXtreme hard drive is a portable device that has both a memory card reader and a USB port that allows direct connections to cameras of all types. The drive can be had with storage capacities ranging from 160GB to 500GB. The drives can be expanded all the way to 2TB of storage.
The battery inside the device is good for transferring about 60GB of data. Data transfer speeds will allow about 1GB of data to be transferred in about 40 seconds. Pricing for the drive starts at $235 for a 160GB drive.
Let me paint a picture - you've read our Radeon HD 5970 video card overclocking article here and you can't help but feel excited about the potential power that you're able to achieve from it. So you start going around and hunting one down, wondering which is the best to buy. So you go over to Newegg and find this. The XFX HD 5970 Black Edition, not only does it sound fancy, but the price tag of $709.99 and the specification saying Core Clock 725 MHz (up to +30% with OverVolt Tool) and Memory Clock 4GHz (up to +20% with OverVolt Tool).
So with everything looking good, the video card arrives (probably after a month due to stock issues) and you throw it in your system and figure since you've just thrown together a nice X58 testbed with 6GB of memory, it's time to install Windows 7 64-bit and get into some serious gaming action over the holidays. So with everything installed, drivers done, thrown on some games, ran a 3DMark to make sure everything's where it should be and you say "Okay, I don't need any more power, but let's fire up the Special XFX Overvolt tool anyway and overclock this sucka..."
Opening up the XFX Overvolt program you find yourself denied! Hmm, this is weird you think, so you get in contact with XFX and the conversation goes a little like this: (note that his conversation involves Australian dollars and hasn't been edited)
[ 11/27/2009 7:11:49 AM] Registered my card, downloaded the overvolt tool, installed, .exe will only run under administrator, but it says "Sorry this tool does not support your video card" WTF $1200 video card and your software doesn't work?
[JEDY 11/27/2009 11:42:03 AM] Hi, thanks for your message,it is strange. could you tell us what bios version your card? thanks Jedy
[ 11/27/2009 11:46:25 AM] How can I tell that, would GPU-Z show that info? I have 2 more cards here from the same batch but they are for my customers, I hope they don't have the same grief that I have had.
[JEDY 11/27/2009 11:52:53 AM] Hi,Thanks for the update.you can find the bios information from CCC. thanks Jedy
[ 11/30/2009 8:50:33 AM] Sorry for not replying over the weekend, we had other machines on the test bench, Bios Version 012.013.000.002 Bios Part Number 113-HD58-970-102 Bios Date 2009/11/11
[ 12/2/2009 7:29:12 AM] Its been a few days since I replied, any update on this?
[JEDY 12/3/2009 9:17:09 AM] Hi,Thanks for the update. this software can't run under 64bit OS. thanks Jedy
[ 12/3/2009 10:11:32 AM] Why didnt you tell me this back in November, as if any power user would use 32bit OS these days. is the program from ATI written in 16bit, thats very old-school. Au$1200 Epic fail...
"Epic Fail"... I don't think I could put it better myself.
So if you're hunting down a Radeon HD 5970 and you want to do some real overclocking with the assistance of the Overvolt tool, the HD 5970 from XFX might be worth avoiding for the moment. Not only is it overly expensive at $709.99 USD, but technically you could go as far to say it's falsely advertised. Considering XFX consider themselves a bit of a performance company it's disappointing, or as our friend so delicately put it, an Epic Fail.
It's something worth noting as the last thing you want to do is get home and find that the software you need to really get full advantage of the model isn't going to work on your computer. Apart from the ATI branded HD 5970 we've tested a Sapphire model and a Gigabyte model and both worked with the readily available ATI branded Overvolt program.