Vista SP1 hits RTM status

Steve Dougherty | | Feb 4, 2008 8:57 PM CST

About a year after Vista saw light of day, its first Service Pack has reached RTM (Released To Manufacturing) status, meaning an imminent launch is now on the cards.

Don't get too excited just yet though, as Mike Nash of the Windows Product Management group at Microsoft has outlined the availability plan on the Windows Vista Blog today which goes on to say :-

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ASUS Striker II Extreme spotted

Cameron Wilmot | | Feb 3, 2008 11:12 PM CST

Many details of ASUS' upcoming Striker II Extreme LGA775 motherboard has surfaced on the Xtreme Systems forum. The Striker II Extreme is based on Nvidia's nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset which supports DDR3 memory all the way up to 2000MHz.

There are also details on the Striker II NSE which appears to be a slightly cut-down version based on the nForce 790i SLI chipset. The only difference between the two seems to be that the NSE only supports memory speeds up to 1600MHz.

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Toshiba fumble at Superbowl?

Shawn Baker | | Feb 3, 2008 8:23 PM CST

Toshiba get the snap, throws down to the end zone and it's a fumble!

The question is did Blu-ray recover it or did HD-DVD keep the pig skin. The lads over at Engadget have struck up a neat little poll asking for your thoughts on the $3,000,000 (it looks more expensive using 0's instead of typing "million") ad Toshiba put forth over the Super Bowl game.

At the time of writing 60% of people said the ad was a waste, 10% thought VHS for life, 8% thought maybe it was worth it while less than 20% are in favor of it.

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3DMark Vantage system requirements

Cameron Wilmot | | Jan 31, 2008 6:32 AM CST

Not only did Futuremark release three screenshots of 3DMark Vantage today but they also added the title to the YouGamers Game-o-Meter website. This handy tool will give you a pretty good indication if your system will be able to handle the upcoming benchmark and even what score it'll roughly attain.

The website also lists the system requirements for the benchmark. It is no surprise that you'll need Windows Vista due to its DX10 graphics testing. Not only that though but you'll more than likely need a graphics card upgrade if you have upgraded recently. You will need a card that is fully DX10 and Shader Model 4.0 compatible.

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New screenshot from 3DMark Vantage

Cameron Wilmot | | Jan 31, 2008 5:31 AM CST

It seems the folks over at Futuremark are as busy as ever at the moment - they're not only about to start making games but also busily working on the next 3DMark called "Vantage".

We are still not sure when 3DMark Vantage is going to be released but Futuremark sent us a work in progress screenshot from the latest build as a teaser for the upcoming launch. Here it is, we're a little early on releasing this screenshot but we couldn't wait any longer!

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Windows 7 coming soon afterall ?

John Freeman | Software & Apps | Jan 29, 2008 10:42 PM CST

Despite recent news that Microsoft are apparently planning to withhold Windows 7 from being released until early 2011, we've decided to give you the other side of the story.

A recent roadmap suggests that Microsoft will launch "Windows 7", the successor to Vista as early as the second half of 2009. This is contrary to initial reports which stated its release sometime in 2010. According to APC Magazine, there are three milestone projects in the Windows 7 program, with the first stage already in progress. M1 is an Alpha build which has shipped to key partners for code evaluation. Stage two, due around April/May will be an updated version, and stage three is likely towards the end of the year if all goes to plan.

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Futuremark to go interactive!

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 29, 2008 5:35 PM CST

The question has inevitably been asked of them before, but most everyone thought it would never come to be. FutureMark who are most reknowned for their high quality and beautifully rendered synthetic PC benchmarking facilities have just announced that they're now making a bold move to enter the games development business.

This is particularly exciting news for gamers alike; if the 3DMark series is anything to go by then their games should be right up there with the likes of Crysis, if not overshadowing it substantially.

Thanks to their experienced team of highly talented graphics artists and programmers who have proven to us all that they're capable of producing some of the best rendering the computer industry has ever seen, we should certainly be in for a real treat.

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Danger Den to release 3870 X2 waterblock

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 29, 2008 5:17 PM CST

Following CoolIT Systems' footsteps, world reknowned PC watercooling specialists Danger Den have also just announced that they're currently working on an aftermarket watercooling solution for the HD 3870 X2 graphics card. This block will also be of a single slot design and will cover most of the PCB as shown here :-

Kindly provided on Danger Den's website are several other pictures of the prototype cooler and a naked HD 3870 X2; given that they've said the final product should be ready within the next 5 to 7 days I dare say it will look very similar if not identical to the prototype shown today.

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