LG has two new Super Multi Blue drives

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Jul 20, 2007 3:54 AM CDT

LG Electronics has released information about its two new Super Multi Blue drives, which takes just about every format under the sun. The first model is the GGW-H20LI which will retail for US$500 and it will write to single and dual layer BD-R/RE discs. It will also write to DVD+/-R/RW discs and read Blu-ray, HD DVD and DVD discs.

The slightly cheaper GGC-H20LI comes in at US$400 and can't write to BD discs, but it will write to DVD+/-R/RW and CD-R/RW discs and possibly DVD-RAM as well. It will read Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD and CD media.

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AMD Take Catalysts To 7.7

Steve Dougherty | | Jul 19, 2007 8:21 PM CDT

It's that time of the month again, AMD have just rolled out the latest installment of their Catalyst driver suite, 7.7. These are available for Windows XP, Vista x86, Vista x64 and also some not so common operating systems.

Looking over the release notes, there appears to be some nice performance gains for Radeon HD 2x00 series cards in both single and Crossfire arrangements.

Support for 12X and 24X antialiasing modes has been added for the Radeon HD 2600 and 2900 cards, and there is also mention of some new Avivo features and adjustments, not to mention a bunch of bug fixes for various popular gaming titles.

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OCZ Raise DDR3 To 1800 MHz

Steve Dougherty | RAM | Jul 19, 2007 8:03 PM CDT

OCZ are going psycho on DDR3 modules, it seems they're releasing new variants every few days at the moment. Just the other day I made mention of some new PC3-12800 Platinum Edition modules becoming available very soon, and within a few days they raise the bar even further and dish up some ultra-fast 1800 MHz flavours (PC3-14400) also as members of their Platinum Edition family.

Due to the extreme ceiling of these, rated timings are nothing to write home about at CL8-8-8-27. They can be purchased as either single 1GB modules or in dual channel 2GB kits.

Pricing hasn't been disclosed yet but if you're serious about picking some up, you'd better make sure those pockets are mighty deep.

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SanDisk reveals Ducati USB flash drive

SanDisk has announced that it is working closely with Ducati in a sponsorship deal that allows SanDisk to use the Ducati brand for its products. The Ducati Moto GP motorcycles will carry SanDisk branding as part of the agreement.

SanDisk launched three new SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition products, of which the first is the Ducati Edition USB flash drive. It's been designed to resemble the Duacti Moto GP motorcycle and it comes with 4GB of capacity. It has a read and write speed of 20MB/s according to SanDisk, which makes it their fastest USB flash drive.

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GeIL joins high end DDR3 memory makers

Lars Göran Nilsson | RAM | Jul 19, 2007 5:33 AM CDT

GeIL has launched a new line of DDR3 memory products and

GeIL is going straight for the low latency market. Sometimes it's just better to wait a little bit before you bring out new products and it seems like GeIL took its time so it could come out with some high performance modules straight away.

We're looking at 1,066 and 1,333MHz modules from the word go and GeIL will offer the 1,066MHz modules with memory timings of 6-6-6 and 7-7-7, there will of course be a price difference here between the modules.

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USB to DVI graphics card launched

Ratoc Systems International, a to us unfamiliar company has launched the REX-USBDVI external graphics card. Although it seems like it's only available in Japan at the moment, it's likely that the company will launch it in other markets in de time. Ratoc seems to specialize in PDA graphics solutions and various notebook upgrades.

The REX-USBDVI supports resolutions of up to 1,600x1,200 or 1,680x1,050. It's not going to be powerful enough for playing games with, but you can attach multiple units to your PC or notebook for some multi display action. This isn't the first such device, but it's the first one we've seen with a DVI connector.

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More Intel "Eaglelake" Plans Revealed

Steve Dougherty | | Jul 18, 2007 5:57 PM CDT

The lads over at Dailytech today have acquired some interesting details in regards to Intel's upcoming "Eaglelake" platform (the successor to Bearlake).

One of the (several) major highlights with the Eaglelake series will be the ICH10 southbridge. At first it seems fairly bland due to being entirely legacy free (with just Serial ATA, PCIe, USB and high-definition audio). However, ICH10 brings an FIS-based port multiplier system into the works, meaning multiple SATA devices can be piggybacked off a single SATA port, not only this but I/O performance isnt degraded by doing so either.

Not unlike the current crop of Bearlake boards, Eaglelake will also spawn the usual P, G and Q models to cater towards various market segments, and we should hopefully see the launch of this next-gen chipset sometime during Q2'2008.

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Asus releases official 1,333MHz FSB list

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Jul 18, 2007 3:18 AM CDT

Asus has just released a list of 27 motherboards that has BIOS upgrades that will support the new 1,333MHz FSB of the new Core 2 Duo processors that were announced the other day. The list consists of 22 Intel chipset boards and five Nvidia chipset based boards. Oddly enough some of the boards on the list feature the P35 and G33 chipset, but one has to presume that Asus didn't have the CPU microcode for the new processors in time.

If you own a P5B, P5W, P5K or P5N board, then it's very likely that your board will work with the new 1,333MHz FSB processors. The Commando and Striker series of boards are also supported. The new BIOS versions for these boards will add support for the Core 2 Duo E6850, E6750, E6550, E6540 and Core 2 Extreme QX6850.

It's great to see when a company responds quickly to a new product release and offers BIOS upgrades to make older product compatible. We'd expect to see BIOS upgrades become available from other motherboard manufacturers shortly as well, although some P965 and 975X boards might not be able to work with the new 1,333MHz FSB.

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Optus starts to charge for uploads

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Jul 18, 2007 3:01 AM CDT

Optus has decided to charge for uploads as well as downloads on its new all-in-one bundle plan. So far only Telstra has counted uploads, but now it seems like others are following suit. It all comes down to the fact that people have started to upload more data than ever before and with services such as P2P networking and people uploading videos to sites like YouTube, this trend isn't likely to stop any time soon.

The scary news here is that other ISPs are sympathetic to uploads being part of peoples internet bandwidth caps. Australian ISPs are worried that if uploads continues at the current rate, then it'll "become a cost problem".

Although Optus is only applying the upload charge in its new all-in-one bundle so far, it's considering to count uploads on its other broadband packages as well. According to the ABS, Australian internet users download 40 trillion megabytes from January 1 to March 31 this year, compared to 33 trillion megabytes in the previous quarter.

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512MB GDDR3 GeForce 8500 GT from Sparkle

Lars Göran Nilsson | RAM | Jul 18, 2007 2:24 AM CDT

Sparkle has released a new card under its Calibre brand, the P850+ which is based on a GeForce 8500 GT GPU. This in itself is hardly exciting, but the fact that the P850+ comes with 512MB of GDDR3 memory makes this a much more appealing card. It's one of the first GeForce 8500 GT based cards with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and Sparkle's Calibre series comes factory overclocked.

The P850+ has its GPU clocked at 650MHz, that's a 200MHz overclock compared to stock clocks. Again, the memory is clocked at 1,440MHz, some 640MHz faster than stock clocks and faster than the stock memory clock speeds of a GeForce 8600 GT. The shader clock speed is 1,300MHz which is a 500MHz overclock.

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